Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

Reflections on Karabakh

With the current talk revolving around the Karabakh peace process it is hard not to reflect on the hard and arduous road Armenia’s in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic traveled to be where they are today. The heroism of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh is unmatched in modern Armenian history as the hardship and sacrifice epitomized a people’s

Massachusetts State House Exhibits Photos of Genocide Survivors

WATERTOWN, Mass.–The Massachusetts State House this week displayed “iwitness,” a unique photography exhibit of portraits of Armenian Genocide survivors. Hosted by State Representative Jonathan Hecht (Middlesex 29) and sponsored by the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA) and the Armenian National Committee of Massachusetts (ANC-MA), “iwitness” is the work of Los Angeles-based photographers Ara

Armenian Government Facing Revenue Shortfall

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Faced with a shortfall in revenues resulting from a deepening economic crisis, Armenia’s government rescheduled on Thursday 131 billion drams ($359 million) in planned expenditures to the fourth quarter of this year. The figure is equivalent to almost 14 percent of total government spending envisaged by the Armenian state budget for 2009. The government

Armenian PM Vows to Reopen Bjni Water Company

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan Thursday assured hundreds of employees of an Armenian mineral water company, effectively shut down by his government last fall, that they will return to work before long. The Bjni plant located in Charentsavan, an unemployment stricken town 40 kilometers north of Yerevan, was raided by security officials and put up

Hamazkayin Forum 2009 in Armenia: Calling all Armenian University Students

For the past 14 years, the Hamazkayin Student Cultural Forum has been bringing young Armenian university students from all over the world together to discover and share their Armenian heritage directly from the source. Students from North and South America, Australia, Europe, Armenia, and Artsakh (Karabakh) converge in Yerevan for an intense two-week journey through

US Envoy Urges Calm as Georgia Tensions Rise

TBILISI (AFP)–A top US diplomat on Thursday said Washington has urged both Georgian authorities and opposition forces to avoid violence as fears of unrest grow ahead of anti-government protests next month. US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza held unexpected talks with officials and opposition leaders in Tbilisi late Wednesday, returning again for the

Second Ergenekon Indictment Focuses On Coup Plans

ANKARA (Today’s Zaman)–The Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court yesterday accepted an additional indictment against 56 suspects in the case against Ergenekon, a clandestine terrorist organization charged with countless atrocities, murders and attacks staged for the ultimate purpose of inciting a military takeover. The new indictment includes allegations put forward last year by a news weekly

US Should Not Be Bullied By Turkey, Says Pallone

WASHINGTON–Armenian Americans are constituents who lost loved ones in the Genocide and the United States must honor their memory and not be bullied by Turkey, US Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) said on Wednesday in a statement regarding a recently published book by a Turkish author that provides documentation of the disappearance of nearly one