23 Oct 2018 – MESOP – Kashoggi = “Khashoq” (خاشق) in Ottoman means spoon. The “gi” means the person who spoons up the food. The “spooner” in Ottoman times was an important figure at the court. In Syria, “Khashoq” still means spoon. See the خاشقجي leading the caldrons to feed Janissaries.
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Beileidsbekundung: Saudischer König und Kronprinz empfangen Khashoggis Familie http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/jamal-khashoggi-saudischer-koenig-und-kronprinz-empfangen-angehoerige-a-1234730.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=%5Bfacebook%5D&utm_campaign=%5Bspontop%5D#ref=rss …
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The Khashoggi Affair: Challenging US-Saudi Relations and the Stability of the Kingdom / INSTITUTE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES / ISRAEL
Eldad Shavit, Yoel Guzansky – INSS Insight No. 1100, October 23, 2018
The Khashoggi affair, which is far from over, poses the most significant challenge to US-Saudi relations since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States. Thus far, the administration’s response reflects uncertainty and ambivalence, given its understanding that Riyadh’s conduct demands a response, versus its hope that it will not be forced to acknowledge the failure of its Middle East policy, which assigns Saudi Arabia a critical role, particularly in the efforts to contain Iran. The recent events have intensified the internal unrest that has marked the kingdom for some time, against the background of the confrontational conduct of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. It is important to prepare for a period of instability in the kingdom, and more important, for possible shocks to US-Saudi relations.
Erdogan Pressures Saudis Over Khashoggi’s Death
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for the eighteen suspects Saudi Arabia arrested for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be put on trial in Istanbul (Hurriyet), though he said he has “no doubt” about Saudi King Salman’s sincerity in carrying out an investigation. In the Tuesday address to parliament, Erdogan detailed Turkey’s own probe into Khashoggi’s disappearance.
Erdogan’s speech came as CIA Director Gina Haspel was expected to arrive in Turkey (WaPo) to meet with intelligence officials. Also on Tuesday, a major investment conference opened in Riyadh despite dozens of top business leaders from around the globe pulling out of the event (CNN) following Khashoggi’s killing.
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Iran Intensifies Militia Presence West of Euphrates – Asharq al Awsat – Tuesday, 23 October, 2018 – 10:45 – Iranian militias have intensified their presence west of the Euphrates River in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said, noting these militias’ presence in al-Bokamal and al-Mayadin east of Syria near the borders with Iraq.
Backed by the US-led coalition against ISIS, Arab-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces are in control of areas east of Euphrates River, a third of Syria’s 185,000 square kilometers area. The Observatory said these militias’ deployment is not only limited to the military aspect but it also includes other aspects for the purpose of evading regional and international monitoring.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : FEMINISTISCHE JUSTIZ / Nach Ermittlungspannen : Kann Weinstein noch verurteilt werden?
Von Christiane Heil , Los Angeles – Aktualisiert am 21.10.2018- FAZ – Trotz Anschuldigungen von 90 Frauen dürfte sich bei Harvey Weinstein Optimismus breitmachen. Die Anklage gegen den Filmproduzenten droht sich nach Pannen und Widersprüchen aufzulösen. Dabei weist der Fall nicht nur Parallelen zur Causa Strauss-Kahn auf. Auch ein Staatsanwalt verhält sich verdächtig. Das vergangene Wochenende hat Harvey Weinstein vermutlich entspannt in einem Liegestuhl seines Anwesens an der Beachside Avenue in Connecticuts Nobelenklave Westport verbracht. Ein Jahr nach den Missbrauchsvorwürfen, die Hollywoods einflussreichsten Strippenzieher aus der Bahn warfen und die amerikanische Filmindustrie erschütterten, scheint sich die Anklage gegen den New Yorker aufzulösen.
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) – Russia Downplays Summit With Turkey, France & Germany – by Scott Lucas
Oct 23, 2018 | – The Kremlin has downplayed this Saturday’s summit on the Syrian conflict with Turkey, France, and Germany, saying that no outcomes are expected.
Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday, “We have already said that it would be probably incorrect to predict that the summit is held with the aim of reaching certain agreements. Obviously we need to be realistic that this is not the case.”Leaders of the four powers will gather in Istanbul, almost six weeks after Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan agreed a de-escalation zone around opposition territory in northwest Syria. The accord suspended an imminent Russian-regime offensive, checking the Assad regime’s pledge to regain “every inch” of Syria.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : 5 DEATH PENALTIES IN IRAN / WESTERN MEDIA WORLD DOESN’T CARE ABOUT – NO PROTEST AT ALL
5 Environmentalists Face Death Penalty – by Scott Lucas | Oct 23, 2018 – Five environmentalists, detained since January in Iran, now face the death penalty.
The charge against the quintet has been changed from “espionage” to “corruption on earth” after the Iranian Army sent a letter to the court, according to a former lawyer of the accused, citing the Tehran Prosecutor General.
Attorney Mohammad Hossein Aghasi claimed the army letter came via the Supreme National Security Council. Eight environmentalists — Niloufar Bayani, Houman Jokar, Sepideh Kashani, Amir Hossein Khaleqi, Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, Taher Qadirian, Sam Rajabi, and Iranian-American dual citizen Morad Tahbaz — were seized by the Revolution Guards’ Intelligence Organization early this year.
The Ramifications of Latest KRG Voter Fraud Go Beyond the Election – By Michael Rubin: American Enterprise Institute
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAY’S ACTUAL COMMENTARY
22 Oct 2018 : On September 30, 2018, Iraqi Kurds once again went to the polls to choose a regional parliament. Because citizens and officials lodged more than 1,000 complaints with regard to fraud, the Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission took three weeks to certify the results. Neither the results nor their certification surprised observers. After all, the regional election commission is not, as its name suggests, independent. Rather, it is beholden to party leaders. The regional government itself chose and funded monitors who were neither able to monitor polling stations rigorously or to the professional standards established by non-participating independent monitoring groups such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the National Democratic Institute, or the Carter Center.
While Masoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) can claim victory and the Talabani family’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) will accept its runner-up status so long as it can dominate Sulaymani, the real problem may be more than disenfranchisement of individual voters or the corrosive cynicism that now permeates Kurdish society. Rather, the specific method of much of the fraud will have ramifications far beyond election day.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : DAS SAUDI GELD & DIE CLINTONS / WOVON DIE DEMOKRATISCHEN MEDIEN DES LEFT WING ESTABLISHMENT NICHT REDEN WOLLEN
03.11.2016 – Das Königreich Saudi–Arabien hat der Stiftung von Hillary und Bill Clinton mehrere Millionen Dollar gespendet.
16.06.2016 – Saudi–Arabien soll die Wahlkampf-Finanzierung von Hillary Clinton unterstützen. Die Clinton Foundation wird von Spendern aus den …
Besonders die Riesenspende der Regierung von Saudi–Arabien in Höhe … den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten war Geld in die Kassen der Clintons geflossen. … Zu intransparent ging die Stiftung in der Vergangenheit mit den Spenderlisten …
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