Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

Mark Arax Joins CA Senate to Shake up Policy Debate

SACRAMENTO–California Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez (D-Shafter) proudly announced at the weekend the addition to his legislative staff of award-winning author and journalist Mark Arax, a Fresno native who will serve as his Senior Policy Director. “I am excited to see how policy can be advanced when we apply a reporter’s perspective and tenacity to

Ter-Petrosian to Run for Yerevan Mayor

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–In a surprise move that some say could spark further political turmoil, former President Levon Ter Petrosian has announced plans to run for mayor of Yerevan in the Armenian capital’s May 31 elections. The decision, which should shape political developmen’s in the country in the coming months, was announced on Sunday after Ter-Petrosian’s meeting

Judiciary and State Behind Alienation of Non-Muslims in Turkey

ANKARA (Today’s Zaman)–Members of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation introduced a report on Saturday on the obstacles facing ethnic minorities in Turkey, stating that non-Muslim Turks still face “anti-democratic practices.” Turkey’s non-Muslim communities have been alienated, and it was done by the state and judiciary, said the writers of the new report, which

Student Activists Face Down Azerbaijan’s Propaganda Machine

NORTHRIDGE, CA–Students and human rights activists recently attended a talk by Consul General of Azerbaijan Elin Suleymanov held Wednesday at California State University-Northridge (CSUN), the Armenian National Committee Reported The lecture, organized at the requested of Suleymanov, was titled “The Geopolitics of Energy Security in Eurasia, Central Asia, Europe and America,” and served as a

Bay Area ANC Banquet Highlights Grass-Roots Participation

SAN FRANCISCO–The Bay Area Armenian National Committee hosted its annual banquet, know as “Hye Tahd Evening” on March 7 at the Khachatourian Armenian Center’s Saroyan Hall featuring an array of speakers highlighting the importance of grassroots participation and reaffirming the community’s commitment to the Armenian Cause. In her welcoming remarks, Bay Area ANC chairwoman Raxanne

OCAPS to Host Mixer at Kimera Restaurant

The Orange County Armenian Professional Society will be hosting their first quarter Meet & mingle event at the trendy Kimera Restaurant and Lounge, located at 19530 Jamboree Rd., Irvine. This event, beginning at 8:00pm, was designed to encourage business and social networking. It is open to OCAPS members & non-members. OCAPS and Kimera will host

Italian Town Celebrates St. Gregory the Illuminator

The inhabitants of a small town in the southern Italian region of Apulia, in the province of Lecce, have once again marked the anniversary of a devistating earthquake in their city with a celebration of the city’s Patron saint, Gregory the Illuminator. Nardo’s inhabitants, who are non-Armenian, held a three day celebration starting February 20,

Homenetmen Ararat Host Table Tennis Tournament

GLENDALE–Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Chapter hosted its Second Annual Table Tennis Tournament that was sanctioned by the USA Table Tennis Organization. Eighty athletes from all over California participated in the tournament that included six different entry categories. The matches and results were all monitored and inputted into the USATT rating database by a USATT representative. The