Articles by Garen Yegparian

About Garen Yegparian (262 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.

The Usual Suspects, and…Not

Almost 100 Armenian dead in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (rendered still with the disgusting Soviet era, Russian-influenced spelling), at least 500 on the Azerbaijani side, war crimes (everyone’s seen the gruesome pictures of the 3 dead elderly Armenians and read about the mutilation of the [more...]

April 20, 2016 // 2 Comments

'My point is not to bash any of the presidential candidates.'

2016 Elections

There is so much going on, especially in Turkey, that it was difficult to choose an issue to address in this week’s column. But the chaotic, not-yet-assessable, turn of events in, around, and about our homeland’s occupier led me to choose another very timely, but not yet complete, matter: the [more...]

April 11, 2016 // 1 Comment

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Silenced Press, Scapegoated Minorities, Civil War

No, the title is not some veiled reference to the political climate of the United States in these presidential primary days. It refers to another place that somehow eludes, evades the attention its current plight deserves. It is a place where the government is run by people who seem to be [more...]

March 23, 2016 // 1 Comment

U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Richard Mills (Photo: Photolure)

Yegparian: Milling About

This is about Mills, Ambassador Richard M. Mills, Jr., the ninth U.S. “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” to Armenia after Harry J. Gilmore, Peter Tomsen, Michael Craig Lemmon, John Malcolm Ordway, John Marshall Evans, Marie L. Yovanovitch, and John A. Heffern (based on Wikipedia). [more...]

March 16, 2016 // 0 Comments


Yegparian: Following Up

There are a few things I’d like to bring up with those who take the trouble to read my articles. Thanks, for reading, of course. I do wish more people would take the time to respond, and tell the world (me included) what you think. It’s so easy, especially with so many people reading online. [more...]

March 10, 2016 // 2 Comments


Yegparian: Altar or Alter

“Lav, pav, tzav” (OK, enough, pain) is our saying, perhaps somehow equivalent to “Jamais deux sans trois” (There’s no two without three) in French. I like ours better, since the third opens the door to action, in this case an article. The issue is wedding locations, the actual ritual, not [more...]

March 8, 2016 // 1 Comment

Marilyn Arshagouni

Yegparian: Fruits of a Funeral

I felt like a bit of an interloper at a Ferrahian School reunion when I attended Marilyn Arshagouni’s funeral last week, a sad but also uplifting occasion. It was particularly sad since her daughter-in-law’s brother, whom I’d known since college, had died, far too soon, just a week earlier. [more...]

February 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Cappadocia (Photo:

Turkish Tourism Trashed

It is remarkable, almost unbelievable. For the first time in a quarter century of reading the LA Times and seeing endless advertising flaunting Turkish touristic venues coupled with occasional articles in the paper’s travel section, I noticed a negative item in the Feb. 14 issue titled, “Turkey [more...]

February 26, 2016 // 4 Comments


Turkey Roll

You know those disgusting-tasting “rolls” that pass for meats, usually cold-cuts, of various sorts? Turkey is really becoming the turkey version of those. I know it’s hard to imagine that Ankara could become any more unpalatable than it has been for the post-genocide century, but it is [more...]

February 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

R.T. Erdogan (Photo: AA)

Is Erdogan Exiting Hitler’s Closet?

At first it was just a reference to governance in Hitler’s Germany as a positive example of the centralized presidential power Erdogan seeks to establish in Turkey. It was reported in the New York Times and elsewhere. It was easy to disregard it as just another one of Erdogan’s outrageous, [more...]

February 9, 2016 // 1 Comment

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