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MESOP TODAYS HEADLINE : WHAT TO DO ? ECONOMICS OR WAR ! / PUTIN’S ALTERNATIVE – BE SUR, HE WILL CHOOSE WAR !
Leading Economists At Russia’s Sixth Gaidar Forum: The Oil Age Is Over; Russia Needs Internal Reforms To Overcome Recession
The sixth Gaidar Economic Forum, held in Moscow on January 13-15, 2016, addressed the economic situation in Russia and the country’s economic difficulties. Held annually since 2010 and named after leading Russian economist Yegor Gaidar, architect of Russia’s free-market transition in the early 1990s, the Forum is Russia’s major international economic conference and is often referred to as ‘Russia’s Davos Forum.’ www.mesop.de
Russia to invite Blatter, Platini to #WorldCup2018
MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY / REMEMBERING : HOW THE US (KISSINGER) BETRAYED THE KURDS (OBAMA IS DOING AGAIN)
1975 THE BACKGROUND TO BETRAYAL
By Daniel Schorr April 7, 1991 – WASHINGTON POST – Mustafa Barzani : “OUR MOVEMENT and people are being destroyed in an unbelievable way, with silence from everyone. We feel, Your Excellency, that the United States has a moral and political responsibility towards our people, who have committed themselves to your country’s policy.”
That could have been written last week to President Bush by Massoud Barzani, leader of the devastated Kurds. It was, in fact, written by his father, the legendary Mustafa Barzani, to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on March 10, 1975. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71044
MESOP SAMPLER : UN Warns of New Syrian Refugee Exodus Amid Aleppo Siege
Around 300,000 Syrians could lose access to humanitarian aid if government forces encircle the city of Aleppo, which could send more than 100,000 new refugees out of the city, the United Nations’ humanitarian office warned Tuesday (Reuters). Read all Sttements by resource persons http://www.mesop.de/?p=71048
MESOP – Arguments & Analysis – THE FULL HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL REPORT
“Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Deaths in Detention in the Syrian Arab Republic” (U.N. Human Rights Council)
“In the accounts collected from over 500 survivors of Government detention centres between March 2011 and November 2015, almost all described having been the victims of and witnesses to torture and inhuman and degrading treatment. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71050
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
MESOP Syria Feature: US to Opposition — Drop Conditions for Talks, Such as Ceasefires
By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – 9 Feb 2016 – The US told Syria’s opposition on Monday that it should drop conditions — such as ceasefires, detainee releases, and access to aid for besieged areas — for “proximity talks” with the Assad regime.
State Department spokesman John Kirby said that the issues should be part of the discussions:
By being able to have talks, hopefully, ideally, you can start to get at the issues that are most of prime importance, which is a cease-fire and humanitarian access.It’s hard to do that when you’re not even having a dialogue. It’s certainly hard to do that when, as we saw, people are being bombed. He insisted, “If you put preconditions on it, you make it too easy, certainly for the regime and its supporters, to use that as an excuse not to talk and not to sit down and not to begin any dialogue.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71034
MESOP Syria Daily: Kurds Take Rebel Territory in Northwest
February 09 – by Scott Lucas – EAWORLDVIEW – Taking advantage of Russian airstrikes and a nearby regime-Hezbollah-Iranian offensive, Kurdish forces have taken rebel territory in northwest Syria.
The Kurdish militia YPG and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces moved into the town of Deir Jamal, in northern Syria on the Turkish border, and neighboring villages on Monday. While it is unclear if the Kurdish operations have been discussed with the Russians, who began their bombing of opposition areas from September 30, the advance is close to the offensive that has put pressure on rebels north of Aleppo city.Deir Jamal is south of the key border town of Azaz, west of the rebel frontline at Mare’ against the Islamic State, and north of Mayer and the regime of al-Zahraa, captured last week by the foreign-led offensive. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71036
MESOP : RUSSIAN AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA 1 – 7 th February 2016 – By the ISW Syria Team
Russia’s four month long air campaign has set conditions for the encirclement of Aleppo. Pro-regime forces backed by heavy Russian airstrikes severed one of two opposition supply lines into Aleppo City from the Turkish border on February 3 when they pushed northwest of the city to reestablish a regime supply line to the besieged regime towns of Nubl and Zahra’a. Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps fighters and Iranian-backed Shi’a militia forces played a prominent role in the offensive, demonstrating the lethality of combined Russian air and Iranian ground operations against the opposition in Syria. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71038
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
MESOP : MULLAHS ARMED BY OBAMA – Iranian-backed militia seen with US tank in Iraq
BY CALEB WEISS | February 8th, 2016 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @Weissenberg7 – A US-made M1 Abrams tank can be seen with the flag of the Iranian-backed militia Kata’ib Sayyid al Shuhada. – Kata’ib Sayyid al Shuhada (KSS), an Iranian-backed Shia militia which operates in both Syria and Iraq, has been spotted using a US-made M1 Abrams tank in a recently released video. The video, which is a montage of different militias within the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU’s), a Shia-led collection of militias in Iraq, has been shared on several PMU social media outlets.Around the 16 second mark of the video, a KSS flag can clearly be seen atop an Abrams. It is unclear exactly where the militia is located during this clip, but it is likely within Iraq’s central Salahadin province, where KSS has done a considerable amount of fighting against the Islamic State. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71040
MESOP : ASSYRIANS FIGHT TOGETHER WITH PESHMERGA / AUTONOMY ALSO FOR CHRISTIANS ?
Assyrian Iraqi Forces Join Fight Against ISIS
By Rikar Hussein – 9 Feb 2016 – (VOA) — As Iraqi and Kurdish forces increase their fight against Islamic State (IS) fighters near Mosul, a military unit of Iraqi Christians has joined them. Currently stationed in the Tal Qasab area 72 kilometers northwest of Mosul, the Nineveh Plain Forces (NPF) was formed in September 2014 in response to IS control of Christian territories in northern Iraq. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71046
NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY)
MESOP : BAD MOOD ! – Turkey summons US envoy over PYD row
9 Feb Ankara – Hurriyet – Turkey has summoned the top U.S. diplomat in order to protest Washington’s latest statement that refused to call the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union (PYD) a “terrorist” organization.U.S. Ambassador John Bass has been summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Turkish diplomatic sources told the Hürriyet Daily News on Feb. 9. “Turkey’s unease over the U.S. stance concerning the definition of the PYD and the YPG [the PYD’s military wing, the People’s Defense Units] has been clearly conveyed to the U.S. ambassador,” the diplomatic source, speaking under customary condition of anonymity, said. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71055
MESOP SPECIAL : DAS VAROUFAKIS MANIFEST (DiEM25) / EINTRITT NICHT FREI – VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN / GRAND BABBLE ON TOP
Carnegie Endowment – Jan Techau – 9 Feb 2016 – It does not come as a surprise that Marxists know a thing or two about the opium of the people. In fact, they have always been the most gifted peddlers of utopian hope and quasireligious redemption from earthly ills.
If you want your dose of leftist snake oil, check in at the Volksbühne theater in Berlin tonight, where a merry band of Euro-revolutionaries from twelve countries will launch their new Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25). Tickets are €10 ($11) apiece, and what you will get in return is a good helping of anticapitalist comfort food, peppered with just enough truth to look nourishing, but heavily overseasoned with conspiracy theories and the stale but always tempting ingredient of faux common sense. Which is a shame, because there is actually a decent idea buried in what the group has to say. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71042