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15.03.2019

"Could Huawei destroy the special relationship?"

http://https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/03/could-huawei-destroy-the-special-relationship/

Nach dem jüngsten Drohbrief des US-Botschafters an die deutsche Bundesregierung fürchtet Michael Auslin, dass der Huawei-Streit auch die "besondere Beziehung" Großbritanniens zu den USA zerstören könnte. "Far more than Germany, Britain is a key intelligence partner of the United States, the cornerstone of the so-called 'Five Eyes' community. If Whitehall permits Huawei to set up 5G networks in Britain, the White House will face the unpleasant choice of ignoring its deeply held concerns about Huawei’s potential security risks or possibly cutting back intelligence cooperation with its closest ally. More than any other potential disagreement between across the Atlantic, the Huawei case could threaten the ‘special relationship’. (...) The UK differs from Germany, in that London has not allowed Huawei into its government networks, and also has demanded changes in the company’s security and engineering systems that could cost up to £2 billion to carry out. Yet, if the government does decide to allow Huawei into 5G commercial networks, it may be too difficult to monitor any unauthorised use of data by the company. It is also not inconceivable that, should it be determined that Huawei poses no commercial threat, sometime in the future it may be allowed to participate in government communications systems."

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02.02.2019

"Demography has become the biggest story on the planet"

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/02/demography-has-become-the-biggest-story-on-the-planet/

Lionel Shriver stellt das Buch "The Human Tide: How Population Shaped the Modern World" von Paul Morland vor, dem zufolge die moderne Welt vor allem durch demographische Entwicklungen geprägt wird. "Whether you also suffer from this unhealthy preoccupation or are simply shopping for a new way of looking at the world, this is a readable, trenchant, up-to-date overview of the biggest story on the planet — one in which we’re all actors. The author has a moderate bent, and doesn’t claim that population — its surging, contraction and migration — explains all of human history. But it comes awfully close. (...) The long view of the human race is inevitably less fascinating than a closer-in look at which peoples lead the race in a competitive sense. Since the 1960s, writing about demography has steadily shifted from regarding high fertility rates as tragically entrenching poverty to accepting that numbers confer power. Not mincing words, Morland declares boldly at the outset that ‘ethnicity matters politically’. He spells out that ‘nations and ethnic groups are real’ and ‘they matter in history’."

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04.01.2019

"Why Isis is a bigger threat to France than the yellow vests"

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/01/why-isis-is-a-bigger-threat-to-france-than-the-yellow-vests/

In der aktuellen Debatte über die "Gelbwesten"- Revolte macht Gavin Mortimer darauf aufmerksam, dass die größere Gefahr für die nationale Sicherheit in Frankreich immer noch von den Anhängern des "Islamischen Staates" ausgehe. "Macron has been lucky in the first twenty months of his presidency. Compared to the wholesale slaughter of 2015 and 2016, France has escaped relatively unscathed in the last couple of years. (...) In total, 55 Islamist plots have been thwarted by the DGSI (Direction générale de la sécurité intérieure) since November 2013 but this year may be their busiest yet. Since the summer of 2018 a steady trickle of the 512 convicted Islamist terrorists in French prisons have been released after serving their sentences. Twenty were freed last year and thirty are due for release in 2019. These are committed Jihadists, young Frenchmen with an average age of 24, some of whom went to Syria in support of Isis and others who remained in France providing logical or moral support to the terror group. (...) The tenacious French police, like the country’s intelligence agencies, is being stretched to breaking point. Last year 61 Gendarmes and police officers took their own lives. Given their exhausted state, the president should prioritise pursuing those whose allegiance is to a black flag and not a yellow vest."

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13.10.2018

"Death of a dissident: Saudi Arabia and the rise of the mobster state"

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/10/death-of-a-dissident-saudi-arabia-and-the-rise-of-the-mobster-state/

In vielen Medienberichten wird nach Ansicht von John R. Bradley derzeit ein unvollständiges Bild vom verschwundenen saudi-arabischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi gezeichnet. Khashoggi sei keineswegs ein Befürworter von westlicher Freiheit und Demokratie gewesen, sondern habe lange Zeit nicht nur als Beobachter, sondern als aktiver "Player" im Umfeld des Königshauses agiert. "The fate of Khashoggi has at least provoked global outrage, but it’s for all the wrong reasons. We are told he was a liberal, Saudi progressive voice fighting for freedom and democracy, and a martyr who paid the ultimate price for telling the truth to power. This is not just wrong, but distracts us from understanding what the incident tells us about the internal power dynamics of a kingdom going through an unprecedented period of upheaval. It is also the story of how one man got entangled in a Saudi ruling family that operates like the Mafia. Once you join, it’s for life, and if you try to leave, you become disposable. (...) The fate of Khashoggi is the latest sign of what’s really happening inside Saudi Arabia. For how much longer will our leaders look the other way?"

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05.10.2018

"Why Africans like Trump"

https://spectator.us/2018/10/donald-trump-africa/

Aidan Hartley stellt fest, dass das Ansehen von Donald Trump in Afrika trotz mancher unpässlicher Äußerungen des US-Präsidenten erstaunlich hoch sei. "A Pew Research Center poll across 25 countries released on Monday found that Trump is more popular in Africa than in any other continent. Some 56 per cent of Kenyans interviewed gave Trump the thumbs up and reckon he’s a positive influence on world affairs. Some 59 per cent of Nigerians agree, against a global median of 27 per cent. A massive 70 per cent of Kenyans have a favourable view of the United States, compared to 30 per cent among Germans. (...) the fact is that this is a continent of private enterprise. Poverty does that to you. People here do not much care that Trump cheats on Melania or that he has a Manhattan apartment that is so tasteless in its dictator chic that Emperor Bokassa of the Central African Empire would have looked at home there. These things are pretty common among the Big Men of Africa. But when Trump told African leaders last year that he saw ‘tremendous business potential’ in the continent and that he had a bunch of friends ‘trying to get rich’ there, he was speaking a language many understand."

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18.09.2018

"Macron is quick to take on nationalism. What about Islamism?"

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/09/macron-is-quick-to-take-on-nationalism-what-about-islamism/

Gavin Mortimer wirft dem französischen Präsidenten Macron vor, der rasanten Ausbreitung des Salafismus unter französischen Muslimen kaum etwas entgegenzusetzen. Soziale Medien spielten eine zentrale Rolle beim Aufstieg der radikalen Ideologie. "In 15 years, the number of Salafists has increased by 900 per cent and the estimated 50,000 is a conservative guess. It may still represent a tiny fraction of France’s six million Muslims, but El Karoui warns that their influence grows steadily and he likens their appeal to that of communism – the dream of a utopia that will right all the wrongs of the world. (...) It’s no coincidence that Salafism has surged at the same time that social media has emerged as the biggest influence in western society. Two decades ago – when Salafism first came to France from Algeria – it barely registered on the consciousness of French Muslims; now, thanks to Twitter and Facebook it has the capacity to reach into every home and into every impressionable young mind. 'The Islamists’ ideology is progressing strongly among French Muslims,' says El Karoui. 'Notably the young are learning about their religion more and more on the social networks and less and less through family and at the mosques.'"

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20.07.2018

"Israel’s nation state law backlash is what Netanyahu wanted"

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/07/israels-nation-state-law-backlash-plays-into-netanyahus-hands/

Stephen Daisley zieht in seiner Analyse des umstrittenen Nationalstaatsgesetzes, das vor wenigen Tagen vom israelischen Parlament verabschiedet wurde, ein gemischtes Fazit. "Western liberals increasingly find Israel at odds with post-Christian universalism, the ‘any enemy of the West’ fallacy, and their suspicion of borders and self-defence. The Israeli right gets this but sees it as an opportunity to reorient Israel away from old allies to new ones. The United States remains Ally No. 1 but Israel now enjoys good relations with Russia, China and Hungary, all authoritarian states in which liberal opinion is seldom factored into policy decisions. What matters to these regimes is that they can do business with Israel — commercially and politically — and that’s enough. Netanyahu’s government no longer bothers to make the liberal case for Israel because it has become a harder case to make and because Netanyahu saw which way the nationalist and authoritarian winds were blowing before the rest of us. The Nation-State law is mostly reasonable, in some places badly worded, in others ill-motivated. It is also largely pointless, another fight picked with the left and the international community to win Netanyahu another majority."

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12.06.2018

"Donald Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un is a victory for peace"

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/06/donald-trumps-meeting-with-kim-jong-un-is-a-victory-for-peace/

Auch Freddy Gray verteidigt das Ergebnis des Gipfeltreffens in Singapur gegen die scharfe Kritik mancher Gegner von US-Präsident Trump. "When Reagan met Gorbachev in Iceland, in 1987, people were quick to report that summit as a failure. Today is not quite so monumental; but it is nonetheless a big and optimistic moment. Jaw jaw always beats war war, and any foreign enemy who comes in from the Communist cold should be welcomed. It may all come to nothing. But it is progress. Trump has changed the realpolitik of the Korean Peninsula — no small feat. Bitter sounding Democrats point out how the very Republicans now cheering Trump would be booing if Obama had 'talked to a terrorist' as the American President did today. That may be true, but Republicans would have been wrong then, and Democrats are wrong now. The point is, Obama never was able to make progress on the North Korean problem. Trump appears to be. Are we all so pathetically partisan — and eaten up with Trump hatred — that we can’t put the promise of peace above politics?"

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11.06.2018

"The spectacular silliness of international summits"

https://usa.spectator.co.uk/2018/06/the-spectacular-silliness-of-international-summits/

Nach der medialen Aufregung über den Auftritt Donald Trumps beim jüngsten G7-Treffen in Toronto schreibt Kelly Jane Torrance, dass Gipfel dieser Art häufig politisch vage und letztlich sogar "albern" seien. "No international summit takes place — and I’m including the one about to start in Singapore — without detailed planning beforehand and a general agreement on what will come out of it. There’s too much at stake to do it any other way — the risk being to reputations, not to anything as grandiose and unlikely as world peace. That’s why American diplomats and policymakers spent days talking to their North Korean counterparts in New York, Washington, Korea’s DMZ, and Singapore before even committing fully to the June 12 summit. (...) Yes, the 'sophomoric' — Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow’s word on CNN’s State of the Union for Trudeau’s power play — spat is far more interesting than the 4,000-word agreement countless diplomats spent many hours crafting that was meant to summarise the summit. I suspect the personal will also be more fascinating than the political in Singapore this week."

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04.06.2018

"Should Germany expel American ambassador Richard Grenell?"

https://usa.spectator.co.uk/2018/06/should-germany-expel-american-ambassador-richard-grenell/

Jacob Heilbrunn vom Magazin The National Interest ist sogar der Ansicht, dass die Bundesregierung den umstrittenen US-Botschafter Richard Grenell nach dessen jüngsten Äußerungen mit gutem Grund ausweisen könnte. "Does Richard Grenell, the American ambassador to Germany, want to carry out another round of regime change in Deutschland? This is the construction that is being placed upon his temerarious remarks to Breitbart by many German politicians about his desire to support the populist right across Europe: 'I absolutely want to empower other conservatives throughout Europe, other leaders. I think there is a groundswell of conservative policies that are taking hold because of the failed policies of the left.' (...) Ostensibly, Germany is an ally of America, though Trump’s actions will inevitably prompt it to ponder whether it should begin to regard Washington as an adversary. It would be well within its rights to expel Grenell."

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22.04.2018

"Why should France tolerate Islamic intolerance?"

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/04/why-should-france-tolerate-islamic-intolerance/

In Frankreich ist einer algerischen Frau die Staatsbürgerschaft verweigert worden, nachdem diese sich aus religiösen Gründen geweigert hatte, die Hand des zuständigen Beamten zu schütteln. Während das Vorgehen der Behörden in einigen Medien kritisch beurteilt worden ist, verteidigt Gavin Mortimer die Entscheidung. "(...) why would any western country welcome a woman who shuns one of its oldest and most courteous customs? If she finds shaking hands with a man beyond the pale, one is entitled to suspect she may not look too favourably on gays and Jews. Anti-Semitism is now so profound in France that on Sunday 250 well-known figures, including Nicolas Sarkozy and Manuel Valls, signed a letter warning that the country’s Jews are victims of 'ethnic purging' at the hands of 'radical Islamists'. (...) Of course, there are plenty of Muslims who are fully integrated into French society. But life is not always easy for them. Emmanuel Macron has been talking much in recent weeks of his determination to tackle what he calls the 'underground Islamism' that seeks to 'corrupt'. (...) in rejecting her application, the French have demonstrated that they won’t tolerate the intolerance of extremists."

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11.04.2018

"On foreign policy, Trump is more like Obama than he would like to admit"

https://usa.spectator.co.uk/2018/04/on-foreign-policy-trump-is-far-more-like-obama-than-either-would-admi
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Die jüngsten Drohungen des US-Präsidenten gegen Syrien und Russland erinnern Freddy Gray trotz des eigenwilligen Auftretens Donald Trumps an dessen Amtsvorgänger. Auch Barack Obama habe international keine erkennbare Strategie verfolgt, sich von Krisen im Nahen Osten ablenken lassen, und Verbündeten erlaubt, die USA in unnötige Militäreinsätze zu ziehen. "Trump and Obama are instinctively more dovish than the foreign policy establishments in Paris, London and Washington. But they are quite easily led. Emmanuel Macron is now to Trump what Sarkozy was to Obama or Blair was to Bush – a disastrous intervention enabler. The French president has been reportedly ‘egging on’ the American Commander-in-chief to take action against Assad for his latest reported use of chemical weapons, never mind the possible nuclear fallout with Russia. And (...) both men are under the strong influence of the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, who funnily enough was in America last week and France on Monday. Salman wants to hurt Assad because he wants to hamper his closest ally, Iran."

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24.03.2018

"Why do politicians refuse to tell it how it is on immigration?"

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/03/why-do-politicians-refuse-to-tell-it-how-it-is-on-immigration/

Douglas Murray verweist auf eine neue Umfrage in EU-Ländern, in der sich eine große Mehrheit für einen besseren Schutz der Außengrenzen der EU ausgesprochen habe. "(...) anyone wishing to dismiss this as a solely Visegrad concern will be disappointed. Not only do 78 per cent of all Europeans think that illegal immigration into their countries is a problem, in every single European country more people think that it is a serious problem than think it is not a problem or not a very serious problem. (...) Despite often outrageous claims to the contrary, this is not to say that Europeans are hostile to those legitimately fleeing war or conflict. Far from it. But what the Project 28 figures once again show is that most people want Europe to respond (as Britain does) by helping people in the region they are fleeing rather than encouraging them to come to Europe. Fully 81 per cent of the European public agree that immigrants should be helped in their own countries, with almost half (48 per cent) saying that the EU should provide ‘substantial financial support’ to the countries where they are currently residing, like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey."

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19.03.2018

"Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook is straight from Obama’s playbook"

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/03/cambridge-analyticas-use-of-facebook-is-straight-from-obamas-playbo
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Freddy Gray meint, dass die aufgeregte Berichterstattung vieler Medien über die Verwendung der Daten von Facebook-Nutzern durch das Unternehmen Cambridge Analytica auch auf die Verbindung zum Präsidentschaftswahlkampf Donald Trumps zurückzuführen sei. Dass Barack Obama in seinem Wahlkampf 2012 eine ähnliche Facebook-Strategie verfolgt habe, werde dabei kaum erwähnt. "It’s clever and complicated, but what it boils down to is that Obama’s data scientists were able to persuade about a million Facebook users to connect their profile to the Obama campaign website. They were then able to access the profiles of these people, which also showed who their friends were. From this they were able to construct real life social networks, which enabled them to target many, many more potential Obama voters. (...) What Cambridge Analytica did, in essence, was the same as the Obama campaign in 2012 – though they had a smaller sample group of 250,000 to model from. The vital difference is that Facebook didn’t officially permit CA to use its data and API in 2016. (...) the essential point is that when Obama did it, such practices were written up in glowing terms. His campaign’s social media tactics were widely lauded for harvesting ‘the power of friendship’. But when Trump or Brexit do it, apparently, it’s evil."

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03.03.2018

"Italians aren’t fascists. They’re angry about immigration"

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/03/italians-arent-fascists-theyre-angry-about-immigration/

Der Rechtsruck bei den italienischen Parlamentswahlen sollte nicht als Rückkehr der Ideen Mussolinis oder von Nazi-Saluten fehlinterpretiert werden, meint Nicholas Farrell in diesem Beitrag aus dem Vorfeld der Wahlen. Der Wahlkampf sei vor allem von der Migrationskrise dominiert worden, die von vielen Italienern angesichts der schwierigen wirtschaftlichen Lage als zunehmende Belastung empfunden werde. "One way to understand the mood of Italians as they go to the polls is to imagine Britain with 35 per cent youth unemployment and an overall unemployment rate of roughly 15 per cent, mired for a decade in more or less permanent economic recession, throttled by the fourth highest public debt in the world as a percentage of GDP (132 per cent)costing €70 billion a year to service, unable — as a prisoner of the single currency — to do anything meaningful to solve the problem, except austerity and more job cuts. Imagine if a fleet of NGO and EU vessels was ferrying into such a bleak situation from as far away as Quimper on the French Atlantic coast — let us say, as the distance is the same — more than half a million migrants, who are nearly all men and masquerading as refugees, to Southampton. Do we not think, in those circumstances, immigration would be a major election issue in Britain?"

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02.03.2018

"Why Trump’s ‘trade war’ makes strategic sense"

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/03/why-trumps-trade-war-makes-strategic-sense/

Daniel McCarthy meint, dass der drohende "Handelskrieg" der USA mit Europa, China und anderen Ländern aus amerikanischer Sicht durchaus einen strategischen Sinn ergeben würde. Japan, Südkorea und Taiwan würden als amerikanische Verbündete unter den Stahlzöllen zwar ebenfalls leiden, China habe allerdings besonders stark vom bisherigen liberalen Handelsregime profitiert. "If power differentials count — and they do — Washington’s way of doing business has only fed a great power rival while slowly starving America herself of hard industry. (...) China built up its manufacturing power though exports, while impeding foreign access to its domestic markets (often granting access only in exchange for technology transfers and joint-venture arrangements that gave Chinese companies access to everyone else’s R&D). The goal, for men like Xi, wasn’t just prosperity — it was prosperity in the service of the state, economic power that would fuel China’s rise as a world strategic power. (...) Trump’s tariffs by themselves won’t stop that. But they may mark the beginning of the end of American complacency toward the economic foundations — the industrial foundations — of world power. Non-liberal China would simply devour a liberal world order, but a world order in which America (and ultimately its allies too) cherishes its industrial strength is one that has a chance of being balanced."

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17.04.2017

"Erdogan keeps winning because his opponents never learn"

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/04/erdogan-keeps-winning-opponents-never-learn/#

Hannah Lucinda Smith berichtet aus Istanbul, dass ihr säkularer Stadtbezirk im Verfassungsreferendum mit 81% gegen das geplante Präsidialsystem gestimmt habe. Trotz der aktuellen Proteste der Verlierer sei die Opposition allerdings bis heute nicht in der Lage, Präsident Erdogan geschlossen entgegenzutreten. "(...) rather than being its strength, the diversity of Erdogan’s opposition is what has continually undermined it for 15 years. They come together when they need to oppose the president, who they posit as a pantomime villain. The rest of the time, they represent only the interests of their respective narrow bases, alienating each other and wholesale failing to come up with the kind of inclusive policies that won Erdogan’s AK Party such widespread support before it, too, started shrinking back to identity politics. (...) The next chance that Erdogan’s opponents are likely to get to challenge him will be in parliamentary and presidential elections in 2019. As he slides back towards his narrow fanatic base, their best chance would be to learn the style of inclusivity he once mastered."

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13.04.2017

"Sweden is divided in the wake of the Stockholm attack"

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/04/sweden-divided-country-wake-stockholm-attack/

Nach dem Terroranschlag in Stockholm am 7. April berichtet die schwedische Kolumnistin Paulina Neuding über die zum Teil politisch verursachten Probleme der schwedischen Polizei bei der Verfolgung mutmaßlicher Dschihadisten. "Sweden is one of Europe’s leading per capita exporters of Isis fighters; unlike Norway, it is not illegal here to be a member of a terrorist organisation, and any attempt to make it so have been defeated with reference to freedom of association. As a consequence, returning Swedish Isis fighters cannot be prosecuted unless it can be proved they have committed war crimes during their time abroad. It means the Swedish Security Service is currently monitoring some 150 returning jihadists – with little or no possibility of taking further action. (...) If the poll numbers of the Sweden Democrats (SD) – Sweden’s anti-establishment, anti-immigration party – are anything to go by, they give a good estimate of the discontent among voters. The SD, who did not enter the Swedish parliament until 2010, is currently the second biggest party."

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25.03.2017

"Why camps are the wrong way to help today’s refugees"

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/03/why-camps-are-the-wrong-way-to-help-todays-refugees/

Der Migrationsforscher Paul Collier kritisiert, dass sich die internationale Flüchtlingshilfe immer noch auf die Bereitstellung von Flüchtlingslagern konzentriert. Diese Praxis stamme aus der Nachkriegszeit in Europa, als Millionen Kriegsflüchtlinge kurzfristig mit Nahrung und Obdach versorgt werden mussten. Die Bedürfnisse der heutigen Flüchtlinge hätten sich geändert, so Collier. "(...) the image of the persecuted individual is long outmoded as representative of the typical refugee. Most refugees are groups fleeing disorder or famine. They seek to restore normality, not build a new life in an alien society. A humane international response would be to encourage this entirely reasonable desire, which means not 'bringing them here' or packing them into stagnating camps, but helping them to find work; helping them get on. In the years while they are in havens, our priority should be to restore the autonomy and community that are the bedrocks of normality. In havens and in post-conflict societies, our firms, not our NGOs, will be the critical organisations. Entrepreneurs, not lawyers, will wield the critical skills."

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18.02.2017

"Trump really could crush Isis. But what happens next could be worse"

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/02/trump-really-could-crush-isis-but-what-happens-next-could-be-worse/

Paul Wood warnt, dass eine Niederlage des "Islamischen Staates" in Syrien und Irak die Terrorgefahr für den Westen möglicherweise zunächst erhöhen könnte. "Though the physical caliphate might fall, [Rolf Holmboe, a former Danish ambassador to Syria,] said, the 'virtual caliphate' would remain. A document is circulating among Isis members through text messages and Twitter. Titled 'The caliphate will not perish,' it is a series of morale-boosting declarations by Isis leaders, living and dead. (...) the fall of the Isis by the hand of America will be the 'just cause' for a new generation of jihadis. The end of the physical territory of the caliphate will not be the end of the idea of the 'Islamic State'. That might be just as dangerous."

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03.12.2016

"How Algeria could destroy the EU"

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/12/how-algeria-could-destroy-the-eu/

Nach dem Tod des gegenwärtig schwerkranken algerischen Präsidenten Abdelaziz Bouteflika könnte die EU bald vor einer weiteren Flüchtlingskrise stehen, schreibt Stephen Pollard. Westliche Geheimdienste fürchten demnach einen neuen Bürgerkrieg gegen radikale Islamisten und die Implosion des algerischen Staates. "Behind the scenes, governments are readying themselves for another civil war — and its consequences. It was only 24 years ago that 150,000 died in an Algerian civil war between the Islamists and the state. This time, things will be far more bloody, not least because of the development of armed Islamism over the past few years. (...) An Algerian civil war would create huge numbers of refugees. One analyst told me he expects 10 to 15 million Algerians will try to leave. Given Algeria’s history, they would expect to be rescued by one nation: France. In its impact on the EU, even a fraction of this number would dwarf the effect of the Syrian civil war. Given the political trauma that the refugee crisis has already caused in Europe, a massive Algerian exodus could cause tremendous insecurity."

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15.11.2016

"Can the liberal worldview survive?"

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/11/liberalisms-failings-make-nationalism-dangerously-alluring/

Seit dem Wahlsieg Donald Trumps wird von vielen Kommentatoren das Ende des liberalen Westens vorausgesagt. Daniel Jackson meint, dass die Krise sogar noch unterschätzt werde, da die Hauptsäulen des Liberalismus nicht nur vom neuen "Neo-Nationalismus" bedroht würden. "The core tenets of liberalism are freedom and equality, ideas that are under siege. They are undermined by globalisation, technology, automation and the pursuit of social justice (as it’s variously interpreted). Not to mention radical Islam which, in comparison, seems almost trivial. (...) Freedom is also being undermined by regressive social movements. University campuses across the Western world are stuffed with young people who are willing to sacrifice freedom – the freedom to offend, for example – for the 'greater good' of social justice. (...) Nationalists (like the liberals they depose) have no answers to the challenges of the early 21st century. But they have charismatic leaders, cheap slogans and bogeymen on the other side of the border. For an increasing number of people – From Ankara to Edinburgh to the American midwest – that’s enough. Liberals should take the words – the threat – of Florian Philippot, the vice president of France’s Front National, very seriously indeed: 'Their world is collapsing. Ours is being built'."

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05.11.2016

"Why is it ok to bomb Mosul but not Aleppo?"

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/11/youre-not-hearing-the-whole-story-about-aleppo/

Peter Oborne kann nicht verstehen, dass die Bombardierung von Mosul im Westen gutgeheißen werde, die Luftangriffe gegen die Rebellen in Ost-Aleppo dagegen nicht. "There is no question that President Assad and his Russian allies have committed war crimes, and we can all agree that Mosul will be far better off without Isis. Nevertheless, the situations in Mosul and Aleppo are fundamentally identical. In both cases, forces loyal to an internationally recognised government are attacking well-populated cities, with the aid of foreign air power. These cities are under the control of armed groups or terrorists, who are holding a proportion of their population hostage. (...) So Prime Minister al-Abadi in Iraq and President Assad in Syria face the same dilemma. Should they do nothing for fear of killing civilians? Or do they take air action and eliminate the so-called rebels, but at terrible cost in innocent blood as they wage merciless war against ruthless insurgents?"

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22.10.2016

"Stop this stupid sabre-rattling against Russia"

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/10/stop-this-stupid-sabre-rattling-against-russia/

Rod Liddle kritisiert, dass die Spannungen mit Russland durch westliche Politiker wie den britischen Außenminister Boris Johnson weiter angeheizt werden. "This is my worry: we provoke and provoke, we distort the facts in order to suit our agenda, we vilify Putin and his country in a wholly belligerent, one-eyed, manner, ignoring our own misdeeds — in Ukraine, in Syria and Iraq, and with regard to human rights and freedom of speech. I fervently hope that, (...) Putin’s belligerence is just an act for international consumption, and that he is nowhere near as stupid as Andrew Mitchell or Boris Johnson. (...) Putin is at least partly our creation, too, of course. You cannot divest a country of its empire, its political system and raison d’être, its industry, its jobs, its money, its prestige and world stature in five or six short years and not expect some sort of rebound, some sort of hankering after the old way of life, the craving for a Stalin-lite. (...) Now we must deal with Putin, as a consequence. And we are failing to do so. We are losing all ends up."

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24.09.2016

"In Syria we're not sure who we're backing, or who we're bombing"

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/09/in-syria-were-not-sure-who-were-backing-or-who-were-bombing/

Der mutmaßlich versehentliche Luftangriff westlicher Kampfflugzeuge auf syrische Regierungstruppen wird von Paul Wood als Beleg für die generelle Verwirrung der amerikanischen Syrienstrategie angesehen. Die USA unterstützten praktisch beide Seiten des Konflikts, da sie sowohl Assad als auch den IS und andere Dschihadisten bekämpfen wollen. Dies gelte auch für das Assad-Regime, das den IS zum einen bekämpfe und zum andern in zynischer Weise nutze, um die eigene Bevölkerung zu terrorisieren. "In the battle against Isis in the north, [the Americans] supply airstrikes and weapons to a Kurdish force that is in tacit alliance with the regime and involved in skirmishes with Arab rebels also backed by the US. Since the regular US military is helping the Kurds and the CIA is helping the rebels, American commentators gleefully point out that Syria can also be understood as a CIA proxy war against the Pentagon. (...) But it is as well to remember that in other parts of Syria, the regime has seemed content to collaborate with Isis against the rebel groups who are their common enemy. It has also funded Isis by buying the oil that the jihadis obtain from territory they have conquered. And the regime helped to create this phenomenon by releasing its jihadi prisoners at the start of the uprising, providing — with breathtaking cynicism — an enemy to terrify its own supporters and the international community."

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02.09.2016

"The Islamist war against Sikhs is arriving in Europe"

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/09/islamist-war-sikhs-arriving-europe/

Nach Ansicht von Hardeep Singh ist es kein Zufall, dass radikalislamische Täter in Europa bei ihren Anschlägen zunehmend religiöse Ziele ins Visier nehmen. Betroffen seien dabei nicht nur Juden und Christen, sondern auch Angehörige anderer Religionen. "If any good is to come of all this, it could be found in a show of unity from the religious groups under attack from Islamists. In 2008, I attended an event where the former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks said: 'Sikhs and Jews share a lot in common. They tried to kill us, we survived, now lets eat.' The attack on the temple in Germany is a timely reminder that Islamists don’t just see the West as their mortal enemy, but view all who don’t subscribe to their warped ideology as fair game."

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28.07.2016

"When will our politicians accept the reality of Islamic terrorism?"

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/07/when-will-our-politicians-accept-the-reality-of-islamic-terrorism/

Douglas Murray wirft vielen europäischen Politikern vor, die Verbindung des radikalislamischen Terrorismus zum Islam und zur Flüchtlingskrise beharrlich zu ignorieren. "The extreme interpretation may be a minority problem, but when a continent is struggling to assimilate the Muslims already here, there is a huge risk in bringing in so many immigrants from war-torn parts of the world where jihadism is already rampant. Some of this summer’s attackers were born here; others were recent arrivals. (...) The tragedy is that those in charge still refuse to face up to this problem or even find a decent political language for what is fast becoming an indecent political problem. Just this week, Jean-Claude Juncker said that however bad the terrorism gets, Europe will never give up on open borders. UN representative Peter Sutherland repeated his view that anybody who wants to live in Europe — even economic migrants — must be allowed to come here. Not to give our home over to the world would, he declared, be an affront to European values."

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23.05.2016

"The working-class vote explains the rise of Austria’s far-right"

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/05/the-working-class-vote-explains-the-rise-of-austrias-far-right/

Ed West analysiert die knappe Niederlage des rechtspopulistischen Kandidaten Norbert Hofer bei den österreichischen Präsidentschaftswahlen als Symptom der neuen politischen Konfliktlinien in westlichen Gesellschaften. Die Konflikte um Flüchtlingskrise und Einwanderungspolitik zeigten, dass sich heute zunehmend "Lokalisten" und "Internationalisten" gegenüber ständen. Linke Parteien hätten sich dabei an die Seite der Internationalisten gestellt und ihre früheren Wähler zurückgelassen. "Most of the major issues of the day can be viewed just as easily through the local-global prism as through the left-right one. So on the one hand most younger university educated people in the West are on the 'left', by which is meant they are supportive of progressive causes such as gay marriage, racial justice or open borders. (...) Their natural opponents are not conservatives or socialists but localists – people who believe in prioritising those with whom we have most in common, usually compatriots, and who in Europe are increasingly represented by the radical right. (...) Austria’s result shows what happens when workers feel abandoned by the parties that traditionally used to represent them."

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07.05.2016

"How Recep Erdogan became the most powerful man in Europe"

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/05/how-recep-tayyip-erdogan-brought-the-eu-to-heel/

Mit der Empfehlung der EU-Kommission über eine Visafreiheit für die Türkei könnte Präsident Erdogan die Tür nach Europa weit aufgestoßen haben, schreibt Douglas Murray. Erdogan treibe die autoritäre Wende in der Türkei auch deshalb so ungehemmt voran, weil er überzeugt sei, dass die EU letztlich immer "gekauft" werden könne. "And all the time, it was asked: what about EU membership? Didn’t Erdogan worry that his authoritarianism would disqualify him outright? But he gambled that the EU, for all of its pious words, could be bought off later. (...) And so the EU has accepted Turkey’s abominable treatment of Kurds. It has ignored the ongoing illegal occupation of north Cyprus. And it has ignored every single one of its own putative 'criteria'. In trying to avoid millions more migrants, the EU has opened the doors to 75 million Turks. It’s quite possible that Ergodan doesn’t even want EU membership, that he just enjoys lording it over Europe and showing Turks how he can make a continent (or at least its leaders) quiver. Now Europe is behaving like a man so fearful of death that he chooses to commit suicide."

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