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04.09.2018

"How Duterte Used Facebook To Fuel the Philippine Drug War"

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/daveyalba/facebook-philippines-dutertes-drug-war

Die Beliebtheit von Facebook in der Bevölkerung der Philippinen habe es Präsident Duterte erlaubt, seinen umstrittenen Krieg gegen Drogen mit breiter öffentlicher Unterstützung durchzuführen, schreibt Davey Alba. "Thanks to a social media–hungry populace and heavy subsidies that keep Facebook free to use on mobile phones, Facebook has completely saturated the country. And because using other data, like accessing a news website via a mobile web browser, is precious and expensive, for most Filipinos the only way online is through Facebook. The platform is a leading provider of news and information, and it was a key engine behind the wave of populist anger that carried Duterte all the way to the presidency. (...) If you want to know what happens to a country that has opened itself entirely to Facebook, look to the Philippines. What happened there — what continues to happen there — is both an origin story for the weaponization of social media and a peek at its dystopian future. It’s a society where, increasingly, the truth no longer matters, propaganda is ubiquitous, and lives are wrecked and people die as a result — half a world away from the Silicon Valley engineers who’d promised to connect their world."

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31.07.2018

"Dieser Geheimbericht zeigt: Deutschland und die EU wissen von grausamen Menschenrechtsverbrechen in Libyen"

https://www.buzzfeed.com/de/marcusengert/eu-sicherheitsbericht-libyen?utm_term=.ebmlxoLlKY#.vn00qvk0NX

Marcus Engert berichtet über einen bislang geheimen Bericht des Europäischen Auswärtigen Dienstes EEAS, dem zufolge Flüchtlinge in Libyen regelmäßig misshandelt und verkauft werden. "Der Bericht spricht von Folter, Vergewaltigung, Zwangsprostitution, menschlichem Organhandel und bewaffneten Milizen. Auch attestiert er Libyen, die Mindestanforderungen internationaler Vereinbarungen wie der EU-Flüchtlingskonvention nicht einzuhalten".

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01.04.2018

"After The Black Flag Of ISIS, Iraq Now Faces The White Flags"

https://www.buzzfeed.com/borzoudaragahi/isis-iraq-white-flags-syria-new-name?utm_term=.mgYE49pLd#.efQx7e9
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Seit der Zerschlagung des "Islamischen Staates" in Irak sind neben immer noch aktiven IS-Kämpfern zahlreiche neue radikalislamische Gruppen entstanden, die die Stabilität des Landes bedrohen. Borzou Daragahi stellt mit den sogenannten "White Flags" eine dieser Gruppen vor. "Though they have to yet to engage in suicide bombings or the multipronged attacks that distinguish militant groups throughout the world, the White Flags have menaced Shia militiamen to the southwest of the Hamreen mountains with mortar fire, clashed with Kurdish peshmerga to the northeast, and launched a rocket against a coalition aircraft, according to Latif. They have also begun to spread out toward Hawija, a former ISIS holdout in the south of Kirkuk, and in the direction of Baghdad. Security officials, analysts, and locals say the group is collecting recruits, stockpiling weapons, and seeking to build goodwill among the farmers and shepherds who eke out lives in the sparsely populated terrain."

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28.02.2018

"Stop Blaming Russian Bots For Everything"

https://www.buzzfeed.com/miriamelder/stop-blaming-russian-bots-for-everything?utm_term=.soa0LP8Ap#.tl2mbK
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Werden politische Debatten in den USA und anderen westlichen Demokratien in sozialen Netzwerken durch "russische Bots" gesteuert? Miriam Elder und Charlie Warzel berichten, dass sich entsprechende Vorwürfe regelmäßig auf die Arbeit der vom German Marshall Fund finanzierten Forschungsgruppe "Hamilton 68 dashboard" beziehen, die 600 Twitter-Accounts mit entsprechendem Hintergrund verfolgt. Mittlerweile glaube allerdings selbst der Mitbegründer der Gruppe, dass der Einfluss "russischer Bots" oft übertrieben dargestellt werde. "'I’m not convinced on this bot thing,' said Watts, the cofounder of a project that is widely cited as the main, if not only, source of information on Russian bots. He also called the narrative 'overdone.' The dashboard monitors 600 Twitter accounts 'linked to Russian influence efforts online,' according to its own description, which means the accounts are not all directly traced back to Kremlin efforts, or even necessarily to Russia. 'They are not all in Russia,' Watts said during a phone interview last week. 'We don’t even think they’re all commanded in Russia — at all. We think some of them are legitimately passionate people that are just really into promoting Russia.' So, not bots."

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03.01.2018

"Here’s Why Iran’s Middle Class Is Mostly Sitting Out The Protests"

https://www.buzzfeed.com/borzoudaragahi/irans-middle-class-is-sitting-out-the-protests?utm_term=.gugYm2mA
1#.rf8eDGDLa

Die iranische Mittelschicht, die sich 2009 noch aktiv an den damaligen Protesten gegen das Regime beteiligt habe, sei bei den aktuellen Demonstrationen kaum zu sehen, stellt Borzou Daragahi fest. "In 2009, the protests were led by the middle-class youth and professionals alongside the country’s reformist political faction, once an integral part of the ruling elite. But poor and lower-middle class families in Iran’s flyover country — small towns on the country’s periphery, agricultural hubs, and dreary satellite towns of large cities — appear to be at the forefront of today’s protests. (...) 'People in Tehran are not as hard-hit by the issues, which are driving protests in the periphery,' said Mohammad Ali Shabani, an Iran scholar at the School for Oriental and African Studies in London. 'They have more access to services, jobs, though Tehranis are by no means spared from any of the ills of the current state of the economy.' He added, 'The current protests appear to show the middle class largely staying at home at least partly for fear of the violence perpetrated by the working class.'"

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10.11.2017

"People In Saudi Arabia Are Actually Pretty Supportive Of The Royal Purge"

https://www.buzzfeed.com/borzoudaragahi/is-saudi-arabia-silencing-dissent-or-fighting-corruption-a?utm_te
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In der saudi-arabischen Öffentlichkeit sei die von Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman angeordnete "Säuberungswelle" unter Angehörigen der königlichen Familie und Regierungsmitgliedern auf Zustimmung gestoßen, berichtet Borzou Daragahi. "Many see the move as a naked power grab — but Saudi Arabia is also badly in need of the shake-up. 'People are so much in support of what’s happening,' said Ahmed Saadeldin, an advertising executive in Jeddah. 'These corrupt individuals were in the way of the people’s aspirations. The general public are happy, to tell you the truth. If it’s anything it is a reverse coup.' (...) Though at the wheel of his dad’s absolute monarchy, Bin Salman is also a millennial who may have tapped into a deep vein in Saudi society — especially among the young — that senses that something is fundamentally wrong with the country, that it is in bad need of a transformation."

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19.06.2017

"The Trump Administration Has A New Plan For Dealing With Russia"

https://www.buzzfeed.com/johnhudson/this-is-the-trump-administrations-plan-for-dealing-with?utm_term=.tmO
V5wY1ba#.byGq3PxLrj

John Hudson berichtet über ein vertrauliches Dokument des US-Außenministeriums, in dem die Grundpfeiler einer neuen Russland-Strategie dargelegt werden. Außenminister Tillerson will die Beziehungen zu Moskau demnach nach drei Grundsätzen neu ausrichten. "The first pillar of the framework, a US official said, is to convey to Moscow that aggressive actions against the United States are a losing proposition that will be counterproductive for both sides. When Russia takes bold actions against American interests, such as sending arms to the Taliban in Afghanistan or harassing US diplomats in Moscow, Washington will push back. The second pillar is to engage on issues that are of strategic interest to the United States, including the long-running civil war in Syria, North Korea's rapidly developing nuclear weapons program, and cybersecurity and cyberespionage, a US official said. (...) The third pillar of Tillerson’s framework emphasizes the importance of 'strategic stability' with Russia, an ambiguous umbrella term that encompasses a range of long-term mutual geopolitical goals. 'It's a mixture of pushing back and also engaging on issues where there might be convergence,' said Steven Pifer, a former US ambassador to Ukraine and a scholar at the Brookings Institution, after reviewing a framework summary."

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11.01.2017

"These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia"

https://www.buzzfeed.com/kenbensinger/these-reports-allege-trump-has-deep-ties-to-russia?utm_term=.pczQkj
aYd#.soP4vkzLE

Buzzfeed hat das Dossier eines angeblichen früheren britischen Geheimdienstmitarbeiters veröffentlicht, dem zufolge Russland bloßstellende Informationen über Donald Trump besitze, mit denen der künftige US-Präsident erpresst werden könnte. Buzzfeed stellt bereits zu Beginn des Beitrags klar, dass das Dossier Fehler enthalte und die Anschuldigungen unbewiesen seien. "The dossier, which is a collection of memos written over a period of months, includes specific, unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians. BuzzFeed News reporters in the US and Europe have been investigating various alleged facts in the dossier but have not verified or falsified them. CNN reported Tuesday that a two-page synopsis of the report was given to President Obama and Trump. Now BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government."

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30.10.2016

"Death And Life Inside The World’s Most Terrorized City"

https://www.buzzfeed.com/borzoudaragahi/death-and-life-inside-the-worlds-most-terrorized-city?utm_term=.j
cLw48May#.vaa6NWdG0

Bagdad gehöre nach wie vor zu den Städten mit den meisten Terroranschlägen, berichtet Borzou Daragahi in seiner Reportage aus der irakischen Hauptstadt. Viele der Anschläge fänden international allerdings kaum noch Beachtung. "Thirteen years after the US invasion of Iraq unleashed a new era of instability, many around the world have grown numb to violence in the Middle East, especially in Baghdad. During the peak years of 2006 and 2007, the city was struck daily by as many as 20 car bombs, suicide bombings, and roadside explosions targeting security forces, but often killing civilians. The country remains the world’s leading location of terrorist incidents, and Baghdad is the most dangerous city, with more than 1,000 incidents recorded each year."

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08.09.2016

"Here’s Why Turkey’s Syria Intervention Is A Huge Gamble"

https://www.buzzfeed.com/borzoudaragahi/heres-why-turkeys-syria-intervention-is-a-huge-gamble?utm_term=.i
hwBXNnD3#.myeOl7n32

Borzou Daragahi erläutert die Ziele der türkischen Militärintervention in Syrien, die trotz ihrer relativ moderaten Ziele schnell eskalieren könnte. "Turkish forces entered Syrian territory with multiple ambitions. First, they’re seeking to block Kurdish-led fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces from moving west across the Euphrates River to Kurdish-controlled territory, which the Turks see as an attempt to create a proto-state in northern Syria. Turks also want to push ISIS back from crucial Turkish cities, including Gaziantep, where a suspected ISIS suicide bomber targeted a wedding last month. Turkey also hoped to carve out a possible haven for Syrian civilians along the border, stretching from Jarabulus to the FSA stronghold of Azaz to the west. Turkish forces and Syrian rebel groups easily achieved their goals, establishing a long-sought buffer zone at least 25 miles deep along the Syrian border. The question now is how much deeper the Turks want to extend the buffer zone — and whether the Turkish armed forces and a public already rattled by the cataclysmic coup attempt and a series of terrorist attacks are ready to bear the costs."

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26.08.2016

"Attack of the Killer Robots"

https://www.buzzfeed.com/sarahatopol/how-to-save-mankind-from-the-new-breed-of-killer-robots?utm_term=.uo
2B06oWY#.phBorDjxN

Steht das Schicksal der Menschheit auf dem Spiel, fragt Sarah A. Topol in Buzzfeed mit Blick auf die immer ausgefeiltere Entwicklung autonomer Waffensysteme. "Forget about drones, forget about dystopian sci-fi — a terrifying new generation of autonomous weapons is already here. Meet the small band of dedicated optimists battling nefarious governments and bureaucratic tedium to stop the proliferation of killer robots and, just maybe, save humanity from itself."

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12.08.2016

"The Pictures Coming Out Of A Town Liberated From ISIS Are Stunning"

https://www.buzzfeed.com/hayesbrown/the-pictures-coming-out-of-a-town-liberated-from-isis-are-st?utm_term
=.kbYveo4Oz#.mpnYPZnoz

Buzzfeed mit einer Bilderserie aus der am Freitag vom "Islamischen Staat" befreiten syrischen Stadt Manbij. "US-backed Syrian rebels on Friday claimed that they had seized total control of a town that had been under ISIS control since 2014. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of mostly Kurdish fighters with some Arabs among their ranks that receives US support, had been campaigning to remove ISIS from the city for the last 73 days. Most of ISIS was repelled from the city last week, but dozens of fighters remained, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at the time."

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10.06.2016

"Russia Is Recruiting The U.S.’s Rebel Allies In Syria"

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/russia-is-recruiting-the-uss-rebel-allies-in-syria?utm_term=.ukYWw9Dq
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Mike Giglio, Buzzfeed-Korrespondent in Ankara, berichtet über syrische Rebellen, die lange von den USA unterstützt worden seien, sich jetzt aber enttäuscht Russland zuwenden könnten. "'They told me, 'We will support you forever. We won’t leave you on your own like your old friends did,'' he said. 'Honestly, I’m still thinking about it.' (...) The moves come as Russia ratchets up its involvement in Syria with troops and airstrikes. Russia says its military campaign is designed to target ISIS — in reality it has targeted all rebels, including some who are still backed by the U.S., while also wreaking havoc on civilians. The secret outreach shows that as it works to muscle the U.S. out of Syria, Russia isn’t just bombing the U.S.’s current and former rebel allies — it’s also working to co-opt them, launching a shadowy campaign that seeks to highlight U.S. weakness in Syria. Ultimately, Russia could be hoping to help Assad win the war by dividing the opposition, driving a wedge between rebel groups and their traditional backers, and getting them to turn their guns on his enemies."

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06.04.2016

"Spies In The Skies"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/peteraldhous/spies-in-the-skies

Peter Aldhous und Charles Seife berichten über routinemäßige Überwachungspatrouillen von Flugzeugen des FBI und des Heimatschutzministeriums (DHS) über großen US-amerikanischen Städten. Offiziell werde immer wieder bestritten, dass es sich um eine Massenüberwachung handele, die Regelmäßigkeit der Flüge lasse allerdings anderes vermuten. "The DHS said that its aircraft were involved with securing the nation’s borders, as well as targeting drug smuggling and human trafficking, and may also be used to support investigations by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. The FBI said that its planes are only used to target suspects in specific investigations of serious crimes, pointing to a statement issued in June 2015, after reporters and lawmakers started asking questions about FBI surveillance flights. (...) But most of these government planes took the weekends off. The BuzzFeed News analysis found that surveillance flight time dropped more than 70% on Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. 'The fact that they are mostly not flying on weekends suggests these are relatively run-of-the-mill investigations,' Nathan Freed Wessler, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology, told BuzzFeed News."

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20.02.2016

"America Is Now Fighting A Proxy War With Itself In Syria"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/america-is-now-fighting-a-proxy-war-with-itself-in-syria#.yal99nlWB

Kurdische Kämpfer der YPG-Miliz haben Berichten zufolge mit russischer Luftunterstützung weitere Dörfer im Norden Aleppos eingenommen und sind dabei offenbar auch gegen moderate Rebellengruppen vorgegangen. Die Kämpfe zwischen amerikanischen Verbündeten in Syrien seien ein weiterer Rückschlag und ein Beleg für die Widersprüchlichkeit der Syrienstrategie der US-Regierung, kommentiert Mike Giglio. "The recent clashes could make it difficult for the U.S. to build the crucial Arab component of its ISIS fight, the Washington Institute’s Tabler said. 'If this continues, the U.S. is only going to have one option it can work with, which is the YPG. It’s not going to have the Arab option,' he said. 'Which would be fine if the Kurds were the majority of the Syrian population, but they’re not. We need Sunni Arabs to defeat ISIS.'"

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01.11.2015

"Here’s What Erdogan’s Victory Means For Turkey And Its Neighbors"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/borzoudaragahi/what-the-victory-of-erdogans-party-mean-for-turkey#.bqGZa42Nx

In der Syrienkrise könnte der neu gestärkte türkische Präsident Erdogan künftig wieder aggressiver auftreten, schreibt Borzou Daragahi in seinem Bericht aus Istanbul. Einige Experten erwarten demnach, dass die Türkei u.a. wieder verstärkt Geld und Waffen nach Syrien fließen lassen könnte, um die Rebellen im Kampf gegen das Assad-Regime zu stärken. "Perhaps more worrying to the U.S., which flies warplanes from bases in Turkey into both Syria and Iraq as part of the war against ISIS, is that Turkey will continue to prioritize its ongoing war against Kurdish guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the battle to bring down Assad over the targeting of ISIS. The PKK’s Syrian offshoot has essentially acted as the ground force in the U.S. strategy against ISIS in Syria. '[The AKP victory] will undermine the international community’s campaign against ISIS,' Ranj Alaaldin, a researcher at the London School of Economics specializing in Middle East ethnic and religious conflicts, told BuzzFeed News. 'Ultimately, the AKP victory is problematic because Erdogan is no longer part of the solution as many once may have believed; he is now part of the problem.'"

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18.09.2015

"Assad’s Strategy Is To Create Refugees"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/assads-strategy-is-to-create-refugees#.cfg5Da6PZ

Mike Giglio und Munzer al-Awad sind überzeugt, dass die Flüchtlingskrise ein beabsichtigtes Resultat der Kriegsstrategie des Assad-Regimes sei. "Assad has lost control over more than three-quarters of the country, and targeting civilians in those areas has been part of his strategy from the start of the four-year-old civil war. His forces work to make opposition-held areas unlivable for rebels and civilians alike — a tactic guaranteed to create masses of refugees. (...) 'This is about the only reason for the refugees,' said a smuggler in Istanbul, who spoke on condition of anonymity because his work is illegal. Based in the refugee-crowded neighborhood of Aksaray, he guessed that 90% of the thousands of Syrians he’d sent to Europe were fleeing Assad."

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09.07.2015

"Ghost Students, Ghost Teachers, Ghost Schools"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/azmatkhan/the-big-lie-that-helped-justify-americas-war-in-afghanistan#.ttg7BZwMB

Der Bau vieler neuer Schulen in Afghanistan werde von der US-Regierung bis heute als großer Erfolg des jahrelangen westlichen Aufbauprogramms gepriesen, schreibt Azmat Khan. Eine BuzzFeed-Recherche habe jedoch ergeben, dass viele Zahlen des Programms gefälscht seien und zahlreiche Schulgebäude bis heute keine Schüler gesehen hätten. "The American effort to educate Afghanistan’s children was hollowed out by corruption and by short-term political and military goals that, time and again, took precedence over building a viable school system. And the U.S. government has known for years that it has been peddling hype. (...) This year, BuzzFeed News found that the overwhelming majority of the more than 50 U.S.-funded schools it visited resemble abandoned buildings — marred by collapsing roofs, shattered glass, boarded-up windows, protruding electrical wires, decaying doors, or other structural defects. At least a quarter of the schools BuzzFeed News visited do not have running water."

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20.02.2015

"Kurdish Forces Show The Strain Of The ISIS Fight"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/kurdish-forces-show-the-strain-of-isis-fight#.vpw5kLrl0

Mike Giglio mit einer Reportage über die kurdischen Peschmerga, die im Norden Iraks auf langer Front gegen den Islamischen Staat kämpfen. "Six months into the offensive, soldiers along the peshmerga’s 650-mile front with ISIS show the strain of a grueling war. They fight to protect their land — but also feel they’re doing the dirty work for Western countries that keep far from the smell of death. A major in Sinjar called the peshmerga 'the only ones on the front fighting' as soldiers fired over stacks of sandbags; a colonel barricaded across from ISIS in Kirkuk said, 'It’s not supposed to be this way.' At a western outpost overlooking ISIS-held Syria, an officer said the Kurds hold the line 'for every single country fighting ISIS,' while in Wana, the weary soldiers prepared to clear the three corpses as feral cats began to pick at their flesh."

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13.02.2015

"The Government Is Losing Territory In Eastern Ukrainians’ Hearts And Minds"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/maxseddon/the-government-is-losing-territory-in-eastern-ukrainians-hea#.vpw5kLrl0

Max Seddon berichtet in seiner Reportage aus der selbsternannten Volksrepublik Donezk, dass Artilleriebeschuss und Wirtschaftsblockade die ablehnende Haltung der Bevölkerung gegenüber der Regierung in Kiew verstärkt hätten. "Officials in Kiev say that the rebels are doing all the shelling to discredit Ukraine. In Donetsk, that line has about as much credibility as Moscow’s denials its troops are fighting alongside the rebels do in Western capitals. (...) The war has exacerbated long-standing dislike of Ukraine’s east, which is seen as having enabled its longtime don, corrupt pro-Russian ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, and holding back Ukraine from moving toward the West. Even Petro Poroshenko, elected president last year vowing to bring peace and reconciliation after Yanukovych fled to Russia, has indulged in the rhetoric. Last year, he told a crowd in Odessa that 'our children will go to school and kindergarten, and their children will sit in basements.' The remark was replayed heavily on Russian-language television and became a byword for Kiev’s supposed contempt for the east."

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30.01.2015

"ISIS Operative: This Is How We Send Jihadis To Europe"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/isis-operative-this-is-how-we-send-jihadis-to-europe#.emgeYJrd7

Ein Mitglied des Islamischen Staats hat Mike Giglio in einem Gespräch in der Türkei erläutert, wie radikale IS-Anhänger künftig nach Europa "geschmuggelt" werden sollen. "The operative, a Syrian in his thirties with a close-cropped black beard, said ISIS is sending covert fighters to Europe — as did two smugglers who said they have helped. He smuggles them from Turkey in small groups, he said, hidden in cargo ships filled with hundreds of refugees. He said the fighters intend to fulfill ISIS’s threat to stage attacks in the West. (...) Western governments worried even before the airstrikes that ISIS would find ways to get its battle-hardened fighters across their borders. The operative is the first ISIS member involved in these plans to discuss them with the press. He detailed a scheme that takes advantage of the worst humanitarian crisis in a generation, which has sent 3.8 million refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war, pouring more than 1.5 million into Turkey alone."

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15.12.2014

"Closure Of 'Satanic Café' Shows Egypt’s Atheists Are Next In Line For Crackdown"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/magedatef/closure-of-satanic-cafe-shows-egypts-atheists-are-next-in-li

Die ägyptischen Behörden hätten offenbar Atheisten zum neuen Ziel ihrer Repressionen erklärt, berichten Maged Atef und Sheera Frenkel aus Kairo. "'It’s obvious that the state has gone crazy. They are just totally against anyone different,' said Hossam, a 34-year-old programmer, who asked that BuzzFeed News withhold his last name out of fear of arrest for his beliefs, which he describes as more agnostic than atheist. 'The details don’t matter. Sisi doesn’t want anyone different here, he wants everyone to be singing the same song.' (...) While Egypt has no specific laws against atheism, one established decades ago during the rule of former Egyptian President Sadat punishes defaming, insulting, or ridiculing the heavenly (Abrahamic) religions with a prison sentence of up to five years and fines. The law was originally established to protect Egypt’s Christian minority, but has since been used for a multitude of other purposes."

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03.11.2014

"This Is How ISIS Smuggles Oil"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/this-is-how-isis-smuggles-oil

Mike Giglio beschreibt in seiner Reportage aus Besaslan an der türkisch-syrischen Grenze, wie es dem Islamischen Staat gelungen sei, durch den Ölschmuggel zur reichsten Terrororganisation der Geschichte zu werden. "The Turkey-Syria border had been rife with oil-smuggling long before the uprising broke out in March 2011. As one Turkish smuggler remembered, all it took was the 'permission' of the gendarmerie, the Turkish paramilitary force that controls the border, in the form of small bribes. A third-generation smuggler from a family with deep roots in the trade, he recounted filling cars rigged with hidden tanks at the cheaper gas stations in Syria and then driving back to Turkey when he was just a teen. (...) As ISIS gained new oil fields, Omar kept smuggling. He may have worked along an FSA-run border, but he knew he was buying the oil from middlemen who had taken it from ISIS’s hands. (...) Even with U.S. airstrikes now targeting its oil infrastructure, ISIS can make over $1 million a day from the trade, said Luay al-Khatteeb, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center who directs the Iraq Energy Institute."

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16.01.2014

"America’s Spies Want Edward Snowden Dead"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/bennyjohnson/americas-spies-want-edward-snowden-dead

Benny Johnson hat sich unter Mitarbeitern des Pentagons und der NSA umgehört und ist auf offenen Hass gegen den NSA-Whistleblower Edward Snowden gestoßen. "'In a world where I would not be restricted from killing an American, I personally would go and kill him myself,' a current NSA analyst told BuzzFeed. 'A lot of people share this sentiment.' 'I would love to put a bullet in his head,' one Pentagon official, a former special forces officer, said bluntly. 'I do not take pleasure in taking another human beings life, having to do it in uniform, but he is single-handedly the greatest traitor in American history.' That violent hostility lies just beneath the surface of the domestic debate over NSA spying is still ongoing."

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16.01.2014

"6 Victims Of US Drone Attacks The Government Thinks Aren’t Really Worth Talking About"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/sanas4/6-victims-of-us-drone-attacks-the-government-think-ijs3

Sana Saeed stellt sechs zivile Opfer des amerikanischen Drohnenkrieges in Afghanistan, Pakistan und Jemen vor, deren Tod in den Verlautbarungen der US-Regierung als "Fehler" abgetan oder vollständig geleugnet worden sei. Am Ende ihres Beitrags stellt Saeed mehrere Projekte vor, die Belege für die tödliche Wirkung amerikanischer Drohnenschläge sammeln. "Living Under Drones project shares the first-hand accounts of victims killed, injured and/or intimately affected by US drone strikes. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s 'Naming the Dead' project focuses on naming all those - including alleged militants - killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan. The project hopes to expand to other countries affected by the covert wars."

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Coverbild Internationale Sicherheit im 21. Jahrhundert

Internationale Sicherheit im 21. Jahrhundert

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

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Internationale Sicherheitspolitik

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

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