21 February, 2020 14:14 Armenia Third Most Militarized Country in the World։ Report By Emilio Luciano Cricchio
Armenia is the third most militarized country in the world, according to the Bonn International Convention Center’s 2019 Global Militarization Index
The Bonn International Convention Center’s annual Global Militarization Index measures militarization by comparing the importance of a country’s military with other areas of public life 
The index reaches its conclusions by comparing military expenditures with gross domestic product GDP and health expenditure, contrasting the total number of military personnel with the number of physicians and general population numbers, as well as analysing the ratio of the number of heavy weapons systems with general population numbers 
The report notes that the level of militarization remains very high in the South Caucasus due to the unresolved NagornoKarabakh conflict 
The index project is also financially supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development 
With
19 February, 2020 22:02 Tumanyan Museum Celebrates 151 Years Since The Great Poet’s Birth On the 151st anniversary since the birth of one of Armenia’s most famous poets and writers, Hovhannes Tumanyan, the Tumanyan Museum, is holding a day full of events to commemorate the life and works of the great Armenian poet
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19 February, 2020 16:32 Two Senior Officials in Armed Forces Dismissed Over Recent Soldier Deaths By Mark Dovich

On February 19, President Armen Sarkissian signed decrees dismissing two senior officials of the Armed Forces, Arthur Baghdasaryan and Aleksan Aleksanyan, over a recent spate in soldier deaths in the army. Prior to their dismissals, Baghdasaryan served as Chief of the Military Police, and Aleksanyan as the Head of the Department for Working with the Personnel of the Armed Forces. The proposals to dismiss the two senior officials came from Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who forwarded them to Sarkissian earlier today.
19 February, 2020 13:07 Turkish Philanthropist Osman Kavala Acquitted, Detained Again Hours Later By Mark Dovich
On February 18, Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala and nearly a dozen other individuals were acquitted of all charges brought against them Additionally, Kavala, a prominent businessman and philanthropist in Turkey, was ordered to be released from prison Kavala had been held in pretrial detention since late 2017, when he was arrested without charge at Istanbul Atatürk Airport
The criminal indictment seeking life imprisonment for Kavala alleged that the philanthropist of masterminding the Gezi Park protests, a wave of civil unrest that swept Turkey in 2013 According to the indictment, Kavala’s alleged coordination of the protests constituted “an attempt to overthrow the government”
Turkish human rights groups, Western governments, and international bodies had been fiercely critical of the Turkish government’s case against Kavala, commonly referred to as the ‘Gezi case’ In December 2019, the European Court of Human Rights called for Kav
19 February, 2020 12:13 What Can Armenia Learn from Ukraine’s and Moldova’s Constitutional Court Crises? By Mark Dovich
On February 6, Armenia’s National Assembly approved a bill calling for an April 5 referendum, where citizens will vote on whether or not to dissolve the country’s Constitutional Court The referendum, if approved, would amend Armenia’s constitution to eliminate a grandfather clause allowing judges appointed before April 2018, when a 12year term limit was implemented, to serve beyond that limit As a result, seven of the Court’s nine judges, all of whom were appointed before the country’s 2018 Velvet Revolution, would be removed
The move is intended to be the culmination of an ongoing feud between Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the Constitutional Court’s prerevolutionary judges, particularly court head Hrayr Tovmasyan, who is widely seen as an ally of the previous authorities and an impediment to the current administration’s efforts to implement political and judicial reform in the country
For instance, the Constitutional Court has issued numer
19 February, 2020 10:42 Lead Designer of TUMO's New Space Speaks in Yerevan The TUMO Center for Creative Technologies has announced a new addition to its campus. The EU TUMO Convergence Center for Engineering and Applied Sciences is a new building and expansion of TUMO’s Yerevan facilities. An event was held on February 12 with the lead designer of the new building Winy Maas, co-founder and chief architect of the world-renowned design studio MVRDV.

The event was packed full to the brim with students and professionals eager to hear Maas speak.

18 February, 2020 17:58 Campaign Kicks Off for Armenia’s Constitutional Court Referendum Campaigning for Armenia’s constitutional court referendum, slated for April 5, officially kicked off on February 17. The campaign for the referendum, which was called as a result of a bill passed by the country’s National Assembly on February 6, is set to dominate Armenia’s political agenda in the coming months.

18 February, 2020 17:02 Turkish Philanthropist Osman Kavala Acquitted in Landmark Trial By Mark Dovich
In a landmark trial, Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala and more than two dozen other individuals have been acquitted of all charges brought against them Additionally, Kavala, a prominent businessman and philanthropist in Turkey, has been ordered to be released from prison Kavala has been in custody since late 2017, when he was arrested without charge at Istanbul Atatürk Airport
A criminal indictment seeking life imprisonment for Kavala accuses the philanthropist of masterminding the Gezi Park protests, a wave of civil unrest that swept Turkey in 2013 According to the indictment, Kavala’s alleged coordination of the protests constituted “an attempt to overthrow the government”
Turkish human rights groups, Western governments, and international bodies have been fiercely critical of the Turkish government’s case against Kavala, commonly referred to as the ‘Gezi case’ In December 2019, the European Court of Human Rights called for Kavala’s i
17 February, 2020 19:41 German Avagyan, the Artist that Focused on the Outcasts Armenian photographer German Avagyan passed away on February 16, 2020, from a heart attack He was 58 years old In his work, the photographer turned his attention almost solely to reportage He documented the harsh conditions faced by people on the outskirts and margins of Armenian society 
 
17 February, 2020 10:22 Jai Jagat March for Peace and Justice Arrives in Armenia The Jai Jagat march for peace and justice, which starts from New Delhi and ends in Geneva, has arrived in Armenia. The marchers will go from the southern town of Agarak, on the Iranian border, all the way to Sadakhlo on the Georgian border.

The march began in New Delhi on October 2 of last year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. The 10,000 kilometer global march for peace and justice will pass through 10 countries and will last 365 days in total, with nonviolent and justice-themed training and other events taking place along the way.
16 February, 2020 16:08 Armenian and Azerbaijani Leaders Hold an Unprecedented Public Debate Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev held an unprecedented public debate on the sidelines of Munich Security Conference on February 15 14 February, 2020 21:30 “Consequence: Artefact,” a Story of Humans and War Consequence Artefact is the artistic result of Areg Balayan, Edik Boghosian add Hrayr Sargsyan’s work
Their exhibition tells an alternative story of the NagornoKarabakh conflict 
For more than a year, Edik and Areg worked on human stories and material examples related to the ongoing conflict between Armenia, the NagornoKarabakh region and Azerbaijan Each of them finally transformed them into a piece of art 
Hrayr Sargsyan, a documentary documentary, captured the whole process through his camera lense, to make a movie recounting the path they’ve been through and that resulted in the exhibition 
‘Consequence Artefact’ will run until February 28 at the Artist’s Union of Armenia in Yerevan 
14 փետրվար, 2020 17:20 Pashinyan “Will Back Amulsar Mine if Risks are Manageable” and Vice Versa Pashinyan made the remarks during a visit to Germany, where he participated in a discussion held in conjunction with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Berlin on February 13.

The Amulsar mining project in Armenia’s south became a major controversy and a test for Pashinyan’s government, as environmental activists have been blocking roads to the mine for nearly two years, warning of the grave environmental impacts of the mine.