Turks everywhere solemnly honor November 10, 1938 and its anniversaries, as a day of mourning. That’s when the founder of their country—Ataturk, so-called father of the Turks—died of liver failure due to alcoholism. In Turkey, Turks stop work to observe his passing. Kurds are also expected to take part in these involuntary rituals. Our children… Continue reading

Long before the controversy of whether or not the freed Yezidi women of Islamic State should hold on to their children became a topic of conversation among the Kurds, a doctor rang the alarm bells: “For Yezidis, there are simply not enough well people to create a sense of collective health.” Translation: Yezidis are hurting… Continue reading

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a severe case of Kurdophobia, but we may have to give the devil his due on this one. He has somehow let Selahattin Demirtas pen Dawn, a work of twelve fictional short stories, from his Turkish prison cell in Edirne. That is terrific news for Demirtas, the popular Kurdish member of the Turkish parliament since 2007, and even… Continue reading

To be fair to him, this was not what Behrouz Boochani wanted to do when he was growing up in Kurdistan, Iran. But that is pretty much what he is doing right now imprisoned as he is on Manus Island—about 2,000 miles away from the land of his ambitious preoccupation. Long before that, Boochani was… Continue reading

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