Strange Logic or Widow of Hope

Uzogh discusses the recent comments by ex-speaker of the RA Paliament, head of oppositional party “Rule of Law” Artur Baghdasaryan, who has noted, that there is a “window of hope” that the elecitons 2007 might actually bring about change. However, Uzogh is critical of Artur Baghdasaryan and his comment about the fact that the broadcast airtime for the political campaigning on TV costs 100,000 AMD, which is many times higher then the minimum wage in…

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Zhirayr Sefilyan Update

Oneworld Multimedia and Kornelij Glas have updates on Lebanon-born ex-Karabakh Commander, Zhirayr Sefilyan, and his local counterpart, Vardan Malkhasyan, who have been charged with attempts to “attemtps to overthrow Armenian government”, as earlier discussed on this blog here. Both bloggers condemn the moves by the Govermnet to discredit the Karabakh war commander, and Onnik sees connections with the upcoming Parliamentary Elections. This looks to be a very dangerous, and can only add weight to accusations…

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Armenian Government vs. British Artist

Kornelij Glas, Theartbox and Ogostos join the earlier discussion started by the Blogrel  about the recent scandal which has caused heated debate in the Armenia society about values of freedom of expression, respect towards the Armenian flag and the adequacy of the reaction by the Armenian ministry of culture to the performance staged by the British dance artist Nigel Charnock, who, as part of his performance in Armenia organized in sign of friendship between the…

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The date is set; and so it begins

Anoush Rima from Anoush Armenia reflects on the recent article in the ArmeniaNow.com: Decision 2007 Comes May 12: Will it be fair? and once again stresses the significance of having fair elecitons: “…this election season is extremely critical: it needs to come off clean and fair, most notably so that people have a semblance of restored faith in the system to give them a reason to vote in the VERY crucial presidential elections next year…

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A New Blog – Armenian Libertarian-Socialist Movement

Martuni or Bust, Oneworld Multimedia and Bekaiza are all marking the creation of a new blog in the Armenian blogosphere, Onnik writes: Just found a new Armenian blog — Armenian Libertarian-Socialist Movement — that looks as though it’s literally just started. Is it an Armenian anarchist or very alternative one? Interesting. The new blog itself, the Armenian Libertarian-Socialist Movement as it is called makes something of a manifesto about the purposes of the blog: In…

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Hypocracy in Action

Observer at What Democracy Means is reacting negatively to the recent events and attitude of the Armenian authorities towards the monitoring missions and the overall need to address transparency during the Parliamentary Elections 2007, noting, that two events are particularly disturbing: a/ “It is noteworthy that Lenmark’s meeting with RA President Robert Kocharyan didn’t take place as “the president wasn’t in Yerevan” in Lenmark’s words.” – as A1plus reported yesterday. b/ Central Electoral Comission rejected…

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Less US Aid Available for the Corrupt Armenian Officials to Feed On

Martuni or Bust has an interesting perspective on Bush administration’s budget request for the fiscal year 2008, unveiled on Monday, which calls for $35 million in economic aid to Armenia, sharply down from the 2006 level of $69 million, and which would also cut U.S. aid to the Armenian military by more than 30 percent to $3.3 million. In fact, Ara from Martuni or Bust applauds Bush, and says this move is for once trying…

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