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About Garen Yegparian (216 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.
An audience member at the Responsibility 2015 Conference (photo: Garrett Holmes)

Yegparian: What’s the Point?

In just over a month, it will crescendo. It has already begun. Weeks and weeks worth of commemorations, conferences, demonstrations, marches, memorials, museum and monument dedications, pilgrimages, rides, etc., will culminate in…what? Actually, they will even continue beyond April 24, 1915. But [more...]

March 23, 2015 // 3 Comments

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Yegparian: Whacking Whitewashing Worms

You were undoubtedly pleased over the last few weeks when you read about Los Angeles and Portland dropping Dick Gephardt, the former House Speaker and genocide recognition advocate who sold his soul to Turkish government denialists in exchange for millions of dollars, as their lobbyist. This has [more...]

March 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Turkish Propaganda Assault

Armenians have two recent victories to celebrate: the Starbucks snafu and toppling of a proposed Ataturk statue in the City of Carson before it was even erected. I’m convinced the first example was an honest mistake born of ignorance. But the second one, that’s another story. That statue [more...]

March 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

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Yegparian: On the Commercial Front

As the old saying goes, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat” (at the risk of offending the animal rights folks), and Turkey is skinning a lot of cats. Ankara’s multifaceted and long-term efforts to improve its image constitute the broader context in which Armenian Genocide denial [more...]

March 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

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It’s/They’re Coming!

April 24, 2015. Events on, around, about, for, through, because of, and probably a whole lot of other prepositionally connected events are what “it” and “they” are. A fellow columnist recently wrote me that it’s just impossible to stay on top of all the art shows, [more...]

February 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Yegparian: Reverse Crusades

With what can only be described as breathtaking hypocrisy, nut-job Muslim extremists seem to be undertaking their own “CRESCENTade” to “defend” their religion.  These are the same people who still hold a grudge against Christian nut-jobs of a millennium ago for engaging in the CRUSades.  [more...]

February 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Yegparian: The First Salvo

Great news came out of UCLA and its student government this week. “A Resolution to Divest from the Republic of Turkey to End the Perpetuation of the Armenian Genocide” was passed, calling on the University of California (UC) system to rid itself of the $72.6 million worth of bonds and [more...]

January 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ultimately, the DU slate swept the delegate and e-board elections.

Yegparian: Delegate Delight

On Sun., Jan. 11, a significant victory was achieved by the Armenian community living in California’s 43rd State Assembly District (AD), led by the efforts of the ANCA. “What could be so significant on such a small scale?” you’re probably wondering. Ultimately, the DU slate swept the [more...]

January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Yegparian: Touting Tourism

Most people do it at some point in their lives—visit a place for artistic, cultural, educational, health, historic, nostalgic, photographic, recreational, relaxation, religious, restorative, or spiritual reasons. The places visited benefit economically, at least, but by gaining relevancy and [more...]

January 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Is Interim ‘Good Enough’ Acceptable?

No one disagrees that we have significant problems in the Republic of Armenia (RoA). The disagreement is over what they are, how large they loom, and how to solve them. From the perspective of local civic activists, the current crop of people in power is the problem, or, at least, the cause of the [more...]

January 5, 2015 // 3 Comments

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