Korneli Glas expresses his “genunine surprise” at the fact that Gagik Tsarutkyan has been reelected as the head of the “Prosperous Armenia” party which he himself founded :)
As the elections come closer and everyone is faced with the necessity to understand where they stand in terms of political stance, this test which was linked to from Uzogh’s journal – could be very useful!!!
PS: The red dot is where I stand in terms of political views according to the test… interesting!
PS2: Through a comment from Kronstadt I learned, that in fact the Armenian Libertarian-Socialist Blog has had this scheme posted in their website much earlier. In fact Kronstadt states, that the graph the original test will give you is not very accurate, as it does not provide the testee with the opportunity to position her/him in regards to economic quality, hence the blogger has designed a more detailed political map here.
CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007 looks at “…the role of the military in political life in Armenia. While still effectively in a state of hostilities with neighboring Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh, the military does not play as much of a role in the internal life of the country as it does in some other countries…“.
However the Monitor looks at some of the recent developments, including Lebanon-born former Karabakh commander Zhirayr Sefilyan’s arrest, another Karabakh commander Samvel Babayan’s entry into the political scene with the “Dashink” party, Lieutenant-General Artur Aghabekian’s resignation from his post in order to stand for parliament on the Armenian Revolutionary Federation — Dashnaksutyun ticket, RFE/RL report concenrning the intentions of Major-General Seyran Saroyan, the influential commander of the Fourth Army Corps, to run for parliament as a candidate of the governing Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) in a constituency south of Yerevan, as well as The claims by National Democratic Institute in their primary statement issued on the May 2003 parliamentary election about cases of limiting the voiting freedom of soldiers during the May 2003 elections.
CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007 summerizes by saying:
So, if the last parliamentary election was defined by an influx of oligarchs and powerful business interests into the Armenian National Assembly, perhaps we’re now beginning to see the appearance of the military in the political life of the country. Time will tell if this is all merely coincidence or part of something far more significant and far-reaching.
Vahe Balabanyan has posted a selection of news extracts from A1+, The California Courier, Armenialiberty, The Messenger , The Brock Press and the AP at Hyelog covering the construction of the railway Kars-Akhalqalaq, US attitudes towards the Armenian Genocide recognition, Turkey’s little problem of genocide, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul’s support for the amendment of Turkey’s controversial article 301, plans for opening the long-awaited second rail ferry link with the outside world that will substantially reduce the cost of its transport communication with Russia and possibly other countries,
Hyelog has the following to add to the article The Caucasus: where the east meets west and much, much more which discusses the complex geopolitics of the Caucasus and the role of Georgia in it:
[...]Irrespective how much Georgia wants to sugar coat it and how much Armenia wants to downplay because it relies on Georgia to access to the world, the reality speaks otherwise. I see this as Georgia caving in to Turkey and Azerbaijan to bring Armenia to its knees in order for it to make concessions on the Genocide recognition and Nagorno Karabakh.[...]