- 21:00 | In the world Contact lens which releases drugs into the eye gives new hope to glaucoma sufferers
A new contact lens which releases drugs slowly into the eye could be the next weapon to treat glaucoma, the world's leading cause of irreversible blindness.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 20:45 | In the world In pictures: South Africa prepares for Nelson Mandela's funeral
South African government announced that preparations for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela are in full swing. Mandela's body is being prepared by the Military Health Service of the South African National Defense Force to lie in state at the Union Buildings.
Sorce: The Independent
- 20:38 | In the world Nelson Mandela death: 91 world leaders head to South Africa to honor titan
U.S. President Barack Obama left Washington for Johannesburg on Monday morning to attend the memorial service for Mandela, which will take place Tuesday in the city's soccer stadium.
- 20:30 | In the world Elton John voices gay rights concerns at Moscow concert
Despite recent rumours of cancellation, both of Elton John's Russian concerts went ahead on 6 and 7 December, with the singer speaking out against "inhumane and isolating" anti-gay legislation during the show.
Source: The Guardian
- 20:23 | In the world Obama heads to South Africa for Mandela memorial
Obama and his wife, Michelle, boarded Air Force One under cold, rainy skies Monday morning for the long flight: the occasion presented an opportunity for a rare get-together of American presidents.
Source: Associated Press
- 20:15 | In the world Vladimir Putin dissolves Russia's RIA Novosti
Fears of a return to Soviet days of Pravda as Vladimir Putin signs decree ordering creation of new media conglomerate usurping RIA Novosti.
Source: The Telegraph
- 20:07 | In the world Ukraine police dismantle Kiev protest camps
The protesters, who are demanding the government's resignation, had been given until Tuesday to leave. No clashes have been reported.
- 20:00 | In the world Iran, six powers meet on steps to carry out nuclear deal
Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks on Monday to work out nitty gritty details in implementing a landmark accord for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions.
- 18:24 | Armenia Ghazaryan: Armenia will not sever ties with EU markets after joining Customs Union
“BSEC will be an integration bridge between European Union and Customs Union markets,” President of the Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen (Employers) of Armenia Arsen Ghazaryan told reporters.
- 14:28 | Region Aksam: Davutoglu to propose opening Armenian-Turkish border
Davutoglu will propose Armenia to surrender 2 out of 7 regions surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh in exchange for opening the Armenian-Turkish border.
- 13:12 | Armenia Armenian parliament to hold special session tomorrow
Among other issues, the special session will discuss the 2014 draft budget of Armenia.
- 12:02 | Armenia BSEC Business Council Board Meeting kicks off in Yerevan
The meeting will discuss proposals regarding trade and economic cooperation between BSEC countries and partnership in the fields of trade and tourism.
- 11:12 | Armenia Armenian Deputy FM: Turkish FM should visit Genocide memorial
Turkish Foreign Minister should take the chance and visit the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan to pay a tribute to the victims of that heinous crime, rather than make provocative statements prior to his visit to Yerevan.
Source: RA MFA
- 11:10 | Armenia Some roads impassable in Armenia
Yerevan-Sevan, Yeghegnadzor-Goris, Berd-Chambarak roads as well as Kyarki and Dilijan curves are barely passable.
- 10:41 | Region Azerbaijan violates ceasefire 200 times
Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire regime at the line of contact between Karabakh and Azeri armed forces about 200 times on December 1-7, firing over 800 shots at Armenian frontline positions.
Source: NKR Defense Army
- 09:25 | In the world Record outdoor radiation level that ‘can kill in 20 min’ detected at Fukushima
The plant’s operator and the utility responsible for the clean-up Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) detected record radiation levels on a duct which connects reactor buildings and the 120 meter tall ventilation pipe located outside on Friday.
- 09:16 | In the world Syrian troops seize control of strategic highway
Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad secured the highway Sunday that links Damascus with northern Syria, paving the way for the potential shipment of chemical weapons overland to a Mediterranean port for destruction abroad.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:09 | In the world 12 bombs rock Baghdad
At least a dozen explosions shook the Iraqi capital on Sunday, killing at least 40 people and wounding more than 160 others.
- 09:04 | In the world 11 more whales found dead in Florida
Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believe the 11 whales were part of a pod of 51 whales stranded on the edge of Everglades National Park.
- 08:58 | In the world Mandela death: Scores of world leaders to head to S Africa
US President Barack Obama, Francois Hollande of France and UK PM David Cameron will be among those attending Tuesday's memorial at a Soweto stadium.
- 08:52 | In the world Thai PM Yingluck to dissolve parliament and call elections
The move followed the resignation of all opposition MPs from parliament on Sunday, and a planned march on Government House on Monday.
- 19:50 | Region Turkish expert: Armenia is integral part of South Caucasus and we have to consider and negotiate with it
"Not only I call the Azerbaijani authorities partially dictatorial, but also the other political analysts and experts.”
- 17:31 | Region French football club fans demand to initiate investigation against Azerbaijani oligarch and owner of the club
Hafiz Mamedov, Azerbaijani oligarch and companion of Transport Minister Ziya Mamedov may face the French justice, and will have to tell about the origin of the immense wealth that allowed him to buy one of the legendary brands in France.
- 14:20 | Armenia Edward Nalbandian to leave for Belgium
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian will leave for Brussels to attend the 14th meeting of the EU-Armenia Cooperation Council scheduled for December 9.
Source: RA MFA
- 14:07 | Armenia RPA loses enthusiasm
The Executive Body of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) lost its former enthusiasm following the Vilnius summit and Vladimir Putin’s visit to Armenia.
- 12:39 | Armenia Man convicted for doctor's murder on hunger strike for 25 days
Artak Karapetyan, who got 15 years prison sentence for killing an ambulance doctor, continues his hunger strike.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 12:37 | Armenia Levon Yolyan does not go to work
Armenia’s Control Chamber deputy chairman Levon Yolyan does not go to work after Ishkhan Zakaryan was reappointed as Control Chamber chairman.
- 12:13 | Armenia SAS Group committed serious violations
In October, company director Samvel Gzraryan imported 492 bottles of wine from Ireland through Bagratashen checkpoint and did not declare it.
- 10:58 | Armenia Tsarukyan, Abrahamyan have serious conversation
Abrahamyan urged Tsarukyan to weaken criticism of RPA and government, especially as it gives no result.
- 09:12 | In the world Tighter rules of engagement contributed to US casualty rate in Afghanistan – report
US military directives enacted in Afghanistan after President Obama took office in 2009 could be to blame for an increase in casualties according to a critical new report.
- 09:05 | In the world Jailed opposition leader Tymoshenko ends hunger strike
“She said that she would end the hunger strike today at the request of the people, since she was striking as a sign of solidarity with them,” Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency quoted Yevhenia Tymoshenko as saying.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:59 | In the world U.S. successfully launches drone from submerged submarine
The drone, or unmanned aerial system, was launched from a torpedo tube on the USS Providence, the Navy said in a news release.
- 08:53 | In the world Progress in destruction of Syrian chemical weapons
A group of chemical weapons declared by Syria has been destroyed, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Friday.
- 08:48 | In the world 'Hundreds dead' in Central African Republic violence
Hundreds of French troops are arriving in the city as part of a UN effort to restore law and order.
- 08:43 | In the world Nelson Mandela death: Crowds gather to pay tribute
South Africans continue to gather in Johannesburg and Soweto to pay tribute to their former leader, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95.
- 22:00 | In the world Caffeine can shorten life expectancy - but alcohol lengthens it
Scientists at Tel Aviv University found that caffeine shortens, and alcohol lengthens, telomeres – the end parts of chromosomal DNA.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 21:38 | In the world Power cuts, evacuations, as heavy storms sweep Europe
Strong winds and heavy rain battered Scotland and eastern England Thursday, disrupting rail and road traffic as northwestern Europe braced for heavy storms sweeping across the North Atlantic and North Sea.
- 21:30 | In the world French troops sent into Central African Republic in effort to stop bloodshed
France has launched its second major peacekeeping intervention in Africa within a year, deploying more than 1,000 troops and armoured vehicles to the Central African Republic in an attempt to prevent nightmarish scenes of slaughter from spiralling further out of control.
Source: The Guardian
- 21:22 | In the world Ukraine, Russia presidents meet; protests persist
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with his Russian counterpart Friday to discuss closer cooperation while protests clung to the capital over Ukraine's decision to scrap a deal with the EU.
Source: Associated Press
- 21:15 | In the world Nelson Mandela: Queen 'deeply saddened' by death
Buckingham Palace issues a statement in which the Queen pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, as the Prince of Wales describes Nelson Mandela as an "inspired leader".
Source: The Telegraph
- 21:07 | In the world Nelson Mandela death: South Africa and world mourn
Crowds have been paying tribute, dancing and singing in front of Mr Mandela's former home in Soweto.
- 21:00 | In the world Iran, powers meet next week on nuclear deal implementation
Iran and six world powers plan expert-level talks next week to work out details of implementing a breakthrough agreement for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions.
- 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.
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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18:53 09/12/2013 » Society
Syrian Christians offered prayers Sunday for a group of more than a dozen nuns and orphanage workers held by rebels for nearly a week, fueling fears in the minority community that they are being targeted by extremists among the fighters seeking to oust President Bashar Assad, RIA Novosti reported. The seizure of the 12 Greek Orthodox nuns and at least three other women is the latest attack to spark panic among Syria's Christians over the strength of al-Qaida-linked militants and other ...
18:44 09/12/2013 » Society
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18:38 09/12/2013 » Society
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18:30 09/12/2013 » Society
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18:16 09/12/2013 » Economy
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