World AM News Briefs For Thursday, 10 Oct 2019
Hello Australia!! - Trump's betrayal of the Kurds is starting to cost lives - A neo-nazi murders two outside a synagogue on Yom Kippur - IMF-inspired austerity measures cause unrest and chaos in yet another country - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Turkey has launched its ground invasion of Kurdish territory in northern Syria, and there are already civilian casualties. The Kurdish-led Syrian Defense Force (SDF) says two civilians were killed and two others injured in the Turkish aerial bombardment on the village of Misharrafa. Roads in northern Syria are gridlocked as thousands of civilians flee what had become an area of stability in the chaos of the Syrian Civil War, and both the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Red Cross are worried about the civilians who had sheltered there, either in refugee camps or in their own towns and villages: "A military offensive could displace 300,000 people and disrupt life-saving humanitarian services, including the IRC's," the humanitarian group said in a statement. "The humanitarian space needs to be preserved so that people can receive the help they need," said the Red Cross's Fabrizio Carboni.
The government of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq says it can't handle the expected flow of refugees from Syria's reheated war zone. "We do not have the capacity to absorb this," said Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) spokesperson Jutyar Adil. The KRG is warning of the return of ISIS and mass displacement and that the consequences of the military escalation "go beyond Syria's borders."
All hell has broken loose in northern Syria because because Donald Trump pretty much surrendered to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's desire to invade so he could get off of an uncomfortable phone call. The SDF has been the key to stamping out the so-called Islamic State as a force that actually controls real estate in Syria. But among its members are the Kurdish YPG, a hard-fighting group affiliated with Kurdish parties in Turkey which Erdogan considers to be separatists. Trump on Wednesday put out a statement calling Turkey's invasion a "bad idea", but Turkey said he was earlier told exactly what to expect. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on alliance member Turkey to "act with restraint."
Trump's Republican allies in Washington are pretty much all opposed to his decision to betray the Kurds, with reactions varying all the way up to spitting anger with him. "Turkish troops preparing to invade Syria from the north, Russian-backed forces from the south, ISIS fighters attacking Raqqa," said Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, daughter of the former vice president. "Impossible to understand why (Trump) is leaving America's allies to be slaughtered and enabling the return of ISIS," she added. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland are introducing legislation to sanction Turkey's economy and military for invading Syria; "Just as the Kurds had our backs against ISIS, we must have theirs," said Texas Republican Rep Will, who will sponsor it in the House; "The US must do whatever it takes to hold Turkey accountable for compromising our security."
The neo-nazi scum gunman who shot and killed two people outside a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle live streamed the attack on a video gaming platform - much like the attack on two mosques in New Zealand earlier this year. Authorities say the suspect - a 27-year old German man named Stephan B., - failed to get into the synagogue, so he shot two people outside at the Jewish cemetery and at a kabob shop. All this, Yom Kippur, the holiest day of Judaism, while ranting misogynist, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic crapola during the internet broadcast.
"Donald Trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation and committed impeachable acts," said Democratic Party US presidential candidate Joe Biden, adding, "He should be impeached." It is the first time the former vice president has endorsed impeachment. "He's shooting holes in the Constitution and we cannot let him get away with it," Biden said. He says Trump "indicted himself" by trying to trade arms for gossip in a 25 July telephone conversation with Ukraine's president; and "convicted himself" last week when "Trump" publicly called for Ukraine and China to investigate Biden and his son.
Indigenous protesters urged a national strike to force Ecuador's unpopular President Lenin Moreno to reverse even more unpopular austerity measures that sparked days of rioting across the country so bad that Moreno moved his government out of the capital Quito. These budget cuts, which include eliminating fuel subsidies, were demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in exchange for a US$4.2 Billion loan. "What the government has done is reward the big banks, the capitalists, and punish poor Ecuadorans,” said Mesias Tatamuez, head of the Workers' United Front umbrella union, "We call on all those against the IMF, which is responsible for this crisis, to join the strike."