(Saturday, November 2)
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that if Russia really wants to prevent another war for Nagorno-Karabakh it had better not sell weapons to Azerbaijan, instead of threatening, through the commander of the Russian military base in Armenia, to side with the Armenians. “What is the point of declaring that ‘if they attack we will defend you’ when they could have avoided selling offensive weapons in the first place?” writes the paper. “In that case, [Azerbaijan] would not have even considered such an attack.”
“168 Zham” sees important but “invisible” political processes unfolding in Armenia. “At the heart of those processes is an expectation that Armenia’s decision to join the Customs Union should have internal political consequences in the form of drastic changes within the ruling regime,” writes the paper. It says that pro-government factions as well as opposition groups supporting Armenian membership of the union hope to be somehow rewarded by Moscow. Mindful of this danger, President Serzh Sarkisian is keen to speed up accession talks with the Russians, it adds.
“Aravot” plays down the significance of external factors and internal power levers in the outcome of Armenian political battles. The paper believes that it is ordinary Armenians that ultimately determine, usually through inaction, who rules the country.
“Hraparak” reports on a bombshell statement posted on an Armenian Apostolic Church website that denounces modern pop, rock and jazz music as “Satanic” and warns Armenians against listening to it. The paper is shocked by this stance. “Now that many churches of the world are organizing disco parties and looking for new ways of becoming attractive and bringing young people into the domain of faith and religion our church is stuck in medieval inquisition,” it says. “Who is the author of this disgraceful text that hates the music admired by millions of people and considers it evil?”