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A Turkish arm-wrestler has reportedly been barred from entering Azerbaijan and participating in a major competition there because of his last name which Azerbaijani immigration authorities felt is Armenian.
 
Zafer Noyan, a 24-year-old resident of the Turkish city of Diarbekir, flew to Baku last week to compete in the 2014 European Armwrestling Championship along with other members of Turkey’s national team.
 
Several Turkish news services reported on Thursday that immigration officers at Baku airport told Noyan that he cannot enter the country because they believe he is an ethnic Armenian. They said the young athlete was put on another plane and flown back to Istanbul despite his assurances that his surname and ethnic origin are not Armenian.
 
It is not clear whether the Turkish team managers or the European Armwrestling Federation protested against Noyan’s expulsion.
 
The Azerbaijani authorities have long banned Armenian nationals and ethnic Armenian citizens of third countries, including Turkey, from travelling to Azerbaijan. They consider any Armenian presence in the country an affront to its honor and the memory of Azerbaijanis killed in the unresolved conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Russia’s Arms Sale to Azerbaijan Doesn’t Shadow Armenia’s Partnership with Russia, Assures Deputy Foreign Minister

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17:19, May 29, 2014

Responding to Hetq’s questions is Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Manasaryan.

RA President Serzh Sargsyan extended an invitation to Turkey’s president to participate in the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. If he agrees, what will that visit provide?

It will develop the process. I consider it very positive; we are waiting for the answer.

Will there be an answer?

I can’t say.

The RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs repeatedly speaks of friendly relations between Armenia and Russia, but on Republic Day, the president of the Russian Federation congratulated only Azerbaijan. What does this mean?

We shouldn’t draw conclusions from whether there was a congratulation or not that Russia is not our strategic partner. It’s not right…

Sargsyan’s invitation to Turkey’s future leader was battle call, says Dashnak politician

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The call which the Armenian president made earlier this week, inviting Turkey’s future leader to Yerevan for the 2015 Genocide centennial events, was a kind of battle call to the country, according to a senior representative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaksutyun.
“This is no longer an invitation for watching a football match; it is rather a battle call to Turkey in response to the country’s renewed policies of denial. I believe we will frequently eyewitness the continuation of those policies until April 24,” Giro Manoyan, the head of the party’s International Secretariat in Yerevan, told Tert.am.
President Serzh Sargsyan voiced the call at the Genocide centennial commemoration commission’s meeting on Tuesday. He said particularly that the Turkish authorities have to be in the country, next to the Armenians next year if they are really interested in knowing the historical truth.
Asked why Turkey hasn’t responded to the statement so far, the politician said he doesn’t think that a failure to do so would be surprising at all. “I don’t rule out the possibility of their attempt to ignore the statement just as they did in 2005. After they proposed creating a commission of historians, Armenia’s then president [Robert Kocharyan] wrote a letter, warning against leaving the entire burden to historians, and calling efforts to set up a government commission and establish diplomatic solutions. But they were telling lies to the world for three years on end, saying that ‘Armenia has not responded to our proposal’. I suppose they will demonstrate the same attitude to this statement,” Manoyan said, adding that he doesn’t think Turkey expected such a response by Armenia.

President Sargsyan Addresses Genocide Coordination Committee: “Turkey has no alternative but to face history”

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15:05, May 27, 2014

Today the 4th session of the State Commission on Coordination of the events dedicated to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide was held at the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex in Yerevan.

The session was presided over by the Chairman of the Commission and the President of the RA Serzh Sargsyan.

Today’s enlarged session was aimed at finalizing the schedule and the strategy of the Commission’s actions in the run up to the official launch of the Centenary events. The members of the commission were joined by the representatives of regional Centenary committees from different communities, experts, diplomatic representatives of the Republic of Armenia, leaders of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church dioceses and members of the clergy from the Armenian Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia, Armenian Catholic Church of Cilicia and Armenian Evangelical World Council.

Armenian church ravaged in Turkey’s east

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An Armenian church in Oltu, a district in Turkey’s eastern province  of Erzurum, has fallen into ruin in the wake of treasure hunters’ continuing searches.
Only two walls remain standing of Hoshnavaz, the one-time historical monument which “tolerated” the hunts for many years, Demokrat Haber reported.A local pastor is quoted as saying in written records that he has seen the complete building of the church which had a dome and three windows.
“But the dome later collapsed, and was destroyed after being targeted by treasure hunters. I don’t know if they found anything or not but I feel pity for the historical heritage,” read the written recollections which the pastor submitted to the church.According to him, no one has so far visited the monument. “You, the journalists, are the first visitors,” the Turksih publication reports him as saying.

Armenian Authors’ Works Attract Interest in International Literary Market

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11:48, May 26, 2014

Hetq spoke with First Armenian Literary Agency owner and literary agent Arevik Ashkharoyan about the interest in Armenian authors in the international market, as well as the reaction in Armenia to not only local authors’ works, but also translations of famous foreign literature. 

You represent Armenian writers at international literary platforms, mainly in Europe, coming into contact with foreign contemporaries in literature and their propaganda. Generally, what trends is the international literary market guided by?

It’s hard to speak of definite trends, since everything depends on what literature we’re talking about. If we look at bestsellers in this context, the trends are clear: they are those books that are not of very good quality and easily read, sometimes even very cheap pornographic or erotic literature. 

Promoting Innovative Rural Tourism in the Black Sea Basin Region

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13:46, May 26, 2014

The Promoting Innovative Rural Tourism (PIRT) project partly funded by the EU on May 24 participated in the info fair organized as part of the Europe Day in Armenia week of events in order to raise public awareness and visibility of the project.

Project Coordinator Anna Arakelyan informed visitors to their booth about the project’s success and progress. She said that the project will strengthen regional cooperation and partnerships — through an exchange of experience and the integrated use of physical and human resources, which aims to improve tourism product standards and service quality.

Turkey’s Mosul consul’s convoy attacked

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A convoy carrying Turkey’s consul to Mosul, Öztürk Yılmaz, was targeted by a bomb late May 24, the Hurriyet Daily News reports. The convoy was en route to Arbil when a remote-controlled roadside bomb was detonated in the Maliye district to the east of the flashpoint city, three kilometers from the consulate building.No casualties were reported, but armored vehicles in the convoy were damaged.Security officials said the attackers had targeted Yılmaz’s car but the bomb struck the car in front, damaging only the windows of the car carrying the Turkish consul general.The head of Mosul police said an investigation was underway to find the attackers. Yılmaz’s convoy was attacked before, in September 2013. No casualties were reported in that attack. 

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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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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.