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Margarita Simonyan

Margarita Simonyan, head of the state-funded RT (Russian Today) satellite news network, is also the head of Rossiya Segodnya media conglomerate that includes Russia’s major state-run news agency RIA Novosti. Russia Today has reporters in 45 countries and provides news in 14 languages. Simonyan’s grandparents are Genocide survivors who fled to Armenia and then to Russia.

Oldest Center of Stock Farming

The oldest center of stock farming (sheep, goats, pigs, and cows) can be traced to the Armenian Plateau. Dr. Melinda A. Zeder (“Domestication and early agriculture in the Mediterranean Basin: Origins, Diffusion and impact”) argues that the Neolithic revolution spread from the Armenian Plateau through colonization and cultural diffusion, into Europe and elsewhere. On the slopes of volcanic massifs of Armenia, 3,000 meters above sea level, one can find whole galleries of rock drawings of agricultural motives. Some of the petroglyphs date from the 12th and 11th centuries B.C.  

Domestication of Farm Animals

The domestication of farm animals in Armenia is one of the most significant reforms in the history of mankind which made comprehensive changes in the economic life of the society and exerted immediate influence on the formation of new mythology and systems of chronology.


Petroglyphs in Armenia show the oldest depictions of men drawing chariots, wagons, and plows, with horses and harnessed bulls. 


Vine grew in Armenia as early as 8,000 years ago. The earliest winery in the world (in Areni) is 6,100 years old.  By 3000 B.C. viniculture had spread from Armenia to the Fertile Crescent, the Jordan Valley, and Egypt.

Root of Word Fire

Khash, khorovads have their roots in khar, khargads. The sound “kh” often changes to “h”. Thus Har, Hur, fire, flame. Armenian Hur is the root of English fire. Related words include harel, haryav, var, varman, varel, varvar. The letter “V” in some Aryan languages changes to “W”, as in English [w]arm. Varman in Armenian means: something for burning. The Armenian root for Var meaning: lighted, burning, ardent. Var-el= to fire, to kindle, to light up. meaning: to kindle, to take or catch fire. The root word var is connected to var.vroun (hot-spirited, vivacio). Var in Old Danish, Norwegian and Swedish means warm. Old Nordic it’s varmr. Old English: wearm, wireman [from Armenian varman]. In Hittite the word for burn is uar. Probably it is from the Armenian hu[a]r or hur meaning fire. Armenian synonyms to warm are from celestial and beaming bodies such as arph, arphk Star, arphi meaning either ether (yeter) meaning warm, light, sky. Arphanyag thus means satellite.

Park Mansion in Kolkata

The 103-year-old stately Park Mansion in Kolkata’s stylish Park Street was recently awarded the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Indian National Trust Art and Cultural Heritage award. It was built by Armenian jute merchant T.M. Thaddeus in 1910. The committee’s decision was unanimous.

Carahunge Petroglyphs

Dr. Vahe Setyan says Armenia’s Carahunge temples are 10,000 to 10,500 years old. They were used to worship light and the sun. They predate the emigration of Armenians and the export of their culture to Sumer and Egypt. The petroglyphs of Carhunge predate Egyptian petroglyphs by 7,000 years.

In the late ‘30s “Golden Boy” was about to start filming but Columbia studios still didn’t have Joe Bonaparte (the lead male role). The studio was also casting Bonaparte’s sister and sent the test of a girl under contract at Paramount to Rouben Mamoulian, the director of the movie. While watching the screen test, Mamoulian spotted in it a young man. He was a 27-year-old contract player called William Beedle. Mamoulian liked what he saw and cast Beedle in the part. The actor’s name was changed to William Holden.

In the 8th century the adoption of a certain neumic system of recording music made it possible to give a limited degree of permanence to the sacred melodies of the Armenian Church. The system of notations was called khaz. It consisted of about 24 signs which indicated the raising and lowering the voice, the inflection and the duration for sustaining a note. The modern arrangements of the Armenian Divine Liturgy in a polyphonic style are the works of C. Kara-Mourza, M. Yekmalyan and Father Gomidas.

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