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Environmental Knowledge Contest in Lebanon Saturday, May 05, 2007
On Friday, 20th of April, 2007, Mesrobian High School (Beirut) participated in the Environmental Knowledge Contest organized by the Haigazian University Environmental Club. The contest included participants from other Lebanese Armenian Schools from the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. The students representing Mesrobian were: Ethiene Seukunian (10th grade), Avo Karakeshishian (11th grade), and Sarine Nemshihirlian (12th grade).

The administrator of the contest, Stephan Harmandikian from the H.U. Environmental Club was also a student of Mesrobian. He is now continuing his studies in Haigazian University and performing excellently.

Mesrobian students won the first position in the contest and were honored with the appropriate souvenir and medals.

On Thursday, 26th of April, the participating Mesrobian Students handled the souvenir to the Principal of Mesrobian, Mr. Gregoire Kaloust.
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FRA Dashnaksutyun of France invites to vote Segolene Royal to te presidency Wednesday, May 02, 2007
The FRA Dashnaksutyun, recalls in an Press Release that, the French Socialist Party always supported the Armenian positions.
 
1981: Claude Cheysson, Foreign Minister of the first socialist government, recognizes the Armenian genocide.
 
1984: François Mitterrand is a first Head of State in the world to recognize the Armenian genocide.
 
1987: It's thanks to the French Socialist Party that the European Parliament recognizes the Armenian genocide in Strasbourg.
 
1998: The Socialist Party makes possible the adoption of the bill on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the French National Assembly.
 
2006: The Socialist Party makes possible the adoption of a bill sanctioning the negation of the Armenian genocide.
 
Thus, testifying that French Socialist Party always held its promises, FRA Dashnaksutyun invites all the voters of Armenian origin to vote for Ségolene Royal on next 6 May 2007 elections.
 
Jean Eckian
www.inhomage.com
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Turkey's hidden Armenians Tuesday, May 01, 2007
View on website France 24
 
After the Genocide of the early 20th century, Armenian identity in Turkey has been hidden or even pushed away for fear of discrimination.
 
With an interview of lawyer Fetiye Cetin, author of "My Grandmother's book" and Markar Esayan, editor to the weekly Armenian-turkish AGOS.
    
http://www.france24.com/france24Public/en/special-reports/FRANCE-24-Reports/Reporters-FRANCE-24.html
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Armenian Community in Georgia marks the Genocide anniversary Sunday, April 22, 2007
In connection with this tragic date, 24 April, the Armenian Community of Tbilisi takes the following actions:
 
April 23, 15:00 - A series of documentary films will be shown at Cinema House
Address: Brother Kakabadze st. 2, Tbilisi
 
April 23, 18:00 – "Light a candle" and evening liturgy at the Cathedral Church Surb Gevorg of the Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Holy Church of Georgia.
Address: Samghebros St. 5, Tbilisi.
 
April 24, 11:00-13:00 - A memorial service will be held at the Cathedral Church Surb Gevorg of the Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Holy Church of Georgia.
Address: Samghebros St. 5, Tbilisi.
 
April 24, 13:30-15:00 - A peaceful protest action demanding the recognition of the Armenian Genocide will be held at the Embassy of Turkish Republic in Georgia.
Address: Chavchavadze Ave. 35, Tbilisi
 
April 24, 16:00 - 17:00 - The commemoration meeting dedicated to the 92nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be organized at the Petros Adamyan's State Armenian Drama Theatre.
Address: Ketevan Tsamebuli St. 8
 
Contact person: Levon Chidilyan / Karen Elchyan
E-mail: armenian_diocese@yahoo.com  / accg@armenia.ge 
URL: http://www.armenia.ge/hamayk/anons.php (in Russian)
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To Chilean Government officials Sunday, April 22, 2007
We condemn your insensitivity (see below note).
 
On the night of April 23 (to the morning of April 24) ninety two years ago hundreds of Armenian intelligentsia were rounded up in Istanbul and put to murder. They, together with more than one million Armenians, were the victims of the Genocide.
 
Unfortunately you chose that night to do your celebrations.
 
We wonder what lessons you have learned from your own recent past. When your people were suffering, we were all sharing the grief with your persecuted citizens.
 
We still highly value your struggle for democracy and freedom, but we expect you to be careful when foreign manipulators choose particular days and activities that intentionally overshadow the pain of Armenians.
 
A real friend must tell the truth. We would appreciate if you help your Turkish counterparts to acknowledge the Genocide and recognize the rights of the Armenians. We believe the fight for justice should remain an important issue on your agenda. 
 
Azad-Hye website
 
Note: On the night of Monday 23 April 2007, Chile's president Michelle Bachelet (herself a victim of torture and exile during the military government, whose father, an Air Force General, was killed for opposing the coup), will be the guest speaker, together with the papal Nuncio (!) at a "Chilean-Turkish friendship" dinner in Santiago, followed on the morning of the 24 by a "cultural presentation" by the Whirling Dervishes in front of the presidential palace.
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Armenians in Los Angeles walk for remembrance Saturday, April 21, 2007
Genocide walking flyer
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Damascus: Armenian Youth commemoration of the Genocide Saturday, April 21, 2007
Armenian youth in DamascusArmenian youth in Damascus will gather in the evening of 23rd April 2007 to commemorate the Genocide and to stay awake all night as a symbolic act of respect to the victims.
 
Location: Church yard of the Armenian Catholic Church in Bab Touma, Damascus.
 
Date: 23 April 2007
 
Starting from 09:00 pm
 
Participants: Hamazkayin, Syrian Youth Organization (SEM), Armenian General Athletic Organization, Armenian Catholic Union. 
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The wedding ceremony of Lutfik Sarkissian and Mary Kouyoumdjian Saturday, April 21, 2007

Lutfik Sarkissian and Mary KouyoumdjianOn 09 December 2006, Lutfik Sarkissian and Mary Kouyoumdjian were married in the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral in Antelias, Lebanon.

Relatives and friends from Canada, United Arab Emirates, Syria and Kuwait attended the wedding ceremony and the party that followed in Royal Biel in Beirut.

The wedding dress of the bride was designed by Zuheir Murad.  

It is worth mentioning that Mary is the daughter of Kuwaiti Armenian writer and long-time Azad-Hye contributor Giragos Kouyoumdjian.

See photo album

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Mashdotsi Artsakank from Canada (April 2007 issue) Monday, April 16, 2007
See the April 2007 issue at the following link:

Mashdotsi Artsakaknk April 2007

All past issues may be accessed from the following url

www.sourphagop.org/period/barper.htm

Toros Babikian
Director
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Hackers try to attack Armenian-Latin American website Friday, April 13, 2007
Turkish hackers try to control IAN´s site and suceed in erasing 1500 signatures!  Please check your name and Sign Up again!

On the eve of a new anniversary of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by Turkey, we are launching a worldwide campaign in support of our beloved Republics of Armenia and Artsakh.

The collected support signatures will be saved on CDs that will be delivered to the governments of Armenia and all other nations through their embassies. A copy will be sent to the UN as well.

Armenia Forever! was set up by IAN (www.ian.cc), the website of Spanish-speaking Armenians from Latin America as well as Spain. IAN has been developed by all Armenian institutions in Argentina.

We especially invite you to:

1) Express your very valuable support through Armenia Forever!
www.armeniaforever.ian.cc

2) Forward again our link www.armeniaforever.ian.cc to your members or
contacts. We need the largest number of people showing the world our will to support Armenia and Karabagh.

3) Download an Armenia Forever! Banner and include it in your websites.
Please click on  www.armeniaforever/banners.php?lan=ing to download the Banner.

Contact information: To contact us please write us at
iancontactos@yahoo.com.

We look forward to receiving your decisive support,

Best Regards,

www.ian.cc
www.armeniaforever.ian.cc

Buenos Aires – Argentina

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Armenian Genocide Recognition Petition Friday, April 13, 2007
The 1,500,000 Signatures Petition campaign is the first of its kind on the long ‎history of the Internet. Never before has there been such a grassroots effort to collect such a large number of signatures. Our goal is to collect ‎‎1,500,000 signatures (the same number of the Armenians who lost their lives during the ‎Genocide) and send the petition to (1) the United Nations; (2) the ‎countries that still didn’t recognize the Genocide; (3) and all major Human Rights ‎organizations around the world. To achieve our goal, we have created this website as the driving force for a massive email promotional campaign. Please sign ‎the petition and help promote it so that we may reach our lofty goals with this project.
 
Petition 1915
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'Light the Night' Friday, April 13, 2007

Light the Night 

On the eve of April 24th, we encourage to “Light the Night” by lighting a candle through the night of the 23rd and into the morning of the 24th, in remembrance of the 1.5 million souls that fell victim to the annihilation machine of the Ottoman Empire. Each lit candle placed on the window sill will represent a soul lost throughout the years of 1915 and 1923. Together, let’s “Light the Night”; let’s vow to remember, to never forget, and to pursue justice and peace for all humanity.

Visit http://www.armenica.org/light-the-night for further information and campaign material. Help us spreading the light by fowarding this campaign message to your contacts.
 
The "Light the Night" campaign is a joint world wide compaign driven by Armenica.org and ArmeniaDiaspora.com and was launched for the first time in 2005 during the 90th remembrance day of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
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Armenian Genocide video clips and flash presentation Friday, April 13, 2007
:: ABC World News : The Forgotten Genocide watch »
:: Armenia : Genocide Denied watch »
:: BBC News : Armenia - The Betrayed watch »
:: Discovering My Father's Village : Edincik watch »
:: Dr. Taner Akcam Interview watch »
:: Germany and the Secret Genocide watch »
:: Innocents Betrayed : Calculated Genocide watch »
:: iWitness : The Genocide Project watch »
:: Screamers : Turkish Denial watch »
:: TIME Europe Magazine : The Armenian Genocide watch »
:: Turkey : Facing up to the Past watch »
:: Twenty Voices : The Events watch »
:: Voices watch »
:: Voices from the Lake : The Secret Genocide
watch »
 
WORLDWIDE Armenian Genocide Commemoration Events:
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New Genocide poster by ARMENICA Friday, April 13, 2007
We have now added a new genocide poster which is available for downloading on our site. The older versions are also available in our new "Material" section.
 
We have also updated Hovhannavank and Saghmosavank with new plan drawings and sketches of the monastery architecture.
 
Please visit http://www.armenica.org to view the new additions.
 
We hope that you will find the new material usefull and interesting.
 
Armenica Editorial Staff
http://www.armenica.org
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Comment on: Andranik Teymourian plays in the Iranian football team Friday, April 13, 2007
Andranik TeymourianWe received the following comment by Chekad Sarami on the subject: Andranik Teymourian plays in the Iranian football team
 
Well, Armenians are not Iranians and Iranians are not Armenians.
 
There are many Germans, Italians, Greeks ... living in the USA, with its very tiny history compared to Iran / Persia but they are not called after 200 years German Americans.
 
Andranik is absolutely Iranian. You make it sound like he is a second generation Armenian in IRAN!!!
 
NO!! Armenians have lived in Iran for over thousand years, as other Iranian ethnic groups. They are great Iranians. Again, we don't need to split people based on their differences. We do not need to talk about difference... only if you are trying to cause a problem in that country...
 

Comment from Azad-Hye: We also believe that Iranian Armenians are part of the Iranian society. Talking about them does not mean that we are "trying to cause a problem". If we would not talk about the Iranian Armenians, Lebanese Armenians, Jordanian Armenians and all the Armenians in the area, then what is the purpose of our website! 
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Armenian Easter Friday, April 06, 2007
Easter sees by far the biggest church attendance by Armenians. Many Armenians only go to church on Easter day, gaining themselves the title "Easter Christians". The Armenian traditional greeting on Easter is "Krisdos haryal i merelots" (Christ is risen from the dead), to which you reply "Orhnyal e harutyun' Krisdosi" (Blessed is the resurrection of Christ).
 
According to Article 8 of the Rules of the Armenian Apostolic Church "Easter or the Resurrection of Christ should be celebrated after Lent, which lasts for forty days." (here there is a contradiction I do not understand, since lent lasts 7 weeks in the Armenian church, which equals 49 days)
 
The Feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox. Therefore, Easter may fall between March 22 and April 25.
 
During the Divine Liturgy celebrated on Easter Eve (also called the Candle Mass) on Saturday, "When the good news of Christ's Resurrection is given, the seven-week-long Lent is over. Every one lights a candle, tastes the egg they have taken along and bids farewell to Lent."
 
 
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Sourp Hagop trilingual church newsletter from Canada Friday, April 06, 2007
This is the April issue of the trilingual church newsletter. Please go to the link of your preferred language and download/view the newletter.
 
 
Happy Easter!
 
Toros Babikian
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Happy Easter from Baghdoyan Family - Austria Friday, April 06, 2007

Happy EasterՇնորհավոր Սուրբ Զատիկ - Քրիստոս յարեաւ ի մեռելոց, օրհնեալ է Յարութիւնն Քրիստոսի

 

SHNORHAVOR SURP ZADIG - KRISDOS HARIAV I

MERELOTS – ORHNYAL E HARUTIUNE KRISDOSI

 

A HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER

 

FROHE UND GESEGNETE OSTERN

 

SEBOUH, SHOGHIG, SALPI, SIPAN & SARIN BAGHDOYAN

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What a beautiful picture! Friday, April 06, 2007
What a beautiful picture. I was looking for my classroom picture for years and suddenly I saw my classroom picture on the site. Thank you so much for bringing back good memories to us through this picture. I still remember the Kuwait's Armenian community as the most friendly community and I will never forget Der Barouyr, and baron Kapriel Taslakian. Please keep us updated with our school's news and old pictures.
 
Sincerely,
 
Keghouhie Mouradian Zakarian
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Happy Easter Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Happy EasterDr. Hamazasp Shaninian from Aleppo wishes you Happy Easter
 
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