“We are very heartened with the rumblings of freedom that are putting an end to the rule of families owning countries in the Middle East. As the United States and its allies help the Libyans to free themselves from tyranny of Qaddafi, we urge the same forces to heed the domination of one race, the Turks, over the other, the Kurds, in Turkey. As Kurdish-Americans, we ask that the Obama administration appoint a special envoy to meet with the duly elected Kurdish representatives in Turkish Kurdistan. It will cost less than the operation over the skies of North Africa,” said Kani Xulam, the director of the American Kurdish Information Network (AKIN). Continue reading

A Story Out Of Kurdistan Part Six World Affairs Council (WAC) of Asheville, North Carolina Kani Xulam October 5, 2009 Something strange happened on August 10, 2009. Your secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton lost her bearings. A student in Kinshasa, Congo managed to get under her skin. News commentators all over the world picked… Continue reading

A Story Out Of Kurdistan Part Four 5th Annual Kennesaw State University (KSU) Peace and Religion Conference Kennesaw, Georgia Kani Xulam March 27, 2009 On November 11, 2004, a Turkish newspaper, Radikal, ran a story with a headline, “Kulp’ta Toplu Mezar.” For those of you who don’t know the language of our oppressors, it translates… Continue reading

A Story Out Of Kurdistan Part Three Naples Council on World Affairs Naples, Florida Kani Xulam November 13, 2006 Several years ago, an intern of mine gifted me an autobiographical book titled, “The Long Loneliness” by Dorothy Day, a Christian activist known for her lifelong dedication to the needs of the dispossessed in America. I… Continue reading