Posted by Scott Lucas | Sep 17, 2019 | – US-based activists and RT’s Rania Khalek pose for a group photograph on their tour of Syria, September 2019
Last week Syria’s Assad regime hosted US activists Max Blumenthal, Ajamu Baraka, Yasemin Zahra, Rick Sterling, Anya Parampil, Judith Bello, and Paul Larudee, as well as RT’s Rania Khalek, on a PR tour of Damascus and other regime-held areas.
Without referring specifically to the tour, Syrian refugee Sarah Hunaidi writes for The Independent:
I woke up a few days ago to Twitter selfies of westerners posing in Syrian government-controlled areas. Being an exiled Syrian for five years now, I try to avoid pictures of my home country. The country that kicked me out when I was 18 for daring to question why our government was killing peaceful protesters. I had to choose between inescapable detention and torture or being displaced, alone, in Syria’s neighboring countries, Lebanon, and Turkey. I chose the latter.
Assad’s “Syrian sovereignty”… MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
18-09-2019: ‘Iranian militias in eastern Syria have taken control of the water crossings in the governorate and city of Deir Ez-Zor, expelling fighters belonging to one of President Bashar Al-Assad’s closest businessmen, Hussam Qaterji.
According to sources close to the local news site DeirEzzor24, the Qaterji group has controlled all of the water crossings in the city and used its monopoly to smuggle oil, grains and other materials from areas under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to those controlled by the Assad regime.
Bolton’s exit unlikely to save Turkish-US relations
Sinem Cengiz – September 13, 2019 21:13 ARAB NEWS – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to meet US National Security Adviser John Bolton during his visit to Turkey earlier this year. –
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday made it clear in a tweet that he had fired his National Security Adviser John Bolton amid disagreements with his hawkish aide over how to cope with various foreign policy challenges. It was not Trump’s most surprising tweet since he became the first American president to announce the country’s domestic and foreign policy decisions via social media. However, Bolton’s expulsion was unexpected.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS „BERICHT“ : Syrien-Gipfel Putin, Erdogan und Rohani einigen sich offenbar auf Verfassungskomitee (DER SPIEGEL ONLINE 18 Sept 2019)
Schon 2018 war klar, dass Syrien eine neue Verfassung bekommen soll. Doch wer sie ausarbeiten soll, war lange ein Streitpunkt. Nun sollen sich Russland, Iran und die Türkei auf ein Komitee geeinigt haben.
Russland, die Türkei und Iran haben sich bei ihrem fünften Syrien-Gipfel auf die Besetzung des seit Langem geplanten Verfassungskomitees geeinigt. Eine Liste mit 150 Mitgliedern sei bereits erstellt, berichtete das russische Staatsfernsehen. Sie sollen über die neue Verfassung für Syrien debattieren. Das Komitee solle so schnell wie möglich seine Arbeit aufnehmen, sagte Russlands Präsident Wladimir Putin.
Erdogan, Putin & Rouhani Joint statment – Main points . The presidents of Turkey , Russia & Iran (enkremlin ru) 17 Sept 2019
- Condemn the US decision to recognize Syria’s occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory. They said the move violates international law and threatens peace and security.
- Condemn << Israeli military attacks in Syria as destabilizing and violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country and intensifying the tension in the region.>>
- Condemn << all attempts to create new realities on the ground under the pretext of combating terrorism, including illegitimate self-rule initiatives >> (i,e, Condemn the SDF/YPG ). They add the SDF/ YPG are << threatening the national security of neighboring countries>> (i.e Turkey )
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ALL THE BAD ONES GO TOGETHER – Russian, Turkish, Iranian leaders say political solution for Syria ‘in our power’ at Ankara summit
RUDAW 17 Sept 2019 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The fifth round of trilateral talks between Russia, Turkey and Iran took place late on Monday in Ankara, in search of a political solution for the Syrian crisis. With the aim of bringing “more peace” to Syria, the leaders pointed to the full formation of a constitution committee to be tasked with amendment of the Syrian constitution.
The summit is a follow up to multiple rounds of Astana talks that began in Kazakhstan in January 2017 to seek a diplomatic solution to years of civil war in Syria.
17 Sept 2019 – 12 m
Syrian authorities freeze assets of former Education Minister Hazwan al-Waz and his wife, amid rumors the move comes ahead of anti-corruption campaign involving top businessmen, RT reports
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16 Sept 2019 – 1h – Another reminder of fragile situation for Rojava — as long as US there Syrian troops unlikely to take action but who knows how long that will last. Building an international coalition to guarantee Rojava’s security is important.
Kurdistan 24 English@K24English 21h
#BREAKING: Syria’s foreign ministry vows to “take back control of all Syrian land,” labeling the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (#SDF) as a “terror group.” #TwitterKurds
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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ABOUT TRUTH & KURDS IN SYRIA / AMBERIN ZAMAN – JOSHUA LANDIS & PKK SUPPORTER ALIZA MARCUS (BOSTON GLOBE
For sure true.
Amberin Zaman@amberinzaman – · Sep 13
Replying to @amberinzaman @flintsparc and 4 others
I also tend to agree with Dr Landis that for many of the Kurds who joined under the YPG hat, ethnic nationalism is indeed a critical motivator. After nearly 3 decades in the field talking to multiple fighters in Turkey, Iraq, & Syria I say this with a fair degree of confidence
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