- 17:16 | Armenia Replacement of governors not discussed with Armenia’s new PM
“There was no such discussion,” Aragatsotn governor Sargis Sahakyan said, adding that the rumors that some governors will be relieved of their posts have nothing to do with reality.
- 15:42 | In the world Genocide issue is subject of political trade for U.S. – expert
“The adoption of an Armenian Genocide Resolution by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is a semi-step whose aim is not the fair demand of the Armenian people,” Turkish studies expert Ruben Melkonyan told reporters.
- 14:58 | Armenia Armenia’s National Library collects media reports about Armenian Genocide
Next year the National Library of Armenia will host an exhibition dedicated to the centenary of Armenian Genocide, National Library director Tigran Zargaryan told a press conference.
- 14:07 | Armenia Alaverdyan: Holding captive Armenian soldiers is beneficial to Azerbaijan
“The case of Armenian captives Mamikon Khojoyan and Arsen Khojoyan is different from that of POW Hakob Injighulyan because Injighulyan was wearing a military uniform when he crossed into Azerbaijan, while Mamikon Khojoyan and Arsen Khojoyan were civilians,” Larisa Alaverdyan told reporters.
- 12:32 | Armenia Yuri Vardanyan to resign as Minister of Sport
Former Minister of Industry and Trade Karen Chshmarityan may be appointed Economy Minister in the new government.
Source: 168 Hours
- 11:27 | Armenia Date of OSCE MG Co-Chairs’ visit to Armenia not known
The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group said in a statement following their meeting with Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministers in Moscow in mid-March that they plan to visit the region in April.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 10:39 | Armenia Three candidates for Deputy PM’s post
Acting Deputy Prime Minister, Territorial Administration Minister Armen Gevorgyan, who is considered as the most universal government official, is the most likely candidate for Deputy Prime Minister.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 09:10 | In the world Scottish city has worst life expectancy in developed world – report
New official figures released Wednesday show that Glasgow, Scotland’s most populous city, continues to have lower life expectancy rates than some of the worst conflict zones in the world.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:01 | In the world Pakistan Taliban say cease-fire with government is over
In a statement released to the news media, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, alleged the Pakistani government hadn't responded positively to the cease-fire, which began as a monthlong observance on March 1 and eventually was extended to April 10.
- 08:57 | In the world MH370 families storm out of glitchy teleconference with Malaysian officials
Families of the passengers on the missing plane in attendance at the Beijing briefing Wednesday exploded in anger and stormed out.
- 08:50 | In the world India election: Voting starts on biggest polling day
The nine-phase vote began on 7 April and will conclude on 12 May; votes will be counted on 16 May.
- 08:45 | In the world Ukraine crisis: Crunch talks due in Geneva
Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine are due to meet in Geneva to try to reduce escalating tensions over eastern Ukraine.
- 08:40 | In the world S Korea ferry: Desperate search for survivors continues
Most of the passengers on board were students and teachers from the same high school on a field trip.
- 17:08 | Armenia Non-coalition forces to continue cooperation ‘to spite prophets’
It was decided to come up with the initiative to make amendments to the pension law and the proposals may be presented at an upcoming special parliament session, head of ARFD parliamentary faction Armen Rustamyan said.
- 15:53 | Armenia Armenian grandmasters in Dubai
Armenian grandmasters Zaven Andriasian and Tigran L. Petrosian scored 6.5 points each out of 9 and finished 5th and 7th respectively among 142 participants at the open chess tournament in Dubai.
- 15:14 | In the world Ethnic Armenian soldier killed in Aleppo
Soldier of Syrian army, ethnic Armenian Gogo Ashnaglian was killed this morning in Ramusie district of Aleppo.
Source: Gandzasar weekly
- 14:52 | Armenia Orinats Yerkir Party offered three portfolios – Margaryan
“Orinats Yerkir Party was offered three portfolios in the new government at the recent meeting with President Serzh Sargsyan, MP from Orinats Yerkir Party,” deputy chairman of the party Hovhannes Margaryan said in a statement.
- 14:15 | Armenia Non-coalition factions hold regular meeting
The meeting will discuss the decision to convene a special parliament session by April 28.
- 13:29 | In the world Expert welcomes President’s statement about neutrality on Syrian conflict
“We would take part in military operations and get involved in provocations,” Karen Sirunyan said.
- 12:00 | Armenia Tickets of Yerevan-Moscow flights to cost 49 euros
On April 21, Russia’s Utair airline will start operating Yerevan-Moscow-Yerevan flights with Boeing 737-500 planes.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 11:32 | Armenia Samvel Farmanyan to become Diaspora Minister
MP from Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) Samvel Farmanyan will replace Hranush Hakobyan as Diaspora Minister in the new government.
- 10:47 | Armenia Which Ministers will be relieved of their posts?
According to discussions inside the government circles, Energy Minister Armen Movsisyan, Justice Minister Hrayr Tovmasyan, Culture Minister Hasmik Poghosyan and Social Affairs Minister Artem Asatryan may be relieved of their posts.
- 09:05 | Armenia Non-coalition factions to specify future plans
So far, only the Armenian National Congress (ANC) has expressed a clear position on the necessity to carry out change of power.
- 09:02 | In the world 4 protesters killed in army attack on airfield in eastern Ukraine
At least four protesters were killed and two other wounded on Tuesday as the Ukrainian troops stormed an airfield in Ukraine's eastern city of Kramatorsk.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:57 | In the world India recognizes 3rd gender rights
In a ruling that human rights groups are calling historic, India's Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the country's transsexual and transgender individuals the right to self-identify their gender.
- 08:51 | In the world 48 die in Togo bus crash, 15 injured
The accident happened before dawn 108 miles (175 kilometers) north of Lome as a bus carrying passengers to Lome collided with a truck.
- 08:46 | In the world Malaysia missing plane: Robotic sub resumes search
The mini-sub was deployed late on Tuesday after data analysis from its first aborted mission drew a blank.
- 08:41 | In the world South Korea ferry rescue under way
A major rescue operation is under way after a ferry carrying 476 people capsized and then sank off South Korea.
- 08:35 | In the world Ukraine says Donetsk 'anti-terror operation' under way
Ukraine's acting President Olexander Turchynov has announced the start of an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian separatists.
- 17:04 | Armenia Armenian grandmasters in Dubai
Zaven Andriasian and Tigran L. Petrosian have scored 5.5 points each out of 8 before the last round of the open chess tournament in Dubai.
- 12:22 | Armenia Azerbaijan opens fire at Armenian border villages
Gas pipelines, windows and roofs were damaged in the three-hour shootout.
- 12:02 | Armenia David Harutyunyan may become Chief of Government Staff
Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) parliamentary faction secretary Hovhannes Sahakyan will replace Harutyunyan in parliament.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 11:45 | Armenia Who will be new speaker of Armenian parliament?
President Serzh Sargsyan has named Karen Karapetyan and Galust Sahakyan as likely candidates for speaker of Armenian National Assembly.
- 11:45 | Armenia Deputy FM Zohrap Mnatsakanyan to become Ambassador to UN
Some changes will take place in Armenia’s diplomatic corps after the appointment of the new Prime Minister.
- 11:02 | Armenia Vardan Ayvazyan seeks reappointment as Nature Protection Minister
Ayvazyan spoke about it with Hovik Abrahamyan, who said that President Serzh Sargsyan opposes his appointment.
Source: 168 Hours
- 11:01 | Armenia Tigran Sargsyan to be Armenia’s Ambassador to U.S.?
Other rumors say Tigran Sargsyan will be appointed Ambassador of Armenia to Belgium.
- 09:02 | Armenia Beglaryan likely to stay in office
Gagik Beglaryan is on good terms with newly appointed Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan and is considered to be among those who will retain their office in the new government.
Source: 168 Hours
- 09:01 | In the world Russia tests-fires Yars ballistic missile
The Russian Strategic Missile Forces test-fired on Monday an RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile from a launch site in northwest Russia, the Defense Ministry said.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:55 | In the world Holding Geneva talks depends on Kiev, Russia ready to participate – Foreign Ministry
The talks, scheduled for Thursday, are to be attended by top officials from the US, EU, Russia and Ukraine and are part of the diplomatic effort to resolve the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:50 | In the world Arrest over Jewish center shootings
A man with a history of spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric is suspected of shooting to death a boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center near Kansas City, Kansas, and then a woman at a nearby Jewish assisted living facility.
- 08:45 | In the world NSA stories take Pulitzer Prize
The Guardian and Washington Post have shared the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism for a series of stories on US electronic spying.
- 08:39 | In the world Missing flight MH370: Robotic sub first mission cut short
The Bluefin-21 was sent to search the sea floor for wreckage after signals believed to be consistent with "black box" flight recorders were detected.
- 08:35 | In the world Ukraine crisis: EU and US mull further Russia sanctions
The EU and the US say they will impose "further costs" on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, as unrest continues in the east of the country.
- 21:00 | In the world Could period pain make you stupid? Cramps reduce attention span and make women perform less well in tests
Scientists at the University of Bath found people with period pain perform less well in computer-based tasks and that it reduces attention span.
Details: The Daily Mail
- 20:53 | In the world China cancels human rights dialogue with Britain
Beijing accuses UK of using rights issues to interfere in its internal affairs and axes dialogue that resumed after diplomatic freeze over Dalai Lama.
Source: The Guardian
- 20:45 | In the world Ukraine asks for UN peacekeepers in restive east
Ukraine's acting president urged the United Nations on Monday to send peacekeeping troops to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian gunmen kept up their rampage of storming and occupying local government offices, police stations and a small airport.
Source: Associated Press
- 20:36 | In the world Separatist unrest spreads in Ukraine; ultimatum ends with no crackdown
Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine while another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters as a threatened military offensive by government forces failed to materialize.
- 20:30 | In the world Nigeria violence: More than 70 killed in Abuja bus blast
The explosion happened as commuters were about to board buses and taxis to go to work in central Abuja.
- 18:35 | Armenia Arzumanyan: PM had to be sacrificed at some moment
"Hovik Abrahamyan’s appointment as Armenia’s Prime Minister was not a surprise because he was repeatedly mentioned as a likely candidate for PM following the resignation of former PM Tigran Sargsyan," MP Alexander Arzumanyan told reporters.
- 15:12 | Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan: I will cooperate with all parliamentary forces
Armenia’s new Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan has told reporters he will cooperate with all parliamentary forces, NGOs and expert groups and will hear their opinions.
- 12:07 | Armenia Serzh Sargsyan introduces new PM
Today Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan introduced new Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan to the government staff.
- 12:06 | Armenia President officially appoints Hovik Abrahamyan as Prime Minister
On April 13, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree on the appointment of Armenia’s Prime Minister.
Source: presidential press service
- 11:48 | Armenia Sergei Movsesian beats Yuri Yakovich
Grandmaster Sergei Movsesian playing in Saint Petersburg Team beat grandmaster Yuri Yakovich in the penultimate round of the Russian Club Championship in Loo.
- 11:04 | Armenia Rain expected in coming days
Scattered showers are expected mostly in northern regions of Armenia on the night and in the afternoon of April 14-16.
Source: Armstatehydromet Service
- 10:31 | In the world Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s first financial assistance transferred to Kessab Armenians
On April 13, $63,060 was transferred to the emergency authorities of Syria’s Latakia – the first financial assistance of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund to the Armenians of Kessab.
Source: RA MFA
13:12 26/07/2011 » Politics
Congressional panel urges Turkey to return church properties to Christians
The House Foreign Affairs Committee adopted a strongly-worded measure on July 20, pressing Turkey to return all Christian church properties "to their rightful owners."
By an overwhelming 43-1 vote, the congressional panel adopted a sweeping amendment to the State Department’s Foreign Relations Authorization Act, urging "the Secretary of State in all official contacts with Turkish leaders and other Turkish officials to emphasize that Turkey should":
1) end all religious discrimination;
2) allow the rightful church and lay owners of Christian church properties to perform religious and social services;
3) return to their rightful owners all Christian churches and other places of worship, monasteries, schools, hospitals, monuments, relics, holy sites, and other religious properties, including artwork, manuscripts, vestments, vessels, and other artifacts; and
4) allow the rightful church and lay owners of Christian church properties to repair all churches and other places of worship, monasteries, schools, hospitals, monuments, relics, holy sites, and other religious properties within Turkey.
Despite intensive efforts by Turkey’s Ambassador in Washington, Turkish and Azerbaijani organizations, and lobbying firms hired by Ankara, almost all members of the Committee, including Turkey’s staunchest supporters, voted in favor of the amendment, dealing Turkey a devastating defeat. The single negative vote was cast by Cong. Ron Paul (R-TX) because of his isolationist ideology and not his support for Turkey!
This near unanimous vote did not come as a surprise to me, as I had long advocated the passage of such a measure realizing that Members of Congress could not possibly vote against religious freedom. All fifteen Members of Congress who spoke during the hearing indicated their support for the amendment. Here are excerpts from some of their remarks:
-- Cong. Howard Berman (D-CA), who offered the amendment jointly with Cong. David Cicilline (D-RI), stated: "We want Turkey to return confiscated property to Christian communities and at a minimum to provide compensation for properties that can’t be recovered…. In this particular area, their [Turks’] practices for many years…have been atrocious."
-- Cong. Brad Sherman (D-CA): "This amendment is urgently needed to address the vast destruction of Christian religious heritage as a result of the Turkish government’s theft, desecration, and disregard of ancient Christian holy sites and churches."
-- Cong. Dan Burton (R-IN), one of the staunchest supporters of Turkey: "I do support the amendment. I do support religious freedom, and I hope that this amendment does pass."
-- Cong. Gerald Connolly (D-VA), co-chair of the Turkish Congressional Caucus: "Religious freedom is a tenet of American philosophy and it is a cardinal of our American values. I look forward to supporting the language."
-- Cong. Ed Royce (R-CA), co-sponsor of House Resolution 306 which formed the basis for the proposed amendment: "Turkey is identified as a country among the world’s top violators of religious freedom…. So we urge Turkey to return all confiscated church properties taken from these religions that were frankly stolen."
-- Cong. Eliot Engel (D-NY): "Turkey is an ally in NATO, and we recognize that. I wish frankly that they would act more like an ally to the United States than they have lately. They really have gone astray…. Their Foreign Minister has set out a policy of Islamism and has moved away from the European Union, the West, and the United States, and has behaved very poorly frankly with the flotilla and Israel and the whole bit."
Turkey’s Ambassador to the U.S., Namik Tan, disingenuously attributed the setback suffered by his country to the work of "radical Armenians." He must have forgotten that the Turkish government is the one paying millions of dollars to lobbying firms each year to influence Members of Congress, and that 43 out of 44 Foreign Affairs Committee members, including Turkey’s staunchest supporters, could not possibly be in the pockets of a handful of "radical Armenians."
Turkish leaders have not made a public statement after the adoption of the amendment, in order to hide this embarrassing episode. Surprisingly, Armenian government officials have not commented either on this issue. Obama administration officials have also remained silent and refrained from overt efforts to block the amendment in view of its overwhelming bipartisan support.
While Armenian, Assyrian and Greek-Americans have won the first skirmish, they have not yet won the final battle. The Authorization Bill along with this amendment will next go to the full House for approval. A similar Bill has to be adopted by the Senate. A joint committee of both houses will then attempt to reconcile the differences between the two versions. Turkish lobbyists and the Obama administration still have an opportunity to remove the amendment from the larger Bill. Supporters of the amendment must remain vigilant, urging their House and Senate representatives to vote in favor of keeping the church amendment in the Authorization Bill.
Even though the amendment has no legally binding effect, it is a moral victory for all those who cherish religious freedom, and a major political success for the Armenian-American community which went toe to toe against the mighty Turkish lobbying machine and dealt it a devastating blow. The amendment also exposes the alarming condition of Christian churches in Turkey, paving the way for other countries and international organizations, such as the Council of Europe and UNESCO, to support their restoration.
Yet, the most effective way of forcing Turkey to return the confiscated Christian churches to their rightful owners is by filing lawsuits in the European Court of Human Rights. The Turkish government has accepted the jurisdiction of that court and has readily complied with its verdicts.
Author: By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier
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17:48 17/04/2014 » Society
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17:42 17/04/2014 » Politics
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17:14 17/04/2014 » Society
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