Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Armenian News... A Topalian... Spitak, 28 years after earthquake
28 years after the devastating earthquake in Spitak
07 Dec 2016 

December 7 marks the 28th anniversary of the destructive earthquake in Spitak. The earthquake hit 40 % of the territory of Armenia, densely populated region with 1 million people. 

The cities of Spitak, Leninakan, Kirovakan and Stepanavan, as well as hundreds of villages were totally or partially destroyed. Twenty-five thousand people were killed, 500 thousand were left without shelter. 17% of the buildings were destroyed, the work of 170 industrial companies was halted. 

Immediately after the earthquake Armenians all over the world united and offered comprehensive support to the Motherland. “SOS Armenie,” “Aznavour for Armenia” and tens of other organizations were created. Many Diaspora Armenians rushed to Armenia, bringing food, clothes and medicine. 

Many of them – doctors, psychologists, constructors, architects – stayed in Armenia and personally participated in the rescue works. 

A number of countries of the world continued to support Armenia years after the earthquake. Italians built a whole dwelling district in Spitak, Norwegians built a hospital, which was named after great humanist F. Nansen. 

A school built by an Englishmen was opened in Gyumri. Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher participated in the opening ceremony.
Return of Sis Catholicosate Case to be Formally Submitted to the European Court of Human Rights

Aram I: ‘Recognition and Reparation: This is Our Clear and Firm Position as a People and a Church.’ 

ANTELIAS, Lebanon (Armenian Weekly)—Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia announced on Monday that the Cilician Catholicosate will be submitting the legal case for the return of the Sis Catholicosate to the European Court of Human Rights on December 6. 

“Tomorrow, the sixth of December will be an important day for the Armenian people in general and the Armenian church in particular,” Catholicos Aram I announced in a live video address from the current seat of the Catholicosate in Antelias, Lebanon. 

The Catholicos said that the decision was made after Turkey’s constitutional court denied the request of the Catholicosate. 

“This is the first legal action taken against Turkey after the Armenian Genocide of 1915. This legal action is the result of a long and serious reflection, consultation, and study, and is based on the provisions of international law, including the decisions of the Lausanne Conference of 1932 pertaining to the minorities living within the boundaries of the Republic of Turkey,” Catholicos Aram said in his December 5 address. 

The Catholicos first announced that the Cilician See was preparing to initiate legal claims against Turkey to regain ownership of the historic headquarters of the Catholicosate of Sis back in September 2014. 

On April 28, 2015, the Catholicosate of Cilicia submitted a brief to the Constitutional Court in Turkey requesting the return of its historic spiritual center in Sis. 

The Catholicosate’s St. Sophia church and monastery, and their surrounding lands, are located in the city of Kozan, in the Adana Province of the present-day Republic of Turkey. The headquarters, a center of Armenian religious life for more than seven centuries, was confiscated by the Turkish Government during the Armenian Genocide. 

Below is the Aram I’s English address as transcribed by the Armenian Weekly. 


Tomorrow, the sixth of December, will be an important day for the Armenian people in general and the Armenian church in particular. 

The lawsuit demanding the return of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia in Sis will be formally submitted to the European Court of Human Rights. In fact, this is the first legal action taken against Turkey after the Armenian Genocide of 1915. This legal action is the result of a long and serious reflection, consultation, and study, and is based on the provisions of international law, including the decisions of the Lausanne Conference of 1932 pertaining to the minorities living within the boundaries of the Republic of Turkey. 

This is a very important action—legal action—taken by the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia. In fact, for a hundred years, we laid the emphasis in our continuous efforts, within the framework of the Armenian cause, on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. I believe that this is the time that we move from the stage of recognition to reparation, of course, without undermining the pivotal importance of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. 

I do believe that this is the high time, and, in fact, our legitimate right and sacred obligation, to claim the restoration of the ownership of the centuries old seat of the Catholicoasate in Sis. We should not forget and the international community should know that besides the one and a half million victims of the Armenian Genocide, thousands of Armenian churches, monasteries, community and church properties, including the individual properties, were confiscated by the Turkish authorities. Furthermore, 48 hours were given to the Catholicos Sahak of Cilicia to leave the premises of the Catholicosate with his parishes. 

These are not fictions; they are facts of history. And we never forget these painful experiences of our people a hundred years ago. And it goes without saying, that forceful confiscation of properties is against international law. 

Tomorrow, in Brussels, a press conference will take place with the participation of four members of our legal team. And through this press conference, our representatives will explain the various stages and dimensions, and expectations pertaining to this lawsuit. 

Dear fellow Armenians, 

The Armenian cause is the case of justice. It is the cause of violations of human rights. It is the cause of our people. We never forget the Armenian Genocide. 

Recognition and reparation: this is our clear and firm position as a people and a church. 

Therefore, it is my firm expectation that our people will continue to support all actions, initiatives, and programs that are aimed at the restoration of justice. 

Justice—we want justice from the international community. That is the clear and firm position of our people. 

May God bless you all.
Diaspora Armenians to observe parliamentary elections in Armenia
05 Dec 2016 

Thousands of Diaspora Armenians have joined the “Justice Within Armenia” initiative launched on September 21, famous Canadian Armenian actress Arsine Khanjyan told reporters in Yerevan today.

The Diaspora Armenians have set up an observervation mission for the sake of democracy, justice and transparent elections. The group will have a practical participation in the parliamentary elections next year.

“Armenia’s independence was an important achievement, gift and a dream come true for Diaspora Armenians, but we, as individuals, were unable to make our contribution at the time,” Arsine Khanjyan said.

“However, we have always lived with the consciousness to support Armenia, to help the country rise not only in the cultural field, but also develop as an independent, sovereign and democratic state,” she added.

She noted, however, that the situation is getting more and more troublesome, and this has caused concern among Diaspora Armenians and served as a basis for the “Justice Within Armenia” initiative.

“Our young soldiers’ endless love for the Motherland made us reassess our views and steps. The present and future of Armenia is now measured by the life of those guys, the state they defended should be worth their endless love,” Khanjyan said.

According to her, the July events (the seizure of a police headquarters) alerted that urgent changed are needed and signaled that Diasporas Armenians should have a practical participation.

Actor Hrant Tokhatyan has joined the initiative from Armenia. Speaking to reporters today, he said “the unity of concerned individuals will always benefit Armenia.”

Speaking through Skype, System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian expressed concern over the split among Diaspora Armenians and the Motherland.”

According to Canadian Armenian filmmaker Atom Egoyan, the Diaspora should realize its responsibility and the role it can play in Armenia. “This year’s events showed that the Diaspora should have a practical participation, e.g. on justice-related issues, including elections,” he said.

The Diaspora Armenians plan to arrive in Armenia next spring to observe the parliamentary elections in the country.
(sourced from
Turkish Bosphorus tunnel to be named after Armenian Genocide perpetrators
06 Dec 2016 

The tunnel that will cross the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, is set to be named after a perpetrator of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian genocides, or someone responsible for the death of thousands of Armenians and Bulgarians.

The competing names according to CNN Turk are between Kemal Ataturk, the first President of the Turkish Republic, and Abdul Hamid, the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Almasdarnews reports.

CNN Turk have also revealed that Ataturk is winning the poll so far.

Ataturk was partially responsible for the genocide of millions of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians that began during the First World War.

Abdul Hamid, who struggled to maintain a fracturing empire, saw a pogrom against thousands of Armenians and Bulgarians.

Daily Sabah, Turkey
Dec 6 2016
Obama’s UN envoy refers to 1915 events as 'genocide'

U.S. President Barack Obama's UN envoy Samantha Power referred to the
1915 events as 'genocide' on Tuesday, in a move very likely to
infuriate Turkey.

The term has long been taboo for U.S. officials, including President
Barack Obama, who have instead talked of historical tragedy. But
Obama's U.N. ambassador last week went further than her boss,
describing the event as genocide. In a speech hailing the work of
Holocaust survivor and Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel, Samantha
Power lamented the injustices that continue to this day. Among these,
she listed: "Genocide denial against the Armenians." Power didn't

From Turkey's perspective, the deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia
in 1915 occurred after some Armenian nationalists sided with the
invading Russians and revolted against Ottoman forces. A subsequent
relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous casualties. Turkey
describes the events of 1915 as a tragedy for both sides. Ankara has
repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians
from Turkey and Armenia, along with international experts, to tackle
the issue.

Even though President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan challenged Armenian
authorities to form a joint history commission to investigate the
incidents and pledged to accept any decision that will come out, his
counterpart and other officials remained silent.

When he first ran for president, Obama promised he would recognize the
killings as genocide if elected. But he has repeatedly stopped short
of doing so. Marking Armenian Remembrance Day in April, Obama called
the 1915 events "a tragedy that must not be repeated." Before entering
government, the second highest ranking diplomat of the United States,
Power was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who wrote extensively
about America's responses to the 1915 events. Officials say she has
lobbied hard behind the scenes for Obama to formally recognize the
atrocities as "genocide."

Former President Ronald Reagan also referred to the 1915 events as
"genocide of the Armenians" in 1981. But since then, presidents have
avoided such language.
Why do US Jews celebrate Hanukkah with Azerbaijani Embassy?

The Conference of the US major Jewish organizations’ representatives will celebrate Chanukah together with the Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington. As Haaretz reports, the event will be held on December 14 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. This decision has provoked various reactions in the Jewish community.

Firstly, it leaves an impression of heaping upon adulation for the new elect president. Secondly, it is unclear why the US Jewish community is organizing an event with an embassy of a Muslim country to celebrate their holiday. The author explains it, as of prevailing close relations between Israeli and Azerbaijani governments. " Azerbaijan became Israel’s largest oil supplier several years ago and in turn purchased large amounts of Israeli military hardware.”

The article notes, that the Azerbaijani government spends millions to promote its interests in Washington D.C. and advice its image. However, it gets regularly criticized for human rights’ violations by international NGOs.

In addition, it is planned open a Trump International Hotel in Baku, the construction of which, according to the Associated Press, has been postponed because of "economic reasons."
Private remittances to Armenia in October fell by 7.1 percent
December 5

Private remittances sent to Armenia via banks in 2016 October dropped by 7.1% when compared to the previous month to $136.4 million, the Central Bank of Armenia reported. According to it, compared to the same month of 2015 the remittances fell by 5.7%.

Remittances from Armenia in October 2016 abroad totaled about $76 million, an increase of 21.3% from October 2015. Compared to 2016 September they were down by 5.2%. Thus, the net inflow of remittances in 2016 October stood at approximately $60.4 million, which was 26.3% less than in the same period last year. Compared to 2016 September they were down by 9.3%.

Approximately 64.6% of the total amount of private money transfers came from the Russian Federation, down from 70-80% in the previous year.

Remittances from Russia to Armenia decreased by 4.7% from the year ago to approximately $88.2 million. The decline over the previous month was 0.9%, while the outflow from Armenia to the Russian Federation increased by 47. 6% to $39.1 million. The increase over the previous month was 39.9%.
In 2015 remittances to Armenia slashed by 30% to $1.208.470, caused by the huge depreciation of the Russian ruble. ($ 1 - 480.74 drams). -0-

** FATHER FRANK’S RANTS Rant Number 705 6 December 16 TRUMP’S CALL


Like Pope Francis, Donald Trump is a maverick. Like the Pope he often phones up people directly, bypassing official channels. Last night he called me. ‘Father Frank, I have heard much about you. Would you be willing to be my religious adviser?’
‘Affirmative’, I gleefully responded. Here is a summary of my impromptu recommendations.

First, Islam. Donald, during your electoral campaign you have rubbed up Muslims – 1.6 billion of them - the wrong way. Start a new chapter. You have already begun, by calling Pakistan ‘a fantastic country’. Now go one better.  Phone the Aga Khan, Karim. Arrange a meeting. As Imam, supreme spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims – indeed, as a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad - Karim is a man to get on your side. It will signal your willingness to be nice to the religion of the Crescent. As leader of his people, Karim has the right to interpret the Qur’an. He can speak authoritatively on matters of the Islamic faith. Also, the Aga Khan is a wealthy business magnate, like you. He is into education, reform, philanthropy and Islamic art – a dream ally to have. You will understand each other well, insh’allah. Oh, yes, Karim also happens to be British.(Somewhat more impressive figure than crabby Nigel Farage, methinks.) So you’ll catch two birds with one stone.  It will send a
message to the Brits: you do care about that ‘special relationship’ Britain feels so touchingly sensitive about. Smart move, eh?

Second, Israel-Palestine conflict. ‘I’d love to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians’, you said after the elections. And I am encouraged by your warning the Republican Friends of Israel concerning Jerusalem as the presumed capital of the Jewish state: ‘That should not be assumed before negotiations start between the two sides.’ Thought that was both clever and right. And you spoke of brokering a deal. Suitable language for a businessman. They say you have your son-in-law, Jared Kushner, already earmarked for the job. I suggest he should be accompanied by Professor Bernard Wasserstein, a Jewish-American. The author of ‘Israelis and Palestinians: Why do they fight? Can they stop?’ A short book shot through with insight and practical wisdom. Maybe not another Henry Kissinger but very close to it, Bernard Wasserstein is the one to consult, believe you me. He holds the key…

Of course, some opine that the task of sorting out the Middle East quagmire is above mere mortals. Obama, at the start of his ill-fated Presidency, in his famous Cairo speech quoted the Qur’an three times, postured as a friend of Islam and Muslims naively bought it. Alas, he did bugger all. Netanyahu twisted him around his little finger. (To be fair, a wag said that even Moses, Muhammad and Jesus come back to earth would find solving the Israel-Palestine conflict a bit too much.) Well, here is a mega-challenge for the Donald. A labour worthy of a Hercules. Fr Frank has confidence in you. Something, someone – the Holy Spirit? – tells me that you, only you can do it. Go for it! Prove you are the man Providence has chosen to achieve the impossible. Your spiteful enemies will bite the dust and your place in history will be assured. Kosher, no?

Russia. Piece of cake. Priestly advice is superfluous. You get on with Putin like a house on fire. Another, more benign and fair Yalta should be in the offing. But Putin is no Stalin, thank God. And you are shrewder and healthier than clapped-out, moribund F.D. Roosevelt. Just make sure to get sentimental with Vladimir. Rousskies are sentimental people. Having once loved one…I know all about it.

China. Having a drink the other day with a Chinese friend in Knightsbridge’s trendy Buddha Bar I raised the question: ‘Trump’s China policy: what’s to be done?’ ‘Zen’ he replied, jocularly. But many a true thing is spoken in jest. Zen shows the way. You see, Donald, you are a Zen type. Like a Zen master you act unpredictably. The liberal elites think that means you are mercurial, that you are an amateur, you don’t know your way around. But a Zen master cannot be predicted because he does not act according to pre-established, norms and ways of thought. He defies mental straightjackets. Yet he knows lethally well what is doing… A Zen master succeeds because he makes manifest the power of the Buddha, the Enlightened One. So you called Taiwan’s leader, against all conventions. By acting against diplomatic pseudo-wisdom you evinced a superior, Zen-like wisdom. (I speak as a formed Zen chap myself…) You taught the Communist regime a lesson. You are not afraid of them, unlike the
ludicrous Obumble. Maybe you should appoint Chuck Norris, of ‘Walker Texas Ranger’ fame, as ambassador to Beijing. You are on a winner, Donald!

As to Europe. Too many and diverse nations to prescribe about, only let me plea for my native, beautiful and chaotic homeland. Mr President Elect, an Italian discovered America and another Italian bestowed his name on it, so please, do help poor Italy!

‘And for you, what can I do for you personally, Fr Frank?’ Trump asked. ‘What would you like from me?’ ‘Nothing’, I replied. Then, on reflection, I added: ‘Only glory. The glory of having proffered successful advice on how to befriend Muslims and fix the Middle East.’

Revd Frank Julian Gelli


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Monday, 5 December 2016

Armenian News... A Topalian... BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 
Monday 5 December 2016
The Ulster Orchestra play Beethoven and Tchaikovsky 
7.30pm Monday 5th December performed by one of the
great modern interpreters of the piece, Armenian violinist 
Sergey Khachatryan. Sergey is interviewed during the 

Invitation from Anais Heghoyan 
I would be so delighted if you were able to come to our Highlights
performance of Handel's MESSIAH that I have organised and will be
performing in on:

Saturday the 17th of DECEMBER at 7.30pm and
Sunday the 18th of December at 3pm

with a festive wine, snacks and mince pie reception in the Gulbenkian
Hall after the performance.

Please see flyer attached and please do spread the word

Thank you very much and hope to see you there

Extract from The Economist 0f 26 November
on Trump Organisation
'Deconstructing Donald' 

Trump Inc 's record of finishing projects and picking partners 
is patchy - a big development project in Baku, the capital 
of Azerbaijan, has stalled for example. 
In the same analysis, it mentions that a court case
verdict in China has unexpectedly gone Trump's
way after he was elected to be the next US president.


[this demonstrates that the loss of '800 metres' of land last April 
is seen as a victory by the Azeris] 

Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan
President Ilham Aliyev: April battles are our glorious history
3 December 2016 


“The April battles are our glorious history,” said President Ilham
Aliyev as he met with representatives of general public as part of his
visit to Tartar. The head of state praised heroism of the Azerbaijani
Army and Azerbaijani citizens during the April battles. The President
noted that the Azerbaijani Army gained military victory as they
repulsed the attack of the enemy. By conducting counterattack
operation from unfavorable positions, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces
liberated the territory of the former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous
Region - present Aghdere region, as well as large territories in the
direction of Jabrayil, Fuzuli from the occupation.

“For many years Armenia has been spreading lies and myths about its
army, suggesting that it allegedly has an invincible army. The April
fighting showed which army is actually invincible. The Azerbaijani
army is invincible.”

The President said that Azerbaijan not only showed its strength in
these battles and once again proved to the enemy and world that, we
will never reconcile with the current situation. “Nagorno-Karabakh is
our historic land. So are Shusha, Khankendi and other lands, which
remained under the occupation.”

“Our historical geography was very wide,” President Ilham Aliyev 
said. The head of state added that Yerevan, Goyche and Zangazur 
are the historical lands of Azerbaijan. 

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey
Dink case judge detained over Gülen probe
Dec 2 2016

One of the judges who is trying 35 suspects for the murder of
Armenian-Turkish journalistHrant Dink in 2007 was detained on Dec. 2
on accusations that he is tied to the Gülenist organization.

Bünyamin Karakaş, who did not attend on Dec. 2 hearing, was
apprehended by police teams while he was in his room at the Istanbul
courthouse. The detention came during a recess in the hearing in which
suspect Ramazan Akyürek was in the dock.

The court, gathering after the short break, decided to adjourn its
meeting for two hours due to Karakaş’s detention.

Karakaş was among 192 judges and prosecutors who were sought for
detention as part of a probe into Gülenists opened by Ankara
prosecutors on Dec. 1.

Some 55 of the legal personnel were serving in Istanbul.

 A total of 191 judges and prosecutors out of the 192 were suspended
as part of the investigation, said a judicial source.

No administrative actions were taken against one suspect because he
had retired although he remains on a wanted list.

The suspects were said to be serving at first-degree courts.

To date, more than 3,600 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed
since the July 15 coup attempt that left 248 dead and nearly 2,200

The Gülenist organization, led by U.S.-based Islamic preacher
Fethullah Gülen, is accused of orchestrating Turkey’s July 15 coup

In the Dink case, hearings against former Police Intelligence
Department personnel began on Nov. 28.

Dink was shot dead at the age of 52 in broad daylight outside the
offices of the Turkish-Armenian weekly newspaper Agos in central
Istanbul on Jan. 19, 2007.

Ogün Samast, then a 17-year-old jobless high-school dropout, confessed
to the murder and was sentenced to almost 23 years in jail in 2011.

But the case grew into a wider scandal after it emerged that the
security forces had been aware of a plot to kill Dink but failed to
Expert calls for more serious anti-poaching measures

Bardukh Gabrielyan, Director of the Institute of Hydroecology and Ichthyology, Academy of Sciences of Armenia, welcomes the decision banning fishing in Lake Sevan December 1 to 25.

Ensuring application of the ban is the most important thing to do now.

“But on December 2 I saw fish on sold by shops. How can they sell fish if the decision was made on December 1? It means the decision remain on paper, without any concrete measures taken,” Mr Gabrielyan said in an interview with

He welcomes construction of fisheries that meet the highest standards. However, without proper anti-poaching measures, no results can be expected.

“On the one hand, we are developing fishery, on the other hand we do not ensure satisfactory anti-poaching measures,” Mr Gabrielyan said.

He does not accept the arguments that fishing is the only means of living for the local population. Rather, a month’s interval will prove much more beneficial to the people.

With respect to Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan’s latest visit to Gegharkunik, Mr Gabrielyan said:

“It is commendable that the premier has paid his attention to the sector, but professional opinions should be listened to.” 

[this again describes the open-ended and much wider Azeri 
interpretation their 'historical lands' in a contradictory way] 

Trend, Azerbaijan
Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijanis to return to historical lands
4 December 2016

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that the country does not eye
present day territory of the Republic of Armenia.

“We have no intention to return either Iravan or Mehri or Gorus
through militarily,” said President Aliyev as he met with
representatives of the general public as part of his visit to the
frontline district of Tartar.

“But I am confident that the time will come and we, Azerbaijanis, will
return to all our historical lands,” he added.

“We will achieve this through conducting a consistent policy,
peacefully,’ the president said. “All objective factors demonstrate
that this day will come. We should just work to hasten that day. How
should we do it? We should be stronger.”

The president said international law has almost been a fiasco.

“Power is the main factor now,” the president said. “This is the
reality, and we live in this real world. So we must be more powerful,
we must build a stronger army.”

“Our economy must grow stronger,” the president said. “Our economy
must develop at a more rapid pace. Our development must speed up. Our
population has increased and will continue to increase even in the
years of crisis.”

“In a year or two Azerbaijan`s population will reach 10 million,” the
president said. “This is a stable tendency, and the growth will be
even bigger in the years ahead.”

President Aliyev also said that the Armenian population is decreasing,
which, he added, is caused by both natural reasons, migration,
hopelessness, despair, arbitrariness.

He said that in fact the incumbent fascist regime in Armenia created
unbearable conditions in the country.

“Therefore population in this country will continue to decrease,
people will leave the country as they are doing now,” he added. 

Handel's Messiah Flyer 2016 VERTICAL.pdf

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Armenian News... A Topalian... A community without a Church, maybe lost!!!...

A new Armenian organisation in London
with an event at the Gulbenkian Hall
after church on Sunday 4 December
Diaspora Armenians face the threat of assimilation
December 2,2016 

The number of Armenian communities in the Middle East has been declining in the last 30 years. 

President of Armenian Benevolent General Union (ABGU) Perch Sedrakyan says 80 percent of them have either dispersed or become estranged from their Armenian roots. 

“The new generation walks away from their identity and roots. This is a serious concern. New emigrants preserve their national identity for at least 1-2 generations whereas those who settle in the United States, Europe and Russia lose their identity altogether,” Perch Sedrakyan said during a press conference organized within the framework of AGBU 110th anniversary celebrations. 

He stressed that if the Diaspora weakens it will lose its importance and cannot support the homeland. 

“If we do not take measures in the next 5-10 years and bring part of them closer to their roots, they will coalesce with other nations,” Perch Sedrakyan stressed. 

The ABGU President says the strongest anchor is having a powerful country. 

“Our main concern is to strengthen the economic situation in Armenia. We need to have a powerful country to instill pride in the coming generations. Our efforts in the next years should be directed towards our homeland,” he added. 

I disagree, The Strong anchor is to have a Church within the community helping those who have become lost to that community!!! Further more, external forces may have a lot to do with their plight!
Newspaper: Natural gas pipeline reaching Armenia to be sold to Azerbaijan company? 

YEREVAN. – Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, announced that 25 percent of the shares of Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation could be sold on the stock exchange. The danger here is that the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) has already voiced about its plan to completely purchase the natural gas pipeline reaching Armenia, reported Zhoghovurd newspaper of Armenia.

“That is, the gas pipeline, which is of strategic, vital importance for our country, might soon become a property of the Azerbaijanis, who, due to a fallen mood, could close the gas valve from time to time, and we [Armenia] will be deprived of gas supply.

“Zhoghovurd daily managed to talk on this matter with MP of the Parliament of Georgia, David Chichinadze. The latter explained that the sales process itself has not started.

‘“The Azerbaijani company does not have any gas, transport corridor at us [i.e. in Georgia], and therefore I believe that there is little such likelihood,’ the Georgian MP gave hope,” wrote Zhoghovurd.
Armenian Genocide recognition supporter Sebahat Tuncel 
indicted in Turkey, prosecutors seek 135-year imprisonment
3 December, 2016 

A Diyarbakir court indicted Sebahat Tuncel, co-chair of Turkey’s Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP), for 135 year imprisonment – a sentence sought by the republican prosecution of Diyarbakir.

Tuncel, who was detained on November 6, is charged with “being a member of a criminal organization” and “propaganda for criminal organization”, based on her announcements during 16 previous events throughout 2012-2016.

Sebahat Tuncel has numerously made statements in favor of recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

Back in 2014, being a lawmaker, Tuncel presented a bill to the Turkish Parliament which suggested President Erdogan to apologize to the Armenian people for the Armenian Genocide. The bill suggested announcing April 24 a mourning day, as well as make material and moral compensations.

[despite all thei oil & gas derived wealth, read this surprising article] 
Turan Information Agency, Azerbaijani Opposition Paper
December 1, 2016 Thursday
In terms of average salary Azerbaijan is behind Georgia 
and Armenia - ILO
Baku / 01.12.16 / Turan: According to the International Labor
Organization, the average salary in Azerbaijan is one of the lowest
among the 71 countries for which data are available.

According to material published on the website, the
highest average wage in Luxembourg is 3,722 dollars a month.

Azerbaijan ranks one of the last on the average salary of $303, and is
behind poor Georgia and Armenia, which rank 55th and 57th respectively
with the index and $430and $404.

Azerbaijan's index was below of many African and Asian countries, not
to mention the poor European countries - Bulgaria, Bosnia and others.
The worst situation is in the Republic of Moldova, Mongolia,
Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Syria. 
Oganesson: Element named after Armenian scientist added to periodic table
01 Dec 2016 

Oganesson (Og) – the element named after Russian Armenian scholar Yuri Oganessian has been added to Mendeleev’s periodical table.

On 28 November 2016, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) approved the name and symbols for four elements: nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og), respectively for element 113, 115, 117, and 118.

In line with the tradition of honoring a scientist, the name oganesson and symbol Og for element 118 was proposed by the collaborating teams of discoverers at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russia) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA) and recognizes Professor Yuri Oganessian (born 1933) for his pioneering contributions to transactinoid elements research.

His many achievements include the discovery of superheavy elements and significant advances in the nuclear physics of superheavy nuclei including experimental evidence for the “island of stability.”

See Mkhitaryan in action from the Man United website
Man Utd beat West Ham 4-1: Mkhitaryan named Man of the Match
01 Dec 2016 

Manchester Uited set up an EFL Cup semi-final clash against Hull with a deserved 4-1 victory over West Ham.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial both scored braces as United cruised into the last four at Old Trafford.

Ashley Fletcher gave the visitor’s hope 10 minutes before the break, pouncing on David De Gea’s error to make the score 1-1.

Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan was a constant menace to the West Ham defence, setting up a goal apiece for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial.

Portuguese boss was clearly pleased with his efforts against a strong West Ham side.

“I’m so happy because today was against a Premier League team with Premier League qualities with Premier League characteristics,” Mourinho said.

Manchester United, UK
Mkhitaryan at home on the biggest stage
Dec 1 2016

In a revealing interview with The Players' Tribune , Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan has opened up on why his late father Hamlet continues to be his inspiration.

The Armenia captain tragically lost his dad when only seven years old due to a brain tumour and it naturally had a profound effect on his childhood. By somehow summoning up the strength to follow in his father's footsteps, he has not only emulated Hamlet's achievement of representing his country but is now appearing for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"When you walk onto the pitch at Old Trafford, it is not just a pitch, it is a stage," the attacking midfielder said. "If my father could see me on that stage, I think he would be very proud.

"I was always kind of chasing him and I think, even though he’s not here, he helped me to get to this place. If he was still alive, maybe I would be a lawyer or a doctor right now. Instead, I am a footballer.

"The year after my father died, I started football training," he added. "He was the drive for me, he was my idol. I said to myself, I have to run just like him. I have to shoot just like him.

"By the time I was 10 years old, my entire life was football. Training, reading, watching, even playing football on PlayStation . I was totally focused on it. I especially loved the creative players — the maestros. I always wanted to play like [Zinedine] Zidane, Kaká and Hamlet. (Pretty good company for my father)."

The decision to head to Brazil as a 13-year-old to train with Sao Paulo for four months must have been an extraordinarily difficult one to take but it helped broaden the youngster's horizons and develop his playing style.

"That was one of the most interesting times of my life, because I was a very shy kid from Armenia who didn’t speak any Portuguese," he admitted. "But I didn’t care at all because, to me, I was getting to go to football paradise.

"I dreamed of being like Kaká, and Brazil was the home of that creative style, which the Brazilians call ginga . That time was very important to me, because it shaped my style as a player. When I returned to Armenia after four months in Brazil, I was still quite skinny and weak, but I had technique and skill. I was feeling very free on the pitch. I was feeling like the Armenian Ronaldinho. (Ha ha ha ha. No, I’m joking)."

Thankfully, United's fans are now able to enjoy the 'Armenian Ronaldinho' after narrowly failing to sign the Brazilian star during Sir Alex Ferguson's time in charge. The Old Trafford faithful have had to be patient but are clearly now falling in love with the summer signing from Borussia Dortmund.

"I knew it would be a challenge to leave a good situation at Dortmund and succeed at United," he said. "But I did not want to sit in my chair as an old man and have any regrets. I was ready to move.

"When the deal was done and dusted, I sat down to sign the contract with United and that’s when it hit me. That’s when I realised that this big move to the Premier League was really happening.

"I will never forget that moment, nor will I forget the time I put on the red Manchester United shirt before my first training session with the club. It made me feel so happy and proud about what I had achieved in my career.

"At the beginning of this season at United, I suffered an injury and have not had many chances to play. It would be fair to say that the start of my life in Manchester was not perfect. But there have been many other times when I’ve had setbacks, and I have never given up. I will continue working every day so that I can help the team succeed."

Having overcome incredible adversity in the past, there is every reason to expect Mkhitaryan to continue achieving his goals and become a firm favourite at United.

For the full, extensive must-read interview with Henrikh Mkhitaryan on his upbringing and football career so far, visit .

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