19 սեպտեմբեր, 2017 15:09 The Week in Armenia, Sept. 19 Armenians from around the world are gathering in Yerevan for a conference organized by the Ministry of Diaspora; a controversial exhibition about Soviet-Era persecution is shut down by Armenia’s Ministry of Culture; Armenia’s Prime Minister Karen Karapetian touts his achievements after one year in office. Watch these stories, plus highlights from CivilNet’s reporting. 17 սեպտեմբեր, 2017 21:30 Armenia-Diaspora Relations: Who is Ari? This article by Sevan Deyirmenjian, published in the Agos newspaper of 9 August 2017, comes on the heels of an incident that transpired this summer in Armenia during the "Ari Tun” program organized by the Ministry of the Armenian Diaspora, during which a dispute, centering around identity, broke out between members of the youth groups from Ukraine and Istanbul. The group from Turkey claims it received little or no guidance from the Diaspora Ministry and was forced to prematurely return to Istanbul due to safety concerns. Further to that incident, Sevan Deyirmenjian points out the inconsistencies of the Armenia-Diaspora relations regarding identity issues, the use of the Armenian language and the rapport with the Republic of Armenia.

17 սեպտեմբեր, 2017 12:32 Straight to the village. Murraba in Berd | Թիմը գնում է Բերդ In the heart of her garden in Berd, Katya Melikyan spends her days surrounded by colourful fruits. She’s making delicious and organic jams, called “murraba” in Armenian. Her local production is even sold outside of Armenia. In this episode, Tim meets this smiley woman who is known as the best murraba maker of Berd.

Բերդի բնակիչ Կատյա Մելիքյանը համեղ մուրաբաներ է պատրաստում։ Թիմի հերթական այցը Բերդ է։ Նա հանդիպում է Կատյային, համտեսում նրա մուրաբաները, զրուցում նրա հետ։
15 սեպտեմբեր, 2017 16:30 Salpi Ghazarian: Why Innovate Armenia? On September 23, the University of Southern California will host a celebration of all things Armenian at its campus in Los Angeles. The day-long festival, entitled "Innovate Armenia," will feature exhibitors from diverse fields, from science and technology to music, art and literature. CivilNet's Maral Tavitian speaks with Salpi Ghazarian, Director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, about the mission and vision behind the event. 11 սեպտեմբեր, 2017 20:15 The Week in Armenia, Sept. 11 Today on The Week in Armenia, authorities dismiss a voter fraud investigation, Armenian and Azerbaijani religious leaders meet in Moscow, and the U.S. Congress approves funding to clear land mines in Nagorno-Karabakh. Maral Tavitian updates you on these stories and more. 10 սեպտեմբեր, 2017 16:18 Փշալարից այս կողմ․ Հայաստան-Իրան | The Other Side of the Barbed Wire: Armenia and Iran Տասնամյակներ փշալարերով ձգվող հայ-իրանական սահմանը Երկաթե վարագույրի ու Սառը պատերազմի հարավային մի հատվածն էր։ Փշալարը և Արաքս գետը միմյանցից բաժանում էին Խորհրդային Միությունը և Իրանը։ Թեև 1991-ին Խորհրդային Միությունը մոլորակի քարտեզից վերացել է, սակայն ավելի քան քառորդ դար անց փշալարը հիշեցնում է Սառը պատերազմը։ 8 սեպտեմբեր, 2017 08:46 Report: $7 Million Payment Tied to Hungary's Extradition of Azerbaijani Axe-Murderer Research by Hungarian investigative journalism NGO Atlatszo.hu, along with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and other media outlets, recently uncovered data showing how a $2.9 billion slush fund tied to Azerbaijan’s ruling elite had been used to promote Baku’s political objectives worldwide.

Some of these funds – totaling more than $7 million - reportedly made their way into account of the Budapest-based MKB Bank right around the time the government of Hungary handed convicted killer Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan.
6 սեպտեմբեր, 2017 21:37 Civil Society Can Force Transparency in Mining Sector Christopher Nurse, a mining law expert from the U.K.-based Hart Group, speaks with CivilNet’s Maral Tavitian about accountability and transparency in the mining sector. Mr. Nurse is supporting Armenia’s implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). EITI is an international financial transparency standard for the mining, oil and gas industries, and includes 52 member countries.
5 սեպտեմբեր, 2017 17:06 The Week in Armenia, Sept. 5 Introducing CivilNet’s English-language news show, The Week in Armenia. Maral Tavitian tells you what you need to know and why. 3 սեպտեմբեր, 2017 17:40 Թիմը գնում է Վանաձոր. «Բու» այլընտրանքային տուն | Straight to Boo Alternative House, Vanadzor City Վանաձոր քաղաքի ծայրամասում գտնվում է «Բու» այլընտրանքային տունը՝ շրջապատված կանաչ հովիտներով և ծառերով: Շենքը դարձել է այլընտրանքային կենտրոն, որը ծառայում է տարբեր նպատակների: Հիմնադիրներ Արփինեն ու Յանան ցանկանում են, որ այս վայրը լինի բնապահպանական կայունության օրինակ: Թիմը մասնակցում է նախագծի առաջին սեմինարին։

On the outskirt of the city of Vanadzor, there is a house surrounded by green valleys and trees, the Boo Alternative House. The building has been turned into an alternative multipurpose hub and community space. The founders, Arpine and Yana, also want the place to be an example of ecological sustainability. Tim will attend one of the first seminar of the project.

31 օգոստոս, 2017 19:57 Painting the Perils of Secondhand Smoke The non-profit Ayo! is using art to challenge Armenia’s smoking habits. The “Breathe Freely” campaign features seven thought-provoking murals in locations throughout Yerevan.
31 օգոստոս, 2017 10:08 Israel Freezes Export of Suicide Drone to Azerbaijan After Allegation of Abuse An Aug. 13 report from the Hebrew-language daily newspaper Maariv revealed that the Israeli Defense Ministry recently received an unusual complaint, detailing claims that a team from Aeronautics Defence Systems was asked to strike an Armenian military position while demonstrating its Orbiter 1K drone in a live-fire test on July 7 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The company was in the middle of finalizing the sale of the suicide drone to Azerbaijan.

The two Israeli drone operators on the trip refused to comply with the request, according to the report, so senior representatives from the company stepped in. They armed and deployed the drone themselves but missed the targets. An Armenian army colonel said two soldiers were lightly wounded in the attack.
26 օգոստոս, 2017 13:10 Genocide as Conflict Resolution? Nagorno Karabakh's Uncertain Future The Institute for the Study of Genocide has published Summer 2017 bulletin Christoph H Benedikter’s paper pertaining the Nagorno Karabakh conflict The author suggests that the success of the Karabakh army in the April war of 2016 makes a total defeat unlikely in the near future Nevertheless, the situation for Armenia and NagornoKarabakh in the medium to longterm appears quite dangerous
Christoph H Benedikter studied history and ethnology in Vienna He is a research assistant at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for War Research in GrazViennaRaabs as well as a freelance exhibition curator
On the night of April 1, 2016 Azerbaijani troops attacked NagornoKarabakh positions along the Line of Contact LoC The subsequent “FourDay War” brought the South Caucasus and the “frozen” conflict around NagornoKarabakh to the attention of the international world for a short while Due to pressure emanating from Russia and, in particular, from the US, the bloodshed was quickly brou