Coronavirus Is Empowering Dictators And Changing The World Order
From the Schengen zone agreements to life in the Gulf, coronavirus has shattered what is considered normal in a few short weeks.
by Seth J. Frantzman THE NATIONAL INTEREST 5. April 2020
The global pandemic of coronavirus will fundamentally re-shape the world order as it upends systems which publics have come to take for granted. Internationally, it is also accelerating the breakdown of the liberal international order. Major themes of the last decades, such as the global war on terror, the rise of populism and the retreat of democracy in countries like Russia have all reshaped the world. The rise of COVID-19 builds on these trends as it rapidly changes relationships between states. It is a black swan event that suddenly closed the previously open borders of the European Union in a way terror threats and migration could not.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INTEL ISRAEL : WITH MOSSAD AND SHIN BET CONTRA VIRUS / Stealing other peoples needed medical material contra Coronamedical
Israel mobilizes its intelligence machinery to combat COVID-19
April 3, 2020 by Joseph Fitsanakis intel org
The intelligence agencies of Israel are playing an increasingly important role in the Jewish state’s effort to combat the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic in its territory. Israel’s intelligence agencies are known to be very secretive, but the government has gone out of its way to advertise their participation in the national effort to limit the spread of the virus.
Earlier this week, an Israeli television station aired an interview with an individual whose face was hidden, and was only identified as the director of technology for the Israeli external intelligence agency Mossad. He said that the secretive spy agency had managed to secure 100,000 coronavirus testing kits, 25,000 N-95 masks and 100 ventilators. The material had been acquired “from unnamed countries” by Mossad officers, he said. The officers had to “race to [foreign] factories” and secure these critical supplies after they had been “ordered by other countries”, he added. The agents then had to coordinate secret airlifts so that the medical material could be transported to Israel in time.
The EU and the Coronavirus Pandemic – By Dr. Tsilla Hershco April 1, 2020 BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,515, April 1, 2020 – TEL AVIV
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The coronavirus pandemic has exposed many of the EU’s inherent weaknesses, from its total unpreparedness for the crisis, to the open borders that expedited the spread of the disease, to the lack of solidarity reflected in member states’ refusal to help Italy in the initial critical phase of the pandemic. The union cooperates well in non-crisis situations, but its complacency, lumbering bureaucracy, and sluggish decision-making processes hamper its ability to respond to urgent developments.
The coronavirus epidemic has exposed the EU’s gravest flaws. It failed to make plans for state cooperation to combat an epidemic, should one arise. The Union’s open border policy in accordance with the Schengen Agreement, which it considers its cardinal achievement, has turned out to be a major hindrance to the effort to contain the virus.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS MIDEAST : Poverty breaks quarantine – Self-employed break “coronavirus” preventive measure in Homs
“If I do not work, I will die of hunger and not from coronavirus.”
With these words, Youssef Najjar, who works as a barber in Talbiseh city, in rural Homs, responded to the Syrian regime’s measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which imposed a partial curfew in the regime-controlled areas.
by Michael Knights – PolicyWatch 3292 March 30, 2020
Unless Washington intervenes with cost-effective, forceful measures, Iraqi Kurdistan could be the first Middle Eastern economy to implode under the pressure of coronavirus and low oil prices.
For the second time in six years, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the most pro-American part of the country, is in danger of economically collapsing due to a deadly combination of low oil prices, pandemic, incomplete economic reforms, and a lack of sovereign reserves. In the latter half of 2014, the halving of oil prices from $110 per barrel to $60 brought the KRI to its knees, forcing a partial withholding of civil servant salaries for four years until the region’s finances and global prices had sufficiently recovered.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SPECIAL : Widespread Looting by Syrian & Iranian Regime Forces in and Around Idlib Threatens the Return of the Displaced People and Sows Religious Hatred
Looting Documented in Nearly 30 Areas Since April 2019, Constituting a War Crime
Press release: 31 March 2020 SYRIAN NETWORK FOR HUMAN RGHTS
The Syrian Network for Human Rights reveals in its report released today that widespread looting by Syrian and Iranian regime forces in and around Idlib threatens the return of the displaced people and is sowing religious hatred, with the report documenting the looting of nearly 30 areas since April 2019 to date, which constitutes a war crime.
The 11-page report notes that whenever Syrian Regime forces and Iranian militias advance towards civilian areas outside these forces’ control with the intention of storming them, more than 98 percent of the total population of these areas flee in terror of being subjected to reprisals by these forces; despite the severe winter cold and the absence of tents and basic necessities of life in the areas they’re fleeing to, residents have explained that they decide to flee, because the terrible difficulties and challenges that they will face as internally displaced persons (IDPs) or refugees are far less dangerous than falling into the clutches of the Syrian regime and its allies.
Syrian mercenaries want to leave Libya, accuse Turkey of breaking promises
By News Desk ALMASDAR NEWS – BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Syrian mercenaries in Libya are not happy about the current situation inside the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Monday.Citing opposition sources, the monitor said that there is widespread discontent among the Syrian mercenaries that were sent to Libya from Turkey.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS FOCUS : WITH COVID-19, IRAN’S DEPENDENCE ON CHINA GROWSby Kevjn Lim – PolicyWatch 3290 – March 27, 2020
Beijing has steadily become Tehran’s economic ventilator, diplomatic prop, and military enabler, and the Iranians need this backstop now more than ever.
When the coronavirus spun out of control in Wuhan this January, Iran ignored the example of many other countries and continued to maintain direct flights and open borders with China. Even after President Hassan Rouhani’s government suspended all such flights on January 31, Mahan Air—a company affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps—kept flying between Tehran and four first-tier Chinese cities, leading many to allege that the airline was instrumental in introducing or at least exacerbating Iran’s raging epidemic.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS IRAQ / KURDISTAN REPORT : US withdraws ‘non-emergency’ staff from Iraq and Kurdistan diplomatic missions
yesterday at 03:07 RUDAW – By Lawk Ghafuri
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The United States has decided to withdraw non-emergency staff from its Baghdad embassy, Erbil consulate, and Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the deteriorating security situation.
The US State Department suspended normal visa services at its consulate in Erbil and embassy in Baghdad on March 14. It has now ordered non-emergency government employees to leave Iraq and return to US.
“Due to a combination of security conditions and restricted travel options as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the State Department has ordered the departure of designated US Government employees at the US Embassy in Baghdad, the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center, and the US Consulate General in Erbil,” read a statement released by the embassy on Thursday.“Visa services at both posts remain suspended,” the statement added.
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By Yaakov Lappin March 27, 2020 – BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,507, March 27, 2020 / ISRAEL
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The coronavirus pandemic has hit Iran hard, and not only on the health front. The virus is the latest in a succession of blows to the Iranian regime’s domestic status, fractured economy, and already low credibility level at home. The virus also appears to be slowing down the regime’s malign activities across the Middle East.