Still No US Ambassador to Armenia!

Following the departure of Ambassador John Evans on September 10, 2006 the US Embassy in Armenia has been left without an Ambassador and the huge US Embassy in Armenia, said to be the 2nd largest US Embassy building in the world, was headed by Deputy Chief of Mission Anthony F. Godfrey as Chargé d’Affaires a.i., while the Armenian lobby in US kept blocking Richard Hoagland’s appointment on the post of US Ambassador in Armenia because…

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Half-Dressed Women Will Be Forbidden to Enter the Parliament Building

Apparently in an attempt to boost the efficiency of the newly elected Armenian National Assembly, the Parliament building will be closed for reconstruction during the summer holidays: the building will be refurbished and will become fully air conditioned. One of the changes already noticed by the A1plus is the fact, that open shoulders, dresses without sleeves or open stomachs are already discouraged in the Parliament building – for the NA staff as well as for…

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R. KOCHARIAN: ARMENIA'S ACCESSION TO NATO TO REDUCE COUNTRY'S SECURITY LEVEL

Looking at the Foreign and Economic policies carried out by President Robert Kocharian’s administration it’s hard to even think about the possibility of Armenia’s accession to NATO. However, the question was asked to the President at a press conference yesterday, and the response was:  “The issue of Armenia’s accession to NATO is not on the Armenian foreign policy agenda presently, but we are willing to develop the cooperation with this structure. We already have the…

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ACTION PROGRAM OF ARMENIAN GOVERNMENT FOR 2008-2012 TO SOLVE PRIORITY PROBLEMS

Building an efficient management system at all levels was identified as one of the priority problems reflected in the action program of the Armenian Government for 2008-2012, presented by the Armenian Prime-Minister Serge Sargsian in the National Assembly, which was ratified as Tesaket has reported, with “Rule of Law” and “Hairitage” voting against respectfully. According to ARKA, among the priorities Serge Sargsian pointed out the provision of national security and sustainable development. He also added…

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Legislative Initiative to Shut Down Radio Liberty in Armenia

According to Yerevan Press Club expert Mesrop Harutyunyan the proposed changes to “Law on State Duties ” and “Law on television and radio” are aimed specifically against the RFE / RL(am). Not going into technical details on how exactly this is reflected in the proposed legislative changes, let us restate the words of the expert, that the Radio Liberty has been one of the best sources for information throughout the Parliamentary elections campaign for a…

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Fighting Traffic Congestion with More Congestion

Following the post on Notes From Hairenik about the construction works on several most congested roads of Yerevan, and reading an as usual “angry”-critical article in A1plus about the effects of such construction, I decided to find out what is really going on. The first thing that came to mind was – to see if the Yeravan municipality has a website, and then, see if they have any report on that. Needless to say, that…

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Armenian Obsession With "COOL NUMBERS"

I don’t know what is the matter with Armenians and numbers, but if you have a mobile phone or a car, it just has to have a “cool number“, otherwise you’re not a real “APE” (bro), which is like really scarry 😉 It is hard to classify all the modes of this obsession, but here are some basics. 1. Repeated digits – repetition is the “mother of learning”! 2. A lot of zero’s – and…

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Russians, Caucasus natives brawl in Moscow; police say right-wing groups sparked fight

[Associated Press Newswires | 23 June 2007 | By MIKE ECKEL ] MOSCOW (AP) – Dozens of Russians brawled with people from the Caucasus and Central Asia in what Moscow police said Saturday was a coordinated attack by anti-immigrant and right-wing activists. Nearly four dozen people were detained and one person was hospitalized. The violence Friday night was the latest incident involving hate crimes or attacks targeting foreigners in Russia, particularly dark-skinned immigrants from poorer…

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U.S. Concerned About Armenia's Ties With Iran

“Iran is planning massive investments into the economies of Georgia and Armenia. We’re talkingof 1 billion dollars for Tbilissi and a analogous offer to Yerevan. For your consideration: the total amount of Russian investments in Georgia in 2006 did not exceed 30 million dollars, as to Armenia, after arrangements made by Vladimir Putin will total to 1,5 billion dollars. In case this plan of capital expansion is put to action Iran may become the most…

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