Mit einer großen Überraschung ist US-Verteidigungsminister Austin nach Berlin gereist: 500 zusätzliche Soldaten sollen in Deutschland stationiert werden – ein deutliches Signal nach den Truppenabzugsplänen von Ex-US-Präsident Trump.
More than two months after President Joe Biden announced that he would end “all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales,” his administration has yet to detail what forms of support the U.S. has cut off.
Democrats were more likely than Republicans to support a vaccine passport, while independent voters were evenly split on the issue.
Roughly 70 percent of Democratic voters said the government should create such a system, while 60 percents of Republican voters said the opposite.
“Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed. We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners,” a senior State Department official wrote in an emailed statement to CNBC.
“The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries,” said the spokesperson, Zhao Lijian. “The international community including the U.S. Olympic Committee will not accept it.”
Das US-Außenministerium will mit Verbündeten über einen möglichen Boykott der Olympischen Winterspiele 2022 in Peking sprechen. Auf die Nachfrage, ob sich die USA bereits in Gesprächen befinden, um einen gemeinsamen Boykott in Betracht zu ziehen oder zu planen, sagte Sprecher Ned Price auf einer Pressekonferenz gestern: „Das ist etwas, das wir sicherlich diskutieren wollen.“
“Decades of militarization of our nation’s law enforcement have led to some police departments looking more like an occupying army than a community-based regulatory arm of state and local government,” the 29 Democrats wrote in the letter, a draft of which was obtained by The Hill.
Am 24. März unterzeichnete der ukrainische Präsident Vladimir Zelensky, was im Wesentlichen eine Kriegserklärung an Russland war. In dem Dokument mit dem Titel Präsidialdekret Nr. 117/2021 erklärte der von den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika unterstützte ukrainische Führer, dass es die offizielle Politik der Ukraine sei, die Krim von Russland zurückzuholen.
Wird US-Präsident Biden die Diesel-Sanktionen aufheben? Auch regierungskritische NGOs und Vertreter der Opposition warnen vor deren Folgen
Dafür würden „Verstärkungskräfte, zusätzliche Bewaffnung, Ausrüstung und Munition“ nach Afghanistan gebracht.
US-Außenminister Antony Blinken teilte in Washington mit, Biden habe eine entsprechende Verfügung seines Amtsvorgängers Donald Trump rückgängig gemacht. Dadurch seien auch die von der Trump-Regierung verhängten Strafmaßnahmen gegen die Chefanklägerin des Gerichts, Fatou Bensouda, sowie ICC-Abteilungsleiter Phakiso Mochochoko, aufgehoben. Visarestriktionen für Mitarbeiter des Gerichtshofes seien ebenfalls gestrichen worden.
The move comes nearly one month after ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced the decision to open a formal investigation into war crimes in the Palestinian Territories, which will examine both sides in the conflict
A face-to-face meeting between officials from the two countries over the nuclear agreement would be the first since late 2017, months before the Trump administration withdrew from the deal in May 2018.
Die Gespräche über die Rettung des Iran-Atomabkommens von 2015 und eine mögliche Rückkehr der USA sollen am Dienstag in Wien in eine neue Runde gehen. Dies teilten der Iran und die EU nach einer Videokonferenz der verbliebenen Vertragspartner Deutschland, Frankreich, Großbritannien, China, Russland und Iran mit. Nach Wien sollen auch US-Vertreter kommen.
Die US-Regierung von Präsident Joe Biden hat klargestellt, dass sie das Westjordanland als von Israel „besetzt“ einstuft. US-Außenamtssprecher Ned Price sagte gestern (Ortszeit), im jährlichen Menschenrechtsbericht des Ministeriums werde der Begriff „Besetzung“ im „Kontext des derzeitigen Status des Westjordanlands“ genutzt. Das entspreche der „langjährigen Position früherer Regierungen beider Parteien“ in den USA.
The Biden administration on Wednesday clarified that it considers the West Bank to be occupied territory, but ducked a question as to whether it held that settlements were illegal.
„It is a historical fact that Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights after the 1967 War,“ US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington on Wednesday.
By the morning of March 23, officials at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases released a letter from its data and safety monitoring board that’s been examining the AstraZeneca trial, Andrew Joseph reports for STAT News. The letter stated that AstraZeneca had used outdated data to reach its efficacy number. The move was unprecedented; usually, monitoring boards keep their correspondence with companies private.
“We just felt we could not remain silent. Because if we did remain silent, we could be understandably accused of covering something up. And we definitely didn’t want to be in that position,” says Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID, to STAT News. “In my mind, it’s an unforced error by the company.”
With the May 1 pullout date fast approaching, President Biden seems reluctant to state his actual intentions on Afghanistan.
Die „Belt and Road“-Initiative ist ein ehrgeiziges Projekt, das 2013 von Peking ins Leben gerufen wurde. Es erstreckt sich von Ostasien bis nach Europa, und die meisten der europäischen und NATO-Verbündeten Washingtons sind an dem Projekt beteiligt. Die Trump-Administration riet ihren Verbündeten davon ab, sich an dem Projekt zu beteiligen, hatte damit aber keinen großen Erfolg.
Gareth Porter talks about the U.S. military’s efforts to sabotage any attempt at leaving Afghanistan. The deal negotiated by the Trump administration made both the conditions and deadlines for withdrawal clear—but almost immediately, the military began claiming that the Taliban was somehow in violation of the agreement, and that America had to stay. Sadly very few people in power are willing to drastically change the situation in Afghanistan, and it looks increasingly likely that the Biden administration will simply try to stay the course
What will our foreign policy mean for American workers and their families?
What do we need to do around the world to make us stronger here at home?
And what do we need to do at home to make us stronger in the world?
The answers to these questions aren’t the same as they were in 2017 or 2009. Yes, many of us serving in the Biden administration also proudly served President Obama – including President Biden. And we did a great deal of good work to restore America’s leadership in the world; to achieve hard-won diplomatic breakthroughs, like the deal that stopped Iran from producing a nuclear weapon; and to bring the world together to tackle climate change. Our foreign policy fit the moment, as any good strategy should.
Biden kündigte bereits vor seiner Amtseinführung am 20. Jänner an, dass er den 64-Jährigen als CIA-Chef einsetzen will.
Die Biden-Administration hat wegen Navalny weitere Sanktionen gegen Russland verhängt
„… Noch ist unklar, was genau das amerikanische Verbot für deutsche Anwender wie die Bundeswehr bedeuten wird. Auch der Truppenübungsplatz Hohenfels nordwestlich von Regensburg, den die US Army im Auftrag der Nato betreibt, läuft auf Hytera-Funktechnologie.“
Ein Grund, warum die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika gegen die Pipeline sind, sind die Milliarden von Dollar, die die Ukraine an Gastransportgebühren verlieren würde, wenn das Projekt fertiggestellt wirde. Im Jahr 2017 beauftragte die staatliche ukrainische Gasgesellschaft Naftogaz eine Lobbyfirma, um die Pipeline in Washington zu bekämpfen.
Die US Regierung wehrt sich gegen Vorwürfe, sie würden Hersteller mit einem Exportstopp daran hindern, zugesagten Impfstoff nach Europa zu liefern. Es gebe kein Exportverbot. Der Impfstoff im Kühlschrank gehöre den USA, sei gekauft und bezahlt, den gebe man nicht einfach ab. Das habe nichts mit Exportverbot zu tun.
Richard Nephew has taken personal credit for depriving Iranians of food and driving up their unemployment rates, celebrating the economic destruction he caused as “a tremendous success.” Under Biden, he will help direct policy on Iran.
Right-wing Central American politicians are applauding Plan Biden, a US strategy promising corporate investment in return for neoliberal reforms. They pledge to remain in the US “sphere of influence” and isolate China and Russia, while calling for regime change against Nicaragua’s leftist government.
Es gibt Befürchtungen, dass das Unternehmen nicht rechtzeitig liefern kann – unter anderem, weil der Impfstoff in den USA abgefüllt wird und dort faktisch ein Exportstopp für Corona-Impfstoffe herrscht. Der Hersteller hat aber zugesagt, ab April zu liefern. Die EU-Kommission ist nach eigenen Angaben im Gespräch mit den US-Behörden, um die Lieferungen zu sichern.
Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Tuesday, March 2, that Israel intends to develop a “special security arrangement” with the reactionary regimes of Arab Gulf states, who share common concerns over Iran. This comes after i24 News reported that Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain have discussed expanding cooperation against their common enemies. “We will continue to confront any threat, along with our new and veteran partners, chiefly the US, so that Iran will not be able to develop nuclear capacity,” Gantz said.
Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are expected to travel to Japan and South Korea next week, in what will be the first overseas trip for senior Biden officials.
„A Cuba policy shift is not currently among President Biden’s top priorities,“ the White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. This, as pressure grows within the U.S. Congress to resume the Obama-era exchange canceled by Trump and to lift the 59 years blockade.
Der venezolanische Präsident Nicolás Maduro hat sich per Videokonferenz mit der Hohen Kommissarin für Menschenrechte der Vereinten Nationen, Michelle Bachelet, getroffen.
Like NATO, Afghan officials stated that it is critical for U.S. troops to remain so that Taliban and Afghan leaders can reach peace agreements. According to the Washington Post, Afghan officials announced that the maintenance of a small U.S. counter-terrorism force in Afghanistan would provide the country’s government with more leverage during peace talks than the country would have without military aid. These negotiations could bring a decades-long, violent war to a peaceful end.
Negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban began in September as part of a February 2020 agreement between the militants and the United States. But the talks have faltered over issues like a prisoner exchange and reductions in violence.
Mr. Blinken wrote that the United States had not decided whether to withdraw the remaining 2,500 American troops from Afghanistan by May 1, as outlined in its agreement with the Taliban.
“I told our allies that no matter what the outcome of our review, the United States will not undertake a hasty or disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan,” he added, referring to talks with NATO allies. “There will be no surprises. We will consult each other, consult together and decide together and act together.”
US Vice-President Kamala Harris, in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday (March 4) reaffirmed US opposition to an International Criminal Court (ICC) probe of possible war crimes in the Palestinian Territories, the White House said.
– Multiple rockets hit Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq’s Anbar province on Wednesday
– Attack was launched from a site around five miles from the base, sources said
– It is the latest in a series of attacks on US forces in Iraq, and comes after Joe Biden launched his administration’s first strike on Iran-backed militants in Syria
– Attack also comes just two days before Pope Francis is due to visit the country
In the years prior to taking office, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and many of their administration’s top officials harshly criticized President Donald Trump’s lack of action against Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Biden is now facing criticism for not following through on campaign promises to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the killing.
Krystal Ball outlines how President Joe Biden is slowly losing the support of the left.
Letzten Donnerstag setzte Präsident Biden fort, was leider zu einer Washingtoner Tradition geworden ist: Syrien zu bombardieren. Der Präsident befahl einen Militärschlag in der Nähe der irakisch-syrischen Grenze, bei dem mindestens 22 Menschen getötet wurden. Die Regierung behauptet, sie habe eine „vom Iran unterstützte“ Miliz als Vergeltung für die jüngsten Raketenangriffe auf US-Einrichtungen im Irak beschossen.
Im Streit um das Atomabkommen hat der Iran einem Treffen mit den USA eine Absage erteilt. Die USA müssten zuerst alle Sanktionen aufheben. Washington reagierte „enttäuscht“, aber signalisierte weiterhin Gesprächsbereitschaft.
The rejection came days after President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria.
Speculation strike was response to what is believed to be an Iranian attack on an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.
– President Joe Biden justified airstrikes in Syria in a letter to congressional lawmakers.
– Biden said he directed the airstrikes in response to a recent militant strike in Iraq.
– He said the US „always stands ready to take necessary and proportionate action in self-defense.“
Introduced in House (01/11/2021)
Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force
This bill repeals the Authorization for Use of Military Force signed into law September 18, 2001.
The U.S. attempt to institute democracy in Iraq began with a thunderous roar nearly 18 years ago as Baghdad, already under siege by Washington’s sanctions, was bombarded by U.S. missiles in 2003. In less than a month’s time, former President George W. Bush would deliver a victory speech in front of a banner that read „Mission Accomplished.“
What exactly that mission was remains unclear to this day.
For close to two decades, U.S. presidents have sent American troops into combat without requesting authorization from Congress. As it conducts a review of U.S. military operations around the world, the Biden administration should push to restore the legislative branch’s proper role in deciding when and where the country goes to war.
„The Department of Defense briefed Congressional leadership before the action last night,“ confirms @PressSec
. „The administration has been briefing the Hill at the Member- and staff-level today. There will be a full classified briefing early next week at the latest.“
“The Department of Defense briefed Congressional leadership before the action last night. The Administration has been briefing the Hill at the Member- and staff-level today. There will be a full classified briefing early next week at the latest,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday accused Iran of “persistent impunity for human rights violations” in regions including Sistan-Baluchestan.
“In Iran, an apparently coordinated campaign has been targeting minority groups since December, including in Sistan and Baluchestan, Khuzestan, and in the Kurdish provinces,” Bachelet told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
“You can’t act with impunity. Be careful,” Biden said when asked what message he had intended to send with the airstrikes, according to the Associated Press.
A war monitor said at least 22 Iranian-backed fighters were killed in the operation that struck three trucks loaded with munitions coming from Iraq near the Syrian frontier town of Albu Kamal.
A ship owned by an Israeli firm, the MV HELIOS RAY, was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) and a maritime security firm said on Friday. The current assessment in Israel is that the explosion was a targeted attempt against an Israeli-owned ship by Iran.
In the wake of President Biden’s bombing of eastern Syria, some members of Congress are speaking out and questioning the legality of the move,including Bidens Fellow Democrats
In a letter Thursday to Biden, five House Democrats called on the new president to quickly work with Congress to kill the 2002 authorization for the Iraq War and hone the 2001 powers for the war on terrorism. The letter — signed by chairs of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Rules committees — says any replacement authority must name mission objectives, adversaries and targeted countries, as well as include a sunset clause to ensure Congress regularly revisits the war powers debate.
“Congress has been missing in action, and President Joe Biden knows that,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who is spearheading the effort, in an interview.
The 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) is older than many of the Americans now sent to Afghanistan. Its corollary, the 2002 AUMF against Iraq, has also lived well beyond the Bush era. And despite four years of lambasting the “forever wars,” President Trump failed to bring an end to the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq. President Biden has a chance to correct that by scrapping and narrowing these military authorizations.
But some Democrats said that Congress has not passed an authorization for the use of military force specifically in Syria, and previous resolutions passed in 2001 and 2002 were designed for attacking those responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks and to go into war with Iraq. Congress has not declared war since 1942.
„This makes President Biden the seventh consecutive US president to order strikes in the Middle East,“ said California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna.
‚Eine offensive Militärhandlung ohne Zustimmung des Kongresses ist nicht verfassungsmäßig, es sei denn es gibt außergewöhnliche Umstände“, sagten die demokratischen Senatoren Tim Kaine und Chris Murphy. Die Pressepsrecherin des Weißen Hauses, Jen Psaki, sagte, Biden habe seine verfassungsmäßigen Vollmachten genutzt, um die Leben von US-Bürgern zu schützen.
„We assassinate people by drone strike and have a literal prison colony in Guantanamo but where we draw the line is ignoring the Senate parliamentarian when [she] says no to a minimum wage hike.“
After President Biden ordered airstrikes in eastern Syria against an Iraqi militia on Thursday, comments from Vice President Kamala Harris and Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Trump administration’s Syria airstrikes surfaced on Twitter.
The US is just taking it as a given that it has de facto jurisdiction over the nations of Syria, Iraq, and Iran, and that any attempt to interfere in its authority in the region is an unprovoked attack which must be defended against. This is completely backwards and illegitimate. Only through the most perversely warped American supremacist reality tunnels can it look valid to dictate the affairs of sovereign nations on the other side of the planet and respond with violence if anyone in those nations tries to eject them.
Biden hatte am Mittwoch mit dem irakischen Ministerpräsidenten Mustafa al-Kadhimi über diese Angriffe gesprochen. Danach erklärten beide Politiker, sie seien sich einig, dass die Täter „in vollem Umfang zur Verantwortung gezogen werden“ müssten. Vorher hatte das US-Außenministerium erklärt, die bei den beiden Angriffen verwendeten Raketen seien im Iran hergestellt worden. Heute früh dankte der US-Verteidigungsminister Lloyd Austin dann dem Irak für dessen Hilfe bei der Vorbereitung des Vergeltungsschlages.
“The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American and coalition personnel,” Kirby said. “At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq.”
The U.S. strike comes after three rocket attacks since last week targeted U.S. personnel and other interests in Iraq.
If Taiwan has been nervous over whether new United States President Joe Biden will downgrade relations with it after four years of burgeoning ties under his predecessor Donald Trump, it should be breathing more easily now.
Lawmakers started the hearing by criticizing Amazon representatives, who they said were invited to testify and whose servers were used to launch the cyberattack, for declining to attend the hearing.
Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei hinted at the likely response when he said that Tehran “can confidently predict that diplomatic initiatives will work well [to achieve] the desired outcome,” adding that the “diplomatic back-and-forths” are “the natural prelude to the return of all sides to commitments including the lifting of all sanctions in the near future.” If his statements reflect Tehran’s official position, then Iran evidently doesn’t intent to await the results of its presidential election in June, but is willing to begin talks now to exploit the momentum Biden has created.
Anknüpfend an die Reden Bidens und Merkels wusste dann auch noch NATO-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg in seiner Rede zu verkünden, der Westen müsse die „Regelbasierte Ordnung verteidigen“, da „China und Russland versuchen, die Regeln neu und umzuschreiben, um ihren Interessen zu dienen.“
Der Iran rechnet mit einer Lösung im Atomstreit mit den USA. „Wir sagen mit Zuversicht voraus, dass diplomatische Initiativen zu einem günstigen Ergebnis führen werden“, sagte der Sprecher der Regierung in Teheran, Ali Rabiei, heute. „Diplomatisches Hickhack“ sei normal im Vorfeld einer Einigung.
While it was unclear whether the Iranians would agree to join discussions, three people familiar with the internal debate said it was likely Iran would accept. The officials said Iran would probably be more open to a meeting with the European Union, where the United States was a guest or observer, rather than direct formal talks with Washington as a participant.
Die Verteidigungsminister der NATO-Mitglieder haben sich darauf geeinigt, die Irak-Mission auf bis zu 4000 Soldaten auszuweiten. Eine Entscheidung über das mögliche Ende des Einsatzes in Afghanistan wurde hingegen vertagt.
Neuberger notably said the attack, which compromised „9 federal agencies and about 100 private companies,“ was launched from inside the United States.
SolarWinds shares are down 1.4%. Two security names closely tied to the hack, FireEye (FEYE -3.2%) and CrowdStrike (CRWD -2.5%), are also in the red.
The US government’s probe into the devastating SolarWinds breach is likely to take „several months“ at least, according to the top White House cybersecurity official, speaking to reporters Wednesday in the Biden administration’s first public assessment of the gravity of the suspected Russian spying campaign.
The Middle East Scholar Barometer found that 67 percent of respondents said the foreign policy strategy that was most likely to produce „favorable results“ for the U.S. would be Biden returning „immediately“ to the current Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) before negotiating any other conditions with Iran. Also in the survey, released Tuesday, 75 percent of experts said the U.S. returning to the deal would reduce the likelihood of Iran getting a nuclear weapon within the next decade.
Die Regierung habe die IAEA darüber informiert, ab dem 23. Februar die freiwilligen Transparenzmaßnahmen aus dem Wiener Atomabkommen nicht mehr durchzuführen. Außerdem habe Teheran der IAEA mitgeteilt, dass es sich nicht mehr an das sogenannte Zusatzprotokoll halten werde, das IAEA-Inspektoren kurzfristige Besuche erlaubt.
Die Hoffnungen im Brüsseler Hauptquartier der Allianz sind groß, dass in die Beziehungen ein neuer Ton einzieht und vor allem, dass auf den größten NATO-Partner USA wieder Verlass ist. Die Trump-Jahre haben Spuren hinterlassen, ständige Alleingänge ohne Absprache mit den Partnern in Syrien, im Irak und zuletzt in Afghanistan – das hat das Bündnis vor immer neue Zerreißproben gestellt.
“The personalization of the relationship to Netanyahu – and the exhaustion with him – after 10 years in this current go-around has reached its peak,” says one senior analyst in a Washington think tank. “Whether it’s his fault or not, his hugging of [former President Donald] Trump and inability to criticize anything he did really put a damper on his ability to restore any relationships with the Democrats.”
In a new interview with CBS Evening News, President Biden confirmed that his administration will not be lifting sanctions imposed upon Iran in order to bring Tehran to the negotiating table for the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.
Psaki said the National Security Council is undertaking an inter-agency review to „assess the state of play that the Biden administration has, that we’ve inherited from the previous administration.“
Former President Barack Obama made a campaign promise in 2008 to close the facility by the end of his administration, which was never realized.
Earlier this week 24 organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International USA and Reporters Without Borders, urged Biden to drop the case.
“The president will speak on the importance of our transatlantic ties and the need for the United States and Europe to take on global challenges together,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing Thursday.
US-Staatschef Joe Biden will keinen Dialog mit der venezolanischen Regierung. Dies betonte der Sprecher des Außenministeriums, Ned Price, bei einer Pressekonferenz.
After Farhan congratulated Blkinken on his senior administration appointment, Riyadh said it was eager to work with Washington to face their „common challenges,“ specifying that the Islamic Kingdom was ready to promote „security and stability“ in the Middle East.
The two men also discussed „historical and strategic relations“ between their countries, SPA added.
The United States announced Friday night that it objects to the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to probe into alleged war crimes perpetrated by Israel and Hamas on Palestinian territories.
State Department spokesman Ned Price tweeted that “Israel is not a State Party to the Rome Statute. We will continue to uphold [US] President [Joe] Biden’s strong commitment to Israel and its security, including opposing actions that seek to target Israel unfairly.”
According to three sources with knowledge of the matter, as well as written communications reviewed by The Daily Beast, the new president’s communications staff have already on occasion probed reporters to see what questions they plan on asking new White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki when called upon during briefings.
The requests prompted concerns among the White House press corps, whose members, like many reporters, are sensitive to the perception that they are coordinating with political communications staffers.
The Achilleas’ owner, Capital Ship Management Corp., alerted U.S. authorities to the possibility that it had unknowingly taken on Iranian crude, after initially thinking it came from Iraq, Bloomberg reported last month.
Washington ordered the Liberia-flagged ship to sail to the U.S. before Biden came to power on Jan. 20, according to people familiar with the matter.
The U.S. has gone to court to seize 2 million barrels of oil that it claims came from Iran, as Joe Biden’s administration shows little sign of taking a softer line on Tehran.
The Department of Justice filed a case in a U.S. district court, seeking to seize the cargo on the Greek-owned Achilleas tanker, according to a statement on Tuesday.
“Just a few hours ago, Biden officials informed us that after almost 65 years of working to build a nuclear weapon, the nation of Iran may be finally — and you’ll find this amazing — quote just weeks away from getting a bomb. After 65 years of trying. What a coincidence,” Tucker said, dishonestly omitting the key detail that Iran restarted its nuclear program because Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.
„If Iran comes back into full compliance with its obligations under the JCPOA, the United States would do the same,“ State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his first press conference Tuesday, „and then we would then use that as a platform to build a longer and a stronger agreement that also addresses other areas of concern.“
In an interview with CNN on Monday, Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), created a joint commission coordinated by the EU’s foreign policy chief.
Iran’s parliament has set a Feb. 21 deadline for European signatories to the JCPOA to ease restrictions on the country’s banking and oil industries that are under pressure from Trump’s sanctions. If that deadline is not met, Tehran has vowed to end access for UN nuclear inspectors and further increase uranium enrichment.
“If the new administration does not meet its obligations and remove sanctions in short order, it will destroy the possibility for engagement within the nuclear agreement,” Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi wrote in The New York Times on Wednesday.
In dem Gesetzestext heißt es, der US-Verteidigungsminister müsse in einem Bericht an den Kongress darlegen, ob ein solcher Abzug im nationalen Interesse der USA wäre. Frühestens 120 Tage danach dürfe die Zahl der in der Bundesrepublik stationierten US-Soldaten die Grenze von 34.500 unterschreiten.
The meeting comes amid US State Secretary Antony Blinken’s latest remark to NBC that Tehran could enrich enough uranium to produce a nuclear bomb in a “matter of weeks.”
Updated Mon, February 1, 2021, 9:20 PM
Former State Department senior adviser Christian Whiton joins ‚Fox News @ Night‘ to discuss latest foreign policy test
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In his first television interview since he took office, Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks with NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell about Iran’s nuclear program,
McKenzie’s arrival – he is scheduled to spend one day in Israel – is the first high-level visit by a top American official since Joe Biden was sworn in as president last week.
Israel’s top general said on Tuesday that its military was refreshing its operational plans against Iran and that any U.S. return to a 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran would be “wrong.”
Wie ein US-Regierungsvertreter gestern sagte, sollen 100 Millionen Dosen des Biontech-Pfizer-Impfstoffes und 100 Millionen Dosen des US-Pharmaunternehmens Moderna bestellt werden.
The government is seeking 100 million doses from Pfizer/BioNTech and 100 million from Moderna, an order that would be made available over the summer. They would be in addition to the 400 million combined doses the companies had already committed to provide the U.S., Biden said. He said he expects to be able to confirm the purchase soon.
Pfizer will supply the US with 200 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine two months sooner than expected, according to the firm’s chief executive.
The “humanitarian war” instinct persists even after two decades of the horror shows that followed the invasion and occupation of Iraq by the US and UK; the western-sponsored butchering of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi that unleashed a new regional trade in slaves and arms; and the west’s covert backing of Islamic jihadists who proceeded to tear Syria apart.
In fact, those weren’t really separate horror shows: they were instalments of one long horror show.
No speculation is needed. Those who wield power are demanding it. The only question is how much opposition they will encounter.
Israel’s National Security Adviser Meir Ben Shabbat spoke to his US counterpart Jake Sullivan over the phone on Saturday.
The phone conversation made for the first contact between the office of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the administration of US President Joe Biden.
Die USA wollen ihr Abkommen mit den radikalislamischen Taliban in Afghanistan überprüfen. Das kündigte die neue US-Regierung gestern in Washington an. Dies habe der Sicherheitsberater Jake Sullivan seinem afghanischen Kollegen mitgeteilt.
Das Weiße Haus teilte gestern mit, Bidens Nationaler Sicherheitsberater Jake Sullivan habe am Vortag erste Gespräche mit dem außenpolitischen Berater der deutschen Kanzlerin Angela Merkel, Jan Hecker, dem diplomatischen Berater des französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron, Emmanuel Bonne, und dem britischen Außenminister Dominic Raab geführt.
Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Executive Office Building, arriving at the office space adjacent to the White House at 4:10 p.m.
Harris made her way down the street shortly after President Biden arrived at the White House, surrounded by family. At one point, reporters could be heard shouting out questions about how she felt and what her first job is upon taking office.
„Just walking to work,“ Harris shouted back.
Nach dem Amtseid an den Schreibtisch: US-Präsident Biden hat erste Dokumente unterschrieben, während seine Mitarbeiter das Weiße Haus bezogen. Die schnelle Arbeitsaufnahme soll auch ein Signal senden.
There was strong opposition to the Iran nuclear deal in the U.S., from both Republicans and Democrats, when it was negotiated back in 2015, which prevented it from being ratified by the Senate. That opposition remains.
As we discussed previously, Biden has often boasted of being the original author of the Patriot Act years before it was rapidly rolled out amid the fear and blind obsequiousness of the aftermath of 9/11. Now in the aftermath of the Capitol riot we are seeing a push to roll out new authoritarian laws around terrorism, this time taking aim at “domestic terror”, which were also in preparation prior to the event used to manufacture support for them.
In a new article for Washington Monthly titled “It’s Time for a Domestic Terrorism Law“, Bill Scher argues against left-wing critics of the coming laws like Glenn Greenwald and Jacobin‘s Luke Savage saying such “knee-jerk reactions” against potential authoritarian abuses fail to address the growing problem. He opens with the acknowledgement that “Joe Biden’s transition team was already working on a domestic terrorism law before the insurrection,” and then he just keeps on writing as though that’s not weird or suspicious in any way.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is warning that mass vaccinations against the novel coronavirus will not produce herd immunity this year.
WHO chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan told reporters Monday that it takes time to produce and administer enough doses of a vaccine to finally stop the spread of COVID-19. Swaminathan stressed the need for countries to continue observing mitigation efforts such as mask-wearing, social distancing and hand-washing.
DAX 14.000, Dow 31.000, Nasdaq 13.000! Wie hoch soll es an den Börsen noch gehen? Trotz der weiter steigenden Corona-Infektionen und der Ausweitung der Lockdowns in Europa und trotz des Angriffs gewalttätiger Trump-Anhänger auf das Kapitol in Washington sind die Anleger in Hochstimmung.
President-elect says Trump supporters who attacked legislative complex were insurrectionists, not protesters.
(Feb. 16, 2020)
The DNC ordered and paid for a security audit of the software, which was completed by NCC Group, a Britain-based cybersecurity firm. Out of the review, which also involved threat assessment conducted with the national party as well as officials in Iowa and Nevada, came directions to guard the name of the vendor, and to take the software live as late as possible to prevent it from getting into the hands of hackers, according to multiple people who participated or had knowledge of the exercises.
(Dec. 16, 2020)
After the caucus, the IDP hired a pair of Democratic lawyers: Nick Klinefeldt, who was a federal attorney appointed by President Barack Obama, and former Iowa Attorney General Bonnie Campbell. They were tasked with identifying and determining the cause of problems that occurred during the 2020 Iowa Caucuses, with the results of their investigation being released to the public on Saturday morning.
The audit states the conversion tool had coding errors that spit out inaccurate numbers and caused confusion about the accuracy of the results, eventually leading to delays in reporting. But the state party’s app never malfunctioned nor was hacked, the report concludes.
The DNC’s meddling, which included a last-minute demand that developers of the Shadow app create a special software that would allow the DNC real-time access to the raw numbers before they went public, didn’t sit well with Zogby.
“Why would [the DNC] need to see that?” Zogby said about the DNC’s insistence on access to the raw caucus results before they went public. “Why wouldn’t you trust the state party to make the determination?”
In the transcript from the closed-session meeting held by the state party, members suggested that the DNC’s goal was to strip Iowa of its prestigious first-in-the-nation status.
Morell has no place in a Biden-Harris administration. His nomination would send a chilling message to torture survivors and other victims of grave injustice that the United States government, including the Biden administration, does not uphold its own stated principles. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) from the Senate Intelligence Committee has said about Morell: “No torture apologist can be confirmed as CIA director. It’s a nonstarter.” We agree and urge the President-elect not to nominate Morell.
We also oppose Avril Haines, another toture apologist, as Director of National Intelligence. Since she has already been nominated, we ask Senators to oppose her confirmation.
It was painful enough to live through the U.S invasion of Iraq that caused untold devastation and human misery for no justifiable reason.
Now we are again reminded of the grim Bush legacy with President-elect Biden’s nomination of Avril Haines for Director of National Intelligence.
The Committee makes the following findings and conclusions:
#1: The CIA’s use of its enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees.
#2: The CIA’s justification for the use of its enhanced interrogation techniques rested on inaccurate claims of their effectiveness.
#3: The interrogations of CIA detainees were brutal and far worse than the CIA represented to policymakers and others. (…)
At least five CIA detainees were subjected to „rectal rehydration“ or rectal feeding without documented medical necessity. The CIA placed detainees in ice water „baths.“ The CIA led several detainees to believe they would never be allowed to leave CIA custody alive, suggesting to one detainee that he would only leave in a coffin-shaped box. One interrogator told another detainee that he would never go to court, because „we can never let the world know what I have done to you.“ CIA officers also threatened at least three detainees with harm to their families— to include threats to harm the children of a detainee, threats to sexually abuse the mother of a detainee, and a threat to „cut [a detainee’s] mother’s throat.“
#4: The conditions of confinement for CIA detainees were harsher than the CIA had represented to policymakers and others.
Conditions at CIA detention sites were poor, and were especially bleak early in the program. CIA detainees at the COBALT detention facility were kept in complete darkness and constantly shackled in isolated cells with loud noise or music and only a bucket to use for human waste.10 Lack of heat at the facility likely contributed to the death of a detainee. The chief of interrogations described COBALT as a „dungeon.“11 Another senior CIA officer stated that COBALT was itself an enhanced interrogation technique.“ At times, the detainees at COBALT were walked around naked or were shackled with their hands above their heads for extended periods of time. Other times, the detainees at COBALT were subjected to what was described as a „rough takedown,“ in which approximately five CIA officers would scream at a detainee, drag him outside of his cell, cut his clothes off, and secure him with Mylar tape. The detainee would then be hooded and dragged up and down a long corridor while being slapped and punched.
(Dec 09, 2014)
The drilldown from Bloomberg:
– CIA provided inaccurate information about effectiveness and scope of interrogations of suspected terrorists, and mismanaged a program that was far more brutal than represented, according to 6-year investigation by Democrats on Senate Intelligence Cmte.
– Interrogation techniques weren’t effective, didn’t produce key information that led to killing of Osama bin Laden and were significantly different from procedures authorized by Justice Dept, report says
– CIA provided inaccurate information to White House, Congress, DOJ, CIA Inspector General, media and the public
– “This document examines the CIA’s secret overseas detention of at least 119 individuals and the use of coercive interrogation techniques – in some cases amounting to torture,” Senate Intelligence Cmte Chairman Dianne Feinstein says in statement
Haines is expected to withstand scrutiny during the Senate confirmation process for her role in the drone program, as well as her approval of a CIA review board decision in 2015 not to discipline agency personnel for intruding in computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee when it was investigating the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program. Haines was also part of the team that redacted the committee’s report on the program.
The most exhaustive study on Medicare for All just came out. Its conclusion: a single-payer system would guarantee health insurance to all people while reducing overall health spending by hundreds of billions of dollars every year.
Mit Blick auf den 78-jährigen Biden sagte Fauci dem US-Sender ABC News: „Er soll möglichst vollständig geschützt sein, wenn er im Jänner die Präsidentschaft antritt. Das wäre also meine starke Empfehlung.“
„The revolving door between Pentagon and industry can easily impact policy,“ Rainwater added. „We have here a double whammy: 1) Concerns about generals instead of civilians in charge and, 2) Working for a mega-contractor who benefits from some policies and whose profits are threatened by others.“
Before Gen. Austin can be confirmed, Biden will need a special waiver from Congress under the National Security Act of 1947. That law, a cornerstone of the post-World War II national security state, provides that “a person who has within ten years been on active duty as a commissioned officer in a Regular component of the armed services shall not be eligible for appointment as Secretary of Defense.”
Unlike other Biden nominees who also may face skeptical confirmation hearings or tight votes in a closely divided Senate, Austin is likely to run into trouble aside from ideological positions or previous statements that may come up. Instead, it’s the fact that he’s only been retired from active duty for four years.
Civilian control is a key aspect of the U.S. military, and to underscore that principle, defense secretaries are legally required to have been retired from active duty for at least seven years.
Also ridiculing „rigged elections“ and „fake news“ — two other weapons used on him — the Vermont Senator’s relationship to the Democratic Party descends from loyal support to abject subservience.
Officials said that advisers to the incoming Biden administration are scheduled to meet with officials at the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and other spy services at their headquarters.
„The bottom line is that we can’t allow Iran to get nuclear weapons,“ he said. Trump „has pulled out to get something tougher, and what have they done? They’ve increased the ability for them to have nuclear material,“ Biden argued. „They’re moving closer to the ability to be able to have enough material for a nuclear weapon.“
„Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due,“ Moore said. „Let’s do the simple, easy thing first. Everyone’s going to get that.“
On Wednesday the Department of Defense released the first images of a COVID-19 vaccination record card as well as vaccination kits, according to CNN.
„Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due,“ says Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition.
President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the accord in 2018 and imposed crippling sanctions on Iran, in an unsuccessful attempt to force it to enter talks on a tougher pact. Biden has said he’ll rejoin the deal if Iran also returns to full compliance, and then push to broaden it.
President-elect Joe Biden has said he will rejoin the nuclear deal and lift sanctions if Tehran returns to „strict compliance with the nuclear deal“.
Both sides appear to want the other to readopt the agreement’s terms first.
In May 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama.
The incoming Biden administration has pledged to do even more to partner with allies on the China challenge.
In another step in that direction, on December 2, the foreign ministers of the NATO members, along with delegations from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea, gathered virtually to discuss the rise of China and the implications for the global balance of power.
Der wachsende militärische Einfluss Chinas wird nach Einschätzung von NATO-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg nicht zu einer Öffnung des Verteidigungsbündnisses für asiatische Staaten wie Japan und Südkorea führen. „Wir sind ein regionales Bündnis und werden ein regionales Bündnis bleiben“, sagte der Norweger heute bei einer Diskussion der Denkfabrik Carnegie Europe.
Any thought of Biden and his people riding into town on white horses to save the nuclear deal is strictly naïve.
The assassination ramps up Middle East tensions after months of relative calm, and risks making it far harder for Joe Biden to fulfil his pledge to open negotiations with Iran and rejoin the 2015 nuclear accord if Tehran agrees to return to full compliance with the deal. Mr Trump and Mr Netanyahu both appear bent on doing their best to scupper the US president-elect’s chances before he settles into the White House.
Das Weiße Haus, die CIA und die israelische Regierung gaben zunächst keinen Kommentar zu der Ermordung des Kernphysikers ab. Aber die Bluttat, nur zehn Monate nach einem tödlichen Drohnenangriff der US-Armee auf den Kommandanten der Quds-Einheiten der Revolutionsgarde, General Qasem Soleimani (Was bewegte Trump zur Entscheidung, Soleimani zu ermorden?), könnte eine Verbesserung der diplomatischen Beziehungen zwischen Washington und Teheran unter dem designierten US-Präsidenten Joe Biden erschweren.
With only a few weeks left until the incoming administration has a chance to relaunch negotiations with the Islamic Republic, Tehran’s foes — in Washington and elsewhere in the Middle East — are gearing up to do whatever they can to stop such efforts even before they begin.
In this respect, the mission to kill Fakhrizadeh was as predictable as it was foolish.
One measure in the House version of the NDAA would amend Section 127e of the U.S. Code — Support of Special Operations to Combat Terrorism — to include reporting on the entities with which foreign forces receiving U.S. support are in hostilities, whether those entities are covered under an existing authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), and steps taken to ensure that such support is consistent with U.S. objectives. It would also require a description of the steps taken to ensure that recipients of this support have not engaged in human rights violations or violations of the Geneva Conventions.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, with the support of President Trump, seems intent on scorching the earth to make it harder for any return to diplomacy under President-elect Joe Biden.
Israel and the Trump administration apparently fear that a Biden administration would seek a quick return to the nuclear agreement, which could revive Iran’s struggling economy and make it harder to contain its influence in the Middle East. Killing Mr. Fakhrizadeh makes that all the more difficult.
The killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist is likely to impede the country’s military ambitions. Its real purpose may have been to prevent the president-elect from resuming diplomacy with Tehran.
If Mossad was indeed behind the assassination, Israel had a closing window of opportunity in which to carry it out with a green light from an American president, and there seems little doubt that Trump, seeking to play a spoiler role in his last weeks in office, would have given approval, if not active assistance. He is reported to have asked for military options in Iran, in the aftermath of his election defeat.
„It’s Iran, Iran, Iran,“ Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi told Israel’s Army Radio when asked about the visit. „It is very, very important to create the axis which isolates Iran.“
There were no immediate comments from the White House, Pentagon, US State Department, CIA or US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team.
The leaders of other countries were similarly silent.
Speaking with NBC News‘ Lester Holt in his first interview since the Nov. 3 election, Biden said the two progressive senators – who ran their own unsuccessful campaigns for president – were key to helping pass his „very ambitious, very progressive agenda.“
Die Bedingung sei die Rückkehr zum Wiener Atomdeal von 2015.
“It’s a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it, once again sit at the head of the table, ready to confront our adversaries and not reject our allies, ready to stand up for our values,” Biden said.
In 2015, Blinken facilitated an increase in weapons sales and intelligence sharing for the Saudi-led coalition after it intervened in Yemen to fight the Houthis. “We have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination planning cell in the Saudi operation center,”
Im Jahr 2015 erleichterte Blinken der von den Saudis geführten Koalition eine Zunahme der Waffenverkäufe und des Informationsaustauschs, nachdem sie im Jemen im Kampf gegen die Houthis interveniert hatte. „Wir haben die Waffenlieferungen beschleunigt, wir haben den Austausch nachrichtendienstlicher Erkenntnisse intensiviert, und wir haben eine gemeinsame Planungszelle zur Koordinierung in der saudi-arabischen Einsatzzentrale eingerichtet“, sagte Blinken im April 2015.
Sullivan has been advising Mr. Biden on domestic policy, but has an extensive foreign policy background. He served as Mr. Biden’s national security adviser during President Barack Obama’s second term and was a head of policy planning and deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state.
America is circling the political toilet in part because Obama had the chance to fix many longstanding problems and did not rise to the occasion, a fact the former president is still stubbornly unwilling or unable to see.
We all should be gasping. This debt is choking trillions, it is a crisis & demands urgent, bold action. The Biden-Harris Admin can cancel student debt Day 1 via Exec Order.
But no matter the source of the rumors and media reports, progressives are using their growing numbers in Congress to attempt to exert influence over Biden’s cabinet picks and establish that they will not quietly fall in line for nominees who are hostile to their popular policy agenda.
„Biden names a Jew to his cabinet What’s Rashida’s response?! ‚Welp, as long as that Judische pick doesn’t stop me from focusing my hatred on one country, Israel, then he’s a good Jew!‘ It’s not your 1A right you’re trying to protect but your vile Jew-hatred! That’s ALL yours!“ Americans Against Antisemitism founder Dov Hikind reacted.
„You can just say you’re worried because he’s Jewish…“ the Republican Jewish Coalition tweeted.
The State Department was meant to be the counterpart to the War Department, focusing on diplomacy and peace. What ended up happening as the US government morphed into a globe-spanning empire dependent on endless violence and aggression is that the State Department wound up focusing more and more on manufacturing interventionist narratives on the world stage to gin up international support for starvation sanctions, proxy wars and war coalitions.
So in practice the US ended up with two war departments: the DoD and the State Department. Which is why you’ve seen the nation’s Secretaries of State becoming more and more jingoistic and psychopathic, to the point where some sort of antisocial personality disorder is almost a job requirement for the position.
He added: “If there is a new deal in which Saudi Arabia is involved in the discussion and which covers the shortcomings of the previous deal, such as Iran’s hydromantic behavior in the region and the issue of the missiles and the supply of weapons to rebel groups and so forth, then we will be all for it.”
Together, Mr. Blinken and Mr. Sullivan, good friends with a common worldview, have become Mr. Biden’s brain trust and often his voice on foreign policy matters. And they led the attack on President Trump’s use of “America First” as a guiding principle, saying it only isolated the United States and created opportunities and vacuums for its adversaries to fill.
Since the 1990s, Flournoy and Blinken have steadily risen through the ranks of the military-industrial complex, shuffling back and forth between the Pentagon and hawkish think-tanks funded by the U.S. government, weapons companies, and oil giants.
Under Bill Clinton, Flournoy was the principal author of the 1996 Quadrinellial Defense Review, the document that outlined the U.S. military’s doctrine of permanent war – what it called “full spectrum dominance.”
Der designierte US-Präsident stellt sein Team zusammen. Übereinstimmenden Medienberichten zufolge soll Antony Blinken künftig die amerikanische Außenpolitik steuern. Er diente bereits in der Obama-Administration.
With Iran due to hold elections in June, any diplomatic effort will have to move swiftly during Biden’s first few months in office, say former U.S. officials, European diplomats and regional experts.
A glance at the Biden-Harris agency review teams should provide a rude awakening to anyone who believed a Biden administration could be “pushed to the left.”