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Simon Aynedjian for Gibrahayer e-magazine - Turkish Prime Minister Racip Tayyip Erdogan showed his neo-Ottoman persona once again, this time towards angry Turkish Cypriots, who had gathered in tens of thousands last week protesting against the Ankara-inspired economic package for the north, aimed at imposing economic measures which have resulted in rising prices of basic goods, termination of the cost of living allowance system which compensated workers for price increase, taxation of pensions and businesses closing down.
Erdogan felt Turkish Cypriots waving flags of the Republic of Cyprus had insulted Turkey (we wonder if the Penal Code 301 is applicable in occupied Cyprus) and that the occupied regime had shown leniency towards protesters who waved placards demanding the Turkish army to leave. A placard read “Ayshe your holidays are over, go home” (Ayshe being the GIBRAHAYER e-magazinemilitary parola of the Turkish invasion to Cyprus).
Other banners carried by demonstrators read "Ankara, take your hands off us", "Ankara, we do not want your money, your package and your servants" and "This motherland is ours, we will run it".
Erdogan blew his top and urged Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu to prosecute protestors holding banners and flags and went on to say that Turkey had shed blood for northern Cyprus and had strategic interests on the island. “They are telling Turkey to get out and leave. Who do you think you are? I have martyrs, I have war veterans, and we spilled our blood there. We are there strategically... Turkish Cypriots have no right to hold such a demonstration.”
Responding to the accusation, leader of the left-wing New Cyprus Party (YKP) Murat Kanatli issued a press release saying, “If efforts by Cypriots to reunite their common homeland are viewed as a crime, then this gives us a clear indication of his nationalist character.” The party also renewed its call for Ankara to “remove your hand from our collars”, thereby repeating one of the slogans deemed insulting by Erdogan.
Having made it clear – this time to Turkish Cypriots as well – that mamma Turkey was not in Cyprus for their protection or their interests, but rather for her own strategic and geopolitical interests, the next wave of Turkish Cypriot demonstrations – to be organised very soon - are expected to put to a new test the relationship between “master” and “servant”.
Last week,
Turkish Cypriot newspapers reported that the authorities in the enclave had prayed for rain so as to keep people in their homes and away from the demonstration.
The weather was mostly cloudy during the day of the demonstration, but rain came only late in the afternoon.
By Hawar Baziyan - 05 February 2011 (GlobalHye) - Abdullah Ocalan, the detained leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), called on Kurds in Turkey to stage Egyptian-wise uprising for obtaining their rights, while he stressed destinies of Kurds in Iraq and Turkey are bound to each other.
The Kurdish Firat news agency, close to the PKK, cited Ocalan as recommending the protest rally in his weekly meeting with his lawyers Friday.
"When millions of Kurds took into streets, demanding their rights unanimously, Turkey will be forced to step forward," Ocalan was quoted by his lawyers.
The leader of the militant organization was caught in Nairobi in 1999 and repatriated to Turkey. Currently, he is serving prison sentence in Imrali Island in Turkey.
Commenting on the role of the Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (a Kurds by descent) as a mediator between the Turkish government and the PKK, Ocalan said though he does not mean threatening any party "no Kurd in the southern Kurdistan (the Kurdistan Region) will feel safe if the rights of Kurds are not admitted in northern Kurdistan (the Kurdish area in Turkey)."
Kurds are geographically divided mainly in four countries of Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria. Nevertheless, only in Iraq (the Kurdistan Region) they enjoy a semi-autonomous administration. Elsewhere they are subjugated and their rights denied.
Since 1984, the PKK has staged armed campaign against Turkey, as it claims, for the recognition of ethnic rights of roughly 20 million Kurds.
Ocalan's call for a Kurdish rising comes after 13 days of nationwide protest demos that have swept across Egypt, leading the three decade ruler, Hosni Mubarak, to step down, for now, from the presidency of his party.
Similar upheavals in Tunisia led another long-serving president, Zain al-Abedin bin Ali to flee for fear of his life and give way for replacement.
Diaspora to be Represented in Armenia’s
Senate: Many Questions, Few Answers
Harout Sassounian - California Courrier -
The Republic of Armenia plans to amend its constitution in order to create a new legislative upper house -- a Senate -- that would include representatives from the Diaspora, according to a January 30 announcement in Los Angeles by Hranush Hakobyan, Armenia’s Diaspora Minister.
This news spread like wildfire throughout the Armenian world, and the reaction was mixed. Pro-government circles welcomed the proposal with great enthusiasm, while opponents severely criticized it. In my view, both praise and criticism were premature, as the Minister’s announcement contained few details about the proposed Senate.
Interestingly, despite Minister Hakobyan’s declaration about Pres. Sargsyan’s intent to establish a Senate, the President’s spokesman Armen Arzumanyan cautioned that this is one of many such proposals deserving of serious consideration. He went on to explain that amending the constitution is a complicated and long process. A week later, Parliament Chairman Hovik Abrahamyan further downplayed the Minister’s announcement stating that it will not be considered until after next year’s Parliamentary elections, given the legislative body’s crowded agenda.
At this early stage, one can only ask questions, because of the Minister’s assertion that there would be extensive consultations in Armenia and the Diaspora before any decision is taken on the structure and responsibilities of the proposed Senate.
Here are key questions that individuals, organizations, and government officials should consider, before deciding to amend Armenia’s constitution and establishing a Senate:
Would Armenia’s citizens feel comfortable about the presence of Diaspora Armenians in their legislature or view them as foreign citizens, albeit Armenians, meddling in their domestic affairs?
Should the Armenian government include hand-picked Diaspora representatives in the Senate, would this be viewed as an attempt by Armenia’s officials to exercise undue influence over the Diaspora?
- Instead of establishing a Senate, why can’t Diaspora Armenians be included in the existing Parliament?
- What would be the Senate’s legislative mandate, and how would it be different from that of the existing Parliament?
-Since the majority of Armenians live outside of Armenia, would the proposed Senate consist of many more Diaspora representatives than those from Armenia?
- How would Senators be chosen? Would they be elected by the public or appointed by the government or major organizations? If elected, what should be the qualifications of voters and candidates, who sets the criteria, and who organizes the elections?
- In case the Senators are elected, what steps should be taken to ensure that there would be free and fair elections?
- Can Diaspora Senators maintain their current citizenship, become dual citizens or be forced to give up their foreign citizenship?
- Would Diaspora members be obliged to move to Armenia to participate in year-round sessions or would they come to Armenia for brief periods for meetings dealing only with pan-Armenian issues?
- Are there any plans to undertake a comparative study of countries with Diaspora representatives in their legislatures?
- In order to maintain Diaspora’s independence and Armenia’s sovereignty, would it not be better to create a separate Diaspora structure in line with the process I proposed during last November’s USC conference? Armenian communities worldwide would elect representatives to a transnational assembly which would then select delegates from its ranks to serve in Armenia’s legislature.
Was it mere coincidence that ARF Dashnaktsoutiun leaders had publicly discussed the idea of creating a Senate that would include Diaspora representatives, long before Minister Hakobyan’s recent announcement? Interestingly, the Dashnaktsoutiun promptly announced its support for this initiative, while the Heritage Party opposed it, and the Armenian National Congress, led by ex-President Levon Ter Petrosyan, called the proposal an "absurdity!”
The good news is that at long last the Armenian government has recognized the need to involve Diaspora Armenians in pan-Armenian decision-making processes and structures.
However, before rushing to judgment, it would be wise to wait and see what exactly Armenia’s leaders have in mind in proposing Diasporan representation in a new Senate. The final decision should be solely based on whether this or any other arrangement is in the best interest of Armenians, both in Armenia and Diaspora.
Hurriyet Daily News - After the church on Akhtamar Island in Van, the Sourp Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakir is now preparing for a religious ceremony. The Istanbul Armenian Foundation undertook the restoration of the church, bringing together Turkey and the Armenian Diaspora. "This church is the common heritage of humanity,” says the foundation's chairman, Ergun Ayık.
The restoration of the Sourp Giragos Church in Diyarbakir has been coordinated by the Istanbul Armenians Foundation and Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality.
Resurrecting memories of the Armenian presence in Southeast Anatolia, workers in Diyarbakir are putting the finishing touches on a $3.5 million restoration on what was once one of the largest churches in the Middle East, Sourp Giragos.
Officials from Turkey, Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora are expected to attend a Divine Liturgy to celebrate the church’s reopening, which is scheduled for later this year.
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By Professor Hovhanness I. Pilikian
Our Professor Hovhannes I. Pilikian is back with this very powerful piece, which we urge our subscribers to read at,21

Blair & Bush, the Butchers of Iraq, call them the Blood-hound Bastards, the Business Buggers of Iraq, almost any evil sobriquet would fit them, for what these awful inhuman wretches did – the devastation of a whole country and people in peace, for no apparent reason except their possession of Oil – is beyond human legal justice – Skin them alive?

GIBRAHAYER e-magazineBy 11:30 a.m. the line was already out the door and down the street. “That’s good,” Kim Kardashian said calmly as she looked at the ever-enlarging crowd of people waiting to see her at Nordstrom in Santa Monica.
She watched from behind the tinted-glass safety of her black SUV, as the driver turned the corner into the underground garage. Kardashian, who was dressed in a low-cut, sheer cream blouse tucked into a belted short black skirt, with bare legs and her trademark sky-high platform pumps, looked, as she usually does, both exotic and comic-book curvy.

Kardashian is a master of proportion: The tightness of her clothes highlighted and elongated her hourglass body, and her long black hair, which was curled and smoothed and teased into a waist-length fall, set off the smoky Cleopatra makeup on her catlike brown eyes.
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News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
  • According to a report by the newspaper Sabah, Ankara announced this week that it will be taking part in April 24th commemorations this year in an effort to overcome psychological barriers between Armenia and Turkey, and engage in dialogue with the Armenian Diaspora.
  • Turkish prosecutors have launched a probe into top officials for suspected negligence in the murder of ethnic Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, Fethiye Cetin, the Dink family lawyer said this week. Quoted by Anatolia news agency, he said those being investigated included former Istanbul governor Muammer Guler and the police chiefs of Istanbul and Trabzon, where the accused come from, Celelattin Cerrah and Ramazan Akyurek respectively.
  • With the June general elections approaching, Turkish political parties are offering deputy nominations to leading figures in the Armenian community, which has not been represented in Parliament since the 1960s. Seven members of Istanbul's Armenian community are seeking parliamentary deputy posts, holding out the promise that the June general elections may see the group represented in Parliament for the first time in five decades.
  • Escalating front-line clashes, a spiraling arms race, vitriolic rhetoric and a virtual breakdown in peace talks increase the chance Armenia and Azerbaijan will go back to war over Nagorno-Karabakh, with devastating regional consequences, the International Crisis Group, or ICG, warned.
  • Secretary of the RA National Security Council (NSC) Arthur Baghdasaryan held negotiations with Daphne Gogou, the head of expert mission for visas of the European Union. Preparatory works for the process of visa regime relaxation between Armenia and the EU were in the focus of the meeting. European experts noted that the negotiations with Armenia will be launched soon, while Baghdasaryan noted that it will contribute to strengthening and boosting Armenia-EU ties.
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  • Saturday 12 February at 8:30pm-St. Valentine's Love Night at HMEM/AYMA 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.
  • Sunday 13 February at 5:00pm-Diarentarach ceremony at Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church
  • Thursday 3 March at 10:00am-Vartanats ceremony at Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church
  • Sunday 6 March at 3:00 - 6:00pm - Carnival Party at Nareg Hall, organised by The Nareg Parents Association. Entrance: only 5:00 euros. The event is open for all children in the community.
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Sports News by Sevag Devletian
  • FOOTBALL: On Wednesday February 9, the Armenian national football team suffered a 1-2 defeat in a friendly with Georgia at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol, Cyprus.
  • BOXING: In what will be a hotly contested co-feature, former two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan and former IBF bantamweight world champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez will clash in the tournament consolation bout on April 23 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.
  • KICKBOXING: Armenia may host the Kickboxing World Cup in late June 2011.
  • FIGURE SKATING: Armenian figure-skater Slavik Hayrapetyan won silver at Ljubljana-hosted qualifier, making it to World Championship due February 26-March 6 in Seoul, as well as Marta Grigoryan. Sargis Hayrapetyan, who took the 5th place, will participate in Tokyo-hosted World Championship. On March 12, Hayrapetyan and Grigoryan will participate in European Youth Olympics to take place in the Czech Republic.
  • JUDO: 2009 World Championship bronze winner Hovhannes Davtyan (60kg) and 2010 World Cup winner Armen Nazaryan (66kg) won silver medals at Judo Grand Slam Paris 2011. Davtyan and Nazaryan were defeated in the finals by Rishod Sobirov and Junpei Morishita respectively.
  • TENNIS: Argentine Armenian David Nalbandian has confirmed participation in 2011 Copa Claro to be held in Buenos Aires from February 14 to 20.
  • TENNIS: Cypriot tennis sensation Marcos Baghdatis is in the quarter finals of Rotterdam ATP after an impressive intro that saw him defeat seed number two Andy Murray.
  • CHESS: Lilit Galoyan took the 7th place at Moscow Open chess tournament. Galoyan gained 3,5 points, ending 5 games in a draw, losing 3 matches and winning 1.
  • WRESTLING: Armen Chomaryan and Narek Khachatryan (both 55kg), Arthur Mkrtchyan and Artak Harutyunyan (both 60kg), Hovhannes Varderesyan and Aram Julfalakyan (both 66kg), Tigran Sahakyan and Hrayr Hovhannisyan (both 84kg), Varsham Boranyan (up to 96kg) and Sargis Tonoyan (up to 120kg) will represent Armenia at the World Cup in Minsk. Roman Amoyan (55kg), Vhan Jugaryan (60kg), Arsen Julfalakyan (74kg) and Arthur Shahinyan (84kg) will compete at the Grand Prix in Slovenia.
On Saturday night at HMEM/AYMA
Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian
  • AGBU Ararat overcame a difficult game by defeating Achilleas 4-1 in the Cyprus Futsal Premier League. Next up for Ararat is the game against SPE Strovolou on Friday at 7pm at the Melkonian Indoor Stadium.
  • Homenmen lost 3-6 to ENA Athienou on the Cyprus Futsal 2nd Division. Homenmen face APEP Pitsilias on Friday at 8pm.
  • AYMA/HMEM suffered another disappointing 4-0 defeat against Acropolis B' in the Cyprus Amateur Football League 2nd Division. Seeking revenge AYMA/HMEM will face Acropolis B' on Saturday at 12pm for the first round of the Cyprus Amateur Football Cup.
  • AGBU Ararat U-17's face AEL U-17's of Limassol in the Cyprus U-17 Futsal League on Sunday ay 12pm.
  • It is a family affair at the Finals of the Mad4tennis ( Winter Doubles Tennis Tournament that will take place on Sunday 13 February at 11:00am at the Talentum Tennis Academy (Melkonian Tennis Courts) where father and son tennis duo Simon and Edmond Aynedjian face brothers Antonis and Costas Avraam.

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