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 force in domestic… Continue reading
Kani Xulam 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 their foes were… Continue reading
Kani Xulam September 13, 2015 There is a crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan. And it is spelled Barzani! But there doesn’t have to be a crisis. It is one that President Masoud Barzani created himself with his hold on prolonged power. He has generated it by wearing out his welcome—wanting to stay beyond his eight plus… Continue reading
When you visited Washington last May, the Kurdish media hailed your trip as a glowing success.
Was it really?
Some Kurds wonder—and with good cause. Continue reading
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unfortunately talked out of both sides of his mouth last month in his Washington Post op-ed extolling his country’s battle against terrorism. Instead of letting the Post list his supposed credentials, he declared them himself, and in his opening lines no less: “A professor of history, diplomat and politician.” “Building… Continue reading
When the brutal war of Turkish aggression against the Kurds ends one day, what will you say of your friends who died fighting the Kurds? When you go back to your homes in Konya, Ankara, Bolu and Bursa—like your ancestors did when they were ejected from Greece, Bulgaria, Lebanon and Syria—will you be able to… Continue reading
Kürt halkına karşı Türklerin bu zalim savaşı bir gün bittiğinde, Kürtlerle savaşırken ölen arkadaşlarınız için ne diyeceksiniz? Atalarınız Yunanistan’dan, Bulgaristan’dan, Lübnan ve Suriye’den çekildiğinde evlerine döndükleri gibi, siz de Konya’daki, Ankara’daki, Bolu ve Bursa’daki evlerinize döndüğünüzde “Yaşadığım her şeye değermiş” diyebilecek misiniz? Bir Türk şairi hayatlarını kaybeden arkadaşlarınızın mezarı üstüne şöyle yazarsa hiç şaşırmayın: “İşte… Continue reading
I hope there is a John Brown roaming around somewhere in Turkey—one who hates supremacy of Turks over the Kurds as much as John Brown detested the slavery of blacks in America. Continue reading
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now interviews Kani Xulam on Turkish-American deal to take on the Islamic State… Continue reading
The so-called nuclear “peace” agreement negotiated with Iran has generated lots of diplomatic niceties—but little substance. Continue reading