19 February, 2018 17:54 Raising Tensions Around Iran: Should Armenia be Concerned? In recent months Iran has been facing both internal and external challenges. The wave of demonstrations shook up the Islamic Republic in late December – early January 2017-2018. The expert community still has contradicting views for the main reasons of the protest movement – internal struggle between conservatives and reformists, outside meddling with main arrows targeted the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia as potential sponsors, spontaneous movement based on economic hardships and rampant corruption. Regardless what explanation is closer to the truth, these developments proved once more that almost a decade after the Green movement, domestic stability in Iran is not guaranteed. 17 February, 2018 13:40 Straight to Urtsadzor | Թիմը գնում է Ուրցաձոր Վայրի բնության և մշակութային արժեքների պահպանման հիմնադրամը (FPWC) փրկել է չորս արջերի, որոնք անազատության մեջ էին պահվում ռեստորաններում, սրճարաններում, բենզալցակայաններում: Հայաստանում շուրջ 80 արջ ապրում է նման վանդակներում: Կազմակերպության նպատակն է ազատել բոլորին։ Այսօր Թիմը գնում է Ուրցաձոր՝ Կովկասյան կենսաբազմազանության ապաստարան, որտեղ այժմ գտնվում են փրկված արջերը։ 16 February, 2018 20:05 Tailor-made cooperation? Armenia’s new partnership agreement with the EU At the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit on 24 November 2017, Armenia and the European Union (EU) signed a new Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA). It represents a second chance for Armenia to deepen ties with the EU, after the four-year relationship limbo that followed Armenia's surprise rejection of an Association Agreement in 2013. 16 February, 2018 18:17 What Yerevan Municipality Brawl Means for Erebuni District Residents Roughly five years ago, line pipes of the Nubarashen penitentiary had been damaged. Since then, sewage flows on the surface, leaving behind a pungent smell that causes health issues for the residents of Erebuni District of Yerevan. Report. 16 February, 2018 11:19 The Brawl at Yerevan City Council: What You Need to Know? An attempt by members of the Yerevan City Council to raise awareness about the health effects of damaged sewage infrastructure resulted in a dramatic scuffle between female and male members of the council. The incident raised concerns about organizational and professional standards that the city council operates at as well as violence against women.

Roughly five years ago, line pipes of the Nubarashen penitentiary had been damaged. Since then, sewage flows on the surface, leaving behind a pungent smell that causes health issues for the residents of Erebuni District of Yerevan.
15 February, 2018 19:51 US Worldwide Threat Assessment Retains Karabakh Paragraph As in years past, the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment delivered by the US Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, on February 13, retained a brief mention of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.

The 28-page document delved into US concerns related to China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, and included the following paragraph: “Tension over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh could devolve into a large-scale military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which could draw in Russia to support its regional ally. Both sides’ reluctance to compromise, mounting domestic pressures, Azerbaijan’s steady military modernization, and Armenia’s acquisition of new Russian equipment sustain the risk of large-scale hostilities in 2018.”
15 February, 2018 19:03 Fear, Silence Weigh on Turkey's Armenians after Failed Coup Aruş Taş, a silversmith in Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar, has witnessed decades of economic and social upheaval. But the crackdown wrought by a failed military coup in 2016 has been among the most wrenching, he says. Friends and family are leaving Istanbul, trade has nearly ground to a halt, and his faith that he and his fellow Armenians have a future in Turkey has dwindled.

“This time it is worse, because I have lost hope,” Taş says. “Now I fear for the country.”

In the wake of the coup, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has jailed more than 50,000 people, and the authorities have banned hundreds of news outlets and civil society groups. The country’s lurch toward Islamist-tinged nationalism under Erdoğan has left religious minorities feeling vulnerable. Recent attacks on minorities, although apparently isolated and spontaneous, have heightened those suspicions.
15 February, 2018 16:00 Sewage Protest Causes a Stink in Yerevan City Council Meeting A Yerevan City Council meeting turned violent on February 13 after two opposition politicians staged an unconventional protest against city mayor Taron Markaryan.

The brawl ensued after two female representatives of the Yerkir Tsirani party brought bottles of sewage to the front of the hall as a “gift” for the mayor. The putrid liquid was brought from the city’s Nubarashen district, which has seen protests this week as a result of issues with the sewage system.
14 փետրվար, 2018 09:54 Birth of Karabakh Movement: Askeran 1988 On February 12, a protest broke out in the town of Askeran in front of the regional committee building. The following day, few hundred people from Askeran marched to Stepanakert where they were joined by a few hundred more. The next day, thousands of people demonstrated in the center of Stepanakert. Photographer Valeri Petrosyan captured the day’s events. 13 February, 2018 21:17 Arvest, an Armenian Board Game Ready to play with your favourite Armenian painters? Arvest (Art in Armenian) is a new board game made in Armenia. Lia Mkhitaryan, Lilit Stepanyan and Gayane Ayvazyan, founders of the Eiva Arts Foundation, are the creators of the game and artists themselves. For them, children need to get more acquainted with art. What better to do this than playing with paintings?
13 February, 2018 12:58 1988․ առաջին ցույցերը Արցախում | 1988. The First Demonstrations in Karabakh 1988-ի Ղարաբաղյան շարժումն սկսվեց Արցախում՝ Հադրութ, Մարտունի, Ասկերան և Ստեփանակերտ։ Ֆոտոշարքում ներկայացված են առաջին ցույցերը։ Լուսանկարների հեղինակը Վալերի Պետրոսյանն է, ով այդ օրերին Ասկերանում լույս տեսնող «Կարմիր դրոշ» շրջանային թերթի լուսանկարիչն էր: Պետրոսյանը Ստեփանակերտի փետրվարի 13-ի հանրահավաքը լուսանկարած քիչ, միգուցե՝ միակ լուսանկարիչն է։

The 1988 Karabakh movement began in the towns of Hadrut, Martuni, Askeran and Stepanakert. These photos show the first demonstrations. The author of the photos is Valeriy Petrosyan, who at the time was the photographer of the Askeran town newspaper Karmir Drosh ( Red Flag). Petrosyan is one of the few, perhaps the only, photographer who has photographed the February 13 rally in Stepanakert.
12 February, 2018 21:53 Thirty Years On: Recalling the Birth of the Karabakh Movement CivilNet’s Tatul Hakobyan and our team spent a week in Nagorno Karabakh talking to a host of people from those days and recalling the events of 30 years ago.
12 February, 2018 17:14 Nagorno Karabakh Erupts: February 12, 1988, Hadrut The winds of Gorbachev’s ‘perestroika’ and ‘glasnost’ blew through the provincial town of Hadrut southern NK at the end of 1985 and beginning of 1986 Artur Mkrtchyan returned from Yerevan that year and was appointed director of Hadrut’s museum He would later become Nagorno Karabakh’s first elected president speaker of parliament Three months later he would be unjustly killed
Nelly Kasparova speaks of injustice as if the struggle against all the world’s injustices were placed on her fragile shoulders Daughter of Ashot Kasparov, a hero of the Soviet Union, she has devoted 30 years of her life to educating children She is a Russian language teacher at Hadrut’s school and almost two decades ago was a member of the region’s young intellectuals group who would write letters about national issues to Gorbachev in the Kremlin
Kasparova’s smile, which is as attractive as it is disillusioned, points to her impotence in her struggle against in