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  • The friendship that Nazi Germany couldn't destroy

    08/02/2015 12:05:35 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 17th July 2015 | Joe Shute
    'Joe Shute reveals how a son’s mission to honour his father uncovered one of the most dramatic - and touching - stories of the Second World War.'
  • Breaking a Taboo: Plans for Euro-Zone Tax Take Shape

    08/02/2015 11:15:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 30, 2015 – 04:47 PM | Michael Sauga, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult
    History has shown that when a government wants to solidify its power, it has to turn its subjects into taxpayers. The Roman Empire demanded high tribute payments from every tribe it had newly conquered. And the United States developed from a commonwealth to a federal state when, in the 18th century, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton achieved uniform duties and taxes for the entire union, initially on whiskey, because it was so lucrative. Politicians in the eurozone are now seeking to emulate the historic model from the early years of the United States. The unnerving bargaining over the latest Greece bailout...
  • Are we on the threshold of a United States of Europe?

    08/02/2015 7:50:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 27 July 2015 1:41PM | Matthew Dal Santo
    Four days ago, French President François Hollande declared his in-principle commitment to the creation of a “euro government, with the addition of a specific budget and a parliament to ensure democratic control.” This is more an opening gambit in a debate about the terms of putative federalization (a term Hollande was careful to avoid), than a statement of French commitment to it at all costs. If some form of federalization comes about, it will not be because the French especially desire it, but because the logic of the Euro ultimately demands it. […] Germany is also in a better position...
  • Trump: Crimea is Europe's problem

    08/01/2015 5:10:41 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 102 replies
    CNN ^ | July 31, 2015 | Tom LoBianco
    "Let me explain first of all — this is Europe's problem much more than ours, OK?" Trump told CNN during a trip to Scotland. "And Europe isn't complaining as much as we are. But this is more of a Europe problem," Trump continued. "And when Europe comes to us and says, 'We want your help, we want your help,' but they're not really doing that. They're dealing with Russia, they're taking in the gas, they're taking in the oil — they're not really doing that. And you know, we're making a big deal out of it." "But why isn't Germany...
  • Obama Wants 5-Year Plan: ‘I Guarantee You This Is Not How China’ Handles Its Infrastructure

    08/01/2015 4:53:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 1, 2015 | 3:07 PM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    When President Obama signed a law yesterday funding federal transportation projects for the next three months, he lamented that the United States did not have a five-year federal plan for transportation—and warned Congress that “big, powerful countries” like the Peoples Republic of China did not do it the way the U.S. is doing it now. “I guarantee you this is not how China, Germany, other countries around the world—other big, powerful countries around the world—handle their infrastructure,” Obama said. …
  • Court: German spy agency need not give info on NSA list

    07/31/2015 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2015 8:03 AM EDT
    A German federal court has ruled that the country’s spy agency is under no obligation to divulge to the media a list of names compiled from search terms provided to it by the U.S. National Security Agency. A newspaper publisher sought an injunction forcing the Germany agency, the BND, to disclose information about what German companies and citizens were on the list after the spy agency refused to answer questions. …
  • Immigration fuels rising tension in Germany

    07/30/2015 7:52:30 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 30 July 2015 | Jenny Hill
    The man's clothes were dirty and he was clearly exhausted. He slumped back in the plastic chair and began to cry. "My wife, my family, they're all dead. All killed," he said. "That's why I left Syria." I met Saba in a makeshift reception centre for refugees, in the town of Passau. He had been waiting for hours to be "processed". Little wonder - 200 refugees arrive at this centre every day. Across town, a municipal ice rink has been hastily converted into another reception centre. Germany receives more refugees than any other European county. In the first half of...
  • French Farmers Block German, Spanish Trucks

    07/29/2015 10:00:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Local ^ | 27 Jul 2015
    UPDATED: French farmers said on Monday they had blocked and turned back as many as 300 trucks importing food from Germany, the latest protest against a fall in food prices.Farmers set up checkpoints on six roads between Germany and France late on Sunday night and said they would continue their action until later Monday. "We've already held back between 200 and 300 lorries transporting products that are distorting competition for us," said Franck Sander, local head of the FNSEA farming union. "For example, we made a lorry carrying Babybel (cheese) turn back. Consumers think this is French but the cheese...
  • 14-Year-Old Palestinian Girl Hopes Israel <em>Disappears

    07/29/2015 6:52:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/29/15 | Trey Sanchez
    A 14-year-old Palestinian girl has garnered international attention recently after being brought to tears by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who told the young girl that her family may be deported because Germany "can't manage" everyone coming from refugee camps. And now she's back in the headlines after telling German paper Die Welt her feelings on Israel: My hope is that at some time, [Israel] is no longer there, but only Palestine. This country should no longer be called Israel, but Palestine. It is reported that Reem Sahwil, quoted above, was born in a refugee camp in Lebanon but currently...
  • Kerry: Iran Deal Not a Treaty ‘Because You Can’t Pass a Treaty Anymore’ (quoi?)

    07/29/2015 5:22:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2015 | 4:10 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    The White House did not pursue the nuclear agreement with Iran as an international treaty, because getting U.S. Senate advice and consent for a treaty has “become physically impossible,” Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers on Tuesday. At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Kerry was asked about the administration’s approach of seeking a political accord between governments rather than an international treaty. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) recalled Kerry saying earlier in the hearing that if Congress rejects the JCPOA, other countries will in the future not...
  • Syria's embattled president vows to win bloody civil war

    07/27/2015 10:05:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    AP | July 26, 2015 | Bassem Mroue
    Link only.
  • Iran says will hold ‘high-level talks’ with EU

    07/28/2015 7:54:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 28, 2015 9:45 AM EDT
    Iran’s foreign minister says “high-level” talks will soon be launched with the European Union following a nuclear agreement reached with world powers earlier this month. Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that the talks “in the near future” will focus on energy, environmental and human rights issues, as well as “extremism, terrorism and sectarianism” in the Middle East. …
  • German business morale brightens as Greece jitters ease

    07/28/2015 12:50:40 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Jul 27, 2015 | Reuters
    Business confidence in Germany unexpectedly improved in July after two monthly drops as an agreement between Greece and its creditors for talks on a third bailout lifted the mood at firms in Europe's largest economy. The Munich-based Ifo institute said its business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 firms, rose to 108.0 from a revised 107.5 in June. That beat the Reuters consensus for a drop to 107.2 and sent the euro up to a two-week high against the dollar.
  • Lesson Learned: Poland, Czech Republic Won't Join "Burning" Euro

    07/27/2015 10:30:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/27/2015 | Tyler Durden
    With the turmoil in Greece proving once and for all that in the absence of a fiscal union, the EMU simply cannot function or if it does, it will be subject to episodic crises stemming from endemic differences of opinion on fiscal policy, outsiders could be forgiven for looking upon the currency experiment as an abject failure. Indeed, the struggle to secure a bridge loan for Athens last week underscored the degree to which non-euro countries are reluctant to put their taxpayers on the hook for problems which they believe are the result of an ill-fated attempt to unite fundamentally...
  • The United States Should Ditch NATO and Follow Britain out of Europe

    07/27/2015 9:50:13 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 41 replies
    New York Observer (Opinion) ^ | July 27, 2015 | Bernie Quigley
    Suppose we had a war and Britain didn’t come? Which is sort of what happened in Syria when President Obama, on the advice of Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, declared that we must go in now, this afternoon. No time to discuss. Much as we had heard before in the maelstrom which is the Middle East. Surely, our allies, by which I think we mean Europe, the Atlantic Alliance or “the West,” led of course by our trusty sidekick, Britain, will fall in line. But overnight, the British Parliament voted to just say no. And we...
  • Berlin conservatives say 'no' to gay marriage

    07/25/2015 12:20:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    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 survey was conducted over the past three weeks, asking members whether they would support gay marriage in Germany. About 40 percent of the CDU's roughly 12,500 members sent in their votes. While same-sex couples in Germany...
  • Should Germany exit the euro?

    07/24/2015 8:50:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.07.2015 | Maya E. Shwayder
    Through all the haggling and hair-pulling in the past months over more austerity, fewer creditors getting their money, and a dreaded “Grexit”—a scenario in which Greece would leave Europe’s currency union—at least four prominent economists in three major American publications have casually and quietly suggested there may be a third way: A German exit. That is, Germany should exit the euro, and clear the way for countries in the south of Europe—notably, Greece, Italy, Spain, and probably Portugal—to reconcile their debt with a greatly depreciated currency and maybe finally get a handle on their economies. The latest thinker to suggest...
  • 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...
  • Barack Obama says Britain must stay in EU [and that's an ORDER!!]

    07/23/2015 7:13:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/23/15 | Barney Henderson
    “(The EU) is part of the cornerstone of institutions built after World War Two that has made the world safer and more prosperous. “We want to make sure that the United Kingdom continues to have that influence,” Mr Obama told the BBC, reinforcing the importance Washington places on the UK remaining in the EU. He has previously acknowledged the need to try and “fix what is broken” with the EU before breaking the relationship. Mr Obama said David Cameron was an outstanding partner and praised the Government for committing earlier this month to Nato's defence spending pledge of two per...
  • Iran buys 100 Russian refueling aircraft for its air force to reach any point in the Mid East

    07/22/2015 9:00:06 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 45 replies
    Debka ^ | July 22, 2015
    In defiance of the international arms embargo, Iran last week placed an order with Moscow for a huge fleet of 100 Russian IL78 MKI tanker aircraft (NATO: Midas) for refueling its air force in mid-flight, thereby extending its range to 7,300 km. This is reported exclusively by DEBKAfile from its military and intelligence sources. The transaction runs contrary to the terms of the nuclear accord the six world powers and Iran signed in Vienna earlier this month. These tanker planes can simultaneously refuel six to eight warplanes. Their acquisition brings Israel, 1.200km away – as well the rest of the...
  • Shocking pictures of the appalling conditions thousands of migrants are forced to endure..Greek [tr]

    07/22/2015 8:20:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 22, 2015 | Tim MacFarlan
    Thousands of desperate migrants are camping out on roundabouts amid squalid camps overflowing with rubbish on the Greek holiday islands of Lesbos and Kos. Around 5,000 people have arrived in Lesbos in the past few days and many are forced to sleep outside amid broken glass and piles of rubble without access to water, shelter, toilets or medical care. Shocking images taken at the official Moria camp near the main town of Mitlini show filthy and overflowing latrines strewn with discarded plastic bottles and tents perched next to piles of rubbish.
  • Decades of European Media Bias Against Israel

    07/22/2015 2:48:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:06 AM | Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld
    The strong bias that many European media hold against Israel has been documented for decades by a great variety of analysts. One of the first to do so was The Jerusalem Post editor David Bar-Illan. He gave many examples of media prejudice in his book, Eye on the Media, published in 1983 and based on his columns in the daily. […] During an interview some ten years after the publication of his book, Bar-Illan told me that the BBC was “by far the worst offender when it comes to Israel.” He said that there were hundreds of examples of BBC...
  • Aldi and Lidl Are Ready To Invade the U.S. Beware Walmart and Target!

    07/22/2015 12:46:53 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 58 replies
    forbes.com ^ | Jul 8, 2015 | Walter Loeb
    Aldi and Lidl, Germany’s toughest discount food retailers, are invading the US. Both operate small, efficient no frill self serve supermarkets with a strong non-food assortment, and very low prices. Both have permanently changed the competitive landscape wherever they have gone. Lidl is about to open its U.S. headquarter in Arlington, Virginia and a distribution center in Alamance County, North Carolina. These are early steps in its U.S. invasion by this formidable company that operates about 11,000 stores in 26 countries throughout Europe. I am told that the company has already selected 80 locations in the Greater Washington, D.C. area...
  • Nuclear Arms Race: Saudi Source Reveals Plan for the Bomb

    07/21/2015 11:29:35 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21 July 2015 | Ari Yashar
    Head of state-affiliated Saudi TV channel reveals Saudi Arabia will 'seriously try to get' nuclear weapons following Iran deal. While US President Barack Obama claimed he prevented a nuclear arms race in the Middle East when he presented the Iran deal last Tuesday, a key source in Saudi Arabia laid bare that claim by expressing the country's sense of urgency to acquire its own nuclear weapon. Jamal Khashoggi, head of the Saudi Al Arab news channel that is owned by a prince of the ruling Saudi royal family, and who previously was the media aide to Saudi Arabia's ambassador to...
  • Europe Is Partying Like It's 1939

    07/21/2015 12:18:03 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 21 July 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    When traveling through Europe accompanied by a copy of Martin Gilbert’s magisterial one-volume biography, “Churchill: A Life,” you cannot ignore the parallels between today and the 1930s. With the enemies of freedom prowling along on the periphery of civilization and the economy wobbling, the West once again finds itself at an existential crossroads. This time, there is no Winston Churchill to set us upon the road toward victory. Europe is different from when I first lived there in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was not as superficially wealthy then, although this time I rarely wandered far from where...
  • Report: Iran, Germany to hold major economic conference

    07/20/2015 3:01:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 20, 2015 2:58 PM EDT | Nasser Karimi
    Closer ties between Iran and Germany will help bridge the gap between Europe and the entire Middle East, Iran’s president said as Iran and Germany announced plans to hold their first joint economic conference in a decade, the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday. Hassan Rouhani, who met visiting German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, said he hopes Germany plays a “positive role” in improving relations between Iran and the EU, “as it played a positive role in nuclear talks.” […] But despite the optimism, Gabriel warned that obstacles still remain that could affect the pace of German investment in...
  • UN Security Council unanimously approves Iran deal; EU Ministers Approve Pact Ahead of UN Vote

    07/20/2015 7:55:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 07/20/2015 | BY MARISSA NEWMAN AND AP
    The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal and paving the way to lifting longstanding sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The 15-0 approval of the Iran nuclear deal clears one of the largest hurdles for the landmark pact, which will now go before the US Congress where it may face an uphill battle for confirmation. The UN vote came shortly after the European Union approved the nuclear deal, okaying the pact between the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany and Iran that lifts punishing economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange...
  • Spiegel Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: ‘There Is No German Dominance’

    07/20/2015 11:02:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 17, 2015 – 07:29 PM | Klaus Brinkbäumer, Michael Sauga and Christian Reiermann
    Criticism of Germany’s role in the recent negotiations over Greece’s future has been fierce. Spiegel speaks with Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble about the government in Athens, his own feelings about a Grexit and his relationship with Chancellor Merkel. […] Spiegel: Germany took on a leadership role in the negotiations with Greece—and adopted a “very patronizing tone,” as European Parliament President Martin Schulz lamented. Does it worry you that people across Europe are talking about a “new German dominance?” Schäuble: There is no German dominance. Germany is in a good position economically, that is undeniable. But in contrast to France and...
  • [Germany’s Economy] Minister: Iran must rethink stance on Israel

    07/20/2015 10:00:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Jul 2015 14:21 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany believes Iran should rethink its stance on Israel as last week’s nuclear deal means it must “bear new responsibilities, at home and abroad”, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday during his visit to the Islamic republic. […] “With the nuclear agreement and the economic recovery that will surely come after it, Iran will also bear new responsibilities, at home and abroad,” he told delegates at a conference in the capital. “You must understand that for us Germans, the security of the state of Israel is also of great importance. I understand how difficult the debate is, and we...
  • Germans are richer than ever before: study

    07/20/2015 9:39:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Jul 2015 16:51 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    German private households collectively hold more wealth than ever before, according to a report released by the German Federal Bank on Monday. A strong labor market and comfortable incomes have helped German households’ financial assets to rise by €140 billion in the first quarter of the year, according to the report, climbing to €5.212 trillion—a record high. […] Germans still showed an “ongoing high level of risk aversion” and did not take advantage of low interest rates by taking out significant loans. […] But such wealth is not necessarily shared equally across the country. A study last year revealed that...
  • Germany, Iran pledge to revive economic ties after long freeze

    07/20/2015 9:10:11 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2 hours 8 minutes ago | By Gernot Heller
    TEHRAN, July 20 (Reuters) - Germany and Iran moved tentatively on Monday towards reviving a once close trade relationship, anticipating the lifting of western economic sanctions against Tehran following a landmark nuclear deal. Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, making the first top level German government visit to Tehran in 13 years, indicated that a ministerial-level meeting of a long dormant German-Iran economic commission would take place early next year in Tehran. Gabriel signalled the move at a meeting with Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh during the visit, which is also the first to the country by a senior member of...
  • Powerful German built MEKO A-200 AN Frigate for Algerian Navy to Start Sea Trials

    07/20/2015 4:43:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 20 July 2015
    The first of two MEKO Frigates built by Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel appears ready to start her first sea trials according to ship spotter pictures. The vessel, designated MEKO A-200 AN Frigate, was launched in early December 2014. Algeria ordered two frigates (with an option for two more) in March 2012. The weapons fit selected by the Algerian Navy is quite powerfull for this type of vessel. Picture showing the first MEKO A-200 AN frigate for Algeria with most of its systems fitted (except for the anti-ship missiles) and ready to start sea trials. Picture taken on...
  • Germany is feasting on the rest of Europe

    07/19/2015 3:08:56 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 19, 2015 | Corey Stern
    The situation in Athens seems to have calmed down, but former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke thinks Europe has an even bigger issue to worry about: Germany. In a blog post on Friday, Bernanke wrote that the failure of the eurozone as a whole is very much related to the "highly asymmetric outcomes" among member nations. In other words, Bernanke is attributing Europe's woes to the fact that countries like Germany are benefiting at the expense of the monetary union's weaker members, like Greece, Spain, and Italy. Bernanke points to unemployment rates as a clear sign of the disparity in...
  • Britain Should Invade The Islamic State Says Former Military Boss Lord Richards

    07/19/2015 12:55:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2015 | Andre Walker
    WESTMINSTER, United Kingdom – The former head of the British Military has called for the UK and her allies to invade the Islamic State. Lord Richards told the BBC's Andrew Marr programme the current allied strategy of air strikes and support for Kurdish fighters was “woefully insufficient.” He said the strategy was “firing up” the Islamic State because it was “dribbling” rather than “clouting” the terrorist nation. Richards went on to say: “Sooner or later tanks are going to have to roll, there is going to have to be troops on the ground…. The current strategy won't work in the...
  • Debt-choked Greece seeks solar bonanza

    09/05/2011 3:29:55 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 26 replies
    Athens News ^ | 9/5/2011
    Sun-baked and debt-choked Greece presented on Monday a plan to become Europe's solar energy powerhouse, attracting up to 20 billion euros of investment in the decades to come to lift its economy out of the doldrums. The cash-strapped country regards clean energy as one of the few advantages of its uncompetitive economy, which is going through its longest and deepest recession in decades as a result of a debt crisis. The ambitious plan, called "Project Helios", involves multiplying Greek solar power production from 206 megawatts (MW) in 2010 to 2.2 gigawatts (GW) by 2010 and up to 10 GW by...
  • Angela Merkel firm stand on illegal immigrants tested by crying Palestinian teen

    07/17/2015 8:04:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/17/2015 | Rick Moran
    Germany is in crisis this summer as illegal immigrants pour across the Bavarian border in ever increasing numbers.  Already, there have been more illegals entering Germany to date than entered all of last year. And the German people are fed up. Chancellor Angela Merkel is saying simply that Germany can't help everyone.  And that policy was tested yesterday when she was confronted by a crying Palestinian teen who came with her family to Germany four years ago seeking asylum.  Guardian: During the discussion, entitled “Good life in Germany”, Reem, a Palestinian, told Merkel in fluent German that she and...
  • Germany, Cuba sign framework accords

    07/16/2015 6:32:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 16.07.2015 | [ipj/gsw (AFP, dpa)]
    Germany and Cuba have signed framework accords to formalize future ties. Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s visit to Havanna is the first by a German foreign minister since Germany’s reunification 25 years ago. Thursday’s signing by Steinmeier and his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez, involved two documents intended to open regular consultations between their ministries and cultural exchanges. They also contained an acknowledgment of human rights, an issue raised by Amnesty International, which is critical of Cuban clamps of freedoms of expression. Steinmeier’s trip comes just days ahead of the intended reopening by Cuba and the US of their embassies. President Barack Obama announced...
  • Girl bursts into tears after Angela Merkel explains to her exactly why she must be deported

    07/16/2015 10:17:22 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 34 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 7/16/15 | Lydia Willgress
    Full title: 'You can't all come': Palestinian immigrant girl bursts into tears after 'heartless' German leader Angela Merkel explains personally to her on TV exactly why she must be deported The German Chancellor has been criticised for telling a Palestinian girl that her family might be deported because: 'You can't all come.' Angela Merkel made the comments during a discussion with a group of schoolchildren at an event about 'living in Germany'. The girl, known as Reem, surprised Merkel when she revealed her family had been waiting for four years to receive permanent residency. She added that they could be...
  • As Kerry Recalled His War Experience at End of Iran Talks, ‘Everyone Had Tears in Their Eyes’

    07/16/2015 7:42:28 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 53 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/15/16 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – In the closing minutes of the Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna this week, Secretary of State John Kerry made a comment about having gone to war as a young man and not wanting to do so again, leaving everyone in the room, including the Iranians, with “tears in their eyes.” Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator in the talks, recounted the moment while addressing the annual Generation Prague Conference at the State Department on Wednesday. Sherman said that in the final plenary session, with the media out of the room, each of...
  • Ashkenazi Jews descend from 350 people, study finds

    07/15/2015 2:42:04 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 100 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Andrew Tobin
    ‘Bottleneck’ dates back 600 to 800 years, genome analysis shows; researcher says among population ‘everyone is a 30th cousin. Illustrative photo of Ashkenazi Jews, taken from Nurit Ben Sheetri's 'The Redheads' exhibit at Dizengoff Center (courtesy Nurit Ben Sheetrit) A new study concludes that all Ashkenazi Jews can trace their ancestry to a “bottleneck” of just 350 individuals, dating back to between 600 and 800 years ago. The study, published in the Nature Communications journal Tuesday, was authored by Shai Carmi, a computer science professor at Columbia University, and more than 20 medical researchers from Yale, Columbia, Yeshiva University’s Albert...
  • 'Auschwitz Book-Keeper' Oskar Groening Sentenced to Four Years

    07/15/2015 10:26:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/15
    A German court has convicted a 94-year-old former guard at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz of being an accessory to the murder of at least 300,000 Jews.Oskar Groening, known as the "book-keeper of Auschwitz", was sentenced to four years in prison. He was responsible for counting the belongings confiscated from prisoners and had admitted "moral guilt". His lawyers said he did not facilitate genocide, but prosecutors argued that he had helped the camp run smoothly. Many observers have questioned whether Groening will ultimately be sent to jail, given his advanced age. He is expected to be one of the...
  • German Foreign Minister: Israel Shouldn’t Criticize Iran Deal

    07/14/2015 8:15:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    INN ^ | 7/15/2015, 1:15 AM | Elad Benari
    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Tuesday criticized Israel’s opposition to the nuclear deal agreed upon by six world powers and Iran, Reuters reported. According to the report, Steinmeier said the agreement would help contribute to security in the Middle East. “This is a responsible deal and Israel should also take a closer look at it and not criticize the agreement in a very coarse way,” he was quoted as having told German broadcaster ARD. …
  • Record numbers enter Germany illegally

    07/14/2015 5:18:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 Jul 2015 14:42 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    As numbers of refugees entering Germany reach record highs, police have warned that they are struggling to cope with the growing demands on their time and resources. Speaking in Berlin on Monday, Bundespolizei (federal police) chief Dieter Romann said officials have seized over 63,000 people who entered the country illegally so far this year—with around 3,000 cases recorded last weekend alone. The total for this year so far has already eclipsed last year’s sum of 57,000, which had previously been the highest level since German reunification in 1990. […] The most numerous are those from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan, although...
  • Germany's foreign minister criticizes Israel's opposition to Iran deal

    07/14/2015 3:17:39 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/14/2015 22:14
    BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier criticized Israel's opposition to a nuclear deal agreed by six world powers and Iran, saying the agreement will help contribute to security in the Middle East. "This is a responsible deal and Israel should also take a closer look at it and not criticize the agreement in a very coarse way," Steinmeier told German broadcaster ARD in an interview on Wednesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the deal as a "stunning, historic mistake" and said it would enable Iran to pursue a path to nuclear weapons. But Steinmeier said the basis for the...
  • Sanctions on Iran's oil sector (Congress can't stop the EU from now doing business with Iran

    07/14/2015 7:13:36 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 5 replies
    Reuters via Gulf News ^ | 7/14/2015 | Staff
    Iran and six world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East, and which Israel called an "historic surrender". Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the US, European Union and the UN would be lifted in return for Iran agreeing [sic] to long-term curbs on a nuclear programme that the West has suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb. ... The EU has also imposed sanctions prohibiting trade with Iran's oil sector. This includes any business with any part of Iran's energy sector or...
  • Eerie pictures of a German warship and HMAS Sydney which sunk off Australia in 1941

    07/13/2015 2:35:00 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 14th July 2015 | Aneeta Bhole
    The first images of two warships which sunk after a deadly battle during World War II have emerged. The wrecks lie 20 kilometres apart from each another about 200 kilometres west of Steep Point, Shark Bay in Western Australia, north-west of Perth, and sunk in November 1941. The German raider HSK Kormoran and the light cruiser HMAS Sydney were re-discovered in 2008 with an expedition to the wrecks going out earlier this year. Researchers from Curtin University and the Western Australian Museum captured 700,000 high resolution images of the two ships with the help of two remotely operated underwater vehicles...
  • Hungary Starts to Build the Damn Fence

    07/13/2015 10:24:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7/13/2015 | Michael Walsh
    The Hungarians have had it with the invaders known in the media as “migrants” and are doing something about it: Hungary has begun building a fence on the country’s southern border with Serbia, meant to stem the unprecedented flow of migrants, the government said Monday. Military personnel began working on a 150-meter (490-foot) “sample section” Monday morning on the outskirts of the town of Morahalom, where a bulldozer and other heavy machinery were preparing the ground for construction, according to a joint statement from the interior and defense ministries. “A daily average of 1,000 illegal border crossers are arriving in...
  • World War II History, Captured in a Private’s Letters to His Wife

    <p>For years the letter lay in a box in the attic. It was postmarked in April 1945, just before the Nazis’ surrender in World War II. It was just one letter among many letters, and the box was just one box among many boxes.</p>
  • Obama is killing the Left. Let's help him. (REPOST. I messed up on the last one.)

    07/12/2015 5:58:46 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    I have enormous respect for Victor Davis Hanson and read with great interest his account this week that people are fed up with liberal elites. Amid all this leftish high-fiving about court decisions and executive orders, we forget political and electoral reality. Barack Obama has done more to destroy liberal political power in the Congress and in the statehouses than any Democratic politician since the 1920s. His executive orders and neglect of enforcing existing law have green-lighted the executive power of the next Republican president in a way that Richard Nixon could hardly imagine. He has discredited the idea of...
  • German Document Floats 5-Year Greek Exit From Eurozone

    07/11/2015 1:47:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    wsj ^ | July 11, 2015 3:14 p.m. ET | Gabriele Steinhauser
    A document prepared by Germany’s finance ministry and seen by The Wall Street Journal floats a “timeout” for Greece from the eurozone for “at least the next five years” as one of two options for dealing with the debt-ridden country. ... In the document, dated July 10, Germany takes a tough line on spending cuts and policy overhauls Greece submitted to its international creditors, the other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund late Thursday. ... Under the first scenario, Greece and its creditors would start negotiating a third rescue package, but only once the government has made improved proposals,...