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Yerevan Mum On Russian Protests Over Syrian-Armenian Town


Armenia on Tuesday pointedly declined to react to Russian officials’ apparently unfounded claims that Syrian rebels shot and killed ethnic Armenians when they captured Kessab, a small town close to Syria’s border with Turkey.
The Kessab mayor insisted, meanwhile, that none of the local Armenians was executed after the Islamist rebels, among them members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, stormed into the town on March 23.
“The shooting by militants of Armenian residents of the village in Syria must be investigated. The UN Security Council must immediately discuss the situation,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov tweeted late on Monday.


What Was An Accused Ukraine Drug Trafficker Doing In Mexico?

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15:44, April 1, 2014

Authorities inMexicohave arrested an alleged member of an Eastern European mafia organization who led a drug trafficking network with links to Asia and Europe, raising questions as to what he was doing in the country and whether he was acting as a broker for international criminal groups.

Based on intelligence from US law enforcement, Mexican police agents arrested Ukrainian national Steven Vladyslav Subkys, suspected of running a criminal organization dedicated to laundering money and trafficking arms and drugs in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States,reported Proceso. He was found in an exclusive residential development on the outskirts of Tijuana, Baja California.

Pan-Armenian charity makes appeal over Kessab

April 1, 2014 Armenia, Turkey No Comments

The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund has made an appeal to Armenians around the world to support the embattled Armenian community in Syria’s Kessab.

The plight of the people of the small Armenian community in northwestern Syria became known worldwide after al-Qaeda-affiliated militants launched vicious attacks against it late last month making hundreds of families flee their homes.

The exodus raised concerns about continued Armenian presence in Kessab amid reports about Turkey’s possible role behind the attacks.

“The tragic events taking place in Kessab these days bring back memories of the most mournful times of the Armenian history. It is evident that what our compatriots face today is a humanitarian disaster,” the Hayastan Fund said in a statement on April 1. “Today, we address all the individuals and organizations worldwide and call them to support the Kessab Armenian community.”

Concern for Kesab: Social networks campaign for immediate attention


Kessab, an ethnic Armenian-populated town in northwestern Syria, at the border with Turkey, along with its nine adjoining villages, remains in the focus of attention of Armenians across the world. The tragic events of March 22-25, when the peaceful population became a target of brutal attacks by armed Syrian rebels, have now raised international concerns, however, no adequate legal response has been given so far.

While social networks are overwhelmed with petitions to various instances with urges and pleas to “Save Kessab”, the Human Rights Defense Office of Armenia addressed an urgent appeal to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, CoE Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Ombudsman Institute, the European Ombudsman Institute, the Red Cross International Committee, Human Rights Watch, and Freedom House, saying in part:

#SaveKessab: Armenian Ombudsman’s Urgent Appeal to International Bodies on the Plight of Kessab Armenians

March 31, 2014 Armenia, Europe, Turkey No Comments
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11:21, March 31, 2014

Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia Karen Andreasyan this morning sent an urgent message to several international agencies to draw their attention to and urge them to launch an investigation into the events that occurred in the Armenian-populated town of Kessab in northwestern Syria over a week ago.

The statement issued by the Armenian Ombudsman to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, International Ombudsman Institute, European Ombudsman Institute, International Committee of the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch, and Freedom House reads as follows:

Kesab, Turkey and Shahan Natalie

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12:25, March 31, 2014

Three years after the start of the bloody war, we haven’t been able to solve the security issue of Syrian-Armenians

American-Armenian reporter Stepan Partamian, on his Facebook page, asks how many of the world’s ten million Armenians have visited Kesab or even gave it a second thought in the years preceding the war in Syria.

It’s a spot on observation. After 1,000 days of bloody and brutal war scenes emerging from Syria, we Armenians have yet to decide on what to do. The charitable and other forms of assistance provided to the Syrian Armenians caught in the pincers of this life and death struggle have, sadly, failed to address the most important dilemma facing them – their safety and security.

Kessab in focus: Washington, Moscow concerned over situation around Armenian-populated town In Syria

March 31, 2014 Armenia, Turkey No Comments

The United States and Russia have expressed their concern over the situation around the Armenian-populated town of Kessab in Syria that was seized by Islamic militants after attacks from Turkish territory earlier this month.

During a daily briefing in Washington on March 28 U.S. Department of State deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said the United States is “deeply troubled by recent fighting and violence that is endangering the Armenian community in Kessab, Syria, and has forced many to flee.”

More than 600 ethnic Armenian families had to flee their homes in the northwestern Syrian region in the wake of the attacks by armed bands affiliated with al-Qaeda. The Armenians took refuge in Latakia, some 60 kilometers to the south of their community. Syrian government troops have fought to regain control of the area.

Kardashian for Kessab: Armenian-American socialite tweets appeal for embattled Syrian town

March 31, 2014 Armenia, Turkey No Comments

Top American socialite and television star Kim Kardashian has joined tens of thousands of fellow Armenians in cyber space in condemning the recent attacks by Islamic militants on the town of Kessab in northwestern Syria, at the border with Turkey.

The onslaught by al-Qaeda-affiliated armed bands penetrating from Turkish territory resulted in the seizure of the mostly Armenian-populated community, driving hundreds of local families from the area and calling into doubt continued Armenian presence there.

“Please let’s not let history repeat itself!!!!!! Let’s get this trending!!!!” wrote Kardashian on Sunday.

The celebrity with more than 20 million followers on Twitter continued: “If you don’t know what’s going on in Kessab please google it, its heart breaking! As an Armenian, I grew up hearing so many painful stories!… Praying for everyone.”

Zhoghovurd: Prosperous Armenia leader heads to Middle East to settle business affairs

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The leader of the Prosperous Armenia party is said to have travelled to the Middle East to settle business affairs.
Citing its sources, the paper says that Gagik Tsarukyan is visiting Dubai in the coming days to meet with businessman MP Samvel Alexanyan and the Russian-Armenian businessman Samvel Karapetyan who are now spending their rest there. Other businessmen are also expected to join them, according to the paper.

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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

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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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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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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.

Armenian Foreign Policies 2013: Customs Union, U-turn on EU accord, Karabakh, Turkey, regional developments


2013 became a milestone year for Armenia not only in its foreign, but also domestic politics. After nearly four years of negotiations with the European Union over the signing of an association agreement on September 3 Armenia unexpectedly announced its intention to join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

This decision has had its influence not only on Armenia proper, but also on the processes elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Inspired by Armenia’s decision, Russia stepped up its pressure on Ukraine, which suspended the process of signing of the Association Agreement with the EU one week before the Vilnius summit of Eastern Partnership. As a result, on November 29 such agreements were initialed only by Moldova and Georgia.

Heritage reshuffle: Postanjyan becomes new leader of parliamentary faction


Zaruhi Postanjyan has been elected new head of the opposition Heritage faction in parliament. The change comes after Ruben Hakobyan announced his decision to resign as faction leader earlier today.

Talking to media in parliament Hakobyan said Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovannisian had been notified about his move well in advance. He left questions about reasons for his step without commentary, only saying that he had decided to step down as faction leader before the recent scandal around Postanjyan in the wake of her controversial question to President Serzh Sargsyan about his gambling habit at the PACE plenary session in Strasbourg on October 2.