Brookings Institute paper describes “new plan” for Syria: breaking off part of it for Greater Kurdistan – The strategy would begin by establishing one or two zones in relatively promising locations, such as the Kurdish northeast and perhaps in the country’s south near Jordan, to see how well the concept could work and how fast momentum could be built up. Over time, more might be created, if possible. Ultimately, and ideally, some of the safe zones might merge together as key elements in a future confederal arrangement for the Syrian state. Assad, ISIL, and al-Nusra could have no role in such a future state, but for now, American policymakers could otherwise remain agnostic about the future character and governing structures of such an entity.
Deconstructing Syria: Towards a regionalized strategy for a confederal country (PDF) – As safe zone s were created, over time some would eventually coalesce and merge. For example, once appropriate understandings were reached with Turkey, a single Kurdish zone would make sense. Major sectors in the south near the Jordanian border, and in the north near Idlib and Aleppo, could be logical… Such a settlement could include outright partition of the country if necessary…
Israeli PM Netanyahu faces protests during 2-day UK visit – “As Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Netanyahu bears direct responsibility for the war crimes identified by the UN Human Rights Council following Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza last summer, which killed more than 2,000 Palestinian women, children and men in the space of seven weeks,”
UN urges Israel to halt plan for demolition of Palestine homes – “As we have said repeatedly, the secretary general calls on the Israeli authorities to halt demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures,” Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesperson for Ban Ki-moon, told reporters in New York on Tuesday.
UK govt says ‘would not hesitate’ to carry out more anti-ISIS drone raids – Royal Air Force (RAF) drones could be used to carry out further airstrikes similar to those revealed on Monday to have killed two Britons fighting for Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL), Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said.
Russia will deliver humanitarian aid to Syria bypassing Bulgaria — Kremlin – Russia will use alternative routes to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria after Bulgaria closed its airspace for Russian planes with such cargo, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Wednesday.
Yes, Moscow’s Men Are Teaching Syrians to Use Russian Military Equipment – Russian military specialists are currently deployed in Syria in order to help Syrians master Russian military equipment that is being delivered, Russian Foreign Minister spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.
Nigerian army arrests several Boko Haram suppliers – Nigerian military says it has arrested a number of people in the country’s embattled northeastern state of Yobe, who were purportedly transporting fuel and drugs to Boko Haram Takfiri militants.
Teachers in Seattle hold their first strike in 30 years – The strike was called for after negotiations broke down between the Seattle School District and its teachers over pay raises, teacher evaluations and the length of the school day.
Elites Want More Refugees: Why? – These people seek power, profit and personal privilege at the expense of the rest of us. They decide to destroy countries or regions because, in their insane worldview, it ‘benefits’ them to do so. The military destruction of a region might give them the power to share in the control of a resource or market. It might make them a profit. It might privilege them in relation to others in their (very limited) social world. The discourse in which these people are engaged is incredibly limited. It is always about control.
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