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

(Or an Open Letter to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) Dear Mr. Ahmadinejad: You recently made news in America with your open letter to President Trump, renewing your habit of venting your pent-up frustrations by writing to American presidents. Presidents Obama and Bush ignored your letters. President Trump, despite his news-junkie bents, has so far kept quiet. Let’s… Continue reading

American judges are under a glaring spotlight. They nullified President Trump’s executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. I can’t speak for 3.3 million Muslim-Americans, but 50,000 American Kurds had one common sentiment: black robes rock! I thought that too—until I read the decision of a Virginia judge who… Continue reading

We don’t normally think of American novelist Ernest Hemingway and former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the same breath. But when you throw a CIA interrogator into the mix, curious things can pop out. It’s sort of like giving a small boy a hammer, noted American philosopher Abraham Kaplan: “He will find that everything he… Continue reading