Hayastan All Armenian Fund Raises Record Breaking US $35 Million at Annual Telethon

Hayastan All Armenian Fund has raised a record 35 009 156 USD during the annual Telethon 2008. With 35 009 156 USD, more than doubling the amount raised last year. The funds raised during the Telethon 2008 will go towards the revival of border villages in Armenia and Artsakh. Russia-based Armenian businessman Samvel Karapetian  has pledged $15 million, which will be used to construct a hospital in Stepanakert. Other major donors include VivaCell-MTS, Mikael Vardanyan, Samvel…

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Armenia – a World Chess Superpower!

“The Armenian chess team is again the strongest in the world. Armenian chess players beat the Chinese team with the score 2.5:1.5 at the World Chess Olympiad held in Dresden, thus retaining the Champions title. Armenia had first gained the title in 2006.” A1plus blog has commented on the national team’s victory, adding – “It turns out that our tiny Armenia is in fact a Chess Superpower. Well done our boys…” The 2008 Chess Olympiad…

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Armenian bloggers stage a protest action in front of Georgian Embassy

Today a protest action was held before the Georgian Embassy: the 10 – 15 participants of the action solemnly buried Georgian democracy in response to Georgian attempts to scrap signs of Armenian heritage from the Armenian St. Norashen Church in Tbilisi. The action was organized and staged by Armenian bloggers. “Georgia has always been a friendly country to Armenia. However, the experience of the past five years showed but one thing: that country has been…

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Armenia won the World Chess Olympiad for the second time!

Having defeated China, the Armenian national chess team has just won the Champion’s title at the World Chess Olympiad 2008 held in Dresden. Tigran Petrosian defeated Chao Li, bringing the golden point to the Armenian team. The games between the pairs Levon Aronian – Yue Wang, Vladimir Hakobian – Xiangzhi Bu, Gabriel Sargissian – Hua Ni ended in a draw. The nearest competitor, Ukraine is badly loosing to the US team. Israel also has some…

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Blogs warn of more attacks on Armenian Norashen Church in Tbilisi

Blogs were the first to blow the whistle about the fresh attacks by Georgians on Armenian church – St. Norashen in Tbilisi. The traditional media tailed the blogosphere in disseminating the information and providing analysis. The posts and comments started rolling in the blogosphere after Vesta’s post: “Today, on November 16th, father Tariel Sikinchelashvili, along with several workers, started to demolish the graves of Tamamshyanns placed in the backyard of Norashen church. The crowd of…

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Podcast: Armenian Internet Diplomats on Karabakh Resolution

Armenian blogs did not greet the signing of declaration between presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia at the “Main Dorf” castle near Moscow, although this was the first document to be signed by the two sides of the conflict – Armenia and Azerbaijan. The bloggers were concerned by the absence of the third side – the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Download the podcast for a blog-roundup on the topic as well as an interview with Armenian journalist,…

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Abraham defeats Marquez to defend IBF title

Arthur Abraham has knocked out Raul Marquez after six rounds on Saturday, thus defending his IBF middleweight boxing title for the eighth time and remaining undefeated. Abraham landed two rights to Marquez’s right eye in the sixth round and the challenger’s camp called off the fight just before the seventh was due to start. “King Arthur” improved his record to 28-0 with 22 knockouts. “I can’t really understand why he gave up,” Abraham said. “I really wanted…

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Armenian bloggers hail Obama, with slight reservations…

“Did my small part today”, American citizen Nazarian writes, having voted for Obama,”The polls opened at 7 am. There were people who had been in line since around 6 am. Some of the poll workers said that people came over at 5 am. I was there at quarter past seven and the whole thing took less than an hour with half an hour of wait outside”, the blogger describes his voting experience. Unzipped is inspired:…

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Armenia, Azerbaijan sign declaration on Karabakh dispute

Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan have adopted a declaration expressing mutual agreement to continue talks on peaceful settlement of Nagorny Karabakh conflict. Following a round of one-on-one talks between Serge Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev earlier today, the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan took part in tri-lateral talks, joined by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. As a result of today’s meetings the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan have expressed their readiness to seek a “peaceful resolution” to…

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