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Most people of conscience feel a frightful crime of unspeakable brutality was executed against more than a million Armenians when they were horrifically slaughtered by the old Turkish Ottoman Empire beginning especially in 1915. We weren’t around then, of course, but some of our ancestors—it pains me to admit—unfortunately embraced the Turkish butchering orders, and… Continue reading

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By KANI XULAM 8/3/2014 Tons of printer’s ink—as well as barrels of precious blood—have been shed over the bitter war raging in Gaza between Israeli Defense Forces and Al-Qassam Brigades. Although Kurds don’t have a dog in the fight, the combat has been a hot topic among Kurds in and outside of Kurdistan. Kurds in… Continue reading

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By KANI XULAM 23/6/2014 Do you know Mahmut Alinak? If I strolled down a street in Hawler, Kurdistan, and asked people that very question, most would stare at me blankly and say, “Never heard of him.” One or two might finally venture: “Isn’t he the guy who was locked up in Turkey with people like… Continue reading

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By KANI XULAM 5/18/2013 “Beware, lest you lose the substance, By grasping at the shadow.” –Aesop If a car is white when it enters a tunnel—and comes out black on the other end, you can be pretty sure something happened inside the tunnel. It’s probably the same thing in a prison. Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned… Continue reading

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