The Monroe County Community School Corporation is working on a strategy to get voters to renew a supplemental school funding tax. At a work session on Tuesday, the Corporation’s Board of Trustees discussed the logistics of an upcoming referendum vote; Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan has joined 35 other Indiana mayors to officially endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg; Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann will serve as the acting governor of Indiana tomorrow while Governor Pence undergoes surgery to have a hernia repaired.
Correction to statement at beginning of the show: the feature interview is with a survivor of a bombing that occurred in Suruc, a Turkish city on the border with Syria.
Today we bring you an extended interview recorded in Istanbul by longtime Bloomington resident and WFHB correspondent Filiz Cicek. Cicek spoke with an activist who had just survived a bombing as he was attempting to cross into the Syrian area of Kobani. Kobani is the name of both a city and a larger area in northern Syria near the border with Turkey. Kobani is also part of Rojava referred to by some as Western Kurdistan. Against the backdrop of the Syrian Civil War, in late 2013 a left-wing revolution took place in Kobani and Rojava. The revolution established a society based on direct democracy, gender equality, and environmental sustainability. Rojava’s government is formed by ethnically inclusive popular assemblies and it has a feminist army of women’s militias that has been key in fighting the Islamic State. Yet less than a year after this revolution, in the fall of 2014, the area came under siege from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. Most of the city of Kobani was destroyed and much of the population fled to Turkey. However by January the people of Rojava had driven the Islamic state out of Kobani. In late July a group of leftist youth activists from across Turkey travelled to the border near Kobani with the goal of crossing over to help the local people rebuild. On July 20 a bomb was set off during a press conference in the Turkish border town of Suruc, killing at least 32 people and wounding more than 100 more. It is believed that supporters of the Islamic State were behind the attack. WFHB’s correspondent, Filiz Cicek, was able to speak with Ramazan Basar (BAH-sar), a survivor of the bombing. The interview was originally recorded in Turkish and has been translated into English.
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford
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Our feature was produced by Dan Withered; Leyla Keskiner translated the interview and Dan Young voiced the translation
Our engineers are Joe Crawford and Hannah Griggs
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.