Father accused of spending the money raised for Down syndrome baby on himself

The father who raised more than half a million dollars to help raise his Down syndrome baby boy has been accused of spending the money on himself, the reports. 

New Zealander Sam Forrest had the heartfelt sympathy of people across the globe when his Armenian wife abandoned him and their baby Leo just one week after he was born on January 21 in her home country where disability is considered shameful.

But since the $600,000 was raised for their son, his wife Ruzan Badalyan has reunited with her family in New Zealand and now a family friend claims there are hundreds of thousands of dollars that have vanished.

The fact Mr Forrest is now $600,000 richer thanks to the money that was raised for Leo, is not the reason why Ms Badalyan changed her mind, she told 3News. She is just delighted to be reunited wither her son.

‘It was the happiest day,’ she says. ‘He was so small, so cute. I remember I hugged him. He started making some noises. He was so cute. I was very happy.

She has asked not to be judged by New Zealanders – it has not been revealed exactly where in the country they are living – but that they can just be left alone to get on happily as a family.

Knesset Speaker expects coalition and opposition to come together to recognize the Armenian Genocide

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has said he expects the coalition and opposition to come together to recognize the Armenian genocide, which he hopes to have the Knesset do officially soon, the reports.

He denied that the Knesset recognition of the Armenian Genocide has anything to do with flexing muscles at Turkey, the perpetrators of the genocide and the main reason the government has not yet recognized it. The move is not coordinated with the government, Edelstein added, citing separation of powers.

“The Armenians are not our greatest friends. They never vote with us in the UN. I don’t expect anything in return; this is not a political decision,” he explained.

Russian billionaire intends to start farming industry in Artsakh

Lusine Avanesyan
Public Radio of Armenia

Russian billionaire German Sterligov intends to start farming in Artsakh. He’s currently in Nagorno Karabakh to look for appropriate lands.

Sterligov will announce his plans at a press conference Monday.

The billionaire told Public Radio of Armenia he’s not made a final decision on his future steps. Sterligov added, however, that his wife is modeling clothes and is going to open a fashion house in Karabakh.

Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides Discussed at Conference

The experiences of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek minorities of the Ottoman Empire were discussed at the conference, “World War I and Beyond,” May 21-22, 2015 at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. These experiences are today more relevant than ever because the world once again witnesses ethnic cleansing and genocide in the Middle East, reports. 

Now, as during the period 1914-1923, the Christians are subjected to the pressures of an Islamic state—the Ottoman Empire then, ISIS today. Even though at one time the Christians made up 65% of the population of the Ottoman Empire, they were second-class citizens, and were subjected to systemic violence in many ways. By 1914, Greeks represented 20% of the population and were a vulnerable minority. The Young Turk government viewed the Christian citizens (Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians) not only as inferior subjects of the Empire, but also as agents for foreign powers. Those who would not convert to Islam were deported and killed. Similarly, ISIS seeks to convert not only Christians, but also Yezidis and Shia to Sunni Islam, and has committed mass murder of those who do not convert. Kidnapping, rape, and terror are common in both cases and on a massive scale.

In a joint effort to understand the forces and factors responsible for the early genocides of the 20th century, the Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center, together with the Zoryan Institute and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the City University of New York (CUNY), organized this conference in order to address the experiences of the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks in a join narrative that will be able to give us a comprehensive picture of what the objectives and strategies were of the early Ottoman campaigns. In this event, scholars from Armenia, Australia, Canada, Greece, Norway, Sweden, and the US were brought together to explore various aspects of the shared experiences of the Christian minorities, in what has traditionally been treated as three separate cases.

A comparative approach allows historians and communities to address and appreciate the historical events within a more global perspective. During such presentations as “A Zone of Extreme Violence – the Intertwining of the Armenian and Assyrian Genocides,” “The Kemalist Movement and the Christians of Pontos, in 1919-1923, from an International Politics’ Perspective,” and “The State and Fate of Jews in the Ottoman Empire during World War I,” it became evident multiple times that what was happening to one group was happening to the others, sometimes in the same places and at the same time.

It becomes now clear that the Greeks had been targeted even earlier than Armenians, in 1913 and 1914, with an economic boycott, violent persecution and deportations. Felix Sartiaux, a member of a French archaeological delegation witnesses the destruction of the Greek coastal city Phocaea, and the pogrom against its population—an event that took place within one day on June 30, 1914. Due to German pressure, the Young Turk regime temporarily suspended the deportation of the Greeks, but in the meantime, once the deportation and killing of the Armenians was in full operation in 1915, it was often said that the Greeks would be next, and indeed they were with renewed fierceness.

Another recurrent theme at the conference was the role of women during the genocides. The experiences of Armenian and Assyrian women victims, as well as American and Norwegian missionaries and relief workers, received close attention by several scholars. The issue of denial was also addressed and discussed from unusual perspectives in “State Denial, Music and Memory in Contemporary Trebizond” and “Mass Media and Denial.” The aftermath of genocide was described in these papers, as well as in “National Security Justifications for Genocidal Acts: From the Ottoman Empire to Iraq, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur.” A complete list of the scholars and their presentations is available at www.hellenicresearchcenter.org

The International Association of Genocide Scholars acknowledges, in its 2007 resolution, the collective genocide of the three Christian communities of the late Ottoman Empire, introducing the term “Ottoman Genocides” in its 2007 resolution. Turkey, to this day, denies that that the genocides against the Armenians, the Greeks, and the Assyrians ever happened.

The Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center and The Pan-Pontian Federation of U.S.A-Canada is committed to the study of these facts, and to honoring the lives lost and their memory. To this end, the Center has produced a number of publications, and organizes academic conferences and presentations for academic and wider audiences. The Center is also planning the production of a documentary to bring to light specifically the historical events of the Greek genocide, which are largely unknown to the American public.

Christopher Lee, star of Lord of the Rings,has died in hospital aged 93

Film legend Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93, the Daily Mail reports.

The actor – known as a horror star in the 1950s before finding fame again in later life – had been treated for heart failure and respiratory problems in hospital.

He died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on Sunday morning, the Telegraph reported.

Film legend Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93, it was reported today.

The actor – known as a horror star in the 1950s before finding fame again in later life – had been treated for heart failure and respiratory problems in hospital.

He died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on Sunday morning, the Telegraph reported.

Pope’s Genocide remarks important from legal point of view: Armenia’s Prosecutor General




The European Court of Human Rights will announce the final verdict on Perincek vs. Switzerland case in 5-6 months, Armenian Prosecutor General Gevorg Kostanyan said at the National Assembly today.

“The European Court of Human Rights is not the body that will assert whether there has been an Armenian Genocide or not,” he added.

The Prosecutor General attached importance to the historic Mass in the Vatican. He said the Pope’s statements on the Armenian Genocide come to prove once again the Armenian Genocide is properly acknowledged and perceived internationally. He added that from the point of view of international law this was more important than the fact that one more country recognized the Armenian Genocide.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan voted into Team of the Week

Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been voted into Bundesliga’s after Borussia Dortmund boosted their chances of European qualification with a 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin – their fifth game in all competitions without defeat.

Borussia Dortmund seem to have hit form at just the right time and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has played a key role in BVB’s late charge towards the European places. The Armenian midfielder assisted both goals in the win over Hertha, according to Bundesliga’s official website.

Five parties clear the 5% threshold needed to get into NKR National Assembly

Five parties have cleared the five-percent threshold needed to get into the 33-member National Assembly of Nagorno Karabakh.

According to preliminary results, the ruling Free Motherland party led by Prime Minister Ara Harutyunyan received 47.35 percent of the vote, head of the NKR Central Electoral Commission Srbuhi Arzumanyan told reporters today.

“Karabakh’s Democratic Party (headed by current Speaker speaker Ashot Gulian) came second with 19.1 percent,” she added.

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation received 18.51 percent of the vote, Arzumanyan said.

The opposition parties – Movement-88 and National Revival – got 6.93 percent and 5.38 percent of the vote respectively.

The turnout stood at 70.6 percent.