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turkish court releases pro-kurdish lawmaker from jail


istanbul — turkey's pro-kurdish political party has announced the release from prison of one of their lawmakers pending a trial on terror charges.ayhan bilgen, a former spokesman for the people's democratic party, or hdp, was released friday, according to the party's current spokesman, osman baydemir.state-run anadolu news agency said that bilgen is facing up to 23 years in prison for three separate crimes after being detained in january for alleged membership of a terror organization.following bilgen's release, 11 hdp legislators, including the party's co-chairs selahattin demirtas and figen yuksedag, remain in turkish prisons, according to the hdp.the turkish government accuses the party of links to the outlawed kurdistan workers' party, or pkk. the hdp denies the accusation.turkey and i






sanders says "the model of the democratic party is failing"


washington -- the democratic party’s model is “failing,” and if voter turnout doesn’t grow “there is no future forward for the democratic party,” said sen. bernie sanders, i-vermont.“well, i think what is clear to anyone who looks at where the democratic party today is that the model of the democratic party is failing,” sanders said sunday on cbs news’ “face the nation.” “we have a republican president who ran as a candidate as the most unpopular candidate in the modern history of this country. republicans control the house, the senate, two thirds of governors’ chairs.”“and in the last eight years, they have picked up 900 legislative seats,” sanders continued. “clearly the democratic party has got to change. and in my view what it has got to become is a grassroots party. a party which make






us vs. them: ‘propaganda machine’


we must fight the republican party propaganda machine and the way it uses words to cast aspersions on those with whom it disagrees.while most republicans claim to be “pro-life,” in reality they are merely “pro-birth.” if they cared about children and families, they would not try to legislate for the removal of health care, educational resources or the social net for those in greatest need.many who oppose the republican agenda belong to the democratic party, not the “democrat party.” not only is it grammatically incorrect, but the term “democrat party” attempts to change history and undermine the legitimacy of today’s socially-progressive democratic party. while the democratic party is the oldest political party in the u.s., it has not been historically the bastion of liberal thought. it’s






pelosi stumped when asked who leader of democratic party is


anderson cooper asked house minority leader nancy pelosi tuesday who the leader of the democratic party is. despite the fact she has leader in her title and the party just elected a new democratic national committee chairman in tom perez, pelosi dug deeper into the past.she picked two people who are retired from politics.cooper: ‘who is the leader of the democratic party right now?’pelosi: ‘well, president obama was president of the united states until just a matter of a weeks ago. i don’t think he can be dismissed as the leader of the democratic party.’‘hillary clinton did not win the election, but a respected leader.’i believe the technical term for that is weak sauce. a former president who is in tahiti for a month and a former candidate for president who is ready to come out of the woo






after defeating isis together, iraqi kurds seek divorce from baghdad


the one thing that isn’t in doubt in iraqi kurdistan’s planned independence referendum is the result. it’s virtually certain that an overwhelming majority will back the creation of the world’s newest country.the real question is what practical steps toward the breakup of iraq will be taken, and how soon after the vote, which is scheduled for sept. 25.will kurdistan’s bickering politicians finally put their differences aside?...






rudaw's shifa gardi killed covering battle for mosul | iraq news


a female reporter working for an iraqi kurdish channel has been killed in a roadside bomb attack while covering clashes between government forces and isil in mosul.killed on saturday, 30-year-old shifa gardi was a presenter and chief of output at rudaw, a media group in iraq's autonomous kurdistan region funded by the kurdistan democratic party (kdp)."prominent rudaw war reporter and journalist shifa gardi has been killed in mosul as she covered clashes," rudaw said on social media."rudaw loses one of its most prominent journalists in mosul today.""[she] was killed on saturday in a roadside bomb explosion in mosul," a statement posted to rudaw's website said."gardi was one of rudaw’s most daring journalists."her cameraman, younis mustafa, was wounded in the attack. he was transferred to er






trump, erdogan reaffirm commitment to combating terrorism


president trump welcomed turkish president erdogan to the white house on tuesday, where the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to combating terrorism and defeating the extremist group the islamic state of iraq and syria (isis).mr. trump told reporters the u.s. and turkey both face a "new enemy in the fight against terrorism" and that the two "seek to face this threat together."ergodan echoed trump's statements, saying "we are committed to fighting all kinds of terrorism that poses a clear and present threat upon our future.""there's no place for terrorist organizations in the future of our region," added erdogan.the u.s. and turkey have been at odds in recent weeks after the trump administration said it would arm the kurdish elements of the syrian democratic forces (sdf), a move that






rudaw's shifa gardi killed covering battle for mosul | iraq news


a female reporter working for an iraqi kurdish channel has been killed in a roadside bomb attack while covering clashes between iraqi government forces and isil in mosul.killed on saturday, 30-year-old shifa gardi was a presenter and chief of output at rudaw, a media group in iraq's autonomous kurdistan region funded by the kurdistan democratic party (kdp)."prominent rudaw war reporter and journalist shifa gardi has been killed in mosul as she covered clashes," rudaw said on social media."rudaw loses one of its most prominent journalists in mosul today.""[she] was killed on saturday in a roadside bomb explosion in mosul," a statement posted to rudaw's website said."gardi was one of rudaw's most daring journalists."her cameraman, younis mustafa, was wounded in the attack. he was transferred






rudaw's shifa gardi killed covering battle for mosul | iraq news


a female reporter working for an iraqi kurdish channel has been killed in a roadside bomb attack while covering clashes between iraqi government forces and isil in mosul.killed on saturday, 30-year-old shifa gardi was a presenter and chief of output at rudaw, a media group in iraq's autonomous kurdistan region funded by the kurdistan democratic party (kdp)."prominent rudaw war reporter and journalist shifa gardi has been killed in mosul as she covered clashes," rudaw said on social media."rudaw loses one of its most prominent journalists in mosul today.""[she] was killed on saturday in a roadside bomb explosion in mosul," a statement posted to rudaw's website said."gardi was one of rudaw's most daring journalists."her cameraman, younis mustafa, was wounded in the attack. he was transferred






'are we the party of wall st. or the party of occupy?': candidates to lead state


the contrast between the leading contenders to become the next chairperson of the california democratic party was clear at a debate between the hopefuls wednesday: longtime party official eric bauman said the party must expand on its existing successes, while activist kimberly ellis countered that it had lost its way and needs to be fundamentally overhauled.“i’m running not just to bring a new vision to the party. i’m running not just to bring new perspective, not just to change the tone, tenor and culture of our politics,” said ellis, the candidate who received loudest cheers and applause from the hundreds of delegates at the party gathering in a san diego union hall. “i’m running to be chair of the california democratic party to redefine what it means to be a democrat and get this party






trump appears to think perez at head of democratic national committee is good ne


the democratic party put its faith in its old guard saturday to guide it out of the political wilderness, choosing as its new leader an obama-era cabinet secretary over the charismatic congressman backed by the progressive wing of the party. tom perez, a former secretary of labor with strong ties to unions, persuaded the spirited assembly of party delegates in atlanta that he can best help harness a grass-roots outpouring of anti- trump protest and anger into a democratic resurgence at the ballot box.






california democratic party rejects final appeal from kimberly ellis


the california democratic party on sunday rejected a last-ditch appeal contesting the election of the party’s new leader, setting up a strong possibility of a court challenge.bay area democratic activist kimberly ellis, who narrowly lost the race for new party chair to eric bauman in may, appealed a party committee’s affirmation of the election results in july. on sunday, the party’s credentials committee dismissed the appeal."with the conclusion of the credentials committee hearing today, it is my hope that our entire california democratic party family can move forward on making progress on these urgent and pressing issues, free from the distraction of costly litigation and needless division," bauman said in a statement sunday afternoon.  bauman, the longtime chairman of the los angeles c






who and where are the kurds? | syria


up to 30 million kurds, who are mostly sunni muslims, do not have an official country or homeland.after the collapse of the ottoman empire nearly a century ago, kurds dispersed into mostly four nations (turkey, iraq, syria and iran). they have pursued autonomy or independence.in each of the four nations, kurds have had years of unstable relationships with governments.in 1992, the kurdistan regional government (krg) was formed by the kurdistan national assembly, the first democratically elected parliament in kurdistan (and in iraq). opinion: iraq's regional decentralisation debate is heating up the krg, which is a secular government, is modeled along the lines of a modern independent nation-state in a federation with the rest of iraq.today at least 5.2 million people live in iraqi kurdistan






kimberly ellis says 'all options are on the table' after california democratic p


bay area democratic activist kimberly ellis, who narrowly lost her bid to become the new california democratic party leader, said “all options are on the table” now that the party on sunday rejected her final appeal challenging the election results.“today was yet another missed opportunity for us to get the democratic party back on track. as we've said from the onset, we were committed to going through the internal process before deciding what's next. we're now soliciting feedback from key supporters and deciding where we go from here,” ellis said in a statement released sunday afternoon.ellis said from the outset that she expected her challenge to the election of eric bauman as party chairman to be dismissed, saying the process was biased in favor of her rival. she’s also indicated her ne






jailed pro-kurdish party leader begins hunger strike


ankara, turkey — the jailed leader of turkey's pro-kurdish party said friday he has begun a hunger strike to protest prison conditions.selahattin demirtas said in a statement released by his people's democratic party, or hdp, that he would refuse food to denounce what he described as "unlawful, inhuman and arbitrary practices" in turkish prisons.demirtas said he also wanted to draw attention to hunger strikes by other prisoners in turkey.the hdp says more than 100 kurdish or other prisoners are on hunger strikes in turkish prisons, some for the past 40 days. the turkish human rights foundation reported that at least five female prisoners had gone on a hunger strike in a prison in tarsus, southern turkey, on thursday.the party says authorities have imposed restrictions on prisoners' rights






eric bauman named new chairman of the california democratic party — but his riva


longtime democratic leader eric bauman won a razor’s-edge victory saturday to be elected chairman of the california democratic party, beating rival kimberly ellis by just more than 60 votes, according to the state party.but ellis did not concede, saying late saturday night that she had been in touch with attorneys.“this race is not done,” she told hundreds of chanting supporters who were calling for a recount in the hallway of the convention center where the state party convention was being held. “we will see you all in the morning.”bauman, a long-time party leader, said he was humbled by the win. he reached out to ellis supporters in his victory message.“there is no denying that there is a problem when so many of our hardworking activists feel that they are not welcome within our party an






kimberly ellis calls for an audit of the election for california democratic part


democratic organizer kimberly ellis, who lost her bid to lead the california democratic by a razor-thin margin, on sunday questioned the validity of the election and called for an audit of the vote.los angeles county democratic party chairman eric bauman eked out a victory saturday to be the next state party chairman, beating ellis by just more than 60 votes, according to the state party.close to 3,000 party delegates voted in the election on saturday at the party's annual convention in sacramento“i will not concede this race until we have validated the results,” ellis said.a crowd of a couple hundred ellis supporters gathered at cesar chavez plaza in downtown sacramento after the convention ended sunday afternoon to hear ellis speak. she climbed up to the stage, forgoing a bullhorn, and t






kimberly ellis calls for an audit of the election for california democratic part


democratic organizer kimberly ellis, who lost her bid to lead the california democratic by a razor-thin margin, on sunday questioned the validity of the election and called for an audit of the vote.los angeles county democratic party chairman eric bauman eked out a victory saturday to be the nex state party chairman, beating ellis by just more than 60 votes, according to the state party.close to 3,000 party delegates voted in the election on saturday at the party's annual convention in sacramento“i will not concede this race until we have validated the results,” ellis said.a crowd of a couple hundred ellis supporters gathered at cesar chavez plaza in downtown sacramento after the convention ended sunday afternoon to hear ellis speak. she climbed up to the stage, forgoing a bullhorn, and th






iraqi government rejects kurdish move for independence | iraq news


the iraqi government has said it would reject any unilateral move by kurdish regional authorities to press for independence, according to a spokesman in the capital, baghdad.the statement on friday comes two days after masoud barzani, president of the kurdistan regional government (krg), announced that a referendum on kurdish independence would be held on september 25.germany sounds warning on iraqi kurds' independence vote"no party can, on its own, decide the fate of iraq, in isolation from the other parties," saad al-haddithi, iraqi government spokesman, said in a statement."iraq is constitutionally a democratic, federal country with full sovereignty ... any measure from any side in iraq should be based on the constitution," haddithi said.iraqi prime minister haider al-abadi had said in






does the race for democratic party leader matter?


the race for the next head of the democratic party has been filled with promises to reconnect with the grassroots and win back the trust of voters alienated from the party. but when presented with the opportunity to do just that in an off-script moment at their final public forum, the crowded field of candidates ducked.…






anger, protests erupt over results of the california democratic party's election


supporters of the losing candidate in the california democratic party’s race for chairperson were out en masse early sunday morning at the state convention in sacramento, many calling for an investigation of the party’s voting process.longtime democratic leader eric bauman eked out a victory saturday to be the party’s next chairman, beating rival kimberly ellis by just more than 60 votes, according to the state party.a spokesman for the ellis campaign on sunday said they are consulting with legal counsel to determine their options. ellis has not conceded.the race, between a party insider and a progressive organizer, was a heated battle between divergent forces that are racking the democratic party nationwide. bauman was a favorite of the party establishment, while ellis drew the backing of






democratic leaders may be forced to disclose outside political consulting contra


the california democratic party on friday came closer to adopting a new policy that would require party leaders to fully disclose any compensation they receive to advocate for a statewide ballot initiative or candidate for state office.the push for transparency comes after eric bauman, chairman of the los angeles county democratic party and a candidate for state party chair, faced criticism after his political consulting firm was paid by opponents of proposition 61, which voters rejected on nov. 8.the contract has become a pivotal issue in the party's contentious race for party chair between bauman and kimberly ellis, a democratic organizer who has become the favored candidate among many bernie sanders supporters.democratic delegates are scheduled to vote on a new party chairperson on satu






california politics updates: gov. brown's new budget out today; mcclintock calls


the contrast between the leading contenders to become the next chairperson of the california democratic party was clear at a debate between the hopefuls wednesday: longtime party official eric bauman said the party must expand on its existing successes, while activist kimberly ellis countered that it had lost its way and needs to be fundamentally overhauled.“i’m running not just to bring a new vision to the party. i’m running not just to bring new perspective, not just to change the tone, tenor and culture of our politics,” said ellis, the candidate who received loudest cheers and applause from the hundreds of delegates at the party gathering in a san diego union hall. “i’m running to be chair of the california democratic party to redefine what it means to be a democrat and get this party






eric bauman named new chairman of the california democratic party


longtime democratic leader eric bauman won a razor’s-edge victory saturday night to be elected chairman of the california democratic party, beating rival kimberly ellis by just more than 60 votes.the race, between a party insider and a progressive organizer, was a heated battle between divergent forces that are racking the democratic party nationwide. bauman was a favorite of the party establishment, while ellis drew the backing of liberals who supported sen. bernie sanders in last year’s presidential primary. she has worked to train democratic women to run for office.ellis supporters gathered in a meeting hall of the sacramento convention center late saturday, with rumors of victory drawing cheers and hugs and victorious speeches. as it became clear that ellis had not won, a woman led the






california politics updates: gov. brown's adds cash to budget; mcclintock calls


the contrast between the leading contenders to become the next chairperson of the california democratic party was clear at a debate between the hopefuls wednesday: longtime party official eric bauman said the party must expand on its existing successes, while activist kimberly ellis countered that it had lost its way and needs to be fundamentally overhauled.“i’m running not just to bring a new vision to the party. i’m running not just to bring new perspective, not just to change the tone, tenor and culture of our politics,” said ellis, the candidate who received loudest cheers and applause from the hundreds of delegates at the party gathering in a san diego union hall. “i’m running to be chair of the california democratic party to redefine what it means to be a democrat and get this party






us democrats pick tom perez to lead party


image copyrightreutersimage caption obama administration veteran tom perez will have the tough job of rejuvenating the democratic party us democrats have elected former labour secretary tom perez as their new national chairman.mr perez, who served in the obama administration, won the second round of voting at the democratic national committee meeting in atlanta after a tightly-fought contest.he is the first latino in the post.he told his party they faced a crisis of confidence after the election of donald trump, whom he said was the worst president in us history.mr perez will face the tough task of trying to unite a party beset with lingering frictions between young progressive liberals who were sceptical of hillary clinton and the democratic party establishment, correspondents say."i am c






us democrats pick tom perez to lead party


image copyrightreutersimage caption obama administration veteran tom perez will have the tough job of rejuvenating the democratic party us democrats have elected former labour secretary tom perez as their new national chairman.mr perez, who served in the obama administration, won the second round of voting at the democratic national committee meeting in atlanta after a tightly-fought contest.he is the first latino in the post.he told his party they faced a crisis of confidence after the election of donald trump, whom he said was the worst president in us history.mr perez will face the tough task of trying to unite a party beset with lingering frictions between young progressive liberals who were sceptical of hillary clinton and the democratic party establishment, correspondents say."i am c






the latest: ellis won't concede democratic chair race


sacramento, calif. — the latest on the california democratic party convention (all times local):10:30 p.m.kimberly ellis is refusing to concede the race for california democratic party chair after party officials said the candidate popular with bernie sanders supporters was narrowly defeated.ellis said late saturday her team has "serious concerns about the vote count" and has talked with a lawyer. she says "this race is not over." ellis did not say what made her question the vote count.she lost by 62 votes out of nearly 3,000 cast to longtime party insider eric bauman. the result was a letdown for ellis supporters who'd been energized by inaccurate reports on social media that she had won the race.while both candidates backed hillary clinton in last year's contentious primary, ellis attrac






dnc fraud lawsuit may reshape democratic party operations


what is the role of the democratic national committee in presidential elections? is it to sway the vote toward a safe, solid and respected insider who will supposedly drive the party straight into the white house, or is it to provide voters the ultimate decision as to which campaign will take the ballot, without any bias…






california politics updates: feinstein blasts comey firing, eric bauman asks sup


the contrast between the leading contenders to become the next chairperson of the california democratic party was clear at a debate between the hopefuls wednesday: longtime party official eric bauman said the party must expand on its existing successes, while activist kimberly ellis countered that it had lost its way and needs to be fundamentally overhauled.“i’m running not just to bring a new vision to the party. i’m running not just to bring new perspective, not just to change the tone, tenor and culture of our politics,” said ellis, the candidate who received loudest cheers and applause from the hundreds of delegates at the party gathering in a san diego union hall. “i’m running to be chair of the california democratic party to redefine what it means to be a democrat and get this party






california politics updates: $400 billion for single-payer healthcare, audit dem


supporters of the losing candidate in the california democratic party’s race for chairperson were out en masse early sunday morning at the state convention in sacramento, many calling for an investigation of the party’s voting process.longtime democratic leader eric bauman eked out a victory saturday to be the party’s next chairman, beating rival kimberly ellis by just more than 60 votes, according to the state party.a spokesman for the ellis campaign on sunday said they are consulting with legal counsel to determine their options. ellis has not conceded.the race, between a party insider and a progressive organizer, was a heated battle between divergent forces that are racking the democratic party nationwide. bauman was a favorite of the party establishment, while ellis drew the backing of






turkey detains 44 people suspected of planning attacks


istanbul — a turkish official says 44 people suspected of planning terror attacks linked to kurdish militants have been detained in police operations, including suspects in two separate istanbul attacks last year.istanbul governor vasip sahin said thursday one of the detainees is suspected of organizing a december attack near a football stadium, killing 46 people. the governor said the man left the bomb-laden vehicle at the last minute.another is allegedly the organizer of a car bomb attack on a bus carrying riot police last june that killed 11.the outlawed kurdistan freedom falcons, an offshoot of the kurdistan workers' party or pkk, had claimed responsibility for the attacks.sahin said the operations into the kurdish militants' "special forces cell" in istanbul and four other provinces s






the latest: perez says dems in 'a crisis of confidence'


washington — the latest on the selection of a new national leader of the democratic party (all times local):12:30 p.m.a leading candidate to be democratic party chairman says his party is "suffering from a crisis of confidence, a crisis of relevance" after the election of donald trump as president.tom perez is pledging that if he's elected chairman, he'll help "turn this party around and get democrats winning again."the former labor secretary under president barack obama says "a united democratic party is not only our best hope, it is donald trump's worst nightmare."perez spoke before party activists in atlanta, as the democratic national committee neared a vote on a new leader.___12 p.m.the outgoing democratic party chief is addressing cybersecurity concerns after internal communications






election of new california democratic party leader may face legal challenge


lawyers are now involved in the california democratic party’s election of a new chairperson.los angeles county democratic party chairman eric bauman won a razor-thin victory saturday to be elected the party’s next chairman, beating rival kimberly ellis by just more than 60 votes, according to the state party. ellis has yet to concede, and a campaign spokesman said they are reviewing their legal options. some of her supporters are questioning the integrity of the votes cast by nearly 3,000 delegates at the state party’s convention in sacramento.“we’re going to have eric bauman’s lawyer meet with the democratic party lawyer and kimberly’s lawyer and let them figure it out,” the outgoing party chairman, john burton, said sunday morning. “they could be meeting as we speak.”burton said some ell






bernie sanders kicks off cross-country tour, wants change


portland, maine — independent vermont u.s. senator and former democratic presidential candidate bernie sanders is calling for a radical transformation of the democratic party.sanders and democratic national committee chairman tom perez launched a cross-country tour together monday in maine, where sanders won the democratic presidential caucuses. the 10-day tour will take them from portland to nevada.sanders says the democratic party must stop ignoring half the nation's states and take on corporate greed on behalf of the working class.perez urges attendees to resist republican president donald trump by winning seats in congress, statehouses and school boards.sanders earned nearly two-thirds of the ballots cast in maine's democratic presidential caucuses to beat hillary clinton.some attendee






planned kurdish referendum on independence unsettles iraqis, u.s.


ibrahim mahmood has been waiting to return to his hometown of zummar in iraq’s kurdistan region since kurdish militias kicked him out three years ago, early in the battle against islamic state.but a referendum on kurdistan’s independence—planned for next month and certain to pass—will likely dash the hopes for return mr. mahmood shares with thousands of other arabs displaced from the semiautonomous northern region during the latest war. american and iraqi officials say they are worried the vote, hailed by kurds as an...






activists try to push california democratic party to left


sacramento – an all-star lineup of democratic leaders on saturday took turns throwing carefully crafted barbs at president donald trump at the california democratic convention, but the biggest-yet meeting of “the  resistance” was not as scripted, nor as unified, as many party faithful had hoped.tension marked the event from the start, with outgoing party chairman john burton on friday night repeatedly shouting down activists in his signature profane style. on saturday, perhaps the most explosive applause line came from a union leader who warned that activists might abandon the democratic party unless it moved further left.“if we dismiss progressive values and reinforce the status quo,” said roseann demoro, executive director of the california nurses association, “don’t assume the activists






protests erupt at u.s. airports over ban on refugees


closeskip in skipxembedxshare protests flared as president trump's executive order blocked refugees from entering u.s. airports, including travelers who already had valid visas. usa today networkprotesters at john f. kennedy international airport on urday.(p o: keldy ortiz/northjersey.com)protests erupted at airports around the nation urday as americans reacted in outrage to president trump's sweeping order that banned people from seven muslim-majority countries from entering the u.s. and suspended the nation's refugee program.more than 120 people gathered at newark liberty international airport clutching signs denouncing the executive order, alongside lawyers who rushed to airports to defend the rights of refugees, immigrants and green-card holders, among others, who were being detained a