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9. September 2015, 11.05 Uhr:

Eine Stadt in fuenf Minuten zerstoeren

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Der Anschlag von Sousse hatte katatsrophale Folgen fuer Tunesien, von denen das Land sich in absehbarer Zeit wird nicht erholen koennen.

You don’t need a weapon of mass destruction to ruin a city.

Well, maybe sometimes you do. You’re not getting rid of New York City without one. But some of the world’s cities are so vulnerable, so precariously perched above an abyss, that a single bloodthirsty nutjob with a rifle can bring it to its knees in a matter of minutes.

Look at Tunisia’s resort city of Sousse on the Mediterranean. Two months ago, an ISIS-inspired nutcase named Seifeddine Rezgui strolled up the beach with a Kalashnikov in his hand and murdered 38 people, most of them tourists from Britain.

The police shot him, of course. There was never going to be any other ending than that one. And before the police arrived, local Tunisians formed a protective human shield around Rezgui’s would-be foreign victims. “Kill us! Kill us, not these people!” shouted Mohamed Amine. According to survivor John Yeoman, hotel staff members charged the gunman and said, “We won’t let you through. You’ll have to go through us.”

Tunisia’s hospitality and customer service are deservedly legendary, but that was truly above and beyond. It’s how Tunisia rolls, but in the end, it doesn’t matter. Tourists are not going back.

A few still wander around here and there, but the locals are calling them ghosts. Who else lives in a ghost town but ghosts?

Hotels are laying off workers. Shops are empty and many will have to be closed. The city is reeling with feelings of guilt and anxiety. Guilt because one of their own murdered guests, the gravest possible offense against the ancient Arab code of hospitality, and anxiety because—what now? How will the city survive? How will all the laid-off workers earn a living with their industry on its back? Sousse without tourists is like Hollywood without movies and Detroit without automobile manufacturing.

Even Tunisia’s agriculture economy is crashing. Prices are down by 35 percent because the resorts don’t need to feed tourists anymore.

Rezgui’s ghoulish attack was spectacularly successful, wasn’t it? A single act of violence and—boom. Just like that, it’s all over.

8. September 2015, 16.20 Uhr:

Alkoholismus mit Schnaps bekaempfen

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Europaer machen Aussenpolitik in Teheran und erzaehlen dem Brandstifter einen vom gemeinsamen Feuerloeschen:

Außenminister Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) will in den Kampf gegen die Terrormiliz Islamischer Staat (IS) auch den syrischen Machthaber Bashar al-Assad einbinden. Beim Besuch von Bundespräsident Heinz Fischer im Iran forderte Kurz am Dienstag einen Schulterschluss aller, die auf der Seite jener stehen, die gegen den IS kämpfen.

Dazu gehöre in Syrien die Opposition, die Zivilgesellschaft und unter anderm auch Assad, meinte der Außenminister. Im Bezug auf den IS stehe Assad auf derselben Seite wie der Westen. Trotzdem dürfe man Assads Verbrechen nicht vergessen, mahnte Kurz.

Auch Spanien hat sich für direkte Verhandlungen mit Assad ausgesprochen. Zur Lösung des Konflikts sei ein Dialog mit Assad nötig, sagte Außenminister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo dem spanischen Rundfunksender Cadena Ser am Dienstag am Rande eines Besuchs im Iran

8. September 2015, 12.13 Uhr:

Neues von der Allianz gegen den Terror

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Gestern versuchte ein von der AKP angefuehrter Mob das Gebaeude der Hurriyet in Istanbul zu stuermen.

Unter den “Demonstranten” befand sich auch Abdürrahim Boynukalin. Der auch fleissig seinen Twitter account nutzt:

A Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy has stirred controversy on social media with an old tweet in which he showed support for an al-Qaeda-linked group, hours after he participated in a protest against daily Hürriyet in which the newspaper’s headquarters was pelted with stones.

Abdürrahim Boynukalin, an AKP MP and the head of its youth organization, had vowed in a fiery speech in front of the newspaper building which was attacked in Istanbul to “make Recep Tayyip Erdo?an the president” with extended powers - regardless of the result of the Nov. 1 election. (….)

In a tweet on May 26, 2013, Boynukalin wished “God help Al-Nusra” and voiced his pleasure to see “Nusra’s fame spreading” in another tweet on Aug. 7, as the al-Qaeda-linked group made gains in the war in Syria.

8. September 2015, 00.15 Uhr:

Syrische Opposition zur Fluechtlingskrise

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Ein Statement der syrischen Opposition:

Vice President Mustafa Osso said that “the EU governments’ increasing their quota of Syrian refugees play into the hands of the Assad regime seeking to displace as many Syrians as possible and change the demography of Syria. Instead of emptying Syria of its people, Syrians demand that Assad and his gang are forced out of Syria.”

Osso criticizes France attributing the refugee crisis to ISIS and its ignoring the real cause of terrorism, which is the Assad regime and its allied sectarian militias.

He reaffirms that “the real makers of peace in Syria are the Syrian people in all their cultural, ethnic and religious components. The Assad regime cannot be a partner in any peace process as it has been murdering Syrians with chemical weapons, Scud missiles and barrel bombs. Its policies have led to the rise of ISIS, Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas and many other sectarian militias.”

Osso’s remarks came as response to statements by French President Francois Hollande who has said today that his country will accept 24,000 Syrian refugees in the next two years, offering to host an international conference in Paris on the refugee crisis in Europe.

Meanwhile, a statement issued on behalf of 100 human rights activists attributing the refugee crisis to the Assad regime’s atrocities against Syrians, including the use of indiscriminate weapons such as barrel bombs and chemical weapons. The statement stresses that the Assad regime is responsible for the displacement of over four million Syrians outside Syria in addition to around six million people displaced inside Syria.

7. September 2015, 23.50 Uhr:

Zehn Hinrichtungen am Tag der Ankunft des österreichischen Bundespräsidenten im Iran

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Gastbeitrag von Kazem Moussavi

Der Bundespräsident Österreichs, Heinz Fischer, ist am Montag Nachmittag den 7.9. in Teheran eingetroffen. An diesem Tag hat das iranische Regime zehn Menschen im Ghezelhesar-Gefängnis in Karaj gehenkt. Unter den Hingerichten sind Hossein Roustamai, Ali Tafreshi, Mahmou Barati und Mehdi Rahimi (Harana-Agentur, 7.9)

Der skandalöse Iran-Besuch von Fischer und Außenminister Sebastian Kurz sowie einer 200-köpfigen Wirtschaftsdelegation bei den Mullahs findet zu einer Zeit statt, in der die iranische Bevölkerung sich an den 27. Jahrestag der Massaker an über 33.000 politischen Gefangenen im Sommer 1988 erinnert.

Fischer besucht am Dienstag nach seinem Treffen mit dem Hinrichtungspräsidenten Rouhani den Führer des vernichtungsantisemitischen Regimes Ali Khamenei. Khamenei ist unmittelbar für den Mord an den politischen Gefangenen von 1988 und an zehntausenden Opfern der Terrorpolitik des Regimes im Iran und weltweit unmittelbar verantwortlich.

Diese Geschäftsreise ist ein Affront gegenüber den Menschen im Iran, die sich unter der Hinrichtungsmaschine des Regimes für die Freiheit Irans einsetzen. Ebenso gegenüber dem Großteil der österreichischen Bevölkerung, die über die Verfolgung und Ermordung von Oppositionellen, Frauen, Homosexuellen, Kindern und Minderheiten durch das islamistische Regime entsetzt ist.

Das STOP THE BOMB-Bündnis in Österreich protestiert nachdrücklich gegen den Händedruck Fischers mit den iranischen Mördern und Holocaustleugnern.

7. September 2015, 23.37 Uhr:

Kurz vor dem Bankrott

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Das Geld fuer Fluechltingshilfe im Nahen Osten geht aus:

The UN’s humanitarian agencies are on the verge of bankruptcy and unable to meet the basic needs of millions of people because of the size of the refugee crisis in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, senior figures within the UN have told the Guardian.

The deteriorating conditions in Lebanon and Jordan, particularly the lack of food and healthcare, have become intolerable for many of the 4 million people who have fled Syria, driving fresh waves of refugees north-west towards Europe and aggravating the current crisis.

Speaking to the Guardian, the UN high commissioner for refugees, António Guterres, said: “If you look at those displaced by conflict per day, in 2010 it was 11,000; last year there were 42,000. This means a dramatic increase in need, from shelter to water and sanitation, food, medical assistance, education.

“The budgets cannot be compared with the growth in need. Our income in 2015 will be around 10% less than in 2014. The global humanitarian community is not broken – as a whole they are more effective than ever before. But we are financially broke.”

7. September 2015, 23.10 Uhr:

Ein Ayatollah gegen den Iran

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die Massendemonstrationen in Bagdad, bei denen immer lauter nach einem saekularen Staat gerufen wird, sind auch Teil eines innerschiitischen Machtkampfes, in dem Ayatollah al Sistani im irakischen Nadjaf Teheran immer offener die Stirn bietet.

Dazu schreibt die Huffington Post:

Iran has for years exerted tremendous influence over Iraq, turning it into essentially a Shiite-led client state under former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. But a new protest movement in the country’s Shiite-dominated south is a key sign that Tehran’s power is waning, as Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Maliki’s U.S.-backed successor, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, make forceful moves to reclaim Iraqi independence. (…)

In the Shiite-majority sections of Iraq, however, including Baghdad and the areas to its south and east, a political confrontation with Iran is underway just as the Islamic Republic is engaging the international community like never before through a historic nuclear agreement.

Iraq watchers believe that a popular protest movement calling on Abadi to better handle public services and government corruption is a subtle indication that Iraqis want to beat back Iranian influence in their country.

Und NOW berichtet:

The highly influential Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has reportedly criticized Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani’s role in Iraqi politics, in a sign of a split between the Shiite religious establishments in Iraq’s Najaf and Iran’s Qom.

Asharq Alawsat reported Monday that Sistani had sent a message to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei questioning him about “Soleimani’s increasing influence in Iraq.”

An unnamed Iraqi politician told the Saudi-daily that Sistani had asked “whether this had happened at Khamenei’s instruction or through Soleimani’s [own independent action.]” (…)

Sistani’s growing frustration over Soleimani’s role in Iraqi politics represents growing differences between the clerical establishments in Iraq’s Najaf and Iran’s Qom, the world’s top two Shiite seminaries.

Asharq Alawsat’s source said Sistani has started to realize that Iran’s intervention in Iraqi politics on behalf of Maliki “has begun to affect [Najaf’s] historic role.”

The source added that Sistani’s action was evidence of “a clear dispute between the Najaf… and Qom Seminaries” in which Sistani and Khamenei are the highest authorities respectively.

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