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QATAR TO ABOLISH VISAS FOR ARMENIAN CITIZENS

Armenia’s President Armen Sargsyan held a private meeting on Tuesday with Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Armen Sargsyan

Mr Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani congratulated Armenia’s president on his arrival in Qatar and on the opening of Armenia’s Embassy in that country. He pointed out excellent bilateral relations.

Armen Sargsyan
Armen Sargsyan

President Armen Sargsyan thanked the Emir of Qatar for the abolishing visas for Armenian citizens. According to him, the decision will strengthen the bilateral ties in a number of fields.

Armen Sargsyan
Armen Sargsyan

The sides also discussed the possibility Armenian students’ studies in Doha.

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FORMER US AMBASSADOR TO ARMENIA WITNESSED PRESIDENT TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT

US President Donald Trump does not live in peace. For months now, Democrats have threatened him with impeachment.

And now, well-known Marie Yovanovitch is among the few witnesses against Trump. She is well remembered in Armenia. For three years (2008-11), the American, who was fluent in Russian, was in Armenia as the US ambassador, but she could not find a common language with the Armenians on the main problem: the recognition of Genocide. So she played along and refused to call the Medz Yeghern — the Turkish Holocaust of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915–23 — a “genocide”,  as many diplomats did.

Her stance has been repeatedly criticized by the Armenian community of the United States, which is not afraid of political pressure – after all, Yovanovitch received a salary including their taxes. Later, a confidential report by Yovanovitch titled “Experience Engaging Diaspora Communities — Armenia.” Uncovered by WikiLeaks, in which she criticized the Armenian Diaspora.

So, this ambiguous lady is now testifying against Trump, accusing him of corruption schemes, for which she has already received an angry retaliatory tweet.

And do you know who is presenting Yovanovitch to the American people as a star witness — as his star-chamber witness –  Adam Schiff. The same Adam Schiff was elected to represent the congressional district that proudly boasts the largest Armenian-American population of any district in America.

So, we may wonder whether, amid her tears, Yovanovitch finally will find a way to mouth the word “genocide”.

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FACTS PROVE SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM’S CLOSE CONTACTS WITH TURKEY

Armenian Center For American Studies (ACAS) has published a number of facts proving U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s close contacts with Turkey.

FACTS PROVE SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM’S CLOSE CONTACTS WITH TURKEY

It was he who blocked the Armenian Genocide Resolution.

FACTS PROVE SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM’S CLOSE CONTACTS WITH TURKEY

First, in 2016, Graham was actively sponsored by Halil Mutlu, Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s cousin. He is a Turkish lobbyist and was chair of the Türken Foundation, which is thought to be closely tied to and probably sponsored by the Turkish Government.

In 2014, Halil met with Michael Pence, back then Governor of Indiana, and currently U.S. Vice-President. It is in Indiana that Turkish lobbyists are active.

In 2016, Graham received funds from the Turkish businessman Murat Güzel, who donated $18,900 on his behalf and on behalf of his family.

This year, Graham has received $5,000 from the local office of the Turkish Coalition committee.

Representatives of the Turkish lobbying firm Greenberg Traurig LLC are maintaining close contacts with Senator Lindsey Graham as well.  

More and more questions about Mr Graham are arising.

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SASNA TSRER STAGES PROTEST IN FRONT OF RUSSIAN EMBASSY

About an hour ago, members of the Sasna Tsrer organization staged a protest in front of the Russian Embassy in Yerevan.

They demand punishment of Alexey Vinogradov, a member of the City duma of Armavir, Krasnodar region, Armenia.

SASNA TSRER STAGES PROTEST IN FRONT OF RUSSIAN EMBASSY

A few days ago, he poured black paint on the memorial plaque to Garegin Nzhdeh, near the local Armenian church. He explained his action by authorities’ inaction.

We are expecting the Kuban authorities’ response.

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ARMENIA’S SPECIAL INVESTIGATION SERVICE DETAINS EX-MP AND HIS SON

The ex-MP and Director of the MAP CJSC Alexan Petrosyan and his son have been detained.

They are facing money-laundering charges.

From 2003 to 2017, Mr Petrosyan was a Parliament member from the then ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA).

According to the preliminary information, his detention is part of the criminal charges against Armenia’s ex-minister of nature protection Aram Harutyunyan.

According to a later report, the lawyer appealed against the arrest warrant on Mr Petrosyan and his son, and they were released.

No official comments are yet available.

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PAYLAN COMMENTS ON TURKISH PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT: ERDOGAN PRAISING GENOCIDE

On his Twitter page, Garo Paylan, a Turkish MP of the Armenian descent, commented on a notorious statement by Turkish President Recep Erdogan in the U.S.

PAYLAN COMMENTS ON TURKISH PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT: ERDOGAN PRAISING GENOCIDE

“The Armenian people had lived in this land with other peoples for thousands of years. It (the Armenian people) created civilization in all the cities it lived. However, Erdogan claims Armenians were a nomadic tribe that migrated to other regions. Genocide-denier Erdogan is actually praising genocide,” Paylan said.

PAYLAN COMMENTS ON TURKISH PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT: ERDOGAN PRAISING GENOCIDE

During his visit to the U.S. the Turkish president claimed Armenians lived as nomads in the Ottoman Empire.

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ARMENIANS, KURDS MEET TURKISH PRESIDENT WITH PROTESTS IN U.S.

A controversial visit has taken place: Turkish President Recep Erdoğan has arrived in the U.S.

As expected, he was met with protests, showing he was an unwanted guest.

The need for actions of protest was discussed a few days ago, and the protests did take place.

ARMENIANS, KURDS MEET TURKISH PRESIDENT WITH PROTESTS IN U.S.

Armenians played a key role in the action. The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) joined the Kurds, Assyrians and other ethnicities in protest.

The Turkish president’s last visit to the U.S. was far from being a peaceful one: his bodyguards assaulted the protestors and even clashed with the U.S. police. 

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ARMENIA TO TAKE OUT €45.8M LOAN TO REDUCE BUDGET DEFICIT

At its meeting on Thursday, Armenia’s cabinet approved a loan agreement with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).

The loan is for developing fiscal and economic policies and the public sector.

RA First Deputy Minister of Finance Karen Brutyan explained that the funds will be used to reduce the budget deficit.

The loan is intended for trade development, enhancing capital expenditure efficiency, justice system improvement and corruption control.

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ARMENIA’S PREMIER EXPRESSES SUPPORT TO NOUVELLES D’ARMÉNIE IN PARIS

Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held meetings with representatives of religious and secular Armenian organizations in France.

Addressing Mr Ara Toranian, Editor-in-Chief of the Nouvelles d’Arménie magazine, Mr Pashinyan expressed his concern over the recent incident at the editorial office and hope that the crime will be solved and the culprits held responsible.

“You should know that we are with you in all possible ways, including morally. We highly appreciate the magazine’s activities,” the Armenian premier said.

The Paris office of the French-language magazine Nouvelles d’Armenie was ransacked last month. The criminals broke into its editorial offices in Paris and stole three computers and one camera. The computers, which had no particular market value, contained materials for the next issue and some sensitive information (address files, interviews off the record, etc.).

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ARTSAKH PUB STAFF DENIES ARMENIAN NA SPEAKER’S MUSIC REQUEST

A few days ago Armenia’s political elite went to Artsakh to enjoy the wedding of Armen Grigoryan, Secretary of the RA National Security Council.

The wedding celebrations proved a great event, with Armenia’s Premier Nikol Pashinyan and his family as principal guests.

“But what about an after-party?” thought RA Parliament Speaker Ararat Mirzoyan and his wife. Immediately after the wedding they made their way to the pub “Bardak” (which can be translated as “Mess”).

However, the pub staff did not support the couple’s initiative. They explained to Mr Mirzoyan that the law prohibited playing music aloud after 11:00p.m.

“The pub name does not at all mean it must really be a mess,” the pub owner Azat Adamyan wrote on his Facebook message.

Arstakh means principles superior to anything else – even in “Bardak”.