Mitt Romney’s Consultants “Do Races” in Armenia?

A secretly filmed video has emerged showing US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney disparaging Barack Obama voters at a private donor dinner. Continue reading


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?

Predictability of predictable parties in Armenia

"Orinats yerkir" party congress in Yerevan | Photo via RFE/RL

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

PodcastThe 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 amnesty itself, saying the move was only undertaken because of the upcoming PACE session which will very likely again discuss the functioning of democratic institutions in Armenia.

Formerly, there had been 6 cases of amnesty in Armenia – in 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2006.

This episode of the Armenian Blogosphere podcast brings views and comments from top Armenian bloggers on Amnesty and related developments.  Download the 1.1 Mb mp3 file of the podcast from here or listen to it online by clicking the player icon below.″