Podcast: Armenian Blogs Divided on Amnesty

PodcastThe National Assembly of Armenia adopted a decision on announcing amnesty on Friday. The initiative, put forward by the President’s administration, is primarily seen as a move to ease political tension in the society and release 56 opposition supporters charged in connection with post-election violence in Yerevan in March 2008.

Armenian blogs paid a due share of interest to the Amnesty issue. Most were interested in the fashion it was done, rather than the fact of amnesty itself, saying the move was only undertaken because of the upcoming PACE session which will very likely again discuss the functioning of democratic institutions in Armenia.

Formerly, there had been 6 cases of amnesty in Armenia – in 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2006.

This episode of the Armenian Blogosphere podcast brings views and comments from top Armenian bloggers on Amnesty and related developments.  Download the 1.1 Mb mp3 file of the podcast from here or listen to it online by clicking the player icon below.


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 one of the authors of the Armenian Observer blog.

The episode also contains an interview-introduction to the first ever BarCamp in Armenia to be held on April 17-19. Note, all of you reading this are formally invited, just register on the www.barcamp.am website.

Podcast: Between dram and dollar. Bloggers’ calculations, predictions and assumptions

Information about the US dollar trading at stock exchange is published almost every day in the print media. People hesitate whether to keep their savings in Armenian dram, or to hurry and buy dollars?

“They say that the banks shall not sell dollar and other foreign currency starting from today. If you have not managed to buy earlier, you are late,” Pataphysicus has written. Continue reading

Podcast: Armenian Eurovision Choice – Arshakyan sisters

Armenian blog community had predicted the Armenian choice of Eurovision-2009. By the end of January bloggers had noted Anush and Inga Arshakyans’ names as winners.

Facebook social network contained a support group for Inga and Anush Arshakyans. You could find the video of the sisters’ song Plow in blogs Ditord and RealArmenia.

However, bloggers did not like the song choice. The Plow is better than the chosen New Dance.

“I did support Inga and Anush Arshakyans’ bid to represent Armenia in Eurovision 2009. Why on earth did they change the initially advertised song Gutan – which was pretty good – instead sticking with this unsatisfying Jan Jan? Unless they stage a great show, this song is not a winner, not even close. Disappointed,” Unzipped complains.

Yerevanskaya is a journalist, has been present at the contest and has covered all the 21 candidates for Eurovision.

“I am not a fan of pop music but I think that it was wonderful. Sure, there were participants that could be classified into “So what?” category. However, everything else was good. The sound was not bad, the light was OK, which, actually, hardly ever happens at the Sports and Concerts Complex,” she writes.

Yerevanskaya congratulates Arshakyans sisters that have won in the Eurovision Armenian phase, summing up that “It was really the people’s choice.”

Blogger Diaanaa that has been the head of the Eurovision Armenian delegation for the past three years was among the viewers this time. She confesses that she has voted in favor of Dorians and Bambir rock groups, speaking quite well of Inga and Anush Arshakyans.

“I am crazy about the girls – they have strong voices. However, this song cannot be compared to their Plow. When you wish them to go since they really deserve it, since I get chills up and down my spine from their song, since they are charismatic, bright and, at the same time, modest, you cannot imagine a bigger disappointment. I still cannot memorize the song but now I support both of you, girls. Give it hot to them please,” Diaanaa writes.

Another blogger – the head of Eurovision voting project Uzogh – has published the chart of the votes of panel members and sms messages in favor of the 21 participants. Apparently, Inga and Anush Arshakyans have received the most number of votes both on behalf of the panel and the viewers. There are no doubts about this choice, at least at the Armenian blogosphere.

Download the podcast of this post, also containing an interview with a very interesting interview with the editor of Aravot  daily Aram Abrahamyan or listen to it online by clicking the player icon below.

Arsen Kharatyan Beaten

Arsen Kharatyan, one of the leaders of the Sksela and Hima youth movements was beaten today.


His sister, Lusine, says that someone phoned Arsen to arrange an interview. However, when Arsen Kharatyan reached the location for the interview there was no one. Nevertheless, he decided to wait and someone hit him from behind before proceeding to beat him.


Although his condition is considered satisfactory, Arsen Kharatyan is still hospitalized in the Grigor Lusavorich medical centre.