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Armenian Opposition Supporters Rally Against Price Hikes
YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—The opposition Yelk alliance rallied hundreds of supporters in Yerevan on Friday to protest against recent increases in the prices of fuel and some foodstuffs which it blames on government policies. The price rises were caused, in part, by new tax legislation mandating higher excise duties on fuel, tobacco and alcohol. The cost of gasoline, diesel fuel and liquefied natural gas used by most vehicles in Armenia rose by over 10 percent immediately after it went into force o...
2018-01-20 15:25:45
11th Anniversary of Dink Assassination Commemorated in Istanbul
Paylan Calls on Parliament to Investigate Dink Murder ISTANBUL—Large crowds flocked to the former address of Turkish-Armenian weekly newspaper Agos in Istanbul on Friday to commemorate the late journalist Hrant Dink on the 11th anniversary of his assassination, reported the Hurriyet Daily Newspaper. Dink was shot dead with three bullets on Jan. 19, 2007, at around 3 p.m. in front Agos’ then-headquarters. On Thursday, Garo Paylan, an Armenian member of the Turkish Parliament repres...
2018-01-20 15:25:10
HRW Finds Armenia has ‘Uneven Record on Human Rights’
BERLIN—The Armenian government made important steps to improve access to palliative care for people with life-threatening illnesses in 2017 and parliament passed a law on violence in the family, but serious gaps in human rights protection persist, Human Rights Watch said Thursday in its World Report 2018. The authorities failed to bring to justice officials responsible for excessive use of force against protesters and journalists in Yerevan during July 2016 protests. Domestic violence is ...
2018-01-19 14:19:12
ANCA-Pasadena Chapter Hosts Annual Holiday Reception
PASADENA—The Pasadena chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America, started off the year with its traditional annual Holiday Reception on Thursday, January 11, with a capacity crowd at the Pasadena Armenian Center. In attendance were city and state officials, supporters, friends, and prominent members of the Armenian American community. The reception’s event coordinator, Garin Kevoian, delivered the welcoming remarks before introducing the evening’s Mistress of Ceremo...
2018-01-19 14:18:18
To Mark MLK Jr. Day, Chamlian Students Speak to Civil Rights Activist
GLENDALE—The Chamlian Armenian school’s eighth- grade class on January 12 hosted a Skype session with Armenian activist, Bethel Charkoudian, who participated in a Civil Rights Movement march led by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965. Charkoudian shared her personal story on her role with the Armenian Genocide and her experiences during the Civil Rights Movement. The 8th grade students had the opportunity to ask questions about what inspired her to participate in the movement and what em...
2018-01-19 14:17:33
Iran to Register Armenian Cathedral in Isfahan as UNESCO World Heritage Site
TEHRAN—After registering three churches as United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage sites in Iran, the government is looking to register the Holy Savior Cathedral, commonly referred to as Vank Cathedral, in the New Julfa district of Isfahan, reported the Iran Front Page news site. Deputy Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), Mohammad Hossein Talebian, said that there is a list of Armenian church...
2018-01-18 12:52:12
Yezidis Welcome Armenia’s Recognition of 2014 Genocide
YEREVAN—A prominent Yezidi human rights activist and a Yezidi advocacy group have welcomed the recognition of the Yezidi Genocide by the Armenian parliament, describing it as “a historic fact.” The Armenian Parliament on Tuesday unanimously adopted a statement, recognizing and condemning the Yezidi Genocide on terrorist-controlled territories of Iraq. “Today is a historic moment for the entire Yezidi community worldwide and for victims of this genocide. We welcome this ...
2018-01-18 12:51:31
L.A. Community Honors Grammy Nominees Mansurian and Orbelian
STUDIO CITY, Calif.—At a celebration luncheon held on January 13 in Los Angeles, the Armenian community honored two Armenian musicians, Tigran Mansurian and Constantine Orbelian, on the occasion of their nomination for the prestigious Grammy Awards. The luncheon, which took place at Bistro Garden in Studio City, was attended by a cross section of cultural leaders and music lovers. It was sponsored by Drs. Nazareth and Ani Darakjian, Mrs. Alice Navasargian, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe and Joyce S...
2018-01-18 12:50:48
Funeral Notice: Arevi Manoukian
AREVI MANOUKIANBorn on June 26, 1933 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved mother Arevi Manoukian on Friday, January 12, 2018. Her love and devotion will be an example for us for the rest of our days. We take solace that her last recollections were of spending time with those she loved during recent holidays. May she find rest and joy in the Lord’s presence. Funeral Services followed by internment will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the ...
2018-01-18 12:49:57
The Distorted Image of Politics in Armenia
BY RAZMIG SHIRNIAN When people walk or drive on roads with potholes, do not enjoy public or private toilets, electricity, and running cold or hot water in their houses, or do not have a government that provides basic services, such as health care, paved roads, education, and law and order, then it is less likely for citizens to show faith in government, have free and fair elections, or have any input in the political direction their country will take. On the other hand, when people have access...
2018-01-18 12:49:15
Armenia’s New President to be Elected on March 2
YEREVAN—Armenia’s new constitution stipulates that the National Assembly elect a president, a position that is more symbolic than the prime minister who will be the head of state as Armenia moves toward a parliamentary form of government. On Monday it was announced that the election of the president will take place on March 2. Vahram Baghdasaryan, Head of the National Assembly’s Republican faction told reporters on Monday that his ruling Republican Party of Armenia is expected...
2018-01-17 15:49:22
Armenia Condemns 2014 Yezidi Genocide
YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—The Armenian National Assembly unanimously adopted a statement on Monday recognizing and condemning the genocide against the Yezidi people in 2014 on terrorist-controlled territories of Iraq, reported the parliament press office. Armenia thus strongly condemns all expressions of terrorism and radical ideology, the targeted persecution and cruel attitude toward the Yezidi people on the aforementioned territories. The statement emphasizes the responsibility of states to ...
2018-01-17 15:48:40
Historic Ordination of a Deaconess in the Tehran Prelacy
BY HRATCH TCHILINGIRIAN The Prelate of Tehran ordained a young woman as a deaconess in Tehran’s St. Sarkis Mother Church on September 25, 2017. Even as the office of deaconess had existed in Armenian Church convents for centuries, this was a historic first. It is the first time that a lay woman, not a nun, was ordained a “parish deacon.” Twenty-four year old Ani-Kristi Manvelian, an anesthesiologist by profession, was ordained — along with Mayis Mateosian — by Arc...
2018-01-17 15:45:10
Editorial: The Youth Continue to Propel the ARF
The founders of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation—Kristapor (Mikaelian), Rosdom (Stepan Zorian) and (Simon) Zavarian—were young when they came together to unite a nation under siege by its Ottoman and Russian imperial rulers. So were other notable ARF members such as Papken Suni, General Dro, Karekin Njdeh to name a few, who pledged their lives to the liberation struggle of the Armenian Nation and became an eternal part of the pantheon of our national heroes. This year, the ARF ...
2018-01-15 13:37:15
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