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“For a state to endure, it needs more than commerce and security. It needs civic fraternity.” –Aristotle Turks and Kurds have begun comparing current Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with former Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet. The rest of the world is also taking note, raising this ominous question: Who is the worst despot? The… Continue reading

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American judges are under a glaring spotlight. They nullified President Trump’s executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. I can’t speak for 3.3 million Muslim-Americans, but 50,000 American Kurds had one common sentiment: black robes rock! I thought that too—until I read the decision of a Virginia judge who… Continue reading

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December 25, 2016 Is shooting an unarmed man courageous? Is shooting him in the back manful? That’s what one Turkish man did, whose name means courageous, manful, red-blooded and trustworthy in English. Cold-blooded, back-shooting murder is neither red-blooded nor courageous to me—especially shooting an unarmed, defenseless man in the back eight times! Crowning his cowardly… Continue reading

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25 Aralik 2016 Küba lideri Fidel Castro’nun ölümünün ardından iki Kürt örgütü onu öven mesajlar verdiler. Halkların Demokratik Partisi (HDP) ve Kürdistan Topluluklar Birliği (KCK), Castro’nun gerçekleştirdiği özgürlük mücadelesine ve hayata geçirdiği demokrasiye hayranlıklarını dile getirdiler. Peki gerçekten öyle miydi? Onların bahsettiği Castro ile dünyanın bildiği Castro aynı mıdır? Castro, yüzlerce kişiyi kurşuna dizen ve… Continue reading

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Two Kurdish organizations have lavishly praised Fidel Castro, the longtime Cuban leader who died recently. The Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) and the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) each issued statements hailing Mr. Castro for his contributions to “freedom” and “democracy.” Really? Are we talking about the same fellow? Isn’t Castro the despot who ruthlessly murdered hundreds… Continue reading

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