Saturday, September 06, 2014

Quick notes: Ungrateful Shias, Stolen idols...

  • RoP ingratitude: For weeks, Kurdish fighters had joined an unusual alliance to free Amerli, a dusty highway town besieged by IS. Shiite militias, Iranian trainers and U.S. military pilots had all contributed, finally wresting the city from Sunni extremists and saving the 15,000 residents from starvation or brutal slayings.  But on Friday, as the Kurdish pesh merga fighters approached the city to greet the residents they helped save, they were treated less like liberators and more like intruders. “Pesh merga forces are not allowed to enter this city!” yelled a Shiite militiaman with Kataib Hezbollah, an Iraqi group. He waved his rifle at them and the pesh merga retreated.  “We fought for three months here, and now we have to fight these bastards,” said one of the pesh merga, who regard this area as part of their territory. “If this continues, we’ll have another war.”  “They are just like animals,” said a second pesh merga fighter. “They are mules.”

  • Australia to return stolen Hindu idols to India... Dealer Subhash Kapoor is accused of looting statues and other antiquities worth millions.

  • Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, the "father of modern yoga", demonstrating the practices of yoga in 1938 at the age of 50... Hanuman Chalisa by Bhagavan Das in the background.

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