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Sentencing of Azerbaijani Human Rights Activist Condemned By OSCE Committee

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19:09, May 28, 2014

COPENHAGEN, 28 May 2014 – Isabel Santos (MP, Portugal), the chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, today deplored the sentencing of rights defender Anar Mammadli by a Baku court to 5 ½ years in prison.

“The Azerbaijani government’s systematic targeting of civil society has reached a new low with the sentencing of Anar Mammadli. I fear that Mr. Mammadli’s only crime may have been his work to defend the rights of his country’s voters. His conviction and sentencing represents an affront to OSCE values in the sphere of human rights and democratic commitments,” Santos said.

Regional Clan Again Linked With Violence

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Armenia – Former Syunik Governor Suren Khachatrian.

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Sarkisian Congratulates New Ukraine Leader

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Ukraine — Presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko walks in front of screen displaying results of the presidential elections in prior his press-conference in Kyiv, May 26, 2014

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IMF warns banking reform has not made enough progress

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Banking reforms aimed at preventing another financial crisis have failed to make enough progress, the boss of the International Monetary Fund has warned, the BBC reports.IMF managing director Christine Lagarde blamed a combination of the complexity involved, industry lobbying and “fatigue” for the delay.”The industry still prizes short-term profit over long-term prudence,” Ms Lagarde said at a conference on the future of capitalism.She called for tougher global rules.Ms Lagarde said some of the biggest problems were with the so-called “too-big-to-fail firms”, banks whose collapse would cause such a big knock-on effect on the wider economy that governments were still expected to rescue them.She said a recent IMF study indicated that such banks were still “major sources of systemic risk” and called for “tougher regulation and tighter supervision” to tackle the issue.”Their implicit subsidy is still going strongly – amounting to about $70bn (£41.5bn) in the US, and up to $300bn (£178bn) in the euro area,” she said.Ms Lagarde called for regulators worldwide to agree a framework to wind down big banks in trouble, as well as mutual recognition on rules for financial markets.”This is a gaping hole in the financial architecture right now, and it calls for countries to put the global good of financial stability ahead of their parochial concerns,” she said.For such changes to be effective, however, Ms Lagarde said there also needed to be a change in the culture of financial firms, saying changes so far were “not deep or broad enough”.”Incentives must be aligned with expected behaviour and be made transparent,” she said.Ms Lagarde said the changes required both investors and the leaders of financial firms to “take values as seriously as valuations” and “culture as seriously as capital”.”Ultimately, we need to ingrain a greater social consciousness – one that will seep into the financial world and forever change the way it does business,” she said. 

Several Armenians Arrested, Suspected of Multiyear Auto Theft, Insurance Scam in Los Angeles Area

May 27, 2014 Armenia, Business No Comments
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12:15, May 27, 2014
A four-year investigation ended Friday with 12 arrests, and more expected, in connection with a million-dollar auto theft ring that allegedly ripped off car dealerships and insurance companies in the Los Angeles area,reports the Los Angeles Times. The arrest photos distributed Friday of suspects who authorities said were involved include almost exclusively Armenian names.

The California Department of Insurance said charges have been brought against 17 people in Los Angeles and one in Fresno.

The ring, according to the state agency, used phony credit cards and bogus bank accounts to purchase 21 high-end vehicles — including cars made by Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Lexus — from 18 different Los Angeles dealerships.

From a happy seal in South Georgia, to a smiling llama in Peru: the top five hilarious animal selfies

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Whether it’s a happy-looking seal in South Georgia, or a polar bear in the Arctic, it seems we can’t get enough of animal selfies, the Daily Mail reports.The internet craze, which sees snaps of animals pulling their best poses, is more popular than ever – with tough competition for the best photos.To celebrate the launch of a new book, G Adventures has released its top five most hilarious animal selfies of all time.The travel brand founder Bruce Poon Tip handpicked the photos from hundreds of trips around the world.The photos show animals in their natural environment, seemingly pulling cheeky poses for the camera.The top five also includes a Gentoo penguin in Antarctica, a cheetah in Kenya, and a llama in Peru.Bruce says: ‘Our travelers are adventurous and we have trips all over the world, so it was only a matter of time before the selfie phenomenon reached the animal kingdom.’Like us, animals can be curious, and with cameras getting smaller and less scary, it’s not surprising they are happy to come a little closer.’And of course we love to see them enjoying their natural environments.’Here at MailOnline Travel, we’ve also included some of our favourites as well. Enjoy! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ukraine’s Illegal Coal Mines: Dirty, Dangerous, Deadly

May 27, 2014 Armenia, Business No Comments
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21:56, May 26, 2014

By Denys Kazansky and Serhiy Harmash

Illegal coal mining, a multimillion-dollar shadow industry, has become a curse on the Ukrainian economy and workers but a blessing for its few profiteers.

An investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has found that companies linked to former government officials and to businesses owned by the son of former President Viktor Yanukovych routinely legalized and sold black-market coal — stealing jobs from legitimate miners and endangering workers toiling in unregulated and illegal pits.

Industry experts estimate that there are tens of thousands of these workers in some 2,500 kopanki or illegal pits around Ukraine, mostly in the protest-wracked Donbas region around Donetsk.  Before the ouster, the numbers of pits and of workers were rising, some say with the quiet approval of authorities, many of whom are still tied to Yanukovych.

Yerevan Mum On Ukraine Election

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Ukraine — Presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko gives a press conference in Kyiv, May 25, 2014

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John Balian’s “Novel Approach” Brings the Armenian Saga to the Masses – An interview with John Balian by Lucine Kasbarian

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Armenians often wish for a tale about the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath that would make a blockbuster film and draw attention to their cause. John Balian’s new book, Gray Wolves and White Doves (CreateSpace/Amazon.com), may be that tale.

 Largely autobiographical, this atmospheric novel is presented through the eyes of an innocent young boy trying to make sense of the world as he grows up amid repressive conditions in Western Armenia/Eastern Turkey during the 1960s and 70s.

 This fast-paced, multi-layered narrative takes readers from Hanna Ibelin’s (a.k.a. Jonah Ibelinian’s) close-knit family life in the perilous Asia Minor region of Palu to terror and tragedy while en route to Syria’s Kamishli, to a bleak existence on the mean streets of Istanbul.

New Children’s Picture Book From Armenian Folklore

Teaneck, N.J. and Belmont, Mass. –  An Armenian folktale retold by Armenian-American writer Lucine Kasbarian and illustrated by Moscow-based artist Maria Zaikina debuts with Marshall Cavendish Children’s Publishers in April 2011.

The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale is from the ancient Armenian oral tradition and culture, which was nearly obliterated during the Turkish genocide of the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks in 1915. The author learned the tale from her father, editor and columnist C.K. Garabed, who would recite it to her at bedtime. He had learned it from his own grandmother, a celebrated storyteller from the Old Country.  The tale was first put to paper by Armenian poet Hovhannes Toumanian at the turn of the 20th century.

“We Need To Lift The Armenian Taboo”

Turkish writer and publicist Ahmet Insel labels the initiative of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party to pray namaz on the ruins of Ani as provocation.

In an interview with “A1+,” the publicist said the initiative was supported only by a small percentage of Turks.

“They offered namaz in Ani in protest against Christian rites carried out in Trabzon and Akhtamar. The leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, Devlet Bahceli said if Christians are allowed to pray inside museums, similarly he can pray namaz in Armenian churches,” said Ahmet Insel.

The Turkish writer arrived in Armenia to participate in a book festival. Presentation of Armenian version of Dialogue sur le tabou arménien (Dialogue about the Armenian Tabou) co-authored by Ahmet Insel and Michel Marian was held during the festival.

US Media Discusses The Armenian Genocide

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA –  KFI 640, a popular news/talk radio station hosted by Bill Handel on September 23 aired a live interview with Michael Bobelian, the writer of a new book titled  Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-long Struggle for Justice

The book chronicles the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, and recounts a people’s struggle for justice in the face of a century of silence and denial.

During the interview, which was aired during the prime morning time slot, Bill Handel addressed both the efforts within the United States to ensure that the US government appropriately acknowledges the Armenian Genocide and Turkey’s ongoing denial.

Handel, a well known and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, has discussed the Armenian Genocide during past shows.

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China: President Takes Action Against High Ranking Corrupt Officials

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21:31, July 30, 2014

Zhou Yongkang, one of China’s most powerful former leaders, is under investigation in the highest-level corruption inquiry since the Communist Party came into power in 1949.

Under current president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is investigating Zhou for “serious disciplinary violations,” as the officialXinhua news agency reports. Media has not yet, however, specified the allegations against him.

The probe is an attempt to show the length to which Xi and the party will go in order to combat abuse of power reportsThe Wall Street Journal. 

A commentary published in the officialPeoples Daily makes the point that regardless of  an official’s rank or supporters, punishment will result for violating laws or the party’s discipline. 

Armenian Gangs: Caught between an Archetype and a Cliché

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19:15, July 12, 2014

By Marineh Khachadour

“The whole thing started with a scene straight out of a mobster movie. It was around 6 p.m. when more than a dozen men from two organized crime groups opened fire on each other in a North Hollywood parking lot. Witnesses say nearly everyone was armed, and the shootout quickly went mobile. The men took off in cars, exchanging fire as they weaved through the Whitsett Avenue traffic.”

Stories such as this are not unique to Armenians in the American press, but this investigative report recently published in the LA Weekly is about Armenian Power, the Los Angeles based Armenian gang that operates in the heavily Armenian populated communities of Glendale, Burbank, and North Hollywood.

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For Better or For Worse: Nature Protection Ministry Proposes Amendments to Water Use Laws

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16:44, February 14, 2014

With the goal of providing a systematic solution to issues of effective use of water resources in Ararat valley, the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia (RA) is proposing amendments and additions to the RA Water Code, and the RA laws on the Republic of Armenia’s National Water Program, on Licensing, and on State Tax.

The proposed legislative package has been sent to the relevant state agencies for their input.

Head of the Ministry of Nature Protection’s Water Resources Management Agency Volodya Narimanyan told Hetq, said that with this amendment package his ministry is attempting to clarify the ideas and the ambiguous commentary, as well as introduce new requirements. For example, one of the main points of the proposed amendments is if water use permit conditions are not met, the water use permit might be annulled.

2013 in Civil Society: Protests and more protests

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The struggle of civil movements this year has been comprehensive and diverse with limited success in certain fields due to unified efforts and active involvement of the civil society.

Despite the rather passive start of the year in terms of civil movements, the second half of 2013 turned out to be tense with active developments.

Some analysts believe that especially after the February 18 presidential ballot, when current president Serzh Sargsyan won a decisive victory over his opponents and was re-elected for a second term, despite the widespread poverty and atmosphere of injustice in the country, people became even more aware of the fact that is it impossible to achieve changes via elections and started practicing their constitutional rights to civil protest and disobedience more frequently.