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Turkey court sentences 6 journalists to life in jail
A Turkish court on Friday sentenced six journalists to life imprisonment for aiding plotters of a 2016 failed coup. Mehmet Altan, and his brother Ahmet, were accused of giving coded messages on a television talk show a day before the coup attempt, Reuters reported. All six denied the charges. Mehmet and Ahmet Altans have numerous publications abo...
2018-02-17 13:22:18
Azerbaijani side violates ceasefire 250 times past week
STEPANAKERT. – The Azerbaijani side breached the truce along the Line of Contact between the Karabakh and Azerbaijani opposing forces around 250 times, from February 11 to 17. During this time the Azerbaijani armed forces fired more than 2,500 shots toward the Karabakh military positions, and from shooting weapons, the Artsakh Ministry of De...
2018-02-17 13:20:43
Armenia to attend Munich Security Conference
YEREVAN.—President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan is leaving for a working visit to Germany on Saturday. He will participated in the Munich Security Conference where he will deliver a speech.
2018-02-17 13:19:11
Moscow Says Baku Does Not Help to ‘De-Escalate Situation’
MOSCOW—A spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday said recent remarks by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev who told his ruling party congress last week that Azerbaijan will “reclaim” Yerevan and Zangezour as its “historic lands,” did not help to “de-escalate the situation.” “We watc...
2018-02-16 13:05:58
Harry & Cheryl Nadjarian to Sponsor ARF’s Conference on Armenian Independence
GLENDALE—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western United States Central Committee announced that community activists and benefactors, Harry and Cheryl Nadjarian will sponsor an academic conference dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Armenian Independence and the establishment the First Republic of Armenia. Organized in collaboration w...
2018-02-16 13:05:22
Armenia’s Presidential Candidate Calls for ‘National Dialogue’
YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armen Sarkissian, the presidential candidate nominated by the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, called on Armenia’s leading political and other groups on Thursday to embark on a “dialogue” which he said he is needed for healing serious divisions in the country. Sarkissian indicated that he will help to la...
2018-02-16 13:04:43
ARF Hosts Leadership Seminar for Organization Leaders
BY LEVON BARONIAN GLENDALE—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western United States Organizational Committee organized a day long Leadership Seminar for more than 120 community leaders and activists on Saturday, February 10 at the Karamanoukian Glendale Youth Center. The seminar consisted of four presentation and workshop sessions facili...
2018-02-16 13:04:07
30 Years Ago People of Artsakh Demanded Self-Determination
BY RAZMIG SARKISSIAN AND ALIK OURFALIAN The Artsakh movement was born thirty years ago. A movement grounded in the ever-present notions of justice and fairness, what was rightful and necessary. A people, exercising their basic human rights, the right of self-determination, to freely determine their political status and pursue their economic, socia...
2018-02-16 13:03:06
Music Review: Mourad’s Art Lends Visual, Political Dimensions to Master Chorale Concert
BY ARAM KOUYOUMDJIAN Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad joined the Los Angeles Master Chorale to present a multi-sensory rendition of Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” on February 11, enhancing the concert with haunting illustrations, created both before the performance – and during the course of it, in real time. &ldquo...
2018-02-16 13:02:26
Yerevan ARF Condemns Violence Against Council Members
‘What We Witnessed, Defied All Human Rights and Norms and Cannot Be Justified’YEREVAN (Armenian Weekly)—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Yerevan Central Committee on Wednesday has strongly condemned the violence against two members of Yerevan City Council, which took place at a council session a day earlier. Two female membe...
2018-02-15 11:00:31
Paylan Rejects Ateshian’s Authority, Says ‘We Want to Elect Our Patriarch’
ISTANBUL—Garo Paylan, an Armenian member of the Turkish Parliament representing the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and an outspoken advocate for Armenian rights on Wednesday rejected the authority of Archbishop Aram Ateshian who was forcibly reinstated as the Patriarchate’s Vicar General by the Turkish authorities. Calling Atesh...
2018-02-15 10:59:36
Israeli Knesset Again Rejects Armenian Genocide Recognition Bill
It came as no surprise that the Israeli Knesset on Wednesday, once again, rejected a bill to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide in vote of 41 against and 28 for. This iteration of the bill was introduced by chairman of the opposition Yesh Atid Party, Yair Lapid who said, “There is no reason that the Knesset, which represents a nation...
2018-02-15 10:59:02
Presidential Candidate Discusses Public Skepticism
YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Armen Sarkissian, the man widely expected to become Armenia’s next president in April, acknowledged on Wednesday that many citizens are skeptical about his ability to achieve positive change in the country. “There are different expectations,” he said of his ongoing meetings with Armenian politicians, busine...
2018-02-15 10:58:28
‘Yerevan Government Becomes Goon Squad’ Says Armenian Rights Watch
The Armenian Rights Watch Committee of the Armenian Bar Association issued an announcement late Tuesday after members of the Republican Party of Armenia attacked and physically assaulted two female members of the Yerevan City Council. Below is the announcement. On the heels of the newly-enacted domestic violence laws in Armenia, certain men in the...
2018-02-15 10:57:51
Two Dink Suspects Released
An Istanbul court on Feb. 13 ruled to release two suspects from the gendarmerie in the Black Sea province of Trabzon in the Hrant Dink murder case. The two who have been identified as being released after filing appeals are gendarmerie intelligence officer Veysel Sahin and Okan SimSek, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency. Şimsek’...
2018-02-15 10:57:05
Bekdjian Says Recent Events Were ‘Intended to Sabotage Patriarchal Election’
ISTANBUL—The elected Locum Tenens of the Istanbul Patriarchate Archbishop Karekin Bekdjian is leaving Istanbul after the city’s governor demanded that the cleric’s election be voided and forcibly reinstated Archbishop Aram Ateshian as Vicar-General and cancelled a planned election of a new Patriarch. In parting statement Archbish...
2018-02-14 13:19:44
Tufenkian Pre-School Staff Attends Early Childhood STEM Conference
ANAHEIM, Calif.—The St. Mary’s Tufenkian Preschool & Kindergarten participated in the 7th Annual Early Childhood Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Conference in Anaheim, hosted by the Children’s Center at Caltech. This year the conference was held on Friday, February 2and Saturday, February 3, and Tufenkian Pre-School...
2018-02-14 13:19:07
AEF Hosts Annual Recitation/Oratorical Contest
Grand Prize Was Awarded to Winner From Rose & Alex Pilibos Armenian High School And A.G.B.U. Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High School PASADENA—The Armenian Educational Foundation’s second annual Oratorical Contest drew more than 100 supporters on February 10, at the historic American Legion hall in Pasadena. Representatives and con...
2018-02-14 13:18:19
Thousands Gather in Stepanakert to Mark 30th Anniversary of Artsakh Movement
STEPANAKERT—Thousands of Artsakh residents gathered at Stepanakert’s Renaissance Square on Tuesday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Artsakh liberation movement, kicking off a series of events organized to mark this milestone. Artsakh President Bako Sahakian led the procession of leaders, which included the republic’s seco...
2018-02-14 13:17:38
ATP and Paros Launch Strategic Partnership in Rind Village
NEW YORK–An enthusiastic crowd of Armenia Tree Project (ATP) and Paros Foundation supporters gathered at the popular Almayass Restaurant in New York City in November to kick off a strategic partnership. The two organizations are teaming up to improve the primary school in Rind, a village in Armenia’s southern wine region of Vayots Dzor....
2018-02-14 13:16:40
8 Educators to be Honored with Armenian Genocide Education Award
LOS ANGELES — The Armenian National Committee-Western Region Education Committee announced that it will be recognizing eight educators, from various California public school districts, and presenting them with the Armenian Genocide Education Award. These extraordinary educators will be recognized on February 24, 2017, 11am at the Second ANCA...
2018-02-14 13:15:54
Bulgaria president arrives in Armenia
YEREVAN. – The airplane of the Bulgarian president Rumen Radev has landed in Yerevan. The President was welcomed by Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian. Rumen Radev arriived in Armenia on a state visit at the invitation of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. Within the framework of his visit, the President of the Republic of Bulgaria...
2018-02-12 11:03:10
Russia emergency ministry: Passenger plane crash site search and rescue over
A representative of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations has informed that the search and rescue operations at the passenger plane crash site near Moscow have ended, reported RIA Novosti news agency of Russia. In the representative’s words, however, investigators continue to work at the scene. In addition, Alexander Bastrykin, Direc...
2018-02-12 11:02:24
US ready to negotiate with North Korea
US Vice President Mike Pence has stated that even though Washington will continue to pressure North Korea, it is ready to negotiate with Pyongyang, reported RIA Novosti news agency of Russia. “So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify,” Pence told The Washington Post. “But if you [North Korea] want to ta...
2018-02-12 11:01:41
OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs urge sides to reduce tensions
The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group issued a statement following their meetings in Baku and Yerevan. Igor Popov, Stephane Visconti and Andrew Schofer together with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, met with President Ilham Aliyev in Baku on 7 February and President Serzh Sargsyan in Yerevan on 9 Febr...
2018-02-12 11:00:50
Team Armenia Marches in PyeongChang Olympics
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Team Armenia took part in the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, which kicked off in the mountainous city in South Korea on Friday. The nations represented at the Olympics marched in the Korea alphabetical order, placing Armenia in the 42nd spot. Skier Mikayel Mikayelyan carried the Armenian flag u...
2018-02-10 14:52:59
Greek and Armenian Americans Press U.S. Senators to Block F-35 Sale to Turkey
Joint Campaign Warns against Dangers of Arming Anti-American Erdogan Regime WASHINGTON–The Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) and the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) have launched a national advocacy campaign encouraging U.S. Senators to block a planned sale of U.S. F-35 stealth fighters to Turkey’s increasingly ...
2018-02-10 14:52:15
‘We Are Gyumri’ Campaign Raises Over $50,000 for Scholarship Fund and Vital Programs
GLENDALE—The Armenian Cultural Foundation’s “We Are Gyumri” Campaign hosted a wine tasting event on February 1 at Phoenicia Restaurant to provide updates to the community about the work of the campaign. More than 130 supporters were in attendance. The event, combined with donations in memory of longtime volunteer and benefa...
2018-02-10 14:51:43
Presidential Candidate Sarkissian Meets with Artsakh President
STEPANAKERT—Armenia’s presidential candidate from the Republican Party of Armenia Dr. Armen Sarkissian on Friday met with Artsakh President Bako Sahakian. The two had a one-on-one meeting and were late joined by Primate of the Artsakh Diocese Archbishop Pargev Martirossyan, National Assembly chairman Ashot Ghoulyan, state minister Aray...
2018-02-10 14:51:10
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 cont...
2018-02-10 14:50:38
Portantino to Host ‘Status of Women in Armenia’
GLENDALE—Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D— La Cañada Flintridge) will host an update on the “Status of Women in Armenia” on Sunday, February 11. The event will be held at the Brand Library in Glendale from 2 to 4 p.m.. The speakers will be Maro Matosian and Lola Abrahamian. Matosian is the executive director of the W...
2018-02-10 14:49:59
FIFA World Cup Trophy is Presented to President in Yerevan
YEREVAN—Soccer fans in Armenia had the unique opportunity to see and welcome the touring FIFA World Cup Trophy, which arrived in Armenia on Tuesday as part of its world tour. FIFA has been organizing the international tour of the World Cup Trophy with its corporate partner, Coca Cola, every four years since 2006. Armenia is among the 50 coun...
2018-02-09 14:27:58
Pilavjian Preschool Faculty Participates in Early Childhood STEM Conference
NORTH HILLS, Calif.—The faculty and staff of the Holy Martyrs ARS Ashkhen Pilavjian Preschool participated in a two-day Early Childhood STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) conference at the Anaheim Convention Center on February 2 and 3. The theme of this year’s conference was “Imagine, Question, Innovate.” The tra...
2018-02-09 14:27:08
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 ...
2018-02-09 14:26:30
Karekin II Issues Encyclical on 100th Anniversary of Armenian Independence
ETCHMIADZIN, Armenia—His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, on Thursday, following a celebration of St. Vartanants, issued an encyclical on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Armenian Independence and the establishment of the First Republic of Armenia. In the encyclical, the pontiff said, “the 100th anniversary [of...
2018-02-09 14:25:47
AYF to host Western Armenia Film Screening and Discussion
GLENDALE—On Sunday, February 1, the United Human Rights Council of the Armenian Youth Federation – Western United States will host a screening of “Vanishing Traces of Historic Armenia,” Ani Hovannisian-Kevorkian’s documentary about Western Armenia and a panel discussion. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Occidental...
2018-02-09 14:25:07
GenEd Hosts Full-Day Workshop for Glendale Teachers
GLENDALE—The Genocide Education Project hosted a full-day workshop for Glendale Unified School District teachers. Led by GenEd’s Sara Cohan, the workshop also included an engaging family history presentation by distinguished historian and GenEd Advisory Board member, Dr. Richard Hovannisian. Approximately 45 teachers attended, includin...
2018-02-09 14:24:24
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 Zari...
2018-02-08 11:27:15
House Members Representing 22 Million Americans Ask Treasury to Negotiate Tax Treaty
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, out...
2018-02-08 11:26:41
Communities Across U.S. Mobilize to Screen ‘Intent to Destroy’ in Theaters
LOS ANGELES — Joe Berlinger’s documentary Intent to Destroy, a film-within-a film that centers on the Armenian Genocide was a critical favorite at last year’s Tribeca and Hot Docs film festivals. The film also won best documentary at the Arpa International Film Festival held last November. Intent to Destroy was shown theatrically ...
2018-02-08 11:26:03
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