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"Don’t be fooled by the comforting rhetoric coming from Saudi Arabia’s crown prince"

Rosie Bsheer meint, dass die Reformankündigungen des saudi-arabischen Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman die westliche Öffentlichkeit von seiner "brutalen" Bekämpfung innenpolitischer Rivalen und Oppositioneller ablenken sollen. "Even as Western governments and media outlets sing his praises, the young crown prince is viewed domestically as an incompetent and corrupt ruler who hides behind liberalism, tolerance and anti-corruption rhetoric. This view is shared by ruling members of the monarchy, economic elites and the population at large, who see Mohammad as someone who has disturbed the status quo for the sake of massive personal enrichment and political aggrandizement. (...) This is not to say that change in Saudi Arabia is not possible, nor to discount the efforts of thousands of Saudis who have risked so much to improve their living situations. But in the hands of relentless dictators in such an authoritarian context, 'change' is elusive at best." Weiter...


"Three reasons why Japan will likely continue to reject nuclear weapons"

Der klare Sieg von Premierminister Abe bei den Parlamentswahlen in Japan hat Spekulationen über die Zukunft der pazifistischen Verfassung des Landes ausgelöst. Drei Gründe sprechen nach Ansicht von Mike Mochizuki dagegen, dass bei möglichen Reformen auch das nukleare Tabu gebrochen werden könnte. "1) Staying non-nuclear is part of Japan’s national identity. The Three Non-Nuclear Principles are a clear part of Japan’s national identity, not simply a policy preference. Repeated polls indicate overwhelming popular support for the three principles in Japan. A 2014 Asahi newspaper poll revealed that support for the principles had risen to 82 percent, compared with 78 percent in a 1988 poll. (...) 2) Powerful players in Japanese politics can block nuclear acquisition. In addition to public opposition to nuclear weapons, Japan has significant 'veto players' — crucial political or economic actors that are likely to block efforts to develop nuclear weapons. (...) 3) Japan has good national security reasons to stay non-nuclear. There’s also a realist security calculation to consider. North Korean nuclearization is alarming, but it does not pose such an acute danger that Japanese leaders will be motivated to pay the high political costs necessary to weaken, much less revoke, the Three Non-Nuclear Principles." Weiter...


"Parts of Niger and Mali are already lawless. U.S. strategy might make it worse."

Einige Experten bezweifeln Max Bearak zufolge, dass das US-Militär mit seiner Strategie in Westafrika zur Stabilisierung von Ländern wie Mali oder Niger beitragen könne. Es handle sich um "zunehmend gesetzlose" Gebiete, in der aggressive Antiterroroperationen eine Spirale der Gewalt auslösen könnten. "While analysts agree that the underpowered armies of Niger and neighboring countries need help in combating terrorist networks, some caution that heavy-handedness could trigger a spiral of violence similar to quagmires the U.S. military has helped to create in the Middle East. (...) 'If U.S. troops in the area are allowed to go for more aggressive rules of engagement, then the question is who are they going to shoot at?' said Yvan Guichaoua, a professor at the University of Kent who specializes in political conflict in the Sahel, a region hugging the Sahara's southern fringes that includes Niger and Mali. 'Answering 'the Islamic State' is not going to help. Jihadi militancy in the area has multiple forms.'" Weiter...


"What the U.S. is actually getting right on North Korea"

Adam Taylor ist der Ansicht, dass die US-Regierung trotz der widersprüchlich erscheinenden Äußerungen von Präsident Trump eine kohärente Nordkorea-Strategie verfolge, die bereits zu ersten diplomatischen Erfolgen geführt habe. "The most obvious successes of this new policy are the increased economic and diplomatic pressures being placed on North Korea. U.N. sanctions in particular are a big win for the United States, especially as they have at least some backing from Beijing and Moscow. (...) On the diplomatic side, Italy recently became the fifth country to expel a North Korean ambassador, and the U.S. government claims that more than 20 countries have restricted North Korean diplomatic activities this year. (...) This isn't a perfect policy. Notably, there remain serious doubts about the extent to which China and Russia are really willing to turn the screws on North Korea. But many experts think these are steps in the right direction after years of seemingly fruitless 'strategic patience' during the Obama administration." Weiter...


"'All Lebanon is against them': A rape-murder sours a country on its Syrian refugees"

Seit dem Kriegsausbruch in Syrien sind über eine Million syrische Zivilisten in den Libanon geflüchtet. Die restriktivere Flüchtlingspolitik europäischer Regierungen könnte den Druck auf Libanon und andere Nachbarstaaten Syriens verstärken, schreibt Liz Sly. Wie angespannt die Situation bereits heute ist, zeige der aktuelle Fall eines syrischen Flüchtlings, der die Tochter eines libanesischen Geschäftsmanns vergewaltigt und ermordet hat. "The ensuing backlash against Syrians has rippled across Lebanon, exposing razor-sharp tensions between the country’s 1 million Syrian refugees and their hosts that increasingly threaten to open up Lebanon’s own fragile sectarian divisions. (...) Chidiac’s killing touched a nerve among Lebanese who feel they are shouldering a disproportionate share of the refugee crisis. Calls are mounting for the refugees to be sent back regardless of conditions inside Syria." Weiter...


"The Central African Republic could be on the brink of a bloodbath"

UN-Beobachter, Diplomaten und humanitäre Helfer vor Ort warnen Cassandra Vinograd zufolge vor einem drohenden Genozid in der Zentralafrikanischen Republik. Der seit 2013 schwelende Konflikt zwischen muslimischen und christlichen Gruppen droht demnach zu eskalieren. "Analysts say the latest violence is due in part to the new government’s failure to satisfy the armed groups’ demands for political representation and amnesty. 'To get what they want they need to increase the power of negotiation. And in order to increase the power of negotiations they need to represent a threat,' explained Nathalia Dukhan, an analyst at the Enough Project, a Washington-based research group focused on African conflicts. 'They increased their capacity to harm.' That hasn’t been hard to do in a country where the central government wields little power outside the capital, the army is ineffective and ill-equipped, and infrastructure such as roads is limited." Weiter...


"Time is running out for nonviolence — or Trump — to save Tibet"

Die tibetische Unabhängigkeitsbewegung stehe angesichts einer zunehmenden chinesischen Repression und des internationalen Desinteresses an einem Scheideweg, schreibt Josh Rogin. Seit Jahrzehnten habe der Einfluss des heute 82 Jahre alten Dalai Lama für eine strikte Politik der Gewaltlosigkeit gesorgt. Das Zeitfenster für eine friedliche Lösung des Konflikts könnte sich jedoch bald schließen, so Rogin. "Chinese authorities kidnapped Tibet’s second-holiest official, the Panchen Lama, when he was 6 years old and appointed an impostor in his place. When the current Dalai Lama dies, Beijing may appoint a fake Dalai Lama, which could cause the crisis to boil over. Meanwhile, China’s strategy to erase Tibetan history, religion and language from Tibet is advancing apace. (...) President Trump may not prioritize human rights or the viability of nonviolent movements, but supporting Tibet is also in the United States’ national interest. The Tibet issue could provide the pressure point Trump has been seeking in his dealings with Beijing." Weiter...


"Trump’s 'principled realism' is an incoherent mess"

Ishaan Tharoor wirft US-Präsident Trump nach dessen UN-Rede vor, keinen "prinzipienfesten Realismus", sondern ein ideologiegetriebenes und zusammenhangloses Durcheinander zu vertreten. "The irony is that Trump's international agenda is neither principled nor pragmatic, and has always been guided by ideology first. Both Trump and [White House adviser Stephen Miller] care chiefly about the narrow domestic base that catapulted Trump to power. So, in the most august chamber of international diplomacy, Trump stuck to his ultranationalist guns, extolling the 'nation-state' as 'the best vehicle for elevating the human condition,' while saying little about democracy, human rights and the rule of law elsewhere. (...) The other concern raised by Trump's fire and brimstone speech is that it may backfire. While almost everyone in the international community recognizes the ultimate need for dialogue with Pyongyang, Trump may be shrinking the room for diplomacy by seeking to unravel the nuclear deal with Iran." Weiter...


"The 'ethnic cleansing' of the Rohingya"

Max Bearak, Laris Karklis und Tim Meko erläutern die komplexen Hintergründe der Rohingya-Krise in Myanmar in diesem mit Karten und Bildern ergänzten Beitrag. "The human catastrophe has captured the world’s attention. But it has also caused a lot of confusion. Didn’t Burma just undergo a democratic transition? Isn’t it led by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi? Why are Buddhists perpetrating an ethnic cleansing against Muslims? The mass exodus of the Rohingya from Burma has underpinnings in events that took place centuries ago, as well as in events that took place weeks ago." Weiter...


"America's underrecognized ally in the fight against terrorism: Geography"

Die USA profitieren bei ihrer Bekämpfung des internationalen Terrorismus im Gegensatz zu Europa nicht zuletzt von ihrer geographischen Lage, meint der Terrorismusexperte Dan Byman im Gespräch mit Philip Bump. "That advantage isn't only about the relative difficulty of getting to the United States from the Middle East as compared with getting to continental Europe, but that's a lot of it. 'Europe has all of these land entry points,' [Dan Byman, professor at Georgetown University and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who served as a staff member on the 9/11 Commission,] said. (...) The density of those local populations in Europe also makes it easier for those looking to blend in to do so. 'The number of people who are skilled enough to operate in an environment where there aren't many people who speak their language and whose culture they don't know? It's a lot harder,' Byman said. This goes back to Byman's other point: When it's harder to sneak terrorists into a country and there are fewer terrorists who could be successful once they're there, that sharply decreases the number of people who'd be successful." Weiter...


"Venezuela’s government is turning Trump’s threats into a call to arms"

Die im letzten Monat geäußerte Drohung Donald Trumps gegen Venezuela spiele der Regierung in Caracas innen- und außenpolitisch bis heute in die Hände, berichten Rachelle Krygier und Anthony Faiola. "'The statements [by Trump] regarding a military option clearly backfired,' said David Smilde, a Venezuela specialist at the Washington Office on Latin America. (...) Trump’s threat has been manna from heaven for the unpopular Maduro, Chávez’s designated successor. In comments to reporters Aug. 12, Trump said: 'We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.' Almost immediately, Latin American nations that have condemned Maduro were put in the uncomfortable position of having to effectively take his side against the threat of U.S. force. Maduro was also quick to use Trump’s comments to paint his domestic opponents — many of whom have called for more U.S. pressure on Caracas — as treasonous." Weiter...


"Seoul tries to ignore Trump’s criticism: 'They worry he’s kind of nuts,' one observer says"

US-Präsident Trump hat in seiner Reaktion auf den mutmaßlichen Test einer Wasserstoffbombe durch Nordkorea auch die "Appeasement"-Politik des Südens kritisiert. In Südkorea sei die Äußerung mit Verwunderung aufgenommen worden, berichtet Anna Fifield. "South Korea’s response overall to Trump’s recent pronouncements has been much more muted than its past explosions against its protector — a sign that they know Trump is a different kind of president. 'They think they’re dealing with an unreasonable partner and complaining about it isn’t going to help — in fact, it might make it worse,' said David Straub, a former State Department official who dealt with both Koreas and recently published a book about anti-Americanism in South Korea. 'Opinion polls show South Koreans have one of the lowest rates of regard for Trump in the world and they don’t consider him to be a reasonable person,' Straub said. 'In fact, they worry he’s kind of nuts, but they still want the alliance.'" Weiter...


"Trump’s big decision in Syria"

David Ignatius hofft, dass die USA die eigenen Truppen auch nach dem nahenden Fall des "Islamischen Staates" nicht aus Syrien abziehen wird. Nur so ließen sich die Unabhängigkeitsambitionen der Kurden kontrollieren und eine Intervention der Türkei verhindern. "U.S. commanders say the real strategic prize is further south. They say as soon as Raqqa is secure, SDF troops (joined by whatever other Arab forces are ready), hope to advance toward the lower Euphrates Valley, south of Deir al-Zour. The United States hopes that Iraqi forces across the border will help check Iranian power in the area. What happens next? That depends in part on whether U.S. military advisers stay in eastern Syria. If they remain, say U.S. officials, they can curb the Kurds’ ambitions for independence, deter the Turks from intervening and encourage the Sunni opposition to work with all sides. A future U.S. presence 'will be essential,' says [Riyad Hijab, the head of the Syrian opposition coalition known as the High Negotiations Committee]. And if they leave quickly? We’ve seen this movie before." Weiter...


"Japan doubles down on its U.S. alliance"

Im Gegensatz zu europäischen Ländern, die zu den USA unter Präsident Trump auf Distanz gehen, wolle Japan das Bündnis zwischen beiden Ländern trotz mancher Zweifel nun erst recht stärken, stellt Josh Rogin fest. "To be sure, Japan has gone all in on the Trump administration in part because it has no better option. Still, the Trump and Abe-Kono visions for the alliance mesh. Both want Japan to evolve into a more self-sufficient alliance member with a greater regional role. Both realize that deeper U.S.-Japan cooperation is the best way to steer Asia toward greater peace and stability. But until Washington is able to communicate and then implement a better strategy for confronting the North Korea threat and the China problem, allies such as Japan will continue to worry about their bet on the Trump administration and their dependence on U.S. leadership." Weiter...


"Iraqi military reclaims city of Tal Afar after rapid Islamic State collapse"

Der irakischen Armee ist es offenbar gelungen, den "Islamischen Staat" nach einer kurzen Offensive auch aus der Stadt Tal Afar zu vertreiben. "The battle for Tal Afar, which lasted just eight days, highlighted the diminished capabilities of the Islamic State in Iraq a month after it lost the key bastion of Mosul to a coalition of Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes. The relatively quick victory is likely to determine how future fights against the militant group will be pursued. Senior Iraqi military officers said the Islamic State has lost the will to fight in the face of a motivated and increasingly professional military. They are urging Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to authorize his armed forces to launch simultaneous battles for the last major cities the Islamic State controls." Weiter...


"Bannon’s departure has huge implications for the U.S.-China relationship"

Nach dem überraschenden Rückzug des Chefstrategen im Weißen Haus, Steve Bannon, erwartet Josh Rogin, dass die China-Politik der USA wieder zum bekannten Status Quo zurückkehren wird. Bannon hatte Rogin zufolge eine Strategie vorangetrieben, die den amerikanischen "Schwenk nach Asien" vollenden und China wirtschaftspolitisch unter Druck setzen sollte. "In Bannon’s view, the liberal international order the United States led since World War II has ceased to work in America’s interests. The theory that bringing China into that structure would transform China has failed and now the Chinese government abuses those systems to siphon huge amounts of wealth, technology and know-how from the United States and its partners, he believes. (...) Now that Bannon is gone, the Trump administration officials pushing for that realignment have lost their champion. 'You had a guy at the chief-of-staff level leading that charge. Losing him creates a huge imbalance now,' one White House official said." Weiter...


"China and India are dangerously close to military conflict in the Himalayas"

Annie Gowen und Simon Denyer berichten, dass sich im Himalaya fast unbemerkt ein gefährlicher Konflikt zwischen China und Indien entwickelt habe. "For the past two months, Indian and Chinese troops have faced off on a plateau in the Himalayas in tense proximity, in a dispute prompted by moves by the Chinese military to build a road into territory claimed by India’s close ally, Bhutan. India has suggested that both sides withdraw, and its foreign minister said in Parliament that the dispute can be resolved only by dialogue. Yet China has vociferously defended the right it claims to build a road in the Doklam area, land it also claims. (...) The standoff also reflects an expanding geopolitical contest between Asia’s most populous nations. As China fortifies islands in the South China Sea and exerts its influence through ambitious infrastructure projects throughout the continent, its dominance of Asian affairs is growing, as is its unwillingness to brook rivals. India is seen by some as the last counterbalance." Weiter...


"Turkish democracy might be dead — and things could soon get a lot worse"

Der türkische Präsident Erdogan habe mit seiner Politik nicht nur die Demokratie, sondern auch die staatlichen Institutionen des Landes in gefährlicher Weise unterminiert, schreibt Nicholas Danforth vom Bipartisan Policy Center. "(...) it would be a mistake to assume that Turkey’s fate will now be a stifling but stable form of civilian authoritarianism. The fragmentation of institutions such as the military, coupled with the erosion of Erdogan’s democratic legitimacy and the ongoing assault on Turkey’s veneer of parliamentary democracy, have left the country unprepared for the shocks it is likely to face in the year ahead. If the situation in the country spirals out of control, the result could easily be violence and chaos rather than a resurgence of democracy. (...) The worst-case scenario is that Erdogan will push the country to the point where even he is no longer capable of maintaining stability." Weiter...


"Iran was at the forefront of the fight against ISIS. Now it has to face the militants at home."

Seit einigen Monaten versuche der "Islamische Staat" verstärkt, Angehörige der sunnitischen Minderheit in Iran auf seine Seite zu ziehen, berichtet Erin Cunningham. "The escalation could inflame a region already beset by conflict, and stoke domestic instability in Iran. There, marginalized Sunnis have grown increasingly receptive to the Islamic State’s appeal. Situated along Iran’s porous borders, the communities, which make up about 10 percent of Iran’s population of 80 million, may make fertile ground for a jihadist group working to replenish its ranks. (...) Suffering decades of neglect, Iran’s Sunni communities are 'a good target for the Islamic State,' said [Dina Esfandiary, a MacArthur fellow at the Center for Science and Security Studies at King’s College London], who co-wrote a paper on Iran’s policies toward the militants. 'It’s a population ripe for recruitment,' she said." Weiter...


"'A coalition of killers': The ex-warlords promising Afghanistan’s 'salvation'"

Max Bearak berichtet, dass die Allianz des afghanischen Präsidenten Ashraf Ghani mit dem früheren Warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum offenbar zu Ende gehe. Nun fordere Dostum mit weiteren Verbündeten im Norden des Landes die Zentralgewalt in Kabul heraus. "Dostum’s co-conspirators call themselves the Coalition for the Salvation of Afghanistan. Foremost among them is Tajik warlord-turned-provincial-governor Attah Mohammed Noor — against whom Dostum fought vicious battles in the early 1990s. (...) They insist that they are not calling for the collapse of the government, only that Ghani relinquish power to officials and cabinet ministers hailing from various parties and ethnicities, Dostum prime among them. A key demand is that the criminal case against Dostum be dropped and his return to Afghanistan expedited. Their rhetoric is menacing. 'We see this as a tyrant government,' Noor said in an interview at his opulent office in Mazar-e Sharif." Weiter...


"Under Trump, gains against ISIS have 'dramatically accelerated'"

Der US-Sondergesandte für den Kampf gegen den "Islamischen Staat" Brett McGurk hat die neue Strategie des US-Präsidenten für die erheblichen Territorialverluste der Terrormiliz in diesem Jahr verantwortlich gemacht, berichtet Karen DeYoung. "Combined Islamic State losses in both countries since the group’s peak control in early 2015 total about 27,000 square miles of territory — 78 percent of militant holdings in Iraq and 58 percent in Syria. About 8,000 square miles have been reclaimed under Trump, McGurk said in a briefing for reporters. (...) Although the Trump administration has yet to announce its new strategy for the campaign against the Islamic State, McGurk cited 'key changes' under Trump. In addition to the delegation of decision-making authority, which he said has allowed much greater responsiveness to opportunities and changing circumstances, he cited a 'campaign of annihilation' that has concentrated on surrounding cities held by the militants before launching offensives, to ensure that no militants will escape." Weiter...


"Do sanctions work? The evidence isn’t compelling."

Nach der Unterzeichnung des neuen Sanktionsgesetzes durch US-Präsident Trump hinterfragt Adam Taylor die Effektivität dieses außenpolitischen Instruments. Schon die Tatsache, dass Sanktionen gegen Länder wie Russland, Iran, Nordkorea und Venezuela ausgeweitet werden sollen, spreche nicht für die Wirksamkeit der bisherigen Maßnahmen. "The case of Iran is especially confounding. Many would argue that sanctions finally brought Tehran to the negotiating table, resulting in the 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers. But President Trump and many other Americans don't believe that was a good deal and want to back out of it. Meanwhile, many Iranians believe that U.S. sanctions in response to their country's ballistic missile program are a violation of the agreement. And then there's Russia. Obama-era sanctions on the country seem to have had an effect on its economy. However, they also gave Moscow an excuse for its own financial mismanagement in the face of falling oil prices. The situation in Ukraine is far from resolved, and Russia is now in Syria, helping to prop up the regime of Bashar al-Assad." Weiter...


"We’re on the road to a new Cold War"

Die Washington Post gibt Wladimir Putin in diesem Leitartikel die alleinige Schuld an der Verschlechterung der Beziehungen zwischen den USA und Russland. "Mr. Putin behaves as though he believes Russia is walking tall. Perhaps in his zero-sum world, he takes satisfaction in the chaos rippling through U.S. politics, but his tactics have backfired badly in both Ukraine and the United States. And Mr. Putin’s choices have been costly for Russia, its economy and its people. We have long believed that U.S.-Russian engagement is essential to avert miscalculation, and it remains important for both Washington and Moscow to keep talking. But Mr. Putin should not expect the West to suddenly forgive or forget his bad choices. He would be wiser to deal with the underlying source of tension than to sit around plotting new ways to escalate it." Weiter...


"In France, murder of a Jewish woman ignites debate over the word 'terrorism'"

Die Ermordung einer jüdischen Ärztin im Ruhestand durch einen muslimischen Täter hat in Frankreich eine Diskussion über die Frage ausgelöst, wann ein Mord als Terrorakt behandelt werden sollte. James McAuley berichtet, dass die Pariser Behörden die Tat zunächst als isolierte Straftat behandelt hätten. "In the French Jewish community, the Halimi Affair provides what many consider yet another example of the French state refusing to acknowledge the realities of contemporary anti-Semitism in France. (...) 'These ostrich politics must stop, and our leaders must become aware of what is happening in the country,' read a recent letter signed by 17 prominent French intellectuals in the aftermath of the latest Halimi Affair. 'It’s always the same story in France,' journalist and public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy, another advocate of Halimi and her family, said in an interview. 'Anti-Semitism is not supposed to exist, especially among minority communities.'" Weiter...


"Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow"

US-Präsident Trump hat der Washington Post zufolge entschieden, das verdeckte CIA-Programm zur Unterstützung syrischer Rebellen zu beenden. "The program was a central plank of a policy begun by the Obama administration in 2013 to put pressure on Assad to step aside, but even its backers have questioned its efficacy since Russia deployed forces in Syria two years later. Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests. The shuttering of the program is also an acknowledgment of Washington’s limited leverage and desire to remove Assad from power." Weiter...


"Months of Russia controversy leaves Trump 'boxed in' ahead of Putin meeting"

Die monatelange Russland-Kontroverse in den USA werde verhindern, dass das Treffen zwischen Donald Trump und Wladimir Putin in Hamburg Resultate produzieren wird, sind Abby Phillip und Carol Morello überzeugt. Jedes Zugeständnis an Russland würde in den USA auf harten Widerstand stoßen. "If Trump attempts to loosen sanctions against Russia for its involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine or its interference in the 2016 U.S. election, Congress could defy him by pursuing even stronger penalties. And if he offers platitudes for Putin without addressing Russia’s election meddling, it will renew questions about whether Trump accepts the findings of his own intelligence officials that Russia intended to disrupt the democratic process on his behalf. (...) Among the foreign policy experts who support Trump’s push for improved relations with Russia, there is growing frustration that the current political climate and Trump’s actions have made that goal all but impossible." Weiter...


"Is Venezuela on a path to civil war?"

Trotz der anhaltenden Proteste gegen die Regierung in Venezuela glaubt Nick Miroff nicht, dass das Land in einen blutigen Bürgerkrieg wie in Syrien oder der Ukraine abgleiten wird. "Both sides in Venezuela’s conflict often warn of 'civil war,' but they’ve used it mostly as a rhetorical tactic. President Nicolás Maduro justifies his crackdown on protesters with claims that he’s trying to save Venezuela from 'terrorists' who want to instigate an armed confrontation. His opponents say the government’s intransigence is deepening the country’s desperation, pushing Venezuela toward cataclysmic violence. (...) Many of the factors that led to civil war in these countries are absent in Venezuela’s conflict, and few experts seem to think that some sort of military-level confrontation is likely. But an institutional collapse that plunges the country into homicidal chaos and anarchy is not hard to imagine." Weiter...


"Bin Laden’s son steps into father’s shoes as al-Qaeda attempts a comeback"

Hamza bin Laden, der Sohn des 2011 getöteten Al-Qaida-Anführers Osama bin Laden, hat in einer Audiobotschaft vom 13. Mai zu neuen Terroranschlägen auf westliche Städte aufgerufen. "Posted just two weeks before Monday’s suicide bombing in Manchester, England, the message includes a specific call for attacks on European and North American cities to avenge the deaths of Syrian children killed in airstrikes. The recording provides fresh evidence of ominous changes underway within the embattled organization that declared war against the West nearly two decades ago, according to U.S., European and Middle Eastern intelligence officials and terrorism experts. Decimated by U.S. military strikes and overshadowed for years by its terrorist rival, the Islamic State, al-Qaeda appears to be signaling the start of a violent new chapter in the group’s history, led by a new bin Laden — one who has vowed to seek revenge for his father’s death." Weiter...


"Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador"

Greg Miller und Greg Jaffe haben von ungenannten US-Offiziellen erfahren, dass US-Präsident Trump bei seinem jüngsten Treffen mit dem russischen Außenminister Lawrow vertrauliche Geheimdienstinformationen offenbart habe. "The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said. The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency." Weiter...


"Tuesday night firing of Comey: 'Nixonian' or uniquely Trumpian?"

US-Präsident Trump hat FBI-Direktor Comey, der mit der Untersuchung mutmaßlicher Russland-Verbindungen von Mitgliedern des Trump-Teams beauftragt war, überraschend plötzlich entlassen. Marc Fisher und Karen DeYoung schreiben, dass die Maßnahme sofort mit dem "Saturday Night Massacre" von 1973 verglichen worden sei, bei dem der unter Druck stehende Präsident Nixon Sonderermittler Archibald Cox entlassen hatte. "Trump’s firing of FBI chief James B. Comey 'is a very Nixonian move,' said John Dean, the White House counsel under Nixon. 'This could have been a quiet resignation, but instead it was an angry dismissal.' (...) As the Watergate analogies poured in from angry and startled politicians Tuesday night, they were accompanied by another echo of the 1970s scandal — calls for the appointment of a special counsel to take over the Russia investigation. 'But remember that until a few hours ago, lots of Democrats were calling for Comey to go,' [John A. Farrell, author of 'Richard Nixon: The Life,'] said. 'That’s being lost in the shuffle as we rush to the Nixonian analogy.'" Weiter...

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