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.

Misconceptions about Islam?

This post is going to be separate from the news post I’m putting together for today. It’s some articles on Islam I found browsing the web. So here is the first one. I think this one is very important and I wish more Americans would see it! Not just Americans of course, all people that know little about Islam, and like most only know what they’re hearing about it from a non Muslim media.

When I first became Muslim, I was told by a Muslima (a Muslim woman) that Muslims believe that if you leave the faith you should be killed. I have wondered about this for a long time because I’ve never seen it in Quran, but I am certainly far from a Quranic scholar. So I thought, well she must be right. At the time I met her, she had been Muslim for 7 years, so I figured, she had to know more than I. Well, I do believe she told me what she had herself been taught. It is taught to many. But this article explains it so well! Like Christianity you have people that pervert the religion. It is likely true for all faiths, as we humans seem to mess it all up! We’re real good at that lol. If we seek we find, if we don’t believe the stuff put out to us without doing our own research and our own thinking, we’ll stay ignorant to so many things!
Does the Koran Endorse Apostasy Laws?

This one tells a lot about ISIS that I’ve heard a little, but mostly our media does not portray it anywhere like this! But I believe it to be true, and this is also total recommended reading!
The Inconvenient Truth About ISIS

That is all for now on this one, but I just wanted to put these in here separate. I think these 2 articles are very good, and worth reading! They’re things important for Muslims to know yes, because I think some are being mislead, but, it’s important for non Muslims to know as well, as there is so much misinformation about Islam out there!

Returning to Islam?

I didn’t realize that when I went to a paid site I’d have a whole new clean site here. I thought it’d transfer from my old blog to here. Good thing I didn’t have much on that blog, or I’d be mad lol. This post I wrote on March 3rd and posted it. I am pasting it in here as it’s an important thing about me.

Where do I start with this! I guess from the beginning!

In 2001 the US was attacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists. We all know it well, it is known all over the world. It happened on September 11th, and it was done via passenger planes. I do not need to tell that story, it is not my story to tell, as many have told it much better than I ever could! One day I may write down how it was for me on that day, how I reacted, what was going on and how me and those reacted around me when it was happening, but I won’t do that here. It’s not what this post is about.

I am a born raised American. I was raised Christian. My mom was Catholic most of my childhood, although she did get into the Mormon religion for a couple of years when I was a little girl. Mom was raised Baptist, but has always from a young age felt drawn by the Catholic faith. So it was this that would most influence my childhood in the area of religion.

As a teenager I got into the Protestant faith. I went to church with a woman who I’ll always love. We’d read the bible together, she taught me a lot about the faith! She is one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever known!

When I moved out of my mom’s house when I was 21, I was young, naive and quite gullible. We had some rough stuff happen to us growing up, but in many ways I was still sheltered from the cruelty’s of this world!

I got really interested in the Castro Cuban revolution, and for a few years there I was very drawn in by communism. I can’t say I believe this way now, but those years would shape some of how I believe as far as how I feel people should be governed. It born in me a socialist nature that even though I am not a total Communist, and believe in such a form it doesn’t work, and in some ways lacks the freedom I believe humans should be allowed to have, I have a socialist nature about me in belief. This is hard to explain, and seeing discussing my beliefs on governance isn’t really why I am writing this, I won’t go deeply into that at this time. But you get the idea I think.

In 1998 or around there, not sure if that was the exact year, but around this period of time I got involved in opposing the sanctions on Iraq. I got back into my faith, and began to attend a local church a few other friends also attended.

This would end badly when the pastor there got upset with me when I forwarded a simple email asking for prayers for the people of Iraq. He got real upset with me about this, and tried to dissuade me in my activism against these sanctions.

He told me they were Muslim, and he thought they were being used by God to show Iraq something. Well, I couldn’t except this. If he had just said, well I don’t agree with you on the sanctions, I could have excepted this. But he wouldn’t let it go, and was determined that I should feel as he did, and until I did, he was gonna work on me to do so. I wish he’d never acted the way he did toward Muslim peoples as he did when he was conversating with me on these things, as that so totally turned me off. I could not attend a church where the pastor felt Muslim lives were less than Christian ones. I really liked the man, he had become a friend, but I couldn’t listen to someone preach the word of God and teach me of the love of Jesus Christ with those types of beliefs, I just couldn’t. So it would be that was the last Christian church I’d attend for many years.

Back to where we started. The fall of 2001. Now I’ve since a young girl been extremely interested in the Middle East. Arab nations in particular, but the entire region has always just fascinated me! I have no clue why this is, all I know is it was born in me from God! He knows why he put it in me. There was no event growing up that would explain it. Mom was aware, she watched the news on the television every day, and growing up I’d hear it, but of course the Middle East was by far not the only topic they discussed on there. I’ve always been a lover of history, and that area, well it’s my heart. I am a white American, and love the Middle East so much! Well, like I said, God knows!

A couple of weeks after the attacks on 9/11, mom told me “what those men did wasn’t of Islam, Mohammed didn’t teach this kind of thing, Vick read the Quran.” Well, I thought, I’ve always had such an interest in that region, why don’t I. I have never really studied there religion, something that is probably of utmost importance to those people. So I dove in!

After reading a lot on it, after a bit I would convert to Islam. I was Muslim for 6 years. Then I started feeling all alone. I wanted to be with Muslims, but the ones in my community had left me. And I mean literally! After I went back to Christianity I so feared them contacting me and asking me to go to something, and I’d have to tell them. I had grown to love some of those women, and I didn’t desire to hurt any of them. Well, I never received one phone call! It had been a while since I’d heard a peep out of any of them, but I thought eventually I would. People who had known me for this long couldn’t completely abandon me, could they? Well honestly, with no hate, I can say they did. I think I buried my disappointment about it for some years, but I am at peace with it now. I am not sure why they did it, and I don’t really need to know. I went back to Christianity in August of 2007, and I would reside at the same home for 3 more years, and still I never heard from them. Not one of them, not at any time.

One thing I’ve wondered at times over the years, was it that incident where there was a rally and I asked to participate? It caused some issues in the community. The woman organizing this didn’t want me to go. She didn’t want the responsibility of taking me because I was blind. She allowed Children to go, but due to my blindness I should stay home. There was a woman that arranged someone that was more than willing to walk with me. It was protesting the war on Iraq. We traveled on a bus to Chicago for it. Some thought it was wrong to exclude me, some thought the blind girl should stay home and read her Quran and let others do it.

Things didn’t seem the same to me after that, but I can’t know. Was it that incident that made them want me out of the community? I know they went to other rally’s after that, I heard of them, but was never told of the details again after that. It pains me to write about this, it brings back up the pain of it all! Maybe it’s good therapy me writing about this.

So was it that, or was it just women busy with family life that all just couldn’t seem to find the time for me? I don’t know, and in some ways I don’t know that I ever want to know. It wouldn’t help me to I don’t think.

For years after that I ignored the news. I’d been a news buff since I was 15 years old, why suddenly did I have such a lack of care in the news? I think I know now.

So comes this year. I had begun attending a Baptist church with a friend, we didn’t go all of the time, but we did go some. I got really into Christian radio and followed different programs on Moody radio.

After around the first of this year I started reading the news through people I followed on twitter on an account I created exclusively for news. I have a personal one, but I surely didn’t want to bore my friends with my political thoughts and boring news that many of them don’t tend to follow as I do. And many of my views are far different than many of my American friends.

One night I’m reading about the conflict in Syria. Suddenly my thoughts of Islam would return to me. Had I made the right choice to leave? Did I leave it out of weakness due to lack of support, or had I really walked away due to feelings that it wasn’t the right path?

It’s amazing how God talks to us, because the crazy thing is I wasn’t reading about Islam, the people I was following on twitter certainly weren’t preaching it to me either. In fact some of them probably aren’t Muslim. I guess just reading about the Arab world did something to me. Is this why I stayed away from the news for nearly 10 years? I’m not completely certain the reason for that, but I think there is a good chance that I figured subconsciously, if I read about the places I love, it’ll make me think about Islam. Where Islam had not been connected to that for me before I knew about it, I think in some way it was afterwards. That’s not saying that just because one reads about the Muslim world they aught to feel they should be Muslim. I did it for years and this was not the case for me then. But once I had been Muslim, yes I think it did make me think of it. Had I really felt I had made the right choice I believe I’d not have reacted in this way toward current events in the world, and especially in the Middle East and other Muslim nations.

I don’t want to be one of these people that goes back and forth. I believe deep within my soul I left it because I had little to no support, and it was easier to go back to the ways those around me were living. I remember for a few years after leaving it I’d dream I was returning to Islam. I’d wake up, and try to put those dreams out of my mind, and eventually they stopped coming to me. I feel very ashamed to admit I likely took the easy out instead of following my beliefs and what path I felt God was leading me on, but God knows, so I have to be truthful about it.

I got an English copy of the Quran and am reading through it. When I do it, well, I live in a different place now, and fear the reactions of those around me. But, I can’t let this stop me. I just need to get the gumption up to do what I feel is right. I want to finish this English translation before I go back. I want to be completely sure I am doing the right thing. Although I feel it is the right thing to do, and perhaps with that belief I’m sinning in my delaying, I must be sure this time that there is absolutely no turning back, know matter how rough it may get for me as far as support goes!

So any of you out there that believe in God, pray for me. I believe God loves us more than we could know, and he wants me to do the right thing. I realize different people feel God leading them in different directions, but this is the one I feel lead in. But I must be sure, or as sure as I can be that is. Perhaps that makes me a coward? I don’t know.

Funny thing, this wasn’t supposed to be this long lol. I got writing, and there you go.

I can’t believe I’m about to publish this to my blog! I fear doing it in a way, yet after much prayer about this I feel now is the time. I’ve been thinking about doing something about this for a while now. Writing is good therapy and can help I think. And I am a coward; a human coward as many humans tend to be. My family was very supportive the first time, but will they be again? Will I lose friends? Well God knows, I have to do what I feel is right even if they do. I was blessed the first time, I lost know one due to becoming a Muslim. I was in Michigan then, I live in Florida now.

Enough about this for now. Hopefully this novel didn’t bore anyone reading it, although if it did you’d probably have stopped reading by now lol.