The real third world war

Franz Alt thinks the IS is only a "Symptom"

After the terrorist attacks in Paris, the Pope said: "The third world war has begun." There are a lot of people talking about war now: France’s president Hollande, his prime minister Valls, the German president and almost all the media.

This is exactly how George W. Bush after 11. September 2001 and acted accordingly. What is the consequence of this? "War on terror"? Still more terror and the "Islamic State" with its super terror.

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Turkic non-electionists: the unhurried ones

More than half of the Turkish voters in Germany did not vote. Who are they? And what are their motives?

Shortly after the Turkish referendum, an old debate is being revived in Germany, with old buzzwords, first and foremost: integration. A word that has long been devoid of content. But when it became clear that 63 percent of the Turkish voters in Germany had voted for Erdogan’s constitutional reform, many again thought that integration had failed.

Once again, conservative to right-wing politicians are calling for the abolition of the dual passport or even the expulsion of the Yes voters because of their supposed lack of understanding of democracy. Whoever votes like that, some commentators say, whoever supports dictatorship and the death penalty, is not integrated – whatever you mean by that. Are then voters of AfD and NPD integrated? Or the screamers from Pegida?

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Revenge killings

Iraq: In the shadow of the conflict between government, occupiers and insurgents, militias are settling their own scores

While behind the scenes Shiite and Kurdish election winners negotiate posts and demands, the brutal suicide bombing that occurred today in Hilla, about 100 kilometers south of Baghdad, shows that the new government faces tough tests.

National unity across ethnic and religious differences is the promising slogan that the Shiite election winners in particular have ied. Sunnis are to be involved in the political process to a large extent, despite the boycott of the elections. The sectarian strife, the conflict between the different religious groups, is not to be given new ground by the elections, so that it cannot develop into a civil war. Today’s attack is aimed precisely against these efforts.

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Son of us vice president benefits from ukraine policy

Gazprom delivers more gas to the EU, economic growth in Russia collapses, US policy comes under even greater scrutiny

Hamishly, though very cautiously, the state news agency Ria Novosti reports that Gazprom has increased its gas exports despite the tense situation, the unseasonably mild winter and its announcement that it wants to become more independent of Russia.

In the first quarter, Gazprom said gas exports rose 2.6 percent, while imports from Algeria, Qatar or Libya fell or stayed the same. "Gazprom is de facto expanding its market share in Europe – and this despite the proclaimed policy (by the EU) of reducing dependence", said Sergei Komlev, head of the Gazprom Export department. However, it is clear that nothing will change so quickly, especially since the conflict with Russia only began after the fall of Yanukovych and the dissolution of Crimea. It is quite possible that the EU will first fill up its storage facilities and then return the gas to Ukraine, as planned, if Ukraine and Russia cannot reach an agreement on further gas supplies.

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Austria: new attack on freedom of the press?

A new law could severely restrict the verburgte right to freedom of information

For the second time since the ex-Haider lawyer and current justice minister took office (gag order for Austrian journalists?), a draft law is causing a stir among Austria’s media professionals. The spread of "secret" Information is to be prevented under threat of imprisonment, if the public security is threatened "compromised" is.

Austrian journalists who want to uncover scandals or problematic procedures in the administration that have been kept secret could find it more difficult in the future. The draft of the so-called Information Security Act, which is basically intended to protect military information, is so vaguely worded that numerous reviewers – from the journalists’ union to representatives of the state governments – have expressed grave concerns. Ironically, the bill was drafted in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is headed by Benita Ferrero-Waldner, who came under fire this summer for her loose handling of personal data on the members of the Volxtheater detained in Genoa.

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