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Turkey Election

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN Did you even notice? Two weeks ago that bastion of democracy, modernity, and hope for humanity’s future held an election. They elected a bunch of Turks. No surprise, of course, since it’s in Turkey. But, there were a few interesting elemen’s. The Islamists, incarnated as the Justice and Reconciliation Party (Adalet ve

Miscellaneous Musings

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN Shortly after April and our Genocide activities, a reader proffered a concern. It’s nagged me ever since, though I find myself largely in disagreement with its underlying premise. The concern arose from the event held in Glendale wherein other genocides were included in the commemoration. “They’re diluting the Genocide” was the statement.

Win and Lose

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN This is a cautionary and illuminating tale of pitfalls and promise in two prominently Armenian parts of the planet. The King-Gillette Ranch, north of the of the Santa Monica Bay and south of the San Fernando Valley in the Los Angeles area, most recently owned by Soka University, is now public parkland.

SiCKO

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN That’s the title of Michael Moore’s new movie that you’ve got to see. It’s also a good way to describe four antiheroes we’ll discuss in a minute, one of whose future doings must be tracked. It’s also what you’ll be if you don’t see the movie! Yup, Moore’s healthcare movie is vintage

As I Live and Breathe

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN The old time exclamation serving as the title is evocative of what we humans do. We live by breathing, drinking, eating, and eliminating waste. But so do all other living things, in one way or another. We should really remember how interconnected we are with the biosphere of this planet. We forget

More Good News

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN Two weeks in a row with positive things to say. I’m starting to feel like a cheerleader– a narcissistic cheerleader at that, with this and other references to my own spoutings. But fair’s fair, things aren’t all bad. On June 20, LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, hosted the opening of an exhibit

Unspeakables… & Good News

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN I’ll abide by the “lav, pav, tzav” (OK, enough, pain) admonition applied by generations of Armenian parents. I’m going to have to mention a topic that just 15-20 years ago I would have come close to sneering at the existence of in our community. The third incidence of this unmentionable actually arose

Spiurkasdan

Isn’t that a great word? Diasporaland! I wish I’d come up with it! Those who did are a new band in Argentina, Los Armenios. It does the heart good to see this sort of progress. I like what I heard so much that I’m venturing into uncharted waters, I’m actually going to pretend to be a music critic!

So Many Lessons

By Garen Yegparian I really hope this’ll be the last election related piece for a while. Three back to back on the same topic can become boring. But–it’s necessary. The Armenian community is savoring a sweet victory right now. Paul Krekorian has won the Democratic Party nomination in the 43rd Assembly District of California–which houses

EIs: On the March Again

By Garen Yegparian It’s election time again and our good buddies–the Electoral Idiots (EIs) have ventured forth anew to wreak political ruin for our community. This time around the stakes are higher–not just city council seats–but a State Assembly seat; in California; one of only 80; governing some 36 million people–almost 12.5% of the US

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