Thursday, December 14, 2006

Dreaming of Another Disaster

I just got finished reading the December 13, 2006 edition of GIBRAHAYER e-magazine.

I can’t understand why we are sitting down and dreaming about how were going to re-integrate and develop Western-Armenia, when we should ALL be talking about our very real disaster of the last 15 years of integration and re-development of Armenian and Artsakh. We should ALL be looking for and implementing solutions to the problems that are threatening the survival of our nation, but alas, the romantic dream of Western-Armenian seem to cloud our vision.

I am really disappointed and quite puzzled by our Diaspora who beat the patriotic drum on April 24th, but when the need to save a few Armenian girls who got trafficked or a few thousand of our brothers and sisters facing starvation and death this winter, the drum stops and those “patriots” seem to be busy with more important things.

What should be discussed by the ARF Dashnaktsoutoun Shant Student Association at Hollywood’s Karapetian Hall (see story below) is the recent arrests and murders of Armenian war heroes who have/had the moral fortitude to stand up against those who mismanage and are ready to hand back our strategic territories that WE liberated with our blood to the Azeris. Discussing what we are going to do when the Turks hand us back Western-Armenia, should be saved after more pressing issues are dealt with.

And if Turkey hands back Western-Armenia to us tomorrow, we had better have all our other issues resloved or else in a very short time, we will be handing Western-Armenian over to someone without a fight.

Now an update on our raising funds to help out our starving brothers and sisters of Lachin with our project Hand-To-Hand. As of this posting and a couple hundred hits on this site, we have received 1 (ONE) donation of $50 (FIFTY) from someone in New Jersey. Believe it or not, I was anticipating $5, $10 and $20 donations, so to get a $50 tax-deductible donation from a fellow human makes me very happy and gives me hope that by the end of the year, a busload of common everyday citizens from Martuni who donors like the one from New Jersy empowered, will deliver some desperately needed financial assistance to Armenian families in Lachin who are facing starvation and possibly even death this winter.

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GIBRAHAYER e-magazine
December 13, 2006

HAY TAD - the next level

A Panel Discussion was organised last week by the ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Shant Student Association at Hollywood's Karapetian Hall. The topic of the panel discussion was the re-integration and re-development of the occupied Western Armenian territories after they have been returned by Turkey as a condition of Armenian Genocide recognition. The experts who participated in the panel discussion were political scientist and historian Garabed Moumdjian, Ph.D., economist and professor Ara Khanjian, Ph.D., and professional civil engineer Aram Kaloustian P.E.

The panel discussion was moderated by Levon Baronian, founder of the Confederation of All-Armenian Student Associations (All-ASA) and administrator of the ExecNet Armenian Network of Student Clubs (ExecNet). Before introducing the panelists, Mr. Baronian relayed that the ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Shant organized this event because it believes that the time has come to take Hay Dat to the next level and begin planning for what comes after the imminent recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

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