Taner Akcam Appreciates Rev. Nishan Bakalian's Help

In Aztag newspaper, we read about Taner Akcam's interview with Louis Shreiber, the granddaughter of Sarkis Torosian, who has been captain (harurabed) in the Ottoman Army. Sarkis harurabed has fought with the Ottoman Army, but when seeing the Turkish treatment of the Armenians, he has switched sides, leaving the Ottoman Army and migrating to America.

Aztag newspaper has translated and published Taner Akcam's interview with Louis Shreiber, and in the article we read professor Taner's gratitude to Rev. Nishan Bakalian, for helping him in contacting Ms. Louis Shreiber, and being able to conduct this valuable interview.

You can read the Aztag article at: http://www.aztagdaily.com/archives/105652

You can read the English translation of the Turkish source at: http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=tr&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sesonline.net%2Fphp%2Fgenel_sayfa.php%3FKartNo%3D57564

Mark Brunet came to Armenia with charitable purposes driving a bicycle

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 1, ARMENPRESS: Mark Brunet is the name of the person, who came to Armenia with charitable purposes driving a bicycle from his motherland, passing territory of 6000 kilometers. Mark launched his biking tour on July 21 from his native town Valence.

The trip passed through more than ten countries: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and Georgia. From the very beginning of the trip Brunet traveled alone, without anybody’s assistance. He slept in a tent or in the houses of random people that he met on his way. On September 26 Brunet reached Ijevan, which is the sister town of Valence.

According to Armenpress, as was reported by Mark Brunet at the press conference on October 1, Armenia was a very valuable fact for him, but he hardly remembered when he had read or heard about Armenia for the first time.

“I did not even think about such reception and enthusiasm expressed by the Armenian people. There was already the idea of the preliminary motivation and interest and that was enough”, - said Mark Brunet.

Mark Brunet has a recording studio in France and he is an amateur sportsman as well. He initiated this trip not only as a sports fan. His objective is humanitarian. During his trip he collected means for the organizations “Hope for Armenia” of France and “Armenian Missionary Association of America”, which have worked together in Armenia for more than 20 years. The collected means will be allocated for the restoration of the heating system of “Arevik” kindergarten.

“What I have done is not a deed. I just turned the pedals of my bike. The real deed was made by the people, who provided those money. In total about USD 10,000 was collected”, - said Brunet. He did not forget to mention as well, that he was astonished by the nature and sightseeings of Armenia.

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to the Republic of Armenia Henri Reynaud named the act of Mark Brunet a real deed and considered the implemented mission to be a connecting cycle between Valence and Yerevan. Mark Brunet will definitely return to Armenia with the purpose of new discoveries.

Source: http://armenpress.am

"I resemble the Armenians living in Turkey to the Turks living in Germany" says Elvan Kivilcim

"I resemble the Armenians living in Turkey to the Turks living in Germany" says Elvan Kivilcim.
The director Elvan Kivilcim, 'Illegal Armenian Workers' struggle for survival brings to the screen in a documentary.

Below is an article that was translated through google, which is not an accurate translation, however a reader will get an idea of the content. The article belongs to Radikal, the Turkish newspaper.

The groud floor school where Armenians get education is none other than the Gedikpasha Armenian Evangelical Church, whose pastor is Rev. Krikor AghabalOghlu.

Per capita monthly income is $ 48 Armenia 'in hopes of winning money from Turkey to the living, stuck between the illegal Armenian workers say the story of homesick with this ... Director Elvan Spark, a working illegally Ermenistanlıyla Kumkapi met five years ago, in Istanbul in the Turkish speaking, on a fugitive thought to be suffering from Armenia and the like to be 'Illegal Armenian Workers' produced the documentary ...

Leakage has been difficult to convince Armenians from Armenia to talk ...
To prepare me for an intimate documentary is supposed to open their lives to me is over the wall of fear and insecurity. We work with the camera documentary written media communication tool is difficult. When you sit on one side of the camera sees can tell you everything, especially the illegal işçiyse, almost silent. I shared with people who wanted to discuss how we want to prepare a documentary. As a team, freedom, equality and fraternity-oriented world view and their culture, respect for identities have earned the trust of many.

For the shoot, the Armenian Church, Armenian children on the school you go to training.
Yes, I finished shooting Armenia, for example a single interviewed at home, during the few hours we spent there, noted with webcam shows us just laughed from beginning to end, and "What a good idea!" I said. I stood up with them during the church ceremony, I sat down with them, they filled my eyes are crying.

Turkey in Armenia is known to be working illegally to how many? Mainly what job are they doing?
Enunciated in the lower figure of 15 thousand, the highest of 100 thousand. Many of Armenia while in teachers, people working as a bookkeeper. Housekeeper and baby sitter's here, mostly women, men, a leather shop, shoe store, jeweler skilled / unskilled laborers. Sometimes alone, sometimes people come here with their families. During filming, I had the feeling's always been: Armenians from Armenia, such as we have been Germany's Türklerimiz.

The cost of living and working illegally in a country illegally summarize how?
Identity, health insurance, to be precarious, as the children remain uneducated and ...

Armenia is not here so that diplomatic relations with Armenia are deprived of the protection provided by their consulate. 
Yes, I do not have the money can not get drugs, are unable to go to the hospital. For many years the only place where children can receive education activities on the ground floor of a church school. A short time ago, Turkey 's government of Armenia citizen children in Turkey in the Armenian community has no legal regulation that allows schools to take up training. However, many families still prefer to send their children to school is the unofficial church.

Why is ice at all times of diplomatic relations with Turkey 't prefer it?
Geographical proximity and Turkey for reasons such as economic viability ... And of course there is an Armenian community, all of them despite the difficulties in Turkey to attract.

How are in the mood?
Sadness in your eyes, facial expression and voice tones, tells the homesick, the needs and the fact that the complex is full of all kinds of material and spiritual distress. Turkey , they are condoning illegal work and therefore are in the particular sense of gratitude towards the government. On the other yandaysa, where they come from a nation-state for the Armenians took place between the two countries is not the slightest problem, and justify their lives as a direct reflection of this anxiety are living every moment.

Burj Hammoud: treasure trove of culinary delights

BURJ HAMMOUD, Lebanon: Inside the bustling, densely populated narrow streets of Beirut’s Armenian quarters, true culinary gems, each one more enticing than the next, have existed since the Caucasus population fled Ottoman tyranny to safer, less oppressive realms.

The industrial district of Burj Hammoud, northeast of the capital, is not merely home to Lebanon’s Armenian community or migrant workers from Asia and Africa; it is a treasure trove of cultures and culinary traditions.

Scratching beneath the surface, scents of sumac, cumin and garlic mix with those of caramel and vanilla in almost every corner of Burj Hammoud.

Lebanon’s Armenians develop their skills to the point of perfection; they’ll prepare their legendary sujok sausages and basterma meat with the same passion and dexterity as when they create the fine jewelry they are known for.

Crimson-red sausages and cured meat coated with pungent spices hanging next to window displays of flashy jewelry are not completely unfamiliar sights, since in Burj Hammoud, meat retailers, jewelers and other craftsmen perfectly cohabit.

The district’s sujok and basterma can be tasted fresh because in the past decade or two several butchers started sandwich sections.

Mano's fusion shawarma sujok is a mix between the traditional shawarma and the sujok sausages. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
The Basterma Mano deli on Municipality Street has been the most creative in the field. In addition to traditional specialties such as sujok and basterma sandwiches, Mano borrowed the concept of shawarma and came up with the succulent fusion shawarma sujok, which is served in Lebanese bread on a bed of finely sliced tomatoes and topped with sour wild cucumber pickles.

To extend the Mano experience, think of buying sliced to order basterma from their retail section as well as some old-fashioned golden sandwich bread, “khibz franji” from the Veronna Bakery in close-by Dora for a garlicky dinner the next day.

Mossis is another venue offering a wide range of sandwiches with an Armenian twist. Located on the inner road linking Burj Hammoud to Dora, Mossis is famous for its spicy, paper-thin meat on dough known as lahm baajin, which is rendered even tastier by a squeeze of lemon on top, as well as for its comforting chicken and celery amuse bouche.

Mossis’ roast beef, beef tongue and basterma sandwiches are also widely popular for their taste, which is reminiscent of old times when sandwiches did not drown in an overgenerous slosh of mayonnaise.

If you’re not offered vanilla-scented sweet dumplings with your sandwich at Mossis, make sure to remind the staff about the crunchy deep-fried tubular desert – a real enchantment to the taste buds.

But what about real Armenian home food? Fulfilling dishes such as eetch, the hot version of Lebanese tabbouleh, or manti, the spicy ground lamb mixture in a dough wrapper soaked in garlic yogurt with a generous sprinkle of sumac on top, and sou boreg, the buttered phyllo pastry with a melted cheese filling.

Typical Armenian cuisine, the kind of food you’d have at the home of an Armenian friend, is not served in the capital’s well-known Armenian restaurants but rather in the minuscule low-key chophouses hidden in the maze-like backstreets of Burj Hammoud.

Karnigue Nigolian and his devoted commis/waiter Raffy have been feeding their customers authentic Armenian specialties at the charming 30-seat Restaurant Onno on Aghabios Street facing Sabtieh Church since 1990.
Chillies and other dried vegetables are hung in the Marash Market to make delicious Armenian dishes. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

Nigolian, who goes by the nickname Onno, is particularly strict when it comes to reservations, due to the dimensions of his two-story restaurant, decorated with snapshots of pre-Civil War Downtown Beirut.

Onno’s fairly priced menu includes items hailing from Armenian and Lebanese mezze and a lot of arak, of course – the anise spirit is dearly cherished in both cultures.

The fiery chef is especially proud of his sweet and savory kebab bi karaz (cherry kebab), which he serves up with toasted nuts and fried bread.

Onno, in fact, nails the recipe: The gooey dark red cherry chutney is satisfyingly sweet and the lamb kebab tender and juicy.

Onno confides that he shops for his meat, vegetables and most of the remaining ingredients inside Burj Hammoud. One street in particular will definitely delight every foodie.

Souk Marash is the home of spices and other materials required to concoct flavorsome Armenian and other cuisine.

Bulk spices and seasonings, and also dried fruits, nuts and candy are displayed on stands throughout the packed market, which is located parallel to Arax Street, Burj Hammoud’s shopping hub.

The Marash Market will delight every foodie. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
At the spacious Bann Garo store right in the middle of Marash, dried black cherries, an essential ingredient for kebab bi karaz, are sold, but also a wide variety of cayenne pepper, chilli paste, and walnuts to make the piquant muhamara dip.

Sweet sujok, the Armenian version of the Lebanese malban sweet, is a bestseller at Bann Garo too.

Sold on wooden skewers, the sweet sujoks can be the perfect ending to a culinary journey in Burj Hammoud. The caramel-scented sweets are made with grape molasses, flavored with rose water and mastic and stuffed with a variety of nuts, including walnuts and pistachios.

And just like Burj Hammoud was once a comforting refuge for newcomers, in Marash, one is likely to find comforting infusions and herbal teas to calm the indigestion incurred after a heavy meal in the lively district that never fails to enchant inhabitants and visitors alike.

Source: DailyStar

AZNAVOUR: They Fell - Ils sont Tombés (video)

English translation

(Ils sont Tombés)

Charles Aznavour / Georges Garvarentz

(Raoul Breton publishing, France)

Charles Aznavour - 1975

They fell that year
They vanished from the Earth
Never knowing the code
Or what law they'd offended
The women fell at work
And the babies they tended
Left to die, left to cry
All condemned by their birth

They fell like rain
Across the thirsty land
In their hearts they were clean
In their dust still believing
All the obedient things
In a season of grieving
Caught in rain, always rain
Just for one helping hand

For no one heard their prayers
In a world bent on pleasure
From other people scared
They simply closed their eyes
They craved a lot of sound
In jazz and ragtime measured
The trumpets screamed till dawn
To drown the childrens' cries

They fell like leaves
Its people in its pride
People, men, kindly men
And not one knew his crime
If he came in an hour
Like a small desert flower
Still covered by the silent wind
In sands of time

They fell that year
Before they could grow
They had little to give
But their lives and their passion
And their longing to live
In their way, in their fashion
So their harvest could thrive
And their children could grow

They fell like flies
Their eyes still full of sun
Like a dog each flies
In the path of a rifle
That holds on with its might
And each death, though a trifle
And to bring to an end
A life barely begun

And I am of that Race
Who died in unknown places
Who perished in their pride
Whose blood in rivers ran
In agony and pride
With courage on their faces
They went into the night
That waits for every man

They fell like tears
And never knew what for
In that summer of pride
Of massacre and war
Their only crime was life
They only give towards being
The children of Armenia
Nothing less, nothing more

(Transcribed by Monique Adriaansen & Mel Priddle - June 2003)

Editing by Jean Eckian