Archiv: Trump Administration

14.02.2019 - 09:59 [ mehdi rezai ‏/ Twitter ]

We know Netanyahu’s enthusiasm for waging a new war in the region very well, but this tweet unveils the reality that what security and peace means for those who have gathered in Warsaw.

14.02.2019 - 09:55 [ ]

Netanyahu hails Warsaw talks with Arab states as ‘turning point’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Thursday as historic a Warsaw meeting where he is joining Arab states, saying they stood united against Iran and voicing hope that cooperation extends to other areas.

13.02.2019 - 23:44 [ C-SPAN / Youtube ]

Word for Word: Excange between Rep. Ilhan Omar and Elliott Abrams (C-SPAN)

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has a heated exchange with Elliot Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, highlighting his role in the Iran-Contra affair. She says, „I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony you give today to be truthful.“ The exchange came during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

13.02.2019 - 23:16 [ Omar Moore ‏/ Twitter ]

U.S. congresswoman @IlhanMN and convicted (then pardoned) Iran-Contra felon Elliott Abrams in an exchange marked by Abrams’ disrespectful interruption of Rep. Omar’s statement. Reclaiming her time!

13.02.2019 - 23:15 [ ]

Omar, Trump envoy Elliott Abrams clash in fiery exchange

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) engaged in a testy back and forth on Wednesday with special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams, accusing the diplomat of being a liar and pressing him on his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair and killings in Central America during the Reagan administration.

13.02.2019 - 00:02 [ ]

Kneissl reist zu Iran-Konferenz in Warschau

Nach Angaben der polnischen Regierung haben rund 60 der mehr als 70 eingeladenen Delegationen aus aller Welt zugesagt.

Ihre Teilnahme bestätigten bisher der israelische Regierungschef Benjamin Netanyahu und der ungarische Außenminister Peter Szijjarto. Auf Ministerebene werden außerdem aus der Region Saudi-Arabien, Bahrain, der Jemen, Jordanien, Kuwait, der Oman, Marokko und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate vertreten sein, wie die PAP meldete.

12.02.2019 - 17:06 [ Junge Welt ]

Die arabische NATO

(11.12.2018) Die Trump-Administration will ein nah- bzw. mittelöstliches Militärbündnis gründen oder, wie Mitarbeiter im Weißen Haus es nennen: »Arab NATO« (»Arabische NATO«). Der Plan, die Staaten des Golf-Kooperationsrates (GCC) mit Ägypten und Jordanien zu einer »Middle East Strategic Alliance« (MESA) zu bündeln, wie der Zusammenschluss offiziell heißen soll, wurde erstmals im Umfeld des Besuchs von US-Präsident Donald Trump im Mai 2017 in Riad bekannt.

12.02.2019 - 16:51 [ ]

Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to attend the anti-Iran Warsaw conference

On the 13th and 14th of February, Warsaw will host an international conference co-chaired by Poland and the United States, to promote peace in the Middle East. The Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz announced, Monday, that 60 delegations, including ten from the Middle East and all EU member states, will attend the conference.

12.02.2019 - 13:35 [ CNN ]

Iran summons Polish diplomat over planned ‚anti-Iranian‘ Warsaw conference

Poland and the United States are jointly organizing a global conference in Warsaw on February 13-14 that will focus on Iran’s influence in the region, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

12.02.2019 - 13:20 [ Haaretz ]

Trump’s ‚Arab NATO‘ Push Against Iran Comes to a Head, and He’s the Biggest Obstacle

(20.1.2019) Next month, Washington will convene 70 world leaders in Warsaw in an attempt to form an alliance against Iran. But they all remember Trump’s zigzagging policies

12.02.2019 - 13:18 [ ]

Will an Anti-Iran Military Alliance Be Formed in 2019?

( In summary, while some GCC states may wish they could build a military alliance capable of confronting Iran, that goal may be farfetched in 2019. Instead, the notion of the alliance could very well be the Trump Administration’s hidden path to the goal of normalizing Gulf relations with Israel, without much of a serious attempt at confronting Iran.

09.02.2019 - 14:18 [ Auswärtiges Amt ‏/ Twitter ]

Bei dem Treffen von Außenminister @HeikoMaas und @AmbJohnBolton ging es vor allem um #Venezuela: Wir haben vereinbart, dass wir weiter Druck dafür machen, dass der von uns anerkannte Interimspräsident @jguaido schnell in die Lage versetzt wird, Neuwahlen durchzuführen.

05.02.2019 - 08:56 [ Bloomberg ]

The U.S. Failed in Venezuela Last Time. It’s a Different World Now

(25.1.2019) When the U.S. rushed to endorse a military coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2002, it ended up with egg on its face. The self-styled leader of a “Bolivarian” revolution was back in office within three days — and more anti-American than ever.

The decision by Washington to recognize National Assembly leader Juan Guaido as the nation’s legitimate president could see a repeat, if Chavez-heir Nicolas Maduro should cling onto power. But it takes place in a very different geopolitical climate, one where failure risks global repercussions.

05.02.2019 - 08:29 [ ]

Donald Trump says deploying US troops to Venezuela ‚an option‘

In an astonishing interview, the US president also revealed he had turned down a request to meet Maduro, whose tenure as president has seen the country fall into economic turmoil amid a growing humanitarian crisis.

Asked if he might dispatch American troops there, Mr Trump said: “Certainly it’s something that’s on the – it’s an option.”

02.02.2019 - 16:24 [ Junge Welt ]

EU-Staaten uneins zu Venezuela

Hintergrund ist, dass sich Regierungsvertreter unter anderem aus Italien und Griechenland öffentlich gegen eine Einmischung der EU in die inneren Angelegenheiten Venezuelas ausgesprochen und Maduro als Präsident des Landes anerkannt haben.

02.02.2019 - 16:21 [ ]

Guaido ruft zu „größter Demonstration“ in Venezuelas Geschichte auf

Inmitten der Staatskrise in Venezuela hat der selbst ernannte Übergangspräsident Juan Guaido seine Anhänger für Samstag zur „größten Demonstration“ in der Geschichte des Landes aufgerufen. Mit den Kundgebungen solle dem Ultimatum von vier der 28 EU-Mitgliedstaaten Nachdruck verliehen werden.

02.02.2019 - 16:05 [ ]

Venezuela: Guaidó telefonierte offenbar mit Pence – kurz bevor die Revolte begann

(25.1.2019) Gab Washington das Signal zum Aufstand in Venezuela? Laut „Wall Street Journal“ telefonierte US-Vizepräsident Mike Pence mit Juan Guaidó – der sich kurze Zeit später zum Staatschef erklärte.

02.02.2019 - 16:01 [ Ben Norton / Twitter ]

US VP and right-wing Christian fundamentalist Mike Pence just held a Florida rally in which he called for the overthrow of Venezuela’s sovereign gov, implied military intervention is on the table, & declared, „No time for dialogue. This is time for action“

01.02.2019 - 14:10 [ ]

Venezuelas Öl und die Geopolitik des US-gestützten Putsches

Mit diesem abgedroschenen und heuchlerischen Gerede von „Freiheit“ und „Demokratie“ tarnt Washington seine wahren Motive für einen Putsch, der schnell zu einem Bürgerkrieg und einer bewaffneten Intervention führen könnte.

Venezuela hat die größten nachgewiesenen Ölreserven der Welt – mehrere Milliarden Barrel mehr als Saudi-Arabien. Dieses wertvolle Vermögen ist nicht nur eine Profitquelle, sondern ein wichtiges geopolitisches Werkzeug im Konflikt zwischen den USA und China, vor allem angesichts der wachsenden Befürchtungen, dass sich die Lage auf den Ölmärkten bald verschlechtern könnte.

30.01.2019 - 14:34 [ ]

Maduro zum Machtkampf: „Wir lassen uns nicht erpressen“

In einem Interview mit der staatlichen russischen Nachrichtenagentur Ria Nowosti gab sich Maduro offen: „Ich bin bereit, mich mit der Opposition an den Verhandlungstisch zu setzen, um zum Wohle Venezuelas über Frieden und die Zukunft zu sprechen.“

Die Gespräche könnten unter Vermittlung mehrerer Länder stattfinden, schlug Maduro der Agentur zufolge vor.

30.01.2019 - 14:31 [ ]

Maduro: Bolton verbietet Trump Dialog mit Caracas

„Ich habe seit Jahren Versuche unternommen, (…) Verbindungen, achtungsvolle Beziehungen, Dialog mit den USA herzustellen, unberücksichtigt der politischen, kulturellen und ideologischen Differenzen“, sagte Maduro. Es schien ihm zufolge, dass es bald soweit sei, doch Bolton soll Trump verboten haben, einen Dialog aufzunehmen.

30.01.2019 - 14:25 [ Tulsi Gabbard ‏/ Twitter ]

It’s about the oil … again. Bolton just exposed real motive for intervention in Venezuela: „We’re in conversation with major American companies now…It would make a difference if we could have American companies produce the oil in Venezuela. We both have a lot at stake here.“

30.01.2019 - 02:28 [ Ron Paul / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

Trump’s Venezuela Fiasco

It is tragically comical that President Trump has named convicted criminal Elliot Abrams as his point person to “restore democracy” in Venezuela. Abrams played a key role in the Iran-Contra affair and went on to be one of the chief architects of the disastrous US invasion of Iraq in 2003. His role in helping promote the horrible violence in Latin America in the 1980s should disqualify him from ever holding public office again.

15.01.2019 - 09:12 [ New York Times ]

Pompeo’s Anti-Iran Tour Faces Obstacles of a Fractious Middle East

Mr. Pompeo has not yet proposed that Arab nations outside the war zones send troops to fight the militias, though he has left open the possibility of the United States helping piece together an Arab military coalition to move into northeastern Syria as the United States withdraws.

15.01.2019 - 08:55 [ Henry Olsen / Washington Post ]

John Bolton is under attack

The first report seeks to portray Bolton as a bumbler whose undiplomatic attempt to soothe both Netanyahu and Erdogan made the withdrawal harder to implement. This could be the work of someone trying to diminish Bolton’s influence within the administration. When the president asks why his administration has yet to fully withdraw from Syria, these people can use the report as evidence that Bolton is the problem.

15.01.2019 - 08:42 [ ]

From Trump tweets to Pentagon leaks, infighting leaves US Middle East policy in tatters

At the same, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times all carried major damaging stories targeting White House Middle East policy, all sourced to unnamed American diplomats and defence officials, targeting Mr Trump’s handpicked adviser Mr Bolton for pushing the country towards the brink of war with Iran and trying to maintain the US military presence in Syria as a bulwark against Iranian influence.

02.07.2018 - 10:15 [ Haaretz ]

‚One Little Kick and It’s Done‘ Senior Trump Advisers Believe It’s Possible to Hasten Collapse of Iranian Regime

Senior U.S. and Israeli sources tell Haaretz that White House is divided over Iran strategy, with John Bolton pushing for regime change and James Mattis striving for new agreement with Islamic Republic

23.06.2018 - 10:07 [ Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair ]

“I Don’t Expect Bolton to Last Much Longer”: How Mike Pompeo Won the Trump-Kim Summit

After the crucible of the Trump-Kim summit, it seems clear that Pompeo has been elevated, and Bolton diminished, by the president’s sudden love affair with Pyongyang. But Pompeo will also be the first to fall “if this thing goes to shit.”

24.05.2018 - 20:06 [ ]

John Bolton Uses ‚Shadow‘ Council To Help Vet White House Hires

John Bolton relies on an outside group of advisers with ties to think tanks and organizations that will only reinforce the administration’s desire to wage war.

24.05.2018 - 19:57 [ New York Times ]

Meet the Members of the ‘Shadow N.S.C.’ Advising John Bolton

One of Mr. Bolton’s longtime associates, Charles M. Kupperman, a former Reagan administration official and defense contracting executive, has taken a temporary leadership post on the National Security Council, while at least three others — Frederick H. Fleitz, Sarah Tinsley and David Wurmser — are believed to be under consideration for posts.

Mr. Bolton’s relationships with most of the associates date back decades, to his days working in positions related to foreign policy in the Reagan administration.