First a little bit of digression: When a Roman general conquered a new land; he was authorized to have a parade through the streets of Rome to celebrate his victory. The daylong procession featured booming music and a display of carts filled with confiscated treasures and weapons collected from the battlefields, along with chained prisoners… Continue reading

Long before the controversy of whether or not the freed Yezidi women of Islamic State should hold on to their children became a topic of conversation among the Kurds, a doctor rang the alarm bells: “For Yezidis, there are simply not enough well people to create a sense of collective health.” Translation: Yezidis are hurting… Continue reading

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a severe case of Kurdophobia, but we may have to give the devil his due on this one. He has somehow let Selahattin Demirtas pen Dawn, a work of twelve fictional short stories, from his Turkish prison cell in Edirne. That is terrific news for Demirtas, the popular Kurdish member of the Turkish parliament since 2007, and even… Continue reading

To be fair to him, this was not what Behrouz Boochani wanted to do when he was growing up in Kurdistan, Iran. But that is pretty much what he is doing right now imprisoned as he is on Manus Island—about 2,000 miles away from the land of his ambitious preoccupation. Long before that, Boochani was… Continue reading

The first Saturday of 2019 didn’t start well for Rahaf al-Qanun, the Saudi teen, who wanted to make a dash for freedom in Australia via Thailand. The forces of “order” blocked her path in the Thai capital. On the second Saturday, January 12, she landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Ontario. Chrystia Freeland, the… Continue reading

Your average Iraqi is 19 years old—so many were not even born when two devastating earthquakes ravaged their country in 1991. The first exploded when the Iraqi Army was routed from Kuwait. In the second, millions of Kurds abandoned their homes and dashed to the borders of Turkey and Iran to escape deadly chemical and… Continue reading

Michelle Obama’s just published autobiography, Becoming, is selling like hot cakes—reportedly 1,4 million copies in the first seven days, or nine books per second. I was one of those nanosecond purchasers—curious about Mrs. Obama’s possible response to a hand-delivered note on our hapless Kurds by an American professor in Ohio. The book is well crafted,… Continue reading