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About Garen Yegparian (251 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.
Anonymous

News Is Mixed

It seems we can’t get a long, solid run of good news for Armenians because often bad news intervenes, or even “good” news has its “bad” aspects. When the hacking group “Anonymous” messed up Turkey’s internet functioning a few weeks ago, I was certainly pleased. It was especially [more...]

February 1, 2016 // 1 Comment

A scene from the 'Electric Yerevan' protests

Our RoA Problems

  A scene from the ‘Electric Yerevan’ protests (Photo: russia-insider.com) I doubt any serious person has doubts that the Republic of Armenia (RoA) has serious problems. A few might not grasp that much of it stems from the system in place, which is built on corruption. But, many [more...]

January 19, 2016 // 3 Comments

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Self, Stress, Science, & Starts

I had originally titled this piece “Identity, Trauma, Epigenetics, & Openings,” but was told that might scare readers off, so I went with the S’s. Dictionary.com has chosen “identity” as its word of the year. A lengthy explanation is given as to why, including the sex change operation [more...]

January 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

Sandra Bland

Bland, Brutally Believable

You wouldn’t think that failure to signal when making a turn with your car would deserve a death sentence, but…that’s what happened, effectively, to Sandra Bland. And, on Dec. 22, a grand jury returned no indictments against individuals who might have been responsible for her death. In [more...]

January 11, 2016 // 8 Comments

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Banks, Oil, and Manats Add Up to Bluster

It seems to me I may have just realized why, over the past year and a half or so, Azerbaijan’s bellicosity and acting on that impulse have risen, costing dozens of Armenians and Azeris their lives.  The reason for the increase in BOMBs (banks, oil, manats, and blusters) and bullets emanating [more...]

December 31, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Turkey’s Twaff* and Transparent Territorial Tomfoolery

Much is being said about the Russia-Turkey tiff over the latter’s shooting down of the former’s warplane, which had supposedly crossed from Syrian airspace into a spit of “Turkish” territory (really part of Armenian Cilicia) that juts into Syria. I’ll start my observations [more...]

December 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Here We Go Again?

I guess it’s that time again. Every few years we’re treated to some nerve-wracking, gut wrenching, time-wasting, enraging, and just plain wrongheaded notions about “solving” the “problem” of Karabakh (as it is misrepresented thanks to the Russian alphabet). These [more...]

December 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

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

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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

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