Your average Iraqi is 19 years old—so many were not even born when two devastating earthquakes ravaged their country in 1991. The first exploded when the Iraqi Army was routed from Kuwait. In the second, millions of Kurds abandoned their homes and dashed to the borders of Turkey and Iran to escape deadly chemical and… Continue reading

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

Nov 30, 2015 We’ve heard the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” We can now add: “Don’t judge a book by a quote in it!” The quote that troubles me is from a recent book about Turkey’s 11th president (2007-2014), Abdullah Gul: “We must have a vision that avoids slogans, focuses on… Continue reading