MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : – NONE OTHER THAN DONALD TRUMP SHELTERS, FINANCES AND PROTECTS SYRIAN SDF (PKK/PYD)Who Benefits from a U.S. Oil Deal in Northeast Syria?
Kenneth R. Rosen FIKRA FORUM Kenneth R. Rosen is the journalist-in-residence at the Washington Institute and a senior editor at Newsweek based in Italy. His latest book is “Bulletproof Vest” (Bloomsbury).
Also available in العربية September 18, 2020
Upon each of my past arrivals in Syria, I’ve entered into landscapes of rolling hillocks and oil wells. Stippled across the land, some wells toiled slowly while others—rusted and abandoned—lay motionless, languishing along the buckled pavement of northeastern roads leading toward the city of Qamishlo. Reminiscent of the Texas Panhandle, these areas appeared sometimes like a mirror-image of America’s oil-rich heartland (minus the windmills).
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS REPORT : HOW PKK/PYD FORCES DESTROY AND UNDERMINE CHANCES FOR KURDISH UNITY IN SYRIA
The Gordian knot of Kurdish unity talks in Syria
MENA Source by Rena Netjes and Lars Hauch 23 Sept 2020
On September 20, US Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey visited northeast Syria for a meeting with delegations of the Kurdish National Council (KNC), the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and allied Kurdish parties who have been engaging in so-called unity talks since November 2019.
Hailed as a “historical step” towards greater understanding and cooperation, the US-sponsored process still suffers from longstanding rifts between the two sides. Yet, two days before Jeffrey’s visit, the PYD apparently accepted a US proposal for equal power sharing in an envisaged joint political body for northeast Syria. This concession displays the US’s bargaining power, but an overall deal is still far away.
Seth J. Frantzman , Executive director, Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis
On 9/25/20 at 1:09 PM EDT – NEWSWEEK
Iran’s missile program is the elephant in the room in discussions about renewed U.S. sanctions on Tehran. This month the Trump administration sought to snap back sanctions on Iran, a demand that has been met with a cold shoulder by Russia, China and even U.S. allies in Europe. While the main point of contention has generally been Iran’s nuclear program, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has indicated that Iran’s ballistic missile threat is also a major target of U.S. sanctions.
Ilham Ahmed: exclusion of real representatives of Syrian people from conferences led to disastrous results ANHA 25 Sept 2020
“The exclusion of the real representatives of the Syrian people from the external conferences held to discuss the Syrian crisis had catastrophic consequences for the Syrian people,” said the head of the Executive Committee of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), during a speech she gave at the opening of a symposium the SDF in the city of Kobani.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : WITHOUT PROTEST BY THE OFFICIAL WESTERN WORLD – PRESENT BY THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF RED CHINA (MODERN LEFT FASCISM)
Construction has continued despite Beijing’s claim ‘re-education’ system is winding down
by Emma Graham-Harrison THE GUARDIAN – Thu 24 Sep 2020 03.00 BST Last modified on Thu 24 Sep 2020 09.32 BST
China has built nearly 400 internment camps in Xinjiang region, with construction on dozens continuing over the last two years, even as Chinese authorities said their “re-education” system was winding down, an Australian thinktank has found.
The network of camps in China’s far west, used to detain Uighurs and people from other Muslim minorities, include 14 that are still under construction, according to the latest satellite imaging obtained by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS BACKGROUNDER: Behind the Scenes of the Abraham Accords: Insights from an INSS Cabinet –
BY Udi Dekel, Noa Shusterman
Special Publication, September 24, 2020 INSS (ISRAEL) NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
The Abraham Accords will ostensibly serve to inspire peace and normalization agreements between Israel and additional Arab states. Indeed? Which issues are included in the agreement, and why? Why did the UAE and Bahrain decide to establish official relations at this time? What are the implications for the Palestinian arena? And what new challenges are likely to emerge? Insights from a discussion of experts held following the festive signing ceremony at the White House
By Jonathan Spyer – 21 Set 2020 – Alliances in the Middle East are changing but the EU has been little engaged with the new diplomatic shifts and risks becoming irrelevant in the region, writes Jonathan Spyer.
Jonathan Spyer is the director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.
The signing of agreements for “full normalization” of diplomatic, economic and all relations’ between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House this week largely formalizes an existing reality.
These countries share common perspectives and common interests on the key strategic issues facing the Middle East region. Behind the scenes, they have been cooperating for quite a while.
The relevant files in this regard are: the challenge represented by the regional ambitions of Iran, (Israel’s chief security concern), Turkish regional expansion – bearing the banner of Sunni political Islam in its Muslim Brotherhood iteration (the particular focus for the Emiratis), and the implications for these of an emergent lighter US footprint in the Mid-East, alongside the growing influence of the Chinese in the region.
By Enab Baladi 21 Sept 2020 – The Russian and Turkish officers did not reach a unified formula for implementing northwestern Syria agreements during a meeting in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on 16 September, which was reflected on the ground in Idlib province.
In an interview with the Turkish channel “CNN,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu hinted that Idlib’s political process could end if his country did not reach an agreement with Russia.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ONLY TRUMP/POMPEO ACTING CONTRA IRANIAN HANGMEN – US Renews All Sanctions On Iran
by Tsarizm Staff September 210, 2020 – The United States has reimposed full sanctions on Iran declared Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Saturday evening. The corrective measures are happening even though other nations under the original sanctions plan are not going along. “The Maximum Pressure campaign will continue”, said the Secretary.
Turkey is continuing its attacks on the Kurdistan Workers Party as a senior Iraqi Kurdish military official hints the group may be wearing out its welcome. A Kurdish peshmerga fighter carries her weapon while walking in the foothills of the Qandil Mountains located along the Iraq-Iran border, May 5, 2006.
Sep 18, 2020 – AL MONITOR – ERBIL, Iraq — Turkey’s aggressive cross-border operations in northern Iraq against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) are not letting up, again putting the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the difficult position of having to manage its relationships with Baghdad and Ankara as well as decreasing number of the Iraqi Kurdish population, which retains sympathy for the PKK.