By KANI XULAM 27/1/2014 After CIA-trained Cuban exiles seeking to overthrow Fidel Castro’s government were crushed in the 1961 Cuban Bay of Pigs adventure, a humiliated President John F. Kennedy groaned: “Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” When we Kurds win our freedom, we will have 1,000 fathers. We may also… Continue reading

By KANI XULAM 20/1/2014 “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” —Mark Twain, What Is Man? Turkish President Abdullah Gul grappled mightily with Mark Twain’s tricky dilemma when a military cadet dropped him a hot-potato question after he addressed them in Ankara on January 8. “Of all the books that you have read,”… Continue reading

By KANI XULAM Aug 9, 2013 Trouble is ominously brewing in the once-quiet, northeastern Kurdish corner of Syria where violent terrorist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusrah and Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have begun cold-bloodedly attacking the Kurds. Bloodthirsty beheadings, reminiscent of Nick Berg, the American cruelly carved up in Iraq in… Continue reading

By KANI XULAM 5/12/2013 “He that once enters at a tyrant’s door becomes a slave, though he were free before.” Sophocles To be sure, Jeladet Ali Bedir Xan (hereafter Jeladet) was not the one who entered the tyrant’s door. His grandfather Mir Bedir Xan did in 1847. He was the hereditary ruler of Botan, a… Continue reading