20:35 | April 23, 2018
These were the words uttered by Nikol Pashinyan, the firebrand protest leader at a mass rally in Yerevan’s Republic Square just an hour or so after the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan as the country’s prime minister
21:50 | April 21, 2018
Taking the podium this evening at a mass anti-government rally in Yerevan’s Republic Square, Yelk Alliance MP Nikol Pashinyan reiterated the demand that any negotiations with the ruling regime are conditioned on the immediate resignation of Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister.
22:26 | April 20, 2018
“The women of Armenia – our mothers, sisters and daughters – are the driving force behind this movement and have a crucial role to play in building the new Armenia.” – Nikol Pashinyan
21:21 | April 14, 2018
Ending a two-week anti-Serzh Sargsyan march that kicked off in Gyumri that wound its way throughout various towns in Armenia, Civil Contract political party head Nikol Pashinyan and supporters reached Yerevan on April 13.
10:16 | September 7, 2017
Rita Mahdessian, a lawyer who was alleged to have siphoned over $355,00 in money received from the settlement of pre-Genocide insurance claims held by New York Life Insurance Company and the French multinational insurance company AXA for personal gain, has been disbarred by the California State Bar.
16:03 | January 17, 2017
Two lawyers who were intimately involved in suing insurance companies to settle policies held by Armenian Genocide survivors have denied allegations brought by the California State Bar’s Disciplinary Department that they misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars received in court settlements in the suits for personal benefit and that they misrepresented facts to a U.S. District Court.
21:54 | September 9, 2016
Arguing that the 2015 changes to Armenia’s Constitution were a necessary step to usher in long-term and substantive reforms to the country’s political environment and economic development, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, during his speech yesterday to the ruling Republican Party Council meeting, also announced that his party needs new leadership on all levels.
15:22 | September 9, 2016
Karen Karapetyan, the man nominated to be the next prime minister of Armenia, addressed the council of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia yesterday and said that he would do his utmost to justify the party’s faith in him.
13:46 | September 8, 2016
Saying that Armenia is a country in transition and replete with unresolved issues of a corresponding nature, today, Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan declared that he would be resigning.
15:07 | August 2, 2016
Maybe Sargsyan just doesn’t care what people think of him. It could also be that he and his cronies live in a world so far removed from the trials and tribulations of the common-folk, that they really can’t see beyond their villas and the walls of the presidential palace.
22:35 | November 4, 2015
Sitting in an AUA classroom this evening, listening to a lecture on the proposed changes to the RoA Constitution and their possible impact on human rights in Armenia and international treaty obligations, my poor head was about to explode from all the legal mumbo-jumbo being tossed hither and yon.
10:54 | November 4, 2014
During a trip to Baghdad in February of this year, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian announced that Armenia was planning to open a consulate general in Erbil. Eight months later, this hasn’t happened.
12:04 | October 10, 2014
Thousand packed Liberty Square in Yerevan this evening to hear representatives of three parliamentary opposition parties (ANC, Heritage and Prosperous Armenia) call for regime change in Armenia.
21:50 | November 3, 2013
Over the centuries, untold numbers of Christian Armenians have converted to Islam. The vast majority have done so under various degrees of pressure and given the exigencies of the time.
14:36 | October 22, 2013
Reading the official Armenian Police press release regarding yesterday’s meeting between Chief of Police Vladimir Gasbaryan and Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, one would get the impression that all is on track in Armenia when it comes to police respecting the rights of citizens and police transparency.
18:13 | September 13, 2013
A group of around 100 protesters, all sporting yellow baseball caps, wound their way through downtown Yerevan today, urging passersby to join their march in opposition to the construction taking place at the city’s iconic landmark, the Pak Shouka (Covered Market).
15:07 | September 6, 2013
Lambasting President Serzh Sargsyan’s recent last minute announcement that Armenia is planning to join the Russian led Customs Union as “closing the door to Europe, Yerevan-based political analyst Richard Giragosian said there was still time for Yerevan to make sure the door isn’t “locked”.
18:36 | March 11, 2013
“Such a claim is an outright lie. I have always said that I am open to discussions with Mr. Sargsyan to resolve this situation. However, as I have stated, Mr. Sargsyan must meet me half way. So far, I have only received outright rejections of all possible options,” Hovannisian told reporters.
19:05 | March 2, 2013
Freedom Square in Yerevan was overflowing with people at today’s rally in support of Raffi Hovannisian and his ongoing struggle to reject the official vote results of the February 18 presidential election.
18:51 | February 28, 2013
Thousands turned out under a cloudy Yerevan sky to hear what Raffi Hovannisian had to say about the future of the movement to remove Serzh Sargsyan from the Presidential Palace.
00:31 | January 29, 2013
To get a better insight into the recent attacks against elderly Armenian women in Istanbul, Hetq contacted Fethiye Çetin, a prominent lawyer and human rights advocate working in Turkey. Çetin has served as an attorney for the family of Hrant Dink and is the author of My Grandmother, a book describing how and when she found out about her Armenian roots.
15:26 | January 21, 2013
Under a cloudy and cold Yerevan sky, Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovannisian kicked off his presidential campaign today, calling on fellow Armenian citizens to go to the polls on February 19 and finally send the current president and his team packing.
18:54 | October 16, 2012
The following is a true story...unfortunately. I had just finished a day’s work translating for Hetq. Around 4:30, I decided to take a walk outside. It looked like another great day in Yerevan; warm and sunny.
17:16 | August 9, 2012
A news report in today’s Azerbaijani Trend news agency, referring to the Turkish newspaper Sabah article, alleges that the Interior Minister of Turkey, Idris Naim Sahin recently stated that of the 170 “terrorists” of the Kurdistan Workers' Party recently killed in a Turkish military operation in the Hakkiri district, some were Armenian citizens.
12:31 | June 30, 2012
There’s talk here in Armenia about what’s going on in Syria and what this means for Armenians living there. Open a newspaper or listen to the radio and you’ll see this and that analyst giving their take on the civil war now raging in Homs, Damascus, Aleppo and points in between.
12:51 | June 6, 2012
It would appear that the Municipality is no different from most private establishments in Yerevan when it comes to hiring. Many retail shops and business publicly state that they are looking for pretty females of a certain age, etc. In fact, reply to most help wanted ads and the first question asked is how old one is.
21:40 | April 25, 2012
I just got back from an interesting roundtable discussion organized by the Sardarapat Movement regarding the potential of the Armenian diaspora, why Armenia must craft state policy designed to tap into it, and the possibility of doing so.
15:02 | March 19, 2012
Hot on the heels of the Armenian Diaspora Virtual Museum fiasco, I can’t help but bring to the attention of our readers, especially those living outside Armenia, another example of a top Armenian official who evidently enjoys making blithe statements to the TV cameras without regard to the consequences.
11:07 | March 17, 2012
I received a reply from the editorial board of the Virtual Museum of the Armenian Diaspora regarding my critique entitled “Diaspora Ministry’s Much Heralded Virtual Museum is a Virtual Embarrassment” that appeared in the March 15 edition of Hetq.
News Happy 54th Monte!
16:07 | November 25, 2011
This morning, under a sunny bit cold sky, hundreds visited the Yerablur Military Cemetery to pay respects to Monte “Avo” Melkonian on what would have been his 54th birthday. There were hundreds of cadets from the Monte Melkonian Military Academy who waited in single file to approach Monte’s grave site and leave a single white flower in respect. Most were born after the national hero was struck down.
16:17 | November 21, 2011
Neery Melkonian, a New York-based curator, arts adviser and writer, has been in Armenia for the past four months laying the groundwork for two distinct projects. I caught up with her to discuss her ongoing work here in Yerevan.
13:29 | October 29, 2011
I was introduced to Zakaria Mildanoglu, the Armenian architect who worked on the restoration of the Holy Cross Church at Akhtamar. He told me that St. Kirakos now legally belongs to the Foundation set up by Istanbul-Armenians who spearheaded the restoration.
14:54 | October 7, 2011
Against the backdrop of the growing “Occupy Wall Street” grassroots protest that started in New York and have now spread to other American cities and towns worldwide, the state of ‘people power’ in Armenia can be described as comatose.
15:34 | September 30, 2011
What I want to pick up on is something he said during the “100 Questions” forum on September 29 at the Golden Tulip Hotel. It dealt with Armenian lobbying efforts to get President Obama to publicly describe the events of 1915 as genocide.
11:44 | September 26, 2011
An interview with Turgut Kerem Tuncel, PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Trento (Italy). Mr. Tuncel, native of Turkey, is in Armenia to do research for his thesis entitled “Mayr Hayastan, Im Hayrenik; The memory and politics of the construction of the Armenian homeland”.
14:11 | March 22, 2011
Calls for review of opposition’s strategy regarding “regime change” To mark the 7th day of his “Fast for Freedom”, Heritage Party founder and MP Raffi Hovannisian held a press conference in Opera Square and called for Armenia’s opposition ...
12:51 | September 23, 2010
Huge Armenian Presence on September 19 Could Have Nullified Turkish “Show” The parking lot on the shore of Lake Van for visitors planning to take a ferry boat to the island of Akhtamar was half empty when our minivan pulled in around 9 on the ...
14:46 | March 15, 2010
Rumour has it that you can bump into more than a few interesting and unusual characters at an opposition rally here in Yerevan. That’s exactly what happened on March 1, when by pure serendipity, I bumped into Takayuki Yoshimura.
14:14 | March 15, 2010
Japanese Scholar Researching Post WW II Armenian Repatriation Rumour has it that you can bump into more than a few interesting and unusual characters at an opposition rally here in Yerevan. That’s exactly what happened on March 1, when by pure serendipity, ...
18:29 | March 9, 2010
"We must remember that Karabakh was the home of Azeris as well", he states at Civiltas talk. Thomas de Waal, a British journalist and writer best known to Armenians as the author of “Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War” was the ...
16:20 | March 1, 2010
It’s the people of the RoA who suffer from “strained relations” There’s a conference taking place in Washington D.C. these days on the state of Diaspora-Armenia relations during the past twenty years since independence. Now that’s a pretty big ...
15:12 | July 21, 2008
After a somewhat mind-numbing but not too unpleasant 35 hour bus ride from Yerevan the first vista one gets of Istanbul (Constantinople) is from the Asiatic side of the city, the densely populated hillsides gradually giving way to the blue waters of the Marmara ...
23:00 | June 2, 2008
So why the need to deport this man who left his home in Lebanon to return to Armenia, who fought in the Karabakh War and who has applied for ROA and NKR citizenship on several occasions? What are the charges against him to warrant such drastic action? Before ...
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