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English journalist visits Mexican embassy in London to tell facts about Khojalu

He turned to me with a serious expression and asked me if I felt concerned for my safety or had received personal threats from Azerbaijan.

March 13, 2014
English journalist visits Mexican embassy in London to tell facts about Khojalu
After writing to the Mexican Ambassador in the UK on a number of occasions plus many follow-up phone calls on their “recognition” of Khojalu last year, I was finally invited to discuss the subject, in person, at their London office, on March 12, 2014.

The past and future of Crimea’s Armenian community

Crimea gave the world many outstanding Armenians, including world-renowned painter Hovhannes Ayvazovsky.

March 3, 2014
The past and future of Crimea’s Armenian community
Recent events in Crimea may complicate the live of the peninsula’s Armenian population – one of the oldest ones in Russia’s south. The first Armenians settled in Crimea in the 8th century, with the first wave of immigration starting in mid-eleventh century.

Feb 26 marks 26th anniv. of Azeri-led Sumgait pogrom

Dozens of Armenian were killed, majority of whom were set afire alive after being beaten and tortured.

February 26, 2014
Feb 26 marks 26th anniv. of Azeri-led Sumgait pogrom
February 26 marks the 26th anniversary of Azeri-led pogrom that targeted the Armenian population living in Sumgait. Pogroms, beatings and murder of Armenians in Sumgait, which is a town 30-minutes drive from Baku, took place in broad daylight as passersby kept looking. The crimes committed by Azeri thugs reached their high point on February 27-28. These events were proceeded by a wave of anti-Armenian rallies that shook entire Azerbaijan in February 1988. Almost the entire territory of the city with a population of 250,000 became an arena for unobstructed mass pogroms of its Armenian population. Azeri thugs broke into apartment buildings with prepared in advance lists of Armenian tenants residing there. Azeris were armed with iron rods (armature pieces), hatchets, knives, broken bottles, rocks and gas tanks. The number of these thugs can be determined by a simple fact that according to many witnesses, 50-80 people attacked each apartment. Similar crowds (numbering up to one hundred people each) went on a rampage in the streets.

Artsakh: peacebuilding is about people not politicians

Mass movements of people, the drawing of complicated borders, and unsatisfactory political structures have blighted the past.

February 19, 2014
Artsakh: peacebuilding is about people not politicians
Politicians create war but they rarely deliver lasting peace. Over the next few years we will be remembering the centenary of the First World War. At the time it was considered to be the “war to all end all wars” but in fact it was the war that started many wars. Millions of people suffered, and died, throughout the last one hundred years as a result of treaties and other political decisions taken in the name of achieving peace.

10th anniversary of Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan's axe-murder

Lieutenant of the Armenian Armed Forces Gurgen Margaryan, 26, was hacked to death, while asleep, by a fellow Azerbaijani participant.

February 19, 2014
10th anniversary of Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan's axe-murder
February 19 marks the 10th anniversary of the murder of Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan.

Karabakh liberation movement: how it happened

Throughout 26 years, none of the people of Karabakh ever allowed the thought of returning under Azeri jurisdiction.

February 12, 2014
Karabakh liberation movement: how it happened
February 12, 1988 signaled the start of the Nagorno Karabakh national liberation movement, with Hadrut becoming a stage for a protest rally, the first among many to follow. Participants of the rally, organized by the future chair of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR) Supreme Council Artur Mkrtchyan, members of underground committee Krunk Igor Muradyan, Grigory Hayrapetyan, among others, demanded Karabakh’s reunification with Armenia.

Tourism in Artsakh could be a life-changing experience

I will be making many more visits there and am thankful that I had the good fortune to find this enigmatic land a few years ago.

January 13, 2014
Tourism in Artsakh could be a life-changing experience
If you are a person seeking the darker side of life with gangs in the streets, muggings, shootings, protests, people being intimidated, bombs etc then you will be disappointed by Nagorno-Karabakh. You need to go to the more popular destinations of London, and other European and “Western” capital cities to see such excitement. If you want impressive landscapes, unusual cultural traditions, different cuisine, and a friendly, welcoming and safe environment then perhaps Nagorno-Karabakh is an option for you?

There is life after Vilnius

Armenia sandwiched between two Unions

November 27, 2013
There is life after Vilnius
Announcing the successful conclusion of negotiations on free trade and bunch of side effect agreements (such as visa liberalisation) after a three-and-a-half year marathon of negotiations with the European Union, and in fact becoming the champion among all six Eastern Partnership nations with the pace of its reforms, Armenia surprised many by performing a U-turn back to the Kremlin embrace, just in the eve of its independence 22nd anniversary. Many in the expert community (plus the diplomats off the record) doubted it was blind pressure from Russia that eventually bore fruits.

Armenia-Russia: everything hinges on CSTO

The only thing not fitting into the scheme is the absence of a common border. EU and Armenia, however, don’t have a common border – Turkey we don’t count.

September 4, 2013
Armenia-Russia: everything hinges on CSTO
Nothing unexpected happened in Moscow: Armenia couldn’t possibly refuse a union with Russia. There are several reasons for that including Armenia’s military capacity, needed by no one but Russia. Armenia won’t be included in NATO which Yerevan has no striving for, in full understanding that the price to pay will be inordinate.

Odette Bazil: Penal Code 301 and Turkish scholars

Journalists are the conscience of the people. By removing and killing them, Turkey is killing and removing its own conscience.

April 18, 2013
Odette Bazil: Penal Code 301 and Turkish scholars
Again, another Turkish journalist is to be thrown in jail for - according to Turkish Penal Code 301 (insulting the Turkish Nation, the Turkish Republic, its government or governmental institutions), one of the leading London-based Armenian activists, Odette Bazil says.