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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:


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.

17. November 2014, 17.57 Uhr:

Österreich wieder vorneweg

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Gastbeitrag von Stephan Grigat


Österreich gibt seit über 30 Jahren die Avantgarde, wenn es darum geht, das Regime in Teheran politisch zu hofieren und durch enge Geschäftsbeziehungen weiter an der Macht zu halten. Auch jetzt sind es wieder österreichische Institutionen, die vorpreschen. Mittlerweile kooperieren Forschungseinrichtungen der Alpenrepublik selbst mit iranischen Institutionen, die von der EU mit Sanktionen belegt sind. Im Windschatten der Atomverhandlungen setzt das Regime insbesondere auf einen Ausbau der technologischen Forschungskooperation: Der Vizerektor der Montan-Universität Leoben, Peter Moser, hat vergangene Woche mit dem Geschäftsführer des Österreichischen Akademischen Austauschdienstes, Hubert Dürrstein, die Sharif Universität für Technologie in Teheran besucht, die von der EU wegen ihrer Rolle beim iranischen Atomwaffenprogramm sanktioniert ist. Auch auf einem Konferenz-Programm der TU Graz ist ein Vertreter der Sharif-Universität angeführt; nach Angaben des Dekans Reinhard Posch hat er an der Tagung allerdings nicht teilgenommen. Das Institut für Chemische Technologien und Analytik der TU Wien nennt die Sharif-Universität, deren Sanktionierung am 7. November 2014 per EU-Ministerratsbeschluss erneut bestätigt wurde, als einen “Academic Partner". Die Montan-Uni Leoben war bereits im September ins Gerede gekommen, als iranische Regimemedien von der Unterzeichnung eines Memorandum of Understanding mit der Shahid Chamran Univeristät in Ahvaz berichtet hatten, das durch Vermittlung eines österreichischen Ministeriums zustande gekommen sein soll. Der Pressesprecher der Montan-Uni, Erhard Skupa, und Vizerektor Moser waren über zwei Monate hinweg trotz mehrfacher Nachfragen nicht in der Lage, Anfragen zu ihren Iran-Kontakten zu beantworten. Und während so die Sanktionsarchitektur gegenüber dem iranischen Regime immer weiter untergraben wird, machen sich österreichische Diplomaten im Auftrag der EU für Sanktionen gegen Israel stark.


In Deutschland geht das Regime derweil weiterhin auf Shoppingtour: Das deutsche Zollkriminalamt erklärte letzte Woche, dass der Iran für sein Nuklearprogramm weiterhin „strafbare proliferationsrelevante Beschaffungsaktivitäten“ in Deutschland betreibt. Die Verhandlungspartner der Ajatollahs, die mit den iranischen Machthabern mittlerweile seit Jahren über ihr Atomprogramm plaudern und morgen ihre Gespräche in Wien fortsetzen wollen, werden sich davon ebenso wenig beeindrucken lassen, wie vom letzten Stelldichein von Holocaust-Leugnern in Teheran oder den erneuten Vernichtungsdrohungen gegenüber Israel von Ali Khamenei.

(geändert am 20.11.2014)

16. November 2014, 00.52 Uhr:

Am Scheitern

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Der libysche Journalist Mustafa Fetouri beschreibt eindringlich, wie sein Land in Bürgerkrieg versinkt:

For the first time in three years, partition appears as a possible scenario. With two governments, two parliaments and myriad armed militias at work, each side is refusing to accept compromise. The UN has recognised the Tobruk parliament as the sole legitimate body in the country, yet that same legislature has now been declared illegal.

All that is left behind is distrust, despair and the open possibility for more violence. In Tripoli, the militias that conquered the city have revived the former General National Congress (GNC), whose mandate expired after the new Council of Representatives was elected last June.

Despite its low approval ratings and the countless demonstrations against it last year, the GNC set up a rival government headed by Omar Al Hassi, a former university professor.

In light of the recent Supreme Court verdict, the GNC is likely to see itself as a legitimate proposition. This will only complicate the situation even further, making any political compromise harder to come by. It will also further alienate Libyans from voting in case fresh elections are considered as a possible compromise.

While such elections appear to be the only way out, this option remains doubtful given the deteriorating security situation across Libya.

In Benghazi, battles are still raging between small units of army (backed by forces loyal to retired general Khalifa Hiftar) and a coalition of jihadists and Islamists.

In Derna, further to the east, the Islamist militia group Ansar Al Sharia has declared its allegiance to ISIL in an elaborate public show of force in the city centre.

Sirte has been under control of a mixture of jihadists, Al Qaeda, and Ansar Al Sharia since 2012, who hope to conquer the rest of towns nearby in the Jufra district. This is an extremely strategic pocket of land and whoever controls it can effectively cut off the entire south of the country, where pockets of jihadists are also known to operate.

In the far west, Kikla is the current front line between Libya Dawn forces and Zintan, supported by small units of the still developing tribal army operating under the command of the Libyan-armed forces.

The country is now on the brink of an all-out civil war that could lead to its disintegration into its pre-independence 1951 trio of states: namely, Tripolitania in the west, Cyrenaica in the east and Fezzan to the south. This would mean further smaller wars would break out over resources, especially oil.

There is another possible outcome. Libya could become like Somalia, where warlords and militias have carved out their enclaves and operate with impunity. However, in Libya those militias are likely to be a mix of Islamists and jihadists, which opens up the possibility of fragmentation into far more than its original three regions.

15. November 2014, 19.25 Uhr:

Muslime haben Amerika entdeckt

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Wann kommt endlich auch die Wahrheit ans Licht, dass Neil Armstrong auf die Überreste einer Moschee auf dem Mond stieß?

America was discovered by Muslims, not by Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has claimed, vowing to build a mosque “on that hill” in Cuba if the authorities of the Caribbean nation grant the permit. 
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the first Latin American Muslim leaders summit in Istanbul on Nov. 15, Erdo?an slammed colonialism before referring to a controversial claim about the discovery of the Americas.
“Muslim sailors had arrived in the shores of America in 1178. In his diaries, Christopher Columbus referred to the presence of a mosque on top of a mountain in Cuba,” Erdo?an said, claiming the diary is a proof that “the religion of Islam was widespread” when the first European explorer discovered the New World in 1492.

13. November 2014, 15.17 Uhr:

Alawiten frustriert

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Innerhalb der Alawiten wächst die Unzufriedenheit mit dem Assad Regime:

The Alawite backbone of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime shows signs of wobbling under the strain of Syria’s civil war.

Members of the minority group have become more critical of the regime’s handling of the conflict on social media and during rare protests, according to activists and analysts. They also say Alawites, who form the core of Assad’s security forces, increasingly have avoided compulsory military service in a nearly four-year war where their community has sustained huge casualties relative to Syria’s Sunnis, who lead the rebellion.

Security forces have sharpened the friction by responding with arrests and intimidation. But while few think this immediately threatens the rule of Assad, who also is Alawite, the rising tension signals exhaustion in a community that is crucial for his regime’s ability to confront a revolt that shows little sign of ending.

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