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· November, 2007

Stories about Armenia from November, 2007

Azerbaijan: Djulfa

  29 November 2007

Blogian reports that a documentary highlighting the destruction of an Armenian cemetery in the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhichevan is being distributed to members of the U.S. Congress. However, the Armenian blogger is concerned by the [nationalist] content as well as the professionalism of the film.

Armenia: Rock ‘n Roll Rebels

  29 November 2007

The Armenian Patchwork posts photographs from the last gig by Armenia's most popular rock band, Bambir. Now with a new drummer, Anush quotes the band's guitarist as saying their new set contains songs which are a reaction against society and nationalism.

Armenia: Renovated Toilets

  28 November 2007

Kyle's Journey in Armenia updates its readers on a current Peace Corps project to renovate the bathroom and sewer system in a local school. With substandard facilities at present, the Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) hopes that the renovation will be complete by April.

Armenia: Labor Dynamics

  27 November 2007

Social Science in the Caucasus comments on a World Bank report on labor dynamics in Armenia. The blog of the Caucasus Resource Research Center says that its findings revealing that up to a third of Armenian youth neither work nor study are in line with its own.

Armenia: “Voting” Underway

  27 November 2007

With the presidential election in Armenia less than three months away, the Armenia Election Monitor 2008 blog reports that voting is already underway. However, rather than casting votes for a presidential candidate, the vote taking place is being conducted by one political party interested in learning which of two possible...

Armenia: Election Campaign Site

  26 November 2007

Nazarian reports that the first official campaign site has now been established for former president Levon Ter Petrosian. Unzipped goes on to note that the site also features a blog.

Azerbaijan: Armenian Cemetary Deaths

  26 November 2007

Quoting various news sources, Blogian reports that three Azerbaijanis have died while trying to remove the wall surrounding an Armenian cemetery to make room for a new road.

Armenia: World Bank Corruption

  25 November 2007

Following last week's visit to Armenia by Dr. Beatrice Edwards, Director of International Programs for the Government Accountability Project (GAP), Blowing the World Bank Whistle alleges that corruption in the international financial organization reached the highest levels at its Yerevan office.

Armenia: Elephant Controversy

  25 November 2007

Blogian reports that another controversy is brewing in attempts to find a companion for Hrantik, Yerevan Zoo's only elephant. Because of concerns with conditions in the zoo as well as Armenia's climate, the decision by the Sri Lankan government to present an elephant as a gift to the zoo is...

Turkey: Hidden Armenians

  25 November 2007

Blogian says that Amazon.com has announced the date for the release of the English translation of ”My Grandmother: A Memoir,” a book by Turkish human rights lawyer who discovered her Armenian roots when she was became an adult.

Armenia: HaShiSh

  24 November 2007

Life in the Armenian Diaspora reports that HaShiSh, an Armenian punk rock band from South America, is touring the U.S. Meanwhile, Unzipped posts an account of former System of a Down frontman, Serj Tankian, performing in London.

Armenia: Demise of the Dollar

  24 November 2007

Life Around Me reports that the Armenian Dram continues to strengthen against the Dollar. While many in Armenia continue to believe that the change is connected with the upcoming presidential election, the blog notes that it is set to continue as the New Year approaches and many Armenians exchange dollar...

Armenia: Telethon

  24 November 2007

Run by an immigrant from Armenia now living in the United States, Blogian urges its readers to make a donation to the annual Thanksgiving Day Telethon held in the Diaspora. A day after the fund raising, The Armenian Observer reports that the telethon raised over $15 million.

Armenia: World Bank Corruption Allegations

  22 November 2007

Oneworld Multimedia reports that although the mainstream media in Armenia are covering allegations of corruption in World Bank projects in the country, it was blogs that broke the news months before any newspaper or online publication.

Armenia: Responsible Politics

  22 November 2007

Following the return of the first and former president, Levon Ter Petrosian, to the political stage in Armenia, the Armenian Libertarian-Socialist Movement says that to make amends for past misdeeds he should eventually back out and support another opposition politician's candidacy for next year's presidential election.

Armenia: Spam the Vote

  21 November 2007

The Armenian Observer reports on the continuing efforts of U.S.-born opposition politician Raffi Hovannisian to get his Armenian citizenship backdated enough to allow him to run for president next year. However, the blog raises concerns at the use of spamming techniques by his Heritage party to do so.

Armenia: Divided Opposition

  20 November 2007

Citing press reports and opinion polls, the Armenia Election Monitor 2008 reports on the reluctance of the main opposition party leaders to support the candidacy of former president Levon Ter Petrosian in next year's presidential election in Armenia.

Armenia: USA Today?

  20 November 2007

Blogian says that an editor at USA Today has questioned reports in the Armenian media that a localized weekly digest of its material is to be published in Armenia this Friday.

Armenia: Dark Years

  20 November 2007

Zarchka at Life Around Me says that former president Levon Ter Petrosian will always be synonymous with the days when Armenia had frequent power cuts. Indeed, she notes, rare power outages in the capital are now jokingly linked to Ter Petrosian's plans to contest next year's presidential election.

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