Articles by Garen Yegparian

About Garen Yegparian (184 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.

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 // 1 Comment


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


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


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


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


A Novelty? An Idea! A complaint…

I’ll get to my annual rundown of genocide commemoration events next week, since there was one event held on the night of the 24th that piqued my interest, and what I learned there was a bit disquieting. And…I didn’t want to give Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu any more play for his op-ed [more...]

May 18, 2014 // 0 Comments


Then and Now

Then: Menderes, Gursel, Inonu, Urguplu, Demirel, Erim, Melen, Talu, Ecevit, Irmak, Ulusu, Ozal, Bozer, Akbulut, Yilmaz, Ciller, Erbakan, Gul (you get to choose your favorite liar/denier, er, former Turkish prime minister). Now: Erdogan. Then: “Armenians were deported out of war zones and died as [more...]

May 11, 2014 // 1 Comment


Wow! Oops! No, False Alarm

So Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan issued a statement on the eve of April 24th. You’ve read it by now. It’s being described as “historic,” and is. It is historically hollow. The ANCA statement described it as “denialism repackaged,” summing it up quite well as you’ll see from the [more...]

May 3, 2014 // 3 Comments


Arrogant Erdoghan, Bonehead Boehner, Same-old Sarkissian

So, you’re chatting over dinner with the most powerful guy on the planet, and you get pissed at him and stick your finger in his face, right? That’s what anyone would do, right? No doubt you recognize the scenario from Harut Sassounian’s column revealing the incident as reported by Seymour [more...]

April 26, 2014 // 9 Comments


No Breaks after 100

It’s April, that time of the year again. As if we needed one, the Kessab fiasco is running full steam as a reminder of the genocide. It even helped Erdogan’s party pull off a comeback win in Turkey’s local elections. For those out there in our community who are busily stressing that what [more...]

April 24, 2014 // 4 Comments

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