20 July, 2019 10:29 EU punishes Turkey for illegal exploration drilling off the coast of Cyprus: Petrostrategies Tensions are rising between the European Union and Turkey over exploration drilling carried out by the latter in Cypriot territorial waters. On July 15, EU foreign ministers adopted a package of punitive measures to increase pressure on Ankara. The most striking announcement concerns the European funds destined for Turkey during the year 2020, which are to be cut by €146 million (out of a total of €400 million expected that year). These sums are intended to prepare the country’s possible accession to the European Union. Another financial threat involves the European Investment Bank (EIB), which has been asked to tighten up its conditions for granting aid to Ankara. On the political front, the EU28 have decided to downgrade the level of political dialogue with Turkey. 19 հուլիս, 2019 14:01 #AraratChallenge․ մեկ դոլարը կարող է կյանք փոխել | A single dollar can change a life «Ավրորա» մարդասիրական նախաձեռնությունը հայտարարել է #AraratChallenge շարժման մեկնարկը: Շարժում-դրամահավաքի նպատակն է օգնության ձեռք մեկնել բոլոր նրանց, ովքեր աջակցության կարիք ունեն։

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has announced the #AraratChallenge movement. The crowdfunding campaign is aimed at supporting those in urgent need of basic humanitarian aid around the world.
18 July, 2019 17:00 Lusine Zakaryan House-Museum Honors the Divine Singer On Koghbatsi Street, in the Center of Yerevan, singer Lusine Zakaryan’s house has become a museum.

The choir singer was an admired artist, and to honor her, Alaina Balian, a young Armenian from California, decided to transform Zakaryan’s house into a museum.

Zakaryan was a famous soprano, known for her rendition of religious Armenian hymns and for singing in international operas, as well as singing traditional Armenian and church music.

18 July, 2019 03:51 Armenia’s Lake Sevan Faces Serious Threat from Algae Bloom Experts warn that Armenia’s largest lake, Lake Sevan, is facing a serious threat from algae and falling water levels.

Earlier this month, Armenia’s government posted satellite images showing important parts of the lake covered in green. The coloring is caused by a significant algae bloom in the lake.

The images have raised public concern over one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world.

Seyran Minasyan, director of the Institute of Chemical Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, says the blooming process begun roughly 60 to 70 years ago when water started being used for irrigation and electricity.

Lake Sevan is situated in Armenia’s Gegharkunik Province, at an altitude of 1,900 m above sea level. The total surface area of its basin is about 5,000 km2, which makes up one sixth of Armenia's territory.

Minasyan says that the declining water levels is one of the threats to the lake, but it’s not the only one.
17 July, 2019 22:47 US Allocates $100 million in Security Aid to Azerbaijan in 2018-19 The Trump Administration has substantially ramped up security assistance to Azerbaijan, amounting to more than $100 million in fiscal years (FY) 2018-19, according to budget data compiled by the Security Assistance Monitor, part of the Center for International Policy, a Washington think tank. Whereas the assistance appears to be part of U.S. strategy to increase pressure against Iran and focuses on Azerbaijan’s Iranian border, it also has direct implications for Armenia.

11 July, 2019 00:02 Want to increase birth rates? Try equality of men and women Many countries in Eastern Europe face what is often perceived as a population crisis. Highly skilled people of reproductive age are leaving their countries to look for better opportunities elsewhere. Among those who stay, birth rates are below two children per woman; in some countries, they are closer to one. 10 July, 2019 23:35 Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan Meets With Singapore’s Prime Minister and President Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was in Singapore for a three-day official visit, accompanied by his wife Anna Hakobyan. On July 8, he met with President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. 8 July, 2019 23:06 In Armenia, Women Are Breaking the “Law of Silence” on Rape In recent weeks, there have been discussions on social media about rape and sexual violence in Armenia. Critics say rape culture does not exist in Armenia and this is a “western” “feminist” conspiracy. Others, including members of parliament, have been vocal in denouncing sexual violence and the culture of silence. 8 July, 2019 21:14 Mayor of Glendale Says Diaspora is Inspired by “New Armenia” Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received the Mayor of Glendale, California, Ara Najarian, on July 1. Pashinyan said that under the conditions of political change in Armenia, there are now new opportunities for strengthening relations with the Diaspora. According to the United States Census Bureau, there are nearly 485,970 Armenians living in the US (2017 data). California is home to the largest population of Armenian Americans where about 205,000 Armenian Americans reside in the state. 4 հուլիս, 2019 21:27 Golden Apricot Film Festival to Commence in Yerevan The 16th annual Golden Apricot International Film Festival will commence in Yerevan on July 7 and conclude on the 14th.

This year, the Festival has received over 740 film submissions from countries all around the world and will screen a number of films from other prestigious international film festivals such as the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, for the program.

We decided to spend some time with the organizing team to get the inside story of this notable event.
3 հուլիս, 2019 18:08 Armenia to Host International Architecture Competition The Boghossian Foundation commissioned Urbanlab, a Yerevan-based independent urban lab, to hold an open international architectural competition for the redevelopment of NPAK, which is also known as the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art. The name of the architectural competition is “Reviving NPAK”.

Philip Gumuchdjian, Chairman of the jury board of “Reviving NPAK” about the necessity of rethinking the concept of the Center and the impact of architecture on the Armenian society.
3 July, 2019 03:11 Armenia Sees Improvement in Global Peace Index Ranking Armenia has been ranked as more peaceful than it was one year ago, according to the Global Peace Index 2019 (GPI). 2 հուլիս, 2019 18:28 Discovering My Gyumri: Chalet Gyumri | Բացահայտելով իմ Գյումրին. Շալե Alongside their efforts to eradicate the temporary shelters that became synonymous with the never-ending recovery process in post-Earthquake Gyumri, the "Shirak Centre" NGO and its director Vahan Tumasyan have built their headquarters as a combination of guest house, event space and a depository of artifacts that embody Gyumri's history and have been rescued from temporary shelters, run-down buildings and carefully restored. 

«Շիրակ Կենտրոն» ՀԿ-ն, որը լծվել է Գյումրին երկրաշարժից մնացած վերքերից՝ տնակային ավաններից մաքրելու ծանր գործին, և նրա տնօրեն Վահան Թումասյանը կենտրոնի շենքը կառուցել են որպես հյուրատուն, հանդիսությունների սրահ, քաղաքային հավաքատեղի և այնտեղ հավաքել են Գյումրվա պատմությունն ամփոփող իրեր, որոնք հենց իրենք էլ փնտրել, փրկել են քանդվող շենքերից ու քայքայվող տնակներից և խնամքով վերականգնել։