MESOP BACKGROUNDER : Russia’s Military – Assessment, Strategy & Threat / BY CENTER ON GLOBAL INTERESTS

June 24, 2016 – Russia’s actions in Crimea, eastern Ukraine, and Syria have demonstrated the reemergence of the Russian military as one of the Kremlin’s most effective foreign policy tools. The success of these campaigns comes as a result of major military reform and modernization efforts that began in 2008.

What changes led to today’s revamped Russian military? How will the Kremlin use its modernized force as a geopolitical tool? And does Russia’s new military pose a threat to the West? CGI’s latest report moves beyond simplistic characterizations of the Russian Armed Forces by providing a quantitive and qualitative assessment of the Force in the context of Russia’s reemergence on the geopolitical stage, as well as the upcoming NATO summit in July 2016.

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MESOP : WLADIMIR PUTIN ON ERDOGAN / FULL TEXT SPEECH

Meeting with Government members

Vladimir Putin met with Government members to discuss priority areas for 2017. The President also instructed the Government to begin work on normalising relations with Turkey.  June 29, 2016  – 14:50 – The Kremlin, Moscow –

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues.

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MESOP : WATCH VIDEO OF OUR FRIEND MICHAEL GUNTER (USA) WITH SAMI ABDUL RAHMAN

 

 KRG REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UNITED STATES – YOUTUBE :  Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman – A One On One Special Edition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhqaiLkn18A&app=desktop

MESOP TODAYS TOP ON THE AGENDA : By Metin Gurcan / A Monitor

Who’s behind Istanbul airport attack?

29 June 2016 – Over the past 12 months, 298 people have been killed and about 1,000 wounded in 17 terror attacks in Turkey. The attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on the evening of June 28 was the sixth major terror attack in 2016.What made this attack different from the others was its location. This is the third airport attack in Turkey’s long history of combating terror. In 1982, the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia attacked Ankara Esenboga Airport and killed nine people, and the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, which is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), fired mortars at Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul in December 2015.

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MESOP TODAYS RELEVANT TWEETS & SHORT CUTS

How many times have Hezbollah ‘allegedly’ pulled out of Aleppo? 1? 5? 83?

Shiapulse @shiapulse

Hezbollah reportedly told Assad it doesn’t want to take part anymore in Aleppo battles (despite Nasrallah’s claim) http://arabi21.com/story/917954/%D9%88%D9%83%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A9-%D8%A5%D9%8A%D8%B7%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D8%AD%D8%B2%D8%A8-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%84%D9%87-%D9%8A%D8%B1%D9%81%D8%B6-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D9%85%D8%B9%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%83-%D8%AD%D9%84%D8%A8-%D9%84%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B0%D8%A7 …

MESOP INTEL DETAILS : Istanbul Ataturk Airport Terrorists Behaved Like a Special Forces Unit

A three-part attack beginning with a diversion is a new level of sophistication. That should scare the U.S. and Europe.

29 June 2016 – THE DAILY BEAST – Three months after attacking Brussels airport, terrorists have shown in the attack on Istanbul’s international airport an alarming ability to stay one move ahead of the defenses put in place to stop them—an agility in planning that could present a new and serious threat to airports in the U.S.Most experts agree that the Istanbul atrocity has the hallmarks of ISIS. Even then, the sophistication of how the attack was carried out has surprised them.

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TURKEY’S ISTANBUL ATTACK VENGEANCE WILL BE LIKE ‘RAIN FROM HELL’

MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY : IF ERDOGAN AGREES WITH PUTIN & NEGOTIATES SECRETLY WITH ASSAD = ISIS DECLARES WAR ON HIM

By Soner Cagaptay –  CNN – June 29, 2016 – Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family Fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute.

ISIS may be trying to sow domestic suspicion by not claiming responsibility for the airport attack, but the incident could still spur Turkey into full-scale war against the group.

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MESOP TOP OF THE AGENDA : COMMENTARIES & ENQUIRIES BY AL JAZEERA / HURRIYET / NYT / FOREIGN AFFAIRS / US TODAY

Council on Foreign Relations Newsletter – Read all :  http://www.mesop.de/?p=75448

 

MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY BY FINANCIAL TIMES : ISRAELS & ERDOGAN PREFER INTERNATIONAL ISOLATION

Flurry of diplomatic activity marks Turkey foreign policy shift – Sudden rapprochement with Israel and Russia suggests Erdogan adopting a more conciliatory approach

by: Laura Pitel in Istanbul – FINANCIAL TIMES  – 28 June 2016 – When Binali Yildirim, Turkey’s new prime minister, recently declared that Ankara wanted to increase its friends and reduce the number of its enemies few observers expected things to unfold as rapidly as they have.In a flurry of announcements, Turkey this week cemented a long-awaited deal to restore diplomatic ties with Israel after a five-year freeze, and offered an olive branch to Moscow with a surprise apology for the downing of a Russian fighter jet over the Syrian border. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75423

 

MESOP : THE ISRAELI INTERPRETATION BY RESSOURCE PERSON GALLIA LINDENSTRAUSS / VERY OPTIMISTIC

Israel-Turkey Normalization: Can Relations Turn Over a New Leaf? – INSS Insight No. 832, June 29, 2016 – Gallia Lindenstrauss

The normalization agreement between Israel and Turkey is a positive and even critical development, given the regional challenges facing both countries, particularly those originating in Syria and the Gaza Strip. While Turkey and Israel may find it difficult to return to close security cooperation, the possibilities for cooperation in the economic field appear more promising. In any event, the achievement of an agreement between Turkey and Israel is only a first step in restoring the trust between the leaders as well as the populations of both countries. Following the signing of the agreement, it is important that the parties deal less with questions of respective concessions and achievements, and more with construction of a positive agenda for cooperation.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75452

 

MESOP TODAS FUNDAMENT AL SPEECH : “JUST ANOTHER 12 YEARS FIGHT?”

HDP MP: Peace process must continue even if it takes 12 years  – Interview with Ahmet Yildirim

RUDAW  29 June 2016 – Ahmet Yildrim was the first Member of Parliament to be summoned for questioning by the public prosecutor after the Turkish parliament lifted immunity from MPs of the Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party (HDP). Yildrim, 44, believes that the order to appear before the prosecutor is a political act and that he is only answerable to the people who voted for him not the courts.  “If our trial ends the conflict then each MP is willing to spend ten years in prison,” he told Rudaw in an interview. Yildirim believes that his HDP parties is still pursing the same policies of peace and end to the conflict but that the Turkish state has reversed to the pre-1990s military era instead. This HDP MP says that if Turkey quits its old phobia of the Kurds, there will be a chance for peace and genuine coexistence between the Kurds and Turks that will make both sides strong in the Middle East. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75444

 

MESOP : TODAYS RELEVANT TWEETS & SHORT CUTS

“Israel and Turkey have reconciled, now what?” In @AlMonitor: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/06/israel-turkey-reconciliation-agreement-netanyahu-erdogan.html?utm_source=Boomtrain&utm_medium=manual&utm_campaign=20160627&bt_email=whitepath@gmail.com&bt_ts=1467048218254

 

MESOP : TODAYS RADICAL ENLIGHTEMENT BY BRETT McGURK

Charles Lister@Charles_Lister 2h2 hours ago

.@brett_mcgurk: “[#Assad] regime AirForce, so far as we can tell, is a criminal enterprise dropping barrel bombs”

 

MESOP : TROUBLE INSIDE IRANIAN MILITARY

Iran Chief of Staff Hassan Firouzabadi unexpectedly replaced by deputy today: Gen. Bagheri https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Bagheri_(Iranian_commander)  …

 

MESOP: OBAMA LEAVES IT  ALL TO PUTIN !

U.S. has trained less than 100 #Syria-n rebel ‘leaders’ vs #ISIS since march $416 million budgeted for it in 2016 http://www.stripes.com/news/us-has-trained-less-than-100-in-syria-to-fight-islamic-state-1.416530  …

маяковский@moscow_ghost 9h9 hours ago – While Obama calls for more inclusiveness in the region, evidence emerges U.S. playing total sectarian card in #Syria

WATCH DOCUMENT : http://www.mesop.de/?p=75414

 

MESOP : ALWAYS LISTEN TO LISTER

Charles Lister@Charles_Lister 40s40 seconds ago  – Hearing reports that Jund al-Aqsa may have kidnapped US-vetted Liwa Forsan al-Haq leader @faresbauosh70  from Kafranabel…

Charles Lister@Charles_Lister 22h22 hours ago

Those who dismiss doing more to pressure #Assad into meaningful negotiations &/or departure offer no better alternatives / just ‘do nothing’

Joshua Landis@joshua_landis 24h24 hours ago  – Joshua Landis Retweeted اللاذقاني

Nusra & TIP pushing back with advanced weapons coming across Turk border. Photos on this twitter feed.

اللاذقاني @Aswed_Flags

Heavy artillery, MRLS – GRADs, ATGM’s attempting to pave the way, assadist forces bewildered trying to respond to artillery. #Lattakia

 

MESOP : ALIZA BEHIND THE MIRROR OF ERDOGAN – ISRAEL DEAL

Aliza Marcus@AlizaMarcus 20h20 hours ago  – Aliza Marcus Retweeted ilhan tanir

Sounds like @stevenacook gets the new Israel-Turkey deal just right

ilhan tanir @WashingtonPoint

Israel & Turkey: No Big Deal http://on.cfr.org/292GxuP    @CFR_org S.Cook  thinks not much 2be changed btw Israel & Turkey

 

MESOP : MARINE LE PENS EUROPEAN SPRING IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

NYT Opinion Verified account @nytopinion

Marine Le Pen: The destiny of the EU resembles that of the Soviet Union, which died from its own contradictions. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/28/opinion/marine-le-pen-after-brexit-the-peoples-spring-is-inevitable.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur&_r=0&mtrref=t.co&gwh=F346F41E555CA587FA480F345C86C43D&gwt=pay&assetType=opinion

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MESOP HEADLINES SYRIA / WEST KURDISTAN

 

 

WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)

MESOP : PUTIN’S DIMENSION OF DEMOCRACY  & A NEW STRATEGY ON SYRIA  – Russia’s Political Strategy of a “Proper” Opposition

Looking for a way out of its stalemate in Syria’s conflict, Russia is again promoting a “proper” opposition for political talks. The approach could be part of a revised strategy in which Moscow seeks an accommodation with countries, such as Turkey, who have been long-time backs of the Syrian opposition and rebels. On Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry hosted a delegation from Syria’s Kurdish National Council.Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov declared:The sides exchanged views on the development of the situation in Syria and the tasks of political settlement of the Syrian crisis on the basis of the Geneva communique of June 30, 2012, corresponding resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and the International Syria Support Group. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75432

 

MESOP “MOST INTERESTING!” – RUSSIAN’S & DE MISTURA (UN) DISCUSSION FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS WITH KNC (BARZANI)

Russia, Syrian Kurds Discuss Including Syrian Ethnic Groups in Geneva Talks

Sputnik News – 2016-06-29 00:28 GMT – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov discussed with representatives of the Syrian Kurdish National Council the importance of including representatives of all ethnic and religious groups in the country in intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva for finding solutions and determining the future of a united, independent and sovereign Syria.Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov discussed the inclusion of Syrian ethnic and religious groups in Geneva talks with representatives of the Syrian Kurdish National Council, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75440

 

MESOP WEST KURDISTAN – SYRIA : DESPITE THE FORMERLY PKK/PYD (YPG) FORECAST – Local forces will control Manbij not Kurds: Pentagon

The Pentagon Spokesman stated that local forces will take hold of the Syrian northern city of Manbij and the city’s control will not be like the Kurdish city of Kobani. Read more http://www.mesop.de/?p=75442 

EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)

Iran Daily: Commander of Armed Forces Suddenly Replaced

29 June 2016 – By Scot Lucas – eaworldview – The commander of Iran’s armed forces, General Hassan Firouzabadi, has suddenly been replaced by the Supreme Leader.No reason was given for Tuesday’s removal of Firouzabadi, who had been Chief of Staff since 1989. He was replaced by his deputy, General Mohammad Bagheri, a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75434

 

NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)

MESOP BACKGROUND  : THE RUSSIAN CONDITIONS ON ERDOGAN / PUTIN IS NOT MERKEL

If Turkey and Russia mend rift, it will be on Putin’s terms  / Russia and Turkey even disagree over whether a letter the Turkish president sent his Russian counterpart is an apology or not.

By Ben Rosen, Staff June 28, 2016  – Christian Science Monitor – Is seven months too late to say sorry?After Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan gave in Monday to Vladimir Putin’s demand that he apologize for the downing of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border in November, with Mr. Erdoğan expressing regret for it in a letter Monday, the Kremlin said the next day that accepting the apology – and lifting economic sanctions – won’t be that easy. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75428

MESOP BACKGROUNDER : AFTER DEALING WITH PUTIN – NOW IS (DAESH) DESTROYS ERDOGAN’S TOURISM  INDUSTRY

ISIS Top Suspect in Istanbul Ataturk Airport Slaughter

29 June 2016 – THE DAILY BEAST The coordinated, complex attacks on Istanbul Ataturk Airport seem to bear the hallmarks of the so-called Islamic State.

ISTANBUL — Suicide bombers wielding AK-47 assault rifles fired at travelers then blew themselves up at Istanbul’s main airport Tuesday night, killing at least 41, and wounding more than 230.The attack, which the government said was probably the work of Islamic State extremists, took place in different locations at Ataturk airport shortly after 9 p.m. local time, suggesting a well-planned operation—similar to the assault on Brussels airport and metro station that left 32 dead in March. Read more : http://www.mesop.de/?p=75446

 

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)

MESOP BACKGROUND : Kirkuk Governor Calls for Alternative Solution to Province’s Status

29 June 2016 – nrttv – Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim said in a press conference on Monday (June 27) an alternative solution for Kirkuk should be found due to the governorate’s inability to join the Kurdistan Region and current issues with the federal Iraqi government.Karim said during the press conference, “All of my life I have counted Kirkuk as part of Kurdistan and I wish for the administration of the governorate to be in Kurdistan because I know it would be protected.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75437

 

THE GERMAN KURDISH CHAPTER

MESOP : AUFRUF  FRANKREICH GEGEN RADIKALEN –  IN DEUTSCHLAND NICHT

Protest gegen radikalen Islam – Wir müssen mehr Widerstand leisten

FAZ 29 Juni 2016 – Jürg Altwegg – Französische Intellektuelle rufen zum Widerstand gegen den radikalen Islam auf. Sie sind der Überzeugung: Staat und Gesellschaft müssen mehr tun, nicht nur in Frankreich. Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=75430

 

MESOP : ENDLICH GEFUNDEN ! DER WAHRE GRUND VON HUNGER !  / SCHRÄG !

Tödlicher Hunger  – Ist Unterernährung auch ein Immundefekt?

Millionen Kinder sterben jährlich an Unterernährung. Die britische Wissenschaftlerin Claire Bourke glaubt, dass bessere Ernährung allein die Tragödie nicht verhindern wird. Sie sieht in dem Problem eine Immunkrankheit – einen genetischen Defekt. Mehr  FAZ 29 Juni 2016  – www.mesop.de

 

MESOP : DIE REPRÄSENTANTEN DER „OFFENEN GESELLSCHAFT“ ZENTRALISTISCH WIE  STALINISTEN  – JEAN CLAUDE  JUNCKER  : Nationale Parlament entscheiden nicht mehr!

EU Kommission will CETA im Alleingang entscheiden

Die EU-Kommission will nun das bereits fertig ausverhandelte Handelsabkommen mit Kanada CETA ohne Einbeziehung der nationalen Parlamente beschließen. Das sorgt für heftigen Widerstand aus einigen Mitgliedstaaten, darunter aus Österreich.  EU-Kommissionspräsident Jean-Claude Juncker  hat am Dienstag beim Brüsseler Gipfel bekannt gegeben, dass es keine Beteiligung der nationalen Parlamente an der Ratifizierung von CETA, dem Freihandelsabkommen der EU mit Kanada, geben soll. Wegen des Vorgehens der EU gegenüber CETA befürchtet man nun eine Vorbildwirkung für das umstrittene Freihandelsabkommen TTIP mit den USA. http://www.heute.at/news/politik/EU-will-CETA-im-Alleingang-entscheiden;art23660,1307257

Israel-Turkey Normalization: Can Relations Turn Over a New Leaf? – INSS Insight No. 832, June 29, 2016 – Gallia Lindenstrauss

MESOP : THE ISRAELI INTERPRETATION BY RESSOURCE PERSON GALLIA LINDENSTRAUSS / VERY OPTIMISTIC

The normalization agreement between Israel and Turkey is a positive and even critical development, given the regional challenges facing both countries, particularly those originating in Syria and the Gaza Strip. While Turkey and Israel may find it difficult to return to close security cooperation, the possibilities for cooperation in the economic field appear more promising. In any event, the achievement of an agreement between Turkey and Israel is only a first step in restoring the trust between the leaders as well as the populations of both countries.

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MESOP HEADLINES SYRIA / WEST KURDISTAN

 U.S.-backed Syrian rebels belonging to the New Syrian Army coalition seized Hamdan airbase and several towns on the Syrian side of the the Iraq-Syria border after launching a new effort yesterday to secure southern portions of the border occupied by the Islamic State.

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