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Armenian athletic achievements 2007 Thursday, January 10, 2008
On January 6, 2007, the Armenian football team defeated Group A leaders Poland within the framework of Euro-2008. Thousands of football fans took the Yerevan streets shouting “Armenia!” all day long.
The Armenian wrestling team took the first place in the European Wrestling Championship in Strasbourg. This was an unprecedented victory for a country that in the past boasted three champions in the sport.
For the first time since the collapse of the USSR Armenia participated in a sporting event in Baku in September 2007, with a 31-man delegation, participating in the World Wrestling Championships.
Armenian chess teams played successfully at a European championship taking silver and bronze medals. Currently Grand Masters Levon Aronian and Vladimir Hakobian are ranked 10th and 23rd respectively.
Ara Baliozian: Asking questions, getting answers Friday, January 04, 2008
If you want to know the truth about the Catholic Church, don’t ask the Pope. This inevitably raises the question: If you can’t trust the Pope, whom can you trust? The answer is and must be: No one with power.
If you want to know more about Armenians, don’t ask an Armenian, who may know much more about Armenians than most odars. That’s because quantity of knowledge does not always translate to quality, or objectivity, reliability, and honesty. If you want to know the truth about Turks, would you ask a Turk?
If you want to know more about nationalism, the worst mistake you can make is to ask a nationalist. Ask instead the victims of nationalism, and if you are an Armenian, you don’t have to look for one. Ask yourself. Armenians have been the first major victims of nationalism in the 20th century.
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Azad-Hye Arabic: Message from an Iraqi Armenian seeking relatives in Canada Thursday, January 03, 2008

We received the following message:

I am trying to find my relatives.

I am from Iraq and I do not have any address of my Armenian relatives who live abroad. My father used to mention that we have relatives in Turkey, Canada and other countries. But how can I know about them and communicate with them?

My aunt in Canada is called Anahid Boudrian and my cousin Sarkis Boudrian and there are other relatives, whom I am not able to reach and ask more about them, although I am in a very great need of them, especially considering our situation in Iraq.

I would like to thank you for your cooperation. Please correspond with me through the email. I cannot disclose my name, due to security concerns.

Read the message in Arabic together with other messages at Azad-Hye Arabic Diary: http://www.azad-hye.org/diary.php

News > Pan-Armenian News > A celebration of beauty through Ten Years… Armenia Wednesday, January 02, 2008
(Carlos Jose Bourdjian's exhibition in Yerevan)

Comment posted by Armine Antonyan
A unique photographer, real patriot and a good friend- these are the characteristics of Carlos Jose Bourdjian.

His first visit to Armenia - his motherland - was in 1997 and it was then that he was captivated by its beauty, fascinated with old relics and monuments, ancient churches and cross stones, with the warmth of people, sweetness of fruits and abundance of lands. So this was the main reason why Carlos over the last 10 years visited Armenia each year, where he made new acquaintances and friends. During all this time, the camera was his indivisible friend catching every moment and event that was taking place nearby.

On the 13th of October 2007 at the restaurant "The Club”, in the heart of Yerevan, Carlos Jose Bourdjian’s first photo exhibition in his motherland took place. The  location of the exhibition is a favorite place of many Armenians and foreigners, known for its unique design, tasty food and live music. The Club is a warm, very cozy ambiance with a French touch, a delicate selection of delights, as well as a marketplace featuring books, music, crafts, and the gallery with new creations of selected avant-garde artists.

The exhibition was entitled “10 years …   Armenia”.
The exhibition consisted of several sub-groups:
1.Armenia- lovely motherland- a newly constructed but ancient historic land
2.Ararat – a Bible mountain
3.Syria - exotic Eastern country
And of course, the 4th subgroup – Carlos undoubtedly could not just forget his friends- Armenian pop stars, musicians and artists.
There were very typical images of city life, sensitive emotions and sacred moments.
When one looks at the images, he feels the bit of the city of today and centuries-old antiquity of old monuments. Being a very friendly and sensitive person he has depicted typical passionate moments of singers during their various concerts and shows.
At the exhibition there were many guests and friends of Carlos, people from Syrian Diaspora - friends, relatives and among them was world famous film director Tonino Guerra, by the invitation of Yerevan as the Ministry of Culture and at the same time he also had the exhibition and some of his films were shown to the Armenian audience.
The exhibition was unique in its sense; it had gathered and united different people from various countries and the language of art does not recognize any boundaries.  

As Carlos says “It’s not important to use always a professional camera if it’s coming directly from your heart & soul…” 
Feirouz (Perouz Artin Kalfayan) Tuesday, January 01, 2008
A popular Egyptian Armenian movie actress when she was a child (early 1950s).
Her sister Nelly was a popular 1980s singer / dancer. 
The following Youtube video clips represent Feirouz with Egyptian actor Anwar Wagdi:
Feirouz with Ismail Yassin:
Greeting card from the Center for Armenian Remembrance Sunday, December 30, 2007
Christmas card of the CARWebsite: The Center for Armenian Remembrance
Center for Armenian Remembrance has CenterAR News, an online daily newpaper and CenterAR Forum where readers can voice their opinions.
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Greeting card from Hamazkayin Armenian Cultural and Educational Society Sunday, December 30, 2007
Christmas card HamazkayinThe 1920s marked the beginning of a significant political and cultural upheaval in the history of the Armenians.

The 1915-1923 genocide perpetrated by the Turkish Government, as well as the persecutions by the Soviet regime after the fall of the First Republic of Armenia in 1920, created major turmoil in the lives of the Armenian people. Survivors were dispersed all over the world, the Middle Eastern countries becoming the most significant region of refuge.

At this critical juncture, on May 28, 1928, a group of nine intellectuals, among them writer and educator Levon Shant, historian and critic Nigol Aghbalian, former foreign minister of the Republic of Armenia Dr. Hamo Ohanchanian, and stage director and art critic Kaspar Ipekian, founded the Hamazkayin Publishing and Cultural Society in Cairo, Egypt

The objective of Hamazkayin was to provide a sound education to the new generation, and to strive towards the preservation of the ethnic identity and cultural heritage of the Armenian people living outside their homeland.

Subsequently, Hamazkayin chapters were founded throughout the Middle East, Europe, the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, and most recently even in the Republic of Armenia.

Hamazkayin has been successful in establishing secondary and higher educational institutions which have prepared scholars, literary figures, and community leaders. It has also played a major role in the field of publishing, and for over seventy years, including thirty years in the United States, has contributed to the advancement of culture in general

Hamazkayin is a nonprofit organization, presently functioning under the official name of Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society.

Source: Website of Hamazkayin

Greeting card from Sourp Hagop Church in Montreal Saturday, December 29, 2007
Sourp Hagop Sunday SchoolToros Babikian, the Director of Sourp Hagop Sunday School in Montreal, Canada wishes you a Happy New year and a Merry Christmas.
Greeting card from the Ramgavar Azadagan Party (ADLP) Saturday, December 29, 2007
Ramgavar Azadagan party's card The Ramgavar party (before 1921 it was known as the Armenakan party), or the Armenian Democratic Liberal party, is an Armenian political party in Armenia, Lebanon, USA, Canada and some other countries. It was established in the Ottoman Empire by Mekertich Portukalian in Van in 1885. The Armenakan party was of the first parties that was established in the Ottoman Empire by Armenians. At the Armenian parliamentary elections on 25 May 2003, the party won 2.9 % of popular votes and no seats.
News and reports about the Ramgavar Party in Azad-Hye:
Greeting card by the Defense Council of Western Armenia Saturday, December 29, 2007
Dear Compatriots ,
We wish you a Happy New Year and Merry Christmas.
Please find our letter here (Armenian language / PDF format).
Tsaghik Gurunyan                   
General Secretary
Defense Council of Western Armenia
New Year wishes card from Jean Eckian Saturday, December 29, 2007
Jean Eckian's cardJean Eckian is a freelance journalist based in Paris, who contributes extensively to the Armenian online media worldwide.
He covers mainly news and events taking place in Europe. His webpage www.inhomage.com is dedicated to our 1915 martyrs, under the title "Our dead have names" 
His New Year wishes card to the Armenian people has the headline: "The Armenian people advance, always and still..."

Photo Gallery: Holy Week's celebrations in Jerusalem (2006). Saturday, December 29, 2007
Photos taken by Father Issahag Minasyan.

Very Rev. Fr. Issahag Minasyan is an Armenian priest serving at the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. He was born in Ghapan, Armenia and entered the Armenian Seminary of Jerusalem in 1993. In 2000, he was ordained to the sacred order of priesthood of the Armenian Church by His Beatitude Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The same year, Fr. Minasyan became a member of the St. James Brotherhood.

Father Issahag Minasyan's website.

Entrance to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
Entrance to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
Entrance to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
Entrance to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
Return back to the Armenian Patriarchate on Palm Sunday
Return back to the Armenian Patriarchate on Palm Sunday
Return back to the Armenian Patriarchate on Palm Sunday
Return back to the Armenian Patriarchate on Palm Sunday
At Saint James Armenian Monastery on Palm Sunday
At Saint James Armenian Monastery on Palm Sunday
Opening of cutains. Palm Sunday, Saint James Monastery
Opening of cutains. Palm Sunday, Saint James Monastery
Status Quo Representatives
Status Quo Representatives
Palm Sunday. Coptic and Syrian sister Churches
Palm Sunday. Coptic and Syrian sister Churches
See the complete set here.
Christmas card from Antelias, Lebanon Thursday, December 27, 2007
Christmas card from AnteliasPlease note the new web address of the Catholicosate of Cilicia: www.armenianorthodoxchurch.org
The Armenian foreign policy in the context of the Armenian Cause Thursday, December 27, 2007
Armen AyvazyanBelow please find the entire text of Armen Ayvazyan's speech at the expanded hearings dedicated to Armenian-Turkish relations which took place in December 2007 at the Republic of Armenia National Assembly.
In his speech, Mr. Ayvazyan, urges the Armenian leadership to fundamentally reconsider its foreign and domestic policy.
We leave it to our readers to draw their conclusions on this
Speech is in Armenian (PDF format)
Ararat Foundation: www.araratfoundation.org
Armen Ayvazyan's homepage: http://www.hayq.org/
Helping Armenian villages in the Ararat Region Thursday, December 27, 2007

Ashot VardanyanMy Armenian friends,

Respectful friends. I address you with an urgent and important request.

11 communities in Ararat Region situated on the border of Azerbaijani (Nakhichevan) and Turkey asked me to address you with the request to help these communities with providing bedclothes, blankets, and other materials, because their need is great, especially in the kindergartens.

The mentioned goods are available in Armenia, but these communities have no enough financial means to buy the necessary goods.

By preliminary calculations and with the intention of solving the problem in minimal way, we need a total of US$ 3.500-4.000. Thus by spending about US$ 350-400 for each community, it will be possible to solve, in a way, the problems related to the kindergarten children in the winter.

And from my part I assure you that your aid will be widely known through mass media, and those involved will become honored members of the mentioned communities.


In the name of the leaders of the regions of Armash, Paruyr Sevak, Zangakatun, Lanjar, Urcalanj, Vardashat, Lusashogh, Shaghap, Surenavan and Lanjanist.

Ashot Vardanian
Head of the Department of Territorial Administration
Tel: +374 91 709720

Marzpetaran, City of Artashat, Ararat Region, Armenia


Received on 08 December 2007

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Catholicosate of Cilicia: Change of web address Monday, December 24, 2007
Please note that our web address has changed to www.armenianorthodoxchurch.org
You'll find the same great site. Visit us often to keep up-to-date with all that is happening every day in the Armenian Church, Catholicosate of Cilicia at Antelias headquarters.
Please note that our email has changed to info@armenianorthodoxchurch.org
New Year wishes by Grish Davtian Sunday, December 23, 2007






Սիրտս որպէս սիրոյ սկիհ, սէրս մէջը հիր գինի,

Բարձրացնում եմ լի գաւաթս, իմ ժողովուրդ հայրենի։

Նաւասարդի նուիրական աւանդներով սրբեղէն,

Ես խմում եմ քո կենացը մաղթանքներով հրեղէն։


Աւերաբեր ինչ անպ ու զամպ քո ճակատին բախուեցին,

Դու տոկացիր հանց հայկազուն թուրեւկէծակի սասունցին,

Որ մեկնեցիր ձեռքդ հզօր ու խաւարի ընդմիջից

Պինդ բռնեցիր արեգակը յաղթանակով սխրալից։


Ու պիտ գամես արեգակը Արարատի գագաթին,

Նոր կեանքի նոր ոգով զեղուն քո արևը հրային։


Սիրտս անկէզ, վառ մորենի, սէրս ճիւղին անհանգ բոց,

Ես խմում եմ սուրբ կենացդ, իմ ժողովուրդ, իմ հայոց։
Grish Davtian in our Directory.
Christmas wishes from Sylvia Bourdjian - Matta Sunday, December 23, 2007
Bourdjian family
Dear Friends,
Best wishes from cold Aleppo! it's been getting real cold here but without snow! unfortunately no white Christmas.
I want to wish you and your families all the best for the new year. May it be brings prosperity, good health and luck to you all.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :)
Photo: Sylvia (left) with mother Sonia and brother Carlos [photo from Sonika exhibition in Aleppo 2007].  
Christmas card from Armenica website Sunday, December 23, 2007
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Christmas card from Abovian Cultural Centre in the Netherlands Sunday, December 23, 2007
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