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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 // 13 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

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Dec. 24, 2016)

Doctor’s Adage Without pains, No gains. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1735  Double Entendre A haughty matron was looking at a proof of a photograph of her that had just been taken at a swank photography studio. “This is an outrage,” she exclaimed; “now I ask you, does this picture look like [more...]

December 19, 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

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Dec. 17, 2016)

Egyptian Proverb No one can circumvent the skillful of heart. They who know his wisdom do not attack him, and no misfortune occurs where he is. Truth comes to him fully brewed, in accordance with the sayings of the ancestors.   From the Trivia File The Chatookee is an Indian bird that never [more...]

December 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

Pro-Azeri and Pro-Turkish Writers Denigrate Armenia and Diaspora

  Turkish and Azeri circles were displeased with my latest column where I had analyzed Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s phone call to Armenia’s President Serge Sarkisian. ‘In view of such persistent attacks, Armenian-American political organizations should forcefully counter all [more...]

December 13, 2016 // 3 Comments

Armenian Congregational Church Holiday Activities

The Armenian Congregational Church of Greater Detroit has long established itself as a very welcoming place to visit, be it for church services or as a guest at one of their well-planned social functions. This tradition was perpetuated by Rev. Dr. Vahan H. Tootikian, Pastor Emeritus and Mrs. [more...]

December 12, 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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