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

August 30, 2019 The Rev. Charles Hoffacker Priest, The Episcopal Church (Anglican Communion) God, we call upon you using many names, and sometimes we choose not to speak. We come before you as people of holy faith, we come before you as people of holy doubt, wanting our hearts to become soft rather than hard,… Continue reading

August 30, 2019 Wedat Aydin didn’t have a say in why he was born a Kurd in an international colony called Kurdistan part of which is now reeling under the jackboots of the Turkish Army. Nor did he have a say in why he was born in 1954 only to be kidnapped and brutally murdered by monsters masquerading as… Continue reading

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”—Voltaire Dear Mr. Coelho, You are hot news in Kurdistan—among its lovers of literature to be exact. But we can’t yet award you any literary prize for honoring our homeland and its hapless children in your novel, Eleven Minutes. Perhaps we should. We also… Continue reading