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A crumpled rose-leaf or the price of Armenian accent in “Turkish freedom of expression”

Turkey slams criminalization of genocide denial as violation of freedom of speech but throws to jail people who dare speak of Armenian Genocide.

December 25, 2011
A crumpled rose-leaf or the price of Armenian accent in “Turkish freedom of expression”
On December 22, 2011, French National Assembly passed a bill criminalizing public denial of the Armenian Genocide. If passed and signed into law by the Senate, the bill would impose a 45,000 euro fine and a year in prison for anyone in France who denies this crime against humanity committed by the Ottoman Empire. On this day, almost all Armenians celebrated a minor national victory. Almost all…

Serzh Sargsyan tightens the screws ahead of elections

What we have to do is to wait for the events that will inevitably follow and reveal the true reasons behind the resignations.

November 26, 2011
Serzh Sargsyan tightens the screws ahead of elections
The stir created by the recent 'parade' of resignations in Armenia seems to wane to be replaced by a sober analysis of the situation.

Political dialogue: in search of compromise

It’s not ruled out that early presidential election will be held simultaneously with the regular parliamentary election.

June 6, 2011
Political dialogue: in search of compromise
The opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) openly announced the start of political dialogue with the authorities during the May 31 rally in Liberty Square. The ANC has already formed the delegation to negotiate with the country’s leadership, mentioning snap elections and the main issue on the agenda. The authorities, on the contrary, insist that they are planning to discuss social and economic problems but by no means any possibility of extraordinary elections.

Shakespeare passions around political dialogue in Armenia

During its May 31 rally, the ANC leadership will have to give answers to some questions and outline the future plans of the Congress.

May 30, 2011
Shakespeare passions around political dialogue in Armenia
The political dialogue between the authorities and the Armenian National Congress has been the main topic of Armenia’s domestic life during the past weeks. At that, assessments of experts and politicians sometimes resemble a Shakespeare tragedy, with Hamlet’s hesitations ‘to be or not to be’ regarding the fate of the dialogue, Othello’s jealousy ascribed to Heritage party and warnings to ANC leader Levon Ter-Petrossian, who “will share the destiny of King Lear.”

Last warning from Levon Ter-Petrossian

The leader of the Armenian National Congress faces a serious dilemma: either to escalate the conflict with the authorities or get satisfied with fulfillment of some of his demands.

April 26, 2011
The recent rallies of the Armenian National Congress (ANC) aroused a large number of questions. Abrupt change of the ANC strategy and its leader’s statements about the necessity of a dialogue with the authorities caused hot debates among politicians, experts and ordinary people, the main question being whether Levon Ter-Petrossian clinched a deal with the authorities or his conduct is just a tactical move.

Raffi Hovannisian - Don Quijote of Armenian politics

With his unexpected hunger strike, the leader of Heritage party surprised not only the people but also his party fellows.

April 2, 2011
Raffi Hovannisian - Don Quijote of Armenian politics
The hunger strike of Heritage party leader Raffi Hovannisian came to be the most debated topic in Armenia over the past two weeks. The decision was negatively met both by the authorities and opposition, which was extremely aggressive.

Social protest in Armenia: saddling a wave

The recent statements by the opposition demonstrate their intention to grab power on the wave of popular discontent.

February 26, 2011
All admit that Armenia is facing social discontent and division of the public. Despite the leadership’s resoluteness to struggle against these phenomena, social tensions grow and the recent statements by the opposition demonstrate their intention to grab power on the wave of popular discontent.

Bicameral parliament: are Armenia and Diaspora ready for this move?

There are apprehensions that involvement of Diaspora representatives in the parliament may cause new contradictions and a split among Diaspora Armenians.

February 19, 2011
Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobyan’s recent statement that Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan plans legislative changes to involve Diaspora representatives in the Armenian parliament caused hot debates, dividing the Armenian public into supporters and opponents of the idea.

Twitter instead of cobble-stone. Can Armenia face a Twitter resolution?

Should Vladimir Lenin plot his October revolution in the 21st century, he would think over seizing Twitter and Facebook, instead of capturing post offices or railway stations.

February 12, 2011
Twitter instead of cobble-stone. Can Armenia face a Twitter resolution?
The recent events in Tunisia and Egypt have shown that social networks can have tremendous role in organization of political processes. Thanks to social networks, even under total media control by the authorities, the opposition forces managed to coordinate their protest actions and take millions of people to the streets to oust the rulers.

Armenian political parties distributing seats in NA 1.5 years prior to parliamentary election

Review of November 7-12 domestic events.

November 13, 2010
Political events in Armenia focused on the possible outcomes of the 2012 parliamentary election.