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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot

In Ferguson, Missouri, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” has become indignant citizens’ slogan.

August 22nd, 2014

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Caliphate— A Century, Compact and Simple

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) “Islamic State” as the latter’s murderous minions swept out of the territories they had occupied in Syria and “conquered” a significant segment of Iraq.

August 15th, 2014

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Border Busting Baku Boneheads

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.

August 8th, 2014

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Comeuppance

Comeuppance

It’s interesting how news with disparate topics, time, and place is sometimes ironically related.

August 1st, 2014

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My Enemy’s Enemy’s Enemy’s…

My Enemy’s Enemy’s Enemy’s…

You’re of course familiar with the aphorism “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

July 25th, 2014

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Farfetched Proposal

Farfetched Proposal

We, Armenians, should be developing better, broader, and deeper relations with the Kurds (especially of Turkey).

July 18th, 2014

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Diplomatic Duet

Diplomatic Duet

Do you remember biased Bryza? The “American” diplomat whose allegiances to Azerbaijan and Turkey at least appeared to be stronger than to his own country?

July 11th, 2014

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Smirks II

Smirks II

This week, let’s go for some schadenfreude shall we? It’s getting close to five years since this kind of “fun” was so broadly available that I could write a piece, and this time, all the raw material is provided by Turks.

July 3rd, 2014

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Two Years Later

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.

June 27th, 2014

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SpitRain VII

SpitRain VII

This is another of those “two-fer” awards, and in this case, they’re a couple, so they’re living in sin… You’ll remember Spit-Rain comes from the Armenian saying, “He’s so shameless, if you spit in his face, he’d think it’s rain.”

June 20th, 2014

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Explaining ‘Enough’

Explaining ‘Enough’

My piece 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.

June 13th, 2014

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Enough!

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 her or him the benefit of the doubt, how many chances to correct her/him-self?

June 6th, 2014

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Flatlining Primary?

Flatlining Primary?

June 3 is the date of California’s Primary elections. Predictions are that turnout will be very low. This means that if our community votes in larger proportion than the rest of the electorate, our preferred candidates will do relatively better. Be sure to cast your vote.

June 2nd, 2014

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Contact

Contact

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

May 30th, 2014

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