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  • US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State

    07/01/2015 3:31:59 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 27 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1 Juy 2015 | Con Coughlin
    The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt. Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades. They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad. High level officials from Gulf...
  • How will the National Socialist Left’s excuse the failure of socialism in Greece?

    07/01/2015 2:37:24 PM PDT · by Voice of Reason1 · 35 replies
    It’s axiomatic that when a socialist regime hits the skids, the left will generally try to claim that such regime is ‘right wing’ somehow. Such claims can and will be completely irrational on their face, but for the national socialist Left it’s all about talking points and a simplistic ( but ‘superior’) mentality that favors headlines and shallow thought on the subject And before you complain that I dare use the word ‘national’ next to the word ‘socialist’ I would ask that you please explain in detail (with documentation) Just how in Hades’ the word national modifies the meaning of...
  • EU launches Internet Referral Unit to combat online extremism [twitter war!!!]

    07/01/2015 1:16:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Computer Weekly ^ | 7/1/15 | Warwick Ashford
    Europol has officially launched the European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) to combat terrorist propaganda and related violent extremist activities on the internet. The move is in response to the increase in terrorists' use of the internet and social media. According to Europol, Jihadist groups, in particular, have demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of how social networks operate. They have launched well-organised, concerted social media campaigns to recruit followers and to promote or glorify acts of terrorism or violent extremism. To tackle this phenomenon, EU member states have agreed a co-ordinated European prevention approach, which includes establishing the EU IRU...
  • 'British Schindler' Nicholas Winton who saved 669 children from Nazis dies

    07/01/2015 12:56:43 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 3 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 1st July 2015 | Tom Batchelor
    'A WAR hero dubbed the ‘British Schindler’ who saved hundreds of children from the Nazis during the Second World War has died aged 106. Nicholas Winton saved the lives of 669 Jewish children from the Holocaust by smuggling them out of Germany on trains on the eve of the war - saving them from almost certain death. His son-in-law Stephen Watson said he died peacefully in his sleep at Wexham Hospital in Slough. Sir Nicholas was a 29-year-old stock exchange clerk in 1938 when he began to fear that Jewish residents of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia would be sent to concentration camps....
  • U.S. debt headed toward Greek levels [Psalms 9:17]

    07/01/2015 9:11:48 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/30/2015 | Jason Russell
    United States' projected debt over the next 25 years looks a lot like Greece's over the past 25. With all the chaos unravelling in Greece, Congress would be wise to do what it takes to avoid reaching Greek debt levels. But it's not a matter of sticking to the status quo and avoiding bad decisions that would put the budget on a Greek-like path, because the budget is on that path already. A quarter-century ago, Greek debt levels were roughly 75 percent of Greece's economy — about equal to what the U.S. has now. As of 2014, Greek debt...
  • Greek Debt Crisis: How Goldman Sachs Helped Greece to Mask its True Debt

    07/01/2015 7:45:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 02/08/2010 | By Beat Balzli
    Goldman Sachs helped the Greek government to mask the true extent of its deficit with the help of a derivatives deal that legally circumvented the EU Maastricht deficit rules. At some point the so-called cross currency swaps will mature, and swell the country's already bloated deficit. Greeks aren't very welcome in the Rue Alphones Weicker in Luxembourg. It's home to Eurostat, the European Union's statistical office. The number crunchers there are deeply annoyed with Athens. Investigative reports state that important data "cannot be confirmed" or has been requested but "not received." Creative accounting took priority when it came to totting...
  • How German media shaped the Greece crisis

    07/01/2015 10:05:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 01 Jul 2015 12:50 GMT+02:00 | Tom Barfield
    “No more billions for the greedy Greeks” or “Merkel shoots down new proposals from Athens”: these are just a couple of the bold headlines Germans have digested with their morning coffee in recent months. In a country still massively reliant on traditional forms of media—newspapers, and above all television—for its news, these headlines matter. […] Political discussion on TV is dominated by talk shows such as Anne Will, Günther Jauch and Hart aber Fair (Hard but Fair), where although people outside the mainstream may be invited, “counter-opinions are generally squashed or have little chance of piercing through,” Mühl-Benninghaus pointed out....
  • Obama Promises That Events In Greece And Puerto Rico Will Not Cause A Global Financial Crisis

    07/01/2015 7:36:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    End of the Amercian Dream ^ | 06/30/15 | Michael Snyder
    Barack Obama says that we shouldn’t be alarmed by what is happening over in Greece. On Tuesday, he told reporters that this “is an issue primarily of concern to Europe” and that “I think the markets have properly factored in the risks involved“. And apparently Obama is not too concerned about the debt crisis in Puerto Rico either. In fact, the Obama administration has already completely ruled out any sort of federal bailout for the island. Barack Obama is assuring us that everything is going to be just fine and that we are not headed for another global financial crisis....
  • A Spanish investigation into the Russian mafia 'could change the narrative of Putin in the West'

    07/01/2015 4:26:25 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 21 replies
    BUSINESS INSIDER ^ | 30 Jun 15 | Natasha Bertrand
    (Reuters) Vladimir Putin with Jose Maria Aznar, then Spain's prime minister, at Moncloa Palace on June 13, 2000. One of Russia's largest organized-crime syndicates allegedly operated out of Spain for more than a decade with the help of close allies of President Vladimir Putin, then the deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, Bloomberg reports. Prosecutors in Madrid have filed a 488-page petition to charge 27 people with money laundering and fraud in connection to the St. Petersburg-based Tambov crime syndicate's setting up shop in Spain in 1996. Vladislav Reznik, now the deputy head of the finance committee in Russia's lower house...
  • Steve Forbes Pens Open Letter to Greek Leaders; Greece Can Teach The World A Needed Lesson

    07/01/2015 6:29:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Pappas Post ^ | 03/05/2015 | BY GREGORY PAPPAS
    Former US Presidential candidate and publisher of Forbes Magazine, Steve Forbes, used the platform of his magazine to pen an open letter to the prime minister and finance minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis. The full text of his letter appears below. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Prime Minister Tsipras and Finance Minister Varoufakis: You may have won a four-month reprieve of sorts from your creditors, but your situation is desperate, and everyone knows it, most particularly Europe’s paymasters, the Germans. As you just painfully learned, your ability to blackmail your creditors is a fraction of what it once was. Businesses,...
  • Global support for ISIS includes up to 42M Muslims, group claims

    07/01/2015 6:21:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/01/2015 | By Brooke Singman
    Global support for ISIS may be much bigger than previously known, according to a new report that found as many as 42 million Muslims around the world have positive feelings about the black-clad army of barbarians that established a so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq last year. The report from the New York-based research institute Clarion Project crunched numbers from four recent polls surveying Arab public opinion toward ISIS. Clarion found the terror group's supporters are 8.5 million strong, but more than 42 million of the world's estimated 1.5 billion Muslims feel at least somewhat positively about the terror group....
  • It's Official: Greece defaults on IMF payment

    06/30/2015 7:24:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    The Star ^ | 06/30/2015 | Tanya Talaga
    Greece joins Somalia, Sudan and Zimbabwe on the latest to be in debt to the International Monetary Fund. As Athenians rallied underneath thunderclouds to show their support for keeping Greece in the eurozone of single currency nations, their broke government defaulted on a $2.2-billion payment to the International Monetary Fund. At midnight on Tuesday, Greece joined Sudan, Somalia and Zimbabwe as countries in arrears to the IMF. Also at midnight, the bailout assistance package that began in February 2012 formally expired, leaving Greece without access to any emergency finances. In Washington, the IMF acknowledged that Greece had failed to meet...
  • Israel Upgrades Navy With German-Built Ships, Radar, Weapons Systems

    06/30/2015 6:49:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 29 2015 | Tim Marcin
    The Israel Navy plans to bolster its combat fleet with the addition of German-built ships, along with radar and weapons systems. The process of attaining new radars and electronic warfare systems and adding them to ships will start as early as next year, reported Defense News on Sunday. The Israeli Navy completed a major deal, worth $480 million, to purchase four new German-built but Israeli-equipped Sa'ar-6 corvettes ships in May. The deal, which took five years to complete, allows for Israel to provide its own combat weapons suite, armament and subsystems. Germany also took on about one-third of the cost...
  • Germany: violent far-right crime up nearly a quarter in 2014

    06/30/2015 6:20:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2015 6:46 AM EDT
    The German government says violent far-right crime increased by nearly a quarter last year, while authorities are concerned about an even faster rise in offenses involving homes for asylum-seekers. The domestic intelligence agency counted 990 violent offenses with a far-right motivation, compared with 801 in 2013. That included 512 xenophobic attacks, up from 473 and the highest number since the current definitions for offenses were introduced in 2001. …
  • Leftist politics have doomed Greece to collapse

    06/29/2015 4:11:46 PM PDT · by Textide · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29-June-2015 | Allister Heath
    It is always those in the middle -- and especially what Marxist intellectuals call the petit bourgeois, the aspiring, hard-working workers and savers -- who are hurt the hardest It was Adam Smith who put it best. “There is a great deal of ruin in a nation”, he wrote in reply to an over-excited young man who thought that Great Britain was facing devastation after a setback during the US war of independence. Smith was right about the specifics as well as the general point, of course: America was thankfully soon to win its independence, and both Britain and the...
  • Opinion: Europe’s war on Greek democracy

    06/29/2015 3:05:24 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Market Watch ^ | June 29,2015 | Joseph E. Stiglitz
    In fact, European leaders are finally beginning to reveal the true nature of the ongoing debt dispute, and the answer is not pleasant: it is about power and democracy much more than money and economics. Of course, the economics behind the program that the “troika” (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund) foisted on Greece five years ago has been abysmal, resulting in a 25% decline in the country’s gross domestic product. I can think of no depression, ever, that has been so deliberate and had such catastrophic consequences: Greece’s rate of youth unemployment, for...
  • Greece crisis deepens as banks close for a week after weekend that shook euro

    06/28/2015 1:38:13 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 28 June 2015 21.17 BST | Ian Traynor in Brussels and John Hooper in Athens
    Greece’s governments says banks will stay closed until after snap referendum, while stock exchange shut on Monday and cash machine withdrawals limited Greeks will on Monday morning find their savings blocked and their banks closed for a week following a fateful weekend that has shaken Europe’s single currency. The Greek government decided on Sunday night it had no option but to close the nation’s banks on Monday after the European Central Bank (ECB) raised the stakes by freezing the liquidity lifeline that has kept Greek banks afloat during a six-month run on deposits. The Athens Stock Exchange will not reopen...
  • Ballot Language of Greek Plebiscite on EU "Deal"

    06/28/2015 1:12:17 PM PDT · by catnipman · 8 replies
    Various ^ | 6/28/2015 | self
    Obtained from various sources: Greece’s referendum question will apparently read as follows: “Greek people are hereby asked to decide whether they accept a draft agreement document submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, at the Eurogroup meeting held on on June 25 and which consists of two documents: ‘‘The first document is called Reforms for the Completion of the Current Program and Beyond and the second document is called Preliminary Debt Sustainability Analysis. ‘‘- Those citizens who reject the institutions’ proposal vote Not Approved / NO ‘‘- Those citizens who accept the institutions’...
  • Istanbul police use teargas to break up Gay Pride parade

    06/28/2015 1:11:33 PM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies
    AFP ^ | June 28, 2015 | AFP
    Istanbul (AFP) - Riot police in Istanbul used teargas and fired rubber pellets to disperse thousands of participants in the city's Gay Pride march after some began chanting slogans against the president, an AFP reporter said. The scene turned violent when participants -- many brandishing rainbow flags -- denounced "the fascism" of the conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Police then began to forcefully break up the crowd, with some officers firing rubber pellets into the crowd.
  • Across spectrum, German leaders condemn Greece's rejection of EU deal

    06/28/2015 12:16:36 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Jun 29, 2015 | reuters
    German leaders right and left unleashed a barrage of criticism at Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday for rejecting an offer that could have unlocked rescue funds to resolve the debt crisis. Chancellor Angela Merkel's allies and the leaders of her centre-left coalition partners condemned Greece's leftist government, reflecting pent-up public frustration. Germany is the biggest European contributor to the bailout programmes that have kept Greece afloat for the past five years. Opinion polls now show a majority of Germans want Greece to leave the euro zone.
  • Greek Prime Minister Tsipras Screws The Pooch

    06/28/2015 6:08:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com, Reuters PHOTO ^ | June 28, 2015 | Mark Nuckols
    <p>Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his party Syriza have just screwed the pooch, and royally so. Tsipras has just done something so colossally idiotic and childish that perhaps Greece deserves its impending economic collapse for having elected someone so incredibly stupid. Greeks have suffered six years of chronic recession and endless rounds of debt negotiations, but this will all seem like a walk in the park compared to the poverty and civil chaos about the engulf their country.</p>
  • Greece debt crisis: ECB 'to end' bank emergency lending

    06/28/2015 4:54:27 AM PDT · by GunningForTheBuddha · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/28/2015
    The European Central Bank is expected to end emergency lending to Greece's banks on Sunday, the BBC understands.Well-placed sources told BBC economics editor Robert Peston a decision to end the Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA) would be made by the ECB's governing council later on Sunday.Greek banks depend on ELA.Cutting the lifeline could push Greece out of the euro. Some analysts have tweeted that the ECB is likely to cap, but not end, the ELA.
  • [Bavaria] Refugee host school bans revealing clothes

    06/27/2015 2:44:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    A school in Bavaria has sent a letter home to parents warning them not to let their daughters wear revealing blouses or short skirts, because emergency accommodation for refugees has been set up next to the gym. A week ago emergency accommodation for 200 Syrian refugees was erected right next to the gym of Wilhelm-Diess-Gymnasium in Pocking, Bavaria, Die Welt reports. The gym has been closed as a result, and PE lessons have been relocated to a nearby primary school, but the school is still worried about the refugees interacting with students. So worried in fact that the headteacher recently...
  • Marines to add armor, artillery to Black Sea force

    06/25/2015 3:10:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    stripes.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Steven Beardsley
    NAPLES, Italy — The Marine Corps is preparing to deploy a company-size unit equipped with tanks, armored vehicles and artillery to Bulgaria, an expansion of its Black Sea footprint meant to reassure allies and add new crisis-response options. The first rotation of the Combined Arms Company will bring 150 Marines to the Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, in September. Accompanying the unit will be four Abrams tanks, six Light Armored Vehicles and three howitzers, said Brig. Gen. Norm Cooling, deputy commander of Marine Forces Europe-Africa. Current plans call for three consecutive six-month rotations, Cooling said, though the presence could be...
  • Putin promises 40 new nuclear missiles in 2015

    06/17/2015 2:04:08 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 30 replies
    UPI.Com ^ | Updated June 16, 2015 at 11:03 AM | By Ed Adamczyk
    MOSCOW, June 16 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday Russia's nuclear arsenal would be would increase by 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015. Speaking at Army-2015 Expo, an international military trade show near Moscow, Putin said the new missiles could "overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems," adding a new long-range early-warning radar "to monitor in the western direction" was also being prepared. It was a reference to plans by NATO to permanently place troops and heavy armaments in Poland, a Russian neighbor and former Warsaw Pact country. In reference to apparent plans to reinforce NATO's...
  • The Queen hints at desire for Britain to remain in European Union

    06/25/2015 1:13:36 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 24 June 2015 | Kate Connolly
    Her speech, weaving historical events with present crises, was replete with some subtle and other not so subtle hints that she believed Britain belonged in the European Union – her most public stance yet that she wished to avoid Britain voting to leave in a referendum.
  • EU warns Britain that its fundamental values ‘not for sale’

    06/25/2015 11:52:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2015 2:39 PM EDT
    The European Union’s president is warning Britain that he’s open to suggestions on how the bloc must change, but that “the fundamental values of the European Union are not for sale and so are non-negotiable.” […] British Prime Minister David Cameron said he’ll use the two-day event to explain to other heads of state and government that the 28-nation EU must reform or risk losing the backing of a majority of British voters. …
  • EU leader urges crackdown on ‘illegal migration’

    06/25/2015 9:39:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2015 12:31 PM EDT | Lorne Cook
    The European Union’s president called Thursday for a crackdown on migrants who are only looking for jobs as opposed to those fleeing war or persecution, as migrants keep arriving on Europe’s shores in ever-greater numbers. […] “We need to contain illegal migration and this should be our priority,” EU President Donald Tusk told reporters at a summit of the bloc’s leaders in Brussels. “All those who are not legitimate asylum-seekers will have no guarantee that they will stay in Europe.” …
  • Germans don’t think America stands for freedom anymore

    06/25/2015 10:07:15 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 59 replies
    WashPost ^ | 6-25-2015 | Adam Taylor
    To many, America is synonymous with freedom. The country dubbed itself the "land of the free" and, when trying to reclaim sliced and fried potatoes from the French, briefly attempted to rename "French fries" as "freedom fries." Yet America's global reputation for personal freedom has taken a beating over the last couple of years. Data from Pew Global Research suggests a dramatic fall in the number of people around the world who say the U.S. government respects the freedom of its people. The issue may be most stark in Germany. Back in 2013, a whopping 81 percent of Germans polled...
  • How Germany's Ban of the Nazi Swastika Echoes in the Battle Over the Confederate Flag

    06/24/2015 4:56:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    Newsday ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ishaan Thardoor
    A darker emblem looms over the heated conversation about a controversial American symbol. To hammer home how problematic the continued state-sanctioned tolerance of the Confederate battle flag is in parts of the United States, some have drawn comparisons to the infamous banner of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany. "It would be like having the swastika flag flying on your next-door neighbor," said Whoopi Goldberg, on ABC's The View on Monday. "If the Confederate flag continues to fly, the statement that's being made . . . is that 'We miss this really crappy part of history.' " To be sure, Nazi Germany...
  • Germany being ‘used’ by Egypt, says jailed journo

    06/24/2015 9:35:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Jun 2015 08:26 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Jailed Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour arrived back in Qatar on Tuesday, blaming his controversial two-day detention in Germany on pressure from the Egyptian government. […] Speaking to reporters in Arabic, Mansour said: “There are lobbies that promote Sisi in the world and play the role of public relations. They put pressure on the German government, because the Egyptian government is rubbish and has no value.” He added that his arrest had been “political”. “From the first second, I knew I was innocent; I did not do anything wrong or hurt anyone. Everything for me was clear; I was strong all...
  • Germans say US doesn’t respect freedom: poll

    06/24/2015 9:25:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Jun 2015 17:35 GMT+02:00 | Emma Anderson
    Germans are more negative about the United States than the rest of Europe, but still largely support Americans’ efforts to fight ISIS, according to a new poll. More than half of Germans (53 percent) said they did not believe the United States government respects the personal freedoms of its people, according to a Pew Research Center report published on Tuesday. Forty-three percent of Germans said they thought the US government did respect citizens’ freedoms, while Americans themselves seemed on the fence. Though in the US most (51 percent) said their government respected personal freedoms, 47 percent disagreed. …
  • Germany’s Bundeswehr Receives First New Generation Puma Armored Vehicles

    06/24/2015 5:27:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Germany’s unified armed forces received its first production of Puma armored infantry fighting vehicles (AIFV) on Tuesday during a ceremony at the Unterluss Proving Ground. The Puma has a baseline weight of 31.45 tons, allowing it to be lifted by an Airbus A400M transport, according to IHS Jane. When fitted with its armor package, the vehicle weighs up to 43 tons. The vehicle is also equipped with a remote-controlled turret (RCT) armed with a 30 mm Mauser MK 30-2 cannon, and a 5.56 mm MG4 co-axial machine gun. These weapons are operated by a computerized day/night fire control system that...
  • Female ISIS Defector: ‘Women Are Whipped, Sold And Stoned’

    06/23/2015 3:43:43 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 23, 2015 | Erica Wenig
    A 23 year-old Syrian woman and Islamic State defector now offers a chilling account of the treatment of female recruits by terror leaders. Using the alias “Um Asma” and fully covered by a niqab with only a slit for her eyes, the young woman told German press: “The caliphate is not what you think it is. Women are whipped, sold and stoned. Corpses are on display publicly for weeks,” reports Fox News. Before outbreak of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Asma says she led an ordinary life, listening to music, dancing and even hanging out with Christians. But after the...
  • Reagan to Gorbachev: 'Tear Down This Wall'!

    06/23/2015 10:49:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    On June 12th 1987 US President Ronald Reagan gave a historic speech at the Berlin Wall in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate, urging Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall!”The wall was erected in 1961 to separate the communist, Russian-backed East from the democratic, western-supported West Berlin. East Germany's government described it as an "anti-fascist protective wall" - but its true purpose was to stop citizens of the German Democratic Republic fleeing to the West via the West Berlin exclave. Travel between the two halves of the city was strictly controlled and heavily restricted. Reagan used his...
  • Top MP: we need fully equipped army (Germany)

    06/22/2015 9:24:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Jun 2015 11:00 GMT+02:00
    Parliament’s military commissioner Hans-Peter Bartels said on Monday that it is time for Germany to finally begin spending enough on its armed forces. “Quality and quantity of equipment is a central theme” of his work as the Bundestag (German parliament) expert on military issues, Bartels told Die Welt. He noted that German troops had recently taken part in the first exercises in Poland by a new NATO rapid-reaction force created in response to Russian interference in Ukraine, but “the equipment [for that exercise] had to be scraped together from across the whole army”. …
  • Iran's Parliament Bans Nuclear Inspectors from Military Sites: 'Death to America'

    06/21/2015 3:03:34 PM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 21, 2015 | AP
    <p>With some lawmakers chanting "Death to the America," Iran's parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.</p> <p>The bill, if ratified, could complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran and the six-nation group — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — as they face a self-imposed June 30 deadline. The talks are focused on reaching a final accord that curbs Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.</p>
  • The Pope joins the EU in a sad world of make-believe

    06/21/2015 4:44:27 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 6/21/2015 | Christopher Booker
    What has a Papal Encyclical calling on the world to end its use of fossil fuels and to pray to God for the success of the global “climate summit” in December got in common with the Greek euro crisis, the ominous rift between the West and Russia, and the shambles Europe is making over the desperation of African and Syrian refugees to find safety this side of the Mediterranean? They are all different aspects of the two greatest acts of political make-believe of our time, so all-pervasive that it is hard for us to grasp just how much effect they...
  • ‘End Austerity Now,’ demand Britons

    06/20/2015 4:35:16 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 6/21/2015 | Parvathi Menon
    End austerity: it’s cheating us all; Jobs not Trident; No cuts; Defy Tory rule; Cut war not welfare; Stop fracking; a Living Wage for mothers; and, The Pope gets it, why can’t you? With the slogans emblazoned on banners, posters and flags, anti-austerity marchers shouted slogans, sang, and beat drums, as they walked through London in what is being called the biggest protest march that the city has seen. The ‘End Austerity Now’ demonstration saw participation by an estimated crowd of between 70,000 and 250,000, all coming together to protest against cuts imposed due to austerity, the threats to the...
  • Want to understand the appeal of Islamic state? Think like a young Muslim outsider

    06/18/2015 10:17:51 PM PDT · by Cronos · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 18 Jun 2015 | Sadakat Kadri
    .. The three sisters missing with their children from their Bradford homes, like the 17-year-old Dewsbury boy who reportedly detonated a suicide bomb in Iraq last week, doubtless thought they were fulfilling an Islamic duty, but devoutness alone explains little. That points to a more general observation. Although the number of British Muslims who have travelled to northern Syria and Iraq is substantial (700, according to the most recent official estimate), it isn’t disproportionate. They get noticed because their facility with English makes them effective propagandists – terrifyingly so, in the case of the murderous “Jihadi John” – but Muslims...
  • The New World Map

    06/18/2015 4:27:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler's new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history. Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific. Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China. Attacking Hawaii, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia was merely the logical 1941 follow-up...
  • German media praise ‘clever, curious’ Bush (i.e. Jeb)

    06/16/2015 2:29:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Jun 2015 16:13 GMT+02:00 | Emma Anderson
    German media had some enthusiastic words for Jeb Bush after a visit to Berlin last week and his presidential candidacy announcement on Monday, but the press still had trouble distancing him from his less popular brother. […] Jeb Bush has certainly caught the German media’s attention, perhaps more than other Republican candidates due to his family’s history with Germany. “He seems to be getting a lot of press here. Germans tend to prefer him more than some of the others, I believe,” Thomas Leiser, chairman of Republicans Overseas Germany, told The Local. […] The press in Germany also were abuzz...
  • Women, Especially, Are Failing Financial Literacy

    06/16/2015 7:48:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    wsj ^ | June 14, 2015 | Simon Constable
    The bad news: Women are falling far behind men in financial literacy. The even worse news: Men apparently don’t know much about the topic in the first place. ... The authors surveyed people in the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands, asking three multiple-choice questions. In the U.S., only 38% of men got all three questions right. The American women did even worse, with only 22% scoring three out of three. The other countries showed a similar pattern. Here’s one of the questions: “Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2% per year. After five...
  • Man who overcame MERS dies in Germany of lung infection

    06/16/2015 5:33:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    ap ^ | Jun 16, 2015
    A German hospital says a 65-year-old man who survived the Middle East respiratory syndrome but was left weakened has died of a lung infection. Michael Schiffbaenker, a spokesman for the Niels-Stensen group of hospitals, said Tuesday the man died earlier this month in a facility in Lower Saxony. He said the hospital had agreed with the family not to release details of the fatal infection ... Authorities say the man appears to have caught MERS in February during a trip to Abu Dhabi.
  • Study: Nazi propaganda left life-long mark on German kids

    06/15/2015 9:51:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 15, 2015 3:42 PM EDT | Frank Jordans
    Anti-Semitic propaganda had a life-long effect on German children schooled during the Nazi period, leaving them far more likely to harbor negative views of Jews than those born earlier and later, according to a study published Monday. The findings indicate that attempts to influence public attitudes are most effective when they target young people, particularly if the message confirms existing beliefs, the authors said. Researchers from the United States and Switzerland examined surveys conducted in 1996 and 2006 that asked respondents about a range of issues, including their opinions of Jews. The polls, known as the German General Social Survey,...
  • Deutsche Bank Exodus Continues As Real Estate Chief Leaves For Blackstone

    06/15/2015 7:29:04 PM PDT · by george76
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/15/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier this month, Deutsche Bank’s co-CEOs Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen were shown the door ... Jonathan Pollack, the bank’s global head commercial real estate, is leaving after 16 years. ... Pollack's departure comes just one month after the bank's head of structured finance Elad Shraga left to start his own fund. Shraga was instrumental in helping Deutsche become "an award-winning arranger of asset- and mortgage-backed debt." Shraga had been with Deutsche Bank for 15 years. All of this seems to lend credence to the idea that Deutsche Bank may be in trouble. The employee exodus appears to be gathering...
  • ‘Germans Hide Jew-Hatred in Israel-Hatred’

    06/15/2015 5:57:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 6/10/2015, 8:33 AM | Benny Toker
    Elias Paz, the emissary for Bnei Akiva and the Jewish Agency in Germany, told Arutz Sheva about a report recently published by the German government, which details that last year there was a whopping 1,000% rise in anti-Israeli crimes and violent assaults, and a 25% rise in anti-Semitic crimes and attacks. The latter figure includes physical assaults on Jews, as well as vandalistic attacks on synagogues and Jewish cemeteries, in addition to incitement at protests. According to Paz, the German anti-Semites have found a way to cover their hatred of Jews in an increasingly internationally acceptable camouflage of antagonism against...
  • Industry bosses want to give refugees jobs [Germany]

    06/15/2015 9:53:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 Jun 2015 08:42 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    German industry groups called on Monday for the government to make it easier for asylum seekers to get jobs in Germany, days before a national conference on refugee policy. “Many people who come to us fleeing war and displacement will stay for a long time, maybe forever,” Ingo Kramer, president of the National Union of Employers’ Federations, said. “It’s in everyone’s interest to do everything so that these people can integrate quickly into the labor market.” He was joined in his call by Eric Schweitzer, president of the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, who said that “asylum seekers with...
  • U.S. Is Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in Eastern Europe

    06/15/2015 8:32:11 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 22 replies
    N.Y. Times ^ | JUNE 13, 2015 | By ERIC SCHMITT and STEVEN LEE MYERS
    RIGA, Latvia — In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say. The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member nations in Eastern Europe that had once been part of the Soviet sphere of influence. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war...
  • Berlin—Report: German Police Played Goebbels Speech On Radio At G7 Summit

    06/14/2015 2:05:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Vos Iz Neias ^ | June 14, 2015 01:00 PM | (Deutsche Press-Agentur)
    Two police officers who were at last week’s Group of Seven (G7) summit in Germany face disciplinary action for playing over the radio an excerpt of a wartime speech by Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister of propaganda, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported. […] Five days before the start of the G7 summit, the officers broadcast via private radios an infamous 1943 speech in which Goebbels asks a large audience gathered in Berlin: “Do you want total war?” …