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Lake Sevan Fish Farming Outfit Gets VAT Payment Deferment

April 16, 2015 Armenia, Culture No Comments
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15:54, April 16, 2015

The Armenian government today extended the deadline, by which Sevan Ishkhan CJSC must pay VAT on goods imported between April 15, 2015-December 31, 2016 exceeding 200 million AMD in value, to April of 2018

Sevan Ishkhan is planning to invest around 3 billion AMD (US$635,000) in a fish farming scheme in Lake Sevan, once prized for its endemic (Salmo ischchan), a salmonid fish related to the brown trout.

The company was formed by Armenia’s Ministry of Agriculture

In April 2014, a committee tasked with assessing the issue of restoring the Ishkhan fish species in Lake Sevan told a government cabinet session   that two of the four sub-species were forever extinct. The two extinct strains are the winter bakhtak (Salmo ischchan ischchan) and the bojak (Salmo ischchan danilewskii).

New Street Photography Book Chronicles the Legacy of Bourj Hammoud

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12:41, April 16, 2015

Beirut Neighborhood Became Home to Thousands of Armenian Genocide Survivors

On the occasion of the Armenian Genocide Centennial and the 40th anniversary of the start of the Lebanese Civil War, filmmaker and documentarian Ara Madzounian is releasing a book of original photographs that chronicles Bourj Hammoud, the Beirut suburb which became home for Armenian Genocide survivors.

Madzounian, who was born in Bourj Hammoud to parents who survived the Armenian Genocide, has been at the helm of scores of Armenian and non-Armenian multimedia projects around the world. His resume includes directing films, documentaries, producing popular music and telethons and performing theatrical productions.

Serj Tankian presents "100 Years" Commemorative Video

April 16, 2015 Armenia, Music, Video No Comments
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11:52, April 16, 2015

Serj Tankian presents “100 Years” Commemorative Video.

“Some of you have already heard the composition “100 Years” that I co-composed with my good friend John Psathas. Here is a video we edited that features the musicians who actually helped us record this somber commemoration to honor the Armenian, Greek and Assyrians victims of the first genocide of the 20th century”,- Serj Tankian wrote in his Facebook page.

Source: HetqOriginial Article

Yerevan Urged To Evacuate Aleppo Armenians

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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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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Capitalism Run Amok Is Just Plain Capitalism

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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

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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

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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

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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.