June 23, 2016 “Anything is better than lies and deceit!” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina Is there no limit to the pool of deceit that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan won’t dive into—and pop up lying even worse? His latest devious dip into the make-believe world came in an op-ed piece he penned for Bloomberg… Continue reading

“Democracy is like a bus ride. Once I get to my stop; I get off.” Recep Tayyip Erdogan Kani Xulam May 18, 2016 The Kurds and the Turks were not supposed to fight one another this year. High-level peace talks last year were so promising that a Mandela- style house-arrest was being considered for imprisoned… Continue reading

May 16, 2016 Events that normally happen once in a hundred years in Europe and America are taking place in a week one after the other in the vicinity of Kurdish lands with profound consequences for the Kurds. Stunning pictures from Baghdad reveal the destruction of the parliament building, as if someone was hoisting a… Continue reading

March 31, 2016 When Winston Churchill published The World Crisis, his contemporary Arthur Balfour called the book “Winston’s brilliant autobiography, disguised as a history of the universe.” The same can be said of Abdullah Ocalan’s latest book, Imrali Notlari. This account of “peace talks” on the island of Imrali, first published in early 2015, got… Continue reading

Mar 16, 2016 Some Kurds think the successes of Turkish leaders are gains for Kurdish masses. Not me! Greater Turkish successes delay freedom for the Kurds and stall liberation of Kurdistan in the greater Middle East. When Turkish leaders blundered by weirdly claiming that Muslims first discovered the Americas and built mosques before churches arose… Continue reading

Woman’s Club of Roland Park Baltimore, Maryland February 18, 2016 We are all gathered here today, in safety and comfort. That is good, and we owe the privilege to a “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” as Abraham Lincoln once memorably put it. But let me show you an alternative view.… Continue reading

Jan 31, 2016 I was deeply moved by your tearful humanitarian plea to your colleagues in the Turkish Parliament for ambulances to remove 28 maimed and bleeding Kurdish civilians—victims of Turkey’s lawless war—to hospitals in the town of Cizre in Turkish Kurdistan. I am even more stirred that you have now camped at the Ministry… Continue reading

Jan 21, 2016 today’s posting comes from pat davis. no relations to paul davis, the author of “turkey needs a dr. king” op-ed about our vigil in yesterday’s rudaw english. pat is a poet, playwright, writer and a wonderful human being who toils tirelessly for the good of wronged and abused folks from central america… Continue reading

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