MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : OUR HAMAS DIALOGUE PARTNERS IN ARMS – ISRAEL

Israel-Hamas talks isolate Abbas – READ IN:    עברית – Ben Caspit – AL MONITOR – August 20, 2018

Article Summary – Israel negotiates with Hamas, despite its ideology of destroying the Jewish state, while ignoring Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, its only security partner against terror.In the 25 years since the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO, Israel stuck tenaciously to a single, clear policy. It would engage in negotiations with the PLO (and later with Palestinian Authority [PA] leadership) and wage a relentless war against Hamas terrorism, which was seen as being the greatest foe of the two-state solution.

For the first time ever, Israeli policy is changing right before our eyes and becoming the exact opposite of what it once was. The current government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett may be the most right-wing government in Israeli history, but now it is isolating the PA and conducting negotiations with Hamas.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : GAZA PEACE & THE AMERICAN PASTOR / DEBKA FILES ISRAEL

How Gaza truce parley got tangled in Trump-Erdogan spat

21 Aug 2018 – DEBKA FILES – Exclusive:  By defaulting on his bargain with President Donald Trump over the release of an American pastor, Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan steps into the stalled haggling over a Gaza truce
After US President Donald Trump persuaded Israel to release a Turkish woman held as a Hamas confederate, Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan denied he had agreed to free the American pastor detained in Turkey in return. Trump responded on Monday, Aug. 21: “I got that person out for him” – Israel released and deported Ebru Ozkan on July 15 – “I think it’s very sad what Turkey is doing. “I think they’re making a terrible mistake. There will be no concessions. It can’t be a one-way street.”

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WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : PKK/PYD(SDF) FRATERNIZING WITH THE ASSAD’S AGAIN

 

Assad  & Kurds Can Work Together for Future of Syria

Manish Rai – 21 August 2018 –  EKURD NET Syria’s Kurds are trying to negotiate a settlement with Damascus as they seek to protect gains made in seven years of war, wary of its unpredictable partner now they are eager to negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad. Initial round of talks has already taken place when Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), a political arm of Kurdish dominated SDF delegation led by Ilham Ahmed its executive head visited Syrian capital Damascus last month. This marks the first diplomatic engagement between the Assad regime and Kurds since 2011.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : NOT TRUMP ! = ONLY MERKEL’S GERMANY SUPPORTS ERDOGAN

Diplomatische Krise Pastor gegen Strafe für Bank – USA lehnen Deal mit Türkei ab

Stand: 20.08.2018 | DIE WELT –  Brunson wird freigelassen, dafür verzichten die USA auf eine Geldstrafe für die staatliche Halkbank – so das Angebot der Türkei : – In der diplomatischen Krise zwischen der Türkei und den USA soll Ankara angeboten haben, den Pastor Andrew Brunson freizulassen. Im Gegenzug wollte die Türkei wohl eine Strafe für eine staatliche Bank verhindern. Washington lehnte ab. hat einem Medienbericht zufolge ein Angebot der Türkei zur Freilassung des US-Pastors Andrew Brunson abgelehnt. Die Vereinbarung hätte die USA wohl zum Verzicht auf eine Geldstrafe für die türkische Halkbank verpflichtet. Wie das „Wall Street Journal“ berichtete, will Washington mit Ankara erst über diese und andere Streitfragen reden, wenn Brunson sowie mehrere weitere US-Bürger und drei türkische Ortskräfte der Botschaft wieder frei sind.

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Bolton gets especially warm welcome at meeting with President Rivlin

MESOPOTAMIANEWS MIDEAST : DONALD TRUMP’S TRUSTEE PRO ISRAEL

Rivlin told Bolton how much he appreciated all that he has done to date for Israel, “and we know that you’re going to do more.”

By Greer Fay Cashman – JERUSALEM POST – August 21, 2018 – US National Security Advisor John Bolton received an especially warm welcome when he called on President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday. Rivlin is always happy to welcome visitors to “Jerusalem the capital of Israel, the eternal capital of the Jewish People,” but in Bolton’s case, it was also with the knowledge that Bolton is “a great friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish People.”Rivlin told Bolton how much he appreciated all that he has done to date for Israel, “and we know that you’re going to do more.”

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : DER EU LOBBYIST & ISLAM IDEOLOGE LOAY MUDHOON – Qantara

 Loay_Mudhoon‏ @Loay_Mudhoon Aug 20

“Die Behauptung, dem #Islam fehle die Aufklärung, ist ein uraltes Klischee, meint die Berliner renommierte Arabistik-Professorin Angelika Neuwirth. Der Stolz auf die Aufklärung verleite dazu, die westliche Kultur der islamischen als überlegen darzustellen”

MESOP KOMMENTA : Neuwirth wäre gut beraten, den Text “Dialektik der Aufklärung” (Adorno/Horkheimer) mindestens mal zu googeln. Aber nichts gegen Avicena – nur bleibt die Frage, warum der Islam – seine Gelehrten – danach für 2000 Jahre geschlafen haben. Loay antworten! Mehr www.mesop.de

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SHORT CUTS – No Reason for Syrians to Stay, Says Lebanon’s FM

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, during a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov,  said that many areas of Syria are now safe and that there is “no reason” for Syrian refugees to stay in Lebanon (Al Jazeera). Thousands of Syrians living in Lebanon have returned home in recent months.

In Foreign Affairs, Maha Yahya discusses the obstacles for Syrian refugees to return home.

 

Syria Daily: Russia Presses for Reconstruction Money, Blasts US and UN

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS :PUTIN’S MORAL – WE DESTROY TO SAVE THE BRUTAL BAATH-REGIME AND YOU PAY FOR THEIR RECONSTRUCTION

Scott Lucas – eaworldview – 21 Aug 2018 – Russia pressed again on Monday for other countries to provide the reconstruction funds needed for the Assad regime after Syria’s 89-month conflict.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (pictured) framed the latest pressure with complaints that the US is to blame for the failure of 6.6 million refugees — more than 25% of Syria’s pre-war population — to come back.

Speaking after talks with Lebanese counterpart Gibran Bassil, Lavrov accused Western countries of blocking UN aid.In fact, the UN has said for years that difficulties lay with the Assad regime’s refusal to allow assistance to reach many parts of Syria, especially those under opposition control.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : CHINESE CURRENCY WITH MAO-TSE-TUNGS PICTURE NOW FAVORED BY IRANIAN MULLAHS

TEHRAN Central Bank — We’ll Use Chinese Currency and Erase Dollars

21 Aug 2018 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Iran’s regime has declared that it will deal with its economic difficulties by using Chinese currency. On Monday, the Central Bank removed the US dollar from its currency rate website, and replaced it with the Chinese yuan. The site also erased the dollar from its archives.Since January, the rial has fallen almost 60% against the dollar, including a 35% drop over 48 hours in July. Already at a historic low of 45,000:1 at the start of the year, it stands this morning at 105,100:1.

The devaluation has fed a resurgence of inflation, which the Rouhani Government had brought down to single digits from a high of more than 40% in 2013. Iran is also struggling with production, trade, investment, employment, and environmental damage, amid long-term internal problems and expanding US sanctions.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : WIE PATRICK BAHNERS DIE ORGANISIERTE DEUTSCHE ISRAEL-SOLIDARITÄT ALS EINEN STALINISTISCHEN MOB ERLEBTE

Debatte auf Ruhrtriennale : Antisemitismus oder Freiheit der Kunst?

Von Patrick Bahners – 20.08.2018- FAZ – Ruhrtriennale kakophonisch: Eine Podiumsdiskussion zur Bewegung BDS, die zum Boykott von Israel aufruft, streitet darüber, wie viel politisches Gepäck ein Festival schultern darf. Gleich nach dem ersten Satz, den Stefanie Carp, die Intendantin der Ruhrtriennale, am Samstag auf der Podium in der Bochumer Turbinenhalle sagt, schlägt ihr ein Chor der Empörung entgegen. Sie habe in diesem Jahr zum ersten Mal von BDS gehört, der Bewegung, die im Kampf gegen die israelische Besatzungspolitik auf die Waffen Boykott, Investitionsabzug („divestment“) und Sanktionen setzt. Hohngelächter ist die Antwort. „Lüge, Lüge!“ Die entschiedenen Freunde Israels, die Israel-Fähnchen in den Saal mitgebracht haben, verdächtigen Frau Carp, das Festival, als dessen Leiterin sie für drei Jahre bestallt ist, in den Dienst einer antisemitischen Agenda zu stellen. Sie habe die schottische Hiphop-Band Young Fathers nach Bochum holen wollen, um BDS in Deutschland salonfähig zu machen. Dass sie früher Trotzkistin war, wird als Grund angeführt, ihr den Willen zur Vernichtung Israels zu unterstellen.

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