National Security

U.S. boots already on the ground

Washington - Here's a national-security riddle: How can President Obama provide limited military support on the ground to help "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State without formally violating his pledge not to send U.S. combat troops? The answer may lie in the legal alchemy known as "Title 50." Title 50 of the U.S... weiter


Stepping warily onto the battlefield

Washington - For President Obama, this is gut-check time on Iraq. He is moving the nation back onto a pitiless battlefield, with a war plan that is long on good intentions and short on clarity about the ultimate mission. It's a wrenching moment: A president who for several years seemed allergic to American involvement in the Iraqi and Syrian wars... weiter

State Department's Foreign Service

Confirm the ambassadors

Washington - Talk about America's decline is usually wrong. But how else would you describe a country that, in a world of exploding tensions, is unable to confirm dozens of ambassadors to foreign posts because of partisan political squabbling? Even by Washington standards, the Senate Republicans have hit a new low for hypocrisy... weiter


Obama's back-to-work challenge

Washington - It's "back to school" week for President Obama, after what a CNN analyst called "the vacation from Hell." So perhaps it's a good time to examine what's been going wrong for Obama recently and whether he can fix it. The common complaint of late is that Obama is "disengaged." This has always been somewhat of an issue... weiter


Mulling a Ukraine policy

Aspen, Colo. - At the public kickoff of a discussion here about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite definition of diplomacy was "petting a dog and saying 'nice doggie' until you can find a rock." Sometimes U.S. global strategy can be as haphazard as that... weiter


Confronting a new enemy

Washington - When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his terrorist Islamic State, he ignored a warning from Osama bin Laden that jihadists should be cautious about establishing a caliphate too quickly. In torching a firestorm in Iraq and Syria, Baghdadi has united his enemies and given them a target to attack, just as bin Laden predicted... weiter

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Der Goethehof ist eine Ikone unter den Gemeindebauten der Stadt. Doch dem Prestigeprojekt des "roten Wiens" fällt mittlerweile der Putz ab - ietzt wird renoviert. Ein Lokalaugenschein. "Big Bambu: 5,000 Arms to Hold You" im Israel Museum in Jerusalem  von Doug und Mike Starn besteht aus 10.000 Bambusästen und bedecken eine Fläche von rund 700 m2.