No Drones to Turkey campaign in U.S.

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    Kurdish organizations in the United States have launched a joint campaign with anti-war organizations to call upon all those who respect human rights and seek a sustainable regional peace to help block the proposed U.S. arms sale to Turkey. The proposal has emerged at a time when Turkey has demonstrated a great lack of commitment to both human rights and regional peace.

    The people running the campaign send a letter to their representatives and urge them to oppose the sale of armed aerial drones to Turkey on the concerns that the proposed deal would put civilians in Turkey at great risk and generate new security problems in the region.

    The sample letter sent to representatives in the scope of the campaign says that;

    “In December 2011, the Turkish military launched an operation using U.S.-supplied F-16 jets that resulted in the killing of 34 civilian Kurdish boys and young men along the Turkey-Iraq border. As reported by mainstream outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Associated Press, the attack was guided by predator drone intelligence that was provided to the Turkish military. The Turkish government has demonstrated grave irresponsibility by continuing to avoid a public investigation, threatening members of the victims’ families, and disallowing them to file cases with the courts.”

    The letter also reads that “The proposed sale of arms to Turkey comes at a time when Turkey has repeatedly violated human rights, brutally oppressed its Kurdish population, and adopted a belligerent attitude towards regional countries. Turkey’s military operations have resulted in numerous civilian casualties in Turkey as well as in Iraq.”

    The organizations supporting the campaign are California Kurdish Community Center, Kurdish Human Rights Watch, Kurdish National Congress of North America, American Kurdish Council, American Kurdish Association, New England Kurdish Association, Kurdish Cultural Center of Atlanta and Kurdish Human Rights Campaign.

    Turkey seeks to purchase armed predator drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) from the U.S. to use in the war it has waged against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) forces. The Obama administration is trying to convince the US Congress to approve the sale of spy drones to Turkey for its campaign against Kurdish guerrillas.

    The campaign can be reached from the website No Drones To Turkey
     
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    Now there's clothing to evade drones...
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    Stealth Hoodie Hides Wearer From Drones
    Jan 18, 2013 - Surveillance cameras are ubiquitous, especially in the U.K.. and in the United States, Congress has already approved the use of drones for domestic surveillance. Then there’s the “Stingray” tool used by the FBI to track cell phones. It’s enough to make even those who’ve gotten nothing hide feel nervous.
     
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    These anti drone demonstrators were planning to walk from Baltimore (near Johns Hopkins University) down to the CIA headquarters in Washington, dragging this model of a drone the entire way. The walk is to honor Brian Terrell, who was imprisoned because of his protests against the US drone program and is currently serving six months in the federal prison in Yankton, S.D.
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    Advanced weaponry must not fall into the hands of genocidal people! But sadly it already has.
     
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    Turkey accuses Syria of war crimes...
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    Turkey: Syrian regime's actions equal war crimes
    January 23, 2013 -- Syria's bombardment of its citizens should be declared a war crime and aid groups must be given greater access to the millions suffering there, Turkey's foreign minister told the World Economic Forum.

     
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    Shut up, Turkey. Your hypocrisy is hard to swallow. You provide weapons and tanks to Islamists to kill Kurdish civilians in Sere Kaniye (Ras Al-Ayn). If anyone's comitting war crimes, it is Turkey! Results of this terrorist state:

    https:// pbs. twimg. com/media/BBDpep1CMAIDPh7.jpg
     
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    Patriot missiles ready in Turkey...
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    NATO: Patriot missile battery operational on Syrian border
    January 28th, 2013 - 129 die nationwide on Saturday, a network of opposition activists reports; 8 children among 16 killed in aerial bombing near Aleppo, another group says; The first of six planned NATO missile batteries arrives in Turkey, not far from Syria; Report: A senior Iranian official says an attack on Syria would be seen as a strike on Iran
     

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