Lee Ridley

the editor of Polo's Bastards.

Urartu Mehmet

Mustafa Kusman at Cavustepe. The small carpark on top of the hill, at the Urartian fortress ruins at Cavustepe, offers an impressive panorama of the surrounding countryside. A lush green plain, between two ridges, is laid out at our feet, sparsely punctuated with the occasional Kurdish village. A small hut at the entrance to the…

We WILL declare a cease-fire, damn you!

The Turkish government has blocked a press conference which was to be held in Belgium by the Kurdish organisation KONGRA-GEL on Friday (26th Aug 2005) in which the KONGRA-GEL was to announce a temporary cease fire as an answer to the peace calls by intellectuals in Turkey. The Belgian authorities stopped the press conference after…

Fanny by jet-fuel-light

Exploding Lamps Pose Lethal Danger Several people have died and others have been badly burned by exploding lamps filled with stolen aircraft fuel. Istiqlal hospital in Kabul’s Darulaman area is the city’s only medical centre with a ward reserved almost exclusively for victims of burns caused by exploding domestic lamps. Twenty injured people were lying…

Afghanistan – The Origin Of Terrorism?

This transcript arrived at Polo’s Bastards via an email from Khaleeq Ahmad, the Assistant Spokesman on International Affairs at the Office of The Spokesperson to the President of Afghanistan. It was presented by Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, in London’s Chatham House on 20th July 2005. I’ve taken the liberty of posting it in it’s entirety.…

This Court’s In Session… Almost

President Karzai Signs the Counter Narcotics Tribunal Decree Arg, Presidential Compound, Kabul – H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, signed a Decree to establish the Counter Narcotics Tribunal yesterday, 25 July 2005. The Counter Narcotics Tribunal Decree was proposed by HE Chief Justice Shinwari of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan. The…

Stay Out… Trespassers will be shot!

HPG(PKK) warning to Turkish military: “You will fall into a quagmire” HPG (People’s Defence Forces) Commandership Headquarters replied with a strong warning to the Turkish administration and the Turkish military commander’s statements where they threatened that, “if necessary we will enter northern Iraq (southern Kurdistan)”. The HPG stated that any possible incursion into southern Kurdistan…

Jokkmokk

In 1606 Guy Fawkes was convicted and executed for his part in the English parliament gunpowder plot; Rembrandt, the renowned Dutch painter was born; the American southeast began its worst drought in 770 years and Great Britain adopted the Union Jack as its flag. In Sweden, King Charles IX was on the throne. The country…