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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Trees held us in on all four sides so thick we could not see / I could not see any wrong in you, and you saw none in me.
— Woody Guthrie, Remember the Mountain Bed
August 10, 2006

It’s finding out information like this from the New York Times that always frustrates me about the middle east, and how the American government cozys up to these governments when it’s convenient.

How to Avoid Honor Killing in Turkey? Honor Suicide

BATMAN, Turkey — For Derya, a waiflike girl of 17, the order to kill herself came from an uncle and was delivered in a text message to her cellphone. “You have blackened our name,” it read. “Kill yourself and clean our shame or we will kill you first.”

Derya said her crime was to fall for a boy she had met at school last spring. She knew the risks: her aunt had been killed by her grandfather for seeing a boy.

Reading past this paragraph is unnecessary to understand the problem.

Clothing the problem in religious differences does nothing to make it more acceptable on a human level.

This is not honour — this is shame.

Posted by skooter at 3:01 PM This entry is filed under Politics.
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