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Prices in Armenia Settle After Spike, Panic Shopping

YEREVAN (Reuters)–Armenia’said prices were stabilizing on Wednesday after an initial spike on news the country would float its dram currency, and the authorities promised to fine shop owners trying to charge excessively. Shops saw panic buying after Tuesday’s move by the central bank, which preceded an announcement by the IMF that it would lend the

Armenia’s Mark March 1 Clashes

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Thousands poured into the streets of Yerevan Sunday to rally on the first anniversary of the country’s deadliest political clashes since the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union. In a protest not sanctioned but tolerated by the Armenian authorities, demonstrators marched through the site of the March 1, 2008 clashes between security forces

ANC-PAC Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Mayor of LA

GLENDALE–The Armenian National Committee – Political Action Committee (ANC-PAC) announced this week its endorsement of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for the upcoming March 3rd LA city elections. "The ANC-PAC is pleased to endorse Mayor Villaraigosa who has been a steadfast and vocal supporter of issues of concern to the Armenian American community," said ANC-PAC

Mosaic III Will Bring Diversity Through Music

For three years, the Hamazkayin Educational and Cultural Association has brought a diverse and entertaining mix of music to stage through its Mosaic concert series. Next week, on March 8 at the Alex Theatre, Mosaic III will join musicians from France and the US for what is being touted as a unique concert experience. This

The Zor Effect

Reflections upon reading the 10th anniversary edition of %u218Black Dog of Fate’ I first read Peter Balakian’s memoir Black Dog of Fate as an undergraduate student at Haigazian University in Beirut almost a decade ago. In January 2009, when I received an advance copy of the 10th anniversary edition of the memoir–which now had two

Azerbaijan Doubles Troops in Afghanistan

BAKU (AFP)–Azerbaijan has doubled the number of its troops serving with NATO-led forces in Afghanistan to 90, the Defense Ministry said Friday. "Based on parliament’s decision to increase Azerbaijan’s peacekeeping contingent in Afghanistan, 45 servicemen have been sent to the country," adding to the 45 already there, Defense Ministry spokesman Eldar Sabiroglu told AFP. Azerbaijan’s

Armenian Premier Visits Russia

MOSCOW (RFE/RL)–Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan paid a one-day working visit to Moscow on Friday that was expected to focus on economic issues and, in particular, Russia’s promised anti-crisis assistance to Armenia. Sargsyan was meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin late in the evening after holding talks with the governor of the Russian Central Bank,

Fresno AYF Holds Educational Seminar at Bass Lake

We as Armenia’s incorporate song, dance, tradition, and style to fit our everyday life; we as Tashnagtsagans incorporate power, self-awareness and pride to fit the lives of our surrounding ungers and ungerouhis. An organization with both determination and play was off for an adventure of our own. As we packed up all fifteen of our

Hamazkayin Elects New Regional Executive

GLENDALE–The Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Association held its 15th regional convention last weekend, with a special opening banquet taking place at the Armenian Relief Soceity Regional headquarters on Friday, February 20. At the conclusion of the three-day convention, the meeting elected a new regional executive helmed by Dr. Viken Yacoubian. Joining him on the