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Armenian Makes it to the Final at Tashkent World Wrestling Championship

September 12, 2014 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia No Comments
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14:06, September 12, 2014

The star of the Armenian team at the 2014 World Wrestling Championship taking place in Tashkent has to be Arsen Julfalakyan in the 75kg Greco-Roman classification.

While other team members have been thrown to the mat early on in defeat, Julfalakyan has made it through to the finals.

And no wonder, Julfalakyan won the silver medal  in the event in 2010 and won third place in 2011 and 2013.

Julfalakyan crushed Elvin Mursaliyev (Azerbaijan) in the 1/16 Final by a score of 9-0.

The Armenian then went on to beat Florian Marchl (Austria) in the 1/8 Final and Juan Escobar (Mexico) in the Quarter Final.

EU Details More Aid To Armenia

September 9, 2014 Armenia, Europe, Georgia, Top News No Comments
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The European Union has announced plans to provide Armenia with up to 170 million euros ($220 million) in fresh assistance over the next three years.

The EU’s executive body, the European Commission, said late on Monday that the “indicative allocation” will be part of much broader aid to countries that are part of its European Neighborhood Policy. They include not only ex-Soviet republics but also Arab states like Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon and Jordan.

According to a statement released by the commission, just over one-third of the 2014-2017 aid package for Armenia is to be channeled into “private sector development.” The rest of the sum will mostly be spent on reforms of the judiciary and public administration promised by the Armenian authorities. The statement gave no further details.

More Armenian Wrestlers Get Tossed from Tashkent Championship

September 9, 2014 Armenia, Georgia No Comments
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14:36, September 9, 2014

Today, more Armenian wrestlers got tossed out of the 2014 Wrestling World Championship taking place in Tashkent.

Valodya Frangulyan (61KG) was beaten by Russia’s Aleksandr Bogomoev in the qualifying round.

Bogomoev went on to beat Beka Lomtadze from Georgia in the 1/8 final, but lost to Yowlys Bonne from Cuba in the ¼ final.

Thus, Frangulyan was even deprived of the chance to wrestle for third place.

The hopes of Armenia were pinned on Davit Safaryan, last year’s winner in the 65kg freestyle category.

While Safaryan beat Haislan Veranes (Canada) in the 1/16 final, the Armenia lost to Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (Mongolia) in the 1/8 final.

Armenia Raps NATO For ‘Pro-Azeri’ Statement

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Armenia on Monday criticized NATO for again backing Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and not explicitly acknowledging the Karabakh Armenians’ right to self-determination.

Foreign Minister Edward said this stance contradicts the existing Karabakh peace proposals made by the United States and another key NATO member, France, together with Russia.

In an extensive declaration adopted at a summit held in Wales late last week, the leaders of the NATO member states said they “remain committed in their support to the territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova.” They said NATO will therefore continue to seek settlements of the conflicts in the South Caucasus and Moldova “based upon these principles and the norms of international law.”

Baku Pleased With NATO ‘Support’ On Karabakh

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The Azerbaijani government has commended NATO for reaffirming its declared support for Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at its latest summit held in Wales.

“Allies also remain committed in their support to the territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova,” U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of NATO’s 27 other member states said in a joint declaration adopted on Friday.

“In this context, we will continue to support efforts towards a peaceful settlement of the conflicts in the south Caucasus, as well as in the Republic of Moldova, based upon these principles and the norms of international law, the UN Charter, and the Helsinki Final Act,” read the declaration.

Armenia ranks 85th on World Economic Forum index

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Armenia ranks as the 85th country on the World Economic Forum’s latest Competitiveness Index.
The ranking methodology is based on 12 main pillars: institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, health and primary education, higher education and training, goods and market efficiency, labor market efficiency, financial market development, technological readiness, market size, business sophistication and innovation.
The list for 2014-2014 includes 114 countries. Leading states are Switzerland, Singapore, the US, Finland, Germany, Japan, Hong King, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Sweden.
Armenia’s neighbors, Iran, Turkey Georgia and Azerbaijan, rank the 83rd, 38th, 69th and 45th, respectively.
Russia has climbed to the 53rd position (the index was elaborated before the latest sanctions against the country). Tajikistan, which is the 91st on the list, has the lowest ranking among the post-Soviet countries.
Yemen, Chad and Guinea are at the bottom of the index.
The full index can be accessed here>>>

One Caucasus Festival Uses Music to Bring Youth Closer

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17:49, September 2, 2014

From August 28 to 31, the One Caucasus festival took place in the Tseravki District of Georgia bordering both Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The site was strategically chosen by the organizers of the initiative that seeks to create an inspirational and safe space for young people of the Caucasus to meet.

Musicians from several European and African countries, including the UK, Senegal and Ukraine, performed to an audience that was mostly made up of residents from the nearby Armenian village of Shahoumyan.

The region hasn’t seen an event of such scope since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Source: HetqOriginial Article

Woman Harvester Operator with Painted Nails Makes Villagers Forget Their Hail Damaged Crop Losses

September 2, 2014 Armenia, Culture, Georgia No Comments
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11:42, September 2, 2014

Every since mid-August, the main concern on the mind of Ghadolar residents in the Georgian Akhalkalak area has been the wheat harvester.

That’s to say, villagers were constantly asking, “When will that harvester arrive to thrash our wheat and barley?”

Ghadolar lies 22 kilometers from the regional capital of Akhalkalak. Half the road, once paved long ago, is little more than dirt. Former Georgian President Saakashvili ordered the other half repaved because it leads to a ski center.

Due to the road’s poor condition, taxi drivers are hesitant to take fares to Ghadolar.

School Kids in Javakhk Get Two More Weeks of Vacation, and Work

September 1, 2014 Armenia, Georgia No Comments
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00:23, September 1, 2014

Children in Javakhk aren’t starting classes today as usual.

The school year in Georgia will begin on September 15 as part of a reform package initiated by former Georgian President Saakashvili.

It will not end on May 24 but June 15.

Source: HetqOriginial Article

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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.

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.

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10:24, March 14, 2014

I’m looking for freelancers who can broaden the scope of Hetq’s English edition

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Anything interesting happening in your local community you’d like to share?

Write to me with your ideas and story suggestions.

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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.

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.