August 30, 2019 The Rev. Charles Hoffacker Priest, The Episcopal Church (Anglican Communion) God, we call upon you using many names, and sometimes we choose not to speak. We come before you as people of holy faith, we come before you as people of holy doubt, wanting our hearts to become soft rather than hard,… Continue reading

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”—Voltaire Dear Mr. Coelho, You are hot news in Kurdistan—among its lovers of literature to be exact. But we can’t yet award you any literary prize for honoring our homeland and its hapless children in your novel, Eleven Minutes. Perhaps we should. We also… Continue reading

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

Americans are gearing up to elect their president in November 2020, for a four-year term beginning in January 2021. The choice will be between the current president, Republican Donald J. Trump, or one of 23 declared Democratic candidates. Leading the Democratic contenders is Joseph R. Biden who actually knows Kurds and speaks a political language… 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