Tuesday, December 18, 2018

From WWII to Karabakh: Armenian Prez congratulates nation on Victory and Peace Day

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan paid tribute to the Armenians who fought and achieved victory against Nazi Germany in World War II as well as defended the independence of Nagorno Karabakh decades later in his message released on the occasion of Victory and Peace Day marked on May 9.

Conspicuous by Presence: Armenia attends EEU summit moved from Yerevan amid Karabakh crisis

Despite what appeared to be a public demand to boycott a summit of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), whose venue was moved from Yerevan to Moscow amid tensions in the Karabakh conflict zone, Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan on Wednesday took part in the gathering on April 13.

With Gratitude: ArmeniaNow Turns the Page on 14 Years of Pioneer Journalism

Dear ArmeniaNow readers:

Thank you for 14 years of giving us reason to do what we do on these pages. Today, however, we do it for the last time. With this edition we conclude a fabulous episode of Armenia journalism. And we finish with great expectations for how the journalists who produce these pages will continue their influence on local media, as they look for new homes for their work. Find them. Follow their work.

In July, 2002, ArmeniaNow appeared out of nowhere before there was much chance of sustaining an online journal from a country where dial-up was still about as good as cyber connection got and waaaay before “social media” was legitimized.

We began with the intention of filling a gap that we believed existed in society’s transition from a special-interests-influenced, to a more independent-based media environment. While ArmeniaNow (and our parent NGO New Times Journalism Training Center), was surely not the first to offer “western style” journalism training, there was, however, a missing element in getting from the classroom to the newsroom . . .

Economist: Armenia left out of another major regional project

Armenia is not taking any practical steps to become a more reliable economic partner for Iran, due to which it seems to be getting bypassed by another major regional project, says economist Vahagn Khachatryan.

Experts: Armenian Army dismissals address errors during April war in Karabakh

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s decrees dismissing three senior officials of the Ministry of Defense in the wake of the fiercest battles in Nagorno-Karabakh since 1994 have mainly been hailed by the public and expert community of the country.

Offshore Probe: Criminal case launched over ex-SMEJA head’s activities

Armenia’s Special Investigation Service (SIS) has launched a criminal case in connection with the offshore activities of Armenia’s former chief of the Service for Mandatory Execution of Judicial Acts (SMEJA) Mihran Poghosyan who resigned from his post last month following a global scandal dubbed Panama Papers, SIS spokesperson Mikayel Aharonyan informed ArmeniaNow.

Kocharyan House “Attack” Case: 32-y-o taxi driver confesses to grenade-throwing

The Armenian Police have announced the arrest of a man who allegedly threw a training hand-grenade in the direction of former president Robert Kocharyan’s house late last week.

According to the official report, Hovhannes Muradyan, 32, was traced and found at his apartment in Yerevan from where he was taken to a police station and interrogated.

Minister: Working group to assess social needs of killed servicemen’s families

A working group has been formed to assess the needs and social problems of families of servicemen who died as a result of a four-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh in early April, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Artem Asatryan told Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan during a cabinet meeting today.

Defense Ministry Spokesman: No mobilization in Armenia

A spokesman for Armenia’s Defense Ministry has denied media reports about planned mobilization in the country in connection with the situation at the borders with Azerbaijan and in Nagorno-Karabakh.

EEU Conference: Officials debate whether to boycott

Last week, it became known that a summit of the prime ministers of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) was being moved from Yerevan to Moscow, because of fighting in Nagorno Karabakh. The head of the Government of Kazakhstan proposed moving the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, eliciting a mixed reaction in Armenia and causing some officials to say Armenia should boycott.