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01.08.2019

"Here's Who Shined, Who Stumbled and Who Survived At Wednesday's Democratic Debate"

https://time.com/5640919/democratic-debate-takeaways-night-2/

In der zweiten Debatte von zehn weiteren demokratischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten haben außenpolitische Fragen erneut keine große Rolle gespielt. TIME fasst den Abend zusammen: "Ten Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Detroit Wednesday for a rowdy debate that underscored the party’s deep divisions. Here are 10 of the top takeaways".

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31.07.2019

"10 Things We Learned From Night One of the Democratic Debates in Detroit"

https://time.com/5639682/2020-democratic-debate-detroit/

TIME hat den Verlauf der zweiten Debatte der demokratischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten in zehn Punkten zusammengefasst. Die Außenpolitik hat demnach auch diesmal nur eine nachgeordnete Rolle gespielt. "After ignoring foreign affairs all night, in the last fifteen minutes of the debate the moderators finally served up a handful of rapid-fire questions that ranged from incredibly broad to oddly specific. This left candidates rushing to compress the only statements they would give on national security and how the U.S. deals with the world outside its borders, and provided little clarity about their worldview and plans."

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22.06.2019

"Iranian Hackers Wage Cyber Campaign Amid Ongoing Tensions With the U.S."

https://time.com/5612776/iranian-hackers-cyber-campaign-us/

Der Iran unternimmt im Kontext der aktuellen Krise offenbar ebenfalls verstärkte Cyberangriffe gegen die USA. "Iran has increased its offensive cyberattacks against the U.S. government and critical infrastructure as tensions have grown between the two nations, cybersecurity firms say. In recent weeks, hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government have targeted U.S. government agencies, as well as sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, sending waves of spear-phishing emails, according to representatives of cybersecurity companies CrowdStrike and FireEye, which regularly track such activity. (...) The cyber offensive is the latest chapter in the U.S. and Iran’s ongoing cyber operations targeting the other, with this recent sharp increase in attacks occurring after the Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Iranian petrochemical sector this month."

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18.06.2019

"Exclusive: President Trump Calls Alleged Iranian Attack on Oil Tankers 'Very Minor'"

https://time.com/5608787/iran-oil-tanker-attack-very-minor/

US-Präsident Trump hat den Angriff auf zwei Öltanker im Golf von Oman in einem Gespräch mit dem TIME-Magazin als "geringfügigen" Vorfall eingeschätzt. "Facing twin challenges in the Persian Gulf, President Donald Trump said in an interview with TIME Monday that he might take military action to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, but cast doubt on going to war to protect international oil supplies. 'I would certainly go over nuclear weapons,' the president said when asked what moves would lead him to consider going to war with Iran, 'and I would keep the other a question mark.' (...) Last week, U.S. officials blamed Iran for attacks against Norwegian and Japanese oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Trump described those and other recent attacks attributed by administration officials to Iran as limited. 'So far, it’s been very minor,' Trump told TIME."

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17.05.2019

"Exclusive: U.S. Military Officials Say There Is No Actual Plan to Confront Iran"

http://time.com/5589780/iran-military-plan/

Trotz der aufgeheizten Iran-Rhetorik des Weißen Hauses gebe es im Pentagon keine unmittelbaren Pläne für eine umfassende Verlegung von US-Truppen in die Golfregion, berichtet John Walcott. "(...) in the world of the Pentagon, there are plans you present to politicians, and then there are real plans. And three U.S. military officials involved in planning and overseeing military forces in the region tell TIME that no actual, executable plan, or anything like it, exists for a large-scale troop deployment to the Gulf. 'That requires knowing what contingency you’re addressing,' says one officer. 'Is the target Iran’s own forces or is it a militia? Is the enemy in Iraq or Syria or someplace else? A car bomb or missiles or cyber? Is there credible evidence linking an attack to the Iranian government so that targets inside Iran are legitimate?' All three sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they had not been authorized to discuss the matter publicly, told TIME they had seen no such detailed data."

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14.05.2019

"Julian Assange Could Face Extradition Requests From 2 Countries. What Happens Next?"

http://time.com/5588910/julian-assange-extradition-charges/

Neben den USA könnte bald auch Schweden die Auslieferung des in Großbritannien inhaftierten WikiLeaks-Gründers Julian Assange beantragen. Billy Perrigo schreibt, dass die Entscheidung über die Priorität in diesem Fall bei Innenminister Sajid Javid liegen würde und langwierige Verfahren folgen könnten. "In such an event, under U.K. law, Javid would have to weigh specific legal criteria to make his decision. They are: - The relative seriousness of the offenses. - The place where each offense was committed. - The date when each request was issued or received. - Whether the person is accused or convicted of each offense. Those criteria, however, are broad and leave space for individual judgment. 'The Secretary of State has to follow the law; it is highly likely that there will a legal challenge if he doesn’t,' says Katherine Tyler, a leading extradition lawyer at London law firm Kingsley Napley. The point of contention, Tyler predicts, is likely to be the relative seriousness of each offense. Both sides could argue that their case is more urgent than the other. (...) If anything is certain, it’s that Assange may not leave the U.K. any time soon. 'Contested extradition hearings can take a long time,' says Tyler. 'I would expect the U.S. request alone to take in the region of a year to 18 months; were there to be an additional request from Sweden, consideration of how to deal with this is likely to make the overall process longer still.'"

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16.04.2019

"'Mr. Pompeo, You Can Stop.' China Refutes 'Despicable' U.S. Criticism of Its Involvement in Venezuela"

http://time.com/5571403/china-us-latin-america-venezuela/

US-Außenminister Pompeo hat nicht nur Russland, sondern auch China wegen der Unterstützung für Präsident Maduro in Venezuela offen kritisiert. Das chinesische Außenministerium hat die Vorwürfe Pompeos nun als "Lügen" zurückgewiesen. "The remarks come in response to comments Pompeo made while visiting Latin America last week, when he said that Chinese intervention had 'helped to destroy' Venezuela. China is one of Venezuela’s largest trading partners and largest creditors. Lu also criticized the U.S. for its interference in Latin American affairs. 'The Latin American countries have good judgment about who is their true friend and who is false, and who is breaking rules and making trouble,' [Lu Kang, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry,] said, according to the Post."

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02.04.2019

"Singapore Is the Latest Country to Propose Tough Legislation Against Fake News"

http://time.com/5562501/singapore-fake-news-law-freedom-speech/

In Singapur sollen Soziale Netzwerke künftig gezwungen werden können, Informationen, die von der Regierung als "Fake News" eingeschätzt werden, zu unterdrücken. "The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill aims to 'prevent the communication of false statements of fact' and 'enable measures to be taken to counteract the effects of such communication,' according to the draft. Under the new legislation, the government can demand that online platforms take down misinformation or publish “corrections” next to information flagged as false. (...) Simon Milner, Facebook’s Asia-Pacific Vice President of Public Policy, voiced concern that the law would 'grant broad powers to the Singapore executive branch' and 'proactively push a government notification to users,' according to Reuters. The anti-fake news bill has also elicited criticism from industry associations and rights groups, which say the legislation gives the country’s leaders the power to promote an agenda while stifling public expression."

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25.03.2019

"China's Media Interference Is Going Global, Report Says"

http://time.com/5557951/china-interference-global-media/

Einem neuen Bericht der Organisation Reporter ohne Grenzen (RSF) zufolge verfolgt China heute eine globale Medienstrategie zur Beeinflussung der internationalen Berichterstattung. "The report, China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order says Beijing is using a variety of strategies including ramping up international broadcasting, undertaking extensive advertising campaigns, and infiltrating foreign media outlets to spread its world view. 'You can see that what is at stake is not only the Chinese authorities trying to spread their own propaganda…what is at stake is journalism as we know it,' Cédric Alviani, East Asia Bureau Director of RSF told TIME. According to the report, the Chinese government is investing as much as $1.3 billion annually to increase the global presence of Chinese media. With this investment, Chinese state-run television and radio shows have been able drastically expanded their international reach in recent years. China Global Television Network is televised in 140 countries and China Radio International is broadcast in 65 languages."

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13.03.2019

"Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi War in Yemen"

http://time.com/5551101/senate-votes-end-saudi-war-yemen/

Der US-Senat hat eine parteiübergreifende Resolution verabschiedet, in der Präsident Trump aufgefordert wird, die Unterstützung Saudi-Arabiens im Bürgerkrieg in Jemen zu beenden. Es wird erwartet, dass die Resolution im Repräsentantenhaus ebenfalls eine Mehrheit findet. "The Senate voted Wednesday to end U.S. support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition’s war in Yemen, bringing Congress one step closer to a unprecedented rebuke of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Lawmakers have never before invoked the decades-old War Powers Resolution to stop a foreign conflict, but they are poised to do just that in the bid to cut off U.S. support for a war that has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe. The vote puts Congress on a collision course with Trump, who has already threatened to veto the resolution, which the White House says raises 'serious constitutional concerns.'"

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27.02.2019

"Why It’s Good for the West That Iran’s Foreign Minister Isn’t Resigning"

http://time.com/5539737/iran-javad-zarif-foreign-minister-resignation/

Irans Präsident Hassan Rouhani hat das Rücktrittsgesuch seines Außenministers Mohammad Javad Zarif abgelehnt. Für den Westen sei dies eine gute Nachricht, meint die Iran-Expertin Holly Dagres. "Decades of experience in the international arena, specifically at the Iranian mission in New York, is rare among Iranian diplomats. And although the United States and Israel celebrated the news of Zarif’s potential departure, it would have been a double-edged sword, with the risk of damaging dialogue or potential diplomacy between Iran and the United States. (...) Had Zarif been allowed to resign, his exit would’ve inflicted damage on any possibility of detente with the United States and keeping the JCPOA alive. His critics rightfully point to the fact that he defended the indefensible — including Iran’s involvement in Syria and human rights violations inside the country — which is his job: promoting the narrative of an internationally isolated and repressive government. But beyond that, Zarif is not just an approachable government official, he is the only Iranian diplomat capable of sitting down with his U.S. counterpart to negotiate a multilateral agreement."

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25.02.2019

"Serbia Just Got More Russian-Made MiG Fighters as Arms Race With NATO-Member Croatia Escalates"

http://time.com/5537216/serbia-russian-fighter-jets-croatia/

Die Associated Press berichtet, dass Serbien in einem "Mini-Wettrüsten" mit dem NATO-Nachbarn Kroatien vier weitere russische MiG-29-Flugzeuge erworben habe. "Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin attended the ceremony at an air force base in Belarus, saying that with the delivery 'our air force has never been stronger in decades.' Serbia has recently received six MiG-29 jets from Russia, which has also promised the delivery of 60 armored vehicles, air defense systems and battle and transport helicopters. (...) Serbia faces a mini arms race with NATO-member Croatia, which has recently failed to purchase 12 used F-16 fighter aircraft from Israel after a deal that went wrong after opposition from Washington. Serbia formally wants to join the European Union, but under political and propaganda pressure from Moscow, Belgrade has steadily slid toward the Kremlin and its goal of trying to keep the countries in the region out of NATO."

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20.02.2019

"U.S. Says Alabama Woman Who Regrets Joining ISIS Is Not a Citizen and Cannot Return"

http://time.com/5533670/alabama-woman-isis-cannot-return-us/

Die US-Regierung hat sich im Fall der jungen Frau, die vor fünf Jahren aus Alabama nach Syrien gereist ist, um sich dem IS anzuschließen, klar gegen eine Rückkehr ausgesprochen. "Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Hoda Muthana, who is now in a refugee camp in Syria along with others who fled the remnants of the Islamic State, has no legal claim to citizenship and will not be permitted to enter the country. But her lawyer, Hassan Shibly, insisted she was born in the United States and had a valid passport before she joined the Islamic State in 2014. (...) President Donald Trump said later Wednesday on Twitter that he was behind the decision, tweeting that 'I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!' The announcement came a day after Britain said that it was stripping the citizenship of Shamima Begum, a 19-year-old who left the country in 2015 with two friends to join the Islamic State and recently gave birth in a refugee camp. It also comes as the U.S. has urged allies to back citizens who joined IS but are now in the custody of the American-backed forces (...)."

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19.02.2019

"Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Says She Made a 'Big Mistake' and Wants to Come Home"

http://time.com/5532849/alabama-teen-islamic-state/

Auch in den USA wird über eine Frau berichtet, die sich dem "Islamischen Staat" in Syrien angeschlossen hat. In einem Flüchtlingslager hofft sie nun, bald nach Alabama zurückkehren zu können. "Hoda Muthana, 24, regrets ever aligning herself with the terrorist organization and is putting herself at risk by speaking out against it from a refugee camp where she has lived since fleeing the group a few weeks ago, said attorney Hassan Shibly. Muthana, who dodged sniper fire and roadside bombs to escape, is ready to pay the penalty for her actions but wants freedom and safety for the 18-month-old son she had with one of two IS fighters she wed, he said. Both men were killed in combat. (...) After fleeing her home in suburban Birmingham in late 2014 and resurfacing in Syria, Muthana used social media to advocate violence against the United States. In the letter, Muthana wrote that she didn’t understand the importance of freedoms provided by the United States at the time."

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17.02.2019

"'We Have a Real Problem.' U.S. Is at Odds With European Allies, Munich Meeting Shows"

http://time.com/5531470/united-states-trump-europe/

Die Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz hat nach Ansicht vieler Beobachter bestätigt, wie tief der Graben zwischen den USA und ihren europäischen Verbündeten gegenwärtig ist. Zu einem echten Bruch der Allianz wird es nach Überzeugung von Marc Champion allerdings nicht kommen: "The U.S. security umbrella and its economic pull are simply too great. Even those proposing a new European army acknowledge that without the U.S. and, after Brexit, the U.K. it would be incapable of providing security for the continent. A large, bi-partisan U.S. turnout, including more than 50 members of Congress, sought to fill the void and former Vice President Joe Biden looked to persuade U.S. allies that normal service would resume as soon as Trump leaves office. Yet Europeans are divided by the Trump administration, too. Poland, under pressure from the EU for allegedly undermining its democratic institutions, is a particularly strong backer and hosted a U.S.-convened conference on the Middle East last week."

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06.02.2019

"Why Vietnam? 4 Reasons the Southeast Asian Nation Is Perfect for the Second Trump-Kim Summit"

http://time.com/5522688/kim-trump-summit-meeting-vietnam/

Das zweite Gipfeltreffen zwischen Donald Trump und Kim Jong Un soll Ende Februar in Vietnam stattfinden. Joseph Hincks hält diese Wahl aus vier Gründen für "perfekt": "Vietnam is geographically close to North Korea (...) Vietnam was once a bitter enemy of the United States... (...) But today Vietnam provides a model North Korea could emulate (...) Vietnam is politically neutral and secure".

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18.01.2019

"ISIS Is Still Active in Iraq, Syria and Beyond. This Is What the Threat Looks Like Now"

http://time.com/5506007/trump-isis-victory-islamic-state/

Trotz der Zerschlagung des IS-Kalifats und der offiziellen Siegesmeldungen von US-Präsident Trump geht vom "Islamischen Staat" in Syrien und Irak Joseph Hincks zufolge immer noch eine erhebliche Bedrohung aus. "The most recent UN estimates put the number of ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq today at between 20,000 and 30,000, with most dispersed over territory the group no longer fully controls. That’s not many fewer than the 33,000 fighters U.S. intelligence officials estimated the group had at its 2015 peak, according to VOA. Yet in terms of territory the Islamic State is much diminished. (...) Analysts say the squeeze on ISIS’ physical footprint is likely to entail a shift from conventional to guerrilla tactics, with fighters more likely to mount the sort of small scale ambushes employed so effectively by Al Qaeda in Iraq, the group that seeded ISIS. (...) Gönül Tol, the founding director of the Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies, tells TIME several high profile ranking Turkish military figures have objected to the idea of going 'further south to fight the Islamic State because they think Turkey is not capable of doing of that.' 'Turkey is definitely not going to fight ISIS,' says ICG’s Hiltermann. 'ISIS is very far from the Turkish border, its near the Iraqi borders in Arab areas. Turkey has absolutely no interest whatsoever in doing that work for the United States or anyone else.'"

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15.01.2019

"South Korea No Longer Lists North Korea as an 'Enemy' in Its New Defense Report"

http://time.com/5502970/south-korea-north-korea-enemies/

Südkorea hat Nordkorea in einem aktuellen Bericht des Verteidigungsministeriums von der Liste der "Feinde" des Landes gestrichen. "It’s the first time since 2010, the same year 50 South Koreans were killed in attacks blamed on the North, that the enemy label hasn’t been applied, and a further sign of better ties between the rivals. The South Korean Defense Ministry white paper doesn’t include past terms that labeled North Korea an 'enemy', a 'present enemy' or the South’s 'main enemy.' It still said the North’s weapons of mass destruction are a 'threat to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,' a reference to the North’s missile and nuclear program. The 'enemy' terminology has been a long-running source of animosity between the Koreas. North Korea has called the label a provocation that demonstrated Seoul’s hostility."

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08.01.2019

"The Syria Withdrawal Shows the Problem With Trump Going Off-Script"

http://time.com/5496352/donald-trump-foreign-leaders-script/

Der widersprüchlichen Aussagen der US-Regierung zu einem möglichen Abzug der US-Truppen aus Syrien hätten bei allen Beteiligten für Verwirrung gesorgt, schreibt W.J. Hennigan. Die unklare Situation sei das Resultat der Gewohnheit des US-Präsidenten, ohne Rücksprache mit weitreichenden Aussagen an die Öffentlichkeit zu treten. "Trump may not entirely subscribe to past U.S. presidents’ tendency toward strategic predictability, but it’s his prerogative whether or not to heed the advice of advisers, said David Priess, a former CIA analyst and author of 'The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents.' 'We elect a president, not a bureaucracy, to execute policy,' he said. 'The danger is that the United States government is involved in so many ways in so many countries that it’s very hard for any one person to stay on top of it all.' The system, he said, is in place to 'help the President avoid committing himself to something he has to pull back from.'"

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11.12.2018

"The Guardians and the War on Truth"

http://time.com/person-of-the-year-2018-the-guardians/

Das TIME-Magazine hat den ermordeten Jamal Khashoggi und eine Reihe weiterer Journalisten zur "Person des Jahres" erklärt. Karl Vick stellt das Thema der diesjährigen Auswahl In diesem interaktiven Beitrag vor. "Modern misinformation, says David Patrikarakos, author of the book War in 140 Characters, titled after the original maximum length of a Twitter post, 'does not function like traditional propaganda. It tries to muddy the waters. It tries to sow as much confusion and as much misinformation as possible, so that when people see the truth, they find it harder to recognize.' The story of this assault on truth is, somewhat paradoxically, one of the hardest to tell. 'We all learned in our schools that journalists shouldn’t be the story ourselves, but this is, again, not our choice,' says Can Dündar, who, after being charged with revealing state secrets and nearly assassinated as a newspaper editor in Turkey, fled to Germany, where he set up a news site. 'This is the world of the strong leaders who hate the free press and truth.'"

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04.12.2018

"Sen. Lindsey Graham Says There's 'Zero Chance' Saudi Prince Wasn't Involved in Khashoggi Killing Following CIA Brief"

http://time.com/5470508/lindsey-graham-saudi-prince-khashoggi-cia/

Nach einer nichtöffentlichen Anhörung der CIA-Direktorin Gina Haspel haben die beiden einflussreichen republikanischen Senatoren Bob Corker und Lindsey Graham keinen Zweifel mehr an der Beteiligung des saudi-arabischen Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman an der Ermordung des Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi. "Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he believes if the crown prince were put on trial, a jury would find him guilty in 'about 30 minutes.' Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who demanded the briefing with Haspel, said there is 'zero chance' the crown prince wasn’t involved in Khashoggi’s death. 'There’s not a smoking gun. There’s a smoking saw,' Graham said, referring to reports from the Turkish government that said Saudi agents used a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi after he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Graham said 'you have to be willfully blind' not to conclude that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the crown prince’s command."

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01.12.2018

"George H.W. Bush Was the Last President to Serve in Combat. America Could Use More Leaders Like Him"

http://time.com/5468640/george-hw-bush-military-service-navy/

Der im Alter von 94 Jahren verstorbene George H.W. Bush sei der letzte US-Präsident mit persönlicher Kriegserfahrung gewesen, stellt James Stavridis in seinem Nachruf fest. Dies habe die Amtszeit von Bush in vielen Phasen geprägt und auch die Entscheidung zum Rückzug der US-Truppen nach dem Sieg im Golf-Krieg beeinflusst. "When he faced the biggest decision of his Presidency — the first Gulf War — he knew what he was asking of the troops because he had given it himself. And when the time came to decide on staying in Iraq or coming home, he chose to leave. In retrospect, that turned out to be a good decision in the eyes of most historians, and certainly the heart of that calculus was a reflection of his time in combat — he didn’t want others to have to spend any more time than necessary. (...) None of this is to say that combat experience is essential for a President, and we’ve certainly had successful American Presidents who did not face combat operations (Thomas Jefferson, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, for example). But having served in the crucible of combat deepens the reserves of character in anyone."

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28.11.2018

"Senate Defies Trump With a Vote on U.S. Support for the Saudi-Backed War in Yemen"

http://time.com/5466383/senate-vote-war-yemen-saudi-arabia-trump/

Der US-Senat hat zum ersten Mal ein deutliches Zeichen gegen die Jemen-Politik der Trump-Regierung gesetzt und eine Resolution verabschiedet, in der die Beendigung der US-Unterstützung für den saudi-arabischen Krieg gefordert wird. "The vote showed a significant number of Republicans were willing to break with Trump to express their deep dissatisfaction with Saudi Arabia and with the U.S. response to Khashoggi’s brutal killing in Turkey last month. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has equivocated over who was to blame. (...) Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said in the past he had 'laid in the railroad tracks to keep us from doing things that I believe are against our national interest as it relates to Saudi Arabia.' But he said he believes the Senate should 'figure out some way for us to send the appropriate message to Saudi Arabia that appropriately displays American values and American national interests.' He said the crown prince 'owns this death. He owns it.'"

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09.11.2018

"Macron Seizes Historical Moment to Redefine His Presidency in Opposition to Trump"

http://time.com/5450185/emmanuel-macron-centenary-world-war-paris-trump-summit/

Frankreichs Präsident Macron habe die Gedenkfeiern zum 100. Jahrestag des Endes des Ersten Weltkriegs genutzt, um seine Präsidentschaft neu zu definieren, schreibt Vivienne Walt. Die Opposition zu US-Präsident Trump und dessen Weltsicht stehe dabei an erster Stelle. "Macron has seized on the commemoration (...) as a moment to drum home his pivotal message: That globalism is the only safeguard for peace, while the nationalism espoused by Trump, and increasingly European Union leaders who seem to emulate him, will lead to disaster as it did a century ago. He will seek to cast himself as the world’s flagbearer for the global deals on climate, trade, and security, at a time when Trump has pulled the U.S. out of most of those, and as Macron’s crucial partner, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is now a lame-duck leader."

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29.10.2018

"The Reasons Why Right-Wing Terror Is Rising in America"

http://time.com/5438443/tree-of-life-attack/

Daniel Benjamin, früherer Terrorismus-Experte im US-Außenministerium, nennt nach dem Attentat von Pittsburgh zwei Gründe für den Anstieg antisemitischer Übergriffe und anderer "Hassverbrechen" durch rechtsextreme Einzeltäter in den USA. "The first is the creation of an extremist community online. Both Robert Bowers, the suspected Pittsburgh shooter, and Cesar Sayoc Jr., who is believed to be responsible for mailing 14 pipe bombs to leading Democrats and CNN, were compulsive netizens. Sayoc had two Facebook profiles and three Twitter accounts. Bowers frequented Gab – a social network for white supremacists and Nazis who had been driven off Twitter. (...) As we’ve seen all too often, these online communities have become gigantic amplifiers, emboldening their participants and strengthening them in their most vile convictions. Just as the Internet turbocharged the jihadi universe and created a global support community for ISIS, it has networked and inspired the far-right. (...) The second development that has lit up this increasingly linked and animated extremist world is the advent of Donald Trump. The statistics demonstrate clearly that the biggest bump in hate crimes in recent history coincides with the period since his presidential campaign began. This is not just a matter of correlation but causation."

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23.10.2018

"Nationalism Has Gotten a Bad Reputation. But It’s What America Needs Right Now"

http://time.com/5431089/trump-white-nationalism-bible/

Yoram Hazony, Autor des Buches "The Virtue of Nationalism", verteidigt seine Vorstellung eines "amerikanischen Nationalismus" gegen die Kritik, dass es sich um einen "weißen Nationalismus" und damit um ein rassistisches Konzept handle. "'White nationalism' is used to describe the small fringe of Americans who believe nationality is defined by the color of one’s skin. These groups promote the kind of loosely Darwinian thinking that motivated German Nazism (...). Most Americans find these attempts to reduce nationality to race repugnant. (...) The disintegration of classical American nationalism, and the consequent loosening of the bonds of mutual loyalty that had held Americans together, has created a vacuum at the heart of American national identity. It is this vacuum that revolutionary new theories such as 'white nationalism' hope to fill. (...) At a time when large-scale immigration is at the forefront of U.S. politics, a biblically-rooted American nationalism — one that recognizes the nation as a diversity of tribes bound together by a common heritage and mutual loyalty — is sorely lacking from American public debate."

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21.10.2018

"Trump Plans to Tear Up a 31-Year-Old Nuclear Weapons Treaty. Now What?"

http://time.com/5430388/donald-trump-nuclear-weapons-treaty-inf-withdrawal/

Präsident Trump hat angekündigt, dass die USA aus dem 1987 unterzeichneten Vertrag über nukleare Mittelstreckensysteme (INF) mit Russland aussteigen werden. W.J. Hennigan erläutert die Bedeutung des Abkommens und schreibt, dass die USA mit diesem Schritt auf eine angebliche Vertragsverletzung Russlands reagieren. "U.S. intelligence first recognized Moscow’s potential violation of the agreement several years ago when the missile, the Novator 9M729, was still in its test phase. The Obama Administration worked unsuccessfully to persuade the Kremlin to stand down the program through diplomatic talks. The Trump Administration, in contrast, directly confronted the violation by funding development of its own missile. (...) Russia, for its part, has repeatedly denied it ever violated the INF. The Kremlin has instead insisted that the U.S. is the one that’s in defiance of the agreement, saying certain interceptors on American missile defense systems have offensive capabilities. The U.S. has dismissed Russia’s allegation as false and a red herring."

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02.10.2018

"'We'll Sort This Out.' Defense Secretary Mattis Says U.S. Relations With China Are Not Worsening"

http://time.com/5412228/jim-mattis-us-china-relations-pentagon/

US-Verteidigungsminister Mattis ist offenbar davon überzeugt, dass die aktuellen Spannungen zwischen den USA und China das Verhältnis zwischen beiden Ländern nicht grundsätzlich verschlechtern werden. "Mattis said the U.S. has to learn how to manage its relationship with the communist nation. 'There’s tension points in the relationship, but based on discussions coming out of New York last week and other things that we have coming up, we do not see it getting worse,' Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Paris. 'We’ll sort this out.' (...) 'I just think it’s part of reality,' Mattis said Monday. 'We’re two, as you said, great powers, two Pacific Ocean nations. We have various issues: diplomatic, economic, security. We’re going to have to find ways to work them out. We will.'"

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18.09.2018

"Here's What to Expect From the Third Summit Between Korean Leaders Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae In"

http://time.com/5397851/north-south-korea-third-summit-peace/

Eli Meixler berichtet über das mittlerweile dritte Gipfeltreffen zwischen Kim Jong Un und Moon Jae In in Pjöngjang. "The three-day summit, the third between the Korean leaders, comes as U.S.-North Korean negotiations have reached an impasse since the landmark summit between President Donald Trump and Kim in June. Moon and Kim hailed 'a new era of peace' when they first met at the Panmunjom 'truce village' between the two Koreas in April. Kim also became the first North Korean leader to enter South Korea since the Korean War was halted by an armistice in 1953. Their second inter-Korea meeting came in May, in the lead-up to the summit with Trump. The talks this week also come in the wake of North Korea’s 70th national anniversary celebrations and a military parade that drew praise from Trump for playing down North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. Moon will also likely propose further inter-Korean economic engagement, which has so far been obstructed by sanctions, to encourage reduced hostilities along the Koreas’ shared 155-mile border."

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