Monthly Archives: January 2009

In Respect of the Detention of the Armenian Public Activists of Georgia

On January 22, 2009 the special forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia detained Grigor Minasyan, the director of the Akhaltskha Armenian Youth Center of Samtskhe-Javakheti Region of Georgia and Sargis Hakobjanyan, the chairman of “Charles Aznavour” charitable organization. They were charged with “preparation of crime”, according to Article 18 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, and “formation or leading of a paramilitary unit” (Part 1 of Article 223) and “espionage” (Part 1 of Article 314).

The «Yerkir» Union considers these arrests as a deliberate provocation by the Georgian authorities, aimed at deterioration of the situation in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region and worsening the Armenian-Georgian relations in order to achieve the following objectives:

1.    To distract the gradually increasing attention of the international community from the trial of the Javakheti Armenian political activist Vahagn Chakhalyan, during which the leader of the «United Javakhk» and its advocates raise the concerns and problems of the Javakheti Armenians, and demand their solution, which impels the Georgian authorities to commit new and apparent violations and iniquities at the court proceedings. 

2.    By putting up the playing card of the «Armenian separatism» before the international community, to avoid complying with its international obligations on the protection of the rights of the national minorities, including the Armenian minority.

3.    By putting up the same «Armenian separatism» card, to push the Armenian authorities to new compromises when it comes to solution of the problems of the Armenians of Javakheti and Georgia.

Therefore, the «Yerkir» Union appeals to the international community, urging them to take immediate measures in order to halt the deepening crisis and to address the socio-economic, linguistic, educational and religious problems of the Armenian minority of Georgia.

The international community has an obligation to send a clear message to the Georgian authorities, emphasizing that they have no alternative to the solving the problems of the ethnic minorities living in the country. Only a democratic Georgia, respecting its ethnic diversity, can avoid further disruption and guarantee the sustainable development of the country.

January 23, 2009

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Armenian officials:SOAD will not represent Armenia at Eurovision Song Contest

Finish of the saga of SOAD at Eurovision-2009

 The Turkish media regularly reports false stories and makes exaggerated claims. The latest example of misinformation is the Turkish claim of preventing the participation of the world famous American-Armenian rock band System of A Down (SOAD) in the May 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, Harut Sassounian, Publisher of The California Courier, writes in his editorial.

The article goes on:

“What are the facts? Last August, in an interview with Asbarez newspaper, SOAD’s lead singer Serj Tankian said that a Finnish journalist had asked him if he would be interested in participating in “a song competition” which would raise “awareness about the Armenian Genocide.” Tankian told the reporter that it was “an interesting idea.” When the reporter asked if he would be interested in participating in such a song contest, Tankian said, “Maybe, yeah.”
Soon after the Finnish interview, Tankian said he was inundated with media reports that he was “going to take System of A Down to do this Eurovision thing.” He told Asbarez: “It was all a misinterpretation and a misunderstanding to a point where I had to actually call my label reps [representatives] in Finland and asked them to please tell the journalist to retract those statements, since I never said that.”

Despite Tankian’s attempts to lay these rumors to rest, the Armenian and Turkish media continued to report that SOAD would be presenting a song on the Armenian Genocide on behalf of Armenia in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. Armenian public TV officials, who have the task of selecting Armenia’s official representative to the Eurovision Song Contest, repeatedly announced that they had received no such request from SOAD.

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What about armenian bloggers?

In my opinion we  have to pay more attention on the armenian bloggers’ capacity and skills in order to have success during the struggle with azri and turkish information war.

“The Immigrant Absorption Ministry announced on Sunday it was setting up an “army of bloggers,” to be made up of Israelis who speak a second language, to represent Israel in “anti-Zionist blogs” in English, French, Spanish and German.

The program’s first volunteer was Sandrine Pitousi, 31, from Kfar Maimon, situated five kilometers from Gaza. “I heard about the project over the radio and decided to join because I’m living in the middle of the conflict,” she said.

Before hanging up the phone prematurely following a Color Red rocket alert, Pitousi, who immigrated to Israel from France in 1993, said she had some experience with public relations from managing a production company.

“During the war, we looked for a way to contribute to the effort,” the ministry’s director general, Erez Halfon, told Haaretz. “We turned to this enormous reservoir of more than a million people with a second mother tongue.” Other languages in which bloggers are sought include Russian and Portuguese.

Halfon said volunteers who send the Absorption Ministry their contact details by e-mail, at media@moia.gov.il, will be registered according to language, and then passed on to the Foreign Ministry’s media department, whose personnel will direct the volunteers to Web sites deemed “problematic.”

Within 30 minutes of announcing the program, which was approved by the Foreign Ministry on Sunday, five volunteers were already in touch, Halfon said.”

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1056648.html

http://ar-vest.livejournal.com/125240.html

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The Armenian Prime Minister visited capital Stepanakert and Shahumyan region

Finally Armenian officials found out existence of Karvachar region:)

Hope now,the wrong maps of NKR will be chamged to real ones.

On 17 January President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Bako Sahakyan accompanied by Premier Ara Harutyunyan visited the Shahumyan region and met there official delegation of the Republic of Armenia at the head of premier Tigran Sargsyan that arrived in the region on the same day, Central Information Department of the Office of the NKR President reported.

President Sahakyan and Prime Minister Sargsyan visited different settlements in Shahumyan region and held meetings with the population. During the meetings issues related to the current socioeconomic situation in the region and prospects of its development, as well as further deepening and strengthening of ties between the regions of the two Armenian states were discussed. Special attention was paid to the development of infrastructures, particularly the construction of Getavab-Sotk highway.

While meeting the people, President Sahakyan underlined that the Shahumyan region is a sacred place for the entire Armenian people and within this context the development of the region is of special importance to the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and is always in the spotlight of its authorities. The Head of the State also noted that several comprehensive projects are planned to be carried out in the region. The realization of these projects will have a substantial impact on the development of the region.

The Ministers of Defense, Municipal Engineering and Transport of the two Armenian states and other NKR officials accompanied the NKR President and the Armenian Prime Minister.

http://www.armradio.am/news/?part=off&id=14223

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Isabel Bayrakdarian is nominated for Grammy

Canadian singer Isabel Bayrakdarian was shortlisted for Best Vocal Performance Grammy Nomination with Komitas’ songs she sings with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Grammy.com reports.

Isabel Bayrakdarian has already released a CD with Komitas’ songs.

Komitas, who was born on in 1869 in Kutahya, Ottoman Empire, and died in 1935 in Paris, France, was an Armenian priest, composer, choir leader, singer, music ethnologist, music pedagogue and musicologist. He is regarded as the founder of modern Armenian classical music.

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On the dangers of forgetting Armenian Genocide

Eternal Damnation of the Spotless Mind

Bernard-Henri Levy,

The New Republic

Published: January 13, 2009

I write this in remembrance of the renowned Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, murdered two years ago, on Jan. 19, 2007, for his comments on the slaughter of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces during WWI … in horror that the police officers guarding the 17-year-old murder suspect, Ogun Samast, saw fit to take a video in which he proudly held the Turkish flag as they recorded their brief association with him for posterity … in solidarity with the brave group of 200 Turkish writers and intellectuals who recently signed an online petition apologizing for the massacre, risking their freedom to keep pressure on the Turkish government.

Outrages like Dink’s murder will continue. They will continue as long as Turkey, fearing the loss of prestige and alarmed by the possibility that it will be obliged to pay reparations to survivors and their descendants, continues to deny that the Armenian genocide took place. This struggle will continue as long as there are no laws in place penalizing genocide denial — and these laws are needed not only in Turkey, but around the world.

Critics may say, “It is not for the law to write history.” That is absurd. History has been written a hundred times over. The facts have been established, and new laws will protect them from being altered.

In 1929, the British statesman and author Winston Churchill wrote that the Armenians were victims of genocide, an organized enterprise of systematic annihilation. The Turks themselves have admitted it. In 1918, in the aftermath of WWI, Mustafa Kemal — soon to be granted the honorific “Ataturk” — recognized the massacres perpetrated by the Young Turk government.

The laws already in place in many countries regarding Holocaust denial do not touch historians — for them the question of whether the slaughter of the Jews was or was not genocide is no longer at issue. What is at stake is preventing the erasure of such crimes from our society’s memory.

Take France’s Gayssot law, which criminalized the denial of crimes against humanity, and which as yet has been applied only to denial of the Jewish Holocaust. This is a law that reins in the fringe and extremist politicians who engage in lightly cloaked anti-Semitism and who may be tempted to advocate Holocaust denial. This is a law that prevents masquerades like that of historian David Irving’s trial in London in 2000.

Irving brought a libel case against Deborah Lipstadt, author of “Denying the Holocaust,” who had labeled him a spokesman for Holocaust deniers. Though the judge ruled in notably strong language that Irving was indeed a Holocaust denier, in the absence of laws penalizing this offense, Irving walked free. Meanwhile, the tabloid journalists and talking heads muddied the issues and ultimately drew more attention to Irving’s work, which may well have been his intention all along.Critics will say, “Where will the law stop?” since technically we could also extend this law to include the denial of the crimes that took place during the colonial era, the publication of the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, even the sin of blasphemy. Must we forbid the expression of opinions that do not mirror our own? This is a trap, for two reasons.

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Hillary Clinton on the Armenian Genocide issue

Speaking today during the nationally televised Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for the incoming Secretary of State, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) praised Hillary Clinton’s long record of support for Armenian Genocide recognition and urged her to continue her principled stand on this core human rights issue as the nation’s top diplomat, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

“We want to thank Bob Menendez for raising the need for U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide today during Sen. Clinton’s confirmation hearing, which was watched intently by tens of millions across the United States and around the world,” said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA. “His comments, which cited both the Secretary of State-Designate’s longstanding support for the Armenian Genocide Resolution and President Obama’s pledge to properly recognize the Armenian Genocide as President, reflect the fact that the incoming Administration includes an unprecedented number of officials with substantial track records of fighting for the proper acknowledgement and commemoration of this crime against humanity.” Continue reading

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