MESOPOTAMIA NEWS FOCUS : Trump Mulls Turkey Sanctions As Senate Grows Impatient

A top State Dept. official today held up Chinese sanctions as a model for what might happen to Turkey for buying the Russian S-400 air defense system.

By   Paul McLeary on December 03, 2019 at 9:05 PM BREAKING DEFENSE US

 WASHINGTON: Both President Trump and a top State Department official confirmed today the administration may slap sanctions on Turkey for buying the Russian S-400 air defense system. Amid a testy press conference alongside French President Emmanuel Macron at the NATO summit in London, Trump said the US is “looking at” whether to impose sanctions, but again sought to excuse the Turkish decision to buy Russian instead. “We’re talking about it now. As you know, Turkey wanted to buy our Patriot system, and the Obama administration wouldn’t let them.”

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : OUR PUTIN BOUND NATO COMPANION RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN !

Turkey flirts with buying even more Russian missile systems

Anton Mardasov December 3, 2019  – Article Summary  – AL MONITOR – Turkey seems to be offering a compromise to the United States to avoid sanctions for Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 fighter jets — even as Turkey is in talks to buy more. Russia and Turkey have both confirmed they are considering a new deal for Ankara to purchase more S-400 missile systems despite the threat of US sanctions, a Russian news agency reports. However, Turkey appears to be offering a compromise to the United States.

Alexander Mikheev, director general of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said Nov. 26 that Moscow hopes to seal a new deal on the sale of S-400 missile systems to Turkey in the first half of next year. Rosoboronexport is currently under sanctions by the United States for selling weapons to Iran, North Korea and Syria.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS :ETHNICITY & KURDISHNESS GROWING IN PROGRESS

Kurdish self-identification in Turkey doubles in 10 years – study

 

  • Dec 02 2019 10:11 Gmt+3 Last Updated On: Dec 02 2019 10:16 Gmt+3

Turkish citizens who self-identify as Kurdish have almost doubled between 2008 and 2018, according to the 2018 Lifestyles and Gender report by pollster Konda.

The ratio of men who self-identified as Kurdish rose from 9 percent in 2008 to 16 percent in 2018, with the 2008 data including the Zaza ethnicity among the Kurdish population, the study found.

In 2018, two per cent of men identified as Zaza, an ethnic group related to Kurds.

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Mesopotamia News Insight . Acrimony erupts ahead of NATO summit as Turkey stalls defense plans

Ayla Jean Yackley December 2, 2019  –  Article Summary  – AL MONITOR – Turkey is impeding a military plan to defend Poland and the Baltics to force the alliance to support its military operation in Syria. The spat underscores political divisions that are shaking NATO ahead of its anniversary summit next week. Even before NATO leaders gather in London to mark the alliance’s 70th anniversary Tuesday and Wednesday, Turkey has put a damper on celebrations.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS BREAKING: Germany starts weapons deliveries to Turkey, could be used against Kurds

The German Green Party also urged a weapons ban for Turkey.

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL   DECEMBER 2, 2019 19:47  JERUSALEM POST

Germany’s government re-authorized weapons deliveries to the Islamic Turkish government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria, according to German media reports on Friday.

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The second era of trustee rule in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority southeast

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : KURDS UNDER ERDOGAN-RULE !

  • Nurcan Baysal – AHVAL NEWS –  Dec 01 2019  –  I don’t know how this period will be recorded in Turkish history, but for the sake of clarity I have decided to call it “the second trusteeship era,” or alternatively, “the second trusteeship sultanate.”

The first trusteeship era began in Sept. of 2016, when the central government began removing locally elected representatives from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), and replacing them with trustees from the ruling Justice and Democracy Party (AKP). In the end, of the 102 pro-Kurdish municipal governments, 95 were governed under trusteeships for three years.

Many, including myself, have written on what government appointed trustees did in the first era. It is worth recapitulating some of their actions.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Germany refuses visas for Kurdish music group previously banned in Diyarbakir

 MESOP NEWS – ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A theater in the German city of Mulheim recently had to scramble to quickly find a replacement for the Kurdish artist Mem Ararat’s concert scheduled for Dec. 12 after visas to enter the country for members of Ararat’s band were rejected.

The theater decided to replace the popular singer Mem Ararat, who is from Kurdish-majority southeastern Turkey, with another Kurdish artist named Mehmet Atli.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ERDOGAN KENNT NUR FEINDE !Terrorvorwurf gegen kurdische PKK-Kritiker – Von HAYRI DEMIR

Ein Hamburger wurde aus der Haft entlassen, ein Kölner bleibt inhaftiert. Beiden wird Unterstützung der PKK vorgeworfen – dabei stehen sie ihr kritisch gegenüber.

HAYRI DEMIR, 2019-11-29

In der Türkei wurde am Freitagmittag ein inhaftierter deutscher Staatsbürger freigelassen. Şeref Akgül, der seit 1992 in Hamburg lebt und die doppelte Staatsbürgerschaft hat, war am 21. November im Flughafen in Diyarbakır auf dem Rückweg nach Deutschland festgenommen worden. Akgül war nach Ankara gebracht worden, wo er acht Tage in Untersuchungshaft saß. Sein Verfahren geht weiter.

Dem 54-Jährigen werde Mitgliedschaft in der PKK und PKK-Propaganda vorgeworfen, sagte sein Anwalt Neşet Bilek taz gazete. Akgül ist Mitglied bei der Sozialistischen Partei Kurdistan (PSK) und bei Komkar, einem Verband von „Vereinen aus Kurdistan in Deutschland“. Seinem Anwalt Bilek zufolge werden ihm Beiträge in den sozialen Medien und seine Vereinsarbeit bei Komkar zur Last gelegt.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : THE FUTURE & DESTINY OF KURDISH HDP PARTY – INTERVIEW HAMIT BOZARSLAN

Dark days for Kurdish politics, but worse for Turkish – scholar

Nov 30 2019 12:32 Gmt+3 –AHVAL NEWS  –  Turkey’s pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) this month discussed its strategy to counter the Turkish government’s escalated crackdown against Kurdish politicians, as well as October’s military operation in north Syria against Kurdish-controlled territories near the Turkish border.

Some members called on the party to withdraw from parliament after the government removed 24 HDP mayors in southeast Turkey following local elections in March. The government says the HDP politicians harbour sympathies for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting inside Turkey for more than three decades.

Prominent historian and political scientist Hamit Bozarslan answered Ahval ’s questions on the future of the Kurdish political movement in Turkey and what the Turkish state aims to achieve with its aggressive moves in Syria.

Hale Akay: Mr. Bozarslan, you had predicted turbulent times for Turkey. This year, the local elections created some hope within the opposition. But after the elections, Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria last month and the dismissal and arrests of HDP’s mayors have quickly done away with that atmosphere of hope. Most recently, last week HDP called for early elections. How do you view the current situation?

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : DIE INTERNEN VERBRECHEN EINER STALINISTISCHEN PARTEI NAMENS  :  PKK (KURDISTAN)

Morde innerhalb der PKK / Eine unvollständige historische Referenz

Einleitung
Morde an Mitgliedern “der ersten Stunde”
Weitere Angaben
Morde in Europa
Morde aus neuerer Zeit
Morde im Gefängnis
Allgemeine Angaben (weitere Listen)

Einleitung

Das Phänomen der Morde innerhalb der Kurdischen Arbeiterpartei PKK ist fast so “alt”, wie die Partei selber. In erster Linie wird darauf verwiesen, dass Abdullah Öcalan mit diesen Morden seine Widersacher (Kritiker) in der Partei aus dem Wege räumen wollte. Von den Frauen und Männern der “ersten Stunde” soll nur noch Cemil Bayik und Halil Atac in den Reihen der PKK sein. Aus der ursprünglichen Führungsriege kamen einige im Gefängnis oder bei Gefechten mit den türkischen Sicherheitskräften um und nur die, die sich wie Hüseyin Yıldırım oder Kesire Yıldırım (einst die Frau von Öcalan) ins Ausland absetzen konnten, entgingen einer Bestrafung (mit dem Tod) als “Verräter”.

Neben den Morden auf der “oberen Ebene” soll es auch in den Reihen der militanten (bewaffneten) Mitglieder immer wieder zu Hinrichtungen als “Verräter” gekommen sein und das häufig aus banalen Gründen wie vermeintliche Beziehungen von männlichen zu weiblichen Guerillas. Die Morde an Zivilisten (z.B. Dorfvorsteher, die als Agenten angesehen wurden oder Lehrer, die als Symbol der “Kolonialmacht” angesehen wurden) können nicht als organisations-interne Morde angesehen werden, sollten in diesem Zusammenhang aber ebenfalls erwähnt werden.

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