Qatar: QBA discusses developing trade cooperation with Armenian PM

Qatar – June 15 2022
Published: 15 Jun 2022 

Doha: The Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA) held a meeting with H E Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia and his accompanying delegation which included the Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia. The meeting was also attended by H E Gegham Gharibjanian, Armenian Ambassador to Qatar. The Prime Minister’s visit was aimed at discussing the cooperation opportunities and developing economic relations between the two countries.

The meeting was also attended by QBA’s First Deputy Hussein Al Fardan, and other Members including Khalid Al Mannai, Maqbool Khalfan, and Youssef Al Mahmoud, as well as QBA Deputy General Manager Sarah Abdallah.

At the beginning of the meeting, Al Fardan welcomed the Armenian Prime Minister and his accompanying delegation, and went on to confirm the importance of the visit in discussing ways of cooperation between the two countries and working to boost economic and trade relations. He also pointed out the interest of Qatari businessmen in identifying possible areas of cooperation in Armenia and the investment opportunities offered.

The Prime Minister also thanked the QBA Members for the meeting, during which he expressed the importance of developing relations between both countries and learn more about the business environment in Armenia and some of the major investment projects that may attract the interest of Qatari businessmen.

Pashinyan also spoke about Armenia’s economic sector, describing it as a resilient economy, and stressing his optimism for what the World Bank figures show, which predicted 3.5 percent economic growth for Armenia in 2022, according to the World Bank Group’s “Global Economic Prospects” report. The report also expects Armenia’s economic growth at 4.6 percent in 2023 and 4.9 percent in 2024.

The Prime Minister also spoke about the most important sectors and investment opportunities in Armenia, as he talked about the tourism and agricultural sectors, which he considers great opportunities for cooperation between the two countries.

During the event, the QBA Members expressed their interest in exploring new international markets and their readiness to identify areas of cooperation in Armenia. They also confirmed their keenness to support and develop bilateral relations in various fields.

Both parties also agreed to organise a visit to study the opportunities closely and learn more about the Republic of Armenia.

https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/15/06/2022/qba-discusses-developing-trade-cooperation-with-armenian-pm

Armenian opposition scales back protests but promises to impeach PM

June 16 2022
Ani Mejlumyan Jun 16, 2022

Following weeks of street protests, Armenia’s political opposition is retrenching, removing a tent camp they had set up in central Yerevan while announcing that they intend to try to impeach Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

Members of parliament from the ruling party, meanwhile, have said they are looking into stripping opposition MPs of their mandates because they have missed so many sessions as they have been boycotting since the protests began.  

Large scale protests began in early April after the Armenian government began to signal that it was preparing to make significant concessions to Azerbaijan, such as ceding control over Nagorno-Karabakh, the territory that has been at the heart of the decades-long conflict between the two sides. 

As Pashinyan made those signals more explicit – notably saying on April 13 that Armenia had to “lower the bar” of its expectations with respect to Karabakh – the protests gathered steam, leading to increasing conflicts with police and hundreds of arrests. On May 1 they took on a more sustained character, with organizers setting up a tent camp in central France Square. 

But the self-proclaimed “Resistance Movement,” which was led by the two opposition blocs in parliament, both associated with the deeply disliked former ruling regime, failed to gain much traction and participation in the protests began to peter out. 

In recent days, the protests also had become more violent. On June 3, protesters blocked all entrances to the main government building, demanding a meeting with Pashinyan. When that didn’t happen, they marched toward his official residence. Near the residence they clashed with police and more than 60, most of them police officers, were hospitalized with injuries. 

On June 14, organizers announced they would dismantle the tent camp and regroup. In a speech at France Square one of the opposition leaders, Ishkhan Saghatelyan, acknowledged that would-be supporters may have been turned off by the association with the country’s former leadership. 

“There are still people who think this is a fight for power, for the return of former rulers to power,” said Saghatelyan, deputy speaker of parliament from the Armenia Alliance and a leader of the diaspora-based party Armenian Revolutionary Federation – Dashnaktsyutyun. “We haven't yet managed to get all those people to the streets and bring them to this square.” 

Opposition MPs, who have been skipping parliament sessions since mid-April, would be ending the boycott, Saghatelyan said. “We will return to parliament only with our agenda” of impeachment, he said.

By the morning of June 15 the tents and barricades around France Square were gone and it was again open for traffic.

Street protests would continue, organizers promised. One rally was planned for June 16, and another two days later.

Opposition leaders also said they were working towards initiating impeachment proceedings against Pashinyan. According to Armenian law they can’t formally impeach until August 2, which will be the one-year anniversary of when Pashinyan started his second term in office. 

The opposition currently has 35 of 107 seats in parliament, leaving them 25 short of what they would need to impeach the prime minister. But opposition figures have said they think there is a group of lawmakers from the ruling Civil Contract party who could vote for impeachment. Prospects for this seem slim, however, given the high degree of loyalty in the ruling party ranks.

And many have argued that the opposition and protesters have failed to offer another vision for the country, even as popular dissatisfaction with Pashinyan is deep. According to a recently released poll from the Caucasus Research Resource Center, while in 2019 70 percent of those surveyed trusted the prime minister and other ministers, in 2021 71 percent distrusted them. 

“This desire [to oust the government]  is quite understandable,” wrote veteran journalist Armen Dulyan in a June 15 column for Sputnik Armenia. “Certain people, who for incomprehensible reasons have appeared at the top of the power pyramid, are absolutely disliked by at least a part of the society. But to expect that at least something will change for the better after the departure of these people is also incomprehensible.” 

Meanwhile, Civil Contract MPs are looking into the possibility of stripping 14 opposition lawmakers of their mandates because they have missed so many sessions of parliament. 

"There is a discussion on this going on in our faction, which is the result of public demand,” one Civil Contract MP, Artur Hovhannisyan, said during a June 16 parliament briefing. “Many citizens have seen how the opposition behaves, how they use their parliamentary mandate,” adding that there wasn’t a consensus in the ruling party on the issue. “Different deputies in our faction have different opinions and no decision has been made,” he said.

Stripping MPs of their mandates because of missing sessions for organizing protests would be an unprecedented step in Armenia, and it would have to be approved by the Constitutional Court. 

Ani Mejlumyan is a reporter based in Yerevan.

https://eurasianet.org/armenian-opposition-scales-back-protests-but-promises-to-impeach-pm

Dozens of families displaced from Artsakh may end up homeless

Panorama
Armenia – June 16 2022

Dozens of families, who were displaced from Artsakh during the 2020 war and took temporary refuge in Armenia, may become homeless. They have to leave the hotels, community and other buildings in different parts of Armenia where they live temporarily.

Presumably, those are the people who have been unable to live with their relatives or cannot afford to rent a house, thus the deprivation of shelter would cause serious social problems for them.

Deputy Head of the Operational Headquarters of Artsakh in Armenia Sasun Savadyan told Panorama.am that the idea of expelling the Artsakh people from these buildings originated earlier this year after it was decided to make the hotels and hostels serve their purpose.

As of June 1, there are 5,902 families or 20,016 people displaced from Artsakh living in Armenia.

"Most of them have rented houses or live with their relatives. There are Artsakh people living in hotels, state and community buildings who are now forced to leave them, waiting for the children to finish classes. I can't provide an exact figure, but there are not many of them, some 100-150 families," he said.

Savadyan said in the near future a decision will be made in Artsakh to provide each displaced family with 40,000 drams from July 1 for renting and other social problems. According to the official, it's possible to rent a house for 40,000 drams, for example, in the villages near Masis.

"For example, I am a displaced person too. I rent a house from the very beginning. I work. These people may say they don't work, but they may actually have a job. If five thousand families can rent an apartment or live with relatives, they can do it too, using the 40,000 drams in financial aid. In Azatashen and Khachpar villages, which are just 5-7 kilometers away from Yerevan, you can rent a house for 30,000 drams. Artsakh people have rented houses there and have been living there for over a year now,” Savadyan said.

He says no inventory of the needs for Artsakh people living in hotels and community buildings has been conducted.

"This deadline has been postponed since the beginning of the year. Now I can't give a deadline when they have to vacate the buildings," Savadyan added.

Sports: Staying in their lane: Junior Olympics, Armenian Youth Olympics bringing events to Clinton

Jan Gottesman

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CLINTON – How attractive are the Clinton track and field facilities across from Clinton High School on Route 110?

Two large events – the Junior Olympics of the U.S. Track and Field of New England and the Armenian Youth Olympics – will be taking place there this summer.

The USTF event is Saturday, June 18, and the Armenian Youth Olympics is Sunday, Sept. 4.

"Both of these all-day events will be held at our prestigious Veterans Athletic Complex and we anticipate 1,000 competitors and 3,000 spectators throughout the day for The Junior Olympics," according to the Clinton Athletics Facebook post. "The track and the surrounding parking lots will be in extreme use on those days."

"These organizations reached out to me because of hardships that have occurred for scheduling events as some college venues are still not prepared to host these types of events," Clinton Athletic Director John Smith said. "I spoke to David Vanasse about it since we all know Dave is a highly respected track enthusiast throughout Central Mass. and he took the ball and got it rolling."

In addition to coach Clinton High track, Vanasse is also the district's food service director.

Vanasse said the USTF thought Clinton was a good location because of its central location in New England.

"I brought the director here and he loved it. The facility had everything he wanted," Vanasse said. That includes an eight-lane track. "There are not any at a high school level that has eight lanes all around, and not just the straight away. "He fell in love with the facility."

Part of the requirements were parking, and the three lots – between the Veterans Complex, the middle and high schools – met their need. So did facilities like bathroom and concession stand. Vanasse said the agreement includes that the concessions will be run locally and benefit the Clinton Track program.

The concession stand is a "state-of-the-art concession stand" that was updated and used during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the food services department used all facilities available to run its program and deliver meals to students working remotely.

"It was another area we could prepare food and work out of," Vanasse said.

The person organizing the Armenian Youth Olympics was also impressed by the facilities and decided to hold that event in Clinton.

The USTF program will be the larger of the two. In 2019, they had 800 elite athletes compete, ages 8 to 18, so they are geared up to handle 1,000 to 2,000 spectators.

The Armenian event should have 100 to 150 competitors.

For the June 18 competition, there will be police officers to help pedestrians cross Route 110 and an EMT on site. Vanasse will be there as the director of the track to make things go smoothly. The competition is scheduled for 9 a.m. to about 6 or 7 p.m.

"I was thinking outside the box and how phenomenal it will be for the town and Clinton track," Vanasse said. "People will ride by and see thousands of people enjoying the facility and it could bring people to town to shop at businesses in the future. This is the first time we have done something like this and hopefully they will come back."

Armenpress: Armenpress and Qatar News Agency sign MoU on exchange of information

Armenpress and Qatar News Agency sign MoU on exchange of information

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YEREVAN, JUNE 13, ARMENPRESS. Within the framework of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's official visit to Qatar, a Memorandum of Understanding on information exchange between "Armenpress" news agency and "Qatar News Agency" was signed.

Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Hambardzum Matevosyan signed the memorandum on behalf of Armenpress, and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani on behalf of Qatar News Agency.

Commenting on the signing of the memorandum, director of ARMENPRESS news agency Narine Nazaryan said, “ARMENPRESS is expanding the geography of cooperation. We appreciate the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with Qatar News Agency. The publications in 6 foreign languages, including Arabic, will allow our partners to get more comprehensive information about Armenia, the Armenian world, as well as international events. The Memorandum of Understanding signed with Qatar News Agency will provide an opportunity to exchange information and photos on a daily basis and more operatively. The cooperation of ARMENPRESS and Qatar News Agency will bring the two countries closer. I would like to remind you that a few days ago ARMENPRESS signed a cooperation agreement with Télam news agency of Argentina. This means that ARMENPRESS has a wide geography of partners, from Asia to Latin America, from Europe to the Middle East, and the Persian Gulf countries. We seek to make information available to our readers from around the world through this form of cooperation.”

The California Courier Online, June 16, 2022

1-         Azerbaijan Donated to Queen of England

            A ‘Karabagh’ Horse: An Obvious Bribe!

            By Harut Sassounian

            Publisher, The California Courier

            www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com

2-         Protesters Disrupt Zareh Sinanyan’s Speech in North Hollywood

3-         Homenetmen Embraces the Young Heroes of Hrashq

4-         Hovnanian, Hovsepian Stage Installations at Venice Art Biennale

5-         Armenia Continues Fight Against COVID-19

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1-         Azerbaijan Donated to Queen of England

            A ‘Karabagh’ Horse: An Obvious Bribe!

            By Harut Sassounian

            Publisher, The California Courier

            www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com

A delegation led by President of the Equestrian Federation of
Azerbaijan, Elchin Gulliyev, presented on May 16 ‘a rare Karabagh
horse’ named ‘Shohrat’ (glory) to the Queen of England as ‘a gift’
from President Ilham Aliyev.

Azerbaijan was invited to perform at Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee
celebrations. Among the participants in the May 12-15 Windsor Royal
Horse Show were Azerbaijan’s cavalry detachment and in national
costume the Border Guard Service’s dance ensemble who performed a
program called ‘Land of Fire.’ Azerbaijan has been participating in
this Show since 2012.

Queen Elizabeth II, 96, holding a walking cane due to her mobility
issues, waited in the courtyard of Windsor Castle to personally
receive Azerbaijan’s ‘gift.’ The Monarch, who has a lifelong love of
horses, said it was a “very kind, very generous” gesture. A similar
horse was recently sold at an auction for $17,000. The Queen was also
gifted two sculptures of horses, made by Azerbaijani sculptor Faiq
Hajiyev. Interestingly, Nikita Khrushchev, the First Secretary of the
Communist Party of the Soviet Union, during his visit to the UK in
1956, had also presented to Queen Elizabeth II ‘a Karabagh horse’
named ‘Zaman.’

Making no secret of the propaganda value of the Azeri ‘gift’ to the
Queen, the press center of Azerbaijan’s State Border Service
explicitly stated, with an obvious distortion of the historical facts,
that the UK Horse Show “has become an extremely important platform for
promoting the ancient and unique Azerbaijani culture.”

However, the Azeri propaganda backfired when Phil Miller, chief
reporter of ‘Declassified UK’ wrote a highly critical article titled:
“Anger as Queen Bags ‘Generous’ Gift from Dictator.” The article
started with: “As the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, she is
facing calls to return a horse she recently received from a repressive
regime—the third autocracy from which she has accepted such a gift.”

Miller reported: “Republic, a group that wants to abolish the monarchy
and replace it with an elected head of state, slammed the Queen for
having a ‘cozy relationship where she receives horses from
dictatorships.’ Republic spokesman Graham Smith told Declassified: ‘It
doesn’t look good for a British head of state to be having these kinds
of relationships with people who have very questionable records in
office and who are repressing their own people. I think it is
distasteful and something that a different head of state might have
chosen not to do. I’m surprised the government hasn’t advised her to
refuse these sorts of gifts but I assume that it’s something she’s
very invested in—horse racing. I think the best thing she could do is
return the gifts and ask them not to offer her any more in the
future.’”

Miller added: “The Aliyev family network is widely accused of
embezzling state funds and acquiring more than $500 million worth of
property in London, one of which was sold to the Queen’s crown estate
in an $82 million deal.”

Miller quoted dissident Azeri journalist in exile Arzu Geybullayeva:
“President Ilham Aliyev is not only notorious for his authoritarian
leadership, but he has also successfully managed to corrupt the whole
governing system — [putting] cronies, oligarchs, and family members
in high government positions.”

On June 2nd, the Armenian National Committees of Australia, Canada,
New Zealand and United Kingdom, all four British Commonwealth
countries, issued a joint statement titled: “Your Majesty, Beware of
Dictators Bearing Gifts!” The ANCs stated that Azerbaijan was
attempting to “gift their way to whitewashing an appalling human
rights record.” The ANCs called the gift “the latest in a series of
cynical attempts by the authoritarian regime of Azerbaijan to color
their shortcomings in a positive light.” The joint statement also
highlighted that “human rights organizations have consistently exposed
Azerbaijan’s use of Caviar Diplomacy in several corruption scandals,
where they were found to pay their way to enhancing the country’s
image amongst the international community.”

The four ANCs reminded that “in 2012, President Aliyev became the
inaugural winner of the Organized Crime and Corruption Person of the
Year award bestowed by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting
Project (OCCRP).” The ANCs alerted the Queen that “Freedom House has
summarized Azerbaijan’s human rights record as follows: ‘Power in
Azerbaijan’s authoritarian regime remains heavily concentrated in the
hands of Ilham Aliyev, who has served as president since 2003, and his
extended family. Corruption is rampant, and the formal political
opposition has been weakened by years of persecution. The authorities
have carried out an extensive crackdown on civil liberties in recent
years, leaving little room for independent _expression_ or activism.’”

ANC-UK Chairperson Annette Moskofian stated: “There is no doubt in our
minds that the gift is a deliberate and targeted act by the
Azerbaijani regime to glorify its war crimes and cause psychological
harm to Armenians in the Commonwealth countries, as well as in their
ancestral homeland of Artsakh, who are facing an existential threat
and who have witnessed parts of their ancestral homeland be occupied
and ethnically cleansed by a foreign dictatorship.”

Sevag Belian, Armenian National Committee’s Executive Director in
Canada, added: “We are confident that, upon being fully apprised of
the above, Her Majesty should rightly reconsider acceptance of this
‘gift’ and reject Azerbaijan’s blatant and nefarious caviar
diplomacy.”

There is little chance that the Queen will return the Azeri horse,
unless the British public pressure their government that this ‘gift’
is nothing more than a crude bribe to whitewash the Aliyev regime’s
crimes against the people of Azerbaijan as well as Artsakh and
Armenia.

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2-         Protesters Disrupt Zareh Sinanyan’s Speech in North Hollywood

LOS ANGELES (Oragark)—On June 7, Zareh Sinanyan, Armenia’s Diaspora
High Commissioner attempted to gather supporters for a meeting at the
“La Reve” restaurant in North Hollywood, California. The restaurant
was filled near its capacity with attendees. However, the vast
majority of attendees were not there to hear or support Sinanyan in
defense of the Pashinyan regime, but rather to protest both his
presence in Los Angeles and his ongoing role in Pashinyan’s
government.

The capacity crowd greeted Sinanyan with boos, along with chants of
“Sinanyan Traitor” and “Nikol Traitor”. Sinanyan was visibly shaken.
He has been visiting the United States and had thus far managed to
avert large crowds, opting instead to hold small, controlled meetings.
On June 7, however, Sinanyan was unable to avoid coming face to face
with a large crowd.

Armenian Youth Federation held up “Zareh Sinanyan Traitor” signs at
the event. Similar signs had also been posted in multiple locations in
Los Angeles, including freeway bridges and the Armenian Consulate.

Last month, Sinanyan had outraged the Diaspora by stating that those
who are against Pashinyan’s policies regarding Artsakh and his
government’s propositions are “traitors.”

The organizers of the event, upon realizing that the crowd was
gathered to protest Sinanyan, became visibly hostile and began to hurl
insults and threats against the demonstrators. According to video
evidence, there were several instances where organizers tried to grab
signs away from protesters as well as to pull them off the venue's
stage. Sinanyan, who also was visibly irritated, started yelling at
the crowd and was rushed out by the organizers.

The owners of the restaurant then notified the crowd that the event
was being cancelled.  The large group of protesters exited the venue,
but later discovered that Sinanyan had re-entered via the back door
and was trying to meet with the remaining dozen or so people,
including the organizers, who remained inside. About one hundred
demonstrators continued their protest outside the venue.

An hour into the protest, the Los Angeles Police Department arrived at
the scene and inquired about the ongoings. The police had apparently
been called by Sinanyan’s organizers.

It was explained to the police that the demonstrators had gathered to
protest Sinanyan, whose policies they disagreed with, and the police
left shortly thereafter.

The demonstrators concluded their protest by singing Armenian
patriotic songs “Zartir Lao” and “Gini Lits”, along with the Armenian
National Anthem.

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3-         Homenetmen Embraces the Young Heroes of Hrashq

By Katy Simonian

“You are stars and the world is watching you. By your presence you
send a message to every village, every city, every nation. A message
of hope. A message of victory.” Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s words echo
through eternity and continue to create a ripple effect for families
in America and across the world. As the founder of the Special
Olympics, she shared her vision of inclusion with the world, opening
hearts and minds to the powerful gifts of a community that had long
been kept in the shadow.

Homenetmen Western US Region established Hrashq, a program for
athletes with special needs. With a unique coaching system tailored
for the needs of each child, Hrashq builds skills and confidence in
young athletes, providing them with socialization and inclusion
opportunities, while combating the stigma often associated with
disabilities.

For members, Hrashq (which means “Miracle”) is an opportunity to
create a resource of support for parents and children alike, as they
meet the challenges of life.

The story of Hrashq began back in 2018, when Founding Member Dr. Nanor
Kabakian joined a group of parents who sought to create an avenue for
their children to participate in athletic activities and be part of an
Armenian organization. Kabakian has long served as the facilitator of
the Armenian Parents Support Group of the Lanterman Regional Center,
which offers parents of children with special needs presentations and
resources to enable them to advocate for their rights.

She approached Homenetmen’s leaders with the prospect of having a
booth at the Games. Their conversation led to a transformative
idea—having athletes with special needs participate in the 43rd
Navasartian Games on the occasion of the Homenetmen Centennial.
Homenetmen’s Western Regional Executive Board gave the concept the
green light, forming a committee whose mission it was to plan Hrashq’s
inaugural participation in Navasartian Games. Their goal was to
provide the athletes with the accommodations needed to make their
historic debut a success. Indeed, Hrashq athletes participated in
competitions and the Parade of Champions, a highlight of the annual
Navasartian Closing Ceremonies.

The program quickly went from 20 athletes to 50, and has benefited
from the leadership of an Adaptive Physical Education Teacher, Dave
Beard, who has created specific lesson plans for each individual
student. Athletes receive one-on-one support from volunteers,
including parents, speech and language pathologists, occupational
therapists, Homenetmen members, and AYF Sardarabad Pyunic Basketball
Committee members.

One of the most influential figures to support Hrashq’s noble mission
is State Senator Anthony J. Portantino, who secured a grant of
$100,000 to support Homenetmen’s many programs including Hrashq.

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4-         Hovnanian, Hovsepian Stage Installations at Venice Art Biennale

VENICE (Combined Sources)— For the past 127 years, the Venice Biennale
International Art Exhibition has been dominated by male curators and
artists. But the 59th iteration of the show—which opens this week and
borrows its title, The Milk of Dreams, from a text by the surrealist
Leonora Carrington—primarily features women artists. Among them are
the Sheree Hovsepian and Rachel Lee Hovnanian.

Angel iconography is universal, but there’s something truly arresting
in the seven cherubs created by Rachel Lee Hovnanian, cast in white
bronze and silenced by two sculpted, crossed pieces of tape over their
mouths.

The artist’s immersive installation, “Angels Listening,” which is will
be on view at the Venice Biennale until Nov. 27, has the angels staged
around a silver confessional, dubbed the “Cathartic Box.” The artist
invites viewers to write on a ribbon their most personal thoughts,
whether repressed due to fear of judgment or out of an inability to
speak them.

Visitors will be able to place the ribbons into the box while ringing
an awakening bell that symbolizes the role of the angels as mute
listeners.

At the end of each day, the messages will be taken out of the box and
ironed on prayer-like mats in the garden, and made permanent. “The
performers become the listeners,” Hovnanian explain.

“‘Angels Listening’ offers a space that transforms hundreds of
silenced voices into a chorus of confessions, allowing to reflect on
issues related to identity and relationships, and on the role of art
in this unprecedented moment in history,” says Hovnanian.

The messages at the installation will also contribute to a sense of
freedom as “you can’t be traced through a global platform.”

This is a very personal installation, reflecting Hovnanian’s own
struggles to speak up as a victim of sexual harassment and, as a
child, growing up with a father whose issues with alcohol drove her to
silence, thinking that “maybe nobody will want to be friends” with her
if others knew what was happening at home. The artist has explored the
image of a silenced angel before, illustrating the suppression of
truth and the _expression_ “be an angel and keep your mouth shut.”

The Venice Biennale’s epic proportions tend to lure artists into
blowing up their own scale of choice to meet the show’s expectations
but Sheree Hovsepian stuck to her guns, making her contributions to
the show some of the most intimate viewing available in the Giardini’s
main pavilion. “Sometimes asking a viewer to come close is actually
asking them to come with you. You are demanding more but through that
process you become more connected,” Hovsepian explains,. “I often
refer to my practice as a kind of exquisite corpse process,” the
artist explains. “Using all these materials, the ceramic, the string,
the wood—I’m putting together limbs and making the body whole again.”
These anecdotal references to the body, sometimes literal and
sometimes more abstract, accumulate within Hovsepian collages—building
towards a larger more inclusive body that can reflect back on all its
disparate parts. “I often refer to my practice as a kind of exquisite
corpse process,” the artist explains. “Using all these materials, the
ceramic, the string, the wood—I’m putting together limbs and making
the body whole again.” The Venice Biennale’s epic proportions tend to
lure artists into blowing up their own scale of choice to meet the
show’s expectations but Sheree Hovsepian stuck to her guns, making her
contributions to the show some of the most intimate viewing available
in the Giardini’s main pavilion. “Sometimes asking a viewer to come
close is actually asking them to come with you. You are demanding more
but through that process you become more connected,” Hovsepian
explains, Hovsepian will be showing seven new works she created
especially for her debut at the exhibition, which are composed from
silver gelatin prints and tactile materials.
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5-         Armenia Continues Fight Against COVID-19

More than 2.2 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been
administered in Armenia since commencing the vaccination program a
year ago, authorities said on Monday, June 13. For the first week, no
new caes or deaths were reported. Armenia has recorded 423,006
coronavirus cases. Armenia has recorded 8,629 deaths; 412,661 have
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Armenia to join agreement about use of military satellite communication systems of CIS states

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YEREVAN, JUNE 14, ARMENPRESS. The Parliament of Armenia debated today the agreement about the use of military satellite communication systems and their further enhancement according to which Armenia will join the initiative of joint use of military satellite communication systems.

Deputy Defense Minister Arman Sargsyan presented the draft on ratifying the agreement during the Parliament’s session today.

“According to the draft, Armenia joins the initiative on the common use of military satellite communication systems, signed during the 2018 June 6 session of the CIS Council of Defense Ministers in Russia, aimed at creating an integrated system of the CIS military satellite communication based on the Russian military satellite communication system”, he said.

The use and further enhancement of military satellite communication systems are performed for the purpose of increase in reliability of management of armed forces of the State Parties of this agreement and the organization of bonds of interaction between them.

However, Armenia joins the agreement with one reservation that Armenia will make a separate decision over the spread of the provisions of the agreement to those states which will join the agreement.

The agreement has been signed by Armenia, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Moldova and Azerbaijan did not sign the agreement.

Armenpress: Ambassador Mkrtchyan presents credentials to the President of Albania

Ambassador Mkrtchyan presents credentials to the President of Albania

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 21:01, 7 June 2022

YEREVAN, JUNE 7, ARMENPRESS. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Albania Tigran Mkrtchyan (residence in Athens) presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Albania Ilir Meta on June 7.

As ARMENPRESS was informed from the Facebook page of the Armenian Embassy in Greece, during the meeting following the official ceremony the President of Albania congratulated and wished success to the Armenian Ambassador, expressing confidence that he will contribute to the development of bilateral relations.

Ambassador Tigran Mkrtchyan noted that the two countries have a great potential for cooperation in areas of mutual interest, expressing hope that in the near future the agenda of Armenian-Albanian cooperation will be further expanded, the foundations of a bilateral legal field will be laid.  At the same time, the Ambassador noted that the focus of his activities will be not only the deepening of political and economic relations, but also the application of the existing potential in the cultural, scientific and educational spheres. In this context, the Ambassador stressed that the activities of the Tumo Tirana Creative Technology Center in the Albanian capital have a unique role in the cooperation between the two countries in the field of science and technology, as well as in strengthening the ties between the youth and future generations of the two countries.

The interlocutors noted with satisfaction the mutual support in the multilateral dimension.

President Ilir Meta wished success to Ambassador Mkrtchyan in carrying out his diplomatic mission in Albania and expressed his support for that mission. The President of Albania also emphasized the role of the Armenian community in Albania in strengthening the friendly ties between the two countries.