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14.10.2020

"Britain's spies defending Covid-19 vaccine work, MI5 chief says"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/britain-s-spies-defending-covid-19-vaccine-work-mi5-chief-n1243346

Dem Chef des britischen Geheimdienstes MI5 zufolge versuchen derzeit "feindliche Mächte", britische Forschungsprojekte zur Entwicklung eines Covid-19-Impfstoffes auszuspionieren oder zu sabotieren. "British spies are trying to defend Covid-19 vaccine work against hostile powers that seek to either steal or sabotage research data in the race for the global prize of a jab that could provide immunity, the head of MI5 said on Wednesday. Oxford University’s vaccine candidate, which has been licensed to AstraZeneca, is in late stage trials, while a vaccine candidate being developed by Imperial College London is in early stage clinical trials. 'Clearly, the global prize of having a first useable vaccine against this deadly virus is a large one, so we would expect that a range of other parties around the globe would be quite interested in that research,' Security Service (MI5) Director General Ken McCallum told reporters."

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14.10.2020

"Cheap drones from China, Turkey and Israel are fueling conflicts like Armenia and Azerbaijan's"

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/cheap-drones-china-turkey-israel-are-fueling-conflicts-armenia-azer
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Konflikte wie in Bergkarabach werden durch "billige Drohnen" aus China, Israel und der Türkei angeheizt, schreibt der Militärexperte Sébastien Roblin. "(…) drone technology proliferates among smaller countries in conflict hot spots from Libya to the Caucasus Mountains. Unfortunately, as fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh suggests, using drones to make it easier to wage air wars is likely to lead to more such wars. That this didn't happen sooner may be in part because the U.S. tightly restricted the export of its expensive Predator and Reaper UCAVs to close allies. But China, Israel and Turkey developed their own UCAVs, which they have widely exported (and, in the latter two cases, used extensively). (…) drones are giving smaller countries affordable ways to project force with greater lethality at lower risk. And that is likely to tempt many countries to resort to force more often if the United States' rampant use of drones to assassinate 'high-value targets' is anything to go by."

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11.10.2020

"U.S. war games in Germany as Washington plots withdrawal"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-war-games-germany-washington-plots-withdrawal-n1242741

Willem Marx berichtet in seiner Reportage über eine internationale Militärübung in Hohenfels, dass viele US-Offiziere sich auch deshalb gegen einen Truppenabzug aus Deutschland aussprechen, da der Standort in Baden-Württemberg ideale Bedingungen für diese Art von Manövern biete. "Multiple current and former U.S. Army officers told NBC News that this 40,000-acre terrain in southern Germany is the only possible location at present to hold such extended international training, with soldiers from countries such as Ukraine, Slovenia, Romania and Italy participating. The U.S. military has invested hundreds of millions of dollars over several decades on the sprawling facilities here - one of the many reasons that multiple retired military commanders, former national security advisers and lawmakers from both parties have questioned the Trump administration’s plan to move 12,000 troops out of Germany."

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07.10.2020

"Russia's Vladimir Putin says he has noted Joe Biden's 'sharp anti-Russian rhetoric'"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/russia-s-vladimir-putin-says-he-has-noted-joe-biden-n12423
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Russlands Präsident Putin hofft trotz der antirussischen Rhetorik Joe Bidens, dass es im Fall eines Wahlsiegs des Demokraten bei den US-Präsidentschaftswahlen neue Fortschritte bei der gemeinsamen Rüstungskontrolle geben wird. "'As far as the candidate from the Democratic Party is concerned ... we also see quite sharp anti-Russian rhetoric. Unfortunately, we are used to to this,' Putin said. But he added that Biden had made what he regarded as encouraging statements on New START, the last major nuclear arms pact between Russia and the United States, which is due to expire in February. (…) 'Candidate Biden publicly said he was ready for an extension of New START or to reach a new treaty to limit strategic ... weapons, and this is a very serious element of our cooperation in the future,' Putin said."

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29.09.2020

"Terrorism on a budget: Americans who joined ISIS or planned attacks did so with little money"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/terrorism-budget-americans-who-joined-isis-or-planned-
attacks-did-n1241247

Eine neue Studie ist zu dem Ergebnis gekommen, dass der finanzielle "Fußabdruck" amerikanischer Anhänger des "Islamischen Staates" deutlich kleiner sei als die Spuren, die von den Al-Qaida-Terroristen vor dem 11. September 2001 hinterlassen wurden. "'[S]ave for a few exceptions, the vast majority of U.S.-based IS supporters left a remarkably small financial footprint,' said the report, which contrasted the low cost of funding ISIS terror with the Al Qaeda's big budget. The small footprint 'can represent a challenge for investigators, which often rely on financial operations to uncover terrorism-related individuals and as evidence in prosecutions against them.' The report, by the George Washington University Program on Extremism and the federally funded National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education Center at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, examined 209 individuals charged with ISIS-tied crimes from 2013 until August of this year."

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18.09.2020

"Pentagon sending troops to Syria after clashes between U.S., Russian military"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/pentagon-sending-troops-syria-after-clashes-between-u-s-russian-n12
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Nach Zusammenstößen von US-Soldaten und russischen Truppen in Syrien habe das Pentagon zusätzliches Personal in die Region geschickt, berichtet Courtney Kube. "The Pentagon is deploying a small number of U.S. troops to Syria after a series of escalating encounters between the U.S. and Russian militaries, according to three U.S. defense officials. The troops and vehicles will serve as a show of presence to discourage the Russian military from crossing into the eastern security area where U.S., coalition, and Syrian Democratic Forces operate, the officials said. The additional troops will include six Bradley Fighting Vehicles and fewer than 100 soldiers operating in northeast Syria on a 90-day deployment."

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14.09.2020

"U.S. commander: Intel still hasn't established Russia paid Taliban 'bounties' to kill U.S. troops"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/u-s-commander-intel-still-hasn-t-established-russia-pa
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Zwei Monate nach den Berichten über angebliche russische Kopfgeldzahlungen für getötete US-Soldaten in Afghanistan gibt es US-General Frank McKenzie zufolge noch keine befriedigenden Beweise für den Vorwurf. "Two months after top Pentagon officials vowed to get to the bottom of whether the Russian government bribed the Taliban to kill American service members, the commander of troops in the region says a detailed review of all available intelligence has not been able to corroborate the existence of such a program. 'It just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me,' Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of the U.S. Central Command, told NBC News. McKenzie oversees U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The U.S. continues to hunt for new information on the matter, he said. 'We continue to look for that evidence,' the general said. 'I just haven't seen it yet. But … it's not a closed issue.'"

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12.09.2020

"Taliban and Afghan government meet for 'historic' talks, raising hopes for peace"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/taliban-afghan-government-meet-historic-talks-raising-hopes-peace-n123
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Vertreter der afghanischen Regierung und der Taliban haben sich am Samstag zum ersten Mal offiziell zu direkten Friedensverhandlungen getroffen. "Once sworn enemies, Afghan government officials and Taliban insurgents gathered on Saturday for 'historic' peace talks, aimed at ending two decades of war that have killed tens of thousands of people and devastated a nation. Calling it a 'truly momentous occasion,' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the two sides at the opening ceremony in Qatar's capital Doha, that it was 'a moment to dare to hope.' The talks began a day after the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people and led the U.S. under President George W. Bush to invade Afghanistan a month later."

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07.09.2020

"Would Biden get 'tough' on China?"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/would-biden-get-tough-china-n1239203

Dan De Luce und Ken Dilanian glauben, dass Joe Biden im Fall seines Wahlsiegs im November dem neuen China-Konsens in Washington folgen und den Konfrontationskurs gegenüber Peking im Wesentlichen fortsetzen würde. "Biden and his campaign have spoken in broad strokes without offering details about exactly how far he would be willing to go to confront China on trade, human rights, cyber-espionage or its growing presence in the South China Sea. Seeking to draw a contrast with Trump, who has often shied away from criticizing China over human rights, Biden has promised to hold China accountable over its treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang and its crackdown in Hong Kong. Biden also says that he would shore up U.S. alliances, which he says Trump has badly damaged, to present a united front against Beijing and that he would invest in high-tech research and education to make the U.S. economy more competitive. Former officials and analysts say that at minimum, Biden would strike a more measured and consistent tone than Trump, who has heaped praise on Xi and at other times unleashed belligerent tweets against China."

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18.08.2020

"Poll: Less than half of Americans say they'll get a coronavirus vaccine"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/poll-less-half-americans-say-they-ll-get-coronavirus-vacci
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Einer Umfrage zufolge wäre in den USA nicht einmal die Hälfte der Bevölkerung bereit, sich mit einem von der Regierung bewilligten Covid-19-Wirkstoff impfen zu lassen. "Less than half of American adults say they would get a government-approved coronavirus vaccine if one becomes widely available, new data from the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Tracking Poll show, with the majority unsure about getting the vaccine or saying they're ruling it out entirely. Forty-four percent of American adults say they would get the vaccine, with 22 percent saying they wouldn't and 32 percent saying they aren't sure. The differences in opinion are stark among demographic groups — a majority of Democrats, seniors, Asians, those making at least $100,000 and those with college degrees all say they would get a vaccine if it's approved by the government. In every other demographic group polled, a majority say either that they aren't sure whether they would get an approved vaccine or that they wouldn't."

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16.08.2020

"How the COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd protests could give rise to terrorism"

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/how-covid-19-pandemic-george-floyd-protests-could-give-rise-ncna123
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Die Corona-Pandemie und die BLM-Proteste könnten in den USA den Boden für Terroranschläge bereiten, warnt Brian Michael Jenkins von der RAND Corporation. "Armed conflicts fuel plagues: Until very recently in history, disease killed more people in wars than battle. But plagues can also fuel conflict, and COVID-19 may be no exception. (…) the pandemic could spur apocalyptic and nihilistic thinking. Deprived of their daily routines and personal relationships, people are disoriented, disillusioned and isolated — creating a receptive audience for fringe ideas. These are the conditions that psychologists believe can accelerate radicalization, which is an individual process reflecting personal experiences and circumstances as much as socioeconomic determinants or political convictions. (…) The pandemic and the mass protests have spawned public defiance of political authority. Health officials have been physically threatened. Armed protesters have stormed state legislatures to protest shutdowns. Businesses have been destroyed. Protesters have been attacked. Police have been injured in riots and killed in ambushes. Barricades have gone up on both sides. This is a dark place where, historically, political fanaticism and violence thrive."

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14.08.2020

"The UAE-Israel deal is Trump's first genuine foreign policy success, experts say"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/uae-israel-deal-trump-s-first-genuine-foreign-policy-success-n1236769

Der Friedensvertrag zwischen Israel und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten ist nach Ansicht vieler Experten der erste echte außenpolitische Erfolg von US-Präsident Trump. "The groundbreaking agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates has delivered a political lifeline to Israel's embattled prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and represents President Donald Trump's first genuine foreign policy success, regional analysts and former U.S. officials said. Apart from the immediate boost for Trump and for Netanyahu, who both face political headwinds over their response to the coronavirus pandemic, the agreement signals a potential realignment for the Middle East and a victory for Israel's decades-long effort to secure diplomatic recognition from Arab governments, experts said. (…) 'Normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is a historic step that will enhance the security and economic interests of both countries,' said Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who has frequently blasted Trump's foreign policy and accused him of taking the country to the brink of war with Iran. 'This breakthrough is a powerful example of how diplomacy can bridge historic divides and advance the United States' interests.'"

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08.08.2020

"Welcome to the 'splinternet': Trump adds to fractures in worldwide web"

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/welcome-splinternet-trump-adds-fractures-worldwide-web-n1236203

Mit dem Verbot der chinesischen Apps TikTok und WeChat habe die US-Regierung einen möglicherweise entscheidenden Schritt zu einer globalen "Balkanisierung" des Internets unternommen, schreibt David Ingram. "It may not be possible to have a worldwide internet, after all. Tech policy experts said Friday that the idea of the internet as one global, unifying phenomenon was at stake after President Donald Trump took the sudden step of announcing bans on two popular Chinese apps, TikTok and WeChat, calling them security risks. It was an extreme example of Trump using security powers to stifle the spread of technology, and people who study how the internet is governed said his orders will only worsen an international breakup along regional and political lines that’s already years in the making. 'This is definitely the splinternet,' said Dipayan Ghosh, a former Obama White House tech adviser who now directs the Digital Platforms & Democracy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School."

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03.08.2020

"U.S.-German ties are bad under Trump — if Biden wins he may struggle to repair them"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-german-ties-are-bad-under-trump-if-biden-n1235092

Die deutsch-amerikanischen Beziehungen hätten sich unter Präsident Trump deutlich verschlechtert, stellen Alexander Smith und Carlo Angerer fest. In Deutschland werde der US-Präsidentschaftswahlkampf deshalb mit besonders großem Interesse verfolgt. "'This is the most important U.S. election in the history of Germany,' said John M. Koenig, who led the Berlin embassy as chargé d'affaires for a year under President Barack Obama. 'This means almost as much to the future of Germany as it does to the U.S.' (…) Biden would immediately review the decision to withdraw troops from Germany. But once in office he would also be greeted by European leaders who are far more wary than they were during his days as Obama's point person on foreign policy. Merkel and others have made it clear that they are no longer willing to rely on Washington — especially after seeing how easily a disruptor president can get elected. Whatever 'the outcome of the election, the U.S. will no longer be available as a security partner in the same capacity as they were in the past,' German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said at a briefing last month following a question from NBC News."

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23.07.2020

"Preventing the next pandemic will cost $22.2 billion a year, scientists say"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/preventing-next-pandemic-will-cost-22-2-billion-year-scientists-n12346
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Wissenschaftler haben ausgerechnet, dass die notwendigen Maßnahmen zur Verhinderung einer künftigen Pandemie jährlich über 22 Milliarden US-Dollar kosten würden. "The price tag for protecting and monitoring pristine forests and wildlife trade where diseases emerge is an estimated $22.2 billion to $30.7 billion, according to the report in the journal Science. While hefty, it pales in comparison to the minimum of $8.1 trillion in losses globally resulting from the current pandemic, the report said. 'Everybody has a vested interest in stopping it from happening again,' Andrew Dobson, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University and the lead author of the research, said. New epidemics — such as SARS, MERS and HIV — appear to emerge every four or five years, he said. (…) The investments in prevention come with cost benefits beyond averting a pandemic. Protecting forest ecosystems offers $18.6 billion annually by reducing carbon emissions, Thursday's report said. Maintaining biodiversity also prevents a species from being wiped out when diseases strike and improves other resources that humans rely on, such as soil and water. 'We need to get a handle on our really broken relationship with nature,' Kinnaird said."

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07.07.2020

"Trump administration gives formal notice of withdrawal from WHO"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-administration-gives-formal-notice-withdrawal-who-n12
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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
ts-n1232531

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
-recruit-hackers-conferences-n1232077

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"

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/north-korea-blows-strategic-building-try-blackmail-u-s-south-ncna12
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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"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/aggressive-policing-tactics-called-question-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-
protect-jobs-n1188416

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
3941

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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