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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Flying the Flag of Facebook for Power to the People – and the Politicians

Flying the Flag of Facebook for Power to the People – and the Politicians

A new flag is flying proudly these days alongside the Armenian national flag at opposition rallies for Armenia’s May 6 parliamentary elections, and it is the flag of Facebook. The US-based social network is proving an increasingly handy tool for shaking up Armenia’s ossified election system — both for exposing abuses and for campaigning — […]

Armenian Specialist at Library of Congress: “Who’ll replace me when I retire?”

Armenian Specialist at Library of Congress: “Who’ll replace me when I retire?”

Dr. Levon Avdoyan has been diligently working away at the U.S. Library of Congress since 1992. His current position is Armenian and Georgian area specialist in the Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division. He fears that after retiring, there’ll be no one to replace him. Avdoyan was born in the U.S. […]

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 […]

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 […]

First chance to buy brandy that Stalin served Churchill

First chance to buy brandy that Stalin served Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill’s favourite Armenian brandy — said to have played a key role in the shaping of postwar Europe — has gone on sale in Britain for the first time. The prime minister developed a taste for the ArArAt brandy when it was served by Stalin at the Yalta conference in February 1945. After […]

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