Podcast: more on the red-apple and a bit of barcamp

The new episode or the Armenian Blogosphere podcast is now available for download as a 1.3 Mb mp3 file as well as for listneing online – just click the player icon below to start playback. This episode contains a review of some of the most interesting blog-posts on the issue of the much discussed red-apple, which stirred a surprising amount of emotion around the Armenian blogosphere – compiled by Reporter_arm, journalist, editor of E-channel and…

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Bill Gates back in spot one in world's richest people list

Forbes has published its annual list of World’s Richest people. Bill Gates lost $18 billion but regained his title as the world’s richest man. Warren Buffett, last year’s No. 1, saw his fortune decline $25 billion as shares of Berkshire Hathaway (nyse: BRK.A – news – people ) fell nearly 50% in 12 months, but he still managed to slip just one spot to No. 2. Mexican telecom titan Carlos Slim Helú also lost $25…

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Tradition gone wild – the 'red apple'

Mock burial of the “Red apple” – symbol of women’s virginity took place in Armenia’s capital Yerevan on March 8th – the International Women’s Day. In an event apparently initiated by the Women’s Resource Center and Utopiana Association, about 30 women and a few male supporters marched through Yerevan and burried the “red apple”. The procession was stopped by the police but was allowed to continue after some negotiations. The participants of the march disseminated…

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Clinton-Babacan meeting highlights warming US-Turkey ties

Following the visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Turkey over the weekend, plans for US President Barack Obama to visit Turkey early next month were announced, which had an immediate chilling effect on many of us – Armenians, who beleived, that Obama will definately use the term Genocide when he makes the traditional April 24 speech to mark mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman empire in 1915, having made the campaign promise…

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Podcast: Dram is not floating, it’s just taken for a swim

Armenian bloggers noted a certain trend this week: on Mary 1 the opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian declares that “the country is falling into abyss”. On March 4 the country nearly falls into that very abyss – with the national currency – Armenian dram loosing 20% or more of its value in a matter of hours. While some bloggers share their views of the opposition leader and the authorities – telling in quite frank terms what…

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Fitch: Proposed IMF Programme Would Support Armenia’s Ratings

Fitch Ratings-London- 5 March 2009: Fitch Ratings says today that a proposed IMF loan facility for USD540m would support the adjustment of Armenia’s economy in the face of a global and regional economic shock, and support the outlook for its sovereign ratings. Armenia’s foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) are ‘BB’ with Stable Outlooks. The Country Ceiling is ‘BB+’ and the country’s Short-term rating is ‘B’.

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Azerbaijani-Armenian Gay Romance Novel Fuels Controversy

Scandals and discussions have erupted in Azerbaijan over the bestselling new novel – “Artush and Zaur.” This book by Azeri writer Alekper Aliyev (who has been in Yerevan on at least two occasions that I can recall) has written a novel about the romance between two young men — one Armenian, one Azerbaijani. For a highly conservative society like Azerbaijan (and Armenia for that matter), the publication of this book comes as a real shock….

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Gagik Beglaryan appointed Yerevan's mayor

Gagik Beglaryan, Yerevan’s central Kentron district’s mayor, has been appointed as Yerevan’s mayor by president Serzh Sargsyan. Beglaryan is the government official, who said only 10 days ago that he and his kin are “used to fighting for themselves”, referring to an incident when his bodyguards severly beet a shoolchild for getting into an argument with Beglaryan’s son.

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Price hikes after Armenian dram's devaluation

The prices of several key food products and fuel have risen significantly in Armenia following the sharp depreciation of the national currency, the dram, RFE/RL reports. The dram’s sudden drop immediately pushed up the retail prices of petrol and mainly imported foodstuffs such as cooking oil, sugar, butter and rice. In some grocery stores in Yerevan food prices were up by over 20 percent.

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