First a little bit of digression: When a Roman general conquered a new land; he was authorized to have a parade through the streets of Rome to celebrate his victory. The daylong procession featured booming music and a display of carts filled with confiscated treasures and weapons collected from the battlefields, along with chained prisoners… Continue reading

Long before the controversy of whether or not the freed Yezidi women of Islamic State should hold on to their children became a topic of conversation among the Kurds, a doctor rang the alarm bells: “For Yezidis, there are simply not enough well people to create a sense of collective health.” Translation: Yezidis are hurting… Continue reading

To be fair to him, this was not what Behrouz Boochani wanted to do when he was growing up in Kurdistan, Iran. But that is pretty much what he is doing right now imprisoned as he is on Manus Island—about 2,000 miles away from the land of his ambitious preoccupation. Long before that, Boochani was… Continue reading

Your average Iraqi is 19 years old—so many were not even born when two devastating earthquakes ravaged their country in 1991. The first exploded when the Iraqi Army was routed from Kuwait. In the second, millions of Kurds abandoned their homes and dashed to the borders of Turkey and Iran to escape deadly chemical and… Continue reading

Fortune magazine annually prints the names of 500 American companies that are envied around the world. If there were a magazine listing the top 500 American intellectuals, I would have suggested the name of Robert Kagan—in spite of his disregard for Kurds—for its next edition. He has just published a new book, The Jungle Grows… Continue reading

Something strange happened in New York last month. President Erdogan of Turkey met with two daughters of Malcom X, Ilyasha and Qubilah. The meeting was short, but its meaning will long reverberate through the ages for Kurds as well as the students of Malcolm X. Ilyasha Shabazz compared the Turkish leader to her late father… Continue reading

Let me first express my heartfelt gratitude to Munawar Laghari of Save Our Sindh (SOS) coalition here in Washington for taking up the cause of forced disappearances around the globe. It highlights his splendid humanity towards our unfortunate brothers and sisters. It underscores his dedicated desire to stop the disgraceful practice of kidnapping dissidents by… Continue reading