MESOP : DESPITE THE MASSIVE PARLAMENTARIAN RESISTANCE OF THE PKK-affiliated GERMAN “LEFTPARTY” – NOW MORE TRAINING + WEAPONS FOR PESH
Germany to Provide More Weapons and Training to the Kurds – German Parliament approves plan by majority vote to send more military aid to Kurds
Basnews – 30.01.2015 – BERLIN – In February, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces will receive more Milan-rockets, the German Defence Minister has announced today. Moreover, the German parliament in an outright majority voted to send trainers to Iraqi Kurdistan. This despite of opposition of leftwing parties who claim the mission is unconstitutional.
Human Rights Watch: Iran Continues to Violate Rights of Kurds / No significant improvements in human rights in the first full year of President Rouhani
Basnews – 30.01.2015 – HRW – NEW YORK – In the 656-page world report, its 25th edition, Human Rights Watch, concludes there have been no significant improvements in human rights in the first full year of President Hassan Rouhani, the reformist president.
MESOP COMMENTARY BY AMBERIN ZAMAN / AL MONITOR – Kurdish victory in Kobani defeat for Turkish policy
30 Jan 2015 – The PKK and its Syrian affiliate, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), have spearheaded the battle against the jihadists in Iraq and Syria, outshining the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters who fled when IS overran Shengal last summer. An increasing number of Iranian Kurds are rallying to the Syrian Kurds’ defense, spelling further politicization among Iran’s restive Kurds. But in the short term, the support serves Iran’s purpose of weakening IS and Turkey while exporting its Kurdish problem beyond its own borders — a tactic also used by late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, who allowed Ocalan to live and organize in Syria. With a network spanning Europe, North America and the Middle East, the PKK is arguably the most influential Kurdish movement in the world.
MESOP TODAY’S COMMENTARY (II) : BY JONATHAN SPYER – Islamic State Defeat in Kobani Will Be Hard to Replicate
The Jerusalem Post – January 29, 2015 – Originally published under the title, “A major victory – but hard to replicate.” – The near-complete liberation of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani this week from Islamic State (IS) forces is a remarkable testimony to the tenacity and courage of the Kurdish resistance on the ground. It also showcases the awesome efficacy of US air power, when given a clear mission and properly directed. It is nevertheless necessary to qualify some of the more hyperbolic reactions to the announcement of the IS retreat. The relief of Kobani in no way constitutes a general rout for the IS forces; neither does it signal a “beginning of the end” for the movement and its quasi-sovereign entity.
MESOP : LETTER BY OUR READER Chris Kline It’s a little too soon to predict the People’s Hellenic Republic isn’t it?
(By the way: not a single woman among Tsipras government – but some fascist looking male idiots)
Turkey – The Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan—elected president in August 2014—are undermining the gains of the past decade with steps that erode human rights and the rule of law in Turkey. In the wake of the mass protests in the summer of 2013 that began in Istanbul and spread to other cities, the government continued a policy of controlling media and the Internet and clamping down on critics.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), a ruling party in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, asked the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) to md its ties with the Iraqi autonomous region.
MESOP : HDP = OPENING THE DOORS FOR ERDOGAN’S FEUDAL PRESIDENCY – Kurdish Party Pushes Political Gamble to Run in Turkey Poll
28 January 2015 / VOA News – Turkey’s pro-Kurdish HDP has announced it will run as a political party instead of fielding candidates as independents in June’s general election. But if the party fails to secure the required 10 percent of the vote, it could open the door to the ruling AK party to achieve its goal of securing enough parliamentary seats to change the constitution and introduce a presidential system. Turkey’s election threshold of 10 percent, introduced after the military seized power in 1980, was to ensure politically stability after years of weak coalition governments.
New survey of hundreds of people in Turkey’s southeast reveal a desire for peace along with language rights and recognition of Kurdish identity. Kurds in the southeast of Turkey want to stay in the unitary structure of the state.
This was the verdict of a new research released on Tuesday by Istanbul-based think tank, the Association of Justice Defenders Strategic Studies Center, or ASSAM. The report surveyed local people’s perceptions of ongoing talks between the Turkish government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. The 80-page report said that locals in the region want to see an immediate solution to the conflict which has cost tens of thousands of lives.