Armenian – Americans Were Deemed "White" Back in 1909

Four Ottoman-born Armenian men — Jacob Halladjian, Mkrtich Ekmekjian, Avak Mouradian, and Basar Bayentz, won a historic case in a circuit court in Boston on December 24, 1909. Judge Francis C. Lowell gave Armenians the juridical distinction of whiteness for the first time. There’s a great story published on the Ajam Media Collective about this historic decision. A very well research piece, which is also a pleasure to read, so make sure to check it out.

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Sarkissian Finally Explains His EU Association U-Turn by Playing Naive

Armenian President Serzh Sarkissian used the opportunity to make a speech during the plenary session of PACE to finally give some sort of an explanation about his decision to join the Russia-led Customs Union effectively blocking the way to the  Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and the EU Association agreement that came with it.

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Serj Tankian's Letter to The President of Armenia

Grammy-winning singer/song writer Serj Tankian has sent an open letter to Serzh Sarkissian, expressing doubts that the incumbent president has indeed won in February 18th Presidential elections and calling for the de facto Armenian leader to institute genuine rule of law in the country, punish those, who stole the vote from the people, dissolve the parliament, ensure that genuinely free and fair elections are held and that the government is truly representational. Find the full…

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Boutique construction at the expense of Mashtots park resumes amid protests

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjpWvWMKN2o&t=27s

A week-long sit-in by Armenian environmental activists was dispersed today as police used force to make space for the construction of fashion boutiques at the expense of the few remaining green areas in central Yerevan.
The activists have been claiming, that construction of the boutiques in the little ragged park lying on both sides of Yerevan’s widest and most central Mashtots avenue, should be called off.
Meanwhile, the municipal authorities say the construction is legal and should go on notwithstanding protests.

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