Onnik Krikorian · October, 2007

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 October, 2007

Armenia: Genocide Recognition or Democracy?

  24 October 2007

Raffi K and Arshineh, both bloggers from the Armenian Diaspora writing on Life in Armenia, post letters they've written to U.S. Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi praising her for House Resolution 106 which recognizes the Armenian Genocide. Despite increasing pressure not to do so, both hope that Pelosi will still bring...

Georgia: Frozen Conflict and the Opposition

  23 October 2007

Faced with the prospect of an opposition rally on 2 November in Tbilisi, Transitions Online's Steady State reports that the Russian media is speculating that Georgia will seek to “provoke an armed conflict with South Ossetia in order to undermine the mass demonstration.” Meanwhile, the same site asks whether Georgia...

Armenia: Opposition Activists Detained

  23 October 2007

The Armenia 2008 Election Monitor comments on media reports that opposition activists are being detained just days before Friday's rally during which the first president of Armenia, Levon Ter Petrosian, is expected to appear prior to his likely nomination for the presidential election to be held early next year.

Armenia: Iranian President Cuts Short Visit

  23 October 2007

Oneworld Multimedia reports that the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has cut short an official two-day visit to Armenia for “unspecified reasons.” However, his unexpected return to Tehran comes as the BBC reports that over 180 Iranian MPs have signed a letter “praising” Ali Larijani, Iran's Chief Nuclear Negotiator, whose resignation...

Armenia: Rally Against Poverty

  22 October 2007

Transitions Online's The Armenian Patchwork posts a photo story with accompanying text on a rally held in an outlying district of Yerevan to protest global poverty. The event was ironically held in an area known unofficially in Armenia as Bangladesh.

Armenia: Media Concerns

  22 October 2007

As the presidential election due to be held early next year draws closer, the Armenian Election Monitor examines press reports that not only are media associations and journalists raising concerns about limited access to the broadcast media, but also that one regional TV station already alleges attempts at censorship. The...

Georgia: Disco for Peace

  22 October 2007

With a few “frozen conflicts” unresolved and on the international agenda in the South Caucasus, it seems like everybody wants to get in on the act. In an attempt to promote peace in the breakaway region of South Ossetia, for example, Transitions Online's Steady State reports that the Georgian government...

Azerbaijan: Prepared for War?

  22 October 2007

Azad Soz posts the full text of an analysis by the Harvard International Review on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over the breakaway and self-declared Republic of Nagorno Karabakh. Drawing on the results of a Gallup survey, the report concludes that with a peace settlement still elusive, Azerbaijan is better prepared and...

Azerbaijan: Whirling Dervishes in Baku

  22 October 2007

Leigh’s new adventure in Azerbaijan says that when trying to purchase tickets to see the Whirling Dervishes perform in Baku, the government had gotten there first to purchase all the tickets. The blogger asks if such a move is ethical.

Caucasus: Corruption Perceptions Index

  21 October 2007

Social Science in the Caucasus, the blog of the Caucasus Resource Research Center in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, looks at Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index for 2007. The blog notes significant improvements in Georgia in the struggle against corruption, but no real progress in Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Armenia: Demise of Gay Organization

  21 October 2007

Unzipped: Gay Armenia reports that the Association of Gay and Lesbian Armenians (AGLA) in France has ceased to exist. In an exclusive interview with the Chairperson of the Diaspora-based organization, ArtMika concludes that AGLA's demise is bad news for anyone who cares about LGBT rights in Armenia.

Georgia: Saakashvili's New Initiative

  21 October 2007

On its newly launched and very welcome blog on Georgia, Transitions Online takes a look at amendments to the electoral code and political system proposed by Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. These include lowering the electoral threshold, lessening presidential power, and extending the term of parliament from four to five years.

Armenia: Going Underground

  21 October 2007

Zarchka at Life Around Me reports that new construction of an underpass in the center of the Armenian capital has hit a snag. Quite a big one, actually. To be precise, the Yerevan Metro. Oneworld Multimedia posts a video of some of the chaos that the construction has created for...

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