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

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

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

We don’t normally think of American novelist Ernest Hemingway and former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the same breath. But when you throw a CIA interrogator into the mix, curious things can pop out. It’s sort of like giving a small boy a hammer, noted American philosopher Abraham Kaplan: “He will find that everything he… Continue reading

December 25, 2016 Is shooting an unarmed man courageous? Is shooting him in the back manful? That’s what one Turkish man did, whose name means courageous, manful, red-blooded and trustworthy in English. Cold-blooded, back-shooting murder is neither red-blooded nor courageous to me—especially shooting an unarmed, defenseless man in the back eight times! Crowning his cowardly… 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