YEREVAN TAKES OVER AS WORLD'S BOOK CAPITAL
Voice of Russia
April 22 2012
Picked by UNESCO, the Armenian capital Yerevan has formally taken
over from Buenos Aires as the world's book capital. It will hold the
title for the next 12 months.
This year marks five centuries since an Armenian scholar based in
Venice started printing books in Armenian. Book printing in Armenia
started in 1771 in a monastery outside Yerevan.
WELSH CLERGYMAN ISSUES "FROM CARMARTHEN TO KARABAGH"
April 23, 2012 - 16:17 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The mysterious disappearances of King Arthur and
Wales' foremost rebel Owain Glyndwr have a remarkable similarity
with that of one of Armenia's greatest heroes, according to a leading
Wales Online reports that Canon Patrick Thomas, the Vicar of Christ
Church Carmarthen and Chancellor of St David's Cathedral, is the
author of a highly praised new book which finds numerous similarities
between Wales and Armenia.
On Monday, April 23, From Carmarthen to Karabagh will be launched in
the Temple of Peace and Health in Cardiff.
In recent years close ties have been established between the two
countries, prompting Canon Patrick to visit Armenia for the first
time in 2005. He immediately fell in love with the country and kept
going back, becoming increasingly aware of the parallels and contrasts
between Armenia and Wales.
His book has a unique structure: each chapter has an introduction,
three sections focusing on related themes from Armenia and a final
section that points out relevant similarities with Wales.
In a section about Welsh and Armenian heroes, Canon Patrick writes:
"Some heroes are meant to vanish leaving no known burial place."
"Moses is an obvious Biblical example. In Welsh tradition two of
our greatest warriors similarly disappear: King Arthur and Owain
Glyndwr.The burial place of King Arthur is a mystery, as is that
of Owain Glyndwr. "The legend that haunted the popular imagination
told of an encounter between Owain and the abbot of Vale Crucis,"
writes Canon Patrick.
"The latter had gone out in the early morning mist to say his prayers
when he met the fugitive hero. Owain rebuked the cleric for getting up
too early. The abbot replied that Owain himself had risen too early by
100 years. From this grew the feeling that Owain (like Arthur before
him) would one day return. He too was said to be sleeping with his
warriors in a cave - perhaps one of those in which he had hidden
during his years on the run," he writes.
"In Armenia a similar role was given to Pokr Mher, the last of the
wild heroes of Sassoun, whose exploits form a part of the national
epic. Pokr Mher and his horse disappeared into the Rock of Van and,
so the legend goes, remain there."
Canon Patrick also writes movingly about the murder of more than a
million Armenians in Ottoman Turkey during the First World War - an
event recognized officially as a Holocaust by the National Assembly
for Wales, but not by the UK Parliament.
The book has been praised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan
Williams, who writes in a foreword: "Patrick Thomas' distinctive voice
- learned, thoughtful, compassionate and witty - has become more and
more widely known and appreciated through his writings about Wales and
the imaginative legacy of Christian faith in Wales. His love affair
with Armenia began, as he tells us, some six years ago, and it has
worked itself out through many visits, through passionate advocacy and
through a deep immersion in the culture of this extraordinary nation.
Unsurprisingly, he finds analogies with another small and mountainous
country, jealous of its language and its heritage. And in these pages
he introduces us to some of the most poignant and beautiful literature
of the Armenians, shaped as it is by a history of appalling suffering."
Archbishop Vahan Hovhanessian, Primate of the Armenian Apostolic
Orthodox Church in Britain and Ireland, writes: "Those of us who know
Canon Patrick well know that through his passion to learn more about
the culture and history of Armenians and pursue the parallel between
the Armenian and Welsh people, he has earned the right to be an
honorary ambassador of the Armenian people to the rest of the world."
>From Carmarthen to Karabagh by Patrick Thomas is published by
Gwasg Carreg Gwalch.
EFFIGY OF ARMENIAN "OLIGARCH" PARADED THROUGH YEREVAN
IN MOCK FUNERAL
14:52, April 23, 2012
A group of civic activists paraded an effigy of an "oligarch" around
the streets of downtown Yerevan yesterday in a mock funeral procession.
The procession proceeded from Mashtots Park to Opera Square and then
down through Northern Avenue to Republic Square, eventually winding
back at the park.
The coffin' followed by around two hundred "mourners" elicited curious
glances from passersby out for a Sunday afternoon stroll. Many
actually believed that the procession was for real and had to be
convinced otherwise. A few even joined the march in support.
When asked who was being carried on the coffin, held aloft on the
shoulders of the activists, the answer given was "Olik Garkhyan";
a play on the word oligarch.
Anahit Mousheghyan, one of the activists, said that the procession
was symbolically not only burying the oligarchs of Armenia but the
mentality of greed and injustice that they spawn.
The activists said that the high-rise buildings along Northern
Avenue, the cafes that encircle the Opera and the commercial kiosks
now illegally being constructed in Mashtots Park, are all symbols of
the oligarchic system dominant in Armenia today.
LEVON TER-PETROSYAN: THE ARMENIAN AUTHORITIES ARE
COMMITTING GENOCIDE AGAINST THEIR COUNTRY
April 21 2012
Azerbaijan (please note origin of this article)
Baku - APA. "One million people have left Armenia due to
This can be compared only with the genocide and deportation of
Armenians in the Ottoman Empire," leader of Armenian National Congress
(ANC), ex-president Levon Ter-Petrosyan said during the rally in
Yerevan, APA reports quoting Armenia Today.
"The persons, who want the world to recognize the Armenian genocide,
are committing similar genocide in their country. Charles Aznavour,
who was appointed as ambassador by Serzh Sargsyan, says this," first
president of Armenia underlined.
He also said corruption is the negative consequence of the government's
activity. He said according to the results of various international
studies in Armenia, the level of the shadow economy constitutes 2/3
of the real economy.
"Actually, only 1/3 of the revenues are included into the budget,"
Ter-Petrosyan underlined that if these funds had been included into
the budget, pensions and allowances, could have been doubled, military,
scientific expenses, salaries could have been tripled.
"These persons, who plunder their country, wish to defeat Azerbaijan,"
Ex-president underlined that police and courts make deals with
criminals and the claimant is found guilty. The soldiers are tortured,
beaten, killed, incited to suicide.
Levon ter-Petrosyan criticized the international proposals (Madrid
principles) put forward for the resolution of Nagorno Karabakh and
underlined that ANC will do its best to change them. He considers
that this is just a "diplomatic trick" to mask the return of Nagorno
Karabakh to Azerbaijan.
"The proposed principles must show who will organize the referendum
on self-determination of Nagorno Karabakh and who will participate
in this referendum. If these issues are not solved, the referendum
will be nothing but a trap to deceive the Armenian people," he said.
RESTORATION OF ST KIRAKOS CHURCH OF DIYARBERKIR STOPPED
The reconstruction of historical Armenian Surb Kirakos Church in
Turkey's southeastern province of DiyarbakÄ±r has costed more than
expected as a result of which no money has remained for the restoration
of nearby constructions, CNNturk reports.
The 100kg-weight bronze bell prepared in Moscow and the restoration
of the church costed about 2 million Turkish lira.
The dome with 29-meter gold cross built by an Armenian master in 1883
was bombed for being higher from the minarets of surrounding mosques.
The church sank into oblivion after migration of Armenians from
Tigranakert. In 2010 the restoration of the church launched but the
works have stopped for already a month.
Armenian Genocide commemorated in London
April 21, 2012 - 22:42 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - About 300-350 people took to the streets in London
on April 21 to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the Armenian
Genocide and protest Turkey's policy of denial.
The demonstrators carried Armenian and British flags and chanted
`Never Again', `Recognize the Armenian Genocide' and `We Want
Justice.' Some were holding photographs of the slain editor of Agos
weekly, Hrant Dink.
As a PanARMENIAN.Net correspondent reported from the scene, officials
from the Armenian embassy in London also joined the protesters, who
demanded inclusion of the story of the Armenian Genocide in the UK
The march ended at The Glorious Dead Memorial where the participants
laid flowers and offered a prayer.
A liturgy will be served in Surb Eghishe Church on April 22.