Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of violations, Russia says peace plan on track – Reuters


BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) accused Turkey on Thursday of launching a large land offensive targeting three villages in northeast Syria despite a truce, but Russia said a peace plan hammered out this week was going ahead smoothly.

 

Source: Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of violations, Russia says peace plan on track – Reuters

Vox Political Against Islamophobia and the ISIS Terror Attacks You Don’t Hear About


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Daesh’s Muslim Victims

Mike over at Vox Political has put up a couple of posts keeping the Brussels attacks in perspective. The attacks, as well as those in Paris, were a horrible atrocity committed by fanatics with no conscience or respect for the lives of innocents. But Mike also reminds us that there have also been Muslim victims of Daesh’s terror campaign, that have not received anywhere near the same amount of coverage and outrage. These people too deserve our sympathy, and we should also be outraged and disgusted at their suffering.

Mike has put up a list showing the numbers of people killed by ISIS’ thugs and butchers, not just in Brussels, Paris and San Diego, but also in Yemen, Tunisia, Ankara in Turkey, Afghanistan, Beirut, Libya and Baghdad. The atrocities committed in these places have also killed tens and hundreds of people. And Mike’s article reminds us that…

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John Pilger on Paris attacks, root causes of terrorism and what we can do about it


I believe that a truce is the only way to combat the increasing atrocities, for any acts of violence from any quarter will only encourage more.

But for a truce to have any success there needs to be a willingness from all sides to participate and underlining this will be the element of trust.

However, this is not only a West versus Middle East situation, but also to be considered is Israel and Palestine, all the conflicts within the Middle Eastern countries and all the long standing historical events.

Is this achievable, only time will tell, but with the considerable mistrust abound and the long standing history, it will not be an easy task. Then that is if the heart is willing.

“Don’t be who ISIS wants you to be”: Bloggers on Paris and Beirut


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Telling stories has power; they connect us, help us work through the raw emotion, and give us a way to make sense of events. After last week’s devastating violence in Paris and Beirut, these nine bloggers shared theirs, helping us do just that. Reading their posts may not be easy — but it is important.

Cultive le Web, “Attentats à Paris, j’étais rue de Charonne

A writer from Cultive le Web was out for an evening with friends Friday night when shooting began on the rue de Charonne. The staccato phrasing of this play-by-play post captures brings readers some tiny measure of the fear, panic, and disbelief. It’s an unvarnished outpouring we wish he had no occasion to write, but are glad he did.

9:45 p.m. Noise, screams. A fight? A rowdy crowd there at the bar? They must be drunk, like on any Friday night in Paris, right? I come closer. A group of people…

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