30 November, 2019 01:44 Armenia’s Minister of Health Proposes a Health Care Tax Armenia’s Ministry of Health has proposed amending current health care law by adding a new six percent income tax to finance a public health insurance plan, Health Minister Arsen Torosyan announced on November 27

The goal of this health insurance plan is to cover everyone in the country. The proposal suggests implementing the tax in 2022.
29 նոյեմբեր, 2019 15:42 The All-Armenian Fund Raises $10 Million in This Year’s Telethon This year’s telethon conducted by the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund raised almost $10 million through multiple donations made during the annual fundraiser. The motto this year was: “To my beloved Armenia, water and sun for communities.” The funds will be used to facilitate projects aimed at supplying solar energy and clean water access for over 100 communities in Nagorno Karabakh and the Shirak, Lori and Tavush regions of Northern Armenia. 28 November, 2019 14:00 Լույս, ստվեր, խավար | Light, Shadow, Darkness Վավերագրական ֆիլմը պատմում է Հայաստանի կույրերի միավորման երգչախմբում երգող մարդկանց մասին: Երգչախումբը ձեւավորվել է դեռ ԽՍՀՄ-ում եւ գոյատևել անկախ Հայաստանի սոցիալական ծանր պայմաններում: 1976-ից երգչախմբի անդամների շուրջ 70 տոկոսը կույր երգիչներ են: 2018-ին Հայաստանի «Թավշյա հեղափոխությունը» նրանց մոտ նոր հույսեր ու սպասումներ է արթնացրել՝ ավելի մեծ աջակցության եւ ավելի լավ պայմանների համար: Սակայն այսօր երգչախմբի ճակատագիրը մնում է անորոշ: 28 նոյեմբեր, 2019 12:18 Al-Monitor: How Iran's protests could impact foreign policy The Iranian administration’s controversial decision Nov. 15 to triple gasoline prices sparked protests across the country. Although the Iranian government has managed to contain the protests, discussions over various aspects of the recent events are still ongoing. However, much of the international attention has been so far directed toward domestic causes and consequences of the protests, while their possible implications for Iran’s foreign policy have remained underdiscussed. 28 November, 2019 10:43 The New Bond between Russia and Turkey: Should Armenia be Concerned? On November 26, the chief executive officer of Russian Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheev stated that Moscow and Ankara were actively discussing Ankara taking up an option in the original contract to receive more S-400 anti-aircraft weapon systems. According to him Rosoboronexport hopes that in the first half of 2020, both sides will sign the contract documents. Given the current tensions in US – Turkey relations caused by the S-400 shipments in July 2019, this statement definitely will further infuriate the US establishment.

27 November, 2019 19:31 Sustainable Social Enterprises in Armenia: Challenges and Opportunities November 21 has become known as Social Enterprise Day around the world. The day focuses on the impact of social enterprises around the world. As elsewhere, social businesses are developing in Armenia.

Nazareth Seferian, a certified professional in the field of international sustainability and social responsibility, talks with CivilNet’s Ani Paitjan about the challenges Armenia faces in ensuring the sustainability of social businesses.
27 November, 2019 18:00 Tracing Manti, From Kayseri to Istanbul October 18-19: “Social, Cultural and Economic History of Kayseri and the Region,” a conference sponsored by the Hrant Dink Foundation was banned in Kayseri (historic Gesaria.) The following week, it was banned in Istanbul.
October 26: To celebrate Kayseri and its heritage, the Hrant Dink Foundation organized a Manti festival, which highlighted the many styles and stories of the dumplings for which Kayseri is famous.
Film footage courtesy of Murat Uktu, MediaScope.
27 November, 2019 15:10 Armenia Confirms Iran’s Concerns about Polluting the Araxes River, Commits to a Clean-up The Armenian Ministry of the Environment also confirmed to Civilnet that the Iranian claims are indeed true and that the source has been pinpointed to be the Agarak Copper and Molybdenum Plant in the southernmost part of Armenia. 26 November, 2019 15:37 Armenia to Open Crematoria, Though Impact Remains Far from Clear On November 25, Arman Iskandaryan, the director of the Special Population Service, a state organization that manages Armenia’s cemeteries and is colloquially called ‘the funeral bureau,’ announced plans to open two crematoria in Yerevan in 2020. According to Iskandaryan, the crematoria will be financed by two investors, one domestic and one foreign, and will be located on the outskirts of Yerevan, away from residential buildings and agricultural areas. 26 November, 2019 13:15 Nikol Pashinyan Interviewed by Italy’s Biggest Newspaper: Il Corriere Della Sera The interviewer asked about the “aggression of Armenia towards Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh.” To which, Pashinyan spoke of the murder of Gurgen Margarian during a NATO seminar in Budapest, who was killed with an axe by Ramil Safarov, an Azerbaijani military officer. Pashinyan reminded the interviewer that: “A few years after he was sentenced to life imprisonment in Hungary, the Azeri officer was extradited to his country. In his homeland he was accepted as a national hero, received a pardon from President Ilham Aliyev, was promoted and secured an apartment in Baku.”

25 November, 2019 18:06 Armenia and Azerbaijan Exchange Journalists, First Time in Over Two Decades For the first time in almost two decades, an exchange of journalists between Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan has taken place. Three journalists from Armenia and Karabakh spent four days in Azerbaijan last week, while three Azerbaijani journalists visited Armenia and Karabakh.

25 November, 2019 17:56 The Geneva Conventions at 70: New Challenges of Warfare This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions. The conventions were created after World War II to establish international rules that apply only in times of armed conflict and seek to protect people who are not or are no longer taking part in hostilities.

Dr. Andrey Kozik, International Committee of the Red Cross Legal Coordinator for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, talks to CivilNet’s Ani Paitjan about the fundamental changes that the conventions brought to conflict zones.