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Obama Vows ‘Vigorous Support’ For Turkish-Armenian Normalization

December 4, 2009 North America, Top News No Comments
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U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to continue to press for an unconditional normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations which he believes should be completed within a “reasonable timeframe.”

 Obama hailed the U.S.-backed dialogue between the two nations as “historic,” in a letter to Hirair Hovnanian, chairman of the Armenian Assembly of America, that was publicized by the influential advocacy group late on Thursday.

“I agree that normalization between Armenia and Turkey should move forward without preconditions and within a reasonable timeframe,” he said, echoing statements by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other U.S. officials.

“We will continue to vigorously support the normalization effort in the months ahead,” added Obama.

Hayastan All Armenian Fund’s Telethon 2009 tonight

November 26, 2009 North America, Top News No Comments
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Hayastan All Armenian Fund’s International Fundraising Telethon will air on Shant, Armenia and H1-Armenian Public Television on November 26, 8 pm -8am. Airing live from Los Angeles, Telethon 2009 will reach every continent, entering Armenian homes through satellite, cable and internet means. The telethon will be web-cast on http://www.armeniafund.org.

More than 20,000 residents of Armenia have already made their contributions to Hayastan All Armenian Fund. The post offices of HayPost have already received more than 13 000 cash donations. More than 500 organizations and individuals have made bank transfers. Some people prefer to make their donations in the Fund’s Executive Board office.

Charles Aznavour With 100 Armenian Music Stars In Los Angeles

November 25, 2009 North America 1 Comment
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Legendary French-Armenian superstar Charles Aznavour will be among the more than 100 Armenian music stars being honored on Sunday, December 13, during the star-studded “M Club Music Video Awards” and “Armenian Music Awards” show.

 For the first time in Armenian entertainment history, the 7,100-seat Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE will be ground zero for the joint Armenian music and video awards show – a spectacular event that will raise the bar for all future Armenian award and entertainment shows.

 Resources from two US-based production companies and three international, local, and Armenian television networks are being synergized to present to attendees the most fascinating nominees from various genres and categories including the most popular and most critically-acclaimed Armenian singers, musicians, albums, and music videos.

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

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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.