Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Armenian News - Special Radio Broadcast BBC Radio 4

Recording of BBC Radio 4 program - Out of Armenia

How Come One is So Fearful with Such Powerful Army?
Haikazn Ghahriyan, Editor-in-Chief
Comments - 27 December 2014, 16:16

The Armenian foreign minister Edward Nalbandyan achieved his next task
- subjected the Armenian army to CSTO. The first task was annexation
of Armenia by the Eurasian Union. Then Nalbandyan went on to lobby for

The Armenian army successfully dealt with sabotages by CSTO and Russia
(in the form of Azerbaijan's attacks). However, the army could not do
anything on the "political front". It does not make its own decisions.
Could the army misuse its powers and take actions like those recent
ones? It is possible but this is another conversation. It should be
noted that the army will face choice at any moment.

The Armenian government and non-government explain annexation by the
EEU and further steps by security and Karabakh issue. When is a
country most secure, when it has sovereign governmental institutions
and army or when these institutions are at the disposal of another
country which is going to use them for its own interests but are
against the interests of the country which controls these

Gaidz Minassian, a French Armenian political scientist, asks: "How
come one has such a strong army and is waiting in fear for a
diplomatic solution." Really, why? The army proved capable of
defending the sovereignty and dignity of Armenia, and people backed
the army, which makes Armenian resistance powerful and invincible.

What were they frightened by? Azerbaijan? But this country has also
proved incapable of even shooting in the air without Russia's help.
Were they afraid of Russia? Would Russia attack Armenia? If so, what
would it look like having a strategic ally attack Armenia? So what?
Now Russia has attacked Armenia, using fear, threats, an army of
adepts of Russian-Armenian friendship and agents and fighting them is
harder than a battle where the Armenian army and people would win like
in the war in Karabakh.

When the Armenians are left alone, they win. However, they continue to
look for "guarantees of security" somewhere outside.

In fact, this is a serious issue. Feats, heroism, defense capacity are
coupled with fear, wariness, lack of belief in their own abilities and

Apparently, "peace" is not advisable for Armenia. There is no need to
go too far for examples. Let us just look at what happened after the
ceasefire of 1994. Who formed government, got big wealth and high
positions with the tolerance of the public? What is their motivation,
what do they ever have to do with public matters? Why did criminals
become the lords of the country, heads of political parties and owners
of companies and eventually announced that the right thing is to be
dominated by someone else?

This will not bring us peace but will make way for another war. The
new war will be patriotic, with two fronts, internal and external. In
addition, the internal front - fear, servility, lack of belief in
one's own forces and possibilities - will be more difficult. Not the
external enemy but these shortcomings drive the country to the verge
of internal and external disasters.

Sometimes war is the only opportunity for rebirth of demoralized 

Minister: Armenia has 6,000 registered companies with foreign 

YEREVAN, December 26. Armenia has 6,000 registered companies
with foreign capital, according to the latest data, Armenian Economy
Minister Karen Chshmarityan said Friday at a news conference.

In his words, Armenia has agreements with 39 countries on promotion
and protection of investments and is negotiating now with other 28
countries to sign similar agreements.

The National Statistical Service of Armenia says that foreign
investments made into Armenia's economy not via banks and without the
government's participation totaled about AMD 616.7 billion in Jan-Sept

Net inflow of foreign investments (the difference between the amount
invested within a given period and allowance for capital depreciation
during the same period) amounted to about AMD 103.6 billion.

Direct foreign investments in the Armenian economy totaled AMD 311.5
billion and the net inflow of direct foreign investments amounted to
about AMD 107.1 billion.

Russia was the largest investor to Armenia in Jan-Sept 2014. Its
investments in the real sector of Armenia's economy amounted to about
AMD 271 billion, of which AMD 271 billion came as direct investments.
($1 - AMD 461.58). ---0-----

Zhamanak: Air ticket prices to surge in 2015

The panic over Russian air companies' new price policies is likely to
also affect Armenia's aviation market.

The paper says that many flights are now at risk, with small airlines
being closed down and bigger ones (Transaero, UTair) seeking a
government assistance. The prices may reportedly surge by 30% after
the New Year holidays.

The paper says it has conducted a small survey among air companies to
find out the possible impact on the market supply in Armenia. The
polls reportedly revealed that the price for Yerevan-Moscow  flights
may range between 77,000 to 87,000 Armenian Drams (approx $170-$190)
from December 29 until January 15.

A source from Russia's biggest airline, Aeroflot, has not ruled out
the possibility of price fluctuations in the holiday season. "A small
fluctuation of prices is possible these days, as those who have
returned from employment migration will fly back again," an employee
of the company said.

Lord of the Rings star British-Armenian actor Andy Serkis for 
Oscar nomination?
December 26, 2014

Mirror.Uk - When you're rolling around on the carpet with your kids
and suddenly pull yourself to your feet with your knuckles, it gives a
whole new meaning to aping around.

That's exactly what British actor Andy Serkis found himself doing
during filming for blockbuster Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes earlier
this year.

He admits it was a tad unnerving - but it was also the lightbulb
moment when he realised he had truly captured his character, Caesar,
the super-intelligent ape leader and star of the Hollywood franchise.

It may also have been the moment his wife Lorraine locked up the
household's bananas.

"Sometimes I wasn't even aware I was still in 'ape zone' and I'd be
playing with my kids and rolling around and find myself using my
knuckles to climb to my feet and I'd think, 'Why am I still doing
that?'," he laughs.

"That's when I'd realise I was still very much in the character of an ape."

The star is recalling his highly-acclaimed part in the film as a
campaign for 50-year-old Andy to win an Oscar nomination for the role
gathers momentum.

20th Century Fox is pushing for his inclusion on the Best Supporting
Actor list. It's easy to see why.

Best-known for portrayals of Caesar and, before that, Gollum in Lord
of the Rings and the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, there's no
denying his success.

His work has generated billions of pounds in just over a decade.

In that sense he's up there with fellow Brits Daniel Radcliffe,
Michael Caine and Sean Connery.

Yet the great irony is many would struggle to recognise his face -
because he so often works his acting magic behind a CGI mask.

Andy is Hollywood's go to man when it comes to using 'motion-capture'
technology - which sees him don a lycra suit with reflective marks
that allow up to 40 cameras to track his movements and feed the data
to visual effects specialists who then slide them onto animated

However it's because of that technology not everyone's convinced of
his Oscar worthiness.

There's a debate in Tinseltown. Is his work and that of other
motion-capture actors deserving?

But Andy is adamant it's just as hard for him to capture and portray
his characters as any actor.

"What we're doing is creating a performance in the same way as if you
were playing a live action role," he says.

"It is acting, there is no difference and it's ludicrous to think of
it in any other way.

"We are still living out our roles, we're on set with the director and
other actors and it is then
manifested through visual effects.

"In five years we won't be having this discussion as it's obvious what
we do is acting and needs to be seen as that."

Before the first film in the Planet Of The Apes series, 2011's Rise of
the Planet of the Apes, Andy threw himself into observing the

He said: "I spent time at London zoo with the gorillas and keepers.
Then I went to Rwanda to work with Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

"It's fascinating to watch a troop of 23 gorillas. It was a bit like
watching a group of hippies at Glastonbury."

But for the sequel, he says his inspiration for Caesar changed as the
ape's character became more human.

In fact, he cites a slightly surprising role model - Nelson Mandela.

"There's this sense that he's this statesman-like figure and, as a
leader, he's created this 2,000-strong community and he wanted to
lead, but not necessarily from the front.

"More like an egalitarian leader so that all the apes would feel
valued. There's real social responsibility by all of them for the
community to survive," he explains.

"I thought very long and hard about the pressure of being a world
leader and I read a lot about Nelson Mandela because leadership, as we
all know, is incredibly complex.

"To look at someone when they first become a leader and then to look
at them again four years later and see the way they've been ravaged by
the day-to-day decision making, was a very interesting idea.

"I wanted Caesar to have some of that in his countenance and in his

 "I'd throw tantrums and my three older sisters would have to hold me
down. I always felt an outsider and that probably had a lot to do with
my home situation."

Ultimately, it was acting which let him channel his emotions - he's
called it his 'saviour'.

Although at school he loved art and went to Lancaster University to
study it, there he became interested in theatre.

He honed his skills at the Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster, and began touring.

Success on London stages in the early 90s coincided with his
breakthrough in TV and film.

His work has ranged from Oliver Twist to 24 Hour Party People;
Brighton Rock to the Adventures Of Tin Tin.

In 2010 he was Bafta-nominated for his role as polio-afflicted Ian
Dury in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll - for which he spent months walking
with a heavy 70s-style calliper on his leg.

But it was as Gollum in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy that
he found global success, before working with the director again,
taking his first simian role in 2005's King Kong.

Andy and the other ape actors went through a kind of 'ape therapy'
before filming.

"We had a number of weeks prior to filming called 'ape camp'," he said.

"It involved us improvising and setting up the hierarchy of the apes
and a way of us communicating."

He added: "I do most of my jumping around and hollering just before a
take. The other ape actors will gather around and we'll go into call
and response mode.

"You'll normally find me standing on a chair, leading them on, raising
hell. The noise we make is terrifying."

There's no arguing Andy doesn't give his all. And he says he learns
from his characters too.

"Caesar was an immense and humbling figure to learn from.

"His ability to be empathetic and a great leader and have a strong
presence while still being firm fair - it is quite a reach for me!" he

The actor's originality may stem from an unconventional childhood.

He grew up in Ruislip, Middlesex with his Armenian doctor father, and
his mother, who taught disabled children. Although his parents were
married, they lived separately.

He describes how he would regularly visit his dad when he was working
in Baghdad until it became too dangerous.

"I'd visit him during the school holidays," he's said.

"Things weren't easy for him in Iraq. Back in the 70s he spent months
in an Iraqi jail. He saw relatives vanish. I was an angry kid.

Now, set to appear in Star Wars Episode VII, and currently directing
and acting Jungle Book: Origins, in which he will star as Baloo the
bear, his star is rising.

The Jungle Book stars Oscar winners Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett
and Andy, married to actress Lorraine Ashbourne, hopes the big names
will help Hollywood realise the talent that goes into motion-capture

"If you asked any one of them whether it is any different to acting in
a costume they'd all say, 'Of course not, it's acting!'," he says.

"I honestly think soon people will look back and say, 'How did we
think it was anything else?'"

 Perhaps that day will come when Andy wins an Oscar...

By James Desborough, Emily Retter


Here are a some Armenian sayings;

khelkuet sirem : let me love your brain
Eshou tsak : donkey's son
Zekhemin keukue : the poisons root
kueloukhus MI artouger: don't iron my head
barab dagar : empty barrel
amma khyar-he : he is such a cucumber
eshoun sadgadz deghue : the place where the donkey died
baytelik-es : your gonna blow up

fesh-fesh eunoughue : the spray bottle
gadghadz gabig-es : you're an excited monkey
vodkis dage bidi arnem : I’m gonna put you under my feet
chortsadz lati bes-es : you’re like a dried cloth
eshou kak : donkeys shit
inch Ga chiga? : whats existing and what is’nt?
maman vorigue gerer-e : the mom ate your ass
Porues gue kueshe gor: my stomach is driving
Kituet peranuet meg guenem : I'll do your mouth & nose to one.
Tasis vra-en antsa : I passed on my homework.
Moukhuet gue marem : I'll put off your smoke.
Anoush Paghnik : Sweet shower.
Anoush eulla : may it be sweet.
baghadz abour-es : you are cold soup
peranues maz gue pousni : hair is growing out of my mouth
kaken-e : its from the shit
hasagit chap lezou ounis : your tongue is as long as your height
Kuelookhues darir : you took my head away
chigheroos tbar : you touched my veins
Sird chi Ga : there isn’t any heart
shad yeres arir : you've purchased away too many faces
Mernim jigyarit! : Let me die on your liver
Che, Ha : No, Yes
poush poush hayvan : hedgehog
kloukhuet taghem : I'll bury your head
tsaynuet tzuynuet chelav : your voice and snow didn’t come out
tepp-teghin : yell-yellow
bus-barab : empty bus
sussik-pussik : silent cat
mukhues maretzav : my smoke went out
tzavuet danim : I'll take away your pain
khelkues tartzav : my brain flipped over
hamue hodue hanetzir : you took out the odor and taste
boyit mernim : let me die on your tallness
fuesduekhi- bes duegha he : he’s a boy like a pistachio nut
ehh kna yao veras kere : tsk..go and write something on me
hokis elav : my soul left
Kakueh hanetsir : you took the shit out.
Engueris patsi : I opened to my friend
panosin atchkue khosi : let panos' eye talk
echoo kuelookh : head of a donkey
kheyari gue nuemani : he looks like a cucumber
sird chounim : I have no heart
sird chi-Ga : there isnt any heart
tserkerout talar : your hands ever fresh
chigheroos tuebar : you touched my veins
kitues peranues perir : you brought it from my nose and my mouth
kezi bade bidi paktsuenem : I’m gonna stick you to the wall
barab ashkhar : empty world
Kooleghed bidi Chartem: I am going to chop up your head

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