A Turkish court has freed convicted terrorist pastor Andrew Brunson two years after he was arrested in exchange for betraying the Kurds in Iraq and Syria. Brunson had been arrested as part of coup against the leader of Turkey, and despite being a terrorist was a right wing cause celebrity because he was Christian. What did they have to do in return? Refuse to arm our allies, the Kurds.
Worse, Pompeo is actually working with Islamist Militias to hurt the Kurds.
The Kurds have a proverb: “We have no friends but the mountains”. In the city of Afrin, however, even the mountains could not protect them from the Turkish warplanes and the Islamist militias allied with Ankara. Although the videos of terrifying executions are certainly not new in the tragic war of Syria, in this instance the video was shot by a terror group operating under the command of a NATO country, Turkey.
“Shame: the West is turning a blind eye to the fate of the Kurds” wrote Ivan Rioufol in France’s Le Figaro. “They fought alongside us in the war against ISIS. Erdogan labels as ‘terrorist’ this small people arming women, who have their hair in the wind and leave religion in the private sphere”.
The Western media have ignored the fate of the Kurds, the people who defeated ISIS for us.
“My sister, Barin, had fought alongside the coalition in Raqqa against the Islamic State and in many other places too”, Omar’s brother told The Times from the city of Kobane. “How can there be justice or trust between allies when the coalition put their own benefit above morality and allowed Turkey to attack us, and with Nato weapons?”
Worse, as an appeal published by the New York Review of Books reminds us:
“the Turkish attack on Afrin was entirely unprovoked. In fact, Afrin was so peaceful for most of the Syrian war that it became a safe havenfor tens of thousands of refugees — some of whom are now refugees for a second time. In the cantons they controlled, the Kurdish-led forces had established an oasis, unique in Syria, of local self-government, women’s rights, and secular rule”
The battle of Afrin was a horrendous defeat for the Kurds in Syria, one with appalling consequences. At least 820 Kurdish fighters were killed in action. Many other deaths have yet to be confirmed. By comparison, 660 Kurds were killed fighting under the insignia of Syrian democratic forces, supported by the United States, in the battle to free Raqqa, the de facto Syrian capital of the ISIS Caliphate.
Robert Ellis has compared Afrin to the Sudetenland in the 1930s:
“Two days before ceding the Sudetenland to Nazi Germany in Munich in September 1938, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain dismissed the issue as ‘a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing’. Pretty much the same can be said of the attitude of the West towards Turkey’s attack on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria”.
How Ronna Romney McDaniel Bribed Her Way Into Brigham Young University
It was the late 90, and Ronna Romney, named after her great grandmother, was looking for a college to attend. She had though she was shoe-in to BYU, because she was a legacy and everyone knew her father and uncle.
However her graded were less than stellar, with a grade-point average of a a C. She additionally hadn’t done much activities, and the school felt they would be criticized if they let her in. Her school shut down a few years ago, and we couldn’t reach anyone there to comment.
She called her uncle Mitt immediately, according to a family member who shared the story with me over Twitter and got my attention.
And he immediately got into action defending his favorite niece, according to the relative.
He called the President of BYU and had a conversation with him: His niece really wanted to go to BYU, and was there something he could do?
Cecil O. Samuelson, a friend of Mitt, made it clear that a donation of a million or so, and a renaming of their business institute to a Romney would make sense, especially if the niece was a business major.
So Mitt, thinking still of doing a Presidential campaign in 2000 or Gubernatorial Campaign, decided he would give a few million here and there to help the University — and it would help his reputation enormously to be seen more than a business raider.
Strangely, the next week, Ronna Romney was accepted into BYU.
She wasn’t much of a student, and decide to take the English program, feeling it would “be easy. She graduated with a BA in english a few years later, without honors or any notation.
So, is the person who claims to be a relative of the Romney’s telling the truth? Sure looks like the timeline works, that the donation happened exactly as she was making choices for colleges, and happened seemingly only after she was accepted in BYU.
Lucy Parsons Project Racists Protest Pakistanian Middle Eastern Cafe in San Fransisco
Looks like the GOP can’t help funding fake “progressive” organizations under the guise of fighting for black rights. What’s the new “cause?” A half dozen white women have been daily protesting a local Middle Eastern Cafe owned by a Manny Yekutiel, a man of Pakistani Jewish Descent whose family fled persecution in Pakistan.
Manny Yekutiel opened his eponymous Manny’s in November, calling the Middle Eastern cafe and restaurant in downtown San Francisco a “civic social gathering space.” His goal for the Mission District eatery was “to create a central, accessible and affordable place to go to become a better informed and more involved citizen,” he told the San Francisco Examiner.
Manny’s has earned praise for hosting talks with speakers on issues ranging from Black Lives Matter to urban sustainability.
But Yekutiel, who is Jewish, is being protested weekly, accused of espousing “racist, Zionist, pro-Israel ideals.” His café has been vandalized and painted with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slogans over and over again — mainly by White racists.
The only allegation seemingly against him is that he is Jewish. Yekutiel has even said he does not support everything the Israeli government does and disagrees with its treatment of the Palestinians — and has many friends who are Palestinian.
Yekutiel reportedly has met nearly all the requirements of United to Save the Mission, a coalition of more than a dozen neighborhood nonprofits and activist groups. They include bilingual signage and staff, moderate prices (a cup of coffee is $1.75) and food prepared by a nonprofit employing homeless, formerly incarcerated and low-income community members, who earn all the food revenue. Community groups can use the space for free.
Trump Promotes “Hitler Lover” Buchanan
Despite claiming 20 years ago that Pat Buchanan was a “Hitler Lover,” the President is now quoting him in tweets.
Last week, Buchanan posted an article on the anti-immigration site Vdare.com that implored Trump to declare a national emergency on the southern border, “because mass migration from the global South, not climate change, is the real existential crisis of the West.” Trump has publicly considered such a declaration as a way to go around Congress in order to secure funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
On Sunday, the president quoted a portion of Buchanan’s post in a pair of tweets. The first said, “‘The Trump portrait of an unsustainable Border Crisis is dead on,'” and then listed a number of immigration-related crime statistics. Buchanan did not cite the source of the data, but the context indicated it was from the Trump administration.
In 1999, Trump called Buchanan a “Hitler lover” and said it was “incredible that anybody could embrace this guy.” Buchanan, who has often been accused of expressing racist and anti-Semitic views, at the time was seeking the Reform Party’s nomination for president.
“Look, he’s a Hitler lover,” Trump said on “Meet the Press” in October 1999. “I guess he’s an anti-Semite. He doesn’t like the blacks. He doesn’t like the gays. It’s just incredible that anybody could embrace this guy.”