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Eurasian Currency Union ‘Still Long Way Off’

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Member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) have a long way to go before introducing a common currency suggested by Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior official from the Russian-led bloc’s executive body said on Monday.

Putin publicly floated the idea of such a currency union at a March 20 meeting in Kazakhstan with his Kazakh and Belarusian counterparts. Earlier this month, he instructed the Russian Central Bank to look into the possibility of a single EEU currency.

Presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and Aleksandr Lukashenko of Belarus did not respond to Putin’s statement in public. Both men have been lukewarm about the idea. Armenian officials have also reacted cautiously to Putin’s apparent desire to turn the EEU into a more tightly-knit alliance.

Drop in World Copper Price Hurts Armenia’s Economy

March 27, 2015 Armenia, Europe No Comments
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13:24, March 27, 2015

By Seda Hergnyan

The international price of copper continues to fluctuate and the trend is downward. This doesn’t auger well for Armenia, so heavily dependent on the export of various raw materials.

In January 2014, the international price of copper stood at US$ 7,500  per ton. By January of this year it had dropped to $5,500.

While the price rose a bit in February it has dropped again this month. This comes against the backdrop of the overall softening economic  situation in China, a country that imports a great deal of Armenian copper.

The economic slowdown in China has been the focus of economic analysts. In a recent interview with Bloomberg News,  CGOG Futures analysts Yu Yi underlined that China’s demand for copper had decreased.

Cross-Border Bust: 78 Arrested for Shuttling Migrants from Kosovo to EU Countries

March 27, 2015 Armenia, Europe No Comments
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13:28, March 27, 2015

Nearly 400 law enforcement officials have collaborated to make 78 arrests in a cross-border effort to bust a huge human trafficking ring.

According to the European Union’s police force Europol,the alleged crime network issuspected of smuggling migrants from Kosovo into the EU.The arrests were made inAustria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Kosovo.

Officials believe the suspects, who mostly hail from countries in Central Europe and the Western Balkans, recruited migrants in Kosovo and arranged their entry into EU countries.

Europol said the migrants would usually travel to Serbia, where they would meet the smugglers and cross over the border into EU member country Hungary. Some allegedly continued on to Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and France.

Top Armenian Official Enjoys Banana Monopoly: Imported 12 Tons in 2014

March 27, 2015 Armenia, Business, Europe No Comments
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15:00, March 26, 2015

Nikol Pashinyan focused on the price of bananas during today’s session of Armenia’s parliament.

The opposition MP said that while the yellow fruit costs 500 or 600 drams per kilo, at a stretch 700 drams, throughout Europe, in Armenia a kilo goes for more than 700.

Pashinyan wagged his finger at Mihran Poghosyan, who heads the country’s Compulsory Enforcement Service, for controlling the banana market with the backing of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.

“And against this backdrop, the man is a patriot. Do you believe it? He takes new employees to the Genocide Memorial and has them take an oath swearing ‘In the name of the homeland…’ If you’re a patriot let the people live in Armenia. Let them run their businesses. If you’re such a patriot don’t do things that force people to leave,” Pashinyan declared at the parliament session.

Azerbaijan: Khadija Ismayilova Allowed to See Family for First Time in Months

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17:34, March 26, 2015

Khadija Ismayilova, the investigative journalist jailed in Azerbaijan, has been allowed to see her family for the first time since her December arrest.

Ismayilova’s sister, Sabina Rahimova, spoke to her through a glass window at a Baku detention center on Tuesday.

Describing the visit on Wednesday, Rahimova said that despite Ismayilova’s continued detention over what are widely believed to be politically motivated charges, the reporter remains in high spirits and asked to send greetings to her friends and family.

Ismayilova was arrested on Dec. 5 and charged with inciting a former colleague to attempt suicide. Authorities have detained her ever since, later charging her over a number of new allegations including embezzlement and running an illegal business. She denies wrongdoing.

EU Sees ‘Limited Progress’ In Armenian Reforms

March 25, 2015 Armenia, Asia, Europe, Top News No Comments
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Armenia has made only “limited progress” in improving its human rights record, strengthening the rule of law and democratizing its political system over the past year, the European Union said on Wednesday.

“There were no tangible developments in the implementation and enforcement of legislation on human rights and fundamental freedoms,” the EU said in an annual report stemming from its European Neighborhood Policy (ENP).

“Several reforms remained at drafting stage and only some steps are missing to make them legal reality. Shortcomings stated in previous progress reports, such as the lack of trust in the judicial system and the fight against corruption, persisted.”

Ter-Petrosyan: Diaspora Should Draft Its Own Genocide Agenda; Recognition Not a Cornerstone of Armenia’s Foreign Policy

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15:59, March 24, 2015

Armenia’s first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan has issued his version of what Armenia’s official proclamation should be on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Genocide.

Readers will recount that Ter-Petrosyan blasted the Pan-Armenian Proclamation drafted by Armenia’s State Commemorative Organizing Committee last month as faulty and not in the best interests of Armenia.

In his draft proclamation published today in the Chorrord Ishkhanutyun newspaper, Ter-Petrosyan states that while Armenia should work to the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide (a policy enshrined in Armenia’s August 23, 1990 Declaration of Independence), such recognition should not become a cornerstone of Armenia’s foreign policy.

Bulgaria’s Largest Telecoms Firm Shares Bought by Group Linked to Sanctioned Oligarch

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17:21, March 24, 2015

A majority stake in the largest telecoms company in Bulgaria has been bought by a group linked to an oligarch close to Putin, according to a probe by the investigative journalism outlet Bivol.

The Louvrier Investment Company (LIC33) announced on March 19 that it had bought shares in the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company, known as Vivacom AD, from previous owner Tsvetan Vassilev.

LIC33’s chairman is Belgian-Russian businessman Pierre Louvrier, and its website lists a company address in Paris which Bivol, an OCCRP partner, discovered is a rented mailbox. According to Bivol, no company with the name LIC33 legally exists in France and it is unclear where the group is registered.

Ter-Petrosian Urges Armenian Support For Turkey’s EU Accession

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Armenia should stop pressing for an official Turkish recognition of the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire and instead help Turkey join the European Union, former President Levon Ter-Petrosian said on Tuesday.

In another newspaper article, the opposition leader also reiterated, albeit cautiously, his criticism of a declaration on the 100th anniversary of the genocide that was adopted by President Serzh Sarkisian and leaders of Armenian Diaspora organizations last month.

The declaration calls on the Turkish state to “face up to its own history and past” by ending its long-running denial of a deliberate government effort to exterminate the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire. It makes clear that Armenia and its worldwide Diaspora will keep campaigning for a greater international recognition of the 1915 genocide.

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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.