Wikileaked cables and football victories: Reporter’s top picks of 2011

by Emil Sanamyan

Published: Tuesday January 03, 2012 in Reporter.web.review

Bradley Manning, a 24-year-old army soldier under arrest since May 2010 is facing charges stemming from the publication of government secrets by Wikileaks. Wikimedia

Washington - It's that time of the year again: the Armenian news wire is all quiet in the holiday stupor and resolutions are made to make 2012 a better a year.

Looking back at 2011 - and more specifically at Google Analytics data for 2011 - here is what made news as far as the readers of The Armenian Reporter are concerned:

- "Armenians can't be defeated by Azerbaijan" published on February 22 was the most popular story of the year drawing on a series of State Department cables and other commentary assessing the Karabakh military balance;

- Coming second was a story on Armenia's away victory against Slovakia "Armenia wins in must-win match vs. Slovakia" published September 6 that was both the biggest away victory in Armenia's football history (0-4) and the only way to keep Euro 2012 qualification chances going until they were dashed in a match against Ireland;

- The top three also includes another story based on a Wikileaks cables "Turkey seeks to target "hidden Armenians"" published April 22 and dealing with Turkish officials' continued obsession with ethnic Armenians nearly a century after the genocide.

When looking back at available Google Analytics data for two previous years, there is some continuity of themes but novelties as well.

In 2010, Armenia's Eurovision singing contest entrant Eva Rivas ruled the fray, followed by footballer Yura Movsisyan and Reporter's coverage of the intense March 4, 2010 vote on the Genocide resolution in the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

2009 was topped by a photo story from a wedding of earlier Eurovision performer Sirusho to Levon Kocharian (Robert's son) and it remains the most popular item published by the Reporter online in the last three years. A report from the Dominican Republic about the wreckage of a 17th century Armenian-owned merchant vessel was the second most popular item and an interview with Cher - the third.

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