MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Turkish, US Forces to Start Training for Joint Patrols in Manbij

BasNews 18/08/2018 – 21:54 ERBIL – US and Turkish forces are expected to start training joint patrols in the city of Manbij in northern Syria in accordance with the Manbij roadmap, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday.State-run Anadolu Agency reported, citing a statement by the ministry, that the two NATO allies’ armed forces were continuing activities as planned to provide security and stability in the region.

“Joint training between both countries’ armed forces for patrol activities is expected to start soon,” Akar was quoted by the news agency.The joint patrol coincides with the deteriorated economic ties between the two countries over the detention of an American pastor in Turkey since 2016. More via www.mesop.de

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SHORT CUTS: NEW AUSTRALIAN LAW AGAINST PKK / THE NATURE OF TAK & THE INTERNAL STRUCTURE OF PKK

#TAK is the “deniable” front the #PKK uses to attack civilians in the cities in #Turkey. PKK denies it has any control over TAK and most Western states accept this pretence at some level. #Australia has rejected this lie entirely in its new law.

Australia’s No-Nonsense Approach to the PKK

By Kyle Orton (@KyleWOrton) on 17 August 2018 – The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the separatist group in Turkey that is a designated terrorist organisation across much of the West, has always used a vast array of front-groups in the West to raise funds and recruit. After 9/11, with the advent of the War on Terror, the PKK switched tactics in the region to try to conceal its operations and avoid the “terrorism” label. This involved rebranding its operations in Iraq, Syria, and Iran, and setting up a special forces-style urban terrorism wing, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), to deniably carry out its most atrocious activities. The PKK’s rebranding has not been without success. In Australia, however, the government has refused to accept the PKK’s propaganda about TAK and lists it, quite correctly, as simply an alias for the PKK.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS ANALYSIS : IRAN IS THROWING A TANTRUM BUT WANTS A DEAL

by Dennis RossForeign Policy – August 15, 2018

Even in its afterlife, the Iran nuclear deal continues to polarize. Those who supported the agreement proclaim loudly that Iran will never negotiate any adjustment to it, while its opponents argue U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of it will produce a better deal.

Trump himself seems to believe a better deal is possible, having recently offered to talk to the Iranians without preconditions. On Monday, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei indicated he disagrees, declaring: “I ban holding any talks with America… America never remains loyal to its promises.” Khamenei’s ban came after Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, had already insisted: “The Iranian people will never allow their officials to meet and negotiate with the Great Satan, we are not North Korea.”

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MESOPOTAMIA INTEL NEWS : TODAYS LATEST

18 August 2018 – MESOP  -Am Freitagabend reisten der türkische Verteidigungsminister Hulusi Akar und der Erdogan Vertraute und Geheimdienst (MIT Chef) Hakan Fidan zu Gesprächen über die Entwicklung in Syrien und eine mögliche zukünftig engere militärische und ökonomische  Partnerschaft zwischen der Türkei und Russland nach Moskau.    

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS GENERAL COMMENTARY – ESSAY FRANCIS FUKUYAMA

Against Identity Politics – The New Tribalism and the Crisis of Democracy – By Francis Fukuyama – FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Beginning a few decades ago, world politics started to experience a dramatic transformation. From the early 1970s to the first decade of this century, the number of electoral democracies increased from about 35 to more than 110. Over the same period, the world’s output of goods and services quadrupled, and growth extended to virtually every region of the world. The proportion of people living in extreme poverty plummeted, dropping from 42 percent of the global population in 1993 to 18 percent in 2008.

But not everyone benefited from these changes. In many countries, and particularly in developed democracies, economic inequality increased dramatically, as the benefits of growth flowed primarily to the wealthy and well-educated. The increasing volume of goods, money, and people moving from one place to another brought disruptive changes. In developing countries, villagers who previously had no electricity suddenly found themselves living in large cities, watching TV, and connecting to the Internet on their mobile phones. Huge new middle classes arose in China and India—but the work they did replaced the work that had been done by older middle classes in the developed world. Manufacturing moved steadily from the United States and Europe to East Asia and other regions with low labor costs. At the same time, men were being displaced by women in a labor market increasingly dominated by service industries, and low-skilled workers found themselves replaced by smart machines.

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Keine Israel-Kritik – Zensur in Donaueschingen? /180 KÜNSTLER PROTESTIEREN

  1. August 2018 – FAZ – Der Komponist und Übersetzer Wie­land Hoban wirft dem künstlerischen Leiter der Donaueschinger Musiktage, Björn Gottstein, in einem offenen Brief vor, bei seinem Festival politische Zensur zu üben. Hoban hatte die Kom­position eines Orchesterwerks geplant, das er als Teil seines Zyklus über den Gaza-Streifen verstanden wissen woll­te und das sich, nach eigener Formulie­rung, „konkret auf den dreiwöchigen Militärangriff Israels zwischen Dezember 2008 und Januar 2009 bezieht und dokumentarisches Material verwendet, nämlich die Aussage eines israelischen Soldaten, der an dem Angriff beteiligtwar”. Gottstein lehnte die Uraufführung des Werks am 16. Juli ab, zunächst mit der Begründung, Hoban sei bereits 2016 gespielt worden, was Hoban akzeptierte. Doch Gottstein soll nach Hobans Auskunft zusätzlich zu verstehen gegeben haben, dass er „keine Kritik an Israel toleriere und entsprechend die Aufnahme eines jeden Stücks verhindern würde, das eine sol che Kritik beinhalte”.

Da Gottstein das Festival im Auftrag einer öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalt, des SWR, ausrichte, sieht Hoban hier einen Fall von politischer Zensur vorliegen. Der Brief ist von mehr als hundertachtzig Personen unterzeichnet worden, darunter von zahlreichen israelischen Künstlern und von Prominenten wie Noam Chomsky und Slavoj Zizkek.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS VIDEO : ERDOGAN’S BOYS DESTROY THEIR IPHONES:

“Ey, Trump! Was denkst Du, wer du bist? Auf Führers Befehl zeigen wir dir, was wir mit deinen IPhones machen. Für uns gibt es den Tod nicht. Nur den Märtyrertod. Jungs, her mit euren Iphones.”

Cumhuriyet ve Atatürk Düşmanlarını tanıyalım 18. August um 19:40 ·

Iphone kırarak Trump’ı tehdit ettiğini zanneden bir AKP li daha…Tanrım bizim günahımız neydi ki bunları yarattın?

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : LKA ERMITTELT – Jesidin beklagt mangelnde Zusammenarbeit mit deutschen Ermittlern

MESOP 18 August – Nach BASNEWS – Sie war als Jugendliche von der Terrormiliz Islamischer Staat verschleppt und als Sexsklavin missbraucht worden, danach kam sie als Flüchtling nach Deutschland. Nun hatte sie in Schwäbisch Gmünd eine unheimliche Begegnung.

Eine 19-Jährige Jesidin, die als Jugendliche von der Terrormiliz Islamischer Staat (IS) verschleppt und verkauft worden sein soll, ist nach eigenen Angaben in Deutschland ihrem ehemaligen Peiniger begegnet. Der Mann soll sie auf der Straße in Schwäbisch Gmünd bei Stuttgart (Baden-Württemberg) verfolgt und angesprochen haben.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS FOCUS : Report: Trump, Putin, Agree to Push Iran Out of Syria

By David Israel – JEWISH PRESS – 6 Elul 5778 – August 17, 2018

Many were wondering at the time what Presidents Trump and Putin were talking about when they met for two hours behind closed doors in Helsinki last July, raising speculations regarding Trump’s troubles from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of a collusion between the two prior to the 2016 elections. There was a lot of that, as well as a discussion of extending two arms control treaties between the US and Russia. But reports emerging from the White House on Thursday suggest that secret meeting was mostly devoted to Iran’s presence in Syria.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ROJAVA ENDS WITH CULTURALS RIGHTS etc. – Kurdish Cultural Freedoms are Possible in Syria—But Not Political Autonomy – By Hussain Zaidou

WESTKURDISTAN (SYRIA)  – Hussain Zaidou is a Syrian writer and journalist writing in Arabic and Kurdish. Besides working as a field correspondent, Zaidou has written articles with a focus on cultural and social research.

Also available in العربية August 16, 2018 – FIKRA FORUM

From their establishment in 1957 up to the present time, Kurdish political movements in Syria have focused on demanding national rights for the Kurds, couching cultural rights within a package of political demands. With the outbreak of the Syrian revolt in 2011, the emergence of armed conflict, and the resulting security and administrative vacuum in majority-Kurdish areas, Kurdish political movements raised the ceiling of their political demands to include administration of their regions, full recognition of their cultural rights, and Kurdish-language education in majority Kurdish areas.

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