Protest Outside Presidential Palace

Presidential Palace, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia © Onnik Krikorian, CRD / TI Armenia 2007 […]The CRD/TI Armenia Election Monitor reports on a protest against Armenia’s president that took place today outside of the presidential palace. The protesters are former residents of homes that the government evicted them from and for which the government paid less than market value.[…] Via Global Voices Online. On a related note Bekaisa has a rebellious and inspiring post, an individual…

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Since The Opposition Forces Won't Cooperate, They Will All Lose In The Upcoming Elections

Nazarian has some speculations on the opposition in general. speaking about the failure of the political forces in opposition to the Kocharian administration to reach an agreement to unite their efforts and take part in the 2007 parliamentary elections as one entity, Nazarian states, that this is only good news for pro-government forces, and suggests some variants for the inability of Opposition to find common ground: […]i.e. some people have been paid to undermine the…

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Some Form of Dual Citizenship is Here

The earlier discussions continued in the Armenian blogosphere regarding the dual citizenship bill, which as Anoush Armenia and Hyelog are reporting, was approved overwhelmingly in the Armenian parliament. Light in August (Bekaisa) has posed a very challenging question, raised by “A very well known lady who has lots and lots of experience”, which is essentially this: “How is this possible to give citizenship anyone who was born here when you have 300.000 azerbaijani born here…

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Application for The Registration of Pre-Election Block "Impeachment"

Kornelij Glas reports, that the “‘Democratic Fatherland’ and the Conservative party have presented an application to the CEC [Central Electoral Commission] of Armenia for registering the pre-eleciton block ‘Impeachment’”. Uzogh has also picked up on the topic criticizing the initiative: “Impeachment – is one of the favorite themes of the opposition. More importantly – it is a very convenient one: no need to write a manifesto, think about the economy, external and internal politics, education,…

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Watchdogs – The Role of Media

[…]In countries like these- where information is not clear and poorly disseminated, media outlets are controlled, facts are dubious, and unfounded conspiracy theories are rampant- it is all the MORE important for journalists, and researchers and organizations like Transparency to report the facts and the results of their research- even if it is disconcerting and frightening.[…] this is the conclusion Anoush Armenia reaches following an internal debate “about the role of media, of the effect…

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Another Self-Immolation in Armenia

The post by Kornelij Glas this morning brought the shocking news: “A man has burnt himself in Republic Square”. The other bloggers soon followed with commentaries. In his post iArarat has formulated in one sentence, what seems to be in everyone’s mind as we look at the discussions going on in various blogs: […]You know things are getting really desperate when people start burning themselves in protest against government injustice.[…] Onnik Krikoryan has much more…

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Hilarious lookalikes – Part II

ALS Movement has a continuation of the Hilarious lookalikes series – Part II. The first part of the Hilarious lookalikes was published here earlier in February. The blogger posting the photos at the ALS Movement, Sasountsi Anarchist just “doesn’t like ugly people” but everyone’s “free to disagree” – so for comments please move over to ALS Movement blog.

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Parliamentary Election Monitor

Via Oneworld Multimedia: Another Parliamentary Election Monitor is now available on the CRD/TI Election Monitor 2007 blog. This time it mainly deals with assurances from the Aleksan Harutyunyan that Public TV and Radio will be impartial in its coverage of the May vote. […]Following on from various private television stations denying that high costs for political advertising were introduced to prevent opposition parties from taking out slots in the broadcast media, RFE/RL reports that the…

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"…decide if the election process is free and transparent…", Raffi Hovannisian, chairman of Heritage party

Martuni or Bust has invited the readers’ attention to a Panorama.am article about the fact, that the doors of the “Heritage” (Jarangutiun) party office have been closed for already a year, and the members of the party can’t get access to even the party charter which is locked inside the building and which is needed to submit to the Central Electoral Committee in order to get registered and participate in elections. Thus the party is…

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