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Turkey Sends More Troops Into North-East Syria

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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...
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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%...

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Kerch Trouble: CIA Provocation Against Russia

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Against Trump’s intentions, the CIA increasingly sows chaos in US and NATO foreign policy – including risk of war.

After the latest provocation of three Ukrainian Navy boats in and around the Kerch Strait, separating the Sea of Asov from the Black Sea, the Ukrainian Army has been put into a state of alarm for the coming 60 days, and the Ukrainian parliament (Rada) decided for imposition of martial law for 30 days. The military events show all the markings of a well-planned operation; a video, taken on the Russian vessel „Don“ and showing the crash with the smaller Ukrainian tugboat „Yani Kapu“, reinforces the impression of a bigger plan, including global media – and serving several goals at once:

  • – For Ukraine, the welcome result is the chance to introduce martial law, which helps a lot...
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Freiheit für Palästina!

Freedom Palestine

Der Freiheitskampf des palästinensischen Volkes und unsere Arbeit für Frieden, Gerechtigkeit und gutes Miteinander in Palästina hat ein neues Niveau erreicht.

Die Führungsebene der Hamas erwägt eine Sicherheitsgarantie für alle Juden unter einer künftigen Palästinenser-Regierung, als Folge eines Referendums mit gleichberechtigtem Stimmrecht für alle.

Die Idee dafür stammt aus meinem Treffen mit dem Hamas-Sprecher für Außenpolitik, Usama bin Hamdan, am Rande der regionalen Valdai-Konferenz am 15. Mai 2015 in Marrakesch, Marokko. Im Verlauf unseres ausgedehnten Gesprächs hatte ich um ein Verständigungssignal der Hamas-Führung gebeten, und bin Hamdan gab es mir, nach Rücksprache mit seiner Führungsebene – mündlich...

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Freedom for Palestine!

Freedom Palestine

Our communication to all concerned organizations and individuals on freedom and well-being of all people in Palestine:

The freedom struggle of the Palestinian people and our work for peace, justice and good community in Palestine has reached a new level.

The Hamas leadership is pondering a safety guarantee for all Jews under a future Palestinian government, based on a “one man – one vote” referendum in Palestine.

The first steps to this end were developed in my May 15, 2015, meeting with the Hamas spokesman for foreign affairs, Mr. Usama bin Hamdan, on the occasion of the regional Valdai Club conference in Marrakesh, Morocco...

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Mosul and Raqqa – Remote-Controlled Misery

Mossul 2017

Reports about the two ex-IS cities, Mosul and Raqqa, drive tears into the eyes of any decent researcher, who still enjoys possession of a warm heart.

Dry facts are quickly told: Mosul is the fifth biggest Iraqi city behind the capital Baghdad, located 400 kilometers north of it on the right bank of Tigris river, opposite the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh on the east bank. The invasion mainly of US forces from „the coalition of the willing“ in 2003 caused great damage to the city, resistance and a fierce and brutal battle to drive the out led to large-scale further destruction. US counter-insurgency („CoIn“) battle style without much care of the civil population raised alarm and opposition worldwide, with detailed reports surfacing all over the media...

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Trump’s INF Treaty Game

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The INF treaty covers intermediate range nuclear forces – but Trump’s handling might result in wide range and long term consequences, trading US political interests for short term gains of their arms industry.

Two of the many problems analysts face with US president Trump’s political moves are, that the gap between announcement and factual decision and the life cycle of a decision are not really predictable. This bulk of trouble is overshadowed by the fact, that this US president is used to see any of his moves in the light of two permanent campaigns he is working for: public relations in general and re-election specifically. The mere mentioning of these criteria implicates what everybody can see easily: Trump is simply not the type of person for serious long-term planning, programming and...

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US: last fight for global dominance to start tomorrow morning!

Tomorrow morning isn’t just the start of the toughest sanctions in history, only to be compared with the measures against Germany and Japan in the wake of WW2.
Tomorrow the downtrodden and overstretched US-dominated financial and economic system starts its last fight for survival. And we, the people of this world, are called to help end this crazy system peacefully and jointly. How come a single nation’s currency was allowed for so long to help steal the fruits of global work, finance wars of oppression and foster the most terrible system of corruption in the history of mankind?
It is time to join hands and defend the well-being of the peaceful Iranian nation – thus in fact defending ourselves and survival of peace, justice and the global community of friendship between nations and peo...
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The Hushed-Up Summit Success

Seven year-old Syria conflict gets a shiny new peace building format – while western propaganda media look the other way.

That’s certainly unprecedented but interesting and symptomatic: The biggest German daily „Süddeutsche“ squeezes a few lines on its front page governed by regional elections in  the state of Hesse and the umpteenth article on the truly terrible and deplorable synagogue killing spree in Pittsburgh, USA. Leading opinion shapers such as „Spiegel online“ and New York Times enumerate a few dry facts – and that’s it: Russian president Putin, his Turkish colleague Erdoğan, German chancellor Merkel and French president Macron met on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Istanbul overlooking the Bosporus...

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Iran Under US War Threat

Imminent US cabinet reshuffle gives a hint on planning.

This is the special Trump way to fire a minister: Talk bad about him in public, hint he’s “on the way out” – and help raise the level of speculations about potential successors. All of this happens these days to US defense minister James “mad dog” Mattis. In the Mattis case, the US president even went so far as to describe his MoD as a „Democrat“, which, to his constituency three weeks from the midterm elections, may very well sound like „high treason“.

What’s the problem anyway with James Mattis, a very popular marine general? Looking at what the man actually does these days – is awesomely helpful to US interests: He’s seeking better military ties with China, to take that area of government out of the hot exchanges in the...

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