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06.03.2020

"US to provide additional military aid to Ukraine including armed patrol boats"

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/06/politics/pentagon-ukraine-military-aid/index.html

Das Pentagon hat eine Erhöhung der Militärunterstützung für die Ukraine angekündigt. "Members of Congress have been informally notified of the Defense Department's plans to provide $125 million in new military assistance to Ukraine, including armed patrol boats, according to a congressional aide and US official. The chairs and ranking members of the relevant congressional committees will have a chance to review the aid packages before Congress is formally notified. This is the first half of the $250 million in Ukraine Security Assistance that has been appropriated by Congress. The new assistance package includes counter-artillery radars and armed Mark VI patrol boats, the latter of which is seen as particularly important given Ukraine's tensions with Russia in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov."

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02.03.2020

"Greece stands firm on migrants, as Turkey opens floodgates to Europe"

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/01/europe/turkey-greece-migrants-open-border-intl/index.html

Arwa Damon und Murat Baykara schreiben in ihrem Bericht von der griechisch-türkischen Grenze, dass die Situation an den Vorabend der Flüchtlingskrise von 2015 erinnere. "Back in 2016, when the masses were taking the refugee trail from Turkey across the EU, the two powers struck a financial aid deal to stem the flow. But Europe never really paid up. And Turkey, hosting upwards of 3.5 million refugees, mostly from Syria, has long threatened to open its borders if left to shoulder the refugee burden alone. (…) Turkey says it is already beyond capacity when it comes to refugees. And so part of this decision is to clear space, should it decide to open that southern border with Syria. (…) Where do the refugees want to go and why? The aim is Europe; the ultimate goal is the pursuit of a better life and opportunities. We met refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Morocco and Somalia. Some are new arrivals to Turkey who came just waiting for a chance like this. Others have been in Turkey for years but struggled to find work, housing, and education for their children, especially as Turkey's economy took a downward spiral and the cost of living surged."

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13.02.2020

"For the first time in 9 years, two nation states are going toe-to-toe in Syria"

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/12/middleeast/syria-turkey-war-analysis-walsh-intl/index.html

Der türkische Präsident Erdogan hat der syrischen Regierung nach den Kämpfen zwischen Truppen beider Länder in der Idlib-Provinz offen gedroht. Nick Paton Walsh schreibt, dass der Konflikt den Krieg in Syrien neu entfachen könnte. "It is a seismic development: Turkish troops being repeatedly killed by Syrian forces, and then Ankara exacting a revenge toll on Bashar al-Assad's men. The expectation has always been that Moscow - the forceful, long-term backer of Assad but also the fair-weather and awkward new friend of NATO member Turkey - would step in and negotiate a pause. But they haven't yet, despite repeated phone calls between Ankara and Moscow. And they might not. Instead, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has raised the possibility of Russian and Turkish fighter jets clashing over the beleaguered province of Idlib. 'Aircraft that hit the civilian population centers in Idlib will no longer be able to fly freely,'. (…) It is 'a whole new level of state-on-state conflict,' said Charles Lister, senior fellow at the Middle East Institute. 'And given Erdogan's domestic considerations, it's still hard to see anything but more escalation on the horizon.'"

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07.02.2020

"White House announces death of terror leader Qassim al-Rimi"

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/06/politics/white-house-announces-death-of-aqap-leader/index.html

Das US-Militär hat eigenen Angaben zufolge den Anführer der Terrorgruppe "al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula" (AQAP) in Jemen getötet. "The White House announced Thursday evening that Qassim al-Rimi, the leader of terror group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in an airstrike in Yemen. (…) The news comes following several other successful US military efforts to remove high profile Middle Eastern leaders. President Donald Trump ordered a US airstrike in January that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, and in October, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died in a nighttime raid conducted by US forces on his compound in northern Syria. While not on the same level as Baghdadi and Soleimani, the death of the leader of AQAP is still a significant moment. Rimi had been a US target since early in Trump's tenure. Rimi was a target of a January 2017 raid on an al Qaeda compound in Yemen that led to the first US military combat death under the President, a senior US military official told CNN at the time."

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02.02.2020

"Nigerians shocked after Trump extends travel ban"

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/01/africa/nigeria-travel-ban-intl/index.html

Die US-Regierung hat die seit 2017 geltenden Einreisebeschränkungen für Bürger bestimmter Staaten ausgeweitet und die Liste der betroffenen Länder um sechs erweitert. Stephanie Busari berichtet aus Lagos, dass die Entscheidung insbesondere in Nigeria Überraschung ausgelöst habe. "The ban, which is one of the US President's signature policies, now includes six new countries, who have been blocked from obtaining certain types of visas. All immigrants from Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria will be banned from the US. Tanzanian and Sudan citizens will no longer be able to apply for the 'diversity visas,' known as the green card lottery, according to the Department of Homeland Security. (…) The ban has come as a shock to many Nigerians who balk at being included on a list of 'pariah states,' such as Myanmar and Eritrea. 'You know what it means for Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan to be put in the same category? Eritrea is the 'North Korea of Africa', Myanmar is a pariah state & Kyrgyzstan is in the middle of nowhere. The US Government does not rate us, at all,' wrote Onye Nkuzi, a Lagos-based IT and business consultant, on Twitter."

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01.02.2020

"The UK has left the EU -- and the implications for the world are huge"

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/31/uk/brexit-boris-johnson-uk-on-the-world-stage-intl-gbr/index.html

Luke McGee erwartet, dass der Brexit weltweite Folgen haben wird. Von zentraler Bedeutung wird seiner Ansicht sein, ob Großbritannien in den kommenden 11 Monaten ein pragmatisches Verhältnis zur EU anstreben oder gänzlich an die Seite der USA wechseln wird. "Why 11 months? Because, according to the deal Britain signed with the EU, this Brexit transition period ends on December 31, and whatever deal the two parties have reached on their future relationship - if any - kicks in. Mark Leonard, director of the European Council on Foreign Relations think tank, says that Johnson faces a huge strategic choice: 'For decades, the foundation of British foreign policy has rested on two pillars: the UK has been an influential member of the EU; it is also part of the transatlantic alliance, with NATO and the US at its core.' (…) If Johnson does decide to move further from Europe, there's 'a danger from a European perspective that Britain could become a disrupter, a bit like Turkey or Russia, that tries to divide and rule different European countries, is not reliable and is unpredictable,' says Leonard. And if it does drift across the Atlantic towards America, Brussels could soon miss having one of the world's loudest diplomatic voices, with nuclear weapons, a big economy, a world-class intelligence network and a permanent seat on the UN security council, firmly in its ranks."

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22.01.2020

"The surprising wild card Trump faces in 2020"

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/22/opinions/foreign-policy-voters-2020-election-opinion-miller/index.html

Die US-Präsidentschaftswahl in diesem Jahr könnte nach Ansicht von Aaron David Miller von außenpolitischen Debatten geprägt werden. Dies habe mehrere Gründe: "First, there's the intersection between foreign policy and domestic scandal. Not since Lyndon Johnson's Vietnam War debacle or Ronald Reagan's Iran Contra affair has a President been embroiled in matters of foreign policy that have created such controversy, dominated the political and media discourse and seemingly undermined his personal credibility and authority. (…) Second, there's Iran. The recent escalatory cycle with Iran, especially Trump's decision to kill Qasem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force, presents a potentially serious political problem for Trump. (…) Third, Rs and Ds really are divided on foreign policy. One of the reasons foreign policy has rarely played a role in affecting voter behavior is that the two parties have a hard time drawing major differences between their policies. (…) This type of agreement is all but extinct. (…) The Unanticipated Crisis. (…) Ten months is an eternity in foreign policy. Any number of potential crisis points might present themselves before election day -- Iran, North Korea, Russian influence in US politics or an unanticipated terror attack. None offer easy or simple solutions, and some carry real risks of missteps or miscalculation on the part of a mercurial President not known for carefully thinking through the costs and consequences of his actions."

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11.01.2020

"Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian passenger plane unintentionally"

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/10/middleeast/iran-plane-crash-intl-hnk/index.html

Der Iran hat nach einigem Zögern den versehentlichen Abschuss des ukrainischen Flugzeugs eingestanden, bei dessen Absturz am vergangenen Mittwoch alle 176 Passagiere getötet wurden. "The general staff of Iran's armed forces said the crash Wednesday was due to human error. Iran targeted the passenger plane unintentionally, Press TV said. (…) A US official familiar with the intelligence said the aircraft was downed by two Russian-made SA-15 surface-to-air missiles. The US saw Iranian radar signals lock onto the jetliner, before it was shot down. The US increasingly believes this was accidental. The US, Britain, Canada, Sweden and the European Commission have called for an independent and credible investigation."

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23.12.2019

"Saudi Arabia sentences five to death for Khashoggi murder but clears three top officials"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/12/23/middleeast/saudi-arabia-jamal-khashoggi-intl/index.html

Ein saudi-arabisches Gericht hat fünf mutmaßliche Verantwortliche für den Mord am Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi zum Tode verurteilt. Hochrangige Mitglieder und Berater der saudi-arabischen Regierung sind dagegen vom Verdacht der Mitwirkung befreit worden. "The Washington Post's publisher, Fred Ryan, (…) condemned the findings. 'The complete lack of transparency and the Saudi government's refusal to cooperate with independent investigators suggests that this was merely a sham trial,' he said in a statement. 'Those ultimately responsible, at the highest level of the Saudi government, continue to escape responsibility for the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi.' UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard called Monday's court rulings 'anything but justice' in a series of posts on her official Twitter account. (…) Callamard criticized the court's conclusion that the killing was not premeditated, citing 'the presence of a forensic doctor,' how the 'defendants had repeatedly stated they were obeying orders' and how the consul general 'took all necessary precautions to ensure there will be no eye witness present.' She added: 'Bottom line: the hit-men are guilty, sentenced to death. The masterminds not only walk free. They have barely been touched by the investigation and the trial. That is the antithesis of Justice. It is a mockery.'"

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28.11.2019

"Protesters celebrate a victory after Trump signs Hong Kong human rights act"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/28/asia/hong-kong-reaction-trump-legislation-intl-hnk/index.html

In Hongkong ist die Unterzeichnung von US-Gesetzen zur Stärkung von Menschenrechten und Demokratie in Hongkong durch Präsident Trump von Demonstranten als Sieg gefeiert worden. "Protesters in Hong Kong will hold a celebratory, pro-US rally Thursday after President Donald Trump gave them what one prominent activist termed a 'timely Thanksgiving present.' Trump signed an act in support of the protest movement despite a potential backlash from Beijing that could derail delicate US-China trade talks, after it was passed almost unanimously by both houses of Congress. Anti-government protesters in the semi-autonomous Chinese city have long campaigned in favor of the bill -- which would permit Washington to impose sanctions or even suspend Hong Kong's special trading status over rights violations. Trump's decision to sign the act gives the movement a second major symbolic victory in a matter of days."

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20.11.2019

"Legal analyst: Trump's defenses are almost entirely gone"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/20/opinions/sondland-testimony-opinion-honig/index.html

CNN-Experte Elie Honig meint, dass die Aussage von Gordon Sondland, US-Botschafter bei der EU, vor dem Geheimdienstausschuss des Repräsentantenhauses den US-Präsidenten schwer belastet habe. "All Trump and his defenders are left with now is this: Trump never explicitly told Sondland directly that foreign aid would be conditioned on announcement of investigations. (…) There's a fall guy emerging here for Trump: Rudy Giuliani. Sondland, like many witnesses before him, confirmed that Trump empowered Giuliani to run point on Ukraine. Trump himself told Zelensky, 'Rudy very much knows what's happening and he is a very capable guy.' But Rudy is Trump's only out. Rudy went rogue, Trump and his defenders will likely argue, and if he engaged in bribery or extortion or any other conduct offensive to the Constitution, then he did it on his own, without Trump's blessing or authorization. It's a stretch, but it's all Trump's got left."

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14.11.2019

"Trump hikes price tag for US forces in Korea almost 400% as Seoul questions alliance"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/14/politics/trump-south-korea-troops-price-hike/index.html

US-Präsident Trump erwartet von Südkorea ab 2020 deutlich höhere Zahlungen für die US-Militärpräsenz im Land. Im US-Kongress und im Pentagon sei die Forderung mit einigem Unbehagen aufgenommen worden, berichtet Nicole Gaouette. "Trump is demanding that South Korea pay roughly 400% more in 2020 to cover the cost of keeping US troops on the peninsula, a congressional aide and an administration official confirmed to CNN. The price hike has frustrated Pentagon officials and deeply concerned Republican and Democratic lawmakers, according to military officials and congressional aides. It has angered and unnerved Seoul, where leaders are questioning US commitment to their alliance and wondering whether Trump will pull US forces if they don't pay up. (…) In the US, congressional aides and Korea experts familiar with the talks say the President's $4.7 billion demand came out of thin air, sending State and Defense Department officials scrambling to justify the number with a slew of new charges that may include Seoul paying some costs for US personnel present on the peninsula and for troops and equipment that rotate through."

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03.11.2019

"Saudi Arabia announces IPO of world's most profitable company"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/03/investing/saudi-aramco-ipo/index.html

Der saudi-arabische Ölkonzern Aramco, der als profitabelstes Unternehmen der Welt gilt, steht vor einem Rekord-Börsengang. "Saudi Arabia is moving forward with an initial public offering of its huge state oil producer that could shatter records and give investors the chance to own a piece of the world's most profitable company. (…) The public offering is part of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plan to wean his country off oil and develop other areas of the economy. But getting the massive IPO off the ground has been an arduous process full of false starts."

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02.11.2019

"Confusion reigns over US plan to 'secure the oil' in Syria as commanders await orders"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/02/politics/pentagon-syria-confusion-us-plan-oil/index.html

Die sprunghafte Syrienpolitik der US-Regierung habe bei den US-Truppen für einige Verwirrung gesorgt, berichten Barbara Starr und Nicole Gaouette. Im Fall der laut Anweisung Donald Trumps zu bewachenden Ölfelder im Nordosten des Landes erwarten die US-Kommandeure vor Ort demnach immer noch präzise militärische Anweisungen. "Nearly three weeks after President Donald Trump ordered troops out of northern Syria, publicly declaring he was taking 'control' of the oil and sending troops and armored carriers to protect it from ISIS, US commanders lack clarity on the most basic aspects of their mission, including how and when troops can fire their weapons and what, exactly, that mission is. The lack of precise orders means troops are on the ground while critical details are still being worked out - exactly where they will go, when and how they will stay on small bases in the area, and when they go on patrol. Perhaps most crucially, there is no clarity about exactly who they are operating against in the oilfields. That's essential information for troops on the ground and in the air to understand circumstances in which they are permitted to fire their weapons."

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25.10.2019

"Trump suggests Kurds relocate as US considers deploying armored vehicles to protect oil fields"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/24/politics/trump-kurds-oil-tanks/index.html

Die US-Regierung will die Ölfelder im Osten Syriens CNN-Angaben zufolge auch mit Panzern sichern. US-Präsident Trump hat zudem angeregt, dass die syrischen Kurden von der umkämpften Grenze zur Türkei in dieses Gebiet umziehen sollten. "It was not immediately clear whether Trump was suggesting that the entire Syrian Kurdish population, which numbers in the millions, effectively self-deport to an Arab majority area that is near the oil fields, an indigenous population that is unlikely to welcome a sudden influx of Kurds. Trump and others have used the term 'Kurds' to refer to multiple groups, including the Syrian Kurdish population, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces -- a mix of Arabs, Kurds and others -- and the Kurdish element of the Syrian Democratic Forces, known as the YPG, a group Turkey says was the target of its recent invasion. None of these groups would likely agree willingly to self-deport from their traditional homelands. (…) And in a sign that the US military may be concerned about potential clashes with heavily armed adversaries such as Russia and the Syrian regime, the US is weighing deploying tanks or other armored vehicles to the country for the first time to help US troops defend the oil fields Trump is prioritizing. US forces have been in the region of the oil fields but the calculation now centers on whether more forces are needed to deter the Syrian regime and potentially Russian forces."

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11.10.2019

"Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/11/europe/nobel-peace-prize-2019-intl/index.html

Der äthiopische Ministerpräsident Abiy Ahmed Ali hat für seine Friedenspolitik gegenüber Eritrea den diesjährigen Friedensnobelpreis erhalten. "Abiy, 43, also recently won plaudits for his role in helping to broker a power-sharing deal in neighboring Sudan after a political crisis that led to the arrest of Omar al-Bashir, the country's ruler for almost three decades. Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said Abiy -- who has received both praise and criticism for his reforms in Ethiopia -- has not been recognized too soon, but acknowledged that progress still needs to be made in the country."

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23.09.2019

"Iran's Zarif raises the prospect of a new nuclear agreement with Trump"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/23/middleeast/zarif-us-talks-intl/index.html

Der iranische Außenminister Javad Zarif hat die Möglichkeit eines Atomdeals mit der US-Regierung in den Raum gestellt. Zarif zufolge wäre Iran bereit, mit den USA über ein Zusatzprotokoll zum bestehenden Atomabkommen zu verhandeln. "Iran would be prepared to sign an additional protocol, allowing for more intrusive inspections of the country's nuclear facilities at an earlier date than that set out in the 2015 deal. The country's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, would also enshrine a ban on nuclear weapons in law, said Zarif. Such a move could potentially address one of Trump's main objections to the existing deal: Sunset clauses that allow Iran to resume higher levels of uranium enrichment. In return, Trump would need to lift sanctions on Iran, and have the step ratified by Congress, said Zarif."

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14.09.2019

"Trump confirms Osama bin Laden's son Hamza killed in US counterterrorism operation"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/14/politics/hamza-bin-laden-al-qaeda-dead/index.html

US-Präsident Trump hat bestätigt, dass Hamza bin Laden, der Sohn des früheren Al-Qaida Chefs Osama bin Laden, bei einem Antiterroreinsatz in Afghanistan/Pakistan getötet worden sei. "'The loss of Hamza bin Ladin not only deprives al-Qa'ida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group,' the President said in the statement. Trump also said 'Hamza bin Ladin was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups.' CNN previously reported on July 31 that the US believed Hamza bin Laden was dead. At that time, two defense officials with knowledge of the operation told CNN that bin Laden had been killed at least several months prior."

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28.08.2019

"Weirdly, Trump seeks peace with Iran while Netanyahu battles it"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/28/opinions/israel-iran-tension-escalate-opinion-miller/index.html

Aaron David Miller stellt nach dem G7-Gipfel in Biarritz fest, dass US-Präsident Trump offenbar eine friedliche Lösung des Konflikts mit dem Iran anstrebe. Zugleich habe Israel seine Militäroperationen gegen von Teheran unterstützte Milizen verstärkt. "The question of whether we are moving toward war or peace with Iran has been made even more complex by the onset of Israeli elections set for September 17. The possibility that Trump may actually meet Rouhani (there has not been any high-level US-Iranian engagement since the 1979 Iranian revolution) must have thrown Netanyahu for a giant loop. There has been no reaction from the Prime Minister. But here he is running a reelection campaign on the basis of his close relationship with Donald Trump -- the man who took America out of the what Netanyahu believes is a horrible nuclear accord. And here is his good friend considering meeting with the Iranian president or, worse still, negotiating with him. And unlike his determined effort to criticize Obama for the 2015 nuclear accord, Netanyahu can't say a negative word about Trump's possible meeting, lest he alienate him."

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26.07.2019

"The global internet is powered by vast undersea cables. But they're vulnerable."

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/25/asia/internet-undersea-cables-intl-hnk/index.html

Das globale Internet basiert trotz der zunehmenden Bedeutung kabelloser Datenströme immer noch auf einem immensen Netzwerk von Unterseekabeln, schreibt James Griffiths. Die Kabel seien anfällig für Störungen und Sabotageakte, auch wenn einiges dafür getan werde, um Unterbrechungen zu verhindern. Eine Überwachung des Datenverkehrs sei ebenfalls möglich, einige Experten bezweifelten allerdings die Effektivität solcher Maßnahmen. "Clatterbuck, the Seacom CEO, was skeptical about how much use tapping an undersea cable would be, pointing to the huge amounts of data passing through it every second, creating a huge hayfield in which to look for needles. 'If you wanted to spy on people would you put a giant microphone over the US and spy on everyone?' However, as the Snowden leaks demonstrated, governments are often happy to hoover up as much information as possible, whether they have a clear purpose or not, and artificial intelligence and other advances have made sifting through such datasets faster and faster."

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21.07.2019

"Zakaria: America's defense budget is out of control"

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/07/21/fareeds-take-trump-department-of-defense-budget-gps-vp
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Fareed Zakaria wirft Republikanern und Demokraten in diesem Video-Kommentar vor, gemeinsam dafür gesorgt zu haben, dass der Pentagon-Haushalt "außer Kontrolle" sei. Zudem spricht er sich grundsätzlich dagegen aus, die Höhe der Militärausgaben an die BIP-Entwicklung zu koppeln. "CNN's Fareed Zakaria examines the Department of Defense spending under the Trump administration, arguing that the Pentagon's budget should not expand with the nation's GDP."

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28.06.2019

"If Trump can negotiate with Kim Jong Un, why not Iran?"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/28/opinions/trump-negotiation-north-korea-iran-miller/index.html

Viele Beobachter stellen sich Aaron David Miller zufolge die Frage, warum US-Präsident Trump kein Problem damit hat, mit Nordkorea zu verhandeln, während gegenüber dem Iran "maximaler Druck" ausgeübt wird. Miller vermutet innenpolitische Beweggründe: "Unlike North Korea where Trump has imparted his own unique approach to diplomacy, Iran is an old story fraught, and in Trump's mind complicated by the bungled efforts of others. He spent much time on the campaign trail blasting the 2015 nuclear deal as the worst agreement in human history and using it to hammer Barack Obama. And he pledged to rip it up or at a minimum to renegotiate it. That the Iran deal was Obama's alone was enough to cause Trump to walk away in an effort to make everyone understand there was a new sheriff in town. (...) Trump's opposition to the Iranian nuclear deal was born out of his desire to play domestic politics, and that continues to this day. (...) The irony of the current situation is that despite the constraints on dealing with Iran -- many imposed by Trump himself -- the President still seems to hold open the possibility of engaging Iran, and one gets the sense that if the Iranians, however unlikely, reached out, Trump might respond, despite the views of his hard-line advisers."

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16.06.2019

"Pompeo on Iran: US considering range of options including military"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/16/politics/mike-pompeo-iran-military-options/index.html

US-Außenminister Pompeo hat am Sonntag bekräftigt, dass die US-Regierung militärische Optionen in der aktuellen Iran-Krise nicht ausschließe. "'The United States is considering a full range of options. We have briefed the President a couple of times, we'll continue to keep him updated. We are confident that we can take a set of actions that can restore deterrence which is our mission set,' Pompeo said in an interview on CBS 'Face the Nation.' When asked if a military response was included in that set of actions, Pompeo responded, 'Of course.'"

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08.06.2019

"He was arrested at 13. Now Saudi Arabia wants to execute him"

https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2019/06/middleeast/saudi-teen-death-penalty-intl/

In Saudi-Arabien könnte CNN-Informationen zufolge bald ein 18-Jähriger hingerichtet werden, der im Alter von zehn Jahren an einem Protest teilnahm und drei Jahre später verhaftet wurde. "As a boy, Qureiris participated in demonstrations like this bike ride, expressions of dissent in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province during the 2011 Arab Spring. Three years after he was filmed taking part in the bike protest, Saudi authorities arrested Qureiris, then just 13 years old. He was traveling with his family to Bahrain when he was detained by Saudi border authorities on the King Fahd causeway that connects the two countries. At the time, he was considered by lawyers and activists to be the youngest known political prisoner in Saudi Arabia. Now, at the age of 18, Qureiris is facing the death penalty after being held for almost four years in pre-trial detention, CNN has learned. (...) Though the prosecution has not held Qureiris responsible for any loss of life, CNN has learned that it is seeking to impose the harshest form of the death penalty, which may include crucifixion or dismemberment after execution. Prosecutors argued that his 'sowing of sedition' warranted the worst possible punishment, according to the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law."

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06.06.2019

"Trump gets D-Day history lesson amid political turbulence"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/06/politics/donald-trump-d-day-europe-defense/index.html

Die europäischen Regierungschefs wollen die D-Day-Feierlichkeiten Stephen Collinson zufolge nutzen, um US-Präsident Trump an die Bedeutung des nach dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs geschaffenen transatlantischen Bündnisses zu erinnern. "During the President's three days in Britain built around D-Day observances, it became clear that his interlocutors hope he will gain a new appreciation for how American engagement and common sacrifice built a postwar age that benefited millions but is now under threat from outside forces -- and incredibly, from the President of the United States himself. (...) There are risks to Europe's tendency to school Trump, since he is not one to take lectures kindly and cannot bear the perception that his gut-led leadership is being managed. (...) There's also little evidence that the flattery piled on Trump by other world leaders is especially effective in getting him to shed idiosyncratic and deeply held beliefs -- even those that confound facts and logic."

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03.05.2019

"Pentagon says China's military using espionage to steal secrets"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/02/politics/china-pentagon-report/index.html

Das Pentagon wirft China in dem Bericht "Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2019" vor, die Modernisierung seiner Streitkräfte u.a. durch Spionage und Cyber-Diebstahl voranzutreiben. "'China uses a variety of methods to acquire foreign military and dual-use technologies, including targeted foreign direct investment, cyber theft, and exploitation of private Chinese nationals' access to these technologies, as well as harnessing its intelligence services, computer intrusions, and other illicit approaches,' the Congressionally mandated Department of Defense report said. 'China obtains foreign technology through imports, foreign direct investment, the establishment of foreign research and development (R&D) centers, joint ventures, research and academic partnerships, talent recruitment, and industrial and cyberespionage,' the report added. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, recently warned Congress that US companies that did business in China were often indirectly benefiting the Chinese military, citing Google as an example."

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23.04.2019

"Egyptian voters back constitutional referendum that could extend Sisi's rule"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/23/middleeast/egypt-referendum-results-intl/index.html

Die Verfassungsänderung in Ägypten, die Präsident Sisi mehr Machtbefugnisse und eine mögliche Verlängerung der Amtszeit bis 2030 verschaffen soll, ist in einem Referendum mit großer Mehrheit angenommen worden. "Supporters of the changes said they would bolster Egypt's economy, which is struggling to recover from the political turmoil of recent years and strengthen security. Opponents see a further step toward authoritarianism. 'These amendments aim to expand military trials for civilians, undermine the independence of the judiciary, and strengthen impunity for human rights violations by members of the security forces, furthering the climate of repression that already exists in the country,' Amnesty International's deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, Magdalena Mughrabi, said last week in a statement. Sisi, a former army general, became president in 2014 after a coup the previous year. He was re-elected in 2018 with 97% of the vote."

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15.04.2019

"Pentagon developing military options to deter Russian, Chinese influence in Venezuela"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/15/politics/pentagon-venezuela-military-options/index.html

Das Pentagon entwickelt gegenwärtig auf Anregung von Sicherheitsberater Bolton militärische Aktionspläne, die China, Russland und Kuba davon abhalten sollen, die Maduro-Regierung in Venezuela noch stärker zu unterstützen. "(...) even though Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently said that 'all options' remain on the table for dealing with Venezuela, several Pentagon officials continue to say there is no appetite at the Department of Defense for using US military force against the Venezuelan regime to try to force it from power. While President Donald Trump has called for Maduro to leave and has said the Russians have to get out of Venezuela, there is no indication he wants to commit US troops to a major military action there. Instead, deterrence options could include US naval exercises in the immediate region to emphasize humanitarian assistance and more military interaction with neighboring countries. The idea would be to challenge any Russian, Cuban or Chinese notion that they could have unchallenged access to the region."

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07.04.2019

"US expected to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization"

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/05/politics/us-irgc-terror-organization/index.html

Die US-Regierung könnte ihren Druck auf den Iran weiter erhöhen und die Revolutionsgarde in den kommenden Tagen formell als "Terrorgruppe" einstufen, berichtet Ryan Browne. "Defense officials have told CNN that US troops in Syria and Iraq often find themselves operating in close proximity to members of the IRGC. Last year, CNN reported that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats cautioned the administration that designating the IRGC could pose dangers to US forces, according to one source familiar with the matter. 'Under the cover of the Syrian war, the IRGC is now trying to plant military roots in Syria and establish a new strategic base to threaten Syria's neighbors such as Israel,' Brian Hook, the State Department's special representative for Iran, told reporters Tuesday. 'In Iraq, I can announce today, based on declassified US military reports, that Iran is responsible for the deaths of at least 608 American service members. This accounts for 17 percent of all deaths of US personnel in Iraq from 2003 to 2011. This death toll is in addition to the many thousands of Iraqis killed by the IRGC's proxies,' he added."

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22.03.2019

"Trump sparks confusion with tweet on North Korea-related sanctions"

http://https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/22/politics/donald-trump-north-korea-sanctions-china/index.html

US-Präsident Trump hat in einem Tweet den Verzicht auf eine Reihe geplanter Sanktionen gegen Nordkorea angekündigt und damit CNN zufolge für Verwirrung in den eigenen Reihen gesorgt. "Trump's announcement amounted to a startling rebuke of policy action being undertaken by his own government, which he in fact believed had already been publicly announced, once again calling attention to the unconventional and undisciplined policy process that has often defined the Trump administration. The White House declined to provide details on the sudden policy shift, but said Trump was pulling back the sanctions because he 'likes' North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. (...) 'We were caught off guard and people are still trying to figure out what is going on,' one administration official said, nearly three hours after Trump's tweet. 'Everyone over here is watching Twitter and the news.' These administration officials had yet to receive any guidance on the President's tweet. For now, they are simply in a holding pattern."

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