10 September 2015   Leave a comment

There are more reports of violence between Turkish forces and Kurdish rebels, and these reports include evidence of attacks on civilians.  The violence was in the town of Cizre, a primarily Kurdish town in the southeastern part of Turkey.  The town has been under a seven-day, twenty-four curfew, and life for the people of the town has been miserable.  It is likely that other Kurdish strongholds have undergone similar attacks, but information about those attacks is difficult to obtain.  The US supports Turkey and relies upon Turkish support for the continued use of the military base at Incirlik.  But tje Kurds have been the most reliable ground force against the Islamic State.  At some point, the US is going to have to decide which of those priorities is more important to its strategic objectives.

A map showing Cizre, in Turkey

In a 119-8 vote, with 45 abstentions, the United Nations General Assembly approved the flying of both the Vatican and the Palestinian flag at UN headquarters.   The vote recognizes the nonmember observer state status of both and is a significant symbolic victory for what the UN now recognizes as the “State of Palestine.”   The US opposed the move, arguing that it does nothing to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which it believes can only be solved through direct negotiations between the parties and not through the intervention of the UN.

Germany has been one of the most welcoming to the refugees coming to Europe from Syria, Eritrea, and other countries experiencing serious dislocations.  This attitude has been true despite the adamant opposition of some anti-immigrant groups, located primarily in some of the smaller towns and villages of Germany.   The reason for this attitude is that Germany is undergoing a rather dramatic demographic shift and is suffering a shortage of younger workers.  The refugees offer an effective way to remedy that shortage–the refugees are generally eager to join the work force.

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Posted September 11, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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