Parliamentary Election Monitor

Via CRD / TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007: Writing for RFE/RL, US-Armenian analyst Richard Giragosian says that the pressure is now on for the May parliamentary election to be considered free and fair by the international community. Moreover, Giragosian argues that the conduct of the vote will determine the country’s place in the region as well as impact on its declared intent to integrate into European structures. If the ballot proves to be only the…

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Driving in Yerevan

Bekaisa has a lively post about driving in Yerevan: By the way – driving has become better. This is primarily because they removed GAI [the street patrol] from the streets, and secondly, although this may sound paradoxical, because of the [increased] number of cars. On all major streets of the city, in daytime especially, you have to drive calm and slow no matter how fast you want to drive. There is just no other way…

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Studies on Strategy and Security

The book Studies on Strategy and Security has been published on internet, Kornelij Glas reports, noting, that the materials there are mostly in Armenian and Russian. “There is a lot of interesting stuff, for example, an article about Commandos in the period, when we surrendered Shaumyan and Mardakert, but you have to ask for that article separately, there are also articles by myself [by Kornelij aka Samvel Martirosyan] and Vrtanesyan Karen.” Ahousekeeper [aka Vrtanesyan Karen]…

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IFES (International Foundation for Election Systems)

“After introducing readers to the work of the domestic observation organization It’s Your Choice as the May parliamentary election approaches,” CRD / TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007 is now presenting the “IFES, formerly known as the International Foundation for Election Systems”: In 2005, IFES began a project that aims to increase the government of Armenia’s ability to fulfill its international and national election commitments in time for the 2007 parliamentary and 2008 presidential elections. To…

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Another youth activity planned: "Flash – Mob" this time

SKSELA !!!!!!!!! http://sksela.wordpress.com March 18, 13:00, next to the Komitas statue. It has begun… again. And its not really clear what exactly has begun this time, and if you really want to know, you have to come and see for yourself… that’s all the information that could be found at Bekaisa and at the Sksel a website. The previous events of the young civil activists, trying to wake up the country from the political standstill…

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Are local products really good – Artfood, Ashtarag, Marianna, Biogat… Jermuk?

“Encourage local products!”, Life in Armenia is urging, “Our food products – namely – are tastier, well made, AND cheaper. …I would choose Artfood (or any other local brand) over Bonduelle anytime!” Lara get’s a kick out of watching how the “city is transforming itself so quickly and how modern the stores are becoming”, but many goods sold in Armenia are imported and “relatively expensive” the blogger says, arriving at the conclusion, that the way…

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Armenian opposition not ready for elections, while Prosperous Armenia is campaigning already

Armenian opposition is just not serious urges East Meets West, characterizing all except Raffi [Hovhannisyan] in the Armenian opposition as “greedy, self indulged, inept, corrupt, ‘me first’ individuals”, who do not “deserve to become a president, since none of them really care about the people and their problems”. The blogger is especially frustrated by lack of any kind of serious political manifesto, or issues raised by the opposition: […]They have no publicly announced plans for…

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Online Interview with Armen Aghayan

OpenArmenia forum will host an interview with Armen Aghayan, representative of Jirayr Sefilyan, on Tuesday, March 13, 16:00 Yerevan time. The interview is open to everyone, but you will need to register under this topic in the forum prior to participation. For videos of Jirayr Sefilyan’s well known speech, which resulted in his and Vardan Malkhasyan’s arrest a couple of hours later, can be found at the links below: Google Video, Metacafe, Megaupload.com, Sendspace.com. Please…

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Azerbaijani Military: More Money, More Problems?

Yandunts has two articles (both first published in the Armenian Reporter) on the Azerbaijani Military, discussing the economy behind the Azerbaijani army, Azerbaijani presiden Ilham Aliyev’s promises that “his country’s military spending would soon surpass Armenia’s total state spending” and looking at possible problems in the Azerbaijani army, which the blogger claims are the result of “more money, more problems“: […]The Azerbaijani government has repeatedly threatened a new war against Armenians. In the last few…

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Armenian Elections: Choice with No Choice

[…]Parliament elections in Armenia are scheduled for May 12. They promise to be interesting, if only for the fact, that they will become а launch pad for the presidential elections in 2008, in which Robert Kocharyan won’t be able to run. It seems, that the main competition for seats in parliament will go on between the pro-government forces, while the opposition will find itself out of the game. […] These are some of the conclusions…

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