Articles by Garen Yegparian

About Garen Yegparian (231 Articles)
Garen Yegparian is a fat, bald guy who has too much to say and do for his own good. So, you know he loves mouthing off weekly in the Weekly about anything he damn well pleases to write about that he can remotely tie in to things Armenian. He's got a checkered past: principal of an Armenian school, project manager on a housing development, ANC-WR Executive Director, AYF Field worker (again on the left coast), Operations Director for a telecom startup, and a City of LA employee most recently (in three different departments so far). Plus, he's got delusions of breaking into electoral politics, meanwhile participating in other aspects of it and making sure to stay in trouble.

Egregiously Execrable Election

Yes, it’s coming, an unnecessary election designed to serve the interests of one party (at best) and, more realistically, one megalomaniac. This is not a diatribe directed at Mike Gatto, who has often been the object of harsh criticism from me; instead, it is about Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the [more...]

August 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

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Chronic Kurd-Kicking Capers Come Back

Was anyone surprised when Turkey bombed Kurdish targets in Iraq and Turkey itself to “fight ISIS”…in Syria? How about using, as a “reason” for the aerial bombings, the attack in Suruç that killed 32 people attending a humanitarian mission’s gathering? Will it [more...]

August 12, 2015 // 6 Comments


Debt, Taxes, and Confusing Economics

It all started with “Electric Yerevan” and its demonstrations opposing the third time utility rates were being jacked up in Armenia in four years. Then there was the government’s overreaction and, ultimately, its pledge to conduct an audit of the electric utility and subsidize the higher [more...]

August 6, 2015 // 2 Comments


Jason Katz’s ‘Impeded Development’

Jason Katz’s “Impediments to regional development in the South Caucasus” (, which appeared in “Congress blog” on “The Hill” website, leaves the [more...]

July 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

Demonstrators hold up signs demanding the return of Camp Armen in Istanbul on June 26 (Photo: Nanore Barsoumian)

EYKA: Electric Yerevan, Kamp Armen

Electric Yerevan, Kamp Armen. These two recent Armenian mini-movements have gotten quite a bit of (well-deserved) attention. I suspect the movement to save Camp Armen has gotten a little less play than it deserves because we in the diaspora are not yet well-enough attuned to following developments [more...]

July 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Oversized Water Pistols, Undersized Brains

The last week’s developments can almost be described as bizarre. Over something as simple and basic as electricity rates (or tariffs, as they’re being referred to in what I assume is a more Euro-English parlance) in the Republic of Armenia, a major street mobilization has erupted! The basic [more...]

July 2, 2015 // 1 Comment


Terrible Two’s Turkic Tantrums

The terrible two Turkic “republics”—Azerbaijan and Turkey—with their behavior remind even the most casual observer of nothing more than a child in its terrible twos. We are constantly treated to temper tantrums and other childish behavior. In recent months, the foreign minister of [more...]

June 25, 2015 // 0 Comments


Turkey: What Next?

Since April 24, we’ve had a lot of chatter about what’s next for us. But after last weekend’s momentous election in Turkey, that genocidal state confronts the same question, and with more complexity, to boot! Where we simply have to clarify what aspects of our struggle to focus on, Turkey has [more...]

June 16, 2015 // 3 Comments


Dastardly Denny and Improving the System

This is fun.  We get to add dastardly Denny Hastert to our universe of aspersively alliterated appellations and rhyme-named former elected officials: disgusting Dick Gephardt, Dirty Dan Burton, Slippery Steve Stockman, and mean Jean Schmidt. In case you missed the news, Hastert, a former Speaker [more...]

June 12, 2015 // 0 Comments


Wasn’t It Bad Enough?

Wasn’t it bad enough when they took 1,500,000 lives? Wasn’t it bad enough that they left hundreds of thousands orphaned and homeless? Wasn’t it bad enough that hundreds of thousands more were forced to mask their true identities for three generations and counting? Wasn’t it [more...]

May 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

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