Experts in the migration field warn that the outflow of people searching either permanent residence or employment opportunities abroad has reached a disastrous scale in Armenia.
According to the National Statistical Service, 108,005 people left within the last quarter (June-September) who did not return. (In total, 1,888,165 people departed from Armenia during June-September and 1,780,160 arrived.)
While active discussions continue over the price of natural gas prior to the holiday season, during the parliament hearings this week on this issue the Minister of Economy and Natural Resources re-affirmed that there won’t be any increase in tariffs.
Civil society representatives in Armenia believe that authorities here intend to join the Customs Union because it provides certain advantages from their perspective – monopolization, corruption, violation of human rights.
Not showing any resistance to the scarlet flames of fire, tin melts and turns into a copper-color shiny fluid. Hands damaged and blackened from heavy work pour the hot fluid into a copper dish, then spread all over the surface with a piece of cotton cloth.
The state budget draft for 2014 was adopted in the National Assembly on Thursday, with 70 votes to 40, and one abstention. The country’s main financial document for the year has made passions flare as debates and heated arguments have unfolded between the oppositional and pro-establishment lawmakers. While the ruling Republicans present the submitted document as exceptional in terms of income formation, the opposition claims the budget will not only fail to help solve the country’s main challenges, but will rather deepen the current social-economic problems.
The Foreign Ministry of Armenia has refuted the information published by the Aravot daily claiming that Armenia has drafted another roadmap for normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations and passed it over to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu through “diplomatic channels”.
The “blue fuel” remains to be the trump card in international politics, by which pressure is easily put on the Armenian authorities. The gas subject turned into Achilles’ heel when the last 20 percent shares of the Armrosgasprom company was handed to Russia after president Putin’s visit to Armenia last week.
The elderly man fights back tears, but his son’s presence is enough to break the efforts, and he falls apart...
“I pulled him out, the world had collapsed, I was in a fire or I don’t know in what… but I was glad at the same time. Why was I glad? Because he was alive, it means he could survive; I had no idea his spine had been damaged this way,” recalls 77-year-old Samvel Asatryan. “Somebody pointed in the direction from where Arsen’s voice was heard and I started digging right there and crept forward until I caught the glance of his feet, recognized him from his shoes. But, you know what? He lay there with his legs turned around and his body twisted… I pulled him out from under the ruins myself.”
In the courtyard of Seven Wounds Church scarlet red rose petals soaring in the air paint a road for the couple which has just received a blessing in the holy wedding ceremony. As the tradition goes, the newly-weds, standing on the church stairs, release a couple of snow-white doves to fly up into the now grayish winter skies. The bride and the bridegroom then move to the wedding caravan of family and friends waiting for them. Women beggars block their path asking for some coins in exchange for blessings of long happy life and many children.