Op-Ed articles

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

Abundant Absurdity

By Garen Yegparian Sometimes it pays to fall behind in your reading. This way–as you catch up–scanning in one sitting what might otherwise be scattered across weeks and months–you notice patterns more easily. In this case–I noticed an abundance of absurdity. So–I thought I’d share. Some wacko Turk is suing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (or

Proposition This

By Garen Yegparian Just when you thought it was safe to walk past your neighborhood polling place–it’s back–another election–courtesy of The Governator–Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. A state–California (for those hiding under a rock cowering in fear of elections) with serious budget problems is blowing a few dozen millions of dollars on an election–instead of waiting another

What a Difference a Decade Makes: Some comments on Garen Yegparian’s article published in on October 22 2005.

By Raffy Arzouhaldjian While I agreed with some of Garen Yegparian’s suggested means of prolonging our identity in the diaspora by owning our heritage and celebrating our diversity–I had a hard time understanding the logical link in the two statemen’s of the following sentence: "For us to reunite on our ancestral lands–we must remain WE."