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09.04.2020

"Snowden Warns Governments Are Using Coronavirus to Build ‘the Architecture of Oppression’"

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bvge5q/snowden-warns-governments-are-using-coronavirus-to-build-the-ar
chitecture-of-oppression

In einem Interview mit VICE TV hat auch NSA-Whistleblower Edward Snowden davor gewarnt, dass autoritäre Maßnahmen zur Bekämpfung der Corona-Pandemie im Westen nach dem Ende der Krise aufrechterhalten werden könnten. Gegenwärtig entstehe eine "Architektur der Unterdrückung", so Snowden. "As authoritarianism spreads, as emergency laws proliferate, as we sacrifice our rights, we also sacrifice our capability to arrest the slide into a less liberal and less free world. Do you truly believe that when the first wave, this second wave, the 16th wave of the coronavirus is a long-forgotten memory, that these capabilities will not be kept? That these datasets will not be kept? No matter how it is being used, what’ is being built is the architecture of oppression."

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30.03.2020

"Here's How China Is Rewriting the History of the Coronavirus Pandemic to Make Itself the Hero"

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8843dz/heres-how-china-is-rewriting-the-history-of-the-coronavirus-pan
demic-to-make-itself-the-hero

David Gilbert mit einem Überblick über die "Desinformationskampagne" der chinesischen Regierung, mit der die Geschichte der Corona-Pandemie umgeschrieben werden soll. "(…) the Chinese government has employed a unique mixture of tactics including disinformation, soft power, conspiracy theories, and even a book that tells the heroic story of China’s victory over coronavirus — all of which are designed to reframe the narrative around the virus and Beijing’s role in allowing it to get out of control in the first place. 'In the last few weeks, the CCP has stepped up its propaganda efforts to shape the narrative with respect to COVID-19, both within China and internationally,' Adam Ni, director of the Australia-based research organization the China Policy Centre, told VICE News. 'In essence, the party wants to make the best out of a terrible situation and spin the story in favor of the party by deflecting blame, sowing doubts on its culpability, whipping up nationalism, and highlighting the superiority of the Chinese party-state.' (…) 'I would say it has been quite successful inside China. Due to censorship and the lack of independent news sources, many Chinese people have bought the theory that the virus was brought by the U.S. to China,' Yaqiu Wang, a China researcher at Human Rights Watch, told VICE News."

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01.03.2020

"South Sudan Is Collapsing Thanks to Corruption Over Oil"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi37th_N3Ck

In dieser Videoreportage für VICE News untersucht Isobel Yeung, warum der Staat Südsudan sechs Jahre nach seiner Unabhängigkeit bereits vor dem Kollaps stehe. "Despite its vast oil reserves and more than $10 Billion in aid from the United States, the country has been driven into famine and a devastating ethnic war. VICE's Isobel Yeung explores how corruption at the top is threatening to tear the world's newest country apart".

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16.05.2019

"A U.S. War With Iran Would Cause the World 'Enormous Pain.' Here's Why"

https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/evyp8z/a-us-war-with-iran-would-cause-the-world-enormous-pain

Nach Überzeugung vieler Experten würde ein Krieg zwischen den USA und Iran schwerwiegende regionale und globale Folgen haben. "What makes Iran a uniquely dangerous adversary is its unconventional approach to warfare and its deep roots throughout the region. Unlike Saddam’s Iraq, Iran isn’t likely to delude itself into thinking it could match the U.S.’ military might in a conventional conflict. Instead, it would try 'to find ways to undermine the U.S.' superior capabilities,' said Henry Rome, an expert on Iran at the Eurasia Group. And it would do so by pursuing a strategy of asymmetric attacks. In other words, Iran would immediately seek to make this a regional conflict, attacking the U.S. and its allies, through proxies and other destabilizing means, said Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council. 'This wouldn’t be a conventional war; Iran would make sure to spread this throughout the region for maximum risk and exposure,' Parsi said. 'Instead of the war taking place in Iran, the Iranians would make sure to spread the war throughout the entire Middle East.' (...) "Robert Deitz, who was general counsel at the National Security Agency from 1998 to 2006. (...) said the best metaphor for a major escalation with Iran may be World War I: The conflict starts out localized but quickly spirals into a global affair. 'It’s very dangerous to assume that a conflict anywhere in the Middle East can be kept local,' he said."

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14.05.2019

"Wer Gzuz' Realness feiert, darf bei seiner Frauenfeindlichkeit nicht weghören"

https://www.vice.com/de/article/5979n5/wer-gzuz-realness-feiert-darf-bei-frauenfeindlichkeit-nicht-weghoe
ren-bonez-mc-187-strassenbande

Johann Voigt analysiert im Vice-Magazin Musik und Texte des Deutschrappers Gzuz', dessen frauenfeindliche Texte schockieren und die Frage aufbringen, ob die Gewalt in seinen Texten reine Fantasieprodukte eine Künstlers seien oder doch auf realen Erfahrungen basieren könnten. "Die Frage ist nun: Wie real sind solche Zeilen? Ist das immer noch 'genau die Wahrheit', sind das Übertreibungen oder reine Inszenierungen eines Künstlers? Und warum finden Fans und Kritiker an Gzuz alles real, behaupten sogar, dass es keine Humorebene mehr gibt, aber ignorieren solche Lines einfach? Denn egal, ob wortwörtlich gemeint oder nicht: Solche Zeilen, die sich Jahr für Jahr in Gzuz' Musik wiederholen, sind zumindest ein Indiz für sein fragwürdiges Frauenbild. Bisher wurden sie oft unter den Tisch gekehrt."

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12.12.2018

"Exclusive: The U.S. has more military operations in Africa than the Middle East"

https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/a3my38/exclusive-the-us-has-more-military-operations-in-africa-than-t
he-middle-east

Die USA seien heute in Afrika militärisch deutlich aktiver als im Nahen Osten, berichtet Nick Turse nach der Auswertung offizieller Dokumente und Gesprächen mit Militärexperten. "VICE News reviewed documents from the U.S. Army, Africa Command, and Special Operations Command Africa, and conducted interviews with current and former military personnel and experts familiar with America’s 'war on terror' in Africa. These documents and testimony paint a startling picture of a sprawling, labyrinthine, and at times chaotic shadow war on the African continent, in which commandos are endangered by a lack of resources and “assistance” operations blur with combat. 'Africa has more named operations than any other theater, including CENTCOM [the command that oversees the Middle East],' [retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, who served as commander of Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) from April 2015 to June 2017,] confirmed to VICE News. 'But remains under-resourced for doing what it’s been directed to do.'"

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26.07.2018

"Deutscher schießt auf minderjährige Geflüchtete und niemand interessiert sich dafür"

https://www.vice.com/de/article/8xb8yp/deutscher-schiesst-auf-minderjahrige-gefluchtete-und-niemand-inter
essiert-sich-dafur

Maria Christoph zufolge hat es 2018 bereits 359 Angriffe auf Geflüchtete bzw. deren Unterkünfte gegeben. In den Medien errege dies jedoch kaum noch Aufsehen. "Wieso empören solche mutmaßlich rechtsextremistisch motivierten Taten nicht mehr? Würden Polizei, Medien und Öffentlichkeit anders reagieren, sich lauter empören, hätte ein Flüchtling, vermutlich sogar ein Muslim, auf vier deutsche Minderjährige geschossen, oder Deutsche geschlagen, mit einem Messern angegriffen, geschubst oder 'Allahu Akbar' in dessen Gesicht gebrüllt? 'Eindeutig, ja', vermutet Robert Lüdecke, Sprecher der Amadeu-Antonio-Stiftung. 'Wir stumpfen langsam ab, gewöhnen uns an rassistische Taten.'"

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17.07.2018

"These American scholars say the real threat to the U.S. is Russophobia"

https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/xwkxnj/these-american-scholars-say-the-real-threat-to-the-us-is-russo
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Die amerikanischen Experten Stephen F. Cohen und John Mearsheimer sind wie US-Präsident Trump der Ansicht, dass die USA die Verschlechterung der Beziehungen zu Russland überwiegend selbst herbeigeführt hätten. Sie beklagen, dass dieser Standpunkt, der dem aktuellen Konsens in Washington widerspreche, in der Debatte völlig ausgeblendet wird. "'I’ve seen these things from the inside. I've re-thought and re-thought how we got to the edge of war with Russia, where we haven't been since Cuba in 1962. And I have concluded, and I would be happy to debate my opponents… It is 95 percent our own doing,' Cohen said. Cohen is used to people calling him a Putin apologist for his views, while Mearsheimer created a firestorm in 2014 when he penned a piece arguing that the crisis in Ukraine was largely the fault of the U.S. and its Western European allies. But Cohen and Mearsheimer both maintain that the media has sidelined their unpopular opinions, leading to what they say is a one-sided conversation about Russia. 'There is an unwillingness to engage in debate on this issue, like I have never seen before,' Mearsheimer said. VICE News sat down with the two professors — who happen to be old friends — to hear their opinions on all things Russia."

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25.09.2017

"Why Trump's Third Attempt at a Travel Ban Just Might Stick"

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/kz733e/why-trumps-third-attempt-at-a-travel-ban-just-might-stick

US-Präsident Trump hat nach mehrmaligen juristischen Rückschlägen zum dritten Mal ein Einreiseverbot für Bürger verschiedener Staaten erlassen. Der "Travel Ban 3.0" hat nach Ansicht von John Surico größere Aussichten, vor Gericht zu bestehen, da er u.a. nichtmuslimische Länder umfasst. "This time, the president's proclamation isn't limited to countries with Muslim majorities — it also includes North Korea, Chad and Venezuela. Familiar nations from previous bans include Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. Sudanese travelers have been spared this go-around after the government there apparently bolstered security, while Iraqis will face extra scrutiny from the Department of Homeland Security. According to the White House, the new ban does not target green-card holders or people with current visas. But the new policy promises to ban travel indefinitely, rather than for a set period of time, and its explicit provisions vary by country."

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18.07.2017

"Die Wahrheit über den 'Einwanderermob' von Schorndorf"

https://www.vice.com/de/article/3kn4z5/die-wahrheit-uber-den-einwanderermob-von-schorndorf

Matern Boeselager hat sich nach Berichten über einen angeblichen "Einwanderermob" in der Stadt Schorndorf in Baden-Württemberg vor Ort umgehört. "Was am Samstagabend alles in Schorndorf passiert ist, wissen wir immer noch nicht genau. Aber wir wissen, was nicht passiert ist: Es gab keinen 'Einwanderermob', der ein Volksfest sprengt und tausendfach Frauen belästigt. Und es gab auch keine riesigen 'Krawalle' im Schlosspark, bei denen 1.000 Menschen die Polizei angriffen."

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18.05.2017

"The war you’ve never heard of"

https://news.vice.com/story/the-u-s-is-waging-a-massive-shadow-war-in-africa-exclusive-documents-reveal

Nick Turse, der die Aktivitäten des US-Militärs in Afrika seit Jahren begleitet, präsentiert in diesem Beitrag für Vice neue Belege für den "massiven Schattenkrieg", der von den USA in der Region geführt werde. "Six years ago, a deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Special Operations Command gave a conservative estimate of 116 missions being carried out at any one time by Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other special operations forces across the globe. Today, according to U.S. military documents obtained by VICE News, special operators are carrying out nearly 100 missions at any given time — in Africa alone. It’s the latest sign of the military’s quiet but ever-expanding presence on the continent, one that represents the most dramatic growth in the deployment of America’s elite troops to any region of the globe."

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04.06.2016

"Exclusive: Snowden Tried to Tell NSA About Surveillance Concerns, Documents Reveal"

https://news.vice.com/article/edward-snowden-leaks-tried-to-tell-nsa-about-surveillance-concerns-exclusiv
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Vice News ist an Dokumente gelangt, die offenbar belegen, dass NSA-Whistleblower Edward Snowden vor seiner Flucht tatsächlich mehrfach versucht habe, seine Bedenken über die NSA-Überwachung intern zur Sprache zu bringen. "Hundreds of internal NSA documents, declassified and released to VICE News in response to our long-running Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, reveal now for the first time that not only was the truth about the 'single email' more complex and nuanced than the NSA disclosed to the public, but that Snowden had a face-to-face interaction with one of the people involved in responding to that email. The documents, made up of emails, talking points, and various records — many of them heavily redacted — contain insight into the NSA's interaction with the media, new details about Snowden's work, and an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the efforts by the NSA, the White House, and US Senator Dianne Feinstein to discredit Snowden."

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04.02.2016

"VICE News Reveals the Terrorism Blacklist Secretly Wielding Power Over the Lives of Millions"

https://news.vice.com/article/vice-news-reveals-the-terrorism-blacklist-secretly-wielding-power-over-the-
lives-of-millions?utm_source=vicenewsfb

Namir Shabibi und Ben Bryant berichten über eine von der Thomson Reuters Corporation betriebene geheime Datenbank mit angeblichen Terrorverdächtigen, die für viele der offensichtlich unschuldig aufgelisteten Personen erhebliche Folgen haben könne. "The confidential service, part of an unregulated industry, claims that it is used by over 300 government and intelligence agencies, 49 of the 50 biggest banks, pre-employment vetting agencies and 9 of the top 10 global law firms. It provides 'an early warning system for hidden risk' — and is used by banks, for example, to minimize their risk of complicity in terrorist financing or money laundering. However, numerous individuals and organizations have reacted with anger and shock to the discovery that they have a 'terrorism' designation on World-Check's database, which is compiled using public domain sources. They have told VICE News that they dispute their inclusion, and believe that it may have harmed their reputation or business dealings. None of them have ever faced terror charges."

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23.01.2016

"After El Chapo: The World's 10 Most Wanted Drug Lords"

https://news.vice.com/article/after-el-chapo-the-worlds-10-most-wanted-drug-lords-dea

Nach der spektakulären Festnahme des mexikanischen Drogenbosses Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán stellt Nathaniel Janowitz zehn weitere Drogenkriminelle vor, die international gesucht werden.

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25.11.2015

"Eagles of Death Metal Discuss Paris Terror Attacks"

http://www.vice.com/read/eagles-of-death-metal-discuss-paris-terror-attacks

Die Mitglieder der Band Eagles of Death Metal äußern sich in diesem Vice-Interview zu den Ereignissen während des Terroranschlags auf den Pariser Klub Bataclan. "During Eagles of Death Metal's November 13 show at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, gunmen entered the venue and opened fire on the crowd, leaving at least 90 dead. The band spoke to VICE about the tragic events that took place that night."

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25.11.2015

"How Islamophobia Works in the Islamic State's Favor"

http://www.vice.com/read/nihal-arthanayake-sun-1-in-5-muslims-882

Der BBC-Moderator Nihal Arthanayake stellt warnend fest, dass die Zahl der islamfeindlichen Vorfälle in Großbritannien seit den Pariser Anschlägen deutlich gestiegen sei. Medien wie das Boulevardblatt Sun würden die Stimmung durch unverantwortliche Schlagzeilen weiter anheizen. "The fact that British Muslim callers have described how their work colleagues no longer treat them with the courtesy they once experienced, or that they are fearful for the futures of their kids, should act as a wake-up call to politicians and journalists that ill-conceived headlines have repercussions for people who just wish to practice their faith and go about their business. We all have a responsibility to confront hatred and bigotry wherever it exists, and at the very least do nothing to unnecessarily exacerbate the situation. You only have to see the ridicule and backlash that The Sun has faced this week to realize that we are a tolerant nation. But for some of my British Muslim listeners, the fear is that those headlines will be read by some as gospel, tainting the way some of their fellow Brits view them."

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17.11.2015

"The Racist Backlash to the Paris Attacks Is Helping the Islamic State"

http://www.vice.com/read/the-racist-backlash-to-the-paris-attacks-is-helping-isis

Manisha Krishnan berichtet nach den Pariser Anschlägen über einige rassistische Vorfälle in Kanada. Experten warnten, dass derartige Reaktionen den IS-Terroristen direkt in die Hände spielten. "The reactions range from misguided and xenophobic to outright racist, but they are also exactly what the Islamic State wants. 'The recruitment tools that ISIS and Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations use is they say to the young Muslim, 'Don't you get it? The West hates you. They're at war with your religion, they'll never accept you... Come here, you belong here, join us we are your brothers,' explained Hamilton, Ontario lawyer Hussein Hamdani, who is part of North American Spiritual Revival (NASR), a nonprofit that works to de-radicalize youth. 'That is, to a young person who is feeling disillusioned, a very toxic but intoxicating soup.'"

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27.10.2015

"We Spoke to the Former Model Who Joined the Kurdish Fight Against ISIS"

http://www.vice.com/read/we-spoke-to-the-former-canadian-model-who-joined-the-kurdish-fight-against-isis

Triska Hamid hat sich mit dem kanadischen Ex-Model Hanna Bohman unterhalten, die sich der kurdischen Rebellengruppe YPG angeschlossen hat, um in Syrien gegen den IS zu kämpfen. "Bohman is one of the few Western women to have joined the fight against ISIS, or the 'Satanic State' as she calls them. And now that she has regained strength, she's back to take up her post with the Kurdish freedom fighters. This time, she's better equipped and better prepared while documenting her experience on her Facebook page. VICE talked to Bohman about joining the YPJ, gender equality, and ancient weaponry."

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26.10.2015

"The Myth of the Lone Wolf"

http://www.vice.com/read/the-myth-of-the-lone-wolf

Jason Burke macht darauf aufmerksam, dass viele radikalislamische Anschläge im Westen durch Täter verübt wurden, die zuvor in Gefängnissen radikalisiert worden seien. Die extremistische Ideologie sei stark ansteckend, bei den Tätern könne eigentlich nicht von "Lone Wolves" gesprochen werden. "What's most important in the making of a terrorist is not some kind of character deficiency, nor psychopathic or sadistic tendencies, but something much more banal: who you spend time with and what they say and do. And if this is true in prisons, it is also true outside of them, too. (...) Terrorism is a social activity, albeit an immoral and abhorrent one, and no one becomes a terrorist on their own. (...) This is why it's important to realize that so-called lone wolves do not really exist. Of the five militants mentioned at the top of this article, only two acted alone, and one of these — the Frenchman Mohammed Merah — was connected to a militant faction in Pakistan. They were all part of networks, and were acting in the belief that they were part of a much broader community of militants."

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14.10.2015

"Thousands of Iranian Troops Are Teaming Up with Russia for an Assault on Aleppo"

https://news.vice.com/article/thousands-of-iranian-troops-are-teaming-up-with-russia-for-an-assault-on-al
eppo?utm_source=vicenewsemail

Tausende iranische Soldaten könnten sich diesem Bericht von Vice zufolge möglicherweise an einer geplanten Offensive syrischer Truppen mit russischer Luftunterstützung beteiligen. "The attack, which the officials said would be backed by Russian air strikes, underlined the growing involvement in the civil war of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's two main allies, which has alarmed a US-led coalition opposed to the president that is bombing Islamic State (IS) militants. 'The international coalition led by America has failed in the fight against terrorism. The cooperation between Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Russia has been positive and successful,' [the chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi,] was quoted as saying by Iran's state broadcaster IRIB as he arrived at Damascus airport."

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09.10.2015

"Would the British Military Take Out a Jeremy Corbyn–Led UK Government?"

http://www.vice.com/read/chris-mullin-interview-a-very-british-coup-983

Im vergangenen Monat hat ein anonym bleibender britischer General mit einem Militärputsch gedroht, sollte der neue linke Labour-Chef Jeremy Corbin in näherer Zukunft zum Premierminister gewählt werden. Der frühere Labour-Abgeordnete Chris Mullin, der ein ähnliches Szenario in seinem Roman "A Very British Coup" entworfen hat, meint, dass einige britische Militärs und Geheimdienstmitarbeiter durchaus Probleme mit dem Verständnis demokratischer Grundregeln hätten. "Amongst the British military establishment these 'undercurrents always exist', Mullin says. 'They kind of don't understand that in democracy it's the electorate, not the military who decide the outcome.' (...) The forces of reaction outside the party are waiting to strike for Corbyn as they were for the fictional Perkins. Just before we met, Mullin tells me, a peer (he didn't say from which party) had come up to him in Portcullis House and said 'when you see Jeremy tell him this: 'The bourgeoisie united will never be defeated.'"

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26.08.2015

"'Ich war bereit, dort zu sterben' – Ein deutscher Linker im Kampf gegen den Islamischen Staat"

http://www.vice.com/de/read/ich-war-bereit-dort-zu-sterben-ein-deutscher-linker-im-kampf-gegen-den-islami
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Das Vice-Magazin im Gespräch mit einem aus dem Ruhrgebiet stammenden jungen Mann, der im März 2015 ins kurdische Kriegsgebiet gefahren ist, um gegen die Terrormiliz "Islamischer Staat" zu kämpfen. "Das klingt komisch, aber für mich war immer klar, dass ich als Revolutionär der Revolution untergeordnet bin. Das ist schwer auszudrücken, ohne dabei völlig pathetisch zu klingen, das ist ein sehr pathetisches Thema. Aber so ist das. Ich war bereit, mich da unterzuordnen und sowohl bereit zu töten, als auch dort zu sterben. Für mich war das selbstverständlich: Wenn ich dahin gehe, dann muss ich das in voller Konsequenz tun. Ich bin dann nicht mehr Student oder Freizeitaktivist, sondern, wie mir später oft gesagt wurde, 'Soldat der Revolution' und Soldaten und Revolutionäre füllen nun nicht gerade die Altersheime."

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20.07.2015

"The Rise of the Islamic State in Yemen"

https://news.vice.com/article/the-rise-of-the-islamic-state-in-yemen

Auch in Jemen gewinne der "Islamische Staat" immer mehr Einfluss, berichten Peter Salisbury und Ahlam Mohsen in ihrer Reportage für Vice. "The IS attacks appear designed to create discord between Yemen's Sunnis and Shias, according to Katherine Zimmerman, an al Qaeda analyst at the conservative American Enterprise Institute and a Yemen specialist. She says the IS strategy is in line with the sectarian divide-and-conquer technique the group has employed to spectacular effect in Iraq and Syria. 'The Islamic State is growing in the areas where the Houthis are,' she said. 'If it can push Yemen towards greater sectarianism, then IS will thrive.' But Yemenis argue that IS has yet to achieve the same success it has had in Iraq and Syria, because of Yemen's more ingrained culture of religious coexistence."

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23.06.2015

"British Veterans Made Some Dark Films to Protest the UK Army's Recruitment of 16-Year-Olds"

http://www.vice.com/read/action-man-battlefield-casualties-ptsed-soldiers-348

Eine Gruppe britischer Veteranen hat sich mit einer Reihe von Kurzfilmen gegen die Praxis der britischen Arme gewandt, 16-jährige Jungen zu rekrutieren. In Europa sei diese Rekrutierung von "Kindersoldaten" einzigartig, international sei es u.a. in Iran und Nordkorea üblich, so Charlie Gilmour. "While they can't legally be sent to war until they are 18, because of the Army's recruitment rules, most 16-year-olds are sent straight into the infantry. These rules, says Gee, 'discriminate against the younger age group, much to their detriment in the long term.' In Afghanistan, the infantry's mortality rate was seven times higher than the rest of the armed forces. Unlike adults, who only have to sign up for four years, children are made to sign away six years of their lives. (...) Child recruits are also far more likely to die. A study conducted by ForcesWatch and Child Soldiers International found that, in Afghanistan, recruits who joined at 16 were twice as likely to be killed as those who joined in their adult years."

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04.06.2015

"Exclusive: Inside Washington's Quest to Bring Down Edward Snowden"

https://news.vice.com/article/exclusive-inside-washingtons-quest-to-bring-down-edward-snowden

Vice News ist an Dokumente gelangt, denen zufolge eine Gruppe von Kongressabgeordneten beider Parteien versucht hat, an Informationen zu gelangen, mit denen sich NSA-Whistleblower Edward Snowden in Verruf bringen lassen könnte. Auch die nicht belegte Anschuldigung, dass Snowden 1,7 Millionen Dokumente "gestohlen" habe, sei ein Ergebnis dieser "Kampagne", schreibt Jason Leopold. "Ultimately, the lawmakers' efforts to use the information provided to Congress by DIA briefers to discredit Snowden didn't work, according to Snowden's attorney, Ben Wizner of the ACLU. 'Once again, we see that the intelligence community leaked classified information [last year] in order to excoriate Edward Snowden for leaking classified information,' Wizner told VICE News. 'The difference is that Snowden provided information [to] journalists to inform the public about the government's actions, and the government leaked information in order to misinform the public about his.'"

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12.02.2015

"The Battle for Iraq: Shia Militias vs. the Islamic State"

https://news.vice.com/video/the-battle-for-iraq-shia-militias-vs-the-islamic-state

Vice News mit einer Videoreportage über den Kampf schiitischer Milizen gegen den Islamischen Staat im Irak. "The militias have successfully combated Islamic State fighters on the ground with the assistance of air strikes from a US-led military coalition. But their growing influence within Iraq's government amid accusations that they have harmed Sunnis in areas that they control has led many to fear that the militias threaten the country's fragile sectarian and political balance. VICE News traveled to Iraq in December to witness firsthand how Shia militias are taking the fight to the Islamic State, and to document the fallout of their controversial rise to power."

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13.11.2014

"'A Rain of Fire': Ukrainian Forces Used Little-Known Soviet-Era Incendiary Weapons to Attack Iloviask"

https://news.vice.com/article/a-rain-of-fire-ukrainian-forces-used-little-known-soviet-era-incendiary-wea
pons-to-attack-iloviask

Harriet Salem hat neue Belege für den Vorwurf gefunden, dass die ukrainischen Regierungstruppen im Kampf gegen die Separatisten im vergangenen August alte sowjetische Brandbomben eingesetzt hätten. "Iloviask was once a sleepy small town in eastern Ukraine, but by mid August this year war was knocking at the door as fierce fights between pro-Russia rebels and Ukrainian forces raged through surrounding villages and countryside. The distant explosions which illuminated the night sky on August 14, however, looked nothing like the grad rocket and mortar fire that the locals had come to recognize. (...) A subsequent investigation by VICE News, including an independent expert analysis of retrieved rocket remnants by Armament Research Services (ARES), showed that the 'fireworks' were in fact thousands of incendiary elements cascading out of a Soviet-era 9M22S rocket in mid-flight."

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10.11.2014

"Why Hasn't Obama Closed Guantanamo?"

http://www.vice.com/read/why-hasnt-obama-closed-guantanamo-632

Marc Ambinder hält es weiterhin für unwahrscheinlich, dass US-Präsident Obama das umstrittene Gefangenenlager in Guantanamo ohne Zustimmung des Kongresses schließen könne. Obama habe zudem versäumt, Schritte einzuleiten, die es seinem Nachfolger erschweren würden, neue Lager wie Guantanamo zu eröffnen. Ambinder ist sicher, dass Obama sein Versprechen sehr kalkuliert gebrochen habe: "I think the President came to realize, quite early on, that closing Guantánamo and rejecting indefinite detention were promises he had to break in order to give the rest of his counter-terrorism policy room to breathe. (...) In order to wage his massive drone war, to expand his surveillance powers, to capture al Qaeda associates away from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama had to throw the closure of Guantánamo, its detainees, and all it represented, under the bus."

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14.10.2014

"Turkey's Border War"

https://news.vice.com/video/kurds-left-helpless-as-kobane-falls-to-islamic-state-turkeys-border-wars-disp
atch-1?utm_source=vicenewstwitter

Vice News mit dem ersten Teil eines Videotagebuchs über den Kampf um die syrische Stadt Kobani aus türkischer Perspektive. "Turkey has closed its border with Syria as Islamic State militants battle Kurdish forces in the Syrian border town of Kobane. Turkish checkpoints and tanks ensure that no one enters or exits the town, while nearby some of the 180,000 refugees who previously fled into Turkey watch helplessly as the fighting unfolds in front of them. VICE News travelled to the Turkish side of the border as US airstrikes hit Islamic State positions in Kobane. As we watched alongside Kurds from both Syria and Turkey, they talked about Turkey's lack of support for the Kurds fighting in Kobane and provided updates on the battle."

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26.09.2014

"Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, And These Guys Are Risking Their Lives To Document It"

https://news.vice.com/article/raqqa-is-being-slaughtered-silently-and-these-guys-are-risking-their-lives-
to-document-it

Alice Speri berichtet über die Bemühungen einiger mutiger Syrer, die brutale Unterdrückung der Bevölkerung in Raqqa, der "Hauptstadt" des Islamischen Staates, in Videos und Bildern festzuhalten. "With open dissent all but stifled in the city — and punished with death, when it still happens — a group of young residents has taken the huge personal risk of documenting life under the Islamist fighters' rule — sharing photos, videos, and stories from the city on the web. Even after one of them was caught and executed, the group carried on, speaking with journalists and sharing images from the city. 'Raqqa is being slaughtered silently' is both the group's name and the reason for its existence — to make sure the world hears and sees what's going on in the city, which now lives between the violence of its conquerors and the air strikes of the US and its allies."

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