Venezuelan oil worker packs up for Kurdistan Region, better life – RUDAW 10 Febr 2019 –
Dozens of oil workers in Venezuela have abandoned poverty and low wages. They flee their country for jobs in far-flung places like Kuwait, Angola and Chile.
Nieves Ribullen is sick of struggling to get by as his country falls apart. He is betting it all on the far-away Kurdistan Region to give his family a better life.He’ll leave his wife and three children behind. He’ll soon ship out to Kurdistan Region, where he expects to earn $4,500 a month. “I can’t get there (Kurdistan Region) by plane, because of the situation that the country is going through. The facilities of the Kurdistan airport have been taken over by rebels, because of the problem they have.
That is a country that is at war, they are going through many problems. Then, the danger to which we submit ourselves to, we have to endure. Fourteen hours of travel in a vehicle, to be able to work in a country where we do not know anyone, we do not speak the language, but the situation has led us to go through that kind of danger. So, of course it is hard for me to be away from my family, it is hard for me to be away from my children and my wife, but I am practically forced to do so because of the situation that we are living in.” Ribullen says.
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Islamic State’s recent focus on ‘Sabr’ strategy and related matters of faith may suggest efforts to tackle decreased morale and low motivation
Asaf Day February 6, 2019 – The defense post
For around a year and a half, Islamic State has been shifting its global strategy towards guerilla warfare, conducting more irregular warfare operations rather than defending territory. More specifically, the Sunni jihadist militant group has adopted a strategy called “Sabr” (“patience” in Arabic), a term used by Islamists referring to the religious virtue of steadfastness and resilience.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS REPORT BRUSSELS : WHILE BRUSSELS CRITIZISES TRUMP THE EU DOES NOT DO EVERYTHING FOR KURDS! European court offers little solace to victims of Turkish state violence
Amberin Zaman February 7, 2019 – Article Summary – The European Court of Human Rights has ruled the first of many cases filed on behalf of the 130 people killed in state-sponsored violence in Cizre inadmissible because the plaintiffs had not taken their case to Turkey’s Constitutional Court.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) pronounced its judgment on a case seen as a litmus test for justice in the face of the orgy of state-sponsored violence that unfolded in the town of Cizre during blanket curfews imposed in response to Kurdish militants’ attempts to declare self-rule in towns and neighborhoods across Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : SOCIALIST COMRADE MADURO GIVES THE NATIONAL GOLD TO SULTAN ERDOGAN
Corina Pons, Mayela Armas – CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government last year sold 73 tonnes of gold to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates without the required approval of the opposition-led National Assembly, an opposition legislator said on Wednesday.
Of that total, Abu Dhabi investment firm Noor Capital bought the largest amount, 27.3 tonnes of gold, opposition legislator Carlos Paparoni told a news conference, without providing evidence. Paparoni also said a Turkish firm bought 23.9 tonnes of gold last year.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : STATE OF SYRIA – TULSI GABBARD (REPUBLICAN) & ILHAM AHMED PKK/PYD-SDF PRO BASHAR AL ASSAD
“If Assad engages the Kurds respectful of their demands they too will negotiate with him.”
Rep. Gabbard and Syrian Kurdish leader make for odd State of the Union pair
Jack Detsch February 5, 2019 – Article Summary – The 2020 presidential contender will be joined by a leader of the US-backed Syrian Kurds for President Trump’s big speech. A US-backed Kurdish group fighting to stop the US withdrawal from Syria has scored an unlikely invite to tonight’s State of the Union address from a congresswoman well known for her stance against American interventionism.
In a statement this afternoon, longshot 2020 presidential contender Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, announced that she had invited Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) co-president Ilham Ahmed to President Donald Trump’s address. Gabbard called Ahmed “a leader in the battle against ISIS in Syria.” ISIS is an abbreviation for the Islamic State.
The two women could make for awkward seatmates in the House chamber. weiterlesen / click to continue
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SPECIAL : Wiretaps Expose Turkey’s Support of Terrorists – The Investigative Journal
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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS FOCUS BY INSTITUTE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES – ISRAEL
עברית – By Shmuel Even – INSS Insight No. 1134, February 6, 2019
In recent weeks Israel has declared that it will continue its policy of attacks in Syrian territory and if necessary will step up such attacks, in order to prevent Iranian military entrenchment on Syrian soil and disrupt shipments of strategic weapons from Iran to Hezbollah. This public statement is designed to underscore that Iran’s presence and activity in Syria is a red line that Israel has no intention of ignoring, despite the restrictions Russia has imposed on Israel and the US withdrawal from the arena. This and similar declarations are an about-face of Israel’s policy of ambiguity, which has eroded over the past two years. The problem with the new openness is that it is liable to lower the enemy’s response threshold and force Israel to continue its attacks with greater frequency, if only to preserve its deterrence and demonstrate its freedom to act.
by Scott Lucas | Feb 6, 2019 – eaworldview – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stepped up pressure on the US over northern Syria, as Ankara looks to expand its zone of control.Addressing a Parliamentary meeting of his AK Party on Tuesday, Erdoğan rebuffed Washington, “There is no satisfactory plan that is put before us concretely yet. Of course, we are loyal to our agreements, our promise is a promise. But our patience is not limitless.”
Jasper Mortimer February 5, 2019 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary – Erdogan vows that Kurdish militia members will be removed from Manbij, one way or another; Greek prime minister visits Ankara; jailed CHP legislator ends hunger strike, but Kurdish woman continues hers despite being released. ANKARA, Turkey — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned today that if Syrian Kurdish militia members are not expelled from Manbij and the Turkish-Syrian border zone, Turkey will do the job itself.
WEST KURDISTAN (IRAN) – PolicyWatch 3072 – February 5, 2019
Reestablishing control in Manbij is the only way to build influence across the Euphrates, and now that U.S. troops are set to leave, both Russia and local Arab tribes may support this regime goal.
The terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Manbij on January 16 put the spotlight back on this crucial territory in north central Syria, where U.S. and French troops have been stationed to prevent a Turkish offensive against the Kurdish-led Syrian Defense Forces. By month’s end, however, Russian and SDF troops were carrying out joint patrols on certain local roads typically used by international coalition forces. Is this a prelude to the Assad regime’s return?