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Stop genocide of Osetians

Posted by kopaloni on August 9, 2008

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Обращение народа Осетии к народам мира!

Posted by kopaloni on August 8, 2008

Обращаемся к правительствам и народам Мира!
Помогите остановить
геноцид маленького народа Южной Осетии планомерно на протяжении 19 лет
уничтожаемый властями фашистского режима Республики Грузия ,при
преступном попустительстве международного сообщества,покрывающем
преступления властей Грузии в угоду геополитическим интересам НАТО !

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SAVE TEGHOUT

Posted by kopaloni on July 23, 2008

Hargeli bnaserner, hulisi 24-in` hingshabti or@` zham@ 11-in, krkin khavaqvenq karavarutyan shenqi dimats Teghuti hanqavayri shahagordsman@ mer anhamadzaynutyunn artahaytelu, mer boghoqi dzayn@ bardzratsnelu hamar. Xndrum em Kardal Kic hodvatsnere~ http://www.tol.cz/look/TOL/article.tpl?IdLanguage=1&IdPublication=4&NrIssue=274&NrSection=1&NrArticle=19688 http://armenianow.com/?action=viewArticle&AID=3207&CID=3075&IID=1196&lng=arm http://bnamard.blogspot.com/2008/07/blog-post_5537.html
Join this group “Save Teghut” http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7210009831

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Will Levon’s (purportedly distancing) stance on Diaspora prevent him from winning over the Raffi Hovhanissian crumpet?

Posted by kronstadt on December 1, 2007

Photo taken by Onnik KrikorianFrom the outset of the presidential campaigning rat-race it was obvious that Raffi Hovannisian will not be able to stand as a presidential candidate due to the 10-year citizenship and residency criterion. Yet Raffi Hovhanissian, apart from having the Heritage party behind him (which also has a parliamentary presence), is an important force for his party holds a significant electorate loyalty. What’s more is that Raffi Hovhanissian is well regarded in the non-Dashnak and non-partisan sections of very influential Diaspora, and that may be a barrier for Levon to overcome. It is now becoming obvious that Raffi Hovhanissian will be supporting one of the eligible candidates. But who will it be? Read the rest of this entry »

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An act of a responsible politician…

Posted by kronstadt on November 22, 2007

Levon Ter-Petrosyan has already issued 2 political surprises: first by announcing his candidacy, and secondly, announcing that after 3 years of being elected he will resign and withdraw from Armenian political life forever.  Levon has delivered 2.5 speeches projecting an image of a responsible, skilled, clever and mature politician – it’s precisely because of this that the statement regarding the 3 year period came out.  It is because Levon Ter-Petrosyan recognises the need to restore people’s confidence in him that he issued to some extent allusions to admitting mistakes and responsibility for some of his actions in the past.  In the meanwhile there is a lot of talk in the media about Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s possible relationship with Raffi Hovhanissian and Vazgen Manoukyan. 

So here is what I believe would be an action of responsibility and integrity by Levon Ter-Petrosyan:

To continue campaigning and gathering support around him, AND THEN surprise us all  yet again by announcing his support for Vazgen Manukyan! Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s the explanation behind the recent rise in price levels?

Posted by kronstadt on November 19, 2007

I remember a couple of weeks ago A1+ website posted a poll “Which one in your opinion is the reason behind the recent rise in prices?”  and there were some answers to choose from like “increase in taxes”, “price fixation” etc, yet none of these options seemed to pin the problem down.  So, what are the reasons behind these sharp increases in prices? 

The simple answer is WAR, or more precisely, WARS!!!  Here’s a breakdown of how it works: Read the rest of this entry »

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Armenia and Artsakh should issue a precedent over any possible military action from Azerbaijan

Posted by kronstadt on November 18, 2007

An important thing to understand about conflicts and disputes such as Nagorno-Karabakh is that “terms and conditions” for any possible settlement do change as time goes by.  For instance, just five years after Arafat and Barak failed to come to a settlement in Camp David the American and Israeli rhetoric changed – as Condoleezza Rice said “Palestinians had their chance to take the peace deal and they didn’t. Now the terms have changed”.  As far as USA and Israel are concerned today, by failing to take the deal at the right time and due to the violent events that followed afterwards the Palestinians have lost their cance to ever going back to 1967 border.  This is just an example of how these “terms and conditions” are not fixed but ever-changing.  These changes occur due to multilayered processes of diplomacy, civil action, civil disobedience, lobbying, civil society evolution, shifts in interests of imperialist powers and so forth.  Another important aspect in these is a direct military action and acts of violence by any of the concerned parties.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Sketches toward a search for a just and ethical solution to Nagorno-Karabakh deadlock

Posted by kronstadt on November 16, 2007

  (These are my own reflections on what I think would be a just and ethical resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, even though some of my comrades might disagree.)

The debate on Nagorno-Karabakh has hitherto been informed by 2 conflicting principles: Self-Determination vs State-Integrity. Both principles are embodied in the UN charter; neither of the two principles is privileged; they obviously clash with each other and are often resolved by powers that be.  The Armenian side supports the former and the Azeris formulate their arguments taking as a priori the latter.  This dichotomy between Self-Determination and State-Integrity, between Armenianness and Azerinness has been around since day one of the times when the search began for a non-military solution.  In this quick article I argue that the principle of Self-Determination offers an ethical and just solution to this deadlock, but for reasons other than those of Armenian “national interests”.

The principle of State-Integrity is a totally wrong way to go about this conflict for a number of reasons.  First of all Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Levon Ter-Petrossyan & Cln really the answer?

Posted by kronstadt on November 2, 2007

Bonaparte is back. And suddenly there is a lot of hype about Levon Ter-Petrossyan’s almost unexpected re-emergence on the political scene.  This hype is also worrying as it is indicative of how volatile and *individual-orientated* the political atmosphere in Armenia is. Levon has made a 90min speech mostly criticising the existing regime, he has shown us no real alternative and no real manifesto or directions as of yet, though what is really worrying is that suddenly the public is already all hyped up about his re-emergence.  Armenian politics is still about particular individuals, rather than concrete policies and directions.   So I thought I’d throw in some of my reflections and analysis to clarify my position especially since we’ve been previously accused of being LTP supporters mainly by the writers from the Russophone blogosphere.

Levon Ter-Petrossyan’s arrival on the political scene is no doubt Read the rest of this entry »

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Why does the world hate America???

Posted by kronstadt on September 4, 2007

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Фашизм сегодня

Posted by kopaloni on June 18, 2007

graphic1.jpgСчитается, что фашизм – это прошлое нашей истории. Прошлое, которого нет сейчас, и не будет в будущем. Представляя эту «кроваво – черную» идеологию пережитком исторического развития человечества на пути к созданию правового общества, в сравнении с различными другими этапами развития: государства и общества, а также права: как первобытного, рабовладельческого, феодального и других форм. Но это мнение людей, не озадаченных разумом и логикой, или по крайней мере заблуждающих в оценке событий происходящих как в мире, так и конкретно в Армении.

Ведь, что есть фашизм кроме государственного строя, имевшего силу в историческом прошлом Германии содействиями таких, как: Эрнст Рем, Адольф Шикльгрубер (Гитлер), Генрих Гиммлер, Герман Геринг и других идеологов «тотальной чистки» и «расслоения» людей на этнические группы, а в дальнейшем их полного истребления. Разве по сути геноцид Армян в Османской Империи не было своебразным действием фашистского характера? Или на современном этапе истории: действия азербайджанцев против армян проживающих в Сумгаите, действия арабов против евреев, конфликты между Сербией и Албанией. Разве они не носили глубоко шовинистический, зачатую религиозный характер нетерпимости, доходящей до массовых убийств населения, конкретных этнических или религиозных групп. Хотя конечно же агрессоры и преступники изо всех сил стремились дать политическую оценку и окраску своим действиям, оперируя необходимостью данных шагов.

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G8 protests in Germany heating up

Posted by Chronosian on June 3, 2007

Yesterday on the 2nd of June the first major G8 2007 clashes occurred in Restock, Germany. As usual the clashes were perpetrated by the fascist police units who attacked the protestors indiscriminately and brutally. As the protestors are branded as ‘terrorists’ I guess there is a new State policy of ‘shoot anything that moves’. The same thing is in practice in Iraq.
Now the question is: be beaten and arrested or protect yourself and others. I go with the second option where as a united group you can resist the beating and arrests. That’s the core of the Black blocs re-introduced in Seattle.
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Black Bloc.                                        I also like the clown tactics.

 read more at http://de.indymedia.org/2007/06/180311.shtml

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www.esin.ws – приглашаем Вас на наш новый форум Солидарности, Плюрализма и Автонома

Posted by Sasuntsi Anarchist on May 27, 2007

esin.wsДорогие Читатели,
 Хотим пригласить Вас на наш новый форум, который находится по адрессу www.esin.ws .  Форум посвящён обсуждению всего политического как в Армении так и на Кавказе.  Можно сказать мы отрицаыем “Политику” Спектакля, и ищем настоящую Политику.  Форум основан на принцыпах Солидарности, Плюрализма, Уважения, Содействия, Разнобразности и Автонома.  Мы призываем всех кто слева как и всех кто не желает быть классифицирован(ной), но требует свободы и Радикальнои Демократии.  Мы зазываем на наш новый ФОРУМ всех груп, организации и индивидов не-конформистов кто желает Свободу и Равенство – давайте садиться за круглуй стол (или скорее, за много разных круглых столов) и делиться идеями.
Этот проект основан на организационных принцыпах Автономного движения, Анти-Глобалистского движения и Мирового Общественного Форума.  Наша организация имеет федеративную структуру, исключающую руководство и иерархию, отрицающую неравенство участников, централизм, жесткое разделение функций, которые губят инициативу, разрушают нашу автономию и подавляют личность.  Наши идейные и орнанизационные принцыпы достаточно широки чтобы не сделать из этого движения секту, и в тоже самоые время позволить каждому извлечь что-то полезное в практическом плане и интересное.  Read the rest of this entry »

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esin.ws – our new forum. A call for Solidarity, Pluralism, Diversity and Autonomy

Posted by kronstadt on May 26, 2007

esin.wsDear All,

In recent days the team has been busy building a new forum, and finally I would like to announce and welcome all of you to this amazing state-of-art new OPEN forum – a forum that resists “Politics of the Spectacle”, but is dedicated to everything Political – a forum that rejects the conventional stabilised and monopolized notions of “Politics”, and chooses to be in search of Politicswww.esin.ws  is not just an internet forum, but more like a beginning of a new open Project based on the model of collaborating Autonomous groups and initiatives, principles of anti-globalization (or Global-Justice, or Alter-globalization) movement and the organizational model of World Social Forum.  In other words, it is by far not an exclusively anarchist or syndicalist club.  Rather, we intend it to be a forum for all groups and individuals with generally left-leanings and demands for Social Justice as well as those with demands for Real Democracy, Radical Democracy, Freedom, Self-Governance and economic Empowerment.  Our ideological and organizational principles are wide enough for everybody to find something interesting and useful (both ideologically and practically).  We are asking people to forget about their “sects” and “clans” and ideological inhibition (political parties and exclusive ideologies are things of the past century), and to unite around a discussion table in search of serious and practical solutions to the current problems at hand.  Unlike Party models (which are inherently a Fascist model in the way that it enforces unity through Unanimity) we want to celebrate and embrace difference/diversity and to invite practical cooperation, unified resistance and the culture of Solidarity precisely because of difference (watch Michael Hardt’s lecture below to see what I mean).

Armenia today finds itself in the midst of what can be best termed as “Desert of Ideas“.  The recent elections and the paucity of the campaigns, if anything, have highlighted precisely that condition of contemporary Armenian political scene.  A radical transformation in a multitude of spheres Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Sasuntsi Anarchist on May 17, 2007

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Indymedia in Armenia???

Posted by Sasuntsi Anarchist on May 14, 2007

Inymedia LogoA few days ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there was a short-lived Indymedia in Armenia approximately 2 years ago.  Needless to say IMC Armenia was one of only 4 IMCs in Middle East (the others being in Palestine, Israel and Lebanon) and the only one in Caucasus.  I was intrigued to say the least, so I embarked on a quest to find out more about this much-needed form of information gathering and distribution, and media source in Armenia and Caucasus today.  If you know more about what happened to Indymedia in Armenia please-please write it in comments.

I know that Onnik from Oneworld Multimedia blog knows about Indymedia in Armenia because he referenced them few times, so I hope to hear from Onnik.  I would imagine that bloggers who have been around for a while, might know more about what happened to this short-lived IMC-Armenia. So please write.

This is what I’ve found so far: Read the rest of this entry »

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“Impeachment” bloc won in “Parliamentary Elections in Armenia” SMS-voting

Posted by kronstadt on May 12, 2007

The elections have just finished.  There were no exit-polls conducted due to lack of human resource.   The administration that planned the orininal exit-polls decided to focus on “quick response” to violation alerts. The second NGO expected to conduct exit polls was the Center of Efficient Policy and Political Studies. But it too abandoned the idea due to lack of human resources. The number of volunteers was too small.  Thus, it was decided to hold exit polls via SMS and announce the results at 8.30 p.m. local time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Волна репрессий против анти-G8 структур в Германии

Posted by agRav on May 11, 2007

Gipfelsoli Info Group, Campinski Press Group 09.05.2007

* Волна репрессий против анти-G8 структур*
* Обыски в Гамбурге, Бремене, Берлине*
* Основная мишень – коммуникационная структура движения против
“большой восьмерки”*

Пресс-релиз Read the rest of this entry »

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What else is there left to do?

Posted by kronstadt on May 11, 2007

The voter apathy in Armenia is no surprise to me.  Rather, this apathy is in itself another way of looking at Armenian political landscape today.  Maybe even this apathy is an expression of another ideology…

Lets take an average working class citizen of RA — Poghos-Petros, as an example.

Right… so what does Poghos-Petros see in front of him?  First or all there are all too many holes that the government has meticulously created to insure that it’s parties HHK and BHK smoothly and unquestionably get elected and that one of Rob’s favorites smoothly succeeds him.  Some of these holes include the Read the rest of this entry »

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Police Brutality has began in Armenia even before elections

Posted by kronstadt on May 10, 2007

Armenian state, just like any other state, likes stability, statistics and predictability.  It does not like anomalies that erupt outside the neatly predictable national statistical polls.  Yet in recent months an anomaly has been growing – originally called Aylentranq, which later evolved into Impeachment alliance.  The probable reason why this “Impeachment” is being treated as an anomaly is as follows: while the official and mainstream media polls show that the major players in the parliamentary elections on May 12 will be HHK, BHK, Dashnaks and OEK, this few month old “Impeachment” occupies a Read the rest of this entry »

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