SPORTS: 15 players called up to Armenian national team for Turkey clash

Armenia – March 8 2023

UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying round match between Armenia and Turkey will take place in Yerevan on March 25.

Armenian national team head coach Oleksandr Petrakov has announced the list of players abroad, which are invited to take part in the upcoming camp, the FFA said.

Varazdat Haroyan – FC Anorthosis Famagusta (Cyprus)
Kamo Hovhannisyan – FC Astana (Kazakhstan)
Andre Calisir – IF Brommapojkarna (Sweden)
Jordy Ararat – Independiente Medellin (Colombia)
Nair Tiknizyan – FC Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia)
Georgi Harutyunyan – FC Krasnodar-2 (Russia)
Eduard Spertsyan – FC Krasnodar (Russia)
Khoren Bayramyan – FC Rostov (Russia)
Edgar Babayan – Randers FC (Denmark)
Tigran Barseghyan – SK Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia)
Lucas Zelarayan – FC Columbus Crew (USA)
Zhirayr Shaghoyan – CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria)
Vahan Bichakhchyan – Pogoń Szczecin (Poland)
Sargis Adamyan – FC Koln (Germany)
Norberto Briasco Balekian – Boca Juniors (Argentina)

Asbarez: Ararat Home Completes Purchase of Senior Living Community in Glendale

Ararat Home of Los Angeles' new "Ararat Gardens and Post Acute" senior care community in Glendale

MISSION HILLS—Ararat Home of Los Angeles announced the successful purchase of a senior living community in Glendale, CA.

Ararat Home took ownership of the senior living community previously known as “Windsor” on March 1 and began operations as the new “Ararat Gardens and Post Acute.” The senior living community occupies almost a full city block near Glendale’s Adams Square. It is a life plan community, offering 90 independent living units, 50 assisted living units, and 28 skilled nursing beds.

Ararat Home Chief Operating Officer Derik Ghookasian explained that the leadership of HumanGood, the previous owner of the community, approached the Home over a year ago with an offer to sell it. “HumanGood has an excellent industry reputation and had operated Windsor as a highly rated life plan community,” said Ghookasian. “We are very proud that they recognized Ararat Home’s commitment to excellence and entrusted us to continue delivering quality care and services at what is now Ararat Gardens and Post Acute.”

The community’s new Executive Director Varsenik Keshishyan said, “We are thrilled to offer the ‘Ararat Home Experience’ in Glendale and honored to serve as a resource for our larger Armenian community here. Ararat Gardens will continue engaging residents to thrive and live rich, rewarding lives. And, Ararat Post Acute will continue delivering quality rehabilitative and post-acute care on a short-term basis for residents in the Glendale and surrounding areas,” she added.

“This acquisition is a significant milestone for Ararat Home’s growth in service of the Armenian community,” said Sinan Sinanian, Chair of the Home’s Board of Trustees. “Ararat Home was founded in 1949 to serve the community, and in turn, the community has blessed the Home with its support for over 70 years. I thank all those involved at HumanGood for a smooth acquisition process over the past few months and all those involved at Ararat Home for their dedication to our mission, particularly COO Ghookasian, Board Treasurer Michael Surmeian, and George Phillips, Jr. of Phillips Law Partners. Most especially, we are grateful for our community’s past and continued support, without which sustaining and growing our mission of care would not be possible.”

Ararat Gardens and Post Acute is located at 1230 E. Windsor Road, Glendale, CA 91205. For more information, visit the Ararat Home website.

Ararat Home is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-denominational organization that operates life plan communities providing independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care in tranquil, uniquely Armenian, home-like environments on three campuses in Mission Hills, Glendale and Eagle Rock.

“Kommersant” recalled the events in Nagorno-Karabakh: And the battle continues in the world

March 6 2023

March 6 – BLiTZ. Despite the peacekeeping operation in Nagorno-Karabakh, shots are heard again in this land.

According to the newspaper “Kommersant”, the other day on the territory of Stepanakert (Azerbaijani name – Khankendi) there were military clashes, which resulted in the death of three representatives of law enforcement agencies from Armenia.

Armenia accused Azerbaijan of sabotage, reporting losses, the number of which is not given.

Recall that the situation in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh continues to worsen since December 12. Then Armenia and Azerbaijan did not share the only route and made claims. Negotiations on this conflict are still ongoing.

Earlier, I also reported that on Monday, March 6, the visit of the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, Toivo Klaar, is expected in Baku.

Russia expresses concern over Karabakh shoot-out, Azerbaijan objects

March 7 2023
An ethnic Armenian soldier looks through binoculars as he stands at fighting positions near the village of Taghavard in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, January 11, 2021. Picture taken January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Artem Mikryukov/File Photo/File Photo

TBILISI, March 6 (Reuters) – Russia expressed "serious concern" on Monday over rising tensions in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, where it said five people had been killed in a shoot-out between ethnic Armenians and Azerbaijani troops on Sunday.

Azerbaijan said Russia had "distorted facts" in its account of the incident and described Armenian explanations of the confrontation as "hypocritical".

Russia's defence ministry said Azerbaijani troops had fired on a car carrying local law enforcement officials in the region, killing three and injuring another. In return fire, the pro-Armenian officials killed two Azerbaijani troops, it said.

The deadly clash comes three months into the latest standoff between Baku and Yerevan over the region.

Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but populated mostly by ethnic Armenians. The two countries have fought two wars and staged dozens of border clashes for control of the region over the last 35 years.

In December, Azerbaijanis claiming to be environmental activists started a blockade of the Lachin Corridor, the only road linking Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenia says the blockade has led to food and medicine shortages, and that the protesters are government-backed agitators. Baku denies those claims and says the protesters are campaigning against illegal Armenian mining.

The fresh clash is seen as a key test of Russia's influence in the south Caucasus as it wages its own war in Ukraine.

Moscow deployed thousands of peacekeepers to the region in 2020 to end six weeks of fighting there which killed thousands and saw Azerbaijan make significant territorial gains.

Russia and Armenia are officially allies through a mutual self-defence pact, but Moscow also seeks to maintain good relations with Azerbaijan.

"We urge the parties to show restraint and take steps to de-escalate the situation," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement. "Over the past few days there have been repeated violations of the ceasefire regime."

Russia's defence ministry said its peacekeeping forces had intervened to stop the clash and said it was working with both Azerbaijani and Armenian officials to establish what happened.

"The incident once again confirms the imperative need for Baku and Yerevan to resume negotiations as soon as possible," Zakharova added.

Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry dismissed any notion that Russia had offered assistance during the altercation, saying its own forces had evacuated dead and wounded servicemen.

It repeated allegations that Armenia violated agreements by routinely transporting mines and weapons into Nagorno-Karabakh.

"In order to prevent similar situations, the Russian peacekeeping contingent must immediately fulfill its duties," it said.

Reporting by Jake Cordell, Caleb Davis and Ron Popeski; Editing by Mark Trevelyan, Gareth Jones and Lincoln Feast.

AW: Elyse Semerdjian appointed to Kaloosdian Mugar Professor at Clark University

Elyse Semerdjian

WORCESTER, Mass. — Clark University has announced the appointment of Elyse Semerdjian as the next Kaloosdian Mugar Professor, representing a fresh chapter in the development of Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University and the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Clark University established the first-ever endowed chair in Modern Armenian History and Armenian Genocide Studies through the generosity of the Kaloosdian and Mugar families. This innovative professorship honors Stephen and Marian Mugar, as well as Clark alumnus Robert Aram Kaloosdian ’52 and his wife Marianne. 

Semerdjian, a professor of Islamic World/Middle Eastern History and chair of the History Department at Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA), teaches a broad range of courses on gender, sexuality, social history, culture and politics of the Middle East. A specialist in the history of the Ottoman Empire and Syria, she has published on gender, law, violence and Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. She published “Off the Straight Path”: Illicit Sex, Law, and Community in Ottoman Aleppo (Syracuse University Press) in 2008. Her next book project Remnants: Embodied Archives of the Armenian Genocide (Stanford University Press) is forthcoming in 2023.

Semerdjian currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, the Journal for the Society of Armenian Studies, and she recently finished her term as book review editor for the International Journal of Middle East Studies. A two-time Fulbright scholarship awardee, her research is primarily focused on Syria, the social history of Aleppo’s Armenian community and gender and the Armenian Genocide. In the spring of 2013, she was awarded the Dumanian Visiting Professorship in Armenian Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Cultures and Languages at the University of Chicago. Her article “Naked Anxiety: Bathhouses, Nudity, and Muslim/non-Muslim Relations in Eighteenth-Century Aleppo,” published in the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, won the Syrian Studies Association Best Article Prize in 2014. She was awarded a fellowship at Cornell University Society for the Humanities in 2016-2017 to support research on “Skin” for her forthcoming book Remnants. She recently received a German Research Grant with the “Religion and Urbanity” Research Group at University of Erfurt, Germany to write Aleppo: An Urban Biography, an inclusive pre- and post-war urban history of the city’s Muslim and non-Muslim inhabitants.

In 2002, the Kaloosdian Mugar Chair was inaugurated in the Clark University History Department with its holder serving as a constituent member of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Dr. Taner Akçam joined the university as Kaloosdian Mugar Professor in the fall 2008. The first scholar of Turkish origin to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide and to conduct groundbreaking research on this topic, Dr. Akçam spent 14 years strengthening the program through his innovative research, outstanding publication record and strong commitment to training students. Semerdjian is well prepared to advance the Strassler Center’s commitment to mentoring Ph.D. students in Armenian Genocide Studies following Dr. Akçam’s departure. Under her leadership, our mandate will remain strong: to train graduate students, host conferences with leading scholars, and advance significant research on the Armenian Genocide.

Marc Mamigonian to Celebrate 25 Years with NAASR

Marc Mamigonian

The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research will host an in-person and online program celebrating its Academic Director Marc A. Mamigonian’s 25 years at NAASR on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. Mamigonian will engage in a dynamic conversation with Khatchig Mouradian on a quarter century of developments at NAASR and in Armenian Studies generally, and a multitude of other topics, followed by an open discussion with the audience.

This will be an in-person event and also presented online live via Zoom and YouTube. For those attending in person, NAASR recommends the wearing of masks to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. A reception will follow the program.

Marc A. Mamigonian is the Director of Academic Affairs of the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), where he has worked since 1998. He is the co-author of the volume “Annotations to James Joyce’s Ulysses” (Oxford University Press, 2022; with John N. Turner and Sam Slote) and is the co-author of annotated editions of James Joyce’s “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” (Alma Classics, 2014; with John N. Turner) and “Ulysses” (Alma Classics, 2015, with John N. Turner and Sam Slote). He has served as the editor of the “Journal of Armenian Studies” and the volume “The Armenians of New England” (Armenian Heritage Press, 2004), and has published articles in “Genocide Studies International,” “James Joyce Quarterly,” “Armenian Review,” “Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies,” and elsewhere.

Dr. Khatchig Mouradian is the Armenian and Georgian Specialist at the Library of Congress, lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, and member of the NAASR Board of Directors.

For more information about this program, contact NAASR at [email protected]

Vietnam parliament elects Vo Van Thuong as new state president



 11:27, 2 March 2023

YEREVAN, MARCH 2, ARMENPRESS. Vietnam's National Assembly on Thursday elected Vo Van Thuong as the country's new president, in a reshuffle of the country's top leadership amid a sweeping anti-graft campaign, Reuters reports.

In an extraordinary session, lawmakers confirmed Thuong, 52, after the ruling Communist Party nominated him on Wednesday as president, a largely ceremonial role but one of the top four political positions in the Southeast Asian nation.

Thuong's election follows the sudden resignation in January of his predecessor Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who the party blamed for "violations and wrongdoing" by officials under his control.

In his first speech to the parliament as new president, Thuong said he will "resolutely" continue the fight against corruption.

"I will be absolutely loyal to the fatherland, the people and the constitution, striving to fulfill the tasks assigned by the party, the state and the people," Thuong said in a statement broadcast on Vietnam's state television.

Thuong is the youngest member of the party's Politburo, the country's top decision-making body, and is considered a veteran of the party having begun his political career at university in communist youth organisations.

Government greenlights construction of $190,000,000 ski resort on Mount Aragats



 12:32, 2 March 2023

YEREVAN, MARCH 2, ARMENPRESS. A new ski resort and eco-agricultural complex is expected to be built on the slopes of Mount Aragats after the government approved the 190,000,000 USD investment project during the March 2 Cabinet meeting.

The ski resort and eco-agricultural complex covering 4,400 ha of land will feature a new village with 300 mini-farms and guest houses. A new reservoir with a capacity of 3 million cubic meters is also planned to be built in order to ensure water supply for the village. The ski resort will have 5 ropeway lines, a 30km piste and hotels.

Minister of Economy Vahan Kerobyan said the investment project will be implemented by Rid LLC.

RFE/RL Armenian Report – 02/28/2023


Russian Anti-War Fugitive Detained In Armenia

        • Anush Mkrtchian

RUSSIA – An anti-war poster in Moscow.

Police in Armenia briefly detained on Tuesday a Russian man prosecuted in Russia 
for painting anti-war graffiti.

The 31-year-old man, Nikita Kamensky, was detained at Yerevan’s Zvartnots 
airport shortly after his flight from Istanbul landed in the morning. A police 
officer there told RFE/RL’s Armenian Service that he was set free a few hours 
later after signing a pledge not to leave the country.

A short statement released by the Armenian police said Kamensky was put on 
Russian law-enforcement authorities’ wanted list in December for “vandalism.” It 
said nothing about his possible extradition to Russia.

Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS), which usually deals with extradition 
cases, refused to comment.

According to OVD Info, a Russian human rights group, Russian authorities 
launched criminal proceedings against Kamensky in July after he painted at a 
Moscow subway station graffiti protesting against Russia’s war in Ukraine. They 
interrogated him and searched his home at the time. He reportedly pledged not to 
leave Russia during the investigation.

Kamensky could not be reached for comment. Yury Alexeyev, a Russian 
antigovernment activist based in Armenia, said his friends have already asked 
Armenian lawyers to represent him and help prevent his extradition to Russia.

Alexeyev and several other Russian expats have staged protests in Yerevan over 
the past year against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. None of them is known to 
have been deported from the country.

“Nikita’s case is interesting in the sense that we will see what Armenia can 
do,” said Alexeyev.

Artur Sakunts, an Armenian human rights activist, said that despite a 
Russian-Armenian treaty on mutual extradition of fugitive criminal suspects the 
Armenian authorities must not extradite Kamensky or any other Russian critic of 
the war facing “political persecution” at home.

The Russian government enacted last spring laws that effectively criminalized 
vocal opposition to the military campaign in Ukraine.

Russia Objects To Azeri Checkpoint At Lachin Corridor

Azerbaijan -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a joint press conference 
with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov in Baku, .

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated on Tuesday Russia’s opposition to 
Azerbaijan’s desire to set up a checkpoint on the sole road connecting 
Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia which was blocked by Baku more than two months ago.

Visiting Baku, Lavrov said traffic through the Lachin corridor must be regulated 
in strict conformity with a 2020 Armenian-Azerbaijani agreement that placed it 
under the control of Russian peacekeepers stationed in Karabakh.

“It calls for the free movement of solely civilian and humanitarian cargo and 
civilians,” Lavrov said after talks with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun 
Bayramov. “In our contacts, we are trying to achieve that first and foremost 
through the peacekeeping contingent. The setting up of any checkpoint there is 
not envisaged.”

“But it is possible to dispel, by technical means, suspicions that the corridor 
is not functioning as intended. We discussed that today,” he said.

Lavrov alluded to Azerbaijani allegations that Armenia shipped landmines to 
Karabakh through the corridor in breach of the 2020 ceasefire brokered by Moscow.

Both Yerevan and Stepanakert have strongly denied the allegations voiced both 
before and after Azerbaijani government-backed protesters blocked Karabakh’s 
land link with the outside world on December 12. The Armenian side views the 
blockade as a gross violation of the truce accord.

Lavrov called for a “swift and full unblocking of traffic along the Lachin 
corridor” during a January 17 phone call with Bayramov. He said the following 
day that Moscow told Baku that the Russian peacekeepers “can check each vehicle 
for the absence of prohibited, non-humanitarian, non-civilian goods in it.”

The blockade has still not been lifted. The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said 
last week that Baku wants to set up a checkpoint on Karabakh’s lifeline road in 
order to ensure its “transparent” functioning. Yerevan rejected the idea.

Armenia, Azerbaijan Still Disagree On Peace Treaty

        • Ruzanna Stepanian

Germany - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Azerbaijani 
President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian at the Munich 
Security Conference in Munich, February 18, 2023.

Armenia and Azerbaijan continue to disagree on some key terms of a bilateral 
peace treaty discussed by them, parliament speaker Alen Simonian said on Tuesday.

“There are at least three or four things regarding which … we have differences,” 
Simonian told reporters. He refused to disclose them.

Simonian said that the signing of such a treaty is also hampered by new 
conditions periodically set by Azerbaijan as well as Azerbaijani “provocations” 
on the border between the two states.

Meanwhile, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov accused Armenia of such 

“At the moment, the Armenian side is obstructing the signing of the peace 
treaty,” Bayramov said after holding talks in Baku with his Russian counterpart 
Sergei Lavrov. “We can see that they also refused to participate in the third 
round of negotiations.”

He appeared to refer to Yerevan’s decision to cancel in late December a planned 
meeting of the Russian, Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers in protest 
against Azerbaijan’s blockade of the Lachin corridor.

Lavrov also mentioned that decision when he spoke during a joint news conference 
with Bayramov. He said he is still ready to organize the meeting with Bayramov 
and Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan in Moscow.

“The Armenian side has stated that it has no objection [to the meeting] but has 
not yet given its final consent,” added Lavrov.

Despite the continuing Azerbaijani blockade, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol 
Pashinian agreed to meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Munich on 
February 18 for talks organized by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Following the Munich talks Aliyev spoke of “progress” in Armenia’s position on 
the peace treaty which he hopes will help to restore full Azerbaijani control 
over Nagorno-Karabakh. Pashinian’s political opponents at home renewed 
afterwards their allegations that he has accepted Azerbaijan’s terms of the 
peace deal.

Meeting with Lavrov on Monday, Aliyev expressed hope that 2023 will be a 
“breakthrough year for the normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and 

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‘The Annihilation of Christians’: Armenian Believers Cut Off from Humanitarian Aid

Feb 20 2023
By Billy Hallowell

“The situation is now very, very serious. Indeed, it has been said by people, it may indeed be an impending genocide.”

Those foreboding words from Baroness Caroline Cox, a prominent member of the U.K. House of Lords, summarize the state of affairs in Nagorno-Karabakh.

It’s been more than two months since Azerbaijani protestors blocked the only road into this small, landlocked region preventing the transport of food, medicine, and other essential needs.

“I’m afraid it’s a continuity of aggression by Azerbaijan against the Armenians,” Cox told CBN’s Faithwire. “The netherland of Nagorno-Karabakh was relocated by Stalin inside Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan has been trying to carry out ethnic cleansing of the Armenians from there for a long time.”

As the blockade persists, the 120,000 predominantly Armenian Christians living there are suffering and pleading for assistance. 

“The shortage of food is now getting desperate,” Cox said. “The shortage of medicines is very, very serious, especially medicines like insulin, for people with diabetes and the transfer of patients from Karabakh into Armenia needing urgent medical treatment that has been very, very much stymied.”

She continued, “One has already died, so it is a very dire situation indeed.”

Gayane Beglarian’s 4-year-old daughter, Monika, suffers from liver cancer. Gayane recently sounded the alarm about her child being trapped inside Nagorno-Karabakh and risked missing life-saving treatment.

“We were frightened,” she said. “And we were really worried about the situation, because her life depends on this treatment.”

After weeks of anxiously awaiting transport, the Red Cross helped the family exit. Still, Gayane warns other ailing residents need help.

“We have no necessary equipment; we have no doctors,” she said. “We don’t have doctors who can come there and have necessary treatment.”

Cox also warned about another element of the crisis — the potential destruction of Christian churches, historic landmarks, and entire cultures.

“This could be another stage of genocide, destruction of Christian people, destruction of Christian heritage,” she said. “And we need to pray.”

Cox continued, “The annihilation of Christians is very much part of the agenda of getting rid of the Christians. And that’s one of the things that the Armenians are really worried about, because they will lose part of their unique Christian heritage.”

As the chaos continues, prayers for peace, eased tensions, and resolution are desperately needed.