- 18:34 | Region Armenian youth of Argentina rallied to protest against screening of Azeri film telling lies about historical reality of NKR
The Armenian youth of Argentina rallied Wednesday in Buenos Aires, to protest against the screening of an Azeri film that told lies about the historical reality of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.
- 18:22 | Region Azerbaijani researcher claims that Nostradamus predicted Heydar Aliyev’s coming to power
Even if Nostradamus didn’t arrive to Azerbaijan, he still could see what would happen in Azerbaijani Gazakh region and Baku city.
- 17:37 | Region This year the number of girl-victims of early marriage has significantly increased in Azerbaijan
Over 5000 girls have become victims of early marriages this year in Azerbaijan.
- 17:18 | Armenia Reisi: Iranian people in general do not trust Western powers
Speaking about the deal on Iran's nuclear program reached between Iran and P5+1 in November in Geneva, Iran’s Ambassador said that the main aim of Geneva talks was to build confidence and establish Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear activities.
- 16:37 | Armenia Prosperous Armenia denies that Oskanian has withdrawn from party
“Armenia’s ex-Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian has not withdrawn from Prosperous Armenia Party, he is an active member of the party and that rumor is yet another attempt to find intrigues,” member of Prosperous Armenia Party parliamentary faction Elinar Vardanyan told reporters.
- 15:58 | Armenia ARFD pins no hope on Davutoglu’s visit to Armenia
“We pin no hope on Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s upcoming visit to Yerevan because the Turkish side has so far shown no wish to make concessions and continues to speak the language of preconditions,” Artsvik Minasyan said.
- 14:15 | Region Davutoğlu to visit Armenia next week
Davutoğlu said he accepted Armenia’s invitation to attend a meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Yerevan on Dec. 12.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
- 14:11 | Armenia Armenia to produce mobile phones and tablets
“One of Armenian information technology companies will soon begin producing mobile phones and tablets,” ARF Dashnaktsutyun parliamentary faction member Artsvik Minasyan said.
- 12:57 | Armenia Iranian envoy: Entry into CU will not hinder development of Armenian-Iranian economic ties
“Armenia’s entry into the Customs Union will not hinder the development of Armenian-Iranian economic ties because the Armenian authorities took that decision after they made calculations and examined all opportunities.”
- 12:25 | Armenia Areshev: Gas price formation process should be transparent
“If that process is transparent on all its way, then there will be no unnecessary questions and worried commentaries,” the political scientist said.
- 11:56 | Armenia Gusev: Armenia, Russia should move in one direction
“Armenia has chosen a path, based on logic, to move forward. Now, Armenia and Russia should move in one direction,” he said.
- 11:11 | Armenia Special parliament session to take place next week
The major focus of the session will be the 2014 draft budget.
- 10:51 | Armenia MFA spent AMD 17 million on one-day event
It is known that the Armenian Foreign Ministry organized a conference titled Fight Against Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Europe on October 21-22, 2013, as part of Armenia’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe.
- 10:28 | Armenia Oskanian may set up new party
Vartan Oskanian may withdraw from Prosperous Armenia Party and set up a new party on the basis of the Civilitas Foundation and mass media and together with supporters of European integration.
- 09:09 | In the world Joe Biden in Seoul amid Asia tensions
US Vice-President Joe Biden is meeting South Korean leader Park Geun-hye on the third leg of an Asian tour dominated by tensions over China's newly-declared air defence zone.
- 08:54 | In the world Sweden's spying on Russia key to US – report
Sweden's public broadcaster says it has obtained secret documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden suggesting a Swedish spy agency has been a key supplier of intelligence on Russian leaders to the NSA.
- 08:48 | In the world Kiev police give protesters 5 days to leave state buildings
Police issued an ultimatum to more than a thousand protesters surrounding Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers building in central Kiev on Thursday, saying they must leave the area within five days or officers will take action.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:40 | In the world Deadly storm and tidal surge batter northern Europe
A major storm has hit northern Europe, leaving at least three people dead, causing transport chaos and threatening the biggest tidal surge in decades.
- 08:34 | In the world South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies in Johannesburg
Mr Mandela led South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison for his political activities.
- 22:00 | In the world New York Times and Bloomberg facing expulsion from China
The New York Times and Bloomberg are facing the closure of their Chinese offices after publishing a string of investigative reports that embarrassed the Communist party.
Source: The Telegraph
- 21:45 | In the world American teacher shot dead in Libya's Benghazi
Unknown assailants shot an American teacher to death as he was jogging on Thursday in Benghazi, Libyan and U.S. officials said, underlining persistently tenuous security in the eastern Libyan city where the U.S. ambassador was killed last year.
Source: ABC News
- 21:27 | In the world Libyan officials say US teacher killed in Benghazi
Unknown assailants shot an American teacher to death as he was jogging on Thursday in Benghazi, a hospital official said, underlining persistently tenuous security in the eastern Libyan city where the U.S. ambassador was killed last year.
Source: Associated Press
- 21:20 | In the world Clashes in Central African Republic as UN authorises French intervention
Resolution passed authorising French and African troops to use force to protect civilians amid reports of dozens killed in Bangui.
Source: The Guardian
- 21:07 | In the world Pope Francis sets up Vatican child sex abuse committee
Pope Francis is to set up a Vatican committee to fight sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church and offer help to victims.
- 21:00 | In the world Ukraine police give protesters deadline, ministers urge calm
Ukrainian police on Thursday gave demonstrators five days to leave public buildings they have occupied in protest against a government policy lurch back towards Russia, as ministers at a European security conference urged a peaceful end to the confrontation.
- 19:22 | Region Vladislav Sved on pogroms in Sumgait: Rumors that Armenia expels Azerbaijanis was distributed by provocateurs
On 27-29 February, 1988 mass riots took place in the city of Sumgait of the Azerbaijani SSR (25km from Baku) on ethnic grounds. In fact it was an anti-Armenian pogrom.
- 17:01 | Armenia Navasardyan: It'd be incorrect to say that Eastern Partnership has failed
“There is some disappointment about the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius and there are fears that the efforts made for the implementation of the EU Eastern Partnership program may be lost,” said the Yerevan Press Club chairman.
- 16:09 | Armenia Opponents of accumulative pension system hold protest in Yerevan
Members of civil initiative ‘Against Compulsory Accumulative Pension Payments’ are again protesting today – this time driving through the capital.
- 14:46 | Armenia Economy Minister: We hope to hear good news about Carrefour next year
“As far as we know, the first steps will be taken in the first quarter of next year,” he said.
- 14:45 | Armenia Yerevan hospital hit by fire
Armenia’s Emergency Ministry received a call yesterday about a fire on the second floor of Yerevan’s Kanaker-Zeytun Medical Center.
- 13:25 | Armenia Parliament to hold special session on Dec. 10
The special session agenda comprises 21 bills, including the bill on amendments to the law on state pensions and the bill on payment of government officials.
- 11:56 | Armenia Armenia currently 4th at World Chess Team Championship
Armenian men’s chess team beat the Netherlands 3.5-0.5 in round 8 of the World Chess Team Championship in Antalya, raising its points to 10 and going up to 4th position.
- 11:55 | Armenia President attends opening of Hyatt Place Yerevan Hotel
The President toured the newly opened hotel compound built in accordance with the standards of the top-quality international brand, familiarized with the investments, jobs and quality of the services.
Source: presidential press service
- 11:37 | Armenia All highways open to traffic in Armenia
Roads are being cleared from snow and ice to ensure safety of traffic movement.
Source: Transport Ministry
- 11:09 | Region Armenian, Azeri Foreign Ministers agree to continue talks
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian met with his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Kiev.
- 10:13 | Armenia Armavia begins paying salary arrears
One of the company’s former engineers told Zhoghovurd’s correspondent that thus far they have only received salaries for last January and are hopeful to receive their salaries in late December.
- 08:58 | In the world Beached whales dead in Florida
Ten whales have died and as many as 30 more are stranded after a pod beached off Florida's Everglades National Park.
- 08:47 | In the world Female army members allegedly pressured into prostitution by officers at Ft. Hood
A number of female Army privates at Fort Hood military base in Texas were allegedly pressured to prostitute themselves to superior officers, with the senior-most officer being the one in charge of sexual assault prevention for the unit.
- 08:45 | In the world Russian, US top diplomats discuss Syria conference preparation
Russia’s Sergei Lavrov and America’s John Kerry also discussed the disposal of Syrian chemical weapons.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:40 | In the world Mexico: Stolen radioactive material found
The stolen vehicle was carrying delicate cargo -- a radioactive element used for medical purposes that also can be used to make a so-called dirty bomb.
- 08:35 | In the world Ukraine unrest: Former presidents back mass protests
In a statement, Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko expressed "solidarity" with peaceful rallies.
- 08:28 | In the world Protest-hit Thailand marks king's birthday
Thailand is marking the 86th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, amid a truce after days of violent demonstrations in the capital Bangkok.
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It is not the overall time spent on the social network that is the problem, but the amount of time spent looking at pictures, doctors said.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 20:45 | In the world Bird-flu case in Hong Kong appears isolated
Preliminary tests on 17 people who had close contact with an Indonesian worker infected with Hong Kong's first confirmed case of H7N9 bird flu yielded negative results, the city's health authorities said Wednesday.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
- 20:37 | In the world Morgan Freeman portrait: The world's most realistic finger painting?
In what is being heralded as 'the most realistic finger painting ever', British artist Kyle Lambert completed the picture in over 200 hours, using 285,000 ‘brush strokes’ with his fingertips.
Video: The Independent
- 20:30 | In the world Hezbollah commander killed outside home in Lebanon
Gunmen assassinated a senior Hezbollah commander outside his home Wednesday in southern Beirut, a major breach of the Shiite militant group's security as it struggles to maintain multiple fronts while it fights alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.
Source: Associated Press
- 20:22 | In the world Syria's chemical weapons to be shipped in delicate US-Danish operation
Hazardous cargo of nerve agents and sarin could set sail at the beginning of 2014, but final destination is still unknown.
Source: The Guardian
- 20:14 | In the world François Hollande admits he was treated for 'benign' enlarged prostate
Hollande acknowledges having surgery for “benign” swollen prostate two weeks before entering the presidential race.
Source: The Telegraph
- 20:08 | In the world Palestinian peace envoy urges Kerry to "save talks" with Israel
The top Palestinian peace negotiator urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday to salvage American-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that both sides say are faltering.
- 20:00 | In the world Ukraine unrest: PM warns against 'escalating tensions'
He warned protesters that anybody found guilty of violating the constitution and laws would be punished.
- 18:49 | Region Iranian ambassador to Baku: Azerbaijani MPs in Istanbul discuss issues concerning collapse in Iran
"Azerbaijani deputies in Istanbul discussed issues concerning collapse in Iran,” Mohsen Pak Ayeen stated.
Source: Eslami Sesi
- 18:13 | Armenia Armenia to face Netherlands in World Chess Team Championship round 8
The 8th round matches of the World Chess Team Championship will be held today in Antalya.
- 18:10 | Armenia Ex-Ombudsperson criticizes Armenia’s government system
“Armenia cannot achieve success unless we learn to respect our state and society,” ex-Ombudsperson of Armenia Larisa Alaverdyan told reporters.
- 14:37 | Armenia Protest against accumulative pension system joined by opposition factions
Members of Armenian National Congress, ARFD, Prosperous Armenia and Heritage parliamentary factions joined today the protest against the introduction of a compulsory accumulative pension system outside the Armenian parliament.
- 14:36 | Armenia Armenian Education Minister to visit Slovakia
A delegation led by Armenian Education and Science Minister Armen Ashotyan will pay an official visit to Slovakia on December 4-6.
Source: Education Ministry
13:45 11/05/2010 » Politics
Turkish Scholar Taner Akcam Advocates Change in Policy of Genocide Denial
Dr. Taner Akcam, one of the first Turkish scholars to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, delivered two important lectures in Southern California last week. Based on historical research, he analyzed the underpinnings of Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide and proposed solutions for its official acknowledgment.
Prof. Akcam made his first presentation at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino on May 6, before the screening of Dr. J. Michael Hagopian’s Genocide documentary “The River Ran Red.” Rabbis Harold Schulweis and Edward Feinstein, Jewish World Watch President Janice Kamenir-Reznik, Dr. Hagopian, 96, a genocide survivor, and Archbishop Hovnan Derderian made brief remarks.
Dr. Akcam, Associate Professor of History and Chair of Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University, explained that the “continuity” of the “military and civilian bureaucracy,” which has been ruling Turkey ever since the inception of the Republic in 1923, is a key reason for denial of the Armenian Genocide. “The founders perceived the ethnic-cultural plurality of society at that time to constitute a problem for the continuity and security of the state.”
Specifically, the Professor identified Hasan Fehmi Bey, a leader of the Union and Progress party that implemented the Armenian Genocide, who had confessed in a speech to Parliament in 1920 that his group knew the international community would call them “murderers” for eliminating the Armenians. However, he indicated that his party’s leaders were prepared to accept being called “murderers,” as their aim was securing “the future of the fatherland.”
In his second presentation on May 7, organized by the Armenian Rights Council of America in Altadena, Dr. Akcam disclosed that “Ergenekon,” the recently exposed criminal group that enjoyed support of the Turkish military, had prepared a hit list of five individuals, including journalist Hrant Dink, Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, and Akcam himself, all targeted for assassination because they spoke out on the Armenian Genocide. They were condemned to death as “Traitors to National Security.”
In Akcam’s view, this mindset was not simply the perverted view of an isolated terror group, but that of Turkey’s legal establishment. During the sentencing of two Turkish-Armenian journalists in 2007 for using the term genocide, a Judge ruled that: “Talk about genocide, both in Turkey and in other countries, unfavorably affects national security and the national interest. The claim of genocide... has become part of and the means of special plans aiming to change the geographic, political boundaries of Turkey... and a campaign to demolish its physical and legal structure.” The ruling further stated that the Republic of Turkey is under “a hostile diplomatic siege consisting of genocide resolutions.… The acceptance of this claim may lead in future centuries to a questioning of the sovereignty rights of the Republic of Turkey over the lands on which it is claimed these events occurred.”
According to Akcam, the United States is avoiding the official recognition of the Armenian Genocide out of a similar misguided concern for national security in the Middle East. He stated that “Morality is a very real issue, and for realpolitik to be successful in the region; moral values, in this instance, the specific one of acknowledging historic wrongdoings, must be integrated into a policy of national security…. Failure to confront history honestly is one of the major reasons for insecurity and instability in the region.”
Akcam revealed that after World War I, Turkey’s leaders, including Mustafa Kemal, acknowledged the Armenian massacres and favored the prosecution of their perpetrators in order to gain support of the Allies for the preservation of the territorial integrity of Ottoman Turkey.
However, the hopes of Turkey’s leaders were dashed on both counts. The Treaty of Sèvres in 1920 called for dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire, while the Istanbul Court Martial sentenced to death in absentia the Turkish national leadership, including Mustafa Kemal.
Akcam indicated that the Turkish mindset to this day views “democratization, freedom of thought and speech, open and frank debate about history, [and] acknowledgment of one’s past historical misdeeds, as a threat to national security. Those who invite society to engage in an open examination of the past are therefore labeled ‘traitors’ and made targets of smear campaigns -- dragged into courts and prosecuted under Turkish Criminal Code Article 301 for ‘insulting Turkishness.’”
Akcam warned the United States that any policy “that ignores morality and forgets the addressing of historic wrongdoings is doomed to fail in the end.” He suggested that Turkey should be made to understand that “bullying and threatening others is not the behavior of an international actor. Turkey cannot continue with the same repressive domestic policies towards its own history and minorities under the guise of national security and cannot threaten other countries in expressing their thoughts on 1915, and at the same time pretend to be a member of democratic countries in the world. An open, official acknowledgment by the US government might force Turkey to understand that blackmailing and threatening other states and suppressing and persecuting its own intellectuals do not offer solutions for historical problems and for security.”
At a small gathering, after the May 7 lecture, Akcam disclosed for the first time an alarming incident that had taken place in 1995, following a talk he had delivered on the Armenian Genocide in Yerevan. At the last minute, he had cautiously decided to give a milder version of his prepared remarks. Upon his return to Istanbul, he was shocked when confronted at the airport by Turkish police who had in their possession the harsher version of his talk. He had handed that original version to Armenian officials -- the organizers of the Genocide conference. Someone in Armenia must have leaked his text to the Turkish authorities. Dr. Akcam was able to save his neck from Turkish intelligence agents by showing them the copy of the milder speech that he had actually delivered!
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
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18:46 06/12/2013 » Politics
Huge masses of people rose to fight for the EU Association Agreement in Ukraine, whereas in Armenia such people numbered only between 200 and 400, political engineer Karen Kocharyan told reporters on Friday. The expert said that there are no opinion poll data so it is difficult to speak about real moods in society about signing the EU Association Agreement or joining the Customs Union. “I cannot make unsubstantiated statements about the people’s moods. Yet some ...
18:26 06/12/2013 » Society
Even if Nostradamus didn’t arrive to Azerbaijan, he still could see what would happen in Azerbaijani Gazakh region and Baku city, Azerbaijani scientist Ghazanfar Pashaev, who for 10 years carefully studied the life and work of the famous French astrologer Nostradamus, stated in an interview with the Azerbaijani news agency "Anspress." In 2007 Pashayev published a book called "World of Wonders", which tells about Nostradamus and his predictions. According ...
18:13 06/12/2013 » Society
Samsung and Philips have revealed that they were among several consumer electronics companies raided recently by European Commission inspectors, the BBC reported. Thursday's raid focused on companies making and selling consumer electronics products and small domestic appliances. The Commission said it was concerned these firms had colluded in restricting online availability of some products in a bid to drive up prices. Both Samsung and Philips said they were co-operating with the ...
18:10 06/12/2013 » Society
Rustam Askerov citizen of Azerbaijan was killed in battles against government troops in Syria, reads the statement disseminated by an armed group called "Islamic State of Iraq and Sham" that fight against the government in Syria, reports the Azerbaijani portal “Minval.az.” According to information Rustam Askerov was considered to be the ideologue of the Azerbaijanis’ group which was fighting together with the "Islamic State of Iraq and Sham." ...
17:48 06/12/2013 » Sport
With the closing ceremony today, World Team Chess Championship 2013 has come to an end. Russia took first place, China was second and Ukraine third. Levon Aronian of Armenia got the gold medal on first board with his wonderful performance and Armenian Grandmaster Varuzhan Akopian (U.S.) was awarded the gold medal on fifth board.