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Islamic state ‘executes’ dozens of Syrian soldiers

August 28, 2014 Diaspora, Video No Comments
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Jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) appear to have executed “dozens” of Syrian army soldiers, activists say, according to BBC News.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the soldiers were captured while attempting to flee to Hama province after IS stormed the Tabqa airbase.Twitter accounts belonging to jihadists had boasted about 200 deaths, it added.On Wednesday, photos and a video were posted online appearing to show more than 100 men in their underwear being marched through the desert at gunpoint.In the video, militants shout “Islamic State” and “There is no going back”.In images published earlier this week, IS fighters wearing balaclavas could be seen shooting dead at least seven kneeling men at the airbase.Tabqa airbase – near the northern city of Raqqa, an IS stronghold – fell to IS on Sunday after weeks of fierce fighting.The Observatory said 346 IS fighters and more than 170 members of the security forces were killed in the final battle, which lasted five days.
Read more on the BBC website.

Isis reportedly demands $6.6m for freeing American woman

August 27, 2014 Armenia, Video No Comments
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Islamic State militants are reportedly demanding $6.6 million and the release of a US prisoner before they will free a third American hostage held by the group, an unidentified aid worker, Fox News reported.
A source confirmed to Fox News that the aid worker is a 26-year-old woman from the West Coast. They did not provide further details, but ABC News reported that the woman, whose relatives have requested she not be identified, is the third of at least four Americans known to be held by the extremist Muslim organization. American journalist James Foley was executed by the group in a video that circulated online last week. Steven Sotloff, formerly of Miami, Florida, was also seen alive in the same footage and purportedly remains in Islamic State custody.
The terror organization also has demanded that U.S. authorities release Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted in 2010 of trying to kill U.S. officials two years earlier. Siddiqui, 42, who reportedly married a nephew of Al Qaeda mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in 2003, was later sentenced to 86 years in prison. The Karachi native, who was educated in the United States and earned degrees from M.I.T. and Brandeis University, remains in federal custody in Texas.

Top 8 highlights from 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

August 25, 2014 Armenia, Music, Video No Comments
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BBC News has singled out eighttop highlights from this year’s MTV Video Music Awards:1. Everyone is talking about Beyonce. And not just because of her metallic leotard. She performed an epic 20-minute set that brought the house down.

2. The singer accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award. She was joined on stage by husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy. Beyonce cried saying: “I am filled with so much gratitude”. The crowd chanted her name.

3. No twerking this year for Miley Cyrus. She won Video of the Year for Wrecking Ball and got a homeless man, Jesse, to collect her award. He’s from My Friend’s Place, a charity the singer supports which helps people on the streets “improve their psychological, intellectual and physical capacity”.

Boko Haram declares new Islamic state in north Nigeria

August 25, 2014 Arts, Diaspora, Video No Comments
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Militant group Boko Haram has said it has set up an Islamic state in the towns and villages it has seized in north-eastern Nigeria.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was speaking in a video released to congratulate his fighters for seizing the town of Gwoza earlier this month, according to BBC News.
It is not clear if Mr Shekau has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, which controls parts of Iraq and Syria.
Nigeria’s army has rejected the claim as “empty”.
Thousands of people have been killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria, since 2009 when Boko Haram began its insurgency.
Gwoza, which had 265,000 residents in the last census, is the biggest town under Boko Haram control.
Read more on the BBC website.

Violent Student Leader Promoted By Government

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A pro-government youth activist who led fellow students attacking and verbally abusing journalists last December has been appointed as deputy head of one of Armenia’s leading state-run universities.

Sevak Khachatrian has until now headed the student council of the Armenian State Economics University (ASEU). He earned notoriety during violence that marred the granting of a controversial ASEU doctoral degree to Yerevan Mayor Taron Markarian.

Markarian supposedly defended his dissertation on municipal business administration at a ceremony that was held behind the closed doors despite a legal requirement that such procedures must be open to the public and the media in particular. Journalists, among them an RFE/RL correspondent, were confronted by several dozen aggressive youths led by Khachatrian as they tried unsuccessfully to cover the event. The young men mocked, threatened and swore at the press corps during the scuffle.

Armenian minister pledges to join Ice Bucket Challenge

August 23, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora, Video No Comments
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Armenia’s minister of education and science says he is going to join the Ice Bucket Challenge in the run-up to the new academic year.
“I will join the campaign for charity reasons for of all, as it originally has healthcare objectives: to fight amitrophic sclerosis,” Armen Ashotyan told Tert.am.
The minister, who is very popular on Facebook and Twitter, promised to later share the video footage through the social networking sites to prove that he really joined the charity function. “Given that children from disadvantaged families will be attending school on September 1, I will offer aid to one of those families,” he said.  

Source: TertOriginial Article

Armenia, Artsakh Journalists Meet with Soldiers on Front Line, NKR Defense Minister

August 21, 2014 Armenia, Karabakh, Video No Comments
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11:14, August 21, 2014

Representatives of news media from the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (NKR) on August 19 visited the front lines and military units of the Karabakh Defense Army where they met with soldiers and commanders, after which they attended a press conference held by the Minister of Defense of NKR Movses Hakobyan (pictured).

Prior to responding to questions from the press, the defense minister gave an opening speech, outlining the regional military and political situation in terms of recent developments at the front line, as well as the first-quarter results, and the current and future issues of capacity-building of the army.

U.S. ‘Refuses Arms Deal With Azerbaijan’

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The United States has reportedly refused to sell military vehicles to Azerbaijan because of the unresolved conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Baku-based APA news agency reported this week that the Azerbaijani government offered to buy some of the Humvee and Cougar vehicles used by U.S. troops in Afghanistan but was rebuffed by Washington. Citing unnamed military sources, it said the U.S. military pointed to a long-running U.S. arms embargo on all parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The Pentagon announced earlier this summer that about half of the military vehicles will be sold to friendly nations or disposed of otherwise during the ongoing U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is due to be completed by the end of 2016. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have contributed small military contingents to the NATO-led multinational mission in Afghanistan as part of their cooperation with the U.S. war on terror.

U.S. Ambassador Calls on Both Sides to Start Serious Negotiations on Karabakh

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13:44, August 20, 2014

In the video clip below, US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern calls on the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan to renew their efforts to find a peaceful negotiated resolution of the Karabakh conflict.

Speaking in Armenian, Ambassador Heffern expresses his condolences to those soldiers on both sides that have been killed during the recent fighting along the line of contact, adding that the best way to pay respects to those who have died is to immediately cease all hostilities.

Ambassador Heffern emphasizes that threats and crude rhetoric merely exacerbate the tensions that need to be ratcheted down.

Source: HetqOriginial 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.

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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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10:24, March 14, 2014

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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

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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.