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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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Pressure, Politics, Persistence, Payoff

Pressure, Politics, Persistence, Payoff

What’s worse than a Genocide denier? A smug Genocide denier!

May 23rd, 2014

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Commemoration Compilation

Commemoration Compilation

Turkey’s tainted top bananas have kept me so busy with their blather the last few weeks that I’m late in my annual droning about our Genocide-season activities.

May 16th, 2014

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A Novelty? An Idea! A complaint…

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.

May 12th, 2014

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Then and Now

Then and Now

Then: “Armenians were deported out of war zones and died as they traveled.” Now: “We feel your pain, but hey, Turks/Muslims died in large numbers, too.”

May 2nd, 2014

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Wow! Oops! No, False Alarm

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.

April 28th, 2014

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Tacky, Tiresome, Truculent, Turks

Tacky, Tiresome, Truculent, Turks

There’s an April 24th Special issue coming up and I’ve been wondering if anything relevant would inspire me with an appropriate topic. When in doubt, count on the Turks. This time, I didn’t even have to go looking, it just landed in my lap.

April 25th, 2014

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Arrogant Erdogan, Bonehead Boehner, Same-old Sarkisian

Arrogant Erdogan, Bonehead Boehner, Same-old Sarkisian

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?

April 18th, 2014

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No Breaks After 100

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 Erdoghan’s party pull off a come-back win in Turkey’s local elections.

April 11th, 2014

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Reality Check—Talking to Turkey

Reality Check—Talking to Turkey

A friend posted an article on Facebook that included one of the leaked audio recordings (with an English translation appearing on the screen) of Turkish ministerial level discussions of, not to mince words, invading Syria.

April 2nd, 2014

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What a Week!

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.

March 28th, 2014

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A Harbinger?

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.

March 21st, 2014

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Civic Musings

Civic Musings

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.

March 14th, 2014

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Armenian Education

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 is a dead body.”

March 7th, 2014

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