Friday 29 January 2016

Conservatives vs. the Conservative movement

More paradigm shift: In the National Review, David Harsanyi, author of The People Have Spoken (And They Are Wrong), sees the current popularity of a Republican candididate as an existentialist threat to traditional Republicans:

Ann Coulter takes aim at Fox

Ann Coulter

Is Fox News conservative or 'conservative'? This article by Ann Coulter signifies that a political paradigm shift is under way in the United States:   

The Azaz-Jarabulus Corridor (Part V)

The story keeps unfolding:

Tuesday 26 January 2016

The Azaz-Jarabulus Corridor (Part IV)

This is a map of how Rojava will look in the future (courtesy:

Jarabulus is a target for the YPG/SDF because it remains a transit point between the Islamic Republic of Turkey and the Islamic State:

Wednesday 20 January 2016

The Azaz-Jarabulus Corridor (Part III)

Commander of Ahrar Jarabulus (the freedom movement of Jarabulus) announces merger with SDF 

Ahrar Jarabulus joins the Syrian Democratic Forces:

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Vladimir Pribylovsky Dead

Russian dissident Vladimir Pribylovsky appears to have been murdered:

I hope Yuri Felshtsinky is safe: 

Candidate Hillary Clinton: Defend Samar Badawi!

Sometimes you have to go beyond a photo op

The Saudi regime is threatening Raif Badawi's sister:

Here is a link to Samar Badawi's story:

And here is Raif's:

And, while we are at it, here is a brief history of the struggle for women's rights in Saudi Arabia:

A win: Aljazeera America closes up shop

Here is a good news story (pun intended):

Erdoğan cracks down, Turkey cracking up

Courtesy of

President  Erdoğan keeps burning down the house:

Monday 11 January 2016

Vale David Bowie (1947-2016)

Favourites? "Heroes", "Golden Years", "Fame", "Gene Genie", "Starman", "Space Oddity" and, sadly in these circumstances, "Ashes to Ashes". I have always been impressed by the fact that "Ashes to Ashes" represents, in a sense, "Space Oddity Part 2" - the drug world he inhabited involved thrills and spills but down here was reality - and humanity. He experienced, in the end, thirty years of solid family life: good for him. Here is the Wikipedia link:

Sunday 10 January 2016

The Azaz-Jarabulus Corridor (Part II)

The Tishrin Dam Offensive: 23 December-30 December 2015

The Tishrin Dam offensive was the last battle waged by the Syrian Democratic Forces (QSD) in 2015:

Here is small video of QSD getting the power-generating dam up and running:

Saturday 9 January 2016

The Azaz-Jarabulus Corridor (Part I)

Courtesy of the Washington Institute: 

This is the link to Fabrice Balanche's "The die is cast: the Kurds cross the Euphrates" article:

Losing Turkey

Courtesy of the Kurdish Daily News

David L. Philips is only belatedly stating the obvious in this Huffington Post article, but at least he is on the right track. The Free World has, in a sense, "lost" Turkey in the way China was "lost" in 1949:   

Saturday 2 January 2016

Erdoğan's war on Turkish Kurds

The link to Sputnik magazine is:

Just because a story appears in Sputnik magazine does not mean it is wrong. Here is a link to the Kremlin's view of Erdogan's war on Turkish Kurds: