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A Visit to the Holy Land: Israel and Beyond

There are a lot of destinations that call themselves holy.  With that said, few places can claim that three of the world’s major faiths call the place sacred.  The land we speak of is Israel.  We recently returned from a two week visit and want to give you the ultimate guide to seeing the sacred sites.  This will be a two part post, with the first highlighting the religious sites of Israel, and the second will be about a side trip into Jordan.  Both are must dos, and compliment each other well....
Tags: Travel, Facebook, General, Wikipedia, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Armenia, Jesus, Toyota, Catholic, John, Homepage, Damascus, Christ


Armenia sends mine-clearing experts, doctors to Syria

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia has sent a team of experts to Syria on a Russia-backed mission to help clear mines and provide medical assistance, the Armenian Defense Ministry said Saturday. The ministry’s spokesman, Artsrun Hovhannisyan, said the team of 83 includes de-mining experts, medical personnel and security officers. He said it will defuse mines […]
Tags: News, Russia, Syria, Nation, Armenia, YEREVAN, Defense Ministry, Armenia AP, Artsrun Hovhannisyan


How to travel the Silk Road

Crossing Central Asia overland is undoubtedly faster and less eventful today than it was for sixth-century merchants looking to exchange weapons for spices, but if you’re planning to set out for a transcontinental journey of this kind, it will nevertheless be epic. With modern(ish) methods of transportation available and a relatively calm situation in most countries along the way, traveling the 5,000-mile route connecting east and west is mostly a matter of patience. What is the Silk Road? ...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, Asia, Europe, Greece, North Korea, China, Russia, India, Africa, Georgia, European Union, Turkey, Iran, Beijing, Unesco


Continued Evolution of Interstate Hotels & Resorts Demonstrated by Significant Momentum Across the Globe

Interstate Hotels & Resorts ignited an aggressive three-pronged strategy in 2018 focusing on unrivaled talent, global expansions and innovative product and program launches. The fresh perspective led by president and CEO Michael J. Deitemeyer and his highly innovative leadership team set the company up for a strong 2019. The company has grown the portfolio, transitioning 150 properties with 20,522 rooms under Deitemeyer's helm in 2018. Monumental strides were made in Continental Europe wh...
Tags: Travel, France, Chicago, Amsterdam, Marriott, Belgium, Armenia, Dallas, The Netherlands, Mike, Interstate Hotels Resorts, Interstate, YEREVAN, Chicago Illinois, Temecula California, Continental Europe


All About Traveling Overseas With a Vapor Smoke

While vaping may be considered safer than cigarettes in most markets out there, some areas still see the whole subject as a bit fuzzy. In the United States, taking your vape with you is generally no big deal.  When you get to the international flights and overseas travel, some things may get a little strict.  This article will look at some of the fundamentals you should be aware when you travel overseas.  The first thing to know is that rules and regulations vary far across the board. For gener...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, France, Germany, United States, Armenia, Croatia, Uruguay, Tsa, States, Bosnia, Brazil Singapore, Austria Belgium Denmark


Armenian politician dies after 52-day prison hunger strike

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — A leader of a small political party in Armenia has died in prison after going on a hunger strike nearly two months ago. The Armenian prison service said 51-year-old Mher Yegiazarian died early Saturday, 52 days after he started his hunger strike. Yegiazarian was vice president of a political party formed […]
Tags: News, Nation, Armenia, YEREVAN Armenia, Mher Yegiazarian, Yegiazarian


From Paris, with Poetry: On Henri Cole's 'Orphic Paris'

None Paul Valéry, the great French poet and critic, famously remarked that "poetry is to prose what dancing is to walking." His point was that poetry and prose are both forms of writing, but that their use of language is fundamentally different — one of them is artistic and the other is instrumental. When poets write prose, then, they are taking advantage of the instrumentality of the medium to do something that they can't quite do in their poetry: tell a story, flesh out a character, make an a...
Tags: Feature, Music, France, Poetry, Marseille, Paris, Luxembourg, Armenia, Pope, Middle Earth, Autobiography, Bishop, Essay, Rodin, Brokeback Mountain, Picasso


In former Soviet states, a new tech-savvy resistance is stirring | Barbara von Ow-Freytag

From Russia to Armenia to Belarus there has been a surge in online justice campaigns. And it’s making a differenceAn exciting wave of innovative activism is emerging across the former Soviet Union. I work for an organisation that supports civic activists and I see a new energy, self-belief and creativity that defies the pessimism permeating western debates about civil society in the region.What’s refreshing about these Generation Z activists is that they’ve linked up with designers, tech experts...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Internet, Russia, World news, Armenia, Belarus, Soviet Union, Barbara von Ow Freytag


The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 5, 2019

Fresh Snow on Red Barn Near Salmo, British Columbia, Canada. Haney The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 5, 2019 Welcome to our first Brunch of the new year! • • • The religious makeup of the new Congress Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Muslim, the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress, is sworn in while placing her hand atop Thomas Jefferson’s personal copy of the Quran. Like the rest of U.S. society…the new Congress is a bit more diverse, with Christians making up 88 percent of the member...
Tags: Usa, Congress, Abc, Washington, China, Religion, Elizabeth Warren, Jerusalem, Earth, Hillary Clinton, House, Moon, Joseph Smith, Armenia, Michigan, Jordan


Solar-powered COAF SMART Center brightens the future of Armenias rural youth

The Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) recently completed its flagship COAF SMART Center, a state-of-the-art facility that will empower Armenia’s rural communities through locally and globally relevant knowledge and technologies. Designed by Beirut-based architecture firm Paul Kaloustian Studio, the innovative campus features a contemporary and sculptural form powered with clean energy. Opened May 2018, the first COAF SMART Center is nestled in the rural hills of Armenia’s northern province of Lor...
Tags: Design, Armenia, Beirut, Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre, COAF, COAF SMART Center, Paul Kaloustian Studio, Children of Armenia Fund COAF, Lori Designed, Paul Kaloustian Studio Photography, Ieva Saudargaite


Voskanian Parfums: Eco Perfumes from Armenia

  "More people worship the rising than the setting sun." -Pompey The Great   Natural perfumery is eternal. According to archeologists who found the first perfumery (and possibly a chemist) lab in the world in Iraq, it is already about 3,200 years old. Man continues to search for primal causes, life and love, and the meaning of his existence in Nature. A new natural perfumery brand, which I want ... Read full article: Voskanian Parfums: Eco Perfumes from Armenia from Fragrantica Perfumes and Col...
Tags: Fashion, Iraq, Armenia, Fragrantica Perfumes


Firefighters revisit the scene of Armenia's earthquake in 1988.

Two British firefighters revisit Spitak, the scene of a devastating earthquake in 1988.
Tags: News, Armenia, Spitak


What influences a person's psychological boundaries?

Professor Sofya Nartova-Bochaver of the Higher School of economics and colleagues from universities in Armenia and China conducted a comparative analysis of the psychological boundaries of individuals living in different countries. The results indicate that age and sex play a greater role in the formation of those boundaries than culture does.
Tags: Science, China, Armenia, Sofya Nartova Bochaver


3 things to do at Southern California casinos this week (Dec. 21-27)

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa  Razmik Amyan, a pop singer from Armenia, will perform at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage on Dec. 22. Amyan has performed numerous shows in countries all over the world and has won in such categories as “Best Song” in the 2007 Golden Lyre Awards and “Best Singer” at the Tashir Armenian Music Awards of Moscow in 2009, 2011 and 2013. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.  Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. Tickets sold out...
Tags: Casinos, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Moscow, Armenia, Vermont, Southern California, Irving Berlin, Microsoft Theater, Rancho Mirage, Pechanga Resort, Brian Setzer, Wynonna Judd, Top Stories OCR


Bahrain Calls Giuliani Leader Of ‘US Delegation’ After Biz Meeting With King

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney was referred to as the leader of a “high-level U.S. delegation” by Bahrain’s state-run news agency on Tuesday, though Giuliani met with the country’s king as a representative of his personal business, not the United States. The New York Times flagged the meeting Wednesday. “His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa today at the Safriya Palace received former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, leading a high-level delegation,” read Bahrain News Ag...
Tags: News, New York City, US, Ukraine, United States, New York Times, The Times, Romania, Armenia, Times, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Bahrain, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa


Armenian PM’s bloc seen winning parliamentary vote

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Preliminary results in Armenia’s snap parliamentary election show the electoral bloc of the country’s new leader winning an overwhelming majority. A preliminary count from all precincts posted on the website of the Armenian Central Election Commission on Monday show Nikol Pashinian’s My Step bloc with more than 70 percent of the […]
Tags: News, Armenia, Central Election Commission, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics, YEREVAN Armenia, Nikol Pashinian


Armenia election: PM Nikol Pashinyan wins by landslide

Nikol Pashinyan, who led April's peaceful revolution, cements his hold on power in a snap election.
Tags: News, Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan


Armenia election: PM Nikol Pashinyan ahead in snap poll

Nikol Pashinyan, who led April's peaceful revolution, is on track for a majority in parliament.
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Armenia votes in snap election called by reformist PM

Nikol Pashinyan has pledged to tackle corruption and bring an ‘economic revolution’Armenians have voted in parliamentary elections triggered years ahead of schedule by the reformist leader Nikol Pashinyan, who is aiming to cement his political authority.The 43-year-old former journalist became prime minister in May after spearheading weeks of peaceful anti-government rallies that ousted veteran leader Serzh Sargsyan. Parliamentary elections had not been scheduled to be held until 2022. Continue ...
Tags: Europe, World news, Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, Nikol Pashinyan


Armenia leader Nikol Pashinyan holds test snap election

Acting PM Nikol Pashinyan, who led April's peaceful "Velvet Revolution", hopes to cement its gains.
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Armenia leader Nikol Pashinyan holds test snap election

Acting PM Nikol Pashinyan, who led April's peaceful "Velvet Revolution", hopes to cement its gains.
Tags: News, Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan


Armenia election: Gloves come off after ‘Velvet Revolution’

The man who led Armenia's peaceful mass revolt is on course to boost his political clout.
Tags: News, Armenia


The earthquake that devastated Armenia in 1988

On 7 December 1988 a colossal earthquake hit Armenia, leading to the deaths of 20,000 people.
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Russia to Build an Ammunition Plant in Armenia

A Russian group of companies called “Promishlenniye Technologii” (“Промышленные Технологии”, means “Industrial technologies”) which includes the ORSIS arms factory, as well as the Tula and Ulyanovsk ammunition plants, has announced that they have been negotiating with the Armenian government officials concerning the building of a new ammunition plant in Armenia. The announcement was published on the […] Read More … The post Russia to Build an Ammunition Plant in Armenia appeared first on The Fi...
Tags: Guns, Russia, Defense, Armenia, Tula, Daily News, Ulyanovsk, Ammunition, Orsis, Ammo Plant, PROMTECHNOLOGIA


Armenian warplane crashes during training, 2 pilots killed

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The Armenian military says that one of its combat jets has crashed, killing both pilots. Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan said that a Su-25 two-seat aircraft crashed during a regular training mission Tuesday. It said the plane took off from Gyumri and crashed in the mountains near Maralik in Armenia’s northwest. […]
Tags: News, Armenia, Defense Ministry, Gyumri, Nation & World, YEREVAN Armenia, Artsrun Hovhannisyan, Maralik


$100,000 Grawemeyer Award To Joël Bons For Concerto For Cello And Asian Instruments

“Nomaden, which was written for the French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Atlas Ensemble, a group of 18 musicians from Asia, the Middle East and Europe, had its premiere at the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam in 2016, where it was received enthusiastically. It pairs its cello soloist with musicians who play instruments from China (erhu and sheng), Japan (sho and shakuhachi), India (sarangi), Turkey (kemenche), Armenia (duduk), Iran (setar) and Azerbaijan (tar and kamancha).” (includes audio) ...
Tags: Art, Asia, Europe, Music, Japan, China, India, Turkey, Iran, Middle East, Amsterdam, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Jean Guihen Queyras, 12.03.18


Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian brings Armenian brandy to the US

Brett Moskowitz Contributor Share on Twitter Brett Moskowitz writes about cocktails and spirits for a variety of publications, including Food & Wine, Esquire, Saveur, Tasting Table, Liquor.com, Neatpour, and others. He lives in New York City. When Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, approached the members-only spirits subscription club Flaviar about bringing an Armenian brandy to market, he saw it as a unique opportunity t...
Tags: TC, Column, Europe, New York City, US, America, Tech, Reddit, Armenia, Alexis Ohanian, XO, Petkovic, Ohanian, Speedinvest, Flaviar, Brett Moskowitz


Church helps asylum seekers

After hearing that an Armenian family of five was in danger of deportation, a Protestant church in The Hague took measures to protect them. The Tamrazyan family had lived in the Netherlands for nine years, though the government denied their asylum request and ordered their deportation. The family’s children applied for a special residence permit, which was also denied. In an effort to help delay the family’s deportation, the church decided to hold a continuous worship service at the Bethel Ch...
Tags: Travel, Netherlands, Armenia, Churches, The Netherlands, All, The Hague, Protestant, Bethel Church, Hettema, Tamrazyan, HuffPost Rev Theo Hettema, Tamrazyans Church


Dutch church holds 27 days of round-the-clock services to protect immigrant family from deportation

A family of Armenian refugees have been sheltering in Bethel Church in The Hague for 27 days, avoiding a deportation order because officials are not legally permitted to interrupt a service -- and the church has been holding a nonstop, continuous service for the whole 27 days. The Tamrazyan family sought refuge in the Netherlands after the father's political activism led to death threats against him and his family. They were granted asylum, but this was struck down when the Dutch governmen...
Tags: Post, News, Religion, Netherlands, Armenia, The Hague, Asylum Seekers, Xenophobia, Bethel Church, Hettema, Dutch Treat, Tamrazyan, Mark Harbers, Annabelle Timsit Quartz


The New Italian Cinema Festival Comes to San Francisco

  You don’t have to cross an ocean to meet some unforgettable Italians, appearing in a delectable assortment of movies in the New Italian Cinema festival, presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute and scheduled for the first weekend in December in San Francisco. Among the featured films: *AS NEEDED (Quanto Basta), a charming narrative about a hot-tempered chef performing community service at a school for adolescents with Asperger’s and his intense relationship with a teenage...
Tags: Travel, Milan, San Francisco, Ukraine, Italy, Armenia, Tuscany, Asperger, Manuel, Andiamo, Gagarin, Cultural Institute, Dianne Hales, Speranza, Pubblico