Opinon articles

Who’s the Qualified Candidate?

By Garen Yegparian Yes–more on elections. Someone should really do a PhD thesis or other study on what drives people to run for office–especially local–under conditions that exist in places like Glendale today. Some of these poor–addled candidates are in for the shocks of their lives. Sadly they’ll also play the role of spoilers (in


By Garen Yegparian Yup–I’m doin’ it–takin’ the plunge–and hittin’ one of the biggies–ABORTION. Hell–it might even prompt someone to reply with a letter to the editor! You may have heard it in Armenian as vizhoom–but that’s used for "miscarriage" as well–which is a passive event as opposed to the active intervention required for a vizhetzoom.

The Elections Are Coming The Elections Are Coming!

By Garen Yegparian It’s an odd numbered year and a number of the cities and other governmental entities hosting the largest non-homeland Armenian community will be holding elections between now and the end of Spring. Some are one-shot–plurality-vote-getter-wins arrangemen’s (such as Glendale). Others are of the two-stage–primary-and-general variety (such as Burbank). All are non-partisan–though you


By Garen Yegparian You’re wondering–"What’s tabdik?" Well–I refuse to get vulgar–but it would have been appropriate–’cause it’s an outfit that could be described as TARC-lite. The Turkish-Armenian Business Development Council’s says it was organized in 1997 and posts protocols signed by both parties. It has addresses/contact information in the EU and the US–(recently incorporated as

Euroed Again?

By Garen Yegparian If Armenian media had a tradition of naming an "Event of the Year," in the same spirit as TIME’s "Person of the Year," it would have to be the European Union’s (EU) setting of October 3–2005 as the commencement date for negotiations over Turkey’s membership in this geographic-econo-politico-sociological assemblage. Of course this

OPINION: Good News for a Change

By Garen Yegparian See–I’m not all doom and gloom. I’ve seen a few good things on the Armenian scene this year. One was the people of the Arapkir district of Yerevan getting organized to stand up for their water rights as detailed by Apo Boghigian in some of his Asbarez columns. The initiative demonstrated by

Irritants II

By Garen Yegparian Today we’ll hit some more items that leave me peeved! Why don’t we hold "louder" remembrances of the Sumgait massacres? I’ll bet you can’t even remember the month and year they occurred! Such activities would certainly keep Azerbaijan’s diplomatic corps and their hirelings occupied with denial instead of being able to act

Karasoonk & Superior Organization

By Garen Yegparian OK–everybody should be over the election enough–gloating or mourning–to start on the next one. The requisite 40 days have elapsed–so let’s get with it. There’re lessons to be learned–battles to be fought and won. The paramount lesson to be learned by the Democrats and Armenia’s–since clearly the Republicans already have mastered it–is

Separatism No Longer a Dirty Word?

By Garen Yegparian The December 13–2004 Fall Books issue of The Nation seems to have been designed with Armenia’s in mind. It contains Peter Balakian’s letter to the editor replying to a September 20 review of his The Burning Tigris by Meline Toumani. The latter seems to be one of those Armenia’s who is so

Reverb and Organizations’ Obligations

By Garen Yegparian Fortune smiles upon us. A letter to the editor appeared in Asbarez a few weeks back–containing–among some reasonable issues–the very same inane assertions about Bush’s "largest ever" vote tally. In addition–two letters in the November 7 Los Angeles Times–one by a fellow Armenian–also make the same grandiose assertion. Need I say more