“Zhamanak” says that the outcome of the U.S. presidential election will have implications for the entire world because “as a superpower, the United States is responsible for global security.” “The choice of U.S. president is also important for Armenia seeing as it is situated in a region which sees quite active manifestations of geopolitical rivalry and which faces a number of issues of geopolitical significance,” writes the paper. “Two of them have directly to do with Armenia: the Turkish issue and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. But we cannot look at the U.S. presidential race only through the prism of these issues.”
“Zhoghovurd” reacts to government plans to drastically increase financial compensations to families of Armenian soldiers killed or maimed in action. The paper notes that the government is already facing criticism for the fact that the higher military benefits will be financed from a new tax. Critics say that the government should raise that money from other sources: notably oligarchs evading taxes. The paper finds these misgivings justified. It argues, in particular, that every year President Serzh Sarkisian’s office hands out lavish grants to dubious non-governmental organizations thought to be linked to the Armenian authorities. “In this regard, it is essential that the authors of the [compensation] scheme present undisputed guarantees as to how the public will be able to see where its money ends up,” concludes the paper.
In an interview with “Haykakan Zhamanak,” Samvel Nikoyan, a senior member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), comments on renewed calls by veterans of the Karabakh war for the formation of volunteer units that would help the Armenian military repel what they expect to be another Azerbaijani offensive in Karabakh. “The situation on the Karabakh-Azerbaijani border remains tense,” says Nikoyan. “And it will continue to be tense since negotiations [with Azerbaijan] have essentially entered a deadlock because Azerbaijan wants to get some lands with Russia’s help. Naturally, this cannot happen.”
“Hraparak” cites official statistics that show food prices in Armenia falling by almost 4 percent in the first ten months of this year. The paper challenges the credibility of this data. “Our prices have been falling but somehow we do not notice that,” it says with sarcasm.