Notes from the Armenian Blogosphere

A group of Armenian and Azerbaijani parliamentarians and intellectuals initiated a one-day “public diplomacy” trip visiting the Presidents and key officials in the disputed Karabakh region, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The action was designed to appeal to the publics in the conflict stricken region. Meanwhile, the Armenian bloggers were not impressed. In an interview to Azerbaijani media, Siyavush Kerimi, one of the intellectuals visiting Karabakh as part of the Azerbaijani delegation, said after seeing the President…

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The Obamameter, Armenians, Turks and blogs

As President Barack Obama’s 100 days in office went by the American analysts tried to find out how many of US President’s 514 campaign promises had been fulfilled, making use of the famous Obameter. Turns out Obama has fulfilled 27 of his campaign promises, broken 6, took a comprimise decision about 7 of them.

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Podcast: World Economic Crisis and the Telethon

Armenian bloggers become more and more concerned about the world economic crisis. David_sand, for example, thinks that the consequences of the crisis in Armenia may even lead to mass disturbances. If the financial crisis results in worsening the quality of life, which is already noticeable (although our politicians keep denying it,) or if the volumes of manufacturing and consuming get decreased because of crisis, even those political figures will have to persuade the people that…

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Armenian bloggers stage a protest action in front of Georgian Embassy

Today a protest action was held before the Georgian Embassy: the 10 – 15 participants of the action solemnly buried Georgian democracy in response to Georgian attempts to scrap signs of Armenian heritage from the Armenian St. Norashen Church in Tbilisi. The action was organized and staged by Armenian bloggers. “Georgia has always been a friendly country to Armenia. However, the experience of the past five years showed but one thing: that country has been…

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Podcast: The global crisis as seen on the blogging week

The 23rd issue of “Armenian Blogosphere” Radio Program is out and can be downloaded from here. The program brings comments by bloggers on the decline in global markets and shift in US and Russian policies in the Caucasus. Athanatoi has detected warming of Russia-Turkey and Russia-Azerbaijan relations seeing dangers for Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh in this shift of Russian intersets. Mark Grigoryan on the other hand, has interviewed American co-chairman of OSCE Minsk Group – Mathew…

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Armenian Bloggers initiate boycott of Vneshtorgbank

Armenian bloggers have initiated a boycott of VTB Bank Armenia and are inviting everyone to join the action. Better known as “Savings Bank of the Republic of Armenia” (Armsavingsbank) was founded in 1923 and was the pillar of Soviet Banking system and law obedient Soviet citizens were encouraged to hold their savings there – which was one of the reasons, why after the collapse of the USSR and downfall of the Soviet Ruble it had…

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Observers Top-Ten List of Armenian Blogs in Armenian

For strange and mysterious reasons, despite years of existence of a very lively Armenian blogging community, the predominant languages of Armenian bloggers have been Russian and English, rather then native Armenian. The picture has started to change over the recent month however, a range of blogs writing in Armenian have sprang up, and one can now get a variety and diversity of opinion and information reading only Armenian language Armenian blogs. Needless to say, that…

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A Couple of Top Tens

The trip to Istanbul last week and the need to catch up with the lost time kept me away from blogging last week. However, reading through a whole week’s worth of accumulated blog posts proved a worthy task. At that, I want to announce, that I’ll be starting to post my list of most active and most interesting blogs every week. This is of course subjective and unreliable, and I’m doing it mostly for me,…

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