Articles by Garen Yegparian

About Garen Yegparian (236 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.

Things that make you go, ‘Hmmm’

Perhaps the most ongoingly jaw-dropping, cognitive-dissonance-inducing, and just plain annoying head-scratcher is the continued seat Azerbaijan is given in dignified circles. This is the country that is so unfree that the Europeans have decided not to even bother monitoring the upcoming [more...]

September 30, 2015 // 0 Comments


Voter Suppression a la Turkey

President of Turkey Erdogan has embarked on a risky and very bloody gambit to arrange for his Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (Justice and Development Party, or AKP) to regain its parliamentary majority so he can continue his march to autocracy as a latter-day Sultan. He is not the first politician in [more...]

September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments


Yegparian: Are They Trying to Tell Us Something?

For years and years, since the 1994 Artsakh-Azerbaijan ceasefire, the Azeris have been violating that very same ceasefire. These violations come in the form of sniper fire, attacks, the downing of a helicopter, commando-style attempted infiltration and murder, heavy weapons fire, kidnappings of [more...]

September 24, 2015 // 6 Comments


A Suggestion to ‘Time’ Magazine

No doubt the editors at “Time” magazine are gearing up to choose their person/people of the year. You might recall it used to be “Man of the Year” before they broke that tradition and chose more than one and also rendered the title gender neutral. Well, I have a strong [more...]

September 14, 2015 // 3 Comments



Two weeks ago I had the honor of attending a friend’s daughter’s bat mitzvah. That’s the coming of age ritual for Jewish girls. Aside from noticing similarities that were the result of borrowings from Judaism into Christianity and trying to recognize words in Hebrew by likening them to the [more...]

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments


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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