You could say that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan played with fire—and got burned. Even better—it was Kurds who lit the flame. It started when Mr. Erdogan noticed his handpicked candidate for mayor of Istanbul, Binali Yildirim, was losing in the polls. In desperation, he turned to Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of Kurdistan Workers’… Continue reading

Turks everywhere solemnly honor November 10, 1938 and its anniversaries, as a day of mourning. That’s when the founder of their country—Ataturk, so-called father of the Turks—died of liver failure due to alcoholism. In Turkey, Turks stop work to observe his passing. Kurds are also expected to take part in these involuntary rituals. Our children… Continue reading

First a little bit of digression: When a Roman general conquered a new land; he was authorized to have a parade through the streets of Rome to celebrate his victory. The daylong procession featured booming music and a display of carts filled with confiscated treasures and weapons collected from the battlefields, along with chained prisoners… Continue reading

Michelle Obama’s just published autobiography, Becoming, is selling like hot cakes—reportedly 1,4 million copies in the first seven days, or nine books per second. I was one of those nanosecond purchasers—curious about Mrs. Obama’s possible response to a hand-delivered note on our hapless Kurds by an American professor in Ohio. The book is well crafted,… Continue reading

Fortune magazine annually prints the names of 500 American companies that are envied around the world. If there were a magazine listing the top 500 American intellectuals, I would have suggested the name of Robert Kagan—in spite of his disregard for Kurds—for its next edition. He has just published a new book, The Jungle Grows… Continue reading

Something strange happened in New York last month. President Erdogan of Turkey met with two daughters of Malcom X, Ilyasha and Qubilah. The meeting was short, but its meaning will long reverberate through the ages for Kurds as well as the students of Malcolm X. Ilyasha Shabazz compared the Turkish leader to her late father… Continue reading

Let me first express my heartfelt gratitude to Munawar Laghari of Save Our Sindh (SOS) coalition here in Washington for taking up the cause of forced disappearances around the globe. It highlights his splendid humanity towards our unfortunate brothers and sisters. It underscores his dedicated desire to stop the disgraceful practice of kidnapping dissidents by… Continue reading

Fighting between Turks and Kurds is nothing new. But the latest assault by the Turkish army on the Kurdish province of Afrin inside Syria bodes ill for the region—just when things appeared to be looking up for the peoples of Syria. As Kurds who had played a decisive role in the demise of the Islamic… Continue reading

The Poles have a state of their own now, but were stateless, like us Kurds, for 123 years at one time. How they got their homeland back can help Kurds get ours. Unlike us, the Poles once had a kingdom, but lost it to Germans, Austrians and Russians—were even declared “foreigners” in their own country… Continue reading