@BilgeIhtiyar: @TurkeyUntold why all of them was in the same place? 1- for terrorism act 2- or put them there to be killed by terrorists to blame gov.
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Those comments may indicate part of the reason that Erdogan and Turkey don’t want to condemn the Armenian Genocide that began in 1915.
Interesting, today, May 11: ‘German art workers urge Chancellor Merkel and the Bundestag to recognize Armenian Genocide’, Armenian Pubic Radio
‘UN deplores Turkish military abuses in Kurdish areas’, 10 May 2016, BBC World
“No-one admitted carrying out the (aforementioned) bombing (that killed three, injured 45) but the authorities say it was the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – outlawed in Turkey as a “terrorist” group.
Earlier this year Turkey imposed curfews on Cizre and other parts of the troubled south-east, as its security forces battled PKK fighters there.” [snip]
The UN commissioner said there were accounts of unarmed civilians, including women and children, being shot by snipers in south-eastern Turkey during the crackdown. Government forces also caused huge damage to the local infrastructure, he said.
“It is essential that the authorities respect human rights at all times while undertaking security or counter-terrorism operations,” Mr Hussein said.
“In 2016, to have such a lack of information about what is happening in such a large and geographically accessible area is both extraordinary and deeply worrying.”
Help me understand some if this if you can. For one thing, is this a counter-terrorism operation’ or an anti-insurgency’ operation? Or is that just a semantic difference depending on one’s perspective?
Meanwhile, in and around Kobane, the YPJ, the all-female Rojava Defense Unit is fighting ISIS/Daesh on the Syrian/Kurdistan border.
As far as I can tell, they’ve been building an intentional community with horizontal democratic decision-making free of the following as they’re able:
They’re not (ahem) fond of Assad, either.
Exquisitely related, and long, but noteworthy for those of us who are quite privileged. The author’s explanation of ‘revolutionary tourists’ is epically germane today, and made me challenge my own thinking. ‘Challenging privilege: on solidarity and self-reflection’, May 4, 2016, Roarmag.org Opening paragraphs teaser:
“German man is not impressed with the grassroots democracy project in Rojava because he has seen something similar decades ago in Latin America. A French woman reproaches Kurdish women for a lack of preparation for her visit because they are not as organized as the Afghan women she observed in the 1970s. A person passes as Rojava’s revolutionary insider after a one-week trip and without access to media and literature in any Middle-Eastern language, but his opinion is regarded as more legitimate and authentic than that of struggling people.
What do these people’s experiences have in common?
They all show genuine interest and care, and their efforts deserve due credit. But there’s something more: the element that underlies a system that enables people to complete the checklist of revolutionary tourism — in the past decade especially in Palestine and Chiapas, now in Rojava. This element is something that revolutionaries must actively problematize: privilege.”