March 31, 2016 When Winston Churchill published The World Crisis, his contemporary Arthur Balfour called the book “Winston’s brilliant autobiography, disguised as a history of the universe.” The same can be said of Abdullah Ocalan’s latest book, Imrali Notlari. This account of “peace talks” on the island of Imrali, first published in early 2015, got… Continue reading

Mar 16, 2016 Some Kurds think the successes of Turkish leaders are gains for Kurdish masses. Not me! Greater Turkish successes delay freedom for the Kurds and stall liberation of Kurdistan in the greater Middle East. When Turkish leaders blundered by weirdly claiming that Muslims first discovered the Americas and built mosques before churches arose… Continue reading

Woman’s Club of Roland Park Baltimore, Maryland February 18, 2016 We are all gathered here today, in safety and comfort. That is good, and we owe the privilege to a “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” as Abraham Lincoln once memorably put it. But let me show you an alternative view.… Continue reading

Jan 31, 2016 I was deeply moved by your tearful humanitarian plea to your colleagues in the Turkish Parliament for ambulances to remove 28 maimed and bleeding Kurdish civilians—victims of Turkey’s lawless war—to hospitals in the town of Cizre in Turkish Kurdistan. I am even more stirred that you have now camped at the Ministry… Continue reading

Jan 21, 2016 today’s posting comes from pat davis. no relations to paul davis, the author of “turkey needs a dr. king” op-ed about our vigil in yesterday’s rudaw english. pat is a poet, playwright, writer and a wonderful human being who toils tirelessly for the good of wronged and abused folks from central america… Continue reading

Nov 30, 2015 We’ve heard the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” We can now add: “Don’t judge a book by a quote in it!” The quote that troubles me is from a recent book about Turkey’s 11th president (2007-2014), Abdullah Gul: “We must have a vision that avoids slogans, focuses on… 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

Kani Xulam   Oct 6, 2015 The year was 249 BC. Rome was snarled in its First Punic War against mighty Carthage. One of the two Roman consuls for the year, Publius Claudius Pulcher, thirsted for “glory” and wanted to humiliate the great Carthaginian naval power. The fact that Romans were new to seafaring and… Continue reading