Archiv: Washington


10.01.2020 - 01:38 [ MoveOn.org ]

LIVE: Community leaders & members of Congress rally in DC to oppose war with Iran. #NoWarWithIran

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10.01.2020 - 01:15 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

My colleagues and I are tired of endless wars. That is why we introduced the No War Against Iran Act. We must learn from our mistakes, not repeat them.

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01.01.2020 - 21:29 [ Reuters ]

Secretary of State Pompeo postpones Ukraine trip to focus on Iraq

Pompeo postponed his trip to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus “due to the need for the Secretary to be in Washington, D.C., to continue monitoring the ongoing situation in Iraq and ensure the safety and security of Americans in the Middle East,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

26.11.2019 - 17:00 [ CNN ]

White House was briefly on lockdown after aircraft entered restricted airspace

Two US Capitol Police sources said the situation is being classified as an „aircon,“ which is an as yet unidentified incoming aircraft.

15.11.2019 - 06:02 [ North Atlantic Treaty Organization ]

NATO Secretary General participates in meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg participated in a meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (14 November 2019).

Chaired by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the meeting was convened to address the Coalition’s next steps following the death of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi, as well as recent developments in northeast Syria.

13.11.2019 - 07:53 [ New York Times ]

US Troops at Syria Base Say They’ll Keep Pressure on IS

Speaking at a remote base in Syria where the Bradleys arrived last week, he said „our primary way that we do that“ is through working with the U.S. partners, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

The deployment of the mechanized force comes after US troops pulled out from northeastern Syria, making way for a Turkish offensive against Kurdish fighters that began last month. Only several miles away from the base, fighting between Turkish-allied fighters and the SDF was ongoing, …

13.11.2019 - 07:50 [ ORF.at ]

Syrien: USA halten an Bündnis mit Rebellen fest

Die USA halten an ihrer Allianz mit der von der Kurden-Miliz YPG angeführten Syrischen Demokratischen Streitkräfte (SDF) fest. „Es gibt keine Absicht, dass diese Zusammenarbeit beendet wird“, sagte ein hochrangiger Regierungsvertreter.

13.11.2019 - 07:46 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Erdogan bei Trump: Ein schwieriger Gast im Weißen Haus

US-Präsident Trump empfängt heute den türkischen Präsidenten Erdogan. Auch wenn die persönliche Chemie stimmt – die Beziehungen zwischen den beiden NATO-Partnern stecken in einer tiefen Krise.

13.11.2019 - 07:43 [ Bloomberg ]

Erdogan Wants New Era With U.S. on Security Before Meeting Trump

Speaking Tuesday before traveling to Washington, Erdogan said he wants to “start a new era over common security issues” with the U.S. “We are in agreement with Trump to solve problems and develop our ties despite the foggy weather in our relations,” Erdogan told a televised news conference at the airport in Ankara.

31.10.2019 - 01:25 [ antikrieg.com ]

Grayzone Redakteur Max Blumenthal verhaftet: „Diese Anklage ist zu 100% falsch“

Der Herausgeber von Grayzone, Max Blumenthal, wurde aufgrund falscher Anschuldigungen verhaftet, nachdem er über die Gewalt der venezolanischen Opposition außerhalb der Botschaft in Washington berichtet hatte. Er beschreibt den fabrizierten Fall als Teil einer breiter angelegten Kampagne politischer Verfolgung.

28.09.2019 - 11:30 [ Verteidigungsministerium ‏/ Twitter ]

Verbündete und Partner – Verteidigungsministerin Kramp-Karrenbauer @akk trifft ihren US-Amtskollegen @EsperDoD im Pentagon in #Washington. Themen u.a. Afghanistan, NATO/EU-Zusammenarbeit und die Lage am Golf.

(23.09.2019)

28.09.2019 - 11:28 [ Stripes.com ]

In talks with new German defense chief, Esper repeats US demand that Berlin boost military spending

(24.09.2019)

STUTTGART, Germany — When the new U.S. and German defense chiefs held high-level talks in Washington this week, Defense Secretary Mark Esper wasted no time getting to his main point — the dollars and cents of defense spending.

11.09.2019 - 11:31 [ New York Times ]

Declassified Papers Show Anti-Castro Ideas Proposed to Kennedy

(19. 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.

11.09.2019 - 11:22 [ 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.

10.08.2019 - 20:09 [ CNN ]

Top intel official interrupted meeting to urge his deputy to resign

When discussing his attempt to replace Coats with Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe on July 30, the President told reporters that intelligence community needed „somebody like that that’s strong and can really rein it in. As you’ve all learned, the intelligence agencies have run amok. They’ve run amok.“

22.07.2019 - 20:55 [ usnews.com ]

Trump Says U.S. Working With Pakistan to Find Way Out of Afghan War

The Pentagon said Pakistan’s army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, will meet later on Monday with the top American military officer, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford.

22.07.2019 - 20:51 [ theHill.com ]

Trump says he could win Afghan war in a week but doesn’t ‚want to kill 10 million people‘

The president added that Afghanistan would be “wiped off the face of the earth” in 10 days if he chose to bring a quick end to the nation’s longest war, which he called “ridiculous” and said has helped turn the U.S. into the world’s “policemen.”

“I don’t want to go that route,” Trump said.

02.07.2019 - 17:12 [ Radio Utopie ]

Schwerter zu Pflugscharen-Glockenturm neben Lincoln-Monument in Washington errichtet

(2015) In diesem Jahr haben die Veterans for Peace ihren mobilen Glockenturm „Schwerter zu Pflugscharen“ direkt neben dem Abraham-Lincol-Denkmal in Washington errichtet.

Die Ex-Militärs und Friedensaktivisten senden damit eine öffentlichkeitswirksame Botschaft. Denn sie erweitern das Anliegen des Memorial Day um einen ganz wesentlichen Beitrag, den sie an ihre eigene Bevölkerung und an die Welt senden.

21.05.2019 - 01:56 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Deutschland im Wirtschaftskrieg (II)

Sämtliche Bauteile, die Infineon in seinen US-Werken herstellt, werden ab sofort nicht mehr an Huawei geliefert. Allerdings legt der Konzern größten Wert auf die Feststellung, der Boykott, den er in den Vereinigten Staaten einhalten müsse, gelte nicht für seine Fabriken außerhalb der USA. Hintergrund ist, dass die Volksrepublik längst der größte Absatzmarkt des Unternehmens ist: Infineon setzt dort 25 Prozent seiner Produkte ab, mehr als in jedem anderen Land einschließlich Deutschlands (15 Prozent). Der Anteil der Vereinigten Staaten am Infineon-Umsatz beläuft sich lediglich auf neun Prozent.

20.05.2019 - 01:06 [ Washington Examiner ]

Trump critic and former CIA chief John Brennan to brief Democrats on Iran

House Democrats have invited former CIA director and frequent Trump critic John Brennan to brief them on the situation in Iran.

Brennan is scheduled to speak at the party’s weekly caucus meeting Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Wendy Sherman, a former State Department official who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal under President Barack Obama, was also invited.

The meeting will take place the same day Trump administration officials will update lawmakers on escalating tensions between the two countries. Democrats will likely attend both briefings.

19.05.2019 - 16:04 [ Camila, producer, presenter @telesurenglish / Twitter ]

Adrienne Pine: We’re exporting our ‚democracy‘ around the world—and of course it’s no democracy: It’s violence, it’s war, it’s murder, it’s capitalism. @AlinaTelesur @adriennepine (2 of 2)

17.05.2019 - 12:57 [ teleSUR ]

US Raid on Venezuela Embassy „A Brutal Act against Int`l Law`: Maduro

Activists had been defending the embassy building since the two governments broke diplomatic relations. However, U.S. authorities and the Venezuelan opposition sought to cut off electricity and water services to the building, as well as prevent food from entering by keeping a siege on the premises daily.

17.05.2019 - 12:41 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Polizei stürmt Botschaft von Venezuela in Washington

Vier Aktivisten, die sich in den Räumen aufhielten, seien inhaftiert worden. Das Vorgehen der US-Behörden sei ein klarer Verstoß gegen die Wiener Vereinbarung über diplomatische Beziehungen, so Benjamin.

16.05.2019 - 20:41 [ teleSUR ]

United States security forces have broken into the Venezuela embassy in Washington

teleSUR reporter Jorge Gestoso on site outside the embassy says there are security service, federal agents and dozens of D.C. police officers heavily armed at the back entrance of the embassy. According to Gestoso the authorities dressed in military gear took up position in the embassy’s basement where there are no surveillance cameras. This allowed U.S. authorities to make the arrests out of the site of the public and the media.

15.05.2019 - 15:31 [ junge Welt ]

Gesetz des Urwalds

Ausgangspunkt der aktuellen Eskalation ist jedoch die willkürliche Anerkennung eines Oppositionspolitikers als Staatsoberhaupt, ohne dass dieser in dieses Amt gewählt worden wäre. Aus dieser Entscheidung ergibt sich die Logik des Vorgehens der US-Administration. Das sollte auch ein klares Warnsignal für uns hierzulande sein, denn immerhin hat die deutsche Bundesregierung den Herrn Guaidó ebenfalls als »Staatschef« akzeptiert, und bei der für den 28. und 29. Mai in Berlin geplanten Lateinamerika-Konferenz des Auswärtigen Amtes ist Venezuela unerwünscht. Dagegen braucht es klare Kante, auch hierzulande.

11.05.2019 - 14:05 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Trump und der Handelsstreit: Eskalation als Taktik

Denn das Ziel der USA ist ein Handelsabkommen mit China. Aber um das Ziel zu erreichen, setzt die Trump-Administration offenbar auf Eskalation. Beinahe alle Importe aus China könnten bald mit 25 Prozent verzollt werden, heißt es in einer Mitteilung des US-Handelsbeauftragten Robert Lighthizer. Details will dessen Behörde am Montag auf ihrer Homepage bekannt geben. Das heißt nicht, dass am Montag die zusätzlichen Abgaben bereits fällig werden.

11.05.2019 - 01:54 [ New York Times ]

Trump Renews Trade War as China Talks End Without a Deal

Mr. Trump is now moving ahead with plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports. Those new tariffs could go into effect in a matter of weeks.

In a statement Friday evening, the United States trade representative said Mr. Trump had “ordered us to begin the process of raising tariffs on essentially all remaining imports from China, which are valued at approximately $300 billion.”

10.05.2019 - 17:18 [ investingacad.com ]

European stocks rise from a 6-week low on hopes of trade

European stocks rose on Friday, recovering from a six-week low as investors hope the United States and China can still resolve their trade dispute, even as a planned increase in US tariffs on Chinese imports comes into effect.

10.05.2019 - 17:16 [ CNBC ]

What trade war? China stocks jump after tariff hike

Acknowledging that continued talks on Friday stateside will be „positive,“ Nick Marro, analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, said …

10.05.2019 - 08:57 [ Xinhua ]

China deeply regrets U.S. tariff hike, vows countermeasures: Chinese delegation

China will have to take necessary countermeasures, said the delegation, which is currently in Washington for the 11th round of China-U.S. high-level economic and trade consultations.

10.05.2019 - 08:55 [ New York Times ]

Trump Increases China Tariffs as Trade Deal Hangs in the Balance

Mr. Trump’s decision to proceed with the tariff increase came after a pivotal round of trade talks in Washington on Thursday night failed to produce an agreement to forestall the higher levies. The White House said talks would resume again on Friday but it remains uncertain whether the two sides can bridge the differences that have arisen over the past week.

10.05.2019 - 08:51 [ Radio China ]

Liu He für elfte chinesisch-amerikanische Handelskonsultationen in Washington eingetroffen

Das Mitglied des Politbüros des ZK der KP Chinas und stellvertretender Ministerpräsident der Volksrepublik, Liu He, ist am Donnerstag für die elfte Runde der chinesisch-amerikanischen Handelskonsultationen in Washington eingetroffen.

10.05.2019 - 08:47 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Trotz Handelsgesprächen: USA erhöhen Zölle gegen China

Bis zum vergangenen Wochenende sprach vieles für eine Einigung im Handelskonflikt. Dann gab es aber offenbar einen heftigen Streit über Formulierungen in einem Entwurf für ein Abkommen zwischen beiden Seiten. US-Regierungskreisen zufolge hat China bei nahezu allen Punkten einen Rückzieher gemacht. In einer fast 150-seitigen Vorlage habe China systematisch Passagen gestrichen, die zu Kernforderungen der US-Seite gehörten.

08.05.2019 - 15:57 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Handelskonflikt mit USA: Chinas Exporte sinken massiv

All das würde sich weiter verschlimmern, wenn US-Präsident Donald Trump seine Drohung wahr macht und die Sonderzölle auf chinesische Waren von Freitag an von zehn auf 25 Prozent erhöht.
Um das und damit eine weitere Eskalation des Handelskonflikts zu vermeiden, reist eine chinesische Handelsdelegation nach Washington, um Gespräche mit den USA zu führen.

07.05.2019 - 17:55 [ theGuardian.com ]

China confirms vice-premier Liu He will visit US for trade talks

China’s chief trade negotiator will travel to Washington this week, according to the commerce ministry, tempering fears that talks to resolve a protracted trade war between the US and Beijing had been scuppered.

Liu He, a vice-premier, will hold negotiations in Washington on Thursday and Friday, according to the Chinese ministry, which did not elaborate on the agenda.

01.05.2019 - 09:45 [ Amerika21.de ]

Versuchter Umsturz in Venezuela gescheitert

Militär folgt Aufruf von Parlamentspräsident Guaidó nicht. Anführer des Putschversuchs flüchtet in Botschaft von Chile

01.05.2019 - 02:38 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

US-Aktivisten schützen Botschaft von Venezuela in Washington

(29.4.2019) Eine Rechtsanwältin unter den Gruppenmitgliedern betonte, dass alle Anwesenden von den Verantwortlichen für das Gebäude, das im Besitz der Regierung Venezuelas ist, eingeladen wurden. Man werde Klage gegen jeden US-Beamten einreichen, der eine „illegale Räumung oder Verhaftungen anordnet oder vollstreckt“.

01.05.2019 - 02:12 [ Paul Craig Roberts / Institute for Political Economy ]

Washington’s Coup Attempt In Venezuela

Perhaps the attempt will serve as a lesson to the Venezuelan government which has sat on its hands and failed to arrest Washington’s agent, Guaido, the self-proclaimed and Washington-proclaimed president of Venezuela.

13.04.2019 - 10:51 [ New York Times ]

Declassified Papers Show Anti-Castro Ideas Proposed to Kennedy

(19. 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.

13.04.2019 - 10:48 [ 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.

12.03.2019 - 18:05 [ IfNotNow / Twitter ]

In two weeks Netanyahu will be in Washington, meeting with Trump and giving the keynote speech at @AIPAC. As American Jews we must be clear: when Netanyahu claims to speak for the Jewish people, he is a liar, because he does not speak for us #NotMyJudaism

09.03.2019 - 10:56 [ ORF.at ]

Trump empfängt Brasiliens Staatschef Bolsonaro am 19. März

Die anhaltende Staatskrise in Venezuela soll ebenso Thema sein. Bolsonaro und Trump liegen in vielen Fragen auf einer Linie. Beide sind scharfe Kritiker der linken Regierungen in Kuba und Nicaragua und dringen auf einen Machtwechsel in Venezuela.

07.03.2019 - 14:35 [ New York Times ]

Democrats Put Off Anti-Semitism Resolution After Fierce Backlash

(6.3.2019) The closed-door meeting, the weekly gathering of House Democrats at the Capitol, generally involves discussion of the legislative agenda and political strategy. Instead, according to multiple people present, it turned into a gripe session over the treatment of Ms. Omar by her own party.

12.02.2019 - 16:33 [ Cato Institute ]

A Guide to Saudi Arabia’s Influence in Washington

(6.12.2018) The United States has long pursued a generally pro-Saudi policy in the Middle East, a legacy of the Cold War when the United States relied heavily on the Saudis to push back against Soviet influence. Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical importance-and its position as the world’s swing producer of oil-has often led U.S. policymakers to minimize criticism of Saudi Arabia. Even as fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were shown to be Saudi citizens, for example, the George W. Bush administration pushed to maintain the close U.S.-Saudi relationship while privately criticizing Saudi support for religious extremism. The Trump administration, however, has taken the United States’ selective vision on Saudi Arabia to new extremes.

12.02.2019 - 16:30 [ New York Times ]

Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both the Arsonists and the Firefighters’

(25.August 2016) Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump do not agree on much, but Saudi Arabia may be an exception. She has deplored Saudi Arabia’s support for “radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path towards extremism.” He has called the Saudis “the world’s biggest funders of terrorism.”

07.02.2019 - 09:11 [ US State Department ]

Statement by Ministers of the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS/DAESH

9. In 2019, the Coalition expects to concentrate on implementing the Working Group action plans. With the conventional military effort against ISIS in Syria nearing culmination and shifting to a supporting rather than a central role, the Coalition members will open a discussion to plan the next phase of the campaign. This could involve an effort to counter ISIS’s reversion to insurgency in Syria and Iraq. It could also include, addressing ISIS’s trans-border networks, branches, and affiliates, which continue to present a significant, and in some cases, growing threat to the members of our Coalition as highlighted by the June 2018 Coalition meeting of Political Directors with a focus on Africa held in Skhirate, Morocco. In particular, the Coalition should remain united in its efforts to undermine ISIS’s brand by rolling back its access to the information space as a tool to spread its toxic ideology and propaganda. The Coalition is determined to increase the pressure to disrupt ISIS’s trans-regional network through increased information sharing and complementary efforts in counter-finance, strategic communication, law enforcement, the justice sector, and security for our homelands. Coalition Working Groups and members will strive to ensure that our goals are met across the broader diplomatic and counterterrorism ecosystem, and does not seek to duplicate existing mechanisms and lines of effort. The Coalition has gathered unique experience and information while fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria that can be of value to other international organizations and groupings combating terrorism.

10. We are gratified by the momentum collectively generated by the Coalition and its partners and once again express our determination to deliver ISIS an enduring defeat. Our joint engagement in Iraq and Syria will continue. We recognize the need for sustained coordination and consultation of the Coalition across all its lines of efforts and especially in the Core. The four Working Groups of the Coalition – Foreign Terrorist Fighters, Counter-ISIS Financing, Communications, and Stabilization – are essential, and we remain dedicated to their continued progress. With this in mind, we look forward to the Political Directors’ meeting in late spring and the regular meeting of the Coalition Working Groups in the year ahead.

07.02.2019 - 09:10 [ Ruptly ]

LIVE: Trump delivers remarks to ministers as part of ‘Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS’

US President Donald Trump is delivering remarks at the State Department in Washington DC on Wednesday, February 6 at a meeting with foreign ministers whose countries are part of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. The 79-member coalition is expected to discuss the future of campaigns in Iraq and Syria, which will focus on safeguarding against a resurgence of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) through stabilisation and security assistance.

07.02.2019 - 09:01 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Trump bei Anti-IS-Koalition: „Nur noch Überreste – aber gefährliche“

Trump sprach bei einem Treffen der Außenminister der Internationalen Koalition im Kampf gegen den IS, der oft auch als ISIS abgekürzt wird. Der Koalition gehören 79 Mitglieder an – darunter die EU-Staaten, die USA, die Türkei und viele arabische Länder.

07.02.2019 - 08:59 [ TEAM ABABU. ‏/ Twitter ]

CAS @AbabuNamwamba arrived in Washington DC last evening to lead the Kenyan delegation to the Meeting of Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, hosted by US Secretary of State Hon Mike Pompeo at the State Department.

07.02.2019 - 08:47 [ Ambassador Sung Kim ‏/ Twitter ]

We are proud to partner with the Philippines and other members of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. Multinational collaboration and information-sharing has allowed us to disrupt potential attacks worldwide and diminish ISIS’s online influence.

07.02.2019 - 08:43 [ Margot Wallström,Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden / Twitter ]

Discussing peace & stabilisation of liberated areas in Iraq and Syria with leaders at the global coalition to defeat ISIS meeting in Washington DC. Root causes that enabled Daesh should be addressed and their reach and impact on social media must be countered.

07.02.2019 - 08:40 [ Globalnews.ca ]

Anti-ISIS coalition holds meeting in Washington

A meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS met in Washington to focus on what happens once the U.S. withdraws its troops from Syria. Jackson Proskow reports.

06.02.2019 - 06:30 [ ORF.at ]

Anti-IS-Koalition tagt in Washington

Deutschlands Außenminister Heiko Maas sagte vor seinem Abflug nach Washington: „In Syrien haben wir noch keine Klarheit darüber, wie nach dem angekündigten Abzug der US-Truppen ein Vakuum vermieden werden kann, damit nicht alte Konflikte erneut eskalieren und (der) IS wieder Fuß fassen kann.“

26.01.2019 - 01:45 [ Granma ]

Maskenball in der OAS

Große Ehre für Caracas: Die am Donnerstag in Washington – wo sonst – tagende OAS verabschiedete ein Kommuniqué, um Venezuela aus dieser in Verruf geratenen Institution auszuschließen. Anscheinend hatte man vergessen, dass die bolivarische Nation bereits im April 2017 beantragt hatte, aus Gründen der Ethik und Souveränität die OAS zu verlassen.

23.01.2019 - 22:57 [ Jason Ditz / antikrieg.com ]

Maduro kritisiert die USA nach Pences Ansprache an die Bevölkerung Venezuelas

Pences Kommentare sollen Guiado eindeutig eine weitere amerikanische Unterstützung geben. Wie sehr sie tatsächlich in Venezuela wirken werden, ist natürlich unklar, da Pence seine Rede komplett auf Englisch hielt und dabei ein paar spanische Wörter wie „hola“ einstreute.

20.01.2019 - 06:41 [ New York Times ]

Trump Offers Temporary Protections for ‘Dreamers’ in Exchange for Wall Funding

But the proposal, which Mr. Trump unveiled in a 13-minute address from the White House, appeared dead on arrival in the Capitol. Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected it even before Mr. Trump spoke, and Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, denounced the offer as “not a compromise but more hostage taking.”

With the shutdown entering its fifth week and polls showing a majority of the public blaming Mr. Trump, the president’s advisers have been searching for an exit strategy.

18.01.2019 - 22:53 [ The Republic ]

Cyprus: US to lift Cyprus arms embargo in security boost

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that there are 122 trillion cubic feet of gas in the east Mediterranean, with just over a quarter of that amount discovered in waters of Egypt, Israel and Cyprus. Offshore exploratory drilling continues along with talks on how to deliver that gas to European markets and beyond, either through onshore gas processing facilities or via pipelines.

18.01.2019 - 21:13 [ BBC ]

North Korea’s Kim Yong-chol meets Mike Pompeo in Washington

One of North Korea’s top negotiators is in Washington to meet US officials ahead of a possible second summit between the two countries‘ leaders.

Kim Yong-chol is meeting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and could hold talks with President Donald Trump at the White House later, US media say.

18.01.2019 - 02:05 [ KBS ]

Südkoreas Geheimdienstchef besuchte am Wochenende Washington

Suh sprach offenbar mit CIA-Chefin Gina Haspel und tauschte Informationen über die Bewegungen in Nordkorea aus, um die Verhandlungen über die Denuklearisierung zwischen Nordkorea und den USA voranzubringen.

17.01.2019 - 00:35 [ KBS ]

Kim Jong-uns Unterhändler besucht voraussichtlich morgen Washington

Wie der KBS-Korrespondent in Peking am Mittwochvormittag berichtete, hätten drei ranghohe nordkoreanische Politiker, darunter der Vizechef der Arbeiterpartei Kim Yong-chol und Vizeaußenministerin Choe Son-hui für 18.25 Uhr am Donnerstag Flüge von Peking nach Washington mit United Airline gebucht.

02.01.2019 - 17:03 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

The Pentagon Ups the Ante in Syria Fight

(30. März 2015) Also in Jordan is a U.S.-led multinational effort named Operation Gallant Phoenix, aimed at tracking the foreign fighter flow into Iraq and Syria. Begun as an initiative under Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which controls the military’s most elite special operations units, and JSOC’s higher administrative headquarters, U.S. Special Operations Command, it has expanded to include participation by U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command, said the senior special operations officer. Although sometimes referred to as the “foreign fighter task force,” Gallant Phoenix doesn’t have troops of its own to send out on raids or direct assaults and instead passes on the information it receives to allied countries.

02.01.2019 - 16:31 [ Nick Turse, TomDispatch / Truthout.org ]

America’s Black-Ops Blackout: Unraveling the Secrets of the Military’s Secret Military

(7. Januar 2014) As Special Operations Command chief Admiral William McRaven put it in SOCOM 2020, his blueprint for the future, it has ambitious aspirations to create “a Global SOF network of like-minded interagency allies and partners.” In other words, in that future now only six years off, it wants to be everywhere.

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While Congressional pushback has thus far thwarted Admiral McRaven’s efforts to create a SOCOM satellite headquarters for the more than 300 special operators working in Washington, D.C. (at the cost of $10 million annually), the command has nonetheless stationed support teams and liaisons all over the capital in a bid to embed itself ever more deeply inside the Beltway. “I have folks in every agency here in Washington, D.C. — from the CIA, to the FBI, to the National Security Agency, to the National Geospatial Agency, to the Defense Intelligence Agency,” McRaven said during a panel discussion at Washington’s Wilson Center in 2013. Referring to the acronyms of the many agencies with which SOCOM has forged ties, McRaven continued: “If there are three letters, and in some cases four, I have a person there.“

02.01.2019 - 16:12 [ theAtlantic.com ]

Obama Gives Commanders Wide Berth for Secret Warfare

(25. Mai 2010) Gen. Stanley McChrystal, at the time the director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, advised President Obama to allow combatant commanders more latitude to combat terrorism using task forces. Coming from McChrystal, it was a surprising endorsement of a policy that would shift responsibility for unconventional warfare from JSOC, which he had commanded, to the combatant commanders.

02.01.2019 - 15:58 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Is Said to Expand Secret Actions in Mideast

(24. Mai 2010) The order, which an official said was drafted in close coordination with Adm. Eric T. Olson, the officer in charge of the United States Special Operations Command, calls for clandestine activities that “cannot or will not be accomplished” by conventional military operations or “interagency activities,” a reference to American spy agencies.

While the C.I.A. and the Pentagon have often been at odds over expansion of clandestine military activity, most recently over intelligence gathering by Pentagon contractors in Pakistan and Afghanistan, there does not appear to have been a significant dispute over the September order.

A spokesman for the C.I.A. declined to confirm the existence of General Petraeus’s order, but said that the spy agency and the Pentagon had a “close relationship” and generally coordinate operations in the field.

02.01.2019 - 15:46 [ theAtlantic.com ]

The Special Ops Command That’s Displacing The CIA

(1. Dezember 2009) The military at large has also felt the growing influence of JSOC. Indeed, General Stanley McChrystal, now the top military commander in Afghanistan, led JSOC from 2003 to 2008. McChrystal’s extensive special operations in Iraq, credited as crucial in the country’s stabilization, earned both him and JSOC wide support in the military and in Washington. In his high-powered role in Afghanistan, McChrystal is increasingly turning to his old command. Spencer Ackerman reports that JSOC’s current leadership is „playing a large and previously unreported role in shaping the Obama administration’s Afghanistan and Pakistan strategy.“ That new influence includes strategic decision-making and direct involvement in the more traditional warfare conducted by the conventional military. Ackerman writes:

„In his Afghanistan review, McChrystal said that a key goal for him would be to increase coordination between his NATO command and the independent command of JSOC, which suggested that the dichotomy between using Special Operations Forces for counterterrorism and conventional forces for counterinsurgency was eroding.“

02.01.2019 - 15:17 [ FOCUS Online TopNews ‏/ Twitter ]

US-Politik im News-Ticker – „Totale Pleite“: Trump schießt auf Twitter gegen Vier-Sterne-General

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02.01.2019 - 12:47 [ BILD Politik / Twitter ]

„großes und dämliches Maul“ – Trump wettert gegen Vier-Sterne-General

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02.01.2019 - 12:43 [ Radio Utopie ]

Die Hersh-Bombe

(3.Juli 2008) Nun ist aber innerhalb des US-Militärs und in den Fluren von Washington bekannt geworden, dass ausser den CIA-geführten Einheiten auch hochgeheime Spezialkommandos des US-Militärs vom „Joint Special Operations Command“ (JSOC) auf direkten Befehl von Präsident Bush und unter direkter Kontrolle von US-Vize Dick Cheney im Iran operieren.

Diese Einsätze wurden in den letzten Monaten massiv ausgeweitet und erfolgten ohne Wissen, Zustimmung oder Kooperation von Kongress, US-Zentralkommando CENTCOM und sogar US-Verteidigungsminister Robert Gates.

Hintergrund ist die Rechtsauffassung des Weissen Hauses, dass nur für Einsätze der CIA das Parlament hinzugezogen werden muss, nicht aber für Einsätze des Militärs.

Erläuterung:

Dazu muss man die Struktur des US-Militärs kennen. Die Befehlskette geht vom Präsidenten, dem Vizepräsidenten, dem US-Verteidigungsminister im Pentagon über die Kontinentalkommandos zu den Oberkommandierenden in den einzelnen Ländern, wie z.B. in Irak oder Afghanistan.
Der „Joint Chiefs of Staff“, der „Vereinigte Generalstab“ hat operativ nichts zu melden.

Die US-Kontinentalkommandos haben sich quasi als „Verantwortungsbereiche“ den Planeten aufgeteilt. NORTHCOM für Nordamerika, SOUTHCOM für Südamerika, CENTCOM für den arabischen Raum mit den Kriegszonen Afghanistan und Irak, EUCOM für Europa, Russland und Nordpolregion und das neue AFRICOM für Afrika und PACOM für China, Indien, die Antarktis und den gesamten Pazifik.
Neben den Kontinentalkommandos gibt es aber noch andere, weltweit tätige Kommandoabteilungen des Pentagon, für strategische (also atomare) Kriegführung sowie aus dem Weltraum (STRATCOM), für Transport (TRANSCOM) und Versorgung (JFCOM).

Diese sind den Kontinentalkommandos gleichgestellt.

Ausserdem gibt es da noch das „U.S. Special Operations Command“ (SOCOM), dessen Einsatzgebiet nicht definiert ist und weltweit operiert. Ein klassischer Fall von oben organisierter Kompetenzüberschneidung im US-Militär um Rudelkämpfe hochzuhalten, Spannungen zu erzeugen und um Konkurrenzdruck zu erzeugen, was dann von der Hierarchie zu eigenen Zwecken umgemünzt werden kann.

Ein Unterkommando des SOCOM ist das „Joint Special Operations Command“ (JSOC), welches die Spezialeinheiten des Weissen Hauses führte um die es hier geht.
Bereits 2005 gab es Berichte über ein geheimes Unterprogramm im JSOC namens „Power Geyser“. Darin sollen Spezialagenten in unmittelbarer Umgebung des US-Präsidenten, des Vizepräsidenten und der Führungsebene des Kongresses zu derem Schutz eingesetzt worden sein.
Also Agenten in unmittelbarer Nähe und in unmittelbarer Kommunikation mit den mächtigsten offiziellen Amtspersonen der Welt. Eine ideale Voraussetzung um später mit diesen Agenten die Militärhierarchie zu umgehen.

02.01.2019 - 12:37 [ Seymour Hersh / New Yorker ]

Preparing the Battlefield

(Juli 2008) The covert operations set forth in the Finding essentially run parallel to those of a secret military task force, now operating in Iran, that is under the control of JSOC. Under the Bush Administration’s interpretation of the law, clandestine military activities, unlike covert C.I.A. operations, do not need to be depicted in a Finding, because the President has a constitutional right to command combat forces in the field without congressional interference. But the borders between operations are not always clear: in Iran, C.I.A. agents and regional assets have the language skills and the local knowledge to make contacts for the JSOC operatives, and have been working with them to direct personnel, matériel, and money into Iran from an obscure base in western Afghanistan. As a result, Congress has been given only a partial view of how the money it authorized may be used. One of JSOC’s task-force missions, the pursuit of “high-value targets,” was not directly addressed in the Finding. There is a growing realization among some legislators that the Bush Administration, in recent years, has conflated what is an intelligence operation and what is a military one in order to avoid fully informing Congress about what it is doing.

02.01.2019 - 12:24 [ New York Times ]

Commandos See Duty on U.S. Soil In Role Redefined by Terror Fight

(23. Januar 2005) As part of the extraordinary army of 13,000 troops, police officers and federal agents marshaled to secure the inauguration, these elite forces were poised to act under a 1997 program that was updated and enhanced after the Sept. 11 attacks, but nonetheless departs from how the military has historically been used on American soil.

These commandos, operating under a secret counterterrorism program code-named Power Geyser, were mentioned publicly for the first time this week on a Web site for a new book, „Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operation in the 9/11 World,“ (Steerforth Press). The book was written by William M. Arkin, a former intelligence analyst for the Army.

The precise number of these Special Operations forces in Washington this week is highly classified, but military officials say the number is very small. The special-missions units belong to the Joint Special Operations Command, a secretive command based at Fort Bragg, N.C., whose elements include the Army unit Delta Force.

14.12.2018 - 02:57 [ Reuters ]

Russia, China abstain on U.N. Central Africa vote, unhappy with France

Earlier on Thursday the Trump administration unveiled its strategy for Africa, which national security adviser John Bolton said aimed to counter economic and political influence of China and Russia on the continent.

06.12.2018 - 16:05 [ Sudan Tribune ]

Sudan, U.S. discuss military cooperation

The Commander of the U.S. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa James Craig has praised Sudan’s efforts to achieve regional security and stability.

Sudanese Army’s Chief of General Staff Kamal Abdel-Marouf on Tuesday met with Craig in the presence of the military attaché at the U.S. embassy in Khartoum Adam Cordish.

24.11.2018 - 14:11 [ Ian Birrel, foreign reporter / Twitter ]

Hard to avoid! They were talking loudly at next table while I was trying to catch up on emails

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24.11.2018 - 14:08 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The EU does not want a deal. This anti-democratic empire wants to crush Brexit

Fact not fantasy, as journalist Ian Birrell told the BBC back in the summer.

At the time, we might have been wondering if what we heard was merely the wishful fantasising of overzealous Remainers. The current deal shows that it was indeed a real Le Carré moment, a secret conversation about high political games.

20.11.2018 - 04:53 [ Aussenministerium der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika ]

Special Representative Biegun To Meet With Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will meet with Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon in Washington on Tuesday, November 20, to further strengthen our close coordination on efforts to achieve our shared goal of final, fully verified denuclearization.

18.11.2018 - 19:20 [ Yonhap ]

Seoul, Washington to launch working group on N. Korea this week: sources

Lee, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, will be in Washington from Monday to Wednesday. According to the sources, Lee will be joined by officials from the unification ministry and the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae who will be part of the working group.

16.11.2018 - 02:38 [ PressTV ]

US discusses plan to create ‘Arab NATO’ with Qatar

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Qatari Defense Minister Khalid al-Attiyah in Washington over a US plan to create a NATO-like Arab military alliance as Washington pushes for an end to a diplomatic rift between Doha an a Saudi-led quartet in favor of an alliance against Iran.

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.

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.

06.10.2018 - 08:05 [ KBS ]

Offizier des UN-Kommandos in Korea warnt vor Erklärung über Kriegsende

Ein solcher Schritt könne die Existenz des UN-Kommandos und schließlich auch die Stationierung der US-Soldaten in Südkorea in Frage stellen, sagte Eyre am Freitag bei einem Seminar, veranstaltet von der Carnegie-Stiftung in Washington.
Der kanadische Generalleutnant sagte, man müsse Verdacht schöpfen bei der Frage, warum Nordkorea so eifrig die Erklärung über ein Kriegsende fordere.

02.10.2018 - 17:09 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Transatlantische Ambivalenzen

Die Bundesregierung will das morgen beginnende „Deutschlandjahr“ in den USA nutzen, um die transatlantischen Beziehungen „neu zu vermessen“. Dies kündigt das Auswärtige Amt an. Im Rahmen der groß angelegten PR-Maßnahme, die am morgigen deutschen Nationalfeiertag mit einer Auftaktveranstaltung in Washington gestartet wird, werden in den kommenden zwölf Monaten mehr als 1.000 Veranstaltungen in sämtlichen US-Bundesstaaten durchgeführt.

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.

22.08.2018 - 08:12 [ Reuters ]

Commentary: The messy meaning of the Manafort and Cohen cases

The mixed verdict in the trial of Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, along with the guilty plea on campaign finance violations by the U.S. president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is a sign of just how messy – and perhaps inconclusive – Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will be. But Tuesday’s events also point to a broader destabilization in U.S. politics.

13.08.2018 - 06:03 [ Daily Beast ]

Surrounded by Thousands of Protesters, White Nationalists Sneak Out of Their Own D.C. Rally

The racists wanted a show of force, a two-hour rally, and the respect of the nation’s capital. They got none of it.

Instead, the two dozen or so white supremacists were outnumbered by more than 1,000 protesters. The group relied all day on a heavy police presence to escort their rally and then, before it was even scheduled to start, they fled in police vans.

20.07.2018 - 05:33 [ Zeit.de ]

USA und Russland: Trump lädt Putin nach Washington ein

US-Präsident Donald Trump hat seinen Nationalen Sicherheitsberater John Bolton gebeten, Putin einzuladen. Das teilte die Pressesprecherin des Weißen Hauses, Sarah Huckabee Sanders mit. Entsprechende Diskussionen seien im Gange. Trump hatte zuvor bereits getwittert, er freue sich auf ein weiteres Treffen mit Putin.

30.06.2018 - 15:09 [ q13fox.com ]

Could progressive newcomer Sarah Smith upset 11-term incumbent in Washington primary?

Her opponent is on the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Adam Smith has a long history in the 9th Congressional District. So who is Sarah Smith?

„I work full time,“ Sarah Smith said. „I manage a mechanic garage. I have student debt. I have a husband. I can’t afford to have a kid. I’m every person in this district.“