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During last week, Turkish-Dutch relations deteriorated. The Netherlands Parliament last week democratically elected to not let Erdogan and his AKP party rally in for a Presidential referendum that would give him total and absolute power.
Turkey's family and social policies Minister had arrived in the country from Germany, but was prevented from entering her country's diplomatic compound in Rotterdam, setting up an extraordinary standoff with armed police. She was later sent under escort back to Germany. As she was approaching the German border, she wrote that "the whole world must take action against this fascist practice!"
Erdogan retaliated by calling the Dutch "Fascists" and tensions have escalated to boiling point, with the Dutch consulate in Istanbul being stormed breaking diplomatic protocols, EU countries have spoken openly of their concerns that Erdogan is leading his country down an increasingly authoritarian path and has used the failed coup attempt against him last July as an excuse to stifle dissent.
Police in Amsterdam made six arrests on Sunday evening as they dispersed crowds gathered to protest at the Netherlands’ decision to ban two Turkish Ministers from addressing rallies.

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A small appreciation for a monumental humanitarian and Hay Tad work for the Republics of Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora:
President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan awards the "Mkhitar Gosh" Medal to a great friend of the Armenian people, Cyprus MEP Eleni Theocharous.

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Azerbaijan has issued international arrest warrants for three MEPs, including Cypriot Eleni Theocharous, over their visit to Artsakh, during a referendum on February 20.
Azerbaijani General Prosecutor’s office included Theocharous, Frank Engel (Luxemburg), and Jaromír Štětina (Czech Republic), on the most wanted list.
Theocharous’ party, the Solidarity Movement, said she considered the fact that Azerbaijan was annoyed a badge of honour.

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The core of the solution of the Cyprus problem is not whether Greek or Turkish-Cypriots can get along with each other. It is not a religious problem. It is not the success or failure of the confidence-building measures, nor the percentage of the constituent states, not even the number of refugees returning to Morphou.
In an attempt to keep the talks on a respiratory ventilator, addressing peripheral issues over the years has been a tool for diplomacy and now, after beating around the bush for 18 months – or should we say four decades - Mustafa Akinci says that no solution to the Cyprus problem is possible without Turkish troops and guarantees on the island.
Hopefully when the talks restart, both sides will have the opportunity to address core issues and take a clear stance on matters that matter.
Simon Aynedjian







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News in Brief

► Turkish protesters burn wrong flag - here
► Artsvik will represent Armenia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, performing "Fly with Me".
The Final is scheduled for Saturday 13 May and the semis on May 11 and 13.
► The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) called Turkey to come under its formal scrutiny, a status reserved for members that are deemed to be backsliding on democracy.
► Armenia is currently in negotiations with Iran over plans to establish a free economic zone in Meghri.
► Armenia goes to the polls on 2 April 2017. Read the Armenian Weekly article that explains everything from what has changed with the new Constitution, to who is running and how the power structure in Armenia may change.

The proverb of this issue:
"There are many people who read, simply to prevent themselves from thinking"
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)


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Thank you Chrysanthos Hadjioannou.
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Lana der Parthogh tells a personal and human account of the remarkable experiences of one Russian family in Cyprus that have flourished through three generations and 50 years of dramatic events. Join her on this poignant and remarkable journey through time and witness the true tale of SAMOVAR ON THE TABLE.

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In March 1920 three ships sailed out of the Black Sea port of Novorossisk. Their destination was Famagusta in the British colony of Cyprus, a place none on board had heard of. The vessels belonged to the Russian Navy, the passengers were all Russians, the evacuation was under the command of the British government. It was the final chapter in the Civil War which had swept across the country after the 1917 Russian Revolution. The people on the ships had been on the losing side and, like an estimated one-and-a-half to two million of their compatriots who had already fled, now sought refuge in other countries. Britain had offered transport out, destination vague. The desperate people in the port had little choice.

Only two of the ships were allowed to disembark their passengers in Cyprus, the other sailed on to Egypt, splitting families as it did. In all 1,546 men, women and children landed in Famagusta and were promptly placed in a former WWI camp for Turkish prisoners-of-war.
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A new book "Komitas, The Artist and The Martyr" by Serge Momjian was published in Cambridge, UK in commemoration of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. The acclaimed novel is the first and only one to use dialogue to address Komitas’ life. The Author was awarded the William Saroyan medal of the RA Ministry of Diaspora.

A true story in which real characters come alive in an entertaining dialogue.

Komitas is the skilful artist-priest who tours the remote villages in his homeland, collecting and transcribing folk songs. His secular performances of Armenian sacred music, which are widely acclaimed, put him on a collision course with his church’s clergy, opening the gates of hell upon him. On the night of 24 April 1915 – known as Red Sunday – Komitas is arrested along with 200 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders and deported far inland by the Ottoman government as a prelude to a premeditated plan to annihilate the Armenian population of Anatolia. Though he is among the few who are reprieved, the terrible nightmare he has experienced, from which he never mentally recovers, takes him into asylums, where he spends the last twenty years of his life.

Serge Momjian studied journalism in London and then attended a degree course in fiction writing. Since then, he has worked as a reporter, covering arts and culture for major publications, including Beirut’s Daily Star newspaper and London’s Events news magazine. He devoted his time to writing novels by the time he reached his forties. His works include Conflicting Motives, The Invisible Line, The Singer of the Opera and Memories of the Past, all published in London. Komitas, The Artist and The
Martyr is written in commemoration of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.


Publication Date: 6 March 2015
Classification: Biography/Historical Fiction
Format: Paperback
Price: £9.95
ISBN 978-1-85756-832-5
Pages: 222
Available from:
To order call: 01255 863795

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NEW FILM ... set in 1968 with flashbacks to the Ottoman Empire in 1915 "A Flock of Birds" is a lyrical tale by Victoria Harwood Butler-Sloss.
Flock of Birds will premier at the Socially Relevant Film Festival NY. Festival dates at March 13th-19th.
The film is scheduled to screen on March, 16th from 4.00 to 6.00pm in a selection of shorts titled Women Preyed.
On her last day alive Ferida tells us the poignant story of her life-long secret. Always the drudge, the stay at home sister pushed to the side, it unfolds that she found true love under every one's nose. Set in 1968 with flashbacks to the Ottoman Empire in 1915 a Flock of Birds is a lyrical tale by Victoria Harwood Butler-Sloss that explores the many aspects of love while celebrating the beauty and sexuality of women at all ages.
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Gibrahayer Calendar
Sunday 19 March at 1:00 pm - Michink, organised by the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) Cyprus "Sosse" Chapter at Homenetmen - AYMA.
Sunday 26 March -Homenetmen - AYMA SOUVLA. Details to follow.
Wednesday 29 March at 8:00 pm - The Cyprus chapter of Hamazkayin Cultural Association will present its third Cultural Evening.
Vartan Tashdjian will present Vahram Mavian and Alice Ayvazian will present the musical heritage of Komitas. Wine and finger food will be served. Entrance €7.
Saturday 1 April at 7:00 pm - Michink organised by the Sourp Stepanos Church at Larnaca Nareg school Hall. Entrance €7. For children €5. Drinks free. You can sign up with Der Mashdots Ashkarian 99465818, Elo 99344909, Adour 99880226, Shant 99943004.
Friday, 7 April at 09:00 am - Annual address of the Armenian Representative in the Cyprus Parliament. The event is open to the public.
Sunday 9 April - Dzaghgazart.
Sunday 9 April 4.30 pm - Armenian Relief Society (HOM) Cyprus "Sosse" Chapter's Easter Tea at Europa Hotel, Nicosia.
Thursday 13 April - Avak Hinkshapti.
Friday 14 April - Avak Ourpat.
Sunday 16 April - Armenian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox Easter.
Wednesday 19 April at 8:00pm - Hamazkayin's literary evening. Details to follow.
Saturday 22 April 3-6pm at Nareg School Nicosia - Blood donation in memory of the Armenian Genocide.
Sunday, 23 April at 9:15 am - Cycling in Memory of the Victims of the Armenian Genocide. Route: Start from the Armenian Church, 47 Armenia Avenue, Strovolos, cycle towards Eleftheria Square, Aghlantzia and return to the starting point. Estimated distance and cycling speed: 20km at 12km/hr suitable for all ages and abilities. Closing ceremony: 11:30 am. Organizer: Cyprus Committee for Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide
For information call: Khatchig Kelenjian 99-979128 or Vicken Sarkissian 99-219767.
Sunday, 23 April at 9:30 am - Divine Liturgy and memorial service for 1,500,000 victims of the Armenian Genocide at Sourp Asdvadzadzin Cathedral in Nicosia.
► Sunday, 23 April at 5:30 pm - Nicosia City Centre: Procession from Nicosia city centre (opposite Zena Palace parking lot) to the Limassol Avenue/Armenias Street junction and then at 7:00 pm along Armenias street to the Armenian Cathedral in Acropolis where at 7:30 pm Commemoration Ceremony will take place. Laying of wreaths and flowers at the Genocide martyrs’ memorial monument, followed by Holy Liturgy.
Wednesday 26 April at 7:30 pm - Painting and Drawing Exhibition by Aznive Papazian at Gloria Gallery at 3, Zenonos Sozou, 1075 Nicosia, Telephone: 22762605. Email address: - Facebook: Gloria Gallery. The exhibition will be opened by the artist Andreas Charalambous. Duration: 26.4 – 9.5.2017. You can visit the exhibition from Monday to Friday 10:30-12:45 and 5:30-8:00pm every day, while on Saturday the Gallery will be open from 10:30 - 12:45.
Thursday, 27 April at 7:30pm - Book presentation of I.K. Xasiotis “Αδελφά έθνη εν μέσω θυέλλης” ΑΡΜΕΝΙΟΙ ΚΑΙ ΕΛΛΗΝΕΣ ΣΤΙΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΕΣ ΚΡΙΣΕΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΑΝΑΤΟΛΙΚΟΥ ΖΗΤΗΜΑΤΟΣ (1856-1914), at Cyprus University, Hall 010, Social Activity Centre, Aglantzia, organized by the Cyprus University and the Armenian Representative Office.
Image result for khachkar newSunday 30 April - Sunday 30 April at 6:30pm – Paphos Memorial Park: Inauguration of the “Armenian Genocide Park” and the unveiling of the Cross-stone “Khatchkar”, organized by Paphos Municipality, the Armenian Representative in the Cyprus Parliament, the Armenian community of Paphos, with the participation of Hamazkayin’s “Sipan” and "Ani" Dance Ensembles, Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church Choir and Homenetmen - AYMA 77 Scouts.
Monday 1 May at 12:00 - Picnic / BBQ at Melkonian grounds (behind the boy's building) €10 per person. €5 for children 6-12. Water, Soft drinks and beer will be sold on the spot. Reservations until 26 April to: Maral 99469634, Lora 99922741, Hayarpi 99408286, Hoorig 99555363.
Sunday 7 May - HMEM - AYMA details to follow.
Sunday 14 May - Magaravank Pilgrimage.
Saturday 20 May - Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association Cyprus "Oshagan" Chapter's Sipan and Nanor Dance Ensemble's annual performance at Strovolos Municipality in Nicosia.
Saturday 27 May - May 28 Armenian independence celebrations in Cyprus.
Wednesday 31 May - Annual AGM of Armenian Relief Society (HOM) Cyprus "Sosse" Chapter at Homenetmen - AYMA.
Sunday 23 July - Khanasor anniversary commemorated by ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Cyprus Gomideh and affiliate organisations at Troodos.
August - AYF Camp in Troodos. Final dates to be announced shortly.
August - Open day for parents and community members, lunch and closing ceremony of AYF Camp in Troodos. Final dates to be announced shortly.
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On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the assassination of the Editor of Agos Hrant Dink, a commemorative event took place in Nicosia on Saturday 28 January, which was organised by the Armenian National Committee of Cyprus and the Armenian Youth Federation.
Garen Zartarian of the Armenian Youth Federation as well as Turkish-Cypriot journalist Mine Balman addressed the 10-year memorial event in Nicosia.
Click here to listen to unger Garen Zartarian's speech.
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Vahan Zanoyan is a writer, traveler, global energy consultant, retired executive, and anti-trafficking advocate. He has published two volumes of poetry in Armenian, Veratarts 2010) and Yezren Tours (2011); and three novels in English, A Place Far Away (2013) and The Doves of Ohanavank (2014), both of which were inspired by a chance meeting with a young victim of sex trafficking, and The Sacred Sands (2016). The first two novels have been translated into Armenian and published in Yerevan.
Prior to retiring, Zanoyan served as global energy consultant to numerous international and national oil companies, banks, and other private and public organizations throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Latin America. He also served as a senior economic and oil policy advisor to many oil producing governments. His third novel, The Sacred Sands, is based on his personal experiences as a global energy consultant.
Editor’s Note: Zanoyan donates all the proceeds from his books to various organizations that fight sex trafficking and support victims of trafficking and domestic violence in Armenia. His English books are available in both paperback and Kindle on Amazon. The Armenian books are available in major bookstores in Yerevan.

You can read his exclusive interview to Gibrahayer E-Magazine here:
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Hamazkayin’s "Ani" Dance Ensemble, of the growing Armenian community of Paphos, who after their practice session with Director / Choreographer of Hamazkayin Cyprus Koko Keleshian, visited our center Homenetmen-AYMA and spent the afternoon with members of the AYF Badanegan and AYF Yerdasartagan.
On Sunday 30th April there will be a Khatchkar (cross-stone) unveiling ceremony of a park in Paphos. By a decision of the Paphos Municipality, the park will be named “Armenian Genocide Park”.
A cultural program will take place with the participation of Hamazkayin's “Sipan” and "Ani" Dance Ensemble of Paphos.
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... meanwhile in warmongering "democratic" Azerbaijan ... President Ilham Aliyev appointed his wife as Vice-President of the country.
Addressing the President in front of the local media Mehriban Aliyeva said ... “Mr President, I express my deep gratitude to you for this high confidence in me. Your assistance and your support stand behind each success and each achievement of mine."

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