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A French stamp on Armenian Genocide Thursday, March 01, 2007
French stamp on Armenian GenocideA stamp dedicated to the memory of the editor-in-chief of the Agos daily Hrant Dink has been issued in France. The stamp includes a mention of the day of assassination of Dink, instead of the seal it is written: "slain journalist. On the left of the stamp issued, it is written "1.5 million +1" which symbolises the number of the Armenian population massacred during the events of 1915 and Hrant Dink's death. The stamps designed by Genevier are being printed by the French Post authority and in comparison with the standard stamp price of 0.5 Euro the Dink stamps would be sold for 2.5 Euro.
 
 
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Calendar of events in Armenia Thursday, March 01, 2007
You have the opportunity to browse our Events Calendar online at the Armenian Tourism Development Agency's website www.armeniainfo.am    
 
Should you need further information, please feel free to contact us. Enjoy your time!
 
ARMENIA Information Visitor Information Center
Address: 3 Nalbandyan Street
Yerevan 0010, Armenia
Tel: (+37410) 542303, 542306
Fax: (+37410) 544792
E-mail: help@armeniainfo.am          
URL:    www.armeniainfo.am  
 
Please don't forget to rate the various restaurants, bars, and other venues listed on our website. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
 

 
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Opportunity to interview Robert Kocharian Friday, February 23, 2007
Interviewing Robert KocharianUlysse GOSSET gives you the opportunity to interview ROBERT KOCHARIAN, the Armenian president.
 
It will be aired on February 23rd during the Talk of Paris on FRANCE 24, the International News Channel.  
www.france24.com
 
France24 is broadcast also in English. 
 
Available on Hotbird:  11240 V  27500
 
 
 
 
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Turkish welcome sign Friday, February 23, 2007
Turkish greeting signHere is the 'Deep State' in action!
 
on 18 February 2007 it was Paregentan.
 
Armenians in Istanbul headed to Kinali Ada  island, on ferries, to celebrate Paregentan, in the island's church. When they came off the boat , they were "welcomed" by the sign ....
                              
"We are all Turks. We are all soldiers"
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Fast Growing Tree Project Friday, February 23, 2007

Almost three months ago we sent you information in regards to the actions of some high level Armenian government officials jeopardizing the Fast Growing Tree Project in Armenia. 

This project which was started in 1994 by the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA) and the Institute of Botany of Armenia have planted 130,000 fast growing trees in various regions of Armenia and have established two plantations in Armavier. 

Unfortunately one of the ministers in the Armenian government has illegally privatized approximately 9 hectares of the 52 hectares of the plantations under his mother in law’s name and then he has sold it to a friend of his.  This action was taken despite the government’s decree that these 52 hectares should be kept as an untouchable research area.

Read More and send your protest to the Prime Minister of Armenia.

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Sandra Dakkash, the forth student from Mesrobian in the "YES" program Friday, February 23, 2007
Sandra Dakkash from Mesrobian SchoolMesrobian High School is proud to announce that Sandra Dakkash, a Mesrobian 10th Grade student, has successfully passed the "YES" program exams, which entitles her to study in the United States of America for one year at the expense of the government of the U.S.A.
 
For the forth consecutive years, students from Mesrobian are participating to the "YES" program. Sandra Dakkash, the latter, has shown great knowledge in the English language. Although Mesrobian High School is a francophone school, most Mesrobian students know English besides the French, Arabic and Armenian languages.
 
The "YES" program entitles the participating students the opportunity to live in a multi-cultural environment, thus contributing to their cultural tolerance.
 
We believe that Sandra Dakkash - as well as all other Lebanese students participating from different Lebanese high schools - now have the wonderful opportunity to meet new people, with different cultural backgrounds and to live in a new environment for the full academic year 2007-2008.
 
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Germany and the Secret Genocide Friday, February 23, 2007
A documentary of the Armenian genocide. Describes how Turks and Germans conspired to commit the first genocide of the twentieth century.
 
More ...
 
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Time magazine DVD on Armenian Genocide Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Watch the DVD that was placed in TIME magazine of Europe here. 

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Level of Lake of Sevan rises by 1.9 meters during the last 4 years Monday, February 19, 2007
YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 16, NOYAN TAPAN. During the last 4 years the level of Lake Sevan rised by 1.9 meters. RA Minister of Nature Protection Vardan Ayvazian informed about this at the February 16 press conference. In his words, it is expected to raise the level of Lake Sevan by 6 meters in several years.
 
The Minister mentioned that at present the cleaning of the lakeside territories is one of the most important problems. In 2007 it is expected to clean 160 hectares territory (92 hectares were cleaned in 2005 and 123 hectares in 2006).
 
V. Ayvazian informed that this year the fishing will be prohibited in the lake for the purpose of replenishing the lake with whitefish.
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Suspended sentence for gold thieves Monday, February 19, 2007
A UKRAINIAN man (37) and an Armenian woman (56) have been given a one-year suspended sentence after they were found guilty of stealing gold worth QR55,670 from a shop in Doha last year.
 
The third accused, a 35-year-old Armenian woman, was cleared of the charges as entry stamps in her passport showed that she arrived in Qatar on a tourist visa on September 16, 2006, two days after the theft took place.
 
The two convicts were awarded a similar sentence some two months ago in another theft case, and they are still facing more charges in gold theft cases.
 
Basel Jawad, a spokesman for the Armenian community in Doha, said that the police had accused the group of stealing a total of 2.5kg of gold in four cases.
 
While issuing judgment, the court mainly relied on the confession of the Ukrainian man who said he was the mastermind behind all the four thefts in Doha in September.
 
"His modus operandi was to put gold chains in his pocket while the shopkeeper was busy showing jewellery to the female customers."
 
The Asian shop assistant had testified that the three accused came to his shop on the day and he showed them gold necklaces.
 
Source: Gulf Times, Qatar, Feb 18 2007
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New objects in Armenica website Friday, February 16, 2007
We have now updated the collection section with new information and objects. We are among others working on introducing a new section containing khatchkars and will open it shortly.
 
The first batch of updates include the following:
 
• New additions:
- Monastery of Gosh
 
• Updates:
- Monastery of Haghpat
- Monastery of Sanahin
- Monastery of Haghartzin
- Zvartnots Cathedral
- Aruchavank
 
Please visit http://www.armenica.org to view the new material. We hope that you will found the new updates and additions useful and interesting.
 
With best regards,
 
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Saint Valentine's Day Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Commentary illustration by Vahe AshodianSaint Valentine's Day or Valentine's Day is on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine's cards or candy. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine's Day. The holiday is named after two men, both Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
 
The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines." Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. The
 
 
Commentary illustration by Vahe Ashodian (First Love)
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Hrant Dink Program at UCLA, 25 February 2007 Sunday, February 11, 2007
UCLA—"Hrant Dink: His Legacy and His Challenge" is the theme of an afternoon program to be held at UCLA in tribute to Hrant Dink. The event will include speakers from Turkey and the United States, a video presentation, musical interludes, and a general discussion, followed by the sharing of the traditional memorial "helva."
 
The Sunday afternoon program will be held on February 25, at 3:30 p.m. in 147 Dodd Hall on the UCLA campus.
 
The sponsoring organizations are the UCLA Armenian Studies Program, Near Eastern Center, and Jewish Studies Center, together with the Organization of Istanbul Armenians (OIA) and Initiative of Turkish Students to Commemorate "Our Hrant."
 
Professor Richard Hovannisian of UCLA will moderate the event. Keynote speakers are Professor Ayse Gul Altinay of Sabanci University in Istanbul, a dear friend of Hrant Dink, and Dr. Ruben Cetinyan, a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA.
 
Brief comments will be made by Mr. Simon Acilac, President of the OIA; Ms. Zeynep Turkyilmaz of the Initiative of Turkish Students; and Dr. David Myers, Director of the Jewish Studies Center. Musical selections will be rendered by Mr. Albert Gyunasdyan, violin, and Mr. Mamekon Arutunyan, duduk. A video montage of "Our Hrant" will be shown during the program.
 
The program is open to the public at no charge on a first-come basis. Parking may be found along Hilgard Avenue or in Structure No. 2 ($8.00), entrance from Hilgard Avenue at Westholme Avenue. Dodd hall is located one block directly north of the parking structure.
 
For further information: Prof. Richard Hovannisian: hovannis@history.ucla.edu, telephone 310-825-3375, office hours, MWF, 9 a.m. – 12:00 noon, or Zeynep Turkyilmaz: zeynep@ucla.edu
 
PRESS RELEASE -- February 8, 2007
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Patrick Azadian writes in Los Angeles Times Thursday, February 01, 2007
See complete article here.
 
EXCERPTS
 
But despite all the Armenian nationalist propaganda fed to us from a young age as a reaction to the horrendous crimes committed against our grandparents I cannot believe Turkish people are any more prone to violence than any other. Yet the existence of a nationalist state policy is always a constant catalyst for hate. Feed young people with the right ideology they will do ugly things.
 
... "The dark hands" that killed Dink are attached to the Turkish state ideology. As long as Turkey remains a state with a nationalist ideology we should not be surprised by the existence of people who actually believe they are doing their nation a favor by spreading hate and violence.
 
... Dink's murder is a sad reminder to all of us that in a society where there is no tolerance of diversity in a state where differences between citizens are not appreciated in a nation where there is only one narrow definition of being a patriot in a place where being a member of a certain race is a precondition for acceptance ugly things happen.
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Homenetmen Haifa Wednesday, January 31, 2007
From: Homenetmen Haifa [homenhfa@netvision.net.il]
 
Dear All
 
My name is Hayg Panoyan I am a varchagan member in our club (agump).
 
We are very glad that we have found this site so we can be updated with the Armenian news.
 
We are very small community in Haifa (Israel) but we are very united. It will be great if you keep us informed with any activities concerning the Armenians.  
 
Best regards.
Hayg Panoyan
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Enlightened Bahraini cleric Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Arabs need such enlightened Muslim cleric like Sayyed Diyaa Al-Musawi from Bahrain
 
http://switch5.castup.net/frames/20041020_MemriTV_Popup/video_480x360.asp?ai=214&ar=1363wmv&ak=null
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Cinema-theatre hall for sale in Yerevan Sunday, January 28, 2007
It is a detached building. Its ground is 0.5 hectare and the building itself is 1640 square meter (two-storied + cellar). The building is being used/exploited since 1987. It can be used as a theatre hall a shop an auto show a cultural center shopping center a sport complex etc.
 
The foundation is of ferroconcrete the walls and the front are made of Armenian red tuff the coverings are of panel with insulators.
 
The building is the private property of ‘ArmenAkob’ Ltd since 1996. It was acquired from the State according to the law through the Contract of bargain and sale. The ground exploitation and communications as well belong to the company. The 100% owner of ‘ArmenAkob ’Ltd is the founder. When bought the firm may be renamed.
 
The price is $2.500.000 US dollars.
 
For photos documents and more information click here or send e-mail.
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Canada gone magically Armenian! – Video Friday, January 26, 2007

Canadian free skate champion Jeffrey ButtleCanadian Jeffrey Buttle performs at the Canadian National Free Skate Championship 2007 in Halifax using Armenian music and uniform:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4BTjsnSl6w

 

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Tribute to Hrant Dink - Video Friday, January 26, 2007

It is so sad to watch the video specially with 'Der Voghormia' (by Ara Kevorkian).

 

May Hrant Dink's spirit rest in peace.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SijWiIB5wkc

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New arrivals at the Armenian College in Calcutta Friday, January 26, 2007

Robert Jordan has posted the following comment after the article "Six Armenian children from Iraq arrive in Calcutta". 

 

(http://www.azad-hye.net/news/viewnews.asp?newsId=621dfg41)  

 

Dear Sir  

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for keeping me and a multitude of old College boys and girls informed.

 

Bravo keep the school going and encourage our students to strive for the very best.

 

The more students the College can get the better. I am sure you will achieve the very best.

With best wishes

 

Robert Jordan

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