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

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

November 17, 2016 You and the Kurds have a common foe. In Washington lingo, that is enough for both of us to become friends, and fast ones at that, immediately. We should consider it and consider this: a modest Kurdish proposal. The foreign-policy establishment doesn’t like either of us. They don’t have a phone number… Continue reading

September 18, 2016 “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” –Mother Teresa Acclaimed Turkish journalist Ece Temelkuran, who commands an astonishing two million Twitter fans on her cutting-edge microblogging universe, is her country’s most popular columnist. Kurds should probe her sensational new book, Turkey, the… Continue reading

Jean Sasson’s Love in a Torn Land, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007, explores the hardships and terror that Iraqi Kurds faced under Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime. The biographical story revolves around Joanna al-Askari Hussain, a young woman born of an Arab father and a Kurdish mother. Despite her upbringing in Baghdad, Joanna’s Kurdish roots and her love of Kurdish define her life’s course. Continue reading