Saturday, November 28, 2009

Kurds in Syria

"This 63-page report documents the Syrian authorities' efforts to ban and disperse gatherings calling for Kurdish minority rights or celebrating Kurdish culture, as well as the detention of leading Kurdish political activists and their ill-treatment in custody." I do like some of the reports that HRW produces. My problem with them is not only about the biases in covering anything related to Israel and the Palestinians, but I feel that their coverage is kinder of countries that are allies of Western governments. I mean, the oppression of Kurds, `Alawites, and Syrians in Lebanon warrant reports, for example. The war on `Alawaites in the North has been launched by an organ of the Lebanese state, albeit under the control of the Hariri family--Internal Security Forces and the Information Apparatus. (thanks Nadim)