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Leak Reveals US and UK Spies Hacked Mobile Phone Data in Bulk

February 20, 2015 Armenia, Business, Europe, Sports No Comments
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British and American agencies have harvested encryption codes that allowed them to access the voice calls and messages of millions of mobile phone users around the world, The Intercept revealed Thursday.

The US’s National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) worked together to hack Gemalto, the world’s largest producer of the SIM cards used in mobile phones and credit cards. The Netherlands-based company works with AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and 450 other providers around the world, producing two billion SIM cards per year.

Documents leaked to The Intercept by whistle-blower Edward Snowden contain information from the 2010 theft of three months of encryption data, during which NSA and GCHQ’s joint operation, titled the Mobile Handset Exploitation Team, collected millions of encryption codes.

President Sargsyan Greets Visiting UAE Delegation

February 20, 2015 Armenia, Sports No Comments
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15:39, February 19, 2015

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, who also serves as president of the country’s chess federation, today welcomed a delegation from the UAE headed by that country’s Chess Federation President Saeed Al Meqbali.

Sargsyan noted that he met yesterday with the UAE’s newly appointed ambassador to Armenia Jassem Mohammed Al Qasem and that the two discussed issues related to Armenia-UAE relations and areas of cooperation, including sports and especially chess.

Source: HetqOriginial Article

Artsakh Family of Eight Waits to Move Into New Government Constructed Home

February 12, 2015 Armenia, Arts, Sports No Comments
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13:30, February 11, 2015

To find the Grigoryan family house in Maghavouz, a village in the northern Artsakh district of Askeran, we asked a woman in the village square.

Pointing to a rocky elevated portion of the village, the woman said,” You see all that wash hanging on the line? That’s their house.”

If you study what’s hanging on the line in some detail, you can probably guess how many kids are running around inside.

It’s an old non-descript village house, both inside and out. While two stories, only the top floor is inhabitable. Various children stuffed toys are seated on the couch along the walls blackened from stock from the wood burning stove.

Broken Dreams: Family Flees War in Iraq Kurdistan for the Diaspora, Not Armenia

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12:58, February 10, 2015

“When it was snowing, my son went out to play. But it was cold and I’m called him to come home. Armenia is our father. So why doesn’t he call us inside?”

The above rhetorical question is posed by Movses Sarkisian, who left Iraqi Kurdistan for Istanbul.

Movses says that his cousin returned to Erbil after staying in Armenia for four years. He told Movses that in Armenia they called him a foreigner and a gharib (stranger) who had grown up among Turks.

People in Armenia are tired. Young people are looking for work in Europe. Everyone is leaving Armenia. Only the women and girls are left,” Movses says with a sigh. “We also felt like outsiders in Iraq. I am angry at Armenia. Why didn’t they take us in? Why didn’t they leave us outside for so long?”

All In the Family: Armenian Prime Minister’s Booming Business Empire-3

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15:30, February 2, 2015

Begining

We continue to present the companies, doing business in a variety of sectors, owned by Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan and his relatives.

Leasing of Real Estate

Strategic Property Management (SPM) CJSC is fully owned by Argam Abrahamyan. The company’s office is located at 4/2 Amiryan Street in Yerevan. SPM was founded in 2012 and Angin Sargsyan serves as director. The company’s paid-in capital is 300.9 million AMD

According to official Armenian tax data, SPM engages mostly in the wholesale foodstuff, beverage and tobacco sector. Currently, the company has temporarily ceased operations.

“Yes, I am the director. Right now, the company has halted its operations. In general, SPM doesn’t engage in any operation,” Angin Sargsyan said.

Macedonia: Police Skeptical Of Passport Fraud

December 2, 2014 Armenia, Europe, Sports, Video No Comments
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21:33, December 2, 2014

Macedonia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVR) has nixed claims that a new video, which purports to depict the large-scale forgery of passports, reveals an election fraud scheme.

The 45-second clip, published online by Fokus, a Macedonian weekly newspaper, shows what appears to be an apartment with computers and materials allegedly used to counterfeit Macedonian passports.

But MVR said in a press release that biometric security features on current Macedonian passports place them among the most secure in Europe, and that there was as yet no evidence of forgery.

“The footage may be inaccurate or commissioned by a political party,” police spokesperson Ivo Kotevski told Balkan Insight.

Armenian Participation In Baku Games Still In Doubt

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Armenia has not yet decided whether to participate in next year’s inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan, the Armenian National Olympic Committee said on Monday, contradicting statements made by senior European sports executives.

Patrick Hickey, the president of the European Olympic Committee (EOC), expressed confidence about the Armenian participation in Europe’s biggest-ever multi-sport event at the weekend following an EOC conference held in Baku. “Armenia confirmed to us they will take part here at the European Games,” he was reported to say after talks with Armenian officials present at the conference.

Narita 2014: Armenian sambo athlete declared world champion

November 22, 2014 Armenia, Karabakh, Sports No Comments
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An Armenian sportsman from the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has won the world champion’s title in the 2014 World Championship being held in Narita, Japan.
Mavrik Nasibyan, who celebrated a victory in all the fights, was awarded gold medal. He was declared a champion in the 73 kg weight class.
The com[etotions, which kicked off in the Japanese city on Friday, will run through November 23. They have brought together 600 sportsmen from 80 countries. 

Source: TertOriginial Article

Friendship declaration signed between Nagorno-Karabakh and French towns

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Nagorno-Karabakh’s (Artsakh) town of Askeran and the French city of Bouc-Bel-Air have concluded a friendship declaration expressing willingness to foster friendly ties.
The document was signed at the Bouc-Bel-Air City Hall on Wednesday as part of Nagorno-Karabakh Culture Minister Narine Aghabalyan’s visit to France.
The Declaration welcomes the consistent steps of the people and authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh towards the establishment and development of a free and democratic society and considers as unacceptable the isolation of the people of Artsakh. It is aimed at strengthening the friendly relations between the two cities and establishing cooperation in the educational, cultural, and sports spheres, says a press release by the Nagorno-Karabakh Foreign Ministry.
After the ceremony, Minister Aghabalian, Mayor of Bouc-Bel-Air Richard Mallié, Nagorno-Karabakh’s Permanent Representative to France Hovhannes Gevorgyan, and Vice-Consul of the Republic of Armenia in Marseilles Samvel Lalayan attended the concert of the group Voices of Artsakh. 

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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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Capitalism Run Amok Is Just Plain Capitalism

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16:37, January 17, 2015

By Markar Melkonian

The source of Armenia’s misery and humiliation, we often hear, is not capitalism per se, but rather “gangster capitalism,” “a broken system,” “capitalism run amok.”

The goal for the future, then, is to “fix the system,” to reform capitalism, to make it more like regular, pure, genuine Free Enterprise, the kind of capitalism that works. But what if Armenia’s actually existing capitalism already is genuine capitalism?

An economist once observed that the only existential meaning of “enterprise” in the term free enterprise is “whatever capitalists happen to be doing at the time”–and “free” is the accompanying demand that they be allowed to do it.

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.