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 // 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

Turkey Spends $2.6 Million to Hire Two New Lobbying and PR Firms

Last week, I wrote about a dozen public relations and lobbying firms the Turkish government had already hired. In recent weeks, the Republic of Turkey added two new such firms: Ballard Partners and Burson-Marsteller. Ballard Partners and Burson-Marsteller were recently hired by Turkey Turkish [more...]

June 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Rosendo’s Travelscope Visits Ancient Armenia

Thank you to Joseph and Julie Rosendo. Shad shnorakal enk. To think I saw the film The Promise and the Rosendo’s Tracelscope Part I and II within a week has sent me into shish kebab heaven. Rosendo at Noravank in Armenia (Photo: Imagine my excitement while surfing late night TV [more...]

June 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Yegparian: What’d You Say?

Some days ago, I read Hagop Gulludjian’s article “Atabdatzman Yev Eendecrman Oogheenerov” in Armenian.  I marveled at how well this tongue-in-cheek piece presented one aspect of the problems challenging our continued use of Armenian, and I felt compelled to translate it.  I asked for and [more...]

June 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Turkish Prime Minister’s Family Owns $140 Million in Foreign Assets

  Last week, we disclosed the improper enrichment of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by receiving a $25 million oil tanker as a gift from an Azerbaijani billionaire. This week, we expose the Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, who turns out to be just as corrupt as his boss. [more...]

June 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

More Tainted Fruit

  As if it wasn’t enough that we are deprived of eating apricots grown in our and their native soil unless they’ve gone through Turkey’s economic system. A worker preparing fresh pomegranate juice in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo: Jessica May H) As if it wasn’t enough that our own community [more...]

June 1, 2017 // 4 Comments

On Superheroes  

  We saw the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie last weekend.  It provided another opportunity for my girlfriend to criticize my love for just about all things Marvel Comics.  Guilty!  Since my teen years I’ve loved Avengers, Conan, Daredevil, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron [more...]

May 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

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