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September 24, 2008
Armenia celebrates and looks to the future

Fireworks erupt at Republic Square in the Armenian capital of Yerevan.

Over the weekend, Armenia celebrated the 17th anniversary of its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 — on the same day as the International Day of Peace.

Armenia has dealt with challenges on many fronts recently, accepting people fleeing from Georgia and forging a less volatile relationship with neighbors Turkey and Azerbaijan. Armenia, Turkey and Azerbaijan may all meet at the U.N. summit in New York this week.

“Armtown” outlines some of the day’s events, and a YouTube user provides video of Armenia’s 2007 independence celebration.

“Hayastan” celebrates independence but wonders, “Is Armenia’s heartbreaking past an excuse for the institutionalized injustice in the Republic of Armenia today?”

“The Armenian Observer Blog” assesses the future of Armenia-Turkey relations. Armenia is embroiled in ongoing struggles with Turkey rooted in Turkey’s refusal to acknowledge the 1915 genocide that killed over 1 million Armenians.

Marie Yovanovitch recently took over as the U.S. ambassador to Armenia — a move that the “Life in the Armenian Diaspora” blog rejects.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Michel S under a Creative Commons license.

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