Mar 16, 2016 Some Kurds think the successes of Turkish leaders are gains for Kurdish masses. Not me! Greater Turkish successes delay freedom for the Kurds and stall liberation of Kurdistan in the greater Middle East. When Turkish leaders blundered by weirdly claiming that Muslims first discovered the Americas and built mosques before churches arose… 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

Jan 31, 2016 I was deeply moved by your tearful humanitarian plea to your colleagues in the Turkish Parliament for ambulances to remove 28 maimed and bleeding Kurdish civilians—victims of Turkey’s lawless war—to hospitals in the town of Cizre in Turkish Kurdistan. I am even more stirred that you have now camped at the Ministry… 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

Kani Xulam   Oct 6, 2015 The year was 249 BC. Rome was snarled in its First Punic War against mighty Carthage. One of the two Roman consuls for the year, Publius Claudius Pulcher, thirsted for “glory” and wanted to humiliate the great Carthaginian naval power. The fact that Romans were new to seafaring and… Continue reading

Aug 13, 2015 Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unfortunately talked out of both sides of his mouth last month in his Washington Post op-ed extolling his country’s battle against terrorism. Instead of letting the Post list his supposed credentials, he declared them himself, and in his opening lines no less: “A professor of history, diplomat… Continue reading