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Armenia Again Rules Out Entry Into Russian Customs Union

Armenia Again Rules Out Entry Into Russian Customs Union

Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian has again ruled out Armenia’s accession to a customs union of Russia and two other former Soviet republics and said his country will continue deepening integration with the European Union. In an interview with the Russian daily “Kommersant” published on Wednesday, he also stated that Yerevan is ready to consider hosting […]

Armenia Offers To Replace Russia’s Radar In Azerbaijan

Amid the negotiations between Russia and Azerbaijan over the Gabala radar station, Armenia has stepped in and said they would be willing to host a Russian radar if a deal over Gabala falls through. The current lease for the radar station expires in December, and Azerbaijan has gradually been raising the price it says it […]

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Learning to Give “Enemies” a Human Face

Armenian reporter describes evolution from blanket hostility to realisation that Azeris are people, not monsters. When I saw a Facebook message saying that IWPR Armenia was seeking a journalist to write an article in partnership with an Azerbaijani reporter about the way history is taught in the two countries, I wondered whether such a collaboration […]

Swiss drop probe into Turkish minister genocide comments

The protests of young environmentalists against the construction of kiosks in a central Yerevan park have been going on for nearly two months now. A “senior” group of protesters joined the young campaigners on March 31 – among them some well-known figures in Armenia. The group tried to dismantle the already installed pavilions, but the […]

Gene clue to post-traumatic stress disorder risk

Susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder could be partially determined by gene variants, says a study. A US team looked at the DNA from 200 members of 12 families who survived the 1988 Armenian earthquake. It found those who carried two gene variants which affect the production of serotonin – which affects mood and behaviour – […]

Wikileaks: Azerbaijan “terrified” by potential Armenian attack

Wikileaks: Azerbaijan “terrified” by potential Armenian attack

Washington – Despite record growth in military spending and frequently heard threats by top officials to resume hostilities in Karabakh, Azerbaijani leadership is said to be “terrified” by a prospect of an Armenian military attack, a Stratfor memo made available via Wikileaks revealed. The memo was prepared by Reva Bhalla, Stratfor’s director of analysis, following […]

Commentary: Are We in for Another Deception?

It is the time of year when Diaspora Armenians — especially in the US and Europe — go through the motions, intensify lob- bying activities, raise expectations and on April 24, suffer the anticlimactic results of their fervor and political activism. Lately, a few countries have discovered a convenient method of dangling the issue of […]

U.S. expects Armenian government to live up to clean vote promise

U.S. expects Armenian government to live up to clean vote promise

United States Ambassador John Heffern expects the political leadership in Armenia to live up to its promise of holding free and fair elections and also sees a role for the country’s opposition and civil society in “holding the government to its promise.” At a news conference on Thursday Heffern stressed that the United States welcomes […]

Russia-Armenia: 20 years of diplomatic relations and “mutually beneficial cooperation”

Russia-Armenia: 20 years of diplomatic relations and “mutually beneficial cooperation”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will pay a visit to Armenia on April 2-3 and then leave for Azerbaijan. Although the visit is called a South Caucasus tour, it is clear that Lavrov will not visit the third country of the South Caucasus – Georgia. After the Russo-Georgian war in August 2008, these two countries […]

iDitord or every citizen is an observer: Modern technologies to spur fair elections in Armenia

iDitord or every citizen is an observer: Modern technologies to spur fair elections in Armenia

Ahead of the forthcoming parliamentary election in Armenia for the first time an online platform has been created for reporting and registering election violations – voters can make calls and report any violation, send SMS, photographs and video.   The Transparency International and Media Diversity Institute NGOs are implementing a joint iDitord (iObserver) project and […]

Armenian Police Warn Greens Over Park Shop Dismantling Plans

Police authorities in Armenia have urged local environmental activists to call off their plans to dismantle kiosks in a Yerevan public park, warning that such an unauthorized step will draw a response from law enforcement. In a statement disseminated on Thursday, the national police force stressed that any action of that kind against what is […]

Armenian Diaspora Virtual Museum Responds to Critique: “We Need Time”

I received a reply from the editorial board of the Virtual Museum of the Armenian Diaspora regarding my critique entitled “Diaspora Ministry’s Much Heralded Virtual Museum is a Virtual Embarrassment” that appeared in the March 15 edition of Hetq. Here’s my translation of their response: Thanks for following the activities of the Ministry of the […]

Separated at birth: Visiting Armenia as an Israeli

Separated at birth: Visiting Armenia as an Israeli

How can a nation that seems to share Israel’s history be friends with Iran? How can it not. I’ve heard it said that if there is one thing Israel would enjoy, it would be to have another Hebrew-speaking country somewhere in the world to break its loneliness. The exchange of ideas and attitudes between two […]

OSCE Invited To Monitor Armenian Elections

OSCE Invited To Monitor Armenian Elections

Gender Armenia has formally asked the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to monitor its upcoming parliamentary elections, the head of the OSCE office in Yerevan, Andrey Sorokin, said on Thursday. Sorokin said a letter of invitation signed by Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian has been sent to the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and […]

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