Jan 15, 2016 we started our day at 9:30 am in front of turkish embassy. a group calling itself turkish american national steering committee (tansc) had heard about our vigil and had decided to protest our presence. they had shown up at 8:00 am. metropolitan police department of washington, dc, had decided to give them… Continue reading

Nov 30, 2015 We’ve heard the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” We can now add: “Don’t judge a book by a quote in it!” The quote that troubles me is from a recent book about Turkey’s 11th president (2007-2014), Abdullah Gul: “We must have a vision that avoids slogans, focuses on… Continue reading

Nov 29, 2015 Şu özlü sözü hepimiz duymuşuzdur: “Bir kitabı kapağına bakarak değerlendirmeyin.” Şimdi bu söze, şunu da ekleyebiliriz: “Bir kitabı içindeki tek bir bölüme bakarak değerlendirmeyin.” Sözünü ettiğim bölüm, Türkiye’nin 11. cumhurbaşkanı (2007 – 2014 yılları arasında görev yapmış) Abdullah Gül’’le ilgili yeni bir kitapta geçiyor: “Hesap vermenin, şeffaflığın ve iyi yönetimin hâkim olduğu,… Continue reading

Nov 15, 2015 My cheers for Russian President Vladimir Putin are tongue-in-check, based on his vow to bomb the Islamic State cutthroats and their cousins who are battling the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad. The man who demolished Grozny, the Chechen capital, and renamed its main boulevard after himself believes in the supremacy of brute… Continue reading

Kani Xulam   Oct 6, 2015 The year was 249 BC. Rome was snarled in its First Punic War against mighty Carthage. One of the two Roman consuls for the year, Publius Claudius Pulcher, thirsted for “glory” and wanted to humiliate the great Carthaginian naval power. The fact that Romans were new to seafaring and… Continue reading

By KANI XULAM 5/12/2013 “He that once enters at a tyrant’s door becomes a slave, though he were free before.” Sophocles To be sure, Jeladet Ali Bedir Xan (hereafter Jeladet) was not the one who entered the tyrant’s door. His grandfather Mir Bedir Xan did in 1847. He was the hereditary ruler of Botan, a… Continue reading