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Garen Yegparian

Azerbaijan: A Media Black Hole

  Think about it.  Black holes have an event horizon beyond which we cannot observe reality.  Azerbaijan has its border beyond which reality is also twisted to fit megalomaniac President Ilham Aliyev’s fantasies.  Both, black holes and Azerbaijan are, for the time being, utterly [more...]

March 10, 2017 // 2 Comments

Black History Month Has Me Thinking

February focuses attention on Black history, since it is designated for that celebration. As a result, the soaring rhetoric of Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. gets heard. And that set my thoughts in motion this year. The similarities between the Armenian experience under Ottoman rule and that [more...]

February 18, 2017 // 10 Comments

Battlefields of the Mind

  While we’ve done well on our actual, physical, battlefields on both the eastern (Azerbaijani, Artsakh/NKR along with its surrounding lowlands) and western (Turkish, remember Sartarabad, Bash Abaran, and Karakilise) fronts, when it comes to the hollows of the heart and plane of the brain, [more...]

January 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Deciphering Trump and Trumpism

  If you read the New York Times piece titled “Why Rural America Voted for Trump” and a response to it with the header “F*** You, Rural Elitists,” you’ll come away with the conclusion that both are overwhelmingly accurate.  But, the conclusions embodied in them are diametrically [more...]

January 18, 2017 // 3 Comments

The Turkeys Have Come Home to Roost

Given the size of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ego, chickens, the bird usually referred to in the saying that is this article’s title, seemed like too small a bird.  Plus, it turns out the centuries-old origin of the saying is “curses, like chickens, always come home to [more...]

January 9, 2017 // 5 Comments

To the West(ern Armenia)

For years now, I have been mocked, or drawn smirks, or pooh-poohed, or patronized, or ignored, whenever I mention restoration of Western Armenian territories to their rightful owners.  Some of those who have given me this kind of treatment even present “brilliant reasons” or “arguments,” [more...]

December 28, 2016 // 14 Comments

Yegparian: Environmental Justice and Artvin

  A few days ago, I read a 15-month old article article describing Turkish environmental misbehavior in the province of Artvin, one of 81 such administrative divisions in Turkey and one whose name hasn’t been bastardized into a Turkified variant. Artvin, 1905-1915, (Photo: Sergey [more...]

December 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

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

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