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About Garen Yegparian (189 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.
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Caliphate—A Century, Compact and Simple

We often forget that the Islamic Caliphate last resided in Constantinople in the person of the ruling sultan of the Ottoman Empire. With Ataturk’s abolition of the Ottoman monarch and state, the caliphate, too, disappeared, only to “reappear” a few weeks ago in the proclamation of the (Sunni) [more...]

August 22, 2014 // 4 Comments

I have drawn a blue line  that runs the shortest distance from the Mingechaur (Mingachevir) reservoir’s (a body of water created in the 1950s by the damming of the Kura River) southerly side the current border of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. I suggest driving the Azeris back to that line.

Border Busting Baku Boneheads

With pup-Turk (Azeri) corpses piling up, the boneheads in Baku are probably scratching their heads as to what might be their next steps. It seems the ten day span over which small bands of Azerbaijan’s armed forces have briefly breached Armenian lines (both republics’ borders) is the [more...]

August 15, 2014 // 15 Comments

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Comeuppance

It’s interesting how news with disparate topics, time, and place is sometimes ironically related. It seems Abe Foxman and his Anti-Defamation League (ADL) have their panties up in a bunch over the venom being spewed against Jews in Turkey.  This man and organization had no trouble, no qualms, [more...]

August 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

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My Enemy’s Enemy’s Enemy’s…

You’re of course familiar the aphorism, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” A logical upshot of this is also that “the friend of my enemy is my enemy,” “the enemy of my friend is my enemy,” and “the friend of my friend is my friend.” Laid out formulaically, we have: E = Enemy F [more...]

August 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

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Yegparian: Farfetched Proposal

We, Armenians, should be developing better, broader, and deeper relations with the Kurds (especially of Turkey). The Kurds should be reaching out to us in more ways than genocide-related matters. Turkey claims to want “normalized” relations with the Republic of Armenia (RoA). Turkey is [more...]

July 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

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Yegparian: Diplomatic Duet

Battering Bryza  Do you remember biased Bryza? The “American” diplomat whose allegiances to Azerbaijan and Turkey appeared to be stronger than to his own country? You know, the one with a love for Azerbaijan that clearly led to unwise utterances and conflict of interest appearances (at best)? [more...]

July 19, 2014 // 2 Comments

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Yegparian: Two Years Later

Last week, the Western U.S. Region of the ARF completed its biennial Convention with the election of a new Central Committee (CC), as I wrote two years ago as well. In that piece, I noted “guarded optimism” among ARF members. It seems to have paid off. In evaluating the preceding two years of [more...]

July 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Yegparian: Explaining ‘Enough’

My piece last week titled “Enough,” which addressed the problematic nature and negative effects of Chahe Keuroghelian’s repeated candidacies, elicited interesting responses. Issues have been raised that seem to require clarification because they are quite important to our community. First, [more...]

June 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Yegparian: Enough!

As a parent to a misbehaving child, employer of a wayward employee, or friend of a substance abuser, how many times would you give him/her the benefit of the doubt, how many chances to correct him/herself? Would it be two? Three? Six? At first, you might doubt yourself. Maybe you didn’t spend [more...]

June 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Yegparian: Contact

It’s finally happened. About two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet with two people, Aybars Görgülü and Sabiha Gündoğar, from the Turkish think tank TESEV. They were part of a larger group including two Armenians who were in the LA area for a working visit. It was a pleasant enough [more...]

June 9, 2014 // 3 Comments

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