· February, 2007

Stories about Armenia from February, 2007

Armenia: Self-immolation

  28 February 2007

In Armenia yesterday, a man died after setting himself on fire in the capital's Republic Square. It is not known exactly why the man set himself alight, but he reportedly was angry at government officials and over unspecified injustices. The CRD/TI Armenia Election Monitor reports on the incident and rounds...

Armenia: Protesting the Land Grab

  27 February 2007

The CRD/TI Armenia Election Monitor reports on a protest against Armenia's president that took place today outside of the presidential palace. The protesters are former residents of homes that the government evicted them from and for which the government paid less than market value.

Armenia: Parliamentary Election Monitor

  26 February 2007

The CRD/TI Armenia Election Blog surveys the latest news about the upcoming Armenian parliamentary election and urges Armenian readers to get involved by serving as election observers.

Armenia: A Real Alternative

  22 February 2007

The Armenian Libertarian-Socialist Movement blog notes the appearance of a new movement calling itself “The Alternative,” and examines whether or not the movement lives up to what it claims to be.

Armenia: Barekendan

  21 February 2007

The CRD/TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007 blog has photos and a report on Barekendan, a traditional Armenian festival comparable to Mardi Gras or Carnival that many activists, including a considerable segment of the Armenian blogosphere, have revived to try to mobilize people to take an interest in the coming parliamentary...

Armenia: Dangers for Motorcycles

19 February 2007

Blogster, a blog about motorcycling in Armenia, lists the most dangerous road hazards for motorcyclists in Armenia.

Armenia: Prosperous Armenia

  16 February 2007

CRD/TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007 reports on Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia part. Tsarukian's party is popular with the poor for its charity, which critics label vote buying.

Armenia: Structure Determines All

  16 February 2007

Armenian Libertarian-Socialist Movement argues that Armenia's political structure is institutionalizing politics ruled by the military and oligarch without any real alternatives in sight.

Armenia: Blogs as the New Printing Press

  15 February 2007

The CRD/TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007 writes about blogs as the new printing press, discussing experiences with blogging and politics in other countries and how those experiences are worth paying attention to in Armenia.

Armenia: Economic Publications

  15 February 2007

The Armenian Economist writes about the number of articles published in economic journals by authors affiliated with Armenian institutions, saying that the low number is a serious issue because it is an indication of quality of education.

Armenia: Soldiers at the Court

14 February 2007

Onnik Krikorian reports seeing soldiers manning security at Armenia's Constitutional Court and says that for a country that is supposed to be heading toward democracy, it sends the wrong message.

Central Asia & Caucasus: Nonmarket Economies

  14 February 2007

Registan.net discovers a law proposed in the United States Congress that would slap all of Central Asia and the Caucasus except Kazakhstan with extra tariffs because they would be considered to be economies not functioning on market principles.

Armenia: Election Monitor

  14 February 2007

Onnik Krikorian has another roundup of Armenian parliamentary election news that covers media restrictions and party recruitment at CRD/TI Election Monitor 2007.

Armenia: Election Blogging

  13 February 2007

Mary Joyce writes about her excitment about the Election Blogging Guide coming to Armenia and the importance of blogging. In the comments, Zarcha translates the post into Armenian.

Armenia: Election Blogging

  12 February 2007

The Center for Regional Development/Transparency International Armenia Election Monitor 2007 blog announces plans to spur election blogging in Armenia.