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Posted 10 January 2017 - 07:36 PM

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 03:52 AM

Now that Trump had shown that he is not that different from Obama on Syria (he obviously prefers ISIS before Asad), the question is whether the Russians will allow free flow of Qatar's gas via Syria and Turkey.

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 11:35 AM

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Posted 27 May 2017 - 09:21 AM

Armenpress News Agency , Armenia
May 25, 2017 Thursday


Families and individuals: Syrian-Armenians gradually return to Aleppo


YEREVAN, MAY 25, ARMENPRESS. In general, the situation in Aleppo is
good, the city’s recovery works are being carried out normally, Jirair
Reisian – Armenian lawmaker of Syria’s Parliament told Armenpress,
stating that after Aleppo’s liberation the situation is better, there
is no state of insecurity in the city.

“There are no shots in Aleppo, sometimes, small incidents, unexpected
clashes happen, however, the unsafe situation of previous days no more
exists. It is calm in the city”, Jirair Reisian said.

He said the water problem is solved, there is a natural water supply.
The electricity in the city was off for a long time, during those
years people bought electricity for lighting and taking care of their
daily needs. Already through the efforts of the authorities
electricity is provided for several times a day. As this is not
enough, people still continue buying electricity.

The roads in Aleppo are mainly open, especially inside the city.
Outside the city as well the roads are open. As for the safety,
incidents, clashes happen from time to time as a result of which the
traffic is suspended for several hours so that to prevent such
incidents. In any case, in general, traffic exists.

There is no shortage of food in the city, however, in line with this,
there are economic hardships, the income is limited, but the expenses
are multiplied. During the war the depreciation of Syrian currency
became the main reason for increase of prices of goods. The Armenian
lawmaker said the prices of goods will hardly return to the previous
level, thus, the economic difficulties still will be maintained.

“The classes come to an end, exams will start which will be followed
by the holiday season. As you know, the educational institutions need
renovations, the state is engaged in this work. I believe the
situation will gradually improve. Of course, we understand that this
is a long-term issue”, he said.

As for the business, Reisian said the trade centers operate normally,
but as for the production, it is still at the stage of initial steps.

“Many are unable to totally restore the destroyed, looted factories.
Few have chances to restore the production, however, not fully.
Therefore, we can state that the production section is not restored
yet”, he said.

Commenting on the possible return of Armenians to Aleppo, the Armenian
lawmaker said there is a certain progress.

“Of course, I have no statistics, however we hear names of people who
return. I can say that there are people who return to Aleppo,
including families and individuals”, Jirair Reisian stated.

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 11:17 AM

news.am, Armenia
June 12 2017
 
 
Turkologist: US and Israel hold secret talks with Kurds of Iraq and Syria
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YEREVAN. – Both Americans and Israel are conducting secret talks with the Kurds of Iraq and Syria, historian and turkologist Ruben Safrastyan told reporters on Monday.

In response to a comment that the State Department and Iran spoke out against establishment of a Kurdish state, the turkologist said: “Yes, both the State Department, and Iran stated that they oppose this process, but as historical experience suggests, issues related to the Kurds, are in focus of interests of great powers and regional states. Here statements and real actions do not coincide in many cases.”

“There is evidence that both Americans and Israel are conducting secret talks with Iraqi Kurds. That is, there is a big game in the Middle East,” added Ruben Safrastyan, Director of the Institute of Orientology at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia.

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 09:01 AM

Panorama, Armenia
June 28 2017
 
 
Turkey’s Erdogan threatens new military operation in Syria

Ankara is ready to launch a new military campaign similar to the Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, Sputnik News reports.

“Presently, negative processes are underway in Syria. In case they lead to a threat to our borders, we will respond the same way as during the Euphrates Shield operation,” Erdogan told the Russian Izvestia newspaper, adding that Turkey would not allow establishment of a Kurdish state in Syria and was ready to carry out another large-scale military campaign if needed.

Izvestia newspaper reminds that Ankara considers the Kurdish forces as a terror group. The newspaper notes that Erdogan’s above-mentioned statement caused great anxiety in Moscow and Washington.

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 09:10 AM

CBC Canada
June 28 2017
 
 
Company that builds electrical transformers in Vaughan transforms refugees' lives Rex Power Magnetics has hired 43 Syrian-Armenians

By Mary Wiens, CBC News Posted: Jun 28, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 28, 2017 5:00 AM ET

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Brothers Simon and Levon Hasserjian generated $60 million in revenue at Rex Power Magnetics in 2016. The goal was not growth, so much as creating jobs for Syrian-Armenian refugees. (Mary Wiens/CBC)          

 
   
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 

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Only a year and a half after arriving in Canada, Levon Markarian feels at home on the factory floor of Rex Power Magnetics. In Syria, Markarian owned a small tool and die factory. In Toronto, he's building electrical transformers and rebuilding his life at the Rex factory in Vaughan.

 

The company, with almost 300 employees, pursued an aggressive expansion plan in 2016, increasing sales by ten per cent to $60 million. The expansion was based on sound business practices, says Levon Hasserjian, one of the plant co-owners with his brother, Simon, but the goal was not growth for its own sake.

Instead, it was primarily to create new jobs for the wave of refugees arriving from Syria.

Betrayals from the battlefield

In the war zone in Aleppo, Markarian's factory was on the front line and betrayals were commonplace. Markarian says one of his former customers who'd joined the militants' side took over the factory, forcing Markarian back into the plant to finish a production line begun when the war broke out. It was the price Markarian had to pay for safe return to his family on the other side of Aleppo. 
 
On the floor of Rex Power Magnetics, Markarian has no plans to start another company of his own.
 
"Why plan tomorrow?  Here is different," says Markarian. "Because you don't have all the responsibility on your shoulders — to leave. Here, only you work and go home.  Next day is new."

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Only a few weeks after arriving in Canada as a refugee, Levon Markarian (centre) found work he intends to do for the rest of his life. He says his new bosses, brothers and factory co-owners Levon Hasserjian (left) and Simon, are “like big brothers, or uncles” to me. (Courtesy of Ara Hasserjian)

For the past ten years, Rex Power Magnetics has worked with COSTI, Toronto's biggest immigrant settlement agency, employing newcomers from around the world — from the Phillippines and Vietnam to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and now from Syria.  

 

"I don't know another company that's come through at this level," says Mario Calla, executive director of COSTI.

 

The most recent hires are Syrian-Armenians, privately-sponsored by Toronto's close-knit Armenian community which has taken in thousands of refugees.

A model for Canadian businesses

 

For COSTI, the partnership with Rex stands as a model for other Canadian businesses.

 

"Rex Power is a company that has adapted to the reality of newcomers and it pays off really well for them," says Calla.

Like many of their latest hires, the Hasserjian brothers grew up in Aleppo. Their family were survivors of what Canada and a number of other countries recognize as the Armenian genocide. It's estimated that 1.5 million Armenians, many of whom were marched into the Syrian desert by the government of the former Ottoman Empire, died.

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Armenians killed during the Armenian Genocide, circa 1915. (Wikipedia Commons)

 

Some survivors made it to Aleppo, a city Simon recalls as a welcoming, tolerant place. 

"I remember the churches were next to the mosques. On religious holidays, when it was a Christian holiday, all the Muslim shopkeepers would close their shops and vice-versa."

'We never looked at them as refugees'

Half a kilometre away was a refugee camp filled with Armenian children. The Hasserjian family had their own house but the brothers often visited their playmates in the refugee camp.

 

"We never looked at them as refugees," adds brother Levon. "Just people that lived in poorer conditions."

 

For the Hasserjian family, education was a priority. Entry into Syrian universities was expensive and restricted so when Simon was 19, and Levon only 16, their parents sent them to Canada to join their older sister in Toronto. Both brothers studied engineering at the University of Toronto — Simon, electrical engineering, and Levon, mechanical engineering.

 

Today, the house where they grew up in Aleppo is gone — demolished in the fighting — as are the apartment buildings that housed the Syrian newcomers now working on the factory floor in Vaughan.

Chasing more sales 

The brothers' goal for 2017 is to chase down another five per cent increase in sales and generate at least another 15 positions for refugees. 

"Not just Armenian-Syrians," says Simon. "We'd like to hire other Syrian refugees too" with the right skill set.

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Vrej Adjoydan (centre), narrowly escaped Aleppo. His boss, Simon Hasserjian (left), introduces the former graphic designer to the CBC's Mary Wiens at Rex Power Magnetics. (Courtesy of Ara Hasserjian)

 

As part of the strategy to generate extra jobs, the brothers reduced overtime for their regular workforce.

 "Our employees are part of how this company runs," says Levon. "So OK, we'll make changes to accommodate this path of growth and accommodate more employment."

 

In Aleppo, Vrej Adjoydan was a graphic designer and accountant, while at Rex he works on the line, wrapping coils of aluminum and copper around the steel cores of electrical transformers. Like other Syrian co-workers, he feels lucky to have escaped with his life. The graphic company where he worked was looted by fighters a few days before he escaped. He still carries a sniper's bullet that just missed his head.

Houri Saraidarion, on the other hand, studied electrical engineering in Syria, and at Rex, she landed her first job out of university as an electrical engineer in her chosen field.

 

Simon, her new boss, says, "even from the first few minutes in the interview, you could tell she was going to be good."

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Electrical engineer Houri Saraidarion couldn't believe her good luck landing her first job in Canada, as a refugee, in her chosen profession at Rex Power Magnetics. (Mary Wiens/CBC)

 

At the plant, workers build electrical transformers to convert energy from one current to another, powering condos, hospitals and factories across North America — an apt metaphor for people whose own lives have been nearly destroyed, transforming the brutal power of war into a new current on a factory floor in Vaughan.

'It's the United Nations here," says Adjoydan. "I have too many friends here. We eat together, we meet together, go to Tim Hortons restaurant, everything."

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 09:30 AM

Panorama, Armenia
June 30 2017
 
 
Cross reinstalled on Armenian church in Latakia, Syria

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A cross has been reinstalled on the dome of the Armenian St. Gevorg Church in Al-Ghanimeh village in Syria’s Latakia province, Rusarminfo.ru told Panorama.am.

The cross installation ceremony was performed by Primate of the Armenian Diocese in Berio Shahan Archbishop Sargsyan. The villagers, as well as a many Armenians from various districts of Latakia province attended the church ceremony.

Armenian St. Gevorg Church was built in 1875. During the first years of the Syrian crisis, the Armenian populated Al-Ghanimeh village was occupied by terrorist groups and its population was evacuated, with the church subjected to desecration.

The settlement was liberated by the Syrian Army in June 2016.


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Posted 08 July 2017 - 09:40 AM

The Daily Star, Lebanon
July 8 2017
 
 
Cafe reopens in Aleppo’s Armenian quarter
 
Syrians from Aleppo's Armenian community have dinner at a cafe in the al-Midan neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city on July 5, 2017. AFP / JOSEPH EID
 
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ALEPPO, Syria: Taline Menassian still trembles when she steps into the Aleppo Armenian Society’s open-air cafe, shaken by memories of the rockets that once rained down on the Syrian city’s front line. The eatery in Midan, Aleppo’s main Armenian district, was shuttered for four years after violence reached the city in 2012.
 
But it reopened in June, six months after the government recaptured all of the city.
 
Relaxed laughter and giggling children have replaced the boom of explosions in the restaurant, which is nestled between the Armenian Society and the St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church.
 
“It’s like a dream to be here,” said Menassian, 50, looking around at the dozens of customers in the restaurant. Menassian is a member of the Armenian Society, which kept its doors open although the affiliated eatery was boarded up.
 
“Every time I come in, I can’t believe it,” Menassian told AFP, gazing in amazement at dozens of customers smoking water pipes and sipping arak.
 
The cafe opened in 2007, and quickly became a favored haunt for residents of Midan because of its family atmosphere and leafy terrace, where plastic chairs and tables are illuminated by hanging lanterns.
 
“We told ourselves that if this cafe reopened, the people would come back,” said Menassian, whose red hair is cut in a bob.
 
“We’re all one family here,” she said emotionally.
 
Second-city Aleppo was home to the largest contingent of Syria’s Armenian community: 150,000 out of 350,000 across the country, according to Syria specialist and geographer Fabrice Balanche.
 
Now, no more than 10,000 are left in Aleppo, after thousands fled to Armenia, neighboring Lebanon or even further afield to the United States, Canada and Europe.
 
Syria’s conflict erupted in March 2011 but struck Aleppo the following year, when rebels overran much of the eastern parts of city.
 
Army troops dropped barrel bombs and launched airstrikes across the front line on rebel groups, who fired rockets back in return.
 
Midan was caught in the middle.
 
The neighborhood remained in government hands but was regularly pummeled by missiles from the neighboring opposition-held district of Bustan al-Basha.
 
“I still remember the day that about 40 rockets hit this very spot,” Menassian recalled.
 
“Midan was almost deserted. Many families left,” she said, including her daughter, who fled to the Armenian capital Yerevan where her son-in-law worked as a jeweler.
 
Menassian’s family home was also destroyed in the fighting, which halted in December, when Syria’s army announced it was in full control of the city.
 
Now, Menassian’s husband is reopening his tire shop in Midan, and their daughter and son-in-law are moving back to Syria, too.
 
But so far, just a handful of families and businesses have returned to the neighborhood, although residents see the cafe’s reopening as a positive sign.
 
“It’s the return of the beautiful days,” said Haroutioun Kahvedjian, a 57-year-old dentist.
 
Although his family fled to neighboring Lebanon, he decided to stay in Aleppo and continued to frequent the society.
 
During some of the city’s bloodiest days, he even treated wounded people inside the Armenian community center’s halls. Now he is hoping his family will return.
 
“I sent a picture of the cafe to my daughter to encourage her to come back,” he said with teary eyes.
 
“The cafe is the symbol of our resistance in Aleppo.”
 
Other historic districts of the city are seeing a revival, too.
 
The celebrated citadel, a jewel of medieval architecture, was heavily damaged by a massive blast in July 2015 and remains a military position.
 
But a small coffeehouse that has spent decades at the foot of the fortress reopened last week for the first time since 2012.
 
“When I used to see the pictures of the citadel on television, I had tears in my eyes,” owner Bashir Azmouz said, standing opposite buildings in ruins.
 
“Today, my joy is indescribable,” he told AFP.
 
Children frolicked nearby in the Saadallah al-Jabiri Square, once a favorite gathering place for families but now another victim of Syria’s violence. Its historic fountains once gushed streams of water, but they are all dry now. Electricity was restored to the area where the square is located just a week ago, drawing residents back again.
 
“No one dared step into the square during the war,” said Mohammad Daouk, 37, who was visiting with his family.
 
“This place was a symbol. All Aleppines used to come here.”
 
 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 08, 2017, on page 8.
 


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 09:38 AM

Armenian Weekly

July 20 2017
 
 
Turkish Report Exposes Locations of U.S. Troops in Syria

By Contributor on July 20, 2017

 
 
 
 

ANKARA, Turkey— In reports published in both Turkish and English, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency published a report that provided details about 10 U.S. bases in northern Syria, including troops count and a map of the U.S. force presence in the Turkish version, reported Bloomberg.

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U.S. military vehicles and Kurdish fighters from the YOG drive in the town of Darbasiya, Syria (Photo: Reuters)

The reports said that the military outposts are “usually hidden for security reasons, making it hard to be detected.” It said they were located “in the terrorist PKK/PYD- held Syrian territories,” a reference to Kurdish groups that Turkey’s government considers terrorist organizations.

In recent years, Turkey and the U.S. have been at odds over the U.S. backing of Kurdish fighters in Syria who are affiliated with the separatist movement inside Turkey. The Turkish government probably leaked U.S. troop locations to Anadolu as retaliation, according to Aaron Stein, a fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington.

“The U.S. takes force protection seriously, obviously,” Stein said by email on July 19. “The Turkish government knows this, and still decided to leak the locations of U.S. bases in Syria.”

Meanwhile, the Pentagon said it conveyed its concern to the Turkish government.

“While we cannot independently verify the sources that contributed to this story, we would be very concerned if officials from a NATO ally would purposefully endanger our forces by releasing sensitive information,” Major Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, a Defense Department spokesman, said in an emailed statement. “The release of sensitive military information exposes Coalition forces to unnecessary risk and has the potential to disrupt ongoing operations to defeat ISIS.”

Anadolu Agency reporter Levent Tok said that the information on the U.S. troops was based on fieldwork by Anadolu’s Syria reporters and some of the information on bases that had been broadcast on social media by Kurdish fighters.

“The U.S. should have thought about this before it cooperated with a terrorist organization,” he told Bloomberg.

News of the Anadolu story was published earlier on July 19 by the Daily Beast, which also released correspondence with U.S. military officials urging the reporter, Roy Gutman, not to share the information because they said it would expose tactical information and put coalition lives in jeopardy.

This move by Turkey is the most recent strain in relations between Turkey and a major NATO ally. Last week, a senior Turkish official told Bloomberg that Turkey has agreed to purchase a missile defense system. This move could dramatically hurt Turkey’s relations with the Western security bloc. In addition, Germany is in the process of withdrawing from Turkey’s most important NATO base, Incirlik, after Turkey refused to allow a German delegation to visit troops there.

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