Fight for your rights.

Nazarian discusses this and this article by Azg newspaper. The first article is dealing with “plans to build small dams and hydro-electric plants on the Vanadzor river”, which has resulted in protests among the intellectual elite and concerned citizens  in Vanadzor on grounds, that  the project is  potentially dangerous for the environment and  is seen as merely “a ploy for the Hasmik Ltd to prepare ground for privatizing the gorge”. The second article Nazarian has…

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Armenia Buries Prime Minister

Yerevan, Republic of Armenia © Onnik Krikorian / Oneworld Multimedia 2007 Via Oneworld Multimedia, March 28, 2007: “Armenia today said farewell to the longest serving prime minister in its short history as an independent, post-Soviet state. Andranik Markarian died on March 25 from a heart attack less than two months before parliamentary elections considered to be the most important test for democracy yet faced by Armenia.” More photos and links to further coverage on yesterday’s…

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Grants, Grants, Grants!!!

Grants are the hit of the day – following Uzogh’s post about blogging grants, Kornelij Glas suggests to evaluate the role of NGOs in Armenia in terms of building the society. While the discussion following Kornelij‘s post concentrates on the efficiency of NGOs (Uzogh, Narjan), Bekaisa posts on proportions of grants provided in Armenia and states that the Government of Armenia is by far the largest grant recipient in the country.

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How much does it cost to build a blog?

Uzogh has asked an interesting question (followed by lively discussion) about how much does it cost to build a blog, pointing out, that organizations like Center for Regional Developmen /Transparency International Armenia and Internews Armenia have received grants which include a blogging component. The question is especially important, because most of the bloggers (including myself before working with Internews), do so with no expectations to be compensated, and an ethical question arises as to how…

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Sksel a – Demonstration cut short…

Anoush Armenia talks about the Sunday’s Sksela/Transparency organized demonstration, noting that “a few blocks short of reaching the Mayor’s office (the final destination of the petition which was signed by hundreds), the march was cut short as the following, highly unexpected, news…” of Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan’s death became known. Here are some extracts from the blog-post: The idea is to create a concerned citizenry- one which is aware of what is going on its…

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Updates on the recent MIAK meeting

Kornelij Glas has updates on the recent MIAK (political party formed in February) meeting on Karabakh issue, noting that the party calls for liberal policies when it comes to internal affairs, and be nationalist in foreign politics. Another interesting opinion expressed by MIAK and noted by Kornelij is that “there are no real parties, there is just one – Government and there is a semi-opposition.” Apparently MIAK want to become That Very Party – the…

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Victories More Harm then Good for Armenians

“Victories are dangerous for us – Armenians. The feeling of false security that follows a victory is the special threat for our security. We think, that giving the enemy two slaps on the face is enough and that the problems is solved forever. While the struggle for existence is still on, we call it victorious fight for freedom, and use the freedom to just go home.“, Ahousekeeper says analyzing the recent history of Kharabakh war…

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Armenia off balance: Government resigns over PM's death

“Andranik Margaryan, the Prime Minister of Armenia, the chairman of Republican Party of Armenia died of heart stroke in his apartment on March 25, at 13:20.” (E-channel) Andranik Margaryan, the longest serving Prime-Minister of Armenia (in power since May 12, 2000), head of the ruling Republican party and one of the clear favorites in the upcoming Parliamentary elections (scheduled on May 12, 2007), dies at a time, when stability is crucial for the country, and…

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Armenia and World: Foreign Affairs in Focus

Kornelij Glas kept foreign affairs in focus this week with a large number of unique posts, but other bloggers were active in foreign policy as well, apparently due to lack of any major activity in the political front on domestic affairs. “While some are thinking of hammering Iran, Yerevan and Tehran are mutually embracing each other”, comments Kornelij Glas here, noting that the two countries have already. 1. Launched the gas pipeline. Discussions are underway…

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