Since we launched Ararat magazine online, more people have been reading, commenting and sharing it than ever before.

We currently have 3,000 readers a month, up from our print subscriber base that was well below 1,000.

One of the most dynamic forums for the site has been its Facebook Page. Already 1,240 people have chosen to become “fans” of the publication and we thought it would be interesting to give you a demographic look at Ararat’s fans.

According to Facebook (and remember all these labels are self-identified and not verified by the social network service): (more…)

Fresno YPs enjoying the company of their YP NC counterparts at the Slates Restaurant mixer.

The weekend of January 13, 2012, YP Northern California (YP NC) took the show on the road to Fresno and Pasadena to help promote the group’s anticipated annual Winter Gala coming up President’s Day weekend in San Francisco from Feb 17-20. On Friday, YPNC hosted a mixer at Slates Restaurant which 30 area YPs attended to mingle with their peers and learn more about the Winter Gala weekend. Bee lining it to Pasadena the following day, YPNC and its sister chapter, YP Los Angeles, teamed up to co-host another mixer called “North Meets South” at Kings Row Gastropub which, boasted an impressive attendance of 250 YPs. For more pictures from the weekend, visit YPNC on Facebook.

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Soon after the passage of the bill in the French Senate that criminalized denial of the Armenian Genocide, France 24 spoke to the AGBU President for his perspective:

“This law will bring the Armenian issue to a different international forum,” said Berge Setrakian, President of the Armenian General Benevolent UNION (AGBU), speaking to FRANCE 24 from New York.

“The major powers will focus more on this issue and hopefully now we can try and find a solution with Turkey. This will be good for Turkey too because they have been in a permanent state of denial about it.”

Setrakian accepted the fallout from the bill could have a detrimental effect on Armenia’s own relations with their neighbours.

“I think it is most likely Turkey will retaliate and render our lives more difficult, but this is a price the Armenians are willing to pay.”

Read the full article here.

Click here to download the PDF (5.29MB) of the January 2012 edition of AGBU Melbourne’s Nor Tsayn Newsletter.

Young professionals of Boston celebrating at Nubar Restaurant and Lounge

Outgoing YP Boston Chairwoman Nicole Meregian (far right) introducing the 2012 YP Boston Committee, including incoming Chairwoman Laura Michael, seated to her left.

On January 7, 2012, the AGBU Young Professionals (YP) of Boston held their annual Christmas party at the Armenian-owned Nubar Restaurant and Lounge, located in the Sheraton Commander Hotel in Cambridge. With an impressive attendance of over 90 young professionals, the event was successful in raising funds for the AGBU Children’s Centers in Armenia.

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