Attention Armenian Bloggers: BlogCamp CIS and the Baltics 2007

BlogCamp CIS and the Baltics 2007 is the first (BarCamp) in the post-Soviet space that we are aware of. We aim to gather 300 bloggers, new media professionals, and other types of geeks for a week-end in Kyiv in mid-October. Our objective is not only to discuss the wider new media and Web2.0 developments in the region, but also to test if BarCamps have a (bright) future as a peer-learning platform in this region. We…

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The Armenia Times – An Armenian Electronic Newspaper for Young People, built on a blogging engine

Via the Shadows of Moonlight I found out about this unique new publication: The Armenian Times. First time ever we are seeing an Armenian newspaper build fully on a blogging engine. Everything in the newspaper is commetable and as the editorial to the second issue claims – 27,000 people have visited the site after the release of the first issue. This is indeed an impressive figures for an Armenian newspaper. The publication claims to be…

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Human Rights In The Armenian Police System: Discussion

Institute for War and Peace Reporting/IWPR/ Armenia branch invites you to participate in the discussion “Human Rights in the Police System” on July 31 at 13:00. The discussion follows the publication of IWPR Caucasus Reporting Service article “Anger at Death in Police Custody” of. Authors of the article, correspondents of ArmeniaNow.com and IWPR contributors Gayane Mkrtchian and Arpi Harutyunian tried to raise issues faced by Armenian citizens who appear in police custody. Representatives of NGOs,…

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Weak Demand from U.S. Further Erodes Armenia Polished Diamond Sector

Polished diamonds have traditionally been one of the biggest drivers of Armenia’s economic growth. After several years of sustained double digit economic development one would anticipate a decline in growth of several. But when it comes to diamonds – it is erosion, and that is quite dangerous. We have been hearing also a lot of complaints from the IT sector: one of the other priority areas. It looks as though anything the government attempts to…

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Derry out of Champions League after defeat in Armenia

There are very few things left in this country that make me happy. One of those things is success in sport: chess, boxing and football (soccer). I mean – yeah! We beat Derry! Great stuff! Thursday, July 26, 2007 Derry City are out of this year’s Champions League after losing the second leg of their qualifier against FC Pyunik yesterday evening. The Armenian champions won 2-0 in Yerevan following the scoreless draw in last week’s…

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Protest in Yerevan over Construction in Park

A protest action was held by a group of NGO-s in the city center where a huge construction pit has emerged. Authorities so far have claimed not knowing who was responsible for this pit and were even forced to declare the construction works illegal. Around one or two hundred people collected for an action which involved symbolic dropping of earth into the pit in an attempt to “bury” it. The issue of destruction of green…

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Armenian Public Radio Refuses To Re-Sign Contract For RFE/RL Programs

Radio Liberty is finished – and that is a fact of life. I guess – all we can do now is – fight, kick and curse, demonstrate, and at least hope for the online version of Radio LIberty. I sometimes wonder – just how much worse can it get? It seems there’s no end to the downward movement of democracy in this country. Like a good friend told me today – if you start in…

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Public Ecological Coalition: Appeal to Yerevan Residents

Dear Fellow Citizens, Public Ecological Coalition invites you to participate in an open-air press conference and action to be held on Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 6 pm, in the Opera garden area by the Arno Babajanyan Statue. We are against all the actions which cause ecological disaster in our city. The greediness of our “elite” is beyond measure. The construction business has purposefully destroyed the green areas and the historical and cultural monuments of…

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The big picture of NKR elections

In his daily column Aram Abrahamyan, editor of the Aravot Newspaper, expressed opinion, that the elections in Nagorno Karabakh were important not only for the NKR but could also serve an example for the political field in Armenia. Mr. Abrahamyan finds it noteworthy, that after the vote, Masis Mayilyan congratulated Bako Sahakyan with victory, something that has apparently never happened in the history of Armenian elections. Similar opinions were expressed by Sergey Markedonov, a member…

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450,000 Tourists To Visit Armenia by Late 2007

YEREVAN, July 23. /ARKA/. 450,000 tourists are expected to visit Armenia by late 2007, and this will guarantee 20% growth in the sphere. According to Mekhak Apresian, Head of the Tourism Department, RA Ministry of Trade and Economic Development, a 25% increase in the average annual number of tourists’ visits has been recorded since 2001. Particularly, in 2005, 318,000 tourists visited Armenia against 381,000 in 2006. Looking for something more interesting then figures for Armenian…

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