Dear Mr. Talabani, As someone who is sometimes asked to comment on the affairs of our hapless Kurds, I have been confronted with the question of just who is Bafil Talabani? Before October 12, I would have declined the request or referred people to the good folks at the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) office, named… Continue reading
(Or an Open Letter to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) Dear Mr. Ahmadinejad: You recently made news in America with your open letter to President Trump, renewing your habit of venting your pent-up frustrations by writing to American presidents. Presidents Obama and Bush ignored your letters. President Trump, despite his news-junkie bents, has so far kept quiet. Let’s… Continue reading
Woman’s Club of Roland Park Baltimore, Maryland February 18, 2016 We are all gathered here today, in safety and comfort. That is good, and we owe the privilege to a “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” as Abraham Lincoln once memorably put it. But let me show you an alternative view.… Continue reading
Nov 29, 2015 Namo Abdulla of Rudaw discusses Mr. Elci’s assassination with Joshua Walker and Kani Xulam.
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now interviews Kani Xulam on Turkish-American deal to take on the Islamic State… Continue reading
By KANI XULAM 07/16/2014 Before the black flag of Islamic State (IS) flew over Mosul, the “red scarf of socialism” was dangled in public space as a forbidden banner in Turkey. Ayse Deniz Karacagil, a Turkish woman fresh out of high school had worn it around her neck at Gezi Park protests in 2013. The… Continue reading
U. S. Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland (An older version of this statement was also delivered at Johns Hopkins University on March 21, 2005) Kani Xulam April 4, 2005 Imagine I were an American and lived some sixty plus years ago and said I am for the Japanese invasion of America, or a Russian who concurred… Continue reading
The Statement of Kani Xulam At the National Day of Remembrance for Qamishli, Western Kurdistan Lafayette Park, Washington, DC, March 21, 2004 We have gathered here at a difficult time in our nation’s history. Arab hoodlums who miss their deposed cousin Saddam Hussein are targeting our brothers and sisters in Qamishli, Amude, Derbasiye, Sere Kani,… Continue reading