International Media Coverage of Armenia from 1979 – 2014 (Infograph)

World's Media Covered Armenia the Most Between 1987–1994 (Infograph)

World’s Media Covered Armenia the Most Between 1987–1994 (Infograph)

Media.am, a website covering various issues related to the Armenian media, has published this excellent inforgraphic, which is drawn from the research carried out by the The Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), which has tried to summarize the amount and frequency of mentions of South Caucasus states in international media reports using data from the Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone (GDELT). Continue reading

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Kiev’s Maydan — the winner takes it all…

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There are fresh flowers, Ukraine flags and photos of fallen heroes near every tree and step on the Alley of Glory leading to Kiev’s Maydan Nezalezhnosti from Khreschatiki metro station. Ukraine remembers those who died in Maydan fighting for their political beliefs, and yet, Kiev looks like it is tired of politics. Continue reading

Pro-independence protesters jailed on ‘hooliganism’ charges

Armenia - Activist Shant Harutiunian and his 15-year-old son Shahen stand trial on what they consider politically motivated charges, Yerevan, 15Sep2014.

Armenia – Activist Shant Harutiunian and his 15-year-old son Shahen stand trial on what they consider politically motivated charges, Yerevan, 15Sep2014.

A court in Yerevan issued harsh sentences to a group of activists along with their leader, Shant Harutyunian, who were arrested on November 5 last year, as they clashed with the riot police blocking their march towards the Presidential palace under a ‘revolution’ banner. Continue reading

New opposition group criticizes the Trio, calls for cooperation of civic-political groups

Armenia -- Nikol Pashinian (C) and other leaders of the Civil Contract movement speak to journalists, Yerevan, 13Oct2014.

Armenia — Nikol Pashinian (C) and other leaders of the Civil Contract movement speak to journalists, Yerevan, 13Oct2014

The problem with blogging in a small country like Armenia is that eventually you’ll have to blog about your friends and it becomes hard to remain honest and impartial…

I’ve been keeping an eye out for the political union called Civil Contract since their first media appearance late last year, when some of my Sksela friends led by Nikol Pashinian, one of the most charismatic and vocal opposition figures, announced about the creation of the group with the ambitious task to unseat President Serzh Sarkisian and democratize Armenia.
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55% of Armenians support country’s membership in Eurasian Economic Union

According to the Caucasus Barometer 2013, 55% of Armenians support Armenia's joining the Eurasian Economic Union.

According to the Caucasus Barometer 2013, 55% of Armenians support Armenia’s joining the Eurasian Economic Union.

According to the Caucasus Barometer 2013, 55% of Armenians support Armenia’s joining the Eurasian Economic Union. More importantly, only 13% are against it. Continue reading