MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Iranian commander who vowed to destroy Israel has been named new leader of IRGC

EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN) – By News Desk -2019-04-210 – ALSMASDAR NEWS –  BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed a new commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Sunday morning.

According to a report from Tehran, Iran’s Supreme Leader appointed General Hossein Salami as the commander of the IRGC Forces.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS BACKGROUNDER INTEL : Intelligence Agencies in Iraqi Kurdistan are Political Police of KDP and PUK

Lahur Sheikh Jangi Talabani (R), the head of Intelligence Agency in the areas controlled by Patriotic Union of Iraqi Kurdistan PUK and Masrour Barzani, the head of the Kurdish intelligence agency in KDP-controlled areas of Iraqi Kurdistan, 2017. Araz Barwari | Exclusive to Ekurd.net – 21 April 2019

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS „TWINS“: DIE LINKE & DIE FINANZWIRTSCHAFT AUF DEM WEG IN DIE ZENTRALISTISCHE PLANWIRTSCHAFT – facebook Debate

Kommentare :  Katharina Raudonat „ Endlich hat die Linke Kapital + Finanzwirtschaft vom Dezisionismus überzeugt – wenn das Carl Schmitt noch geahnt hätte! Inge Viett (2. Juni Teroristin) hats in ihren schriftlichen Äußerungen ihrerseits antizipiert: “Hätten wir schon Computer gehabt, wäre die DDR am Leben geblieben”. – Prophetische Worte und Erschauern vor jeglicher Zukunft.“ www.mesop.de

Friedrich August von Hayek der in seinem Buch “Der Weg zur Knechtschaft” [1971] die These vertrat, dass eine zentrale Planung der Ökonomie die Bedürfnisse des Einzelnen nicht erfüllen kann [vgl. Friedrich August von Hayek – Planwirtschaft und Rechtsstaat, In, Der Weg zur Knechtschaft, S.103], wird nun durch China eines Besseren belehrt. [https://www.nzz.ch/…/auf-dem-weg-zur-digitalen-knechtschaft…]

COURTESY : ALEX MEINHOLD:

„Heutzutage ist eine autoritäre kapitalistische Planwirtschaft möglich und sie wird zunehmend verwirklichen. Diese Möglichkeit ergibt sich aus zwei Prozessen.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : NO GLOBAL CHRISTCHURCH PROTEST FOR CHRISTIANS

 UK: Radical Muslims Welcome, Persecuted Christians Need Not Apply

by Raymond Ibrahim   GATESTONE INSTITUTE –  2019

  • In rejecting the claim for asylum of a man who converted from Islam to Christianity, and presumably compelling his return to Iran, the British government is effectively sentencing him to death.
  • “[O]ut of 4,850 Syrian refugees accepted for resettlement by the Home Office in 2017, only eleven were Christian, representing just 0.2% of all Syrian refugees accepted by the UK.” — Barnabas Fund.
  • At the same time, the Home Office allowed a Pakistani cleric, Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri, considered so extreme that he is banned even from his native Pakistan, to come and lecture in UK mosques.
  • “It’s unbelievable that these persecuted Christians who come from the cradle of Christianity are being told there is no room at the inn, when the UK is offering a welcome to Islamists who persecute Christians…. There is a serious systemic problem when Islamist leaders who advocate persecution of Christians are given the green light telling them that their applications for UK visas will be looked on favourably, while visas for short pastoral visits to the UK are denied to Christian leaders whose churches are facing genocide. That is an urgent issue that Home Office ministers need to grasp and correct.” — Dr. Martin Parsons, Barnabas Fund.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : MACRON DER EUROPÄER / MACRONS DOPPELSPIEL – LIBYENTripolis bricht mit Paris

Die libysche Einheitsregierung ist entrüstet über Frankreichs Unterstützung für General Haftar und hat die Sicherheitszusammenarbeit gekündigt. Aber Präsident Macron spielt sein Doppelspiel weiter. –  Ulrich Schmid, Jerusalem 19.4.2019, 20:19 Uhr – NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG

Fayez al-Sarraj, Emmanuel Macron und General Khalifa Haftar (v.l.n.r.) bei einem Treffen in Frankreich im Juli 2017.

In Libyen wird an allen Fronten gekämpft, an der diplomatischen ebenso wie an der militärischen. Die Einheitsregierung von Ministerpräsident Sarraj hat es nicht nur mit dem Warlord des Ostens, General Haftar, zu tun, sondern auch mit Frankreich. Angesichts der Tatsache, dass Paris weiterhin den «Kriegsverbrecher» Khalifa Haftar unterstütze, beende Libyen die Sicherheitszusammenarbeit mit Frankreich, gab der Innenminister Fathi Bashagha bekannt. Von dieser Massnahme betroffen seien sämtliche bilateralen Übereinkünfte, auch Trainingsprogramme.

Klandestine Missionen

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : GLEICHSCHALTUNG & STEUERUNG & UMERZIEHUNG DER LBGTQ-GESELLSCHAFTEN – „Beste Freunde sollen verboten werden“

Trend: Schulen verbieten Kindern “beste Freunde” – Brigitte April 2019

Pädagogen unterstützen die Idee: Geht es nach einigen Schulen, sollen die Kinder dort keine “besten Freunde” mehr haben. Ein Trend aus Großbritannien schwappt in andere Länder über: Immer mehr Schulen weltweit verbieten Mädchen und Jungen, andere Kinder zu ihren engsten Freunden zu erklären. 

Es gibt eine Bewegung in einigen amerikanischen und europäischen Schulen, den Ausdruck ‘bester Freund’ zu verbieten”, zitiert “CBS” Barbara Greenberg. Die US-amerikanische Kinderpsychologin nennt den Trend ein “sehr faszinierendes soziales Experiment”.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : NEW PARTNER & NEW ENEMIES – The New proxy war in Syria: Iran and Turkey vs. Saudi Arabia and Russia

By Leith Aboufadel – 2019-04-21 ALMASDAR NEWS  BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – As if the Syrian Conflict couldn’t get any more complicated, a new proxy war is brewing between several foreign powers in the northern part of the country. Speaking from Damascus on the condition of anonymity, a government source told Al-Masdar that two new alliances have emerged in northern Syria, with one led by Iran and Turkey and the other Saudi Arabia and Russia.According to the source, Turkey and Iran have forged a pact to not only carry out a joint operation in northern Iraq, but also, potentially, in northern Syria.Meanwhile, Russia and Saudi Arabia are attempting to work out a deal that would see the Syrian government and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces reach a peaceful settlement.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : MACRONS TREFFEN MIT DER MILITÄRISCHEN SDF-FRAKTION UNTER FÜHRUNG DER PKK/PYD (SYRIEN)

Türkei verärgert über Macrons Treffen mit SDF – © REUTERS / Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool  – sputnik 21 April 2019

Der Sprecher des türkischen Außenministeriums, Hami Aksoy, hat den französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron wegen des Treffens mit einer Delegation der syrisch-kurdischen Miliz „Demokratische Kräfte Syriens“ (SDF) scharf kritisiert.Das Treffen hatte am Freitag stattgefunden. Nach Angaben der französischen Seite wurde dabei die Bekämpfung der Terroristen des „Islamischen Staates“* besprochen.

Russische S-400 sind keine Bedrohung für F-35 – Türkischer Außenminister

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Syrian PKK/PYD Kurds fear US sellout to Turkey on ‘safe zone’ 20 April 2019

 
Syrian Kurds uneasy with US “safe zone”

 

US Syria envoy James Jeffrey said the United States is willing to consider a safe zone inside Syria on the Turkish border that would include a limited number of Turkish forces but that is free of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Kurdish militia that makes up the bulk of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the primary US on-the-ground partner in the battle against Islamic State.

Jeffrey added that the YPG is “the PKK’s offshoot,” referring to the Kurdistan Workers Party, which Turkey, the United States and the European Union all consider a terrorist organization.

The PKK-YPG link has been mostly in the category of “dare not speak its name,” given the effectiveness of the SDF in the US-led coalition defeat of the Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS and by its Arabic initials Daesh.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for his part, has never held back regarding the connection between the YPG (and its political arm the Democratic Union Party, or PYD) and IS, saying in Moscow last week, “Just like Daesh was great threat, the YPG/PYD is a threat of the same nature. With the elimination of Daesh, similar organizations and threats must also be eliminated.”

 

Jeffrey’s nod to Turkish concerns has alarmed Syrian Kurds, who were recognized by Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan on March 23 for leading “the fight against ISIS in Syria” with US and Coalition Forces.

 

An SDF leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Amberin Zaman, “We regard the presence of Turkish troops on our soil as extremely problematic and have made our position clear.” Zaman reported last month that Syrian Kurdish leaders would prefer Russian or Syrian troops rather than Turkish forces in Manbij, the Syrian city near the Turkish border that which has been an experiment in Kurdish-led administration and joint US-Turkish patrols.

 
 
cting Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield told reporters April 15 that Washington is not bailing on the Kurds and that US policy is to assure that “those who partnered with us, died for us in the fight against ISIS are not threatened, that a vacuum is not created in northeast Syria” that winds up being filled by “Russian, Iranian and Syrian regime forces.”

Jeffrey will soon travel to Turkey to try to iron out the details of its safe-zone proposal, which might not go far enough, from Ankara’s perspective. Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said April 16, “The US needs to have a change of course there because we don’t need the PYD/YPG to establish peace and security in any part of Syria.”

The PYD/YPG is already talking with Damascus, and we can probably expect that channel to heat up.

The Trump administration, hoping to stave off a Turkish attack on its former allies, may find it difficult to keep up with trends leading to an eventual accommodation between Ankara and Damascus, as we have been reporting here.

Like the United States, Russia and Iran also don’t want a Turkish attack on the Kurds, although they are taking a different diplomatic tack.

Last week Putin said Erdogan had agreed to address next steps for a political settlement in Syria, under UN Security Council Resolution 2254,“in coordination with the Syrian government.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus the day before meeting with Erdogan in Ankara on April 17, said, “The best way to protect security of all the regional states is deployment of the Syrian army at the border with Turkey and ensuring prevention of any terrorist move against the Turkish government and people from Syria.”

Representatives from Russia, Turkey and Iran will hold the 12th round of Astana talks on Syria in Nur-Sultan, the recently renamed capital of Kazakhstan next week, with observers from Jordan and the United Nations attending.

Hamidreza Azizi points out, “Iran is apparently trying to kill two birds with one stone, preventing Turkey from expanding the area under its control in Syria as a result of a new military operation, while minimizing American influence by helping the Assad government reestablish its rule over Syria’s eastern and northeastern regions.”

Erdogan’s son-in-law conveys message to Trump

Asked by Laura Rozen this week if Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 Russian missile defense system was a “done deal,” a senior Turkish official answered “yes and no.”

The S-400 is more kindling on the barely contained brushfire in US-Turkey relations. As we reported here last week, the Pentagon considers Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400 a “threat to the F-35 program and the safety of our NATO allies.” Congressional leaders have threatened to end the sale of US F-35 fighter jets to Turkey and impose sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act if the deal goes ahead.

Erdogan has declared the S-400 a “done deal” and is unlikely to stiff Putin, given their expanding relationship, as Semih Idiz explains.

Nonetheless, Washington and Ankara want to control the blaze before it gets any worse. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar assured US interlocutors in Washington this week that if both the S-400 and F-35 sales proceed, Turkey can be trusted to keep them separate and not jeopardize NATO systems. There was also talk of Turkey housing the Russian system in either Azerbaijan or Qatar, and maybe for there to be a transfer of US Patriot technology, as a means for both sides to save face and not upend the relationship further.

Kalin, also in Washington, told reporters on April 16 that “we wouldn’t want to have our F-35 program jeopardized in any way by the S-400 or any other system.” The Turkish presidential spokesman added that Turkey’s proposal to establish a technical committee under NATO auspices to examine the deal, which had previously been rejected by the United States, “is still on the table.”

Erdogan might be banking on his personal relationship with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, to avert both sanctions and a further meltdown between NATO allies, if the S-400 deal goes forward as planned. Trump met April 15 with Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, who is also Erdogan’s son-in-law, at the White House. Albayrak said he conveyed “the greetings and messages of our president,” and said that Trump “listened in a very reasonable way with a positive understanding to the process regarding Turkey’s needs for the S-400s.”

Following the meeting, Kalin said, “Of course we will expect President Trump to use his power for a waiver” if Turkey is hit with sanctions over the S-400. Asked if Trump said he would issue a waiver, Kalin answered, “I cannot say that he did. This is a message we are conveying.”

The catch may be that the US president’s waiver authority may be constrained in this case, as Jack Detsch explains, even if Trump was so inclined.

US-Turkish relations are a priority for both countries. Trump and Albayrak also discussed a renewal of a waiver for Turkey from US sanctions on the purchase of Iranian oil when the present waiver expires next month, and an expansion of bilateral trade from $20 billion to $75 billion.

Akar, trying to work a compromise to stop the bleeding over the S-400, lamented to his Washington audience this week that “you don’t trust us as much as Russians trust us.”

Kadri Gursel concludes that the S-400 crisis “epitomizes Turkey’s break with Western geopolitics, [and] its resentment and mistrust toward the United States,” in the context of the defeat of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in recent local elections.

 

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : TRUMP WAS MORE TOUGH ON RUSSIA  / A SHORT DEBATE

 

Kyle Orton Retweeted Michael McFaul – 20 April 2019 – You’re deliberately evading the point. Trump has been tougher on Russia than Obama ever was. You can say it’s not tough enough; I would. But it doesn’t alter what Obama did to allow Moscow’s rampage from Ukraine to Syria that Trump is now having to deal with.

Kyle Orton added,

Michael McFaulVerified account @McFaul

Stalin started the Cold War on Trumans watch. By your logic, Eisenhower should have just ignored Stalins earlier belligerent actions and embraced Stalin. (Thankfully our past presidents did not use such logic!) https://twitter.com/kyleworton/status/1119391250053050368  …

 

Seth Frantzman‏Verified account @sfrantzman 8m8 minutes ago

But Obama had tougher rhetoric on Russia and expressed “concern” and the State Department expressed “concern”. It’s like how the EU is very tough on Russia. Western powers tend to value rhetoric over action. So that’s how we get to the theory that Obama was tough on Russia

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