Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Armenian News... A Topalian...I have received considerable input of videos and news links from readers with many thanks.

A selection follows after a second appeal for you to sign a petition 

in favour of Sevan Nisanyan. 

In February, the Economist ran a detailed special report on Turkey
that included a description of the many serious concerns on its president 
and government policies. 

The discussion of judicial issues includes the following pargraph:

'An illuminating case of a different kind is the of Sevan Nisanyan, 
a 59-year-old linguist and author of an etymology of modern Turkish. 
Mr Nisanyan is also known for his work to restore a semi-derelict 
village on Turkey's Aegean cost, a rare exception of careful 
conservation in a region better known for rampant tourist development. 
Since January 2014, he has been in prison, sentenced to an astonishing 
16 years for various minor infractions of building codes, in a country 
where illegal construction is commonplace: even Mr Erdogan's new 
presidential palace violates zoning laws. Mr Nisanyan is of Armenian 
extraction, as well as being an outspoken atheist and a critic of the 
AK party." 

If you feel able to sign the petition, click on

Professor Stephen Hawking

"Thanks to Mr [Dikran] Tahta, I became a professor of mathematics 
at Cambridge, a position once held by Isaac Newton." 

Oxford Armenian Choir performing in the Weston Library,
The Bodleian

The Syrian refugee restaurateurs spicing up Armenian cuisine

Success Story in Language Preservation 

We were assigned to reflect on language, identity, and voice in our
Freshman English 101 class
(we are students at the American University of Armenia- AUA)

The Legacy of Armenia: Trade, Metallurgy, and Forging of 

Finally, the BBC 2 program "University Challenge" on 7 March had 
two Armenian questions both correct answered:

Which language did the monk Mesrob of Mastots invent that is
spoken by over 7 million people all over the world?
Give the name of the unrecognised country of the flag that is on your 
(it was the Nagorno Karabakh flag - the BBC should expect a protest 
from the Azeri embassy)

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