Happy New Year!!! Happy 2009

The bull’s coming! It used to be the symbol of plenty, prosperity and strength. Let’s hope, that amidst the looming global economic crisis, the bull will indeed justify it’s name. Wish a very happy, prosperous New Year to you all! Wish you a Happy 2009! Download the last – holiday episode of our podcasts from here or listen to it online by clicking the player icon below.

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George W Bush and the size-10, black, flying shoes

The 29-year-old journalist Muntazer al-Zaidy from “Al Badgadia” TV, threw his shoes at the US President George W. Bush at a press conference in Iraq. Even though the journalist missed his target, he did, however, become the center of attention throughout the world. The story of flying shoes along with the accompanying video circled around the Armenian blogosphere as well. Reporter_arm was perhaps the first to react to the news. Have you seen how a…

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December 10

On December 10, the international human rights day, it started snowing in Yerevan – for the first time this winter. The first snow did not impede the opposition to conduct a rally in Yerevan. A1+ blog has published the opinions of random passers-by about the status of human rights in Armenia. “While the elected people at official receptions celebrate “equal rights and equal opportunities, numerous citizens at home, in the street, everywhere face the opposite…

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Karabakh NGOs demand removal of old maps from Armenian TV

A group of 9 NGOs have appealed to the President of Armenia Serge Sargsyan, demanding the removal from weather forecast maps “the soviet borders of the “Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast” (non-existent since the declaration of independence of the NKR) by the Public Television of Armenia in various broadcasts”, which, the authors of the appeal say, “insults the memory of our heroes, martyrs, as well as Armenian viewers in Armenia, NKR and Spyurk. ” The undersigned (the…

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Today is Karabakh's Independence Referendum and Constitution Day

In connection with the anniversary of the NKR State Independence Referendum and the Constitution Day NKR President Bako Sahakyan has issued a congratulatory address to the citizens of the republic, where he has noted: “On very day in 1991 our people officially sealed their will to form free, independent and sovereign state. And it was not a coincident that 15 years later on this very day of 2006 the people of Artsakh once again expressed…

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Killing of Armenian boy by police sparks rioting in Greece

The murder by police of a 15-year-old boy of Armenian descent in Athens has triggered the worst rioting in Greece over the past two decades. Rioters have been attacking shops, banks, hotels and offices. Barricades were erected in central streets. Hundreds of young people were burning cars and clashing with police in Athens, in the northern city of Thessaloniki, and in several other cities. Today Greek Prime Minister has called an emergency council to find…

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Russians becoming more hostile to migrant workers

MOSCOW (Reuters) — Activists from the youth wing of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s ruling party has held demonstrations against immigrant workers, demanding they return home and blaming them for Russia’s recent economic woes. Russia is trying to prevent a deepening economic crisis from stalling an 10-year boom. But rising unemployment is starting to focus some discontent on more than 10 million immigrants who have flocked to Russia to find work. Wearing white and red baseball…

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Just remember…

Nobody was spared. Everybody lost a dear one on December 7, 1988 in Gyumri… in Spritak… in Vanadzor… in the Earthquake zone. I’ve come to regard the Quake as some sort of a turning point, dividing my life to pre- and post-earthquake lives. 20 years have passed since. I lived a whole different life in a different Gyumri – coming to view the Quake as a fact of life, as a part of my reality,…

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Podcast: World Economic Crisis and the Telethon

Armenian bloggers become more and more concerned about the world economic crisis. David_sand, for example, thinks that the consequences of the crisis in Armenia may even lead to mass disturbances. If the financial crisis results in worsening the quality of life, which is already noticeable (although our politicians keep denying it,) or if the volumes of manufacturing and consuming get decreased because of crisis, even those political figures will have to persuade the people that…

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Online journalists now jailed more than those in any other medium

Reflecting the rising influence of online reporting and commentary, more Internet journalists are jailed worldwide today than journalists working in any other medium. In its annual census of imprisoned journalists, released today, the Committee to Protect Journalists found that 45 percent of all media workers jailed worldwide are bloggers, Web-based reporters, or online editors. Online journalists represent the largest professional category for the first time in CPJ’s prison census.

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