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ARF Hosts Leadership Seminar for Organization Leaders
BY LEVON BARONIAN GLENDALE—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western United States Organizational Committee organized a day long Leadership Seminar for more than 120 community leaders and activists on Saturday, February 10 at the Karamanoukian Glendale Youth Center. The seminar consisted of four presentation and workshop sessions facilitated by renowned experts in organizational leadership. The Organizational Committee chose “Paradigm Shift” as the unifying theme for the ...
2018-02-16 13:04:07
30 Years Ago People of Artsakh Demanded Self-Determination
BY RAZMIG SARKISSIAN AND ALIK OURFALIAN The Artsakh movement was born thirty years ago. A movement grounded in the ever-present notions of justice and fairness, what was rightful and necessary. A people, exercising their basic human rights, the right of self-determination, to freely determine their political status and pursue their economic, social, and cultural development. On February 13, 1988, the people of Artsakh gathered for a rally in Stepanakert. What precipitated quickly after that wo...
2018-02-16 13:03:06
Music Review: Mourad’s Art Lends Visual, Political Dimensions to Master Chorale ...
BY ARAM KOUYOUMDJIAN Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad joined the Los Angeles Master Chorale to present a multi-sensory rendition of Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” on February 11, enhancing the concert with haunting illustrations, created both before the performance – and during the course of it, in real time. “I illustrate sounds,” Mourad said in a pre-concert lecture appearance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Handel’s oratorio – essenti...
2018-02-16 13:02:26
Yerevan ARF Condemns Violence Against Council Members
‘What We Witnessed, Defied All Human Rights and Norms and Cannot Be Justified’YEREVAN (Armenian Weekly)—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Yerevan Central Committee on Wednesday has strongly condemned the violence against two members of Yerevan City Council, which took place at a council session a day earlier. Two female members of the Yerkir Tsirani party were physically attacked and assaulted by members of the Republican Party of Armenia after they brought putrid sewage s...
2018-02-15 11:00:31
Paylan Rejects Ateshian’s Authority, Says ‘We Want to Elect Our Patriarch’
ISTANBUL—Garo Paylan, an Armenian member of the Turkish Parliament representing the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and an outspoken advocate for Armenian rights on Wednesday rejected the authority of Archbishop Aram Ateshian who was forcibly reinstated as the Patriarchate’s Vicar General by the Turkish authorities. Calling Ateshian an “enforcer” of the Turkish government, Paylan declared that “we want to elect our Patriarch.” A decision by the Istanbu...
2018-02-15 10:59:36
Israeli Knesset Again Rejects Armenian Genocide Recognition Bill
It came as no surprise that the Israeli Knesset on Wednesday, once again, rejected a bill to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide in vote of 41 against and 28 for. This iteration of the bill was introduced by chairman of the opposition Yesh Atid Party, Yair Lapid who said, “There is no reason that the Knesset, which represents a nation that went through the Holocaust, shouldn’t recognize the Armenian Genocide and have a remembrance day for it.” Deputy Foreign Minister T...
2018-02-15 10:59:02
Presidential Candidate Discusses Public Skepticism
YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Armen Sarkissian, the man widely expected to become Armenia’s next president in April, acknowledged on Wednesday that many citizens are skeptical about his ability to achieve positive change in the country. “There are different expectations,” he said of his ongoing meetings with Armenian politicians, business leaders, intellectuals as well as ordinary Armenians. “A large part of the public has an inertia thinking that that the president is someone ...
2018-02-15 10:58:28
‘Yerevan Government Becomes Goon Squad’ Says Armenian Rights Watch
The Armenian Rights Watch Committee of the Armenian Bar Association issued an announcement late Tuesday after members of the Republican Party of Armenia attacked and physically assaulted two female members of the Yerevan City Council. Below is the announcement. On the heels of the newly-enacted domestic violence laws in Armenia, certain men in the Yerevan City Council chose to open the inaugural session with a display of base thuggery directed against their female counterparts on the Council. T...
2018-02-15 10:57:51
Two Dink Suspects Released
An Istanbul court on Feb. 13 ruled to release two suspects from the gendarmerie in the Black Sea province of Trabzon in the Hrant Dink murder case. The two who have been identified as being released after filing appeals are gendarmerie intelligence officer Veysel Sahin and Okan SimSek, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency. Şimsek’s lawyer, Mehmet Tahsin Soner, had appealed the Istanbul Penal Court’s Feb. 2 ruling that ordered his continued imprisonment. The court on Febr...
2018-02-15 10:57:05
Bekdjian Says Recent Events Were ‘Intended to Sabotage Patriarchal Election’
ISTANBUL—The elected Locum Tenens of the Istanbul Patriarchate Archbishop Karekin Bekdjian is leaving Istanbul after the city’s governor demanded that the cleric’s election be voided and forcibly reinstated Archbishop Aram Ateshian as Vicar-General and cancelled a planned election of a new Patriarch. In parting statement Archbishop Bekdjian said that his arrival in Turkey was borne from a desire to end the transition period of nine years at the Patriarchate “and to contr...
2018-02-14 13:19:44
Tufenkian Pre-School Staff Attends Early Childhood STEM Conference
ANAHEIM, Calif.—The St. Mary’s Tufenkian Preschool & Kindergarten participated in the 7th Annual Early Childhood Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Conference in Anaheim, hosted by the Children’s Center at Caltech. This year the conference was held on Friday, February 2and Saturday, February 3, and Tufenkian Pre-School, for the third time, took an active part in this innovative conference to expand its teachers’ skills in STEM education in early childhood deve...
2018-02-14 13:19:07
AEF Hosts Annual Recitation/Oratorical Contest
Grand Prize Was Awarded to Winner From Rose & Alex Pilibos Armenian High School And A.G.B.U. Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High School PASADENA—The Armenian Educational Foundation’s second annual Oratorical Contest drew more than 100 supporters on February 10, at the historic American Legion hall in Pasadena. Representatives and contestants from all five local Armenian high schools attended and competed in the Armenian and English language speech competition. The participating s...
2018-02-14 13:18:19
Thousands Gather in Stepanakert to Mark 30th Anniversary of Artsakh Movement
STEPANAKERT—Thousands of Artsakh residents gathered at Stepanakert’s Renaissance Square on Tuesday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Artsakh liberation movement, kicking off a series of events organized to mark this milestone. Artsakh President Bako Sahakian led the procession of leaders, which included the republic’s second president Arkady Ghoukasyan, Primate of the Artsakh Diocese Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, Artsakh Movement veterans, high-ranking state officials,...
2018-02-14 13:17:38
ATP and Paros Launch Strategic Partnership in Rind Village
NEW YORK–An enthusiastic crowd of Armenia Tree Project (ATP) and Paros Foundation supporters gathered at the popular Almayass Restaurant in New York City in November to kick off a strategic partnership. The two organizations are teaming up to improve the primary school in Rind, a village in Armenia’s southern wine region of Vayots Dzor. “The central element of this new partnership is capitalizing on the strengths of the two organizations,” explains ATP Executive Director...
2018-02-14 13:16:40
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