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According to "Aravot," what happened over the past week in Turkey was further proof that alarm over international terrorism is not simply propaganda as some people often try to argue. That alarm is rather a natural reaction to the one of the most dangerous threats that the civilized world is facing in 21st century. It is also clear that the threats by international terrorists to perpetrate terrorist acts in western countries are not empty words.

Several politicians who made statements in parliament during the debate about the proposed candidate for the vacant position in the Constitutional Court "crossed the Rubicon," "Yerkir" writes in today's editorial. Those politicians again tried to shift the political debate to the rivalry between Armenians and Karabakhtsis. There is no place in Armenia for politicians who seek to use that rivalry to score political points, "Yerkir" concludes.

Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian, who himself was born in Karabakh, has commented that some politicians who are now criticizing officials from Karabakh owe their present status to those same Karabakhtsis. The weekly "Iravunk" suggests that Sarkisian may have been referring to Artashes Geghamian, the leader of the opposition National Unity Party. Geghamian for his part told said that he and his party tried to convince Armenian people during the presidential election campaign that Robert Kocharian, Serzh Sarkisian and other members of the "Karabakh Clan" have nothing to do with the proud people of Karabakh.

We are coming closer to being a police state, "Iravunk" comments in a separate article. There are more people now who are able to wiretap any private citizens, or create their own secret network. Armenia is being transformed from a clannish state to the clannish-police state, "Iravunk" concludes. As for the opposition, it now faces the threat of remaining in opposition forever.

One has to be stupid or blind not to see the economic growth that Armenia is experiencing, sarcastically writes "AybFe." The proof of that growth could be perhaps the fact that before the May parliamentary elections bakeries were paying only 120 drams ($0.22) for 1 kilogram of flour, while now they pay 240 drams. This is obviously a clear indication of growth, "AybFe" writes.

During last six month the price of bread has gone up twice. Transport services are also more expensive now; and utility prices are also expected to rise. "Azg" poses the question: "What does the state think about these potentially explosive social issues?"

(Vache Sarkisian)
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