Turkey: Inside, Outside, Upside Down

Inside, Turkey is a mess.  Corruption is, though I suspect un(der)reported, once again fully present.  Ended is the honeymoon of this century’s first decade when Turkish citizens thought they had brought to power a political party, Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), that was free [more...]

July 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Aliyev Family’s Financial Role in Shipping Weapons to Terrorists

Last week I wrote about the sensational revelations by Bulgarian investigative journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva in Trud newspaper, who reported on leaked documents that Azerbaijan’s state-run Silk Way Airlines has shipped under diplomatic cover 350 planeloads of heavy weapons and ammunition to [more...]

July 18, 2017 // 3 Comments

Football Follies

For clarity, I’ll state that the discussion is about soccer, known as football to all the world except in the U.S. I’ve never been a fan of watching sports.  My eyes glaze over when people start discussing baseball statistics or who won the latest basketball game or what kind of avian [more...]

July 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Turkey: A Millennium On… Still Plundering

The Turks, in their various tribal incarnations, hit the Middle Eastern scene about 1,000 years ago.  Since then, they don’t seem to have learned much. Despite massive forced Turkification of indigenous populations; despite massive theft/borrowing of existing cultural and governmental traditions [more...]

July 10, 2017 // 2 Comments

Whither the Diaspora?

Yesterday, I was talking to a friend when a question posed prompted this topic of discussion.   I’d been stuck, with no good ideas for this week’s piece, so I owe a debt of gratitude for this question. The entry for the word Spyurk (diaspora) in an Armenian dictionary published in [more...]

June 30, 2017 // 4 Comments

The Lobbying and PR Firms Employed by Azerbaijan

After identifying the lobbying and public relations (PR) firms hired by the government of Turkey, we now report on four similar firms hired by Azerbaijan. ‘The government of Azerbaijan has hired dozens of PR and lobbying firms over the years. However, at this time, it employs only four such [more...]

June 27, 2017 // 2 Comments

Speaking Armenian: Everyman’s History

I’m no anthropologist, historian, linguist, or sociologist.  I do know how to watch and listen, and have for over four decades (and longer if you count grandmother stories).  So, I’m going to allow myself to size up the status of our spoken Armenian language, or at least describe how I see [more...]

June 24, 2017 // 5 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 24, 2017)

Self-Knowledge He who knows himself best esteems himself least. H.G. Bohn Two Key Men in a Dead Lock I fail to appreciate twelve-tone music Because there is no key: For me the music is enlocked; A lock that has no key is dead. Therefore, Schoenberg and I remain deadlocked. A Slight Misapprehension [more...]

June 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Yegparian: Rude Roaring Rabbit’s Ridiculous Rantings

It turns out that the capital of Turkey, formerly known as Angora, has given its name to a variety of domestic rabbit.  I learned this while snooping around the internet preparing this article, seeking some way to convey the utter ridiculousness of the latest developments in Ankara. ‘Take a [more...]

June 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

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