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Montag 04. Juni 2012

The real ‘spring’ is not Arab

Say what you will about the Arab Spring. But so far, the most remarkable and potentially disruptive developments of 18 months of uprisings is the return of ethnic, tribal and religious identities to the political stage as a challenge to the notion of a uniform Arab world. The truth is that the Arab world is an artificial concoction, the illegitimate child of the incestuous union between European colonialism and Arab nationalism. The demise of the Arab state is not assured; even when it comes, it could be every bit as bloody and messy as ethnic conflicts in the post-communist order of the Balkans and the Caucasus. But the Arab Spring offers a promise: freedom for the non-Arab ethnic groups and the non-Muslim religious minorities of the Middle East. It is a promise the West should embrace. For replacing an unjust order with one that continues to disregard minorities and their rights is never going to bring stability, peace and prosperity to those lands.

Rubrik: Presse
Montag 04. Juni 2012

Where did the PA’s money go?

There is nothing more distasteful than rulers of a people – especially a poor people – who complain about their subjects’ suffering at the same time that they profit from it. Of course, when some foreign observer sees Palestinians in poor conditions they blame Israel, thus furthering the cause of the same leaders who, by their intransigent policies, ensure that the situation continues. The personal wealth of PA “president” Mahmoud Abbas is estimated at $100 million. Add onto that millions of dollars for a large number of PA and Fatah senior officials and you get the idea.

Rubrik: Presse
Dienstag 08. Mai 2012

Arab Spring has washed the region's appalling racism out of the news

How many tracts, books, documentaries, speeches and doctoral theses have been written and produced about Islamophobia? How many denunciations have been made against the Sarkozys and the Le Pens and the Wilders for their anti-immigration (for which, read largely anti-Muslim) policies or – let us go down far darker paths – against the plague of Breivik-style racism? The problem with all this is that Muslim societies – or shall we whittle this down to Middle Eastern societies? – are allowed to appear squeaky-clean in the face of such trash, and innocent of any racism themselves.

Rubrik: Presse
Donnerstag 03. Mai 2012

The anarchy factor in Syria

The compelling moral case for a humanitarian intervention is increasingly being reinforced by sound raisons d’état. Furthermore, military or semi-military intervention is not the only option on the table. As the sanctions imposed on Iran outside the Security Council clearly show, effective action can be taken to tilt the balance and end the deadly stalemate in Syria. The current preference for inaction, while perhaps understandable, threatens to lead to precisely the outcomes that its advocates want to avoid.

Rubrik: Presse
Dienstag 10. April 2012

The Muslim Brotherhood's Mendacious Charm Campaign

Yet the Brotherhood came to Washington with an agenda of its own: selling itself as a “moderate” organization to a highly skeptical American public. And it did so using one of the oldest sales tricks: It completely misrepresented itself.

Rubrik: Presse
Donnerstag 29. März 2012

Factsheet: Globaler Marsch nach Jerusalem 2012

Beim GMJ handelt es sich um eine Anti-Israel-Kampagne, bei der laut Initiatoren Millionen Teilnehmer aus angrenzenden arabischen Nachbarstaaten - Libanon, Syrien, Jordanien und Ägypten - gleichzeitig auf die israelischen Grenzen, am 30. März nach dem Freitagsgebet, marschieren sollen. Weltweit sind am selben Tag Demonstrationen und Kundgebungen gegen die „Judaisierung Jerusalems“ in Innenstädten oder vor israelischen Botschaften geplant.

Rubrik: News
Freitag 23. März 2012

Time to Stop Incitement to Murder -- Again

This week, after a young rabbi and three children were shot to death at a Jewish school in France, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas cabled condolences to French president Nicolas Sarkozy. In that brief cable, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA, Abbas claimed that he always absolutely opposed any killing of civilians. And yet, just a few weeks ago, Abbas held a meeting in Turkey to honor the Palestinian prisoner, released by Israel as part of the Gilad Shalit deal, who had used the internet to lure an Israeli high school boy to his terrorist murderers last year.

Rubrik: Presse
Mittwoch 21. März 2012

Syria: Armed Opposition Groups Committing Abuses

Armed opposition elements have carried out serious human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today in a public letter to the Syrian National Council (SNC) and other leading Syrian opposition groups. Abuses include kidnapping, detention, and torture of security force members, government supporters, and people identified as members of pro-government militias, called shabeeha. Human Rights Watch has also received reports of executions by armed opposition groups of security force members and civilians.

Rubrik: Presse
Dienstag 20. März 2012

EU-Diplomatie: Mit toten Kindern gegen Israel

Der Chef der SPD spricht im Zusammenhang mit Israel von einem Apartheidsregime, der iranische Präsident Ahmadinedschad leugnet im deutschen Fernsehen den Holocaust – und die EU-Außenbeauftragte Ashton missbraucht die Opfer des Anschlags auf eine jüdische Schule in Frankreich, um Israel auf die Ebene des Staatsterrorismus zu ziehen. Europa – ganz alt.

Rubrik: Presse
Freitag 16. März 2012

Eine arabische Front liegt im Westen

Ehrenamtliche Helfer aus Europa liefern Wissen und alte Modems an die Aktivisten der arabischen Rebellion. Westliche Firmen verkaufen Überwachungsprodukte an die Staatslenker.

Rubrik: Presse
Montag 12. März 2012

Beyond the Gaza headlines

So the numbers tell nothing like the full story. But the numbers – and the Gaza funeral scenes — are flashed around the world as the apparent barometer of proportionality, or rather disproportionality. And Israel finds itself on the defensive, accused of exaggerated use of force, even as it strives to keep its populace safe. As so often in the past, what’s required to fairly assess the reasons behind the current Israel-Gaza flare-up is a smidgen of intellectual honesty, a glance beyond the headlines and the numbers.

Rubrik: Presse
Mittwoch 07. März 2012

Janus-faced Turkey's Syria Challenge

Niklas Anzinger: Turkey’s success story of combining moderate Islam and democracy is being challenged by the ruling AK Party’s power grab. In this game, the struggle for power trumps ideology, but the religious resurgence remains an element of unpredictability in foreign policy. Regarding Syria, reality mugged the ill-guided Middle Eastern adventures of Turkey.

Rubrik: Presse