2021 January 6

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Daily news wrap-up

Jan/6/2020 news: __ A1+ TV outlet lost broadcasting license in 2003; suing Govt to recover it __ Armenia celebrates Christmas __ How exactly was Jesus born? Church gives you the TLDR __ COVID vaccines; President's family; Pashinyan isolated __ Baker's story __ Humanitarian aid __ RyanAir travel
by ar_david_hh


Your 7-minute Wednesday report in 1738 words.

Armenian Church celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ / Here is how events unfolded

Ejmiatsin Holy See: God became human and appeared to humans. During the baptism of Christ, God the Father said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." Then the Holy Spirit took the shape of a dove and descended on Christ. This is why we celebrate two events of revelations on January 6th.

We serve a holy liturgy in the morning. Then comes the blessing of the water, during which a cross is submerged in water. This signifies the baptism of Christ in the Jordan River.

The liturgist blesses the water with a cross and then with myrrh. The believers take some of this water home to heal those who suffer from illnesses. Then a priest visits the homes of the believers to announce the birth of Christ. This is where the Տնօրհնեք originated from.

the birth of Jesus Christ

The emperor Augustine ordered a population census. Every citizen went to their birthplace to register. St. Joseph (Jesus's foster father) and St. Virgin Mary were in Bethlehem. Pregnant St. Mary's due date arrived but they couldn't find an available tavern to spend the night, so they found a cave, where St. Mary gave birth to Jesus. Jesus was born in poverty, which is the true symbol of our souls.

The nearby shepherds witnessed the birth. They were informed about the event by angels, who guided them to the birthplace with a song. Then came the [zoroastrian pirests], guided by a star in the skies. They worshiped and gave gifts to Jesus before returning home.

Armenian Apostolic Church is the only church that celebrates Christmas on January 6th.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039576.html

Video: Liturgy in Yerevan's St. Gregory Illuminator church

https://youtu.be/yQ6xGcipq6E

French MP Valeria Boyer wrote:

I think of the Armenians of Artsakh on Christmas, the victims of a new genocide. I am thinking of Father Hovhannès Hovhannissyan and of the Dadivank Monastery. I think of this threatened heritage. I think of these massacres of Christians. Let’s not forget them, denounce and fight.

https://en.armradio.am/2021/01/06/i-think-of-the-armenians-of-artsakh-on-christmas-french-mp-valerie-boyer/

French-Armenian soccer world champion Youri Djorkaeff

... is spending the Christmas holidays in Armenia with his family. As part of a joint project with SoftConstruct, he organized an event for hundreds of Artsakh refugees. They received tablets to help with remote education.

https://youtu.be/MpY8bxQV97k

https://www.civilnet.am/news/2021/01/06/Յուրի-Ջորկաեֆի-Սուրբ-ծնունդը՝-արցախցի-երեխաների-հետ/415223

Christmas music in Stepanakert

The State Symphony Orchestra of Armenia performed Christmas music in the backyard of Stepanakert's St. Astvatsamor Hovanu church. Artsakh church leader Pargev Archbishop congratulated everyone and wished a peaceful year.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039604.html

Pashinyan "self-isolated due to pandemic" / Shares a Matthew verse

PM's spokeswoman says Pashinyan is self-isolated due to the pandemic and wasn't able to attend a Christmas liturgy in Ejmiatsin church.

Pashinyan shared a verse by Matthew 7:6-8: Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Քրիստոս Ծնավ եւ Հայտնեցավ, Մեզ եւ Ձեզ Մեծ Ավետիս.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039581.html , https://factor.am/326190.html , https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%207%3A6-8&version=NIV

COVID stats & news

+1462 tested. +309 infected. +12 deaths. +817 healed. 11695 active.

President Armenian Sarkissian's wife Nune also tested positive with COVID. The President was diagnosed yesterday.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039578.html , https://factor.am/326254.html

COVID vaccine authorized in Europe

The EU has authorized Armenian-American Nubar Afeyan's MODERNA to become the second vaccine provider in the EU. This will increase the number of available vaccines by 160 million in the near future. Another 300 million will be purchased from Pfizer.

MODERNA will deliver next week. Germany will get 2 million in the first phase, and reach 50 million by the end of 2021. "The problem is the shortage of production capacity with global demand."

More: https://apnews.com/article/eu-authorizes-moderna-vaccine-925e91f8de26c517d18fd6b99458a132

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039599.html

what about COVID vaccine in Armenia?

Armenia is testing the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. Earlier, Healthcare Minister Torosyan said they were negotiating with WHO to obtain certain quantities of other types of vaccines ASAP. There hasn't been much news about that lately.

Today, Foreign Ministries of 13 EU states wrote a letter, urging the EU to provide COVID vaccines to eastern partners Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. They want it delivered in Spring.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039601.html

quarantine extended by 6 months

Earlier, the govt passed a new law to establish the idea of countrywide "Quarantine". It's less strict than a full-blown lockdown that Armenia implemented during the first period of the pandemic. Armenia has been under "Quarantine" in the past 4 months. It will be extended by another 6 months.

https://factor.am/326258.html

A1+ media outlet talks about licensing issues under Kocharyan / Pending lawsuits

A1+ was a TV outlet that lost its broadcasting license under the Kocharyan administration. In 2003, the Broadcasting Regulator held 7 licensing auctions. A1+ didn't win any of them. A1+ says it was because they were independent and could criticize the Kocharyan govt.

They participated in 13 licensing auctions later, and still couldn't win any.

They contacted the European Court for Human Rights, and in 2008 it ruled that the freedom of expression was violated. Yet the Armenian courts had ruled on 7 occasions that nothing illegal happened against A1+.

A1+ founder believes the "censorship was done under the orders of President Kocharyan and carried out by several individuals", and that it served as a message for other outlets to "keep their mouths shut."

After the 2018 revolution, the A1+ founder saw an opportunity to restore justice and contacted the court again. He is suing the Armenian government and the TV Broadcasting Regulator to get the license back. The outlet didn't want to go to court earlier, believing that the courts were controlled by Robo-Serj administrations.

Licensing slots are limited. If A1+ wins, that means some other outlet could lose its existing license. Some have interpreted this as an attempt by A1+ to harm their colleagues. A1+ says they just want a fair licensing process and the plaintiff is only the Government and The Broadcasting Regulator, and not their colleagues.

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Plaintiff Broadcasting Regulator, which is an independent institute that isn't part of the government, believes that no laws were broken when A1+ lost its license. They want the court to toss A1+'s lawsuit.

In turn, A1+ believes that although technically the law wasn't broken, it wasn't applied fairly, and it wasn't applied the way that the lawmakers envisioned the law when they wrote it.

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The second plaintiff, the Armenian government, has been a "no-show" and didn't participate in recent court hearings. The government hasn't commented on the story yet but they hinted that the only plaintiff, in this case, should be the Broadcasting Regulator.

A1+ believes that the government should also be a plaintiff and testify in court because the Kocharyan government was actively involved with influencing the Broadcasting Regulator's decisions in 2003.

https://youtu.be/etAF2qeahKk

https://a1plus.am/hy/article/389799

earthquake in north

A 3.3M earthquake struck southern Georgia. It was felt in northern Armenia with a 2-3M strength.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039579.html

Pashinyan and Emmanuel Macron held a conversation

... to discuss humanitarian issues in Artsakh. Pashinyan thanked Macron for the support during the difficult days. They also discussed economic cooperation.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039615.html

Aliyev upset over yesterday's meeting between MFAs

The Armenian MFA is in Artsakh to meet Artsakh counterparts, discuss ongoing efforts for Artsakh's international recognition, and to celebrate Christmas. Baku called MFA Ayvazyan's visit to Artsakh a "provocation" and "illegal".

https://www.azatutyun.am/a/31036126.html

clashes between Azeri police and families of deceased soldiers

The Azeri police were criticized after a video circulated showing the police follow and harass family members of Azeri soldiers who died during the war. The families were complaining that their sons were buried in cemeteries that are in poor shape. The Internal Affairs Ministry issued an apology over the police conduct.

https://youtu.be/mJsAGI5-yEY

https://1news.az/news/v-baku-policeyskie-grubo-obraschalis-s-sem-yami-shehidov-reakciya-mvd

"border changes" on Artsakh-Azerbaijan LoC

Artsakh Security Council Balasanyan gave an interview to Russian RIA Novosty, during which he accused Azerbaijan of slowly encroaching on the Artsakh lands in some regions. He said the Russian peacekeepers were made aware and "the issues were partially resolved and there is some positive development in this regard."

https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/289142/

https://ru.armeniasputnik.am/karabah/20210105/26001799/Vitaliy-Balasanyan-Baku-prodvigaet-svoi-pozitsii-v-Karabakhe-narushaya-dogovorennosti.html

POWs and search operations

Today the search crews discovered four soldiers' bodies near Mataghis (northern Artsakh). They will move further north towards Talish for more searches. Another crew is working in the Hadrut region.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039583.html

Artsakh refugees & humanitarian aid

178 Artsakh refugees returned to their homes today. They were accompanied by Russian peacekeepers and Armenian Military Police.

Russian sappers have so far cleared 417ha of lands and 161 km of roads from 19,600 explosives.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039580.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039582.html

low-cost airlines Ryanair recommends travelers to visit Yerevan

Ryanair launched its low-cost flights to Armenia last year. The airlines published a new guide for travelers: "Armenia, located on the border of Eastern Europe and Asia, is a growing tourist hotspot, where everyone will find what they need: historical sites, interesting culture, extreme sports, delicious Armenian cuisine. Its capital Yerevan is also called the "Pink City" because the buildings are built of pink stone. If you want to expand the geography of your travels, Yerevan could be your destination in 2021."

https://www.ryanair.com/try-somewhere-new/gb/en/travel-guides/21-places-to-see-in-2021-with-ryanair/

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039587.html

soccer news (spoilers)

Roma played against Crotone. Henrikh Mkhitaryan's ball pass in the 8th minute resulted in a goal. Henrikh himself scored an 11-meter penalty goal, securing a victory for his team. Roma is in 3rd place in the Italian league.

Video: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039607.html

video: baker's business after the war

Liana Atayan works as a baker in Artsakh's Askeran region. She routinely travels to Stepanakert to sell the goodies in the market. Liana had to evacuate during the war. It's been a month since she returned home and resumed her business. Coronavirus has been a major hurdle; it resulted in decreased sales. It further aggravated the problem after the war. "We want to stay strong and see what happens next," said Liana.

Full: https://youtu.be/Hq3RRgbvH5Y?t=9

how to donate to Artsakh & recovering soldiers

www.1000plus.am (recovering soldiers & their families)

www.HimnaDram.org (for Artsakh & Armenia)

www.ArmeniaFund.org (U.S. tax-deductible)

archive of older posts

Armeniapedia's archive of my daily news threads:

http://www.armeniapedia.org/wiki/Daily_Anti-Corruption_Reports

disclaimer

All the accused are considered innocent unless proven guilty in the court of law, even if they "sound" guilty.


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/krvsz4/jan62020_news_a1_tv_outlet_lost_broadcasting/


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