Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

Armenia to Have Most Powerful Hydro Electric Plant in Region

YEREVAN (Arka)–Armenia and Iran are to build the most powerful hydro-electric power plants in the South Caucasus, Armenian Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Ara Simonyan said at a parliament session Tuesday. The plants will be situated on the Arax River, which divides the two countries at the border. One of them will be

As Bipartisan Support for Genocide Bill Grows, Turkey Renews Warnings to Obama

ANKARA (Combined Sources)–Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ali Babacan has again warned that the introduction of a resolution by U.S. lawmakers recognizing the Armenian Genocide could harm efforts to improve ties with Armenia, reported the Turkish Hurriyet Daily. Babacan’s latest warning came as US lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a new resolution to recognize the Genocide into the

Medvedev Announces Plan to Rearm Russia

MOSCOW (IHT)–Russian President Dmitri Medvedev said Tuesday that Russia would begin a "large-scale rearming" in 2011 in response to what he described as threats to the country’s security. In a speech before generals in Moscow, Medvedev cited encroachment by NATO as a primary reason for bolstering the military, including nuclear forces. The Russian President did

Turkey to ‘Realize’ Nabucco Project Despite Tanking EU Support

BRUSSELS (Combined Sources)–Turkey will “realize” the Nabucco Pipeline project despite a recent confirmation by EU officials that the project, considered a flagship Union venture, had disappeared from the list of energy projects the EU’s economic stimulus plan will finance. Nabucco– a 3,300km pipeline designed to carry Caspian gas to Europe via Turkey and the Balkans

Youth Turn Out in Droves for Community Educational

PASADENA, CA–As part of its ongoing commitment to popular education within the community and, especially, among the youth, the Pasadena “Nigol Touman” chapter of the Armenian Youth Federation held the latest installment in its lecture series this past Sunday, March 15, at the Pasadena Armenian Center. The guest speaker for the evening was Senya Lubisich,

Genocide Scholars Urge Obama to Recognize Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON (A.W.)–Earlier this month, the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to recognize the Armenian Genocide. The letter, signed by IAGS president Gregory Stanton, read: “We write to you as the leading international organization of scholars who study genocide. As April approaches, we urge you to

Schiff, Radanovich Introduce Genocide Resolution

WASHINGTON–Legislation calling on the U.S. President to properly recognize the Armenian Genocide was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, two weeks before President’s Obama’s April 5th trip to Turkey and roughly a month before the White House’s annual April 24th commemoration of this crime against humanity, reported the Armenian National Committee

Arkady Ghukasian Gets Diplomatic Post in Armenia

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Arkady Ghukasian, the former president of Nagorno-Karabakh, has been appointed to Armenia’s diplomatic service as ambassador-at-large, President Serzh Sarkisian’s office said on Tuesday. In a short statement, it said a relevant decree signed by Sarkisian also granted Ghukasian the diplomatic rank of ambassador. The statement did not specify his concrete areas of responsibility or

Armenia to ‘Soon’ Start Selling Electricity to Turkey

BAKU (APA)–Armenia will soon start supplying electricity to Turkey, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources said Tuesday, the Azeri Press Agency reported. According to APA, all technical issues have been resolved and power will begin transferring as soon as Turkey is ready to receive electricity. Under the agreement signed late last year between Armenia’s

CSTO Rapid-Reaction Force to Hold Drills in Kazakhstan

MOSCOW (RIA Novosti)–The joint rapid-reaction forces of a post-Soviet regional security bloc will hold military exercises in September in Kazakhstan, the Russian defense minister said on Tuesday. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, agreed in early February to set up the rapid-reaction force, transforming the