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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


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

Plugging In

by Garen Yegparian I went to an interesting forum about building democracy. It was a shorty–just a long lunch. No–it wasn’t about how to help Armenia or some other similarly situated country. It wasn’t another scam whereby developed countries’ citizens’ money is redirected to the coffers of huge corporations in those same countries via the

Thanks But And

By Garen Yegparian My expression of appreciation to my readers is long past due. I’m finally convinced you actually exist. Thanks to those intermediaries (editors–mutual friends–others) who tell what you think of what I write. Even more thanks to those who engage me personally–telling me how wrong I am or just challenging what I’ve written.

Common Sense Prevailing?

Garen Yegparian The news is good again from South America. Evo Morales has won Bolivia’s presidential election. Just a few weeks ago–supporters of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez swept legislative elections there after the US-supported (controlled/dominated?) opposition boycotted the election in "protest" upon realizing they stood no chance. This makes a handful of South American countries now

Here We Go Again

By Garen Yegparian The dust hasn’t settled from the last batch–nor have bruised egos recovered–and certainly lessons haven’t been learned–or at least fully absorbed–and guess what–there are more voter initiatives on California’s horizon. Those living in other states might be smirking broadly–thinking–"There go the kooks again." But–guess what–given that California’s a political trendsetter–this is their


By Garen Yegparian No–don’t worry–we’ve not had a proliferation of genocidal states across the globe–just humans behaving more like fowl. Let’s start with "Sharon to? Form a Centrist Party? ." That’s Israel’s Ariel–Arik to his buddies. The LA Times does not indicate if ‘centrists’ Genghis–Talaat–Hitler–Enver–Mussolini–Khomeini–Attila–and a host of similarly genial folk will be joining the