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Sacred stones silenced in Azerbaijan Friday, December 07, 2007
Armenian cemetery in JughaSimon Maghakyan describes the destruction of a vital part of the heritage and early history of Armenians.
When, in the summer of 2005, Scottish researcher Steven Sim visited the region of Nakhichevan, an exclave of the South Caucasus republic of Azerbaijan, in order to study medieval Armenian monuments, he found out his trip was in vain – there was nothing there for him to research. After being detained and questioned by security police, Sim was asked why he expected Armenian Christian churches in a region where only Muslims lived. A villager, too, told him Armenians had never lived in Nakhichevan. When the researcher explained that a book had directed him to the ancient Armenian church in the village, an old man blasted out words in what Sim thought was German. The translator explained that the man was talking to him in Armenian, apparently to see if Sim was an Armenian spy. Knowing Armenian in a place where no Armenians ever lived seemed too awkward.
But Sim did not confront Azeris in Nakhichevan about history. Neither did he resist orders to put his camera away in a military zone at the Azerbaijani-Iranian border when his train was passing by world’s largest surviving Armenian medieval cemetery – Djulfa (Jugha in Armenian). Sim might have done otherwise if he knew back then he was going to be the last known outsider in this remote area – on the border with Iran – to glance at the thousands of sacred and beautifully ....
Source: "History Today", November 2007, page 4-5
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Government of Cyprus grant to the Armenian Church raised to 35.000 pounds (Euro 20.470) per year Wednesday, December 05, 2007
After successful efforts in Cyprus government circles by Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian, the yearly government Church grant presently at 25,000 pounds has received a significant 40% increase to 35,000 pounds starting from 2008.
This amount had remained stagnant for the past ten years, and the last time an increase was given by the government was back in 1998.
This new development to increase the grant, will assist our Church in running its affairs in a more effective way at a time of steep price rises in Cyprus.
Source: Gibrahayer e-magazine, 05 December 2007
Mashdotsi Artsakank from Montreal Friday, November 30, 2007
Child from Sourp Hagop Sunday School December 2007 issue (no. 4, year 15) of Mashdotsi Artsakank is online.
You can view and download it from here or visit this page to view current and past issues.

Ահաւասիկ «Մաշտոցի Արձագանգ» ի Դեկտեմբերի թիւը (ներկայ եւ նախ­կին թիւերը):
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Armenian Church timetable from old times until today. 
Poem by Raphael Patkanian Friday, November 30, 2007

Translated by Dr. Hratch Vartanian

Who is an Armenian? Is he the one who speaks in Armenian?

Or whose name ends with the suffix yan?

The one who always eats tolma, pilav for lunch

Or proudly always wears Armenian attire and hat?

Who is an Armenian, is he the one who attends an Armenian Church

And goes to confession at least four times a year?

That has never ignored the lent and also fasts during that

And when he yawns he crosses his open mouth?

No, my dear, nationhood is not an external act

Not even your Armenian birth will give you that right...

If you are an Armenian, you must respect the Armenians for sure,

Armenia for you must be the star of hope...

Love your nation not by words but as you love yourself,

For her sake if necessary, sacrifice all your self,

Don't even save your life, give your blood to her

Not with the hope that your nation instantly will appreciate you.

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Yerevan - Erebuni Wednesday, November 21, 2007
In 782 B.C., Argishti I founded town-fortress Erebuni in the south-east part of the present Yerevan, leaving the cuneiform inscription that "by God's will Khalda Argishti, son of Menua, built this unassailable fortress and named it the city of Erebuni as a token of Biainilla's power and to keep in awe the enemy..."

In October 1968 the Armenian people, Armenian Diaspora and guests from many countries of the world celebrated the 2750th Anniversary of Yerevan. Together with famous writer and poet Barouyr Sevag, the people proceeded to the ancient ruins of Erebuni and sang:

Yerevan, you are my Erebuni,
You are new Dvin, you are new Ani.
You are great dream of our small land.
Our eternal agony, tenderness set in stone and our beauty.

See on YouTube new video clip on Yerevan with the participation of many Armenian performers:

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Armenian Property News (Newsletter. Issue number 1) Wednesday, November 21, 2007







  Armenia Property News has several investment-grade properties located on the highway leading West from Yerevan to Ashtarag. The area has numerous residential projects, and conditions are ideal for investors looking for build-to-sell opportunities. View them at:
  Armenian property news  


  Armenian property news  

Cascade Town Homes is a brand new residential project located near the prestigious Cascade Complex overlooking the heart of Yerevan. It consists of townhouses with two-car garages, sizable backyards, separate front areas with driveways and fully functional basements, all of which combine to give the units the sense of a private single family dwelling. Construction is currently underway and is scheduled for completion in late 2008.


For more info, contact Varoujan in the US at 1 (818)321-63-63 or Vahram in Armenia at +374-91-42-37-87
Also visit www.yerevantownhomes.com, or find the site on Google Earth at 40-10-47N, 44-31-39E.

Bible at the click of a button Wednesday, November 21, 2007

You can now read the Bible at the click of a button .....

British Health Minister 'Saved Labour Peer's Life' Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Lord Ara DarziLord Ara Darzi, the top surgeon appointed a Health Minister by Gordon Brown, is being hailed as a hero by peers after dramatically reviving a Labour peer who had a heart attack during a House of Lords debate.
Lord Brennan, 65, a leading Roman Catholic peer, collapsed just minutes after making a speech in a debate on the controversial Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, which makes it easier for gay and lesbian couple to have test tube babies.

Lord Darzi, who had earlier opened the debate for the Government, was one of a number of peers who rushed to Lord Brennan's aid. As the sitting was suspended, he gave him heart massage until first aid staff arrived in the Lords chamber.

"Lord Darzi saved his life," one peer told Sky News. "The others didn't really know what to do. He got his heart started and then the first aid staff arrived with a fibulator and he was taken to hospital."

Source: "Sky News", 20 November 2007 (By Jon Craig)

Read about Ara Darzi:

British Prime Minister appoints Ara Darzi as a minister at the Department of Health


An Armenian gift for Christmas by Hye-Etch website in Australia Saturday, November 17, 2007

Hye Etch alphabetDear Hye Etch Friend,

November 2007 marks the eighth anniversary of the Hye Etch web site. Since its establishment, millions of people visited the Hye Etch web site in search of knowledge about the Armenian culture. Many have written to me expressing their appreciation for creating Hye Etch. As customary, I wish to thank all those who have supported Hye Etch and continue to do so.

Christmas is just around the corner. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a safe and joyful holiday season. May the new year bring with it good health, peace and prosperity for all.

Season’s Greetings,

John Semerdjian
16 November 2007

Visit Hye Etch website at: www.hyeetch.nareg.com.au

To place an order: www.hyeetch.nareg.com.au/poster

Antranig Pasha Sunday, November 11, 2007
Antranig PashaLately, I stumbled upon these 2 pictures that I personally haven't seen.

Picture 2
Perhaps they are valuable.
Pari Or,
Raffi Chilingirian 
Emmanuel Chanitz Blog, Admin
Armenica additions Sunday, November 11, 2007
We have added the following objects to our collection section:
- The fortress of Arin (Arin Berd), also called the Fortress of Erebouni, founded in year 782 BC by King Argishti I, the basis for present-day Yerevan.

- Church of Holy Virgin in Bjni, founded in 1031.

- Chruch of St Sarkis in Bjni, founded in 7th century.
Two new priests ordained in the Iraqi Armenian Diocese Sunday, November 11, 2007
Father Arakel and Father Avetik are the names of the newest priests of the Iraqi Armenian Orthodox Church. The celebrant of the Divine Liturgy and ordaining bishop was His Eminence Archbishop Avak Asadourian, the Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Iraq.
Father Arakel, 57, a pharmacist, and Father Avetik, 29, a chemist, are the former deacons, Zohrab Kasparian and Nova Martirosian.
At the end of the sermon, His Eminence Archbishop Avak Asadourian congratulated the newly ordained priests wishing them long and prosperous years to serve in a better way our ancient Church and the faithful put under their care.
Ara S. Ashjian
An Iraqi Armenian settled in Yerevan, Armenia
Source: "Karabakh-Open"
Robert Fisk: Holocaust denial in the White House Sunday, November 11, 2007
Robert FiskThe Turks say the Armenians died in a 'civil war', and Bush goes along with their lies
How are the mighty fallen! President George Bush, the crusader king who would draw the sword against the forces of Darkness and Evil, he who said there was only "them or us", who would carry on, he claimed, an eternal conflict against "world terror" on our behalf; he turns out, well, to be a wimp. A clutch of Turkish generals and a multimillion-dollar public relations campaign on behalf of Turkish Holocaust deniers have transformed the lion into a lamb. No, not even a lamb – for this animal is, by its nature, a symbol of innocence – but into a household mouse, a little diminutive creature which, seen from afar, can even be confused with a rat. Am I going too far? I think not.
The "story so far" is familiar enough. In 1915, the Ottoman Turkish authorities carried out the systematic genocide of one and a half million Christian Armenians. There are photographs, diplomatic reports, original Ottoman documentation, the process of an entire post-First World War Ottoman trial, Winston Churchill and Lloyd George and a massive report by the British Foreign Office in 1915 and 1916 to prove that it is all true. Even movie film is now emerging – real archive footage taken by Western military cameramen in the First World War – to show that the first Holocaust of the 20th century, perpetrated in front of German officers who would later perfect its methods in their extermination of six million Jews, was as real as its pitifully few Armenian survivors still claim.
Read the rest here.
GANTEGH October 2007 is online! Saturday, October 13, 2007
The October 2007 issue of our trilingual church newsletter GANTEGH is online.  Please go to any of the following links according to your language of preference: 

Sourp Hagop Church Exective Board - Montreal, Canada
Armenian Genocide Resolution (Res. 106) Saturday, October 13, 2007
Armenian Genocide Resolution adopted by the United States of Americ'as House of Foreign Affairs Committee.
The full session on Wednesday October 10, 2007.
Follow Pontifical Visit of His Holiness Karekin II on Internet Friday, October 12, 2007
The second Pontifical Visit to the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, can be followed daily by visiting www.pontificalvisit.org and www.armenianchurch.org
The websites are updated daily and feature video digests of the events of each day, as well as photographs and press releases from the events of the trip
Source: PRESS RELEASE by Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Information Services.
Vote on MSNBC regarding recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States Friday, October 12, 2007
MSNBC logoShould the United States formally recognize the World War I-era killing of Armenians as genocide? 
- Yes. Many scholars agree that the Ottoman Turks systematically killed up to 1.5 million Armenians. Other countries have recognized this as genocide. The U.S. should do the same. 
- No. Historians continue to debate whether the deaths were genocide. Besides, Turkey is too important an ally to alienate when the U.S. has troops in the Middle East.
- I'm not sure.
To vote please click here.
Mesrobian Graduate (1972), Sarkis Yedelian Vice-Mayor in Australia Thursday, October 04, 2007
Sarkis YedelianWe are pleased to announce that Mr. Sarkis Yedelian, a Mesrobian graduate -class 1972, Brevet - has been elected as Vice-Mayor of Raid, Australia.
It is important to note that, Mr. Yedelian studied in Mesrobian from 1964 till 1972, and during his studies, Mesrobian was a complementary school with no secondary classes.
We, the administrative and academic staff in Mesrobian High School, are proud to have Mesrobian students, like Mr. Yedelian, whose achievements and success bring satisfaction and pride in our hearts.
Mideast addicted to politics (article published in "Arab Times", Kuwait) Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Boghos MardirossianBy Boghos Mardirossian
Author, political and economical analyst
It is anyone’s guess why people in the Middle East are so concerned about politics and talk about it every day. They criticize various issues, analyze them and in the end somehow get themselves involved. Every one in the Middle East seems to understand politics and people argue with each other aggressively over various issues. Why is it that there is more interest in politics in the region and not as much of it in countries like the United States or any other Western state in general? I lived for five years each in Europe and the United States and I never felt bored of politics unlike here in the Middle East. A citizen from a Middle East state regularly reads, listens, watches and argues about politics more than a regular Western person. Is it that the media in this part of the world is more active or attractive than the media in the West? Is it only the media in the Middle East which is responsible for this addiction to politics? Frankly speaking I do not think so, it may be — to some extent — responsible for creating this interest among average citizens.
Read the complete text here.
Kuwait: Giragnorya Schools 2007-2008 Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Armenian School of KuwaitThe Giragnorya Schools in Kuwait will reopen on 6th October 2007. Buses will go around starting from 9am.

All students of the Armenian School of Kuwait , including the Kindergarten children, are welcome to attend classes and activities.
Giragnorya schools in Kuwait will take place every Saturday morning 10:00-12:00.
Photo: School yard of the Armenian School of Kuwait
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