Podcast: The global crisis as seen on the blogging week

The 23rd issue of “Armenian Blogosphere” Radio Program is out and can be downloaded from here. The program brings comments by bloggers on the decline in global markets and shift in US and Russian policies in the Caucasus. Athanatoi has detected warming of Russia-Turkey and Russia-Azerbaijan relations seeing dangers for Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh in this shift of Russian intersets. Mark Grigoryan on the other hand, has interviewed American co-chairman of OSCE Minsk Group – Mathew…

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Putin Judos, Medvedev Podcasts – the World Watches

Russian leadership is grabbing global media attention. CNN was full of Russian premier Putin the past two days. On Tuesday, he presented an instructional judo DVD that bears his name and shows him throwing an opponent to the mat. "Let’s Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin" is the product of collaboration between Putin — a black belt — and other judo enthusiasts, including former World and Olympic judo champion Yasuhiro Yamashita. It apparently was privately made…

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Higher inflation, lower economic growth in 2009

Grant Thornton International’s Armenian member on Wednesday presented to the media in Yerevan the results of the organization’s International Business Report (IBR) for 2008, which reviews 34 economies of the world, including Armenia, with insight into the views of more than 7,800 privately held businesses across the countries in question. While the report predicts a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in Armenia at about 10 percent this year mainly due to a continued impressive performance…

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Bullying in Azerbaijani army

A while ago Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced, that the Azerbaijani military budget will reach two billion dollars in 2008. That’s not quite as much as the whole of Armenia’s budget for the next year, but is very close, and certainly, is two-three times more than what Armenia can spend on its military. However, given widespread corruption and ‘dedovshchina’ (bullying) in the Azerbaijani military, it is yet to be seen if the huge military budget…

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Déjà vu: "Moscow" Cinema refused to screen Tigran PASKEVICHIAN's documentary

The premiere of “Expropriation” documentary scheduled for October 10 will not take place in “Moscow” cinema in Yerevan, by the decision of the cinema management. According to the author of the film, journalist and publicist Tigran Paskevichian, in the morning of October 7, the cinema management asked for a copy of the film for watching and announced in the evening that they will not show it, because the film is “political”. Tigran Paskevichian thinks that…

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Third Mobile Operator to enter Armenian market

France Telecom won the tender announced by the Armenian government, calling for bids to enter the Armenian telecommunications market. Surprisingly, no Russian bidders took part in the competition this time (Russia’s Beeline and MTS are the two mobile operators working in Armenia today). Three companies took part in the tender. Orange France offered to pay 51.5 million euros for the license, Swedish Tele2 AB with the 45.6 million euro offer and Ceo Blackrock Communication (…

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Documentary film by Tigran Khzmalyan censored in Armenia

The screening of Tigran Khzmalyan’s documentary film “Sardarapat”, produced with state funding, has been banned. The presentation of the film was scheduled on September 26th and 27th in Yerevan’s “Moscow” cinema theater. Hetq has published the full script of the documentary, which contains some revealing details on the behavior of the Armenian government of the First Armenian Republic, portreying the ARF-Dashnaktsutyun led authorities as incompetent cowards and traitors, ready to surrender brightest heros of the…

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Podcast: the week in the Armenian Blogosphere

The Armenian blogosphere this week was diverse and watchful – bloggers covered everything happening in the country: Onnik Krikorian has shared his impressions of the September 26 opposition rally, Christian Garbis has written about the blessing of Holy Muron, Uzogh, Office Zombie and Naysaikus comment on the district mayor’s election of Yerevan’s Kentron community, Nazarian is speculating on the impacts of US Credit Crush on Armenia, Pigh has filled his blog with photos of Southern…

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