Irritants XX

Let’s start the year off by venting so the irritation doesn’t affect productivity for the rest of 2018. First off, I’ll vent at myself for my own imprecision. It seems I “skipped” in my count so that “Irritants XIX” never appeared. I despise making silly, minor errors such as these. I [more...]

January 4, 2018 // 3 Comments

Trump Gets Slapped Twice in One Week at the United Nations

President Trump added two new major mistakes last month to the long list of misguided foreign and domestic policy decisions throughout the year. Donald Trump (Photo: Gage Skidmore) On Dec. 18, 2017, the United States vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that called for the reversal [more...]

January 3, 2018 // 21 Comments

Auspicious Eights

2018 is a big year for Armenians. It marks the centennial of the establishment of the first Armenian Republic, on May 28, 1918, after a 543-year period of statelessness and subjugation to foreign empires (Persian, Russian, and Turkish). But for that heroic act of creation out of “formless [more...]

December 27, 2017 // 2 Comments

Busy Bolis

It’s almost as if our compatriots in Bolis are working mightily to restore their home city to its status of a century-plus ago when, along with Tiflis (Tbilisi), Georgia, the two cities served as Armenia’s “capitals”—and from the point of activism, education, intellectual ferment, reform, [more...]

December 21, 2017 // 3 Comments

European Court of Human Rights Penalizes Both Armenia and Azerbaijan

The European Court Of Human Rights (ECHR) issued two similar rulings on Dec. 12: one against Armenia, and the other against Azerbaijan. Not surprisingly, the Azeri press deceptively reported only the ruling against Armenia, hiding from its readers the fact that a similar judgement was issued [more...]

December 19, 2017 // 1 Comment

Move Over Marie Antoinette

Everyone’s heard the attribution of “let them eat cake” to Marie Antoinette. It turns out she probably never said it. The same, or a similar, line appears in a French source at a time when she was but a child, and it’s attributed to a princess. The same sort of story apparently [more...]

December 15, 2017 // 6 Comments

Fifth Century Historian Describes Deplorable State of Armenian Society

A friend recently sent me an excerpt written in the 5th century by historian Movses Khorenatsi, in which he described the deplorable societal conditions in ancient Armenia. The History of Armenia. Movses Khorenatsi. – Amsterdam: T. Vanandetsi Press, 1695 (Photo: My friend [more...]

December 13, 2017 // 10 Comments

SpitRain IX: The Multicontinental Edition

Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, United Nations Correspondents Gold Medal, the National Magazine Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, and two from the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA Eastern and Western Regions)… Do you know who this describes? [more...]

December 8, 2017 // 7 Comments

Turkish President Erdoğan Embroiled in New, $15 Million Scandal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan came to power 14 years ago as a devout Muslim, announcing that he intended to eliminate corruption from Turkish politics. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Photo: Michał Józefaciuk) As he consolidated his authority and moved from prime minister to an autocratic [more...]

December 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Hacking Armenia, Iran, Russia, U.S.

It looks like we may have a brand new squealer joining the passel of swine inhabiting Azerbaijan’s sty of hackneyed howlers. Let’s see whether he’ll play well with the old timers: Alexander Murinson, Brenda Schaffer, Jason Katz, Stephen Kinzer, and all the others who prostitute themselves, in [more...]

December 2, 2017 // 9 Comments

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