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NATO Exercise Threatens Peace

NATO’s „Trident Juncture 2018“ exercise propaganda speaks of defense and security – but choice of locations, weapons and drill goals speak a vastly different language.

50’000 participants, 250 aircraft and 65 vessels from more than 30 nations – boasts Norway’s NATO press department video. The biggest since the cold war „Reforger“ drills. That is not so overwhelming, given the „Vostok-2018“ exercise six weeks earlier, involving 300’000 troups – nearly a third of Russia’s full troop strength, 36’000 vehicles, more than a thousand aircraft and 80 vessels, the biggest since the „Zapad“ drills in 1981...

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Trump’s INF Treaty Game

Trump ugly

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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CDU Regime Change

Germany’s political elite in turmoil: Angela Merkel leaves the chair of her Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) party soon – and chancellorship in 2021.

Nearly a dozen candidates ponder the idea of a candidacy for the stewardship of Germany’s strongest party. But one of them immediately heated expectations: Friedrich Merz, 62, head of America’s main influence peddling institution „Atlantic Bridge“, board chairman of more companies of the financial sector than fit into a single tweet and former rival to Merkel, among them the German section of global leader BlackRock...

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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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Macron’s New Security Strategy For Europe

Security Partnership To Include Russia and Turkey – How Credible?

French President Macron issued his idea in two steps – in a visible effort not to overload the public. The first step came on Monday, August 27, in front of the annual conference of French ambassadors; the young leader pushed for a more independent European Union to organize her security objectives including Russia: in a multipolar world. The second and equally big step followed Thursday, August 30, in Helsinki, at the news conference after a work meeting with Finland’s president Niinisto...

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Germany’s Role In Syria And In The Middle East

Germany’s actual policies range a far cry from what is possible and constructive.

The Middle East today is one of seven zones globally, where Washington either prepares for war ore is already actively involved in ongoing conflicts. The other six zones are: Middle Eastern Europe with special crisis area Ukraine, Africa with several hot spots – Libya in the forefront, both Koreas: North and South, The China Sea, both south and east, Diaoyu Island case involving Japan, South America focussing presently on Venezuela – but keeping the whole subcontinent under permanent interference  pressure – and, last not least: the Arctic...

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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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Who’s Behind Washington’s New Anti-Russian Sanctions

US foreign policy is alienating billions of people to please a small fraction.

It took a while and came under time pressure – but passed swiftly and smoothly: Last week, congress pushed a new set of sanctions against Russia down Donald Trump’s throat. The pitiable president not only had to denounce his good understanding with his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin in the aftermath of the successful Helsinki summit under huge cartel (media) pressure  – but later obviously had little or no say in this new effrontery, according to aides. The latter called the decision-taking and deadline-driven process: „administration business as usual“...

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Turkey’s troubles with foreign agents

Cases Gülen, Brunson and Yücel involve US and German governments

Presbyterian Church priest Andrew Brunson doesn’t hold his services in a big and impressing old church building. He works out of a small apartment in the city of Izmir, on the country’s Aegean coast, with usually up to 25 faithful attending services. But his troubles involve president and administration of the USA – and the Turkish government. Daughter Jacqueline Brunson Furnari testified on her father’s behalf before the UN, European officials and US Senators. This big-size echo raises Turkish suspicion against Brunson...

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Israel’s Support to IS

Final battle in Idlib: How far will Israel go?

It happened very quickly – and it happened at night during the last weekend: Israel suddenly opened its tightly sealed border with Syria and allowed 400-800 members of the “White Helmets” inside its territory, alongside their family members. They came with buses looking new and well-climatized and were kept inside a military camp directly behind the border. (“White Helmets” is a pure propaganda name for these supporters of terror and all sorts of crime, aspiring public relations gains by a designation proximity to the UN “Blue Helmets”. As if the questions involved were about colors.) Only very few media were allowed to cover the sensational story, which dwarfs every conspiracy theory.

But what do we call this story as compared t...

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