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July 9, 2004


Features: People and events of interest

Social Insecurity: Identity cards meet devilish resistance from religious extremists

When controversy stirred a year ago over issuing Social Security Cards in Armenia, officials predicted that by the time the cards came into use, their value would be understood.

Ten days ago, the first cards appeared. But so did more noise on the part of those who see the cards as anything from an annoying invasion of privacy to the apocalyptic “Mark of the Beast”.

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Public Relations Job: Americans train, hire locals to fill gap in construction force

When the United States started discussion of constructing a new embassy in Yerevan in 2001, the work initially caused a controversy among society and mass media for two reasons. First: the new embassy will be the largest U.S. Embassy (in total real estate) worldwide. Secondly: Turks (plus Bulgarians and Filipinos) were among the laborers, but, in some specialities, Armenians were not.

A backlash of bad press criticized the Yanks for importing labor into a country where so many natives can’t find work.

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Waste Worry: Toxic chemical dump in landslide area raises concerns

A 20-year old toxic waste dumping ground 30 kilometers south of Yerevan has aroused concern among environmental activists who say residents of the area are in danger of exposure to DDT and other harmful chemicals.

In 1982, 500 tons of waste and banned toxic chemicals were buried in the upper part of Artashat Region’s Bardzrashen village. Today the place is part of Erebuni Community.

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“Coming Back”: New volunteer organization helps young adults help Armenia

“I discovered Armenia for myself. Even though I had very little information inherited from my father about my native country, by coming here I realized that in a deep corner of my heart there’s a little Armenia, made from my emotions and impressions.”

American Armenian Grace Yacoubian, 23, has discovered herself in Armenia through Depi Hayk (Towards Hayk), a volunteer program making its first mission here this summer.

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Borderless: Where is the line between Armenia/Georgia?

Among the many problems that shape dialogue and daily living in the South Caucasus, there are also issues that may seem less immediate, but are nonetheless crucial to the development of statehood.

An issue that has been dormant for nearly a century, but is of significance for wo countries is the matter of a formal border between Georgia and Armenia.

The axiom that good fences make good neighbors is being tested between the friendly republics, where, for 206 kilometers, there is no legal demarcation saying what belongs to whom.

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A birthday to remember

"Grand" celebrated his ninth birthday at Yervan Zoo July 7, with cakes and fruits. The youngster is awaiting the arrival of his fiance, "Candy", from India. Need we say that the sponsor of the elephants is the "Grand Candy" company?

 

 


 
 


According to Agnes
 

 


The Week in seven days

 
 


The Arts in seven days

 

  Photo of the week
 
Click on the photo above to enlarge.
 
 
 
 
A birthday to remember

"Grand" celebrated his ninth birthday at Yervan Zoo July 7, with cakes and fruits. The youngster is awaiting the arrival of his fiance, "Candy", from India. Need we say that the sponsor of the elephants is the "Grand Candy" company?

 

 


 
 






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