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Three Kurdish Women Activists Shot Dead In Paris



PARIS - Three Kurdish women activists, including a founding member of the militant group PKK, have been found dead inside a Kurdish cultural center in Paris, each with gunshot wounds.

The bodies of the women were found early on Thursday inside the information center of the Kurdish Institute of Paris in the French capital's central 10th arrondissement, according to France’s radio station Europe 1.

One of the victims is Sakine Cansiz, a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, commonly known as PKK, which has long fought for greater Kurdish autonomy and is considered a terrorist organization by the Turkish government.

The other women have been identified as Fidan DoÄŸan, a representative of the Kurdish National Congress in Paris who worked in the information center, and Leyla Söylemez, a young activist, France’s daily Le Parisien reveals.

Firat, a news agency close to the PKK, said two of those killed were shot in the head and one in the stomach, and that the murder weapon was believed to have been fitted with a silencer.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls called the killings "intolerable" during an interview on France Info news radio, adding that an investigation was underway. Later in the morning, members of the Kurdish community started demonstrating outside the information center as Valls arrived to visit the scene of the shootings.

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When Racism Poisons Italy's Culinary Scene

This is the case of chef Mareme Cisse, a black woman, who was called a slur after a couple found out that she was the one who would be preparing their meal.

Photo of Mareme Cisse cooking

Mareme Cisse in the kitchen of Ginger People&Food

Caterina Suffici


TURIN — Guess who's not coming to dinner. It seems like a scene from the American Deep South during the decades of segregation. But this happened in Italy, in this summer of 2023.

Two Italians, in their sixties, got up from the restaurant table and left (without saying goodbye, as the owner points out), when they declared that they didn't want to eat in a restaurant where the chef was what they called: an 'n-word.'

Racists, poor things. And ignorant, in the sense of not knowing basic facts. They don't realize that we are all made of mixtures, come from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. And that food, of course, are blends of different ingredients and recipes.

The restaurant is called Ginger People&Food, and these visitors from out of town probably didn't understand that either.

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