Archiv: Biden


22.07.2021 - 06:25 [ Politico.com ]

GOP senators fight to preserve Biden’s war powers amid tensions with Iran

(13.07.2021)

It’s a strange dynamic for members of Congress, who have long seen presidents of both parties expand and sometimes abuse their war powers even after campaigning on ending conflicts in the Middle East. Nearly 20 years after the horrors of Sept. 11, GOP lawmakers are now in the awkward position of fighting to maintain a Democratic president’s authority to conduct military operations without congressional approval.

19.07.2021 - 18:07 [ CNBC ]

U.S., NATO and EU to blame China for cyberattack on Microsoft Exchange servers

A new joint effort by NATO members, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and Japan will call out and confront the threat posed by Chinese state-sponsored cyberattacks.
The nations will share intelligence on cyberthreats and collaborate on network defenses and security, said a senior Biden administration official.
The group will publicly blame China’s Ministry of State Security for a massive cyberattack on Microsoft Exchange email servers earlier this year.

16.07.2021 - 21:55 [ ORF.at ]

NATO hat Militäreinsatz in Afghanistan beendet

Die NATO hat ihren Militäreinsatz in Afghanistan nach knapp zwei Jahrzehnten beendet. Wie der dpa in Brüssel von mehreren Diplomaten und Militärs bestätigt wurde, stehen die derzeit noch im Land stationierten Soldaten aus Staaten wie den USA und der Türkei mittlerweile vollständig unter der Führung der nationalen Kommandoketten.

Der bisher blutigste Militäreinsatz des Bündnisses sei damit de facto Geschichte, hieß es.

15.07.2021 - 05:23 [ ORF.at ]

Merkel zu Besuch in Washington eingetroffen

Außerdem wird Merkel die Ehrendoktorwürde der renommierten Johns-Hopkins-Universität verliehen.

Merkels Besuch symbolisiert die Wiederbelebung der deutsch-amerikanischen Beziehungen, die in der Amtszeit von Bidens Vorgänger Donald Trump stark gelitten hatten.

10.07.2021 - 18:34 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with US President Joseph Biden

(09.07.2021)

In the context of recent reports on a series of cyberattacks ostensibly made from Russian territory, Vladimir Putin noted that despite Russia’s willingness to curb criminal manifestations in the information space through a concerted effort, no inquiries on these issues have been received from US agencies in the last month. At the same time, considering the scale and seriousness of the challenges in this area, Russia and the US must maintain permanent, professional and non-politicised cooperation. This must be conducted through specialised information exchange channels between the authorised government agencies, through bilateral judicial mechanisms and while observing the provisions of international law.

10.07.2021 - 18:28 [ Weißes Haus ]

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

(09.07.2021)

President Biden also spoke with President Putin about the ongoing ransomware attacks by criminals based in Russia that have impacted the United States and other countries around the world. President Biden underscored the need for Russia to take action to disrupt ransomware groups operating in Russia and emphasized that he is committed to continued engagement on the broader threat posed by ransomware.

09.07.2021 - 07:36 [ Fox News ]

Biden changes end of US combat mission in Afghanistan from Sept. 11 to Aug. 31

But Biden doubled down on his decision not to leave a standing military force and posed the question, „How many thousands more of America’s daughters and sons are you willing to risk?“

„How long would you have them stay?“ he continued. „I will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan.“

„Staying would have meant U.S. troops taking causalities,“ Biden adde

09.07.2021 - 07:28 [ New York Times ]

In Forceful Defense of Afghan Withdrawal, Biden Says U.S. Achieved Its Objectives

“Let me ask those who want us to stay: How many more?” Mr. Biden said in remarks in the East Room of the White House. “How many thousands more American daughters and sons are you willing to risk? And how long would you have them stay?”

Mr. Biden said he was not declaring “mission accomplished,” but he made clear that the future of the country — including the fate of the current government and concerns about the rights of women and girls — was no longer in the hands of the American military.

08.07.2021 - 20:45 [ Newsbreak.com ]

Biden says U.S. war in Afghanistan will end August 31

“We did not go to Afghanistan to nation build,” Biden said in a speech to update his administration’s ongoing efforts to wind down the U.S. war in Afghanistan. “Afghan leaders have to come together and drive toward a future.”

08.07.2021 - 20:39 [ CBS News / Twitter ]

BREAKING: President Biden announces that U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end August 31 „There was never any doubt that our military performed this task efficiently and with the highest level of professionalism,“ he says

08.07.2021 - 07:41 [ Politico.com ]

Sources: U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan complete ‚for all intents and purposes‘

The U.S. currently has roughly 600 troops in Afghanistan, most of whom are Marine Corps and Army personnel providing security at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, the person said. The rest of the 600 will be based at the Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, said another U.S. official with direct knowledge of the discussions. All of those troops are expected to remain after the pullout is officially complete,

05.07.2021 - 17:07 [ theHill.com ]

Marianne Williamson calls on Biden to drop efforts to extradite Assange

Former Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson told Hill.TV that the Biden administration should drop its efforts to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the United Kingdom.

Williamson said Assange should not be punished for releasing information on WikiLeaks that provided details on „the U.S. war machine.“

03.07.2021 - 19:43 [ The Hill ]

Marianne Williamson calls on Biden to drop efforts to extradite Assange

“What Assange revealed here was torture and rape and murder. What he revealed was up to 15,000 more civilian deaths than we had even known… this is about the U.S. war machine, about the fact that it is a very very big business. It is very well funded. We are not supposed to question the funding and we are not supposed to question what they do,” she said.

02.07.2021 - 15:35 [ CNN ]

US days from completing formal Afghanistan withdrawal but up to 1,000 troops could remain

(30.06.2021)

As many as 1,000 US troops could remain in the country after the formal withdrawal to assist in securing the US Embassy in Kabul and the city’s airport, a senior administration official told CNN, and it is now unclear how long NATO troops will remain.

02.07.2021 - 15:33 [ apnews.com ]

US hands Bagram Airfield to Afghans after nearly 20 years

Until a new agreement for the airport’s protection is negotiated between Turkey and the Afghan government, and possibly the United States, the Resolute Support mission would appear to have to continue in order to give international troops the legal authority.

The U.S. will also have about 650 troops in Afghanistan to protect its sprawling embassy in the capital. Their presence it is understood will be covered in a bilateral agreement with the Afghan government.

01.07.2021 - 17:44 [ Consortium News ]

WATCH: Finale of Assange US Tour at National Press Club in Washington

With the WikiLeaks‘ publisher still in Belmarsh Prison in London awaiting the U.K. High Court decision on whether to accept the U.S. application for appeal of a judge’s order not to extradite Assange, his father and brother, John and Gabriel Shipton, are concluding a three-week tour of the United States.

From Miami to Boston to New York, Chicago, St. Paul, Denver, Oakland, Los Angeles and Washington DC, the tour has called on President Joe Biden to withdraw the application for appeal and drop the Espionage Act and computer intrusion charges against Assange.

01.07.2021 - 17:39 [ Consortium News ]

Australian MPs To Biden: Free Julian Assange

The MPs and Senators have urged President Biden to take the “opportunity for urgent reconsideration,” following a U.K. court’s decision to deny the U.S. extradition request, rendered earlier this year.

01.07.2021 - 16:55 [ Stella Moris #DropTheCharges / Twitter ]

We are on the #FreeAssangeBoat! We just passed Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, we are now headed to the US embassy to demand #JoeBiden’s administration #DropTheCharges #NoExtradition #FreeAssangeNOW

29.06.2021 - 11:44 [ AFSC / Twitter ]

Yesterday @POTUS launched airstrikes in #Iraq & #Syria. We are devastated that the U.S. continues to use militarized approaches that will further destabilize the region. The Senate must vote to repeal the 2002 #AUMF. Call your reps via the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

29.06.2021 - 11:30 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

The House just voted to repeal the AUMF in Iraq and then we get this from Biden. It’s time to bring our troops home from Iraq.

29.06.2021 - 11:20 [ Aaron Mate / Twitter ]

The fact that the US just bombed Syria & US troops are occupying it (along with imposing murderous sanctions) should underscore that it’s derelict for left media to avoid it — & avoid speaking out when those who do cover it are slandered for challenging the establishment line.

29.06.2021 - 11:01 [ Manu Raju / Twitter ]

Dems seem to be OK with the airstrikes Biden ordered over the weekend.

Pelosi says they appear „targeted and proportional“
Schiff says he believes they are „appropriate and reasonable“
Kaine said today it appears to be „classic“ self-defense

29.06.2021 - 10:47 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

America is terrorizing & bombing the middle east again. We’re the terrorists. We’re the Imperialists. We’re the blood thirsty murdering psychopaths. We’re the Bad guys. This is without Trump. Congrats!

29.06.2021 - 09:38 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Terrorbekämpfung: Anti-IS-Koalition nimmt Afrika in den Blick

Seit 2014 gibt es diese Koalition gegen die Terrormiliz „Islamischer Staat“ (IS). Deren Vertreter verwiesen bei ihrem Treffen in Rom zunächst einmal auf die Erfolge. Der IS beherrscht keine Territorien mehr, keine Städte, weder im Irak noch in Syrien. Acht Millionen Menschen wurden von dem Terrorregime der Milizen befreit.

28.06.2021 - 21:29 [ miragenews.com ]

Joint Communiqué by Ministers of Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Daesh/ISIS no longer controls territory and nearly eight million people have been freed from its control in Iraq and Syria, but the threat remains. The resumption in Daesh/ISIS activities and its ability to rebuild its networks and capabilities to target security forces and civilians in areas in Iraq and Syria where the Coalition is not active, requires strong vigilance and coordinated action. This includes allocating adequate resources to sustain Coalition and legitimate partner forces’ efforts against Daesh/ISIS, and significant stabilization support, both to address the drivers that make communities vulnerable to recruitment by Daesh/ISIS and related violent ideological groups, as well as to provide support to liberated areas to safeguard our collective security interests. In this regard, the Ministers noted the 2021 Pledge Drive for Stabilization as an important means to help sustain the recovery of areas liberated from Daesh/ISIS and prevent its resurgence. The Ministers reaffirm that Daesh/ISIS will continue to be pressured by curbing its ability to raise revenue, enhancing information sharing on terrorists through bilateral and/or multilateral channels like INTERPOL, and fighting against Daesh/ISIS’ toxic propaganda and denying the group space to exploit social media online.

28.06.2021 - 17:44 [ tolonews.com ]

US to Keep Hundreds of Troops After Withdrawal: AP

(26.06.2021)

At least 650 US troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan to provide security for diplomats following the completion of the American force withdrawal from the country, The Associated Press reported on Thursday, quoting US officials.

28.06.2021 - 12:36 [ Radio Utopie ]

U.S.-Imperium will „globale Koalition“ für Terrorkrieg 2.0 und bastelt an „Nachrüstung“ der Kriegsvollmacht aus 2001

(2. September 2014)

Auf dem Gipfel des Nordatlantikpakts in Wales wird es weniger um Russland als um die Frage gehen, mit welcher schwachsinnigen Ausrede nun die N.A.T.O. den am 4. Oktober 2001 ausgerufenen „kollektiven Verteidigungsfall“ aufrechterhalten will.

Eine Option: Noch mehr Eroberungen islamischer Staaten, wegen dem „Islamischen Staat“.

Am 26. August berichtete Radio Utopie, wie die Regierung der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika in der laufenden Farce um angeblich ohne Zutun oder Kenntnis eigener oder alliierter Kräfte unter den Labeln „Islamischer Staat“, „Isis“ und „Isil“ aus dem Nichts aufgetauchten Schattenarmeen in Syrien und Irak die Bereitschaft der Weltöffentlichkeit testete eine offene Invasion Syriens zu akzeptieren. Das Weiße Haus hatte ohne offizielles Statement einen drittrangigen Sprecher erklären lassen, die U.S.A. hätten „zum Schutze ihrer Bürger“
das Recht auf Kriegführung “ohne Rücksicht auf internationale Grenzen”. Wir verwiesen in diesem Zusammenhang auf die vom U.S.-Kongress am 14. September 2001 für den (jeweiligen) Präsidenten ausgestellte, uneingeschränkte, weltweite und zeitlich unbegrenzte Kriegsvollmacht „Authorization for Use of Military Force“ (A.U.M.F.).

Zwei Tage nach unserem Artikel wurde am 28. August dieser Zusammenhang über die „New York Times“ quasi offiziell gemacht…

28.06.2021 - 12:28 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Treffen der Anti-IS-Koalition: Wie weiter gegen den IS?

83 Staaten bilden eine Koalition gegen die Terrormiliz IS. Heute treffen sich deren Vertreter in Rom – zum ersten Mal seit Beginn der Pandemie wieder persönlich. Auch Bundesaußenminister Maas und sein US-Kollege Blinken sind dabei.

28.06.2021 - 12:19 [ Mateen Adel, Diplomat of Afghanistan in Rome- Italy / Twitter ]

Honored to participate in “Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ ISIS”, June 28, 2021, Rome.

28.06.2021 - 12:10 [ DefenseNews.com ]

Iraq AUMF repeal vote delayed until mid-July

(25.06.2021)

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee plans to take up a bipartisan measure to repeal the 2002 and 1991 war authorizations for Iraq in mid-July, the panel’s chairman confirmed Thursday.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said he is working with the Biden administration to schedule a classified briefing…

28.06.2021 - 12:01 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

This constant cycle of violence and retribution is a failed policy and will not make any of us safer. Congress has authority over War Powers and should be consulted before any escalation.

28.06.2021 - 12:00 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Irakisch-syrisches Grenzgebiet: USA fliegen Luftangriff auf Milizen

Mit einem weiteren Militärschlag unter dem Befehl von Präsidenten Joe Biden haben die USA den Druck auf den Iran und dessen Verbündete erhöht. Das US-Militär flog in der irakisch-syrischen Grenzregion Luftangriffe auf mehrere Ziele, die von pro-iranischen Milizen genutzt worden seien, teilte ein Pentagon-Sprecher mit.

28.06.2021 - 11:36 [ Haaretz ]

Four Iranian-backed Fighters Killed in U.S. Strikes in Iraq, Syria

The United States said on Sunday it carried out another round of air strikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria, which killed four people according to Iran-backed militia groups.

The strikes, the U.S. said, were in response to drone attacks by the militia against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq.

24.06.2021 - 02:35 [ tagesschau / Youtube ]

Berlin: Zweite Konferenz zum Konflikt in Libyen

Anders als im vergangenen Jahr findet diese Libyen-Konferenz nicht im Bundeskanzleramt statt, sondern im Auswärtigen Amt. Geblieben ist die Hoffnung, die Lage in Libyen gemeinsam zu beruhigen – nach vielen Jahren Krieg, Chaos und Zerstörung. Mit dabei ist auch US-Außenminister Antony Blinken, der Berlin auf seiner europäischen Antrittsreise besucht.

24.06.2021 - 02:32 [ ZDF ]

US-Außenminister in Berlin – Blinken und Merkel wollen Libyen helfen

„Bei allen Kontroversen in der Welt, müssen wir immer wieder Gesprächskanäle offenhalten.“ So hat Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel den US-Außenminister Anthony Blinken zu seinem ersten Amtsbesuch in Berlin begrüßt. Man freue sich, das die Vereinigten Staaten zurück sind auf der multilateralen Bühne, sagte Merkel weiter in Anlehnung an US-Präsident Joe Biden. „Deutschland und Amerika sind in diesem Zusammenhang Partner. Und wir wissen um unsere Verantwortung.“

16.06.2021 - 14:30 [ .srf.ch ]

Biden und Putin in Genf – Putin und Biden reichen sich die Hand – der Gipfel beginnt

Russlands Staatschef Putin ist in Genf gelandet: Um 13:30 Uhr kommt er mit US-Präsident Joe Biden zum ersten Gipfeltreffen zusammen.
Das weltweit mit Spannung erwartete Treffen soll rund vier bis fünf Stunden dauern. Gemäss Kreml-Angaben könnte es aber auch länger gehen.

15.06.2021 - 12:11 [ ORF.at ]

China wirft NATO Denken wie im Kalten Krieg vor

Die NATO liege falsch mit ihrer Behauptung, dass China eine systemische Herausforderung darstelle, teilte die chinesische Mission bei der EU heute in Brüssel mit. Das sei eine Fortsetzung „der Blockpolitik“, hieß es.

China bekenne sich zu einer defensiven Verteidigungspolitik.

15.06.2021 - 12:00 [ NATO.int ]

NATO leaders agree NATO 2030 reform agenda, discuss Russia, China

NATO Heads of State and Government on Monday (14 June) agreed a set of proposals under the NATO 2030 banner, covering a range of issues, including the protection of critical infrastructure, promoting innovation, boosting partnerships, and making the fight against climate change an important task for NATO for the first time.

15.06.2021 - 11:48 [ Junge Welt ]

Reibereien im Kriegsrat – NATO-Gipfel in Brüssel

Das Militärbündnis steckt mitten in seiner zweiten großen Umorientierungsphase seit dem Ende des Kalten Kriegs. Die erste war diejenige nach dem 11. September 2001, den die westlichen Mächte zum Anlass nahmen, sich als Interventionsbündnis für Kriege und andere Operationen in fernen Ländern zu formieren, zunächst in Afghanistan, dann auch andernorts.

13.06.2021 - 20:35 [ White House ]

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the New Government of the State of Israel

On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations.

09.06.2021 - 10:15 [ Achse des Guten ]

Wuhan-Affäre: “Die Weltbevölkerung in die Irre geführt”

Nun aber ist auch in der Presse und dem Rundfunk ein starker Stimmungsumschwung wahrnehmbar. Wodurch wurde der ausgelöst?

Es gab zunächst einmal einen großen Stimmungsumschwung in den USA, das war das Wesentliche. Ich war selbst in viele Gespräche mit amerikanischen Kollegen involviert. In den USA einen Stimmungsumschwung zu erreichen, war sehr wichtig, gerade wegen der besonderen Situation dort. Wir wissen, dass eine Unterabteilung der National Institutes of Health (NIH), die von [dem medizinischen Chefberater des Weißen Hauses; S.F.] Anthony Fauci geleitet wird, mehrere hochriskante Gain-of-function-Forschungsprojekte mit Coronaviren [Experimente, die darauf abzielen, die Übertragbarkeit und/oder Virulenz von Krankheitserregern zu erhöhen; S.F.] in Wuhan jahrelang gefördert hat.

08.06.2021 - 10:18 [ NATO.int ]

NATO Secretary General meets with President Biden at the White House

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington D.C. on Monday (7 June 2021), to discuss preparations for the upcoming NATO Summit on 14 June. The Secretary General thanked President Biden for his leadership and the “powerful commitment” of the United States to NATO, saying that he welcomed the President’s “strong message on the importance of alliances.”

08.06.2021 - 09:52 [ ORF.at ]

Stoltenberg: NATO-Gipfel wird Zeichen der Einheit

Zusammen sei man in dieser „unberechenbareren Welt“, in der man auf eine Reihe verschiedener Herausforderungen und Bedrohungen vorbereitet sein müsse, stärker und sicherer. Als Beispiele nannte Stoltenberg Russland, das sich zunehmend aggressiv gegenüber seinen Nachbarn verhalte, und China, das in neue militärische Fähigkeiten investiere.

01.06.2021 - 10:39 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden at the 153rd National Memorial Day Observance

Today, as we remember their sacrifice, we remind ourselves of our duty to their memory, to the future they fought for. We owe the honored dead a debt we can never fully repay. We owe them our whole souls. We owe them our full best efforts to perfect the Union for which they died.

We owe them the work of our hands and our hearts, to make real the promise of a nation founded on the proposition that all of us — all of us — all of us are created equal and deserve to be treated that way throughout our lives.

Democracy is more than a form of government. It’s a way of being; it’s a way of seeing the world. Democracy means the rule of the people — the rule of the people. Not the rule of monarchs, not the rule of the moneyed, not the rule of the mighty — literally, the rule of the people.

The lives of billions, from antiquity to our own hour, have been shaped by the battle between aspirations of the many and the greed of the few. Between people’s right to self-determination and the self-seeking of the dictator. Between dreams of democracy and appetites for autocracy, which we’re seeing around the world.

Our troops have fought this battle on fields around the world, but also the battle of our time. And the mission falls to each of us, each and every day. Democracy itself is in peril, here at home and around the world.

01.06.2021 - 10:21 [ Forbes ]

Biden Warns Democracy ‘In Peril’ During Memorial Day

Speaking at Arlington National Cemetery, Biden said “democracy itself” is in “peril” in the U.S. and around the world.

“What we do now” and “how we honor the memory of the fallen,” Biden said, will determine whether democracy can endure.

Repeating one of his go-to campaign lines, Biden claimed the battle for the “soul of America” is “animated by the perennial battle between our worst instincts—which we’ve seen of late—and our better angels.”

01.06.2021 - 09:41 [ Fox News ]

UK intelligence reassesses COVID lab leak theory, now says its ‘feasible’

British intelligence services are now reportedly reassessing their position on the theory that COVID-19 leaked from a lab in China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology.

A Sunday report from the Sunday Times of London quotes British spies who initially dismissed the lab leak theory, but now say it is „feasible.“

29.05.2021 - 10:43 [ Washington Post ]

Coronavirus ‘lab leak’ theory jumps from mocked to maybe as Biden orders intelligence review

Far from dismissing the lab-leak theory, however, President Biden has told his spies to see if the previous administration’s officials, whose work some of his own skeptical aides have called tendentious and overreaching, may have been right to question the lab and conduct a thorough investigation. The White House recently was told that a large amount of information remained to be examined that could shed light on the question, according to a senior administration official who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

29.05.2021 - 09:06 [ Haaretz ]

Biden, Khamenei Hope to Sign Nuclear Deal Before Iran’s June 18 Presidential Election

“It’s one of the fastest negotiations ever between Iran and the Western states,” a European diplomat familiar with the talks told Haaretz.

“If in the past the Iranians submitted each interim agreement for the leadership’s approval in Tehran, a process that sometimes took several days, this time things are being done swiftly. Apparently the Iranian delegation has received wider latitude, but the American flexibility has undoubtedly also contributed a great deal.”

27.05.2021 - 13:07 [ ZDF ]

Untersuchung angeordnet – Biden lässt nach Corona-Ursprung forschen

Woher kommt das Coronavirus? Hartnäckig halten sich Mutmaßungen über einen Laborunfall. Der US-Präsident fordert von seinen Geheimdiensten Aufklärung.

25.05.2021 - 19:07 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Biden und Putin wollen sich in Genf treffen

Das Verhältnis zwischen den USA und Russland ist so schlecht wie lange nicht. Doch nun wollen sich Präsident Biden und Kreml-Chef Putin am 16. Juni in Genf treffen. Washington hofft auf mehr „Stabilität und Vorhersagbarkeit“.

21.05.2021 - 14:36 [ Washington Post ]

Eight minutes with the president: Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the lone Palestinian American in Congress, gains relevance in Israel debate

Equally notable was the decision by President Biden later that day to praise Tlaib during an appearance in her hometown of Detroit.

“I admire your intellect, I admire your passion, and I admire your concern for so many other people,” Biden said Tuesday. “And God, thank you for being a fighter.”

21.05.2021 - 08:14 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on the Middle East

(20.05.2021)

THE PRESIDENT: Folks, I’ve just spoken with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Earlier today, I spoke with President Al Sisi of Egypt.

And Minister — Prime Minister Netanyahu informed me that Israel has agreed to a mutual, unconditional ceasefire to begin in less than two hours. The Egyptians have now informed us that Hamas and the other groups in Gaza have also agreed.

20.05.2021 - 14:53 [ USA Today ]

Israel unleashes airstrikes after vowing to press on in Gaza

Explosions shook Gaza City and orange flares lit up the night sky, with airstrikes also reported in the central town of Deir al-Balah and the southern town of Khan Younis. As the sun rose, residents surveyed the rubble from at least five family homes destroyed in Khan Younis. There were also heavy airstrikes on al-Saftawi Street, a commercial thoroughfare in Gaza City.

20.05.2021 - 14:50 [ France24.com ]

Biden administration ‘in a difficult position’ in effort to rejoin Iran nuclear deal

„The US now has incredible leverage over Iran,“ former Trump national security advisor John Bolton told FRANCE 24. „If Biden gives it away, he will virtually guarantee that the sanctions will collapse, and ultimately Iran will get nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles to deliver them both on Europe and on the United States.“

20.05.2021 - 08:19 [ Ynetnews.com ]

EU foreign ministers to arrive in Israel in show of solidarity

Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia’s top diplomats will arrive in Israel as part of Jerusalem’s effort to strengthen its legitimacy as it defends itself against Gaza’s terrorist factions

20.05.2021 - 08:09 [ Haaretz ]

Support for the Palestinians Is Growing in Washington, and It’s Not Just About Gaza

The pro-Palestinian stance of these lawmakers reached unprecedented levels on Wednesday after Reps. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Mark Pocan introduced a resolution attempting to block a $735 million arms sale to Israel — the first-ever attempt by sitting members of Congress to block such a sale.

20.05.2021 - 08:03 [ Washington Post ]

Biden is increasingly at odds with other Democrats over Israel

(19.05.2021)

The president’s top spokeswoman has repeatedly declined to say whether Israel’s military response in the Gaza Strip was appropriate to the provocation, while many Democrats have not been shy about calling it disproportionate. And Biden and his advisers have stuck to an assertion that liberal Democrats reject as insufficient, the notion that Israel has a right to defend itself.

That has led to sharp criticism of the Biden administration from some Democrats, which otherwise has been rare.

20.05.2021 - 07:53 [ Washington Post ]

The U.S. conversation on Israel is changing, no matter Biden’s stance

(17.05.2021)

President Donald Trump’s close alliance with Netanyahu may have helped erode the once ironclad bipartisan consensus around Israel. But many Democrats are also waking up to how Trump’s predecessors, including Biden himself during the Obama years, did not stop the steady expansion of Israeli settlements or impose costs on Israel for undermining the prospects of a viable Palestinian state.

19.05.2021 - 20:51 [ KBS ]

Moon zum Gipfel mit Biden in die USA aufgebrochen

Das südkoreanische Präsidialamt teilte mit, dass Moon auf Bidens Einladung von Mittwoch bis Samstag einen offiziellen Arbeitsbesuch in Washington abstatten werde. Moon ist der zweite Regierungschef nach dem japanischen Premierminister Yoshihide Suga, mit dem sich Biden persönlich trifft.

19.05.2021 - 20:15 [ The Hill ]

Ocasio-Cortez leading effort to block arms sale to Israel

The Biden administration notified Congress on May 5 that it approved selling Israel $735 million in weapons, mostly Boeing-made Joint Direct Attack Munitions that can turn so-called dumb bombs into precision-guided missiles.

19.05.2021 - 18:46 [ Haaretz ]

Gaza Lives Erased: Israel Is Wiping Out Entire Palestinian Families on Purpose

Wiping out entire families in Israeli bombings was one of the characteristics of the war in 2014. In the roughly 50 days of the war then, UN figures say that 142 Palestinian families were erased (742 people in total). The numerous incidents then and today attest that these were not mistakes: and that the bombing of a house while all its residents are in it follows a decision from higher up, backed by the examination and approval of military jurists.

19.05.2021 - 18:39 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu rebuffs Biden’s call for immediate ‚de-escalation‘ in Gaza

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to ignore US President Joe Biden’s plea for a scaling back of the Israel Defense Force’s (IDF) retaliatory attacks on Hamas and other Islamists within the Gaza Strip.

Following the release of a transcript detailing the conversation between the two earlier Wednesday, in which Biden called for „significant de-escalation“ on the path to a ceasefire.

19.05.2021 - 18:36 [ i24news.tv ]

Biden told Netanyahu he expected ’significant de-escalation‘ Wednesday

US President Joe Biden in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday said that he „expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire,“ according to a readout of the call provided by the White House.

19.05.2021 - 09:53 [ ORF.at ]

Medien: Hamas-Militärchef entkam zweimal gezielter Tötung

Nach Medienberichten hat Daif bei Angriffen Israels in der Vergangenheit bereits ein Auge, einen Arm und beide Beine verloren.

Im August 2014 kamen während des letzten Gaza-Krieges bei einem Luftangriff Israels im Gazastreifen die Frau des Hamas-Führers sowie zwei seiner Kinder ums Leben.

19.05.2021 - 06:39 [ KashmirMirror.com ]

Gaza death toll reached to 217, including 63 children and 36 women

Two Palestinians were killed and eight others injured on Tuesday on the 9th day of Israel’s continued attacks on the Gaza Strip, raising the death toll in the besieged enclave to 217, including 63 children and 36 women.

19.05.2021 - 06:24 [ ORF.at ]

Sicherheitsrat: Weiter keine gemeinsame Nahost-Erklärung

Der UNO-Sicherheitsrat hat angesichts der Gewalteskalation in Nahost seine vierte Dringlichkeitssitzung in acht Tagen abgehalten – und erneut ohne eine gemeinsame Erklärung beendet. „Wir glauben nicht, dass eine öffentliche Erklärung zu diesem Zeitpunkt zur Deeskalation beitragen wird“, sagte die US-Botschafterin bei der UNO, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, wie die Nachrichtenagentur AFP gestern aus Diplomatenkreisen erfuhr.

18.05.2021 - 13:56 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Vetoes Security Council Resolution on Israel-Gaza Crisis for Third Time

The statement distributed on Monday among the council members calls on the parties to reach a ceasefire and expresses concern for a possible eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.

An Israeli official said that the statement was predictable given the „bias“ of the council members. As expected, the United States blocked the passing of the statement by exercising its veto.

18.05.2021 - 13:53 [ CBS News ]

Biden „expressed his support for a ceasefire“ in call to Israeli Prime Minister

President Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday night, their second phone call since Saturday. The president is expressing support for a ceasefire, which comes as fellow Democrats are urging him to do more to stop the violence.

According to the readout of the call, Mr. Biden „reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks.“ Mr. Biden also „encouraged Israel to make every effort to ensure the protection of innocent civilians.“

17.05.2021 - 15:17 [ New York Times ]

For Trump, Hamas and Bibi, It Is Always Jan. 6

Like Trump, both Bibi and Hamas have kept power by inspiring and riding waves of hostility to “the other.” They turn to this tactic anytime they are in political trouble. Indeed, they each have been the other’s most valuable partner in that tactic ever since Netanyahu was first elected prime minister in 1996 — on the back of a wave of Hamas suicide bombings.

No, Hamas and Bibi don’t talk. They don’t need to. They each understand what the other needs to stay in power and consciously or unconsciously behave in ways to ensure that they deliver it.

17.05.2021 - 14:37 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: US approves $735 million sale of precision-guided weapons to Israel

The administration of US President Joe Biden has earlier this month approved the sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

According to the outlet, US lawmakers were notified of the move on May 5, well before the latest military escalation between Israel and Gaza Strip-based terrorist groups.

17.05.2021 - 13:34 [ New York Times ]

When Fighting Erupts Between Israel and Hamas, the Question of War Crimes Follows

Civilian deaths on both sides raise urgent questions about which military actions are legal, what war crimes are being committed and who, if anyone, will be held to account.

17.05.2021 - 13:29 [ CNN ]

Palestinians deserve the same security, equality and right to a homeland as the Israelis

If history serves as a guide, however, after a ceasefire is reached, the conflict will slowly fade from the headlines, the world will go back to its business and the Palestinians will largely be forgotten — yet again. For those who sincerely want to see a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, this time must be different. The world, and especially the Biden administration, cannot look away but must engage on the question of Palestine. It’s 2021 — a homeland for Palestinian Christians and Muslims is long overdue, as is safety and equality for Palestinians.

17.05.2021 - 13:14 [ Haaretz ]

Dozens of Democrats Urge Immediate Israeli-Palestinian Cease-fire to Prevent Further Loss of Life

Twenty-eight Democratic senators, led by Sen. Jon Ossoff, and eight House Democrats issued joint statements calling for a swift end to the flare-up in order to prevent a further loss of life.

“To prevent any further loss of civilian life and to prevent further escalation of conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories, we urge an immediate cease-fire,” the senators said.

17.05.2021 - 08:12 [ Bernie Sanders / Twitter ]

The devastation in Gaza is unconscionable. We must urge an immediate ceasefire. The killing of Palestinians and Israelis must end. We must also take a hard look at nearly $4 billion a year in military aid to Israel. It is illegal for U.S. aid to support human rights violations.

17.05.2021 - 08:04 [ Jeremy Corbyn / Facebook ]

The nightmare for the people of Gaza and the West Bank must end.

(video)

17.05.2021 - 07:45 [ Logan Bayroff / Twitter ]

A Republican Senator about to call for a ceasefire before the Biden White House has. Incredible.

17.05.2021 - 07:41 [ J Street / Twitter ]

.@JeremyBenAmi on The @mehdirhasan Show: „This occupation is now 54 years old. It is strategically terrible for the State of Israel, but it’s also morally reprehensible and runs counter to not only democratic principles, but I would say to Jewish values.“

17.05.2021 - 07:16 [ wtop.com ]

Biden faces an angry rift in his own party over Israeli-Palestinian conflict

It’s an awkward public fight for a party that has made its commitment to social and racial justice a main part of its platform. As the US comes to grips with its own history of racism in new ways and adopts the Black Lives Matter movement in a mainstream way, liberals want to apply similar notions of justice to foreign policy, where an increasing number see apartheid in Israel’s approach to the Palestinians.

17.05.2021 - 07:08 [ imemc.org ]

UN Security Council Calls for Ceasefire; US Vetoes Statement

14 out of 15 Security Council members were in favor of the statement. Only the US was opposed. And since the US has ‘veto power’ at the UN Security Council, they were able to block the resolution.

The U.S. also blocked a similar resolution this past Monday, May 10th, the day that the escalation began.

17.05.2021 - 07:00 [ Ramy Abdu| رامي عبده / Twitter ]

Another night of HELL. Random bombing across civilian areas in west, south, east and north of Gaza. This is an onslaught. Bombing is ongoing for 25 minutes so far. Many houses are directly hit #GazaUnderAttak

17.05.2021 - 06:53 [ Al Jazeera English / Twitter ]

Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip has entered its seventh consecutive day, with the death toll expected to rise further. Rescue workers are digging through rubble to find survivors.

17.05.2021 - 06:34 [ J. Shawa جاسم الشوا / Twitter ]

Can’t believe the savagery. They have been bombing like crazy for severe minutes. Car alarms going off shrapnel flying all over

17.05.2021 - 06:13 [ Mohammad Alsaafin / Twitter ]

So among the people killed in yesterday’s airstrikes on Gaza: Gaza’s top neurologist (Dr Mouin Al-Aloul) The head of Coronavirus response at Gaza’s biggest hospital (Dr Ayman Abu Al-Ouf) Psychologist and social worker Rajaa Abu Al-Ouf (as well as her children)

17.05.2021 - 06:07 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

In addition to destroying the roads to al-Shifa Hospital and killing 33 in the process, including 8 children, Israel targeted a Doctors Without Borders clinic

17.05.2021 - 05:52 [ CNN ]

Israel-Palestinian conflict marks its deadliest day as scenes of horror unfold in Gaza

(16.05.2021)

Two Israeli airstrikes in Gaza killed at least 43 Palestinians — including eight children — and injured 50 others, most of whom were women and children early Sunday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. (…)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a Tweet on Saturday that „Israel has no interest in escalation, but is ready for any scenario,“ echoing an Israeli military official, who said on Friday that Israel is prepared to continue hitting „quality targets“ for an „extended period of time.“

17.05.2021 - 05:47 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Abed Shokry zur Situation in Gaza

(15.05.2021)

Das ist wahnsinnig. Das ist unglaublich, das ist unerträglich und unvorstellbar. Das ist unbeschreibbar. Ich habe das Gefühl, dass die israelischen Piloten jeden Einzelnen von uns, auch die Kinder hassen. Ich kann es mir sonst nicht erklären, wie sie gezielt eine Wohnung bombardieren, obwohl sie sehen, dass da Kinder schlafen (geschlafen haben, denn sie sind jetzt tot). Anzahl der Getöteten, von denen die meisten Zivilisten sind, ist weiter gestiegen. Heute am Freitagabend gibt es 122 Tote, von denen 31 Kinder waren. Waren die Kinder Hamas-kämpfer? Es gibt ca. 800 Verletzte, die zusätzlich zu den vielen an Covid19 Erkrankten behandelt werden müssten – wenn es denn genug Medikamente, Ärzte und Betten gäbe

Gestern Nacht waren die Angriffe heftiger, stärker, und irgendwie anders. Denn das Haus bebte und bebte und bebte. Es wackelt und wackelt und wackelt, wenn die Bomben in der Nachbarschaft fallen. Und die Geräusche sind sehr, sehr beängstigend. Das ist total gruselig. Ich dachte, es handle sich um einen USA Action- Film. Es ist aber LEIDER sehr real. Die vierte Nacht infolge ohne Schlaf, weder ich noch die Kinder und ebenso wenig meine Frau. Dann wurden Gift-Gas-Granaten auf unterschiedliche Stadtviertel in Gaza Stadt und im Norden vom Gazastreifen abgeworfen. Uns brannten gestern Nacht die Augen und wir hatten schlimme Atemproblem.

Das ist ein Horrorfilm und wir sind mittendrin.

17.05.2021 - 05:36 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Biden Stonewalls U.N. Concern Over Israeli-Palestinian Clashes

(12.05.2021)

In recent days, the United States has on at least three occasions refused to engage in negotiations initiated by Norway and Tunisia aimed at adopting a Security Council statement criticizing Israel’s evictions and demolitions of Palestinian properties in occupied East Jerusalem.

13.05.2021 - 07:18 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Israel weitet Gaza-Angriffe aus

Medienberichten zufolge wurden das Finanzministerium im Herzen der Stadt Gaza sowie eine Bank der Hamas zerstört. Das Militär teilte mit, Kampfflugzeuge hätten eine Reihe strategisch wichtiger Gebäude sowie ein Marinekommando der Hamas angegriffen. Die Angriffe auf Terrorziele würden fortgesetzt.

13.05.2021 - 06:43 [ CNN ]

67 killed in Gaza, 7 killed in Israel as UN warns conflict could turn into ‚full-scale war‘

(today)

Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza has now killed at least 67 people, including 17 children, and injured more than 388 more, according to the Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry. Israel says at least 15 of the dead were Hamas militants.

13.05.2021 - 06:41 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Blanket statements like these w/ little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence – namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al Aqsa – dehumanize Palestinians & imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong.

(12.05.2021)

By only stepping in to name Hamas’ actions – which are condemnable – & refusing to acknowledge the rights of Palestinians, Biden reinforces the false idea that Palestinians instigated this cycle of violence.

This is not neutral language. It takes a side – the side of occupation.

13.05.2021 - 06:40 [ JTA.org ]

Biden says Israel has a ‘right to defend itself’ as he sends envoy to deescalate conflict

(12.05.2021)

During a White House press conference Wednesday afternoon, Biden said he had just spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and had an “expectation and hope” that the conflict would end soon.

13.05.2021 - 06:39 [ theHill.com ]

Biden speaks with Israel’s Netanyahu amid spiraling conflict with Hamas

(12.05.2021)

“I had a conversation for a while with the prime minister of Israel, and, I think, my hope is that we’ll see this coming to conclusion sooner than later,” the president said during remarks to the press about the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The president said his national security and defense staff have been in “constant contact” with their counterparts in the Middle East, including the Israelis but also the Egyptians, Saudis and Emiratis.

13.05.2021 - 06:25 [ i24news.tv ]

US halts statement by UN Security Council on escalation in Israel-Palestinian tensions

(11.05.2021)

The United Nations Security Council held an urgent meeting Monday on the unrest in Jerusalem but issued no immediate statement, with diplomats saying the United States assessed that public comments could be counterproductive.

09.05.2021 - 19:01 [ Haaretz ]

Democrats Urge U.S. to Act Against Israel’s ‚Abhorrent‘ East Jerusalem Evictions

Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Chris Van Hollen and Chris Murphy have called on Israel …

08.05.2021 - 21:55 [ Financial Times ]

Merkel opposes US move to waive vaccine IP, the drive behind the commodity supercycle

German chancellor says waiver would have serious implications for production worldwide

08.05.2021 - 21:44 [ WDR ]

Bundeskanzlerin Merkel hat den Vorschlag von US-Präsident Biden zurückgewiesen, Corona-#Impfpatente vorübergehend freizugeben. Nach Beratungen mit den EU-Staats- und Regierungschefs sagte Merkel in Berlin, der Patentschutz sichere die Innovationskraft der Unternehmen.

05.05.2021 - 10:03 [ ORF.at ]

Biden will „Unabhängigkeit vom Virus“ im Juli

Biden hatte den Amerikanern zu Beginn seiner Amtszeit versprochen, dass die große Impfkampagne bis 4. Juli, dem Unabhängigkeitstag, eine gewisse Rückkehr zur Normalität ermöglichen werde. Sollte die Impfung von rund 70 Prozent der Erwachsenen bis dahin gelingen, werde man der Normalität deutlich näher kommen, sagte Biden.

04.05.2021 - 20:23 [ Time Magazine ]

President Biden Made the Right Choice to Withdraw from Afghanistan

We all know theoretically that “sunk costs are sunk,” but when those costs are friends and teammates, it isn’t easy to walk away. There’s no way ever to quantify the loss of over 2,200 American servicemen and women, 3,800 American contractors, and 100,000 Afghans over two decades. The stoic philosophers like Epictetus and Aurelius taught to detach without being vacuous but that isn’t always the easiest advice to follow. Like all SEALs and service members of my era, I’ve buried far too many friends. We best honor them by making a stoic and intelligent choice today, not by sacrificing and investing more in a mission no longer central to our national security.

03.05.2021 - 23:51 [ BBC ]

Hillary Clinton warns of ‚huge consequences‘ in Afghan US troop withdrawal

Mrs Clinton said it was also important to protect the „many thousands of Afghans“ who had worked with the US and Nato during the conflict, and said a large visa programme should be set up to provide for any refugees.

03.05.2021 - 05:23 [ Frankfurter Allgemeine / Twitter ]

Nach fast zwanzig Jahren hat der Abzug der ausländischen Truppen aus Afghanistan offiziell begonnen. Angriffe und Anschläge mit vielen Toten überschatten ihn.

(02.05.2021)

03.05.2021 - 05:17 [ Gabriele Meissner / Twitter ]

Die Nato hat die Warlords in Afghanistan gestärkt – nicht die Demokratie

(29.04.2021)

03.05.2021 - 04:08 [ Radio Utopie ]

Afghanische Warlords stehen jährlich mit Hunderten von Millionen-Dollar-Margen auf NATO-Gehaltslisten

(4. November 2009)

Denn so lange die Warlords, Gebietsfürsten und Distriktgouverneure mit jährlichen Millionenbeträgen auf der Gehaltsliste der CIA und der NATO stehen, haben sie noch weniger Interesse an friedlichen Verhältnissen in der Region. Je mehr Krieg und Terror, umso besser – ansonsten würden diese hohen Einnahmen für sie wegfallen. Das Geld bekommen diese Führer dafür, dass sie private Sicherheitstruppen mieten, um die jeweiligen Basen der westlichen Allierten sowie die Transportwege vor terroristischen Überfällen zu schützen. Diese Kuh gilt es mit allen Mitteln zu melken.

Somit ist durchaus der Beweis erbracht, dass die NATO den Krieg in Afghanistan doppelt finanziert – nicht nur die eigenen Truppen sondern auch die der Gegenseite gleich mit. Auf das der Krieg nicht zum Erliegen gebracht wird!

Welcher Provinz-Warlord könnte nicht in Versuchung kommen und lässt schnell mal ein Attentat inszenieren, dass dann immer die über die Grenze gekommenen Aufständigen waren? Seine Sicherheitskräfte brauchen schliesslich Arbeit, Lohn und Brot. Ohne Gefahr gibt es kein Geld – eine einfache Rechnung und ein fataler Teufelskreis. Die Ansicht der USA, dass, wenn man den Kriegsherren kein Geld mehr für ihre Dienste zur Verfügung stellt, dann eine Eskalation der Lage erfolge, kann man unterschiedlich bewerten. So wie jetzt die Lage in Afghanistan ist, hat diese bisherige Strategie nach acht Jahren keinen Erfolg für den ISAF- Einsatz gebracht und die meisten Anschläge erst hervorgerufen.

Alle gefallenen Soldaten, einschliesslich der deutschen Opfer, sowie die Toten und Verletzten der afghanischen Zivilbevölkerung oder der Hilfsorganisationen, sie alle sind gestorben in dem grausamen korrupten Machtspielen der Westmächte und den Führungskräften in Afghanistan.

Stellungnahmen der Bundesregierung, der Parteien und Medien zu dem Bericht des Zentrums für internationale Zusammenarbeit an der New York University waren bis heute in Deutschland nicht festzustellen.

03.05.2021 - 03:39 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(9.September 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military commanders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies.

03.05.2021 - 02:47 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Krieg in Afghanistan: Warlord Inc. – freies Geleit gegen Geld

(23. Juni 2010)

Die USA verteilen in Afghanistan Milliarden Dollar an Firmen, damit schwerbewaffnete Söldner für Sicherheit sorgen. Die Dienstleister verdienen prächtig – und bestechen mit dem Steuergeld zwielichtige Kriegsfürsten und möglicherweise auch Taliban.

03.05.2021 - 02:38 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / Washington Post ]

Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan

June 22, 2010
To the Members of the Subcommittee:

Today I present to you a report entitled, Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which has been prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
After a six-month investigation, the report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to questionable providers, including warlords.

The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defense designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital U.S. supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fueled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt
Afghan officials, and perhaps others.

Not only does the system run afoul of the Department’s own rules and regulations mandated by Congress, it also appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan.

03.05.2021 - 01:50 [ CNN ]

US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan has begun

„A drawdown is underway,“ White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday. „While these actions will initially result in increased forces levels, we remain committed to having all of US military personnel out of Afghanistan by September 11, 2020.“

Fewer than 100 troops, along with military equipment, have been moved largely by aircraft to execute President Joe Biden’s order to begin the withdrawal process no later than May 1, according to several US defense officials.

02.05.2021 - 00:46 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Mossad Chief Met With Biden Amid Attempts to Prevent Return to Iran Deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefed Cohen before the meeting.

Cohen also met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Thursday, alongside Israel’s ambassador to Washington, in which the Israeli officials expressed „deep concern“ about Iran’s nuclear activities, according to a person familiar with the matter.

29.04.2021 - 10:30 [ Times of India ]

It’s time to bring troops home from Afghanistan: Joe Biden

WASHINGTON: After 20 years of American valour and sacrifice in Afghanistan, it’s time to bring troops home, US President Joe Biden has said, assuring fellow citizens that his administration will maintain capabilities to suppress future threats to the homeland.
Biden made this assurance to war-weary Americans in his maiden address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

29.04.2021 - 10:30 [ Weißes Haus ]

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President Biden — Address to a Joint Session of Congress

And American leadership means ending the forever war in Afghanistan.

We have the greatest fighting force in the history of the world.

And I’m the first President in 40 years who knows what it means to have had a child serving in a warzone.

Today we have service members serving in the same war as their parents once did.

We have service members in Afghanistan who were not yet born on 9/11.

War in Afghanistan was never meant to be a multi—generational undertaking of nation—building.

We went to Afghanistan to get the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11.

We delivered justice to Osama Bin Laden and we degraded the terrorist threat of al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

After 20 years of American valor and sacrifice, it’s time to bring our troops home.

Even as we do, we will maintain an over—the—horizon capability to suppress future threats to the homeland.

But make no mistake – the terrorist threat has evolved beyond Afghanistan since 2001 and we will remain vigilant against threats to the United States, wherever they come from.

Al Qaeda and ISIS are in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and other places in Africa and the Middle East and beyond.

And, we won’t ignore what our own intelligence agencies have determined – the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today is from white supremacist terrorism.

29.04.2021 - 10:04 [ USA Today ]

Biden message to China and Russia: America is back, Trump is gone, the free ride is over

Unfortunately, one of Biden’s clear themes on foreign affairs was his recognition of the destruction former President Donald Trump left in his wake and the need to restore American credibility. The past four years were good days for the world’s dictators and other miscreants, and Biden on Wednesday night began the job of making a case for restoring America’s alliances, of defending American ideals, and of warning off the various wolves that have circled the democratic camp while the American lanterns were dimmed.

28.04.2021 - 06:11 [ New York Times ]

Can Vaccinated People Spread the Virus? We Don’t Know, Scientists Say.

(01.04.2021)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday walked back controversial comments made by its director, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, suggesting that people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus never become infected or transmit the virus to others.

28.04.2021 - 06:09 [ 10tv.com ]

CDC says fully vaccinated Americans can go outside without a mask

Some experts portrayed the relaxed guidance as a reward and a motivator for more people to get vaccinated — a message President Joe Biden sounded, too.

“The bottom line is clear: If you’re vaccinated, you can do more things, more safely, both outdoors as well as indoors,” Biden said.

25.04.2021 - 18:54 [ i24news.tv ]

White House: Israeli delegation will not sway Biden into abandoning Iran nuclear deal

An Israeli security delegation due to visit Washington on Monday will not change the Biden administration’s position on rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a press briefing on Friday.

The team of senior officials led by Mossad Director Yossi Cohen and National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat plan to express their objections to the White House, which is currently emerged in indirect negotiations with Tehran in Vienna.

20.04.2021 - 21:54 [ Washington Post ]

Biden’s approach to North Korea is the opposite of ‘fire and fury’

(16.04.2021)

Biden set the nonconfrontational tone on North Korea at his March 25 news conference, when he was asked about Pyongyang’s short-range missile tests the previous week. He said that the United States would respond “if they choose to escalate,” but that he was ready for “diplomacy . . . conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization.”

Biden’s stance, suggesting that denuclearization was an eventual goal, not an immediate one, was repeated in a joint U.S.-Japanese-South Korean statement on April 2, which called for progress “towards denuclearization.”

20.04.2021 - 21:51 [ Weißes Haus ]

U.S.- Japan Joint Leaders’ Statement: “U.S. – JAPAN GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR A NEW ERA”

(16.04.2021)

President Biden and Prime Minister Suga exchanged views on the impact of China’s actions on peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world, and shared their concerns over Chinese activities that are inconsistent with the international rules-based order, including the use of economic and other forms of coercion. We will continue to work with each other based on universal values and common principles. We also recognize the importance of deterrence to maintain peace and stability in the region. We oppose any unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East China Sea.

19.04.2021 - 18:17 [ KBS ]

Treffen im Weißen Haus zwischen US-Präsident Biden und Japans Premier Suga

US-Präsident Joe Biden ist am Freitag mit dem japanischen Ministerpräsidenten Yoshihide Suga im Weißen Haus zu einem Gespräch zusammengekommen.

Auf der Pressekonferenz im Anschluss an das Gespräch nannten beide China und Nordkorea Herausforderungen und dass sie gewillt seien, für die Zukunft eines freien und offenen Indopazifik einzutreten.

18.04.2021 - 06:38 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Biden Rebuffed Commanders’ Advice in Decision to Leave Afghanistan

The White House says it will guard against the risk of a new terrorist danger in Afghanistan by maintaining warplanes and counterterrorism capabilities at bases outside of the landlocked country.

Current and former military officials say, however, that …

15.04.2021 - 09:50 [ Barack Obama / Twitter ]

VP Biden on Afghanistan: „We are leaving in 2014. Period.“

(Oct 12, 2012)

08.04.2021 - 18:53 [ theHill.com ]

Poll: 53 percent of voters support having ‚vaccine passports‘

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.

05.04.2021 - 15:00 [ Counterpunch ]

Biden and Latin America

Joe Biden’s first significant foray into Latin America policy began in the early 2000s when he was a US senator. As the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he helped President Bill Clinton secure funding for Plan Colombia, an initiative that equipped and trained Colombian military and police forces engaged, in theory, in counternarcotics activities.

30.03.2021 - 04:16 [ Aaron Sibarium / Twitter ]

Mask off.

30.03.2021 - 04:11 [ New York Times ]

Biden Pushes Mask Mandate as C.D.C. Director Warns of ‘Impending Doom’

The president’s comments came only hours after the C.D.C. director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, appeared to fight back tears as she pleaded with Americans to “hold on a little while longer” and continue following public health advice, like wearing masks and social distancing, to curb the virus’s spread.

30.03.2021 - 04:09 [ fox8.com ]

Biden administration reportedly working on national ‘vaccine passport’ program, raising concerns from some

Now, President Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly working with federal agencies as well as private entities to create such a thing for Americans, the Washington Post and CNN found.

According to reports, the passport would come as a scannable code that users could easily bring up on their smartphone.

30.03.2021 - 04:06 [ Jacobin ]

Joe Biden Is Killing the Iran Nuclear Deal

On Friday, an anonymous US official told Reuters that “who goes first” is “not the issue” when it comes to the United States and Iran reviving their 2015 nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA). This was a remarkable statement, because if it truly doesn’t matter who goes first, then it’s fair to ask why we’re now more than two months into the Biden administration and we still haven’t seen any progress toward patching up the agreement.

28.03.2021 - 15:19 [ Forbes ]

Hawaii: An Update On Its ‘Vaccine Passport’ Program

(24.03.2021)

There’s no official timetable, but the “hope” is for it to be launched mid-May.

But without a sense of urgency, some are beginning to question the economic feasibility of creating vaccinated programs at all.

So long as we stay the course, President Biden says most Americans will have access to the vaccine by May

25.03.2021 - 11:32 [ Antony J. Blinken, US Außenministerium - State.gov ]

A Foreign Policy for the American People

(03.03.2021)

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.

18.03.2021 - 10:49 [ USA Today ]

Russia recalls its ambassador to the US after Biden says he thinks Putin is a killer

The move came after President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin would „pay a price“ for Moscow’s interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. In an interview with ABC News, Biden was also asked if he thought Putin is a killer.

„I do,“ Biden responded.

16.03.2021 - 17:26 [ Ron Paul / antikrieg.com ]

Hält Biden Amerika als Geisel bis zum „Unabhängigkeitstag“?

Jetzt brauchen die Amerikaner also die Erlaubnis von Fauci, um zu heiraten? Was geschieht mit diesem Land? Die Propaganda ist so unerbittlich, dass es scheint, dass die meisten Amerikaner nicht sehen, wie nicht normal das ist! In gesünderen Zeiten würde Fauci von der Bühne gelacht werden. Jetzt wird er als eine Art göttliche Quelle der Wahrheit behandelt.

12.03.2021 - 11:50 [ Grayzone ]

Biden Iran envoy boasted of depriving civilians of food, driving up Iranian inequality in sadistic sanctions manual

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.

12.03.2021 - 11:46 [ Grayzone ]

Right-wing Central American leaders praise neoliberal ‘Biden Plan’ to strengthen US ‘sphere of influence’

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.

12.03.2021 - 11:42 [ Antiwar.com ]

We Need To Talk About Chad: Franco-America’s Favorite Hired Gun

After some hints to the contrary, it turns out French troops in the Sahel aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. So said President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on February 16, even before his virtual summit with France’s former-colonial „partners“ – Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, and Chad – comprising the G5 Sahel Joint Force. Formed in 2014, it’s described in bureaucratic Paris-speak as „an intergovernmental cooperation framework, in order to put forward a regional response to the various challenges.“ In reality, the G5 are little more than a misfit crew of problematic proxies doing the bidding of the French generals leading a seven years-running Operation Barkhane – and that of America’s AFRICOM proconsuls propping-up Paris’s pet forever war in the Sahel.

11.03.2021 - 09:52 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Israeli Jets Escort US B-52s during Mideast Flyby in Warning to Iran

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.

08.03.2021 - 08:42 [ theOWP.org ]

Foreign Troops To Stay In Afghanistan Beyond May Deadline

(02.03.2021)

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.

08.03.2021 - 08:32 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Pushes U.N.-Led Peace Conference in Letter to Afghan Leader

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.

03.03.2021 - 11:26 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Civilian contractor dies as rockets slam into US airbase in Iraq days after Joe Biden’s first airstrike ‚killed 22‘ in attack on Iranian-backed militants

– 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

03.03.2021 - 11:08 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

The mythology, that the US acts in the world to stop tyranny and punish despotism — as it ships arms and money to Saudi, Egypt, UAE, supports coups in Bolivia, etc. — is as glaringly false as it gets. Yet it remains vital for propagandizing Endless War:

03.03.2021 - 11:02 [ CNN ]

Biden and his top officials slammed Trump’s lack of action against Saudi Arabia, MBS in years before taking office

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.

03.03.2021 - 10:37 [ the Hill / Youtube ]

Krystal Ball: How Biden LOST The Left In A Single Day

Krystal Ball outlines how President Joe Biden is slowly losing the support of the left.

01.03.2021 - 21:24 [ Ron Paul / antikrieg.com ]

Bidens Angriff auf Syrien: ein tatsächlich anklagbares Verbrechen

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.

01.03.2021 - 08:35 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Atomabkommen: Iran lehnt Gesprächsangebot ab

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.

01.03.2021 - 08:26 [ New York Times ]

Iran Rejects Nuclear Deal Talks With U.S. Proposed by Europe

The rejection came days after President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria.

01.03.2021 - 07:42 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria in response to ship attack – report

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.

01.03.2021 - 07:38 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Biden defends airstrike on Syria in letter to leaders in Congress and says US has the right to defend itself

(28.02.2021)

– 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.“

28.02.2021 - 10:11 [ US Congress ]

H.R.255 – Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force

Shown Here:
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.

28.02.2021 - 09:57 [ Geoff LaMear / Twitter ]

Barbara Lee has two bills in place to get rid of the 2001 AUMF and the 2002 AUMF. HR 255 and 256 if I recall correctly. Takes a 1 min call to your representative and as few as 8 constituents can be the factor in a rep’s vote.

28.02.2021 - 09:51 [ Newsweek ]

In Iraq, Joe Biden Haunted by Obama’s Foreign Policy Missteps

(26.02.2021)

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.

28.02.2021 - 09:41 [ Bloomberg ]

The White House Shouldn’t Get a Blank Check to Wage War

(12.02.2021)

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.

28.02.2021 - 09:15 [ Steve Herman / Twitter ]

There was congressional notification prior to the US airstrike on #Syria, @PentagonPresSec tells reporters.

(26.02.2021)

„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.“

28.02.2021 - 08:55 [ theHill.com ]

Biden administration to give Congress full classified briefing on Syria strikes by next week

(26.02.2021)

“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.

28.02.2021 - 08:03 [ ORF.at ]

EU ruft Botschafter in Havanna wegen Appells an Biden zurück

Nach seiner Unterzeichnung eines Appells an US-Präsident Joe Biden, die Sanktionen gegen Kuba aufzuheben, hat die Europäische Union ihren Botschafter in Havanna zurückgerufen. Der spanische Diplomat Alberto Navarro solle in Brüssel die Gründe für seinen Schritt erklären, teilte ein Sprecher des EU-Außenbeauftragten Josep Borrell gestern der Nachrichtenagentur AFP mit.

27.02.2021 - 16:12 [ i24news.tv ]

UN rights chief accuses Iran of targeting minority groups

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.

27.02.2021 - 16:00 [ i24news.tv ]

Biden warns Iran ‚be careful‘ after ordering Syria airstrikes

“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.

27.02.2021 - 11:18 [ Antiwar.com ]

Some Members of Congress Criticize Biden’s Syria Bombing

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

27.02.2021 - 10:44 [ ]

Adios AUMF? Democrats press Biden for help in revoking old war powers

(21.01.2021)

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.

27.02.2021 - 10:29 [ theHill.com ]

Repealing the AUMF is Biden’s opportunity to end the ‚forever wars‘

(11.02.2021)

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.

27.02.2021 - 10:25 [ CNN ]

Democrats question Biden’s legal justification for Syria strike

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.

27.02.2021 - 09:44 [ ORF.at ]

US-Angriff in Syrien: Guterres ruft zu Zurückhaltung auf

‚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.

27.02.2021 - 08:03 [ Commondreams.org ]

‚It Should Be Easier to Raise Minimum Wage Than to Drop Bombs on Syria‘: Progressives Fume at Biden

„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.“

26.02.2021 - 20:51 [ Antiwar.com ]

VP Harris, Biden’s Press Secretary Slammed as Hypocrites for Tweets on Trump’s Syria Airstrikes

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.

26.02.2021 - 17:15 [ The People’s Party / Twitter ]

#PeoplesParty stands in opposition to the airstrike carried out today by U.S. forces in #Syria. Read our statement below:

26.02.2021 - 16:50 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

US Bombs Syria And Ridiculously Claims Self Defense

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.

26.02.2021 - 16:35 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

How anyone can believe the US is hostile to Assad because he’s a “brutal dictator” — while at the same time embracing regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt & UAE, to say nothing of their beloved dictators over decades — is one of those enduring mysteries: a testament to US propaganda.

26.02.2021 - 16:32 [ Heise.de ]

Bidens erste „unzweideutige Botschaft“

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.

26.02.2021 - 15:58 [ Daniel Larison / Twitter ]

To sum up, we have to bomb targets in Syria without authorization to protect the troops that are in Iraq without authorization in order to pursue an unauthorized anti-ISIS mission that is really just an excuse to keep troops in the country for anti-Iranian reasons.

26.02.2021 - 15:54 [ Jordan Weissmann / Twitter ]

Wait, why the fuck are we bombing Syria?

26.02.2021 - 15:49 [ Richard Medhurst / Twitter ]

Thanks for bombing my country @JoeBiden

26.02.2021 - 15:39 [ theHill.com ]

Biden orders US strikes on Iranian-backed militia facilities in Syria

“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.

26.02.2021 - 15:30 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Unangekündigter Truppenbesuch: Auf Stippvisite in Afghanistan

Nach der Verlängerung des Afghanistan-Einsatzes ist Verteidigungsministerin Kramp-Karrenbauer zu einem Besuch deutscher Soldaten am Hindukusch eingetroffen. Sie wolle sich über die Lage vor Ort informieren, so ihr Ministerium.

25.02.2021 - 12:11 [ Informationsstelle Militarisierung (IMI) ]

Afghanistan: Verlängerung

… Aus Sicht der Bundesregierung sind die Voraussetzungen für einen vollständigen, verantwortungsvollen Abzug zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt noch nicht gegeben.“

25.02.2021 - 12:02 [ The New York Times ]

A Top Democrat Warns Against a Hasty Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

This could require sending more strike aircraft to operate in the Middle East or ensuring that an aircraft carrier with its strike wing is operating in the Persian Gulf region.

24.02.2021 - 06:11 [ Heise.de ]

Pulverfass Afghanistan

Die Phrase, dass „unsere Freiheit am Hindukusch verteidigt werden muss“ (Ex-Verteidigungsminister Peter Struck (SPD) im Jahr 2001), ist zwar nicht mehr so im Umlauf.

An neuen Begründungen mangelt es aber nicht. Die Presse erinnert an die durch den Abzug „gefährdeten Erfolge“ des inzwischen 20jährigen Kriegs – wobei man bei „Erfolg“ vermutlich nicht an die toten Afghanen, die aktuell fast drei Millionen afghanischer Flüchtlinge oder die Opiumfelder denken soll, die inzwischen Afghanistans Wirtschaft ausmachen.

22.02.2021 - 06:44 [ Haaretz ]

Biden’s Diplomacy Train Is Headed Straight for Iran, With No Stop in Israel

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.

20.02.2021 - 05:32 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Biden auf Sicherheitskonferenz: „Das transatlantische Bündnis ist zurück“

Dem russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin warf Biden in seiner Rede vor, das Projekt der europäischen Einigung und das transatlantische Bündnis schwächen zu wollen. Für Russland sei es einfacher, einzelne Länder unter Druck zu setzen und zu bedrohen, als sich mit starken, geeinten Bündnissen anzulegen.

Es gehe nicht darum, den Kalten Krieg wieder aufleben zu lassen, aber Russlands Provokationen dürften nicht unbeantwortet bleiben, forderte Biden. Die USA und Europa müssten daher auch stets zur „Souveränität und territorialen Integrität“ der Ukraine stehen.

20.02.2021 - 05:22 [ ntv Nachrichten / Youtube ]

LIVE: Biden, Merkel und Macron sprechen auf der Münchener Sicherheitskonferenz

(video)

18.02.2021 - 22:48 [ CNN ]

Biden speaks with Netanyahu after delay raised questions

„It was a good conversation,“ Biden told reporters in the Oval Office shortly after the call ended, without elaborating.

In a post on Twitter, Netanyahu said he had spoken with Biden for roughly an hour in „friendly and warm“ terms, affirming the US-Israel alliance and discussing issues related to Iran, regional diplomacy and the coronavirus pandemic.

18.02.2021 - 22:39 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Bis zu 4000 Soldaten: NATO weitet Irak-Mission aus

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.

17.02.2021 - 09:44 [ Newsweek ]

Two-Thirds of Middle East Experts Want Biden to Return to Iran Deal Without Conditions: Poll

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.

15.02.2021 - 00:29 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Biden’s Iran Policy Is Just Trump’s Iran Policy With A Rainbow Flag Emoji

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.

14.02.2021 - 13:11 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Biden zu Trump-Freispruch: „Beenden wir diesen unhöflichen Krieg“

Alle Amerikaner, und insbesondere ihre Führungsfiguren, hätten die Pflicht und Verantwortung, „die Wahrheit zu verteidigen und die Lügen zu besiegen“, hieß es in dem Statement Bidens.

„Auf diese Weise beenden wir diesen unhöflichen Krieg und heilen die Seele unserer Nation. Das ist die Aufgabe, die vor uns liegt. Und es ist eine Aufgabe, die wir gemeinsam angehen müssen, als Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika.“ Gewalt und Extremismus hätten keinen Platz in den Vereinigten Staaten.

14.02.2021 - 13:08 [ White House ]

Statement by President Joe Biden on the Senate Vote in the Trial of Donald Trump

This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.

That is how we end this uncivil war and heal the very soul of our nation. That is the task ahead. And it’s a task we must undertake together. As the United States of Americ

11.02.2021 - 22:02 [ The Hill ]

Biden to speak at virtual Munich Security Conference event

“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.

06.02.2021 - 20:19 [ i24news.tv ]

Blinken holds first phone call with Saudi Foreign Minister

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.

06.02.2021 - 20:09 [ i24news.tv ]

State Dept.: US ‚objects‘ to ICC’s decision on Palestinian situation

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.”

04.02.2021 - 20:48 [ CBS News / Youtube ]

Watch live: President Biden speaks at State Department

Watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET: President Joe Biden is delivering his inaugural foreign policy speech as president during a visit to the State Department. The speech follows remarks to staff at the agency and a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

04.02.2021 - 12:32 [ WorldOil.com ]

U.S. signals Biden’s tough stance on Iran with new oil seizure attempt

(03.02.2021)

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.

04.02.2021 - 12:27 [ Bloomberg ]

U.S. Moves to Seize Oil Shipment It Says Iran Exported Covertly

(03.02.2021)

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.

04.02.2021 - 11:55 [ thewrap.com ]

Tucker Carlson Thinks Biden Is Trying to Start a War With Iran (Video)

“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.

04.02.2021 - 11:53 [ Newsweek ]

Biden Administration Dodges Iran Offer to Coordinate Nuclear Deal Return

(02.02.2021)

„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.“

04.02.2021 - 11:51 [ Al Jazeera ]

Iran’s Zarif proposes coordinated return to nuclear deal with US

(02.02.2021)

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.

04.02.2021 - 11:48 [ theHill.com ]

Biden faces deadline pressure on Iran deal

(31.01.2021)

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.

02.02.2021 - 15:01 [ i24news.tv/ ]

Israel’s security cabinet to meet Wednesday over Iran issue: report

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.”

29.01.2021 - 03:57 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

“The Coming War On China”  –  Watch John Pilger’s Powerfully Relevant Documentary

(March 23 2020)

“The aim of this film is to break a silence: the United States and China may well be on the road to war, and nuclear war is no longer unthinkable,” Pilger says in his 2016 documentary The Coming War on China, which you can watch free on Youtube here or on Vimeo here.

“In a few years China has become the world’s second-biggest economic power,” Pilger’s introduction continues. “The United States is the world’s biggest military power, with bases and missiles and ships covering every continent and every ocean. China is a threat to this dominance, says Washington. But who is the threat? This film is about shifting power, and great danger.”

29.01.2021 - 03:39 [ The Times ]

Boris Johnson considers joining ‘Asian Nato’ to resist China

(27.01.2021)

Boris Johnson will raise the prospect of Britain joining the “Asian Nato” informal alliance when he visits India as part of a post-Brexit strategy.

President Biden is seeking to recruit more members to the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. The strategic forum to strengthen alliances to counter China, referred to as the Quad, consists of the United States, India, Japan and Australia.

28.01.2021 - 11:33 [ Jerusalem Post ]

CENTCOM chief arriving in Israel for talks with Kochavi on Iran

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.

28.01.2021 - 10:59 [ Reuters ]

Israel’s top general says its military is refreshing operational plans against Iran

(26.01.2021)

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.”

28.01.2021 - 10:54 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with US President Joseph Biden

(26.01.2021)

The presidents expressed satisfaction over today’s exchange of diplomatic notes on the agreement to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. In the next few days, the parties will complete the necessary procedures that ensure the functioning of this important mechanism of international law on the mutual limitation of their nuclear missile arsenals.