Archive for October 6th, 2020

06/10/2020

Armenia’s Struggle for Democracy and Rights

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By Vahan Bournazian*

The Armenian struggle for survival today is for self-determination and democracy in opposition to authoritarianism.

Location_Nagorno-Karabakh2Location and extent of the former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (lighter color). | Public Domain | Wikipedia.

3 October 2020 (openDemocracy)* — The current conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is not about ethnicity as much as three dictators attacking to destroy a thriving democracy in their midsts.

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06/10/2020

Nagorno-Karabakh: Are Con-federal Structures Possible?

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By René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service*

On 27 Sep, military forces from Azerbaijan moved into six villages held by Armenian forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh area.  The Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pachinian in a television broadcast warned that the two countries were “on the edge of war with unforeseeable consequences”.  The President of Azerbaijan, Elham Aliev, declared martial law and called up reserve military.

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René Wadlow

There have been calls for a cease-fire from Russia; however Russia is generally thought to favor Armenia.  The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeated his support for Azerbaijan.

On 30 September 2020, the United Nations Security Council passed a unanimous resolution calling on Armenia and Azerbaijan to halt fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh and urgently to resume talks without preconditions.

There have been previous talks held under the leadership of the “Minsk Group” (Russia, France, USA), founded in 1994, of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

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06/10/2020

70% of COVID Cases Located in Just 10 Countries – World Health Organization

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(UN News)* — While COVID-19 has affected all countries, the pandemic is “uneven”, and it is estimated that 10 per cent of the global population may have been infected with the virus, senior officials with the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday [5 October 2020].

UN Women/Louie Pacardo | Wearing a full protective suit, a women doctor who leads a group of volunteer medical professionals attending to COVID-19 patients and persons under investigation at a community hospital in the Philippines.
Speaking to a special session of the agency’s Executive Board, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said 10 countries account for 70 per cent of all reported cases and deaths, and just three countries account for half.  

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