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27.01.2021

"Putin Warns Big Tech Poses a Threat to 'Legitimate Democratic Institutions.'"

https://time.com/5933666/putin-davos-agenda-speech/

Russlands Präsident Putin hat bei einer virtuellen Rede in Davos den internationalen Einfluss amerikanischer Tech-Unternehmen kritisiert. "'Digital giants have been playing an increasingly significant role in wider society,' Putin said via videoconference. 'In certain areas they are competing with states … Here is the question, how well does this monopolism correlate with the public interest? Where is the distinction between successful global businesses, sought-after services and big data consolidation on the one hand, and the efforts to rule society […] by substituting legitimate democratic institutions, by restricting the natural right for people to decide how to live and what view to express freely on the other hand?' His comments about the U.S. apparently referred to American social media companies such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter imposing a ban on former President Donald Trump after his supporters violently stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. His remarks struck an ironic tone given Putin has been making significant attempts to restrict content on social media at home."

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26.01.2021

"In the Fight Against Extremism, Don't Demonize Surveillance-Busting Tools like Signal and Bitcoin"

https://time.com/5933380/signal-bitcoin-extremism-democracy/

Alex Gladstein fürchtet, dass der neu ausgerufene Kampf gegen den inländischen Extremismus in den USA auch die verschlüsselte Chat-App Signal und andere Werkzeuge im Kampf gegen die Massenüberwachung treffen könnte. "Top media outlets ranging from The New York Times to the Associated Press are running articles about how mass surveillance-busting tools like Signal and Bitcoin are being used by domestic extremists. Joe Biden’s U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that cryptocurrencies are 'a particular concern for terrorism and money laundering. Dozens of stories warning of the dangers of privacy tools have been published in the last few weeks. (…) The way to fight extremism isn’t to crack down on innovation and expand the surveillance state. Those are the tactics of tyrants. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, mass surveillance ends up hurting the most vulnerable, and disproportionately targets minorities. The main superspreaders of extremist content remain centralized corporate platforms like Facebook and YouTube, not open-source privacy platforms. Rather than expand spying, we can fight domestic extremism through better national leadership, citizen journalism and police reform."

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13.01.2021

"'An Epidemic of Misinformation.' New Report Finds Trust in Social Institutions Diminished Further in 2020"

https://time.com/5929252/edelman-trust-barometer-2021/

Einer neuen Untersuchung zufolge ist das Vertrauen in soziale Institutionen im vergangenen Jahr weltweit gesunken. "The 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer, a study published annually by global communications firm Edelman, unveiled its findings on Wednesday after conducting more than 33,000 online surveys in 28 countries between October and November 2020. The firm found that public trust had eroded even further in social institutions — which Edelman defines as government, business, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and media — from 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global outcry against racial injustice and growing mistrust of what political leaders say and journalists report. According to Edelman, the results revealed 'a new era of information bankruptcy and a trust ecosystem unable to confront it.' It further showed that most people now rely mostly on their employers for accurate information, and trust businesses over government and media."

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11.01.2021

"Save the Sarcasm for Other Democracies. America Is Fine"

https://time.com/5928454/world-reactions-capitol-washington-us-democracy/

Debasish Roy Chowdhury hält den Sarkasmus, mit dem viele Länder gerade die aktuelle Krise in Washington kommentieren, für unangebracht. Die amerikanische Demokratie werde die Herausforderung überleben, da ihre Institutionen nach wie vor stabil seien. "The U.S. judiciary remained non-partisan throughout the post-election saga. Of the 60-odd legal challenges to overturn the election result, Trump lost all except one. Neither the 53 judges he appointed to the federal appeals courts in four years, nor the three he sent to the Supreme Court (where the conservatives enjoy a 6-3 majority), helped. Judicial propriety triumphed politics. Not so for countries whose demagogues are clubbed together with Trump. In Turkey, thousands of judges and prosecutors have been sacked or thrown into jail and replaced by regime-friendly novices. In India, it hasn’t come to that, yet, but the top judiciary has become visibly accommodating of Modi’s preferences even though he doesn’t — unlike in the US system — get to appoint judges. (…) The U.S. military also continues to be similarly apolitical. (…) But more than the party-legislative system, the judiciary and the military, the one democratic institution in the US that has stood out in its defiant autonomy from coercive executive power throughout Trump’s four years is the media. The sharpest attacks on Trump’s conduct and policies have not come from China or Russia, but from America’s own mastheads and television channels."

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09.01.2021

"There's No Single Domestic Terrorism Statute. But Those Involved in the Riot at the Capitol May Still Be Prosecuted Under These Laws"

https://time.com/5928270/capitol-domestic-terrorism/

Die Anwältin Joyce White Vance erläutert, welchen Anklagen sich Teilnehmer des Sturms auf das US-Kapitol bald gegenübersehen sehen könnten. "(…) even though the FBI tracks domestic terrorism, there isn’t one law that makes it a crime. But there are plenty of statutes federal prosecutors can use in the fight against it. In the absence of specific statutes, like the ones written to combat foreign terrorism, the entire criminal code becomes part of the prosecutor’s playbook. So what laws might we expect to see prosecutors use after Wednesday?"

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08.01.2021

"Pelosi Wants to Keep Nukes Out of Donald Trump's Hands. There's Nothing She Can Do"

https://time.com/5928036/pelosi-trump-nuclear-codes/

Parlamentspräsidentin Nancy Pelosi hat nach dem Sturm auf das US-Kapitol versucht, die Führungsspitze des Pentagons dazu zu bewegen, US-Präsident Trump im Krisenfall die Gefolgschaft zu verweigern. Diese Versuche dürften allerdings an der juristischen Realität scheitern, schreibt W.J. Hennigan. ""Pelosi wrote a letter Friday to fellow lawmakers informing them that she spoke with General Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about keeping 'an unstable President from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.' The phone call, which was confirmed by Milley’s office, comes as Pelosi moves to impeach Trump for a second time. (…) The truth is, however, there is nothing to be done: the U.S. President has sole launch authority over the country’s nuclear arsenal. The power has remained with the White House since President Harry Truman ordered dropping atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. (…) The decision to launch a nuclear attack is made by the President and relayed as an order to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before it sent down the chain of command, according to military documents. The quick-reaction system was designed during the Cold War to put the country’s nuclear forces on hair-trigger alert, given that a Soviet Union attack could obliterate the nation’s defenses — and leadership — in 30 minutes or less."

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02.01.2021

"Iran Plans 20% Uranium Enrichment 'As Soon As Possible'"

https://time.com/5925868/iran-uranium-nuclear/

Iran hat offenbar angekündigt, Uran so bald wie möglich bis zu einem Grad von 20 Prozent anzureichern. Dies wäre ein Verstoß gegen das Atomabkommen. "Iran said Saturday it plans to enrich uranium up to 20% at its underground Fordo nuclear facility 'as soon as possible,' pushing its program a technical step away from weapons-grade levels as it increases pressure on the West over the tattered atomic deal. (…) Iran’s decision to begin enriching to 20% a decade ago nearly brought an Israeli strike targeting its nuclear facilities, tensions that only abated with the 2015 atomic deal. A resumption of 20% enrichment could see that brinksmanship return."

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15.12.2020

"Saudi Arabia Is Scrubbing Hate Speech from School Books. Why That's a Win for the Trump Administration"

https://time.com/5921721/saudi-arabia-extremism-trump-administration/

Einer neuen Studie der Organisation IMPACT-se zufolge sind in Saudi-Arabien zum ersten Mal Schulbücher herausgegeben worden, in denen darauf verzichtet wird, den Tod von "Ungläubigen" zu fordern und eine apokalyptische Schlacht vorherzusagen, in der Muslime alle Juden töten werden. "The 'trend line is cause for optimism,' says Marcus Sheff, CEO of the nonprofit Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education, or IMPACT SE. 'We do see a significant change…a real institutional effort … at the highest levels to make a change to modernize the curriculum to remove offense.' That said, the books, which are used in the public K-12 curriculum and made freely available throughout the Arab world, still characterize Jews and Christians as 'enemies of Islam.' They say that infidels 'do not have any good deeds' and will spend eternity in hell, according to the report, made available exclusively to TIME prior to its publication. 'No question about it, there is still a way to go,' says Sheff."

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08.12.2020

"France's Treatment of Its Muslim Citizens Is the True Measure of Its Republican Values"

https://time.com/5918657/frances-muslim-citizens-republican-values/

Myriam Francois wirft der französischen Regierung vor, mit ihren Maßnahmen zur Bekämpfung des Islamismus alle Muslime im Land ins Visier genommen zu haben. "While the president has been adamant that the problem isn’t Islam, but a rejection of Republican principles, his government’s rhetorical and political focus has caused many to feel otherwise. From incessant debates about the headscarf, to polemics around women only swimming class to the Interior Minister feigning shock at 'ethnic aisles' in supermarkets, mundane habits of Muslim life are touted as examples of a 'separatism' the state links to terrorism."

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23.11.2020

"I Helped Negotiate the Iran Nuclear Deal. Here's How Joe Biden Could Revive It"

https://time.com/5914237/joe-biden-iran-nuclear-deal/

Die frühere EU-Außenbeauftragte Catherine Ashton erläutert, wie Joe Biden das internationale Atomabkommen mit dem Iran möglicherweise wiederbeleben könnte. "Here is a possible agenda: 1. Shore up the team. Get the European Union to convene the P5+1. Speak to the leaders of each country specifically on this and ask them to get their Foreign Ministers ready to meet with the new U.S. Secretary of State. Decide who is going to lead negotiations. 2. Position the JCPOA as the first deal, not the last. The 2015 agreement was never meant to be the endpoint for negotiations. (…) 3. Put the JCPOA on a stronger footing. That will mean working with Congress, finding ways to give certainty to the agreement as long as everyone abides by it, and establishing longer-term objectives as a means to gain support."

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17.11.2020

"Donald Trump Promised to End the 'Forever Wars.' Instead, He's Leaving Thousands of Troops and Allies Behind"

https://time.com/5912938/trump-afghanistan-iraq-troop-reduction/

Der von US-Präsident Trump angeordnete Truppenabzug aus Irak und Afghanistan habe in Washington Empörung, Zustimmung und angesichts des begrenzten Ausmaßes auch stille Erleichterung ausgelöst, berichten Kimberly Dozier and W.J. Hennigan. "President Donald Trump’s abrupt order to reduce U.S. troops numbers to a mere 2,500 each in Afghanistan and Iraq has triggered howls from senior Republicans on Capitol Hill. But it has also elicited sighs of relief in some military quarters, from those who feared the embittered incumbent would vent his rage over losing his re-election bid by ordering all U.S. troops home. (…) It’s highly irregular for an outgoing commander-in chief to make such a potentially destabilizing foreign policy decision in the waning days of an Administration — but then again, Trump isn’t a normal President. This was evident when his decision drew fire from his own party and plaudits from Democrats on Capitol Hill, who either condemned the move as abandoning U.S. allies in the region or praised Trump for calling time on an endless war."

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09.11.2020

"Why Joe Biden Could Face a North Korean Nuclear Standoff Before He Even Takes Office"

https://time.com/5910016/north-korea-joe-biden/

Einige Experten befürchten, dass Nordkorea die Periode des Amtswechsels im Weißen Haus nutzen könnte, um die USA mit neuen Raketentests herauszufordern. "North Korea watchers are warning that Kim Jong Un could ratchet up tensions with the U.S. as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office in January. Biden will have daunting domestic challenges — the coronavirus pandemic and the recession chief among them — but he could also find his Administration quickly drawn into a nuclear standoff with North Korea. 'It is possible Pyongyang will conduct a nuclear or long-range missile test prior to the inauguration or shortly thereafter as a way of laying down a marker with the new president and increasing its negotiating leverage with Washington,' Evans Revere, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former State Department official with extensive experience in negotiations with North Korea, tells TIME."

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04.11.2020

"'Calm Before The Storm.' No Widespread Violence on Election Day, But Anxiety Mounts"

https://time.com/5907405/uneasy-calm-after-election-day/

Im Zuge der US-Wahlen sei es entgegen vieler Warnungen bisher nicht zu verbreiteten Gewaltausbrüchen gekommen, berichtet W.J. Hennigan. "It’s a welcome development for an anxiety-ridden nation that boarded-up its main streets, readied emergency plans and mobilized National Guard forces in anticipation of confronting more of the chaos that has come to define this extraordinary year. Concerns over extremist violence and voter intimidation at polls failed to materialize to the delight of voters, voting rights groups and local governments, which attributed the peace to preparations, plans and drills. Similarly, national security experts breathed a collective sigh of relief that no widespread foreign meddling efforts in the cyber realm have yet emerged."

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21.10.2020

"The Beheading of a Teacher in France Exposes a Cultural Schism That Threatens President Macron's Future"

https://time.com/5902121/samuel-paty-france-macron-muslim/

Die Ermordung eines französischen Lehrers durch einen islamistischen Extremisten habe die Spaltung des Landes offengelegt, schreibt Vivienne Walt. "At issue is how the country’s 5.7 million Muslims — the largest Muslim population in the European Union — assimilate, or not, in a country whose constitution is based on an unyielding principle of secularism and which has seen multiple terrorist attacks by jihadists since 2015. Muslim leaders fear it will precipitate a crackdown that will deepen the divide between moderate and radical worshippers. 'I fear that this attack will be the last drop that makes the water spill,' Hassen Chalghoumi, France’s best-known moderate Muslim cleric, tells TIME. (…) The killing has been greeted with horror by many within France’s Muslim community. On Monday, Chalghoumi, who presides over the mosque in the largely Muslim Paris banlieue, or suburb of Drancy and has long promoted interfaith dialogue, visited Paty’s middle school, where a makeshift shrine of candles and flowers has grown over the past few days. There, he delivered a tearful speech about the 'generation of hate' among French Muslims."

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19.10.2020

"What a Biden Presidency Might Mean for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"

https://time.com/5901257/joe-biden-israel-palestinian-conflict/

Joseph Hincks erklärt, welche Folgen eine Präsidentschaft Joe Bidens für den Nahostkonflikt haben könnte. "Should Biden succeed, then many in Israel and the Palestinian territories will be looking for evidence of how the new administration might define relations. The 2020 Democratic Party Platform, which calls for the creation of a 'viable' Palestinian state, in which Palestinians 'should be free to govern themselves,' and explicitly opposes 'unilateral action' from either side, is one place to start. Democratic strategist Joel Rubin, who served as Jewish Outreach Director for the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign, wrote in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper that it was 'the most realistic and most progressive of its kind.' That’s promising, [Husam Zomlot, head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s mission to the U.S.,] says, as is the party’s statement that Palestinians and Israelis have an equal right to freedom. But, he adds, the omission of any mention of Israel’s 'occupation' is a reflection that the platform is a political, rather than a policy document."

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23.09.2020

"Biden Wants to Keep Special Ops in the Mideast. That Doesn’t Mean More 'Forever Wars,' His Adviser Says"

https://time.com/5890577/biden-middle-east-special-operations-forces/

Kimberly Dozier erläutert, welche Militärstrategie ein US-Präsident Joe Biden nach Aussage seiner Berater im Nahen Osten verfolgen würde. "Biden’s former National Security Advisor Colin Kahl, now an informal advisor to the Biden campaign, says he believes the former Vice President’s regional military strategy would entail keeping a small U.S. special operations presence in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, with the permission of those governments. 'Where we have enduring counterterrorism missions, we’ll keep a few thousand troops,' Kahl tells TIME. This 'indirect approach' means working through local forces, but also keeps enough U.S. troops on the ground to act as 'sensors,' Kahl says, able to assess the stability of the country and their partner military’s skill, and to fill in gaps in intelligence with U.S. drones and other technology."

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08.09.2020

"Myanmar Army Deserters Confirm Atrocities Against the Rohingya"

https://time.com/5886949/myanmar-army-deserters-atrocities-rohingya/

Zwei Armee-Deserteure aus Myanmar haben bestätigt, dass es bei der Militärkampagne zur Vertreibung der Rohingya im Jahr 2017 zu systematischen Gräueltaten gekommen sei. "Two soldiers who deserted from Myanmar’s army have testified on video that they were instructed by commanding officers to 'shoot all that you see and that you hear' in villages where minority Rohingya Muslims lived, a human rights group said Tuesday. The comments appear to be the first public confession by soldiers of involvement in army-directed massacres, rape and other crimes against Rohingya in the Buddhist-majority country, and the group Fortify Rights suggested they could provide important evidence for an ongoing investigation by the International Criminal Court. (…) Fortify Rights, which focuses on Myanmar, said the two army privates fled the country last month and are believed to be in the custody of the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands, which is examining the violence against the Rohingya."

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24.08.2020

"A Radical German Program Promised a Fresh Start to Yazidi Survivors of ISIS Captivity. But Some Women Are Still Longing for Help"

https://time.com/5878967/yazidi-woman-germany-program/

Kristen Chick stellt in ihrer Reportage das "radikale" Hilfsprogramm Baden-Württembergs für Überlebende des Genozids des "Islamischen Staates" an den Jesiden in Irak vor. "2018 Nobel Prize winner Nadia Murad (…) is the most prominent face of a program that was so ambitious and well-intentioned it inspired other countries, like Canada and France, to follow suit. But Hanan’s experience illustrates how parts of the program failed to live up to their full potential, and shows how difficult it is for refugees to gain access to mental health services, even in a program designed for just that. (…) [Jan Kizilhan, an expert in psychotraumatology and transcultural psychotherapy who was the program’s chief psychologist,] and [Michael Blume, the state official who led the program,] say the program in Germany has been successful despite the challenges. In the Tübingen University study, 91% of the women surveyed said they were satisfied to be in Germany, and 85% said they were satisfied with the program. When asked if they were satisfied with the psychosocial care, the number who said yes dropped to 72%. Hanan was among those who found it lacking."

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08.08.2020

"U.S. Intel: Russia Works to Undermine Biden as China Opposes Trump's Re-Election"

https://time.com/5877743/us-intel-russia-china-election-interference/

Bei den US-Präsidentschaftswahlen könnten US-Geheimdiensten zufolge nicht nur Donald Trump und Joe Biden, sondern in gewisser Weise auch Russland und China aufeinandertreffen. "U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russia is using a variety of measures to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ahead of the November election and that individuals linked to the Kremlin are boosting President Donald Trump’s reelection bid, the country’s counterintelligence chief said in the most specific warning to date about the threat of foreign interference. U.S. officials also believe China does not want Trump to win a second term and has accelerated its criticism of the White House, expanding its efforts to shape public policy in America and to pressure political figures seen as opposed to Beijing’s interests. (…) The latest intelligence assessment reflects concerns not only about Russia but China and Iran as well, warning that hostile foreign actors may seek to compromise election infrastructure, interfere with the voting process or call into question voting results. Despite those efforts, officials see it as unlikely that anyone could manipulate voting results in any sweeping way, [William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center,] said."

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27.07.2020

"Kim Jong Un Says Nuclear Weapons Ensure North Korea's Security: 'There Won’t Be Any War on This Land Again'"

https://time.com/5872525/kim-jong-un-north-korea-nuclear-weapons-security/

Nordkoreas Staatschef Kim Jong Un hat die Atomwaffen seines Landes als "solide Sicherheitsgarantie" bezeichnet und damit die Aussichten auf eine neue Verhandlungsrunde mit den USA weiter sinken lassen. "Kim’s speech followed recent remarks by both North Korean and U.S. officials suggesting they were reluctant to engage in a new round of diplomacy on the North’s nuclear program anytime soon. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said President Donald Trump would only want to engage with Kim if there were real prospects of progress. Kim’s sister and senior ruling party official, Kim Yo Jong, said a new summit would be 'unpractical' for North Korea and that Pyongyang won’t gift Trump a high-level meeting that he can boast as a foreign policy achievement."

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22.07.2020

"Why Armed Groups in Latin America Are Enforcing COVID-19 Lockdowns"

https://time.com/5870054/coronavirus-latin-america-armed-groups/

In einigen entlegenen Regionen Kolumbiens hätten bewaffnete Gruppen in der Coronakrise die Aufgabe übernommen, Lockdown-Regeln in der Bevölkerung durchzusetzen, berichtet Ciara Nugent. Auch in anderen Ländern Lateinamerikas würden Drogenbanden und Guerillagruppen die Schwäche staatlicher Institutionen in der Krise für sich ausnutzen. "Latin America is the current center of the pandemic, with more than 3.5 million cases across the region and numbers in many countries still rising sharply. Analysts say COVID-19 is worsening the region’s problem with 'criminal governance' – where the state loses control over a part of its territory as non-state armed groups, such as drug gangs and guerrilla forces, take over and effectively govern small areas. Groups in Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and elsewhere have taken on the fight against COVID-19, allowing them to claim an interest in the public good, and strengthen their violent grip on local communities—in a way that could be permanent."

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20.07.2020

"Trump’s Biggest Foreign Policy Win So Far"

https://time.com/5868095/trumps-biggest-foreign-policy-win/

Ian Bremmer hält das Nachgeben Großbritanniens im Huawei-Streit für den bisher größten außenpolitischen Erfolg des US-Präsidenten. "It’s time we acknowledge that the U.S. fight for tech supremacy versus China has been the single most successful foreign policy of the Donald Trump Administration. It’s not even close. (…) to his credit, it was under Trump that the issue of tech divergence with China has been prioritized, exposing and publicizing the challenge of a system that potentially gives an authoritarian, state capitalist country such wide-ranging data and surveillance capacity. (…) there are two critical things the U.S., and by extension the Trump administration, has going for it when it comes to tech. The first is Silicon Valley; for all the billions China has pumped into its own tech industry, the most innovative and cutting-edge tech and talent is still coming out of the U.S.. (…) The second thing the Trump administration has going for it is that despite Trump’s unorthodox style of diplomacy, at this point a decoupled tech sphere between China and the West is the preferred policy and strategic outcome of virtually every U.S. ally given current geopolitical realities."

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24.06.2020

"North Korea's Kim Halts Military Moves Against South After Week of Escalation"

https://time.com/5858460/north-korea-halts-military-retaliation-south/

Nordkorea hat nach einer Woche von Drohgebärden und gefährlichen Provokationen eine Deeskalation der Krise an der Grenze zu Südkorea angekündigt. Experten betrachten den Schritt als zwischenzeitlichen taktischen Rückzug, um Südkorea zu Zugeständnissen zu bewegen. "Last week, the North had declared relations with the South as fully ruptured, destroyed an inter-Korean liaison office in its territory and threatened unspecified military action to censure Seoul for a lack of progress in bilateral cooperation and for activists floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border. Analysts say North Korea, after weeks deliberately raising tensions, may be pulling away just enough to make room for South Korean concessions. If Kim does eventually opt for military action, he may resume artillery drills and other exercises in frontline areas or have vessels deliberately cross the disputed western maritime border between the Koreas, which has been the scene of bloody skirmishes in past years. However, any action is likely to be measured to prevent full-scale retaliation from South Korean and U.S. militaries."

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17.06.2020

"Unquiet on the Western Front: Why the 74-Year Alliance Between Europe and America is Falling Apart"

https://time.com/5855200/us-europe-alliance-failing/

Die jüngsten Beratungen der Nato-Verteidigungsminister haben nach Ansicht von John Walcott den Eindruck nicht entkräften können, dass das transatlantische Bündnis immer mehr auseinanderdrifte. "The only tangible agreement the 90-minute conference produced, multiple officials acknowledged, was what State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus called 'joint U.S. and EU resolve to uphold Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and our insistence that Russia cease its aggressive actions in the Donbas region' of eastern Ukraine. 'Out of the thousand issues that we discuss with the EU on a daily basis, they could only agree on the Donbas (which is a hot mess that no one is paying attention to),' Conley of CSIS noted in an email. The erosion of transatlantic cooperation could prove costly as new global threats such as the current and future pandemics, climate change, cybercrime, and economic competition multiply."

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16.06.2020

"After Blowing Up a Liaison Office, North Korea's Military Says It Will Enter More Sites Symbolizing Inter-Korean Cooperation"

https://time.com/5854695/north-south-korea-military-tensions/

Nordkorea hat nach der aufsehenerregenden Sprengung eines Verbindungsbüros die vor zwei Jahren vereinbarten Entspannungsmaßnahmen an der Grenze zu Südkorea praktisch für null und nichtig erklärt. "North Korea said Wednesday it will redeploy troops to now-shuttered inter-Korean cooperation sites, reinstall guard posts and resume military exercises at front-line areas, nullifying the landmark tension-reducing deals reached with South Korea just two years ago. The announcement came a day after North Korea destroyed an inter-Korean liaison office in a choreographed display of anger that puts pressure on Washington and Seoul amid deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. (…) The North said it will resume military exercises and reestablish guard posts in border areas and open front-line sites for flying propaganda balloons toward South Korea. It said it’ll upgrade front-line military readiness to 'top-class combat duty system,' while citizens are ready to 'launch the largest ever leaflet scattering with a blitz.' These steps would end September 2018 agreements reached during inter-Korean diplomacy that were aimed at lowering military tensions at border areas."

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08.06.2020

"North Korea Says It Is Cutting Communication Ties With the South Over Anti-Kim Leaflets"

https://time.com/5850431/north-korea-cuts-communication-leaflets/

Nordkorea hat die Schließung aller Kommunikationskanäle nach Südkorea angekündigt. Die Regierung wirft dem Süden vor, an der Grenze die Verbreitung von Flugblättern durch konservative Aktivisten zuzulassen. "The North Korean warning came as relations between the Koreas have been strained amid a prolonged deadlock in broader nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington. Some experts say North Korea may be deliberately creating tensions to bolster internal unity or launch a bigger provocation in the face of persistent U.S.-led sanctions. The North’s Korean Central News Agency said all cross-border communication lines will be cut off at noon. It said it will be 'the first step of the determination to completely shut down all contact means with South Korea and get rid of unnecessary things.' (…) South Korean conservative activists, including North Korean defectors living in the South, for years have floated huge balloons into North Korea that carry leaflets criticizing Kim Jong Un over his nuclear ambitions and abysmal human rights record. The leafleting has long been a source of tensions between the Koreas since the North bristles at any attempt to undermine the Kim leadership."

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08.06.2020

"France to Ban Police Chokeholds Following George Floyd's Killing"

https://time.com/5850249/france-bans-chokeholds-police/

Die französische Regierung will der eigenen Polizei angesichts der verbreiteten Proteste gegen den Tod des Afroamerikaners George Floyd künftig verbieten, Würgegriffe zur Immobilisierung von Festgenommenen anzuwenden. "With the French government under increasing pressure to address accusations of brutality and racism within the police force, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced Monday that 'the method of seizing the neck via strangling will be abandoned and will no longer be taught in police schools.' He said that during an arrest, 'it will be now forbidden to push on the back of the neck or the neck.' 'No arrest should put lives at risk,' he said. (…) In addition, Castaner said that more police officers will be equipped with body cameras to help ensure that identity checks don’t lead to discrimination against minority groups, as human rights groups accuse French police of ethnic profiling."

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03.06.2020

"'Dangerous:' Around the World, Police Chokeholds Are Being Scrutinized"

https://time.com/5847134/police-chokeholds/

Der Tod von George Floyd hat John Leicester zufolge dazu geführt, dass Polizeikräfte in anderen Ländern ihre Techniken zur Immobilisierung von Verdächtigen ebenfalls überprüfen. "Police rules and procedures on chokeholds and restraints vary internationally. In Belgium, police instructor Stany Durieux says he reprimands trainees, docking them points, 'every time I see a knee applied to the spinal column.' 'It is also forbidden to lean on a suspect completely, as this can crush his rib cage and suffocate him,' he said. Condemned by police and experts in the United States, Floyd’s death also drew criticism from officers abroad who disassociated themselves from the behavior of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. (…) Christophe Rouget, a police union official who briefed lawmakers for their deliberations in March about the proposal to ban suffocating techniques, said if officers don’t draw pistols or use stun-guns then immobilizing people face-down is the safest option, stopping suspects from kicking out at arresting officers. 'We don’t have 5,000 options,' he said. 'These techniques are used by all the police in the world because they represent the least amount of danger. The only thing is that they have to be well used. In the United States, we saw that it wasn’t well used, with pressure applied in the wrong place and for too long.'"

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20.05.2020

"Canadian Teen Charged With Terrorism Over Attack Allegedly Motivated By 'Incel Movement'"

https://time.com/5839395/canada-teen-terrorism-incel-attack/

Weil seine Tat durch eine gewalttätige frauenfeindliche Ideologie motiviert war, wurde der Attentäter von Toronto nun wegen Terrorismus angeklagt, nachdem die Ermittler Beweise für dieses Motiv dafür gefunden hatten, berichtet die Times. "The teen, who cannot be named because he is a minor, is believed to be the first individual to be charged with terrorism on these grounds. 'Terrorism comes in many forms and it’s important to note that it is not restricted to any particular group, religion or ideology,' said the RCMP in a statement released on Tuesday."

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14.05.2020

"How China Could Emerge Even Stronger After COVID-19"

https://time.com/5836611/china-superpower-reopening-coronavirus/

Charlie Campbell beschreibt in seinem ausführlichen Bericht aus Shanghai, welche Schritte China unternimmt, um wirtschaftlich und politisch gestärkt aus der Coronakrise hervorzugehen. "The U.S. response to COVID-19 has been so muddled, it’s not yet possible to say how much of the sluggishness is due to unreadiness, how much to incompetence, and how much to the American system of governance, with its emphasis on individual freedoms over centralized authority. What does seem clear is that the performance of the Chinese system of broad state controls – over both citizens and the economy – offers Beijing a unique chance to steal a march on the future. During a recent tour of China’s northern province of Shaanxi, President Xi Jinping instructed cadres to 'turn the crisis into an opportunity.' How well it succeeds in doing so could have ramifications for the entire world order."

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