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  • #227

    Tarek Sharaf (Tuesday, 13 May 2014 08:49)

    The US is in decline. That is a matter of fact. Historically when a reigning international power declines the number of conflicts increases. At the same time the disputes are intense so that some of them are really existential for some nations and ethnic groups. For example after the collapse of the former Soviet Union dramatic conflicts arose in former Yugoslavia and the Caucasian region. Before the downfall of the old European powers led to the first and second World War. The fall of the Roman Empire brought unrest and wars in Europe and around the Mediterranean. The traditional conduct of international affairs does not allow undisputed "power vacuum". The quintessence is that human societies are defined by exercising might over other social entities. The question now is if we are able to overcome this archaic behavior of chronically working against our own interests and desire for freedom and peace. Regretfully social and political entities are led by people who's mindset hasn't changed to the better. Even in democratic countries the selection system supports the success of politicians driven by base motives. It is up to all of us to change that,

    Putin’s Rise Highlights U.S. Descent from Global Stage
    Current and former U.S. officials fretted about the international standing of the United States on Sunday, as multiple global crises in the news made it increasingly clear that U.S. influence alone is not enough to assure either

  • #226

    Tarek Sharaf (Friday, 09 May 2014 16:55)

    German politics is back to old patterns. The crises in the Ukraine has mainly been provoked by an aggressive Europe approach to foster influence in the region and sideline Russia. It is shocking how unapologetic Mrs. Merkel abnegates Russian interests. Obama is even calling Russia a regional power which is acting out of weakness. Especially Germany and the US are rebuffing Moscow. The events in the Ukraine are pushing Moscow into the corner. If Moscow fails to succeed it will suffer further international downgrade and a non viable strategic situation.
    Putin's popularity and the base of his mighty position refers to his credo of a strong Russia. With the crises in the Ukraine where Russia is about to be contained by the West, Putin has only one choice to secure political survival. He has to appear strong. The west would be well advised not to underestimate Moscow's possible reactions and the guts of Putin. Instead western leader suffer from an exaggerated high self-concept. Ignoring Russian interests like after the end of the cold war , when EU and NATO frontiers moved to the Russian borders. It worked once but won't do so for ever. Pushing Russia further into the relegation zone will most likely end up in a war that has a relatively high probability of extending far beyond Ukrainian and Russian borders.
    The US, NATO and the EU are very powerful but ruled by incompetent people.

    Germany's Merkel warns Russia against 'old patterns of thinking'
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia on Wednesday against falling back into "old patterns of thinking" about spheres of influences...

  • #225

    Tarek Sharaf (Friday, 02 May 2014 12:39)

    Omid Nouripour
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    Tarek Politics The EU ignited and is currently mismanaging the conflict. Brussels first let Ukrainians believe that they had the choice between Russia and Europe. Now the EU is verbally acting harsh on Russia. The aim is to encourage Ukrainians to act with about all means against Russian influence. The EU road map is clear. The Ukraine should not be part of the the Russian sphere of influence. In Chinese terminology it is called "lend a third party's hand to kill". The US is indirectly supporting the Ukraine more actively in armed resistance. The EU and the US foster a similar scenario like in former Yugoslavia. In no way can this policy be in the interest the Ukraine. The conflict cannot be solved by excluding Russia from the solution. NATO and the EU have humiliated Russia by their eastern expansion. Any attempt to integrate the Ukraine into the Western world for good would cause an extreme reaction by Russia. Russian with her current political doctrines "based on restoring Soviet power and glory" would fight for survival. Being aware of the actors involved in the game the Putin factor cannot be underestimated when asking the question "has the Russian leader he the guts to defend Russian interests by all means? I think the EU is not ready to play the game of brinkmanship with Russia. EU politicians haven't being shown very skillful in international crises management. Latest examples are Syria and Russia. To understand that it is important to recognize that the EU has no real common foreign policy. With regards to the EU's internal situation making the Ukraine an EU member would face strong opposition from mainly southern European countries and the UK for economic and various political reasons.....
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  • #224

    Tarek Sharaf (Sunday, 13 April 2014 20:36)

    The White House is supporting a non legitimized regime that came to power by ousting a corrupt government. The current "government " in Kiev is related to dark elements who participated in the killing of protesters during the uprising. It is unbelievable how fast some people who were outside the government building took over power and named an interim leader and a complete governing body. Now we the receive a picture that there is really an undisputed governing body in Kiev. What is clear is, those who have the saying in the capital control the image and the scenery that is transmitted overseas. But how can a government that just took over power control all the overall picture. There mast be a power from behind the curtains which is pulling the strings in Kiev.
    There are also US troupes in the Ukraine. They are contracted by private US companies. The media coverage of the crises in the Ukraine is absolutely not trustworthy and leaves more questions open than answers given.

    US warns Russia of 'additional consequences' over Ukraine
    US Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Ukraine later this month, officials said, as Washington warned Moscow of "additional...

  • #223

    Tarek Sharaf (Wednesday, 02 April 2014 01:05)

    Flight 370 changed direction obviously with the aim to avoid any over- flight of land masses, populated islands etc. Not to mention landing on an airport. This was a death sentence to everybody on this flight. But if the pilot was a terrorist he wouldn't have mind crashing the plain over a populated area. In other words the fate of the people on board was anyway sealed very likely through deadly substances on board like weapons of mass destruction which were bound to detonate as soon as the plan touches the ground. Such a scenario makes it understandable why the pilot deliberately avoided any regular landing and instead picked the route to nowhere.
    The flight was disconnected from civil communication or radar. The result is that the wreckage can hardly be found at least until no signals from the black box can be received. The sea area were the plain presumably crashed is about 8000 to 9000 feet deep. In the near future it won’t be possible to reach the wreckage.
    There are world military satellites which cover a worldwide net. A Boeing 777 is one of the biggest aircraft. Usually no way for such a big vehicle to disappears out of the blue. Exceptions only happen deliberately. For hours it was hushed up that there was no connection to the plain. Civil aviation monitors had no option to track down the route of flight MA 370 even if it was still in the air.
    This event might have given proof to how vulnerable our civilization is and how far we are exposed to the aims of ruthless global players

  • #222

    Tarek Sharaf (Sunday, 23 March 2014 00:38)

    Mrs. Merkel as well as most German politicians have very little expertise in foreign policy. The Europeans and again the Germans ahead all though that they had a concept to let the Russians fall into a deep sleep while the EU meanwhile helps the Ukrainian to sneak out of Moscow's hugging.
    But Moscow reacted promptly. Good political strategists understand that Russia's status in international politics is in sharp decline because of NATO and EU expansion to the East. Humiliating a major power never pays off in politics, regardless how big the reward for such a misbehave might look at the first glance.
    For the downfall of the iron curtain Russia lost superpower status, own territory, congenial environment and moreover received NATO and the EU as immediate neighbors. Now, thanks to EU efforts, the Ukraine was is about to become a Western ally. But Mrs. Merkel is complaining about Mr. Putin and the disrespect he shows to the EU and Germany. Is the German Chancellor not aware of the overall situation?
    Putin's credo is to reestablish Russia's former glory of the Soviet era. Exactly this commitment makes Putin to the power leader in Russia. The message of the Putin phenomena is, "the Russia won't take further humiliation without proper responds".
    It is true that Mrs Merkel is more cautious about imposing sanctions on Russia than others. This can be called positive. She is trading the costs versus the goals of such an endeavor, but there lies her mistake. Polices works different from accountancy. Even if I suppose that she is using the game theory her conclusion will be counterproductive, because she doesn't understand the drive of Russian policy.
    In general the West should avoid further impudent approach when facing Russia otherwise the situation can slip completely out of hands.

  • #221

    Tarek Sharaf (Wednesday, 12 March 2014 03:48)

    Sissi promised to improve the education system in Egypt. Moreover he promised jobs and a better energy supply through the building of nuclear power plants. Egypt's education system is a disaster, but can a country that is so conducted by the military really introduce a progressive new system? The education system was at least one major reason why Mubarak kept office for such a long time. What are the general’s recipes for new jobs? For sure he wants to revive tourism. That is the fastest way to get back into business. It is hard to understand the difference between Egypt under Sisi and during the Mubarak era. So what can be expected from the education system is just what fits in the short term labor market. Top educated people hardly accept such a leadership.
    Also Sisi's love for nuclear power plants sounds a bit outdated. Such kind of energy is very costly. Egypt even has none of the intelligence, equipment or mental readiness for such an endeavor and its very high risks. Last but not least Sisi is a military and he supposed to be aware of the vulnerability Egypt face by introducing Nuclear reactors on her soil. Referring to foreign policy Egypt under Sisi’s command will very likely serve the interests of other countries and leaders but care very little of Egypt’s political long term perspectives. No bride future for Egypt at all.

  • #220

    Tarek Sharaf (Wednesday, 12 March 2014 03:46)

    The Ukrainian – Russia relations have a complicated structure. Especially EU rhetoric destabilized the delicate balance. The EU misdirected people in the Ukraine by igniting the idea that the Ukraine had the choice between the EU and Russia. Bush senior did something similar in Iraq when he encouraged the Shiites to step up against Saddam Hussein by promising Washington’s support for such an endeavor. Tens of thousands Iraqis lost their life for believing the US president. Some years later the Germans recognized the indigence of Slovenia and Croatia. What followed was ethnic cleansing across former Yugoslavia. And what happens in places where a conglomerate of people meet to start a revolution is oblivious across the Middle East. The idea of fighting injustice easily gets high jacked by organized groups as well as other countries. The revolution in Kiev shows all those symptoms malicious interference like mentioned above.
    The Russian military “intrusion” is an act that any major military power would have done if such a high explosive development would have taken place next door. Some western countries would even cross half of the globe for minor issues like the UK did during the “Islas Malvinas” or the “Falkland Islands” crises. In the Crimea case it is misplaced to refer to “international law”. Such a wording just serves as an alibi provided to politicians who suffer from conceptual deficits and misjudgment.
    Some time ago, in 1994 the Ukraine has already been the determined its fate as a prey of either Russian or Western interests when signing the Budapest memorandum. This memorandum just includes support in case of a nuclear threat. The treaty ignores the deterring effect of nuclear weapons. Russia doesn’t need nuclear weapons to bring the Ukraine to her knees. But with the threat of a nuclear war, Moscow would be compelled to keep the conflict on a lower scale. Western powers just ignore or even deny security needs of other countries. Nevertheless current Western verbal support just spills oil into the flames of antagonism between Russia and the Ukraine. The West is trying to safeguard reputation regardless of the inhuman effects that such a policy fosters between the Russia and the Ukraine.
    Omid, please reconsider your article.
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  • #219

    Tarek Sharaf (Friday, 07 March 2014 17:32)

    The Russian president’s actions are fairly understandable. About 50 to 60 percent of the Crimea populations are Russians. Denying the obligation to protect them would bring Putin into serious trouble back home. In western media they do not admit the necessity for a Russian interference. They just ignore that after the “Kiev Revolution” the interior security of the country has broken down. Police force has been discharged from office. In such incidence former security officers tend to become members of the organized crime, like it happened in Egypt after the downfall of the Mubarak regime. The intrusion of the Russian military forces can be regarded as a preemptive move to prevent an escalation of tension between the ethnic groups and possible ethnic cleansing. In former Yugoslavia there were no forces deployed at the right moment to avoid ethnic groups from mobilizing against each other. When we look at Syria today there is no clear separation of who is fighting who. The division of the conflicting parties makes a sustainable solution very unlikely. Western countries remained bystanders in a conflict were hundreds of thousands of people found their death or got injured. Millions lost their homes. The political inaction was defended under the pretext that Russia is blocking any action in the Security Council. The west supported the rebels with just enough weapons to keep the military conflict ongoing. Just the use of chemical weapons, were about 90 people died forced the US to flex political muscles. Soon after Syria’s chemical arsenal was taken away. But people in Syria are still slaughtered like before. The improvement is that those 90 people who died through chemical weapons will remain acceptations.
    In the Ukraine the West is seeking to push the Russians out. First by strong US remarks before the revolution to support the Ukrainians in their fight for freedom and secondly by the EU which was luring Ukrainians to make the choice for Europe and stay away from Russia. The EU rhetoric ignited wrong hopes and misleading expectations. People in Kiev had the idea that they had to decide if they want to stay close to Russia or to the EU. Now after a corrupt regime has been toppled the Ukraine is fractioning and moving towards a civil war. The West is antagonizing the Russians by beefing up their political support for an undefined interim government that vows even military retaliation against Russia. After days in office the government in Kiev gained incredible support from Washington and EU countries.
    At the moment a war between the West and Russia is very unlikely. A civil war in the Ukraine is the much more efficient choice to weaken Russia. If a civil unrest in the Ukraine comes to full swing Putin’s area might soon come to an end. Between these 2 options there is the possibility of a war an Ukrainian war against Russia. But the political and ethnic factions in the Ukraine make a scenario like in Syria and former Yugoslavia more likely than a war among countries. No matter how the outcome is Russia will be loser of an interior Ukrainian scenario like described above.

    With Crimean appeal, Putin goes head-to-head with West over Ukraine
    By Elizabeth Piper MOSCOW (Reuters) - Almost certainly orchestrated by Vladimir Putin, Crimea's appeal to join Russia pits the president directly against the West in a standoff that has increasingly high stakes and unpredictable consequences. The vote by Crimea's parliament gives Putin the upper hand in the crisis over Ukraine, but risks antagonizing pro-Western leaders in Kiev who have refused to resort to military action or fan tensions in Ukraine's Russian-speaking south and east. Ukraine's leaders had no doubt who was behind the latest moves in Crimea, including a call for a referendum to decide if the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula, which has an ethnic Russian majority, should return to its former Soviet master.

  • #218

    Tarek Sharaf (Monday, 10 February 2014 04:03)

    I just feel sorry for Egypt. First they got rid of a dictator, then of a fanatic betrayer. And now they cheer for the military because they prefer the slow rather than the sudden death of Egypt.
    Egypt's Sabahi says to contest presidency
    Egyptian leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi announced on Saturday he would be running for the presidency in a forthcoming election, enlivening a race that army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to win.

  • #217

    Tarek Sharaf (Wednesday, 11 December 2013 18:12)

    Jang as been purged with a lot of publicity, Usual for the DPRK. In the "Arts of War" it is said kill the monkey to horrify the chickens. So the violent act has to seen by the chickens. But who are the chickens? Are there more dangerous "elements" of the size Jan around him? The answer is "not yet". So the message of intimidation was not only to refrain others form further attempts but also powers abroad. It was a message that had first of all to reach China. And the message from the S.Korean leader to Beijing is" You have to work with me because there is no other option". Jang was Beijing's favorite. Kim's message to the Washington is "You can rely on me and keep your troops in the region; I will continue to be a threat ,,". So the US can keep her military in Japan and S.Korea and go on with selling more and more weapons... The timing matches very well with the current dispute over the Diao Yu islands Japan is very eager to strengthen military capability...
    5 theories to explain North Korea's big mysterious purge
    In what is being called the most dramatic public purge in North Korean history, state-run media on Monday televised images of Jang Song Thaek — leader Kim Jong Un's uncle

  • #216

    Tarek Sharaf (Monday, 09 December 2013 09:53)

    China will continue to claim the the islands. Xi Jun Ping, the Chinese president is given no choice in this affair. But it is hard to believe that China, Japan and South Korea will come to any agreement. There is neither a conflict solving mechanism nor any experience with such forums in East Asia. There are no peace deals between the combatants in this region signed after the second world war. For Chinese people the war crimes committed by the Japanese during the occupation of their country are still very fresh and there has very little been done by Japan so heal to scars from that time. Chinese leaders are pushed head to seek some kind of revenge. So it is a very tricky situation for Beijing which is the key decision maker in this conflict. As usual political conflicts in this area are getting postponed, but won't be settled at all. Therefore there are mounting numbers of disputes just expanding and nourishing further trouble over the time. East Asians are masters in balancing precarious issues and not solving them at all. But there is also the US putting their interests in the region ahead of all others. Washington wants to keep the divided Korean peninsular and what they call the threat of China and Pyongyang alive. So the Japanese as well as the South Koreans won't through the US military out of there country. It can be concluded that the three East Asian countries maneuvered themselves into dire straights while the US is capitalizing on the the inability of the Asians to communicate and find solutions out of the box.

    S. Korea declares expanded air defense zone in disputed area
    South Korea Sunday declared an expanded air defense zone that overlaps with one announced by China and covers a submerged rock disputed by the two countries, as tensions rise over competing territorial claims. The defense ministry said its new zone, which will take effect on December 15, would cover

  • #215

    Tarek Sharaf (Friday, 06 December 2013 19:07)

    The military has taken advantage of the incapability of the Brotherhood to rule Egypt. Now the solders are back in command of the country. The events make it hard to believe that the days of Mubarak, "ruling Egypt with an iron fist", won't be the normality for the decades to come. Other Arabian countries who had their revolution in recent years are not doing better. It seems that democracy has trouble of getting establish in countries who suffer form economic hardship and cultural division like it is notorious in the Arab world. But this democracy crises is also embarking Europe in form of cultural division and dissatisfaction with a political European elite that is disassociating itself from the people. The elite is working in the interest of banks,, big investors and their top industries. Neither can anybody seriously believe that the values of freedom, humanity and self-determination do concern the rulers. Just recently issues like the bloodbath in Syria. the Snowden affair, climate conference on global warming and the Euro crises have stringed together in a very short time the deficiencies of Western democracies and other countries to work in behalf of their people and for the best of human mankind. So my these is," democracy and the idea of states have to be reinvented or substituted in the very near future, otherwise human society will face its worst downfall on a global scale ".

  • #214

    Tarek Sharaf (Tuesday, 03 December 2013 10:23)

    Egypt's military is clearly trying to regain it's dominant role in the country. That is bad news for honest entrepreneurs.People will still be expropriated from their land. Businesses will be shut down because of the arbitrariness of an administration that is backed by the military. Judges will be afraid to issue truthful verdicts because they fear reprisals of the uncheckable elite that is backed or identical with the military. The result is that Egypt won't attract investment that will improve the life of the majority of Egyptians. Any new innovations will be killed from the start. The declining process like during the Mubarak era will go on. On the other hand the Muslim brothers really failed to improve anything in Egypt. So is Egypt condemned to an endless decline? Egypt faces a number of challenges. Domestic and international security, water shortages, illiteracy, inadequate education system and, an elite that follows western consumer ideology. New ideas are given no chance because of a chronically conservative mindset among people who have a saying as well as among many scholars and opinion makers. Egypt's policy maker need to take a close look at the map. Egypt' neglected the importance of Africa and was abused by foreign powers in the Middle East. Since Nasser Egypt failed to find it's true international role. People got misguided by political ambitions of their leaders. So the worse the education system became the more freedom the political leaders enjoyed. The same happen to religion in Egypt. Believe has become an instrument to bully and brainwash people. Actually in many cases religion has become a vulgar and violent political matter. Egyptians need to liberate their mind from the paternalism of their opinion makers. An entrepreneur would suggest to think out of the box. People need new sources of input and an education system that not only exceeds that of Europe but also provides a system of life long leaning opportunity. Studying should never stop and that not only for the purpose of making money. ....

  • #213

    Tarek Sharaf (Friday, 05 July 2013 01:24)

    Was it a revolution or a coup d'etat. Many Europeans claim if was a coup. And the White House is about to categorize the events as such. Washington is reviewing the case. If they come to the conclusion, that it was a military coup the support for the Egyptian army will be cut or suspended. On one hand the US supported a military dictator and the oppression of the Egyptians for decades. Washington kept supporting an Islamist president who systematically brought the country on her knees. But on the other hand Washington claims to support democracy. What Mubarak and Mursi have in common is that they increase Egypt's backwardness and dependency on foreign aid. Washington's policy since decades is "Keep the Egyptians down and their leader rich". The strategy becomes obsolete when Egypt's leaders quite the game. If they do it now the country can get stuck in a civil war. If Washington suspends aid under the pretext of not supporting governments who came to power through a coup, Washington would proof to be consistent. The reason is because such a move would push Egypt to the brink of a civil war. So Washington would go on keeping the Egyptians down. This was and still is the goal. Producing rich leaders is just an applied technique.
    Coup? What coup? Egyptians see no evil
    By Alastair Macdonald CAIRO (Reuters) - Don't mention the coup. Certainly not on Tahrir Square, or pretty much anywhere in polite, liberal society in Egypt. As military jets

  • #212

    Tarek Sharaf (Saturday, 15 June 2013 02:12)

    The US idea of simply sending weapons but with no air support and no anti aircraft defense will just prolong the war and cause even more suffering. Is that aiding people in need? Very understandable that Washington is concerned about sending anti aircraft missiles to the region. The only viable strategy to bring Assad down and limiting the number of casualties as much as possible is by sending troops in to Syria and ensuring a no fly zone plus air strikes on strategic important targets.
    The chemical weapons are already used for a while, causing the death of around 150 people. The official death toll is over 93000. So Washington is not very much concerned about so many people loosing their life. A principle has been broken and Washington is the law. So they act according to the committed violation. The death of the the 93000 killed people is for Washington and for Europe a legal limbo.

  • #211

    Tarek Sharaf (Friday, 14 June 2013 21:14)

    The US idea of simple sending weapons, no air support and no anti aircraft defense will just prolong the war and cause even more suffering. Is that aiding people in need? Very understandable that Washington is concerned about sending anti aircraft missiles to the region. The only viable strategy to ouster Assad and limiting the number of casualties as much as possible is by sending troops in to Syria and ensuring a no fly zone plus air strike on strategic important targets.
    The chemical weapons are already used for a while, causing the death of around 150 people. The official death toll is over 93000. So Washington is not very much concerned about so many people loosing their life. A principle has been broken and Washington is the law. So they act according to the committed violation of the death of 150 people. The rest of 93000 minus 150 people were killed in a legal limbo.

    Analysis: Transforming Syria's war could take more than arming rebels
    By Peter Apps and Myra Macdonald WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - - If the United States and allies genuinely want to change the course of the war in Syria, it may take considerably more than simply supplying the faltering opposition with weaponry.

  • #210

    Tarek Sharaf (Tuesday, 11 June 2013 13:53)

    Having a dam is good for the industry and will attract investments. Ethiopia might even be able to export power. On the other hand agricultural land will shrink in Ethiopia and Sudan. Starvation will become more common. People with very little education have to find refuge in the cities where they hardly find work. Slams will surround the centers. Criminality, drug traffic and social tension will change people's life all over. Because of growing demand food prices will continue to rise on global scale. It is not the question which of the riparian states is going to be the winner of the looser.
    There are interest groups inside those countries and abroad who stipulate "states interests" in their behalf. They are going to earn big money no matter if through selling power, finance industries, selling agricultural products, fertilizer and Chemical supplements. Even the prospect of war will lead to gigantic weapon sales in the region. The big benefits are clearly in the hands of a few.
    Egypt warns all options open for Ethiopia Nile dam
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president on Monday hardened his stance against Ethiopia and its construction of a Nile dam, warning that "all options are open" in dealing with the project that threatens to leave Egypt with a dangerous water shortage.

  • #209

    Tarek Sharaf (Wednesday, 05 June 2013 10:36)

    Like mostly too bias to hit the target. The critic might be correct in particular but not in general. The Adenauer foundation is not the world's bench mark for democracy. Like a number of other foundations they have been bystanders of the injustice of the Mubarak regime. The German government had always close relation to the oppressor regime in Cairo. During the Mubarak era I started an initiative to get rid of the landmines in Egypt. They are located along the Mediterranean coast line and are reminisce of the second world war. The explosives caused the death of many people. Other who survived the encounter lost their their limbs etc. in order to locate the landmines satellites are needed. Germany refused support and responsibility. Actually they didn't care. or reacted like boys in their awkward years. Where was the "Adenauer Foundation"? Fact is that those NGOs are neither neutral nor is their prime goal the fight against oppression and injustice. Otherwise we would see them campaigning day and night around the world regardless of Germany's national interests. Like the Muslim Brotherhood the Adenauer Foundation is driven by particular interest groups. Their interests are now colliding and allegations are made. That is on the table. I appeal for decent approach and the avoidance of a crusade mentality that prints the world in black and white. There are no saints in the game.
    Reply to Omid Nouripour's statement

  • #208

    Tarek Sharaf (Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:47)

    The Ethiopia dam will filter the Nile water from mud before the river crosses Sudan. Sudan's agriculture will predominantly being effected. For Egypt it means running into a permanent political struggle with the southern brother of the Nile valley. The lake of the Ethiopian dam can hold back the Nile water for Egypt. In option that Ethiopia would consider in the dry seasons. Egypt would not only be short of water but also of power because of their dam in Aswan. If the dam building becomes a model Sudan or maybe even Ethiopia would consider to build further dams.
    Imagine the big oil producers would stop selling oil. What options do the other countries have? The "Cater Doctrine" made the reply to such an incident very clear. The former US president described the Arab/Persian Gulf as a life line of western civilization and any attempt to cut this life line will be responded by all means.The Nile is even the Egypt lifeline since ancient times. Egypt exists because of the Nile and a bit different to the oil example there is no alternative at all to the river.
    It is hard to predict future events, but this conflict will shape Egypt's and Sudan's foreign policy for the next 20 to 30 years. On top of the agenda will be Egyptian and Sudanese tempts of reunification or at least a coalition between both states. Furthermore it has to be said that Ethiopia is strategically in a very critical situation. The country has no access to the sea and hostile relations to neighboring countries....

    Egyptian politicians: Sabotage Ethiopia's new dam
    CAIRO (AP) — Politicians meeting with Egypt's president on Monday proposed hostile acts against Ethiopia, including backing rebels and carrying out sabotage, to stop it from building a massive dam on the Nile River upstream.

  • #207

    Tarek Sharaf (Sunday, 02 June 2013 14:39)

    The majority of European states are bystanders of the killings in Syria. The Assad regime government got very sophisticated weapons from Russia. From air the Assad regime is uncontested and on land they got the upper hand. It is correct that there are a lot of weapons in Syria but predominantly to the dictators disposal. From the opposition side the groups close to the Gulf states are better equipped than others. Human Rights are harshly violated. Wasn't it the Green's position to intervene in such cases? All parties in Germany including the Green and many ruling parties in the EU follow a sick mechanical logic, counting the weapons and concluding that the killer market in Syria is no need for more. If you are afraid of loosing control of the arm's fate the only logic is go and carry the arms by yourself. As I said in earlier articles, the Green's position about military interventions is just vote catching....

  • #206

    Tarek Sharaf (Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:20)

    The story has been told incorrectly.. Money wasn't the reason for not having an abortion much earlier. In China many hospitals pay money for an abortion if they can keep the fetus.
    Fetuses are a delicacy among some very rich and powerful people. Hospitals argue that they are used for medical purposes.
    The mother is an unmarried woman. So her child won't receive legal documents and is stigmatized for ever.The idea to keep the baby with holding to the very end of her pregnancy. It is almost sure that she had big trouble with her family or maybe even stood away from home, not meeting any relatives or friends. A child born out of wedlock is regarded as a big shame in the Middle Kingdom..
    Lack of education is hardly the reason for "unwanted" pregnancy. Young people in China have access to the internet where they get a lot of information from. In Europe and the US there are many single mothers. Quite a lot made a one moment decision with abiding consequences. People are hardly deterred by possible sanction when they are decided to do something. (Like death penalty is not lowering the first degree murder cases.)
    From the human point of few there is no excuse for what the young mother did. But the issue is not over just by blaming her. Similar cases are very common in China. Blind and inhuman society rules as well as irresponsible lawmakers have to be hold accountable for each of such incidences.

    Reports: Woman who reported newborn in pipe is mom
    BEIJING (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who raised the initial alarm about a newborn trapped in a sewer pipe in China kept quiet about being his mother even as she watched the sensational two-hour rescue unfold, reports said Wednesday.

  • #205

    Tarek Sharaf (Tuesday, 28 May 2013 12:01)

    Not for the first time the EU is incapable of creating a "European foreign policy". The result of last might's summit is symptomatic for the legitimacy and currency crises on the continent. Confidence in the political future of the EU is shrinking and with that European integration is about to vanish.
    In international affairs the EU is just naval gazing. Regretfully the results won't just focus on the self-complacent Europeans. Because of the frictions among the union members the regime in Syria and the allies of the oppressors will receive more room to maneuver and the conflict will spread further beyond the borders. Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Russia, Turkey are already more or less involved. The longer the US and the EU do not engage with decisive and coordinated actions the more the situation will run out of hands. In the beginning the question was will the regime stay in power? The question has been answered, Assad won't stay in power. More than 80000 people lost their live for that.
    Till yesterday today 2 questions were still not fully answered remain.
    1. How many more people have to die?
    2. And who will come next?
    After the last night EU conference the answer for the first question is "many more people still have to die".
    The answer for the second questions is because of the lack of engagement and coordination from the EU extremists will be the best armed groups in Syria and are most likely to take over power after the fall of the Assad regime.
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  • #204

    Tarek Sharaf (Tuesday, 28 May 2013 12:00)

    Aung San Suu Kyi made a banal statement, "It is discriminatory and also violates human rights." The icon of human rights made an abortive attempted to save her image.
    In dealing with minorities Myanmar has one of the worst records. The problem is not about Rohingya and the rest of the country. The Rohingyas are just spotted at the moment, but there are many more. Ethnic conflicts and violence against minority belong to the big topics that caused the bad reputation of the military leaders in that country. Even with super star Aung San Suu Kyi it is not getting any better. She is a string poppet in the game for power and in the brokering of western influence in the region. She is needed to legitimize closer relations with the oppressors from Yangon. Mrs. Aung met western head of states, business leaders, bankers etc. who are all in season to jump on Myanmar to get their deals done.
    In other words Aung San Suu Kyi has turned into a Geisha Madam.
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  • #203

    Tarek Sharaf (Sunday, 26 May 2013 17:51)

    In Myanmar reforms have been made on the paper (legally) an actions have been taken physically. For example people have been released from prison, free trades has been supported etc. etc. etc. Regretfully the general mind setting is still captured in dark times of oppression and awkward ideas over civilized behavior, human dignity and justice are the result. Even Aung Sun Suu Kyi is incapable to deal with the minority issue.To close are her relations with the president and the military clique. The noble peace price winner is becoming more and more Buddhist nationalist.
    The only aid the Rohingya minority receives is morally from human rights groups. What they are facing now are birth restrictions. Many Rahingya people will resist this inhuman idea of birth restriction. So in order to enforce the law the authorities have to carry through forced abortions even till the 9 month. Women will be dragged to a kind of medical butcher to get the child killing done. Further methods will be forced sterilization.
    It looks like "Hitler's ideas are back on stage", and that not only in Myanmar. A number of comments referring to this article are proofing that. Those commentators think Muslims have to get punished collectively for whatever they blame them for in other places. The presented analogies are bloodcurdling. People behind such idea are mentally not less retarded than those people in Myanmar who support the law against the Rahngya minority.

    2-child limit for Muslims in parts of Myanmar
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Authorities in Myanmar's western Rakhine state have imposed a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists in the area and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing in the aftermath of sectarian violence.

  • #202

    Tarek Sharaf (Saturday, 25 May 2013 08:28)

    Having democracy means being free of... Freedom is subjected to wishful thinking and, abuses. Freedom is the noun and free the adjective. Free means "without"(just go to the super market and check). After elections we are left without means because means have been delicate to somebody or some people we actually do not trust. We, who are living in a democracy are free of... and the same time subjected to the will of many interest groups. You are free to talk but it won't change anything, because you are free (without means).
    In other words democracy has become the nightmare of freedom.
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    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says judges have decided to keep a prominent activist in detention until June 3, when a verdict is expected on a charge of insulting the country's president.

  • #201

    Tarek Sharaf (Saturday, 25 May 2013 08:26)

    Bad news for London, the UK, Europe and for all Muslims. No good news for anybody! Something like that never happened before. The killer didn't even try to get away. It seems that they want to tell the world that even the most severe punishment won't deter them form taking actions against their declared enemies. They are seeking to bring open violence and terror to the streets of London and beyond, an Afghanistan in Europe. It is a fight that cannot be won because there are not clear front lines and no definable enemy. In coordination with the Muslim community in London and the UK there is at least a possibility to marginalize the potentially violent groups. From that point on more actions can be taken.

  • #200

    Tarek Sharaf (Saturday, 25 May 2013 08:23)

    Malaysia is an autocratic state very similar to most states. Democracy has it's limits when the role of the leading elite is questioned. This phenomena is called sedition or in some cases sedition libel. Through the conventions among states and the UN resolution the practice of global democracy is unwanted because it violates state sovereignty. Seditionist are treated as intellectual terrorists. Columbus, Galileo Galilei, Jean-Jacques Rousseau Roussous, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Ai Wei Wei, etc. etc. etc. are all seditionists or intellectual terrorists. States have to serve and not to rule.
    It is time for people around the globe to change the role with their leaders. States, rulers and governing authorities have to receive a stipulated job description in cramped confines. .

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  • #199

    Tarek Sharaf (Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:34)

    Japan has bad experience with nuclear power plants. They even consider to shut them down. Nevertheless Tokyo wants to sell the these kinds of power plans to Turkey, a country troubled by earthquakes. The prime minister has obligation to fulfill, especially concerning the big technology giants.
    Japan wants to get back on her feed. A peace treaty Russia and the restitution of Japanese territories are what would boost Japan again. Hard to say if Abe is able to hammer out viable deal with Putin. A shrinking Russia is not what the former KGB man is standing for.
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  • #198

    Tarek Sharaf (Saturday, 20 April 2013 02:05)

    The DPRK and the US have at least partially common interests. Kim's mussel flexing support Washington's argument that US military deployment is indispensable to avoid aggression. A reunification of the 2 Korean states would make the US argument less convincing. Neither does Pyongyang support the idea of a "one Korea", because it would lead to the end of the Kim dynasty. China could agree on a unification under the condition of a neutral Korean. Even Japan would rather like to see a Korean peninsular free of US military instead of being threatened by Pyongyang all the time and relying on US support. Washington is the main reason for so little progress on this issue... When talking about the actual nuclear threat it is a moot point to asses the DPRK's nuclear capability. States which are determined to attain the nuclear power status are already major global players because they influence strongly global politics....Who has the moral authority to ban nuclear arms? The world has been taken hostage by the 2 military blocks during the cold war. East and West where ready to eliminate all life on earth for the sake of their ideology. For about 5 decades East and West were the major terrorist threat unsurpassed in their radical approach. During the second world war the US has even used this bomb twice against civilian targets....Technology made big progress in recent decades. Weapons are much more precises. A technology that makes a war of annihilation against certain people a viable political and military option....

  • #197

    Tarek Sharaf (Saturday, 13 April 2013 15:11)

    Washington is not willing to change basic problem on the Korean peninsular, the reunification. As long as there is an hostile enemy US troops will remain in the ROK as well as in Japan. Beijing would make concessions for a reunification by letting Pyongyang down if US military presence on the peninsular come to an end. In such an agreement Tokyo is supposed to be involved. For Japan the DPRK is the biggest security threat. That means that China can likewise receive concessions from Japan over US military bases there and over the disputed islands that strained the relations between the 2 Asian giants. The key problem is the Kim dynasty in the DPRK and the key obstacle to set an end to the regime is Washington.
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  • #196

    Tarek Sharaf (Thursday, 28 March 2013 13:54)

    The leadership of the DPRK has a mind set not comparable to other leaders. Nuclear threat won't deter them from flexing their muscles. "Make noise in the east and hit in the west". When it come to terms Pyongyang will hit Japan rather that any other target. Japan is strongly hated by the majority of Koreans no matter if from which Korean they are from.
    It is difficult to demand South Korean solidarity when it goes against Japan. Washington will have a difficult stand to explain that Japan will be defended from Korean soil against Koreans.Like several times before the US will again fight a random war with dubious aims at least for ordinary US citizens. Washington would do much matter in striking a deal with China with the aim of a united Korean peninsular under the umbrella of the ROK with the full recognition of the PRC, In return US military leaves the peninsular.... .

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  • #195

    Tarek Sharaf (Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:33)

    The game of the DPRk's leadership is about "death or success". Any attempt to analyze the situation and Pyongyang's rationality in western categories is bound to fail. Pyongyang's mind set is close to those of the ancient Samurais, "prepare for death to decide the battler".
    Kim junior is taking this advice literally. It is not enough to ask how a Samurai can be defeated. The right approach is how can the Samurai be defeated without suffering heavy loses? Make a deal with China!

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  • #194

    Tarek Sharaf (Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:32)

    At the conference of the Arab league Morsi spoke out his warning against interference in domestic Egyptian affairs. He address his statement to members of the Arab league. First of all to Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom is since decades at odds with the Brotherhood. The Saudi monarchy wants to weaken a Brotherhood led Egypt. Turmoils are the best method. Saudi Arabia did go well with the secular regime of Mubarak. During the Mubarak era Egyptian understanding of Islam made a big turn towards Saudi interpretation. Now the Brotherhood is on the stage of power. And they present another conservative version of Islam. It is a bit like China and the USSR during the cold war, "2 communist countries being arch rivals. The center of power in the Middle East will depend on who can win the ideological race. At the moment Islamist are ahead and competing for their school to dominate the political landscape. As the believe links so many people in the Arab world developments in Islamic thoughts and movements can change the region over night
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  • #193

    Tarek Sharaf (Monday, 25 March 2013 13:36)

    Any religion can be used as an excuse for hate and violence. People are easily inflammable when an issue concerns what they call their pattern of identity. Not many people on this planet are able to identify the false attempt of religious and political leaders to incorporate people's identity in order to engineer and control their attitudes and behavior. If you are a secular western reader don't think that it doesn't concern you. Many western comments here are from strongly engineered people.
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  • #192

    Tarek Sharaf (Monday, 25 March 2013 13:35)

    Morsi is right in saying that there is foreign interference. The latest attempts with the military uniforms were a clear sign of engaging the country in conflicts abroad and lead and the end in a hot war with Israel. It is also clear that the Egyptian president didn't come up wit ha clear concept to rule the country and satisfy people's yearning for a more promising life. The opposition is also to blame for just trying to lure the media attraction without bring anything constructive to the table. 2 years ago the Egyptians ousted a secular regime that was betraying, and oppressing it's people and strongly supported by the West. Egyptians do well not to trust anybody especially Arabian leaders and Iran. Saudi Arabia is on top of Egypt's enemies. A successful Egyptian leader has to place Egypt as an engine of change in region. That means to put forward a political and economic union in the Middle East. Key partner for such an endeavor is Israel, but with a new and more open minded political elite.
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  • #191

    Tarek Sharaf (Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:44)

    The sanctions are not leading to the wanted effect. Iran can bridge the shortages.So what are they talking about with Iran.
    Western politicians behave like students in their outward years. They are doing their homework only in order to avoiding back grades from history teachers, but not with the expectation and the believe that they can achieve something. To say it short, soon Iran will go nuclear. Continue that sentence like a politician...., but life will go especially for us.

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  • #190

    Tarek Sharaf (Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:43)

    In China all started with the Pig Pong diplomacy. So the US and the PRC first established sports relation. The result was that Chinese got more into cultural exchange with the West. Today basketball is the most popular sport in China and the Chinese admire US culture and even their impudent slang which they like to imitate.
    The applied strategy in the DPRK is nothing new. These time it is easier than it was in China. Basketball is already popular. The DPRK's leader is a basketball fanatic. North Koreans love basketball and are keen to receive the NBA games This is the plan for a smooth transition. For Kim it is the opportunity to improve relations with Washington without loosing face.
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  • #189

    Tarek Sharaf (Monday, 25 February 2013 18:34)

    The brotherhood has a network comparable to that of the Catholic church. They do not think in Egyptian terms They do not think in any people's terms. They seek overall political power in the region..
    The Egyptians voted from the shelf. They still believe that changes come by voting. They are divided about what is best for their country,
    The choice is very limited and the options for change as well. Therefore Egypt won't get on it's feed. Even in the long term I'm skeptical.
    The Brotherhood's worst enemy are not western idea. They had it in the past. It brought the disaster. The Egyptian elite has a western education. All they do is adopting and bowing the ideas they snatch. El Baradei is of the same kind. There is nothing about productive ideas.
    In Egypt those who want to be somebody are in front. The potential achievers are not even listed.
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  • #188

    Tarek Sharaf (Sunday, 24 February 2013 11:52)

    The Islamist in Mali are loosing credit which they never had. Children have been abused for that purpose so many times in history and in many parts of the world. But what else are western kids who are growing up in poverty in these big chanty towns? They are likewise immersed in violence. The difference is that the kids in chanty towns or slams have to fight with no real aim and no hope for an end. And when their country goes on war those street kids are those at the front paying for the the bills for the rich men ambitions .
    These violent Islamist groups are evil. But they are also led by politicians who belong to the same category of people like in most other places. The difference is that those religious fire raisers are politicians who are still seeking for a country like so many other famous and admired people before.
    Mali radicals recruited child soldiers at schools
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  • #187

    Tarek Sharaf (Sunday, 24 February 2013 11:05)

    Mali is already a divided country. At least Four parties are at odds with each other. Helping the french "friends" is a brain wash statement. France is is playing big and tying to revive old sentiments of dominance and primacy. French people need it and politicians are delivering. After all the miseries in the European crises where Germany has proved to be devoted to utilitarianism politicians in Berlin are ready to sacrifice some pones instead to make up lost trust in Europe's values. Today Mali is embattled and that won't change for a long time. The French friends are about to exist. France got the battlers people ardently desired. Paris is now keen to keep the turmoils just away from French interest zones and Germany is compensating European solidarity. The conclusion is people's life ranks below state interests. The aristocracy of European society is a conglomeration of social vampires. As a the saying,"The fish reeks first from the head".

  • #186

    Tarek Sharaf (Sunday, 24 February 2013 10:57)

    The impasse will remain because the elections will cement the current political crises for a long time. It will be like in the elections before. Buses of brotherhood and sisterhood supporters will arrive at the polling stations. Meanwhile those areas where the support for the opposition is strong long cues of "I would like to vote" will pile up and wait for 5 hours or even more. At the end they might not be able to vote at all.
    So boycotting the elections just means some people are not ready to play cat and mouse anymore. Or simply saying "no deja vue with the past please".
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  • #185

    Tarek Sharaf (Sunday, 24 February 2013 10:56)

    Political vows do not count much. Never take them literally. Vows are designed to snare people's mind. Mrs. Park will conduct her job with a carrot and stick. From outside she will be cotton and inside just iron. Hard luck for Mr. Kim.

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Even before she takes office Monday as South Korea's first female president, Park Geun-hye's campaign

  • #184

    Tarek Sharaf (Saturday, 23 February 2013 09:58)

    The brotherhood didn't get the concept of democracy. And if he would understand and except it he would understand that the brotherhood's dominating ideas do not match in a compacted social structure of a modern society. On the other hand even modern democracies like in Europe and the North America do lag bind the requirement of their society.
    Western democracies have become a dictatorship of interests groups. Money is setting the political agenda. The number of stranded people is rising. the number of mental disorders has nearly doubled within the last 10 years. The chain of of deficiencies is tremendously wrong.
    People are asking for freedom. Regretfully they do not differentiate between freedom and democracy. Monarchy, dictatorship and even democracy not meet the aim of freedom. All those ideas served to keep the system of states and nations ongoing. What can the international system promise next to survive our new century? For sure it is not solving global issues. We are about to face an environmental apocalypse and the intonational is unable to react. Democracies and non democracies neither not act in the interest of their own people nor in behalf of mankind.

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  • #183

    Tarek Sharaf (Friday, 22 February 2013 11:04)

    The Brotherhood is at odds with the state institutions in Egypt. Changing all and every thing in the country won't work fast enough to keep their people in power. Sooner or later the big end comes. They will be ousted from power or the Egyptian state will collapse. .
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  • #182

    Tarek Sharaf (Wednesday, 13 February 2013 12:14)

    The DPRK's saber rattling is a matter of concern to the neighboring countries. For Pyongyang the nuclear program is a method to strengthen N. Korea's bargaining position with major powers in the region incl. the US. Washington is likewise benefiting from Pyongyang's "madness". A militarily strong DPRK makes Japan and the ROK more depending on US military support. As a result the US is not only selling her weapons in the region but also getting concessions to deploying troops. For Washington the regime in Pyongyang delivers the best support to extend US influence in the region.
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  • #181

    Tarek Sharaf (Wednesday, 13 February 2013 12:13)

    Morsi's power base is very slim and mainly relying on members of the brotherhood. Minimal support from the police and military shows that the current Egyptian president might easily become a pone in this chess game for power in Egypt. In other words Morsi is already not the most powerful figure in Egypt. Currently he is being used for the opening moves an about of getting serifed in a few moves.

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