MESOP NEWS : SHIVAN ‘S FATE BY BARZANI KRG

Juli 2017 – HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A court in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region issued a jail term of five years imprisonment on Wednesday for a police officer over his criticism of issues in the region, including the lack of salaries and the spread of poverty.

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MESOP NEWS – ACCUSING THE BARZANI’S – As war on IS continues, Iraqi Kurdish journalists face suppression

ERBIL, Iraq — Despite the bright picture of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region seen by outsiders, it is in a crisis of free expression. While Western leaders often praise its stability, relative prosperity and democratic institutions, the region — soon to hold a referendum on independence — is not a friendly place for independent-minded media workers and local journalists. US support for Kurdish politicians and soldiers battling the Islamic State (IS) may be inadvertently facilitating a further crackdown on critical voices and a growing authoritarianism. Kurdish activists complain of suppression and limitation of independent journalistic freedom in the Kurdistan Region.  – Author Sam Kimball Posted July 18, 2017 – AL MONITOR

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MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER „THE INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM“ : TRUMP NOT ON KURDISH SIDE

Iraqi Kurds Want America As Their Divorce Lawyer

By Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian –  FOREIGN POLICY – 2017-07-18  – Iraqi Kurds are mounting a campaign in Washington this week to rally U.S. government support for an independence bid before a referendum in September. But Baghdad opposes talk of secession, and with the United States committed to a one-Iraq policy, it’s going to be an uphill fight. Falah Mustafa Bakir, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Department of Foreign Relations, told Foreign Policy during a visit to Washington that the message he hoped to convey to his American counterparts was that “an independent Kurdistan is a solution and not a problem.”

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MESOP NEWS REPORT : DEUTSCHE „ENTWICKLUNGSHILFE“ DER GIZ FÜR DEN NORDIRAK

FR 19 Juli 2017 – Einer der Schwerpunkte der GIZ-Arbeit ist der Nordirak. Die autonome Region Kurdistan mit fast sechs Millionen Einwohnern hat rund 250.000 Flüchtlinge aus Syrien aufgenommen. Zusätzlich sind rund eine Million Einwohner im Land selbst auf der Flucht vor den Kämpfen mit der Terrororganisation „Islamischer Staat“.

Mit Unterstützung der GIZ wurden 21 Schulen neu gebaut und damit Unterrichtsplätze für insgesamt 21.000 Kinder geschaffen. Etwa eine Million Menschen erhielten nach Gönners Angaben durch deutsche Projekte Zugang zu sauberem Trinkwasser.

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MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER : PUK (AND ALSO PKK) TOGETHER WITH IRAN CONTRA KURDISH INDEPENDENCE

SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) –  18 July 2017 – KURDPRESS – Referendum would Isolate Iraqi Kurds: Iranian official

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Monday that holding referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan region will isolate and increase pressure on the Kurds living in the region.

Shamkhani said in Monday, July 17, meeting with the First Deputy Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Kosrat Rasul and Chief of Executive Body of Iraq’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Mala Bakhtiar that although the referendum appears attractive but in fact it will lead to isolation of Iraqi Kurds and pressure on them and in the meantime will result in weakening of Kurdistan and the whole country.

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Shiite Kurds challenge Iraqi Kurdistan independence / And Feylis

MESOP NEWS TODAYS “AL MONITOR” COMMENTARY BY ALI MAMOURI

18 July 2017 – International bodies, regional powers and Baghdad are not alone in objecting to Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence project. Feylis, who are Shiite Kurds, are also fundamentally opposed to Kurdistan’s possible secession from Iraq. In addition to international bodies, regional powers and Baghdad, the Shiite Kurdish group known as Feylis is also fundamentally opposed to Kurdistan’s secession from Iraq. Immediately after the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on June 7 announced its intention to hold a referendum on independence, most of the parties and forces concerned about Iraqi developments expressed their opposition, in part out of concern that it will lead to an escalation of regional crises. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi laid out the Iraqi government’s official position June 18, stating, “The Kurdistan Regional referendum on secession is illegal, and the federal government will not support it, fund it or participate in it.” The United States and Iraq’s neighbors, including Turkey, Iran and Syria, oppose the country’s territorial division.

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MESOP NEWS “ACCUSATIONS” : Swedish EU Parliamentarian Accuses Kurds of Treason Against Assyrians

18 July 2017 – 2017-07-18 – Stockholm (AINA) — “It’s obvious for me that when the Kurdish Regional Government [KRG] disarmed Assyrians (AINA 2014-08-14) and then didn’t defend the Nineveh Plain [when ISIS attacked], this amounted to treason against the Assyrian people.” These are the words Lars Adaktusson, member of the European Parliament from the Swedish Christian Democratic Party, issued in an recent article. Adaktusson’s comment was published by the Christian newspaper Vorlden Idag on July 14 in response to questions from Assyrian groups on his recent involvement in the future of Nineveh Plain in Iraq conference held in Brussels.

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MESOP NEWS : LINDA WENZEL (SACHSEN) IST BALD WIEDER UNTER UNS

In Tunnel im irakischen Mosul versteckt / Offenbar deutsche IS-Anhängerinnen festgenommen

17.7.2017, 20:17 Uhr – NZZ – Sie sollen sich zuletzt in einem Tunnel in Mosul versteckt haben. In der befreiten IS-Hochburg wurden offenbar 20 Anhängerinnen der Terrormiliz festgenommen, darunter 5 deutsche.(dpa) Bei einer Militäroperation in der irakischen Stadt Mosul sind offenbar fünf IS-Anhängerinnen aus Deutschland festgenommen worden. Ein Offizier der irakischen Anti-Terror-Kräfte berichtete von 20 Kämpferinnen, die am vergangenen Donnerstag in der Altstadt festgenommen worden seien, darunter fünf deutsche.

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MESOP REPORT “MOSUL” : NO VICTORY – ONLY BARBARISM FOLLOWS BARBARISM !

More than just revenge: Why Isis fighters are being thrown off buildings in Mosul

Last Days of the Caliphate: In the latest in his special series on the fall of Mosul, Patrick Cockburn examines why the number of extrajudicial killings has been so high in the recent conflict –   Patrick Cockburn Irbil, Iraq –     Monday 17 July 2017 – THE INDEPENDENT UK

Iraqi security forces kill Isis prisoners because they believe that if the militants are sent to prison camps they will bribe the authorities in Baghdad to release them. “That is why Iraqi soldiers prefer to shoot them or throw them off high buildings,” says one Iraqi source. A former senior Iraqi official said he could name the exact sum that it would take for an Isis member to buy papers enabling him to move freely around Iraq.

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MESOP NEWS : DEUTSCHE GIZ ENTWICKLUNGSHILFE & PLANUNG FÜR NORDIRAK

THE GERMAN CHAPTER

17 Juli 2017  ………. „Einer der Schwerpunkte der GIZ-Arbeit ist der Nordirak. Die autonome Region Kurdistan mit fast sechs Millionen Einwohnern hat rund 250.000 Flüchtlinge aus Syrien aufgenommen. Zusätzlich sind etwa eine Million Einwohner im Land selbst auf der Flucht vor den Kämpfen mit der Terrororganisation Islamischer Staat. „Die Wirtschaftslage ist schlecht, die Infrastruktur zum Teil veraltet oder nicht intakt“,  berichtete Gönner. Mit Unterstützung der GIZ wurden 21 Schulen neu gebaut und damit Unterrichtsplätze für insgesamt 21.000 Kinder geschaffen. Etwa eine Million Menschen erhielten nach Gönners Angaben durch deutsche Projekte Zugang zu sauberem Trinkwasser.

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