The large unsanctioned opposition rally has started in Yerevan

Despite warnings from the police, that the first opposition rally since the tragic events of March 1, is unsanctioned, by 6 o’clock the crowd had started to gather around Yerevan’s Manuscript Museum (Matenadaran – a traditional location for rallies) and after negotiations with the police, who were initially blocking access to the free areas in front of the museum, the opposition had been allowed to hold the rally. There had been technical difficulties – from…

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Podcast: A1plus won in European Court of Human Rights

The 17th issue of the “Armenian Blogosphere” Radioshow – Podcast is now available. The 5 minute 2mb mp3 file of the program can be downloaded here. The issue brings a review of blog-posts about the A1plus victory at the European Court of Human Rights announced this week. The full Armenian text of the review is available at the Armenian language version of this blog – here. The podcast also features an interview with Uzbek bloger…

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HENQ – one more youth initiative

The youth initiative – HENQ, abbreviation from their longer Armenian name “New Young Citizens of Armenia” started their second action in Yerevan today – gathering in front of Tumanyan House-Museum at 18:30, the group of about 10 students divided the tasks among themselves and got going. The action, called “Vonts, chuneq?” (“You don’t have it?”), is based on principle of “We are the State”, according to HENQ. The point of the action was – to…

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Beeline on the ground, underground and even 3G!

It seems the days, when I would remember Armentel (now rebranded as Beeline), only with curses and complaints are over. As a very mobile person (many think – too much), I carry two mobile phones with me at all times – this is a reminder of not-so-distant past, when Armentel mobile connection was so bad, that I had to buy a ‘backup’ Viva mobile phone, to make sure I have a working mobile at all…

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A1plus wins in European Court. Meltex Ltd and Mesrop Movsesyan v. Armenia

I just heard the best news for the Freedom of Speech in Armenia in the course of the past 7 years! A1plus has won the case against the RA Government in the European Court of Human Rights. Check out the text of the official judgment. Congratulations – A1plus. The Armenian authorities will have to pay EUR 30,000 to A1plus – which is of course very little, but what is more important, is the precedent. Admittedly,…

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RFE/RL: Belgian Goes on Hunger Strike in Armenian Capital

Hunger strikes have become a fact of life as of late – nobody seems to pay any attention to them any more. People go in an out of hunger-strikes every day. However, this one story carried by RFE/RL is certainly one of special interest – a 51-year-old citizen of Belgium, Luc Vandevale, who is married to an Armenian and is based in Armenia – working in the construction industry, has gone on an open-ended hunger…

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Armenian politics: anticipation of tempest

The political atmosphere in the country remains charged with uncertainty, week after week are passing without bringing any substantial change or relief. Looking at the overall picture, I see more attempts by the government to look good and innovative in the eyes of general public: by holding a government session outside of Yerevan – in Gyumri, continuing to push for the vague idea of public council – which was finally established today by a presidential…

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Podcast on the First Caucasus BarCamp

The team of Armenian bloggers have returned back from the Caucasus BarCamp which took place in Tbilisi on June 7-8. This Podcast which will be broadcast by Radio Hay tomorrow – on Saturday morning, features an introduction to the concept of BarCamps in general, tells about the Tbilisi Barcamp, and features interviews with Evgeni Morozov, an expert in new media and internet, interviews with Uzbek and Latvian bloggers. Feel free to download and listen to…

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Podcast: That empty phrase called "Human Rights" in Armenia

The Podcast of the radio program made by the Echannel.am team, to be broadcast this Saturday on Radio Hay, is now available in mp3 format here. The program features a blog roundup of reactions to attacks on human right’s activist Mikayel Danielyan and opposition youth leader Arsen Kharatyan. The full Armenian text of the roundup is available at the Armenian version of this blog. The Podcast also features and interview with one of the rare…

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