“We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.”—Blaise Pascal When French philosopher Pascal (1623-1662) said that, he didn’t have Algeria in mind—but he could well have. An Algerian joke in the 1990s had a young Algerian asking his father: “What do the colors of the Algerian flag signify?”… Continue reading

Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) didn’t live long enough to see a free Italy, but wrote some of the most moving verses to lament his homeland’s subjugation by France under Napoleon Bonaparte. In a poem titled, To Italy, he mourns the loss of Italian soldiers in Bonaparte’s ill-fated Russian campaign with these haunting words that… Continue reading

Sofia, Bulgaria is not a popular destination for travelling Kurds, but if you find yourself in the Bulgarian capital, make sure you visit the monument of Vasil Levski outside the National Cultural Center. Greeting you will be the words of the selfless and fearless Bulgarian patriot in large block letters: “If I succeed, I shall… Continue reading

Turkish Embassy statement regarding Sheridan Circle attacks on May 16, 2017 and a Kurdish Response Turkish Claim: Groups affiliated with the PKK, which the U.S. and Turkey have designated as a terrorist organization, gathered yesterday without permit in Sheridan Circle in the immediate vicinity of the Ambassador’s Residence, while the President of Turkey was visiting… Continue reading

This is the heartwarming story of how some football players classily poked their fingers into the eye of Turkish authoritarianism. Their daring act of solidarity—worthy of the political pages of our daily newspapers—took place in a football stadium in Hamburg, Germany on October 16, 2016. Members of a local team, St. Pauli, donned their brown… Continue reading

He was already world-famous living in Paris, France. She was hardly known outside the circle of her friends living in Mardin, Turkey. He was not in Guernica, Spain when Nazis and fascists bombed it from the air and turned it into a ghost town. She was inside Nusaybin, a Kurdish town in Turkish Kurdistan, when… Continue reading

Victory can sometimes spring from the jaws of apparent defeat. That happened last month in Turkey when a pro-government group seized control of the human rights group MAZLUMDER. A sympathetic “judge” had already cloaked their sinister intent with an underhanded ruling that clearly violated the bylaws of the association, asserted deposed president Ahmet Faruk Unsal… Continue reading

“For a state to endure, it needs more than commerce and security. It needs civic fraternity.” –Aristotle Turks and Kurds have begun comparing current Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with former Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet. The rest of the world is also taking note, raising this ominous question: Who is the worst despot? The… Continue reading

In his book, The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump shares with his readers a typical hour-by-hour day of phone calls and meetings with various New York officials over building permits, acquisitions and charities. By 3:00 pm, there is no sign of lunch. No, Donald Trump is not fasting. Exhausting details have simply consumed his… Continue reading