Iranians Flock to Armenia to Celebrate Novruz Again

There are Iranian tourists everywhere in Yerevan these days. They’re here to celebrate Novruz. We haven’t seen so many since at least 2011. This has got to be the result of lifting international sanctions against Iran. Continue reading “Iranians Flock to Armenia to Celebrate Novruz Again”

Armenia’s Press Freedom Score Highest in The Past Decade

2013 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index

Armenia’s rank has improved by 3 points in this year’s Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders, but we’re still ranked in the “noticeable problems” category. Continue reading “Armenia’s Press Freedom Score Highest in The Past Decade”

Reuters report points a finger at Armenia

Iran -- President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad welcomes Armenian President Serzh Sarkissian in Tehran, 27Mar2011
Armenia — Presidents of Iran and Armenia meet in Yerevan, 27Mar2011 | Official photo from http://www.president.am

Reuters news agency has published a report, claiming that Iran is seeking to expand its banking foothold in Armenia and thus trying to skirt bank sanctions the Islamic Republic is facing because of its nuclear program. Continue reading “Reuters report points a finger at Armenia”

“Poor quality of forces on Karabakh frontline increases danger of accidental outbreak of war”

Nagorno-Karabakh -- Military parade in Stepanakert, archive photo

A US think-tank has concluded, that “the inherent weakness and lack of discipline among the frontline units” of the Azerbaijani army along the Contact line with Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s Self-Defense Army make the danger of renewed hostilities and escalation more — not less — likely, given the tendency to over-react to incidents and misread the battlefield environment. Continue reading ““Poor quality of forces on Karabakh frontline increases danger of accidental outbreak of war””