Yerevan’s Boarding School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Yesterday’s post on children in institutions in Georgia reminded me of the work I’ve done on the same issue in Armenia. And recent news about the achievements of one former pupil makes it relevant to post first on Yerevan’s Boarding School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Unfortunately, other news from earlier this year also makes the post timely as the school still remains in need of assistance and support.

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Beyond Waiting: Stories from the Turkey-Armenia Border — A Multimedia Exhibition

Having already been shown at the Galata Fotoğrafhanesi Fotoğraf Akademisi in Istanbul last year, the Beyond Waiting: Stories from the Turkey-Armenia Border multimedia exhibition finally hits Yerevan today and will run from 27 August to 7 September at the ACCEA/NPAK Armenian Center for Contemporary and Experimental Art. Without a doubt it’s one of the best cross-border media projects I’ve seen in the region and especially as it presents Armenia-Turkey relations and the closed border in a new and very compelling way.

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Portraits from the Gldani Prison Abuse Protests — Part II

The second part of some of the photographs I shot during the Gldani Prison Abuse Protests just weeks before the 1st October 2012 Parliamentary Elections in Georgia. Unfortunately, the main protest this year turned out to be a homophobic rampage in the very heart of Tbilisi, but it will be interesting to see if there are any other politically-motivated protests over any scandals that might emerge just before the 27th October Presidential Election.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan Rewired: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection

Named one of the Top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine the same year he became Director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, Global Voices co-founder Ethan Zuckerman’s first book, Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection, was always going to make for some interesting reading.

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Portraits from the Gldani Prison Abuse Protests — Part I

Talking of last year’s parliamentary election in Georgia, one major pivotal event was the leak of video footage depicting the humiliation and abuse of inmates of the Gldani Prison in Tbilisi. Shocking many less than two weeks before the parliamentary vote, students also took to the streets in a number of unprecedented demonstrations. It was also a great opportunity to grab a few portraits of protesters, both young and old.

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Elections in Georgia

It’s that time again. Presidential Elections in the South Caucasus. Well, almost. Armenians went to the polls in February earlier this year, but Azerbaijanis will do so on 9th October, and Georgians a few weeks later on the 27th. Although many eyes will be on a likely predictable outcome in Azerbaijan, albeit one that will undoubtedly be accompanied by intrigue and incident, that’s not to say the Georgian vote is any less important.

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