- 11:52 | In the world Parliamentarians to vote on auditing Vienna-based OSCE
Belgian MP François-Xavier de Donnea has proposed a package of reforms that would include a first-ever professional external audit of the OSCE.
Source: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
- 11:45 | Armenia For now, investigation says nothing about whether former Syunik governor’s arms are legal
“An expertise is underway, relevant information is being obtained, an investigation is being carried out,” said Mary Sargsyan, senior officer of the Public Relations Department of the Investigation Service.
Source: 168 Hours
- 11:31 | Region Drug trafficking through Azerbaijan, or attempts of Baku to ascribe its sins to NKR
Some of Azerbaijani officials involved in narcobusiness come out with slanders addressed to NKR.
- 11:14 | Armenia Special Investigation Service and Prosecutor General’s Office to have new uniforms
The uniforms will cost the budget about AMD 93 million.
- 10:54 | In the world Today marks World Refugee Day
2013 Theme: Take 1 minute to support a family forced to flee.
- 10:28 | Armenia Yerevan’s Indoor Market to start operating this autumn
The construction work at Yerevan’s Indoor Market ('Pak Shuka'), launched two years ago, will finish this year.
- 10:03 | Armenia Ararat governor leaves Armenia
He may have done this deliberately, in view of the fact that major violations were revealed in Ararat province in the program of state assistance to land users for purchase of diesel fuel.
- 09:33 | Armenia Armenian FM comments on co-chair leaders’ statement
In his statement, Nalbandian essentially expresses Armenia’s agreements with the points made by the three presidents of the Minsk Group co-chairing countries, saying that Armenia fully agreed to an exclusively peaceful resolution to the conflict.
- 09:11 | In the world U.S. cites Russia, China among worst in human trafficking
The State Department ranks countries according to the efforts they make to fight human trafficking and Russia, China and Uzbekistan all fell to the lowest level, Tier 3, in the new report.
- 09:06 | In the world Actor James Gandolfini dies in Italy at age 51
Gandolfini died while vacationing in Rome, the cable channel and Gandolfini's managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders said in a joint statement.
- 09:01 | In the world FBI uses drones for surveillance in U.S
FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged the law enforcement agency uses drone aircraft in the United States for surveillance in certain difficult cases.
- 08:55 | In the world Obama calls for reducing U.S., Russian nukes
Barack Obama followed in the footsteps of past U.S. leaders with a speech on Wednesday at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, where he said he would ask Russia to join the United States in slashing its supply of strategic nuclear warheads.
- 08:50 | In the world China gives first lecture from space
China's second female astronaut, Wang Yaping, has delivered the country's first-ever video lecture from space.
- 08:46 | In the world Brazil fails to quell protests
Brazilian authorities have failed to halt nationwide protests, despite reversing the public-transport fare increases that sparked the unrest.
- 08:41 | Armenia Cloudy weather forecast for today
It will be mostly cloudy on June 20 almost the whole time, in the whole territory rains and thunderstorm is expected from time to time.
- 21:00 | In the world Britain basks in hottest day of year
By lunchtime on Wednesday, the temperature had reached 26C at Charwood in Surrey, making it the warmest day of 2013 so far.
Source: The Telegraph
- 20:45 | In the world Analysis: Putin basks in isolation over Syria as Obama's charm falls flat
At the end of a tense two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama - slumped over and serious - tried to lighten the mood with a joke about their favorite sports.
- 20:33 | In the world Kim Kardashian Baby Name: Does Kimye's Baby Have One Of These 'K' Names?
Kim gave birth on June 15, but the reality star still hasn't revealed her daughter's name.
Source: The Huffington Post
- 20:24 | In the world Somalia UN office attack by al-Shabab 'kills 15'
The gun-battle inside the office lasted for more than an hour, witnesses said.
- 20:17 | In the world Syria’s civil war is playing out not just on the battlefield but also online
Web watchers say the government recently cut off Internet access to apply stronger filters for future use.
Video: The Wall Street Journal
- 20:10 | In the world Children born to a surrogate mother have more emotional difficulties than those carried by their biological mother
But children have less problems coping with the idea that they were conceived using a donor egg and sperm and are not related to their parents.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 20:03 | In the world Russian prosecutors have charged opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev
He has charged with plotting mass riots during a demonstration in Moscow last May, his lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky told RAPSI on Wednesday.
- 19:55 | In the world Extreme dog grooming contests
Photos: ABC News
- 19:50 | In the world Duchess of Cambridge opts for natural childbirth
The future king or queen will be born in the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where the Duke of Cambridge, who was also born there, will be with his wife throughout the delivery.
Source: The Telegraph
- 19:42 | In the world Egypt top cleric: Protests against Morsi permitted
Peaceful protests against the president are permitted, dismissing declarations by Islamist hard-liners that those behind protests planned for June 30 are heretics.
Source: Associated Press
- 19:36 | In the world Brazil sends national force to control protest trouble
The national force will be sent to Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Fortaleza and the capital, Brasilia.
- 19:30 | In the world "I intend to seek negotiated cuts with Russia to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures"
Barack Obama said, speaking in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
- 19:25 | Region Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia congratulates Iran’s new President
“We pray for God to grant you more wisdom, health and vigor in the mission entrusted to you by the honest Iranian people.”
- 18:43 | In the world Syrian port city of Latakia hit by blast
State television said the blast was caused by a technical fault at a weapons store at a military engineering base, and said six people were hurt.
- 18:38 | Region NKR President visits south-east of republic
Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan visited the south-east of the republic, where he held an extended consultation attended by members of the National Assembly, Cabinet of Ministers and heads of several leading companies.
Source: presidential press service
- 17:28 | Armenia Levon Aronian to play in Sinquefield Cup
On September 9-15, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, Aronian will be joined by Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky.
- 17:12 | Region Iranian-Armenian community’s demands and expectations from Iran’s new President
Robert Beglaryan, an Armenian member of the Iranian parliament, has congratulated Iran’s new President Hassan Rohani and presented a number of proposals.
- 15:18 | Armenia Police Chief: If there is a need to use arms, let me be the first victim
“We rule out the use of arms against our people under any circumstances,” Armenian Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan told reporters in Arzni.
- 14:47 | Armenia Armenian police hold command and headquarters exercise
Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan voiced his satisfaction with the exercise.
- 13:57 | In the world Meeting of CIS Council for Cultural Cooperation to take place in Minsk, chaired by Armenian Culture Minister
The meeting will discuss cultural events that have been held and are scheduled in CIS states as well as expansion of cultural cooperation.
Source: Armenian Ministry of Culture
- 13:21 | Region Turkey unrest: Young protester loses eye from rubber bullet, mother wants justice
One young man, who was shot with a rubber bullet during the police intervention in the demonstrations in Taksim Gezi Park last week, lost his sight in one eye but counts himself lucky for being alive.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
- 13:19 | Region Key suspect of Hrant Dink murder case arrested
Ersin Yolcu is now again being held in Trabzon's Bahçeçik prison, pending the second trial.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
- 13:00 | Armenia Ashot Vardevanyan: Armenia is not poor in water resources, but it spends too much water
“25 percent of Armenian territory faces the danger of desertification, while 81 percent is subject to desertification,” said the coordinator of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
- 11:56 | In the world Resolution urges countries to join Convention on Cybercrime
Cyber attacks should be viewed as equal to conventional acts of aggression according to a resolution now pending at the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE.
Source: OSCE PA
- 11:48 | Armenia Fire in Martiros Saryan House-Museum
The Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations received a call at midnight that Martiros Saryan House-Museum was on fire.
- 11:21 | Armenia Heritage again considered most prospective and authoritative opposition party
The Americans have understood that they should no longer have expectations from Levon Ter-Petrosyan, and the idea of turning Prosperous Armenia into opposition is an absolute failure.
- 10:48 | Armenia Lomonosov Moscow State University to open branch in Armenia
The issue was once discussed by the leaders of the two countries, and was lobbied by Armenian Education Minister Armen Ashotyan.
- 10:29 | In the world Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s move not yet certain
The information that Armenian international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is moving to Liverpool is not confirmed.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 09:43 | In the world US, France, Russia issue statement on Karabakh
Presidents of the US, France and Russia, Barack Obama, Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin, as heads of states of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries, issued a joint statement Tuesday regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution process.
- 09:16 | In the world Heavy blasts hit munitions depot in Russia’s Samara
More than 1,500 firefighters are combating the blaze, while thousands of locals have been evacuated and dozens hospitalized.
- 09:07 | In the world Pentagon unveils plans for moving women into combat roles
The plans, which call for gender-neutral job requirements like scaling walls and lifting 55-pound (25-kg) tank ammunition, will require more years of study, education and training before some services open combat jobs to women.
- 09:03 | In the world U.N. recommends bringing Iraq closer to ending 1990s sanctions
Iraq is still subject to a U.N. arms embargo and asset freeze on individuals and entities linked to Saddam.
- 08:57 | In the world Mom, child held in 'subhuman' captivity in Ohio
A mentally disabled woman and her daughter were held in an Ohio apartment crowded with people and animals for more than a year, forced to perform manual labor and threatened with dogs and snakes to keep them compliant.
- 08:49 | In the world Obama in Berlin to give Brandenburg Gate speech
He last addressed Berliners as a presidential candidate in 2008 - drawing a crowd estimated at 200,000 in the once-divided city.
- 08:44 | In the world Afghan attack kills US soldiers hours after news of talks
The soldiers were killed by "indirect fire" from insurgents at Bagram air base, US officials said.
- 08:40 | Armenia Transitory rain expected in Armenia
The air temperature will not change.
- 23:30 | In the world Angelina Jolie stunt double launches News Corp phone-hacking lawsuit
News Corporation is facing its first phone-hacking lawsuit in the US after a former stunt double for Angelina Jolie launched a lawsuit alleging her mobile phone messages were intercepted by the now defunct News of the World and the Sun.
Source: The Guardian
- 23:20 | In the world German 'should be a working language of EU', says Merkel's party
The inferior status of German is a long-standing grievance for Berlin, which points out that it has over 100 million speakers, including German-speaking minorities in Belgium, Denmark, Italy and Poland.
Source: The Telegraph
- 23:12 | Armenia Mali and Tuareg rebels sign accord
The nation of Mali signed an accord with Tuareg separatists who still control the country's northernmost province, paving the way for the Malian military to return to the areas that remain under rebel control.
Source: Associated Press
- 23:05 | In the world Obama opens 24-Hour trip to Germany
US President is opening a 24-hour visit to Germany, the culmination of which will be a speech Wednesday at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate.
Source: ABC News
12:11 05/04/2011 » Politics
Cemal Pasha’s Grandson Says Genocide, Morgenthau’s Great Granddaughter doesn’t
Hundreds of Armenians turned out at UCLA last Thursday night to hear with great apprehension Hasan Cemal, the grandson of Cemal Pasha -- one of the top three Turkish butchers of the Armenian nation. This unique and controversial event, titled "From Der Zor to Dzidzernagapert: A Conversation with Hasan Cemal," was organized by AGBU Asbeds.
Understandably, there was great tension in the air. The large hall was filled to capacity and many were turned away due to lack of room. The presence of armed policemen and security guards inside the hall was both reassuring and disturbing. Cemal confirmed that he was cautioned against coming to Los Angeles, but fortunately everything proceeded calmly. The most shocking thing that evening was not what Cemal said, but what another speaker, Dr. Pamela Steiner, the great granddaughter of Amb. Henry Morgenthau, did not say!
Kurken Berksanlar, Chairman of ABGU Asbeds, welcomed everyone to "an open-minded conversation." While admitting that some Armenians view with great suspicion Turks who acknowledge the Genocide, he believed that "progressive” Turks, who are speaking openly about the evens of 1915…, appear to be above and beyond the reach and control of today’s Turkish government." Berksanlar then introduced the keynote speaker Hasan Cemal and the two discussants, Dr. Pamela Steiner, and Prof. Richard Hovannisian.
A columnist at Milliyet newspaper, Cemal immediately won over his skeptical audience by greeting them in Armenian -- "parev harkeli paregamner" -- and telling them: "I came here to open my heart and open my mind to you…. I know your pain, your grief of Genocide, your grief of Meds Yeghern." Ignoring Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code which bans the use of the term Armenian Genocide, he courageously repeated those words several more times during his talk. He also condemned the Turkish government’s denial of the Armenian Genocide, calling it "colluding in the crime!"
Cemal described his deeply moving 2008 visit to the Armenian Genocide Monument in Yerevan, where he laid three carnations in memory of his close friend, Hrant Dink, the Armenian journalist who was assassinated in Istanbul by Turkish extremists. While visiting Yerevan, he had a startling encounter with Armen Gevorkyan, grandson of the man who in 1922 assassinated his grandfather, Cemal Pasha.
Cemal described the progress made in Turkey during the past three decades on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, going from total denialism to an apology campaign, restoration of Armenian churches, and holding academic conferences on this topic. He asked Armenians to come to Turkey to participate in the "recovery of memory." He urged them never to forget the past, without becoming its captives.
While Cemal’s candid remarks left a good impression on the audience, Dr. Steiner turned off the attendees with her adamant and intentional refusal to use the word genocide. Instead, she used such typical Turkish denialist terminology as "tragedy,” “suffering,” and “events of 1915." As director of the Inter-Communal Trust-Building Project, she spoke about "possible steps towards building trust between Armenians and Turks." She stunned the audience by asking Armenians to acknowledge that "the Turkish people [who] suffered horrendously during World War I … need and deserve acknowledgment for that!" As if that request was not outrageous enough, she went on to urge Armenians to "consider acknowledging Turkish suffering before they receive an acknowledgment for theirs!"
During the question and answer period, when I pointed out the irony of Cemal Pasha’s grandson freely using the term Armenian Genocide, while the great granddaughter of Amb. Morgenthau would not, Dr. Steiner’s response was inadequate. Her justification was that she was playing the role of a “facilitator,” seeking "conciliation" between Armenians and Turks.
The final discussant, Prof. Hovannisian, in a stern voice, gave a polite, yet powerful response to the previous speakers. He told Hasan Cemal that the large Armenian audience had come not to listen to him as a Turkish journalist, but as the grandson of Cemal Pasha. He explained that understanding the Turkish perpetrators’ mindset cannot in any way justify their actions. He cautioned everyone not to equate Armenian suffering resulting from intentional destruction with the suffering of Turks as a result of war. He emphasized that Armenians were seeking not only recognition, but, more importantly, restitution of their confiscated properties. He urged the Turkish government to return the hundreds of Armenian churches in Turkey to the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul. Finally, in a direct allusion to Dr. Steiner, Prof. Hovannisian emphasized that "conciliation" required "acts of contrition." His remarks were greeted with a standing ovation.
I found Cemal to be both candid and brave. He could have easily avoided the use of the term Armenian Genocide, maintaining that doing so could land him in jail. However, he made no excuses and used the genocide term several times. Considering his grandfather responsible for "the Great Catastrophe," he described today’s Turkey as "a manic-depressive country!"
Although it is not easy to forget that Hasan Cemal is the grandson of one of the three masterminds of the Armenian Genocide, it would be wrong to hold children responsible for the sins of their parents. His position has dramatically evolved since his Boston appearance two years ago, when he avoided the term Armenian Genocide. I asked him privately at the end of his UCLA talk if he was not concerned that he could be taken to court for using the word genocide. Even though he said he did not think so, he found it important enough to mention my concern in a column he wrote in Milliyet upon his return to Istanbul.
The only sour note in Cemal’s words that evening was his rejection of demands for the return of Armenian territories from Turkey. Nevertheless, it is not surprising to hear a Turk, no matter how tolerant, defend his country’s territorial integrity. He did state, however, that the Turkish government should apologize to Armenians and pay compensation to them.
On the other hand, Dr. Steiner, as a Jewish-American and direct descendant of Amb. Morgenthau, cannot be excused for her persistent refusal to use the term genocide, despite her self-avowed good intentions. Anyone who does not acknowledge the truth of the Armenian Genocide loses the moral authority to play a constructive role in Armenian-Turkish relations. One cannot remain neutral between a victim and victimizer. She should heed the wise words of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel who stated: "Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim!"
As facilitator between the two communities, Dr. Steiner probably believes that she should not take sides. But telling the truth is not taking sides between Armenians and Turks, anymore than acknowledging the Holocaust is siding with Jews. Furthermore, it is not clear what exactly her role is as facilitator. Genocide is not a dispute that requires the services of a mediator. How can she reconcile two nations without the victimizer first making amends for what her own great grandfather called "The Murder of a Nation!"
Two days after her talk at UCLA, Dr. Steiner sent me a lengthy e-mail explaining further her role as facilitator and insisting that Amb. Morgenthau would have supported her work. I cannot pretend to know her great grandfather better than her, but being familiar with the Ambassador’s humanitarian efforts during and after the Genocide, I have no doubt that he would have done everything possible to bring justice to Armenians, rather than remaining neutral between the perpetrators and their victims.
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
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11:48 20/06/2013 » Society
In a bid to increase the transparency of the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Belgian MP François-Xavier de Donnea has proposed a package of reforms that would include a first-ever professional external audit of the OSCE, reported the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The resolution introduced by the head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Ad Hoc Committee on Transparency and Reform, will be voted on at the Parliamentary Assembly's Annual Session ...
11:32 20/06/2013 » Law
The Investigation Service of Armenian Defense Ministry cannot say yet whether the arms seized from the home of former Syunik governor are legal, Mary Sargsyan, senior officer of the Public Relations Department of the Investigation Service, has told 168 Hours daily. “An expertise is underway, relevant information is being obtained, an investigation is being carried out. For this moment, we have nothing to say,” she added.
11:31 20/06/2013 » Law
It is few days now, that a new propaganda campaign against Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is being held in Azerbaijan. This time the Baku propaganda claims as if NKR grows drugs, and allegedly sells it through Iran. It should be noted that it is Azerbaijan that consistently appears in all reports of the U.S. State Department and the United Nations as one of the major drug-transit countries, while neither Armenia nor Nagorno Karabakh have never been mentioned in this regard. ...