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07.07.2020

"Trump administration gives formal notice of withdrawal from WHO"

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Der von Präsident Trump eingeleitete offizielle Austritt der USA aus der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) sei unter US-Politikern auf parteiübergreifende Kritik gestoßen, berichtet NBC News. "Trump said at the White House in late May that the U.S. would be 'terminating' its relationship with the WHO over its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 'Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent public health needs,' Trump said. 'The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency.' (…) Lawmakers from both parties, including Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., swiftly criticized the move. 'I disagree with the president's decision,' Alexander, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said in a statement. 'Certainly there needs to be a good, hard look at mistakes the World Health Organization might have made in connection with coronavirus, but the time to do that is after the crisis has been dealt with, not in the middle of it. (…) Withdrawing U.S. membership could, among other things, interfere with clinical trials that are essential to the development of vaccines, which citizens of the United States as well as others in the world need,' he added. 'And withdrawing could make it harder to work with other countries to stop viruses before they get to the United States.'"

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30.06.2020

"Facial recognition has a new foe: The world's biggest group of computing professionals"

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/tech-worker-group-calls-facial-recognition-ban-citing-technical-eth
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Eine renommierte Expertengruppe hat sich Olivia Solon zufolge gegen einen großflächigen Einsatz von Technologien zur Gesichtserkennung ausgesprochen. "The world's largest association of computing professionals is calling for an 'immediate suspension' of the private and governmental use of facial recognition technologies for 'technical and ethical reasons.' The Association for Computing Machinery, which says it has almost 100,000 student and professional members, said in a statement Tuesday that the surveillance technology was often biased and couldn't reliably used in a way that wouldn't adversely affect vulnerable populations. 'The technology too often produces results demonstrating clear bias based on ethnic, racial, gender, and other human characteristics recognizable by computer systems,' the group's U.S. Technology Policy Committee said in a statement. 'Such bias and its effects are scientifically and socially unacceptable.'"

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30.06.2020

"United States becoming further isolated by COVID-19 crisis as health experts warn of continued suffering"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/united-states-becoming-further-isolated-covid-19-crisis-health-exper
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Die USA bekämen die Corona-Pandemie nicht in den Griff und seien deshalb international zunehmend isoliert, schreiben Joe Murphy und Corky Siemaszko anlässlich der Entscheidung der EU, Reisebeschränkungen für US-Bürger nach Europa weiter aufrecht zu erhalten. "With the U.S. coronavirus death toll having climbed to nearly 127,000, the European Union lifted travel restrictions for 15 countries but not the U.S. Even China, where the deadly pandemic is believed to have started in December, made the E.U.'s cut of countries where the rate of infection is deemed low enough to allow people to travel into the bloc. 'The way in which the current American administration has dealt with the virus, I don't think it would be responsible for any European leader to basically let Americans in at the moment,' former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told NBC News."

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25.06.2020

"WikiLeaks founder Assange faces new accusations of trying to recruit hackers at conferences"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/wikileaks-founder-assange-faces-new-accusations-trying
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Das US-Justizministerium hat seine Anklage gegen den WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange ausgeweitet. "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought to recruit hackers at conferences in Europe and Asia who could provide his anti-secrecy website with classified information, and conspired with members of hacking organizations, according to a new Justice Department indictment announced Wednesday. The superseding indictment does not contain additional charges beyond the 18 counts the Justice Department unsealed last year. But prosecutors say it underscores Assange's efforts to procure and release classified information, allegations that form the basis of criminal charges he already faces. Beyond recruiting hackers at conferences, the indictment accuses Assange of conspiring with members of hacking groups known as LulzSec and Anonymous. He also worked with a 17-year-old hacker who gave him information stolen from a bank and directed the teenager to steal additional material, including audio recordings of high-ranking government officials, prosecutors say."

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20.06.2020

"Trump's move against China for its Uighur oppression makes him look like a hypocrite"

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-move-against-china-its-uighur-oppression-makes-him-ncna1231
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Ein neues Gesetz soll der US-Regierung ermöglichen, chinesische Verantwortliche für die Masseninternierung von Angehörigen der muslimischen Uiguren-Minderheit mit Sanktionen zu belegen. Sébastien Roblin hält die Entscheidung von US-Präsident Trump für überfällig, aber auch für heuchlerisch. "Even when President Donald Trump finally manages to do the right thing, it’s rarely for the right reasons. Such was the case Wednesday, when he signed a law that allows for sanctioning as human rights violators Chinese officials responsible for running camps imprisoning up to 1 million Muslim Uighurs in the Xinjiang Province of western China. Trump’s been so inconsistent on what should be a core tenet of American foreign policy — opposition to large-scale internment of a minority population — that there’s some truth to claims from Beijing that Trump’s move this week was a hypocritical one motivated by a desire to weaponize the issue against China amid high-stakes trade negotiations. He almost certainly didn’t take this long-overdue step in support of the Uighurs because he genuinely cares about human rights, but as a way to dig at China with relations at their current low."

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17.06.2020

"North Korea blows up a strategic building to try to blackmail the U.S. and South Korea"

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David Maxwell und Mathew Ha von der Foundation for Defense of Democracies halten das aktuelle Vorgehen Nordkoreas für einen erneuten Erpressungsversuch, um Zugeständnisse der USA und Südkoreas zu erzwingen. Ihrer Ansicht nach haben die Provokationen auch innenpolitische Ursachen. "Why Pyongyang decided to take this particular move now has largely to do with the enormous internal pressure Kim Jong Un is under from the military and other North Korean elites for failing to gain relief from Seoul and Washington after raising expectations that he could get them to lift sanctions. He uses actions like this to demonstrate strength to these domestic power brokers in the face of sweeping international sanctions by the United Nations on goods, commodities and services that are connected to North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs, while the U.S. Treasury targets specific individuals and companies involved in a range of wrongdoing. (…) Another factor is also likely at play: Kim's health problems and the related rise of his sister Kim Yo Jong, rumored as a possible successor. Apparently, she ordered the demolition (though she almost certainly had her brother's approval). She might have done so to enhance her legitimacy and burnish her less-than-serious image."

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06.06.2020

"Coronavirus may force the U.S. intelligence community to rethink how it does its job"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/coronavirus-may-force-u-s-intelligence-community-rethi
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Die Coronakrise könnte sich für die US-Geheimdienste als Wendepunkt herausstellen, schreibt Ken Dilanian. "In the two decades after the attacks of September 11, 2001, the CIA and other spy agencies made terrorism their top priority, with the goal of preventing another 9/11. For the most part, they succeeded. Now a pandemic has killed more Americans in four months than died in all the wars in the last half-century — 35 9/11's and counting — while inflicting trillions of dollars in economic damage. It's a disaster that is already changing how the intelligence community views health threats — and how it defines national security. 'COVID-19 is a wake-up call,' said Denis Kaufman, a former senior official at the National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI) at the Defense Intelligence Agency."

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05.06.2020

"Retired diplomats, generals slam Trump over using U.S. military to 'intimidate' protesters"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/retired-diplomats-generals-slam-trump-over-using-u-s-m
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In den USA haben sich mehr als 280 ehemalige Diplomaten und Generäle in einer gemeinsamen Stellungnahme deutlich gegen den von Präsident Trump angedrohten Einsatz des Militärs gegen Protestierende ausgesprochen. "More than 280 retired diplomats, generals and senior national security officials on Friday called on President Donald Trump not to use the U.S. military for political ends, warning American democracy was at risk. 'As former American ambassadors, generals and admirals, and senior federal officials, we are alarmed by calls from the President and some political leaders for the use of U.S. military personnel to end legitimate protests in cities and towns across America,' the former officials said in a statement posted on the JustSecurity website, which listed the authors as retired senior diplomats Douglas Silliman, Deborah McCarthy and Thomas Countryman."

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01.06.2020

"Protests could spread coronavirus. But a second wave was coming before the demonstrations."

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/protests-could-spread-coronavirus-second-wave-was-coming-demonstrat
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Die aktuellen Massenproteste könnten dazu führen, dass eine zweite Welle der Corona-Pandemie früher als gedacht eintreffen könnte, schreibt David A. Andelman vom The RedLines Project. "A second wave of COVID-19 cases is coming. In some corners of the world, it's already upon us. This is not a vague projection by fevered anti-Trumpers. It's a reality proven by past pandemics. Across Europe and Asia and especially in the United States, the world has begun to emerge from deep isolation and social distancing designed to help flatten the infection curve. But without a viable vaccine, there is little real chance that this virus can be prevented from re-emerging suddenly and dramatically in the not-so-distant future. (…) A week ago, the World Health Organization said even countries with declining coronavirus rates could still see an 'immediate second peak' if they're not careful. Meanwhile, in the U.S., where we recently passed the 100,000 dead mark, videos surfaced over Memorial Day weekend of parties crammed into pools and bars across the country. Add to this mix several sustained days of demonstrations across America, and pandemics experts are bracing for an earlier, rather than later, arrival of a second wave."

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01.06.2020

"Aggressive policing tactics called into question as national protests flare"

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Die Polizei reagiere auf die durch den Tod von George Floyd ausgelösten Proteste und Ausschreitungen in den USA mit zum Teil exzessiven Maßnahmen, berichtet Erik Ortiz. Die Bilder hätten eine Debatte über die Ausbildung und übermäßige Aggressivität der Polizisten ausgelöst. "Alongside the peaceful protests and images of destruction in the wake of the death of George Floyd, there have also been disturbing videos, photos and reports of police officers appearing to use excessive force and violence against demonstrators. The incidents have raised questions about whether some officers are responding with an inappropriate use of force, forgoing training tactics and becoming overly hostile. (…) no matter how chaotic the situation, officers must rely on their training and do everything in their power to de-escalate a situation, said George Kirkham, a former police officer and professor emeritus at the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. 'You cannot start meting out extrajudicial punishment,' Kirkham said."

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15.05.2020

"U.S. moves to cut Huawei off from global chip suppliers"

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/u-s-moves-cut-huawei-global-chip-suppliers-n1207746

Die US-Regierung versucht nach wie vor, dem chinesischen IT-Unternehmen Huawei das internationale Geschäft zu erschweren. "The Trump administration on Friday moved to block shipments of semiconductors to Huawei Technologies from global chipmakers, in an action ramping up tensions with China. The U.S. Commerce Department said it was amending an export rule to 'strategically target Huawei’s acquisition of semiconductors that are the direct product of certain U.S. software and technology.' The reaction from China was swift with a report saying it was ready to put U.S. companies on an 'unreliable entity list,' as part of countermeasures in response to the new limits on Huawei, China’s Global Times reported on Friday. The measures include launching investigations and imposing restrictions on U.S. companies such as Apple, Cisco Systems, Qualcomm as well as suspending purchase of Boeing airplanes, the report said here citing a source."

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05.05.2020

"Trump denies U.S. involvement in what Venezuela calls a failed invasion"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/venezuela-says-it-nabs-2-u-s-mercenaries-after-raid-n1200156

Wusste die US-Regierung von dem fehlgeschlagenen Grenzübertritt einer Gruppe von "Söldnern" nach Venezuela? US-Präsident Trump hat jede Kenntnis von dem Vorfall, bei dem zwei US-Bürger verhaftet wurden, abgestritten. "President Donald Trump denied Tuesday any U.S. government involvement in what Venezuela called a failed armed incursion into their country that led to the arrest of two Americans. 'We’ll find out. We just heard about it,' Trump said to reporters outside the White House. 'But it has nothing to do with our government.' Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said, during a televised address Monday, that authorities arrested 13 'terrorists' after a failed beach raid. He accused the Trump administration of helping coordinate the plot with the aim to capture the socialist leader."

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21.04.2020

"Trump says he is suspending immigration over coronavirus, need to protect jobs"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-says-he-suspending-immigration-over-coronavirus-need-
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US-Präsident Trump hat vor dem Hintergrund der Coronakrise die Einwanderung in die USA ausgesetzt. "President Donald Trump said Monday that he is suspending immigration to the United States in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the 'need to protect jobs.' In a tweet Monday night, the president attributed the suspension to an 'attack from the Invisible Enemy' and the 'need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens.' He added that he would sign an executive order suspending immigration. Trump previously restricted travel from China and Europe to stop the spread of the coronavirus. (…) The move 'had been under consideration for a while,' a senior administration official told NBC News. The official said that although Trump believes the U.S. is winning the fight against the coronavirus, he also thinks it is important to make every effort to get ahead and protect the borders to prevent further spread."

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15.04.2020

"Trump says he is halting funding for the World Health Organization"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-says-he-halting-funding-world-health-organization-n118
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US-Präsident Trump hat seine Drohung wahrgemacht und die Zahlung der US-Beiträge für die WHO eingestellt. Hintergrund der Entscheidung ist der Vorwurf, dass die Weltgesundheitsorganisation das Ausmaß der Coronakrise zunächst vertuscht habe. "Trump accused the WHO of 'severely mismanaging and covering up' the coronavirus crisis, specifically the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China. He took particular issue with the agency's criticism of his order to temporarily deny entry to the U.S. by most foreign nationals who had recently been in China. The order was issued Jan. 31, when China was the center of the pandemic. 'With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have deep concerns about whether America's generosity has been put to the best use possible,' Trump said. 'The reality is that the WHO failed to adequately obtain and share information in a timely and transparent fashion.' 'It could have been contained at its source,' he added."

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07.04.2020

"Pompeo to Afghan leaders: Make a deal with the Taliban or risk full U.S. troop pullout"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/pompeo-afghan-leaders-make-deal-taliban-or-risk-full-u-n1174161

US-Außenminister Pompeo hat der afghanischen Regierung vor zwei Wochen mit einem kompletten Truppenabzug gedroht, sollte Kabul eine Einigung mit den Taliban weiter verzögern. "Pompeo delivered a message from Trump to the feuding leadership of the Afghan government, telling them they should resolve their differences and broker a deal with the Taliban or the president could not only cut $1 billion in financial aid to Afghanistan but also could pull all U.S. troops out of the country, according to two current senior officials, one former senior official and a foreign diplomat. The previously unreported troop withdrawal threat underscores Trump’s growing concern that the inability of Afghan leaders to form a unified government threatens to unravel his already-tenuous peace deal with the Taliban, which is the first step toward ending America’s longest war. Negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban were supposed to follow on March 10, but divisions in Kabul have delayed the effort."

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25.03.2020

"Why are so few Germans dying from the coronavirus? Experts wonder"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/why-are-so-few-germans-dying-coronavirus-experts-wonder-n1168361

Viele internationale Experten schauen Carlo Angerer and Alexander Smith zufolge derzeit verwundert auf Deutschland, in dem es trotz hoher Infektionszahlen immer noch relativ wenige Corona-Todesfälle gebe. "While countries around the globe struggle to cope with the death, panic, restrictions and economic dislocation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, a different picture has emerged in Germany. Experts are scrambling to figure out why the country has around 34,000 confirmed infections — the fifth most in the world — but far fewer deaths than other countries. (…) many experts believe that the main reason behind its relatively low death rate is the large number of tests it has been able to conduct. The government has not released official figures, but it says it has the capacity to test about 160,000 people every week. As well as potentially helping identify and slow the spread of the contagion, widespread tests are likely to detect more mild cases that are going unrecorded in other countries, according to Dr. Mike Ryan, health emergencies director at the World Health Organization. (…) Nevertheless, there is still the fear in Germany that if the outbreak does start to spread among older circles, the country could also see a spike in deaths."

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10.03.2020

"Putin backs amendment allowing him to remain in power"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/putin-backs-amendment-allowing-him-remain-power-n1154101

Eine parlamentarische Änderung der russischen Verfassungsreform würde es Präsident Putin erlauben, nach dem Ende seiner aktuellen Amtszeit 2024 erneut zur Wahl anzutreten. "In a speech to lawmakers Tuesday, Putin spoke against scrapping presidential term limits altogether but backed the idea that if the constitution is revised, the two-term limit only would apply from 2024 on. The president's current six-year term expires in 2024. (…) A series of constitutional amendments Putin proposed in January was widely seen by Kremlin foes as part of his efforts to stay in power. However, it wasn't clear until Tuesday how Putin could achieve that goal. (…) The Kremlin-controlled lower house, the State Duma, quickly endorsed the proposed amendments by a 382-0 vote with 44 abstentions. A vote on a third reading will be a quick formality. A nationwide vote on the proposed amendments is set for April 22."

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23.02.2020

"No guarantees for Afghan women in draft U.S.-Taliban deal"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/no-guarantees-afghan-women-draft-u-s-taliban-deal-n114
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Das von vielen erwartete Friedensabkommen zwischen den Taliban und den USA könnte zulasten der afghanischen Frauen zustande kommen, schreibt Dan De Luce. "(…) the agreement provides no guarantees to preserve women's rights or civil liberties enshrined in the country's constitution, which the insurgents do not recognize. The Trump administration, eager to pull U.S. troops out of America's longest war, is treating the issue as an internal matter to be hammered out among the Afghans in future peace talks, which are supposed to start once the U.S.-Taliban deal is signed. (…) In the past two decades, women have entered universities and the workplace in unprecedented numbers, with dozens of women holding seats in Parliament and thousands serving as teachers, doctors and even police officers. The country's culture also has evolved, with annual surveys showing that an overwhelming majority of Afghans now support women's right to work and to education. But in areas of the country where the Taliban retains control, women face severe restrictions and have come under attack for trying to go to school, according to human rights groups."

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17.02.2020

"Syrian forces seize most of Aleppo province, on eve of Turkey-Russia talks"

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Die syrischen Regierungstruppen haben ihren Vormarsch im Nordwesten des Landes Berichten zufolge erfolgreich fortgesetzt. "On Sunday, Russian warplanes mounted heavy air strikes in Aleppo province, bombing towns including Anadan, which was later seized by Syrian forces supported by Iranian-backed militias, activists reported. Rebel military sources said opposition fighters had pulled back from the area, including Anadan and the town of Haritan. 'In day one, they took an area where for eight years they could not take a single village,' Rami Abdulrahman, director of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. (…) The advances came after Assad's forces drove insurgents from the M5 highway linking Aleppo to Damascus, and reopened the fastest route between Syria's two biggest cities for the first time in years, in a major strategic accomplishment for Assad."

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29.01.2020

"Trump peace plan would likely extend decades-old conflict, analysts warn"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/trump-peace-plan-will-likely-extend-decades-old-conflict-analysts-n112
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Viele Experten warnen, dass der in dieser Woche vorgelegte Nahost-Friedensplan der US-Regierung zu einer erneuten Verschärfung des israelisch-palästinensischen Konflikts führen könnte. "'The Palestinians will resist,' said Fawaz Gerges, a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 'I would not be surprised if we see a resurgence of armed struggle against Israeli settlements which will escalate into violent clashes,' he added. (…) Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett announced Wednesday that he was establishing a team to implement the annexation of the settlements and called on the government to move swiftly to extend sovereignty to the areas ahead of the March 2 election. 'This is the biggest political opportunity that has come our way in 50 years, but an opportunity can pass if not grasped and implemented,' he said in a statement. However, it was not immediately clear whether Israel's caretaker government would have the authority to implement the plan. The Israeli Democracy Institute said Wednesday that 'in theory' it was possible for the government to annex territories but that it is unlikely to be approved by the Supreme Court."

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14.01.2020

"From offense to defense: NSA's Microsoft flaw alert shows shift in public strategy"

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/offense-defense-nsa-s-microsoft-flaw-alert-shows-shift-public-n1115
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Die NSA sei nach der Entdeckung einer Sicherheitslücke im Windows-Betriebssystem von ihrer jahrelangen Praxis der Geheimhaltung abgerückt und habe das Unternehmen frühzeitig informiert, berichtet Kevin Collier. Die öffentlichkeitswirksame Maßnahme sei Ausdruck eines Strategiewechsels, der größeres Gewicht auf die Cyber-Verteidigung legen soll. "The NSA announced Tuesday that it had found a flaw in how Microsoft’s system identified trusted users or services. But instead of keeping the flaw a secret and potentially using it in its security efforts, the agency alerted Microsoft, which was able to fix the problem before it was made public. The move reflects the push of the NSA’s new Cybersecurity Directorate, which became operational last year, to be the public face of the agency, focused on cyber defense. (…) The change in tactics highlights the NSA’s role in the defensive work of securing U.S. systems — and its desire for that role to be public — rather than adding to a stockpile of flaws, which it has strongly reduced in recent years, that could be used for hacking operations to gain intelligence."

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14.01.2020

"Trump authorized Soleimani's killing 7 months ago, with conditions"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/trump-authorized-soleimani-s-killing-7-months-ago-cond
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Informationen von NBC News zufolge hat US-Präsident Trump der gezielten Tötung des iranischen Generals Soleimani unter bestimmten Bedingungen bereits im Juni 2019 zugestimmt. "After Iran shot down a U.S. drone in June, John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser at the time, urged Trump to retaliate by signing off on an operation to kill Soleimani, officials said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also wanted Trump to authorize the assassination, officials said. But Trump rejected the idea, saying he'd take that step only if Iran crossed his red line: killing an American. The president's message was 'that's only on the table if they hit Americans,' according to a person briefed on the discussion."

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08.01.2020

"What Trump missed when he saw Iran blink"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/what-trump-missed-when-he-saw-iran-blink-n1112506

Der Iran hat auf die gezielte Tötung von General Soleimani nach Ansicht vieler Experten vorerst verhalten reagiert. Jonathan Allen zufolge sollte nicht übersehen werden, dass Teherans Position im Nahen Osten nach dem Attentat gestärkt sei. "'I think we’re closer to the day of reckoning,' [Sen. Lindsey Graham] said. 'I think with the killing of Soleimani, we’ve hurt their efforts to spread radical Shi’ism throughout the region, we’ve put them on notice that enough is enough when it comes to attacking Americans. The inflection point is coming.' But he acknowledged the obvious stalemate. 'Our goal is for their regime to change their behavior, their goal is for us to leave the region, and therein lies the conflict,' he said. Left unspoken: It makes sense for Iran to wait Trump out — for him to leave office, or pull the U.S. out of Iraq — rather than confronting the U.S. militarily, particularly if he's going to take actions that alienate the Iraqi government and people. The U.S. came close enough to announcing a withdrawal from Iraq this week that the Pentagon issued a letter announcing the move this week only to retract it almost immediately. Esper said it was just a draft that had been released mistakenly."

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03.01.2020

"What is Iran's secretive Quds Force?"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/who-are-iran-s-secretive-quds-forces-n1110156

Nach dem Tod von General Soleimani erläutert Henry Austin die Rolle der Quds-Brigade in der iranischen Politik. "The Quds Force is part of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, according to the Council on Foreign Relations, or CFR. Founded after Iran’s 1979 revolution, the Guard defends the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Quds Force performs 'operations external to Iran to advance the Islamic revolution,' Dr. Jack Watling, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a British think tank, told NBC News. Run from Tehran, the Quds Force has developed ties with armed groups in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian territories. (…) Estimates vary, but Watling said it was likely a 'divisional strength military formation' of around 17,000 to 21,000 members, 'which is split into regionally aligned brigades of soldiers.' (…) [Soleimani’s] death 'is unlikely to disrupt Iran's operational capabilities,' Dr. Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, another research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, said. She added that it was 'likely to continue carrying out its previous strategy in terms of reliance on proxies and nonconventional capabilities.' Iran acted quickly to replace Soleimani but whether his successor, Gen. Esmail Ghaani, can be as effective is open for debate."

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09.12.2019

"U.S.-Taliban talks resume, raising prospect of an end to the war in Afghanistan"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-taliban-talks-resume-raising-prospect-end-war-afghanistan-n1097981

Die Verhandlungen der USA mit den Taliban sind nach dreimonatiger Unterbrechung mit einem ambitionierten Zeitplan wieder aufgenommen worden, berichtet NBC News. "The U.S.-Taliban talks restarted in the Qatari capital, Doha, on Saturday with the goal of reducing violence and laying the groundwork for peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, a State Department spokesperson told NBC News. A separate Western official with knowledge of the discussions said that the aim was to essentially 'pick up where they left off.' The official said Washington had “ambitious timelines” for the talks and was pushing to secure a deal by the end of December and then have talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban begin promptly in January."

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24.11.2019

"Democrats' 'bribery' impeachment strategy is an unforced error with sobering consequences"

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/democrats-bribery-impeachment-strategy-unforced-error-sobering-cons
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Noah Rothman weist darauf hin, dass die Zustimmung zum Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen den US-Präsidenten unter unabhängigen Wählern nach der Zeugenanhörung der vergangenen Woche wieder deutlich gesunken sei. Er erwartet, dass Donald Trump im US-Senat freigesprochen wird und danach gute Chancen auf eine Wiederwahl hat. Die Demokraten hätten in diesem Fall ihr mächtigstes Werkzeug zur Kontrolle des Präsidenten leichtfertig aus der Hand gegeben. "Impeachment is a political process, so Democrats are obliged to secure support from voters for their desired outcome. Toward that end, poll-testing their impeachment messaging isn’t just necessary; it’s essential. The polling isn’t the problem, though Republicans would like to make it appear sordid. The problem is that Democrats have altered the charges against Trump to make the most politically salient case against Trump even at the expense of the facts of the case. If the impeachment of Donald Trump ends in his acquittal in the Senate and re-election next November, the ultimate check on the presidency will be all but neutralized. Absent any credible deterrent, Trump will be free to indulge his most reckless impulses. In that event, posterity will regard impeachment with contempt. Retrospectives on the process will wonder where it all went wrong, and the answer to that question will be obvious."

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19.11.2019

"ISIS rebuilds in Syria after Turkish incursion and U.S. drawdown, Pentagon watchdog says"

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Der "Islamische Staat" in Syrien habe vor dem Hintergrund der türkischen Offensive und des amerikanischen Rückzugs mit dem Neuaufbau begonnen, so die Warnung eines neuen Pentagon-Berichts. "The Islamic State militant group used the drawdown of U.S. troops from Syria and the Turkish incursion to regroup and strengthen its abilities to plan terror attacks abroad — and will likely rebound from the death of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a new internal report from the Defense Department's watchdog says. The report from the Pentagon's inspector general identified the Oct. 9 Turkish move into Syria — three days after a phone call between President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — as the tipping point. The invasion affected the U.S. mission against ISIS, the U.S. relationship with its chief military ally in the fight against ISIS — the Syrian Democratic Forces — and control of territory in northeastern Syria. The departure of U.S. forces from areas of northeastern Syria, which followed the Turkish incursion, then created a void which Syrian regime forces and Russian forces filled, and gave ISIS more freedom to rebuild, according to the report."

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13.11.2019

"FBI's 'lone wolf' report says domestic terrorists are rarely isolated"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi-s-lone-wolf-report-says-domestic-terrorists-are-rarely-n1081741

Das FBI hat einen neuen Bericht über Terroranschläge in den USA veröffentlicht. Dabei sind Pete Williams zufolge u.a. 52 Anschläge von Einzeltätern analysiert worden. "While predicting lone offender terrorism is not possible, 'it may be preventable with increased bystander education and awareness in recognizing concerning behavior and reporting it to authorities as soon as possible,' the FBI said in releasing a report compiled by the Behavioral Threat Assessment Center of the bureau's Behavioral Analysis Unit — better known as the FBI’s profilers. Most offenders had 'family, peers, or online contacts who were in a position to notice troubling behavior,' the report said. 'More than half of those who observed concerning behaviors made some effort to intervene or voice their concerns.' The report examined 52 lone offender terrorist attacks in the U.S. from 1972 to 2015. Thirty-three of their acts of terrorism killed a total of 258 people and injured 982. But it found nothing to suggest a profile of a typical attacker, other than the fact that all were men."

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04.11.2019

"'Defeated' ISIS has found safe haven in an ungoverned part of Iraq"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/mideast/defeated-isis-has-found-safe-haven-ungoverned-part-iraq-n1076081

Im Norden Iraks habe der "Islamische Staat" ein Gebiet außerhalb der Kontrolle Bagdads übernommen, berichtet Courtney Kube unter Berufung auf Militärkreise. "Just months after the Islamic State militant group lost the last of its territory in Syria, and days after its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in a U.S.-led raid, the group has found safe haven in a remote, ungoverned space in Iraq, as foreign fighters move across the border from Syria, military officials tell NBC news. 'The fight against ISIS is continuous,' said U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. William Seely, commander of Task Force-Iraq. 'We're seeing ISIS fighters move from Syria across hundreds of miles of desert.' Their goal, Seely says, is to re-establish their physical caliphate in the region. (…) ISIS has moved into a valley in a remote mountainous region in Northern Iraq. The valley is controlled by the Kurdish peshmerga on one side and the Iraqi army on the other. But along the dividing line between the two, there are areas — some as wide as five miles — where neither side patrols, giving the militants space to move. And they do, coming out mainly at night."

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03.11.2019

"Militants kill 54 in attack on Mali army post, ISIS claims responsibility"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/militants-kill-54-attack-mali-army-post-claims-responsibility-n1075721

Bei einem Angriff auf einen Militärstützpunkt in Mali sind Berichten zufolge mindestens 54 Menschen getötet worden. Der "Islamische Staat" hat die Tat für sich beansprucht. "Islamic state claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency on Saturday, without providing evidence. The militant group has posted dozens of claims of responsibility for attacks in several countries since U.S. special forces killed its previous leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last weekend. (…) The attack follows jihadist raids in late September that underscored the increasing reach and sophistication of armed groups operating in the region. From their stronghold in Mali, groups with al Qaeda and Islamic State links have been able to fan out across the Sahel, destabilizing parts of Niger and Burkina Faso."

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