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MESOP TODAYS QUOTATION : Garmıyanı @Sarbarzi – IRAQI HIGH RANKING OFFICER
Iraqi shia militia members: “We will behead Kurds, drink their blood and put them in a mass grave”.
Garmıyanı – @Sarbarzi – One of 40 million so-called ‘Kurds’, whom as part of a Zionist plan, were planted by aliens to divide the ever harmonious, peaceful Middle East. www.mesop.de
MESOP TODAYS HEADLINE : NOT ISRAEL – TEHRAN AFFILIATES WITH INDIA
Iran Daily: Tehran Plays Its India Card
by Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Supreme Leader and President Rouhani host Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday – http://eaworldview.com/2016/05/iran-daily-tehran-plays-its-india-card/
MESOP TODAYS OPINION : HOW TO DEAL WITH ERDOGAN ?
Erdogan vs. the world – By Semih Idiz – AL MONITOR 21 May 2016
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ouster of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to clear his own path to absolute power has left many wondering what effect the move will have on Turkey’s foreign policy orientation and its relations with the West in particular. Given the way Erdogan has been ratcheting up his angry anti-Western rhetoric, some fear that Ankara’s ties with the United States and Europe will remain strained for the foreseeable future over a number of seemingly irreconcilable issues. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74276
MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY : A CAPITALIST STORY – Turkey’s Journey from Secularism to Islamization: A Capitalist Story Featured
By Halil Karaveli – Halil Karaveli is a Senior Fellow at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, where he heads the Turkey Initiative and is Editor of the Turkey Analyst. – May 13, 2016
The dynamics of capitalist development have played a much more central role for Turkey’s journey from secularism to religious conservatism – and before that for the Kemalist break with Islam – than what is generally recognized. During the context of the Cold War, capitalist development and Islamization went hand in hand, as religious conservatism neutralized the challenge of the left and labor. Today, neoliberal globalization provides impetus for Islamization. Raising “pious generations” – who are “traditional,” not rebellious – is essential for sustaining neo-liberalism. An explicitly “religious” constitution, in which reference is made to God, will serve to mask that it is capital that reigns supreme. Ultimately, the survival of secularism requires that the economic order that depends on continued Islamization is called into question. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74274
MESOP : QASSEM’S FATA MORGANA
Soleimani: Iran has triumphed in region – “Iran relied on logic during its confrontation with US and benefited from its enemies’ mistakes,” the IRGC general declared.
BEIRUT – 23 May 2016 – NOW MEDIA – The head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force has delivered a bombastic speech in which he claimed that Tehran has “triumphed” over its enemies in the Middle East. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74278
MESOP SPECIAL : THE HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL 2016
IRIN – THE STORY OF EMERGENCIES – THE NGO’S & THE MONEY
Is the Grand Bargain a Big Deal? – The “Grand Bargain” is the name for a package of reforms to humanitarian funding, launched at the World Humanitarian Summit. Thirty representatives of donors and aid agencies produced 51 “commitments” to make emergency aid finance more efficient and effective. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74280
MESOP TODAYS BACKGROUNDER : A STRATEGIC CONSPIRACY BY IRAN & PKK/PYD WITH PUK AGAINST KURDISH UNITY
Syrian Kurds Divided on Relations With Iraqi Kurds
By Wladimir van Wilgenburg – ARA News – 2016-05-24 – Two major Kurdish parties, the Change Movement (Gorran) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) reached an agreement on May 17, in order to counterbalance the dominance of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Iraqi Kurdistan. The Syrian Kurdish parties are divided on the issue, depending on their political affiliations.
The Syrian Kurdish parties united in the Kurdish National Council (KNC) backed by the KDP reject the agreement, while the local Auto-Administration set up by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and it’s allies support the agreement. “On the level of Kurdistan, we support legitimate movements of our people in other parts of Kurdistan to achieve their rights,” the agreement said about Kurds living in other countries. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74288
MESOP STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVES – PUTIN’S WIDER STRATEGY
Russia & Turkey Escalate: Russia’s Threat to NATO Goes Beyond Eastern Europe / THE PKK PARTICIPATION AGAINST EUROPE
May 23, 2016 – Chris Kozak (ISW) – By Genevieve Casagrande, Christopher Kozak, and Franklin Holcomb with Kimberly Kagan, Nataliya Bugayova, and Jennifer Cafarella
Key Takeaway: Russia is waging a multi-front campaign against Turkey in order to weaken NATO in line with its strategic objectives. The use of a high-end Soviet-era MANPADS against a Turkish helicopter in southeastern Turkey on May 13, 2016 could indicate that Russia is providing meaningful military support to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) insurgency. The incident, if indeed a Russian escalation, is yet another Russian infringement of a sovereign NATO partner. Russia targeted the same pressure point by overflying Turkey with combat aircraft in November 2015, leading Turkish President Recep Erdogan to authorize the shoot down of a Russian plane. The U.S. rushed to de-escalate rather than backing Turkey in November, a signal that Erdogan does not have unequivocal NATO support. The provision of military support to the PKK thus offers Russia a surgical option to escalate against Turkey without provoking a response from the U.S. and NATO, especially because U.S. strategy against ISIS relies upon the Syrian Kurdish YPG, which has strong links to the PKK. It is a dangerous possibility that Russia will cultivate its relationship with the PKK in ways that undermine the U.S. and Turkey, even if the recent MANPADS event does not represent this inflection. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74290
MESOP TODAYS RELEVANT TWEETS & SHORT CUTS
MESOP : ALWAYS READ CHARLES LISTER ! / THE ACTUAL RAQQA SITUATION
My latest on 1) today’s attacks in #Tartus & #Jableh & 2) Gen. Votel’s visit to #Syria: http://www.mei.edu/content/article/monday-briefing-afghan-taliban-leader-killed-syria-bombings-and-iraq-s-intra-shiite-feud …
QSD Press Office @QsdPress – “#Raqqah Liberation Brigade and the @CJTFOIR forces will accompany #SDF during the campaign,” Rojda Felat, Democratic #Syria Forces Comm.
Defense minister Ismet Sheikh confirms start of (northern) Raqqah operation #twitterkurds
Sterk tv: operation to liberate north of raqqah starts by the SDF. – www.mesop.de
Listen: “Allegations of a #massacre during fighting between the #Turkish military & the #Kurdish #PKK” https://audioboom.com/boos/4600584-bbc-s-jeremy-bowen-reports-from-cizre-in-southeast-turkey-on-allegations-of-a-massacre-during-fighting-between-the-turkish-military-and-the-kurdish-pkk … @BowenBBC
MESOP : PKK FIGHTERS & HDP
DavidKenner @DavidKenner 4m4 minutes ago – .@robertfworth visited Nusaybin, site of Turkey-PKK war. PKK fighters not huge fans of HDP. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/magazine/behind-the-barricades-of-turkeys-hidden-war.html …
“The ISIS Threat to U.S. National Security: Policy Choices” – a transcript from a recent Capitol Hill conference on the ISIS threat throughout the MENA region.
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
MESOP Syria Daily: Regime & Russia Try to Regroup After Deadly ISIS Bombings
May 24 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – The Assad regime and its ally Russia are trying to regroup after Monday’s Islamic State bombings that killed about 150 people in western Syria.ISIS detonated seven to nine suicide and car bombs in the coastal cities of Jableh and Tartous, in the regime’a heartland of Latakia and Tartous Provinces. Targets included bus stations, electricity stations, and a national hospital. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74282
MESOP : PYD/PKK “REVOLUTIONARY WOMENS ARMY” COMPLETELY TRAINED BY “US IMPERIALISM” / RESULTS OF US GENERAL VOTEL’S VISIT TO KOBANE
US military trains eclectic Syrian Kurdish women / Kurdish YPJ fighters Barcham Zana, left, and Helene Osman, at a training camp in Syrian Kurdistan where US military advisers are working. – 24 May 2016 – AP – Barcham Zana knows her enemy. It is the Islamic State, which she calls “darkness.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74284
MESOP “PYD-OFFICE PARIS”: PKK/PYD KNOWS – YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT ASSAD FOR TO BE INVITED TO THE GENEVA TABLE
Syrian Kurds blame Syrian Western-backed opposition
24 May 2016 – MESOP – A senior official from Syrian’s northern Kurdish region has blamed the main Western-backed Syrian opposition in the country and said the oppositions have gained little by demanding the fall of President Bashar al-Assad other than fuelling killings and the refugee crisis. Read all : http://www.mesop.de/?p=74306
SYRIA FLASH TODAY : “ISIS Destroyed Russia Helicopter Division at Important Airbase”
May 24 – BBC REPORT : The Islamic State has destroyed an entire Russian helicopter division and 20 supply trucks in an attack on the Tiyas (T4) airbase in central Syria, according to a US-based analytic group.
The BBC obtained satellite imagery of the airbase and showed it to an analyst for Stratfor, Sam Tuck: The Islamic State attacked the airbase two weeks ago, as part of an offensive in which it captured two major gas fields in eastern Homs Province. ISIS’s Amaq News Agency said at the time that four Russian attack helicopters and 20 trucks loaded with rockets had been destroyed in a fire set by an Islamic State attack. Pro-regime accounts spoke of an explosion in an ammunition depot. The Tiyas airbase is one of the most important for Syria’s air force. As Russia expanded last autumn’s aerial intervention, it moved helicopters beyond its main airbase in Latakia Province in western Syria to Homs Province and near Qamishli in northeastern Syria. www.mesop.de
MESOP SYRIA COMMENT : The Local Defence Forces – Regime Auxiliary Forces in Aleppo
By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 24 May 2016 – Besides the well-known National Defence Forces (NDF) that were set up in 2012 with oversight from Iran to act as a counter-insurgency force and auxiliary militia network for the Syrian army, there exists a similarly named but distinct set of militias specific to the Aleppo area known as the Local Defence Forces (Quwat al-Difa’ al-Mahalli- LDF). In brief, the LDF consists of a variety of local militias such as Katibat al-Nayrab al-Maham al-Khasa (The Nayrab Battalion- Special Operations), Liwa al-Baqir (The Baqir Brigade), Fawj al-Safira (The Safira Regiment) and Fawj Nubl wa al-Zahara’ (The Nubl and Zahara’ Regiment). WATCH DOCUMENTS& PICS : http://www.mesop.de/?p=74292
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
MESOP: OLD BOYS WILL BE OLD BOYS – Headlines
- Iran’s Assembly of Experts selected Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, an 89-year-old hardline politician, to be its new chairman; the council has nominal control of selecting the successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. www.mesop.de
MESOP : ALSO IRAN FAVORS “GREATER KURDISTAN”!? – BUT A BIT SMALLER !
Iran sets condition on Kurdish independence – Kurdistan24 – Erbil – 19 May 2016 0
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – An Iranian official stated on Wednesday that Tehran has a condition to accept re-drawing the borders of the Middle East, quick to add that Iranian Kurds are not oppressed. Iranian consulate general in the province of Sulaimani in the Kurdistan Region, Saadullah Masudian, told Kurdistan24 that “Islamic Republic of Iran agrees to end the Sykes-Picot agreement and make new changes in the borders only if the people of the region demand it, without the interference of the external powers.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74304
NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)
MESOP : OPINION BY METIN GURCAN – AL MONITOR / WE SUFFER STATE & PKK
How Ankara and the PKK misread civilians’ reactions to ongoing violence
24 May 2016 – Armed violence is the most used instrument of power for organizations such as the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to impose their political agendas. But in recent months there have been signs that the PKK is having trouble managing this violence. The latest example came May 10 in the Durumlu village of Turkey’s Diyarbakir’s Sur district, when a massive explosion killed 16 civilians. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74294
THE GERMAN KURDISH CHAPTER
MESOP BREXIT : NUR MUT, BORIS ! – ABSTAMMUNG HEISST NICHTS !
„Boris Johnson fühlt sich womöglich persönlich befangen in Sachen BREXIT : sein Großvater wurde als Osman Kemal geboren, er war Sohn eines Journalisten und osmanischen Reichsministers Ali Kemal Bey, der im türkischen Unabhängigkeitskrieg getötet wurde – für seine Haltung als Anti-Nationalist. – www.mesop.de
MESOP : DEKONSTRUKTIONEN IN DER POSTMODERNEN LBGTI-SOCIETY / NEUE HEIMAT / DIGITAL IDENTITÄR
„Zuhause ist, wo ich das WLAN-Passwort kenne“ – Anne Will ARD – www.mesop.de
MESOP : FORTSCHRITTE DER UNELITÄREN LBGTI-KULTUR / ENDLICH WEG VOM ABENDLAND !
„INA & PETER & MIKE“ – INA HARTWIG ALS FEMINISTISCHE KULTURDEZERNENTIN IN FRANKFURT
Frankfurter Kulturpolitik – Ist Schmiere die Zukunft? (Von Jürgen Kaube, FAZ)
Post von Peter an Ina: Frankfurt, das sei „Goethe, Adorno und Max Hollein“. So tönt es aus dem Rathaus der Stadt. Wer fehlt bei Holleins Abschied? Oberbürgermeister Feldmann. Volltext http://www.mesop.de/?p=74296