U.S. Intelligence Official: Fighting could flare between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Admiral Dennis Cutler Blair, 3rd Director of National Intelligence

A top U.S. intelligence official has indicated, that the situation in the Caucasus could get tense with fighting erupting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held an open hearing on 2 February 2010, entitled “Current and Projected Threats to the United States,” as the latest in an annual series of hearings examining US national security issues.
In his testimoney before the Senate Committee the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dennis C. Blair made some noteworthy remarks concerning the Caucasus and Armenia. Admiral Blair, speciically, noted, that the unresolved conflicts of the Caucasus provide the most likely flashpoints in the Eurasia region. Continue reading “U.S. Intelligence Official: Fighting could flare between Armenia and Azerbaijan”

Armenian bloggers awarded Na/Ne journalism awards for covering women issues

Artur Papyan (that's me), country coordinator of Media Diversity Institute, Armenian office, hands over Na/Ne award certificate to Artak Vardanian, 1st prize winner in blogging category

Three Armenian blogs, along with well established print, online, TV and radio media, received awards at the Na/Ne 2009 Annual Journalism Award Ceremony held in Yerevan on Tuesday.
Banadzev media production company’s blog took the 1st prize in blog category,  with Radio Van’s blog coming second, while journalist, social media guru Shushan Harutyunyan’s Blansh blog took the 3rd slot. Continue reading “Armenian bloggers awarded Na/Ne journalism awards for covering women issues”

IFJ Marks ‘End of Deadly Decade' With Report on Journalists and Media Staff Killed in 2009

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)  yesterday issued its report on 139  journalists and media workers who were killed or died while practicing journalism in the course of 2009. The IFJ says that 2009, one of the worst years for journalists’ killings, capped a violent decade which put journalism to the sword and left record numbers of murders of media people. Continue reading “IFJ Marks ‘End of Deadly Decade' With Report on Journalists and Media Staff Killed in 2009”

Sasountsi Davit animation feature film – a pitiful disappointment

“Sasuntsi Davit”, the first Armenian animated movie took 10 years to make and cost 350 million Armenian drams (less than $1 million US). The movie was shoot at an incredibly slow pace – 10 minutes per year, which the producers account to lack of adequate funding and specialists.
The 80 minute full feature animated film was presented to the Armenian public on January 26th. The film is running in “Moscow” cinema theatre currently. Continue reading “Sasountsi Davit animation feature film – a pitiful disappointment”

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