Posted by Joshua on Sunday, December 8th, 2013 – For Syria Comment – December 8,2013 – Joshua Landis
- “Every 15 minutes someone poured water on me, electrocuted me, kicked me, and then walked out,” says one activist in an interview with CNN.
- “They beat me with a rifle and with their hands when they arrested me,” says another in a conversation with BBC. “And they threw a wheel on my back so I couldn’t move.
Such is the situation in Raqqa, a city in northeastern Syria with approximately one million inhabitants now under control of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the most powerful Al Qaeda (AQ) affiliate currently operating in Syria.
Assad soll USA gemeinsamen Kampf gegen Islamisten angeboten haben
9. Dezember 2013, – apa Wien – Syrische Opposition: USA haben “Terror-Deal” mit Assad abgelehnt
The agreement between Iran & P5+1 concerns Iranian Kurdish parties
Ahmed Safa’adeen – BasNews (Erbil): 9-12-2013 – Iranian Kurdish parties have expressed concern over the recent deal struck between Tehran and western countries. Following 10 years of negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran about the latter’s nuclear energy program, they have come to what is seen as a successful agreement.
9-12-2013 – MESOP - Jamil Fathi, the PDKI’s Representative in Belgium, and Monique Smits participated in a Seminar on Iran in the European Parliament.
The Seminar on Iran was titled “Momentum for openness? What opportunities for the future of EU-Iran relations?”
TARAF INTERVIEW : Muslim talked about his personal life, stating that he is a strong believer in Islam.
Salih Muslim: I have performed Hajj twice & Umrah 50 times (!)
9-12-2013 – Kurdpress – The two-day meeting of the Syrian Kurdish Patriotic Council was ended today in Kurdish city of Qamishlo.
Speaking to Kurdpress, a leader of the council, Faisal Yusuf, said the Kurdish body will send a letter to Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and will aware him of the disputes between the council and the Syria pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). He further added the next gathering of the council will decide on annulling Erbil Agreement between Syria Kurdish parties, a decision that will bring an end to the biggest Kurdish body in the war-torn country.
ISIS targets Syrian Kurds
9-12-2013 – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ISIS continues attacks on Syrian Kurds Aleppo province: Confirmed reports that the ISIS have forcefully taken over the homes of Syrian Kurdish civilians by the Ba’idin roundabout in Aleppo city and have turned them into ISIS bases. A member of the peace and reconciliation committee in Raqqah city was tortured to death after several days of being detained by the ISIS, he was originally from the Kobani area. The ISIS also kidnapped 11 Syrian Kurdish civilians from Jarables city, the kidnapped include 2 women. On the 2nd 3rd and 4th of December the ISIS kidnapped 51 Syrian Kurdish civilians from Manbej city, including 2 children and 8 women; they have only released 5 of the captives so far. The group is also imposing a siege on the city of Efrin and its surrounding villages, an area mostly inhabited by Kurds and is controlled by the YPG. https://www.facebook.com/syriaohr/posts/459578800817130 - Postedby Wladimir van Wilgenburg
KNC-Members Arrested in Turkey?
Turkey arrested four leaders of the KNC in Nusaybin reports/claims/alleges Welati. They were in KNC-meeting before, and were going to Kobani through Turkey (since Tel Ebyad is under Al Qaida control).
TODAY’S MESOP RECOMMENDATION : Bee Hive – Middle East Social Media
The December issue of Beehive: Middle East Social Media examines responses to the increasing involvement of the Erdoğan government in the private sphere in Turkey and the emotional debate over perpetuating the memory of Atatürk. Beehive also offers readers a unique perspective on Kurdish use of Social Networking Services (SNS).
The New York Times on Dec. 3 quoted former US diplomat Ryan Crocker as saying that in matters of counterterrorism and other issues, “We need to start talking to the Assad regime again.” Crocker added, “It will have to be done very, very quietly. But bad as [President Bashar al-] Assad is, he is not as bad as the jihadis who would take over in his absence.”
US, region pivot to confront terrorist threat in Syria / ZEBARI, RYAN CROCKER & BRZEZINSKI & CHURKIN
MANAMA, Bahrain – 9.12.2013 – Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, speaking at the Manama Dialogue Regional Security Summit convened by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, warned of an “Islamic emirate” emerging in Syria.
Summary⎙ Print Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari warns of a “Islamic emirate” in Syria, former US diplomat Ryan Crocker suggests a channel to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Israeli President Shimon Peres says he would be willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Author Week in Review Posted December 8, 2013
Omar Sindi, Washington – 3.12.2013 – : Red October 1917; “Officially known as the Great October of Socialist’s Revolution – Federative Soviet Republic”.
Utopian Socialism, guaranteeing the rights of national minorities are/is inseparable linked up with the principle of complete equality. As with all radical beliefs, there are plenty of theories, thought of analysis of why Soviet Union failed, is beyond the scope of this essay; but one can say, there are many evinced errors and misguided policies ventured by the top of Soviet leaders.
Anecdotally, that Lenin initiated order to set up the Red Kurdistan.