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Mediators’ Peace Plan ‘Unacceptable’ To Karabakh Armenians

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A key member of Nagorno-Karabakh’s Armenian-backed leadership has publicly spoken out against an Armenian-Azerbaijani peace formula that has been advanced by the United States, Russia and France for almost a decade.

Ara Harutiunian, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), said the Basic Principles of resolving the Karabakh conflict, also known as Madrid Principles, are unacceptable because they call for significant Armenian territorial concessions to Azerbaijan.

The draft framework peace accord was first formally put forward to the conflicting parties in Madrid in 2006. U.S., Russian and French diplomats co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group have repeatedly modified the document since then. Its key elements, repeatedly articulated by the three mediating powers, are believed to have remained unchanged.

Harvesting almost over in border villages of Tavush, says regional governor

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The wheat harvesting is almost over in the border villages of Tavush despite the continuing cross-border shootings and a recent attack against an ICRC car, says the regional governor.
“There is, of course, tension in the border villages, the shootings starting mainly in the harvesting season. Our neighbors are simply more aggressive this year,” Hovik Abovyan told Tert.am.
He said their earlier agreements with the ICRC Yerevan office did not work to prevent gun attacks. “The Red Cross was in the Tavush region on July 26; it was in the vicinities of Chinari and had a preliminary with Azerbaijani counterparts, but that wasn’t of help. They started shooting Red Cross vehicles and agricultural equipment,” he said, adding that the village suffered no material or human loss as a result of the armed violence.
Abovyan said the village’s population continues harvesting the crop despite the existing danger. “We’ll collect the entire [harvest], without leaving any grain in the valley,” he added.
Speaking of government privileges, Abovyan said their residents are exempt from the property and land taxes. “Discussions for granting new tax privileges tp the entire region’s border towns and villages are now under way, so the question will be addressed at the National Assembly’s upcoming session. If businessmen work in border areas, they will be exempt from taxes; [they will pay] only the income tax, without any duty to pay value added taxes,” Abovyan added. 

NKR president visits Kotalak village

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President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) Bako Sahakyan visisted on Sunday the Kolatak village of the Martakert region and took part in a ceremony of founding a new dwelling district to be built for the Defense Army servicemen.
The Head of the State expressed gratitude to philanthropist Hayk Maghakelyan for sponsoring such an important program qualifying one of the best manifestations of the Motherland-Diaspora ties, which would have a positive contribution to strengthening the defense capacity of Artsakh and improving living conditions of its citizens.
Defense minister of the Republic of Armenia Seyran Ohanyan, NKR defense minister Movses Hakobyan and other officials were present at the event.

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Luis Suarez ruling likely in August

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Barcelona recruit Luis Suarez’s appeal against his biting ban could be heard before the Spanish league season starts next month, the West Australian reports.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Friday that Suarez, the Uruguay football federation and Barcelona have filed a request for a fast-track appeal against FIFA’s ban for nine competitive international matches and four months from all football.
“It is likely that a final award will be rendered well before the end of August,” the court said in a statement.
The Spanish league season begins the weekend of August 23-24, when Barcelona host Elche.
FIFA must also agree to a fast-track procedure.
No hearing dates have yet been agreed to, the court said.
Arbitrators have also yet to be appointed to judge the case.
In typical appeals to CAS, both sides and the court each choose one lawyer on the three-member panel.
FIFA’s sanctions imposed on Suarez also included a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs ($A121,179) for biting the shoulder of Italydefender Giorgio Chiellini in a group match at the World Cup.
Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 with a goal scored one minute after Suarez’s bite was missed by the match officials.
The South Americans advanced to the second round, but without its star striker were easily beaten by Colombia.FIFA’s disciplinary panel imposed the ban on June 26.

Artsakh Soldier Killed Repelling Azerbaijani Incursion

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14:29, July 26, 2014

The Artsakh Defense Army (ADA) reports that one of its soldiers was killed when Armenian forces thwarted an attempt by Azerbaijan to infiltrate the line of contact along the northeastern border today.

 

The ADA identified the dead soldier as Khachadour Badasyan.

 

The ADA says its forces repulsed the Azerbaijani unit, causing a number of injuries.

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Hayrapetyan Charged with Embezzlement, Money Laundering

July 25, 2014 Armenia, Arts, Business No Comments
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22:12, July 24, 2014

Levon Hayrapetyan, the native Artsakh businessman arrested in Moscow on July 15, has been officially charged with embezzlement and illegal money laundering by a Russian investigative body according to ITAR TASS.

Hayrapetyan, 65, has pleaded not guilty.

A Russian court has issued a three month pre-trial detention order for Hayrapetyan and has placed a freeze on his shares in Bashneft, a Russian oil company, that are worth some US$8.5 million.

Source: HetqOriginial Article

"Russia Draws Armenia in Latest Russian-Turkish Dalliance," Says JirairSefilian

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14:37, July 25, 2014

Pre-Parliament member, Karabakh War veteran JirairSefilian spoke with Hetq about the ongoing delays in Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union, as well as the arrest of prominent Moscow-based Armenian businessman LevonHayrapetyan. 

Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union was postponed again. Prime Minister HovikAbrahamyan recently announced that Armenia will become a full member of the EEU on January 1. In your opinion, why is Armenia’s membership regularly delayed — do Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan not want Armenia to join the EEU? 

Tutankhamun: How ‘Tut-mania’ gripped the world

July 24, 2014 Armenia, Arts, Culture, Music No Comments
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It may not boast glittering treasures from ancient Egypt, but a new Tutankhamun exhibition shows how the discovery of the boy king’s tomb in 1922 had a huge impact on popular culture across the globe, the BBC reports.
It was one of the one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century.
Tutankhamun’s tomb had been untouched for some 3,000 years until the British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered it in 1922, after years of fruitless excavations funded by Lord Carnarvon.
“Can you see anything?” asked Carnarvon as Carter opened the tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.
“Yes,” replied Carter. “Wonderful things.”
Those unforgettable words are inscribed on the wall at the beginning of the Discovering Tutankhamun exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
With most of Tutankhamun’s treasures too fragile to travel from Cairo, the only items in the exhibition from the tomb are some watermelon seeds and almonds that were left to feed Tutankhamen for eternity.
“We’ve looked at the gold, but there’s a lot more hidden behind it,” explains the exhibition’s co-curator Dr Paul Collins.
“One of the biggest discoveries we made in putting this together was that only 30% of the objects from the tomb have actually been the subject of detailed scholarly study.”
The Ashmolean show focuses on the story of Carter’s discovery and how it sparked a wave of “Tut-mania” across the globe.
In one of the first examples of a newspaper paying for a scoop, The Times was given exclusive access to the excavation when Lord Carnarvon sold the rights for 5,000.
Rival newspapers weren’t happy and there was fierce competition among reporters to report the story and its many mysteries, such as the famous Pharaoh’s Curse.
The exhibition features giant blow-ups of of Harry Burton’s photographs for The Times, as well as Carter’s original records, drawings and photographs.
Also on show are many items that illustrate how the craze for all things Tutankhamun had an impact on arts and culture in the 1920s.Egyptian motifs appeared on clothes, jewellery, hairstyles, fabrics, furniture and in architecture.
“Tutankhamun, Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter became almost movie stars,” says Dr Collins. “There was an extraordinary outpouring of games and ceramics and costumes and posters. Everybody wanted a little bit of Tut.”
The tomb’s discovery, at the start of the Roaring Twenties, followed the global upheavals of World War One. Mass media was able to bring news of objects being carried out of the tomb to a wider audience, faster than ever before.
America, in particular, became obsessed by “King Tut” – as he became known. Even US President Herbert Hoover used the name for his pet dog.
American stage magician Charles Carter rebranded himself “Carter The Great” on his Egyptian-themed advertisements.
Meanwhile, songwriter Harry Von Tilzer had a 1923 hit with Old King Tut. The lyrics went: “They opened up his tomb the other day and jumped with glee / They learned a lot about ancient history / His tomb instead of tears / Was full of souvenirs.”
The sheet music and an old Bakelite recording of the song appear in the exhibition. The song was also played at the Ashmolean’s launch event this week, accompanied by a group of 1920s-style dancers.
“Old King Tut was one of the great hits of the time, just as the Charleston was becoming the most popular dance,” says Dr Collins. “It was a great combination.”
Even today Tutankhamun remains an icon. “In the recent revolution, in Tahrir Square in Cairo there was graffiti showing Tutankhamun’s mask as a symbol of Egyptian identity.”
Speaking at the Ashmolean Museum this week, Lord Carnarvon’s relative, George Herbert, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon, said: “My great grandfather would be delighted that the fascination with his and Howard Carter’s discovery still continues after all these years.”
The outermost coffin of TutankhamunHoward Carter and an assistant inspect Tutankhamun’s inner coffin. (Photo: Harry Burton. 1922)A pharaoh head pendant and leather gloves, 1920sAdvertisement for the Johnston Fruit Company, California, for ‘King Tut’ Brand Lemons, 1920sPoster for the stage magician Carter The Great, 1923 (left) and and The Kiss of the Pharaoh: The Love Story of Tut-Ankh-Amen by Richard Grove, 1923
Cartier diamond brooch, about 1923

“Add a Brick Campaign!” – Help Hrant Dink Foundation Move to New Premises

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11:50, July 24, 2014

Dear Friend,

As you are aware, the Hrant Dink Foundation was established in 2007 after the painful event on January 19th in order to avoid similar pains and to continue Hrant Dink’s legacy, his language and his dream of a world that is more free and just. Democracy and human rights for everyone regardless of their ethnic, religious or cultural origin or gender is the foundation’s main principle. We are working for a future where a culture of dialogue, peace and empathy prevails.

The expanding fields of activity, the archive, the library and various project teams’ working space requirements of our Foundation compelled us to search for a bigger place. We eventually came to an agreement withAnaratHığutyun Armenian Primary School’sFoundation and signed the contract after finalizing the bureaucratic procedures to hire the building of the school, which had no students since 2004.

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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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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.

Want to Write for Hetq?

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10:24, March 14, 2014

I’m looking for freelancers who can broaden the scope of Hetq’s English edition

Arts & Culture, Commentary, Politics, Civil Society, Interviews…

Anything interesting happening in your local community you’d like to share?

Write to me with your ideas and story suggestions.

Hrant at hg.hetq@gmail.com

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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.

Armenian Foreign Policies 2013: Customs Union, U-turn on EU accord, Karabakh, Turkey, regional developments

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2013 became a milestone year for Armenia not only in its foreign, but also domestic politics. After nearly four years of negotiations with the European Union over the signing of an association agreement on September 3 Armenia unexpectedly announced its intention to join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

This decision has had its influence not only on Armenia proper, but also on the processes elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Inspired by Armenia’s decision, Russia stepped up its pressure on Ukraine, which suspended the process of signing of the Association Agreement with the EU one week before the Vilnius summit of Eastern Partnership. As a result, on November 29 such agreements were initialed only by Moldova and Georgia.