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Karekin II Issues Encyclical on 100th Anniversary of Armenian Independence
ETCHMIADZIN, Armenia—His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, on Thursday, following a celebration of St. Vartanants, issued an encyclical on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Armenian Independence and the establishment of the First Republic of Armenia. In the encyclical, the pontiff said, “the 100th anniversary [of independence] is an invitation to remain dedicated to our national awakening, to keep our homeland strong and to be consolidated in the homeland.&rdq...
2018-02-09 14:25:47
AYF to host Western Armenia Film Screening and Discussion
GLENDALE—On Sunday, February 1, the United Human Rights Council of the Armenian Youth Federation – Western United States will host a screening of “Vanishing Traces of Historic Armenia,” Ani Hovannisian-Kevorkian’s documentary about Western Armenia and a panel discussion. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Occidental College Choi Auditorium, located in Eagle Rock, California. “I want everyone, especially youth and students of all ages still expanding their ...
2018-02-09 14:25:07
GenEd Hosts Full-Day Workshop for Glendale Teachers
GLENDALE—The Genocide Education Project hosted a full-day workshop for Glendale Unified School District teachers. Led by GenEd’s Sara Cohan, the workshop also included an engaging family history presentation by distinguished historian and GenEd Advisory Board member, Dr. Richard Hovannisian. Approximately 45 teachers attended, including History and English teachers, as well as educators from the neighboring La Cañada school district. Teachers gave overwhelmingly positive asse...
2018-02-09 14:24:24
Dole Institute Award Recipients Examine Legacy Of Armenian Genocide
LAWRENCE, Kan. (University of Kansas)—The Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections at the Dole Institute of Politics has announced the recipients of two grants related to the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1917. The institute has awarded an archival fellowship to author Michael Bobelian and a travel grant to Professor Julien Zarifian. Bobelian is an award-winning author, lawyer, journalist and the institute’s Archival Fellow for Armenian Advocacy. His book “Childr...
2018-02-08 11:27:15
House Members Representing 22 Million Americans Ask Treasury to Negotiate Tax Tr...
Secretary Mnuchin Commits to Pursue Accord during Congressional Hearing WASHINGTON—Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin received a Congressional clarion call to action from Armenian Caucus Co-Chair David Valadao (R-CA), senior Foreign Affairs Committee member Brad Sherman (D-CA), and 29 of their House colleagues to renegotiate the existing, outdated Double Tax Treaty with Armenia, an obsolete Cold War-era accord – recognized today by the U.S. but not Armenia – that was negotiated...
2018-02-08 11:26:41
AYF Slams New Turkish Consul General on Turkey’s Abysmal Rights Record
LOS ANGELES—Members of the Armenian Youth Federation Western US had an early morning Wednesday when some of them attended a 7:30 a.m. breakfast hosted by the West LA Chamber of Commerce to welcome the new Turkish Consul General to Los Angeles, Can Oguz who was being given a stage to meet with members of the West LA business community. AYF members members attended the event and challenged the new Consul General about Turkey’s abysmal human rights record. During the question and answ...
2018-02-08 11:24:28
Istanbul Governor Rejects Patriarchate Locum-Tenens in Favor of Ateshian
ISTANBUL—The Istanbul Governor, after months of delays, finally announced its official rejection of Archbishop Karekin Bekdjian, who was elected the Patriarchal Locum Tenens during a March 2017 religious council meeting, further exacerbating the process of electing a patriarch, which has been marred by interference by Archbishop Aram Ateshian, who refused to step down as the Vicar-General following the Locum Tenens elections. The letter from the Istanbul Governor’s office also asser...
2018-02-07 13:13:54
Western Armenian Language Get Its Own ISO Code
LISBON—The Armenian Communities department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation enthusiastically welcomed a decision of SIL International to issue Western Armenian its own ISO code: HYW. This decision has a direct bearing on the revitalization of Western Armenian. It allows this branch of the language to be uniquely identified in information systems and databases, enabling software engineers to develop electronic tools specific to Western Armenian. For example, the creation of Wikipedia...
2018-02-07 13:13:19
Top Swiss Lawmaker Defends Artsakh’s Right to Self-Determination
YEREVAN—The leader of the Swiss parliament, Dominique de Buman, who is visiting Armenia, on Tuesday said that the people of Artsakh have the right to choose their own destiny “like all other peoples of the world.” Speaking at a press conference with his Armenian counterpart Ara Babloyan, the speaker of Armenia’s National Assembly, de Buman also pointed out that Armenia declared independence at a time of a major ethnic conflict when issues of territorial integrity and peo...
2018-02-07 13:12:39
EU Plans New Aid Package For Armenian Regions
YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—The European Parliament is planning to allocate around 40 million euros ($50 million) for development projects that will be launched in three regions in northern Armenia this year, according to a senior EU diplomat. “We are discussing with the Armenian government our action plan for 2018 and will most probably focus on three directions: tourism, agriculture and creative economy,” Piotr Switalski, head of the EU Delegation in Yerevan, said over the weekend. Sp...
2018-02-07 13:08:33
Trump Nominates Patrick Hovakimian to Serve in Justice Department
President Tump appoints Patrick Hovakimian to serve in Justice Department WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has nominated Patrick Hovakimian to serve as a Member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the Justice Department, for the remainder of a three-year term expiring September 30, 2020. As the release issued by the White House reads, the nomination comes as part of key additions administration posts. To note, Patrick Hovakimian serves as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the S...
2018-02-07 13:07:56
Funeral Notice: Rina Adjoian – Der Alexanian
Rina Adjoian – Der Alexanian(Born on June 23, 1954, Latakia Syria) It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister Rina Adjoian-Der Alexanian who passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 9th 2018, at 11 a.m. at Forty Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church, 5315 W McFadden Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704. Interment ceremony will follow the church service, at El Toro Memorial Park at 25751 Trab...
2018-02-07 13:07:05
ARF Calls for Faster Poverty Reduction In Armenia
YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), President Serzh Sarkisian’s junior coalition partner, has said that it remains dissatisfied with the socioeconomic situation in Armenia despite “unprecedented” GDP growth achieved last year. The pan-Armenian party’s worldwide Bureau and decision-making body in Armenia reviewed the government’s economic and other policies at a special joint meeting held in Yerevan late last week. A Dashna...
2018-02-06 13:08:01
Aliyev Calls Snap Presidential Election for April
BAKU—Azerbaijani president, Ilham Aliyev called snap presidential elections for April 11, six months ahead of a scheduled vote in October. The surprise move angered opposition forces in Azerbaijan. Accodring to Bloomberg, Aliyev, who’s been in office since 2003, offered no explanation in a decree announcing the decision on Monday. The election was previously slated for Oct. 17. The ruling New Azerbaijan Party, known as YAP, earlier said it would nominate Aliyev for the presidency ag...
2018-02-06 13:07:23
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