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Middle East Armenian Newsletter

Issue 21 24 October 2009
Blessing ceremony of Saint Garabed Armenian church at the Baptism Site in Jordan
Saint Garabed Church in JordanOn Friday 16 October 2009, the blessing ceremony of Saint Garabed Armenian church at the Baptism Site in Jordan took place, held by Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, Patriarchal Vicar of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Several religious and other personalities from the Armenian community in Amman and Jerusalem attended this important ceremony. The church will be built on land donated by the Jordanian state. Benefactor Dr. Vicken Garabedian will undertake the expenses of building the church. The architect is Ardag Ghoulian, supported by follow-up work by architect Dalia Khorsheed. The contractor is Mohammad Al Kurdi. Read all
Chain of years... with two Armenian winners
Chain of Years exhibitionThe British Council is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a series of different cultural events that show a rich period of cultural exchange between the United Kingdom and 110 countries worldwide, promoting mutual understanding and respect.

In Aleppo (Syria) and in collaboration with the 10th International Photography Festival and "Le Pont" photo gallery, the works of 75 Syrian photographers were on display in an exhibition / contest, entitled "Chain of years".

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Tony Moroyan: Armenia has an absolutely remarkable high-tech future
Tony MoroyanTony Moroyan transitted via Dubai in August 2009. Azad-Hye met him in the Festival City and had the following interview.   
Can you tell us a about the concept of Armtech?
Let me start by saying that I've been involved with Armenia since 1991. I was invited there to help the government  come up with a plan to revive the economy after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The critical question at the time was, what are the building blocks to create Armenian economy. High-tech industry given precedence, because it was seen as the key to Armenia's survival and its differentiation in the region. 

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Tamar Der-Ohannessian: A new book on Armenian loss during the Genocide
Tamar Der OhannessianLong time resident of Abu Dhabi, Mrs. Tamar Topjian Der-Ohannessian, who has served also as principal of the one-day Armenian school in Abu Dhabi for more than two decades, is known for her translation work from Armenian to English.
Her first has been a book about Armenian political and military figure Drastamat Kanayan (commonly known as Dro), written by his close associate Simon Vratsian, the last Prime Minister of the First Republic (1918-1920). The 126-page book, titled "Tempest-born Dro", was published in 2000 by the Armenian Apostolic Church of America. 

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Antranig Daghlian: Our unity is a top priority
Antranig Daghlian
Antranig Daghlian, a graduate of Yerevan Polytechnic, an architect by profession, has lived in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf states for more than three decades.
Four years after the publishing of his memoirs, Azad-Hye met Mr. Daghlian and asked him about the past, present and future of the Armenian diaspora in the world generally and in the UAE in particular.
Could you describe the activities of the Armenian Cultural Association of Abu Dhabi and how it was initially formed? 

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Arthur Ghukasian: From Armenia to Greece and Spain
Arthur Ghukasian Few decades ago there were no more than few hundred Armenians in Spain, mostly students or businessmen. The situation however has changed now and the number of Armenians is more than 50 thousand. They have concentrations in certain areas. The first Armenian Church was opened in a small town near Barcelona in August 2009 (a chapel leased to the Armenian Apostolic Church for thirty years).
Arthur Ghukasian is an intellectual and a reporter based in Valencia. He knows the diaspora very well, as he has lived in several countries before settling down in Spain.
We had the following interview with Arthur Ghukasian, tracing the development of the Armenian community in Spain through his own personal story. Read all
Silva Hairabedian: We need to share our values, customs and traditions with our surrounding.
Silva Hairabedian
Every time in Jordan, we discover more about the Armenian Jordanian vibrant community.
The most interesting aspect in this community is the insistence in creating bridges of communication with the Armenian communities in the Middle East. At every opportunity, the youth travels to the neighboring locations (to Damascus, Aleppo, Kessab, Anjar, Beirut, etc). A certain percentage of the community itself carries the citizenship of Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and most recently Iraq.
Independent Armenia is not felt as strong here as it should be, mainly because Armenia has not yet opened an Embassy in Amman (although both Georgia and Azerbaijan have their full missions in the country). Read all
DerHova: My ears are my guidelines
DerHovaDerHova was suddenly a familiar name in Armenia especially after the huge success of Sirusho's "Qele qele" that ranked Armenia in the 4th place at 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.
Haroutyun Derhovagimian or simply DerHova (also previously known as Mark Ryan) widely became known as one of Canada's prominent dance music producers and remixers during the 90's. In 1997, after the huge success of the Billboard charting cover version of Alphaville's classic hit "Forever Young", he established his own studio and continued supporting and producing local talents in different genres. In 2002 he moved to Armenia and since 2006 began to surprise the Armenian music world with massive big hits such as "Qami pchi", winner of Hit of the Year award at the annual Armenian National Music Awards in 2006 and "Ore Yev Nergan" which again won the Hit of the Year award at the 2007 Armenian National Music Awards. Read all
Nairy Markarian: Founder of the Jordanian Rose of Hope Society 
Nairy MarkarianNairy Vahreeg Markarian is the founder of the Jordanian Rose of Hope Society  for Arthritis Patients.

Established in 2009 the Society aims at providing comfortable, joyful and fruitful life for arthritis patients in a welcoming Jordanian society. Its objective is to raise public awareness of arthritis, organize various activities for arthritis patients, provide patients with necessary equipments and physical aids, lobby the Jordanian government for the inclusion of arthritis patients in social security and medication programs and conduct vocational training for the patients.
We had the following interview with Nairy Markarian:
What was the reason behind establishing this society and how the idea became a reality? Read all
Anna Manougian: My aim is to give the students the taste of dancing art
Anna ManougianShakeh Dance Group of the Armenian Relief Society staged a very impressive performance in Kuwait on 08 May 2009.
Azad-Hye had the following interview with dance teacher Anna Manougian:
Could you please give us information about your background?
I was born in Yerevan and had my high school education in French inclination school there. I am a graduate of choreography school too, which I used to follow in the afternoons, without affecting my ordinary curriculum.
After the graduation, I wished to continue in choreography, but due to some injuries that I had, I was not allowed to do so. I am a graduate of polytechnic school and engineer by profession. I was married to Dr. Manoog Manoogian, who is currently the Principal of the Kuwait Armenian School. He is originally from Aleppo. We lived together in Aleppo for 12 years before coming to Kuwait. Read all
Mihran Minassian receives the first prize of the Syrian Translation Award
Mihran Minassian receives a translation prizeSyrian Armenian researcher and translator Mihran Minassian, received the biggest prize of the newly established Syrian state translation contest named after "Sami Al Droubi", a translator from the city of Homs.   
49 translators from Syria submitted their works in poetry, novel, short story, theatre, humanities, etc, covering 11 languages, all translated from their original sources.
Dr. Nabil Haffar, head of the jury appointed by the Ministry of Culture, announced the results in Al Asad Library in Damascus on 22 July 2009, in the presence of large number of writers, translators, officials and the public. Read all
Azad-Hye receives Certificate of Honor on the occasion of the Armenian Press Day
Certificate of Honor to Azad-HyeMinister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan handed certificates of honor to Armenian presses and chairwoman of the Journalists Union of Armenia
On the occasion of Armenian Press Day,
Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan handed certificates of honor to "Azg" and "Aravot" dailies (editors-in-chief Hakob Avetikyan, Aram Abrahamyan), "Aztag" daily (editor-in-chief Shahan Gantaharyan), the US "Armenian Observer" weekly (editor-in-chief Oshin Keshishian), the "Azad-Hye" news portal of the United Arab Emirates (founding editor Hrach Kalsahakian), the "Analitika" center for news and analyses (director Marat Hakobyan) and chairwoman of the Journalists Union of Armenia Astghik Gevorgyan.
The presses were handed the awards for development of the Armenia-Diaspora partnership and preservation of the Armenian identity, while Astghik Gevorgyan was awarded for her long-running career in news and social-political journalism. Read all

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