23:56 | September 20, 2017
41 families live in the building, and residents say none are economically secure. They get by working as cleaning attendants, scrubbing toilets and washing dishes. Some problems, however, are too big for them to handle on their own.
18:55 | September 16, 2017
The director says that when founding the pre-school, she wanted this one to be different from the Soviet- era kindergartens. For example, the children aren’t put to sleep at the pre-school, but, instead, they have time for rest. They eat in the cafeteria, and while they lunch, the rooms are ventilated.
17:52 | August 21, 2017
Rafik Babajanyan, a farmer in Zorakan, says the village is one of the most neglected in the country and that irrigation water has always been a problem. Residents, he says, are always complaining to local and state officials.
15:40 | August 20, 2017
"They say people don’t come back from two places - from the afterworld and from the U.S.," says winemaker Varouzhan Mouradyan. He returned to Armenia after living in the U.S. for twenty years. He left with his wife in 1991, and their four children were born in the United States.
18:10 | August 15, 2017
Levon says the main problem is the unpreparedness of Armenia’s government. It’s not about having or not having a firefighter plane, but rather about assessing the situation - what steps you take, what methods you use.
22:24 | June 26, 2017
Armen emphasizes that Kapan, being the regional center of Syunik province, is also the southeastern edge of European Christian civilization. The next advantage is having Armenia's largest forest areas located in Syunik. Here one can find the biggest difference between high and low points in Armenia.
22:43 | June 21, 2017
Healthy beehives usually have 60,000 to 70,000 bees. Volodya says the overall quantity of bees has dropped by 50% in the world because of different types of antenna signals affecting the bees and their ability to find their routes. According to the beekeeper, the first major negative change was felt in China.
21:34 | May 24, 2017
"Do you think that being separated from your land, your homeland,is a good thing? I am surprised to see them go… I don’t know why they leave... I don’t want to go anywhere else, Armenian water and land are native to me. Every stone holds me here. I haven’t been far away, but I’ve walked across this region, I know every corner, I know where to find rosehip, I know where Valeriana grows, or where I can find a lot of mushrooms," she wipes her eyes. So do we.
16:38 | April 21, 2017
I’ve arrived at the crumbling house of Shahen Abrahamyan in Ditak, a village in Armenia’s Ararat Province. The living room is warm and inviting. The family cat purrs next to the stove.
15:14 | November 9, 2016
The boy would only come home on the weekends, but now makes the trip more frequently due to his father’s ill health. “Misho works now, since I can’t,” says Sergei glancing at his son.
14:17 | November 2, 2016
During 2012-2015, 3,500 Syrian-Armenians filed petitions for employment with the ministry. In cooperation with the State Employment Service and 200 organization in Armenia, 2,500 were given jobs.
23:08 | October 7, 2016
In the past five years, according to Zarmig, the Armenian population of Aleppo has seen 200 dead and as many wounded. The editor says that most died while serving in the Syrian army and others while defending Armenian neighborhoods.
17:47 | July 2, 2016
The meeting in St. Petersburg was a disappointment in that little progress was made from the meeting of the co-chairs in Vienna on May 16. There was no mention of two significant measures promised in Vienna: a commitment to “resuming negotiations on a comprehensive settlement” and the creation of an “investigation mechanism” for violations of the ceasefire.
21:00 | June 13, 2016
As we talk, Artour is preparing nails for a horse’s hoof. There used to be some one hundred horses in the village, he says, now just a handful remain. “Today, they all have cars,” says Artour, who charges 3,000 drams ($6.4) to shoe a horse.
00:32 | June 1, 2016
“What’s kept you here for 44 years?” I ask Yura. He chuckles, saying that he had to learn some kind of a trade, either the hair business or shoe repair. His final decision, it turns out, wasn’t accidental. “My story comes from another place,” he tells me.
00:03 | May 3, 2016
First off, the philosophy of the Minsk Group regarding the settlement of the Karabakh-Azerbaijan conflict is based on the following important concept – nothing is agreed to if everything isn’t agreed to.
01:05 | February 8, 2016
MPs from four of the six factions in Armenia’s National Assembly responded to the following question: “What do you think about Yerevan’s current architectural profile? Can a new Yerevan be built by demolishing the old?”
00:41 | December 28, 2015
10 year-old Davit and I talk on the grounds of the animal farm. Sunlight hits his face. He closes one eye from the burst. Then, he looks at me and smiles. We descend from the dilapidated wall and he tells me – let’s go and ask my grandpa. The door to the security post opens without a screech. “Grandpa, hey grandpa, when’s my birthday?” asks David. “Hey boy, don’t you know?” is the response of the old man, his eyebrows scrunching and the lines on his forehead multiplying.
23:31 | December 21, 2015
The village was freezing but Samvel only wore a thin jacket. He said he was used to it. Samvel has no permanent job and sustains the family by gathering what he can from the local forest. “If it wasn’t for the forest, I don’t know what would become of us,” he says. Chickens run to and fro as we enter the yard of the house.
00:02 | November 18, 2015
On January 27 of this year, the Standing Committee on Health Care, Maternity and Childhood of Armenia’s National Assembly decided to postpone hearings on a bill regarding the enrichment of wheat flour to allow more public debate on the matter, given evidence that long-term exposure to folic acid may raise the risk of cancer.
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23:27 | October 26, 2015
We walk through a long narrow hallway where Mr. Alaverdyan lives. Shoushanik, his wife, cracks open the door. They have a confused look on their face. After all, we are total strangers. “Is this where Artur lives?” we ask. “We are reporters.” Shoushanik opens the door further.
15:18 | October 21, 2015
The blacksmith stirs the fire with an iron rod. “It’s torturous work. Sometimes I tell my wife to help out but she’s getting up in years as well. When I ask Rafik why he continues to slave away, his response is simple – “He, who loves to work, will work.”
01:37 | July 21, 2015
The Markosians say that their Nairian company will be the first to produce natural cosmetics in Armenia. They use only natural ingredients and do not add synthetic scents. The aromatic oils they use are derived from plants.
14:42 | May 20, 2015
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD) has provided a €3.5 million fifteen year loan to the Republic of Armenia for the construction of the first EU compliant regional landfill and relevant infrastructure in the country.
19:00 | May 12, 2015
On May 9, Armenia won the Venice Biennale 2015 Golden Lion award for Best National Participation. The pavilion curator for Armenia was Adelina Cuberyan von Furstenberg, who curated around the theme of “Armenity.” The chosen name wasn’t a random one—it comes from the French term Arménité, which is used by French-Armenian youth to portray the survivors of the Armenian Genocide.
17:07 | May 9, 2015
“I didn’t go for the money or to plunder. Nothing really happened to me. I went to defend my children,” he notes. When I asked what dreams he had at the time, he sighs and says, “All that should stay within us. We won and finished. But that should stay within us. We should have gone forward to shed blood. It was shed. We should have taken this too (pointing to Nakhijevan).”
16:15 | March 27, 2015
Many government offices are clients of Ghukasyan’s catering and lunch services. They include the Yerevan Municipality, the Prosecutor General’s Office, the RA Police, the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, the Central Bank of Armenia, the Republican Party, as well as various international organizations and companies, and foreign embassies.
13:40 | March 17, 2015
Armenia’s pavilion will be handed over to Armenian artists residing outside of Armenia, in a symbolic gesture to this year’s centennial of the 1915 Genocide. Adelina told Hetq that the post is a tremendous honor for her.
15:31 | February 4, 2015
By a vote of 75 to 1, Armenia’s parliament today passed a bill modifying the Circulation Tax law now on the books that has been opposed by many small business owners and has led to a number of recent street protests in Yerevan.
16:30 | November 12, 2014
Armen Parsadanyan, an environmental activist and president of the Kapan “Sustainable development” NGO, told Hetq today that he is ready to stage a one-man sit down strike to halt further mining in Syunik Province.
00:42 | November 11, 2014
After all that, when you see how the torrents wash away everything and left muck… And that slime took bodily form; a nose and a mouth. And if that wasn’t enough, these characters decided to show themselves and spout forth babble. The tragedy of this society rests in those individuals who are squeezed in everywhere with their bad Armenian, bad education; in a word semi-literate.
12:36 | October 1, 2014
During today’s vote in the Armenian National Assembly on the matter of sending an Armenian contingent to southern Lebanon as a member of UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon), the entire system crashed and the vote was postponed.
14:36 | September 4, 2014
There's no work in Sisian and life is hard, says Sisian resident Hovik Hovakimyan, whom Hetq staff came across by chance on the Yerevan-Sisian road while he was taking his sheep out to pasture.
18:19 | August 15, 2014
In an interview with Hetq, Mameh Amiryan, president of the Minjar Yezidi National Coalition of Armenia, said that as far as he knows no Yezidi from Iraq has sought refuge in Armenia and that he hasn’t heard from the Armenian government as to whether it would assist those seeking to resettle in the country.
14:44 | August 1, 2014
About 7 years after its nomination, the AXA SETTLEMENT FUND BOARD would like to report about its action towards the heirs of the Armenian insured victims of the genocide of 1915. The scope of this action had been defined in the Settlement Agreement concluded in November 2005 between AXA and the "CLASS COUNSEL" formed by the American lawyers, Mark GERAGOS, Brian KABATECK and Vartkes YEGHIAYAN (the Lawyers), then validated by the Court of the Central District of Los Angeles, on May 16th, 2006.
13:28 | July 7, 2014
Hergelian also writes for a number of international art magazines including Fine Art (New York), Luxe Immo (Monaco), and L.I. Art (Paris, NY, London, Moscow) under the pen-name Movses Dzirani. He owns the Noah’s Ark art gallery in Beirut and is a jury member exhibitions organized by Monaco Fine Arts.
15:28 | July 3, 2014
Boghossian stayed at the military unit till the end of the war; however, he returned to France three times during that time. He said he was forced to go as he had a residence permit in France and couldn't be out of the country for more than 3 months; otherwise, he'd lose his residency. But going to France was also an occasion to bring assistance from there: transceiver station antennas, batteries. Asked if he wasn't afraid of going to Artsakh from France to participate in the war, Boghossian says: "I was already used to war in Beirut; I wasn't afraid."
15:47 | June 25, 2014
After a corporate event was held on the site of the 7th century ruins of the Zvarnots Cathedral in Armenia on June 14, Hetq contacted Vahram Kajoyan, who serves as the Secretary General of the Armenian National Commission for UNESCO, for his reaction.
16:30 | June 24, 2014
Marine Avanesyan, public relations officer with the ministry's Service for the Protection of the Historical Environment and Cultural Museum Reservations SNCO, confirmed this news to Hetq over the phone, adding that a director will be appointed within three months.
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