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Armenians Say Safarov Extradition, Pardon and Glorification ‘Wrong’, ‘Immoral’

Armenians Say Safarov Extradition, Pardon and Glorification ‘Wrong’, ‘Immoral’

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papyan Residents of Yerevan approached by RFE/RL’s Armenian Service and asked to share their thoughts on the recent extradition by Hungary of Ramil Safarov, a convicted axe-killer of Armenian army officer Gurgen Margarian, and his subsequent pardon in Azerbaijan by President Ilham Aliyev, spoke angrily about the development, calling it wrong … 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

Tal Law and the Army Draft in Israel

Reporting from Israel: Yovav Kalifon Politics in Israel has gotten a bit of a stir over a recent High-Court ruling, saying that “Tal Law” was unconstitutional, and should not be extended beyond its predetermined expiration date this August. Tal Law made it possible for religious Yeshiva students to be legally exempt from military service, year after year, provided … Continue reading