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ANCA ALERTS LEADING AMERICAN CHURCHES TO AZERBAIJAN'S DESTRUCTION OF ARMENIAN KHACHKARS
16.01.2006 - PanARMENIAN.Net - The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) has alerted leading American churches and faith-based organizations to Azerbaijan's recent destruction of the medieval Armenian cemetery in the Djulfa region of Nakhichevan. In letters sent out last week, the ANCA included newly-produced DVDs with actual footage of Azerbaijani troops, in mid-December of 2005, using sledgehammers to demolish this sacred site of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The cemetery dates back to the 7th century and once was home to as many as 10,000 khachkars (stone-crosses). The DVD also includes a PowerPoint presentation
documenting the destruction, and features before-and-after photos of the cemetery.
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GIBRAHAYER e-magazineMembers of regional Hay Tad Committees of Europe gathered in Athens to evaluate and discuss future plans of action, regarding co-ordination of political activities aimed at promoting Armenian related issues in Europe. Representatives of European regions attended the meeting in Athens that was concluded last weekend in Athens. On the next day Dashnaktsoutiun representatives of the European region also held a two-day meeting in Athens (picture right).
The Armenian Genocide Commemoration Committee in Lebanon has published the Arabic version of Harout Sassounian's book "The Armenian Genocide: The World Speaks Out".
The draft agreement on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict will not be discussed either at the London meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers or at the meeting of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, the OSCE MG Russian Co-Chairman Yuri Merzlyakov stated.
Since yesterday the history of secondary school N7 of Stepanakert continues in a new compound. The school has 28 classrooms, a gym and is designed for 600 pupils. The school was reconstructed thanks to Louise Simon Manougian who was granted Honoured Citizen of Stepanakert by the city's mayor last year.
GREEK air crash investigation chief Akrivos Tsolakis returned to Cyprus to complete his report into the Helios tragedy. The probe will be completed by February for all interested parties to study. The Armenian Cypriot family, Hagop, Hilda, Ara and Baret Tutundjian had perished in the worst disaster of Cyprus aviation history.
Turkey has no option but to meet its obligation in connection with Cyprus and respect human rights it was stressed by French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and other senior European leaders during a series of political gatherings in Cyprus.
'This year we shall see how Turkey deals with its obligations, ' de Villepin said. 'The new year must be an active and useful one because France, and Europe, have to defend their values on human rights and peace in the world,' he added.
An Armenian POW captive in in Azerbaijan, was released with the meditation of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Cyprus is well prepared to tackle the avian influenza (bird flu) crisis that has killed at least four people in nearby Turkey and all the necessary preventive measures are being taken, President Tassos Papadopoulos said Tuesday. "Avian flu knows no boundaries and this matter should not be politicised," he said. During his annual briefing of foreign correspondents on the latest developments in the political scene and the economy, Papadopoulos said that Cyprus had written to the Turkish government seeking formal cooperation, but there was no response.
The man who shot the late Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in 1981 was back in custody in Bolis on Friday after a court overturned a decision to release him. Shouting “I am God, I am Christ, I am the Divine Incarnate” in Italian, Mehmet Ali Agca was taken in handcuffs from an undisclosed location in the city and faced immediate return to prison. Agca was released on January 12 after serving about 25 years in Italian and Turkish prisons for the assassination attempt on the pope and the murder in Turkey of Abdi Ipekci, a newspaper editor, in 1979.
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Bolis - Lraper: His Beatitude Mesrob II, Armenian Patriarch of Bolis and All Turkey, presided over the Sunday Liturgy, on 15 January 2006, in the Armenian Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator on Kinali Island. Following the Liturgy, Melkonian Educational Institute’s Founders’ Day was observed as a service was held fort the repose of the souls of Krikor and Garabed Melkonian who had, together with Patriarch Zaven Der Yeghyaian of blessed memory, established the Melkonian Educational Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus.
In his new article for us, Prof. Pilikian tackles one of the most (some would say, THE most) explosive political issues of the day, in a region of the world whose fate we Diaspora Armenians share – the Arab-Israeli Conflict. The Professor’s learned analyses lead to solutions of beautiful simplicity that is the hallmark of great mathematical theories. Along the way, he enlightens, as always, the dark recesses of ancient history, revealing stunning historical truths seen on our pages for the very first time – Simon Aynedjian - Editor
Will the State of Israel Survive Its Zionist Policies ?
by Professor Hovhanness Pilikian
Our understanding of the ancients (History, philosophy – all) needs a complete intellectual overhaul – we admire them for the wrong reasons, and here is a case in point – the great achievement of Judaism is not its concept of monotheism, which it lacks entirely, but, for the very first time in recorded history
(1) Preserving the self-critical, conscience-building texts of a culture in barbaric turmoil,
(2) Struggling to create Civil Society obeying laws, laws that attempt to humanize the violent beast that man is –
(3) Preserving even the very record of the failures of those who tried their damnedest against all the odds, of the Sodom and Gomorrah, where even the children were corrupted beyond redemption – they too demanded sexual intercourse with the Angels sent by Jehovah to deliver Lot and his family…
In a sense, there is no ancient civilization in the true meaning of this word. All of them perpetrated and institutionalized Slavery – the worse of humanity – the pits of inhumanity!
The Pyramids, and the Parthenon, and the Wall of China were built by enslaved people – I am aware of foolish recent theories pretending otherwise – some airy-fairy historians even romanticise the lot of the Roman slaves, because the latter could theoretically (one in a hundred thousand…) get rich enough to buy his (never her!) freedom.
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GIBRAHAYER e-magazineArmenian Argentinean David Nalbandian defeated Tommy Robredo ( 6-3, 6-0, 2-6, 6-2. ) to gain a spot in the quarter finals, while Cypriot sensation Marcos Baghdatis created the biggest upset of the Australian Open by downing American number one and seed two of the tournament Andy Roddick, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match that placed Cypriot tennis - and Cyprus for that matter - in the world sports map.
20 year old Marcos - characterised as a cult figure by the press and cheered on by local Cypriot and Greek fans - won the David Goliath fight in style. He broke Roddick's serve three times (Roddick was broken three times in total in his previous three matches) and outdid his opponent in aces 16-15. The young Cypriot's ground stroke winners were 63 to his opponent's 39. He plays Croat Ivan Ljubicic next for a place in the semi finals. Click here for The Autralian Open website
Armenia's top tennis player - Zaruhi Harutyunyan - who in the last five months has been practising with the National Tennis Team of Cyprus has stormed in her first ITF Championship of 2006 in Bangladesh by successfully qualifying in the main draw, defeating an Orange Bowl winner and Europe's under 16 number 3 Victoria Gamenskaya 6-4, 6-3. Moments before this issue of Gibrahayer was being sent we learnt that Zaruhi Harutyunyan defeated Guo Xuan-Yu of China ranked 258 in the under 18 world rankings by the comprehensive score of 6-3, 6-2. She continuous playing tomorrow in the quarter finals against world number 133 Lutfiana Budiharto of Indonesia. Details to follow as they get posted on the official ITF website www.itftennis.com . read her section further down.
Simon Aynedjian collected the Double Award for Best +35 and +45 Cyprus Singles Senior Champion for 2005, during the annual Day of Tennis Awards Ceremony that took place at Laiki Sporting Club on Friday January 20, 2006. Aynedjian also finished the 2005 year at 123 in the world rankings on the seniors tour. Cypriot tennis sensation Marcos Baghdatis collected the award for the best Cypriot tennis player while a team award was given to the Cyprus National Davis Cup Team that was promoted to category two after defeating Ireland, Turkey and Armenia. Former Cypriot Davis Cup player and former Cyprus number one Haig Ashdjian collected the Fair Play Award for 2005.
armenian music by Arek Dakessian in Beirut
38 COUNTRIES IN ATHENS FOR THE EURO VISION CONTEST
esctoday.com, Netherlands Jan 16 2006: As expected, 38 countries will participate in the 2006 Euro vision
Song Contest, which takes place in Athens, Greece. The European Broadcasting Union confirmed that moments ago. Armenia joins the big family, while Austria and Hungary will stay home.
latest on Zaruhi Harutyunyan
GIBRAHAYER e-magazineZARUHI HARUTYUNYAN BEGINS 2006 TENNIS TOUR BY DEFEATING ORANGE BOWL WINNER / EUROPE'S NUMBER 3 AND CRUISING PAST WORLD NUMBER 258 GUO XUAN-YU OF CHINA IN THE MAIN DRAW.
IN TOMORROW'S (WEDNESDAYS) QUARTER FINALS, SHE FACES WORLD NUMBER 133 LUTFIANA BUDIHARTO OF INDONESIA
Gibrahayer - Armenia's top tennis player - Zaruhi Harutyunyan - who in the last five months has been practising with the National Tennis Team of Cyprus has stormed in her first ITF Championship of 2006 in Bangladesh by successfully qualifying in the main draw, defeating an Orange Bowl winner and Europe's under 16 number 3 Victoria Gamenskaya 6-4, 6-3. Moments before this issue of Gibrahayer was being sent we learnt that Zaruhi Harutyunyan defeated Guo Xuan-Yu of China ranked 258 in the under 18 world rankings by the comprehensive score of 6-3, 6-2. She continuous playing tomorrow in the quarter finals against world number 133 Lutfiana Budiharto. Details to follow as hey get posted on the official ITF website at www.itftennis.com
We wish her all the best and thank all our compatriots who have been helping her in every way possible.
Please continue to support her. She needs our assistance to travel the tour, and make it big. With her kind of potential I am certain she will give back to her homeland what our homeland is unable to give to her right now.
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Laiki Bank Strovolos Industrial Area, Stavrou 96 I, 2034,
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Saturday 28 January 2006 at 8:00 pm - Jashgerouyt / Khrakhjank at AYMA. Entrance CYP 5:00. Details to follow. For reservations please call Levon Sarian on 99409988
Thursday 2 February 2006 at 7:30 pm. Reflections past and present - Apocalypse Gallery presents the new paintings of John Guevherian on Opening by Yiannis Kypri, Group Chief General Manager & Chairman of the Cultural Foundation of Bank of Cyprus. Duration:2-18 February,2006. Visiting hours:10:30-13:00&17:00-20:00