armenia

Armenia

BACKGROUND

Armenia is a landlocked country located in the South Caucasus, bordering Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran to the south. It is a democratic nation-state with a parliamentary republic that is composed of 98% Armenians. Armenia was the first nation to accept Christianity in 301 A.D. and its Christian culture has continued to play a pivotal role in the establishment of the Armenian national identity; more than 95% of the country remains Christian. Economically, the country is isolated and borders to the east and west are closed, however the country is emerging as a Silicon Valley in the region and has become a leading technology and start-up hub, exporting software and programs. The country has gradually been developing in the socio-economic and socio-political sectors, as well, improving its institutions to increase transparency and eradicate post-communist aftershocks like corruption and oligarchy. 

LATEST NEWS

  • The High Advisory Board of Turkish presidency gathered on Tuesday to discuss how to respond to “groundless and anti-Turkey allegations” regarding the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The statement accused what it referred to as the “Armenian lobby” of exploiting the “challenging and painful era endured by all Ottoman citizens for the sake of political calculations through lies and slanders that were invented by various power groups.” -Zartonk Media

  • A secret document has revealed Turkey’s plans to invade Armenia and Greece. The document, titled,“TSK Çakabey Harekât Planlama Direktifi,” was incorporated into the case file by prosecutor Coşkun, who appears to have forgotten to remove the classified documents before submitting them to the court. -Nordic Monitor 

  • Despite Armenia’s, Greece’s, and Cyprus’ effort to block his nomination, Turkey’s Volkan Bozkır has been elected president of the UN General Assembly, per the United Nations. In April 2015, Volkan Bozkir attacked Pope Francis for calling the massacres of the Armenians in 1915 a Genocide. -Zartonk Media

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  • About 30 Iranian students held a protest near the Embassy of Armenia in Tehran against Armenia’s decision to open an embassy in Israel. The protesters held signs warning about the consequences of the decision, screamed “Death to Israel, Death to the United States and Death to Britain”, and burned the Flag of Israel. They also read a statement condemning the Armenian government’s decision to open an embassy in Israel. “Any ground for strengthening and presence of the Zionist regime is considered a hostile act,” as stated in the statement. -News.am

  • Armenophobia has become widespread among Lebanon’s Sunni Muslim community, often manifesting in the form of pro-Erdogan (Turkish President) protests and threats from pro-Turkey parties. Recently, a Sunni-Muslim backed by Turkey sparked outrage amongst Armenians when he called Neshan Der Haroutunian, a Lebanese-Armenian TV show host, a refugee. He also stated that the Armenians deserved to undergo the Armenian Genocide and glorified the Turkish perpetrators. -Zartonk Media

  • The historical Armenian Holy Virgin Monastery, which is located in the Gürpınar district of Van, Turkey, continues to be targeted by treasure hunters. Van Yüzüncü Yıl University’s Department of Art History Faculty Member, Mehmet Top, stated that the monastery should be brought to faith tourism. -Zartonk Media

  • President of Artsakh, Arayik Harutyunyan, and Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures of Armenia, Suren Papikyan, visited the southern part of Kashatagh region of Artsakh, where the construction of the highway linking Artsakh and Armenia will soon kick off. The new highway will be of strategic importance for the social-economic progress of the two Armenian republics. -Armenpress

  • The National Assembly of Artsakh and the House of Representatives of Cyprus have agreed on developing and deepening cooperation through a parliamentary friendship group. -Tert.am

  • The Colorado State Senate unanimously passed HB20-1336, which requires Holocaust & Armenian Genocide education as a condition for High School graduation in public schools in Colorado. (House Bill 1336 – Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Public Schools).  -Zartonk Media