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Armenia Ranks 78th in 2014 World Press Freedom Index

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17:35, September 30, 2014

Armenia ranks 78thin the 2014 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders that covers 180 countries.

The country dropped four points from last year.

In terms of Eastern Europe and Central Asia the Index writes:

The region’s four best-placed countries in this year’s index are the same as last year. Although their positions in the index are fairly dispersed, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan all enjoy a significant degree of pluralism and relatively little state censorship. But the considerable social polarization is reflected in the media and the climate for journalists, who are often harassed by pressure groups. Given that the political orientation of individual media usually coincides with that of their owners, it would seem that respect for the editorial independence of media employees is still limited.

Yerevan Sets No Deadline On Armenia-Turkey Accords

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Senior Armenian officials declined to clarify on Monday when President Serzh Sarkisian could act on his renewed threats to effectively invalidate Armenia’s 2009 normalization agreements with Turkey.

Sarkisian again denounced Ankara for linking their ratification by the Turkish parliament to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict when he addressed the UN General Assembly in New York last week. He said his administration is now “seriously considering recalling the Armenian-Turkish protocols from the parliament.”

Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian was unwilling to speculate about possible dates for such a recall. “If that already happened, the president of the republic may have announced it,” Nalbandian told reporters. “But he said what he said. We have nothing to add to that yet.”

OSCE to Conduct Monitoring along Artsakh Line of Contact

September 29, 2014 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh No Comments
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11:41, September 29, 2014

On September30, in accordance with the arrangement reached with the authorities of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, the OSCE Mission will conduct a planned monitoring of the Line of Contact between the armed forces of Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan in the Askeran direction.

From the positions of the NKR Defense Army, the monitoring will be conducted by Field Assistant of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Khristo Khristov (Bulgaria) and staff member of the Office Peter Svedberg.

From the opposite side of the Line of Contact, the monitoring will be conducted by Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk and his Field AssistantYevgeny Sharov (Ukraine).

Artsakh Ready to Hand Over Corpse of Azerbaijani Killed in July Infiltration Incident

September 27, 2014 Armenia, Arts, Azerbaijan No Comments
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00:25, September 27, 2014

The Artsakh government says it is now ready to hand over the corpse of an Azerbaijani citizen who was killed after infiltrating the border in the Karvatchar region on July 10, 2014, given that his identity has been revealed as H. Hasanov.

At the time, Artsakh authorities said they would only return the corpse of the dead man after his identity had been discovered.

After news on the incident spread, Armenian government sources said there were three men in the Azerbaijani unit.

Two were eventually captured by Armenian military forces and the third, Hasanov, was killed.

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Armenian president shut the door on Armenian-Turkish protocols with credit – Meruzhan Ter-Gulanyan

September 27, 2014 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Diaspora, Turkey No Comments
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Writer and columnist Meruzhan Ter-Gulanyan believes that from Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s “football diplomacy” to his intention to recall the Armenian-Turkish protocols from Armenia’s Parliament – the entire process is extremely relevant.
Mr Ter-Gulanyan, in your article you note that it is time to “slam the door” for the Armenian-Turkish protocols, which Armenia’s president actually did. What did we have before “slamming the door” and what should we expect in the future?
By launching his football diplomacy the Armenian president showed courage. First of all, he discussed the matter with Armenians throughout the world, and the Armenian-Turkish protocols were not received with enthusiasm everywhere. But I think that our president’s step – extending a hand to Turkey after all that happened and without any preconditions – was real courage, considering the fact that he was well aware of the varied responses in the Armenian Diaspora. However, he made that step for the sake of a much more important task. But the issue has been back-burnered during the years. How long can we wait? And I think the president made a right and commendable step by slamming the door and saying ‘To hell with your ratification.’ I feel proud that our president acted with credit and put an end to this story by slamming the door, with the fingers of Turks and our neighbors, unaccomplished Turks, trapped in that door.
In slamming the door one should consider other ways of resolving the problems because it is with this end in view that the door was once opened. What steps are going to be made to resolve the problems?
I am sure an alternative way – even ways – is available. I am sure the president was well aware of the way or ways. Our president is also an excellent chess player and he knows well what he is doing.
Mr Ter-Gulanyan, we keep on speaking of Armenia as a small country. What is our strength to show it to Turkey and Azerbaijan as a counterbalance?
First, it is our unity inside Armenia. All kinds of parties, movements and organizations must be united round one idea, which is superior to each of us. It is clear that each political party has its own tasks and interests, seeking power. However, some things are far superior to all this – it is the Homeland’s interests.
Secondly, at the latest Diaspora Conference, the president dwelt on an important issue – and, incidentally, I had for years dreamt of that and even written about that – a need for a Pan-Armenian Parliament. The president called it a pan-Armenian council, which is supposed to unify the entire nation – 15 million people throughout the world. So we are not a small people. Fifteen million is not a small number, and when the 15 million are jointly involved in dealing with resolving Armenia’s gravest problems, they feel themselves Armenia’s citizens. Whatever its name may be, a pan-Armenian council is a great step. That is, the entire Armenian people will be involved in dealing with the gravest problems, no matter in what part of the world.
Mr Ter-Gulanyan, great effort is being exerted as part of the Armenian Genocide recognition process. A program of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide has been launched. What will be the result of recognition, and would not it be more advisable to focus on domestic problems?
Even if the Armenian people does not do it, the world will put our people to shame. A whole nation was destroyed and expatriated. And if we do not push the matter forward, do not make it a global problem, we’ll be to blame. I think all that is being done is right. The point is that it should be done in a flexible manner. Catholicos Aram was right when he said that it is a most sensitive issue. But our task is to be masters of our rights and country.
The First Republic of Armenia has parliamentary government. I think presidential government is the right system for Armenia. We need centralized power because we have unsolved problems. When major problems have been solved, let future generations decide on the government system.

Armenia not far from raising issue of withdrawing its signature from Armenian-Turkish protocols

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Chairman of the European Integration NGO Karen Bekaryan commented on Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s speech at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.He stressed that the UN General Assembly is the best venue for presenting you own nation’s positions to the world.With respect to the part of the Armenian leader’s speech that deals with Turkey and the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, Mr Bekaryan noted that it showed Armenia has no intention to wait forever in what concerns the Armenian-Turkish protocols, especially in the context of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.“Discussions on the protocols in Armenia were clearly signaled. The soft-line option was used – the one of withdrawing the protocols from the Armenian Parliament’s agenda. However, a harder-line options could have been used – the one of withdrawing Armenia’s signature. But we should realize the logic of diplomatic ethics. The issue of withdrawing the protocols from the Parliament has been raised. I am sure that if, within a reasonable timeframe, Turkey does not show any progress except for its hypocritical statements, we are not far from withdrawing our signature,” Mr Bekaryan said.With respect to the strong-worded statement on Armenian society’s harsh response to Turkey refusing to sign the protocols without preconditions, he said:“It was a clear signal, first of all to Turkey and, secondly, to all the mediators directly or indirectly involved in the Armenian-Turkish process and in the signing of the Armenian-Turkish protocols – the United States, European Union, Council of Europe, France, Russia and so on.“Turkey not ratifying the protocols or showing such a cynical attitude to the process is a slap in the face of all those behind the process, not Armenia alone. And it was also a call for the international community’s cautiousness – in a broader sense,” he said.The primary point is that Armenia has been living without the protocols, irrespective of its good will to launch the process without any preconditions, given the fact an unacceptable cost is demanded for that, especially by a state that has neither legal nor political or moral right.Bekaryan stressed the importance of the president’s word of gratitude to all the countries which have recognized the Genocide.“They called the international community’s attention to the fact that a failure to condemn the Genocide and eliminate its consequences is not only a moral or even a political issue but also a security concern, and the failure to punish it leads to other crimes of genocide,” he noted.The analyst further addressed the president’s remark regarding the Scottish referendum. “We see that the developments have not just begun; neither they have finished or will finish with Scotland. We see what is going on in our direct neighborhood – I mean the European community from where we hear signals,” he said, pointing out to the developments in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country.“This is only the first part of the big list. And if we understand that all this is actual in Europe, should we be surprised at all that the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic cannot think of being a part of Azerbaijan which continues behaving like an aggressor,” he added.
 

Armenian president’s speech at UN General Assembly focused on Armenian states’ security – Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan

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In an interview with Tert.am, political scientist Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan said that all the issues addressed in Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s speech at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly were focused on one fundamental issue, that is, the security of the two Armenian states.According to him, Armenia’s leader considered the issue from its different aspects – Armenian-Turkish relations, a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, condemnation of the Armenian Genocide, Middle East developments, and so on.Asked about the “messages” Armenia’s leader tried to convey to the international community, Mr Melik-Shahnazaryan said:“The Armenian president’s speech dealt with many aspects. But all the issues addressed were focused on one fundamental issue, namely, the security of the Armenian states. This is the major problem President Serzh Sargsyan addressed at the United Nations, approaching the issue from its different aspects. Armenian-Turkish relations, a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, condemnation of the Armenian Genocide, Middle East developments, and so on. All the developments in question are directly related to the aforementioned fundamental issue. And it is most important that our country’s leader thoroughly presented all the facts from the world’s highest rostrum. I am sure that Serzh Sargsyan’s speech should be ranked among his successful speeches. Yesterday we could see a president that has strong positions in the region and can make relevant demands, and has focused on not only the problems facing his own country, but also the developments in the neighboring regions.”Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s statements on the Armenian-Turkish protocols evoked a wide public response. He said official Yerevan is discussing the issue of withdrawing the protocols form the Parliament’s agenda. As to whether it was the Armenian leader’s threat to Turkey, Mr Melik-Shahnazaryan said:“Recent years have only seen regress in Armenia-Turkey relations. I do not think anyone in Yerevan still expects Turkey to ratify the protocols. Official Ankara’s position is clear. So is Yerevan’s. I am sure that a decision on withdrawal of the protocols from the Parliament’s agenda has been made. This game is just supposed to have a beautiful end for the world to make sure which of the sides derailed the rapprochement process.“It is a long period since the agenda of political relations with Turkey went beyond the limits of the protocols signed in Zurich. Now that we are nearing the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, we see Turkey goes on posing a threat to Armenians and to the Republic of Armenia. A few days ago, an Armenian church commemorating the Armenian Genocide victims was blasted in Deir ez-Zor. It is Turkey that is obviously assisting the so-called Islamic State’s activities. I am sure that the idea of blasting the church was suggested by Istanbul. Earlier, Turkey provided its territory to militants for attacking the Armenian-populated town of Kessab. That is, that state does not miss a chance to cause damage to Armenians. Therefore, it is necessary to step up efforts to get the Armenian Genocide internationally recognized and curb Turkey’s aggressive policy. This is the problem President Serzh Sargsyan dealt with at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.”Armenia’s leader severely criticized Azerbaijan as well. As to whether it means the Armenian side has no serious expectations about the negotiation process, Mr Melik-Shahnazaryan said:“President Serzh Sargsyan expertly proved that Turkey and Azerbaijan are coordinating their actions against Armenia. In fact, he addressed his discontent to the international community rather than to Azerbaijan as it is the international community’s indifference on many occasions that has made President Ilham Aliyev think of his own impunity. The Armenian president has often used such high-level venues to make Armenia’s position and demands heard. He did the same at the UN, but, with Azerbaijan’s international reputation considered, in much more favorable conditions for us. Indeed, Aliyev’s regime has discredited itself. Azerbaijan’s authoritarian nature is openly talked about now. Striking evidence thereof is US President Barack Obama’s speech yesterday. And it would be wrong to fail to take advantage of this fact to isolate Azerbaijan’s leadership.“As regards the negotiation process proper, Serzh Sargsyan is consistently shattering the opponent state’s positions. The small-scale war that occurred in late July and early August changes the situation in the negotiation process. Armenian diplomacy is now capitalizing on the battlefield achievements in the negotiations. We saw Serzh Sargsyan scoffing at Ilham Aliyev’s claims that Azerbaijan’s only concession is not resuming hostilities and Azerbaijan allegedly can settle the problem in its favor in a military way at any moment. And it is now time to expose Azerbaijan’s policy of lies. It is important that it was at the UN General Assembly that the Armenian president spoke of the well-known UN resolutions frequently referred to by Ilham Aliyev. Serzh Sargsyan thus showed Armenia had no problems in this respect.“As to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, President Serzh Sargsyan made an all-important statement in New York. He said that the Homeland is holy and no bargain is acceptable to us.“Serzh Sargsyan showed Armenia has its political interests and the Diaspora that champions these interests in Syria and other Middle East countries. Speaking of the tragedy in Syria and Iraq, the Armenian president noted ‘this is an instance of a peril to consider in the context of our joint commitments to preventing the crimes against humanity.’ Considering the fact that the statement was part of the president’s speech on the need for condemning the Armenian Genocide, it is clear that the Armenian president points to Turkey as a factor destabilizing the situation in the Middle East. Moreover, Serzh Sargsyan made it clear that Armenia will struggle against Turkey’s expansionist policy not only in our region, but also in any place Armenians have their interests.” 

President Sargsyan to Ankara: “To hell with your ratification”

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09:36, September 25, 2014

UNITED NATIONS— During his speech at the at the 69th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York yesterday, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan lashed out at Turkey for linking the normalization of the two countries to an Armenian pullout from Artsakh and ceding the second Armenian republic to Azerbaijan.

“Ankara declares publicly that it will ratify those Protocols only if Armenians cede Nagorno-Karabakh—Independent Artsakh–to Azerbaijan. In Armenia and Artsakh ordinary people often just retort to such preconditions: ‘To hell with your ratification,’” said Sargsyan. “This vernacular phrase concentrates the age-old struggle of the entire nation, and it unequivocally explains to those who attempt to bargain the others’ homeland that the motherland is sacrosanct, and they had better stay away from us with their bargain. It is in these circumstances that currently the official Yerevan is seriously considering the issue of recalling the Armenian-Turkish Protocols from the parliament.”

Sarkisian Slams Turkey Over Accords With Armenia

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President Serzh Sarkisian appeared to have renewed on Wednesday his threats to annul the 2009 Turkish-Armenian normalization agreements if Turkey continues to link their parliamentary ratification with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

In a speech at the UN General Assembly in New York, Sarkisian also criticized the Turkish government for refusing to recognize the 1915 Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire. He said Ankara is sending “ambiguous and ulterior messages in which the victim and the slaughterer are equated and the history falsified.”

“Armenia has never conditioned the normalization of the bilateral relations with Turkey by the recognition of the Armenian Genocide,” said Sarkisian. “In fact, Armenia was the party that initiated such a process which culminated in the signing of the Zurich Protocols in 2009.”

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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.

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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.

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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.