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Dubai Based Company to Build 400 MW of Solar Systems in Armenia

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armenia-sceneThe Abu Dhabi-based clean energy group has entered into a formal agreement with an investment fund to develop 400 MW of PV capacity in Armenia, with a projected investment of up to $320 million.

Masdar and the Armenian National Interests Fund (ANIF) cemented their plans to cooperate this past weekend in Abu Dhabi by entering into a formal agreement to develop 400 MW of solar PV capacity in Armenia, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in July.

ANIF, a state-owned foreign direct investment vehicle, said that the deal with the United Arab Emirates-based clean energy developer will lead to “an investment of between $300 million and $320 million.”

Ground-mounted and floating PV

The first part of the deal involves the construction of a 200 MW solar plant in western Armenia, using bifacial technology. However, the broader agreement also includes the development, construction, operation, and maintenance of ground-mounted PV installations, floating solar arrays, and wind farms, ANIF said. The original MoU in the summer only outlined plans for 200 MW of utility-scale PV and 100 MW of floating solar.

The pace of progress is impressive, according to Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, who described Armenia as “a fast-growing economy with an increasingly open and supportive environment for inward investment.” He said these conditions were an “important reason why we have been able to move forward in our partnership with ANIF so swiftly.”

“Our two teams have gelled as a single unit over the past few months, and I am happy to report that we have sent a highly competitive written proposal to the government of Armenia which outlines the details of the 400 MW of solar PV that we are jointly proposing,” added David Papazian, CEO of ANIF.

The companies have yet to disclose the rate at which the proposed projects will sell electricity to the grid, which is the single buyer. But the agreement is good news for Armenia, which needs to attract foreign capital. However, one drawback is that the deal downplays competition because the generation tariff will be determined by negotiations with Armenia’s government, rather than through a competitive process such as an auction.

Last year, Spanish developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), which is part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, won a tender to build a 55 MW solar plant in Armenia. It agreed to sell the electricity to the distribution grid at a bidding price of AMD 20.11 ($0.046)/kWh.

It is expected that the tariff for Masdar’s 200 MW plant will be lower than FRV’s project. That will only become clear if the agreed rate is publicly disclosed after a deal is finalized with the Armenian government. However, Masdar did not publicly disclose the tariff for another 200 MW solar project in Jordan that it agreed to develop back in 2016.

Armenia’s PV sector

Armenia has about 50 MW of solar capacity in operation at present, with another 250 MW approved for construction, ANIF said, noting that an additional 700 MW is planned for development. In August, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) also revealed that it is seeking consultants to set up tenders for five large-scale PV projects in Armenia. The projects will range in size from 5 MW to 19.4 MW.

Armenia’s cumulative installed capacity is about 2.8 GW, spread equally across nuclear, hydro and gas power plants. However, given an anticipated increase in electricity demand, the country is now trying to exploit renewable energy sources and ease its dependence on imported fuel. The government has therefore pledged to generate 30% of its electricity from renewable energy systems by 2025, with “the potential to integrate as much as 1,000 MW of solar energy,” according to ANIF.

Armenia receives an estimated 1,720 kWh of solar energy per square meter, while many of its 200-plus rivers and lakes are also suitable surfaces for floating PV projects.

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What the U.S. House’s Impeachment Inquiry Wouldn’t Ask

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What the U.S. House’s Impeachment Inquiry Wouldn’t AskWhat the U.S. House’s Impeachment Inquiry Wouldn’t Ask

Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

                                                       By David Boyajian  

 

Turkey, the increasingly wayward NATO member, has been making more national and international headlines than usual.

On Oct. 29, for instance, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed (405-11) Resolution 296.  It recognized the Armenian, Assyrian, Greek, and other Christian genocides committed by Turkey.

A contentious, widely criticized White House meeting involving President Trump, Turkey’s autocratic President Erdogan, and Republican senators then took place on Nov. 13.

Two days later, Marie L. Yovanovitch, dismissed by President Trump in May of 2019 as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, testified on national TV before the House Select Committee on Intelligence’s impeachment inquiry.  Her dismissal, she alleged, occurred because Trump attorney and confidant Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump Jr., Fox News hosts, and others had been slandering her as disloyal to the president.

There are intriguing links among the House’s Genocide resolution, the Trump-Erdogan-Senators meeting, and Yovanovitch who was Pres. George W. Bush’s (“Bush II”) Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia.

What no Democratic or Republican committee member dared ask Yovanovitch — and what she didn’t wish to discuss — was her apparent 13-year-long failure to criticize the scandalous dismissal and forced early retirement of a fine American diplomat, John Marshall Evans.

Evans was Bush II’s ambassador to Armenia (June 2004 to Sept. 2006).  Yovanovitch followed him in that post (Sept. 2008 to June 2011).

Due to senators’ revulsion at Evans’ dismissal, the ambassadorship stood empty for two years.

Armenian American communities always host U.S. ambassadors to Armenia.  In February of 2005, Amb. Evans told them, “I will today call it the Armenian Genocide” because “it is unbecoming of us as Americans to play word games.”

It was an honest admission of America’s 90-year-long recognition of Turkey’s extermination (1915-23) of 1.5 million Armenian Christians.  But the State Dept. disliked Evans’ use of the word “genocide.”  Turkey cried foul too.

At Turkey’s insistence, the State Dept. tells American diplomats and presidents to avoid the G word (genocide) regarding the Armenian extermination.  Such spinelessness, while typical of the State Dept.’s traditional obsequiousness towards Turkey, is a disgrace.

Yet Amb. Evans was simply echoing, as but one example, President Reagan’s Proclamation 4838 in 1981 which cited “the genocide of Armenians.”

Regrettably, post-Reagan presidential statements commemorating the Genocide have avoided the G word.  They employ euphemisms such as “annihilation,” “forced exile and murder,” “infamous killings,” “terrible massacres,” and “marched to their death.”

However, House resolutions in 1996 (Res.3540), 1984 (Res.247), and 1975 (Res.148) affirmed the Armenian “genocide.”

Perhaps more significantly, a U.S. filing in 1951 with the International Court of Justice (“World Court”) cited “the Turkish massacre of the Armenians” as “genocide.”

Use of the G word remains important for legal reasons because it is defined in the UN Genocide Convention/Treaty of 1948 which most countries have signed.

Amb. Evans Punished

Amb. Evans was nevertheless forced to issue a clarification in late February of 2005 for uttering the G word.  But the State Dept. didn’t like its wording.  So it wrote a clarification of the clarification and ordered Evans to sign it.  Though Evans bravely toiled on, his 33-year career was in jeopardy.

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) has over 16,000 current and retired Foreign Service members.  In 2005, after Amb. Evans had uttered the G word, AFSA announced he would receive its prestigious “Constructive Dissent Award.”

The award recognizes “initiative, integrity, intellectual courage and constructive dissent” and diplomats who “question the status quo and take a stand no matter the sensitivity of the issue or the consequences” and “stick his/her neck out.”  Perfect descriptions of Amb. Evans.

But Turkish anger and Bush II’s State Dept. bullied AFSA into withdrawing the award.  AFSA’s excuse: Evans’ “genocide” dissent hadn’t gone through official channels.  Had Evans done so, though, his entreaty would surely have wound up in a shredder.

Cong. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) blasted the AFSA for setting “a terrible example.”  The award “was taken from [Evans] because of politics and denial.”

Compare Evans’ courage with Yovanovitch’s publicly bemoaning her recall from Ukraine.  Still a State Dept. employee, she’s now a Senior State Dept. Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

Her predecessor Amb. Evans, in contrast, was driven into early retirement in 2006 by the White House.  “Born-again Christian” Bush II kowtowed to Turkish pressure over the genocide of a Christian nation.

In 2008, Bush II nominated Yovanovitch as Ambassador to Armenia.  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee conducted her confirmation hearing.

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and others were upset that neither Yovanovitch nor Bush II would acknowledge the annihilation of Armenians as “genocide.”  She also incorrectly testified that no president had cited the killings of Armenians as “genocide.”  As we know, Pres. Reagan did so in 1981.

After a brutal battle, the Senate nevertheless confirmed her in August of 2008.

As ambassador to Armenia, Yovanovitch was reportedly asked whether she’d acknowledge the Armenian Genocide if the president were to do so.  One would assume she’d simply say yes.  Instead, she dodged the question.

An “ambassador serves his president and may be recalled at any time and for any reason [emphasis added],” she replied. “It fully depends on the president.”

If Yovanovitch really believed that, why is she grumbling about being recalled from Ukraine?

Indeed, newly-elected presidents including Obama and Trump usually require current ambassadors to submit their resignations.  Perhaps Obama-appointee (Aug. 2016) Yovanovitch should be grateful that Trump kept her on for 28 months.

Yovanovitch visited Armenian American communities in 2009.  She again frustrated them with evasive answers about the Genocide and the conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijan over Armenian-majority Karabagh/Artsakh.  I attended one such visit in Arlington, Mass.

And, apparently, Yovanovitch has never commented on Amb. Evans’ dismissal.

The largely unheralded John Evans stands head and shoulders above Yovanovitch, a media darling.

Obama and Other Flip-Floppers

As a presidential candidate in 2008, Senator Obama and his soon-to-be National Security Council member and UN Ambassador Samantha Power promised Armenian Americans to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide if he became president.  Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Problem from Hell (2002) devoted chapter 1 to the Armenian Genocide.

Yet President Obama and Power later avoided the G word.

When Hillary Clinton became Obama’s Secretary of State (2009-13), she flip-flopped too.  She avoided the G word that she’d used as a New York senator and 2008 presidential candidate.

In 2010, Sec. Clinton laid flowers at Armenia’s Genocide Memorial.  She stressed, however, that her stealthy visit was merely “private,” not official.

Yet she and Presidents Clinton, Bush II, and Obama have officially paid their respects at the Kemal Ataturk mausoleum/memorial in Ankara, Turkey.  Ataturk was the Turkish leader who continued the Genocide against Armenians and Christian Greeks and Assyrians from 1919 onwards.

While they avoid the G word for the Armenian Genocide, these top American leaders are comfortable honoring a Turkish genocidist.

The Armenian Genocide is nearly universally accepted by expert historians, despite Turkey’s absurd denials.  Indeed, for one hundred years, historians have possessed Turkish telegrams that explicitly ordered mass murder.  These have been proven, yet again, to be absolutely genuine.

Like his immediate predecessors, Pres. Trump has avoided the G word.  But he has called the Armenian Genocide “mass atrocities” and (as did Obama) “Medz Yeghern” (Armenian for Great Crime).

Some impeachment inquiry members knew all about Yovanovitch’s failure to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide and Evans’ dismissal and coerced retirement.  Had they brought it up, however, they would have been walking through political minefields.

Political Minefields

Republican committee members could easily have damaged Yovanovitch’s credibility. They could have revealed her evasions regarding the Armenian Genocide in her 2008 confirmation hearing and her apparent ongoing failure to express dismay at Evans’ dismissal from the post she inherited.  Yet they failed to bring any of this up.

After all, it was Bush II, a Republican, who dismissed Amb. Evans, appointed Yovanovitch, failed (as has Trump) to recognize the Armenian Genocide, and pressured AFSA to rescind its award to Evans.  Plus, Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois withdrew an Armenian Genocide resolution in 2000, partly at the behest of former Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.

As for Democrats, committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) represents a sizeable Armenian constituency in Los Angeles.  He knows Yovanovitch’s record very well.  But Democratic presidents Clinton and Obama themselves avoided the G word.  So Schiff said nothing.  Moreover, in 2007 Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) withdrew an Armenian Genocide resolution.

Hence, the impeachment inquiry committee didn’t broach the Yovanovitch/Evans issue even though Turkish and Armenian issues were simultaneously swirling around Washington.

And, of course, had questions about Evans led to the hypocritical roles of the Jewish lobby and Israel in deny/diminishing, and defeating resolutions on, the Armenian Genocide, Congress would have been highly embarrassed.

U.S. Senate Resolution

The Senate has a pending Genocide resolution (Res.150) identical to that the House just passed.

But GOP Senators Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, David Purdue of Georgia, James Risch of Idaho, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have blocked a vote on it.

President Erdogan is undoubtedly threatening the White House over the resolution and other issues.  It doesn’t help that Pres. Trump’s investments in Turkey constitute, in his own words, “a little conflict of interest.”

On May 11, 1920 the Republican majority Senate passed Resolution 359 on the “massacres and other atrocities from which the Armenian people have suffered.” The resolution couldn’t use the G word because it was coined only in 1944 by Raphael Lemkin.  He recognized Turkey’s extermination of Armenians as a seminal genocide and drafted the UN Genocide Convention/Treaty.

Few Americans know that Presidents Cleveland, Harrison, McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Harding, and Hoover also condemned the atrocities Turkey perpetrated against Armenians and others over decades.

Why It Matters

Does any of this matter?

Aside from moral and humanitarian considerations, yes.

The Caucasus — Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia — remains a geopolitical hotspot and a major flash point between the U.S. and Russia.  Much is at stake.

Turkey has threatened Armenia, sometimes with genocidal memes, since the latter’s independence in 1991.

Armenia’s 2 million or so Christians are trapped between hostile Turkey and Azerbaijan with their combined 90 million populations.  Turkey and Azerbaijan are allies.  Moreover, Israel and the powerful Jewish lobby are allies of Azerbaijan and unfriendly to Armenia.

Armenia’s existence, therefore, is continually in peril.  It’s a major reason why Armenia allies itself with Russia, the nearest major Christian power.

Armenia has also excellent relations with the U.S. and Europe.

But when American presidents and the State Dept. play word games with the Armenian Genocide, this does not reassure Armenia, which must draw negative conclusions about America’s trustworthiness and intentions.

That, in turn, is not in America’s interests.

In 2008, Cong. Jim Costa (D-CA) wrote the following to Yovanovitch:

“Denying a traumatic event such as genocide, one cannot create, nor implement, honest and effective diplomacy.”

Those words ring truer than ever.

Many of the author’s articles can be found at http://www.armeniapedia.org/wiki/David_Boyajian.

Interview with Khatchig Mouradian on the Armenian Genocide Resolution

Family Heritage in Turkey: Armenian Lady at 84 to apply to EHCR

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Araksi Demirciyan's family heritage document Armenian TranslationAraksi Demirciyan's family heritage

The 84-Year-old Armenian grandma wants to apply to the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) to get her family heritage back in turkey. 84-Year-old Araksi Demirchyan, who lives alone in Armenia, would like to plea to the Armenian Prime Minister and the ECHR, hoping to get back the property of her mother and grandmother. Grandma Araksi, who wants to get her family heritage in Turkey back today, keeps her family heritage Ottoman documents in her closet together with their translation.

Araksi Demirchyan’s mother, Mariam Kachikyan Demirchyan, who had been keeping her deeds documents in a box, spoke about these properties all life long, but her daughter found the documents only after her mother’s death, among her things.

After losing all the men of her family in the city of Elazig in kharpert (Harput), Martha, the great-grandmother of the family, ran away to Aleppo with her three daughters. The house and land ownership affidavit of deeds documents, registered to both her and her daughter in Turkey, were verified in Aleppo in 1929. Mrs. Martha petitioned the authorities to claim her rights to her property in her and her daughter’s name but failed.

According to the data documents of the registrar of 1929 in Turkey, these deeds of Mariam Kachikyan have a value estimated at 8.300 Lira, and Martha Kachikyan’s deeds have a value estimated of 9.700 Lira. Araksi Demirchyan has applied all through the years with the goal of getting their family heritage property back in Turkey after getting detailed information about them. She has even appealed to lawyers by going to Turkey but didn’t reach a final result.

However, Ms. Araksi, who refuses to leave the property that belongs to her family and her to foreigners, is expecting the help of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. As a last resort, she plans to apply to the European Court of Human Rights(EHCR).

Syrian Documents for Araksi Demircyan ownership

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Little Armenia – L.A. Second Largest Armenian Population in The World

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Little Armenia

More Armenians now live outside Armenia, in cities around the world, than in it. This is the result of thousands of years of hardship: wars, revolutions, and genocide that have forced Armenians to disperse again and again as refugees. Armenian food culture reflects this dispersal, pulling from other traditions to produce a varied cuisine that changes from one community to another. But in L.A., which has the second-largest Armenian population in the world, many different generations of Armenians meet, bringing together the disparate cooking styles that millennia of unrest have brought about.

Lory Tatoulian: There are Armenians from all over the world, Iranian Armenians, Lebanese Armenians and Armenians from Armenia. We actually have one of the biggest diasporas. One of the cultural elements that bind all Armenians together is our love for food.
When you go to an Armenian home the entire dining room table will be filled with string cheese and cracker bread, pickles, and boreg and hummus and tabbouleh and they’re like screaming at the children to get out of the kitchen and meat coming from the oven. I mean it just like this Opera of food. It’s like this big production seriously.
Armenians have been living in California for a very long time. They basically helped create the agricultural community in the San Joaquin Valley. Los Angeles has the biggest population of Armenians outside of Armenia.

Jack Torosian: All right, guys, come on in. This is the kitchen where everything happens. She’s making the traditional Armenian Pounchig’s cream, it takes hard steering. Papillon International Bakery is a traditional Armenian bakery that’s been turned into a fusion with everything else that’s around us, for us one of the more basic Armenian copper food has been parash ponchick is originally from Poland, but Armenians took it and made it into our own the ponchicks now, we have 18 different flavors, which include dulce de leche with the Spanish twist vegan flavors. We don’t make anything until it’s ordered. We give them the freshest the best tasting parash ponchick they could ever had in their lives.

Rose Tcholakian: Every time I like something I remember either my mother or my mother-in-law, I’ve learned from them.

Mike Tcholakian: In 1975 the Civil War started in Beirut Lebanon. We arrived in LA with nothing in our pockets. My father reassured my mother that with her home-style homie Armenian recipes they would succeed, and surely he was right.

Rose Tcholakian: Very thin, a very thin dough should be very thin to be crispy.

Mike Tcholakian: We have a huge variety of appetizers Mante are mini meat pies are known as grandmother’s cooking because it is very labor-intensive. Our Cuisine is a feasting type of Cuisine which compliments very well with live entertainment, dancing.

Lory Tatoulian: So where we are now with the Armenian Community is that it’s this Kaleidoscope of all these different Armenians living together here in LA.

Anto Ohannessian: For me, my customers are not just customers. I tell them to talk freely with me because I talk very freely with them. This establishment is the first Armenian Restaurant in Little Armenia. When it comes to food, we’re all very similar. We all eat shish kebabs.
Basically Armenians from the genocide when they scattered all over the world, my family went to Lebanon. Armenians from Lebanon we ate Falafel Shawarmas too.

Jack Torosian: When we initially started maybe 95% of our customers were Armenian at this point we have about 50% of other cultures walking into our stores and we’re very proud of that.

Anto Ohannessian: We’re getting American people Latin people, Asian people. They love our food just like we love their food. We want everybody to like this place.

Lory Tatoulian: Armenians we use food for every occasion to celebrate, mourn to express ourselves. We have lived all over the world and we’ve been neighbors with so many different cultures were bringing all the Cuisines of experience and we’re creating something new here in Los Angeles.

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Gevorg and Gohar Vartanyan: A Story of Former Russian Spies

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Gevorg and Gohar vartanyan
Gevorg and Gohar Vartanyan

Today, this story came to our attention, about an Armenian couple from Iran, Gevorg and Gohar Vartanyan AKA Henri and Anita: Hero and heroine spies of the Soviet Union who saved Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt from an attack plotted by Hitler.

The couple had a movie made about them “Tehran 43” starring French actor Alain Delon.

We just thought of sharing the Russian newspaper article with our dear readers, to remind you that our nation, is a very intelligent nation and that we shine in whatever path we choose to take in our lives. We just hope that one day, we all unite, and make our best efforts to serve the interests of our own and one and only Motherland Armenia.
Spy Anita or Gohar Vartanyan

Gohar Vartanyan left at the 94th year of life, Elena Chinkova of Komsomolskaya Pravda  writes: Farewell, Anita: the legendary Spy who saved Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt died

Gevork and Gohar Vartanyan, a married couple of prominent Soviet intelligence agents, were praised during their lives both on the pages of newspapers and books, and on screens. The film ” Tehran -43″, about the Soviet intelligence operation that saved the lives of Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt at the Tehran Conference, is about them.

Gevorg Vartanyan, the first illegal immigrant who received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union during his life, died in 2012. And on November 25, 2019, the 93-year-old Gohar also died.

– “Henri” and “Anita”: Gevorg and Gohar Vartanyan. He is a Hero of the Soviet Union! She is the heroine of all his accomplishments! He left first. Today she is gone, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service press bureau said on Monday.

Gohar Levonovna Vartanyan was born on January 25, 1926, in Armenia. Soon her family moved to Iran. At 16, she became a member of the anti-fascist group, where she met her future husband. Their famous pseudonyms were Henri and Anita. In 1943, this group worked to ensure the security of the Tehran Conference and helped prevent the Nazis from attempting the “troika”. She worked as an intelligence agent for 43 years in hundreds of countries around the world and was awarded the Order of the Battle Red Banner. In 1986, the Vartanyans returned to the Soviet Union.

Gevork’s fighting girlfriend will be buried next to him at the Troekurovsky cemetery.

Personal View on Gevorg and Gohar Vartanyan

Elena VAVILOVA, former spy:
“This is an example of the highest professional culture and dedication”

Komsomolskaya Pravda asked to share memories of Goar Elena Vavilova, a retired colonel of the SVR, who worked for a quarter of a century together with her husband Andrei Bezrukov, intelligence agents.

– Gohar was the representative of a whole galaxy of wonderful Soviet intelligence agents who worked in the difficult conditions of the Cold War. Despite the difficulties of this “male” profession, she knew how to be a charming woman and a fighting friend at the same time. Together with her husband, she was lucky to work for many years and not to know the bitterness of betrayal. Goar will remain an example of the highest professional culture and dedication for young employees of the Foreign Intelligence Service, ”said Elena Stanislavovna.

– Were you acquainted with her personally?

– We met at a festive event in the Service in 2010, I also talked to her on the phone a few months ago and asked me to write a preface to my novel “A Woman Who Can Keep Secrets,” but she, unfortunately, could not accept.

Watching the Gevorg and Gohar Vartanyan movie

The author of these lines was honored to watch in 2010 the film of the First Channel “True History. Tehran-43” together with the spouses Vartanyan on the site of “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”. They shot a tape where documentary shots interspersed with artistic fragments in Damascus. Then it was still calm, and the architecture seemed more suitable. The plans of the Nazis to destroy the leaders of the USSR, Britain and the USA in Moscow were known for six months.
Hitler’s favorite, “the man with a scar” Otto Skorzeny, commanded the operation, whose track record included the assassination of the Austrian chancellor and the release of Mussolini from captivity. On this occasion, the US president was even settled on the territory of the Soviet embassy, ​​from where he was led to the British diplomatic mission by a tarpaulin special corridor. Vartanyan’s Light Cavalry team calculated the German radio operators who arrived in Tehran, and they telegraphed to Berlin about the failure of the operation. And 400 German agents were immediately arrested.

“How could you let an invalid, a mustachioed sadist, and a fat drunkard conspire!” – The Führer stamped his feet in the film, learning about the failure. And Roosevelt radiated good nature: “Take pillows, bonnets and live with Stalin. There will be something to tell our grandchildren.”

Vartanyan, who had torn down the plans of the Nazis at that time, was only 19 years old. And at the show, he admitted that he regretted only one thing – always other people knitted the agents used by them.

Young Gohar carried cakes to her lover in prison and for the first time decided to talk about feelings after success in Tehran. In 1946, they got married in an Armenian church, and later they celebrated another wedding twice according to other passports.

During their life, Gevorg and Gohar Vartanyan had to master eight languages, but once there was a story with the Russian language when Goar thought that they were finished. Sitting under a hairdryer in a hairdressing salon, she forgot herself and shouted to her husband in Russian: “Zhora, wait, I’ll finish now!”. My husband immediately disappeared, and I am sitting and afraid to look around. But no one paid attention to us, fortunately, ”Goar Levonovna recalled at the premiere screening.

– Did you then feel like making a story? I asked Gevork Vartanyan.

Gevorg with Roosevelt's Granddaughter“Of course, I admit, I was bursting with pride,” the hero and the main critic of the film answered and told another curious circumspect point. True, this episode was not included in the film. – At one of the meetings of the conference, Roosevelt wrote a note to Churchill, who answered him. Stalin noticed this and ordered to find out what the Allies corresponded with. It turns out that Churchill was unbuttoned fly. And Roosevelt wrote to him: “Button up, otherwise the eagle will fly away.” And he replied: “The eagle is old, it will not fly away anywhere.”
By the way, in 2007, Churchill’s granddaughter personally came to the Vartanyans to thank for saving her grandfather from the Nazis.

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November 26 Proclaimed Harout Pamboukdjian Day in LA

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Los Angeles City Councilmember Monica Rodriguez proclaimed November 26, 2019, as Harout Pamboukdjian day in LA.


“I am proud to be joined today to honor Harout Pamboukdjian, an accomplished Armenian American Musician whose career spans over 40 years and 40 albums. Would you please help me by giving him a round of applause?

He was born in Yerevan Armenia in 1950 and was influenced by his mother’s love for music and singing. His family lived modestly and couldn’t always afford music lessons, but he continued to pursue his dream, becoming a great musician. He convinced his mother to buy him a guitar, but as a lefty, I’m a Lefty too, but as a lefty, he played it upside down, astonishing audiences, which earned him the nickname Lefty Harout.

At the age of 18, he formed a band called Erepouni in Armenia.However, being a young musician in Armenia, a country under Soviet rule, was nearly impossible, as the government filtered all the music on radio and television. Harout and his family left Armenia in 1975. And by 1976 Harout had taken Up residence in Los Angeles, in the heart of Little Armenia, in East Hollywood. Here in the United States, he had full artistic freedom to express himself. His unique manner of performance, and touching Soulful songs, have earned him the love of his fans regardless of their age or wherever they live. He is a global star within the Armenian communities across the world spanning generations of fans.

Why Harout Pamboukdjian Day

In 2000 the Los Angeles weekly did a story about Harout, calling him The Wedding Singer, recognizing how the star launched his career performing weddings and baptisms. in addition to being a musician, he has a long history of giving back to his community.
After the devastating earthquake in Armenia in 1988 that killed 25,000 people and left more than 500,000 homeless, he held a series of large-scale benefit concerts. Having witnessed the horrors and lived through the Civil War in Lebanon, he has always considered it his duty to use his artistic talent for the benefit of humanitarian initiatives.
As a descendant of survivors of the Armenian Genocide, he has continuously advocated for education, recognition, and prevention on the topic. Nearly 40 years after his arrival in the United States, Harout continues to sell out venues across the globe, including the Dolby Theater, and the Casino De Paris and the State Kremlin Palace.
I am so proud to declare today November 26th, 2019 as Harout Pamboukdjian Day in the city of Los Angeles. Congratulations.”

In May 2018, Harout Pamboukdjian was hospitalized, because of a scandalous act by some attention seekers, who were wearing t-shirts with Nikol Pashinyan’s portrait, and stood in front of the stage with their backs turned to him, showing their disrespect to Pamboukjian. Aypoupen had expressed sympathy and apologized on behalf of all Armenians with the hashtag #RespectHarout. More about the story read here.

What was more touching was all the comments and messages that were posted on our article, by all the fans who still respected and loved him, and we would like to share some with you:

Hasmig Matossian wrote:
Shame on the protestors shame on everyone who touches our culture…artists…and the good things that we enjoy. Leaders come and go, but nations are there. Apostles, bishops, Catholicosates come and go but the church is there. We respect all our leaders at times when they r there. Good works enter history …others vanish but beware touch our culture and good works…we LOVE you Harout in all situation…just ignore and go on our Legend+++

Lida Nazari wrote: …Love you and respect you Harout. And for all of you my AIR HEAD people I love you too. This is the only way our people can get things done.

Suzanne Etyemezian-Arzoumanian wrote:
Sireli Harout toun patsarigue es,I Love you ,shad ,shad neghoutian mech e’n & mi veravorvir,bidi hasguenank irents vijague,nouine Sirounshoyin,yev lavakouin voraguove shad partser ourish yerkichnerine,we love you Harout,medigue ere’ incher gue khossin ,tourkeroun gue nmantsenen,im shad sireli goussaktsoutiounes,Tashnaguetsoutiounes

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“Body Talks” Exclusive Analyses with body Language expert Hagop Makdis

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“Body Talks”, Exclusive Show with body Language expert Hagop Makdis

Dear followers, we would love to introduce you to our new project: “Body Talks”, an exclusive series on Aypoupen, that will be executed in collaboration with Body Language expert Hagop Makdis. The project will be presented in episodes, in which he will explain the body language of active Political figures, and how they express themselves on their political paths. The first Episode will analyze the body language of Prime Minister Pashinyan.
Communicating consists of 55% of body language; “Body Talks” will explain the body language and gestures, and how they correspond with speech, especially those that have negative or positive effects on communication.

Hagop Makdis is a Master Trainer of NLP and communication skills, an expert in nonverbal communication. Graduated with MSc in Bioresources management from Yerevan State University.
He is a Trainer in “EQ and practical NLP” and “Sales and Communications” available at Slice Academy and STC Armenia.

Watch “Body Talks” episode 1

Body Talks Show Rules

It is essential that you take the following into consideration:
We don’t have personal or political gains.
We don’t have personal or political issues with political parties or their members.
We are only going to discuss their body language.

Body Language of PM Pashiniyan in Paris

Body language analyses of Nikol Pashinyan
Body language analyses of Nikol Pashinyan

On the 11th of November 2019, Prime Minister of Armenia Mr. Nikol Pashinyan visited Paris. He was greeted by the French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, later he participated at the opening ceremony of the Paris Peace Forum.

Upon arriving, Prime Minister Pashinyan gets out of the car and approaches Macron with confident steps. While they are walking towards each other, PM Pashinyan reaches out his hand to shake Mr. Macron’s hand. This shows that he was longing to see him, he missed him and wanted to greet him warmly.

While shaking hands, and hugging you can see Macron’s left hand is higher than Pashinyan’s left hand. From this it is possible to conclude that:
The French president is on his land and feels confident there as a landowner.
The video also shows that Pashinyan is in no hurry to leave Macron’s hand.
He firmly holds Macron’s right hand in his left-hand grip, continuing to shake until Macron pulls his hand.
Macron then puts his left hand behind Pashinyan’s back and they both walk towards the entrance, pausing for a moment for the media.
By holding PM Pashinyan’s back, the French President seems to indicate that he has the authority and that PM Pashinyan is the guest.

Pashinyan’s body language with the Journalist from Azerbaijan

When Mr. Pashinyan heard the journalist say that he is from Azerbaijan, he smiled. This smile was not an expression of happiness, it was just a protocol, acknowledging that he is participating in the Paris Peace Forum, he had to remain calm with the journalists.
When Pashinyan starts looking for a pen, interestingly the journalist offers him his own pen, the act that Pashinyan accepts warmly, expressing peace and appreciation. Here PM Pashinyan succeeds in showing self-confidence and a peaceful mindset.

Pashinyan at the 40th UNESCO General Conference

Mr. Pashinyan had an interview at the 40th UNESCO General Conference, where he was carefully watching the gestures of the journalist, watching his hands’ movements and listening to him carefully. They both were standing in the same manner, and PM Pashinyan answered confidently, using his body language, hands, eye contact, and facial expressions, leaving the journalist in deep thoughts where we see him putting his index fingers together.

Speech for The Armenian Community

The Prime Minister spoke in front of the religious and civil organizations of the Armenian community in France. We can see that he has a big, happy smile on his face, looking at everyone and making eye contact. He expressed his gratitude to everyone and concentrated on the Diaspora.
At the end of his speech, we can see that he bends his head slightly to the side and front, this shows humility and pride simultaneously.

Dinner with French Armenian Community

Nikol Pashinyan-like-thumbs-up next to his wifeAfter a 30-minute speech, Pashinyan started answering the questions of representatives of the Armenian community in France.
He spoke about education, to help make his speech more visual, he uses his right hand.
In the course of his speech, he picks up the bread, trying to explain his idea, and then looks at his wife, Mrs. Anna, who has a fake smile on her face at that instant. But that smile is not supportive, as she is covering her mouth and nose with her hand, showing disagreement and inconfidence.

It seems that Mrs. Anna is not well-informed of the secrets of body language. Subconsciously, making the English letter L, putting her index and thumb fingers on her chin, she implies that the talk is uninteresting and boring to her. She may be tired, but it clearly seems that she wants the speech to end quickly.
Many people know that rubbing fingers together is a sign of tension, but here the action means something else. The Prime Minister is in deep thoughts as he listens to the interpreter and tries to build up his ideas before answering the question.
At the end of his speech about the educational programs, when everyone starts applauding, the Prime Minister is subconsciously giving himself a “LIKE”, as if supporting himself.

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While Arayik Harutyunyan, who is the Minister of Education, Science, Culture, and Sport, is also proudly smiling to say that his works are inspired by the Prime minister’s speech. Although Pashinyan is discussing some very important topics, we can see that Harutyunyan spends a long time on his phone. He put the phone aside only after the Prime Minister’s thank-you speech when the Q&A was over. Here his body language expresses that he is exhausted and cannot wait to get out.

The Prime Minister announced that he had an important statement to make, he put his left hand on his hip, taking an offensive stance, moved his eyebrows down and closer, frowning, his eyes aggravated, he made his statement with confidence.
Later on, Pashinyan confuses the Dollar and Tram and starts biting and licking his lips, that is as a result of his anxiety and tension. The First lady, seems as if she doesn’t understand what her husband is talking about, and she has a tense smile on her face that says – what is this?

The Prime Minister continues giving his personal opinions, while Mrs. Anna communicates with a person in front of her and with her facial expression, moving her eyebrows up and smiling, she passes a silent message that she feels fine but tired, and simultaneously expressing how proud she is of her husband’s speech.
But when the PM speaks about the migration statistics percentages, we see Mrs. Anna’s eyebrows and eyes show signs of astonishment and disbelief about the given data, meanwhile, the Prime Minister shows signs of tension and fatigue.

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Gomidas Vartabed 150th Anniversary Celebration – Cyprus

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A Musical Celebration marking the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Gomidas Vartabed, the Legendary Armenian Priest, composer, ethnomusicologist, researcher and Choirmaster, was organized by the Office of the Armenian Representative Mr. Vartkes Mahdesian.

Gomidas Vartabed event

The full-house event, that place on Friday 15 November 2019 at the Casteliotissa Hall in Nicosia, was in participation with Cypriot Armenian Soprano Sona Gargaloyan and Pianist Lilia Danielyan Khatchatryan.
Well recognized Cypriot Armenian teacher, artist, radio presenter, professor Violet Tashdjian, warmly welcomed the guests and recited “Anlreli Zankagadoun” written by Barouyr Sevag, after a short film that narrated the life of Gomidas Vartabed.

The audience enjoyed Soprano Sona Gargaloyan’s performance of “Kele Kele”, “Dzirani Dzar”, “Chinar es” followed by “Shogher Jan” performed by Panayiota Theodorou a Greek Cypriot young talent. Next was a breathtaking dance performance by Hamazkayin SIPAN Dance Ensemble on Sevag Amroyan and Sona Shahgeldyan’s duet of “Sareri Hovin Mernem” under the supervision of Choreographer Krikor Keleshian.

For the second part, Sona Gargaloyan performed “Keler Tsoler”, “Hov Arek Sarer”,  “Andouni”, “Groung”, and “Alakiaz” sung by Kyriakos Anastasiou another Greek Cypriot young talent, afterward Hamazkayin SIPAN Dance Ensemble’s second performance of the night with a series of  Armenian dance.
The event concluded with a Prayer by His Eminence Archbishop Khoren Doghramadjian, primate vicar of the Armenian Orthodox Church of Cyprus.

Sona Gargaloyan performingng live on Aypoupen Facebook


Soprano Sona Gargaloyan is an “Opera and Concert Soloist and Singing Professor”, graduate of the Komitas State Conservatoire under the well-known soprano Professor Gohar Gasparian obtaining the Master Diploma with distinction. She has collaborated with conductors Aram Katanian, Vigen Tchartchoglian, Majei Zoltowsky, Haig Utidjian, Karen Durgaryan, and Spiros Pisinos and has performed in various concerts and recitals in Armenia, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Malta, France, and Greece, etc. accompanied by various Philharmonic and Symphonic orchestras. Moreover, Sona Gargaloyan has been involved in more than fifteen years of pedagogic practice and has revealed and supported several young talents. She is a singing lecturer in the Music Department of the European University of Cyprus.

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Araxia Escaped The Armenian Genocide by Visual Artist Julie Karabeguian

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Visual Artist Julie Karabéguian
Visual Artist Julie Karabéguian

Meet Julie Karabeguian, a 44-year-old French visual artist, whose father is Armenian. The author, composer, performer and visual artist spends her time between exhibitions, residencies, and concerts.
Academically she is a “plasticine”- visual artist specialized in plastic expression, a supreme graduate from the academy of fine arts, the “Beaux-Arts de Bourges (France)”.
She has associated with “La Berrichonne du Salut”, a collective of multidisciplinary artists. She has participated in composing and singing in “The Queen of Yogourt”, laureate of the “Découvertes Inouîs Printemps de Bourges”. With “Shoshu” she has gained the laureate of Emergence of Jazz in Tours.
Julie has joined the team of “Rencontres et des P’tits Bandits”, workshops of sounds and animation for children. She has also worked in “Bandits-Mages”, a video, cinema and sound platform.

Visual Art or Sound Fiction

Lately, Julie has released an album called Araxia, as a tribute to her Armenian grandmother Araxie, that she never met.
A sound fiction, a cinematographic dream, which follows two young sisters on the paths of exile.
Araxia, and her sister Yourapel, who in 1915 survived humanity’s darkest face.

“I met her sister Yourapel when I was a child and she told us the story of their deportation in 1915.
As a child, I couldn’t believe what she was telling me, the story of their exodus, through the desert and towards death. Their family lived in Zeitoun, a village in Cilicia. They were deported with their mother, at the time of this tragedy Yourapel was 15 years old and Araxia was only one.
A story as dreadful as luminous since the two sisters escaped the dark side of humanity. I wanted in my way to transmit their story with the part of the fantasy that their story left me when I was a child.
That’s why I’m talking about a fiction album.” that’s what Julie KArabeguian the visual artist sees.

Araxia by Visual Artist Julie Karabeguian
Araxia by Visual Artist Julie Karabeguian

Araxia lasts 28 minutes and includes five tracks.
Julie Karabéguian : composition, text, voice, backing vocals, keyboard, sound effect.
Stéphane Coutourides : Arrangement, guitar, bass, keyboard, mix.
Christopher Bamford : French to English translation.

Since then the visual artist has been composing and performing solo albums-fictions, halfway between the radio creation and the music album, and currently working on a second album-fiction, “Les poques de Lux”, for children.

To know more about of Julie’s work click here.

The listening on Bandcamp is free but anyone can support her work.

American Family from Fresno Helping Deliver Babies in Armenia

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It’s a family affair at the Akhouryan Mother & Child Birthing Center in Gyumri, Armenia, and for two weeks in October for the last five years, the Thomas family of Fresno has played a big role.

OBGYN Dr. Jeff Thomas and his wife Heidi spend their mission visit volunteering at this 20-year-old hospital– Dr. Thomas performing surgeries and delivering babies and Heidi assisting and helping the new moms in recovery.
This year, there are two more Thomas additions: their daughters 17-year-old Kate and 20-year-old Mattie. “It’s been quite a journey being here and seeing first hand what they do here and how grateful people are for the help they’re receiving,” says Mattie Thomas.
The Thomas girls are contemplating medical careers. They’ve heard their parent’s mission trips stories year after year, and this year, they’re a part of the story themselves. “Coming here the first day we jumped right into it and it was surreal. I wasn’t sure it was real, I kept pinching myself to see if it was a dream,” says Kate Thomas. According to Dr. Jeff Thomas, “I think it’s an opportunity for them to see what I’ve invested my life into. And hopeful have a greater appreciation for what that investment has been.”

Team Thomas’s investment goes beyond these two weeks. “We came this year with 14 suitcases. We’ve already given out probably 30 infant packets to new moms,” says Heidi Thomas.
Months before the mission, the Thomas family makes a baby registry and collects donated items– delivering unexpected gifts from the Thomas family to these new families in Armenia. “I never imagined that we would have this as a family. It’s definitely better than any other vacation that we’ve ever taken,” says Heidi Thomas.
A family of volunteers. Helping to deliver new life.. And save lives. A family affair. That’s truly an affair of the heart.

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