Articles by Garen Yegparian

About Garen Yegparian (303 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.

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 // 12 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

Yegparian: Good Policy

This is my third and final piece covering the 17 ballot measures California’s voters will have to decide on when they cast their ballots in the Nov. 8 election.  These six propositions cover matters of governance and policy.  You can check last week’s article for a table that lists all the [more...]

October 20, 2016 // 1 Comment

Yegparian: Just Democracy

This article is a child of Garo Paylan’s visit to the United States.  Much has been written about the tremendous importance and value of Paylan’s tour.  It is impossible to overstate.  This piece will focus on complementary observations made by Paylan and Khatchig Mouradian during the [more...]

October 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

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

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

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