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AAA welcomes John MacCain’s support of Armenia’s approach to normalize relations with Turkey

November 13, 2009 North America, Top News No Comments
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In a letter sent today, the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) thanked Senator John McCain for affirming the historical truth regarding the Armenian Genocide and for his support of a new chapter in Armenia-Turkey relations.

During Senator McCain’s interview with Voice of America’s Georgian service, Senator McCain acknowledged the Armenian Genocide and also expressed his support for the Armenia-Turkish rapprochement.

“We strongly believe that U.S. affirmation of the Armenian Genocide should not be held hostage to the normalization process and as such welcome Senator McCain’s remarks,” stated Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny. “The Assembly has also consistently expressed its support for normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey without preconditions,” added Ardouny.

Armenian Ambassador Criticizes Azerbaijan’s Rhetoric at UN Security Council

November 12, 2009 North America No Comments
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The United Nations Security Council began its debate on the effective protection of civilians in armed conflict on November 11, which marked the tenth anniversary of its systematic work in this endeavour.

The debate, with the participation of representatives from the UN’s 47 member states including Armenia, lasted well into the evening.

During the debate, Azerbaijan’s Ambassador, Agshin Mehdiyev, spoke about the events of Khojaly, presenting Azerbaijan’s view on the events.

Armenia’s Ambassador, Karen Nazaryan, followed Mehdiyev’s address closely and responded with the following statement, as noted by the UN Security Council and posted on the UN website:

US and Russia Working Together on Armenia-Turkey Relations: Clinton

November 10, 2009 North America No Comments
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US State Secretary Hillary Clinton is satisfied with the course of Russian-American relations over the last few months. Commenting on the relations of Moscow and Washington in her interview to NBC’s Tom Brokaw, Clinton said that she is very satisfied with the results noticed recently.

“I’m very pleased at what we’ve seen thus far. As we have famously said, we wanted to reset the relationship, and we wanted to work with the Russians wherever we could, narrow the areas of disagreement, stand up where we must against some of what we thought were their excessive behavior.

ANCA Launches “Countdown To Erdogan” Calling on President Obama To Honor His Armenian Genocide Pledge

November 9, 2009 North America, Top News No Comments
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The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) today unveiled “Countdown to Erdogan” – a month-long campaign of grassroots activism aimed at encouraging the U.S. Congress, the media, and – ultimately – the White House to put America on the right side of the Armenian Genocide.

Starting on Monday, November 9th, the ANCA website – www.anca.org/countdown – will launch a new action item every day, ranging from on-line activism and call-in days to social networking, coalition-building, community outreach, and hands-on activities – all aimed at educating and inspiring President Obama, on December 7th, to tell Prime Minister Erdogan, to his face, that America stands for a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide. Each week will also include at least one action item geared to end the ongoing genocide in Darfur, as part of the ANCA’s broader commitment to fostering U.S leadership in ending the cycle of genocide.

2010 Colorado U.S. Senate Contenders Speak Out on Armenian Genocide Recognition

November 6, 2009 North America, Top News No Comments
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The two leading contenders for Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, Andrew Romanoff and Michael Bennet, have staked out their views on U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Romanoff, a longstanding and vocal advocate for Armenian Genocide recognition, announced his candidacy on September 16th, challenging Bennet, who has held this Senate seat since he was appointed earlier this year by Colorado’s Governor Bill Ritter to fill the vacancy left when Ken Salazar departed the Senate to serve as Secretary of the Interior. During his service in the Senate, Salazar established a record, along with nearly all the other members in the state’s Congressional delegation, of co-sponsoring the Armenian Genocide Resolution, advocating Armenian priorities, and supporting anti-genocide initiatives.

United States-Armenia Joint Economic Taskforce

November 5, 2009 North America, Top News No Comments
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The U.S. Department of State welcomed Nersis Yeritsian, Armenia’s Minister of Economy, and his delegation for the 18th iteration of the U.S.-Armenia Joint Economic Taskforce (USATF). During his visit to the U.S., Minister Yeritsian and his team met with officials from several agencies in the U.S. Government, including the Department of State, Department of Treasury, Department of Commerce, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

California State University Now Bears Hrant Dink’s Name

November 4, 2009 North America No Comments
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A monument at California State University Sonoma honoring the survivors and victims of genocides and hate crimes now bears the name of Hrant Dink, alongside the names of peace activists and visionaries such as Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Albert Einstein, Vaclav Havel and Pete Seeger, reports the Hrant Dink Foundation.

Hrant Dink’s name was added in March thanks to the sponsorship of Armenian organizations in California, which financed a memorial “brick” in Dink’s honour.

Dink’s widow, Rakel Dink, visited the monument during a September 28 – October 6 trip to the U.S., where she was hosted by Mgrditch Melkonyan, pastor of the First Armenian Presbyterian Church of Fresno, California.

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US Senate Majority Leaders Calls on Secretary of State To Meet With Armenian American Leaders

November 3, 2009 North America, Top News No Comments
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has formally shared the reservations of the Silver State’s Armenian community regarding the dangers of the recently signed Turkey-Armenia Protocols with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

In a letter to ANCA-Nevada activist Razmig Libarian, the Senate leader reported that he had recently written to Secretary Clinton to pass along the concerns of his state’s citizens of Armenian heritage, and to encourage her to meet directly with the national leadership of the Armenian American community regarding the state of Turkey-Armenia relations.

ArmTech To Engage Global Armenian Community

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The Armenian high tech industry Conference (ArmTech) announced today, in parallel press conferences, that it will hold its 2009 conference for showcasing the global high tech industry capabilities of the Republic of Armenia from November 5 through 8 in Silicon Valley, California. ArmTech Congress ’09 will take place at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California.

This is the third annual ArmTech Congress conceived under the theme of “learning from the past and inventing the future.” The event is designed for professionals interested in engaging the global Armenian community and the rapidly rising High Tech Industry sector in Armenia.

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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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For Better or For Worse: Nature Protection Ministry Proposes Amendments to Water Use Laws

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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.

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

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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

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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.