“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

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

The Statement of Kani Xulam At the National Day of Remembrance for Qamishli, Western Kurdistan Lafayette Park, Washington, DC, March 21, 2004 We have gathered here at a difficult time in our nation’s history. Arab hoodlums who miss their deposed cousin Saddam Hussein are targeting our brothers and sisters in Qamishli, Amude, Derbasiye, Sere Kani,… Continue reading