(Saturday, August 7)
An editorial in “Aravot” looks at a Gallup opinion poll according to which 39 percent of Armenians would like to leave the country. The paper suggests that only 10 percent of these individuals live in extreme poverty and that the vast majority of them “earns more or less bearable incomes.” It says they simply “see no future” for themselves and their children in Armenia. “What they mainly mean is that in our country a normal specialist and honest work are absolutely not appreciated,” it says. “A young man seeing his uneducated, unintelligent and lazy peer at the wheel of an [expensive] jeep realizes that he will never earn such a jeep with any skills and knowledge, that the car was acquired by the thieving parents of the lazy man through plunder and bribery.”
“Aravot” goes on to predict that the Armenian authorities will soon commission a new poll “in order to prove that the Gallup figures are quite exaggerated.” “Of course, putting your head in the sand is the easiest option,” concludes the paper.
“Today we have such an army because ever since its creation it has been shrouded in misery,” claims “Hraparak.” “There is a kind of atmosphere of fear in the army. A subdued soldier leaves the army and does not manage to establish himself in civilian life, to become a full-fledged member of the society. That fear always lives on in his consciousness. Our army needs officers, commanders who wouldn’t offend and humiliate soldiers and would treat them like themselves. Serious changes are needed in this system. We need intellectual officers with the highest human skills.”
“Kapital” quotes a government spokesman as saying that Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian is closely monitoring fluctuations in international prices of wheat. “Both the government and [wheat] importers are continuing their efforts to strengthen the country’s food security and secure wheat imports to the Republic of Armenia,” the official, Aram Ananian, tells the paper. He says the Ministry of Agriculture has assured Sarkisian that sufficient quantities of wheat have been stockpiled in the country in recent months.