October 15, 1991 |
The railroad station where trains used to whistle by with food and other precious cargo is ghostly quiet. Somewhere over the brown hills of Azerbaijan, which rise just beyond this grape-growing village, thousands of Armenia-bound rail cars have screeched to an unscheduled halt. In its moment of national liberation, land-locked Armenia must scramble just to survive. "When they close down the railroads, Armenia gets nothing," said Babken Araktyan, the deputy chairman of Armenia's Parliament.
July 23, 2007 |
In the summer of 2003, budget-cutting California lawmakers closed state trade promotion offices in London, Hong Kong, Mexico City and other world business centers, a dozen in all. But they voted to keep one open -- in Yerevan. That's in Armenia. Responding to an enthusiastic pitch from California's large and influential Armenian American community, the Legislature passed a law creating the California-Armenia Trade Office.