Censored. New Year address of 3 Armenian presidents

This funny video piece by known humorist Samvel Baghdasarian was prevented from being broadcast by any Armenian TV according to Radio Van Blog. The humorous representation of traditional presidential addresses appeared too much for TV owners? I watched it,  nothing special. Not very funny either.  So why was it censored? Is it just because censorship has turned into a bad habit?

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Predictability of predictable parties in Armenia

President Serzh Sargsian and leader of “Orinats yerkir” party exchanged niceties on Saturday during party’s congress, where Baghdasarian was unanimously reelected as head of party. The party’s executive body was also reelected unanimously. Peace and unanimous consent prevailed overall.

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Podcast: Armenian Blogs Divided on Amnesty

The National Assembly of Armenia adopted a decision on announcing amnesty on Friday. The initiative, put forward by the President’s administration, is primarily seen as a move to ease political tension in the society and release 56 opposition supporters charged in connection with post-election violence in Yerevan in March 2008.Armenian blogs paid a due share of interest to the Amnesty issue. Most were interested in the fashion it was done, rather than the fact of…

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"7 trial" pulled apart, "political" context stripped off

The controversial trial of ex-president Levon Ter-Petrosian’s 7 prominent supporters de-facto ended today – separated into isolated cases by the ruling of judge Mnatsakan Martirosyan. The charge for “usurpation of state authority by force” was dropped, making the now separate cases against the oppositionists more “politically neutral”. RFE/RL carries the news: The new twist in the so-called “case of the seven” resulted from the newly enacted amendments to Articles 225 and 300 of the Armenian Criminal Code used…

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The usual week vs the political one

The announcement of “popular walks” started a chain-discussion of usual vs political everything – bloggers discussed things like usual cats and chess and “shaurmas” (eastern dish: grilled meat rolled in pita bread, similar to Donner Kebab), contrasting them with their political alternatives. The attempts by mk.am to find 8 differences between the two cats in the picture (the regular cat on the right and the politically motivated one on the left) were certainly entertaining, although…

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