• 18:45 – Armenian PM, Kyrgyz President hold telephone conversation 
  • 00:44 – Armenia, U.S. Discuss Coronavirus, Expanding Relations 
  • 22:34 – Ryanair to Start Armenia Flights in January 2020 
  • 22:50 – Armenian culture, fine cuisine and fascinating history | Yerevan 
  • 22:50 – Armenian culture, fine cuisine and fascinating history | Yerevan 
  • 17:45 – Armenian deputy PM discusses joint programs with EU partners 

Two To Dump

ATTENTION! The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is an Armenian independent democratic state.
Garen Yegparian

Garen Yegparian


It’s time for two holders of public office, one in the RoA and one in the USA, to exit the stage of public service.

First is Arayik Harutyunyan, Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, whom I had the displeasure of meeting when he was in the Los Angeles area some months ago. He has proposed “reforms” of the RoA’s educational system that include making the study of Armenian history, language, and literature elective at the college level. Currently, they are required.

So we are expected to believe that these topics being mandatory is a critical problem confronting Armenia’s educational system. It’s not the bribery-for-grades that has afflicted the system. It’s not rising costs. It’s not poorly paid teachers/professors.

For those of us living in the west, this may not seem like such a big deal. Many colleges/universities in the U.S. no longer require such classes of their students. As long ago as the early eighties, as an engineering student, I did not have to take such classes. I just had to fulfill a generic “humanities” requirement of a few courses (I’ve forgotten how many). Ironically, in the context of this article, I took six courses in Armenian history and language!

But the RoA is not the USA, nor any other north or South American country, it is not even France, Greece, Russia, or any European country. By this I mean that it is truly a (small) nation-state. The countries of the Americas are based on immigration from all over the word. They do not house nations in the proper sense of the word. The European countries, while housing nations in the proper sense of the word, are mostly much larger in population. Finally, none of them have been subjected to genocide. Our situation as a nation is far more precarious, requiring more TLC (tender loving care) towards that which makes us Armenian.

That’s why these reforms are wrong. If they are pursuing some agenda, I can’t even fathom what it is, since the proposal is just plain needless, pointless, and given the source, I would not be surprised if they were simply meant to irritate those who stand in opposition to this poorly chosen government minister.

Unsurprisingly, the proposals elicited protests. The ARF youth organization in Yerevan is leading these. Also unsurprisingly, Harutyunyan’s response has been dismissive and designed to distract attention from his flawed proposals. He has described them as “purely political actions” without substances. He has accused the ARF of “bad behavior” and tried to create rifts within the party by calling on its members outside of Armenia to, for lack of better terminology, “straighten out” their comrades in the RoA He is practicing extreme partisanship by accusing others of being partisan. It’s a clever, but pathetically transparent ploy. He really should pack his bags and go back to teaching. Perhaps he can dupe some of his students into accepting whatever ideology it is that motivates him, though I doubt many would be that dumb.

Prime Minister Pashinyan seemed to act appropriately regarding all this, at least initially, by meeting with the protesters and making comments quite becoming of his position. I was pleased. Subsequently, I learned that he had commented something to the effect that even if 10,000 people protested and called for Hatutyunyan’s removal, it would not happen. That’s unfortunate, since this minister is nothing but a political millstone around the prime minister’s neck.

Dump Harutyunyan, now, Mr. Prime Minister, it is best for the country.

Moving to the US, we have had the displeasure to make the acquaintance of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. She is a Democrat representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives and serving her serving her 13th term. She is African-American, a non-practicing registered nurse, and according to her own website “has a reputation as a stateswoman who works with both parties to get things done” among other things. I chose these three aspects of her life to expose the vileness of her vote against the Genocide resolution two and a half weeks ago.

As an African-American, and very likely a descendant of slaves, she should know well the horrors of humans right abuses. As a nurse and someone involved in groupings and issues that care for people, she should understand human and humanitarian needs. As a bipartisanship-inclined “stateswoman”, she should value the cooperation demonstrated by votes as overwhelming as that which H.Res 296 elicited.

Her no vote on the bill, cast in solidarity with her Turkish staffer is a massive political mistake. She should be ousted. Perhaps firing that staffer and apologizing profusely and publicly would change my mind. Otherwise, she should be challenged at election, coming soon in 2020, and driven, nay, humiliated, out of office.

I do not know the politics of her district, but if there is any home grown opposition, the Armenian community should direct all available resources at making an example of her by supporting a viable opponent. Hopefully, she has made enough mistakes over the course of her four-plus decades in public office that people are ready to replace her.

Write to Pashinyan demanding Harotyunyan’s ouster (the latter is far too arrogant to have the decency to resign). Write to Johnson asking for her resignation, or watch her district for opposition to her and support the best candidate to knock her out of office.

advertising in Armenia advertising in Armenia

Views today: 48

  • Thank you for your attention
  • We would be most grateful if you share this article in the social networks.
  • →FMG

    News Feed
    Compassion is key, no matter what
    Italian photojournalist Sergio Ramazzotti has seen the worst of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, followed the escalation of the Libyan Civil War, ...

    Quarantine in metropoles
    More and more cities around the world have opted to quarantine in a bid to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus. And footage from abandoned ...

    The Armenian girl and her Resignation Syndrome
    The captivating portrait of an Armenian girl with Resignation Syndrome – a disorder in which children overwhelmed by trauma slip into a coma-like ...

    How "impressive Diaspora" could help augment Armenia’s IT scene
    Armenia had recently come under the spotlight thanks to several major IT events that Yerevan was hosting, and David Conrad, Senior Vice President ...

    Investments in Armenia’s greenhouses bear fruit
    Growing strawberries and raspberries might seem like an endeavor that’s far removed from the realm of politics. But in Armenia, one of the first ...

    Cultural diplomacy as a driver of Armenia’s economy
    With a rich cultural heritage and a big potential for growth and development, Armenia was the focus of widespread interest for an entire month when ...

    And the Pulitzer Prize went to… a lot of Armenians
    One of the most prestigious awards in the world, the Pulitzer Prize celebrates the best in literature, journalism, music, drama, poetry. While a ...

    Armenia’s eleven
    The last name of the fourth president of Armenia elected by the National Assembly on March 2 is Sarkissian which is a differently-spelled version of ...

    Armenia eco-camps entice more and more foreign travelers
    Armen Kazaryan and Siranish Vardanyan, a married couple who moved from the Russian city of Sochi to Armenia, founded an eco-camp in Kapan, Syunik ...

    Snow art fest is one more reason to pack your bag for Armenia
    This year’s snow art festival, a.k.a Snowman 2018, will be held for the sixth time in the Armenian resort town of Jermuk, set to attract locals and ...

    The craziest Guinness world records from Armenia
    The Guinness Book of Records is full of incredible, unbelievable and sometimes even senseless achievements, like when a Japanese man broke the world ...

    FOCUS TV - Made in Armenia
    USDКурс Доллара00.00000.000
    EURКурс Евро00.00000.000
    GBPКурс Фунта00.00000.000
    BYRКурс белорусского рубля00.00000.000
    UAHКурс гривны00.00000.000
    AMDКурс Армянского драма00.00000.000
    AZNКурс азербайджанского маната00.00000.000
    Armenia Today
    FOCUS TV - Made in Armenia
    FOCUS TV - Made in Armenia
    FOCUS TV - Made in Armenia
    Social Networks
    • Facebook
    • Вконтакте
    • Twitter
    Video of the day
    FOCUS TV - Made in Armenia
    FOCUS TV - Made in Armenia
    Armenian Genocide