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    Germany General

    Biggest mass evacuation since WW2 in Germany..................................... Augsburg WW2 bomb forces mass evacuation on Christmas Day (BBC; Dec 22) The authorities in Augsburg, southern Germany, plan to evacuate 54,000 people from the city centre on Christmas Day because of a World War Two bomb. The 3.8-tonne British bomb was found during construction work. Defusing it is expected to take most of the day. It will be Germany's biggest post-war evacuation for an unexploded bomb, Spiegel news reports. In 2011, 45,000 residents of Koblenz were evacuated. The British Bomb is actually a 8000lb Blockbuster: The operation will affect 32,000 households living within a 1.5km (0.9 mile) radius of the bomb site. Schools, sports halls and an exhibition centre will accommodate the evacuees. Augsburg is about 80km (50 miles) north-west of Munich. It was heavily bombed during the war. From 1942 to 1945, the Royal Air Force and US bombers carried out massive raids on German cities, often round-the-clock, @designed to sap the strength of the Nazi war machine. @"massive raids on Germany cities, designed to sap the strength of the Nazi war machine" - wow...BBC no need to write nonsens. Actually this 3.8 tonne bomb is a blockbuster bomb often used as a part of the technique of the area bombing against civilians. The huge shock wave did take of the roofs and prepares for the next bomber wave with incendiary bombs and its later firestorm. Evacuation Plan - Augsburg Midtown (Augsburg is a large city in Bavaria with ~ 280.000 inhabitants) LIVE Ticker and informations for english speakers: http://live.augsburger-allgemeine.de/Event/Liveticker_zur_Fliegerbombe_in_Augsburg/565958347
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    Germany General

    The new suspect which they are looking for is comming from Tataouine (Tunisia), a town which inspired Star Wars. This town is actually a stronghold for Jihadists and aswell the Islamic State, which did arise after the Arab Spring revolution. It is said that Tunisia is the only Arab Spring country which turned out well....
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    Germany General

    @ProfTournesol; .. thank you ISIS claims responsibility for Berlin attack, says driver was ‘soldier of the Islamic State’ (Washington Post, Dec. 20) BREAKING: The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack in Berlin Monday. Germany was on high alert as authorities were still searching for the attackers after releasing an initial suspect, a Pakistani asylum-seeker, on insufficient evidence. The attack killed 12 and injured 52. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/truck-rams-into-berlin-christmas-market-in-deliberate-attack-killing-12/2016/12/20/2c73c5ec-c63b-11e6-acda-59924caa2450_story.html
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    Germany General

    Oh yes, Nice was a really horrible incident with much more casualties On TV it is said the Lorry did drive around 50-80 meter into the Christmas Market, crashing into some market stands and driving over people. The co-driver of the Truck died during the crash. So far there is no confirmation about a possible terror attack....
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    Germany General

    Yeah, if this is really a terror attack it would be the first one with fatalities in Germany.
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    Germany General

    This reminds on the France/Nice Lorry attack...... Suspected Terror Attack At least nine dead, 50 injured as lorry ploughs into crowd at Christmas market in Berlin Driver reportedly still at large after fleeing scene Police indicate the incident is likely to be terror related Attack occurred at Breitscheidplatz, outside the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/19/lorry-ploughs-crowd-christmas-market-berlin/
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    U.S.A. Foreign Policy & Defense

    Saddam Hussein’s CIA Interrogator: He Should Have Been Left In Power (TIME; Dec. 16) ... When I interrogated Saddam, he told me: “You are going to fail. You are going to find that it is not so easy to govern Iraq.” When I told him I was curious why he felt that way, he replied: “You are going to fail in Iraq because you do not know the language, the history, and you do not understand the Arab mind.” ... Although I found Saddam to be thoroughly unlikeable, I came away with a grudging respect for how he was able to maintain the Iraqi nation as a whole for as long as he did. He told me once, “Before me, there was only bickering and arguing. I ended all that and made people agree!” Saddam used every tool in his repertoire to maintain Iraq’s multi-ethnic state. Such tools included murder, blackmail, imprisonment, threats, and these were to be used to cow his enemies. For his friends, Saddam would dole out patronage to tribal leaders and supporters in the form of cash, elaborate gifts, land, and other largesse that was the lifeblood of an oil rich state. Today’s Iraq has been riven by deepening sectarianism that always seems to be only a step away from igniting again, as it did after Saddam’s overthrow. .... In December 1992, President-elect Bill Clinton was asked by a New York Times reporter what he intended to do about Saddam and Iraq. Clinton responded casually, “If he wants a different relationship with the United States and with the United Nations, all he has to do is change his behavior.” .......Clinton never returned to this instinct and, instead, attacked Iraq militarily in 1993 and 1998. Moreover, although he did not know it at the time, Clinton also sealed Saddam’s death warrant when he signed the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, which made regime change in Iraq the policy of the U.S. government. What might have happened if Clinton would have stuck to his initial instinct and tried to forge a new relationship with Iraq? What might we have avoided in terms of lives, treasure, and prestige wasted in our fruitless effort to re-order the region? more.... http://time.com/4603831/donald-trump-saddam-hussein/
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    Syria - What should we do if anything?

    After the media were talking about the "Fall" of Aleppo and while the UN condemns Syria and Russia.... Aleppo battle: Rebels burn Syria evacuation buses (Dec. 18, 2016) Several buses sent to transport the sick and injured from two government-held villages in Syria's Idlib province have been burned by rebels. It has thrown the latest efforts to evacuate besieged areas into doubt. The initial plan to evacuate the last rebel-held enclaves in the city collapsed on Friday, leaving civilians stranded at various points along the route out without access to food or shelter. more.... http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38358177 Some days ago the german SPIEGEL did write the following: (google transl.) Aleppo - Saved and expelled (Dec. 15, 2016) Tens of thousands of people to leave East Aleppo finally. What praise Russia and the regime as a humanitarian gesture, is a targeted expulsion. ....... The rulers and their allies in Russia and Iran have asked the trapped people in eastern Aleppo before a choice: either you take the green buses, or you are killed. It was also on the leaflets, which has dropped in recent weeks over the city Syrian Air Force. ....... Therefore, the evacuation of people from eastern Aleppo only secondarily is a humanitarian gesture. It is primarily an expulsion and part of a strategy of the regime. Whenever dictator Assad leaves ancestors green buses, it comes to remove dissidents from strategic locations and to bring to other parts in the periphery. Similar tactics as in the war in Yugoslavia Virtually all sufferers of this expulsion are Sunnis, because they provide the vast majority of insurgents. Thus the tactics of the regime is similar to the so-called ethnic cleansing during the war in former Yugoslavia. Then as now, this happens with the approval and support from Russia. The Kremlin was in the nineties behind the Serbs in the Bosnian war, and the Kremlin is now behind the Assad regime. Moscow portrays herself as an initiator of the evacuation from Aleppo . Russia has been negotiating on the governments of Syria and Iran by the US and Turkey over the evacuation plan. And the Russian military observed the departure of buses from Aleppo with drones. Full Text: http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/aleppo-baschar-al-assads-strategie-der-vertreibung-a-1126058.html Ten days ago the UN did call for an evacuation plan for Aleppo..... U.N. calls for Aleppo evacuation plan;... (Reuters; Dec 8, 2016) The United States and Russia must broker an evacuation from east Aleppo, U.N. Syria humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said on Thursday, as a local politician warned that 150,000 people there faced "extermination". http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-aleppo-un-idUSKBN13X1DM
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    USA election 2016

    A "PUTIN AGENT" in the White House :lol: I totally understand why so many people did vote Donald Trump, too many questionable things did happen since 911 around the globe and the "American Dream" is long ago. Rather social issues for a bigger part of the Americans are showing up over the years. Today some statistics were displayed on TV and almost 50% of the overall US population feels they are worse off than 50 years ago, around 81% of the Trump voters. The society is split, and not only political...... Today in the morning the German TV was unbearable, despite people were used to the rather one sided media coverage over months. Critics and fears are understandable and important about the new unknown, but the content from the journalists and politicians was only about painting pure doom for the future. After all it did almost sound the US did elect the new Hitler. Imagine, the US Embassador had to explain the frame and pillars of the political system in the US and that a sudden and extreme shift wont happen.
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    USA election 2016

    :lol: :lol: German Satire TV Show - Die Anstalt (Nov. 2016 - Episode 23) Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (just a small part of the TV Show with english subtitles) Complete Show ~55 min. in german without subs; totally worth to watch it (hopefully some parts get english subs soon) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GrMo2PfA78
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    Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) Discussion

    Leaked Hillary Clinton emails show U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar supported ISIS Emails released by WikiLeaks add to the growing body of evidence that Gulf regimes have backed the Islamic State “We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region,†the document states. Another newly released email, from January 2016, includes an excerpt from a private October 2013 speech in which Clinton acknowledged that “the Saudis have exported more extreme ideology than any other place on earth over the course of the last 30 years.†U.S. officials and many analysts and news reports have long denied that the Saudi and Qatari monarchies have supported ISIS, instead claiming the support was coming from rich donors in those countries. U.S. officials told CBS in September 2014 that wealthy “angel investors†in Qatar and other Gulf states were sending money to ISIS. The leaked August 2014 email, however, shows that Western intelligence sources knew the regimes themselves were providing support to the Islamic State. ... more http://www.salon.com/2016/10/11/leaked-hillary-clinton-emails-show-u-s-allies-saudi-arabia-and-qatar-supported-isis/
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    Ukraine General

    A dirty war is beeing waged against a free press in Ukraine (Newsweek, Sept. 12) A string of violent incidents against journalists and press outlets has rocked Kiev. ..... Ukraine has spent much of the past quarter century under oligarchic thug rule, in which free and objective journalism was often seen as a nuisance to be controlled and manipulated—and sometimes a threat worth eliminating—by those in power. And this summer, more than two years after Ukrainians took to the streets to overthrow the regime of former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, a string of violent incidents against journalists and media outlets has rocked Ukraine’s capital. Journalists are caught in the crossfire of those wishing to control the country (both in Kiev and in Moscow), as well as targets of simmering anti-Russian sentiments due to the ongoing war in the east. Journalists of all leanings have been targeted this summer, including government corruption watchdogs and those accused of maintaining a pro-Russian bias. .... more.. http://europe.newsweek.com/dirty-war-being-waged-against-free-press-ukraine-496648?rm=eu
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    World Politics General

    This thread is about politics & events in all kind of countries around the world. In the case of major events your are of course free to open an individual toppic about it. Democracy on the Retreat in Over 96 of the 193 U.N. Member States, Says New Study (IPS - Inter Press Service) The two regions of “highest concern†for defenders of civic space are Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa, which between them account for over half of the countries counted. “The link between unethical business practices and closing civic space is becoming clearer as global inequality and capture of power and resources by a handful of political and economic elite rises. “ Advocacy for equitable sharing of natural resources and workers’ rights is becoming increasingly fraught with danger, says the report. The examples cited range from the killings of environmental activists in Brazil to the intimidation of organisations challenging the economic discourse in India, to arbitrary detention of activists opposing oil exploration in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He said “closed countries†are where virtually no civic activity can take place due to an extremely repressive environment. These include Eritrea, North Korea, Syria, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. There is a second list of countries that are active violators of civil society rights – meaning they imprison, intimidate and attack civil society members and put in place all kinds of regulations to limit the activities of civil society organisations (CSOs), particularly those working to uncover corruption and human rights violations, Tiwana said. These include Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. A number of democracies are also engaging in illicit surveillance of civil society activists, further weakening respect for human rights. Stigmatisation and demonisation of civil society activists by powerful political figures and right-wing elements remains an area of concern. “When citizens’ most basic democratic rights are being violated in more than half the world’s countries, alarm bells must start ringing for the international community and leaders everywhere,†said Sriskandarajah. The report also points out some of the tactics deployed to close civic space include passing restrictive laws and targeting individual civil society organisations (CSOs) by raiding their offices, freezing their bank accounts or deregistering them. Tiwana told IPS governments in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have stepped up their efforts to prevent public demonstrations and the activities of human rights groups. “There appears to be no let-up in official censorship and repression of active citizens in authoritarian states like China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Vietnam.†In sub-Saharan Africa, he said, the repression of civic freedoms appears to have intensified in countries such as Angola, Burundi, Ethiopia, Gambia, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. And activists and civil society groups in many countries in Central Asia and Eastern Europe — where democracy remains fragile or non-existent such as Azerbaijan, Belarus, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan — are also feeling the heat following governments’ reactions to scuttle demands for political reform. In South-East Asia, Tiwana pointed out, countries such as Cambodia and Malaysia have a history of repressive governance and in Thailand, where the military seized power through a recent coup, new ‘security’ measures continue to be implemented to restrict civic freedoms. http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/06/democracy-on-the-retreat-in-over-96-of-the-193-u-n-member-states-says-new-study/
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    World Politics General

    Duterte says he wants U.S. special forces out of southern Philippines (Reuters, Sept. 12) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called for the withdrawal of U.S. military from a restive southern island, fearing an American troop presence could complicate offensives against Islamist militants notorious for beheading Westerners. more... http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-usa-duterte-idUSKCN11I10J
  15. From a "moderate rebel" to a "nightmare" 15 years ago On the 15th year anniversary of September 11, a great number of questions about what - and why - happened that morning in 2001, remain unanswered and probably will forever, We don't intend to provide any new or great knowledge on a topic that will dominate today's airwaves, however, we do want to point out another, less popular, aspect of journalistic history: an article from 1993, in which the Independent's Robert Fisk profiles an "Anti-Soviet warrior" who "puts his army on the road to peace." The "peace warrior" was of course Osama bin Laden, who 8 years later would be held responsible by the US government for the worst terrorist attack on US soil in history. This makes Osama the first "vetted" moderate rebel to turn against the (CIA's) hand that fed him for years, leading to countless other US-funded and equipped "freedom and peace" fighters across the years who would ultimately attack the very US that made their militant aspirations possible. One almost wonders why the US continues to wage war against itself. Is it sheer incompetence (and with such Secretaries of State as Kerry And Clinton, this is a distinct possibility), or just a trigger-happy Military Industrial Complex which, if unable to wage war against a foreign target, is just as happy to turn against America's own people. Just as importantly, we hope this particular 1993 "report" will remind readers to always take anything, and everything, written by the global media, with a grain of salt. The full article can be found here "Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace: The Saudi businessman who recruited mujahedin now uses them for large-scale building projects in Sudan." (source: zerohedge.com)
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    France General

    Oh well...... France's premier warns of new attacks, 15,000 people on police radar (Reuters, Sept. 11) French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday there would be new attacks in France but proposals by former president Nicolas Sarkozy to boost security was not the right way to deal with threats. The French capital was put on high alert last week when French officials said they dismantled a "terrorist cell" that planned to attack a Paris railway station under the direction of Islamic State. "This week at least two attacks were foiled," Manuel Valls said in an interview with Europe 1 radio and Itele television on Sunday. Valls said there were 15,000 people on the radar of police and intelligent services who were in the process of being radicalized. "There will be new attacks, there will be innocent victims... this is also my role to tell this truth to the French people," Valls said. more.... http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-security-idUSKCN11H0E1
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    Germany General

    Guys, the thread is about Germany dont forget this please. This is way off-topic..........why dont you open a thread about Islam.
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    Germany General

    Are you sure you are not 22 instead of 12 ? :P I never noticed a 12 year old discussing politics like you do.
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    European Politics Thread.

    Die Anstalt - German Satirical TV Show Grand Hotel Europe European Union and its democratic deficit (Sept, 06 2016) ( Votes from regular citizen and decisions in the EU, decisions of EU laws by the informal Trialogue, influence by the ERT - European Roundtable of Industrialists) Only in german language so far, maybe there will be subtitles soon. European Union and its democratic deficits (a part of the whole TV Show):
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    Germany General

    The refugee crisis last year was actually the main reason why the AfD was becoming more popular in elections. And as far I did read the refugees were still the major political point for the elections today. Well, no idea if its overestimated but major news report it: i.e. The Guardian Half a million refugees gather in Libya to attempt perilous crossing to Europe https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/06/cameron-merkel-at-odds-resettle-refugees-europe-migration
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    This movie trailer has been made by an AI

    Iam not sure if this is just an AI marketing hype, especially when the movie itself is about AI intelligence.
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    Germany General

    Yes behaving responsible for taking refugees but irresponsible how it was done. Besides the political aim and agenda around the refugees politics without considering possible political reactions by parts of the own population. In the meanwhile slowly the refugee crisis 2.0 is arriving, only some days ago the italian coast guard did rescue 6500 refugees along the coast line of Libya in just one day, months ago it was reported hundred thousands are waiting in Libya for crossing the sea to Europe..
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    Germany General

    The results of the election is really not suprising ....its the result of irresponsible refugee politics. And dont forget, the CSU (sister party of the CDU) is the only critically major party towards the refugee politics and can only be elected in Bavaria. Merkel's party beaten by rightwing populists in state election (The Guardian) Alternative für Deutschland on 21.8% with chancellor’s CDU on 19% in German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Angela Merkel has suffered a sobering defeat in regional elections in her constituency of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) coming third behind the Social Democrats (SPD) and the rightwing populists Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). But an increasingly divisive debate over the consequences of the German government’s strategy during the refugee crisis has spurred support for AfD ... Peter Tauber, the CDU’s general secretary, described the outcome as “a bitter result, a new experienceâ€. “We are all responsible for this,†Tauber said. “It was noticeable that the refugee subject was very present. Of course many people are looking at Angela Merkel.†more... https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/04/mecklenburg-vorpommern-german-anti-immigrant-party-strong-regional-election-exit-polls-merkel
  24. Shiite Rebels Shell Yemen President's Home, Take Over Palace Yemen's powerful Shiite Houthi rebels shelled the residence of the country's embattled president Tuesday and simultaneously swept into the presidential palace in the capital, Sanaa, as a top military commander warned that a full-fledged "coup" was underway. The dramatic development put the U.S.-backed Hadi into a precarious position and represented the starkest challenge to his authority since the Houthis swept into Sanaa from their northern stronghold and seized the capital in September. At the same time, Houthi rebels also raided the president's offices, sweeping into the presidential palace and looting the grounds' arms depots, according to Col. Saleh al-Jamalani, the commander of the Presidential Protection Force that guards the palace. "This is a coup. There is no other word to describe what is happening but a coup," al-Jamalani told The Associated Press, adding that the rebels were likely aided by insiders. Reforming the commission has long been overdue and was part of a U.N.-brokered peace deal following the Houthis' capture of Sanaa. The Houthis accuse Hadi of violating that deal by calling in the current members of the commission to a meeting days ago, prompting the rebels to retaliate and abduct his top aide, Ahmed bin Mubarak, and setting the wheels in motion for the latest violence. The weakening of Hadi, a top U.S. ally, also undermines efforts by America and its allies to battle al-Qaida's Yemeni affiliate, which claimed responsibility for the attack on a Paris satirical magazine earlier this month. Washington has long viewed Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP as the Yemeni branch is known, as the global terror network's most dangerous affiliate. The Houthis' blitz in Sanaa and expansionist aspirations in central Yemen, where Sunni tribesmen dominate, also threatens to transform the current conflict into a sharply sectarian one, pitting Sunnis against Shiites. Al-Qaida in Yemen, which has waged deadly attacks targeting both the Houthis and Hadi's forces, stands to benefit. The Houthis are also seen by their critics as a proxy of Shiite Iran and are believed to be allied with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who ruled Yemen for more than three decades before he was ousted in 2012 after Arab Spring protests. The rebels deny any Iran links. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/yemeni-official-president-shiite-rebels-holding-talks-28341623 Some Background Infos (wikipedia): In January 2009, the Saudi and Yemeni al-Qaeda branches merged to form Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is based in Yemen, and many of its members were Saudi nationals who had been released from Guantanamo Bay.[217] Saleh released 176 al-Qaeda suspects on condition of good behaviour, but terrorist activities continued. The Shia rebels accused Saudi Arabia of providing support to salafi groups to suppress Zaidism in Yemen.[218] Saleh's government used Al-Qaeda in its wars against the insurgent Houthis clan. The U.S. launched a series of drone attacks in Yemen to curb a perceived growing terror threat due to political chaos in Yemen.[223] Since December 2009, U.S. strikes in Yemen have been carried out by the U.S. military with intelligence support from CIA. The 2011 Yemeni revolution followed other Arab Spring mass protests in early 2011. The uprising was initially against unemployment, economic conditions, and corruption, as well as against the government's proposals to modify the constitution of Yemen so that Saleh's son could inherit the presidency. After the elections in February 2012 President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down after 34 years in government, with Mansur Hadi there was hope for more democracy and a balancing effect on the counterparty. He proved, however, unsuitable for this purpose [31] and soon lost control of his power. Some generals fighting since 2013 with their troops on their own. [32] Shiite Houthi, comming from the north, now collide with Al-Qaeda fighters from the coastal regions. The central government tried in vain to control the situation. In the meantime, Sunni tribesmen allied with Al-Qaeda against Shiite Houthi....
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    DocuFilm: World War 1 in the Orient

    Part III Colonial Power Play in the Near East (The New Middle East) The third part of the film is about the participation of the Middle East, based on the Sykes-Picot agreement from 1916. Borders were just drawn with the lineal, regardless of ethnics and national movements across the arab world. Conflicts would be ineviteable. Western powers were widen out their interests and did profit from new trade routes. Despite the Egyptian Revolution and the Iraq Uprising, Arab subservience to Ottoman rule was replaced by a series of mandates across the region in which Britain and France seized control of the areas they prized most – to satisfy their own ambitions, interests and ultimately to gain access to region's valuable oil resources. The war gave birth to the Turkish nationalist movement which led to the founding of the modern Turkish state; and to Zionism, aided greatly by the Balfour Declaration of 1917. The Treaty of Versaillles, however, was referred to by one German-Ottoman military leader not as a peace but as 'a twenty year armistice' – and so it proved...