By Any Means articles

Feel the Rage, Build the Fury

Before moving on to the somewhat mundane task of chronicling April 24th commemorative events, allow me to formulate what I suspect, and hope, everyone feels. As if it wasn’t enough that the Armenian government’s utter lack of public-relations-sense, and disregard for Armenians’ own Genocide/Turkey, was manifested through the ill-timed “roadmap” declaration. There has been no

What a Ride II!

Now, the second part’s over, too.  The Burbank General Election took place on Tuesday April 14.  Three of the six people who’d advanced from the Primary were elected.  I was not one of them.  But the last six months of all-election-all-the-time have produced much grist for my article mill.  Today, I’ll just provide a broad

Whose Poor Governance?

The Millennium Challenge Corporation Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting today, the first chaired by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and attended by new Board member Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, to discuss MCC programs generally and review in detail MCC’s current partnerships with Armenia and Nicaragua. Given ongoing concerns about


Turkey’s getting more sophisticated. Instead of using a maul, it’s now a mere hammer. It might be that they’re actually listening to their K Street hirelings. Or, it could be the latter are finally earning their keep and doing something other than ripping of the suckers, er “leaders”, in Ankara. Or maybe there’s just a

Spanning the 24th

The eve of the 24th. The ARF Shant Student Association and the California State University at Northridge Armenian Students Association jointly sponsored a commemorative activity on the lawn outside the student center. Unfortunately barely some 125 people were present, students and non-students. The typical filler was of course included with music and short presentations by

Waste, Not

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN September 11 was a good day for reading the LATimes. One interesting item was about the “freegan” movement– combine “free” and “vegan”, “The key to a free lunch”. It’s no longer just vegan, but the underlying principle of non-waste is important. Freegans currently exist on the periphery of society. They’ll scavenge food,

Court Interpreters

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN I was expecting to just have fun this week with one of my “irritants” columns, but something more serious accosted me. Walking to my bus stop from work yesterday, I saw that Court Interpreters were picketing the County courthouse in downtown LA (and four other locations) over a labor dispute for better

New Turkish President

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN I guess the hurly-burly’s done and the battle lost and won, but who noticed? What came in roaring like it might shake Asia Minor to its political core actually transpired with little more than a whimper. Maybe this is why the LATimes mislabled its “World in Brief” coverage of Abdullah Gul’s election

So Much Is Happening

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN Turkey’s next attempt to choose a president, an election conducted by the country’s parliament, is slated for August 20th. By the time you read this, chaos might already be present in Turkey. You see, the religiously based AKP that won the parliamentary elections a few weeks ago has had the temerity to