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Thursday, September 09, 2021 

Rachel Avraham's anti-Armenian smears take an even more disturbing turn

Though this may be a few months late, here's the hit piece written by Avraham I'd predicted she would end up writing as a followup to her blood libel against Armenia accusing them of water pollution, which I decided was best to scrutinize because of an interviewee quoted, whose place of employment makes him a fishy choice for citation. First:
She continued, “In both the North and the South, the communities most burdened by crushing poverty, ill health, political disempowerment, and social exclusion are the ones most exposed to air and water pollution and most affected by climate change and other global environmental problems.”

Anyone who visits the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, which was under Armenian occupation for thirty years, can confirm this point.

Indeed, the Azerbaijanis, who are ethnically indigenous to the Karabakh region, have been plagued by ecocide and environmental terrorism that includes water pollution, while France, the Biden administration, Germany, and other important actors in the international community are supporting the Armenians, who colonized the area in violation of international law.
Says who that Biden for one is actually supporting them? Despite what he declared, Turkey hasn't lost any of their negative influence. Not one bit. Of course, what's irritating is how Avraham picked the wrong reason to take issue with the fraud-in-chief who caused disaster in Afghanistan: that any of these countries recognized the Turkish Ottoman empire's mass murder of Armenians during WW2. If you have a beef with Armenia, that's one thing, but basing it upon whether they recognize a serious issue like the Armenian Genocide of WW1 is incredibly stupid. And that part about "occupation" by Armenia...wow. Does that ever reek of the kind of propaganda you'd hear about Israel from antisemitic sources. Not to mention that even now, they haven't produced any solid evidence of Armenian wrongdoing in the region, from what I could see. But now, here's the aforementioned fishy part:
Daniel Salomon, an author, environmental activist and PHD student in urban studies at Portland State University, concurred with Lavrina, telling The J.CA: “This mountainous region is the headwaters for rivers which flow downstream into the neighboring country of Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijan people are dependent on clean rivers with their origin in Armenia for their physical and mental health. The Azerbaijan people need clean river water to drink, bathe and irrigate without causing life-threatening health problems.” He referred to Armenia depriving Azerbaijan of this as “an environmental injustice.”

“A rich and powerful industry upstream in their process of trying to make money and provide goods and services, end up also causing pollution downstream in an historically underrepresented human community,” he added. “This conflict is complicated by the fact that watersheds do not know human-created nation-state boundaries. Meaning, that a naturally occurring watershed by its very nature carries both natural resources and pollution alike from one country to another. In other words, this just means that a local environmental conflict has now become a transnational environmental conflict.”

Salomon emphasized that this issue is not just a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, but also attests to a conflict with Germany, who mined in cooperation with Armenia: “There might also be subconscious tribal nationalistic biases involved both on the Armenian and German end. Armenia is ethnically Aryan, the same ethnicity as Germany. Azerbaijanis are ethnically Turkish. This means that Armenians and Germans share the same ethnicity, yet Azerbaijanis are from another ethnic group.”

“This means that the German corporation could be favoring the lives of Aryan Armenians over the lives of Turkish Azerbaijanis in their judgements, decision making, practices and defensive response,” Salomon noted. “Also, the German Green Party’s silence could also have been unconsciously co-opted by the Aryan tribal bias.”
Yikes...she's relying on the statements of somebody working at such a ghastly institution in Oregon?!? Who even implies any cooperation Armenia gets from Germany on a project stems from their supposedly being Aryan? Now that's aiming pretty low. According to the following study, it just so happens Armenians have some very interesting ancestry:
Previous genetic studies of Armenians are scarce and genome-wide analysis is limited to a few Armenian samples in broad surveys without any detailed analysis. Armenians were found to have genetic affinity to several other populations including the Jews, Druze, and Lebanese Christians, in addition to showing genetic continuity with the Caucasus.
And the twosome who concocted that smear piece won't acknowledge that? Doubly disgusting. Let's be clear. Of course there could be some Armenians with Aryan ancestry, but as this makes clearer, that's hardly the prime ancestral background they have. What other ancestral origins they have include Indo-European, and also Phrygian. If Denmark, whose inhabitants are of Aryan descent, were located where Armenia is, would she use those sick tactics on them as well? It should be noted that if Azerbaijan sides with Turkey's Islamofascists, that's exactly the problem, historically or otherwise. By the way, how do we know Azerbaijan doesn't make use of desalinisation of water from the Caspian sea, or doesn't have any local rivers of their own, including the Aras and Lake Sarysu?

Now, the reason I'd decided this was crucial to deal with was because just recently, a professor from Portland State University resigned because the subjects at the establishment were not being taught to think, ideology reigned supreme, and he'd even been targeted with swastika slurs:
Portland State University professor Peter Boghossian resigned on Wednesday, stating that the school has made “intellectual exploration” an “impossible” feat, and that students at the university “are not being taught to think,” but rather, “are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues.”

“I’m writing to you today to resign as assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University,” Boghossian — who has taught philosophy at Portland State for the past decade — said in his resignation letter to Provost Susan Jeffords.
As further explained:
Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues. Faculty and administrators have abdicated the university’s truth-seeking mission and instead drive intolerance of divergent beliefs and opinions. This has created a culture of offense where students are now afraid to speak openly and honestly.

I noticed signs of the illiberalism that has now fully swallowed the academy quite early during my time at Portland State. I witnessed students refusing to engage with different points of view. Questions from faculty at diversity trainings that challenged approved narratives were instantly dismissed. Those who asked for evidence to justify new institutional policies were accused of microaggressions. And professors were accused of bigotry for assigning canonical texts written by philosophers who happened to have been European and male.
And it gets worse, as the guy reveals he'd come under attack:
The paper argued that “penises were products of the human mind and responsible for climate change,” Boghossian said, adding that he immediately thereafter revealed the article was “a hoax designed to shed light on the flaws of the peer-review and academic publishing systems.”

“Shortly thereafter, swastikas in the bathroom with my name under them began appearing in two bathrooms near the philosophy department,” the professor explained. “They also occasionally showed up on my office door, in one instance accompanied by bags of feces.”

Meanwhile, Portland State remained silent, Boghossian said.

[...] “Meanwhile, ideological intolerance continued to grow at Portland State,” the professor continued, noting several separate occasions in which protesters disrupted public discussions and speaking events on campus, adding that the “university did nothing to stop or address this behavior.”
And yet, this is the university from where Avraham chose to get a source to comment on. Good grief. Curious she hasn't taken it upon herself to expose what professor Boghossian did. Here's more at the New York Post, which describes Portland State as a social justice factory, and more from the Federalist as well. This revelation certainly puts a damper on the credibility of Avraham's hit piece, but who knows if she'll ever admit that? The Wash. Free Beacon also reported on this, and the UK Times describes the situation as "woke". And indeed it is. Why, it's exactly what the academic cited by Avraham is, if he's relying on some bizarre tribal mentality suggestion in connection with Aryans. The way they go miles out of their way to make it sound like Armenians are literal National Socialists is repellent and takes away the seriousness from the subjects involved. What an embarrassment. Thank goodness several news sites in Israel dropped her shoddy articles in the past year. Even so, it's an embarrassment that the Canadian source she's working with now is still employing her.

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