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

The Women They Left Behind

Looking back, you wonder in amazement where the two years since his passing on March 1, 2015, have gone. They seem to have evaporated like your spirit to carry on.  But live you must, and only you know the true reasons for hanging on. ‘But live you must, and only you know the true reasons [more...]

March 6, 2017 // 3 Comments

Meet Nick Pompeian of the Gift of Life Transplant House

  When the need for an organ transplant is the medical diagnosis, it is understandable the patient and their caregiver are facing a very stressful situation. Nick Pompeian (Photo: Birmingham, Mich. resident Edward Pompeian was having serious health issues and it was suggested [more...]

March 1, 2017 // 0 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 // 9 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Feb. 4, 2017)

WW II Coinage   There are no atheists in the foxholes.   …Rev. William T. Cummings   A Double-entendre Palindrome   Semite Times   At the Grave of a Land-Shark   There was no land, they used to tell, Old Miller couldn’t trade or sell; A clever man! I wonder how [more...]

February 1, 2017 // 0 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

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 28, 2017)

Arabic Proverb When a learned man errs he makes a learned error.   Advice from a Statesman In matters of principle, stand like a rock: In matters of taste, swim with the current.   Consolatory Words Everyone likes to pull the lion’s tail.   Psychoanalysis The Old Mandarin was always [more...]

January 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 21, 2017)

A Modern Aphorism Weakness of character is often mistaken for modesty.   Freudian Slip A district attorney with a reputation for badgering witnesses gave everyone in court a big laugh when he said to the judge, “The persecution rests.”   Russian Proverb A kind word is better than a [more...]

January 18, 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

Sassounian: Improved Russian-U.S. Relations May Be Helpful to Armenia

Last November, Americans elected the unlikeliest presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump. He is not your typical politician. As a successful and prominent businessman, he is used to making off-the-cuff remarks and not subscribing to any particular direction. Donald Trump (Photo: Gage Skidmore) [more...]

January 18, 2017 // 10 Comments

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