Number of Female Drivers Keeps Growing in Armenia

Women behind the wheel are no longer an exotic sight in Yerevan. I frequently find my car sandwiched between two female drivers on the street. And those are the rare moments, when I feel safe… because I’ve never seen a female driver take an especially risky maneuver just to prove a point or please their ego so far.

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Suicide rate grows in Armenia, most suicides committed by the unemployed

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The number of suicides grew 18,9% in Armenia last year. According to data published by the National Statistical Service, 592 suicides were committed by our fellow Armenians in 2010, compared to 498 in 2009. A staggering 57,3% of those suicides were committed by the unemployed, another 17.7% by pensioners.

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Azerbaijani-Armenian Gay Romance Novel Fuels Controversy

030409_frontScandals and discussions have erupted in Azerbaijan over the bestselling new novel – “Artush and Zaur.” This book by Azeri writer Alekper Aliyev (who has been in Yerevan on at least two occasions that I can recall) has written a novel about the romance between two young men — one Armenian, one Azerbaijani. For a highly conservative society like Azerbaijan (and Armenia for that matter), the publication of this book comes as a real shock.

“Taboos will not be easily overcome” declares the sub-title of “Artush and Zaur.” And in this bestseller novel about the romance between two young men — one Armenian, one Azerbaijani — Azerbaijan is experiencing the truth of that line. Continue reading

Hayastan All Armenian Fund Raises Record Breaking US $35 Million at Annual Telethon

Hayastan All Armenian Fund has raised a record 35 009 156 USD during the annual Telethon 2008. With 35 009 156 USD, more than doubling the amount raised last year. The funds raised during the Telethon 2008 will go towards the revival of border villages in Armenia and Artsakh.

Russia-based Armenian businessman Samvel Karapetian  has pledged $15 million, which will be used to construct a hospital in Stepanakert.

Other major donors include VivaCell-MTS, Mikael Vardanyan, Samvel Aleksanyan, Eduardo Eurnekian, Gagik Adibekyan, Varujan Grigoryan, Gagik Zakaryan, Norik Petrosyan, Barsegh Beglaryan, Aram Kocharyan, Khachik Manukyan, Karapet Aleksanyan.

In the days leading to the Telethon, a number of fundraising activities were organized around the world including phoneathons held in France, Argentine and New York, fundraising bike-ride, radiothon, galas, and charity concerts.

Among dignified guests were President of Nagorno-Karabakh Bako Sahakyan, Primate of the Artsakh Diocese Archbishop Pargev, Hayastan All Armenian Fund Acting Executive Director Ara Vardanyan, other benefactors and public figures.

Armenia’s wealthiest businessman – Gagik Tsarukyan, again hasn’t stepped in with any kind of significant contribution.