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September 12, 2007
“A Cry From Iran” is a very intense and brief documentary that bares its soul from the very beginning. The brothers Joseph and Andre Hovsepian have produced this bare-bones documentary in the hope of raising awareness throughout the civilized world to the extent of the misanthropic behavior of Muslim radicals who live in Iran. This documentary is well edited and leaves no doubt of its intent. There are no sweeping, panoramic scenes of the Iranian countryside to soften the message of this film.
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By Jason Wells | January 14, 2010
LOS ANGELES — Federal authorities on Wednesday said a Glendale man was arrested earlier this week on charges that he violated a litany of international sanctions against shipping materials to Iran. Jiraiir Avanessian, 56, was accused of smuggling high-dollar vacuum and pump-related equipment to Iran through the United Arab Emirates to avoid greater customs scrutiny, and that he laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars via international money transfers to his U.S. bank account.
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By Veronica Rocha | July 15, 2009
Leave your thoughts and rememberances on our blog: Memories of Those Lost. GLENDALE — Local Armenian organizations are bracing themselves for the worst, following news reports that an Armenia-bound airplane crashed in Iran today.  All 168 people on-board are believed dead. Chairman Vasken Khodanian of Glendale’s Armenian Council of America said he is trying to obtain a list of passengers on Caspian Airways Flight 7908. That way, he said, he can determine whether any local residents were affected.
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July 4, 2001
The tune of "Yesterday When I Was Young," sung by Andy Williams, filled the banquet hall of Brandview Collection, where 350 Armenian graduates celebrated a quarter-century of success in a free world. They were graduates of 1976 from Armenian high schools of Tehran, Iran. They came from as far as Europe to be part of that reunion and celebrate their common past. These graduates are the epitome of the Iranian modern golden era under the shah. All in their 40s, they received the best of the Eastern and the Western worlds.
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November 25, 2009
As I read today’s Glendale News-Press about the woman being struck and killed by the Amtrak train in Glendale (“Train hits, kills woman,” Nov. 24), I found it very distasteful to read the photo caption, “A witness said she saw the woman’s leg fly off after the train hit her.” Sheesh, could you show just a little compassion for the dead woman and the friends and family she must have had, who now have to read this cheap sensational journalism about how her body flew apart in the tragedy?
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By Zain Shauk | June 24, 2009
Shirin Karoon was a student at USC when the 1979 revolution in Iran threw her home country into chaos. She was unable to contact her family and watched on television as rioters took to the streets during a period of national transformation. The La Cañada resident currently serves as assistant administrator of the Islamic Center of Southern California. Karoon, a moderate Muslim who wears a hijab , or head covering, reacted to the aftermath of the Iranian elections this month, which brought back memories of the revolution, she said.
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October 7, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Abish Hasslo was 6 when he began learning the ins and outs of Persian rugs, watching his mother and sister hand-knot wool and silk to the cotton and silk foundations. As he grew older, he learned the family business from his father, taking over its management when his father left Iran for Canada to expand their distribution channels. Almost 100 years after Hasslo's grandfather started the family business in Iran, Hasslo has opened up the family's first retail shop in Kenneth Village along with long-time friend and business partner Abrahm Aghakhani.
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March 25, 2005
The Glendale Community College Persian Club presents a Nowruz Baazar - a celebration of the Persian New Year - on March 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in San Rafael Plaza on the GCC campus, 1500 N. Verdugo Road in Glendale. The club will have several booths to represent the different aspects of the Persian culture such as a Haft-seen table, a beautiful display of seven articles with their names starting with S to represent life, health, happiness, prosperity, love, joy and beauty; and a Chay Khaneh, a traditional tea house that is a place to relax, eat, drink and talk - mostly for men. The strings of history, philosophy, music, culture and art are all attached to the walls of this cozy yet profound setting.
NEWS
March 10, 2006
Rep. David Dreier, a Republican who represents Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta, voted Tuesday to approve legislation renewing the USA Patriot Act. The USA Patriot Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006 was approved 280-138. The bill will now be sent to the President for his signature. The act has proven to be an invaluable tool in the war on terror, Dreier said. This new version gives law enforcement the ability to effectively combat terrorism while protecting civil liberties, he said.
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By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | July 7, 2011
A 59-year-old Glendale man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison for his role in shipping vacuum pump equipment that could be used in nuclear projects to Iran. Jiraiir Avanessian was accused, along with two other Iranian men, of violating a trade embargo and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act for smuggling the specialized vacuum and pump equipment via a free-trade zone in the United Arab Emirates, according to an indictment. He pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charges last year.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | December 3, 2010
Revelations that U.S. officials charged Armenia in 2008 with supplying Iran with weapons later used to kill U.S. troops in Iraq were "enormously troubling," said Rep. Adam Schiff, who has been a staunch supporter of Congress officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The charges were described in a cable sent from the U.S. embassy in Yerevan that also showed Americans considered sanctions against Armenia and demanded that leaders there impose greater controls on the movement of weapons.
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By Christopher Cadelago | June 18, 2010
DOWNTOWN — As U.S. lawmakers continue to take Turkey to task for its support of an aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip, Rep. Adam Schiff is seizing on the discontent to garner more support for his long-stalled resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Fear of angering Turkey, a strategic military ally in the Middle East, has long stood in the way of Congress officially recognizing the 1915 massacre of 1.5 million Armenians at the hand of Ottoman Turks as genocide. But since Turkey has refused to back down from efforts to send supplies to Israel's Gaza Strip, a new crop of U.S. lawmakers say they may now support the Affirmation of the U.S. Record on the Armenian Genocide.
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By Riley Hooper | April 28, 2010
Sonia Yeghkian feels blessed to be a single mother going to school and working two jobs — because it’s something she could have never done in her home country. Yeghkian is from Iran, and came to America almost three years ago to gain freedom, an education and a better life for herself and her 16-year-old son. In Iran, Yeghkian said, “opportunities are for men. There are very little opportunities for women.” Because of the laws of the government limiting women’s rights and because of her husband, she was not allowed to go out or attend the university even though she passed the entrance exam, she said.
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By Jason Wells | January 14, 2010
LOS ANGELES — Federal authorities on Wednesday said a Glendale man was arrested earlier this week on charges that he violated a litany of international sanctions against shipping materials to Iran. Jiraiir Avanessian, 56, was accused of smuggling high-dollar vacuum and pump-related equipment to Iran through the United Arab Emirates to avoid greater customs scrutiny, and that he laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars via international money transfers to his U.S. bank account.
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November 25, 2009
As I read today’s Glendale News-Press about the woman being struck and killed by the Amtrak train in Glendale (“Train hits, kills woman,” Nov. 24), I found it very distasteful to read the photo caption, “A witness said she saw the woman’s leg fly off after the train hit her.” Sheesh, could you show just a little compassion for the dead woman and the friends and family she must have had, who now have to read this cheap sensational journalism about how her body flew apart in the tragedy?
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By Veronica Rocha | July 16, 2009
Leave your thoughts and rememberances on our blog: Memories of Those Lost. If you need help getting information about the crash of Caspian Airlines Flight 7908, call the Armenian Council of America on (818) 502-6580. GLENDALE — Local families Wednesday were left grappling with the news that loved ones were among the 168 people killed earlier in the day on an Armenia-bound airplane that crashed in Iran. The flight was bound for the Armenian capital, Yerevan, but crashed into an Iranian field about 20 minutes after leaving Tehran.
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By Veronica Rocha | July 15, 2009
Leave your thoughts and rememberances on our blog: Memories of Those Lost. GLENDALE — Local Armenian organizations are bracing themselves for the worst, following news reports that an Armenia-bound airplane crashed in Iran today.  All 168 people on-board are believed dead. Chairman Vasken Khodanian of Glendale’s Armenian Council of America said he is trying to obtain a list of passengers on Caspian Airways Flight 7908. That way, he said, he can determine whether any local residents were affected.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | June 26, 2009
Shirin Karoon was a student at USC when the 1979 revolution in Iran threw her home country into chaos. She was unable to contact her family and watched on television as rioters took to the streets during a period of national transformation. The La Cañada resident currently serves as assistant administrator of the Islamic Center of Southern California. Karoon, a moderate Muslim who wears a hijab , or head covering, reacted to the aftermath of the Iranian elections this month, which brought back memories of the revolution, she said.
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