Daily Archives: Tuesday August 6th, 2019

Washington’s wager concerning Iran

By: Thierry Meyssan The attitude of the Americans must be understood from the point of view not only of their Middle Eastern policy, but also their global policy . More than a conflict with Iran, it’s the balance of power between East and West that is at stake. Since the Second World War, the central preoccupation of the United States ...

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Do Not Leave a Poor While You Arein Grace

A woman lost 20Dinars,soshe wrote a paper and pasted it in the street saying:”I lost 20 dinar If youfind it, please return it to the following address: flat number… I have a little income and I need it.  I don’t have enough to buy me bread”. A person decidedto pretend that he found the money, so he took 20 dinars ...

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The kidsin Rukban camp

When the houseisruinedandthere’snowheretogo,you’llbehappytoanylair. But it’sbettertoliveinafieldoraskforcharitythantobein Rukban campwithchildren. Atthebeginning of August,the reweremorethan18,000 peopleliving there,mostofthemchildren. The livingconditionsdonotmeetthemostbasicsanitarystandards. Peopleliveindilapidatedshackswithoutwaterandelectricity. Cavitypitsaredugoutandsimplycoveredwithtarpaulinafterfilling. And thisisinthesummerheat. Asaresult,in fectiousandskindiseaseshavebecomewidespreadinthe Rukban camp. Childrenareparticularlysuffered.Howdesperatearethemotherswhocannothelpasickchildren. Afterall, the reisnomedicalcareorelementarymedicinesinthecamp. Wearenoteventalkingaboutchildren’sroutinevaccinations. Although,accordingtoallinternationallaws, the statethatorganizedthecamp (theU.S.organizedRukban) isobligedtoprovidetheresidentsofthecampwithbasiclivingconditionsandmedicalcare. On Wednesday,31July ,asmallgroupofrefugeesmanagedtoleavethishell. Firstofall,theywerefedintemporaryaccommodationandexaminedbydoctors. Almostallchildrenshowedsignsofmeaslesandleishmaniasis.. AminaSaheem,the motherof5children, agreedtotellthestoryoftheconditionsin the Rukban camp. Shesaidthatsanitaryconditionsinthecamparedeterioratingdaybyday. Shelivedtherewith 15 othe rpeople, alongwithherchildren. Infectiousandskindiseasesarewidespreaddueto the factthatunsanitaryconditionsareprevalentthroughout the camp. Almosteveryonehasscabies.Threeofherchildrendiedofillnessinthreeyears. Twootherchildrenshecouldleaveoutthecamp, butfour-month-oldAmina’sdaughter (herfatherleftthecampwiththemilitantsjustoverayearago,andAminadoesnotknowwhereheisnow) suffersfromasevereformofleishmaniasis. ...

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Repeated deception

TheworldhardlyrememberedthemillionsofKurdishpeople, whountilthenhadnostatehoodandweredividedbetweenTurkey, Syria,IranandIraq,beforetheSyrianconflict. TheescalationofthesituationinnorthernSyriaistheresultoftheArabSpring, whichwaslaunchedbytheUnitedStatesin2011. HowdidithappenthatSyrianKurdswereonthebrinkofconfrontationwith the militantsoftheIslamicState? The questionisnoteasy.Tounderstandit,weneedtorememberhistory. InSyria, Kurdsliveinnorthernandnorth-easternofthecountry. In Kurdishlanguagetheirplaceofresidenceiscalled”Rozhava”- “West”, because Syrian Kurdistanoccupies the west ernpart of the Kurdishlands. AlthoughSyrianandIraqiKurdshavelinguisticandritualdifferences, the yhavealwaysperceivedthemselvesasone,albeitdividedpeople. TheterritoryofRozhavaisdividedintothreecantons. Eachofthemhasitsownexecutiveandlegislativecouncilsofself-government. The flagofRozhavaisayellow,redandgreentricolor, andthreelanguagesareusedinofficework-Kurdish, ArabicandAssyrian (Neo-Aramaic). The governmentrefusedtograntofficialstatustoKurdishandAssyrianlanguages. Until2011,therewereabouthalfamillionKurdslivinginSyria, almost 300,000 of whomhadno Syriancitizenship. Thishadanimpactontheirsocialandeconomicsituation. Thus,SyrianKurdshavetraditionallybeeninoppositiontotheGovernment of Bashar al-Assad, asIraqiKurds,havebeeninoppositiontotheGovernment of Iraq. SincethebeginningofthemilitantinvasionofSyria, the Kurdshavebeenoneofthefewnon-governmentalorganizationsthatwereabletoresisttheinvasionof ISIS. Thiscouldrevivetheideaofcreatingastateofitsown. In2012,theheadoftheSyrianKurds, Masood Barzani, triedtoorganizeareferendumonindependencenotonlytorealizethecenturies-olddreamoftheKurds, butalsotostrengthentheirownpositionsintheIraqiKurdistanregionandincreasetheirauthority. ...

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