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Who, What, Why: Who are the Yazidis?

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Who, What, Why: Who are the Yazidis?

Candle Lighting – at a home "shrine" in Iraqi Kurdistan

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Among the many victims of the advance of The Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East are a group of up to 50,000 Yazidis, who are trapped in the mountains in northwest Iraq without food or water. Author Diana Darke explains who these mysterious religious adherents are.

Suddenly thrust into the limelight by their plight, the Yazidis will not welcome the glare of international attention. On account of their unusual beliefs, they are often unjustly referred to as “devil worshippers“, and have traditionally held themselves apart in small communities mainly scattered across northwest Iraq, northwest Syria and southeast Turkey.

Estimating their current numbers is difficult, with figures ranging from 70,000 to 500,000. Feared, vilified and persecuted, there is no doubt the population has dwindled…

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Never Ask Me About Peace Again

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Never Ask Me About Peace Again.

Never Ask Me About Peace Again

By Asmaa al-Ghoul

August 07, 2014 “ICH” – “Al-Monitor.” –  Tears flowed until my body ran dry of them when I received a telephone call on Aug. 3, informing me that my family had been targeted by two F-16 missiles in the city of Rafah. Such was the fate of our family in a war that still continues, with every family in the Gaza Strip receiving its share of sorrow and pain.


Rescue workers search for victims as Palestinians gather around the wreckage of a house destroyed in an Israeli airstrike that killed at least nine members from the al-Ghoul family, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Aug. 3, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

My father’s brother, Ismail al-Ghoul, 60, was not a member of Hamas. His wife, Khadra, 62, was not a militant…

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The Horrors Endured by Transgender Women in Prison

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Support Women accused of killing a Mass Rapist Monster

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women support  accused of Yakku Adav killing

   Akku Yadav and his gang terrorized the village of Kasturba Nagar years with numerous killings and gang rapes. Though he had 24 cases against him he always got bail from the paid off police. Finally in 2004…

         ..200 Women killed Mass Rapist Monster

Trial in Akku Yadav murder case finally begins   Oct 23, 2012

NAGPUR: The much awaited trail in the sensational murder case of history sheeter Akku Yadav began in the fast track court of magistrate P M Junedar on Monday. Eight years and two months ago, Akku Yadav was lynched by a mob of women inside Nyay Mandir. Twenty one people were made accused in the case. The case has around 85 witnesses.

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US carries out air drops to help Iraqis trapped on mountain by Isis

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US carries out air drops to help Iraqis trapped on mountain by Isis

Barack Obama announces relief measure and possible air strikes on Isis as Iraq’s largest Christian city emptiesUS president: ‘America is coming to help’
Yazidi people flee Isis in Iraq
Thousands of Yazidi and Christian people flee after the latest wave of Isis advances in Iraq. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

US military aircraft have dropped food and water for thousands of besieged Iraqis trapped by the the Islamist militant group Isis, Barack Obama has confirmed, with the president also authorising air strikes against the insurgents if they advancde towards US forces. …

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/07/us-aid-iraqi-trapped-mountain-isis?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

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Who are the Yazidis and why is Isis hunting them?

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Who are the Yazidis and why is Isis hunting them?

The Iraqi ethnic and religious minority descends from some of the region’s most ancient roots and face executions for a reputation as ‘devil worshippers’

… At the core of the Yazidis’ marginalization is their worship of a fallen angel, Melek Tawwus, or Peacock Angel, one of the seven angels that take primacy in their beliefs. Unlike the fall from grace of Satan, in the Judeo-Christian tradition, Melek Tawwus was forgiven and returned to heaven by God. The importance of Melek Tawwus to the Yazidis has given them an undeserved reputation for being devil-worshippers – a notoriety that, in the climate of extremism gripping Iraq, has turned life-threatening.

Under Ottoman rule in the 18th and 19th centuries alone, the Yazidis were subject to 72 genocidal massacres. More recently in…

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Iraqi Yazidis stranded on isolated mountaintop begin to die of thirst

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Iraqi Yazidis stranded on isolated mountaintop begin to die of thirst

August 5
Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst.Humanitarian agencies said Tuesday that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians remain trapped on Mount Sinjar since being driven out of surrounding villages and the town of Sinjar two days earlier. But the mountain that had looked like a refuge is becoming a graveyard for their children. …

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Australia’s detention regime sets out to make asylum seekers suffer, says chief immigration

 

Australia’s detention regime sets out to make asylum seekers suffer, says chief immigration psychiatrist

Guardian Australia exclusive: Doctor responsible for mental health of people in detention becomes the most senior figure to condemn system from within, saying immigration department deliberately harms vulnerable detainees in a process akin to torture

Australia’s asylum detention regime is akin to torture, says immigration’s mental health chief. Videos produced and edited by Bill Code

The chief psychiatrist responsible for the care of asylum seekers in detention for the past three years has accused the immigration department of deliberately inflicting harm on vulnerable people, harm that cannot be remedied by medical care. …

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Abbott takes power

“People didn’t really take Rudd seriously,” Young recalls. “But everybody was saying when the Libs get in it’s really going to get tough. So there was a building up of expectation that things were going to get worse, which made it worse in itself.”

When the change came in late 2013, there was no radical shift in policy. “Everything just got harsher.”

Relations between the department and its independent health advisers were already rocky. Dehag had been set up in 2006 at a time of acute embarrassment after it was discovered that a schizophrenic Australian resident, Cornelia Rau, was being held in the detention.

Cornelia Rau
Cornelia Rau, whose wrongful incarceration caused a crisis in the immigration department. Photograph: Luke Hemer/Sunraysia Daily/AAP

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3 Women Killed in Mogadishu Blast

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3 Women Killed in Mogadishu Blast


A Somali girl cries at the scene where her mother died as a result of a blast while sweeping a section of Taleh street in Mogadishu, August 3, 2014. A Somali girl cries at the scene where her mother died as a result of a blast while sweeping a section of Taleh street in Mogadishu, August 3, 2014.
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A Somali girl cries at the scene where her mother died as a result of a blast while sweeping a section of Taleh street in Mogadishu, August 3, 2014.

A Somali girl cries at the scene where her mother died as a result of a blast while sweeping a section of Taleh street in Mogadishu, August 3, 2014.

VOA News

Somali officials say a bomb blast in the capital has killed three women and wounded at least seven other people.

Authorities say the victims are municipal street cleaners who were working when the bomb exploded in a pile of trash Sunday in Mogadishu’s Hodon district.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

Al-Shabab Islamist insurgents have recently escalated their attacks on the Somali capital….

http://www.voanews.com/content/three-women-killed-in-mogadishu-blast/1970535.html