MESOP NEWS : THE WEST GOING DOWN ON ALL FRONTS / PUTIN & MULLAHS DEVELOP
by Anna Borshchevskaya – The Hill – September 21, 2017
Moscow’s growing outreach to Algeria, Libya, and neighboring states aligns well with its survival strategy of undermining the West while simultaneously working with it.
If you thought Vladimir Putin would settle for only Syria in cementing Russia’s footprint in the Middle East, you’re in for a surprise. From Morocco to Egypt, Moscow has been expanding influence through arms and energy deals, tourism promotion, and diplomatic overtures to warm relations and slowly dislodge U.S. influence in North Africa.
MESOP NEWS GREAT CULTURE OF OUR TIMES : THE FIRST FEMALE PARLIAMENT ERECTION / UNTALENTED & STUPID & NO FORM & NO STYLE & PRIMITIVE
Parliament Square in London Is Closer to Having First Female Statue
New York Times WorldVerified account @nytimesworld 21 Sept 2017
Parliament Square in London is getting its first statue honoring a woman, and it’s the first by a female sculptor – The artist Gillian Wearing with a maquette of her statue of Millicent Garrett Fawcett. Credit London City Hall
The Growing Role of Regional and Extraregional Navies – By THEODORE KARASIK – JEREMY VAUGHAN
A number of developments are transforming the Middle East maritime security environment, with profound implications for regional trade and security. Historically, protection of (SLOCs) sea lines of communication–a process integral to projecting power regionally–was the purview of only Great Power nations such as the United States and Britain. Today, by contrast,leading regional states, including Iran, Israel, and several members of the GCC, are increasingly active in acquiring access and basing rights and building logistics networks throughout the region. Coupled with the return of Russia to the Middle East stage, and the Chinese and Indian navies playing an ever greater role, these changes are reconfiguring the MENA maritime arena.
In this detailed Policy Note, which includes a comprehensive chart detailing MENA logistics by port, Theodore Karasik and Jeremy Vaughan provide an accounting of naval-basing developments in the region and recommend steps by which the United States can advance its own regional interests.
THE AUTHORS – DR. THEODORE KARASIK is a senior advisor to Gulf State Analytics and an adjunct senior fellow at the Lexington Institute. CDR JEREMY VAUGHAN, USN, is a former Federal Executive Fellow at The Washington Institute.
KRG @PMBarzani: The day after referendum will not mean declaration of independence and it shouldn’t be exaggerated. https://www.rt.com/shows/sophieco/403646-isis-iraq-independence-referendum …
US should be focused on this point rather than general hysteria over the vote – www.mesop.de
Syrian/Hizballah troops cross Euphrates to east – STEPS FORWARD TO ISRAEL’S DESTRUCTION
16 Sept 2017 – Shortly after the US-led coalition threatened to strike any Syrian Arab Army units if they crossed the Euphrates River, Syrian and Hizballah troops were marching across imported Russian pontoon bridges to reach the river’s eastern bank. By Friday, Sept. 15 they were able to establish a bridgehead there.
The attached photo shows the pontoons being lifted and set in place in a manner which recalls the method by which the IDFwas able to cross the Suez Canal for a landing in Egypt towards the end of the 1973 war.
Much ado in the Mideast: 3 theories on Russia’s Syria trips – By Maxim A. SUCHKOW
16 Sept 2017 – AL MONTOR – MOSCOW — Russia has been busy. Really busy. The past couple of weeks have arguably been the country’s most bustling period on the Middle East track:
- On Sept. 12, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu paid a snap visit to Damascus.
- In his second trip to the region during the past two weeks, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the southern resort city of Sochi.
- Top representatives of both Khalifa Hifter of the Libyan National Army and Fayez al-Sarraj of the Libyan Presidential Council met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov in Moscow, with the latter representative also attending to Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov in Grozny.
MESOP NEWS : BÖMBLIBAUER ! – Der junge Kim sang auf Schwyzerdütsch mit Berner Akzent aus voller Kehle Polo Hofers „Alperose“ und andere Berner Lieder.
LIEBEFELD, 15. September. Das Haus ist hinreichend unspektakulär, dass es keinen Verdacht erregt: ein schnörkelloser Klinkerbau, drei Stockwerke, flaches Dach, halbhohe weiße Gitterstäbe vor den bodentiefen Fenstern, gepflegter Zustand. Auch wenn es nicht offiziell bestätigt ist, hat hier, in der Kirchstrasse 10 in Liebefeld, einem Vorort von Bern, offenbar einst ein Knabe gewohnt, der heute als angeblich „geliebter Führer“ Kim Jong-un das nordkoreanische Volk unterdrückt und die Welt mit wiederholten Atomraketentests in Angst und Schrecken versetzt. FAZ 16 Sept 2017