18 June, 2018 22:57 Armenia's National Assembly Member Arrested Over Large Corruption Case The National Security Service of Armenia (NSS) published a video on June 17 showing its search operations at the compounds of member of Armenia’s National Assembly, general Manvel Grigoryan. Grigoryan is a member of the Republican faction at Parliament, which until recently held parliamentary majority.

The video, which quickly went viral, shows large quantities of illegal ammunition, dozens of boxes of food with labels “For Soldiers”, military underwear, hygiene supplies, as well as letters from students addressed to frontline soldiers of the 2016 April War were found in Grigoryan’s mansions and warehouses.
16 հունիս, 2018 16:14 Week in Motion, June 11-16 Summing up his Russia visit in a Facebook video, Prime Minister Pashinyan pointed out that Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced him to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev during the sporting event. "The Russian president introduced us to each other, and that's also information that I think you should know. No other talk or discussion occurred. In general, I am very satisfied with the results of the visit,” said Pashinyan.

16 June, 2018 08:53 Armenia stays mum on new missile deliveries to Azerbaijan By Emil Sanamyan, USC Institute of Armenian Studies
On June 11, Ilham Aliyev showed off his latest purchases – missile systems capable of hitting targets anywhere in Armenia, most of Georgia, much of north Caucasus of Russia and northwestern Iran
One of the two systems seen, the LongRange Artillery Weapon System or LORA, is produced by Israel Aerospace Industries IAI and claims to be able to deliver half a ton payload with 10meter accuracy to as far as 300 kilometers Another is the Chinese A200 system – rebranded in Belarus as Polonez – is reportedly capable of launching 301mm caliber guided missiles as far as 200 kilometers
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Both missile systems are intended to offset the Iskander missile systems that Russia sold to Armenia in recent years to serve as a deterrent to Azerbaijan’s military buildup In other words, the sale of these new missile systems makes Armenia’s military deterrent weaker and a new mil
15 June, 2018 18:26 Mouvements et protestations, une tradition arménienne Vicken Cheterian est historien et enseigne l’Histoire et les Relations internationales à l’université de Webster à Genève, en Suisse. Il a travaillé sur les conflits armés, génocides, révolutions, mouvements nationalistes, des questions d'Islam politique, de médias et développement ainsi que d'environnement et de sécurité.

Dans les studios de CivilNet, la discussion porte sur la Révolution de Velours en Arménie. Un mouvement qui, selon Vicken Cheterian, est la conséquence d’une trentaine d’années de protestations. Tout aurait commencé, selon l’expert, dès 1988.
12 June, 2018 22:03 Erdogan’s Ince Challenge: A Suddenly Competitive Turkish Election After dominating Turkish politics for nearly two decades, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing his most serious elector challenge in the vote set for June 24. Muharrem Ince, the charismatic candidate for the Republican People’s Party (CHP) is running a dynamic campaign and gaining in popularity, with recent polls showing support for Ince increasing to over 30 percent.

Erdogan and Ince are not the only candidates in the election. Nationalist candidate Meral Aksener and the imprisoned leader of the progressive Peoples’ Democratic Party Selahattin Demirtas are also polling about ten percent each. Should Erdogan win less than 50 percent of the vote, resulting in a second round of voting, as now seems likely, Ince could get a further boost from the other opposition constituencies. Also on June 24, Turkey will hold an election for parliament, and in that vote CHP and Aksener’s party are already running on the joint ticket.
12 June, 2018 19:08 Armenia Starting Mandatory Pension System: What You Need to Know On June 11, Armenia’s government adopted new amendments to the Law on Funded Pensions. This system should have come into force in 2014, but protests against it ultimately led to its alteration and postponement. One of the reasons for the postponement was the low level of trust towards the former authorities. Now that the current government enjoys the people’s trust, the cabinet voted in favor of instituting the pension reform.

According to the decision, starting from July 1, employees on payroll will be mandatorily included in the pension system and 2.5 percent of their salaries will be deducted by the employer and submitted to government. Previously this contribution was five percent, and the government matched a further five percent. Now the new amendments mandate that the employees will pay 2.5 percent of their salary to pension funds, while the government will add the remaining 7.5 percent.
12 հունիս, 2018 13:58 2018 Aurora Prize Awarded To Kyaw Hla Aung At the third annual Aurora Prize held in Yerevan, Armenia, The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative honored lawyer Kyaw Hla Aung for his personal sacrifice while fighting injustice and advocating for the rights of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.
12 June, 2018 09:39 World Renowned Economist Daron Açemoglu Ready to Help Armenia’s Government     World-renowned economist Daron Açemoglu expressed his readiness to support Armenia’s government in the country’s development, democratization and reforms.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held a video conference with Daron Açemoglu, an economist who is on the faculty of MIT. Representatives of the Prime Minister's economic team also took part in the video conference.

The economist emphasized that it is time to initiate reform of political institutions and improve the justice and financial systems as well as the investment climate.
11 June, 2018 15:55 Disproportional Regional Development in Armenia: Causes, Consequences and Policies Despite satisfactory aggregate economic indicators, challenges peculiar to transition countries remain actual. Armenia heavily depends on remittances, which effectively transfers external shocks to domestic markets. Trade imbalance with the rest of the world is another channel by which the economy faces external shocks. High concentration in domestic markets together with strong dependence from foreign currency inflows creates high foreign exchange risk. Real earnings in private sector bear all the inefficiencies the country experiences. The link between the financial and real sectors is very strong and inefficiencies in one sector are propagated to another.

10 հունիս, 2018 19:23 “Inspire, Empower, Impact”, the Aurora Dialogues in Yerevan. On June 9, 2018, the Matenadaran, The Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, in Yerevan was full of humanitarian heroes, academics and philanthropists. The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative hosted individuals, who tackle the most pressing humanitarian concerns faced by the world.
9 հունիս, 2018 16:59 What Happens After Sexual Violence Sunitha Krishnan of India was gang raped at age 15, and has since then devoted her life to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-integrating children and women victims of sexual violence into society. She is a 2018 Aurora finalist. Salpi Ghazarian speaks with her and remembers Armenian grandmothers who were subjected to similar horrors and the imperative for solidarity. 9 June, 2018 11:38 Armenia: Week in Motion, June 4-9 On June 7, the Armenian parliament approved Nikol Pashinyan's government program with 62 in favor, 39 against, and 0 abstentions. On June 6, exactly one day before the government program was submitted for Parliament approval, the Republican faction lost its absolute majority in Parliament. The most recent to depart was Samvel Aleksanyan, a business tycoon. This reduced the number of deputies of the Republican faction to 52 with the remaining 53 representing various factions and independents. 7 June, 2018 18:53 With a Magic Wand: Nikol Pashinyan’s Government Program Approved by Parliament On June 7, the Armenian parliament approved Nikol Pashinyan's government program with 62 in favor, 39 against, and 0 abstained votes.

On June 6, exactly one day before the government program was submitted to the Parliament approval, the Republican faction lost its absolute majority in Parliament, after Samvel Aleksanyan, a business tycoon, announced his withdrawal from the faction. This reduced the number of deputies of the Republican faction to 52 against 53. Prior to Aleksanyan, five other Republican deputies had left the faction.