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05.12.2016 FRANCE AND TURKEY AGAINST THE KURDS
by Thierry Meyssan
The Western medias are unable to explain the wars which are shattering the «complicated Orient» because they refuse to see them in the regional context. Rather than discussing whether the events in Syria are a revolution, a civil war or an aggression, or whether or not the repression in Turkey is justified, Thierry Meyssan proposes another reading of the facts by presenting the example of the Kurds.

02.12.2016 CRYPTO-CHRISTIAN GREEKS OF PONTUS- BETWEEN ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY
Zeynep Türkyılmaz
While the situation of Hemshin people, Muslim Armenians in the Black Sea region is becoming increasingly well known, the question of the Greeks in Turkey remains largely taboo or unrecognized. Called Roums in Turkey, Ottoman Greeks in Greece, these heirs of the Byzantine Empire were expelled in 1923 following a vast operation of exchange of population with Greece which ended the war between the two countries.

22.11.2016 LOSSES OF ARMENIAN COMMUNITIES IN MIDDLE EAST ARE GREAT, HARD TO RECOVER
The existence/survival issue of Armenian communities is very acute during the last decades in the Middle East, senior expert of the center of Armenian studies of Noravank scientific-educational foundation Vahram Hovyan told a press conference in ARMENPRESS.

21.11.2016 CAN TRUMP SUCCEED?
by Thierry Meyssan
While the Atlantist Press persists in projecting onto Donald Trump the artificial debates that Hillary Clinton imposed during the campaign, and while the calls to assassinate the elected President multiply, Trump is preparing to change the paradigm, and overthrow the Puritan ideology that has dominated his country for two centuries. But can he succeed?

16.11.2016 ARMENIANS SHOULD REACH OUT TO TRUMP THROUGH REPUBLICAN FRIENDS IN CONGRESS
By Harut Sassounian
An unprecedented U.S. presidential campaign came to an end with the unexpected victory of Donald Trump! Since the November 8 elections, there has been endless speculation by self-styled Armenian analysts about the President-elect’s business ties with Azerbaijan and Turkey, wrongly concluding that he would side with Armenia’s enemies! Since Trump has made no comments on Armenian issues, no one can really know what his position is likely to be….

11.11.2016 TURKISH ECONOMY IN THE HOLE OF THE CRISIS: INVESTORS FLEEING
Turkey is facing one of the most alarming periods of its modern history. Even though the local regime has survived the July coup attempt, has made it up with global powers and has even gained an “own niche” in the Syrian conflict, it is unable to solve its economic problems as many foreign investors are being scared off by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plans to switch from the parliamentary to presidential rule and thereby to gain undivided authority.

09.11.2016 AZERBAIJAN AT TWENTY-FIVE: A NEW ERA OF CHANGE AND TURBULENCE
Azerbaijan is entering a new historical phase. The oil boom—which boosted the economy, consolidated the country’s statehood, and gave it a new international profile—has ended. The country’s leaders have more limited financial resources to offer a society that is not as politically quiescent as it was a decade ago and where new forms of opposition, such as political Islam, are slowly emerging. For the authorities, their chief dilemma is whether they can carry out economic liberalization to revive the economy without resorting to political liberalization, which they fear will undermine their power.

08.11.2016 NON-STATE COMBATANTS IN CONFLICTS OF A NEW GENERATION. LESSONS LEARNED AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR RUSSIA
Vladimir Neelov
The end of the Cold war and the disappearance from the political map of the world the Soviet Union has not led to the "end of history" and the end of major confrontations with the use of military force, as it was predicted by many Western idealistic thinkers, led by Francis-girl fighting. Decades since the collapse of the USSR was accompanied by wars and armed conflicts of varying intensity, the annual number of which is somewhat decreased in comparison with 1991, but in recent years has been a steady growth trend.

07.11.2016 HOLD ON, DAMASCUS, CHINESE CAVALRY IS COMING
Martin Berger
A recent chain of events in the Middle East has resulted in China becoming actively engaged in the settlement of the Syrian conflict. The primarily reason behind this development is the ever increasing activity of Uighur terrorists from the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), which, according to a report presented by The Long War Journal, has been fighting government forces in Syria along with ISIS. Moreover, it’s been reported that ETIM militants are involved in the ongoing battle for Aleppo. This group is well known across the globe for its close ties with al-Qaeda and its continuous calls for separatism within the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China.

Facts and Events

06.10.2016 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ON GLOBAL SECURITY
International School on Global Security was organized by the Russian Center of Political Studies (PIR Center) and Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation from September 24 to October 2, 2016 in Abramtsevo, Russia.

13.09.2016 MOTHER TERESA’S REAL NAME WAS AGNESSA BOYAJIAN
Mother Teresa… Very few know that this woman’s real name was Agnessa Boyajian. She was an Armenian. She told about it to Catholicos of All Armenians Vazgen I during her visit to Armenia in 1988 after the disastrous earthquake.

08.09.2016 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STATE GOVERNANCE IN INFORMATION AGE
International Conference on State Governance in Information Age organized by Chinese Academy of Modern International Relations took place on August 29-30, 2016 in Qingdao, China.

06.09.2016 EURODIALOGUE, VOLUME 3, FROZEN CONFLICT AND SELF-DETERMINATION
This Publication is based on the International Conference “Conflicts and the right to Self-determination” organised in the European Parliament (Brussels - Belgium), by the Member of the European Parliament Dr. Eleni Theocharous, on the 3rd of June 2015, in cooperation with the Jagellonian University of Krakow, the Louvain-la-Neuve University and the American University of Beirut.

10.06.2016 TWO NEW CHEMICAL ELEMENT IN THE PERIODIC TABLE WILL BE NAMED IN HONOR OF THE MOSCOW REGION AND ACADEMICIAN YURI HOVHANNISYAN
International Union of pure and applied chemistry (IUPAC) announced on introduction of four new chemical elements in the periodic table. Two of them will be named in honor of the U.S. state of Tennessee and Japan, and two more got their names because of the scientific Institute in Dubna near Moscow and a scientist of Russian Academy of Sciences Yuri Oganessian.

18.05.2016 THE FRENCH-ARMENIAN BUSINESS SOCIETY
The French-Armenian Business Society is organizing the Armenian-International Business Forum in Paris, on October 15, 2016, at the Napoleon hall of the Westin Paris-Vendôme hotel.

17.05.2016 VATICAN REVEALS UNPUBLISHED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE DOCUMENTS FROM ITS SECRET ARCHIVES
The chilling testimonies will be published in a book. The news came during the presentation of the “Lux Arcana” exhibition which will display the treasures of one of the world’s oldest archives.

05.04.2016 A NEW SYSTEM FOR MANIPULATING INFORMATION IS CREATED
President Obama has decided to replace the «Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications», created in 2011, by a «Global Engagement Center». To that end, on the 14th March 2016, he signed a secret decree – but a copy is already in circulation (see document below).

04.04.2016 THE WPF PRESIDENCY ON THE ESCALATION IN NAGORNO-KARABAKH
The Presidency of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” deplores that the cease-fire between the parties of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the Southern Caucasus has been seriously violated once more.

Seminars and meetings

29.11.2016 DISCUSSION OF THE CONCEPT OF ARMENIA-DIASPORA ONLINE UNIVERSITY
DISCUSSION OF THE CONCEPT OF ARMENIA-DIASPORA ONLINE UNIVERSITY A seminar on the Concept of Armenia-Diaspora Online University was conducted on November 25, 2016 at the Noravank Foundation. The keynote was delivered by Dr. Robert Khachatryan, Advisor of the Noravank Foundation’s Educational Centre and Chairman of the Chair on Education Management and Planning, Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences.

22.11.2016 POSSIBILITIES OF CONTENT ANALYSIS (presentations by D. Sarkisyan and A. Marjanyan in a Seminar at Noravank Foundation)
POSSIBILITIES OF CONTENT ANALYSIS (presentations by D. Sarkisyan and A. Marjanyan in a Seminar at Noravank Foundation) A seminar titled Content Analysis and its Applications in International Relations Research was organized at the Noravank Foundation on November 18, 2016. The keynote speaker was David Sarkisyan, Senior Expert at Noravank Foundation’s Centre for Political Studies and Postgraduate Fellow of Yerevan State University Department of International Relations.

04.11.2016 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS IN GEORGIA AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE COUNTRY’S DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN POLICIES
PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS IN GEORGIA AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE COUNTRY’S DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN POLICIES A seminar titled Parliamentary Elections in Georgia and Their Impact on the Country’s Domestic and Foreign Policies was organized at Noravank Foundation on November 2, 2016, attended by experts and consultants of the Foundation, specialists of the area, diplomats and representatives of public/political circles.

04.11.2016 PANEL SESSION OF THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION RESEARCH COUNCIL
PANEL SESSION OF THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION RESEARCH COUNCIL Panel session of the Noravank Foundation Research Council took place on November 15, 2016. The agenda included the report on the October 23-30, 2016 business trip to PRC by V. Atoyan, Deputy Executive Director of Noravank Foundation, A. Simavoryan, Head of the Centre for the Armenian Studies at Noravank Foundation and V. Aglyan, Head of the Centre for Political Studies at Noravank Foundation, and other ongoing matters.