The Armenian people and the dialogue between authorities and opposition

While calls for dialogue between president Serzh Sargsyan and the opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrossian come from all sides – government, opposition and the international community alike, all those speaking about “dialogue”, starting from Raffi Hovhannisyan and ending with the PACE and US Helsinki Commission seem to take it for granted, that such a dialogue will put everything right. Nobody seems to ask what this dialogue will be about, anyway? Nobody seems to ask, who do…

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Richard Giragosian on post-election situation in Armenia

Here are some extracts from the interview with political analyst Richard Giragosian published on Zhamanak.com: (Zhamanak) Mr. Giragosian, how would you evaluate the February 19th Presidential elections in Armenia, the post election developments, particularly the tragic events of March 1? (Giragosian) In my opinion, it was not the election itself that was the most important development for Armenia. It was not the process of the election vote that was significant, but rather the process of…

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Amid widespread public scepticism government undertakes some positive steps

Public attitude remained generally skeptical towards the efforts of President Sargsyan and PM Sargsyan to restore public trust by undertaking some positive steps over the past couple of weeks. One of the first such steps was the dismissal of Armen Avetisyan, the chairman of the the Armenian Customs Service (ACS) for the last 8 years and the followed by a meeting of President Serzh Sargsyan with the ACS officials. On this highly publicized event President…

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Imaginary (but not improbable) interview with high government official in Yerevan

Via Tzitzernak | By the Intrepid Reporter Q. How do you think events are progressing in Armenia after the recent election? A. Oh, I think we’re doing really well. The outcome of the election is what it should have been; it came out just as we planned it. Q. There are some who are still not convinced this was the best outcome. A. Well, these are people who are still under a magic spell and…

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Armenian Blog Roundup: April 24…

“This day, 93 years ago, by detaining (and later shooting) the top Armenian intellectuals and politicians in Istanbul, the Ottoman government started the massive effort to uproot its entire Armenian population ordering it to march from the historic Armenian lands into the Syrian desert. The result was the mass killings, rapes, death by starvation, and exodus of survivors. The Armenian Genocide was accomplished. Practically no Armenians live now on the lands populated by their ancestors…

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The Armenian Genocide Museum and Institute declares April 20-27 "Remembrance Week"

The Museum is also requesting for your help in collecting originals or copies of: family photos of Western Armenians memoir manuscripts of the survivors sacred and inmost family items Please address to the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex, Armenian Genocide Museum and Institute, Yerevan, 0028, tel.: 39-09-81, 39-14-12, E-mail: [email protected] www.genocide-museum.am | http://genocide-museum.livejournal.com The week of April 24 has been declared “Days of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide” also in California, by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to…

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Changes in the structure of government, Armen Gevorgyan and Hovik Abrahamyan change places

President Serzh Sargsyan has signed a number of decrees, changing the structure of Armenian government and making some key appointments. Hence, Armen Gevorgyan, president Robert Kocharyan’s chief of staff has been appointed as deputy prime minister and minister of territorial governance; Nerses Yeritsyan has been appointed as minister of economy; Tigran Davtyan has been appointed as minister of finances, Gurgen Sargsyan will serve as minister of transport and communication and Mher Shahgeldyan, from Orinats Yerkir…

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Armenia doing real good in sport!

Via ArmeniaNow.com By Suren Musayelyan ArmeniaNow reporterPublished: 18 April, 2008 Tae Kwan do An Armenian fighter for the first time achieved a European title as Arman Yeremyan became the continent’s champion in the 78-kilogram section in the European Tae Kwan do Championships in Rome, Italy, Panorama.am reports. On the way to the gold medal Yeremyan beat fighters from Moldova, Ireland, Belarus, Norway and Spain. Weightlifting Armenian female weightlifter Meline Duluzyan (63 kg) repeated her success…

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GENOCIDE DENIAL — U.S. POLICY STAMPED IN BLOOD

This letter came to my mail address, with a request to post on my site, which I am doing without further comments: In April 2006, I encountered Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in an Alexandria, VA restaurant. I approached Dr. Rice who was accompanied by First Lady Laura Bush and a secret service cadre. As I shook her hand, I broached the subject of genocide by commenting on my family’s support of action in Darfur….

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