Monthly Archives Dezember 2018

Turkey Sends More Troops Into North-East Syria

Turkey Troops Syria Erdogan

Washington’s escalatory steps force Ankara to react – with potentially positive consequences for the stalled Russian-Turkish Sochi agreement. 

The news came Wednesday noon and were as brief as precise: Turkish president Erdoğan announced, that he plans to launch a military operation in North-East Syria in the coming days. Two weeks earlier, the US army was reported by a CIA-backed publication to have set up military installations, three in Tal Abyad and two in Kobane. Preparations show, that Erdoğan plans to move quickly:

  • – in previous days, Turkish army has brought army personnel of the 3rd Brigade as well as supplies to the Syrian border.
  • – on Wednesday, Turkish troops took down walls of the city of Ras al-Ain
  • – at the same time, US forces set up an observation post near the town of...

Yellow Vests in France Challenge Macron Presidency

Yellow Vests Paris 2018-11-24

Yellow vest demands are pointing to an urgently needed system change – and pose risks far higher and wider than anticipated by most.

The numbers of participants to the street protests by the yellow vests have been sliding continuously since the first protests November 17, counting more than 282’000, have rocked France. The following weekends, official numbers show 106’000 and after that 75’000 – but government counts and reports usually reflect its intentions: to generally downplay and misrepresent importance and aims. But during the last weekend, protesters successfully blocked commercial traffic on border posts raising the national cost of the unrest, which is reaching single-digit billions of Euros already by now.

Most interesting are the demands of the yellow vests, which clearly surpa...


Gelbwesten in Frankreich als warnendes Beispiel

Yellow Vests Paris 2018-11-24

Am 17. November haben die Gelbwesten in Frankreich mit 282.000 Teilnehmern ein europäisches Riesenzeichen gesetzt. Inhaltlich ging es erst ungeordnet zu, doch dann, eine Woche später, tauchten auch Listen mit Forderungen auf. Jedoch schon am ersten Tag waren Gewalttäter dabei, die sogar nicht davor zurückschreckten, die zentralen Denkmäler der französischen Revolution zu beschädigen, Geschäfte zu plündern und zu zerstören und überall Schäden anzurichten, auch bei Angehörigen der ärmeren Schichten. Am folgenden folgenden Wochenende waren dann nur noch 106.000 Menschen dabei, berichten französische Medien, jetzt nur noch rund 75.000.

Oppositionelle Kräfte in Frankreich vermuten jetzt, dass die Gewalttäter staatlicherseits eingeschleust wurden, um die Bewegung schlechtzuma...


Das Menschenbild der Neuen Mitte

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G20 Summit: Is the US Losing its Global Leadership?

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Fact is, it’s the other way round: Global leadership has lost he US – and for good.

The Buenos Aires G20 summit cemented, what really is US president Trump’s political strategy: Washington does not even care for a US leadership role – it’s just cutting deals. Trade trouble with China? The intermediate fixing sounds easy and fair: Trump stops tariffs on 200 billion US$ imports from China – and Beijing agrees to buy more US goods, mainly in the sectors agriculture, energy and industry, but without commitment to defined thresholds as yet; and in the aftermath, Trump tweeted, that Chinese tariffs on US cars, recently raised to a whopping 40%, would be reduced; Beijing had lowered other cars‘ tariffs  from 25% to 15%...