Articles by Garen Yegparian

About Garen Yegparian (337 Articles)
<p>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.</p>

Let Ankara Work for Us

I was catching up on some reading when I ran a cross a news item from late march of this year. It seems one Mehmet Erdoğan, an AKP member of Turkey’s Parliament, claimed that if the 2015 coup had succeeded, Turkey would have been dismembered and four new countries created in its place: Armenia, [more...]

August 4, 2017 // 3 Comments

Dam Turkey, Again

Turkey’s on a dam binge, again. Building, that is. It seems 22 more are slated to be built. So, why write about this? Many of the rivers being stopped up rise in the Armenian Highlands, hence they are of interest and concern to all Armenians. But this damming operation has more sinister [more...]

July 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Turkey: Inside, Outside, Upside Down

Inside, Turkey is a mess.  Corruption is, though I suspect un(der)reported, once again fully present.  Ended is the honeymoon of this century’s first decade when Turkish citizens thought they had brought to power a political party, Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), that was free [more...]

July 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Football Follies

For clarity, I’ll state that the discussion is about soccer, known as football to all the world except in the U.S. I’ve never been a fan of watching sports.  My eyes glaze over when people start discussing baseball statistics or who won the latest basketball game or what kind of avian [more...]

July 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Turkey: A Millennium On… Still Plundering

The Turks, in their various tribal incarnations, hit the Middle Eastern scene about 1,000 years ago.  Since then, they don’t seem to have learned much. Despite massive forced Turkification of indigenous populations; despite massive theft/borrowing of existing cultural and governmental traditions [more...]

July 10, 2017 // 3 Comments

Whither the Diaspora?

Yesterday, I was talking to a friend when a question posed prompted this topic of discussion.   I’d been stuck, with no good ideas for this week’s piece, so I owe a debt of gratitude for this question. The entry for the word Spyurk (diaspora) in an Armenian dictionary published in [more...]

June 30, 2017 // 4 Comments

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 // 5 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

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

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