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7. Juli 2012, 23.19 Uhr:

Wahlen in Libyen

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Aus einem AP Bericht:

“I am a Libyan citizen in free Libya,” said Mahmud Mohammed Al-Bizamti. “I came today to be able to vote in a democratic way. Today is like a wedding for us.”

Lines formed outside polling centres more than an hour before they opened in Tripoli, with policemen and soldiers standing guard and searching voters and election workers before they entered.

“I have a strange but beautiful feeling today,” dentist Adam Thabet said as he waited his turn to cast a ballot. “We are free at last after years of fear. We knew this day would come, but we were afraid it would take a lot longer.”

Some voters struggled with procedures for casting their ballot. In one central Tripoli district, two women disappeared into a voting booth together before an election worker hurriedly explained they must vote alone.

“Some of these women are crying as they vote. It is such an emotional day,” said one poll official.

6. Juli 2012, 16.29 Uhr:

Iran will den israelisch-syrischen Konflikt verschärfen

von Wahied Wahdat-Hagh

Das Hauptziel des islamistischen Regimes im Iran ist, den Einfluss des Westens in der islamischen Welt zu verringern. Um dieses Ziel zu erreichen, setzen iranische Politiker ganz opportunistisch nicht nur auf die Assad-Regierung, sondern auch auf die syrischen Muslimbrüder. Zudem schürt das iranische Regime den syrisch-israelischen Konflikt und setzt auf Radikalisierung und Polarisierung der Fronten.

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5. Juli 2012, 23.22 Uhr:

Crak de Chevaliers, Kampfzone

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Da kämpfen sie nun um die wohl berühmteste Kreuzfahrerburg im Nahen Osten, die Free Syrian Army und die Truppen Assads:

“We will continue to fight to the last man,” says Nader Assaad, local head of the FSA’s elite Farouk Battalion. “Bashar tries every day to terrorize the people so that they turn against us. But the regime has now played its last card.”

Residents of the area are fighting tooth and nail, because if the strategic region falls to regime control they will find themselves at the mercy of the military.

If we lose our castle we will suffer the fate of Baba Amr,” says military engineer and defector Mohammad al-Masri, 34, of the once rebel-held district retaken by the army in March, after a month-long campaign of relentless shelling. The loss of six men in the dawn clashes makes rebel leaders all the more conscious of the fact that they need to hone their tactics. The battle over, the rebel fighters engage in intensive training exercises.

Derweil hat Syrien gute Chancen, nächstes Jahr in den UN-Menschenrechtsrat einzuziehen:

According to a U.S.-sponsored and EU-backed draft resolution that was debated today during informal meetings at the council in Geneva, the murderous regime of Bashar al-Assad is a declared candidate for a seat on the 47-nation U.N. body, in elections to be held next year at the 193-member General Assembly.

As part of the U.N.’s 53-nation Asian group, Syria’s candidacy would be virtually assured of victory due to the prevalent system of fixed slates, whereby regional groups orchestrate uncontested elections, naming only as many candidates as allotted seats. (…)

Shockingly, the perfectly reasonable attempt to keep Syria away from the world’s highest human rights body was met with strong resistance.

In today’s discussions, Cuba declared itself “totally opposed,” and demanded the paragraph’s deletion, a position quickly echoed by China. It was for the General Assembly to decide whom to elect, insisted Havana.

“We don’t like to speak to country candidacies,” added Egypt. Brazil argued that the reference to council membership was “outside the scope of the resolution.”

Russia insisted that no action be taken until Assad’s candidacy was formally submitted. Likewise, India believed the subject was “premature.”

5. Juli 2012, 11.42 Uhr:

Images de Tunisie

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Hier einige Bilder, aufgenommen letzte Woche in Tunesien.

3. Juli 2012, 18.06 Uhr:

Iran: Bassij-Jihadisten sind so unkontrollierbar wie die Atombombe

von Wahied Wahdat-Hagh

Iranische Militärs bezeichnen die Bassij-Jihadisten als die eigentliche iranische Atombombe und warnen vor ihren Racheakten. Der Iran antwortet auf die Sanktionen des Westens mit Manövern und droht mit jihadistischen Selbstmordaktionen.

Morteza Mirian, ein Oberbefehlshaber der Bassij-Jihadisten, vergleicht seine Einheiten mit den japanischen Soldaten im zweiten Weltkrieg, die trotz der „militärtechnologischen Unterlegenheit ihre Toten sehr gut gerächt haben.“ Die Bassij-Jihadisten sind eine paramilitärische Organisation, die den Revolutionsgardisten untergeordnet ist.

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3. Juli 2012, 16.18 Uhr:

Islamistische Islamophobie?

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Mal eine Frage an die Experten, also etwa die Herrnen Wolfgang Benz und Micha Brumlik sowie Frau Schiffer: Wie nennt man jetzt so etwas? Ist das Islamophobie? Vielleicht gar islamistische Islamophobie?

Mali’s Islamist rebels smashed the entrance of a 15th century Timbuktu mosque on Monday, escalating a campaign of destruction of the city’s cultural treasures despite threats of prosecution for war crimes.

Some residents sobbed as the Islamist militants broke down the ’sacred door’ of one of the northern Malian city’s three ancient mosques after they wrecked seven tombs of Muslim saints over the weekend.

Exclusive video footage obtained by AFP shows turbaned men chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is great) while smashing a mausoleum with pick-axes in a cloud of dust, the mud-brick tomb showing gaping holes in the side with rubble piling up alongside it. (…)

Ansar Dine began their campaign of destruction after UNESCO put Timbuktu on its list of endangered world heritage sites.

“God is unique. All of this is haram (forbidden in Islam). We are all Muslims. UNESCO is what?” spokesman Sanda Ould Boumama said on Saturday.

He said the group was acting in the name of God and would “destroy every mausoleum in the city. All of them, without exception".

1. Juli 2012, 00.43 Uhr:

Gratulation an Miss Kurdistan

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Da sitzt man hier in Tunis, freut sich über den Anblick von Taxi- und Straßnebahnfahrerinnen und bewundert Soldatinnen mit coolen Ray-Ban Sonnenbrillen, sitzt abends im Café auf der Avenue Habin Bourghiba, während Massen von jungen Leuten an einem vorbeiflanieren und liest das aus Irakisch-Kurdistan:

Kurdistan’s march towards modernization passed another milestone in the early hours of Friday morning when it crowned 18-year-old Shene Zaiz Ako the region’s first ever Miss Kurdistan.

Ako beat out 11 other contestants, all of whom were Iraqi Kurds living in Kurdistan or abroad. The pageant, held in the Grand Ballroom at Erbil’s five-star Rotana Hotel, emulated most aspects of international beauty contests, including different costume changes and interviews with the contestants, but notably absent was the customary swimsuit round. (…)

Despite these nods to tradition, Thursday night’s gala was a watershed moment, said writer and artist Farhad Pirbal, who was one of 10 judges responsible for selecting the eventual winner.

“Things have changed. It was unimaginable before,” he told Rudaw, adding that it’s a significant moment for the women of Kurdistan: “The event tonight has more influence than a minister who works for the progress of women. These little things are very important and that’s why I agreed to be a judge. For me, I’m working for beauty to be independent and for those who possess that beauty also to be independent.”

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