Armenian IT Growth Hits Record High

Armenian IT Growth Hits Record High

The rapid growth of Armenia’s information technology (IT) sector employing thousands of engineers accelerated to 38.2 percent last, according to government data. The tech industry had already expanded by an average of over 20 percent annually in the previous decade, making it the fastest-growing sector of the Armenian economy. According to government estimates, the country’s 500 or so mostly small and medium-sized IT firms earned over $550 million in combined revenue in 2015. The sector…

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IFJ Marks ‘End of Deadly Decade' With Report on Journalists and Media Staff Killed in 2009

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)  yesterday issued its report on 139  journalists and media workers who were killed or died while practicing journalism in the course of 2009. The IFJ says that 2009, one of the worst years for journalists’ killings, capped a violent decade which put journalism to the sword and left record numbers of murders of media people.

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Blogging Karabakh, or Observer’s Top 9 list of Karabakh blogs

I’ve been only able to draw a Top 9 list of blogs from Karabakh, because there are only 9 blogs from Karabakh that I know of currently and will greatly appreciate links to any other blogs from Karbakh out there. Meanwhile, meet these guys (thanks to Kornelij for listing them). A common feature of all – Russian language.

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Isn't it ironic…

Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly will organize a conference on December 9th at Erebuni hotel. The discussion will focus on “Human Rights in Armenia: the problem of political prisoners”. The irony lies in the fact, that former Deputy Prosecutor-General Gagik Jahangirian will be among the invited speakers to share his thoughts on the state of the human rights in Armenia. A controversial figure and a supporter of former president leader Levon Ter-Petrossian, Jahangirian himself was involved in…

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Inga&Anush Arshakyan’s “Jan-Jan” sounds like Tofiq Quliyev’s “Nakhchivani”, so what?

This video from the YouTube claims that Armenia’s entry into “Eurovision 2009” music contest was actually a rip-off from Azerbaijani musician Tofiq Quliyev’s “Naxcivani” song. Thanks to Hetq blog’s Sard for the link. There are, actually, some similarities between the two songs, which is probably the case with most folk-music in the Caucasus.

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The ‘Armenian’ coffee and the gadget called ‘Jazzve’

The key thing about ‘Armenian’ coffee is – it’s not ‘Turkish’ coffee. Never mind, that most of the world calls the exact same type of coffee – Turkish coffee… This high tech gadget called ‘Jazzve’ is instrumental in making your ‘Armenian’ coffee a success. It must be used and old. The handle is often wooden and burned. You can tell at once that it has seen a lot of coffee flow through its belly.

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Updated: Armenia really serious about swine flu prevention

Armenia is taking wide-ranging precautions to prevent the spread of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 and I’ve just experienced those measures myself.The whole thing started on the plane, about 40 minutes before we got ready to land in Zvartnots. A charming Czech stewardess handed out a sheet of paper, asking to fill it in. “I don’t need this,” I said, thinking it is an immigration form. “I’m a citizen.”

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