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11. November 2011, 21.46 Uhr:


von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Aus der Haaretz:

Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO was handed an official letter of protest from the organization’s director general, Irina Bokova, on Wednesday regarding a cartoon published in Ha’aretz on Nov. 4 after UNESCO decided to accept Palestine as a full member.

The cartoon showed Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak sending an air force squadron to attack Iran, with Netanyahu ordering, “And on your way back, you’re gonna hit the UNESCO office in Ramallah!” Ambassador Nimrod Barkan pointed out that the government has no control over editorial cartoons printed in the papers. “Ask yourselves what you did to make a moderate paper with a deeply internationalist bent publish such a cartoon,” he suggested. “Perhaps the problem is with you.”

11. November 2011, 01.30 Uhr:

Kein Asyl für schwulen Saudi Diplomaten

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Wenn’s um die guten Beziehungen zu den Saudis geht, muss man schon mal Kompromisse eingehen, d. h. das Asylrecht ein wenig flexibel auslegen:

ALI Ahmed Asseri, the gay former Saudi diplomat in Los Angeles, has had his political asylum application denied by the Obama administration because of apparent fears that giving refuge to him might upset relations with the kingdom, according to Ali al-Ahmed, a Saudi dissident in Washington, D.C.

“This was a political decision by the Obama administration, who are afraid of upsetting the Saudis,” said Ahmed in a phone interview. “His initial interview with Homeland Security was very positive, but then they came back and grilled him for two days after they found out that he had worked in the public prosecutor’s office in Saudi Arabia. He had been an inspector to make sure that judicial punishments, such as lashings, were carried out within the law—not more, not less. They then accused him of participating in a form of torture,” explained Ahmed.

Seine Aufgabe war es, darauf zu achten, dass Auspeitschungen auch gesetzekonform ausgeführt wurden. So ist es eben, wenn man Inspektor im Königreich der Sauds, dem guten engen Verbündeten am Golf ist, dem Land, das auch deutsche Politiker so gerne als moderat bezeichnen.

10. November 2011, 12.34 Uhr:

Die Schuld der Reformer

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Hart geht dankenswerterweise Mahmood Delkhasteh mit den so genannten Reformern im Iran zu Gericht, die seiner Ansicht nach einen Großteil der Schuld am Scheitern der Massenproteste gegen das Regime im Jahre 2009 tragen:

The common view is that mass arrests, violent repression, and a telecommunications blackout shut down the peaceful Green Movement in 2009, when protesters took to the streets over rigged presidential elections. But Iran’s own “reformers” deserve much of the blame. And they still stand in the way of change. (…)

To be sure, the security crackdown on protesters in 2009 discouraged participation in the Green Movement. But much more discouraging, I believe, was the cautious message of reformers once the chant of protesters changed from “Where is my vote?” to “Death to Khamenei” (Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) and “Independence, Freedom, Iranian Republic.”

The new slogans arose after the supreme leader gave an ultimatum to protesters to go back home or face a violent crackdown. But reformers, too, rebuked the demonstrators’ rhetorical switch, which amounted to a call for regime change. (…)

Iranians are paying a high price for allowing reformers to play politics with their future. Real change cannot take place within this repressive, regressive structure in which autocratic clerics constitutionally have the last word. Intransigence is again visible as the supreme leader threatens to eliminate the post of president.

Ganz sicher trifft diese Kritik auch auf jene 120 “iranische Intellektuellen” zu, die jetzt einen “offenen Brief” veröffentlich haben, in dem sie vor einem Angriff auf den Iran warnen:

We the signatories of this [public] letter, a group of human rights defenders and [political and social] freedom activists, want peaceful transition to democracy and a government in Iran that emanate from free elections to secure the civil, political, social, cultural, and economical rights of all Iranians. We hope that there will soon be a political system in Iran in which all the Iranian people, men and women, from any ethnicity, language, religion and belief can participate in its running on equal basis and have effective presence in it, a political system that does not discriminate against half the population of the country – the women – and deny them their fundamental rights. We believe that the only way of achieving this goal is through stressing the national sovereignty, protecting Iran’s territorial integrity, and recovery of all the rights of the people.

Denn während der Iran weiter an der Bombe baut, bleibt die große Frage, die sie Jahr für Jahr unbeantwortet lassen: Wie bitte soll denn der “friedliche, demokratische Wandel” aussehen und wie wollen sie ihn erreichen?

9. November 2011, 12.11 Uhr:

Ein Handabhacker

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Erinnert sich noch wer an Samir Kuntar? Wie er als Held in Beirut, Damaskus und Teheran ermpfangen wurde?

Als er bei einem Gefangeneaustausch 2008 aus israelischer Haft entlassen wurde, schrieb die Süddeutsche:

Für die Libanesen hingegen ist er der am längsten in Israel einsitzende Gefangene und ein Volksheld.

Nicht für Hanin Ghaddar, die in einem Beitrag für Now Lebanon Kuntar aber sowas von in die Tonne tritt, dass die Lektüre ein einziges Vergnügen ist.  Auch wenn die Autoren von Now Lebanon, alles vehemente Unterstützer der Zederrevolution, nicht sonderlich repräsentativ für “die Libenaesen” sind, zeigt der Text doch, dass einige alte Narrative in der Region seit Beginn der Aufstände in Syrien nicht mehr wirklich funktionieren wollen:

Kuntar told the Syrian people that he is ready to cut off the hands of any Syrian who dares challenge the Assad regime. (…)

The problem is that people like Kuntar do not understand that Assad is just buying time, and that he and his regime are too weak to refuse any initiative. They still look at the Syrian regime as a sacred entity because it supports the scared Resistance. Kuntar is the Syrian regime’s kind of hero, one that cuts hands and protects murderers.

After he was released, he rushed to Syria to get his medal, but did not mention the Lebanese who have been rotting in Syrian jails for decades or the Syrian political prisoners who have suffered much worse conditions than those he faced in Israeli prison.  For they are not heroes. They did not kill any Israelis. All other political activity is a conspiracy, and deserves death, torture and pain. All those calling for freedom in the Syrian streets do not make sense to people like Kuntar. All the Syrian children who died in the past eight months are just victims of a conspiracy and deserve no sympathy. All prisoners who are viciously tortured every day by the Syrian security forces are not human beings.

It is the same arrogance that divides people into the honorable ones who support the Resistance and the traitors who are against it. If you are not ready to sacrifice your freedom, dignity and future for the sake of the Resistance and your dictator, you do not deserve to live.

8. November 2011, 19.15 Uhr:

Was eigentlich ist ein islamischer Staat?

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Eine interessante (wenn auch schon etwas ältere) Zusammenfassung der Debatten innerhalb islamistischer Parteien, was eigentlich ein islamischer Staat, bzw. eine islamische Demokratie sein soll, bzw. sein kann, die die Bruchlinien innerhalb der Bewegung zeigt:

Few question the coming electoral success of religious activists, but as they emerge from the shadows of a long, sometimes bloody struggle with authoritarian and ostensibly secular governments, they are confronting newly urgent questions about how to apply Islamic precepts to more open societies with very concrete needs.

In Turkey and Tunisia, culturally conservative parties founded on Islamic principles are rejecting the name “Islamist” to stake out what they see as a more democratic and tolerant vision.

In Egypt, a similar impulse has begun to fracture the Muslim Brotherhood as a growing number of politicians and parties argue for a model inspired by Turkey, where a party with roots in political Islam has thrived in a once-adamantly secular system. Some contend that the absolute monarchy of puritanical Saudi Arabia in fact violates Islamic law.

A backlash has ensued, as well, as traditionalists have flirted with timeworn Islamist ideas like imposing interest-free banking and obligatory religious taxes and censoring irreligious discourse.

The debates are deep enough that many in the region believe that the most important struggles may no longer occur between Islamists and secularists, but rather among the Islamists themselves, pitting the more puritanical against the more liberal.

Siehe dazu auch meinen etwas älteren Beitrag: Entweder Scharia oder “man made laws”

7. November 2011, 21.44 Uhr:

Nach der Aufnahme in die Internationale Gemeinschaft und was man in Wien so hört

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Abgerüstet, vor allem seine Massenvernichtungswaffen, das hatte Gaddafi doch, so wurde beteuert, nachdem man Libyen hochoffiziell und unter Ägide Tony Blairs 2004 wieder in die sog. “Internationale Staatengemeineinschaft” aufnahm, um dann umgehend beste Öldeals und solche zur Abwehr von Flüchtlingen aus Afrika auszuhandeln. Und nun? Finden sich überall im Lande Giftgasdepots, also das Zeugs, das in den 80ern mit Hilfe deutscher Firmen produziert worden ist. Und Uran auch:

Last week, Libyan officials said they discovered two new sites with chemical weapons that had not been declared by the Gadhafi regime when it vowed several years ago to stop pursuing non-conventional weapons. Officials also said they found about 7,000 drums of raw uranium.

Und wie sieht es bei dem anderen Land aus, das ja nie Atomwaffen bauen oder besitzen wollte, wie uns die Damen und Herren Claudia Roth, Ruprecht Polenz, Jan van Aaken et. al. jahrelang versichert haben? Die FAZ drückt es ein wenig umständlich, aber umso treffender aus:

In Wien ist zu hören, die neue IAEA-Zusammenstellung der bekannten Geheimdienstinformationen zeige dagegen in der Gesamtschau, dass es für zahlreiche Aktivitäten Irans keine andere Erklärung als das Streben nach Atomwaffen gebe.

6. November 2011, 19.15 Uhr:

Tunesien: "No other reference to Islam in the Constitution"

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Erfreuliches aus Tunesien:

The government, due to be announced next week, will not introduce sharia or other Islamic concepts to alter the secular nature of the constitution in force when Tunisia’s Arab Spring revolution ousted autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in January.

“We are against trying to impose a particular way of life,” Ennahda leader Rachid Ghannouchi, 70, a lifelong Islamist activist jailed and exiled under previous regimes, told Reuters.

Tunisian and foreign critics of Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party that won 41.7 percent of Tunisia’s first free election on Oct. 23, have voiced fears it would try to impose religious principles on this relatively secular Muslim country.

Interviews with politicians and analysts revealed a consensus that the new assembly, the first to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings, will focus on reassuring Tunisian voters, and the foreign tourists and investors vital to its economy.

All parties agreed to keep the first article of the current constitution which says Tunisia’s language is Arabic and its religion is Islam. “This is just a description of reality,” Ghannouchi said. “It doesn’t have any legal implications.

“There will be no other references to religion in the constitution. We want to provide freedom for the whole country,” said the Islamist leader, who will not take any official role in the new government. The new constitution is due in about a year.

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