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Dink award winner says new Turkey is ‘scary place’

September 20, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora, Turkey No Comments
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The Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) oft-quoted promise of a “new Turkey” is a scary place, where rights violations and threats against opponents are common, according to Şebnem Korur Fincancı, the winner of the International Hrant Dink Award and head of the Turkish Human Rights Foundation (TİHV).
In an interview with Today’s Zaman, Fincanci shared her opinions about the government’s new slogan – “new Turkey.” She said: “The new Turkey rhetoric is very scary. This means new violations and more threats, and we are already seeing the signs of this. We know about the actions of this government that promotes the new Turkey. The new Turkey is about having crowds jeer at the mention of a mother who has lost her son.”
The TİHV head was referring to a rally speech by President Recep Tayyip Erdohan, who had his audience boo at the mention of the name Gülsüm Elvan, the mother of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan. Berkin died last year after being in a months-long coma that was caused by a tear gas canister being fired at him by the police during last year’s Gezi protests when he was out buying bread. The canister struck him in the head.
The International Hrant Dink Award was presented to Professor Fincancı on Sept. 15 – Hrant Dink’s birthday – for her activism regarding the plight of the Saturday Mothers, a group of women whose children disappeared while under state custody.
In response to a question about what she felt about the Dink award, Fincancı said: “I am flattered and humbled because I havebeen given an award that was earlier given to the Saturday Mothers. I am also a bit heartbroken. They are the ones who have suffered and are still suffering. What would our murdered brother [Dink] have done if he were with us at this time? I felt confused emotions that day.”
She also shared her opinions about the future of the murder trial of Hrant Dink, who was shot dead by an ultranationalist teenager outside the offices of the Turkish-Armenian Agos newspaper in İstanbul in January 2007.
“I don’t think the murder will be illuminated at this time. It looks like it will become one of the many trials that will be stonewalled with one trial after another. The course of the trial and the stance of the government on this issue indicates that. Temizöz’s release gives an idea about the future of the Hrant Dink trial.” 
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Southern Gas Corridor strategic energy avenue for 21st century – Barroso

September 20, 2014 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Europe, Turkey, Video No Comments
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The Southern Gas Corridor will be a strategic energy avenue for 21st century, according to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.“The Corridor is more than a pipeline. It will be a strategic energy avenue for the 21st century, a true geostrategic project,” the European official said at a groundbreaking ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century and the Southern Gas Corridor.“The Corridor is more than a pipeline. It will be a strategic energy avenue for the 21st century, a true geostrategic project,” he said in video message, according to Trend.az.Mr Barroso added Azerbaijan makes an important contribution to Europe’s oil imports today.“At the same time we are celebrating the progress made regarding the Southern Gas Corridor,” he noted.He added that the corridor, once completed, would stretch over 2,000 kilometers along the Caucasus and across Turkey – through Greece and Albania – and across the Adriatic, to connect the Caspian with the heart of EU. 

Turkey Vows To Keep ‘Serving Azerbaijan’

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reaffirmed his country’s unconditional support for Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh during an official visit to Baku on Friday.

“As Turkey’s prime minister and a representative of the Turkish people, I declare that Turkey will stand by Azerbaijan until the liberation of every square centimeter of Azerbaijani territory,” Davutoglu said after talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

“I want to reassure you that even the slightest pain caused to Azerbaijan is a blow to Turkey’s heart,” he told the press, according to Azerbaijani news agencies. “We see no difference between Turkey and Azerbaijan. Serving Azerbaijan means serving Turkey and vice versa.”

Turkey opens border to Syria Kurds

September 19, 2014 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey No Comments
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Turkish authorities opened the border with Syria on Sept. 19, allowing hundreds of Kurds fleeing from brutal attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to cross into Turkey.
“We will take in our brothers fleeing to Anatolia from Syria or any other place, without any ethnic or sectarian discrimination,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said during a visit to Azerbaijan after the government was forced to act by refugees streaming to the border and locals in Turkey converging on the area, demanding that their ethnic kin be permitted to cross.
He said he personally ordered the borders opened for the refugees who had gathered along the wire fences separating the two countries since Sept. 16, amid escalating clashes. “The entries have started now,” Davutoğlu said at the press conference.
The measure came hours after tension between security forces and locals, who reacted against officials that kept Syrian refugees waiting at the border in the southeastern village of Dikmetaş. Turkish police and troops resorted to tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protestors, who had massed near the border. A woman was injured after stepping on a land mine that triggered an explosion, Doğan News Agency reported.
Live television footage showed Syrian Kurds, mostly women and children, crossing the border into Turkey under tight security. Sounds of gunfire and mortar explosion were still heard in Dikmetaş, a sign of the ongoing clashes, reports said. Exhausted Syrians passing the border were offered water and food by the troops, as Davutoğlu said Turkey’s disaster agency AFAD had been instructed to provide assistance.  
Read more on the Hurriyet Daily News website.

Sarkisian Visits Vatican, Meets Pope

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President Serzh Sarkisian on Friday met with Pope Francis I and invited him to visit Armenia next year during an official trip to the Vatican that highlighted increased links between the Roman Catholic and Armenian Apostolic Churches.

Sarkisian also held separate talks with the Vatican’s Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and other cardinals representing the Roman Curia, the Catholic Church’s administrative body.

“During the cordial discussions, satisfaction was expressed for the development and strengthening of bilateral relations, highlighting the special role of Christianity in the history and life of Armenian society,” the Holy See said in a communique issued after the meetings.

Aliyev holds one-on-one meeting with Turkish PM

September 19, 2014 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey No Comments
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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu held today a one-on-one talks in Baku.
According to the APA News Agency, the sides expressed their content with the development of bilateral relations. They also expressed confidence in further development of the relations and exchanged views on issues of mutual interests.

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Armenia’s Yezidi organizations have no list of potenial immigrants

September 16, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora, Turkey No Comments
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The Iraqi citizens wishing to settle in Armenia can obtain entry permits at corresponding diplomatic missions, not at border checkpoints as was earlier thought.
The legislative requirement also applies to the Yezidis of northern Iraq, who now temporarily reside in Turkey. Their settlement in Armenia can be discussed only in case of the availability of corresponding documents. Sources from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs say they have not so far received any list of Iraqi Yezidis seeking residence permits.
Boris Murazi, the president of a Yerevan-based association of Yezidis, had earlier told the local daily Zhamanak that around 30,000 people now wish to settle in Armenia.
Speaking to Tert.am, however, Murazi said that the proposal had been made considering the existing tolerance and favorable conditions in the country.
“The people’s attitude, plus the fact that they are not Muslims – this is not a Muslim country – offer good conditions. That is why people wish to come,” he said, adding that he would wish Yezidi immigrants to settle in areas populated by their compatriots.
Murazi said he is not sure that the refugees can easily come to Armenia given the difficulties that may emerge due to the closed border with Turkey. “Because they are in Turkey, and we have problems with the Turkish side, I can understand it from that point of view. But it is possible to at least receive some of them,” he noted.
For further comments on this and possible national security risks, Tert.am talked to Hayk Kocharyan, a professor at the Yerevan State University’s Oriental Studies Department, who ruled out any direct connections between the Yezidis’ desire to settle in Armenia and the threats that they face because of being non-Muslims.
“What we see here are relations between Muslims and non-Muslims who, as ‘impious’ people, experience corresponding ordeals fanatically inflicted by members of the Caliphate. The Christians, from this point of view, fall under a different category, as there are differences there. Hence the Caliphate which has become or aspires to become widespread can be thought to be the only organization that recognizes no borders in today’s world. If a Caliphate in Somalia, for instance, declares that it admits the Caliphate of Baghdad, then we have to reconsider the borders of the state we knew,” he noted.
The expert said he thinks that the threats could be real to the extent that the Islamist groups are close to Armenia and the neighboring country is involved in the processes. From that point of view, he said, the problem could be a national security threat to Armenia.

Turkish PM wants Eurasia tunnel ‘marvel’ finished ahead of deadline

September 14, 2014 Armenia, Asia, Diaspora, Europe, Turkey No Comments
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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has convinced the contractors of a roadway tunnel connecting Istanbul’s two sides to speed up construction and complete the project earlier than planned, amid growing concerns over safety weaknesses in the sector, the Hurriyet Daily News report.Istanbul’s Eurasia Tunnel and roadway pass began construction January 2014 and was planned to be completed in August 2017. However, the construction will reportedly be completed by December 2016, following negotiations with the contractor company’s representatives.“Completing the project in the shortest period of time, but in the safest way, will give us great happiness in terms of the reduction of time costs, as well as from a humanitarian perspective…” Davutoğlu said while visiting the project site on Sept. 13.The repercussions of the elevator collapse that cost the lives of 10 workers at a central Istanbul construction site last weekend have shifted focus to the general safety problems in the sector.Labor Minister Faruk Çelik, who has come under fire for government negligence regarding labor safety, acknowledged chronic problems in the sector and admitted companies sacrifice safety measures to reduce costs.“There is pressure regarding costs. If you enslave people to make work cheaper, this understanding leaves safety as the second priority,” Çelik has said.Meanwhile, Davutoğlu’s visit to the project, which he refers to as an “extraordinary engineering marvel,” came as the length of the constructed tunnel reached 920 meters.The prime minister was proud to be personally visiting the project – the Eurasia Tunnel – which he said is of historical importance, not only for Istanbul and Turkey, but also for the world.“An underwater pass at such a depth, pressure and intensity – to be completed in about four years – is an extraordinary engineering marvel that will not only provide comfort to our fellow citizens of Istanbul, but to all travelers from Asia to Europe and from Europe to Asia and humanity,” he said.“This project will make important contributions to Istanbul’s natural and environmental security. I am sure it will take its place as a golden signature in the name of the state of the Republic of Turkey,” he added.Davutoğlu said the 14.5-kilometer pass will be crossed by vehicles in less than 15 minutes thanks to the tunnel.The depth of the tunnel reaches 106 meters underwater at some points, while the total length of the tunnel is 5.4 km and the length of the transit pass is 9.2 kilometers.The Eurasia Tunnel is Turkey’s second underwater project in Istanbul after the Marmaray railway.
 

Turks warming to EU as concerns related to refugee flow skyrocket: Survey

September 11, 2014 Armenia, Europe, Turkey No Comments
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Turks have grown warmer to the European Union over the past year, while concerns about refugees and the government’s migration policy have sharply soared against the backdrop of rising tensions between Syrian refugees and locals, Hurriyet Daily News reports, citing the latest Transatlantic Trends survey by the German Marshall Fund.
The annual study shows that the EU’s approval rates have registered a slight but significant rise, after a chilly period that reached its pinnacle last year.
The proportion of the Turkish public with a positive opinion of the European bloc saw a 10 percent increase over the year, but at 45 percent remains lower than the proportion with an unfavorable opinion (51 percent). Meanwhile, the percentage of respondents who responded that accession would “benefit the country” (53 percent) topped the 50 percent threshold for the first time in many years.
Those who described their opinion about the EU as being “somewhat favorable” rose from 23 percent in 2013 to 36 percent this year, in addition to the 10 percent of respondents who said they have a “very favorable” opinion (a decline of 2 percent compared to 2013). However, the proportion of respondents with a “very unfavorable” opinion of the EU remains strong (30 percent) and is the highest among the sampled countries, including Greece, where the far-right has become a visceral political force, and Russia.
The new approval rates come after a turbulent year, when the EU has repeatedly condemned restrictive moves in terms of freedom of assembly and in the access to the Internet in Turkey. The Turkish government has attracted international uproar after blocking first Twitter and then YouTube, in the shadow of huge corruption allegations involving many top officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was prime minister at the time.
The survey also revealed that Turks’ positive views of NATO had seen an uptick, though the alliance remained unpopular among the majority of the population. Some 49 percent of respondents said NATO was essential to their security — a 10 percent increase from 2013.

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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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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.

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

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