By KANI XULAM 2/3/2014 The year was 1985. In America, President Ronald Reagan began a peaceful second term. In Turkey, seething tensions continued to grip a country torn apart by years of violence and death, both before and after a military coup had toppled the freely-elected government—triggering the tumultuous arrest of 650,000 Kurds and Turks,… Continue reading

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