4 May, 2020 16:39 Organizational change is a post-revolution imperative It is often argued that the process of the post-revolution reforms in Armenia is slow and arduous if the mentality of the people employed in the government sector remains unchanged. It is also argued that the post-revolution administration is limited in its ability to implement reform because the bureaucracy is resistant to change. The term ‘bureaucracy’ is often falsely equated with staff that sometimes do not have the skills, the knowledge, the vision or the drive to do better. While the arguments highlighting the role of bureaucracy in slowing reforms are not without merit, it can also be argued that the expectation that low- and mid-level management as well as staff should have automatically been reincarnated because of the Velvet Revolution may be naïve, unrealistic or even, unprofessional.

4 May, 2020 12:29 A Statue of Mahatma Gandhi is Welcome in Yerevan Patrick Azadian puts forward some meaningful arguments in his article against the plan for a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Yerevan. Gandhi’s political legacy is indeed controversial. As Azadian outlined, the Indian National Congress led by Gandhi supported the Khilafat Movement in the early 1920s as a platform for co-operating with the large Muslim population in the country. They were protesting the limitations placed by the colonial powers on the Ottoman Sultan – who served as Caliph, or head of Sunni Islam – as the empire was collapsing. (Once Mustafa Kemal came to power and established a secular republic in Turkey, he abolished the caliphate outright, so that movement subsided.) For Armenian nationalists, Gandhi’s association with the Khilafat Movement could be a sore point.

2 May, 2020 18:16 Epidemic of Verbal Abuse and Physical Violence in Armenia’s Politics Highlights Fragile State of Democracy
2 May, 2020 13:06 Violent Clashes in Gavar Underline Urgent Need for Police Reform in Armenia Armenia’s Investigative Committee, which is spearheading the investigation into the incident, has revealed that members of the crowd stabbed three people in the hospital, believing they were responsible for the gunfight murders, before security forces reestablished control. All of the stabbing victims were then transferred to a medical facility in Yerevan, where several of them remain in critical condition. Additionally, the hospital’s doors and windows were heavily damaged in the attack, though no medical staff were injured, according to Minister of Health Arsen Torosyan.

2 May, 2020 12:04 Four Reasons the Gandhi Statue in Yerevan is Not a Great Idea Yerevan’s City Council approved the installation of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, national leader of India and philosopher, in the park near the Halabyan and Margaryan streets. The initiative is aimed at strengthening and expanding friendly relations between Armenia and India. The statue will be donated by the Indian side, as it will cover all the expenses related to its relocation, construction and installation of the pedestal.

1 May, 2020 21:57 Russian Access to Armenia’s US-funded Biolabs Delayed The government will cover 30% of electricity and gas bills. The PM and former National Security Service chief Artur Vanetsyan have had another public row. The foreign ministry has clarified the latest situation regarding Russian-sought biolabs in Armenia. 82 more cases of COVID-19 have been reported.
30 April, 2020 21:54 Major Spike in COVID-19 Cases in Armenia 134 new confirmed COVID-19 cases mark an all-time high in Armenia. Dismantling of submerged structures on the shores of Lake Sevan begins. The UNDP has released a report on global pandemic preparedness. Armenia has opened its border with Georgia for 3 days.
30 April, 2020 19:36 Krisp: The Noise Cancelling App That’s Helping People Work From Home Davit Baghdasaryan is the CEO and co-founder of Krisp, a noise cancelling app for conference calls. The app, available for free since the COVID-19 outbreak, removes all background noise for incoming and outgoing calls, including crying children, the lawn mower, and the dog.
29 April, 2020 22:11 Yerevan Prepares to Acquire New 100 Buses Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan announced the launching of a tender to buy 100 buses for the Armenian Capital. A shooting at a medical center in the town of Gavar has prompted a full investigation. And 65 more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.
29 April, 2020 00:11 Shootings in Armenia's Gegharkunik Region, Two Killed and Five Arrested The Investigative Committee of Armenia reported that five people were arrested in connection with multiple shootings in Armenia’s Gegharkunik Province, in the city of Gavar. The incident, which took place on April 28, resulted in the deaths of two men, several others were wounded .

29 April, 2020 00:00 Cyberformance? “The Future of Performing Arts Resides in New Technologies” Isolated in his apartment in New York City amid the COVID-19 chaos, Arthur Makaryan is thinking about the future of performing arts. Artists around the world, including him, are paying a heavy price during the lockdown, many of them have lost their jobs and live in the uncertainty of tomorrow. The young Armenian opera and theatre director in New York, however, is convinced that it is time for performing arts to marry the virtual world with the living world.

28 April, 2020 21:59 Mahatma Gandhi “Comes” to Yerevan 30 US Senators have co-signed a letter urging the reinstating of demining assistance in Karabakh. A new statue of Mahatma Gandhi is planned for the Armenian capital. 59 more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.