One of the leaders of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) party has been attacked in Yerevan by an unknown assailant. Continue reading “Opposition MP Attacked in Yerevan”
The Armenian parliament ratified on Thursday Armenia’s controversial accession treaty with the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union. Continue reading “Disgrace: Armenia's Independence Gets only 7 Supporters in 131 Seat Parliament”
Continue reading “UNESCO Cultural Heritage List Sparks a Lavash War Between Armenia and Azerbaijan”
There are fresh flowers, Ukraine flags and photos of fallen heroes near every tree and step on the Alley of Glory leading to Kiev’s Maydan Nezalezhnosti from Khreschatiki metro station. Ukraine remembers those who died in Maydan fighting for their political beliefs, and yet, Kiev looks like it is tired of politics. Continue reading “Kiev's Maydan — the winner takes it all…”
A court in Yerevan issued harsh sentences to a group of activists along with their leader, Shant Harutyunian, who were arrested on November 5 last year, as they clashed with the riot police blocking their march towards the Presidential palace under a ‘revolution’ banner. Continue reading “Pro-independence protesters jailed on 'hooliganism' charges”
The problem with blogging in a small country like Armenia is that eventually you’ll have to blog about your friends and it becomes hard to remain honest and impartial…
I’ve been keeping an eye out for the political union called Civil Contract since their first media appearance late last year, when some of my Sksela friends led by Nikol Pashinian, one of the most charismatic and vocal opposition figures, announced about the creation of the group with the ambitious task to unseat President Serzh Sarkisian and democratize Armenia.
Continue reading “New opposition group criticizes the Trio, calls for cooperation of civic-political groups”
According to the Caucasus Barometer 2013, 55% of Armenians support Armenia’s joining the Eurasian Economic Union. More importantly, only 13% are against it. Continue reading “55% of Armenians support country's membership in Eurasian Economic Union”
It was hardly a surprise for an average Armenian to learn on Friday that the country’s President signed the agreement to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Here’s why: Russia’s president Vladimir Putin wanted us there and the Russian Tzar always has his way here in Armenia; our so called Public TV touted the benefits of joining the Russia-led block for a whole year; all the political analysts said it is the only way to save Karabakh; our relatives in Russia said it is great for sending money transfers and job prospects for them and the major opposition forces refused to speak against Moscow’s decision to pull us back into the USSR swamp.
Continue reading “Looking Beyond Emotions: Armenia Joins the Eurasian Union”
Three non-government parliamentary parties staged a demonstration of power on Friday, as they organized the most bewildering of political rallies I have ever seen in Armenia.
Continue reading “Opposition flexes its muscles in Yerevan”
The tweet from Twitter account Robert Kocharian with the about line indicating “Natural Born Killer” made my day today. It was funny, I admit. But that was the only funny thing today. Continue reading “"Natural Born Killer" Kocharian Is Back”