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The Former Soviet Union's Growing Penchant for Expelling Foreign Journalists

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Journalist Savik Shuster knows what it's like to get expelled from a former Soviet country for his reporting and commentary.

Why Does Israel Refuse to Recognize the Armenian Genocide?

Michael A. Moodian | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Michael A. Moodian

April 24 marked 101 years since the start of the Armenian genocide, when Ottoman Turks killed approximately 1.5 million Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, and others.

Armenia Continues to Gamble on Aging Nuclear Plant in a Quake-Prone Area

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Armenia was supposed to have a new nuclear power plant this year that would replace one that National Geographic suggested a few years ago was the most dangerous in the world.

Rise in Armenians Arrested for Nuclear-Materials Smuggling Is Worrisome

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Arrests of Armenians who have crossed into neighboring Georgia to try to sell nuclear materials have increased the past two years, with the latest coming just two weeks ago.

The Continuing Plight of Gays in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 04.23.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Finding a job in a country as poor as Armenia can be daunting under the best of circumstances. It's even more difficult if you're gay.

Unbridled Power of Elites Is Armenia's Biggest Human-Rights Thorn, Report Says

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 04.21.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Armenia Flag Fingerprint. Stock Photo. The most significant human rights problem in Armenia last year was elites' use of their pos...

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Luna Atamian | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Luna Atamian

With so many conflicts around the world today, the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute hasn't received the attention it deserves by the international community. ...

Panama Papers's Armenia Disclosures Could Help the Country Address Graft

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 04.13.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Compared with the tidal waves of fury that the Panama Papers have generated in some countries, the revelations about Armenia have produced barely a ripple.

Preventing Deadly Violence in Nagorno-Karabakh

David L. Phillips | Posted 04.10.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

Violent conflict erupted in Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) on April 2, killing hundreds. Azerbaijan violated a cease-fire that had been in place since 1994. The situation remains extremely volatile, despite a temporary truce.

EU Is Giving Armenia its Best Chance Yet to Enact a Domestic-Abuse Law

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 04.10.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Women's-rights groups have been campaigning for a decade for a domestic-violence law in Armenia. So far all their efforts have failed. Depending on the session of parliament, lawmakers have either refused to take up the legislation or voted it down. This year, Armenia may finally see a law that protects women from partner violence.

The Widespread Problem of Domestic Abuse in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

It is hard to find accurate statistics about domestic violence in the former Soviet Union, but the few that are available show a problem that is much worse than in the West.

Calls For Ceasefire In Deadly Fighting Over Nagorno-Karabakh Region

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 04.03.2016 | World

BAKU/YEREVAN, April 3 (Reuters) - Azerbaijan said on Sunday it would stop fighting Armenian-backed separatists over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh reg...

Dozens Of Casualties Reported As Fighting Erupts In Armenia-Azerbaijan Region

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.02.2016 | World

BAKU/YEREVAN, April 2 (Reuters) - A new wave of fighting broke out in the Nagorno-Karabakh region on Saturday, killing dozens and drawing internationa...

Turkey's Lobbyists Seek U.S. Help By Calling Tiny Armenia A Big Threat

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A lobbying firm that's a registered agent of the Turkish government is trying out a new argument during Turkish President Recep Tayyip E...

Armenian President's U.S. Visit to Include Meaty Topics Such as Proliferation

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan is spending three days in the Boston area, home to one of America's oldest ethnic-Armenian communities, before taking part in a nuclear summit in Washington on Thursday.

What's Behind the Brain Drain in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.25.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

One of the tragedies of living in a country that is both a dictatorship and a hotbed of corruption is that many people never get a chance to realize their potential, even with top educations and skills.

Jury Rigging of Competitions Is So Rife That It's Funny in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.23.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Corruption in the region doesn't always involve a money payoff. The reward can also be a prize in an academic, music, sport or other kind of competition -- or even a beauty-pageant crown.

Hopes of Religious Freedom in Former Soviet Union Fall Short

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.20.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Vladimir Putin's lock on Russia's leadership since 2000 has given the Russian Orthodox Church an even more commanding position in the country's religious picture. Putin has publicly called the church, which he attends, a vital part of Russian life and tradition.

Abuse of Prisoners of Conscience Is Rampant in Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.18.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

To be sure, ordinary criminals -- as opposed to prisoners of conscience -- are mistreated as well. Lots of prisons in the region have shown they are equal-opportunity brutalizers.

How Georgia's Public Foiled Gazprom and Russia

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.11.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Score one for public engagement in a former Soviet country. Grassroots protests over Georgian leaders' plans to cozy up closer to the Russian energy giant Gazprom have led to the government dropping those plans.

Much Remains to Be Done in the Philippines

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is ironic that the first country to enforce the latest UN sanctions against North Korea by impounding a cargo vessel is the Philippines.

A Surge in Psychiatric Punishment in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.07.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

A particularly despicable way of punishing dissidents during Soviet times was committing them to insane asylums.

Armenia and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Luna Atamian | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Luna Atamian

Co-authored by Haykaram Nahapetyan The Syrian refugee crisis has been the subject of widespread debate around the world and in particular in Europe. ...

Workers Struggle for Their Rights in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.02.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Because Russia has workers rights on paper only, workers are scared to complain, fearing they will be fired. Better dwindling pay than none at all.

Russia's Staging Bases in Armenia

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 02.29.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Stock Photo. (Kriss) Szkurlatowski Armenians have had an ambivalent feeling toward Russia since independence in 1991....