Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

ANC-WR Annual Banquet Drawing Major Support from Prominent Political and Community Leaders

LOS ANGELES–The ANC-WR Annual Banquet set for September of this year in Los Angeles has reached a new milestone by attracting unprecedented support from Members of Congress and prominent community leaders months before the marquee event is held. The largest gathering of Armenian American political leaders and public officials in the State of California is

ANC West Valley Attends Campaign Kick Off Party Lauritzen’s Re-Election Bid to School Board

ENCINO–Members of the Armenian National Committee Western Region–West Valley Chapter on Feb.3 attended the campaign kick off party for Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member, Jon Lauritzen a strong supporter of the Armenian community and specifically the San Fernando Valley, is up for re-election on March 6 in a closely contested election. Jon Lauritzen

Burbank ANC Armenian Christmas Event a Big Success

More than 75 guests, including Burbank’s Police and Fire chiefs, the Burbank City Manager, five of seven candidates running for the Burbank City Council, Council Member Dr. David Gordon, Burbank board and commission members, and officials from the Burbank Unified School District were part of a dinner on January 8 hosted by the Burbank Armenian

ANC Task Force Begins Assessment of Candidates for 43rd State Assembly District

Candidate: Paul Krekorian GLENDALE–The Armenian National Committee 43rd District Task Force held its first meeting with candidate Paul Krekorian on November 30 at the Armenian National Committee-Western Region (ANC-WR) offices to discuss his candidacy in the 2006 State Assembly elections. As one of the first steps in completing this assessment–the 43rd District Task Force began

Los Angeles City College Inaugurates First Armenian American President

LOS ANGELES–This week marked a historic occasion as Los Angeles City College (LACC) officially inaugurated its first Armenian American president–Dr. Steve Maradian. Held before an overflowing crowd comprised of faculty–students–administration–political representatives–and community supporters–the inaugural was especially meaningful for the large number of Armenian American students attending LACC. Demonstrating the Armenian community’s strong support for Maradian

ARF Youth Delegates Discuss Genocide at IUSY Conference in Turkey

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Armenian youth who recently attended a youth conference in Turkey–told a news conference in Yerevan on Thursday that they spoke openly about the Armenian genocide and even distributed booklets to participants. The two Armenian Youth Federation of Armenia participants–Zinavor Meghrian and Karen Mnatsakanian–along with AYF delegates Talline Tachdjian (France)–and Khatchik Mouradian (Lebanon) attended the

Review Essay: Phillips’ Book on Track Two Diplomacy

Unsilencing the Past: Track Two Diplomacy and Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation by David L. Phillips By Charles Garo Ashjian–JD–PhD This is a book about third party mediation (ie–Track Two Diplomacy) in a world filled with "intractable conflicts that confound traditional diplomacy." Whereas–according to Phillips–the State Department "inculcates a risk-averse culture that discourages initiative and stifles creativity;" (see

Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Poochigian Bill on Armenian Genocide Heirs

LOS ANGELES (ANC-WR)–On Friday–California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Senate Bill 1689–which will exempt Armenian Genocide life insurance settlemen’s from state taxation and other calculations related to income. Praising the move–Armenian National Committee Executive Director Ardashes Kassakhian explained that Charles Poochigian’s bill addresses an injustice that New York Life insurance committed against its policy