Most waiters and waitresses never paid salary in Yerevan

The people who smile at you and serve you and try to make you comfortable in hundreds of outdoor cafes, cafeterias, restaurants in Yerevan – several hundreds of waiters and waitresses in Armenia, most of them young, good looking boys and girls are usually not paid a regular salary in Yerevan. Instead, they have to rely on tips, or the so-called ‘tea-money’ to make a living. I first heard about this on a TV talk-show…

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Yerevan's tourist-friendly metro. VIDEO

Yerevan’s metro – the underground transport system (launched in 1981), is a true blessing on hot summer days. The Soviet built metro serves 10 stations and is only 13,4 kilometers long short. I mean – it is quite short actually and mostly serves the central Yerevan. The number of passengers is surprisingly quite low, ranging between 40-42 thousand on regular working days, although it’s the cheapest public transport available costing less than 15 cents (50…

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Funny: Iranian governor "provides" uranium to Armenian governor

Iranian Tehran Times daily published a strange story on Sunday about an Iranian governor telling an Armenian governor about Iran’s readiness to supply nuclear fuel to Armenia. As a colleague rightfully noted today, they could as well publish a story about an Iranian village mayor promising to sell long-range missiles to an Armenian village mayor. I mean – these things just don’t happen on the village mayor, governor or even prime-minister levels. Strangely, the story…

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Updated: Armenia really serious about swine flu prevention

Armenia is taking wide-ranging precautions to prevent the spread of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 and I’ve just experienced those measures myself.The whole thing started on the plane, about 40 minutes before we got ready to land in Zvartnots. A charming Czech stewardess handed out a sheet of paper, asking to fill it in. “I don’t need this,” I said, thinking it is an immigration form. “I’m a citizen.”

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Don't understand the Teghut campaigners, but willing to listen…

from here. Frankly, I don’t quite understand what all the Teghut cause is about. I have a bunch of friends engaged in a movement to stop the Armenian Copper Program (ACP) from establishing an open pit strip mining operation for copper and molybdenum ore in Teghut’s forest. They say the plan includes clear-cutting over 1,500 acres of Teghut’s forest.  Clearly that’s bad. But – in this economy you’d think it’s justified to cut some forest…

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The 'correct' and 'incorrect' maps of Armenia and Karabakh

I came across today a Facebook group which, according to its description, is “dedicated to the promotion of using correct maps of Armenia and Artsakh.” The group’s description further runs: When using or displaying a map of Armenia, Artsakh should not be left out! They are Armenian lands that should be properly included into every single map published. We live there, we govern it, we liberated it and therefore it is an integral part of…

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Karabakh negotiations. What happened in Moscow?

High level talks on Karabakh conflict resolution concluded on July 17th and July 18th in Moscow. Armenian and Azerbaijani sides didn’t comment much. The OSCE Minsk group mediators sounded disappointed, even if they tried to accurately conceal that with phrases like “very open discussion took place” and “there was no progress, but there was not step back either”. It seems like the reason for failure in progress was Armenia’s stance. There was a serious backlash…

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Passenger plane crashes in Iran killing 168

Armenian bloggers were taken aback as the Caspian Airline flight 7908 heading from Tehran to Yerevan, crashed 16 minutes after departing from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport, killing all 153 passengers and 15 crew members. The news was initially spread by Armenian twitterers and facebookers, Unzippedblog being the most informative of Twitter users on the tragic event.

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Armenian bloggers call for Foreign Minister Nalbandian's resignation

Following the release of a statement on July 10, 2009, in Aquila, by presidents of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries, containing the so-called Madrid basic principles of Karabakh problem’s resolution a group of several dozen Armenian bloggers have launched a campaign demanding the resignation of Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian.

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