Mitigating US-Turkish Disagreement over the PYD February 24, 2016 President Barack Obama meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the US ambassador's residence in Paris, France December 1, 2015. (Reuters) Turkey and the United States share strategic interests regarding Syria, not least defeating the threat posed by the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL). However, they remain at odds over their definitions of their full strategic purposes. Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian refugee The destruction of Syria due to a civil war conflict and the rise of ISIS has led to an impassioned debate as to whether the United States should act as a world leader by allowing Syrian refugees to immigrate into the country. All the usual arguments are being made by political conservatives against such a move: What if they’re untrustable? What if they’re incompatible with our way of life?
Turkish police raid Zaman HQs, fire tear gas on readers after gov’t takeover Turkish police fired tear gas and used water cannon on a crowd to forcibly enter the country's top-selling newspaper on Friday after a court ordered its confiscation. An İstanbul court appointed trustees to take over the management of the Feza Media Group, which includes Turkey’s biggest-selling newspaper, the Zaman daily, as well as the Today’s Zaman daily and the Cihan news agency, dealing a fresh blow to the already battered media freedom in Turkey. Police in riot gear pushed back Zaman supporters who stood in the rain outside its İstanbul office where they waved Turkish flags and carried placards reading "Hands off my newspaper" before they were overcome by clouds of tear gas. Officers then forcibly broke down a gate and rushed into the building.
Rejecting Refugees, Rejecting Christ “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ — Matthew 25: 34-40
Erdogan's conquest of Africa Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reviews an honor guard during a ceremonial reception in Abuja, Nigeria, March 2, 2016 (photo by REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde) Author: Metin Gurcan Posted March 4, 2016 Amid President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent West African tour, from Feb. 28 to March 4 and including visits to Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Guinea, news reports surfaced of Turkey establishing a military presence on the strategic Horn of Africa, in Somalia. This development will make Turkey the fifth foreign country to have a military presence in Africa, joining Britain, France, Japan and the United States.
Obama defends American values, pushes back against GOP Pres. Obama: Our goal is to ‘degrade and ultimately destroy’ ISIS President Obama addresses Friday’s terror attacks in Paris and answers questions relating to global counterterrorism efforts at a G20 Summit news conference in Antalya, Turkey. In the wake of Friday night’s terrorism in Paris, Republican policymakers and candidates have settled on a very specific policy demand: blocking ISIS’s victims from seeking refugee status in the United States. Initially, it was GOP presidential hopefuls exploiting fear to advance their own ambitions, but soon after, Republican governors began scurrying to announce their “No Syrian Refugees Here” plans. President Obama could have stuck his finger in the wind, but speaking from the G-20 Summit this morning, he took a stand in support of the United States doing the right thing.
Ben Carson blames media for 'rabid dog' Syrian refugee metaphor in Mobile rally GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Thursday that he dreamed that the American people will stem the tide of political correctness that threatens the country's values. Carson made the remarks in the late afternoon at a rally the University of South Alabama, where he stuck to his standard talking points during a 30-minute speech. It was his third event in Mobile, after visiting Prichard Preparatory School and St. Paul's Episcopal School earlier in the morning. He referenced a controversial metaphor he used earlier in the afternoon when he denounced the plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States. Calling for a strengthened screening process, Carson compared terrorists posing as Syrian refugees in order to enter the U.S. to a rabid dog walking around the neighborhood that parents want to keep their children safe from.
DIY Confetti Bowl Last weekend I made this DIY project with the boys, it's really easy to make and I can assure that you're gonna have fun! You'll need: confetti, one balloon, Mod Podge, a sponge and a small vase. Inflate your balloon, then insert it on to the vase so it's sturdier to work with. Add Mod Podge to the top half of the balloon with a sponge, then sprinkle confetti all over, you can remove your balloon from the vase and hold it to add the confetti on the sides. Let it dry and add another coat of glue and confetti, you will need to add several coats until you achieve a thick coat.
Kurdish group claims responsibility for Ankara bombing A Kurdish militant group with ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Thursday claimed the deadly suicide car bomb attack that killed 35 people in Ankara last weekend. "On the evening of March 13, a suicide attack was carried out... in the streets of the capital of the fascist Turkish republic. We claim this attack," the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) said in a statement on its website. I’m Sorry, Christian, But You Don’t Get to Make That Move I have a bone to pick with Christians this morning. Not all Christians. Not even the majority of Christians in my (limited) circles. Not by a long shot. No, my concern is with a smaller subset of Christians that tend to make a disproportionate amount of noise.
Syria crisis fast facts and overview of the refugee situation Syria crisis: Fast facts 13.5 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance.14.6 million Syrians are refugees, and 6.6 million are displaced within Syria; half are children.2 Read an open letter from Syrian children.Most Syrian refugees remain in the Middle East, in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt; about 10 percent of the refugees have fled to Europe.3Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school. Why are Syrians fleeing their homes? Violence: Since the Syrian civil war began, 320,000 people have been killed, including nearly 12,000 children. What are the refugees’ greatest needs?
New Evidence Confirms Paris Terrorists Were Not Refugees, Republicans Still Lying About It Anyway As the Republican House votes to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in our nation, new evidence emerges that proves the Paris attackers did not disguise themselves as refugees, but were Belgian and French citizens who have established a wide network among disgruntled Muslims in Western Europe – Muslims frustrated and excluded by the very same kind of unabashed bigotry that passes for foreign policy among both American and European right-wing nationalists. The Guardian reports that: New evidence emerging from the investigation into the Paris attacks points to a conspiracy significantly wider than the nine jihadi thought to have carried out the killings and that was orchestrated primarily by disaffected young Europeans.The arrests in Paris and Brussels point to the existence of a circle of sympathetic “enablers” willing to help out without asking too many questions even if they had a limited idea of the plot. Related Colin Taylor is the Managing Editor at OccupyDemocrats.
Our Betrayal of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees This week, David Bowers, the Democratic mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, invoked the internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War as justification for keeping out Iraqi and Syrian refugees. I wonder if the mayor (who later apologized to anyone he might have offended) would have paused for one second in his headlong rush to join the anti-refugee hysteria sweeping America if he’d known that, among the residents of his city, there’s an Iraqi named Hayder. In 2003, Hayder was working as an interpreter for the 82nd Airborne Division, in Baghdad, when his convoy was ambushed by insurgents. Dragging an American sergeant out of the line of fire, Hayder was hit in both legs and nearly killed. He lost most of his right leg. Unable to work and in danger for his life, he fled Iraq with his wife and son to Jordan, where the family languished for years in deepening misery while getting nowhere in their efforts to get visas to the United States.