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A Blurry Line in Yerevan Between Hate Crime and Defense of “National Interests”

Reactions to a recent arson attack on a gay-friendly bar in Yerevan are raising concerns among civil liberties advocates that Armenia’s political establishment is indirectly encouraging intolerance and violence toward lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals. The DIY (Do It Yourself) Rock Pub, a hangout owned by Armenian punk rocker Tsomak (a play on the Armenian […]

Armenia Shuns NATO Summit Over ‘Pro-Azeri’ Declaration

Armenia Shuns NATO Summit Over ‘Pro-Azeri’ Declaration

Armenia boycotted a NATO summit in Chicago at the weekend in protest against what it described as the pro-Azerbaijani wording of a declaration adopted by the leaders of the alliance’s 28 member states. The declaration mentions the unresolved conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh as well as Georgia and Moldova in a long list of security challenges facing […]

Comics Art in Armenia Opening New Horizons

YEREVAN (A.W.)—Comic strips are known as the ninth art worldwide, comprised of both literature and drawings. It is a genre that allows you to see, feel, and live through the stories at the same time. It is often viewed as being equivalent to graphic novels, and there are many feature films and animations that are […]

Support of Bar Bombing by Officials Causes Outcry

Prominent officials in Armenia have made public statements in support of arsonists who firebombed a popular bar in Yerevan in a hate crime against the country’s gay community, a move that activists and human rights group Amnesty International have strongly condemned. Following the early morning blast at DIY bar which left thousands of dollars in […]

Armenian Alarm at Spate of Border Shootings

A series of shooting incidents on Armenia’s border with Azerbaijan and around Nagorny Karabakh has heightened fears among local civilians, even though they are well used to the sound of gunfire. The border village of Dovegh in Armenia’s northeastern Tavush region came under sustained fire for 90 minutes on April 25. Two days later, three […]

Latest Digital Mammography Technology Introduced to Armenia

WASHINGTON — The women of Armenia received an early Mother’s Day gift this year from the Armenian American Cultural Association, Inc. (AACA). With a value of more than $1 million, the gift is the latest Three- Dimensional (3D) Digital Mammography System, sent to the Armenian American Wellness Center in Yerevan. “In March 2012, less than […]

HOW WE CAN HOLD THE SOUTH CAUCASUS?

Arevagal: The following article by the former Russian ambassador to Armenia was written just before Moscow liberated South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgian/Western aggression. The commentary by the ambassador is a little insight into how Moscow views Armenia and its role in the Caucasus. The article clearly suggests that Moscow was feeling the urge to […]

Gharibian’s Study of Armenian Journalism a Valuable Resource

Special to the Mirror-Spectator Jerair Gharibian, who died in 1991, made an important contribution to Armenian culture in the Boston area, when, in 1980, he founded the Boston Armenian Independent Radio Hour, which to this day broadcasts news and commentary of interest to the Armenian community. His widow, Yevgine Gharibian, who hosts the broadcasts, has […]

Song and dance moves to Armenia

Song and dance moves to Armenia

Boston – There has lately been some activity surrounding the cause of what’s called “repatriation”, of having Diasporan Armenians move to the Republic of Armenia or to Artsakh. Not that that cause is new by any means, it’s just that a couple of concerted efforts over the past months has highlighted some points that seem […]

Global Nuclear Retreat? Armenia, Others Aim to Keep Plants Alive

Global Nuclear Retreat? Armenia, Others Aim to Keep Plants Alive

While Japan is now trying to run its economy without nuclear energy for the first time since 1970, the post-Fukushima world’s continued dependence on atomic power is probably best illustrated on the other side of Asia. Armenia is vowing to keep its one nuclear reactor running, despite international pressure to close the 32-year-old Soviet-designed plant, […]

International observers’ report on Armenia elections seen as vague

International observers’ report on Armenia elections seen as vague

Director of the Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) Manvel Sargsyan describes the report on the May 6 parliamentary elections released by international observers on Monday as “vague”. “They [the international observation mission heads] said that their goal was not to give evaluations, but rather to see how elections have been conducted in […]

Vote 2012: Fifth Armenian National Assembly’s facts & figures

Vote 2012: Fifth Armenian National Assembly’s facts & figures

The Armenian National Assembly of the fifth convocation that was elected in the general polls on Sunday is due to convene for its first session on May 24. This proceeds from Article 68 the Armenian constitution that says “the first session of a newly elected National Assembly shall convene on the third Thursday following the […]

Stamp Out: Was disappearing ink a glitch or a tool in Vote 2012?

The disappearing stamps in passports were one of the key concerns and possible violations in Sunday’s parliamentary elections and have been qualified by many as a well-planned stunt skillfully implemented by the authorities. As opposed to 2008 when passports were stamped with regular permanent ink, this time it was decided to use special ink that […]

Republicans Win Majority in National Assembly, Controversy Anticipated

Republicans Win Majority in National Assembly, Controversy Anticipated

YEREVAN (A.W.)—In what will either be viewed as a memorable political triumph or the start of an endless campaign of protests, the Republican Party of Armenia claimed victory in the Armenian National Assembly elections on May 6. Although international news reports had predicted a win for the Republicans, most leaders of the other political parties […]

Armenia: Rally Balloons Explode

Armenia: Rally Balloons Explode

Scores of people were hurt in Yerevan, the capital, on Friday when gas-filled balloons exploded in a huge ball of flames at a campaign rally for Armenia’s Republican Party ahead of parliamentary elections on Sunday. More than 60 people, including children, were hospitalized after the explosion, and photographs showed bystanders fleeing as flames shot up […]

Elections in Armenia: An Interview with Antranig Kasbarian

Elections in Armenia: An Interview with Antranig Kasbarian

WATERTOWN, Mass.—The Armenian Weekly and the Hairenik Weekly conducted an interview with the chairman of the ARF Central Committee of the Eastern US on the upcoming elections in Armenia this weekend. Below is the English translation of the interview. What can be expected from the May 6 elections in Armenia? Do you anticipate any differences […]

Armenians see election bringing stability at most

Gurgen Badasyan has struggled to live on his Armenian state pension for years and holds out little hope that a parliamentary election on Sunday will improve his life in the mountainous South Caucasus state. The government raised his monthly teacher’s pension in January by a few dollars, to $82 from $75, but Badasyan says it […]

Chip executives’ conference is off to Armenia

LONDON – The International Electronics Forum is off to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia for its 21 st annual meeting. The meeting of C-level executives is set to take place at Yerevan Marriott Hotel from Oct. 3 to 5, 2012. The forum is organized by Future Horizons Ltd. (Sevenoaks, England) and covers the electronics value […]

Armenian Parties Make Lavish Jobs and Pay Pledges

Parties campaigning for Armenia’s May 6 parliamentary election are focusing on social and economic issues rather than foreign policy, for the first time for many years. The shift in focus has surprised political observers in the country, who have got used to parties talking about the Nagorny Karabakh dispute with Azerbaijan, the Armenian genocide and […]

A War That Has Been Neglected Since 1994

Using the infamous quote of former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, this story below is about “a quarrel in faraway countr[ies] between people of whom we know nothing”. And this is not about Europe of late 1930’s, but about the periphery of Europe of 2012. I marked this quote listening to a Member of the […]

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