An ancient Kurdish love song came alive by way of a beautiful movie in New York City last month. A Kurdish grandmother sang it for her American grandson on a hospital bed in Manhattan. The remarkable film is Zer, which rivals Shakespeare’s tragic Romeo and Juliet with its heart-rending after-effects of true love sacrificed upon… 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

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

“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

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