We- digital society


The 21st century is considered to be the era of digital civilization. Many sociologists argue that the so-called digital generation is evolving differently from the older generation, which has difficulty experiencing digital socialization. According to researchers, the digital generation is more tolerant, social networks teach that the world is diverse, teach to respond, to wait for feedback. How do analog societies become digital? Media expert Samvel Martirosyan and Gegham Vardanyan, editor of the Media Initiatives Center's website.

 

 

Deadly traffic


In the last 17 years, as many people as the population of Maralik have died on the roads of Armenia. Figuratively speaking, one big plane crashes in Armenia every year. Especially after the big and tragic accidents, some people call for toughening the punishment for violating the traffic rules, others think that the problem will not be solved that way. How are these views substantiated by economist, statistician Vahagn Keshishyan and Secretary of the Executive Body of the "Citizen's Decision" party Suren Sahakyan?

 

 

Mother Cathedral


A few years, during the cleaning of the vegetation of the Mother Cathedral of Etchmiadzin, it is accidentally revealed that the temple is in danger of collapsing. What do the detailed researches reveal? What solutions are being developed for the salvation of the Etchmiadzin temple. Presented by rehabilitation specialists.

 

 

Controversial provisions of the Istanbul Convention


Active discussions and confrontations on social networks continue in connection with the intention to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women. Opponents of the Istanbul Convention launched an initiative calling for "ratification of the Non-Istanbul Convention" and launched an indefinite petition in Yerevan against the third sex. Why did this convention drive a wedge in the society, what do people dispute, how well-founded are their concerns? Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan and Legal expert of the Chamber of Advocates Artashes Khalatyan are discussing.

 

September with a protest action


Only 20 out of 260 children in four child care and protection boarding schools cannot be in their biological families, the other 240 can live with their families if they receive assistance. The state has allocated half a billion drams from the 2019 budget for the care of those children, which, according to the deputy minister, will be enough to provide day care for 4,000 children. The situation was the same in special schools. As it is known, from the beginning of this academic year, the students of Yerevan special schools, within the framework of the transition to universal inclusion, should be transferred to secondary schools, and the special schools should be reorganized as pedagogical-psychological support centers. The first protest took place on September 2.

 

Suicide: how to prevent


About one million people in the world commit suicide every year. The rate in Armenia is not high compared to many countries, but it is worrying. In 2018, there were 500 suicide attempts in Armenia, 108 of which were fatal. What prevention programs are there in Armenia and how effective are they?

 

 

Criminal subculture. how to overcome


The draft law on amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code was approved by the government. The draft law criminalizes carrying, spreading, creating and leading a criminal subculture, involving in those groups, applying to a person with the highest status of criminal hierarchy. At the same time, there is an incentive norm for the participant who will reveal such a grouping or will contribute to the disruption of its activities. What are the roots of the criminal subculture and how can it be overcome? Sociologist Gayane Hovakimyan and cultural anthropologist Aghasi Tadjosyan are discussing.

 

 

Criminal subculture in penitentiaries


The substantiation of the bill criminalizing the criminal subculture states: "Involvement in the criminal environment in the current legislation, or adhering to the criminal subculture and spreading it as criminal acts are not intended, as a result of which it is not possible to fully and decisively prevent these vicious phenomena. " Arpine Sargsyan, Head of the Penitentiary Policy Development Department of the Ministry of Justice, and Gevorg Simonyan, Deputy Head of Armavir Penitentiary, talk about the practice of implementing the bill.
 
 
 

How to promote repatriation?


Armenia will have a law on repatriation. The return of the intellectual potential of the Diaspora to the country is one of the primary goals. What processes should be stimulated in the country to establish a new quality of relations with the Diaspora? Hamazasp Danielyan, MP of the NA "My Step" faction, Suzanna Barseghyan, researcher are discussing.

Opportunity for new Armenia-Diaspora relations


In everyday speech, there is a constant regret about the Armenian Diaspora, which is of great strategic importance compared to Azerbaijan's oil: the financial, economic, intellectual, social and human resources of the Diaspora are not fully used. They can become a powerful force if a more systematic approach is shown. What studies on the Diaspora are being conducted in Armenia? Are those studies sufficient to develop a new policy towards the Diaspora?

 

 

The issue of recognizing the Diaspora at the core of repatriation


According to official statistics of Russia, 1 million 180 thousand Armenians in that country, and according to unofficial data - 2.5-3 million Armenians. What do we know about them? What are the social relations in the old and new communities of the Diaspora? How can this information serve the process of drafting a law on repatriation? Hovhannes Aleksanyan, Head of the Repatriation Department of the Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, and sociologist Sona Nersisyan are discussing.

 

 

 

New strategic approaches to the problems of the elderly


According to statistics, 13% of the de jure population of Armenia is over 63 years old. The UN Population Fund forecasts that by 2050, those over the age of 65 will make up 22% of our country's population. The elderly in our country continue to be isolated from community life, have no access to continuing education or employment, and lack social and health care. What changes can be expected in the life of the elderly population in the next four years? Discussing are RA Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Gemafin Gasparyan and Mission Armenia's Social Programs Development Manager Anna Grigoryan.