Selected articles (October 25, 2019)

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Selected articles (October 25, 2019)




Assange in Court

By Craig Murray

October 24th, 2019




That we live under a dictatorship is now unquestionable: The Assange Case

By Eric Zuesse

October 23, 2019





Revisiting the Win-Win-Win-Win Outcome in Syria

By The Saker

October 23, 2019


Memorandum of Understanding Between Turkey and the Russian Federation

October 22, 2019

President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President of The Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin agreed on the following points:

  1. The two sides reiterate their commitment to the preservation of the political unity and territorial integrity of Syria and the protection of national security of Turkey.
  1. They emphasize their determination to combat terrorism in all forms and manifestations and to disrupt separatist agendas in the Syrian territory.
  1. In this framework, the established status quo in the current Operation Peace Spring area covering Tel Abyad and Ras Al Ayn with a depth of 32 km will be preserved.
  1. Both sides reaffirm the importance of the Adana Agreement. The Russian Federation will facilitate the implementation of the Adana Agreement in the current circumstances.
  1. Starting 12.00 noon of October 23, 2019, Russian military police and Syrian border guards will enter the Syrian side of the Turkish-Syrian border, outside the area of Operation Peace Spring, to facilitate the removal of YPG elements and their weapons to the depth of 30 km from the Turkish-Syrian border, which should be finalized in 150 hours. At that moment, joint Russian-Turkish patrols will start in the west and the east of the area of Operation Peace Spring with a depth of 10 km, except Qamishli city.
  1. All YPG elements and their weapons will be removed from Manbij and Tal Rifat.
  1. Both sides will take necessary measures to prevent infiltrations of terrorist elements.
  1. Joint efforts will be launched to facilitate the return of refugees in a safe and voluntary manner.
  1. A joint monitoring and verification mechanism will be established to oversee and coordinate the implementation of this memorandum.
  1. The two sides will continue to work to find a lasting political solution to the Syrian conflict within Astana Mechanism and will support the activity of the Constitutional Committee. […]“



Expert Panel Finds Gaping Plot Holes In OPCW Report On Alleged Syrian Chemical Attack

By Caitlin Johnstone

October 25, 2019

“The Courage Foundation, an international protection and advocacy group for whistleblowers, has published the findings of a panel it convened last week on the extremely suspicious behavior of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in its investigation of an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria last year. After hearing an extensive presentation from a member of the OPCW’s Douma investigation team, the panel’s members (including a world-renowned former OPCW Director General) report that they are “unanimous in expressing our alarm over unacceptable practices in the investigation of the alleged chemical attack in Douma, near the Syrian capital of Damascus on 7 April 2018.”[…]”

“[…]The Courage Foundation panel who met with the OPCW whistleblower consists of former OPCW Director General José Bustani (whose highly successful peacemongering once saw the lives of his children threatened by John Bolton during the lead-up to the Iraq invasion in an attempt to remove him from his position), WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, Professor of International Law Richard Falk, former British Army Major General John Holmes, Dr Helmut Lohrer of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, German professor Dr Guenter Meyer of the Centre for Research on the Arab World, and former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East Elizabeth Murray of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

So these are not scrubs. These are not “conspiracy theorists” or “Russian propagandists”. These are highly qualified and reputable professionals expressing deep concerns in the opaque and manipulative way the OPCW appears to have conducted its investigation into the Douma incident. Some highlights from their joint statement and analytical points are quoted below, with my own emphasis added in bold: […]”



US Out of Syria and the Middle East

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

October 21, 2019



US Has Backed 21 of the 28 ‘Crazy’ Militias Leading Turkey’s Brutal Invasion of Northern Syria

By Max Blumenthal

October 18, 2019

New data from Turkey reveals almost all the mercenary force of “Arab militias” getting slammed by former and current U.S. officials were armed and trained in the past by the CIA and Pentagon, reports Max Blumenthal.



New York Times Fakes The Record About Arming The Syrian Rebels

Moon of Alabama

October 20, 2019



US Troops Staying in Syria to ‘Keep the Oil’ Have Already Killed Hundreds

By Ben Norton

October 24, 2019

Hundreds of American soldiers are remaining in Syria, not to ensure to safety of any group of people, but to occupy the country’s oil reserves and block the Syrian government from revenue needed for reconstruction, reports Ben Norton.



A Better Path to a United Kurdistan

By Youseph Yazdi

October 24, 2019



Assessing the Fatalities in Turkey’s PKK Conflict

By Berkay Mandıracı

International Crisis Group

October 22, 2019

Turkey’s ruling party sees recent battlefield and electoral gains as vindicating its hardline policies toward the PKK. But these same policies fuel the Kurdish grievances that keep the fighting going. Ankara would thus be wise to consider exploring ways of winding down the destructive conflict.



How Kurdish Independence Underpins Israel’s Plan to Reshape the Middle East

By Jonathan Cook

October 23, 2019

This October 2017 article by award winning author Jonathan Cook focusses on the unspoken Israel-Kurdistan relationship.




USAID funds salaries of Venezuelan politicians as it doubles down on the coup

By Leonardo Flores

October 21, 2019

„American taxpayers are now paying the salaries and expenses of dozens of Venezuelan opposition figures who have created a “shadow government” inside Venezuela and abroad. On October 8, USAID signed a bilateral agreement with the faction of the Venezuelan opposition led by National Assembly president Juan Guaidó (whom the Trump administration recognizes as the “interim president” of Venezuela) that includes $98 million in assistance for Venezuelans. A memo obtained by the L.A. Times reveals that USAID is diverting $41.9 million from aid for Central America and instead sending it “to Guaidó and his faction… to pay for their salaries, airfare, ‘good governance’ training, propaganda, technical assistance for holding elections and other ‘democracy-building’ projects.” […]“




Hands Off Iran! Web Site Activated — Please Sign the Petition

World Peace Council

Thursday, October 24, 2019








Pushing NATO into the Persian Gulf

by Paul R. Pillar

October 24, 2019



Blut für Öl! Lobbying für eine deutsche Militärpräsenz am Persischen Golf

Von Jürgen Wagner

Oktober 2019



Handel mit dem Iran

Europa blamiert sich

Von Nora Bauer