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Posted by gamavor on 25 January 2017 - 09:53 AM
Posted by gamavor on 06 September 2017 - 08:10 AM
For Christ sake, on top of everything she gave UNESCO's Mozart prize to Mehriban Alieva. The later I'm sure did not know how to hold a violin.
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Posted by gamavor on 05 September 2017 - 06:35 AM
What a world we live in!
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Posted by MosJan on 15 July 2017 - 11:29 AM
Learn about the Armenian silversmiths of Kayseri who created beautiful silver covers for Armenian manuscripts. Three of these covers are in the collection of the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.
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Posted by gamavor on 11 April 2017 - 02:24 AM
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Posted by Yervant1 on 03 January 2017 - 02:45 PM
I think, it means mistake or a flaw and the բեխալատ would be the opposite of flaw, I mean flawless. I'm just going with the sentence structure and the Arabic word Khalat means mistake or a flaw, maybe that's where the origin is.
I hope this helps.
I believe the babies flaw is not falling sleep. The last sentence which says that you have one flaw, you don't sleep and stay awake.
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Posted by onjig on 13 October 2016 - 11:57 AM
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Posted by gamavor on 12 January 2016 - 10:44 AM
YEREVAN. A new fertilizer has been developed in Armenia, and to save water.
Director of Eco Technology company, Ashot Baghdasaryan, told Armenian News-NEWS.am that the granules of this fertilizer collect the water from the soil, and return it to the plant when and as needed.
And the granules of our fertilizer not only accumulate water, but also the useful nutrients, Baghdasaryan explained.
In addition, this fertilizer eliminates excess water, so that the roots of the plants do not decay.
As per the company manager, this fertilizer helps to increase crop yields by 40 to 60 percent.
Furthermore, this material biologically decomposes, and therefore it leaves no residues in the soil.
The fertilizer, which is called Aquasource, underwent several tests among volunteer farmers.
Also, it is tested with a number of international projects.
Ashot Baghdasaryan said Iran, Russia, the US, India, the United Arab Emirates, and even in distant South Africa and Namibia are interested in this new fertilizer.
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Posted by Yervant1 on 11 January 2016 - 01:27 PM
The chances that Russia will help us to free Western Armenia is as much as the help that we will get from the rest of the world, which is zero. We should rely on ourselves only.
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Posted by Yervant1 on 19 December 2014 - 10:42 AM
A CHRISTMAS CARD TO ONE AND ALL
The Harvell Gazette, MA
Dec 18 2014
Tom Vartabedian Haverhill Gazette
Hard to believe that I've waited until close to the last moment to
wish everyone a joyful Christmas.
It's only because I'm strapped for cash after going bonkers this year
and decided I'd use my best resources to get the word out.
Nothing easier and cheaper than to convey my intentions through
this Almanac column. It's okay. You don't have to reciprocate. I get
enough afterthoughts leading up to the New Year and beyond, if you
count Armenian Christmas on Jan. 6.
So let's begin by wishing my family the very best -- my wife, Nancy,
with whom I'll be celebrating our 50th anniversary on Feb. 19. I
chose that date because it was her birthday and I couldn't think of
a better time to exchange our vows.
Cheers go out to the other three favorite people in my life --
children Sonya, Ara and Raffi -- and the six grandchildren in our
lives. Get set for Disneyworld, guys. We've got a lot of celebrating
to do this February in the land of unbroken dreams.
Let's hit the newspaper crowd next -- editor Bill Cantwell, who
peruses my columns each week and makes them readable, along with
climbing cohorts Dave Dyer, Paul Tennant and Mike LaBella. I still
remember that time we got stranded on Mount Katahdin in Maine and
spent the night on a rock studying the stars. Turned out to be a
pretty decent Almanac, as I recall.
You'll find me three afternoons a week playing racquetball at
the Haverhill YMCA. Maybe George Yell will let me win a game this
Christmas. Welcome Clint "CJ" Clay. You're the next generation. I
marvel at the job Executive Director Tracy Fuller does in keeping
that facility intact. Kudos to you, too.
You'll also see me browsing up a storm at the library -- a true
resource for our community -- and all that it avails to me, whether
books, CDs or DVDs. I am proud to admit that both my sons secured
their Eagle Scout badges by doing community projects for the library.
Not a bad consideration for any good scout.
As the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide approaches in 2015,
the congregation at our Armenian Church at Hye Pointe is already at
work planning a milestone commemoration in the community. Watch for
details. While I'm at it, good luck to all those involved with the
church's building project in Ward Hill. It's been a long time in
Greetings and salutations go out to my doctor, Peter Rees, for keeping
me agile. He sets a fine example for health and fitness. And to my
cardiologist Salmon (Sonny) Ghiasuddin for saving me from expiration --
not once but twice. It's been 10 years since I've become "pipe free."
Same goes for Dr. Alan Gonick and his staff at Greenleaf. Be true to
your teeth -- otherwise they will become false. He makes a root canal
seem so tolerable. My sentiments also go out to Dr. Alvin Yadgood,
my oral surgeon at Northern Essex. I cannot say enough about implants.
I marvel at the work being done by cohorts Kathy Bresnahan and Rita
LaBella in organizing a myriad of activities at the Council on Aging.
There's no reason why any senior citizen in this city should be bored.
The guy behind it all is head honcho Vinny Ouellette, who seems to
have more arms than an octopus.
The ping-pong vibrations you may hear Monday nights come from West
Meadow Road, where some pretty hot table tennis activity is heard. Bob
Baillargeron and Malcolm Anderson are two fine players who don't act
their age. May their paddles always keep them young.
Special Christmas greetings go out to the sick and the infirmed of
this city, those who will spend the holiday in hospitals and nursing
homes. It's not the place you want to be. May you be joined by family
Extended wishes are conveyed to the caregivers and medical support
staffers who must work this day to keep the health system mobilized
and in good hands. Santa applauds you.
Here's a greeting to all the police and firefighters who maintain
their constant vigil, holidays or not. And to all those who do not
celebrate Christmas. May some of you get caught up in the spirit,
whether you're a Christian or not.
For one brief day, bury all the bad news and put a moratorium on crime
and punishment. Let's finally end this terrible plight in the Middle
East and live in a world where peace and harmony work hand-in-hand.
Above all, let's put Christ back into Christmas and honor the day
for what it was intended.
If you're looking for the perfect last-minute gift, try this. Human
kindness costs nothing and goes the furthest.
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Posted by Nané on 28 January 2013 - 12:35 PM
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Posted by man on 19 December 2012 - 03:24 AM
Posted on December 15, 2012
Nathalie Kazandjian aka Nat K
(Canada, AVC ‘ 12)
The "Welcome Home Natty" poster along with friends and family were what greeted me as I made my way past the Arrival gates of the Montreal Trudeau Airport. In that instant, I felt pretty good about coming home. However, as the days went by, the post-Armenia blues violently kicked in as soon as I found myself doing the same old things I used to do. Suddenly, things that seemed so familiar felt foreign and strange. It was a whole new culture shock but it was real and unfortunately, there wasn’t much I could do about it. The problem was not coming home to friends and family. The problem itself was leaving Armenia. For the little bit that I was back, I couldn’t even look at my photos nor talk about it for fear of being overcome with even more heartbreak and anguish than I already felt. I missed everything and everyone that belonged to my life in Armenia.
Before I know it, I found myself longing for Armenia. I missed waking up every morning to hearing my host mother say “ Parev parev garmir arev siroon jan”. I missed walking down 58 district to catch the marshrutka, 100 drams in hand and giving my regular Parev to the locals. I missed walking home from work and being greeted by the cutest little munchkins from my neighborhood showering me with hugs and kisses. I missed finishing the night off with a nice cup of MacCoffee alongside my host sisters while watching Armenian soap operas. I missed staying up with Nvartig, my baby host sister, till late at night drawing, coloring, playing cards, checkers, chess and teaching her English. I missed going to Ponchig Monchig and ordering a ridiculous amount of food. I missed going to the khorovadz place near the OLA center and engaging into a 45 minute conversation with the cook each and every time. I missed getting a ridiculous amount of daily texts and reminders from Allegra. I missed joining my Armenian brothers and sisters over weekend excursions. I missed running in the SAS supermarket and yelling like a crazy person “where’s the Ttvaser ?” before boarding our marshrukta to head back home. As well, as Heeng dzap, Marshrukta 9, besties crew, whatever your face, tracking down wifi, Le Cafe and Sevan’s inspirational speeches among many other things.
The desire to connect to people and the joy of making the connection was life affirming. The physical intensity of the excursions was invigorating. The time walking alone, listening to my own footsteps, sitting in the marshrukta watching the sunset, gazing at the stars was refreshing. Most of all, I long for the way I felt when I was in the Motherland. I felt alive, free, inspired and grateful. Man oh man does Armenia have a way with you. Each and every day there was a goal and an accomplishment that could be measured in different ways: in kilometers, in hugs, in the number of times I laughed out loud.
Although I was only gone for two months and while nothing has changed at home, everything has changed within me. Living in Armenia, gave me a deep appreciation of my life – where I live, where I work, my family and my friends. It also made me appreciate things that we too often take for granted such as the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, weeping eyes, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
To travel to Armenia is to truly take a journey within yourself. When we leave the comfort of home and everything that we have grown to be accustomed to, we often live more simply, with no more possessions than we can carry. We tend to surrender ourselves by becoming much more accepting to the twists, turns and little surprises that life has to offer. I came to Armenia searching for answers. Instead, I left in search of better questions. Sometimes, the unexpected is just what is needed to put life into perspective.
So here I am, back to my same old routine of stop and go, impatiently waiting to graduate just to start a new adventure. All the while feeling nostalgic about my time in Armenia which can feel heavier than the far too many pounds gained abroad.
When I think about it, perhaps the post-Armenia blues is something you can never truly let go of. For it that where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
To sign off, I simply cannot say goodbye to those whom I have grown to love, for the memories we have made will last a lifetime and never a goodbye. None of this would have been possible without Birthright Armenia & Armenian Volunteer Corps. For those of you who are thinking of joining the program, I encourage you to take a leap and go for it. Armenia 2012 always in my heart.
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Posted by Yervant1 on 17 May 2016 - 10:18 AM
Vanik Keshishyan, a citizen of Iran and Armenia, can’t drive his car into Armenia.
He hasn’t been allowed to drive his car, with Iranian registration, into Armenia ever since he received his Armenian citizenship. Armenian authorities say it’s not allowed.
Meanwhile, citizens of Iran, with no Armenian passport, are free to drive to Armenia and spend up to 180 days in the country.
This fact perturbs Mr. Keshishyan, who feels that he’s being singled out and caught in a legal nightmare.
As soon as fighting broke out along the Artsakh Line of Contact in early April, Mr. Keshishyan decided to go to Iran and collect whatever items he could to bring back and distribute personally to Armenian soldiers on the frontline. Before entering Iran, he asked Armenian customs officials if he would have a problem when returning by car. They told him no problems would arise and that he could enter Armenia with his Iranian passport.
Buoyed by the news, Mr. Keshishyan left for Iran on April 4. He fixed up his car and changed the tires for the trip back to Artsakh. On April 28, loaded up with homemade jams, fruits and vegetables, clothes, tents, sleeping bags, umbrellas, undergarments and other items, he started the trip back to Armenia.Vanik brought back 150 kilos of melons for the soldiers, who were amazed that he made it in one piece.
“There are Tabriz Turks all the way up to the Iranian border. 70% are up in arms regarding events in Karabakh. Before crossing the border, I was thinking of what to say. I’m a martial arts trainer in Armenia and Iran. So, that’s how I identified myself,” said Mr. Keshishyan.
When he reached the Armenian border and officials learnt that his cargo was destined for Artsakh, he was warmly received and allowed to enter the country with his Armenian passport.
“I then entered customs and was told that I couldn’t bring the car into Armenia because I have an Armenian passport,” Mr. Keshishyan related. “He said we have entered the Eurasia Union and an Armenian doesn’t have the right to bring his car in. They’ve taken that law and placed four walls around us. Everyone can’t come by bus. I want to bring my mother to Armenia. But she can’t come by bus and I can’t bring her by plane. I want her to sit in my car and come to Armenia. They have to find a way so that people don’t suffer.”
Lacking any options, Mr. Keshishyan threatened to voice his complaint over the internet regarding the unsanitary conditions of the toilets at the border crossing. He was so disillusioned about not being able to get the goods to the soldiers that he decided to stage a hunger strike at the customs house until he found out who had drafted such a law in the first place.“I loaded the stuff on my car so that I could personally take it to the soldiers, to greet them all, so that they could feel that we are with them in spirit,” said Mr. Keshishyan
The customs official started to yell at Mr. Keshishyan, telling him he could complain to whomever he wanted.
“The official said, we work according to the law. I answered, if only all the laws worked so well,” Mr. Keshishyan said.
The official relented and let him drive through, making it known that he was doing him a favor. Mr. Keshishyan was not appeased.
“He let me through with the car so that I wouldn’t raise a stink. I don’t fear such encounters. If there was a problem, I would have donated the car to Karabakh. Why should I, an Armenian, not be allowed to drive my car into Armenia. What damage have I done to my country?” Mr. Keshishyan asks.
He believes this is a reason why other diaspora Armenians cannot benefit from their country. Mr. Keshishyan believes that it’s a human rights violation and a restriction on freedom of movement.
“They say that you, by law, as an Armenian citizen cannot enter with a car. I’m coming with a car with Iranian license plates. If I bring the car into the country what damage am I doing? I can’t sell the car. Cars in Iran are twice as expensive. So, I can’t even bring one in to sell. It’s out of the question. The car will enter and leave in a short deadline. Why are they making things tough for people? At least they should make some exception for dual citizens,” Mr. Keshishyan adds.
Mr. Keshishyan recounts that in the past he’s tried to enter Armenia with his Iranian passport. When getting his visa, officials immediately told him that as a dual citizen he cannot enter by using his Iranian passport. They didn’t issue him a visa.
“In other words, should I give up my Armenian citizenship? Instead of opening doors for us, they are daily closing them,” Mr. Keshishyan argues.
Mr. Keshishyan says that this past Nowruz a group of Armenians from Iran wanted to drive to Armenia. Many were dual citizens. Some had to drive back to Tehran, while others were forced to take buses at the border. Their cars were sent back.
Mr. Keshishyan relocated to Armenia fifteen years ago. He’s into eco-farming and wants to construct a hothouse in Artsakh. To do this, he has to bring various supplies and tools from Iran. But he can’t do so because of the car issue.
“My family is here and I work there, in Iran, where I have a business. Every time, I have to take the bus and listen to that Turkish music. I want to bring back various supplies to launch my business plans here. What can I bring by bus?” says Mr. Keshishyan.
In Iran, he produces boxes for jams and jellies and would like to bring the equipment to Armenia temporarily. The car issue throws cold water on the plan.
“They should at least be a bit more flexible due to the fighting. What happens tomorrow or the next day when the fighting gets more intense and ten or twenty cars want to bring in supplies? Will they tell them to turn around and go home?
Mr. Keshishyan has taken up the matter with the Iranian embassy. He also visited the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs in Yerevan last week and the Human Rights Defender’s Office. They advised him to write to the Stare Revenue Committee.
He’s since done so. The committee has said it will reply to his complaint in no sooner than seven and no later than 30 days.
Photos: Hakob Poghosyan
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Posted by MosJan on 20 August 2015 - 12:36 PM
Jack Charles Stanmore Agazarian -=- British espionage agent
Jack Charles Stanmore Agazarian (19 December 1916 – 29 March 1945) was a British espionage agent who worked for the Special Operations Executive (SOE) inside France. He was captured and killed by the Nazis when he sought to confirm the status of a resistance cell that the Nazis had compromised.
Agazarian was born in London, to an Armenian father, Berdge Rupen Agazarian, and French mother, Jacqueline Marie-Louise Le Chevalier Agazarian, the second of six children. He was educated in both France and England at Dulwich College. After completing his education he worked with his father in the family business.
After joining the Royal Air Force at the outbreak of World War II, he was recruited as a wireless operator by the SOE. His younger brother, Noel Agazarian, also joined the Royal Air Force but as a Spitfire pilot; he went on to be a flying ace in the Battle of Britain before being killed in action on 16 May 1941.
In December 1942 Agazarian arrived in Paris to join the newly formed Prosper network of the SOE and was joined later by his wife Francine. He occasionally worked for Henri Dericourt, a former French Air Force pilot whose job was to find landing grounds and arrange receptions for SOE agents arriving by air. At this time he began to question Dericourt's loyalty and reported to London his own and other agents' suspicions.
Agazarian became known to the Gestapo, and on several occasions he narrowly escaped arrest.
SOE Circuit leader Francis Suttill considered Agazarian's continued presence to be a security risk. On 16 June 1943 Agazarian was returned to England where he reiterated his concerns about Dericourt's loyalty to Nicholas Bodington and Maurice Buckmaster, who were nevertheless unconvinced. However, when agent Noor Inyat Khan lost contact with the Prosper group, headquarters became increasingly concerned. Leo Marks, the SOE's head of codes and ciphers, became convinced that Gilbert Norman, the group's wireless operator, was transmitting under German control.
Agazarian joined Bodington (who was still sceptical) in a mission to France to determine the status of the Prosper network, departing 22 July 1943. Bodington, working through headquarters, arranged a meeting with Gilbert Norman at a pre-arranged address in the rue de Rome near Gare St-Lazare, but it was Agazarian, not Bodington who went to the meeting.
The concerns about the Prosper network proved well-founded. German forces had indeed compromised the network, and Agazarian was taken prisoner at the meeting. Three members of the network, courier Andrée Borrel, leader Francis Suttill and wireless operator Gilbert Norman, had been in custody since 23 June, and Norman's transmissions had indeed been made by the Germans. Henri Dericourt's role in the loss of the Prosper network remains unclear; after the war he was tried as a double agent, but acquitted for lack of evidence. In fact he was a triple agent working for Secret Intelligence Service and that the SOE agents had been sacrificed to distract German attentions from landings in Sicily and Normandy.
The arrest of Agazarian, who knew a great deal about the Prosper network, was a massive coup for the Germans. He endured torture for six months at Fresnes prison and was then moved to Flossenbürg concentration camp. After being kept there in solitary confinement, Agazarian was executed on 29 March 1945.
Jack Agazarian is honored on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey, England, on the SOE memorial at Flossenbürg and also on the Roll of Honor on the Valençay SOE Memorial in Valençay, in the Indre département of France
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Posted by MosJan on 11 June 2015 - 01:03 PM
Armenians !!! Yes We Are Armenians
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Posted by Yervant1 on 25 February 2015 - 01:49 PM
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR KHOJALY EVENTS, LOOK FOR THEM IN AZERBAIJAN: ARTAK ZAKARYAN
19:21, 24 Feb 2015
Speaking at the Parliament today, Chairman of the National Assembly's
Standing Committee on Foreign Relations Artak Zakaryan referred to
the Azerbaijani propagana campaign on the so-called "Khojaly" events:
"Azerbaijan's costly propaganda in different corners of the world is
continuing its fraud march, which in these days is devoted to so-called
"Khojaly," actually to the Aghdam events. What happened?
On February 26, 1992, Aghdam events took place, which are
interpreted as "Khojaly massacre" by Azerbaijan. During these events,
the Azerbaijani armed groupings ruthlessly shot down a number of
residents of Khojaly settlement in a territory under their control. In
order to overthrow President Muthalibov, the opposition Azerbaijani
National Front used the forced operation of Karabakh armed forces
aimed to suppress the Azeri shooting, as this was where capital
Stepanakert and surrounding areas were being shelled from. This is
also evidenced by President Ayaz Mutalibov in his interview on 2th
of April, 1992 to " Nezavisimaya Gazeta." Before the operation, the
Karabakh side, according to the norms of humanitarian law, informed
Khojaly authorities about planned operation and leaving a corridor
for the safe evacuation of Azerbaijani population.
After the tragic events in the territories controlled by Azerbaijanis
Azeri journalist Cnigiz Mustafaev photographed and filmed the dead
bodies which were not disfigured. The existing files confirm that
the Karabakh side physically was not able to access the territories
where the people were killed and the bodies were disfigured.
After the upheaval followed by Khojaly provocation, the Azerbaijani
new leadership headed by Abulfaz Elchibey, initiated a deliberate
falsification of the events to conceal his monstrous crime interpreting
it as "a massacre" of civilians by Karabakh forces.
This policy is being continued by official Azerbaijan till today. By
distorted propaganda of presenting Aghdam events as massacre of Khojaly
Azerbaijani authorities are trying to hit the international reputation
of two Armenian states, to impose the distorted interpretation of
the events on the international community to boost anti-Armenian moods.
I call on our partner parliamentarians from different states,
municipal and provincial councils to avoid the pitfalls of Azerbaijani
propaganda. Don't buy into false information and fictitious events.
Keep clean the parliamentary agendas and don't let the Azerbaijani
propaganda penetrate there. If you are looking for those responsible
for Khojaly events, so look for them in Azerbaijan."
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Posted by Yervant1 on 04 September 2014 - 09:41 AM
Epic novel memorializing Armenian Genocide available online
Wednesday 3 September 2014
Yerevan /Mediamax/. The online version of New Zealand writer Len Wicks’ "Origins: Discovery” novel is already available online all over the world.
The book also pays tribute to the memory of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who landed in Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, in order to fight against the Ottoman Turks who committed the Armenian Genocide.
“Origins: Discovery” is a unique epic story set during the greatest conflict in human history; an alternative history intended to make the reader contemplate our most important human values. It is a novel of love, culture and discovery, in spite of a tragic background”, Wicks notes.
The first part of the book is available on its official website, while the entire version comprised of three parts is available here in epub, mobi and pdf formats or in a number of electronic book stores. The list is available on the abovementioned website as well as on the book’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
“I’m an Australian and New Zealand citizen married to an Armenian girl, who helped open my eyes to Armenia and its history. Now I seek your support to open the West’s eyes”, the author mentioned.
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Posted by gamavor on 12 February 2014 - 12:38 PM
- How come there are so many Armenians around the World, yet your country is so small?
- You got it all wrong! The whole World is “our country” and Armenia is just our office:)
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Posted by MosJan on 21 December 2012 - 07:35 PM
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