First our commonalities: we are both the children of the soil. Jews fondly call the Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael) their homeland; we reserve the same affection for Kurdistan, the land of our ancestors. Jews ruled their homeland for nearly a thousand years—but mighty Rome destroyed their sacred Temple (built by Solomon) in 70 AD… Continue reading

The Poles have a state of their own now, but were stateless, like us Kurds, for 123 years at one time. How they got their homeland back can help Kurds get ours. Unlike us, the Poles once had a kingdom, but lost it to Germans, Austrians and Russians—were even declared “foreigners” in their own country… Continue reading

Many Kurds may not know who Lord Byron is. Those who do are richer for it; those who don’t, poorer. George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), the great English poet, was born with a clubfoot but towered tall in his valiant defense of freedom. Indeed, the 6th Baron Byron died while supporting a brigade of Greek freedom… Continue reading

“We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.”—Blaise Pascal When French philosopher Pascal (1623-1662) said that, he didn’t have Algeria in mind—but he could well have. An Algerian joke in the 1990s had a young Algerian asking his father: “What do the colors of the Algerian flag signify?”… Continue reading

Sofia, Bulgaria is not a popular destination for travelling Kurds, but if you find yourself in the Bulgarian capital, make sure you visit the monument of Vasil Levski outside the National Cultural Center. Greeting you will be the words of the selfless and fearless Bulgarian patriot in large block letters: “If I succeed, I shall… 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

He was already world-famous living in Paris, France. She was hardly known outside the circle of her friends living in Mardin, Turkey. He was not in Guernica, Spain when Nazis and fascists bombed it from the air and turned it into a ghost town. She was inside Nusaybin, a Kurdish town in Turkish Kurdistan, when… Continue reading

Victory can sometimes spring from the jaws of apparent defeat. That happened last month in Turkey when a pro-government group seized control of the human rights group MAZLUMDER. A sympathetic “judge” had already cloaked their sinister intent with an underhanded ruling that clearly violated the bylaws of the association, asserted deposed president Ahmet Faruk Unsal… Continue reading

In his book, The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump shares with his readers a typical hour-by-hour day of phone calls and meetings with various New York officials over building permits, acquisitions and charities. By 3:00 pm, there is no sign of lunch. No, Donald Trump is not fasting. Exhausting details have simply consumed his… Continue reading

(Or an Open Letter to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) Dear Mr. Ahmadinejad: You recently made news in America with your open letter to President Trump, renewing your habit of venting your pent-up frustrations by writing to American presidents. Presidents Obama and Bush ignored your letters. President Trump, despite his news-junkie bents, has so far kept quiet. Let’s… Continue reading