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13.11.2018 - 09:48 [ The Dean Obeidallah Show / Youtube ]

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wisc) on whether Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wisc) explains to SiriusXM radio’s Dean Obeidallah that despite Democrats winning the House on November 6 it’s still too early to say if Nancy Pelosi will be elected speaker, noting it will be about the final seat count of the Democrats victory. (November 7, 2018 show)

13.11.2018 - 09:45 [ theHill.com ]

Progressives flex muscles as Dems return to Washington

“We have 20 new people that we endorsed elected to Congress, and there’s still a few more that are coming,” Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), said Monday at a press conference presenting the group’s new members.

Pocan added that the CPC will have more than 90 members in the next Congress, making it the “largest value-based caucus” on the Hill.

13.11.2018 - 09:37 [ Steve Phillips / New York Times ]

Do the Math. Moderate Democrats Will Not Win in 2020.

Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams, progressive African-American Democratic candidates, may not have won their races for governor in Florida and Georgia (both are still too close to call). But the strategy they followed is still the best strategy for Democrats to win: inspiring, mobilizing and turning out voters of color and progressive whites.

I’ve argued for this strategy for years.

13.11.2018 - 09:34 [ Huffington Post ]

For Democrats, Progressive Is The New Moderate

Far more insidious is the corporate Democrat spin machine called Third Way.

To hear this band of Wall Street Democrats tell it, centrist Democrats had a great night, while progressives were losers. This selective use of statistics has all the intellectual honesty of an offering prospectus for subprime derivatives.

13.11.2018 - 09:24 [ New York Times ]

Kyrsten Sinema Declared Winner in Arizona Senate Race

Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat and former social worker, scored a groundbreaking victory in the race for a Senate seat in Arizona, defeating her Republican opponent after waging a campaign in which she embraced solidly centrist positions.

13.11.2018 - 09:21 [ theAtlantic.com ]

The Resistance Won’t Win Back Arizona’s Senate Seat

(25.10.2018) The onetime anti-war protester has spent a year carefully cultivating her moderate cred across the state, touting herself as a lawmaker who will work with “literally anyone who is willing to … get something done.” In Yuma, she spoke proudly about meeting with Trump on infrastructure and having him sign one of her bills. And she used the word bipartisan five times in four sentences as she discussed efforts to pass a farm bill in toxic Washington.

12.11.2018 - 20:05 [ Washington Post ]

Moscow shows it’s back in the ‘Great Game’ by hosting Taliban-Afghan peace talks

Sitting between Afghan representatives and their Taliban rivals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov played the roles of mediator and experienced hand in Afghanistan’s conflicts.

Russia hosted the landmark talks almost 30 years after it pulled out of Afghanistan in disgrace, ending a decade-long Soviet occupation that was seen as another chapter in what historians called the “great game” by world powers to hold away over Afghanistan and nearby areas.

12.11.2018 - 20:05 [ pajhwok.com ]

Afghan peace programs in 17 years a failure: Survey

The survey’s findings were released at a conference titled “The peace process in Afghanistan” in Kabul.

The survey by the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies was completed in 10 months during which 2000 people were interviewed in all the country’s 34 provinces as well as Taliban militants.

12.11.2018 - 19:42 [ CNN ]

Pentagon rejects request for additional military resources in Persian Gulf

It also comes as Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, are engaged in high-level classified discussions with senior commanders around the world about how to allocate military resources for the next two years, officials say.

12.11.2018 - 11:48 [ Radio Utopie ]

Unser System: Das Ende der zivilen Europäischen Weltraumfahrt

(21. Juli 2008) Frankreichs Präsident Sarkozy plant die Kontrolle der Europäischen Weltraumagentur ESA durch die EU. Die Hintergründe sind kommerziell-militärischer Natur, sowie eine strategische Anbindung an die USA.

11.11.2018 - 18:28 [ Xinhua ]

Spotlight: China, U.S. highlight cooperation at new round of diplomatic, security dialogue

Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and also director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, co-chaired the second China-U.S. Diplomatic and Security Dialogue with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe also participated in the dialogue.

11.11.2018 - 10:51 [ Miami Herald ]

Thursday, Rick Scott had won the Keys by one vote. By Friday, he had lost there by 10.

(9.11.2018) Numbers released Friday by the Monroe County Supervisor of Elections show that in the Florida Keys, Gov. Rick Scott actually lost his bid for U.S. Senate by 10 votes.

The initial tally after Election Day showed he carried Monroe County by exactly one vote. But an election summary report sent out Friday afternoon shows incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson received 18,036 votes to Scott’s 18,026.

11.11.2018 - 10:45 [ Tagesschau.de ]

US-Kongresswahlen: Florida ordnet Neuauszählung an

Der republikanische Gourverneur Rick Scott liegt im Rennen um einen Sitz im US-Senat mit 0,15 Prozentpunkten vor seinem Kontrahenten, dem Demokraten Bill Nelson. Die Gesetze des Bundesstaates schreiben eine Neuauszählung vor, wenn der Abstand zwischen den Kandidaten nur bis zu 0,5 Prozentpunkte beträgt.

09.11.2018 - 06:23 [ KBS ]

Bericht: USA sorgen für Verzögerung von UN-Billigung von Nordkorea-Hilfe

Die Nachrichtenagentur Reuters berichtete am Donnerstag nach der Auswertung von Dokumenten aus einem UN-Ausschuss, dass Anfragen von Hilfsorganisationen seit Monaten unbeantwortet blieben. Diese wollten verschiedene Hilfsgüter nach Nordkorea bringen, doch die USA hätten mehr Bedenkzeit gefordert.

08.11.2018 - 05:55 [ CNN ]

Donald Trump just seized control of the Russia probe

In firing Sessions — by tweet, natch — Trump announced that Matt Whitaker, Sessions‘ chief of staff at Justice, would become the acting Attorney General, a post he can hold for roughly 200 days because he has not been confirmed previously by the Senate.

But even having Whitaker in the job for the next 100 days could be enough for Trump. Whitaker has been openly critical of the breadth of Mueller’s investigation and even mused on this chain of events in a 2017 interview with CNN:

07.11.2018 - 17:24 [ theHill.com ]

Bolton: Even more Iran sanctions planned

„We’re gonna have sanctions that even go beyond this,“ Bolton said on Fox Business. „We’re not simply going to be content with the level of sanctions that existed under Obama in 2015.“

„More are coming,“ he pledged, adding, „We are actually going to have very strict, very tight enforcement of the sanctions that exist.“

07.11.2018 - 17:24 [ CNN ]

High-level US-North Korea meeting postponed without reason

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert did not offer an explanation as to why the talks would be postponed, but two diplomatic sources told CNN that the move was clearly a signal that North Korea has not been willing to cooperate with the US’s expectations up to this point.
The US has been looking for some sort of concession from Pyongyang — such as opening sites connected to its nuclear program for inspections — before going forward with a second summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim, the two sources said.

06.11.2018 - 06:48 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Hintergrund zum US-Wahlrecht: Warum die Midterms so wichtig sind

Midterms – das steht für die Wahlen zur Halbzeit einer Präsidentschaft. Die Amerikaner wählen dabei unterschiedliche Ämter. Im Fokus stehen der Kongress und seine beiden Kammern. Im Repräsentantenhaus werden alle 435 Sitze neu gewählt, im Senat etwa ein Drittel der Sitze. Momentan halten in beiden Kammern die Republikaner eine Mehrheit, also die Partei von Donald Trump.

06.11.2018 - 05:58 [ ZDF ]

US-Sanktionen gegen den Iran – Wie wichtig ist Swift im internationalen Handel?

S.W.I.F.T. ist die Abkürzung für die „Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication“. Die Gesellschaft wurde im Jahr 1973 gegründet. Sie ist eine Genossenschaft von internationalen Banken, die mit Swift internationale Finanztransaktionen beschleunigen, vereinfachen und standardisieren wollten. Swift hat ihren Sitz in Belgien, sie unterliegt damit belgischem Recht und EU-Recht. Heute sind weltweit rund 11.000 Banken an die Gesellschaft angeschlossen – und zwar aus 210 verschiedenen Ländern.

06.11.2018 - 05:36 [ New York Times ]

Important European Financial Firm Bows to Trump’s Iran Sanctions

An important cog in the global financial system has succumbed to pressure from the Trump administration and severed ties with Iranian banks.

Belgian-based Swift, whose messaging service connects more than 11,000 financial institutions as they transfer money around the world, said it was disconnecting from Iranian banks after the United States announced sanctions against 50 of the country’s financial firms on Monday.

06.11.2018 - 05:34 [ Financial Times ]

Swift to comply with US sanctions on Iran in blow to EU

The Belgian-based company said Monday it would suspend “certain Iranian banks’” access to its cross border-payment network — a signal that it will fall into line with a US list of targeted financial institutions due to be published imminently.

05.11.2018 - 08:33 [ NBC News ]

‚Unprecedented‘ interest in midterms from U.S. voters living abroad

An unprecedented number of Americans living outside the U.S. have requested ballots, up seven times over the last midterm election in 2014, according to data from the non-partisan U.S. Vote Foundation, which registers a large portion of overseas voters. The group declined to disclose the number who had requested ballots.

05.11.2018 - 08:14 [ New York Times ]

Did You Vote? Now Your Friends May Know (and Nag You)

Whom Americans vote for is private. But other information in their state voter files is public information; depending on the state, it can include details like their name, address, phone number and party affiliation and when they voted. The apps try to match the people in a smartphone’s contacts to their voter files, then display some of those details.

04.11.2018 - 15:12 [ jewishpress.com ]

Netanyahu Thanks Trump as US Sanctions on Iran Set to ‘Snap Back’ in Full at Midnight Sunday

(today)

The Trump administration announced Friday that its powerful sanctions would snap back against Iran, effective Sunday, on banking, oil, shipping and other economic sectors where the penalties were lifted by the Obama administration in 2015 as part of the JCPOA nuclear deal.

04.11.2018 - 14:51 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Dem Rep. Schakowsky on Netanyahu Speech: „An Effort To Stampede The U.S. Into War Again“

(3.März 2015) REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY: [Netanyahu] made the same argument over the Iraq War, that it was time for the United States to not pay attention to any world opinion, but just to go it alone. What I heard today, felt to me like an effort to stampede the United States into war once again.

04.11.2018 - 14:47 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Chris Matthews: „This Was A Takeover Attempt By Netanyahu With His Compliant American Partners“

(3.März 2015) MSNBC’s Chris Matthews reacts to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Minister’s speech to a joint session of Congress. Matthews said Netanyahu was trying to „take power away from the president.“

„This was a takeover attempt by Netanyahu with his complying American partners to take American foreign policy out of the hands of the president,“ Matthews said.

04.11.2018 - 14:44 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Dem Rep. Yarmuth: Netanyahu „Speech Was Straight Out Of Cheney Playbook,“ „Fearmongering At Its Ultimate“

(3.März 2015) „And I also resent the fact that he was telling us how to negotiate when the administration and their representatives have been at this for two years now with the cooperation, participation of five other major nations in the world. This speech was straight out of the Dick Cheney playbook. It was fearmongerring at its ultimate. Phrases like essentially saying nuclear war is inevitable if this deal were to be accepted, phrases like this would pave the way to Iran having a nuclear bomb, these are things that I think are, again, part of what Dick Cheney would have done and did. This has been the Prime Minister’s pattern. He’s gone to the U.N. and done the same thing. „

04.11.2018 - 14:39 [ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ]

Netanjahus Rede im Kongress: „Atomare Bewaffnung Irans so gut wie garantiert“

(3.März 2015) Es sei abwegig, von einem Islamistenregime, dessen Führer sogar auf Twitter die Auslöschung Israels fordere, ein positiveres Verhalten zu erwarten. Vielmehr werde Iran seine destabilisierenden Aktivitäten in vielen Ländern der Region noch ausweiten, wenn der Sanktionsdruck nachlasse. Das Regime bekomme so „das Beste beider Welten: Aggression im Ausland, Wohlstand daheim“.

04.11.2018 - 14:13 [ Gabor Steingart / der Spiegel ]

Aufstieg Asiens: Der Westen muss sich wehren – oder er scheitert

(19. September 2006) So kommt es, dass ausgerechnet jene Kreise aus Wirtschaft und Wirtschaftspolitik, die sich selbst für hochrational und am wenigsten schwärmerisch halten, als die großen Träumer vor uns stehen. Was einst über die Totalverweigerer, Friedensmarschierer und Blockierer von Mutlangen gesagt wurde, trifft auf sie heute auch zu: Sie sind gutmütig und deshalb gefährlich. Sie wissen viel und sind dennoch unfassbar naiv.

04.11.2018 - 13:51 [ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ]

Bundeswehr im Libanon: Der Einsatz beginnt

(15.10.2006) Die Zeremonie vor Beirut fand auf dem italienischen Flugzeugträger „Giuseppe Garibaldi“ statt, von dem aus bislang eine interimistische Marinegruppe geführt wurde.

Sie hatte die Aufgabe wahrgenommen, das Seegebiet vor dem Libanon zu überwachen und möglichen Waffenschmuggel zu unterbinden. Israel hatte das zur Voraussetzung gemacht, seine Seeblockade aufzuheben, die es während des Krieges im Nachbarland im Sommer gebildet hatte. Der Kommandeur von Unifil, der französische General Alain Pellegrini, dankte Italien dafür, daß es kurzfristig eingesprungen war. Deutschland wäre das wegen des notwendigen parlamentarischen Verfahrens, aber auch wegen der zweiwöchigen Anmarschzeit unmöglich gewesen.

04.11.2018 - 13:31 [ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ]

Naher Osten : „Wir können uns einer Friedensmission nicht verweigern“

(25.Juli 2006) Sie gilt mittlerweile auch als Konsens unter den Staats- und Regierungschefs der Länder, mit denen Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel in den vergangenen Tagen sprach. Darunter waren der amerikanische Präsident Bush, der russische Präsident Putin, der französische Präsident Chirac und der britische Premierminister Blair. Selbst der israelische Ministerpräsident Olmert habe in einem Telefongespräch mit Merkel diese Einschätzung geteilt, hieß es jetzt in Berlin.

04.11.2018 - 12:57 [ LA Times ]

Secret Plan Outlines the Unthinkable

(10.März 2002) WASHINGTON — The Bush administration, in a secret policy review completed early this year, has ordered the Pentagon to draft contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against at least seven countries, naming not only Russia and the „axis of evil“–Iraq, Iran, and North Korea–but also China, Libya and Syria.

In addition, the U.S. Defense Department has been told to prepare for the possibility that nuclear weapons may be required in some future Arab-Israeli crisis. And, it is to develop plans for using nuclear weapons to retaliate against chemical or biological attacks, as well as „surprising military developments“ of an unspecified nature.

04.11.2018 - 12:48 [ New York Times ]

A DAY OF TERROR: THE ISRAELIS; Spilled Blood Is Seen as Bond That Draws 2 Nations Closer

(12.September 2001) Asked tonight what the attack meant for relations between the United States and Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, replied, “It’s very good.“ Then he edited himself: “Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy.“ He predicted that the attack would “strengthen the bond between our two peoples, because we’ve experienced terror over so many decades, but the United States has now experienced a massive hemorrhaging of terror.“

03.11.2018 - 22:45 [ theHill.com ]

Pence says Republicans will keep control of the House

„I think we’re going to expand our majority in the United States Senate, and I think we’re going to hold our Republican majority in the House of Representatives,“ Pence told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton.

„But that being said, there is certainly common ground in areas that we can work that the president has laid out,“ Pence added when asked about working with Democrats if they win the House, citing issues like trade and infrastructure.

03.11.2018 - 22:44 [ CNN ]

CNN Key Races: Six races move toward Democrats as battle for control of the House enters the home stretch

The generic ballot advantage, enthusiasm edge and President Trump’s underwater approval rating are facts that all work in the Democrats‘ favor. Mix in the staggering fundraising numbers seen this cycle and it adds up to an environment ripe for strong Democratic gains.

03.11.2018 - 22:42 [ New York Time ]

Why Aren’t Democrats Walking Away With the Midterms?

Unemployment is at its lowest rate since Vince Lombardi coached his last game in December 1969. The North American Free Trade Agreement has been saved with minor modifications and a new name.

Oh, and: The Islamic State is largely defeated. Tehran has not restarted its nuclear programs despite America’s withdrawal from the Iran deal. U.S. sanctions on Russia are still in place. Democrats badly damaged their chances of taking the Senate with their over-reaching and polarizing crusade to stop Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

03.11.2018 - 18:26 [ Iran Wirtschaft ‏ / Twitter ]

#Iran: Das internationale Zahlungssystem #SWIFT wird vermutlich nicht von #US-#Iransanctions betroffen sein. SWIFT hat ein großes Rechenzentrum in den USA, ist aber in der #EU beheimatet und unterliegt EU-Recht:

03.11.2018 - 18:22 [ RT.com ]

US threatens to smack SWIFT with sanctions if it fails to cut off financial services to Iran

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has warned global financial messaging service SWIFT on Friday that it could be penalized if it doesn’t cut off financial services to entities and individuals doing business with Iran.

03.11.2018 - 17:33 [ Sputniknews.com ]

Iranian Foreign Minister Discusses New US Sanctions With EU Officials – Tehran

„During his Friday night conversations with Mogherini as well as Heiko Maas of Germany, Margot Wallstrom of Sweden, and Denmark’s Anders Samuelsen, the top Iranian diplomat discussed with them Washington’s re-imposition of sanctions against Iran and Europe’s efforts to counter such US moves,“ the statement read.

03.11.2018 - 17:29 [ en.mehrnews.com ]

EU’s purposeful delay in implementing SPV

Reuters has recently reported that a new EU mechanism to facilitate payments for Iranian exports should be legally in place by Nov. 4, when the next phase of US sanctions take effect, but it will not be operational until early next year.

03.11.2018 - 17:20 [ BourseandBazaar.com ]

China Unexpectedly Gambles on European Mechanism to Sustain Iran Trade

„It seems that the fate of our trade with China is linked to the support package being prepared by the European Union,“ Hariri told Bourse & Bazaar in reference to the SPV promised by Iran’s key European trading partners.

03.11.2018 - 17:11 [ Sputniknews.com ]

No EU Member Ready to Host Mechanism to Defy US Anti-Iranian Sanctions – Report

(29.10.2018) No EU member state is willing to host the so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to safeguard Brussels‘ trade ties with Tehran from Washington’s anti-Iranian sanctions, according to The Financial Times.

„No EU government wants to cross the US by having the SPV. Member states are not exactly queueing up for it,“ the newspaper quoted EU diplomats as saying on condition of anonymity.

03.11.2018 - 17:04 [ Kurier.at ]

Iran: Wie die EU jetzt die Sanktionen umgehen will

Der schwere Schönheitsfehler dabei: Bisher hat sich noch kein EU-Land gefunden, das diese Zweckgesellschaft beherbergen möchte. Alle fürchten den Bannstrahl der USA.

03.11.2018 - 11:51 [ Zeit.de ]

Bundesregierung sichert Iran-Exporte mit knapp einer Milliarde Euro

Die Exporte deutscher Unternehmen in den Iran sind zuletzt mit einer hohen Summe durch die Bundesregierung gesichert worden: Seit 2016 wurden für insgesamt 58 Geschäfte sogenannte Exportkreditversicherungen, die auch als Hermesbürgschaften bekannt sind, erteilt. Das teilte das Bundeswirtschaftsministerium auf Anfrage der Deutschen Presse-Agentur mit. Demnach betrug das Gesamtvolumen dieser Versicherungen 911 Millionen Euro.

03.11.2018 - 11:50 [ Xinhua ]

Xi, Trump führen Telefongespräch, werden sich auf G20-Gipfel treffen

Trump bekundete auch seine Unterstützung für die China International Import Expo (CIIE), die vom 5. bis 10. zum November in Shanghai stattfindet, die erste ihrer Art in China.

Es sei sehr wichtig, dass die Staatsführungen der Vereinigten Staaten und Chinas häufige, direkte Kommunikation pflegen, sagte Trump, und er und Xi sollten miteinander in Kontakt bleiben. Trump sagte auch, dass er Wert auf eine gute Beziehung zu Xi lege und bereit sei, durch Xi seine guten Wünsche an das chinesische Volk zu übermitteln.

03.11.2018 - 11:37 [ Auswärtiges Amt ]

Gemeinsame Erklärung der EU/E3 zu Iran / JCPoA /

Es ist unser Ziel, im Einklang mit EU-Recht und der Resolution 2231 des VN-Sicherheitsrats europäische Wirtschaftsakteure zu schützen, die in legitimen Geschäftsbeziehungen mit Iran stehen.

Als Parteien des JCPoA haben wir uns dazu verpflichtet, unter anderem auf die Bewahrung und Offenhaltung effektiver Finanzkanäle mit Iran sowie an der Fortsetzung der iranischen Öl- und Gasexporte hinzuwirken. Unsere Arbeit an diesen und weiteren Themen geht weiter, auch unter Einbeziehung Russlands und Chinas als Teilnehmer am JCPoA und mit Drittstaaten, die an der Unterstützung des Abkommens interessiert sind. Diese Bemühungen sind in den letzten Wochen verstärkt worden, insbesondere die Anstrengungen zur Unterstützung der europäischen Initiative zur Schaffung einer Zweckgesellschaft (Special Purpose Vehicle), die einzurichten wir gegenwärtig im Begriff sind. Dies wird es ermöglichen, durch eine fortgesetzte Aufhebung von Sanktionen Iran zu erreichen und europäische Exporteure und Importeure in die Lage zu versetzen, legitimen Handel zu treiben.

03.11.2018 - 11:35 [ Downing Street Nr.10 ]

Joint Statement by the UK, France and Germany on the Iran Nuclear Deal

It is our aim to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran, in accordance with EU law and with UN Security Council resolution 2231.

As parties to the JCPoA, we have committed to work on, inter alia, the preservation and maintenance of effective financial channels with Iran, and the continuation of Iran’s export of oil and gas. On these, as on other topics, our work continues, including with Russia and China as participants to the JCPoA and with third countries interested in supporting the JCPoA. These efforts have been intensified in recent weeks, particularly those underpinning the European initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle which we are proceeding with work to set up. This will enable continued sanctions lifting to reach Iran and allow for European exporters and importers to pursue legitimate trade.

03.11.2018 - 11:30 [ cleveland19.com ]

The Latest: EU expresses deep regret over US-Iran sanctions

In a joint statement Friday, they said they aim to protect European firms „engaged in legitimate business with Iran.“

They added that their „collective resolve to complete this work is unwavering.“

03.11.2018 - 11:20 [ Moon of Alabama ‏/ Twitter ]

1. SDF retreats from a minor ISIS attack opening its path towards the Iraqi border. 2. SDF suspends anti-ISIS operation. Sounds like a plan to give ISIS new momentum to act in Iraq where it can help the U.S. to gain leverage over its new government. cc @ejmalrai

03.11.2018 - 11:18 [ Southfront.org ]

Turkish Newspaper: ISIS In Syria Receives Weapons Directly From US-led Coalition

A commander in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) confirmed to Yeni Safak that the U.S. had handed over weapons to ISIS in the town of al-Mansurah, west of the city of Raqqa, and in the area of al-Tanaf, near the border with Iraq.

According to the commander, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the US-led coalition formed a group of Kurds and Arabs to facilitate the delivery of weapons to ISIS terrorists. The PPK and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) played a key role in the process.

03.11.2018 - 11:17 [ Al Masdar News ]

Syrian Army seizes US-made weapons left behind by Daesh in Deir Ezzor (photos)

A SANA reporter said that during the combing operation to cleanse the liberated areas from the terrorist remnants, the authorities uncovered a cache containing 450,000 bullets of US-made medium-caliber machine guns from Daesh’s remnants in the Al-Mayadeen area.

Below are a number of photos that were captured by SANA of the weapons cache that was seized by the Syrian military this week:

03.11.2018 - 11:04 [ Weißes Haus ]

President Donald J. Trump Is Reimposing All Sanctions Lifted Under the Unacceptable Iran Deal

Sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy, such as its energy, shipping, shipbuilding, and financial sectors.

Over 700 individuals, entities, vessels, and aircraft are going back onto our sanctions list, including major Iranian banks, oil exporters, and shipping companies.
The sanctions also target transactions with the Central Bank of Iran and designated Iranian financial institutions.
Sales of food, agricultural commodities, medicine, and medical devices to Iran have long been—and remain—exempt from our sanctions.

Reimposing sanctions will cut off revenues the regime uses to bankroll terrorist groups, foment global instability, fund nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and enrich its leaders.

03.11.2018 - 10:58 [ France24.com ]

US reimposes all Iran sanctions, allows eight countries to continue importing oil

The US Treasury will also demand SWIFT stop servicing Iran’s banking industry as part of enforcing sanctions over the country’s nuclear program and alleged support for terrorism.

The sanctions will take effect Monday and cover Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors.

03.11.2018 - 10:53 [ BBC ]

Trump administration to reinstate all Iran sanctions

President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in May, describing it as „defective at its core“ because it had not stopped Iran developing a ballistic missile programme and intervening in neighbouring countries.

„Sanctions are coming,“ he tweeted after Friday’s announcement, referencing the TV series Game of Thrones and its motto „Winter is coming“.

02.11.2018 - 17:07 [ wsws.org ]

Der Angriff der amerikanischen Oligarchie auf die US-Staatsbürgerschaft

Die Drohung der Trump-Regierung, das Geburtsortsprinzip abzuschaffen, markiert einen erneuten Höhepunkt der Angriffe auf demokratische Rechte. Der 14. Zusatzartikel der US-Verfassung garantiert allen Menschen, die in den Vereinigten Staaten geboren wurden, das Recht auf die amerikanische Staatsbürgerschaft.

Mit ihrem jetzigen Vorstoß weist die amerikanische Oligarchie das demokratische Grundprinzip zurück, auf dem die Republik einst gegründet wurde und das in der Unabhängigkeitserklärung verankert ist: „Alle Menschen sind gleich geschaffen.“

02.11.2018 - 17:04 [ JungeWelt.de ]

USA – China: Trump will Handelsabkommen

Zum Treffen der G-20-Staaten Ende November wolle er ein Handelsabkommen mit dem Präsidenten der weltweit zweitgrößten Volkswirtschaft, Xi Jinping, abschließen, berichtete die Nachrichtenagentur Bloomberg am Freitag.

02.11.2018 - 16:51 [ derStandard.at ]

Acht Länder offenbar von US-Sanktionen gegen Iran ausgenommen

Darunter seien Japan, Südkorea und Indien, meldete die Nachrichtenagentur Bloomberg am Freitag. Sie dürften nach Inkrafttreten der zusätzlichen Strafmaßnahmen kommende Woche weiterhin Erdöl vom Iran kaufen. Wer sonst noch auf der Ausnahmeliste stehe, werde offiziell vermutlich am Montag bekanntgegeben.

02.11.2018 - 16:17 [ cnbc ]

Young Americans signal record turnout for midterm elections, reject Trump and the GOP: Poll

A survey from Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics shows a more politically mobilized crop of young Americans leaning away from Trump and the GOP in the midterms in near-equal proportions.
At the same time, the 18-to-29-year-old respondents appear to exhibit more support for some progressive policies.
Forty percent of them said they will definitely vote in the upcoming elections, according to the study.

02.11.2018 - 06:25 [ Spiegel.de ]

Merkel-Nachfolge: Was Washington von Merz, Spahn und AKK hält

„Wer kommt da jetzt?“, ist deshalb eine Frage, die in diesen Tagen häufig von US-Regierungsvertretern und Mitarbeitern in den Think Tanks gestellt wird. Friedrich Merz, Jens Spahn oder Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wollen Merkel im Parteivorsitz beerben – und damit vielleicht auch bald im Kanzleramt.

01.11.2018 - 19:38 [ Firstpost.com ]

India to seal deal with US that will allow it to continue buying crude oil from Iran without attracting any sanction

New Delhi: India is close to a deal with the US that will allow it to continue buying crude oil from Iran without attracting any sanction after it agreed to cut imports and escrow payments, sources in know of the development said.

01.11.2018 - 19:32 [ theHill.com ]

Don’t wait 30 more days: End American support for the pointless civil war in Yemen now

In a speech at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Tuesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis emphatically stated that within 30 days he wanted “to see everybody (in the Yemen war) around a peace table based on a ceasefire” so they can “end this war.”

Mattis missed the opportunity, however, to call for an immediate end of U.S. support for the war.

01.11.2018 - 14:22 [ Radio Utopie ]

Trump vergreift sich schon wieder an der Verfassung – und wird erneut verlieren

Vordergründig geht es um die Staatsbürgerschaft der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerikas und das Anrecht jedes auf ihrem Territorium in diese Welt geborenen Menschen, die Staatsbürgerschaft ihrer Republik zu erhalten für die ihre Flagge steht („the Republic for which it stands“).

In Wirklichkeit geht es um den erneuten Versuch des Präsidenten Donald Trump die Verfassung per Präsidentenbefehl („Executive Order“) schlicht zu ignorieren. Oder, wie man in den letzten Dekaden auch in der Republik Deutschland sagt, zu „interpretieren“. Das ist der Versuch die Republik selbst zu kippen.

01.11.2018 - 14:20 [ CNN ]

Trump shocks with racist new ad days before midterms

In the most racially charged national political ad in 30 years, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party accuse Democrats of plotting to help people they depict as Central American invaders overrun the nation with cop killers.
The new spot, tweeted by the President five days before the midterm elections, is the most extreme step yet in the most inflammatory closing argument of any campaign in recent memory.

01.11.2018 - 11:39 [ Robert C. Koehler / Common Wonders ]

Mass Murder and American History

And this is the context in which politicians peddle fear and war. Fear of immigrants is hardly new, hardly the invention of Trump. It has long been a component of American racism. As Trump threatens to dismantle the 14th Amendment and sign an executive order terminating birthright citizenship (an election ploy as the midterms grow nearer), we might want to reflect on good old Executive Order 9066, which Franklin Roosevelt signed in 1942 — and just like that, with a stroke of the pen, forced some 117,000 Japanese-Americans into concentration . . . excuse me, internment camps for the next three years.

01.11.2018 - 11:36 [ Robert C. Koehler / antikrieg.com ]

Massenmord und amerikanische Geschichte

Während wir vielleicht eine Billion Dollar pro Jahr in das Militär stecken, ist der Betrag, der für die Erforschung der Ursachen sozialer Gewalt ausgegeben wird, durch ein Edikt des Kongresses Null. Das gilt seit 1996, als der Kongress auf Drängen der NRA den Dickey-Gesetzesänderungsantrag verabschiedete, der im Wesentlichen alle Bundesmittel für die Erforschung der Ursachen von Waffengewalt einstellte.

01.11.2018 - 09:10 [ Cornell University ]

U.S. Constitution: 14th Amendment

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States;

(…)

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.

01.11.2018 - 09:04 [ Washington Post ]

The GOP decried ‘King Obama.‘ Now it’s mostly quiet on Trump’s effort to revise the Constitution by himself.

Apart from a few critics, including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), who stated “you obviously cannot do that,” Republican officials have largely either ignored the ploy or egged it on. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) cheered Trump and noted that he has been in favor of overturning birthright citizenship for years.

31.10.2018 - 05:33 [ Vox.com ]

The incredibly shoddy plot to smear Robert Mueller, explained

Exactly what was going on remains unclear — including the object of the apparent scheme. But it spilled into public view after pro-Trump Twitter personality Jacob Wohl ominously suggested Monday night that a story about such allegations was coming, and journalists who had heard about this shady operation reacted with alarm on Twitter, saying it seemed to be a smear attempt.

31.10.2018 - 05:29 [ Spiegel.de ]

Robert Mueller: FBI ermittelt wegen mutmaßlicher Schmierkampagne gegen Sonderermittler

Die Frau soll auch gesagt haben, dass der Anrufer nach seinen eigenen Angaben für den rechtsgerichteten Lobbyisten und Radiomoderator Jack Burkman arbeite.

Burkman bestätigte laut Nachrichtenagentur Reuters, mit fünf Frauen gesprochen zu haben, die angeblich Vorwürfe der sexuellen Belästigung gegen Mueller erheben. Burkman bestritt aber, dass er die Frauen für diese angebliche Information bezahlt habe.

30.10.2018 - 19:59 [ Amerika21.de ]

Versuchte Manipulation der USA vor Abstimmung in UNO über Blockade

Ziel sei es offenbar, die UN-Mitgliedstaaten davon abzuhalten, wie bisher für die kubanische Resolution zu stimmen. Immerhin erhält diese seit über zwei Jahrzehnten bei den Abstimmungen in der Generalversammlung der UN eine fast einstimmige Befürwortung für ein Ende der US-Blockade.

30.10.2018 - 19:53 [ Newsweek ]

Israel’s Chief Rabbi Under Fire for Refusing to Call Pittsburgh Terror Attack Site a Synagogue Because It’s Not Orthodox

The Tree of Life Synagogue has a conservative congregation, and the ultra-Orthodox community does not recognize non-Orthodox movements of Judaism.

The Times of Israel described the ultra-Orthodox Lau as an „avowed foe“ of more liberal streams of Judaism. He was reportedly key in pushing the government to renege on a deal for an egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall.

30.10.2018 - 19:23 [ Kleine Zeitung ]

Trump-Vorstoss: Geburt in USA soll nicht mehr für Staatsbürgerschaft reichen

Im Staatsbürgerschaftsrecht ist das sogenannte Abstammungsprinzip am weitesten verbreitet, wonach ein Kind jenen Pass bekommt, den seine Eltern haben. In einigen Ländern gilt daneben aber auch das Geburtsortsprinzip, wonach ein Land seine Staatsbürgerschaft allen Kindern zuerkennt, die auf seinem Staatsgebiet zur Welt kommen – zum Teil unter gewissen Bedingungen.

In den USA ist das Geburtsortsprinzip in der Verfassung festgeschrieben, im 14. Zusatzartikel – aber ohne Beschränkungen.

30.10.2018 - 19:13 [ NPR.org ]

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court To Delay Census Citizenship Question Trial

More than two dozen states and cities, as well as other groups, are suing the administration to stop its plans to add the question. They have filed six lawsuits around the country. Potential trials for the cases in California and Maryland could start in January.

Whether the citizenship question remains or is removed could have lasting impacts on how political power and federal funding are shared in the U.S.

28.10.2018 - 14:06 [ ipg-journal.de ]

Wie der Westen Syrien ins Chaos stürzte

(23.6.2017) Der erste Strang beginnt mit der imperialen Politik Großbritanniens und Frankreichs nach dem Ende des Osmanischen Reiches, die zum Ziel hatte, einen großen arabischen Staat zu verhindern. So entstanden Irak und Jordanien als britische, Syrien und Libanon als französische Protektorate, staatliche Gebilde ohne wirkliche Identität und ohne gesellschaftliche Basis. In dieses politische Vakuum stießen US-amerikanische Interessen: wegen des Öls, zum Schutze Israels und als Teil des Kalten Krieges mit der Sowjetunion. So kam es bereits 1949 zu einem ersten vom CIA initiierten Putsch gegen den gewählten syrischen Präsidenten Schukri al Quwatli. Die Folge waren wachsende Instabilität und wiederholte Umsturzversuche, in die die USA weiter involviert waren.

27.10.2018 - 20:10 [ Radio Utopie ]

Prognose: Obama-Abziehbild Deval Patrick wird neuer Präsidentschaftskandidat der „Demokratischen Partei“

(15.7.2018)

Auf erneute Erklärungen verzichten wir, da wir nicht nur von einem moralisch-politischen, sondern auch von einem mentalen Zusammenbruch fast aller progressiven / linken Individuen und ergo Organisationen und Strömungen in der U.S.-Hegemonie ausgehen müssen.

27.10.2018 - 19:50 [ Ajamu Baraka ‏/ Twitter ]

Any candidate not willing to take a public stance against war & militarism should be rejected by electorate. Why is U.S. still in Afghanistan, illegally in Syria, bombing five other nations, escalating military tensions with the Russians? Both ruling class parties support war.

27.10.2018 - 19:40 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Briefbomben in den USA: Hillary Clinton greift Trump an

Die ehemalige Präsidentschaftskandidatin Hillary Clinton hat US-Präsident Trump scharf kritisiert und gibt ihm indirekt eine Mitschuld an den Briefbomben.
Der US-Präsident praktiziere eine rücksichtlose Rhetorik, sagte Clinton. Die Atmosphäre sei unberechenbar und hasserfüllt.
Auch Ex-Präsident Obama äußert sich und wirft Trump und anderen Republikanern Lügen vor.

27.10.2018 - 19:07 [ Philip Giraldi / antikrieg.com ]

Zwei Geschichten aus dem Propagandakrieg

Zwei Geschichten in letzter Zeit über Russen haben gezeigt, wie die Nachrichten in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika selektiert und manipuliert werden. Die erste betrifft Maria Butina, die anscheinend versucht hat, die amerikanische Demokratie zu stürzen, so wie sie ist, indem sie sich um eine lebenslange Mitgliedschaft in der National Rifle Association bewarb.

27.10.2018 - 13:05 [ Donna Brazile / Politico.com ]

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

(2.11.2017) When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.