MESOP NEWS : AS EXPECTED – THE JEALOUS DAILY BEAST/CNN TROTSZKYITE /

Too many jobs for the working class and otherwise weapons contra Iranian Mullahs

Michael Weiss   – @michaeldweiss

$110 Billion Weapons Sale to Saudis Has Jared Kushner’s Personal Touch – NYTimes.com

Mr. Kushner called the head of Lockheed Martin while he met with Saudi officials, showing Pre…  mobile.nytimes.com

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MESOP NEWS : “DIE MIT DEM HAKENKREUZ” (SWASTIKA)

situationDas linke trotzkistische World Socialist Web macht sich sorgen um die syrischen Nationalsozialisten:

Syrien: USA fliegen Angriff auf regierungstreue Truppen – World Socialist Web Site

Die Syrische Sozial-Nationalistische Partei (SSNP, arabisch الحزب السوري القومي الإجتماعي, DMG al-Ḥizb as-Sūrī al-Qaumī al-Iǧtimāʿī, französisch oft übersetzt als Parti Populaire Syrien) ist eine extrem nationalistische politische Partei in Syrien und Libanon. Wikipedia.

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MESOP NEWS : ISRAEL UNDER ATTACK ! – Iraqi officers land in Syria, stir Israeli concern

20 May – DEBKA FILES  – Israeli security chiefs were gravely concerned Wednesday, May 17, when they learned that a high-ranking Iraqi military delegation had arrived in Damascus, the first in decades during which the Iraqi and Syrian ruling regimes were at odds, for a discussion on the situation unfolding on the Syrian-Iraqi border – in particular the Al-Tanf crossing.

debkafile’s military sources reported on May 15 and May 16 on the potential for a clash of arms over this strategic crossing, which is situated at the intersection of the Jordanian, Iraq, and Syrian borders and commands the No.1 Route linking Baghdad with Damascus and the Jordanian capital of Amman.

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MESOP NEWS „NEW BOOK“ RECOMMENDATION :  On the frontiers of empire –  Culture & power in early modern ” Iranian ” Kurdistan

On the frontiers of empire: Culture and power in early modern ” Iranian ” Kurdistan

Djene Rhys Bajalan – Academia.edu – 2017 KURDISH STUDIES  © Transnational Press London

May 2017 Volume: 5, No: 1, pp. 1 – 10 ISSN: 2051-4883 e-ISSN: 2051-4891 www.KurdishStudies.net

DOWNLOAD ABSTRACT IN SORANI – KURMANCI – ENGLISH – TURKISH

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MESOP NEWS TODAYS TOP OF THE AGENDA : Iran’s Kurds voice frustrations, hopes heading into election – By Author Fazel Hawramy

AL MONITOR  – 19 May 2017 – On the eve of Iran’s presidential election, a group of poor Iranian Kurds who risk their lives every day to make ends meet on the border with Iraq spoke to Al-Monitor about what matters to them in deciding which candidate they will vote for — or why they plan to boycott the vote. Many hope for closer ties with the West so sanctions will be lifted and the economy will be revived. But while the economy is the main concern, almost all of the men who spoke to Al-Monitor praised the Iranian authorities for maintaining security within the country’s borders at a time when bombings and war bring chaos to neighboring countries.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85893

 

 MESOP NEWS Syria Daily: Latest Geneva Talks End with No Advance

By  Scott Lucas – May 20, 2017 – EAWORLDVIEW – UN envoy De Mistura claims “incremental progress” but no sign of shift from opposition or Assad regime – Four days of indirect political talks in Geneva between Syria’s opposition and the Assad regime have ended with no advance.

The talks ended on Friday after further discussions between UN envoy Staffan de Mistura (pictured) with each of the two sides.De Mistura asserted that there had been “incremental progress”, announcing plans to reconvene negotiations in June: “Any momentum provides some type of hope that we are not just waiting for the golden day but we are actually working for it.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85889

 

MESOP NEWS TODAYS EDITORIAL “The Brief” : THE FUTURE OF DECADENT EUROPE IS CHINESE

For China, All Roads (and Belts) Lead to Europe  (STRATFOR INTELLIGENCE)

Despite its goal to foster integration throughout Eurasia, Beijing has so far emphasized bilateral or subregional agreements with its Belt and Road projects in Europe, an approach that has raised the suspicions of the bloc’s central powers.  Read full text

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MESOP FLASH :  „NORMAL“ TRAFFIC BETWEEN PYD/PKK  & ASSAD RENEWED

Joshua Landis    – Federal Unity with Assad Regime – Kurds

19 May 2017 – New Bus Service Linking Kurdish Qamishli with Gov controlled Aleppo revives hope of federal unity & revived commerce   – In Syria, a bus ride shows shifting map of war  – A new bus service linking Syria’s Kurdish-controlled northeast with the government-held west,…  reuters.com  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85865

 

MESOP NEWS HIGHLY ALERT ! : IRANIAN HEZBOLLAH STATIONED AT FRONT LINE ISRAEL

20 May 2017 – Lebanese Daily: Hizbullah Has Stationed Its Elite Unit In Shab’a Farms Area In South Lebanon, On High Alert And With Special Gear  – www.mesop.de

 

 

MESOP  NEWS TODAYS STARTER :  ISRAEL – THE COUNTRY ON TRUMP’S SIDE !

THE VOICE OF JERUSALEM SENDS A WARM WELCOME TO DONALD TRUMP (JERUSALEM POST)

A Memo to President Trump – By Michael Laitman – Michael Laitman is a Professor of Ontology, a PhD in Philosophy and Kabbalah, an MSc in Medical Bio-Cybernetics, and was the prime disciple of Kabbalist, Rav Baruch Shalom Ashlag (the RABASH). He has written over 40 books, which have been translated into dozens of languages.

May 18, 2017 –  President Trump, I wish you a pleasant visit to Israel. Still, in my view, your success in office depends on an effective implementation of the America First policy.

Dear Mr. President:  Welcome to Israel.  – Read all : http://www.mesop.de/?p=85880

 

 

MESOP NEWS FORECAST : TRUMP & ISRAEL – NETANYAHU DETERMINED TO MAKE TRUMP’S VISIT A SUCCESS

By David Makovsky – PolicyWatch 2807 – May 19, 2017

The Israeli prime minister has taken pains to accommodate the U.S. president, overlooking some potentially troublesome developments, but many questions remain on how the parties will convert a graceful reception into tangible progress.

On May 22, President Donald Trump will arrive in Israel for the second leg of his overseas trip, following his stay in Saudi Arabia. The Israel stop will include a visit the next morning in Bethlehem, where Trump will meet with Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas. Whereas in Saudi Arabia the U.S. president will hold a summit with Arab and Muslim leaders aimed at upholding a broad coalition against the Islamic State, other extremists, and Iran, he will, in Israel, be seeking to emphasize his connection with his hosts while tentatively exploring prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.   – WHY THE VISIT MATTERS SO MUCH TO NETANYAHU . Read all: http://www.mesop.de/?p=85887

 

 

MESOP NEWS RECOMMENDATION : A PROSPECT FOR THE FUTURE

If the Fighting Ever Stops: Stabilization, Recovery, and Development in Syria

May 16, 2017 – Written by Anthony H. Cordesman – Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy

There is a natural tendency in war to focus on the fighting and the politics of a ceasefire or peace settlement, and to look at the challenges in creating some form of short-term stabilization. All are critical issues in ending the fighting in Syria. It is a country that is now the scene of a series of four interacting wars and power struggles:     A war against ISIS that is joined to the fight against ISIS in Iraq, which is the focus of U.S.-led military efforts, and is concentrated in the populated areas of Eastern Syria.A struggle for some form of separate identity by Syria’s Kurds in northern Syria that has become tied to Turkey’s fighting against its Kurdish rebels, while the Syrian Kurds have become the key U.S. ally on the ground in the fight against ISIS.  Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85875

 

MESOP NEWS : TRUMP DID IT ! – REMEMBER OBAMA ! – US Airstrikes Targeted Iranian-Directed Troops in Syria: Defense Secretary

Basnews English –  20/05/2017 – 12:32 – ERBIL — US Defense Secretary James Mattis confirmed that the US airstrikes carried out on Thursday in the southern Syria along the Iraqi border targeted the Iranian, not Syrian forces. “They were Iranian-directed troops” who attempted to breach a designated deconfliction zone near the southern Syrian town of At Tanf, where the US training camp for moderate Syrian militias battling the Islamic State (IS) is located,” Mattis told reporters on Friday. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85897

 

 

NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)

MESOP NEWS : Senator McCain Calls for Expulsion of Turkish Ambassador

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com   –   2017-05-18 22:19 GMT – The U.S. State Department has summoned Turkish Ambassador in Washington Serdar Kılıç on May 17 over a street brawl outside the Turkish diplomatic mission that erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit, sources have told the Hürriyet Daily News.  Read all   http://www.mesop.de/?p=85873

 

MESOP NEWS FINAL RESULTS : Trump meeting had no achievements for Erdogan: daily

18 May 2017 – The Guardian daily stated about the Tuesday meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump that the meeting did not have any achievement for the Turkish side.

Erdogan demanded Trump for cutting U.S. cooperation with Kurds in Syria and the deport of the Turkish Islamic Preacher Fethullah Gulen who resides in the U.S. Turkey has accused Gulen of leading the unsuccessful July 15 coup d’état.The daily added that though Erdogan put on a brave face after his meeting with Trump in the White House, it was clear that the meeting did not have any achievement for the Turkish president. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85861

 

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)

MESOP NEWS : …. Remembering the wonderful night we had together long ago in Frankfurt Greek Restaurant “Dionysos” – Sleep well !  (MESOP)

Gorran leader Nawshirwan Mustafa dies at 73 after long battle with illness

By Rudaw 24 minutes ago  – 19 May 2017 – SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region –The leader of the Change Movement Nawshirwan Mustafa died at the age of 73 in Sulaimani Friday morning just a week after he returned to Kurdistan from the UK where he received treatment for his illness.“With great sadness today the great fighter and the leader of our nation Nawshirwan Mustafa has died at 8:00 o’clock in the morning on Friday after a long battle with illness,” the change Movement said in a written statement. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85871

 

MESOP NEWS  INSIGHT : DEFECTING WITH US WEAPONS

Kurdish Unit Defects to Iraqi Army Ranks in Nineveh Province

By Chris Tomson – Al-Masdar News – 2017-05-18 21:59 GMT – Following tensions between the Peshmerga and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Sinjar region, a Kurdish commander decided to defect to the pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) and bring with him the entire unit under his command along with their US-supplied weaponry. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85869

 

EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)

MESOP SUMMARY & SAMPLER : SOURCES ON IRANIAN ELECTIONS / REUTERS / BBC / WSJ / FINANCIA TIMES / CFR / POLITICO et.al

Incumbent Rouhani Faces Hard-Liner in Iranian Election

Iranians vote on Friday in the country’s first presidential election since striking a 2015 deal with foreign powers to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. The contest pits the incumbent, President Hassan Rouhani (BBC), against Ebrahim Raisi, who is viewed as close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (WSJ). Rouhani, considered the “centrist” candidate by Iranian analysts, has campaigned on his record of opening up Iran’s economy following years of isolation prior to the nuclear agreement. Raisi, a hard-liner, has heavily criticized Rouhani’s economic stewardship in the aftermath of the deal. He has also promised more government handouts to low-income Iranians. High voter turnout (Reuters) is expected following long queues Friday morning.  Read full texts : http://www.mesop.de/?p=85882

 

MESOP NEWS SPECIAL : THE RISE OF JIHAD IN EUROPE: VIEWS FROM FRANCE

Featuring Gilles Kepel, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Matthew Levitt – PolicyWatch 2806 – May 19, 2017

On May 15, Gilles Kepel, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Matthew Levitt addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Kepel is a professor at Sciences Po in Paris and author of the French bestseller Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West. Wittes is a senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy. Levitt is the Institute’s Fromer-Wexler Fellow and director of its Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. The following is a rapporteur’s summary of their remarks.  GILLES KEPEL : http://www.mesop.de/?p=85895

 

 THE GERMAN CHAPTER

MESOP NEWS BACKGROUND : US SPECIAL ENVOY BRETT McGURK A TRUSTEE OF PKK/PYD

Türkei fordert Absetzung von US-Beauftragten für Anti-IS-Koalition – McGurk „unterstützt die Kurdenmiliz YPG und die PKK“

Epoch Times 19. Mai 2017 15:12 – Der US-Beauftragte Brett McGurk unterstütze die YPG und die verbotene Arbeiterpartei Kurdistans (PKK), sagte der türkische Außenminister Mevlüt Cavusoglu am Donnerstag dem Nachrichtensender NTV. Er sollte daher ersetzt werden.  Volltext lesen http://www.mesop.de/?p=85878

 

MESOP NEWS :  VIVE LE CAPITAL ! STATT LIRE LE CAPITAL !

DIE AUSKUNFT DER HERKUNFT DER MITGLIEDER DER REGIERUNG MACRON

….. wie von MESOP NEWS schon vorausgesagt:  die modernen feudalen Souveränisten in Paris

  • Der neue Premierminister Edouard Philippe steht in der Energiepolitik auf der Seite der Atomenergie. Er arbeitete bis 2010 drei Jahre lang als Lobbyist und Kommunikationschef für den Nuklearkonzern Areva.

2)      Arbeitsministerin Muriel Penicaud war Personalmanagerin in den Unternehmen Dassault Systemes und Danone sowie Verwaltungsrätin der Konzerne SNCF, Orange und Aeroports de Paris.

3)      Der neue Bildungsminister Jean-Michel Blanquer leitete die renommierte Managementschule Essec. Kultur

4)      Verkehrsministerin Elisabetl Borne war zuletzt Vorstandsvorsitzende der Pariser Transportgesellschaft RATF

5)      Der 33 Jahre alte Staatssekretär für digita le Fragen, Mounir Mahjoubi, gründet( ein Internetunternehmen und arbeitete in einer Marketinggesellschaft der Havas Gruppe.

6)      Gesundheitsministerin Agnes Buzyn ist Ärztin und war auch als Lobbyistin für die  Pharmaindustrie tätig.

7)      Der Kabinettsdirektor des Premierministers, Benoit Ribadeau Dumas, war eine Führimgskraft beim Luftfahrtunternehmen Zodiac Aerospace, das vom Safran-Konzern übernommen werden soll, an dem wiederum der Staat beteiligt ist.

 8)      Der Generalsekretär des Elysee-Palastes, Alexis Kohler, arbeitete als Finanzdirektor des italienischen Kreuzfahrtunternehmens MSC, das möglicherweise ein Minderheitsaktionär der französischen Werft STX Saint Nazaire werden könnte.

Interessenkonflikte dürften somit vollständig ausgeschlossen sein, weil auch der von einer Bank ins Amt delegierte Macron jegliche vorstellbare Kritiklücke und Transparenz verhindern wird. Macron wird nun alle sorgfältig  bedienen müssen, die ihn inthronisierten.  www.mesop.de

 

MESOP NEWS : DIE STALINISTISCHE „JUNGE WELT“ (BERLIN) STÖREN DIE HOHEN GEHÄLTER DER USA GEGENÜBER PKK/PYD KURDEN IN SYRIEN

19 Mai 2017 – (….) „Die US-Armee kooperiert im Norden Syriens mit SDK und YPG, die nach Auskunft aus der Bevölkerung für ihre Dienste bezahlt werden. Angehörige von YPG-Mitgliedern berichteten junge Welt, dass die Organisation ihren Kämpfern zwischen 150 bis 200 US-Dollar im Monat bezahle. Das sei »viel mehr« als der in Syrien bisher geltende Mindestlohn von 80 US-Dollar. »Alle wollen für sie arbeiten.«  Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=85867

 

MESOP NEWS : „IM WESTEN WAS NEUES“!  –   Donald Trump „Eine Amtsenthebung wird zum Krieg führen“

19 Mai 2017 – Eine Amtsenthebung Donald Trumps scheint nicht mehr nur eine Wunschvorstellung linksliberaler Medien zu sein – doch viele seiner Fans wollen das nicht hinnehmen. Manche prophezeien schon Unruhen, falls das „Establishment“ ihr Idol stürzen sollte.

18.05.2017, von Oliver Georgi  http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/trumps-praesidentschaft/donald-trump-eine-amtsenthebung-wird-zum-krieg-fuehren

 

MESOP NEWS „NEW BOOK“ RECOMMENDATION : On the frontiers of empire: Culture & power in early modern ” Iranian ” Kurdistan

On the frontiers of empire: Culture and power in early modern ” Iranian ” Kurdistan

Djene Rhys Bajalan – Academia.edu – 2017 KURDISH STUDIES  © Transnational Press London

May 2017 Volume: 5, No: 1, pp. 1 – 10 ISSN: 2051-4883 e-ISSN: 2051-4891 www.KurdishStudies.net

DOWNLOAD ABSTRACT IN SORANI – KURMANCI – ENGLISH – TURKISH

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MESOP FORECAST : TRUMP & ISRAEL – NETANYAHU DETERMINED TO MAKE TRUMP’S VISIT A SUCCESS

By David Makovsky – PolicyWatch 2807 – May 19, 2017

The Israeli prime minister has taken pains to accommodate the U.S. president, overlooking some potentially troublesome developments, but many questions remain on how the parties will convert a graceful reception into tangible progress.

On May 22, President Donald Trump will arrive in Israel for the second leg of his overseas trip, following his stay in Saudi Arabia. The Israel stop will include a visit the next morning in Bethlehem, where Trump will meet with Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas. Whereas in Saudi Arabia the U.S. president will hold a summit with Arab and Muslim leaders aimed at upholding a broad coalition against the Islamic State, other extremists, and Iran, he will, in Israel, be seeking to emphasize his connection with his hosts while tentatively exploring prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

WHY THE VISIT MATTERS SO MUCH TO NETANYAHU

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TOP OF THE AGENDA

Incumbent Rouhani Faces Hard-Liner in Iranian Election

Iranians vote on Friday in the country’s first presidential election since striking a 2015 deal with foreign powers to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. The contest pits the incumbent, President Hassan Rouhani (BBC), against Ebrahim Raisi, who is viewed as close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (WSJ). Rouhani, considered the “centrist” candidate by Iranian analysts, has campaigned on his record of opening up Iran’s economy following years of isolation prior to the nuclear agreement. Raisi, a hard-liner, has heavily criticized Rouhani’s economic stewardship in the aftermath of the deal. He has also promised more government handouts to low-income Iranians. High voter turnout (Reuters) is expected following long queues Friday morning.

ANALYSIS

“The election is widely seen as a referendum on the direction the Islamic republic will take a year after the nuclear accord was implemented and many sanctions on the country lifted. Will Iran continue its tentative opening to the outside world and further ease social and political restrictions at home, or will it revert to more hostile foreign relations and greater domestic suppression?” Najmeh Bozorgmehr writes for the Financial Times.

“Whatever is left of the reformist coalition that once shook up Iran’s politics has been limited to supporting the incumbent, President Hassan Rouhani. Although he hardly shares their agenda—his first four years in power did little to advance human rights—many reformers feel that he is superior to the alternatives,” writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh.

“If there is a fair election Rouhani will most likely win, and then we can expect a barrage of newspaper stories about how Iran is moderating, modernizing, and changing—so we must not push it too hard, and should instead help Rouhani improve Iran’s economy. This is the 2017 equivalent of arguments about helping ‘moderates in the Kremlin’ at the height of the Cold War and equally foolish,” writes CFR’s Elliott Abrams in Politico Magazine.

Listen to ‘The President’s Inbox’

Listen to 'The President's Inbox'

Michael Fullilove of the Lowy Institute and Robin Niblett of Chatham House join CFR’s James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining how America’s allies view the Trump presidency.

PACIFIC RIM

China Intercepts U.S. Planes Over East China Sea

Two Chinese jets carried out an intercept (Reuters) of U.S. radiation-detecting planes over the East China Sea in international airspace. A U.S. Air Force spokeswoman called the intercept “unprofessional” (BBC), while a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said U.S. surveillance near China can “easily cause misunderstandings.”

CFR’s Global Conflict Tracker looks at tensions in the East China Sea.

JAPAN: The government approved a bill that would allow Japanese Emperor Akihito, 83, to abdicate (BBC). Akihito said his age and health make it difficult to fulfill official duties. The bill is widely expected to pass in parliament.

SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA

UN Court Orders Pakistan to Stay Indian Officer’s Execution

The International Court of Justice ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian naval officer convicted of espionage (RFE/RL) pending the outcome of a case filed by India over the conviction. Pakistan had said the case was a national security concern (Hindustan Times) and the court did not have jurisdiction over it.

BANGLADESH: Authorities arrested twenty-seven men (AP) on suspicion of homosexuality, a crime in Bangladesh. However, police plan to charge the men with drug offenses after finding illegal drugs in their possession.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

U.S.-Led Coalition Strikes Pro-Government Forces in Syria

The U.S.-led coalition struck Syrian forces and regime allies (WSJ) on Thursday as they neared U.S.-backed rebels near the Jordanian border, marking a rare intentional strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Russia called the air strike “unacceptable” (Reuters).

CFR’s Steven A. Cook looks at what President Trump faces in Syria in Salon.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Macron to Visit French Troops in Mali

In his second foreign trip after taking office, French President Emmanuel Macron arrived at a French air base in northern Mali (BBC), where he will meet with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. France has more than four thousand troops in West Africa (AP).

CAR: The Red Cross said it found 115 bodies (Al Jazeera) in the town of Bangassou following several days of militia attacks.

EUROPE

Sweden Drops Investigation of Wikileaks’ Assange

Swedish prosecutors dropped an investigation into alleged sexual assault by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (NYT), who has lived in London’s Ecuadorian embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition. Assange still faces an arrest warrant in Britain and may be subject to criminal charges in the United States.

GREECE: Parliament approved austerity measures (WSJ) and economic reforms on Monday to unlock EU bailout funds. Tens of thousands of Greeks protested (Al Jazeera) this week against the measures.

AMERICAS

Brazil’s President Rejects Calls to Resign

President Michel Temer said in a televised address that he will not resign following reports he authorized payment of hush money in a recorded conversation with a meatpacking company executive. Temer said he “did not buy anyone’s silence” (NYT). The Supreme Court authorized an investigation (BBC) of the president.

CFR’s Matthew Taylor discusses Brazil’s recent gains in fighting graft.

VENEZUELA: The United States announced sanctions against eight of Venezuela’s Supreme Court judges (NYT), freezing any U.S. assets they have and prohibiting U.S. citizens from doing business with them. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Thursday authorities seized his passport (WSJ), preventing him from leaving Venezuela to address the UN in New York.

This CFR Backgrounder looks at Venezuela’s worsening economic and political crisis.

UNITED STATES

McCain Calls for Turkish Ambassador’s Expulsion

U.S. Senator John McCain called for the expulsion of the Turkish ambassador to the United States after Turkish guards attacked protesters outside the ambassador’s residence during a visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Guardian).

Presidential advisor Jared Kushner called the chief of Lockheed Martin to ask if the company would lower the price of a radar system (NYT) Saudi Arabia seeks to purchase, according to several administration officials. The Trump administration hopes to finalize a weapons sale worth $110 billion before the president’s weekend visit to Saudi Arabia.

CFR’s Paul B. Stares and Helia Ighani discuss stability in Saudi Arabia in this Expert Brief.

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MESOP : ISRAEL – A COUNTRY ON TRUMP’S SIDE !

MESOP  NEWS TODAYS STARTER : THE VOICE OF JERUSALEM SENDS A WELCOME TO DONALD TRUMP (JERUSALEM POST)

A Memo to President Trump – By Michael Laitman – Michael Laitman is a Professor of Ontology, a PhD in Philosophy and Kabbalah, an MSc in Medical Bio-Cybernetics, and was the prime disciple of Kabbalist, Rav Baruch Shalom Ashlag (the RABASH). He has written over 40 books, which have been translated into dozens of languages.

May 18, 2017 –  President Trump, I wish you a pleasant visit to Israel. Still, in my view, your success in office depends on an effective implementation of the America First policy.

Dear Mr. President:  Welcome to Israel.

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MESOP NEWS DISCOVERY : THE GIANT WASHINGTON POST DIRTY FAKE STORY

If Trump leaked Israel secrets, why doesn’t Israel seem to care?

BySeth J. Frantzman  – May 18, 2017 06:54  – JERUSALEM POST  – When media rely on anonymous sources with unclear or exaggerated access, we are left with more questions than answers.

“The life of a spy placed by Israel inside ISIS is at risk tonight,” ABC News reported on Tuesday.

The latest allegations is that US President Donald Trump leaked, or passed, information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting last Wednesday. But if a spy working for Israel and privy to the latest ISIS plots is now at risk, where is the anger from Jerusalem? Instead there is a wall of silence in Israel that could convey real concern, but could also indicate that this US scandal is not rocking the intelligence services the way it is being portrayed.
The initial report came in The Washington Post on May 15, with explosive claims that “according to current and former US officials,” Trump had disclosed intelligence that “jeopardized a critical source.” The New York Times quoted “current and former American government official[s]” as well, perhaps the same ones. “Trump discussed contents of the intelligence, not the sources and methods.”

Then Israel entered the picture this Tuesday. “According to current and a former American official…, the classified intelligence that President Trump disclosed in a meeting last week with Russian officials at the White House was provided by Israel,” wrote the Times. A caveat: “Israeli officials would not confirm they were the source.” There the story ends, there is no new information and the hundreds of reports on this story all go back to the same current and former officials.

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WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)

MESOP NEWS SYRIA DAILY: Opposition Seeks Extension of Geneva Talks

By – Scott Lucas – May 18, 2017 – eaworldview – Syria’s opposition says it wants an extension of the current round of political talks in Geneva, saying more time is needed for indirect negotiations with the Assad regime.The sixth round opened on Tuesday and is scheduled to end Friday. But opposition spokesman Salem Meslet said it was “not right” that only four days were allocated, as time in needed to prepare a response to a working paper presented by UN envoy Staffan de Mistura (pictured).

Meslet said the proposal involved “the constitutional frame” for a political transition. The prospect of a transition is tenuous, however, as Bashar al-Assad has ruled out his departure from power and pro-Assad forces have maintained attacks and sieges since the talks were renewed in late January.De Mistura met the head of the regime delegation, UN Ambassador Bashar al-Ja’afari on Wednesday. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85852

 

MESOP TODAYS TOP OF THE AGENDA : PYD FOLLOWS APO’S FOOTSTEPS

DO NOT SUPPORT PYD/PKK  / Why US might regret supporting PKK/PYD  / Opinion by pro Turkish  Anadolu News – 17 May 2017

Warning: written by Anadolu  ! But quite interesting !

“Another issue is that when the U.S. supports PYD, it is practically helping the Assad regime one way or another. Like Iran, the Assad regime has a long history of using terrorist organizations as a political tool. Indeed, Assad – the father- harbored, supported and used the PKK and its leader Abdullah Ocalan for a very long time against Turkey.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Bashar al-Assad has used the PYD. Fully aware of the hostility of the PYD, as an affiliate of the PKK, towards Turkey, the Syrian regime literally handed over many cities in northern Syria to the Kurdish militia in the early stages of the Syrian revolution. The goal was simply to create a buffer zone between Turkey and the Assad regime before indirectly manipulating it against Turkey.

Wherever the PYD fails to hold the territories it has occupied, it will invite the Assad regime to come in in order to prevent the Turkish-supported Syrian rebels from taking it. The city of Manbij in northern Syria is a living example of what might befall other cities where the U.S. continues helping the PYD to stretch its territorial control. Read full text  http://www.mesop.de/?p=85842

 

MESOP NEWS “TODAYS SPORTS” : When Germans Kick Ball for Kurdish Freedom!

This is the heartwarming story of how some football players classily poked their fingers into the eye of Turkish authoritarianism.Their daring act of solidarity—worthy of the political pages of our daily newspapers—took place in a football stadium in Hamburg, Germany on October 16, 2016.

Members of a local team, St. Pauli, donned their brown jerseys emblazoned with this inspiring message: “For Deniz, We Will Win!”

Those uplifting words adorned the front of their uniforms. On the back, every player sported the number 23 and the name “NAKI” next to their own first names.Fearless fans brandished equal boldness. They paraded a large banner from the bleachers: “DENIZ NAKI… ONE OF US!” They hoisted signs proclaiming: “NAKI!”

It looked like the large stadium was ablaze with Naki fans—while enthusiastic players applauded Deniz! –  What did it all mean? Read whole story http://www.mesop.de/?p=85838

 

MESOP NEWS :  McMaster: Trump’s sharing of sensitive intelligence with Russia was ‘wholly appropriate’

Trump acknowledges ‘facts’ shared with Russian envoys during White House meeting  The tweets contradict earlier denials from White House officials.

washingtonpost.com  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/16/trump-acknowledges-facts-shared-with-russian-envoys-during-white-house-meeting/?utm_term=.bb9bae07417f

 

EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)

MESOP NEWS : Trump expected to waive Iran sanctions today

WASHINGTON — The Donald Trump administration is expected to waive relevant sanctions on Iran today, as called for under the landmark nuclear deal, a US official tells Al-Monitor. Author Laura Rozen May 17, 2017  AL MONITOR

Notification of the waivers is expected to be made in statements from the State and Treasury Departments. The administration is still conducting a broader National Security Council-led interagency review of its policy to Iran, however, including determining whether the deal negotiated under President Barack Obama is in the national interest.US officials said that until the review is completed, the administration will continue to adhere to the terms of the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).“We are continuing to review the JCPOA,” a State Department official speaking not for attribution told Al-Monitor. “While that review in underway, we continue to implement our commitments.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85840

 

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)

MESOP NEWS : PKK CARRIES TROUBLE INTO THE BOUNDARIES OF KURDISTAN

KDP dispatches tanks and Peshmerga troops to Iraq’s Sinjar: report

18 May 2017 – SINJAR, Northwest Iraq,— The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is dispatching tanks and troops from Rabia region on the Syrian border to the Yazidi Sinjar (Shingal) town center in northwest Iraq, Firat News Agency, close to PKK, reported.

KDP has delivered 6 tanks loaded on trucks to Sinjar through the Rabia road. The tanks were deployed in Sinjar town center.According to reports, several tanks and armored vehicles are being kept waiting in Rabia region amid an increased military activity in and around Sinjar.The Rabia region is located between Syrian Kurdistan’s Hasaka city and west of Mosul. During Islamic State attacks on August 3, 2014, KDP’s peshmerga forces abandoned this region as well.Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units YPG/YPJ fighters then opened a corridor on Rabia-Jaza line, reached Mount Sinjar and evacuated the civilians into Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava). Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85854


MESOP TODAYS INSIGHT  ISIS

The War Against ISIS Has Just Begun | Bennett Seftel, The Cipher Brief

18 May 2017 – In many ways, while the battles against ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa may soon be over, the war against the terrorist organization has really just begun. Law enforcement bodies, intelligence services, and national security establishments must remain vigilant to prevent terrorist acts from occurring on their soil.

Expert Commentary

ISIS — From the Ground to Cyber Space | Colin Clarke, Political Scientist, RAND Corporation

ISIS’ tenure as an organization that controls vast swaths of territory and claims to be a legitimate caliphate is almost certainly coming to an end. But as the group transitions from an insurgency to an underground terrorist movement, more decentralized and diffuse, it will be able to survive and persist and remain capable of launching sporadic, if not spectacular, attacks.

Why ISIS Is Bullet-Proof | Michael W.S. Ryan, Senior Fellow, Jamestown Foundation

“The jihadist threat will be with us at some level for a long time. The psychic and physical scars from multiple wars will take time to heal. Additionally, the lack of water in a number of countries has destroyed local agriculture and local economies without any alternatives emerging from the chaos.”

Read all articles http://www.mesop.de/?p=85857

 

 

THE GERMAN CHAPTER

MESOP CULTURE : IN DIESER GROSSEN ZEIT !

DIE GESCHICHTE DER ERSTEN PERFEKTEN GENDERKONFORMEN TOILETTE  & WARUM SIE SCHEITERTE ! (LONDON)

/ WESHALB DIE SCHULINFORM GEGENDERT WERDEN MUSSTE, STATT SIE EMANZIPIERT ABZUSCHAFFEN

Wer eine britische Schule mit Uni formpflicht besucht hat, ist von früh auf mit der Spannung zwischen „wir” und „ich” vertraut, die unserem ganzen Gemeinwesen zugrunde liegt.

Die  Eliteschule erlaubt Schülerinnen jetzt, sich wie Jungen zu kleiden und mit einem Jungennamen angesprochen zu werden. „Wir bewegen uns auf einen Punkt zu, an dem das Geschlecht eine Frage der Wahl ist”, erklärt die Schulleiterin.  Geschlecht ist Konstruktion wie von der Stange. Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=85844

 

 

MESOP NEWS DOKUMENTATIONEN : DER VOLLSTÄNDIGE MENSCHENRECHTSBERICHT TÜRKEI APRIL  2017

Informationen der Menschenrechtsstiftung der Türkei (TIHV)  – April 2017  – Übersetzung des DTF

01.-03.April 2017

(04/001) Ausgangssperren seit dem 16.08.2015 Den vom Dokumentationszentrum der türkischen Menschenrechtsstiftung erhobenen Daten zufolge wurden im Zeitraum vom 16.08.2015 bis zum 1.04.2017 in Diyarbakır 110 Mal, in Mardin 28 Mal, in Hakkari 19 Mal, in Şırnak 13 Mal, in Bitlis 5 Mal, in Batman 3 Mal, in Muş 2 Mal, Bingöl 3 Mal, in Tunceli 5 Mal und in Elazığ 1 Mal Ausgangssperren verhängt. Insgesamt konnten somit in 10 Provinzen und 41 Vororten mindestens 189 unbefristete und den ganzen Tag anhaltende Ausgangssperren festgestellt werden. Ausgehend von den Einwohnerzahlen der Volkszählung vom Jahr 2014 wurden 1 809 000 Menschen von diesen Straßensperren betroffen und vornehmlich in ihren Grundrechten auf Leben, körperliche Unversehrtheit und gesundheitliche Versorgung verletzt. Hier finden Sie eine detaillierte Darstellung von den erhobenen Daten über die Ausgangssperren: http://tihv.org.tr/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/TİHV-Sokağa-Çıkma-Yasakları-Tablosu-16-Ağustos-2015-1-Nisan-2017.xls

(04/002) Hungerstreik in den Gefängnissen Die am 25.02.2017 im F-Typ Gefängnis von Edirne in

Volltext Report: http://www.mesop.de/?p=85846

 

 

MESOP NEWS ANALYSE :  Vergleich der Menschenrechtsverletzungen 2015 – 2016 in Ost- und Südostanatolien

Menschenrechtsverein (IHD), Zweigstelle Diyarbakir, 23.01.2017 Gekürzte Übersetzung des DTF

 Informationen des Demokratischen Türkeiforums Februar 2017 – Die folgenden Nachrichten wurden im Februar 2017 vom DTF erfasst und übersetzt.

 

Todesfälle und Verletzte in Konflikten: 2015 150 Todesfälle und 406 Verletzte bei den Sicherheitskräften 2016 456 Todesfälle und 1112 Verletzte bei den Sicherheitskräften 2015 189 Todesfälle und 6 Verletzte bei den Militanten 2016 816 Todesfälle und 14 Verletzte bei den Militanten.

Getötete und verletzte Zivilbevölkerung (durch Sicherheitskräfte, Bombenanschläge und bewaffnete Konflikte) 2015 214 Todesfälle und 822 Verletzte unter den Zivilisten 2016 451 Todesfälle und 926 Verletzte unter den Zivilisten

Todesfälle und Verletzte durch Minen und anderes explosives Material 2015 5 Todesfälle und 28 Verletzte 2016 13 Todesfälle und 37 Verletzte

Tote und Verletzte durch Zufall oder Polizisten/Militär 2015 16 Todesfälle und 7 Verletzte 2016 21 Todesfälle und 7 Verletzte

Gesamtzahlen: 2015 gab es 574 Tote und 1.269 Verletzte, 2016 1.757 Tote und 2.096 Verletzte.  Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=85848

MESOP NEWS FORECAST : THE TRUMP-SUNNI MIDDLE EAST NATO WITH ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE

Will Trump proclaim an Arab-Muslim NATO in Riyadh?

17 May 2017 – DEBKA FILES  – President Donald Trump and Saudi King are reported by Gulf sources to be planning to announce the establishment of an Arab-Muslim alliance among the 17 rulers invited to attend a summit with the visiting US President on May 22. The invitees include the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jordan’s King Abdullah, the Moroccan King Muhammed, the Presidents of Algeria and Tunisia and Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi. It is not clear whether Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will be handed an invitation when he visits the White House Tuesday, May 16.

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