25 Aralik 2016 Küba lideri Fidel Castro’nun ölümünün ardından iki Kürt örgütü onu öven mesajlar verdiler. Halkların Demokratik Partisi (HDP) ve Kürdistan Topluluklar Birliği (KCK), Castro’nun gerçekleştirdiği özgürlük mücadelesine ve hayata geçirdiği demokrasiye hayranlıklarını dile getirdiler. Peki gerçekten öyle miydi? Onların bahsettiği Castro ile dünyanın bildiği Castro aynı mıdır? Castro, yüzlerce kişiyi kurşuna dizen ve… Continue reading
Two Kurdish organizations have lavishly praised Fidel Castro, the longtime Cuban leader who died recently. The Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) and the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) each issued statements hailing Mr. Castro for his contributions to “freedom” and “democracy.” Really? Are we talking about the same fellow? Isn’t Castro the despot who ruthlessly murdered hundreds… Continue reading
“To be ignorant of the past is to be forever a child.” —Cicero What is best for the Kurds: Islam or Nationalism? That question gnawed at me as I read, Islam and Competing Nationalisms in the Middle East, 1876-1926, a scholarly book by Kamal Soleimani analyzing the place of faith and identity in the politics… Continue reading
June 23, 2016 “Anything is better than lies and deceit!” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina Is there no limit to the pool of deceit that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan won’t dive into—and pop up lying even worse? His latest devious dip into the make-believe world came in an op-ed piece he penned for Bloomberg… Continue reading
Kani Xulam Oct 6, 2015 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… 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