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KAMAL CHOMANI // YPG is not PKK but Ocalan is leader of both – Opinion – Jerusalem Post – But it’s not that simple. The PKK is fighting for Kurdish rights and freedoms in Turkey, which Turkey has long violently repressed its Kurdish minority. A sister party of the PKK also is a partner in the US-led war against the self-proclaimed the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria and Iraq. The PKK, which has long-sought a negotiated settlement with Turkey, has never targeted US or European citizens, nor ever sought to undermine their interests. Yet the US and EU consider the PKK a terrorist organization, although increasingly, there are signs this may be changing. On November 15, the European Court of Justice said that the decision issued about the PKK between 2014 and 2017, which included the party in the “terror list” was not based on “sufficient evidence.”

Brazil’s far-right president-elect adds fifth military man to cabinet – The Globe and Mail – Some Brazilians are concerned that the appointment of Santos Cruz, who led United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other current or former military officials marks a return to a militarized government. Bolsonaro takes office on Jan. 1.

Seeking to defuse those concerns, Bolsonaro, a fan of the 1964-85 military dictatorship, has vowed to adhere to Brazil’s constitution and has moderated some of his more extreme views expressed during almost three decades as a federal congressman.

Brett Samuels // Trump suggests government start its own worldwide television network | TheHill

President Trump on Monday suggested the government start its own television network as he voiced frustration with the way CNN in particular has covered his administration.

“Throughout the world, CNN has a powerful voice portraying the United States in an unfair and false way. Something has to be done, including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Voice of America (VOA) has existed since 1942 and receives funding from Congress. The network’s broadcasts are streamed in the U.S. and internationally.

Trump’s background in television prior to entering politics led to reports during the 2016 presidential campaign that he would start his own television network if he lost to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump denied to The Washington Post in September 2016 that he had discussed launching a media network, calling the speculation a “false rumor.”

The Financial Times reported in October 2016 that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had informally spoken with a media executive about setting up a Trump television network, but the conversations did not progress in the final weeks of the campaign.

Since taking office, Trump has continued to rail against coverage of his administration, labeling stories he dislikes “fake news.”

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