Analysing Current Armenian political crises with Armenian top intellectual, writer, Journalist Harut Sassounian
In Los Angeles, the most Armenian-populated city in the United States, the Armenian community held a peaceful protest in front of the Turkish Consulate.
Before reaching the consulate, the representatives of the Armenian community held a march under the slogan “Artsakh [(Nagorno-Karabakh)] Under Attack: March for Victory,
All the leading American media outlets covered this Armenian demonstration, noting that its participants were very peaceful.
The representative of the RA Ministry of Defense Artsrun Hovhannisyan presented details of the military operations that took place on the last day during a press conference today.
“Today, heavy fighting took place in the north, in the south, especially in the south. The enemy had tried to break through the front line, but it was possible to stop the enemy’s advance. The duration of the incessant march was six to seven hours. During this period, in total, the enemy lost about 2300 personnel, during the passing day – about 440-450 servicemen or terrorists. About 800-900 people were injured. Today alone, about 45 pieces of armored vehicles entered the battlefield. Today our troops managed to hit about 8-9 dozen armored vehicles that did not enter the battle. Today we hit 10 ATS, a total of 113 ATS units. The loss of the general armor of the enemy – 250 points, only today – 3 “Smerch”. “Today, 3 enemy planes and 1 helicopter were damaged,” said the representative of the Ministry of Defense.
“Such hot military operations are not carried out on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, but we are behind, controlling the enemy’s actions. Our Armed Forces are fulfilling their task at a high level here as well. There is no need to panic, every small attempt is stopped quickly, “said Artsrun Hovhannisyan, a representative of the RA Ministry of Defense, during a briefing today.
He said that at this moment it is difficult to talk about positional changes. “I can not present tactical lines in terms of any position or direction. I can’t say exactly who is in what position at the moment. There are hard and persistent battles, position changes happen very often, so there is no need to fixate. In such a big war, positional changes are a natural phenomenon. We will take this position in an hour, we can leave in an hour, etc., “Hovhannisyan said.
The press secretary of the Ministry of Defense Shushan Stepanyan published the video of “Zinuzh” program, where she sees how the units of the Defense Army carry out punitive actions, hitting the targets of the enemy. As reported by Armenpress, it is mentioned that the soldiers fulfill their tasks at a high level.
In the early morning of September 27, Azerbaijan started active shelling along the line of contact with Artsakh. Peaceful settlements are also being shelled. The first victims of the Azerbaijani attack were a woman and a child in the Martuni region. The Armenian side has 58 victims, about 120 wounded with various degrees of bodily injuries. The enemy shelled schools, including in Stepanakert.
A general military mobilization has been declared in the Republic of Armenia և Artsakh։.
As a result of the actions unleashed by Azerbaijan in the direction of Artsakh, according to verified information, the Azerbaijani side has more than 400 casualties. According to the information available so far, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces lost a total of 4 helicopters, 36 ATS, 36 tanks, a rear combat vehicle, as well as 2 engineering armored vehicles, 47 armored vehicles and 1 aircraft.
The car rally of the residents of Jermuk town and surrounding communities to Yerevan—and in protesters against the Amulsar gold mine project of Armenia—has kicked off.
The initiators of this car rally plan to gather in the area near the opera house at 4pm.
According to them, in democratic countries this much is enough for a democratic government to realize that these protesters are starting a big chain of peaceful disobedience and according to them, it is time for the Armenian government to show political will and put an end to the Amulsar gold mine project.
By Wally Sarkeesian,
Peter Abajian, Executive Director, Los Angeles
Peter Abajian has worked in the Armenian American community for more than 25 years. Abajian began his career with the Armenian Assembly in its Washington, D.C. offices in 1988. From 1995 until 2006, Abajian led the Assembly’s Western Region operations, ultimately advancing to Deputy Executive Director. During this time, Abajian worked with both the Armenian community and the U.S. Congress to promote a stronger U.S. – Armenia relationship, while simultaneously working to expand the Assembly’s membership and financial support. Nationally, he spearheaded efforts to raise new sources of revenue, organizing several successful national events, and serving as one of the organization’s chief spokespeople.
In 2006, Abajian and his family moved to Armenia and formally launched and led the Paros Foundation.
“I care passionately about the future of Armenia; and I take great pride in contributing to its develop through our project-based model. Our 100 for 100 Projects for Prosperity campaign to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide was met with tremendous success. This effort energized our staff and served as a positive example of successful project identification and implementation to both our beneficiaries and the Armenian community at large.
Moving forward, our efforts are focused on continuing to help Armenia’s development in a smart, efficient and transparent manner through our Projects for Prosperity campaign and our Prosperity on the Border initiative. My hope is that through The Paros Foundation’s leadership and the communities’ support, we will continue to help Armenia and her population develop and thrive.”
Armen Sahakyan ANCA Western Region Executive Director and Mihr Toumajan Armenian American Assembly Executive Director joint Wally Sarkeesian explain how Armenian Communities in United State have join into the Project Project 1.5 Million meals for 1.5 Million lives .
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On April 24th, 2020 the Armenian-American community commemorated the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide where the Ottoman Turkish Empire under the guise of WWI undertook the deliberate and systematic eradication of 1.5 million Armenians as well as an additional 1.5 million Assyrians, Greeks, and others.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, in place of the annual March for Justice demonstration that has historically brought tens of thousands of Armenians to the streets of Los Angeles in calling on Turkey to recognize of the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian Genocide Committee, along with Unified Young Armenians and United Armenian Council for the Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide – Los Angeles, has launched a humanitarian fundraiser in support of Feeding America to honor Near East Relief and provide 1.5 million meals to Americans in need.
Near East Relief was the United States’ first congressionally sanctioned non-governmental organization – and the first major international humanitarian relief operation in the world – that mobilized all facets of the American citizenry to respond to the systematic destruction of the Armenian people half a world away.
By Wally Sarkeesian,
Gagrulelive: Los Angeles Full coverage of event hosted by Armenian Consul General Ambassador Armen BAIBOURTIAN Announcing Armenia’s first contemporary art Biennial, Mr. Fabio Lenzi Co-Founder Yerevan Biennial Art Foundation, introduced Biennial concept to the audience. a very successful evening with full house attendees.
The Yerevan Biennial was founded as an initiative of the newly established Yerevan Biennial Art Foundation, which was founded with the aim of developing and executing cultural and educational initiatives in the region. The Foundation takes an all-encompassing approach to establishing a creative ecosystem interconnecting the realms of the arts, culture and education, and is a platform for public engagement that operates locally, nationally and internationally.
A key aim of the Foundation and the Yerevan Biennial is to empower today’s Armenian youth and to create new professional paths for the future generations, particularly in the creative and cultural sector, with a strong emphasis placed on the educational and public programmes that will accompany the Biennial exhibition period.
Building on Armenia’s rich history and cultural heritage, the Foundation is also committed to enhancing and consolidating Yerevan’s reputation by promoting the entire region as an exciting cultural and tourist destination, where local heritage and contemporary art and thinking can interconnect on a global cultural platform.
Fabio Lenzi, co-founder of Yerevan Biennial Art Foundation, said: “I am delighted to establish the Yerevan Biennial Art Foundation and look forward to shaping the programmes and organizational structure together with my colleagues, the local communities, our institutional partners, stakeholders in Armenia and abroad, as well as the wider international artistic community. Yerevan is an extraordinary city. Those who have not yet visited Armenia should take this opportunity to explore a country that has so much to offer, including extraordinary landscapes, powerful nature, ancient monuments, traditions and exquisite gastronomy. Armenia is a real gem but is still so little known.”
More information on the curator, theme and programme for the 2020 Yerevan Biennial will be announced in Spring 2020.