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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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A Harbinger?

Did you see the LATimes’ Sunday March 16 hard-copy edition?  The front page of the main section of the newspaper was half covered (vertically) with what I understand is called an “ad wrap” which then fully covered the back of the paper, too. What makes things even worse is that Turkish [more...]

April 17, 2014 // 1 Comment

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What a Week!

Well, maybe it’s more than a week’s worth of craziness, but it’s still heartening, maddening, and plain old time-energy-attention consuming, all in one. The Azeris’ attempt to pass deceitful measures in various state houses took another hit, this time in Tennessee, when HR 145 was rejected [more...]

April 13, 2014 // 3 Comments

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Civic Musings

There’s a lot going on in the Republic of Armenia (RoA), the U.S., and across the world that impacts us as citizens. We are buffeted by social, political, and economic winds that impact not just what we do, but even what we are inclined, or have an interest in doing. We are citizens, sometimes [more...]

April 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Yegparian: Armenian Education

We make much of our efforts to “preserve” our culture. Preserve is probably a bad word for what we do, since it implies immutability, stasis, and that means death for culture. I’m reminded of my high school chemistry teacher, Mr. Walker, who would say, “The only thing in static equilibrium [more...]

March 19, 2014 // 2 Comments

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They Just Don’t Get It

It’s unfortunate that some people are stupid. This stupidity can be intellectual, political, or integrity-based (i.e., lacking it). It’s just as unfortunate that these people are everywhere, among Armenians, Turks, and everything in between and beyond. A sampling of the latest in the realm of [more...]

March 6, 2014 // 3 Comments

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First Concrete Step, Second Rubbery Step

With all this talk and microscopic (on an atomic scale, if not sub-atomic) progress on our Turkish front, it seems to me we ought to be thinking about, discussing, and putting forth actual steps that can be taken. Since a lot of what has been talked up (and even acted on, though on a wholly [more...]

February 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

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Yegparian: Travel…Real & Fantasy

For some two decades I’ve snarled, ground my teeth, and bewailed to myself about the great positive publicity Turkey gets from all the write-ups and advertising in the LATimes Travel section. No doubt various travel agencies, as well as perhaps the government itself, have also been showcasing [more...]

February 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Yegparian: Pretty Amazing, Again

No doubt you read recently that Abdullah “Apo” Öcalan has called on the Turkish government to recognize the Armenian Genocide. You might not have thought much of it, but here’s why it’s so amazing. Apo is serving a life sentence in the prison on İmralı island. Flyovers or fishing in the [more...]

February 5, 2014 // 1 Comment

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Yegparian: Suggestions

An ever-increasing number of testimonials (or reports, or essays, or travelogues, or…) are appearing from and/or about Western Armenia, written by Armenians, Kurds, and Turks. For now, the best I can do is to make some suggestions from afar that might help with this [more...]

January 28, 2014 // 4 Comments

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MLK, Through Dink, to Armenia Today

Eighty-five years ago, in this part of January, a man was born who would become one of the luminaries of the 20th century. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) came to lead a movement that initiated a transformation in the United States of America that continues even today. The struggle for civil rights [more...]

January 22, 2014 // 1 Comment

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