Armenia-Turkey Relations and the "Surrender" vs "Rational"policy of the RA

Armenia Blog disapproves of Armenia’s insistence to develop relations with Turkey without precondition (the blogger has explained more about his reasons in an earlier post) and evalutes Kocharian’s interview in France, where the president of RA expressed his readiness to reestablish relations with Turkey without preconditions and create an intergovernmental commission for discussing “most sensitive” issues [i.e. Armenian Genocide] as “surrender to Turkish demands”, saying the commission will only be for show. Sassna Dzrer however…

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Barekendan – Waking up…

Barekendan, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia © Onnik Krikorian, CRD / TI Armenia 2007 Barekendan was the top story around the Armenian blogosphere. As I reported earlier the event was initiated by civil society activists as a “call upon their fellow dormant citizens to “wake up” and become involved”, which was clearly a success. However, there were slightly different views on the event from around the blogosphere, as were many different photos. Make sure to check…

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Yet Another Armenian Soldier Killed by Azeri Sniper

Armenia Blog reflects on the recent killing of the Armenian soldier, major Ervand Pashikyan (b. in 1958) by an Azeri sniper, and finds it especially disappointing that “virtually nothing is done after such killings: a few words condemning the act here, a few harsh words there, and that’s it. Then again, short of an all-out war, what can be done? Obviously, we have to involve the international community, but all too often these soldiers get…

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Armenian Oligarchs, Their Hummers and More…

In her post “It’s not all gold that shines…” the Armenian Odar says “…at least one of the Hummers making Yerevan’s streets unsafe, uses gas. The owner had the petroltank replaced by gastanks in the hatchback, because gas is cheaper than petrol.” Armenian Odar only fell off her chair laughing at this, while I remember nearly having a heart attack when I first found out… 🙂 In the meanwhile the President of Armenia – yet…

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Fight Against Anonymity Becomes Reality in Armenia

David_S talks of “quite well founded rumours” that selling anonymous mobile phone SIM cards might soon be forbidden. The mobile operators will require valid identification before selling prepaid mobile SIM cards like the Armentel Easy, Go cards and the Viva Cell Allo Cards at the moment. David wonders whether this urge of fighting anonymity will soon reach Internet services as well?

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“Wake up” and become involved in social processes in Armenia!

ALS Movement, Anoush Armenia and Bekaisa keep the carnival organized in Yerevna on the traditional Armenian festival day of “Barekendan” in the focus, bringing additional news and stressing the importance of this social event from a civil perspective. ALS Movement looks at the civic value of the event in more depth: […]A Panegyric/carnival is being organized in Yerevan on the day of Barekentan, and it’s important that as many people as possible go. […] Communal…

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Wonders of the Yrevan Press Club (YPC)

Speaking of the recent round table discussion “Objectivity, balance and professionalizm in the course of election coverage”, Uzogh is apalled by the YPC 2003 Parliamentary Election monitoring analyses presented during the show, and says, that YPC is purposefully trying to denounce the TV coverage during the 2003 parliamentary coverage.

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Artists in Armenia Critical of Government's Moves To Limit Artistic Expression

SASSNA DZRER has posted the letter by a group of Armenian artists and intellectuals, expressing their principal disagreement with the situation in Armenia concerning art, culture and freedom. “…The art, the artist and the thought in Armenia are forbidden from now on. The announcement of Minister of Culture from 01.02.2007 recovers long-term Soviet totalitarian repressive machinery aimed to exclude alternative thinking and pluralism. Actually by this decision the artistic freedom without the approval of the…

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Voices from Civil Society — Mary Joyce

Via Global Voices Online: Mary Joyce writes about her excitment about the Election Blogging Guide coming to Armenia and the importance of blogging. The following are extracts from the article posted at the CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007: “…Election blogs form an important alternative space for people to talk about politics. Although traditional media such as television, radio, and the newspapers are often biased or are afraid to publish certain news, blogs offer an…

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