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29. November 2014, 15.21 Uhr:

Mubarak? Nicht schuldig

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Neues aus Ägypten:

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his interior minister Habib El-Adly and several top aides were all found not guilty of killing protesters in the January 2011 uprising at a court session on Saturday morning.

Mubarak and his two sons were also acquitted of all corruption charges.

Businessman Hussein Salem, Mubarak, and Mubarak’s two sons Alaa and Gamal were also acquitted on other charges of illicit gains. (…)

Dozens of Mubarak supporters hailed the verdict, waving pictures of the former president outside the courtroom where the verdict was issued, while the defence camp was jubilant.

El-Adly’s lawyer, Essam El-Battawy, told CBC satellite channel that although his client will remain in prison on other charges he is optimistic he will soon be found completely innocent.

El-Adly has only one case ongoing and it is being appealed, his lawyer said. The remaining case, known in the Egyptian media as the "licence plates case,” involves a government contract awarded to a German company to provide licence plates for vehicles at inflated prices.

26. November 2014, 22.26 Uhr:

Hizbollah im Irak

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Gemeinsam haben kurdische Peshmerga der PUK und schiitische, vom Iran unterstützte Milizen die Stadt Jalawla vom Islamischen Staat zurückerobert. Der Iran feiert das als seinen Sieg, glücklich lächelnd lässt sich einmal mehr der Chef der Al Quds Brigaden, Qasim Suleimani an der Front ablichten.

Und nicht nur militärisch, auch politisch und religiös ist der Iran auf dem Vormarsch, verdrängt zunehmend die traditionellen schiitischen Eliten im Irak, die keine Anhänger des Ayatollah Systems sind. Neuerdings tritt auch die Hizbollah ganz offen im Irak auf.

Iran started a widespread effort to enhance its political and religious influence in Iraq. Iranians were on the ground, there’s no denying, but there was also an Iraqi cleric, Sayed Hashem al-Haidari, who appeared in the political and military arena giving the Iranian path in the neighboring Arab country a strong local legitimacy. Haidari’s videos show him as another copy of Lebanese Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah, with his fiery speeches, his charisma and his strong relations with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Haidari has been active during Ashoura, the holy Shiite annual season that commemorates the battle of Karbala that saw Imam Hussein, the grandson of the prophet, killed by the Umayyad army. “It’s very similar to what happened in Bosnia,” the official source told Al-Monitor, “Iran supported the Muslims against Yugoslavia’s Slobodan Milosevic, while the United States showed verbal support. It’s the same in Iraq. We are the ones fighting on the ground and that’s why the Iraqi forces, with the help of the volunteers and the peshmerga, were able to recapture several towns, while the airstrikes by the United States and its allies materialized nothing on the ground.” According to the official, Iran’s participation in the battle with IS in Iraq is still within the framework of military experts and few hundred well trained officers on the ground, “but Iran is ready to enhance its presence if the Iraqi government requested, if the battle field needs such addition.”

Al-Monitor learned from an Iraqi military source on the ground that dozens of highly trained Lebanese Hezbollah military experts arrived in Iraq to help in the military management of the battle. “They aren’t fighting, but they are helping with the tactics, as they are well experienced in such battles. They understand the mentality of the IS fighters more than anyone on the ground,” the source said. Yet, he ruled out the possibility, at least for now, that Hezbollah’s fighters would get involved directly in the war. “Iraqi fighters, the army and the volunteers are capable of ending this war by themselves,” he said.

25. November 2014, 18.01 Uhr:

Iranische Reaktionen

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Ohne konkretes Ergebnis gingen gestern die Atomverhandlungen mit dem Iran zu Ende. Man einigte sich lediglich darauf, die Frist, eine Einigung zu erzielen, um einige Monate zu verlängern.

Reaktionen aus Teheran von Revolutionsführer Ayatollah Khamenei:

On the nuclear issue, the United States and European colonialist countries gathered and applied their entire efforts to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees but they could not and they will not.

Und von  Mohammad Ali Jafari, dem Chef der Revolutionsgarden:

The Americans have very clearly surrendered to Iran’s might and this is obvious in their behavior in the region and in the negotiations. (…) Exporting the Islamic Revolution to the world, the country’s full and sustainable security and its pride and honor are the achievements gained as a result of the blood of our martyrs.

20. November 2014, 11.41 Uhr:

Kreide gefressen

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Der Chef der tunesischen Ennadha Partei und Muslimbruder Rashid Ghannouchi durfte ein Op-Ed für die New York Times verfassen und und schreibt dort wie der Wunschpartner aus dem Lerhbuch des Dialoges mit Islamisten:

For my own party, Ennahda (which means renaissance), the Oct. 26 legislative elections in Tunisia were not about the role of Islam in society. They were an opportunity to address issues of unemployment, more inclusive economic growth, security, regional development and income inequality — in other words, the bread-and-butter issues that matter to ordinary Tunisians. When Ennahda conceded defeat in the parliamentary elections to the Nidaa Tounes party last month, the atmosphere at our party headquarters was not downcast, but festive — a testament to our belief that this was nonetheless a victory for Tunisian democracy.

Establishing the people’s sovereignty through the ballot box was one of the most important aims of the 2011 revolution, and of the Ennahda party itself. Holding our second free and fair election was, regardless of the result, a key step to securing Tunisia’s long-term democratic future.

The dictatorships of Habib Bourguiba and Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali that together lasted nearly 50 years led to endemic corruption, repression of dissent and disastrous economic underdevelopment. Tunisia’s democratic transition involves establishing institutions that will protect the interests of citizens. Without the commitment of Islamists like Ennahda to dialogue, cooperation and compromise, Tunisia would not have remained the sole peaceful island in a turbulent region.

But democracy means more than just elections. Ennahda supports the concept of a strong civil authority, as defined in Tunisia’s Constitution, where the state is the guarantor of all freedoms and rights. This fabric, with a clear “made in Tunisia” label, is what will make the democratic transition succeed. And it includes the contribution of reformist Islam, to which my party adheres and which has argued, for more than 150 years, that democracy and Islam are not in conflict. Today, in Tunisia, we are proving that true.

20. November 2014, 11.27 Uhr:

Schweigeminute im jordanischen Parlament

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Im jordanischen Parlament rezitierte man Koransuren im Andenken an die Mörder von Jerusalem und gedachte ihnen in einer Schweigeminute:

A day after the massacre of five Israelis at a Jerusalem synagogue, the Jordanian parliament agreed to a request on Wednesday by MP Khaled Hussein al-Atta to read a prayer from the Quran in memory of the two terrorists, Rassan and Uday Abu-Jamal. Al-Atta first raised the notion to recite a prayer for the two terrorists killed in the Jerusalem attack during the Jordanian parliament’s morning session on his Facebook page Wednesday, after which the parliament approved the request.

18. November 2014, 18.21 Uhr:

Das Gesicht der Hamas

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Jeffrey Goldberg schreibt im Atlantic:

One of the most shocking aspects of the murderous attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning by men with guns and axes is not the attack itself—we’ve seen, from time to time, this sort of sectarian barbarism take place in places like Jerusalem, and Hebron. The most shocking aspect is the wholesale endorsement of this slaughter by Hamas, a group that, during this summer’s war in Gaza, half-succeeded in convincing the world that it wasn’t what it actually is: a group with actual genocidal intentions.

According to witnesses, the two attackers entered the synagogue, in the Har Nof neighborhood, and began killing worshipers with pistols and axes. (Both assailants were killed by police, but not before they murdered four worshipers and injured at least six others, including two police officers.)

“To see Jews wearing tefillin [phylacteries] and wrapped in the tallit [prayer shawls] lying in pools of blood, I wondered if I was imagining scenes from the Holocaust,”  said Yehuda Meshi Zahav, who leads an emergency-response team, according to The New York Times. “It was a massacre of Jews at prayer.”

This is how a Hamas spokesman reacted to the massacre of Jews at prayer: “The new operation is heroic and a natural reaction to Zionist criminality against our people and our holy places. We have the full right to revenge for the blood of our martyrs in all possible means.”

Aber nicht nur die Hamas feiert, auch dieser Genosse von der PFLP freut sich über das Massaker und verteilt Süßigkeiten, schließlich kamen die Mörder aus ihren Reihen:


17. November 2014, 23.22 Uhr:

Jihadisteneinigung

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Nun also gemeinsam gegen die gemeinsamen Feinde, allen voran die Kurden und die Syrian Revolutionaries Front:

Islamic State leaders reportedly met with Al Qaeda and other Islamist terror representatives in order to formulate an alliance to defeat their common enemies in the Syrian civil war. According to a report in the Clarion Project, Islamic State leaders met with Jabhat Al Nusra (Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch), the Khoresan Group (an elite Al Qaeda unit), Jund Al Aqsa (IS loyalists), and Ahrar Al Sham (an Al Qaeda affiliate whose leadership was eliminated in an Islamic State bombing).

The Jabhat Al Nusra had previously been a rival of Islamic State in their struggle to control the region, but Newsweek noted that both terror groups have a common interest in defeating groups backed by the west as well as the Kurds. A source in the Free Syrian Army highlighted that as part of the agreement, these Islamist groups would stop fighting among each other and form united fronts against their adversaries, namely Kurdish forces in northern Syria and the Syrian Revolutionaries Front.

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