Political divisions among Turkey’s Kurds resurface over referendum

MESOP NEWS TODAYS GENERAL REPORT KURDISH REFERENDUM : THE HDP – THE PKK & THE KURDS IN TURKEY ABOUT  THE INDEPENDENCE POLL

  • The HDP saw it essential to distinguish itself from PKK on the issue of the referendum 

  • Sertac Bucak in Middle East Eye

Despite widespread popular support among the Kurds in Turkey for the Kurdish referendum, political parties are divided on the matter – Arwa Ibrahim –  Wednesday 20 September 2017 12:55 UTC – MIDDLE EAST EYE

As Kurds in northern Iraq prepare to cast their ballots in Monday’s independence referendum, the controversial vote has already exposed deep-rooted divisions within the Kurdish population of neighbouring Turkey. While public opinion among Kurds in Turkey is considered to be strongly supportive of the process taking place across the border in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, the leanings of the country’s Kurdish political groups and movements are less clear cut.

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MESOP NEWS : BARBARIANS ! – Selim Çürükkaya express the disbelief & rage we all feel at destruction of memorial grave 4 Sait in Turkey

Fallen Peshmerga’s brother writes letter to Erdogan over demolition of grave

Last week, Turkish troops in the Kurdish province of Bingol destroyed the grave of a Peshmerg… kurdistan24.net

 20 Sept 2017 http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/6f12ec36-aa84-4a3d-bbff-39b5373b3dbc

 

 

MESOP NEWS : SYMBOLISCHE ÜBERPRÜFUNG ? – Bundesinnenministerium erwägt Konkretisierung von Liste verbotener PKK-Symbole

 

  1. September 2017, 15:04 Uhr afp – Berlin (AFP) Nach der Kundgebung von Kurden in Köln am Wochenende erwägt das Bundesinnenministerium eine Erweiterung der Liste verbotener Symbole der Arbeiterpartei Kurdistans (PKK). Das Ministerium werde die Demonstration zum Anlass nehmen, eine “weitere Konkretisierung” der Liste zu prüfen, um den Bundesländern “weitere Hilfestellungen” beim Umgang mit PKK-Symbolen zu geben, sagte ein Sprecher am Montag in Berlin.  www.mesop.de

MESOP NEWS : ERDOGAN’S DAILY DISAPPEARANCES – Suspicious abductions in Turkey raise fears of state role

Under President Erdoğan, forced disappearances had ceased entirely. But rights activists worry they may have started again.

By Zia Weise  –  Politico Belgium – 20 Sept 2017 –  ISTANBUL — Are forced disappearances making a comeback in Turkey? That’s the question opposition politicians and human rights activists are asking following a spate of mysterious kidnappings. Turkey’s government, they say, must investigate the cases of up to 12 missing men and prove that state agents played no role in their abductions.One such case is that of Cemil Koçak, an agricultural engineer who was forced into a van in front of his eight-year-old son in June.

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MESOP NEWS TENDENCY : RECEP TAYYIP WILL GO EAST, MORE & MORE

Erdogan, Turkey Chief of General Staff to pay separate visits to Iran

18 Sept 2017 – Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar will pay separate visits to Iran in the coming days amid rising tension over the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) bid to hold an independence referendum on Sept. 25 and the developments in Syria.

Iranian President Hasan Ruhani and Erdogan will preside over the Fifth Turkey-Iran High Level Strategic Council meeting that will be held in Tehran on Oct. 4, Hurriyet daily reported.

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MESOP NEWS FOCUS : BUT GTHIS IS ONLY SIMULATION – Turkey begins unannounced military drill on Kurdistan borders

By Rudaw 3 hours ago – 18 Sept 2017 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Turkish military has begun a military drill near the Kurdistan Region border, just a week before the Region’s historic vote on independence is scheduled to take place.

The military said that the unannounced drill began on Monday, and at the same time “anti-terror operations” also continue in Silopi, near Habur border crossing with the Kurdistan Region.

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MESOP NEWS : Christians in Turkish City of Diyarbikir Facing Mass Persecution

NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY) –  MESOP NEWS : 2017-09-18 –  MESOP / GATESTONE REPORT –   Turkey — it sometimes slips out of view since it doesn’t make the Secretary of State’s “Countries of Particular Concern” list for human rights violations.But in the city of Diyarbikir for one, “entire neighborhoods” have disappeared. The Surp Giragos Church has been converted to an army base, the sanctuary desecrated with urine and garbage, the pews burned as firewood.

Those are just a few things mentioned in the report “Turkey’s Mass Persecution of Christians and Kurds,” released Sept. 4 by the Gatestone Institute. Since 2015, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been attacking Kurdish-majority areas in the country, and Christians have been caught in the crossfire, according to the report.

In Diyarbikir “virtually the entire town — and all Christian properties belonging to the indigenous Armenian, Assyrian (Syriac), Chaldean and Protestant communities — was included in an expropriation plan adopted in March 2016 by the Turkish cabinet.” That expropriation plan included the Surp Giragos Church and others. Those ethnic groups haven’t been able to worship in their own churches for the past three years, according to the report.

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MESOP NEWS : Wo Erdogan nicht irrt / Aber der Deutsche Bundesnachrichtendienst – TOP Gülenisten in der BRD

Von Michael Martens  – 17 Sept 2017  

Zwischen einer hysterischen Türkei und einer hysterischen öffentlichen Meinung in Deutschland sei derzeit wenig Platz für konstruktive Politik, sagte unlängst ein deutscher Diplomat in einem Hintergrundgespräch über Berlins Türkeipolitik. Der Satz klingt hart. Die Feststellung, dass die türkische Regierung hysterisch sei, wird kaum jemand für übertrieben halten, außer der türkischen Regierung natürlich. Aber sind auch die Deutschen hysterisch, wenn es um Recep Tayyip Erdogan und die Türkei geht?

Man muss sich dem Urteil nicht anschließen, doch der deutschen Debatte über die Politik des türkischen Staatspräsidenten täten ein paar mehr Zwischentöne und Graustufen durchaus gut. Denn trotz der üblen Dinge, die in der Türkei geschehen, auch trotz der unter bizarren Vorwürfen und womöglich für viele Jahre inhaftierten deutschen Journalisten oder Menschenrechtler sollte nicht alles, was aus Ankara kommt, ungeprüft als Unsinn verworfen werden.

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Second Turkish Republic’ looks east

MESOP NEWS TODAYS ANALYSIS BY JONATHAN SPYER / JERUSALEM POST

September 15, 2017 by jonathanspyer  – Jerusalem Post, 15/9 – Turkey this week announced its purchase of the S-400 anti aircraft missile system from Russia.  The deal,  according to western media reports, is worth $2.5 billion.   Turkish President Recep Tayep Erdogan told Turkish media that the first deposit on the system has already been paid.  The S-400, which has a range of 400 km and can down 80 targets simultaneously,  is widely considered to be the world’s most advanced air defense system at the present time.

This surprise  development is the latest milestone in Ankara’s ongoing drift in recent years away from its traditional strategic  position in the region as a NATO and US ally.

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MESOP NEWS : ERDOGAN UPDATE / DIE ÜBERSICHT DES TAGES – 16 Sept 2017

Fotoreporter Çağdaş Erdoğan festgenommen  – ZEIT ONLINE

Der türkische Fotograf Çağdaş Erdoğan ist nach Angaben seiner Agentur 140journos in Istanbul festgenommen worden. Demnach wurde er am 2.

Seit 190 Tagen sind sie im Hungerstreik, um ihre Jobs wiederzubekommen – STERN

Türkei: Hungerstreikende Lehrer durften nicht zum Gerichtsbeginn – derStandard.at

Hungerstreikende Lehrer in der Türkei: Der Nachruf steht schon – derStandard.at

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