Home » Arts » Latest Armenian News:

Karabakh Party Joins European Alliance

Thumbnail

A political party represented in Nagorno-Karabakh’s leadership on Friday became an associated member of a coalition of European parties seeking independence or greater self-rule for various regions across Europe.

The European Free Alliance (EFA) accepted the integration into its ranks of the Democratic Party of Artsakh (AZhK) at a meeting of its General Assembly held in Germany.

The move strongly criticized by Azerbaijan came less than a year after an EFA delegation paid a fact-finding visit to Karabakh. The head of delegation, Miguel Martinez, said after the trip that the EFA “looks forward to working closely with the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in the future.”

Nagorno-Karabakh joins European Union political structures

April 17, 2015 Armenia, Arts, Europe, Karabakh No Comments
Image 59705.jpg

16:35, April 17, 2015

On 17 April, during its annual General Assembly taking place in Bautzen, Germany, the European Free Alliance party (EFA), a pan-European political family, voted in favour of integrating the Democratic Party of Artsakh (DPA) into its ranks.

 

“The EFA associated membership granted today is important not only because it contributes to a further international exposure of Karabakh.  It also shows that Nagorno-Karabakh’s political development is in line with EU standards and that its democratic progress is comparable with what we have in the EU” explains Mr Lorenzo Ochoa, Director of European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA).

 

Yerevan Urged To Evacuate Aleppo Armenians

Thumbnail

Ethnic Armenians remaining Aleppo are calling on Armenia to help evacuate them from the war-ravaged Syrian city where deadly fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels intensified in recent days.

Rebel forces reportedly shelled late last week Aleppo’s western Suleymaniya district mostly populated by Armenians and other Christians. News reports from Syria spoke of severe devastation and heavy casualties among civilians caused by shells and rockets.

The fighting made life even more unbearable for thousands of Syrian Armenians remaining in what has for decades been the center of their once prosperous community in the Middle Eastern state. A growing number of them now seem desperate to take refuge in Armenia or other countries. Some have appealed to the authorities in Yerevan directly or through their relatives living outside the war zone.

Artsakh Vet Group Calls On Comrades to Support Sefilyan and Others Arrested on April 7

April 15, 2015 Armenia, Arts No Comments
Image 59650.jpg

13:23, April 15, 2015

Thirty Artsakh War vets have called on other freedom fighters to participate in a public rally scheduled for April 17 at Yerevan’s Liberty Square in support Jirayr Sefilyan and four other members of the Founding Parliament who were arrested on April 7.

In a public statement the thirty signatories, operating under the name “Shoushi Special Unit Freedom Fighters Union”, call on their comrades “for whom the future of the homeland and nation is dear, who are not indifferent to the plight of our peacetime heroes, for whom the honor and repute of Armenian fedayees is dear” to participate in the rally.

A Story with Numbers: Data Journalism Enters the Newsroom

Image 59639.jpg

20:13, April 14, 2015

Pierre Romera, from France, is a web developer and journalist. He’s one the cofounders of Journalism ++, a data journalism website established four years ago. He then worked as a programmer at owni.fr, the first media outlet in France to employ date journalism. He now teaches data journalism and travels the world to conduct training classes on the subject. Pierre was in Armenia last week.

How did you learn web developing and journalism; working with data?

Priceless Artifact: Komitas Piano Returns Home

April 13, 2015 Armenia, Arts, Europe, Music No Comments
Image 59589.jpg

17:21, April 11, 2015

By Anna Babajanyan 

The Komitas Museum-Institute, which opened in January, received its most expensive exhibition piece from the Charents Museum of Literature and Arts—the grand piano Komitas himself used for composing. 

This journey, however, was not unswerving. For decades this piano’s abode changed from one to the next before reaching its final resting place. 

And Komitas, the greatest Armenian musician, was deprived of the opportunity to have this legendary historical artifact for many years. It would have been unbelievable for the distinguished archimandrite Komitas to have given concert performances of his popular and spiritual songs and have led a choir with this instrument, but he actually composed on a tiny antique piano housed in Etchmiadzin congregation hall. That instrument’s keyboard was nowhere near substantial enough for Komitas. 

Pope Francis: “Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it”

April 13, 2015 Armenia, Arts No Comments
Image 59601.jpg

11:24, April 13, 2015

English Translation of the Greeting of the Holy Father (Mass for the Faithful of the Armenian Rite, April 12, 2015) 

On a number of occasions I have spoken of our time as a time of war, a third world war which is being fought piecemeal, one in which we daily witness savage crimes, brutal massacres and senseless destruction.  Sadly, today too we hear the muffled and forgotten cry of so many of our defenseless brothers and sisters who, on account of their faith in Christ or their ethnic origin, are publicly and ruthlessly put to death – decapitated, crucified, burned alive – or forced to leave their homeland.

Yerevan Polyclinics: When Patients Have to Pay for “Free” Medical Exams

April 12, 2015 Armenia, Arts No Comments
Image 59584.jpg

15:27, April 11, 2015

By Ani Hovhannisyan, Marine Madatyan

In the first installment of this series taking a look at the Soviet era medical equipment still being used in Yerevan’s government-run polyclinics, we noted that patients cannot receive proper diagnostic care due to the advanced age of the machines.

They often break down. Some work on a limited basis.

Hetq telephoned all the polyclinics in Yerevan, asking management if they provide x-ray, fluorography and dental x-ray exams. It turns out that nine of the 24 polyclinics in Armenia’s capital cannot provide full diagnostic services. They either do not have the equipment or the equipment they do have is too old to provide accurate results.

Armenia Donates Hyundai Elantra to Artsakh

April 9, 2015 Armenia, Arts No Comments
Image 59533.jpg

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Armenia’s National Security Service will donate one of its Hyundai Elantra cars worth 6 million AMD
(UD$12,650) to Artsakh’s National Security Service.

Source: HetqOriginial Article

RSS International News By CNN

CNN International Explores the Secrets of Armenia’s Stone Henge

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisement

Recent Comments

RSS Middle East News By BBC

RSS Sports News By The Huffington Post

  • Take A Look At These Retro Nike Ads For Women
    Earlier this week, Nike released its #betterforit ad spot, which said what we're all pretty much thinking when we work out or go to the gym: What the hell am I doing? Nike has been empowering women for over 40 years and to show where the company has come from, the company also published some of its ads from the past decades this week. Among some of our […]
  • Global Soccer's Backslapping, Backstabbing Backroom Deal-making Politics
    By James M. Dorsey Presidential elections and tournament hosting in the world of soccer appear to be seldom won on the merits of a candidate or bidder's proposition. Instead, the outcome of polls and bids are frequently the result of backslapping, backstabbing backroom politicking between global soccer managers and political leaders. World soccer is abo […]
  • This Glorious Snowboarding Pug Is The Best Thing You'll See All Day
    A veteran surfer pug traded ocean waves for snowy slopes. The result? An adorably badass snowboarding video. In the video, Brandy trots onto the snowboard and glides down a gentle Southern California slope with a little help from her owner, Jonny Dornam. Judicious editing of the GoPro footage and intense Viramaina beats give her an edge. According to her You […]
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Undergoes Coronary Bypass Surgery
    NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery this week, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center announced Friday. He is expected to make a full recovery. Abdul-Jabbar, a six-time NBA champion and six-time NBA MVP, had the surgery on April 16 after he was admitted with cardiovascular disease, the hospital said. "He asks that you k […]
  • Kansas City Chiefs Grant Superfan Betty Johnson's Dying Wish
    Superfan Betty Johnson got her dying wish Thursday: a chance to see her beloved Kansas City Chiefs one last time. Former team kicker Nick Lowery visited Johnson and gave her a kiss on the cheek, a team spokesman told The Huffington Post. "We sang a prayer, and he was going to leave, and we noticed that she was no longer breathing," Johnson's g […]
  • The Arizona Cardinals Save Pat Tillman's Locker
    As the Arizona Cardinals renovate their practice facility in Tempe, one small space will be kept as is: the locker of former player Pat Tillman. Tillman's locker at the team's practice facility. tom Tillman played for the team from 1998 to 2001 before enlisting in the U.S. Army following the 9/11 attacks. He was killed three years later by friendly […]
  • Jameis Winston, the NFL Draft and Sexual Assault
    As the 2015 NFL Draft quickly approaches, executives and general managers are doing their due diligence to investigate and evaluate the future faces of their franchises. However, the same troubling question seems to permeate the potential pool of prospects every year: how well can one actually judge the character of a college student? Hell, Darren Sharper di […]
  • What Your Choice For NBA MVP Says About You
    This year, your choice for NBA MVP isn’t a statistically driven, carefully thought out, objectively reasoned decision. It’s a sign of what kind of person you really are, and if you think anything else, you’re lying to yourself and that’s just sad. What can your choice for NBA MVP tell you about yourself? We decided to lay it out for you. James Harden You wer […]
  • Kendall Schler Crossed The Finish Line First In St. Louis Marathon, But Didn't Run It
    Kendall Schler crossed the finish line first in the women's division of the Go! St. Louis Marathon on Sunday, posing afterward with Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee as the provisional winner. But officials soon discovered that Schler didn't run the race and consequently disqualified her on Wednesday, KSDK's News Channel 5 reports. An […]
  • 11 Things To Watch Out For In The 2015 NBA Playoffs
    The 2015 NBA Playoffs are here. The Atlanta Hawks locked up the 1 seed in the Eastern Conference weeks ago, as did Golden State out West. Defending champions San Antonio have now made the postseason trip for 25 of the past 26 years. And with their win over the Spurs, Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans earned their first playoffs berth in four years. […]

Poll

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

-

Featured Books

Book Reviews

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

Gray Wolves and White Doves cover art

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.

Our Sponsors

Commentary

Capitalism Run Amok Is Just Plain Capitalism

Image 58171.jpg

16:37, January 17, 2015

By Markar Melkonian

The source of Armenia’s misery and humiliation, we often hear, is not capitalism per se, but rather “gangster capitalism,” “a broken system,” “capitalism run amok.”

The goal for the future, then, is to “fix the system,” to reform capitalism, to make it more like regular, pure, genuine Free Enterprise, the kind of capitalism that works. But what if Armenia’s actually existing capitalism already is genuine capitalism?

An economist once observed that the only existential meaning of “enterprise” in the term free enterprise is “whatever capitalists happen to be doing at the time”–and “free” is the accompanying demand that they be allowed to do it.

Ukraine: Cops Go After Casinos, Suggest Yanukovych Connection

Image 57806.jpg

21:45, December 15, 2014

Ukraine’s ministry of internal affairs has launched a campaign against illegal casinos amid fears that a large network of underground gambling dens could be providing an income source for the son of the country’s disgraced former president Viktor Yanukovych.

The new crackdown on unlawful casinos – an ongoing scourge for law enforcement agencies in Ukraine since regulation was made stiffer with a 2009 law – was launched on Dec. 8 after an announcement on Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov’s official Facebook page.

Avakov, who keeps a lively and occasionally angry Facebook commentary on current affairs, pledged to put a complete stop to the establishments within ten days; first in the capital of Kyiv, then the rest of the nation.

Yerevan Calling: A Weekly Roundup of Random Musings from Armenia

Image 56686.jpg

13:05, October 3, 2014

Here it is dear readers, the debut of a weekly column I hope to maintain on a regular basis.

It’s sort of a catch-all of news snippets, irreverent commentary, and personal observations on what’s happened during the week here in Yerevan, and throughout Armenia.. Hopefully, you’ll find it interesting, if not slightly diverting.

Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.

Regards – Hrant

Oct. 2 – Protests Throughout Armenia: A Game of Numbers & Solidarity

Three separate protest rallies took place in Armenia today.

As Hetq reported earlier, business owners in the town of Sevan kept their stores and factories shut to protest changes to the so-called volume (sales) tax. Local residents flocked to the bread factory to wait on line for a loaf or two.

China: President Takes Action Against High Ranking Corrupt Officials

Image 55858.jpg

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

Image 55647.jpg

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.