Washington supports Turkey’s Erdogan’s anti-Syrian Kurds bloodshed


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The Flowers of Rojava – A Feminist Revolution in Northern Syria (TRAILER)

5 November 2015

I am producing, with a small but very motivated team, a documentary on the situation of women in Rojava, the self-administered [mainly Kurdish] region in the North of Syria. This is the video trailer for our crowdfunding campaign.

Many politicians in many countries don’t often tell the truth. However, United States Vice President Joseph Biden did that at least once.

Mr Biden told Harvard University students in 2014 that Middle Eastern US allies such as Turkey strengthened extremist groups like ISIS in their bid to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Now, however, it looks like Mr Biden is betraying that moment of honesty.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

US calls on Syrian Kurds to withdraw

These Syrian Kurds are the only force effectively fighting ISIS terrorists. However, the Erdogan regime in Turkey hates them, and has fired artillery shells at them before, and has otherwise helped ISIS. Today, Turkish soldiers have crossed the Syrian border to attack Jarablus city, to prevent Syrian Kurds from entering it.

Today, 16:58

The US vice president, Joe Biden, has asked the Kurdish militias in northern Syria to withdraw behind the Euphrates river. If they do not do that, then the US will not “under any circumstances” support them. …

The Kurds expelled IS earlier this month from the southern city Manbij. Manbij is west of the Euphrates. Turkey therefore demands that the Kurds withdraw and for that, they now receive support from the US.

This blog has reported how happy the women of Manbij were when Syrian Kurds and their Syrian Arab allies drove away the ISIS reign of terror from Manbij, and the women were free again to dress the way they liked without fear of ISIS killing them. If Erdogan or the Joseph Biden of 2016 get their way in Manbij, then the women will have to fear another reign of terror, by ISIS or by a similar gang.

Bloody bombing of wedding in Turkey


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21 August 2016

A funeral ceremony was held in Gaziantep, Sunday, to mourn the 50 people killed by a suspected child suicide bomber at a wedding celebration in the largely Kurdish city on Saturday. Around 94 people were also injured in the blast.

By Alex Lantier:

Suicide bombing kills 51 at wedding in Turkey

22 August 2016

Fifty-one people died and 69 were injured Saturday when a horrific suicide bombing hit a Kurdish wedding in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria. At least 17 of the wounded are severely injured and clinging to life.

The pro-Kurdish People‘s Democratic Party (HDP) has confirmed that one of its members was getting married at the wedding. The wedding party was winding down and guests were beginning to leave when the suicide bomber, identified as a boy aged 12 to 14, detonated his explosive vest. “The celebrations were coming to an end and there was a big explosion,” one of the guests said. “There was blood and body parts everywhere.”

Many of the victims were children, apparently because they had gathered to one side of the folk dancing at the party, and were therefore closer to the blast.

The bride and groom, Besna and Nurettin Akdogan, were injured. “They turned our wedding into a blood bath,” the bride told Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency after being released from the hospital.

The couple had reportedly fled the town of Siirt to Gaziantep in order to escape fighting between the Turkish army and ethnic Kurdish militias in Turkey. The government offensive against Kurdish separatists escalated as Kurdish militias across the border in Syria began playing a larger role in the war in that country.

Yesterday, a mass funeral was held for victims of the bombing in Gaziantep, though authorities said further DNA testing will be needed to identify all of the victims, many of whom were blown apart. …

While as of this writing no one has claimed responsibility for the Gaziantep bombing, international media and several Turkish officials blamed the atrocity on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has reportedly recruited children to be used as suicide bombers. …

The atrocity in Gaziantep is the outcome of years of incitement of Islamist terror and ethnic bloodshed in the region by Washington and its imperialist allies in Europe as part of their proxy war for regime-change in Syria. Since 2011, the NATO powers and their Middle East allies have funneled billions of dollars and vast weapons shipments to Islamist … militias fighting in Syria. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have died and over 10 million have fled their homes, unleashing the greatest global refugee crisis since World War II.

Erdoğan’s attempts to follow the twists and turns of imperialist policy have had devastating consequences for Turkey itself, particularly since Washington and its European allies began attacking ISIS in 2014 after it invaded Iraq and threatened to topple the US-backed puppet regime in Baghdad. ISIS had developed an extensive logistical network in Turkey and, starting last year, retaliated with a string of terror bombings inside Turkey.

These included the October 2015 attack in Ankara that killed 105 people and the March 2016 bombing on Istiqlal Avenue in Istanbul, both of which were planned by ISIS forces in Gaziantep.

Demonstration against murdering LGBTQ people in Turkey


Demonstrators against murdering transgender people in Istanbul, Turkey

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In Istanbul on Sunday hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against the death of 22-year-old Hande Kader, a transgender whose severely burned lifeless body was found earlier this month.

The protesters shouted slogans and carried placards. Opposition members participated in the demonstration.

“We will not stop until we find those responsible for Hande Kader’s murder” said Ebru Kiranci, spokeswoman for a Turkish LGBTQ organization to the BBC. Still no one has been arrested for the murder. …

It was the second time in a short time that the LGBTQ community of Istanbul was shocked by a murder. In July, in the city the decapitated and mutilated body of the gay Syrian Muhammad Wasim Sankari was found.

From the Huffington Post today:

J.K. Rowling had to police the internet again.

The “Harry Potter” author called out the United Kingdom-based Christian Voice for a homophobic tweet about British Olympic diver Tom Daley.

The prayer and lobby group posted an anti-gay message after the 22-year-old, who is engaged to screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, failed to qualify for the 10-meter platform final at Rio 2016.

Turkish demonstration against murders of transgender people, tomorrow


This video shows Turkish police attacking the Istanbul Gay Pride parade in 2015. Two women try to stop a police water cannon by sitting down on the street. The one on the right is transgender woman Hande Kader.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Demonstration in Istanbul after transgender woman was murdered

Today, 08:56

The organization of the Gay Pride parade in Istanbul is organizing a demonstration tomorrow evening against the killing of a transgender person and against violence against women, transgender and gay people in general.

“We need to be seen, to be on the streets and to shout our demands in order to end hate crimes,” says the organization in their call.

Hande Kader

The murdered transgender woman, Hande Kader (23), was a well-known figure in the Turkish LGBTQ world. She was regularly seen at gatherings where was demonstrated for equal rights and against violence against LGBTQ people.

She is said to be one of the women who at the Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul last year sat in front of a water cannon when the police wanted to disperse the participants. …

Earlier this month she was last seen alive … Then she was for almost a week without a trace until the police found her burned body. She could be identified by dental examination.

The murder of Kader does not stand alone. According to a European transgender people’s organization not anywhere in Europe as many transgender people are killed as in Turkey.

The initiative of the Turkish Gay Pride organization is all the more striking because their demonstration was banned this year. The Turkish authorities said they could not guarantee the safety of participants and therefore did not give permission for the event.

In 2015, the participants were dispersed by police with water cannons and tear gas. The years before that the manifestation could proceed unhindered.

Hande Kader and police at Istanbul gay pride

‘Turkish government cooperates with jihadists’, German government says, secretly


Merkel and Erdogan, EPA photo

This photo shows German federal chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish president Erdogan, claiming together to be humanitarian.

There are grave doubts about how humanitarian really the governments of both Ms Merkel and Mr Erdogan are in practice.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Berlin: Turkey supports radical Islamic terrorist groups

Today, 13:33

The German government presumes that the Turkish government under Erdogan “actively supports” radical Islamic and terrorist organizations. The German public broadcaster ARD reports this based on leaked, confidential answers to questions from opposition party Die Linke. …

This leaked message can lead according to the German media again to a row between Germany and Turkey. Whether that is happening or not is not clear yet, but the government thinks these documents should never have been leaked. The government surely worries about this.

Hub

The confidential documents are said to say that Turkey is strengthening its links with extremist movements, “As a result of the Islamization of Turkish domestic and foreign policy introduced since 2011, the country has developed into a hub for Islamist groups in the Middle East,” writes ARD.

These conclusions come from the BND, the German foreign intelligence, but are incorporated in an official German government document. The questions of Die Linke can not be answered in public, according to the document, because it would not be in the national interest.

In public, the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel has hitherto been reticent about Turkey and Erdogan’s ties to radical Islamic organizations. …

SPD politician Rolf Mützenich said to the station: “This is a NATO country where German soldiers are stationed.”

Die Linke has been critical of Turkey and the German cooperation with that country in the refugee crisis before. The party sees is views confirmed by this assessment.

The party accuses the government that to the outside world they paint a different picture of Turkey, while the ministers behind the scenes are much more critical.

See also here.

German report criticizing Turkey highlights growing tensions within NATO: here.

Turkish journalist persecuted


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Turkish weapons ‘heading to end in ISIS hands’

1 December 2015

Anger over the arrest of two prominent journalists is gathering steam in Turkey. Police used pepper spray to push back protesters in Ankara rallying in their support… while in Istanbul, hundreds also gathered outside the newspaper’s headquarters in a show of solidarity. RT’s Ilya Petrenko was at the newspaper’s headquarters on what’s been dubbed the black day of the press in Turkey.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Biased court fears cause newspaper boss to quit

Tuesday 16th August 2016

PERSECUTED Turkish newspaper editor Can Dundar said yesterday he was resigning as he no longer had faith in the judiciary after last month’s failed coup.

An Istanbul court sentenced the editor of the Kemalist Cumhuriyet daily to five years in prison in May for publishing photos of National Intelligence Organisation agents driving a convoy of arms to terrorists in Syria.

Mr Dundar was bailed pending appeal and is now believed to be in Germany.

He wrote in his farewell editorial yesterday that he would not return, as the draconian emergency powers assumed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan since the coup meant he would not get a fair hearing.

“From now on, what we face would not be the court but the government,” he said. “To trust such a judiciary would be like putting one’s head under the guillotine.”

Turkish police raided three major courts in Istanbul yesterday with warrants for the arrest of 173 prosecutors and other judicial staff suspected of involvement in the putsch.

Turkish regime attacks scientists


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Turkey: HDP co-chairman Demirtas denounces July 15 coup attempt

31 July 2016

Thousands of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) supporters greeted the party’s co-chairman Selahattin Demirtas in Diyarbakir, Sunday, during a ‘No to the coup, democracy immediately’ rally.

The right-wing regime of Viktor Orban in Hungary has attacked science by trying to convert the Hungarian Natural History Museum into a military barracks.

Victor Orban’s friend and colleague wannabe dictator, Erdogan in Turkey, attacks science as well.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Turkish police invades scientists’ building

Today, 12:45

The Turkish police have raided the offices of a scientific organization in Istanbul. A nationwide television station reports that many arrests have been made at the Scientific and Technological Research Council. …

Besides soldiers, civil servants, judges, prosecutors and teachers already many teachers in higher education have been dismissed, indicted or jailed.

Turkish regime imprisons and harasses artists, journalists and academics after coup attempt: here.