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An Explanation (Reflections from Armenia)

An Explanation (Reflections from Armenia)

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papyan I owe an explanation to the readers of my blog. I haven’t posted for quite a while. The reason – well, it’s complicated. Lack of time is the main reason. I feel I’ve got too much to do at work and I keep adding on responsibilities and taking volunteer tasks, so I’m usually … Continue reading

On Western Style Democracy and Drug Enforcement

On Western Style Democracy and Drug Enforcement

Reporting from Ecuador: Gustavo Dominguez The United States has devoted significant resources to two strategies abroad that have failed to succeed. One is intertwined through most headlines in the international news today, the promotion of Western style democracy.  The second, while different in content, is similar in the imposition of a dominant ideology abroad that has … Continue reading

A more direct approach to political campaigns…

A more direct approach to political campaigns…

I couldn’t resist posting this elections campaign billboard from Ukraine, shared with me by Belarus contributor Nick Shchetko.  As we are being bombarded with political campaign advertisements and propaganda here in the US, this has almost a twisted sense of humor to it.  In many ways it is a much more direct way of saying … Continue reading

Armenia Seems Content With Its Elections

Armenia Seems Content With Its Elections

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papayan Looks like Armenia is more or less content with the outcome of the parliamentary elections that took place on May 6. Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan’s Republican party won a decisive victory and strengthened their hold on the National Assembly. The Republican faction had 62 mandates in the 131 seat parliament elected in … Continue reading

YouTube: Internet Download Speed Doubles in Armenia

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papyan Internet speed in Armenia continues to grow at a mind-blowing pace. A direct indicator of this comes from the statistics provided by YouTube, according to which average download speed of videos from Armenia has reached about 3.2 mbps in March 2012. The average YouTube download speed last year was about 1.4 mbps, while in 2010 … Continue reading

CNPP raises alarm over plan to rig 2015 polls

Reporting from Nigeria: Mercy Abang The Conference of Nigeria Political Party (CNPP) yesterday raised the alarm over what it called a ploy by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s plan to rig the 2015 election. The opposition parties, in a statement by its National Publicicty Secretary Osita Okechukwu, said: “It is our considered view that unlike … Continue reading