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"In Beirut, an explosion six years in the making"


Terry Glavin zufolge haben libanesische Offizielle jahrelang vor den gefährlichen Ammoniumnitrat-Lagern in Beirut gewarnt. "To Western intelligence agencies, ammonium nitrate, a commonly used fertilizer but also a commonly used ingredient in improvised explosive devices, is practically synonymous with Hezbollah. And Beirut’s port, as Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, told the Security Council last year, has become 'Hezbollah’s port.' Khomeinist Iran has been smuggling dual-use materials into Lebanon for years to advance Hezbollah’s missile and bomb capabilities, the Israelis say. (…) Senior Lebanese officials were warned, a half-dozen times over the past six years, that the stockpile of ammonium nitrate presented a grave danger to the workers at the port, and to the people of Beirut. Hezbollah has carried out several terrorist attacks with bombs that combine ammonium nitrate with fuel oil. Ammonium nitrate is a favourite of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and in 2015, in Lanarca, Cyprus, Lebanese-Canadian Hussein Bassam Abdallah was arrested for possessing eight tons of ammonium nitrate."

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"U.S. Republican lawmakers urge Trump to reconsider Germany troop reduction plan"


Eine Gruppe republikanischer Kongressabgeordneter hat Präsident Trump aufgerufen, die Pläne für einen Truppenabzug aus Deutschland zu überdenken. "A group of House of Representatives Republicans urged President Donald Trump on Tuesday to reconsider his decision to cut the number of U.S. troops in Germany, saying their presence is the backbone of NATO’s deterrent against Russian aggression. The six lawmakers, led by House Foreign Affairs Committee senior Republican Michael McCaul and Representative Adam Kinzinger, said in a letter that the U.S. military footprint in Germany served Washington’s strategic interests beyond Europe and into the Middle East and Africa, which have seen the growing influence of Russia and China."

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"In Iran, history repeats itself in the guise of a panicky air defence officer"


Colby Cosh erinnert nach dem Abschuss einer ukrainischen Passagiermaschine durch den Iran an den Abschuss eines iranischen Linienflugzeugs durch das US-Militär im Jahr 1988. In beiden Fällen habe es sich um Versehen im Kontext sicherheitspolitischer Krisen gehandelt. "It was allegedly natural for the American ship in 1988 to be on the lookout for attackers disguising themselves as commercial aircraft, and the persons responsible for the deaths were given medals on the premise that they had behaved with the safety of the ship uppermost in mind. This, indeed, is the guiding spirit of the investigation that was conducted by the Navy. Its goal was to satisfy itself that Americans (in Iranian littoral waters) had acted with some plausible intention of protecting their own lives. As long as people use airplanes for both war and travel, there will always have to be an active, thinking, nervous human in the air defence decision loop. (…) If we, as Canadians, receive the benefit of a thorough investigation of Flight 752, it will involve identifying that person and accounting for his actions. Canada is in no position to compel such an investigation, and we shouldn’t hold our breaths for a formal apology, either: Iran never got one from the U.S. for the Vincennes incident."

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"A dark time for Christianity across the globe — and the West doesn't care"


Catherine Pepinster kritisiert, dass der Westen die immer bedrohlicher wirkende Situation für viele Christen in Afrika, im Nahen Osten und in Asien mehr oder weniger tatenlos hinnehme. "According to the respected Pew Research Center, Christians are the most targeted body of believers in 144 countries, up from 128 in 2015. And there is barely a country from Saharan Africa to Pakistan where Christians worship freely without intimidation. The persecution takes various forms. The bloodshed of Sri Lanka was of a particular kind (...) Elsewhere, in such countries as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christians are tolerated but suffer discrimination in such areas as employment, and in many countries there is state oppression by political regimes. The future of Christianity is particularly grim in the North Africa and the Middle East, the very cradle of Christianity. (...) Yet it is further east in Asia where persecution is at its worst, according to a report from the Open Doors organization earlier this year. As in the Middle East, the assailants are often members of other religions, such as Hindus in India, and Muslims in Pakistan."

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"Placing an embassy in Jerusalem is not a barrier to negotiating peace"


Vivian Bercovici lehnt die Behauptung ab, dass die Verlegung der US-Botschaft nach Jerusalem den künftigen Status der Stadt festschreibe und Verhandlungen damit aussichtslos mache. "The move of an embassy does not preclude, decide, predetermine or prejudge anything. Anticipating such rote backlash, Trump’s advisers were careful to include specific assurances to that effect in his speech. (...) It is a silly notion that, oft repeated, has become a truism. Locating the embassy in Jerusalem does nothing more than affirm reality. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The Knesset and important government institutions are located there. No Western diplomat objects to attending meetings in Jerusalem. Such conduct does not, apparently, undermine peace. And neither will the relocation of the embassy."

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"It's time to admit that Trump's foreign policy has been a triumph"


Nile Gardiner von der konservativen Heritage Foundation hält die verbreitete Kritik an der Außenpolitik des US-Präsidenten für unberechtigt und meint, dass es Donald Trump trotz mangelnder Redegewandtheit und ideologischer Prinzipienfestigkeit gelungen sei, die USA als "Supermacht" effektiv zu führen. "(...) a year into his presidency Trump’s actual record has been far more effective than his detractors predicted. 'America First' has not resulted in a U.S. withdrawal from the world. Far from it. (...) The president may lack the eloquence of John F. Kennedy, or the ideological drive of Ronald Reagan, but he has demonstrated an uncompromising willingness to defend the interests of his country, reassure allies, aggressively confront America’s enemies and ensure the United States continues to lead as the world’s superpower. He has emphatically banished the Obama era of 'leading from behind' while putting an unapologetically American stamp on the world stage."

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"China's leader Xi Jinping has assumed the role of a dictator"


Robert Fulford kommentiert, dass der chinesische Präsident Xi Jinping der mächtigste Staatsführer seit Mao Zedong sei und heute praktisch als "Diktator" auftrete. "When he was elected to the job of General Secretary in 2012 he was considered 'safe' by the then-powerful figures in the party. They saw him as a routine bureaucrat who would coast through five years without changing anything. Instead, he changed everything. He staffed the upper rungs of the party with his friends and rid himself of those who showed signs of doubting him. Before him, China was relatively relaxed on human rights — there were hopes that modest levels of freedom would soon be allowed. Xi reversed course and made trouble for everyone who wanted even the beginning of freedom. He reorganized the military, making it capable of offence as well as defence. He persecuted lawyers who tried to defend their persecuted clients. His regime defined freedom of religion (which China theoretically provides) as the government’s freedom to determine everyone’s religion. There is now very little in the national government that Xi doesn’t supervise, directly or through the allies he appoints."

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"With an Arab NATO and a contained Iran, Trump is changing the Middle East"


US-Präsident Trump sei gegenwärtig dabei, eine arabische "NATO" zu schaffen, um den iranischen Einfluss im Nahen Osten dauerhaft einzudämmen, schreibt Lawrence Solomon. "To seal the deal, Trump must overcome Arab fears of being accused of entering an alliance with Israel. Arab leaders have asked Trump to hold off moving his embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and to prevent Israel from building new settlements, requests with which Trump is complying. In short order, Trump has begun to realign the Arab armies, at the same time indicating he has their back against a nuclear-powered Iran bent on hegemony over the Middle East. Judging by the reaction of Iran, Trump’s approach is working."

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