Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

What Were Armenian Officials Thinking, If They Were Thinking at all?

Two shocking announcemen’s made by Yerevan officials have deeply troubled Armenia’s worldwide. The first statement was made by Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia on February 21, during an international economic forum — "Outlook for International Economic Cooperation: Problems and Solutions." The conference was attended by high-ranking officials and businessmen from Russia, Bulgaria, Iran

Turkish trip intensifies dilemma for Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey has become so pivotal to U.S. goals in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East that President Barack Obama included it on his first overseas tour. But relations between the countries could be at risk unless Obama is willing to break a campaign promise to describe as "genocide" the killings of Armenia’s

Bulgaria Parliament Speaker Arrives in Turkey Amid Genocide Row

ANKARA (Hurriyet)–Bulgaria’s Parliament Speaker Georgi Pirinski is visiting Ankara Thursday amid growing tensions between the two countries over the recognition last year by some Bulgarian cities of the Armenian Genocide The Turkish cities of Bursa, Kirklareli and Adapazari have cancelled their agreemen’s with the Bulgarian municipalities of Plovdiv, Dobrich and Shumen. All other contracts for

Russia Says it Wants to Keep Radar in Azerbaijan

BAKU (AP)–Russia wants to extend its lease of a Soviet-built military radar in Azerbaijan after a current lease agreement ends, the Russian foreign minister said Thursday. Sergey Lavrov said on a trip to Azerbaijan that Russia would like to continue using the early-warning radar in Gabala after the lease expires in 2012. He said Russia’s

Crisis-Hit Armenia Set to ‘Delay’ Government Spending

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Citing the growing impact of the global economic crisis, Armenia’s Finance Ministry urged the government on Thursday to delay 131 billion drams ($354 million) in planned expenditures until 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.

U.S. Hold On Armenia Road Funding Extended

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The United States has again extended the suspension of some of its additional economic assistance to Armenia, saying that the authorities in Yerevan have still not addressed U.S. concerns about the “status of democratic governance” in the country. Armenia was due to receive $236.5 million under the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) program

Bi-Partisan Reps. Commend Obama’s Record on Genocide Recognition

WASHINGTON–In advance of the upcoming 94th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), George Radanovich (R-CA), Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) wrote a letter to President Barack Obama commending him on his record of supporting the truth about the Armenian Genocide and urging the President to make a strong statement of

Rafi Manoukian Discusses His Run for Glendale City Treasurer

Municipal elections are scheduled for April 7 in Glendale. Along with the city council, school board and other seats, voters also will be electing Glendale’s next treasurer. Former Glendale City Councilman Rafi Manoukian is running for the treasurer’s seat. Asbarez sat down with Manoukian who shared his perspective on some issues. Asbarez: As a former