In clutches of the civil war the Armenian community in Syria, taking up new ways of self-organization, continues community life next to bomb explosions without electricity, water and fuel.
Before the war the Armenian community reached 80,000, the majority of whom lived in Aleppo and Damascus. During the three-year-long war numerous Armenians left the country, 11,000 of them resettling in Armenia, 5,000 – in Lebanon.
Armenian environmentalists warn that the Ararat valley, which is situated on a territory of 6,600 square kilometers and has a strategic importance for Armenia, is facing the threat of desertification and swamping in the near future.
The Azerbaijani state committee on refugee and IDP issues stated that the question of organizing a meeting with citizens Dilham Askerov and Shahbaz Guliyev, who have been charged in Karabakh with illegally crossing the border into Karvatchar and committing crimes there about a week ago, and arranging the transfer of the body of the killed alleged saboteur, Hasan Hasanov, are under President Ilham Aliyev’s immediate control.
Constant and large-scale construction and restoration works in Yerevan are explained by large amounts of funding allocated to the construction field, which according to Yerevan’s deputy mayor, significantly exceeded previous years’ budget.
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.