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"The U.S. Is Now Betraying the Kurds for the Eighth Time"

Jon Schwarz zufolge ist es sogar das insgesamt achte Mal, dass die USA die Kurden im Stich gelassen haben. "Nothing in this world is certain except death, taxes, and America betraying the Kurds. The U.S. has now betrayed the Kurds a minimum of eight times over the past 100 years. The reasons for this are straightforward. The Kurds are an ethnic group of about 40 million people centered at the intersection of Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq. Many naturally want their own state. The four countries in which they live naturally do not want that to happen. On the one hand, the Kurds are a perfect tool for U.S. foreign policy. We can arm the Kurds in whichever of these countries is currently our enemy, whether to make trouble for that country’s government or to accomplish various other objectives. On the other hand, we don’t want the Kurds we’re utilizing to ever get too powerful. If that happened, the other Kurds — i.e., the ones living just across the border in whichever of these countries are currently our allies — might get ideas about freedom and independence."

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"The Military Has Done Little to Prepare As Climate Change Threatens Guantánamo"

Der Klimawandel bedrohe auch die US-Militärbasis Guantanamo Bay auf Kuba, schreibt Miriam Pensack. "Whether they acknowledge it or not, military commanders thus face a conundrum: spend enormous amounts of money to revamp the deteriorating detention camp to make it hurricane-proof, or put detainees lives in danger. The military has proposed a series of improvements to the base, some of which would address the threat of storms, but for the most part, work has proceeded piecemeal. As extensive research demonstrates, human-caused climate change is 'supercharging' hurricanes in the Caribbean basin and “exacerbating the risk of major damage” from the storms. In recent weeks, Hurricane Dorian’s 185 miles-per-hour winds razed parts of the Bahamas — less than 250 miles north of Guantánamo."

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"War on the World"

Murtaza Hussain weist darauf hin, dass "industrialisierte Militärstreitkräfte" weltweit einiges zur Entstehung des aktuellen "Klimanotstands" beigetragen hätten. Dies gelte insbesondere für das mächtigste Militär der Welt: "It may not come as a surprise that the largest industrial military in the history of the world is also the single biggest polluter on the planet. A recent study from Brown University’s Costs of War project surfaced this startling fact: The U.S. Department of Defense has a larger annual carbon footprint than most countries on earth. With a sprawling network of bases and logistics networks, the U.S. military is the single biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world aside from whole nation-states themselves. (...) That massive additional burden on the planet might be justifiable were it all being done in the name of vital national security interests, but the biggest components of the U.S. military’s carbon dioxide footprint have been in wars and occupations that were almost entirely unnecessary. To put it crudely: The U.S. poisoned the planet for vanity projects."

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"Harrowing Cables Detail How the CIA Tortured Accused 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Jeopardizing the Case Against Him"

Neu veröffentlichte CIA-Berichte vermitteln ein Daniel DeFraia zufolge "erschütterndes" Bild über die systematische Folterung des mutmaßlichen Chefplaners der 9/11-Anschläge, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in einem polnischen Geheimgefängnis im Jahr 2003. "The CIA interrogation program has been well documented. But recently declassified cables, published here for the first time, reveal in new detail interrogators’ attempts to transform detainees into collaborators in the war against Al Qaeda. The cables chronicle the banal and brutal moments of Mohammed’s so-called enhanced interrogation over a period of almost four weeks in 2003. They display in cold bureaucratic prose the thinking behind torture tactics, including waterboarding, 'walling,' and sleep deprivation. And they exhibit a committed belief that enhanced measures always move detainees closer to an imagined breaking point that, once met, force them to produce more accurate information — a belief that the 2014 Senate torture report showed to have been wrong."

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"The Best Movie Ever Made About the Truth Behind the Iraq War Is 'Official Secrets'"

Jon Schwarz empfiehlt den neuen Hollywood-Film "Official Secrets" als bisher beste Darstellung der Ereignisse, die zur US-Invasion im Irak 2003 führten. Der Film erzählt die Geschichte der britischen Übersetzerin Katharine Gun, die in den Wochen vor Kriegsbeginn eine kontroverse NSA-Email an die Presse leitete. "Played craftily in 'Official Secrets' by Keira Knightley, Gun was a translator at the General Communications Headquarters, the British equivalent of the NSA. On one level, 'Official Secrets' is a straightforward, suspenseful drama about her. (...) On a subtler level, the film asks this question: Why didn’t the leak make a true difference? Yes, it contributed to opposition to the U.S. and U.K. on the Security Council, which never voted on another Iraq resolution, because Bush and Blair knew they would lose. Yet Blair was able to shrug this off and obtain a vote by the British Parliament several weeks later endorsing his war. There is one main answer to this question, both in 'Official Secrets' and reality: the U.S. corporate media. 'Official Secrets' helps illustrate the ideological malfeasance by the American press, which eagerly jumped on this grenade to save its foxhole buddies in the Bush administration."

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"Violence Has Spiked in Africa Since the Military Founded AFRICOM, Pentagon Study Finds"

Seit der Gründung des Afrika-Kommandos (AFRICOM) des US-Militärs im Jahr 2008 hätten sich wichtige Kennziffern zur Sicherheit und Stabilität in Afrika deutlich verschlechtert, schreibt Nick Turse unter Verweis auf eine neue Pentagon-Studie. "'Overall, militant Islamist group activity in Africa has doubled since 2012,' according to a recent analysis by the Africa Center. There are now roughly 24 'active militant Islamist groups' operating on the continent, up from just five in 2010, the analysis found. Today, 13 African countries face attacks from these groups — a 160 percent increase over that same time span. In fact, the number of 'violent events' across the continent has jumped 960 percent, from 288 in 2009 to 3,050 in 2018, according to the Africa Center’s analysis. While a variety of factors have likely contributed to the rise in violence, some experts say that the overlap between the command’s existence and growing unrest is not a coincidence. 'The sharp increase in terrorist incidents in Africa underscores the fact that the Pentagon’s overly militarized approach to the problem has been a dismal failure,' said William Hartung, the director of the arms and security project at the Center for International Policy."

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"Why an 'AI Race' Between the U.S. and China Is a Terrible, Terrible Idea"

Sam Biddle hält es für falsch, die Entwicklung Künstlicher Intelligenz als einen an den Kalten Krieg erinnernden Konkurrenzkampf zwischen den USA und China darzustellen. In dieser Perspektive dominiere die falsche Sorge, dass alles andere als eine totale amerikanische Dominanz katastrophale Folgen hätte. Biddle plädiert angesichts der Risiken von KI-Anwendungen stattdessen für Sorgfalt. "Careful consideration demands a slower pace — and a slower pace means, yes, potentially losing a race to the bottom against a national adversary that clearly has no qualms making the bottom as technologically impressive as possible. Rather than clamoring for a dead sprint toward some sort of national AI supremacy, defined however and by whomever, our time might be better spent worrying in earnest about what lies at the finish line."

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"Mike Pompeo Said Congress Doesn't Need to Approve War With Iran. 2020 Democrats Aren't Having It."

Prominente Demokraten im US-Kongress wollen Akela Lacy und Jon Schwarz zufolge nicht zulassen, dass das Weiße Haus einen Krieg gegen den Iran ohne parlamentarische Zustimmung erklären kann. US-Außenminister Pompeo sei offenbar der Ansicht, dass die US-Regierung durch die 2001 verabschiedete Genehmigung zum Einsatz militärischer Gewalt (AUMF) die entsprechende Kompetenz habe. "The 2001 AUMF provided the president with authority to wage war against anyone who 'planned, authorized, committed, or aided' the attacks 'or harbored such organizations or persons.' (...) Asked if there was any way that the 2001 AUMF could be construed to extend to Iran, [Sen. Elizabeth Warren] said, 'None, nope.' [Rep. Tulsi Gabbard], for her part, said of Pompeo’s suggestion, 'I completely disagree, 100% disagree. That’s one of the reasons why I have been so concerned about what this administration is doing. Because in their mind, they could unilaterally start a war with Iran, without congressional authorization, which would be unconstitutional and illegal.'"

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"Is 'terrorist recidivism' real?"

Dem vor kurzem vorzeitig aus der Haft entlassenen "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh wird vorgeworfen, immer noch eine extremistische Gefahr darzustellen. Trevor Aaronson weist dagegen darauf hin, dass Lindh einer von 400 islamistischen Terroristen sei, die seit 2001 aus US-Gefängnissen entlassen wurden. In keinem Fall habe es neue Anklagen wegen terroristischer Aktivitäten gegeben. "None of this is to say that the prospect of 'terrorist recidivism' isn’t real; it’s just debatable how serious the concern should be about released convicts like Lindh. (...) Besides, once Lindh finishes supervised release, questions about his possible recidivism could be another nation’s concern. Lindh, who acquired Irish citizenship while in prison, hopes to move to the Emerald Isle."

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"The Indian Government Has Systematically Used Torture to Crush Opposition in Kashmir, New Report Finds"

Das indische Militär hat einem neuen Bericht zufolge in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten Gefangene systematisch gefoltert, um die Unabhängigkeitsbewegung in Kaschmir zu unterdrücken. "Authored by the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society and the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, the report alleges that torture has been systematically used as a tool of military rule, describing it as 'a tactic employed to break people’s will.' The report collected over 430 individual testimonies of people who have been subjected to torture in Indian military custody, including beatings, electrocution, rape, cutting with sharp implements, burning with metal rods, and the use of prolonged solitary confinement. (...) 'These are not cases of individual soldiers who went berserk and tortured detainees; torture is systematically used in Kashmir,' said [Shazia Ahad, a Kashmiri human rights activist and co-author of the report]. 'We have seen army officers and even paramilitaries accused of gross human rights violations be given medals and promotions. The government is condoning their acts. That must stop and there must be accountability for the ongoing use of torture against Kashmiris.'"

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"Charging Julian Assange With Espionage Could Make His Extradition to the U.S. Less Likely"

Die neuen Anklagepunkte der US-Justiz gegen Julian Assange könnten eine Auslieferung des WikiLeaks-Gründers Robert Mackey zufolge zumindest verzögern. "The uproar could make it easier for Assange’s lawyers in the U.K. — where he is currently serving a 50-week jail term for violating bail — to argue that he is wanted in the United States primarily for embarrassing the Pentagon and State Department, by publishing true information obtained from a whistleblower, making the charges against him political in nature, rather than criminal. That would make his transfer to Virginia at the end of his jail term in London unlawful, since Article 4 of the U.S.-U.K. extradition treaty, signed in 2003, clearly states that 'extradition shall not be granted if the offense for which extradition is requested is a political offense.'"

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"Collapse of USS Cole Bombing Case Marks Failure for Guantánamo Military Courts"

Shilpa Jindia berichtet, dass ein US-Bundesgericht die Entscheidungen des in Guantanamo tätigen Militärtribunals gegen Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, den mutmaßlichen Anführer des Anschlags auf die USS Cole im Jahr 2000, aufgehoben habe. "Though a victory for Nashiri’s lawyers, the ruling also means an indefinite future for the case against Nashiri, who has been in U.S. custody since 2002. There are clear, viable routes to resolving the case and its fraught history — but they involve moving the case from Guantánamo. This prospect usually founders on the question of political will, which has been missing for nearly a decade. 'The ruling shows that the military commissions system, from top to bottom, is flawed,' Rick Kammen, Nashiri’s former death penalty counsel, told The Intercept. 'This case would be dismissed in a rational world.' But with little interest from politicians or the public, it seems that the commissions will continue to lurch along, with little prospect of justice for the victims and survivors of the Cole bombing, and little accountability for the government."

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"How to Dismantle the Absurd Profitability of Nuclear Weapons"

Jon Schwarz macht auf einen Bericht der niederländischen Organisation PAX aufmerksam, dem zufolge Unternehmen mit der Entwicklung und dem Betrieb von Atomwaffen seit Jahrzehnten sehr viel Geld verdienen. Diese privatwirtschaftliche Seite der nuklearen Rüstung biete allerdings auch eine Chance, den "nuklearen Wahnsinn" schrittweise einzudämmen. "The PAX report identifies a total of $116 billion in current contracts between governments and the private sector to design, build, and maintain the world’s nuclear arsenals. (...) The five largest known current beneficiaries of nuclear weapons spending are all U.S.-based multinationals: Huntington Ingalls Industries ($29.9 billion), Lockheed Martin ($25.2 billion), Honeywell International ($16.5 billion), General Dynamics ($5.8 billion), and Jacobs Engineering ($5.3 billion). (...) Here’s the qualified good news. PAX is a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. ICAN played a key role in the promotion of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, or TPNW, which was adopted that year at the United Nations and therefore, opened for ratification by member states. ICAN’s strategy with the TPNW is a sneaky one. (...) PAX points out that the TPNW has already helped create enough stigma surrounding nuclear weapons that two enormous pension funds have divested from nuclear arms producers. The Norwegian Government Pension Fund, the second-largest pension fund on earth, has sold its investments in, among other companies, Huntington Ingalls, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, and Boeing. (...) This perspective is now quietly making its way across the Atlantic. This January, a bill was introduced in the Massachusetts State Legislature that would require the state’s pension funds to divest from nuclear manufacturers."

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"Robert Mueller Did Not Merely Reject the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theories. He Obliterated Them."

Der am Donnerstag veröffentlichte Bericht von Sonderermittler Robert Mueller stellt nach Ansicht von Glenn Greenwald erneut unmissverständlich klar, dass es für eine Verschwörung zwischen Russland und US-Präsident Trump keinerlei Beweise gebe. "The sweeping Mueller investigation ended with zero indictments of zero Americans for conspiring with Russia over the 2016 election. Both Donald Trump, Jr. and Jared Kushner – the key participants in the Trump Tower meeting – testified for hours and hours yet were never charged for perjury, lying or obstruction, even though Mueller proved how easily he would indict anyone who lied as part of the investigation. And this massive investigation simply did not establish any of the conspiracy theories that huge parts of the Democratic Party, the intelligence community and the U.S. media spent years encouraging the public to believe. Those responsible for this can refuse to acknowledge wrongdoing. They can even claim vindication if they want and will likely be cheered for doing so. But the contempt in which the media and political class is held by so much of the U.S. population – undoubtedly a leading factor that led to Trump’s election in the first place – will only continue to grow as a result, and deservedly so."

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"The U.S. Government’s Indictment of Julian Assange Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedoms"


Nach Ansicht von Glenn Greenwald und Micah Lee muss die in der vergangenen Woche enthüllte Anklage der US-Justiz gegen den WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange als ernste Bedrohung der Pressefreiheit betrachtet werden. "(...) the indictment seeks to criminalize what journalists are not only permitted but ethically required to do: take steps to help their sources maintain their anonymity. As longtime Assange lawyer Barry Pollack put it: 'The factual allegations … boil down to encouraging a source to provide him information and taking efforts to protect the identity of that source. Journalists around the world should be deeply troubled by these unprecedented criminal charges.' That’s why the indictment poses such a grave threat to press freedom. It characterizes as a felony many actions that journalists are not just permitted but required to take in order to conduct sensitive reporting in the digital age."

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"A Veteran's War Movie Sheds Damning Light on How the Marines Fight in Afghanistan"

Camille Baker hat mit Miles Lagoze gesprochen, der als US-Marine Einsätze in Afghanistan mit der Videokamera begleitet hat. Das Filmmaterial ist nun im Dokumentarfilm "Combat Obscura" aufgearbeitet worden. "His job in the Corps was what’s known as combat camera, a role that entails capturing footage of Marines for operational use on the battlefield and for PR back home. 'Combat Obscura,' which was released March 15 with Oscilloscope Laboratories, is almost entirely comprised of footage Lagoze and another combat cameraperson, Justin Loya, shot for the Corps. The film amounts to a deft 110-minute condemnation of the behavior of U.S. troops and an excruciating lament for the needless loss of life caused by the American war in Afghanistan. The Intercept talked to Lagoze about why he made the documentary, the legal process that preceded the film’s release, and his feelings about having taken part in the war."

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"NYT’s Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda"


Ein Bericht der New York Times hat bestätigt, dass Lastwagen mit humanitären Lieferungen an der Grenze zu Venezuela am 23. Februar nicht wie von vielen Medien berichtet von Kräften der Maduro-Regierung in Brand gesetzt worden sind. Nach Ansicht von Glenn Greenwald verdeutlicht dieses Beispiel, wie bereitwillig die US-Regierung und amerikanische Mainstream-Medien "Kriegspropaganda" verbreiten. "(...) the New York Times published a detailed video and accompanying article proving that this entire story was a lie. The humanitarian trucks were not set on fire by Maduro’s forces. They were set on fire by anti-Maduro protesters who threw a molotov cocktail that hit one of the trucks. (...) everything the New York Times so proudly reported last night has been known for weeks, and was already reported in great detail, using extensive evidence, by a large number of people. But because those people are generally skeptical of the U.S. Government’s claims and critical of its foreign policy, they were ignored and mocked and are generally barred from appearing on television, while the liars from the U.S. Government and their allies in the corporate media were, as usual, given a platform to spread their lies without any challenge or dissent, just like the manual for how to maintain State TV intructs."

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"After 18 Years of War, Taliban Has the Upper Hand in Afghanistan Peace Talks"

In den laufenden Verhandlungen mit der US-Regierung haben die Taliban die klare Oberhand, stellen Bilal Sarwary und Murtaza Hussain nüchtern fest. "(...) the talks also offer a serious reality check about the outcome of 18 years of U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. For many observers, the negotiations register as a defeat — recognition that the Taliban has not only survived, but is likely to play an integral role in Afghanistan’s future. It is also clear that there will be a new set of winners and losers in Afghan society, and that Afghans who pegged their hopes to the U.S.-backed government now risk losing limited gains in living standards and civil rights. (...) 'The Taliban who are in contact with the U.S. are mainly moderate Taliban. Even if they reach an agreement with the U.S. to end their support for international terrorists, the key challenge that will remain will be the radical Taliban factions that enjoy safe havens in Pakistan,' says Masoud Andarabi, a former Afghan intelligence official who was recently appointed acting interior minister."

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"NBC News, to Claim Russia Supports Tulsi Gabbard, Relies on Firm Just Caught Fabricating Russia Data for the Democratic Party"

Die anhaltende Debatte über die angebliche Beeinflussung der amerikanischen Innenpolitik durch Russland wird Glenn Greenwald zufolge bereits jetzt genutzt, um unliebsame Präsidentschaftskandidaten wie die Demokratin Tulsi Gabbard zu diskreditieren. "That’s because the playbook used by the axis of the Democratic Party, NBC/MSNBC, neocons and the intelligence community has been, is and will continue to be a very simple one: to smear any adversary of the establishment wing of the Democratic Party – whether on the left or the right – as a stooge or asset of the Kremlin (a key target will undoubtedly be, indeed already is, Bernie Sanders). To accomplish this McCarthyite goal, this Democratic Party coalition of neocons, intelligence operatives and NBC stars will deceive, smear and even engage in outright journalistic deception, as NBC (once again) just proved with this report."

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"Beyond BuzzFeed: The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump/Russia Story"

Nachdem das Büro von Sonderermittler Mueller einen belastenden BuzzFeed-Artikel über US-Präsident Trump dementiert hat, macht Glenn Greenwald auf andere spektakuläre Trump-Berichte amerikanischer Medien aufmerksam, die sich im Nachhinein als inkorrekt herausgestellt haben. "(...) in homage to BuzzFeed’s past viral glory, following are the top ten worst media failures in two-plus-years of Trump/Russia reporting. They are listed in reverse order, as measured by the magnitude of the embarrassment, the hysteria they generated on social media and cable news, the level of journalistic recklessness that produced them, and the amount of damage and danger they caused. This list was extremely difficult to compile in part because news outlets (particularly CNN and MSNBC) often delete from the internet the video segments of their most embarrassing moments. Even more challenging was the fact that the number of worthy nominees is so large that highly meritorious entrees had to be excluded, but are acknowledged at the end with (dis)honorable mention status."

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"The FBI’s Investigation of Trump as a 'National Security Threat' is Itself a Serious Danger. But J. Edgar Hoover Pioneered the Tactic"

Die New York Times hat in der vergangenen Woche berichtet, dass das FBI 2017 eine Untersuchung gegen US-Präsident Trump wegen dessen angeblichen Russlandkontakten eingeleitet hat. Glenn Greenwald weist darauf hin, dass die Untersuchung einmal mehr keine Beweise für geheime Absprachen offengelegt habe. Der Vorgang selbst erinnere an frühere FBI-Operationen unter dem berühmt-berüchtigten Direktor J. Edgar Hoover. "It was a dangerous and shameful moment when J. Edgar Hoover investigated U.S. politicians as potential traitors and stooges because he believed they were too deferential and subservient to Russia, or because their advocated plans for peace with Moscow were 'contrary to American interests.' It’s no better when the agency housed in the headquarters that, revealingly, still bears Hoover’s name does the same today."

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"As Democratic Elites Reunite With Neocons, the Party’s Voters Are Becoming Far More Militaristic and Pro-War Than Republicans"

Glenn Greenwald schreibt, dass die Anhänger der US-Demokraten einer neuen Umfrage zum Truppenabzug aus Syrien zufolge deutlich militaristischer eingestellt sind als Republikaner und Trump-Anhänger. "(...) what is remarkable about the new polling data on Syria is that the vast bulk of support for keeping troops there comes from Democratic Party voters, while Republicans and independents overwhelming favor their removal. The numbers are stark: Of people who voted for Clinton in 2016, only 26 percent support withdrawing troops from Syria, while 59 percent oppose it. Trump voters overwhelmingly support withdraw by 76 percent to 14 percent. (...) This latest poll is far from aberrational. As the Huffington Post’s Ariel Edwards-Levy documented early this week, separate polling shows a similar reversal by Democrats on questions of war and militarism in the Trump era. (...) A core ethos of the anti-Trump #Resistance has become militarism, jingoism, and neoconservatism. Trump is frequently attacked by Democrats using longstanding Cold War scripts wielded for decades against them by the far right".

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"NBC and MSNBC Blamed Russia for Using 'Sophisticated Microwaves' to Cause 'Brain Injuries' in U.S. 'Diplomats' in Cuba. The Culprits Were Likely Crickets."

Im vergangenen Jahr wurde immer wieder über mysteriöse "Angriffe" auf Mitarbeiter der US-Botschaft in Kuba berichtet, die bei den Betroffenen zu Schwindel und Gedächtnisstörungen geführt haben sollen. Glenn Greenwald erinnert daran, dass US-Medien wie NBC News Russland für die Vorfälle verantwortlich gemacht haben. Nun haben Biologen herausgefunden, dass die "Schallangriffe" offenbar auf Grillen zurückzuführen sind. "(...) for the last four months, thanks to NBC News’s eagerness to mindlessly repeat whatever CIA officials tell them to say, Americans were led to believe that Russia purposely caused serious 'brain injuries' in dozens of U.S. 'diplomats' – spies acting under diplomatic cover – through dastardly electromagnetic or microwave weapons that are so sophisticated and devious that not even the most advanced Pentagon scientists could understand what new horrific horrors the Kremlin had inflicted on peace-loving Americans. (...) Thus far, not a single NBC or MSNBC reporter who hyped the Russia-did-it story (...) has bothered to tweet these scientific findings that, at the very least, raise major doubts about the accuracy of their huge and highly consequential story that the repeatedly hyped. That’s how the U.S. media functions: sensationalistic stories produce massive benefits, while there are zero consequences, or even an obligation to acknowledge error, when they turn out to be doubtful of even false."

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"Veteran NBC/MSNBC Journalist Blasts the Network for Being Captive to the National Security State and Reflexively Pro-War to Stop Trump"

William Arkin, ein zuletzt als NBC/MSNBC-Reporter tätiger langjähriger Experte für sicherheitspolitische Fragen, hat den großen TV-Sendern in den USA in einer offenen eMail vorgeworfen, eine reflexhafte Anti-Trump-Haltung eingenommen zu haben. Dies hat Arkin zufolge dazu geführt, dass sich die Sender in Fragen der nationalen Sicherheit an die Seite des "Sicherheitsstaates" gestellt haben. Glenn Greenwald kann die Kritik Arkins verstehen und schreibt: "Its key passages are scathing and unflinching in their depiction of those networks as pro-war propaganda outlets that exist to do little more than amplify and serve the security state agencies most devoted to opposing Trump, including their mindless opposition to Trump’s attempts (with whatever motives) to roll back some of the excesses of imperialism, aggression, and U.S. involvement in endless war, as well as to sacrifice all journalistic standards and skepticism about generals and the U.S war machine if doing so advances their monomaniacal mission of denouncing Trump."

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"Documents Show Vast Network of US Military Bases in Africa"

Neu veröffentlichte AFRICOM–Dokumente belegen Nick Turse zufolge, dass die Präsenz des US-Militärs in Afrika trotz gegenteiliger Ankündigungen des Pentagons kaum abgenommen hat. "According to a 2018 briefing by AFRICOM science adviser Peter E. Teil, the military’s constellation of bases includes 34 sites scattered across the continent, with high concentrations in the north and west as well as the Horn of Africa. These regions, not surprisingly, have also seen numerous U.S. drone attacks and low-profile commando raids in recent years. (...) According to Adam Moore, an assistant professor of geography at the University of California in Los Angeles and an expert on the U.S. military’s presence in Africa, 'It is getting harder for the U.S. military to plausibly claim that it has a 'light footprint' in Africa. In just the past five years, it has established what is perhaps the largest drone complex in the world in Djibouti — Chabelley — which is involved in wars on two continents, Yemen and Somalia.' Moore also noted that the U.S. is building an even larger drone base in Agadez, Niger. 'Certainly, for people living in Somalia, Niger and Djibouti, the notion that the U.S. is not militarizing their countries rings false,' he added."

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"More Democrats Oppose Yemen War Ahead of Senate Vote"

Im US-Senat mehren sich Alex Emmons und Ryan Grim zufolge die Stimmen, die ein Ende der amerikanischen Unterstützung des saudi-arabischen Kriegs in Jemen fordern. Eine entsprechende Resolution sei im März vor allem an der fehlenden Unterstützung der Demokraten gescheitert. Einige Senatoren hätten ihre Ansicht allerdings im Zuge der Khashoggi-Affäre geändert. "In a procedural vote, the Senate voted 55-44 against a similar measure in March, with 10 Democrats voting against it. But five Republicans voted in favor at the time. If those GOP senators vote the same way on Wednesday, just four of the remaining eight Democratic holdouts would have to vote in favor for the measure to pass. (...) Once Democrats take back the House in January, it is likely that a similar measure could pass. At that point, it would need to go back through the newly constituted Senate again. But with enough GOP support, or perhaps as Saudi Arabia’s reputation continues to erode, passage could again be possible with enough Democratic votes. The legislation requires President Donald Trump to withdraw U.S. forces from 'hostilities' in Yemen."

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"Blowback in Africa"

Joe Penney berichtet, dass in Burkina Faso seit 2016 mindestens 263 Menschen bei mehr als 200 Angriffen unbekannter Gruppen getötet worden sind. Die Angriffswelle sei zumindest teilweise eine Folge der amerikanischen Antiterror-Strategie. "There are multiple theories behind the swift breakdown in security — and all turn around the 2014 revolution that overthrew ex-dictator Blaise Compaoré and threatened his feared presidential guard, known by its French acronym RSP and led by Gen. Gilbert Diendéré. By toppling only the president, which led to the disbanding of his key military unit a year later, the revolution left the country with a gaping security hole. As a special unit of roughly 1,300 soldiers with separate living quarters, equipment, training, and pay from the regular army, the presidential guard protected the interests of the party in power, rather than the country at large. The RSP was particularly potent, too — it had its own counterterrorism unit that received training from both France and the U.S. The insecurity that Burkina Faso is experiencing today appears to be proof that support for an elite unit that works for a corrupt dictator can lead to more terrorism and insecurity. This type of mistake is one of the hallmarks of the so-called war on terror and has been repeated, in various forms, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, and numerous other countries."

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"The Saudi Crown Prince’s PR Campaign Has Totally Failed. Only Donald Trump Still Buys It."

Trotz der klaren pro-saudischen Positionierung des US-Präsidenten hält Murtaza Hussain die PR-Kampagne Saudi-Arabiens in Washington für gescheitert. Kongress, Regierungsbehörden und große Medienhäuser hätten sich überwiegend von Kronprinz Mohammad bin Salman abgewandt. "There are serious signs of anger in D.C. that the president may not be ultimately able to control — even among right-wing Republicans who usually favor a hawkish, Saudi-aligned foreign policy. In remarks that were sure to alarm Riyadh, Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., went on 'Meet the Press' last weekend and publicly described the crown prince as 'irrational' and 'unhinged,' while stating that it was impossible to believe that he was not involved in Khashoggi’s killing. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has also emerged as a harsh critic of the crown prince. Whatever ultimately comes of this pressure, the crown prince’s efforts to rebrand himself as a reformer seem to have run aground, likely permanently."

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"It's Time for America to Reckon With the Staggering Death Toll of the Post-9/11 Wars"

Eine neue Studie des "Costs of War Project" der Brown University sei nur eine von vielen aktuellen Untersuchungen, die einen verstärkten Fokus auf die Opfer des amerikanischen Kriegs gegen den Terror nach den Anschlägen vom 11. September 2001 richten, schreibt Murtaza Hussain. In der breiten amerikanischen Öffentlichkeit werde dies jedoch kaum beachtet. "It can hardly be said now that the truth isn’t out there. But some experts say that it isn’t surprising that this information has failed to translate into public action. John Tirman, author of 'The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars,' a study of the impact on foreign civilians of American military operations, argues that psychological factors might help explain why Americans don’t seem to care about the human cost of their wars. Faced with a terrible situation requiring complex solutions and sustained attention, people are likely to just ignore it if they have the option to do so. 'People tend to turn away from disasters such as a war gone bad very quickly. They turn away because it bothers them morally, but also because the carnage challenges their strongly held self-perception that their country is a force for good in the world,' said Tirman."

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"Post-Cold War US Foreign Policy Has Been a Near Total Failure. Two New Books Look at Why"

Murtaza Hussain stellt zwei neue Bücher vor, die der amerikanischen Außenpolitik seit dem Ende des Kalten Krieges ein schlechtes Zeugnis ausstellen. "Two recent books — 'The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy,' by Stephen Walt, and 'The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities,' by John Mearsheimer — seek to explain what went wrong with U.S. foreign policy and to promote a less grand, more restrained paradigm for its future. (...) 'The objective of U.S. foreign policy over the past several decades has been to gradually transform as much of the world as possible through the promotion of electoral democracy, the rule of law, free markets, and by bringing other countries into institutions and alliances that are U.S.-led,' Walt told The Intercept. 'This effort has been nearly a total failure. It hasn’t failed entirely, but in terms of stated objectives, democracy is in retreat around the world and is looking increasingly dysfunctional even in the United States itself.'"

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