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 President Barac Obama might actually fulfil his campaign pledge and use the term Armenian Genocide in the traditional April 24th address.
On a more real-life development, along with ‘regular’ online media, the Armenian bloggers this week were invited to meet Inga and Anush Arshakyans, the twin sister-singers, who will represent Armenia at the Eurovision 2009. Bloggers Tigran Kocharyan (better known as Pigh) and Ani Qaramyan (coordinator of  the online PR campaign of Armenian Eurovision contestants, who also maintains their official blogs in English and Russian) told us more about the meeting of bloggers and singers in the course of an interview for the 40th episode of the Armenian Blogosphere Podcast.
The podcast itself (which is also a radio program broadcast on Radio Hay on Saturday and Monday mornings, remember?) centered more on Feedom Figter’s two posts about the Armenian economy.
In the first of the two posts Feedom Figter tells about the 22 year-old Italian pornstar Laura Perego, who stripped out of her black overcoat in Milan’s stock exchange in sign of protest against the financial crisis. In the two posts the Freedom Fighter protests against “dumb economists” and puts together a national rescue plan.
Full text of the blog-review in Armenian is here. You can download the 1.6 Mb mp3 file with the Armenian Blogosphere Podcast from here.  Alternatively, you can listen to the podcast online, by clicking the player icon below.

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?

Jhangiryan, former deputy prosecutor-general sentenced to 3 years

jangirian8“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 of. Continue reading “Jhangiryan, former deputy prosecutor-general sentenced to 3 years”

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 if you ask me – Vahagn and Astghik are certainly more appealing than Jesus.
On another note, I wonder if the recent legislative initiative which bans sects, applies to the Armenian pagans?

Senior Republican sorry "for not having a nickname"

Galust SahakyanLeader 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. Continue reading “Senior Republican sorry "for not having a nickname"”

Authorities considering change in Yerevan municipal election tactics

a-11635-b“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 Healthcare and the frontrunner of “Prosperous Armenia” party list to municipal elections.

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 an extract from the email:

I know it a bit strange for me to have contacted you under this situation and time, believe me because i have limited access to people and i have chosen you in time of need.
I don’t know what to do or where to go,I have access to only emails, No Phone, Please can you send me $1800 today so i can return home, As soon as i get home i would refund it immediately ,you need to help me have it sent through Western Union money Transfer because there is no account here.

PS: I hate when people write ‘i’ with a small letter and don’t put spaces after comma!!!

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

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

European Parliament
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’ and even that ‘synthetic’ or ‘artificial’ be used instead of ‘man-made’.
The guidance lists banned terms for describing professions, including fireman, air hostess, headmaster, policeman, salesman, manageress, cinema usherette and male nurse.
However MEPs are still allowed to refer to ‘midwives’ as there is no accepted male version of the job description.
The booklet also admits that “no gender-neutral term has been successfully proposed” to replace ‘waiter’ and ‘waitress’, allowing parliamentarians to use these words in a restaurant or café.
It has been circulated by Harold Romer, the parliament’s secretary general, to the 785 MEPs working in Brussels and Strasbourg.
Struan Stevenson, a Scottish Conservative MEP described the guidelines as “political correctness gone mad.”

Photo from Daily Mail, Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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 an opportunity “to change the existing dictatoral system in Armenia”.
It is of course hard to beleive, that the former president would actually want to serve as the mayor of Yerevan, but it’s quite easy to see, how this decision overhauls the otherwise predictible ‘elections’  and seriously damages incumbant mayor Gagik Beglaryan’s chances to be elected.

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