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Contact requested with Armenians in Qatar and other countries Wednesday, April 04, 2007
We received the following message from Masood Ahmed
 
I am very much intrested in the Armenian communities in the Middle East and want to be in constant  contact with all of you people. I need to know if there is an Armenian Consulate or Embassy in Doha  Qatar or not.
 
Please let me know about Qatari Armenians and their official forum(s). 
 
I studied in Yerevan and would like to associate with Armenian doctors in the Middle East.
 
Could I get a few e-mails of Armenian doctors in qatar and other Middle Eastern countries like Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.
 
I am a doctor who has spent lots of years in Yerevan. I would really appricate if you put me into contact with Armenian doctors in Qatar, UAE, Kuwait and other countries in the Middle East.
 
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Rice questioned on Armenian Genocide Friday, March 30, 2007
On March 21, 2007, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) questioned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice regarding the State Department's efforts to defeat legislation recognizing the Armenian Genocide (H.Res.106/S.Res.106). This occurred during the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations meeting.
 
Watch the video of Congressman Schiff questioning Secretary of State by visiting the Hairenik website: www.hairenik.com and clicking on the appropriate link or by going directly to the video clip by clicking on this link:
 
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Comment on: Armenians in Austria Tuesday, March 27, 2007
We received the following comment by Arpiar Sahagian on the subject: Armenians in Austria
The author says: "The approximately 7.500 Armenians living in Austria belong officially to a confessional and not to a linguistic minority (according to an official paper from December 1972), a fact which makes them differ from other Austrian minorities ..."
 
If we suppose that the Armenians in Austria are not a linguistic minority, don't they still speak Armenian? But even so, is it not possible to publish a small, say monthly, newsletter in German or both in German and Armenian?
 
Don't they have anything to say to the Austrians, or to each other, or to the other Armenian communities in the world. Well, printing, they say, became obsolete. If so is it too expansive to have an on-line publication? Here, in Rumania we are lesser then 2.000 and we have two periodicals and a publishing house. And we prepare a web site soon.
 
Arpiar Sahagian
 
Posted 26 March 2007
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Comment on article: Mekhitarist Library in Vienna gets organized Tuesday, March 27, 2007
We received the following comment by Arpiar Sahagian on the subject Mekhitarist Library in Vienna gets organized
 
As it is in english, I write in english. So ...
 
1/ It is very pleasent to find that that treasure of mankind, but especialy for Armenian history researchers (Wien Mechitarist Congregation 's Library) is now available by web-net. It is an example that all Armenien libraries in the world must follow. I visited the Library and I know what I say.
 
2/ Last year in summer I visited again Wien and I paid a visit in Mechitaristengasse 4, but no one was there exept of brother Nerses. I gave him a present for the Library (a book recently issued, about Armenians History in Transilvania, printed both in Rumanian and in English). Along with it I gave him a paper (in electronic format, on a CD). The paper, writen by me concenrs ancient Armenian inscriptions from Cetatea Alba (Akkerman) in order to be examined and, if approved, to be published in Hantes Amsorya. No reply I received so far. May be, with the God's help, I will be this summer in Wien again. Perhaps I find time and I pass once again. Nevertheles do you had time to look over this paper?
 
Respectfully,
 
Arpiar Sahaghian
Principal
Bucharest Misakean-Kesimean School
 
Posted 27 March 2007
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Alexandria Chapter of AGBU showed TIME magazine DVD to guests Sunday, March 25, 2007
On 16 March 2007, the Alexandria Chapter of the AGBU showed to an audience of Armenians and their guests the TIME magazine DVD of the European February issue.
 
An opening speech was given by Hrant Vartzbedian followed by speeches about the reason and the making of the TIME magazine DVD by Maro Mazlemian in Armenian and Mary Kartalian in English.
 
Father Krikor Mouradian made his closing speech thanking the AGBU Chapter members for their efforts in spreading the knowledge regarding the Armenian Genocide to non Armenians.
 
AGBU Alexandria Chapter
Hrant S. Vartzbedian
Secretary
 
Source: Yahoo Armenian Group (23 March 2007)
192
The legacy of Vartanants Friday, March 16, 2007
Armen Kurkjian, a resident of Toronto, Canada, writes about the way we should face the Vartanants challange in the present time.
 
Historically, Vartan and his warriors prefered to face the overwhelming numbers of attacking Persians in order to preserve the faith of the Armenian nation and reject the foreign attempts of subjugating the country.
 
Kurkjian mentions the new challenges facing Armenians outside Armenia. They do not live any more in closed ghettos that preserve their language or traditions. They face assimilation. Therefor Kurkjian's questions is: "Why we would celebrate the Vartanants legacy, if we are diverting away from the path they have opened for us?". Truely what is the meaning of Vartanants battle if we do not keep alive our faith, language and traditions, without of course ignoring the foreign influences. 
 
Read the article here (PDF format / Armenian language).
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What is the number one problem we face as Armenians? Friday, March 16, 2007
Azad-Hye introduces a new poll: What is the number one problem we face as Armenians?
 
- Corruption of political leadership.
- Constant threats from neighbors like Turkey and Azerbaijan.
- Divisiveness (not being united).
- Incompetence in economic terms.
- Educational and scientific negligence.
- None of the above.
 
You can vote here.
See other polls here.
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GenoPosts Website Friday, March 16, 2007
Genoposts websiteWe would like to inform you about launching a new resource-site for the Armenian Genocide. Absolutely free artworks are available there for all Armenians and organizations to use, in order to support their campaigns of recognition.
 
This site is a space for all creative Armenians to submit their expressions and fill up the site even more with useful materials (artworks) for even bigger options of resources for those who need to personalize their words or lectures about the Armenian Genocide.
 
GenoPosts.com Team
 
Contact e-mail.
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Activities of the Armenian Democratic Liberal (Ramgavar Azadagan) Party in Egypt Friday, March 16, 2007
Members of the Central Committee of the Armenian Democratic Liberal (Ramgavar Azadagan) Party meet Bishop Ashod Mnatzaganian, Primate of Egypt and H.E. Dr. Ruben Karapetian, the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia in Egypt (23 and 24 February 2007). 
 
See report here (PDF Format / in Armenian) 

Distribution of acknowledgment certificates to veteran members of the Armenian Democratic Liberal (Ramgavar Azadagan) Party in Egypt. The event took place on 24 February 2007 in Goganian hall, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
See report here (PDF Format / in Armenian)
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Qatar-Armenia ministerial panel Friday, March 16, 2007
The Peninsula newspaper of QatarDoha: The Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani yesterday issued an instrument of ratification approving the agreement signed between Qatar and Armenia in Doha on April 22, 2002 to set up a joint ministerial committee.
 
The Emir also issued an instruments of ratification approving a Qatari-Armenian economic, trading and technical agreement, an air transport agreement and an agreement for mutual agricultural cooperation as signed in Doha, April 22, 2002.
 
The Emir also issued two instruments of ratification approving two Qatari-Armenian agreements signed in Doha on April 22, 2002, the first on the avoidance of double taxation and tax evasion and the other provides for mutual encouragement and protection of investment.
 
Source: "The Peninsula", 14 March 2007
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Looking back at Hrant Dink Friday, March 16, 2007
Hrant Dink once said: "Do not seek Armenian identity among the 1915 graves. I am ready to discuss all issues with you ... I am proud to be a Turkish Armenian. I want to represent, with my newspaper, the rebirth of this society. Armenia will never be safe unless Turkey achieves democratization. I believe Turkey may be a chance for that young state which is on the brink of drowning. Tomorrow, thanks to Turkey, Armenia will get the chance to become neighbors with the European Union. Turkey is Armenia's only chance" (Turkish Daily News, 23 April 2003)
 
Considering that Hrant Dink said that we Diasporans were seeking our identity "among the 1915 graves", I wonder what he would think of the memorial services for, and articles about, his death being held in Armenian communities around the world.
 
Would he say that we should not seek anything in his "2007 grave"?
 
Would he say that his assassination was a step forward for Turkish "democratization"?
 
Is Armenian still to "thank" Turkey for giving Armenia the "chance to become neighbors with the European Union."? Does he still believe that "Turkey is Armenia's only chance"?
 
How exactly does a nation that committed genocide become Armenia's "only chance"?
 
Sorry, but these things have to be asked.
 
Dave Boyajian
From the Armenian Yahoo Group
186
Albayrak threatened for Armenian Genocide recognition Friday, March 16, 2007
Albayrak may be charged for offending Turkey
 
A news item of Dutch News Agency ANP of 15 March 2007, featuring threats of Turkish lawyer Kerincsiz against Dutch Secretary of State of Turkish origin Albayrak to charge her for offending Turkishness, by being a member of a government that recognises the Armenian Genocide.
 
The Hague (ANP) – Turkish lawyer Kemal Kerincsiz threatens to submit charges against Nebahat Albayrak, Secretary of State of the Justice Ministry. He warns the Secretary of State that she may not offend her native country. According to the nationalist lawyer best thing to do for Albayrak is to hand in her Turkish passport, because she is a member of a government that condemns the Armenian Genocide. Kerincsiz said so in the Dutch news programme “Een Vandaag”. The threat of a charge coincides with the discussion in the Netherlands about the double nationality issue.
 
Nationality
Beside Dutch nationality Secretary of State Albayrak has also a Turkish passport. In a response through her spokesman she said she will wait and see if she will be really charged.
 
In the past Kerincsiz has already started actions against Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk and ethnic Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was assassinated last January. In the case of Dink the charge led to a condemnation, while the Istanbul court cancelled the case against Pamuk under international pressure.
 
Article
The lawyer calls upon the controversial article 301 of the Turkish Criminal Code, which makes insult of the Turkish identity punishable. Albayrak being a member of Dutch Parliament in 2004 supported a motion, in which is called to recognise the Armenian Genocide. That request was passed unanimously and was also taken over by the Dutch government.
 
Source: Abovian Cultural Centre in the Netherlands 
More news on this topic at
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Armenian Students Fund (Lebanese Armenian Heritage Club / American University of Beirut) Friday, March 09, 2007
The Armenian Students Fund (ASF) Committee, which was created by the Lebanese Armenian Heritage Club, will be holding its second Annual Gala Dinner on March 16, 2007, at the Metropolitan Palace Hotel - Beirut at 8:30 p.m.  This event will be under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Salim El-Hoss
 
Guy Manoukian and the Hamazkayin Dance Group will be performing during this event.  The proceeds will be designated to the ASF Scholarship, which is an endowed scholarship fund to benefit Armenian students at AUB.
 
Tickets are on sale for $100 ($70 for students) at:
 
The Office of Development, College Hall, 3rd floor (Tel. 01-366445, email.
 
For additional information click here.
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Old students of the Kuwaiti Armenian School post comments Friday, March 09, 2007
Recently posted comments:
 
Posted by Nora Soghomonian on Tuesday, March 06, 2007
I attended the Armenian School of Kuwait up to the sixth grade.  I have fond memories of Father Barouyr Sarkissian who was not only our religious studies teacher but also our parish priest. A lovely trip down memory lane.  Thank you for publishing the photos. 
 
Posted by Rita Armoudjian on Wednesday, March 07, 2007
I am very glad to see photo picture from our old school, please post more picturs from year 1986 graduated students, or can I scan it to you? We graduated before four years of war in kuwait. Thanks a lot
Rita Kasparian from Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)
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Warm welcome to Lala Minasian's book from fans, friends and readers Friday, March 09, 2007
Armenians in Aleppo and elsewhere warmly greeted Lala Minasian for her newly published book "Horizons of Hope". See Azad-Hye interview with Lala Minasian here.
 
At the end of the interview you can read also comments from readers (see samples below).
 
Posted by Sylvia Bourdjian on Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Finally, Mrs. Minasian wrote the book that we all 'Djemaraganner' were waiting for!! I want to congratulate Mrs. Minasian for her new book and look forward to see her future publications. Congratulations....your student, Sylvia Bourdjian.

Posted by Alfreta on Thursday, March 08, 2007
Sireli Lala,
Srtans shnorhavorum em, sankanum em vor sharunakutjun@ chushana.
Anhamber spasum em te erb em kardalu. Nkarner@ tesa, huzvesi, shat bnakan er.
Incheve, noris em shnorhavorum ev asum` sharunakir nujn vogevorutjamb.
Es sirov kkardam.
Alfreta

Posted by Zarmine Boghosian on Thursday, March 08, 2007
Khor hrjvankov gartatsi Lalayin hartsazrouytse yev krkin louys desneloun loure.
Goghchounem Lalayin antranig hadore ou ge maghtem chkervads veberoun shoud ashkharh kale.
Chermoren
Zarmine yev Missak Boghosianner - New Yorken
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Sartarabad memorial in Armenia combined with song Tuesday, March 06, 2007
See here presentation created by K. Kassabian, combining photo slides of the Sartarabad memorial site and the famous patriotic song "Sartarabad", commemorating the brave defence of the Armenian homeland in 1918 against the invading Turks.  
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Sourp Hagop Armenian Church Newsletter (Tornoto, Canada) Friday, March 02, 2007
Parev,
 
The Inaugeral issue of Sourp Hagop Armenian Church Newsletter is online. You can access it from the folowing URL. www.sourphagop.org/newsletter/newsletter.htm
 
It is a 2 page English/Armenian and does not require any fonts.
 
Have a look.
 
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Ability to send an article to a friend Thursday, March 01, 2007
I am a registered member in Azad-Hye website. I regularly receive the newsletter in my inbox. It is full of updated news about our Middle East communities, so I would like to say that I really appreciate your work.
 
I just have one suggestion here, I would like to have a button which gives me the ability to send an article to a friend. I hope this option will be available on Azad Hye website.
 
Many thanks
Penig Mishoyan
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Hayko to represent Armenian in the 2007 Eurovision song contest Thursday, March 01, 2007
For the second year, Armenia will take part in the Eurovision song contest (52nd contest, Helsinki 2007, Finland).
 
Last year, occupying the 8th place, Armenia, with Andre's "Without Your Love" gained the right to take part in the final stage on 12 May 2007.
 
This year, the Armenian public chose Hayko to represent Armenia with the "Anytime you need" song. The lyrics are written by Karen Kavaleryan.
 
Hayko has sung for more than 10 years. He received several distinctions, in particular the 1st prize at the "Big Apple" festival in New York (1997) and best singer title in 2003 and 2006 at the Armenian National Music Awards.
 
Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast live in over 42 countries representatives a potential of 300 million spectators.
 
Jean Eckian
www.inhomage.com
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Gul upset to find Armenian Genocide DVD in his plane Thursday, March 01, 2007
According to several Turkish newspaper reports of 26 February 2007, "Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul was shocked when he saw an Armenian Genocide DVD in an issue of the TIME magazine European edition on his plane."
 
On 26 February 2007 Sassounian reported: "Gul and members of his delegation were returning to Turkey on February 11, after spending several days in Washington, D.C., lobbying against the pending Congressional Resolution on the Armenian Genocide. On their Lufthansa Airline flight, they discovered that the TIME magazine issue handed to them included a DVD as well as a full-page announcement on the Armenian Genocide. Gul was reportedly very upset that Armenians were carrying out propaganda activities even on his plane. He said he would conduct an investigation."
 
Reportedly, a Turkish official filed a complaint with Lufthansa Airline condemning the appearance of the TIME issue and the DVD on board of its airplanes. But Lufthansa executives brushed aside the complaint.
Jean Eckian
www.inhomage.com
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