Oct 172014
 
 October 17, 2014  No Responses »

In an interview with the TheTruthMustBeTold.com, William M. Paparian, former Mayor of Pasadena and a criminal defense attorney, provides more details with regard to his sobering statements on the activities of the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee (PAGMC) and its board members. In his press release published on September 30, 2014, he announced his resignation as the chairman of the board of directors of the PAGMC.

Bernard Melekian, PAGMC's interim chair, with David Gevorkyan, a PAMGC member (photo from Facebook)

Bernard Melekian, PAGMC’s interim chair, with David Gevorkyan, a PAGMC member (photo from Facebook)

On October 3, 2014, Bernard Melekian, former Chief of Police of the City of Pasadena, interim chair of the PAGMC, sent me an email, stating that the allegations made in Paparian’s press release were under a ‘thorough internal review.’ He expected it to be ready within the following two weeks. I agreed to wait if he provided me with a number of documents pertaining to the PAGMC’s tax-exempt status, which must be available for public inspection and copying upon request pursuant to Exempt Organization Public Disclosure and Availability Requirements. The failure to comply with these requirements was instrumental in my decision to conduct my own independent investigation and publish the results. This step upset Melekian.

“When I asked you to give me a couple of weeks to get my bearings, you assured me that you would do so. Apparently you lost track of time because you then sent out a press release parroting the unfounded allegations of the previous chair,” he wrote on October 14, 2014, following the publication of my press release three days earlier. Melekian is probably oblivious of his failure to satisfy my legitimate request for the paperwork. Two weeks have already passed, but I am yet to receive the results of the ‘thorough internal review.’ I don’t have to point a finger to show the obvious – who of us has lost track of time. Once again I am equipped with enough evidence to do without the findings of the board’s ‘internal review.’ I’d rather parrot the facts instead.

 

Registering with California Attorney General

William M. Paparian, former chair of the PAGMC's board (© paparian4congress.com/)

William M. Paparian, former chair of the PAGMC’s board (© paparian4congress.com)

One of the disturbing issues Paparian pointed out in his press release was the fact that the PAGMC was ‘unintentionally’ receiving donations illegally for over a year and a half. He linked this issue to the treasurer’s ‘failure to follow California law regarding legal filings.’

According to California Government Code Section 12585, a non-profit organization must register with the Attorney General in the Registry of Charitable Trusts within 30 days of receiving its first donation. Having received its first donation on February 26, 2013, the PAGMC took 562 days to comply with this law. In the meantime, the non-profit had been unintentionally soliciting and receiving donations illegally. This might have gone on for a longer while, had Paparian not contacted John Sadd, the independent CPA of the committee, on August 18, 2014, and requested a copy of the PAGMC’s tax return. A few days later Sadd sent him a copy.

“I’m not an accountant, but this doesn’t look right to me. Can you tell me what’s going on?” Paparian asked Sadd regarding his discovery that David George Gevorkyan, the board’s treasurer and chief financial officer, had used a wrong EIN number and a wrong reporting period on the PAGMC’s tax return. Furthermore, Gevorkyan had used his home address as that of the organization. This discussion eventually led to the issue of the PAGMC’s legal status. And Sadd told Paparian that they had to file with the Registry of Charitable Trusts of the Attorney General and the Franchise Tax Board. This took Paparian by surprise, as over a year before Gevorkyan had led the board to believe he had taken care of the matter.

In an email sent to all the board members on May 19, 2013, Gevorkyan, announced to the board that all the paperwork for registering the non-profit was ‘taken care of’ and ‘ready to go.’ He wrote the following:

Dear PAGMC Board,

The paperwork for the nonprofit are complete and need to be reviewed by John Sadd. Upon his return from Japan (Monday) we will be meeting to finalize the paperwork. The documents for the Attorney General’s office is taken care of, and the Franchise Tax Board’s, Secretary of State, and IRS documents are ready to go. Please call or email me if you have any questions.

On August 28, 2014, a day after his discovery of the missing filings, Paparian set out to amend the grave oversight. He prepared and filed the necessary paperwork to register the PAGMC with the Registry of Charitable Trusts of the Attorney General’s Office, the Franchise Tax Board of California and filed two years of annual reports. The application was approved on September 11, 2014.

The problem was discovered after over $100 thousand were raised and grants from the California Endowment had been received. And this oversight, later, led to a number of violations of the Penal Code Section 320.5. Charitable raffles.

 

Dinner & Cigars

On June 19, 2014, the PAGMC organized an event called Dinner & Cigars at Phoenicia Restaurant in Glendale, CA. The entry fee was $80 per person, which included dinner and three premium cigars. And a raffle was conducted during the fundraising event. According to Part VIII, Line 4d of the IRS 1023 form, “in all cases and events, all fundraising activities are and will continue to be performed by the PAGMC for the PAGMC.”

According to Penal Code Section 320.5. (c), an eligible non-profit organization is required to have been ‘qualified to conduct business in California for at least one year prior to conducting a raffle.’ In addition to that, the PAGMC had to register with the Department of Justice to conduct the raffle and annually file a financial report about how much money was raised. According to the Attorney General’s website, Gevorkyan never did any of it. 

Judging by Gevorkyan’s financial report dated October 1, 2014, he had held on to unaccounted-for cash proceeds from the raffle for six weeks before finally depositing $2,076, of which $1,426 was in cash as documented by a deposit slip dated August 5, 2014.

Photos from the PAGMC's Dinner & Cigars fundraising event

Photos from the PAGMC’s Dinner & Cigars fundraising event (photo from Facebook)

PAGMC Bank Activities

The PAGMC has two accounts for depositing funds: the primary account, which is managed by the Community Foundation of the Verdugos (CVF) and the PAGMC’s corporate checking account. Currently, there is a discrepancy between the balances of these accounts, which implies misappropriations.

According to Part VIII: Line 4E of the IRS Form 1023 (Separate Accounts for Contributors), the PAGMC’s corporate checking account is used for collecting donations and transferring them to the primary account, which is intended to pool donor contributions ‘for the soft and hard cost of building and, later, maintaining the memorial.’ The other function of the corporate checking account is to pay for expenses, such as print materials, office supplies, event rental equipment and similar expenses.

Based on the primary account, a total of $106,751 was raised for the project, as of October 1, 2014. However, not all the moneys were transferred from the corporate checking account to the primary account. Since the establishment of the PAGMC’s corporate checking account, the total amount of contributions in cash and checks made payable to the PAGMC amounted to $35,706 as of October 1, 2014. A total of $18,650 was transferred from this account to the primary account managed by the CVF, as of October 1, 2014, leaving a balance of $17,056. Total bank service charges for the corporate checking account amounted to $365, and the current balance in the same period was $323.30. What has happened to $16,367.70?

According to the PAGMC’s bank account activity, as of October 1, 2014, there has been only one legitimate expenditure that is in line with the Part VIII: Line 4E of the IRS Form 1023. It was a check for $399 paid to the City of Pasadena to cover the cost of the building permit of the memorial, on August 22, 2014. Given the information presently at hand, it is difficult to account for the remaining $15,968 in its entirety, however, it is certain that some of it was spent to cover expenses other than ‘the soft and hard costs of building and, later, maintaining the memorial,’ as stipulated in the Part VIII: Line 4E of the IRS Form 1023.

Anthony Portantino with David Gevorkyan at Dinner & Cigars event (from Facebook)

Anthony Portantino with David Gevorkyan at Dinner & Cigars event (photo from Facebook)

For instance, it is a fact that $236.91 was paid to Anthony Portantino, a PAGMC board member and a political candidate running for California State Senate in 2016, as a reimbursement for candles. Portantino had purchased them for the Armenian Genocide Memorial Ground Blessing event, which he organized and coordinated on April 27, 2014. The check was issued by Gevorkyan, Portantino’s campaign organizer, and cashed on August 25, 2014. Strangely, it was dated April 25, 2014. Payments like this are in violation of the final segment of the Part VIII: Line 4E of the IRS Form 1023:

All solicitations indicate that the funds will be placed directly in the “Armenian Genocide Memorial Fund” with the Community Foundation of the Verdugos. In the event the PAGMC shall need to raise funds for a specific activity (such as a mailer, event rentals, equipment, etcetera), donors will be directly solicited specifically for those funds.

According to Paparian, no donors have ever been directly solicited specifically to contribute funds to cover the PAGMC’s organizational expenses.

 

Gevorkyan’s Background Misrepresentation Revisited

In its first report on the PAGMC, TheTruthMustBeTold.com was able to conduct an independent investigation which confirmed Paparian’s allegations that David Gevorkyan had, in fact, submitted fraudulent background information about himself to the PAGMC’s board. Paparian gave TheTruthMustBeTold.com more details on how he learned about the misrepresentations in the first place.

In March 2014, Shoghig Yepremian, a member of the PAGMC board, chairperson of the Pasadena Chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA-Pasadena) and president of Yepremian Consulting, Inc., disclosed to William Paparian and his wife, Sona Paparian, PAGMC’s former webmaster and social media coordinator, that there were inaccuracies in David Gevorkyan’s biography. She also said that due to these misrepresentations David Gevorkyan was removed from his position as the Treasurer of the ANCA-Pasadena. “No wonder this guy never worked anywhere.  No one would hire him to begin with,” she wrote to Paparian in an email on March 4, 2014.

In another email sent to William Paparian, on April 3, 2014, Yepremian writes the following about David Gevorkyan:

“He has exceptional talent of manipulating people.  I have not given him any responsibility on my Board.  This is one way of cutting his involvement in any Pasadena activities. I don’t like when people use organizations for self benefit.  I will slowly push him away from my board.  It might take some time.”

Shoghig Yepremian, a PAGMC member (from her Linkedin account)

Shoghig Yepremian, a PAGMC member (photo from her Linkedin account)

Troubled by Yepremian’s allegations, Paparian had inquiries made, which confirmed the fact of material misrepresentations in Gevorkyan’s background. The findings were corroborated by a background investigation conducted by the City of Glendale. Under California Public Records Act Cal. Govt. Code§§ 6250 et seq., I requested from the City of Glendale a copy of the background report in question and all of Gevorkyan’s applications for paid and unpaid positions. Six days later, I was granted access only to the applications.

In his application for appointment to the Audit Committee of the City of Glendale, under qualifications/experience, Gevorkyan wrote and signed under the following statement: “I am a certified treasurer.” As proven in Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee in Crisis, the previous report published by TheTruthMustBeTold.com, this statement is false. Nevertheless, Gevorkyan has been serving as an audit commissioner for the City of Glendale since June 11, 2013.

As the sole incorporator of the PAGMC, Paparian was responsible for naming the original members of the board. Because Gevorkyan had been appointed to the PAGMC’s board as a representative of the local chapter of the ARF, Paparian requested to meet with its leaders and discuss Gevorkyan’s fraudulent background. “They were presented with everything that had been discovered, but nothing was ever done,” he said.

On August 6, 2014, Sona Paparian removed Gevorkyan’s bio from www.pasagmc.com, then the official website of the PAGMC, and notified the entire board about it by email. However, the removal of Gevorkyan’s fraudulent bio from the website cost Sona Paparian her own removal from the activities of the Board.

At the board meeting, on August 9, 2014, Bernard Melekian announced that Sona Paparian had ‘crossed the line.’ William Paparian remembers him saying: “We can’t have a volunteer to say things like this about a board member with uncorroborated allegations.” Melekian had ignored the fact that the allegations had been corroborated by the City of Glendale and urged to sever the board’s ties with Sona Paparian.

Here is an excerpt from the minutes of the August 9 meeting:

Barney MOTION [Bernard Melekian - AM]: Effective September 2, 2014, the Board will terminate our arrangements with the current volunteer, Sona Paparian, as it relates to her services with all the PASAGMC social media (Webpage and FaceBook, etc). The Board will seek the services of a professional web manager with a focus of hiring such a person. Anthony 2nd No objections

Another excerpt from the minutes reveals how Shoghig Yepremian backed down from all of her earlier assertions, when David Gevorkyan confronted her, demanding an explanation:

David asked for this portion of the board meeting to be on record:

(paraphrased) - Bill accused David that he has a false professional background and when the ANCA Pasadena Chapter found out, they removed him from his position as treasurer. Bill said that another PASAGMC Board member found out about this and informed Bill and Sona. David asked Bill to identify the PASAGMC Board who gave him that information and he said it was Shoghig. David asked Shoghig if it was true that the ANCA Pasadena Chapter had removed him as Treasurer because of his incompetency. Shoghig said that the ANCA did not remove David as Treasurer, but rather that it was because of a routine annual board rotation. Shoghig said that she did not make such statement to Bill or Sona and does not have information on David’s background. Shoghig told the Board that ANCA matters should not be discussed at this Board.

 

Non-Profit vs Political Campaigning

In preparation of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Ground Blessing event, which took place on April 27, 2014, Portantino suggested that he mail the invitations and Paparian handle the RSVPs. Having sent invitations to public officials living as far away as Glendale, Portantino had left out Jacque Robinson, Vice Mayor of the City of Pasadena. And although a number of officials from Burbank were also invited, Assembly Member Mike Gatto, received no invitations. Both happen to be Portantino’s opponents in the race for California State Senate.

Despite having received no official invitation, Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson was present thanks to the PAGMC’s Facebook event announcement. And though Mike Gatto was absent, his field representative, Mary Manoukian, attended the event. Paparian included their names in the VIP list and gave it to Portantino a couple of days prior to the event to make sure they were introduced by Dickran Tevrizian, retired Federal Judge for the Central District of California, who was going to be the Master of Ceremonies. However, at the ground blessing event, strangely, their names were not announced, and Paparian had to hand their business cards to Judge Tevrizian who then acknowledged them.

The IRS regulations about political campaign intervention in the activities of a non-profit organization appear a bit too strict for Anthony Portantino’s ambitious bid to become a California Senator. But it could be a costly decision for him to leave the board, since it might harm his prospects of soliciting support from Armenian-American voters. For instance, David Gevorkyan, his campaign organizer, would no longer be able to embellish Portantino’s image by making allusions to his role in building the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Pasadena, CA, as he did in his Facebook post promoting his Welcome Reception, which was held at Rennaissance Banquet Hall, in Glendale, CA, on June 26, 2014:

David Gevorkyan's FB post promoting Anthony Portantino

David Gevorkyan’s Facebook post promoting Anthony Portantino

A dear friend of our community, who represented us in Sacramento in the State Assembly, who is working on building a Genocide Memorial, who is a visiting professor at USC, who is a State Commissioner, who happens to be the former Mayor of La Canada/Flintridge, and is definitely  a down-to-earth friend and representative for us all, is running for State Senate. I want us all to get together and support Anthony Portantino on June 26th, at Rennaissance Banquet Hall.

Another incident that cast a shadow over the ground blessing event was Judge Tevrizian’s unexpected introduction of James Hellmold, Assistant Sheriff of Los Angeles County, as a candidate for the Los Angeles County Sheriff. Moreover, Hellmold was invited to the stage to give a speech. It is uncertain whether it was Tevrizian’s personal decision or he was simply reading from a script, but, nevertheless, it was a clear violation of the IRS terms for 501(c)(3) organizations. Although Judge Tevrizian is not a member of the board, he certainly represented it in his capacity as the Master of Ceremonies, on that day.

In the Frequently Asked Questions About the Ban on Political Campaign Intervention by 501(c)(3), it says:

If a candidate is invited to speak at an organization event in his or her capacity as a political candidate, the organization must take steps to ensure that:

a. It provides an equal opportunity to participate to all political candidates seeking the same office;

b. It does not indicate any support for or opposition to any candidate (including candidate introductions and in communications concerning any candidate’s attendance); and

c. No political fundraising occurs.

Bob Olmstead, another candidate for the same position, Los Angeles County Sheriff, was also present at the ground blessing event. But none of the PAGMC’s board members tried to remedy this error. As a result, not only did Olmstead not get equal time, he got no time. He was not acknowledged in any way.

Conclusions and Recommendations

The IRS regulations about political campaign intervention in the activities of a non-profit organization appear a bit too strict for Anthony Portantino’s ambitious bid in the2016 race for California State Senate. As urged in the first report, Anthony Portantino and his campaign organizer, David Gevorkyan, must leave the PAGMC’s board. In light of the findings in this report, whoever has engaged, supported or covered up any of the above-mentioned illegal activities must be immediately removed from the PAGMC’s board.

Initially scheduled to start near the end of September of 2014, the construction of the memorial hasn’t commenced yet. According to Zareh Astourian, CEO of TTG, who is volunteering his time to oversee the engineering side of the construction, the latter should start no later than the beginning of November for it to be completed by April 24, 2015. However, the ongoing crisis at the PAGMC has become a roadblock for the project. The sooner the current board members address the PAGMC’s pressing issues, the sooner will they help pave the way for the completion of the memorial by the 100th anniversary of the Genocide.

Ara K. Manoogian is a human rights activist; a Fellow of the Washington-based Policy Forum Armenia (PFA); creator of www.thetruthmustbetold.com; author of the white paper “To Donate Or Not to Donate”, an in-depth study on the activities of the “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund

Former Armenian MP Ruben Hayrapetyan Linked to ASALA Assassinations

Former Armenian MP Ruben Hayrapetyan Linked to ASALA Assassinations

Ruben Hayrapetyan, a.k.a. Nemets Rubo, former Armenian MP and the current head of the Armenian Football Federation, is once again linked to a murder. In a video interview to Sona Davtyan of Iravunk, published on September 24, 2014, Vahe Shahmuradian, [READ MORE...]

ARTN-TV Informed About Armenia Fund Corruption

ARTN-TV Informed About Armenia Fund Corruption

On September 6, 2014, founding member of the “Stop Armenian Corruption” movement, Ara Manoogian, delivers information to ARTN-TV owner Robert Oxlaxchhyan regarding the “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund (HAAF) and the Armenian Governments corruption. Manoogian encouraged ARTN to reconsider broadcasting a telethon [READ MORE...]

Discussing Haqqin.az's Defamation of Ara Manoogian on Naira Khachatrian Live

Discussing Haqqin.az’s Defamation of Ara Manoogian on Naira Khachatrian Live

Human rights activist Ara Manoogian was guest of the August 19, 2014 episode of Naira Khachatrian Live TV Show on AMGA TV. Naira Khachatrian and Ara Manoogian discussed the latter’s defamation by Azeri Haqqin.az news outlet and various reactions to [READ MORE...]

AXA Settlement Fund Board Alleges Embezzlements of Funds for Genocide Victims’ Heirs

The AXA Settlement Fund Board, established in France, in August 2007, to oversee the distribution of funds among insured Genocide victims’ heirs, issued a statement on May 26, 2014 about embezzlement of AXA funds, particularly, the compensation of the insured [READ MORE...]

Garo Ghazarian on the Armenian Genocide,  and Turkey's Hand in Kessab Attack

Garo Ghazarian on the Armenian Genocide, and Turkey’s Hand in Kessab Attack

Garo Ghazarian, Chairman of the Armenian Bar Association, speaks on the Armenian Genocide, and Turkey’s Hand in Kessab Attack, during the mass protest against Turkey’s denial of the Armenia Genocide, held in front of the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles, [READ MORE...]

Congressman Adam Schiff Reacts to New Evidence on Chemical Attack in Syria

Congressman Adam Schiff Reacts to New Evidence on Chemical Attack in Syria

This video is a fragment from a Congressional press conference, led by Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), condemning the forced depopulation of the historically Armenian city of Kessab, Syria by Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists aided and abetted by neighboring Turkey, reported the [READ MORE...]

Sy Hersh Reveals Potential Turkish Role in Syria Chemical Strike That Almost Sparked U.S. Bombing

Sy Hersh Reveals Potential Turkish Role in Syria Chemical Strike That Almost Sparked U.S. Bombing

Was Turkey behind last year’s Syrian chemical weapons attack? That is the question raised in a new exposé by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh on the intelligence debate over the deaths of hundreds of Syrians in Ghouta last year. The [READ MORE...]

“Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund U.S. Western Region Sponsors Audit Trip

“Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund U.S. Western Region Sponsors Audit Trip

For the sake of transparency and accountability, The Truth Must Be Told, a Los Angeles-based civil initiative, is organizing an audit trip to Armenia and Artsakh to examine the quality of the work carried out by “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund, in [READ MORE...]

Artsakh Government Buys Expensive Cars after Telethon

Artsakh Government Buys Expensive Cars after Telethon

In Artsakh-related Facebook groups the most discussed topic is Artsakh government’s recent decision to allocate $250 thousand for upgrading its fleet vehicles, following the “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund’s Telethon for the construction of Karvachar-Sotk highway. According to the sources, a vehicle [READ MORE...]

Alexandre Varbedian's Book Launch Prevented in Los Angeles

Alexandre Varbedian’s Book Launch Prevented in Los Angeles

Despite preliminary arrangements, Armenian Society of Los Angeles (Association of Iranian-Armenians) denied Alexandre Varbedian the use of their premises for the launch of one of his books in November 2013. The details are in the interview with the author. This [READ MORE...]

Video about "Hayastan" All-Armenian Fund

Video about “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund

“To Donate Or Not to Donate “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund” is a video (with English and Armenian subtitles) touching on some of the topics discussed in the white paper on the Fund, which can be found at http://www.thetruthmustbetold.com/wp-content/uploads/haaf-eng.pdf/

Boycott Armenia Fund

Boycott Armenia Fund

The November 26, 2013 episode of The Truth Must Be Told TV presented the following: impressions and fragments from “Stop Armenian Corruption” Town Hall Meeting (Glendale Public Library, November 23, 2013); Ara K. Manoogian’s presentation about “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund; highlights [READ MORE...]

Human Rights Activist Threatened By Persons Claiming To Be Sheriff's Deputies

Human Rights Activist Threatened By Persons Claiming To Be Sheriff’s Deputies

BREAKING NEWS: Robert Avetisyan, Artsakh Permanent Representative in the U.S., falsely reports on U.S. human rights activist Ara K. Manoogian, causing a harassment by persons claiming to be Sheriff’s Deputies and an attempted arrest by the Glendale Police Department. Glendale, [READ MORE...]

To Donate or Not to Donate? to "Hayastan" All-Armenian Fund

To Donate or Not to Donate? to “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund

Ara K. Manoogian’s video presentation about the white paper, To Donate or Not to Donate, which was shown at the Town Hall meeting, “Stop Armenian Corruption” on November 23, 2013. For free download of To donate or Not to Donate, [READ MORE...]

Armenian Corruption & "Hayastan" All-Armenian Fund - 2

Armenian Corruption & “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund – 2

The November 12, 2013 episode of The Truth Must Be Told TV Show is the continuation of the previous show (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOaS34fjJ_o) is about Armenian corruption and whether it is worth donating to “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund. Ara Manoogian answers calls from [READ MORE...]

Arakel Movsisyan, a.k.a. Shmice, Insulting Zaruhi Postanjyan

Arakel Movsisyan, a.k.a. Shmice, Insulting Zaruhi Postanjyan

Arakel Movsisyan, a.k.a. Shmice, a member of Armenia’s National Assembly, insults Zaruhi Postanjyan, another member of the Armenian parliament from oppositional Zharangutyun (Heritage) faction. He is mad at Zaruhi Postanjyan for asking Serzh Sargsyan, self-proclaimed president of the Republic of [READ MORE...]

The Truth Must Be Told with Father Vatche Hayrapetyan

The Truth Must Be Told with Father Vatche Hayrapetyan

The Truth Must Be Told TV Show presents a telephone conversation between Ara Manoogian and Father Vatche Hayrapetyan, pastor of the Armenian community in Strasbourg, who poignantly criticizes the clergymen who have expressed negative opinions about him, namely, Arcbp. Norvan [READ MORE...]

Պատրիարք Մեսրոպ Մութաֆյանի նամակը Տեր Սահակ Գալստյանի վերլուծությամբ

Պատրիարք Մեսրոպ Մութաֆյանի նամակը Տեր Սահակ Գալստյանի վերլուծությամբ

«Ճշմարտությունը պիտի ասվի» հաղորդաշարի 2013 թ. օգոստոսի 6–ի թողարկման ընթացքում Տեր Սահակ Գալստյանը վերլուծում է Գարեգին Բ կաթողիկոսին 2000 թ. Պոլսո հայոց պատրիարք Մեսրոպ Մութաֆյանի ուղարկած նամակը, որտեղ քննադատվում են կաթողիկոսի կայացրած մի շարք կարևոր որոշումներ։ Հաղորդման ընթացքում ներկայացվում է [READ MORE...]

The Individual Who Is Speaking out against the Catholicos Is in an Obvious Mentally Unbalanced Condition, Fr. Vahram

The Individual Who Is Speaking out against the Catholicos Is in an Obvious Mentally Unbalanced Condition, Fr. Vahram

Source: Asekose.am Date: 07/12/2013, 11:50:34 Lately, an episode of The Truth Must Be Told TV Show prepared by our fellow Armenians in the U.S. has appeared on the Internet. It explores the steps Catholicos Garegin took, following Prime Minister Vazgen [READ MORE...]

Catholicos Karekin II's Violations in His First Year of Service

Catholicos Karekin II’s Violations in His First Year of Service

Or a Letter from Arshbisop Mesrop Mutafyan, Patriarch of Constantinople, to Karekin II Catholicos of All Armenians With Brotherly Love For information Mesrob M. [Mesrob II Mutafyan] 09-11-2000 ARMENIAN PATRIARCHATE Istanbul, 3 November 2000 Number 3848 H.H. Garegin II Supreme [READ MORE...]

Armenian Government Appoints Catholicoses

Armenian Government Appoints Catholicoses

The power shift that occurred in Armenia, following Armenia’s first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s resignation in 1998, brought no significant improvement to the rule of law. Election fraud remained the authorities’ key tool of longevity. Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s administration had interfered with [READ MORE...]

Celebration of the 95th Anniversary of the Establishment of the First Armenian Republic

Celebration of the 95th Anniversary of the Establishment of the First Armenian Republic

Armenian Bar Association organized an event in Glendale, CA, to celebrate the 95th Anniversary of the Independence Day of the First Armenian Republic, on May 28, 2013. Raffi Hovannisian, people’s choice for Armenia’s President 2013, was a special guest.

Election Fraud by the Numbers։ Response To Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians

Election Fraud by the Numbers։ Response To Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians

On April 20, 2013, one day after Epress.am republished Ara Manoogian’s article regarding the October 27, 1999 election fraud which resulted in enthroning Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, Fr. Vahram Melikian, Chief Spokesman of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, [READ MORE...]

“Overly mean step”: Etchmiadzin Responds to Report on Electoral Fraud during Karekin II’s Election

“Overly mean step”: Etchmiadzin Responds to Report on Electoral Fraud during Karekin II’s Election

Source: Epress.am Date: April 19, 2013 Reverend Father Vahram Melikyan, Chief Spokesman of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, described American-Armenian reporter Ara Manoogian’s article, to which Epress.am referred yesterday, as “absolute nonsense”. In the article, Ara Manoogian says that voter [READ MORE...]

Electoral Fraud and Boycott: Ara K. Manoogian Guest of Veradardz TV Show

Electoral Fraud and Boycott: Ara K. Manoogian Guest of Veradardz TV Show

Ara K. Manoogian was the guest of Harut Bronozian’s Veradardz TV show on April 18, 2013. The topics of the discussion is the electoral fraud in the 2013 presidential election in Armenia, as well as the issue of boycotting Serzh [READ MORE...]

Artur Sakunts' Open Letter to U.S. President Barack Obama

Artur Sakunts’ Open Letter to U.S. President Barack Obama

Dear Mr. President of the United States, On March 2, 2013, the Armenian media disseminated your congratulatory message to the acting president of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan on being re-elected as the president of Armenia on February 18, 2013. Your [READ MORE...]

Congratulations to re-elected Armenian president spark Burbank hunger strike

Congratulations to re-elected Armenian president spark Burbank hunger strike

Source: The Burbank Leader Author: Alene Tchekmedyian, Times Community News Date: March 25, 2013 Ara Manoogian hadn’t eaten for nine days as of Monday, and he was prepared to go without food for weeks, or even months, more. Camped in [READ MORE...]

BREAKING NEWS: Adam Schiff Seeking Response from White House and State Department to Ara K. Manoogian's Open Letter to U.S. President Obama

BREAKING NEWS: Adam Schiff Seeking Response from White House and State Department to Ara K. Manoogian’s Open Letter to U.S. President Obama

Burbank, CA – On March 21, 2013, Ara K. Manoogian, a human rights activist, visited U.S. Congressional Representative Adam Schiff’s office in Burbank, CA, to inquire whether there was any response from the Congressman to his open letter to U.S. [READ MORE...]

Hunger Strike, Day 1: Open Letter to U.S. President Barack Obama

Hunger Strike, Day 1: Open Letter to U.S. President Barack Obama

Ara K. Manoogian started a hunger strike on March 17, 2013, as a sign of protest against U.S. President Barack Obama’s recognition of the Armenian Presidential Election 2013, which was marred with considerable fraud in favor of the incumbent, Serzh [READ MORE...]

All about Ara Manoogian's Hunger Strike for Democracy and Rule of Law

All about Ara Manoogian’s Hunger Strike for Democracy and Rule of Law

This post includes comprehensive information and links regarding Ara K. Manoogian’s hunger strike that starts on Sunday, March 17, 2013, as announced in his Open Letter to U.S. President Barack Obama. FACT: On March 2, 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama [READ MORE...]

Armenia Misses Another Opportunity To Improve Elections

Armenia Misses Another Opportunity To Improve Elections

Reference id  aka Wikileaks id #243342  ? Subject Armenia Misses Another Opportunity To Improve Elections Origin Embassy Yerevan (Armenia) Cable time Wed, 13 Jan 2010 07:11 UTC Classification CONFIDENTIAL Source http://wikileaks.org/cable/2010/01/10YEREVAN19.html History Time unknown: Original unredacted version, leaked to Wikileaks Thu, 1 [READ MORE...]

The Business of Politics: Leading Enterprises of Political Elites

The Business of Politics: Leading Enterprises of Political Elites

Reference id  aka Wikileaks id #235119  ? Subject The Business Of Politics: Leading Enterprises Of Political Elites Origin Embassy Yerevan (Armenia) Cable time Tue, 17 Nov 2009 14:00 UTC Classification CONFIDENTIAL Source http://wikileaks.org/cable/2009/11/09YEREVAN798.html References 08YEREVAN369, 09YEREVAN106, 09YEREVAN369, 09YEREVAN372 History Time unknown: Original unredacted version, leaked [READ MORE...]

Los Angeles Armenian Are not Going to Keep Quiet about Election Fraud

Los Angeles Armenian Are not Going to Keep Quiet about Election Fraud

/Translated from the Armenian Source: 1in.am/ Election fraud is fought not only by Armenians living in Armenia but also those in the Diaspora. A protest took place in Los Angeles, yesterday, with the participation of around 50 people. The protest [READ MORE...]

Գլենդելյան Համերաշխության երթը դատապարտում է ընտրակեղծիքը Հայաստանում

Գլենդելյան Համերաշխության երթը դատապարտում է ընտրակեղծիքը Հայաստանում

/English below/ Գլենդել, Կալիֆորնիա – Համերաշխության երթ է տեղի ունեցել Գլենդելում, կիրակի, 2013 թ. փետրվարի 24-ին, Հայաստանում պայքարող ժողովրդին սատարելու նպատակով: Երթի նպատակն էր Լոս Անջելեսի հայ համայնքներում 2013 թ. Փետրվարի 18-ին կայացած ՀՀ նախագահի ընտրությունների արդյունքների կեղծման մասին իրազեկումը: [READ MORE...]

Բողոք ընտրախախտումների դեմ / Protest Against Election Fraud

Բողոք ընտրախախտումների դեմ / Protest Against Election Fraud

2013 թ. փետրվարի 21-ին 18:30 (6:30 pm) Լոս Անջելեսում ՀՀ հյուպատոսության շենքի առջև տեղի կունենա բողոքի ցույց ընդդեմ փետրվարի 18-ին ՀՀ նախագահի ընտրություններում տեղի ունեցած զանգվածային ընտրակեղծիքների, որոնք խեղել են ընտրության արդյունքները:

Դրոշմակնիքների ջնջումը, բազմակի քվեարկում / Removing Electoral Seals, Multiple Voting

Դրոշմակնիքների ջնջումը, բազմակի քվեարկում / Removing Electoral Seals, Multiple Voting

ՀՀ նախագահական ընտրությունների ժամանակ օգտագործված ընտրական դրոշմակնիքները հեշտությամբ ջնջման տեսանյութերի հավաքածու: Իսկ վերջում նկարահանված են մի խումբ մարդիկ, ում լրագրողը նկատել է մի քանի անձանգրերի դրոշմները ջնջելիս հավանաբար կրկնակի քվեարկության նպատակով:

Արցախի գլխի գալիքը Սերժ Սարգսյանի վերընտրման դեպքում / What Awaits Artsakh, If Serzh Sargsyan Is Re-Elected

Արցախի գլխի գալիքը Սերժ Սարգսյանի վերընտրման դեպքում / What Awaits Artsakh, If Serzh Sargsyan Is Re-Elected

/English text below/ Տեսանյութում հնչում է ՀՀ նախագահի աշխատակազմի ղեկավարի տեղակալ (իսկ 2011-ից` ղեկավար) Վիգեն Սարգսյանի հայտարարությունը արել է 2010 թ. փետրվարի 12-ին Վաշինգտոնում Ռազմավարական և միջազգային հետազոտությունների կենտրոնի (CSIS) կազմակերպած միջոցառման ժամանակ ի պատասխան նախկին ԼՂԻՄ-ի հարակից տարածքների վերաբերյալ [READ MORE...]

Ո՞վ վռնդեց սփյուռքահայ ներդրողին - Who Kicked Out Diaspora Armenian Investor?

Ո՞վ վռնդեց սփյուռքահայ ներդրողին – Who Kicked Out Diaspora Armenian Investor?

/English text below/ Տեսանյութում ես` Արա Խ. Մանուկյանս, երեք հարց եմ հղում ՀՀ նախագահի թեկնածու, նախկին վարչապետ Հրանտ Բագրատյանին մի արտահայտության վերաբերյալ, որը նա արել էր Policy Forum Armenia կազմակերպության կողմից 2009 թ. մայիսի 25-ին Երեւանում կազմակերպված «Դիմագրավելով համաշխարհային փոթորկին» [READ MORE...]

Սերժ, ինչո՞ւ մահացավ Վիլիկը

Սերժ, ինչո՞ւ մահացավ Վիլիկը

/English version/ Կարկառուն քվանտային ֆիզիկոս Վիլիկ Հարությունյանի մահվան մասին և դրանց առնչությամբ Սերժ Սարգսյանին ուղղված իմ երեք հարցը ներկայացնող կարճ տեսանյութի հրապարակումից հետո, News.am-ն այդ հարցերը վերահասցեավորեց գիտնականի դստերը` Կարինե Հարությունյանին: Լրատվամիջոցի փոխանցմամբ, նա վստահեցրել է, որ իր հոր մահվանն [READ MORE...]

Vilik Harutyunyan's Daughter Certain Recent Video Falsifies Her Father's Death Circumstances

Vilik Harutyunyan’s Daughter Certain Recent Video Falsifies Her Father’s Death Circumstances

Source: News.am Date: January 28, 2013, 18:56 Armenian version Vilik Harutyunyan’s daughter assures circumstances of her father’s death presented in the video are false For several days, some users have been sharing a video regarding the circumstances of death of [READ MORE...]

Վիլիկ Հարությունյանի դուստրը վստահեցնում է, որ իր հոր մահվանն առնչվող նյութում ներկայացված հանգամանքները կեղծված են

Վիլիկ Հարությունյանի դուստրը վստահեցնում է, որ իր հոր մահվանն առնչվող նյութում ներկայացված հանգամանքները կեղծված են

Աղբյուրը` News.am Հունվար 28, 2013 | 18:56 English version Վերջին օրերին համացանցում որոշ օգտատերերի կողմից շրջանառվում է մի տեսանյութ՝ կապված «Լազերային տեխնիկա»  գիտաարտադրական միավորման հիմնադիր եւ գլխավոր տնօրեն,  ֆիզիկամաթեմատիկական գիտությունների դոկտոր, պրոֆեսոր Վիլիկ Հարությունյանի մահվան հանգամանքների հետ:

Սերժ, ինչպե՞ս մահացավ Վիլիկը / Serzh, How Did Vilik Die?

Սերժ, ինչպե՞ս մահացավ Վիլիկը / Serzh, How Did Vilik Die?

Քաղցկեղից մահանալուց մի քանի ամիս առաջ հայտնի ամերիկահայ բարերար Վարդգես Պարսամը, ով 1988 թ. Սպիտակի երկրաշարժից հետո Հայաստանին առատորեն աջակցած սփյուռքահայերից մեկն է, իր ընկեր Արային որոշ մանրամասներ է հաղորդում

Yeghia Nersesian: Averting Environmental Disaster

Yeghia Nersesian: Averting Environmental Disaster

Բնապահպան Եղիա Ներսեսյանը «Բնապահպանական աղետի կանխում. լուծումներ անպատասխանատու հանքարդյունահանման խնդրին» խորագրով միջոցառման բանախոսն էր: Միջոցարումը տեղի է ունեցել Կալիֆորնիայի Շերման Օքս քաղաքում գտնվող Մերտինեան հայկական ավետարանչական դպրոցում 2012 թ. դեկտեմբերի 16-ին: Ներսեսյանի ելույթից հետո տեղի է ունեցել հարց ու պատասխան: [READ MORE...]

Analysis of Political and Environmental Struggle

Analysis of Political and Environmental Struggle

“Analysis of Political and Environmental Struggle” is an event that took place at Luna Playhouse in Glendale, CA, on December 10, 2012. The speakers were Tigran Khzmalyan, a film director, and Yeghia Nersesian, an environmental activist. A Q&A session followed [READ MORE...]

Protest to Prosecute Nemets Rubo in Glendale, CA

Protest to Prosecute Nemets Rubo in Glendale, CA

Սա Ռուբեն Հայրապետյանին դատական կարգով հետապնդելու պահանջն արտահայտող բողոքի ցույց է, որը տեղի է ունեցել 2012 թ. հուլիսի 13-ին Լոս Անջելեսում ՀՀ գլխավոր հյուպատոսության շենքի առջև, որը գտնվում է Գլենդելում: Ցույցի ընթացքում միջնորդագիր է հանձնվել գլխավոր հյուպատոսի ներկայացուցչին: Միջնորդագրին կարելի [READ MORE...]

Armenian Radio Hour of New Jersey discusses the murder of Dr. Vahe Avetyan and Member of Armenian Parliament Ruben Hayrapetyan, a.k.a. Nemets Rubo

Armenian Radio Hour of New Jersey discusses the murder of Dr. Vahe Avetyan and Member of Armenian Parliament Ruben Hayrapetyan, a.k.a. Nemets Rubo

Armenian Radio Hour of New Jersey discusses the murder of Dr. Vahe Avetyan and Member of Armenian Parliament Ruben Hayrapetyan, a.k.a. Nemets Rubo, on July 8, 2012, in New Jersey, NJ. The hosts of the radio show are Khoren Bezirdjian [READ MORE...]

National Suicide in Progress

National Suicide in Progress

(Հայերեն տարբերակը՝ «Ազգային ինքնասպանությունը՝ ընթացքի մեջ»)   I asked a provocative question at the Armenian National Committee (ANC)  Grassroots conference, on November 25, 2011, regarding the catastrophic proportions of emigration from Armenia, calling it “the white genocide of 2011”. I [READ MORE...]

How to Renovate Already Renovated Retirement Home (NEW DETAILS)

How to Renovate Already Renovated Retirement Home (NEW DETAILS)

(Հայերեն տարբերակ)   A few days ago the cost of the “Stepanakert Elderly House Reconstruction,” an ongoing project of “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund (HAAF), increased by 265%. This dramatic increase from about $400 thousand as of October 2011 to about $1 [READ MORE...]

What “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund Does Not Want You to Know

What “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund Does Not Want You to Know

(The French version, հայերեն տարբերակ) It has been a year since Sarkis Kotanjian, Executive Director of “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund (HAAF) Western U.S. region, gave a TV interview, during which he made so many untrue statements about the Fund that I [READ MORE...]

How to Renovate Already Renovated Retirement Home

How to Renovate Already Renovated Retirement Home

(the Armenian version) “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund made an announcement in the summer of 2011 about launching a new project, which appeared controversial to me. The target was the Stepanakert Retirement Home, which was scheduled to undergo an extensive renovation thanks [READ MORE...]

When Seyran Ohanyan Gave Green Light To Army Violence

When Seyran Ohanyan Gave Green Light To Army Violence

The tradition for not punishing the military personnel for violence has been set by none other than Colonel-General Seyran Ohanyan, Defense Minister of Armenia, on June 19, 2005. That day Seyran Ohanyan, then the Defense Minister of Artsakh, together with a number of high-ranking military officials—Samvel Karapetyan, Vardan Balayan, Artur Harutiunyan, Vladik Khachatryan, as well as current Defense Minister of Artsakh, Movses Hakobyan—subjected Artsakh war veteran Pavel Manukyan to a severe gang beating within the walls of the Defense Ministry. The incident became a scandal both on TV, and in media, however, it didn’t get as much public attention as it would today thanks to the social networks. Numerous articles were written about the violence committed by High-Ranking Generals, the Armenian authorities call on the their counterparts in Artsakh to conduct impartial investigation of the matter, former Arkady Ghukasyan promised to guarantee unbiased administration of justice.

Plugin from the creators ofBrindes :: More at PlulzWordpress Plugins