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  • Trump Claims Foreign Allies Don’t Want Him To Declassify Russia Documents

    09/21/2018 2:07:12 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 114 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/1212018 | Chuck Ross
    President Donald Trump claimed Thursday and Friday that foreign allies have asked him not to declassify documents from the Russia probe the unnamed foreign countries Trump said that he is honoring the allies’ wishes, as well as the DOJ’s, by backing off of his declassification request
  • Germany: Where providing information on abortion remains a crime

    09/24/2018 2:23:16 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    France24 ^ | Sep 24, 2018 | P.Lovett, E. Maxwell.
    Abortion is anything but simple in Germany. Just providing information about the procedure can lead to criminal charges, with several doctors charged in the past few months. Abortion is only legal under certain circumstances, leading to high tensions within the medical community. Fewer and fewer doctors are providing abortions and the subject remains taboo. Last weekend both pro-choice and anti-abortion activists took to the streets of Berlin. Our correspondents report.
  • Major powers, except U.S., try to keep Iran nuclear deal alive

    09/23/2018 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | September 21, 2018 11:44 AM | Arshad Mohammed, John Irish
    Nations that struck the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, except for the United States, meet on Monday in what many diplomats fear may prove a quixotic effort to keep the agreement alive after U.S. sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports resume in November. Ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran will gather in New York at 8 p.m. EDT on Monday (0000 GMT Tuesday) to grapple with U.S. President Donald Trump’s May 8 decision to withdraw from the deal and restore the full force of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Their delicate, and perhaps unrealistic, task is to build a case...
  • World leaders gather at UN under threat from unilateralism

    09/22/2018 5:38:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2018 5:43 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    With rising unilateralism challenging its very existence, the United Nations convenes its annual meeting of world leaders Monday and will try once more to tackle problems together as a community of nations, addressing threats ranging from Mideast conflicts to the effects of global warming — and also encouraging the glimmer of hope over the nuclear standoff in North Korea. This year, 133 world leaders have signed up to attend the General Assembly session, a significant increase from last year’s 114. Secretary-General António Guterres called the expected large turnout “eloquent proof of the confidence of the international community in the United...
  • German politics fragment as support for big parties erodes

    09/22/2018 8:51:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.21.2018 | Jefferson Chase
    For most of Germany’s postwar history, the conservative CDU/CSU and the Social Democrats (SPD) were the undisputed twin poles of German politics. Known as Volksparteien, literally “popular parties,” these big-tent associations of interests have led every government since 1949. They were the German equivalents of the Republicans and Democrats in the United States or Tories and Labour in the United Kingdom. But their popularity is eroding alarmingly. In the words of venerable German political scientist Herfried Münkler, the Volksparteien look increasingly like “last year’s models.” The most recent Deutschlandtrend survey, published on September 20, put support for the CDU/CSU at...
  • Erdoganist Turkish lawyers seek arrest of US officers at Turkey’s Incirlik Airbase

    08/03/2018 4:43:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 53 replies
    Stockholm Center for Freedom ^ | Aug 3, 2018 | SCF
    A group of pro-Erdoğan Turkish lawyers has applied to the Adana Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office for the arrest of members of the US military at İncirlik Airbase in Adana for their alleged cooperation with the Gülen movement, according to a report by the Cumhuriyet daily on Friday. According to the report, lawyers working for the the Association for Social Justice and Aid (Toplumsal Adalet ve Yardımlaşma Derneği in Turkish, or TAY-DER), a front NGO that was set up on June 15, 2016 and formally registered a month later with the support of senior government officials, including some in the judiciary...
  • Putin praises Erdogan's 'great political authority'

    06/26/2018 6:53:19 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | June 26, 2018 | None Listed
    In a telegram earlier Monday, Putin had "stressed that the results of the vote fully speak of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's great political authority..." © Provided by AFP In a telegram earlier Monday, Putin had "stressed that the results of the vote fully speak of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's great political authority..." Russian strongman Vladimir Putin on Monday congratulated Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his re-election triumph in a phone call, after saying the result showed the Turkish leader's "great political authority" and mass support. On the call Putin and Erdogan confirmed their interest in "deepening partnership ties between the two...
  • Turkey’s requests for arrest from Germany (848 submitted to Interpol)

    09/20/2018 7:30:07 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018, 13:00 | ANF BERLIN
    Turkey has submitted close to a thousand requests to Germany for search and arrest warrants. Andrej Hunko from Die Linke said Turkey is abusing the Interpol. Germany’s Ministry of Justice responded to a written inquiry by Die Linke (The Left) and said since the coup attempt in 2016, Turkey has submitted large numbers of requests to the German Police for search and arrest warrants. Turkey has submitted a total of 848 requests for search and arrest warrants through the Interpol. QUESTION NOT RESPONDED TO Germany’s Ministry of Justice didn’t provide information on what percentage of Turkish requests had been met,...
  • U.S. Navy Commences Oil Removal from Capsized German Cruiser ‘Prinz Eugen’ in South Pacific

    09/20/2018 7:51:29 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    gCaptain ^ | September 20, 2018 | Mike Schuler
    The U.S. Navy, in partnership with the Army and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, have started the recovery of oil from the overturned World War II German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen in the Kwajalein Atoll.
  • 8 countries warn Israel against demolishing Bedouin outpost

    09/20/2018 5:03:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 09/21/18 01:07 | Elad Benari
    Eight European countries at the United Nations, including five Security Council members, on Thursday called on Israel to reverse its decision to demolish the illegal Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, AFP reported. Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Poland and the Netherlands warned that the demolition of the village “would severely threaten the viability of the two-state solution”. “We therefore call upon the Israeli authorities to reconsider their decision to demolish Khan al-Ahmar,” the countries said in a joint statement released ahead of a council meeting on the Middle East. Khan al-Ahmar was built in the 1990s on land belonging...
  • German Auto Giant Volkswagen is Pulling Out of Iran, Says US Ambassador

    09/20/2018 7:57:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 20, 2018 | 7:23 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    In a significant symbolic blow to the Iranian regime, the Volkswagen Group — the world’s biggest selling car manufacturer last year — has reportedly agreed to end almost all of its operations in Iran, in line with the restoration of U.S. sanctions on Tehran. The news was disclosed by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who since taking up his Berlin posting in May — he presented his credentials on the same day President Trump announced the U.S. was exiting the Iran nuclear deal — has been encouraging the host government to isolate Iran and urging German companies to stop...
  • Putin dials back the rhetoric against Israel after downing of spy plane but still vows action

    09/19/2018 4:02:11 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 9 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/19/18 | USA Features
    Putin’s dialing down of the rhetoric is an effort to mask his intentions. He — Russia — still has the same foreign policy interests in Syria as he did before the plane was shot down, and those aren’t going to change anytime soon. When journalists asked him about the much more hostile statement of his Defense Ministry, which also vowed a retaliatory response, Putin stated clearly that it was “fully coordinated” with him (of course it was). He defined what ‘retaliatory’ meant. “The retaliatory measures will be directed above all to boosting the security of military men and installations in...
  • Why The U.S. Ranks At The Bottom In A Foreign Aid Index (According to this freelance writer)

    09/18/2018 1:55:22 PM PDT · by gattaca · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | September 18, 2018 | Joanne Lu
    The United States' commitment to global development does not look good compared with that of other wealthy countries — and it's likely to get worse. According to an annual index released Tuesday by the Center for Global Development that ranks 27 of the world's wealthiest countries, the U.S. scored dead last on foreign aid contributions and quality — despite being the largest donor in dollar amount. That's because in 2017, it allocated a mere 0.18 percent of its gross national income for development assistance. That is well short of the 0.7 percent that wealthy countries have committed to strive for...
  • Merkel To Fire Domestic Intelligence Chief Who Questioned Chemnitz ‘Migrant Hunt’ Narrative

    09/18/2018 5:01:16 AM PDT · by davikkm · 13 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will allegedly fire the head of the country’s domestic intelligence service after he countered claims of “migrant hunts” during one of the many Chemnitz protests. Government sources claim that the German leader has decided to relieve Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) chief Hans-Georg Maassen of his post following a number of incidents including his rejection of a video that allegedly showed angry demonstrators in Chemnitz “hunting” migrants following the murder of Daniel Hillig, Die Welt reports. The sources claim that Merkel decided the fate of the spy chief over the weekend, telling...
  • U.S. authorities to scrutinize Danske Bank over money laundering scandal: report

    09/16/2018 6:48:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 14 September 2018 19:00 CEST+02:00
    A multi-million kroner money laundering case at Danske Bank’s Estonian branch could be investigated by US authorities. The Justice Department, Treasury Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are each examining Danske Bank over the allegations of money laundering flows, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The investigations are the result of a complaint made by a confidential whistleblower to US authorities more than two years ago, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents reviewed by the WSJ, the newspaper writes. In early August, the Danish state prosecutor’s office for serious economic and international crime...
  • California and Baden-Württemberg form sister-state relationship [for “climate change”]

    09/16/2018 6:31:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.16.2018 | jcg/sms (dpa, AFP)
    The governor of California, Jerry Brown, announced Saturday that his state would join the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg in a sister-state relationship with the goal of strengthening climate protection and economic ties between the two. The sister-state agreement comes at the tail end of a global climate summit, organized by Brown, which attracted thousands of politicians, activists, business leaders and others from around the world. The premier of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, joined Brown at the summit in San Francisco for the signing of the agreement. […] “The German connection is alive and well in California,” Brown said. “The fact...
  • German music festival disinvites musician who endorsed BDS

    09/15/2018 10:33:51 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/9/18
    Organizers of a music festival in Düsseldorf, Germany, withdrew their invitation to composer and singer Brian Eno over his longtime involvement in attempts to boycott Israel, JTA reported on Friday. Eno was slated to appear at the Electricity Conference festival in October, but last week he was among a group of artists who signed a letter urging a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest that will be held next year in Israel. Festival organizer Rüdiger Esch told the Westdeutsche Zeitung that it “was the only right decision” to disinvite Eno because “we don’t want to invite anyone who supports activities...
  • Germany says closure of Washington PLO office undermines two-state solution

    09/14/2018 3:42:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | September 14, 2018 7:28 AM | Michelle Martin and Riham Alkousaa
    The United States’ decision to close the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) office in Washington will make it harder to reach a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, a spokeswoman for the German foreign ministry said on Friday. […] The U.S. administration on Monday said the PLO’s office in Washington would be closed out of concern about Palestinian attempts to prompt an International Criminal Court investigation of Israel. …
  • TURKISH TEENAGER WHO PLOTTED TO BLOW UP GAY CLUB IN FRANKFURT ARRESTED [church a target, too]

    09/14/2018 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 9 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 | BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
    German police in the state of Hesse arrested a teenager in September for plotting an Islamic terror attack on a gay club and church in the city of Frankfurt. An intelligence source in Germany told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that the state police "arrested a guy named Yusuf Erkocoglu, a young Turkish kid caught planning to blow up a gay club in Frankfurt." The Post is the first publication to obtain the name of the suspect. The intelligence source confirmed that Erkocoglu also targeted a Catholic church in Frankfurt -- the financial center of Germany.
  • After Russian Pressure, AP Issues Correction on 'Nazi-Soviet Alliance

    09/14/2018 7:00:23 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 28 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 9/13/18 | Ofer Aderet
    The Associated Press news agency on Wednesday acceded to a Russian request to delete the term "former ally" from an article mentioning the relationship between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany during World War II. The article, which was published at the beginning of the month in media outlets worldwide, including Haaretz, was about a Ukrainian city commemorating the 75th anniversary of the destruction of its Jewish community. It included the claim that "in June 1941 Germany attacked the Soviet Union, its former ally." On Wednesday, ten days after the article was published, AP amended the text. The news agency...