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Syria: Erdogan’s Tough Choices

Sochi agreement on the demilitarized Idlib belt offers risks – and opportunities.

The chain of events is now allowing prognoses: After the fall of IS/Daesh strongholds in Duma/Damascus and Daraa the Syrian government and its allies Russia and Iran took quite a while to pick up the thrust and start attacking the HTS stronghold Idlib and the sounding areas close to Aleppo in the east and Hama in the south, where many other militia groups from a variety of political backgrounds are operating. Already in these weeks it became clear, that partner Turkey slowed down the momentum of Syria’s liberation of terror militias...

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Putin-Merkel Meeting: Stakes And Hopes

It’s good they talk – but how good are the talks, really?

German chancellor Merkel meets with two Russians: foreign affairs minister Lavrov and army head Gerassimov – in Berlin, July 24, 2018. But then, observers ask themselves about the astonishing feat, that Gerassimov is allowed into the EU though he is barred from entering by sanctions dating back to 2014, after Moscow succeeded in saving Crimea from the multi-criminal chaos ruling Kiev-dominated parts of Ukraine.

I. The Lavrov-Gerassimov Meeting

Dry facts are, that Berlin had to ask the EU’s consent prior to the meeting, received it without delay – and the Russian duo went to Israel first, from there to Berlin and subsequently continued for talks with French president Macron in Paris...

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Washington plans a coup in Iran

Deployment of a nuclear-capable US fleet in the Mediterranean Sea speaks a clear language, too.

The Islamic revolution in Iran would not have been possible without US support: Its leader Ayatollah Khomeini would never have made it into the flight from Paris to Tehran without CIA consent. This costly decision came under pressure: Had Khomeini not stepped in, a communist takeover was the likely alternative – and to Washington: anathema. But Khomeini never planned to become Washington’s errand boy and brazenly took apart the very commanding system, which Washington had installed in Tehran: a huge embassy compound covering a full block, from where all important Shah decisions were prepared and controlled...

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Future German-US Relations: A Cursed Fate?

The quasi-colonialist reclusive regime could yet again pitch Germans against their neighbors.

In 1988, the year before German re-unification came up, a then friend of mine, a dedicated CIA influence agent, US citizen told me about covert US preparation of re-unification: „In Germany, we are buying anybody with legs!“ He conducted his personal poll of friends: Would Germans be obedient after regaining their national unity? My diplomatic answer ran: „Germans will never forget, who helped them to win back their home country as a whole. But the stability of the friendship towards the US will depend on whether or not correct and fair democratic policies will continue.“

Not only did fair and correct policies not survive the downfall of the Soviet Union: Washington’s policies look nowaday...

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Russland: Licht und Schatten, kluge Politik – Nato: aggressiv-dümmlich

Die russisch-türkischen Beziehungen entwickeln sich prächtig. Dies ist umso erstaunlicher, als man in Syrien genügend Streitpunkte hätte, um sich spinnefeind zu sein. Nicht so Putin: Er hat immer wieder gezeigt, dass er die Türkei wertschätzt, unabhängig vom Syrienstreit.
Wie man Außenpolitik NICHT machen sollte, zeigt unterdessen erneut die Nato: Von dort kommen Warnungen an Ankara, wegen möglichen Embargobruchs. Ob Washington begreift, dass man Erdogan mit solchem Unsinn, der auch noch weltweit wie eine erniedrigende Bevormundung aussieht, der eindeutig einen unzulässigen Eingriff in die türkische Souveränität darstellt, nicht nur nicht gewinnen kann, sondern geradezu in Putins Arme treibt? Und wenn Nato-Generalsekretär Stoltenberg mehr Staaten zu Russland-Sanktionen auffor...

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IS-Krieg: Angriff auf die Türkei, Unterjochung nicht US-freundlicher Kurden und anderer Völker oder Staaten

Da trainieren wir Kurden im Irak, die Peschmerga – und ausgerechnet die hatten der Türkei in der Vergangenheit immer wieder Anlass geboten, Peschmerga-Stellungen im Irak zu attackieren, zuletzt 2007 und 2011. Ist das nicht faszinierend? Vor einigen Tagen hatten die Peschmerga bereits einen irakisch-syrischen Grenzposten übernommen. Das erscheint wichtig, wenn man bedenkt, dass Iran, Irak und Syrien in der Vergangenheit eine Achse gebildet haben – die Assad unterstützt hat. Auch wegen der ständigen iranischen Lufttransporte mit Nachschub für Assad über irakisches Territorium war schließlich ein „regime change“ in Bagdad notwendig geworden: Maliki war zu Teheran-freundlich. Inzwischen bringt der IS-Krieg die Kurden in der Türkei gegen die dortige Regierung auf, überall, auch i...

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