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BACK TO VICTORIA STREET
a walk organised by the Armenian, Turkish and Greek Cypriot residents of Victoria street, in memory of
|Saturday 22 October at 10:30am|
The walk begins in front of Home for Cooperation (old Mangoian House)
To sign up for lunch at Boghjalian Restaurant, call Simon Aynedjian on 99437073
News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
40 RUSSIAN, AMERICAN, FRENCH, NORWEGIAN, DUTCH, CHINESE & BRITISH COMPANIES, SEEKING
Gibrahayer e-magazine 18 October - The largest Russian, American, French, Norwegian, Dutch, Chinese and British companies have already turned their attention to the licensing process for the Cypriot blocks 1 to 11 and 13, a process expected to commence in early 2012. In total, it is estimated that 40 mammoth companies will give battle to obtain the licence for the hydrocarbon exploration in these “blocks”. The interested companies have paid between 1 to 2 million to buy the data of the seismographic explorations.
NEO-SULTAN ERDOGAN SAYS CYPRUS MUST EITHER SHARE GAS OR SUFFER RETALIATION
Gibrahayer e-magazine - 18 October - According to “Zaman” newspaper, Erdoğan said that the explorations for natural gas conducted by Cyprus blow up any attempts for a solution and he reiterated that the natural gas and anything else found must be shared! “Otherwise, if they continue to operate unilaterally, they will face retaliation from Turkey”.
ERDOGAN THREATENS TO FREEZE NEGOTIATIONS
Gibrahayer e-magazine - 18 October - Turkey will not sit on the same table with Cyprus, if she does not bridge the gap between the island’s nations, Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan provocatively stressed once more.
SIMULTANEOUS ATTACKS ON POLICE AND MILITARY
Al-Jazeera - 20 October, 2011 - At least 26 soldiers have been killed in simultaneous attacks on police and military installations in southeastern Turkey, according to local reports, prompting a Turkish military response that has involved incursions into northern Iraq.
Tickets for sale for Junior Eurovision song contest to be held in Yerevan in December
Junior Eurovision 2011 tickets will be on sale from Thursday 20 October 2011. The contest will be held on December 2-3 in Yerevan, Armenia. Representatives from 14 states aged 10-15 will participate in the contest. Dalita will represent Armenia with the song “Welcome to Armenia”. Watch the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YxNU63UjhY&feature=player_embedded
|Community calendar at a glance:|
ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY (HOM)
|Vicky Marashlian (USA), Rosy Bedrossian (USA), Nayiri Shahinian (Canada), Gracelia Kevorkian (Argentina), Zepyur Reyisian (Syria), Liza Avakian (Greece), Alesya Pechanyan (Armenia), Ani Keshishian (USA), Pauline Getsoyian (USA), Caroline Shmavonian (USA), Sona Akelian (USA)|
click here for Yerkir Media's video report
Letters to the Editor:
|Response to Benon Sevan’s Call to Shut Up|
By Ara K. Manoogian
Regardless of our impatience and desire to witness a truly democratic state of Armenia, we have no alternative to being patient, because it takes time to develop democracy, economic and social development, and civil society, as well as true democratic reforms.
| Benon Sevan’s call for wielding a positive, “cheerleader” stance toward Armenia’s corrupt authorities is not alien to his nature. He has showcased such leniency toward a despotic regime before. Back in 1996-2003, as UN Oil-for-Food chief, Benon was accused of accepting bribes from the government of Saddam Hussein, while the latter was terrorizing and murdering his own people en masse. Sevan avoided prosecution and conviction by fleeing to Cyprus in 2005.|
Patience is another word for indifference. For too long, Armenians in the Diaspora have remained patient toward unrestrained abuses of the monopolies, suffocation of small and medium private entrepreneurship, as well as alarming frequency of forced suicides and murders in the army, widespread poverty in Armenia’s provincial regions, and continuous mass emigration. I voice my concerns over injustice in Armenia and fight for improvement, because I believe that Armenia can do better, and will, as long as concerned citizens keep pushing.
|Ara K. Manoogian is a human rights activist representing the Shahan Natalie Family Foundation in Artsakh and Armenia; a Fellow of the Washington-based Policy Forum Armenia (PFA); creator ofwww.thetruthmustbetold.com and author of the white paper “To Donate Or Not To Donation”, an in depth study on the activities of the “Hayastan” All-Armenia Fund.|
"JOURNALISTS HAVE THE MORAL OBLIGATION TO WRITE ABOUT THE EXISTING SITUATION IN ARMENIA" SAYS AZAD KHOSK CHIEF EDITOR YERAN KOUYOUMDJIAN
I firmly believe that public criticism of the current state of affairs in Armenia stems from real patriotism, and it's essential if we are to expect any real change in the corrupt system of government that exists in Armenia.
I totally agree with Mr. Ara Manoogian, that the patience or the wait- and -see approach proposed by Mr. Benon Sevan, is another word for indifference or even apathy.
Whereas the need for change in Armenia is so urgent, that voicing our concerns about the social, political and economic problems is MOST NEEDED to push things forward towards democratic reforms in the country.
In fact, we as journalists have the MORAL OBLIGATION to write about the real, existing situation in Armenia, however harsh that may be, with the SOLE INTENTION to incite change towards real progress. We are not propagandists or slogan chanters.
I believe that our wake-up call will work for the good of our dear Motherland.
Yeran Kouyoumdjian - Chief Editor - Azad Khosk -www.azadkhosk.com
JOIN SIPAN DANCE ENSEMBLE
|Practice sessions of SIPAN Dance Ensemble of Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association under Director / Choreographer Felix Haroutunian continue until the end of 2011 on Friday's, Saturday's and Sunday's.|
A new schedule with practices during the week will be announced in 2012.Interested to join SIPAN's Dance Ensemble? Call Shoushig Bakalian on 99667828.
|PAINTING AND DRAWING LESSONS|
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