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Wikipedia blocks ‘disruptive’ page edits from US Congress

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Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following “persistent disruptive editing,” the BBC reports.The 10-day block comes after anonymous changes were made to entries on politicians and businesses, as well as events like the Kennedy assassination.The biography of former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an “alien lizard”.One staffer said they were being banned for the “actions of two or three”.Edits from computers using the IP address belonging to the House of Representatives have been banned before, following similar acts of vandalism.The latest block comes after rogue edits were brought to light by a Twitter feed, @congressedits, which posts every change made from the government-owned address.One of the acts highlighted was an alteration to the page on the assassination of John F Kennedy, which was changed to say that Lee Harvey Oswald was acting “on behalf of the regime of Fidel Castro”.An entry on the moon landing conspiracy theories was changed to say they were “promoted by the Cuban government”.Another entry, on the Ukrainian politician Nataliya Vitrenko, was edited to claim that she was a “Russian puppet”.The biography of former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was revised, describing him as an “alien lizard who eats Mexican babies”However the edit that finally brought administrators to ban anonymous edits from the House IP address was made on the entry for media news site Mediaite, describing the blog as “sexist transphobic” and saying that it “automatically assumes that someone is male without any evidence”.Mediaite had previously run a story on the rogue edits from congressional computers.Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, told the BBC that the incident did not surprise him, and vandalism has “always gone on and it always will”.But he said that the @congressedits Twitter feed may have been counter-productive.”There is a belief from some of the [Wikipedia] community that it only provoked someone – some prankster there in the office – to have an audience now for the pranks, and actually encouraged them rather than discouraged them.”He added: “Maybe someone at the House of Representatives better think about their IT staff – they might be hunting them down this very moment.”Earlier this year, the BBC discovered that the phrase “all Muslims are terrorists” was added to a page about veils by users of UK government computers.That followed a report by the Liverpool Echo which found that insults had been added to the entry for the Hillsborough disaster.Wikipedia allows any user to make changes to a page, even anonymously.However, the changes are policed by volunteers, known as Wikipedians, who can reverse false edits, and even impose bans on users who continually flaunt the site’s editing rules.Wikipedians have been warning editors from the House of Representatives since March 2012, and moved to block the address for one day earlier this month.On Thursday, the IP address was blocked for 10 days, but one staffer protested that they were being punished for the actions of a few.”Out of over 9,000 staffers in the House, should we really be banning this whole IP range based on the actions of two or three?”Some of us here are just making grammatical edits, adding information about birds in Omsk, or showing how one can patch KDE2 under FreeBSD.”Another user from the Hill was quick to dismiss suggestions that the rogue edits were made by elected officials.”I think the probability is near zero that these disruptive edits are being done by a member of Congress.”
 

Prosperous Armenia MP Doesn’t Rule Out Hand of Azerbaijan in Hayrapetyan’s Arrest

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15:16, July 23, 2014

Regarding the July 15 arrest of Artsakh native businessman Levon Hayrapetyan in Moscow, Prosperous Armenia MP Grigori Margaryan told Hetq that while he saw no political undertones in the matter, he could not rule out the hand of Baku.

“I do not rule out the possibility of Azerbaijani complicity in the matter, even though I don’t see evidence of it,” Margaryan told Hetq.

Russian law enforcement arrested Hayrapetyan at a Moscow airport on suspicion that he is linked to a Russian organized crime syndicate.

Margaryan, a member of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on European Integration said he based this opinion on his experience as a member of the Armenian delegation to PACE where he witnessed the “underhanded and dirty” working practices of Azerbaijani delegates.

Armenia Says Georgia Not To Introduce Visa Regime

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Georgia is not going to introduce a partial visa regime for citizens of Armenia beginning in September, the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday, denying a report made earlier by a Russian news agency.  

Citing its sources at the Georgian Foreign Ministry, Regnum reported that the current visa-free regime between Georgia and Armenia will remain in force only for those Armenian citizens who will visit the neighboring country for a short period of time as tourists. Meanwhile, it said, the visa regime will apply to Armenian citizens who intend to stay in Georgia for a longer period, such as for education or business purposes.

Armenian PM Hears Criticism, Encouragement On 100th Day In Office

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Opposition members in Armenia have criticized Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian for failing to make any significant changes during the first 100 days in office, but representatives of the ruling party consider the period to be too short for making definitive conclusions.

Abrahamian assumed the post of independent Armenia’s 13th prime minister last April succeeding Tigran Sarkisian, who had headed the government for six years and often became a target for harsh criticism from opposition groups accusing him of mishandling the country’s economy and failing to solve its numerous social issues.

A hundred days after the change of the prime minister critics still see no significant change in the situation. They claim this lack of progress proves that only systemic, political changes can lead to real changes.

Karabakh Lawmakers Call For Release Of Arrested Armenian Businessman

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Members of Nagorno-Karabakh’s legislature have called for an immediate release of an ethnic Armenian businessman who was arrested in Russia last week on suspicion of having ties with an organized criminal group.

All factions and groups of the self-proclaimed republic’s 33-member National Assembly on Tuesday issued a statement in which they described Levon Hayrapetian, a native of Nagorno-Karabakh, as a great patriot who has for years implemented numerous charity projects in his homeland, contributing to its social and economic development.

“We are guided by the presumption of innocence, abstaining from political evaluations,” the Nagorno-Karabakh lawmakers emphasized. “We consider that the body conducting the investigation should urgently change the measure of restraint [used against Hayrapetian] and release him, considering Hayrapetian’s health problems.”

Lawyers Seek House Arrest For Armenian Businessman In Moscow

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A committee of medical experts is looking into the possibility of allowing a top Armenian businessman, who was arrested in Moscow last week, to be confined to his house pending investigation or trial.

Levon Hayrapetian is expected to be officially charged on July 24. Last Thursday, a Moscow court allowed his two-month imprisonment while investigators conduct a probe into his alleged criminal connections and involvement in some illegal financial dealings.  

The 65-year-old native of Nagorno-Karabakh known for his business projects and charity in the unrecognized Armenian republic is said to have been based mainly in Monaco in recent years. He was arrested by Russian Federal Security Service officials upon arriving in Moscow on July 15.

Plans to raise transport fares to get adequate public response – David Sanasaryan

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Trying to implement a transport fare rise program in Yerevan is unacceptable, David Sanasaryan, Barev Yerevan group member, Yerevan Municipal Council, told Tert.am as he commented on Yerevan Vice-Mayor Vahe Nikoyan’s statement in an interview with azatutyun.am.“If they are doing such a thing, all the sections of the population must jointly struggle against any possible increase in transport fares,” he said.Armenia’s government has decided to support 100,000 “socially vulnerable families” after the gas and electricity prices were increased in Armenia.However, Sanasaryan considers the government’s steps wrong because of vague definitions of “socially vulnerable” and “well-to-do” families.“How are they going to decide on whether this or that person or family is socially vulnerable or well-to-do? This is not a solution. It will raise one more wave of discontent. The authorities are bogged down and are now trying to get out of the situation.”He is critical of the government’s policy of making small and medium businesses taxable.“They are step by step forming a front for all the people to stand up against their ‘adequate activities’,” Sanasaryan said.The issue of transport fares has repeatedly been discussed with experts and NGOs representing consumers’ interests. The Yerevan Municipality has the right to raise the fares only after it ensures efficient transport management and high quality.“The quality they claim will be ensured after the fares have been raised,” Sanasaryan said. 

Google seen best placed for growth as it transitions to mobile

July 19, 2014 Business, Diaspora No Comments
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Google Inc is the best placed of any company to benefit from the shift to mobile, increased local advertising and wearables, Reuters reports, citing analysts.
At least eight brokerages raised their price targets on the stock on Friday by as much as $75, to a high of $745.
Google shares were up 2 percent at $593.37 in early trading on the Nasdaq.
The company, which is also set to benefit from the so-called “internet of things”, said on Thursday that second-quarter revenue rose 22 percent to $15.96 billion, beating the average analyst estimate of $15.61 billion.
Growth was driven by the company’s core search business, YouTube and product-listing ads, which combined to drive three times as much mobile traffic for merchants compared with last year, Jefferies analysts wrote in a note.
Brokerage Jefferies maintained its “buy” rating and $700 price target on the stock.
Of the 46 analysts covering Google, 36 have a “buy” or a higher rating on the stock and 10 have a “hold”. There are no “sell” ratings, according to StarMine data.
Google earns most of its revenue from advertising.

Opposition Leader Sees ‘Political Implication’ Behind Armenian Businessman’s Arrest In Russia

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Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian believes there is a ‘political implication’ behind the recent arrest by Russian authorities of a Moscow-based Armenian businessman with close connections to Nagorno-Karabakh.

Speaking to media on Friday, Hovannisian, who heads the parliamentary Heritage party, called it particularly suspicious that the prosecution of Levon Hayrapetian over alleged criminal connections comes at a time when Armenia has ‘strained relations’ with its neighbors and is “facing a big choice of liberating itself and clarifying its relations with its strategic ally Russia”.

Hovannisian’s statements apparently refer to the recent escalation of tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh and along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border as well as the delay in Armenia’s membership in the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union amid speculation that Russia would also like to see Azerbaijan as a member of the emerging bloc.

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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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10:24, March 14, 2014

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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.