MESOPOTAMIA NEWS :  DER AHNENPASS DES ALAN POSENER ODER  WARUM ES PALÄSTINENSER NICHT GIBT !

 Alan Posener, Sawsan Chebli und die Frage, wer sich Palästinenser nennen darf –

Sawsan Chebli darf ihre Eltern »Palästinenser« nennen …

Kommentar von Daniel Gerlach – ZENITH  – 26.06.2019 – Kolumne Sawsan Chebli

 … und Alan Posener sollte sich für ein paar Wochen ein Twitter-Verbot auferlegen. Warum, erfährt, wer alte Zeitungen liest. 

Man sollte nicht von Twitter auf andere schließen. Durchschnittlich kultivierte Menschen werden dort seltsam übergriffig. Sie werfen – im günstigsten Fall – mit Beschimpfungen um sich. Im ungünstigen mit historischen Tatsachenbehauptungen.  

Neulich setzte die Berliner SPD-Politikerin Sawsan Chebli, Kind palästinensischer Flüchtlinge und bundesweit inzwischen wohl bekannter als ihr Chef, der Regierende Bürgermeister, mal wieder einen Tweet ab. Sie beklagte sich, dass sie fortwährend nach ihrer »ursprünglichen« Herkunft gefragt werde, und schloss die 280 Zeichen mit dem Satz »Meine Eltern sind Palästinenser«.

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Kushner in Bahrain: Easy to criticize, harder to present detailed plan

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS COMMENTARY BY JERUSALEM POST

“When people criticize, the question I would ask them is what is your idea, what ideas are you putting forward,” he told reporters.

By Herb Keinon June 26, 2019 21:31 – JERUSALEM POST – MANAMA, BAHRAIN – It is easy to be against things, and much more difficult to state what your are for, and then detail it, US top official Jared Kushner said to his critics Wednesday at the end of the “Peace to Prosperity” workshop here.

“When people criticize, the question I would ask them is what is your idea, what ideas are you putting forward,” he told reporters in a briefing after a day of sessions devoted to how to invest in the Palestinian territories and in the region.

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MESOP MIDEAST SPECIAL: COMING TOGETHER & SHAKE HANDS – Israeli, Russian, US interests converge on Iran in Syria

READ IN:    עברית Ben Caspit June 26, 2019 Article Summary   al monitor  “& jUNE 2019 – At a trilateral meeting in Jerusalem, the national security advisers of Israel, Russia and the United States confirmed their common interest in limiting the presence of Iranian forces in Syria when peace finally comes.

(L to R) Israeli national security adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, US national security adviser John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev join hands during opening statements for a meeting in Jerusalem, June 25, 2019.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S national security adviser John Bolton, Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, and Israeli national security adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, shake hands during opening statements of a trilateral meeting between the American, Israeli and Russian top security advisers in Jerusalem June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun – RC19617B1520

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INTEL : Iran: Secret execution of senior IRGC member

 

by irancommentary 26 June 2019

Reports are circulating in Iran, especially in Farsi-language social media posts, citing sources close to the members of Tehran’s City Council claiming Isa Sharifi, deputy mayor during the tenure of Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, was secretly executed by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) intelligence on charges of “espionage for an enemy state.” Ghalibaf, mayor of Tehran from 2005 to 2017, is a former ranking member of the IRGC command.Sharifi was a senior military officer during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s and Ghalibaf’s deputy in the IRGC Air Force. He also led the department in charge of reconstructing the IRGC Air Force.

His report card includes serving in the IRGC’s 14th Division, IRGC Department of Logistics and Ordnance, and State Police Department of Logistics.

As reports leaked of a massive case of embezzlement involving the Tehran Municipality, Sharifi – known as the “Tehran Municipality Black Box” – fled to Sweden under the pretext of seeking treatment for his daughter’s illness. Reports indicate he sought asylum in the Nordic country.

Back in September 2017, the IRGC Intelligence Organization, in cooperation with the regime’s State Police, carried out a plot luring Sharifi to Armenia where he was arrested and transferred back to Tehran.

In December 2017, mediation by Ghalibaf himself and the influence of Seyed Massoud Khamenei, the son of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, led to the release of Sharifi on a massive bail. The money was provided by a group of influential regime insiders called the “Isfahanis Group,” reports indicate.

All press and media outlets inside Iran described Sharifi’s crime as a major case of embezzlement. With a very suspicious dossier and after fleeing abroad, Sharifi was reportedly hired by a foreign intelligence agency as a spy.

Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei, deputy chair for Iran’s judiciary, made these remarks in a September 2017 press conference in regards to Sharifi’s apprehension.

“I have no details yet and if I did have any details I would not be able to provide any,” he said, raising even more suspicions on this entire portfolio.

On April 22 of this year, Gholam-Hossein Esmaeeli, spokesperson for Iran’s judiciary, added further controversy when asked about Sharifi. “Unfortunately, I don’t recall!” he replied.

IRGC intelligence had realized Sharif’s suspicious communications from back in February 2018. Using advanced surveillance technologies, they obtained information indicating Sharifi was exchanging intelligence about the IRGC missile and air force capabilities with his contacts. Sharifi was arrested immediately and held in a secret IRGC site. During his detention, three of his Sharifi’s contacts in the cities of Tehran, Bushehr and Jask were arrested.

In March 2019, following execution orders specifically issued for Sharifi, Tehran City Council member Mahmoud Mirlohi, informed of details regarding Sharifi’s dossier, made interesting remarks in an interview.

“Despite being a representative of the people, I have been banned from making certain remarks. Should we not be asking where is Isa Sharifi today?” he said.

Finally, this noticeable IRGC figure and former deputy mayor of Tehran, who served alongside a senior IRGC commander for 12 years and was described as the “Tehran Municipality Black Box,” was secretly sent to the gallows in the early morning hours of June 21.

A long list of Iranian state media have denied any reports of Sharifi’s secret execution. For Iranians, this only adds to their conviction of such an individual actually being secretly executed by the mullahs’ regime.

Reports over the secret execution of a senior IRGC member follows reports of an brigadier general and 122 other Guards members being arrested by the Intelligence Ministry on espionage charges.

As the United States continues its maximum pressure policy targeting the core of the mullahs’ regime and the IRGC, rifts are running deep in the mullahs’ apparatus. What makes Tehran utterly concerned is the undeniable reality that such circumstances leave the regime utterly vulnerable in the face of a new round of nationwide protests and uprisings similar to the December 2017/January 2018 scenario that engulfed over 140 cities throughout the country.

Time will tell us more.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : YEHUDA BAUER IN DER NEUEN ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG  – ALLES ANTISEMITISMUS – ODER WAS ?

 

Joseph Croitoru‏ @JoCroitoru 26 minutes ago  26 June 2019

#Shoah-Forscher Y. Bauer “Wenn scharfe Kritik an #Israel #Antisemitismus wäre, dann wären etwa 30% der israelischen #Juden Antisemiten.” Israels Regierung sei #antizionistisch. Und #Polens Regierung verdrehe die #Geschichte des #Holocaust. u.v.m. Kluges

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : GEWALT NICHT VON RECHTS / VERSCHWIEGEN WIRD DIE ISLAMISCHE HERKUNFT DER TÄTER (mit dem NGO Taxis)

Mutmaßliche Gruppenvergewaltigung in Freiburg “Keine Chance, sich zu wehren”

Elf Männer sollen in Freiburg eine 18-Jährige vergewaltigt haben. Zum Prozessauftakt hat die Staatsanwaltschaft den Beschuldigten vorgeworfen, die wehrlose Frau stundenlang erniedrigt zu haben.

Vor dem Freiburger Landgericht hat der Prozess um eine mutmaßliche Gruppenvergewaltigung begonnen. Elf Männer sind beschuldigt, sich im Oktober 2018 an einer 18-Jährigen vergangen zu haben. Sie vergewaltigten die Frau laut Anklage in einem Gebüsch bei einer Diskothek im Freiburger Industriegebiet Nord.

Am ersten Verhandlungstag warf Staatsanwalt Rainer Schmidt den Angeklagten gewalttätiges und erniedrigendes Verhalten vor. Das mutmaßliche Opfer hatte demnach “keine Chance, sich zu wehren”. Die Vergewaltigungen hätten zweieinhalb Stunden gedauert.

Laut Schmidt hatte der Hauptangeklagte die Frau nach draußen gelockt, indem er behauptete, ihr ein Tattoo am Oberschenkel zeigen zu wollen. Als das Mädchen sich umdrehte, um zurück zur Disco zu gehen, habe er sie von hinten gepackt, ihren Rock, die Strumpfhose und Unterhose heruntergerissen und sie vergewaltigt.

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 – 26 June 2019 – ISIS’s Second Comeback: Assessing the Next ISIS Insurgency

By Jennifer Cafarella with Brandon Wallace and Jason Zhou

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  – The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) is not defeated despite the loss of the territory it claimed as its so-called ‘Caliphate’ in Iraq and Syria. It is stronger today than its predecessor Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) was in 2011, when the U.S. withdrew from Iraq. AQI had around 700-1000 fighters then.  ISIS had as many as 30,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria in August 2018 according to a Defense Intelligence Agency estimate. ISIS built from the small remnant left in 2011 an army large enough to recapture Fallujah, Mosul, and other cities in Iraq and dominate much of eastern Syria in only three years.  It will recover much faster and to a much more dangerous level from the far larger force it still has today.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS BOOK RECOMMENDATION :  MILITARY ORIENTALISM

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2019 – We are pleased to offer a preview of the featured essay from the new Summer 2019 edition of Middle East Policy: “Military Orientalism: Middle East Ways of War.” The essay is written by Dr. Ahmed Salah Hashim, associate professor of Strategic Studies, RSIS, at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. To access the full essay, click here.

The essay provides historical context on how the West has distorted the ways of war in the Middle East. Dr. Hashim links this distortion to military orientalism: “the centrality of orientalist representations in the construction of oriental enemies and their warfare traditions.” This enables military regimes in the West to denounce violence by militaries in the Middle East and Orient, while at the same time glorifying (and legitimizing) Western methods, even if they are equally or more violent.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS –  STRATEGIC OUTLOOK –   A New Strategy Toward Tehran: Exploit Iran’s Fear

By Dmitri Shufutinsky June 26, 2019 – ISRAEL –  BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,209, June 26, 2019

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Iranian regime’s worst fear is a foreign invasion. In order to bring the mullahs to the negotiating table, the US should eliminate the regime’s proxies in Iran’s Iraqi and Syrian “near-abroad” and bring that threat into full relief.

President Donald Trump’s controversial decision not to launch a military strike against Iran has stirred up debate in America and beyond. Was he wise and merciful to refrain from launching an allegedly disproportionate response to the downing of a drone? Or did the mullahs call his bluff and weaken America’s standing? There is merit to both arguments, but the most important thing for policymakers to decide now is how to deter Tehran in the future.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Moscow seeks Iran-Israel compromise at Jerusalem security chiefs meeting

Maxim A. Suchkov  Marianna Belenkaya June 25, 2019  – Article Summary  – al monitor – During the trilateral meeting of national security advisers from Russia, Israel and the United States, Moscow stressed Israeli security concerns but also called for acknowledging Iranian interests. MOSCOW — The much-awaited trilateral meeting of the security chiefs of Russia, Israel and the United States delivered on expectations: no breakthroughs nor revelations of concrete proposals, but lots of mutual political signaling, diplomatic posturing and ground-setting for next engagements.

Iran predictably dominated the agenda of the talks in Jerusalem today, and the parties each took predictable stances on Tehran’s policies.

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