Saturday, 1 August 2015

Armenian News...A Topalian - CHARGES DROPPED: ARMENIAN JOURNALIST


armenianow.com
CHARGES DROPPED: ARMENIAN JOURNALIST NO LONGER 

PROSECUTED FOR NOT DISCLOSING CONFIDENTIAL 
SOURCES
27.07.15

Source Protection: Case against Armenian website editor draws
international attention

Armenia's state prosecutors late last week dropped controversial
criminal charges against the editor of an Armenian news website
who has refused to comply with a court order to disclose sources of
her information.

The decision came after criticism of the Armenian authorities from
international organizations.

The case against Kristine Khanumian, of the pro-opposition iLur.am
online publication, was opened after the court on June 26, 2014 ordered
two media outlets, the Hraparak daily and the iLur.am news website,
to disclose their confidential sources that had provided them with
information about a senior police officer who allegedly abused his
official powers in a case involving a well-known Armenian athlete.

Under the case she faced up to two years in prison.

At least two international organizations voiced their concerns over
the case, saying that it endangered freedom of speech in Armenia.

A representative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a Paris-based
international media watchdog, said that the criminal case is setting a
"dangerous precedent for media freedom in Armenia."

Besides, in a letter addressed to Armenian's Foreign Minister Edward
Nalbandian, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic
also expressed hope that law-enforcement bodies will close the case
against Khanumyan. 


ISTANBUL-BORN MIT PROFESSOR NAMED WORLD'S MOST
INFLUENTIAL ECONOMIST
Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey
July 31 2015


Economist Daron Acemoglu, who is a Turkish economist of Armenian
descent living in the U.S
., has topped the most influential economists
list of the Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) for his last 10 years'
of publications.

Among leading 2,223 leading economists, Acemoglu, a professor at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), topped the list for his
works in the last decade.

RePEc rankings are based on data about authors who have registered
with the RePEc Author Service, institutions listed on Economics
Departments, Institutes and Research Centers in the World (EDIRC)
list, bibliographic data collected by RePEc as well as citation
analysis and popularity data compiled, according to RePEC website.

Acemoglu is followed by Andre Shleifer from Harvard University, James
J. Heckman from University of Chicago and Robert Barro from Harvard
University. The former president of the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed),
Ben Bernanke, ranked 25 on the list.

Acemoglu's name has previously been mentioned for the Nobel Prize.

Recently, he has been popular because of his book, "Why Nations Fail,"
co-authored with James Robinson.

His works cover a wide range of areas, from income and wage
inequality to human capital and training. He wrote a series of papers
attempting to disentangle the relationship between strong governmental
institutions and economic development. The research revealed laws
in rich countries that protect property and limit executive powers
contribute to their prosperity.

Acemoglu's work has been published in leading scholarly journals,
including the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political
Economy. He received his BA in economics from the University of
York, along with a Master of Science in mathematical economics and
econometrics and PhD in economics at the London School of Economics.

He has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the
inaugural T.W. Schulz Prize, awarded to him for "exceptional work by
an economist in early or mid-career."


armenpress.am
INFORMATION ON SHOOTING DOWN ARMENIAN DRONE 
DOES NOT CORRESPOND TO REALITY: KARABAKH MOD
29 July, 2015


STEPANAKERT, JULY 29. The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan
has once again become a source of misinformation announcing that
their forces shot down an Armenian unmanned aerial vehicle.

Armenpress reports that the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh Ministry
of Defence has made an announcement to deny the news circulating in
Azerbaijani media.

"The information spread by the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan on
shooting down an Armenian unmanned aerial vehicle today, does not
correspond to reality", is said in the announcement.

The Azerbaijani media spread photos of a shot unmanned aerial vehicle
writing that it was neutralized near Agdam.


arka.am
MARRIAGES IN ARMENIA DECLINE BY 10 PERCENT IN 
FIRST HALF
YEREVAN, July 31. / ARKA /. During the first half of 2015 some 8,582
marriages were registered in Armenia, according to Karine Kuyumjyan,
head of Census and Demography Department at the National Statistical
Service (NSS).

Speaking at a news conference today she said the figure was down 10.3%
from the same time span of 2014, when 9,563 marriages were registered.

According to her, the number of granted divorces during the reporting
period decreased by 23% to 1900, down from 2,469 in the first-half
2014. She said the least number of divorces were reported by Tavush
and Gegharkunik regions.

In 2014 a total of 18,912 marriages were registered in the country,
which was 3% more than in the previous year (18,363). -0-


arka.am
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE INDEX IN ARMENIA FALLS TO 41.2 
IN QII 2015
YEREVAN, July 29. The consumer confidence index in Armenia slid
0.2 percentage points in the second quarter of this year, compared
with the previous quarter, to 41.2, the press office of the Central
Bank of Armenia reports.

The decline was due to the 0.8 percent decrease of the index of future
conditions to 49.6. Only two components of the future conditions
went down - the index showing households' large procurement outlooks
in the third quarter stood at 54.2 after slipping 1%, and the index
showing income change outlooks fell 1.5% to 42.2.

According to the central bank, the index reflecting households
employment outlooks rose 0.3% to 52.5.

The index of current conditions went 0.6 percentage points up to 32.9,
the index assessing the fact of large procurements in the second
quarter rose 1.1% to 52.4 and actual income changes in the second
quarter, compared with the first quarter, rose 1.2% to 32.1.

Households' assessment of economic things in general dropped 0.8%
to 14.1.

The Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) is an indicator designed to measure
consumer confidence, which is defined as the degree of optimism on
the state of the economy that consumers are expressing through their
activities of savings and spending.

Since early 2005 the Central Bank of Armenia has been conducting
quarterly surveys of non-financial, financial institutions and
households to assess changes in current economic conditions compared
to the previous period, to assess the economic expectations of the
subjects under study and based on survey data to calculate and publish
composite economic indexes.

The surveys are conducted over the Internet, telephone, letter and
fax. Based on the survey results indices of business environment,
economic activity and consumer confidence are calculated on a 100-point
scale. The score above 50 shows a high activity and below 50 a low
activity, and 50 a steady-state condition.

panorama.am
AZERBAIJAN AMONG SIX 'WORST NEIGHBORS' IN WORLD 
IN GLOBAL PEACE INDEX 2015
29/07/2015


Azerbaijan is one of the six states in the world with the worst
relations with neighboring countries, according to the Global Peace
Index 2015 compiled by the Institute for economics and peace.

The other five countries topping the 'worst neighbors' list in the
Index are Syria, Lebanon, North Korea, Ukraine and Russia.

As for the accessibility of small arms and light weapons, Azerbaijan
got 4 scores out of 5 ('5' is the worst indicator in the scale). In
total, the country ranks 132 out of 162 with 4 points.

Armenia got 3 points. It is in the 91st position in the Index.



ARMENIAN PRIME MINISTER DECLARES "WAR ON 
CORRUPTION", THEN VISITS SON'S BUSINESS PARTNER
Grisha Balasanyan
July 28, 2015


Today, in Yerevan, Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan presided
over the first ever meeting of a newly created anti-corruption council,
declaring war against the scourge that plagues Armenia.

Immediately after the council meeting, Abrahamyan met with Vartan
Sirmakes, chairman and co-owner of luxury watch brand Franck Muller.

According to a government communiqué, the prime minister praised the
Swiss-Armenian businessman for his investments in Armenia designed
to spur economic development and job creation.

Another government press release one might say if not for the fact
that Hovik Abrahamyan's son Argam is a business partner of Sirmakes'.

Argam Abrahamyan (newly elected mayor of Artashat) owns 12% in the
Franck Muller Yerevan Watch Distribution company. Another 13% is
owned by local businessman and former politician Gagik Tsarukyan.

So this is how Prime Minister Abrahamyan intends to wage a war
against corruption. 


panorama.am 
HAYKAKAN ZHAMANAK: THE MORE MONOPOLISTS EARN, 
THE LESS TAX THEY PAY
30/07/2015 

It is evident from the report on 1000 biggest taxpayers released by
State Revenue Committee of Armenia that the more money monopolists
make, the less tax they pay, 'Haykakan Zhamanak' says.

For instance, Catherine Company that has a monopoly on banana import
paid taxes of 533 million drams in the first half of this year compared
with 849 million drams in the same period of 2014.

Aleks Grig Company having a monopoly on import of granulated sugar and
many other goods paid taxes of 8.6 billion drams in the first half of
this year compared with 9.6 billion drams in the same months of 2014.

"International prices of abovementioned goods fell sharply compared
with last year, while domestic prices went up allowing these companies
to increase their profits,' the paper writes reminding its readers
that Catherine Company is linked with the name of Mihran Poghsoyan,
chief of Judicial Acts Compulsory Enforcement Service, and Aleks Grig
is linked with MP Samvel Aleksanyan.


armenpress.am
SPECIALISTS FROM ARMENIA AND DIASPORA - TO SEEK 
WAYS OF CONVERGING WESTERN AND EASTERN ARMENIAN
29 July, 2015


YEREVAN, JULY 29. The Armenian Genocide was a major blow
to the Armenian language. The latter was detached from the Homeland,
spread around the world, became eradicated losing many dialects. With
these words the Minister of Diaspora of Armenia - Hranush Hakobyan
-opened the conference on "Issues of Convergence of Western Armenian
and Eastern Armenian" on July 29.

Armenpress reports that Hranush Hakobyan said at the opening of
the conference:

"Among the irrevocable losses we suffered because of the Armenian
Genocide are our language losses, we have a lot to do to overcome
these losses. Dozens of Western dialects were lost, standard Western
Armenian became deprived of its historical homeland and opportunity
for development. Western Armenian needs great support because it
carries out the important function of Armenian identity preservation
in the Diaspora".

Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia Yuri Suvaryan
noted:

"Today the convergence of Western Armenian and Eastern Armenian is
very relevant as there are certain regulation issues to the enrichment
of the language and word groups". - The relevance of these issues
becomes more exacerbated as the geography of language use and the
language users themselves gradually reduce."

Renowned linguists, literary scholars and other specialists of
the field from Armenia and the Diaspora will make reports at the 2
day conference. According to the Minister of Diaspora a package of
proposals is expected to be formed at the end of the conference. Later
the proposals will be voted on and the most optimal variant will
be chosen. 


asbarez.com
UK PREMIERE OF A MIDDLE EASTERN MASTERPIECE AT 
ARCOLA'S GRIMEBORN FESTIVAL
28/07/15


"Gariné" is considered the masterwork of Dikran Tchoukhajian, the
first opera composer of the Ottoman Empire

LONDON--Arcola Theatre will stage the UK premiere of Gariné by Dikran
Tchoukhajian, in a new adaptation by acclaimed French director Gerald
Papasian. The work, which fuses European and Eastern traditions
in Tchoukhajian's pioneering style, was a major influence in the
development Armenian opera. Since its composition in Turkish as
Leblebici Horhor Aga (Master Hor Hor the Chickpea Vendor) in 1875,
it has been adapted three times for film, including by Nazim Hikmet.

Now Gerald Papasian directs a semi-staging of his own adaptation.

Following performances at the Theatre of Saint-Maur, Paris and the
Theatre de L'Odeon, Marseille, Gariné will play at Arcola for two
nights only on 14 and 15 August.

Tchouhadjian was known in his lifetime as 'the Armenian Verdi' and
'the Oriental Offenbach'.

Gerald Papasian said, "I want the world to hear his music. His name
being almost forgotten and he remains unknown to the westerners. Yet
when it's heard, people love it and are surprised that no one had
heard him before. That's why I am thrilled at the opportunity Mehmet
Ergen and the Arcola Theatre is giving me to introduce this music
to London theatregoers. It is also the best way to show that art is
indeed universal and the introduction of an Armenian Composer made
possible to British theatregoers by a theatre director who is of
Turkish background makes eminent sense to me."

On its 140th anniversary of "Master Hor Hor the Chickpea Vendor",
Papasian is dedicating this production to three courageous artists
who dared to break taboos of their era: Arousyak Papazian (1841-1907),
an Ottoman Armenian actress considered the first professional female
actor in the Ottoman Empire and thereby the entire Middle East;
Å~^azik Köyluyan (1854-1895), the first Armenian professional opera
singer and the first to play Gariné in 1875; and Afife Jale (1902 -
1941), the first Muslim theatre actress in Turkey.

The production plays as part of Arcola's ninth Grimeborn opera
festival. Since it launched in 2007, the Grimeborn festival has
introduced new audiences to opera and given emerging artists the
platform to showcase and develop their talent.

Remarking on the 2015 line-up, which includes a dozen productions,
Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen said: "For the ninth year
running, the Grimeborn festival will showcase work from some of our
most exciting opera artists, in an accessible way and at an affordable
price. Classics by Puccini, Verdi and Strauss will be reimagined;
little-known masterpieces like Tchouhadjian's Gariné will receive
rare productions; new and contemporary works will demonstrate the
ongoing vibrancy of opera. 

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Dr Dikran Abrahamian...Keghart.com 30th July 2015

Keghart.com Update 8/22

July 30, 2015
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Arabic Inscription in Jerusalem's St. James Armenian Convent. 

On the wall above the main entrance to the St. James Armenian Convent in Jerusalem, there is an elaborately carved inscription in Arabic dating to the reign of the Mamluk Sultan Jaqmaq. The inscription records the cancelation by Jaqmaq of certain taxes imposed on the Armenian monastery. It also says, “…cursed by the one and may be he be a son of a cursed [father] and may God the Almighty’s curse be upon him whoever imposes any tax or inflicts an injustice [upon this holy place].”  Read More
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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

FATHER FRANK’S RANTS Rant Number 642 29 July 15 HAIL SATAN!


SATANISM IS REAL AND DANGEROUS TO ALL AND SUNDRY - INCLUDING THE SATANISTS THEMSELVES.
------------------------------------------------------------


As hundreds of worshippers gathered in their Detroit Temple to unveil a huge demonic idol called the ‘Baphomet’, fervent shouts of ‘Hail Satan!’ went up.

A travesty of Christian rituals and beliefs, Satanism is puzzling. Being the pursuit of evil, a cult of deliberate wickedness, why do people join it? Dreams of power, I imagine, in its polymorphous, seductive aspects. Money, sex, pleasure, domination, miraculous gifts, you name it.  But Satanists are mistaken. Because trusting in Supreme Goodness brings excellent rewards, it does not follow that adoring Absolute Evil will achieve the same. Think of food. Good food sustains life but bad food does not. A good person keeps his word, a bad person doesn’t. Hail him as your Lord as much as you like, His Satanic Majesty is not to be trusted – that is the point.

The ‘Baphomet’ goes back to the much maligned Knights Templar. A medieval order of warrior monks. Their enemies accused them of being secret Muslims – the Baphomet being a cryptic and twisted reference to ‘Mohamet’, Islam’s Prophet. Given that the poor Knights were a sort of SAS elite force in the Holy Land fighting the Saracens, a preposterous charge. Anyway, the towering Denver statue is ugly. An enthroned horned and winged figure, partly goat, partly human, with intertwined snakes emerging from its loins. Sinister, yes, but also grotesque and a touch comical. That two young children are shown looking up to the freak is truly sickening.

Being a parody of the worship of the One True God, Satanism sometimes cloaks itself with a mantle of pseudo-piety. ‘Unnecessary suffering is bad’, intoned the Temple rep. ‘We seek to reduce suffering’. Who would object to such banalities? Ditto when they claim to praise ‘rationality and scepticism’. (Shades of Professor Richard Dawkins?) They might of course start with submitting their own Satanic nonsense to a bit of rational and sceptical analysis. You can bet they won’t.

Curiously, some anti-clerical radicals took up Satan as a positive champion, an emblem of rebellion against authority. Thus the Italian poet and Nobel prize winner Giosue’ Carducci composed a blasphemous ‘Hymn to Satan’. Not unlike some extravagant Sufi mystics who felt to have discovered in the Shaytan or Iblis of the Qur’an the first, perfect monotheist, because he refused to bow or prostrate before Adam. This implausible devil would bow only before Allah, according to the Sufis. A perplexing reversal of the Qur’anic meaning, methinks.

When in parish work, I met some crestfallen, repentant devil worshippers. They told similar, sad stories. Dazzling mirages of fantastic power perks had lured them in. Soon, the opposite befell them. They began losing power, becoming feebler. Ended up as virtual slaves, robbed of their freewill, chained to the chief Satanist or con man, forced into prostitution or menial drudgery.

Human credulity being endless, a well-meaning evangelical Vicar I knew was once cheated of thousands of pounds by a pretended, former Satanist. The money was necessary to purchase a ‘Satan’s throne’, my friend was told, so to free further victims. Alas, it only ‘freed’ the hapless clergyman of his cash.

A key question lurks behind these diabolical investigations. Mere human stupidity or actual, cosmic wickedness? Idiocy or more? Is Satan outside of man or only inside his mind? A matter of metaphysical, substantial evil or of individual psychology, like quirks of the subconscious?

As a priest, a professional, trained expert in good and evil, I have an axe to grind. The Christian Scriptures and traditions do not beat about the bush. Satan and his minions are real, all too real. Interfaith reinforces this. The Qur’an states that the fiend’s first victims were Adam and his wife. His whispering led them to disobey God. When they had tasted the tree, they became aware of the shameful parts. A teaching mirroring the Bible, Genesis 3:7: ‘…And they knew they were naked.’ How notable that, as Satanism rears its ugly head in the ungodly West, human beings seem to have lost much sense of modesty about nakedness…

Pity is, I think, the right attitude towards the deluded Denver Satanists. In Roman Polanski’s supernatural movie, The Ninth Gate, occultist Boris Balkan begins to perform a diabolical ritual aimed at making himself all-powerful. As he mumbles gobbledygook invocations to the Devil, Balkan douses his body in petrol and then sets himself alight, believing to have become invulnerable to fire. Too late he realises the ritual is rubbish. He screams in atrocious pain, succumbing to the flames.

I doubt Polanski meant it but for me the moral is clear: hailing Satan will not work. It will only bring his servants closer to the eternal Fire.

Revd Frank Julian Gelli

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

UK premiere of a Middle Eastern masterpiece at Arcola’s Grimeborn festival

[please note that this production is in English]
28 July 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  Gariné considered the masterwork of Dikran Tchoukhajian, the first opera composer of the Ottoman Empire
  Gerald Papasian directs a semi-staging of his acclaimed adaptation for two nights only
   Previously performed at the Theatre of Saint-Maur, Paris and the Theatre de L’Odeon, Marseille
   Marks 140th anniversary of the opera and 100 years since the Armenian massacres

Arcola Theatre will stage the UK premiere of Gariné by Dikran Tchoukhajian, in a new adaptation by acclaimed French director Gerald Papasian. The work, which fuses European and Eastern traditions in Tchoukhajian’s pioneering style, was a major influence in the development Armenian opera. Since its composition in Turkish as Leblebici Horhor Ağa (Master Hor Hor the Chickpea Vendor) in 1875, it has been adapted three times for film, including by Nazim Hikmet.
 Now Gerald Papasian directs a semi-staging of his own adaptation. Following performances at the Theatre of Saint-Maur, Paris and the Theatre de L'Odeon, Marseille, Gariné will play at Arcola for two nights only on 14 and 15 August.
Tchouhadjian was known in his lifetime as ‘the Armenian Verdi’ and ‘the Oriental Offenbach’.
Gerald Papasian said, “I want the world to hear his music. His name being almost forgotten and he remains unknown to the westerners. Yet when it’s heard, people love it and are surprised that no one had heard him before. That’s why I am thrilled at the opportunity Mehmet Ergen and the Arcola Theatre is giving me to introduce this music to London theatregoers. It is also the best way to show that art is indeed universal and the introduction of an Armenian Composer made possible to British theatregoers by a theatre director who is of Turkish background makes eminent sense to me.”
 On its 140th anniversary of "Master Hor Hor the Chickpea Vendor”, Papasian is dedicating this production to three courageous artists who dared to break taboos of their era: Arousyak Papazian (1841-1907), an Ottoman Armenian actress considered the first professional female actor in the Ottoman Empire and thereby the entire Middle East; Şazik Köylüyan (1854-1895), the first Armenian professional opera singer and the first to play Gariné in 1875; and Afife Jale (1902 – 1941), the first Muslim theatre actress in Turkey.
The production plays as part of Arcola’s ninth Grimeborn opera festival. Since it launched in 2007, the Grimeborn festival has introduced new audiences to opera and given emerging artists the platform to showcase and develop their talent.
Remarking on the 2015 line-up, which includes a dozen productions, Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen said: “For the ninth year running, the Grimeborn festival will showcase work from some of our most exciting opera artists, in an accessible way and at an affordable price. Classics by Puccini, Verdi and Strauss will be reimagined; little-known masterpieces like Tchouhadjian’s Gariné will receive rare productions; new and contemporary works will demonstrate the ongoing vibrancy of opera within our culture.”
 Arcola Theatre Presents
UK Premiere
Gariné
by Dikran Tchouhadjian / Gerald Papasian
 
In dedication to courageous ladies:
Arousyak Papazian (1841-1907) 
Şazik Köylüyan (1854-1895)    
Afife Jale (1902 – 1941)    
Gariné is the story of Armen, an impetuous young man, who dreams of creating the first major theater company in Constantinople, to play the works of great authors, breaking with the tradition of popular street theatre. On opening night, his leading actress leaves and joins the cast of a competing troupe. Finding a replacement on such a short notice proves to be impossible. Everything seems over until Gariné arrives on the scene. Armen is inflamed with passion for her voice, but her father detests the theatre. Can she be persuaded to defy him, and to sing on opening night? Will it be Gariné that saves the day?
 
 Ticket Information and Times
Friday 14th and Saturday 15th August at 7:30pm
Press invited to review Friday 14th August at 7:30pm
Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport
Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street London E8 3DL, www.arcolatheatre.com

£15 / £12 concessions
Box Office:  0207 503 1646
Contact: Ms. Müge Cetinkaya muge@arcolatheatre.com
Part of Grimeborn Opera Festival 2015
“London’s hippest festival of new and underground opera” Time Out“Grimeborn is a welcome effort to give a lot of rough ideas a public airing. The place was packed out with a crowd so cool and buzzing that I felt I had crashed some very hip party” Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph

-- 
Ms. Müge Çetinkaya |Audience Development (Part-time) 
Mobile: 07944616201
Garine - 14th & 15th August
Arcola Theatre www.arcolatheatre.com

Now playing:
The House of Mirrors and Hearts, a haunting new chamber musical by Eamonn O'Dwyer and Rob Gilbert.
East End Boys, West End Girls, a timely and touching new play by award-winning writer Ade Solanke.
Coming soon... Grimeborn 2015, 'London's hippest festival of new and underground opera' (Time Out). See 5 operas for £50 with Arcola Passport! http://www.arcolatheatre.com/grimeborn
Arcola Theatre
24 Ashwin Street
London E8 3DL
Office: +44 (0)20 7503 1645
Box Office: +44 (0)20 7503 1646
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Registered in England and Wales as a charity (number 1108613) and company limited by guarantee (number 5242988). Arcola Theatre is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
Arcola aims to be the world's first carbon-neutral theatre: www.arcolatheatre.com/about/greenarcola


SETA DC Annual Conference on Turkey 2015 - Panel I: Turkish Elections and Democracy



Peter Filotis added 213 new photos to the album: September 6-7, 1955 Istanbul, Turkey. To all those proud, prosperous and humanitarian TURKS: Permit me to introduce you to your fathers, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, ants, uncles, nieces, n...

Peter Filotis On a final note, I would like to ask all the innocent young Turks of today to look at these pictures and point to one solitary person that did this. I wonder if all the Turks that accuse the victims of Genocide and Ethnic cleansing in Turkey, of being ...See More

Armenian News...A Topalian BELGIAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING ARMENIAN 'GENOCIDE'


BELGIAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES RESOLUTION 

RECOGNIZING ARMENIAN 'GENOCIDE'
Today's Zaman, Turkey
July 23 201
5

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel recently said he thinks the 1915
killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire amount to a "genocide."

Belgian parliamentarians passed a resolution calling for the
recognition of the 1915 killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as
genocide in a vote on Thursday.

The resolution was approved by the Belgian Parliament's Foreign
Relations Committee and was forwarded to the General Assembly. The
resolution submitted by the Belgian government calls the 1915 incidents
as "genocide" but stresses that the incidents should not be associated
with Turks livng in Belgium.

The resolution also calls on historians to continue their efforts to
shed light on the 1915 incidents.

The 1915 mass killings of Ottoman Armenians during the final days
of the empire remain a contentious issue, with Ankara rejecting the
term genocide. Armenians claim that Ottoman forces systematically
killed more than 1 million Armenians in a way that was tantamount to
genocide. Turkey insists that the killings do not amount to genocide as
they took place during inter-communal strife when the empire was locked
in a battle for survival during World War I. The events are described
as a genocide by the Armenian diaspora and more than 20 countries.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has recently said he thinks
the 1915 killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire amount to a
"genocide," a statement which was criticized by the Turkish Foreign
Ministry.

Back in April, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused France,
Germany, Russia and Austria - whose leaders or parliaments also
described the killings as genocide - of supporting "claims constructed
on Armenian lies." He accused the United States of siding with Armenia
although President Barack Obama stopped short of using the term in
his annual message.

"They should first, one-by-one, clean the stains on their own
histories," Erdogan said during a speech in April.

The European Parliament in a vote in April also adopted a resolution
that referred to the killings of Armenians during the final years of
the Ottoman Empire as genocide and called on Turkey to recognize that
"genocide."

The non-binding resolution, which was approved by a show of hands of
a large majority of the MEPs, said, "Armenia and Turkey should use
the centenary of the Armenian Genocide to renew diplomatic relations,
open the border and pave the way for economic integration." The MEPs
stress the need for Turkey to recognize "the Armenian genocide," so as
to pave the way to "genuine reconciliation." They also commended the
statement by Pope Francis on April 12 honoring the centenary of the
"genocide.

armradio.am
ARMENIA WELCOMES BELGIUM'S UNCONDITIONAL 
RECOGNITION OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
24 Jul 2015
Siranush Ghazanchyan

Armenia has welcomed the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by
Belgium.

"Seventeen years ago the Belgian Senate recognized the Armenian
Genocide by a special resolution. On June 18 this year the Prime
Minister of Belgium reaffirmed the position of the Government on the
unconditional recognition of the Armenian Genocide," Armenian Foreign
Minister Edward Nalbandian said in a statement.

"The resolution recognising the Armenian Genocide adopted by the
Chamber of Deputies completes the process of recognition of the
Armenian Genocide by Belgium," the Foreign Minister said.

"We welcome the unconditional recognition of the Armenian Genocide
by legislative and executive authorities of the Kingdom of Belgium"
Minister Nalbandian concluded.


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ARMENIANS OF BELGIUM CRITICIZE RESOLUTION ON 
ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
24.07.2015


The Armenian community of Belgium is discontent with the resolution
on the Armenian Genocide that was adopted by the Belgian Chamber of
Representatives on Thursday, Le Vif writes.

The Armenian community of Belgium, in particular, deplores the
ambiguity of the text, particularly paragraph 2, which voices a request
to the federal government "to recognize that today's Turkey can not
bear the historical and moral responsibility for the tragedy of the
Armenians in the Ottoman Empire."

"The Turkish authorities are based on denial - stubbornly denying
the evidence of the Genocide of Armenians and Arameans and continue
to praise the organizers," says the statement issued by the Armenian
and Aramean communities of Belgium.

The Armenian youth of Belgium also issued a statement expressing regret
over the resolution and calling it a text of compromise, RTL reported.

As reported earlier, an Armenian Genocide resolution was adopted
by a voting Thursday at the plenary session of the Chamber of
Representatives of Belgium.

The opposition criticized resolution stating the need for more
definite document, but voted for given the fact that the Belgian
Prime Minister Charles Michel recognized the Armenian Genocide on
behalf of his government.


TURKEY WARNS BELGIUM OVER CONSEQUENCES OF 
RESOLUTION ON ARMENIAN 'GENOCIDE'
Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey
July 24 2015


Turkey has warned that adoption of a resolution condemning the
centennial anniversary of Anatolian Armenians deaths during the World
War I as genocide by the Belgian Chamber of Deputies will have a deep
impact on bilateral relations between the two countries.

With the resolution adopted on July 23, Turkey has once more been
"unfairly indicted, historical facts have been distorted and law
has been ignored," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written
statement released on July 24.

The statement continued onto to say the decision was part of a
campaign aimed at defaming Turkish identity and history, which had
started early in 2015, while recalling Belgian Prime Minister Charles
Michel's recognition of the deaths of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish
forces during World War I as genocide in remarks delivered in June.

"[...] The grave picture that has emerged with the July 23 decision
of the Chamber of Deputies [was] met with regret by the Belgian
Turkish community and has deeply impacted our bilateral relations,"
the ministry, questioning why Belgian deputies spared time on the
issue instead of dealing with serious challenges Europe faces,
including an economic crisis.

"It should be understood that this and similar decisions that have
been made do not serve the Turkish-Armenian conciliation in any way,"
the ministry concluded in its statement.

Back in June, upon Michel's remarks, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said
that the remarks were "neither acceptable nor excusable," adding that
the Belgian leader had "politicized" the issue.

Michel's remarks came after the European Parliament in April adopted
a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide, which enraged Turkey.

Turkey says it shares the pain of Armenians over the events but has
vehemently rejected the use of the term genocide, contending that
hundreds of thousands of Muslims and Christians were killed on both
sides in a wartime tragedy.

In April, Pope Francis drew Turkey's wrath after describing the
killings as "the first genocide of the 20th century."

Ankara subsequently pulled its ambassador from the Vatican, 
as well as from Austria, Brazil and Luxembourg. 

prensaarmenia.com.ar
Brazil State of RÃ - o de Janeiro recognizes Armenian Genocide
11:21, 25.07.2015

The State of RÃ - o de Janeiro in Brazil on Friday officially recognized
the Armenian Genocide, and set April 24 as `Day of Recognition and
Remembrance of the Victims of the Armenian Genocide.'

The Governor of RÃ - o de Janeiro, Luiz Fernando Pezão, had 
submitted the respective bill to the state parliament, reported Agencia 
Prensa Armenia.

RÃ - o de Janeiro has become the fourth Brazilian state'after the States
of Paraná, Ceará, and São Paulo'to acknowledge the fact of the
Armenian Genocide. And several months ago, the Senate of Brazil had
adopted a resolution recognizing this tragedy. 


AINA- Assyrian International News Agency
July 25 2015
Assyrian Federation in Armenia Highlights Continuing Genocide

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5 is a remarkable year for it marked the 100 years since the
atrocious crime against humanity. The European Parliament declared
April 24 as the Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide in the
Ottoman Empire, an open letter from the press-service of the
Federation of Assyrian organizations of Armenia "Khayadta", published
on the website of Xenophobia Prevention Initiative, reads.

According to the letter, special attention is paid to the occasion in
2015, and various events, like exhibitions, seminars, film screenings,
performances and symposiums, will be held both in Armenia and all over
the world throughout the whole year.

However, the main events took place in Yerevan in April 2015. On April
22-23, the State Commission Coordinating the Armenian Genocide
Centennial Events, the National Assembly and the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of the Republic of Armenia held a Global Forum "Against the
Crime of Genocide" in the frameworks of the events dedicated to the
Armenian Genocide Centennial. More than 600 parliamentarians,
politicians, diplomats, scientists and prominent genocide scholars
from 60 countries attended the Forum. The conference was dedicated not
only to the Armenian Genocide but also to the fight against all the
genocides in the world. For the first time on official invitation, the
representative of the Assyrians and a member of Iraq Parliament,
Yonadam Kanna, attended such a grandiose international forum with an
Assyrian delegation, consisting of 12 members from different
countries.

"The participation in the forum was crucial for us, given the need to
preserve the Assyrian nation, as having suffered genocide at the
beginning of the 20th century (1914-1923) our nation is still being
eliminated in its historical homeland today. It is very important for
us that the high representative members of the international forum
'Against the Crime of Genocide' at last heard our voice about the
atrocious fact of elimination of the Assyrian people in the territory
of Ottoman Turkey," the letter reads.

The letter points that on 24 March 2015, the National Assembly of
Armenia adopted a resolution condemning the genocide of the Assyrians
and Greeks in the territory of Ottoman Turkey in 1915-1923.

"The Armenian Parliament's recognition of the genocide of the
Assyrians and the Assyrian delegation's active participation in the
international forum 'Against the Crime of Genocide', held in the
Armenian capital on the Armenian Genocide Centennial is very important
and timely for now the Assyrians are struggling for their existence on
their native land. It is not a secret that the ISIS militants are
eliminating the heritage of the ancient nation," the article reads.

Yonadam Kanna, the representative of the Assyrians and member of Iraq
Parliament, spoke about the plight of the Assyrian people and the
systematic persecutions of that ancient nation. Irina Gasparyan, the
President of Federation of Assyrian organizations of Armenia
"Khayadta", raised the issue of including a reference to the genocide
against the Assyrians and Greeks into the final document. The
participants of the Forum "Against the Crime of Genocide" approved the
final version of Yerevan declaration, which was stated by the co-chair
of the Forum, Baroness Caroline Cox at the end of the Forum. 
"We approve the proposed declaration," she said.

At the end of the Forum, the parliamentarians from all countries
condemned the Armenian Genocide and highlighted the importance of
preventing such kind of crimes against humanity in the future.
Especially remarkable was the call of the former Chief Prosecutor of
the International Criminal Court that Armenia must take up the role of
the leader of the struggle against genocides, which was spoken about
by many.

"The events held on April 24 on the Armenian Genocide centennial
served the main purposes set: raising the international awareness of
the Armenian Genocide, formation of public opinion and mobilization to
condemn and fight against genocides as crimes against humanity," the
letter highlights.

The Armenian Genocide centennial commemoration is not over with April
24 events, Vigen Sargsyan, Presidential Chief of Staff of the Republic
of Armenia and the coordinator of events, told a press conference,
summing up the work done and speaking about the further action. He
said the events held in many countries after April 24 came to prove
that. "Political, sports, cultural events will be organized throughout
the whole year," he said and added that the website
armeniangenocide100.org would go on operating with the same intensity,
reporting about the many different events in all the corners of the
world.

According the letter, the Assyrian delegation visited Assyrian
villages, where events dedicated to the Armenian Genocide Centennial
were also held. Events, exhibitions, literary and musical compositions
«I Remember and Demand" dedicated to the tragic events that took
place at the beginning of the 20th century in the territory of Ottoman
Turkey were organized in the villages Upper Dvin, Arzni. The Dimitrov
village high school's headmaster Mkrtchyan G.M's final speech became
the concluding chord of the events: "We will never forget the
villainies the Turkish authorities committed. The Armenian and
Assyrian people suffered. But we must live, we know how to live, and
it is our obligation to live to prove that we are an immortal nation."

The fact of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire 
in 1915 has been recognized by a number of states. The first 
country to do this was Uruguay in 1965, followed by the 
Republic of Cyprus (1975), Argentina (2004), Russia (1995), 
Canada (1996), Greece (1999), Lebanon (1997), Belgium (1998), 
Italy (2000), Vatican (2000), France (1998), Switzerland (2003), 
Slovakia (2004), The Netherlands (2004), Poland (2005), 
Venezuela (2005), Lithuania (2005), Chile (2007), Sweden
(2010), Bolivia (2014), Austria (2015), Luxembourg (2015), 
and Brazil (2015). 

The European Parliament and the World Council of Churches 
have also recognized the Armenian Genocide. Forty-three of 
the 50 U.S.states have recognized and condemned the 
Armenian Genocide declaring April 24 as the Armenian 
Genocide Remembrance Day. 

Parliaments of several European countries have adopted laws 
criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide. Turkey, 
however, denies the mass killings of the Armenian population 
in the Ottoman Empire during World War I (onthe eve of World 
War I around 2 million Armenians lived in the Ottoman Empire, 
about 1.5 million Armenians were eliminated during 1915-1923,
the remaining half million spread all over the world). 

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