Armenian Civil Society Outraged by Obama's Congratulation

Activists made protest action in front of the US Embassy in Armenia towards the congratulation by US President Barack Obama towards Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan
A group of human rights activists, among them recipients of US State Department’s Universal Rights Awards, staged a protest-action in front of the US Embassy in Yerevan to express outrage over US President Barack Obama’s congratulatory message to the Armenian President Serzh Sarkissian for his reelection. Continue reading “Armenian Civil Society Outraged by Obama's Congratulation”

Guest Post: Bicycles & Facebook – How It Used To Be & How It Is…

Schematic Diagram of a bicycle.
Schematic Diagram of a bicycle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The automobile is not a luxury, but a means of transportation!”
Ostap Bender, 1931, Udoev
I remember, when in 90s many things suddenly became cheap. It became cheap to get a Zenit SLR camera in good condition, and the crappy compact was much more expensive. Continue reading “Guest Post: Bicycles & Facebook – How It Used To Be & How It Is…”

Yerevan – the desert city… and the scorpion in the office

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You don’t normally expect scorpions and tarantula in your office, do you? Well, in my office in central Yerevan I’ve come across both. And not just in the office, but also at home. This is mostly because Yerevan was built on a desert area, partly also because human activity has further worsened the microclimate here.

The massive construction in Yerevan’s Northern Avenue and elsewhere has also contributed to the fact, that all sorts of venomous creatures: snakes, scorpions, lizards have been driven out of their underground nests and spread throughout the central areas of the city. Still, with cooler weather this year, we haven’t heard about snake-bites and scorpion poisonings this year. Thank God.

Overall, beautiful as it is, Yerevan is situated in the worst possible place for a capital city. My suggestion? Let’s move capital of Armenia into Tsakhadzor, Sevan, Gyumri or Vanadzor. Why not?

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