Is Donald Trump a Wahhabi Salafi Muslim

Security policy press review

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of May 21, 2017

"Suddenly Realpolitician"

"With his remarkable appeal against Islamist extremism, Donald Trump proves that his attitude towards the Islamic world has evolved," said Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger after Trump's "Islamic speech". "Above all, however, President Trump is no longer a candidate Trump, who delights his audience with sweeping attacks against 'radical Islam'; now 'Islamist extremism' is the enemy. And that is true. This call is remarkable. Because it betrays one Further development of Trump's attitude to the Islamic world. As an early official act, he imposed an entry ban for citizens of a number of Muslim countries, which was stopped by the courts. Now he no longer speaks of a clash of cultures, an export of democracy anyway. Now he's looking to forge a grand coalition against Islamist-motivated terrorists, with the main struggle being borne by the Muslim countries themselves. "

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Daily newspaper from May 21, 2017

"The Alliance of the Mendacious"!5408057/

Andreas Zumach, on the other hand, wonders about Donald Trump's new partner in the fight against terrorism. "The world's most important state supporter and financier of these 'barbaric criminals' is, however, the Wahhabi royal dictatorship in Riyadh, which has been courted and strengthened by the US President's first foreign visit current support for the 'Islamic State' and other active Sunni terrorist groups. These facts are of course known to the US government. But the prospect of the multi-billion dollar arms deals with Riyadh apparently helped to suppress these facts in Washington. "

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The National Interest, 05/21/2017

"Trump's Riyadh Speech: Bowing to the Saudi Regime"

With his keynote address on Islam in Saudi Arabia, US President Trump practically bowed to the Saudi regime, writes Paul R. Pillar. "All this, especially the anti-Iran part, was music to the ears of the Saudi rulers. But besides acting like a guest who is pleasing to the hosts, what else did this speech accomplish? What else, that is, besides avoiding any new Trumpian disasters? A major speech by a US president to foreign audiences should do more than suck up to the rulers of whatever is the speech's venue. (...) The most useful lines in Trump's speech acknowledged that Muslims are the most numerous victims of terrorism, noted the need for religious leaders to counter extremist exploitation of their religions, and appealed for religious tolerance. But by throwing himself so fully into the arms of the Saudi regime, it is hard to identify how the speech is likely to move the needle in a positive direction as far as the behavior of either that regime or other regimes is concerned. "

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ipg-journal from May 18, 2017

"You are fired!"

Political scientist Cathryn A. Clüver writes that US President Trump obviously wants to lead his government primarily on the principle of loyalty. The appointment of "political newcomer Rex Tillerson" as Secretary of State, for example, effectively thwarted the US State Department. "In this - strange - way he resolved the decades-long conflict between the State Department and the National Security Council in the White House - in favor of enforcement control and military power. to strengthen and consolidate executive power, while at the same time aiming to at least demoralize, if not completely dismantle, the structures that support or control this power. "

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Vox from May 19, 2017

"Democrats are falling for fake news about Russia"

In the liberal political spectrum of the United States, an opinion bubble shaped by rumors and conspiracy theories has formed in the debate about the US president's alleged ties to Russia, says Zack Beauchamp. "The mirror image of Breitbart and InfoWars on the right, it focuses nearly exclusively on real and imagined connections between Trump and Russia. The tone is breathless: full of unnamed intelligence sources, certainty that Trump will soon be imprisoned, and fever dream factual assertions that no reputable media outlet has managed to confirm. (...) Experts on political misinformation see things differently. They worry that the unfounded speculation and paranoia that infect the Russiasphere risk pushing liberals into the same black hole of conspiracy-mongering and fact- free insinuation that conservatives fell into during the Obama years. "

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2.4. Near and Middle East, Maghreb

3. Alliances and international diplomacy

Was on the Rocks from May 19, 2017

"Abandon the 2 Percent Obsession: A New Rating for Pulling Your Weight in NATO"
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In the opinion of Garrett Martin and Balazs Martonffy, the assessment of the burden sharing in NATO should not only be made dependent on the nominal level of the military expenditure of the member states. NATO's much discussed two percent target for defense spending is easy to communicate and therefore politically attractive: "But for all its political appeal, the 2 percent figure is fatally flawed and does not accurately capture a state's contributions to all of NATO's core tasks . First, 2 percent is a rather arbitrary number. (...) Second, there is a clear lack of a universal definition of what should be included in 'defense spending.' (...) Third, (...) comparing American defense spending with that of other NATO allies is misleading. (...) Fourth, the 2 percent figure only focuses on inputs and not outputs. (...) That the 2 percent guideline endures indicates a lack so far of a viable alternative rather than any strong inherent value. Officials and experts are, however, starting to propose different metrics that could either complement or replace the 2 percent guideline. "

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4. Military and armed conflict

5. NSA / Surveillance / Big Data

The Independent from May 19, 2017

"Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government"

The British Conservatives have announced extensive control and regulation of the Internet in their new election manifesto. According to Andrew Griffin, the ambitious plans boil down to severely restricting freedom of expression on the Internet. "While much of the internet is currently controlled by private businesses like Google and Facebook, Theresa May intends to allow government to decide what is and isn't published, the manifesto suggests. The new rules would include laws that make it harder than ever to access pornographic and other websites. The government will be able to place restrictions on seeing adult content and any exceptions would have to be justified to ministers, the manifesto suggests. The manifesto even suggests that the government might stop search engines like Google from directing people to pornographic websites. (...) The Conservatives will also seek to regulate the kind of news that is posted online and how companies are paid for it. If elected, Theresa May will 'take steps to protect the reliability and objectivity of information that is essential to our democracy '- and crack down on Facebook and Google to ensure that news companies get enough advertising money. "

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Counterpunch from May 19, 2017

"Getting Assange: the Untold Story"

The Swedish public prosecutor's office has closed the rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and has overturned her arrest warrant. John Pilger recapitulates the course of the long-term affair with which Sweden and the USA had primarily aimed to discredit Assange and WikiLeaks. "In 2008, a secret Pentagon document prepared by the 'Cyber ​​Counterintelligence Assessments Branch' foretold a detailed plan to discredit WikiLeaks and smear Assange personally. The 'mission' was to destroy the 'trust' that was WikiLeaks' 'center of gravity'. This would be achieved with threats of 'exposure [and] criminal prosecution'. Silencing and criminalizing such an unpredictable source of truth-telling was the aim. (...) The Metropolitan Police say they still intend to arrest Assange for bail infringement should he leave the embassy. What then? A few months in prison while the US delivers its extradition request to the British courts? If the British Government allows this to happen it will, in the eyes of the world, be shamed comprehensively and historically as an accessory to the crime of a war waged by rampant power against justice and freedom, and all of us. "

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VoxEurop from May 18, 2017

"Lessons for Germany from the hacking attack against Emmanuel Macron"

Andrew Rettman asked two US network security experts about the hacker attacks on candidate Emmanuel Macron during the French presidential elections. Dimitri Sirota from BigID and Aleksandr Yampolskiy from SecurityScorecard praise the Macron team's reaction to the attacks. At the same time, Yampolskiy and other experts warn against rashly assigning the blame to Russia. "Since Macron was also the target of far-right activists in the US and UK, Yampolskiy said it wasn't that difficult to carry out the attack." You don't need sophisticated state machinery to carry it out - only a person or two with phishing skills can "He said the fact that some of the documents had Russian names in their metadata did not mean that Russia was behind it, as it was easy to infiltrate this type of information in an attempt to confuse investigators. (...) Given the lack of certainty, Sirota and Yampolskiy said that talk of counter-attacking Russia or other suspects was premature. "

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