ANKARA: Any unilateral military action in northern Syria would be “unacceptable”, the Pentagon said Wednesday after Turkey announced it would launch an operation against a US-backed Kurdish militia. The warning came after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would soon begin a mission targeting the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a “terrorist” group. “We will start an operation to free the east of the Euphrates from the separatist terrorist organisation in the next few days,“ Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara, referring to territory held by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). American forces have worked closely with the YPG under the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, which has played a key role in the war against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group The Pentagon has repeatedly warned that any fighting between the Turks and the SDF is a dangerous distraction from the … [Read more...] about IS ‘annihilation’ of Iraqi farms leaves haunting legacy
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Sun., Aug. 19, 2018 Good day, yet another big week here at Mailbag Central as you folks keep the off-season humming. Have fun with this, I’ll be back with regular morning fare every other day starting tomorrow but I’m also looking at a week of “rest” so join me in hoping nothing comes up that I need to jump into for a week or so. Thanks. Q: “Sports is being used to divide us now,” says LeBron James about the current occupant of the White House. LeBron goes on to say how sports has always been a unifier in his life, a way to meet people from across racial and other divides — he is calling out the current occupant of the WH for turning a sweet and important social activity so sour. I woke up a bit when LeBron said that. We spend a lot of time discussing our failed hopes with sport, especially pro sports. But LeBron takes us back to sport as a social conditioner, a way to grow up and learn, a way to engage with people and places … [Read more...] about Doug Smith blog: Readers chime in on young phenoms R.J. Barrett and Vlad Gurrerro Jr.
By Megan Ogilvie Data Enterprise Reporter Fri., Aug. 17, 2018 Mike Laughlin never saw the deer that ran out of the woods and into the side of his motorcycle. Moments after the impact, the Kingston, Ont., firefighter, who had been enjoying a country ride on his Harley-Davidson, was lying at the bottom of a ditch with a broken neck, a broken back and his right leg torn off at the knee. Alone, bleeding and in desperate pain, Laughlin managed to pull his mobile phone from his back pocket. But he didn’t call 911. Instead, Laughlin called his own fire dispatch centre for help. “They picked up in one ring and said, ‘Hey, Mike, how are you?’ I started to yell over and over that I was dying.” Article Continued Below Within 15 minutes, firefighters were at his side. They were soon followed by an ambulance and a team of paramedics, who raced Laughlin to Kingston General Hospital, where surgeons saved his life but not his right leg. … [Read more...] about He battled back from the brink of death. Now he’s back fighting fires
The government should promptly provide redress for past illegal confiscations of land and stop arbitrarily arresting activists, New York-headquartered Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released this afternoon. The NGO also called on Nay Pyi Taw to enact laws and regulations to safeguard the rights of farmers and other small landholders from future confiscations. The NGO launched the report “Nothing for Our Land’: Impacts of Land Confiscation on Farmers in Myanmar” today, which documents the devastating effects of land confiscations for farmers in southern Shan State and the Ayeyarwady and Yangon regions. Farmers describe their loss of livelihoods, access to health care, and children’s education, and their efforts to obtain redress, which frequently ends in arrest. “Widespread land confiscations across Myanmar have harmed rural communities in profound ways for decades,” Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at HRW, said, adding that the … [Read more...] about Stop arbitrarily arresting land rights activists, govt told
By Jason Wilson Special to the Washington Post Sun., April 1, 2018 It’s just after dark in Vancouver’s downtown financial district, on a chilly autumn evening, and I’m gazing up at the twisting, triangular, neo-futurist Trump International Hotel & Tower, rising 63 storeys and 188 metres into the air. If you’re impressed by tall things, the Trump tower is pretty tall. But then I glance across West Georgia St., at the Living Shangri-La tower, rising 62 storeys but standing 200 metres tall. Which means that the Living Shangri-La is the tallest building here. For someone like Donald Trump who is obsessed with superlatives, it must be tough to have your name emblazoned on the second-tallest building in Vancouver. From where I stand, the Trump International Hotel & Tower is not particularly welcoming. It’s 7:30 p.m., but I see very few lights on the higher floors, and I wonder who lives in the darkened condominiums in the upper parts of … [Read more...] about What I learned by eating, drinking and sleeping at Trump resorts from Vancouver to Scotland