Articles by Garen Yegparian

About Garen Yegparian (349 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.

Atomic Armenia, Gassy Glendale

  Interestingly, two places with heavy Armenian populations, Yerevan and Glendale, are the loci and foci of rising power-generation debates. Glendale’s timeline is one of several months, while Yerevan’s is not clear cut, but certainly further out. The “Jewel City” wants to build a new, [more...]

October 27, 2017 // 5 Comments

Kurdish Crunch

  Looks like the Kurds are about to get screwed again, once again affirming their own adage: “The Kurds have no friends.” Iraqi Kurdistan on the eve of the independence referendum (Photo: Sputnik International) Two major developments, and likely lots of other smaller ones, are contributing [more...]

October 20, 2017 // 2 Comments

Wretched, Rapacious, Reckless, Reprehensible Rogues

  Readers no doubt reacted with revulsion to the revelation recorded photographically that three ratbags had hunted and killed two griffon vultures in the Republic of Armenia. The location of the crime was not identifiable from the pictures that began circulating on social media a few weeks [more...]

October 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

Wining Armenia

  I’ve often advocated expanding Armenia’s tourism, specifically eco- and adventure-tourism. But now, I’ve come upon what can be linked to that or stand on its own—oeno-, or vini-tourism. That’s a wine-drinking trip, in simple English. You have probably noticed lately a lot of news [more...]

October 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Ardavazt’s Progeny

  We’re on the cusp of Armenian Culture Month, October, based on when the translation of the Bible into Armenian is honored with a church holiday, “Tarkmanchatz” (“Translators'”). While it may seem pathetic that a church holiday has given rise to this tradition, [more...]

September 29, 2017 // 1 Comment

Checking in on the 26th

  Twenty-six years ago, on Sept. 21, the current Republic of Armenia (RoA) came into existence. It was the third manifestation of an Armenian republic. Since anniversaries of this sort are opportunities for reflection, I thought I would assess, on my own scale, how our still-nascent state is [more...]

September 20, 2017 // 0 Comments


  This is one of those infrequent articles that addresses a happy, positive theme in our Armenian reality. Jadrag (Chatrak in its Eastern Armenian pronunciation) is the word for chess. It is not “shakhmat” which is yet another, totally avoidable, Russian intrusion into the daily usage of [more...]

September 15, 2017 // 4 Comments

Third Republic

  No, this piece’s title is not a veiled reference to Nazi Germay or one of French statehood’s manifestations. It’s about the Republic of Armenia and the U.S. “No, this piece’s title is not a veiled reference to Nazi Germay or one of French statehood’s manifestations. It’s [more...]

September 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

They’re All Wet

  Some two weeks shy of 12 years ago, I referred to hurricane Katrina for the first time. It was, unsurprisingly, in the context of environmental negligence and destructiveness with which we have behaved. Here we are, a dozen years later, bearing the bluster of hurricane Harvey, and we have [more...]

September 6, 2017 // 1 Comment

Viewing Ukraine from Armenia

  Prompted by the New York Times reporting that North Korea may have gotten some of its best missile technology from a factory in Ukraine, I realized there was a longstanding gap in my understanding of where that country fell in the Armenian scheme of things. So, I did a bit of reading, by no [more...]

August 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

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