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The Armenian National Committee of Cyprus, in collaboration with Feelgood Entertainment and the Office of the Armenian MP, present "The Promise" premiering nationwide in Cyprus at K Cineplex as of 12 October 2017.

A few words about the movie: Brilliant medical student Michael (Oscar Isaac) meets beautiful dance instructor Ana (Charlotte Le Bon) in late 1914. Their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana's boyfriend (Christian Bale), an American photojournalist. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred as they join forces to get themselves and their people to safety.

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GARO PAYLAN: "WE SHOULD START A
DIALOGUE WITH TURKEY FROM SCRATCH"

Member of the Turkish Parliament Garo Paylan says “only democratic Turkey can open the Armenian border and speak about Armenian Genocide recognition.” Therefore, the MP says, he and his supporters should assume the responsibility to establish democracy in the country.
“We – the democrats – should try to find a way. Democracy is declining in Turkey. The door to dialogue must be opened, and I’ll take efforts in that direction. Upon my return to Turkey, I’ll talk to Ministers and try to open that door a little bit,” the lawmaker told reporters in Yerevan.
Despite the ban on the use of the term “Armenian Genocide” in the Turkish Parliament, Paylan says they have to find a way to speak about the events of 1915.
“Unfortunately, genocide continues if left unpunished,” he said.
Paylan considers that the frozen relations harm both Turkey and Armenia and is going to step up efforts to improve bilateral ties.

“Today we need to start dialogue from the scratch,” Paylan said.

ON WEDNESDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER

 
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Journalist and human right's activist Sevgül Uludağ's three-part presentation of "Together / Birlikte" at Yeniduzen newspaper. click here

A FILM REVIEW FOR "TOGETHER / BIRLIKTE"
SCREENING ON WEDNESDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER

Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra - katoomba@cytanet.com.cy - Two young Turkish-Cypriots, Mine Balman and Besim Baysal, have worked together since 2016 to produce this 60’ documentary film, which is an oral testimony as to how the Armenian refugees came to Cyprus after the Adana massacre (1909) and the Genocide (1915-1923), how they lived together with Turkish- and Greek-Cypriots, how they left or Image may contain: 3 people, people smilingwere ousted from the Armenian Quarter of Nicosia in 1963-1964, how they experienced the Turkish invasion in 1974 and what they did after the partial lifting of travel restrictions between the two parts of the island in 2003. Mine and Besim are both well-educated and also support the Armenian cause.

This documentary film features interviews from seven (7) Armenian-Cypriots (Annig Tourian, Artin Anmahouni, Arto Haroutunian, Azniv Baladouni, Elsie Utidjian, Koharig Paroian-Avraam and Verkin Nahikian), as well as two (2) Turkish-Cypriots (Erdninç Gündüz and Fatma Kişmir), all born between 1922-1961. These people share a number of stories pertaining to their families, neighbours and communities, all with a common denominator: they used to live in Nicosia before the inter-communal troubles of 1963-1964; Armenian-Cypriots used to live with Turkish-Cypriots and vice versa. Some historical information is provided, along with old photographs, a map of the Armenian Genocide and population figures for Armenians in Cyprus between 1881-1960. Every attempt has been made to keep away from political messages; instead, the interviewees provide their own memories, facts and ideas, allowing for the viewers to shape their own interpretations.

The entire film is in Turkish, with English subtitles (translated by Yeşer Özdenya Cambaz and rectified by Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra, also with the help of Elsie Utidjian). Turkish was chosen because it is the mother tongue of both the film-makers and the interviewees’ parents and/or grandparents. Speakers of Turkish will notice different dialects amongst the interviewees, depending on where their family was from. The first screening will take place at 20:00 on Wednesday, 27 September 2017, at the old building of the Armenian Club in occupied walled Nicosia, next to the recently-restored Armenian church compound in Victoria street (presently known as “Arabahmet Cultural Centre”), which was chosen by the film-makers as the best place to pay tribute to the community, which - even though has been physically absent for over half a century - is always in the heart of the quarter.

It is my belief that projects such as this will assist our endeavour to spread awareness on the Armenian Genocide and the drama of Cyprus (1963-1964 & 1974), not only within the government-controlled areas, but also to an increasingly receptive number of educated and “enlightened” Turkish-Cypriots living in the occupied areas. I urge each and every one not to speculate before having watched it, but to watch it and then form their own opinion. If anything, it will be an hour well spent!

PS. The venue where the film will be screened was erected in the 19th century. The building was donated to the Armenian Prelature of Cyprus by Miss Hanemie Eramian in 1908. Since then, it was used by the Armenian Club (established in 1902, the oldest social club of Nicosia), until the ousting of Armenian-Cypriots from their ancient quarter in 1963-1964. Between 1964-1987, the building was initially used as a common dining building for TMT fighters and T/C refugees and afterwards as the house of an old Turkish woman. After being restored between 1987-1999, together with the rest of the area, by the Nicosia Master Plan/UNDP, the “Turkish Municipality of Nicosia” renovated it between 2000-2002 as “Arab Ahmet Cultural Centre”. Following a renovation in 2014, it was renamed into “Arabahmet Culture and Arts Centre”, “managed” by the “American University of Kyrenia” to this day.
Watch the trailer of the documentary "Together / Birlikte" by clicking here

VIDEO SELECTIONS IN THE ISSUE

► Nareg school and Erasmus video - A peace of Europe Erasmus + - click
► Super Sako on 100,000,000 (one hundred million) views with "Mi kna" - click
► Archbishop Khoren Toghramadjian addresses the closing ceremony of AYF 2017 Cyprus Panagoum in Troodos - Cyprus - click
► Simon Aynedjian's speech at the Armenian independence celebrations - click here

WITH ELENI THEOCHAROUS

Last month, members of the Armenian National Committee of Cyprus met with Cypriot member of the European Parliament, President of the "Allilengyi" (Solidarity) Movement, humanitarian activist and a friend of Armenia and Artsakh Dr. Eleni Theocharous.
For the news article in Armenian-language newspaper Artsakank, click here

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Read the interview here

"SOSSE" CYPRUS CHAPTER FOR
"SOSSE" KINDERGARTEN IN ARTSAKH

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Congratulations to all Armenian Relief Society chapters in the Diaspora that contributed towards making this wonderful Kindergarten a reality.
Proud that our "Sosse" Chapter in Cyprus was part of this project in making "Sosse" Kindergarten a reality in Artsakh, in our land of the brave and home of the free.
Here are some images and links of the trip that Cyprus HOM members made to Artsakh and Armenia.

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THE TOUGH BOYS OF THE COMMUNITY

Congratulations to young Kourken Torossian (pictured here with his proud parents
Georges and Talar Torossian) who won Gold in the Nicosia Open Karate Championships

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VISIT ARTSAKANK www.artsakank.com.cy

Artsakank

Established in 1981, now in its 36th year, Artsakank newspaper brings to
your home free of charge, Armenian news and happenings, promoting
and protecting at the same time the Western Armenian language
through the volunteer work of dedicated editors.

www.artsakank.com.cy
View it here, save it on your favourites and visit it for
daily updates in Armenian and English.

EDEK SOCIALIST PARTY AND ARF DASHNAKTSOUTIUN
DELEGATES MEET IN HOMENETMEN-AYMA

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Last month we welcomed a delegation from the Socialist Party of EDEK to Homenetmen - AYMA, headed by their President Marinos Sizopoulos and Cypriot member of the European Parliament Demetris Papadakis.
The prospects for a solution in Cyprus, practical ways of strengthening ties between Cyprus and Armenia, the situation in the Artsakh Republic were discussed.
Like EDEK, ARF Dashnaktsoutiun is a full member of the Socialist International.

HAMAZKAYIN'S "OSHAGAN"
CYPRUS CHAPTER'S AGM

Hamazkayin's Central Executive representative Megerdich Megerdichian (far left) together with the newly-elected committee of Hamazkayin's "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter. Georges Torossian, Marine Tavitian, Ohan Ouzounian, Arto Tavitian, Roman Sertyan.
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Hamazkayin Oshagan Chapter: Click here
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News in Brief

► Ankara has summoned Germany's Ambassador for the second time in as many days with tensions between the two countries showing no sign of ending. It is the 17th time Berlin's envoy has been summoned in two years.
► Russian-Israeli travel blogger Alexander Lapshin posted on his page after his release: “Armenians, hold firm. These people want to see you dead, full stop. And if you lose Karabakh as a result of negotiations or a weakening of Armenia’s position, be aware that they will come to slaughter you. Just like the Turks did 100 years ago."
► Turkey's road to Europe could have been easier over the years. However, successive governments have made their accession process almost impossible, by moving away from democracy and basic human rights, topped with a foreign policy that is aggressive with her neighbours. Are we surprised that 84% percent of Germans - one of her NATO allies - say that Turkey does not belong in the European Union? This Deutschlandtrend poll, which was published on Thursday night, is the highest disapproval rate ever recorded.
► An investigation by a Hungarian news agency reveals that Azerbaijan has used a $3 billion slush fund to facilitate the release and extradition Azerbaijani axe murderer Ramil Safarov, who brutally murdered an Armenian soldier, Gurgen Markarian, with an axe during NATO exercises in Hungary in 2004.
An investigation by the Hungarian news site Átlátszó.hu revealed that several bank transfers – totaling more than $7 million – were made to an MKB bank account in Budapest right around the time the Hungarian government handed over Safarov to Azerbaijan.
While denialists still try to build a wall of silence, we will continue fighting and advocating Image result for kim kardashian promisefor historical truth.
► Armenians have spent a lifetime advocating for a cause which has transcended Armenian national boundaries and now includes countries and individuals - a large number of them in Turkey - who stand by us for justice and human rights (from the pages of Gibrahayer E-Magazine FB, on the historic occasion of Iowa becoming the 47th US State to recognize Armenian Genocide... ).
In his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev called Armenia a “fascist” dictatorship, branding his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan a “war criminal.”
► Kim Kardashian West, who is of Armenian descent, was so outraged when she saw a full-page ad denying the Armenian Genocide, published in The Wall Street Journal in April, that she decided to do the same, and take out a full-page ad in the New York Times on Saturday. “For the Wall Street Journal to publish something like this is reckless, upsetting and dangerous,” Kardashian wrote in the ad, slamming the newspaper for publishing an ad that effectively denied that 1.5 million Armenians were systematically murdered by the Ottoman government, between 1915 and 1916. “It’s one thing when a crappy tabloid profits from a made-up scandal, but for a trusted publication like WSJ to profit from genocide — it’s shameful and unacceptable.”

Presenting ARTZARD

Last month we presented you with www.Artzard.com , an initiative to create a platform for artists from Armenia to introduce and sell their works to the world (including the Armenian Diaspora of course). As start-ups and initiatives experience, it takes time to be noticed and get attendance. But nevertheless, Artzard has achieved international sales on a small scale, in various countries, such as the United States, Switzerland and even Singapore, of course in Cyprus too through small circle of friends and acquaintances that knew about the project and its purpose.
Gibrahayer gladly keeps you posted on the developments but you can follow them as well as below:
Website:
http://artzard.com/blog/
Facebook: Click here
Instagram: www.instagram.com/artzardarmenia/
Email: info@artzard.com

We invite you to contribute to the success of Artzard by drawing the attention of other Armenians to the initiative. After all, despite social media and all the options that they offer, the personal touch of Word of Mouth marketing is of incredible value. And are WE not able to speak in all languages of the world, including Armenian of course? Better still, browse yourself for the latest products and do not hesitate to read the new blog. It is only 102 days to Armenian Christmas, which means that there are about 75 or 85 ordering/shopping days left before Christmas. Celebrate with Artzard!

on arrogance: the biggest enemy of our times

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Arrogance is being full of yourself, feeling you're always right, and believing your accomplishments or abilities make you better than other people. People often believe arrogance is excessive confidence, but it's really a lack of confidence.
Arrogant people are insecure, and often repel others.
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The Armenian language is thousands of years old but the Alphabet script was developed in the 5th century by Mesrob Mashdots (considered as a Saint).

Terchnakir - means bird letter, and is considered to be the artistic representation of Armenian calligraphy.

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Gibrahayer Calendar
Wednesday 27 September at 8:00 pm - "Together/ Birlikte" a documentary by Mine Balman and Besim Baysal at the old Armenian Club (currently Arab Ahmet Center) in Turkish-occupied Nicosia, next to the Armenian Church compound on Victoria street. Entrance free.
5-9 October - Pilgrimage to Jerusalem by S. Asdvadzadzin Church Choir.
10 October at 9:00 pm - Premiere of the "Promise" in K Cineplex Nicosia, organised by Feelgood Entertainment, The Armenian National Committee of Cyprus and the Office of the Armenian MP. By invitation only.
Thursday 12 October - "The Promise" starts showing in theaters across Cyprus.
Friday 13 October at 8:00 pm - Hamazkayin's Literary Evening featuring Aztag newspaper Editor unger Shahan Kandaharian at the Utidjian Hall of the Armenian Prelature.
Friday 13 October at 8:00 pm - Dinner Dance at Agapitos Hall (formerly Kavkasos) in Ergates, featuring Silva Hakobyan. Reservations at 96588261.
Wednesday 25 October - Hamazkayin's Literary Evening at Homenetmen - AYMA.
Friday 3
November at 7:30 pm - An evening dedicated to Sebouh Abcarian organised by the Office of the Armenian MP and Melkonian Friends with the participation of S. Asdvadzadzin Choir and violinist Levon Chilingirian.
Wednesday 22 November - Hamazkayin's Literary Evening at Homenetmen - AYMA.
Monday, 11 December at 7:00pm - An evening dedicated to the Armenian community of Cyprus at the Presidential Palace with the participation of Hamazkayin’s “SIPAN” Dance Ensemble and S. Asdvadzadzin Church Choir.
Friday 15 December - "Haghtanagi yerego" organized for our Gold medalists at the Pan-Homenetmen Games, organised by Homenetmen - AYMA.

ARARAT BRANDY NOW IN CYPRUS

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Ararat 5 Years Old 5* Brandy now in Cyprus.
For more information email
info@gibrahayer.com or call 99437073
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Grape Variety: Voskehat, Chilar, Banants, Kangun, Rkaziteli, Mshkali and Garandmak
Winery: Ararat Yerevan Brandy Factory
Region: Ararat Valley
Alcohol: 40%
Capacity: 500ml
Distillation: Double
Aging: 5 years in oak barrels

Characteristics: According to biblical tradition, Ararat is considered the cradle of mankind. In the 13th century the great explorer Marco Polo described Mount Ararat as an inaccessible mountain with ever-increasing snow-capped peaks. The first documented ascent to the Great Ararat is dated 27 September 1829, when Johann Jacob von Parrot, a 37-year-old German professor, reached the peak on his third attempt. A little later, in 1876, one of his followers, the English scientist and statesman James Bryce, looking at the Ararat Valley from the top of the mountain would say: “If in fact this is where man first set foot on land, you couldn’t imagine a more impressive center of the universe.”

Pairing: Aroma – hints of fruit and fresh wood, gently developing into shades of vanilla and cinnamon. Presents a delicate bouquet: a refreshing aroma of plum, peach and dried fruit with hints of dark chocolate.
Taste – a slightly sour tinge of blackcurrant with sweet and soft undertones, transforming into spiciness.
Price: €22.35

 
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HOMENETMEN - AYMA TEAM, BRING
10 GOLD MEDALS TO CYPRUS

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Homenetmen AYMA Cyprus team of Marie Somakian Georgiou (Swimming), Edmond Aynedjian (Tennis) and Mikela Aynedjian (Track) brought back 10 Gold Medals from the 10th Pan-Homenetmen Games that took place in Armenia from 20-29 July, 2017.
1,200 athletes participated in the games from Australia, Middle East, Russia, Europe, North & South America.
Marie Somakian Georgiou won all the events she participated in winning Gold in seven events. Mikela Aynedjian participated in two events, in 800 and 1,500 meters winning Gold in both events, while Edmond Aynedjian won Gold in the Men's Singles tennis event.
A victory event in honour of the Gold Team of Cyprus will take place on Saturday 21 October at Homenetmen - AYMA.

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Founded in 1918 in Constantinople, Homenetmen has 108 chapters in 24 countries with 24,000 members.
On July 20, 1920, the founding members of Homenetmen were officially invited to the independent Democratic Republic of Armenia.
Homenetmen was banned from Armenia after the establishment of the Armenian SSR in 1921.
In 1922, the Homenetmen chapters in Constantinople were forced to close their doors, with the organization's leaders dispersing throughout the world.
Every four years, there is a Scouts Jamboree camp that takes place in Armenia. The next Jamboree will take place in Armenian in the summer of 2018 with the participation of 1,500 Scouts from all over the world.
Pan-Homenetmen Games take place every four years. In the July 2017 Pan Homenetmen Games more than 1,000 athletes participated in which Homenetmen AYMA Cyprus won 10 Gold Medals.
Next year, the 100th anniversary of Homenetmen will be celebrated in Armenia. The ceremony in Yerevan will be held under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan and under the auspices of Catholicos Karekin II, of the Mother See of Etchmiadzin and Aram I, of the Holy See of Cilicia.
To visit the Facebook Page of Homenetmen - AYMA, to view more images, videos, events and activities, please click here:

POMEGRANATE BY CYPRIOT
ARTIST ANDREAS CHARALAMBOUS

In Armenian mythology the pomegranate symbolizes abundance, happiness, marriage and prosperity. Armenian people used to worship the fruit and it was a guardian against the evil eye.
In Armenia, the fruit also symbolizes fertility. It is believed to protect a woman from infertility and a man’s virile strength. In ancient Armenian weddings the bride was given a pomegranate to throw against a wall and break it into pieces. People believed the scattered pomegranate seeds ensured the newly married couple will have children in the future.
This fruit has been prevailing throughout the history. It was the popular ornament on stone carvings and historical Armenian manuscripts.
Nowadays, the famous pomegranate is that from Meghri, Syunik Province in Armenia. This fruit juice is a recommended remedy for many illnesses. Pomegranate semisweet wine is among the most popular Armenian wines. This fruit of life is believed to tell us that mature pomegranate has 365 seeds, one for each day of the year.
Here is an oil painting by Cypriot artist Andreas Charalambous.

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ARAME Pomegranate
wine now in Cyprus

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ARAME Pomegranate wine now in Cyprus
For more information email
info@gibrahayer.com or call 99437073
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Type: Red Semi Sweet
Variety: Pomegranate
Winery: Map
Region: Armavir region Armenia
Alcohol: 11,50%
Capacity: 750ml
Aging: 1 year in oak barels
Aging potential: 5-8 years

Wine making process: Classical type of wine making in steel tanks. This unique wine, is the result of natural fermentation of the pomegranate's juice. Produced with traditional techniques similar to those of grape wine making. During the fermentation process the unique and beneficial ingredients are protected and preserved. This wine is a very important source of antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins.

Characteristics: Bright clear ruby color with rich aromatic bouquet of fruits, perfectly balanced between pomegranate and blackberry. Rich, good balanced structure, spicy aroma and velvety pomegranate aftertaste.

Food pairing: A tempting, refreshing drink when cooled especially at summertime. Excellent accompaniment to salad, cold pasta, fruit and dessert dishes.
Served best between 12 & 15 degrees.

Price: €8.90

Received with thanks
By the Tatarian family in memory of Dikran Tatarian €100
Levon Chilingirian € 50

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