Ursula von der Leyen, die Frau im Mond: In der Klimapolitik jagt die EU einer Schimäre hinterher

Die EU-Kommission glaubt, mit Zentralismus und Dirigismus die Energiewende erzwingen zu können. Das ist ein Irrweg, der Europa teuer zu stehen kommen kann. Die EU prescht vor – doch China und die USA profitieren davon. Gegen Ursula von der Leyens teuren Green Deal nimmt sich die deutsche Wiedervereinigung wie ein Schnäppchen aus.

18 Jan 2020 – Eric Gujer, Chefredaktor der «Neuen Zürcher Zeitung»

Ursula von der Leyen setzt in Brüssel um, was sie in Berlin gelernt hat. Denken die deutschen Regierungsparteien über Wirtschaft nach, fallen ihnen Massnahmen ein, wie sie den Einfluss des Staates ausbauen können. So will Wirtschaftsminister Peter Altmaier europäische Grosskonzerne fördern und zugleich ausländische Direktinvestitionen schärfer kontrollieren.

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Turkish Journalist –  Qassem Soleimani Was ‘Enemy Of Turkey,’ Discouraged PKK From Making Peace With Turkish Government In 1999

January 17, 2020  MEMRI SPECAL DISPATCH – No. 8507

A January 10, 2020 article in Turkey’s Yeni Akit daily, titled “A ‘Soleimani’ Comment From Bingöl, An Expert On The Region: He Was A Complete Enemy Of Turkey,” quoted Turkish journalist Nevzat Bingöl talking about Qassem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s Qods Force who was killed in a January 2 airstrike, saying he was an “enemy of Turkey.”[1]
Turkish journalist Nevzat Bingöl said Soleimani discouraged the PKK from making peace with the government of Turkey.

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  Iraq Situation Report: January 14 – 16, 2020

Key Takeaway: Iran is preparing to increase political pressure against the U.S. presence in Iraq by generating significant anti-American protests on Friday, January 24 with support from nationalist Shi’a cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Iran seeks to integrate Sadr into a new “resistance front” that aligns Iranian proxy groups with Sadr’s popular influence to expel U.S. forces. Sadr has thus far supported this effort but retains freedom of action and will continue to support popular protests against the Iraqi state, which Iran views as a severe threat.

View the Iraq Situation Report Map by Brandon Wallace and Katherine Lawlor here.


by Elana DeLozier  – Policy Alert – January 17, 2020

His troubling numbers could be accurate given Iran’s past JCPOA violations and large number of operational centrifuges.

On January 16, in live remarks broadcast on Iranian state television, President Hassan Rouhani stated that his country was enriching more uranium today than before the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. If true, this represents an extraordinary ramp-up in its monthly enriched uranium production since the International Atomic Energy Agency’s last accounting visit on November 3. Such high production levels were the main impetus for brokering the nuclear agreement in the first place, since Iran’s breakout time—that is, how long it would need to produce enough enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon—had become frighteningly short as a result.

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Syrian Kurds must cut ties with PKK, strike deal with Damascus: President Barzani


Mohammed Rwanduzy  RUDAW / MESOP – 18. Jan 2020

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Syrian Kurdish leadership must continue efforts to reach a solution with the Damascus regime that will guarantee Kurdish rights in the country, but they must also cut ties with the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), Kurdistan Region’s President Nechirvan Barzani told Al-Monitor on Thursday.

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by Judith Bergman GATESTONE INSTITUTE – January 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • Italian intelligence has named the Nigerian mafia “the most structured and dynamic” of any foreign crime entity operating in Italy, according to the Washington Post…. What distinguishes the Nigerian crime networks is their severe brutality…
  • Black Axe has also spread to Canada, where a 2015 report by the Globe and Mail described it as a “death cult”… linked to “decades of murders and rapes…. In the US, the FBI recently linked a series of financial frauds to Black Axe.
  • “…traffickers tell victims of human trafficking to apply for asylum and then get a status to be able to stay here in Germany, but they continue to be exploited in prostitution.” — Andrea Tivig, Terre des Femmes,, March 15, 2019.
  • “In addition to a common fondness for crime, the culture of immigrant gangs is a cocktail of religion, clan affiliation, honor, shame and brotherhood… The harder and the more brutal [you are], the stronger you are, and then you create awareness of yourself and attract more [people]”. — Naser Khader, member of the Danish Parliament for the Conservative Party and co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement, Jyllands-Posten, November 22, 2018.
  • In policy debates, the detrimental effects of migration on crime, particularly gang crime, do not receive nearly the attention — if any — they deserve. They should.

It is no wonder that the Nigerian mafia has become so prominent in Italy: the country has been one of Europe’s front doors for migrants entering Europe. Pictured: An inflatable boat attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy with 47 African migrants on board, as it is being rescued by the Dutch-flagged Sea Watch 3 off Libya’s coast on January 19, 2019.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS NOTICE ! :  Iran threatens to retaliate against Greece if US uses military bases to launch attack

January 17, 2020 by Joseph Fitsanakis INTEL ORG.

Iran has issued a warning against Greece, saying that it will retaliate if the United States attacks the Islamic Republic using its military bases on Greek soil. It is the first time that Iran has threatened to launch attacks against a member of the European Union in connection with the recent rise in tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Iranian officials issued the warning against Greece in response to comments made by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during his recent visit to the White House, which coincided with the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani by the US. Speaking about Soleimani’s killing, Mitsotakis said that “we [Greeks] are allies with the US, so we stand by our allies through difficult times”. And he continued: “I understand this particular decision was taken by taking into consideration what is the US national interest, and we stand by that decision”.

Iran’s response to the Greek prime minister’s comments came in a letter that was sent by the Iranian embassy in Athens to one of Greece’s leading broadsheets, Kathimerini. The letter pointed out that Greece and Iran enjoyed “friendly, traditional and historical relations”. Given “the absence of any differences or tension between [the two countries] in recent centuries”, said the letter, “we believe that [Mr. Mitsotakis’] statement cannot be the official position of the Greek government”. It went on to warn that “The Islamic Republic of Iran has made it very clear that in the event of a US-led war against the country, the concession of [military] bases by any country to the American invader will be considered a hostile act and Iran reserves the right to respond in a clear and decisive manner”.

Last weekend, Greece’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Nikos Dendias, revealed that the Iranian government had delivered a statement to his office, protesting Mitsotakis’ comments. But he added that he had not had a chance to read it. He also said that his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, had asked to speak with him about Greece’s stance in the US-Iran dispute.

Author: Joseph Fitsanakis


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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS DEBATE: Hezbollah Has Prepared for This Moment for Decades

The Lebanese Militant Group Could Star in Iran’s Response to the Soleimani Strike

By Brian Katz January 14, 2020 FOREIGN AFFAIRS

“What is just retribution?” So asked Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in a speech on January 5, two days after the United States killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a drone strike in Baghdad. With no American official “on par with Soleimani or Muhandis,” in Nasrallah’s estimation, the answer was to retaliate against “the American military presence in our region.” American civilians shouldn’t be harmed, he said, but “the U.S. bases, the U.S. warships, every American soldier and officer” in the Middle East would all be fair game.

Hezbollah is unlikely to pick a fight with the United States by itself. The group has its own tensions with Israel to worry about, and huge domestic protests jeopardize its political grip on Lebanon. It also suffered heavy losses in Syria, where it fought hand-in-glove with Iran to prop up President Bashar al-Assad. But not wanting a war isn’t the same as being unwilling to fight one. Hezbollah has been preparing for this day for decades, building up military, terrorist, and cyber capabilities in Lebanon, the Middle East, and around the world in order to strike back at the United States and anyone else who might join a war against Iran and its allies. Now, because of its ideological commitment to and military interdependence with Iran, the group may have no choice but to enter a conflict with the United States.

Last week’s Iranian missile attack on two Iraqi bases that host U.S. forces was Tehran’s initial, symbolic, and overt response to Soleimani’s death. The full response will unfold in the coming months and years—and will likely feature Hezbollah in a starring role. Playing to its strengths and avoiding a direct conventional confrontation with the United States, the Quds Force and its Hezbollah partner may attempt to orchestrate a regional campaign of asymmetric attacks across the Middle East and possibly outside of it.




MESOPOTAMIA NEWS FOCUS : The Impact of the Fall of the Syrian Pound: Interview

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  •  Jan 16, 2020 at 7:27 pm

The Syrian pound continues to depreciate sharply in value, with one U.S. dollar now being equivalent to more than 1100 Syrian pounds by many exchange rates. This depreciation has had a sharp impact on people’s livelihood inside Syria and more people are beginning to speak up. The Syrian state media agency SANA even provided coverage of a recent peaceful demonstration in the southern province of Suwayda’ protesting against the high cost of living.

To get some local perspective on the problem of the depreciation of the Syrian pound and its impacts on the Syrian people, I conducted an interview with Abu Hadi, a resident of the Damascus area. This interview was conducted on 15 January 2020. It is slightly edited and condensed for clarity. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS “ALARM!” :  Statement by the Hasankeyf Coordination

Ilisu Dam Reservoir has reached Hasankeyf town – Apocalypse is Impending!

17 Jan 2020 – The filling of the controversial Ilisu Dam continues despite the ongoing strong critic and protests by the affected communities along the Tigris River and civil society organizations from all over Turkey. Almost two weeks ago the raising dam reservoir has reached the 12,000 years old town Hasankeyf which is one of the most magnificent cultural and natural heritage sites at our planet. The planned “apocalypse” by the Turkish government is becoming slowly reality!

Situation in Hasankeyf
Caught unprepared and uninformed, the residents of the mainly Kurdish populated Tigris Valley are unjustly made to emigrate from their homeland. Many people, especially in the province of Siirt, had to evacuate their villages without taking some of their belongings because the water was rising quickly.

What has been criticized by us and other in the last two decades is happening step by step and displaced people are confronted with poverishment in the new target settlements. While it is planned to flood 85 villages completely and 124 villages partially, the State Water Management (DSİ) has built only four new settlements, which forces tens of thousands of people to emigrate to Siirt, Batman, Diyarbakır and other big cities with meagre compensation rates. Among them are over ten thousand landless people who have not received any compensation at all. These people are supported by neither the DSİ, nor the trustee-appointed municipalities.

Situation in Hasankeyf

Having approached the district center of Hasankeyf in late December, the water level of the Ilisu Dam has been rising since July. Up to date around 35 villages have been already flooded in the last months.

While hundreds of families have been evacuated from Hasankeyf to New Hasankeyf – the resettlement site 2 km in the north – one by one since August 2019, in the last 2 months 40 families still lived in Old Hasankeyf as they have become homeless and do not know where they will bring their animals. They had access to only one tea house and a grocery store. Given water only for one hour a day, the families staying in Hasankeyf are now facing enforced displacement. Their number is now decreasing with the entering into the city.

When the historical bazaar was demolished with construction equipments in November, Hasankeyf received another blow. With the demolition of the bazaar, structures going back 2 thousand years were uncovered. The ‘rescue excavation’ undertaken by the Ministry of Culture for these structures sparked criticisms.

Construction equipments keep damaging historical fabric in other sites and the 80 meters high barrier set up around Hasankeyf Castle and constituting a crime in terms of landscape keeps on rising.

The people who have moved to New Hasankeyf are not content with their situation. As tourists come neither to old nor to new Hasankeyf, thousands of people have significant less income and are faced with the risk of becoming unemployed. In addition to financial difficulties, another important problem in New Hasankeyf is that the water coming from the tap is undrinkable. That is why daily many people transport drinkable water from Hasankeyf to New Hasankeyf. While the people of Hasankeyf used to live in and with water, they now have difficulties in access potable water. If people are not provided with job opportunities and if the problem of drinking water persists, people will have likely to emigrate from New Hasankeyf as well. If this happens, the vast majority of New Hasankey’s population will not consist of local people. The people of Hasankeyf are now against the Ilısu Project more than ever before.

We can stop it despite everything

The directly affected people from Hasankeyf and the 199 villages raise their critic more than ever against the Ilisu Project as they experience the expected disastrous social, cultural and ecological impacts. Almost the whole society in the affected provinces in the Tigris basin consider this project of destruction, eploitation and domination as a big loss and oppression.

We can stop the apocalypse that has unfolded in the Tigris Valley despite all the destruction that has been brought about. We are not tired of repeating that it is never too late for Hasankeyf and the Tigris River. No matter at what point we abandon the Ilısu Project, it will be to the benefit of us and next generations!

In 2019 in Turkey, groups more diverse than ever before stood up against Ilısu project and indicated that Hasankeyf had to be saved. This reaction should be prompted again by every person and organization and the government should be requested to stop filling the Ilısu Dam. It is urgent, we have no time to lose!


1) This is a link showing the first days of the reaching dam reservoir in Hasankeyf:
2) At the website you can find more pictures which you can use by citing the Hasankeyf Coordination or the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive.
2) You can find this statement at the website of the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive:

Hasankeyf Coordination (Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf is part of it)


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