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Glimmers

By Garen Yegparian We may be making progress–minor and mixed though it might be. I’m referring to participation in this year’s commemorative activities–of course. Last year–I’d observed that being a multiple-of-ten year seemed to have helped turnout. Without that reason–numbers in two key places were up this year. Others were less inspiring. In Burbank–the ANC

Honkin’ Flags

By Garen Yegparian Originally written last year–this piece remained unpublished. It sprang up in response to incidents during our 90th Genocide anniversary commemorations. Let it serve as a precaution for this year and an inspiration for the future. Let’s put this massive fountain of untapped enthusiasm to use in the service of our struggle. What’s

Missed a B

Garen Yegparian Just over two years ago–I gleefully wrote about the ousting of then Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar–one of those who energetically supported the murderous adventure in Iraq. Then I dared hope that two other thugs–Tony Blair and George W. Bush–would be ousted. But I missed a B–as in Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi. As

Woulda Been Nice

By Garen Yegparian I know you’ll be very surprised to learn that we won’t have passage of a Genocide Resolution–neither HR 316 nor HCR 195–by April 24 of this year. That is of course if you live on another planet. Both were passed by the House International Relations Committee back on September 15–2005. But they

Thank You Vecdi

By Garen Yegparian We haven’t had this much Turkish fun in the LA basin for a while. I suppose the Turkish government had forgotten where the victims of its genocidal policies reside in large numbers. We of course demonstrated outside the Beverly Hills Hilton where Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul was addressing the Los Angeles

Now That’s a Problem

By Garen Yegparian <p.When you're discussing a printing job and your conversationalist says–"Garen–if you don't already have a topic for this week–you've got to write about the tidal wave of Turkish goods flooding the Armenian and Middle Eastern markets," the reply is–"I've covered that before." When two hours later–someone who never gave a damn about

Homo Ottomanicus?

By Garen Yegparian A few days ago–at a presentation about our political operations–the speaker described a pattern of behavior as being "the Armenian way" when describing the approach of a certain organization. It was the go-along-to-get-along approach to life in its worst manifestation. Cowering before the mighty. Abiding by their wishes even when those impinge

Give It Up

By Garen Yegparian It’s Lent. No doubt you’ve already gone vegan–per the strictures of the Armenian Apostolic Church–given the good Christian that you are. I’m assuming–of course–that you are Armenian–and since being Armenian means being Christian–and a member of the national church–that you are abiding by all the rules! I know some people give up

Are We Awake?

Garen Yegparian Two months to go–and what have we done? Do you know what you’re doing on and for April 24th this year? If you’re one of the Vegas-going crowd or its ilk–please stop reading this. It’ll either irritate you or give you guilt–and I sure wouldn’t want to cause any shortening of your meaningless

Obscene

By Garen Yegparian We’ve all heard about it. Some of us know of it first hand. Some of us snicker about it. Others brag about their exploits with it. Some of us are oblivious to it or its horror. Human trafficking is a long established "tradition." Whatever you call it–slavery–indentured servitude–domestic labor–prostitution–child pornography–they’re all just

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