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Pickert, Bernd

Bernd Pickert ist Auslandsredakteur der taz.

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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 23/08/2013

Humanitarian aid possible despite "red line"

The US has reacted cautiously to the presumed chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime. With his "red line" Obama has restricted his country's room to manoeuvre, the left-leaning daily taz comments: "Ousting the Assad government by military means would perhaps be possible, but at a high price. … Any outside power that wants to do that has to be ready to play the policeman for a very long time. The US isn't. So it's all the more annoying that with his palaver about a 'red line' Obama has backed himself into a corner from which he can only emerge at the price of being seen as a toothless tiger. It's also annoying because with these words he unilaterally focussed debate over international cooperation in Syria on military intervention. No one wants that, so nothing at all is being done. The Syrian population is paying the price. But something can be done: immediate, widespread measures to protect the civilian population, open the borders - including those to Europe - and protect and care for the refugees."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 07/11/2012

US president can now get down to business

In his second term of office Obama will have more freedom to take the offensive, the left-leaning daily taz writes, hoping he will finally "tackle the immigration reform as he promised back in 2008, to offer the more than 12 million immigrants without papers in the country a legal future. This issue is also a good one for breaking the Republican ranks: faced with a constantly growing Hispanic electorate in the key states they can no longer afford to maintain their tough stance. But above all a president who no longer needs to worry about being re-elected is free to be true to his principles, to seek conflict with Congress and win - rather than giving it up as a lost battle right from the start. ... The Republicans will say that as the president of a divided nation Obama has no mandate for a left-liberal course - and they would be right. But nor did George W. Bush have a mandate for a right-wing course, yet he demonstrated how a presidency can shift a country to the right. It's high time for a change in course."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 06/09/2012

Obama must push through social offensive

If he is re-elected Obama will face the same hurdles as he did during his first term in office, the left-leaning daily taz comments: "The tenor of all the speeches on the first day was that the state must guarantee that everyone has a fair chance of fulfilling his or her dream. That is a commitment to the social market economy the likes of which the US has never seen. A major contrast to the ambitions of the Republicans not only to abolish the healthcare reform, the right of women to make their own decisions on abortion, and homosexual marriage, but also to rescind any and every social responsibility on the part of the state. … But even a re-election would not guarantee that Obama can make good on any of his promises. The Republicans stand good chances of maintaining their majority in the House of Representatives. And even if they don't secure a Senate majority as well, their minority there will still maintain a considerable blocking function. So a second term in office would mean Obama must considerably step up his offensive."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 15/05/2009

Preaching transparency, condoning cover-ups

With his decision to prevent the publication of further torture photographs from Abu Ghraib prison US President Barack Obama has gone back on his campaign promises, writes the left-leaning daily Die Tageszeitung: "His credibility as the renewer of American policy is showing its first major cracks. Who is going to believe that 2,000 further images, among them snapshots of US soldiers and medical photos of corpses reveal 'not the slightest new insight' for the documentation of torture and abuse, as Obama argues? Bush's successor is clinging to the version that has long been debunked as a fairy tale, namely that the excesses in Abu Ghraib in 2003 were committed by a small group of soldiers without the knowledge of their superiors. By deciding to withhold these images from publication, Obama is resisting the mounting pressure to have the Bush government criminally prosecuted for its human rights abuses. The activists from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are strongly pushing for such a move, and of course firing angry salvoes at the tranformed Obama, who promised transparency and is now condoning cover-ups."

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