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

This is the heartwarming story of how some football players classily poked their fingers into the eye of Turkish authoritarianism. Their daring act of solidarity—worthy of the political pages of our daily newspapers—took place in a football stadium in Hamburg, Germany on October 16, 2016. Members of a local team, St. Pauli, donned their brown… 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

Aug 9, 2015 Kürt halkına karşı Türklerin bu zalim savaşı bir gün bittiğinde, Kürtlerle savaşırken ölen arkadaşlarınız için ne diyeceksiniz? Atalarınız Yunanistan’dan, Bulgaristan’dan, Lübnan ve Suriye’den çekildiğinde evlerine döndükleri gibi, siz de Konya’daki, Ankara’daki, Bolu ve Bursa’daki evlerinize döndüğünüzde “Yaşadığım her şeye değermiş” diyebilecek misiniz? Bir Türk şairi hayatlarını kaybeden arkadaşlarınızın mezarı üstüne şöyle yazarsa… Continue reading