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Armenia Fined for Refusal to Take Part in Eurovision 2012

The European Broadcasting Union fined Armenia for its refusal to participate in the Eurovision international song contest , which will be held in late May in Azerbaijan, Armenia Today reported on Thursday. The EBU resolution says that Yerevan should pay the full fee for participation in the contest. In addition, as a penalty, Armenia has […]

ARF’s May 1 Message Rallies Voters

ARF’s May 1 Message Rallies Voters

YEREVAN (Yerkir)—With five days left to the parliamentary elections in Armenia, Armenian Revolutionary Federation candidates used the May 1 international Labor day holiday to drive home the message that that, as citizens, Armenians have the right to create their own future and decide their own fate. Speaking at a campaign rally in Hrazdan, the chairman […]

One Woman’s Campaign to Remember Hrant Dink

YEREVAN—I often think of Hrant Dink. I think about what I would have done had I been in his shoes as a journalist working in Turkey. Would I have been so profound and daring with my editorials? So controversial and vigilant? Or would I have remained passive in the face of genocide denial? It’s been […]

A Defeatist Nation

With the Armenian National Assembly elections slated for May 6, I am obliged to reflect upon the political situation of the last four years and contemplate where Armenia is headed. These elections will be the most important in this republic’s brief history as a test for the functioning of democracy, yet most people don’t realize […]

Poll: Campaign brings Republican Party to pole position and consolidates Heritage Party

Today, European Friends of Armenia (www.EuFoA.org) publishes the results of its poll titled Last Assessment of Pre-Electoral Armenia. This TNS opinion supervised poll with an error margin of ±2,4% was subject to extensive quality controls and conducted by IPSC and EuFoA. The fieldwork with 1600 face-to-face interviews in all regions (marzes) of Armenia took place […]

Border shootings amid campaign: Will Azeri bullets leave traces on Armenian elections?

Most Armenian parties contesting seats in the National Assembly in the May 6 elections say the recent escalation of tensions along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border won’t disrupt the normal course of the country’s political process. The situation in the northeastern borderline areas of Armenia as well as along the line of contact in Karabakh has remained […]

Assyrian Genocide Memorial Unveiled in Yerevan

Assyrian Genocide Memorial Unveiled in Yerevan

YEREVAN (A.W.)—The official dedication of the Assyrian Genocide memorial on Nalbandyan Street in Yerevan took place on April 25, a day after Armenians worldwide commemorated the 97thanniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The monument was unveiled in the presence of Armenian officials, representatives of various local and international Assyrian organizations, representatives of Armenian political parties, members […]

Media Watchdog In Rare Praise Of Armenian Election Coverage

Media Watchdog In Rare Praise Of Armenian Election Coverage

The news coverage of Armenia’s leading broadcasters has become considerably more objective and impartial since the official start of campaigning for the March 6 parliamentary elections, an independent media watchdog said on Wednesday. The Yerevan Press Club praised the country’s eight largest TV stations and Armenian Public Radio as it presented an interim report on […]

Sarkisian Vows Greater Efforts At Genocide Recognition

Sarkisian Vows Greater Efforts At Genocide Recognition

Armenia will step up efforts to achieve greater international recognition of the 1915 Armenian massacres in Ottoman Turkey as genocide as it prepares to mark their 100th anniversary, President Serzh Sarkisian said on Thursday. “In advance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide we will redouble our efforts at its international recognition and condemnation,” […]

EP resolution sends strong support message for Armenia and Minsk Group

On 18 April 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted two resolutions in the context of the negotiations for the new Association Agreements with Armenia and with Azerbaijan. European Friends of Armenia (www.EuFoA.org) hails that the EP prevailed its core values for the Eastern Partnership, especially on a continued democratisation and a balanced approach to the […]

Understanding Armenia’s pre-electoral party landscape: EuFoA publishes Shortpaper

Today, European Friends of Armenia (www.EuFoA.org) publishes a guide on the Armenian political parties, providing on roughly 1.5 pages per party the key facts about their alliances, poll and election data, history, leadership, political ideologies, foreign relations and European aspirations. “This guide will serve as a useful tool to anyone interested in better understanding of […]

EU deals with Azerbaijan and Armenia should make the region safer

The association agreements that the EU is negotiating with Armenia and Azerbaijan should make the region safer, both by promoting a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and by making EU support conditional upon their human rights performance and democratic reforms. On these, both countries still have a long way to go, MEPs say in […]

Armenia’s Central Bank Warns Against New MMM Pyramid

Armenia’s Central Bank Warns Against New MMM Pyramid

Armenia’s Central Bank on Wednesday issued a statement urging people to refrain from participation in the MMM-2011 pyramid scheme operating in the country. MMM-2011 (the three letters stand for “We Can Do a Lot” in Russia), founded by Sergei Mavrodi, uses the WebMoney online payment system to allow investors to buy tickets that work like […]

Second week of campaigning brings news of violence amid calls for political tolerance

Second week of campaigning brings news of violence amid calls for political tolerance

Armenia’s president and head of the ruling Republican Party (RPA) has issued another call for tolerance amid more reports of violence in Yerevan against some opposition campaigners. Speaking to voters in a southern Armenian province on Tuesday Serzh Sargsyan said that “Armenians have no right to form ranks against each other.” “We [the RPA] will […]

Bavra Bureaucracy: Armenian Tarragon Farmers Not Allowed Into Georgia; Produce Rots

Bavra Bureaucracy: Armenian Tarragon Farmers Not Allowed Into Georgia; Produce Rots

While Armenia’s Minister of Agriculture promises to improve the lot of the country’s rural farmers, making it easier for them to sell their produce, it appears that just the opposite is happening. Yesterday, five residents of the Aghvanatoun village in Armavir, tool 30,000 bunches of fresh tarragon to the Armenian customs house of Bavra on […]

Armenia to produce UAV for domestic use

Armenia is considering producing its own unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said in an interview with the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily of Russia. “We already have a ready-product. We have introduced our designs for robot soldiers and unmanned helicopters. The testing is currently in progress. If it becomes clear that their production is […]

Edited list: Armenian police say the number of voters has been decreased after being checked

Edited list: Armenian police say the number of voters has been decreased after being checked

The Passport and Visa Department of the Police of Armenia reports that as a result of checking the lists of voters the number of voters was decreased by 3,000; 2,000 are deceased and 1,000 are removed from the state registry list. According to Hovhannes Kocharyan, head of the Passport and Visa Department of the Police, […]

Armenia: Symbols of Status, Culture in Crisis

With the fall of the Soviet Union and the emergence of an independent Armenian Republic, the tectonic landscape of Armenia, culturally, economically, socially, and of course political, has drastically shifted. Twenty years on and the ground is still unsteady, although clear patterns of change are emerging, and these changes seem less than positive. While political […]

Israeli Minister Makes Rare Trip To Armenia

Israel’s Agriculture Minister Orit Noked laid a wreath at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan on Monday during what was a rare visit to Armenia by an Israeli cabinet member. Noked arrived in Yerevan to discuss ways of promoting cooperation between the agricultural sectors of the two countries. Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian and Agriculture Minister […]

Travels in Turkey’s northeast neighbor: Armenia

A photograph of Mt. Ararat taken from the north became a part of the mystique which grew up around the notorious British double-agent and “Cambridge spy” Kim Philby. During the Cold War decades the north face of “Noah’s mountain,” which stands on Turkish territory, could be seen only from behind the closed (to Westerners) border […]

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