Op-Ed articles

New Turkish President

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN I guess the hurly-burly’s done and the battle lost and won, but who noticed? What came in roaring like it might shake Asia Minor to its political core actually transpired with little more than a whimper. Maybe this is why the LATimes mislabled its “World in Brief” coverage of Abdullah Gul’s election

So Much Is Happening

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN Turkey’s next attempt to choose a president, an election conducted by the country’s parliament, is slated for August 20th. By the time you read this, chaos might already be present in Turkey. You see, the religiously based AKP that won the parliamentary elections a few weeks ago has had the temerity to

SpitRain Award

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN You’ve all heard the Armenian saying, “He/she’s so shameless, if you spit on his/her face, he/she’ll think it’s rain”. The spirit of this saying is whence the award’s name emanates. So I’m not rude, let me graciously offer my profound gratitude to those who inspired this first-time award. I suspect there’ll be

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

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