Who, What and Where are Iraq’s Turkmen?

Who, What and Where are Iraq’s Turkmen?

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014, Counterpunch.org. Know your Yazidi. An anthropological sketch will assure support for US and Peshmarga military advances across Iraq, and sequester a competing other minority—Iraq’s Turkmen.

Demolishing More Than Just Palestinian Homes

Demolishing More Than Just Palestinian Homes

APRIL, 1996, Christian Science Monitor It’s quite a spectacle, a Palestinian home being blown apart. Furniture, dishes, and clothes, hastily removed, are deposited helter-skelter in the path or road. Villagers stand by, silent and grim. Heavily armed soldiers are massed…

‘The Neighbors Are Talking:’ Despite past differences, Syria and Iraq are teaming up again

‘The Neighbors Are Talking:’ Despite past differences, Syria and Iraq are teaming up again

AUGUST 1997,  Toward Freedom. What nobody in the US—no journalist or academic or politician wanted to talk about, has actually happened. Syria and Iraq have opened their borders and may be on the way to normalizing their relations.

Letter to My Friend in Damascus

Letter to My Friend in Damascus

MARCH 13, 2017, Counterpunch.org. I am afraid to ask you you’re feelings about the recently announced American invasion into your country. In our talks these past months, we’ve spoken only about hardships: the increasing scarcity of electricity, water and food…

An Impossible Syrian Victory

An Impossible Syrian Victory

APRIL 6, 2016, Counterpunch.org. “…before it fell back into government hands last weekend”, notes a National Public Radio reporter Monday morning. He’s clearly disappointed, unable to utter even a suggestion that that event marks a military success against ISIS (IS,…

Losing Our Young Syrians

Losing Our Young Syrians

JULY 22, 2015, Counterpunch.org. When a former Syrian student of mine, Walid, announced that he’d resolved to pay smugglers to get him to Europe, I thought of his classmates and so many youths I hear from, now scattered across the…