- 11:39 | Armenia Armenian parliament to discuss gas price increase on May 23
The discussion, initiated by Hovik Abrahamyan, will host Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and chairman of the Public Services Regulatory Commission of Armenia Robert Nazaryan.
- 11:38 | Armenia Serzh Sargsyan congratulates national philanthropist Louise Manoogian Simone on birthday
On behalf of the entire Armenian nation and his own behalf, President Serzh Sargsyan cordially congratulated national philanthropist Louise Manoogian Simone on her 80th birthday and wished her health and many happy years ahead.
Source: presidential press service
- 11:06 | Region Azerbaijan violates ceasefire about 200 times over past week
More than 1,500 shots were fired in Karabakh’s direction.
Source: NKR Defense Army
- 11:05 | Armenia 35 young people from European countries discuss youth unemployment in Dilijan
From 10th to 18th of May Dilijan city hosted 35 young people from various European countries such as Italy, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Czech Republic, Turkey and Greece.
Source: Armenian Progressive Youth NGO
- 10:39 | Armenia Mher Hovhannisyan in Limburg
Armenian IM Mher Hovhannisyan has scored 2.5 points after 3 rounds at Limburg Open.
- 10:07 | Region Bako Sahakyan meets with members of Armenian National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Relations
Issues related to cooperation between the parliaments of the two Armenian states in foreign policy were discussed during the meeting.
Source: presidential press service
- 09:16 | Armenia Serzh Sargsyan reelected President of Armenian Chess Federation
Serzh Sargsyan was reelected President of the federation during the conference of the federation held on Saturday.
Source: presidential press service
- 09:15 | In the world Imran Khan's party wins revote in Karachi, protests expected
Cricket hero Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf party won a revote in an upmarket constituency of Karachi on Sunday.
- 09:07 | In the world Venezuela says taking steps to restore U.S. diplomatic ties
Foreign Minister Elias Jaua suggested in a televised interview that the move to name government ally Calixto Ortega as charge d'affaires in Washington could be a prelude to restoring ambassadors.
- 09:03 | In the world 2 FBI agents die in hostage rescue training exercise
Special Agent Christopher Lorek and Special Agent Stephen Shaw were assigned to the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group. The cause of the incident is under review.
- 08:59 | In the world Iran claims it hanged CIA, Mossad spies
Two men who the Iranian government said worked as spies for Israel and the United States were hanged Sunday morning.
- 08:54 | In the world China asks North Korea to free seized boat
Owner Yu Xuejun said the vessel had been in Chinese waters when the 16-man crew were seized on 5 May.
- 08:50 | In the world Fierce battle for key Syrian town
Fighting has raged in Syria's town of Qusair after government troops launched a major operation to seize the strategic rebel stronghold.
- 08:45 | Armenia Air temperature will go down
Precipitation is expected from time to time in the whole territory
- 21:38 | In the world Hollywood actor Brad Pitt to promote new film in Moscow
The 35th film festival will kick off with the premiere of the upcoming apocalyptic horror film, World War Z, to be attended by producer-star Pitt and film director Marc Forster.
- 21:30 | In the world North Korea fires missiles into sea
The missiles posed no danger to neighboring countries.
Source: The Wall Street
- 21:10 | In the world Iran Exporting Medical Products to 40 World Countries
An Iranian health official said on Saturday.
- 21:03 | In the world Rome protest turns up heat on new PM Letta
Thousands of people protested in Rome on Saturday against austerity policies and high unemployment.
- 20:43 | In the world EU to ban refillable olive oil jugs and dipping bowls
From 1 January 2014, restaurants may only serve olive oil in tamper-proof packaging, labelled to EU standards.
- 20:30 | In the world Bashar al-Assad: 'We can't negotiate with fragmented rebels'
The Syrian president says that the opposition could not uphold any peace deal, and blames the west for supporting them.
Video: The Guardian
- 20:22 | In the world Saudi woman makes history by reaching Everest summit
It took a lot of persuading before Raha Moharrak's Saudi family agreed to let her climb.
- 20:08 | In the world France's Hollande signs gay marriage law
France's official journal announced on Saturday the bill had become law after the Constitutional Council gave it the go-ahead on Friday.
- 16:19 | Region Iranian President to visit Moscow
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Moscow on July 1, Iran's Ambassador to Russia Mohammad Reza Sajjadi said.
- 16:18 | Region Azerbaijani analyst: Allahshukur Pashazadeh’s Iran visit will be unproductive
“Iran wants Azerbaijan to take practical moves and justify its expectations. But Azerbaijan is unable to do it,” Vafa Guluzade said.
- 15:18 | Region Haqqin.az: Schools and enterprises are forced to buy Ilham Aliyev’s new portraits in one of Azerbaijani regions
Yesterday, in the social networks and media information was spread that by the order of the Chief Executive Ahmed Mukhtarov the portrait of the president was to be renewed in all the grades of schools and enterprises in Hajigabul region of Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani news agency "Haqqin.az" reported.
- 14:29 | In the world Incoming Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is at the centre of a bidding war after it emerged the Manchester United target is wanted by Chelsea.
Source: Daily Mail
- 14:03 | In the world France opposes Syria conference if Iran attends
Apart from the question of which countries will attend, it is also far from clear whether the Syrian foes would accept it.
Source: The Daily Star
- 13:25 | Armenia Museum Night involves 88 museums from Armenia and Artsakh
“We would like museums to be a space for non-formal education not one day only,” said the director of the Museum of Russian Art.
- 12:34 | Armenia Robert Aghasaryan fulfills grandmaster norm
19-year-old Armenian chess player Robert Aghasaryan fulfilled grandmaster norm at the 14th European Individual Championship held in Legnica, Poland.
- 11:34 | In the world Balotelli: I'm a normal guy
“But I don't see anything that would make people think that I'm bad or I'm crazy. I'm a normal guy,” he said.
Source: Sky Sports
- 11:33 | Armenia Tsarukyan’s statement eases anxiety of PAP businessmen
Representatives of Prosperous Armenia Party’s business circles are now more confident about their future following party leader Gagik Tsarukyan’s statement that PAP cannot be opposition.
Source: 168 Hours
- 10:36 | Armenia Ex-minister owes Belarusian tractor manufacturing plant
Bobruysk plant of tractor parts and units intends to sue former Armenian Deputy Minister of Agriculture, member of Prosperous Armenia Vardan Karapetyan unless he pays for tractors imported to Armenia.
- 10:35 | Region NKR Foreign Ministry delegation attending anniversary events in Abkhazia
The NKR Foreign Minister delivered a speech at the ceremonial meeting on May 17.
Source: NKR MFA
- 09:44 | Region Artsakh President, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister discuss cooperation
On May 17, Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan met with Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharyan.
Source: presidential press service
- 09:35 | In the world Greeks and Armenians call for conditions on Turkey trade deal
The leaders of the Greek and Armenian American communities have joined together in formally calling upon the White House to set strict legal conditions on any new trade agreements involving Turkey.
- 09:17 | In the world One dead, dozens wounded in sectarian clashes in Egypt
A quarrel between two young men, one Christian and one Muslim, morphed into a family feud that sparked clashes in a western district of Alexandria.
- 09:12 | In the world Two blasts at Iraqi Sunni mosque kill 43
Two bombs exploded outside a Sunni Muslim mosque in the Iraqi city of Baquba as worshippers left Friday prayers, killing at least 43 people.
- 09:07 | In the world U.N.: More than 1.5 million flee Syria
Since the start of 2013 alone, UNHCR has registered close to 1 million refugees -- which amounts to about 250,000 people each month.
- 09:03 | In the world Blanks fired at Cannes; actors scramble
A man was arrested Friday at the Cannes Film Festival after firing a gun loaded with blanks during a live television interview, sending an Oscar-winning actor running for cover.
- 08:56 | In the world Dozens injured in US train crash
About 60 people have been injured, five critically, after a head-on, rush-hour collision between two commuter trains near New York City.
- 08:52 | In the world Afghanistan MPs to debate law on women's rights
Afghan MPs are to debate a law to prevent violence against women, amid a fierce argument between leading Afghan women over tactics.
- 08:46 | Armenia Air temperature will go up by 3-4 degrees
No precipitation is expected in the most part of the day in the whole territory.
- 02:26 | Region BigCaucasus’ survey: Armenian men will protect Karabakh and will go even further
The "BigCaucasus" portal published a video survey conducted in Yerevan with the inhabitants of the city in connection with the statement of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov.
- 22:05 | In the world More than 70 percent of Russians are against the justification and public display of homosexual relations
Only 12 percent are in favor, according to a survey by the Levada Center independent pollster published on Friday.
- 21:50 | In the world Jennifer Lopez: I'd love to have more kids
The 43-year-old singer already has five-year-old twins Max and Emme with her ex-husband, singer Marc Anthony.
- 21:42 | In the world Bill Gates regains title of world’s richest person
The founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, hit a five-year high on Thursday at $72.7 billion, topping that of Slim, 73, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Source: ABC News
- 21:35 | In the world Syria begins to break apart under pressure from war
In the northeast, the Kurds have effectively carved out an autonomous zone.
Source: The New York Times
- 21:28 | In the world Eurovision 2013: 30 things you need to know
The Eurovision Song Contest was first staged in Switzerland on 24th May 1956.
Details: The Telegraph
- 21:20 | In the world Cannes film festival suffers $1m jewellery theft
The jewels were to be loaned to stars appearing at the famous annual film festival on the French Riviera.
- 21:13 | Region Mob disrupts gay activist rally in Georgia, 30 injured
Some 30 people were injured when an angry mob led by clergymen broke through police cordons and clashed with gay rights activists in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Friday, the country's health minister said.
- 21:06 | In the world Toyota retakes crown as Asia’s biggest manufacturer
Among the companies leading the charge is none other than the country’s biggest auto maker, Toyota Motor Corp-its share price soaring 50% this year.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
- 21:00 | In the world Pro-Assad hackers attack Financial Times
The website and Twitter feed of the Financial Times were hacked on Friday by a group of online activists who say they support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
- 20:55 | In the world Rights Groups: Syria holds thousands incommunicado
About 30 security agents showed up just after midnight, breaking down the door to an apartment in the town of Daraya near the Syrian capital of Damascus.
Source: ABC News
- 20:42 | In the world Russia's FSB reveals identity of CIA Moscow station chief
Speaking to Russian media about the recent capture of an alleged CIA spy in a wig in Moscow, an FSB spokesman named the CIA "rezident", or station chief, in the capital.
Source: The Telegraph
- 20:30 | In the world Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria air raids 'kill militants'
At least 30 militants have been killed during air raids on their training camps in north-eastern Nigeria, officials say.
15:20 24/07/2012 » Politics
DNA Study Busts Myth that One Million Appalachians are of Turkish Descent
For decades, Turkish pseudo-historians and propagandists have made bizarre claims about Turks being the ancestors of various ethnic groups around the world, including Native Americans, African-Americans, and the strangest of all -- Melungeons -- a little-known group of dark-skinned residents of Appalachia.
To counter Armenian political activities in Washington, the Turkish government regularly reaches out to anyone who could be co-opted with all-expense paid trips, special gifts, and other financial inducements, including funding studies and conferences on the alleged Turkish origin of Melungeons. Even though these one million Appalachians do not carry much political clout in Congress, Ankara is interested in claiming them to be of Turkish descent, hoping to strengthen its political and economic clout in the United States.
The Turkish initiative faced one ‘minor’ problem: there was no evidence that Melungeons were descendants of Turks. This issue was easily resolved when the Turkish government provided a “research grant” to a Melungeon named N. Brent Kennedy. In April 1995, he flew to Istanbul and wrote a book alleging that hundreds of captured Ottoman sailors were dumped on the shores of North Carolina by Sir Francis Drake in the 16th century!
Kennedy compiled a long list of “amazing” similarities between Turks and Melungeons, such as eating beef and mashed potatoes, the habit of hugging each other, Appalachian quilts having Ottoman designs, Anatolian folk dancers performing square dance, and Turkish music sounding like bluegrass! He discovered that the Turkish word “neyaygara” sounds like Niagara, “dilhah yer” is pronounced Delaware, “tenasuh” means Tennessee, “kan tok” is Kentucky, and “allah bamya” is Alabama!
Kennedy further stated that Turkish scholars have “long believed that a connection existed between themselves and eastern seaboard American Indians, based on both physical appearance and shared words and customs.” He gathered these “important facts” from Turkish “historians” during his meetings at Marmara University in Istanbul. “Several hundred Ottoman sailors could exert a powerful genetic, cultural, and linguistic influence on the sixteenth-century Native American Tribes into which they married,” Kennedy confidently concluded.
Appalachians, however, were infuriated by the distortion of Melungeons’ ethnic origin and exploitation of their history. Historian and award-winning journalist Tim Hashaw of Houston, Texas, sent a letter asking me to “investigate the tawdry connection between the ATAA (Assembly of Turkish American Associations) and the Melungeon Heritage Association.” Hashaw asserted that “Melungeons are an obscure tri-racial (white, black, and American Indian) community in Appalachia -- Virginia and Tennessee. We are not now, nor have we ever been, Turkish. Yet, Melungeons are being wrongly exploited by Turkish associations to deny the Armenian Genocide and to support questionable Turkish agendas in Washington DC.”
Hashaw revealed in his letter that Turkey “sent gifts such as water fountains (cesme) to those who deny the Armenian Genocide. They have said in the press that they expect our support in Washington DC. I kept asking myself: why is the very influential Turkic World Research Foundation bothering to pay for airfare to send waves of humble Appalachian hill folk from the US to Turkey? We are not a large or affluent people. Why do the President and Prime Minister of Turkey give personal interviews to Melungeons from Appalachia when they visit? Why are the ATAA and the Istanbul Alumni group paying to send Melungeons to New York in order to honor them in recognition for their services to Turkey?”
Hashaw’s published works regarding the ethnic origins of the Melungeons were validated by a new DNA study published in the Journal of Genetic Genealogy which disproved the “wild claims” that Melungeons are descendants of Turkish slaves. Instead, the research indicated that they were the offspring of “sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin.” Shortly after release of this study, the red-faced leader of a Turkish-American group gave his followers the bad news: “Appalachia’s Melungeons are not Turks”!
Despite the incontestable DNA evidence, incorrigible Turkish propagandists may not be deterred by scientific studies. They will continue to claim that just about everyone on Planet Earth somehow originated from Turks! As Tim Hashaw mockingly wrote:
“Abraham Lincoln was a Turk! Elvis Presley was a Turk! American Indians are Turks! Obama's mama was a Turk! Melungeons were born in the country of the Hatfields and McCoys. The blood feud is in our DNA. The Turks do not know yet, but they will regret bribing greedy ignorant people to deny the Armenian Genocide.”
Author: Harut Sassounian, Publisher, The California Courier
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12:52 20/05/2013 » Economy
The Armenian parliament will discuss the increase in gas price after the four-day parliament session finishes on May 23, Armenian parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamyan said at the beginning of the parliament session today. The discussion, initiated by Hovik Abrahamyan, will host Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and chairman of the Public Services Regulatory Commission of Armenia Robert Nazaryan. MP Zaruhi Postanjyan asked Mr Abrahamyan what he can do to prevent an increase in the ...
11:36 20/05/2013 » Society
On behalf of the entire Armenian nation and his own behalf, President Serzh Sargsyan cordially congratulated national philanthropist Louise Manoogian Simone on her 80th birthday and wished her health and many happy years ahead. “You are a brilliant follower of the best traditions which have been present and continue to be present in the Armenian reality. In different times and in different circumstances, you have been able to assume responsibility and implement projects that were ...
11:20 20/05/2013 » Politics
Azerbaijan violated ceasefire regime at the line of contact between Karabakh and Azerbaijani armed forces about 200 times in the period between May 12 and 18. More than 1,500 shots were fired in Karabakh’s direction, the NKR Defense Army reported. NKR Defense Army took necessary steps to suppress the rival's activity.
11:02 20/05/2013 » Society
From 10th to 18th of May Dilijan city hosted 35 young people from various European countries such as Italy, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Czech Republic, Turkey and Greece. The young people have arrived in Armenia to take part in “Youth Unemployment: Work on Work” TC (Training Course) which has been organized by Armenian Progressive Youth NGO in the frames of Youth in Action programme financed by European Commission. It's not a ...