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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Announcement: Let's Protect Our Children Together!‏


"In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost" (Mat 18:14).

Topics include

· Why is Child Protection Important?

· What is Child Abuse?

· Signs and Symptoms of Possible Abuse

· Helping Children to Protect Themselves

· Developing Policies and Good Practice

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"I miss the talkative nature of the Lebanese...", an interview with Dr. Ara Sanjian (Part 1)

Interview with Dr. Ara Sanjian, Director of the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

  • What kind of difficulties did you face after moving to the USA – socially, culturally, and academically?

I cannot say that I faced any serious academic difficulty. I actually began teaching the day after I arrived in the USA, and all of my new colleagues at the Social Science Department and the Armenian Research Center were very supportive. To get acculturated to the Michigan lifestyle both socially and culturally was predictably more challenging, and I still cannot say that this process has come to its end. I am gradually becoming more familiar with the local customs, but it will probably take a few more years until I’ll start considering Dearborn as my primary home.

  • What is one aspect that you miss most not having in the USA?

The talkative nature of the Lebanese! The fact that your business is also everybody’s business! I know that it sometimes irritates people in Lebanon (and I am certainly no exception in this regard), but it is also an indicator that the people around you care about you. When I used to return home from work in Lebanon, I usually felt that I’ve had enough discussions with others that day, from matters related to work to the latest developments in Lebanese politics. In Michigan, my work is more office-oriented, with much less person-to-person contact; people email to one another from the office next door!

  • You have taught students at Haigazian University, Lebanon for many years. In what ways does the student body in Dearborn differ from the one in Lebanon?

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is, like Haigazian, largely an undergraduate college, with relatively few master’s degree programs. Dearborn’s full-time student body, however, is more than ten times larger than Haigazian’s. Most of the students attending the courses I teach are majoring in History, Education or International Studies; they are required to take non-Western history courses. A large number of the students work full-time. Hence, many of the courses I have taught so far were scheduled after 6 pm in the evening. The average age of the students is noticeably higher than that at Haigazian, because many people in the USA return to university to further their education after establishing a working career and setting up their own families. The level of their knowledge of the English language is understandably higher, but very few of them can read in any other language. For the Armenian history courses, the novelty for me is that the majority in the classroom is not of Armenian origin and these students have almost no prior knowledge about Armenia or the Armenian people. Hence, I have adopted a comparative approach, emphasizing those aspects of Armenian history and culture, which can be of interest, I think, to non-Armenians.

  • Having been living in the USA for well over a year now, how would you define the present situation of the Armenian community living in the country? What are some of the major problems that this community faces today?

The United States is a very large country, and Armenians live in different parts of that country. The history and composition of the Armenian communities, say, in New York and New Jersey, Boston, Detroit, Fresno and Los Angeles are very different from one another. These communities have emerged at different times, and the Armenians who now low live in each of these locations have migrated to the United States at different times. What they have in common is that in all of these communities serious efforts are being made to preserve the Armenian identity among the younger generations as much as possible, and there are nationwide church, political and philanthropic organizations which try to link these communities together.

  • Is it true that Armenians living in the USA are losing their Armenian identity and becoming fully assimilated in the American community?

Assimilation is a universal norm; minorities tend to dissolve among the majority that they live in. The Armenian experience across the world has not been an exception. Perhaps the only difference among the various Armenian communities in various parts of the world has been the pace of assimilation. In the United States, Armenians (and other ethnic immigrant communities) tend to lose the use of their mother language more quickly than the Armenians living in the Middle Eastern countries. However, within the American context, loss of the mother language should not necessarily be equated with total assimilation. Many English-speaking Armenians of the second-, third- and even the fourth-generation remain active in Armenian community affairs. There are a number of good English-language Armenian periodicals in the United States, which make it possible for English-speakers to follow ‘Armenian’ news very closely.

  • America being the melting pot of cultures, do you see such assimilation as a threat to the continual existence of Armenians in the States?

Armenians in the United States will eventually assimilate like all Armenians living outside the Armenian homeland. I will not try to predict how long that assimilation process will take and what phases it will pass through. For the time being, however, Armenians living in the homeland and in the other Diasporan communities should try to make the best to maintain close contact with the Armenians of the United States, try to help the latter whenever they need assistance and also try to benefit from the relative wealth and expertise of the Armenians in the United States for the benefit and progress of the Armenians in other parts of the world, especially in the homeland.

  • What privileges do American people have that is not available to the Lebanese in general?

America has a much higher standard of living than Lebanon, and adjusting to the American lifestyle and expectations has been one of the main challenges I have faced during my ‘transition period’ in the USA. In higher education, this higher standard of living is evident first and foremost in the ease with which the students and instructors have access to resources dependent on modern technology, including the use of ipods, databases, and very efficient inter-library exchange networks extending across the country and even beyond.

  • Do you think we are now much closer than we ever were to persuade the American politicians to recognize the Armenian calamities of 1915 as genocide?

I must admit that I am not following these developments very closely, so my opinion should be given as much weight as somebody’s who follows the Armenian media regularly and not more. It is apparent that years of Armenian lobbying and publishing have made the American public and its political class more aware of the Armenian Genocide than ever. The only effective opposition to the adoption of the resolution now before the US Congress is the government – both the White House and the State Department – who still prefer not to antagonize their ally, the Turkish government. They will most probably try something again (like President Clinton in 2000) to prevent the Congress from actually discussing and voting on the resolution, because – if voted upon – it is very likely that it will pass. It all depends if the leadership of the House of Representatives will listen to the advice from the White House. On the last occasion, in 2000, this was the means followed to foil the resolution.

To be continued (part 2)...

Interview conducted by M. Chilingirian

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Youtube bans the video that ridiculed Hrant Dink

"This video has been removed due to terms of use violation." are the words that you will see when you try to open this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6Yl_d7q0Wc, which is the link that leads to Ismail Tutu's song that created a lot of heated debate.

Hrant Dink's family has protested against the video.

The clip showed pictures of Dink's body and the suspected killer, while the lyrics of the song include the line; "If someone betrays his own country, he'll be taken care of immediately."

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Hrant Guzelian, the living hero

Just months ago Mr. Hrant Guzelian (Guzelyan) visited Lebanon and shared his memories about Camp Armen or Badanegan Doon, which he personally endeavored to establish and keep it open in order to bring Armenian orphans from Anatolia to Camp Armen and educate and rear them as Christian Armenians, one of whom was Hrant Dink. We know that for his heroic services, Mr. Hrant Guzelian, was imprisoned and incarcerated by the Turkish authorities. Camp Armen was taken away by the Turkish government and Mr. Guzelian was deported to France through special interventions. The Armenian people in general and Armenian Evangelical in particular owe him a great debt of gratitude for his past services.

However, today, we received the news from Rev. Gilbert Leonian (France) through Rev. Vahan Tootikian (USA) that he is combating against cancer.

Remember Hrant in your prayers...

See also: Hrant Guzelian in Lebanon

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

AEC Alumni link added on our page

The Armenian Evangelical College Alumni group have an active group on the internet, where they post pictures, and initiate discussions and report news/events about alumni groups in various countries.
Their latest news is Dr. Zaven Messerlian's US visit.
Their website is: http://groups.msn.com/AECAlumni
If you'd like to contact them, their email address is: aec_alumni@hotmail.com

* This post is based upon a special request

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

2 Armenians Wounded in Antoine Ghanem's Assassination

Lebanese News

Armen Kalfayan and Sarkis Hadidian were wounded in the blast that killed MP Antoine Ghanem, in Sin-el-Fil area, which is a Christian area and close to Bourj Hammoud.

Were any of you there? Do you know anyone who lives there?

Երեկուան ականահարումը պատճառ դարձաւ երեսփոխան Անթուան Ղանէմի եւ 7 այլ քաղաքացիներու սպանութեան, ինչպէս նաեւ վիրաւորեց 67 ուրիշներ, որոնցմէ 2 լիբանանահայ քաղաքացիներ՝ Արմէն Գալֆայեան եւ Սարգիս Հատիտեան։ [aztagdaily.com]

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Psychology: Turn on Your TV, to Turn Off Your Inner Voice?

I stumbled upon an article that says the following:

"Have you ever known people who have to turn on a TV or a radio the moment they enter a room, or can't stand to do work without some sound on? These are people who are desperately afraid of confronting some truth about themselves, so they try to drown it out with constant distractions. The noise can also be mental - constant text messaging, video game playing, etc to fill up the isolated islands to downtime in everyone's day. The point is not simply that they like the noise, it's that they create the noise. The turmoil they create out here mirrors the turmoil in their mind, and drowns it out. For a lot of people there's a voice that wants to bring up some things they'd rather not deal with - some emotional trauma of their past, some wrong they've committed and for which they are repressing their guilt, etc. "
In the movie Caramel (Sekkar Banet), one of the characters tries to busy herself by changing her hairstyle almost everyday, by going to castings for advertisements, and by doing exercises at her house. She is in fact very talkative and always busy with something. We see in the movie that she is keeping herself busy so that she won't think about her husband who is working in the Gulf and going out with another woman. She keeps herself busy and takes care of herself, so that she won't face or think about the fact that she is getting old and that she has entered the stage of menopause.

In fact there are several different levels... I've seen teachers, volunteers, social workers who busied themselves and worked very hard to the excess, so that they will keep themselves from thinking about the harsh realities of life. It's their way to face/escape life, to endure the mental and specially the emotional hardships that is brought upon us daily.

I see the volunteer who is running from one volunteer work to the other, so that she would forget that she has a mother who is sick at home.
I see the teacher who is working more than her working hours and even staying after school to work, so that she won't go home and face the arguments that will come up as soon as she enters the door.
I remember the pastor who used to busy himself in his office, with his daily routine of office work, so that he won't face the fact that his calling is somewhere else and that he is not seeing himself fit for the ministry.
I remember, while serving in the army, the soldier whose office faced mine, used to keep the TV of his room on all the time, and the volume raised. At that time, I used to ponder and wonder why he didn't shut the TV off, or lowered the volume, when he left his room... One day he told me that he keeps the TV on and the volume raised, so that he wouldn't feel that the room is empty, so that he wouldn't realize that he is alone in his room.

What do you think? Do you feel lonely sometimes? How do you cope with it?

Raffi

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Badanegan Doun and Camp Armen (Պատանեկան Տուն) 5

While growing up, our elders did not tell us what had happened. But when they used to speak to each other, they used to say "the year of the event", "the departure year" and so on. And we used to understand that some things have happened, and how awful things, but we didn't know, and if we dared to ask, they used to scold us. They'd shout us "Shhh, you are young, do not get into the elders' discussions. Sometimes, they even used to send us to the streets.
Why had these events taken place. What were the reasons? Who was supposed to tell us, or teach us.

Badanegan Doun and Camp Armen, Hrant Guzelian

*Translation by R. Chil.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Aztag points at us without mentioning us...

In their latest announcement about the new face of their website, Aztag points at our review of their website without mentioning us, on their newspaper.

Below is the part that mentions about our review, based on the interview that we had with one of the editors.

AZTAG SAYS: "Շատեր, մանաւանդ ելեկտրոնային հրատարակութիւններու ծրագիրներուն եւ ձեւաւորումներուն մօտէն հետեւողներ, նկատած էին, որ մեր կայքէջը, հակառակ ժամացոյցի կանոնաւորութեամբ աշխատելուն, հեռու է տեղեկատուական հրատարակութիւններու կայքէջի բնոյթէն եւ ձեւէն։" (Read their full announcement)

In our review and interview ("Aztag's website will soon have a new look."!),
WE SAY
: "The initial design has not changed since the beginning of the launch, but it has kept the consistency of renewing the website everyday before 8:30 am (Beirut timing)."

Also, from our interview with Aztag:
"Chanitz- If someone searches for an article in Armenian on Google, the user will not be able to find the articles of Aztag. Have you thought of ways to make your newspaper found on Google?
Aztag- For now it is not possible to find Armenian articles which are published in Aztag by searching on Google, but it’s something we will be working on."

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Students/Teachers can benefit from the Internet?

Internet education and education of the web are lacking in the Lebanese schools in general and the Armenian schools in particular. Many think that the computer is just for games. Others think that it's for searching, emailing and chatting. Still others think that it's for Facebook, HI5, MySpace and Friendster. Today, the complete and holistic understanding of the internet needs to be added in the curriculum of education in Lebanon.

It is a fact that the teachers of today did not grow up with the tools that are prevalent today. Many teachers still have problems in making use of the internet and the computer in their classes. Some even escape from taking their students to the computer lab, even though the school administration stresses the importance of using the computer.
The benefits of the internet are many despite its negative sides. The tool itself is not negative, it's the way we use it that makes the difference.
I even know a teacher, who insists that the computer is a dumb machine and that using it makes us dumb too, so there's no need to make use of it. Unfortunately, this is the excuse that some teachers are using today to escape from the fact that computers will become an essential part of schools and education in the very near future.
Already we've read in the news that Gulbenkian, Torosian, Mesrobian, Hovagimian and Sophia-Hagopian schools have internet and some even have installed wireless connection within their premises.
The web has many tools which can be incorporated into education. Web 2.0, Wiki, Collaboration, Blogs are some of the words that describe the new web era that we are heading towards, which is opening new dimensions, many of which are beneficial. Today, there are teachers who encourage their students to write on the Wiki of their class and the students participate in writing articles online and keeping the drafts online. Today, there are blogs that encourage students to write in the language that they prefer, yes even Armenian, and let others see their work. Even the idea of flat classrooms is getting more widespread, where the classroom is not confined within the 4 walls of the classroom, but it's much wider, interacting with students outside their classes.

The internet is not only for games, chatting, and passing of time. It is a tool that can aid the teachers and help them in achieving their goals towards better education and understanding. It is a tool that can help the student to better understand a topic through visual diagrams and animations, and so much more...

Raffi

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

ًTomorrow Aztag's website will come out with a new look - Վաղը Ազդակի կայքէջը` նոր երեւոյթով

Ազդակի հետ մեր ունեցած հարցազրոյցին մէջ Պրն. Վահրամ Էմմիեան արդէն յայտնած էր թէ կայքէջը նոր տեսքով պիտի ներկայանայ մօտ օրէն, եւ ահա Ազդակ այսօր կը յայտարարէ թէ վաղը առտու իրենց կայքէջը նոր ձեւով պիտի յայտնուի իր կարդացողներուն:

Քաջալերական է, գովելի է, ու սա յառաջացում մըն է:

Ինչպէս հաղորդած էինք, «Ազդակ»ի հիմնադրութեան 80ամեակին առիթով որոշուած էր հիմնովին վերաձեւաւորել «Ազդակ»ի կայքէջը։ Խմբագրութիւնը բազմաթիւ առաջարկներ ստացած էր եւ կը շարունակէ ստանալ մեր թերթի ելեկտրոնային հրատարակութեան ներկայացման ձեւերուն մասին։
Ուրախ ենք յայտնելու, որ ամիսներու վրայ երկարող աշխատանքներէ ետք «Ազդակ»ի կայքէջը իր ընթերցող հասարակութեան կը ներկայանայ բոլորովին նոր ձեւաւորումով։
Արդարեւ, վաղը կանուխ առաւօտուն կայքէջին միացողները պիտի տեսնեն բոլորովին նոր տեսքով եւ դրութեամբ կայքէջ մը։ «Ազդակ» փորձեց քայլ պահել լրագրական կայքէջերու համակարգչային ծրագիրներուն եւ ձեւաւորումներուն հետ։
4 տարուան կեանք ունեցող «Ազդակ»ի կայքէջը հիմնովին ծառայեց մեր թերթի հասանելիութեան տարողութեան բարձրացման աշխատանքին։ Շատեր, մանաւանդ ելեկտրոնային հրատարակութիւններու ծրագիրներուն եւ ձեւաւորումներուն մօտէն հետեւողներ, նկատած էին, որ մեր կայքէջը, հակառակ ժամացոյցի կանոնաւորութեամբ աշխատելուն, հեռու է տեղեկատուական հրատարակութիւններու կայքէջի բնոյթէն եւ ձեւէն։
Այս տնօրինումը անհրաժեշտ էր ըստ ամենայնի։ Յաւակնութիւնը չունինք անշուշտ այս մարզին մէջ արհեստավարժութեան նոր հանգրուան նուաճած ըլլալու։ Ապահովաբար քայլ մը յառաջ ենք սակայն դէպի այդ առաջադրանքը։
Մեր կայքէջը անշուշտ կատարելագործման տեղ ունի տակաւին։ Կայքէջի այս նոր ներկայացումի քայլը ներառած է նաեւ տպագիր թերթին ներկայ ձեւաչափը («Փի. Տի. Էֆ.» ֆորմաթով)։ Այս մէկուն նկատառումը յատկապէս այն ընթերցողներուն համար էր, որոնք երկար ատենէ ի վեր կը դիմեն մեզի թերթի ա՛յս տարբերակը ելեկտրոնային ձեւով տրամադրելի դարձնելու առաջարկով։ Հիմնական այլ նորութիւնը այն է, որ կայքէջին վրայ կ՚աւելնայ որեւէ թեմայի մասին նիւթ փնտռելու կարելիութիւնը՝ անշուշտ հայատառ ձեւով։
Անմիջական ծրագիրներու առաջնահերթ տեղ կը գրաւէ նաեւ «մալթի միտիա» բաժինի զարգացումը, որ կարելիութիւն պիտի տայ մեր ընթերցողներուն կարդալու առընթեր դիտելու նաեւ մեր հարցազրոյցները, լսարանները եւ մամուլի նիւթերու առնչուած քննարկումները։
Պէտք է արձանագրել, որ նոր կայքէջի իրականացումը արգասիքն է հաւաքական աշխատանքի։ Համակարգչային ծրագիրի կիրարկումը կատարեց Գէորգ Ալթունեան, էջադրումն ու ձեւաւորումը իրականացուց Սերուժ Պաղտասարեան, իսկ աշխատանքը վերահսկեց «Ազդակ»ի «մալթի միտիա»ի բաժինի համակարգող Ժիրայր Պէօճէքեան։ Նոր
կայքէջի հովանաւորն է «Կալի էքսէսըրիզ» ընկերութիւնը։
Մեր ակնկալութիւնն է, որ կայքէջի այցելուները ելեկտրոնային նամակի ճամբով խմբագրութեան յղեն իրենց առաջարկները, դիտողութիւններն ու տպաւորութիւնները, որոնք անպայման նկատի կ՚առնուին «Ազդակ»ի կայքէջի պատասխանատուներուն կողմէ։
Մինչ այդ բարի այցելութիւն եւ բարի ընթերցում։

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FORGIVEN

The painting FORGIVEN reveals the heart of God towards me. As I look at the scene, I not only see Jesus wrapping His arms around a fallen man, but I also see Him wrapping His arms of mercy around me. My eyes tell me Jesus is holding a broken sinner, but my heart tells me that Jesus is holding me.
As I look, wonder, and ponder this painting, there is one message that speaks the loudest to my heart - it is the overwhelming truth that Jesus loves me as no one else ever could. His suffering, His sacrifice, His death, were all for me. When I look at the cross I never need to question if He loves me. He came for me, He died for me, He lives for me. When I look at His shed blood, I never need to question my worth. I am worth to God the death of His son. A tremendous price has been paid - more than all the riches of all the kingdoms in all the world.

ROY LESSIN, Co-founder DaySpring

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Ճիշդ Հայերէն Խօսինք 2 (Speaking Armenian)‏


Link: Ճիշդ Հայերէն Խօսինք 1
Inspired by «Վանայ Ձայն»'s «Հայերէնը Ճիշդ Խօսինք» radio program. Voice of Van

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The Lebanese Army Finished Fatah Al-Islam‏

The army lost 163 of its soldiers. The militants were more than 500 in number. 222 were killed and 202 were captured.
The next few weeks will reveal the hidden stories of this battle.

Nahr el-Bared... Where is Nahr el-Bared? What were Fateh al-Islam militants doing there? How big was the camp?
If you look below, and if you're able to see the map on your browser, you will see that Nahr el-Bared camp is bigger than what's known to be a camp. It's a city!
There is the old camp and the new camp. The latest battles took place in the old camp...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Invitation to Winterreise‏

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The Gulf Bible Society Reaches the Pakistani Christians

Hrayr Jebejian, who is the excutive director of Bible Society for the Gulf Region has sent us the following review about the Pakistani Christians in the Gulf:

"Urdu is the national language of Pakistan. The Pakistani community is one of the many migrant
communities in the Gulf. Small Urdu speaking churches and congregations are scattered around the Gulf countries, including Kuwait.
On Thursday, August 23, 2007 the Urdu speaking churches in Kuwait. together celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence Day. The guest of honor at this special occasion was Pakistan’s ambassador in Kuwait.
The Bible Society in the Gulf - Kuwait office - participated in this special event. A special exhibition was organized to display Urdu and other language Bibles and Scriptures. Yousef Sabri, from the Bible Society Kuwait office, had the opportunity to address the audience and talk about the use and the importance of the Bible in developing various aspects of community life. The majority of Pakistanis in Kuwait are migrant workers with a high rate of illiteracy. Yousef Sabri focused on the availability of non print Scriptures through products such as the Mega Voice Ambassador which are produced and made available by the Bible Society.
The Mega voice Ambassador is a 3x4 inch digital device that carries the audio files of the Bible text. These user friendly devices are small, robust and easy to maintain. They are designed for the harsh climactic conditions of the desert and are solar powered. They are ideal to present God’s Word to illiterate communities. As large numbers of migrant workers in the Gulf are illiterate, the Bible Society in the Gulf uses every opportunity to introduce and distribute this product in the region through the various church communities."

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Monday, September 03, 2007

"...Oh, you don't have Facebook?!!"

What really happened? It was only yesterday that Hi5 and Friendster were the latest trend on the internet used by Lebanese and worldwide internet users. (MySpace didn't get famous among the Lebanese internet users, for unknown reasons.)
Moreover, it was only yesterday that chatting was the most important feature on the internet, and it is still highly used by teenagers, specially MSN and Yahoo!Messenger. But hey! there's a new guy/girl in town... Facebook!

Now, what is this Facebook? Before I answer this question, some introduction. The latest trend on the internet has become the Social aspect called Social Networking. Hi5, MySpace and Facebook belong to this Social category. They are tools that help people socialize and meet people online. Just register, then write about yourself, add your hobbies, upload a picture, and voila! you have your own page/profile, that anyone using the social website (Hi5, MySpace, Facebook) can see.

Inspite of the negative sides that Facebook has, it is still getting more popular by the day. I even know people who have become attached to it so much, that they keep the webpage of Facebook open all the time!
You can read about Facebook online, and come across people/websites claiming that Facebook is accessed by FBI and that you are spotted and followed online. In fact, Facebook does make your real life completely visible online, and it has become really, really, very easy to use.
Some even use it to lurk and follow people whom they barely know in their real lives. This actually happened with me. A person I know a little had a Facebook. When I got my Facebook, I saw the person's profile and got to know more on-line than on real life.

But why Facebook? What does it have that the rest (Hi5, Friendster, MySpace...) do not have? Well, the best thing about it is that it's clean, simple, easy to use, and best of all it has applications that you can use without leaving Facebook. Now, this is something that the rest of its competitors lack. Facebook has many applications that you can add on your profile and they are growing by the day.

What about the Christians? How can it be used by Christians. Based on my own experience, the internet is still not taken seriously by the Lebanese. It is regarded as a game, a place to pass time, have fun, socialize and chat. It is not regarded as a tool to evangelize, to spread the good news, to work on a group project, or talk about and discuss serious issues. The ones who make use of the internet and benefit from it are very few in Lebanon. Most are online for fun.

Hi5, Friendster, and MySpace were once the trend on the internet. Today they are overtaken by Facebook. Would Facebook's fate be the same? Would it be overtaken by a newcomer?
My guess is that for the coming years, overtaking Facebook will not be an easy task.

Raffi

(Anyone who is interested in Facebook, will benefit from this after reading)

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ADL recognizes the Genocide of the Armenians?

It was a pity to see the group which advocates for human rights and recognition of the rights of the Jewish people and their treatment, taking a lot of controversy on the media, whether it recognizes the Armenian Genocide or not.

After much heated debate and pressure on Mr. Foxman the director, ADL recognized the Genocide, at last.

According to Wikipedia:

"The Anti-Defamation League (or ADL) is an advocacy group founded by B'nai B'rith in the United States whose stated aim is "to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens."[1]

With an annual budget of over $50 million,[2] the ADL has 29 offices in the United States and three offices in other countries, with its headquarters located in New York City. Since 1987, Abraham Foxman has been the national director in the United States."

Foxman tried to please the Turks and even noted that the fate of the Turkish Jews would be in trouble, if USA ever recognizes the Genocide. He also added that this issue should not be the concerns of the governments, but that it should be discussed between Armenian and Turk scholars and historians, to come to a reconciliation about their past history.

It seems that Mr. Foxman knows nothing about the "Genocidal Attitude" which is still prevalent today in Turkey towards the minorities, be them Greeks, Assyrians, or Armenians. It seems that Mr. Foxman did not hear about Hrant Dink and how he was assassinated just months ago in front of his newspaper's offices. He wouldn't even know about Mr. Hrant Guzelyan who was shot and imprisoned in the 1980's and later exiled to France, because he was gathering Armenian orphans from Anatolia, bringing them to Istanbul to give them shelter, education and Christian upringing.

Perhaps Mr. Foxman should discuss the Holocaust with the Nazis.

Raffi

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Speaking Armenian (Part 1) Ճիշդ Հայերէն Խօսինք

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Your Emotions

So enjoy the exhilaration when it comes. Take the ride to the heights when you get the opportunity. But don't get hooked on the thrill of the moment. Take charge of your emotions. And when it comes time to do the right things, don't let your feelings lead you to compromise. That is the way to live a happier, more successful life and one that is more pleasing to God.

Life on the Edge; James Dobson

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Badanegan Doun and Camp Armen (Պատանեկան Տուն) 4

Hrant Dink, in 1954, born by an Armenian father and mother and later all migrated to Bolis, had 2 younger brothers, the middle is Khosrov, and the youngest is the 4 years old Yervant.
One day, his mother, grabbing Hrant's hand, comes to the Gedik Pasha Armenian Evangelical Church to ask us to accept her son in Camp Armen (Badanegan Doon).
I told the mother, that our purpose is to accept a student from Anatolia, you are already saved from that place, here there's a school too, also a church, and an orphanage for boys and girls. If you are not able to pay, a contributer will be found and the boy will be accepted in a school. "This boy's son is Armenian Evangelical, you must accept him", she said. I told her that our purpose is not gathering of the Evangelicals, these boys are all Armenian, we even have Catholic and Assyrian boys. The Apostolic, the Catholic and the Evangelical are also Armenian. We do not discriminate and we do not take sides.
Hrant's mother, one day, brought her husband, and said, "this is the boy's father, but he is a drunkard, and does not take care of the house." Again, I refused. One day, one of our cousins, tells my mother, "Akhhh, sister Anoush, please tell Hrant that on our street there's a family with 3 sons, the father does not take care of them, and the mother has kept them out." And I, who didn't want to take any of them, accepted the three of them, and kept them in our care for 8 years. They received their education in the school, and I, every morning after school, used to narrate about our condemned people.
They grew up as Armenians, all of them, but Hrant Dink turned out different, brave and tall, he founded Agos Newspaper, in Turkish, so that the Turkish journalists would be able to read Agos too, in which the history of the Armenians would be published. This is not a lovable move for the Turks, specially for the government.

Badanegan Doun and Camp Armen, Hrant Guzelian

*Translation by R. Chil.

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