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Ami Chichakyan

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About Ami
Ami Chichakyan is a journalist based in Yerevan, Armenia.
English Armenian
Interview (Video / Broadcast) Vox Pop News Gathering
Politics War Reporter Breaking News

Feature story: From innovation to social entrepreneurs: how EU4Business helps SME development in Armenia and how the country’s entrepreneurs respond

Feature story: Ashnak “green” village: How the EU is supporting Armenians to switch to renewable energy

Feature story: EU boosts Armenian communities by opening doors for women

Article about energy efficiency, interview with Urban Rusnak, Secretary General of Energy Charter Secretariat

Interviewee of Aravot.am is Turkish historian and sociologist Taner Akçam

23 Feb 2018  |  en.aravot.am
Taner Akçam, a Turkish historian and sociologist, discusses his new book 'Killing Orders: Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide', which aims to refute the Turkish Historical Society's claims that certain documents related to the Armenian Genocide were forgeries. Akçam's research provides evidence that Naim Bey, an Ottoman official, did exist and that the documents, including orders for the killing of Armenians, are authentic. The book, which includes new chapters in its English version, addresses the authenticity of signatures and dates on the documents and provides a broader discussion on Turkish denialism of the Armenian Genocide. Akçam emphasizes that denialism not only rejects truth but also creates its own set of 'facts'. He hopes the book will contribute to the struggle for truth and influence political discourse on the Armenian Genocide.

“Aravot’s” interviewee is Ukrainian political scientist, Yevgeni Magda

08 Feb 2018  |  en.aravot.am
The article is an interview with Ukrainian political scientist Yevgeni Magda discussing the implications of the so-called Kremlin report published by Washington, which lists Russian officials and businessmen, as well as individuals from Ukraine and Armenia, due to Russia's aggressive actions. Magda believes the report is a demonstration of the American stance against Russian authorities and suggests it could lead to further consolidation of power within Russia. He also discusses Russia's policy in the post-Soviet space, predicting no concessions before the Russian presidential elections and an increased demand for support from post-Soviet states in international platforms. Additionally, the interview touches on Russia's arms trade with Azerbaijan and Armenia, suggesting that Russia is fueling potential conflict in the region for its own geopolitical interests.

“Aravot’s” interviewee is Azerbaijani writer, the author of “35 Letters to My Son” book, Zeynal Ibrahimov.

02 Feb 2018  |  en.aravot.am
Azerbaijani writer Zeynal Ibrahimov, in an interview with 'Aravot', discusses his book '35 Letters to My Son' which reflects on events from a quarter-century ago. He explains that time was needed to fully understand and articulate the situation in Azerbaijan. Ibrahimov challenges the official stance of Baku and Azerbaijani society regarding Karabakh, arguing for its independence based on historical context and the actions of Azerbaijan during the conflict. He criticizes the Aliyev regime, comparing its actions to those of fascist and Nazi practices, and expresses skepticism about the impact of his book due to the 'zombified' state of society. Ibrahimov believes that lasting peace is unattainable without Azerbaijani society acknowledging historical inaccuracies, recognizing past atrocities, and reevaluating national identity. He refutes the notion of deep-seated hatred between Armenians and Azerbaijanis, citing the relatively recent onset of conflicts between the two groups.

‘Aravot’ interviewee is Georgian political scientist, Gela Vasadze

25 Jan 2018  |  en.aravot.am
The article is an interview with Georgian political scientist Gela Vasadze, discussing the potential impact of upcoming US sanctions against Russia on post-Soviet countries, particularly Armenia and Georgia. Vasadze suggests that Western efforts to restrain Russia, including economic sanctions targeting Russian elites, aim to weaken Russia's influence internationally and could lead to a change in Russian power. He notes that while the sanctions may have negative economic impacts on Armenia and Georgia, they could also lead to increased Russian influence in the South Caucasus as a form of compensation. The interview also touches on the implications of US defensive armament supplies to Georgia and Ukraine, and the challenges facing the implementation of large-scale projects like the corridor from the Black Sea to the Persian Gulf due to political reasons.

“Adamyan’s” commences production of light textile in Artsakh

02 Sep 2017  |  en.aravot.am
The article reports on the commencement of light textile production by 'Adamyan's' in Artsakh starting from September 1. The company's founder, Azat Adamyan, has indicated that the initial production will include light textiles, with plans to expand to more complex products in the future. The first batch of products, which includes pillows, pillows for pregnant women, T-shirts, and skirts, has already been produced. Azat Adamyan also mentioned a goal of reducing the import of Turkish products. Currently, 'Adamyan's' textile products are only available within Artsakh.

Zhengyalov hats: A Taste of Artsakh

26 Aug 2017  |  en.aravot.am
The article focuses on the cultural significance and popularity of Zhengyalov hats, a local dish from Artsakh. The journalist interviews Donara Gasparyan, who has been making Zhengyalov hats since 1991 and is a vendor at the central market of Stepanakert. Gasparyan links the start of her career to the difficult times during the movement in Artsakh when jobs were scarce. Despite various challenges, including a decrease in sales during the April War, the interest in Zhengyalov hats has risen this year. Gasparyan emphasizes that the unique taste of the dish is due to the local herbs used in its preparation and the skill of the maker. She suggests that the dish tastes best in Artsakh due to the quality of the local ingredients and the traditional method of preparation involving 17 different types of herbs.

Vocational School in Shushi Welcomes Third Educational Year

26 Aug 2017  |  en.aravot.am
The Yeznig Mozian Vocational School in Shushi, Artsakh, is entering its third educational year, having opened in 2015 with the capacity to enroll 450-500 students. The school, which was founded following the will of French-Armenian tailor Yeznig Mozian, aims to enhance vocational education for both youth and adults in Armenia and Artsakh. It offers both theoretical and practical training, with facilities including a canteen, dormitory, and clothing for students. The school's executive director, Vaspurak Karapetyan, highlights its unique apprenticeship and dual education systems. The first graduating class was in 2017, with 87 students, after some were expelled in the first year for not meeting standards. The school selects young, technologically adept educators to train in France, emphasizing local recruitment. The French specialists have recognized the school's standards with qualifications and a medal, and the school benefits from French material resources. The school attracts students from both Artsakh and Armenia, contributing to Shushi's revitalization post-war and addressing the poor state of buildings inherited from the Soviet era.

Stepanakert's 'Bardak' Pub: A Place of Freedom and Cultural Exchange

12 Aug 2017  |  en.aravot.am
Azat Adamyan, the founder of the pub 'Bardak' in Stepanakert, shares his experience of opening and running the establishment, which has quickly become a popular entertainment spot. The name 'Bardak' was chosen to break stereotypes and stand out. The pub has gained attention from tourists and locals alike, even being recognized by Google Maps due to its popularity. Adamyan highlights the pub's role in cultural exchange and personal expression, noting how it introduces new music styles to patrons and offers a space where people can freely enjoy themselves. Events like 'System of a Down Day' have been successful, and the pub's atmosphere is compared to the freedom Adamyan experienced in a Norwegian pub.

Stepanakert's 'The Roots' live center: A bridge between the youth and tradition

07 Aug 2017  |  en.aravot.am
The article discusses the opening of 'The Roots' live center in Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh, which was founded in June 2017. The center was established to provide a space for the youth to spend time and engage in cultural activities. French-Armenian lawyer Gerard Guerguerian, who is working on a book about the legal aspects of the Artsakh issue, initiated the idea after noticing a lack of such venues in Stepanakert. 'The Roots' hosts cultural events, movie screenings, and conferences, and features a 'Vernissage' section selling local handmade works. The center aims to build bridges between the Diaspora and locals, offering activities like cooking classes to share cultural traditions. Manager Lina Avanesyan notes that 'The Roots' has made the youth more active and is the only place in Stepanakert offering French cuisine, with a mission to preserve Armenian traditions.

Interviewee of Aravot.am is Turkish historian and sociologist Taner Akçam

09 May 2017  |  en.aravot.am
Turkish historian and sociologist Taner Akçam, in an interview with Aravot.am, discusses his lifelong work on the Armenian Genocide. Akçam outlines three main motivations for his focus on the subject: his duty as a historian to educate on past atrocities, concern for Turkey's future and democracy which he believes is hindered by denial of historical wrongdoings, and the belief that peace in the Middle East requires honest dialogue and acknowledgment of past injustices. He expresses skepticism about the short-term impact of scholarly work on political denialism but remains hopeful about its long-term influence. Akçam is pessimistic about immediate improvements in Armenian-Turkish relations, largely due to Turkey's ties with Azerbaijan. He also discusses the potential impact of U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide on Turkish policy, through legal and economic pressures. Lastly, Akçam presents a new document he believes is a 'smoking gun' proving the Ottoman government's intent to exterminate Armenians, which could challenge Turkish denialist rhetoric.

Nikol Pashinyan: For Taron Margaryan Yerevan is ‘pavilion’ surrounding and Mercedes ‘600’ window

01 May 2017  |  en.aravot.am
Nikol Pashinyan, the mayoral candidate of the 'Yelq' bloc, criticized the current Yerevan authority, led by Taron Margaryan, for establishing a clan authority and for the disparities in budget spending on elevator services between different districts. Pashinyan accused Margaryan of having a narrow view of Yerevan, limited to the surroundings of his 'pavilion' and the view from his Mercedes '600'.

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