Garen Yegparian

Move Over Marie Antoinette

Everyone’s heard the attribution of “let them eat cake” to Marie Antoinette. It turns out she probably never said it. The same, or a similar, line appears in a French source at a time when she was but a child and is attributed to a princess. The same sort of story apparently circulates in [more...]

December 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

SpitRain IX: The Multicontinental Edition

Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, United Nations Correspondents Gold Medal, the National Magazine Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, and two from the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA Eastern and Western Regions)… Do you know who this describes? [more...]

December 8, 2017 // 7 Comments

Hacking Armenia, Iran, Russia, U.S.

It looks like we may have a brand new squealer joining the passel of swine inhabiting Azerbaijan’s sty of hackneyed howlers. Let’s see whether he’ll play well with the old timers: Alexander Murinson, Brenda Schaffer, Jason Katz, Stephen Kinzer, and all the others who prostitute themselves, in [more...]

December 2, 2017 // 8 Comments


Yes, indeed, I am going to discuss appearance—specifically, people’s appearances… and, more specifically, Armenians’ appearances, since we seem so fixated on denying ourselves. Kim Kardashian West (Photo: Kim Kardashian West/Instagram) There are countless adages and quips about beauty. A [more...]

December 1, 2017 // 2 Comments

Not So Gratifying

It may seem like a bad topic to write about in this season of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday and the annual Armenia Fund Telethon (this year dedicated to developing Artsakh’s tremendous agricultural potential), but a reader brought an article to my attention titled “Murders, Suicides, and Fatal [more...]

November 24, 2017 // 2 Comments

Treacherous Ts

What do tobacco (the industry), Turkey (the genocidal state), and Trump (the Conman-in-Chief) have in common besides the first letter? “What do tobacco, Turkey, and Trump have in common besides the first letter?” It is their expert use of doubt-seeding techniques. Since the tobacco [more...]

November 17, 2017 // 10 Comments

New Countries

Self-determination, one of the founding principles of the United Nations—and I would argue a fundamental human right—is more often honored by not being implemented than truly being respected and put into effect. We’re bearing witness to this farce in Kurdistan and Catalonia. L’Estelada [more...]

November 6, 2017 // 3 Comments

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

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