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Postcard from Armenia: Shopping Like a Local, and “Shnorhakalutyun, France!”

Postcard from Armenia: Shopping Like a Local, and “Shnorhakalutyun, France!”

A man wearing khaki shorts and sunglasses was blocking my way. In the cramped space between the meat deli and the shelves of neatly stacked lavash, or soft paper-thin layers of fresh bread, my half-full shopping cart and I came to an abrupt halt. A woman next to the khaki-clad man was arguing with a […]

Why is there Interest in the Criminal Investigation of Former Foreign Minister Oskanian?

As the news of the criminal investigation of former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian of Armenia broke out last week, a floodgate of news and analysis inundated the electronic and print media in Armenia and the Diaspora. Nearly ten days after the initial media frenzy, the widespread public and media interest in the issue is still […]

Nalbandian Blames Azerbaijan for Peace Stalemate

Nalbandian Blames Azerbaijan for Peace Stalemate

YEREVAN—After an announcement by the presidents of the Minsk Group co-chairing countries, Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian reiterated Yerevan’s assertion that Azerbaijan is to blame for the stalemate in the Karabagh peace talks. In a written statement, Nalbandian aligned Yerevan with the presidents of the U.S., France, and Russia who, on the sidelines of the […]

State Dept. Responds to ANCA Concerns on Azeri Aggression

Continues Artificial Even-Handedness in Condemning Azerbaijan’s Recent Cease-Fire Violations WASHINGTON—The U.S. State Department this month once again failed to properly condemn Azerbaijan’s escalating violence against Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh in a June 13 letter responding to the Armenian National Committee of America’s (ANCA) concerns about Azerbaijan’s recent cross-border attacks. The response came to a letter by […]

Europe’s risky tolerance of tension in the Caucasus

Military tensions have grown in recent weeks between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Charles Tannock argues that the EU should take steps to diffuse the situation. Charles Tannock is a member of the European Parliament from Britain. “Almost unnoticed beyond the specialist foreign policy community, there have been around a dozen heavy incidents of exchanges of sniper […]

US, French, Russian Presidents Issue Statement on Karabakh

US, French, Russian Presidents Issue Statement on Karabakh

LOS CABOS, Mexico—Presidents of the OSCE Minks Group Co-Chair countries, Barack Obama (US), Francois Hollande( France) and Vladimir Putin (Russia), issued a joint statement Monday during the G-20 Summit currently under way in the Mexican city. The three presidents urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to fulfill their promise and work toward progress on the Nagrono-Karabakh conflict […]

Postcard from Armenia: Yerevan, A First Impression

Postcard from Armenia: Yerevan, A First Impression

In a far-flung corner of London Heathrow Airport—beyond the reassuring glow of McDonalds and the aseptic comfort of Starbucks—I waited for my connecting flight among veiled women tugging at their children’s hands and swarthy men clutching passports. A sign—ominous to an American journalist with no intention of going there—read “destination: Tehran.” Onboard the plane, the […]

Small Hydro Power Plants in Armenia

The Armenian government has made remarkable progress within the past 10 years in reforming the country’s energy sector and overcoming the difficulties faced in the 1990’s. With assistance from international sources, the government has taken serious steps to improve energy sector performance. The nuclear power plant was re-commissioned in 1995 and the reliability of energy […]

Toilets

Bathroom, boys’/girls’/men’s/women’s room, can, crapper, head, john, latrine, lavatory, loo, outhouse, potty, powder room, washroom, WC, ardaknotz, bedkaran, cordzaran, lvatzaran, zookaran… With so many words for it, you’d think these places would be ubiquitous, easily available. It turns out, they’re not. At least not in the Republic of Armenia (RoA), and not where they’re most […]

ZHAMANAKN E! – Why Azerbaijan restarted the attacks?

Ժամանակն է՝ Ադրբեջանը դադարեցնի Հայաստանի Հանրապետության տարածքի օկուպացիան և կյանքի կոչվի առկա իրավարարությունը  Տարիների ընթացքում Լեռնային Ղարաբաղի հակամարտության լուծման տարբեր ուղիներ են առա­ջարկվել: Վերջերս՝ 2012թ. հունիսի 5-ին, ամերիկացի չորս փորձագետի մասնակցությամբ Վաշինգտոնի Վուդրո Վիլսոնի կենտրոնում տեղի են ունեցել քննարկումներ հետևյալ վերտառությամբ. Լեռնային Ղարաբաղ. Արդյո՞ք սառեցված հակամարտությունը կվերաճի տաքի (Nagorno-Karabagh: Will the Frozen Conflict Turn Hot?): Ի դեպ, […]

Russia Increases Military Flights Over Armenia

MOSCOW — Russian fighter jets are conducting an increasing number of training flights over Armenia, a military spokesman said Saturday, sending a clear warning that Russia could intervene at any moment should violence escalate further in the territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The military spokesman, Col. Igor Gorbul, told the Interfax news agency that […]

Sarkisian Vows ‘Severe Response’ to Azeri Provocations

YEREVAN—President Serge Sarkisian warned Azerbaijan over the continuous “provocations” at the border, saying that they will receive the appropriate response. Meanwhile, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) President Bako Sahakian told Personal Representative of the OSCE chairman-in-office that the recent ceasefire violations by Azerbaijan aimed to destabilize the peace process. “I have said on many occasions that provocations […]

Armenian Border Village Struggles For Normalcy Amid Heavier Fighting

Armenian Border Village Struggles For Normalcy Amid Heavier Fighting

Life in Chinari, a village in northeastern Armenia bordering Azerbaijan, has been far from normal for two decades, and the last few days have made it even more challenging and dangerous for more than 1,000 people living there. The mountainous settlement is located near the scene of a vicious gun battle that left three Armenian […]

Borders and Business: Union looks at closed border impact on trade

Borders and Business: Union looks at closed border impact on trade

While various diplomatic maneuvers are used to regulate Armenian-Turkish relations politically, business relations between the two countries have long been non-officially established and keep developing with each year aimed at increasing commodity turnover and contributing to the opening of the border. Turkey imposed a ban on the import of Armenian goods in 1993. It also […]

Armenian Inflation Continues To Fall

Armenian Inflation Continues To Fall

Consumer prices in Armenia fell further this spring, putting the authorities in a stronger position to meet their inflation target for 2012, according to official statistics released on Thursday. The National Statistical Service (NSS) recorded a year-on-year inflation rate of just 0.5 percent in May, sharply down from 3 percent in February and 4.7 percent […]

Serzh Sargsyan: Actions against RA and Artsakh won’t remain unanswered

Serzh Sargsyan: Actions against RA and Artsakh won’t remain unanswered

“Loss of each Armenian soldier is the loss of our whole nation. We all mourn the death of our soldiers, together with the families of the victims. Regarding the response given to the rival, nothing can console our grief,” President Serzh Sargsyan stated, answering to Panorama.am question about border incidents. “I’ve been always saying that […]

Armenian Forces Kill Five Azeri Soldiers after Border Infiltration 3 Armenian Soldiers Die Defending

YEREVAN (Combined Sources) — Armenia’s Ministry of Defense reported that Armenian forces on Monday killed five Azerbaijani soldiers when they attempted to infiltrate Armenian defensive positions in the province of Tavoush, in the early morning hours. The ministry said that an Azerbaijani unit of 15-20 tried to cross the border into Armenia. Three Armenian soldiers […]

BREAKING NEWS: Azeri Forces Try Infiltrating Artsakh, Armenian Soldier Killed

BREAKING NEWS: Azeri Forces Try Infiltrating Artsakh, Armenian Soldier Killed

STEPANAKERT, NKR—An Azeri unit tried infiltrating Artsakh around 4 a.m. this morning from the contact point in Horatiz. The ensuing clashes resulted in the death of one Armenian soldier. Two others were injured. According to the Nagorno Karabakh Republic media services, the Azeri side also suffered losses. This is the fourth attempt in June alone […]

UPDATE 1-Baku accuses Armenia of killing 5 Azeri soldiers

Azerbaijan accused arch rival Armenia on Tuesday of killing five Azeri soldiers near their border in a second day of violence that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned could turn into a broader regional conflict. A day earlier, three Armenian soldiers were killed and several soldiers on both sides wounded in a border skirmish. […]

President of Armenia arrives in Japan on an official visit

As the correspondent of Panorama.am from Japan reports, President has visited Yuriage-Hiyoriyama Memorial in Sendai city and has paid tribute to the memory of the tsunami victims. Serzh Sargsyan has familiarized with the works aimed at the elimination of the consequences of the natural disaster, afterwards he has visited the temporary lodging of tsunami sufferers […]

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