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  • Angela Merkel booed at refugee centre in Germany following far-Right attacks

    08/27/2015 8:53:56 AM PDT · by Mariner · 24 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 27th, 2015 | By Justin Huggler in Berlin
    Angela Merkel has vowed “no tolerance” for violent anti-migrant protests that have gripped Germany in recent weeks. The German chancellor called on her countrymen to make a stand against the “shameful and disgusting” protests on Wednesday, as she visited a migrant shelter that has been the scene of some of the worst violence. “There is no tolerance for those people who question the dignity of others, there is no tolerance for those who are not willing to help where legal and human help is required,” Mrs Merkel said. “The more people who make this clear, the stronger we shall be.”...
  • BUILDING AN ISLAMIC STATE IN AMERICA, ONE CHURCH AT A TIME

    08/27/2015 9:55:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 27, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Churches fall, mosques rise. Across Europe, thousands of churches have closed and many of them have become mosques. The St. Mark’s Cathedral in London survived Nazi bombers in WW2, but fell to a new invasion and became the New Peckham Mosque. In France, where there are now more Muslims than practicing Catholics, the Islamic colonists demanded that thousands of empty churches be turned into mosques. The Capernaum Church in Germany has become the Al-Nour Islamic Center. In Amsterdam, the St. Ignatius Church was transformed into the Fatih Camii Mosque. Its name means ‘The Conqueror’s Mosque’. The original Fatih Camii Mosque...
  • Two Men Say They’ve Found a Mythical Train of Nazi Gold

    08/25/2015 4:52:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | AUGUST 24, 2015 | Danny Lewis
    Treasure hunters have searched for it since the end of World War II, but it may have never existed in the first placeTw wo treasure hunters are claiming they have discovered a train full of Nazi gold and jewels hidden under a mountain in Poland. As much as it sounds like a movie plot, the lost train is a bit of a local legend around the city of Wroclaw. The story goes that towards the end of World War II, as the Soviet army marched on eastern Germany, a Nazi train loaded with gold, valuable art and jewels disappeared into...
  • Winds of Change: Germany expects up to 750,000 migrants in 2015 [Psalms 2 - Al Hijrah]

    08/24/2015 1:35:42 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 8/19/2015 | Staff
    See Video: German Islamic Immigration 2015 Germany is Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation (after Russia). It is a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations. However Germany has a major problem. Germany has the lowest birthrate in Europe, with an average of 1.36 children per woman. Despite government incentives to encourage larger families, the population is dropping rapidly and that trend will continue, with an expected loss of as much as 12 million by 2050. That would mean about a 15 percent drop from the country’s current population of 82.4 million, the German news...
  • Migrants pose for selfies the when reaching dry land completing first stage of trek across Europe

    08/24/2015 6:53:38 AM PDT · by dennisw · 16 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 24 August 2015 | FLORA DRURY
    In Greece, these three are among thousands who have landed on the islands in recent days. The Greek government has sent cruiseliners to try and move some of the thousands caught in the bottleneck, bringing them to Athens. But the migrants and refugees do not want to remain in Greece, which is already dealing with a financial crisis. Most people want to reach a northern European country, where they believe they will be able to find work and a better quality of life. The route of choice has been through Macedonia and Serbia, up into Hungary and the all-important Schengen...
  • German town braces for more violence over home for asylum seekers

    08/23/2015 1:57:01 PM PDT · by Mariner · 30 replies
    DPA ^ | August 23rd, 2015 | By Doerthe Hein and Joerg Schurig
    Heidenau, Germany (dpa) - The eastern German town of Heidenau was bracing for a possible third night of violence centred around a recently opened home for asylum seekers, a night after two policemen were injured in the latest stand-off. Police spokesman Marko Laske said the goal was to calm the town, which is near Dresden. But locals said they feared violence could resume overnight into Monday, particularly since many demonstrators remain on the loose. Laske said investigations are under way, but police have reported few arrests - not because they lack grounds, but because of a lack of manpower for...
  • Design of Future TKMS Built Saar 6 MEKO A100 Corvettes for Israeli Navy Unveiled

    08/23/2015 4:57:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 23 August 2015
    Israeli web portal Walla! recently published an interview with the head of the Israeli Navy's equipment division, Moshe Zana, who provided some details on the SAAR 6 vessel project ordered from Germany. Speaking during the Israel Air Force ceremony on December 25th 2014, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel ordered four new patrol vessels from Germany: "Today, I am pleased to announce that three days ago, we added an important component to our defensive force. We purchased four new Saar vessels from Germany". The Israeli Ministry of Defense completed in May 2015 the negotiations for purchase of four...
  • People Are Rioting Against The Arrival Of Refugees In Eastern Germany

    08/22/2015 9:17:05 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    BI ^ | 8-22-2015 | Reuters
    Reuters August 22, 2015 BERLIN (Reuters) - At least 31 German police officers were hurt in scuffles with about 600 protesters, many hurling bottles and stones, angry about the arrival of asylum seekers in an eastern German town in the early hours of Saturday, police said. In one of the country's biggest demonstrations against the influx of refugees, police in Heidenau, near Dresden, used pepper spray on right-wing demonstrators who were trying to stop busloads of asylum seekers reach their accommodation. The outbreak of violence by right-wing radicals followed a peaceful demonstration of some 1,000 people against the roughly 250...
  • 31 cops injured as peaceful protest over refugees in German town turned violent

    08/22/2015 5:16:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Malay Mail ^ | August 22, 2015 | Reuters
    BERLIN, Aug 22 — At least 31 German police officers were hurt in scuffles with about 600 protesters, many hurling bottles and stones, angry about the arrival of asylum seekers in an eastern German town in the early hours of today, police said. In one of the country’s biggest demonstrations against the influx of refugees, police in Heidenau, near Dresden, used pepper spray on right-wing demonstrators who were trying to stop busloads of asylum seekers reach their accommodation. The outbreak of violence by right-wing radicals followed a peaceful demonstration of some 1,000 people against the roughly 250 refugees, said police....
  • BREAKING: Secret Obama Letters Found by 2 GOP Senators, Send Obama Admin Into Panic Mode

    08/20/2015 5:43:52 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 92 replies
    conservative tribune ^ | August 20th, 2015 | conservative tribune
    The presidential administration that vowed to be the most transparent since the baptism of Nkuwu Nzinga has once again demonstrated that such vows mean nothing to it. In addition to the secretive manner in which Secretary of State John Kerry conducted negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear program — in itself secretive — there was also the matter of secret “side deals” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. And now, additional side deals, this time between President Barack Obama and the leaders of foreign governments, have also come to light. Republican Sens. Marco Rubio...
  • Senators: Obama administration hiding secret Iran deal letters

    08/19/2015 8:07:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/19/15 | Adam Kredo
    Two leading U.S. senators are calling on the Obama administration to release secret letters to foreign governments assuring them that they will not be legally penalized for doing business with the Iranian government, according to a copy of a letter sent Wednesday to the State Department and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) disclosed in the letter to the State Department that U.S. lawmakers have been shown copies of several letters sent by the Obama administration to the Chinese, German, French, and British governments assuring them that companies doing business
  • Macedonian police fire tear gas to drive back migrants and refugees on border

    08/21/2015 3:11:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/21/15
    Riot police in Macedonia fired tear gas on Friday to disperse thousands of migrants and refugees trying to enter the Balkan country from Greece, a Reuters reporter on the border said. Several thousand people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, many Syrian refugees, spent a cold night in no-man's land after Macedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and effectively sealed its southern frontier to migrants and refugees. Riot police behind barbed wire fired tear gas to drive back an angry crowd demanding passage into Macedonia and north to Hungary and the European Union's borderless Schengen zone. Greece...
  • US troubled by Israeli Demolitions of Illegal Palestinian Homes [Zechariah 12]

    08/21/2015 10:56:40 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/21/2015 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    The United States said Thursday it was concerned by the number of illegal Palestinian residential structures Israel demolished this month in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. “We are also very troubled by the recent escalation of demolitions and evictions, which include the destruction of dozens of structures and the displacement of over 150 people in the West Bank and east Jerusalem this month alone,” US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said on Thursday. “Such demolitions and evictions are harmful and provocative and indicative of a damaging trend, particularly given settlement-related activity and continued construction in the West Bank and...
  • Russian ruble hits 75 to the euro as slide worsens

    08/21/2015 1:00:14 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 22 replies
    AFP ^ | 20 Aug 15 | Unknown
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's battered ruble fell Thursday on the back of weaker oil prices to more than 75 to the euro for the first time in over six months, deepening its recent decline. The ruble also tumbled against the dollar to near 67.44, its weakest against the greenback since February. Russia's currency has fallen more than 20 percent against the dollar in the past two months, sparking fears of more instability after a period of relative recovery. Russia's economy has slumped into recession amid lower oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
  • Prosecutors launch case against CIA double agent (Germany)

    08/20/2015 10:56:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Aug 2015 16:27 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Federal prosecutors have brought charges against a former worker at Germany’s foreign intelligence agency who is suspected of passing information to American spies. The 32-year-old former Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) worker is accused of treason, infringing official secrets and corruption after passing secrets to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in exchange for cash. […] The alleged spy joined the BND in 2007 and worked for the CIA from 2008, they said. He passed documents and confidential internal information about the work and personnel of the BND to his American handlers in exchange for payments totaling €95,000. A search of the accused’s computer...
  • SURPRISE: Here comes another Greek election ... [Greece's Prime Minister to Resign]

    08/20/2015 9:16:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/20/2015 | Myles Udland
    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is reportedly resigning, and Greece will hold snap elections on September 20. According to Reuters, which cites a Greek government official, Tsipras will hand in his resignation on Thursday. Reuters added that Greece was likely to hold snap elections on September 20, less than a year after Tsipras and Greece's left-wing Syriza party were voted into power in late January. Tsipras is set to make an address later on Thursday. The Greek newspaper Kathimerini had earlier reported that elections would most likely be announced on Thursday. This latest round of elections come as Syriza has...
  • How more than 100,000 migrants found their way to Europe's shores in just one month

    08/20/2015 1:05:35 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 12 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 18 August 2015 | By FLORA DRURY and JOHN HALL
    Greece saw 21,000 migrants and refugees arrive in the last week, while about 107,000 arrived in Europe in July Hungary is planning on sending hundreds of soldiers to Serbian border to help stem the flow of people Meanwhile Turkish tourist shops are now doing a roaring trade selling lifejackets to the migrants risking their lives This morning alone, five refugees died in the sea off the coast of Bodrum while trying to reach the island of Kos Greece has pleaded for help to deal with the daily influx of migrants arriving on its shores as it is revealed more than...
  • Germany expects record 800,000 asylum requests in 2015

    08/19/2015 10:35:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    afp ^ | 2015-08-19
    Germany expects to receive up to 800,000 asylum-seekers in 2015, a new record, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Wednesday, as he urged action from the European level on the crisis. "This development is a challenge for us all," de Maiziere told reporters as he announced the new official estimate. Berlin had previously expected 500,000 asylum-seekers to arrive this year. Germany, the EU's most populous country and top economy, has struggled to accommodate a flood of asylum-seekers from war zones such as Syria but also from countries without military conflict in southeastern Europe, including Albania, Serbia and Kosovo. ......
  • French media accused of endangering siege survivor after Charlie Hebdo killings

    08/19/2015 7:49:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    A man who hid under a sink from the Charlie Hebdo gunmen for eight hours has accused French media of endangering his life. Paris prosecutors have opened an inquiry into broadcasters' handling of January's police siege of the Kouachi brothers, who had previously killed 12 people at the satirical paper's offices. Graphic designer Lilian Lepère, 26, hid in a cupboard under a sink in the printshop where he worked in Dammartin-en-Goële, near Paris, as police laid siege to Saïd and Chérif Kouachi. ... Lepère's sister Cindy confirmed in an interview with France 2 that her brother was probably inside and...
  • German Parliament Overwhelmingly Approves Greek Bailout

    08/19/2015 4:53:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/19/2015 | Associated Press
    BERLIN — Germany's parliament overwhelmingly approved a third bailout for Greece on Wednesday, removing a key hurdle to providing new loans to the country and keeping it from defaulting on its debts in as little as 24 hours. The vote's result also seemed to dispel any speculation that Chancellor Angela Merkel would have difficulty getting her conservative bloc to sign on. Lawmakers voted 454-113 in favor, with 18 abstentions. The approval is among the last due from parliaments across Europe, with the Dutch scheduled to vote later Wednesday, after which Greece is expected to get the first installment of its...
  • Merkel says migrants bigger challenge for EU than debt crisis

    08/18/2015 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Business Standard ^ | 17 August 2015
    Chancellor Angela Merkel today condemned a surge in German attacks on refugee shelters and warned that the issue of asylum could become a bigger challenge for the European Union than the Greek debt crisis. Asked about more than 200 arson attacks against homes for asylum-seekers seen in Germany this year as the country faces a record influx of refugees, Merkel said: "That is unworthy of our country." Merkel warned that waves of refugees would "preoccupy Europe much, much more than the issue of Greece and the stability of the euro". "The issue of asylum could be the next major European...
  • Germany, Sweden need help with migrants: UN

    08/18/2015 7:05:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Aug 2015 11:51 GMT+02:00 | Tom Barfield
    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday that Europe must work out a fairer way of sharing refugees, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the refugee crisis would likely prove a greater political challenge for Europe than Greece. […] On Tuesday, business daily Handelsblatt reported that the federal government would release forecasts on Wednesday showing that it expects as many as 750,000 asylum seekers to arrive this year—an increase of two-thirds over the previous official estimate of 450,000. Sweden may take up to 74,000 asylum seekers this year, and took 13 percent of the European total in...
  • MIA is finally put to rest after identification by French archaeologists

    08/17/2015 9:54:02 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 3 replies
    Spero News ^ | 08/17/2015 | Martin Barillas
    Fernand Terras was buried with military honors. Terras was but 19 years old when he lost his life on September 26, 1915, hundreds of miles away from home. He was killed by a blast of shrapnel that struck him near a town called Main-de-Massiges in the Champagne country in the Marne region.
  • Migrants brawl on Greek island as refugee ship lies empty

    08/16/2015 8:39:55 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    Marine Link ^ | August 16, 2015 | Joseph R. Fonseca
    Outside the island's main police station, about 50 migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran threw stones and exchanged blows as tempers boiled over in the intense mid-summer heat. Riot police stood by without intervening. The migrants have little chance of getting aboard the ship, the Eleftherios Venizelos, as priority is being given to Syrians, who are treated as refugees as they are fleeing their country's civil war and have greater rights under international law than economic migrants. All have crossed the narrow stretch of water from Turkey in small boats and dinghies as they try to find a better life...
  • Russia pledges to veto any anti-Iran sanctions resolution (so much for 'snapback')

    08/15/2015 3:43:27 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    PressTV ^ | Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:31AM
    Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has pledged to block any future attempts by the UN to hit Iran with fresh sanctions. "When Resolution 1929, the last series of sanctions resolutions, was adopted… we made it clear behind closed doors to our US and EU colleagues that Russia will not let another sanctions resolution against Iran be passed," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Friday. Resolution 1929 was approved by the Security Council in June 2010, banning the supply of conventional weapons to Iran. It resulted in the suspension of Russia’s contract...
  • The US Air Force Is Sending 12 A-10 Warthogs To Eastern Europe To Deter Russian Aggression

    08/15/2015 8:51:46 AM PDT · by blam · 43 replies
    BI/ The Fiscal Times ^ | 8-15-2015 | Martin Matishak
    Martin Matishak, The Fiscal Times August 14, 2015 The Air Force didn’t help its long-standing argument that the A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jet should be retired when the service announced this week it would deploy more of the aircraft to Europe this fall. The 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia announced it will send 12 attack planes and crews to Central and Eastern European to bolster NATO’s “Operation Atlantic Resolve,” an ongoing show of military might meant to deter Russian aggression in the region. In March, the Air Force deployed a dozen A-10s from Davis-Monthan Air Force...
  • Talking to Yanis Varofakis, The Greek Bailout problems (in English)

    08/14/2015 3:43:35 PM PDT · by spokeshave · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | Mar 16, 2015 | Harald Schumann
    Discussion on the Greek bailout and implications for the EEC
  • U.S. Came Within Seconds Of Launching Nuclear Strike On Russia

    08/14/2015 12:31:25 PM PDT · by lbryce · 92 replies
    Valuwalk ^ | August 14, 2015 | Polina Tikho
    The U.S. came within seconds of launching a nuclear strike on Russia ,unleashing WW3 during the coldest period of the Cold War, according to secret documents revealed by a historian. Washington and Russia came extremely close to a massive nuclear war because of a faulty 46-cent component that caused a computer glitch, according to the documents. The secret documents were revealed and detailed in a book by American author Eric Schlosser titled Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. The documents include over 1,000 accidents with nuclear weapons that occurred due to the negligence...
  • 'Flexible' Obama Ignores Russian Treaty Violations

    08/14/2015 11:26:35 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 14, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    It does not bode well that an Obama administration that assures us that the nuclear deal with Iran will not be violated by the mullahs is clearly looking the other way as Iran’s ally Russia blatantly violates the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed with the former Soviet Union. The Obama White House is sitting on a Pentagon risk assessment report completed last month that states “that the breach involved a new missile that violates the limits set by the treaty. The treaty bans holding, producing, or flight-testing ground-launched ballistic or cruise missiles with ranges of between 310 miles...
  • 'Neocons' re-emerge amid US election race

    08/14/2015 1:29:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News / Agence France-Presse ^ | August 14, 2015 | Andrew Beatty
    Once thought dead and buried on the battlefields of Iraq, a muscular and militaristic "neoconservative" approach to US foreign policy is making a comeback. For most of the last decade, the "neocons" -- personified by former vice president Dick Cheney and ex-Pentagon boss Donald Rumsfeld -- have been out of office and out of fashion. But the 2016 presidential race has seen Republican candidates embrace ideas and advisors once ostracized for the catastrophes and hubris of George W. Bush's "preemptive war" in Iraq. During last week's Republican presidential debates, 17 candidates tripped over themselves to declare President Barack Obama weak...
  • Greece parliament approves 85-billion euro bailout deal

    08/14/2015 4:20:33 AM PDT · by John W · 11 replies
    dw.com ^ | August 14, 2015 | dw
    A divided Hellenic parliament has approved a third bailout for the country in five years, amid protests in Athens. The tense vote has lead to divisions within the ruling Syriza party, with snap elections on the horizon. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was handed a pyrrhic victory early Friday after opposition legislators approved a 85-billion-euro ($94.8 billion) bailout to keep the country financially afloat. A clear majority of 222 MPs approved the 400-page text containing the bailout conditions - there were over 64 who voted against and 11 abstentions. However, only 118 of the 162 members of Tsipras' governing coalition...
  • Putin does a self-goal by destroying EU-origin food

    08/13/2015 6:16:42 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 1 replies
    Strafor ^ | 08/13/2015 | George Friedman
    Russia's standard of living is being tested by Moscow's attempt to prove a point to the West. Despite the rampant criticism, the Russian government is standing behind its move to limit illegal food imports
  • German army reports chemical attack in Iraq (no WMD?)

    08/13/2015 10:49:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Aug 2015 17:00 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Iraq have reported being attacked with chemical weapons, the German defense ministry said Thursday. “We have indications that there was an attack with chemical weapons” against the Peshmerga fighters that left many suffering from “respiratory irritation,” a ministry spokesman told AFP. […] IS has previously been accused of using chlorine against Kurdish forces in Iraq. In March, the autonomous Kurdish government in northern Iraq said it had evidence that the jihadist group used chlorine in a car bomb attack on January 23. …
  • Czech border town furious over planned placement of refugees at its German border

    08/11/2015 5:19:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    RRW ^ | August 10, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Invasion of Europe news…. Dubi, North Bohemia, Aug 8 (ČTK) — Several hundred people from the Czech Republic and Germany protested against the arrival of refugees at the former customs building on the Czech-German border crossing Cinovec-Zinnwald today, Mayor Petr Pipal has told journalists. ... The Saxon town of Altenberg wants to accommodate the refugees in the former customs building. The capacity of the facility will be 110 places, while some 80 refugees from Syria, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan are to be placed there. ... We are told the refugees will be allowed to leave the center for “walks” during...
  • US F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes in North Bavaria

    08/11/2015 3:29:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 11 Aug 2015
    UPDATE: The US Air Force confirmed that one of its F-16 fighter planes crashed in the forest near Engelmannsreuth, northern Bavaria on Tuesday morning. The pilot was able to escape serious harm using the aircraft's ejector seat.A statement from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem air base in western Germany said that the plane, part of the 480th Fighter Squadron, crashed at 9.38 am and that the pilot was able to eject safely. He also managed to jettison the plane's external fuel tanks safely over an unpopulated area. Bavarian police told AFP that a passerby found the slightly injured pilot...
  • [German] Police union wants EU border controls back

    08/11/2015 9:51:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 Aug 2015 16:34 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany’s second-largest police union on Tuesday called for the reintroduction of internal European border controls and demanded more personnel to deal with a record flood of refugees. “From a policing point of view, a return to border controls would be the best of all measures,” said Rainer Wendt, chairman of the German Police Union (DpolG), in a newspaper interview. The union, which wants an extra 1,000 personnel, was later Tuesday to show Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière the “catastrophic conditions” for overworked police near the German-Austrian border. …
  • Academics Ready for Iran

    08/11/2015 9:01:45 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 11, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A group of scholars has concocted a plan to implement the U. S.-Iran Nuclear Agreement that looks even sketchier than the pact itself. barack obama iran deal au speech wave The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) has devised “Six Achievable Steps for Implementing An Effective Verification Regime for a Nuclear Agreement With Iran.” They are: * “Ensure that the Joint Commission Works Effectively Among the P5+1 and Iran to Facilitate Compliance and Communication.” P5 + 1 stands for the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany. The five permanent members are China, France, Russian Federation, the United...
  • Senior German: European Nations Rejecting Mass Immigration ‘Will Destroy Europe’

    08/11/2015 3:25:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 8/11/15 | Oliver Lane
    Germany is again agitating for other European countries to take what they believe to be their ‘fair’ share of refugees coming to the continent with a stark warning that failing to do so could see the collapse of the EU.Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel made the remarks on Monday, reiterating the frequently made claim that some nations take a heavier than necessary burden, and others have an unarguable responsibility to get involved. Conveniently ignoring the fact that right-wing nation Hungary takes the highest number of migrants per capita in Europe, Gabriel said: “Germany, Sweden, and Austria take on most of the...
  • The debate over Germany’s ‘sexist’ women-only parking spaces

    08/10/2015 9:07:37 AM PDT · by NRx · 38 replies
    WaPo ^ | 08-10-2015 | Rick Noack
    Many people know that driving in Germany can be quite different from the U.S.: There is no general speed limit on most motorways, for example. Perhaps more astonishing, however, is another distinctive feature: Many German parking lots are equipped with special spaces for women. In some regions of Germany, law forces parking lot owners to designate at least 30 percent of their space specifically for women. Those parking lots are bigger than usual, which is supposed to make it easier for women to maneuver their cars. Some Germans like the idea, but others call it a sexist way of implying...
  • Iranian Hostage Crisis: West Germany’s Secret Role in Ending the Drama

    08/10/2015 8:43:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 04, 2015 – 05:30 PM | Klaus Wiegrefe
    In 1981, Jimmy Carter said the world could never know West Germany’s role in the negotiations for the release of 52 hostages from the US Embassy in Tehran. New research sheds light on the important part the country played in ending the crisis. […] The details of the German contribution, however, remained unclear. Now historian Frank Bösch, the director of the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam and Spiegel have conducted research in German archives and spoken with period witnesses. This has revealed that the West German government at the time had a “smooth intermediary role,” as Bösch puts it....
  • Athens in 'intense' talks to avoid another loan default

    08/08/2015 7:35:49 PM PDT · by John W · 6 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | August 8, 2015 | AFP
    Brussels (AFP) - Greece and its creditors were involved in "intense talks" over the weekend to agree on a new bailout before the debt-ridden country must repay 3.4 billion euros ($3.7 billion) to the European Central Bank on August 20. European officials said sticking points still remain despite the progress being made, with a "generally positive reception... towards Greek readiness to vote on reforms this week. "It is ambitious but feasible to come to an agreement in the coming days, preferably by 20 August," an EU diplomat said Saturday.
  • Tourists and Refugees Cross Paths in the Mediterranean

    08/08/2015 6:58:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 07 August 2015
    It's quiet on the beach. Vacationers are still sleeping in their hotels, and the only sound to be heard is of a few dogs barking. Dawn is breaking over Kos. Rasib Ali drags his body out of the water with the last of his strength. His arms and legs are shaking, his lips are blue and his wet jeans and shirt cling to his body. The Greek island of Kos is only a few nautical miles from the Turkish coast. Ali, an 18-year-old migrant from Pakistan, left Turkey in a rubber boat the night before. He traveled alone, unable to...
  • EU told Greece on track for possible bailout deal next week

    08/08/2015 6:55:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05 August 2015 | Yiannis Kourtoglou
    Greece is on track to complete a draft deal with international creditors on a third bailout by next Tuesday with a possible first disbursement by Aug. 20, a source familiar with a conference call of senior EU finance officials on Friday said. Talks are proceeding smoothly and may be completed over the weekend, the source said. If a draft memorandum of understanding and an updated debt sustainability analysis are ready as planned on Tuesday, the Greek government and parliament would be expected to approve them by Thursday. Euro zone finance ministers could then meet or hold a teleconference on Friday...
  • World War Two pilot and plane discovered in Germany

    08/08/2015 2:25:56 PM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 43 replies
    Spero News ^ | 08/082015 | Martin Barillas
    Werner Doll (77) was a young lad of seven years when he saw the P-47 collide with another aircraft and plummet to the earth. He saw the flames and smoke emerge from the crash site on the fateful day near the end of history worst conflict.
  • Plugging Leaks: Merkel’s War on Germany’s Press and Parliament

    08/07/2015 9:37:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 07, 2015 – 08:15 PM | (Spiegel Staff)
    In recent months, Germany’s government and intelligence agencies have gone after journalists and parliamentarians in an effort to keep classified information secret. Now, their efforts have resulted in a bona fide scandal for Berlin. […] In recent days, the chancellor, Justice Minister Heiko Maas and Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière have sanctimoniously thrown their support behind freedom of the press. But reality often looks different. In reality, senior government officials and intelligence agency heads in Germany have long been pursuing a policy of intimidating and deterring journalists and their sources. Leaks and whistleblowers are being hunted down and criminalized. Treason,...
  • German Police Warn of De Facto No-Go Zones

    08/06/2015 9:30:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Gatestone Institute via Clarion Project ^ | Mon, August 3, 2015 | Soeren Kern
    Spiraling levels of violent crime perpetrated by immigrants from the Middle East and the Balkans are turning parts of Duisburg, a key German industrial city, into “areas of lawlessness”—areas that are becoming de facto “no-go” zones for police, according to a confidential police report that was leaked to the German news magazine Der Spiegel. The report, produced by the police headquarters of North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state of Germany (and also the state with the largest Muslim population in Germany), warns that the government is losing control over problem neighborhoods and that the ability of police to maintain public...
  • Obama's Energy Plan to Raise your Utility Rates

    08/05/2015 6:02:32 PM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 13 replies
    Spero News ^ | August 5, 2015 | Martin Barillas
    As for political fallout, the seven states that derive at least 70 percent of their electric power from coal are solidly Republican in orientation. The cost borne by the various states because of the Obama plan will not be uniform. States ruled by Democrats, e.g. California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont, will bear a lesser burden. States such as Colorado, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin, where Democrats and Republicans battle to wrest control, will see their utility rates skyrocket since they each derive more than half their electricity from coal-fired plants. Coal producing states such as...
  • Why is the UK still so reliant on the Tornado?

    08/05/2015 10:17:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    BBC News Magazine ^ | 08/05/2015 | Jon Kelly
    The RAF Tornado mission in Iraq, which was supposed to be disbanded last March, will be extended until "at least" March 2017. Why has this veteran Cold War combat jet proved so enduring? The cockpit of a supersonic Tornado attack bomber is a much more peaceful place than you might expect. "It's incredibly quiet," says Jas Hawker, a former RAF wing commander who flew the aircraft over Iraq and Kosovo. "The pilot and the navigator could drop their oxygen masks and talk to each other. It's not silent but it's a lot quieter than people think." It also has a...
  • 70 Years Since Trinity: The Day the Nuclear Age Began

    08/04/2015 5:38:33 AM PDT · by billorites · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 16, 2015 | Alan Taylor
    On July 16, 1945, the United States Army detonated the world’s first nuclear weapon in New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto desert. The test, code-named “Trinity,” was a success, unleashing an explosion with the energy of about 20 kilotons of TNT and beginning the nuclear age. Since then, nearly 2,000 nuclear tests have been performed. Most of these took place during the 1960s and 1970s. When the technology was new, tests were frequent and often spectacular, and they led to the development of newer, more deadly weapons. Since the 1990s, there have been efforts to limit the testing of nuclear weapons,...
  • Spiegel: Merkel wants fourth term in power

    08/03/2015 11:47:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 03 Aug 2015 10:20 GMT+02:00
    According to Germany’s most influential political magazine, Spiegel, Angela Merkel has decided to run for a fourth term in power and has already started talks on who will run her campaign. […] If Merkel were to be re-elected in 2017 and then serve a whole four-year term, she would have been chancellor for 16 years, thus tying Helmut Kohl (CDU), who was chancellor from 1982-1998, as the longest serving chancellor in the history of the Bundesrepublik (the post-1945 German state). …