Author Archives: Contributor

Prisoner’s Dilemma or Exploiting Structure in Adversarial Negotiations: Armenian-Turkish Protocols of 2009

This paper provides a preliminary overview of the processes associated with the Armenian-Turkish Protocols of 2009. The lack of parliamentary ratification of the Protocols on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey can find its roots in an adversarial, rather than a cooperative, mental model of Turkish elites.

Sex Tape Prompts Turkey to Reinstate YouTube Ban

YouTube is back on Turkey’s long black list of censored websites. But unlike before, the reason has nothing to do with offending Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who is viewed as the father of modern-day Turkey, but a sneakily shot tape featuring a man and a woman–claimed to be the former leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Deniz Baykal, and a female CHP politician in a bedroom–and involving nudity.

Neoliberalism to the Extreme: Armenia’s Parliament Adopts Regressive Pension and Tax Policies

On June 24, 2010, the Republic of Armenia’s National Assembly decided to privatize its social security system by adopting an extreme version of a private pension model. Along with the pension system, the National Assembly also radically changed its income tax regime. The mandatory private pension system is set to take effect in January 2014, while the new income tax will be implemented in January 2011. Members of parliament representing the ARF and Heritage parties stood alone in opposing both of these regressive and unfair laws.

California’s Armenian American Vote Is Not For Sale

As we get closer to California’s November Election, one race seems to grab all the attention–the race for Governor. From record spending of $141.5 million by Meg Whitman to allegations of her housekeeper being an illegal immigrant to Jerry Brown’s aid referring to Whitman as a “whore” during a recorded phone conversation, this race sure has all the dynamics and the drama of something out of a Hollywood movie. But this is not Hollywood.

More Than $75,000 Worth Of Cycling Supplies Sent To Armenia

The second annual Tour de Fresno charity bike ride organized by the ATG / Bike for Hope was a tremendous success. This year’s event shattered all expectations with 729 riders and volunteers gathered at the Chukchansi Baseball Park to take part in the tour; a huge leap from the 162 riders that participated in 2009! The ride was the ninth annual fund raising bike a thon organized by the Armenian Technology Group, Inc./Bike for Hope.

Diyarbakir Mayor to Armenians: ‘This City is Yours as Much as it is Mine’

Speaking at a reception held on the occasion of the closing of the dome of the Sourp Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakir, the mayor of the greater Diyarbakir municipality, Osman Baydemir told the Armenians gathered there: “This city is yours as much as it is mine. You have as much a claim to this city as I do.”

Ethnicity References Irrelevant, Troubling, Offensive

The recent bust by federal agents of a Medicare fraud ring and the subsequent publicity was poorly handled by the FBI and national news outlets. Nationwide and international press outlets, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press and the BBC News Network, wrote about “Armenian gangsters” and “Armenian organized crime.” The ephemeral headlines disappeared but their stains remained.

Akhtamar: A Lost Paradise

My Akhtamar visit was a huge pile of mixed thoughts and feelings, mainly that of despair and indignation from being in physical contact with evidence of the painful truth. Images are engraved in my mind… Of the solemn and dignified faces of Armenians praying, some touching and caressing the age-old stones of the Sourp Khatch Church, some crying…