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

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

This is the heartwarming story of how some football players classily poked their fingers into the eye of Turkish authoritarianism. Their daring act of solidarity—worthy of the political pages of our daily newspapers—took place in a football stadium in Hamburg, Germany on October 16, 2016. Members of a local team, St. Pauli, donned their brown… Continue reading

He was already world-famous living in Paris, France. She was hardly known outside the circle of her friends living in Mardin, Turkey. He was not in Guernica, Spain when Nazis and fascists bombed it from the air and turned it into a ghost town. She was inside Nusaybin, a Kurdish town in Turkish Kurdistan, when… Continue reading

Victory can sometimes spring from the jaws of apparent defeat. That happened last month in Turkey when a pro-government group seized control of the human rights group MAZLUMDER. A sympathetic “judge” had already cloaked their sinister intent with an underhanded ruling that clearly violated the bylaws of the association, asserted deposed president Ahmet Faruk Unsal… 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

December 25, 2016 Is shooting an unarmed man courageous? Is shooting him in the back manful? That’s what one Turkish man did, whose name means courageous, manful, red-blooded and trustworthy in English. Cold-blooded, back-shooting murder is neither red-blooded nor courageous to me—especially shooting an unarmed, defenseless man in the back eight times! Crowning his cowardly… Continue reading

June 23, 2016 “Anything is better than lies and deceit!” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina Is there no limit to the pool of deceit that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan won’t dive into—and pop up lying even worse? His latest devious dip into the make-believe world came in an op-ed piece he penned for Bloomberg… Continue reading