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About Garen Yegparian (204 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.
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Yegparian: Soul Searching or Self Serving?

I’ve been torn for weeks now over whether to write this piece. The dilemma arises from the conflicting responsibilities of speaking truth to power (in this case, the American publishing establishment) and informing our community about matters that impact it while not creating potential harm to [more...]

December 18, 2014 // 18 Comments

Walkers and riders in the rain, at the entrance to the Montebello Genocide monument

100’s

A hundred, with a hundred, for a hundred, on the hundredth, that was the original, vague “plan”—100 miles, 100 people, $100,000, 100th genocide anniversary, respectively. That was eight months ago when we started meeting to organize a walk to honor our ancestors’ memory. Walkers [more...]

December 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Yegparian: Thanksgiving and Turkey

Of course the topic of discussion here is not the bird, but the country. Armenians can be grateful to Turkey for just one thing—its leadership’s perpetual knack for embarrassing themselves and those they allegedly represent, and often specifically regarding Armenian issues. Remember the [more...]

December 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Political Déjà Vu All Over Again

You might not have noticed that 2 years ago, after 30 years of “service” in the House of Representatives, Armenian Genocide denier Dan Burton of Indiana slithered over to the Azerbaijan America Alliance as its new chairman of the board. Besides years of services rendered to the [more...]

November 26, 2014 // 2 Comments

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Blood, Oil: Which is Thicker?

Here I am, trying to make sense of things. But, the last few days of developments and news are giving me a case of cognitive dissonance. It doesn’t help that we, Armenians, see what Turkey and Azerbaijan do as inextricably intertwined…even though sometimes they are really NOT. There was some [more...]

November 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Centennial Opportunities

Things are starting to move on the occasion of the Armenian Genocide’s Centennial. I hasten to agree with fellow columnist Haut Sassounian that the genocide wasn’t just one year, but stretched, in one bloody form or another, over eight. So we have a lot of time to do our work. [more...]

November 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

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Elections 2014: The Final Installment from All Over

It might seem a bit early to wrap up discussion of elections, but with just over two weeks to go, many people will already be casting their votes by mail, so the information has to get out there. You’ll find quite an eclectic mix of recommendations below, which might even lead to a smirk or [more...]

October 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Elections 2014: The Props

As you read this, there are just about three weeks left before the Nov. 4 election. This week, I’ll cover the California statewide, and one LA County, ballot measures. Some of the easier choices were addressed three weeks ago in “Elections 2014,” and any remaining items will be [more...]

October 15, 2014 // 1 Comment

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Yegparian: Divest, Invest, Disinfest

di·vest verb \dī-ˈvest, də-\: to sell (something valuable, such as property or stocks) For the purposes of this article, divest refers to what must be done with stocks of fossil-fuel (energy) companies—coal, oil, gas. Many charitable foundations have started to do this, and not just out of [more...]

October 2, 2014 // 2 Comments

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Re-Independence at 23: A Lamentation

Here we are, 23 years on—really, a quarter century since the rebirth of a truly independent Armenian state was more than just a pipe dream among circles of die-hard believers who were mocked and smirked at. But, boy, what a letdown! Even by the interconnected, interdependent standards of [more...]

September 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

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