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
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.
“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
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.
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.
The media in Armenia should be asking what caused the fire now raging in the Khosrov Forest State Reserve. For me, that’s the real story to be investigated here.
Follow Artur’s example, and express your humanity, your indignation, in ways so striking and unique that others will take notice in turn.
Sargsyan suggested that those in the party who believe that their potential isn’t being effectively utilized should find another more suitable venue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The four-day war presented a host of challenges for local reporters – accessibility to the frontlines being at the top.
Perhaps, just perhaps, the death of 20 Armenian soldiers on the Artsakh frontline will finally engender some substantive public debate regarding the entire “Karabakh conflict”.
And, in this jumble of fact and fiction, we are trying to conduct a rational national discourse.
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.
For many in Turkey, the issue of the Armenian Genocide is seen as a vital part of the overall struggle for democracy in the country.
“We have a duty to maintain our culture here in Turkey. Not just for the children, but the parents as well,” Zavakyan says.
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.
Commander Murad Vardanian - "We went to confront the treacherous enemy on the riverbank, before they reached our villages.”
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.
It’s sort of a catch-all of news snippets, irreverent commentary, and personal observations on what’s happened during the week here in Yerevan, and throughout Armenia..
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.
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.
The Mayor of Marseille, Jean-Claude Gaudin, arrives in Yerevan today heading a business delegation that will meet with Armenia’s Minister of the Economy.
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).
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”.
Calls for a number of state agencies and ministries to be handed over
He talked about the idea of forming a pan-Armenian philharmonic orchestra that could tour the world as a more attractive and effective way to commemorate the anniversary.
“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.
Today, Raffi Hovannisian announced that he would begin a hunger strike in Freedom Square.
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.
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.
I got a call this morning to head down to Yerevan State University to cover the third day of student protests in the Armenian capital.
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.
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.
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.
I came across an article in Hurriyet Daily News and I would like to get reader feedback on it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I read somewhere that the 2012 budget for the RA Ministry of the Diaspora is 712 million AMD. That’s around $1.9 million, give or take. God knows what they do with the money...
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.
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.
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.