If you take a walk in downtown Hawler and ask random Kurds if they know of Ben Rhodes, you will likely get blank stares and, “Nope, never heard of him.” If you were to do the same thing in Shengal, the Yezidi town in Kurdistan-Iraq, you should get grateful acknowledgements like: “Ben Rhodes is a… 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
From Rudaw.net June 15, 2015 There is a statue of Woodrow Wilson in Prague, Czech Republic. There is a statue of Bill Clinton in Pristina, Republic of Kosovo. There should be one of you, in Hawler, Kurdistan. Before telling you why, permit me thank you for honoring President Barzani of Kurdistan at the White House… Continue reading
By Kani Xulam August 18, 1999 When the news of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait reached the exiled Kurdish communities in America on August 2, 1990, an air of uneasiness was palpable on their faces. If Saddam Hussein got away with the annexation of his so called 19th province, his amalgamated power would put an end… Continue reading