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NEXT COMMUNITY EVENT - Sunday 18 March at 1:00 pm - Michink Lunch, at Homenetemen - AYMA organised by the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) "Sosse" Cyprus Chapter. Sign up with Rozin Momdjian on 99515791 and Tsoler Geokdjian on 96232320.
 

THE KARDASHIANS USE THEIR POPULARITY
TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT GENOCIDE

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom, raise awareness about Genocide

 

"Armenian Genocide" becomes 10th most-searched term on Google after Show is watched by a record 2.1 Million

HOLLYWOOD - The internet and social media were abuzz about the Armenian Genocide on Sunday after millions viewed the hit E! Network series “Khloe and Lamar,” which featured information about the Armenian Genocide from The Genocide Education Project (GenEd) and images and footage of Armenian Youth Federation anti-denial protests by alumni Armen Varadian and Justin Kaladjian.
      
According to Google’s published statistics, the term ‘Armenian Genocide’ was the 10th most-searched term on Sunday, March 11, and continued at an impressive 16th most-searched term on for most of Monday.
      
More than 2.1 million were reported to have watched the episode, which featured a discussion on the Armenian Genocide and was rated in the top-5 most viewed shows in the 18 to 49 age category for that day. Tweets by Khloe and her sister, Kim Kardashian, earlier in the day about the topic reached well over 13 million followers.
      
“Khloe and Lamar informed millions in America and worldwide about the Armenian Genocide yesterday, and The Genocide Education Project was glad to help,” said GenEd Executive Director Raffi Momjian. “Sadly the failure of the international community to either prevent or punish the Armenian Genocide set a dangerous precedent, that paved the way for the Holocaust and Genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda and most recently Darfur. The more the public learns about these atrocities and stands up to their ongoing denial – the sooner we will see governments worldwide taking real, decisive action to end forever the cycle of Genocide.”
      
The discussion of the Armenian Genocide focused on whether Khloe Kardashian’s husband, NBA Star Lamar Odom, would play basketball in Turkey, a particularly sensitive point given the Kardashian family’s pride in their Armenian heritage, and Turkey’s legacy as an unrepentant perpetrator of Genocide against the Armenian people. In the end, Odom continued to play in the NBA, with the end of the NBA ‘lockout’ on December 8.

"Special Thanks" board following the show E! Network producers reached out to The Genocide Education Project (GenEd), after seeing film footage and photography from an educational video that Varadian and GenEd Education Director Sara Cohan had prepared as part of a human rights curriculum project funded by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. The documentary featured photo’s of AYF-organised anti-Genocide protests in New York and Washington DC taken by Kaladjian, as well as photography and video taken by Varadian in Armenia.
      
“We really appreciate the show’s interest in learning more about the efforts of young Armenians to raise public awareness of the Armenian Genocide, and are very excited by the fact that this weekend millions of people around the world – many for the first time – learned about our work for a truthful and just resolution of this terrible crime,” said Varadian and Kaladjian, in joint remarks.
      
“The AYF has been at the forefront of demanding justice for the Armenian Genocide through protest and politics for over 50 years,” said AYF Eastern U.S. Central Executive member Yervant Kachichian. “Khloe and Lamar took that message viral this weekend, dealing a powerful blow against Genocide denial.”

LIKE WE NEED BREAD, AIR AND WATER,
WE NEED PRIDE (VAHAN TEKEYAN)

 

The Armenian community in Cyprus lived and experienced the “Pride” of its culture when “Armenia on Stage” performed in Strovolos Theatre on Sunday, March 11, 2012. The Armenian community shared this “pride” with many official dignitaries from the Cyprus government, mayors, diplomats, ambassadors and representatives who enjoyed the two-hour-long performance of the talented Armenian musicians and artists from Motherland Armenia and Cyprus: “The Cadence Ensemble” including world known pianist-musician Armen Babakhanian, Jemma Abrahamian (violin), Hakob Jaghatspanyan (Guitar) and Meruzhan Yeganyan (Accordion), musicians, Armen Hyusnunts (saxophone), Jivan Gasparian Jr (Duduk) and Narek Kazazyan (kanon), vocalists Anush Arshakian and Inga Arshakian, sopranos Anna Mayilian and Sona Gargaloyan.

 

       The program included masterpieces from Babadjanian, Khatchadourian, Avetisyan, Komitas, Kurt Weill and Armenian folk melodies and songs. The Tango dancers Margarita Ter-Tovmassian and Hovsep Arzumanyan brought the Argentinean tango atmosphere to Cyprus by performing from Astor Piazzolla’s masterpieces. Finally, the Cyprus Hamazkayin Sipan Dance Ensemble added on the overall excitement and “marveled us all through the graceful dance of the Nayirian girls”. The young Sipan girls danced in the absence of their teacher-choreographer, Felix Haroutounian.  Let us all continue to pray for Felix’s quick recovery.
       Thank you to the 26 Armenian musicians and artists who brought Armenia not only to the Strovolos stage but into each and every one’s hearts and minds last Sunday. A very big thank you to the Armenian Representative in the Cyprus government, Vartkes Mahdessian and to his team whose sacrificial, tireless efforts and perseverance made this great event a reality. We lived 2 hours of great cultural performance. We lived the “Pride” of Armenianness, that which we need “like bread, air and water” these days in the Diaspora.
Hrayr Jebejian
 
one of the surprises of the night was when Inga and Anush sang a song in Greek. You can listen to "Asteri mou" by clicking here:
 

 

 

ARMENIAN WOMEN IN CYPRUS MARK WOMEN'S DAY WITH AN EVENT ORGANISED BY ARS HOM FEATURING  TUTOR
MAGGIE ESKIDJIAN 

 

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COLLAPSE IN ARMENIA

Mozrov cave collapses. Arjer and Magel caves also at risk

epress.am - One of Armenia’s natural wonders, the Mozrov Cave, has collapsed, report youth public initiative “We Won’t be Silent” activists from the Armenian province of Vayots Dzor.
       The group notes that the cave is on a list of historical and cultural monuments determined by the Armenian government. Experts and environmentalists have long been warning about the lack of public attention to this unique cave, but the government has not taken any action to preserve the cave, the group adds.
       A union of young cave experts has also responded to the incident, blaming the government and state officials for the cave-in and mentioning that Arjer and Magel caves are also in danger of collapsing.
       “Let that which happened at Mozrov be a lesson for us all,” read the statement.
       Located in Vayots Dzor province near the town of Yeghegnadzor, the 300-meter-long cave was discovered 30 years ago during the construction of the road that leads to Mozrov village. It is a deep cave rich with diverse geological formations. For instance, it contains a large variety of speleothems (limestone cave formations) such as stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, columns, flowstone, cave bacon, draperies, and rimstone dams.

 
Letters to the Editor

HAVE WE ABANDONED OUR FATHERS’ DREAMS?
The tenderness of youth, with its immortality and fantasies often gives birth to indifference, in its immature search for self-indulgence.  But youth is not aware of its own indifference. There is no memory of the painful realities that once tormented our fathers driving them to cling to the sacred age-old values of centuries of their forefathers.  The chain has broken...the memory doesn’t pass on...the new generation speaks of practicality and convenience.  There is no room for dreams, visions, and the passionate memories of all that was once beyond sacred...and became the breath of our existence.
How can we survive without our passions?  How can we dream dreams without memories?  The majesty of pain and torment, now seems to wilt on the barren soil of youth’s self-indulgence and indifference.
A million life-times, a million dreams, a million passions, countless tears are spread throughout a lonely and desolate land that no longer yields the Gods that nourished the golden plains and flourishing hills of Armenia.  That Armenia is vanishing...
THE GENOCIDE CONTINUES...
Leon Samoorian - Boston

LITERARY EVENING DEDICATED TO ZABEL YESAYIAN

The event dedicated to writer Zabel Yesayian, took place at Homenetmen - AYMA in the presence of Gagik Ghalatchian, Ambassador of Armenia to Cyprus and Greece and his wife, as well as Vartkes Mahdessian, Armenian Representative in the House of Parliament and his wife Maggie, as well as a big number of enthusiastic community members. The life and work of the great writer-novelist  was presented by Nareg Principal Vera Tahmazian while Rozine Momdjian, Dzovag Mandjikian and Arto Tavitian presented pieces of Yesayian's work.
       Hrayr Jebedjian delivered an impressive finale about Zabel  Yesayian as a most avant-garde and emancipated woman of her time.
       The evening ended as usual in a convivial atmosphere.
       Hamazakayin “Oshagan” chapter would like to thank Arto Tavitian, Vera Tahmazian and all those who took part as well as all the members and friends who helped  and encouraged us to continue by their presence. A big Thank you to Simon Aynedjian who continues to document our events on camera.
       Our next literary evening will be dedicated to Sayat Nova and will be presented by Mrs. Lily Hovsepian. Details to follow.
Cyprus “Oshagan” chapter of Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association.

 

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News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
  • If the US, Israel, and England recognise the Armenian Genocide, Turkey will have to make an apology to the Armenians, renowned Turkish historian Taner Akcam stated in an interview with the Taraf daily of Turkey. He also noted that the US presidential elections will be held at the end of this year, and, prior to the elections, there will not be any change in incumbent President Barack Obama's stance in this regard. "Just like in the previous times, Turkey will exert pressure on the US. But I assume that in 2015 Obama will use the word Genocide."
  • "Grandma's Tattoos," the groundbreaking documentary chronicling the lives of tattooed Genocide survivors by Swedish-Armenian filmmaker Suzanne Khardalian will be screened in Istanbul on Thursday and Friday, reported Hurriyet Daily News. The film will be part of the 10th International Filmmor Festival in Istanbul.
  • Vicar of the Patriarch of the Constantinople Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church (AAC) Archbishop Aram Ateshian delivered a speech at the Constitutional Council of the Turkish Parliament on Monday presenting the offers by the Armenian community regarding the new Constitution. Ateshian said that he will present the offers both orally and in the written form, Anadolu Agency reports. In addition, Ateshian stated at a conference that the Turkish Constitution has an improper provision. He means the provision, which claims that all the citizens of Turkey are Turks. `We know that we are citizens of Turkey, but we are Armenians. You cannot say that all people with the Turkish citizenship are Turks. This needs an amendment,' he said.
Community calendar at a glance:
  • Sunday 18 March at 1:00 pm - Michink Lunch, at Homenetemen - AYMA organised by the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) "Sosse" Cyprus Chapter. Sign up with Rozin Momdjian on 99515791 and Tsoler Geokdjian on 96232320.
  • Saturday 31 March - Armenian Relief Society (HOM) "Sosse" Cyprus Chapter's Easter Fund-Raiser. Details to follow.
  • April 7 – Dinner at Homentmen - AYMA for the Haigazian University students visiting Cyprus for sports meetings. Details to follow.
  • Sunday 8 April - Traditional annual Easter Lunch organised by Larnaca Hay Agoump at Sun Hall Hotel at 1:00 pm - Entrance: €25.00. Tickets available with Kevork Hovsepian 99652690 Roubina Bohdjalian 99607568 Taline Babikian Angelidou 96577847.
  • Tuesday 1 May - Third annual Melkoniantsis and Friends picnic will be held in Cyprus. This is an occasion for Melkoniantsis and friends in Cyprus (and abroad if they wish) to join together and enjoy a picnic in the beautiful countryside. The organizing committee will prepare the souvla, kebabs, salads and soft drinks for a small fee. This event is open to all Melkoniantsis and friends. The venue will be announced soon. All are welcome.
  • Saturday 5 May - SIPAN Dance Ensemble's annual performance by Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association's "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter.
  • Saturday 12 May at 7:00 pm - "Dikran Medz" Mono play written, directed and performed by Marie Rose Abousefian, organised by Hamazkayin Cultural Association's "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter at PASIDY Hall - Nicosia.
  • Sunday 13 May - Pilgrimage to St. Magar Monastery organised by the Office of the Armenian Representative.
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Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian
  • AGBU Ararat suffered a 1-0 defeat against Omonia in the Cyprus Premier Futsal League. Omonia were crowned Champions for the second year running.
  • AGBU Ararat U-21's drew 5-5 against Apeleftherosi U-21's in the Cyprus U-21 Futsal League.
  • AGBU Ararat U-17's suffered a 6-2 defeat against Omonia U-17's in the Cyprus U-17 Futsal League.
  • Homenetmen - AYMA have announced the start of the Table tennis Academy (aged 6+) as of March 17th with a coach from the Cyprus Federation. Registrations on 99488926 and 99680944.
  • Homenetmen - AYMA are the only 3rd division team in the last eight of the Cyprus Bowling Cup.

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Armenian Sports by Sevag Devletian
  • TENNIS: David Nalbandian defeated Jo Wilfred Tsonga 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 after being down 6-3, 5-4, 30-0 and is in the quarter finals of Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open, at Indian Wells, California where he faces Rafael Nadal.
  • CHESS: Armenia’s Elina Danielian finished 8th with 7,5 points at European Individual Women's Chess Championship ongoing in Turkish city of Gaziantep. Meanwhile, Lilit Mkrtchian came 35th with 6 points, Maria Kursova gained the 38th place with 6 points, Lilit Galojan - 55th with 5,5 points, Anna Hairbeatian scored 5 points to come 71st, while Nelly Aginyan is the 76th with 4,5 points.
  • WRESTLING: Armenia’s Greco-Roman wrestling team coached by Levon Julfalakyan won three medals to come 1st at the European Championships in Belgrade. Artur Aleksanyan became a European champion (96 kg) with Arsen Julfalakyan and Yuri Patrikeev gaining bronze.
  • WRESTLING: Armenia’s best athlete of 2011 Roman Amoyan was disqualified during the Greco-Roman Wrestling European Championships in Belgrade. Amoyan, 55 kg, lost his very first match because of the unfair judgment of Azerbaijani referee Elcin Aliev. The biased judgment made the Armenian athlete angry and he did not conceal his discontent after the match, which led to his disqualification. Watch the clip here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ak3nbYMAbqk .
  • BOXING: Russia-Armenian 23-year-old welterweight champion, David Avanesyan (10-1.4 KOs) will fight with 28-year-old Kenyan Joshua Onyango (8-3-1.8 KOs) on Friday for his first international WBC (Asian Boxing Council) title.
  • FENCING: Yana Egorian helped the Russian team win gold at European fencing championships.
  • BOXING: Kiko Martinez of Spain defended his title against French Armenian Arsen Martirosyan in the European Boxing Union (EBU) bantamweight championship bout, which was held in Lyon, France. The ring referee ended the match in Round 12 and awarded a technical knockout out (TKO) to Kiko Martinez.
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