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27.02.2018

"Russia-backed truce in Eastern Ghouta begins"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=87441

Ab sofort soll in Ost-Ghouta täglich eine fünfstündige Feuerpause eingehalten werden, die Hilfslieferungen und die Flucht von Zivilisten ermöglichen soll. Berichten zufolge ist es am ersten Tag trotzdem zu Luftangriffen gegen die Rebellen gekommen. "The Russian defence ministry said on Monday the measures, decided in agreement with Syrian forces, were intended to help civilians leave and to evacuate the sick and wounded. But the spokesman for Failaq al-Rahman, one of the main rebel groups in the eastern Ghouta, accused Russia of presenting people with the choice of forced displacement or being killed in bombardment and siege, and called this a 'Russian crime'. Eastern Ghouta is the last major stronghold near Damascus for rebels battling to topple President Bashar al-Assad, who has driven insurgents from numerous areas with military backing from Russia and Iran."

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19.02.2018

"Pro-Assad militias to enter Syria's Afrin"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=87325

Regierungsnahe Milizen werden Berichten zufolge demnächst im nordsyrischen Afrin an der Seite der Kurden gegen türkische Truppen und deren verbündete Rebellengruppen kämpfen. "While President Bashar al-Assad's government and the YPG espouse utterly different visions for Syria's future and their forces have clashed at times, they have mostly avoided direct conflict during the war and see common cause in combating the Turkish military and allied rebel groups. 'Popular forces will arrive in Afrin in the next few hours to support the steadfastness of its people in confronting the aggression which Turkish regime forces have launched on the region,' state news agency SANA reported, citing its correspondent in Aleppo."

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06.02.2018

"Erdogan warns US to quit Syria's Manbij"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=87132

Der türkische Präsident Erdogan hat noch einmal bekräftigt, dass das türkische Militär beabsichtige, trotz der amerikanischen Präsenz in Manbij gegen die kurdische Hochburg im Norden Syriens vorzugehen. "President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the United States to withdraw any American forces from the Syrian town of Manbij, vowing Turkish troops would expand a cross-border military operation to the key strategic hub. (...) Turkey considers towns like Manbij to be originally Arab-majority territory whose ethnic balance was upset in favour of the Kurds during the seven-year civil war. Turkey's Western allies, including the United States, do not classify the YPG as a terror group and have worked closely with its fighters in the battle against Islamic State jihadists."

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02.02.2018

"Increasingly vulnerable Qatar splashes money on defence"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=87074

Seit Beginn der Konfrontation zwischen Katar und den anderen Golfstaaten um Saudi-Arabien habe das Emirat seine Militärausgaben deutlich erhöht, berichtet Middle East Online. "A flurry of military contracts have followed since Saudi Arabia and its allies dramatically cut all ties with Qatar last June, accusing the 2022 World Cup host of sponsoring terrorism and cosying up to Riyadh's bitter regional rival, Iran. Isolated by and increasingly vulnerable to its more powerful neighbours, Qatar has in the past eight months subsequently announced military contracts worth some $25 billion (20 billion euros). (...) This huge leap in spending -- until 2013 Qatar was spending around $3 billion a year on defence, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute -- reflects Doha's fear of invasion especially at the beginning of the crisis. (...) 'There was concern that the initial diplomatic and economic measures imposed on Qatar on June 5 might be the prelude for military action,' says Kristian Ulrichsen, a fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in the United States. Krieg adds that Qatar's fear of invasion stretches back to 2014 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain abruptly pulled their ambassadors from Qatar."

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01.02.2018

"Basking In The Shadows Of The Ottoman Era"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=87046

In seiner Innen- und Außenpolitik wandle Präsident Erdogan auf den Pfaden des Osmanischen Reiches, schreibt Alon Ben-Meir vom Center for Global Affairs an der New York University. "It is hard to fathom why Turkey’s President Erdogan, who embarked on the most impressive social, political, and economic reforms during his first ten years in office, turned around and systematically destroyed all that he had achieved. In doing so, he transformed the country into a police state where Islamic nationalism runs supreme. It is no secret that Erdogan is an ambitious man who aspires to become the leader of the Sunni Muslim world and dreams of restoring the 'glory' of the Ottoman Empire. He is sparing no efforts to extend Turkey’s wings over countries that he can manipulate and exploit in the Middle East and the Caucasus. Even a cursory review of his actions at home and abroad unmistakably shows that there is a pattern to his madness to resurrect not only images but the influence of the vanished Ottoman Empire that died disgracefully in the wake of World War I."

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23.01.2018

"Regime Change and Globalization Fuel Europe’s Refugee and Migrant Crisis"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=86893

Der in Italien arbeitende Analytiker Andrew Spannaus meint, dass die Diskussion über die illegale Migration nach Europa nicht rechtspopulistischen Bewegungen überlassen werden sollte. Dabei reiche es nicht aus, immer wieder auf die positiven Effekte und die "Normalität" der Migrationsbewegungen hinzuweisen. Eine ehrliche und realistische Debatte dürfe die negativen wirtschaftlichen und politischen Folgen und Hintergründe nicht einfach ausblenden. "On the issue of migration, moving towards what the international community calls a 'reality-based discussion,' i.e. avoiding exaggerated fears that fuel racist attitudes and closure, will be difficult without facing head on the negative effects of economic globalization in recent decades, as well as the results of foreign interventions and regime change wars in the Middle East and North Africa. (...) It is also somewhat cynical to claim that poor immigrants provide a positive economic contribution based on the fact that they are willing to work low-wage jobs. It’s one thing to encourage the fruitful exchange of skills and knowledge among different populations, or celebrate diversity as a way of enriching culture; it is quite another to undermine wages by ensuring a vast pool of desperate workers available at any time. This contradiction brings the discussion back to the economic policies associated with globalization, putting both low-wage European workers and migrants in the same boat, so to speak. Playing destitute migrants against unemployed Europeans is not a recipe for social cohesiveness; rather, it shows the deeper policy problems facing the Western world as a whole."

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19.01.2018

"US to overtake Saudi as world’s second crude oil producer"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=86851

Die USA werden aufgrund ihres Schiefergas-Booms bald zum weltweit zweitgrößten Ölproduzenten aufsteigen, so die Prognose der Internationalen Energieagentur (IEA). "The United States are set to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's number two oil producer after Russia this year, as shale companies, attracted by rising prices, ramp up drilling, the International Energy Agency said on Friday. (...) A global supply glut pushed oil prices as low as $30 per barrel at the start of 2016. But producing nations -- both inside and outside the OPEC oil cartel -- struck a deal at the end of 2016 to cut back production and drive prices higher. (...) And since the United States is not a party to the deal, its shale production can continue uninhibited. 'US growth in 2017 beat all expectations ... as the shale industry bounced back, profiting from cost cuts, (and) stepped up drilling activity,' the IEA said."

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10.01.2018

"Protests over price hikes continue in Tunisia"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=86711

Middle East Online berichtet vor Ort über die durch ein Austeritätsprogramm der Regierung ausgelösten Proteste in Tunesien, bei denen bislang über 200 Menschen verhaftet worden sind. "Police and army forces were deployed in several cities during the night, including in Tebourba 30 kilometres (20 miles) west of the capital Tunis, where hundreds of young people took to the streets after the funeral of a man in his 40s who died in unrest on Monday night. Police have insisted they did not kill the man. The results of an autopsy have not been made public. Unrest was also reported in the southern city of Gafsa, in Kasserine in central Tunisia and in Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of the protests that sparked the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. Tunisia has seen several days of demonstrations after activists and politicians denounced hikes in value-added tax and social contributions introduced at the start of the year as a tough new budget was implemented."

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03.01.2018

"Syrian army preparing assault on east of Damascus"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=86624

Syrische Regierungstruppen bereiten Berichten zufolge nach mehreren Rückschlägen eine neue Offensive gegen die Rebellen im Osten der Hauptstadt Damaskus vor. "The Syrian army backed by Russian jets escalated bombing of the last rebel bastion on the eastern outskirts of Damascus as they prepared to break a siege of an army base encircled by opposition forces, residents and witnesses said on Wednesday. (...) Since Sunday, rebels mainly belonging to the Islamist Ahrar al Sham faction widened their control of parts of the army base in Harasta that penetrates the Eastern Ghouta, the last rebel bastion around the capital. They stormed the base last November in a drive to relieve pressure on Eastern Ghouta's towns and villages, which have seen escalating aerial attacks in the last week. (...) The advances bring rebels closer to the heart of the capital once again, after they were pushed out of their remaining pockets last year by months of siege and bombardment."

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21.12.2017

"Egypt struggles to stem 'catastrophic' population boom"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=86522

Die Bevölkerung Ägyptens nehme in jedem Jahr um etwa 1,6 Millionen Einwohner zu, berichtet Middle East Online. Die Regierung bemühe sich bisher mit nur geringem Erfolg, diese "katastrophale" Wachstumsrate zu senken. "Egypt's overpopulation is adding pressure on the economy, already reeling from the political and security turmoil since the 2011 uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak. (...) President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said population growth is 'a challenge as critical as that of terrorism'. The government launched a new family planning campaign this year under the slogan 'two are enough', to try to contain the phenomenon. (...) Abu Bakr el-Gendy, the head of Egypt's state statistics bureau which carried out the latest census, described the current rate of population growth as a 'catastrophe'. He said the annual rate accelerated between 2005 and 2014, before stabilising in 2016 at around 2.6 percent. The rate must be at least three times lower than economic growth for people's living standards not to deteriorate, according to Gendy."

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18.12.2017

"Macron sees war on IS in Syria will be won in February"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=86467

Frankreichs Präsident Macron erwartet, dass der IS bis Mitte Februar auch in Syrien besiegt sein wird. Präsident Assad sei zwar ein "Feind des syrischen Volkes", bei den Friedensgesprächen müsse allerdings auch mit ihm gesprochen werden. "He underlined that France's top priority as part of the US-led coalition pounding IS is 'the extermination' of the jihadist group rather than ousting Assad, which has been the country's official stance since June. And the Syrian president will not be leaving any time soon after the defeat of IS, Macron said. 'Bashar al-Assad will be there,' he said. 'He will be there because he is protected by those who have won the war on the ground, whether it's Iran or Russia.' However, at some point, Macron said, Assad 'will have to respond to his crimes before his people, before the international courts'. 'France's plan is to win peace, de-mine the country, to de-militarise it and build a political solution that will allow a durable peace - which means all minorities being protected, Christians, Shiites and Sunnis,' Macron said."

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30.11.2017

"Mirage of Libya Reconciliation: No Control, no Security, no Unity"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=86192

Trotz des von der UN organisierten Versöhnungsprozesses in Libyen könne von einer Stabilisierung des Landes keine Rede sein, stellt Rhiannon Smith fest. Weder die von der UN unterstützte Regierung im Westen noch General Haftar im Osten des Landes seien in der Lage, ihre Machtpositionen zu konsolidieren. "Recent developments have shown that Haftar is unable to ensure civilian protection even in so-called controlled territory. Benghazi is seeing a breakdown in security, with rising levels of armed assaults, kidnappings and assassinations. The situation is being compounded by the LNA’s inability to control aligned militias, with battalions and commanders recently implicated in massacres and war crimes. Haftar’s opponents in the west are not faring much better. (...) Even in its own backyard, the GNA’s lack of control over militias involved in smuggling or criminal activity continues to erode its legitimacy. There is evidence of massacres and torture carried out by GNA-aligned militias, including reports of prisoners from the Wershefana campaign being executed. A recent CNN report showing slave auctions taking place near Tripoli has not helped this."

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21.11.2017

"The Fight over America’s Forever Wars"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=86029

US-Senatoren haben in einer offenen Debatte die Autorität des Präsidenten zur Anordnung eines Atomschlags in Frage gestellt. Rashmee Roshan Lall betrachtet dies als Zeichen eines Stimmungswechsels in den USA und schreibt, dass der Kongress als nächstes möglicherweise versuchen könnte, die Kompetenzen der Exekutive beim Einsatz bewaffneter Streitkräfte einzuschränken. "Trump or not, there is a new political mood to review America’s multiple wars. The US Congress promised to re-examine the authorisation it gave President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2002 to hunt down al-Qaeda in retaliation for 9/11. It has been used — and misused — many times over in the past 16 years. As Barbara Lee, the only member of Congress to vote against the original war authorisation, recently pointed out it has been used in 14 countries at least 36 times. (...) The need to reassess the AUMF is urgent. The growing bipartisan consensus in Congress to do so is good news, if only because it shows that America’s politicians are beginning to realise the corrosive effects of a state of perpetual war."

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13.11.2017

"How Long can Putin Dance with both Riyadh and Tehran?"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=85908

Trotz des sich verschärfenden Konflikts zwischen Saudi-Arabien und dem Iran versucht Russland derzeit, gute Beziehungen zu beiden Ländern zu entwickeln. Mark N. Katz von der George Mason University erläutert die Motivation dieser Strategie Moskaus. "(...) Putin is seeking good relations with both Tehran and Riyadh at the same time because Russia needs them. Saudi-Iranian mutual hostility provides certain opportunities for Moscow. While neither Riyadh nor Tehran appreciates Moscow’s cooperating with the other, Putin understands that their mutual antagonism is so great that neither can afford not to cooperate with Moscow. If anything, Saudi-Iranian hostility motivates both Riyadh and Tehran to increase cooperation with Moscow to project the image that Russia really is on their side — a competition that Putin is most willing to exploit. (...) Moscow’s ability to talk with both Riyadh and Tehran while the Trump administration is pursuing a hostile policy towards Iran may allow Putin to dominate any Saudi-Iranian effort to reduce their mutual tensions as well as exclude Washington from any such process."

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17.10.2017

"New UN envoy in Rabat to restart talks on WSahara"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=85430

Der frühere Bundespräsident und heutige UNO-Gesandte für Westsahara Horst Köhler versucht derzeit, die stockenden Verhandlungen zwischen der marokkanischen Regierung und der Befreiungsbewegung Polisario neu anzustoßen. "The new UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara, Horst Koehler, was visiting Morocco on Monday as part of a regional tour aimed at restarting stalled peace talks between Rabat and the pro-independence Polisario Front. (...) The United Nations opened negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario in 2007 and there have been several rounds since, with the latest held outside of New York in 2012. But there has been little progress since, with attempts to re-start talks on the future of the disputed territory exacerbated by tensions on the ground."

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16.10.2017

"Head of IS in Southeast Asia dead"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=85414

Bei den seit vier Monaten andauernden Kämpfen um die vom "Islamischen Staat" besetzte südphilippinische Stadt Marawi ist offenbar der regionale IS-Anführer getötet worden. "'The implication of this development is that the Marawi incident is almost over and we may announce the termination of hostilities in a couple of days,' [Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana] said. Philippine authorities have made several previous announcements on the imminent end of the conflict, but observers believe this time the forecast is likely to be accurate. (...) However an analyst said the deaths of the leaders would likely prompt retaliatory attacks from their followers and allies, with young leaders seeking to take their place. 'Terrorism will take a new form in the post-Marawi period because these terrorist groups linked to ISIS continue to innovate and their actions are evolving,' Rommel Banlaoi, chairman of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, said."

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03.10.2017

"Little could have been done to prevent Vegas carnage"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=85168

Angriffe wie der von Las Vegas werden sich nach Ansicht vieler Sicherheitsexperten auch künftig nur schwer verhindern lassen. "The challenges lie in part in the difficulty of imposing harsh policies on places and events meant for fun and relaxation, and foiling a perpetrator bent on bloodshed. 'This was an unpreventable incident, period,' said Patrick Brosnan, a former NYPD detective who now runs a private security firm called Brosnan Risk Consultants. Brosnan and several other security experts said the shooting at a country music festival that left at least 59 people dead and more than 500 injured underscored the difficulty for law enforcement to stay one step ahead of someone planning such attacks."

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28.09.2017

"The Rise of the New McCarthyism"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=85108

Parry warnt vor den langfristigen Folgen des neuen "McCarthyismus", der sich in der politischen Debatte über US-Präsident Trump und Russland durchgesetzt habe. "As Democrats, liberals and even some progressives join in this Russia-gate hysteria – driven by their hatred of Donald Trump and his supposedly 'fascistic' tendencies – they might want to consider whom they’ve climbed into bed with and what these neocons have in mind for the future. Arguably, if fascism or totalitarianism comes to the United States, it is more likely to arrive in the guise of 'protecting democracy' from Russia or another foreign adversary than from a reality-TV clown like Donald Trump. The New McCarthyism with its Orwellian-style algorithms might seem like a clever way to neutralize (or maybe even help oust) Trump, but – long after Trump is gone – a structure for letting the neocons and the mainstream media monopolize American political debate might be a far greater threat to both democracy and peace."

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25.09.2017

"A Kurdish State: Reality or Utopia?"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=85025

Unabhängig vom Ausgang des Referendums der irakischen Kurden ist Edmund Ghareeb sicher, dass sich das Problem des kurdischen Nationalismus im Nahen Osten nicht länger an den Rand drängen lassen wird. Dabei seien sich keineswegs alle Kurden darin einig, dass ein eigener Staat zu diesem Zeitpunkt die beste Lösung wäre. "During a recent conversation, a prominent Kurdish leader admitted that while 'I dream of independence and believe that we, like any other nation, have the right to a state of our own, I am not sure this is our best option at this time. It may be better for us to reach an agreement with Baghdad where we hold strong cards than coming under the tutelage of Turkey or Iran.' 'The least bad option may come from an agreement reached between Iraqi Arabs and Iraqi Kurds in a spirit of dialogue and understanding and not as an imposed solution. This agreement, however, must recognise our rights and international guarantees might help to ensure its success but we have to keep our options open, including our right to self-determination.'"

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08.09.2017

"Did climate change really fuel Syria's civil war?"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=84739

Eine neue Studie amerikanischer und europäischer Wissenschaftler hat Chris Arsenault zufolge keine belastbaren Belege für die Annahme gefunden, dass der Klimawandel tatsächlich entscheidend zur Eskalation des Konflikts in Syrien beigetragen hat. "Statements by such public voices as Britain's Prince Charles and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore have linked the violence in Syria with global warming, saying the 2006 drought played a key role in urban migration that helped spark the civil war. 'There is no sound evidence that global climate change was a factor in sparking the Syrian civil war,' said University of Sussex Professor Jan Selby, one of the study's co-authors, in a statement. 'It is extraordinary that this claim has been so widely accepted when the scientific evidence is so thin.'"

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04.09.2017

"The Risk of NATO’s H-Bombs in Turkey"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=84673

Jonathan Marshall warnt, dass sich der zunehmend "sprunghaft" agierende türkische Präsident Erdogan zu einer Gefahr für die in der Türkei stationierten Wasserstoffbomben der NATO entwickeln könnte. Bei den Waffen handle es sich um ein Überbleibsel des Kalten Krieges, das heute für die USA eigentlich keinen strategischen Wert mehr habe. "As Erdogan’s relations with the United States and Western Europe go from bad to worse, the case for withdrawing those weapons of mass destruction from his reach grows ever more urgent. 'It is the worst place possible to be keeping nuclear weapons,' said Joseph Cirincione, a nuclear arms control expert and president of the Ploughshares Fund. Citing the relocation of American families from the air base as U.S.-Turkish tensions have grown, he asked rhetorically, 'it is not safe for our military spouses and children, but it is OK for 50 hydrogen bombs to be there?' His concerns were recently echoed by a 'former senior NATO official' who agreed the weapons 'should be removed given the instability, both in the country and across the border in Syria and Iraq.'"

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24.08.2017

"America’s 'Global Policeman' Role"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=84526

Graham E. Fuller schreibt, dass die USA angesichts der weltweiten Zunahme sicherheitspolitischer Spannungen vor drei Optionen stehen. Die traditionelle Rolle des "globalen Polizisten" werde international allerdings kaum noch Anerkennung finden. "The first school thinks primarily in terms of law, order and authority: it accepts the need for a global policeman. The second school is more willing to let regional nations take the initiative to eventually work things out among themselves. Both schools possess advantages and disadvantages. Something called Balance of Power politics lies halfway between the two. (...) If policing is required (and there may be an occasional role for it), it will ever more likely involve a consortium of major international players — at a bare minimum the European Union, China, and Russia. The United Nations Security Council, when it can agree, also plays an important role. Indeed, these three powers are determined to deny the U.S. any further monopoly of international power. And that was true before Trump. (...) If we believe that permanent conflict is simply a fundamental element of the human condition, then the argument for a policeman gains weight. But from now on international policing is going to be shared — like it or not. And however 'inefficient' it may be."

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17.08.2017

"Hillary Clinton Promised Wars, Too"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=84384

Angesichts der zum Teil vehementen Kritik an den außenpolitischen Entscheidungen Donald Trumps mutmaßt James W. Carden, dass Hillary Clinton aufgrund ihrer politischen Plattform als US-Präsidentin in vielen Fällen kaum anders gehandelt hätte. "Trump has done much as Clinton would have done by, among other things: slapping sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea; pledging unlimited support to Israel; reassuring 'our allies' in the Persian Gulf and eastern Europe; condemning Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine; expanding military operations in eastern Syria; and lobbing none-to-veiled threats at the left-wing government in Venezuela. So while it’s easy and almost certainly emotionally satisfying to the legions of Clinton supporters to tell themselves (and their readers) that of course Hillary would have been a better of steward of U.S. foreign policy than Trump, that assertion remains both unprovable and, given her record, highly questionable."

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06.08.2017

"Abbas to ramp up Gaza sanctions despite UN concerns"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=84183

Trotz internationaler Kritik an seiner Gaza-Politik will Palästinenserpräsident Abbas die Sanktionen gegen die Bevölkerung im von der Hamas regierten Gebiet verschärfen. "Abbas, the leader of the internationally-recognised Palestinian government based in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, has been seeking to weaken Islamists Hamas by cutting power supplies to crowded Gaza. On Saturday, he said he would continue with sanctions on the coastal strip, despite UN concerns that it amounts to collective punishment of its two million residents. 'We will continue the gradual stopping of financial allocations to the Gaza Strip until Hamas commits to reconciliation' with the Abbas administration, the president said."

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12.07.2017

"Israel’s ever-more Sadistic Reprisals Help Shore up a Sense of Victimhood"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=83871

Jonathan Cook wirft Israel vor, auf Anschläge durch palästinensische Täter mit harten Kollektivstrafen gegen deren Familien zu reagieren. "The panic and cruelty plumbed new depths last week, when Israeli officials launched a $2.3 million lawsuit against the family of Fadi Qanbar, who crashed a truck into soldiers in Jerusalem in January, killing four. He was shot dead at the scene. The suit demands that his widow, Tahani, reimburse the state for the compensation it awarded the soldiers’ families. If she cannot raise the astronomic sum, the debt will pass to her four children, the oldest of whom is currently only seven. Israel is reported to be preparing many similar cases. (...) Israel argues that a potential attacker can only be dissuaded by knowing his loved ones will suffer harsh retribution. Or put another way, Israel is prepared to use any means to crush the motivation of Palestinians to resist its brutal, five-decade occupation. All evidence, however, indicates that when people reach breaking-point, and are willing to die in the fight against their oppressors, they give little thought to the consequences for their families. That was the conclusion of an investigation by the Israeli army more than a decade ago."

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13.06.2017

"Qatar Crisis Reverberates across the Maghreb"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=83507

Die Konfrontation Katars durch Saudi-Arabien und andere Golfstaaten sei von säkularen Kräften im Maghreb begrüßt worden, berichtet Iman Zayat. Viele werfen Katar demnach die Unterstützung radikaler Islamisten wie der Muslimbruderschaft vor. "Reactions across the Maghreb were predictably divided along ideological lines, with many secularists praising the Gulf states’ denunciation of Qatar and many Islamists expressing sympathy for Doha. Many secularists pointed to the support provided by Qatar to radical Islamists in the region and described the move of Arab countries as a blow to Islamist groups, notably the Muslim Brotherhood. Editor-in-Chief of the Tunisian Arabic-language daily Assahafa Al Yaoum Hechmi Nouira predicted huge fallouts on Islamists from the measures imposed on Qatar. 'The Arab region is witnessing a real tsunami, which could potentially sweep Qatar’s allies throughout the Arab region,' he said."

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26.04.2017

"Trump says Assad's future 'not a deal breaker' on Syria"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=82781

US-Präsident Trump hat bei einem Treffen mit 15 UN-Botschaftern offenbar bekräftigt, dass erfolgreiche Verhandlungen zur Beendigung des Krieges in Syrien aus amerikanischer Sicht nicht vom Rücktritt des syrischen Präsidenten Assad abhängen werden. "Trump, who has branded Assad 'a butcher', said it was up to the Syrian people to decide, during a White House luncheon meeting on Monday with the 15 ambassadors, said Russian charge d'affaires Petr Iliichev. 'He said that the future of Assad is not a deal breaker,' Iliichev said. 'He said that whether he stays or he leaves is not important. What is important is the political process, the cessation of bloodletting, of hostilities.' 'And then the people will decide.' Iliichev insisted that Trump specifically used the words 'not a deal breaker' in reference to the future of the Syrian leader."

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25.04.2017

"The Pro-War Twist of the 'Resistance'"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=82761

Die amerikanische "Trump-Resistance" sei dazu übergegangen, die sicherheitspolitische "Kriegspolitik" des demokratischen Establishments um Hillary Clinton entschieden zu verteidigen, schreibt James W Carden. Antikriegsstimmen und "Dissidenten" aus dem eigenen politischen Lager würden dabei hart bekämpft. "In the days following the Tomahawk missile attack on Syria, it became obvious that antiwar voices need not apply to the Resistance, which clearly remains in thrall to the 25-year-old interventionist orthodoxy begun under President Bill Clinton and which continues to be treated as unassailable dogma within the Democratic Party to this day. Those few who had the temerity to dissent from the Resistance party line were to be given no quarter."

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06.04.2017

"The Looming End To The Western-Turkish Alliance"

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=82453

Das Ende der jahrzehntelangen Allianz zwischen dem Westen und der Türkei ist für Alon Ben-Meir angesichts der Politik von Präsident Erdogan nur noch eine Frage der Zeit. "Erdogan’s propensity to bully his Western allies has lately reached a tipping point. In recent months, he escalated his criticism of the EU and threatened to annul the agreement over the readmission of refugees who have crossed over illegally into Europe if the EU does not permit visa-free entry for Turkish citizens, as the agreement stipulated. Erdogan’s habitual bullying of his Western allies raises serious doubts about his reliability as a trusted partner and uncertainty about the future of their bilateral relations, especially in connection with issues of national security. (...) It is time for the US and the EU to stop downplaying the profound and growing cleavage with Turkey over the many deeply contentious points between the two sides. As long as Erdogan remains in power, their divorce from one another is moving forward at a rapid pace, and there are no powerful voices on either side to sound the alarm about the impending breakup."

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Internationales

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Innerstaatliche Konflikte

Vom Kosovo nach Kolumbien, von Somalia nach Süd-Thailand: Weltweit schwelen über 280 politische Konflikte. Und immer wieder droht die Lage gewaltsam zu eskalieren.

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Zahlen und Fakten

Globalisierung

Kaum ein Thema wird so intensiv und kontrovers diskutiert wie die Globalisierung. "Zahlen und Fakten" liefert Grafiken, Texte und Tabellen zu einem der wichtigsten und vielschichtigsten Prozesse der Gegenwart.

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Publikationen zum Thema

Coverbild Internationale Sicherheit im 21. Jahrhundert

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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