One English transplant to America, the late Christopher Hitchens, very much hoped he would. And he didn’t just engage in wishful thinking, he also wrote a book, Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man, and dedicated it to President Jalal Talabani, the first ever duly elected head of state in the history of Mesopotamia.  That fact in itself… Continue reading

Dear Mr. Talabani, As someone who is sometimes asked to comment on the affairs of our hapless Kurds, I have been confronted with the question of just who is Bafil Talabani? Before October 12, I would have declined the request or referred people to the good folks at the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) office, named… Continue reading

August 30, 2016 In the unadulterated barbarism called the Islamic State, you are allowed to shop for cucumbers and tomatoes, but you are not permitted to place them in the same bag. That’s because the noun cucumber is masculine in Arabic, and the noun tomato is feminine. Thus, the “morality police” of vegetables in the… Continue reading