A coup may erupt in Turkey, where half of Middle Eastern Kurds live. At least that’s the prediction of the RAND Corporation, an American think tank. That should alarm those who believe, as I do, that the worst of civilian governments are better than the best of military dictatorships. Although Turkey has a civilian government… Continue reading
Americans are gearing up to elect their president in November 2020, for a four-year term beginning in January 2021. The choice will be between the current president, Republican Donald J. Trump, or one of 23 declared Democratic candidates. Leading the Democratic contenders is Joseph R. Biden who actually knows Kurds and speaks a political language… Continue reading
To be fair to him, this was not what Behrouz Boochani wanted to do when he was growing up in Kurdistan, Iran. But that is pretty much what he is doing right now imprisoned as he is on Manus Island—about 2,000 miles away from the land of his ambitious preoccupation. Long before that, Boochani was… Continue reading
August 11, 2016 “Impious Mars rages through the world: Just as when the chariots stream from the starting gates, Add to their speed each lap, and the charioteer tugging vainly at the bridles, Is dragged on by the horses, the chariot not responding to the reins.” Thus did Virgil’s poem Georgics describe the aftershock of… Continue reading
Jan 15, 2016 Why is President Obama silent over brazen human rights violations in Turkey? Will America turn a blind eye to the shelling of Kurdish civilians by Ankara? America supplies the Turkish state with weapons to murder Kurds, the only group that has bravely fought and defeated the West-hating Islamic State cutthroats. This American… Continue reading
Nov 15, 2015 My cheers for Russian President Vladimir Putin are tongue-in-check, based on his vow to bomb the Islamic State cutthroats and their cousins who are battling the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad. The man who demolished Grozny, the Chechen capital, and renamed its main boulevard after himself believes in the supremacy of brute… Continue reading
When you visited Washington last May, the Kurdish media hailed your trip as a glowing success.
Was it really?
Some Kurds wonder—and with good cause. Continue reading
Aug 13, 2015 Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unfortunately talked out of both sides of his mouth last month in his Washington Post op-ed extolling his country’s battle against terrorism. Instead of letting the Post list his supposed credentials, he declared them himself, and in his opening lines no less: “A professor of history, diplomat… Continue reading
The so-called nuclear “peace” agreement negotiated with Iran has generated lots of diplomatic niceties—but little substance. Continue reading
From Rudaw.net Jun 22, 2015 Çek Cumhuriyeti’nin başkenti Prag’da eski ABD Başkanı Woodrow Wilson’ın heykeli var. Kosova Cumhuriyeti’nin başkenti Priştine’de ise Bill Clinton’ın. Kürdistan’ın başkenti Hewlêr’de (Erbil) de sizin heykeliniz olmalı. Sebebini açıklamadan önce, geçtiğimiz ay Beyaz Saray’da Kürdistan Bölgesi Başkanı Mesud Barzani’yi onurlandırdığınız için size teşekkür etmeme müsaade edin. Kürt temsilciliği, sizinle Kürt delegasyonu… Continue reading