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Mind-The Basics Paperback – May 25, 2016
by Kamal Artin (Author) – LOS ANGELES – “Mind- The Basics” is a simplified informative source for public and students of the mind. It reviews what a psychiatrist looks for in evaluating and helping someone who has challenges with his or her feeling, thinking, and behavior.
MESOP TODAYS HEADLINE – “REVOLUTIONARY” PKK/PYD – The wonderful logic of Sykes /Picot is still alive: the one who takes it – owns it !
Syria’s Kurds: Raqqa Will Go to Whoever Liberates It / Asharq Al Awsat. United Kingdom. 28 May 2016 – http://english.aawsat.com/2016/05/article55351524/syrias-kurds-raqqa-will-go-whoever-liberates
MESOP : GREAT “REVOLUTIONARY” SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS IN ROJAVA KURDSTAN (SYRIA) / NEW UNIVERSITY
AFTER STALIN & MAO TSE TUNG NOW TEACHING IN ALL COURSES THE GOLDEN WORDS OF STEERSMAN APO
“The university is also facing controversy, accused of integrating the ideology of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) founder Abdullah Ocalan into the curriculum and being subordinated to the Democratic Union Party (PYD) — which many believe espouses the same ideology as the PKK. Afrin University offers a course called “The Nation’s Democracy,” which sounds similar to the theory of the prolific but imprisoned author.” More on : www.mesop.de
MESOP TODAYS QUOTATION BY MEVLUT CAVUSOGLU (TURKEY FOREIGN MINISTER) / PKK OECALAN’S AMERICAN ARMY
“It is unacceptable that an ally country is using the YPG insignia. We reacted to it. It is impossible to accept it. This is a double standard and hypocrisy,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said today. Read more: http://www.mesop.de/?p=74387
MESOP TODAYS QUOTATION (II) : FROM AN ANTIMPERIALIST IN REVOLUTIONARY KOBANE TO THE ANTIIMPERIALISTS IN WASHINGTON D.C. : PYD CHAIRMAN SALIH MUSLIM !
MESOP : “HE” FINISHES A CONSTITUTION, HE PUTIN ! – NOT THE SYRIAN PEOPLE !
Russia Finishes Draft for New Syria Constitution – now.mmedia.me – Beirut – 2016-05-26 22:43
Russia has put the finishing touches on its proposed draft constitution for Syria as part of the stalled peace process being brokered by Washington and Moscow that calls for a new constitution to be put up for a referendum in the fall. www.mesop.de
MESOP : BAD WEATHER ! TURKEY / UNITED STATES
“The U.S. Turkey’s National Security Council (MGK) stated after a May 26 meeting that the PYD’s newly opened offices in Berlin, Paris, Stockholm and Prague were not in line with “anti-terrorism solidarity” among allies. Those issues were also discussed during a visit of the new (SAECEUR) commander General Curtis Michael Scaparrotti’s visit to Ankara on May 25, when he met Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar.” – Read more : www.mesop.de
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
OBAMA’S TROOPS WEAR PKK/PYD PATCHES ON THEIR UNFORMS
MESOP ROJAVA / SYRIA : FIRST PICTURES FRONTLINE – US COMMANDOS SIDE BY WITH YPG (PYD/PKK) FIGHTERS / OBAMA – THE ANTIIMPERIALIST FIGHTS NOW WITH ISLAMIST SHIA TROOPS IN IRAQ & WITH LEFT WING PKK FIGHTERS IN SYRIA
First Look: Pictures of U.S. Commandos on the Front Lines in Syria
Several of the commandos also wear Kurdish People’s Protection Unit patches on their uniforms. Known as the YPG, the organization has long been accused by the Turkish government of being the Syrian arm of Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK. Washington also considers the PKK a terrorist organization, but denies Ankara’s claims that the groups are the same. Either way, the patches will likely cause a stir in Turkey, and among local Arab populations distrustful of the Kurdish fighters.
By Paul McLeary – May 26, 2016 – 3:36 pm – paul.mcleary – @paulmcleary – FOREIGN POLICY : WATCH PICS http://www.mesop.de/?p=74377
MESOP REPORT : APO & OBAMA = NOW PARTNERS ! US Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for U.S forces in Iraq and Syria, called the patch a “sign of partnership.”
PICS BY „MILITARY TIMES JOURNAL“ – The U.S. military expansion in Syria: What it is — and isn’t
27 May 2016 – The Pentagon says U.S. troops in Syria are conducting an advise-and-assist mission and are not serving in front-line combat. Here, one American commando can be seen wearing a uniform patch of a Kurdish rebel group. Taken by a photographer working for Agence France-Presse, the photos show a cadre of American troops in an unarmored Toyota pickup truck mounted with a grenade launcher. At least one bearded soldier is wearing both an American flag patch and also a green patch with a star signifying the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Forces, known as the YPG.
Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for U.S forces in Iraq and Syria, called the patch a “sign of partnership.” Read all: http://www.mesop.de/?p=74377
MESOP REPORT : THE AERIAL DELIVERY OF HUMANITARIAN AID IN SYRIA: OPTIONS AND CONSTRAINTS
PolicyWatch 2623 – May 27, 2016 – By Michael Eisenstadt – Michael Eisenstadt is the Kahn Fellow and director of the Military and Security Studies Program at The Washington Institute.
While airlift operations may provide temporary relief for a number of besieged and hard-to-reach communities, urgently enhancing the military capabilities of moderate opposition groups is ultimately the only way to effectively counter the Assad regime’s use of food as a weapon.
The Assad regime’s use of food as a weapon has been a central feature of the Syrian civil war. Regime forces have used “surrender or starve” tactics to great effect. Humanitarian supply efforts have repeatedly been obstructed by regime forces, as well as by the Islamic State (IS), some rebel groups, and criminal elements. According to the United Nations, 408,200 persons in besieged or hard-to-reach communities are now in dire need. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74401
MESOP : BIG MISTAKE !
U.S. special forces ordered to remove Syrian Kurdish YPG patches
WASHINGTON,— US special operations forces photographed in Syrian Kurdistan wearing the insignia of Kurdish troops considered terrorists only by Turkey have been ordered to remove the patches, a military spokesman said Friday. Ankara accused the United States, a NATO ally, of “unacceptable” behavior for such an overt display of support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74410
MESOP : U.S. State Department Mark Toner plays it down – U.S. says it will ‘continue’ to support Syrian Kurdish YPG forces
28 May 2016 – WASHINGTON,— The United States sought to play down a diplomatic rift with Turkey on Friday after US commandos were caught on camera wearing Kurdish rebel badges.Ankara reacted with fury after published pictures of US special forces working with the Kurdish PYG forces in Syrian Kurdistan [northern Syria] and wearing their insignia.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared the US alliance with the group “unacceptable” but the State Department denied that relations are in crisis. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74412
MESOP : GAVE PUTIN MANPAD’S TO PKK ? – Suspicions About Russian Support of PKK Grow in Turkey
By Dorian Jones – VOA NEWS – 2016-05-28 05:40 GMT – ISTANBUL (VOA) — Ever since it was revealed that the Kurdish rebel group PKK used a Russian-made shoulder-launched missile to down a Turkish helicopter, Ankara has been eyeing Moscow suspiciously. Read all : http://www.mesop.de/?p=74420
MESOP REPORT : Syria’s first Kurdish university attracts controversy as well as students / THE ABDULLAH OECALAN UNIVERSITY
A group of dedicated educators has found a way to circumvent the war that has disrupted all aspects of Syrian life. Since students can’t travel to universities to study, a university has come to them.
Author Sardar Mlla Drwish Posted May 18, 2016 – AL MONITOR – Afrin University, the first university based in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan), began registering students in August. Though it is not yet accredited, the school’s officials already plan to expand its offerings and facilities. Read all : http://www.mesop.de/?p=74418
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
MESOP BACKGROUNDER : Why Kurdistan Can’t Sell Its Oil
By Seth J. Frantzman – nationalinterest.org – 2016-05-26 In an interview published in February 2015, Donnie Macdonald, the president of oil giant Chevron’s operations in Iraq, had glowing praise for the Kurdistan autonomous region in north of the country. “The Kurdistan region is still relatively under-explored and we believe the region has potential to become a prominent player in the oil industry”–powerful words during unsettling times. By February 2015, Islamic State had already made fourteen attacks in the direction of Kirkuk, one of the major oil-producing areas in northern Iraq. Read all: http://www.mesop.de/?p=74395
MESOP : PREPARING FOR A TERRIBLE MASSACRE
Posted: 27 May 2016 11:16 AM PDT
Senior Iraqi Shia militia leader Abu Mahdi al Muhandis told a reporter that the second phase of the Fallujah operation was imminent. He criticized US airstrikes in Fallujah and announced his forces were prepared to enter the city if requested. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74403
MESOP REPORT : THE CAMPAIGN FOR FALLUJAH / IRAQ
By Patrick Martin and Emily Anagnostos (ISW) – Excerpt: The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Popular Mobilization launched a major operation on May 23 to recapture Fallujah from ISIS. Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced Operation Breaking Terrorism late on May 22 following weeks of force build-up in the area. The ISF and Anbar Sunni tribal fighters carried out shaping operations to the south of Fallujah in the weeks prior, recapturing al-Salaam Junction and moving along the southern road on May 7. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74406
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)
MESOP “IRAN AGAINST KURDISH INDEPENDENCE” – IN JOINT VENTURE WITH PUK & PKK
Iran Establishing Military Base in Sulaymaniyah Province: Asharq al-Awsat / The military base is to target the Iranian Kurdish forces and impeding the independence of Kurdistan Region
Hiwa Ahmed – BasNews 28 May 2016 – SULAYMANIYAH – Apparently in hopes of increasing its military influence in the region, the Iranian government is reportedly establishing a military base in Sulaymaniyah province of Kurdistan Region.The Arabic London-based newspaper, Asharq al-Awsat, reported that Iran has started establishing the biggest military base and artillery in Sulaymaniyah province.The military base of the Iranian army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution in Sulaymaniyah province is located near the Mount Suren in Said-Sadiq district of Sulaymaniyah province, according to Sharq El-Awsat. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74426
MESOP TODAYS ANALYSIS : IRAN’S AIR FORCE OVERSHADOWED BY THE IRGC
PolicyWatch 2625 – May 27, 2016 – By Farzin Nadimi – Farzin Nadimi is a Washington-based analyst specializing in the security and defense affairs of Iran and the Persian Gulf region.
A recent crash highlights the air force’s struggles to maintain its readiness and budget at a time when Revolutionary Guard leaders are pushing for a deterrence posture based solely on their own ballistic missile arsenal.
On May 24, the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) lost yet another young fighter pilot, Maj. Roozbeh Nazerian, in an accident involving a Russian-made MiG-29 jet on a routine training flight. It was the IRIAF’s thirteenth aviation accident and fourteenth fatality in just five years, and it triggered an emotional response among Iranians on par with the recent army casualties in Syria. Read all : http://www.mesop.de/?p=74408
Iran publicly executes five Kurdish rights activists in Urmia
21 May 2016 / ARA News
Authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran executed five Kurdish rights activists in the northwestern Urmia city, officials and local activists confirmed on Friday. The Kurdish rights activists Naji Kiwan, Ali Kurdian, Haidar Ramini, Nadir Muhamadi and Ruhman Rashidi were arrested on Wednesday on charges of “conspiring against the Islamic Republic of Iran”.
MESOP NEWS : Iranian Government Marginalizes Kurds: Kurdish MP / MP Bigleri says the Iranian president has failed to keep his promises to Kurds
TEHRAN – 28 May 2016 – A Kurdish member of the Iranian parliament has accused President Hasan Ruhani of failing to keep the promises he made to Kurds in Iran.
In a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce in the Kurdish province of Sanandaj, MP Mohsin Bigleri explained that Iranian president promised during his presidential campaign to appoint local figures to local administrative positions in the Iranian Kurdish provinces, “but he failed to keep his promise.”Despite having many qualified local people as well as favorable geographic position, the Kurdish province and its people are marginalized by Ruhani’s government, the Kurdish MP says. www.mesop.de
MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY ON IRAN : By Reuel Marc Gerecht and Ray Takeyh / Iran’s Holocaust denial is part of a malevolent strategy
May 27 2016 THE WASHINGTON POST -Reuel Marc Gerecht is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Ray Takeyh is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The Islamic Republic of Iran held another Holocaust cartoon festival this month, inviting the usual despicable cast of characters. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif assured the New Yorker that although the event would proceed, Iran would ensure that the “people who have preached racial hatred and violence will not be invited.” Evidently, Zarif believes there are Holocaust deniers who do not harbor “racial hatred.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74424
NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)
MESOP : AN PKK APPEAL – KONGRA GEL issues urgent call for action for Nusaybin
26 May 2016 / ANF News – The KONGRA GEL Co-Presidency has issued a written declaration on the state forces’ massacre attempts in Mardin’s Nusaybin district.
The declaration pointed out that the state forces failed to break the people’s resistance in Nusaybin and attempted to destroy the district along with the people with bombs from fighter jets. The statement stresses “This shows how Erdoğan’s fascist state waging this dirty war against our people is cornered as well” and continues: Read full txt : http://www.mesop.de/?p=74414
MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY : How Serious is Turkey in Reacting to the US on Syrian Kurds? By Murat Yetkin – Hurriyet – 2016-05-27
Photos showing U.S. troopers on Syrian soil bearing the insignia of the armed forces of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) — which is deemed a terrorist organization by both the U.S. and Turkey – prompted a harsh reaction from Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on May 27. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=74422
THE GERMAN KURDISH CHAPTER
MESOP NEWS „Zülfü Livaneli“ : Türkischer Unesco-Botschafter tritt wegen „Heuchelei“ der Organisation zurück
© AFP 2016/ Ilyas Akengin – 28 May 2016 – Er warf der Organisation Heuchelei vor, weil diese die Vernichtung des Großteils des historischen Erbes der südosttürkischen Stadt Diyarbakir während der Zusammenstöße zwischen der türkischen Armee und der Arbeiterpartei Kurdistans (PKK) ignoriert hatte. Bei einer im Dezember 2015 eingeleiteten und drei Monate währenden Anti-Terror-Operation war Diyarbakirs historischer Bezirk Sur, der zum Unesco-Weltkulturerbe gehört, stark beschädigt worden. Volltext : http://www.mesop.de/?p=74399