Instead of saying I was born at a certain place and a certain time in this country let me say that I am the son of Armenian immigrants who despite all the great hardships my parents endured and suffered they were always hopeful, energetic, joyful, intelligent and kind so when they walked and talked they were giants as tall in my mind as a sequoia. My father often carried a copy of the Constitution of the United States in his suit pocket referring to it with a smile and he cherished America as a beacon for the world. That beacon shines brightly only when that Constitution is applied and strengthened, not weakened. That is the unspoken challenge of every generation.
I have lived overseas in Thailand, Malaysia and Iran during the Shah's era. One trip overseas was one year in South Vietnam in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1968 which I wrote about in A Final Quietus, a part of Stellar Energies To America. Using my experience (public and private sectors) I have tried to write about the world we live in and inhabit, though there are a few exceptions, such as the story Animal Park about a robin named Molly who learned how to think.
My education includes a B.A. in English/Drama/Education from S.U.N.Y. at Geneseo, N.Y. and MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, AZ
My experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand for two years was, I believe, mutually constructive and beneficial.
The novel Land of the Tuk Tuk includes my experience as a field supervisor in the U.S. Refugee Program assisting Cambodians along the Thai-Cambodian border. In Land of the Tuk-Tuk I write about the refugee program and add a lot more to that story, awkward bungler courting his love interest, bribery and corruption in contracts for refugee food and transportation, tourist development in conflict with village community forest, elephant round-up, American ethnocentrism-an attitude of superiority over other cultures and a few more things. You might ask how this all fits into one story. Well, it couldn't have been done without living and seeing many things and using some creativity to bring it together. As a reader you will not escape this world, you are brought closer to it. There is a review of Land of the Tuk-Tuk at Peace Corps Worldwide.
In high school I read Walden and since then I have always admired Henry David Thoreau and wrote a play, THOREAU, that is based on his life, works and words. Thoreau's writings may be distrusted by those entrenched in power because he challenges them and they are often not up to the challenge.My article "Why Thoreau Is Still Relevant" was published by History News Network of George Mason University.
I have written many columns and articles on current events such as "Lessons from Iran, 77-78" published by History News Network of George Mason University and republished by Counterpunch. It's about the culture shock of Americans in Iran during the Shah's era of contracts for military hardware and training.
Counterpunch published "Reducing a Great Empire to a Small One", What Ever Happened to America, Lessons from Iran, 1977-78, Superpower Status Supersedes Domestic Tranquility
Truthout published "The Iraq War and Crony Democracy."
Op-EdNews.com published 21 columns.
The Contrary Perspective published: Trust in War is America's New Creed, Favoritism in Public Arenas Invites Failure, Politicians Are Like Crowing Roosters, The Golden Age of the Western
I write because the world we live in sometimes is not quite good enough or honest enough and literature may move mankind a bit further along a better road with fewer potholes, cracks and washouts. Honesty in our society or any society is often an orphan, especially in politics, domestic and foreign affairs and maybe one of the jobs of the writer is bring more honesty about our world, not less.
Stellar Energies To America and Land of the Tuk-Tuk attempt to provide an insight into the American Empire overseas in war and peace. To complete the "trilogy" a third book is being written set in the United States.
Remember, "In war the first casualty is truth." For that matter, truth-telling is almost obsolete on the national stage in public affairs. https://twitter.com/HPelifian