For today: Peaceful Kurdish protesters attacked in Dusseldorf Germany, and more.

Turkey

Free the HDP This page is calling for a campaign to free the HDP party members imprisoned in Turkey It also gives information about them. I would like to see a much larger campaign to get these people released. I wish my own government would do more really, we need to get on them, as well. We can only try, doing something is better than doing nothing, speaking out is better than silence.

This is pretty good for a mainstream article. Gives some more info. ONE YEAR AFTER ARRESTS TURKEY PRO-KURD PARTY STILL COMMITTED

Oh no! This is awful! Severe post-coup tortures by Ali Türksen, a founder of Turkey’s new party, exposed Not a party I’d want to support. sounds like this man is no better than who’s currently running Turkey, ugh!

Democracy the Erdogan way in Turkey.RTÜK: 70 radio and TV channels gagged under the rule of emergency in Turkey And there is this Turkish court gives prison sentence to pro-Kurdish HDP deputy Bestas over ‘insulting’ gov’t, state They don’t allow any criticism of the government in Turkey

Women’s plight under Erdogan’s AKP party has gotten worse. As Turkey slides more and more into Islamism, this is happening, sad and very tragic. 40 women killed, 25 women subjected to sexual violence in October

Iran

ANALYSIS: Certified or decertified, Iran faces tough road ahead Will Trump get the US out of the nuclear deal with Iran. The experts seem to think he wont’ go that far. But, something needs to be done about them. I don’t agree with Trump on many things, but on this issue, I do. Obama was too lax in his foreign policy in my view.

Syria

Arab youth sets fire to himself decrying Turkey’s fascism towards Ocalan Abdullah Ocalan the Kurdish people’s leader has been in isolation in Imrali   island prison in Turkey for over a year. We’ve heard nothing about him, he’s not been allowed to see anyone. So where is the outcry from the US, the EU, and the world about this? There is not one. They’d stick up for an ISIS fighter’s justice before they’d stick up for Ocalan’s I’m afraid. The guy that set himself on fire was an Arab by the way, not a Kurd. So the system Ocalan has inspired the Kurdish people of Northern Syria to use is not only liked by Kurds, but Arabs and Kurds both want to use it. I am glad they didn’t let him go through with burning himself up, but this shows the desperation of these people. Treated like pieces of dirt, not even allowed to speak there own language until recent years, the Kurds of Syria and in all 4 parts have had it very difficult. Denied an identity, and striving to have the system of government they desire. They have spread democratic confederalism to the Arab population as well, and some of them have taken it on like this young man. There is no reason the Kurdish people’s leader should be isolated like this. Even if you believe he’s a terrorist, which I do not, but even if one does, that is a basic human right denied him and many in Turkey right now. It is very maddening! And that is not even strong enough to describe it.

People have been demonstrating all over the world for not only the isolation of the Kurdish people’s leader to be lifted, but for his freedom. This is the message from one of the leaders of the PKK, Cemil Bayık to one such demonstration. KCK’s Bayik: Leader Öcalan’s struggle is now coming to fruition

More from the PKK. They had their annual meeting and this is about that. PKK calls for struggle in the line of victory

German police attack the Kurds against fascism in Dusseldorf This makes me so mad! I’ll say with all of my countries’ issues, this wouldn’t happen here. The Turkish government pressures the EU nations to not allow the Kurds to show pictures of Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Ocalan, and other Kurdish symbols. And they say they’re a democracy? They complain about how Erdogan is always trying to control them, threatening them and all that. Well, he’s controlling them pretty well from where I sit. When there people can’t have a peaceful protest in a nation that claims to be democratic because another country demands it, they’re under that countries’ control. If I were a German I’d be fighting that in the hugest way! They’re showing pictures of Abdullah Ocalan, oh and they weren’t’ allowed to show anything to do with the YPG forces fighting ISIS in Northern Syria, either. We’re not talking about Nazis here, or anything like that, but they won’t allow them to do it just to please Erdogan. They have know reason to complain about what he’s doing to them if they can’t even stand up to him on something as small as allowing their people to peacefully protest. One of the things they were calling for is the end of the isolation of Ocalan, yet they are not allowed to? The country Germany that champions human rights, I think not! But many people defied the bann anyways, good for them! Thousands with Öcalan’s posters defy the German ban in Dusseldorf

And get this! German and Turkish FMs meet as Kurds are attacked in Dusseldorf Yep, that tells the tail I think.

ISIS needs to be eradicated like now! They can’t go away too soon! My heart and prayers going out to these people. Just horrible! Over 100 civilians massacred by ISIS near Deir ez-Zor

Ah, the poor Syrian people. This is from Human right’s watch. Russia/Syria: Deadly Airstrikes on Trapped Civilians Somehow this war can’t end to soon for these people! Of course in a fair way that will be good for all Syrians, not in a way that will make it unstable. I realize this will be difficult.

Southern Kurdistan

TheCreepingIslamizationofIraqiKurdistan This makes me very sad. While in belief I consider myself a Muslim, I do not believe in the state forcing religion on anyone. A belief in God is greatly a personal thing, and should never be pushed on anyone. You’re not helping them believe by forcing them, so it’s a matter of control, it does nothing to spread the belief you’re trying to force on someone. So that makes me west in some Muslim’s eyes, and well, I am western, I was born in the west. But that is not it at all. I have friends of all religions and would never dream to push my beliefs on them. As I would not want them to push there’s on me. I like to learn about others’ beliefs, always have loved learning of other religious and cultural practices. I am one that believes God gives us free choice. Not the state’s choice. There are other Muslims here that agree with me. And standing up for this is so important with all of these terrorists running around trying to spread this evil ideology. And what this way of thinking has done to groups that are not religious at all like atheists and minority religious groups we all know about. All you have to do is think of what ISIS has done. And groups like Al-Qaeda also believe like this. These people are no better than Nazis, sorry. I hate to see Southern Kurdistan’s people being pushed to go in this direction.

Rohingya

Imagine you are stateless, you belong to no country. I can’t imagine this! I guess I never really thought about how many must be in this situation. Why are so many people stateless? The Rohingya in Myanmar are the biggest group in this situation currently this article says.

The plight of the Rohingya is something else I’ve learned about being on social media. I didn’t know a thing about them until a few months ago. I did at least know some about the Kurds, not nearly what I know now, but I didn’t’ even know a thing about the Rohingya people. So horrific what is being done to them. ‘I miss them so much’: Myanmar’s lost Rohingya children plead for their parents No child should have to go through this, and especially not because of the greed of men!

Well, it’s very late here, so time for me to close for now.

Author: Vicki Andrada

I live in Tampa Florida with my beautiful guide dog goldador Hairy-cane (we call him Hairy generally). Hairy was born April 14th 2013. He comes from South Eastern Guide dogs in Palmetto Florida. I got him on February 17th 2015! A day I will never forget! I also have a kitty cat named Flor (Flower in Spanish) She was named when I got her. She's a tortoiseshell calico. I've had Flor kitty since she was 5 months old. She was born on September 11th 2011. I am visually impaired. I see only light and shadows. It's been this way from birth. I love MLB baseball, and NFL football. Baseball being my absolute favorite! My favorite baseball teams are the Detroit Tigers! And the Tampa Bay Rays! In the National league my favorite is the Colorado Rockies! In football my favorite team is the Pittsburgh Steelers! I also like the Indianapolis Colts quite a lot! I love music, I love to listen to it, I love to sing! My favorite type of music is 80s light rock! I love to swim, although I don't get the chance to do so often like I use to. When I'm in Michigan, I love going out on dad's boat and just being on the water, fishing, or swimming off of the boat. I haven't gotten the chance since living in Florida to go out on the water here yet. That's a bit about me.

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