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MESOP : SYRIA IS NOT ASSAD’S LAND !
Denise Natali @dnataliDC – Scavenging rubbish to survive in Iraqi Kurdistan capital (Erbil), including some peshmerga http://ekurd.net/iraqi-kurdistan-scavenge-rubbish-2016-03-02 …
Molly O’Toole @mollymotoole
Trump on war,Iraq,Libya…“We would have been better off if the politicians took a day off instead of going into war”http://atfp.co/1L5vqA0
MESOP : PIPELINES – BANKRUPTY OR THE REALITY IN KRG COUNTRY
Denise Natali @dnataliDC – Denise Natali Retweeted Foreign Policy
Mysterious? Bankruptcy also due to conscious policy decisions, corruption…..
Foreign Policy @ForeignPolicy – A mysterious pipeline closure is bankrupting Iraqi Kurds. @KFJ_FP reports http://atfp.co/1Lz9ugy
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SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ)
MESOP ANALYSIS BY “FIKRA FORUM” – The Future of the Iraqi Ba’ath Party
By Dani Tahrawi – Dani Tahrawi has served as the editor-in-chief of the Iraq Monitor since 2014.
3 March 2016 – Could one of Iraq’s most notorious political parties make a comeback after thirteen years in exile? This may increasingly become a central question for Middle East analysts, as Ba’athists are claiming their sociopolitical platform of supporting pan-Arab causes defused sectarianism and united Iraqis around nationalistic themes. They also assert that their brand of secularism distanced mainstream Shiites from radical Iranian political currents and helped integrate Iraq’s many minorities into the private and public sectors. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71808
MESOP : WHO DID IT ? ERDOGAN OR PKK ? – A Mysterious Pipeline Closure Is Bankrupting Iraqi Kurds
The export pipeline connecting Kurdish oil fields to Turkey has been offline for two weeks, costing Erbil at least $200 million.
By Keith Johnson – March 2, 2016 – FOREIGN POLICY – Iraqi Kurds’ dreams of energy-financed political independence are taking a beating — and not just because of low oil prices.Since the middle of February, Iraqi Kurdistan’s tenuous export link to the outside world has been totally shut down. As recently as January, the Kurds were exporting 600,000 barrels a day in exchange for desperately needed revenue. But the mysterious closure of the pipeline that connects Kurdish refineries to the Turkish coast has brought that number to essentially zero. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71822
MESOP SPECIAL : THOSE WHO DELEGATE MILLIONS OF MIGRANTS TO EUROPE WORK FOR PUTIN’S DESTABILIZATION PROGRAMM
THE LAST DAYS OF EUROPE IN TIMES OF THE RUSSIAN AGGRESSION / MERKEL ? JUNCKER ? SCHENGEN ? BRUSSELS ? – ALL OVER NOW WITHOUT PUTIN !
Attempts to unite Europe without Russia ended in tragedies – Lavrov
RUSSIA TODAY (RT) 3 Mar, 2016 11:19Edited time: 3 Mar, 2016 13:51 – Western attempts to exclude Russia from shaping European and global affairs have led to countless historical tragedies over the centuries, according to Moscow’s foreign minister, who added lasting stability can only be reached through cooperation. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71810
MESOP : THE LBGTI SOCIETY – FEMINISM KISSES ISLAMISM
Duke Prof: Feminist ‘Soft’ Jihad a Force for Peace / The Fantasy World of Ellen McLarney
by Andrew Harrod – March 2, 2016 – Ellen McLarney, who teaches Asian and Middle Eastern studies at Duke, would have you believe that a “pacifist struggle for civil jihad” led by Islamic feminists offers a benign “alternative kind of jihad” to that practiced by Islamist terrorists worldwide. –
She peddled her thesis to about twenty listeners (mostly graduate students) in a February 8 George Washington University lecture, reprising discussion of her recent book, Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening. McLarney’s lecture omitted the totalitarian jihadist ideology underlying what she described as a “protracted struggle with non-democratic regimes over matters of human rights.” Read ll http://www.mesop.de/?p=71814
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)
MESOP : OUR DEAREST PARTNERS IN TEHRAN, THE MULLAHS ! – Tehran Approves Talks with US’s Boeing for Aircraft Deal
by Scott Lucas – 4 March 2016 – eaworldview – Pushing back the Supreme Leader’s injunction against dealing with US companies after Iran’s nuclear agreement with the 5+1 Powers, the Rouhani Government has approached American aircraft manufacturer Boeing over a multi-billion-dollar purchase to modernize its passenger fleet. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71812
MESOP BACKGROUNDER : Netanyahu & IDF Are Split on the Iran Nuclear Deal / Israel’s leadership is far from unified.
Leore Ben-Chorin – NATIONL INTEREST – March 2, 2016 – Last Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that because of the Iran nuclear deal “there is no longer an existential threat to Israel from Iran.” He asserted that even Israel believed this was true. Kerry was referring to a speech last month by Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, head of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), in which the Israeli general explained that the deal had “many risks but also opportunities.” Eizenkot also quipped that assuming the worst case scenarios was “as dangerous as imagining the best case scenarios”—a veiled jab at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who previously asserted that the deal is a “historic mistake for the world.” Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71824
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
MESOP : DE MISTURA, MADAME MERKEL & OTHERS – Syria Daily: Britain & France Call for End to Regime and Russian Attacks
by Scott Lucas – EWORLDVIEW – 4 March 2016 – Britain and France called on Thursday for an end to attacks on Syria’s opposition by Russia and the Assad regime, which are continuing despite a ceasefire that began last weekend. UN envoy Staffan de Mistura maintained that the cessation of hostilities had made “visible progress”, even though the Syrian military has pursued ground assaults in five provinces, with cover from Russian warplanes in some of the assaults. Read all: http://www.mesop.de/?p=71816
MESOP TODAYS SECURITY UPDATE RUSSIA IN SYRIA & MIDDLE EAST (BY ISW)
by Hugo Spaulding, Franklin Holcomb, and ISW Russia and Ukraine Team
4 March 2016 – Russia redirected criticism over its operations in Syria toward Turkey with the U.S.-backed cessation of hostilities agreement, which came into effect on February 27. Russia has temporarily reduced the intensity of its air campaign following February 27, after weeks of heavily targeting opposition groups in Syria’s northwestern province of Aleppo. ISW assesses that Russia continues to strike mainstream armed opposition groups, however, despite claiming it would only target terrorist groups after the cessation of hostilities. Read all http://www.mesop.de/?p=71818
THE GERMAN KURDISH CHAPTER
MESOP – VAN WILGENBURG REPORTS IN GERMAN MAGAZINE „DER SPIEGEL“ : PYD/PKK ACTING AS PUTIN’S GROUND TROOPS IN SYRIA – DRIVE OUT ARABS FROM THEIR VILLAGES
Jenseits der roten Linie / Von Christoph Reuter & Wladimir van Wilgenburg
- März 2016 – DER SPIEGEL – Syrien Für den Traum von einem eigenen Land greifen die Kurden nun auch gemäßigte Rebellengruppen an – eine weitere Eskalation im Krieg.
Drei Tage und Nächte lang haben sie im Bombenhagel russischer Flugzeuge und kurdischer Mörser aus geharrt, sie haben 3o Mann verloren und sich schließlich nach Norden durchgeschlagen. Nun sitzen die letzten Flüchtlinge aus der Kleinstadt Tall Rifaat auf durchweichten Pappen an der türkischen Grenze. Ein paar Kämpfer, ein paar Zivilisten.
„Ich verstehe die Kurden nicht”, sagt nach einer Weile des Schweigens Osama Khatab, der mal Sprecher des Ortsrates von Tall Rifaat war: „Wir haben die nie angegriffen. Wir haben darauf gehofft, dass sie sich der Revolution anschließen würden, die haben doch früher gelitten wie wir. Und jetzt: bombardieren sie uns, töten sie uns, um ihr Gebiet zu erweitern. Okay, sie haben ihren Traum von Kurdistan — aber wie soll das funktionieren, wenn sie auf Leichen ihrer Nachbarn bauen?” Volltext : http://www.mesop.de/?p=71820