An Explanation (Reflections from Armenia)

An Explanation (Reflections from Armenia)

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papyan I owe an explanation to the readers of my blog. I haven’t posted for quite a while. The reason – well, it’s complicated. Lack of time is the main reason. I feel I’ve got too much to do at work and I keep adding on responsibilities and taking volunteer tasks, so I’m usually … Continue reading

Activists Warn of Poaching in Khosrov Forest State Preserve

Activists Warn of Poaching in Khosrov Forest State Preserve

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papyan  Armenia — Environmental activist Mariam Sukhudian holds up the torn head of a bezoar goat, Khosrov reserve, 18Sep2012 Environmental activists Mariam Sukhudian and Yeghia Nersissian are blowing the whistle  They have visited the “Kaqavaberd” area of Khosrov Forest State Preserve and discovered remnants of endangered animals around what seems to be festive bonfires of … Continue reading

On Western Style Democracy and Drug Enforcement

On Western Style Democracy and Drug Enforcement

Reporting from Ecuador: Gustavo Dominguez The United States has devoted significant resources to two strategies abroad that have failed to succeed. One is intertwined through most headlines in the international news today, the promotion of Western style democracy.  The second, while different in content, is similar in the imposition of a dominant ideology abroad that has … Continue reading

La vida no vale nada (Life is worthless)

La vida no vale nada (Life is worthless)

Reporting from Mexico: Roberto Carlos Gutiérrez Martínez First I must say that it a pleasure to be part of this project, and to be able to present a local perspective from Mexico and Latin America on issues with global reach and significance. That said, I must confess that this first note was not an easy endeavor. Over … Continue reading

Armenians Say Safarov Extradition, Pardon and Glorification ‘Wrong’, ‘Immoral’

Armenians Say Safarov Extradition, Pardon and Glorification ‘Wrong’, ‘Immoral’

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papyan Residents of Yerevan approached by RFE/RL’s Armenian Service and asked to share their thoughts on the recent extradition by Hungary of Ramil Safarov, a convicted axe-killer of Armenian army officer Gurgen Margarian, and his subsequent pardon in Azerbaijan by President Ilham Aliyev, spoke angrily about the development, calling it wrong … Continue reading

Brain Drain in Nigeria

Reporting from Nigeria: Emeka Nweze This entry pertains to the brain drain phenomenon that is crippling Nigeria. I would like to begin by apologizing for the long bout of silence. It is poor taste to for anyone discuss in purple passages his or her jeremiads so I’ll leave it at that and transition into the topic … Continue reading