Newsletter issue number 018 (April 2009)

Newsletter issue number 018 (April 2009)

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Middle East Armenian Newsletter

Issue 18 03 April?2009

Richard Tenguerian: The man behind the architectural models
Richard Tenguerian
New York, the cosmopolitan city and the capital of the world; where skyscrapers race proudly to the sky and below ground subways transfer numerous people all around.? Life is paced with the hectic rhythms of heartbeats and footsteps.

When I was observing these skyscrapers, I heard whispers telling me that here in New York I could meet the master model maker, Richard Tenguerian. Along with his employees, they are responsible for preparing models for the highest profile architectural projects in cities all around the world.


Interview with Professor of Pedagogical Sciences Mrs. Julietta Gulamirian
Professor Julietta Gulamirian
We would like to ask you about your childhood years. How the events related to your childhood years have affected your future course of life??


I was born in a Western Armenian family. My parents fled Western Armenia in 1915. My mother was originally from Bitlis, while my father is from the historical region of Moks. They have both come to Yerevan and stayed in the then functioning American orphanage, where they were raised. Later they were married and brought up seven children. I was the youngest of them.

Norair Kazandjian: a UAE Armenian star
Norair Kazandjian
Norair Kazandjian is a known name within the circles of the UAE Armenians. For many years he has been performing Armenian songs during social parties and gatherings.


Born in the Mediterranean picturesque city of Lattakia on the Syrian Coast, he has been blessed with parents who deeply comprehend the value of music and arts. After High School he moves to Aleppo to study in the Medical University, but, in the meanwhile, discovers that the world of music is close to his heart. He manages to follow lessons on guitar, piano and reciting.

Katia Peltekian: I have warned my friends to avoid the fake Katia
Katia Peltekian
You are known as a person who searches everyday for online Armenian news and posts them on Groong Armenian News Network. The least to say, this is a tiresome work. But is it also so rewarding?


It's been almost 10 years since I started compiling news about Armenia and Armenian issues printed in newspapers around the world. During that time, I've also translated into English numerous articles that were printed in the Arab world. Working on Groong takes 2-3 hours of my time every day (around April 24, it goes up to 4-5 hours), but it's been a very self-rewarding experience for several reasons. First, I have grown prouder of my Armenian heritage when I read and post news that inform of the contributions of Armenians to different cultures like India or Hong Kong, Singapore or Canada.

Boghos Mardirossian: Hay Tad is the security problem, which the Armenian civilization had since its formation
Boghos Mardirossian
On Friday, 06 March 2009 the Hay Tad Committee in Kuwait organized its first public event in Salmiya, Kuwait. Boghos Mardirossian delivered a lecture – presentation on the political situation in the Caucasus and its implications on Armenia.


In the first part of the lecture, Mardirossian made a brief introduction about the geographical location of the Caucasus and the different ethnicities residing there.? He pointed out that many languages are spoken there. Caucasus is not mono- ethnic or single religion place. In The northern Caucasus, which is the southern part of Russian Federation there are many ethnic groups and mainly five autonomous republics within the Russian Federation.

Al Jazeera reporter in Karabakh: To fight or not to fight
Al Jazeera Channel

Under the series “People & Power”, Al Jazeera's English section aired on 28 February 2009 an episode on Nagorno Karabakh, titled “To fight or not to fight” (Watch the two parts of the episode below).?

Michael Andersen has traveled the Caucasus and visited locations in Armenia, Karabakh, Azerbaijan and Georgia to find out answers to many questions.

Sonia Kaprielian: The art of expressing with balloons
Sonia Kaprielian

“Balloon for me is a living creature:? I feel it and I can't be hard on it!”. This is how Sonia Kaprielian speaks about or describes the relation with her balloons. She has transformed them from being just a child's toy into a unique art.

Besides being a painter, fashion designer and tourist guide, Sonia had also specialized in events organizing and decorating. She was raised in a family where art and music was well valued. She used to play violin in her youth, like her other siblings, who played different musical instruments. This led her to develop a passion towards art; she learned how to observe and appreciate the harmonious beauty in a piece of art.

Araks Pashayan: The Armenian community of Damascus needs to modernize the traditional functions of its national organizationAraks Pashayan

In a lecture – presentation in Yerevan, Noravank Foundation's researcher and specialist in Arab and Islamic affairs Araks Pashayan delivered an in-depth analysis of the Syrian Armenian societies with special refernce to Damascus Armenians.
After a historic narrative which covered the formation of the Armenian organized communities in the Syrian landscape (in the cities and towns of Damascus, Aleppo, Lattakia, Kessab, Kamishli and other smaller locations), Pashayan dealt with present day conditions and the existing challenges.

Armenian Karaoke night in SharjahKaraoke

On Friday, 05 March 2009, the Northern Emirates Artistic Committee organized an unprecedented Armenian Karaoke night in the presence of 150 attendants (30 teenagers and 120 adults), who clearly enjoy and cherish the Armenian song.

After the welcome speech by the committee head Berge Tosounian, the microphone was passed on to the well-known singer Norair Kazanjian, who was also the presenter for the entire evening. He first explained that the word “Karaoke” is a Japanese word that means “an empty orchestra”, and announced that this was the first time he participates in an Armenian Karaoke.

Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi visits Armenia?Sheikha Lubna

Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi, Foreign Trade Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) paid a two day official visit to Armenia (05-07 March 2009), leading a high-level trade and economic delegation.


She visited the Technical Training Institute in Armenia and had separate meetings with her counterpart Nerses Yeritsian (Economy Minister), Edward Nalbandian (Foreign Minister), Tigran Sarkisyan (Prime Minister), Hovik Abrahamyan (Chairman of the National Assembly) and President Serzh Sargsyan.?