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About Garen Yegparian (226 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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Yegparian: Harvesting the 100th

Euphoric, human flood, insanely well behaved, overwhelming, pride, second-largest demonstration in Los Angeles history, thrilling, tremendous. These are all terms that I heard to describe the 160,000 people who started marching in Hollywood’s Little Armenia on April 24, then massed in front of [more...]

May 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

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Yegparian: Arizona Centennial

This April 24 found me in Arizona. I had the honor of speaking at the Centennial gathering held in Phoenix’s Bolin Memorial Park, where that community’s Genocide Memorial is located, beside such similar structures as the Arizona Pioneer Women, Civilian Conservation Corps, World War I, Dr. [more...]

May 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Yegparian: Harnessing the 100th

It will come as no surprise that during these days of intense activity on the occasion of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, some serious discussions occur, despite how occupied everyone is. Some are inspiring, others banal; some irritating, others activating; some profound, others [more...]

April 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

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Yegparian: The Kardashian Factor

Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way first: I am not related to the subject of this article. I say this because of my surname and because yeghpayr (in Armenian) = kardash* (in Turkish) = brother (in English). With that, I say “ENOUGH” to those who are fond of criticizing Kim [more...]

April 16, 2015 // 16 Comments

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