Podcast: Criminal Chronicles

This week’s blog roundup reminds more of criminal chronicles than anything else. At any rate, we have invited Christian Garbis of “Notes from Hairenik” blog for an interview to give you and incentive for listening to this podcast, which would otherwise be only about killings and violence in Armenia. “5 corpses, 8 wounded in two days”, Samvel Martirosyan is observing. Reporter_arm has more detailed accounts of the killings in Lori region on October 24: “Shots…

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A very important stage of Karabakh negotiations

Armenia’s foreign minister Eduard Nalbandian has said negotiations over Nagorno-Karabakh have entered “a very important stage.” But Nalbandian has stressed, that a lot depends on preparadness of Azerbaijani authorities to demonstrate political will for solution. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will host the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia on Sunday for talks over Nagorno-Karabakh Nalbandian said that after Sunday’s meeting, Armenia’s President Serzh Sarkisian will head to France for talks with President Nicolas Sarkozy on the…

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Azerbaijan army has not gained superiority over Armenian forces

“NATO should carefully review its strategic purpose in working with the militaries of Caucasus states, particularly with respect to unresolved conflicts. It should focus its military cooperation with Azerbaijan strictly on efforts to improve democratic, civilian control of the armed forces and not move beyond the IPAP while Nagorno-Karabakh remains unresolved.”, International Crisis Group have said in their latest report entitled: “Azerbaijan’s Defence Sector Management and Reform” The think tank have also noted that the…

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Serge Sargsyan says Karabakh resolution possible

Resolution of Karabakh conflict is possible, the president of Armenia Serge Sargsyan said in an interview to Armenian Public TV, at the site of Military manoeuvres held in Artsakh by the Karabakh Self-Defense Army. “Karabakh resolution is possible”,-president Sargsyan said in the interview,”if Azerbaijan recognizes the right of Karabakh people for self-determination; if Mountainous Karabakh has land border with Armenia and if the International Community and the leading states guarantee the security of Karabakh people”….

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Turkish officials will talk about Armenian Genocide with U.S. presidential candidates

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan sent two foreign policy officials to meet the advisors of both U.S. presidential candidates Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain in the United States, Hurriyet daily reported on Tuesday. Ahmet Davutoglu, chief foreign policy advisor to Erdogan and Suat Kiniklioglu, deputy chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Turkish parliament would convey Turkey’s stance on a number of crucial issues, including PKK terrorism, the so-called Armenian “genocide” claims,…

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Podcast: Karabakh not for sale

Artak Kirakosyan, HIMA blog and Uzogh have commented on the halt of rallies announced by Levon Ter-Petrosyan on October 17 rally in Yerevan. Unzipped has established a link between Russian president Dmitri Medvedev’s visit to Armenia and recent talks of Karabakh resolution based on “Madrid Principles”. Pigh has also commented on the rumours, that the Karabakh resolution plan currently on the table of negotiations has a provision on surrendering a number of territories under control…

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Serious setback of press freedom registered in South Caucasus

Reporters Without Borders international organization has just released its annual press freedom index, compiled annually, which has revealed a serious setback in press freedom in the South Caucasus region. The index. which is compiled by filling in a questionnaire with 49 criteria that assess the state of press freedom in each country, coveres 173 countries overall. This year’s index has revealed, that the most serious degradation of press freedom in the world has taken place…

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My Big, Fat, Armenian Wedding! …in Karabakh

An unprecedented wedding ceremony, which married 675 new couples, took place in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on October 16. The ceremonies took place in St. Ghazanchetsots church of Shoushi and ancient Gandzasar monastery of Martakert. The Karabakh wedding, followed by a solemn dinner and issuance of wedding certificates and wedding gifts in Stepanakert’s republican stadium, was implemented with the initiative of Russian businessman of Karabakh descent – Levon Hairapetyan, who was also the main sponsor of the…

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Podcast: football, censorship and more…

Football dominated the Armenian blogosphere this week. Virtual discussions focused on the two games of the Armenian football team – both ending in crushing defeats for the Armenian team. Belgium-Armenia 2:0, Bosnia-Armenia 4:1. The scores are painful for the Armenian blogers: Aerial-vortex and Reporter_arm have shared their views. Life in Armenian Diaspora blog has reflected on Armenia’s football diplomacy in relation to Turkey and the news on the plans to build a new railway connecting…

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Needs Assessment of Armenia's Public Television Company

The OSCE office in Yerevan has commissioned a needs assessment of Armenia’s Public Television Company. As a result, a report was prepared by Richard Lucas, Independent Consultant, Michael Randall, BBC World Service Trust and Movses Hakobyan, Internews Armenia. The report was officially presented today at the Congress hotel. Most of the things said were quite obvious, but it is good to have them written down on paper in form of a report. Here is an…

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