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04.11.2019

"'Defeated' ISIS has found safe haven in an ungoverned part of Iraq"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/mideast/defeated-isis-has-found-safe-haven-ungoverned-part-iraq-n1076081

Im Norden Iraks habe der "Islamische Staat" ein Gebiet außerhalb der Kontrolle Bagdads übernommen, berichtet Courtney Kube unter Berufung auf Militärkreise. "Just months after the Islamic State militant group lost the last of its territory in Syria, and days after its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in a U.S.-led raid, the group has found safe haven in a remote, ungoverned space in Iraq, as foreign fighters move across the border from Syria, military officials tell NBC news. 'The fight against ISIS is continuous,' said U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. William Seely, commander of Task Force-Iraq. 'We're seeing ISIS fighters move from Syria across hundreds of miles of desert.' Their goal, Seely says, is to re-establish their physical caliphate in the region. (…) ISIS has moved into a valley in a remote mountainous region in Northern Iraq. The valley is controlled by the Kurdish peshmerga on one side and the Iraqi army on the other. But along the dividing line between the two, there are areas — some as wide as five miles — where neither side patrols, giving the militants space to move. And they do, coming out mainly at night."

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03.11.2019

"Militants kill 54 in attack on Mali army post, ISIS claims responsibility"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/militants-kill-54-attack-mali-army-post-claims-responsibility-n1075721

Bei einem Angriff auf einen Militärstützpunkt in Mali sind Berichten zufolge mindestens 54 Menschen getötet worden. Der "Islamische Staat" hat die Tat für sich beansprucht. "Islamic state claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency on Saturday, without providing evidence. The militant group has posted dozens of claims of responsibility for attacks in several countries since U.S. special forces killed its previous leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last weekend. (…) The attack follows jihadist raids in late September that underscored the increasing reach and sophistication of armed groups operating in the region. From their stronghold in Mali, groups with al Qaeda and Islamic State links have been able to fan out across the Sahel, destabilizing parts of Niger and Burkina Faso."

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31.10.2019

"The Islamic State spy who betrayed al-Baghdadi was an insider motivated by revenge"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/islamic-state-spy-who-betrayed-baghdadi-was-motivated-revenge-n1074206

Der bei einem Einsatz einer US-Spezialeinheit getötete IS-Anführer Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ist von einem enttäuschten Insider verraten worden, so der Oberkommandierende der kurdischen SDF-Miliz, Mazloum Abdi, in einem Interview. "The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Gen. Mazloum Abdi, gave NBC News a detailed account of how he spent months running a spy inside ISIS who followed al-Baghdadi as he moved from one safehouse to another, until he was finally trapped in a tunnel beneath one of them. Abdi did not identify the source, but Kurdish intelligence officials described him as an Arab who had many relatives in ISIS. Abdi said the informant’s main motivation was revenge. 'I think he was under a lot of pressure from his family,' the general said. 'His relatives were subjected to harsh treatment by ISIS and he no longer believed in the future of ISIS. He wanted to take revenge on ISIS and al-Baghdadi himself.'"

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25.10.2019

"Lebanon protests rock Hezbollah's grip on power. That's cause for hope — but also danger."

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/lebanon-protests-rock-hezbollah-s-grip-power-s-cause-hope-ncna10722
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Die Massenproteste in Libanon stellen Sulome Anderson zufolge auch eine Bedrohung für die Machtbasis der Hisbollah dar. "Hezbollah has weathered many storms in the 30 or so years it has been officially active, from an Israeli invasion in 2006 to the turmoil of the Syrian war next door, but never has it faced such strong domestic sentiment against it from across different sects. Whether Hezbollah chooses to quell the protests with force or sacrifice some of its political gains to appease demonstrators, one thing is certain: From a domestic standpoint, its leadership is facing the greatest existential crisis it has experienced in a long time. (…) Bilal Saab, an analyst at the Middle East Institute, a Washington-based think tank, says that while the impact of the protests on Hezbollah’s political and military strength should not be overstated, there is no doubt the demonstrations have shaken the group’s confidence."

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21.10.2019

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears confused at extradition hearing"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-appears-confused-extradition-hearing-
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Bei einer Anhörung vor einem Londoner Gericht habe der seit April in Isolationshaft sitzende WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange "verwirrt" gewirkt, berichtet Reuters. "Assange, 48, who spent seven years holed up in Ecuador's embassy before he was dragged out in April, faces 18 counts in the United States including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. He could spend decades in prison if convicted. On Monday he appeared clean-shaven, without the long beard he had worn at his last public appearance in May, when he was sentenced to 50 weeks jail for skipping bail. He appeared in good health, with his white hair combed back and wearing a navy suit over a light blue sweater and white shirt. But he mumbled and stuttered for several seconds as he gave his name and date of birth at the start of a preliminary hearing in the case. When the judge asked him at the end of the hearing if he knew what was happening, he replied 'not exactly,' complained about the conditions in jail, and said he was unable to 'think properly.'"

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07.10.2019

"Republicans slam Trump's Syria pullout: 'Disaster,' 'Betrayal,' 'Mistake'"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/disaster-betrayal-mistake-republicans-slam-trump-s-syr
ia-pull-out-n1063251

Die Entscheidung Donald Trumps zum Rückzug der US-Truppen aus Nordsyrien wird auch von Verbündeten des Präsidenten in der eigenen Partei scharf kritisiert. "A long list of Republicans — including several top allies of President Donald Trump — lined up in vehement opposition Monday to the president’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from the northern border of Syria and allow a Turkish operation there. (...) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement that 'a precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime.' (...) In a lengthy tweetstorm, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a fierce Trump loyalist, tore into the decision, calling it a 'disaster in the making.' Graham predicted the move 'Ensures ISIS comeback,' 'Forces Kurds to align with Assad and Iran' and 'Destroys Turkey’s relationship with U.S. Congress,' and called it a 'stain on America’s honor for abandoning the Kurds.'"

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27.09.2019

"Saudi Arabia gets ready to open up to foreign tourists"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/saudi-arabia-gets-ready-open-foreign-tourists-n1059426

Saudi-Arabien will sein internationales Ansehen durch die Öffnung des Landes für internationale Touristen verbessern, berichtet Patrick Smith. "Saudi Arabia announced details of a tourist visa scheme Saturday as part of a major drive to attract foreign visitors as it presses on with efforts to transform its economy and the way the world sees the insular Gulf monarchy. The one-year, multiple-entry visa scheme allows for stays of up to 90 days at a time, and marks the first time the country is allowing foreigners to visit solely for the purpose of tourism. Currently only citizens of surrounding states, those on Islamic pilgrimages or business trips can apply for visas to the absolute monarchy."

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26.09.2019

"Ukraine's Zelenskiy avoids backlash at home over Trump call"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ukraine-s-zelenskiy-avoids-backlash-home-over-trump-call-n1058921

Während Donald Trump mit den politischen Folgen seines Telefongesprächs mit dem ukrainischen Präsidenten zu kämpfen hat, scheint Volodymyr Zelenskiy aus der Affäre relativ unbeschadet hervorzugehen, berichten Taras Shumeyko und Linda Givetash aus Kiew. "The notes outlining the details of their call released Wednesday show the comedian-turned-president referring to Trump as 'a great teacher' and saying he had stayed at the Trump International Hotel and Tower during his last visit to New York City. While many of the Ukrainians whom NBC News spoke to Thursday didn't like their president's deferential tone, they said they understood Zelenskiy's reasons to turn on the charm. 'He definitely wants to curry favor with Trump,' Gleb Zhavoronkov, 35, a journalist and civil activist from Odessa, said via Facebook Messenger. 'I believe advisers consulted Zelenskiy on how to get sympathy from Trump, which is needed to fight Russia aggression with sanctions pressure at least.' Businessman Vitali Oplachko, 81, shared a similar perspective. 'Zelenskiy is an inexperienced politician, but obviously a good psychologist. He figured out Mr. Trump's profile and his absolute egocentrism,' he said."

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20.09.2019

"How one Syrian camp shows the fight against ISIS isn't over"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/how-one-syrian-camp-shows-fight-against-isis-isn-t-n1055826

Richard Engel, Ammar Cheikh Omar und Marc Smith berichten in ihrer Reportage über das syrische Flüchtlingslager Al Hol, dass der Einfluss des "Islamischen Staates" dort trotz der Zerschlagung des IS-Kalifats allgegenwärtig sei. "In July a video from al-Hol appeared on social media platforms, showing a group of women and children cheering beneath an unfurled homemade ISIS flag. Shouts of 'baqiya' ('remaining' in Arabic) could be heard. Another video showed a group of women, fully covered in traditional black clothing and positioned in front of an ISIS flag, as they called for the return of ISIS rule and threatened: 'You think we’re trapped in your rotten camp, we are a ticking time bomb.' 'Many of these people came from Baghouz, the ones who stayed with ISIS until the very end, the most dangerous of all, and now they’re in this camp,' said Klistan Oso, the head of the refugee affairs office for the regional administration in northern Syria, who visits al-Hol regularly. It’s not just this camp. According to a report from the inspector general to Congress, covering April to the end of June, the ISIS story is far from over."

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17.09.2019

"Justice Department sues Edward Snowden over publication of new memoir"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/justice-department-sues-edward-snowden-over-publicati
on-new-memoir-n1055481

Veröffentlichung seiner Memoiren hat Edward Snowden eine neue Klage des US-Justizministeriums eingebracht. Snowden wird vorgeworfen, als ehemaliger CIA- und NSA-Mitarbeiter gegen Vertraulichkeitsvereinbarungen verstoßen zu haben. "'The lawsuit alleges that Snowden published his book without submitting it to the agencies for pre-publication review, in violation of his express obligations under the agreements he signed,' the Justice Department said in a news release Tuesday. The Justice Department said it is not seeking to stop the release of the book, which is titled 'Permanent Record' and was published by Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers. Instead, the department said it would seek to recover any proceeds Snowden earns from the book, which was published Tuesday."

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10.09.2019

"Trump's Taliban peace talks have collapsed. But many Afghans aren't surprised — or sad."

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-taliban-peace-talks-have-collapsed-many-afghans-aren-ncna10
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In Afghanistan sei der Kollaps der Verhandlungen der USA mit den Taliban von vielen mit einer Mischung aus Erleichterung und Furcht aufgenommen worden, berichtet Gayle Tzemach Lemmon vom Council on Foreign Relations. "Relief mixed with fear. That is the reaction of many Afghans I spoke with via social media and WhatsApp about the collapse of U.S. talks with the Taliban. 'People are not surprised' that President Donald Trump’s Camp David meeting with the Taliban collapsed, said Wazhma Frogh, an Afghan civil society activist based in Kabul. 'Time to let Afghans decide about the roadmap to peace in their own country.' (...) No one sees an easy way out of this war, but many of the Afghans I spoke with remained skeptical that entering into talks with the Taliban while they continued to murder Afghans seemed likely to yield results, especially while the Taliban refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of the Afghan government. (...) Afghans who have been tracking the Taliban talks closely say that their nation has a peace process and they want their government to be part of it. Until now they have felt like foreigners at their own peace talks. The one hope they have for this disappointing moment is that a process can be created in which they will have a say in their nation’s fate — right from the start."

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08.09.2019

"Hong Kong protesters sing Star Spangled Banner, appeal to Trump to 'liberate' city"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/hong-kong-protesters-sing-star-spangled-banner-appeal-trump-liberate-n
1051166

Tausende Protestierende in Hongkong haben am Sonntag die amerikanische Nationalhymne gesungen und Präsident Trump der Associated Press zufolge gebeten, ihre Stadt "zu befreien". "Protesters on Sunday urged Washington to pass a bill, known as the Hong Kong Democratic and Human Rights Act, to support their cause. The bill proposes sanctions against Hong Kong and Chinese officials found to suppress democracy and human rights in the city, and could also affect Hong Kong’s preferential trade status with the U.S. (...) Some U.S. lawmakers have spoken out strongly in support of the Hong Kong protesters and voiced concern about the potential for a brutal crackdown by China. Trump, however, has indicated the U.S. would stay out of a matter he considers between Hong Kong and China. He has said he believes the U.S. trade war with China is making Beijing tread carefully."

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08.09.2019

"Trump says he's canceling Afghanistan peace talks, secret meeting with Taliban leaders"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/trump-says-he-s-canceling-afghanistan-peace-talks-secret-meeting-n1051
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US-Präsident Trump hat überraschend das Ende der Verhandlungen mit den Taliban verkündet. Zuvor war ein US-Soldat bei einem Selbstmordanschlag in Kabul getötet worden. Trump zufolge waren die Gespräche so weit fortgeschritten, dass sogar ein geheimes Treffen des Präsidenten mit Taliban-Anführern in Camp David auf dem Plan stand. "Trump tweeted that he was scheduled to hold a secret meeting with Taliban leadership and, separately, the president of Afghanistan, Sunday at Camp David. The United States has been working on a deal to pull troops out of the country that harbored 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and, in the process, end the nation's longest war. The meeting at Camp David would have come just days before the 18th anniversary of 9/11. 'I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations,' Trump tweeted. 'What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?' The attack in Kabul on Thursday, for which the Taliban took credit, killed 12 and injured 42."

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20.08.2019

"Top Iranian official: We should never have signed Obama-era nuclear deal"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/top-iranian-official-we-should-never-have-signed-obama-era-n1043971

Ali Shamkhani, enger Berater des iranischen Religionsführers Ayatollah Ali Chamenei, hat die Unterschrift unter das internationale Atomabkommen im Jahr 2015 in einem Interview mit NBC News als Fehler bezeichnet. "To the Iranians, said Shamkhani, Trump seems to want the same things as all his predecessors as U.S. president, which is to diminish Iran's influence. But Trump, said Shamkhani, managed to forfeit the 'achievement' of 'neutralizing Iranian nuclear technology' by gutting the JCPOA. Iran, said Shamkhani, is not basing its decisions on U.S. policy on who is president, or on the possibility that Trump will not serve a second term. But he said that he thinks Trump's 'maximum pressure' campaign is failing because the U.S. public and Western allies are 'questioning' his leadership."

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06.08.2019

"Fact check: Trump suggests video games to blame for mass shootings"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/fact-check-trump-suggests-video-games-blame-mass-shootings-
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Nach den beiden Massenschießereien in El Paso und Dayton haben US-Präsident Trump und andere konservative Politiker u.a. erneut Videospiele mit "glorifizierender Darstellung von Gewalt" für die Taten mitverantwortlich gemacht. Jane C. Timm weist darauf hin, dass es nach wie vor keine wissenschaftlichen Belege für diesen Zusammenhang gibt. "(...) researchers told NBC News there is no evidence that violent video games encourage violence in real life. And they've definitely been looking. Consider this 2019 study out of Oxford University, which found no link, or this one from 2018 that also found no evidence to support the theory. Studies in 2016 and 2015also failed to find evidence that video games spurred violence, and researchers even noticed signs that crime may be reduced by violent games. 'There's absolutely no causal evidence that violent video game play leads to aggression in the real world,' said Andrew Przybylski, a researcher at Oxford University who has been studying the psychological effects of video games for more than a decade and co-authored that 2019 study. Earlier this year, Przybylski published his study in the Royal Society Open Science that monitored video game use, as reported by approximately 1,000 British teenagers, and symptoms of aggression, as reported by their parents. 'We found a whole lot of nothing,' he said."

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03.08.2019

"Trump warns U.S. allies to take back captured ISIS fighters"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/trump-warns-u-s-allies-take-back-captured-isis-fighters-n1038736

US-Präsident Trump hat damit gedroht, inhaftierte IS-Kämpfer in Europa freizulassen, sollten die zuständigen Regierungen sich weiterhin weigern, die Gefangenen in ihre europäischen Heimatländer zurückzuführen. "His comments raise the pressure on European powers who have been reluctant to repatriate nationals accused of fighting for ISIS due to security concerns and the difficulty of obtaining sufficient evidence for prosecution. 'We have thousands of ISIS fighters that we want Europe to take, and let's see if they take them. If they don't take them, we'll probably have to release them to Europe,' Trump told reporters on Thursday. It is unclear how many ISIS fighters of European origin are in detention and how Trump would release them to Europe. Experts estimate U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces hold some 800 European ISIS fighters in makeshift prisons, but the mostly Kurdish militia group is struggling to maintain them more than four months after ISIS lost the last significant part of its so-called caliphate."

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20.07.2019

"The U.S. is eager to end its longest war. In interview, Taliban gives little sign it's ready to change."

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/he-u-s-eager-end-its-longest-war-interview-taliban-n1031836

Nach einem Interview mit einem Sprecher der Taliban bezweifeln Matt Bradley, Mushtaq Yusufzai und Dan De Luce, dass die USA in den laufenden Verhandlungen in Doha wesentliche Zugeständnisse erwarten können. "Shaheen spoke to NBC News in Doha, the capital of the glittering Gulf Arab kingdom of Qatar, where U.S. and Taliban negotiators are deep into the seventh round of talks. On two crucial issues — respect for women’s rights and recognition of Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed government in Kabul — Shaheen either hewed to Taliban policies dating back decades before the U.S. invasion or deferred to further negotiations or future decisions by Islamic courts. In an hourlong interview in one of the city’s finest hotels, Shaheen projected the calm confidence not only of a diplomat but of an experienced commander who would rather not have to blacken your eye but will do so if you need to be taught a lesson. (...) fighting will continue alongside talks, heaping mistrust on a process that has marinated in cynicism since it began. But that doesn’t seem to bother Shaheen, who believes his Taliban are more than capable of fighting the Americans for yet another 18 years. 'If this generation does not succeed, another generation would come to succeed in order to put an end to the occupation,' he said. 'So the sooner we end this, the better for both sides.'"

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15.07.2019

"Iran tensions: Britain says 'small window' to save nuclear deal"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/iran-tensions-britain-says-small-window-save-nuclear-deal-n1029801

Der britische Außenminister Hunt hat die aktuelle Iran-Strategie des engen Verbündeten USA mit recht deutlichen Worten abgelehnt. "'Iran is still a good year away from developing a nuclear bomb. There is still some closing, but small window to keep the deal alive,' Hunt told reporters on arrival for a foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels. (...) Hunt, who is vying to become British Prime Minister, said that while he agreed with the United States on finding a long-term solution to Iran's regional influence, he disagreed on Washington's current approach. 'What the U.S. knows is that we consider them our closest ally, we believe the alliance between the U.K. and the U.S. has been the foundation of global peace and prosperity over the last 75 years, but friends sometimes disagree,' he said. 'This is one of the very rare occasions when we do disagree, but that doesn’t mean we don’t work very closely with them in pursuit of peace.'"

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03.07.2019

"Bolton the hawk struggles to retain his influence with Trump"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/bolton-hawk-struggles-retain-his-influence-trump-n1025
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Hat der ausgewiesene "Falke" John Bolton im Weißen Haus an Einfluss eingebüßt? NBC News berichtet über neue Unstimmigkeiten zwischen dem US-Präsidenten und seinem Sicherheitsberater. "According to three sources with close ties to the administration, friction between Trump and Bolton worsened in late May over Iran. Outside advisers and supporters told Trump he was being dragged into a confrontation with Iran and alleged his aides were moving ahead without fully consulting him, the sources said. The president came away angry and ready to question Bolton. (...) The dynamic between the two men ebbs and flows, with Bolton at times favored by Trump and at other times a source of irritation, the sources said. Bolton's status is not helped by the fact that he has made few allies inside the administration. Nevertheless, the president did not appear to be ready to sack Bolton, the sources said."

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30.06.2019

"Trump meets Kim Jong Un, becomes first sitting U.S. president to step into North Korea"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-kim-jong-un-meet-dmz-n1025041

NBC News berichtet über das kurzfristig arrangierte Treffen Donald Trumps mit Kim Jong Un. "President Donald Trump stepped foot into North Korea on Sunday during an extraordinary last-minute meeting with Kim Jong Un, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to enter the secretive, nuclear-armed nation. Although the unprecedented encounter comes despite the lack of any measurable progress on denuclearization between Washington and Pyongyang, Trump declared the meeting a success. (...) a senior Trump administration official told NBC News on Sunday that one possible outcome from Trump's handshake with Kim is that it could jump-start negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea at a lower level being led by Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea. Those talks could then focus on making more substantive progress on the nuclear issues."

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29.06.2019

"Trump's Iran policy is deepening mistrust in North Korea, experts say"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/trump-s-iran-policy-deepening-mistrust-north-korea-experts-say-n102190
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Die aggressive Iran-Politik der US-Regierung wird Experten zufolge auch in Nordkorea aufmerksam beobachtet. Das Misstrauen gegenüber amerikanischen Zusagen habe dabei deutlich zugenommen. "'From the North Koreans' perspective, the Americans just can't be trusted — full stop,' said Tom Plant, director of the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy at the Royal United Services Institute, a London think tank. 'It is so bizarre to say this, but there's just not the stability of policy in Washington that there is in Pyongyang,' Plant said. 'They will always be worrying about how certain they could be that a deal made with one president would be honored by another.' (...) In Pyongyang, Trump's withdrawal from the deal came as 'a clear signal to North Korea about the U.S.' behavior,' said Kim Jina, a research fellow at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, a think tank funded by the South Korean government. Since then, North Korea has been 'totally focused' on the Washington's Iran policy 'as a possible barometer for what may happen to them,' Kim said."

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22.06.2019

"Trump administration unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan in approach Abbas calls 'unacceptable'"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/trump-administration-unveils-50-billion-palestinian-economic-plan-appr
oach-abbas-n1020666

Die US-Regierung hat den wirtschaftlichen Teil ihres lange erwarteten Nahost-Friedensplans enthüllt, der für die Palästinenser zu Investitionen in Höhe von 50 Milliarden US-Dollar führen soll. "About $28 billion would go to the West Bank and Gaza and billions more to Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, which have absorbed Palestinian refugees and dealt with other ramifications of the conflict for decades. But the rollout Saturday does not include the political portion of the plan, and so doesn’t address the most critical questions in the conflict, such as whether the Palestinians will get an independent state and the status of Palestinian refugees, the city of Jerusalem, and Jewish settlements in the West Bank. (...) Focusing on economic issues between Israel and the Palestinians 'is unacceptable before the political situation is discussed,' [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] told top officials of his Fatah party."

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17.06.2019

"U.S. sending 1,000 troops to Middle East amid heightened tension with Iran"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/u-s-sending-1-000-troops-middle-east-amid-heightened-n1018556

Das Pentagon will aufgrund der aktuellen Spannungen mit dem Iran 1.000 zusätzliche Truppen in den Nahen Osten schicken. "Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan (...) said that the increased forces were in response to a request from U.S. Central Command for defensive purposes to address air, naval and ground-based threats in the Middle East. U.S authorities accused Iran of attacks on two tankers last week, though the country's foreign minister has denied the accusations. 'The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,' Shanahan said. 'The U.S. does not seek conflict with Iran.'"

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12.06.2019

"Russia plans to deliver S-400 missiles to Turkey within weeks"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russia-plans-deliver-s-400-missiles-turkey-within-weeks-n1016666

Trotz des amerikanischen Ultimatums könnte die Lieferung der russischen S-400-Raketen an die Türkei bereits in den nächsten Wochen stattfinden, berichtet Reuters. "Russia said on Tuesday it plans to deliver its S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey in July, setting the clock ticking on a U.S. threat to hit Ankara with sanctions if it goes ahead with a deal that has strained ties between the NATO allies. Turkey and the United States have sparred publicly for months over Ankara's order for the S-400s, which are not compatible with the transatlantic alliance's systems. Washington has threatened to remove Turkey from its F-35 fighter jet program unless it drops the deal, and has set its own deadline of July 31. If Ankara accepts delivery of the S-400s, that would trigger U.S. sanctions that could prolong Turkey's economic recession and prompt a re-evaluation of its 67-year membership of NATO."

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27.05.2019

"Julian Assange's legal team prepares for a lengthy free speech battle"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/julian-assange-s-legal-team-prepares-lengthy-free-speech-battle-n10102
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Die Anwälte von Julian Assange bereiten sich Linda Givetash zufolge auf einen langwierigen Kampf gegen eine Auslieferung des in Großbritannien inhaftierten WikiLeaks-Gründers an die USA vor. Im Mittelpunkt der Verteidigungsstrategie soll demnach die Meinungsfreiheit von Assange stehen. Die britische Politik könnte vor diesem Hintergrund allerdings versuchen, dem Streit durch eine Auslieferung von Assange an Schweden aus dem Weg zu gehen. "Assange's defense is likely to claim the charges are politically-motivated and violate his freedom of expression, protected by Article 10 in the European Convention on Human Rights, according to Michael Drury, a lawyer specializing in extradition cases for the London-based firm BCL Solicitors. It stands to be a 'highly unusual' argument in an extradition case, Drury told NBC News. Extradition cases more often see claims that a defendant would be treated inhumanely or harmed. (...) British politicians wanting 'to avoid being caught in the crossfire' of the American legal showdown would be enticed to hand Assange over to the Scandinavian nation, said [Richard Aldrich, professor of international security at the University of Warwick]. 'It’s more politically acceptable to extradite on the sorts of charges that the Swedes have raised.' (...) Even if Assange faces trial or is convicted in Sweden, Drury said he would eventually find his way back to British court to face the U.S. extradition order. 'Putting it entirely cynically, you can't get rid of the problem by sending him to Sweden,' he said."

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24.05.2019

"Trump administration's Assange indictment is a referendum on the Constitution"

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-administration-s-assange-indictment-referendum-constitution-n
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Steve Vladeck von der University of Texas School of Law analysiert die verfassungsrechtlichen Fragen, die in den USA mit der neuen Anklageschrift gegen Julian Assange aufgeworfen worden sind. "It’s easy to blame the Justice Department in general, and the Trump administration, in particular, for taking the first step down such a slippery slide. But part of the blame here also lies with Congress, which has, for decades, been warned about a potential future case exactly like this — and has nevertheless chosen to leave the law unchanged. This history of congressional quiescence led a pair of Columbia law professors, writing in 1973 (shortly after the Pentagon Papers case), to conclude that 'we have lived since World War I in a state of benign indeterminacy about the rules of law governing defense secrets.' That indeterminacy has only become more pronounced over the ensuing four and a half decades. And as of yesterday, it is no longer benign."

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23.05.2019

"In letter, 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh said ISIS 'doing a spectacular job'"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/letter-american-taliban-john-walker-lindh-said-isis-d
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Nach 17 Jahren steht der als "American Taliban" bekannt gewordene John Walker Lindh kurz vor seiner vorzeitigen Freilassung wegen guter Führung. Ken Dilanian berichtet über den Verdacht, dass Lindh nach wie vor ein potentiell gewalttätiger Extremist sein könnte. "Underscoring those worries is Lindh's 2015 handwritten letter from prison to NBC's Los Angeles station KNBC - revealed for the first time Wednesday - in which he expressed support for ISIS, saying the terror group that beheaded Americans was 'doing a spectacular job.' (...) After serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence, Lindh will be released for good behavior, as is standard in the federal system. Judge T.S. Ellis imposed unusually restrictive conditions on him, including mandatory monitoring of his internet usage, banning him from foreign travel and requiring mental health counseling. (...) The conditions of his supervised release last three years, after which Lindh will be clear of formal supervision. U.S. officials told NBC News the FBI is likely to keep a close eye on him."

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15.05.2019

"White House says it won't sign international agreement to combat online extremism"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/white-house-says-it-won-t-sign-international-agreement-com
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Neuseelands Premierministerin Ardern und Frankreichs Präsident Macron haben die internationale Erklärung "Christchurch Call" auf den Weg gebracht, in der Online-Dienste aufgefordert werden, stärker gegen terroristische und extremistische Inhalte auf ihren Plattformen vorzugehen. Die US-Regierung hat die Erklärung Dareh Gregorian zufolge grundsätzlich begrüßt, eine Unterzeichnung aber mit dem Hinweis auf die Meinungsfreiheit in den USA abgelehnt. "That makes the U.S. an outlier. Allies including the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Italy, India, Germany and Spain are all listed as signing on to the effort. Numerous technology giants are involved as well, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube. In its statement, the White House suggested that First Amendment concerns were stopping the Trump administration from joining in the agreement. 'We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press,' the statement said. The White House later tweeted that the administration is 'fighting for free speech online,' and urged people who feel they've been censored because of 'political bias' to share their stories on the White House's website."

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10.05.2019

"Trump may be underestimating Iran's resolve in resisting nuclear sanctions"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/trump-may-be-underestimating-iran-s-resolve-resisting-nuclear-sanction
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Andrea Mitchell stellt fest, dass US-Präsident Trump mit seiner Iran-Strategie international zunehmend isoliert dastehe. Die "Falken" im Weißen Haus unterschätzten zudem die Entschlossenheit Teherans, dem Druck der USA nicht nachzugeben. "(...) the president’s hawkish circle of advisers very well may be underestimating Iran’s resolve and resilience. With the approach of the U.S. election, Tehran may decide to wait out the Trump administration. And while the president seems confident in his powers of persuasion if he were in a room with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, how has “the art of the deal” worked so far with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un? In addition, Iran, unlike North Korea, does not have one-man rule. Rouhani has to answer not only to the supreme leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei, but also the powerful Revolutionary Guard, recently named by the State Department as a terrorist group, the first time an official government organization was so designated. Under those conditions, negotiations between the two governments are all but impossible. And Pompeo said last week he does not believe Iran’s government could ever change enough to satisfy the administration."

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