BORN FROM URGENCY - FACES FROM THE
FRONTLINE AGAINST ISIS
Amidst the chaos of the Iraq and Syrian War, independent photographer and director Joey L. embeds himself with Kurdish guerrilla organizations on the frontlines against ISIS. Without the constraints typical of our mainstream media, Joey offers a deeply personal, humanizing, and controversial view of the war.
This is a follow up to the 2015 film "Guerrilla Fighters of Kurdistan": http://www.vimeo.com/129935570
The Turkish military kills the YPG guerilla fighters (women and men) who are killing ISIS while our country continues to give Turkey foreign aid because we use their bases to drop a few bombs on ISIS now and then.
So I ask...what the F**K was wrong with our civilian leadership during the Obama administration advising the military to piss around and let these 'rag-tag' guerilla fighters do the 'grunt' work while our young people cry about their cell phones not working.
We don't need to bring the Syrian refugees into our country. We should free their country so they can stay and rebuild. It really is that simple.
KURDISTAN’S GUERRILLA FIGHTERS SHOW THE FACES OF THE BRUTAL CONFLICT
The below video was filmed and photographed by a young photographer from Brooklyn, NY (the same Borough the film makers of "Welcome To Leith" hail from) that I admire.
Not afraid to put himself in 'Harm's Way' with his photography and filming in the war torn middle east where the young Kurdish women fight alongside the men one has to admire his talent, courage and tenacity.
Being a film maker and combat photographer myself in Viet Nam and other hot spots (including Grant County, ND photographing and filming the notorious "Convicted Nazi Terrorist" Craig Cobb) I am happy to stay stateside now that I have accomplished most on my "Bucket List".
One has to wonder also if this one young man can film the Kurdish guerillas telling their story why can't the main stream media do the same? My belief is that they are such extreme left wing radicals that all they care about is lining their pockets with money and favors they can exploit from crooked politicians...and we know who those are.
Text of Joey Lawrence (Joey L) for the video:
In March of 2015, I set off to the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Syria to begin a new personal project. In the beginning, I thought perhaps it would be a still photography trip only. But just as I left the door, I decided to grab my GoPro kit in case anything interesting happened and I could just film it myself. This is that footage.
00:00 - Intro, Joey departs NYC
01:31 - Preparation in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan
02:15 - PKK Guerrillas in Makhmour
05:41 - Crossing the border into Syria, YPG/J Guerrillas in Rojava
07:19 - Interview with YPJ members
09:07 - Daily life on a YPG/J base and photoshoot
10:13 - Clash in Tel Tamer, dead ISIS fighters
12:38 - Interview with American YPG Fighter “Fat Jack” in Tel Tamer
13:44 - Tel Hamis liberation, guerrillas living in abandoned ISIS base
16:38 - Urban exploration of abandoned ISIS base
20:28 - Overview of humanitarian crisis on Sinjar mountain
23:10 - ISIS suicide VBIED attack inside the besieged city of Sinjar
25:14 - Funeral of YBŞ guerrilla fighter in Sinjar
26:23 - Yezidi refugees and Shingal Resistance Unit
28:37 - Outro and closing thoughts
29:19 - Funeral of British YPG soldier Konstandinos Erik Scurfield
30:38 - Credits
The photography in this video and further writing can be found at: http://www.joeyl.com/blog/all/post/guerrilla-fighters-of-kurdistan
ONE MORE STORY IMPORTANT TO THE RED ROCK RESORT ISSUE
The Grant County Commission held their regularly scheduled meeting on October 3, 2017 and the legal representative for the Red Rock Resort was there to inform the commission of what he referred to as what one might call an irregularity in the road issue.
Once again the Red Rock Resort owners (Kingdom Investments, LLC) are back with yet another problem possibly concerning the easements and Corey Roth and his private land haggled over last year between Corey and Jennifer Roth, the Tri-Cities Joint Job Development Authority, the Grant County Commission, the US Bureau of Reclamation and finally North Dakota US Senator John Hoeven.
The video below is indicative of the mess that has been ongoing with Kingdom Investments, LLC, the Grant County commission, the Tri-Cities Joint Job Development Authority, the US Bureau of Reclamation and of course the Grant County taxpayers themselves since it first started on January 5, 2016.
THE EMAIL THREAD BELOW IS THE COMPELLING REASON THIS WEBSITE WILL NO LONGER PRODUCE ANY NEWS STORIES, EDITORIALS, CARTOONS OR VIDEOS CONCERNING GRANT COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA OR ITS CITIZENS
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Thank you
From: William Schneider <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, July 28, 2017 7:56 am
Cc: Troy Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thank you for meeting with us yesterday. We really appreciate it.
Once completed we also will take you up on your generous offer to post a press release on the resort.
Please let me know if you have any questions on Red Rock activities. As I mentioned our next big task is to sink a deep water well and hopefully hit the Fox Hill acquire. We are working with the regulators now to learn all of the requirements we will need to comply with for this project.
Considering the problems over the past 17 months involving the federal campground at Lake Tschida's Koehlers Point, the Red Rock Resort, the former owners (Corey and Jennifer Roth) and now you and your partner (Troy Nelson) I have decided not to photograph, film or write news articles or editorials for any reason including the Red Rock Resort.
After pondering everything that was discussed in the recent meeting between myself, you, your office manager (Karrie Bauman), Mark Stelter of New Leipzig and Wayne Nagel of Heil, I have also decided to close my news website. However, it will remain online for those who still want to read the news articles, editorials and review all the videos. Although the issue with the Red Rock Resort is not the only reason it is the most compelling and time consuming one and has actually become unworthy of covering as news.
I have had my fill of photographing, filming and reporting on the many controversial issues in Grant County. I speak in particular the long running debacle involving the Red Rock Resort, Corey and Jennifer Roth, Len Lindbo and all of the former Red Rock Resort Facebook supporters managed by Corey and Jennifer Roth who have written that I am gay and also a transgender living in Elgin on food stamps and collecting welfare.
No one in Grant County has had to put up with the antics, death threats and stalking more than I have by my coverage of the Nazis in Leith (while also being an associate producer of the movie "Welcome To Leith"), the corrupt Grant County elected officials and government employees, the Roths and now yourself. The final nail in the coffin for my decision was the email you wrote to the Lake Tschida manager (Michelle Psyck) (of which I obtained legally) where you wrote she assisted me in committing a crime thus making her an accomplice. This is unforgivable and I see this as also being libelous in nature.
As we discussed in the meeting I do believe that you and your business partner have been dealt a bloated bill of goods by the Roths when you and your business partner (Troy Nelson) purchased it from them and as a result you now have to deal with the fallout. The Roth's past behavior with the general public and those I have known and spoken to who lived at the Red Rock Resort no longer want anything to do with the resort and several of them have moved out.
I doubt there can be any way to reverse the damage the Roths have done involving your business. I will no longer take part in reporting, filming or photographing anything to do with the resort, which may ease your concern with me.
In the meeting you spoke of your plans to improve public relations and looking at new research into the water issues. While this and your plans for more boat ramps, docks, slips and even a marina are praiseworthy I believe you are asking for more than the physical area at Koehlers Point can support and that the Tri-Cities Joint Job Development Authority (TCJJDA), the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department (NDGFD) may even consider or allow.
I also believe that Red Rock Resort will eventually be grossly overdeveloped for the size of the area and will be damaging to the environment and the private landowner in particular who is sandwiched between Red Rock Resort and the federal campground. It may even reduce the income generated by the 10 campsites due to the eventual overcrowding by some of your tenant's usage.
If the income generated by the 10 campsites is reduced to an amount which is too costly for the TCJJDA to maintain then I envision the TCJJDA either not allowing camping at Koehlers Point or dropping its partnership with the BOR for the area which, could eventually result in the BOR closing it down creating a walk-in-wildlife area only with no camping or boat launching much like the BOR did last year when no agreement could be reached on the road issue.
According to the easement granted to Grant County by the Roths this would cause the small portion of the road you now own to be closed to the public thus generating yet another debacle for everyone concerned. This would be disastrous for all of the general public including your tenants. Considering the campground at Koehlers Point brings in very little income compared to the rest of the lake there are other areas with more physical space that improvements have been in the planning stage for several years that could be developed.
I can attest to this as I mentioned in the meeting that I am also the developer of the Lake Tschida website and the administrator of the lake's reservation and accounting system.
While all of your plans are a worthwhile undertaking (albeit mostly for your tenants I believe) it would also be an expensive gamble for you during public hearings to get them approved by the Grant County Commission, the TCJJDA, the BOR, USACE and NDGFD considering how the Roths have treated these government officials in the past.
Although moving forward and overlooking the past obstructionism created by the Roths those memories are entrenched in most people's minds and will likely never be forgotten especially their dragging North Dakota US Senator John Hoeven into the issue.
I do take offense at your request to have Mark Stelter and Wayne Nagel (TCJJDA members) serve as arbitrators in an unofficial private meeting you could have arranged between the two of us simply by emailing me. In my opinion this is a Corey Roth tactic to have witnesses present. Moreover I feel it was a scheme devised to involve 2 TCJJDA government officials to implicate them in conspiring with me thus creating a conflict of interest and a TCJJDA association with my news website.
After much thought about the meeting I also feel that I was being played in order to prevent me from producing news articles, editorials and videos of anything that concerned your business and the statewide attention it has received over the past year and a half both on television and in the newspapers.
I continue to stand by my 1st amendment rights as a news reporter/photographer as well as a citizen.
However, I will no longer involve your business with news coverage or offer
any help as it is just too time consuming and of very little interest to the
I wish you luck in your future ventures at Red Rock Resort.
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