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MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY BY SONER CAGAPTEY : WHY WITH ISRAEL? WHY WITH PUTIN ?
TURKEY’S REGIONAL CHARM OFFENSIVE: MOTIVES & PROSPECTS (THE PKK/PYD FACTOR)
By Soner Cagaptay and James F. Jeffrey – PolicyWatch 2638 – June 27, 2016
After years of foreign policy setbacks, Ankara is trying to mend fences with Israel, Egypt, Iran, and Russia, and the potential implications for the United States are mostly beneficial — assuming the Turks can actually pull it off. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75386
MESOP TODAYS OPINION : BREXIT – THE NEO-CON POINT OF VIEW – BY ELLIOTT ABRAMS / NATIONAL REVIEW & COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
The Positive Side of Nationalism
Elliott Abrams June 26, 2016 5:30 PM Elites may scorn love of country as primitive. Brexit voters — and many Americans — beg to differ. The decision of the British electorate to reject all the advice and browbeatings from the Great and Good, and vote to leave the European Union, is above all a display of nationalism. That word was mostly absent in the discussions I watched on the BBC and in much coverage here in the United States. And when pundits mentioned the word, they used it as a synonym for chauvinism, isolationism, and ignorance much more frequently than as a synonym for patriotism. This should not be a great surprise: Nationalism is out of favor. It has, especially in Europe and for obvious historical reasons, been understood as a basis for fascism and extreme chauvinism. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75398
MESOP TODAYS Arguments & Analysis
“How the Kurds Drove Turkey Back to Israel (and Two Other Reasons for the Deal)” (Steven A. Cook, Defense One)
28 June 2016 – “There are three reasons why the Turks wanted the deal now more than ever. First, the Israelis have a lot of natural gas and Cyprus has a lot of natural gas. There have been signals all year that negotiations to find a solution to the Cyprus problem and reunify the island are promising. It seems that the deal with Israel is connected to the coming gas bonanza in the Eastern Mediterranean. Second, Ankara’s approach to the Middle East has been an utter failure. Its bid to lead the Middle East after the Arab uprisings was based more on the self-reinforcing myths that AKP elites told themselves than their actual ability to drive events in the region. There was also little chance that Saudis, Egyptians, and Emiratis were going to allow the Turks to play the role they sought. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75404
MESOP TODAYS BACKGROUNDER: PM NETANYAHU – WITH HIS CLOSE COMRADES OF STABILITY “ERDOGAN & PUTIN”
FULL STATEMENT OF PRESS CONFERENCE IN ROME – PM Netanyahu’s statement at his press conference in Rome
27 Jun 2016 – The world and the Middle East are in turmoil, and we are creating create centers of stability in this unstable region. We are doing so with our close neighbors, and with Greece and Cyprus. We are doing so with Russia. We are also doing so with Turkey.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Monday, 27 June 2016), issued the following statement at his press conference in Rome: Read all of Government statement http://www.mesop.de/?p=75384
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
MESOP : RESPECT !
STARS AND STRIPES 28 June 2016 – • The U.S. military program to train and equip members of the Syrian opposition to target the Islamic State has trained fewer than 100 Syrian rebels since being restarted in March, but those trained have begun to return to units in Syria with weapons and advanced communications equipment, U.S. officials said yesterday.
MESOP: PUTIN PUTS HIGH PRESSURE ON SYRIA SOLUTION – Tehran’s Syria Man Holds Talks in Russia
28 June 2016 – Scott Lucas – eaworldview – The Iranian regime’s top official for the Syrian crisis has traveled to Russia for discussions about the political and military situation. Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday and began talks with high-level officials, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. He also met Nikolai Patrushev, the Secretary of Russia’s Security Council, and the Russian special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75396
NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)
MESOP : PKK – NEXT TIME WEAPONS DOWN ? – UPCOMING GENERAL PKK CONGRESS / BEHIND THE SCENE : MOHAMMED AMIN PENJWENI – THE GODFATHER & MONEY HOLDER OF PKK / CEMIL BAYIKS STRATEGY FAILED BEGINNING 2016
PKK Considering Shifting Strategy / The party is hoping on the Western powers to mediate for a new phase of talks with Turkey
28 June 2016 – Hemin Salih – BasNews – ERBIL — Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) is reportedly considering a major shift in its strategies towards Turkey, hoping that the US and Masoud Barzani, the Kurdish prominent leader, to mediate between Qandil and Ankara.
A source close to the PKK revealed to BasNews that in the face of the recent developments in both the Turkish and Syrian parts of Kurdistan, PKK is now discussing the reconsideration of its previous strategies and mapping up a new one for the new phase. Read more http://www.mesop.de/?p=75410
MESOP BREAKING NEWS : Turkey bombs Kurdish positions in Syria’s Kobane / YPG STATEMENT
June 27, 2016 – QAMISHLI – The Turkish army attacked security headquarters for the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Kobane, northern Syria, military sources reported on Monday.
“Turkey’s military, stationed on border with Syria, bombed a security centre for our forces in the Kor Eli village west of Kobane,” a spokesman for the Kurdish YPG told in Kobane. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75382
MESOP FOCUS : Turkey Waging ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ Campaign Against Kurds
Nrttv 28 June 2016 – People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chair Figen Yuksekdag said on Sunday (June 26) the Turkish government is carrying out a campaign of “ethnic cleansing” against ethnic Kurds in the country’s southeast.
Yuksekdag spoke on the sidelines of a panel in Italy and said thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes due to military operations in the mainly-Kurdish southeast, Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75392
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)
Iran says 11 Kurdish rebels, 3 Revolutionary Guards killed in clashes
28 June 2016 – MESOP – Eleven Kurdish rebels and three of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards were killed in clashes in Iranian Kurdistan near the border with Iraqi Kurdistan, the Fars news agency reported on Tuesday. “A group of 11 counter-revolutionaries linked to the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), who were attempting to infiltrate the country were immediately detected… and were eliminated after 10 days of pursuit in the Sarvabad region,” said General Mohammad Hossein Rajabi, commander of the Revolutionary Guards in Kurdistan province. Read more http://www.mesop.de/?p=75406
MESOP MIDDLE EAST
MESOP: NETANYAHUS EXIT ? – ISRAEL WITH PUTIN & ERDOGAN / LEAVING THE WEST ?
Erdogan: Israel agreed to all of Turkey’s conditions
Turkish president says he spoke to Palestinian President Abbas and Hamas leader Mashal and both were ‘favorable’ to Ankara’s reconciliation agreement with Jerusalem.
Ynetnews, AP|Published: 27.06.16 , 23:58 – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Monday evening that Israel has agreed to all of Ankara’s conditions as part of reconciliation negotiations. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75388
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
MESOP NEWS : Kurdish parties do not agree with Barzani’s referendum on independence: Othman
28 June 2016 – MESOP – ninanews BAGHDAD,— Kurdish leading figure, Dr. Mahmoud Othman said, “The Kurdish parties do not agree on the ideas proposed by Massoud Barzani about the referendum on the independence of Kurdistan from Iraq”. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75408
MESOP INSIDE : Signs of Insurrection in Mosul As ISIS Executes Top Commanders
By Douglas Burton – The freebacon – 28 June 2016 – A synchronized attack on ISIS militants by unknown persons in the city of Mosul suggests spreading unrest in the last large city held by ISIS in Iraq. Local sources in Mosul have told Iraqi media that ISIS terrorists were shot at by unknown men in several areas in Mosul. ISIS has deployed its fighters in the city to find the shooters. This is the largest synchronized attack since ISIS occupied the city in 2014, Daesh Daily reported Friday. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=75394
THE GERMAN KURDISH CHAPTER
MESOP : TÜRKEI & ISRAEL “GEMEINSAM EINSAM” / MEDIEN HEUTE
Is rael und Türkei schließen Versöhnungsabkommen
DIE WELT – 28 June 2016 – Rom/Tel Aviv – Nach jahrelangem Streit haben Israel und Türkei ein umfassendes Versöhnungsabkommen geschlossen und wollen nun gemeinsam …
Türkei – Die Annäherung kann beginnen – Süddeutsche.de
Israel und Türkei: Gemeinsam einsam – Tagesspiegel
Historisches Abkommen – Israel und Türkei beschließen Normalisierung der Beziehungen – Deutschlandfunk – http://www.welt.de/newsticker/dpa_nt/infoline_nt/brennpunkte_nt/article156591945/Erdogan-auf-Versoehnungskurs.html – www.mesop.de
MESOP : THE FRIENDS OF THE OPEN SOCIETY MAKE THEMSELVES BETTER KNOWN
Kommentar – Das Unverständnis der EU-Freunde – Das Brexit-Votum gefällt uns nicht, stimmen wir doch einfach noch mal ab! Was ist das für ein Verständnis von Demokratie?
KOMMENTIERT VON PATRICK BERNAU – Verantwortlicher Redakteur für Wirtschaft Online. FAZ 28 Juni 2016 – http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/wirtschaftspolitik/kommentar-das-unverstaendnis-der-eu-freunde-14311703.html?xtor=EREC-7-[Der_Tag_am_Mittag]-20160628&utm_source=FAZnewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter_FAZ_Der_Tag_am_Mittag
MESOP : GEORGE SOROS – IMMER DAFÜR / STETS DAGEGEN – ALLEMAL WIN-WIN
Brexit – George Soros wettet 100 Millionen Euro gegen Deutsche Bank – http://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article156622381/George-Soros-wettet-100-Millionen-Euro-gegen-Deutsche-Bank.html?wtmc=newsletter.wasdieweltbewegt.newsteaser…standardteaser&r=86554436668118&lid=543668&pm_ln=526502
MESOP : PUTIN’S NEUER STÜTZPUNKT IN DEUTSCHLAND – Stiftungsgründung Achtung, Wladimir kommt!
Putins Vertrauter Wladimir Jakunin gründet in Berlin ein Politik-Institut. Es ist der Anfang eines hochfliegenden Plans, mit dem der Kreml die politische Meinung im Westen drehen will. –
Am Freitag wird in Berlins Mitte eine neue politische Stiftung gegründet: das Forschungsinstitut „Dialog der Zivilisationen“. Die Grußworte sprechen mehr oder weniger bekannte Ehemalige, so der einstige Botschafter in Moskau Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz, der General a. D. Harald Kujat, einst Vorsitzender des Nato-Militärausschusses, und Viktor Subkow, ehemals russischer Ministerpräsident. Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=75390