Interview

“Threat for a wide-scale war, different Russian interests, vacuum in NK settlement process”

“Threat for a wide-scale war, different Russian interests, vacuum in NK settlement process”

“It is no wonder that there is so much aggression in the air when diplomacy is seen to have achieved so little. A vacuum has been created which will be filled either by negotiations or by threats and potential military action. Another problem is that the other two Minsk Group co-chairs, France and the United States, have been seen to be too passive recently and that therefore the impression is created that Russia—and in particular foreign minister Sergei Lavrov—is the sole negotiator.”

“Armenia-Diaspora: One nation without a common vision”

“Armenia-Diaspora: One nation without a common vision”

The “Pressing” club re-launches its debates under “168 Hours” newspaper, during which in-depth issues referring to our country, the society are being touched upon. The project is implemented in partnership with “DEPOP” Institute for Governance, “AZAD Pharma AG” ltd and “168 Hours” newspaper.

“By comprising a part of EEU and not acting you endanger your national security”

“By comprising a part of EEU and not acting you endanger your national security”

“It’s clear that Armenia’s presence in CSTO provides the opportunity to institutionalize relations with Russia, i.e. CSTO interests Armenia, firstly, out of Russian factor, and this is creation of another “single flag”, under which Armenia can have support from Russia in various issues. Everybody knows which issues are meant, from which—Azerbaijani aggression, Turkish factor, which undoubtedly is considered important.”

Pre-election Armenia: Struggle of interests or ideologies?

Pre-election Armenia: Struggle of interests or ideologies?

The “Pressing” club re-launches its debates under “168 Hours” newspaper. In this pre-election period our purpose is contributing to conscious election of voters through debates with the participation of political powers, political, economic and social figures, as well as experts. The project is implemented in partnership with “Depop” Institute for Governance and ՞AZAD Pharma AG” ltd.

Armenia Needs to Pursue More Balanced Foreign Policy: Paul A.Goble

Armenia Needs to Pursue More Balanced Foreign Policy: Paul A.Goble

“I believe that Moscow has always thought that Armenia would stay in the Russian call, no matter what historically the Armenians feel surrounded by Turks and they have no choice, but the recent changes in the international environment have been that some in Armenia are prepared to look to the West, to look the foreign new vector of relations.”

“To become competitive in Armenia, greater part of those engaged with trade should be reduced”

“To become competitive in Armenia, greater part of those engaged with trade should be reduced”

There is another circumstance regarding breaking of vendor-importer connection; when “Carrefour” came to Armenia, we were very delighted and enthusiastic, and the latter is such a firm, it imports and sells its own production. This policy shouldn’t move it out. It’s accepted in the whole world and is an essential factor for price reduction that non-advertised commodities are bought and sold under their brand, or you may attach your brand, raise the price if the advertisement is good. These are trade tricks.

The Very Moment the Plane Landed in Armenia—I Felt Myself Like at Home: Exclusive Interview with Jamala

The Very Moment the Plane Landed in Armenia—I Felt Myself Like at Home: Exclusive Interview with Jamala

“Ancestors of my mother are from Nagorno-Karabakh, from where my great-grandparents were forced to leave for Central Asia. My grandfather was 5 then, their family was evicted. He did silkworm breeding in Kyrgyzstan. One of my uncles tried to make our family-tree to understand who’s on its roots. It turned out, that mother’s side of my great-grandmother is the relative of my favorite composer—Aram Khachatryan. A crucial meeting in my teenage years was acquaintance with Genady Astsaturyan, Armenian composer and arranger living in Crimea. He taught me to jazz, listening to hard music, and did arrangement for me. I was a member of the Astsaturyans, and was visiting Armenian parties..”

When a Person Performs a Stunt, He Works Wonders, and This is Peak of Emotions of Himself and the Audience: Nahapet Arshakyan

When a Person Performs a Stunt, He Works Wonders, and This is Peak of Emotions of Himself and the Audience: Nahapet Arshakyan

Unfortunately, here, in Armenia, it’s impossible to have full halls through this art type. Besides, it’s been scientifically proven that human brain isn’t able to get information for 40 minutes uniterrupted, as it’s a big load for the brain. Conditioned by this and other reasons, I mainly participated in various corporative invitations. In this month I missed an important forum, the only reason for which was indifference towards the genre.

“International Ratings will be Reviewed in Case of Serious Anti-Corruption Policy”

“International Ratings will be Reviewed in Case of Serious Anti-Corruption Policy”

Armenia has produced Eurobonds, and this shift will leave its trail if we try to reproduce them, and we will mandatorily produce them to clear off the previous one. For instance, “Mudis” states that indicator of Armenia’s loan management is rather high, however, regarding budget deficit it’s stated that it increases our risks. And budget deficit isn’t a loan management, it’s management of our expenditures and incomes, and there are some problems here. We succeeded this year to confirm the budget a bit lower than previous year, we restrained budget appetite, but it wasn’t enough.

The USA May Record a Precedential Achievement in NKR Conflict

The USA May Record a Precedential Achievement in NKR Conflict

Also due to the reason, that Armenia has quiet borders with Iran and Georgia, these countries have no connection to radical Islamism, i.e. with Sunnis, as Iran is a Shia state against the Islamic State. There is an issue with Turkey and Azerbaijan, however, I don’t think at the moment Turkey may make use of radical Islamists against Armenia, and even Azerbaijan, as for radical Islamists Turkey and Azerbaijan are not upright and pure Muslim states, therefore, if all these enlarges in the region, Azerbaijan and Turkey will be the first to suffer, rather than Armenia.

A KGB Officer came, from those literate ones, and assigned me to meet Antonioni, and I said-yes: Suren Hasmikyan on his collaboration with KGB

A KGB Officer came, from those literate ones, and assigned me to meet Antonioni, and I said-yes: Suren Hasmikyan on his collaboration with KGB

I’m one of those unique persons among you, who has lived three eras: Stalin’s era, post-Stalin era and the recent period, which we live in. Accordingly, I’ll give a philosophic answer to this question. There was a TV program recently about who Stalin was—“great politician or great betrayer?” Can you imagine, 85% of population voted for “great politician” and this is in case, when due to him and by his wish lives of 50 million people have been destroyed. I mean, in all periods there have been both bastards and sincere people.

Kirk Kerkorian’s Testament Includes neither Authorities”nor Armenia, nor Give nor don’t Give Expressions…nor he was Offended of Armenia’s Authorities, all that is Forgery: Harut Sassounian

Kirk Kerkorian’s Testament Includes neither Authorities”nor Armenia, nor Give nor don’t Give Expressions…nor he was Offended of Armenia’s Authorities, all that is Forgery: Harut Sassounian

It’s a very sad situation, that we lose lots of people, like we’ve lost years ago. I live in Diaspora, I see they come, and it’s rather disappointing, as Armenia is drained from its people. And we want not only to maintain our country, but we also want to maintain Artsakh and demand Western Armenia, but people are drained and our dreams take just the contrary direction.

In This Fresno House Purchased by Intellectual Renaissance Foundation, W. Saroyan Lived his Last 17-20 Years

In This Fresno House Purchased by Intellectual Renaissance Foundation, W. Saroyan Lived his Last 17-20 Years

Naturally, it’ll undergo reconstruction, it’s inevitable, as after Saroyan’s death, throughout 35 years, the house has had different owners, and currently, mildly said, it doesn’t have a representative look. Presently we’re working exactly on the concept, and what will be the final result after reconstruction, whether it be restored like it was in the period of 1960-70s, when Saroyan was living, or will have a final appearance close to it, are still under discussion. Many issues will be clarified soon.

Amanda Paul: War by Accident in Nagorno-Karabakh Continues to Increase

Amanda Paul: War by Accident in Nagorno-Karabakh Continues to Increase

It is not news that Turkey states that Armenia needs to return the occupied territories to Azerbaijan. This is clear and is part of the Madrid Principles. Turkey wants a solution to Karabakh issue because the conflict not only represents a huge security threat for the region, but it also hobbles development and prosperity of the South Caucasus region. The question of Ankara, being part of the peace-negotiations, is not on the table, because it is clearly something that Armenia would not accept.

Artak Kalantaryan: the Armenian from Microsoft

Artak Kalantaryan: the Armenian from Microsoft

As American revolutionary Thomas Paine said, “The Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” It’ll be an exaggeration, if I say in Armenia we deal with the worst case. We constantly complain how bad our government is, we are often upset why the government doesn’t do this or that.

Armenia or Azerbaijan should Resolve: Paul A.Goble

Armenia or Azerbaijan should Resolve: Paul A.Goble

Columnist Paul A.Goble, special adviser on Soviet nationality issues and Baltic affairs to Secretary of State, editor of numerous volumes on ethnic issues in the former Soviet Union, currently Professor at the Institute of World Politics, is the interviewee of 168.am. -Mr Goble, …

Bacteria—Man’s Best Friend

Bacteria—Man’s Best Friend

“Sarkis K. Mazmanian, a professor of biology at Caltech studying bacteria and their impact on immunity and on the human body, is being awarded “no strings attached” MacArthur grant. Mazmanian’s findings are revealing links between gut bacteria or microbes and immunity, autism, multiple sclerosis, and other major diseases,” the paper wrote. Mazmanian, became one of 23 laureates, and was awarded USD 500.000, which he might use for any purpose.

Lack of Armenia-EU Agreement Perspective Gives Ground Presuming, this Time again Armenia won’t Face Political Obstacles: Armenak Minasyants

Lack of Armenia-EU Agreement Perspective Gives Ground Presuming, this Time again Armenia won’t Face Political Obstacles: Armenak Minasyants

Not steps by EU are necessary to weaken dependency from Russia, but my and your readiness to see more independent Armenia. If you want to speak of stronger positions on diplomatic platforms, it’s necessary to put up unsparing and real struggle in Armenia against corruption and injustice, as well as successfully implement amendments tended to raising public administration efficiency, rooting democracy and human rights and freedoms protection.

Flights in Reality

Flights in Reality

I can’t say that I’m not content with our times. One intellectual said, “Times aren’t chosen, in that period people are born and die.” You know, presently consciousness of individual responsibility lacks. Surprisingly enough, there is hope on authorities, that they should change something or opposition leaders. I consider, everything depends on everyone. It’s not clear to me. I live with my life. I have never been next to either opposition or authorities. And artist should be free.