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"Six years after Ukraine’s revolution, justice for the Euromaidan dead is still far away"

Sechs Jahre nach dem Maidan-Massaker in Kiew sei der Prozess gegen die mutmaßlich Verantwortlichen ins Stocken geraten, berichtet Tetiana Bezruk. "Six years have passed since dozens of Euromaidan activists were shot to death in the centre of Kyiv. In the years following, a Kyiv court has heard evidence from relatives of the dead and wounded survivors. It has now moved on to questioning former members of Berkut police squad, accused of the shootings. But last December, a Kyiv court released five convicted ex-Berkut officers as part of a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia. The shootings on Kyiv’s central Instytutska Street on 20 February 2014 are central to the investigation into the events of Euromaidan. In the dock are five ex-members of Berkut: Serhiy Tamtura, Oleksandr Marynchenko, Pavlo Abroskin, Serhiy Zinchenko and Oleh Yanishevskiy. These men are accused of killing 48 people and wounding 80, and their trial has been going on for over four years in a Kyiv court."

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"Counter-insurgency: the failed conflict resolution strategy that the West won’t let die"

Die von westlichen Streitkräften seit Jahrzehnten eingesetzte Strategie zur militärischen Bekämpfung von Terrorgruppen sei nun auch in Mali gescheitert, stellt Arthur Stein fest. Immer wieder hätten intervenierende Staaten angesichts der steigenden Kosten der Einsätze lokale Verbündete gesucht und bewaffnet, was in der Folge regelmäßig zu neuen Problemen geführt habe. "Western countries have learned little from their mistakes. Counter-insurgency doctrines have all too often favored the coercion at the expense of political and inclusive solutions to conflicts. The use of armed groups reinforces polarisation between different identities, opening the way to endless clashes. The process of re-monopolisation of legitimate violence is hampered, and the risk of resurgence violence is inevitably increased. Intervening countries can no longer afford to arbitrarily choose who are the 'good' and 'bad' militias, and to try to win the hearts and minds of one group. In Mali, as in Afghanistan or Iraq, the recommended and necessary solution is now the establishment of an inclusive dialogue among all communities. To rethink the rationale behind post-conflict peacebuilding governance, it is urgent to set aside top-down approaches based solely on force. But is it possible to learn from past experiences?"

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"Terrorism policing: the YPG/YPJ, an ally abroad but a danger at home?"

Nora Martin macht darauf aufmerksam, dass die europäischen Sicherheitsbehörden Angehörige der kurdischen YPG, die in Syrien als enger Verbündeter im Kampf gegen den IS gilt, in Europa aufgrund angeblicher Verbindungen zur PKK immer wieder als Terrorverdächtige behandeln. "While these coalition countries – for the sake of this article, the UK, France and Germany – don’t let Turkey have its way on how they maneuver in the Middle East, they make up for any friction in the relationship however by being vigilant about the YPG/YPJ domestically. These crackdowns on former fighters, whether to please Turkey or not, are a symptom of ever-expanding counter-terrorism powers across the continent. (...) The UK, France and Germany track YPG/YPJ fighters indiscriminately – as they do all combatants coming from Syria and Iraq – but only on occasion decide to take legal or punitive action, like opening court cases, confiscating passports or marking some with easily exploitable statuses. (...) Their selection also reveals the sometimes conflictual, sometimes complicit relationship between the interior, foreign and justice departments – and the expanding ability of law enforcement to play acrobatics in pursuit of whomever they consider politically dangerous, terrorist-listed or not."

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"Don’t let Russia leave the Council of Europe"

Die Krise zwischen Russland und der Ukraine im Asowschen Meer hat die Forderung nach einem Ausschluss Russlands aus dem Europarat laut werden lassen. Yuri Dzhibladze vom Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights und Konstantin Baranov vom Youth Human Rights Movement sprechen sich gegen diesen Schritt aus, da ein Ausschluss vor allem der russischen Bevölkerung schaden würde. "Since 1996, when Russia joined the organisation, for millions living in the country (including nationals of other states), the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has been an ultimate hope for justice, which they cannot find in Russia. In this period, almost 2,500 judgements have been delivered to Russia. In 2017 alone, the state paid over 14.5 million euros as just satisfaction to victims. The judgments have had a significant positive impact on Russian laws and judicial practice, despite their implementation being far from ideal and counting to roughly one-third of cases. Should Russia depart from the Council of Europe, the scope of human rights problems in the country will grow exponentially, including a threat of speedy reinstatement of the death penalty."

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"Is the internet to blame for the rise of authoritarianism?"

In der Debatte zur Frage, ob das Internet zu einer Gefahr für die Demokratie geworden sei, haben sich nach Ansicht von Juan Ortiz Freuler vom Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society drei Lager gebildet. "(...) there is considerable disagreement about the net balance, the breadth and the underlying processes that fuel the internet’s impact on society. But broadly, I have identified three competing camps: the 'denialists', the 'narrativists' and the 'architecturalists'. The denialists deny the internet is responsible for the problems we see today. They believe that the internet is as neutral as a mirror and that if people do not like what the internet is producing, they should look at the deep inequality that is pervasive across their societies. (...) The narrativists claim social cooperation requires a shared narrative and that the internet – where thousands of voices are juxtaposed in a chaotic fashion – undermines this goal. (...) The architecturalists claim that the internet is not a fixed structure and that what is causing today’s anxieties can be traced to relatively recent developments in the architecture of the internet. (...) Each of the three camps has a point. (...) Yet, reality could be bleaker. A handful of private companies control the information that is needed to understand how the online ecosystem works. (...) Should we break up these big companies? Should we allow them to continue growing, but under strict, utility-type rules? Should we do nothing? Whatever we do should be the result of a robust public debate."

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"On the failures of western-Russia policies and what to do about them"

Torgeir E. Fjærtoft, norwegischer Diplomat und Experte am Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies der University of Oslo, empfiehlt den Europäern, sich von ihrer aktuellen Russland-Strategie zu verabschieden und ein Sicherheitskonzept zu verfolgen, das sich an den Prinzipien des Helsinki-Prozesses und an den politischen Vorbildern Willi Brandt und Egon Bahr orientiert. "Neither confrontation nor accommodation work for us with Russia. With the obvious options unfeasible, for the third option we should revisit Willy Brandt’s and Egon Bahr’s successful policies for common security in the early 1970s. They followed certain superintendent policies that would work today with Russia: 1. Dialogue with Russia is not an alternative to a strong alliance between western democracies. It is the other way around. Dialogue will not work without the alliance, and the alliance will not provide security unless we balance force with political dialogue. 2. Proposals will only work if all parties see they enhance their own security. 3. In discussing security, stick strictly to the issues. Do not raise other issues to try to persuade the other side that you are right and they are wrong. Many will reject these principles out hand for being either unrealistic in their optimism or naïve in expecting that they will not make the political climate more oppressive. The recent historical record does not bear these reservations out."

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"Germany's falling crime rates show the left should drop identity politics"

Angesichts eines trotz sinkender Kriminalitätsraten zunehmenden Unsicherheitsgefühls in der Bevölkerung empfiehlt Alessio Colonnelli linken Kräften in Deutschland, ihren starken Fokus auf die Identitätspolitik aufzugeben. "The left ought to stop doing identity politics; it need not defend every single recrimination by all minorities; it must not justify their extremism or, from time to time, acts of violence. (...) In both Europe and America fewer and fewer people believe in the left. Many, taken up by fashionable post-ideological arguments, don't even bother calling it by its name. If the right says your country is not safe any more, even when evidence tells you the opposite, there's a tendency to believe such a narrative. In the absence of a reliable alternative, this was always bound to be the case. No wonder AfD managed to get into parliament eight months ago."

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"The crisis of the state in the Arab region and the rise of the Islamic State"

Die Erfolge radikalislamischer Gruppen im Nahen Osten seien auch ein Resultat der tiefen Krise der staatlichen und sicherheitspolitischen Strukturen in der Region, erläutern die drei Politikwissenschaftler Anoush Ehteshami, Amjed Rasheed und Juline Beaujouan. "The Middle East and North Africa is a competitive, fragmented and highly penetrated regional system. However, it is a place that lacks a security system and is unique for its absence of a region-wide architecture. (...) Thus, the region is characterized by inter-state rivalries and increasingly exposed to identity politics which is manifesting itself in inter-confessional and inter-communal conflicts. Consequently, signs of deep social trauma and crisis of identity and governance at both state and society levels are visible. (...) The region is still lacking alternative political forces able to fulfill the expectations of the people and achieve development and security. Eventually, the Islamic radical groups, such as the Islamic State, seem to have become the substitute for the past political forces in doing this mission."

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"Russia haunts the western imagination"

Der bulgarische Politikwissenschaftler Ivan Krastev ist der Ansicht, dass die westliche "Obsession" mit Russland nicht nur auf die russischen Aktivitäten der letzten Jahre zurückgeführt werden könne. Moskaus internationaler Einfluss sei nur ein Schatten der einstigen Macht der Sowjetunion. Tatsächlich gelte die Sorge des Westens nicht Russland selbst, sondern der Art und Weise, wie Russland heute regiert wird. "Russia is a classic case of how a handful of very rich and politically unaccountable self-enriching rulers have, despite internal rivalries, managed to stay atop the country’s fragmented society without resorting to historically high levels of violence. This political model, neither democratic nor authoritarian, neither exploitative in the Marxist sense, nor repressive in the liberal sense, is an image of the future that should keep us awake at night. In short, what causes anxiety in the liberal west is not that Russia will run the world, but that much of the world will be run the way Russia is run today. What is disturbing is that the west has started to resemble Putin’s Russia more than we are ready to acknowledge."

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"Why we should not be surprised Trump could do a deal over nuclear weapons with North Korea"

David Lowry vom Institute for Resource and Security Studies verweist vor dem geplanten amerikanisch-nordkoreanischen Gipfeltreffen darauf, dass Donald Trumps Interesse an einer Verhinderung der globalen Weiterverbreitung von Atomwaffen lange vor dessen Amtsantritt deutlich geworden sei. "The world was astonished by the news that President Trump is due to meet the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to discuss nuclear disarmament and other security issues on the Korean peninsula. But should the world have been so surprised? On 15 December 2015 Donald Trump said 'The biggest problem we have is nuclear – nuclear proliferation and having some maniac, having some madman go out and get a nuclear weapon. That's in my opinion that is the single biggest problem that our country faces right now.' (...) [Senior Slate writer Ron Rosenbaum] opined: 'if Trump gets his way with this, the way he does with other deals, it’s not inconceivable that history will look back on the Trump Plan’s acceptance as one of the few hopeful developments in the course of a miserable century.' Trump foresaw the situation when 'hair-trigger' heads of state will have their hands on multiple nuclear triggers. And, Rosenbaum observed, it drove him crazy that nobody in the White House sensed the danger. But Trump has now put himself in a position to do something about it himself with his unlikely atomic summit with the little ‘Rocket Man’."

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"Foreign aid is a waste of money — unless it’s used for transformation"

Angesichts der in vielen Entwicklungsländern verbreiteten Korruption hält Pablo Yanguas vom Global Development Institute der University of Manchester westliche Entwicklungshilfe, die nichts zur Veränderung der Strukturen vor Ort beitrage, für "Geldverschwendung". "(...) there have been plenty of aid scandals in the past, but instead of helping donor publics to develop a better grasp of the challenges involved they’ve reinforced a survival logic that focuses on quick wins instead of longer-term institutional, economic and social transformation. Take the case of Ireland in 2012, for example, when Irish Aid suspended its entire assistance programme in Uganda after it was revealed that four million Euros that were destined to help rebuild the country’s war-torn northern region had been siphoned off to a personal account by the Office of the Prime Minister. (...) Foreign aid is not a good investment: the risks are generally high and the dividends far too uncertain. No wonder many people in donor countries think it’s a waste of money. At the same time, aid is exactly the right kind of investment to make when it is patient, hands-off and sensitively applied. It can play a crucial role in development by supporting reformers who choose to pursue the greater good against sometimes insurmountable odds."

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"As Afrin burns, where is the left?"

William Eichler fragt, warum die zivilen Opfer der türkischen Offensive gegen die nordsyrische Stadt Afrin von vielen politisch links stehenden Beobachtern und Aktivisten im Westen weitgehend ignoriert werden. Er führt dies vor allem auf die politisch-historische Verortung der Täter zurück. "The problem cannot be ideological incompatibility. The Kurdish movement as it is currently constituted in Syria and Turkey (not so much in Iraq) represents the most progressive socio-political movement in the region today. Ideologically, they are more in tune with a leftist outlook than groups such as Hamas or Hezbollah, whose opposition to Israel has earned them a free pass within some sections of the 'anti-imperialist' left. (...) Kurds, it seems, have the misfortune of being victims of a 'non-western' power and so their suffering barely registers. It is irrelevant that Turkey is a NATO power. Or a country trying to enter the European Union. Or just an autocratic state with imperial ambitions and a history of persecuting a local ethnic group. For many on the left, it is not 'western' enough to care about and therefore its victims are invisible."

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"Russian interference in the virtual world is not the problem"

Der Historiker Tom Junes meint, dass der Einfluss russischer Internetkampagnen nicht überschätzt werden sollte. Die Anschuldigungen gegen Moskau lenkten davon ab, dass die eigentlichen Probleme westlicher Demokratien interner Natur seien. "None of this really threatens the western liberal order. Nowhere has the Kremlin thwarted the west. The threat to western liberal democracies is internal. The longer western elites, policy makers and commentators keep ignoring this fact, the greater that threat will become — regardless of what Russia does or does not do. (...) We should thus be wary of sensationalist stories about Russian disinformation campaigns or the activity of Russian bots and trolls in the social media bubble. The fact that disinformation can be spread via social media does not necessarily imply that this leads to actions by those who are exposed to it. Does this mean Russian interference should not be investigated? No, it should, but it needs to be put in right perspective."

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"It’s about time we all admit that Putin has prevailed in Syria"

Trotz der immer komplizierter erscheinenden Umstände des andauernden Kriegs in Syrien hält Danny Makki es für ausgemacht, dass Russland, Iran und Präsident Assad ihre wichtigsten Ziele bereits erreicht hätten. "Over two years on from Moscow’s much maligned decision to intervene and prop up its long term Syrian ally, the Russians have been vindicated, insofar as the so-called Islamic State has been defeated and expelled from all Syrian cities, the last of which in Deir-Ezzor broke the back of the terror group. The Syrian army, with assistance from Iranian backed militias, Hezbollah and Russian firepower is now on the victory march towards the remaining opposition strongholds in Idleb, Eastern Ghouta, Daraa and Qunaitra, possibly finishing the military side of the conflict by the end of 2018. (...) Most important of all, Russia saved its only genuine ally in the Middle East, maintaining and expanding its power and military bases whilst sending out a strong message to the world: Russia has a new found appetite for power politics in the Middle East. (...) Russia is also set for a long term economic investment in the country and has secured a long-term foothold in Syria’s energy sector potentially making Syria a future long term transit hub for oil and gas shipments to Europe."

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"Reconstructing the power vertical: the authoritarian threat in Ukraine"

Mikhail Minakov, Präsident der Foundation for Good Politics in Kiew, warnt, dass die Ukraine bald dem autoritären Vorbild anderer Regierungen in der Region folgen könnte. "(...) there are no systemic external obstacles to the functioning of the power vertical in Kiev today. Only internal conflicts within the president’s ruling group can slow down (or even revert) the establishment of Poroshenko’s personalist rule in Ukraine. In recent months, three speakers from president’s entourage (...) have promoted giving up political freedoms and the 'naïve European dream', and instead concentrating power in hands of a 'strong state'. If these ideas become reality, Ukraine could turn into just another link in the Eastern European authoritarian belt."

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"No, the link between terrorism and our foreign policy isn’t simple. But Jeremy Corbyn is basically right."

Jeremy Corbyn, Chef der britischen Labour-Partei, hat den Terroranschlag von Manchester mit der Außenpolitik und den Militärinterventionen Großbritanniens in Verbindung gebracht. Gilbert Ramsay verteidigt das Argument Corbyns, der dafür in der britischen Öffentlichkeit von vielen scharf kritisiert worden ist. "But what if Corbyn is wrong in his assessment? What if there has been an evolution of the almost meteorological system of interaction between state failure, murderous militias, global media, identity crises in crumbling Western communities, and the ‘long tail’ effect whereby, if a group like ISIS solicits widely enough for killers, someone somewhere is bound to answer the call? What if the complex link between terrorism and foreign wars really has broken? Well then, the only real solution is to properly fund interventions at the level of our own communities, by building robust and trusted partnerships; to do that, and to deepen our cooperation with European and other partners. The need for better community policing is perhaps the single intervention most agreed upon by counter-terrorism experts. But police can’t do it if they aren’t resourced to do it, not to mention the many other public servants supposedly charged with a duty of care under the UK’s Prevent strategy. Theresa May can’t have it both ways."

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"Why has cocaine production increased since the peace agreement in Colombia?"

Aitor Sáez erläutert in dieser Fotoreportage aus Kolumbien, warum die Produktion von Kokain seit dem Abschluss des Friedensabkommens mit den Farc-Rebellen spürbar angestiegen sei. "Don José, one of the coca farmers of Santa Rosa, one hour away from Tumaco by speedboat, has always known that the plant is illegal, but, he says, with no roads connecting to his land to be able to market other products and job opportunities or interested entrepreneurs in the peripheries of the country, the best alternative is growing coca. 'We are willing to replace crops, as long as there is a real commitment to support us. The government only comes here by helicopter to damage our crops, shoot us and accuse us of being guerrillas', says one of the farmers. (...) As the guerilla Group demobilises, other groups linked to drug-trafficking have moved in to continue the business."

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"How the everyday use of militaristic jargon makes us more combative"

Nan Levinson kritisiert die kriegerische Rhetorik in der politischen Berichterstattung in den USA, die auch nach dem Ende des hitzigen Wahlkampfes in vielen Artikeln und Überschriften zu finden sei. "I’m calling out the violent, militaristic, belligerent language, memes, metaphors and images that have become so commonplace in our speech that it’s nearly impossible to get through a routine conversation without resorting to them. (...) Why does this matter, especially now that the voting is over? Well, in addition to a lack of imagination and a surfeit of generals proposed for the next administration, when we talk as if we’re always embattled and as if vanquishing is the only form of winning, this threatens to become the lens through which we see the world. It also makes not just politicians but everyone who sees the world differently from us into the enemy who must be vilified. And look where that’s gotten us."

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"The seeds of the next Arab Spring"

Der aktuelle Arab Human Development Report der UNO verdeutliche, dass die Bedürfnisse junger Araber in den Ländern des Nahen Ostens von ihren Regierungen nach wie vor ignoriert werden, schreibt Kareem Chehayeb. Der erneute Ausbruch politischer Unruhen sei deshalb nur eine Frage der Zeit. "It is clear that regimes across the region cannot sweep these critical issues under the rug. The 100 million 15-29 year-olds make up two-thirds of the region’s population – many are intelligent and capable of leading. While the Arab uprisings did not succeed, the report concludes that the popular uprisings indicated their ability to recognize challenges to development, express their dissatisfaction, and politically organize to fight for their demands and achieve them in a peaceful and sustainable way. The report also recognizes the brutal security-oriented state response to these protests and mobilizations. The researchers conclude that while this approach achieves some stability and repels protesters for an indefinite period of time, not taking action on the root causes of these mobilizations will come back to haunt them."

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