“Armenia and Turkey have agreed on a comprehensive framework for the normalization of their bilateral relations,” is said in the joint statement disseminated by the Armenian and Turkish foreign ministries. Hot discussions around the statement have started in the Armenian blogs.
“Today, a day before the commemoration of the genocide victims, we have learnt that Armenia and Turkey had signed an official joint document on normalizing bilateral relations and identifying a road-map,” Ogostos writes. “I would like to a) know what that bloody road-map contains; b) hear what Dashnaks will say before their torchlight procession; c) read “Golos Armenii” and other similar newspapers. Actually, I would like normal relations to be established between Armenia and Turkey. However, I am concerned about the price we will have to pay for it,” Ogostos concludes.
Obama, on his first day of visit to Turkey, said his views on mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915, which he has termed genocide, have not changed. However, Obama said he prefers not to focus on his views, in an attempt to be more encouraging around the Armenia-Turkey border opening talks.
The traditional media talked about the blogs this week again. Bloggers noticed that too. In an article about Yerevan’s Municiapl administration elections, Top journalist of “Aravot” daily – Anna Israyelian, had referred to the opinions expressed by Uzogh (Ruben Muradyan) on his blog.
Uzogh on his turn had started a discussion about “Aravot” Daily’s coverage on his blog. As the discussion proved interesting, we decided to invite Anna Israyelian, Ruben Muradyan (Uzogh), Gegham Vardanyan (Reporter_arm) and Artur Papyan (Observer) to the Internews Studio, to discuss the issue of copperation between the traditional media and blogs.
This episode of Armenian Blogosphere podcast is completely dedicated to that subject. You can download the 1.2 Mb podcast in mp3 format from here or listen to it online by clicking the player icon below.
Bloggers discussed various YouTube videos depicting the brawl between photojournalist Gagik Shamshyan and Bryusov University’s Security. Some tried to prove the photojournalist provoked the fight, others claimed the opposite, while some just bragged about – “Երկիրը երկիր չի” (It’s all ‘couse the country’s f**ed up!).
The disagreement between the radical opposition movement Armenian national congress and the only opposition party represented in Armenia’s parliament – “Heritage” attracted some attention as well.
Many others centered on the possibility that the US President Barac Obama might actually fulfil his campaign pledge and use the term Armenian Genocide in the traditional April 24th address.
On a more real-life development, along with ‘regular’ online media, the Armenian bloggers this week were invited to meet Inga and Anush Arshakyans, the twin sister-singers, who will represent Armenia at the Eurovision 2009. Bloggers Tigran Kocharyan (better known as Pigh) and Ani Qaramyan (coordinator of the online PR campaign of Armenian Eurovision contestants, who also maintains their official blogs in English and Russian) told us more about the meeting of bloggers and singers in the course of an interview for the 40th episode of the Armenian Blogosphere Podcast.
The podcast itself (which is also a radio program broadcast on Radio Hay on Saturday and Monday mornings, remember?) centered more on Feedom Figter’s two posts about the Armenian economy.
In the first of the two posts Feedom Figter tells about the 22 year-old Italian pornstar Laura Perego, who stripped out of her black overcoat in Milan’s stock exchange in sign of protest against the financial crisis. In the two posts the Freedom Fighter protests against “dumb economists” and puts together a national rescue plan.
Full text of the blog-review in Armenian is here. You can download the 1.6 Mb mp3 file with the Armenian Blogosphere Podcast from here. Alternatively, you can listen to the podcast online, by clicking the player icon below.
The new episode or the Armenian Blogosphere podcast is now available for download as a 1.3 Mb mp3 file as well as for listneing online – just click the player icon below to start playback.
This episode contains a review of some of the most interesting blog-posts on the issue of the much discussed red-apple, which stirred a surprising amount of emotion around the Armenian blogosphere – compiled by Reporter_arm, journalist, editor of E-channel and one of the authors of the Armenian Observer blog.
The episode also contains an interview-introduction to the first ever BarCamp in Armenia to be held on April 17-19. Note, all of you reading this are formally invited, just register on the www.barcamp.am website.
Armenian bloggers noted a certain trend this week: on Mary 1 the opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian declares that “the country is falling into abyss”. On March 4 the country nearly falls into that very abyss – with the national currency – Armenian dram loosing 20% or more of its value in a matter of hours.
While some bloggers share their views of the opposition leader and the authorities – telling in quite frank terms what they think of him, others explore the price hikes in Yerevan’s supermarkets and the situation from the Dram-Dollar battle grounds – the exchange shops and banks.
Meanwhile a blogger – Smbat Gogyan makes an astonishing revelation: “On March 3, at 12:35 I found out, that on the next day, on March 4 the official exchange rate will be set at the level of 370 AMD per 1 USD . My best friend called me and said literally the following: Central bank have called all the banks and warned them, that on March 4 the official rate will be set at 370”.
“Floating rate” is supposed to mean that the Central Bank does not decide the exchange rate. Instead, the exchange rate is decided by the market, and the Central Bank, having observed the market trends, defines the exchange rate. In other words, the blogger concludes, what we have now is not a ‘floating exchange rate’. It’s just that the ‘dram is taken for a swim’.
Listen to all of the above and more in our weekly Armenian language podcast featuring weekly reviews of the Armenian blogosphere, interviews with bloggers, IT and new media specialists, technology news and more by downloading the 1,3 Mb audio mp3 file or listen to it online by clicking the player icon below.
The 35th episode of “The Armenian blogosphere” podcast – a first for this year is now available for download as an mp3 file from here or listening online by clicking the player icon below.
We have been experimenting with a new format for the podcast and this issue also features technology news. I’ll appreciate comments and suggestions.
This 5 minute podcast is produced by Internews Armenia. The program was made by Lusine Grigoryan, Gegham Vardanyan, Armen Sargsyan, Artur Papyan. The radio version of the podcast is broadcast throughout the territory of Armenia by Radio Hay radiostation on Saturdays and Mondays, at 9:00 AM.
The bull’s coming! It used to be the symbol of plenty, prosperity and strength. Let’s hope, that amidst the looming global economic crisis, the bull will indeed justify it’s name.
Wish a very happy, prosperous New Year to you all! Wish you a Happy 2009!
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The 29-year-old journalist Muntazer al-Zaidy from “Al Badgadia” TV, threw his shoes at the US President George W. Bush at a press conference in Iraq. Even though the journalist missed his target, he did, however, become the center of attention throughout the world. The story of flying shoes along with the accompanying video circled around the Armenian blogosphere as well.
Reporter_arm was perhaps the first to react to the news.
Have you seen how a show is thrown at Bush in Baghdad, at a press conference? And Bush reacts with impressive agility, ducking down from the shoe thrown at him!
smbatgogyan shares additional details.
During a press conferenece the Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at Bush, shouting “It is the farewell kiss, you dog!” Let me note, that ‘dog’ is one of the very serious insults in Iraq, they call ‘dog’ those people who they truly despise. At any rate, we can state the following:
1. The Iraqi journalist had only a pair of shoes (which is a pity, otherwise it might have been more exciting).
2. Bush has very good instinct when it comes to avoiding objects hurled at him.
aramanoogian is upset about the fact, that the journalist missed his target:
Bush was uninjured thanks to his natural instinct as a Texan who jumps back when shoeing a horse or dodges flying shoes from his wife Laura.
As for the reporter, he should be hung from the gallows for missing his target twice.
I wonder if at future news conferences they will issue slippers to the attendees?
armish1informs, that a rich businessman from Saudy Arabia has offered to pay a huge amount – 10 million dollars for the shoes hurled at Bush. Unfotunately, armish1says, the fate of the shoes in so far not known. The journalist, on the other hand, will definately be tried in court.
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