23 May, 2020 18:11 Daron Açemoglu: We May Learn the Wrong Lessons From COVID-19 Daron Açemoglu, world renowned economist and author of “Why Nations Fail,” spoke to CivilNet’s host interviewer, AUA Adjunct Lecturer, Ph.D Narek Mkrtchyan about the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has confronted democracies with.

22 May, 2020 19:49 New Artsakh President Ponders Moving Parliament to Shushi Karabakh’s new president Arayik Harutyunyan and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan have held talks. Health Minister Arsen Torosyan has warned of a spike in COVID-19 cases. The government may be considering a new approach to end the crisis around the constitutional court. The IAEA, United States and GCF have all provided Armenia with additional funding.
22 May, 2020 19:27 Syrian-Armenian Women Switch to Mask Production to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19 Arpi, Melvina, Tamar, Tamar and Lusin are sewing masks 8 hours a day.

Before the spread of the coronavirus, the Syrian-Armenian seamstresses of Yerevan’s Nor Arev company were sewing eco bags and clothes for children.

Under the leadership of Vani Nalbandian, they have switched to producing 100 to 200 masks a day to help Armenians against the spread of COVID-19.
22 May, 2020 12:47 Unlocking Creativity During Armenia’s Coronavirus Lockdown In these tough times of self-isolation and social distancing, Armenia’s TUMO Center for Creative Technologies continues to inspire its students and shows how creativity can be unleashed even during a complete lockdown. From designing COVID-19 testing strategies to shooting films from isolation, TUMO has been keeping its students busy.

22 May, 2020 12:44 What Can Armenia Learn from Successful Judicial Reform Programs in Chile and Georgia? The recent announcement that Armenia’s constitutional referendum, originally slated for early April, will be indefinitely postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic represents a major setback to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s long-standing plans for judicial reform in the country. To that end, speaking at a press conference earlier this month, Pashinyan conceded that implementing a program of “rapid judicial reform” in Armenia does not seem feasible at present, as the country grapples with a dramatic uptick in coronavirus cases.

21 May, 2020 21:04 Karabakh Inaugurates Arayik Harutyunyan As Its New President Armenia has begun producing COVID-19 test kits. 335 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. The former judge who ordered the release of former president Robert Kocharyan will stand trial. Nagorno Karabakh inaugurated Arayik Harutyunyan as its new president.
20 May, 2020 21:43 Russia Rejects Armenia’s Plea for Lower Gas Prices A criminal case has been initiated against the former President of Armenia’s Football Federation Ruben Hayrapetyan. Armenian Government has introduced fines for those who do not wear masks outdoors. Russia has rejected the Armenian government’s request for lower gas prices. 20 members of the far right “Adekvad” group have been detained.
20 May, 2020 19:34 Armenian Red Cross Society, Helping Vulnerable Groups During the Pandemic Since the implementation of the state of emergency in Armenia in March due to COVID-19, the Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS) has helped more than 16,700 vulnerable people throughout Armenia. In their Stepanavan Branch located in the Lori region, 22 volunteers are busy packing and distributing food and hygiene products to remote villages.

CivilNet’s crew spent a day with the volunteers in Stepanavan.
19 May, 2020 20:55 Armenia Sends Medical Supplies to Syria’s Aleppo COVID-19 cases have risen above 5,000. The IMF has approved $280 million of emergency funding for Armenia. Armenia’s largest sports complex is on standby to start admitting COVID patients. A new proposal has been revealed to rename Yerevan’s airport after Charles Aznavour. Armenia has supplied Syria’s Aleppo with batches of medical supplies.
19 May, 2020 20:23 The Subtle Art of Building Impactful Bridges Between Armenia and the Diaspora Sara Anjargolian is Chief of Staff at Armenia’s newly-established Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs.

She is also the co-founder of Impact Hub Yerevan, an international organization that offers shared working space to different organizations in a variety of fields so they can create networks that lead to effective and innovative work.
Anjargolian talks with CivilNet’s Ani Paitjan about the challenges and the future projects of the Office of the High Commissioner, as well as the special position as a bridge between the Diaspora and Armenia.
19 May, 2020 09:30 Armenia’s Planned Constitutional Referendum Postponed Indefinitely as Coronavirus Cases Continue to Climb Pashinyan is now projecting that Armenia will grapple with the disease “for at least a year”. Nevertheless, and in spite of the continuing rise in the number of infections, the government recently loosened most of the coronavirus-related restrictions on economic and social activity that it put in place in mid-March.

18 May, 2020 20:56 Record High of COVID-19 Cases in Armenia as Economy Opens Up The PM has announced that the constitutional referendum will not be held. 351 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. USAID has increased its assistance to Armenia by $11 million. Public transport operations have resumed throughout Armenia. Plans for a new bus manufacturing plant have been announced.