Melkonian Alumni and Friends

Official Website
In response to the news regarding the new plans for Melkonian to reopen the school...
Wednesday, May 12 2010 - 09:28
Sireli baron Zohrab,
Lav lourert lousavorets mer pavagan mout aroryan.Vartskernit gadar,mer zoragtsoutyouneh geh haydnenk.Shenorhavor nor dari yev sourp dzenount.

Harkanok Torkom
As a Proud Armenian I appreciate your dedication, passion and perseverance for such a great cause
Thursday, December 24 2009 - 04:16
August 07, 2009
As a Proud Armenian I appreciate your dedication, passion and perseverance for such a great cause!
You enlighten the Armenian Spirit in us - We are happy to say that we will be enrolling Michael at Chamlian School this year to enrich his Armenian spirit and Culture.
Keep up the good work.
Re-opening of M.E.I. which should be realized despite AGBU's deplorable attitude
Thursday, December 24 2009 - 04:14
August 17, 2009
I watched the 4 video clips and wish to express my admiration for your excellent answers to questions posed during this interview.  I particularly liked your response explaining that more recent graduates from M.E.I. cannot possibly serve the nation immediately as they ought first to continue their education to become university graduates, to get married to have a family, and only then they could get involved in Armenian affairs like ourselves!As a matter of fact, both you, Zohrab Shamassian and Raffi Zinzanian are doing a wonderful job for the re-opening of M.E.I. which should be realized despite AGBU's deplorable attitude.
Edmond Azadian's article is a "BIG LIE, and a misleading statement"
Thursday, December 24 2009 - 04:13
September 09, 2009
Please go to and read the translation of Edmond Azadian's article in the Armenian Mirror-Spectator, where Azadian is writing, that Patriarch Moutafian, "to ingratiate" (i.e. to please) the Turks, sued the AGBU. We all know, that it is a BIG LIE, and a misleading statement
I personally commented to the article all in AZG, the Armenian Mirror-Spectator and Armtown (this a news digest site). Please do the same. Azadian KNOWS the truth very well, he is deliberately misleading the readers. We should prove that "we are not tired" and aware of everything going around. AGBU doesn't need Azadian's "artchi dzarayoutyoun".
You can read the article in Armtown and Armenian Mirror-Spectator. Google search for their addresses. In AZG and Armtown, the article is in Armenian and in today's issue, but in A. M-Spectator (the original article in english) search using "Mutafian" as the keyword.
Melkoniantsiayagan voghtchouynner
Observations on Mr. Yenovk Balikian's article in the 13 June 2009 of the weekly Massis ("Appeal" for Melkonian School)
Thursday, July 09 2009 - 07:12

Mr Yenovk Balikian's article in the 13 June 2009 of the weekly Massis ("Appeal" for Melkonian Educational Institute) appears to be yet another attempt to insult and discredit the Melkonian Alumni and Friends (MEI-AAF), without addressing key issues that remain unanswered by the AGBU Central Board, regarding the closure of the Melkonian Educational Institute. The MEI-AAF recently published an appeal and started a signature campaign to reopen the Melkonian Educational Institute (MEI) in Cyprus. 

Apart from trumpeting the standard AGBU arguments for shutting down the MEI and glorifying its "infallible" leadership, the most common feature of Mr Balikian's article appears to be the insults it heaps on MEI alumni. In particular, it labels the alumni "noisemakers" and questions the wisdom of their six year campaign to stop the closure of the MEI and the sale of its land. The article attacks Melkoniantsi and their supporters and claims that they have hidden motives, which the writer claims are unimportant and self serving and that they are aimed at damaging the AGBU. 

The servility and coarseness of the article aside, Mr Balikian and his handlers conveniently fail to address key issues related to the AGBU board decision to shut down MEI and to sell its remaining properties. Specifically;
 1) The article fails to address how the AGBU misused and squandered the endowment that the founders of the MEI bequeathed it in trust to maintain the MEI and to support its students in perpetuity.
 2) It fails to mention why the AGBU refuses to abide by the intent of the founders, who insisted that the MEI should remain intact even if the AGBU is dissolved.
 3) It fails to point out that the MEI would not have been closed if its properties were not so valuable.
 4) It fails to mention that the AGBU sold a substantial portion of the MEI properties the early 1980's with similar arguments only to land the school in the same financial mess by the 2000's.
 5) It fails to mention that the director of the AGBU board lied to its constituents across the world when he gave assurances that "no decision has been made" about the closure of the MEI only weeks before announcing the decision to close.
 6) It fails to mention that the said decision was taken with no consultation with AGBU constituents because the board knew it would be controversial.
 7) It fails to mention that there has been no outpouring of public support for the AGBU's decision (as opposed to the support the "noisemakers" have received).
 8) It fails to mention that the AGBU has not yet presented a credible plan for the "Melkonian Educational Center" it purportedly wishes to establish in Armenia.
 9) It ignores the AGBU's failure to persuade the Diaspora Armenians and, particularly, the Armenian community of Cyprus to wisdom of its decision.

Having failed to persuade the Western Armenian public with positive discourse, the AGBU has--not surprisingly--resorted to mudslinging and name calling to intimidate the MEI alumni.

Melkoniantsi Blogger

5 records total