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Onnik Krikorian · December, 2008

Onnik Krikorian is a British journalist and photojournalist who has been resident in the Republic of Armenia since 1998. He also works extensively in Georgia and until moving to Armenia worked on the Kurds in Turkey since 1997 and the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh since 1994.
    
He has worked contracts at The Bristol Evening Post, The Independent, and The Economist in the U.K., and his articles and photographs have been published by The Los Angeles Times, New Internationalist, The Scotsman, Transitions Online, Middle East Insight, Oneworld.net, EurasiaNet, The Institute for War & Peace Reporting, New York University Press, UNICEF, and Amnesty International, among others.

Krikorian also regularly fixes for Al Jazeera English, the BBC and The Wall Street Journal. He maintains a blog from Armenia and the South Caucasus at http://blog.oneworld.am and also posts for the London-based Frontline Club at http://frontlineclub.com/blogs/onnikkrikorian.

Last year he started a personal project using new and social media in order to assist in Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict resolution at http://www.oneworld.am/diversity/. He also regularly presents on this topic at conferences worldwide. His personal web site is at http://www.oneworld.am.
   

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Latest posts by Onnik Krikorian from December, 2008

Azerbaijan: Historical Buildings

  31 December 2008

IN MUTATIONE FORTITUDO writes on the inauguration of a redesigned metro station in downtown Baku and decries the fact that the modern design does not sit well with the historical buildings in its vicinity. In a second entry, the same blog posts photographs of derelict buildings that will either be...

Azerbaijan: Day of Solidarity

  31 December 2008

Sheki, Azerbaijan writes that 31 December is not only New Year's Eve, but also marks the Day of Solidarity in her country. The blogger says that while Azerbaijan posses an abundance of natural resources, a lack of solidarity gives way to negative traits among its people. Concluding that respect is...

Azerbaijan: Pilaf

  29 December 2008

Sheki, Azerbaijan sends its readers seasons greetings and takes a look at plov (pilaf) and the various ways in which it is cooked throughout the regions of the South Caucasus country. The dish, with rice or cracked wheat as its base, is also served in honor of respected guests and...

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Caucasus: 2008 Blog Review

  25 December 2008

Last year ended with a state of emergency declared in Georgia, but few could imagine that the events of 2008 would eclipse those of 2007. Three presidential elections, a war, and yet another state of emergency defined the South Caucasus this year, and bloggers were there to document events from...

Azerbaijan: Into the Mountains

  23 December 2008

After living and working in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, for two months, a religious holiday provides Joe's Trippin’ with the opportunity to explore the north of the country. In particular, while surviving various attempts to marry off the Canadian to local girls, the blogger visited the town of Quba and...

Georgia: Cannon Fodder

  23 December 2008

The Tbilisi Blues examines the state of the Georgian army before and especially during the August war with Russia. The blogger says that he saw with his own eyes how reservists were sent into action in Gori wearing nothing more than tennis shoes and ill-fitting uniforms to serve as cannon...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: LGBT Cultural Icons

  22 December 2008

Unzipped: Gay Armenia writes that most Armenians are not aware of the sexuality of two of the nation's greatest cultural icons, Sergei Parajanov and Yeghishe Charents. Meanwhile, as the Azerbaijani parliament votes to lift the restriction on the number of terms a president can be elected for, IN MUTATIONE FORTITUDO...

Azerbaijan: Linguistic University Recollections

  22 December 2008

Sheki, Azerbaijan remembers studying 15 years ago at the University of Languages in Baku. The blog says that corruption was rampant at the university during the Soviet era, but that post-independence reforms in the admission system have improved the situation. It also remembers one lecturer who was sent to Siberia...

Armenia-Turkey: Apology Row

  22 December 2008

Talk Turkey is unimpressed by various online petitions established to apologize or not apologize for the massacre and deportation of Armenians living in the then Ottoman Empire. Known to most as the Armenian Genocide, the blog says it instead favors a joint Armenian-Turkish commission to investigate the circumstances of the...

Armenia: LGBT News

  20 December 2008

Unzipped: Gay Armenia is pleased to inform its readers that following the recent UN statement in support of LGBT rights, World Focus has quoted the blog in its report on the move which Armenia endorsed. In related news, the same blog also details the contents of a new issue of...

Armenia: Opposition Trial

  15 December 2008

Unzipped comments on news that seven prominent opposition member including one former foreign minister and three MPs are due to go on trial in Yerevan later this week charged with attempting to violently overthrow the government after the presidential election held earlier this year. The blog says that all signs...

Armenia: Musical Prime Minister

  13 December 2008

Unzipped posts a summary in English of an informal meeting between some local bloggers and the new prime minister of Armenia. The blog notes that the posts by Alkhimik and 517design reveal the prime minister plays guitar and enjoys art-house films. All three blogs post photographs.

Armenia: Anti-Corruption Day

  11 December 2008

Armenia: Higher Education & Sciences comments on how Tuesday's Anti-Corruption Day was marked in the country. However, the blog concludes that given the amount of corruption in the education system, such an event should be held daily rather than annually and ironically notes that a recent survey of university students...

Armenia: UN Declaration Supporting LGBT Rights

  10 December 2008

Despite problems with its human rights record and being the last country in the South Caucasus to decriminalize homosexuality, Unzipped commends the Armenian government for endorsing the UN statement against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Armenia: Earthquake Anniversary

  7 December 2008

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 1988 earthquake which devastated parts of northern Armenia including the country's second largest city of Gyumri. Unzipped says that for the estimated 7,000 families which still remain homeless the past two decades have been full of nothing more than empty promises. Meanwhile, Anush...

Armenia: Sex Education

  3 December 2008

Unzipped: Gay Armenia comments on reported changes to legislation concerning HIV/AIDS in Armenia. In particular, the blog notes, this looks likely to include mandatory sex education classes in Armenian schools.

Armenia: Referendum for Peace or War?

  3 December 2008

Unzipped comments on news that the Armenian government is considering polling citizens on policy issues, with much speculation that the initiative is linked to ongoing negotiations with Azerbaijan to resolve the conflict over Nagorno Karabakh. The blog believes such a development is fraught with dangers and says that if such...

Azerbaijan: Seven Beauties

  2 December 2008

Sheki, Azerbaijan says that a recent performance of Seven Beauties by Qara Qarayev managed to convey the richness of the Soviet-era Azerbaijani composer's work. The blogger adds that attending the ballet was one of those “moments in life when a person feels proud of belonging to this or other country/nation.”

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Armenia: World AIDS Day Observed

  2 December 2008

Yesterday marked the 20th World AIDS Day, and although the event was marked on a small scale in the Armenian capital, it was nevertheless observed in a country where such subjects as sexual health and alternative sub-cultures are usually considered somewhat taboo.

Onnik Krikorian's space

Personal Blog
http://blog.oneworld.am

Onnik Krikorian at the Frontline Club
http://frontlineclub.com/blogs/onnikkrikorian

Caucasus Conflict Voices
http://www.oneworld.am/diversity/

His personal web site is at http://www.oneworld.am.


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