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Greek parliament adopts law criminalizing Armenian Genocide denial ----------------------------- FRANCE Valerie Boyer filed a new bill aimed at punishing the denial of genocide and crimes against humanity
Armenia Increases Aid to Persecuted Yazidis in Iraq
August 19, 2014 By Varkis Sarkeesian
YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—President Serzh Sarkisian has added his voice to concerns about the plight of Iraq’s Yazidi community targeted by Islamist militants and told the Armenian government to provide them with more humanitarian aid than was initially planned.
Sarkisian discussed the issue with Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian on Monday. According to the presidential press secretary, Arman Saghatelian, Abrahamian’s cabinet will increase “the initially planned volume” of relief later this week.
Responding to appeals from leaders of Armenia’s sizable Yazidi community, the government announced last week that it will send $50,000 worth of food to the displaced Iraqi Yazidis. It was expected to be delivered through a United Nations relief agency.
Saghatelian did not specify the monetary value of the increased aid allocation or whether it will include non-food items.
In remarks to the official Armenpress news agency, Sarkisian’s spokesman said the president considers the mass killings and deportations of the Yazidis “absolutely unacceptable” and believes that the international community must take “immediate steps to stop them as soon as possible.” He said Sarkisian has also instructed Armenia’s Foreign Ministry and diplomatic missions abroad to “redouble their efforts to adequately raise the issue in the international arena.”
In a statement released on Friday, the Foreign Ministry said Armenian diplomats have received “directives to closely cooperate with stakeholders on this issue.” The statement came after a series of street protests staged by Yazidis in Yerevan. They said that the Armenian government has been slow to react to the continuing violence against their co-ethnics.
In a related development, a member of the Armenian delegation at the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), Naira Zohrabian, said on Monday that she will raise the matter at next month’s session of the Strasbourg-based human rights body.
“There is no doubt that what is happening in northern Iraq now is a genocide of the Yazidi people, and the international community must take concrete steps to stop it,” she told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am).
Zohrabian, who is affiliated with the opposition-leaning Prosperous Armenia Party, spoke after meeting with some leaders of the Armenian Yazidis. She said they gave her documents which she will forward to Armenia’s ambassador to the UN.
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Viral video shows Erdoğan’s insults against Gülen movement
By TODAYSZAMAN.COM / ISTANBUL A new video published on YouTube that has gone viral over the social media shows a compilation of insults and phrases that are tantamount to hate speech uttered by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The video was prepared by sonvesayet.com, meaning the final tutelage, referring to the rule of the Justice and Development […]
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WSJ says Turkey no longer US ally, air base should be moved
US daily The Wall Street Journal has claimed in its editorial on Saturday that it is the “unavoidable conclusion” that the US needs to find a better regional ally to fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIL) than Turkey, suggesting that the air base Turkey is currently hosting should be moved somewhere else. Recalling Turkey’s reluctance […]
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Turkey moving from reluctant partner to embarrassed ally, Turkey’s only interest distraction of Syria not ISIS
Turkey is gradually moving from a reluctant NATO ally toward an embarrassing or embarrassed partner in the fight against the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS). As The Daily Beast reported, “With [IS] on its doorstep, the Turkish government balks at support for Obama’s strategy. “A diplomatic crisis looms. Turkey, a key US ally and the only NATO member […]
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Armenian digital project ‘CityBugs’ wins European Youth Award
The Armenian project ‘CityBugs’ was named among the winners of Europe’s unique “Digital Creativity for Social Good” contest. Prof. Peter A. Bruck, honorary chairman of the International Center for New Media and initiator of the European Youth Award (EYA), has announced the EYA winners 2014 selected by an international expert jury. ‘CityBugs’ stood out of […]
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Europe: Who else may follow in Scotland’s footsteps?
Scotland’s independence referendum could lead to the founding of the European Union’s first new state. DW presents some of Western Europe’s other separatist movements. In Europe’s eastern half, the disintegration of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia created many new countries. In Western Europe, however, borders of the old nation states seemed to be carved in […]
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Aghayan fairytale-based “Anahit” animation to premiere in December
Anahit animation film, based on beloved folklorist Ghazaros Aghayan’s fairytale, will premiere in early December, the film co-author told PanARMENIAN.Net According to David Sahakyants, with film production mostly finalized, the animation will be shown in cinemas during a month, to be followed by a festival tour. “We received an invitation to participate in Toronto Festival, […]
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Karabakh FM meets with Basque Country Parliament Speaker
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Karen Mirzoyan on Saturday visited the Basque Country Parliament, where he met with Parliament Speaker Bakartxo Tejeria Otermin. During the meeting, Karen Mirzoyan briefed on the processes of state-building in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and the international recognition of Artsakh, as well as the current stage of […]
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“The Cut” Genocide drama removed from Turkish film week entries list
September 13, 2014 – 17:56 AMT PanARMENIAN.Net – Award winning director Fatih Akin’s Armenian Genocide drama “The Cut” was removed from the list of entries for Filmekimi Istanbul-hosted autumn film week. Earlier, the drama was posted among the film week participants on the Facebook page of the event organizer Istanbul Foundation For Culture & Arts. […]
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Activist Deported From Azerbaijan, Warned About Family
September 12, 2014 A U.S. citizen of Azerbaijani origin, Said Nuri, has been deported from Azerbaijan after what he called days of intimidation and harassment. Nuri wrote on Twitter on September 12 that he was ejected from his native country and told he could never return. report rferl.org He said that after he arrived in Tbilisi, […]
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“Turkey the junction in black money traffic. Overflowing with $36 billion in mystery funds
Mehmet Cetingulec Contributor, Turkey Pulse The pace of foreign currency coming to Turkey from unknown sources for the past 12 years keeps on climbing. Nobody says where the money is coming from. In the Central Bank’s “balance of payments” table these unregistered funds are shown under the item “net error and deficit.” But all economists know […]
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No room for the “Republic of Azerbaijan” in Buenos Aires
by Gari / armenews The legislative council of Buenos Aires, Argentina, decided to say no to a project to name a square neighborhood Colegiales called “Republic of Azerbaijan”. The project, released on September 10 and which sparked an outcry from the Armenian community, noted that the first years of the independence of Azerbaijan, which was […]
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Syrian troops capture key central town
Government forces have captured a central Syrian town that has changed hands several times during the civil war, the military and activists said Friday, The Associated Press reported. By retaking the town of Halfaya in Hama province, troops will be better positioned to defend nearby Christian and Allawite communities that support President Bashar Assad. Central […]
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New York Times Betrays Its Own Investigation and Gets It Wrong on Karabakh
BY ARA KHACHATOURIAN A mere two days after publishing an expansive and informative exposé about foreign powers buying influence with US-based think tanks to affect US policy, The New York Times published a sloppy article by long-time Azerbaijani collaborator, Brenda Shaffer, who by using official Baku’s vernacular sounds the alarm for supposed plans by Russia […]
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Armenia will soon purchase new long-range weapons
YEREVAN. – Armenian armed forces will soon purchase new long-range weapons, Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan said during his meeting with professors and students of the Yerevan State University of Economics. However, later talking to reporters, Ohanyan did not specify what weapons will be bought, adding it was “a military secret”. “Day by day we are […]
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Tashkent: Armenia’s Arsen Julfalakyan wins world championship
By Shushanik Hakobyan TASHKENT. – Arsen Julfalakyan (Armenia) won world champion’s title at the 2014 Greco-Roman Wrestling World Championships held in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan. In the finals, he defeated Neven Žugaj from Croatia by a score of 4-0 in the 75 kg competition.  The information above comes to you with support by […]
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Turkish Intellectuals Who Have Recognized The Armenian Genocide 30-Omer Laciner
 By: Hambersom Aghbashian *Once upon a time there were Armenians                      Omer Laciner (born  Aug.10, 1946  in Sivas – Turkey) is a Turkish author and publisher. He graduated from the Military Academy in 1966 and while serving in the army , he became a member of […]
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shocking news from Serbia, they will teach Turkish in there schools after what Turkey did to Serbia?
It is unbelievable what serbian Government is doing, it was the Turkish government who train the KLA Kosovo liberation terrorist organization  and created atrocity in Kosovo, Bosnia And led to NATO destroying Serbia. Now Anadolu Agency reporting, The Association of Turks in Serbia has launched an initiative to introduce the Turkish language as an elective subject, […]
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Scottish flags in Catalan independence rally
Agence France Presse  BARCELONA, Spain: Red and yellow flags filled the streets of Barcelona Thursday as Catalan nationalists fired up by Scotland’s independence referendum rallied to demand a vote on breaking away from Spain. Thousands of people wearing shirts striped with the Catalan colors, some of them also waving blue and white Scottish flags, massed […]
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Turkey won’t allow US to use its bases against ISIL: Official
File photo shows Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. Turkish government says it will not allow a US-led military coalition to use its air bases in order to launch attacks on ISIL terrorists’ hideouts in neighboring Iraq and Syria.  Report presstv.com A government official said Ankara can open the Incirlik Air Base in the south only […]
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US Congress Goes After ‘Frenemies’ Turkey, Qatar
Lawmakers are threatening sanctions against US allies that support Hamas. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., says the U.S. has a “complex relationship” with “so-called allies” Turkey and Qatar. By: Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent for Al-Monitor Al-Monitor Congress delivered its staunchest warning to date on Sept. 9 that Turkey and Qatar could face financial and other penalties […]
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Reporters without borders slams Turkey for tightening Internet censorship with amended law
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released a written statement on its official website in which it harshly criticizes Turkey for granting the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) extensive powers over Internet use — such as the power to block access to websites without a court order — with new amendments recently made to the country’s Internet law. […]
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Islamic state of Turkey unveils legislation to tighten control over Internet
Turkey’s lawmakers have passed a law expanding the powers of the country’s telecom authority and tightening Internet controls.  The regulations are part of a broader bill that was proposed earlier this week by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Sources say the new law would broaden the authorities’ power to block access to websites […]
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German and Armenian military intensify their bilateral defense cooperation
German and Armenian military officials reportedly agreed yesterday to intensify their bilateral defense cooperation as an important component to intensify relations of Armenia with NATO. The Deputy Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan and other senior Armenian officials and a delegation of the German Federal Ministry of Defence would have considered this cooperation during two days of […]
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Turkish foreign ministry reacts to Greek parliament’s Genocide bill
September 11, 2014 – 16:07 AMT Turkish foreign ministry reacted to Greek parliament’s adoption of a bill criminalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide and other crimes against humanity. According to the statement by foreign ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic, Turkey always closely followed discussions on the draft law and urged Greece to exercise care where the […]
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Azadlig: Diplomatic row to ignite between Austria and Azerbaijan
Visit of Foreign Minister of Austria Sebastian Kurz in Azerbaijan is linked to a corruption scandal, in which Elman Rustamov the chairman of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan was involved, a reliable source told the Azerbaijani newspaper “Azaglig”. On February 17, a trial began in Austria. Law enforcements in Austria accused of contracting companies of […]
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Barcelona, Catalans Want Independence Too
By Helene Zuber Catalonia wants to join Scotland in holding an independence referendum. But the Spanish constitution doesn’t allow for secession. Nationalists in Barcelona are prepared to push the vote through anyway. There are two questions that could secure a prominent place in the history books for Oriol Junqueras. The first is: “Do you want […]
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France Valencia, presentation of projects by the Committee referents Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
As part of the Mission 2015, Tuesday, September 9 at the House of associations of Valencia, a hundred people responded to the invitation of the Committee of the referents of the commemoration of the centenary of the Armenian genocide in Drôme Ardèche, composed of Rastklan Mary Elizabeth Pellet (Association of Armenians in Romans), Krikor Amirzayan […]
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Foreign Minister’s excellent commentary in Le Figaro, with some shortcomings
By Harut Sassounian TheCaliforniaCourier.com Even though it is not an easy task to unify Armenians around a common set of restitutive demands from Turkey, it is critical to do so on the eve of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. It is imperative that Armenians speak with one voice, telling the world what exactly they […]
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Armenian Deputy Speaker: Turkey’s pressure did not have effect on Greece
YEREVAN. – Armenia is grateful to Greece for adopting a law criminalizing denial of the genocide of Armenians and Greeks in Ottoman Turkey, Deputy Speaker Eduard Sharmazanov said. Talking to reporters on Wednesday, Armenian Deputy Speaker said adoption of the law is not only a move condemning perpetration of the Armenian Genocide but is an […]
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Pamela Anderson plays in Armenian filmmaker’s comedy movie
Famous Canadian-American actress Pamela Anderson will act in the sequel of Armenian filmmaker Sarik Andreasyan’s comedy movie titled “That Was The Men’s World,” Komsomolskaya Pravda reported. The creators of the sequel noted that finding the movie star in the US, translating the script for her, and waiting for her to agree to the role were […]
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Tech firms begin ‘go-slow’ protest in battle for the web “net neutrality”
Sites install widgets to show how the internet would look if regulators caved in to big cable companies on net neutrality Dominic Rushe in New York Kickstarter on Wednesday morning made its point on how new rules would ‘destroy net neutrality’. Photograph: screengrab Much of the internet went on a “go-slow” protest Wednesday as some […]
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Aram I Urges Armenians to Unite, Demand Justice from Turkey
WASHINGTON—On Sunday, Sept. 7, his Holiness Aram I presided over the Holy Liturgy and addressed the faithful at the Church of the Holy Cross in Washington, DC. Archbishop Oshagan, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Orthodox Church of America, celebrated the Liturgy after welcoming His Holiness and explaining the purpose of his presence […]
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Senator poses 5 questions to US ambassador to Turkey nominee
Senator Mark Kirk has submitted five pointed questions to US Ambassador to Turkey nominee John Bass in order to bring clarity to US policy on both the Armenian Genocide and the growing movement to secure Turkey’s return of stolen Christian churches and religious properties, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). “We want to […]
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Turkey may be ready for “Ararat” Genocide drama: Belge Film chief
Atom Egoyan’s Genocide drama “Ararat” may be screened in Turkish cinemas. 12 years ago, yet Turkey’s Belge Film acquired screening rights for the film, which hadn’t been shown over the head of the company Sabahattin Cetin’s misgivings about the safety of the cinema owners. The opinion voiced by the editor of Agos weekly Hrant Dink […]
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Turkey the weakest link in anti-IS coalition?
By Kadri Gursel Columnist, Turkey Pulse At a news conference on Sept. 3, Atilla Kart, a lawmaker for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), revealed the code names and birthplaces of 90 Turks killed over the past two years in the ranks of jihadist groups in Syria. Kart, who referenced “academic research,” said IS recruited militants […]
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Julian Assange “Censorship in Turkey related to past on minorities silences”
It is not surprising that Turkey, which has in the past used the censorship against Armenians and Kurds, is currently used against other groups and that this should be ordered to spread said Julian Assange founder WikiLeaks Julian Assange was speaking on Friday via a video conference at the Internet Ungovernance Forum (IUF), an alternative […]
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USA The “New York Times” published a report on the lobbying of Azerbaijan in Washington, funded by the Azerbaijani oil company SOCAR
 “New York Times” has published documents that show the lobbying of Azerbaijan in Washington. In 2012 Azerbaijan has used the services of a company to influence public opinion and lobbying in Washington to present Azerbaijan as a reliable partner on security issues. According to the “New York Times”, the Azeri state oil company SOCAR has […]
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Lengthy prison sentences called against anti-government activists
The prosecutors asked a court Monday in Yerevan sentences ranging from 4 years to 8 ½ years in prison against 13 men, one of them is 15 years old, to have clashed with riot police during an anti-government protest last November. The defendants were part of several dozen demonstrators who tried to march to the […]
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Obama must recognize Armenian Genocide – France senator
In connection with the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, the US can take a step so that Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan understand, first of all, that the Armenian Genocide needs to be recognized. Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Vice-President René Rouquet, who is also a French National Assembly member and […]
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Serzh Sargsyan: Armenian-Arab relations date back to depths of centuries
YEREVAN. – On Tuesday, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s new Ambassador to Armenia, Mohammad Nour Othman Yousef Balkar, presented his credentials to President Serzh Sargsyan. The President congratulated the ambassador for commencing his diplomatic mission in Armenia, wished him success, and expressed the hope that Ambassador Balkar will use his experience and knowledge to strengthen bilateral […]
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