22.5.2013 – SABAH – The formula for an Assad-free transition, for which a consensus was reached during Erdoğan’s meetings with Obama in Washington, will be the main agenda of the upcoming Second Geneva Conference. Accordingly, if Assad relinquishes all power, he may not be forced to leave the country.
Syria crisis will not end without Kurds: Ahmet Turk
22.5.2013 – KURDPRESS / MESOP – The co-leader of Turkey Kurdish Democratic Society Congress (DTK), Ahmet Turk, declined there would be an end to the Syria crisis without negotiating with the Kurds end accepting their pivotal role in the country.
Transnational Middle East Oberserver – 21.5.2013 – According to Hawar News, the KDP/KRG closed the border crossing since Monday morning after the PYD Asayish arrested 74 members of Al-Parti on 18 May, which were released yesterday. An Al Jazeera report claimed the border is a lifeline for Syrians (only Kurds cross here).
“So fragile was the structure of their reality that a single unsubsumed consciousness, a solitary ripple in their little pond was enough to roil the waters into a frothing, burbling foam.”
Norman Spinrad, The Void Captain’s Tale (1985)
By Barry RUBIN – 20. May 2013 – Consider five factors that had no effect on the very warm reception given by President Barack Obama to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan:
Sunday, May 19, 2013 | Scott Lucas – SYRIA LIVE COVERAGE
Scott Lucas and Joanna Paraszczuk write: For weeks, we have noted how the media and “experts” have used one paragraph from the statement of a leader of the Islamist faction Jabhat al-Nusra — ripping it out of context of the rest of the statement, let alone developments on the ground or an understanding of the Syria conflict — reducing the group to the simplistic tags of “Al Qa’eda-linked” or “Al Qa’eda affiliate”.
19.5.2013 – Report claims: Jabhat al-Nusra, affiliated with al-Qaida and other extreme Islamist groups, control the majority of the oil wells in Deir Ezzor province, displacing local Sunni tribes, sometimes by force. They have also seized control of other fields from Kurdish groups further to the north-east, in al-Hasakah governorate.
He (Assad) is now purely a tool in the service of Iran. This, however, does not mean that Israel should come out openly against Assad and the future of his regime
“The Devil We Know” Revisited: Israeli Thinking on the Future of the Assad Regime
KURDPRESS – 19.5.2013- The co- leader of Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) said the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the north of Iraq is not a model for the Syrian Kurds
PYD Arrest KNC-Linked Activists & Rebels
Allegedly some arrests of armed rivals of PYD recently. I haven’t seen any official statements of the PYD yet on this subject. Apart, from PYD-leader Salih Muslim saying they will launch a court case against the Azadi party for shedding Kurdish people’s blood. In Kobani there was a protest on 17 May calling for release of Sarwar Aladdin Bath, who was arrested some time ago. Moreover, a pro-KNC demonstration also called for release of KNC supporters.
Salih Muslim’s speech : http://networkedblogs.com/LmL4q
PYD officials confirm to media outlets that they have the right to question everyone & that “Asayish &YPG” are the only legal armed forces
One more Kurdish activist; Kadshin Serac a member of Shex Meshuq battalion was detained yesterday by PYD in Qamishlo http://yekiti-media.org/nuce.php?z=ar&id=6859 …
The ongoing detaining operations by the PYD against their opponents caused outrage among KNC supporters. |Photo https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=481028445302753&set=a.471752146230383.1073741961.182513185154282&type=1&relevant_count=1 …
Serdar Qeri, Kurdish language teacher; detained by PYD forces in May 13, 2013. According to Yekiti he is accused of forming an armed group.
Several Kurdish activists have been detained by PYD forces in the past few days. #Syria
Yekiti Blames PYD For Kidnapping Yekiti-Member
Yekiti accuses PYD of arresting Yekiti-member Sardar Hassan in Tal Maruf. Incident not reported in media close to PYD.
Courtesy: Transnational Middle East Observer
By: Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse Posted on May 17.
Here are a few facts to consider. There are several types of weapons that Israel defines as “tie breakers” or as “impeding deterrence.” According to Israel, should these weapons reach its enemies, a red line would be crossed.