New opposition group criticizes the Trio, calls for cooperation of civic-political groups

Armenia -- Nikol Pashinian (C) and other leaders of the Civil Contract movement speak to journalists, Yerevan, 13Oct2014.

Armenia — Nikol Pashinian (C) and other leaders of the Civil Contract movement speak to journalists, Yerevan, 13Oct2014

The problem with blogging in a small country like Armenia is that eventually you’ll have to blog about your friends and it becomes hard to remain honest and impartial…

I’ve been keeping an eye out for the political union called Civil Contract since their first media appearance late last year, when some of my Sksela friends led by Nikol Pashinian, one of the most charismatic and vocal opposition figures, announced about the creation of the group with the ambitious task to unseat President Serzh Sarkisian and democratize Armenia.
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The Parallel Realities of Post-Election Armenia

Armenia - Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian is greeted by supporters in Yerevan's Liberty Square, 22Feb2013 | Photolur via Azatutyun.am

Armenia – Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian is greeted by supporters in Yerevan’s Liberty Square, 22Feb2013 | Photolur via Azatutyun.am

There’s a lot said and done these days in the name of the people of Armenia, to the people of Armenia, for the people of Armenia, with the people of Armenia, regardless the people of Armenia… Continue reading

Hovhannisian Rallies Thousands, Occupies Liberty Square

We saw a different, a self-assured Raffi Hovhannisian today during his post-election rally, as he announced his decision to stay in the square and wait for Serzh Sarkissian to come to the Liberty square and hand him over the power. Continue reading

No “Armenian Spring” as Political Dialogue Looms

Armenia -- Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrossian and prominent opposition leaders Sasun Mikayelian and Nikol Pashinian face the rally of supporters, Yerevan, 31May2011

Armenia -- Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrossian and prominent opposition leaders Sasun Mikayelian and Nikol Pashinian face the rally of supporters, Yerevan, 31May2011

Armenian opposition has achieved a great deal over the past two months and is ready for dialogue with the authorities, after President Serzh Sargsian’s administration agreed to release all jailed opposition activists,  grant permission to hold rallies in Yerevan’s Liberty Square and relaunch the investigation into the deaths of 2008 post-election violence in Yerevan. Continue reading

Journalist imprisoned, Armenia ranked “not free” on World Press Freedom Day

In a 2010 Freedom House report, Armenia was considered not free when it comes to freedom of the press. It ranked 146th place, along with Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco and Qatar, in the world ranking list of 196 countries. In a Freedom of the Press 2011 Survey Release, Armenia is still considered not free and ranked at 146th place, however, sharing the spot only with Egypt. Continue reading