Obama marks Armenia’s independence day with a slight tilt

U.S. President Barack Obama marked the 18th anniversary of Armenia’s declaration of independence late Tuesday with a special statement and a congratulatory message to his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian, RFE/RL reports. “The people of the United States join the people of Armenia in celebrating Armenia’s day of independence today,” Obama said in a statement posted on the White House website. “We deeply value the many cultural and historic ties that bind our two countries.” The…

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Armenia marks the Independence day

Armenia turned 18 today. Wouldn’t be able to buy beer in U.S.A yet, but certainly entitled to a passport. This is quite a mature age for a country, and time to behave more responsibly in local and international politics. Like an adult! Let’s wish all the best to the 18-year-old Armenia and its 18-year-old citizens, many of whom have yet to understand what statehood, citizenship and responsibility towards one’s country means. PS: I’m buried in…

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How to discredit your country in 3 easy steps

Yep, you guessed right: 1. Establish a State Security Service; 2. Take part in the Eurovision and 3. Call in the fans for questioning. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show has been all over the recent Eurovision scandal with Azerbaijani Eurovision fan called in to answer for voting in favor of Armenia – Azerbaijan’s arch-rival. I don’t claim to know much about MSNBC. Last time I was in US (in 2001), nobody really cared about what that…

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7 thousand km ring-road to connect Baku-Yerevan-Istanbul

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoghlu has proposed to start parliamentary discussions on the “peace road” project which would connect the Caucasus to Europe, spanning vast 7 thousand kilometers, passing through 12 countries, connecting 24 cities including Baku, Yerevan and Istanbul, Turkish Sabah newspaper reports. From what little I was able to make of the Google Translator’s English version of the text, it looks like the project has been agreed on by the Black See Economic…

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Robert A. Bradtke replaces Mathew Bryza as US co-chairman at OSCE Minsk Group

Everyone’s ‘favorite’ OSCE Minsk Group co-chairman Mathew Bryza will probably stop revealing to the media details of Karabakh regulation process, only to come out the next day to say he was misquoted and misunderstood again. Robert A. Bradtke will replace Bryza on that post. The official State Department Statement says:

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The next 'clean' presidential candidate?

Raffi Hovannisian, the leader of a “Heritage” opposition party, will give up his mandate in the National Assembly, RFE/RL reports. The source, who asked not to be identified, declined to comment on reasons for the unexpected move, saying that Hovannisian himself will explain his motives in the coming days. The spokesman for his Zharangutyun (Heritage) party, Hovsep Khurshudian, refused to confirm or refute the resignation. Oh I love when they do that – refuse to…

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Inga&Anush Arshakyan’s “Jan-Jan” sounds like Tofiq Quliyev’s “Nakhchivani”, so what?

This video from the YouTube claims that Armenia’s entry into “Eurovision 2009” music contest was actually a rip-off from Azerbaijani musician Tofiq Quliyev’s “Naxcivani” song. Thanks to Hetq blog’s Sard for the link. There are, actually, some similarities between the two songs, which is probably the case with most folk-music in the Caucasus.

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