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Video: Berlin Warns Against ‘Any Military Escalation’ Between U.S. and Iran

“We don’t want to see any military escalation” between the US and Iran, the German government’s press officer Steffen Seibert said during a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday.

Seibert added “we try within our possibilities to politically and diplomatically ensure, that it won’t come to this,” in the wake of tensions between the US and Iran in recent weeks.

Tehran announced that it would partially withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on May 8, one year after the US withdrew and imposed sanctions on Iran.

US President Donald Trump tweeted on May 19 that Iran would meet its “official end” if it were to threaten the United States.

Seibert also answered a question about Turkey’s purchase of an S-400 missile from Russia, and said that “the federal government monitors this very carefully,” and that “due to the US sanctions laws against Russia, the implementation of this system in Turkey could trigger corresponding US sanctions.”

Press officer of the German Interior Ministry Steve Alter replied to a question about the alleged treatment of an Afghan returnee on a deportation flight from Munich to Kabul last year, which was reported by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), and said that “it is not normal when people are treated in a way where they cannot breathe any more or when genitals are being bruised deliberately.” 

He added however that “there have been massive actions of resistance by the victim on this deportation flight […] which have led to the situation on this plane.”

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Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy

By Noam Chomsky

What kind of world are we leaving to our grandchildren? How are the discontents kindled today likely to blaze and explode tomorrow?

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