Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

PACE Panel Again Discusses Armenia

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–A key panel of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) was due to again decide late Monday whether to recommend sanctions against the Armenian authorities over their 2008 post-election crackdown on the opposition. The authorities’ compliance with the most recent PACE resolution on Armenia was among the issues on the agenda of a

Film on Morgenthau Opens Lens on the Armenian Genocide

BY CHRIS BERGERON From the Daily NewsPublished: Monday March 30, 2009 FRAMINGHAM, MA–Descended from survivors of the Armenian genocide, filmmaker Apo Torosyan hopes his art transforms prejudice and hate into tolerance and compassion. Growing up in Turkey, he learned his father’s parents had both starved to death after the genocidal massacres of 1915. As a

Turkish Ruling Party Loses Kurdish South in Local Elections

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Combined Sources)–Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lost votes in an election for the first time in his seven-year rule after the economy dived into recession, weakening his hand with Turkey’s Kurdish minority and secular rivals. Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) failed to conquer the Kurdish bastion of Diyarbakir in Sunday’s

Heritage Offered Cash for Election Commission Seats

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The opposition Heritage party claimed on Tuesday that it has been offered to sell its election commission seats to one of the pro-government parties preparing for the May 31 municipal elections in Yerevan. As a party represented in Armenia’s parliament, Heritage is legally entitled to appoint one of the nine members of the Central

Karabakh Defense Forces Test Combat Readiness

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Nagorno-Karabakh’s army has held a fresh military exercise aimed at testing and strengthening their combat readiness, a military spokesman in Stepanakert said on Friday. Lieutenant-Colonel Senor Hasratian told the Arminfo news agency that the exercise was envisaged by an annual training plan of the Defense Army of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR). “The NKR Defense

An Evening With Peter Balakian

Armenian-American writer, poet, and academic, Peter Balakian will be the honored guest of Haigazian University Women’s Auxiliary at 5:00 p.m. on May 16, 2009, at the home of Mark and Paulette Giragos. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Mark Giragos. Dr. Balakian will be discussing the new chapters on Lebanon and Syria

ANCG-PAC Gears Up for Final Push to Get Out The Vote

GLENDALE–This week, ANCG PAC launched its first Get Out The Vote (GOTV) video featuring students from the 4 public high schools in the Glendale area, private high schools and various Southern California colleges who are currently active with the committee. The video encourages residents to consider all the different methods of voting and emphasizes the

CSTO Says No Plans for Azerbaijan Membership

MOSCOW (Combined Sources)–The Collective Security Treaty Organization will not be offering membership to Azerbaijan, organization spokesperson Vitaly Strugovets stated on March 26 in response to earlier media reports that he characterized as "inaccurate." The reports came after CSTO General Secretary Nikolai Bordyuzha called for deepening cooperation between the organization and Azerbaijan on March 21. "[W]e