By KANI XULAM
For centuries, the old Ottoman Turkish Empire ruled half the world. Is it rising again? Does the “Arab Spring” naïvely nurture the tyrannical seeds of a Kurdish winter of nightmarish despair?
The old Turkish imperialism was finally checked at the gates of Vienna in 1683. Three hundred years later, the Poles and Austrians still celebrate the defeat of “Terrible Turk.”
On June 1, 2013, the Turkish police withdrew from Gezi Park in Istanbul—the first time that police were checked by the power of people in Turkey. I immediately thought of Kurds, my people, and the beginning of their own liberation from Turkish tyranny.