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What is the Armenian population in UAE? Friday, July 13, 2007
First we would like to congratulate UAE Armenians for all the good work.
Thank you for sending us AZAD Hye news. Please keep sending.
We have a question if you don't mind, what is the Armenian population in UAE?
Thanks for your time.
Kind regards,
Ara Ashjian writes about Ara Darzi Friday, July 13, 2007
Dear Friends,
I received many e-mails from members of the group asking me about Sir Ara, his family and his Armenian ethnicity. His family was well-known in Baghdad. They left Iraq to UK in the 1980's. Ara's classmates still remember him. Although I was not his classmate, but I still remember him. We both passed the state baccalaureate exams in the same year (1978). Then, I was very astonished that he didn't continue his education in Iraq and went to Dublin, as he had got, like me, high marks in the exams and could study medicine in Iraq. The Iraqi medicine certificate was well-respected throughout the world. I realize now that he had made his right decision then. Ara is of pure Armenian ethnicity.
Yesterday, I found his family record in Iraqi Orthodox Armenian Diocese. His father's name and surname is Vartkes Nasif Terzian, born in Mosul (Northern city of Iraq) in 1930 (mother's name is Arevalus). Ara's mother's name and surname is Dikranuhi Samvel Hagopian, born in Baghdad in 1934 (mother's name is Hayganush). Ara was born May 7, 1960 in Baghdad. He had got another name (Freddi) in the records, and as we see from the attached story, this is too the name of his son.
With regards,
Ara Sarkis Ashjian
Old classmate of Sir Ara Darzi provides details of their early schooling years Friday, July 06, 2007
Ara DarziNidham Al-Rayes, an old classmate of Sir Ara Darzi, has some details about their early schooling years:
Sir Dr. Ara Vartkes Darzi, the new British Healthcare Minister, was my classmate for six years in Baghdad College (the nationalized American Jesuits High School in Baghdad). We both passed the State Baccalaureate Exam in 1978, where he immediately left to the UK.
For elementary school, Ara went to Frank Ayni (the nationalized Jewish School in Baghdad).
Nidham Al-Rayes, PE
California Registered Civil Engineer
Message received on 06 July 2007
Nidham Al-Rayes can be reached at the following e-mail.
Read article on Azad-Hye website:
Photo: Ara Darzi, the newly appointed British Healthcare Minister.
ARF representatives meet with Iraqi president Wednesday, July 04, 2007
YEREVAN (YERKIR) - ARF Bureau member Mario Nalbandian and ARF Supreme Body of Armenia representative Armen Rustamian, who are in Geneva to participate in the Socialist International council meeting, met on June 30 with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

The ARF representatives raised the issue of the Armenian community in Iraq.
The Iraqi president promised to satisfy the needs of the Armenian community after direct talks and cooperation with the community members.
Source: "Yerkir" daily, Yerevan, 02 June 2007
Manook Soghomonian from Qatar Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Barev and good morning from Qatar,
My name is Manook Soghomonian and I am in Doha Qatar on a short term contract for 3 months and I reside in England.

I am very much interested in meeting Armenians in Doha/Qatar but unfortunately I am unable to locate a church, community center, school or an embassy.

I have searched on the internet for Armenians in Qatar but there is no specific contact number or address for them. Would you be kind enough to let me have contact details of Community center, church or a social organizer please.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Shnorhakal em,
Dr Manook Soghomonian
Mobile in Doha (+974 559 7464)
Message received 01 July 2007
Egypt: New children's corner in HMEM Nubar Alexandira club Friday, June 29, 2007
HMEM Nuber Alex Club - Children's cornerSchool is out, summer is in and children at HMEM Nubar Alex club now have a corner of their own.
The club has just bought, thanks to AGBU Cairo’s contribution, a new games unit and has set up a dedicated corner for kids at the club. Now parents do not have to worry about their children being kept entertained, exploring their hidden gaming nimble talents while they carry on with their usual stuff at the club.
The green lawn around the newly acquired unit provides a safe and fun environment, but the slide is the favorite for them all.
Armenian Syrian dancers in HMEM Nubar Cairo Club Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Syrian Armenian dancers in CairoOn 13th of May 2007, the members of the HMEM Nubar Cairo Club enjoyed some Armenian folkloric dance performed by young Armenian dancers from Aleppo.

The performers who are members of a private Armenian dance group in Aleppo were visiting the country on the occasion of the Syrian festival held in Cairo from 3 to 13 May 2007. They cheered up the members on their usual Sunday lunch gathering at the club, dancing with them until late afternoon when they had to leave to the airport for their trip back to Aleppo.
Source: AGBU Egypt website http://www.agbuegypt.com/
14 May 2007
Maria Chouljian, Mesrobian Technical student, injured in Lebanon Friday, June 15, 2007

Maria ChouldjianMs. Maria H. Chouljian was among the injured from the explosion of Wednesday, the 13th of June 2007 in Raoucheh, Manara (Beirut, Lebanon).

Ms. Maria is a student at Mesrobian Technical College (Beirut, see link for the website below) in the Preschool Education section. She was in a coffee shop in Manara at the time of the explosion. She was injured by the breaking of the glasses in that coffee shop. She was taken to the American University Hospital for medical treatments.

The administration of Mesrobian Technical college contacted the parents of the victim as soon as it heard the news. Maria was already at home. She is injured from her hand, feet and feast. To get well, she will stay at home for a short period. However, she is looking forward to pass by Mesrobian on Friday, 15 June, 2007, to receive her grades.

The administration and staff of Mesrobian Technical College wishes her fast recovery.


Click here to visit the official website of Mesrobian

Appointments in Armenia Friday, June 15, 2007
President Robert Kocharian appointed Serge Sargsyan as the country's Prime Minister. He also appointed the following Ministers in the cabinet:
Aghvan Vardanyan - Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
Harutyun Kushkyan - Minister of Health
Nerses Yeritsyan - Minister of Trade and Economic Development
Gevorg Danielyan - Minister of Justice
Vartan Oskanian - Minister of Foreign Affairs
Aram Harutyunyan - Minister of Environmental Protection
David Lockyan - Minister of Agriculture
Armen Movsistyan - Minister of Energy
Manuk Topuzyan - Head of Government Staff  Minister
Levon Mkrtchyan - Minister of Education and Science
Hasmik Poghosyan - Minister of Culture
Michael Harutyunyan - Minister of Defence
Armen Grigoryan - Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs
Hovik Abrahamyan - Minister of Territorial Administration
Andranik Manukyan - Minister of Transport and Communication
Vardan Vardanyan - Minister of Urban Development
Vardan Khachatryan - Minister of Finance and Economy
Tigran Torosyan (Republican Party) was elected Speaker (Chairman) of the Armenian Parliament (National Assembly), while Vahan Hovhannisian (ARF Dashnaktsoutiun) and Ishkhan Zakarian (Prosperous Armenia) were elected as Vice-Speakers.
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Gantegh bulletin from Toronto Sourp Hagop Church Friday, June 08, 2007
Now the bulletin has a name, Gantegh and a new easy to remember URL
Visit www.sourphagop.org/gantegh and view or download the June, May, April or March 2007 issues of the 2-pager in your language of preference Armenian, English or French.
(see June issue in English language)
The content between the 3 language versions may differ, as such you may want to check out all.
If you read Armenian, you may want to visit www.sourphagop.org/mashdots to  check out the June and special issues of Mashdotsi Artsakaknk.
Levon and Sophia Hagopian Armenian College in Beirut Sunday, June 03, 2007

Levon and Sophia Hagopian College in BeirutNew addition in the "LINKS" section.

The following link is added: http://www.sophiahagopian.com/

Description: Levon and Sophia Hagopian College is the only Armenian Orthodox Secondary School in Bourj Hammoud which is the beating heart of the Lebanese Armenians.

See other Lebanese Armenian links here.

You can recommend new links or submit the links directly by using the following form.

Rene Bamban Friday, May 25, 2007
Biography: I'm a film student currently studying at the London College of Communication. I'm a very hard working, self-motivated, determined individual with a huge passion for filmmaking. Apart from getting involved in english speaking projects I also spend my time writing films in Armenian (my cultural heritage). I also consider myself an amateur thespian having played in several small scaled productions both English and Armenian. All in all I like to call myself an entertainer because I enjoy entertaining others whether it's through making films or taking part in drama and theatre.
Project in development: I am currently planning on shooting a short called "The Talking Fish" in Armenia which will take place, HOPEFULLY, in the summer. Still need a cast, crew, equipment and a helluva budget.
Influences, inspirations and favourite films: Some of my favourite films include The Godfather, Pulp Ficiton, Shawshank Redemption, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Taxi Driver, The Shinning, Momento and so much more. Apart from big names such as Tarantino, Hitchcock, Spielberg, Atom Egoyan, Almodovar and others, I am also inspired by a lot of short stories, books and novels. The short which I want to shoot in Armenia is based on a an Armenian fairytale. I thought the moral of the story was so beautiful that I had to bring it to life through film.
Source: BBC film network
Mashtoz website ('Service to Christian Armenia') Friday, May 25, 2007
Two new documents are added in http://www.mashtoz.org/ website.  
1- Saint Augustine, Prayer (5 pages in Armenian)
2- Saint Josemaria Escriva, The Path of the Cross (55 pages in Armenian)
Both files are in PDF format
Tatoul Badalian's Observatory Friday, May 25, 2007
Tatoul Badalian's Observatory
Tatoul Badalian says:
The observatory is a place from where I look at things as an Armenian
From this place I observe events and people and try to understand how they relate to my ethnic identity. I hope in turn this will further enhance my awareness of all cultures.
I archive some of the material in the Observatory for my own reference although everyone is welcome to look through them. I would appreciate your comments which might help me focus on topics I do not ordinarily pay attention to.
The material I work with is grouped in three categories. Those which I believe help me strengthen my ethnic identity are classified in the Supportive category. Items that I feel have a negative impact on my ancestral heritage are filed under Disquieting category and things I have questions about go into Keep Watch folder.
Visit Tatoul Badalian's Observatory: http://www.tatoulsviews.com/observatory.htm
Website of AGBU Armenian Youth Association - Damascus Chapter Sunday, May 13, 2007
AGBU AYA Damascus Chapter
Yeram AGBU Damascus publication (15 issues - PDF format):
AGBU Damascus Armenian Youth Association's Press Office:
ARF Artsakh C.C. Representative Mr. Arthur Mossiyan in Mesrobian (Beirut) Sunday, May 13, 2007
On Wednesday, 9th of May, 2007, Mesrobian High School welcomed ARF Artsakh Central Committee Representative Mr. Arthur Mossiyan, along with his companion Mr. Hagop Havatian.

The honorable guests were welcomed by Mr. Gregoire Kaloust, the Principal of Mesrobian High School. Father Vartan Ashkarian, the President of Armenian Catholic Schools Committee, was also present. They all had a cozy meeting in Father Ashkarian's office.

After the meeting, Mr. Gregoire invited the guests to have a tour within the Mesrobian campus. They visited the different sections of the campus including the newly built student auditorium and the playground on the rooftop of the school.

The visit lasted for around one hour, after which the guests left the school highly impressed. Just before leaving, Mr. Arthur Mossiyian noted down his impressions in the Golden Book of Mesrobian: "Your selfless efforts to keep up the Armenian values among the Armenians are highly appreciated. The Armenian Diaspora, the strength of our Nation, is kept alive as a result of your efforts and the efforts of people like you. I wish you success in this hard and indispensable work."
"Novelists by Nationality" listing on WIKIPEDIA Sunday, May 13, 2007
Granted that WIKIPEDIA performs a needed function as a FREE INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA. Personally I have used it a lot for my various researches. However, it was disconcerting for me to find out that anyone can post entries, and even edit the contents of other's articles, on WIKIPEDIA via the Internet...
Recently, while looking up for certain novelists, I came across the following bewildering entries which, to say the least, did not convey the complete picture. The following are three examples in point.
- Albert Camus is included with 13 other novelists of Algeria. Even though he was born in Algeria (am not sure of his ethnicity), he resided in France throughout his adult life and wrote his novels and other articles in the French language.
- Khalil Gibran was mentioned among the seven listed Assyrian novelists. I am not necessarily doubting that his roots might have been Assyrian, but he was born in the northern Lebanese town of Bsharri; and is known generally as being Lebanese. In his youth, he has written some in Syriac; but his main literary works (including the well-known book "PROPHET") were written in English as a naturalized citizen in the United States.
- There were 35 entries for novelists from Turkey. However, as far as Armenia, there was only one entry: Alexander Shirvanzade... Can some Armenian person or organization rectify this glaring gaffe. PLEASE!
Posted by: John Havoonjian
Armenian Digest Group
12 May 2007
Vahe Jebejian is pushing hard on chess Friday, May 11, 2007
Vahe JebejianVahe Jebejian participated in the Nicosia Chess Championship last April and May. Vahe, 14 years old, was the youngest in the group of 32 adults and professional chess players. He won 3 games, 2 draws and lost 2. He was ranked 13th in the group of 32.
Vahe was also the only Armenian participant in the tournament.
Vahe started playing chess at the age of 9. He participated in a number of school tournaments while living in Beirut with the Hripsimantz school team. He is now very much involved in chess and participates in almost every tournament in Cyprus.
We wish Vahe all the best in his endeavors.
Updates of Sanahin, Garni and Geghard and a map of Pan-Turan Friday, May 11, 2007
We have now updated the Sanahin and Geghard monasteries with a new video (Sanahin), new additions to the khatchkars, sketches and plans as well as the Garni temple with new sketches, plans and images.
We have also added a new map, depicting the vision of Pan-Turan, which was one of the corner stones of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
Visit http://www.armenica.org to view the latest updates and additions.
We hope that you will find the new additions and updates useful and interesting.
With best regards,
Mashdotsi Artsakaknk May 2007 (from Canada) Friday, May 11, 2007
Armenian Church Timeline at www.sourphagop.org/churchtime.html
Armenian Church feasts and saints  www.sourphagop.org/fests/fests.htm
Games for the young www.sourphagop.org/games/games.html
Toros Babikian
Armenian Church Sourp Hagop Sunday School
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