ArmenPress, Armenia Press aide makes evasive comments on Armenian PM's media remarks The following is the text of Nelli Babayan's report published on the website of the Armenian pro-opposition Aravot newspaper on 20 June headlined "'The TV company that ran an anti-state propaganda, will no longer do so, as it has realised its mistake': The prime minister's press secretary"; subheadings inserted editorially: The media outlet, which, as Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said, is running anti-state propaganda, will no longer do so, the prime minister's press secretary, Arman Yeghoyan told Aravot.am. Pashinyan wrote on his Facebook page on 18 June: "Certain TV companies, in fact making use of the unlimited possibility of the freedom of speech, have decided to carry out anti-state propaganda. This is perhaps one of those cases, when some people again and again confuse the civility of the authorities with weakness or naivety. Don't do that. Just don't do that". Aravot.am asked the prime minister's press secretary several questions. In particular, we asked, which TV company was waging anti-state propaganda and what were the specific manifestations of anti-state propaganda of the TV company. Yeghoyan refused to mention names: "I cannot add anything to what the prime minister said as regards names and cases. If the prime minister deems it convenient, he will make comments himself and give names. What I can say is that the prime minister's words did not apply and will never apply to criticism of the government. The prime minister will never reprimand any media outlet for criticising him". Yeghoyan did not give a specific response to our second question as to what anti-state propaganda might mean and what the prime minister implied: "Anti-state propaganda is anti-state propaganda". Answering our remark that the prime minister's and other users' Facebook pages circulated in comments the names of Yerkir Media [affiliated to the Armenian Revolutionary Federation - Dashnaktsutyun] and the Kentron TV company [affiliated to businessman Gagik Tsarukyan, head of the Prosperous Armenia party and part of the Tsarukyan bloc], Yeghoyan said: "No, not Kentron either. And it is not Yerkir Media". Nevertheless, what are the threats for this TV company, if it continues to run anti-state propaganda? The prime minister's words sound as a threat and there is an allusion between the following lines: "confuse the civility of the authorities with weakness or naivety". Answering these questions of ours, Yeghoyan said: "The prime minister expressed his opinion, but there is no threat either in his direct speech or between the lines. It is just an appeal to concrete addressees and these addressees have already realised what they deliberately did and have realised this. The media outlets that do not regard themselves as addressees of the appeal do not have anything to worry about. Even those, who these words were addressed to, have nothing to worry about. They have already realised their mistake. If they want to make comments, there are no problems". Yeghoyan stressed: "There were no threats. It was an appeal not to misuse the broadness of the prime minister's thoughts". Asked as to what could happen if the opposite happened, the press secretary answered: "I have already said that nothing specific is going to happen. They will no longer misuse it". Asked as to how it had become clear that they had understood it - they apologised, called, or they no longer ran anti-state propaganda, Yeghoyan said: "This is based on common logic: When a person takes a step and the step becomes visible, the concrete person, who took the step, realises that the general statement is about him". Yeghoyan gave the following answer to our remark that the person could fail to understand that the general statement is addressed to him: "In this case, I am sure that they understood it, as we are dealing with very experienced people". Source: Aravot website, Yerevan, in Russian 1446 gmt 20 Jun 18
BBC Monitoring Azerbaijan to display new weapons at army parade By BBC Monitoring Azerbaijan's defence minister has said that a military parade to be held on 26 June will feature new weapons that this country has bought, news reports have said. Zakir Hasanov was speaking at a news conference on 20 June. He said that Baku had acquired helicopters capable of destroying enemy targets without entering the battlefield, haqqin.az said. "Those helicopters are equipped with systems that make it possible to carry out strikes at a distance of 10 to 50 km," Hasanov said. He said the army would demonstrate state-of-the art hardware and weapons at the upcoming military parade. He also said, however, that "we have weapons that we will not demonstrate yet because we have not yet tested those weapons". APA news agency quoted Hasanov as saying that Baku had bought "new types of weapons" for its army. "[Azerbaijan has] bought new tanks, new infantry fighting vehicles and new armoured vehicles that are used in fighting. All this hardware will be demonstrated at the 26 June military parade," Hasanov said. He added: "At present, we have state-of the-art missile and artillery systems. Those missiles are capable of destroying any enemy target. The supreme commander-in-chief [Azerbaijan's president] familiarised himself with those missiles several days ago. All the missiles will be demonstrated at the parade." Azerbaijan may have Iron Drome air defence system Minval.az news website said that the minister hinted that Azerbaijan's army possessed the Israeli-made air defence system Iron Dome. It quoted Hasanov as saying that Baku would demonstrate an anti-missile shield system at the parade. "We possess long-range artillery missile systems. They are capable of using precise targeting to destroy ground and air enemy targets. A shield system will also be demonstrated at the parade. Many say there cannot be this system in Azerbaijan, but you will see at the parade that it can. This is just one part of new weapons purchased," the report quoted the minister as telling the briefing. It added that the minister did not specify what shield system he was talking about. Hasanov also said that the country's president had tasked them with ensuring the army's combat readiness for actual military action. "We will completely achieve our objectives within several years," he said. He explained he was referring to acquisition of new military vehicles and modernisation of military vehicles, and purchase of new artillery systems. He added that the Azerbaijani army was 90 per cent equipped with automated control systems. "A colossal amount of work is being done to this end," he said. In the meantime, Turan news agency cited the minister as telling cadets from a military school that the parade would feature Azerbaijan's anti-missile system. The report said the minister was speaking about long-range artillery missile systems capable of destroying ground and air targets deep in enemy territory, and that he did not provide further detail. Turan pointed out that Azerbaijan had the Russian-made missile air defence systems S-300 Favorit, S-200, BUK M1, and TOR2E, the Israeli-made missile air defence systems Iron Dome, Barak, and Spider, and also several Israeli- and Russian-made radar systems. In June 2018, Azerbaijan has obtained the medium-range missile systems Polonez (Belarus) and Lora (Israel), the report added. Land reclaimed; Armenia losing its own information war Hasanov also spoke about "a very successful" military operation conducted by Azerbaijan in its exclave Naxcivan in May to reclaim land from Armenians. APA quoted him as saying: "As a result of the successful operation by our army, 11,000 ha of land were liberated from the occupation. I want to say that our army is now in control of the road to [the Armenian-held Azerbaijani district of] Lacin. This is our latest success." The minister said that Azerbaijan was also a success in an information warfare that he said Armenia had started against it. "The enemy has unleashed a large-scale information warfare against us. However, they are losing to us even in it," APA quoted Hasanov as saying. Hasanov went on to urge Azerbaijan's media not to yield to Armenian "provocations". "At present, we all must fight the enemy. The Armenian special services are using social networking websites to try to make our soldiers unconfident about their strengths. Media outlets that respect themselves should not yield to those kinds of provocations. I am asking journalists to be careful. Media outlets are a great power. That great power should join the fight against the enemy and defend the country," he said. Hasanov also said that the recent change of government in Armenia was a result of diplomatic efforts by the Azerbaijani president. "We try to defeat the enemy in all possible ways. You have all seen that the supreme commander-in-chief [Azerbaijan's president] put an end to the rule of [former Armenian President and then former Armenian Prime Minister Serzh] Sargsyan without resorting to the power of weapons, using diplomacy alone," he said. The minister added that Azerbaijani army soldiers were provided with best-quality food, which he said was done "to enhance combat readiness". Baku and Yerevan are locked in a conflict over Azerbaijan's Armenian-populated breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven districts around it. Source: BBC Monitoring 21 Jun 18
TASS - Russia's Defense Technologies Newswire Thursday 12:54 PM GMT Tank crews from Russia's military base in Armenia practicing mountain operations MOSCOW June 21 Servicemen from armored units of Russia's military base in Armenia are undergoing training under a new program, the Russian Southern Military District's press office said. MOSCOW, June 21. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Servicemen from armored units of Russia's military base in Armenia are undergoing training under a new program, the Russian Southern Military District's press office said. "The tank crews are practicing choosing firing positions and fortifying them at the Alagyaz training range. The servicemen are firing organic munitions and hitting targets on the move at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters above sea level," the press office said. "This year, a new drill based on the experience gained in modern armed conflicts has been introduced to their combat training program," Large Unit Deputy Commander Colonel Alexei Naumenko said. During gunnery, tactical and special training, the armored units are interacting with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crews and reconnaissance units as part of reconnaissance/attack forces. They are delivering indirect fire, using organic munitions. The exercise being held in mountains in Transcaucasia involves more than 100 servicemen and about 30 items of military hardware.
Three Armenian weightlifters can now compete in World Championship on July 7-14. Rafik Harutyunyan (77kg), Samvel Babakyan (94kg) and Varazdat Lalayan (104kg) will travel to Tashkent with manager Melik Ghukasyan.
“We have selected strong athletes. We have big expectations and we hope we’ll bring home medals. I will head our delegation and participate in IWF conference in Tashkent as well,” said Alaverdyan.
Portraits by Canadian Armenian photographer Yousuf Karsh will go in display at the Dayton Art Institution this weekend, Springfield News-Sun reports.
On loan from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the exhibit titled “Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits” showcases 48 photographs by one of the most renowned portrait photographers of our time and features Americans who have distinguished themselves in fields ranging from business and medicine to entertainment, politics and the arts.
Portraits include writer Ernest Hemingway; artists Georgia O’Keeffe and Andy Warhol; actors Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart; athletes Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson; business leaders Elizabeth Arden and Warren Buffett; architects Frank Lloyd Wright and I. M. Pei; first ladies Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Eleanor Roosevelt; and entertainment giants Walt Disney and Jim Henson.
An Armenian Genocide survivor, Karsh migrated to Canada as a refugee in 1924 at the age of 16 where he lived with an uncle who was an established professional photographer. After an apprenticeship with Boston portrait photographer John H. Garo, Karsh returned to Canada in 1932 where he opened a portrait studio in Ottawa. The phenomenal success of his 1941 portrait of Winston Churchill, which you’ll see in this exhibition, launched Karsh’s international career. He died in 2002.
The traveling exhibit — first displayed in Washington, D.C., in 2013-14 — was organized by Ann M. Shumard, senior curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. I spoke with Shumard about her museum, Yousuf Karsh and the photos we’ll see on display.
PanARMENIAN.Net – Arrow in the Head founder John Fallon ('American Muscle', 'The Shelter') is returning to the director’s chair with "Heretic", a period thriller that will star Paul Sloan (Nation’s Fire, Vigilante Diaries) and Mark Lawson (One Life to Live), Bloody Disgusting says.
Oscar Gold Productions’ Asko Akopyan is producing the film slated to shoot entirely in Armenia in 2019.
In the film, “When two Templars are sent home after losing the second Crusade, they are forced to battle a slew of varied enemies, the pity-less elements and their own inner demons while trying to elude a mysterious assassin who is hunting them down.”
"Heretic" was co-written by Fallon and Karim Cheriguene ('Horsehead'). Marc Natoli of Natoli Productions ('The Proposal') is co-producing alongside Fallon’s Bruise Productions banner and JoBlo Movie Productions.