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23.04.2018 - 12:00 [ Heike Hänsel, Mitglied des Bundestages ]

Salisbury – Zugang zu Fakten dem Parlament ermöglichen

(20.4.2018) „Während im Fall des Anschlags im britischen Salisbury die Spekulationen in den Medien weiter blühen, verweigern die Regierungen von Großbritannien und Deutschland dem Bundestag die notwendige Transparenz. Auch auf mehrfache Anfrage wurde mir der vollständige Bericht der Organisation für das Verbot chemischer Waffen (OVCW) nicht zur Verfügung gestellt“, sagt Heike Hänsel, stellvertretende Vorsitzende der Fraktion DIE LINKE. Hänsel weiter:

„Laut Auswärtigem Amt soll Großbritannien darum gebeten haben, die Vollversion des Berichtes geheim zu halten. Die Bundesregierung hätte aber auch die Möglichkeit, das Papier in der Geheimschutzstelle des Bundestags zu hinterlegen, um die notwendige Transparenz herzustellen und eine öffentliche Verbreitung zugleich zu verhindern. Doch diesen Zugang verwehrt die Bundesregierung bisher.

Es ist mehr als bedenklich, dass das Parlament damit über einen Sachverhalt diskutiert und womöglich entscheidet, über den ihm fundierte Informationen verweigert werden.

22.04.2018 - 11:41 [ computerweekly.com ]

Future of internet regulation is focus of Lords inquiry

(3.4.2018) The House of Lords Communications Committee has opened an inquiry exploring the possibility of internet regulation in the UK, seeking input around issues such as the legal liability of online platforms for the content they host and how they moderate it, and how user data is protected.

The inquiry comes as platforms such as Facebook continue to draw public hostility for its role in enabling the activities of Cambridge Analytica, the data science firm at the heart of ongoing allegations of exploiting the data of Facebook users to influence the EU referendum campaign and the 2016 US presidential election.

17.04.2018 - 09:15 [ euronews.com ]

EU calls on Russia to bring Syria back to talks

Some analysts hope that the western airstrikes can bring the parties to a peace deal. Here is Marc Pierini of Carnegie Europe.
„Russia has been carefully warned, it has sheltered its staff and equipment, and so it is to be hoped that these strikes, which are in no way an aggression against Russia and not even against the Assad regime, also serve to give the signal that it would be time after 7 years of an atrocious war to talk politics and talk about a settlement of the conflict.“

16.04.2018 - 16:36 [ Bloomberg.com ]

Merkel’s Struggle to Gain Trump’s Ear Leaves Berlin Sidelined

The U.S. tried to shame Merkel’s government into helping in Syria, arguing that Germany of all nations should be appalled by the use of chemical weapons on civilians, according to a U.S. official who asked not to be named discussing strategy.

16.04.2018 - 09:34 [ USA Today ]

Macron: France persuaded Trump to strike in Syria

Appearing in a two-hour live broadcast on French television BFM and online investigative site Mediapart, the 40-year-old leader said the U.S., Britain and France had “full international legitimacy to intervene” in order to enforce international humanitarian law.

The allies fired missiles early Saturday at three chemical-weapons facilities in Syria to punish the regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma.

“It was retaliation, not an act of war,” Macron said in justifying the operation a day before the French parliament was set to debate it.

16.04.2018 - 09:17 [ Haaretz ]

How the U.S.-led Airstrikes in Syria Hit Their Targets Before Assad’s Missile Defenses Even Fired

Electronic warfare suppression, a decoy battle group in the Mediterranean and never-before-used stealth missiles were all part of the attack

16.04.2018 - 08:33 [ Mel Wallace, be Realistic Plan for a Miracle / Twitter ]

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16.04.2018 - 08:09 [ Jeremy Corbyn / theGuardian.com ]

Diplomacy, and not bombing, is the way to end Syria’s agony

Already this devastating conflict has cost more than 500,000 lives and led to 5 million refugees being forced to flee Syria, and 6 million internally displaced. We must put negotiations for a political settlement centre stage, and not slip into a new cycle of military reaction and counter-reaction.

Protracted external military intervention in Syria – from funding and arms supplies to bombing and boots on the ground – has not helped in the slightest. Syria has become the theatre for military action by regional and international powers – the United States, Britain, Russia, France, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates among them.

16.04.2018 - 08:06 [ Reuters ]

After Syria strikes, Britain’s May to face critical parliament

But she will be grilled over why she broke with a convention to seek parliamentary approval for the action, a decision that she and her ministers say was driven by the need to act quickly.

Much of the criticism will come from opposition lawmakers, but the prime minister may also have to work hard to defend her speed of action to members of her own Conservative Party who had wanted parliament recalled.

15.04.2018 - 19:48 [ Arab News ]

Arab leaders meet in Saudi Arabia as Syria tensions reach boiling point

Leaders of the 22-nation Arab League, who will meet in the Saudi city of Dhahran on Sunday, are expected to stress continuity in their efforts to find a solution to the Syrian conflict. It follows airstrikes by the US, UK and France against the Assad regime on Saturday. The leaders are likely to seek Arab and international support to increase pressure on the regime to find a solution to the conflict.

14.04.2018 - 03:47 [ BBC ]

US and allies launch strikes on Syria chemical weapons sites

„A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway,“ President Trump said in an address to the nation.

Explosions were reported near the Syrian capital Damascus.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed British involvement, saying there was „no practicable alternative to the use of force“.

14.04.2018 - 03:45 [ CBS News ]

Trump says he has directed precision strikes in Syria — live updates

„A short time ago, I ordered the U.S. Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad,“ the president said from the White House.

„A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way,“ he continued.

13.04.2018 - 10:17 [ ]

Further UK military intervention in Syria’s appalling multi-sided war risks escalating an already devastating conflict.

The need to restart genuine negotiations for peace and an inclusive political settlement of the Syrian conflict, including the withdrawal of all foreign forces, could not be more urgent. We must do everything we can, no matter how challenging, to bring that about.

04.04.2018 - 17:57 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs ]

British Ambassador to Russia briefing on the Salisbury attack: 22 March 2017

First, there is no doubt that the weapon used in the attack was the military-grade nerve agent from the Novichok series. This has been confirmed by specialists, our specialists. An Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons mission is in the UK now to independently confirm this analysis.

There is also no doubt that Novichok was produced in Russia by the Russian state. It is not a weapon that can be manufactured by non-state actors. It is so dangerous it requires the highest grade state laboratories and expertise to produce it.

03.04.2018 - 10:13 [ Daily Mail ]

SAS sniper killed by roadside bomb while embedded with Seal Team Six may have been lured into trap in manhunt for ISIS commander

(2.4.2018) – Sgt Matt Tonroe died on Thursday evening after a roadside bomb in Manjib
– The 33-year-old is the first British soldier to be killed fighting jihadis in Syria
– He was described as selfless, mischievous, a family man and a natural leader

03.04.2018 - 10:11 [ RT ]

‘Not proxy’: Lavrov says US, British, French special forces ‘directly involved’ in Syria war

(19.3.2018) The US coalition is “illegitimate” from the standpoint of international law and the UN Charter, Lavrov said. “But we are realistic and understand that we wouldn’t fight with them. So we coordinate actions at least to prevent unintended clashes. Our military always keeps in touch with the American commanders who lead the operation on Syrian territory.”