IS has been officially defeated in Iraq, but peace is still a long way off

According to political analyst Abduljbbar Ahmad, IS was able to gain a foothold in Iraq due to mistrust among Iraqi leaders. “For a country to be stable, there must be a monopoly on violence. But there were only ten militias or military groups in this country in 2007. That would have to be zero in 2019, but in fact there might be a hundred.”

But transferring power to the Iraqi army or absorbing it is not an option for the Shiite forces. They also do not want to give up their power and say that only they can stop IS. But as a result, many ordinary Sunni residents also do not return. They are afraid of being accused of membership in IS.

According to Commander Elias, the terror group stirs up that fear in the population. “People want to return and live a normal life. But IS discourages that, with propaganda against Hashd al Shaabi and the security forces in Iraq.”

New face

He tells how his militia hunts for IS fighters. “Sometimes the terrorists retreat to inhospitable areas, but there are always families that shelter them. The security forces and Hashd al Shaabi have good sources of information, so they can raid those places and arrest the people they are looking for.”

Analyst Ahmad thinks there is a chance that IS will return to Iraq. “Perhaps with a new face, target, tactics and strategy.”

According to him, many liberated cities in Iraq are waiting for reconstruction. “People have lost their homes, the hospital, the schools, the university and their jobs. The real goal of economic recovery is to get families back and make sure they have a home again. New schools and a hospital need to be built so that the Iraqi families no longer have any memory of IS. “

Amazon: indigenous people “indignant” by autopsy results of a cacique

An indigenous rights organization on Monday expressed “outright indignation” after the police published preliminary results of an autopsy of a Waiapi chief in northern Amazon that excludes an assassination.

“We received with total indignation” the results of the autopsy after “the death of the cacique Emyra Waiapi”, which “ignores the indications of assassination (and)” suggests a drowning, “said the Coordination of Indigenous Peoples of the Brazil (APIB) in a statement released Monday.

“No traumatic injury that could have led to death (end of July) was found,” police said Friday, awaiting the results of toxicological examinations within 30 days. The autopsy “strongly suggests that drowning is the cause of Emyra Waiapi's death,” the police said.

The natives had said that the cacique had been killed during the violent intrusion of some fifty miners, “garimpeiros”, in their village of Mariry, in Amapa state (north), located 200 kilometers from the border with French Guiana.

The APIB invokes testimonies of natives supporting this thesis and deplores “attempts to discredit the word of the Waiapi people (…), from a federal government anti-indígène”.

Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has said he favors the expansion of agro-trading and mining activities in indigenous reserves and other protected areas.

Coordination requires “serious and responsible investigations, to avoid a war and that the blood does not flow more”. “No more a single drop of blood!” Claims the APIB.

Asked for a reaction by AFP, the federal police had not responded late afternoon.

The Waiapi live in a remote area of ​​the Amazon rich in gold, manganese, iron and copper, which has been coveted for years.

Washington extends Huawei's exemptions

The US government has extended the exemptions granted to the Chinese telecom giant Huawei allowing it to buy from US companies essential equipment to continue to provide its customers, said Monday the US Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross. The temporary authorization, which was due to expire on Monday, is extended by 90 days, he told Fox Business Network.

Wilbur Ross also announced the addition of 46 subsidiaries of Huawei on a blacklist, called “List of entities”, forcing them to request a waiver to buy parts and electronic components to US firms.

In May, the US administration reversed some of the restrictions imposed on the Chinese giant, a few days after the signing of a decree prohibiting US companies to use telecommunications equipment manufactured by companies posing a risk to safety a measure aimed particularly at Huawei.

(With Reuters)

Brexit: Which Horroszenarien the British government does not like so much

The UK is in the way of itself and it blocks itself in any other way in any attempt to make room. This is roughly the situation on the island that wants to migrate. On the subject of Brexit, Parliament only agrees that it wants to leave the EU – but does not know how. The opposition leader offers his help unbidden, but most Britons would rather have the no-deal Brexit than him, Jeremy Corbyn, at the head of the government.

And then there's Boris Johnson, whose staff paints the consequences of a secluded exit from the EU in the most terrible colors, but holds on to this possible chaos course unimpressed.

Chaos at the borders awaits

Anyway, something must and should happen soon – and so more than a hundred MPs are now calling on Prime Minister Johnson to call Parliament back for talks on the Brexit from the summer break. The head of government himself is expected in the coming days, before the G7 summit at the end of August, for talks in Berlin and Paris. The occasion is also a report of the Cabinet Office, which is the “Sunday Times” present. The document shows that in the case of a severe Brexit, the government expects, among other things, bottlenecks in food, petrol and medicines, as well as rising social costs and chaotic conditions at ports and border crossings.

Brexit: Labourchef Corbyn plans revolt against Johnson

“Our country is on the verge of an economic crisis, as we rush to a Brexit without agreement,” it said in a letter from the deputies to Prime Minister Johnson. “We are facing a national emergency and Parliament must now be recalled.” The deputies actually return only on 3 September from the summer break. Afterwards, there will be another break – traditionally to hold annual party days. The parliamentarians demand to reunite immediately, so that they can not take a break from their meetings until the planned departure date on 31 October.

Realistic assessment or outdated?

The British no-deal agent Michael Gove described the papers on the scenarios as obsolete. They would reflect the worst case; In the meantime, one can only go from smaller obstacles. An anonymous source of government, however, contradicts, according to the Sunday Times: It is a “realistic assessment” of what the public will experience in the event of a no-deal. These scenarios are very likely and “not the worst case”.

Although Premier Johnson, at least outwardly, does not shy away from a secluded exit from the EU, he is trying to persuade the EU to renegotiate. However, the EU rejects changes to the deal negotiated by its predecessor Theresa May. May had failed three times with the agreement in Parliament in London and gave up her office.

Recently, several politicians had proposed to take over the office of Johnson in order to still prevent a no-deal Brexit. Among them Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, who wanted to start with the help of rebels in the Tory party vote of no confidence against Johnson on the way. The lower house president, Ken Clarke, also offered himself as a transitional prime minister for an emergency government. The Proeuropean enjoys non-partisan respect.

Federal government reacts rather cool

Boris Johnson will try to explore possible solutions in the coming days. On Wednesday he meets Angela Merkel in Berlin, then French President Emmanuel Macron.

At the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, from 24 to 26 August, leaders will have an opportunity to talk about Britain's divorce from the EU – but no one believes that Johnson will abandon his stance. The Federal Government is cool: Speaker Steffen Seibert said on the occasion of the upcoming visit that she regrets the decision of the British to leave the EU. “But we also have to take note of the realities.”

Another 10 years as captain or mechanic: “Am I getting my pension?”

They are both still in their fifties, but are already worried about whether they will achieve their pension in a healthy way. Eric Bocken (59) works as a signal engineer for Strukton and Rudolf Roozendaal (57) as a captain on small sea-going vessels. Just like many other people with heavy professions, they are trapped, because stopping earlier is not an option for them.

Whether at night or during the day, in the wind or rain, the Limburg Bocken is often kneeling for hours on the track for maintenance of the coils. Or he climbs with heavy climbing reins around the mast to change signal lights along the track. “Stooping, kneeling, walking, ballast uneven, that makes it heavy. I am starting to get problems with my hips, my thighs. And the knees start too.”

When he comes home, he feels “there are stings everywhere”. He would prefer to quit work faster. “That I can do a little more in my old age, right? I don't want to be home with all kinds of complaints.”

This is how Mrs. Harthoorn (82) can keep her dog Bowie

Mrs. Harthoorn (82) dropped a spoon on the floor a year ago and injured her back. “And then you are sitting, you cannot go anywhere”. Animal Buddy Sharron (21) faithfully comes twice a week to walk Mrs. Harthoorn's dog, Bowie. “I grab the belt and he starts barking right away,” she laughs. “And it really is a cookie monster. He knows exactly which neighbors he gets a cookie from.”

For many elderly or chronically ill, such a pet is of great importance for the quality of life. Marko Roenhorst, coordinator of the project in Purmerend, explains that it is better to prevent someone having to give up their pet. “That is misery for both the owner and the pet. For many people, a pet is the last and best thing they have left.”

Fire on the island of Gran Canaria: 4,000 evacuees

More than 4,000 people were evacuated from a tourist area on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria due to an uncontrolled forest fire that has already ravaged since Saturday nearly 1,500 hectares, said Sunday the authorities.

The fire is “extremely virulent” and is currently “neither circumscribed, nor stabilized nor under control,” warned Sunday evening the president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, in a statement.

He mentioned the possibility of additional evacuations, especially at the Tejeda Cross, a mountainous site popular for its spectacular views in the center of Gran Canaria.

More than 600 firefighters and eleven aircraft are engaged in the fight against this fire which forced to bar a dozen roads of this island of the archipelago of the Canary Islands.

The weather conditions are difficult, with strong winds and high temperatures.

“The next few hours will be very important because the weather forecasts for the night are not good,” added Torres.

The fire comes days after the firefighters managed to contain a fire in the same area of ​​the Canary Islands, which led to the evacuation of several hundred people.

Autopsy confirms death by suicide of Jeffrey Epstein

The autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein's body confirmed that the death of the former fund manager was caused by a suicide by hanging, said Friday the head of the forensic department of the city of New York, Barbara Sampson.

This announcement contradicts a multitude of conspiracy theories that have circulated on social networks since the death last weekend of the billionaire while he was in pre-trial detention for underage sex trafficking.

Epstein's lawyers said they were “not satisfied” with the forensic findings and intend to conduct their own investigation. They said they were looking for CCTV footage from the prison.

Jeffrey Epstein, who was 66, was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Manhattan on Saturday, where he was detained after his arrest on July 6.

The former fund manager, who included Republican President Donald Trump and former Democratic President Bill Clinton among his friends, was accused of recruiting dozens of minors between 2002 and 2005.

Barbara Sampson stated that she made her findings after a “meticulous review of all investigative items including autopsy results”. “Cause of death: Hanging method: Suicide,” she said in a statement, without further details.

Details of the results of the autopsy have “leaked” in the press in recent days.

Two sources in law enforcement told Reuters on Thursday that the businessman had broken necks in several places, confirming reports first reported by the Washington Post.

(With Reuters)

Agreement reached: Soldiers in uniform travel free of charge by train from January

Soldiers in uniform can use the trains of Deutsche Bahn free of charge from 1 January. The offer is valid for private and official journeys in the long-distance and regional traffic.

Active members of the German Armed Forces should be able to choose their journeys on their own booking portal and be able to use a digital permission to get a ticket for the second class, said in a joint statement on Saturday after talks between the Deutsche Bahn and the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Transport and the CSU Bundestag. The railway receives a lump sum.

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU), CSU Country Group Chief Alexander Dobrindt and Rail Manager Richard Lutz publicly welcomed their agreement on Saturday.

“Every day, our soldiers support our country with life and limb. Whether at home, assisting with fires, snow chaos or flooding, or in high-risk operations, “said the Secretary of Defense. “They deserve our respect and gratitude.” Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) called the free rides in the communication a “matter of the heart” that recognized the performance of the soldiers.

Dobrindt described the free tickets as a contribution to the visibility of soldiers in society. “By the way, this also goes along with a stronger sense of security of the citizens,” said Dobrindt on Saturday after talks in the Ministry of Defense. “Soldiers in uniform in our trains create more security,” he said.

The “Bild am Sonntag” had reported that the Bundeswehr will pay a flat rate of around four million euros annually to the railway. The notification of the agreement stated that an agreed lump sum would be reviewed on a regular basis. The offer is initially not valid for private railway companies. With these talks are to be conducted.

“The goal is to achieve a nationwide expansion to the entire regional traffic,” said a spokeswoman for the Deutsche Bahn on Saturday on request. “For this purpose, the Ministry of Defense and the Federal Ministry of Transport go together with the Deutsche Bahn immediately on the transport authorities, the transport associations, the Landestarifgesellschaften and the Tariff Association non-federal railways.”

From the private railways came criticism: “Four million euros for unlimited free travel for all soldiers for a full year in the entire network of DB companies – this is not a reasonable equivalent. That's 22 euros per soldier per year », calculates Christian Schreyer, President of mofair, the association of railways for rail passenger transport. There must be a solution for all railway companies and a “fair compensation” for the journeys.

Supervisor wants more supervision: 'We have started to build more and more riskily'

After an exploratory investigation, the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) concluded that the roof of the AZ stadium had collapsed due to faulty welding connections. Today, NH Nieuws reported that the same subcontractors were involved in the construction of the roof as in the construction of a parking garage in Wormerveer, which partially collapsed last year. In that garage, mistakes were made in the calculation of the weld connections and the weld connections were made thin.

“If the problems lie with the welds, it is a fault of the manufacturer, the company that calculates and makes the steel structures,” says Ankersmit. “I'm afraid they went for a stripped-down, cheap construction at the AZ stadium. One that was allowed, but perhaps not the best option.”

There is an underlying problem in the current way of tendering, believes Ankersmit. “Clients go for the cheapest party. That party will never include extra quality in the design, because then it will become more expensive than the competitor.”

'Supervision must be better'

Ankersmit believes that building owners and large construction companies should now check whether their structures come from the same factory as the AZ roof.

And, broader, Ankersmit wonders whether building supervision is sufficient. “We check the construction on a random basis. I think that half of the construction errors are not seen. Welding that was not correctly set in the factory, as happened at AZ, had never noticed the supervision during the construction of the stadium. Especially with new ones the welds are also painted with constructions and you cannot see the whole weld. “