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Corruption: A Handy-Dandy How-To
BY GAREN YEGPARIAN Since corruption seems to be all the rage and totally accepted in our homeland, and since many in the west are unaccustomed to the sky-high levels and endless diversity in which this practice manifests itself, I thought I’d do some research and present my findings to Diasporan readers so no Armenian is left out. Some contend that we are witnessing the beginnings of a decline in the level of corruption. Of course this makes it all the more pressing and timely to learn t...
2018-02-10 14:50:38
Nalbandian, Minsk Group Co-Chairs Discuss Karabakh Progress
YEREVAN—The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on Thursday met with Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and updated him on their talks in Baku a day earlier and discussed next steps in the ongoing peace talks for the resolution of the Karabakh conflict. On the same day, Azerbaijani forces violated the ceasefire agreement, as a result of which 20-year-old Haik Kalantaryan was killed on the border of Artsakh and Azerbaijan. The Co-Chairs Igor Popov of Russia, Stephane Viscont...
2018-02-09 14:26:30
Dole Institute Award Recipients Examine Legacy Of Armenian Genocide
LAWRENCE, Kan. (University of Kansas)—The Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections at the Dole Institute of Politics has announced the recipients of two grants related to the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1917. The institute has awarded an archival fellowship to author Michael Bobelian and a travel grant to Professor Julien Zarifian. Bobelian is an award-winning author, lawyer, journalist and the institute’s Archival Fellow for Armenian Advocacy. His book “Childr...
2018-02-08 11:27:15
House Members Representing 22 Million Americans Ask Treasury to Negotiate Tax Tr...
Secretary Mnuchin Commits to Pursue Accord during Congressional Hearing WASHINGTON—Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin received a Congressional clarion call to action from Armenian Caucus Co-Chair David Valadao (R-CA), senior Foreign Affairs Committee member Brad Sherman (D-CA), and 29 of their House colleagues to renegotiate the existing, outdated Double Tax Treaty with Armenia, an obsolete Cold War-era accord – recognized today by the U.S. but not Armenia – that was negotiated...
2018-02-08 11:26:41
Trump Nominates Patrick Hovakimian to Serve in Justice Department
President Tump appoints Patrick Hovakimian to serve in Justice Department WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has nominated Patrick Hovakimian to serve as a Member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the Justice Department, for the remainder of a three-year term expiring September 30, 2020. As the release issued by the White House reads, the nomination comes as part of key additions administration posts. To note, Patrick Hovakimian serves as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the S...
2018-02-07 13:07:56
Aliyev Calls Snap Presidential Election for April
BAKU—Azerbaijani president, Ilham Aliyev called snap presidential elections for April 11, six months ahead of a scheduled vote in October. The surprise move angered opposition forces in Azerbaijan. Accodring to Bloomberg, Aliyev, who’s been in office since 2003, offered no explanation in a decree announcing the decision on Monday. The election was previously slated for Oct. 17. The ruling New Azerbaijan Party, known as YAP, earlier said it would nominate Aliyev for the presidency ag...
2018-02-06 13:07:23
Tillerson in Argentina, discusses Hezbollah presence in Western Hemisphere
Within the framework of his visit to Argentina, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed with Argentine authorities the joint fight against international criminal organizations, and the Lebanese Hezbollah political party representatives’ presence in the countries of the Western Hemisphere, reported TASS news agency of Russia. At a joint news conference with Jorge Faurie, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina, Tillerson noted, in particular, that the US and Argentin...
2018-02-05 12:49:36
OSCE to conduct monitoring on Karabakh-Azerbaijan line of contact
STEPANAKERT. – In accordance with the arrangement reached with the authorities of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic/NKR), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission on Tuesday will conduct a planned monitoring of the ceasefire on the Line of Contact between the armed forces of Artsakh and Azerbaijan, to the northwest from Seysulan village of the NKR Martakert Region. From the positions of the Defense Army of the Republic of Artsakh, the monito...
2018-02-05 12:48:13
Belarus analyst: Polonez rocket system deal with Azerbaijan did not take place b...
Belarusian military analyst Alexander Alesin has told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper of Russia that his country’s Polonez multiple launch rocket system purchase deal with Azerbaijan was not brought to fruition due to Armenia. “We [Belarus] wanted to sell Polonezes to Azerbaijan,” Alesin explained. “But our CSTO partner Armenia was against it; [so] the deal did not take place. “Azerbaijan is one of the largest customers to whom we sell air defense systems. (&hellip...
2018-02-05 12:47:34
Don’t Regret, Do
BY GAREN YEGPARIAN How does one avoid regret? If the person is a psychopath, it’s easy, regret may not even arise no matter how vile the behavior. But for most human beings, the path to no regrets is paved with the gleaming white marble stones of doing the right thing. Other than the natural human aversion to admitting errors, it’s fairly easy to express regret for actions taken or not, long after the time when that choice would have made a difference is past. So it is with some ...
2018-02-03 12:20:56
US President to meet North Korean defectors
US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean defectors, The Washington Post reported. Trump is expected to meet with eight defectors, including Ji Seong-ho, a defector from North Korea, who also had been invited to watch Donald Trump’s address. “No regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea,” Trump said Tuesday night during the annual address to Congress. “North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear missil...
2018-02-02 14:54:13
Sharmazanov: Armen Sarkissian to make decision after final meeting with Armenia ...
Armenian Ambassador to the UK, a possible presidential candidate from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia Armen Sarkissian has not finished meetings with representatives of political forces yet, and there is no certain term when he will meet the current president Serzh Sargsyan, Vice President of the National Assembly of Armenia Eduard Sharmazanov told the reporters after the Executive Body meeting of the party. According to him, Armen Sarkissian's meetings with representatives of political ...
2018-02-02 12:26:14
Newspaper: Armenia President, ambassador to UK have joint businesses
After all, why Armenia’s ambassador to Great Britain, Armen Sarkissian? The question on this presidential candidate nominee of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) has become a subject for discussion among broad public circles, according to Chorrord Ishkhanutyun (CI; Fourth Power) newspaper. “According to CI’s information, [Armenia incumbent President and RPA Chairman] Serzh Sargsyan’s ‘bet’ on Armen Sarkissian [becoming the next President] has deep r...
2018-02-02 12:23:27
Plane returning to Syria from Russia undergoes missile attack, Armenian MP on bo...
The airplane returning from Sochi, Russia, on Friday was under a missile attack at the Syrian capital city Damascus airport by the militants of terrorist groups, said Jirair Reisian, an Armenian member of the Syrian parliament, speaking to Armenian News-NEWS.am. He noted that the passengers on board this plane were returning from the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi. “The missile which the terrorists launched fell a few meters away from the aircraft,” said Reisian. &ldquo...
2018-02-02 12:22:48
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