Articles by Garen Yegparian

About Garen Yegparian (243 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 woodcut print captioned 'Trebizond, the Scene of the Armenian Massacre,'

Thanksgiving… 120 Years Delayed

Scientific American Supplement ran an article titled “The Massacres in Armenia,” accompanied by a woodcut print captioned “Trebizond, the Scene of the Armenian Massacre,” in its Nov. 30, 1895 issue. I discovered this only because my beloved found it online and got it for me as a gift! [more...]

November 27, 2015 // 0 Comments


Bracing Breeze from the Bosphorus

I had the pleasure of feeling this breeze across my face a week ago when attending a small gathering to meet and interact with Sayat Tekir. Sayat is one of the half-dozen founders of “Nor Zartonk” (meaning, new renaissance/rebirth) in Bolis. This small group started as an e-mail discussion [more...]

November 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

The head of a polling station board in Ankara holding up a ballot for observers and other board members to verify during counting in Turkey's early parliamentary elections, Nov. 1, 2015 (Photo: OSCE/Thomas Rymer)

Turks and Polls

Let’s dispense with the easy one, first. Azerbaijan held an “election” on November 1st. Who noticed? Who cared? The result was so predetermined, the election such a farce, the persecution of Aliyev’s opponents so extensive, that the “results,” to the extent they’re not completely [more...]

November 11, 2015 // 0 Comments


I’m a ‘2’—Are You, Too?

The ANCA Western Region Grassroots Conference last weekend was very interesting in multiple ways. I “re-met” people I hadn’t seen in a long time. I bought books. I noticed a far younger crowd in attendance than at the first of these events (held four years ago). I am still considering Eric [more...]

November 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Thousands gathered in Taksim Square to commemorate the Armenian Genocide (Photo: Nanore Barsoumian)


By its nature, the project of writing about ongoing issues of interest and concern to Armenians tends to lean towards addressing problems, pointing out the negatives, criticizing wrongheaded actions and policies, etc. So, I thought it was time for one of my occasional “bright side of [more...]

October 30, 2015 // 1 Comment


Erdogan’s Ego

  Erdogan Recep Tayyip Erdogan, coupled with his sycophants, dependents, and fellow-travelers in the Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (Justice and Development Party), is appealing to the worst strains, aspects, parts, of the Turkish psyche. Of course, none of this is accomplished through explicit [more...]

October 21, 2015 // 0 Comments



That’s what happened. The lifeless corpse of Haci Lokman Birlik was DRAGGED behind a Turkish police vehicle with a rope that formed a noose around his neck. He was the brother-in-law of HDP (the pro-Kurdish party in Turkey) parliament member Leyla Birlik from Sirnak. Here’s what has to [more...]

October 14, 2015 // 0 Comments


Things that make you go, ‘Hmmm’

Perhaps the most ongoingly jaw-dropping, cognitive-dissonance-inducing, and just plain annoying head-scratcher is the continued seat Azerbaijan is given in dignified circles. This is the country that is so unfree that the Europeans have decided not to even bother monitoring the upcoming [more...]

September 30, 2015 // 0 Comments


Voter Suppression a la Turkey

President of Turkey Erdogan has embarked on a risky and very bloody gambit to arrange for his Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (Justice and Development Party, or AKP) to regain its parliamentary majority so he can continue his march to autocracy as a latter-day Sultan. He is not the first politician in [more...]

September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments


Yegparian: Are They Trying to Tell Us Something?

For years and years, since the 1994 Artsakh-Azerbaijan ceasefire, the Azeris have been violating that very same ceasefire. These violations come in the form of sniper fire, attacks, the downing of a helicopter, commando-style attempted infiltration and murder, heavy weapons fire, kidnappings of [more...]

September 24, 2015 // 6 Comments

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