Harmic on the Blogrel criticizes the violent infighting in one of Armenia’s oldest conservative opposition parties : “The Union for Constitutional Rights”:
If these guys can’t even act in a civil manner towards their own colleagues, how on earth are they going to discuss issues of war and peace with Aliyev and Gul, Genocide Recognition around the world , control the various criminal elements in the country..amongst Armenia’s other obstacles.
Armenia Blog discusses increased crime rates in Armenia according to the State Prosecutors report, and suggests the reason to be “…greater opportunities in the criminal world and lack of proper response by the police and related agencies…”.
Kornelij Glas, Theartbox and Ogostos join the earlier discussion started by the Blogrel about the recent scandal which has caused heated debate in the Armenia society about values of freedom of expression, respect towards the Armenian flag and the adequacy of the reaction by the Armenian ministry of culture to the performance staged by the British dance artist Nigel Charnock, who, as part of his performance in Armenia organized in sign of friendship between the British and Armenian people has danced on top of the British and Armenian flags and as a result was srticly condemned by the RA Minister of Culture Hasmik Poghosian for, as the Minister has formulated, disrespect to the national symbol of Armenia.
Anoush Rima from Anoush Armenia reflects on the recent article in the ArmeniaNow.com: Decision 2007 Comes May 12: Will it be fair? and once again stresses the significance of having fair elecitons:
“…this election season is extremely critical: it needs to come off clean and fair, most notably so that people have a semblance of restored faith in the system to give them a reason to vote in the VERY crucial presidential elections next year in ’08…”
Martuni or Bust, Oneworld Multimedia and Bekaiza are all marking the creation of a new blog in the Armenian blogosphere, Onnik writes:
Just found a new Armenian blog — Armenian Libertarian-Socialist Movement — that looks as though it’s literally just started. Is it an Armenian anarchist or very alternative one? Interesting.
The new blog itself, the Armenian Libertarian-Socialist Movement as it is called makes something of a manifesto about the purposes of the blog:
In this blog we will present the Anarchist and Libertarian-Socialist review and analysis of political developments that take place in Armenia, Caucasus and around the world.
Observer at What Democracy Means is reacting negatively to the recent events and attitude of the Armenian authorities towards the monitoring missions and the overall need to address transparency during the Parliamentary Elections 2007, noting, that two events are particularly disturbing:
a/ “It is noteworthy that Lenmark’s meeting with RA President Robert Kocharyan didn’t take place as “the president wasn’t in Yerevan” in Lenmark’s words.” – as A1plus reported yesterday.
b/ Central Electoral Comission rejected the bid for the “Supreme Committee” parliamentary club NGO to register a local monitoring mission to the elections (via RL/RFE)
Anoush Armenia points to the clear link there is between the upcoming elecitons and curbing corruption in the country, in her discussion of the recent report by the Transparency International on the state of corruption perception in Armenia.
SO, if everyone realizes that the existing corrupt system is bad, and that free and fair elections is a way to improve the situation, then why does it seem like such an uphill battle to convince people to get out and vote this Spring. To sign up to become election observers. To protest when their rights to dissent are put into jeopardy. RIGHT NOW is the perfect opportunity for citizens of Armenia to do something.
Onnik Krikoryan notes that Armenia has too many political parties, and provides a link to the web site: Parties.am to enforce this viewpoint.
David_Sand in his blog discusses incompetence of theRA Ministry of Transport and Communication. He notes, that the website of the ministry is a constant source of scandal and controversy and discusses the implications of the case on “provision of the 1710-1785GGHz and 1805-1880GGHz radio frequences to the Armentel”. On a more positive note, David_S states, that this could well be an indication, that Armentel intends to provide GPRS internet connectivity to its mobile subscribers. Needless to remind once again, that at the moment Armentel is only providing ISDN/Analog GSM/CSD connectivity at the rate of 9600bps to is customers.
Kornelij Glas reports that the election date is set for May 12 and dwells on the issue of Armenia’s first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s probable participation in the upcoming elecitons.