- 17:41 | In the world Former Thai PM charged with murder
Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been formally charged with murder in connection with a crackdown on demonstrators in 2010.
- 17:09 | Region Skirmishes took place in Sumgait between Wahhabis and Azerbaijani security forces: some people were injured
The skirmishes between armed groups and the police took place in Azerbaijani town Sumgait.
- 17:07 | Armenia Poghosyan: Armenia’s reforms should not be conditioned by reforms in CU member states
The Heritage MP said that all institutions, including those involved in talks with the EU, should participate in negotiations with the Customs Union because they may propose good models to the Customs Union.
- 15:59 | Armenia Vayk-Saravan-Sisian road impassable due to snowstorm
Selim mountain pass, Ijevan-Noyemberyan, Sisian-Goris, Gavar-Martuni and Artik-Alagyaz roads are barely passable.
Source: Transport Ministry
- 15:42 | Armenia Temperatures to drop further
Occasional snow is expected in Yerevan on December 12-13, no precipitations are expected on December 14-16.
- 14:14 | Armenia Nalbandian to meet with Davutoglu
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian will meet with heads of delegations of BSEC member states today in Yerevan, including with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
- 14:13 | Armenia Armenian parliament adopts 2014 budget
The Armenian National Assembly held a special session today, during which the 2014 draft budget was passed.
- 13:00 | Armenia Turkish FM Davutoglu enters Armenia Marriott Hotel from back entrance
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu entered Armenia Marriott Hotel in Yerevan through the back entrance as the youth organizations of ARFD and Social Democrat Hunchakian Party are staging a protest against his visit near the hotel.
- 12:59 | Armenia Orinats Yerkir interested in money
Despite the fact that the poverty level is at 32.5% in Armenia, Orinats Yerkir Party thinks it important to get money from the government for itself.
- 12:19 | Armenia Russian language courses to be organized for parliament staff
A Russian library and an Armenian-Russian friendship club opened in the parliament in early December.
- 12:16 | Region Life in Baku behind Potemkin’s village facade: Ruins, poverty, disappointment
“The centre of Baku looks nice from a window of a car, it is full of lights and beautiful buildings, while in a five minute drive from the centre one encounters completely different life; ruins, poverty, disappointment.”
- 11:53 | Armenia Yerevan Mayor to defend Ph.D. thesis
Taron Margaryan has graduated from the Armenian National Agrarian University and is an honorable member of the Armenian Agricultural Academy, but he decided to write a thesis in the area of economics.
- 11:01 | Armenia John Kerry to visit Armenia
In a sign of warm Armenian-American bilateral relations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Armenia next year.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 09:21 | In the world US Senator Lamar Alexander aide held on child porn charge
Jesse Ryan Loskarn was taken into custody by US Postal Inspection Service officials in Washington DC for possession and distribution of the unspecified illicit material.
- 09:16 | In the world Hunt for mysterious interpreter who faked sign language at Mandela memorial
South Africa is searching for a sign language interpreter who failed to translate what world leaders said at the memorial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela on Tuesday.
- 09:09 | In the world Leaders, rock stars farewell Mandela
In near silence, dozens of family members passed by as military honor guards dressed in white flanked the coffin on each end.
- 09:02 | In the world Turkey shuts border to Syria
The announcement came shortly after the United States and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to the Syrian opposition.
- 08:57 | In the world Syrian refugees in Lebanon hit by winter storm
The UN says it is "extremely concerned" for Syrian refugees in Lebanon as a fierce winter storm bears down.
- 08:51 | In the world Ukraine violence: US considers sanctions
The US state department has said it is considering all options, including sanctions, towards Ukraine as the political crisis there continues.
- 20:31 | Region Iranian embassy in Baku calls on Azerbaijani MPs to learn lessons from Saddam Hussein’s destiny
The Iranian embassy in Baku has criticized the anti-Iranian expression of the Azerbaijani MP.
- 19:58 | Region Head of Azerbaijani delegation to PACE Samed Seyidov is accused of embezzling $ 15 million and of having offshore accounts
The head of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE Samed Seyidov is accused of embezzling $ 15 million.
- 18:15 | Armenia Armenian chess players to participate in European Championships
GMs Gabriel Sargissian, Tigran L. Petrosian, Zaven Andriasian, Karen Grigoryan and several other Armenian chess players will participate in the European Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships on December 13-15, 2013 in Warsaw.
- 17:50 | Armenia Serzh Sargsyan will not meet with Turkish FM Davutoglu in Yerevan
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan is not scheduled to meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Yerevan, Armenian President’s spokesman Arman Saghatelyan has said on Twitter.
- 17:31 | Region Davutoglu: Turkey has always attached great importance to normalization of ties with Armenia
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says that Ankara is ready to take any action that would lead to the establishment of a steady peace in the South Caucasus.
Source: Haber Aktuel
- 17:01 | Armenia Armenian Prosecutor General ready to open criminal case based on Ombudsman’s report
Armenian Prosecutor General Gevorg Kostanyan has responded to Armenian Ombudsman Karen Andreasyan’s special report on the right to a fair judicial inquiry.
Source: Prosecutor General’s Office
- 16:07 | Armenia Snowstorm expected in Armenia
Snow is expected in Armenia this evening as well as on December 12 and 13, wind up to 15-20 mph is possible in spots, snowstorm is expected, most roads will be icy, with low visibility.
- 15:48 | Armenia Latvian Ambassador presents credentials to Armenian President
The President congratulated Ambassador Gavele on her appointment, wished success and expressed hope that during her tenure in office she will do her best to use her professional abilities and experience to further relations between Armenia and Latvia.
Source: presidential press service
- 14:13 | Armenia ‘Only international recognition of NKR could sober up Azerbaijan’
Giro Manoyan says that in addition to the negotiations, we should work in two directions simultaneously: try to fix the situation and secure international recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
- 13:35 | Armenia Manoyan has no expectations from Davutoglu’s visit
“I have no expectations from Davutoglu’s Yerevan visit because this is not a visit to Yerevan, but rather a participation in a meeting taking place in Yerevan,” Giro Manoyan told reporters.
- 12:43 | Armenia Snow expected today in Yerevan
Snow is expected in most regions of Armenia on December 11, 12, 13 and 14.
- 10:35 | Armenia Doctors do not recommend Gorik Hakobyan to travel by plane
In all probability, the National Security Officers Day will be celebrated on December 20 without Armenian National Security Service head Gorik Hakobyan.
- 10:33 | Armenia General Manvel will return
Manvel Grigoryan is in France, undergoing treatment; he will return to Armenia by December 20.
- 09:10 | In the world Belarusian, Kazakh leaders most trusted of post-Soviet leaders – poll
The leader of Russia was not included in the poll carried out by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center, or VTsIOM.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:03 | In the world Lost Nevada family of 6 warmed rocks by fire to survive snow for two days
A family of six survived two days in wintry Nevada mountains by starting a fire and then bringing warm rocks into their overturned Jeep, preventing frostbite to the couple and four small children.
- 08:55 | In the world 15 dead after fire tears through market in Shenzhen, China
Fifteen people have been killed and five others injured in a fire early Wednesday at a market in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.
- 08:51 | In the world French troops in Central African Republic 'to avoid carnage’
President Francois Hollande has defended France's military intervention in the Central African Republic - after two French soldiers were killed in the capital Bangui.
- 08:44 | In the world Mandela's body to lie in state at Union Buildings
Each morning his remains will be transported across the city in a glass casket.
- 21:00 | In the world Israel, others urged to join chemical arms treaty
Israel, Egypt and North Korea should renounce chemical weapons, especially after Syria joined the convention banning them and three other nations plan to do so, the chief of an international watchdog said on Tuesday.
- 20:43 | In the world Pakistani doctor wins $1M to fight child deaths
A Pakistani doctor won a $1 million grant Tuesday to fight early child mortality in a small fishing village in southern Pakistan in a contest financed by an American entrepreneur to find innovative ways to save lives, The Caplow Children's Prize said.
Source: ABC News
- 20:35 | In the world Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria claim Nobel Peace Prize
A group of chemical weapons inspectors are taking the world closer to peace in the middle of a raging war they cannot stop. For their work in Syria and elsewhere, they received the Nobel Peace Prize Tuesday in Norway.
- 20:28 | In the world UN to fly aid supplies to Syria from Iraq
Up to 12 flights will carry food and winter supplies to Syria's mostly Kurdish north-east as cold weather sets in.
Source: The Guardian
- 20:20 | In the world First gay weddings in UK in time for Easter
First same-sex weddings in UK will be on March 29 next year, Coalition announces as Culture Secretary says historic switch is "just another step" in evolution of marriage.
Source: The Telegraph
- 20:13 | In the world World leaders, South Africans honor Mandela
U.S. President Barack Obama exhorted the world Tuesday to embrace Nelson Mandela's universal message of peace and justice, electrifying tens of thousands of rain-lashed spectators and prompting a standing ovation by scores of heads of state in a South African stadium.
Source: Associated Press
- 20:06 | In the world General Motors names Mary Barra as new boss
She replaces Daniel Akerson, and is the first woman to run a US carmaker.
- 20:00 | In the world Suicide bomber kills 11 at Shi'ite funeral in Iraq
The bombing took place in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) from of the capital at a funeral for a group of Shi'ite shepherds who had been killed by unidentified gunmen outside the city.
- 19:35 | Region Iranian president's Special Assistant: Ottoman Turkey is condemned in extermination of millions of Armenians
“Ottoman Turkey is condemned in extermination of millions of Armenians,” has stated the Iranian president's Special Assistant in Ethnic and Minority Affairs Ali Younesi.
- 19:16 | Region Human Rights Club: there is widespread and systematic human rights violation in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan marks International Human Rights Day, with 142 political prisoners, and they must be released, the statement of the Human Rights Club read, issued on the occasion of World Human Rights Day.
- 19:05 | Region U.S.OSCE MG co-chairman James Warlick on requirements in reaching progress in Karabakh conflict settlement
Recent talks between the presidents in Vienna and the foreign ministers in Kyiv have shown that the sides genuinely want to move beyond the current stalemate, concerning the Karabakh conflict.
- 18:32 | Region European Commissioner Füle: Azerbaijan has a lot to do in areas such as human rights and corruption eradication
EU calls on Azerbaijan to respect its international commitments in regard of fundamental freedoms and human rights, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle said at the Cooperation Council between Azerbaijan and the European Union in Brussels.
Source: European Commission
- 18:29 | Region Because of ‘‘Eurovision’’, a chief editor is sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment in Azerbaijan
In Baku Court of Grave Crimes the trial over Nijat Aliyev, the editor-in-chief of the site Azadheber.org, and 9 others who are accused of illegal possession of drugs and weapons, inciting inter-relegious strife, calling for the seizure of power and distribution of religious banned literature, has finished.
- 18:25 | Region Global Witness has shed light on dark transactions of SOCAR
Azerbaijan Anonymous, a new report released today by Global Witness, reveals a shadowy figure in the oil industry of Azerbaijan, a key EU energy supplier.
- 16:56 | Region Davutoglu’s Yerevan visit may be prelude for normalization talks
Officials in Ankara have cautioned against high expectations for Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s upcoming visit to estranged neighbor Armenia, but indicated that there was a chance for “normalization” to follow in the future.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
- 14:48 | Armenia Levon Aronian to participate in World Mind Games
Armenian GM Levon Aronian will participate in the rapid, blitz and basque system chess tournaments as part of the World Mind Games on December 12-18, 2013 in Beijing, China.
- 09:12 | In the world Russia in talks on moving chemical weapons from Syria - Deputy FM
Mikhail Bogdanov said that Moscow was examining possible options with the United States and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:07 | In the world Pentagon under fire over Russian helicopters – report
The United States has bought dozens of Russian military transport helicopters for use in Afghanistan in the past two years, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, arguing that Afghan forces are more familiar with the aircraft.
16:42 29/07/2011 » Comments
Apology seeking Erdogan and indulgent world
It turns out that Recep Tayyip Erdogan adores demanding an apology. Some trivial studies reveal that the Turkish leader demands apologies from foreign countries and their leaders, too.
In Google search engine Erdogan’s name has been referred to about 17 million times, yet 1.7 million of which brings the following result – “Erdogan wants an apology”. Agree, that a head of a country which is involved in G20, owns the second largest army in NATO, is long for a dominant position in the region and a leader’s role in Turkish and Islamic world, has declared a strategy titled “zero problems with neighbors” and yet wastes 10% of his activities on demanding apology from the surrounding, needs a different specialist to examine him. Yet, leave this to the psychologists and return to politics.
To diagnose the situation answers, based on some examples, should be found – who, why, what and from whom? So the answer to the first and the last questions is obvious – Erdogan demands an apology. To find answers for the rest of stuff internet again hurries to help. The Turkish PM, according to internet studies, has demanded an apology from at least three countries.
The fire over the third case is still burning. Turkish PM demands an apology from the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, who, in a meeting with youth in Tsaghkadzor, called the Western Armenia …Western Armenia. This episode, surely, is worthless to concentrate on. First, the case is new and fresh, and still absorbs assessments and commentaries. Second, it concerns to Armenians, and the emotions may be hindering to give impartial assessments. We would only notice that Erdogan’s absurd demand has been widely covered by the international media and mainly ironically.
Anyway, let’s review Erdogan’s demands for apology to others. The demands addressed to Israel are surely worth to cover. They appeared in the middles of the previous year in the context of Mavi Marmara. Though the investigation over the incident isn’t yet terminated, Turkish PM has been demanding apology from Israel and making threats in their address. It was a couple of days ago when Erdogan threatened to apply “Plan B”. So, we aren’t sure we know what it is. Instead, it’s obvious that Erdogan’s tactics isn’t justified. Israel hasn’t apologies and doesn’t plan to – Israelis have massively declines any vacation in Turkey damaging Turkish tourism industry and finally, Turkey has understood they should quit their initiative of a second “Ship of Peace”.
And the second demand for apology is addressed to Germany and its Chancellor Angela Merkel. Turkish PM was angry in January when Mrs. Merkel arrived in Cyprus and emphasized that the North of the island is invaded by Turkey and that Ankara doesn’t make efforts to normalize the conflict. In this respect, Erdogan hasn’t only demanded apology from Mrs. Merkel but warned to restore her historical knowledge.
But, Mrs. Merkel didn’t apology for her statement, and yet has paid a visit to Turkey, where she expressed concerns over Turkish negotiations with the EU and Ankara’s incapability to put forth necessary efforts. German Chancellor didn’t say anything about Cyprus and her viewpoint over history.
These two episodes highlight Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s image as a very emotional statesman, who has partial approach towards facts, demonstrates blast of anger towards absolute truth and performs inadequate response. Turkish PM made some other “acts of heroism” during the recent two years. He threatened to deport Armenians from Turkey in 2009 and 2010.
In 2009 when the international court declared sanctions against Sudanese President al Bashir, caliming he committed genocide against his people, Erdogan declared that “a Muslim cannot commit genocide” and invited him to Turkey. In response to this, the world focused on the massacre of Christian people committed under Ottoman dynasty. Those documents claimed that more than 2 million Armenians and 300 thousand Greeks were killed in Turkey from 1900-1923 on the basis of national belonging.
World is still indulgent and doesn’t demand any apology from Ankara…
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18:03 12/12/2013 » Politics
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17:37 12/12/2013 » Law
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