Diversity Visa Lottery and the Dream of Californication

The US Department of State announced the opening of the registration period for the DV-2012 Diversity Visa lottery on Tuesday, marking a full month of worries for thousands in Armenia longing for the ‘dream of californication’ and eager to migrate to the USA.

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US State Department Human Rights Report Criticizes Armenia

The U.S. State Department has released it annual survey of human rights conditions around the world. Examining human rights in more than 190 countries during 2008, the report criticizes its usual targets, including Russia, Iran, Uzbekistan, North Korea, and China, among many others. The report says “the most serious human rights abuses tended to occur in countries where unaccountable rulers wielded unchecked
power or there was government failure or collapse.”

The section on Armenia of the report is unprecedented by it sheer size! – it’s full of 67 page-long criticism of the Armenia.

For those who don’t have the time and patience to read the whole thing, RFE/RL offers a short account here. Some quotes below: Continue reading