Daily Archives: March 22, 2008

A cartoon from the Ovi magazine

Turkish police clash with Kurds

Clashes have broken out in a number of cities in Turkey between police and demonstrators celebrating the Kurdish spring festival.Dozens of people were hurt and scores arrested in the protests, media said.

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US air strike kills ‘Iraq allies’

If you have …allies like this you definitely don’t need …enemies!!!

 

Six people have been killed in a US air strike near the Iraqi town of Samarra, with some reports suggesting they were US-allied anti-al-Qaeda Sunni fighters. The US denied claims by a police source and a militia member that those killed at the checkpoint were members of an Awakening Council. The US-funded groups are credited with helping to curb the level of violence.

It came as four more US soldiers were killed in Iraq, bringing the death toll since the 2003 invasion close to 4,000. Three soldiers died when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle near Baghdad on Saturday, the US military said. Another US soldier died after a rocket or mortar attack on Friday, bringing estimated US fatalities to 3,996.

Whoever takes over after George W. Bush has a lot of cleaning and explanation to do especially to …allies!

 

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Turks forgot the Kurds when supporting Kosovo

Clashes have broken out in a number of cities in Turkey between police and demonstrators celebrating the Kurdish spring festival. You see in Turkey Kurds have no rights in anything, language, believes, traditions.

 

Dozens of people were hurt and scores arrested in the protests, media said. In the worst violence, police used tear gas and water cannon in Van against protesters chanting slogans in support of the banned PKK Kurdish rebel group. Which is natural, what this people ask is very simple, independence from a tyrannical state that suppresses them.

By the way I think Turkey was one of the first countries to support the independence of Kosovo, why now don’t they support the independence of the Kurds? The unrest follows last month’s incursion by Turkey’s army into northern Iraq to target the PKK but why they always connect everything to PKK? The simple Kurdish people want to get rid of the Turks; they want their independence and freedom which is natural.

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Ma wins Taiwan poll

Official results put Mr. Ma, of the Kuomintang party, nearly 17 percentage points ahead of Frank Hsieh of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party. Both candidates advocated closer economic ties with China, but differed over the pace and degree of change.

 

Mr. Ma pledged to strengthen commercial ties more quickly than Mr. Hsieh, who took a more cautious approach. He will succeed arch-nationalist Chen Shui-bian, who steps down in May.

Over 17 million people were eligible to vote and turnout figures are expected to be high.

 

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Afghan Pop Idol

The grand finale of Afghanistan‘s hit pop music talent show, Afghan Star, has taken place in Kabul. Rafi Naabzada, 19, saw off his rival Hameed Sakhizada, 21, to win the contest at a heavily-guarded hotel. The program has become a sensation in Afghanistan where it is estimated that 11m viewers, or over one-third of the population, regularly tuned in.

 

The show received severe criticism from conservative clerics, partly because a woman reached the final three. Mr. Naabzada, who often wears a white leather jacket, said: “I am very happy to become an Afghan Star.”

Next season it will Taliban … chanting!

 

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Pakistan for a new PM

He’s name is not going to Musharraf but Musharraf will make sure he’s a clone of his! The party that came top in recent elections in Pakistan is expected to name its candidate for prime minister.

 

The Pakistan People’s Party will put forward later on Saturday the candidate it wants to lead a coalition with the party of former PM Nawaz Sharif.

The main contenders are ex-Speaker Yusuf Raza Gillani and Punjab province party chief, Shah Mahmood Qureshi. The coalition is expected to try to reduce the powers of the President Pervez Musharraf and that definitely will be the day. After all the Pakistani dictator knows, he has done before, when something he doesn’t like is coming then … martial law in action and everybody back to prison if …alive!

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Is Taiwan the next Kosovo or not?

Taiwan is voting in a presidential election in which both candidates favor closer economic ties with China. Frank Hsieh, of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, faces a tough battle against Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang.

 

Mr. Ma, whose party has traditionally taken a more conciliatory line towards Beijing, has led consistently in opinion polls. But analysts believe Mr. Hsieh may have narrowed the gap in the race to replace President Chen Shui-bian.

Mr. Hsieh has accused his rival of being soft on China and portrayed himself as the man best placed to defend Taiwan’s interests.

Over 17 million people are eligible to vote and turnout is expected to be high. Polling stations opened at 0800 on Saturday and close at 1600, with results expected a few hours later.

What remains to see is if the issue of totally independent from China will rise again, with Kosovo been the first all possibilities are open, at least for the Taiwanese people, china’s reaction to something like that is the obvious the mystery lies on the west and especially USA!

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