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About Garen Yegparian (196 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.
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Elections 2014: The Props

As you read this, there are just about three weeks left before the Nov. 4 election. This week, I’ll cover the California statewide, and one LA County, ballot measures. Some of the easier choices were addressed three weeks ago in “Elections 2014,” and any remaining items will be [more...]

October 15, 2014 // 1 Comment

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Yegparian: Divest, Invest, Disinfest

di·vest verb \dī-ˈvest, də-\: to sell (something valuable, such as property or stocks) For the purposes of this article, divest refers to what must be done with stocks of fossil-fuel (energy) companies—coal, oil, gas. Many charitable foundations have started to do this, and not just out of [more...]

October 2, 2014 // 2 Comments

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Re-Independence at 23: A Lamentation

Here we are, 23 years on—really, a quarter century since the rebirth of a truly independent Armenian state was more than just a pipe dream among circles of die-hard believers who were mocked and smirked at. But, boy, what a letdown! Even by the interconnected, interdependent standards of [more...]

September 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Yegparian: Elections 2014

Yes, believe it or not, in just over seven weeks, at the Nov. 4 General Election, you’ll be pulling the lever to vote for both blazing and bland candidates in occasionally exciting races. (Remember those old machines where you selected your candidates, or just the party, then pulled a lever to [more...]

September 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

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Yegparian: Calls and Coalitions

Imagine someone gets elected mayor of a city. What would people think if s/he first formally called on a local thug? Some might look the other way if the newly elected mayor and thug have been friends since childhood. But what if the mayor’s next call was on another thug, this time a much [more...]

September 11, 2014 // 2 Comments

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Yegparian: We’re Screwed Again

You probably read that the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has come out with a report (http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2014/3048/pdf/fs2014-3048.pdf) that says there might be a million barrels of oil and 6 billion cubic feet of natural gas recoverable from the innards of the current Republic of [more...]

September 9, 2014 // 7 Comments

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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot

In Ferguson, Mo., “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” has become indignant citizens’ slogan. Four decades ago in Florida, Argentina (or other countries participating in Operation Condor), “I’m just protesting, don’t ‘disappear’ me” might have become the slogan if those victims knew what was [more...]

August 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

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Caliphate—A Century, Compact and Simple

We often forget that the Islamic Caliphate last resided in Constantinople in the person of the ruling sultan of the Ottoman Empire. With Ataturk’s abolition of the Ottoman monarch and state, the caliphate, too, disappeared, only to “reappear” a few weeks ago in the proclamation of the (Sunni) [more...]

August 22, 2014 // 6 Comments

I have drawn a blue line  that runs the shortest distance from the Mingechaur (Mingachevir) reservoir’s (a body of water created in the 1950s by the damming of the Kura River) southerly side the current border of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. I suggest driving the Azeris back to that line.

Border Busting Baku Boneheads

With pup-Turk (Azeri) corpses piling up, the boneheads in Baku are probably scratching their heads as to what might be their next steps. It seems the ten day span over which small bands of Azerbaijan’s armed forces have briefly breached Armenian lines (both republics’ borders) is the [more...]

August 15, 2014 // 15 Comments

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Comeuppance

It’s interesting how news with disparate topics, time, and place is sometimes ironically related. It seems Abe Foxman and his Anti-Defamation League (ADL) have their panties up in a bunch over the venom being spewed against Jews in Turkey.  This man and organization had no trouble, no qualms, [more...]

August 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

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