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Tsarukian Signals Commitment to Putin’s Eurasian Union Plan

Tsarukian Signals Commitment to Putin’s Eurasian Union Plan

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papyan One of Armenia’s wealthiest businessman and leader of “Bargavach Hayastan” (Prosperous Armenia) party Gagik Tsarukian has backed the initiative of his party’s youth wing to hold the First Eurasian Youth Conference in the Armenian resort town of Tsakhadzor on August 22-27. According to the official press-release disseminated by the Prosperous Armenia … Continue reading

Van Persie Bruhaha and the Child

Van Persie Bruhaha and the Child

Reporting from Nigeria: Mercy Abang It is ok to keep talking and ranting on social media about failed government policies and programs, it is also cool to get a little angry over Van Persie’s decison to switch between clubs even when many believed he was absolutely loyal to Arsenal. I want us to tweet, facebook, and use as many social … 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 – 2013 Presidential Elections: An Opportunity for Statesmanship

Reporting from Armenia:Artur Papyan Unless Armenia’s next presidential election is fair and gives its winner a strong political mandate, the government will lack the legitimacy needed to implement comprehensive reforms, tackle corruption and negotiate a peaceful end to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Armenia: An Opportunity for Statesmanship, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, examines … Continue reading

Fly-In to Syria

Reporting from Israel: Yovav Kalifon I’ve been thinking a lot about Syria. What started as an “Arab-Spring” wave of demonstrations in early 2011 has developed into a bloody civil war, with 10,000 civilians dead in over a year of fighting. We keep receiving video footage and eye-witness accounts from Syria portraying widespread atrocities such as … Continue reading