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Comment by Giragos Kuyumjian about the Armenian Virtual College Thursday, January 15, 2009

I enjoyed reading this interview and felt very happy from knowing that the AGBU Virtual College is almost real and expected to perform soon in favor of our young generation and our countrymen.


I was also happy to read about the fine and constructive ideas that Dr. Yervant Zorian had and I felt somewhat happy that new good things are lighting in our nation’s life.


Dr. Zoran’s approach to education of our generation by virtual study is very much appreciated and is the right solution to many academic difficulties our people are facing in remote cities of the world.


Dr. Zoran’s expression about his feelings to his nation and country is even more delighting and impressive. I hope all the best to him and his wonderful plans and pray that it will come true.




GARO (Giragos Kuyumjian)



Read the original article and the interview with the President of the Armenian Virtual College Dr. Yervant Zorian here.

Pan-Armenian Forum: What's wrong with hating Turks after what they have done to us? Saturday, January 03, 2009
Ahmet Dursun Atilgan posted the following comment:
I can never hate Armenians and Armenians needn't hate Turks because we are the intermingled people like the fingers in a glove.

Post your opinion here. We will send your posting to all the members of Azad-Hye and invite them to place their comments in return.

See other topics at: Azad-Hye Forums

Silah kids: An abduction case attracting worldwide attention Saturday, January 03, 2009

Theresa writes: Thank you for publicizing this case. Surely, someone somewhere in the Armenian community must know something that will help to reunite these mothers and their sons.

Read the report here.

Azad-Hye experienced disruption in Internet service Saturday, December 20, 2008

Internet services were disrupted on Friday (19 December 2008) due to damage to three undersea telecom cables in the Mediterranean Sea. The United Arab Emirates telecom operator said the damage to three cables resulted in high levels of network congestion and degradation of international voice service and data traffic, affecting all customers in the UAE, Levant, Egypt and parts of Africa.

The France Telecom cable ship Raymond Croze left Seyne-sur-Mer, southern France, on Friday night and was expected to be on the scene of the damage, between Sicily and Tunisia, on Sunday,  a company spokesman said.

The disruption also affected Asian countries as far away as Singapore, Malaysia, India and Pakistan. Officials with AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications, the two largest US-based carriers, said that some customers in the Middle East had lost all service, while others were experiencing partial disruptions on Internet connections.

Azad-Hye 24 hours radio service experienced also considerable slowness.

It may take several days until the Internet service in the region is returned back to full working capacity. 

Armenian coach appointed as coach of top Chilean football club Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sergio Markarian

It was announced today that Uruguay-born and Argentina resident Armenian football coach Sergio Markarian, will be appointed as coach of the most prestigious football club in Chile, Universidad de Chile.

Sergio Apraham Markarian (born November 1, 1944 in Montevideo, Uruguay) has never played football professionally and became a coach in 1974, achieving success in most of the teams he has managed.

Markarian has had a distinguished career including being coach of the Paraguay national team, the Greek Panathinaikos and Mexico's Cruz Azul.

News item conveyed by Armen Kouyoumdjian, Chile

Janet Stephen and Indian Armenian memoirs Tuesday, December 16, 2008

How wonderful to read about our old school and the Holy Armenian Churches of Calcutta. 

I was a student at the Davidian Girls' School / Armenian College from 1958 to 1968.

My aunt and uncle, Lucy and Larry Martin and cousins, Marguerite and Anita, lived in Brabourne House and were very active in the community and church affairs. 

My aunt Lucy died last year at the age of 89, in New Delhi where her daughter Anita and family live. 

Due to unavoidable circumstances, I was unable to make the trip this time around, but am so glad to read so many wonderful articles and see the many wonderful pictures of our beloved school. (I bet Poladian would be twisting  his hand at me again and saying "Aghchi, inch kaness gor?".)...

Best wishes to everyone, old and young AC/DGS wallas all over the world...

Janet Stephen

Read the report here: Holy Nazareth Armenian Church of Kolkata prepares for historical event

Lian from Armenia comments on the earthquake's 20th anniversary Monday, December 15, 2008

20 years has passed since the 1988 earthquake in Giumri and the Government is still not able to restore the damage. 480 people still live in bad and awful conditions.

I was very glad to see that the director of a mobile company with the help of Armenia Shant TV presented 20 houses to the poor families, who had lost their houses in 1988. It was something great for all of us. Now I think that every human can help such families, not with promises only that can be easily forgotten.

Lian from Armenia

See article on the subject at: Twenty years after the 1988 earthquake

K. Cyrus Melikian, an inventor with a coffee focus Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Cyrus MelikianK. Cyrus Melikian, 88, an innovative entrepreneur who made coffee drinking a convenient pastime, died of heart failure Nov. 27, 2008, at home in Haverford.

Mr. Melikian conceived the concept for a coffee vending machine while serving in the Army Air Force at Wright Field in Ohio during World War II. He and an officer, Lloyd K. Rudd, were annoyed that the PX was not serving coffee. Read more


Global Heritage Fund saves the treasures of Kars Saturday, December 06, 2008

An ancient Armenian capital now part of Turkey in the heart of the South Caucasus region, Kars alternately came under Byzantine, Turkish, Georgian, Russian, and Armenian control. Until recently, the Kars Historic District was a poor squatter settlement, a backwater without city services such as sewage, waste management and utilities.

Global Heritage Fund is working with the Kars Municipality, the Turkish Government, and others in eastern Anatolia to mix historic preservation and urban revitalization with community development and sustainable tourism.

See the video report here (Length: 11 min).

Check the activities of the Global Heritage Fund worldwide: http://www.globalheritagefund.org/

Berjouhi Avedian contributes to Azad-Hye Friday, December 05, 2008

We are pleased to have Berjouhi Avedian as a new contributor to Azad-Hye.

Berjouhi is a well known name in Aleppo, Syria. Her articles will be published in Armenian and in some cases with English translation or summary.

Recent works by Berjouhi Avedian:

Haroutioun Tenguerian: The roots are talking



"Welcome Aleppo": A book by Kevork Bedigian

The Armenian Genocide from Sweden's perspective Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Complete title: "The Armenian Genocide 1915 from a Neutral Small State’s Perspective: Sweden" by Vahagn Avedian, May 2008.

Click here to download the electronic book (PDF format, size 1MB).

Master Thesis Paper by Vahagn Avedian, History Department at Uppsala University, Sweden, 2008. The paper investigates the Swedish knowledge of the Armenian massacres in the Ottoman Turkey and asks how a small neutral state such as Sweden could act when faced by a humanitarian crisis in the midst of an ongoing global war.

Source: http://www.armenica.org/material/

Dzovinar Boghossian Monday, December 01, 2008

Dzovinar BoghossianDzovinar Boghossian is a Lebanese Armenian singer, currently living in Yerevan.

"Breathe Ani" is the title of her CD (2007). "Im Ani" (My Ani) is a song about the ruins of ancient capital of Armenia. The main scenes of the video clip are shot in Western Armenia, in the area surrounding The Ani Cathedral. Other songs are Yerneg ays nor darin (Hopefully in this new year), Zartir vortiag (Wake up son), etc.

Click here to listen to 3 songs

Visit Armenia website Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I'd like to invite you to visit www.visitarmenia.org as there have been many changes/updates made. Check it out at your convenience and tell everyone you know to do the same. Please remember that your comments and suggestions are always appreciated. Thank you and don't forget "Visit Armenia, It Is Beautiful". Ara

New Karabakh documentary premiere on YouTube Saturday, November 08, 2008

You are invited to be among the firsts to see a new documentary on Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh "The Struggle for Freedom", which is now posted on our Artsakh Online YouTube Channel.

Produced by director Peter Musurlian of the Globalist Films, the film was first screened last month at a congressional event on Capitol Hill (Washington, DC, USA) "Nagorno Karabakh Republic/Artsakh: 20 Years of Freedom, Democracy, and Progress.".

Here is the link to watch The Struggle for Freedom or

Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in the United States

Source: Noravank.am, 27 October 2008

Western Armenian: a minority and a non-territorial language, its problems and its chances of survival Thursday, November 06, 2008

Vartan Ozinian, member of the Pro Edvacatio movement has written an interesting article about the Western Armenian language, its present situation and ways of promoting its usage.

Read the article here (PDF format, English) 

Pro Educatio is a Worldwide International movement which deals with educational matters – taking   into consideration social, economic and political dimensions of the cultural dynamics – together with geopolitical realities and related strategies for the development  of human resources, respectful to legitimacy and legal conditions.

The Pro Edvcatio’s G R T A S S E R E is a panel – constituted by ad hoc Armenians of Diaspora and non-Armenians – which deals with Armenian educational issues.

See Vartan Ozinian's profile here.

Comment on Karnig Sarkissian's article Thursday, November 06, 2008

Several comments were posted on Karnig Sarkissian's artcile which appeared in Azad-Hye here. Below are samples of the comments:

Posted by Yeghig on Saturday, November 01, 2008

You were and are doing a good job with your website, so please keep on walking through the path you started and don't become a forum of meaningless talkings and discussions. You didn't find a better subject than Karnig's to discuss? or is it a trial for keeping your ratings high?

Don't accept my comments negatively...

Posted by Abraham on Saturday, November 01, 2008

Ընդամէնը կ՛ուզեմ ըսել այս խնդիրը շահարկողներուն, որ յեղափոխական ոգիով սերունդներ դաստիարակած գործիչի պախարակման փորձերը դատապարտելի են: Ես ծանօթ եմ այս պատմութեան, չի հետաքրքեր մանրամասնութիւնները, մէկ բան պիտի ըսեմ ընդամէնը: Դաշնակցութեան հասցէին կատարուած իւրաքանչիւր մեղադրանք դատապարտելի է ու անհեթեթութիւն: Բոլոր անոնք որոնք կ՛ուզեն պղտոր ջուրի մէջ ձուկ բռնել ու այս ամբողջ հարցը կապել կուսակցութեան հետ, աւելի լաւ է չխօսիմ, քանի եթէ իրենց կուսակցական պատկանելիութեան մասին խօսելու ըլլամ, կրնայ ըլլալ տակէն դուրս չ՛ելլեն: Ամօթ է հայեր, ընկեր Գառնիկի տարած գործին քառորդը ըրէ՛ք եւ յետոյ միայն բարոյական իրաւունք վերապահեցէ՛ք ձեզի՝ նման գնահատականներ տալու: Խօսքս հաւասարաչափ կը վերաբերի նաեւ հայկական մամուլի էջերուն վրայ այս խնդիրը ծամօն դարձուցած յօդուածագիրներուն կամ խմբագիրներուն: Լրջացէ՛ք:    

Posted by Harout on Saturday, November 01, 2008

Ձայնս կը միացնեմ Եղիկին:

Ես «Ազատ-հայը» կը ճանչնամ որպէս աւելի լուրջ բովանդակութեամբ եւ աւելի մեծ ու հեռանկարային լրատուամիջոց մը, ոչ որպէս սկանտալային նիւթերով զբաղող ակումբ մը:

Մեկնաբանութեամբս մէկու մը վիրաւորանք պատճառելու ցանկութիւնը չունիմ, բայց պարզապէս մեր ժողովուրդին մէջ արմատացած բամբասանքի օղակները լայնցնելուն համամիտ չեմ:

Յաջողութեան լաւագոյն մաղթանքներով,


Posted by Serine on Wednesday, November 05, 2008

There is nothing wrong with this kind of news in Azad-Hye. If we have feelings about special individual or subjects it doesn’t mean a news medium can’t publish it.

We were getting this news back and forth by anonymous emails and hearing different things. This is news which has spread everywhere and we cannot say because we don’t like it therefore it shouldn’t be published.

Karnig Sarkissian is a well know Armenian singer so it’s very natural that whatever happens in his life, the news will be all over Armenian communities.

Even I saw a three part interview with Karnig in YouTube which was later removed.

Everybody has different judgment and we need not mix up the feelings and the reality together after all.



Hagop Vanesian comments on Avraam Russo Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I agree with you NANOR. I am happy that he changed his name and is without (ian) now. At first I would like to say that Appig was from Aleppo and we were at the same school (Karen Yeppe Jemaran) and I think he did not graduate. It is not a shame of course if somone becomes a famous singer or artist in another country, but its very awefull to deny your past and your nation as ARMENIAN. Wherever I go, wherever I live I am always proud that my heart is pumping Armenian blood inside my nerves and I am always proud with my history, my roots. By the way, it is wrong to compare Avraam with AZNAVOUR. They are two completely different classes.

Read more about Avraam Russo here:

Avraam Russo, a Syrian Armenian who realizes fame in Russia

Haluk Ulutas comments on Avraam Russo Sunday, October 19, 2008

I've just listened Avraam Russo on a Turkish live TV show program (Star TV). He said his father was from GAZIANTEP, a city in Turkey. He was speaking fluent Turkish. Especially the Turkish song he sang was so beautiful! I must admit I never listened that song so nicely from any other singer!

Read more about Avraam Russo here:

Avraam Russo, a Syrian Armenian who realizes fame in Russia

Palestinian ambassador to the UK: Manuel Hassassian Saturday, October 04, 2008

Manuel Hassassian

The son of Armenian Genocide survivor. Born in Jerusalem and educated at the College des Frčres, Professor Manuel Hassassian left Palestine for brief periods after his high school years to pursue his higher education, earning his BA in Political Science from the American University of Beirut in 1975, his MA in International Relations from Toledo University, Ohio, U.S.A. in 1976 and his PhD in Comparative Politics from University of Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A. in 1986. 

In an interview with Sharif Hikmat Nashashibi, the Chairman of the "Arab Media Watch", Hassassian says: "I can strike a lot of parallels between Armenia and Palestine at all levels. To maintain our presence until now, despite wars, occupation, 70 years of communism, and to get an independent Armenia, brings hope that one day Palestinians will get their independence."

Read more in our Directory section.

Shahkar Bineshpajooh and the Yerevan Symphony Orchestra Friday, October 03, 2008

By clicking on the following link, you can enjoy a beautiful song performed by Iranian singer, Shahkar Bineshpajooh, and a Spanish singer.

This is a fantastic duet. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Yerevan Symphony Orchestra play the music.


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