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
We don’t normally think of American novelist Ernest Hemingway and former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the same breath. But when you throw a CIA interrogator into the mix, curious things can pop out. It’s sort of like giving a small boy a hammer, noted American philosopher Abraham Kaplan: “He will find that everything he… Continue reading
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
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
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
Nov 15, 2015 My cheers for Russian President Vladimir Putin are tongue-in-check, based on his vow to bomb the Islamic State cutthroats and their cousins who are battling the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad. The man who demolished Grozny, the Chechen capital, and renamed its main boulevard after himself believes in the supremacy of brute… Continue reading
When you visited Washington last May, the Kurdish media hailed your trip as a glowing success.
Was it really?
Some Kurds wonder—and with good cause. Continue reading
Aug 13, 2015 Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unfortunately talked out of both sides of his mouth last month in his Washington Post op-ed extolling his country’s battle against terrorism. Instead of letting the Post list his supposed credentials, he declared them himself, and in his opening lines no less: “A professor of history, diplomat… Continue reading
Aug 9, 2015 When the brutal war of Turkish aggression against the Kurds ends one day, what will you say of your friends who died fighting the Kurds? When you go back to your homes in Konya, Ankara, Bolu and Bursa—like your ancestors did when they were ejected from Greece, Bulgaria, Lebanon and Syria—will you… Continue reading