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Will Bryza Become US Ambassador to Azerbaijan?

“The Cable,” a blog written by Laura Rozen in the Foreign Policy magazine’s Web site had the following post Friday, speculating on whether current OSCE Minsk Group co-chair Matthew Bryza, a controversial figure in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks, is short-listed to become the Obama Administration’s pick for the recently-vacated ambassadorial post in Baku.

Pilibos Class of 2010 in Armenia

For years we dreamed of it. For months we counted down to it. For a few short days we lived it. For a lifetime we will cherish it, for eternity we will remember it. Everyday was an undescribable adventure. Every hour was a completely unthinkable experience.

ABMDR Opens Stem Cell Harvesting Center in Yerevan

The Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) recently unveiled its Stem Cell Harvesting Center in Yerevan with a grand opening celebration. The much-anticipated event was attended by scores of ABMDR donors, sponsors, patients, physicians, and special guests including VivaCell-MTS general manager Ralph Yirikian, a major supporter of the registry; Archbishop Tatev Sargsyan, who conveyed a special commendation from His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians; ABMDR Advisory Board member Nani Oskanian; a representative from Armenia’s Ministry of Health; and a group of supporters from Los Angeles who had traveled to Armenia to take part in the celebration.

Gumri Music School Recovers After Earthquake

Major pro-government factions in Armenia’s parliament have put a brave face on a recent United States report criticizing Yerevan’s deteriorating human rights record and democratic practices at the same time voicing regrets over Washington’s decision to make a significant cut in an ongoing aid program for the country.

KFI Apologizes for Genocide Comment

The Armenian National Committee-Western Region (ANC-WR), joined by community organizations and activists, met with KFI640-AM radio show host Bill Handel and station management today regarding offensive comments that aired on Handel’s radio show on May 13 and 14 during a discussion between Handel and Lara Hermanson. Acknowledging that a line had been crossed, Handel, KFI and Clear Channel management apologized to the Armenian American community. With Handel himself being a descendent of Holocaust survivors, he also made it clear that recognition of the Armenian Genocide is something he has been aware of and passionate about throughout his career and promised to continue raising awareness about the issue.

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