Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

Early Poll in Armenia Raises Doubts on Ter-Petrosian’s Mayoral Aspirations

YEREVAN (Eurasianet)–A poll in Armenia indicates that the country’s leading opposition figure faces an uphill struggle to become mayor of the capital Yerevan. Former president Levon Ter-Petrosian heads the country’s main opposition party, the Armenia National Congress. Seeking to gain leverage against the incumbent administration of President Serzh Sarkisian, the Armenian National Congress is pouring

Utility Price Hikes Take Effect in Armenia

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The prices of the key utility services in Armenia rose significantly on Wednesday, putting an additional strain on the modest budgets of many of its residents already grappling with the effects of the global economic crisis. The price hikes came into effect just over one month after being approved by the Public Services Regulatory

AYF Leads Discussion on Genocide with Students at Lakewood High

LAKEWOOD, CA–Hundreds of tenth and eleventh grade history students gathered in the Lakewood High School Library on Monday to participate in a discussion on genocide with members of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF). The discussion covered a range of issues, from the basic history of the Armenian Genocide to how its denial put into motion

Youth Green and Clean to Beautify Little Armenia

BY SEROUJ APRAHAMIAN LITTLE ARMENIA, CA–More than 300 Armenian youth adorned in bright green t-shirts and armed with cleaning supplies made their way throughout the streets of Los Angeles’ Little Armenia region this past Sunday, March 29. With rakes, shovels, brooms, bags and other utensils in hand, the young volunteers proceeded to pick up trash,

ANCA “Fierce Urgency of Now” Campaign Urges Activists to Call on President, Congress to Recognize Genocide

WASHINGTON–On the eve of the April 1st arrival of Genocide Prevention Month, the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Monday launched a nationwide online and print campaign urging concrete action to end the Darfur genocide and full U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Echoing Martin Luther King’s famous remarks at the Lincoln Memorial in August,

Pace Panel Defers Decision On Armenia

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–A key panel of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) reportedly deferred making further recommendations regarding the Armenian authorities’ treatment of the opposition after a meeting held in Valencia, Spain late on Monday. The Monitoring Committee discussed, among other issues, the authorities’ compliance with the most recent PACE resolution on Armenia. The resolution,

Armenian Cash Remittances Fall

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Hard currency inflows to Armenia from its citizens working abroad, which benefit a large part of the country’s population, fell significantly in the first two months of this year, the Armenian Central Bank (CBA) said on Tuesday. According to the latest CBA data made available to RFE/RL, the total amount of cash transfers processed

Genocide Deniers in Congress Try to Shift Focus

A group of House members, traditionally and vocally opposing Congressional resolutions recognizing the Armenian Genocide, wrote a letter to the presidents of Armenia and Turkey expressing their support for what they called “lasting Armenian-Turkish rapprochement.” These notorious Genocide deniers representatives Robert Wexler, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (D-Fla.), Ike Skelton (D-MO), the

Recession Cuts Armenian Property Prices

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)-Real estate prices in Armenia have plummeted by at least 30 percent this year because of a worsening economic situation and decreased cash inflows from abroad, private realtors said on Tuesday. The Armenian government reported a far more modest drop, however. According to the State Real Property Cadastre, the average home prices in the

ARF Bureau Member Meets with Biden

VINA DEL MAR, Chile (ARF Press Service)–Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau member Mario Nalbandian Sunday met with Vice-President Joe Biden during the sixth Conference of Progressive Leaders, which was being held in South America for the first time. Nalbandian, who is the ARF’s representative to the Socialist International where he is a co-chair of the CIS,