"Last Bell" Festive Celebration Got Under Way In Armenia


11:11 21/05/2010


"Last bell" festive celebration has launched in all schools of Armenia
at 10.00. 38 350 pupils and 9 519 of them from Yerevan schools have
their final official farewell to schools today.

Yerevan City Hall has initiated a festive concert featuring the
Armenian singers in the Republican Square at 4pm this day, to be
followed by fireworks at 11pm. She said that schoolchildren will come
to the square at the initiative of parents and Yerevan City Hall is
ready to support if needed.

It’s worth reminding that road police officers strengthened their
mission to keep the situation under control. Road police calls on
the parents to avoid from giving cars to their children this day.

MGM Mirage Interested In Tourism Development In Armenia


May 19, 2010 – 12:01 AMT 07:01 GMT

Armenian Minister of Territorial Administration, Deputy Prime Minister
Armen Gevorgyan met with Mr. Ed Bowers, Vice President Global Gaming
Development at Las Vegas-based MGM MIRAGE company. Armenian Development
Agency General Director Robert Harutyunyan also attended the meeting.

Mr. Bowers is in Armenia to assess "Masis, Sis and new Armenia" tourism
development program to be implemented near the Yeghvard reservoir.

The Armenian Minister hailed the interest of the company in the
program and said that the government is interested in development of
the territory with the help of private sector.

Mr. Bowers said, for his part, that the final decision on the program
will be taken in the near future and the Armenian side will be informed
of the results.

Mark Lewis: RA Government Able To Secure State Debt Service


May 19, 2010 – 19:09 AMT 14:09 GMT

Head of the IMF mission in Armenia Mark Lewis said that the Armenian
government will definitely be able to secure state debt service.

Commenting on concerns expressed by IMF expert for South Caucasus and
Middle Asia Veronica Bacalu that Armenia’s state debt has doubled
during the crisis, Lewis said that currently Armenia’s state debt
is stable.

"However, it will be necessary to attach importance to programs on
funds attraction in future," stressed Lewis.

According to him, the policy of funds attraction foresees presence
of reliable programs, which will secure high profit and favorable
conditions for crediting.

Court To Announced Verdict On Pedophile From Nubarashen Community On


2010-05-19 15:52:00

ArmInfo. The verdict on the case of the pedophile from Nubarashen
community, Yerevan, will be made public on May 24. Proceedings will
start at 4:00pm. This was announced at May 19 proceedings on the case
of Levon Avagyan, the teacher at Nubarashen Boarding School No11.

An action of protest was held earlier today in front of the General
Court of Nubarashen and Erebuni communitiesagainst soft punishment
for the pedophile from Nubarashen. During the latest proceedings, the
prosecutor demanded charging Levon Avagyan, the teacher at Nubarashen
boarding school No.11 with Article 142 parts 1 and 2 (sexual abuse
of minors) and sentencing to 1.5 year of imprisonment.

The materials included in the criminal case say that L. Avagyan
punished pupils very crudely. He made pupils seat on their hunkers
with hands spread like a plane throughout the lesson. The teacher’s
practiced also other types of punishment, including standing naked
on one leg in the corridor. The cases of sexual harassment of minors
by Levon Avagyan received wide public response. On Nov 13 2008 the
Armenian Public Television program "Haylur" reported of sexual abuse
of certain D.A., a pupil of the Nubarashen special school No.11, by
her teacher Levon Avagyan. After the report, the Erebuni Investigation
Department accused Marian Sukhudyan, participant in the monitoring
of the given school, the well-known activist of the green Movement,
instead of the actual guilty party. She was charged with Article 135
part 1 of the Criminal Code of Armenia (slander), then with Article
333 part 2 point 3 (false denunciation for illicit gain) and then
again with Article 135. Later all these charged were removed. The
Prosecutor General’s Office of Armenia told ArmInfo that the Yerevan
Investigation Department of the Chief Intelligence Department of
the Armenian Police revealed that the Erebuni Community Department
made its own interpretation of all the proofs. A criminal case on
the facts of sexual abuse of minors has been initiated. In fact,
L. Avagyan was charged with Article 142 part 2 .

HTC Hero, Tattoo Enter Armenian Smartphone Market

Armen Hareyan

May 18 2010

Today one of Armenia’s leading wireless service providers VivaCell
MTS announced it will start offering two Android powered smartphones
becoming the first Android introducers in the Armenian cell phone

Starting May 17, Android phones HTC Hero and HTC Tattoo will be
available in all service centers of VivaCell. It will enable the
Armenian users to easily access a number of Google powered mobile
services such as GPS navigation with Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail,
Google Talk and more. It will also enable the users to simultaneously
operate in several programs as well as access the thousands of
Android apps.

Both of these cell phones embody at totally new approach to smartphone
interface called HTC Sense, where human is in the core of any type
of communication. Just a single menu can operate and organize all
types of communications with via HTC Sense.

VivaCell’s CEO Ralph Yirikian, speaking to reporters today, said that
the company is moving aggressively to expand its coverage area and
the customer base. Already today the company has 800,000 customers
in Armenia, the population of which is about 3.5 million. This puts
the company in a leading role in the Armenian wireless market.

VivaCell’s major competitor in Armenia is Orange, the former France
Telecom. Today Orange also announced that it will offer Android
phones to its customers in Armenia. While globally, Orange is also
HTC’s customer, VivaCell is the main business partner of HTC, said
today in the same conference Kate Kormiltseve who is HTC’s regional
representative in Armenia.

With Few Exceptions Baku Accepts Madrid Document, Says Aliev


May 18 2010

"In principle, with few exceptions, Azerbaijan has accepted the Madrid
Document, delivered by the international mediators, which contains
the Basic Principles of the settlement to the Karabakh conflict,"
said Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev at the press conference,
following a meeting with Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Aliev said expects the Armenian side will take the same step, declaring
its position over the issue.

"Armenia should either accept the proposals, delivered by Russia, the
United States and France, and, if so, we are nearing the settlement
to the issue, – or Armenia says no and, thus, disrupts the talks,
staging a new period between Armenia and Azerbaijan," Aliev said.

Karabakh rights discussed in Australian State Parliament

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Karabakh rights discussed in Australian State Parliament

May 17, 2010

SYDNEY: The Member for Davidson Jonathan O’Dea has spoken in NSW State
Parliament about the right to self-determination of the people of Nagorno

His address followed the Armenian National Committee of Australia’s poster
exhibition in Parliament House last week, which was held days after the 18th
anniversary of the Liberation of Shoushi, a victory which led Nagorno
Karabakh on a path to freedom from a long-oppressive Azerbaijan.

O’Dea told the Legislative Assembly: "I attended an excellent exhibition in
the Jubilee Room of the New South Wales Parliament on various aspects of
Armenian life, culture and history. There I was introduced to the long and
epic story of Nagorno Karabakh.

"The exhibition coincided with the eighteenth anniversary commemoration of
what is known as the liberation of Shoushi, which came at the end of a
battle that means much to the Armenians of Nagorno Karabakh and around the
world, just as Gallipoli does to Australians."

O’Dea added: "Today, mindful of the principles outlined by Woodrow Wilson, I
note my support for self-determination of all peoples, including Armenians.

"I honour those Armenians of Nagorno Karabakh and others around the world
who, in spite of continued threats and a commitment to fight for
self-determination, ultimately seek peace."

ANC Australia Executive Director Varant Meguerditchian thanked O’Dea for
bringing light to such an important chapter in Armenia’s history.

"It is our responsibility to inform our legislators on what is important to
Armenian-Australians, and Nagorno Karabakh is very important to Armenians
the world over," Meguerditchian said.

"We thank Mr. O’Dea for his address in Parliament and we expect this will go
some way toward achieving formal universal recognition of the Republic of
Nagorno Karabakh."


Mr JONATHAN O’DEA (Davidson) [12.24 p.m.]: There are many people of Armenian
descent in my electorate of Davidson, including executive members of the
Armenian National Committee of Australia. On Tuesday this week, at the
invitation of the Armenian National Committee, I attended an excellent
exhibition in the Jubilee Room of the New South Wales Parliament on various
aspects of Armenian life, culture and history. There I was introduced to the
long and epic story of Nagorno Karabakh. The exhibition coincided with the
eighteenth anniversary commemoration of what is known as the liberation of
Shoushi, which came at the end of a battle that means much to the Armenians
of Nagorno Karabakh and around the world, just as Gallipoli doces to
Australians. Today I will talk about the area of Nagorno Karabakh and how
the liberation of Shoushi came to be.

Nagorno Karabakh is currently recognised as a de facto independent state
with a population of 190,000, mainly ethnic Armenians, lying directly east
of Armenia within the internationally recognised country of Azerbaijan.
Historically, Nagorno Karabakh constituted a part of Greater Armenia from as
early as 600BC, but subsequently fell under the rule of the Persians,
Caucasian Albanians, Mongols, Seljuks and Ottomans, until it was finally
conquered by the Russian Empire in the nineteenth century. Throughout this
period Nagorno Karabakh remained a stronghold of Christendom, where
Armenia’s culture and civilization resisted the ruling alien pressures.
Armenians have been living in this region since Roman times.

By 1920 the Soviet Red Army had occupied Azerbaijan, Nagorno Karabakh and
Armenia; and while both the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic and
Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic placed claims on Nagorno Karabakh, it
was for a short time returned to Armenia. However, Joseph Stalin reversed
this decision on 5 July 1921. He altered the boundaries so that Nagorno
Karabakh was cut off from Armenia and was smaller in size, and the
Armenian-populated region became an autonomous enclave of the Azerbaijani
Soviet Socialist Republic. During the next 70 years the majority of the
Armenian population was persecuted by the ruling Azeris in an attempt to
drive them from the region. This treatment intensified in the late 1980s and
led to violent outbreaks against Armenians in Sumgait, Kirovabad-Gandja,
Baku and Nagorno Karabakh proper, until finally the Azeris began an outright
military assault on the Armenians of Nagorno Karabakh.

The Azeris were met with fierce opposition from an ancient people in their
historic homeland. In the early 1990s the native Armenians took up arms to
defend their homes, their land, their ancient culture and their ideals of
freedom. In the battles that followed it is reported that the native
Armenians defended their homes and secured much of the current territory of
Nagorno Karabakh. However, the historic capital of Karabakh, named Shoushi,
which had been cleansed of its Armenian population, was still in Azeri
control. Located on a mountaintop, Shoushi overlooks the highly populated
capital of Stepanakert from an elevation of 600 metres. This geographical
positioning made it a perfect location for Azerbaijani shelling of
Armenian-populated Stepanakert. Armenian military commanders targeted the
capture of this strategic city. On the evening of 8 May 1992, under
bombardment and in thick fog, the Nagorno Karabakh Armenians began an
assault up the difficult mountain, determined to capture Shoushi. They
finally succeeded on 9 May 1992.

Victory at the battle of Shoushi marked a turning point in the war and
started a series of military victories that eventually led to the
declaration of Nagorno Karabakh’s independence. Each year on 9 May Armenians
throughout the world remember the liberation of Shoushi and honour those who
paid the ultimate price in the hope of lasting peace. The Armenians of
Nagorno Karabakh, along with supporters around the world, honour those who
lost their lives. They honour their courage, their bravery and their
struggle for freedom. Today, mindful of the principles outlined by Woodrow
Wilson, I note my support for self-determination of all peoples, including
Armenians. I honour those Armenians of Nagorno Karabakh and others around
the world who, in spite of continued threats and a commitment to fight for
self-determination, ultimately seek peace.


From Tory to Turkey: Maverick historian Norman Stone has stormed bac

Arts & Book Review
May 14, 2010
First Edition

>From Tory to Turkey;
Maverick historian Norman Stone has stormed back with a partisan epic
of the Cold War world. Boyd Tonkin meets a cosmopolitan conservative

BYLINE: Boyd Tonkin

It isn’t every day that one interviews a figure described on an
official British Council website as "notorious". That badge, which
this fearsome foe of drippy-liberal state culture will wear with
pride, comes inadvertently via Robert Harris. In his novel Archangel,
Harris created the "dissolute historian" (© the British Council and
our taxes) Fluke Kelso: an "engaging, wilful, impassioned and
irreverent" maverick on the trail of Stalin’s secret papers.

Just back from his academic base in Ankara (he can leave at first
light and reach his Oxford house by lunchtime), Norman Stone – Fluke’s
alleged original – does cause a little flutter in the dovecote of the
Penguin offices by asking for a whisky from our hosts. Eventually,
they oblige with a bottle of Bell’s. Notorious enough for you, British
Council folk?

Now 69, Stone still lives up handsomely to all those other adjectives.
The Glasgow-born former professor of history at Oxford has since 1997
taught international relations at Bilkent University and directed its
Turkish-Russian Centre. In person, as in print, his conservative
polemics belong more to the partisan age of his former patron Margaret
Thatcher than to Cameron’s new blue-and-yellow coalition dawn. Yet
they coexist with a globe-spanning breadth of vision, an insider’s
relish for a dozen cultures from Hungary to Haiti, and a wit and
warmth that put the fun into free-market fundamentalism. His company,
need I add, proves just a trifle livelier than time spent on the
average British Council committee.

Posthumously-born son of an RAF pilot killed in action, a scholarship
boy at Glasgow Academy, Stone as a multi-lingual Cambridge researcher
and lecturer dug deep and at first-hand into the Cold War intrigues of
central Europe. His pioneering work helped tilt British perspectives
on the Great War east towards Germany and Russia. He also managed, in
his first marriage, to wed the niece of Haitian strongman "Papa Doc"
Duvalier’s finance minister. Their son is the thriller writer Nick
Stone; he has two other adult sons from a second marriage.

Just now, the famous polyglot with two handfuls of tongues already
under his command thinks that he has "one language still left" in him.
So the great Turcophile is learning modern Greek. He’s delighted that
its word for "laundry" turns out to be something not too far from
"catharsis". But then Stone does know a thing or two about purging or
cleansing – not to mention the pity and terror that accompany it. And
he has lost none of his relish for language. He regrets that modern
Turkish has, thanks to the language edicts of Kemal Atatürk (along
with Mrs Thatcher, another strict reformer who rates his respect) shed
many "splendid old words" from its Ottoman heritage. An example? A
unique term that translates as "just about supportable looseness of
the bowels".

Stone’s star has shot (and sometimes exploded) across the firmament of
British history ever since his 1975 study of The Eastern Front. Books,
articles and statements have stirred the pot of historical controversy
over the ravages of Soviet Communism, the follies of its Western
apologists, or the fate of the Armenians in his second home of Turkey.
On that score, the man sometimes branded as the voice of Ankara says
nothing to downplay the Armenians’ suffering during and after the
massacres of 1915.

Still, he resists the "genocide" label: "Can you compare it to what
happened to the Jews? I don’t think you can." He does believe the
Turkish state could offer a mea culpa on another front: "If there’s
something the Turks might apologise for… it’s chasing out the Greeks
in 1955. That would worth making a unilateral gesture: saying I’m

Stone has a genius for raising storms and riding them: from the
celebrated essay in 1983 that scuppered the reputation of pro-Soviet
historian EH Carr to his cheerleading press articles during Mrs T’s
years of pomp and his flight from Oxford to Ankara, casting farewell
aspersions on the hygiene as well as diligence of undergraduates
beside the Isis. His career abounds in paradoxes, none knottier than
the period in which this nomadic Scottish cosmopolitan spent advising
Mrs T – the empress of Little England – on foreign affairs during the
"extraordinary time" of her 1980s heyday. That era, he believes, saw
her government achieve "tissue regeneration" for a moribund nation: a
verdict close to the heart of his new "personal history" of the Cold
War, The Atlantic and its Enemies (Allen Lane, £30).

Wandering, opinionated, mischievous, the book is strung between two
downfalls, that of the Third Reich in 1945 and the Soviet empire in
1989. Stone’s vagabond history rattles across one world-shaking scene
of upheaval after another, from the Moscow-backed putsches of the late
1940s in eastern Europe via the 1960s’ feast of fools and the 1970s
convulsions that led to the later triumph of Thatcher, Reagan and
Pinochet to the unpredicted foundering of Soviet power: Stone’s
terminus, and his final vindication in the face of gormless academic

"Amazing, isn’t it?" he recalls with a laugh. "That Sovietological
establishment got extremely pleased with itself – and, ooh, they had
egg on their faces. I remember some fool saying that Solzhenitsyn et
al were simply not a good guide to the Soviet Union. And someone else
said to me, ‘You’ve got to read Pravda carefully’. His punishment
would be to do just that!"

The book bristles with gleeful passages of lefty-baiting provocation.
Poor maligned General Pinochet "deserved well of country"; the army
takeovers in Chile and in Turkey might each count as a "good coup";
1968 counter-culture brought "an explosion of imbecile hedonism";
Jimmy Carter (especially reviled) sent "bossy women to preach human
rights in places where bossy women were regarded as an affront";
while, at home, Dame Mary Warnock – who sinned by scorning Thatcher’s
voice – embodied "the long-bottomed-knicker progressive Edwardian
world" that Maggie came to bury.

In these moods, part-Evelyn Waugh, part-Jeremy Clarkson, Stone just
loves to goad the liberal left. Yet they alternate with hard-headed
analyses of the financial shifts behind political façades (with a
brilliant account of how Saudi oil-price manipulation helped sink the
Soviet Union), virtuoso sketches of pivotal events (such as Papa Doc’s
funeral) and enthralling, colourful swerves into memoir. These range
from his own trial after a refugee-smuggling adventure on the
Austrian-Czech border and scrapes in a Bratislava jail to portraits of
modern Istanbul: "In Galata the techno music stopped somewhere around
3am and then, with dawn coming up over the Bosphorus, the first (from
his accent, Kurdish) muezzin… cleared his throat very audibly and
charged full-tilt, followed by ten others, for a good hour". Although
Stone repudiates the idea, quite a few readers might wish that this
"personal history" had itself run full-tilt into autobiography.

Praising the "Golden Eighties" as we talk, Stone chuckles that "it had
all the right enemies". The ding-dong battle of ideologies sets his
book’s creative juices flowing. When I mention that early-1980s
Britain might have tried to modernise itself by consensus rather than
pitched battles, he replies that "I wish there had been more head-to
head battles", qualified by a rapid "perhaps I shouldn’t have said

Above all, The Atlantic and its Enemies will strike many readers not
so much as a reactionary as an anti-liberal – or even more, an
anti-hippie – work. Stone has some time for high-level Marxist
thinkers such as fellow historian Eric Hobsbawm, to whom he has sent a
copy of the book "with a respectful dedication": one capo saluting the
chief of a rival clan, perhaps.

Above all, he detests populist stupidity and the erosion of
educational standards. But I wonder if his philippics have their roots
in the kind of sharply adversarial "culture wars" that matter less and
less to many people now. "I suppose we’ve moved on," he says. "For
instance, with Eric Hobsbawm I wouldn’t have had a culture war – we’d
have been reading the same books and I much admire what he writes…
As for a culture war against something like the Sixties, I think that
is in a sense still with us: it’s a matter of upholding standards.

"I don’t think that has gone – not by a long way. So that I, and vast
numbers of other people in this country, will be just appalled to
think of the Tory party conference opening up with some wretched rock
music. Bring back ‘Land of Hope and Glory."!

The book laments the murder of the grammar schools, but says nothing
about the lifelong curse of 11-plus failure that first led to the
comprehensive policy he now deems to be "pretty much a disaster".
Stone accepts that "reforms needed to be made" to post-war state
schooling: "But it didn’t mean that the system needed to be

He recalls that "I did a hell of a lot of teaching over that period.
You can more or less date the comprehensive change, because you knew
when undergraduates stopped spelling properly. I had to start
correcting spellings round about 1980." He is shocked that, at an
Oxford college, one of his sons became known as an oddball: "the boy
who listens to classical music. That is very extraordinary".

Now, 13 years after his own escape from Oxford, he’s still pleased by
his Turkish students on the elite campus of Bilkent, and has just
lunched with two scholarship-winning alumni in London. If a few of
them do resemble the vacant divas of 1960s Italian art films ("a
splendid looking girl with long blonde tresses and utterly empty eyes
looking out over the Bay of Naples from Capri"), or else come in the
form of stolid Turkish nationalists who "look like Second and Third
Murderer" in Macbeth, then elsewhere he will mostly encounter "a row
of bright faces" who "do turn out very well".

Turkey, more or less in Europe but only intermittently of it, supplies
some of the most audacious sections of The Atlantic and its Enemies.
Stone’s Turkish vantage-point allows him to launch into cross-cultural
leaps that make his history an exhilarating read, even when its
liberal readers will be tearing out handfuls of hair. He connects, for
instance, Kurdish nationalism with its Scottish counterpart and
defines the double identity he shares with Kurdish friends: "Yes I’m a
Scot, but I’m also British, and the British would easily come first."
He enumerates the crimes of the Kurdish militants of the PKK, argues
that the army "never behaved as badly" as the rebel guerrillas, and
when we talk takes issue with Harold Pinter and the human-rights
defenders of the well-meaning West: a recurrent bugbear in his book.
"Like anybody who’s connected with the theatre, or at least anybody
who’s any good connected to the theatre, he talked drivel about
politics." Note that "anybody who’s any good".

Stone can even find warm words for the "therapeutic" army coup of 1980
that (for him) set Turkey on its course towards modernisation and
prosperity. "One doesn’t like to defend military coups," he says, "but
if you were the parent of small children in Ankara in 1979-1980, used
to hearing the gunfire coming from this quarter and that, with queues
for everything and the lights going out, you’d say ‘Thank God for the

After the interview and the election, I email Stone to ask his opinion
of this week’s frantic manoeuvres over "political reform" at
Westminster. In return, decisive action by the top brass gets another
glowing reference from him. "Off the cuff", he replies, "the whole
thing just shows what a bad thing it is that we don’t just change the
rules such that each constituency has to have about 500,000 people".
We should "cut the number of MPs to about 350" and double the pay of
the remaining members – "but that might mean getting some Turkish
generals to do their stuff". Somehow, I can’t see either the blue or
yellow flank of our own incoming regime signing up for that.

Turkish Air Defense System Deployed to "Defend Syria, Iran against

Turkish Air Defense System Deployed to "Defend Syria, Iran against
Israel Raids"


High-ranking sources in the Israeli Foreign Ministry expressed
displeasure with Turkey over deploying anti-aircraft batteries along
the Syrian border in the Iskenderun district.

The Turkish daily Hurriyet meanwhile, quoted a military source as
saying that `this move aims at repelling a US or Israeli attack
against Iran or Syria.’

The Israeli Foreign Ministry sources noted that if the news published
in the Turkish media were true, then Ankara would be taking a side
with Damascus and Tehran, instead of preventing the nuclearization of

In a phone call with Al-Manar TV on Wednesday, Mustafa Ozcan, a
Turkish political analyst, said `The news in Hurriyet daily is true.
The air defense system was moved from Istanbul to Iskenderun to
counter any surprise Israeli air raid, because in 2007 Israeli
warplanes used the Turkish airspace to carry out air raids on Syrian
targets. Thus Turkey took this precautionary measure so that what
happened in 2007 would not happen again.’

Asked whether the cooperation between Israel and Turkey gives the
Zionist entity the freedom to use Turkey’s air space, Ozcan replied,
`Of course not. Israel cannot do this without prior notice to Ankara
because Syria is Turkey’s neighbor and ties between the two countries
are developing day after day.’


`Eurovision 2010′: Armenian delegation due leaving for Oslo on May 1

`Eurovision 2010′: Armenian delegation due leaving for Oslo on May 17

12:24 15/05/2010 » Society

Armenian delegation is due leaving for Oslo on May 17 to attend
`Eurovision – 2010′ international song contest, and Armenian
representative Eva Rivas will have her first rehearsal on May 18,
Diana Mnatsakanyan, the head of the delegation and assistant of
`Armenian Public TV’ executive director on special projects told

According to the source, Jivan Gasparyan is also included in the
delegation, since his participation to `Eurovision’ has been approved.
Eva Rivas, according to bookmaker companies, is in the first five
candidates, which means she has chances to appear in the final stage.
`I think we are well prepared, the show will be interesting,
decorations will be surprise. We hope everything will be a success,’
D. Mnatsakanyan said.

Eva Rivas will perform `Apricot Stone’ with Tigran Petrosyan, Gor
Sujyan of Dorians group, Mariam Mehrabova (back vocal) on the stage.

Source: Panorama.am