Latest posts by Onnik Krikorian from November, 2007
Carolyn & Jesse's Azerbaijan Peace Corps Blog posts photographs and an account of a visit to the Azerbaijani mountain town of Sheki.
TOL Georgia comments on the arrest of former Georgian defense minister turned government critic, Irakli Okruashvili, in Germany on an Interpol warrant. In response, the blog says that Okruashvili is seeking political asylum.
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.
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.
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.
Following on from a state of emergency declared earlier in the month, Resistance Georgia reports that the campaign for a snap presidential election in earlier January has already started. However, the anti-Saakashvili blog says that the signs are not good for a free and fair election.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Kaukasus posts photographs of the God's Mother Church in Darba, Kakheti, Georgia.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
Steady State looks at how the Georgian authorities use public concerns over tensions and clashes with Russian peacekeepers stationed in the breakaway region of Abkhazia for its own political ends.
Resistance Georgia reports that Georgian journalists on both sides of the political divide are signing a petition to protest Imedi TV beign taken off the air during the recent clashes in Tbilisi.
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.
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.
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.