READ IN: Türkçe Fehim Tastekin August 19, 2019 Article Summary – AL MONITOR – The US-Turkish deal on a safe zone in northern Syria has averted the prospect of Turkey fighting the Kurds, but the parties have stepped into a diplomatic minefield, where the interests and objectives do not match. Renewed arm wrestling is underway in the wake of the US-Turkish accord on creating a safe zone in northern Syria. The sides failed to define the specifics of the zone, even though the deal averted a unilateral Turkish incursion into Kurdish-held areas to the east of the Euphrates River.
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Schwarze werden in den Vereinigten Staaten besonders oft von Polizisten getötet. Zwei Forscherteams haben sich auf die Suche nach den Ursachen gemacht. Ihre Antworten dürften nicht jedem gefallen.
Ist die Polizei in den Vereinigten Staaten rassistisch? Allein den Rassismusvorwurf zu hinterfragen ist aus Sicht mancher Aktivisten schon Ausdruck des eigenen Rassismus. . Wie konfrontativ die Stimmung ist, spiegelt sich in den zum Teil wütenden und erbitterten Reaktionen auf einen Studienbericht wider, den die renommierte amerikanische Wissenschaftlervereinigung „National Academy of Sciences“ vor Kurzem in ihrem offiziellen Publikationsorgan „Proceedings“ veröffentlichte („Officer characteristics and racial disparities in fatal officer-involved shootings“, PNAS 22. Juli 2019). Die Analyse zur Bedeutung von Rasse in Fällen tödlicher Polizeigewalt sei „traurig und erniedrigend“, beklagen die Kritiker und bezichtigen die Autoren, David Johnson von der University of Maryland und Joseph Cesario von der Michigan State University, mit ihren Forschungsergebnissen Verfechter weißer Vorherrschaft zu unterstützen.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : The subtitle is wrong. The program U.N. only transfers #hospital coordinates to Russia which then bombs the hospitals.
A United Nations program passes on rebel coordinates to Russia. Its bombs do the rest. – FOREIGN POLICY – By Anchal Vohra – | August 19, 2019, 8:14 AM
For months, as part of its deconfliction program for the Syrian war, the United Nations has been sharing the GPS coordinates of health care facilities in rebel-held territory with the Russian government. The aim was to ensure Russia and its Syrian allies do not hit them by mistake.
The system is not working. Indeed, it seems to be achieving the opposite of its ostensible goal. During the Syrian government’s recent offensive in Idlib, as many as 46 civilian facilities were reportedly attacked. The Syrian American Medical Society, a local partner of the U.N. in Idlib, reported that at least 14 medical facilities that were attacked in Idlib were on the U.N.’s list. The Russian and the Syrian governments, in other words, knew exactly where the facilities were when they bombed them.
THE PYD/PKK’S DRUG TRAFFICKING & TURKEY’S WAR ON NARCO-TERRORISM ANALYSIS” A related paper was uploaded to Academia
THE KURDS OF SYRIA
Anne Sofie Schøtt
20 August 2019 – Twitter deckt laut eigenen Angaben eine grossangelegte Kampagne aus China auf. Diese sollte die Proteste in Hongkong diskreditieren. Der Kurznachrichtendienst machte über 900 Accounts aus, über die koordiniert «politischer Streit in Hongkong gesät werden sollte». Zusätzlich sei ein Netzwerk aus rund 200 000 Online-Konten gesperrt worden, bevor es nennenswerte Aktivität entwickeln konnte. Auch Facebook entfernte Profile, Seiten und Gruppen. Die neusten Entwicklungen | Zum Kommentar | Zum Bericht | Vier Hongkonger erzählen
20 August 2019 – Tonight is probably the biggest @RTErdogan
government strategic failure since the start of the war in #Syria 8 years ago. Turkey planned to reinforce its obs post in Morek & establish 2 more near Khan Sheikhoun. Instead,it is watching everything falling to pieces & to AssadPutin.
Turkey had its F-16 over the city and its forces in striking range. It had all legal right on its side (the “Astana agreement”) to strike the Assad force and support rebels to defeat them. Instead it did nothing and watched the city fall.
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by Giulio Meotti – August 18, 2019 at 5:00 am GATESTONE INSTITUTE
- “I don’t believe in these two words [human rights], there are no human rights. But in Western countries, there are animal rights. In Australia they take care of frogs…. Look upon us as frogs, we’ll accept that — just protect us so we can stay in our land.” — Metropolitan Nicodemus, the Syriac Orthodox archbishop of Mosul, National Catholic Register.
- “Those people are the same ones who came here many years ago. And we accepted them. We are the original people in this land. We accepted them, we opened the doors for them, and they push us to be minorities in our land, then refugees in our land. And this will be with you if you don’t wake up.” — Metropolitan Nicodemus.
- “Threats to pandas cause more emotion” than threats to the extinction of the Christians in the Middle East. — Amin Maalouf, French-Lebanese author, Le Temps.
Pentagon sees warning for China in Turkey’s F-35 ouster
Jack Detsch August 19, 2019 – Article Summary – al monitor – The Pentagon says the US decision to boot Turkey from the F-35 program for buying a Russian missile system could have implications for nations that invest in Chinese technologies.
The Donald Trump administration’s move to kick Turkey out of the F-35 fighter jet program for purchasing a Russian air defense system could have implications for Middle East nations that buy Chinese technology, according to a Pentagon statement.
2h 19 August 2019 – That #Turkey has ever had even a momentary doubt about whether #Russia would side with the #Asad/#Iran system in the case of an all-out #Idlib offensive is one of the gravest recent policy failings. #Syria
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Interpreting Kremlin’s weird silence on NW of Syria despite Ankara’s warnings: Moscow, siding with Esad, pressuring Ankara to evacuate Morek as soon as possible. In the arm wrestle btw Ankara & Esad, the referee supoorting Esad. Wait & see the outcome..
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Looks like they did exactly that. Uptick of YPG offensive actions west of al Bab, casualties on both sides.
#المرصدالسوري #SOHR@syriahr 13m
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