Number of civilians fleeing battles between Iraqi army and ISIL skyrockets amid reports of chemical weapon use.
Today a delegation of Amnesty International USA staff and volunteers protested human rights abuses in Turkey in front of the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC where Turkish President Recep Tayyi
Source: Amnesty International Protesters Threatened by Turkish Security in Washington | Amnesty International USA
Photo: Getty Images Turkey has illegally forced thousands of refugees to return to Syria, a report by Amnesty International says, the BBC reports. The group says about 100 Syrians have been sent back to their war-torn country every day since mid-January in breach of international law. A
Source: Turkey illegally returning Syrian refugees: Amnesty International | Public Radio of Armenia
ARA News ERBIL – Amnesty International called on the US President Barack Obama to urge Turkey to end the onslaught against Kurds, and the continued repressive security operations in east and southeast Turkey with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who arrived in United States this week. “The Turkish government’s onslaught on primarily Kurdish towns and neighborhoods, […]
Source: Amnesty International urges Obama to pressure Turkey to stop slaughter of Kurds – ARA News
A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on Easter Sunday, saying it intentionally targeted Christians.
Source: Pakistan attack: Taliban targets Christians, kills 67 – CNN.com
During court admission, man said he knew rope and Confederate flag tied to statue would be threatening and intimidating to black students.
Source: Former Ole Miss student pleads guilty to hanging noose around statue honoring the first black student – The Washington Post
I was just not prepared at all this morning to hear about the latest terrorist atrocity that happened in Brussels. I am so heartbroken that there are people who think that actions like this somehow advance their agendas. I am tired of people that want everyone to live in fear of, or subjugation to, their fucked-up religious hatred and religious extremisms.
I wish that there was an easy answer to all of this, but there isn’t.
It doesn’t help that we have our own ideologues that will make every effort to use this tragedy to advance their own extreme religious and political agendas here in the USA. Hatred will never produce anything more than more hatred, but this is a lesson that we never seem to learn. These attacks are NOT the product of people who are Muslim, they are the product of people who are INSANE with their list for power that is cloaked in religion. Sadly, religion is the cause of this at the most basic level. Religion is a tool that is used to create and enhance division. There is nothing surprising about this, religion has always been used in this way.
I fear that we will never advance beyond these things until we throw religion away and recognize that we are all human beings. This is the first step that we have to take in order to stop this insanity.