Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

ALL ASA to Host Armenian Cultural Festival at Woodbury University

BURBANK, CA–On Sunday, April 5, the Armenian Students’ Association at Woodbury University, in collaboration with the ALL-ASA, will host their second annual Armenian Cultural Festival. This day-long event (11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) will be a celebration of the cultural diversity of Armenia’s, bringing together both Armenia’s and non-Armenia’s to learn about the eclectic nature

Yerevan in Search of More Foreign Loans

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenia is seeking additional loans from foreign donors and lending institutions to cushion the growing effects of the global economic crisis on its economy, Labor and Social Affairs Minister Arsen Hambardzumian said on Thursday. Hambardzumian said the Armenian government is currently negotiating with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Manila-based Asian Development

Caucus Co-Chair Says He Was Misrepresented by Turkish Press

A headline in the Turkish Hurriyet daily screamed: “Pro-Armenian Lawmaker says US Congress Will Not Recognize Bill” for a news item attributing commen’s allegedly made by Rep. Mark Kirk, the Illinois Republican who co-chairs the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues and a co-author of H.Res. 252–the Armenian Genocide resolution. "Speaker of the House of Representatives,

ARF Urges Sarkisian to Ensure Clean Polls in Yerevan

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The Armenian Revolutionary Federation urged President Serzh Sarkisian on Wednesday to publicly promise that his Republican Party of Armenia will not use its extensive government levers to win the upcoming mayoral elections in Yerevan. The extraordinary call came amid opposition allegations that Yerevan’s incumbent Republican Mayor Gagik Beglarian and his subordinates are pressuring public

Azerbaijan Warns Turkey Against Normalizing Ties With Armenia

BAKU (Combined Sources)–Turkey will act against the national interests of Azerbaijan if it normalizes relations with Armenia before a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said on Thursday. “If the [Turkish-Armenian] border is opened before Armenian troops’ withdrawal from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, that will run counter to Azerbaijan’s national

Wall Street Journal Joins the Border Opening Chorus

In its Thursday edition, the Wall Street Journal published a news item authored by Marc Champion about the an imminent announcement by Armenia and Turkey on the opening of their border. The newspaper, which has joined a recent chorus of speculators on this matter, most of them Turkish sources, alleges that Armenia has agreed to

OSCE Warns Karabakh Frontline Becoming More Volatile

YEREVAN (Eurasianet)–Monitors for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are expressing concern about an increase in ceasefire violations along the Azerbaijan-Armenia frontline. Andrzej Kasprzyk, the personal representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, told an April 1 news conference that area residents are suffering from the growing violence. He did not elaborate on reasons

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