Wally Sarkeesian Interview Raffi K. Richard Hovannisian is an American-born Armenian politician, the first Foreign Minister of Armenia and the founding leader of the national liberal Heritage party at (COAF) SMART Center
Wally Sarkeesian Interview Dr. Khatchig Mouradian, About the current event in Armenia must watch the great discussion. Dr. Mouradian is a professor at Columbia University. Also the Program Coordinator of the Armenian Genocide Program at the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights at Rutgers University, where he also teaches in the History and Sociology departments.
For nearly twenty years, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks has dedicated herself to the pursuit of environmental protection, social advocacy and innovation that improves the lives of others in both the public and private sectors. In her new role as Chief Executive Officer of Earth Friendly Products, the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of eco-friendly cleaning products, Kelly has become an even more influential voice in the green and conservation movements.
At Earth Friendly Products, Kelly oversees the company’s 150 plus award winning green cleaning products including ECOS, the world’s number one selling green laundry detergent. Kelly is also responsible for the company’s five U.S. manufacturing facilities, the company’s new European headquarters in Athens, Greece, as well as worldwide distribution and the company’s private label operation.
During her tenure at Earth Friendly Products, Kelly has led a number of landmark initiatives for the company. Since 2009, she has opened four new manufacturing facilities and sales have quadrupled in the last ten years under her leadership. Kelly was a leading voice in the formation of the Sustainability Consortium and has served as a key strategic advisor to Walmart’s sustainability and conservation efforts. She has crafted internal incentive programs for EFP’s employees to carry the company’s values of sustainability through to their lives away from work and helped oversee EFP’s milestone achievement of reaching company-wide carbon neutrality in 2013.
Kelly is a graduate of UCLA, former Public Relations executive and Senior Political Action Committee leader. She has been profiled in Fortune Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and was recently designated one of Orange County California’s 20 most powerful women. Kelly looks ahead to expanding the innovative programs that have taken Earth Friendly Products to the forefront of corporate sustainability while working to achieve ever-higher standards for the company’s products that help keep families’ homes safe and clean while protecting the environment.
by Wally Sarkeesian
Watch Son of Dikranagerd Onnik Dinkjian; the romantic Armenian singer explains how singing in church in Paris helped him to keep Western Armenian songs and music alive in the diaspora interviewed by Wally Sarkeesian.
Son of Dikranagerd
He was born Jean-Joseph Miliyan in Paris, France in 1929, the son of Garabed and Zorah from Dikranagerd (Diyarbakir), who both escaped persecution during the genocide. He and his sister, two years his senior, were orphaned five years after his birth. Garabed died when Jean-Joseph was not yet one year old.
They were adopted by his godparents, Nishan and Oghida Dinkjian, who were also from Dikranagerd, and continued to live in Paris. Growing up he learned not only fluent French and Armenian, but also the melodious dialect of Armenians from Dikranagerd.
Nishan Dinkjian went to Paris from Aleppo and worked various menial jobs before he fell into the wholesale banana business. When fruit became scarce after the war started in 1939, he went into clothing sales to support his family.
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Although Onnik’s schooling was in French, he attended Armenian school once a week.
“We didn’t have French school on Thursdays so my parents enrolled me in the Armenian school,” he said. “It was just a big room with an Armenian teacher and maybe a dozen students.”
His Armenian writing skills, especially, came in handy years later when he was serving in the U.S. Army.
“If it wasn’t for me writing Armenian letters to my parents, they would have been very unhappy because they couldn’t yet read and write English since we just came to America,” he said.
Onnik first began taking an interest in music when he went to St. Gregory’s Armenian Church in Paris for the first time at the age of 10. Every Sunday he would need to take two metro rides to get there. The sacred hymns of the liturgy sung by the choir and soloists aroused something within him that would change his life forever.
“I absolutely fell in love with the music,” he said. “This is what brought me into the Armenian Church, not necessarily as a religious person but as a lover of the Armenian music.”
As time passed the choirmaster, Baron Nishan Serkoian, allowed him to sing small parts on occasion. But Onnik found him to be intimidating, and he wasn’t alone.
“Serkoian ran that church with an iron fist,” he said. “Even the priest that was going to do the service was nervous. We had three resident priests, and each Sunday one of them would do the Mass. And that particular priest had to come to rehearsal to make sure he would sing in tune and so on. But that’s how he ran the church, and that’s how it should be run.”
Just before he and his family left France, Baron Serkoian permitted Onnik to sing one verse of “Der Voghormya” during what would be his last church service at St. Gregory’s.
“That was one of the highlights of my life,” he said. “I had a rash after that because I was sweating so much. To be able to sing in Paris in that beautiful church, where the sound was like heaven, the acoustics—you could just whisper and you could hear it.”
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At the age of 17, in July 1946, Onnik and his family moved to the United States, Nishan Dinkjian’s two sisters had settled. They had been separated during the genocide but desired to live in close proximity with one another. Onnik entered the U.S. with his given name, but would later change it legally to Onnik Dinkjian in honor of his adoptive parents.
One of Nishan Dinkjian’s sisters, Azniv Keuredgian, had been living in Bridgeport, Conn., where the family stayed for some time. His other sister, Makruhi Sarkisian, tragically died only two months before their arrival.
While Onnik was learning English, he could only find work doing manual labor. The family moved to New Jersey where his father opened a little dry cleaning store.
Later Onnik found a job working in the laboratory of a soap factory. They continued struggling along until finally opening a dry cleaning store in New York City.
Here is Short Interview with French Armenian FilmMaker Arnaud khayadjanian About “Artsakh film Project” Due to the Storm in Europe will continue next week, but Please go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1268609988/artsakh
support this talented young Armenian movie director.
Mark your calendar Friday March 2, 2018 Interview a filmmaker ARNAUD KHAYADJANIAN A movie about Nagorno-Karabakh 10:00 AM Pacific time
Through universal and unifying stories, inspired by true stories, Arnaud Khayadjanian pays homage to Nagorno-Karabakh, an emerging country. ARTSAKH, sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic, addresses a wide variety of themes such as friendship, patriotism, youth, culture, family. The Nagorno-Karabakh people present themselves to the world – through endearing characters – under a modern, courageous and dynamic face.
To the world, Nagorno-Karabakh would not exist, it would be an imaginary territory, a cloudless landscape, a fiction in the minds of its inhabitants. Yet, I did meet that so-called faceless country, a thousand-faceted people, bereaved by wars and orphaned by liberty, but still standing and heroic. Two years after Les Chemins Arides (Best Documentary Award in Yerevan), I had the immense pride to realize We Are Our Mountains. I was so fascinated by my meeting with the people and landscapes from Nagorno-Karabakh, that I wrote this project. Through this film, ARTSAKH, I wish to introduce this country to an international audience.
In Nagorno-Karabakh, many benefits in terms of image are planned. The film will be broadcast in cinemas in France and Armenia, on television channels, on the Internet, by DVD, at international festivals. Social and economic benefits are also expected thanks to the active participation of Nagorno-Karabakh people (actors, extras, technicians, translators); as well as expenses incurred in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh (hotel, meals, equipment, logistics, etc.)
YEREVAN. – The Armenian parliament is holding hearings on “Genetically Modified Organisms, Alternatives or Compulsion” during the session on Friday.
The hearing was initiated by the standing committee on territorial management, local self-government, agriculture and environment.
The legislation concerning GMO foodstuffs was initiated in 2013, but had no continuation. Minister of Agriculture Ignati Arakelyan told Armenian News-NEWS.am that GMO seed production company Monsanto has assured that it is not importing GMO seeds, and those seed had not been found in the customs offices.
The stir about the import of GMO seeds to Armenia was caused when it became clear that Monsanto Company entered the Armenian market. Concerns that it may be dangerous for the Armenian population were expressed. Famous musician Serj Tankian also called to stay away from Monsanto products.
The U.S. Embassy commented on Armenian News-NEWS.am inquiry, saying that its’ up to the farmers and agribusinesses to decide whether to use or not to use the products and services of Monsanto
In his groundbreaking new book, “Killing Orders: Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide,” due out in March, Clark University historian Taner Akçamdestroys the Turkish government’s denial strategy. Akçam includes a recently discovered document — a “smoking gun” — that points to the Ottoman government’s central role in planning the elimination of its Armenian population. Furthermore, he successfully demonstrates that the killing orders signed by Ottoman Interior Minister Talat Pasha, which the Turkish government has long discredited, are authentic.
Akçam, described as “the Sherlock Holmes of Armenian Genocide” in a New York Times article in April 2017, made these landmark discoveries in a private archive. He argues that the documents he uncovered remove a cornerstone from the denialist edifice and definitively prove the historicity of the Armenian Genocide.
“Successive Turkish governments have gone to great lengths to ensure that evidence of the intent to extinguish the Armenian people could not be located,” Akçam says. “These findings are ‘an earthquake in the field of genocide studies.’ They will make it impossible for the Turkish government to continue to deny the Armenian Genocide.”
Akçam holds the Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. An internationally recognized human rights activist, Akçam was one of the first Turkish intellectuals to acknowledge and openly discuss the Armenian Genocide.
Akcam has lectured widely and published numerous articles and books, translated into many languages. His 2012 book, “The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire,” was co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Book Award and one of ForeignAffairs.com’s “Best Books on the Middle East.”
Akçam’s many honors include the Hrant Dink Spirit of Freedom and Justice Medal from the Organization of Istanbul Armenians and the Hrant Dink Freedom Award from the Armenian Bar Association (both in 2015), and the “Heroes of Justice and Truth” awarded at the Armenian Genocide Centennial commemoration in May 2015. The Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) recognized him as a Friend of the Armenians in 2016.
By Wally Sarkeesian
Interview Sylvia Minassian the Founder of Arpa International Film Festival, on stage and the Brilliant Maria Elena, performance, Opening Night Special Screening: DALIDA.
Arpa Foundation for Film, Music & Art (AFFMA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with the purpose of providing a platform for filmmakers, musicians and artists, whose works explore subjects of social and cultural importance. AFMMA’s biggest endeavor was launching its signature Arpa International Film Festival in 1997, which quickly came to be recognized as one of the leading indie film festivals in Southern California.
Arpa International Film Festival is dedicated to cultivating cultural understanding and global empathy by creating a dynamic forum for international cinema. Over the past 20 years, the festival has bridged cultural divides by fostering dialogue among people of diverse backgrounds. By showcasing local and international films that explore critical issues such as war, genocide, diaspora, dual identities, exile and multi-culturism, Arpa International Film Festival has solidified its role in safeguarding films that continue to make a social impact.
Arpa International Film Festival was launched in 1997 by Sylvia Minassian with the support and encouragement of her husband. Currently celebrating its 20th year, Arpa International Film Festival has come to be recognized as one of the oldest independent film festival for international cinema in Los Angeles. Since its inception, the festival has continuously embraced the diversity among local and international filmmakers. Today the festival is still held at the historic Egyptian Theatre, showcasing a dynamic set of films from around the world.