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22.05.2017

"U.N. launches website to answer your questions about the Syrian refugee crisis"

http://mashable.com/2017/05/22/syrian-refugee-crisis-google-united-nations/#zP2BRn_YOaqK

Das Flüchtlingshilfswerk der Vereinten Nationen UNHCR hat in Kooperation mit Google eine neue interaktive Website zur syrischen Flüchtlingskrise ins Netz gestellt. "The website combines UNHCR data and stories with Google Search trends and Google Maps visuals, exploring the five most common questions people have about the crisis. 'Searching for Syria aims to dispel myths and misconceptions about Syria and refugees, and provide an entirely fresh look at the biggest humanitarian tragedy of today,' U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement."

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27.03.2017

"NATO wants more surveillance drones to suck up data"

http://mashable.com/2017/03/27/nato-surveillance-data-drones/#GDK1m6ts6gqt

Die NATO will künftig offenbar verstärkt Überwachungsdrohnen einsetzen, berichtet Colin Daileda. "The alliance is buying five Global Hawk surveillance drones, according to The Wall Street Journal. They'll be based in Italy, and the first one will begin flying around either later this year or early next. While it's a bit unclear how those surveillance drones will be used, there is a chance they will be deployed in Eastern Europe. (...) These Global Hawk drones will come with a need for huge amounts of satellite bandwidth, which allows the drone to process data — in a similar fashion to your internet connection. In the words of one NATO official quoted in the Journal's story, the Global Hawk is a 'vacuum cleaner of data,' so it needs more satellite bandwidth to keep it fed."

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07.03.2017

"Edward Snowden weighs in on WikiLeaks CIA dump"

http://mashable.com/2017/03/07/edward-snowden-wikileaks-cia-hacks/#oyVExcafYmqj

NSA-Whistleblower Edward Snowden hat sich über Twitter zu den neuen WikiLeaks-Enthüllungen über CIA-Hacker-Werkzeuge geäußert. "Posting on Twitter Tuesday morning, Snowden said that the leak 'looks authentic' and is 'generally a big deal.' He went on to elaborate why he believed the information - which centred around allegations that the CIA's covert program allowed it to crack into iPhones, Androids and even Samsung TVs - was credible. Snowden also addressed how the government might be making software vulnerable on purpose, by 'developing vulnerabilities in US products then intentionally keeping the holes open.' He slammed that alleged practise as 'reckless beyond words.'"

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08.06.2016

"This French app will alert you in case of terrorist attacks at Euro 2016"

http://mashable.com/2016/06/08/french-app-terrorist-attacks-euro-2016/#F2PYMOWB6ZqB

Die französischen Behörden haben eine App veröffentlicht, die der Öffentlichkeit im Falle eines Terroranschlags während der Fußball-EM helfen soll. "The Interior Ministry said the app - which was developed after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people - will alert geolocated users in case of attack. It also allows users to sign up to receive alerts in up to 8 different 'geographical zones' in addition to their present location. These alerts will offer a description of what has happened as well as advice on how to stay safe. To ensure that potential hostages do not alert the attackers, the app will not send vibrations or sounds, opting for a visual notification instead."

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30.05.2016

"'We don't want a police state': Edward Snowden slams Australian metadata laws"

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NSA-Whistleblower Edward Snowden hat sich kritisch zu einem neuen Überwachungsgesetz in Australien geäußert, mit dem die zweijährige Speicherung aller Metadaten der Gespräche von Australiern erlaubt wird. "The government in Australia can currently access anyone's metadata without a warrant. This includes call records, the location of devices, IP addresses and personal information such as your email address and home address. It does not contain the contents of your messages or email, but the information the government collects is enough to understand your movements and activities in terrifying detail. In Australia in February 2015, the Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris used the controversial argument 'if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.' The statement has been linked back to the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and to George Orwell's novel 1984."

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30.03.2016

"FBI's retreat doesn't mean its war with Apple is over"

http://mashable.com/2016/03/29/apple-fbi-battle-whats-next/#3H8p7ZIU1SqF

Christina Warren und Sergio Hernandez schreiben, dass der Konflikt zwischen dem FBI und Apple durch die Einstellung des Verfahrens gegen das Unternehmen nicht beseitigt, sondern nur verschoben worden sei. Aktuell sei kein klarer Gewinner zu erkennen: "Yes, Apple won the day in this case, but future cases will still go forward. There was an opportunity for additional legal precedent, but because the case was dropped, that isn't happening. Moreover, one of the side-effects of this brawl was the subtle implication that Apple's security was strong and 'FBI-proof.' (...) In light of the FBI's claims that it has gained access to the phone in San Bernardino, Apple's flexed muscles begin to droop. And for the government, it does survive to fight another day — and in other districts — but the FBI also has egg on its face in the court of public opinion. Moreover, the responses from other tech companies, and from members of Congress, have shown that the type of support the Department of Justice thought it might have in this case might not exist."

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06.03.2016

"Erdogan’s latest media takeover is about more than just one newspaper"

http://mashable.com/2016/03/06/erdogans-latest-media-takeover-is-about-more-than-just-one-newspaper/?utm_
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Die türkische Journalistin Suna Vidinli berichtet in ihrem Beitrag über die Hintergründe der Übernahme der größten türkischen Zeitung durch die Regierung in Ankara. "The confiscation of Zaman media group highlights some critical developments in Turkey. The government immediately took the media group offline, and a special tech team was brought in to completely wipe out the news archive and web content of the newspaper. And it was especially noteworthy as the government took over Cihan News Agency as part of the raid. Cihan, Turkey’s top news agency, was the only organization monitoring exit polling during Turkish elections beyond the state-run Anadolu Agency, and observers have pointed out that the government takeover of Cihan is a severe blow to the future of free and fair elections in Turkey."

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28.02.2016

"Saudi man gets 10 years and 2,000 lashes for atheist tweets"

http://mashable.com/2016/02/28/saudi-man-atheist-tweets/#MC5WFuY_6GqK

Ein saudi-arabischer Mann, der sich in seinen Twitter-Nachrichten offen zum eigenen Atheismus bekannt hat, ist zu zehn Jahren Haft und 2.000 Peitschenhieben verurteilt worden. "Al-Watan online daily said Saturday that religious police in charge of monitoring social networks found more than 600 tweets denying the existence of God, ridiculing Quranic verses, accusing all prophets of lies and saying their teachings fueled hostilities. It says the 28-year-old man admitted to being an atheist and refused to repent, saying that what he wrote reflected his own beliefs and that he had the right to express them. (...) 'Saudi authorities have never tolerated criticism of their policies, but these recent laws and regulations turn almost any critical expression or independent association into crimes of terrorism,' Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement."

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08.12.2015

"Biden to Ukraine: You've got one last chance. Don't screw this up."

http://mashable.com/2015/12/08/biden-ukraine-reforms/#Bbuz_5RFOGqg

US-Vizepräsident Biden habe bei Gesprächen in Kiew kaum einen Zweifel daran gelassen, dass die USA von der ukrainischen Führung ernsthafte Antikorruptionsbemühungen erwarten, schreibt Christopher Miller. "'The world is watching you — this is your moment. Please, for the sake of the rest of us, don't waste it,' Biden said in an impassioned address streamed live across the country. Failure, he warned, would likely mean the loss of much-needed international support and would have harmful consequences in building a united and democratic Europe. (...) Biden himself has been criticized in Ukraine; his messages of reform have been undermined by his son's connection to a former Ukrainian official being investigated for fraud. A recent poll showed only 7% of Ukrainians believe the fight against corruption has yielded any results. Transparency International, a global anti-corruption nonprofit, named Ukraine one of the world's most corrupt countries, sharing a score with Uganda and the Comoros."

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29.10.2015

"Humanitarian crisis looms in eastern Ukraine as winter approaches"

http://mashable.com/2015/10/29/humanitarian-crisis-in-eastern-ukraine/#t6dm1DG46iqm

Mit dem Wintereinbruch drohe in der Ostukraine erneut eine humanitäre Krise, berichtet Christopher Miller in seiner Reportage aus der Region. "The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), is scaling up its activities in eastern Ukraine, providing residents whose homes have been damaged with cement, bricks, timber, rubberoid and roofing sheets to repair them in time for the biting Ukrainian winter, Ahmad Mohanna, ICRC sub-delegation head, said in an interview in Sloviansk. But many who have relied on such aid from international groups now are having to go without after separatist leaders in Donetsk and Luhansk ordered Western agencies out of the region and banned them from returning to work. Among the banned agencies are the ICRC, Doctors Without borders (MSF) and the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF. 'We are concerned about the lack of access to non-government controlled areas,' said Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF head representative in Ukraine. 'We know 60,000 people now do not have access to hygiene, food and medical supplies.'"

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27.10.2015

"Another Doctors Without Borders facility in Middle East hit by airstrike"

http://mashable.com/2015/10/27/doctors-without-borders-yemen-airstrike/#7JiI3kpQ18qL

Nach dem US-Luftangriff auf ein Krankenhaus der Organisation "Ärzte ohne Grenzen" im afghanischen Kunduz ist in Jemen offenbar erneut eine Einrichtung der Organisation bombardiert worden. Marcus Gilmer zufolge ist die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte arabische Militärkoalition für den Angriff verantwortlich. "The first strike came around 11 p.m. on Monday, Hassan Boucenine, the organization's director in Yemen, told Reuters. The first hit damaged the operations theater while it was empty, fortunately, and the staff were busy with people in the emergency room. They just had time to run off as another missile hit the maternity ward, Boucenine added. 'It could be a mistake, but the fact of the matter is it's a war crime,' he said. 'There's no reason to target a hospital. We provided (the coalition) with all of our GPS coordinates about two weeks ago.' (...) 'It's completely destroyed,' Boucenine said."

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05.09.2015

"Syrian asylum-seekers in Europe"

http://mashable.com/2015/09/05/syrian-refugees-europe/

Mashable mit einer Karte, auf der die Verteilung von Flüchtlingen des syrischen Bürgerkrieges in Europa aufgeschlüsselt wird. "This map shows the number of Syrian citizens who have applied for asylum in Europe since 2011. At 90,000, Germany has received the most asylum applications from Syrian refugees of any nation, dwarfing the United Kingdom by a factor of 13. But when adjusted for population, its number of asylum-seekers pales compared to nations like Denmark, Bulgaria and Sweden, where, for every 100,000 residents, 636 Syrians have applied for asylum."

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21.06.2015

"Latest WikiLeaks release chronicles Saudi Arabia's lavish spending, political intrigue"

http://mashable.com/2015/06/21/wikileaks-saudi-cables/

Die Enthüllungsplattform WikiLeaks hat mit der Veröffentlichung diplomatischer Geheimdokumente begonnen, die einen interessanten Einblick in die außenpolitischen Aktivitäten Saudi-Arabiens gewähren. "(...) they've already provided an unusual level of insight into day-to-day Saudi diplomacy — giving a snapshot of the lavish spending habits of senior royals and the political intrigue percolating across the Middle East. 'The Saudi Cables lift the lid on a increasingly erratic and secretive dictatorship that has not only celebrated its 100th beheading this year, but which has also become a menace to its neighbors and itself,' WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange said in a statement."

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25.04.2015

"ISIS and Boko Haram: How do we save the girls they brutally kidnap?"

http://mashable.com/2015/04/25/isis-boko-haram-kidnapped-girls/

Yohana Desta berichtet über zwei Podiumsdiskussionen während des diesjährigen "Women in the World"-Gipfels in New York, die sich mit dem Schicksal der Frauen und Mädchen, die vom Islamischen Staat im Irak und von der Boko Haram in Nigeria entführt wurden, beschäftigten. "As of last November, it's estimated the terror group has kidnapped more than 5,000 Yazidis, most of them women and girls. Saeed is sure the majority of those women have been sold into sex slavery. It's been confirmed by a recent Human Rights Watch report that kidnapped girls are subject to 'systematic rape and sexual violence.' Yazidis are one of the oldest religious minorities in Iraq. In part because of the religious difference, they were immediately a target for ISIS — but the government was too late to protect them."

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17.02.2015

"The only solution to the Equation Group is destroying your hard drive"

http://mashable.com/2015/02/17/equation-group-what-to-do/

Das russische IT-Sicherheitsunternehmen Kaspersky Lab hat versteckte Spionagesoftware auf handelsüblichen Festplatten entdeckt, die eine Überwachung von privaten Computern weltweit ermöglicht. Verantwortlich ist offenbar die NSA. "So what is the best way to combat it? 'The best way to get rid of it is to physically destroy the hard drive,' Igor Soumenkov, principal security research at Kaspersky, told Mashable. The spyware buries itself so deep in a hard drive that even flushing the drive clean and reinstalling everything would not get rid of it. It affects the hard drives of all major manufacturers: Maxtor, Seagate, Western Digital and Samsung. If a hard drive has the spyware embedded deep inside it, the owner is almost certainly unaware of it."

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04.02.2015

"A win for ISIS: Unparalleled brutality seizes the media spotlight"

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Die Reaktion der internationalen Medien auf die brutale Ermordung des jordanischen Piloten Muath al-Kaseasbeh durch den Islamischen Staat müsse als Propagandasieg der Terrororganisation gewertet werden, schreiben Jason Abbruzzese und Brian Ries. "For hours during the day, the words 'Burned Alive' were a fixture of the cable news coverage. The gruesome theatrics seemed calculated to shock the world and gain airtime in a way that the video of the beheading of James Foley five months ago originally did. In recent months, ISIS has promoted imagery showing its members crucifying victims, placing heads on spikes, and pushing people off rooftops. They have also released a video in which a young child seems to shoot two men who the group accused of being spies. But nothing has gained them the attention that the burning death of al-Kaseasbeh did on Tuesday. For those covering the story, it created a quandary: how to cover the killing without furthering the militants' aims?"

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25.01.2015

"Why war has exploded again in Ukraine"

http://mashable.com/2015/01/25/why-war-has-returned-to-ukraine/

Christopher Miller erläutert, warum der ohnehin fragile Waffenstillstand in der Ukraine in den letzten Tagen völlig zusammengebrochen sei. Der Flughafen in Donetsk sei ein besonders wichtiger Brennpunkt des Konflikts. "A big reason why the deal failed was that no one could agree on who would control the territory of the Donetsk airport. The rebels said it was theirs, Kiev said it belonged to Ukraine, and so the two fought pitched close-quarters battles over it for months, destroying it in the process. (...) Once the gem of the region, Donetsk International Airport, built for almost $1 billion dollars just over two years ago, today is in ruins. Occupying the northwestern edge of the region's capital city, it is strategic in that it could be used by Moscow to resupply the rebels, or utilized by Kiev to encircle and squeeze them. For those reasons — and out of sheer pride — the hotly contested site has seen the worst of the fighting since the very onslaught of the conflict."

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15.01.2015

"Al-Qaeda claims it planned Paris attack but serious questions remain"

http://mashable.com/2015/01/14/al-qaeda-yemen-claim/

Die Al-Qaida in Jemen hat sich in einem Video zu den Terroranschlägen in Frankreich bekannt. Brian Ries berichtet, dass es unter Experten immer noch Zweifel gebe, da die Terrorgruppe keine überzeugenden Beweise für ihre Behauptung vorgelegt habe. "The tape comes one week after the attacks — a seemingly long time to take credit for such a large-scale attack, though not unheard of. It also contained no visual proof of al-Qaeda leadership ever meeting the Kouachi brothers — such as photos or a video proving their presence in Yemen — leaving many who cover the region skeptical until they see more."

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22.12.2014

"Iraq reality TV show makes ISIS 'terrorists' confront victims"

http://mashable.com/2014/12/22/iraq-tv-show-makes-terrorists-confront-victims/

Die Associated Press berichtet über eine Reality-Show in Irak, in der verurteilte Isis-Kämpfer mit ihren Opfern bzw. deren Angehörigen konfrontiert werden. Mit dem Programm versuche die irakische Regierung auch, die nach vielen Niederlagen demoralisierten eigenen Soldaten wieder aufzurichten. "'In the Grip of the Law' brings convicted terrorists face-to-face with victims in surreal encounters and celebrates the country's beleaguered security forces. The show, produced by state-run Al Iraqiyya TV, is among dozens of programs, cartoons and musical public service announcements aimed at shoring up support for the troops after their humiliating defeat last summer at the hands of the Islamic State group, which now controls about a third of the country."

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02.12.2014

"Ukraine just created its own version of Orwell's 'Ministry of Truth'"

http://mashable.com/2014/12/02/ukraine-ministry-of-truth/

Hat die ukrainische Regierung ein "Wahrheitsministerium" nach dem Vorbild George Orwells eingerichtet? Christopher Miller berichtet über Proteste ukrainischer Journalisten gegen das neue Ministerium für Informationspolitik, das von einem engen Vertrauten des Präsidenten geleitet werde. "While its main objective appears to be confronting Russia’s formidable propaganda machine, the Ministry is likely to also restrict free speech and inhibit journalists' work — particularly in war-torn eastern Ukraine, according to observers. (...) Oksana Romaniuk, director of local media watchdog Institute of Mass Information and Ukraine representative for Reporters Without Borders, told Mashable that 'the government wants to control the media’s messages first, and second, they want to control access to the messages.' Details on how the ministry will operate are murky. No documents were made available to the public or deputies, and Stets did not reply to Mashable's requests for comment. But Romaniuk fears the government has given itself 'carte blanche.'"

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26.11.2014

"How the world lost interest in Kobani"

http://mashable.com/2014/11/26/kobani-twitter/

Das nachlassende Interesse der Weltöffentlichkeit an der Schlacht um Kobani könne auch an der sinkenden Zahl von Twitter-Nachrichten zum Thema abgelesen werden, schreibt Megan Specia. "During the first week of September, there were only about 1,000 tweets containing the term 'Kobani,' according to a Twitter spokesperson who looked at data at Mashable's request. A month later, the number of tweets mentioning 'Kobani' had ballooned to about 1 million tweets. On Oct. 5, when ISIS militants symbolically claimed territory by planting black flags around the city, reporters and cameramen on the hill had a perfect, unobstructed view. Twitter went crazy that week with the highest volume of tweets mentioning Kobani occurring on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. As the month went on, the numbers continued to dwindle. (...) Though Kurdish forces and the U.S. military are still battling with ISIS for control of the besieged city, the news cycle has clearly turned to other things. Most Western reporters have left the hillside and the volume of tweets about Kobani now averages about 180,000 per week."

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21.11.2014

"What will drones look like in 10 years?"

http://mashable.com/2014/11/20/drones-hangout/

Mashable-Redakteur Eric Larson hat mit den drei Experten Arthur Holland Michel, Peter W. Singer und Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai in einer Google-Hangout-Videochatkonferenz über die Zukunft der Drohnentechnologie diskutiert. Die Debatte kann hier zusammen mit einer kurzen Dokumentation zur Geschichte von Drohnen angesehen werden. "The drone age is here — and as daunting, eerie or futuristic as it may seem, it's nothing short of reality. (...) We'll talk about the future of lethal autonomous weapons, FAA regulations, drone porn and why some schools are creating entire departments dedicated to studying unmanned aerial vehicles. Basically: If it's robotic and it flies, we're into it."

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03.11.2014

"The body collector from Ukraine"

http://mashable.com/2014/11/03/the-ukrainian-body-collector/

Christopher Miller stellt in seiner Reportage aus der Ukraine Yaroslav Zhilkin vor, der im Osten des Landes dafür bekannt sei, zurückgelassene Leichen ukrainischer Regierungssoldaten einzusammeln und dem Militär zur Bestattung zurückzugeben. "'Nobody is fighting with the dead,' says Zhilkin who claims to be motivated by a great injustice: the Ukrainian government’s lack of action when it comes to returning 'heroes' to their homes for a proper burial. He contrasts Kiev’s casualty-recovery efforts - or lack thereof - with those undertaken by the United States when two American soldiers went missing in Afghanistan in 2006 and more than 8,000 troops and a team of forensic scientists were dispatched to find them. In Ukraine, there is only Zhilkin’s team of 37 volunteers. One of every seven soldiers killed in this war remains unidentified and have been buried in mass graves marked by wooden crosses adorned with colorful plastic funeral wreaths and tiny makeshift headstones that read: 'Temporarily missing-in-action defender of Ukraine.'"

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01.11.2014

"Silent massacre: A month of slaughter in the Democratic Republic of Congo"

http://mashable.com/2014/10/31/drc-masscare-photos/

Einem Bericht von Amnesty International zufolge hat sich der Konflikt zwischen Regierung und Rebellen in der Demokratischen Republik Kongo von der Weltöffentlichkeit nahezu unbeachtet erheblich verschärft. "Throughout October, the death toll in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been steadily increasing. Rebel groups have carried out a series of seemingly arbitrary killings and kidnappings against civilians, murdering men, women and children with machetes, batons and axes. The attacks have left at least 100 dead in the past month, Amnesty International said on Friday. One armed group being credited with most of the violence is the Ugandan-based Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which has been hiding out in the Congolese forest. The most recent attack on Thursday night claimed the lives of 14 civilians. Locals reported that groups of men entered villages with child soldiers as young as 7 years old, then ordered the children to kill civilians. Despite the scale of the killings, the rebels' violence has gone largely underreported thus far."

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20.10.2014

"Amnesty International: Extrajudicial Killings in Ukraine Misrecorded and Misreported"

http://mashable.com/2014/10/20/amnesty-international-ukraine/

Nach neuen Meldungen über die Entdeckung von Massengräbern stellt Amnesty International in einem aktuellen Bericht fest, dass es schwierig bleibe, sich ein klares Bild von den Menschenrechtsverletzungen im Osten der Ukraine zu verschaffen. "'There is no doubt that summary killings and atrocities are being committed by both pro-Russian separatists and pro-Kiev forces in eastern Ukraine, but is difficult to get an accurate sense of the scale of these abuses,' said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty's Europe and Central Asia director. 'It is likely that many have not yet been exposed and that others have been deliberately misrecorded. It is also clear that some of the more shocking cases that have been reported, particularly by Russian media, have been hugely exaggerated.'"

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29.09.2014

"John Oliver Coins a New Slogan for Drones"

http://mashable.com/2014/09/29/john-oliver-drones/

John Oliver hat sich in seiner HBO-Show "Last Week Tonight" mit dem amerikanischen Drohnenkrieg auseinandergesetzt. "John Oliver coined a new slogan for drones on Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight: 'Appealingly cheap and incredibly deadly.' In response to news that the United States launched drone strikes in northwestern Pakistan and in Yemen, Oliver and his team of writers tried to find some concrete answers to questions about how and when the government decides to use drones."

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24.09.2014

"Syrian Woman Wears Hidden Camera to Reveal Life Under ISIS Rule"

http://mashable.com/2014/09/24/syria-hidden-camera/

Eine syrische Frau hat den Alltag in der vom Islamischen Staat kontrollierten Stadt Raqqa mit einer versteckten Kamera gefilmt. "A mother, with an AK-47 slung over her shoulder, walks her child to a playground. A man driving a car orders a woman to cover her face: 'God loves women who are covered.' A woman in an Internet cafe, in flawless French, tells her mother that she won't be coming home: 'I did not take the risk by coming here to go back to France.' The world got a rare glimpse at life inside the ISIS-controlled city of Raqqa thanks to an intrepid, unnamed Syrian woman who wore a hidden camera under her niqab as she walked around the northern Syrian city, which fell to ISIS militants 18 months ago."

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17.09.2014

"ISIS Declares War in Hollywood-Style Propaganda Video"

http://mashable.com/2014/09/17/isis-flames-of-war-video/

Der Islamische Staat habe auf die Ankündigung von US-Militärschlägen mit dem Video einer eigenen "Kriegserklärung" geantwortet, berichtet Amanda Wills. "The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, released a high-production movie trailer that seemingly dares the United States to put boots on the ground to fight the militant group. Among slo-mo explosions and graphic violence, the video, titled 'Flames of War,' also features footage of President Barack Obama saying, "Combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq." The video ends with a title card that says, 'Flames of War: Fighting has just begun.'"

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26.08.2014

"Islamic State Expands: Up to 100,000 People Have Joined, Experts Say"

http://mashable.com/2014/08/26/100000-people-join-islamic-state/

Einem irakischen Sicherheitsexperten zufolge hat die Terrorgruppe Islamischer Staat im Irak und in Syrien bis zu 100.000 neue Anhänger gewonnen. "If true, the numbers suggest that the militant organization is growing by leaps and bounds as it conquers territory in the region. According to [Hisham al-Hashimi, a security expert in Baghdad,] a key event in terms of adding more people to its rank was the group’s capture of Mosul in June. The northern Iraqi city is a Sunni stronghold, home to many former officers in Saddam Hussein’s army who have opposed the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad. And while some people were forced to enlist, others seem to have voluntarily taken up arms."

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20.08.2014

"Why the Islamic State Is Scarier Than al-Qaeda in Iraq"

http://mashable.com/2014/08/20/islamic-state-al-qaeda-iraq/

Louise Roug erläutert die wichtigsten Ursachen für den Aufstieg der Terrororganisation "Islamischer Staat". "They have more money, weapons and battle experience; they have a more sophisticated propaganda strategy; and their ever-growing ranks are filled with western recruits who, one day, may come home to Europe and the United States. (...) The Islamic State publishes annual reports complete with slick illustrations and infographics, laying out its progress. The militants carried out more than 9,500 attacks last year, according to a translation of the 400-plus-page report by the Institute for the Study of War. Though it is difficult to verify each individual attack, the document itself suggests that the militants have adopted an efficiency mindset similar to that of a modern-day, metrics-obsessed corporation. By publishing 'attack metrics,' the radicals 'communicate organizational efficacy to outside parties, such as donors, al-Qaeda groups, and adversaries,' according to an analysis by the Institute for the Study of War."

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Internationale Sicherheit im 21. Jahrhundert

Die internationale Sicherheit ist fragil und bedroht. Wie können und müssen demokratische Systeme ...

Internationale Sicherheitspolitik Cover

Internationale Sicherheitspolitik

Seit Ende des Ost-West-Konflikts hat sich die internationale Sicherheitspolitik deutlich verändert....

Das Herz verlässt keinen Ort, an dem es hängt

Das Herz verlässt keinen Ort, an dem es hängt

16 Autor*innen aus Krisengebieten wünschen sich für ihre Zukunft weiterschreiben zu können. In di...

Sicherheitspolitik verstehen

Sicherheitspolitik verstehen

Wie sieht eine zeitgemäße Sicherheitspolitik angesichts einer zunehmend komplexer werdenden und st...

Am Hindukusch – und weiter?

Am Hindukusch – und weiter?

Ende 2014 zogen die letzten deutschen ISAF-Truppen aus Afghanistan ab. Dieser Band zieht Bilanz, fra...

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