“But like with any open door, there is still the question of how many people will walk through and when. Since both sides showed a strong political will to come to this agreement, and since the benefits from the cooperation are very tangible, all those who wish Armenia well should make use of the new opportunities very actively.”
“I’m sure it’ll open wide perspectives for economic development. On March 3 I met Denis Manturov, Minister of Trade and Industry of Russia, in Moscow and we discussed issues on bilateral cooperation on agricultural equipment, radio-electronic industry, as well as on establishment of Russia-Armenia fund.”
“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.”
The list of political parties and their alliances participating in upcoming parliamentary elections have already been submitted. Armenia has entered the pre-election stage. What will the new Parliament be like? Which powers have more potential to appear in the National Assembly?
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.
“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.”
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.
“Unfortunately, years later NK issue is more probable to be settled militarily. Both the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides participated in negotiations, in fact, not being ready for the promised concessions. It’s another issue why the sides agreed on this negotiation format.”
What is proposed by new RA Government is revolution from the top, however, it’s not clear how it’ll be implemented: Lilit Gevorgyan
“Risk of default increases, as Armenia failed to formulate a stronger miscellaneous economy to better confront external shocks. Moreover, Armenia’s exports are more, mostly metal and agricultural goods.”
“I appreciate his kindness most and the ability to forgive. He loves people, easily forgives and attempts to always see good in people. However, at the same time, that very feature makes me nervous, as many attempt to use him, abusing his trust.”
“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.”
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.
To Play the Duduk, and to Play Well, One should be a Poet: Whose Duduk is Heard in “Mother” and “The Passion of the Christ”?
We are bearers of oldest and precise history, for centuries we had our investment in the development of world civilization. The duduk is another chance to leave our signature in the history of humanity, which perfectly contributes to attaching attention of tourists of various countries towards our country and culture.
Our city much lacks free works, they should be free, full of life and warmth. Recently I noticed that grave-like works appear in our city. If you place them in cemeteries, they won’t vary from tombstones.
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
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.
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.
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.
Medal award ceremony will be held during STARMUS international festival in Tenerife. This year it’ll be launched from June 27 to July 2, and when the festival is held, name of the first winner will be known. And the first medal will be granted by Hawking himself.
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
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
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.
The most ideal variant would be resolution of Syria’s destiny exactly in Syria and by Syrian citizens. As it’s resolved out of Syrian borders, that’s why it fails. Unfortunately, it turned out, that Syria’s future is in the hands of Er-Riad, Ankara, Qatar and others. Firstly, this is a big tragedy for Syrian people.
New Situation will Obviously Impact the Future Level of Economic and Trade Cooperation between the EU and Armenia: Exclusive Interview of 168.am with F.Mogherini
Membership of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in itself is not an obstacle for Armenia’s cooperation with the EU. Let me recall that the EU and Armenia have completed a scoping exercise prior to the launching of negotiations to see how far our cooperation can go in this new context.
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.
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.
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, …
“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.
Turkey has some fears with respect to Armenia. This refers Russia’s military bases deployed in Armenia; Turkey considers, Russia may make Armenia an outpost against Turkey or Azerbaijan, destabilizing the South Caucasus, which isn’t an issue not only for Turkey, but for the whole region.
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.
“The only country, which may neutralize Russian influence in the post-Soviet space, is the USA,” said Tornike Sharashenidze, Georgian politician, professor, head of the MA program of International Affairs at Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, in an interview with 168.am, …
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.