Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

US Holds Caucasus Talks on Transit to Afghanistan

BAKU (AFP)–US military officials have held talks with government and business representatives from Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan on the transport of supplies to Afghanistan, the US embassy in Baku said Tuesday. The two days of talks in Baku, which concluded Tuesday, were aimed to "coordinate transportation issues that will facilitate the shipment of supplies to

Turkish Prosecutor Says Apology Petition Legal

ANKARA (Hurriyet)–An Ankara prosecutor who argues that the Armenian apology petition campaign launched late last year is not illegal has asked the Justice Ministry to issue a written directive to that effect. A Turkish court ruled early this month that criminal proceedings could be launched against the authors and signatories of the online petition, which

Peter Musurlian, Vardan Barseghian Win Golden Mike Awards for Karabakh Documentary

The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA) has honored Peter Musurlian and Vardan Barseghian with Golden Mike Awards for their documentary, "Nagorno Karabakh, Artsakh: The Struggle for Freedom." The two prizes that are the most-coveted by Southern California broadcast journalists are the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards and RTNA Golden Mike Awards.

Sarkisian Forms ‘Public Council’

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–President Serzh Sarkisian appointed on Wednesday the first 12 members of a new, supposedly broad-based body that will discuss and advise Armenia’s leadership on key challengers facing the country. Sarkisian had announced his intention to set up a “public council” of representatives of leading political and non-governmental organizations, including those opposed to his administration,

Turkey Worst Hit by Economic Crisis, Says Opposition Leader

ANKARA (Today’s Zaman)–Speaking at a press conference held Tuesday at the Republican People’s Party (CHP) headquarters, party leader Deniz Baykal blasted the AKP government for its handling of the Turkish economy, calling Turkey the nation among all in the world hit hardest by the crisis. “If they say after elections that they’ve struck a deal

Government ‘Still Hopes’ to Avoid Spending Cuts

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The Armenian government still hopes to avoid cutting its planned record-high expenditures this year despite the worsening economic situation, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said on Wednesday. Armenia’s 2009 state budget envisages a 15 percent rise in government expenditures projected to total 945.5 billion drams ($2.6 billion). The budget was drawn up last fall on

ANC Glendale PAC Announces Endorsemen’s for 2009 Glendale Municipal Elections

GLENDALE–After extensive interviews with candidates and numerous consultations with community organizations and civic leaders, the Armenian National Committee of Glendale, Political Action Committee (ANCG-PAC) announced its slate of endorsemen’s for the upcoming April 7, 2009 Glendale Municipal elections. The ANCG-PAC endorsed Ara Najarian and Bob Yousefian for two of the three Glendale City Council seats;

Azeri Propaganda Backfires at European Parliament

BRUSSESLS–A planned “commemoration of the Khojaly events,” which for Azerbaijan has become a top priority in its ongoing misinformation campaign backfired Tuesday when a Member of the European Parliament distances herself from the event. European Member of Parliament Gisela Kallenbach (Greens, Germany), who initially had sponsored the exhibition of the “Aliyev Foundation” surprised the participants,