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About Garen Yegparian (319 Articles)
Garen Yegparian is a fat, bald guy who has too much to say and do for his own good. So, you know he loves mouthing off weekly in the Weekly about anything he damn well pleases to write about that he can remotely tie in to things Armenian. He's got a checkered past: principal of an Armenian school, project manager on a housing development, ANC-WR Executive Director, AYF Field worker (again on the left coast), Operations Director for a telecom startup, and a City of LA employee most recently (in three different departments so far). Plus, he's got delusions of breaking into electoral politics, meanwhile participating in other aspects of it and making sure to stay in trouble.

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

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

The Arrogance of Power

  This piece’s title may sound trite since you’ve probably heard the phrase before, so I apologize for that, but recent days’ events have delivered powerful examples of the phenomenon.  I also apologize for the couple of inescapable digressions that may distract from the main theme. [more...]

May 19, 2017 // 1 Comment

Yegparian: Turn, Turn, Turn

It’s not often I turn to musical references to make my arguments. In this case, it’s a biblically based song, which is an even more improbable reference. You probably recognized the song by name based on the title of this piece. The full name of the song is “Turn, Turn, Turn: To Everything [more...]

May 10, 2017 // 1 Comment

Ankara, Azerbaijan, and Abashment

Actually, it’s the opposite… The egos in power in the lands of Turks and pup-Turks seem to have absolutely no shame.  They are UN-abashedly pushing forward with actions and policies negatively impacting freedom of speech that are discrediting Turkey and Azerbaijan.  This piece is not meant to [more...]

May 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Time to Mature

It’s funny that just as in last week’s article, I feel compelled to explain the roots, the basis, of what I am about to assert, colloquially – “where I’m coming from.”  Otherwise, my views may seem contradictory, or, at least unlikely to lead to the conclusions that follow. [more...]

April 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Pardon My Genocide

I write these words as someone who was long dissatisfied with our almost exclusive pursuit of genocide recognition on the external political front; was thrilled when, about a decade ago, we started raising the issues of reparations and territorial restoration; and, listens to people’s passing [more...]

April 21, 2017 // 9 Comments

Tremulous, Truculent, Turbulent Turkey

  On April 16, Turkish voters both in and out of Turkey, will go to the polls to vote on a referendum to determine whether they want to change their country’s constitution to a very strong presidential system, from its current, parliamentary-figurehead-president system. It’s a very [more...]

April 14, 2017 // 1 Comment

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

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