In August 1914, the Ottoman Empire joined the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary in a war against the Allied Powers of Great Britain, France and Russia. Nine months later, its pasha leaders, Enver, Talaat and Djemal, fearing the revolt of Armenians under their jurisdiction, branded them as traitors and declared open season on murder.… Continue reading

In front of the Cell of Atonement at Sheridan Circle Washington, DC March 7, 2001 Seven years and two days ago, Leyla Zana was arrested at the door of the Turkish parliament building in Ankara, Turkey. Nine months and three days later, she was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. A duly and popularly elected… Continue reading

Saturday, October 25, 1997 Page A18 The Washington Post EFFORTS TO TAKE political advantage of political prisoners are an old  story. The current case in Washington involves Leyla Zana, an  internationally known advocate of self-determination, or statehood, for  Kurds in Turkey. Elected to the Turkish parliament in 1991, she was  sentenced three years later to… Continue reading