HERE.AM – Episode 11 – How to describe Armenia

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How British media pretends to be independent

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On April 24, 2016 George Clooney visited Yerevan, Armenia to take part in the commemoration of the victims of the Armenian Genocide and handing over Aurora prize to those who work for humanity today. As the world knows, the first Genocide of the 20th century left a horrific trace of 1,5 million Armenian children, women and elders raped and slaughtered by Ottoman Turks. Just because they were Armenian.

George is one of the biggest supporters of recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Many democracies, including France, The Netherlands, Canada, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Germany, Italy, Uruguay, Poland, Sweden, etc. recognized Armenian Genocide and condemn such crimes against humanity.

But not the British government. Or British media, behaving like a state-financed propaganda entity.

Two British media giants, The Guardian and Telegraph thought they should write about Clooney’s humanitarian activity, but without mentioning a word about Armenian Genocide. Both quoted Clooney’s words, but never those about Armenian Genocide.

Here are the links:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/24/hold-burundi-humanitarian-worker-wins-11m-aurora-prize-presented/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/24/george-clooney-marguerite-barankitse-aurora-prize-burundi-civil-war

You need to be a real propaganda machine to write about the event that takes place in the capital of Armenia, on April 24 (the Genocide commemoration day) and maneuver cleverly to skip mentioning the Armenian Genocide.

The Guardian, having no other choice, quoted Clooney’s words about the Armenian Genocide in brackets. Looks really pathetic. Here is what Guardian writes in the very last sentence of the article: During the prize ceremony, Clooney called for the world to recognize the “Armenian genocide”.

One may wonder if Clooney showed brackets with his fingers specifically for British media. I knew Telegraph and The Guardian are officially world’s hypocrisy champions, but The Guardian was giving some fractions of hope in the past, by this article, for example: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2015/apr/24/why-uk-government-so-afraid-speak-armenian-genocide

Apparently, not anymore. The George Orwell’s “1984” is here. We do experience dark times in British media today.

Dear British media workers. As you may know, media is meant for giving information, not misleading, maneuvering, playing diplomacy, etc. You now behave like Russia Today. Wake up and learn from your Swedish, Canadian, German, French, Dutch or US colleagues.

It’s because the Armenian Genocide is not yet recognized by some governments, ISIS slaughters civilians today.

I just want to finish this article by another quote from George Clooney’s yesterday’s speech: “Hitler once famously said: “But who remembers Armenia?” The answer is the whole world. That’s who”.

You do it or you don’t. Simple as that.

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This probably should have been posted in the Thoughts section, but it touches upon some business aspects of our reality.

Lately I was watching an interview with a prominent spyurkahye and he was trying to communicate the following thought, in short it would sound like “Armenia is not the best place for investment”. Well, tell me about it.

There is no secret, the best places for investment are markets like Dubai, China, other countries (other than Armenia) in Eastern Europe, etc. So, what is the point of speaking about obvious things?

Armenia has changed a lot within the last 25 years, and we have a cohort of young, bright individuals educated in US and Europe. By now we even have a generation who worked in different other countries and came back home. I mean, do we need someone to tell us about obvious things we already know?

If there is no solution offered, if there is no action taken, reminding everyone about the problems we know does not add any value. I can put a reminder on my phone and it will remind me about it every day.

Spyurk did a lot for Armenia. And does a lot. My point is the following:

If a spyurkahye looks at Armenia as only the place for investment, what is the difference between that spyurkahye and any other foreign investor? If a spyurkahye tells about problems without offering a single solution, what is the difference between that spyurkahye and hyastantsi who says “Երկիրը Երկիր չի” every time there is a problem?

Do you have a realistic solution? Offer it. Otherwise, thanks for the reminder, but I don’t need it.

Again, there is a whole generation of modern Armenians who brilliantly perform in US, Europe and Asia. And there is a generation of spyurkahye brothers and sisters who invested in Armenia without such “reminders”. It is sufficient to look at some projects like:

Dilijan International School

Tumo

Vahakni

Karas

Zorah and many, many others…

Moreover, there are so many foreigners who successfully invested in Armenia and enjoy the fruits of those investments today.

So, you either do it in Armenia or you don’t. Simple as that.