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#SecKerry: I said to Putin, “if all you’re trying to do is leave Asad in place, the war won’t end & there will be more terrorists created.”
MESOP WATCH VIDEO: KAFRANBEL TO UN — STOP THE BOMBING & SIEGES
The protesters of Kafranbel in northwest Syria challenge UN envoy Staffan de Mistura and the head of humanitarian operations Stephen O’Brien over the failure to halt Russian bombing and the Syrian military’s sieges: http://eaworldview.com/2016/02/syria-daily-10000s-still-trapped-at-turkish-border/#kafranbel
MESOP TODAYS QUOTATION BY ANNE APPLEBAUM / FACING THE LAST DAYS OF EUROPE
Anne Applebaum – Washington Post – The U.K. leaving the European Union could mean the end of both of them – A Brexit would send shock waves across the E.U., and boost the Scottish independence movement. http://www.mesop.de/?p=70944
MESOP : SYRIA’S FATE = EUROPA FATE
What happens next in Aleppo will shape Europe’s future
Natalie Nougayrède – 6 Feb 2016 – THE GUARDIAN – If there were any doubts about Vladimir Putin’s objectives in Syria, the recent Russian military escalation around this city must surely have set them aside
If Aleppo falls, Syria’s vicious war will take a whole new turn, one with far-reaching consequences not just for the region but for Europe too. The latest government assault on the besieged northern Syrian city, which has caused tens of thousands more people to flee in recent days, is also a defining moment for relations between the west and Russia, whose airforce is playing a key role. The defeat of anti-Assad rebels who have partially controlled the city since 2012 would leave nothing on the ground in Syria but Assad’s regime and Islamic State. And all hope of a negotiated settlement involving the Syrian opposition will vanish. This has been a longstanding Russian objective – it was at the heart of Moscow’s decision to intervene militarily four months ago. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70955
TURKISH RED LINE ? – PYD ATTACKS ON TURKISH GROUND
PYD shares news of YPS attack on Turkish police station. – http://www.mesop.de/?p=70951
MESOP : TRICKY ERDOGAN
Erdogan’s new Kurdish interlocutors-tribal and religious leaders. Strategy to reduce HDP 10% vote? http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/02/turkey-erdogan-new-kurdish-allies.html …
MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY : Is Assad’s Russian-backed Offensive a Game-changer in Syria?
by Jonathan Spyer – The Jerusalem Post – February 5, 2016 – Originally published under the title “Precarious Syria Talks Leave Its Future Uncertain.”
The failure of the peace talks was foreseen by most serious analysts on Syria.UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura this week announced the suspension of just-convened peace talks in Geneva intended to resolve the Syrian civil war.The failure of the talks was predictable and foreseen by most serious analysts on Syria. Diplomacy requires compromise. But the forces of President Bashar Assad, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are advancing in both northern and southern Syria. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70932
MESOP TODAYS OPINON : KURDS AS CANNON FODDER FOR PUTIN & OBAMA ?
Isis in Iraq – The Kurds have fought off the jihadists, but fear they will be used as cannon fodder and then discarded
Patrick Cockburn reports from Halabja – THE INDEPENDENT – 6 Feb 2016 – One of the most fought over territories on earth, Iraqi Kurdistan had suffered at the hands of Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons long before the appearance of the murderous Isis. Its cities are now dotted with half-completed hotels and apartments – economic prosperity is a fantasy. The perceived incompetence and greed of Kurdish leaders tarnishes their success against Isis. And bitter experience makes the Kurds suspicious that they will be used as cannon fodder and then discarded. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70946
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
MESOP TODAYS ARGUMENT : Obama’s Disastrous Betrayal of the Syrian Rebels – How the White House is handing victory to Bashar al-Assad, Russia, and Iran.
BY EMILE HOKAYEMFEBRUARY 5, 2016 – FOREIGN POLICY
Last February, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its Shiite auxiliaries mounted a large-scale attempt to encircle Aleppo, the northern city divided between regime and rebels since 2012 and battered by the dictator’s barrel bombs. Islamist and non-Islamist mainstream rebels — to the surprise of those who have derided their performance, let alone their existence — repelled the offensive at the time. What followed was a string of rebel advances across the country, which weakened Assad so much that they triggered Moscow’s direct intervention in September, in concert with an Iranian surge of forces, to secure his survival. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70938
Syrian rebels are losing Aleppo & perhaps also the war
By Liz Sly and Zakaria Zakaria February 4 – THE WASHINGTON POST – GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Syrian rebels battled for their survival in and around Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on Thursday after a blitz of Russian airstrikes helped government loyalists sever a vital supply route and sent a new surge of refugees fleeing toward the border with Turkey.
The Russian-backed onslaught against rebel positions in Aleppo coincided with the failure of peace talks in Geneva, and helped reinforce opposition suspicions that Russia and its Syrian government allies are more interested in securing a military victory over the rebels than negotiating a settlement. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70964
MESOP TODAYS FLASH REPORT : BOMBED OUT OF SYRIA BY PUTIN
5 Feb 2016 – MESOP – The Assad regime’s offensive in Aleppo, backed by heavy bombing by Russian planes, is driving thousands of people to flee the city. The new surge in displaced persons has drawn concern from Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. “Now, 10,000 new refugees are waiting in front of the door of (the Turkish city of) Kilis because of air bombardments and attacks against Aleppo,” he said on Thursday in London. “Sixty to seventy thousand people in the camps in north Aleppo are moving towards Turkey. My mind is not now in London, but in our border — how to relocate these new people coming from Syria?” Read more http://www.mesop.de/?p=70908
MESOP Syria Daily: KERRY — PLAYS THE GAME : STUPID & NAÏVE !
February 06 – Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Despite Russian bombing across Syria that undermined the short-lived Geneva talks this week, US Secretary of State John Kerry has assured that Moscow wants a ceasefire.Kerry said at a press conference on Friday, “Russia has indicated to me very directly they are prepared to do a cease-fire. The Iranians confirmed…they will support a cease-fire now.2Without naming those sanding in the way, he continued, “We now have to have…all the other parties come to the table and acknowledge that they, too, are prepared to do that. And as of this moment, we don’t have that full acknowledgment.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70934
MESOP : PUTIN OFFERS DIPLOMATIC PLAYGROUND JUST FOR SHOW
Representative office of Syrian Kurdistan to open in Moscow next week
MOSCOW,— A representative office of Syrian Kurdistan is due to open in Moscow on February 10, the chairman of the Council of the Federal National-Cultural Kurdish Autonomy said on Friday, Russian TASS reported. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70917
NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)
Erdogan says no peace in Mid-East without solution in Syria / ERDOGAN IN ECUADOR
5 Feb 2016 – Mesop – Assuring peace and security in the Middle East and ending the migrant crisis was not possible without solving what’s at issue in Syria’s political environment, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70923
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
MESOP : IS ERDOGAN READY TO ACCEPT AND HONOR AN INDEPENDENT KURDISH STATE ?
Massoud Barzani’s goals in reiterating on independence referendum, expert explains
5 Feb 2016 – VOA / Kurdpress – A political expert in Council of Foreign Relations stated that Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani’s reiteration on holding an independence referendum in an attempt to tackle the region’s economic crisis by taking funds from Baghdad and also to tell the U.S. that the Erbil does not need Washington Permission to declare its independence from Baghdad. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70925
MESOP : NAJMALDIN THE KURDS & HIS OIL
Talking Oil, ISIS and Kurdish Independence With Kirkuk Governor
By Paul Iddon – Rudaw – 2016-02-06 02:01 GMT – Governor of Kirkuk Najmaldin Karim. – In this interview with Rudaw English Governor of Kirkuk Dr. Najmaldin Karim discusses the current situation in his Governorate where he outlines the various problems it is presently facing. From the drop in oil prices, the inflow of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDP) from Iraq to the eternal terror threat posed by Islamic State (ISIS).Under his leadership Kirkuk has tried to enhanced security by building trenches around the city and reduce the threat posed by terrorist car bombs. “I think the whole world understands that we’re dealing with a vicious enemy,” says governor Karim. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70942
MESOP : KRG COUNTRY – NO LAND OF MILK & HONEY -Oil price & Isis ruin the Kurds’ dream of riches
Patrick Cockburn @indyworld – THE INDEPENDENT . 7 Feb 2016 – It is not a good time to be a minority in the Middle East and, though the Kurds are powerful today in Iraq and Syria, they remain a minority which will always be vulnerable to a change in the political tides. They know that what has happened to the Yazidis and Christians over the past 18 months, as ethnic and sectarian cleansing becomes the norm, could happen to them.Yohanna Toyama, a community leader from the Christian town of Qaraqosh outside Mosul, whose 60,000 people fled when Isis captured it in 2014, has a stark view of the prospects for minority communities. “We will all be eaten by the majorities,” he says. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70962
MESOP SPECIAL : All German Students, Pupils and all Children in the Kindergardens Should Take Compulsory Arabic Lessons, Says Leading Professor / THE LAST DAYS OF EUROPE
– Italian school: to allow Christian carols at his school again would be a “provocation” and “dangerous”.
– Breitbart London reported on one school in Austria last week which had sent German pupils home with a hymn to learn for homework, with referenced to God replaced with “Allah”.
By Oliver Lane and Chris Tomlinson – Breitbart – 2016-02-06 – A senior German educator has called for all pupils in the country to be forced to study Arabic until they graduate in the interests of the multicultural state. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=70940
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Arabisch als Pflichtfach – Tausend und eine Umnachtung / Von Jürgen Kaube
Die Flüchtlingsdebatte treibt die buntesten Blüten. Aber wie kommt ein Universitätspräsident auf die Idee, alle Schüler müssten jetzt Arabisch lernen? Ganz einfach: Der Mann glaubt an Zauberei.
Thomas Strothotte, der Präsident der „Kühne Logistics University“ in Hamburg, hat einen Vorschlag zur wechselseitigen Integration von Deutschen und Flüchtlingen gemacht: Nicht nur sollten jetzt alle Flüchtlingskinder aus dem Nahen Osten Deutsch lernen, sondern auch alle deutschsprachigen Schüler Arabisch. Bis zum Abitur solle Arabisch verpflichtend werden. Schon im Kindergarten könne „geradezu spielend“ damit begonnen werden. Später soll die Klassensprache Englisch sein, mit der Begründung, das könnten weder die Deutschen noch die Flüchtlinge, weswegen sie unter diesen Umständen „auf Augenhöhe“ begännen. In all dem liege die Anerkennung, dass Deutschland ein Einwanderungsland sei. Wären statt des Englischen das Deutsche und das Arabische sogar gleichberechtigte Unterrichtssprachen, würden die Kinder sich als künftige Partner der Wandlungsprozesse im Nahen Osten empfehlen. Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=70919