Internet freedom declined in Armenia and Azerbaijan
Internet freedom declined in Armenia and Azerbaijan

Usage of troll armies and content manipulation was recorded in 30 countries, including Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan.

EU appointed new Special Representative for the South Caucasus
EU appointed new Special Representative for the South Caucasus

Estonian diplomat Toivo Klaar became the new Special Representative of European Union External Action Service (EEAS) for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia.

Armenia opened its largest solar power station
Armenia opened its largest solar power station

“Talin-1” solar power station in the town of Talin in Aragatsotn province is the largest solar power station in Armenia.

Serj Tankian calls Armenia to
Serj Tankian calls Armenia to "stay free" of American agrochemical giant Monsanto

System of a Down's Serj Tankian commented on Monsanto's possible investments in Armenia on his Facebook page, saying that “above all Monsanto is known as an evil corporation here in the US and Europe for all their practices, suing farmers etc.”

Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Officially Opened
Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Officially Opened

On October 30, the opening ceremony of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway took place in the town of Alyat, Azerbaijan. The railroad will transport 1 million passengers and about 6 million tons of freight annually. In the future, the capacity will grow.

Marcus Miller opened Yerevan Jazz Fest 2017
Marcus Miller opened Yerevan Jazz Fest 2017

The 9th ReAnimania Festival opens this week in Yerevan
The 9th ReAnimania Festival opens this week in Yerevan

The 9th ReAnimania International Animation Film & Comics Art Festival will take place in Yerevan on October 28 – November 3. It will be opened by "Loving Vincent", an animated film about Vincent Van Gogh's life.

Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Meeting in Yerevan
Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Meeting in Yerevan

The members of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council discussed IT, internal markets operation, trade, power industries and infrastructure issues during the meeting in Yerevan on October 25th. One of the key directions of negotiations concerned elimination of restrictions in the internal market of the EAEU in 2018-2019. The members also discussed initiatives for implementation of the EAEU digital agenda.

Carnegie.ru: How Karabakh Could Bring Russia and the West Together
Carnegie.ru: How Karabakh Could Bring Russia and the West Together

Historian Sergey Markedonov’s article on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at Carnegie Moscow Center website.

Activist and businessman Osman Kavala detained in Turkey
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Activist and businessman Osman Kavala detained in Turkey

Englishman in Yerevan:
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Englishman in Yerevan:
An experience with Armenia’s parliamentary elections

Peter Edwards has been living in Armenia since August 2016. He talks about his experience working with the Citizen Observer Initiative and his impressions of Armenia’s parliamentary elections that were held on April 2nd 2017.

Presidential elections in France:
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Presidential elections in France:
Towards a historical rupture

Will the political regime of the Fifth Republic, introduced by the General de Gaulle in 1958, survive the presidential elections? By eliminating the two traditional parties in the second round, this election has confirmed the end of bipartisanism in France. The duel between the two finalist candidates, who both present themselves as being “outside of the system”, constitutes a true upheaval in the history of French political life, reinforcing a true need for change.

Referendoom’s day:
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Referendoom’s day:
How the Outcome of the Constitutional Referendum will Shape Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s disputed victory in the referendum has made Turkey more unpredictable than it was before April 16, both in terms of its internal stability and its foreign policy.

The Bells of Sardarapat:
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The Bells of Sardarapat:
How the Battles of May 1918 Shaped Modern Armenia

In May 2017, Armenia commemorated 99th anniversary of the battles of Sardarapat, Bash-Aparan and Gharaklisa, known together as “mayisyan herosamart – the heroic battle in May”. Regional Post explains why the events of May 1918 are so important for Armenian collective memory.