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Expert Ischinger: “Soon it will be about power in Kabul”



How escalated the situation in Afghanistan to this extent? And above all: how is the country going? One of Germany’s best foreign policy experts, Wolfgang Ischinger, provides the answers.

t-online: Mr. Ischinger, systematically conquer Taliban Return to the land from which they were expelled 20 years ago by Western intervention. Are you surprised by the speed of progress?

Wolfgang Ischinger: Yes, because I was expecting more flexibility. The Afghan armed forces are well trained and equipped. But the Taliban are motivated by a deep religious belief and they are willing to die for it. This willingness distinguishes them from government forces who care more about wages than debt.

A number of Taliban judges and journalists have been killed in the past few days, including a country-wide comedian. They are as oppressive and cruel as they were 20 years ago. Should Afghanistan expect the worst?

In security policy it is always right and even reasonable to assume the worst case scenario. I would be pleasantly surprised if the Taliban were suddenly willing to share power and pursue moderate policies.

The Taliban clearly wants to erase the effects of 20 years of foreign rule, including punishing people who worked for Americans, Canadians or Germans. Has the West paid little attention to drivers, translators, or security guards?

We Germans especially love to sit on a high horse and adhere to the morality of foreign policy. So it doesn’t look good to us if we don’t get all the local aid workers to safety. Otherwise they are in danger of death, there is no doubt about that.

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Now the neighbors are again influencing Afghanistan, at the head of which is the ISI, the ISI, which has always played its own game: on the one hand, it supported the West after the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001, and on the other hand. On the other hand, the Taliban found asylum in Quetta and Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. What does Pakistan expect from the Taliban now?

It is simply true that Pakistan, and especially its secret services, have always been on my shoulders. The government wanted and needed good relations with the United States, and at the same time it sought to influence Afghanistan as much as possible. As an Islamic country and a direct neighbor that could intervene there like nowhere else, Pakistan remains deeply interested in who and who is in power there. Of course, Pakistan wants to prevent India from playing a bigger role.

Wolfgang Ischinger He is president Munich Security Conference. He is one of the leading German experts on international politics. Eichengen was a former diplomat, and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he was ambassador to the United States.

Everything that Pakistan does is filling India with the deepest mistrust. This is why India supports the Afghan government under the president Ashraf GhaniStruggling to survive. Do you think it can hold up?

With the speed with which the Taliban are advancing—they have just captured Kandahar and Herat, the country’s second and third largest cities—and as much as the resistance of the Afghan armed forces has declined, it would have been almost a miracle if the force had not been in the near future. Acceptance will head. President Ghani can only hope that the Taliban will continue to share power, perhaps for the sake of international acceptance. Only then can the city of Kabul, with a population of millions, be spared from military conflict.

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Wolfgang Ischinger: President of the Munich Security Conference is an experienced diplomat. (Source: Images of Political Moments / Images by imago)

Iran is also an important factor. It is claimed that two and a half million Afghans actually live there, and hundreds of thousands could soon follow. Iran appears to be giving in to the Taliban’s military takeover. Is there an alternative at all?

In the past, Iran has repeatedly presented itself as a partner of the West, including the United States. Iran has no interest in continuing the war through the civil war in Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands of refugees can only return to Afghanistan if conditions are reasonably stable there.

You are a diplomat, diplomats seek compromises as there don’t seem to be any concessions. What do you suggest for Afghanistan?

In Syria, the United Nations Security Council has not been able to guarantee peace for ten years. It may be different in Afghanistan, because neither India nor Russia and certainly China are not interested in a radical Islamic regime, because the Communist Party should fear the influences on the Uyghur Muslims. So it is possible that this time the Security Council will realize its global political mission.

American diplomats negotiated with Taliban envoys in Doha. Was it a matter of bringing the troops home and did they pay so little attention to the time after they left?

The chief negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, is a good old friend of mine. He is originally from Afghanistan, married to an Austrian, and his children speak German. As a negotiator, I did not envy Khalilzad. How was he supposed to force the Taliban to compromise, since the fundamental decision to withdraw was made long ago? This process teaches us only one thing: we never negotiate from a position of weakness!

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What can Germany and Europe do now?

not much. With other international actors, we can condition our future financial aid. Do we affect the Taliban? We know it only then.

What importance do you attach to Afghanistan in world politics under these circumstances?

The case of Afghanistan geostrategically demonstrates the current weakness of the West. Western? This does not bode well for other conflict areas and will tend to strengthen illiberal currents. That is why Afghanistan is a critical test of the ability of the entire international community to resolve conflicts. In Syria, Yemen and Libya, crisis prevention and crisis management has not been proven, gently. It would be a pathetic sign if the UN fails again in Afghanistan.

Mr. Ischinger, thank you very much for talking to us.

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Doubtful business? Rainbow painting on the summit cross in Austria



The rainbow flag means acceptance and diversity. Last week, outsiders painted exactly this symbol on the crest cross on Kleiner Sonnstein in Austria. Not everyone likes that…

There is great enthusiasm in social networks, and the police in Upper Austria are already investigating.

“The summit cross has been defaced – the police are asking for evidence,” police said in a press release from the Upper Austria Police Force on Monday. Moreover: “So far unknown assailants have drawn a crest cross on Kleiner Sonnstein in Traunkirchen. The act is likely to have been committed on September 23, 2021.”

The truth is: It’s property damage – that’s why it’s being investigated! She added that “information relevant to the investigation of the perpetrators” will be treated confidentially.

Mountaineer posts a picture on Facebook

“Who came up with the idea that the summit cross was deformed in this way? I’m so upset now. Not only is the cross on the summit not deformed, it’s not very well made,” says annoying mountaineer Lisbeth Gruber on Facebook.

“It doesn’t matter what the rainbow symbolizes, whether it’s an association or something else, whether it’s meant well or not, it has nothing to do with it. This is property damage and it’s actually notifiable. For those who did, I’d sandpaper on the cross with sandpaper and repainted.”

Her photo quickly went viral on social media and got all kinds of outrageous comments. “It bothers me too, voi!” and “Very inappropriate! Unbelievable,” users write under it.

Another commented more positively: “The symbol representing charity has been smeared with a symbol representing openness and tolerance. There are things that are really worse and they don’t bother me either.”

Gruber stays with her: It concerns someone else’s property and “mass tourism” in the mountains leads to such actions. “A person who likes to go to the mountain regularly to find peace and relaxation would never think of such work.”

Mountain rescue eased: “We’re waiting for the next rain.”

The mountain rescue service in Traunkirchen erected a wooden cross at a height of 923 meters. Local branch manager Peter Bangerl told Oberösterreichische Nachrichten: “The colors are basically a good reason, only the symbol could have been set differently. But we see it quite calmly and wait for the next rain.”

Then it could look like this again soon:

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Corona Index: Pfizer is intensifying its study of anti-Corona pills



7:22 am: Australia: Prime Minister Morrison may not go to UN climate summit

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison may not want to attend the UN climate summit in person in Glasgow, Scotland. “We haven’t made a final decision yet,” Morrison told the West Australian newspaper. The twelve-day conference in November is set to be the most important meeting since the 2015 Paris climate summit. Top politicians from around the world, including US President Joe Biden, agreed. Australia has one of the highest rates of carbon dioxide emissions per capita and is one of the largest exporters of coal in the world. The government has so far refused to stick to neutrality by 2050. “I should focus on things here and on Covid-19,” Morrison said.

05.54 am: Corona lockdown will be lifted in Sydney for citizens vaccinated in mid-October

After a week-long lockdown in Sydney, the coronavirus restrictions on vaccinated city residents are set to be eased in mid-October. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Monday that the “Freedom Scheme” will come into effect once 70 per cent of people are fully vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine. She is “absolutely confident” that that goal will be reached on October 11. The order to leave the apartment will then be lifted only in urgent cases in Sydney and New South Wales. It will then allow bars, restaurants and shops to reopen to vaccinated guests. However, for people who are not immunized, the restrictions will remain in place until the beginning of December. Until then, authorities expect a 90 percent vaccination rate.

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05.07 a.m.: RKI reports 3,022 new infections

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 3,022 new positive tests. That’s 714 fewer than on Saturday a week ago, when 3,736 new infections were reported. The seven-day incidence rate increases slightly to 61.7 from 61.4 the day before. Ten more people have died from the virus. This increases the number of reported deaths to 93,403 within 24 hours. In total, more than 4.19 million coronavirus tests have been positive so far in Germany.

5:01 am: Study: Corona reduces life expectancy similar to World War II

In the wake of the Corona pandemic, according to a study, life expectancy in many countries has fallen more sharply than it has in Western Europe since World War II. In some countries, researchers from the University of Oxford’s Leverholm Center for Demographic Sciences report in the “International Journal of Epidemiology” that progress in the past few years has been devastated in short order. Therefore, the decrease in the number of men was greater than in women.

For the study, scientists examined data from 29 countries, mostly from Europe, including Germany, as well as Chile and the USA. In 2020, life expectancy fell in 27 of these countries, and by at least half a year in 22 countries. “In Western European countries such as Spain, England, Wales, Italy and Belgium, this decline in life expectancy at one year at the time of birth was observed during World War II,” co-author José Manuel Oporto said. Life expectancy for males in the United States has decreased – 2.2 years compared to 2019.

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1:54 am: SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach continues his presence in the Bundestag

SPD politician Karl Lauterbach received the direct mandate for the Leverkusen-Cologne IV district, and thus remains in the Bundestag. The health expert, who is all over Germany due to the Corona pandemic, received 45.6 percent of the first votes in the federal elections. The CDU candidate, North Rhine-Westphalian Integration State Minister Serap Guler, received 20.4 per cent. Lauterbach fell to the bottom of the list in the SPD, but remained in the Bundestag due to his direct mandate. Before the elections, he had already expressed his desire to become the next Federal Minister of Health. Lauterbach sees the direct mandate he won again in the federal election as a “vote for our policy on Corona”.

12:17 am: Bolsonaro tests negative for Corona after returning from New York

After several infections with Corona in the vicinity of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the result of the head of state himself tested negative for the Corona virus. The government announced that Bolsonaro will resume his official duties on Monday. The far-right head of state, who has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus, went into isolation after returning from the United Nations general debate in New York on Wednesday. Four members of his entourage on the multi-day trip to the United States have now tested positive for the coronavirus. In addition to Health Minister Marcelo Quiroga, the son of the President, Representative Eduardo Bolsonaro, was infected. About 50 members of the Brazilian delegation have been placed in quarantine as a precaution after returning from New York.

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Monday 27 September 2021



The raised camera belongs to the always present photographer.

(Photo: Imago Images/Zuma Wire)

Meghan and Harry – they wanted to be a completely normal couple, No royal smell more, No extra sausageNo special treatment, they wanted their peace and quiet. allegedly. They wanted to make moneyn, in the United States. This is where they migrated and left behind a lot of scorched earth. And now? Now they move through New York easily from a famous couple. Of course, they advertise good things, like vaccination justice, and Meghan is finally allowed to read from her failed book “The Me You Can’t See” to kids who can’t escape, and they absolutely drive. The Really Huge ‘Harry and Meghan Show’ Away. Including frequent changes of clothes on Megan’s part, what are your hateful tongues “He wants to cheat Diana” Seal. We don’t want to go that far. Because Megan will most likely be found between Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama. you might think. It’s just noticeable to the couple always One and the same photographer Followed at every turn. As if he wanted to document that both of them would do well with each breath.

So, should the adventurous couple have their own agenda? According to “Page Six”, “H&M” is currently transforming A documentary about her life for Netflix. While Harry and Meghan visited the Global Citizen Festival in New York, the September 11, 2001 attack memorial, and various other important sites in the city, a certain photographer—along with others, changing locations—was always on their heels. The documentary about their lives, as Bild suspects, is likely part of the €85 million deal Harry and Meghan signed with Netflix last year, so the couple will have to do a few things themselves and we summarize:

  • Netflix Projects
  • opera interview
  • books
  • Harry’s Lament in a TV Documentary

All in all – lots of grit! Like I said – they actually wanted to be totally private!

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