Podcast: Bloggers and Pornstars against "dumb economists"

Bloggers discussed various YouTube videos depicting the brawl between photojournalist Gagik Shamshyan and Bryusov University’s Security. Some tried to prove the photojournalist provoked the fight, others claimed the opposite, while some just bragged about – “Երկիրը երկիր չի” (It’s all ‘couse the country’s f**ed up!). The disagreement between the radical opposition movement Armenian national congress and the only opposition party represented in Armenia’s parliament – “Heritage” attracted some attention as well. Many others centered on the possibility that the US…

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6-year old Armenian boy sings at a wedding in Moscow

The song is typical “Rabis” – a type of music originated in Soviet types. The “RabIs” – is derived from “Rabocheye Isskustvo” – working art. Certainly it’s far from my classification of ‘art’ or ‘music’. The sad thing about this video is that the 6-year old kid sings ‘I’ve become a grandfather’.  What an unbecoming song for the little one. And who on earth though of teaching the little one this ‘qyartu’, ugly song?

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Jhangiryan, former deputy prosecutor-general sentenced to 3 years

“In a highly controversial but anticipated ruling, a Yerevan court on Monday sentenced Gagik Jahangirian, a former deputy prosecutor-general linked to the Armenian opposition, to three years in prison for allegedly resisting police during his arrest last year,” RFE/RL reports. Watching Jhangiryan demanding justice, I could not help, but smile at the irony of the situation. Jhangiryan, formerly also Armenia’s chief military prosecutor, knows very well what the Armenian law-enforcement and judicial systems are capable…

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Armenian Aryans Celebrate Pagan New Year

Armenian Aryan’s celebrated the Aryan New Year and the Rebirth of Pagan god of Armenian Power and War – Vahagn at Garni pagan temple. An interesting observation I noted in this video material, Armen Avetisyan, scandalously famous leader of Armenian Aryans comments: “An Armenian may go to Garni temple, prey for his/her [pagan] Gods, and then go to church, lights a candle.” I find that a little controversial, since Christianity strongly denounces pagan gods, although…

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Senior Republican sorry "for not having a nickname"

Leader of the Republican faction in the Armenian parliament Galust Sahakyan said today he’s sorry for not having a nickname in defence to his party’s candidate for Yerevan mayor Gagik Beglaryan, known as Black (‘Chorni’) Gago. “I am sorry for not having a nickname,”  A1plus quotes Galust Sahakyan saying. The senior republican tried to explain, saying all prominent figures have had nicknames to be remembered in history.

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Authorities considering change in Yerevan municipal election tactics

“Zhamanak” claims it has information about a meeting of ruling coalition forces led by president Serzh Sargsyan to consider the possibility of changing their candidate – Gagik Belaryan in Yerevan’s upcoming municipal elections following the nomination of Levon Ter-Petrosian as the frontrunner of opposition Armenian National Congress list. Among possible alternative candidates the newspaper names former president Robert Kocharyan, ex-premier Andranik Margaryan’s son Taron Margaryan, currently district mayor of Avan community, Harutyun Qushkyan, Minister of…

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Scammers not aware of Western Union closure in Armenia?

Many Armenians received a SPAM email message today from someone called Inessa Gabayan, who claims she’s been robbed and asks for money. The ironic thing though, is that Western Union is banned in Armenia! So you see, all those efforts are in vain, dear scammers! Nobody would be able to send you anything even if they wanted to! Read my blog from time to time next time you attempt such a dumb scam 🙂 Here’s…

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Heritage spokesperson: “Large segment of electorate finds it hard to vote for Ter-Petrosian”

“There is a large segment of the electorate that finds it hard to vote for Levon Ter-Petrosian,” Hovsep Khurshudian, the  “Heritage”  spokesman told journalists today, defending his party’s refusal to back former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s candidacy for the post of Yerevan mayor. “Heritage” (Zharangutyun), which is led by former Foreign Minister Raffi Hovannisian, decided late Monday not to form an alliance with Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK) for the May 31 municipal elections.

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EU bans sexist words like 'Miss' and 'Mrs'

The European Parliament has banned the terms ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ in case they offend female MEPs. The politically correct rules also mean a ban on Continental titles, such as Madame and Mademoiselle, Frau and Fraulein and Senora and Senorita. Guidance issued in a new ‘Gender-Neutral Language’ pamphlet instead orders politicians to address female members by their full name only. Officials have also ordered that ‘sportsmen’ be called ‘athletes’, ‘statesmen’ be referred to as ‘political leaders’…

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Former president to run for Yerevan's mayor?

Armenia’s main opposition alliance has decided to contest the forthcoming municipal elections in Yerevan and nominate its top leader, former President Levon Ter-Petrosian, as its candidate for the post of city mayor, RFE/RL reports. Speaking on behalf of the Ter-Petrossian led Armenian National Congress (HAK), Levon Zurabyan said opposition block views the upcoming elections as the “second round of presidential elections”. The oposition spokesperson said, that given Yerevan’s political and economic significance, they see this as…

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