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About Garen Yegparian (297 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.

Deciphering Trump and Trumpism

  If you read the New York Times piece titled “Why Rural America Voted for Trump” and a response to it with the header “F*** You, Rural Elitists,” you’ll come away with the conclusion that both are overwhelmingly accurate.  But, the conclusions embodied in them are diametrically [more...]

January 18, 2017 // 1 Comment

The Turkeys Have Come Home to Roost

Given the size of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ego, chickens, the bird usually referred to in the saying that is this article’s title, seemed like too small a bird.  Plus, it turns out the centuries-old origin of the saying is “curses, like chickens, always come home to [more...]

January 9, 2017 // 5 Comments

To the West(ern Armenia)

For years now, I have been mocked, or drawn smirks, or pooh-poohed, or patronized, or ignored, whenever I mention restoration of Western Armenian territories to their rightful owners.  Some of those who have given me this kind of treatment even present “brilliant reasons” or “arguments,” [more...]

December 28, 2016 // 13 Comments

Yegparian: Environmental Justice and Artvin

  A few days ago, I read a 15-month old article article describing Turkish environmental misbehavior in the province of Artvin, one of 81 such administrative divisions in Turkey and one whose name hasn’t been bastardized into a Turkified variant. Artvin, 1905-1915, (Photo: Sergey [more...]

December 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Yegparian: Trashing Trump

  Since the election, I have bided my time and bitten my tongue about the ridiculous things president-elect Donald Trump has been saying and doing.  It’s time to start pointing things out, especially since some of what he represents relates to Armenian concerns in subtle, not-very-obvious, [more...]

December 19, 2016 // 11 Comments

‘Okhtuh Khach:’ Seven Crosses to Bear

  In the local, Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh/NKR) dialect, “okhtuh” means seven.  Of course “khach” is a cross.  Okhtuh Khach is the name of a peak in the Hadrout district of Artsakh, if memory serves me.  But lately, it seems that we have seven crosses to bear in the form of the [more...]

December 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

Nationalism: Misunderstood and Misrepresented

Ever since the carnage of WWII, there has been understandable aversion towards, even fear of, nationalism in Europe.  Simultaneously, in the Western hemisphere, and especially the United States, the assimilation of largely European immigrants was continuing.  But with no nations having truly been [more...]

December 5, 2016 // 3 Comments

Yegparian: Corny, Hokey, Mushy

As the title suggests, this will be an atypical article.  Since the Pilgrims arrival and survival at Plymouth Rock is being celebrated this week with the Thanksgiving holiday, I’ve made up a list of things I am grateful for. Hiking leads the list.  What else could be so refreshing, energizing, [more...]

November 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Yegparian: Misdirected Vengeance

  Nov. 8 treated the U.S. and the world to quite the earthquake, shock, upset, headscratcher, statistical outlier, unexpected outcome.  Lots of analysis has been devoted to this outcome, and I’ll add my own brief take on the still-unfolding results (as of this writing, Donald Trump is the [more...]

November 18, 2016 // 13 Comments

‘Lav, Pav, Tsav’

It was a tough choice—write about Turkey’s latest mess with its ludicrous arrests of HDP parliamentarians or the U.S. election. Erdogan’s shenanigans won for two reasons: Some election results are still too close to call with many uncounted ballots remaining and inspired by the trend of [more...]

November 15, 2016 // 1 Comment

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