Turkey’s ‘Kurdish Question’ on Fire Again

Arial shot of Cizre, Turkey.  Wiki image.

Aerial shot of Cizre, Turkey. Wiki image.

In the last two weeks Turkish authorities have imposed, lifted, reimposed and lifted once more a curfew on the Kurdish-populated town of Cizre on the Syrian border, close to where the brutal ISIS group has conquered swathes of Middle Eastern territory.

The curfews were introduced to combat the activities of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), that Ankara once declared a tenuous truce with, but which has re-emerged as an enemy in recent months.

During the imposed curfew on Cizre town, at least 21 civilians were killed according to the Pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP).

A curfew has been in place in the province of #Cizre last week where 21 civilians have been killed #CizreUnderAttack http://pic.twitter.com/5WewE2LvQ5

— HDP English (@HDPenglish) September 10, 2015

The government says all the dead were militants fighting for the PKK.

In a General Election in June, HDP passed the parliamentary threshold, taking over 13% of the vote and stripping the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of its precious parliamentary majority.

The parties remaining in the parliament could not secure a coalition agreement and, as a result, snap elections were scheduled for November 1.

Shortly after the June elections, a suicide-bomb attack on July 20 killed 32 people in the town of Suruc, most of them young Kurdish activists coordinating efforts to deliver aid to the people of the Kurdish-populated Syrian town of Kobane, who have been battered by fighting between local militias and ISIS.

This caused outrage and strengthened accusations that AKP was at best a passive force in the struggle against ISIS, who are believed to have been behind the Suruc attack.

Collage of Suruc victims, tweeted by @SarkawtShams on July 22nd.

Collage of Suruc victims, tweeted by @SarkawtShams on July 22nd.

Following the bombing, the PKK reacted by killing two Turkish soldiers.

In response, the Turkish government bombed both ISIS and PKK strongholds in Iraq. The attacks on the PKK were the first since late 2012, when a peace-process was in place.

Inside Turkey, political tensions have continued to escalate, with reports of widespread attacks on the offices of HDP.

The party’s headquarters in Ankara were set ablaze, as were several other offices throughout the country.

VIDEO – Turkey: Nationalist protesters destroy pro-Kurdish HDP headquarters in Ankara http://bitly.com/1Jb547C http://pic.twitter.com/xcooHcTDdn

— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) September 9, 2015

Despite this, a delegation from HDP headed towards Cizre, attempting to bring an end to the curfew.

Here are some photos from the march: http://pic.twitter.com/CXMEL4MYcw

— HDP English (@HDPenglish) September 9, 2015

During this period of instability and conflict, several journalists have been deported, including the Dutch freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink, for reporting on Kurdish issues.

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Gray Wolf (Ma’iingan) Confirmed On Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Reservation

Photo courtesy of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Photo courtesy of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Published September 15, 2015

HARBOR SPRINGS, MICHIGAN The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB), based in Harbor Springs, Michigan, announced on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 that the Tribe’s Natural Resource Department received confirmation of a gray wolf on its reservation land in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

The confirmation came months after the LTBB Natural Resource Department discovered wolf size tracks and scat while in route to rebait a camera station in the winter of 2014. The tracks and stride were measured and were consistent with those of a wolf. The tracks were consistently 4 ¾” long by 3 ¾” wide and the stride ranged from 45” to 53” (The stride is the distance one foot travels from one step to the next).”

The motion activated bait station camera also recorded several large canid photos. The pictures were also representative of gray wolves. The collected scat sample was sent to Trent University in Ontario Canada for DNA analysis. The Department received positive confirmation on Se. The sample analysis determined it to be consistent with a male gray wolf.

This marks the first confirmed presence of Ma’iingan on the LTBB Reservation after many years of reported sightings.

Ma’iingan (Gray wolf) is also one of the most revered symbols within the Anishnaabe (Odawa, Ojibway, Potawatomi) clan system and has a special status; wolves were commissioned by the Creator to walk with the Anishnaabe, and then separate.

In the Anishnaabe creation story, ma’iingan walked beside original man as his brother, as they traveled to visit and name all the animals, plants, and places on Earth. Later, the Creator would guide them down separate paths, but advised that they would be feared, respected and misunderstood by others who would arrive later. Culturally, Ma’iingan is an important representation of family, cooperation, loyalty and intelligence.

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Gray Wolf (Ma’iingan) Confirmed On Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Reservation

Photo courtesy of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa IndiansPublished September 15, 2015HARBOR SPRINGS, MICHIGAN The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB), based in Harbor Springs, Michigan, announced on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 that the Tribe’s Natural Resource Department received confirmation of a gray wolf on its reservation land in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.The confirmation came months after the LTBB Natural Resource Department discovered wolf size tracks and scat while in route to rebait a camera station in the winter of 2014. The tracks and stride were measured and were consistent with those of a wolf. The tracks were consistently 4 ¾” long by 3 ¾” wide and the stride ranged from 45” to 53” (The stride is the distance one foot travels from one step to the next).”The motion activated bait station camera also recorded several large canid photos. The pictures were also representative of gray wolves. The collected scat sample was sent to Trent University in Ontario Canada for DNA analysis. The Department received positive confirmation on Se. The sample analysis determined it to be consistent with a male gray wolf.This marks the first confirmed presence of Ma’iingan on the LTBB Reservation after many years of reported sightings.Ma’iingan (Gray wolf) is also one of the most revered symbols within the Anishnaabe (Odawa, Ojibway, Potawatomi) clan system and has a special status; wolves were commissioned by the Creator to walk with the Anishnaabe, and then separate.In the Anishnaabe creation story, ma’iingan walked beside original man as his brother, as they traveled to visit and name all the animals, plants, and places on Earth. Later, the Creator would guide them down separate paths, but advised that they would be feared, respected and misunderstood by others who would arrive later. Culturally, Ma’iingan is an important representation of family, cooperation, loyalty and intelligence.The post Gray Wolf (Ma’iingan) Confirmed On Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Reservation appeared first on Native News Online.

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Long Hair Victorian Style – 14 Vintage Photos That Prove Victorian Women Never Cut Their Hair

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In the Victorian era, a Western woman’s hair was considered an important part of her appearance. On both sides of the Atlantic, it marked her status and her femininity as these photos will convey…

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c. 1865. (Image: Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)

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c. 1870. (Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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c. 1885. (Image: London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)

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c. 1890. (Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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c. 1890. (Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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“I don’t have anything personally against homeless…

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“I don’t have anything personally against homeless people. But I try to avoid getting into conversations with them. Because I may be walking later with one of my influential friends, and the homeless person may come up to me and start acting like we’re friends. And how’s that going to look? You’ve got to choose who you’re seen with. It’s a matter of optics.”

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Corbyn tells unions that UK government is declaring war on organized labor

Newly-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn slammed Prime Minister Cameron’s budget cuts as a “political choice.” He also compared Conservative government plans limiting trade union power to tactics used by General Franco.

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