20% increase in traffic accidents due to corruption

Martuni or Bust criticizes the Armenpress article “TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS KILLS 332 PEOPLE LAST YEAR” issued on Feb 08 2007, saying it doesn’t disclose the fact fully and neglects serious issues, for example, the fact that “You can just pay the [driving]school fees, pay off the doctors that “examined” you and give a gift (bribe) to the head of the [driving license] licensing department.“

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Journalism matters – not just to journalists but to everyone

What Democracy Means urges the public to protect the journalists in Armenia, asking the rhetoric question – “who will ask the questions when they’re gone?”, after laying out “…a troubling list of some of the recent events: “…The three-and-a-half year jail sentence handed to the editor of “Zhamanak Yerevan” – Arman Babajanian…” RFE/RL. “…The Toyota Prado belonging to Suren Baghdasarian of the “Football Plus” weekly and parked in a garage outside his central Yerevan apartment…

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Parliamentary Election Monitor

CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007 blog had another post of the 2007 Parliamanetary Election Monitor roundups which were traditionally done on the Oneworld Multimedia blog. The monitor lookes at important media reports and posts in the Armenian blogosphere, related to the 2007 Parliamentary elecitons. This time round the Monitor looks at the Internet media and what it has to offer to the voters as a means of information about the upcoming elections. If the…

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Voices from Civil Society

CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007  introduces an important new feature to their blog: One feature that will take a prominent place on this blog will be providing guest bloggers from civil society and international organizations the opportunity to express their opinion on the parliamentary election. They may also use this opportunity to raise awareness of their organization’s activities in the election period.

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Political Advertising and Election Campaign Finances

CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007 directs readers’ attention to the issue of Political Advertising, Party Finances kicking off from the recent RFE/RL reports that two leading opposition political parties are complaining about the high cost of political advertisements for the coming parliamentary election. For a more detailed analyses and links to relevant documents on partisan news coverage by OSCE from the 2003 presidential election and CRD/TI report on campaign finances during the previous 2003…

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Seyran Saroyan and Yosemite-sam

Nazarian has spotted/uploaded the photos of this lovely pair: Seyran_Saroyan and Yosemite-sam, one of whom will be definately running for the Armenian Parliament – according to the post “Hilarious Lookalikes” by the Armenian-Libertarian Socialist Movement. Seyran_Saroyan via nazarian. Yosemite-sam via nazarian.

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Oneworld on the Move

Onnik Krikorian is moving his 2007 Parliamentary Election Monitor series of posts to a new location: “…With the unofficial launch of an Election Monitor blog conducted through the Center for Regional Development / Transparency International, the Parliamentary Election Monitor will now be available at: http://blog.transparency.am…”

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The Listing of 1000 Largest Taxpayers in Armenia

The Armenian Economist praises the State Tax Services agency for publishing the listing of the 1000 largest taxpayers in Armenia, along with the amount of taxes they had paid, breaks it down by type: including the custom duties, direct taxes (profit and personal income), and VAT among others. The Economist also indicates the need for the State Tax Services to include important additional details in the listing, as well as points media and analysts as…

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