One-Sided Prosecutions Year After Attacks on Protesters, Journalists
Riot police and barbed wire block protestors from marching down Baghramyan Street in downtown Yerevan on July 30, 2016. © 2016 Giorgi Gogia/Human Rights Watch
(Yerevan) – The Armenian government has failed to ensure full accountability for police violence against largely peaceful protesters and journalists a year ago, Human Rights Watch said today. At the same time the authorities have indicted at least 32 protesters, convicting 21 of them, with 11 sentenced to prison. Continue reading “Armenia: Limited Justice for Police Violence”
The passing year in Armenia was marked by civil unrest and major elections, which signal a transition of the country to a parliamentary system.
Continue reading “The situation with the freedom of media in Armenia June 2016 – May 2017 (Correction)”
I took part in a PechaKucha several months ago. Today I f ound the presentation, so I’m sharing it here just for future reference.
Armenian Businessman, leader of “Tsarukian” bloc during pre-elecition campaign
At least two competing opinion polls have shown that Armenia’s richest businessman Gagik Tsarukian’s election bloc named “Tsarukian” after him, is leading the race for the April 2 elections with 40-41% rating.
Continue reading “Gagik Tsarukian, Armenia’s Trump, leading in Parliamentary Election Polls”
A couple of years ago, actually 26 years after the disastrous earthquake of 1988, I made this report about Gyumri. “This town is stuck in an eternal disaster,” I remember thinking then. Continue reading “Gyumri stuck in an eternal disaster”
In a speech hailing the work of Holocaust survivor and Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel, U.S. ambassador to UN Samantha Power spoke about injustices that continue to this day. Continue reading “US Envoy to UN Speaks of The Armenian Genocide”
Old National Geographics map describing the people of the Soviet Union
I came across this fascinating map ( link to full-sized map) of the “People’s of the Soviet Union”, published by the National Geographic Magazine in February 1976, which offers a unique view into what the West thought of us, the Soviet’s at that time (and I wasn’t even born then). Continue reading “National Geographic portrayed Armenians as "respected artisans, scientists, and energetic merchants"”
Chess grandmasters by country per million people, 2016
Armenia has one of the world’s highest chess grandmaster density per million people according to this map posted on Reddit. Continue reading “Armenia's Chess Grandmaster Density among World's Highest”
Freedom House published its “Freedom on the Net 2016” report on Monday. Armenia retained its position among the countries with free internet (the report covers June 2015 – May 2016), but its overall score declined by two points and the country came really close to the “partly free” category, which was mostly due to the police violence against journalists (including myself) during the #ElectricYerevan protests as well as the increased self-self-censorhip during the 4 day war with Azerbaijan in April 2016.
Continue reading “Internet Freedom declines in Armenia”
Caffeine Brew Lab, 38 Myasnikyan str.
Driving through Dilijan with a group of friends on Sunday we decided to stop for a cup of coffee at this amazing place called Caffeine Brew Lab, which turned out to have the best tasting coffee I’ve had for quite a while in Armenia.
“Coffee in Dilijan”