Internet Freedom declines in Armenia

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”

Coffee in Dilijan

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. Continue reading “Coffee in Dilijan”

Booze Traveler on The Armenian Trail

I just had a discussion with some Armenian friends about Armenian drinks and remembered about this really fun episode of the Jack Maxwell’s documentary series “Booze Traveler” for the Travelchannel, in which he explores Armenian culture of alcoholic beverages. Continue reading “Booze Traveler on The Armenian Trail”

Syrian-Armenian Refugees Send this Videomessage on Genocide Remembrance Day

My very good friends, a group of young Syrian-Armenians, who have found refuge in Armenia from Syria’s raging civil war, have made this remarkable video message today, which I want to share with you.

A message to those who tried to scratch our chapter from the book of human existence.
We, the descendants of the Armenian Genocide survivors, are and will be the protectors of our identity and cultural heritage.

With a spark in our eyes, we stand up.
We speak up and hold our heads up!
Today, we carry the torch of our nation and prove to the world that we are unbreakable.

By: Houry Pilibbossian ,Khachig Ainteblian ,Puzant Keshishian ,Galin Dishoyan and Hena Aposhian

Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem Suspends Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing A Teenager

An Armenian priest has been suspended over allegations that he and two other clergymen abused a seminary student at Sts. Tarkmanchatz Armenian School some 20 years ago, RFE/RL’s Armenian service reports. Continue reading “Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem Suspends Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing A Teenager”