Your average Iraqi is 19 years old—so many were not even born when two devastating earthquakes ravaged their country in 1991. The first exploded when the Iraqi Army was routed from Kuwait. In the second, millions of Kurds abandoned their homes and dashed to the borders of Turkey and Iran to escape deadly chemical and… Continue reading

Something strange happened in New York last month. President Erdogan of Turkey met with two daughters of Malcom X, Ilyasha and Qubilah. The meeting was short, but its meaning will long reverberate through the ages for Kurds as well as the students of Malcolm X. Ilyasha Shabazz compared the Turkish leader to her late father… Continue reading

Let me first express my heartfelt gratitude to Munawar Laghari of Save Our Sindh (SOS) coalition here in Washington for taking up the cause of forced disappearances around the globe. It highlights his splendid humanity towards our unfortunate brothers and sisters. It underscores his dedicated desire to stop the disgraceful practice of kidnapping dissidents by… Continue reading

Fighting between Turks and Kurds is nothing new. But the latest assault by the Turkish army on the Kurdish province of Afrin inside Syria bodes ill for the region—just when things appeared to be looking up for the peoples of Syria. As Kurds who had played a decisive role in the demise of the Islamic… Continue reading

  You are cordially invited to watch the acclaimed feature film ZER by award-winning Kurdish director Kazım Öz in two Washington-area theatres. Through the magic of an ancient love song, ZER celebrates the enduring friendship of a carefree American student with his dying Kurdish grandmother, while tackling the epic themes of love, freedom, identity, war… Continue reading

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

I recently attended a rally in Washington, DC to express my support for the Kurdish referendum in Kurdistan/Iraq. We enjoyed short speeches, pleasant music and joined hands in large circular dances to celebrate the Kurdish vote on independence from an overbearing partner, Arab Iraq. Kurds flocked from Tennessee, New Jersey, New York and even Canada.… Continue reading