By Wally Sarkeesian,
Yerevan: The Repat Armenia is a very important bridge connecting the Diaspora Armenian with the homeland, www.gagrule.net Founder Wally Sarkeesian interview Â Mr. Vartan Marashlyan executive Director at Repat-Armenia head office in Yerevan.
The Repat Armenia Foundation, a non-governmental, non-profit institution, was established in August 2012 to take the concept of active repatriation promotion to the next level, with a full time, dedicated staff based in Yerevan and a network of supporters worldwide.
Inform, initiate and actively champion the return of high-impact (professional, entrepreneurial) individuals and families to Armenia to secure the future development of the Armenian nation.
Repat Armenia unites hundreds of like-minded people with diverse backgrounds and life experiences, who provide potential repatriates and newcomers with soft landing and networking support, by providing information and necessary resources for those who wish to engage with Armenia.
Visit Repat-Armenia:Â http://repatarmenia.org/en/about-us/who-we-are
DigiTech Expo-2016 annual technological exhibition opened at the Yerevan Expo Exhibition Complex of the Yerevan Scientific and Research Institute of Mathematical Machines.
The main goal of the Exhibition, which was held September 30-October 2 under the title A Feast for the Technological Armenians, is to create a favorable communication environment for the companies, customers and the public engaged in the technological sphere as well as to present the real situation with the Armenian information and telecommunication technologies, achievements, and prospects.
The President of Armenia toured the exhibition hall, familiarized with the products and services presented by the companies, conversed with the representatives of the companies about their work and future development programs. Among over 120 companies participating this year at the DigiTech-2016 besides the prominent local companies, there are leading firms from the Russian Federation, US, China, and India.
Special Thanks to Liana Vardanyan for her assistant.
By Wally Sarkeesian,
I had the pleasure meeting ZARA Bodaghyan at Yerevan DigiTech; she is a very dynamic person, full of information about digital technologies.
The Tumo Center for Creative Technologies,Â is a free of charge digital media learning center in Yerevan, Armenia. Since its opening in 2011, the center has provided thousands of students aged 12â€“18 an open environment where they can use the latest in digital tools, learn from media professionals, and explore the intersection of technology and art.
Tumo is a non-profit venture founded by Sam and Sylva Simonian who fully fund its educational program through the Simonian Educational Foundation.
In the past, while speaking of reparations to Armenian Genocide victims, everyone thought of unleashing war against Turkey without properly assessing the reality, Ashot Melkonyan, Director of the Institute of History, Academy of Sciences of Armenia, said at an international academic conference entitled â€śThe Armenian Genocide and reparation problem.â€ť
â€śThe reparation problem is a most important one. In the case of Jewish Holocaust, Jews got things right and took a course of reparation. And the process started in the early 1950s and has continued since, while Jews go on complaining the amount is too small against what happened to Jews,â€ť Mr Melkonyan said.
After being discussed with scholars, political parties and Hay Dat, the issue of reparations has reached the academic level and relevant demands need to be properly formulated â€“ material and territorial reparations.
â€śSociety may strongly oppose you when you speak of something new, but they get accustomed step by step,â€ť Mr Melkonyan said.
Even Germans, who used to persuade Armenians into giving up claims for reparation, have now supported it after the German Bundestag adopted a resolution on the Armenian Genocide.
Drawing parallels between the Jewish Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide, Mr Melkonyan noted the difference is territorial claims.
â€śThe Armenian Genocide was committed in Western Armenia, with the indigenous population deported,â€ť the scholar said.
The proposals for reparation put forward at the conference will be considered and will form a volume in a few days.
Interview By Wally Sarkeesian
(aiisa.am) The Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairsâ€”AIISAâ€”is an independent research institute based in Yerevan, pursuing the goal of promoting independent foreign and domestic policy analysis for Armenia anchored in the shared values of human rights, political freedom, and free market.
Shaping the peace and security nationally and internationally through
- Comprehensive Monitoring & In-Depth Analysis
- Risk Assessment & Strategic Forecast
- Policy Implication & Intellectual Impact
- Crisis Management, Conflict Prevention & Resolution
(Styopa Safaryan) is the founder and head of research programmes of the Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairsâ€”AIISA. He is a policy analyst, political scientist, politician with remarkable personal, academic and professional experience in foreign and security policies, and domestic politics. Author of numerous analytical articles and researches, several monographs, participant of many authoritative forums, conferences and networks, Safaryan is actively engaged both in domestic politics as a young politician and policy expertise as an influential opinion maker.
Prior to the AIISA, Safaryan headed another well-known Armenian think tankâ€”the Armenian Center for National and International Studiesâ€”ACNIS, for many years. He left ACNIS after being affiliated to the Heritage opposition party and elected a member of the Armenian Parliamentâ€”National Assembly. He represented Armenian Parliament in parliamentary assemblies of NATO (2009-2012), Euronest of Eastern Partnership (2010-2012), BSEC (2007-2009), Francophonie (2007-2012).
Safaryan has graduated from Yerevan State University and its PhD programme, Academy for Public Administration of the Republic of Armenia and University of York, UK. He was a lecturer and an assistant head of two departments at the Armenian Academy for Public administration, as well as delivered lectures in Yerevan State University and European Regional Academy.
Safaryan has been a regular participant and/or speaker of events, conferences and projects of Â Wilton Park, Ditchly Foundation, Chatham House, IISS (UK), SWP (German Institute for International and Security Affairs), Munich Security Conference, Munich Young Leaders Reunions, Berlin Foreign Policy Forums, (Germany), Woodrow Wilson Center (USA), ICBSS (Greece), Economic Forums (Poland), Democracy Forums (Lithuania, Ukraine, Georgia) and other prominent think-tanks in Europe and the USA.
Safaryan authored or co-authored about 10 books, yearbooks, textbooks, and more than 100 articles and researches, appeared in many TV programs, Â lots of interviews and comments.
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By Wally Sarkeesian
Hollywood, Arpa Film festival
Killing Ed is a 94 minutes feature film by award-winning director Mark S, Hall that exposes a shocking truth: that the largest network of taxpayer-funded charter schools in the U.S hide a worst-case-scenarioâ€¦.. that they are operated with questionable academic, labor, and H1-B visa standards by member of the â€śGulen Movementâ€ť â€“ a rapidly expanding, globalÂ Islamic group whose leader, Fethullah Gulen, lives in self-imposed exile in the Pocono Mountains of PennsylvaniaÂ USA. Gulen has been accused of leading a violent coup in July, 2016 to overthrow the Turkish government. Killing ED provides its audiences with a shocking first-hand look inside the Gulen Movement and the schools- with never before seen interviews and hidden camera footage â€“while revealing the corruption of those attempting to privatize public schools in the USA.
Notable screenings, awards and mentions
Arpa Film Festival hollywood
Tallgrass Film Festival 2015
Julien Dubuque International Film Festival 2016
(Best Documentary Nominee)
Glendale International Film Festival 2016
By Wally Sarkeesian
The documentaryÂ Women of 1915Â combines facts and emotion to honor these brave women of the Armenian Genocide, many of whom lost their lives, survived to create new lives, or were forced into lives that were not their own. Many women, Armenian, European, and American, also traveled great distances to rescue lives, even at the risk of their ow,. Among the women highlighted in the film are survivors, volunteers, and resisters, including survivor Aurora Mardiganian , American volunteer Mary Louise Graffam, diplomat Diana Apkar, and Danish missionary Maria Jacobsen.
You can see againÂ December 7th at 7:00PM Â MGN 5 startÂ Cinema Â 128 N. Maryland Ave, Glendale, CA Â for reservation call Nayiri 818 939-9282
Women of 1915 (2016)
Director: Bared Maronian
Writer: Bared Maronian
Producer: Bared Maronian
Duration 90 min
Notable screenings, awards and mentions:
World premiere: Ciccone Theatre, New Jersy
Australian Premiere: Melbourne, Wellington College. Sydney, AGBU Center
Detroit Premiere: Emagine Novi Theater, Michigan
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