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New addition in our Music download section: 3 songs by Aida Sargsyan Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Aida Sargsyan

One of the famous and most favorite singers in Armenian folk and pop music. Her repertoire is very rich. She has songs about homeland, about mothers and love songs. Her latest new CD album entitled Veradardz (Return) includes 10 new songs. It was released in 2006. Click to hear three songs from this album.

Siro Ganch

Ashnan Havqer

Yerani

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Honeymoon tours for Armenians! Sunday, April 05, 2009

Seven days toursԱռաջարկ նորապսակների համար

ԵԳԻՊՏՈՍ 364 $, ՀՈՒՆԱՍՏԱՆ 720 €, ՖՐԱՆՍԻԱ 720 €, ԴՈՒԲԱՅ 790 $, ՉԵԽԻԱ 980 €, ԱՆԳԼԻԱ 995 €, ԻՏԱԼԻԱ 1210 €, ԷԿԶՈՏԻԿ ԿՂԶԻՆԵՐ 2100 $

Գները նշված են մեկ անձի հաշվարկով և ներառում են ավիատոմսը, հյուրանոցը, ապահովագրությունը, դիմավորում-ճանապարհում օդանավակայանում, սնունդը (օրական առնվազն մեկ անգամ, որոշ դեպքերում` 2 կամ 3): Վճարումը` դրամով:

ՅՈԹ ՕՐ… տուրիստական ընկերություն:

Մենք աշխատում ենք շաբաթվա ՅՈԹ օրերին: 52 77 37: www.7days.am

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Ուխտագնացության ծրագիր դեպի Արեւմտյան Հայաստան Friday, April 03, 2009

Ուխտագնացության ծրագիր դեպի Արեւմտյան Հայաստան
Ժամկետներ - Ապրիլի 20 -27

Տևողությունը - 7 օր

Օր 1 Ուղեւորություն դեպի Արեւմտյան Հայաստան` Գյումրի (շրջայց քաղաքում), Հայ-վրացական սահմանի անցում Բավրայում: Ախալքալակ, Ախալցխե, Վրաց-Թուրքական սահմանի անցում Վալեում: Ժամանում Կարս, շրջայց քաղաքում` Եղիշե Չարենցի հայրական տունը, Սբ. Առաքելոց վանքը, Կարսի բերդը, թանգարանը, ռուսական գիմնազիաներ: Գիշերում հյուրանոցում:

Օր 2 Կարսից մեկնում Անի, շրջայց Անիում` Մայր տաճար, Սբ. Գրիգոր Լուսավորիչ եկեղեցի, Գագիկաշեն, Տիգրան Հոնենց, Փրկչի եկեղեցիներ, Կուսանաց վանք, Մանուչեի մզկիթ, բերդապարիսպներ: Այցելություն Դիգոր (Հայկական Տիկոր), Իգդիր` շրջայց քաղաքում, Արեւելյան Բայազետ` շրջայց քաղաքում, Դարոինքի բերդ, Իսհակ Փաշայի պալատ, Չալդրան, Բերկրիի ջրվեժ, ժամանում Վան, գիշերում Վանում:

Օր 3 Այցելություն Վարագա վանք (Խրիմյան Հայրիկ, Րաֆֆի), Մհերի դուռ եւ Վանա կատվնոց: Այցելություն Աղթամար Կղզի` Սբ. Խաչ եկեղեցի, հանգիստ լողափին: Ճաշ “Ախթամար” ռեստորանում (Վանա տառեխ): Վանա բերդ, Վանի թանգարան: Գիշերակաց Վանում:

Օր 4 Մեկնում Մուշ: Ճանապարհին կանգառ Դատվանում, Նեմրութ լեռան խառնարանի լիճ: Մեկնում Բիթլիս` շրջայց քաղաքում: Երեկոյան ժամանում Մուշ, գիշերակաց Մուշում:

Օր 5 Շրջայց Մուշում` այցելություն Մուշի կենտրոնական եկեղեցի, Մշո Սբ. Առաքելոց եկեղեցի, Սբ. Կարապետ (Աշտիշատի վանք): Ուղեւորություն Էրզրում, Կանգառ Սուլուխի կամրջի մոտ: Շրջայց Էրզրումում` (Բերդը, 2 մինարեթներով պալատը, հայկական եկեղեցին): Գիշերակաց Էրզրումում:

Օր 6 Ուղեւորություն դեպի Բասեն` Բասենի բերդ, Խորասան` շրջայց քաղաքում, Սարիղամիշի շրջան: ժամանում Կարս, գիշերում Կարսում:

Օր 7 Այցելություն Արդահան` շրջայց քաղաքում: Մեկնում դեպի թուրք-վրացական սահման: Վերադարձ Երեւան:
Պատվիրել այս էքսկուրսիան

Մանրամասն տեղեկությունների համար՝ 
IMEGA Tour and Travel Armenia
+37410 519890
+37494 519890
imegaservice@yahoo.com
www.imegaservice.com

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Al Jazeera reporter in Karabakh: To fight or not to fight Friday, April 03, 2009

Artin Avedissian comments:

Two excellent videos by Al-Jazeera's reporter. He described clearly the current situation and analyzed it from the very start.

In my view, it ALL started because of Stalin's decision when he told Azerbaijan that Nagorno-Karapakh belonged to them!! 

I think the lapse of time may have made every Azeri including officials to overlook this fact and, tell that 20% of their territory was occupied by Armenia! 

Should Azerbaijan adopt a more realistic and fair attitude by remembering Stalin's action, the problem would be resolved peacefully!

See article here 

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Artsakh News Digest (April 3, 2009 #40) Friday, April 03, 2009

POLITICS
 
U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton reiterated the U.S. support for a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. In a letter to the Armenian Foreign Minister, Secretary Clinton also spoke about normalization of Armenia-Turkey relations. 
 
NKR Foreign Ministry called upon the OSCE Minsk Group and its office in Stepanakert to respond adequately to Azerbaijan’s continued violation of the cease-fire. The lack of appropriate political assessments encourages Azerbaijan’s irresponsible behavior. (Read: http://nkr.am/en/news/2009-03-17/136/
 
Arkady Ghoukasian, who served as NKR President in 1997-2007, has been appointed Ambassador-at-Large for Republic of Armenia with a diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
 
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
 
This sowing season, Artsakhian farmers cultivated twice as much farmland as last year, reported NKR Ministry of Agriculture.
 
Armenian and NKR tax collection agencies signed a cooperation agreement to facilitate data exchange, expert support and training.
 
NKR state budget revenues increased by 31.5% in 2008, while tax collection grew by 25% compared to previous year.
 
SOCIETY
 
Twenty medical doctors from Armenia’s Gegharkunik Marz spent ten days working in Artsakh’s Martuni region. They also brought with them equipment and pharmaceuticals.
 
“Shoushi: epitaphs of Christian cemeteries in the XVIII-XIX centuries” is now available in Armenian. Published by the Yerevan State University printing house, this book of Artsakhian researcher Hratch Harutunian was sponsored by the Gulbekian Foundation.
 
“Destiny” (Chakatagir), an award-winning Armenian-American movie, premiered in Stepanakert, Artsakh. The story develops during the infamous Operation Ring (Kol’tso), in which Soviet and Azeri troops carried out pogroms and mass deportation of Armenians in Nagorno Karabakh.

(Operation Ring: http://www.nkrusa.org/nk_conflict/assets/azerbaijans-ethnic-cleansing-campaign-operation-ring-1991.pdf)
 
Forty five young people from Artsakh participated in a commemoration event marking the 350th anniversary of Israel Ori, a prominent leader of the Armenian liberation movement and a fellow Artsakhtsi. The event took place on the section of the Armenian-Turkish border, overlooking Ani, the ancient capital of Armenia.
 
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ARTSAKH NEWS DIGEST is an exclusive product prepared for Members of the Artsakh Global Network.

Web: www.nkrusa.org & www.nkr.am

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Rita posts comment on Joelle Mardinian's article Friday, March 27, 2009

Hi Joelle, from downunder Australia,

Reading all you previous notes posted by other young ladies from all over the world, I have to agree on how wonderful, beautiful, smart and intelligent you are.   I just discovered your website a few months ago.. unfortunately I am unable to watch your programme on TV, but I go onto you tube and watch your tutorials.  It seems that everyone would love to be on your show, me included.  Any chance of you ever coming to Western Australia or if you want, I would love to come to Dubai and be on your show. Could you do a husband and wife makeover? ... that would be fantastic.  Love

Rita xx

ps.  I hope your have the opportunity to read this emails.

The article: Joelle Mardinian, Middle East TV presenter and make-up artist

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Armenia: The Betrayed Friday, March 27, 2009

42:56 minutes

Click to view on Google Video:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7833166317264817428

BBC, January 2003

Full BBC documentary on the Armenian Genocide

In a special Correspondent to coincide with Holocaust memorial week, Fergal Keane investigates how a terrible slaughter, three quarters of a century ago, has returned to haunt the relationship between Turkey and its western allies.

For decades the Armenian people have campaigned to have the killings of hundreds of thousands of their forefathers in Ottoman Turkey in 1915 recognised as genocide. But there has been an equally determined campaign by Turkey to deny genocide with threats of reprisals against any country which uses the word to describe the slaughter. Now as the United States steps up its efforts to win Ankara's support in any conflict with Iraq Correspondent reveals new Turkish pressures. Threats to withdraw military bases have forced the American Congress to abandon legislation which would have used the all important term, "genocide".

The programme also discloses how President George W Bush and his predecessor Bill Clinton both broke promises to the Armenian community that they would recognise genocide.

Talking to Armenian survivors, Turkish officials and key political figures in the United States, Correspondent investigates a story of terrible slaughter, political intrigue and a people betrayed."

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Camping in Armenia for Karen Yeppe Armenian High School graduates Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Alumni Association of Karen Jeppe Armenian High School (Jemaran) in Aleppo, Syria has organized a camping in Armenia from 4-11 August 2009, for all alumni from 1953-2009.

Deadline for registration: 01 April 2009.

Call 0096321-4643363 or write to shrch@karenjeppegemaran.com

Camping in Armenia

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Anoush and Inga Arshakian will represent Armenian in Eurovision 2009 Friday, March 06, 2009

Anoush and Inga

Anoush and Inga Arshakian initially started with the Armenian State Song Theater and later presented Armenian ethno-folk songs in modern arrangements. The music saves the traditional melodies and adds a beautiful modern twist to them.

See blow 2 tracks from their latest album "Tamzara", plus the 2009 Eurovision contest song on behalf of Armenia.

Anoush and Inga Arshakian

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May God bless their memory Monday, March 02, 2009

Comment by Stepan Piligian after the article:
Cilicia and the Armenian Legion in World War I

My grandfather, Stepan Piligian, was a solider in the Armenian Legion. Like many of his comrades, he was sent to this country by his father just prior to the Genocide. He came to Indian Orchard, Massachusetts from a village in Sepastia. After the Legion made its way to Cilicia, he was stationed in Adana; where he met and fell in love with a young Adanatzi woman, Turfanda Yergatian. After the political landscape changed, they made their way to the U.S. via Marseilles and Settled in Indian Orchard where they helped to build the local Armenian community.

The courage of these men and their contributions as a fighting unit to the allied victory are incredible. The intersection of personal history and world events is a remarkable experience that they all carried long before their contributions to building the Armenian-American community began. Indeed these were special people, who gave the Armenian community hope during a time when there was precious little to find. I applaud ALMA for bringing this significant part of our history to today's generations. May God bless their memory.

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Lebanese bank to purchase 51% of bank Anelik (Armenia) Tuesday, February 24, 2009

YEREVAN, 20 February 2009. /ARKA/. A Lebanese bank plans to purchase 51% of the stock of Bank Anelik (Armenia) for 9bln AMD ($30mln).

In his interview to ARKA, Board Chairman Samvel Chzmachyan reported that $15mln converted into Armenian drams, have been transferred to the bank's account at the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA).

`The second part of the sum is to be received within a month,' Chzmachyan said.

He reported that the transaction will bring the bank's capital up to 14.3bln AMD. Thus, in terms of capital, the bank will rank among the six or seven leaders of the Armenian banking system.

Chzmachyan pointed out that the global financial crisis influenced the cost of the transaction.

`We estimated our bank at a much higher value, but before the crisis,' he said.

Bank Anelik was founded on July 9, 1990, incorporated on October 1, 1991. In October 1996 the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA) issued General License #9 to the bank, which is officially named Bank Anelik CJSC.

According to the information at ARKA's disposal, Bank Anelik has the 11th largest assets, 14th largest authorized capital, 18th largest total capital and 10th largest liabilities.

As of December 31, 2008, the bank's assets reached 36.2bln AMD, liabilities 30.6bln AMD, total capital 5.6bln AMD, balance sheet profit 901.5mln AMD. Last year20the bank's profit totaled 468.1mln AMD. The bank has ten branches, as well as Anelik RU daughter bank in Moscow, Russia.

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Lecture about Sir Paul Chater Sunday, February 22, 2009

Helena, Your comments are very kind indeed and I am touched.  As you know, I do what I can to help others interested in their Indian Armenian family history but without any funding or sponsorship I am very limited as to what I can do. 

I ventured to Damascus to talk about Sir Paul Chater and was genuinely surprised at the warmth and enthusiasm with which I was received. I am led to believe that other Armenian communities in the Middle East would also like to know more about Sir Paul and I regret that I was not able to go further afield whilst in Damascus.  Perhaps other communities/dioceses would like me to return?  If so, please let me know, either directly or through Bishop Armash Nalbandian, Primate of the Armenian Church in Damascus.

Liz Chater
brio1(at)tinyworld.co.uk

Comment posted after the following article / report:
Elizabeth Chater lectures in Damascus

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An anti-Armenian hate group in Facebook is using Armenian names Saturday, February 21, 2009

Subject: Take action against the Anti-Armenian hate group called "24 April 1915"

Please send an email to abuse@facebook.com and mention about the "24 April 1915" Group and the racism they promote.

More emails will make them take faster action.
 
If you are still member of that group, please leave and ask your friends to leave.

They are making individual Armenians, as officers, without their knowledge. They are using Armenian names to get more people around them.

Take Action!

Sevag Davidian
Tebi Hayrenik!
www.tebihayrenik.com

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About Elizabeth Chater Thursday, February 19, 2009
She is great at what she does and she is generous with the sharing of her information obtained from research done by her. She also was VERY instrumental in the organizing of the 300th anniversary of the Armenian Holy Church of Nazareth, Kolkata, India. Her hard work went unrecognized, unappreciated and not a word of thanks was extended to her.
 
As an Indian Armenian myself, attempting to spread the history of the Armenians in India, I personally thank her for all her efforts and hard work.
 
She gave her time and herself unselfishly for the November 2008 event to be as successful as it was.
 
God Bless
 
Helena
Comment placed after the following article:
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The address of Terlemezian Art College Thursday, February 19, 2009

I would like to know about Terlemezian Art Collage in Yerevan, because I am intrested in it. Please if I can have the address I will be so glad.

Mark Kaloussian

Comment placed after the following article: 
Varbed Samvel Bedrosian

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Hye Etch celebrates 10th anniversary Friday, February 13, 2009

This year Hye Etch will celebrate its 10th anniversary. This is a great milestone for an Armenian web site serving millions of people from around the world who wish to learn about the Armenian culture and heritage.

If you have visited Hye Etch recently, you may have noticed that the Hye Etch Art Gallery has been removed. The artwork displayed within is being updated and soon will be posted on a new state of the art web site called Artizan Gallery, which showcases fine art photography from around the world, including Armenia by yours truly.

If you appreciate ART then you are welcome to visit ArtizanGallery.com Please feel free to invite your art loving friends and relatives as well.

Best Regards,

John Semerdjian
Webmaster

Visit ‘Hye Etch’ at: www.HyeEtch.nareg.com.au
Artizan Gallery webpage: http://artizangallery.com/

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Avraam Russo, a Syrian Armenian who realizes fame in Russia Friday, January 30, 2009

Comment by Kevork Hagop Gulvartian

What a shame, when you find an armenian singer who was singing patriotic songs for Artsakh (Karabakh) in the early 90's, and nowadays you listen to him singing in Turkish language... what a pride for Armenians especially for Aleppo's Armenians... please stop spreading the fact that he was Armenian, simply he is announcing of his Turkish origins.. so if he is trying to give up of his origins why shoud we keep talking about his Armenian nationality, let him do whatever he wants he is no more an Armenian...

And about the fact that his father was born in Antep or Gaziantep (in Turkish), as everybody knows that our grandfathers and ancestors lived in Western Armenia and Cilicia / Kilikya (modern day Turkey) in cities like Van, Gars (Kars), Garin (Erzerum), Zeytoun, Marash, Kilis, Adana, till the beginnings of the 20th century, when the Ottoman Turks commited the annihilation of the Armenian nation which is known as the 1st Genocide of the 20th century.

Read the article and other comments here.

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Hrant Dink documentary by director Nouritza Matossian Friday, January 23, 2009

AYF - LONDON proudly presents "HRANT DINK: HEART OF TWO NATIONS" (1954 -2007)

A special screening of the award-winning film on Hrant Dink presented by the director Nouritza Matossian.

This unique documentary film is based on private conversations between Matossian and Dink in Armenian with English sub-titles (40-mins). The late Hrant talks freely of his weekly paper Agos, the Armenian Genocide, his views and attempts to reconcile Armenians and Turks, and even his own death.

Dink was charged three times ‘insulting Turkishness’ and sentenced.  He scorned a campaign of death threats and warnings to leave Turkey. Tragically, he was murdered in Istanbul by a Turkish assassin on 19th Jan. 2007.

“Matossian is a talented author and producer. She makes her first foray into the world of film directing with this intensely provocative piece about a courageous man who is a martyr for Armenians and all proponents of free speech. This is a documentary not to be missed.”

Awarded Audience’s First Choice at the Pomegranate Film Festival, HAMAZKAYIN, Toronto

Matossian has also authored two books: “Black Angel, A Life of Arshile Gorky,” and “Iannis Xenakis,” a biography of the Greek composer. She broadcasts on the BBC and contributes to a number of leading British newspapers. She writes on Arts, Music, History and Armenia.

Matossian was Honorary Cultural Attaché for the first Armenian Embassy in London, 1991-2000. She was awarded Hon. Doctorate from the International Armenian Academy of Sciences, 2004.

www.arshile-gorky.com 
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-ryWB3jpAbA

The screening followed by Q&A will take place on Sunday, 25th January 2009 5pm

Navasartian Centre
223 Northfield Avenue, Ealing, W13 9QU
Nearest Tube: Northfields – Piccadilly line
London, UK

Entrance: Free
Refreshments will be served
DVDs available

Announcement in PDF format

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Diane Minassian and Vincent Baguian Friday, January 23, 2009

Making of the "Je suis une tombe" by Diane Minassian & Vincent Baguian.

The following link takes you to a very nice video of the recording of a song. 

You can also watch the embedded video clip below:

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Zohrab the royal photographer Sunday, January 18, 2009

Comment by Sylva Portoian

"Very nice to know about Armenian photographers serving the kings. As far as I remember the King Faysal of Iraq photographer was Armenian as well, I think by name of Arshak. If others know about him let them send a massage."

Read article here

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