In 1985, a 23-year-old graduate of Columbia University was hopping from job to job in New York City trying to make a living. He came across a flyer that announced the upcoming lecture of a civil rights icon at his old alma mater.  The alumnus was Barack Obama. The icon Stokely Carmichael. He decided to… Continue reading

Kürtlerin Amerika kıtasına göçünün ülkelere göre dağılımı nasıl? Kürtler en fazla hangi ülkelere ve eyaletlere yerleşmişler? Kürtler Amerika kıtasının hemen hemen her yerinde var. Sayıları tam bilinmiyor. Ama en çok ses çıkaranlar Amerika ve Kanada da oldukları için biz onları biraz daha iyi tanıyoruz. Amerika için verilen rakam genellikle 50 bindir. Kanada için 30 bin.… Continue reading

One English transplant to America, the late Christopher Hitchens, very much hoped he would. And he didn’t just engage in wishful thinking, he also wrote a book, Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man, and dedicated it to President Jalal Talabani, the first ever duly elected head of state in the history of Mesopotamia.  That fact in itself… Continue reading

We enter this world with certain predetermined facts—such as our sex, parents, and nationality. What we do with those facts can chart the course of our lives.  A baby born to Kurdish parents in Turkey faces life-altering obstacles. A baby born to black couples in America has her/his share of troubles. Turkey claims it is… Continue reading

If you glance at the English newspapers on any given day, you will hardly come across the word martyr. If you do the same with the Turkish ones, the word will leap out at you and sometimes in bold letters. Turkish soldiers are dying in Syria, Libya and Kurdistan. Turkish media is hailing them as… Continue reading

A coup may erupt in Turkey, where half of Middle Eastern Kurds live. At least that’s the prediction of the RAND Corporation, an American think tank. That should alarm those who believe, as I do, that the worst of civilian governments are better than the best of military dictatorships. Although Turkey has a civilian government… Continue reading

Like many Kurds who dabble in politics, I was admittedly rattled upon hearing the news of Qasem Soleimani’s assassination in Baghdad. There is no other word for it, the man cast a large shadow over Kurdistan. Will his elimination mean more sunlight or greater darkness for the Kurds? I fear the latter, as I posted… Continue reading

In August 1914, the Ottoman Empire joined the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary in a war against the Allied Powers of Great Britain, France and Russia. Nine months later, its pasha leaders, Enver, Talaat and Djemal, fearing the revolt of Armenians under their jurisdiction, branded them as traitors and declared open season on murder.… Continue reading