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  • 'Its a synagogue, church, and mosque all in one' [2 Thess 2]

    05/19/2016 8:51:42 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 5/19/2016 | David Rossenberg
    An interfaith group is laying the groundwork for what will likely be the world’s first ever joint house of prayer. The center of worship, which will be called the "House of One," will combine simultaneous Jewish, Muslim, and Christian prayer services. The House of One is planned to be built on the site of Berlin’s first church, the Petrikirche. One of the organizers of the interfaith group behind the planned church/mosque/synagogue, Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin, said that the House of One is a reminder that despite the dark history of Berlin in the 20th century it is now a center...
  • School kids don’t have right to vegan food: Berlin court

    05/18/2016 7:09:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 May 2016 14:35 GMT+02:00
    Children whose parents want them to live a vegan lifestyle — or a stone-age or fruitarian one for that matter — will have to bring their own food to school, a Berlin court ruled on Wednesday. While it might seem that veganism has become the dominant form of nutrition in certain neighborhoods of Berlin — and no meat-based restaurant’s opening is likely to set off a police operation — Berlin judges still bracket the diet with fads such as fruitarianism and raw foodism. On Wednesday, Berlin’s administrative court stated that schools are not obliged to bow to the dietary diversity...
  • 'Known Salafist' allowed to work at Berlin airports

    05/18/2016 7:02:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 May 2016 14:49 GMT+02:00
    A worker was allowed access to secure areas of both of Berlin’s airports for up to 10 months after authorities found out he had links to fundamentalist Islam, media reported on Wednesday. Recep Ü., a Turkish-born aircraft cleaner for a private firm at the airport, was allowed into the secure areas of Tegel and Schönefeld airports to do his job. German air security law states that only people who have passed a security check can work in such sensitive zones of an airport. But although Ü. had passed such a check in 2011, he did not lose his security clearance...
  • Why I’m exiling myself to Berlin

    05/05/2016 12:09:43 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    jewishjournal.com ^ | May The 4th Be With You, 2016 | Orit Arfa
    When I tell people I'm moving to Berlin for the summer, I usually get one of two reactions: 1. Berlin! Such a cool city. I'm jealous! 2. Why? I would never step foot in Germany. Berlin made headlines among Israelis when the "Milky controversy" broke out in 2014. An Israeli Berliner bragged how cheap the cost of living is in Berlin compared to Israel, if grocery receipts are the judge. According to the chocolate pudding index (the Israeli brand being “Milky), the difference is 300 percent. My calculations are not necessarily financial, although I don’t think I could afford living...
  • German foreign minister criticizes Trump's 'America first' foreign policy

    04/28/2016 10:36:09 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 116 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/28/2016 | Reuters via Yahoo
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday criticized U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump for a speech in which he said it would be "America first" if he were elected president. Trump said on Wednesday that if elected, his foreign policy would leave European and Asian allies of the U.S. fending for themselves if they did not pay more for U.S. defense measures. "I can only hope that the election campaign in the USA does not lack the perception of reality," Steinmeier said. "The world's security architecture has changed and it is no longer based on two pillars...
  • March 5 is the anniversary of Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech

    03/04/2016 6:59:11 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 7 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 03/04/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow. ~ Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) (speech, Fulton Missouri, 5 March...
  • Berlin's refugee 'masterplan' hit with suspicion of cronyism

    03/20/2016 1:05:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 18.03.2016 | Ben Knight
    Berlin’s mayor has been forced to answer questions in parliament over the decision to grant a lucrative contract to the consultancy McKinsey. The US firm has hired one of the mayor’s old party colleagues. The list of companies turning a profit from Germany’s influx of refugees grew a little longer in early March, when US consultancy McKinsey signed a €238,000 ($268,000) contract to come up with a plan to integrate the city’s influx of 80,000 refugees. Now that deal, much criticized a month ago because it had been handed to the company without a tender process, has gained an extra...
  • Murder investigation after car bomb kills driver in Berlin

    03/15/2016 5:47:11 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | March 15, 2016 | no author listed
    Berlin police have launched a murder inquiry after car bomb exploded in a travelling vehicle, killing the driver. The explosion occurred as the car moved through the western Charlottenburg district towards the centre. It flipped the vehicle into the air, police said. They have identified the victim as a 43-year-old man of immigrant background. Officials believe the blast was linked to organised crime and say there is no evidence of any link with terrorism.
  • Lockdown at US embassy as man calls ‘revenge for Osama’ [Berlin, Germany]

    03/11/2016 10:45:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 Mar 2016 09:46 GMT+01:00
    Police closed off Pariser Platz in central Berlin on Friday morning after a man placed a suitcase in front of the US embassy, demanding revenge for Osama bin Laden. The man arrived at the embassy, which lies adjacent to the Brandenburg Gate, at 7.25 am, a statement from the embassy reported. Going to the main entrance, the man handed a guard a US passport and said he wanted to renew it. The guard told him he had to go to consular services and provided him with the address. Out of nowhere, the man punched the guard in the face, the...
  • Violent hate crime doubled in 2015 in Berlin: report

    03/09/2016 6:20:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 09 Mar 2016 12:33 GMT+01:00 | Emma Anderson
    The number of attacks motivated by anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia or other forms of discrimination nearly doubled in the capital city in 2015, hate crime monitoring groups report. Hate crime monitoring groups ReachOut and Berliner Register reported on Tuesday 320 incidents of assault in 2015, up from 179 in 2014. Twenty-five of the attacks last year were connected to anti-Semitism, compared to 18 the year before. […] The groups also reported 401 anti-Semitic incidents in 2015 — 34 percent higher than the number of incidents known in 2014 and more than twice the number of anti-Semitic crimes reported by Berlin police...
  • Berlin opens Germany's first major gay refugee center

    02/23/2016 7:24:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Feb 2016 08:50 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Germany will on Tuesday open a shelter for homosexual refugees with space for more than 120 people, the association behind the project said. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Marcel de Groot, who runs the Schwulenberatung advisory center which is responsible for the project, said the Berlin shelter will house gay, lesbian and transsexual migrants. Many gay asylum seekers come from countries where their sexual orientation "is considered a crime," de Groot said. ...
  • Anti-Semitic campaign tracking Jews, warns of 'Jewish terror' [Berlin, Germany]

    02/18/2016 8:56:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 2/18/2016, 12:45 PM | David Rosenberg
    A mysterious campaign in Berlin to stoke fears of "Jewish terror" is spreading and becoming increasingly sophisticated. According to a report by the Department of Research and Information on Anti-Semitism (RIAS), flyers, cards, and notices warning of "Jewish terror" threatening "attacks on Berlin's citizens" have increased around the city since October of 2015. [...] While the campaign initially appeared to be limited to the spreading of propaganda, it now appears to be actively tracking Jews living in Berlin. ...
  • Arrested Islamists may have been targeting Berlin: police

    02/04/2016 10:01:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Feb 2016 14:40 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Prosecutors have said that Islamists arrested in Berlin and western Germany on Thursday may have been planning an attack on the capital. [...] There are conflicting reports in the media about what the exact target of the attack was, with tabloid Bild citing investigators who say it was Alexanderplatz, the iconic center of the former east of the capital. Berlin daily Tagesspiegel meanwhile, says popular tourist spot Checkpoint Charlie - once the most famous crossing in the Berlin Wall - was to be hit, citing security sources. [...] Security sources told DPA the group's ringleader was a 35-year-old Algerian arrested...
  • Bavarian premier plans to pal around with Putin

    02/01/2016 6:37:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 01 Feb 2016 08:47 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Bavarian minister-president Horst Seehofer stoked anger over the weekend with plans to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chancellor Angela Merkel's greatest foreign opponent. Seehofer defended his plans to travel to Moscow on Thursday on ZDF television on Sunday evening, saying that "we're not running a parallel foreign policy in Germany". ...
  • Volunteer made up dead Berlin refugee, police say

    01/28/2016 9:13:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Jan 2016 09:44 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Police in Berlin said on Wednesday evening that there was "no dead refugee", after news that a young Syrian man died after queuing for days outside a government office had spread on-line. [...] Police questioned the volunteer after he reported on Facebook the story of a refugee who supposedly stood for days in front of the Berlin Health and Social Affairs Office (LaGeSo) - where all Berlin refugees have to be registered - and died of exposure to the cold. [...] Over 40 lawyers filed a criminal complaint against the city's health senator Mario Czaja in December, alleging institutional neglect...
  • Moscow accuses Germany of hushing up Russian girl's rape

    01/26/2016 8:00:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Jan 2016 12:14 GMT+01:00
    The Kremlin on Tuesday turned Russian media reports about the rape of a 13-year-old girl in Berlin into a diplomatic spat with Germany. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Germany of "covering up reality in a politically correct manner for the sake of domestic politics" in his annual press conference on Tuesday, Spiegel Online reports. [...] Lavrov was referring to reports in the Russian media that a 13-year-old girl from a Russian immigrant family was abducted in Berlin on January 11th by "Arab-looking men" and raped repeatedly over a 30-hour period. Berlin police have furiously denied this version of events,...
  • Iconic airport may become nation's biggest asylum home (Berlin Tempelhof)

    01/22/2016 6:15:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Jan 2016 12:00 GMT+01:00
    A heated debate ensued on Thursday evening about plans to transform Berlin's defunct Tempelhof airport grounds into a refugee facility for 7,000 people - which would make it the largest in the country. The Berlin town hall meeting on Thursday evening to discuss plans for the refugee facility was met with skepticism and a barrage of questions from citizens as city officials pushed the plan to house 7,000 refugees. [...] The city wants to further expand accommodation on the airport grounds, but that runs contrary to a referendum passed in 2014 to protect Tempelhofer Feld from the city's plans for...
  • Why Germany can't face the truth about migrant sex attacks

    01/08/2016 11:04:17 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 87 replies
    She is just one of 120 women who were abused that horrific night in the square, which is dotted with bars, nightclubs and coffee shops, and is where Cologne locals have seen in the New Year for centuries. The men, speaking Arabic and seemingly either drunk or high on drugs, moved around in large groups among a gathering of around 1,000 male migrants and deliberately targeted women. The men easily outnumbered the 190 police officers on duty, who were quickly overwhelmed. In other cities across Germany, including Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich and Berlin, where a tourist was sexually assaulted by...
  • Berlin Cologne Hamburg Stuttgart Dusseldorf Migrant Sex Assault In Every Major German City

    01/06/2016 9:35:30 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 25 replies
    BREITBART ^ | January 6, 2016 | Oliver Lane
    German capital city Berlin has joined the sad parade of cities touched by migrant sex violence on New Year's Eve, with hundreds of assaults now reported to police in Cologne and other cities. Although on a smaller scale to the unrestrained and un-policed sex attacks in Cologne, the Berliner Morgenpost has now reported on assaults taking place on the street "in front of the Brandenburg gate". The revelation may prove difficult for the German media, which until now has stressed in most reports on the new year's rapes that Berlin was not caught up in the scandal. The paper reports...
  • Christians Beaten in Berlin After Xmas Day Celebrations

    Four Christians have been beaten up in Berlin, Germany’s capital city, in the early hours of Saturday morning. German media reports that four men were leaving the Adagio venue in the bustling Potzdamer Platz area when they were challenged by a man who exclaimed: “I am a Muslim! What are you?” before setting upon the four 20-somethings. He was reportedly assisted by four, older accomplices. Police are now investigating the incident as a politically motivated attack, and at least five people are thought to have been injured in the melee, including one passer by who tried to settle the dispute.
  • Church doubles attendance with ‘Star Wars’-themed service

    The force is strong in Berlin. A church in the German capital invited “Star Wars” fans to attend a special service Sunday themed on the sci-fi blockbuster in an attempt to attract more young people into the pews. About 500 people heeded the call and attended the service, some carrying light saber props or wearing Darth Vader masks. It was more than twice as many as usually come to Zion Church on a Sunday. “We were very happy to see so many people in the church today,” said Protestant pastor Lucas Ludewig said after the service. “It’s great that there...
  • Muslim Gang Chanted Islamic State War Song, Handed Recruiting Leaflets On Train [Berlin]

    12/19/2015 5:08:57 AM PST · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Dec 2015 | Oliver Lane
    A group of seven men sang a war-chant favoured by the Islamic State and tried to recruit fellow passengers while riding on the Berlin U-Bahn railway. Berlin police are investigating after a large group of suspected radical Islamists rode the underground train while prostelysing for the Islamic State late on Thursday night. Eye witnesses said they sang an Islamic song, spoke in Arabic and handed out leaflets about the Islamic State. Engaging other passengers in Arabic between stops in the historic centre of the city, one witness said the men were obviously "advertising" for the Islamic State, reports Focus.
  • Berlin Migrant Boss Resigns In Disgrace

    12/10/2015 8:52:25 AM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Nick Hallett
    The head of Berlin's main registration centre for asylum seekers has resigned in disgrace over the chaos in his office, which is currently trying to process record numbers of migrants. Franz Allert quit shortly after Berlin mayor Michael Muller called for "new leadership" at the centre, saying that Mr Allert was "overwhelmed" by the situation. The centre, known as Lageso, is the first port of call for migrants when they arrive in Germany's capital city. However, since the start of the migrant crisis, the centre has been swamped by the sheer number of new arrivals. The area around the centre...
  • German police arrest two in Berlin in plot to launch 'significant' attack

    CNN)A German special forces unit arrested two men in a Berlin raid Thursday who are accused of plotting "a significant criminal act against state security," according to Berlin authorities. The two men were arrested in the Britz section of the German capital after a search was conducted on an Islamic cultural center, police said.
  • Berlin turns Stasi HQ into a refugee shelter

    11/22/2015 8:08:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Nov 2015 14:17 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Berlin has opened a shelter at the former headquarters of communist East Germany's feared Stasi secret police to help house a record influx of asylum seekers, weekend media reports said. Nearly 500 people, most of them from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have been staying in the foreign intelligence wing of the imposing former Ministry of State Security since late Friday, the daily Berliner Zeitung said. Up to 900 people will eventually be housed there temporarily. ...
  • Israeli premier accuses German department store of boycott

    11/22/2015 6:40:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2015 7:47 AM EST
    Israel's prime minister is accusing a German department store of a "boycott" after it removed products made in Israeli settlements under new European Union labeling guidelines. Benjamin Netanyahu noted Sunday that Berlin's KaDeWe department store was once owned by Jews before the Nazis seized it. He says its decision to label products from Israeli communities and remove them from its shelves is "a boycott in every respect." ...
  • Flashpoint in Berlin as anti-immigration protesters clash with police - want Merkel's resignation

    11/07/2015 3:09:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/07/15 | Imogen Calderwood
    Flashpoint in Berlin as anti-immigration protesters clash with police and call for 'traitor to the people' Angela Merkel's resignation Violence erupted in the streets of Berlin today as thousands of anti-immigration protesters clashed with police and counter-demonstrators. Pro-migration activists took to the streets of the German capital to shout down the yells of the anti-migrant demonstrators protesting against Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy. Furious Germans condemned Ms Merkel, waving German flags and chanting 'Merkel must go' and 'Traitor to the people'.
  • British man shot dead in popular Berlin district

    09/21/2015 1:31:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 Sep 2015 09:13 GMT+02:00
    A 31-year-old British man was shot dead in Berlin early on Sunday morning, according to reports in the local media. The man was found by a passerby at around six o’clock in the morning on Sunday in the neighborhood of Neukölln, one of the best-loved boroughs among young expats, reports the Berliner Kurier. […] According to the Kurier, the suspect is a 62-year-old Berliner who was wearing a black leather jacket and a cowboy hat at the time of the incident, and was armed with a shotgun. …
  • Iconic Berlin airport to become refugee home (Tempelhof)

    09/14/2015 2:59:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 Sep 2015 15:56 GMT+02:00
    The airport used to deliver supplies to West Berliners during the Cold War will be transformed into a refugee shelter this week, Berlin state government announced on Sunday. Refugees will begin moving into Berlin’s disused Tempelhof Airport “in the next few days,” Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, told broadcaster RBB. As the former airport winds down after last weekend’s Lollapalooza festival, 800 refugees are set to move into one of the former hangars. […] The eventual aim is to transform two of the former hangars into accommodation blocks, Berliner Morgenpost reports. …
  • Daily Kickoff: Rising Star Israeli diplomat George Deek | Ted Cruz to host Iran strategy meeting

    07/28/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Less than a mile or so from Chabad Lubavitch's HQ at 770 Eastern Parkway, around 80 Hillary for America supporters gathered at the home of former White House Jewish Liaison Jarrod Bernstein and Hildy Kuryk, currently communications director at Vogue, to hear from the Clinton campaign's senior advisors including manager Robby Mook, vice chairwoman Huma Abedin and finance director Dennis Chang. SPOTTED: Recent Chairman of the Conference of Presidents Bob Sugarman, Obama mega-bundler Sarah Kovner, Tusk Ventures' Seth London, Anya Hoerburger of Intermedia Partners, Samantha Maltzman, Jill Strauss, Samantha Vinograd of Goldman Sachs and formerly at office...
  • Berlin conservatives say ‘no’ to gay marriage

    07/24/2015 7:13:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Jul 2015 17:14 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Members of the Berlin faction of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) voted against gay marriage in a poll on Friday, denting hopes the Chancellor’s staunch opposition could be swayed. The Berlin faction of the CDU announced on Friday that 45 percent of its members voted against gay marriage while 35 percent voted in support in a survey, newspaper Tagesspiegel reported. […] The recent passage of same-sex marriage in Ireland and a US Supreme Court decision in favour of gay marriage has put more pressure on Merkel and her conservative Union (CDU and Christian Social Union parties), who...
  • Berlin becomes first German city to make rent cap a reality

    06/10/2015 7:25:15 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 01 June 2015 | Ruby Russell
    Capital pioneers law prohibiting landlords from charging new tenants more than 10% above local average __ Berlin has become the first city in Germany in which rent-control legislation has come into force in a bid to put the brakes on some of the fastest rising rents in Europe. From Monday, landlords in the capital will be barred from increasing rents by more than 10% above the local average. Such controls were already in place for existing tenants but have now been extended to new contracts. “The rent ceiling is very important for Berlin because the difference between the rent paid...
  • "Tear Down this Wall" (Speech Writer Peter Robinson Remembers Reagan's Historic Address)

    11/09/2009 12:55:46 PM PST · by mojito · 8 replies · 1,038+ views
    Power Line ^ | 11/9/2009 | Peter Robinson
    Not many speeches are mighty deeds. When Ronald Reagan stood in front of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987, he performed a mighty deed by giving the speech he gave. Our friend Peter Robinson was the man who wrote the speech. He tells the story behind the speech in his memoir How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life. On the occasion of its twentieth anniversary, Peter recalled the events leading to the speech for Power Line readers in a form condensed from his book. As we celebrate the fall of the Wall today, we remember: "In...
  • The collapse of communism: Reagan, Thatcher and the Pope

    11/09/2009 2:30:05 PM PST · by doug from upland · 14 replies · 1,089+ views
    Deseret News ^ | 11-2009 | Cannon
    The collapse of communism: Reagan, Thatcher and the pope By Joseph A. Cannon Deseret News Published: Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 12:12 a.m. MST Twenty years ago, my wife, Jan, and I were in what was then called West Berlin for a conference. One pleasant afternoon we walked along the Berlin Wall from the Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie. During that time, there were significant rancorous anti-Communist demonstrations in East Germany, primarily in the southern part. A German friend, with typical Prussian hubris, dismissed them. "Nothing will come of this, these are just the ineffective rumblings of a bunch of Bavarians."...
  • Hillary Clinton Scrubs Ronald Reagan From History [This Is Shameful-Beyond The Pale]

    11/10/2009 9:17:09 PM PST · by Steelfish · 69 replies · 2,456+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | November 10th, 2009
    Hillary Clinton Scrubs Ronald Reagan From History Nile Gardiner November 10th, 2009 It’s bad enough that President Obama could not be bothered to attend the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But Hillary Clinton’s refusal to even acknowledge the role played by Ronald Reagan in the Wall’s demise as well as the downfall of Communism was highly insulting towards one of the greatest figures of our time, and reeked of petty and partisan mean-spiritedness. The Secretary of State’s remarks yesterday in Berlin completely erased from history the huge contribution played not only by President...
  • WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT REAGAN THEN

    06/11/2004 1:51:08 PM PDT · by agenda_express · 20 replies · 695+ views
    AndrewSullivan.Com ^ | 6/11/04 | Andrew Sullivan
    WHAT THEY SAID: In honor of president Reagan's funeral, here's a useful corrective to the notion that his legacy was always celebrated. Today, almost everyone concedes his historical significance. But that wasn't what was said at the time. Here's a smattering of commentary from the 1980s. "A few years from now, I believe, Reaganism will seem a weird and improbable memory, a strange interlude of national hallucination, rather as the McCarthyism of the early 1950s and the youth rebellion of the late 1960s appear to us today." - Arthur "Always Wrong" Schlesinger, Washington Post, May 1, 1988. "I wonder how...
  • Berlin jumps ahead on new rent control law (Germany)

    05/26/2015 10:57:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 May 2015 09:02 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Berlin is to be the only state in Germany to introduce rent controls immediately after the law allowing them comes into effect on June 1st. While other states have said that they’re interested in the law, none of them have set a firm deadline for when they will introduce controls. The new measures allow state governments to define areas with high upwards pressure on rents and set limits on year-to-year increases. Landlords won’t be allowed to charge rent more than 10 percent higher than the local average in the region. …
  • German Woman, 65, Gives Birth to Quadruplets

    05/24/2015 4:45:57 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 23, 2015 | FRANK JORDANS
    A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticized by medical professionals because of her age, RTL television said Saturday. Annegret Raunigk, gave birth to a girl — Neeta — and three boys — Dries, Bence and Fjonn — by cesarean section at a Berlin hospital Tuesday, RTL said. The newborns weighed between 655 grams (1 lb., 7 ounces) and 960 grams (2 lbs., 2 ounces) each. A spokeswoman for RTL said the babies stood a strong chance of survival but possible complications couldn't yet be ruled out, because they were born...
  • Berlin in July 1945 (HD 1080p color footage)

    05/06/2015 5:05:40 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 30 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 1945 | Kronos
    That's how it looked like just after the Second World War in Berlin! Fascinating moving pictures in color show the situation of the city in summer 1945, just after the Second World War and the capitulation of Germany. Daily life after years of war. Pictures from the destroyed city, the Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor, Adlon, Führerbunker, Unter den Linden, rubble women working in the streets, the tram is running again. A collage of archive material produced by: Kronos Media
  • The Feast of the Forty Martyrs

    03/10/2015 3:18:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | March 10, 2015 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    The Forty Martyrs were a group of soldiers from the Roman Twelfth Legion, who died for the Faith at Sebaste in Armenia in the year 320. This is seven years after the Edict of Milan and the Peace of the Church under Constantine, whose brother-in-law Licinius at that point ruled in the East, and after a period of tolerance, renewed the persecution of Christians. When the Forty had been called to renounce the Faith and refused, they were sentenced first to various tortures, and then condemned to die a particularly horrible death, stripped naked and left on the ice...
  • ‘Bury Last Jew Rat’; Israel Embassy Reveals German Anti-Semitism

    03/08/2015 9:25:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 3/6/2015, 11:03 AM | Ari Yashar
    The Israeli embassy in Germany, led by Ambassador Ya’akov Hadas, has decided to come forward and reveal the shocking German anti-Semitism it is subjected to on a daily basis. Channel 10 reports that a Berlin newspaper this week published a video of Hadas reading to reporters anti-Semitic letters sent to the embassy every day, which have swelled in number in the months since Operation Protective Edge to at least 20 letters and e-mails daily. “Israel murders,” “I’m happy Hitler destroyed you,” and “humanity will live in peace when the last Jewish rat is in a grave” are just a small...
  • [Germany] Muslim Council says Jewish fears ‘justified’

    02/27/2015 10:35:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Feb 2015 08:55 GMT+01:00
    After the president of the Central Council of Jews warned against anti-Semitism in Muslim areas of German cities, his Muslim opposite number agreed that “these fears are justified”. Aiman Mayzek, president of the Central Council of Muslims, told the Berliner Zeitung on Friday that he and his organization were taking a stand against anti-Semitism among Muslims. “Attacks on Jews are an attack on our society,” he said. …
  • German Jews warned off kippahs in Muslim areas

    02/26/2015 10:58:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Feb 2015 12:39 GMT+01:00 | Tom Barfield
    Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews, said on Thursday that Jewish people should avoid making themselves too visible in “problem neighborhoods”. “Hiding isn't the answer,” Shuster told rbb radio. “The question is... whether it makes sense for Jews to make themselves recognizable by wearing a kippah (skull cap) in what I would call problem neighborhoods.” Schuster clarified that he meant “neighborhoods with a large proportion of Muslims in the population”, and pointed to Berlin as a city with an especially large number of such areas. “This is a development that I didn't expect five years ago and...
  • 'Austerity Dominatrix' Confronts 'Sexy Alexi'

    02/06/2015 7:09:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Suzanne Fields
    BERLIN. Angela Merkel, the no-nonsense leader of Germany and protector of the euro, has a fearless new rival. Alexis Tsipras, the newly elected prime minister of Greece and the leader of the left-wing Syriza Party, who offers a different understanding of economics: Spend money whether you have it or not, and get someone else to pay up. Eager to reduce a multitude of problems to caricature, the Greeks regard themselves as caught between a stern German disciplinarian, the "austerity dominatrix," and the man playful Greek women call "Sexy Alexi." Nonsense is more fun, even if discipline is what welfare states...
  • ‘Wives can’t refuse sex’, imam tells Berlin mosque

    02/03/2015 2:54:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 03 Feb 2015 10:51 GMT+01:00 | Tom Barfield
    A preacher at a mosque in Berlin’s southern Neukölln district has told worshipers that women should be confined to their homes and submit whenever their husbands demand sex. “A woman must turn her home into a flourishing garden for her husband, so that he does not flee from her like a leper or a lion,” Sheik Abdel Moez al-Eila told the congregation at the Al-Nur mosque. The sermon was delivered on January 23rd, but has only just come under broad public scrutiny after a video of the address surfaced on Sunday. The imam went on to say that women should...
  • Israeli attacked by men singing anti-Semitic songs in Berlin [Eurabia]

    01/05/2015 6:50:45 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 1/05/2015 | Associated Press
    BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police are investigating an attack on an Israeli citizen who was beaten by a group of young men after he asked them to stop singing anti-Semitic songs on the subway in the German capital on New Year’s Eve. Police spokesman Martin Dahms said Monday that police have not yet been able to identify the attackers, but are evaluating video footage of the incident. The victim, 26-year-old Shahak Shapira, who lives in Berlin, told The Associated Press that after he asked the seven men to stop chanting anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli songs and slurs, he recorded them on...
  • Berlin Wall? Ring the bell and come through

    12/01/2014 4:49:10 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Nov 2014 11:23 GMT +01:00 | Nick Allen
    More than 150 kilometres of concrete, wire and guard towers ringed West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. But it’s not easy to carve up a city - and construction of the Wall threw up many freak instances. [....] "The owners had to pass through the death strip to reach their plots -- and for that there was an iron door in the Wall with a doorbell,...."
  • INSIDE IRAN'S NEW CONSPIRACY THEORY

    04/18/2009 7:07:25 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 42 replies · 1,013+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 17, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    IRAN is facing an "international conspiracy" to over throw the Khomeinist re gime with a "velvet revolution," the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) claimed yesterday. The latest mascot of the plotters is supposed to be Roxana Saberi, a former Miss North Dakota now charged with espionage in Tehran. A US citizen with an Iranian father and a Japanese mother, the 31-year-old Roxana has worked in Iran on and off for years as a freelance reporter. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for Saberi's immediate release and safe return to the US. IRNA claims that the plot was first...
  • Lena Dunham cancels two book tour events and threatens to sue right-wing website

    11/04/2014 10:23:12 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 92 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13:00 EST, 4 November 2014 | Ashley Collman for MailOnline
    Lena Dunham is reportedly threatening to sue the right-wing website which last week accused her of sexually abusing her little sister Grace when they were children. In the wake of the allegations, the creator and star of HBO's Girls, has cancelled two stops on her book tour scheduled this week in Belgium and Germany for health issues. On Monday, she tweeted that she was 'deeply sorry' to miss the Antwerp Book Fair and a signing in Berlin, adding that she's 'so grateful for your energy and support'.
  • When History Didn't End in Germany

    10/31/2014 2:52:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    RUGEN, Germany. Americans groove on the exhilaration of argument and accusation as the midterm elections finally approach, but here in Germany there's the bitter remembrance of what it was like to have none of the above. Trading barbs and insults is the American way of campaigning, but East Germans recall fear, not free speech, as reams of barbed wire and blocks of cement turned into a wall and lookouts with guards who were ordered to shoot any of their own people trying to flee their encircled prison of a country. An American visitor quickly becomes aware of sharp contrasts in...