MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ERDOGAN’S VERSPRECHUNGEN – “Bald kein Europäer mehr sicher auf den Straßen“

Kein Europäer könne auf den Straßen sicher sein, wenn die EU nicht ihr Verhalten ändere, sagte Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. Die Türkei könne man nicht herumschubsen, so der türkische Präsident. – Der türkische Präsident Erdogan hat im Konflikt mit der EU eine weitere Warnung ausgesprochen. Europa müsse umdenken, Demokratie und Menschenrechte respektieren – sonst sei bald kein Europäer mehr sicher

Türkei unzensiert22 Std. · 23 Mar 2019

“Yakında hiçbir Avrupalı sokaklarda güvende olmayacak” | „Bald kein Europäer mehr sicher auf den Straßen“
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Türkiye Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan AB’yi uyardı. Ankara’da konuşan Erdoğan, Avrupa’nın “Yeniden düşünmesi” gerektiğini ileri sürerek, “Demokrasiye ve insan haklarına saygı göstermesini” istedi. Cumhurbaşkanı, “Aksi halde yakında hiçbir Avrupalı güvende olmayacak” dedi.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : THE NEW SULTAN AND THE CRISIS OF MODERN TURKEY –  WHY TURKEY’S LOCAL ELECTIONS MATTER

by Murat Yetkin and Soner Cagaptay  – PolicyWatch 3093 – March 20, 2019

Many major jurisdictions are up for grabs, with potentially weighty foreign policy implications if Erdogan maintains his current coalition’s hardline nationalist trajectory.

Turkey will hold nationwide local elections on March 31, with voters picking mayors as well as city and provincial council members. Due to a unique alignment of domestic and foreign policy issues, these elections could affect U.S.-Turkish relations and Ankara’s actions in the Middle East, warranting greater attention from Washington than one might expect.

AN ‘EXISTENTIAL’ VOTE

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS “OPTIMISMUS” : ZU NEWRUZ DER NEUE PKK MASTERPLAN

PKK: Untergang des Faschismus ist unumgänglich / HPG-Planung für das Kampfjahr 2019

Der Kommandorat der HPG hat auf einer sechstägigen Versammlung das Kampfjahr 2019 auf der Grundlage einer Neustrukturierung basierend auf 35 Jahren Guerillaerfahrung geplant.

ANF  BEHDÎNAN  Donnerstag, 21 Mär 2019, 06:58  – Ende Februar hat der Kommandorat der Volksverteidigungskräfte HPG eine sechstägige Versammlung abgehalten, auf der über eine Neustrukturierung beraten wurde. An der Versammlung nahmen 57 Personen teil. Als Ergebnis ausführlicher Kritiken und Selbstkritiken wurde die weitere Planung für 2019 festgelegt.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS “IMPERIALISM” : PUTIN CZAR OF MIDEAST & SULTAN ERDOGAN

Turkey Brief: January 23 – March 18, 2019 – Turkey Brief is an intelligence summary (INTSUM) produced by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). This ISW INTSUM series sheds light on key trends and developments related to the Turkish government’s objectives and its efforts to secure them.

Reporting Period: January 23 – March 18, 2019  – Authors: Elizabeth Teoman with Monica Ma, Matti Suomenaro, Darina Regio, and Michael Land

Key Takeaway: Turkey is deepening its strategic cooperation with Russia as the U.S. draws down its forces in Syria. Turkey is strengthening its naval coordination with Russia in the Black Sea and negotiating to expand bilateral economic ties. In Syria, Turkey and Russia agreed to create a joint coordination center to conduct joint military patrols along frontlines in Northern Syria on March 14. They are also working together to begin trade from Turkey into regime-held parts of Aleppo Province. Turkey’s deepening cooperation with Russia undermines the cohesion of NATO and jeopardizes the prospects for a deal between the U.S. and Turkey to stabilize Eastern Syria.
Turkey is expanding its strategic cooperation with Russia. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly chosen to fortify his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the expense of Turkey’s alliance with NATO. Erdogan has taken a number of major steps toward a strategic realignment with Russia in 2019.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ERDOGAN FACES ELECTION – All eyes on Turkey’s 3 biggest cities as local elections approach

Jasper Mortimer March 18, 2019 – AL MONITOR – ARTICLE SUMMARY  – Turks suffering under 20% inflation and 13.5% unemployment may punish President Erdogan’s coalition in March 31 elections in the nation’s three largest cities. ANKARA, Turkey — The municipal elections are less than two weeks away, and observers are wondering what is going to happen in Turkey’s three biggest cities: Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. –

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : VERY INTERESTING / ERDOGAN & ISIS

18 March 2019 – MESOP – ISIS’s Ambassador to Turkey @AnneSpeckhard on how US Counter-Intel agents believed Abu Mansour was credible on relations with Turkish authorities & how ISIS routinely negotiated agreements with Turkey for Wounded, Water, Foreign Fighters to come through https://twitter.com/joshua_landis/status/1107678284123463682 …

Anne Speckhard @AnneSpeckhard

Replying to @joshua_landis @NikoLusiani

He was in Iraqi custody and CTS had interrogated him many times previously and judged him both credible and cooperative. We spoke to him for five hours and never heard any inconsistencies He seemed honest and humble and also allowed us to use his image.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ERDOGANS = TROUBLE WITH EU / Ankara fumes as European Parliament votes to suspend EU talks

Ayla Jean Yackley March 14, 2019 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary – The European Parliament called on the European Union to halt membership negotiations with Turkey, citing a failure to respect the bloc’s standards on human rights, while Ankara accuses the legislators of giving in to right-wing populism.  ISTANBUL — Turkey fired back at the European Parliament after it called for the suspension of membership negotiations over its human rights record, calling the resolution “worthless” and “discriminatory” and sounding an alarm about right-wing populism taking root in Europe.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INSIDER : Turkey, US head to new crisis over Ankara’s S-400 purchase

Semih Idiz March 14, 2019 – AL MONITOR –  Article Summary – Washington’s threats of dire consequences for Turkey if it goes ahead with the Russian air-defense deal are being disregarded by Ankara.

The standoff between Turkey and the United States over Ankara’s decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile-defense systems is coming to head and pointing to a fresh crisis in Turkish-US ties.Many expect Turkey’s deployment of the S-400s to rekindle the debate on whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey belongs in the Western alliance.The ultimate decision on the S-400s rests with Erdogan, as the sole authority in Turkey today, and he appears determined to go ahead with the deal concluded with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS FOCUS : How Turkey’s local elections became ‘matter of national survival’

Orhan Kemal Cengiz March 13, 2019  – AL MONITOR – Article Summary –  The continuing deterioration of Turkey’s economy and the fact that the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has refrained from entering candidates in local elections in the country’s west, where the HDP is supporting other opposition parties, could result in the ruling party’s loss of some larger cities, which could lead to early general elections.

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