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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 32016-Wer wird der nächste US-Präsident?

Hintergrund.de - mer, 15/06/2016 - 22:47

Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 3/2016

Wer wird der nächste US-Präsident?

Sebastian Range

Anmerkungen und Quellen

(1) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-will-lose-or-i-will-eat-this-column/2015/10/02/1fd5c94a-6906-11e5-9ef3-fde182507eac_story.html
(2) http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/trump-wont-be-the-nominee-want-to-bet-b99555919z1-321638291.html
(3) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/25/bernie-sanders-is-profoundly-changing-how-millennials-think-about-politics-poll-shows/
(4) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-fractured-democratic-party-threatens-clintons-chances-against-trump/2016/05/18/91e53d12-1c6c-11e6-b6e0-c53b7ef63b45_story.html
(5) http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/us-wahl-die-amerikaner-haben-sich-kaputt-gewaehlt-kommentar-a-1093105.html
(6) http://observer.com/2015/09/hillary-clinton-penchant-for-expediency-leading-to-repeat-of-2008-downfall/
(7) http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article72215012.html
Siehe auch: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/panama-papers-dieclintons-und-die-briefkaesten-1.2953564
(8) http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/268178-clinton-defends-wall-street-speaking-fees-thats-what-they
(9) http://www.rosalux-nyc.org/de/bernie-sanders-socialist-america/
(10) http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/iss-this-what-stopped-hillary-clinton-from-designating-boko-haram-a-terrorist-organization/
(11) ebd., siehe auch: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/07/hillary-s-state-department-refused-to-brand-boko-haram-as-terrorists.html
(12) http://www.businessinsider.com/nate-silver-donald-trump-wont-win-2015-9?op=1&IR=T
(13) http://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2015/09/15/5-reasons-donald-trump-cant-win-the-gop-nomination
(14) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3394240/posts
(15) http://www.weeklystandard.com/hillary-i-voted-for-border-fence-to-keep-out-illegal-immigrants/article/1061753
(16) https://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/ted-cruz-calls-on-trump-to-release-secret-new-york-times-int?utm_term=.bx3mMj3ArR#.dejmeWbdnz
(17) https://consortiumnews.com/2016/05/11/neocons-and-neolibs-how-dead-ideas-kill/
(18) http://inthesetimes.com/article/18998/neocon-war-hawks-want-hillary-clinton-over-donald-trump.-no-surprisetheyve
(19) Diana Johnstone, Die Chaos Königin – Hillary Clionton und die Außenpolitik der selbsternannten Weltmacht, Westend Verlag, 2016, Zitate siehe Seite 55, Seite 160, sowie das Vorwort
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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 32016-Sozialdemokratischer Realitätsverlust

Hintergrund.de - mer, 15/06/2016 - 22:47

Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 3/2016

Sozialdemokratischer Realitätsverlust

Jörn Boewe

Anmerkungen und Quellen

(1)    http://www.vorwaerts.de/artikel/solidarprojekt-spd-gesellschaft-zusammenhalten-will

(2)    http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/gastbeitrag-von-raed-saleh-die-spd-muss-wieder-lernen-zu-traeumen/13567468-all.html

(3)    https://www.jungewelt.de/2016/05-27/012.php

(4)    http://www.swr.de/report/fehlbescheid-vom-jobcenter-wie-andrea-nahles-arbeitslose-um-ihre-rechte-bringen-will/-/id=233454/did=17450176/nid=233454/7uh7d8/index.html

(5)    Referentenentwurf des Bundesministeriums für Arbeit und Soziales, Entwurf eines Neunten Gesetzes zur Änderung des Zweiten Buches Sozialgesetzbuch – Rechtsvereinfachung, nach: http://www.harald-home.de/media/files/151012_Referentenentwurf.pdf

(6)    Harald Thomé/Frieder Claus, Fachstellungnahme zum Referentenentwurf des 9. SGB II http://tacheles-sozialhilfe.de/fa/redakteur/Aus_der_Gesetzgebung/Fachstellungnahme_9._SGB_II-AEndG_V_-_12.11.2015__End.pdf

(7)    AÜG § 10 (4), https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/a_g/__10.html

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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 32016-Desinteresse auf beiden Seiten

Hintergrund.de - mer, 15/06/2016 - 22:47

Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 3/2016

Desinteresse auf beiden Seiten

Herbert Schui

Anmerkungen und Quellen

(1) Carl Schmitt, Legalität und Legitimität, Berlin 1930, S. 93
(2) Bei der Bürgerschaftswahl in Bremen 2015 begründen 67 Prozent der wahlberechtigten Nichtwähler ihre Entscheidung damit, dass die Politiker doch nur ihre eigenen Interessen verfolgen. 58 Prozent geben an, dass derzeit keine Partei ihre Interessen vertritt.
(3) Ronald M. Schernikau, Rede auf dem Kongress der Schriftsteller der DDR, 1. bis 3. März 1990
(4) Renate Köcher, Allensbach-Analyse: Die Volksparteien sind noch nicht am Ende. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung vom 20.4.2016. Prof. Dr. Renate Köcher ist Geschäftsführerin des Instituts für Demoskopie

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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 32016-Lateinamerika biegt rechts ab

Hintergrund.de - mer, 15/06/2016 - 22:47

Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 3/2016

Lateinamerika biegt rechts ab

Helge Buttkereit

Anmerkungen und Quellen

(1)        Zu den Hintergründen: Glen Greenwald, Was in Brasilien wirklich geschieht, in: Hintergrund.de, 28.4.2016 (http://www.hintergrund.de/201604283934/politik/welt/was-in-brasilien-wirklich-geschieht.html), Original: https://theintercept.com/2016/04/22/to-see-the-real-story-in-brazil-look-at-who-is-being-installed-as-president-and-finance-chiefs/
(2)        Selbst die bürgerliche Presse hat registriert und berichtet, welch eine Farce die Abwahl im Abgeordnetenhaus war. So schrieb Spiegel Online (http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/brasilien-parlament-stimmt-gegen-dilma-rousseff-die-analyse-a-1087707.html) von einem „Aufstand der Scheinheiligen“ oder Zeit Online (www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2016-04/dilma-rousseff-brasilien-amtsenthebung-abstimmung-parlament) vom „Politischen Karneval“ in Brasilien.
(3)        Eine aktuelle, knappe Übersicht über die Entwicklung Brasiliens bietet zum Beispiel Gerhard Dilger, Brasiliens Putschisten wollen die ganze Macht, in: Standpunkte 7/2016 (http://www.rosalux.de/publication/42290/brasiliens-putschisten-wollen-die-ganze-macht.html)
(4)        Christian Stache, Sozialer

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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 32016-Das letzte Gefecht für Frankreichs Regierung?

Hintergrund.de - mer, 15/06/2016 - 22:47

Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 3/2016

Das letzte Gefecht für Frankreichs Regierung?

Lou Marin

Anmerkungen und Quellen

(1) Vgl. Bastien Bonnefous, Françoise Fressoz: „Loi travail: le piège du calendrier“, in: Le Monde, So/Mo, 29.-30. Mai 2016, S. 5.
(2) Beide Zitate nach: Ebenda.
(3) Minister Sapin sowie ein weiterer PS-Minister, zit. nach Bastien Bonnefous, Michel Noblecourt, David Revault D’Allonnes: „Crise sociale: c’est par où la sortie?“, in: Le Monde, 27. Mai 2016, S. 7.
(4) Interview von Bertrand Bissuel mit Pierre Gattaz: „Gattaz: ‚Le sigle CGT est égal à chômage“, in: Le Monde, 31. Mai 2016, S. 8.
(5) Zitate von Manuel Valls und

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Congressman Cites Orlando Tragedy as Reason to Fight Surveillance Reform

The Intercept - Engl. - mer, 15/06/2016 - 22:20

The head of the House Intelligence Committee is hand-delivering a letter to colleagues on the Hill, demanding they not restrict the FBI’s surveillance power — and citing the recent mass shooting in Orlando as justification. The letter opposes a proposed amendment that would put an end to FBI “backdoor” searches of an NSA database of foreign intelligence without judicial oversight.

“The national security threats to the United States and its allies are greater today than at any point since 9/11. To keep Americans safe, our Intelligence Community needs to fully employ every tool available to it,” Rep. Devin Nunes wrote in the letter obtained by The Intercept, cosigned with Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga.

The proposed reforms would severely handicap the FBI’s investigations into events like the tragedy in Orlando, they argued. “The intelligence community would not be able to look through information lawfully collected [by the NSA] to see if Omar Siddiqui Mateen, the Orlando nightclub attacker, was in contact with any terrorist groups outside the United States.”

But there’s no indication that the reform would have posed an obstacle for the FBI’s investigation into the Orlando shooter—or that he ever communicated with anyone abroad, anyway.

Reps. Nunes and Westmoreland are pushing back against changes proposed by Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Thomas Massie, R-Ky., to the House Defense Appropriations Bill currently being considered in Congress. Lofgren and Massie have offered similar widely-supported amendments in the past.

They propose to end the practice of FBI agents investigating domestic crimes conducting warrantless searches on the NSA’s database of foreign intelligence collected under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Proponents of the FBI’s ability to conduct warrantless searches on the database say it’s fine because the data was collected legally—though the surveillance was only directed at foreign targets.

But some Americans’ communications wind up in the database, too.

Critics of those warrantless searches argue that the FBI has other, reasonable options for pursuing investigations into attacks like Orlando.

Given that Mateen explicitly pledged allegiance to several terror organizations, including ISIS, Jahbat Al Nusra, and Hezbollah, getting a warrant to search his emails presumably would not have been an insurmountable problem.

The proposed change would not prevent the FBI from accessing information collected by the NSA—it would just force agents to go to a judge and demonstrate probable cause to conduct the search.

“Nothing in the Massie-Lofgren amendment would prevent the Intelligence Community from querying their database for Omar Mateen’s online communications collected under Section 702 – or under any other FISA authority for that matter,” Lofgren said in a statement emailed to The Intercept.

“The 4th Amendment has kept us safe for over 200 years. Now is not the time to abandon the Constitution,” she concluded.

Read the rest of the letter below:

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Florida Man Falsely Connected by Fox News to Orlando Shooter Receives Death Threats

The Intercept - Engl. - mer, 15/06/2016 - 22:10

Not long after last Sunday’s deadly shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a news story published by Fox News suggested that the shooter, Omar Mateen, had been radicalized by his connection to a local imam.

Citing anonymous officials, the report claimed that a man named Marcus Dwayne Robertson, also known as Abu Taubah, had been “rounded up,” along with several of his associates, in connection to the attack. The official quoted in the article, described as “a law enforcement source familiar with Robertson’s history of recruiting terrorists and inciting violence,” claimed that Mateen had been a student of Robertson’s online Islamic seminary.

These claims soon went viral around the world, with news outlets like The Daily Beast, New York Post and the UK’s Daily Mail claiming that Robertson had been an inspiration to the Orlando shooter.

The problem is the story wasn’t true. Robertson say he was not “rounded up,” and Mateen was never a student of his online seminary, and he’d never had any contact with him.

“On Sunday afternoon, I started seeing all these news reports claiming I’d been rounded up in connection with shooting of 50 people, I read this and thought it was crazy and started to panic,” Robertson says. “I thought maybe they were coming after me, so I contacted my attorney and other legal representatives who got in touch with the FBI who confirmed that these reports implicating me weren’t true.”

The FBI’s Florida press office did not respond to request for comment about the latest allegations surfaced in the media against Robertson. Reached for comment by The Intercept, the FBI’s National Press Office directed inquiries about the case to the “FBI’s Orlando Joint Information Center,” and provided a Gmail address as a contact.

“We continue to seek and follow all leads about the activities and associates of the shooter, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen,” a response sent from the Gmail account said. “Because this investigation is ongoing, we are unable to provide additional information at this time. FBI investigations are deliberate by their nature, and that’s because we want to be able to tell you what happened in a thorough and accurate way, and doing that takes time. We will keep you informed of our progress.”

Robertson runs an online Islamic seminary with roughly one hundred students around the world. The anonymous source quoted in the Fox News report had claimed that Mateen was one of them, which Robertson vociferously denies. “We checked all our financial and administrative records and we had no connection to this individual.”

Robertson was set free last year in a bizarre case that saw local law enforcement claim that a minor tax offense he had committed was actually in the service of global terrorism. In a scathing statement dismissing these allegations, the presiding judge described the government’s case against Robertson as “woefully inadequate,” adding that the government had “not even come close to proving [Robertson’s] minor income tax fraud was intended to promote a federal crime of terrorism.”

After the Fox News report attempting to tie him to the Orlando shooting, Robertson says he has been inundated with hate mail and death threats, leading to fears for his safety and that of his family. Yesterday he appeared on the Fox program On The Record in an attempt to clear his name.

“I live in the community where this crime happened, and now me and my family are being looked at by people as though we had a hand in taking away their loved ones,” Robertson told The Intercept. “Before they even knew the facts, some members of the media decided to start pushing their own narrative, in order to build this mentality that is trying to foment hatred and blame us for these terrible acts.”

“In an effort to get all riled up people all riled up,” he said, “they’ve put our lives in danger.”

 

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Snowden Disclosure Prompts Backlash in Scotland

The Intercept - Engl. - mer, 15/06/2016 - 21:37

Top government officials in Scotland are under pressure to explain their knowledge of a secretive police surveillance unit that was exposed in documents leaked by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

On Tuesday, cabinet secretary for justice Michael Matheson was grilled in the country’s parliament about the so-called Scottish Recording Centre and its previously undisclosed involvement in covert surveillance operations.

As The Intercept revealed last week, the Recording Centre is one of several domestic organizations within the United Kingdom involved in a top-secret program named MILKWHITE, which has provided law enforcement agencies with access to “bulk” internet data intercepted by the British eavesdropping agency Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. Prior to the disclosure, few in Scotland knew the Recording Centre even existed – much less that it has been tapping into GCHQ’s troves of data.

In recent days, several Scottish media outlets have picked up the issue, increasing the pressure on the government. Questioned about the revelations on Tuesday, Matheson told the Scottish parliament that the government “takes the protection of our citizens’ civil liberties extremely seriously and we are clear that investigatory powers should only be used when it is necessary and proportionate to do so. But we must always balance those fundamental civil liberties with the need to ensure our law enforcement bodies have effective powers to investigate and deal with serious organized crime.”

He declined to comment on any relationship with GCHQ, and stated that police must obtain a warrant signed off by a government minister to intercept communications. However, documents about the MILKWHITE program show that it stores metadata about emails, instant messenger chats and social media activity, meaning it contains information that could reveal the sender and recipient of an email or message, but not the written content of it. And police agencies in the U.K. do not require a warrant to access this kind of information. They only require a warrant when they want to monitor the content of a communication – for instance, the audio of a call or the body of an email.

Matheson’s response, perhaps unsurprisingly, did not satisfy opposition politicians. John Finnie, a member of the Scottish parliament representing the Green party, said in a statement: “The Cabinet Secretary today attempted to give the impression that all policing activities in Scotland are proportional and that interceptions are independently approved but as we know that is not always the case. There is clearly a culture of bulk collection of data that needs reined in. I will continue to challenge such over-reaching activities.”

The revelation about the Recording Centre, the first from the Snowden archive to implicate Scotland’s authorities, has put the ruling Scottish National Party in an awkward spot.

Just last week, the party’s leadership took a strong stand against the U.K. government’s push to obtain more surveillance powers through the controversial Investigatory Powers Bill, dubbed the “Snoopers’ Charter” by critics. Joanna Cherry, the Scottish National Party’s spokesperson on justice and home affairs, had raised concerns about the proposed new powers for “bulk” surveillance, which she blasted as “extremely intrusive.”

However, the Snowden documents about MILKWHITE indicate that Scotland’s police forces – through the Recording Centre – have been accessing bulk data for years, presumably with sanction from top Scottish government ministers.

Alistair Carmichael, a Liberal Democrat member of parliament, was quick to point out this inconsistency – and has pledged to take up the issues surrounding the Recording Centre and the MILKWHITE program with the British government’s Home Office in an attempt to obtain more information.

“In the House of Commons last week, [former Scottish first minister] Alex Salmond voted with the Liberal Democrats against Tory moves that would see our internet histories recorded and made available to the intelligence services,” Carmichael said. “Now it seems that a centre established when he was First Minister was at the heart of the mass surveillance of our personal information.”

If it turns out that the Scottish government claims it was not in fact aware of the MILKWHITE program, Carmichael said, it would raise “big questions over the role of the U.K. intelligence services.” And if it were aware and yet “did nothing to raise the alarm, then we need to be told why they were happy for Scots to be left in the dark,” he added.

Scottish police and GCHQ have declined to answer questions about MILKWHITE, citing policy not to comment on “intelligence matters.” The Home Office has also refused to comment, claiming that it never discusses anything derived from leaked documents.

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British Politics Descends Into Racism and Farce – and Donald Trump Is On His Way There

The Intercept - Engl. - mer, 15/06/2016 - 21:31

With just over a week to go before Britons vote on whether or not to leave the European Union, the campaign for “independence” from the EU has turned farcical and deeply nasty, with nationalists relying heavily on anti-immigrant hysteria and racism to make their case.

And it turns out that Donald Trump has chosen next Friday, June 24 — the day the referendum votes will be counted — to visit his mother’s ancestral homeland, Scotland. Trump’s avowed purpose is to celebrate the reopening of a golf resort he owns there, but the timing suggests he may be hoping to be on hand to cheer the success of a reactionary political movement based on the same sort of appeals to nativism and xenophobia that have served him so well in America.

Let's put the Great back in Britain, Leave EU! pic.twitter.com/B7yeJ6cX0D

— UKIP POOLE (@UKIPPOOLE) March 16, 2016

As the writer Alex Massie observed in a column for The Spectator on Wednesday, what seems to drive many of the anti-EU voters is “a much more narrow conception of Britain and Britishness than the one I find attractive.”

“A conception that thinks Britain is broken,” he continued, in terms that will sound familiar to anyone who has heard Trump speak, “that she has been betrayed, that there is something dismal about the modern world, that something has been stolen from them, that so many of the things that make Britain a success – its relaxed and liberal internationalism – are instead signs of failure and national capitulation.”

The Leave campaign, led by a former mayor of London with aspirations to be prime minister, and the head of the United Kingdom Independence Party, or UKIP — which is something like the British version of the Tea Party movement— has been accused of overt racism in its appeals to white working-class voters, which focus heavily on the supposed threat to traditional values posed by an influx of swarthy foreigners, particularly Muslims.

That was quite apparent in an editorial cartoon shared on Sunday by the campaign for a British exit, or Brexit. The cartoon showed the British escaping in a lifeboat marked Brexit from the EU ship of state, which was heading for disaster while beset by violent, money-grubbing, sexually depraved pirates with dark skin, beards and turbans.

A brighter future awaits us outside the EU. #LeaveEU pic.twitter.com/V98bUMMsWE

— LEAVE.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) June 12, 2016

Clicking twice on the image, to look more closely at a larger version, reveals other details that are even more clearly racist. To start with, the ship is at risk of imminent disaster in part because one member of its crew is punching holes in the deck by firing a cannon that is marked “Diversity.”

The ship also flies, above its EU sail, what looks like the flag of Pakistan. Informed readers will be aware that Pakistan is neither in Europe nor a member of the European Union. There are more than a million Britons of Pakistani origin, but the migration of these families had nothing to do with the EU, because Pakistan is a member of the Commonwealth, which unites former imperial possessions with the United Kingdom.

More significantly, as Philip Stephens of the Financial Times observed last week, there is the Leave campaign’s recent focus on making the false claim that Turkey is about the join the union.

Flick through the campaign material of the Brexiters fighting Britain’s EU referendum and you will find a video of a brawl in the Ankara parliament. Next, a poster with an image of a UK passport declaring that “Turkey (population 76m) is joining the EU”. Then statistics about Turkey’s high birth rate; and a warning that Britain’s National Health Service will soon be swamped by expectant Turkish mothers.

After this follows the assertion — unsubstantiated, of course — that Turkey has higher levels of criminality and gangsterism; and a map showing that Ankara’s supposedly imminent accession will extend Europe’s external frontier to war-ravaged Syria. None of this needs decoding. The dog whistle has made way for the klaxon. EU membership talks with Turkey, we are to understand, will soon see Britain overrun by millions of (Muslim) Turks — most of them thugs or welfare scroungers.

In reality, although Turkey has been in talks to join the European Union for decades, there are enough obstacles in place — including its rivalry with two member states, Greece and Cyprus, and the authoritarian bent of its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan — that no one involved in those talks expects it to take place for, at least, decades more.

Nonetheless, the Leave campaign’s leaflets, billboards and social media ads proclaim that Turkish membership is a done deal, so Britons would be well-advised to flee while they still can.

It is official Government policy for Turkey to join the European Union #EUDebate #VoteLeave pic.twitter.com/AppgHfTaHp

— Vote Leave (@vote_leave) June 14, 2016

Reality check on @vote_leave ad in UK's #EUreferendum
– Turkey ISN'T joining EU
– Entire 76m pop wouldn't move to UK pic.twitter.com/Zwgeshiiju

— Nick Brooks (@nickabrooks) June 5, 2016

Perhaps attempting to pivot away from overt fear-mongering and racist messaging, a leader of the Leave campaign, Nigel Farage, sought to invoke Britain’s glorious past as a naval power, and win the votes of fishermen, by leading a flotilla of flag-draped boats up the River Thames on Wednesday to the House of Commons.

The photo-op somewhat backfired when members of the campaign to stay in the EU, led, improbably, by Sir Bob Geldof, the Irish rocker and social activist, appeared in a flotilla of their own to jeer the nationalists over a very loud sound system. Images of the confrontation, and jokes about the farcical nature of the mock naval battle, soon appeared on social networks, prompting remixes and memes.

This is the Brexit boat that Nigel Farage will be sailing down the Thames. Note patriotic balloons and ???????? deckchairs pic.twitter.com/3KmidxzTsR

— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) June 15, 2016

Bob Geldof and Nigel Farage trade insults over the Thames as the #EURef fishing debate reaches boiling pointhttps://t.co/Jbng5TMNcb

— ITV News (@itvnews) June 15, 2016

Increasingly think Bob Geldof is preparing to board Farage's boat. Thames is a total mess. The hell is happening. pic.twitter.com/UbqDIaN9Js

— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) June 15, 2016

Well we're outside parliament and Geldof's circling and people are swearing at each other and trawlers are here. So. pic.twitter.com/F3sh4zkSsJ

— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) June 15, 2016

@CharKrol @AndrewSparrow pic.twitter.com/nOzQhPfhoH

— rosie rogers (@rorogers123) June 15, 2016

Seems Farage's flotilla has been joined by the in crowd! Farage is no fishermen's friend pic.twitter.com/B4HWcvr8ec

— rosie rogers (@rorogers123) June 15, 2016

"I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn" pic.twitter.com/9NSPp40Mho

— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) June 15, 2016

Nigel Farage has retreated to other end of his boat but his interviews utterly drowned out by Geldof's loudspeakers pic.twitter.com/NlEKqDITz9

— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) June 15, 2016

UPDATED WITH THEME TUNE: The state of British politics summed up in a clip of a flotilla face-off pic.twitter.com/wK9PKylmJN

— Kaya Burgess (@kayaburgess) June 15, 2016

#Flotilla order of battle… pic.twitter.com/oF3iaT1GOO

— Pádraig Belton (@PadraigBelton) June 15, 2016

Lovely welcome banner for #farage #flotilla pic.twitter.com/njSSE9z8PC

— rosie rogers (@rorogers123) June 15, 2016

It's just like Dunkirk, if Dunkirk had consisted of 30 idiots having a pub argument. #flotilla pic.twitter.com/RuBRukmOI9

— The Web of Evil (@webofevil) June 15, 2016

Even Americans are laughing at us #flotilla

— Sid Verma (@_SidVerma) June 15, 2016

Top Photo: During a confrontation between campaigners for and against the European Union in London on Wednesday, Bob Geldof made a rude gesture at a boat filled with nationalists.

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Top Republicans Pretend Donald Trump Didn’t Just Say U.S. Muslims Shield Terrorists

The Intercept - Engl. - mer, 15/06/2016 - 20:42

The Intercept asked prominent Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday if they reject Donald Trump’s conspiracy theory that American Muslims are shielding terrorists.

Trump said in a speech Monday that Muslims “have to work with us. They know what’s going on. They know that [the Orlando shooter] was bad. They knew the people in San Bernardino were bad. But you know what? They didn’t turn them in.”

Despite the fact that Trump’s speech was covered by CNN, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere, many lawmakers pled ignorance about his remarks.

“Honestly, I do not know what Mr. Trump said because I’ve been working on the defense bill,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told us. “But are American Muslims cooperating with law enforcement authorities?” we followed up. “You can say whatever you like, sir, but I have not seen any of it,” he said, and ducked into an elevator.

McCain has condemned anti-Muslim conspiracy theories in the past, even among his supporters. During the 2008 presidential election, McCain was praised for telling a crowd of supporters that then-Sen. Obama was “not an Arab” and “a decent family man and citizen.” McCain was booed by his supporters.

Sen. Mark Kirk, R.-Ill., also refused to comment. “I didn’t see Donald Trump’s speech,” he told us. We asked him if he thinks Muslims are cooperating with law enforcement, and he repeated himself, then entered an elevator, leaving us behind.

Kirk is in a tight Senate race against Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D.-Ill., who criticized him for his previous support of Trump. Last week Kirk rescinded his endorsement of Trump over comments Trump made about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. But Kirk previously came under fire in 2005 for saying that he is “O.K. with discrimination against young Arab males from terrorist-producing states.”

Sen. Bob Corker, R.-Tenn., refused to say anything about Trump’s remarks other than that he was “somewhat discouraged by the direction things are going, in the campaign itself.”

“I don’t feel like I have to respond to everything that’s being said out there,” Corker said.

You would think this would be an easy conspiracy theory for Republican lawmakers to reject: the bigoted accusation that 3.3 million American Muslims are identifying and shielding terrorists in their midst. But you’d be wrong.

Some lawmakers expressed uncertainty.

Rep. Peter King, R.-N.Y., the powerful former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee called it a “difficult question,” and said “we’ll talk some other time.” In 2011, King received backlash from the Muslim community for saying that “80 percent of Mosques in this country are controlled by radical Imams.”

“I have to make that assumption, I don’t know,” Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, said, when asked whether American Muslims were cooperating with law enforcement. “You’re asking me for a definitive answer. I have no basis to make that answer. I don’t know.”

When confronted with Trump’s words, Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H., repeatedly stated that he didn’t see the speech so he didn’t want to comment. After being asked whether Muslims in particular are cooperating with law enforcement, he offered the non-answer: “All law-abiding Americans are cooperating with law enforcement.”

Some Republicans cautiously stood by Trump’s remarks.

“I’m certain not everyone is cooperating. I do agree not everyone is cooperating,” Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Tex., said. We followed up by asking if it’s true that Muslims are systematically teaming up to withhold information from law enforcement. “I don’t have any facts to judge the truth of that statement. I don’t have enough facts to judge whether that’s true or not,” he concluded.

“I haven’t heard what he said, or any details about it,” said Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga. Asked whether he thought American Muslims were cooperating, Loudermilk said “I think that it’s segmented. Some are. Some aren’t.”

Only one lawmaker interviewed by The Intercept was willing to plainly reject Trump’s remarks. Senator Jeff Flake, R.-Ariz., who has called on members of his party to withhold endorsements from Trump. When asked whether American Muslims are withholding information about terror plots, Flake said “I see no evidence of that.” He went on to denounce an immigration ban on Muslims entering the United States.

“That’s why I’ve always said that a ban on Muslims, a religious test, it’s wrong. It’s constitutionally inconsistent,” Flake said. “More than that, it’s the opposite strategy we should employ if we want to win the war on terrorism, and identify the .001 percent of those who want to do us harm. The last thing we want to do is go out and offend the 99.99 percent of those Muslims that feel the same way that everybody else does.”

The idea that American Muslims are systematically shielding terrorists is unfounded. The community has actually been active in preventing terrorism. In the 12 years that followed the September 11 attacks, almost two out of every five Al Qaeda plots in the United States were prevented thanks to tips generated from American Muslims, according to a database compiled by the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 32016-Die 360-Grad-Nato

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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 3/2016

Die 360-Grad-Nato

Jürgen Wagner

Anmerkungen und Quellen

(1)  Nach der endgültigen Entscheidung beim NATO-Treffen im Mai 2016 dürfte auch Montenegro in absehbarer Zeit beitreten.
(2)  Offiziell übernahm die NATO erst ab 2003 das Kommando des NATO-Einsatzes in Afghanistan, zuvor wurde der Einsatz von einer Ad-Hoc-Koalition angeführt.
(3)  Popularisiert wurde der Begriff vom Neuen Kalten Krieg vor allem von Lucas, Edward: The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West, New York/Basingstoke 2008.
(4)  The New Strategic Concept: Active Engagement, Modern Defence, Speech by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the German Marshall Fund of

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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 32016- Postwachstum

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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 3/2016

Postwachstum

Philipp Koebnik

Anmerkungen und Quellen

 (1)  Vgl. Muraca, Barbara, Wie alles anfing. Die ersten radikalen Wachstumskritiker gab es in Frankreich, von dort sprang der Funke auf südeuropäische Länder über, in: Atlas der Globalisierung – Weniger wird mehr, hg. von Le Monde diplomatique / Jenaer Kolleg Postwachstumsgesellschaften, Berlin 2015, S. 108-111; Schmelzer, Matthias Passadakis, Alexis, Postwachstum – Krise, ökologische Grenzen und soziale Rechte, Attac Basis Texte 36, Hamburg 2011, S. 58-66.
 (2)  Vgl. Latouche, Serge, Es reicht! Abrechnung mit dem Wachstumswahn, München 2015, S. 24-26.
 (3)  Vgl. Fücks, Ralf, Öko-Biedermeier vs. ökologische Moderne: Die grüne Revolution, in:

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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 32016-Der kalkulierte Mensch und die berechnete Demokratie

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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 3/2016

Der kalkulierte Mensch und die berechnete Demokratie

Andreas von Westphalen

Anmerkungen und Quellen

(1)          Zitiert nach: Eli Pariser: Filter Bubble, S. 244.
(2)          Evgeny Morozov: Smarte neue Welt, S. 248.
(3)          Eli Pariser: Filter Bubble, S. 11.
(4)          Eli Pariser: Filter Bubble, S. 10.
(5)          Vgl. Kai Schlieter: Die Herrschaftsformel, S. 148.
(6)          Eli Pariser: Filter Bubble, S. 118.
(7)          Eli Pariser: Filter Bubble, S. 16.
(8)          Eli Pariser: Filter Bubble, S. 55.
(9)  

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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 32016-Höchstmaß an politischer Subversion

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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 3/2016

Höchstmaß an politischer Subversion

Matthias Rude

Anmerkungen und Quellen

(1)          In seiner Dissertation aus dem Jahr 1841. – Karl Marx: Differenz der demokratischen und epikureischen Naturphilosophie nebst einem Anhang, in: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels: Werke. Ergänzungsband, Erster Teil, Berlin 1968, S. 257-373, S. 263.
(2)          Alle drei dienten als Vorbilder für Mary Shelleys Figuren. Byrons Freund Matthew Gregory Lewis veranstaltete in der Villa Diodati eine Lesung aus Goethes Faust; Pechmann schreibt dazu: „Mary Shelley kannte also Goethes Figur des Gelehrten Faust, dessen Unzufriedenheit mit einer Welt, die seinem Streben Grenzen setzt, ihn

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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 32016-Nachgehakt: Schuss vor den Bug?

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Das Nachrichtenmagazin – 3/2016

Nachgehakt: Schuss vor den Bug?

Hubert Beyerle

Anmerkungen und Quellen

(1) Larry Elliot, Dan Atkinson: Europe isn’t Working, Yale University Press, 2016

 

DuPont May Dodge Toxic Lawsuits By Pulling a Disappearing Act

The Intercept - Engl. - mer, 15/06/2016 - 18:59

Sometime back in the early 1980s — Craig Skaggs can’t recall the exact year — a DuPont executive vice president ordered a thorough review of the company’s waste sites. A new hire named Martha Rees was given the job of compiling a list of all the places the company had manufactured, used, and dumped chemicals. “She was this young attorney that had been assigned this grunt work, really,” said Skaggs, who worked in government affairs for DuPont from 1974 until 2001. “And she’d come to my office frequently.”

It was a different era back when Rees started writing what would become known as “the Rees Report.” Love Canal, the environmental disaster in Niagara Falls, New York, in which a school was built on top of a toxic dump, had awakened Americans to the idea that industrial chemicals might be dangerous. Judging from Rees’s assignment, DuPont, which jointly owned a company that played a bit role in the Love Canal disaster, seems to have taken notice, too.

But appreciation of the extent of the harm posed by DuPont’s chemical plants dawned slowly, according to Skaggs. Back when the project began — and quickly expanded from a memo to a report to a “whole filing system” — the dangers of environmental waste were still remote and abstract enough for at least some at the company to joke about. “We used to call it a barrel of di-double-do-bad,” Skaggs said of the waste, which he recalls as being subject to the out-of-sight, out-of-mind treatment. “It was, take it to the dump, just dump it behind the building.”

Tracking the contents of all these barrels, pits, dumps, leaks, landfills, spills, and waste streams over time was a monumental task. Even back in the 1980s, the company, which was founded in 1802, had an environmental trail that defied cataloguing. “There were waste sites from the ’50s and ’40s,” said Skaggs, who remembers there being 113 plants at the time — and the waste sites as being far more numerous. “Waste would be hauled off in drums and taken to these sites and buried. And often, these sites were owned by other people.”

Rees was meticulous, combing through legal files within the company, interviewing employees who might know about older waste sites, and researching property records for evidence of the company’s disposal records over the years, according to Skaggs. “It was a huge thing,” he said, admiringly. “She did a great job.”

Martha Rees, who according to her LinkedIn profile retired from the company in 2015, did not return repeated calls inviting her to participate in this article. In response to inquiries about the Rees Report, DuPont spokesperson Daniel Turner wrote in an email, “It is hard to comment on the recollections of a former DuPont employee only to say that the employee may be mistaken.”

More than 30 years later, the question of how many waste and cleanup sites the company created in its more than two centuries of operation has taken on new urgency. Early this month, a trial got underway in Ohio over the industrial chemical PFOA (also known as C8). The trial is the fourth of six bellwether personal injury cases against DuPont stemming from a massive class-action lawsuit.

Last July, DuPont spun off its “performance chemicals” division, forming a new company known as Chemours, along with responsibility for a large portion of its environmental liabilities, including litigation over PFOA. Then, in December, DuPont announced plans to merge what was left of its company with another chemical giant, Dow, and to divide the resulting corporate colossus into three separate entities.

Source: Sec filings, Ycharts as of Dec. 31, 2015.

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Together, the moves leave those struggling with DuPont’s environmental legacy with lots of questions. So even as they’re litigating the case of David Freeman, an Ohio man who developed testicular cancer after drinking water contaminated with PFOA, attorneys have also been asking the court to compel DuPont to demonstrate its ability to cover any awards to Freeman and other plaintiffs.

In particular, they want to know “where the liabilities and obligations of DuPont will fall” if the merger takes place. In their most recent legal brief in what is known as the Leach case, submitted on May 11 to Federal Judge Edmund Sargus, lawyers reiterated fears that the proposed Dow-DuPont merger “may be an attempt to extinguish DuPont’s liability” for claims related to PFOA. “DuPont reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in profits from the manufacture of C-8 at its Washington Works plant and is now taking the position that not one Leach class member is entitled to compensation for injuries linked to their exposure to C-8.”

In its own brief, filed on May 4, DuPont said there had been no decision yet as to how the emerging companies will handle the costs in the PFOA cases and called the plaintiffs’ request for documents premature as well as “improper and intrusive.” DuPont’s lawyers also said that the plaintiffs’ accusations that the company was dodging its responsibilities were “merely speculative.”

Those awaiting their day in court said they were worried not just that DuPont would try to duck out of its financial responsibilities, but that the company might disappear entirely. While DuPont has repeatedly promised that it will cover its liabilities, plaintiffs’ lawyers responded that those assurances are meaningless “if DuPont fails to exist, which is likely after the impending merger.”

“I’m afraid DuPont will vanish,” said Rob Bilott, the attorney who oversees the class-action suit.

A Financially Shaky Spinoff

The company DuPont spun off in July, Chemours — meant to rhyme with “Nemours,” as in DuPont’s founder, Éleuthère Irénée du Pont de Nemours — assumed a heavy load from its corporate parent. The assets it inherited — including 37 active chemical plants and DuPont’s fluorochemical division — accounted for just 19 percent of DuPont’s $35 billion in sales in 2014. Chemours also assumed 62 percent of DuPont’s environmental liabilities, including 174 polluted sites.

As part of the agreement, Chemours assumed legal responsibility for DuPont’s costs in “product liability, intellectual property, commercial, environmental and anti-trust lawsuits,” according to the filings. But some fear that Chemours will be unable to fulfill those obligations. Jeffrey Dugas, a spokesperson for Keep Your Promises DuPont, which represents people living near DuPont’s West Virginia plant who were exposed to PFOA, saw the spinoff as a deliberate dodge. “It looked to us like another way for DuPont to avoid paying the people of the mid-Ohio valley what they were owed,” said Dugas. “All of a sudden these massive liabilities are being transferred to a poorly capitalized company.”

Chemours’s first year has been financially shaky. Since opening at $21.00 a share a year ago, the company’s stock has fallen to $8.34. While DuPont has promised to cover some of the new company’s liabilities if necessary, that promise won’t necessarily cover all the company’s costs, as Chemours spelled out in its February SEC filings. “DuPont has agreed to indemnify us for such liabilities, but such indemnity from DuPont may not be sufficient to protect us against the full amount of such liabilities, and DuPont may not be able to fully satisfy its indemnification obligations.”

One financial website recently put Chemours’s chances of bankruptcy at 50 percent. Another, Citron Research, went further, concluding in early June that Chemours is “a bankruptcy waiting to happen,” and likening DuPont’s “dump-off” of liabilities to its treatment of PFOA itself. “While chemical giant DuPont has spent 60 years dumping waste around its facilities, they have spent the past 11 months dumping this ‘toxic spinoff’ on Wall Street.”

With Chemours’s creation, DuPont was “diabolically using the legal system to avoid liability,” according to Citron, which spelled out the gambit this way: “Create a bad entity that is designed to fail, so the good entity can be spared the reputational and liability damage.” The financial website predicted that it will take Chemours 18 months to go bankrupt, “just long enough for the new Dow/DuPont to split into three companies, and create separate entities that will all fight for indemnification from this financial toxic dumpsite of liabilities.”

Citron, which has been publishing for 15 years, concluded that the spinoff amounted to “complete securities fraud” and that Chemours is “the most morally and financially bankrupt company that we have ever witnessed.”

A February announcement that DuPont would also indemnify the individual members of Chemours’s board, ensuring that none of them faced personal financial consequences, was no doubt a relief to the executives, including CEO Mark Vergnano, whose current salary is about $1.33 million before stock options. But it rattled some close to the PFOA litigation. “It’s not right that individuals in a corporation can make decisions that endanger millions of people and then walk away,” said Paul Brooks, a West Virginia doctor who helped tally the health consequences of the chemical.

In an email, DuPont’s Daniel Turner wrote, “DuPont remains committed to continuing to fulfill all of its environmental and legal obligations in accordance with existing local, state and federal regulatory guidelines. The indemnification provision we agreed to with Chemours does not take away any valid legal claims that plaintiffs have against DuPont for pre-spin operations or the right to collect from DuPont if DuPont is found liable in any related action.”

The statement also said that “under state and federal law, most, if not all of the Chemours active environmental remediation responsibilities are guaranteed by surety bonds or other forms of insurance that name the government as the beneficiary. Should Chemours fail to perform, the government may step in and use these funds to complete any required remediation.”

Chemours declined a request to comment for this story.

A Coming Together of Equals

If all goes according to plan, a unified DowDuPont could emerge as soon as October. Though the mega-company is anticipated to have a combined market capitalization of $130 billion, it may be hard for plaintiffs to access any of that money.

“Moving assets around can make it more difficult to recover,” said Lawrence A. Hamermesh, a professor of corporate law at Delaware Law School. The merged entity assumes the debts of the original companies that formed it, said Hamermesh. And depending how Dow DuPont chose to organize those debts, “it could get complicated.”

It could become more complicated still after DowDuPont splits into three separate companies — one for agricultural chemicals; another for “specialty products” such as Kevlar, Tyvek, and food additives; and a third that will specialize in chemicals used in cars, food packaging, and pharmaceuticals.

“With all these spinoffs and individual companies, it’s possible that the company that carries through all of this could end up having very few assets,” said Hamermesh.

It’s possible, too, that Chemours’s financial woes could derail the planned merger altogether, according to Donald Baker, an anti-trust attorney hired by Keep Your Promises DuPont. Since the merger has been envisioned as a coming together of equals, in which the shareholders of each company would take a 50 percent stake in the combined company, a financial failure at Chemours could alter that equation. “If Chemours went under, then some of the assignments to Chemours might be set aside as fraudulent for purposes of bankruptcy law,” said Baker. If that happened, “the Dow shareholders might feel that giving DuPont 50 percent or close of the combined company wasn’t worth it because DuPont was responsible for this big turd.”

Significant Environmental Liabilities

The exact size of that turd is subject to both interpretation and change. Last July, DuPont counted 171 contaminated Chemours sites; Chemours has since upped the number of sites to 174. Citing “adverse” circumstances, Chemours also acknowledged that the bill for its environmental burdens might be $611 million higher than its first estimate of $290 million.

One reason for the upward revision could be the ballooning exposure of PFOA litigation. In October, DuPont was found liable for $1.6 million in the first of more than 3,500 personal injury claims relating to the chemical. In February, the company settled another PFOA case for an undisclosed amount. And starting in May 2017, 40 more claims over DuPont’s PFOA liability are slated for trial.

The EPA’s recently revised health advisory, which lowered the amount of PFOA acceptable in drinking water from .4 to .07 parts per billion, may also affect the calculations. According to Chemours’s latest SEC filings, three of the sites where it used or made PFOA are subject to the new lower levels. And “EPA has determined that additional public water systems and private residential wells around” two of those sites may have to be filtered.

Among the other legal burdens assumed by Chemours is the cost of litigation over benzene, a carcinogen contained in some of DuPont’s paints. In December, a Texas jury awarded $8.4 million to a painter who developed leukemia after using the paints for years. And at least 27 more benzene cases, expected to cost the company between $200 and $300 million, were pending as of December, according to Chemours’ SEC filings. The spinoff company also faces some 2,180 upcoming suits over asbestos; 83 pending cases over silica, which also causes a deadly lung disease when inhaled; and four over butadiene, a known carcinogen that DuPont used to make neoprene.

Chemours is also obligated to clean up Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, where DuPont manufactured explosives from 1902 until 1994, and where lead salts, mercury, volatile organic compounds, explosive powders, chlorinated solvents, and detonated blasting caps still contaminate groundwater and soil. Chemours’ SEC filings estimated that the remediation, which began in 1985, may cost as much as $116 million to finish. And some residents fear that number is too low. Lisa Riggiola, a former Pompton Lakes city council member, said that for years, she and others in the community have been asking for a full inventory of the chemicals DuPont used and dumped in their hometown so they can understand the full extent of the contamination.

“We’ve never we seen it,” said Riggiola. “We still don’t know everything we need to know about the site.”

No doubt a detailed report on DuPont’s historical production sites would be helpful in determining the true scope of DuPont’s and Chemours’s liabilities. But Dupont’s Turner says the “Rees Report” that Skaggs remembers is nowhere to be found. “To the best of our knowledge we have found no evidence for a ‘Rees Report’ regarding ‘waste sites,’” he wrote in an email.

For his part, Craig Skaggs is confident his recollection of the report Martha Rees began compiling 30 years ago is accurate. “I’m sure it still exists somewhere,” said Skaggs. “And I’m sure it’s retained by the legal department.”

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