- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
 December 5 , 2003 

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These days, and those days in Gyumri.

Teenagers from Tragedy: Young people write about their Gyumri

GYUMRI -- Fifteen years have passed since the day December 7 was written in black on the republic's calendars, when three major cities of Armenia became ruins, when thousands of children became orphans.

But life goes on. Those mothers with names of lost children on their lips, with strength of spirit, gave birth to new children. A new generation was born - a post-earthquake generation, spared the horrifying disaster, but inheritors of the outcome.

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The Ritual of Remembering: Gyumri, on the 15th year of disaster

GYUMRI -- "Dear audience, today we want to show you a performance dedicated to the ancient city which lived through much pain and suffering but didn't lose the main thing, its color and optimistic approach to life."

So begins a performance of the Meghvik (Bee) company at the Gyumri Puppet Center.

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Dual Citizen: Home is where the heart is for Azeri woman in Karabakh

STEPANKERT, NKR -- When Raya Babaeva appears in the newsroom of Artsakh Public TV and Radio her colleagues become enthusiastic and sincerely greet her saying "Hi, Raya jan, where have you been, we missed you."

Such warm relations between colleagues would probably cause no curiosity until one learns some things about this relationship.

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Outside Eye: A non-Armenian's view of life in his adopted home

Guys like Tim Straight inspire me. On this week's site there's a story about a really cool project he dreamed up. Women like Shakeh Havan inspire me, too. She's a businesswoman who recently started a book project for kids in Armenian villages that I hope you'll read about soon.

Plenty of other people here, too - expatriates, Diaspora and, especially forward-thinking locals, encourage those around them to step outside themselves.

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Threading a Way to Self-reliance: Refugee women knit with a purpose

Lianna Aghajanyan doesn't remember learning to knit. Seems that it was just one of those things Armenian girls do.

She remembers, though, growing up in a place so unsafe her family finally had to leave it.

Lianna is a refugee, a word that she doesn't like because it is a word too many have made synonymous with "alien" or something worse. It is a word that usually describes people facing extreme hardship that was not of their making.

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Kings, Heroes, Mountains?: Who will stand where Lenin stood?

Will a Biblical figure replace the Godfather of Socialism in the capital of Armenia? Will Noah stand where Lenin stood in Republic Square?

Maybe. Maybe not.

Now that the reconstruction of Armenia's main square has been completed, the question is again being debated as to whose statue will be placed as a centerpiece in the spot between the main post office and Armenia Hotel.

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Sports: Panel awards best efforts of 2003

Armenian journalists, coaches and referees were polled by the Armenian Football Federation for choosing the Football Player of the Year and other nominations such as best goalkeeper, best midfielder, best defender.


SEE Also Football (FIFA ranking)

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Trial of Two Centuries Closes Quietly: No surprises in October 27 verdict

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Costly Cuts: Forests disappear, firewood prices increase as wood-burning season arrives

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Celebrating Themselves: Day of Disabled marked in Yerevan

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The Week in seven days


The Arts in seven days


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Out of step with the times?

About 100 hardliners marched in Yerevan last Saturday to mark the 83 year anniversary of Armenia becoming a communist country. Many oldtimers wish it were, still.




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