- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
 January 9 , 2004 

The doctor says he sacrificed a surgical practice "for this land".

Magic Hands and Liquid Sun: A visit with Kashatagh's "fighter pilot" physician

Is it possible that a pilot of an SU fighter plane would choose instead to fly the "kukuruznik" (the simple Russian plane nicknamed "corn cutter")?

Surgeon Artsakh Buniatyan pours mulberry vodka into glasses and compares himself to a fighter pilot. The doctor has exiled himself from a modern hospital in Abovian to this "kukuruznik" of a place, Kashatagh, where there are no facilities for surgery.

"I sacrificed my surgical practice for this land," he says and drinks his first glass.

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New Leadership to the North: Armenians react to Georgia's change of power

The November velvet revolution in Georgia was crowned January 4, when Mikhail Sahakashvili gained a landslide victory, collecting 96 percent of votes to become president of Armenia's neighbor to the north.

In his first televised interview, the 36 year old Sahakashvili promised development and prosperity for the republic and to recover the country's loses suffered at the hands of former president Edward Shevarnadze and his family.


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Holy Holiday: Armenian Christians follow ancient traditions in celebration of Christ's birthday

Christmas mass was celebrated throughout the Armenian Apostolic Church Monday evening with the traditional greeting:

"Christ is born and revealed! Great tidings to you and to us." And the reply: "Blessed be the Revelation of Christ."

During world-wide ceremonies Armenian Christians mark the birth of Jesus with candlelight services symbolizing the Star of Bethlehem that led Magi to the Christ.

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No Place for Partying: Center for alcohol abuse has difficult job during holidays

For two years Zakar Arshakyan has been working in the Yerevan Center of Narcology as overseer, keeping watch over patients whose overuse of alcohol has landed them in treatment during the holidays.

While throughout Armenia strong drink fuels the series of parties that begins in late December and lasts until January 13, Zakar spends his season of celebration with two dozen patients whose blood contains too much alcohol.


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The Naghdalyan Case: Appeals court hears further testimony

Over the past month, an appeals court has heard new testimony in the murder case of the Chairman of Public TV of Armenia Tigran Naghdalyan.

In November the Court of First Instance found Armen Sargsyan (younger brother of slain Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan and of oppositional leader Aram Sargsyan) guilty of ordering the murder of the popular journalist. Naghdalyan was shot to death December 28, 2002. Armen Sargsyan was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

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Year in Chess named for Armenian Champion

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) declared 2004 as the year of Tigran Petrossyan, legendary Armenian chess player.

Petrossyan was the 9th World Chess Champion. He took first place at the 1962 Curacao Candidates tournament to become the challenger for the world chess championship.


SEE Also   Chess (FIDE Rankings)

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Amber Square?

All dressed up for the holidays, Republic Square has never looked so rosey (well not since it was "Lenin Square" anyway). In addition to its giant holiday tree, this year all government buildings were lit, casting a soft glow in the moist Yerevan nights.




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