Opinon articles

False Alarm and A Shudder

By Garen Yegparian Admit it. You were happy when the New York Life Insurance Company agreed to compensate the heirs of Genocide victims–even if you weren’t getting any cash. You were thinking–"Hah–great–one instance where the veracity of the is being reaffirmed in an American court." But then you noticed something. A word was missing–just as

Sammy’s at It Again

By Garen Yegparian No–it’s not Sosa; so don’t expect discussion on broken baseball records any time soon. Today it’s Samuel P. Huntington of "clash of civilizations" fame. (Too bad it’s not "Huffington," ’cause "Sammy Huffs Again" would have made a perfect title). You might recall that about a decade ago–this chairman of the Harvard Academy

While We’re Talking About Genocide

By GAREN YEGPARIAN OK–so I lifted the title and the idea for this piece from Aram Saroyan’s (William’s son) April 23 interview with Maria Armoudian on KPFK. But the idea is so compelling it bears repeating. During the interview–Saroyan used that line to segway into pointing out we’re on the verge of the biggest genocide

Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Continue Declaration

Amnesty International recently concluded a series of high level talks with the Republic of Turkey–which included meetings with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan–Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul–Minister of Interior Abdulkadir Aksu–Presidents of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court–the Council of State–and a wide range of Turkish non-governmental organizations. During meetings with government representatives–Amnesty International acknowledged

Random Religious Ramblings (Rumblings?)

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN We’re the first Christian nation! (Spoken in an almost "Nyah–nyah–my dad can beat your dad up" tone) Yay! Whoopee! Fireworks exploding! We’re thrilled. Who cares? Why is that relevant today? Is it even beneficial to tout this? This article has no pretense of being coherent from one paragraph to another except in

We Don’t Have to Politicize Everyone

By Garen Yegparian WRONG! So here’s the story. I was at a party–I know you’re shocked–whoever heard of going to a party this time of year? It contained quite an eclectic mix of people–running the political gamut left to right–Armenian and non-Armenian alike. It struck me as a house warming/Christmas/law school party (interesting remark overheard–"Now

S’a’ddam Shame

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN What a week! Heydar Aliyev dies and Saddam Hussein is captured. And thereby hangs a tale. Besides the obvious initial snickers and commen’s–"What if it’s one of Saddam’s doubles they found," and the major effort required by some who suffered under Aliyev’s tyranny to suppress whoops of joy at his demise–and besides

ANC of Burbank announces endorsemen’s

The Armenian National Committee of Burbank announced last week its endorsemen’s for the offices of city council and school board members. The committee decided to endorse incumbents Bill Wiggins and Dave Golonski–as well as newcomer Stacey Murphy. The decision was based on the in-depth personal interviews–examination of the candidates’ responses to the questionnaires prepared by