Baghdad restarts BP talks for disputed Kirkuk fields
18 Nov 2014The Oil Ministry is preparing to negotiate a contract with BP for the long-term development of the Kirkuk field, parts of which the KRG has appropriated.
Congratulations to the Newly Elected Adelaide Kurdish Youth Society Executive Committee: Watch all: http://www.kurdslist.org/community_news/183-congratulations-to-the-new-adelaide-kurdish-youth-society-executive-committee?utm_source=Kurds+List+Email+List&utm_campaign=011d9a1bc4-11_19_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_41f82836f8-011d9a1bc4-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D&ct=t%28Kurdslist+Newsletter+November+2014%29&mc_cid=011d9a1bc4&mc_eid=%5BUNIQID%5D
Amazing 37 Kurdish studies papers will be presented at the Middle East Studies Association’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC!
November 22: Conference “Canadians’ Strategy to Combat ISIS Ideology & Jihadi Recruitment in Canada” http://www.kurdslist.org/events/367-conference-on-canadians-strategy-to-combat-isis-ideology-jihadi-recruitment-in-canada?utm_source=Kurds+List+Email+List&utm_campaign=011d9a1bc4-11_19_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_41f82836f8-011d9a1bc4-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D&ct=t%28Kurdslist+Newsletter+November+2014%29&mc_cid=011d9a1bc4&mc_eid=%5BUNIQID%5D
December 3: A Forum “Political & Humanitarian Crisis in Syria and Iraq” at California State University
The Manichean way of thinking : BLACK WORLD vs. WHITE WORLD = LIBERATIONBayık continued, pointing out that many women and children fleeing the state and male violence are also joining the ranks of the Kurdish liberation movement (..) “At the same time, children in states with a capitalist regime are being deflected to get involved in drugs, prostitution, rape and bad habits. Children and minors do therefore see the liberation struggle as a way out of the capitalist system. The minors joining our ranks are being trained in a secure environment distant from war and provided with opportunities to maintain their lives.” Statement to : Geneva call delegation. http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/geneva-call-delegation-meets-kck-co-presidents-in-kandil.htm
MESOP TODAY’S QUOTATION BY CHAIRMAN JUMA (PKK/KCK) – The Manichean way of thinking : BLACK WORLD vs. WHITE WORLD = LIBERATIONBayık continued, pointing out that many women and children fleeing the state and male violence are also joining the ranks of the Kurdish liberation movement (..) “At the same time, children in states with a capitalist regime are being deflected to get involved in drugs, prostitution, rape and bad habits. Children and minors do therefore see the liberation struggle as a way out of the capitalist system. The minors joining our ranks are being trained in a secure environment distant from war and provided with opportunities to maintain their lives.” Statement to : Geneva call delegation. http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/geneva-call-delegation-meets-kck-co-presidents-in-kandil.htm
MESOP : FACEBOOK COMMENTARIES TO CHAIRMAN CEMIL BAYIKPatrick S Lasswell Somebody should inform the Chairman that the net result of socialism as an economic activity is a reduction in the price of increase in the availability of prostitution. What he calls capitalist regimes are just different grades of socialism who import their prostitutes as their indigenous population prospers. I’d be a lot more willing to talk about drug abuse seriously when the PKK stops dealing smack.
Guy Debod Until now Kurds fought for Asylum and social rights in Europe + Germany and they still do !? – Or are now all of them flee the West and go back to the pure rivers of innocent Kurdistan North West and South and East. Please dear chairman inform us in time before we do more to arrange for the good living places for them in western capitalist hell holes.
PKK leader Öcalan agreed, a PKK congress
will decide in February “to give up armed struggle on Turkish
territory.” Selvi also noted that this means the PKK will, given the
situation in the Middle East, keep its arms, but will carry out no
attacks against Turkey.”
Pro-Kurdish party, gov’t agree to speed up settlement processHDP lawmakers Sırrı Süreyya Önder (L) İdris Balüken (C) and Pervin Buldan speak to the media after a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan in Ankara on Monday. November 18, 2014, Monday/ 15:30:12/ TODAY’S ZAMAN / Ankara – The settlement process launched to resolve Turkey’s terrorism problem, which was stalled following violent protests in early October, is back on track, with a delegation from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) expressing optimism on Monday about the process following a meeting with a top government official.
“We can say it was a fruitful meeting,” İdris Baluken, parliamentary group deputy co-chair of the HDP, told reporters following an almost one-hour long meeting. An HDP delegation composed of Baluken, HDP parliamentary group deputy co-chair Pervin Buldan and HDP deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder met with Yalçın Akdoğan, deputy prime minister in charge of the settlement process, in order to overcome the deadlock in the process. Baluken, who informed reporters on behalf of the HDP delegation following the meeting, said they agreed with the government to keep channels of dialogue open and to speed up the settlement process. The process, which was initiated two years ago and consists of talks between Turkish intelligence and the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), came under great strain when protesters took to the streets in violent demonstrations against an Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab in Arabic).
The demonstrations were also protesting the government’s refusal to help in the town’s defense. Around 50 people were killed in the protests, which peaked on Oct. 6-7 and were carried out by sympathizers of the PKK upon the call of HDP officials.The government slammed the HDP in the wake of the protests, saying it was responsible for the violence because it called on supporters to take to the streets in solidarity with the Kurdish militants defending the besieged town.
According to media reports on Monday, Akdoğan stressed that public order and inaction on the part of the PKK are necessities for the process to go ahead. When the settlement process became public at the beginning of 2013, the government demanded that the PKK lay down arms and that all PKK members leave Turkey, demands which were not met. Following Monday’s meeting, which came after a meeting of HDP representatives with some government officials last week, the government is expected to allow a delegation of the HDP to meet again with Abdullah Öcalan, jailed leader of the PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU. No date has yet been fixed for a visit with Öcalan, who is in prison on the island of İmralı, but Baluken revealed that the government would not oppose HDP’s visit with the jailed leader.
Noting that they will continue to meet with government officials during the week and that the government will also make an evaluation of the issue on its own, Baluken said: “After these meetings are completed, there will be no obstacle to our visit [with Öcalan] on İmralı. Our delegation is expected to go to İmralı as soon as possible.”
Both the HDP and the government are busy with preparations for negotiations to begin in earnest, after which concrete steps will be taken in the settlement process. “We will come together to share these [preparations],” Baluken said. Baluken signaled that before the negotiations begin in earnest, not only may the number of people to be included in the delegation to visit Öcalan increase, but also a secretariat may be provided for Öcalan, which the jailed has previously requested. According to Baluken: “The government has not expressed any reservations regarding the enlargement of our delegation [to visit Öcalan] or regarding the improvement of the conditions in which Öcalan will be conducting negotiations. And we find this very valuable.”
Baluken also revealed that the government would not say no to the inclusion of certain intellectuals who would serve as a monitoring group for the settlement process. “We support the idea that a monitoring group take part in this process as soon as possible. There is no disagreement between us on this issue.” Akdoğan dismissed the possibility of the involvement of a foreign actor in the process, saying, “This is a homemade process.”
Abdülkadir Selvi, a pro-government columnist for the Yeni Şafak daily, said in his column on Monday that the government has been insistent on two things for the progress of the settlement process. First, public order must be maintained, and those who attempt to disrupt it — as it was the case in the violent protests in October — will be harshly punished. Second, the PKK should completely withdraw from Turkey.
“Historic developments will take place regarding the settlement process in February and March of 2015,” Selvi said, also adding, “If the process is not sabotaged by the US-Kandil alliance.” Kandil is a reference to the PKK headquarters, which is situated in Kandil Mountains in northern Iraq. Selvi maintained that, based on a road map on which the government and PKK leader Öcalan agreed, a PKK congress will decide in February “to give up armed struggle on Turkish territory.” Selvi also noted that this means the PKK will, given the situation in the Middle East, keep its arms, but will carry out no attacks against Turkey. http://www.todayszaman.com/national_pro-kurdish-party-govt-agree-to-speed-up-settlement-process_364573.html
MESOP : HOW PKK / PYD (YPG) RECRUIT FIGTHERS FROM THE WEST VIA FACEBOOK / LERN ABOUT OECALANNovember 13, 2014 - Learn some basic Kurdish, don’t travel to Syria via Turkey, bring warm socks, and learn about Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). These are some of the tips being shared among potential Western recruits to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian Kurdish militia that is fighting Islamic State militants in Kobani, Syria. As more and more stories emerge of young Western volunteers joining or seeking to join its ranks, the YPG is carrying out a recruitment campaign via social media, targeting Western men and women who want to join the fight. Westerners who express an interest on social media in joining the YPG in Kobani are directed to a special recruitment page on Facebook.
The Facebook page – whose name, Lions of Rojava, echoes a common name for IS, Lions of Tawhid – has garnered more than 15,800 “likes.”The Lions of Rojava page is blatant about its mission: “JOIN People’s Defense Units / YPG/ in Rojava, Syria, SEND TERRORISTS TO HELL and SAVE HUMANITY”
The poster child for the Lions of Rojava (literally so, as his photograph adorns the Facebook page’s banner) is U.S. Army veteran Jordan Matson, who joined the YPG two months ago. One of four Americans known to be fighting for the YPG, Matson is currently in Kobani.
The Lions of Rojava page provides details of other Westerners who have come to Syria to join him, along with motivational messages emphasizing the roles of the YPG and the Peshmerga in “defending the civilized world against barbarism.”
One of them is 29-year-old Swedish national Rahel Qadir, who is quoted as saying that he was motivated to join the YPG after being “affected by a video showing militants of the Islamic State killing innocent children.”
A former soldier in the Swedish Army, Qadir had a message about unity in the region: “All social components in the region should support the Kobani resistance and try to put aside all previous rifts, whether sectarian of partisan,” he said.
Qadir framed the fight against IS in Kobani in terms of a battle between the free world and evil forces. The battle for the town is akin to “defending the civilized world against barbarism,” which the YPG says it can achieve “with some light weapons” because of its “high degree of determination against the extremists.”
Qadir is an ethnic Kurd, but not all the Western nationals joining the YPG have a Kurdish background or any connection to the Kurdish national movement.
Among them is a Canadian woman, named on November 11 as 31-year-old Gill Rosenberg, who had lived in Israel and reportedly served in the Israel Defense Forces. The Lions of Rojava published photos of Rosenberg, whom it did not name, however. In some of the photos, Rosenberg is apparently working in a bakery in Syria.
Several people have left comments on the Lions of Rojava page, saying that they, too, would like to join the YPG.
“where do I go to join the kurds army or lions of r. and who do I get a hold of ?” wrote one commenter, whose Facebook account names him as Pat Nolin.
In addition to the Lions of Rojava page, Western supporters of the YPG have used Facebook to share detailed information in English for potential recruits about how to get to Syria and what they should expect when they arrive.
The YPG is a “people’s army driven for social change,” the advice given in one post says, noting that Islamic State “is a threat to that process.”
Wannabe YPG fighters are advised to “get to know the guy who’s face you will see everywhere on flags and badges among the YPG his name is Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the PKK who is currently incarcerated in Turkey since 1998 for leading the struggle there.”
Potential recruits are also advised to learn as much Kurdish as possible (“All American volunteers have so far reported ‘language barrier’ as being the number one obstacle. Hand signals and smiles will get you so far. A willingness to learn Kurdish will get you further and probably save your life,” the advice reads), to bring warm socks, and to work on their physical fitness.
If just a few months ago the YPG was a little-known foreign militia fighting in a faraway corner of Syria, its stance against Islamic State in Kobani has helped transform it, if not into a household name, then at least into a familiar — and much lauded — fighting force. The YPG has become known in the West not only for standing against the onslaught of Islamic State militants but also for its apparently Western outlook.
The YPG and its parent group, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), have successfully positioned themselves as groups with Western values, groups that promote and value women’s rights (as evidenced by its female fighters dressed in Western-style fatigues), in other words the antithesis of the repressive ideology of Islamic State, which prohibits women from even going outside unless they are accompanied by a male relative.
In sharp contrast to reports that Islamic State is repressing women in the areas under its control, and even has a policy of subjecting Yezidi women to rape and slavery, reports say a local government in a majority Kurdish arearecently passed a decree granting women equal rights.
More than this, however, the YPG’s battle against IS has allowed it to spread its messages about Kurdish independence to a Western audience. That this is the case is apparent from the final piece of advice offered to potential YPG fighters on Facebook. If joining the YPG is not for them, the advice says, Westerners can still help the Kurds by expressing solidarity with the Kurdish cause:
“The fight against ISIS is a noble one and the Kurds need our help without a doubt. Think carefully if joining the YPG is the right thing for you or whether you can help out in other ways including donating to Kurdistan Red Crescent or joining an NGO that is currently looking after refugees in Turkey and in areas around Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, express your solidarity with the Kurdish people and write letters to Government demanding that they drop the PKK from the terrorist list and demand rights for Kurds in Turkey including the immediate and unconditional release of [Abdullah] Ocalan.”
– Joanna Paraszczuk – http://www.rferl.org/content/islamic-state-ypg-foreign-fighters/26690432.html
MESOP’s CLEAR CUT PROGNOSIS 8 MONTH AGO : “ÖCALAN WILL DISARM PKK UNTIL MARCH 2015”
Our next MESOP forecast: Cemil Bayık will prevent this with Iranian help18 Nov 2014 – ABDÜLKADIR SELVI – yenisafak – Öcalan set the day for disarmament – We are entering a critical period in the Resolution Process. The Road Map will be implemented within the compass of a calendar. To a certain extent, Kobane had re-formatted this process. Thus, from now on we have to observe the process as “before Kobane” and “after Kobane”. There are many things imposed on us by Kobane. It taught us to get a move on and speed up the process. Because the process is face to face with two quite strong threats. The USA, which had returned to the region by using ISIL as an excuse, appears at the top of that list. Before we used to formulate this as a Syria conjuncture. – However, that has been left behind. The war against ISIL had created new relation models. The war against ISIL had brought the USA back to the region. The USA that had wrapped Öcalan and delivered him to us, is no more. On the contrary, there is a USA that persists on taking place in the process as a “Third Eye”.
Over ISIL, a different relation model had developed between the USA, Kurds and Assad. This situation is forming one of the most important threats against the resolution. As for the second threat, it’s the power that possesses the gun in its hand: in other words, Qandil…
The Resolution was amounting to Qandil’s liquidation. This situation was forming a resistance in the beginnings of the resolution. However, the recent resistance is not the same. We had already passed to a more advanced phase. The relations Qandil had formed with the USA via Kobane, is forming the most important threatening point from the viewpoint of the future of the process. We want to solve a scorching issue like the Kurdish issue in the dynamic Middle Eastern geographical position. The “loss of time” factor always comes back with a heavier price for everyone to pay.
There is also the glass’ full side.
Despite the October 6-8 incidents, everyone that opens their mouth had made the emphasis that the Resolution Process is indispensable. On top of that, this had left behind a, “We need to prepare the public for the resolution” worry.
The public is ready for the resolution. What should be done next is; a swift improvement of the mechanisms. The government preserves their insistence on two matters.
Providing the public authority – Completion of the retreat
The government is also caring for the provision of the public authority so that the Resolution Process can advance on a secure platform. We already know how much blood loss the October 6-8 incidents had caused.Of course, meanwhile, one of the weak points of the process had been formed after failing in diversifying the solution table. Any resolution will be made with the one holding a gun. That is correct. However, if only the table could be diversified even if a little. If only the different colors of the Kurdish neighborhood had taken their place in the table. In that way, the picture wouldn’t have been showing an organization on one side and the government on the other side of the table; but the work would have been conducted on a table that consists of a couple hinges, rather than a two-legged table.
PKK had rendered HÜDA-PAR as the invisible actor of these phase following their attitude during the October 6-8 incidents. HÜDA-PAR is not on the table; however, their spirit is flying over the Kurdish neighborhood. Their breath can be felt in the back of the Resolution Process’ neck. After recording these down, I want to move on to the dates regarding the Resolution Process.
February and March 2015 will be witnessing historical developments in the sense of resolution.
Of course, if the USA-Qandil alliance doesn’t sabotage the process. Because as we are coming closer to the resolution, sabotages directed at the process had already started to increase. Because of this reason, I wanted to write down this record.
According to the “Road Map”, in which Öcalan had come to terms, in February 2015 the congress of the PKK will gather and take the “Stopping the armed struggle in Turkish lands” decision. This will be a crucial meeting. The organization, which had climbed up to the mountains for the armed struggle and could remain standing in the Middle East geography with an armed struggle against a strong country like Turkey, will be disputing on disarmament for the first time in their history.
Do not underestimate the PKK.
Since the time the PKK had been established, the Republic of Turkey had changed 10 Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 20 governments and 6 Presidents. As for the personnel that had established the PKK, Qandil and their leaders are still alive. In a geographical area like the Middle East, they had been successful in developing relations with Iraq, Syria, Iran, Israel, Great Britain, Germany and USA. Despite two Gulf wars, and the civil wars in Iraq and Syria, they remained standing and thrived.
Pay attention: I’m saying “in the Turkish lands”. Because, it is not realistic to ask Qandil to stop their armed struggle in a “civil war” period, where ISIL is moving towards Arbil and Mahmur gate in Iraq, and attacking Kobane in Syria.
Ankara is aware of this.
Because of this reason, PKK’s declaration of leaving the armed struggle in Turkey and disestablishing themselves is on the agenda. The Resolution Process had been announced with Öcalan’s letter during the Nevruz ceremonies at the Diyarbakır square on March 21, 2013. Two years later, in March 21, 2015, during Nevruz ceremonies at the Diyarbakır square, the announcement of the armed struggle being stopped in Turkey and the political struggle will be maintained.
It will be a historical process. As it had been in the Nevruz 2013, I also want to be at the Nevruz square in 2015 and witness this historic moment. As a person, who had watched the bloody Nevruz incidents in the 90s and shed tears at the martyr funerals, this is my dream. I hope it will not be a dream, and I can witness this while I’m alive.
By the way, between the dates of November 17 and March 21, 2015, some important steps will be taken in Ankara. The “Third eye” or “Monitoring Committees” will be established from the Wisemen Committee. In the name of normalization, judicial and institutional structuring will be done. İmralı’s conditions will be amended. Inmates will be changed, and a secretariat will be established. The committee, which is going to İmralı, will be expanded.
Next to the big picture, in other words, during the process of establishing the historic Turkish and Kurdish alliance, we shouldn’t be regarding these things being done for Öcalan as a compromise.
What’s important is focusing on the big picture. http://english.yenisafak.com/columns/abdulkadirselvi/ocalan-set-the-day-for-disarmament-2005992