Erdogan: Turkey will fight Syrian Kurds same as Islamic State

This guy should not be our ally. And we should besupporting the Kurds–whom are true allies in the middle east: The Times of Israel Erdogan: Turkey will fight Syrian Kurds same as Islamic State The Times of Israel Turkey blamed the attack on the Islamic State group.. Days later, Ankara launched the two-pronged Syria operation […]

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Thousands in Hong Kong mark Tiananmen crackdown anniversary

Tens of thousands of people poured into Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Saturday evening to remember the victims of the Chinese military’s bloody June 4, 1989, crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

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Report: Mexican police tortured suspects in students’ case

There is strong evidence that Mexican police tortured some of the key suspects arrested in the disappearance of 43 students, according to a report released Sunday by an outside group of experts.The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expert group says that a study of 17 of the approximately 123 suspects arrested in the case showed signs of beatings, including, in some cases, dozens of bruises, cuts and scrapes.One suspect said he was nearly asphyxiated with a plastic bag, and medical studies showed another had been slapped on the ears so hard his eardrums broke and his ears bled.

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Venezuela’s opposition protests ‘wicked’ Lopez sentence

Venezuela’s opposition staged small protests in the country’s main cities on Saturday to decry the near 14-year jail sentence handed to politician Leopoldo Lopez and galvanise support for the December parliamentary elections they are forecast to win.

Source: Venezuela’s opposition protests ‘wicked’ Lopez sentence | Reuters

The Cure for Puerto Rico Is Independence

I agree somewhat. Puerto Ricans should either choose independence or statehood. There is no future in being in a political nowhere land. Being dependent on charity from the United States has been disastrous. It has saddened me over the years to see the struggles of that island, and the suffering of my friends and relatives. Time to make a change:

Since 2010, Puerto Rico has lost almost twice as many people to migration to the U.S. mainland than in all of the 1980s and ’90s. Such an exodus might come as a surprise to some. But Puerto Ricans have very good reasons for leaving the Caribbean island and its beautiful beaches for the cold weather and concrete jungles of Chicago or New York City. High unemployment, cuts in education funding, high rates of HIV infection and dependency on welfare programs have convinced more and more islanders to look northward.The financially troubled island now says it is unable to pay an estimated $72 billion debt, casting a pall on bond markets and pension funds. On the surface, Puerto Rico’s debt crisis is one of run-away spending on public welfare, with a diminishing small tax and economic base to support it. However, the island’s troubles are also tied to its commonwealth status: Puerto Rico is part of the United States but it lacks the local autonomy afforded to other U.S. states and electoral representation in Congress.It is finally time for Puerto Rico to break free. Independence would allow Puerto Ricans to directly address their economic woes, but, perhaps more important, it will grant the island’s 3.5 million inhabitants the right to determine their own destiny. On July 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston ruled that Puerto Rico couldn’t restructure its own debt. Puerto Rico’s status as a U.S. territory bars the island from requesting bailout funds from other development banks. Independence, nationalists argue, would allow the commonwealth to make these and other autonomous choices.

Source: The Cure for Puerto Rico Is Independence | Al Jazeera America