As the Syrian civil war rages into its 6th year, cultural criminality continues. Beneath the headlines, however, ISIS is claiming yet another cultural victim: Kurdish literature and with it, the multi-dialectal Kurdish language.
Peace on earth, goodwill towards men (women and children), except if they're migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers, who the media worldwide have, for the most part, failed to cover accurately, fairly, in a balanced way, and ethically.
With Iraq and Syria embroiling in bloodshed, the calamity is likely to deepen as Turkey officially entered the war by conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
The year was 1973. I had already finished my graduate studies in English at UC Santa Barbara and earned a Ph.D. in that field. At that time, I was working on an English-Kurdish dictionary, which I eventually published in 2006 (The Azadi English-Kurdish Dictionary).
Bottom line: if President Erdoğan's AKP party is able to win big, the entire system of separation of powers in Turkey will likely reach breaking point. Erdoğan will have gained the carte blanche he seeks to mold, shape and steer the state any direction he wants in a semi-legal form of one man rule.
The unfolding chaos in Iraq is fundamentally linked to the historic religious and ethnic enmity among its three major ethnic and religious components. The vicious cycle of violence appears to have no end in sight.
Harsh winter weather is fast approaching in the Middle East. If the member states of the United Nations don't do something soon, the world's failure to deal with the catastrophe that is spilling out of Syria's civil war, could soon reach historic proportions.
Our generation deserves a meaningful end to a baby-boomer/warmonger created conflict and that end must include rational conversation, not more boots on the ground. The only way to honor the lives of those that have fallen in Iraq is to forge a meaningful peace in the region.
The United States and the other international powers should look beyond short-term strategies for reducing violence and combating terrorism, as the failure in their quest stems from disregarding the underlying issues.
The tragedy unfolding in Syria will likely provide an opportunity for the Kurds of Syria to achieve their political and cultural rights under a federal democratic system or possibly establishing an independent Kurdish state in the post Assad era.
The secular and democratic-leaning elements of the Syrian opposition, including the Kurds, should be supported and the rights of the ethnic and religious minorities must be guaranteed in the post Assad era, as it is the key for the stability of the entire region.
Ankara's recently acknowledged talks with jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan have spawned more questions than answers. Waves of speculation abound over the terms of the talks, the motives behind them, and their possibility for success.
The three Kurdish women political activists who were murdered in Paris last week were promoting the enduring Kurdish cause of basic human rights and dignity in Turkey and elsewhere. For Kurds, the way forward lies in the path traveled by the likes of Dr. King, whose birthday is today.
A few weeks ago, a U.S. diplomat disclosed that the U.S. had secretly offered Turkey a bin Laden-style assassination of the top leadership of a Kurdish rebel group. But the rebels aren't al-Qaeda -- and assassination isn't the answer to the Kurdish question.