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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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Azeri Sound, Fury, and Cynicism

Azeri Sound, Fury, and Cynicism

Shakespeare, in Macbeth, writes “(Life) is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” All parts of this quote are keenly applicable to Azerbaijan and its blood-oil money fueled propaganda offensive we’ve been witnessing of late.

February 28th, 2014

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They Just Don’t Get It

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).

February 21st, 2014

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First Concrete Step, Second Rubbery Step

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.

February 14th, 2014

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Travel… Real & Fantasy

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 LA Times Travel section.

February 7th, 2014

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Pretty Amazing, Again

Pretty Amazing, Again

No doubt you read that Abdullah “Apo” Öcalan 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.

January 31st, 2014

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