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Pizza order saves victim of domestic abuse

October 25, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora No Comments
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A victim of a domestic abuse attack managed to covertly alert the police to her appalling predicament by pretending to order a pizza, The Huffington Post reports.The unidentified victim ordered a “large with half pepperoni, half mushroom and peppers” from a 911 operative who was at first baffled and believed it to be a prank call.Thankfully they soon realised the severity of the situation and sent police to the house in question.

Read full news story at Huffingtonpost.co.uk. 

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Armenian wrestler declared winner of Andiev prize

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A representative of Armenia’s wrestling team, participating in the 36th traditional tournament dedicated to double world champion Soslan Andiev, earned the winner’s title on the first day of the competitions.
Gagik Barseghyan (w/c 57 kg), who had won a bronze medal in the European Championship earlier this year, was declared a winner of Andiev Prize after gaining advantage over Artak Hovhannisyan in the same weight class.
Narek Sanoyan, another representative of Armenia, came in the fifth after losing to the rival in a fight for a bronze medal.
The tournament kicked off in Vladikavkaz, Russia on Friday. It has brought together over 250 wrestlers from Russia, United States, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Apart from the legendary champion, participants, coaches and the crowd of fans, yesterday’s opening event was also attended by Rustem Kelekhsaev, the vice president of North Ossetia’s government.
Armenia’s delegation, headed by coach Arayik Baghdadyan, includes eight sportsmen.

Azerbaijan: Stop reprisals against rights defenders

October 25, 2014 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Europe No Comments
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The targeting of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan must stop, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, at the end of a two-day visit to the country.“The urgency of this visit was dictated by the arrest and detention over last summer of virtually all the civil society partners of my Office, which makes it increasingly difficult to work on human rights issues in Azerbaijan”, a press release on the Council of Europe’s website quotes him as saying.The Commissioner had already highlighted important deficiencies in the protection of freedom of expression, assembly and association in Azerbaijan in a report he published last year following a visit in May 2013 and in an update he published in April this year, following a worrying deterioration of the situation in the above areas. “The recent repressive measures go in exactly the opposite direction from what I have recommended” he added.

Spain: People Demanding Crackdown Against ‘Untouchable’ Elites

October 25, 2014 Armenia, Europe No Comments
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00:13, October 25, 2014

Alleged corruption among Spain’s elites has authorities taking tougher actions in response to public outrage.

Rodrigo Rato, a former head of the International Monetary Fund and former chairman of the Spanish lender Bankia, is the primary target of the probe.

Rato and a dozen more executives at Bankia allegedly used secret company credit cards to spend US$ 19 million on personal trips and expenses including groceries, and even safaris, reports Agence France-Presse.

Priot to the credit card scandal, Rato had survived a previous probe into whether or not he misrepresented Bankia’s fiscal health as it prepared its 2011 stock market listing.

Turkey: Woman murdered by husband in Istanbul

October 25, 2014 Armenia, Asia, Diaspora No Comments
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A 28-year-old woman was stabbed to death by her husband on a street on the Asian side of Istanbul on Oct. 23, Hurriyet Daily News reports.
Hulya Cadirci a mother of two, had been living separately from her husband, Gokhan Cadırci, while the legal process for their divorce was ongoing, the report said.
Cadirci was walking with her child in the Umraniye district before encountering her husband at approximately 4:30 p.m. The 40-year-old man stabbed Cadirci five times after a fight broke out between the two, dismissing passersby who tried to prevent the attack.
Paramedics immediately arrived at the scene and took Cadırcı to the hospital, but she ultimately succumbed to her injuries.
The husband was captured by police half an hour after fleeing the scene. 

Russia not to intervene in Armenia-Karabakh customs checkpoint

October 25, 2014 Armenia, Asia, Karabakh No Comments
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A senior Russian customs official said his country is not planning to intervene in the activities of a possible customs checkpoint between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia, Regnum.ru reports.
“I have recently appointed a representative to Armenia. So [s/]he will soon leave there and probably visit the border. But we are not going to intervene in customs officers’ work,” Andrey Belyaninov told reporters when asked whether Russia will ensure the presence of customs office between the two countries after Armenia accedes to the Eurasian Customs Union.
Speaking at a news conference held at the international news agency Rossiya Segodnya, Belyaninov also stressed the importance of making Russian a working language in Armenia. “We use Russian as a working language in the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan; in Armenia, as we know, Armenian is being used,” he added. 

Russia Sees No Karabakh Customs Posts

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The chief of Russia’s Federal Customs Service appeared to have confirmed on Friday that Armenia will not start collecting duties from goods imported from Nagorno-Karabakh after joining the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev raised the possibility of Armenia setting up customs posts on its border with the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) earlier this year. Citing Azerbaijani concerns, Nazarbayev demanded in May that the accession treaty with Armenia mention its internationally recognized borders that do not include Karabakh.

The treaty, which was signed by Nazarbayev and his Russian, Belarusian and Armenian counterparts at an EEU summit on October 10, contains no such special references. Armenian officials have said that Yerevan does not plan to set up customs checkpoints with Karabakh.

Renowned Armenian actor Sos Sargsyan’s 85th birthday anniversary

October 24, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora No Comments
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Renowned Armenian actor Sos Sargsyan would have turned 85 today, October 24.In an interview with Tert.am, actor Yervand Manaryan said that Sos Sargsyan did not usually mark his birthday anniversaries because he was modest about it.“I cannot remember Sos Sargsyan has ever marked his birthday anniversary. If his friends remembered the day, they could organize something,” he said.With respect to the actor’s contribution to Armenian cinema and theater, Mr Manaryan said:“His performances were a source of national spirit. I felt an Armenian man was on the stage, not just a talented actor. He brought national spirit and taste to Armenian theater and cinema, especially during the period when no effort was spared to expand the influence of the Soviet spirit everywhere.” 

Authorities violating Armenia’s Constitution must be changed – Stepan Demirchyan

October 24, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora No Comments
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Chairman of the People’s Party of Armenia Stepan Demirchyan made a speech at the three non-coalition forces’ rally in Yerevan.According to him, it is the authorities violating Armenia’s Constitution, rather than the Constitution itself, that need to be changed.“The country is locked in a crisis only because of incompetent government, not because of reality. The criminal and oligarchic system is forcing people to lose hopes and emigrate. A group of people seized power and privatized the country. They want to rule forever,” Mr Demirchyan said. 

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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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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.

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

Source: HetqOriginial Article

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.