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 February 28, 2003 


From our readers


Thank you very much for articles dedicated to presidential elections!
They are great, interesting and very impartial.

Sincerely.
Levon Grigoryan

Your 'Outside Eye' regarding the elections seemed a bit too lop-sided to me . . .

There are a few points I would like you to clarify:

You start by saying the president had boasted for four months that he would win the election without a runoff. This may be true. Isn't it also true that all of the opposition papers were saying the same thing, as well, assuming that it was a foregone conclusion?

Your tone suggests mass riggings during last week's election, yet the ODHIR report, the official observers, only mentions of five cases of ballot stuffing. . .

. . .You say "Stepan Demirchyan got enough votes Wednesday to force a runoff" but that actually had nothing to do with the runoff, as it was Kocharyan not getting 50% plus one vote which determined the runoff. No?

. . . How about the reports of looting of Kocharyan campaign offices in the last few days? How about all those who have Kocharyan posters in their shops being beaten up and harassed? Is that done by the Kocharyan camp as well?

You also mentioned that a "Foreign Ministry-supported website proclaimed a calm and clean election." I have checked both ArmeniaForeignMinistry.com and ArmeniaDiaspora.com, the only two I know of, and have not seen such a report.

I would expect more concrete and unbiased information from the site that proclaims to present "Independent Journalism from Today's Armenia." Wouldn't you?

Armen Yeteryan
Yerevan, Armenia

I would like to express you my sympathy for "Outside Eye" on February 21. I believe that it expressed my feelings in regard to the presidential elections.

As a citizen of Armenia, temporarily studying abroad, I am following all the events in Armenia. I am so upset that we again didn't use the opportunity for fair elections this time, 13 years after declaring independence.

I want peace, stability, job openings, economic growth and all the other attributes that a young professional can dream of in his country. But with all that I want justice, true and correct expression of votes and our rights.

Now the country enters the run-off stage of the elections. And still i do not have a choice between the remaining two candidates, the "ghost" and the "feared".

I do not want to publicize my name. I still have to live in Armenia. Thank you for understanding that.

Anonymous

Today's Outside Eye is by far the best thing you have yet done.

I nominate you for a Pulitzerian prize.

Darwin Jamgochian

In my opinion, today's Outside Eye (February 21) is the best thing you have written, that I have read.

Levon Habeshian
California, USA

A friend informed me of your website and I must congratulate you for a very interesting and informative site. I enjoy the fact that it is not biased and pushes one to think of Armenia and of all its problems in a realistic
way and not in an emotional way. . .

I must particularly congratulate you on the report on Antonia Mahari (Siberian Sacrifice). Specially for Diaspora Armenians it is very hard to find out about the quiet, the poor, the intellectuals, the artists, the lost souls of Armenia who struggle and sometimes accomplish something and yet no one knows. Thank you for bringing them to our attention.

Thank you again and congrats to you all!

Mary Matosian

I just discovered your website and find it very interesting.

Thank you from Seattle, Washington
Aida
I have been a long time follower of the Aim Magazine and took pride to finally have a publication in par with Time and Newsweek , but alas, I was deeply saddened by it's demise.

Now at least I have discovered Armenianow Website which keeps me informed and up-to-date with happenings in Armenia.

I absolutely admire your efforts and also (friends) who live in Yerevan and make a difference to the country. I am so happy for their achievements and only wish I also was in a position to be part of it.

Keep up the good work, you are greatly appreciated
best wishes

Emilia Gordon


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