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U.S. has warned Azerbaijan over war games

In response to a Congressional Armenian Caucus inquiry regarding Azerbaijan’s May 18-22 war games, the State Department, this week, revealed that it has warned Azerbaijan regarding its lack of transparency regarding large-scale military exercises, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

“We welcome the news that the State Department has warned Azerbaijan over its large-scale military exercises and encourage increased U.S. vigilance against Baku’s reckless arms build-up, military escalation, and cross-border attacks against both Artsakh and Armenia,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian.

“However, in light of President Aliyev’s own stated intentions, the fungible nature of security assistance, and the resources that U.S. aid frees up in Baku’s military budget, we do take str

Congressional Members Support Continued Aid to Artsakh and Armenia

The Armenian Council of America (ACA) is pleased to announce that on June  22, members of the US House of Representatives from California, Connecticut, Michigan, New York, and Rhode Island, provided testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, in support of continued demining aid to Artsakh and assistance to Armenia.

Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Jim Costa (D-CA), TJ Cox (D-CA), John Garamendi (D-CA), Jim Himes (D-CT), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) emphasized the importance of continued assistance to Artsakh specifically, while Rep. Costa also requested $100 million in aid to Armenia and raised concerns regarding Azerbaijan’s recent military escalation and the the disparity in military assistance

Ertugrul Ghazi and modern Turkey's strategic imperatives

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Center for Armenian Studies Established at UC Irvine

UCI Center for Armenian Studies

UCI Center for Armenian Studies

The Center for Armenian Studies at the University of California, Irvine has been established. The new Center, based in the School of Humanities, will support teaching, research, and community engagement with an emphasis on the study of Armenians and Armenia within a regional (i.e., Middle East and Caucasus) and world context, thus reflecting the global and interactive nature of Armenian history.

With a strong programming history and demonstrated community support, the Center seeks to contribute to the diverse intellectual and cultural life of the campus and the wider community.

“This is a particularly propitious time

ANC International calls out Turkey’s hostile actions against Armenians around the world

In recent weeks, Armenians worldwide have witnessed Turkey’s sharp escalation of its hateful incitement and hostile actions against Armenians, in Turkey, across the South Caucasus, and around the world, the Armenian National Committee International said in a statement.

“Among the most notable of these provocations have been incitements and protests organized by isolated interests in Lebanon that are aligned with Ankara and its genocidal intentions toward the Armenian nation. This hostility was also prominently advertised by the Erdogan government’s public announcements that it devoted a five-hour meeting of his High Advisory Board to its campaign to obstruct the “Armenian lobby’s” progress toward a truthful, just, and comprehensive international resolution of the

Rep. Sherman, key House members testify for U.S. aid to Artsakh

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) testified for continued life-saving U.S. de-mining assistance to Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) today, during a first-ever virtual testimony organized by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, as this key panel gets set to finalize its Fiscal Year 2021 foreign aid priorities over the next two week, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Rep. Sherman, who testified live on video, was joined by his colleagues Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Jim Costa (D-CA), TJ Cox (D-CA), John Garamendi (D-CA), Jim Himes (D-CT), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who submitted written testimony. Overall, ten of the thirty U.S. Representatives offering testimony cited their support for aid to Artsakh and Armenia.

“We want to thank Congressman Sherman – who made a powerful case for Artsakh aid in his testimony today before the House Appropriations Committee – and all the leg

Armenian Government Proposes Universal Mandatory Income Filing: Is the Country Ready?

 The Armenian government is planning to launch a universal income filing system, requiring citizens to periodically submit income disclosures to tax authorities.

The government has yet to provide specifics regarding the system, which will be a major change in the way citizens calculate and pay their income taxes.

Currently, taxes are automatically withdrawn from people’s wages and there is no income filing on a yearly or quarterly basis.

The new system’s effectiveness will largely depend on the main goals of the authorities in implementing this system. The goals are several: increase taxes collected from citizens, progressive income tax, reduce the shadow economy, collect the necessary database to assess the social status of the population, etc.

Potential obstacles to the system’s smooth launch are the low level of financial literacy and the country’s 23.5% poverty rate, among others.

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Political disaster in Brussels

BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 21

The public flogging of Yerevan in Brussels on June 18-19 on the sidelines of a video conference of leaders of the EU countries and the Eastern Partnership is nothing but a political catastrophe in Brussels for Armenia.

During these two days, all the EU institutions without exception adopted an unprecedented number of documents that can be briefly described in two words as the political catastrophe for Armenia.

Former President of the European Council, now President of the European People’s Party Donald Tusk, the leader of the party with the biggest number of MPs in the European Parliament and represented in the EU leadership by ten commissioners, including President of the European Commission Ursula van der Leyen, made an official statement on this topic several hours before the Summit.

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Film shot in occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan not helping resolve conflict – MP

BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 20

By Elchin Mehdiyev – Trend:

Azerbaijani MP Soltan Mammadov expressed protest of the Azerbaijani public in connection with the film “Should the Wind Fall” (Si le vent tombe) by Nora Martirosyan shot in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and presented for a screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

Mammadov made the statement during the meeting of the extraordinary session of the Azerbaijani parliament, Trend reports.

“The film shot in the occupied Azerbaijani lands serves one single purpose which is to distort the history, causes and essence of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” the Azerbaijani MP said. “With particular feeling of regret, I would like to