MESOP : SALIH MUSLIM (PYD/PKK) EXPRESSES HIS POLITICAL SYMPATHY FOR PUTIN – AND AMBERIN ZAMAN (AL MONITOR) SPARES HIM ANY CRITICAL QUESTION
MESOP Syria Feature: What Do Kurds Want? — Interview with Kurdish Leader Muslim
As Syria’s Kurds establish their control over areas in the north of the country, the leader of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Salih Muslim, has spoken with Amberin Zaman of Al-Monitor.
29 Nov 2015 – The US is reportedly supporting Kurdish forces to push back the Islamic State, and Muslim is clear that “we will stand alongside whoever battles the Daesh mentality”. At the same time, he says that President Assad must eventually step down in a political transition. Unsurprisingly, Muslim’s strongest words are for the goal of Kurdish autonomy — “if it is not recognized, we shall continue with our struggle” — and for Turkey, which he says is pursuing a “totally bankrupt” policy but which “cannot intervene in Syria without the blessings of the big powers”.
How does Russia’s military intervention in Syria affect the Kurds?
MESOP : BIS PUSH FROM IRAN FOR FURTHER ESCALATION – Assad Tells Iran: Support for Insurgents on the Rise
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) – Military support Syria was getting from Iran and Russia had pushed enemy states to ‘further escalate and increase financing and equipping of terrorists.’ –
Suleiman Al-Khalidi Nov 29, 2015 – REUTERS – Syrian President Bashar Assad told a senior Iranian official on Sunday that his adversaries have increased weapon supplies and financial support to insurgents since the start of a major offensive aided by his allies to regain lost territory.
Charles Lister @Charles_Lister 1h1 hour ago – Voices from #Raqqa: ‘The cause of our problems is #Assad – the symptom is #ISIS’ http://gu.com/p/4ej3n/stw
By Sarbaz Yousef – ARA News – 29 Nov 2015 – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) started a project on the Syria-Iraq border aimed at opening a highway linking Mosul in northwestern Iraq to Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa in northeastern Syria, local sources reported on Saturday.The move comes after the Kurdish Peshmerga forces took over the strategic Yezidi region of Sinjar (Shingal), cutting-off the supply lines between ISIS-held areas in Syria and Iraq.
MESOP – THE PYD/PKK STALINISM IN ROJAVA : DEMANDING MULTILINGUALISM & MULTICULTURALISM IN GERMANY OR TUREKY – BUT ON OUR OWN NATIONALIST SOIL WE DICTATE ONLY KURDISH – Putting more pressure on people to leave for Europe
Hassakeh Schools Switch to Kurdish Language Education / A revolutionary Model of Ethnicity
Northeastern Syria’s autonomous Kurdish leadership has informed schools in the area they must teach core subjects in Kurdish. But while many of the area’s residents are proud to embrace their ethnic heritage, some worry about whether the change is sustainable in such a chaotic political environment. For nearly three months, schools in the autonomous Kurdish region of Hassakeh in northeastern Syria have been conducting classes in Kurdish instead of Arabic. A decree issued by the newly created autonomous government in the area back in August 2015 declared Kurdish would be the language used in all educational settings. Although the decree permits Arabs, Yazidis and Syriac Christians to learn particular subjects – including religion classes – in their native tongues, it says that all social studies and history classes must be taught in Kurdish. weiterlesen / click to continue
- Göring-EckardtVerified account – @GoeringEckardt – Katrin @GoeringEckardt zu einem möglichen Bundeswehreinsatz gegen #ISIS in #Syrien. /
#BreakingNews Massive #Israel|i strikes targeting SAA/#Hezbollah positions in west #Qalamoun rocking #Damascus now.. #Syria
MESOP TODAYS ANALYSIS : Reports In Arab Media: Russia Expanding Military Involvement In Syria To Strengthen Regime’s Position In Political Process
For the past week, even before Turkey’s downing of the Russian plane, Syrian and pro-Syrian Lebanese media have been publishing articles estimating that Syria is facing a new stage in Russia’s military involvement in the country, and that Russia is expected to escalate its participation in the Syria war with ground troops and an unprecedented expansion of its aerial campaign. These reports follow statements by President Putin on November 20, 2015 in a talk with commanders and officials from the Russian defense ministry, in which he said that the results of the Syria offensive “are still not enough to clear Syria of armed and terrorist groups and defend Russia from a possible terrorist attack.”He added: “There is much work ahead of us. I hope that the next stages [of the offensive] will take place with the same quality and professionalism and will lead to results.” The Russian decision to escalate its activity is likely motivated by the approach of January 1, 2016, on which, according to agreements reached during the last Vienna conference, Syrian regime and opposition representatives are to meet for negotiations under the auspices of the UN, concurrent to a ceasefire between them. It seems that Russia and its allies – Syria and Iran – are trying to maximize their achievements against the Syrian rebels on the ground in order to collect bargaining chips in anticipation of the negotiations, especially considering that, so far, the Russian aerial campaign has not made substantial achievements.