- 15:10 | Region 300 ceasefire violations at Karabakh-Azerbaijan Line of Contact
Over 3,000 shots were fired against Armenian defense guards from guns of different calibers.
Source: NKR Defense Ministry
- 14:29 | In the world Armenian journalist appointed chief advisor to Turkish Prime Minister
Turkish-Armenian journalist and writer Etyen Mahcupyan will serve as a chief advisor to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
- 14:26 | Armenia Russian Ambassador: Almost all opposition forces are in favor of Armenia’s accession to EEU
“Armenia’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) is a right strategic decision, which absolutely does not mean that the doors are closed for cooperation with other countries,” Ivan Volynkin said.
- 14:24 | Armenia ‘Parliamentary trio’ to continue rallies in Yerevan
The three non-government parties – Armenian National Congress, Prosperous Armenia, and Heritage – will stage rallies at Yerevan’s Liberty Square on October 31, November 7 and 14, from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Source: Yerevan Municipality
- 12:07 | Armenia Armenia exported 26,680 tons of vegetables
A total of 10,875 tons of fruits were exported from Armenia to Russia, UAE, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Georgia as of October 20.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 11:34 | Armenia Vayk Mayor will not reject offer to be Governor of Vayots Dzor
“If the party decides so, I will not refuse,” Harutyun Sargsyan said.
- 10:40 | Armenia Rosneft will not make investment in Nairit plant
Russia’s Rosneft has officially informed representatives of Armenian government that it has no plans to implement any investment project in Nairit plant.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 09:08 | In the world Cancer-killing cells made in the lab
In experiments on mice, the stem cells were genetically engineered to produce and secrete toxins which kill brain tumours, without killing normal cells or themselves.
- 09:04 | In the world Initiators of Friends of Putin group call anti-Russian sanctions ‘idiotic’
Initiator of Friends of Putin group in the Italian parliament believe that the West’s anti-Russian sanctions are idiotic and doomed to fail, said Matteo Salvini, the secretary of the Northern League party.
- 08:59 | In the world Newest attack submarine to be commissioned by US Navy on Saturday
The newest US attack submarine designed to work in shallow waters, the USS North Dakota, is slated to be commissioned by the US Navy at Groton, Connecticut Saturday.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:53 | In the world Ebola crisis: 'Many exposed' to infected Mali girl
The authorities in Mali have confirmed the death of the country's first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl.
- 08:49 | In the world Female student dies in Marysville High School shooting
The police are not confirming the type of weapon the shooter used, but have confirmed that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:44 | In the world Egypt imposes state of emergency in Sinai after attacks
President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has declared three days of mourning in the wake of the suspected jihadist attacks.
- 21:30 | In the world Texas nurse Nina Pham 'cured of Ebola' and set to meet Obama
The first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital was released from hospital on Friday and will meet with President Obama in the White House.
Source: The Guardian
- 21:23 | Region 3 Istanbul consulates evacuated
Turkish authorities say the consulates of Canada, Belgium and Germany in Istanbul have been evacuated after receiving suspicious packages Friday.
Source: ABC News
- 21:15 | In the world WHO sends extra medics to Mali as it announces new Ebola vaccine trials
The World Health Organization is sending additional medical experts to Mali to help handle its first confirmed Ebola case, a spokesman said Friday, as a senior WHO official announced accelerated vaccine trials.
- 21:07 | In the world British woman, 24, dies during cosmetic surgery in Bangkok
Police said the woman stopped breathing while under anaesthetic at a clinic in Bangkok on Thursday.
Source: The Telegraph
- 21:00 | In the world Doctor with Ebola in NY hospital, nurse declared virus-free
A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York City on Friday after testing positive for the virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city.
- 20:52 | In the world Cameron: UK won't pay EU bill next month
David Cameron has angrily insisted the UK will not pay £1.7bn being demanded by the European Union on time.
- 11:43 | Armenia Prices of dairy products may go up
According to manufacturers of dairy products, the increase in electricity tariffs resulted in an increase of prices for raw products.
- 10:39 | Armenia ANC holds heated discussion
The ANC Youth Congress held a heated discussion about some details of the previous opposition rally.
- 09:05 | In the world EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut
The binding decision came after heated discussions at a summit in Brussels, as some members had argued that their varied interests should be protected.
- 09:01 | In the world EU provides 24.4 mln euros to develop vaccine against Ebola
The European Union appointed a coordinator on Thursday to lead its drive to fight Ebola in West Africa.
- 08:57 | In the world Three dead in helicopter-small plane collision at Maryland airport
Three people died and two were injured when a small aircraft and a helicopter collided Thursday afternoon at a municipal airport in Frederick, Maryland.
- 08:51 | In the world Mali detects first Ebola case
A 2-year old girl who had recently arrived from Guinea was diagnosed with the Ebola virus.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:44 | In the world Ottawa shooting suspect not known as connected to terrorists
Canadian police had no information about Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's connection to any terrorist group before the Wednesday attack.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:38 | In the world New York doctor tests positive for Ebola
Dr Craig Spencer, who treated Ebola patients while working for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), came down with a fever on Thursday, days after his return.
- 13:22 | Armenia Serzh Sargsyan visits Expo Russia-Armenia
The aim of the exhibition is to develop economic, scientific, technological and cultural cooperation between Armenia and Russia, to boost joint business as well as trade, economic and investment ties.
Source: presidential press service
- 11:15 | Armenia Armenian parliament turning into rural club
“The Armenian parliament is gradually turning into a rural club, where MPs are making personal insults.”
- 11:14 | Armenia Minister of Sport may resign soon
Over 3,000 sportsmen, their parents and coaches from 23 sports schools and 2 colleges of the Armenian Ministry of Sport were forced to attend the opposition rally at Yerevan’s Liberty Square on October 10.
- 10:55 | Armenia Khachatryan and Beglaryan dismiss rumors of appointment as Deputy PM
The issue of Territorial Administration Minister and Deputy Prime Minister is likely to be discussed at the meeting of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) Council on Thursday.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 09:04 | In the world Baby killed in Jerusalem hit and run
A Palestinian man rammed his car into commuters waiting at a light rail stop in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a baby and wounding several other people.
- 08:55 | In the world White House fence jumper detained by Secret Service
A man jumped over the White House fence Wednesday night -- but he barely made it onto the lawn before two police dogs took him down.
- 08:54 | In the world Ebola: Obama 'optimistic' on virus situation in US
He said many relatives of the only known person to have died of the virus in America seemed to be out of danger.
- 08:49 | In the world Canada's Parliament to resume work on Thursday
The Canadian parliament was shut down, following the shooting of a soldier at Ottawa's National War Memorial by an unknown gunman.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:44 | In the world Somali pirates still holding 37 sailors - UN official
"The international community must continue to support the Somali Government in its efforts to deliver on its commitments outlined in Vision 2016 and the Somali Compact," UN official Jeffrey Feltman said.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:39 | In the world Ottawa shootings: Canada 'not intimidated' - PM Harper
Earlier a gunman killed a soldier at an Ottawa war memorial, before dying in a shootout with police inside parliament.
- 22:00 | In the world The double whammy of arguing with a spouse and a history of depression can increase the risk for obesity in adults
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Source: The Daily Mail
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- 21:41 | In the world Ebola: WHO emergency team holds talks on travel curbs
The meeting in Geneva will examine screening measures at borders and consider whether stricter travel regulations should be put in place.
- 21:34 | In the world Kurdish fighters killed in Syria buried in Turkey
Hundreds of supporters chanting slogans turned out to accompany three Kurdish fighters — two men and a woman barely out of her teens — to their final resting place in a dusty cemetery on the edge of the Turkish town of Suruc, within view of the Syrian border and the besieged town of Kobani.
Source: ABC News
- 21:26 | In the world Hong Kong protesters shout ‘shame on you’ outside home of city chief
About 200 pro-democracy demonstrators have marched to the home of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing chief executive Leung Chun-ying, chanting slogans decrying his recent suggestion that democratic elections in the city would give too much voice to the poor.
Source: The Guardian
- 21:19 | In the world Bomb outside Cairo University wounds 10
A bomb exploded outside Egypt's largest and most prominent university in the country's capital on Wednesday, wounding 10 people, including six policemen.
Source: The Associated Press
- 21:13 | In the world Pope Francis inspires cookbook written by Swiss Guard
Armed with pikes and halberds, they have defended Popes for more than five centuries, but the elite soldiers of the Swiss Guard have revealed an unexpected culinary side to their duties, with the publication of a book of favourite pontifical recipes.
Source: The Telegraph
- 21:08 | In the world Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town
Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State militants, marking the semi-autonomous region's first military foray into Syria's war.
- 21:00 | In the world Shots fired inside Canada parliament
A gunman shot a soldier at a war memorial in Ottawa, then ran into the nearby parliament building where he exchanged gunfire with police.
- 17:11 | Armenia Armenia’s future is promising – Ambassador
“Armenia underscored its willingness to continue cooperation with the European Union after joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU),” French Ambassador to Armenia Henri Reynaud told reporters.
- 16:35 | Armenia ‘Parliamentary trio’ may become ‘sextet’ – Heritage member
We have repeatedly said that the ‘parliamentary trio’ may become a ‘sextet,’ or two non-government parties may remain in the arena, MP from Heritage Party Tevan Poghosyan told reporters.
- 15:26 | Armenia Leaders of Prosperous Armenia and Armenian National Congress meet
A meeting of the Prosperous Armenia leader and Heritage Party chairman Raffi Hovannisian will also take place today.
- 12:06 | Armenia Meeting of ‘parliamentary trio’ leaders delayed
Heritage faction head Ruben Hakobyan stated that he cannot say when the ‘parliamentary trio’ leaders will meet.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 11:34 | Armenia Serious agitation among authorities
On the eve of domestic political escalations a serious agitation arose among the authorities.
Source: Chorrord Ishkhanutyun
- 10:46 | Armenia Rosneft gains superprofit
Economist Vahagn Khachatryan told Zhamanak that oil prices do not go down in Armenia because of the monopolies in the sector.
- 10:44 | Armenia Vardan Ayvazyan struggles for post of Territorial Administration Minister
The new Minister of Territorial Administration will be named by the end of this week.
- 10:23 | Armenia Election of Armenian judge at ECHR may be invalidated
Some NGOs plan to file complaints to the court.
- 09:06 | In the world U.N. chief says moving ahead with Gaza war inquiry
The world body has said that tens of thousands of dwellings were damaged or destroyed in 50 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants, and 108,000 people were left homeless.
09:47 01/06/2013 » Society
Filmmaker Eric Nazarian: On eve of 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide we need a catharsis
“I’m not a soldier; my gun is my camera, and my pen.” Eric Nazarian’s words rung out across the lecture hall of the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Center in Belmont, Mass., during his presentation on Thurs., May 2, according to The Armenian Weekly. His talk followed a screening of his short film, “Bolis,” part of an omnibus film project entitled, “Do Not Forget Me, Istanbul.” His declaration belies the power of his work to combat taboos about the Armenian experience, however. “Bolis” was the first Turkish film that employed the word “genocide” explicitly in reference to the Armenian Genocide of 1915; in fact, this was a condition of Nazarian’s involvement in the project. Speaking freely through images and words has been the theme of his career as a photojournalist, screenwriter, and filmmaker.
Born in 1976 in Hrazdan, Armenia, Eric Nazarian moved to the U.S. with his family at the age four. The move was a multi-legged journey, from Yerevan to Moscow, Rome, and Columbus, Ohio, before the family ultimately settled in Glendale, Calif. Nazarian’s grandparents, aunt, and uncle joined them less than a year later from Columbus via Louisiana. “There’s this quote I love by Kierkegaard the philosopher, who says, ‘You live life forwards, but you understand it backwards.’ And growing up I didn’t have any memories of my early childhood, but oddly, as I get older there are certain flashbulb memories that come to me of that time… I remember the sadness, I remember the bittersweetness, and I remember the cold of Moscow.”
In LA, Nazarian’s father opened a photography shop, while his mother worked as a dressmaker. Although growing up in the cinema-driven environment of LA surely helped, Nazarian believes that his love of telling stories through images would have developed regardless of his surroundings. He attributes this mainly to his father, Haik, who was the catalyst for his love of film. Nazarian compares his father to the main character of the film “Cinema Paradiso,” for the avid way Haik Nazarian watched movies as a child in the cinemas of Tehran.
Growing up, Eric Nazarian found his family’s love for film contagious. Prominent actors were discussed so consistently and familiarly that he thought they were family. “My whole life growing up, [these actors] were talked about so much that I swear to you, there was a part of my childhood when I thought that all these people, like Marlon Brando, that they were talking about so casually, I thought they were family. I thought someday I would meet them…literally I thought, ‘Yeah, one day Marlon’s gonna walk in that door, and we’re gonna have a good time and he’ll probably go drinking with my dad.’ I took it literally.”
Nazarian used to finish his homework and then record movies off of TV so that he could watch them with his father after he came home from work. “It was our bonding mechanism,” he says. These father-son interactions produced more than just bonding; Nazarian credits “everything in my life to my father’s love of images and storytelling… I’ve been blessed to have a family that supported and encouraged and nurtured the arts in the house. That encouragement gave me this bulletproof vest to try, and fail, and to try again, and fail more gloriously, and keep trying until you…define your voice. That support is invaluable.”
Nazarian recalls building his first pinhole camera in middle school, which he nicknamed “The Pin Panther,” and how it ignited his excitement about photography. “The idea of creating a camera from black cardboard was really, really fascinating for me. I mean when you’re just in junior high, you don’t even know how to shave yet, but you’re building this black box and there’s a hole in there and you have to go in this darkroom, put in a little three-and-a-half or four inch emulsion inside this camera, tape it, go into the campus, and take a picture of a fruit tree or the bleachers or a building, and then come back and go into the chemical process—and then your image comes out. And that really set the tone of this ‘Did I get it? Did I get it?’” Spending afternoons after school in his family’s photo lab, “[My father] would teach me how to take black and white photos and develop them.” Nazarian’s Aunt Parik was a photo archive manager at AIM Magazine, and he credits her as a further source of his interest in images. Nazarian went on to study at the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts and worked as a photojournalist during his time as a student. As a photojournalist in LA, Nazarian saw himself as tasked with capturing the fading history of the city’s golden age and strived to preserve it.
After graduating from USC, Nazarian made several trips to Nagorno-Karabagh as a photojournalist and screenwriter between 1998 and 2003, and saw “…the ravages of the war’s aftermath, the long-term effects of war on people that have absolutely nothing to do with the guns and the bullets and the murders and violence,” he says. “What journalism and photojournalism can do at their highest level is to inform and make people aware in a capacity that [is possible] no other way… That night at the [NAASR] screening, a very dear friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in 11 years showed up. He was blinded when he was a child by a bomb that he picked up in Stepanakert, in Nagorno-Karabagh. And now he’s a student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His name is Artak Beglaryan. And he’s an inspiration to me. Seeing him here, 11 years later, all the strokes of destiny come together.”
Screenwriting and photojournalism had always been complementary interests for Nazarian. Post-graduation, he feverishly began to write screenplays. “Films are words and images, so this was a natural marriage.” It was a fruitful marriage, as well, leading to Nazarian’s first film, “The Blue Hour,” a story of the unwittingly interconnected lives of four strangers in LA. “The Blue Hour” was accepted into the 2007 San Sebastian International Film Festival; and at the festival, Nazarian had a transforming experience: “After the movie, a woman came up to me with her daughter…and this young girl just said, ‘My mother wants to know how you knew about her life,’ and I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ And she said that in the third story there is a peripheral character who was a nurse in an old folk’s home for 20 years, and what I showed is what her mother saw every day, people grieving. And I just dedicated the movie to her that day. I said, ‘I made this movie for you.’ And that was the first time in my life that a complete stranger from another part of the world, from Basque country, could read something into the film that I had never intended, and make it their own. So it’s not my movie anymore, it belongs to her and the audience.”
The success of “The Blue Hour” marked Nazarian’s debut on the international film scene, but his reputation was further enhanced when he was awarded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2008 Nicholl Fellowship, the most prestigious screenwriting award in the world, for his screenplay “Giants.” Inspired by and dedicated to his brother, Ravik, who died at a young age due to a medical condition, “Giants” tells the story of a young man who dreams in spite of a reality he cannot change. “I remember meeting Eva Maria Saint from ‘On The Waterfront’ [and] she presented me with the fellowship… In a weird stroke, it was destiny. My father gave me that script when I was 14, and he said, ‘You have to be a writer before you can be a filmmaker.’”
Nazarian says that while all his work have thematic ties, each film is its own little world, populated by characters conjured by his imagination who demand that their stories be told. His next project is the film adaptation of Chris Bohjalian’s novel The Sandcastle Girls. Describing it as his “most personal adaptation yet,” Nazarian said that the film projector in his mind went wild when he read the book, and he knew immediately that he had to make it into a movie. “It’s going so well and Chris has been an incredible supporter of my vision for the film.”
“It’s time,” he continued. “It’s time for the stories of the genocide to be told, and the more good movies out there, the merrier. On the eve of the 100th [anniversary of the Armenian Genocide] we need a catharsis.”
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16:40 25/10/2014 » Society
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16:22 25/10/2014 » Politics
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16:01 25/10/2014 » Society
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