Thursday 1 August 2013
August 01, 2013
As Armenia Walks Tightrope Between Russia And EU, Public Opinion May Be Shifting
Yerevan has just weeks to decide between proceeding with deeper relations with the EU or maintaining its traditional close ties with Russia. At this key moment, several strange moves by Moscow seem to be pushing Armenia to the West.
July 30, 2013
EU Eastern Partnership Program: A Status Checklist
RFE/RL takes a look at what the future holds for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine in the run-up to November's Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, where several decisions about the countries' relationship with Brussels will be ironed out.
July 26, 2013
Armenian Civil Society Scores Tactical Victory
Apparently capitulating in the face of mass public protests, in a written statement on July 25 Yerevan Mayor Taron Markarian announced the "suspension" of a 50 percent increase in the cost of municipal transport that went into effect five days previously.
July 24, 2013
Armenians, Azeris Find Common Ground
The Georgian village of Tsopi, located just a few kilometers from the Armenian border, is home to both ethnic Azeris and ethnic Armenians. Although tensions linger between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh war of the 1990s, the two groups coexist peacefully in this remote Georgian setting.
July 11, 2013
Culinary Battles For Armenia's Longest Tolma
Chefs from around Armenia competed in making the longest tolma as they gathered for a national cuisine festival in Armavir Province on July 10. The event celebrated the traditional dish most commonly made with grape or cabbage leaves wrapped around meat filling. The winner managed a 7-meter-long tolma.
July 08, 2013
Armenians Celebrate The Vardavar Water Festival
Vardavar is a festival in Armenia where people drench each other with water. Although now a Christian tradition, Vardavar's history dates back to pagan times. The ancient festival is traditionally associated with the deity Astghik, who was the goddess of water, beauty, love, and fertility. The festivities connected with the religious observance of Astghik were originally named “Vartavar” because Armenians offered her roses as a celebration (“vart” means “rose” in Armenian and "var" means "rise"). This is why the event was celebrated at harvest time․ Vardavar is currently celebrated 98 days (14 weeks) after Easter. During the day of Vardavar itself, it is common to see people pouring buckets of water from balconies onto unsuspecting pedestrians below. It is also a means of refreshment on summer days in July, which is usually hot and dry. (Photos by RFE/RL correspondent Karen Minasyan, 20 PHOTOS)
July 06, 2013
Interview: Caucasus Expert On The Armenian-Azerbaijani 'Suicide Pact'
Thomas de Waal of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, author of the book "The Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War," talks about the conflict around the ethnic-Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
July 01, 2013
Thomas de Waal: New War In Karabakh Is Unlikely
RFE/RL Armenian Service correspondent Sargis Harutyunyan spoke with author Thomas de Waal, a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to mark the 10th-anniversary edition of his book "The Black Garden: Armenia And Azerbaijan Through Peace And War." He talked about how the conflict over the ethnic-Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan has changed over the last decade.