MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS ANALYSIS:  Putin’s Turkish Gambit

By Burak Bekdil June 7, 2019 S- BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,195, June 9, 2019 – ISRAEL

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The first-ever NATO member state to shoot down a Russian military jet has willingly fallen in line with Vladimir Putin’s “Turkish Gambit,” a strategy designed to drive a deep crack into the NATO alliance.

The Ottoman and Tsarist militaries fought several wars during their imperial histories, all of them ending in Russian victory – a pattern that created a persistent Russophobia among the modern-day rulers of Turkey.

A mutual antipathy is baked into both cultures. In Russian, the word “Turkey” is used to denote an uninvited guest, and the word “Turk” is used to mean “ignorant.” The Turkish right wing, which comprises about 65-70% of the population, uses the phrase “Moskof gavuru” to mean “Russian.” The phrase translates to “an infidel from Moscow.”

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SPECIAL : From U.S. to Iran, Russia’s S-400 upending the world – analysis

Russia’s S-400 has the potential to both embarrass Washington and upend the traditional US alliance system in the region.

By Seth J. Frantzman – June 7, 2019 13:05 – JERUSALEM POST –  The US stopped receiving more Turkish pilots for an F-35 training program, Reuters reported on Friday. The same day Russia said it had not received a request from Iran to purchase the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. Both reports relate to Russia’s S-400 sales and its use of the advanced defense system as a form of Moscow’s diplomacy in the Middle East. Turkey agreed to purchase the system and is supposed to take delivery of it this month as part of a growing Turkey-Russia alliance. This has angered the US.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INSIDE : How Displaced Syrians Navigate Their Status in Turkey

Omar Kush –  Omar Kush is a Syrian journalist and researcher based in Turkey. He writes regularly in several Arab sites and periodicals, and has published a number of books, researches, and articles.

Also available in العربية May 31, 2019

While Syrian refugees in Turkey often enjoy far better conditions than their compatriots in Arab countries, the majority of Syrians in Turkey—both within and outside of the country’s refugee camps—face difficulties when it comes to employment, residency rights, integration, and movement between Turkish provinces. Despite these challenges, the prospect of granting citizenship to Syrians has stirred an uproar in Turkish political circles and sparked a national debate over the future of Syrian refugees in the country. However, even outside of the widespread objection within Turkey to the naturalization of Syrian refugees there, simply granting refugees Turkish citizenship is not an adequate solution to the challenges they face on a daily basis.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : TRUMP STOPS MILITARY TRAINING FOR ERDOGAN PILOTS

 Humeyra Pamuk‏Verified account @humeyra_pamuk 7 June 2019

Washington taking further steps to show Ankara that it is serious in its objection to the S-400 purchase – this time it decided to stop accepting any additional #Turkish pilots who planned to come to U.S. to train on F-35 fighter jets ⁦⁦@phildstewart

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MESOP NEWS : DIE NEUE PRO ERDOGAN PARTEI FÜR ÖSTERREICH

Avusturya’da Türklerden yeni bir parti: SÖZ PARTİSİ

Eski UETD’ciler ve AK Partisine yakın gençler SÖZ adlı ortanın soluna yakın parti kurduklarını ilan ederek 2020 yılında Viyana Eyalet seçimlerine hazırlandıklarını bir basın konferansı ile ilan ettiler.

VİYANA-Avusturya’da Türk kökenli Avusturyalıların faaliyet gösterdiği 3 küçük siyasi oluşumun birleşmesiyle SÖZ Partisi kuruldu. Avusturya’da birlikte yaşamı tehdit eden aşırı sağla mücadele ve siyasette temsil edilmeyen toplulukların sesi olmak iddiasıyla Türkler tarafından  kısa adı SÖZ olan ”Soziales Österreichs der Zukunft” (Geleceğin Sosyal Avusturyası)  bugün bir basın toplantısı ile kendini tanıttı.

İlk hedef Viyana Eyalet seçimleri 2020

SÖZ Partisi Genel Başkanı Hakan Gördü, başkent Viyana’da düzenlenen basın toplantısında, partinin kuruluş süreci ve hedeflerine ilişkin açıklamalarda bulundu. Hakan Gördü, partinin ülkede çeşitli alanlarda faaliyet gösteren “ilerici siyasi oluşumların” bir araya gelmesiyle kurulduğunu belirterek, hedeflerinin öncelikli olarak 2020’de yapılacak Viyana Belediyesi seçimlerine katılmak olduğunu ancak ulusal çapta yapılacak seçimlere de katılmayı planladıklarını dile getirdi.

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : AM ENDE EINE HISTORISCHE SCHLACHT / PKK CONTRA ERDOGAN !

PKK-Chef Murat Karayilan: Die Antwort der Guerilla wird heftig ausfallen

Die kurdische Guerilla wird einen Widerstand von historischem Ausmaß gegen die Besatzungsversuche des kolonialistischen türkischen Staates in Südkurdistan leisten, erklärt Murat Karayilan (PKK) im ANF-Interview.

 

AMED DİCLE  BEHDÎNAN  Donnerstag, 6 Jun 2019, 06:46 – Die türkische Armee hat vor einigen Tagen mit Angriffen auf die südkurdische Region Xakurke begonnen. In dem Gebiet finden bereits seit einem Jahr heftige Angriffe und Gefechte statt. Xakurke befindet sich im Dreiländereck Türkei, Irak und Iran. Nach Angaben aus der Region führt die türkische Armee schwerpunktmäßig Luftangriffe durch und setzt an einigen Punkten Soldaten aus Hubschraubern ab. Die Guerilla führt in dem unzugänglichen Gelände pausenlos Aktionen gegen die türkische Armee durch. Murat Karayilan, mit dem wir in den Medya-Verteidigungsgebieten gesprochen haben, bezeichnet den Angriff auf Xakurke als einen Besatzungsversuch,

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS FOCUS : New Diyarbakir mayor backs opposition candidate in Istanbul election rerun

Jasper Mortimer June 4, 2019  – Article Summary  – AL MONITOR – The new HDP mayor of Diyarbakir calls for a Kurdish vote against the AKP in Istanbul’s mayoral election rerun and says his AKP predecessor has left Diyarbakir in the poorhouse. DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — In the coming election in Istanbul, the Kurds will “stand by the victim against the usurper,” the new mayor of Diyarbakir, Adnan Selcuk Mizrakli, says.

“We will not allow thieves like [Binali] Yildirim to succeed,” Mizrakli told Al-Monitor in an interview in the city’s cultural center, referring to the candidate of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). Mizrakli had been asked which way he would like his Kurdish brethren in Istanbul to vote now that the Supreme Electoral Council has invalidated the March 31 election in Turkey’s biggest city and called a new poll for June 23.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : SWP BERLIN PAPER

Sinem Adar –  Rethinking Political Attitudes of Migrants from Turkey and Their Germany-Born Children

Beyond Loyalty and Democratic Culture

SWP Research Paper 2019/RP 07, June 2019, 30 Pages  – doi:10.18449/2019RP07

Dr Sinem Adar was the 2018 IPC-Stiftung Mercator Fellow at SWP. The Mercator IPC Fellowship Program at SWP is funded by Stiftung Mercator.

Since the presidential elections in 2014, Turkish voters abroad have cast their votes in three parliamentary elections, one presidential election, and one referendum. The relatively higher vote share that the Justice and Devel­op­ment Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan garnered in Ger­many and other European states with large Turkish immigration levels, such as the Netherlands, Belgium, and Austria, has remained a cause for concern to politicians and the public in these countries. Especially in Germany, the dominant premise in the public debate has been that voting in favor of the AKP and Erdoğan is a sign of “loyalty to Turkey” and an absence of a com­mit­ment to democratic values and norms.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INTERVIEW : PKK CHEF CEMIL BAYIK LOOKS TIRED

Aliza Marcus‏ @AlizaMarcus 1h1 hour ago

Cemil Bayik interviewed by pro-PKK TV. Is it just me or does he sound tired? Plus, no mention of the latest Turkish military assault — tho could be this interview made before then.

 

Bayık: Direniş güçlü bir biçimde devam etmeli

Açlık grevi direnişlerine ilişkin değerlendirmelerde bulunan KCK Yürütme Konseyi Eşbaşkanı Cemil Bayık, tecridin devam edip etmeyeceğinin takipçisi olacaklarını belirtti. Bayık, “Direniş, ittifak güçlü bir şekilde devam etmeli” dedi.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS :  US STOPS TURKISH PILOTS FOR F-35s TRAINING

Kyle Orton Retweeted Humeyra Pamuk‏Verified account @humeyra_pamuk 29 May 2019

#NEW The U.S. is seriously considering suspending the training of #Turkish pilots for F-35s over Ankara’s planned buy of #Russian missile defense systems. No final decision yet. Would be a serious escalation in already strained ties.From me & @phildstewart

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