The Clintons celebrated – but likely disastrous for the world

Hillary Rodham Clinton was nominated last night by the Democratic Party as its candidate for the U.S. Presidency. She may well win on November 8. What a tragedy for Western democracy that the leader of what is still called the free, democratic world cannot produce better candidates than Trump and Clinton through a disgustingly commercialized and corrupt political process where […]

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Turkey’s coup – Another example of the West’s disintegration

Here is my take on the July 15 coup in Turkey – why it happened the way it did and what is the least unlikely hypothesis – followed by some examples of regional and international consequences this coup is bound to have. And it ends: NATO comes across as a very tired alliance that should have been closed down or re-invented itself 25 years ago when its raison d’etre – the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact – disappeared. (That was always false because the Warsaw Pact was created 6 years after NATO had been established). And, then, now this coup too – and rapid decent into instability, extreme authoritarianism, chaos and possible violence or civil war in Turkey. One may wonder what the Western press and politicians would have made of such purges had they happened in Russia or Iran? Now we hear mainly vague ’worries’ or full endorsements of a dictator. Self-censorship because of Turkey’s NATO status, or what? Why? One crack in the Empire after the other. Indeed, we are living in interesting – and dangerous – times.

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Tyrkiet viser, hvordan de vestlige landes verden er i opbrud

22. juli 2016, publiceret i Ræson NATO er en gennemtræt alliance. Og den konfliktfyldte fremtid for den store allierede Tyrkiet øger problemerne både for NATO og EU, når det gælder flygtningene og krigen mod IS. Kommentar af Jan Øberg Kuppet i Tyrkiet er noget af en gåde, en begivenhed fuld af paradokser. Det vil have enorm indflydelse på mange ting. Var det bare en gruppe amatører i det tyrkiske militær, der troede at de vidste hvordan man laver et kup? Var hjernen bag kupforsøget den 75-årige Gülen, i eksil i Pennsylvania, der som Erdogan hævder er terrorist med mange følgere i Tyrkiet? Var det måske USA? State Department og CIA, der var blevet trætte af Erdogans politik i forhold til ISIS og Rusland? Der er mange mere eller mindre sandsynlige og konspiratoriske hypoteser. Selv hælder jeg – uden mindste ekspertise eller adgang til efterretningsinformation – til den teori at det hele var iscenesat af Erdogan selv. Det er af flere grunde den mindst usandsynlige hypotese. Hvorfor? 1. I et halvtimelangt interview Erdogan gav Aljazeera er hans egen fremstilling distanceret, usammenhængende og lidet troværdigt for en mand, der efter sigende var objekt for både et kup og et mordkomplot. 2. Kupforsøget var for dilettantisk til at være udført af USA/CIA’. Også mærkeligt at sikkerhedsapparatet ikke har opsnappet kupmagernes planer. 3. Gülen tror jeg ikke på. Selvom han skulle være en ulv i fåreklæder – hans gerninger og skrifter er udpræget moderate og […]

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