21 September, 2019 16:54 Gyumri Is Celebrating Armenia’s Independence Day This year, the main celebrations for Armenia’s Independence Day are taking place outside of Yerevan, in the second largest city of Gyumri. Usually, this city is not so crowded, but today, not a hostel, hotel or bed and breakfast has a free room to offer. People from around Armenia are gathered here for the occasion, along with visitors from abroad, ready to celebrate this special day.
20 September, 2019 11:06 Armenia to Open an Embassy in Israel During a government session on September 19, Armenia’s government approved a project to establish an embassy of the Republic of Armenia in f Israel. The embassy will be located in Tel Aviv and is expected to open in early 2020.

“The decision to open an embassy in Israel and thus give a new impetus to bilateral relations is aimed at protecting Armenia’s interests in the region more efficiently,” reads the decision.

19 September, 2019 10:59 Armenia’s Chief of Police Promoted to Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister Valeriy Osipyan, Chief of Police of the Republic of Armenia, has been appointed as chief advisor to the prime minister. PM Pashinyan signed the decision on September 18.
18 September, 2019 18:25 Small Steps That Lead to Big Humanitarian Changes: A Conversation with Dr. Tom Catena Doctor Tom Catena is a missionary and surgeon who was honored as the 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate, an award given to a global humanitarian. He was appointed as chair of the Aurora humanitarian initiative in December 2018.

Dr. Catena talks to CivilNet’s Ani Paitjan about global health issues and the need to localize humanitarian work.
17 September, 2019 20:12 Robert Kocharyan to Remain in Custody Armenia’s second President Robert Kocharyan will remain in custody, the Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction of Shengavit District ruled on September 17. 17 September, 2019 14:43 Fear, Loathing and Leaving Aleppo Russian troops are not the only non-Syrian military presence in the country. Turkey has pushed its borders and the limits of its influence to practically control large territories in northern Syria, and there are American bases in the Kurdish controlled northeastern part of the country. Other than official troops, foreign fighters in Syria come in different shades and colors and are supported by various groups. The highest concentration of these groups is currently in and around Idlib in central Syria. One high ranking soldier in the Syrian army referred to it as “Kandahar” because of the large number of foreign fighters there. 17 September, 2019 01:55 Director of Armenia's National Security Service Resigns Head of Armenia's National Security Service (NSS) and head of the Football Federation of Armenia, Artur Vanetsyan, announced his resignation from the NSS on September 16. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has not yet announced a replacement for Vanetsyan. 10 September, 2019 22:32 Despite Pushback, Armenia’s Amulsar Mine Will Commence Operation  On September 9, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that the Amulsar Mine operations will continue.

The long-contested mine, located in the Vayots Dzor province near the spa town of Jermuk, halted construction for over a year starting in 2018 due to a blockade by local residents and environmental activists who oppose the mine on environmental and economic grounds.
8 սեպտեմբեր, 2019 17:44 Mount Aragats and Amberd Fortress Attract Tourists from Around the Globe Mount Aragats is a four-peaked volcano massif in Armenia. Its northern summit, at 13,420 ft above sea level, is the highest point in the Republic of Armenia. Located on the slopes of Mount Aragats, is Amberd -- a 10th century fortress that some say used to be the summer house for kings. Today, Mount Aragats and Amberd Fortress are often left off guide books, yet they have been gaining more and more traction in the last few years. CivilNet’s Sareen Habeshian talks to tourists who have made the trek.
7 September, 2019 11:07 Inauthentic Sputnik-Linked Pages Target the Armenian Diaspora Special interest fan pages devoted to food recipes, sports, and beautiful women, among other topics, administered groups dedicated to Armenian culture, politics, and identity. (On Facebook, both pages and accounts can be administrators of groups.) Almost all of the pages were linked to the profiles of Sputnik Armenia employees and their family members. The groups, meanwhile, served as content amplification platforms for the Sputnik Armenia website, as well as for a second media outlet, ArmeniaON. Prior to publication, the DFRLab shared this story with Facebook, which has since made the independent decision to remove most of the assets in this analysis.

3 September, 2019 19:02 The village on the border The mountainous road leading to the border village is long. It makes the distances in this tiny, rugged, land-locked country feel vast. This is what is left of historic Armenia, a precious, tiny sliver of land made up of silver mountain ranges, sparsely populated villages and occasional thick, green forests. We couldn’t travel fast on these snake-like roads even if our lives depended on it. The winding road forces us to see every detail, feel every rock and notice every tree, and read the names on every memorial dedicated to the victims of Azeri intrusion on the border. 2 September, 2019 21:34 New Documentary Looks at Nicotine Use in Armenia American Film Director Aaron Biebert came to Armenia to do research for his new documentary “You Don’t Know Nicotine”. The film is about smoking habits in Armenia.

The award-winning director talks to CivilNet’s Ani Paitjan about the nicotine industry and its devastating consequences.