Daily Archives: February 5, 2017

Meshel Laurie: The one thing that helped me heal after my marriage breakup

Meshel Laurie

I went to see a psychologist about two years before I first separated from my husband, ostensibly about work stress, but in the final minutes of the hour-long session I said, “Oh, and I also want you to help me pluck up the courage to end my marriage.”

National Front is only force standing for Europe of sovereign states – Marion Marechal-Le Pen to RT

France’s right-wing National Front party, the leader of which, Marine Le Pen, is running for the presidency this year, is “the only force” that can get France out of the EU and help protect it from radical Islam, politician Marion Marechal-Le Pen told RT.

Celebrating Keghart and Independent Media


Friends of Keghart

Armenians from the Greater NY-NJ area gathered at a luncheon program in January 2017 to celebrate independent Armenian media and honor the Armenian opinion and analysis website Keghart.com and its principals, Publisher Dr. Dikran Abrahamian and English Language Editor Jirair Tutunjian.  

8 natural remedies for pediatric ear infections

By Julie Revelant –FoxNews.com

During the winter months, it seems like kids are sick nearly every week with another cold, virus or ear infection.

Fifty Shades Darker premiere: Jamie Dornan promises more robust plot

Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan says fans of the erotic box office hit could look forward to more action when the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, reaches cinemas this month.

Trump insistent about voter fraud; says people say ‘I am right’


President Trump is sticking with his argument that millions of illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 presidential election, amid calls for him to provide proof and questions about whether he’ll indeed have an official probe into the issue.

Millennials are not lazy, just misunderstood: author and speaker Simon Sinek

Rachel Browne

The much-maligned Millennial generation is not really a bunch of lazy, entitled narcissists; it is just misunderstood.

Pence: Will use ‘all legal means at our disposal’ to reinstate immigration ban


Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that the federal judge who halted President Trump’s temporary immigration ban “made the wrong decision” and vowed to use “all legal means at our disposal” to protect Americans.

Have you ever had ‘unjust sex’?

Unthinkable: Examples include ‘women being pressured – not quite to the point of outright coercion – to have sex, or to have sex without contraception’, says philosopher Ann Cahill

Joe Humphreys

Ivanka’s LGBT support reveals power struggle in White House

Barney Henderson

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner successfully persuaded Donald Trump to scrap executive orders that would overturn LGBT rights – but the couple’s calming influence on the president is starting to wane, it has been reported.

‘Cancer will test any relationship. A hug isn’t going to cut it’

A wife writes: The hardest thing that I found is the complete helplessness you feel

Cliodna O’Carolan

‘Trump adviser’ is contradiction in terms amid chaos at the White House

‘Trump adviser’ is contradiction in terms amid chaos at the White House

Timothy L O’Brien

Rex Tillerson, who ran Exxon Mobil for a decade before signing on as Donald Trump’s secretary of state, is reportedly “baffled” that the White House didn’t consult him on its controversial executive order restricting travel and immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries.

James Mattis, who retired as a four-star Marine Corps general and supervisor of the US Central Command before becoming Mr Trump’s secretary of defence, is said by the Associated Press to be “particularly incensed” about exactly the same thing.

Both men – seasoned, thoughtful managers with bucketloads of experience and insight – probably thought Mr Trump recruited them to his cabinet to be trusted advisers. They may be in for more surprises, however, because there’s a good chance that Mr Trump sees them merely as hood ornaments atop the little engine of state he’s building at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

For most of Mr Trump’s career, he has trusted only a small group of long-time loyalists at the Trump Organisation, and even then he has often tightened the circle further to family members. Advisers will come and go in the White House in coming years, but it’s likely the only permanent confidantes and counsellors to the most powerful man in the world will be his son-in-law, Jared Kushner (36), and his daughter, Ivanka (35).

It will probably be ‘Javanka’ to whom Mr Trump turns for final gut checks on major decisions, and the Tillersons and Mattises of the world may have to shuffle along.

That’s not to say outside advisers won’t ascend from time to time. Remember Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani? Both hovered in Mr Trump’s inner sanctum during the 2016 campaign before he passed them over for White House and cabinet posts. For a time, they appeared to be close counsellors before being put out to pasture once Mr Trump deemed them liabilities.

Mr Trump hasn’t enjoyed sharing credit or centre stage for long stretches with anyone other than family. Advisers like Mr Christie and Mr Giuliani (and Cory Lewandowski) who are considered overly ubiquitous or assertive – or both – can find themselves out on the street. That’s a reality that may eventually land hard on Mr Trump’s current leading media ambassador, Kellyanne Conway, who seems to have enjoyed more airtime lately than her boss. Chief strategist Steve Bannon, on the other hand, has shrewdly managed to stay off TV and has avoided interviews (a posture Mr Kushner also favours).

But Mr Bannon (63) had a coming-out of sorts over the last few days after it was revealed he worked in secrecy with a White House youngster, 32-year-old Stephen Miller, to draft Mr Trump’s immigration order. Widespread outcry about the order and Mr Bannon’s apparent power to dictate policy – along with his promotion to an influential position on Mr Trump’s National Security Council – inspired a spate of recent headlines describing where gravity now resides in the Oval Office: with “President Bannon”.

This creates some peril for him. Mr Trump has always enjoyed having street-smart brawlers like Mr Bannon at his side (think of Roy Cohn and Roger Stone) but he’s unlikely to countenance a pretender to the throne. (Even if Mr Bannon is going out of his way not to pretend, the media has crowned him. Mr Trump absorbs media coverage and it often sways him).

Mr Bannon and Mr Conway may survive for as long as Mr Trump does. But there are already rifts within Mr Trump’s senior team as different cliques jockey for position.

Mr Trump’s inability to knit together advisers and managers, and his family-centric ways, will continue to be stumbling blocks for his administration.

Mr Trump’s management experience has been confined to the boutique licensing and development business he and his children run from the 26th floor of Trump Tower. The only sizable enterprise he ever oversaw was his casino company, where success depended on sharing power with qualified managers, being emotionally and intellectually disciplined and thinking strategically. Mr Trump did none of those things and ran that venture into the ground.

The practical implications of this for Mr Trump’s presidency have surfaced just 12 days into his tenure, with the word “chaos” a common term in many accounts of his immigration ban, confrontation with the Justice Department, random tweeting about replacing Obamacare, fights with US intelligence services and federal agencies that are investigating him and allegations of voter fraud.

“We’ve seen some problems,” Senator Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, told CNN diplomatically. Mr Trump, who famously quipped during the presidential campaign that he “knows more about Isil than the generals do”, on Sunday launched his first covert military strike against terrorists in Yemen – an operation that apparently reflected the president’s desire to accelerate the use of such actions.

A Navy Seal and an eight-year-old girl were killed and a US aircraft crashed and had to be destroyed. Mr Trump approved the strike at a recent White House dinner, according to the ‘New York Times’, and his guests included Mr Bannon, Mr Kushner, Mr Mattis, Vice-President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Joseph Dunford. Some critics suggested the attack was too hastily arranged and proceeded, as Reuters put it, “without sufficient intelligence, ground support, or adequate back-up preparations.”

Press secretary Sean Spicer described the mission as a success, citing the number of terrorist casualties (about 14) and valuable intelligence US forces secured.

Mr Trump campaigned in part on the notion that he would bring managerial prowess to the White House. But his entire business career, his presidential campaign, and now his presidency, have been routinely marked by chaos and seat-of-the-pants decision-making.

Some observers attribute this – as well as Mr Trump’s haphazard tweeting and his fondness for confrontational or unsettling statements – to various forms of the Trumpian dark arts and wily, strategic thinking. It’s none of that. It’s just Mr Trump being Mr Trump, and the country he’s presiding over should brace itself accordingly.

Irish Independent


Donald Trump loses court appeal to reinstate travel ban

US president says aliens have ‘no constitutional rights’ to enter the US

  US president Donald Trump has lost an appeal against a court ruling blocking his travel ban on certain travellers and all refugees.

Trump as Nero – Europe Must Defend Itself Against A Dangerous President

A DER SPIEGEL Editorial By Klaus Brinkbäumer

The United States president is becoming a danger to the world. It is time for Germany and Europe to prepare their political and economic defenses.

Thomson Reuters & DFSA Inaugurates 2017 MENA Regulatory Summit


  • §  MENA Financial Crime Report released: 44% of Compliance Officers lack confidence in AML programs
  • §  22% overwhelmed with pace and complexity of regulatory updates
  • §  65% of respondents indicated that compliance investment had increased over the past two years

Հայկական կողմն Ադրբեջանի ԶՈՒ ներկայացուցիչներին է հանձնել ադրբեջանցի դիվերսանտի դին

ԵՐԵՎԱՆ, 5 ՓԵՏՐՎԱՐԻ, ԱՐՄԵՆՊՐԵՍ: Հայկական կողմը հայ-ադրբեջանական սահմանագոտու Իջևան-Ղազախ հատվածում ԿԽՄԿ-ի միջնորդությամբ կազմակերպված հանդիպման ժամանակ Ադրբեջանի Հանրապետության զինված ուժերի ներկայացուցիչներին է հանձնել ԱՀ զինված ուժերի զինծառայող Չինգիզ Սալմանի Գուրբանովի դին:

Հայաստանը միացել է «Մարդու իրավունքների և հիմնարար ազատությունների պաշտպանության մասին» ԵԽ կոնվենցիայի 16-րդ լրացուցիչ արձանագրությանը

ԵՐԵՎԱՆ, 5 ՓԵՏՐՎԱՐԻ, ԱՐՄԵՆՊՐԵՍ: Եվրոպայի խորհրդում ՀՀ մշտական ներկայացուցիչ Պարույր Հովհաննիսյանը հունվարի 31-ին ԵԽ գլխավոր քարտուղարի տեղակալ Գաբրիելա Բատայինի-Դրագոնիի հետ հանդիպմանը ի պահ է հանձնել «Մարդու իրավունքների և հիմնարար ազատությունների պաշտպանության մասին» ԵԽ կոնվենցիայի 16-րդ լրացո ւցիչ արձանագրությանը ՀՀ միացման վավերագիրը:

ՀՀ տարածքում երկրաշարժ է գրանցվել

ԵՐԵՎԱՆ, 5 ՓԵՏՐՎԱՐԻ, ԱՐՄԵՆՊՐԵՍ: ՀՀ արտակարգ իրավիճակների նախարարությունը փետրվարի 5-ին, ժամը 07.33-ին տեղեկատվություն է ստացել, որ ս.թ փետրվարի 5-ին, տեղական ժամանակով ժամը 07.04-ին (Գրինվիչի ժամանակով` 03.04-ին) ՀՀ ԱԻՆ Սեյսմիկ պաշտպանության ծառայության սեյսմոլոգիական ցանցի կողմից գրանցվել է հյուսիսային լայնության 39՛150՛՛ և արևելյան երկայնության 46՛060՛՛ աշխարհագրական կոորդինատներով (Հայաստան-Նախիջևան սահմ. գոտի, Քաջարան քաղաքից 8 կմ դեպի արևմուտք), օջախի 10 կմ խորությամբ, 2.3 մագնիտո ւդով երկրաշարժ:

«Արմենպրես»-ն ամփոփում է անցնող շաբաթվա կարևորագույն իրադարձությունները

Անցնող շաբաթը գերհագեցած էր ներքին ու արտաքին բազմաթիվ ուշագրավ իրադարձություններով։

ԵՐԵՎԱՆ, 5 ՓԵՏՐՎԱՐԻ, ԱՐՄԵՆՊՐԵՍ: Անցնող շաբաթը գերհագեցած էր ներքին ու արտաքին բազմաթիվ ուշագրավ իրադարձություններով։ «Արմենպրես»-ը ներկայացնում է շաբաթվա կարևորագույն ու հետաքրքիր իրադարձությունների ամփոփ պատկերը:

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