MESOP NEWS “BEST STORY” : A SUNNI TOWN – A KURDISH TOWN – A MEMBER OF PUK

SELF – AID !  SELF AID WORKS ! SELF AID ONLY WORKS !  / JALAWLA TOWN (DIYALA)

In Disputed Iraqi Territory, Rebuilding A City Means Doing It Yourself

January 11, 20174:59 AM ET – By Jane Arraf/NPR  – Shopkeepers like Omar Najeeb have made repairs and reopened after the market in Jalawla was destroyed in fighting with ISIS. Some received $500 grants from aid agencies to help with repairs.For all of the terrible things that have happened to his city of Jalawla in northern Iraq, Yacub Youssef seems like a happy man.

Youssef is the sub-district director – essentially the mayor — of this small city just a few miles from Iran and about 90 miles north of Baghdad.

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MESOP “BRAVE MODERN TIMES” : NUR NOCH DAS “WAHRE” – “GUTE” – “VORGEPRÜFTE” !

MADE IN GERMANY

FAZ 16 Jan 2017: Das Rechennetzwerk „Correctiv“ wird bei facebook in Kürze zur „Herausfilterung“ von „Falschmeldungen“ und „fake news“ zum Einsatz kommen. Die Bundesregierung will das mit „Bußgeldern“ unterstützen und einer Vorprüfeinrichtung von Meldungen beim Bundespresseamt in Berlin. Der Rechtwissenschaftler Rolf Schwartmann schlägt vor,  Meinungen, Meldungen etc. mit einem Prädikat wie „Made in Germany“ zu versehen: „Classic Media Contest“!

Ganz  große „Classic!“ –   Wenn das der FÜHRER noch erlebt hätte! (www.mesop.de)

MESOP NEWS : WADI BARADA UPDATE – SYRIA

January 16 – By Scott Lucas – eawordview –  A deal to restore water supplies to Syria’s capital Damascus has collapsed after the killing of the lead negotiator and a renewal of a pro-Assad offensive.

Hezbollah and regime forces have been attacking the Wadi Barada, 10 villages northwest of Damascus with between 50,000 and 100,000 people, since December 22. They have continued the assault despite a nominal ceasefire, brokered by Russia and Turkey, on December 29. President Assad has said the offensive will continue until “terrorists” leave the area.On Friday, a mutually-agreed negotiator, retired Syrian Army general Ahmad Ghadban, arranged a deal for an immediate ceasefire and access for engineers to repair the infrastructure for the al-Fija springs, damaged by regime airstrikes. The springs provide more than 60% of Damascus’s water, and their cut-off has limited supplies for more than 5 million people.Friday’s accord also set out terms for a rebel departure from Wadi Barada.

However, Ghadban was shot to death on Saturday in contested circumstances. State media has said that “terrorists” assassinated him, but rebels and local activists say he was targeted by a Hezbollah sniper.

Journalist Nour Samaha, citing “locals in the area”, offers a third version. She said Ghadban was shot and killed by a man from Wadi Barada, allegedly working for a Jordanian emir of the jihadists of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. Her sources said the provincial Governor may have been the intended target, but was in an armored SUV.

Samaha claims the gunman was arrested.

Within hours of Ghadban’s death, the deal collapsed with multiple reports of shelling and gunfire targeting the repair teams, preventing access to the Ain al-Fijeh pumping station. Then on Sunday, the pro-Assad forces attacked on multiple axes, accompanied by shelling.

Pro-opposition activists said at least 10 civilians were killed in Deir Qanoun village, posting video of some of the shrouded bodies and blood-stained floors (Warning — Graphic Images): The offensive has gained some territory in the southern part of Wadi Barada. On Friday, Hezbollah finally took the village of Bassima after pro-Assad airstrikes and shelling leveled much of it.

WADI BARADA MAP 15-01-17

Map: Syria Direct www.mesop.de

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!KNOW BETTER WITH MESOP NEWS! : THE NEW ANKARA – JERUSALEM – AXIS

The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies is proud to present our latest issue of our monthly publication, Turkeyscope. This issue of Turkeyscope focuses on the attitude of the Israeli and Turkish media towards the bilateral relations. Israel’s Channel 2 Foreign Affairs Editor Arad Nir provides an insider’s perspective on the media’s gradual loss of interest in the Jerusalem – Ankara axis. 

Sarah Jacobs contributed to this issue as assistant editor – Current Israel-Turkey relations as expressed by the media –  Guest contributor Arad Nir examines the relative apathy expressed by the Turkish and Israeli media towards recent steps at normalization and reconciliation between the two countries.

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MESOPOTAMIA KURDISTAN DAILY INDEPENDENT NEWSSERVICE

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MESOP KURDISTAN IRAN  SHORT CUTS

 

15 Jan 2017 – Khalid Azizi resigns as head of KDP (Iran) & party’s politburo accepted his resignation; he resigned for difference of view w the politburo.

The politburo of KDP (Iran) has elected Mustafa Mawludi, who was Azidi’s deputy, as the new leader of KDP (Iran). #Kurdistan #Iran www.mesop.de

 

MESOP UPDATE PALMYRA AREA

 

Al-Masdar News ‏@TheArabSource 7m7 minutes ago

Syrian Army reaches important crossroad west of #Palmyra https://aml.ink/SOK9V  #Homs #ISIS #Syria  www.mesop.de

 

MESOP NEWS TODAYS OPINION BY JOSSI MELMAN – Yossi Melman is an Israeli security commentator and co-author of ‘Spies Against Armageddon.’ He blogs at www.israelspy.com and tweets at yossi_melman

Deal or no deal: Will Trump and his team void the Iran nuclear accord?

15 Jan 2017 – Jerusalem Post – Trump’s foreign policy and defense nominations have been hardline on Iran, but once they take the reins, will they really try and void the nuclear accord with Tehran?

President-elect Donald Trump’s past statements and rhetoric indicate that he is a non- interventionist, if not a full-fledged isolationist, making it clear he is against sending American troops to defend and intervene in other countries.In that sense, he sharply deviates from the policy of Republican president George W. Bush, who believed in a strong US and invaded Afghanistan and Iraq. Trump also disapproves of the policy of his predecessor President Barack Obama, a Democrat who, though advocating for “soft power,” ordered targeted killings of terrorists in several countries in the Middle East and Asia. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=82080

 

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)

MESOP NEWS : TEHRAN MULLAHS RULES IN KURDISTAN ? – Saudi Arabia consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan should be closed, Iranian commander warns

15 Jan 2017 – HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— An Iranian top commander warned on Friday that the consulate of Saudi Arabia should leave the Kurdish capital of Erbil because their presence in Kurdistan Region destabilizes peace and causes chaos, he claimed.Mohammad Hossein Rajabi, the commander of the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in the Kurdish province of Kurdistan also raised questions about the presence of more than 30 regional and international diplomatic representations in Erbil, Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported.Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=82066

 

MESOP SCANDAL : PKK TERROR IN SOUTH KURDISTAN – PKK Arrests Peshmerga Official near Qandil  – The whereabouts and fate of the official remains unknown

Mohammad Dargalayi  – 15 Jan 2017 – BasNews –  ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Saturday arrested head of media department at Peshmerga forces’ 7th brigade in Qandil mountainous areas. Barham Ali Yasin, commander of the brigade, confirmed the report to BasNews and revealed Ali Wsou, the arrested Peshmerga official, was taken into custody at a PKK checkpoint near Zargalie village, Rawanduz district of Erbil province.  Read more http://www.mesop.de/?p=82068

 

MESOP BACKGROUND “REVOLUTIONARY PKK” & THEIR STALINIST KILLINGS OF EX-GUERILLAS

PKK Executes Four Own Guerrillas –  They were caught by the Iranian forces after they tried to leave the PKK ranks

Nuwar Faqie – 15/01/2017 ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has allegedly executed four of its own guerrillas after they tried to escape from the party.

Reports claim the four guerrillas left the PKK bases in Qandil Mountain last Thursday, attempting to flee back to the Iranian Kurdistan before Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps captured them. Iran later handed over the four escapees to PKK, reports said, claiming the party leadership sentenced them to death two days later on Saturday. The four guerrillas were from Mahabad, a Kurdish city in northwestern province of Azerbaijan-e-gharbi in Iranian Kurdistan. However, BasNews could not independently verify the reports. www.mesop.de

 

MESOP NEWS “NO FREE PRESS IN IRAQI KURDISTAN?” –  Metro center says violations against journalists ongoing in Iraqi Kurdistan – The Metro Center for Journalists’ Rights and Advocacy

15 Jan 201 – SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Metro Center for Journalists’ Rights and Advocacy said journalists were not only killed on the frontlines against Islamic State (ISIS) in 2016, but were also killed and kidnapped in cities in the Kurdistan Region.

According to a report by Metro, 175 violations were recorded against 148 journalists in the Kurdistan Region, including murder, injuring, illegal detention, and breaking and seizing of journalists’ equipment. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=82082

 

 

WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)

!KNOW BETTER WITH MESOP NEWS!: How Turkey Joined Russia — and Left Saudi Arabia Behind

The New York Times, Emile Hokayem  – 15 Jan 201 –  Assesses how Turkey’s changing strategy has altered the dynamics of the Syrian conflict:

Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, three of the Middle East’s major Sunni powers, once equated their standings in the region with the outcome of the war in Syria. Since the uprising broke out in 2011, they have been stalwart — if often divided — supporters of the rebels in their fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

In the last several months, it became clear they were on the losing side. Recent events, including the fall of eastern Aleppo this month, are compelling these countries to adjust their strategies. A cease-fire agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey and announced last week has only made it clearer that in the Middle East, force drives diplomacy. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=82072

 

MESOP NEWS : HOW LONG CAN ASSAD STAY ? – Tehran Maintains Cautious Line Over Syria Talks & Assad’s Position

January 15 – eaworldview – Scott Lucas – Maneuvering between the Assad regime and its relations with Russia and Turkey, Iran is maintaining a cautious line on proposed forthcoming talks on Syria’s crisis.In Tehran’s latest move, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari spoke by telephone conversation with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad on Saturday.The call followed Friday’s consultations between Ansari and Turkish and Russian counterparts in Moscow on Friday, and President Hassan Rouhani’s call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday. —– Russia and Turkey, formerly on opposite sides of the Syrian conflict, have reconciled to pursue a deal over Aleppo city and Aleppo Province, a nominal ceasefire, and proposed regime-opposition talks in Kazahstan by the end of January. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=82060


MESOP NEWS “NO KURDISH UNITY IN SYRIA” – PYD/PKK AGAINST KNC (KURDISH NATIONAL COUNCIL)

Kurdish National Council tries to regain position in Rojava, holds forum in Kobane

January 15, 2017    Kurdish Region, Syria

ARA News – 15 Jan 2017 – Kobane – The Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) held a political forum in the city of Kobane amid participation from different political parties. – –   The forum took place during the unprecedented visit of KNC’s leaders Enwer Naso and Marouf Malla to the liberated city of Kobane. Rival Kurdish parties discussed the recent developments in Kurdish region and the Syria.  The KNC was criticised by other parties for boycotting the recently held Russia-sponsored meeting in the Hmemin Base in western Syria, where delegations from the Syrian regime and some Kurdish parties discussed the ongoing crisis and the future of the war-torn country. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=82070

 

 

MESOP NEWS  INSIGHT : Netanyahu to discuss with Putin closer military coordination /

Analysis: What does Russia really think about Israel’s alleged airstrikes in Syria?

 

ByYossi Melman – Jerusalem Post –  14 January 2017 22:24  – While Assad has vowed revenge for the alleged Israeli attacks, his patron, Russia, has thus far remained silent.

One cannot ignore or underestimate the warnings of the Syrian Government and its army’s capability to respond to Thursday night’s attack, which Syria attributed to Israel. The spokesperson for the Syrian Army claimed that Israeli planes flying near the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) in northern Israel attacked the Mezzah military airport, located near Damascus, with missiles. The airport is approximately five kilometers from Basher Assad’s presidential palace. Opposition leaders claim that there were more targets in addition to the airport. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=82074

 

 

MESOP NEWS “SYRIA’S LOST MASTERPIECES” – Will The Crac des Chevaliers Survive The Syrian Civil War?

It was built in 1142. But the magnificent Crac de Chevaliers in Syria may not survive the war presently engulfing it.

By Allison McNearney –  01.15.17 6:15 AM ET – High on a hill, almost halfway between Homs, Syria, and the Mediterranean Sea, sits a grand and formidable castle. All imposing turrets and towers, winding parapets, and massive stretches of limestone walls, the Crac des Chevaliers is the stuff of Disney-worthy dreams.  One can only imagine the historical events that this castle has witnessed from that hilltop since the Crusaders began constructing it in 1142 as their latest and greatest fortress.But it is in the most recent of these world-shaking crises—the Syrian Civil War—that the UNESCO World Heritage Site has suffered what may be irreparable damage.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=82078

 

 

THE GERMAN CHAPTER

MESOP CULTURE: POST-TRUTH AFTER CHARLES MARX

“Die herrschenden Gedanken sind nicht länger mehr die Gedanken der Herrschenden, sondern der Trolle” (MESOP)

 

MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER: BARZANI’S & TALABANI’S KURDISTAN PLEITE!?

Nordirak: Der Mythos der Einheit – Die Bundeswehr bildet im Nordirak Peschmerga-Kämpfer aus, das Mandat soll bald verlängert werden. Aber Kurdistan ist wirtschaftlich am Boden und politisch tief gespalten.

Von Birgit Svensson, Erbil  – 14. Januar 2017, 19:16 Uhr  – DIE ZEIT

Es tropft im Internationalen Flughafen von Erbil. Vor den Schaltern von Iraks staatlicher Fluggesellschaft fangen Plastikschüsseln das Wasser auf. Die Passagiere müssen einen Bogen um sie machen. Auch vor dem Gepäckband tröpfelt es von der Decke. Dabei ist das Flughafengebäude erst sieben Jahre alt. Mit einem pompösen Festakt wurde es 2010 eingeweiht.  –  550 Millionen Dollar hat sich die kurdische Regionalregierung das Prestigeobjekt kosten lassen. Geschwungene Dachkonstruktion, offene, helle, transparente Hallen aus Glas, Chrom und Metall. Der Flughafen war das Symbol einer aufstrebenden Region, nun ist er ein Symbol für den heutigen Zustand von Kurdistan.  Volltext lesen http://www.mesop.de/?p=82064

 

MESOP NEWS : KEINE EINZIGE “FALSCHE MEINUNG” MEHR  ! =  DE MAIZIERES “WAHRHEITSMINISTERIUM” ALS TOTALKONTROLLE

Henryk M. Broder :  Facebook & Fake News oder: Putsch mit Ansage (14 Jan 2017)

In Deutschland laufen grade die Vorbereitungen für einen Putsch, wie es ihn in der Geschichte des Landes noch nicht gegeben hat. Zweierlei macht das Besondere des Plans aus.

Es ist ein Putsch mit Ansage, die Vorbereitungen finden nicht heimlich, sondern in aller Öffentlichkeit statt. Und  es sind nicht irgendwelche Anarchisten, Militärs oder Revoluzzer, welche die Regierung aus dem Amt jagen und die Macht an sich reißen wollen, es ist die Regierung, die das Volk entmachten möchte. Vollkommen legal, mit Hilfe von Maßnahmen, die parteiübergreifend beschlossen werden sollen.

Es geht um „Fake News“, also um gefälschte Nachrichten, die im Netz verbreitet und u.a. dafür verantwortlich gemacht werden, dass die Briten für den Brexit gestimmt und die Amerikaner Donald Trump zum Präsidenten gewählt haben. So lesen und hören wir es inzwischen beinah täglich in den seriösen Nachrichten. Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=82062

MESOP NEWS “NO FREE PRESS IN IRAQI KURDISTAN?” – Metro center says violations against journalists ongoing in Iraqi Kurdistan – The Metro Center for Journalists’ Rights and Advocacy

15 Jan 201 – SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Metro Center for Journalists’ Rights and Advocacy said journalists were not only killed on the frontlines against Islamic State (ISIS) in 2016, but were also killed and kidnapped in cities in the Kurdistan Region.According to a report by Metro, 175 violations were recorded against 148 journalists in the Kurdistan Region, including murder, injuring, illegal detention, and breaking and seizing of journalists’ equipment.

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MESOP NEWS TODAYS INTEL OPINION BY JOSSI MELMAN –

Yossi Melman is an Israeli security commentator and co-author of ‘Spies Against Armageddon.’ He blogs at www.israelspy.com and tweets at yossi_melman

Deal or no deal: Will Trump and his team void the Iran nuclear accord?

15 Jan 2017 – Jerusalem Post – Trump’s foreign policy and defense nominations have been hardline on Iran, but once they take the reins, will they really try and void the nuclear accord with Tehran?

President-elect Donald Trump’s past statements and rhetoric indicate that he is a non- interventionist, if not a full-fledged isolationist, making it clear he is against sending American troops to defend and intervene in other countries.In that sense, he sharply deviates from the policy of Republican president George W. Bush, who believed in a strong US and invaded Afghanistan and Iraq. Trump also disapproves of the policy of his predecessor President Barack Obama, a Democrat who, though advocating for “soft power,” ordered targeted killings of terrorists in several countries in the Middle East and Asia.

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MESOP NEWS “SYRIA’S LOST MASTERPIECES” – Will The Crac des Chevaliers Survive The Syrian Civil War?

It was built in 1142. But the magnificent Crac de Chevaliers in Syria may not survive the war presently engulfing it.

By Allison McNearney –  01.15.17 6:15 AM ET – High on a hill, almost halfway between Homs, Syria, and the Mediterranean Sea, sits a grand and formidable castle. All imposing turrets and towers, winding parapets, and massive stretches of limestone walls, the Crac des Chevaliers is the stuff of Disney-worthy dreams.  One can only imagine the historical events that this castle has witnessed from that hilltop since the Crusaders began constructing it in 1142 as their latest and greatest fortress. But it is in the most recent of these world-shaking crises—the Syrian Civil War—that the UNESCO World Heritage Site has suffered what may be irreparable damage.

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MESOP CULTURE: POST-TRUTH AFTER CHARLES MARX “Die herrschenden Gedanken sind nicht länger mehr die Gedanken der Herrschenden, sondern der Trolle” (MESOP)

MESOP NEWS INSIGHT : Netanyahu to discuss with Putin closer military coordination / Analysis: What does Russia really think about Israel’s alleged airstrikes in Syria?

ByYossi Melman – Jerusalem Post –  14 January 2017 22:24  – While Assad has vowed revenge for the alleged Israeli attacks, his patron, Russia, has thus far remained silent.

One cannot ignore or underestimate the warnings of the Syrian Government and its army’s capability to respond to Thursday night’s attack, which Syria attributed to Israel. The spokesperson for the Syrian Army claimed that Israeli planes flying near the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) in northern Israel attacked the Mezzah military airport, located near Damascus, with missiles. The airport is approximately five kilometers from Basher Assad’s presidential palace. Opposition leaders claim that there were more targets in addition to the airport.

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