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ISRAEL SEEKING TO DEPLOY
20,000 COMMANDOS IN CYPRUS

Israeli women train for combat (photo credit: Yoni Markovitzki/IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)

NICOSIA 20 May 2012 - Anatolia News Agency - Israel wants its energy projects in Cyprus to be run by Israelis and is seeking to deploy as many as 20,000 commandos for their protection, Anatolia news agency reported today.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Cypriot counterpart, Demetris Christofias, met on Feb. 16 to discuss the two countries' joint ventures. Details of the talks between the two leaders were kept secret.
Anatolia cited a source it said was close to the Cypriot government who reportedly said Christofias specifically asked Netanyahu to convince Israeli businessmen to halt their investments in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus during the meeting.
Netanyahu reportedly offered during the same meeting to undertake all the expenses required to construct a gas plant needed to extract the natural gas found in the Mediterranean Sea, the report said. In exchange, Netanyahu asked that all the 10,000 personnel that would work at the plant be brought in from Israel with their families, which would increase the number to nearly 30,000.
The high number of Israelis in Cyprus would present a security issue, which Netanyahu suggested be solved by sending as many as 20,000 Israeli commandos to safeguard both the Israelis and the natural gas plant, the agency said.
Israel's offer sought to place the personnel and commandos in Limassol in Cyprus.
Anatolia's source in Cyprus reportedly said, "The Israelis were coming here to settle for good."

 

TURKS BELIEVE DEAD
BIRD IS AN ISRAELI SPY

15/5/2012 - Reuters - By Rachel Hirshfeld - Turkish authorities believe they have found a bird used by Israel for espionage purposes, the country’s media reported.
According to reports, a Turkish farmer found the already dead bird, commonly known as the European Bee-Eater, with markings indicating it came from Israel.
The bird’s left nostril was reportedly three times the size of its right nostril, leading Turkish officials to believe the Israel had implanted the animal with a surveillance device in its beak.
Israeli officials received notification of the allegations after the reports of the "spy bird" quickly spread within Turkey’s ornithological community, creating commotion in the country’s media.
Zoological conspiracy theories, accusing Israel of embedding animals with surveillance devices in order to gather intelligence information and attack against civilian populations, have long been propagated by the Arab media as a way of inciting against the Jewish state and alleging of “Zionist plots.”
In 2008, Mahmoud Abbas's official news agency, Wafa, reported that Israel had released poison-resistant rats to drive Arab residents of Jerusalem out of their homes.
The report claimed that, "Rats have become an Israeli weapon to displace and expel Arab residents of the occupied Old City of Jerusalem. Settlers flood the Old City of Jerusalem with rats."
In October of 2008, Iranian officials captured two 'spy pigeons' near the uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, alleging that the birds were being used to spy on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear advancements. In 2007, the regime detained over a dozen squirrels believed to be spies of Western powers seeking to undermine the Iranian regime.
In June of 2010, Egyptian officials blamed a wave of shark attacks on Israel’s foreign ministry intelligence, asserting,” We must not discount the possibility that Mossad threw the shark into the sea, in order to attack tourists who are having fun in Sharm al-Sheikh.”
Furthermore, in January of 2011, Saudi Arabian security forces detained a vulture carrying a global positioning satellite (GPS) transmitter and a ring etched with the words "Tel Aviv University." Officials exclaimed that the creature was part of a "Zionist espionage plot."

TURKEY WARNS INTERNATIONAL
COMPANIES WHO SUBMITTED BIDS
FOR CYPRUS ENERGY PROJECTS

ANKARA - International companies, which cooperate with Cyprus in off shore oil and gas search, will not be allowed to participate in Turkish energy projects, Foreign Ministry says. ‘Both communities must decide together how maritime natural gas and oil resources will be used,’ the statement also notes.
Turkey warned 15 companies, who submitted bids in a fresh Cypriot tender for oil exploration in disputed areas of the Mediterranean, to withdraw from the project.
“The companies which cooperate with Cyprus, will not be included in energy projects in Turkey in the future,” a Foreign Ministry statement said yesterday.
Turkey’s warning came after the Republic of Cyprus announced that 29 companies had made 15 bids for exploratory drilling in a second round of licensing to exploit offshore oil and gas deposits despite strong objections from Turkey. Russia’s Novatec, Italy’s ENI, France’s Total and Malaysia’s Petronas, ATP of the US, Canada’s Petra Petroleum, Israel’s Delek and Britain’s Vitol are among 15 firms and consortiums seeking a license to carry out exploratory drilling off Cyprus.
The statement said the exploration overlaps Turkey’s continental shelf in the Mediterranean. “As expressed before, Turkey will not allow any activity on these areas,” the Foreign Ministry said.

ARMENIAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL ATTACKED IN SYRIA

Asbarez - An Armenian church and school were attacked in the Syrian city of Homs on Saturday by members of the Syrian opposition.
The representative of the local Armenian community Nazareth Elmadjian said the Isahakian School attacked by the opposition works under the auspices of Armenian Apostolic Church’s Syrian Prelacy.
The school is located in Hamidia district of Homs which is mainly populated by Arab Christians. The opposition forces seized the school and church, which will be used by them as a hospital and convalescence center.
The Syrian army is not attacking the district because of the large number of civilians in the area, reported community.

HAMAZKAYIN'S CHOREOGRAPHER
& DIRECTOR FELIX HAROUTUNIAN
PASSES AWAY AT THE AGE OF 67

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REMEMBERING EMILIOS NICOLAOU

Emilios Nicolaou sadly passed away on Friday 17th February 2012, a much loved and respected man.
He was a devoted husband to Nora, dearest father to Victoria and Nicholas, beloved brother, cousin and godfather, and dear friend and mentor to many. He was also a well-known figure in the Armenian community, doing all he could to shape and maintain the Armenian football team in London.
Emilios was born in 1939 in Limassol, grew up in Larnaca and - after Greek Elementary School - attended the American Academy, where he was an excellent all-round athlete, loved by teachers and pupils alike.
After graduation he spent a year there as a part-time teacher of physical education and coach for the football teams. At this time he was also playing for Pezoporikos and in 1963 played for the Cyprus National team in a triumphant match against Greece.
It was also at the Academy that he met his wife, Nora Chakmakjian, and moved to London with her family in 1964, giving up his promising football career.
In London, he was instrumental in sowing the seeds of what was to become the AYA FC, helping to turn a group of young Cypriot Armenians playing football in the park into a Sunday League football team. The club originally played in the Chiswick & District Sunday football league, reaching cup finals in 1967 and 1974. He also organised the team’s foreign tours, including the very first, to Athens, in 1976, and to California in 1978 to take part in the 10th annual Armenian Olympics, where the team won the Soccer Tournament and Emilios was presented with the ‘Most Valuable Player’ award. There were several other trips in the following years, to France, Belgium, Switzerland, Los Angeles, Argentina, and, most recently, to Nicosia, Cyprus in 2008. This was a very special trip indeed - the fulfilment of a long held dream of Emilios’ - where the team played against its friends at AYMA and enjoyed their hospitality. They also played a friendly game against the Bank of Cyprus.
Emilios worked tirelessly to bring Armenians together and attract young blood. During the ‘80s, he arranged wonderful dinner dances, which became the most popular in the London Armenian community, as well as regular barbecues & discos. He also helped to organise Inter-Armenian Games at the ACC, promoting the spirit of brotherhood, sportsmanship and community spirit amongst Armenians both young and old. In addition, he organised charity matches, raising money not only for the club but for various charities and causes including Armenian Tahta Sunday School, The Bishop Gizirian Students’ Fund and the Aid Armenia Earthquake Fund.
In the ‘90s, Emilios welcomed and nurtured new additions to the team, thanks to the influx of Cypriot Armenians studying in the UK, and also established a junior team, to develop future talent. The AYA was welcomed into the Cypriot Football League (KOPA) and, under Emilios’ guidance, played some of the best football in the history of the club, going on to win the KOPA Sportsmanship Cup a record five consecutive times. In 1995, AYA lifted the Divisional Cup after winning 4-2 in the final against Komi Kebir.

In 2005, after a few seasons in the Marathon League, Emilios handed over team affairs to his son, Nicholas, and the team rejoined the Chiswick and District League, where it had all begun. Emilios remained as passionate as ever in his concern and support, and it was a passion that never faded. His success in encouraging and strengthening a sense of pride and brotherhood was manifested in the addition of former players’ sons, keeping it in the family.

NAREG MARZAHANTES 2012

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ONCE IN LEBANON - AN OPTIONAL EXCURSION

Our day in Lebanon begins with a tour of the city of Beirut, a city with venerable past, eminent present and a bright future. Downtown Beirut is completely rebuilt and the visitor will be fascinated by the combination of traditional and modern architecture.
The next visit is to Jeita Grottoes, the famous six-kilometer labyrinth of natural galleries of two levels with stalactites and stalagmites.
We will continue to Harissa for a visit at the magnificent statue of the Lady of Lebanon with it’s Cathedral of a Phoenician boat shape, where the view of the Beirut city and bay is breathtaking.
Last but not least is the visit to Byblos, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The ambience of the Middle Ages is vivid walking through the narrow streets of the ancient city, while the colors and bustling atmosphere of the old souk (market) will excite any visitor.
The excursion includes lunch at a local restaurant.
Duration of the excursion is 8 hours.
Price per adult €70, price per child €35

BAKU COUNTING ON AZERI DIASPORA TO NEUTRALIZE ARMENIAN LOBBY

Paul Goble - Publications Advisor - Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy - Azerbaijan, which has often felt itself on the defensive abroad because of the activities of the Armenian Diaspora, is counting on Azerbaijani communities abroad to “neutralize the Armenian lobby,” according to a senior advisor to President Ilham Aliyev. On the one hand, this new reliance reflects the dramatic growth in the size and activity of the Azerbaijani groups in Europe and the United States. And on the other, it reflects a growing recognition in Baku that the Armenian “lobby” is not as strong as it was and can be most effectively countered by the Azerbaijani Diaspora.
In an April 29 speech to the fourth congress of the Congress of Azerbaijanis of Europe, a group that represents some 61 Diaspora groups on the continent and is a partner of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with the Diaspora, Ali Hasanov, the head of the social-political department of the Presidential Administration, said that “great responsibility for neutralizing the anti-Azerbaijani activity of enemies of the Azerbaijani state now falls on Diaspora organizations.” He added that he and other senior Baku officials “carefully follow the activity” of the Congress, especially because the activity of the group has increased in recent months.
A major reason this has happened, Hasanov continued, is that “the growing power and international achievements of Azerbaijan have frightened the enemies of the Azerbaijani state and led them to increase their anti-Azerbaijani activity.”
Bashar Kemur, the president of the Congress of Azerbaijanis of Europe, echoed Hasanov’s words. He noted in a speech to the group that the group is now conducting “serious work in the neutralization of the anti-Azerbaijani activity of the Armenian lobby and has made significant steps toward bringing to the attention of the world community the truth about Karabakh.”
Nazim Ibrahimov, chairman of the State Committee for Work with the Diaspora, added that the Congress of Azerbaijanis of Europe has already achieved a great deal and that his structure is pleased to be working closely with it. Other speakers included Parviz Shahbazov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Berlin, Samira Pattser-Ismailova, head of the Coordination Center of Azerbaijanis in Germany, Fazil Hasanov, head of the Cultural Center of Azerbaijanis of Georgia, Sahil Gasymov, president of the Congress of Azerbaijanis of the Benelux Countries, and Bilal Dundar, President of the Federation of Turkish-Azerbaijani Societies. This list in and of itself underscores the ways in which the Azerbaijani communities abroad have assumed a more clearly defined organizational role.
The Azerbaijani communities abroad vary from country to country. The largest, of course, numbering more than 25 million, consists of the Azerbaijani population of Iran. The next largest, number upwards of two million are the Azerbaijanis of the Russian Federation, with more than one million of them living in Moscow and another half million in St. Petersburg. Elsewhere, the communities are smaller, but in many cases, they consist of businessmen and students, with the latter group particularly prepared to play a broader social and political role.
Until a few years ago, most Azerbaijanis assumed that the Armenian Diaspora was almost all-powerful, and even now Azerbaijanis are inclined to ascribe to its machinations decisions by foreign governments with which they do not agree. But Hasanov’s comments in Berlin suggest that today there is a growing awareness among Azerbaijani leaders that the Armenian “lobby” can be countered, and countered successfully, if Azerbaijanis living abroad become more active.

COMPUTER MASTERMIND
JAILED IN YEREVAN

22.05.2012 - A district court in Yerevan sentenced on Tuesday a Russian citizen of Armenian descent to four years in prison on charges of creating and spreading a computer virus that reportedly infected 30 million computers around the world.
The 27-year-old Georgy Avanesov, the first person known to be jailed in Armenia for cyber crime, was convicted of “computer sabotage” about two years after being arrested at Yerevan’s Zvartnots airport.
The arrest came shortly after authorities in the Netherlands cracked down on a hacker group that allegedly infected millions of computers worldwide with the notorious Bredolab virus that gave it access to bank account passwords and other confidential information.
According to the AFP news agency, Dutch investigators said at the time that the Netherlands-based server network used by the group was capable of infecting three million computers a month and was sending an estimated 3.6 billion virus emails to users daily by the end of 2009.
In their 25-page indictment read out during Avanesov’s trial, Armenian prosecutors said the young man developed the Bredolab in Armenia in March-June 2009. They said Avanesov used computer servers in Holland and France to spread the virus and attack at least 194 websites and 30 million computers by October 2010.
The alleged hacking also involved a DDOS attack on the website of Kaspersky Lab, a world-famous computer security firm headquartered in Russia.
During the pre-trial investigation, Avanesov reportedly admitted being the Bredolab’s author. But he denied having criminal intent, saying that he passed on the virus to an unknown person through the Internet and was not aware of its criminal use beforehand.
Aravot.am quoted Avanesov’s defense lawyer, Gegham Hakobian, as saying on Tuesday that the prosecution failed to substantiate the charges. “Georgi Avanesov did not know anyone [involved in cyber crime] and did not intend to deliberately harm anyone,” Hakobian said.

MORE THAN 2.2 MILLION DOLLARS RAISED AT HAY TAD TELETHON

May 20, 2012 - LITTLE ARMENIA - At the conclusion of the six-hour ANCA Endowment Fund Telethon on Sunday, May 20, $2.2 million was raised from donations large and small from a wide cross-section of the community, demonstrating and bolstering the grassroots power and capability of Armenian-Americans.
During the six-hour broadcast, the telethon aired segments documenting the activities of the ANCA Endowment Fund in working for Genocide education and recognition, aid to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh and encouraging participation by the Armenian-American community.
Volunteers from all walks of life flooded the Horizon Armenian Television studios for the entire day to help ensure the success of the telethon, which was being planned for several months.

 

SISSI TOROSSIAN DECORARTED
WITH MESROB MASHDOTS MEDAL

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Community calendar at a glance:

► Friday 25 May at 7:00 pm - Photographic Exhibition entitled "Aspelian Photographic Kaleidoscope-Nature's Visions" at Skali Aglantza Cultural Centre organised by Rotary Club of Nicosia Aspelia. Net proceeds will go towards the International Service Project - Water supply to Sotk in Armenia
► Sunday 27 May at 11:00 am - Hamazkayin's SIPAN Dance Ensemble performs at a bi-communal festival in Kormakiti in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus.
► Thursday 31 May at 7:30 pm - Two book launches by Dr. Susan Pattie organised by the Moufflon Bookstore and The Armenian Prelature. "Who Are the Armenians?" By Susan Pattie with Gagik Stepan–Sarkissian and Maral Kerovpyan. Book and CD of music and spoken word.
"Treasured Objects" - Armenian Life in the Ottoman Empire 100 Years Ago
V K Davidian, S P Pattie, G Stepan-Sarkissian, eds.
► Friday 1 June at the Larnaca Club - Lecture by Krikor Doungian. Details to follow.

Saturday 2 June at 8:00 pm at PASYDY -
May 28 celebrations by ARF Dashnaktsoutiun and affiliate organisations, followed by Dinner at AYMA. Keynote speaker Krikor Doungian from Syria. Special appearance by Hamazkayin's SIPAN Dance Ensemble and Badanegan Choir.
► Sunday 3 June at 7:00 at the Armenian Church Hall of Limassol. A lecture by unger Krikor Doungian followed by dinner.
► Wednesday 6 June - Humanitarian aid collection for needy families in Limassol organised by ARS (HOM) "Sosse" Chapter. See ad further down for more details.
► Saturday 09 June at 10:30am - Day trip to Kato Dhrys near Lefkara, organised by the Armenian Relief Society's (HOM) "Sosse" Chapter. Lunch at Platanos Restaurant. Adults €25.00 - Children 5-12 €15.00 (incl. bus transportation). Community members are all welcome.
► 12th to 29th July - Khalkidiki Camp of the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) of Greek Macedonia and Thrace Greece: Arrival in Thessaloniki 12/7: Departure from Thessaloniki 29/07. Age of participants: 10-14. Last date of participation 22nd June. For more information and reservations you can contact the Cyprus Chapter of the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) by calling Louise Aynedjian on 99533684.
► Thursday 21 June from 5.30pm - 7.30pm - Traditional reception to all Armenian graduates on the island at the residence of the Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian.
► Friday 22 June at 6:00 pm - Annual General meeting of Armenian Relief Society's (HOM) "Sosse" Chapter at Homenetmen - AYMA.
► Friday 22 June at 8:00 pm - Sourp Asdvadzadzin Junior Church Choir performance under Director Nara Sardarian at Utudjian Hall.
► Saturday 6 October - 40th anniversary celebrations of NAREG Armenian Schools. Details to follow.

 
 
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ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY (HOM) FOR LIMASSOL

150 needy families in Limassol are being assisted by The Armenian Relief Society (HOM) “Sosse” Chapter by contributions made by our community and through the efforts of the Cyprus chapter.
Detergents and dry food are on top of the list and you too can help, by calling Louise Aynedjian on 99533684. All goods will be gathered at Homenetmen AYMA until Wednesday 6 June, 2012.

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BOOK LAUNCH - THURSDAY MAY 31

Join us for an illustrated presentation of two new books, published by the Armenian Institute, London. Author/editor Dr. Susan Pattie will talk about how these books were created and show samples of the "treasured objects" highlighted in one of them. Maral Kerovpyan, a contributor to the children's book, will also be present. The talk and discussion following will be in Armenian and English. Please note: Armenians of Cyprus are featured in both books, in images and stories.

Who Are the Armenians? By Susan Pattie with Gagik Stepan–Sarkissian and Maral Kerovpyan.
Book and CD of music and spoken word.
A fascinating guide for both children and adults, this book brings the 3000-year-old Armenian history and culture to life through folktales, language, food, religion, music, dance, art, poetry, sports and games. Including information about the Republic of Armenia, the book also explains how Armenians have made homes all over the world. Who Are the Armenians? presents the lives of children in Armenia and diaspora countries, showing how they live today.

Treasured Objects: Armenian Life in the Ottoman Empire 100 Years Ago
V K Davidian, S P Pattie, G Stepan-Sarkissian, eds.

This richly illustrated book grew from the exhibition of the same name at the Brunei Gallery (SOAS) in 2010. Combining historical context with personal narratives, the book tells the stories of the dispersion of these household items and their owners from their original homes in the Ottoman Empire, pre-Genocide.
The books will be available for purchase or can be bought through the Moufflon Bookshop
booksop@moufflon.com.cy / 22 665 155, or order through the website of the Armenian Institute (www.armenianinstitute.org.uk)

 

 
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