Erdogan vows to ″destroy terrorists″ as force step up offensive against IS and Syrian Kurds | News | DW.COM | 29.08.2016 aka: Kurdish Genocide is still his only aim!

After months of deadly attacks across the country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to “destroy terrorists.” In Syria, Turkish forces have ramped up their offensive against “IS” and Kurdish-led forces.

Source: Erdogan vows to ″destroy terrorists″ as force step up offensive against IS and Syrian Kurds | News | DW.COM | 29.08.2016

Pellet Guns Used in Kashmir Protests Cause ‘Dead Eyes’ Epidemic – The New York Times

The patient’s eyelids have been stretched back with a metal clamp, so his eyeball bulges out of glistening pink tissue. The surgeon sits with his back very straight, cutting with tiny movements of his fingers. Every now and then, a thread of blood appears in the patient’s eye socket. The patient is 8 years old.“Very bad,” murmurs the surgeon, Dr. S. Natarajan. But then, all 13 cases he will see today will be very bad.

Since mid-July, when the current wave of protests against the Indian military presence started, more than 570 patients have reported to Srinagar’s main government hospital, with eyes ruptured by lead pellets, sometimes known as birdshot, fired by security forces armed with pump-action shotguns to disperse crowds.

The patients have mutilated retinas, severed optic nerves, irises seeping out like puddles of ink. “Dead eyes,” the ophthalmology department’s chief calls them.Every season of popular revolt in Kashmir has its marker.

This summer’s protests in the part of Kashmir controlled by India, the most sustained and violent since 2010, caught the authorities in New Delhi unaware. The stone-throwing crowds have no political leaders, put forward no specific demands and metastasized with alarming speed. Around 60 civilians and two members of the security forces have been killed; on each side, thousands have been wounded.But 2016 will almost certainly be remembered as the year of dead eyes. The eye injuries have become such a focus of public anger that last week, in a conciliatory gesture, India’s home minister, Rajnath Singh, promised that the pellet guns, as they are known here, would be replaced by another type of nonlethal weapon in the coming days.

Source: Pellet Guns Used in Kashmir Protests Cause ‘Dead Eyes’ Epidemic – The New York Times

Amir-Moazami: ′France does not have a homogeneous mainstream culture′ | Europe | DW.COM | 28.08.2016

Schirin Amir-MoazamiIn France, the notion of a homogeneous mainstream society has not existed for centuries. This has a lot to do with the colonial past and more recently, with the country’s immigration policy. That is why it is difficult to speak of specifically “French” values, especially if we have to determine this in the matter of how much of a body is allowed to be visible in public. These values have always been linked to contexts outside of France. So it is regrettable that France has never analyzed this past in a critical manner – for example, by asking about its consequences and impact on life today. What is certain is that one can no longer speak of original “French” values.Nonetheless, the debate has been raging in France. The philosopher and bestselling author Alan Finkielkraut points out the fact that many French people complain they no longer feel at home in their own country.This statement seems problematic to me. What does “at home” mean with regard to a past in which France took its “home” to other parts of the world? Finkielkraut himself comes from a Jewish background that he has analyzed journalistically. Unfortunately, he does not apply his question to the present. He does not ask how it is for minorities today that are also stigmatized and reproduced as minorities. It is quite obvious that Maghreb Muslims did not come to Islamize France. Instead, it is a case of postcolonial immigration.Do you see opportunities that could turn the tense situation into a successful integration story?So much has gone wrong in France in particular, so it is really hard to offer reasonable guidance. Society has become so polarized – and Germany is showing a similar tendency – that the findings are relatively serious. The recent decision of the [French court] to suspend the burkini ban is a step in the right direction. It is right not to allow the problem to heat up even more and to polarize society even more. But it would also be sensible to not to let the burkini represent an Islamist or terrorist threat. It would also be wrong to conduct this debate at the expense of women. Instead, people should look at matters of social justice, for in France, as in Germany, Muslims represent a certain social class in which a certain culture has emerged and then been marginalized.

Source: Amir-Moazami: ′France does not have a homogeneous mainstream culture′ | Europe | DW.COM | 28.08.2016

Bolivia charges three miners over minister′s death | News | DW.COM | 28.08.2016 – Evo has let his ego rule and thus everyone is his enemy?

Illanes, a long time ally of the country’s left-wing president, Evo Morales, was only appointed to the deputy minister position in March.

Commenting on his death, Morales said the miners’ protest was a “political conspiracy” to topple his administration, with the opposition backing the strike.”

Now we are getting information and finding documents that say this is to take down the government,” he told a news conference.

The opposition denied the accusations and said the protests were sparked by the economical crisis in the country.”

Morales would do well to be critical of himself and set aside false conspiracy theories blaming the right wing and the media,” former President Jorge Quiroga said.

Source: Bolivia charges three miners over minister′s death | News | DW.COM | 28.08.2016

Localised Community Spread Of Zika Virus Infection With More Cases Confirmed | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection in Singapore. Of these cases, 36 were identified through active testing of potentially infected persons.Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive Cluster2.    All the cases are residents or workers in the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive area.  They are not known to have travelled to Zika-affected areas recently, and are thus likely to have been infected in Singapore. This confirms that local transmission of Zika virus infection has taken place.  At this point, the community transmission appears to be localised within the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive cluster.

Source: Localised Community Spread Of Zika Virus Infection With More Cases Confirmed | Ministry of Health

From Bikini To Burkini, Or Why Lebanon’s Tripoli Is Awesome

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

A picture of two veiled burkini-clad women, and another bikini-wearing on one of Tripoli’s popular beach islands is going viral today across Lebanon’s internet-sphere. The last time this many people were interested in the city was to berate it for the way it voted in an election, but that election is now long past and so has those people’s attention from this great city up North.

In that picture, the two stark opposites represent this city that I love more than anything else. So I figured, in this small space that I have, that I’d try to tell you – kind reader – of why this city whose picture you’re so eagerly sharing is worth your time.

1) Bikini versus Burkini:

Bikini:Burkini Tripoli Picture via @JadGhorayeb

Over the years, many Lebanese have come to associate an image with Tripoli as that of a city that is ravaged by war, where Islamists reign supreme and…

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