How I came to love the Kurds, and how important getting information out is.

I’ve not written in this blog in so long. I should really be better about this. So here I am, and I will just tell a few things that are on my mind.

Well, when I started this blog I had just not long before started getting much of my news from social media. People post good articles, well depending on who you follow, they post good articles, and depending on your view of course lol. I have had a personal twitter account for years, but I started this newer one a couple of years ago, but didn’t really use it a whole lot until around the beginning of this year.

At first I started following purposely people that follow or are involved in the Syrian conflict. I was involved in being against the sanctions on Iraq years ago, and since I was very young the Middle East region has interested me a great deal. I was very interested in the war in Syria, as I had not been into the news much in recent years unfortunately.

As I begun to follow the Syrian conflict I began to see things from Kurds and Kurdish activists on mostly at that time the situation in Rojava (the Kurdish area in Northern Syria). I would become extremely interested in their plight very quickly.

Through all that, I began to see things about Kurds in Turkey, and I started getting interested in that, and that lead to the Turks in Turkey. The coup and how the Gulen movement has been persecuted. That’s an awful situation which of course makes things harder on Kurds as well, as it makes there situation worse, as Erdogan has largely targeted the Gulen movement and the Kurds. They are his main opponents, or who he sees is his biggest threat to his power in Turkey.

So you could say I’ve gotten caught up in the issues a lot and tweet about events going on there pretty much every day, of course unless I am too busy, but usually I find time for at least some of that.

I do that because I feel it’s important to get the word out about what is going on to the world their, but not only that, I want to know of the changing events. But before I went through that period where I took a long hiatus from world events, this is usually how I’ve been since I was a teen girl. I like to know what is going on.

I have to say that while I have many interests, the Kurdish issue has really captured my heart. I care about other things, the way people are being treated in other countries besides the ones that Kurds live in, but they’ve captured me. I do not know why, they just have. So you’ll read a lot about the Kurdish struggle on here. It’s funny, for years I was heavily involved in opposing the sanctions on Iraq. I didn’t like Saddam, didn’t want him there, but felt the sanctions were harming the Iraqi people, and there had to be another way. Well, then I didn’t know nearly what I know now about the situation for Kurds. So I’m still in the same basic area of interest, and probably always will be. I just love that part of the world! But I also feel other issues are important. They may not be my main area of posting, but I feel if I know of an injustice I try to learn about it and put it out there. The more of us that do these things the more helpful it is to the world. No we can’t save the world, but if we all do our little part the world can hopefully be a better place. We should try anyway. All of us in a different way, of course. We all have our own talents and our own way, but whatever that way is, we should strive to do our best at helping humanity.

I want to add something I really want to say. There have been several people out in the social media world that has taught me a lot. When I see someone getting depressed about what is going on in their part of the world, I tell them how they’ve taught me so much, and not to give up on that. I know there are days I go, things are so depressing how can it ever get better with so many corrupt leaders running the world, and I’m thinking what good does little old me do in putting out information. Then I remember how much I’ve learned from especially the Kurds, but not only Kurds about things. I would have never known if they didn’t put those things out. If they can educate me, others can be reached too. So yes it is very important to do! And, we’re so very blessed to have more outlets to do this than not long ago was available.

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It’s been a long time!

Hello all.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been here! A few years in fact. I won’t write much tonight, I have a headache and am going to get into bed soon, but my old screen reader didn’t work with the program I like to use to blog (open live writer) so I just didn’t do it for a while. Not sure I’ll even post it correctly this time it’s been so long since I’ve done this.

One thing I’ll put in here, I’ve been living in Arizona for over a year and a half. Love it here! Anyway, enough for now, more later!

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Been a while, I’m back with more stuff.

I’ve been bad and not came in here to blog in a while. I’ll try to change that and do it more often. For tonight here is a few articles for you. More tomorrow hopefully. And tomorrow I’ll comment about some stuff, it’s late here, so I will wait on some of my over opinionated stuff for later hahaha.

A good article about the Kurdish Rojava revolution. gives a lot of background information on it. Quite educational. The Revolution in Rojava

This is from Selahattin Demirtas who is unjustly being held in a Turkish prison. Selahattin Demirtas should be freed immediately, he should never have been put there in the first place. His statement because he refused to be taken to trial in handcuffs. We will resist injustice!

What a sad story, and all too common. Such people are defaming the religion of Islam, and sadly there are far too many of these. FEATURE-Buried alive by her family, Iraqi woman fears for her life as murders go unpunished

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Seeing if it works now.

Just testing to see if this goes through.

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this is a test post.

I am testing to see if this goes to my blog via email. If I understand it correctly this email is for all my blogs, but we’re about to see lol.

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News: Kurds, Syria, and Jerusalem.

I’m so glad to hear of this! And those people will be so much better off now without ISIS! And better than they would be without the jihadists of the FSA!
Russian general confirms a Kurdish-Russian deal against Turkey

This is good I think, hopefully things get even better!

Syria’s Kurdish-led administration sees end to economic ‘siege’

This gives some interesting information about the Kurds of Iraq.
Risk of post-ISIL chaos in Iraq casts new light on Canada’s support for Kurds

Ugh, no! This would be so bad! I so hope they do not do this!
US delegation in Israel to discuss relocation of embassy to Jerusalem

That’s it for what I’ve found today. I had a bit of a busy day today so didn’t get on here as much as some days, but this is some of the things I saw and decided were worth commenting on here.

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some news going on I found of interest.

This is good! I am not a peace activist like these people are, but I greatly respect those that are. I just can’t advocate for something that I feel at times can’t be. I advocate for peace whenever it can be, and in many cases when there is a war it’s due to greedy nation leaders that want there piece of the pie as regards to the country at war. But for example when the piece activists demonstrated against a war on Germany as Hitler was killing Jews, Gypsies, disabled people and others. In that case sitting by and doing nothing was far more harmful to those people than doing something sooner would have been. People were dying while people screamed, peace peace. So yes, there is a time for war unfortunately. It’s a crewel world, I don’t like it, but I except it. My denial helps no one. However, I really respect those that fight for peace, as long as that peace is not a peace for those of us sitting here watching, and not those suffering on the other end. In most cases we need to stay out and let countries fix there own issues, but I can’t say I’m a peace activist.
Okay enough about my views on that, here is the youtube link. It’s good! A lot of good information here! Bashar Ja’afari and US Peace Council Representatives on Syria The Truth Wins Instant Karma

This man has such a great attitude after what has happened to him! Wow! I love his attitude!

Iraqi PMU fighter loses his hand and his leg gives speech to all those fighting ISIS

Egypt Supports United Syria, Political Solution to Crisis: Sisi President of Egypt says Always good to know what the leaders in the region are thinking.

An interesting article on Libya.
Will Gaddafi Junior Rule Libya in the Near Future?

Peshmerga: We will not give any part of Iraq we took from ISIS to Baghdad govermnet I do not blame the Kurds there! They’ve fought ISIS better than most in the area! I wouldn’t either if I were them!

Through keeping track of the Syrian war, I’ve learned more about the Kurds and there struggle. I knew a little over the years, but I have a lot I don’t know, I know that. This is from the Iraqi part of Kurdistan. Here is some news on them put together by a site I’ve only recently discovered via twitter! Oh how I love my twitter lol. I do really, though!Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – March 4, 2017

They need to just get the Turks out of there! It’s clear they support terrorists! I’ve heard very little good about the FSA (free Syrian Army)! U.S. forces look on as Turks, Kurds clash in north Syria

This story really touched my heart! Blind couple displaced by Syria war rebuild life in Egypt

That was the most interesting things I found today. God willing, let’s see what we arise too tomorrow!

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Testing post by email.

HI all!

I am testing to see how well post by email will work. I am also going to paste some HTML in here to see if that takes too.

This is my news account on twitter where I talk all things world politics, especially middle east!

This is my personal account on twitter.

Some links for you, let’s see if this works.

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My story for now: Returning to Islam?

Where do I start with this! I guess from the beginning!

 

In 2001 the US was attacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists. We all know it well, it is known all over the world. It happened on September 11th, and it was done via passenger planes. I do not need to tell that story, it is not my story to tell, as many have told it much better than I ever could! One day I may write down how it was for me on that day, how I reacted, what was going on and how me and those reacted around me when it was happening, but I won’t do that here. It’s not what this post is about.

 

I am a born raised American. I was raised Christian. My mom was Catholic most of my childhood, although she did get into the Mormon religion for a couple of years when I was a little girl. Mom was raised Baptist, but has always from a young age felt drawn by the Catholic faith. So it was this that would most influence my childhood in the area of religion.

 

As a teenager I got into the Protestant faith. I went to church with a woman who I’ll always love. We’d read the bible together, she taught me a lot about the faith! She is one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever known!

 

When I moved out of my mom’s house when I was 21, I was young, naive and quite gullible. We had some rough stuff happen to us growing up, but in many ways I was still sheltered from the cruelty’s of this world!

 

I got really interested in the Castro Cuban revolution, and for a few years there I was very drawn in by communism. I can’t say I believe this way now, but those years would shape some of how I believe as far as how I feel people should be governed. It born in me a socialist nature that even though I am not a total Communist, and believe in such a form it doesn’t work, and in some ways lacks the freedom I believe humans should be allowed to have, I have a socialist nature about me in belief. This is hard to explain, and seeing discussing my beliefs on governance isn’t really why I am writing this, I won’t go deeply into that at this time. But you get the idea I think.

 

In 1998 or around there, not sure if that was the exact year, but around this period of time I got involved in opposing the sanctions on Iraq. I got back into my faith, and began to attend a local church a few other friends also attended.

 

This would end badly when the pastor there got upset with me when I forwarded a simple email asking for prayers for the people of Iraq. He got real upset with me about this, and tried to dissuade me in my activism against these sanctions.

 

He told me they were Muslim, and he thought they were being used by God to show Iraq something. Well, I couldn’t except this. If he had just said, well I don’t agree with you on the sanctions, I could have excepted this. But he wouldn’t let it go, and was determined that I should feel as he did, and until I did, he was gonna work on me to do so. I wish he’d never acted the way he did toward Muslim peoples as he did when he was conversating with me on these things, as that so totally turned me off. I could not attend a church where the pastor felt Muslim lives were less than Christian ones. I really liked the man, he had become a friend, but I couldn’t listen to someone preach the word of God and teach me of the love of Jesus Christ with those types of beliefs, I just couldn’t. So it would be that was the last Christian church I’d attend for many years.

 

Back to where we started. The fall of 2001. Now I’ve since a young girl been extremely interested in the Middle East. Arab nations in particular, but the entire region has always just fascinated me! I have no clue why this is, all I know is it was born in me from God! He knows why he put it in me. There was no event growing up that would explain it. Mom was aware, she watched the news on the television every day, and growing up I’d hear it, but of course the Middle East was by far not the only topic they discussed on there. I’ve always been a lover of history, and that area, well it’s my heart. I am a white American, and love the Middle East so much! Well, like I said, God knows!

 

A couple of weeks after the attacks on 9/11, mom told me “what those men did wasn’t of Islam, Mohammed didn’t teach this kind of thing, Vick read the Quran.” Well, I thought, I’ve always had such an interest in that region, why don’t I. I have never really studied there religion, something that is probably of utmost importance to those people. So I dove in!

 

After reading a lot on it, after a bit I would convert to Islam. I was Muslim for 6 years. Then I started feeling all alone. I wanted to be with Muslims, but the ones in my community had left me. And I mean literally! After I went back to Christianity I so feared them contacting me and asking me to go to something, and I’d have to tell them. I had grown to love some of those women, and I didn’t desire to hurt any of them. Well, I never received one phone call! It had been a while since I’d heard a peep out of any of them, but I thought eventually I would. People who had known me for this long couldn’t completely abandon me, could they? Well honestly, with no hate, I can say they did. I think I buried my disappointment about it for some years, but I am at peace with it now. I am not sure why they did it, and I don’t really need to know. I went back to Christianity in August of 2007, and I would reside at the same home for 3 more years, and still I never heard from them. Not one of them, not at any time.

 

One thing I’ve wondered at times over the years, was it that incident where there was a rally and I asked to participate? It caused some issues in the community. The woman organizing this didn’t want me to go. She didn’t want the responsibility of taking me because I was blind. She allowed Children to go, but due to my blindness I should stay home. There was a woman that arranged someone that was more than willing to walk with me. It was protesting the war on Iraq. We traveled on a bus to Chicago for it. Some thought it was wrong to exclude me, some thought the blind girl should stay home and read her Quran and let others do it.

 

Things didn’t seem the same to me after that, but I can’t know. Was it that incident that made them want me out of the community? I know they went to other rally’s after that, I heard of them, but was never told of the details again after that. It pains me to write about this, it brings back up the pain of it all! Maybe it’s good therapy me writing about this.

 

So was it that, or was it just women busy with family life that all just couldn’t seem to find the time for me? I don’t know, and in some ways I don’t know that I ever want to know. It wouldn’t help me to I don’t think.

 

For years after that I ignored the news. I’d been a news buff since I was 15 years old, why suddenly did I have such a lack of care in the news? I think I know now.

 

So comes this year. I had begun attending a Baptist church with a friend, we didn’t go all of the time, but we did go some. I got really into Christian radio and followed different programs on Moody radio.

 

After around the first of this year I started reading the news through people I followed on twitter on an account I created exclusively for news. I have a personal one, but I surely didn’t want to bore my friends with my political thoughts and boring news that many of them don’t tend to follow as I do. And many of my views are far different than many of my American friends.

 

One night I’m reading about the conflict in Syria. Suddenly my thoughts of Islam would return to me. Had I made the right choice to leave? Did I leave it out of weakness due to lack of support, or had I really walked away due to feelings that it wasn’t the right path?

 

It’s amazing how God talks to us, because the crazy thing is I wasn’t reading about Islam, the people I was following on twitter certainly weren’t preaching it to me either. In fact some of them probably aren’t Muslim. I guess just reading about the Arab world did something to me. Is this why I stayed away from the news for nearly 10 years? I’m not completely certain the reason for that, but I think there is a good chance that I figured subconsciously, if I read about the places I love, it’ll make me think about Islam. Where Islam had not been connected to that for me before I knew about it, I think in some way it was afterwards. That’s not saying that just because one reads about the Muslim world they aught to feel they should be Muslim. I did it for years and this was not the case for me then. But once I had been Muslim, yes I think it did make me think of it. Had I really felt I had made the right choice I believe I’d not have reacted in this way toward current events in the world, and especially in the Middle East and other Muslim nations.

 

I don’t want to be one of these people that goes back and forth. I believe deep within my soul I left it because I had little to no support, and it was easier to go back to the ways those around me were living. I remember for a few years after leaving it I’d dream I was returning to Islam. I’d wake up, and try to put those dreams out of my mind, and eventually they stopped coming to me. I feel very ashamed to admit I likely took the easy out instead of following my beliefs and what path I felt God was leading me on, but God knows, so I have to be truthful about it.

 

I got an English copy of the Quran and am reading through it. When I do it, well, I live in a different place now, and fear the reactions of those around me. But, I can’t let this stop me. I just need to get the gumption up to do what I feel is right. I want to finish this English translation before I go back. I want to be completely sure I am doing the right thing. Although I feel it is the right thing to do, and perhaps with that belief I’m sinning in my delaying, I must be sure this time that there is absolutely no turning back, know matter how rough it may get for me as far as support goes!

 

So any of you out there that believe in God, pray for me. I believe God loves us more than we could know, and he wants me to do the right thing. I realize different people feel God leading them in different directions, but this is the one I feel lead in. But I must be sure, or as sure as I can be that is. Perhaps that makes me a coward? I don’t know.

 

Funny thing, this wasn’t supposed to be this long lol. I got writing, and there you go.

 

I can’t believe I’m about to publish this to my blog! I fear doing it in a way, yet after much prayer about this I feel now is the time. I’ve been thinking about doing something about this for a while now. Writing is good therapy and can help I think. And I am a coward; a human coward as many humans tend to be. My family was very supportive the first time, but will they be again? Will I lose friends? Well God knows, I have to do what I feel is right even if they do. I was blessed the first time, I lost know one due to becoming a Muslim. I was in Michigan then, I live in Florida now.

 

Enough about this for now. Hopefully this novel didn’t bore anyone reading it, although if it did you’d probably have stopped reading by now lol.

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Some news of interest. Much of it taken from twitter sources.

Good afternoon, as it is here now.

 

Here is a twitter status I recommend, it has a very interesting video in it.

“What “Syrian rebels” are driven by?

 

Ugh, they did this same thing in Iraq, and they’re doing it in Syria now too! And they talk about

chemical weapons by others? That is a chemical weapon of one of the worst kinds!

The Cancer of War: U.S. Admits to Using Radioactive Munitions in Syria

 

Today there were demonstrations in Syria’s Idlib province over a wall Turkey is building on the border there. It’s explained in this link some, but the Idlib province is held by extremist fighters backed by Turkey. Well, even backed by Turkey, they do not want to be annexed by Turkey! This is Syrian land they say, not Turkish! Here is the link to the videos of it, and as I said there is some explanation here.

Videos+Photos: Protests erupt in Idlib as Turkey steals Syrian land with new border wall

 

In Video: Syrian forces officially enter Palmyra

 

The Ancient city of Palmyra taken from ISIS for the second time in a year by the Syrian Arab Army. Can they hold it this time? I’d think so, I surely hope so! We get to hear of more ancient things they’ve destroyed I am sure. They destroy where ever they go! Such a destructive angry evil group, ugh!

 

More on Palmyra:

EXCLUSIVE: An inside look into the liberation of Palmyra

 

Now, This boils my blood! If it makes me angry, just think how angry it makes the Palestinians!

Israel detaining journalists without charge or trial

 

I wish all Americans would watch this! Yes, it’s true folks, it’s part of our history! We’re in large part responsible for this!

From the twitter of @walid970721

“Fox News Fact Check: How The US created Al-Qaeda Must watch.

 

I’m just watching this, just wow! Just learning about this.

Insight: Saving Syria’s Children – The Worst Case Of Fake News?

 

So this is the news I’ve gathered for today. Throughout the day I’ve put all this together, and some of my thoughts on it. Now to see what tomorrow will bring to this crazy and getting crazier world we live in!

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