French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, center, and U.S. President Barack Obama clap after a commemoration ceremony at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy on Friday, July 10, 2009. AP Photo: Michel Euler
HUNTSVILLE, Ontario, June 26 (Reuters) – The United States, France and Russia on Saturday pledged to support Armenia and Azerbaijan as they try to agree basic principles for settling a dispute over Azerbaijan’s breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.
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Strasbourg, 24.06.2010 – The two co-rapporteurs on Armenia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), John Prescott (United Kingdom, SOC) and Georges Colombier (France, EPP/CD), have welcomed a series of initiatives outlined in the reply of the Speaker of the Armenian Parliament to their letter recommending the establishment of a clear roadmap for reforms in Armenia. While not able to give a detailed assessment of the initiatives outlined in the letter at this stage, they cautioned that more needs to be done to ensure that the reforms address the important issues raised by the Assembly. Continue reading
Armenia -- The National Assembly votes on controversial amendments allowing foreign-language schools, 24June 2010.
The ruling coalition pushed through parliament on Thursday government’s controversial legal amendments allowing establishment of foreign-language schools in the country, amid criticism and protests. Continue reading
The hazard tape on the picture warns “high voltage” and informs, that the company doing the construction works is “Electroservice” OJSC. A couple of years ago it wouldn’t even occur to a company, that they need to put warning signs around an uncovered high-voltage cable. Continue reading
There are quite a few high-quality swimming pools, which offer a rare escape from inhuman summer heat in Yerevan. The following table may be useful, if you’re trying to compare terms and conditions and look for pool locations near you.
Article by Emil Danielyan, originally published by The Jamestown Foundation
Armenia is watching, with unease, the latest developments in neighboring Iran’s standoff with the international community over its controversial nuclear program. The new, harsher sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council on Tehran last week raise fresh questions over the growing Armenian-Iranian economic ties which successive governments in Yerevan have considered strategically important for their landlocked country. Continue reading
At least six soldiers, four of whom Armenians, have been killed as fighting continued in Karabakh over the weekend. Continue reading
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, originally published by NYtimes, Photo (c) Artur Papyan
Turkey is a country that had me at hello. I like the people, the culture, the food and, most of all, the idea of modern Turkey — the idea of a country at the hinge of Europe and the Middle East that manages to be at once modern, secular, Muslim, democratic, and has good relations with the Arabs, Israel and the West. After 9/11, I was among those hailing the Turkish model as the antidote to “Bin Ladenism.”
Yerevan at night, a lively city, Photo (c) Photolur
Story by Hayk Petrosyan, originally posted at Civilitasfoundation.org
I live in Armenia. I was born here. I grew up here. I grew up in the 90s. I was here when there was no work and there was a war and my father was the sole breadwinner for three families. I was here when there were long queues for bread and there was no electricity or water. My brother and I had to walk to the yard of the neighboring factory where there was a spring, and we could carry water home, in 10 liter buckets. I was in Armenia when there were food shortages and my grandma would “organize” us, her grandchildren, and we would go to the neighboring fields to gather sibekh. I don’t even know what that is in English. But it doesn’t matter. It’s a bitter green herb that grows for a couple of months in the spring. Boiled or sautéed, it’s almost a meal. I was here when my grandma had to add water to the soup she’d made to make sure that there was enough for everybody. I was here when you had to prepare your homework under candle light. I still can’t stand candlelight. Continue reading
The unusual one-sentence press release on President Serzh Sarkissian’s website alongside a photo seems to have been posted to stir gossip and speculation. Continue reading