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

You could say that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan played with fire—and got burned. Even better—it was Kurds who lit the flame. It started when Mr. Erdogan noticed his handpicked candidate for mayor of Istanbul, Binali Yildirim, was losing in the polls. In desperation, he turned to Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of Kurdistan Workers’… Continue reading

The residents of Istanbul are getting ready to vote again next Sunday. Turks are divided, making Kurds the most critical voting block in the history of Turkish elections. The city supports 15 million souls, 3 million of whom hail from Kurdistan. The Kurds hold the deciding vote, noted Ertugrul Kurkcu in a Father’s Day tweet.… Continue reading

Americans are gearing up to elect their president in November 2020, for a four-year term beginning in January 2021. The choice will be between the current president, Republican Donald J. Trump, or one of 23 declared Democratic candidates. Leading the Democratic contenders is Joseph R. Biden who actually knows Kurds and speaks a political language… Continue reading

First about a shop that serves falafels at Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington, DC. On one of its walls hangs a sign with a quote: “I love my country… but I think we should start seeing other people.” For Americans who have a country, the quote is whimsical. But for Kurds, who are forced to… Continue reading