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The first Kurdish PKK members have arrived in Iraq, under a peace plan organised by the Turkish Government.
It’s hoped the initiative will put an end to the thirty year conflict.
Fifteen men and women crossed the frontier to be met by Iraqi Kurd colleagues.
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The Western-backed theory that chemical weapons were taken from the Syrian government’s military compound is very doubtful, according to Ochsenreiter, because “the military compound where gas is stored is heavily guarded. The Syrian government knows exactly what might happen if this gas comes out.”He said that the weapons might have been from Turkey as it is one of the “most important players in the conflict, which supports the so-called armed opposition” and “Turkey already used chemical weapons in battles against the Kurdish population and militia.”There have been false statements before, for example the blame of the Syrian government for the June 2012 Houla massacre, which was later refuted “but it didn’t have any affect or result in diplomatic means” noted the German journalist.Peace activist and journalist Ryan Dawson told RT that it would be difficult to determine where the weapons originated from as the so-called opposition has many outside sources financing it and aiding with weapons.“We have the Gulf monarchs and Israel. Probably not directly from the US and Israel, because they like to have plausible deniability – they probably went through Qatar or Turkey.”RT: There’s been widespread opinion, promoted by some major world powers that any chemical weapons use in Syria would only ever be down to the Assad regime. So are you surprised to hear it may have been the rebels using them?Ryan Dawson: I’m not surprised, because we’ve heard that before, back in December there was a scare about chemical weapons and red lines being crossed. That turned out to be the terrorist mercenaries in Syria. And there was an Israeli airstrike following that in January. So this is the exact same scenario.RT: If it turns out to be true, where would the rebels have got them from?RD: It will be difficult to pen down because the so-called opposition has so many outside sources financing them and aiding with weapons. We have the Gulf monarchs and Israel. Probably not directly from the US and Israel, because they like to have plausible deniability – they probably went through Qatar or Turkey. RT: This investigation is separate from the one launched by the UN’s own chief – so why are there two different probes being carried out by the same body?RD: The first party to call for the UN investigation was the Syrian government themselves, that’s how confident they were that the mercenaries used the chemical weapons. When you look at it, the US and Israel don’t have a leg to stand on to be lecturing anybody about having or using chemical weaponsRT: Syria was hit this weekend by a series of Israeli airstrikes – do you have any ideas why the attacks took place? Was it really self-defense?RD: Of course not. But its hard to explain Israel’s actions. You are not talking about a rational player. It’s not the first time Israel has struck inside of Syria. Israel from time to time invades Gaza, attacks Syria, they are trying to bolster their image in the Middle East and get the fear factor and deterrent for themselves. Yet again Israel will claim that Syria was shipping weapons to Hezbollah, which they consider a terrorist group. Though the Israelis are aiding the mercenaries in Syria, which have killed up to 70, 000 people. So concerning the chemical weapons killing a dozen or so people – that is just a red line, they are just looking for a pretext. The wanted to strike anyway.RT: There are so many blank spaces in the story, mostly because Israel’s avoiding all questions about the strikes – Why is that? Do you think international bodies will move in to shatter this silent strategy?RD: Israel is fishing for escalation; the mercenaries are starting to lose. You’ll see the Western powers backing the mercenary groups just enough to keep the perpetual conflict going. But there are no decisive battles. That’s the whole point, the profit from it, to destroy Syria from within.RT: Could Israel face justice here?RD: They ought to, but they won’t. Israel has absolute immunity from international bodies, because the US and Canada back them up no matter what they do. We are talking about a state that has open apartheid, open ethnic cleansing, they are colonizing Palestine, they shoot children at will – they are breaking UN resolutions and nothing ever happens. Israel felt confident that they could go on a clumsy pretext of chemical weapons and bomb whatever they want and get away with it. … Read More
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The sexist punishment sparked outcries from a local women’s rights group, and from Iranian MPs.A judge in the city of Marivan, in Iran’s Kurdish region near the Iran-Iraq border, sentenced the man to wear women’s clothes and be paraded in public in mid-April, local news outlets reported. The punishment was reportedly over a crime related to domestic abuse.However, the intended humiliation sparked outrage in the community. A day after the incident, a local feminist organization, the Marivan Women’s Community, organized a 1,000-person street protest to denounce the judge’s decision. The activists said the sentence was degrading to women, particularly Kurdish women, since the convict was forced to wear a traditional female Kurdish outfit.The protest spread further online: A Facebook page titled ‘Being a woman is not humiliating and should not be considered punishment,’ was opened, with men from Iran and other countries posting photos of themselves cross-dressing photos there. The page currently has almost 9,000 ‘likes.’Saman Rasoulpour, one of the campaigners, told Gaystarnews that the sentence is unprecedented in Iran. Al Arabia reported that a similar sentence was passed in the city earlier this month against three other criminals.The scandal has reached the Iranian parliament, where 17 MPs signed a letter to country’s Justice Ministry stating that “this action is against Islamic values and it degrades the clothing and character of Muslim women.”Many online protesters voiced similar views. One wrote on the Facebook page that, “For many years, women in my country have been side-by-side with men, wearing men’s clothes, struggling. Tonight I am happy and honored to wear women’s clothes and be even a small part of the rightful struggle of people to express gratitude and excellence to the women of my country.” … Read More
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One decade after the US invaded Iraq, the reconstruction efforthas been largely deemed a failure. In his final report to Congress,a 171-page assessment titled “Learning from Iraq”, SpecialInspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen concludedthat the costs of the war far surpassed the results.“You think if you throw money at a problem, you can fix it.It was just not strategic thinking,” Kurdish governmentofficial Qubad Talabani, son of Iraqi president Jalal Talabani,told auditors of the report.“You can fly in a helicopter around Baghdad or other cities,but you cannot point a finger at a single project that was builtand completed by the United States,” Iraq’s acting interiorminister told Bowen, who said that dumping so much money into awarzone simply created a “triangle of political patronage” thatinstigated further corruption.Bowen interviewed numerous American and Iraqi officials, many ofwhom criticized the US for taking on too many large projectswithout consulting Iraqis. When American troops withdrew, many ofthese projects were largely abandoned and Iraq continues to look asbroken as before.Additionally, Americans “wore out [their] welcome” byplanning to “do it all and do it our way” – all whilewasting taxpayer dollars, Deputy Secretary of State William J.Burns told the inspector general.The US has spent more than $60 billion in reconstruction grants,which comes out to about $15 million for each day of the conflict.A $2.4 billion fund set up by Congress to rebuild Iraq’s water andelectricity systems and to provide food, healthcare and governancewas largely wasted. President George W. Bush asked for $20 billionmore just a few months after the March 2003 invasion to accomplishthese goals.Abandoned projects include a 3,6000-bed prison that cost $40million but was never finished or used and a $108 millionwastewater treatment center that still remains unfinished. The USalso spent millions repairing infrastructure they blew up,including a $75 million pipeline and a $29 million bridge innorth-central Iraq. Contractors were also found to have overchargedthe US government for supplies, with one contractor charging thePentagon $900 for a $7 control switch.“Waste and fraud at the levels we saw are a symptom of afailure to have a structure in place to effectively plan forstabilization and reconstruction operations, execute suchoperations and be held accountable for them,” Bowen said in aninterview with Business Week.The failures in Iraq have raised concern over the future ofAfghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal of US troops. The USgovernment has spent $90 billion on reconstruction projects inAfghanistan over the course of 12 years, which US officials areafraid could go to waste if oversight isn’t coordinated better.Ten years after the American invasion of Iraq, the countryremains impoverished and plagued by near-daily deadly bombings. Fewpeople have access to electricity and clean water, and someprojects that the US spent millions on have been reduced to nothingbut rubble.“If we had better controls and better planning, betteroversight, better quality assurance, better quality control all inplace, we would have wasted less – for sure. There is no doubtabout that,” Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki toldBowen. … Read More