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About Garen Yegparian (276 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.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan’s Kissing Buns

Proving once again how shrewd and shameless he is, Turkey’s sultan-in-waiting president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has realized he’s in over his head and is rapidly swimming to shore to save himself and the nouveau-corruption he has brought to Ankara. He has realized he opened up too many [more...]

July 21, 2016 // 2 Comments

Alton Sterling (L) and Philando Castile (R)

What’s the Excuse Now?

Alton Sterling: July 5, 2016, Baton Rouge, Louisiana…dead. Philando Castile: July 6, 2016 in Falcon Heights, Minnesota (near Minneapolis)…dead. Police murders both. Alton Sterling (L) and Philando Castile (R) It would be too easy to rattle off names of unjustly killed people, overwhelmingly [more...]

July 12, 2016 // 2 Comments

Ardy Kassakhian

Yegparian: Ps in the 43rd

Past events perforce drive us to review the outcome in the 43rd State Assembly District of the California Primary election held June 7. This is the district in which Ardy Kassakhian, with 24.28 percent of the vote, is in second place behind Laura Friedman, with 31.94 percent of the vote (figures as [more...]

July 8, 2016 // 3 Comments

Harvey Milk (Photo: iamharveymilknyc.com)

‘If You’re Not at the Table, You’re on the Menu’

The title above is what Harvey Milk—the first openly gay elected official; he was assassinated in 1978—used to say, according to his nephew, Stuart Milk. I heard this on Monday and couldn’t help but realize how applicable it was to Armenians. Harvey Milk (Photo: iamharveymilknyc.com) The [more...]

June 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Donald Trump (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Yegparian: How to Get Trump Elected

Just keep doing what you’ve been doing, everyone, that’s how Donald Trump will become president of the United States. Then, Armenian headaches, heartaches, and possibly catastrophes will grow significantly because of the instability he is likely to foster in Armenia’s [more...]

June 16, 2016 // 8 Comments

Samantha Power

Past Decades, Into Centuries

  Samantha Power Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said, “I congratulate the people of Chad whose dogged, decades-long pursuit of justice made this day possible.” She was referring to the conviction of Hissène Habré, former dictator of Chad. This is a “first” [more...]

June 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

Anonymous

An Armenian Wishlist for Anonymous

As you probably know, “Anonymous” is an ultra-secretive, underground, very loosely “organized” group of hackers whose targets serve some societal utility. These targets have ranged from governments (including Turkey’s), to corporations, to religious entities with questionable functions, [more...]

June 2, 2016 // 2 Comments

The cover of Truth Held Hostage

Yegparian: The Ambassador’s Ten Points

The cover of Truth Held Hostage Ambassador John Evans’ book Truth Held Hostage was recently published and ends with ten suggestions that are a great starting point for discussion. I will address them here, one at a time. They are a mixture of sublime, no-brainers, bad, and thought provoking. I [more...]

May 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Malevolently Mendacious Mealy Mouthed Murinson

A hack by the name of Alexander Murinson has finally gone far enough (a la Donald Trump) to elicit a response, hopefully so scathing as to cause him to disappear from the public sphere… yes, I know, that’s wishful thinking. This guy, who got a Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African [more...]

May 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Yegparian: Hum-drum One-oh-one

Bluntly, we blew it. We did not succeed in harnessing, perpetuating, and building on/with the enthusiasm and energy that had coalesced on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Here we are, a year out, and I don’t think anyone would disagree. Of course, I did not expect [more...]

May 16, 2016 // 1 Comment

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