The Lobbying and PR Firms Employed by Azerbaijan

After identifying the lobbying and public relations (PR) firms hired by the government of Turkey, we now report on four similar firms hired by Azerbaijan. ‘The government of Azerbaijan has hired dozens of PR and lobbying firms over the years. However, at this time, it employs only four such [more...]

June 27, 2017 // 2 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

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 24, 2017)

Self-Knowledge He who knows himself best esteems himself least. H.G. Bohn Two Key Men in a Dead Lock I fail to appreciate twelve-tone music Because there is no key: For me the music is enlocked; A lock that has no key is dead. Therefore, Schoenberg and I remain deadlocked. A Slight Misapprehension [more...]

June 24, 2017 // 0 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

Turkey Spends $2.6 Million to Hire Two New Lobbying and PR Firms

Last week, I wrote about a dozen public relations and lobbying firms the Turkish government had already hired. In recent weeks, the Republic of Turkey added two new such firms: Ballard Partners and Burson-Marsteller. Ballard Partners and Burson-Marsteller were recently hired by Turkey Turkish [more...]

June 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Rosendo’s Travelscope Visits Ancient Armenia

Thank you to Joseph and Julie Rosendo. Shad shnorakal enk. To think I saw the film The Promise and the Rosendo’s Tracelscope Part I and II within a week has sent me into shish kebab heaven. Rosendo at Noravank in Armenia (Photo: Imagine my excitement while surfing late night TV [more...]

June 19, 2017 // 1 Comment

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 17, 2017)

Daffy-nition Epitaph: a monumental lie. An Anonymous View of Married Life Some go to night clubs And some take to liquor But some, to fight boredom, Just sit there and bicker. When evenings are dullish For man and for wife, A spat’s just the ticket To bring things to life. A word of suspicion, A [more...]

June 17, 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

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 10, 2017)

Armenian Proverb The friend who doesn’t regularly come and go becomes a stranger; the stranger who regularly comes and goes becomes a friend. On Deviation from Orthodoxy Leave no turn unstoned. Daffy-nition Breeding: the quality that enables a person to wait in well-mannered silence while the [more...]

June 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

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