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April 1, 2014

Death toll in Syria hits new mark

  • 150,000 dead in newly updated Syria death toll, by the Syria Observatory of Human Rights. Fighting still continues across the Syria nation under a three year civil war. Recent clashes have been taking place in the Latakia province off the Mediterranean coast and in the Armenian town Kessab off the Turkish border. source
10:42 // 5 months ago
March 25, 2014
It is unlikely at the current time that dialogue will resume between the Syrian regime and the opposition in Geneva
United Nations envoy Brahimi stated Monday. On the ground, Syrian forces battled with rebels who captured a village and a crossing on the Turkey border. UN’s Ban ki-Moon also blamed both sides of the conflict for blocking humanitarian aid.
11:00 // 5 months ago
November 28, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 28, 2013 (Giving thanks edition)

Marissa Alexander has much to be thankful for today after she was released from a Florida jail while she awaits a retrial. Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in jail in 2012 for firing a warning shot at her estranged husband, a case that led to accusations of a “reverse Trayvon Martin situation” due to Alexander’s self-defense claim.

Thanks, vaccines! With your help, we’ve helped prevent 100 million illnesses since 1924 and simultaneously made Jenny McCarthy irrelevant.

Ashton Kutcher to Demi Moore: Thanks for finalizing our divorce so I can keep dating my ’90s TV girlfriend.

Men’s Wearhouse to Joseph A. Bank: Thanks for not buying us! Now we’ll try to buy you instead.

Want to do Black Friday right? Go to a record store and buy something. Thank us later.

BONUS THANKS: Here’s an linguist’s op-ed linking turkey to Turkey.

18:19 // 9 months ago
September 6, 2013
Given the current tensions the region, as well as potential threats to U.S. government facilities and personnel, we are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution to protect our employees and their families, and local employees and visitors to our facilities.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf • Discussing the department’s partial evacuation order for the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, which also comes with a warning against travel in Lebanon and southeastern Turkey. The move comes at a time when the U.S. is considering an airstrike on Syria.
10:04 // 1 year ago
September 5, 2013
14:43 // 1 year ago
August 26, 2013
The above image was released via Twitter on Sunday morning, by an established Egypt blogger known as The Big Pharaoh, and seeks to drive home just how fractured relations between various Middle Eastern nations (along with a few non-regional parties) really are.  (Photo via @thebigpharaoh) source

The above image was released via Twitter on Sunday morning, by an established Egypt blogger known as The Big Pharaoh, and seeks to drive home just how fractured relations between various Middle Eastern nations (along with a few non-regional parties) really are.  (Photo via @thebigpharaoh) source

15:19 // 1 year ago
June 15, 2013
16:58 // 1 year ago
June 5, 2013
No party in Turkey represents me. Maybe one will come out of this.
Birkan Isin, founding member of Taksim Gezi Park Protection and Beautification Association • Discussing why he and thousands of other protesters have occupied Istanbul’s Taksim Square for the last five days. The occupation of Taksim Square began after an earlier demonstration, of public opposition to a planned redevelopment of a local park, was met with tear gas and violence by local police. Though they’ve assembled in support of a myriad of causes, leading some to wonder how long #OccupyTaksim can last, many of those currently taking residence in Taksim Square have cited the violent response to the association’s original protest as inspiration for their attendance. source
17:31 // 1 year ago
June 2, 2013
evanfleischer:

Journalists filing in Istanbul — via.

Some reports about the protests in Turkey suggest that 1,700 people have been arrested since the protests began. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan blamed the protests, which started as a protest against a redevelopment plan at a park but escalated into a wide anti-government protest, on influence from opposition parties.

evanfleischer:

Journalists filing in Istanbul — via.

Some reports about the protests in Turkey suggest that 1,700 people have been arrested since the protests began. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan blamed the protests, which started as a protest against a redevelopment plan at a park but escalated into a wide anti-government protest, on influence from opposition parties.

14:18 // 1 year ago
June 1, 2013
The use of violence by police on this scale appears designed to deny the right to peaceful protest altogether and to discourage others from taking part. The use of tear gas against peaceful protestors and in confined spaces where it may constitute a serious danger to health is unacceptable, breaches international human rights standards and must be stopped immediately. The Turkish authorities must order police to halt any excessive use of force and urgently investigate all reports of abuse. They have a duty to ensure that people can exercise their right to free expression and assembly.
John Dalhuisen, the Director of Europe and Central Asia Programme for Amnesty International • Delivering Amnesty International’s take on the violent and chaotic scenes that have played out in Turkey over the last two days, with authorities under the control of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in violent clashes with anti-government protesters. Erdogan himself has decried the protests, denouncing them as undemocratic, “wild extremists,” while conceding that police may have engage in “excessive” force. source
18:37 // 1 year ago