DANIEL COHN-BENDIT – “LASSE MICH NICHT INS TRIKOT ZWINGEN – ÜBER GELBWESTEN – TAZ 6 Dez 2018
Der gute „Dany le rouge“ (so 1968) war stets clever – sein Beratervertrag mit Macron seit einem Jahr steht fest + sicher. Erwähnt die taz aber nicht – obwohl sie es weiss. Der Mann hat schliesslich auch ein eigenes Chalet im Engadin oberhalb Sils Maria nach dem Waldhaus Richtung Chasté zu unterhalten. Das kostet mehr als jedes Trikot.
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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : DIE REVOLUTIONÄRSTE DEUTSCHE HILFSORGANISATION NUN ENDLICH AUCH ALS „GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRÄNKTER HAFTUNG!“ :
4 Dec 2018 – BBC News Investigation Uncovers Exploitation of Thai Farm Workers: In an investigative report released on November 23, BBC News Thai reported that Thai nationals working abroad on Israeli farms were being “exploited and abused,” citing “unsafe working practices,” “squalid, unsanitary living conditions,” and “dozens of unexplained deaths.” In 2012, Thailand and Israel established the Thailand-Israel Cooperation on the Placement of Workers (TIC) agreement with the aim of “streamlining the process of the recruitment of Thai agricultural workers, significantly reducing corruption in the recruitment process” and “decreasing the recruitment fees that Thai workers pay to secure work permits”; currently, there are more than 25,000 Thai laborers working in Israel under this program, according to the BBC.
Daily Star Lebanon 3 Dec 2018 – Kurdish officials Monday said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s comments about the situation in eastern Syria were “suspicious” and “a cause for concern.”
Lavrov had said Sunday that the presence of U.S. forces in eastern Syria are “illegitimate” and, by supporting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, are violating what he said were international commitments to Syria’s territorial integrity.
“This is a very dangerous game, taking into account that the Kurdish issue is vital in a whole number of regional states [in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey],” Lavrov said in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV channel.
The Syrian Democratic Council, the political wing of the SDF, said in a statement that the Kurdish cause is a national issue for Syria and must be resolved in accordance with international conventions.
“We reject such statements, which only contribute to stir up unrest and undermine and stability of the region.” More via www.mesop.de
Fantastic news: #SaudiArabia allowed #Coptic #Christian prayers to be conducted in the Kingdom. A serious step towards religious reforms by accommodating and accepting minorities. Btw, Al-Jazeera is already mourning. Bravo
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Friday, November 30, 2018 – By Matti Suomenaro and Jennifer Cafarella with the ISW Russia Team
Key Takeaway: Russia has finished an advanced anti-access/area denial (A2AD) network in Syria that combines its own air defense and electronic warfare systems with modernized equipment formerly commanded by Syria. Russia can use these capabilities to mount a long-term strategic challenge to the U.S. and NATO in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East. Russia is currently positioned to disrupt the U.S. Anti-ISIS Coalition, constrain future military options for the U.S. in Syria, and increase the cost of deterring future malign action by Iran and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Air Defense Systems
Russia has finished an advanced anti-access / area denial (A2AD) network that constrains U.S. freedom of maneuver in Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The zone integrates air defense and electronic warfare systems imported from Russia with modernized equipment formerly operated by Syria. Russia began building these capabilities immediately after its intervention in Syria in 2015. The Russian Armed Forces established a partial independent air defense network to protect its military assets at the Hmeimim Airbase and Tartus Naval Facility on the Mediterranean Coast. Russia initially deployed a single battalion of S-400 Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (SAMS) to Hmeimim Airbase in November 2015.(Note a) It later deployed at least three additional air defense battalions – two S-400s and one S-300 – to create an overlapping network in Northern Syria by August 2017. Russia integrated these platforms with radar systems of the Syrian Air Defense Forces in order to expand its ability to monitor airspace over Syria.
Russia also operated limited command-and-control and targeting systems in Syria as of August 2017. The Russian Armed Forces likely deployed the Barnaul-T – a mobile command-and-control system for short-range air defense systems – to Syria in 2015. It also reportedly deployed at least one advanced 1L122-1E targeting radar to Syria according to unconfirmed images on social media. Russian Airborne Forces began training with the 1L122-1E as a component of the Barnaul-T for the first time in February 2016 and later marketed it for export in July 2018 after field tests in Syria. The 1L122-1E can provide targeting information to various short-range air defense systems including the Osa (SA-8), Strela-10 (SA-13), and Man-Portable Air-Defense Systems (MANPADS).(Note b) This air defense network nonetheless did not cover all of Syria or subordinate the Syrian Air Defense Forces to Russia as of August 2017. The Russian Ministry of Defense estimated that it would require two battalions of S-400s and three to four battalions of S-300s to completely control the airspace over Syria.
Russia further expanded its deployment of air defense systems in Syria in 2018. Russia first expressed its intent to further expand its network after a reported chemical weapons attack prompted airstrikes against Syria by the U.S., France, and Britain on April 14. Russian Federation Council Defense and Security Committee Chair Viktor Bondarev stated that Russia could respond to the strikes by establishing a “multi-layered and highly-efficient air defense system” in Syria. Russia accelerated this effort after the Syrian Air Defense Forces accidentally shot down a Russian IL-20 while responding to airstrikes by Israel on September 17. The Russian Armed Forces deployed at least three additional battalions of S-300s to Syria by October 2. These systems reportedly became combat operational as of November 7, although satellite images later showed at least one of the battalions still stationed at a storage site as of November 13. ISW cannot independently verify the status of the other two battalions of S-300s.
These recent deployments significantly widen the geographic reach of Russia’s air defense network in Syria. Russia positioned the first new battalion of S-300s in the mountains of Tartus Province along the Syrian Coast. This battalion is located within two kilometers of pre-existing positions occupied by a Russian S-400 and Syrian S-200. Russia reportedly positioned the second battalion at the T4 (Tiyas) Airbase northeast of Damascus. The location of the third battalion is unclear although it may be deployed to the Deir ez-Zour Military Airbase in Eastern Syria. This position – if confirmed – could significantly constrain air operations by the U.S. Anti-ISIS Coalition in Eastern Syria. The graphic below depicts the assessed locations and maximum ranges of the air defense systems operated by Russia in Syria.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : THE OUTSTANDING ARAB SPRING NOW IN PARIS – JOIN THE REVOLUTION AGAINST THE PRESIDENT OF THE RICH
French join the spirit of the Arab Spring by spray painting on city walls: “The people want the fall of the regime.” Watch pics www.mesop.de