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GIBRAHAYER e-magazineAt a recent meeting with Armenian community representatives in California, Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan introduced President Serzh Sargsyan's initiative to make the Armenian Parliament a two-chamber body.
Addressing the issue, the Minister said such structure would
increase the Diaspora's involvement in Armenia's decision-making processes.
"We currently seek to amend the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia to make the Parliament a two-chamber body consisting of upper and lower houses. The upper house is the senate which should be composed of Diaspora representatives as well. I saw today California Armenians' enthusiasm over the idea," Hakobyan stated to
"The President's first step in that direction was the decision to create a Diaspora Ministry, which later elaborated a serious policy to reinforce the Diaspora communities' ties with their homeland. The second step was the introduction of the dual citizenship system. And the initiative to create an upper House in Parliament is actually our third step which will enable the Diaspora to have its say in our state government system and policy making procedures," she added.


The 120th anniversary of ARF Dashnaktsoutiun was celebrated in Cyprus on Friday 28 January 2011 at PASIDY Hall, organised by the ARF Dashnaktsutiun Cyprus Gomideh.
A documentary prepared by Yerkir Media was shown on the birth and political / revolutionary activity of the most influential political organisation in Armenian reality in the last century.
Master of ceremonies was unger Arto Tavitian, while ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Gomideh representative Hagop Kazandjian referred to Dashnaktsoutiun's activity in Cyprus which continues in Cyprus from 1896 until now.
A second documentary was later shown which included messages from political figure-heads, who acknowledged the multidimensional activity of ARF Dashnaktsoutiun in Armenian reality, former Cyprus and Greek Parliament Presidents Dr. Vassos Lyssarides and Apostolos Kaklamanis, President of Armenia-Greece Friendship Association Photis Kouvelis, Cyprus Euro MP Dr. Ioannis Kassoulides, conservative party leader of Greece Antonis Samaras, former President of Cyprus, Glafcos Clerides and "our own" Parliament President Marios Garoyian.
Speaker of the day was ARF Dashnakstoutiun Bureau's member Dr. Megerditch Megerditchian. Final comments came from Archbishop Varoujan Hergelian before the celebrations continued at AYMA-HMEM's club in Nicosia with jashgerouyt-khrakhjank under the tunes of Hovig Manoushian and his orchestra who presented a variety of national-revolutionary songs.

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Adem Yavuz Arslan, who published a book seeking to reveal some suspicious aspects about the murder of Dink, received a package containing four Kalashnikov bullets and a white beret. He has been receiving threats since the publication of his book.

28 January - Sunday's Zaman - Journalist Adem Yavuz Arslan, the author of a book that seeks to shed light on some of the shady aspects of the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, said he received a package containing four Kalashnikov bullets and a white beret, similar to the one that Dink's assassin was wearing on the day of the murder.
Arslan also complained that he has been receiving threatening phone calls from unidentified individuals since his book first hit the shelves.
According to the journalist, he has been the target of threats due to the content of his book, which he believes tells the "truth" about the Dink murder.
The package containing bullets and the beret was sent to Arslan's office on Wednesday. He is both a columnist and the Ankara representative for the Bugün daily. Police officers from the counterterrorism department examined the parcel. The examination revealed that it was sent from the Yerköy district of Yozgat province. An investigation is still under way into the incident.
Arslan also said the packet contains a “direct message” for him. “The senders of the bullets are implying that I will get killed like Dink,” he noted.
The journalist has recently dominated the agenda with his new book, “Bi Ermeni Var: Dink Operasyonunun Shifreleri” (There's this Armenian: The Codes of the Dink Operation), which puts forward new evidence indicating that the murder of Dink had been masterminded from the start by dark forces. Dink was shot dead by a nationalist teenager in broad daylight in front of his office in 2007. Dink's assassin was captured, but the real plotters of the murder have yet to be apprehended.
According to Arslan the threats have come to prove that his book is telling the truth behind Dink's assassination. “The bullets and the white beret show that I am being targeted because of my new book.


Gibrahayer e-magazine - 3 February, 2011 - A fresh wave of Internet attacks with the code name "1923 Turkish Group", on Armenian websites – predominantly in the United States - has reportedly hacked more than 6,000 websites promoting Genocide recognition, according to Dogan Turkish News Agency.
After breaking in, Turkish Cyber-pirates have left the following message on the pages of the websites: "Don't believe Armenians lies! America, you have perpetrated the worst Genocide!"
"1923 Turkish Group" threatened they would strike again, stating "We'll continue our attacks against all those countries that will dare to use hostile and insulting statements against Turkey.”
Gibrahayer e-magazine Chief Editor Simon Aynedjian, said that during the last wave of attacks, multiple hostile attempts on server were detected, but the GIBRAHAYER e-magazinesource was not verified.
Referring to the latest anti-Armenian cyber attacks, Aynedjian first called on similar Armenian groups not to drag themselves into similar retaliatory practices and continued. “The Internet is the tool and the weapon of the free world. Only countries with a shady history and totalitarian regimes are afraid of the Internet, social networks, Facebook, Blogs and Youtube, because they are afraid of how the truth will shake the foundations of their states and how transparency will reveal the emptiness of their political arguments.
While the free flow of information is the very foundation of democracy and freedom of expression, governments like Turkey - which are still weak to face the wrong-doings of their past, and people who are too scared to face reality - will continue resorting to every method available for gagging the truth."
Aynedjian concluded by saying “Hacking and cyber-piracy is the latest attempt of information burial. This latest effort will not pass either, and together with the victory of freedom of information, the victory of truth will also prevail with the final act of the Armenian Genocide, that of its recognition by the Turkish state.”


STEPANAKERT ( - As part of a deal signed last week between Karabakh Prime Minister Ara Harutyunyan and Argentinian Armenian businessman Eduardo Eurnekian, every elementary school student in Karabakh will receive one laptop computer loaded with educational software.
The One Laptop Per Child OLPC program, developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston MIT, will furnish Karabakh’s elementary schools with laptop computers and connect them to the Internet through wireless networks to be installed in their facilities.
“The world community sees Nagorno-Karabagh within the context of war and regional conflict. People fail to take note of the children who are born and live there,” said Eurnekian, whose company manages Armenia’s national postal service, Haypost, and the Zvartnots airport in Yerevan. “These children are entitled to the universal right of education and access to information.”
“Through OLPC, I intend to bridge the gap and give the children of Karabakh the opportunity to receive the best education the world has to offer” Eurnekian said.


GIBRAHAYER e-magazineBY LUSINE MUSAYELIAN - STEPANAKERT (RFE/RL) - The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s sole civilian airport currently undergoing reconstruction will reopen its doors in May for the first commercial flights between the unrecognized republic and Armenia in two decades, a senior official in Stepanakert announced on Wednesday.
Dmitry Atbashian, head of the local civil aviation authority, said a state-run airline has already been set up to carry out those flights on a daily basis.
Flights to and from the airport, located 8 kilometers east of Stepanakert, had been discontinued in 1991 amid intensifying armed clashes in and around Karabakh that degenerated into a full-scale war provoked by neighbouring Azerbaijan. Since then, transport communication between the small country and the outside world has since been carried out by land, via Armenia.
The Karabakh government decided in 2009 to reopen the airport, severely damaged during the 1991-1992 war, and raised about 1 billion drams ($2.8 million) for its reconstruction from unspecified “charitable sources.”
Karabakh officials said afterwards that a regular flight service between Stepanakert and Yerevan could be launched already in October 2010. However, its launch was delayed by a longer-than-anticipated construction of a new airport terminal.
According to Atbashian, the construction work is nearing completion, and air navigation and other equipment is already being installed at the airport. The facility will be fully furnished by April, he said.
Atbashian assured journalists that flight security “will be ensured by 100 percent” despite the airport’s proximity to the heavily militarized “line of contact” separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces. He warned Azerbaijan against attempting to disrupt the flights.
The Azerbaijani government has not yet officially reacted to the planned reopening of the Stepanakert airport. It is bound to condemn the development.
Atbashian stressed that security in and around the airport building will be “twice as tight” as at Yerevan’s Zvartnots international airport because of what he described as a potential threat of “terrorist acts.” “We are located in a dangerous zone,” he argued.
Atbashian also revealed that the Stepanakert-Yerevan flights will be carried out by a newly established Karabakh airline, Artsakh Air. He said its fleet of aircraft will consist of three Canadian-made CRJ200 passenger jets costing at least $15 million each. The official did not say who is financing their purchase.
It also emerged that a round-trip air ticket to the Armenian capital will likely cost between 18,000 and 21,500 drams ($50-60). By comparison, the current fare for a minibus trip from Stepanakert to Yerevan, which takes between six and seven hours, is 5,000 drams.

ARMENIAN PROSTITUTES CONFUSED BY STREET BAN - YEREVAN - Hundreds of lonely men remain unsatisfied, Kiev-Yerevan flight is on the verge of cancellation and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Recent ban of street trade by new Yerevan Mayor Karen Karapetyan raised a strong waive of protests among vendors of fruits, sunglasses, flowers, bubble-gum and random crap. While street vendors picket Yerevan City Hall and demand justice, one group of street vendors remains confused. Yerevan prostitutes haven’t worked for the past week, trying to decide whether to join the street vendors or to continue working under the risk of being fined.
“Prostitution is generally unwelcome by the Armenian legislation, yet we’ve worked on streets for years, right in the center of Yerevan and nobody seemed to arrest us because we had our ways of satisfying the needs of the right people. Banning the street trade was a cheap blow (no pun intended) and we don’t know what to do next “ – said Prostitutes Union spokesperson Susanna “Sugar Lips” Simonyan.
“I’m a law-abiding person. The day authorities started requiring receipts, I was the first to buy a cash register and provide receipts to my clients. Everyone seemed happy, especially tourists on business trips, since they’d cover their expenses under “tasting local cuisine” budge line.” – told Armishka, a 43-year-old veteran of the business.
The suspense on prostitution already caused a chain reaction and harmed a number of very legal businesses. Taxi night shifts, motels, saunas, pharmacies as well as mini skirt and pantyhose import are becoming less and less profitable.
"I don't care if I cause a few heart attacks pulling a daytime shift"
Some of the transsexual hookers are ready for more drastic measures: “Our office is right next to the Mayor’s office, is this a proper way to treat neighbours? If the ban on street trade continues we’ll start showing up near City Hall at daytime too, demonstrating our protest and scaring the crap out of children and seniors.” – assured Arshaluys.
The prostitution community is willing to negotiate, if necessary, develop new discount packages for law-enforcers and tax service, to open door days every week as long as they are allowed to carry on their street trade. If their conditions are not met, the street girls (in some cases street boys) will be forced to continue their work at home.
“I’d hate to work at home”, – shared Inga, whose workplace was right across Alexander Tamanyan statue – “fresh air is good for you, very healthy.”


Gibrahayer e-magazine - 31 January, 2011 - After a brief stop-over to Cyprus, President of AGBU Berj Setrakian's latest journey took him to Yerevan where he held a meeting with President Serzh Sargsyan last Saturday.
The two men
spoke about current and forthcoming programs and discussed issues related to future cooperation.
During the meeting
President Serzh Sargsyan handed to the President of the AGBU Berj Setrakian the passport of the citizen of Armenia.



Nanor Barsoumian - "My Vagina Speaks Many Languages” - a title so shocking that it is bound to echo throughout the tiny former Soviet states of Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. That’s precisely what some women’s rights organizations are aiming for by dubbing their cross-border project - featuring the powerful play, “The Vagina Monologues” - just that. Their aim is to stop violence against girls and women and to propel regional and domestic discussions on the issue, a topic that’s often deemed too taboo for public acknowledgement.
The Women’s Resource Center in Yerevan has been spearheading the national debate on domestic and sexual violence in Armenia. This year, they will launch the first ever Armenian performance of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.”
For those unfamiliar with it, the play tells the stories of various women, covering topics such as sexual violence - battery, rape, incest, female genital mutilation, and trafficking of women - and love, sex, menstruation, childbirth, and masturbation. It has been performed in over 140 countries, and in over 48 languages.
Nanore Barsoumian is the Assistant Editor of the Armenian Weekly. She earned her BA from the University of Massachusetts (Boston), majoring in Political Science and English.
Nanore is a passionate anti-war activist and deeply committed to making an impact on issues of contemporary relevance.
She speaks several languages, among them Armenian, Arabic, and French. She has been a volunteer and a group leader with the Land and Culture Organization, working with the refugee community in Shatvan, Armenia, renovating the local school.
View some of Nanor Barsoumian's other articles here
News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
  • Iran and Armenia have reached an agreement to construct a new pipeline to ship Iranian oil products to Armenia. The pipeline will begin from Iran's north-western city of Tabriz and stretch toward the Armenian border. By estimating the preliminary data, the pipeline will cost nearly 240 million US dollars.
  • Armenia is ranked among "high risk" countries alongside with Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Iran and others according to the third annual Political Risk Atlas, released by risk analysis and mapping firm Maplecroft, United Kingdom. Political Risks Atlas 2011 ranked Georgia and Turkey among "medium risk" countries and Russia among "extreme risk" countries. USA, Australia, Japan and Scandinavian states found themselves among "low risk" countries.
  • A group of US Armenians is currently engaged in negotiating with Turks for making big investments in Turkey, announced the co-chairman of the Armenian-Turkish Business Development Council, Kaan Soyak, according to the Turkish newspaper Sabah. "The parties are currently negotiating over the investment of a large sum which makes more than $200 million," Soyak has said. He added the investors are particularly interested in the textile industry and tourism.
  • Member of the Turkish opposition Democratic-Republican Party Canan Aritman keeps insisting that the country's President, Abdullah Gul, has Armenian origins. The female Parliamentarian said the Ankara court had made an unfair decision, condemning her of insulting Gul, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported.
Link of the week at :
A documentary about the Armenians of Cyprus aired from RIK Cyprus TV, on Christmas 6/1/11
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  • Saturday 5 February at 6:00 pm - Manougnere yev menk. Lecture by Vartan Tashdjian - Chairman of Nareg school Hokapartsoutiun. Organised by the Cultural Committee of the Armenian Club of Larnaca at the Hall of the Larnaca Nareg school.
  • Wednesday 9 February at 3:00 pm- International friendly match in Limassol, between the national football teams of Armenia and Georgia at Tsirion Stadium.
  • Saturday 12 February at 8:30 pm - St. Valentine's Love Night organised by Hamazkayin's Oshagan Cyprus Chapter with love songs from Marie Louise Kouyoumdjian and her band. Sign up with Shoushig Bakalian on 99667828 and Louise Aynedjian on 99533684. Entrance 15 euros. Price includes dinner.
Sports News by Sevag Devletian
  • FOOTBALL: The Armenian national football team will play a friendly match against Georgia on February 9 as a preparation for Euro 2012 qualifiers. The match will be held at the Tsirion Stadium at 3pm (+2 GMT) local Cyprus time.
  • FIFA: Armenia dropped two places in the lates FIFA World Ranking list, appearing 62nd with 512 points. The top three of the list are Spain, Netherlands and Germany with 1887, 1723 and 1485 points respectively.
  • BOXING: Elias Nassar, the manager for Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KO’s), says the World Boxing Council will order a rematch between Darchinyan and Mexican Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KO’s) due to Darchinyan losing a controversial 12 round split decision to Mares in December in Showtime’s four-fighter bantamweight tournament. Darchinyan and his manager filed a protest after the defeat, feeling that they should have won the fight. In the meantime, the loss still counts and Darchinyan will be facing Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KO’s) in the next bantamweight tournament fight on April 23rd at the Nokia Theater, in Los Angeles, California.
  • TENNIS: Top-seeded David Nalbandian advanced, while two-time runner-up Juan Monaco came up an opening-round loser at the $450,000 Movistar Open, the first clay-court event on the 2011 ATP World Tour calendar.
  • CHESS: Armenia’s Lilit Galoyan tied a game against Alina Kashlinskaya of Russia at the Moscow Open 2011 women’s round-robin tournament. Galoyan has scored the total of two points to face Maria Fominykh (Russia) in round five.
  • BOXING: Dutch-Armenian Gevorg Khatchikian captured the IBO youth super middleweight title in the Netherlands by defeating Alaudin Murtazaliev (Russia) in a ten round unanimous decision.
  • MARTIAL ARTS: Dutch-Armenian mixed martial artist Gegard Mousasi (Geghard Movsisian) has launched a qualification process to join Holland’s boxing team to participate in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
  • JUDO: On January 29-30, Tbilisi hosted the Judo World Cup, with 12 judo wresters representing Armenia. Bronze winner of 2009 World Championship Hovhannes Davtyan (60 kg) won 3 out of 4 fights, having gained the 3rd place. Gor Harutyunyan (60 kg) and Armen Nazaryan (66 kg) took 7th and 5th places in their respective weights categories.
  • SAMBO: 2010 World and European champion Ashot Danielyan got off to a successful start, making it to Kazakhstan-hosted International Sambo Festival finals. However, the back injury prevented the Armenian sambo wrestler from winning gold. In the finals, Danielyan lost to Uali Kuzhev of Russia to grab the silver medal.
  • CHESS: Levon Aronian finished 3rd at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk Aan Zee.
Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian
  • TOMORROW: AGBU Ararat face Achilleas in the Cyprus Futsal Premier League at 7pm.
  • TONIGHT (Thursday): Homenmen face ENA Athienou on the Cyprus Futsal 2nd Division at 9pm.
  • After leading 2-1 at half time, a tiresome and disappointing second half display resulted in AYMA/HMEM losing 5-2 against Kakkaristra in the Cyprus Amateur Football League 2nd Division.
  • AGBU Ararat U-17's trashed opponents APOK 11-0 in the Cyprus U-17 Futsal League. Ararat U-17's currently occupy the second place in the U-17 League table, one point behind leaders Omonia.


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