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ARMENIA Information Visitor Information Center Friday, December 22, 2006

Please follow the link to find the Weekly Calendar of Events from December 22nd to December 29th, 2006.   


You also 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, anush@armeniainfo.am   

URL: www.armeniainfo.am

APPEAL Friday, December 22, 2006

We received the following appeal from the Central Committee of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party







We consider the despicable attack on Mr. Haroutune Arakelyan, a member of the Central Committee of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party and the Chairman of the District Committee of Armenian Democratic Liberal Party of Armenia, be a contemptuous and a shameful act towards the individual, our motherland and its government.


We believe the government of Armenia will utilize every possible means to deracinate these loathsome scoundrels and their capricious conduct from our Homeland putting an end to those who strive to trample upon our national honor with their disrespectful and disgraceful acts and ensuring that such crimes will not be repeated in the future.


The alternative would leave us to be judged as accomplices to these acts before the international community. We should not tolerate the insults of moral and ethical slippage as a nation, especially during these pre-Parliamentarian elections times in our Homeland.



22 December 2006

Armenia will keep the 'Our Homeland' anthem as a transitional anthem Friday, December 22, 2006

The Parliament adopted the draft law on the National Anthem with 64 deputies for and five against.

According to the provisions of this law, "Our Homeland" will be the national anthem of the country until a new one is decided upon. The ARF Dashnaktsutyun was for the provision.


Nevertheless, "Our Homeland" will be a kind of a "transitional" anthem.

Wall, pocket and daily bible readings pocket calendars and diary Friday, December 22, 2006

The Printing House of the Catholicosate of Cilicia has published its wall, pocket and daily Bible readings pocket calendars as well as the pocket diary for 2007. The wall calendar portrays the image of Saint Mesrob Mashdots surrounded by the Armenian Alphabet, in line with the theme of 2007 as decided by His Holiness Aram I: Year of the Armenian Language.


The pocket calendar includes the holidays of the Armenian Church against a beautiful background photograph of the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Antelias.


Published by the Christian Education Department, the daily Bible readings pocket calendar is prepared as a useful guide to spiritual formation.


The pocket diary, published again by the Catholicosate's Christian Education Department is dedicated to the Year of the Armenian Language. It includes useful information about the dioceses and the parishes of the Catholicosate of Cilicia.


View the photo here: http://www.cathcil.org/v04/doc/Photos/Photos37.htm


Source: Catholicosate of Cilicia, Communication and Information Department

Contact: V.Rev.Father Krikor Chiftjian, Communications Officer

E-mail: cathcil@cathcil.org

Web: http://www.cathcil.org/


Armenian version: http://www.cathcil.org/v04/doc/Armenian.htm 

There is high degree of corruption in Armenian Universities Friday, December 22, 2006

1,821 of the 2,000 students questioned by the Tkhruni youth center said that there is high corruption in Armenian universities, reports the center.


95% of the 250 questioned students of Yerevan State Agricultural University said that their university is corrupt and 83% of then gave bribes themselves. One exam there costs $20-50. 74% of the 100 questioned students of Mkhitar Heratsi Medical University personally gave bribes. One exam there costs $200 and more.


Among the other corrupt universities are Yerevan State Economic University (81% of students), Yerevan State Pedagogical University (79%), Yerevan State University of Foreign Languages (75%), Yerevan State University (42%), Yerevan State Conservatory (14%).


Most of the students said that the best way to eliminate corruption in universities is to raise the salaries of tutors and to toughen control.


Yerevan, 19 December 2006. ArmInfo.

A greeting card from Montreal, Canada Friday, December 22, 2006
Christmas card by Toros BabikianToros Babikian, the Director of Sourp Hagop Sunday School in Montreal, Canada wishes you a Happy New year and a Merry Christmas. These are the words that came along with the beautiful card shown here.
May the birth of the Saviour bless our lives in 2007 and beyond.
On several occasions we have provided links to our readers to the periodical of Sourp Hagop Sunday School (see relevant posting in another place in this Diary)

Graciela Kevorkian wishes you all the best Friday, December 22, 2006
Graciela Kevorkian's greeting cardGraciela Kevorkian sent Azad-Hye a nice looking festive card.
Garciela is an Argentinean Armenian. She provides information on Armenian community life to readers all around the world.
One of the most remarkable achievements of her community was the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Argentinean State. This was a true victory that happened just few weeks before the New Year celebrations.
Garciela provided detailed info about the Senate voting (see our News section).
Happy New Year card from the European Armenian Federation Friday, December 22, 2006
Christmas Card

The European Armenian Federation aims at:


- Acting as a link between European Institutions and the Armenian communities through the European Union


- Advocating for these communities standpoint within these institutions


- Providing a better understanding of Armenian related political and strategic issues to the European Union


- Fostering the European Union’s values of tolerance and dialogue in the Armenian issues

Armenica's Last addition for year 2006 Friday, December 22, 2006

As the last batch of updates in 2006 we have added the church of St Grigor in Aruch (Aruchavank) with information, images and video to our collection section. Please visit http://www.armenica.org to visit the new additions.


On behalf of our staff we would like to thank you all for your expressed interest and support for our site and our work. We hope that we will continue to provide our visitors with interesting and useful information in the future as well.


With best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,


Armenica Editorial Staff

Sevan Amirians & Vahagn Avedian

Updating the Abu Dhabi Armenian Directory Wednesday, December 20, 2006

We would like to inform you that we are going to update  the Armenians’ Telephone Directory of Abu Dhabi. Although all efforts have been exerted to ensure the accuracy of the information published in 2002 booklet it is possible that typographical or other errors exist. Should this be the case or should your name have been forgotten we apologize for the same.


To avoid the publishing of any stale information, we kindly ask you to fill the table provided hereunder and fax it back to us on Fax: (00971)(0)2 6412232 or email: vahco@emirates.net.ae


Council of the Armenian Community of Abu Dhabi

Click here for the address table  

Note: The 2002 directory is available on line here

The project Sylvester Stallone always wanted to write or direct Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Stallone acknowledges he also has considered making another "Rambo" picture, the money-dangles from producers too lucrative to ignore. But his better self pushes him to spots behind the cameras for the remainder of his career.


"I would like to spend it in writing and directing, less in the public eye but providing something for the public."


So what is the Stallone Surprise, the project he's always wanted to write or direct?


For years Stallone's wanted to create an epic, and the book that intrigues him is Franz Werfel's "The Forty Days of Musa Dagh," detailing the Turkish genocide of its Armenian community in 1915. (After futile attempts to turn the novel into a movie, filmmakers finally succeeded in 1982, but it was a low-profile production.)


French ships eventually rescued some Armenians, and Stallone has his favorite scene memorized: "The French ships come, and they've dropped the ladders and everybody has climbed up the side. The ships sail. The hero, the one who set up the rescue, has fallen asleep, exhausted, behind a rock on the slope above. The camera pulls back, and the ships and the sea are on one side, and there's one lonely figure at the top of the mountain, and the Turks are coming up the mountain by the thousands on the far side." A pretty great shot.


The movie would be "an epic about the complete destruction of a civilization," Stallone said. Then he laughed at the ambition. "Talk about a political hot potato. The Turks have been killing that subject for 85 years."


Source: "Stallone's deft as Rocky in the Q&A ring", by Michael Booth, "Denver Post", 16 December 2006  


The top ten rich people in Armenia Friday, December 15, 2006

Hayk Newspaper reports, that the Forbs - Armenian service soon to be launched in Armenia, will publish the following list of ten richest people in Armenia in the first issue of the magazine. Hayk draws readers attention to the fact, that 6 of the 10 people in the list are high ranking state officials.


Gagik Tsarukyan - businessman;

Armen Avetisyan - The Chairman of the State Customs Committee;

Mikael Baghdasarov - businessman;

Hrant Vardanyan - businessman;

Suqiasyan Family - businessmen;

Yervand Zakharyan - Mayor of Yerevan;

Robert Kocharyan - President of the Republic of Armenia;

Serge Sargsyan - RoA Minister of Defense;

Andranik Manukyan - Minister of Transport and Communication of the RoA;

David Harutyunyan - RoA Minister of Justice;


According to the same source, the personal worth of Gagik Tsarukyan is around 400-500 million dollars, while Serge Sargsyan’s somewhere around 150 million dollars. I wonder how the USD exchange rates are affecting those guys 


Source: http://www.blogrel.com/2006/12/14/top-ten-rich-people-in-armenia/

Posted by Observer on 14th December 2006

Forest Free Armenia in 2024 Friday, December 15, 2006

“Forest Free 2020” is a document prepared by Simon Maghakyan dealing with the problem of deforestation of Armenia. The documentary starts with a concise story of Armenia from old times up to modern upheavals. 


Up to the ealy 1980s, forests in the Armenia were properly maintained, but many public forests disappeared in the early 1990’s (mainly due to the energy crisis as a result of the Karabakh war). Forest wood was a source for cheap fuel. 


Forest wood has been exported from the country in big scale. Government officials are heavily involved in the wood business. There is a lack of enforcement of forest protection standards. This is one of the major environmental problems of Armenia. 


If the deforestation in Armenia did not stop there will be no forests in the country in 2024.


See the document at: 


Remember the Jugha's cemetery destruction Friday, December 15, 2006

December 15, 2006, is the first anniversary of Jugha’s destruction.  After posting dozens of articles on the vandalism, I have now produced a film about it.  Remember the fifteenth of December…


Featuring a never-seen-before satellite image of a vandalized medieval cemetery at the Iranian-Azerbaijani border, “The New Tears of Araxes,” a five-minute film, tells the tragic story of thousands of ancient Armenian headstones flattened to the ground by the Azerbaijani authorities in Djulfa (Jugha), Nakhichevan.


On December 15, 2005, eyewitnesses across the River Araxes videotaped Azeri soldiers destroying Armenian burial monuments - khachkars (cross stones) - some as old as 1,500 years.  Azerbaijani officials denied the vandalism, but banned European Parliament members from visiting the site in March of 2006.  Only a few outside news sources tried to publicize the tragedy.


 “The New Tears of Araxes” is written by Sarah Pickman, a University of Chicago student, who was the only American reporter to cover the tragedy when she interned for Archaeology Magazine.  Producer and narrator Simon Maghakyan, who is among America’s top 20 college students according to USA TODAY (April 24, 2006), hopes the film will break a year of ignorance and silence.  When asked why others should care, Maghakyan quotes Martin Luther King Jr. as saying, “Injustice anywhere is threat to justice everywhere.”  


Simon Maghakyan <sammagh@yahoo.com>

BBC World Service's Next Big Thing competition Sunday, December 10, 2006

Young Armenian pop singer Silva HakobyanArmenian singer Silva Hakobyan has won the BBC World Service's Next Big Thing competition with her song I Like.


Her entry was composed by her sister Mane and produced by Edgar, her brother.


The BBC World Service's Next Big Thing competition searched for the best young unsigned band.





Sourp Hagop Church periodical from Canada Friday, December 08, 2006



Our Periodical Volume 14 No 4.




which is in .pdf and does not need any armenian fonts on your computer.


We also have our past issues only, that you can access from the folowing URL. www.sourphagop.org/period/barper.htm


For easy access we have posted as well our Yearly issues (these are 8-11MB files)






A detailed Armenian Church Timeline: www.sourphagop.org/churchtime.html


Toros Babikian


Armenian Church Sourp Hagop Sunday School 

Armenian Alphabet poster Friday, December 08, 2006

Dear Hye Etch Friend,

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Shnorhavor Nor Dari Yev Soorp Dznoont


The Holiday Season is upon us, I would like to wish you and your loved ones good health, happiness and prosperity. May peace and love fill your lives for eternity…


Just a reminder, those who wish to order the “Armenian Alphabet Poster” for Christmas can still do so and take advantage of the Christmas special as mentioned bellow.


The regular price of each poster is $20. This includes shipping and a free alphabet chart.


Christmas Special - Purchase three posters in a single order and pay $50 only. A saving of $10 on the normal purchase price. This offer will end on 25 December 2006.


Please place your order as soon as possible to ensure you receive the posters before Christmas day. For more information and to order, please visit the following URL: http://www.HyeEtch.nareg.com.au/poster


Season’s Greetings,


John Semerdjian


Video from lecture by Prof. Vahakn Dadrian Thursday, November 30, 2006

We have added a 60 minute video from a lecture by Prof. Vahakn N. Dadrian on the subject of the Armenian Genocide. The lecture is from the conference: "Genocide in the Ottoman Empire 1915/16", organised by the Living History Forum (Levande Historia) in Stockholm, Sweden, on November 15, 2005.


We have edited the lecture and divided it into relevant chapters for faster downloading. There is also a sound-only option (MP3). The video is avaialable in our multimedia section.


Please visit http://www.armenica.org to view the video.


We hope that you will find the lecture interesting and useful.


With best regards,


Armenica Editorial Staff <admin@armenica.org>

27 November 2006
From the margins Thursday, November 30, 2006

Dear friends,


My updated list of columns in the Los Angeles Times Valley Edition / Glendale News-Press may be accessed at: http://www.fromthemargins.net/


Best regards,

Patrick Azadian <padania@earthlink.net>

Armenia, Like you have never seen her before Friday, November 24, 2006

Enjoy the scenery of Armenia thourgh this new visual collection:



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