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MESOP CULTURE QUOTATION : ROBOT WILL BE THE CEO
Tech giants and start-ups are turning to algorithms to spot misinformation online faster than traditional fact-checkers can. With several crucial elections in Europe ahead this year, voters stand to benefit. www.mesop.de
MESOP NEWS CONFIRMED ! – BYE BYE APO ! OUT OF PKK – GOING PESHMERGA
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800 fighters left #PKK in Shingal, joined #Peshmerga: Ezidi Commander http://ow.ly/dCoD30biHEb #TwitterKurds – www.mesop.de
MESOP NEWS OPINION: IRAN = THE ENEMY OF ALL THE LEVANT / STARTING DIRECT WAR CONTRA ISRAEL
Iran’s Ambitions in the Levant / Why It’s Building Two Land Corridors to the Mediterranean
By Ehud Yaari – Foreign Affairs – In the words of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the administration of President Donald Trump is currently “reviewing ways to confront challenges posed by Iran.” This most likely means looking for ways in which to curb Iran’s expansionism in the Middle East. But for any containment plan to be effective, Washington must examine Iran’s newly emerging strategy in the Levant and must understand that although Tehran still hopes to achieve regional hegemony in the long term, its current plan is to focus on obtaining and maintaining a predominant position in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. The bloody quagmire involving those three countries offers more opportunities to consolidate power than what would surely be a riskier confrontation in the Gulf, where Iran would have to contend with the United States and its allies. Success in the narrower approach, moreover, could ultimately strengthen Tehran’s hand against Saudi Arabia and those in the Sunni bloc. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85440
MESOP NEWS TODAYS COMMENTARY BY SEMIH IDIZ (HURRIYET) : TRUMP PLUS PUTIN CONTRA NATI MEMBER TURKEY
Erdoğan raises the stakes in Syria
2 May 2017 – HURRIYET – Unable to change the course of events in Syria, where he is increasingly up against the U.S. and Russia, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has decided on a high-stake disruptive game aimed at trying to secure Turkey’s interests.
The recent Turkish strike in Syria against the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara says is a Kurdish terrorist organization, provides a clear indication of this. The YPG is supported politically and militarily by both the U.S. and Russia, so there can be no doubt that Erdoğan’s message was targeted at these powers.He went on later to indicate that Turkey would continue with these strikes whenever it feels they are necessary. This is a show of force on Ankara’s part and its long term results remain to be seen. The first results however are in and they are obviously not pleasing for Erdoğan. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85431
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
MESOP FOCUS : FULL REPORT BY HRW – The Assad Regime’s Use of Nerve Agents – New Evidence From Human Rights Watch
May 1, 2017 – Human Rights Watch has published a 48-page report setting out the Assad regime’s regular use of nerve agents in chemical attacks in the last five months.
The information is not only about the attack, by an Su-22 jet fighter firing a missile with “sarin or a sarin-like substance”, which killed at least 92 people and wounded almost 600 in Khan Sheikhoun in northwest Syria on April 4, but also three other incidents: two deadly assaults on ISIS-held territory in eastern Hama Provinced in December 2016, and one on northern Hama Province on March 30. Read full report http://www.mesop.de/?p=85423
MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER: Turkey Tries to Deter US Over Raqqa Offensive and Kurdish YPG Militia
By Scott Lucas – 2 May 2017 – eaworldview – Turkish officials put out warnings before Trump-Erdoğan meeting in mid-May
The Turkish Government has openly declared its intention to deter the US from any cooperation with the Kurdish militia YPG in an offensive to take ISIS’s central position in Syria, the city of Raqqa. Turkish officials put out the message through media on Sunday that the US is considering a start to the long-delayed operations, “immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s first in-person meeting with President Donald Trump in mid-May”. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85425
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)
MESOP NEWS UPDATE IRAN / SYRIA Tehran Displays Cooperation with Syria’s Assad Regime
By Scott Lucas – May 2, 2017 – eaworldview – Following consultations with Russia, Iran has displayed its military cooperation with the Assad regime in Syria’s 73-month conflict. The Chief of Staff of Iran’s armed forces, Major General Mohammad Baqeri, met Syrian counterpart General Ali Abdullah Ayoub in Tehran on Monday. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85427
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
MESOP NEWS : ……. ON IRAN’S ORDER ! – Shi’ite Alliance Refused Yezidis’ Quota in IHEC: MP – She says Baghdad marginalizes the Kurdish religious minority
Basnews English – 1 May 2017 – ERBIL— A bill for allocating a quota for the Kurdish religious minority of Yezidis in the Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq (IHEC) was rejected by the Iraqi parliament, said a Yezidi MP.
Speaking to BasNews on Monday, Viyan Dakhil said for seven months they had been working on the bill for the one-seat quota of Yezidis and most of the Arab MPs initially backed it. However, during Sunday’s session of parliament, the Shi’ite National Alliance MPs “went back on their word” and rejected the bill, according to Dakhil.
She believes that this decision implies “Baghdad disregards the Yezidis” despite the agonies they suffered, especially at the hands of the Islamic jihadists. www.mesop.de
NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)
MESOP NEWS : Erdogan: Turkey to Hold Referendum on EU Membership
2 May 21 7 – ANKARA (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will decide in a referendum whether to continue pursuing membership in the European Union.In an interview Monday on India television, Erdogan accused the EU of not being “sincere or honest” and of making Turkey wait at its gates.Erdogan said: “Turkey will choose the next path of a Brexit-like referendum.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85433
MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER: ERDOGAN’S COMPLICATED WAY TO GO EASTWARDS !
Why Does Turkey Want to Join the Eurasian Union? – By Areg Galstyan – American Thinker – 2017-05-01
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu states that Ankara and Moscow have come to an agreement on the purchase of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system. A number of Russian experts close to the Kremlin note that reaching agreement on this issue is a positive step before the upcoming meeting between the presidents Erdogan and Putin in the Russian city of Sochi. This deal symbolizes a new stage in the crisis in relations between Ankara, Washington, and Brussels. Moreover, it is an evidence of strengthening Russian-Turkish relations. However, in order to understand the logic of these processes, it is necessary to analyze the political background and geopolitical configurations …. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85435
MESOP NEWS INDEPTH “NEW CRISIS GROUP REPORT” NUSAYBIN
2 May 2017 – Executive Summary
Nusaybin, a political stronghold of the Kurdish movement bordering Syria, is among Turkey’s urban south-eastern districts that saw unprecedented levels of violence in 2016. Particularly in the wake of the failed July coup attempt and in the run-up to the 2017 presidential system referendum, emergency rule conditions resulted in the arrest and/or removal from office of elected representatives of the legal Kurdish political movement. While conflict fatigue can be observed in this town where 30,000 lost their homes, so can a distinct sense that a political solution is not in sight. Ankara’s effort to meet residents’ basic needs and compensate their material losses is notable, but managing the conflict’s social/political fallout and addressing grievances of Kurdish movement supporters will be crucial if that marginalised constituency is not to be left more susceptible to mobilisation by the insurgent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and drawn toward violence. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=85437
THE GERMAN CHAPTER
MESOP NEWS CULTURE : VAN DER BELLEN, KOPFTUCH & Co. – GEGEN DIE ALLGEMEINE ISLAMISIERUNG
Oje, VdB! – von Thomas Eppinger / Der ‚links-liberale‘ Irrtum (Schlaglichter)
Die Einlassungen des Bundespräsidenten zum Thema Kopftuch sind gründlich missglückt. Bei einer Diskussion mit Schülern im Haus der EU in Wien fragten zwei muslimische Schüler nach der Meinung des Präsidenten zum Urteil des EuGH, das Arbeitgebern das Recht gibt das Tragen von Kopftüchern zu verbieten, und der ihrer Ansicht nach steigenden Islamophobie. Van der Bellen antwortete:
„Also erstens: Wie ich klein war, also kleiner als Sie heute, war es am Land zumindest absolut üblich für alle Frauen in Österreich, Kopftuch zu tragen. Es ist also eine relativ neue Entwicklung, dass man kein Kopftuch mehr trägt. Insofern finde ich es schon einmal das Normalste der Welt. … Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=85429