Articles by Garen Yegparian

About Garen Yegparian (285 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.
'Killing Ed' is a documentary film about the Gulen movement’s charter schools in the U.S.

Celebration, Civic Duty, Common Sense

I recently heard a story from a friend about difficulties stemming from jury duty–something I think is incredibly important. I find it repugnant that so many people, especially in our community, try to avoid doing their constitutionally mandated service. However, the importance of jury duty does [more...]

September 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Busy Weekend… + Monday

It’s always easy to tell when September rolls around in the greater Los Angeles Armenian community.  How? A massive pileup of events ends up being available for people to participate in. The weekend right after Labor Day is the one we’ll look at. The Armenian Hikers Association had it annual [more...]

September 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

A scene from the Standing Rock Pipeline Protest In North Dakota (Photo: Andrew Cullen/Reuteres)

The Law and the Line

Laws are made to regulate interactions between and among people and governments. Laws are made to codify systems of behavior that are beneficial. Laws are made to express the social contract that is presumed to exist between governor and governed. Laws are made to prevent bad outcomes or promote [more...]

September 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Yegparian: Election Shenanigans?

After Labor Day, things get intense in the quadrennial U.S. presidential election that culminates on Nov. 8. The unprecedented levels of dissatisfaction with the presidential candidates and the reality that one of them has no real policy proposals have led to an “issues free” election as a [more...]

September 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

'The long-awaited invasion of Syria by Turkey has commenced.  What has Turkey to gain?' 
(Photo: Glenn Fawcett)

Yegparian: Yerevan, Rojava, Drones

The long-awaited invasion of Syria by Turkey has commenced.  What has Turkey to gain? 1- It stops Kurdish advances westward; 2- It regains some credibility with the U.S. by “fighting” ISIS/Daesh; 3- It reinforces and consolidates its relationships and connections with Syrian opposition groups; [more...]

August 31, 2016 // 6 Comments

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Internal Irony

At a recent meeting where the structure of an (Armenian) organization was under discussion, what struck me as a strange comment was made.  “Dictatorship (prnabedootiun) is not necessarily bad,” contended one person. The notion arose when discussing how the organization should be governed: an [more...]

August 15, 2016 // 1 Comment

Anti-government gunmen occupying a police station in Yerevan released three hostages on July 18, (Photo: Photolure/Vahram Baghdasarian)

The Trench, the Capitol, the Street, the Ether

Garen Yegparian The last three weeks’ events in the Republic of Armenia, occupied Western Armenia, and points further west in Asia Minor led me to the realization that one way to look at human affairs, and how well we handle them collectively, might be to view them as falling into four [more...]

August 8, 2016 // 2 Comments

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Conscience Asks…

Yesterday, I heard a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote that well describes where I—and many others—find myself regarding the last two weeks’ events in that proto-Armenian, Urartian site, Yerepoonee (Yerebouni/Erebuni), and of all places, at a police facility: “Cowardice asks the question: ‘Is [more...]

August 5, 2016 // 4 Comments

Fethullah Gulen in 2014 (Photo: Selahattin Sevi/Zaman)

A Joke, a Plot, a Blot

If I were a much better humorist/comedian/caricaturist, I think I would have created all kinds of jokes about the latest coup in Turkey. Most would center on how farcically short and amateurish it was. Things like: “How many days does a Turkish coup d’état last? We’ll never know, Turks [more...]

July 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan’s Kissing Buns

Proving once again how shrewd and shameless he is, Turkey’s sultan-in-waiting president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has realized he’s in over his head and is rapidly swimming to shore to save himself and the nouveau-corruption he has brought to Ankara. He has realized he opened up too many [more...]

July 21, 2016 // 3 Comments

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