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MESOP FLASH BY LIZ SLY : UN NATIONS HAVE FINANCED ASSAD WITH MILLIONS / THE GUARDIAN
Liz Sly Verified account @LizSly – The UN has given $ millions to the Assad regime in the name of providing aid to Syrians. Great reporting by @ejbeals
MESOP EXCLUSIV DOCUMENTS
Charles Lister @Charles_Lister – Charles Lister Retweeted Sarkawt Shams
Charles Lister added, Sarkawt Shams @SarkawtShams
#PKK Kalkan: If #Turkey’s attack on #Rojava continue, #PKK to deploy more forces in Rojava. #Turkey #YPG
MESOP TODAYS RELEVANT TWEETS & SHORT CUTS
MESOP : HURRIYET -30. Aug 2016
Turkish, Kurdish forces in Syria agree to ‘stop shooting at each other’: US official
Russian Troops Head to Aleppo City
By Leith Fadel – 30 Aug 2016 – Local activists in Aleppo City reported on Monday that a convoy of Russian Marines were seen traveling along the Al-Castillo Highway towards government-controlled parts of the provincial capital. Read more http://www.mesop.de/?p=77615
MESOP READING RECOMMMENDATIO: This is very true, which is why hardly anyone advocates such “regime change” action today.
Alexander Decina @alexdecina –Violently Ousting Assad Won’t Solve Anything in Syria http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2016/08/avoiding-war-after-war-syria/131078/ … via @defenseone
MESOP FLASH : ASSAD’S Army, Hezbollah advance in southern Aleppo
30/08/2016 – Aleppo, Syria (9:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Armed Forces, alongside Hezbollah, launched a new assault inside the southern districts of Aleppo city on Monday night, targeting the strategic Technical College that is currently under the control of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest). www.mesop.de
YPG-led SDF capture 3 villages from ISIS in north Aleppo countryside
MESOP TODAYS FOCUS : The Economic Devastation of Syria: Strategic Implications – INSS Insight No. 850, August 29, 2016
Eran Yashiv – Tel Aviv
While even before the crisis, Syria was a poor economy, in the last five years GDP per capita fell to less than a third of its pre-war level. Approximately 11 percent of the population in Syria were killed or injured in the course of the war. In addition, late 2015 estimates point to about 3.1 million refugees, 1.2 million migrants, and 6.4 million displaced persons within Syria. Even with foreign aid, it would take the Syrian economy decades to recover to its previous level: the IMF estimates 20 years of reconstruction. Overall, Syria no longer represents the stable rival with which Israel contended both in war and in peace negotiations, and such stability is unlikely to be the case going forward. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77597
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
MESOP INSIGHT : Fawj Maghawir al-Badiya: A Military Intelligence Branch Militia
|MESOP INSIGHT : By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
The regime’s dependency on foreign and native militias to deal with manpower shortage issues and the decline of the regular army is well known. An immediate problem that arises with this phenomenon is a potential breakdown in order and control as militias take power on the ground into their own hands. A mechanism to try to minimize this problem is to have militias operate under some framework of the Syrian state. For example, some militias like the Homs-based Kata’ib al-Jabalawi (Jabalawi Battalions) and Leopards of Homs are affiliated with the al-Bustan Association of regime businessman Rami Makhlouf, who is also Bashar al-Assad’s cousin. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77617
MESOP US STATEMENTS – ASH CARTER / BEN RHODES : Turkey & Syrian Kurdish forces ‘should stop fighting’
Pentagon calls for end to clashes between Turkish military and a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance in northern Syria.
The US defence secretary has called on Turkey and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to stay focused on fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and not to target each other. Monday’s statement by Ash Carter came after Turkish forces launched a two-pronged operation last week against ISIL, also known as ISIS, and Kurdish forces from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) inside Syria. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77631
MESOP REPORT : GOING ON ERDOGAN’S DIRECTION FURTHER ON INTO SYRIA / KURDISTAN – Turkey to target Syrian Kurdish forces if no Euphrates retreat: FM
ISTANBUL,— 29 Aug 2016 Turkey on Monday said it would continue targeting a Syrian Kurdish militia in Syria if it failed to fulfil promises to retreat east of the Euphrates River, accusing the group of ethnic cleansing.“The YPG (People’s Protection Units) first of all… needs to cross east of the Euphrates as soon as possible. So long as they don’t, they will be a target,” said Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. “In the places where it has moved, the YPG forces everyone out — including Kurds — who do not think like it does and carries out ethnic cleansing,” he added. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77599
MESOP “PETER COOK’S STORY “ – US Defense official: ‘All’ Syrian Kurdish forces move east of Euphrates
30 Aug 2016 – WASHINGTON,— US-backed Kurdish forces in Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria) have “all” moved east of the Euphrates River, a US defense official said Monday, an action Washington hopes will reduce conflict between two partner forces. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77611
MESOP TODAYS PROTEST : Let’s close the useless United Nations (UN) / OR HOW TO FEED A MASS MURDER & NOT STARVING CHILDREN
UN pays tens of millions to Assad regime under Syria aid programme
Exclusive 29 Aug 2016 : Guardian analysis shows series of contracts awarded to government and charities linked to president’s family
Nick Hopkins and Emma Beals – Monday 29 August 2016 17.00 BST Last modified on Tuesday 30 August 2016 00.50 BST
The UN has awarded contracts worth tens of millions of dollars to people closely associated with the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, as part of an aid programme that critics fear is increasingly at the whim of the government in Damascus, a Guardian investigation has found.Businessmen whose companies are under US and EU sanctions have been paid substantial sums by the UN mission, as have government departments and charities – including one set up by the president’s wife, Asma al-Assad, and another by his closest associate, Rami Makhlouf. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77603
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
MESOP FLASH : IS (DAESH) STARTS NOW WITH GUERILLA TACTICS – Kurdish forces investigate nascent IS cells / South Kurdistan – Iraq (KRG)
After two battles with IS fighters near Chemchemal, security forces are racing to root out militants setting up insurgent cells within KRG-controlled territory.
By Mohammed Hussein and Ben Van Heuvelen of Iraq Oil Report – Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Two cells of fighters loyal to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) are operating within territory nominally controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) – the latest sign that the militant group is embracing the tactics of a guerrilla insurgency, even as it suffers losses on the battlefield.”Daesh is trying to send its Kurdish militants back into Kurdistan to destabilize the region,” said an officer in the KRG’s Asayesh intelligence service. www.mesop.de
MESOP : CHILD SOLDIERS RECRUITING BY ISLAMIC MILITIAS – Iraqi militias recruiting IDP children in Kurdistan ahead of Mosul push: HRW – report / Iraqi Shia fighters, known as Hashd al-Shaabi, Tikrit
30 Aug 2016 – HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi militias are recruiting children from camps for civilians displaced by conflict ahead of the long-awaited operation to retake militant-held Mosul, according to a report from Human Rights Watch Tuesday. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=77609
MESOP SPECIAL – THE STRATEGIC PUTIN – Russian Anti-Access and Area Denial (A2AD) Range: August 2016 (ISW)
By Kathleen Weinberger
Russia has altered the security balance in the Black Sea, Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East by establishing large anti-access/area-denial (A2AD) exclusion zones. Russia’s power projection in these regions has been further extended by the deployment of the S-400 air defense system to Crimea in August 2016 and to Syria in November 2015. Advanced air defense systems create A2AD “bubbles” that prevent Russia’s opponents from establishing air supremacy in strategically significant theaters. The Baltic States, much of Ukraine and the Black Sea, northern Poland, Syria and parts of Turkey fall under Russian A2AD bubbles created by S-300 and S-400 air defense systems. Russia operates advanced air defense not only within its own territory, but from sites in Syria and occupied Crimea, as well as cooperatively through the Joint Air Defense Network in Belarus and Armenia. Russia can use these systems to impede the ability of the U.S. to defend its NATO allies by disrupting the ability of US air forces to access conflict zones in the event of a crisis. www.mesop.de
MESOP ERNEUT „MÜNKLER WATCH“ : FAMILIE HERFRIED MÜNKLER & FRAU / DIE SCHÖPFUNG NUN AUCH EINER „BELOHNUNGSKULTUR“
Herfried und Marina Münkler über „Die neuen Deutschen“ (Rowohlt Verlag) – (..) Leitlinien erfolgreicher Integration: statt Drohkulisse eine Belohnungskultur.
Herfried und Marina Münkler halten den Deutschen auch den Spiegel vor. So sei der oft kritisierte Traditionalismus türkischer Familien vor allem die Folge einer Politik, die Einwandererfrauen jahrelang bewusst vom Arbeitsmarkt ausgeschlossen habe. Dies müsse in Zukunft dringend vermieden werden. Der ständige Verweis auf die religiöse Identität als angebliches Integrationshindernis von Muslimen diene auch der Selbstentlastung der Deutschen. So brauche man sich über soziale Fehlentwicklungen, die man hingenommen oder sogar indirekt gefördert habe, keine Gedanken zu machen. Doch nicht der Islam, sondern das soziale Scheitern stehe in der Regel am Anfang problematischer Zuwanderer-Karrieren.
Insgesamt wünschen sich die Autoren mehr positive Motivation für Zuwanderer: Gratifikation statt Sanktion. Statt Drohkulisse eine Belohnungskultur. Dieses Buch könnte für die Politik ein hervorragender Kompass sein.
– Herfried Münkler, Marina Münkler: Die neuen Deutschen. Ein Land vor seiner Zukunft, Rowohlt Verlag, Berlin, 334 Seiten, 19,95 Euro, ISBN 978-3-87134-167-0.
…… größeren Stuss kann einer kaum verzapfen, auch dann nicht, wenn die Gattin nach 2 VHS Kursen mit Migranten hauptsächlich den Inhalt des Buchs verfasst hat. Sie hat allerdings Münkler auch endlich befreit aus den Emeuten an der FU Berlin gegen ihn, der von cultural study Leuten + dem dortigen LBGTI Chapter getragen war. Deren Vorwurf, Münkler sei „Rassist und Sexist und Militarist“, ist nun an Marina Münkler endgültig gescheitert.