BarCamp Vanadzor 2016 at VTC

Armenia -- Artur Papan (me) speaking about "Number 1 problem of Multimedia" at BarCamp Vanadzor, 12Nov2016

Armenia — Artur Papan (me) speaking about “Number 1 problem of Multimedia” at BarCamp Vanadzor, 12Nov2016

Vanadzor has an amazing  Vanadzor Technology Center – VTC and on Sunday there was a Barcamp Vanadzor 2016 event to prove it! Continue reading

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Raffi Hovannisian hints at plans for pursuing #barevolution during March

Raffi Hovannisian hinted that he has a plan and promised to reveal it during a rally on March 2nd, as thousands gathered to listen to him in what was possibly the largest crowd since the opposition presidential candidate announced that he won’t accept the official election results. Continue reading

Happy New Year!

There’s a lot more I wanted to write about and discuss this year (e.g. issues of Kajaran mining project, Yerevan’s closed market and Parisian surch cafe), but everything ends at some point, so I will stop here and wish all the readers of this blog a very Happy New Year! Hope to see you here, at this blog – next year.

Armenian Government claims “exceptional” tourism growth rate

Armenia -- An Iranian couple takes pictures in Yerevans Republic Square, 21Mar2011.

Armenia -- An Iranian couple takes pictures in Yerevans Republic Square, 21Mar2011.

Head of Armenia’s Tourism agency has said the number of visitors to the country is growing at the rate of 20-25% annually, even though a World Economic forum report indicated that Armenia seriously lags behind its neighbours in tourism competitiveness rating. Continue reading

Alaverdi: money and poison 2

Alaverdy Copper Factory breathes poisonous gases into the mining town, 10May2011

A couple of months ago I wrote a post about copper production in Alaverdi and how it is poisoning the lives of people in that mining town.

A recent study carried out by National Academy of Science has revealed, that food produced in and around the towns of Alaverdi and Akhtala, contains up to 10 times the acceptable levels of mercury, cadmium, arsenic, lead, nickel, copper and zinc.

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