What would we do without Raffi?

[18 June, 2007 | A1plus ] Raffi Hovannisian, the leader of the Heritage Party and the newly-elected NA deputy, has put forward his candidature at Precinct 15. Considering the fact, that Hairitage Party only collected 2022 votes on May 12, 2007 Parliamentary elections, I don’t think Raffi really hopes to win the sit here, and this is probably more of a PR move then anything else. More importantly though, this is a win win situation…

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South-Caucasus: an artificial and unnecessary construct

Wikipedia defines South Caucasus (also referred to as Transcaucasia or Transcaucasus) as the southern portion of the Caucasus region between Europe and Asia, extending from the Greater Caucasus to the Turkish and Iranian borders, between the Black and Caspian Seas. All of Armenia is in Transcaucasia; the majority of Georgia and Azerbaijan, including the exclave of Nax├živan, fall within this area. Reading a rather boring article on Hetq today about the future of Armenia, I…

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Traditional Media Going for Blogging

I just want to announce the creation of two important blogs both in Armenian: the E-channel blogs and the A1plus blog. As I have direct involvement in both of these blogs, I’ll try to not pay too much attention to their content. However, the fact is – traditional media in Armenia are ready to embrace blogging. Yerkir Media have told me, that they are also interested in setting up a blog, I’m talking to a…

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How much does it cost to build a blog?

Uzogh has asked an interesting question (followed by lively discussion) about how much does it cost to build a blog, pointing out, that organizations like Center for Regional Developmen /Transparency International Armenia and Internews Armenia have received grants which include a blogging component. The question is especially important, because most of the bloggers (including myself before working with Internews), do so with no expectations to be compensated, and an ethical question arises as to how…

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Election blogging guide

CRD / TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007 reports, that “the Election Blogging Guide, co-authored by Solana Larsen, Zephyr Teachout, and Mary Joyce, has been translated into Armenian and is now available for download“, and expresses hope that it will encourage more citizens of Armenia to form their blogs.

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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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