Nicosia: Two women on an opera journey

Cyprus Mail
Two women on an opera journey
September 19th, 2018 Maria Gregoriou
Soprano Anoki Von Arx and soprano/ concert pianist Zara Barkhoudarian will make music a female affair on Saturday, when they join together on a journey of opera in Paphos.
The night will present music until the mid-20th century with a number of songs in English, German, Russian, Armenian, Italian, French and Czech by Handel, Gluck, Mozart, Verdi, Masgagni, Puccini, Catalanio the French Composers St Saens, Bizet, Russian and Armenian opera, with solos and duets.
And for those who think opera is boring, Von Arx will make us think again as she brings a fun element to opera. As well as performing, she will talk to the audience about her arias and opera in general.
After an international dancing career, Von Arx devoted herself to opera singing. Her voice covers the entire spectrum from high and dramatic soprano to mezzo. In 2010 she started to combine opera singing with break dance and hip hop that leaves you wondering why it was not done before.
Barkhoudarian, from Armenia, started piano lessons at the age of six at the Armenian Music School Tchaikovsky. She continued her studies at the Conservatory of Yerevan. At 18 she became the soloist of the Armenian State Tele Radio Choir, with which she toured all over Europe and won numerous prizes and awards.
She moved to Cyprus in 1995 and regularly performs all over the island. She also performs abroad and organises a number of charity concerts every year.
Barkhoudarian also teaches piano, vocal and music theory at the European Conservatory of Music of LitsaKoutalari-Iaonnou.
A Journey of Opera
Performance by Anoki Von Arx and Zara Barkhoudarian. September 22. Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre, Paphos. 8pm. €12. Tel: 70-002420

Armenia: Still On a Revolution High

El Vaquero: Glendale Community College
Armenia: Still On a Revolution High
Marian Sahakyan, Editor-in-Chief
Going to Armenia on a two-month trip was not something that I even considered doing during the summer. It was sudden. It was sweet and exciting. After all, I was going home to a new Armenia. At least that's what my friends had told me.
I remember the scowl of disappointment on my face on our driveaway from the only functioning commercial at airport in the small country, Zvartnots International. The road out of the airport was darker and a bit bumpier than what I was used to and what I expected. I remember making a comment to my dad that nothing had changed. Not since the revolution, anyway.
The city and the dark roads were just how I had left them years ago. They were melancholic. Melancholic in a way where you can feel your heart instantly breaking. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's the feeling of returning home to someone you love, but you know this person isn't doing well. Like an old mother, waiting for her children to return home for a visit. She is worn out, she is mysterious, she is sad, but yet she is warm and welcoming. She is always there. You don't know what the future holds for her, but yet you cherish the things that you see in her.
That's what Armenia is to me. An unimaginable force that keeps one coming back for more. It's beautiful, but not the most beautiful. It's perfectly imperfect. It has problems and issues. It has a painful history. It's been shot down more times than not. Through it all, it has stood tall, and persevered in the best of ways. You go back to her, you love and cherish her, but when the time comes, you leave her, because you have a more perfect life somewhere far away. Somehow, the perfect life, and perfect home, the perfect mother, doesn't seem real. It's not yours. You can't always go back to it. You don't even miss it, because it doesn't break your heart, as the old mother does.
As I started to make my rounds in Yerevan and the outer parts of the country, I sensed a huge Soviet presence, more than ever before. You see abandoned factories with broken windows, or unfinished apartment and hotel buildings. You even stumble upon children's parks with no sign of renovation or beautification in sight.
And when the beautiful nature started to take my breath away, and the old, unfinished buildings became nothing but a charming touch to all that was going on in the country, I saw the light. I saw something that I often dreamt of, but had lost hope in. This is how it went.
I used to walk and take the metro everywhere during my stay in Yerevan, the capital that I love so dearly. But it was during those Mediterranean heatwaves that I allowed myself to get around the city. Not by walking or taking the metro, but by taxi.
It was another sticky hot day that I found myself spaced out and away, deep in thought in the back of a taxi cab. I thought about the future and what it holds for this remarkably beautiful country. I thought about the things that I wanted to change, things that I knew weren't looking too great at the time. I was worried.
I could tell that the driver was not pleased about the traffic and the horrible driving in the city center. He probably was so tempted to light a cigarette to help relieve the stress. He didn't.
"I no longer honk at cars and people," were his first words to me since I got in the cab, 20 minutes earlier. He then went on to explain why he said this. "Whether it's a big act of kindness or something as small as honking while driving, I believe that everyone should be doing their part in furthering the change, and supporting it."
After talking to me for a few more minutes, the conversation became one of my favorites to share. The man explained to me that no matter how long it takes the new Armenian administration to fix the broken system of corruption and poverty, he was sure that it was never going to be as bad as it was during the reign of Serzh Sargsyan, Armenia's overthrown president.
"There has been a change in the Armenian situation. People have changed," the man remarked. "And now, people who live here, can't complain that there are no jobs, because there are. And those in the diaspora, don't have the right to say that can't come back home, because at home there are no opportunities."
This conversation, seemed to have answered all of the unanswered questions that I had inside. Those that I wanted answered during this unplanned trip to Armenia. For a second, I felt like it was all in my hands and I could change the world, if I wanted to. I could even come back home, without ever having to leave again.
Then I started to think about what the revolution did in Armenia. At first sight, you think that four months is not a sufficient amount of time for us to judge the effectiveness of the new administration. It's not until you take a closer look at the actions and operations of Nikol Pashinyan, the new leader of the country, and his cabinet.
From what it seems, the new wave of officials of the Armenian government, have been working endlessly to bring the much-wanted and anticipated change to the country.
The Ministry of Education has been hunting through the university systems and one-by-one eliminating school deans and principals, and even educators, who have previously required 'monetary aid' in exchange for higher grades. They even plan on decreasing primary education years from 12 years, down to 10, as it used to be many years ago.
The Ministry of Diaspora, has been organizing meetings with different community leaders around the world, where these populations will get to discuss issues that the diaspora faces, their plans of returning home, and even ways of investing in their homeland.
The justice system of the country is in its prime time right now, as we start to see almost all political prisoners in Armenia getting their justice. Leaders of previous administrations, along with corrupt oligarchs have also become a big target of the National Security Services of Armenia, as they investigate the amount of wealth stolen from the country's economy, and other crimes committed by these individuals.
Aside from that, tourism has reached an all-time high this summer, as a huge chunk of diasporans visited their homeland this summer. All of this was due to the change of administration.
Though the changes were many, I believe that it is too soon to say anything else. I believe that the new government is walking in a straight line towards imposing true democracy in the country. The biggest change, though, was the change of attitude and outlook that I saw in the faces of ordinary people. Those who work at stores, or drive cabs, or are just sitting in a cafe, sipping on a good, old cup of Armenian coffee. (It's not actually Armenian.) You see the change in their souls, in their smiles, and the way that they act around one another. It's relieving to see this, because it tells me that my people know that their voices are heard, and that they can change anything they wanted to, but it all starts with the change of an attitude and the way one sees the world. Their world.

U.S. Embassy Donates $80,000 of Equipment to Tsiatsan and Amberd Schools

Targeted News Service
 Wednesday 5:48 AM EST

U.S. Embassy Donates $80,000 of Equipment to Tsiatsan and Amberd Schools

YEREVAN, Armenia

The U.S. Embassy in Armenia issued the following news:

Today, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard M. Mills, Jr., along with
representatives from the U.S. Embassy's Office of Defense Cooperation,
visited Tsiatsan and Amberd schools to donate $80,000 worth of new
school equipment, training aids, furniture, sports equipment, and
kitchen appliances.

These schools were chosen to receive the donation, provided by the
U.S. Department of Defense's Excess Property program, after Ambassador
Mills' 2015 visit to the region, where he saw first-hand the efforts
of the United Nations World Food Program to provide hot meals for
primary school students.

"It is very special for me to be back here nearly three years after my
first visit to these schools, and I am delighted to deliver on the
promises I made to you back then," Ambassador Mills said to an
audience of local leaders, school staff and students. "By working with
the UN Food Program, you will now have the equipment you need to
provide hot meals and educational support to nearly 300 children in
your communities."

The goal of the U.S. Department of Defense's Excess Property program
at the Tsiatsan and Amberd Schools is to support the schools by
providing new furniture and equipment and to supplement programs
implemented by other donors, including the UN World Food Program.

The Tsiatsan School, with World Food Program support, began providing
hot meals to students in September 2015. Half of the 300 students at
the Tsiatsan School receive hot meals through this program. The
feeding program at the Amberd School began even earlier, in 2014.
Around 120 out of a total of 244 primary grade students benefit from
this program. The school feeding program was implemented as a social
safety net to provide nutrition and sustenance for children to enable
them to focus on their studies.

Sports: Armenian wrestler wins Junior World Championships gold

PanArmenian, Armenia
Sept 20 2018

PanARMENIAN.Net – Greco-Roman wrestler Malkhas Amoyan took gold in the under 67kg event of the 2018 Junior World Championships, currently underway in Trnava, Slovakia.

In his final bout, Amoyan defeated Uzbekistan's Mahmud Kakhshaliyev with a score of 10:0.

As reported earlier, Tigran Minasyan (55 kg weight class) and David Ovasapyan (130 kg) had snatched two silver medals, while Hrachya Poghosyan (63 kg) was unable to defeat his opponent in his bronze-medal fight to take a medal.

The championship will run through September 23.

Turkish Press: Turkish parliamentary committee delegation visits Baku

Anadolu Agency (AA), Turkey
Turkish parliamentary committee delegation visits Baku
Latest developments in Syria and Upper Karabakh issue were discussed
A delegation of the Turkish parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee paid a visit to the Azerbaijani capital of Baku on Wednesday.
The delegation led by the head of the Turkish parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Volkan Bozkir met the Turkey Friendship Group at Azerbaijan's National Assembly, members from the International Relations Commission and Turkish businesspeople working in Azerbaijan.
Many topics including the latest developments in Syria's Idlib and the Upper Karabakh issue were discussed during talks.
Underlining the importance of the Upper Karabakh issue for Turkey, Bozkir said: "[…] We will not open our border with Armenia until the Upper Karabakh issue is resolved."
Stating that they were already holding trilateral commission talks with Azerbaijan and Georgia, he said they would expand this platform to others, namely Turkey-Azerbaijan-Iran, Turkey-Azerbaijan-Pakistan and Turkey-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Ukraine.
Azerbaijan and Armenia remain in dispute over the occupied Karabakh region. Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan in 1991 with Armenian military support, and a peace process has yet to be implemented.
Reporting by Ruslan Rehimov; Writing by Nilay Kar
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FIFA ranking: Armenia hold on to 100th position for fourth month

PanArmenian, Armenia
Sept 20 2018

PanARMENIAN.NetArmenia's position in the latest FIFA ranking has remained unchanged for a fourth month after the country's national football team dropped two notches in June to take the 100th spot.

France and Belgium share the first and second spots, while Brazil comes in the third.

Meanwhile, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas and Tonga come in the bottom end.

Yerevan Today police search had nothing to do with journalism, reaffirm investigators


The Investigative Committee of Armenia has issued a statement about the police search in the Yerevan Today news website’s head office.

The Investigative Committee has presented certain clarifications, and responded to Yerevan Today editor-in-chief Sevak Hakobyan’s statements.

“A task force has been set up, and together with tactical-intelligence bodies necessary actions are being carried out to reveal all circumstances surrounding the wiretapping and leaking the phone conversation of heads of two law enforcement bodies and to reveal the circle of suspects,” the Investigative Committee said, adding that the investigation into the wiretapping of National Security Service director Arthur Vanetsyan and Special Investigative Service Sasun Khachatryan is continuing.

The statement mentions that based on information, investigators had filed motions and subsequently were granted search warrants from courts for six different addresses, including the head office of Yerevan Today.

“Considering the public interest, we once again note that the lawful search which was carried out in the editorial office has nothing to do with their journalistic activities, and is exclusively aimed that ensuring a comprehensive, objective and complete investigation of the case,” the statement said.

The Investigative Committee also mentioned Article 42 of the Constitution – which guarantees the right to freedom of _expression_, which includes press freedom.

“The Investigative Committee respects the freedom of mass media, attaches importance to maintaining required mechanisms for safeguarding its exercise, and hasn’t anyhow obstructed and doesn’t obstruct news media with its actions in spreading any information, and in such circumstances viewing a judicial and investigative action, which was carried out within the law, as “an attempt to silence” the media outlet is to say the least strange, and has nothing to do with reality,” the statement reads.

At the same time, it mentions Article 33 of the Constitution, which guarantees the right to the freedom and confidentiality of correspondence, phone conversations and other types of communication.

According to the Investigative Committee, the audio recording of the wiretapped conversation was first uploaded on YouTube on September 5, but was widely distributed on social networks and mass media only on September 11. However, according to the Investigative Committee, Yerevan Today has uploaded the video on September 9, according to Google’s search system, which became subject of investigation.

Yerevan Today Editor-In-Chief Sevak Hakobyan has said that they haven’t uploaded it on September 9, and that the misunderstanding is caused by an error in the Google search system. The Investigative Committee said they are probing this claim also.

The Investigative Committee said that it has to investigative and reveal whether or not in fact Yerevan Today uploaded the recording on that day, because any information on the matter is significant for the proceedings.

It mentioned that investigators have confiscated only the computer which was used for the upload, and that three hard drives have been taken for an expertise.

“We believe that the editor of the website too should be interested in the lawful clarification of the abovementioned fact, whereas he has hurried to give unlawful and unethical assessments to the investigators’ implementation of constitutional functions, and has distorted factual circumstances,” the statement said.

It reminded that the police search of Yerevan Today’s office took place in pursuance of a court warrant, within the law.

The editor-in-chief himself was present during the search, along with his two lawyers.

“The editor’s statement claiming that the actions of the [investigators] were aimed at obstructing journalistic activities is baseless and fictitious,” the statement said, reminding that they’ve confiscated only one computer out of many. It said that the confiscation was a necessity.

Moreover, the editors were allowed to take the copy of any information they need for work from the hard drives, before they were taken.

Armenian serviceman killed by Azerbaijani shooting


Contractual servicemen Haykaz Matevosyan, 1980, received a gunshot wound at the neck in the military positions of a regiment located in the north-eastern direction of the Armenian border at about 13:30, September 19.

Matevosyan died on the way to the hospital.

The Defense Ministry of Armenia extends deep condolences to the family, relatives and peers of the killed soldier.

RFE/RL Armenian Report – 09/19/2018


Armenian Parliament Panel Starts Probe On Leaked Phone Calls

        • Ruzanna Stepanian

Armenia -- Former Prosecutor-General Gevorg Kostanian speaks to RFE/RL in 
Yerevan, 1 July 2018.

An ad hoc commission of the Armenian parliament officially began on Wednesday 
an inquiry into leaked phone calls between two high-ranking law-enforcement 
officials which have caused a political scandal in the country.

The heads of Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) and Special 
Investigative Service (SIS) apparently spoke in July shortly before former 
President Robert Kocharian was arrested as part of an SIS-led investigation 
into the 2008 post-election violence in Yerevan. The conversations were 
wiretapped and posted on the Internet earlier this month.

In particular, the NSS’s Artur Vanetsian told the SIS’s Sasun Khachatrian that 
he ordered a judge to sanction Kocharian’s controversial arrest. Vanetsian also 
urged the SIS not to arrest Yuri Khachaturov, the Armenian secretary general of 
the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), warning of a 
negative reaction from Russia. He noted that Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian 
wants investigators to “lock up” Khachaturov.

Pashinian condemned the “illegal” wiretapping and denied putting pressure on 
investigators. The scandal led Armenian prosecutors to order an investigation.

Kocharian, who was released from pre-trial custody in August, has portrayed the 
audio as further proof that the criminal case against him is politically 
motivated and directed by Pashinian. Top representatives of the former ruling 
Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), the country’s largest parliamentary force, 
have echoed these claims.

At the HHK’s initiative, the parliament decided to set up the special 
multi-partisan commission on September 12. Lawmakers representing the 
pro-Pashinian Yelk alliance objected to the decision. Still, Yelk agreed to 
name two of the eleven members of the commission.

The panel held its first meeting on Wednesday. It was chaired by Gevorg 
Kostanian, an HHK parliamentarian who served as Armenia’s prosecutor-general 
from 2013-2016.

Kostanian said after the meeting that members of the commission will submit 
next week proposals on which documents it must request from relevant state 
bodies and who should be asked to testify at its further meetings. He also made 
clear that it will focus on a possible “obstruction of justice” by the NSS and 
the SIS chiefs.

“We have a special clause in the Criminal Code regarding obstruction of 
justice,” Kostanian told reporters. “No criminal case has been opened under 
that clause. Therefore, the commission is entitled to conducting a full 
investigation within that framework.”

He said the panel will also look at whether the Office of the 
Prosecutor-General has carried out“proper oversight” over the ongoing criminal 
investigations into the 2008 violence and the legality of Kocharian’s arrest in 

Kocharian Sees ‘Serious Support’ From Putin

Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Armenian President Robert 
Kocharian walk at the Bocharov Ruchei summer retreat, 24Jan2007.

Robert Kocharian, Armenia’s former president facing criminal charges criticized 
by Russia, has described a recent phone call from Russian President Vladimir 
Putin as a show of “serious support” for him.

In an extensive newspaper interview published on Wednesday, Kocharian praised 
Putin and claimed to have developed a warm rapport with the latter during his 
1998-2008 rule.

“Our contacts have continued ever since the end of my presidency,” he told the 
Russian daily “Kommersant.” “I did not publicize or try to somehow capitalize 
on them.”

“I have huge respect for him and feel that his attitude towards me is similar,” 
he said. “We respect each other and all the work which we had jointly done in 
Russian-Armenian relations.”

Putin telephoned Kocharian to congratulate him on his 64th birthday anniversary 
on August 31. The phone call came just over a month after Kocharian was 
arrested on charges of illegally using the armed forces against opposition 
protesters in Yerevan in February-March 2008.

An Armenian appeals court freed him from custody on August 13. The ex-president 
denies the charges as politically motivated.

In late July, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denounced the prosecutions 
of Kocharian, as well as two retired Armenian generals facing the same charges. 
Lavrov said they run counter to the new Armenian leadership’s earlier pledges 
not to “persecute its predecessors for political motives.”

“That phone call [from Putin] is serious support, but I have never showcased 
these relations,” said Kocharian.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian downplayed the significance of the call before 
visiting Moscow and meeting Putin on September 8. Pashinian declared after 
those talks that Russian-Armenian relations are “brilliant.” He went on to 
brand Kocharian as well as another former president, Serzh Sarkisian, as 
“political corpses.”

Kocharian scoffed at that characterization, saying that in fact Pashinian is 
scared of his political comeback which he announced immediately after his 
release from jail. “I suppose that he is very worried about the results 
achieved during my presidential tenure,” he said. “And a considerable part of 
the society realizes that I am capable of doing that once again.”

Comparing Pashinian to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Kocharian 
again gave a grim assessment of the current Armenian government’s track record. 
“It is chaotic, knows nothing about the economy and lacks a clear plan of 
actions,” he said.

The ex-president specifically accused Pashinian’s cabinet of scaring away local 
and foreign investors. “Nobody knows what is on the minds of the new government 
members,” he claimed. “This means uncertainty and money runs away from 
uncertainty. Just the opposite was the case during my time [in office.]”

Pashinian, his loyalists and other critics say that Kocharian systematically 
stifled dissent, tolerated government corruption, sponsored economic 
monopolies, and rigged elections when he ran the country from 1998-2008.

Announcing his comeback on August 16, Kocharian denied that corruption was 
widespread at the time. He argued that the Armenian economy grew fivefold and 
living standards improved considerably in the ten-year period. He also 
dismissed long-standing claims that he made a huge personal fortune while in 
office, challenging the current authorities to prove his alleged enrichment.

U.S. Seeks Extradition Of Turkish American Lobbyist Arrested In Armenia

Armenia - Turkish American activist Kemal Oksuz is questioned by Armenian 
police, 29 August 2018.

The United States has formally asked Armenia to extradite the former head of a 
Turkish American lobbying group who was arrested in Yerevan on August 29.

The Armenian police detained Kemal (Kevin) Oksuz a week after U.S. 
law-enforcement authorities issued an international arrest warrant for him. A 
Yerevan court was quick to allow the police to keep the Turkish-born man in 
custody for at least one month.

Oksuz used to run the Texas-based Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians 
as well as the Assembly of the Friends of Azerbaijan. The two groups came under 
scrutiny after organizing in 2013 an all-expenses-paid visit to Azerbaijan by 
10 members and 32 staffers of the U.S. Congress.

The Washington Post reported in 2015 that the trip was secretly funded by 
Azerbaijan’s state-owned oil company SOCAR in violation of U.S. congressional 
rules. The paper said that SOCAR spent $750,000 for that purpose.

The Ethics Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives launched an inquiry 
into the secret funding around that time. Oksuz reportedly refused to testify 
in the probe.

An Armenian police statement issued on August 30 revealed that Oksuz 
subsequently moved to Armenia and set up a company there last year. He is now 
wanted in the U.S. for lying to the Ethics Committee about foreign funding 
received by his organizations, according to the statement.

A spokeswoman for Armenia’s Office of the Prosecutor-General, Arevik 
Khachatrian, told the Armenpress news agency on Wednesday that it has received 
a formal extradition request from U.S. law-enforcement authorities. She did not 
say when the Armenian side will respond to it.

Under Armenian law, final decisions on extraditing foreign nationals living in 
the country have to be made by the Justice Ministry. They can be challenged in 

Armenpress also reported that the police suspect Oksuz’s Armenian-registered 
company called the Sena Group oftax evasion. If charged, he will risk heavy 
fines or up to five years’ imprisonment.

It remains unclear why Oksuz decided to relocate to Armenia, a country that has 
strained relations with both Turkey and Azerbaijan. Just like other Turkish 
American activists, he had lobbied the U.S. Congress against recognizing the 
1915 Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey.

Reporting on Oksuz’s arrest, the pro-government Turkish newspaper “Sabah” 
referred to him as a “high-ranking” loyalist of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based 
Turkish cleric facing coup charges in Turkey. The paper also called his 
Turquoise Council of Americans a “Gulenist umbrella organization.”

Thousands of Gulen supporters have been jailed in Turkey since a failed 2016 
coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Western Watchdog Condemns Police Raid On Armenian Media Outlet

FRANCE -- Press releases are pictured during a press conference of Reporters 
Without Borders (RSF) to present the its World Press Freedom Index for 2018, in 
Paris, April 25, 2018

The Paris-based group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the 
Armenian police for searching the offices of a news website as part of a 
criminal investigation into leaked phone calls between two top law-enforcement 

“The search of Yerevan.Today’s premises and the seizure of its equipment 
constitute grave violations of the principle of the protection of journalists’ 
sources, which is guaranteed by Armenian legislation and the European Court of 
Human Rights,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central 
Asia desk.

“We regret that the police did not seek a less intrusive and more proportionate 
way to achieve their legitimate goal,” he added in a statement released late on 

Officers of a special police unit and the Investigative Committee confiscated 
several computer hard disks when they raided the headquarters of the 
Yerevan.Today online publication on Monday.

The seven-four search stems from a wiretapping scandal that rocked the Armenian 
political scene last week. Unknown individuals posted on the Internet the audio 
of two recent phone calls between the heads of two other Armenian 
law-enforcement bodies. The latter discussed an ongoing inquiry into the 2008 
post-election violence in Yerevan.

The Investigative Committee said law-enforcement officers searched this and 
five other locations in a bid to ascertain “the method of the secret recording 
and dissemination” of the sensitive conversations. It claimed that 
Yerevan.Today posted the scandalous audio on its website earlier than other 
Armenian media outlets.

The website editor, Sevak Hakobian, strongly denied that, calling the police 
actions “irresponsible.” He said that the search all but “paralyzed” 
Yerevan.Today’s activities.

Press Review

“Zhoghovurd” says that recriminations traded by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian 
and his de facto coalition partners in the ongoing mayoral race in Yerevan are 
calling into question his plans to force snap parliamentary elections by next 
June. The paper goes as far as to claim that Pashinian’s power-sharing deal 
with them is “on the brink of collapse.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” likewise notes that at least two parties allied to 
Pashinian are now threatening to walk away from political deals reached with 
him in May. The Pashinian-linked paper says that the premier and his political 
team themselves can now scrap those deals and push for the dissolution of the 
Armenian parliament already this year. “Pashinian’s team might not even wait 
for amendments to the Electoral Code and go for fresh elections under the 
existing code,” it says, adding that they would be certain to win the elections 
in any case.

“Our society is so isolated from the outside world that we … are surprised with 
the most elementary realities,” editorializes “Hraparak.” For instance, the 
paper says, many in Armenia do not know that sensitive phone conversations 
between senior officials can also be wiretapped and publicized in many other 
countries. “The famous WikiLeaks scandal is enough to understand that even 
[documents kept in] the Pentagon and State Department archives can be leaked 
and can change geopolitical realities as a result,” it says.

“Zhamanak” comments on the latest increase in ceasefire violations in the 
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. “Azerbaijan will never dare to start a 
large-scale war without being certain that there are favorable conditions for 
doing that as a result of Armenian foreign policy failures or Armenia’s 
international isolation,” writes the paper. “In this regard we find it 
extremely important to overcome the existing crisis in Russian-Armenian 
relations which primarily benefits Azerbaijan … On the other hand, Armenia’s 
foreign policy should get out of the trap of solely Russian trajectory and 
become truly diversified and proactive.”

(Tigran Avetisian)

Reprinted on ANN/Armenian News with permission from RFE/RL
Copyright (c) 2018 Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, Inc.
1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

Calendar of Events – 09/20/2018

                        GROONG's Calendar of events
                        (All times local to events)

What:           Help Armenia Face the Challenges of Alzheimer's Conference
When:           Oct 26 2018 9am
Where:          Yerevan State Medical University
                Koryun St 2, Yerevan Armenian
Misc:           Registration: 9am - 10am | Conference: 10am - 4pm
                As Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia become an increased
                concern, we are taking steps to help Armenia face them. Mark
                your calendars for this very important conference and help
                raise the level of care through awareness and education.
                Speakers include:
                Professor Mikhayil Aghajanov, MD, Chairman of Biochemistry,
                Yerevan State Medical University
                Topic: Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
                Professor Hovhannes M. Manvelyan, MD, Ph.D.
                Chair of Neurology Department, YSMU
                Topic: The Problem of Dementia in Armenia
                Dr. Jane L. Mahakian, Ph.D. President, Alzheimer's Care Armenia
                Topic: Memory Loss: What's Normal and What's Not
                Victor Mazmanian
                Senior Director of Faith Outreach, Silverado Mind Heart Soul 
                Topic: Caregiving and Hope
Online Contact: [email protected]
Tel:            Dr. Jane Mahakian (949) 212-4105

What:           "Toward Sis with an Eyewitness View"
                a lecture is given by Bishop Torkom Donoyan

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