SHUT UP AND KEEP OUT - Editorial by Jean Ipdjian
Jean Ipdjian - London – June 2010 - Lately, parliamentary elections were held in the self-proclaimed independent Republic of Nagorno-Karabagh, Artsakh. European officials who were there as unofficial observers came away very much impressed at the level of organisation and by the level of democratic values, principles and practices applied there. To an extent, that one observer from Latvia declared that most European states could not organise elections such as the ones held in NKR.
GAZA, ISRAEL, TURKEY & WE - by Garen Yegparian
|Israel screwed up in its response to the ships attempting to break its blockade of Gaza. Anything it might have gained by preventing the entry of material it chooses to exclude from Gaza is far outweighed by the international opprobrium it has garnered. But this is not at issue except by extreme spinners of pro-Israel policy. What’s more interesting for Armenians is Turkey’s role and position in all this, and what doors are open to us as a result.|
Certainly, no one doubts that Turkey’s, and its ruling AK Party’s involvement in all this is nothing but a cynical, Machiavellian, realpolitik ploy in its devilishly competent Foreign Minister’s bag of tricks to expand the genocidal state’s international stature, and particularly among the peoples and states of the Arab and Moslem worlds. The Turkish group cooperating with the efforts may also have connections to unsavoury outfits, but more on this if and when I can get details. I’m told it was very well organised, funded, and delivered the biggest ship in the relief flotilla, which suggests the possibility of state involvement. It was also the ship on which the violence occurred.
Erdogan’s and Davutoglu’s statements have received wide coverage. Clearly, this is part of their neo-Ottomanist efforts to become a player in the Islamic world, much of which shuns Turkey for the brutality and misrule heaped upon fellow Moslems under Ottoman rule and Kemalism’s anti-Islamic bent. Official Ankara seems to be making the calculation that there’s more to be gained by clashing with Israel than further developing a decades-long positive relationship.
Among the fruits of the positive relationship has been help in the halls of U.S. power, fighting passage of the Genocide resolution, and other anti-Armenian efforts emanating from Azerbaijan and Turkey. The question is, after the last few incidents, are those Jewish-lobby elements in the U.S. that have worked against us (and even against their more right-minded and conscience driven colleagues) ready to come around? Do they see yet that there’s no long term benefit to supporting a genocide-denying state? Are they irate enough to downgrade or sever the relationship? It seems to me this is a very opportune moment for our efforts in the U.S. it’s time for some renewed outreach.
Simultaneously, our colleagues in the Middle East should be conveying to their governments how untrustworthy, back-stabbing, and cynical Turkey’s recent ploys demonstrate it to be. On the non-Diaspora front, Armenia’s government should be playing up similar themes with their negotiating partners, whether the issue is economics, Artsakh, or actual relations with Turkey.
But this is all short term gain. If Turkey’s efforts bear fruit, then we will have serious problems in the long term. Remember where Armenia is situated. If Turkey pulls Iran into its orbit, it’s a problem. If the Arab countries become enamoured of Turkey’s pseudo-heroics, our our communities in there may become constrained. They may even get some traction in Europe with their faux-humanitarianism. It is imperative and timely to publicise the irony (and the underlying temerity) of Turkish comments about occupation (think Armenia and Kurdistan) and human rights abuses (think coddling Darfur’s butcher, abuse of its own minorities, massacres, etc).
We have to play very hard. For the last three centuries, the Ottoman Empire/Turkey has survived through very skilful diplomacy, playing off against one another powers far greater than it, using Asia Minor’s pivotal geography. They’re using our lands to our, and the world’s, detriment. Since we’ve been deprived of statehood for all but the last century or so (and a very shaky, mostly Soviet-subservient statehood at that) we don’t have the same depth of diplomatic/political history, experience, skills, and culture to draw on. But this is a perfect time to learn by doing and pushing to the edge. There’s not much to be lost, but tremendous potential for gain.
I hope we, the Diaspora and Armenia’s government (especially after the protocols fiasco), are up to the challenge.
Let’s expose Turkey for the fraud that it is!
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ISRAEL TO REPLY WITH "END TURKISH OCCUPATION OF CYPRUS" FLOTILLA
|Gibrahayer e-magazine - Nicosia 8 June - Mainland Turkish newspaper Milliyet writes that Israel has proposed sending a ship called the "No to the Turkish Invasion in Cyprus" to Cyprus, thus rewarding it for not supporting a Gaza aid flotilla that was halted by a deadly raid last week.|
Cyprus President Demetris Christofias, sent his Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou, to Israel to meet with his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, to discuss the issue despite the present visit of Pope Benedict XVI on the island.
The Israeli Ministry for Defence praised the Cypriot government for its "responsible approach" in not supporting the ship as it was passing from Turkey toward Gaza.
According to the daily Jerusalem Post - published in Israel - has written that Israel will send a flotilla to Cyprus, carrying the message: "putting an end to the Turkish invasion" in Cyprus.
According to the article, Alex Goldfarb, a former Israeli Member of Parliament, and Pinhas Har Zahav, an activist from the Meretz party, will be on board the ship, which will be sent from Israel to Cyprus.
It is still unknown whether or not the flotilla, will also attempt to land in northern Cyprus, Milliyet concludes.
ARMENIAN CATHOLIC PATRIARCH NERSES BEDROS TARMOUNI XIX JOINS POPE
|Gibrahayer - Nicosia - Wednesday 2 June 2010 - The Armenian Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros Tarmouni XIX joined Pope Benedict XVI's entourage to his first official visit to Cyprus last weekend.|
The Armenian Catholics of Cyprus also organised a cocktail reception at The Armenian Prelature of Cyprus on Sunday 6 June at 6:00 pm in which more than 50 community members participated.
During his visit to Cyprus, Patriarch Nerses Bedros Tarmouni XIX also honoured with his presence, the Gala Dinner on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of The Armenian Relief Society (HOM) of Cyprus which was held at the STOA Restaurant on Friday evening.
|Images of the receptions here:|
Video of his speech at The Armenian Prelature:
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TATIANA FERAHIAN IN BOLIS AT AN ART EXHIBITION ENTITLED “THE LITTLE LAND FISH”
Gibrahayer e-magazine - Nicosia 9 June, 2010 - Tatiana Ferahian is among 17 Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot artists selected to participate in the “Little Land Fish” exhibition to be presented in Bolis from June 19 – July 31, 2010, as part of the 2010 European Capital of Culture projects.
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HAY AGOUMP IN 1939
|Input from our subscribers:|
Re: the Hay Agoump photo, seated from right to left: the 1st is Hovivian and the 3rd Hagopian, both were teachers of Melikian School and the 3rd person from left on the last row is Shadarevian. May be someone can help with their first names.
Sarkis Der Avedissian
|4th row from the bottom up: Second from left - Haroutiun Dedeyian, fourth from left Shant Medadzoumian|
3rd row from the bottom: - Fourth from the left Karnig and Nazig Kouyoumdjian, Far right Moushegh Bedelian
Not the two people sitting on the floor, the next row from right to left the second person is
Dr. Melkon Krishdjian (my Godfather) and the row before the last, from right to left the sixth
person is Mr. Garabed Papazian (my father).I am quite sure that the second gentleman from the left, standing behind the ladies sitting on the armchair, with a handkerchief in his breast pocket, is my father's brother uncle NAZARET MOSDITCHIAN of Nicosia now deceased.
Best regards - Marie Papazian
Sincerely - Maxy (Daisy) - Kazandjian-Mosditchian.
Thank you for your input Nora Haroutunian.
Floor seated right Mr. Yervant Nigoghossian
1st row seated L to R 3rd Mrs. Annig Bedelian, 4th Mrs. Sourpig Bodikian,
2nd row L to R above Sourpig Bodikian is Mr.Yetvart Bodikian, next Mrs.Sirvart Meherian(my mother) next Mrs. Berjouhi Costanian,behind her Mr. Haroutune Costanian, next to Berjouhi is Mrs. Aznive Nigoghossian, next Mrs. Alice Klendjian, next Miss Beatrice Nahikian.
3rd row L to R 4th Mrs. Nevart Sarian, 5th Mrs. Alice Bodikian, 6th Mr. Tateos Bodikian, 8th Mr. Kevork Meherian (my father), 9th Mr.A.Gessarentz.
4th row R to L 3rd Dr. Hovsep Sarian.
5th Top row L to R 6th Mr. Hagop Klendjian
| Thank you Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra for your input|
- top row far right - Berj Tilbian
|Armenian Sports by Sevag Devletian|
|Armenian Premier League - Week 10 Results and standings|
|- FC Banants 2 - FC Ulysses 0 |
- FC Kilikia 1 - FC Mika 1
- FC Pyunik 3 - FC Impuls 0
- FC Gandzasar 1 - FC Shirak 0
|1st - Pyunik 26 points, 2nd - Banants 23 points, 3rd - Ulysses 20 points, 4th - Mika 17 points, 5th - Impuls 10 points, 6th - Gandzasar 9 points, 7|