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(Nicosia - Cyprus Mail - August 1, 2006) A donation centre to offer aid to victims of the Israeli air strikes in Lebanon opened in Nicosia yesterday under a joint effort of the Kykko monastery and the Armenian Church.
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The Humanitarian Aid Committee of the Kykko Monastery of the Cyprus Orthodox Church and the Armenian Prelature are working together for the collection of aid to Lebanon.
The inauguration of a donation center took place on Tuesday August 1, 2006 at 10:00 am at Eleftherias Square in Nicosia with the presence of Archbishop Varoujan Hergelian, Father Issayias of Kykko Monastery, Nicosia Mayor Michalakis Zambelas and Armenian representative in the Cyprus Parliament Vartkes Mahdessian.
Speaking to representatives of the Cyprus media,the three men highlighted the importance of the relief effort which simultaneously started work in 18 centers all over Cyprus.
MP Vartkes Mahdessian congratulated the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus for the initiative of this humanitarian effort towards neighbouring Lebanon and added. "As Armenians in Cyprus it is also important that we reach out to Lebanon, where the See of the Catholicosate of Cilicia is situated and more than 100,000 Armenians live."
Armenians in Cyprus have also responded positively to last week's call by Archbishop Hergelian and MP Vartkes Mahdessian by offering financial
assistance and contributing towards the collection of items publicised by the Armenian Prelature last week.

The ARS "Sosse" chapter of Cyprus - as with every other ARS chapter throughout the Diaspora - appeals to the Armenian community of Cyprus to extend its support to the Armenian community of Lebanon, by contributing generously to the special relief fund set up by the ARS.
You can hand in your contribution to any member of the Committee by contacting the following officials:
Vera Tavitian - Tel: 99520071, Maral Adourian - Tel: 99469634
ARMENIA SENDS AID TO LEBANON - 30.7.2006 - The humanitarian aid of Armenia has already reached Beirut and Armenian Ambassador to Lebanon Vahan Ter-Ghevondyan has already submitted it to the Council, co-ordinating humanitarian aid. The Ambassador said that the 509 boxes that were sent to Lebanon, included medicines and medical necessities. On July 27, the Armenian government took the decision to provide 20 million drams worth of humanitarian aid to Lebanon.

SIDON, Lebanon - Israeli forces made a fresh push into southern Lebanon on Sunday, sparking intense firefights with Hezbollah guerrillas in the southeastern border area, Lebanese police said.
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Diaspora youth unite in HomelandDIASPORA YOUTH UNITE IN HOMELAND[]
July 30 YEREVAN (YERKIR) - The opening ceremony of the program called “The First Armenia Trip of the ARF Youth Unions” was held on July 29 at Yerbalur. Armenian youth from nine countries have arrived in Armenia.
The program will last through August 5 and the youngsters will stay at Aghavnadzor and make trips to different Armenian regions. Speaking at a news conference at the ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Bureau headquarters in Yerevan, Tatul Harutiunian, the director of the program, said the program’s goal is mainly educational.
The motto of the program is “Armenia is my Homeland.” He noted that the program will further the ties between the Homeland and Diaspora. Young people from Armenia, Javakhk and Artsakh are also participating in the program.
Saro Ter-Petrosian, the head of the Canadian delegation, said that when selecting the participants, they had chosen those, who had never been in Armenia before.
Harutiunian said that they expected a bigger number of participants but because of the situation in Lebanon and the Middle East,they could not make it.

Israel Asks U.S. Jews to Lobby For Azerbaijan, Against Armenia
By Harut Sassounian - Publisher, The California Courier
It is common knowledge that Azerbaijan, following Turkey's footsteps, tries to use the political clout of Israel and American-Jewish organizations in Washington, D.C. to counter Armenian interests. Israel obliges the Azeri demands out of an interest in importing oil and gas from Azerbaijan and exporting various products, possibly including weapons. Israel also needs access to Azerbaijan in order to collect intelligence on neighbouring Iran.
The details of this close cooperation, more aptly described as "mutual exploitation," are not usually made public. The July 10, 2006 issue of The Jerusalem Report, however, published a 13-page article by Netty C. Gross disclosing some of the ties between Azerbaijan, Israel and American Jewish organizations.
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GIBRAHAYER e-magazine

Letters to the editor
Christian churches of all denominations have condemned the war crimes in
Lebanon. Even the Armenian diaspora is pleading help to accommodate refugees in Armenian areas of Beirut as reported in last week's Gibrahayer.
If only Arab leaders like Abdullah of Jordan and Mobarak of Egypt were to
learn a thing or two about not betraying their own kind.
Best, Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh

Parev Tzez,
Shad ourakh yem vor Khanasora Arshavanki donagadaroutyoune aysbes donaz yek, ust yerevouytin joghovourtn al shad khantavar e, menk al aysdegh Sydney australiayi mech donetzink payts mer agoumpin mech shad hachogh er paytz menk os hima tzourd tzmer e, yerani tzezi. By the way, yes mer AYF-i antam yem yev varchoutians adenabedn yem, pavagan spagh yenk , paytz shad ourakh yev ashkhoouyj yenk. inch vor e tzez hatchoghoutioun gue maghtam yev parevner mer anzanot hai yeridasartneroun.
Kevork Sarhad Tufenkjian
My new friend from Montreal - about whom we will have the chance to discuss in September - sends two articles about Beirut by Robert Fisk and Ralph Nader. I have posted them in the Emails to the Editor section. click here
The Turkish proverb of the week
"Gun dogmadan - neler dogar aleme."
Phonetically: Guen doghmadan - neler doghar alemeh.
Literally: One knows not what will be born to the world by daybreak.
Interpretation: Do not trouble yourself unduly - tomorrow is a new day
GIBRAHAYER e-magazine presents Professor Pilikian’s Blog as “intellectually exciting, radical, provocative, wide-ranging, innovative ideas to help you understand world historical events past and present – re-thinking Everything!”
The following article throwing light upon the recent events in Lebanon is a brilliant example of the above commendation.
Simon Aynedjian, Editor Gibrahayer e-magazine

Hitlerite Blitzkrieg and Nazi Atrocities in the Lebanon Committed by Proxy by the US Neo-Cons
by Professor Hovhanness I. Pilikian at

The same article is also up on Professor Pilikian's permanent section of Gibrahayer E-Magazine at
The turbulent march of history past Beirut woman's window
by Haro Chakmakjian
BEIRUT, July 26, 2006 (AFP) - From the evacuation of Yasser Arafat in 1982 to the current foreign exodus, Makrouhie Yerganian has seen the troubled history of Lebanon unscroll in front of her eyes at her vantage point in front of the Beirut port.
Just last week, two truck drivers having coffee were killed when their parked and apparently empty vehicles were blown apart in an Israeli air strike on the edge of the port, just 50 metres away from her modest home in a three-storey apartment block.
GIBRAHAYER e-magazine "It was a very strange noise that rattled our nerves. We thought we had heard all sorts of explosions but this was something new even for us," says the Lebanese Armenian schoolteacher who has lived in the Mar Mikhael area for more than half a century.
Her 85-year-old mother was just about to water the flowers on the window ledge, until Yerganian changed her mind. Many of the windows in her building were shattered, but the women escaped unharmed from Israel's latest salvo in its war on Hezbollah.
"I believe it is written on your forehead. If it is written, you can die wherever you are. But that day, the Lord protected us," she says in her sitting room where sheets cover the furniture, as the shutters slam from the sea breeze.
A vivid memory still stencilled into her head came in 1976 when militiamen massacred Shiites, Druze and Palestinian refugees in the nearby former Karantina camp.
"A boy whose voice had not even broken kept pleading: 'Don't kill me'. They dragged him off to the corner of the street and shot him," she says. "I can still hear his voice in my head, begging for his life, as they dragged him off."
Two years later, in another of the multiple wars within a war which devastated Lebanon between 1975 and 1990, the Kataeb, a Christian militia, battled Syrian forces.
"The Syrians were parked right in front of our windows, and the Kataeb behind. They started fighting and we were caught right in the middle," she says.
During the brief deployment of the Multinational Forces sent to oversee the Palestinian evacuation after Israel's invasion and supposedly to protect the refugees, they had new neighbours in the shape of American, French and Italian troops.
"They were all clean, except the Israelis. The Americans and the others used metal shacks and they would burn their waste," she says.
"We would be hanging the washing and they (Israeli troops) would be doing their dirty business or relieving themselves in full public view. We had to move away for a while," says a grimacing Yerganian.
"The Italians were friendly and we even learnt a few words of Italian. The Americans and the French would hand out chocolates to the neighbourhood kids," she says. "People would come from far to see them from our house. We had a lot of guests in those days."
But things went sour yet again. President-elect Bashir Gemayel was assassinated and "the radios tried to reassure the people and said he had survived the bomb blast", Makrouhie recalls.
"At midnight, we heard the marching of boots. We looked out of the window and saw the Jewish soldiers heading toward west Beirut", on the eve of the massacres in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila by allied Christian militiamen.
Before the massacres, French soldiers had been posted with huge guns on the rooftops, including Yerganian's, to protect the evacuation of late Palestinian leader Arafat and his PLO fighters in 1982.
In 1984, west Beirut fell to Muslim militias and the US and European troops withdrew through the port after their barracks were blown up by suicide bombers at a cost of some 300 lives.
The Lebanese army posted heavy artillery outside the house to bombard the mostly Muslim western sector, opening up with 55-mm rounds that rocked the building to its very foundations.
"I was going mad, with pillows on each ear to muffle the horrific noise. I was going to go out and tell them to stop, please, please. My mother told me: 'Don't worry, this will pass too'," says Yerganian.
Despite everything, "I love Lebanon. I was born here and this is my country. Anything that happens to our poor Lebanon, it breaks our heart."
"We were so happy seeing the new bridges and the revival of the downtown thanks to Hariri after the civil war, but they won't allow us to have any joy," she says, referring to the 2005 murder of former premier and architect of Lebanon's revival, Rafiq Hariri.
While the thousands foreigners were fleeing the Israeli air strikes across from her window, "at least we had hopes for a little calm in our area. But after the last US evacuations (on Wednesday), we fear the worst for Lebanon", she says.

We are pleased to announce that the third Armenia-Diaspora Conference, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia , will take place September 18th-20th, 2006 in Yerevan, Armenia. This year's conference will examine, analyse, and assess our past, and consider how history and current geo-political realities tie together to raise new issues before our nation, along with the possibilities and prospects for resolving them together.
This conference distinguishes itself from previous conferences in that for the first time it is open to the general public, has a very concrete central theme (Rural Poverty Eradication Program), and provides concrete opportunities for Armenian Diaspora involvement in the development of Armenia. Therefore, participation of the Armenian Diaspora is essential to the success of this conference.
We believe that this event will be of interest to you as well as the members registered on your distribution list. We are requesting that you contribute to the success of the third Armenia-Diaspora Conference by publicising the event through your distribution list. Moreover, we ask of our collaborators to spread the interview that the Foreign Minister, Mr. Vartan Oskanian, gave to Armenpress in which the essential information relating to the Conference is concisely presented ( You can find additional information about the conference as well as information on the Armenia-Diaspora Conference at this address: Please feel free to forward this information to any individual or organisation that you feel would take interest in this event.
We thank you for your cooperation. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns. We are happy to provide more information if necessary and look forward to your involvement.
Armenian Diaspora Conference Desk
news in brief

17 Armenian Cypriot youth who participated in the ARS (HOM) Summer camp at Khalkidiki, returned to Cyprus on Monday 31 July, 2006, after spending almost three weeks in Greece. Pictures and a full report in Gibrahayer's September's issue.
Works by 25 Armenian, Iranian, Turkish and Georgian artists will be presented at the exhibition entitled "Art without Borders" which will kick off August 4 at the Center of Innovative Experimental Art in Yerevan.
Kars Mayor Naif Alibeyolu says that reopening the border crossing with Armenia will not be simply a move that will boost the local economy of the region but will also constitute a major breakthrough for Turkish exporters who have been dreaming of acquiring cheap and secure land and rail access to markets in Central Asia and beyond.
Elif Shafak is waiting to stand trial in Bolis on charges of "insulting Turkishness." A trial date has not been set. The reputed insults appear in her novel The Bastard of Istanbul, written in English but translated into Turkish and published in Turkey on March 8. The book is already a bestseller there.
600 Armenians have left Lebanon and Israel for Armenia. 51 of them have turned to Armenia's Migration Agency to receive the status of
temporary residents, but none have appealed to the Armenian office of the Red Cross yet.
APOEL FC of Nicosia have been drawn against TrabzonSpor of Turkey in the UEFA Championships. The first leg will be played in GSP Stadium in Nicosia on August 10, 2006, while the return match a week later in Turkey. Trabzonspor were thrown out of the same competition by refugee club Anorthosis FC of Famagusta a year ago.
A record 1,370 athletes _ 739 men and 631 women _ from a record 48 countries have entered the Aug. 7-13 European Athletics Championships that will take place in Goteborg - Sweden. Only Armenia and Liechtenstein are not sending athletes.

Zaruhi Harutyunyan
A new challenge has began for Zaruhi Harutyunyan, who will be testing her strokes on the professional tour.
In the next four weeks she will try to qualify for three WTA events in Ilkley Yorkshire, Wrexham Wales, and Cumberland Club in London.
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