Political analysts and experts see Armenia’s current situation as dangerous and consider it needs increase of resistance in its foreign policy. The opinion is caused by various factors such as Armenian foreign policy’s vector directed towards Eurasian Economic Union (EaEU), recent frequent incidents on the border with many human casualties, improving Russian-Azeri relations and Russians selling more and more weaponry to Azerbaijan.
The Armenian Parliament is in discussion on a law restricting banks from freezing a client’s entire account in case of extenuating debt. Presently, an account may be frozen for the entire balance, whereas the new law would restrict a lien to only the exact amount owed.
July 11 is marked as World Population Day in honor of the 1987 milestone when by the UN data the world’s population crossed the threshold of 5 billion. And despite the fact that by 2050 the world population is expected to reach 9.3 billion and by the end of the century – 10 billion, Armenia’s population is likely to be less than today’s – 2.3-2.5 million people.
The Akhtamar solar device invented by the Armenian scientist is the alternative for Armenia, which has limited energy resources of its own, and for solving future energy-related problems. The Armenian government, however, does not seem to pay due attention to the device, meanwhile, Armenia has to rely on Russian natural gas.
“The new law “On Environmental Impact Evaluation and Expertise” adopted last month by the legislative body of the country has given rise to environmentalists’ discontent and criticism as they see serious deficiencies and gaps in the law.
When Shant Khalaian, a Syrian-Armenian businessman, opens the door of his own studio he feels the wild flavor of the mountains – the warmth of the mountain sun intertwined in the leaves of rosehip, chamomile and nettle.
The opening ceremony of the 11th annual Golden Apricot international film festival held in Yerevan on July 13-20 will be devoted to Sergey Parajanov’s 90th anniversary. The filmmaker’s classic “The Color of Pomegranate” will be shown, with attendees to include Parajanov’s widow and artists who had worked with the director.
A Turkish version of “The Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey. Testimonies of Survivors”, a three-volume collection of archival documents covering the 1916-1917 period, has been published in one volume, in 500 copies in Turkey by intellectual, human rights champion Rageb Zarakolu. The publication contains a large amount of research material of historical, political and legal significance.
Civic activists have had plenty to do this summer in Yerevan, as groups have been formed to protest issues including the upcoming increase of electricity costs, and the dismantling of the culturally-significant Afrikyans Building. The groups claim to be a barometer of social ills they say have arisen or worsened under the current government regime.