MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ERDOGAN LEFT ALL ALONE – Turkish-Russian ‘strategic ties’ fail stress test on Syria’s Idlib

Semih Idiz September 12, 2018  – AL MONITOR – Article Summary

The recent Tehran summit placed a spotlight on differences between Ankara and Moscow over Syria, leaving the Turkish president rattled.  

Much of the world focused its attention on the Tehran summit last week between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in the hope that the three “Astana partners” could prevent a bloodbath in Idlib, in northwestern Syria.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu issued promising statements before the Sept. 7 summit, expressing his belief that a crisis would be averted in the last opposition stronghold.The summit not only failed to achieve this, but also highlighted Turkish and Russian differences over Syria.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG LESEN ! – Rechtsruck bei der türkischen «Cumhuriyet» – Die traditionsreiche Tageszeitung «Cumhuriyet» erhält eine neue Führung.

Aus Protest verlassen zahlreiche Mitarbeiter das Blatt. Es ist ein weiterer Rückschlag für die Pressefreiheit in der Türkei. –  Volker Pabst, Istanbul –  11.9.2018, 05:30 Uhr – NZZ

 Die türkische Presselandschaft verliert eine ihrer letzten kritischen Stimmen. Vergangenen Freitag wurde in einer kontroversen Wahl der zwölfköpfige Stiftungsrat der Tageszeitung «Cumhuriyet» neu bestellt. Kurz danach entliess das neue Aufsichtsgremium den Chefredaktor Murat Sabuncu, seine beiden Geschäftsführer und die Leitung des Hauptstadtbüros in Ankara und ersetzte sie durch nationalistische, weniger regierungskritische Journalisten. Seither haben mehr als ein Dutzend profilierter Redaktoren das Blatt verlassen. In Abschiedsartikeln oder per Twitter erklärten viele von ihnen, sie könnten es zurzeit nicht mit ihrem Gewissen vereinbaren, für die Zeitung zu arbeiten.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INTEL : IRANER BENUTZEN COVER DER PKK-NACHRICHTEN-AGENTUR ANF FÜR CYPER SPIONAGE

Domestic Kitten: Iranische Spionage-App für gezielte Angriffe eingesetzt

10.09.2018, San Carlos, Check Point | Autor: Herbert Wieler

Spionage von App- und SMS-Kontakten – Das Security Research-Team von Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) veröffentlicht heute Details zu Domestic Kitten , eine Malware, die für gezielte Angriffe hauptsächlich im Iran eingesetzt wird. Dabei gehen die Attacken bereits bis in das Jahr 2016 und werden immer noch durchgeführt.Das Research Team von Check Point veröffentlicht seine Ergebnisse zu Domestic Kitten. Hinweise auf staatliche gesteuerte Malware-Angriffe, die als legitime App Kontakte und SMS der Opfer ausspionieren

Ungewöhnlich sind die Zielgruppen und die wahrscheinlichen Urheber der Spyware. Der Schadcode wird als ISIS Wallpaper App, einer gefälschten Nachrichten App der ANF Kurdistan Nachrichtenagentur,

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Neue Lebensmittelembargos in Nordkurdistan – Der türkische Innenminister Süleyman Soylu hat Lebensmittelembargos gegen kurdische Wohngebiete in mehreren Provinzen angeordnet.

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS „MAAS & MERKEL“ & DIE WILLKÜRHERRSCHAFT ERDOGANS

MESOP  WAN  Samstag, 8 Sep 2018, – Der türkische Innenminister Süleyman Soylu hat eine Anweisung an die Generalkommandantur der Jandarma und die Polizeidirektionen geschickt, durch die die in den 90er Jahren verbreiteten Lebensmittelembargos gegen kurdische Regionen wieder in Kraft gesetzt werden. Die Anordnung betrifft bisher 32 Landkreise in Agirî (Ağrı), Êlih (Batman), Çewlîg (Bingöl), Bedlîs (Bitlis), Amed (Diyarbakir), Xarpêt (Elazığ), Ezirgan (Erzincan) Erzîrom (Erzurum), Wan und in den Schwarzmeer-Provinzen Trabzon, Giresun und Gümüşhane.

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Rojname Kurdish News‏ @Rojname_com 5 Sept 2018

Dunford: Amerîka li Rêkên Nû Digere ku Hebûna Leşkerî li Yunanistanê Xurt Bike [Dengê Amerîka] – More via www.mesop.de

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ISLAM IN & CHRISTIANITY OUT – A WORLDWIDE TENDENCY

Turkey Turned Assyrian Churches Into Mosques and Storage Depots
By Şerzan Umut – Ahval News  – Posted 2018-09-02 21:09 GMT
Assyrian church in Turkey.

This summer, representatives from Turkey’s non-Muslim religious communities gathered in Istanbul to sign a joint statement denying any pressure being placed on minority groups in the country. In addition to religious leaders from Greek, Armenian, and Jewish communities, Orhan Çanlı, who is Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church of Turkey, was among the signatories.

When Ahval interviewed the President of the Federation of Syriac Associations Evgil Türker in the southeastern city of Mardin, he had a very different message:”I completely disagree with this statement. Istanbul’s Syriac Foundation claims to feel comfortable, but they need to visit Mardin. Here, our property is being seized. The government may not target us individually, but seizing assets from our foundations still imposes great pressure on us. The fact that foundations in Mardin, Midyat, and Idil did not sign onto this declaration shows that we have a problem here.”

Syriacs have lived in the region of Mesopotamia, including southeastern Turkey, for 5,000 years. Türker explains, “The history of Syriacs in this land extends back to the Akkadian Empire…Following the birth of Christianity, Syriacs were one of the first people to accept the new religion. After adopting the religion, they spread it first in this region, and then extended up to the Far East.” Unfortunately, there history of Syriac persecution is almost equally extensive: “The Crusades did a lot of harm to Syriacs. Muslims in the region began to vilify Syriacs, who were periodically put under pressure and massacred.”

In the face of this persecution, Syriacs have struggled to preserve and maintain their culture. “For 280 years Syriacs maintained a kingdom in Urfa, but today our name is not even spoken in the city. Our churches in Urfa were turned into mosques or storage depots. The Halil-ür Rahman Mosque in Balıklıgöl is actually our Virgin Mary Church. The old bell tower is still in tact today.” Türker adds that Kurdish leaders were also complicit in these persecutions, especially at the end of the Ottoman Empire.

Although Syriacs were targeted in specific areas for much of their history, persecution rarely affected the entire population as a whole. This changed in 1915: “The 1915 genocide is the most tragic massacre we have suffered. The genocide began with Armenians, and ended with Syriacs. It changed the demography of the region, and destroyed two thirds of our population. Syriacs were erased from a large part of the region not only physically, but also culturally.”

Considering the rich history of the Syriac people, Türker finds toleration of minorities to be patronizing. “They reduced us and minimized us until we became a minority. This is a hurtful term. We are still experiencing the trauma of 1915, because this genocide effaced us from the land that we inhabited. Now, we are subjected to tolerance. Tolerance is actually a condescending word… Syriacs are one of the oldest inhabitants of this land–they gifted this world a great civilization–and now they are beholden to tolerance. What this word actually says is, ‘You are minor, and we are doing you a kindness.'”

Attempts to assimilate Turkey’s Christians through forced Islamization also targeted Syriacs. In 1915, many families were forced to convert and adopt Muslim traditions, and young women were kidnapped and raised as devout Muslims.

Due to these extensive pressures, as well as taxes the government levied to target non-Muslims, many Syriacs fled the country. Türker claims that almost all of the Syriacs that live in the Syrian city of Haseke today are families that fled Mardin and its environs to live under a French protectorate. Many of them are now fleeing ISIS and other jihadist organizations, and moving to Europe. Nearly three thousand Syriacs live in Europe, and most of them are from Turkey.

Türker himself spent 24 years abroad, and says the experience of living apart from his land was very painful: “No one wants to leave their land. People claim the migration has been a result of economic troubles, but Syriacs are artisans. The real cause of their migration is the hardships they had to endure. The nationalist policies of the republican government established after World War I forced Syriacs to leave.”

Syriacs grew hopeful in 2013, when the Turkish government began to pursue a peace process with Kurds in the region. Many even returned to Turkey and rebuilt their towns. But the renewal of fighting between Turkish and Kurdish forces in the summer of 2015, as well as the state of emergency that was declared following the 2016 coup attempt, renewed concerns about returning. “Under the state of emergency, no one can freely express their ideas freely…One of topics that especially concerns us is the seizure of Syriac property. Although it was clear that private entities had claim to the property, the government treated the assets as if they had no owner, and they were transferred to the Ministry of Religious Affairs or the Treasury… Some confiscated property has been returned, but some remains under government control.”

Nevertheless, Türker has hope for the future. He hopes that a new peace process can begin, so that democratic progress is possible once more. Generations after their ancestors were forced to give up their culture, descendants of Islamized Syraics have approached to Türker for help returning to their roots. “Once someone approaches us, it is difficult for them to turn back. Once they say, ‘I am Syriac and want to be Christian,’ they sever their ties with their existing communities, and they have no guarantee of being accepted by their new community.”

But he also explains that their backgrounds do not matter much anymore.

“What matters is that people represent the unity and fraternity of the people that inhabit these lands, that they protect the cultural heritage of Syriacs as well as others. These lands belong to Syriacs, Armenians, Kurds, and all of the people who live here. What matters is that they can live together in justice and harmony.”

https://ahvalnews.com

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS LATEST : Die Türkei besteuert Dollar und Euro

2 Sept 2018 – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Die türkische Lira ist schwach. Türken sollten Dollar und Euro verkaufen, findet Präsident Erdogan – doch seine Landsleute hören nicht hin. Deshalb …  http://www.faz.net/aktuell/finanzen/finanzmarkt/tuerkei-erhoeht-steuern-auf-guthaben-in-dollar-und-euro-15765363.html

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : TRUMP THOUGH CONTRA ERDOGAN – FBI says Ankara’s Iran sanction-busting woes not over

Amberin Zaman August 29, 2018 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary –  When a US federal agent spoke publicly about the investigation into a Turkish-Iranian sanctions-busting scheme and verified rumors that Turkey had tried to get the defendants freed, she confirmed Ankara’s fear that more fallout from the scandal is still to come. An FBI agent investigating a massive Turkish-Iranian sanctions-busting scheme confirmed that the Turkish government had pressured Washington for the release of key defendants in the illicit trade and that legal proceedings against co-conspirators were far from over. The remarks, the first of their kind by an American official at a public event, spell further trouble for Turkey’s creaky finances and fraught ties with the United States.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Will Turkey’s ‘strategic partnership’ with Russia cover Idlib?

Semih Idiz August 29, 2018 – AL MONITOR  – Article Summary – Ankara is looking to Moscow to prevent an attack on Idlib by the Russian-supported Syrian army.

Syria’s Idlib region is rapidly turning into what could be the final and bloodiest flashpoint in the Syrian conflict. Millions of predominantly Sunni civilians, and tens of thousands of Syrian opposition forces and jihadis, have sought refuge in the region, which has taken on the appearance of being a de facto Turkish protectorate, although not a very secure and stable one.Meanwhile, President Bashar al-Assad appears determined to recapture the region and is reportedly continuing with military preparations to launch his attack.Turkey has 12 military outposts in Idlib governorate under an agreement with Russia and Iran arrived at last year on setting up “de-escalation zones” in the region. Turkish forces are holding positions between Syrian opposition forces and the Syrian army.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : US offer of F-35s falls flat as Turkey clings to Russian missiles

Jasper Mortimer August 28, 2018 – ALMONITOR – Article Summary – A delegation of US Congress members has failed to convince Ankara to give up on acquiring its Russian missile defense system in return for fulfillment of its order of American fighter jets.

ANKARA — Turkey flatly rejected a proposal today by visiting US Congress members that it abandon its purchase of Russian S-400 air defense missiles in order to receive the F-35 fighter planes that it had ordered from the United States.

Speaking on a visit to Lithuania, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the purchase of the Russian missiles would go through: “We have to protect our airspace. This is a must for us.”

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