MESOP FORECAST : Tehran’s Rift With Turkey Widens

February 25 – 2017 – Co-operation turns to tension between Iran and Turkey over the Syrian conflict

Iran’s recent rift with Turkey widened on Friday, as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif challenged his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.In an interview with the Republican Guards’ Fars News, Zarif said that Turkish officials are entangled in the consequences of their “past mistakes” and are now attempting to play a blame game by making accusations against Iran.“Unfortunately, the wrong policies of the Turkish government in the past have created a situation that they have to project the blame; it is a regret that they do so,” Zarif said. Iran has been provoked by a February 19 speech by Cavusoglu, at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, deriding Iran’s “sectarian policy” in the region through interventions and support of groups destabilizing the area. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the Islamic Republic of promoting “Persian nationalism”.

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MESOP NEWS TODAYS OPINION: Turkish-Iranian rivalry hits peak as Syria talks kick off

23 Febr 2017 – Al Monitor – It is hardly a secret that Turkey and Iran are regional rivals along the Sunni-Shiite divide in the Middle East, which only deepened with the failed Arab Spring. Yet rarely has the animosity spilled over into open and bitter verbal sparring.  – Author Semih Idiz Posted February 22, 2017

That is what we see happening now after the latent animosity toward Iran in Turkey surfaced unexpectedly and at the highest level, when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Tehran recently of pursuing “Persian nationalism” in Syria and Iraq.

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Moscow, Tehran have common goal in Syria: Larijani / Kurdpress 20 Febr 2017

Iran Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia have common goal in Syria. Tehran welcomes the process of joining of new states to the Syrian settlement process, especially if such countries’ participation contribute to the solution of the crisis in the country by political means, Larijani said Sunday.

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MESOP NEWS Iran Daily: Will Tension With Turkey End Syria Cooperation?

February 20 – eaworldview – Scott Lucas – A dispute between Iran and Turkey could threaten the co-operation between the two countries, along with Russia, for a resolution of Syria’s six-year crisis.On Sunday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi lashed out at Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, declaring that Turkey and certain other “delusional” countries are responsible for instability and insecurity in the Middle East.

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MESOP NEWS IRAN & SWEDEN (FEMINISM FIRST!) – Tehran Lashes Out at Sweden, Threatening Economic Ties

February 19 – 2017 – Will row over Iran’s human rights dash Tehran’s hope of links with Sweden for economic recovery?

A week after a visit by a Swedish delegation including the Prime Minister, Iran has lashed out at Stockholm’s criticism of the Islamic Republic’s record on human rights.The Foreign Ministry expressed anger over Sweden’s plans to submit a draft UN resolution on March 10, claiming it was part of a plot with Washington and Israel.

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Former Obama Officials, Loyalists Waged Secret Campaign to Oust Flynn


Sources: Former Obama officials, loyalists planted series of stories to discredit Flynn, bolster Iran deal – BY: Adam Kredo  – The Free Beacon – February 14, 2017 3:26 pm

The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump’s national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who described to the Washington Free Beacon a behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media. The effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn’s credibility, multiple sources revealed.

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Scharfe Kritik an Schwedens „erster feministischer Regierung der Welt“

MESOP CULTUR PROGNOSE : Schon übermorgen werden beträchtliche Potentiale der feministischen LBGT Formationen offen pro Islamisch sein

Stand: 19:20 Uhr – WELT N24 – Sie bezeichnet sich als „erste feministische Regierung der Welt“. Doch im Iran verhüllen sich Schwedens Ministerinnen. In den sozialen Netzwerken wird der Besuch als „Walk of Shame“ kritisiert.Eine schwedische Regierungsdelegation hat bei ihrem Besuch im Iran Kopftücher getragen und damit Kritik auf sich gezogen.Die Nichtregierungsorganisation UN Watch kritisierte, die schwedische Regierung würde ihre Prinzipien opfern und die iranischen Frauen verraten, indem sie sich dem Kopftuchzwang beuge. Die Frauen besuchten unter anderem den iranischen Präsidenten Hassan Ruhani.

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MESOP INSIDER : SWEDISH LEFT & PRO FEMINIST SOCIALDEMOCRACY PRO IRAN – Supreme Leader Uses Swedish Visit to Press Line on Syria & Iraq

February 12 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview –  Iran’s Supreme Leader has used a meeting with the Swedish Prime Minister to accuse the US and European allies of fomenting conflict in the Middle East.

Ayatollah Khamenei told Stefan Lofven on Saturday, “The US and many European powers have played a role in the creation of bitter events in Syria and Iraq and the regional nations, well aware of such meddling, truly hold a negative view of them.”

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EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN) – Featuring Ali Mamouri and Suzanne Maloney

PolicyWatch 2763 – February 10, 2017 – On February 6, Ali Mamouri and Suzanne Maloney addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Mamouri is the editor of Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse Desk and a professor of political science at the University of Sydney. Maloney is deputy director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and a former member of the State Department Policy Planning Staff. The following is a rapporteur’s summary of their remarks.

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