Articles by Garen Yegparian

About Garen Yegparian (300 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.

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

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

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

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

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

What’s the Excuse Now?

Alton Sterling: July 5, 2016, Baton Rouge, Louisiana…dead. Philando Castile: July 6, 2016 in Falcon Heights, Minnesota (near Minneapolis)…dead. Police murders both. Alton Sterling (L) and Philando Castile (R) It would be too easy to rattle off names of unjustly killed people, overwhelmingly [more...]

July 12, 2016 // 2 Comments

Yegparian: Ps in the 43rd

Past events perforce drive us to review the outcome in the 43rd State Assembly District of the California Primary election held June 7. This is the district in which Ardy Kassakhian, with 24.28 percent of the vote, is in second place behind Laura Friedman, with 31.94 percent of the vote (figures as [more...]

July 8, 2016 // 3 Comments

‘If You’re Not at the Table, You’re on the Menu’

The title above is what Harvey Milk—the first openly gay elected official; he was assassinated in 1978—used to say, according to his nephew, Stuart Milk. I heard this on Monday and couldn’t help but realize how applicable it was to Armenians. Harvey Milk (Photo: The [more...]

June 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Yegparian: How to Get Trump Elected

Just keep doing what you’ve been doing, everyone, that’s how Donald Trump will become president of the United States. Then, Armenian headaches, heartaches, and possibly catastrophes will grow significantly because of the instability he is likely to foster in Armenia’s [more...]

June 16, 2016 // 10 Comments

Past Decades, Into Centuries

  Samantha Power Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said, “I congratulate the people of Chad whose dogged, decades-long pursuit of justice made this day possible.” She was referring to the conviction of Hissène Habré, former dictator of Chad. This is a “first” [more...]

June 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

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