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Armenia: For Criticism-Averse Army, the Pen is as Threatening as the Sword

A free speech debate is flaring in Armenia, touched off by an official investigation into a collection of short stories that casts the Armenian army in unflattering light. Civil rights activists say the incident reflects the military establishment’s intolerance of any form of criticism, a situation that poses obvious problems from the democratization process. Military […]

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Crying Wolf: A Misguided Canine Extermination Campaign or Sheep Protection?

In the Caucasus, villagers and wolves are currently locked in a deadly zero-sum game. With the recent cold snap in Armenia, some wolves began targeting livestock. Reports indicate that the damage was sometimes considerable, with over a dozen sheep from a single herd killed in some of these attacks. The government on Feb. 9 announced […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Op-Ed: Deciphering Armenian Narratives in History, Film

I have read many books about the third generation discovering stories of genocide in their family to find myself angry, frustrated and wanting nothing to do with the people this history is speaking of. But I knew I had to watch “My Grandmother’s Tattoos” because it was exposing the often unknown story of women who […]

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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 […]

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Aliyev Calls Armenians Fascists at Euronest Meeting

BAKU (Yerkir Media)—Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday called Armenians occupiers and fascists during a speech at the Euronest Plenary Session, angering the Armenian parliamentary delegation and shocking European officials gathered at the meeting. In reporting from Baku Tuesday, head of the Armenian delegation and chairman of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation parliamentary bloc Vahan Hovannesian […]

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Armenian Songstress Sibil Mesmerizes New Jersey Audience

Armenian singer Sibil performed to a sold out crowd in Hackensack NJ over the past weekend. Her angelic voice mesmerized the audience: An audience made of from the NY/NJ Tri-State area flocked to Bergen County Academy located on 200 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack New Jersey. Sibil was accompanied by great musicians such as legendary Majak Tosikyan […]

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Turks and Azeris Alarmed that Tuvalu May Recognize Republic of Artsakh

March 16 was like any other day at the United Nations, when the representatives of Armenia and Tuvalu signed a joint declaration establishing diplomatic relations. Tuvalu is a tiny state in the South Pacific, much smaller than Manhattan, with a population barely over 10,000. Who would have thought that such a routine announcement would alarm […]

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Russia, Armenia Oppose Military Action Against Iran

Russia, Armenia Oppose Military Action Against Iran

Russia and Armenia spoke out on Monday against possible Western military action against Iran, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warning of “very serious” consequences for regional security during a visit to Yerevan. Speaking after talks with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian, Lavrov said attempts to end the West’s nuclear standoff with Tehran by force […]

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Armenia to get oncology center

Armenia to get oncology center

An up-to-date oncological center is to be founded at the Yerevan Institute of Physics. The center will be equipped with a Cyclotron, a diagnostic center and PET scanners. The center will practice radioisotope treatment. Armen Khachaturyan, Executive Director of the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia, and Haig Bagerdjian, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Global Medical […]

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Armenian Delegation in Baku for Euronest

BAKU—A delegation of members of Armenian Parliament to Azerbaijan for the second parliamentary assembly of Euronest, the body responsible for implementing provisions of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) program. Armenian Revolutionary Federation Parliamentary bloc chairman and the head of the Euronest delegation Vahan Hovannesian told Yerkir.am that there have been no extraordinary incidents and […]

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Swiss drop probe into Turkish minister genocide comments

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss prosecutors will drop a criminal probe against Turkey’s EU affairs minister, instigated after he denied Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians nearly 100 years ago, because he is protected by diplomatic immunity. Zurich prosecutors began investigating minister Egemen Bagis after comments he made at the World Economic Forum in Davos in […]

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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 […]

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Shoah Foundation to archive testimonies from Armenian Genocide survivors

Shoah Foundation to archive testimonies from Armenian Genocide survivors

The question would forever link one crime against humanity to another. “Our war aim does not consist in reaching certain lines, but in the physical destruction of the enemy,” Adolf Hitler said in his 1939 speech to justify his proposed invasion of Poland. “Only thus shall we gain the living space which we need. Who, […]

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Russian Foreign Minister to Make CIS Visits

Russian Foreign Minister to Make CIS Visits

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is starting a series of visits to member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on Monday. Lavrov is heading to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The CIS is a loose association of former Soviet republics. It consists of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. […]

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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 – […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Key figures of Israeli Knesset stand for recognizing Armenian Genocide

Key figures of Israeli Knesset stand for recognizing Armenian Genocide

JERUSALEM. – The key figures of the Israeli Knesset support the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, the representative of the Hay Dat office in Jerusalem Hakob Sevan told at a press conference on Friday. As Sevan informed, currently the Hay Dat office in Jerusalem conducts works towards discussions on the Armenian […]

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