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Armenia in ‘Panic’ over Short Supply of US Dollars

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Buying U.S. dollars was all but impossible in Yerevan on Friday in a further sign that the exchange rate of Armenia’s national currency, the dram, is no longer market-based. Unlike many other currencies, the dram has not depreciated against the dollar since the onset of the global financial crisis late last year. The government

Diyarbakir Aims to Become Cultural Center in Middle East

ISTANBUL (Hurriyet)–The southeastern city of Diyarbakir has established its first culture and art foundation to host a number of international festivals in the upcoming years, in the hopes that the city can become the culture capital of the Middle East. Bejan Matur, a young poet of Kurdish origin, had an academic career in the field

More than $35 Million Raised in Armenia Fund Telethon

LOS ANGELES–Amid the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Armenia’s around the world rallied on Thursday to raise more than $35 million for the development of Armenia and Karabakh during the 11th annual Hayastan All-Armenia Fund’s Thanksgiving Day telethon, beating last year’s record of $15.3 million. Preliminary figures show the following break-down in pledges:

Armenia’s to Perform at Media City Ballet Seventh Season

BURBANK–Media City Ballet, Natasha Middleton, Artistic Director, will open the company’s Seventh Annual Season with a program entitled “Ballet Russe Remembered,” to be presented at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA on Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature Principal and Corps Dancers from Media City Ballet. The

Bomb Destroys Turkish Military Vehicle in Diyarbakir

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Combined Sources)–A powerful explosion killing 5 people and wounding 68 others ripped through a military vehicle Thursday in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast. The car bomb exploded as the vehicle was passing on a road in the city center near a Turkish military base currently being used to stage

About the Environment

Why is it that so many in our communities are either clueless about environmental issues or, very often, averse to doing anything about them? Or, the position taken is something to the effect of “Oh I agree, but…”, and here a number of “reasonable” sounding protestations crop up. Ultimately though, these are just excuses and

Armenian PM Margarian Dies at 55

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Prime Minister Andranik Margarian died Sunday of heart failure, government spokeswoman Meri Arutunian said. He was 55. Margarian had been prime minister since May 2000.. Under the Armenian political system, the prime minister has mostly executive powers and is a much less powerful figure than the president. Margarian, educated as a computer specialist,

Armenia’s Gather to Celebrate Independence Day

–Over 7000 attend festival in Little Armenia LOS ANGELES (Glendale New Press/Armenian Youth Federation)–In a sign of their growing political clout–thousands of Armenia’s and Armenian Americans were joined Sunday by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for a street fair to celebrate Armenia’s first independence day on May 28–1918. The fair–held in the Little Armenia’section of

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