armenia

Armenia

BACKGROUND

Armenia is a landlocked country located in the South Caucasus, bordering Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran to the south. It is a democratic nation-state with a parliamentary republic that is composed of 98% Armenians. Armenia was the first nation to accept Christianity in 301 A.D. and its Christian culture has continued to play a pivotal role in the establishment of the Armenian national identity; more than 95% of the country remains Christian. Economically, the country is isolated and borders to the east and west are closed, however the country is emerging as a Silicon Valley in the region and has become a leading technology and start-up hub, exporting software and programs. The country has gradually been developing in the socio-economic and socio-political sectors, as well, improving its institutions to increase transparency and eradicate post-communist aftershocks like corruption and oligarchy. 

LATEST NEWS

  • The Republic of Artsakh will begin the mass production of UAV combat drones. After the final rounds of testing being successful, the Republic of Artsakh will begin using these military combat drones and will also begin exporting them, as well, according to Artsakh Defense Minister Jalal Harutyunyan. -Zartonk Media 

  • The International Monetary Fund will provide the Republic of Armenia $280 million dollars to help combat COVID-19. The augmentation of access will help the authorities contain short-term risks and will provide resources to meet the urgent human and economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. -Zartonk Media 

  • Azerbaijan kicks off large-scale unannounced offensive military exercises near the border of Armenia. The Ministry calls the attention of the OSCE, its Minsk Group mission and the international community to the fact that the exercises are being conducted without prior notice, amounting to “yet another violation” of the 2011 deal agreed in Vienna, Austria. -News.am 

  • Antonio José Mellet Márquez, religious leader of the brotherhood of Macarena in Seville, refers to the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide during a Mass. He reminds that Pope Francis has called it “the first genocide of the 20th century.” -Armenian Embassy in Spain 

  • Turkish ultra-nationalist Ogün Samast, who killed Hrant Dink, the founder and chief editor of the Armenian-Turkish newspaper Agos, more than 13 years ago could be released in 9 months. Dink was an outspoken figure on the issue of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, which the Turkish state denies took place. He was prosecuted three times for insulting Turkishness, an offence according to Article 301 of the Turkish penal code. His assassination by the Turkish ultranationalist gunman in front of the Istanbul offices of bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos on Jan. 19, 2007 sparked nationwide protests. -PanArmenian 

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  • A man in Istanbul, Turkey attempted to burn down the Holy Mother of God Armenian Cathedral accusing Armenians and Christianity for the spread of coronavirus. The church is located in the Bakirkoy district of Istanbul, home to many Armenians. -Zartonk Media
  • The Republic of Artsakh celebrates its 28th anniversary of Shushi’s liberation. The liberation of Shushi shifted the momentum of the Artsakh national liberation movement allowing for the Armenians to regain the city, preventing the Azeri’s from bombing the Armenian towns and cities in the valley. The operation denoted the “Wedding in the Mountains” took 26 hours and May 9 remains a symbol of victory for Armenians, everywhere. -Zartonk Media
  • On May 9, Armenian parliamentarians brawled on the floor of the National Assembly. Opposition leader, Edmon Marukyan of the Bright Armenia party, was heckled at by pro-government politicians, including Sasun Mikayelian. Mikayelian and Marukyan later squared up before being separated by the remaining ministers of parliament. -Zartonk Media
  • Libya’s interim government recognized the Armenian Genocide. While there are virtually no Armenians in Libya, nor is there an Armenian lobby, the Turkish government is supplying the central government with weapons, finances, and Islamic fighters and thus in response to this the Libyan interim government has recognized the Armenian Genocide, once again. -Asbarez
  • Azerbaijani forces fired upon civilian positions in the Tavush region of Armenia. Large caliber artillery was used; however no Armenians were injured. -Asbarez
  • Armenia’s Ministry of Health reported the highest single-day growth in the number of COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, May 13. 180 new cases were reported. The total tally in Armenia is at 3,718 cases and 48 deaths. -MassisPost