MESOP COMEDY – Ghawwar Tosha: How the Spokesperson for Syrian Arab Nationalism Became a Servant in a Persian Temple

Editors: Dr. Harel Chorev, Smadar Shaul, Natasha Spreadborough – BEEHIVE MAGAZINE – Volume 4, Issue 3, March 2016

Social networking sites (SNS), television networks and news agencies have been discussing comedian Duraid Lahham obsessively in recent weeks. Lahham, a Syrian author, comedian and television star was known for the biting jabs he directed at Arab leaders and the Ba‘athist government of Syria. Yet, after the outbreak of civil war in Syria, he declared his love for Bashar Al-Assad and his fealty to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. If this weren’t true, it might have been the comic plot of his next movie.

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Mossack Fonseca worked with oil firms owned by Iranian state despite sanctions – Documents show law firm at centre of Panama Papers leak carried on doing business with companies after learning of their real owners –  Juliette Garside, David Pegg,Holly Watt and Helena Bengtsson – THE GUARDIAN

Wednesday 6 April 2016 10.04 BSTLast modified on Wednesday 6 April 201622.00 BST – The law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers leak acted for an Iranian oil company that had been blacklisted by the US, the documents reveal.

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MESOP TODAYS OPINION : The United States must not aid & abet Iranian money laundering

By Ed Royce April 5  – Washington Post – The writer, a Republican from California, is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Iran has yet to see the economic growth it wants from President Obama’s nuclear deal, and it’s demanding additional concessions — above and beyond the agreement — in return for nothing. Specifically, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wants the United States to end sanctions aimed at curbing Iran’s funding for terrorism and illicit weapons so Iran can gain access to the U.S. financial system, where the majority of international business is conducted.

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KDPI Suspends Military Activity Against Iran for the Best of KRG  – Iran will make obstacles in the the anticipated independence referendum in Kurdistan Region

Muhammed Dargalyi- BasNews – 1 April 2016 – ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) has suspended its military activities against Iran for the best of Kurdistan Region, says the KDPI leader.In an interview with BasNews, Mustafa Hijri, the General-Secretary of KDPI, explained that his party has not given up military activities against Iran, but it rather temporarily suspended armed conflicts to protect Kurdistan Region’s interests in its relation with Iran.

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MESOP : ROUHANI PHONES PUTIN – In a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart


President ROUHNI : Only Syrian people can decide on Syria, future of the political system

President Rouhani and the Russia President Vladimir Putin discussed the most important regional and international issues and the Russian president gave a report about the latest political developments in the region, as well as Russia-U.S. negotiations on the peace process in Syria.In this telephone conversation which happened on Monday, Dr Rouhani thanked President Putin for making the call and said that Iran and Russias coordination, collaboration and solidarity is necessary for the process of stabilising the bases of peace and tranquillity in Syria.

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Der Text könnte von Steinmeier sein, der ihn sich von Volker Perthes hat verfassen lassen:

„Nach den jüngsten iranischen Raketentests haben die USA, Großbritannien, Frankreich und Deutschland den UN-Sicherheitsrat aufgefordert, sich mit dem Thema zu befassen. Der auf Montag datierte Brief ist an den spanischen UN-Botschafter Román Oyarzun Marchesi gerichtet.  Ziel des Briefes der vier Länder sei ein Signal an die Iraner, “dass wir wachsam bleiben”, sagte ein UN-Diplomat in New York. Mit neuen Sanktionen sei nicht zu rechnen, weil Russland als Vetomacht im UN-Sicherheitsrat dies ablehne. „

MESOP BACKGROUNDER : Iran deploys Army Special Forces to Syria and Iraq


A senior commander in Iran’s Army told reporters on Mar. 23 that Special Forces would be deployed as “advisors” to Syria and Iraq. This would mark the first time that Army forces – in this case, commandos and snipers of the Rapid Response Battalions – will have operated outside Iranian borders since the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s.The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) military presence in the country is well-documented, but the announcement denotes the first time Iran’s Army has formally contributed to military operations in Syria, which has been an IRGC-led campaign since Tehran first began sending significant resources to the country four years ago.

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Mustafa Hijri: we continue our struggle inside Iran (AGAINST THE WILL OF PKK)

EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN) – By Rudaw 19 March 2016 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iran (KDP-I) says the party has decided to move its Peshmarga forces into the Iranian Kurdistan after two decades of unilateral ceasefire that virtually meant no military operations inside Kurdish territories in western Iran since mid-1990s.

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MESOP FOCUS : How Iran views the Russian withdrawal from Syria

Iranian officials and analysts are speculating about why Russian President Vladimir Putin suddenly decided to begin withdrawing troops from Syria. Some wonder whether Russia won concessions from the United States and the Syrian opposition, but most seem to think that Russia’s action is a positive sign, or at the least nothing to worry about.Author Arash KaramiPosted March 15, 2016 – Al Monitor – Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign policy adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, spoke to Iranian reporters March 15 after holding a press conference with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in Iran.

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MESOP : A DICTATORS DECISION – Iran Daily: Tehran is Surprised by Russia’s Withdrawal from Syria

March 16 – by Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Iran’s officials scrambled on Tuesday to cope with the surprise announcement by President Vladimir Putin of a withdrawal of “most” Russian forces from Syria.

Russia and Iran have been the essential backers of the Assad regime during Syria’s five-year conflict, and the two countries have furthered the political and military co-operation amid the growing opposition-rebel challenge. Last July, Moscow and Tehran agreed on a combination of Russia’s bombing and ground offensives to check the rebel advance and prevent Assad’s collapse.

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