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21.09.2018 - 05:35 [ USA Today ]

Kim Jong Un, Moon Jae-in sign ‚peace‘ agreement at Korean summit; Kim promises to visit Seoul

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a broad agreement on Wednesday morning in Pyongyang that both said would usher in a new era of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

21.09.2018 - 05:34 [ CNN ]

South and North Korea want a peace treaty. What happens if the US doesn’t?

(24.8.2018) „Things will definitely get complicated if (and) when the diplomacy seriously stalls,“ said Oliver Hotham, managing editor of the Korea Risk Group. „There will definitely be those in (Seoul) who will be furious with the US.“

17.09.2018 - 18:17 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Attack on I.C.C. Is Seen as Bolstering World’s Despots

In a city that symbolizes international peace and justice, the ambassador from Burundi has had a lonely job. As her government faces accusations of murder, rape and torture, she has made the unpopular argument that the International Criminal Court should butt out.

The ambassador, Vestine Nahimana, says the court is a politicized, unchecked intrusion on Burundi’s sovereignty. “It’s difficult,” Ms. Nahimana said in an interview here. “In a way, we’ve been isolated.”

No longer.

17.09.2018 - 05:42 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Trump will Zölle auf China-Importe in Höhe von 200 Milliarden Dollar

Im Jahr 2017 haben die USA Waren im Wert von 500 Milliarden Dollar aus China importiert, fast die Hälfte wären also von Zöllen betroffen.

Bisher hat China auf neue US-Zölle stets mit Abgaben in gleicher Summe reagiert. Das wäre jetzt nicht mehr möglich: Im Vorjahr hat das Land lediglich 130 Milliarden Dollar für US-Produkte ausgegeben.

16.09.2018 - 15:13 [ alarabiya.net ]

Germany ‘cannot rule out’ longer-term military role in Middle East

Von der Leyen spoke during a visit to the Azraq air base in Jordan where some 300 German troops support a refuelling plane and four Tornado warplanes that fly reconnaissance missions as part of U.S. led-coalition operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Asked if Germany needed a strategic base in the Middle East, von der Leyen said, “First we must bring this deployment to a successful end. I don’t want to rule the idea out, let me put it this way.”

16.09.2018 - 14:07 [ Straits Times ]

Germany’s Merkel backs air strikes on Syria as ’necessary and appropriate‘

(14.4.2018) German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday (April 14) backed air strikes by the United States, France and Britain as a „necessary and appropriate“ action to warn Syria against further use of chemical weapons.

16.09.2018 - 14:05 [ Indian Express ]

Germany to start work on trade, China, Syria war: Angela Merkel

(5.3.2018) Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she would work with France to tackle pressing issues such as trade policy and the war in Syria after the Social Democrats (SPD) voted to join a coalition government with her conservatives. Merkel welcomed the vote by a majority of SPD members that ended more than five months of political deadlock in Europe’s largest economy after an inconclusive election and said the right-left government must quickly get to work.

15.09.2018 - 16:24 [ libcom.org ]

Lies, slaughter, capital: The 2011 NATO intervention in Libya, part two

(13.1.2014) By 1981, the country that was picked for this purpose by the National Security Council (NSC) was Libya. Libya was an OPEC country with few powerful connections, lots of nearby enemies, and a small population. In short, the perfect target. Once Libya was chosen by a few higher ups in the NSC, what was needed was to get the president, Ronald Reagan, on board. Seymour Hersh details in his New York Times report, Target Gaddafi, how the NSC and the CIA quickly accomplished this goal. “’It was clear early in the Administration,‘ one former White House aide recalls, ‚that the best way to get the President’s attention was through visual means.’” This led to the creation of a 15 minute long video, “to show the nature of the beast. If you saw it, there’s little doubt that [Gaddafi] had to go.” Once the president was on their side, the NSC, in cooperation with the CIA, began to leak reports endorsed by Reagan that Libyan hit squads were roaming the United States, planning assassinations on diplomats and even the president.

“One involved official recalls, ‘we came out with this big terrorist threat to the U.S. Government. The whole thing was a complete fabrication.’”

15.09.2018 - 09:36 [ Radio Utopie ]

Wie Bernie Sanders (oder ein „Demokrat“) in 2020 U.S.-Präsident geworden wäre

(13.6.2018) Nachfolgend unserer Prognose, dass Donald Trump bei den Präsidentschaftswahlen in 2020 wiedergewählt wird, hier die Szenarien, wie die Wahl eines Kandidaten der „Demokratischen Partei“ oder eines unabhängigen Kandidaten Bernie Sanders zum U.S.-Präsidenten realistisch gewesen wäre (was aber nicht passieren wird).

15.09.2018 - 09:20 [ Bernie Sanders / theGuardian.com ]

Future of the international left: A new authoritarian axis demands an international progressive front

There is a global struggle taking place of enormous consequence. Nothing less than the future of the planet – economically, socially and environmentally – is at stake.

At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, when the world’s top 1% now owns more wealth than the bottom 99%, we are seeing the rise of a new authoritarian axis.

While these regimes may differ in some respects, they share key attributes: hostility toward democratic norms, antagonism toward a free press, intolerance toward ethnic and religious minorities, and a belief that government should benefit their own selfish financial interests. These leaders are also deeply connected to a network of multi-billionaire oligarchs who see the world as their economic plaything.

15.09.2018 - 09:10 [ Raw Story ]

Here are 5 shady ways Trump, Israel and Russia are colluding on the world stage

That’s not the first time the government of Israel has surprisingly popped up during the Russia probe, investigations into President Donald Trump and his associates and White House policy on a number of issues. It should be noted that whatever Israel’s role has been in propping up Donald Trump, it’s fairly shocking, given that the Trump campaign was arguably propelled by white nationalists and avowed anti-Semites.

15.09.2018 - 08:56 [ businessinsider.nl ]

Court documents: Paul Manafort wanted to galvanize ‘Obama jews’ against Ukrainian politician as part of his lobbying work

Prosecutors say he collaborated with an Israeli official to spread the story that Tymoshenko was allied with anti-Semitic causes to make the administration believe “the Jewish community will take this out on Obama on electionday if he does nothing.”

“I have someone pushing it on the NY Post. Bada bing bada boom,” Manafort wrote in an email to one his employees in his consulting firm, identified as Person D1 in the court documents.

15.09.2018 - 08:51 [ Spiegel.de ]

Trumps Ex-Wahlkampfchef: Manafort kooperiert mit Sonderermittler Mueller

Die Vereinbarung ist Teil eines Deals im zweiten Prozess gegen Manafort. Am Freitag bekannte er sich in dem Verfahren in zwei Punkten schuldig: Verschwörung zum Betrug an den Vereinigten Staaten und Verschwörung zur Behinderung der Justiz. Details zu der Mueller-Kooperation wurden zunächst nicht bekannt.

15.09.2018 - 07:33 [ Tulsi Gabbard, Abgeordnete im U.S. Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

While President Trump & VP Pence give 9/11 speeches about how much they care about the victims of al-Qaeda’s attack on our country, they are simultaneously acting as protectors of AQ in Syria/Idlib, threatening Russia and Syria that if they attack al-Qaeda, we will punish them.

15.09.2018 - 07:30 [ New York Times ]

Yemen Civilians Keep Dying, but Pompeo Says Saudis Are Doing Enough

The certification, announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was legally required to allow American military aircraft to continue refueling warplanes belonging to the two Gulf nations, the dominant members of an Arab coalition fighting a brutal war in Yemen that has helped create the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

14.09.2018 - 18:19 [ Zeit.de ]

Syrien: Bundesregierung lässt Militäreinsatz in Idlib offen

(10.9.2018) „Natürlich steht die Bundesregierung in Kontakt mit den Partnern und Verbündeten“, sagte Regierungssprecher Steffen Seibert. Denn angesichts der Lage in Idlib habe man große Sorgen, „dass sich entsetzliche Muster aus anderen syrischen Kampfschauplätzen wiederholen könnten“. Darüber spreche man sowohl mit Amerikanern als auch Europäern.

14.09.2018 - 05:25 [ ORF.at ]

Dutzende Gasexplosionen bei Boston

Nach dutzenden Gasexplosionen in verschiedenen Ortschaften bei Boston hat die Polizei zahlreiche Häuser evakuiert. Auf TV-Bildern waren brennende Gebäude zu sehen, auf Twitter wurden Bilder mit eingestürzten Häusern geteilt. Lokale Medien zufolge könnte der Bruch einer Erdgas-Leitung der Grund für die Explosionen sein.

13.09.2018 - 13:49 [ RT.com ]

„Nicht immer heraushalten“ – Merkel schließt Beteiligung an Militärschlägen in Syrien nicht aus

„Um Frieden zu sichern, brauchen wir völlig neue Instrumente. Wir müssen uns stärker dafür selbst einsetzen. Und allein mit der Tatsache, dass wir uns überall heraushalten, wird es wohl nicht gehen. Unsere Maxime zur Friedenssicherung heißt: Immer vorne an stehen die politischen Bemühungen. Deshalb setzen wir uns in Syrien dafür ein, in der Small-Group, zusammen mit der Astana-Group gemeinsam, unter der Federführung der Vereinten Nationen natürlich. Aber einfach zu behaupten, wir könnten wegsehen, wenn irgendwo Chemiewaffen eingesetzt werden und eine internationale Konvention nicht eingehalten wird, das kann auch nicht die Antwort sein. Alle Antworten, die wir geben werden, werden immer auf der Ebene des Grundgesetzes und im Rahmen unserer parlamentarischen Verpflichtungen sein. Das ist doch vollkommen klar. Aber von Vornherein nein zu sagen, das kann nicht die deutsche Antwort sein.“

13.09.2018 - 13:43 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Bundeswehr gegen Assad?

(10.9.2018) Im Verteidigungsministerium werde erwogen, sich künftig an der Allianz von USA, Großbritannien und Frankreich zu beteiligen, berichtete „Bild“. Die drei Länder hatten im April Ziele in Syrien angegriffen und damit nach eigener Darstellung auf einen Chemiewaffen-Einsatz von Assad im syrischen Bürgerkrieg reagiert. Voraussetzung für eine deutsche Beteiligung sei ein Giftgas-Anschlag des syrischen Regimes auf die eigene Bevölkerung.

13.09.2018 - 13:07 [ John Wight / Medium..com ]

Who will save us from America? A short discourse on the nightmare of US exceptionalism

When it comes to the state of the nation at home, anyone who believes America is a classless society need only spend half an hour walking around Hollywood, acknowledged epicentre of the American Dream, to realise how wrong they are. For not only will they be assured that there is no society more defined by class than US society, they will be left in little doubt that every minute of a every day a fierce class war is raging with up to now only one side taking all the punches and doing all the bleeding.

Not only in Hollywood but all across America the abandonment of the poor, downtrodden and sick to their fate has and continues to be so brutal that its human consequences given new meaning to the words ‘wretched of the earth’. And this wretched constituency of millions — lacking healthcare, decent housing, jobs, and hope — hardly saw their fortunes improve under Obama, despite the soaring rhetoric about hope and change, etc.

12.09.2018 - 05:53 [ Human Rights Watch ]

U.S.: ‚Hague Invasion Act‘ Becomes Law

(3. August 2002) U.S. President George Bush today signed into law the American Servicemembers Protection Act of 2002, which is intended to intimidate countries that ratify the treaty for the International Criminal Court (ICC). The new law authorizes the use of military force to liberate any American or citizen of a U.S.-allied country being held by the court, which is located in The Hague.

12.09.2018 - 05:50 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Internationaler Strafgerichtshof: Bolton droht Richtern in Den Haag

Die Vereinigten Staaten erkennen diesen Gerichtshof nicht an, wollen ihm nicht beitreten und akzeptieren keine Urteile gegen amerikanische Staatsbürger, die dort angeklagt sind und verurteilt werden sollten.
Darin unterscheidet sich die von Donald Trump geführte Regierung nicht von ihren Vorgängern.

12.09.2018 - 05:47 [ BBC ]

John Bolton threatens ICC with US sanctions

The court is currently considering prosecuting US servicemen over alleged detainee abuse in Afghanistan.

National Security Adviser John Bolton called the court „illegitimate“ and vowed the US would do everything „to protect our citizens“.

The US is among dozens of nations not to have joined the court.

11.09.2018 - 18:50 [ KBS ]

Weißes Haus: Kim Jong-un äußert in Brief an Trump Wunsch nach zweitem Gipfel

Wie Sprecherin Sarah Sanders sagte, habe Kim die Bitte in einem warmherzigen und sehr positiven Brief geäußert, der in den letzten Tagen überreicht worden sei.

Eine Kopie des Briefes werde ohne Pjöngjangs Zustimmung nicht veröffentlicht, fügte die Sprecherin hinzu.

11.09.2018 - 07:30 [ Wall Street Journal ]

U.S. Holds Talks With U.K., France on Possible Syria Strikes

John Bolton warned Monday that a new attack by the Western allies would be much stronger than the two airstrikes launched in April 2017 and April 2018 after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was accused of using chemical weapons that killed scores of civilians in…

09.09.2018 - 12:14 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

S. Korean intelligence chief Suh Hoon to brief Japan PM on N. Korea visit

The director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Agency, Suh Hoon, is due to meet tomorrow with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo… to brief him on his recent visit to North Korea. Suh left for Tokyo this morning. It’s expected that he’ll convey Kim Jong-un’s reported willingness to denuclearize and ask for Japan’s support in reviving talks between Pyongyang and Washington to that end.

09.09.2018 - 11:12 [ Amerika21.de ]

New York Times bestätigt Putschpläne der USA gegen Venezuela

Erneut hat mit der US-Tageszeitung New York Times (NYT) ein westliches Medium Darstellungen aus Venezuela bestätigt, nach denen die US-Regierung unter Präsident Donald Trump an Putschplänen gegen das südamerikanische Land beteiligt ist. Die NYT berichtet von Geheimgesprächen mit Dissidenten aus dem venezolanischen Militär.

07.09.2018 - 05:47 [ VOAnews.com ]

US Report: Trump Promised to Sign Off on Ending Korean War

(30.8.2018) Investigative news outlet Vox cited „multiple sources familiar with the negotiations“ as saying Trump made the promise during his summit with Kim in Singapore in June.

The report said Trump made the promise and later qualified it by asking North Korea to dismantle most of its nuclear arsenal first.

06.09.2018 - 19:30 [ Rodong Sinmun (Nordkorea) ]

Improvement of Inter-Korean Relation Is Good for U.S.

The U.S. must realize that the more the inter-Korean relations improve, the better way the U.S. would have, and if things of other countries and nations go well, its things would also go well.

In view of the prestige of the DPRK in the international politics and the geo-political position of the Korean peninsula, the inter-Korean relations can be termed a key link in the chain of the world politics, and if the knot in the inter-Korean relations is untied, it will not be bad but good for the U.S.

06.09.2018 - 05:56 [ Lauren Scott ‏/ Twitter ]

Bruce Ohr (a former associate deputy attorney general) says Christopher Steele (former British intelligence officer with MI6) told him Russian intel believed they had Trump ‚over a barrel‘

(31.8.2018)

06.09.2018 - 05:40 [ ORF.at ]

Anonymer NYT-Beitrag: Interner Widerstand gegen Trump

Die „New York Times“ berichtete, ihr sei der Name des Autors bekannt. Seine Anonymität werde auf seine Bitte hin gewahrt, weil sein Job sonst in Gefahr sei. „Wir glauben, dass die anonyme Veröffentlichung dieses Essays die einzige Möglichkeit ist, unseren Lesern eine wichtige Sichtweise zu übermitteln.“

05.09.2018 - 14:45 [ Spiegel.de ]

„Was haben Sie zu verbergen?“: Anhörung von Trumps Richter-Kandidat beginnt mit Tumulten

Die Nominierungsanhörung des stramm konservativen Kandidaten hat mit Tumulten im Senat begonnen. Senatoren der oppositionellen Demokraten forderten lautstark eine Verschiebung der Anhörung.
Sie begründeten dies damit, dass ihnen das Weiße Haus nicht genügend Dokumente zu Trumps Richterkandidat Kavanaugh zur Verfügung gestellt habe.

05.09.2018 - 05:44 [ Korea Broadcasting System ]

Nordkoreas Außenministerium untermauert Forderung nach Erklärung des Kriegsendes

In der Abhandlung sei betont worden, dass die Erklärung des Kriegsendes den politischen Willen für die Schaffung eines dauerhaften und gesicherten Friedenssystems auf der koreanischen Halbinsel erkennen lasse und als erster Schritt zur Bildung von Vertrauen zwischen Nordkorea und den USA gelte.

04.09.2018 - 06:54 [ Korea Broadcasting System ]

Bericht: US-Sondergesandter für Nordkorea besucht Nordostasien

Biegun werde unter anderem Südkorea und Japan besuchen, berichtete der Sender am Samstag. Weitere Einzelheiten der Reise waren zunächst nicht bekannt.

Derzeit herrscht in der Region Unsicherheit darüber, ob die Gespräche Washingtons mit Pjöngjang über das nordkoreanische Atomprogramm erfolgreich werden.

03.09.2018 - 07:51 [ New York Times ]

Agents Tried to Flip Russian Oligarchs. The Fallout Spread to Trump.

(1.9.2018) The timeline sketched out by Mr. Ohr shows contacts stretching back to when Mr. Ohr first met Mr. Steele in 2007. It also shows what officials said was the first date on which the two discussed cultivating Mr. Deripaska: a meeting in Washington on Nov. 21, 2014, roughly seven months before Mr. Trump announced that he was running for president. (…)

Mr. Steele served as an intermediary between the Americans and the Russian oligarchs they were seeking to cultivate. He had first met Mr. Ohr years earlier while still serving at MI6, Britain’s foreign spy agency, where he oversaw Russia operations.

03.09.2018 - 07:44 [ Wall Street Journal ]

What Bruce Ohr Told Congress

(30.8.2018) To believe most media descriptions of Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr, he is a nonentity, unworthy of the attention President Trump has given him. This is remarkable, given that Mr. Ohr spent Tuesday confirming for Congress its worst suspicions about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s abuse of its surveillance and sourcing rules.

03.09.2018 - 07:41 [ theEpochtimes.com ]

British Ex-Spy Lobbied for Russian Oligarch While Writing Anti-Trump Dossier

(12.8.2018) The communications raise further questions about Steele’s objectivity as an intelligence source, and about Ohr’s motives for maintaining contact with a foreign ex-spy about a Russian billionaire, despite being assigned to a wholly unrelated line of work at the DOJ. Congressional investigators expect Ohr to appear for a closed-door interview on Aug. 28.

03.09.2018 - 07:37 [ WashingtonExaminer.com ]

Emails show 2016 links among Steele, Ohr, Simpson — with Russian oligarch in background

(8.8.2018) Emails in 2016 between former British spy Christopher Steele and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr suggest Steele was deeply concerned about the legal status of a Putin-linked Russian oligarch, and at times seemed to be advocating on the oligarch’s behalf, in the same time period Steele worked on collecting the Russia-related allegations against Donald Trump that came to be known as the Trump dossier. The emails show Steele and Ohr were in frequent contact, that they intermingled talk about Steele’s research and the oligarch’s affairs, and that Glenn Simpson, head of the dirt-digging group Fusion GPS that hired Steele to compile the dossier, was also part of the ongoing conversation.

03.09.2018 - 07:23 [ Newsweek.com ]

Report: Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele Helped Try and Turn an Oligarch Into an Informant

(1.9.2018) Bruce Ohr, a Department of Justice official who has become a frequent target of Trump’s ire at the ongoing investigation into his links to Russia and whether they helped influence the election, and Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence operative who compiled a dossier of reporting on Russian influence on Trump, were both involved in the effort, the New York Times reported.

03.09.2018 - 07:18 [ New York Times ]

Embracing Conspiracy Theory, Trump Escalates Attack on Bruce Ohr

(17.8.2018) President Trump threatened on Friday to quickly revoke the security clearance of Bruce Ohr, a little-known Justice Department official, for the first time seeking to apply his power to cut access to sensitive information to a midlevel government worker rather than a prominent former national security official.

Departing the White House for a fund-raiser, the president told reporters that Mr. Ohr was “a disgrace” and said incorrectly that Mr. Ohr played a part in starting the investigation into Russian election interference and possible links to Trump associates.

03.09.2018 - 07:03 [ FoxNews.com ]

DOJ’s Bruce Ohr kept Mueller deputy ‚in the loop‘ about anti-Trump dossier, sources say

(30.8.2018) The sources said Ohr’s outreach about the dossier – as well as its author, ex-British spy Christopher Steele; the opposition research firm behind it, Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS; and his wife Nellie Ohr’s work for Fusion – occurred before and after the FBI fired Steele as a source over his media contacts. Ohr’s network of contacts on the dossier included: former FBI agent Peter Strzok; former FBI lawyer Lisa Page; former deputy director Andrew McCabe; Weissmann and at least one other DOJ official; and a current FBI agent who worked with Strzok on the Russia case.

03.09.2018 - 06:49 [ Daily Mail ]

FBI tried to flip Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska to get potentially damaging information on Trump’s alleged ties to the Kremlin, claims new report

– FBI and the United States Justice reportedly tried to flip Russian oligarch, Oleg V. Deripaska but he told them they had their story wrong
– Sources say in September 2016 Deripaska labeled investigators‘ claims about Paul Manafort’s links to Russian government as ‚preposterous‘
– However the New York Times reports the investigation involving Deripaska began before Donald Trump announced he was going for the presidency
– Justice Department official, Bruce G. Ohr worked with former British spy Christopher Steele to get six rich Russians to talk
– Trump has used leaked documents as evidence they were plotting against him to form a dossier in the Robert Mueller-led investigation and called Ohr ‚a joke‘

02.09.2018 - 08:27 [ ORF.at ]

USA und Europäer appellieren an libysche Milizen

Seit dem Sturz von Libyens langjährigem Machthaber Muammar al-Gaddafi im Herbst 2011 herrscht Chaos in dem nordafrikanischen Land. Bewaffnete Milizen haben die Kontrolle über weite Teile des Landes. Die international anerkannte Übergangsregierung in Tripolis verfügt nur über begrenzten Einfluss.

01.09.2018 - 16:10 [ ORF.at ]

NAFTA: Keine Einigung zwischen USA und Kanada

Die Gespräche über ein neues Nordamerikanisches Freihandelsabkommen (NAFTA) zwischen den USA und Kanada sind vorerst gescheitert. US-Präsident Donald Trump habe den US-Kongress über die Absicht unterrichtet, anstelle des Abkommens der drei Länder USA, Mexiko und Kanada künftig ein bilaterales Abkommen mit Mexiko zu setzen, teilte der US-Handelsbeauftragte Robert Lighthizer gestern mit.

01.09.2018 - 16:07 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Japan and North Korea held secret meeting as Shinzo Abe ‚loses trust‘ in Donald Trump

Japan held a “secret” meeting with North Korea in Vietnam in July without informing the United States, according to media reports.

Talks were reportedly held between Shigeru Kitamura, head of Japan’s Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, and Kim Song-hye, a senior North Korean official in charge of reunification.

30.08.2018 - 01:27 [ Reuters ]

Pro-Macron author to get top Los Angeles diplomatic posting

Under the new regulations, those positions can now also be filled by the government if it wishes to do so, including with non-civil servants. That change and Besson’s subsequent appointment has caused some unease among certain diplomats with foreign ministry unions questioning the rationale behind the decision, two diplomats said.

29.08.2018 - 06:49 [ KBS ]

Geheimdienst bestätigt offenbar Differenzen zwischen USA und Nordkorea über Denuklearisierungsmodalitäten

Südkoreas Geheimdienst hat offenbar bestätigt, dass der vierte Nordkoreabesuch des US-amerikanischen Außenministers Mike Pompeo wegen Differenzen über die Modalitäten der Denuklearisierung gescheitert ist.

Nordkorea wollte zuerst den Koreakrieg formell für beendet erklären. Die USA wollten sich dagegen zuerst eine Liste des nordkoreanischen Nukleararsenals sichern. Das habe Geheimdienstchef Suh Hoon am Dienstag vor dem Informationsausschuss im Parlament gesagt, teilten die Abgeordneten Kim Min-ki und Lee Eun-jae mit.

27.08.2018 - 06:08 [ Sputnik ]

US, UK and France Prepare New Strike Against Syria – Russian MoD

(25.8.2018) „To carry out the alleged ‚chemical attack‘ in the city of Jisr al-Shughur in the province of Idlib, militants from the Tahrir al-Sham group (affiliated with the Jabhat Nusra* terror organization) had delivered 8 tankers with chlorine… to a village a few kilometers from Jisr al-Shughur,“ the general stated.

For this purpose, the destroyer USS The Sullivans armed with 56 cruise missiles had arrived in the Persian Gulf several days ago, while a US В-1В bomber carrying 24 air-to-surface AGM-158 JASSM cruise missiles has been deployed at Al Udeid air base in Qatar, the spokesman suggested.

27.08.2018 - 06:03 [ Al-Masdar News ]

Breaking: Jihadists preparing chemical weapons provocation in Idlib – Russian MoD

(25.8.2018) The attack would be used as a pretext for US, UK and French airstrikes on Syrian targets, Konashenkov added. USS ‘The Sullivans,’ an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer, has already been deployed in the Persian Gulf a couple of days ago, he said.

The destroyer has 56 cruise missiles on board, according to data from the Russian Defence Ministry.

26.08.2018 - 09:45 [ Xinhua ]

China urges relevant parties to adhere to political settlement of Korean Peninsula nuclear issue

Lu said China supports the United States and the DPRK in actively advancing the process of political settlement to the issue according to the consensus reached by the two countries‘ leaders in Singapore. However, he added that all relevant parties should stick to the direction of political settlement, and show more sincerity and flexibility, instead of being fickle or laying the blame on others.

26.08.2018 - 09:33 [ CBS News ]

China, South Korea respond to Trump’s criticism on North Korea progress

Meanwhile, while describing the postponement of Pompeo’s trip as a setback, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it expects China to continue serving a „constructive role“ in international efforts to solve the nuclear crisis and noted that Beijing continues to express commitment to fully implement sanctions against the North.

25.08.2018 - 11:36 [ Washington Post ]

Bolton and his Russian counterpart discuss arms control, Syria and Iran

(23.8.2018) Patrushev, according to state-run RIA news agency, said that no statement had been written “because the Americans wanted this to say that we had meddled in their elections, as is their opinion, but we deny this.”

Bolton said they also discussed Syria and Iran.

25.08.2018 - 11:32 [ Intercept ]

Military Brass Tells Congress It Has No Idea What Saudi Arabia Is Doing With U.S. Bombs in Yemen

(14.3.2018) Warren followed up by describing an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition that struck civilians in February. The attack, in the northern Yemen town of Saada, killed five civilians. Medical staff who rushed in to help survivors were hit in a follow-up attack, Warren noted. (This is known as a “double-tap” airstrike.)

“General Votel, when you receive reports like this from credible media organizations or outside observers, is CENTCOM able to tell if U.S. fuel or U.S. munitions were used in that strike?”

“No, senator, I don’t believe we are,” he replied.

25.08.2018 - 11:28 [ Washington Post ]

End U.S. support for this misbegotten and unwinnable war

ON AUG. 9, an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen struck a bus packed with young boys in the northern village of Dahyan, killing at least 51 people, including 40 children, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. As Saudi spokesmen defend this horrific massacre — one called the bus a “legitimate military target” — Trump administration officials are being pressed by members of Congress …

25.08.2018 - 07:53 [ Zeit.de ]

Atomkonflikt: Trump sagt Nordkorea-Reise von Außenminister Pompeo ab

„Ich habe das Gefühl, wir machen nicht ausreichend Fortschritte in Bezug auf die atomare Abrüstung“, schrieb Trump auf Twitter. Pompeo hatte am Vortag erklärt, er werde gemeinsam mit dem neu ernannten Sondergesandten für Nordkorea, Stephen Biegun, nach Nordkorea reisen und dort Gespräche führen.

24.08.2018 - 17:40 [ tampabay.com ]

CentCom’s Votel: U.S. will stay in Syria to fight ISIS and keep an eye on Iran

(22.5.2018) In March, President Donald Trump said he would be pulling U.S. troops out of Syria „very soon.“ But they’re still there, and will stay there, to defeat what’s left of the so-called Islamic State, says the man in charge of military efforts in the region.

Despite the commander-in-chief’s comments, Army Gen. Joseph Votel said it didn’t require much pushback to convince Trump to stay the course.

24.08.2018 - 17:29 [ cbn.com ]

ISIS 2.0: Islamic State Launches Massive Attack in Syria, Resurging in Iraq

(24.7.2018) Seven months after routing ISIS from large swaths of Iraq and Syria, the Department of Defense says a coalition of 77 nations and numerous international organizations remains determined to keep the terror group from resurfacing.

24.08.2018 - 17:22 [ Charles Bybelezer, The Media Line / Jerusalem Post ]

Analysis: The Islamic State’s push for a new caliphate

(16.8.2018) According to findings by the Lead Inspector General of Operation Inherent Resolve, the United States-led military coalition against the Islamic State, the terror group is much larger than previously thought and still poses a significant threat.

24.08.2018 - 15:16 [ Botschaft des Königreichs Saudi Arabien in Washington, D.C. ]

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Contributes $100 Million for Syria’s Stabilization Efforts: Raqqa and Areas of Northeast Syria Liberated from ISIS

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in its continued commitment to serve as stabilizing force in the region, has contributed $100 million dollars for Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS-supported stabilization projects in areas liberated from ISIS in northeast Syria. This is the largest Coalition contribution to date for these liberated areas, and follows the pledge made by Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir during the July 12, 2018 Global Coalition Ministerial Conference in Brussels, hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

24.08.2018 - 14:58 [ tagesschau.de ]

Deutsche US-Strategie: Merkel bremst Maas aus

Bei den internationalen Zahlungssystemen sei ein enge Partnerschaft mit den Vereinigten Staaten weiterhin nötig.

Das Swift-Abkommen regelt die Übermittlung von Bankkundendaten an die USA im Rahmen der Terrorismusbekämpfung.

23.08.2018 - 09:59 [ Spiegel.de ]

Donna Brazile: Demokratische Vorwahlen waren laut Ex-Parteichefin zugunsten Clintons manipuliert

(3.11.2017) In einem Buch, das Brazile bald veröffentlicht, beschreibt sie zudem eine aus ihrer Sicht „unethische“ Vereinbarung zwischen Clinton und der Demokratischen Partei. Die Vorwahlphase sei zugunsten Hillary Clintons und gegen deren parteiinternen Widersacher Bernie Sanders manipuliert worden, schrieb die Ex-Parteichefin.

Die Vereinbarungen zwischen der Parteiführung und dem Clinton-Lager habe es bereits seit August 2015 gegeben, lange bevor der interne Auswahlprozess überhaupt gestartet worden sei.

23.08.2018 - 08:26 [ ZDF ]

US-Demokraten: Hackerangriff verhindert

(24.8.2018) Die US-Demokraten haben nach eigenen Angaben einen versuchten Hackerangriff auf ihre Datenbank mit Informationen von Millionen Wählern im ganzen Land vereitelt. Wie aus Parteikreisen verlautete, wurde die demokratische Parteiführung am Dienstag über einen mutmaßlichen Hackerversuch in Kenntnis gesetzt. Daraufhin habe das Democratic National Committee die Behörden eingeschaltet.

23.08.2018 - 07:24 [ smeggys.co.uk ]

Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a 1962 plan by the U.S. Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against U.S. interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba in order to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. As part of the U.S. government’s Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

23.08.2018 - 07:20 [ New York Times ]

Declassified Papers Show Anti-Castro Ideas Proposed to Kennedy

(November 1997) “We could blow up a US warship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,“ the memorandum said.

“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,“ it continued. “The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated).“

The records show that on March 13, 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed these ideas as “suitable for planning purposes.“ No evidence exists that they were carried out.

23.08.2018 - 07:06 [ Heise.de ]

Overkill: USA geben Geheimdokumente zur Nuklearstrategie von 1964 frei

Konkret rechneten die Strategen mit der Gefahr eines sowjetischen Überraschungsangriffs gegen die Vereinigten Staaten. In einem solchen Fall wollte man einen Angriff mindestens vergelten, allerdings sahen die Strategen auch eine präventive Option vor, falls eine Nachrichtendienst-Warnung vor einem bevorstehenden sowjetischen Angriff eingehe und man dem Feind zuvorkommen könne.

22.08.2018 - 14:46 [ Businessinsider.fr ]

‚Europe should not allow the US to act over our heads‘: Germany is challenging the US’s financial monopoly as the Iran row deepens

Germany’s foreign minister has challenged the US monopoly on global payment infrastructure.
Writing in German daily Handelsblatt on Tuesday, Mass said: „It is indispensable that we strengthen European autonomy by creating payment channels that are independent of the United States.“
„It is high time to re-evaluate our partnership,“ he said.
European businesses have been caught between the EU and the United States over trade with Iran amid US sanctions.
French energy giant Total officially pulled out of the country on Monday under US pressure.

22.08.2018 - 14:34 [ Sputnik ]

Mehr Unabhängigkeit von USA: EU braucht eigenes Swift-System – Heiko Maas

Die Beziehungen zwischen den USA und der EU werden zunehmend angespannter, auch weil US-Präsident Donald Trump nicht vor wirtschaftlichen Maßnahmen gegen die Europäische Union zurückschreckt. Laut Bundesaußenminister Heiko Maas braucht Europa nun mehr wirtschaftliche Unabhängigkeit – und womöglich ein eigenes Swift-System.

22.08.2018 - 09:46 [ Nils Annen, Staatsminister im Auswärtigen Amt / Twitter ]

Außenminister ⁦@HeikoMaas zum JCPOA⁩: Es ist unverzichtbar, dass wir europäische Autonomie stärken, indem wir von den USA unabhängige Zahlungskanäle einrichten, einen Europäischen Währungsfonds schaffen und ein unabhängiges Swift-System aufbauen.

22.08.2018 - 09:17 [ Reuters ]

Germany urges EU payment system without U.S. to save Iran deal

“That’s why it is indispensable that we strengthen European autonomy by creating payment channels that are independent of the United States, a European Monetary Fund and an independent SWIFT system,” Maas wrote in the Handelsblatt business daily.