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  • Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania form joint military unit

    09/20/2014 3:15:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    bbc ^ | 19 September 2014 | bbc
    Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania have agreed to set up joint military unit of several thousand soldiers. Defence ministers from the three countries signed the deal on Friday. Poland's defence ministry said the brigade would be based in the eastern Polish city of Lublin but the soldiers would remain in their home countries. Poland and Lithuania are eager to bolster defences following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula earlier this year.
  • From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant: German hip-hop artist joins the Islamic State

    09/20/2014 5:12:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 09/20/2014 | Marc Young
    As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there. Denis Cuspert was once a modestly successful member of Germany's hip-hop scene going by the stage name Deso Dogg. Now he calls himself Abu Talha the German and is a top propagandist for the so-called Islamic State (IS) caliphate, which is blamed for several wartime atrocities. His ascent into the upper IS ranks is raising concerns that such "homegrown" Islamists could embolden Muslim extremists in Germany or...
  • The Israelization of Anti-Semitism

    09/19/2014 10:03:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    Angela Merkel is the stand-up lady of Europe. The German chancellor is forthright in calling anti-Semites to account. She spoke this week to a rally of 6,000 Germans at the Brandenburg Gate, denouncing the documented increase of anti-Semitism in their country. The evil of the Nazi regime, which killed 6 million Jews in Europe 80 years ago, is marked everywhere, with bronze plaques on sidewalks where Jews were taken from their homes and dispatched to death camps, to the five acres dedicated to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in the very center of Berlin. And yet, as the chancellor...
  • Hidden partners? How much Russia, Iran could help US against Islamic State

    09/15/2014 3:39:10 PM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 15, 2014 | Howard LaFranchi
    More than three dozen nations have signed on to the anti-Islamic State coalition, US officials say. But Russia and Iran are also likely to play roles, and some Arab countries will prefer to keep quiet about their help.
  • [German Chancellor Angela Merkel] Multiculturalism is a failure

    09/17/2014 8:33:57 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/17/2014 | Walter E. Williams
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that in Germany, multiculturalism has “utterly failed.” Both Australia’s ex-prime minister John Howard and Spain’s ex-prime minister Jose Maria Aznar reached the same conclusion about multiculturalism in their countries. British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that multiculturalism is fostering extremist ideology and directly contributing to homegrown Islamic terrorism. UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said the United Kingdom’s push for multiculturalism has not united Britons but pushed them apart. It has allowed for Islam to emerge despite Britain’s Judeo-Christian culture. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the roots of violent Islamism are not...
  • Fatah Exposes Hamas’s Trafficking Network to Europe

    09/17/2014 12:31:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 9/17/2014, 9:36 AM | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has exposed that Hamas is running a human trafficking network, smuggling Gaza residents to Europe for $2,000 to $3,500 per person. The charges come following reports that dozens of Palestinian Arabs drowned last week after leaving Gaza for Egypt, where they boarded an ill-fated ship bound for Europe that never reached its goal, reports Kol Yisrael (Israel Radio). Apparently Hamas used its hundreds of smuggling tunnels into the Sinai Peninsula to funnel the would-be immigrants out of Gaza and into Egypt; while an Egyptian siege limited the usage of those smuggling tunnels,...
  • Investors buy German debt at negative rates

    09/17/2014 12:06:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 1:15 PM EDT | David McHugh
    Investors have bought billions of euros in German treasury notes that pay negative interest—meaning the purchasers agreed to pay a small fee for the privilege of lending the German government their money. […] Germany auctioned €3.34 billion ($4.3 billion) Wednesday in two-year notes at an average yield of minus 0.07 percent. Rates are very low all over, and German debt is considered ultra-safe, so security-minded investors are paying for safety. Expectation the European Central Bank will buy bonds has also driven down yields, which move opposite to prices. And the small negative yield on the notes is still a better...
  • Historic German Trial Against IS Suspect

    09/17/2014 8:20:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    Rudaw ^ | yesterday at 02:39 | Deniz Serinci
    Pro-ISIS protesters in Germany. Photo: Veooz. COPENHAGEN, Denmark – A German national accused of fighting for the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in Syria is on trial in Germany, in the first case of its kind. Kreshnik Berisha, a German-born 20-year-old whose parents are originally from Kosovo, faces a prison term of up to 10 years if found guilty. Prosecutor Horst Salzmann wrote in a press release that Berisha “wanted to create a theocracy under Shariah law. He took the oath. He was ready to die for his goals.”  Salzmann said that Berisha traveled to Syria via Turkey in July 2013...
  • “Jews to the gas!”: Islamic anti-Semitism rising in Germany, synagogues attacked

    09/16/2014 6:55:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9/16/2014 | Robert Spencer
    It has gotten so bad that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to combat it, and even the New York Times has to acknowledge it. Of course, they don’t mention its Qur’anic roots — the fact that the Qur’an calls Jews the worst enemies of the Muslims (5:82), says they are under Allah’s curse (9:30) and more.“What’s Behind Germany’s New Anti-Semitism,” by Jochen Bittner, New York Times, September 16, 2014: HAMBURG, Germany — Europe is living through a new wave of anti-Semitism. The president of Germany’s Central Council of Jews calls it the worst the Continent has seen since World...
  • Islamic State crisis: Kerry to lead talks in Paris

    09/14/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 14 September 2014 Last updated at 21:59 ET
    US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to a coalition to help fight IS in Iraq and Syria. Several Arab countries have offered to take part in air strikes on IS fighters in Iraq, US officials say. Mr Kerry says he is "extremely encouraged" by promises of military assistance to tackle...
  • flagship german offshore wind farm project humiliated by technical faults

    09/14/2014 2:44:47 PM PDT · by dennisw · 67 replies
    breitbart. ^ | Sept 12 | DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
    Germany’s flagship Bard 1 offshore wind farm has been described as “a faulty total system” as technical problems continue to plague the project, casting major doubts on the feasibility of large scale offshore projects. The wind farm was officially turned on in August last year but was shut down again almost immediately due to technical difficulties that have still not been resolved – and now lawyers are getting involved. The wind farm comprises 80 5MW turbines situated 100 km off the north German coastline. The difficulty facing engineers is how to get the electricity generated back to shore. So far,...
  • Only Germany is holding together as separatists threaten to rip Europe apart

    09/12/2014 11:39:05 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 35 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10 September 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The increasing predilection for fragmentation across the continent will result in Teutonic political hegemony - if we're lucky ___ Europe is disintegrating. Two large and ancient kingdoms are near the point of rupture as Spain follows Britain into constitutional crisis, joined like Siamese twins. The post-Habsburg order further east is suddenly prey to a corrosive notion that settled borders are up for grabs. "Problems frozen for decades are warming up again," said Giles Merritt, from Friends of Europe in Brussels. The best we can hope for - should tribalism prevail - is German political hegemony in Europe. The German people...
  • NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine: defense minister

    09/14/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT · by McGruff · 38 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sep 14, 2014
    Ukraine's defense minister said on Sunday that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin. Valery Heletey told a news conference he had discussed weapons deliveries in bilateral meetings with NATO defense ministers during a NATO summit in Wales on Sept. 4-5.
  • Anti-euro party makes big leap in Thuringia, Brandenburg state elections

    09/14/2014 9:53:27 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    The euroskeptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has taken big strides forward in regional elections in two eastern German states. Results are emerging from votes in Thuringia and Brandenburg. Results of exit polls released just before the close of voting on Sunday showed the Alternative for Germany (AfD), which was founded only last year, had gained 10 percent of the vote in Thuringia and 12 percent of the vote in Brandenburg, meaning it has won a place in the parliaments of both states for the first time. A fortnight ago the AfD was elected to the regional parliament in another...
  • 'Shariah Police' ditch vests and change name [ Germany ]

    09/13/2014 8:09:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    The Local ^ | 12 Sep 2014
    Salafists who caused outrage by mounting patrols in western Germany as "Shariah Police" have ditched their vests and changed their name, but pledged to continue to take action. It comes as political leaders were accused of creating a "safe zone" for Islamists. North Rhine-Westphalia has become the national front runner in imports and exports of holy warriors,” Christian Democratic Union (CDU) state parliament member and interior policy spokesman Theo Kruse said on Friday. Kruse argued that the state had become a “national space of peace and recovery for Salafists" and a "safe zone" for Islamists. ... Salafism is the fastest-growing...
  • German newspaper targeted by neo-Nazis

    09/13/2014 6:50:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Sep 2014 10:23 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said on Friday that neo-Nazi vandalism and threats against a local newspaper in eastern Germany were “unacceptable and must be stopped”. This week vandals sprayed the words “Jews” and the Nazi slogan “Sieg Heil” on the office windows of the Lausitzer Rundschau, a newspaper known for its coverage of far-right groups. …
  • Germany opens doors to immigrants to fuel economy

    09/12/2014 7:57:10 AM PDT · by Lowell1775 · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-11-2014 | Nele Obermueller
    BERLIN — When Marie Duness-Rose, 39, immigrated to Germany from Bulgaria 10 years ago, she left a lot behind, she says. But now she holds a management degree and runs a thriving bistro serving Balkan food in a popular neighborhood in Berlin. She is one of about 6.2 million non-German citizens in the country and one of about 15 million — or 19 percent of the total population — who are not ethnically German. That percentage is one of the highest proportions of immigrants in any European country, and it is not expected to decrease any time soon. Last month,...
  • First German governor from ex-communist party?

    09/12/2014 7:54:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 12, 2014 9:11 AM EDT | Geir Moulson
    A quarter-century after the Berlin Wall crumbled, an election this weekend may show whether Germany is ready for its first state governor from the party descended from East Germany’s communist rulers. The opposition Left Party hopes to end the 24-year grip of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on the governor's office in eastern Thuringia state Sunday. While his party emerged from the old communist guard, Left Party candidate Bodo Ramelow is anything but a throwback to Soviet times. The 58-year-old, a practicing Protestant and West German native, went east when Germany reunited in 1990 as a labor union official and later...
  • Airbus sees possible future sales of 'hundreds' of 400M in U.S.

    09/12/2014 7:29:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 11 September 2014
    WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Europe's Airbus said on Thursday that it sees the possibility of selling hundreds of its A400M military transport plane to the U.S. military in the medium to long term. Barry Eccleston, president of Airbus Americas Inc, told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit that the company was focused on securing additional orders for the UH-72 helicopter that it builds in Mississippi in the short term, but its "next big project" would be focused on marketing the A400M. "There's this incredible airplane that can do just about everything," Eccleston said, noting that Airbus saw possible sales...
  • Germany officially bans terror group ISIS

    09/12/2014 3:18:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Sep 2014 12:00 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germany on Friday officially banned Islamic terror group ISIS from any activities in the country, warning that the jihadists, who have captured swathes of Iraq and Syria, also posed a threat to Europe. Defense minister Thomas de Mazičre announced the ban on flying ISIS flags, wearing Isis symbols and all ISIS activities at a press conference on Friday morning. “The terror organization Islamic State is a threat to public safety in Germany as well,” de Mazičre said. …
  • Britain, Germany: We won’t take part in Syria air strikes

    09/11/2014 9:12:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Last night, Barack Obama promised America that he would take the fight to ISIS/ISIL, using a four-pronged strategy that he laid out in his much-anticipated war speech. In each phase of this strategy, Obama insisted, we would be “joined by a broad coalition of partners,” emphases mine: Obama ISIS Speech [FULL] 9/10/14: Outlining a Battle Plan | The New York Times First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces...
  • Germany’s jihadists: Young, male, losers

    09/11/2014 5:01:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 Sep 2014 09:21 GMT+02:00
    The hundreds of Germans who have traveled to Syria to join jihadi groups are largely young, male and failed at school and in their careers, according to a report from the security services. The report from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which has been seen by the Berliner Morgenpost, showed that of the 378 German Islamists who have headed to Syria since mid-2012 just one in four finished high school. Six percent finished post-school training and two percent went into further education. Almost 90 percent of those who have traveled to Syria are men. The youngest...
  • Germany ‘may help’ Syria airstrikes: CDU

    09/11/2014 4:47:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 Sep 2014 10:48 GMT+02:00
    Germany is not ruling out military action against Islamic extremists Isis in Syria, following US President Barack Obama’s announcement that airstrikes against the terror group will be expanded into the Middle Eastern country. “I won't rule out [German participation] in these airstrikes,” Philipp Mißfelder, foreign affairs spokesman in the Bundestag for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian-Democratic (CDU) party, said on Thursday morning. […] Germany might also send units to take part in aerial surveillance and allow flights over its territory to and from the conflict zone, Mißfelder said, but added that deployment of ground troops “from the West as a whole”...
  • Germans want cooler relations with USA

    09/11/2014 3:33:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Sep 2014 15:32 GMT+02:00 | Tom Bristow
    Germans want more independence from the United States in security and diplomacy affairs, according to a major survey released on Wednesday, which showed negative attitudes towards the USA have hardened. The study from the German Marshall Fund (GMF) think-tank showed for the first time in the history of the survey that a majority of Germans wanted their country to take a more independent approach from the United States in security and diplomacy. According to the 13th Transatlantic Trends survey, 57 percent opted for a more independent approach, up from 17 percent in 2013. Just 19 percent of Germans said they...
  • 'His Father Had Lied to Us': German Doctor Shares Harrowing Ebola Encounter

    09/10/2014 2:13:43 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    Spiegal ^ | 9-9-14 | Katrin Elger
    On the Monday morning in question in mid-August, we were sitting together when one of the doctors told us that the child's stepmother had come during the night to take over for the father of the sick boy. A Father's Lies The doctor started growing nervous because what the woman shared with him didn't sound good. Melvin-Vincent's grandmother had just died of Ebola. The boy had been living with the elderly lady and his fever broke out after her burial. His father had lied to us. At that moment, it became clear to all of us that it wasn't just...
  • Police ‘must do more’ to reflect diversity (Germany’s Polizei under attack by multiculturalists)

    09/09/2014 3:50:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 08 Sep 2014 16:20 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    People from immigrant backgrounds are massively under-represented in Germany’s police forces and security agencies, which are not making enough effort to track the problem, a study published on Monday found. Migration information service Mediendienst Integration asked all 16 state police agencies, the Federal Criminal Police (BKA), the Federal Police and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution about their workers’ origins. Most states do not collect figures on the backgrounds of their entire police forces, and neither do the federal agencies. In the states which do record such figures, numbers were low. […] Rainer Wendt, head of the German...
  • Hate for sale as Muslim flag adopted by jihadists goes to auction at Sydney mosque

    09/08/2014 9:17:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | September 08, 2014 | Miles Godfrey and Leigh van den Broeke
    Flag bearing IS symbol auctioned at Sydney mosque •Boy, 15, posts pictures online and says he’ll fight Assad •Fred Nile calls for ban on flag throughout Australia ... PREMIER Mike Baird said the Islamic State flag could be banned across NSW. His stance follows footage of one of the flags, which is linked to the barbaric terrorist organisation, being auctioned in front of families and young children in Sydney. “That is something we will consider and work with community groups about but we can’t have the position where you are seeing any activity that is promoting terrorism, supporting terrorism,” Mr...
  • U.S. is Losing Economic Freedom

    09/08/2014 8:05:17 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 6, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank, released its annual index of economic freedom for the year 2013, using data from the year 2011. The results are not encouraging for Americans. US flag The U.S., which ranked third in economic freedom behind Hong Kong and Singapore from 1980 to 2000, has fallen to 17thout of the 152 countries the Fraser Institute surveyed. What are the contributing factors to this decline? The authors suggested that the U.S. legal system, protection of property rights, international trade freedom, and increasing regulations are stifling economic freedom in the U.S. Moreover, the U.S. has tied...
  • Germany won’t tolerate ‘Sharia police’

    09/08/2014 3:59:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09/06/2014
    Conservative members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition put forward a united front at the weekend against recent developments in the city of Wuppertal. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizičre said civilians wearing uniforms bearing the logo “Shariah police” could not simply start patrolling German streets. The groups reportedly hovered around sites like discotheques and gambling houses, telling passers-by to refrain from gambling and alcohol. Wuppertal’s police have begun pressing charges. “Sharia law is not tolerated on German soil,” de Maizičre told mass-circulation daily Bild on Saturday. “Nobody can take it upon themselves to abuse the good name of the German police.”...
  • Record German trade surplus points to strong third quarter

    09/08/2014 12:25:58 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sep 8, 2014 | Michelle Martin
    Germany posted a record trade surplus of 22.2 billion euros (17.74 billion pounds) in July, suggesting Europe's largest economy could bounce back strongly in the third quarter after suffering a surprise contraction in the second. Seasonally-adjusted data from the Federal Statistics Office showed exports surged 4.7 percent to 98.2 billion euros, the most goods and services Germany has ever sent abroad in a single month. It was the sharpest rise in exports since May 2012, easily outstripping expectations for a modest 0.5 percent increase. Coming on the heels of July data showing industrial output and orders jumping, the trade figures...
  • European political scientist: Russia has enough leverage on EU countries

    09/07/2014 11:26:17 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 8 replies
    The teacher of Free university of Brussels Aude Merlen shared with DW a personal assessment of prospects of the relations of the European Union and Russia in the conditions of the Ukrainian crisis. The position of the European Union concerning Russia is full of internal contradictions. About, whether already accepted EU of the sanction against the Russian economy is effective, whether it is necessary to wait for the fourth package of penal measures and why some EU countries belong to policy of the Kremlin quite loyally, the correspondent of DW has a talk from Aude Merlen who teaches political science...
  • 'Sharia Police' Patrolling Streets in Germany

    09/07/2014 7:03:48 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Sep 2014 | Nick Hallett
    Residents of the German city of Wuppertal have expressed concern after a group of young radical Islamists started taking to the streets late at night, trying to deter revellers from drinking and gambling. The self-styled "Sharia Police" have been patrolling an area around the city's main train station, declaring the popular nightlife area to be a "Sharia Controlled Zone". Deutshe Welle reports that witnesses have seen them handing out leaflets urging people not to drink alcohol, attend concerts, gamble, watch pornography or visit prostitutes. The men are believed to be from the Salafi sect of Islam, which is closely related...
  • Read Russia’s Ominous Response to NATO’s Rapid Reaction Force

    09/06/2014 5:53:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | September 5, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    During today’s NATO summit, the alliance agreed to create a rapid reaction force to respond to threats to member states. That force is being formed specifically to deal with threats in eastern Europe. It is a direct response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The Russians responded swiftly. The Foreign Ministry suggests a larger NATO conspiracy is at work. The summit adopted a line towards NATO’s eastward expansion and build-up of its presence near Russia’s borders. These plans were nurtured for a long time and the Ukrainian crisis became merely an excuse for the start of their implementation. Russia also accused...
  • Merkel: Germany no place for anti-Semitism

    09/06/2014 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 6, 2014 7:32 AM EDT
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the country’s citizens to attend a rally against anti-Semitism next week in Berlin where she will speak. Merkel said Saturday she will do everything possible to make sure anti-Semitism has no chance in Germany. …
  • Independent Scotland could not keep pound and join EU

    09/06/2014 5:32:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Szu Ping Chan
    In a blow to the Yes campaign, Olli Rehn, vice president of the European Parliament and former commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, said keeping the pound without consent from Westminster "would simply not be possible" because EU membership requires countries to have access to an independent central bank. All three main political parties in Westminster have already slammed the door shut on a currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK. However, Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister, has argued that this would not stop Scotland from using the pound anyway.
  • France and Friends: Merkel Increasingly Isolated on Austerity

    09/06/2014 4:20:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 03, 2014 – 04:41 PM | Nikolaus Blome, Ralf Neukirch, Christian Reiermann, Mathieu von Rohr and Christoph Schult
    The debate over Germany’s insistence on eurozone austerity has flared anew as an ailing France continues to demand economic stimulus. The European Central Bank may now be siding with Paris, leaving Merkel looking increasingly alone. […] Berlin is particularly alarmed by the stance taken by ECB head Mario Draghi. At the annual conference of top central bankers from around the world at Jackson Hole, Wyoming in August, Draghi surprised those present by saying “there is leeway to achieve a more growth-friendly composition of fiscal policies.” It was a comment that came close to the kind of debt-fueled growth stimulus measures...
  • Police throw book at Shariah vigilantes [Wuppertal, Germany]

    09/05/2014 3:34:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    The Local ^ | 9/5/2014
    Charges of unlawful assembly and use of uniform in public were brought against 11 members of a group trying to enforce aspects of strict Islamic Sharia law in the North Rhine-Westphalia city, a spokeswoman for the Wuppertal police told The Local. Officers stopped the 11-man group on the street on Wednesday. Some were wearing orange vests bearing the words 'Shariah Police', in violation of federal German law, the spokeswoman said. The group has been stopping young people at local drinking and gambling establishments and urging them to abstain from activities deemed to be ungodly according to Islam. The Wednesday incident...
  • Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US

    09/01/2014 8:23:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | September 2, 2014
    HAVANA: Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday (Sep 1), accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS. In a tortuous column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island's communist revolution also attacked US Senator John McCain over United States policy in the Middle East, calling him "Israel's most unconditional ally." "The world has seen no respite in recent years, particularly since the European Economic Community, under the strict and unconditional leadership of the United States, decided the time had come to settle...
  • Most Germans fear Russian action: Poll

    09/03/2014 2:37:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 03 Sep 2014 09:12 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A new poll shows that while most Germans fear military escalation between Russia and the Ukraine, only half want to see NATO intervene ahead of the alliance’s summit starting on Thursday in Wales. After the annexation of Crimea, Germans are worried that Russian President Vladimir Putin will take over more of the country. Two-thirds of respondents in a poll taken by German press agency DPA said they fear a Russian invasion in eastern Ukraine. However, 51 percent of people were against a strong NATO presence in the region while just one in three respondents were for it. …
  • Denmark, Germany launch joint patrols (police)

    09/03/2014 2:30:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 03 Sep 2014 09:23 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Police officers from both countries will in the future mount joint patrols in frontier areas, both in uniform and in plain clothes, it was agreed on Tuesday. […] Aimed primarily at organized crime rings, the new mode of operation will cover a territory extending 25 kilometers into Denmark and 30 kilometers into Germany. Officers will be armed, but it was stressed that weapons will only be used in emergency situations. Germany already has similar border-policing agreements with Poland and the Netherlands. …
  • Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? [GERMAN SF ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ]

    09/02/2014 8:46:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? The Pentagon is denying that U.S. troops are fighting ISIS on the ground in Iraq—but eyewitness accounts and Kurdish officials tell a different story. ZUMAR, Iraq — The role of American Special Operations Forces in Iraq has remained hidden even while the U.S. air war expands. As momentum against ISIS picks up, they may be emerging from the shadows. In a pitched battle on Monday, Kurdish Peshmerga, backed by American airpower and what appeared to be U.S. troops, struck at ISIS positions in the strategic crossroads of Zumar.Scenes from...
  • Watch 1000 Years of European Borders Change In 3 Minutes

    The whole world is watching the crisis in Crimea, and Russia faces off with the USA and European superpowers. The dispute centers around which country the territory should belong to, and it may seem shocking in today’s modern era, but the borders of Europe have never been solid. In this time-lapse video, you can see how 1000 years of European history plays havoc on the stability of the border we take for granted today. This time-lapse video has never been more relevant. As the eyes of the world are fixed on events in Ukraine and Crimea, its good to have...
  • Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany

    09/01/2014 3:51:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | September 1, 2014
    GDANSK, Poland: Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said on Monday (Sep 1). "We want partnership and good neighbourly relations (with Russia)" but on the condition that Moscow changes its policies and that there is a "return to respect for the rights of nations", Gauck said at a ceremony in Gdansk to mark the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland that set off World War II. Evoking the "miracle" of post-war reconciliation between Germans and Poles, Gauck said he was disappointed with the turn of events...
  • Cameron: we will permanently damage Russia's economy

    09/01/2014 1:12:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 81 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matthew Holehouse
    David Cameron has vowed to “turn the ratchet” on Vladimir Putin, as he warned Western sanctions would “permanently” damage the Russian economy. Moscow banks are running short of funding as investors pull capital out the country, while the rouble and the Russian stock market are falling, the Prime Minister said. He was speaking ahead of a Nato summit in Wales which will discuss Ukrainian membership of the military alliance. Addressing the Commons, the Prime Minister said Britain would face the “grave danger” posed by Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine with “reliance and resolve”. On Saturday, European leaders gave Russia a...
  • Germany to send rifles, tank busters to aid Kurds fighting Islamic extremists in Iraq

    08/31/2014 12:04:17 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    AP via Tribtown.com ^ | August 31, 2014
    BERLIN — The German government says it will send high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq. .... Three shipments will be made starting at the end of September, including 8,000 German-made G36 assault rifles and ammunition, 30 MILAN anti-tank systems, and five heavily armored Dingo infantry vehicles.
  • German Homeschoolers Win Custody of Their Kids, But Court Still Calls it Abuse of Parental Authority

    08/30/2014 6:56:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/30/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    An appeals court in Germany has ruled that a family court's decision to keep legal custody of four children away from their parents, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, was wrong, and ordered that complete custody be returned to the family. However, the court maintained that homeschooling endangers children and they should go to school. "We have won custody and we are glad about that," Dirk said in a statement released by Virginia-based Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been assisting the Wunderlich family since their children were taken on Aug. 29, 2013. The court said taking the children away was...
  • Obama's Logical, Fanatical Foreign Policy

    08/29/2014 7:16:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    After World War I the third rate minds who brought us the conflict to begin with came up with another stupid idea: They decided to divide up former German, Austrian and Turkish empires into separate countries, like Czechoslovakia, and create makeshifts, like the Danzig Corridor. Germany lost territory to Poland to create a land corridor to Danzig that gave Poland access to the sea.Never mind that it cleaved a country in two. It was these territorial wedges-- wedges that diced up ethnicity-- that Hitler used to gain legitimacy in the eyes of Germans. By cutting up countries in defiance of...
  • Who Should Be Called To Account In Rotherham? ( Labour Party / Moslems in UK )

    08/29/2014 12:03:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Sky News ^ | 29 August 2014
    Rotherham's council leader has stepped down but there are calls for other heads to roll over the devastating abuse scandal. Many people are asking why no-one in a position of responsibility has been held accountable in the wake of the Rotherham sex abuse scandal. A devastating report revealed at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited over 16 years - between 1997 and 2013 - with girls as young as 11 repeatedly raped by large numbers of men. The inquiry found Rotherham council knew as far back as 2005 of sexual exploitation on a wide scale - mostly by Asian men...
  • 1,000 Babies are Killed in Abortions in Germany and Austria Daily

    08/29/2014 2:18:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    life news ^ | Human Life International
    Flanked by 120 law enforcement officers, 300 pro-life demonstrators marched the streets of Salzburg, Austria in peaceful solidarity. Several protesters were detained by police as the marchers carried white crosses, a symbol of the 1,000 human beings massacred every day through legalized abortion in Austria and Germany. austriaBanners reading “1000 Ungeborene Jeden Tag” (“1,000 Unborn Every Day”) “commemorates the tragedy of unborn human beings who are denied life every day,” said Johannes Bucher, director of HLI-Europe. In partnership with other pro-life organizations including Europrolife and Lifecenters, Bucher plans to organize additional marches to defend life for the voiceless. The march,...
  • Britain and Germany Are Still Upgrading the Tornado

    08/29/2014 8:37:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AIN online ^ | August 27, 2014 | CHRIS POCOCK
    The deployment of four UK Royal Air Force Tornadoes to perform overwatch of Iraq, and an unconfirmed report last week that more might be deployed for surveillance of northern Nigeria, serves to illustrate the ongoing value of the aging but effective “Tonka.” Although the RAF fleet is scheduled to be retired in 2019 in favor of the F-35, upgrades continue, with another one announced recently. Meanwhile, the German air force intends to keep its Tornado fleet until at least 2025, with its own upgrades. Tornado surveillance of northern Iraq has demonstrated the value of the Rafael Litening III targeting pod...