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Helena Cray posts a comment on the bus crash that killed many Armenian tourists in Turkey Friday, October 03, 2008

Comment posted after article: Bus crash kills 17 Armenian tourists

My hearfelt sympathy and condolences go out to the survivors and the families of those who died in this horrific accident.

As a tour operator and coordinator I feel your pain, especially to the agency who coordinated this tour. May your burden be light and may God grant the survivors the strength and patience to overcome their pain and grief.

Sponsor an Article project Friday, September 26, 2008

Azad-Hye covers subjects in English, Armenian and Arabic languages.

Usually we receive articles in one of the above languages, but there is always the need to make the articles accessible in the other two languages. This is the idea behind the Sponsor an Article project.

The project is not restricted to translations only; it also covers creative works and original writings in the same three languages.

How does it work?


1- Choose an article for translation either from Azad-Hye website or from other external sources. The article should be consistent with the main topics covered by Azad-Hye.

2- Indicate the language in which you would like to see the article being translated (English, Armenian and Arabic).

3- Ask for sponsorship rates for translating the particular article by professional translator. The rate depends on the number of pages or the word count.


1- Choose a subject you would like to see published. The subject should be related to the Armenian reality. Subjects from the Middle East Armenian communities are most welcome.

2- Indicate the language in which you would like the article to appear (English, Armenian or Arabic).

3- Ask for sponsorship rates (as above).


Contact us and sponsor an article. The rates are very reasonable.

Photo: Mesrob Mashdots and Goriun in front of Old Manuscripts Museum (Matenadaran) in Yerevan (Azad-Hye collection, 2000).

The Secret Life of Words (2005) Friday, September 19, 2008

The Secret Life of Words

The movie portrays the fragile remains of a torture survivor, Hanna (Sarah Polley) from the Bosnian conflict. A burn unit nurse by training, she has gone through a counseling center in Copenhagen where her torture was documented by Inge (Julie Christie), and then made her way to work in Great Britain in a factory. She has post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, including compulsive behavior (stacks of bars of soap), is hearing impaired (nearly deaf without a hearing aid on) and lives her life completely alone, attending to work every day, taking no sick leave or holidays. The union complains so she is directed to take a holiday.

She goes to a seacoast village and overhears an oil company manager discussing the need for a live-in nurse for a burned oil platform worker on site in the North Sea. She volunteers to help, and begins to care for Josef (Tim Robbins) who is temporarily blind and has face and arm burns from fighting a rig fire. He coaxes her story of torture from her, feeling the cuts scars on her chest in a remarkably poignant moment of truth. After he is transferred to hospital, she goes back to the factory. He talks to Inge and realizes the depth of suffering and the guilt of torture victims who survive. A moving love story, beautifully done, and unforgetable character development, and a happy ending (if there can be one). (Source: synopsis by imdb.com)

Approximately 20 minutes before the end of the movie one of the actors makes the following quote:

"Before the holocaust, Adolf Hitler called all of his collaborators together and in order to convince them that he could get away with his plan he asked them who remembers the extermination of the Armenians? That's what he said. Thirty years later nobody remembered the million Armenians exterminated in the cruelest possible way. Ten years letter, who remembers what happened in the Balkans; the survivors." (click here to see the webpage with the video clip).

Holy Land Armenians Friday, September 19, 2008

Azad-Hye introduces a new folder to cover the news of Armenians in the West Bank (Palestinian Authority) and Israel. Until the final demarcation of the border between the two sides (Palestinians and Israelis) it will not be possible to know under whose control the Armenians of Old Jerusalem will eventually come.

Obviously, the Armenian Quarter in Old Jerusalem will be a subject of negotiations at the final stages, before signing the much-awaited peace accord. The two sides are very far from that day, especially now that the US and Israeli leadership are changing (Presidential elections in the United States are due in November 2008, while a new Isreali Prime Minister will come to power soon).

The new folder is called Holy Land Armenians. It is updated with the following news:

The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem continues to live up to its legacy

Living in Jerusalem's Old City

Computerizing the archives of Jerusalem Patriarchate

Fight in the Church of Nativity

Interview with Father Issahag Minasyan in Jerusalem

The Armenians in East Jerusalem and Haifa

Keeping the traditions of Kutahya Armenians

Peering through a lens into Jerusalem's past

President Abbas: “We and the Armenians suffered of historical difficulties” 

Noushig writes about her feelings while reading the article about Samvel Bedrosian Thursday, September 11, 2008

Beautiful...These days, I really long to visit Armenia... walk in the streets, observe the people, blend with everything because everything there is part of ourselves...

I did not go to work today. I made my coffee and started reading articles...Once I came across Samvel's, I was very impressed and for some reason I felt I was sitting in one of the wonderful cafes in Yerevan, breathing coffee brewing, listening to Armenian jazz and reading this article...

How wonderful can an experience such this one be? Being nostalgic and reading an interesting article as this.

Thumbs up!!

Read the article about Samvel Bedrosian here.

Madeleine Tachdjian congratulates Lena Kelekian Monday, September 08, 2008

Comment on article: Lena Kelekian wins gold medal at international exhibition of art in China during the Olympic Games

Lena Kelekian, as I know her, is the Queen of the artwork. Our congratulations. We are not at all surprised, we simply are honored by sharing with Lena and her noble family this great achievement.

Best wishes from Los Angelos 

Tachdjian family

New list of articles in Keghart.com website Saturday, August 30, 2008

Below is a list of articles recently posted in www.keghart.com that may interest you:
The Caucasus Moment by Vartan Oskanian, Yerevan
Six Months and Counting by Dikran Abrahamian, Ontario
The Need For A Generational Change (In Armenian) by Haig Naccashian, Montreal
Declaration of ARF Bureau on Georgia, South Caucasus Conflict
Fascists Among Us by Ara Baliozian, Kitchener, Ontario
Post Election Developments - The Way Out: A Scientific Study Prepared by Policy Forum Armenia, Summer 2008
A Tradition Still Alive in the Turkish Press by By Ayse Gunaysu, Istanbul
The Drive to Secede: Georgian Provinces Likely to Join Russia By Eric Margolis, Toronto
Truth Was The First Casualty by Avedis Kevorkian, Philadelphia, PA
Please check the Visitors' Comments section specially for a lively exchange
between Professor Hovhannes I. Pilikian and Avedis Kevorkian
Dikran Abrahamian BA, MD

New priest ordained in the Iraqi Armenian Diocese Friday, August 29, 2008

By Ara S. Ashjian
An Iraqi Armenian settled in Yerevan, Armenia

Father Torkom is the name of the newest priest of the Iraqi Armenian Orthodox Church.

The celebrant of the Divine Liturgy and ordaining bishop was His Eminence Archbishop Avak Asadourian, the Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Iraq.

Father Torkom is the former deacon Vartan Torkomian. The ordination took place at St. Mary Mother of God Church in the southern city of Basra on 21-22 August 2008.

At the end of the sermon, His Eminence Archbishop Avak Asadourian congratulated the newly ordained priest wishing him long and prosperous years to serve in a better way our ancient Church and the faithful put under his care.

Posted 29 August 2008

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From the International Armenian Network (Buenos Aires) Friday, August 29, 2008

On January 2008 in the supplement titled "They made History" by Larousse Editions and La Nación newspaper, Mustafá Kemal Ataturk who continued the Genocide of Armenians and the practice of incorporating historical Armenian territories in modern-day Turkey, was included among distinguished personalities who have been influential in the history of Humanity, setting him at an equal level with names such as Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela.
The International Armenian Network has started an online campaign in coordination with the Armenian National Committee of South America, urging the Larousse Editions to revise this serious mistake.

Click here to add your name:
Visit: www.ian.cc
Armenian Communities in Latin America
Contact: iancontactos@yahoo.com

New addition in the Directory section: Rev. Fr. Barouyr Sarkissian Sunday, August 24, 2008

Priest Barouyr SarkissianRev. Fr. Barouyr Sarkissian (now deceased) was originally from Lebanon.

He served the Armenian Community in Kuwait from early 1960s to late 1990s as parish pastor and teacher of "religion" in the Armenian School.

The prelacy library in Salmiya is named after him.

His children and especially Keri Sarkissian are active members of the community.

In an interview with David Zenian (published in the February 2004 issue of AGBU magazine) Father Sarkissian described the situation of the Armenian community in Kuwait after the Gulf War (1991). Below are excerpts from the interview where Father Sarkissian gives also a historical account on the presence of the Armenians in Kuwait. 

- Kuwait is not the same [after the Gulf War], and probably the Armenian community here will not be the same again too ... We were down to a mere 500 Armenians during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait in 1990. After the liberation, we opened our school with only 90 students. Today the Armenian community numbers about 2,500 — and slowly growing. The Armenian school this year has 298 students. 

- Thank God it all started in the middle of summer. The school was closed and the children safe. Maybe only a few thousand Armenians were in Kuwait, and most of them were working men. With the occupation in place, most of them left by road to Baghdad and then on to their home countries. Read more...

New addition in our Directory section: Armen Kouyoumdjian Friday, August 15, 2008

Armen KouyoumdjianBorn in Beirut (1948), Armen Kouyoumdjian completed his studies in Applied Statistics at the Sorbonne in Paris, prior to moving to London in 1970. For 20 years, he worked in the City, specialising first in Europe, and then in Latin America, as a Countrry Risk Analyst at the International Mexican Bank, where he was assistant managing director and head of research.

In early 1991, he moved with his Spanish wife and two sons to Viña del Mar Chile, from where he has been operating an independent consultancy on Country Risk, financial and insurance markets, as well as regional defence and geopolitical aspects.

Kouyoumdjian writes for various specialist publications round the world and is a regular contributor to radio and tv programmes.

He is active in Armenian affairs and responsible for internationla and cultural cativities for Chile's Armenian community.

Since 1997, he sponsors the Avemaria choir in Yerevan, and travels regularly to Armenia.

See more Directory enteries here

Keghart.com updated with new material Friday, August 15, 2008

Dear Friend,

This update of www.keghart.com contains several items in Armenian language. It is hoped that in future a balance will be maintained between English and Armenian postings to comply with the wishes of readers.
You will notice the video clips that are around 10 minutes long each. Clicking on them twice will lead directly to You Tube. Readers are invited to make their comments either in Keghart.com or in You Tube. For the combined full version of the videos visit  Audio Visual Presentation
The Sponsored Sites are enriched by the addition of a new Blog, for which the management of Keghart.com is thankful to Viken L. Attarian. From time to time selected articles from the blogs will be posted.
Some articles are of interest to a wide range of readers irrespective of their ethnic background. Keghart.com is pleased to inform that more than 5000 people, primarily from Canadian Universities, professors and PhD aspirants receive them. It goes without saying that forwarding such items to your non-Armenian friends is desirable. There is an email option on each page.
Welcome again to www.keghart.com
Dikran Abrahamian BA, MD 

Comment by Shant Atanosian Friday, August 08, 2008

Commont posted after the following article: Iraqi pop band 'Unknown to No One' is no more unknown

It is great to have 2 of our Armenian fellows in this band. I know both of them specially Shant, we used to work together in a goldsmith workshop that belonged to the Mr. Shant Avakian.

What I like to say although we have 2 Armenian guys in the band, I guess it's time to have an Armenian song as nice as "Jameela".

At the end I wish the band all the success.

Armenian Church in Singapore: Weather-worn? Saturday, July 19, 2008

Singapore Armenian ChurchOn 13 July 2008 Singapore's main daily "The Straits Times", has published an article titled: "Preserving our heritage", in which reference is made, amongst several historical landmarks in the island, to the Armenian Church. The comment goes as follows:

WEATHER-WORN? Armenian Church of St Gregory the Illuminator. 
60, Hill Street (gazetted on July 6, 1973).
Significance: Built between 1835 and 1836, it is the oldest Christian church here and was built by the early Armenian migrants - a small, pious and wealthy community. Named after a 4th-century monk, the church is sometimes used for Russian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox services.
Preservation challenges: With such an old building, you always want to be careful. The materials used in the past have been subject to weathering and might not hold up as well.

Read also in Azad-Hye:

Letter from Jack Salatian about his latest visit to Singapore Armenian Church (2003)

A history of the Armenian Church in Singapore

Javakhk project by Ararat Center Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ararat CenterARARAT Center for Strategic Research is pleased to inform you about the new stage of its Javakhk project.

The Javakhk archive offers news, facts, analyses and publications on a broad range of issues. It contains a large amount of information and analyses on the socio-economic, political, cultural and demographic situation in this strategically important Armenian-populated region. 

We believe that this new internet-resourse will be useful for the Armenian decision-makers as well as the public at large for better identification and deeper understanding of the urgent problems awaiting solutions in Javakhk.

Click here for the Javakhk archive webpage.

Source: News Release by "Ararat Center for Strategic Research", Yerevan, 15 July 2008

Camp Nubar summer program for Armenian youth Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Located in Andes, New York, AGBU Camp Nubar offers two to six week sessions for campers and the administration offers a full range of sports, educational and cultural programs.

Active camp alumni serve on various management committees and others upon reaching the age of sixteen to eighteen serve as counselors.

In recent years, through contributions from generous donors, Camp Nubar in New York has undergone extensive renovation of its cabins and built a new center to house its dining room and a variety of cultural activities.


Kuwait: Sheikh Saad bin Abdullah Al Sabah deceased Monday, May 19, 2008

The Armenians of Kuwait expressed their deep sorrow for the demise of the late Emir Sheikh Saad bin Abdullah Al Sabah, who died at age 78, on 13 May 2008.

A ceremony took place on Friday, 16 May 2008 in the Armenian Church in Salmiya district, with the presence of big number of Armenians.

Rev. Ardag Kehyeyan presided the prayers and delivered a sermon in which he praised the great deeds of the late Emir and his special attention and care towards the Armenian community.
Photos from the ceremony

Rev. Ardag Kehyeyan heads the prayers

Part of the audience



Iraq: Searching for relatives (Boudarian family) Saturday, May 17, 2008

We received the following message from an Iraqi of Armenian origin who is looking for his relatives worldwide:

Good morning if it was morning and good afternoon if it was afternoon.

I would like to ask your help in seaching my relatives who live in far countries. I am originally from Iraq and now live outside Iraq. I have large number of relatives abroad, but I do not know their addresses.

I belong to the Armenian Boudarian clan from Turkey and specifically from Izmit. My father's and grandfather's family immigrated in 1915 during the Turkish deporation (safar barlek). I do not know the addresses of my relatives. Would you please lead me to them. I am Muslim now but the search for blood relatives is a duty as mentioned in our rightous religion. I would be very grateful if you send me anything you come across about my origins to my e-mail address.

I express my sincere gratitude, appreciation and respect.

Memo Zarin Hagop Boudarian

E-mail: memo_sunny4@yahoo.com

Read original letter in Arabic here.

France: Once again an Armenian Genocide Monument desecrated Friday, May 16, 2008

Valence memorialThe Memorial of the Valence city erected to the memory of the Armenian Genocide was desecrated in the night from 14 to May 15, 2008. An illegible inscription in black was written on the monument's base. The Armenian Community placed a complaint to the authorities. 

In November 2005, Valence has been the theater of skirmishes between the Turkish and Armenian communities.

Since january 2008, 7 Armenian memorials are vandalized around the world: Saint-Chamond, Creteil, Lyon, Valence (France); Cardiff (UK.), Budapest (Hungria) and Lviv (Ukraine).

Jean Eckian

Song dedicated to Lebanese Armenians Friday, May 16, 2008
"WE LIVE HERE" by Ghassan Rahbani
Just a background note, the artist (lyrics, music and performance) is Ghassan Mansour Rahbani, the son of one of the greatest Lebanese musicians the Elias and Mansour Rahbani Brothers who had brought Lebanese music, musicals and songs to international level. Some of you already know the Lebanese greatest singer Feirouz, who is the wife of Elias Rahbani. 
Ghassan wrote this song last year when there were open verbal attacks against Armenians in Lebanon after the by-elections. Only recently was the video clip made. By the way, the young generation of the Rahbanis use an Orchestra from Armenia for most of their concerts and musical theater, whether in Baalbeck (Lebanon) or in the Arab Gulf.
For those who don't know Arabic or Lebanon: The first part of the song is in Arabic - which mainly says something to the effect that we, who know mysery and martyrdom and were deported from our lands, arrived in Lebanon. We left behind our lands, songs, culture, etc. to live in Lebanon and to build a nation, etc. The statue you see is the one in Bikfaya (hillside "suburb" of Beirut, a few minutes' drive from Antelias) dedicated to the Armenian Genocide. The rest is in Bourj Hammoud and Lebanon in general
The second half is in Armenian, and I guess you all understand what he's saying. It's amazing how well he pronounces the Armenian words.
Katia Peltekian
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