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2018 / ISSUE 107 5 NEWS In the strained political climate of the middle east, the Kurds of Afrin have fought bravely to secure the section of northern Syria, defending it successfully against Islamic State (IS) and providing refuge for thousands of minorities fleeing the brutal civil war gripping the nation. They have brought the fight to the extremists and supported the west in their effort to resolve the conflict. In one of the most crucial chapters in the battle against IS, it was the Kurdish forces led by the Kurdish Yekineyen Parastina Gel (YPG) that defended the city of Kobanî against a fierce siege. The west celebrated the defence and many believe it will be remembered as the beginning of the end for IS. This semi-autonomous region is now under threat, however, from a UK ally. Turkey has pushed its army into the region, unleashing British weaponry on Afrin, an area controlled jointly by the YPG and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), both seen as allies of Erdogan's nemesis the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). In just three days of Turkey's offensive against Afrin 24 civilians have died, alongside 26 Kurdish fighters, according to the war monitor, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. To further complicate matters Turkey is enjoying the support of Russia in their Syrian military operations. By bombarding Afrin, Turkey is risking the security of the entire region, it has insisted the U.S. end its support of the YPG. No confrontation was even necessary with the British government as they have already withdrawn their support of YPG. Europe's muted protest can possibly be put down to the strong negotiating position of Turkey when it comes to the refugee crisis (which they are now worsening). But how long can Britain hide behind this excuse? Is this a sneak- peak of Britain's post-Brexit approach to international warfare, just a gory arms-trade fair? From 2015-16 Britain sold £175 million worth of weaponry to Turkish President Recep Erdogan, in 2017 the British government revived an arms deal that saw fighter jets sold to Turkey. Now the Turks are massacring innocent Kurds with them. WORLD NEWS A grocery store in Amsterdam has unveiled the world's first plastic-free aisle. The aisle contains over 700 products packaged in recyclable and biodegradable material. 13,000 asylum seekers remain trapped in overcrowded camps on the Aegean islands. People in the camps are often forced to sleep on the ground and face a high risk of sexual violence and harassment. Emmanuel Macron has announced that France will be shutting down all of its coal plants by 2021. The measure comes as part of the country's plan to go carbon neutral by 2050. Construction has begun on Canada's first 'dementia village'. Set to open its doors next year, the space is designed to provide a community for up to 72 dementia patients. 7 boys from a Chelyabinsk orphanage have alleged that they were raped by staff members. This is one example in a series of abuses reportedly faced by children in Russian state institutions. NETHERLANDS GREECE FRANCE CANADA RUSSIA OFF KEY ON POINT ON POINT ON POINT OFF KEY WHO'S ON OR OFF KEY THIS MONTH? @guestlistdotnet GOOD NEWS Drinking a few glasses of wine everyday can help you live past 90, says new study A major study carried out by the University of California-Irvine has revealed that the moderate intake of alcohol such as wine is linked to living a long life. The study called 90+ began in 2003 and examined a group of nonagenarians (the oldest age group) to determine the key to living past 90. In addition to this "People who were overweight in their 70's lived longer than normal or underweight people did". India launches biodegradable sanitary pads on Women's Day In honour of International Women's Day the Indian government has launched a new biodegradable sanitary line called the "Suvidha" pads, which will be sold for 2.50 rupees (£0.28). The sanitary napkins are not only affordable to women of all ages and demographics but they are also good for the earth. The Su- vidha pads will be available on May 28th, on World Menstrual Hygiene Day. Québec doctors reject pay rise so their fellow health workers can get raise instead Over 250 Québec physicians signed a petition saying that they did not want the rise, as they would rather the money went towards overworked nurses and patient care services. "....we believe that there is a way to redistribute the resources of the Québec health system to promote the health of the population and meet the needs of patients," wrote the physicians and medical stu- dents in a open letter. The newly proposed medical budget would have increased the annual salary of a medical specialist from 1.4% to 1.8% every year. WHY TURKEY IS MARCHING ON NORTHERN SYRIA

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