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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


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. 

Moroccan, Ethiopian athletes win Istanbul marathon

November 16, 2014 Asia, Diaspora, Sports No Comments
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Athletes from Morocco and Ethiopia on Nov. 16 won the 36th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon, dubbed “the only intercontinental race in the world,” the Hurriyet Daily News reports.Hafid Chani won the men’s competition, finishing the 42-kilometer course in two hours, 11 minutes and 53 seconds, becoming the first athlete from Morocco to win the race in its history. Chani will a $50,000 prize for finishing first.Ethiopia’s Gebo Burka came second after finishing the course in 2:12.23, while Kenya’s Michael Kiprop followed him in a time of 2:12.39.Burka will receive $25,000, while Kiprop is set to go home with $15,000.In the women’s category, Ethiopia’s Amane Gobena was the winner, finishing the race in two hours, 28 minutes and 46 seconds.Compatriot Salomie Getnet and Ukrainian Olena Burkovska followed, respectively. Getnet finished in 2:30.36, while Burkovska posted 2:31.30.Turkish athletes Elvan Abeylegesse and Ümmü Kiraz followed them in the fifth and sixth spots, respectively.The run began 300 meters before the Bosphorus Bridge on the Asian side with the participation of Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş and Sports and Youth Minister Akif Kılıç.“Today, [people] will run for the love of Istanbul. Istanbul is a beautiful city between two continents. We will experience this beauty together,” Topbaş said before giving the start signal at 9 a.m.Almost 25,000 athletes and racing enthusiasts from 118 countries participated in the marathon, as well as 15- and 10-kilometer runs.The public run started at 9:30, with the son of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Bilal Erdoğan, among the attendees.

Chief of Argentine soccer club recognized for rejecting Azerbaijani sponsorship

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I am very pleased that San Lorenzo could be a pioneer in saying that not everything can be bought, that not everything can be sold,said Matias Lammens, President of the Argentinean football club San Lorenzo de Almagro, who was recognized by the Armenian community on Friday for rejecting Azerbaijani sponsorship in his club.
“Sometimes the power of money tries to trample on history, because Nagorno Karabakh was an Armenian territory until 1917. It is surprising how money occupies such an important place in our society and steps over issues of history and identity,” Lammens said, according to Asbarez.
Lammens was honored by a large gathering of representatives of the Armenian community and Armenian organizations, as well as leaders from other football clubs like the Vice Presidents of River and Independiente, Matias Patanian and Noray Nakis, respectively. The renowned sports journalists Enrique Macaya Marquezand Walter Safarian, who acted as host, also attended the event.
When asked by Prensa Armenia, Lammens provided details of the Azeri officials approaching him in Madrid and Argentina, who told him that “there could not be ethnic Armenians in the executive committee of the club.”
He also expressed his admiration for the Armenian community because “they are great activists and have always passed on from generation to generation the Armenian cause for genocide recognition. It seems incredible that only twenty countries have recognized the Genocide after almost a hundred years.”

Tennis: Murray qualifies for World Tour Finals after beating Dimitrov

October 31, 2014 Diaspora, Sports No Comments
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Andy Murray booked his place at the ATP World Tour Finals with an emphatic win over Wimbledon conqueror Grigor Dimitrov at the Paris Masters, BBC Sports reported.
The Briton, who lost in straight sets at Wimbledon, beat the Bulgarian 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.
The 27-year-old Scot, seeking to win his fourth title in six weeks, needed to reach the last eight to qualify for the season-ending finals in London.
He will face world number one Novak Djokovic in the last eight on Friday.
Djokovic needed a second-set tie-break for a 6-3 7-6 (7-2) win over Gael Monfils, which took 92 minutes. 
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Source: TertOriginial Article

Armenian wrestler declared winner of Andiev prize

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A representative of Armenia’s wrestling team, participating in the 36th traditional tournament dedicated to double world champion Soslan Andiev, earned the winner’s title on the first day of the competitions.
Gagik Barseghyan (w/c 57 kg), who had won a bronze medal in the European Championship earlier this year, was declared a winner of Andiev Prize after gaining advantage over Artak Hovhannisyan in the same weight class.
Narek Sanoyan, another representative of Armenia, came in the fifth after losing to the rival in a fight for a bronze medal.
The tournament kicked off in Vladikavkaz, Russia on Friday. It has brought together over 250 wrestlers from Russia, United States, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Apart from the legendary champion, participants, coaches and the crowd of fans, yesterday’s opening event was also attended by Rustem Kelekhsaev, the vice president of North Ossetia’s government.
Armenia’s delegation, headed by coach Arayik Baghdadyan, includes eight sportsmen.

European Boxing Championship: Two Armenians named winners

October 22, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora, Europe, Sports No Comments
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Two of the four Armenian sportsmen participating in the 2014 European Boxing Championship in Zagreb (Croatia) celebrated a victory in the Tuesday duels.
Ararat Gyulbangyan (64kg) gained advantage over Serbia’s Florian Sabo; heavyweight Gnel Muradyan beat Poland’s Milos Wodeski.
The two other Armenian representatives, Spartak Tamaryan (56 kg) and Tigran Melkonyan (69 kg) lost the battle to rivals. 

Source: TertOriginial Article

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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.

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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.

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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.