MESOP NEWS : DONALD TRUMP BRANDS APO’S ARMY – U.S. asks YPG ‘you have got to change your brand’

  1. July 2017 – One of America’s most senior generals said on Friday he instructed the Kurdish YPG militia to change its “brand” a day or so before it unveiled an alliance with Syrian Arabs in 2015 under the name Syrian Democratic Forces.The recounting by U.S. Army General Raymond Thomas, the head of Special Operations Command, offered a glimpse into the mechanics that preceded a major rampup in U.S. support to the Kurdish fighters despite fierce opposition from NATO ally Turkey.Thomas said he made the Turkish concerns known to the YPG back in 2015.

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MESOP REPORT : PKK / KNK CONGRESS – Final Declaration of the KNK’s National Unity Meeting (UNDER PKK CONDITIONS!)

Final Declaration: The country and the people of Kurdistan have been divided into four parts as a result of the Sykes-Picot and Lausanne treaties. The Kurdish people have waged a continuous struggle for freedom from this fragmentation onwards until the present day. As a result of this struggle, serious gains have been achieved in all parts. The ongoing World War III in the Middle East has created an opportunity for our people to finalize these gains, and it poses serious dangers.

THE TRUE DANGER IS POLITICAL FRAGMENTATION

The colonialist system that denies and assimilates Kurds is experiencing its weakest moment since its establishment. The majority of the international powers are now in favor of changing this status quo, which creates more harm than advantages for them. This poses great opportunities for Kurds to have liberation. But, despite all the weaknesses and inconsistencies, the colonialist powers object to the Kurds achieving a status, and are displaying great resistance to change because of this. To that end, they are forming anti-Kurdish alliances and making great concessions to the international powers in return for them not supporting Kurds. And this poses a serious danger for Kurds. The anti-Kurdish alliances by the colonialists and the inconsistent policies of international powers are dangerous for Kurds. But the true danger for Kurds is the political fragmentation of the Kurds themselves. If the Kurds can overcome this fragmentation and achieve their national unity, at once they will both remove the threats and dangers, and achieve the status they want in each part, resulting in their freedom.

THE DECISIONS

  1. All political parties, representatives of institutions and esteemed individuals who participated in the National Unity Meeting presented their views on the necessity for and the obligation of national unity, and expressed their will to fulfill all responsibility that befalls them on this issue.
  2. All participants of the National Unity Meeting have reached the resolution that the efforts should not be limited to a national unity meeting, and that they should continue unabated until the national congress is realized.
  3. Taking lessons from the deficiencies in method in the previous efforts, taking resolute steps towards the goal and achieving a wide base of discussions and resolutions has been assumed as a method.
  4. It has been decided to take a second step to discuss the fundamental principles and methods of national unity and achieve a result after the Meeting.
  5. The principles and methods of national unity is the key issue in achieving National Unity. For that, the issue needs to be discussed by political parties and intellectuals, writers, academics, artists, religious scholars, opinion leaders and women in our society in a swift but wide-reaching way. To that end, our Meeting has decided to hold further richer efforts in Northern Kurdistan, Rojava, Europe, Eastern Kurdistan and Southern Kurdistan. The results coming out of the parts regarding principles and methods will be discussed in another Meeting with participation from all parts and Europe and the second phase will thus be completed.
  6. Our National Unity Meeting considers it a principle in the second phase as well as the first phase to have all parties participating in the national unity efforts. To that end, it has been decided to continue with the efforts to have all parties, whether they participated in the first phase or not, participating in the second phase. National unity efforts will be carried out until the end with the goal to be open for all parties to participate in.
  7. It has been decided that the KNK leading and organizing the second phase as well will be right. It has been decided that the KNK will receive widespread support from various circles as they carry out these efforts in all parts.
  8. After reaching a consensus on principles and the methods to be followed, it will be time for the third phase. Before launching that phase, there will be a goal of establishing a committee to call for a Kurdistan National Congress. This committee will undoubtedly be established with participation from representatives of all political parties and some individuals.
  9. As constituents of the National Unity Meeting, we salute political prisoners and support their struggle. We also support the Kurdish women’s struggle for freedom. We believe all parties who participated in the National Unity Meeting should take the dialogue and discussion method as a base for the development of democracy. They should all actively participate in actions Kurdistanis take against colonialism everywhere.
  10. Views and proposals of the committee that Kurdish women formed for national unity should be incorporated in the national unity efforts and women should participate strongly and actively in the national unity efforts in the future.
  11. The referendum in Southern Kurdistan needs to be carried out with participation from all political powers there, within the confines of the legal and legitimate framework.
  12. Participants of the National Unity Meeting have called on political parties and powers in Eastern (Rojhilat) Kurdistan to launch a joint effort to achieve the freedom and the rights of the Kurdish people. There is no doubt that the Kurdish powers getting closer will add strength to the struggle for freedom and be a blow to the executions, arrests and the inhumane and invasive policies imposed upon the civilian population, particularly killing Kolbars (Kurdish individuals who make a living by cross border trade), in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  13. Participants of the National Unity Meeting have assumed the Turkish state’s attack on Efrîn and Rojava as an attack on themselves and called for support. Participants are also calling for the reconstruction of Shengal.
  14. The National Unity Meeting has stressed the necessity to uphold the foundation of respect for the peoples, faiths, sects and other differences the Kurdish people live together with. We consider this as the yeast that will create the democratic, healthy and humane/moral society, which will guarantee an amicable, comradely and secular life.

CALL FOR PARTIES WHO DIDN’T PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL UNITY MEETING

There is no doubt that the discussions we had and the resolve we reached here with participation from political parties, intellectuals, writers, academics and all other social forces and individuals have a historic significance. The whole of our society is following this effort with great interest. For that, in the coming period, we all carry more responsibility, so we are calling on all political and social groups and individuals to participate strongly in the second phase of the efforts and to support them. We declare that these efforts are open for participation from all until the end, and call on the political parties who haven’t been here with us today to participate in the future efforts.

Kurdistan National Congress
Southern Kurdistan/ Sulaymani
15th – 16th July 21, 2017

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MESOP NEWS FOCUS : ERDOGAN’S BAN & BANNINGS – Turkey’s Parliament Bans the Use of the Term ‘Armenian Genocide’

asbarez.com – 2017-07-21 23:59 GMT – ANKARA — As part of a package of measures aimed to change internal procedural rules of the Turkish parliament, the legislature’s constitutional committee on Thursday approved a provision banning the use of the word “Armenian Genocide” from being used in legislative body. Also banned are the terms “Kurdistan,” and “Kurdish regions.” weiterlesen / click to continue

TURKEY AND THE FAILED COUP ONE YEAR LATER

MESOP NEWS TODAYS SAMPLER OF COMMENTARIES WITH DIFFERENT THOUGHTS

Featuring Omer Taspinar, Soner Cagaptay, and James F. Jeffrey  – PolicyWatch 2835 – July 20, 2017

On July 13, Omer Taspinar, Soner Cagaptay, and James F. Jeffrey addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Taspinar is a professor at the National War College and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Cagaptay is the Beyer Family Fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at the Institute. Jeffrey is the Institute’s Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow and a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey. The following is a rapporteur’s summary of their remarks.

OMER TASPINAR

While the authoritarian trend in Turkish politics is well documented in Washington circles, Fethullah Gulen is still very enigmatic for most Americans (despite his longtime exile in Pennsylvania). Some background on the Gulen movement’s marriage of convenience with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), therefore, provides important context.

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MESOP NEWS REPORTS BY Berkay Mandıracı – Analyst, Turkey – For International Crisis Group (ICG) – Brussels

Turkey’s PKK Conflict Kills almost 3,000 in Two Years

20 July 2017 marks the two-year anniversary of a collapsed ceasefire that previously held for two-and-a-half-years between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Crisis Group’s new analysis of open-source data reveals that the ongoing cycle of violence has now killed three times as many as the 2011-12 escalation.

On 20 July 2015, an Islamic State (ISIS) suicide bomb attack killed 33 and injured more than 100 mostly pro-Kurdish young activists in the majority Kurdish town of Suruç in south-eastern Turkey. That same day in nearby Adıyaman province, an alleged attack by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) killed a Turkish corporal. This marked the breakdown of a two-and-a-half-year ceasefire between the PKK – listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU – and the Turkish state. It was also the start of a violent cycle that has taken at least 2,981 lives, about three times more than during the July 2011-December 2012 escalation, when Crisis Group confirmed almost 1,000 deaths.

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MESOP NEWS “EXPOSED” – Turkey Leaks Secret Locations of U.S. Troops in Syria & The PKK

Ankara has long been angered by the alliance between Washington and Kurdish factions. But a new report exposing secret American bases is a dangerous way to strike back.

Roy Gutman – 07.19.17 1:00 AM ET – THE DAILY BEAST – ISTANBUL—In the latest display of Turkish anger at U.S. policy in Syria, the state news agency has divulged the locations of 10 U.S. military bases and outposts in northern Syria where the U.S. is leading an operation to destroy the so-called Islamic State in its self-styled capital of Raqqa.

The list published by the Anadolu news agency points to a U.S. presence from one end to the other of the Kurdish self-administration region—a distance of more than 200 miles. The Anadolu news agency even listed the number of U.S. troops in several locations and in two instances stipulated the presence of French special forces.Turkey has openly criticized the Trump administration—and the Obama administration before it—for relying in the battle against ISIS on a militia led by Kurds affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK.

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MESOP NEWS TODAYS OPINION BY SONER CAGAPTEY – THE LONELINESS OF RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN

by Soner Cagaptay  –  Atlantic –  July 15, 2017 –  Erdogan’s lifelong resentment of secularists has decimated Turkish democracy.

Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the failed coup against Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an event he has since used to further alienate his opponents. This alienation is reinforced by the authoritarian chamber that Erdogan inhabits, a result of both his upbringing as a pious yet second-class citizen in once-secularist Turkey, as well as his consolidation of power since 2002, when his Justice and Development Party (AKP) took power in Ankara.

As I explain in my book The New Sultan, Erdogan was born in 1954 to a poor family in Kasimpasa, a gritty neighborhood along Istanbul’s Golden Horn, then a polluted waterway overflowing with sewage. He grew up in a deeply religious family at a time when Turkey had a staunchly secularist system, which banished all forms of religiosity to the private sphere, and in which people like Erdogan and his family felt profoundly marginalized.

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MESOP NEWS : GIRLS FISHING BY PKK – PKK Releases Recruited Girls from Kirkuk Under Pressure

Basnews English –  16/07/2017 – 15:05 –  KIRKUK — After Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) recruited two Kurdish girls, their families have taken them back from the party’s bases in Qandil to Kirkuk. According to the information obtained by BasNews, Lara Othman and Hevin Tofiq were recruited by PKK and moved to Qandil earlier on 12th July to join the party’s military activities.

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MESOP NEWS “PAY ATTENTION”: PKK/KNK CONGRESS UNDER GUIDANCE OF PUK IN SULAIMANIA – Picture shoes 2nd from right the secret Foreign Officer of PKK – Adem Uzun) – Click for full Programm

KNK national unity workshop starts in Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan

16 July 2017 – SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— After been banned in Erbil city, the national unity workshop started in Sulaimani city on Saturday with participation from over 60 political parties, hundreds of intellectuals and situationcommunity leaders from all four parts of Kurdistan.

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MESOP NEWS TODAYS ACTUAL STARTER : The Genocide in the Ottoman Empire

By George N. Shirinian –  2017-07-14

Dr. Steven Leonard Jacobs holds the Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies and is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. An ordained rabbi, Professor Jacobs is a specialist on the Holocaust and Genocide, Biblical Studies, Jewish-Jewish Christian Relations, and is one of the foremost authorities on Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959), who coined the term “genocide” and devoted his life to the enactment of an international law on the punishment and prevention of genocide. Related: The Assyrian Genocide

Among his numerous publications, Prof. Jacobs is the author of the chapter entitled, “Lemkin on Three Genocides: Comparing His Writings on the Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Genocides,” in the recently published book, Genocide in the Ottoman Empire: Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks 1913-1923, edited by George N. Shirinian (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2017, published in association with The Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center and The Zoryan Institute).

George N. Shirinian: Your unique contribution to this new book is a comparative study of the writings of Raphael Lemkin on Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Genocides. Who was Raphael Lemkin, and why is what he wrote important?

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