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Mustafa Akyol FEB. 3, 2016 – ISTANBUL – THE NEW YORK TIMES— We Muslims like to believe that ours is “a religion of peace,” but today Islam looks more like a religion of conflict and bloodshed. From the civil wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen to internal tensions in Lebanon and Bahrain, to the dangerous rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Middle East is plagued by intra-Muslim strife that seems to go back to the ancient Sunni-Shiite rivalry. Read all



PolicyWatch 2552 – February 3, 2016 – By Katherine Bauer and Matthew Levitt

Regional regulators must take steps, as the Iraqi Central Bank has done, to wall off their financial systems from unlicensed or loosely regulated money remitters vulnerable to exploitation by the Islamic State.This week, the entity known as the Foreign Ministers of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL/Da’esh met in Rome to assess the coalition’s work and accelerate its efforts to degrade and ultimately defeat the Islamic State. In a statement, the ministers stressed that they “are determined to keep ISIL/Da’esh cut off from the international financial system [and] to disrupt its economic and financial infrastructure.” Read all


MESOP : How to make money from the fate of refugees= PKK/PYD STALINISTS !

Kurdish canton imposes new ‘luxury’ tax on residents living in Europe

SYRIA DIRECT 4 Feb 2016 – A new law by the Kurdish self-administration governing parts of northeast Syria requires residents of age for mandatory military service who have moved to Europe from Kurdish-held territories to pay $200 for each year they do not return. The regulation was part of an updated “self-defense duty” law adopted last month.The Kurds’ Jazira canton stretches across the northern half of Al-Hasakah province. It is the easternmost and largest of four cantons that make up Rojava, a swathe of de facto autonomous territories in northern Syria ruled by the PYD-led self-administration. This past September, a member of the Youth Union of Al-Hasakah told Syria Direct that fighting had forced “30 percent” of the province’s residents to leave, whether for Turkey, Iraq or beyond. Read all


MESOP : Arguments and Analysis – “Death Solves All Problems: The Authoritarian Counterinsurgency Toolkit” (Daniel Byman, War on the Rocks)

“Bashar al-Assad should be losing. His regime has slaughtered civilians, turned Syria’s people against one another, politicized the country’s military, maintained a discriminatory political system, and won neither hearts nor minds. Yet he has defied skeptics and still hangs on to power. Nor is Assad the lonely dictator killing his way to victory. Algeria, China, and Egypt are confronting insurgencies and are largely trying to repress their way to success – as they have done in the past. Russia alone has confronted over 20 insurgencies in the last century and has suppressed the vast majority of them successfully. Read all


MESOP FLASH : Idlib ‘on the verge of a catastrophe’ as regime severs vital supply route, and with it, cuts off fuel access

AMMAN: 4 Fb 2016 – Syria Direct – Regime forces reportedly broke through the nearly four-year rebel siege on Nubl and Zahraa in northwestern Aleppo province Wednesday, effectively severing Idlib’s oil supply and portending a humanitarian “catastrophe” in the rebel-held province.

Late Wednesday, regime ground forces supported by heavy Russian air cover reached the encircled, Shiite-majority towns, reported pro-regime media. “Army units operating in the north Aleppo countryside, in collaboration with National Defense Forces, broke the siege on the towns of Nubl and Zahraa by terrorist groups,” reported state media agency SANA on Wednesday.

Syria Direct could not independently confirm whether regime forces had made it through rebel lines to the two towns, pro-regime islands besieged for almost four years by Victory Army rebels. Read all


MESOP Arguments & Analysis – Chemical Wonders” (Joost Hiltermann, London Review of Books)

“The Iran-Iraq War offers as useful a case study as any in how conflicts begin and are brought to an end. The war started in September 1980, when Saddam Hussein, perceiving a significant threat in Iran’s recent Islamic Revolution, sent his troops across the border with the intention of dealing his eighbor a quick and humiliating blow. He was worried that the Islamic Republic’s radical ideology and revolutionary zeal might incite Iraq’s majority Shia population to revolt against his own secular rule. He also sensed a momentary weakness on Iran’s part, as the new regime was busy eliminating its internal enemies. Read all




Though U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announced the formal start of peace talks in Geneva on Monday, delegates from the Assad regime and opposition say meetings have not begun and could be nearing collapse. Opposition groups canceled a meeting with de Mistura yesterday afternoon to protest what they are calling an “unprecedented” escalation of the Russian air campaign in Aleppo and Homs. De Mistura is also reportedly pushing for the implementation of ceasefires, but opposition groups are not receptive to the proposal and note the lack of goodwill measures taken by the Assad regime. Riad Hijab, the head of the opposition High Negotiations Committee, is expected to arrive in Geneva today and delegates are optimistic that he can be a unifying force for the opposition. Read all


MESOP GENEVA REPORT : On Eve Of Geneva Talks, Criticism Within Syrian Opposition Over Consent To Negotiating With Syrian Regime

February 3, 2016Special Dispatch No.6290 – MEMRI – Peace talks in Geneva between the Syrian opposition and the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, originally slated to begin on January 29, 2016, finally did start on February 1. On the eve of the talks, several unaffiliated pro-opposition Syrian pundits published articles harshly criticizing the Syrian High Negotiations Committee (HNC), which was chosen at the December 2015 opposition conference in Riyadh to lead the negotiations. Besides criticizing the international community’s failure to press the Assad regime and its allies on implementing the humanitarian measures decided by the UNSC, the writers claimed that the HNC had backed down from the principles that the opposition has, for the past five years, insisted on as preconditions for negotiations – first and foremost the Assad regime’s removal. Instead, the HNC had yielded to U.S. and international pressure to negotiate with the regime as it continues to bomb and starve the Syrian people. They also expressed doubts regarding the committee’s ability to actualize the Syrian people’s demands.

This report will include excerpts from several of the articles:


MESOP : COLLECTING FOR SYRIA IN LONDON – Donor Conference Meets in London to Raise $9 Billion for Syria

At a separate conference in London, more than 70 world leaders are gathering to try to raise $9 billion to support humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing Syria and the expected costs of reconstruction. This is the fourth donor conference to meet to raise funds for Syria since the start of the civil war. “This is not just in the interests of Syria and her neighbours,” British Prime Minister David Cameron told the conferences. “It is in the interests of Europe too. The more we do to enable people to stay in the region, the less likely we are to see them coming to Europe.” More


MESOP Syria Daily: No Advance in Geneva Talks amid Regime-Russian Offensive North of Aleppo

February 03 2016 – Byy Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Political talks over Syria’s five-year crisis immediately ran into trouble in Geneva on Tuesday, as a regime-Russian offensive pressed rebels north of Aleppo city. The opposition-rebel bloc in the Geneva talks pointed to a withdrawal by Friday, as there was no advance towards ceasefires, detainee releases, and access to aid for besiegedareas. The head of the regime delegation, Bashar al-Ja’afari, said on Tuesday morning after two hours of talks with UN Staffan de Mistura, “We are in the preparatory stage before the official launch of indirect negotiations.” Read all


MESOP : PUTIN DESTROYS GENEVA “PEACE TALKS” – Syria peace talks in trouble after intense Russian strikes

February 03, 2016 – afp / PENINSULA QUATAR – Geneva: The latest push to end Syria’s tangled conflict was in fresh disarray Tuesday as the government denied formal talks had begun and the opposition cancelled a meeting with the UN envoy following intense Russian air strikes. The main opposition umbrella group attending the biggest effort yet to end the war called Russia’s bombardment near Aleppo – with 270 raids since Monday morning, according to monitors – “unprecedented”.”Since last night a big massacre is taking place in Syria and nobody is doing anything. Nobody is saying anything, the international community is completely blind,” said Salem al-Meslet from the High Negotiations Committee (HNC). Read all


MESOP Syria conflict: Government ‘cuts Aleppo rebel supply route’

3 February 2016 BBC – Syrian government forces are reported to have broken a siege of two towns north-west of Aleppo, severing a key rebel supply route into the city.State TV said troops and allied militiamen, backed by Russian air strikes, had reached Nubul and Zahraa.A military source told the AFP news agency that opposition-controlled areas of Aleppo were now cut off from Turkey, to the north, which backs the rebels.

The offensive threatens to derail UN efforts to start peace talks in Geneva.Basma Kodmani, a member of the umbrella group representing opposition factions, the High Negotiations Committee, said the government’s encirclement of Aleppo was a “horrible development” that sent the message that “there is nothing to negotiate. Just go home.” Read all


Iran Daily: 12 Iranian Troops, Including General, Killed in Syria in 2 Days

February 04 – 2016 – by Scott Lucas – eaworldview – In the last 48 hours, Iran’s media have confirmed the deaths of another 12 Iranian troops, including a Brigadier General, in Syria.

Almost all of the casualties were Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps members. Brigadier General Mohsen Ghajarian, who fought in the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, became the commander of an IRGC armored brigade in 2010. Few details were given about the time and location of the deaths, although Ghajarian was said to be “in Aleppo Province” and one soldier was killed “on the outskirts of Aleppo“. This week an offensive, led by Hezbollah and including Iraqi militia alongside the Syrian military, has seized territory north of Aleppo city. On Wednesday, the forces lifted the three-year sieges of the regime enclaves of Nubl and al-Zahraa.



MESOP GENERATING MONEY WITH NECMETTIN K. – Kirkuk receives petrodollars from Kurdistan government

KAMARAN AL-NAJAR, PATRICK OSGOOD AND RAWAZ TAHIR of Iraq Oil Report – February 3rd, 2016 – Kirkuk’s provincial government confirmed Tuesday that it has received $10 million for oil exported and sold independently by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).The payment follows a deal struck between the KRG and Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim in December, brokered with Turkish diplomatic encouragement, that functions to bind the autonomous Kurdistan region and Kurdish-led Kirkuk province even closer together, and to weaken the cash-strapped federal government’s grip on the oil-rich place.



Erdogan’s Kurdish gamble / By Timur Göksel – Al Monitor

3 Feb 2016 – Turkey’s strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have launched a campaign for a new constitution so he can shape the kind of presidential role he wants for himself.

Erdogan and his allied media have been harping for some time on the message that the parliamentary system in Turkey has become obsolete and must be replaced by a presidential system. Naturally, Erdogan has fully mobilized his Justice and Development Party (AKP) for that goal. Erdogan is perfectly blunt about his goals and generously offers clues that eliminate the need for speculation. In a Jan. 28 speech in Ankara before representatives of civil society organizations that support him, Erdogan once again described the constitutional framework he wants for the regime, labeling it a “Turkish-style presidency.” Read all




“Putins langfristiges Ziel ist die ,Schröderisierung´ Deutschlands. so nennt man jetzt in Russland die gezielte Korrumpierung westlicher Eliten. Und die ist leider weit gediehen. Das kurzfristige Ziel heißt Angela Merkel.” Mein Interview auf Focus Online – über den “hybriden Krieg”, weshalb wie an Putins Erfolgen in vielem selbst schuld sind: “Die Jahrzehnte der Gutwetter-Demokratie sind vorbei. Wenn wir das nicht begreifen, wird es irgendwann ganz vorbei sein mit der Demokratie. Und das liegt dann nicht an Putin, das liegt an uns.”…/hybrider-angriff-aus-russland-merkel-…




Klaus Peter Schwarz

Wieder einmal geht Deutschland einen Sonderweg, den es als europäischen ausgibt. Dass er das nicht ist, zeigt nicht nur die einhellige Ablehnung der deutschen Migrationspolitik in Ost- und Südosteuropa, sondern auch die geringe Neigung der westeuropäischen Länder, sich ihre Asylpraxis von Berlin vorschreiben zu lassen. Nicht einmal Schweden und Österreich sind noch bereit, Merkels Weg mitzugehen. Der amerikanische Historiker Victor Davis Hanson vermutet, die Deutschen wollten beweisen, dass sie „die skrupelloseste postmoderne Nation des Westens sind, um der Welt 77 Jahre nach dem Ausbruch des Zweiten Weltkrieges zu versichern, dass sie nicht mehr die skrupelloseste nationalistische sind.”

Man kann den deutschen Trieb zur Selbstaufgabe allerdings auch ganz anders sehen. Der Realisierung des Elitenprojektes eines supranationalen europäischen Bundesstaates kommt er nämlich zweifellos entgegen, weil nationale Widerstände das Durchregieren behindern und die Konstruktion eines europäischen Demos die allmähliche Auflösung der nationalen Demen voraussetzt. Das gelingt umso leichter, je mehr die herkömmlichen Nationalstaaten durch Migration und Multikulturalismus geschwächt werden. Volltext



Einwanderung: Uni-Präsident fordert Arabisch als Pflichtfach für alle Schüler

Arabisch soll für alle Kinder an Schulen in Deutschland verpflichtend sein – für diese Idee setzt sich der Präsident einer Hamburger Privat-Uni (Kühne Logistics) ein: “Wir würden damit anerkennen, ein Einwanderungsland zu sein.” Nicht nur Flüchtlingskinder, die aus dem Nahen Osten nach Deutschland kommen, sollten in die deutschen Kinder Arabisch lernen”, schreibt der Informatik-Professor in einem Gastbeitrag für die Wochenzeitung “Die Zeit”.

„….. gute Idee natürlich, gibt bloß wieder Probleme dann mit dem Wollen der anderen: Türkisch für alle / Kurdisch für alle & Farsi ebenfalls ! Wir schaffen das ! „ Mehr



Hessen FAZ :   Straftaten von Flüchtlingen Polizei schweigt „mangels Interesse der Öffentlichkeit“



Abgeschobene Asylbewerber Berlin will für Rückführung von Nordafrikanern zahlen

Die Abschiebung abgelehnter Asylbewerber aus Nordafrika scheitert bislang oft daran, dass Länder wie Marokko oder Tunesien ihre Landsleute nicht wieder aufnehmen wollten. Das will die Bundesregierung jetzt ändern – offenbar auch mit Geld. Mehr

…. Dieses System funktioniert dann so: einfach die Leute immer mal wieder neu her schicken ! Hin & Her. – Erdogan zum Beispiel kassiert viel für Refugees von Berlin/Brüssel, die beiläufig auch bei seinem Berliner Anhänger Ramasan Aslan dessen Hotelkette belegen (Bettpreis pro Jahr 18000 Euro mit Frühstück), der dann davon den Wahlkampf Erdogans finanziert, was sich wiederholen lässt, wenn man Flüchtlinge immer mal wieder retourniert.