Monday, October 31, 2011
Armenia is located between Western Asia and Eastern Europe. The country has a very rich history in which it lies in the highlands of the biblical mountains of Ararat. Armenia had an early civilization which is said to be dated back to 4000 B.C.. A former member of the Soviet Union, Armenia declared independence in August 1990, becoming the first non-Baltic republic to secede from the Soviet Union. Armenians have their own distinct language and alphabet but also still speak Russian. Armenia is known for their rich wine and their love for art, music and sports.
Friday, October 28, 2011
The republic of Armenia is a mountainous region in located in the region of Eurasia. It is a bordering country split between Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Previously part of the Soviet Union, Armenia is now an independent democratic state. The state prides itself on his cultural heritage and history. Both Armenian and Russian are spoken languages in the country, along with a large Christian population. Armenia, originally named Hayk’, is highly involved with western integration and finds it of the highest priority to correspond this with their foreign policy. The state is a member within forty international organizations, including the United Nations, World Trade Organization and NATO’s partnership for peace. Despite facing elements of violence and genocide in their history (especially during the time of the soviet union) Armenia has managed to regain its independence and build a vast growing economy and country.
Modern day Armenia is much smaller than the ancient country used to be because of invasions by more than eight different countries. This smaller fraction however, still contains a large amount of history that is still important in the culture today. Armenia was the first country to embrace Christianity as its religion in 300 A.D., and contained in its old borders, was Mount Ararat, the mountain where Noah's ark washed up upon after the great flood mentioned in the bible. The greatest tragedy undertaken by Armenia was in April 1915 when the Turks massacred about one million Armenians in the deserts of Mesopotamia and Syria. Today, this subtraction of the population is still noticed and grieved over. Turkey still denies that the massacre ever happened. In 1922, the Soviets combined Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia to form the Transcaucasian Soviet Socialist Republic. This eventually became part of the USSR and Armenia remained in it until declaring its independence in 1991. While there is still tension between Turkey and Armenia, diplomats have started to open the border between the two countries but the nations must await the approval of the parliaments.
Armenia and France are studying a possible cooperation regarding Armenia’s nuclear power. Armenia has one functioning nuclear power plant which provides the country with 40 percent of its electricity needs. In 2007 Armenia agreed to close this plant after continued pressure from the United States and other countries in Europe, which consider the plant to be unsafe.
However, Armenia’s reactor cannot be decommissioned until a new plant is built; closing the plant could cause an energy supply crisis. This is where France’s expertise could come into play. France is the world’s most nuclear-reliant country. 58 nuclear reactors provide the country with 75 percent of its electricity. French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced in a news conference earlier this month that a French mission will be sent to Yerevan, the Armenian capital, to determine what will be the best way to give Armenia access to nuclear power.
Most important in the operation will be the issue of safety, said Eric Besson, the French Energy Minister.
Armenia is an ancient civilization that can be dated back to approximately 4,000 B.C. The country is located near Mount Ararat, where Noah's Ark is said to have come to rest after the worldwide Biblical flood waters receded.
Armenia is a landlocked country because it is bordered by Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Nakhchivan. For many centuries, Armenia has endured many hardships from surrounding empires and civilizations. One of the first modern-day genocides was carried out in the country. In 1915, one and a half million Armenian citizens were killed by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman's killed intellectual and political leaders first, then went after the citizens. Men, women and children were called from their homes and told that they were being transported to a new city, but they were sent to concentration camps where they were given no food or water. To this day, the country of Turkey denies that the word genocide accurately describes the events that took place.
After the genocide, Armenia was incorporated into the Soviet Union. When Stalin took the reins of power, many Armenian citizens were mistreated, deported and executed. They were still suffering at the hands of another country. After Stalin died, they were ruled by Nikita Khruschev and Mikhail Gorbachev. Conditions were better, but Armenians longed for freedom. On August 23, 1990, Armenia declared independence and became the first non-Baltic republic to secede from the Soviet Union. The country has made great strides in rebuilding their economy and culture. Armenia has made a full switch to a market economy and is the 31st most economically free nation in the world. Armenia will continue to thrive because they possess oil reserves and natural resources that are in high demand all over the world.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Armenia on the line
Armenia is not going to be a part of the Customs Union, which members are Russia, Kasakstan and Belarus. As prime-minister Tigran Sarkisian said: “There was not a single episode in the world practice when the country, which doesn’t have the common bounds with members of the organization, took part in the allience.”
As for agreement about the free trade zone, it won’t be a problem for Armenian integration to Europe. Tigran Sarkisian pointed out, that the european partners were informed about this and they didn’t object to it. The prime-minister highly appreciated the agreement about creating the free trade zone. He said that this is an opportunity to open new outlets for Armenian goods.
“This agreement has a historical significance,” - Sarkisian said. Also he added, that taking part in the free trade zone doesn’t contradict Armenian participation in the World Trade Organization.
The decision about creating the Customs union was made in August 2006. Russia, Kasakstan and Belarus are already members of it. From the first of January 2012 authorities of these countries are going to create on the territory of the Customs union the common trade area.
Prime Minister: Tigran Sarkisyan
Armenia is one of the world's oldest civilizations. It once included Mount Ararat, the mountain that Noah's ark rested on after the food. Throughout history, Armenia has been invaded by a succession of empires, and has been under constant threat of domination by foreign forces. It has been conquered by the Greeks, Romans, Persians, Byzantines, Mongols, Arabs, Ottoman Turks, and Russians. During WWI, it was controlled by the Ottoman Turks, and the people of Armenia suffered greatly. 1.5 million Armenians were murdered or died of starvation. It was considered the first genocide of the 20th century. Turkey still denies this genocide today. After WWI Armenia became a part of the Soviet Union, and suffered through more discrimination. After a long struggle they finally declared their independence in 1991. Today 60% of the country as imigrated to other countries. The population as decreased significantly.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Socialist President Hugo Chávez announced on October 20, 2011, that he is free from cancer and plans to be re-elected for presidency again in 2012. Chávez who was diagnosed with cancer back in June, said that he is well from the illness after less that a year.
Monday, October 24, 2011
President Nicolas Sarkozy has clashed with Prime Minister David Cameron on the discussions involving the eurozone crisis. Sarkozy believes that the talks concerning the eurozone crisis should be limited to nations who are actually using the euro. Opposing this statement, David Cameron, has requested all nations to have a form on involvement due to the affect the crisis could have on Europe as a whole. Sarkozy has stated that “[they] are sick of [David Cameron] criticizing [them] and telling [them] what to do.”
However, many suggest that the aim is to deepen the economic convergence within Europe and strengthen economic discipline, especially considering the situation involving the Greek debt crisis. The nations will have to resume the convergence together, despite their indifferences.
London-- The number of UK tuition fees has dropped significantly for next September. With University fees rising up to nearly £9,000 a year, applications have dropped by nearly 12 percent. The initial set of statistics for applications to university next year, published by the Universities and Colleges and Admissions Service (Ucas), reveal that 52,321 applicants have applied from within the UK, compared with 59,413 this time last year. While the number of applicants from within and outside the UK combined has fallen by 9 percent to 69,724, from 76,612 this time last year.
Universities and politicians are concerned that the rise in tuition fees will count out or simply deter those of a lesser income to apply to University. Statistics show that women are applying slightly less than men at a 10.5 percent decrease while men have declined at a 7 percent decrease.
Though many Universities have seen a decline in applications some have witnessed an increase.
The London School of Economics, Queen Mary and Bath, are seeing rises in applications.