Armenia and world:

Policy of double standards may yield to the policy of Islamic majority

Policy of the Turkish Foreign Ministry – “null problems with neighbors” – leads to an increasing number of local conflicts that could degenerate into a massive confrontation.

June 8, 2010
The Israeli-Turkish relations are deteriorating further, despite the far-fetched cause. If the problem is only the unblocking of Gaza, the border was also closed by Egypt, which, by the way, opened it after the meeting of Hosni Mubarak with US Vice-President Joe Biden. Besides, Turkey cannot stage a provocation alongshore Egypt. Firstly because of the Islamic solidarity that manifests itself quite peculiarly and selectively, and secondly because it's more trouble than it is worth: Erdogan is a brave man, but to a certain point, i.e. until he is sure his actions are good for Turkey. Otherwise he stops and bargains for the best possible conditions. This practice is not new – the same policy was pursued by the Ottoman Empire, which turned everything (even its own failures) to its profit.

Levon Aronian will participate in 23rd Leon Rapid

Review of May 27 – June 3 sports events.

June 7, 2010
2 countries will host World Chess Championship 2011, with 4 chess players to rival in Baku. The remaining 4, including Levon Aronian will compete in the country to be announced later. 7 out of 8 participants were announced: Levon Aronian (Armenia), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Gata Kamsky (USA) Boris Gelfand (Israel) and Timur Radjabov (Azerbaijan).

Armenian domestic policy shifts from Karabakh and RA-Turkey relations

Review of May 29-June 4 internal political events.

June 5, 2010
The week started with a ceremony of bestowing RA Defense Ministry’s medals on Armenian peacekeepers for an excellent service in Afghanistan and Kosovo. Head of RA Armed Forces General Staff, Colonel General Yuri Khachaturov congratulated the Armenian peacekeeping brigade on being conferred the military unit status and called on them to never forget the main task of protecting their native land. Commemorating the soldiers who died in Karabakh war, Colonel General Khachaturov said: “We love peace. We don’t want anything belonging to others. Karabakh is our land and we won’t cede an inch of it.”

World prices drop, Armenian prices grow

The continuous rise in prices for foodstuff will hit the Armenian residents in their wallets.

June 5, 2010
1% inflation was registered in the Armenian consumer market in May 2010, prices for foodstuff rising by 1,8% and for nonfoods by 0,9%. The inflation is mostly being explained by the rise in prices for fruit and vegetables by 10,4-16,7%. According to statistical data, the consumer price index made 106,3% as compared to the same period of 2009.

Eurovision over, passions continue

French businessman of Syrian descent Omar Harfouch has accused Azerbaijan of falsifying the voting results of 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.

June 4, 2010
May 29 was the day all were waiting impatiently. From the very beginning, Eva Rivas’s Apricot Stone was screened with mystery. Some said that David Copperfield will make an apricot tree grow at the stage for a huge fee. Participation of famous duduk player Djivan Gasparyan was also questioned.
IT & Telecom:

Armenian Mobile OS localization program development will be finalized by autumn 2010

Review of May 24-31 IT and Telecom events.

June 4, 2010
Open Society Institute Foundation (Soros Foundation) announced localization contest for Symbian, Android and Windows mobile operational systems. With application process completed, expert team will announce the winner to be in charge of project development. Armenian Mobile OS localization program development will be finalized by autumn 2010. Localization package requirements are: Symbian 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.5 (Nokia S60 3rd and 5th Editions), Maemo, Android and WindowsMobile 6.1, 6.5 7.0. OS support; open source programming language.

Student Park: society against new constructions

“We do not want to know who builds, we want to know who authorized the building,” public activists say.

May 17, 2010
With passions over the demolition of Moscow Cinema Open-Air Hall fading, Yerevan residents launched a collection of signatures against construction under way in the Student Park. A group of public activists made a statement, saying that “construction works carried out in the Park can transform the urban green belt into another ferroconcrete structure.” “We are ready to use all legal tools to rescue the parks of Yerevan,” people say.