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"Jim Mattis Says the U.S. Won't Suspend More Military Drills With South Korea"

US-Verteidigungsminister Mattis hat bestätigt, dass die USA künftige Militärmanöver mit Südkorea vorerst nicht mehr aussetzen werden. "Mattis said he was working in coordination with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s diplomatic efforts — 'it’s all riding on Secretary Pompeo’s shoulders,' he said — but he also signaled that smaller-scale exercises are going ahead. In an apparent response to more routine training efforts, North Korea has stepped up criticism recently, saying American forces are conducting covert military rehearsals for an invasion. (...) In the months since Trump and Kim met in Singapore, the U.S. has struggled to show signs of progress in its bid to get North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program. Pompeo conceded before the Senate recently that Kim’s regime continues producing fissile material and has provided no inventory of its nuclear program and facilities."

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"Trump Shakes Up NATO, but Eastern European Allies Aren't Stirred"

Während in Westeuropa nach dem jüngsten NATO-Gipfel die Sorge vor einem Kollaps des Militärbündnisses umgehe, bleibe man in Estland relativ entspannt, berichtet Simon Shuster aus Tallinn. Dies liege u.a. an den sinkenden russischen Militärausgaben und den Verbindungen russischer Oligarchen nach Westeuropa. "'Will NATO come to help Estonia? That’s the wrong question,' [Major General Meelis Kiili, the commander of Estonia’s Defense League, a paramilitary organization known to the locals as the Kaitseliit,] told me. 'The question is whether NATO will defend itself. And the answer is, absolutely it will.' The alliance simply has no choice, he says. If it loses even an inch of its territory, 'the Western world will collapse, and the only one who wants that is Putin.' (...) Russia reportedly slashed its military budget by an astounding 17% last year, and its government has announced plans to spend no more than 1.5% of its GDP on defense (...). If that weren’t enough to put the Estonians at ease, they can also look for comfort in the basic nature of the Putin regime, Commander Kiili says. 'It is an oligarchy,' he says, and its elites still like to keep their wealth stored in Western banks and their children enrolled in Western schools. They have no interest in cutting off their ties to Europe, strained as they already are."

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"NATO Allies Defend Their Military Spending In the Face of President Trump's Criticism"

Die von US-Präsident Trump angeschriebenen NATO-Länder haben sich gegen den erneuten Vorwurf, dass sie ihre finanziellen Verpflichtungen im Bündnis nicht erfüllen, gewehrt. "In an email Tuesday to The Associated Press, Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen said 'Norway stands by its decision of the NATO Summit in 2014 and is following up on this.' Norway has spent 'far beyond' NATO’s target on new military equipment, he added. In Germany, 'we stand by the 2 percent goal we’ve set,' Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday. 'We’re on the path there. And we’re prepared … to take substantial responsibility within the alliance,' she added. (...) Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel played down the importance of the letter he received, saying it was 'typical' of things sent ahead of meetings like the NATO summit. 'I am not too intimidated by this type of mail,' he said, adding that Belgium is doing its part in the military alliance. (...) In Canada, Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan’s chief of communications said the government has committed to increasing funding by more than 70 percent over the next decade."

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"U.S. Has Plan to Dismantle North Korea's Nuclear Program in a Year, John Bolton Says"

Dem Nationalen Sicherheitsberater John Bolton zufolge plant die US-Regierung, das nordkoreanische Atomwaffen- und Raketenprogramm nach einer Einigung innerhalb eines Jahres abzubauen. "He said the administration was well aware of North Korea’s track record over the decades in dragging out negotiations with the U.S. to continue weapons development. 'We have developed a program. I’m sure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future about really how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year,' Bolton said. 'If they have the strategic decision already made to do that, and they’re cooperative, we can move very quickly,' he added."

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"Why Turkey's Election Result Matters to America"

Auch Amanda Sloat von der Brookings Institution macht in ihrer Analyse des Wahlausgangs in der Türkei darauf aufmerksam, dass Präsident Erdogan die Wahlen nicht ohne die Stimmenanteile der ultranationalistischen MHP gewonnen hätte. Die Außenpolitik des Landes werde deshalb wohl auch künftig von der Konfrontation mit den Kurden geprägt sein. "(...) is worth noting Erdoğan could not have won the presidency without far-right MHP voters nor can his party govern parliament without their continued support. This means policy-making will remain driven by nationalist considerations, with any prospect of resuming the Kurdish peace process a likely casualty. Given the higher threshold required for constitutional change, Erdoğan would need the backing of additional parties to enact broader reforms."

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"President Trump Says It'll Take Him 1 Minute to Figure Out If Kim Jong Un Is Serious About Peace"

US-Präsident Trump ist offenbar sicher, dass er beim bevorstehenden Gipfeltreffen mit Kim Jong–un recht schnell herausfinden wird, ob sein Gegenüber es mit seiner Verhandlungsbereitschaft tatsächlich ernst meint. "President Donald Trump said Saturday that he will be able to tell within one minute if North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un is serious about making a deal with him during their upcoming summit in Singapore. 'It’s just my touch, my feel – thats what I do,' Trump declared at a wide-ranging press conference before leaving the G-7 summit in Quebec, Canada. 'They say you know you’re going to like somebody in the first five seconds – you ever hear of that one? Well, I think I’ll know very quickly whether or not something good is going to happen. I also think I’ll know whether it will happen fast.'"

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"Denmark Just Became the Latest European Country to Ban Burqas And Niqabs"

Mit Dänemark hat ein weiteres EU-Mitglied das Tragen einer Burka oder eines Niqab in der Öffentlichkeit verboten. "The country’s parliament voted 75 to 30 to implement a law that prohibits wearing veils in public, the BBC reported. The law does not specifically mention burqas or niqabs, but it is commonly known as the 'burqa ban,' according to The Guardian, and is seen as being aimed at Muslim women. The law will go into effect August 1, and fines will range from 1,000 Danish kroner ($157) to 10,000 kroner for repeated violations. Once it is in place, police will be able to tell women wearing a veil to remove it or order them to leave public places, according to Reuters. Danish officials have described covering faces as incompatible with Danish values. 'In terms of value, I see a discussion of what kind of society we should have with the roots and culture we have, that we don’t cover our face and eyes, we must be able to see each other and we must also be able to see each other’s facial expressions, it’s a value in Denmark,' Denmark’s Justice Minister Søren Pape Poulsen said, according to BBC News."

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"Amazon Is Under Fire for Selling Controversial Facial Recognition Tech to Police"

Die American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wirft dem Unternehmen Amazon vor, in den USA leistungsfähige Technologien zur Gesichtserkennung an lokale Polizeikräfte zu verkaufen. "The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to 'easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone.' (...) privacy advocates have been concerned about expanding the use of facial recognition to body cameras worn by officers or safety and traffic cameras that monitor public areas, allowing police to identify and track people in real time. The tech giant’s entry into the market could vastly accelerate such developments, the privacy advocates fear, with potentially dire consequences for minorities who are already arrested at disproportionate rates, immigrants who may be in the country illegally or political protesters."

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"Why Negotiating With North Korea Was Never Going to Be Easy"

Charlie Campbell fühlt sich angesichts der von Nordkorea angedrohten Gipfelabsage in seiner Skepsis gegenüber den aktuellen Verhandlungsversuchen bestätigt. "Experts posit Kim maybe now be trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington. The first vice foreign minister also criticized recent comments by Trump’s hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton, who has said the North should follow the 'Libyan model' of nuclear disarmament via 'complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement.' That Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled with U.S. backing despite acquiescing to demands to denuclearize has long been a thorn in U.S. efforts to reach a deal with North Korea — one likely sharpened by Trump’s recent decision to nix a hard-fought denuclearization deal with Iran. (...) Either way, the brouhaha spotlights the risks for Trump meeting with the mercurial third generation North Korean leader, who like his illustrious father and grandfather has excelled at brinkmanship — alternating between threats and conciliatory gestures to eke concessions."

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"Firebrand Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Could Emerge as Kingmaker in Iraq's Lackluster Elections"

Der schiitische Prediger Muqtada al Sadr ist bei den irakischen Parlamentswahlen offenbar als überraschender Sieger hervorgegangen. Vivienne Walt schreibt, dass dies weniger auf die Popularität von al Sadr als auf die Wut und Frustration vieler Iraker zurückzuzuführen sei. "(...) even before the votes were counted on Sunday, it was clear what the most popular choice among Iraqis was: None of the above. Only about 44% of those eligible to vote bothered to cast a ballot, according to election officials. That turnout was sharply down from about 70% in 2005, when Iraqis held their first election after the demise of Saddam Hussein’s regime. The reason appeared to be a mix of anger and cynicism. Many Iraqis told journalists on the weekend that they were exasperated by the electoral system, characterized by a small coterie of establishment politicians who have pieced together winning coalitions by doling out political favors. (...) the apathy and cynicism shown in Saturday’s low voter turning could make it difficult for Iraq’s leaders to instill that crucial sense of patriotism. It could take the next few weeks, and maybe months, for al-Abadi or al-Sadr to form a governing coalition."

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"1,000 Boko Haram Hostages Rescued by Nigerian Military"

Dem nigerianischen Militär ist nach eigenen Angaben die Befreiung von über tausend Geiseln der radikalislamischen Terrorgruppe Boko Haram gelungen. "Brig Gen Texas Chukwu said Monday the hostages were rescued from four villages in the Bama area of Borno State. He did not say when the rescues took place, but said the military and the Multinational Joint Task Force helped with the release of mostly women and children. He said some men who had been forced to become Boko Haram fighters were among those rescued. Boko Haram is responsible for thousands of abductions, especially of young girls and women, during its nine-year insurgency in Nigeria and surrounding countries."

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"Nearly 80 Percent of South Koreans Say They Trust Kim Jong Un, Poll Finds"

Das historische Gipfeltreffen zwischen Moon Jae-in und Kim Jong Un habe das Ansehen des Staatschefs Nordkoreas in Südkorea schlagartig verbessert, berichtet Kanga Kong. "Friday’s meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un prompted 78 percent of respondents to a Korea Research Center poll published this week to say they trusted the North Korean leader. That’s a far cry from the 10 percent of South Koreans who said they approved of Kim in a Gallup Korea poll conducted just a month-and-a-half ago. (...) Support for Kim is now nearly as high as it is for Moon, who scored an 86 percent rating. The South Korean president has been enjoying the highest popularity among all South Korean presidents in history since his inauguration a year ago."

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"A Global Arms Race for Killer Robots Is Transforming the Battlefield"

In Washington haben sich in dieser Woche zum mittlerweile fünften Mal internationale Regierungsvertreter getroffen, um bei der UNO über eine Regulierung vollautomatischer Waffensysteme zu diskutieren, deren Entwicklung von vielen Experten als "dritte Revolution der Kriegsführung" betrachtet wird. "The meeting comes at a critical juncture. In July, Kalashnikov, the main defense contractor of the Russian government, announced it was developing a weapon that uses neural networks to make 'shoot-no shoot' decisions. In January 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense released a video showing an autonomous drone swarm of 103 individual robots successfully flying over California. Nobody was in control of the drones; their flight paths were choreographed in real-time by an advanced algorithm. The drones 'are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature,' a spokesman said. The drones in the video were not weaponized — but the technology to do so is rapidly evolving."

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"The World Is Headed for a Food Security Crisis. Here's How We Can Avert It"

Experten erwarten Joseph Hincks zufolge, dass die Welt im Jahr 2050 vor einer ernsten Nahrungsmittelkrise stehen könnte. "The world currently produces more than enough food to feed everyone, yet 815 million people (roughly 11% of the global population) went hungry in 2016, according to the U.N. By 2050, with the global population expected to reach 9.8 billion, our food supplies will be under far greater stress. Demand will be 60% higher than it is today, but climate change, urbanization, and soil degradation will have shrunk the availability of arable land, according to the World Economic Forum. Add water shortages, pollution, and worsening inequality into the mix and the implications are stark."

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"What to Know About John Bolton, President Trump's New National Security Advisor"

Abigail Abrams stellt den neuen Nationalen Sicherheitsberater John Bolton vor und erklärt, warum dessen Berufung durch Donald Trump so viel Aufsehen erregt. "The choice of Bolton as National Security Advisor had many observers worried on Thursday, as he has been known for his blunt, and often extreme, comments. He has recently suggested the U.S. attack both Iran and North Korea, for example, and in the past has made comments such as saying 'there is no United Nations' during a 1994 speech. When he worked in the Bush administration as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, Bolton pushed for the Iraq war and said he was 'confident' that Saddam Hussein had 'hidden weapons of mass destruction,' according to the BBC. Senators from both parties objected to Bolton’s appointment as U.N. ambassador in 2005, according to the New York Times, and Bush had to go around them to install him in the position."

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"The U.S. and Both Koreas Wrap Up 'Constructive' Talks in Finland Ahead of Landmark Summits"

Erste Vorbereitungsgespräche für den geplanten USA-Nordkorea-Gipfel sind in Finnland offenbar "konstruktiv" verlaufen. "The Finnish foreign ministry said in a brief statement said that the tripartite talks were held in a positive atmosphere and were aimed at 'building confidence and reducing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.' Many observers believe the Finland meeting was geared toward preparing an upcoming summit between the leaders of the Koreas and a planned meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (...) It was the first in a series of planned meetings between the Koreas and the U.S. involving unofficial talks between current and former officials, and academics. The meetings are likely to be important for establishing summit expectations and possibly even agenda items."

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"Why Trump's Predecessors Did Not Meet With North Korea"

Tessa Berenson erläutert, warum die Amtsvorgänger Donald Trumps auf ein Gipfeltreffen mit dem Staatschef Nordkoreas immer wieder verzichtet hätten. Sowohl Bill Clinton als auch George W. Bush und Barack Obama hätten daran gezweifelt, dass Nordkorea tatsächlich ernsthaft über sein Atomwaffenprogramm verhandeln würde. Viele Experten seien deshalb der Meinung, dass ein Gipfeltreffen am Ende erfolgreicher Verhandlungen stehen sollte. "Each of the recent presidents before Trump struggled with North Korea, and none was able to get to a point where he felt that the country’s leader would come into a good-faith negotiation where denuclearization was seriously on the table. (...) 'A Trump-Kim summit is a major diplomatic gamble,' Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for a New American Security, tweeted Thursday. 'Talks can be good, but a summit should be a carrot for the end of a satisfactory process, not the beginning. High chance Kim will pocket the optics, show his people and the world he is received as a legitimate head of state, and in the end keep his programs intact.'"

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"A 'Major Second Wave' of U.S. Fracking Is About to Be Unleashed Upon the World"

Experten erwarten Justin Worland zufolge, dass die globalen Energiemärkte in den kommenden Jahren von einer "zweiten Welle" der amerikanischen Fracking-Revolution geprägt sein werden. Die zusätzliche Ölnachfrage könnte demnach zu 80% allein von der US-Ölindustrie bedient werden. "U.S. oil production is expected to increase nearly 30% to 17 million barrels a day by 2023 with much of that growth coming from oil produced through fracking in West Texas. 'Non-OPEC supply growth is very, very strong, which will change a lot of parameters of the oil market in the next years to come,' Fatih Birol, the head of the International Energy Agency, told reporters at the CERAWeek energy conference hosted by IHS Markit. 'We are going to see a major second wave of U.S. shale production coming.' Republicans politicians and policymakers celebrated the news and sought to take credit for the development. Trump has sought to portray himself as a savior of the U.S. oil and gas industry, opening up federal lands to oil and gas development at a breakneck pace and undoing Obama-era climate regulations."

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"'They Couldn't Hide all the Death.' Five More Rohingya Mass Graves Found in Myanmar"

In Myanmar sind der Associated Press zufolge fünf Massengräber gefunden worden, die den Vorwurf, dass es zu systematischen Hinrichtungen von Angehörigen der Rohingya-Minderheit gekommen ist, zu bestätigen scheinen. "The Myanmar government regularly claims such massacres of the Rohingya never happened, and has acknowledged only one mass grave containing 10 'terrorists' in the village of Inn Din. However, the AP’s reporting shows a systematic slaughter of Rohingya Muslim civilians by the military, with help from Buddhist neighbors — and suggests the presence of many more graves with many more people. (...) The graves are the newest piece of evidence for what looks increasingly like a genocide in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state against the Rohingya, a long-persecuted ethnic Muslim minority in the predominantly Buddhist country. Repeated calls to Myanmar’s military communications office went unanswered Wednesday and Thursday. Htun Naing, a local security police officer in Buthidaung township, where the village is located, said he 'hasn’t heard of such mass graves.'"

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"What If Hawaii's False Missile Alert Had Been Real? Here's What Would Happen Next"

W.J. Hennigan erklärt, wie das US-Militär und die Behörden reagiert hätten, wenn der versehentlich ausgelöste Raketen-Alarm in Hawaii tatsächlich real gewesen wäre. "U.S. radar installations, naval ships, and allies’ detection systems in the region would assist in tracking the weapons’ flight and capturing its electronic emissions. For instance, all North Korean missiles use guidance and tracking systems to help guide it to a target. A combination of all this intelligence over a period of seconds or minutes would allow enable the U.S. government to triangulate the point of launch and track the trajectory of the missile, much of it under a method of spycraft known as measurement and signature intelligence, or MASINT. The information would be relayed to U.S. Forces Korea, headquartered in Seoul, and U.S. Pacific Command. A decision would be made on whether Americans were at-risk and if U.S. or allies should use missile defense systems to attempt to a shoot-down. (...) If a missile attack were determined to be a nuclear strike, a decision on a counter-strike would have to be made by President Donald Trump. The order to strike, which only the president can make, would be relayed to U.S. military officers in command of the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines or heavy bombers."

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"President Trump Is Developing a Missile That Would Break a Nuclear Arms Treaty With Russia"

Im neuen US-Verteidigungshaushalt sei die Entwicklung einer neuen Mittelstreckenrakete vorgesehen, die den mit Russland abgeschlossenen INF-Abrüstungsvertrag verletzen würde, berichtet W.J. Hennigan. Die US-Regierung verteidige diesen Schritt mit der Entwicklung ähnlicher Raketen auf russischer Seite. "The research and development on the medium-range missile is intended to serve as a direct response to Russia’s deployment in recent years of its own treaty-busting missile. U.S. intelligence first recognized Moscow’s potential violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty when the Russian missile was still in test phase. The Obama administration worked unsuccessfully to persuade the Kremlin to stand down the program. Now the Trump administration has decided to respond with a missile of its own. Trump and his aides say their nuclear moves are necessary to show the world America means business."

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"Zimbabwe Is Toasting a New Beginning. But Will 'The Crocodile' Bring More of the Same?"

Trotz der Jubelstürme nach dem Rücktritt Robert Mugabes in Simbabwe bezweifelt Aryn Baker, dass Nachfolger Emmerson Mnangagwa das Land in eine neue politische und wirtschaftliche Richtung lenken wird. "The two worked side by side for much of the President’s reign. In a diplomatic cable posted on Wikileaks in 2000, the U.S. State Department noted that Mnangagwa was 'widely feared and despised throughout the country' and 'could be an even more repressive leader' than Mugabe. He remains on the U.S. sanctions list, along with General Constantino Chiwenga, the military leader who helped push Mugabe out of power, for his role in repressing democracy in Zimbabwe. Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, tweeted photos of Mugabe and Mnangagwa next to each other. 'Zimbabwe’s dictator finally resigns. Now don’t replace him with another.'"

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"Putin Says Russia Will End its Military Operation in Syria After Surprise Talks With Assad"

Präsident Putin hat beim Besuch von Präsident Assad in Sotschi ein Ende des russischen Militäreinsatzes in Syrien in Aussicht gestellt. "Putin hosted Assad in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday ahead of a summit between Russia, Turkey and Iran and a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva. The meeting was unannounced and the Kremlin did not make it public until Tuesday morning. 'I passed to (Putin) and all Russian people our greetings and gratitude for all of the efforts that Russia made to save our country,' Assad told Russia’s top brass. (...) With the Syrian government controlling most of the country and Islamic State fighter in disarray Putin told Assad at the Monday meeting that Moscow is about to curtail its military presence there. 'Regarding our joint operation to fight terrorists in Syria, this military operation is indeed coming to an end,' he told Assad in televised remarks. 'I’m pleased to see your willingness to work with everyone who wants peace and settlement.'"

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"This Is the Deadliest Year for Mass Shootings in U.S. History"

Im Jahr 2017 sind in den USA so viele Menschen wie nie zuvor durch Massenschießereien getötet worden, berichtet Chris Wilson nach dem Massaker in einer Kirche in Texas. "Sunday’s Sutherland Springs incident appears to be at least the fifth most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The Dec. 14, 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School claimed 27 lives. The deadliest shooting occurred in Las Vegas last month, when 58 people were killed at an outdoor music festival. Below is a graphic of every mass shooting since 1982."

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"The U.N. Needs $434 Million to Respond to the World's Fastest Growing Refugee Crisis"

Angesichts des erschreckenden Ausmaßes der Flüchtlingskrise in Bangladesch benötige die UNO zusätzliche Finanzhilfen von mindestens 434 Millionen US-Dollar, berichtet Feliz Solomon aus Dhaka. "The response needs are many in what aid workers describe as a textbook example of a 'complex crisis.' An already enormous refugee population — some 400,000 Rohingya have lived in camps along the border since fleeing earlier violence in the 1970s, 1990s and in Oct. 2016 — more than doubled in the span of just a few weeks, as others continue to arrive each day. (...) UNICEF says about 60% of Rohingya refugees are children, many suffering from severe acute malnutrition. The agency, which has requested $76 million to support life saving assistance over the next six months, said last week that children are arriving at the astounding rate of up to 12,000 per week."

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"Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Declares Marawi 'Liberated' From ISIS Terrorists"

Nach fast fünfmonatigen Kämpfen gegen Anhänger des "Islamischen Staates" hat der philippinische Präsident Duterte die Stadt Marawi für befreit erklärt. "More than 1000 people, including over 800 militants, have died since fighting began on May 23, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The conflict has displaced in excess of 350,000 people. Estimates of how much it will cost to rebuild Marawi — which has been gutted by aerial bombardment as well as the protracted ground war — have varied, but Philippine Secretary of Defence Delfin Lorenzana recently put the figure at around 100 billion pesos ($1.95billion), CNN Philippines reports."

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"Russia's Military Is Banning Selfies Because Soldiers Keep Revealing Their Location to the Enemy"

Das russische Militär will seinen Soldaten in Einsatzgebieten das Veröffentlichen von Selfies aus Sicherheitsgründen verbieten. "Russia's Defense Ministry warned that foreign intelligence agencies and terrorist groups could use information posted by Russian soldiers to 'destabilize the internal political and social situation in various regions of the world,' according to the Moscow Times. The concern is over geolocation data — now a regular feature of most social media networks — that can be used to identify the origin of a post or photo to within a few meters. Journalists have used this data to track troop movements and confirm the location of Russian soldiers."

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"ISIS Claimed the Las Vegas Shooter as a 'Soldier.' Experts Are Skeptical."

Viele Experten bezweifeln Jared Malsin zufolge, dass der Attentäter von Las Vegas ein Anhänger des "Islamischen Staates" gewesen sei. Die entsprechende Behauptung des IS sei eine von vielen anderen, die sich später als falsch herausgestellt hätten. "Analysts say ISIS’ propaganda is directed in large part at its followers and potential recruits around the world. Following a devastating series of defeats, analysts say the group could also be attempting to reassert an image of potency through any means necessary — including by false claims. 'We can say that it isn’t true. We can prove that it isn’t true. But for Islamic State supporters, for bona fide card-carrying members of the group who are scrounging around looking around for anything that’ll show them they’re on the right path still after their group has lost most of its territory,' says [Charlie Winter, a senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence in London]. 'They’ll believe what they want to believe, they’ll believe that this is true.'"

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"President Trump’s U.N. Speech Is Exactly What Kim Jong Un Wanted to Hear"

US-Präsident Trump habe Kim Jong-un mit seiner offenen Drohung vor der UN-Vollversammlung einen Gefallen getan, meint Charlie Campbell in seinem Kommentar aus Peking. "Such rhetoric endorses the propaganda posters that pepper the isolated state, urging 'death to U.S. imperialists,' and for its embattled 25 million populace to remain on a war footing, sacrificing freedoms to be a state of perpetual combat readiness. 'This is just a boon to North Korea,' Prof. Stephan Haggard, a Korea expert at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy, says of Trump’s speech. 'Because you have a regime that has built its entire existence around the idea that the United States is out to destroy them, and the U.S. President is saying just that.'"

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"In Interview, Top Indonesian Muslim Scholar Says Stop Pretending That Orthodox Islam and Violence Aren't Linked"

Der in Jakarta lebende deutsche Korrespondent Marco Stahlhut hat für ein Gespräch der FAZ mit Yahya Cholil Staquf übersetzt. Der einflussreiche religiöse Führer, der sich in Indonesien für einen modernen und moderaten Islam einsetzt, fordert darin westliche Politiker auf, den Zusammenhang zwischen dem islamischen Extremismus und der orthodoxen Version des Islam nicht länger zu leugnen. "There is a clear relationship between fundamentalism, terrorism, and the basic assumptions of Islamic orthodoxy. So long as we lack consensus regarding this matter, we cannot gain victory over fundamentalist violence within Islam. Radical Islamic movements are nothing new. They’ve appeared again and again throughout our own history in Indonesia. The West must stop ascribing any and all discussion of these issues to 'Islamophobia.' Or do people want to accuse me — an Islamic scholar — of being an Islamophobe too?"

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