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  • As UN Head Travels to Iran, Abbas Pledges No Jews In Jerusalem

    08/24/2012 4:04:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 8/24/12 | Ronn Torossian
    One simply has to watch the words of the leaders in the Middle East to understand why there won’t be peace anytime soon. “Jerusalem is a Muslim and Christian city, and there will be neither peace nor security until the Israeli occupation, settlements, and settlers leave the city,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday. “Jerusalem’s identity is Arab, and the city’s and Christian holy sites must be protected from Israeli threats.” He added that Israeli excavation work in Jerusalem and in the Western Wall tunnels beneath the mosque “will not undermine the fact that the city will forever be...
  • After Circumcision Ban, German Courts Target Child Ear-Piercing

    08/24/2012 4:32:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    DIE WELT/Worldcrunch ^ | 8/23/2012 | Matthias Kamann
    BERLIN - In the debate in Germany over circumcision, you often hear people say jokingly that if cutting the foreskin off a baby boy’s penis for religious reasons is outlawed then piercing little girls’ earlobes shouldn’t be allowed either. But that’s just the scenario that may be shaping up. After a Cologne court ruled in June that circumcision was illegal, a Berlin judge is examining whether or not ear-piercing should be as well. The issue has come up in conjunction with a suit against a tattoo studio by the parents of a three-year-old girl whose ears were pierced at the...
  • Politician: gays biggest threat after euro crisis [Germany]

    08/23/2012 2:24:51 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 20 replies
    The Local: Germany's News in English ^ | Aug 23 2012 | Unattributed
    A German politician is facing a barrage of criticism after denouncing gay couples as the biggest threat to the country’s prosperity after the euro crisis. Katherina Reiche, a state secretary for Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), laid her cards on the table on Tuesday, telling Bild newspaper that Germany's future “lies in the hands of families, not in same-sex partnerships.” What she called, “this demographic development”, was “next to the euro crisis, the biggest threat to German prosperity.” Merkel's Union must, Reiche added, “clearly state that it backs the idea of family, children and marriage, and that society is not...
  • Iran's supreme leader orders fresh terror attacks on West

    08/21/2012 11:24:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:00AM BST 22 Aug 2012 | Con Coughlin
    Iran's Supreme Leader has ordered the country's Revolutionary Guards to intensify its campaign of terror attacks against the West and its allies in retaliation for supporting the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. According to Western intelligence officials, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the order to the elite Quds Force unit following a recent emergency meeting of Iran's National Security Council in Tehran held to discuss a specially-commissioned report into the implications for Iran of the Assad regime's overthrow. Damascus is Iran's most important regional ally, and the survival of the Assad regime is regarded as vital to sustaining the...
  • Anger as Iran bans women from universities

    08/21/2012 10:39:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 20 Aug 2012 | Robert Tait
    Female students in Iran have been barred from more than 70 university degree courses in an officially-approved act of sex-discrimination which critics say is aimed at defeating the fight for equal women's rights. In a move that has prompted a demand for a UN investigation byIran's most celebrated human rights campaigner, the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, 36 universities have announced that 77 BA and BSc courses in the coming academic year will be "single gender" and effectively exclusive to men. ... Mrs Ebadi, a human rights lawyer exiled in the UK, said the real agenda was to reduce the proportion...
  • German rabbi circumcision case sparks outrage (criminally charged for performing circumcision)

    08/22/2012 1:19:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/22/2012 | LAHAV HARKOV
    Jewish groups and Israeli politicians on Wednesday lashed out at German authorities after Bavarian prosecutors filed criminal charges against Rabbi David Goldberg for performing a circumcision. The rabbi has been slapped with charges of committing bodily harm, in the first known case to arise from an anti-circumcision ruling in May. "The charges laid against a Jewish religious leader for performing a fully legal action is outrageous and a very troubling escalation sending a deeply problematic message to the Jewish community,” European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor said. “It has been many decades since a Jew was charged for...
  • German Rabbi faces criminal charges over circumcision

    08/22/2012 11:32:32 AM PDT · by Jewbacca · 97 replies
    Jewish World ^ | 08/22/2012 | Ynet
    A German rabbi has been criminally charged for performing a circumcision, committing what the indictment calls "bodily harm," media outlets reported on Tuesday. The charges against David Goldberg, who is a mohel and the Rabbi of the city of Hof Saale in Bavaria, is the first known case following the anti-circumcision ruling issued by a German court in May.According to media reports, the charges were filed by a physician from the city of Hessen, and was based on the court ruling which stated that performing a religious circumcision ritual can be considered a crime. A Bavarian radio station reported that...
  • French Bankers Are Moving To London To Escape Steep Taxes

    08/20/2012 7:25:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/20/2012 | Reuters
    PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - The City of London financial district, though diminished by scandals and job cuts, is proving irresistible to fed-up Parisian bankers fleeing France's rising taxes and the feeling that they're not best loved at home. French financial groups big and small, from advisory firms and private equity houses to big banks like Societe Generale, are looking at London as a possible shelter from a new 75 percent tax rate on top French earners, bankers say. Take Bertrand Meunier, who recently agreed to move to London to take a job at private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, leaving a...
  • Netanyahu ‘determined to attack Iran’ before US elections, claims Israel’s Channel 10

    08/20/2012 5:38:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | August. 20, 2012 | Times of Israel staff
    <p>The TV station’s military reporter Alon Ben-David, who earlier this year was given extensive access to the Israel Air Force as it trained for a possible attack, reported that, since upgraded sanctions against Iran have failed to force a suspension of the Iranian nuclear program in the past two months, “from the prime minister’s point of view, the time for action is getting ever closer.”</p>
  • Europe starts stockpiling oil as Iran conflict looms

    08/20/2012 5:52:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 20 August 2012
    European governments are rushing to boost stockpiles of crude oil and fuel, anxious to comply with new EU rules and amid reports that Israel is preparing to launch an attack on Iran. Belgium and the Netherlands have issued tenders to import a total of around 250,000 tonnes of diesel and gasoline for delivery in September and October, their agencies said. France has also bought diesel and awarded a crude oil tender this week while Belgium is increasing its crude stocks. "This is yet another unexpected source of support for oil demand… [It] shows how the geopolitical concerns about Iran and...
  • Poll: Almost half of Brits want to leave the EU

    08/16/2012 4:19:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 14.08.12 @ 17:43 | Andrew Rettman
    Almost half of British citizens would vote to leave the EU if there was a referendum, pollsters say. A survey by Canadian firm Angus Reid out on Tuesday (14 August) noted that 46 percent would vote to leave. It also said 54 percent believe the last 40 years of British EU membership has had a "negative" effect on the country and that 81 percent are happy they do not use the euro. The numbers are more or less stable compared to December 2010 (the oldest data cited). At the time, 48 percent of people wanted Britain to leave. Amid talk...
  • EU: Debt crisis drags eurozone economy down 0.2pc

    08/14/2012 5:51:58 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/14/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    The eurozone was shown to be on the edge of a double-dip recession today, as even the powerhouse economies faltered in the face of the three-year-old debt crisis. The combined economies of the 17-members contracted by 0.2pc in the three months from April to June, according to Eurostat, following zero growth in the first quarter. News of the contraction came amid further speculation that Greece will push for a two-year extension of its latest austerity programme. Germany managed 0.3pc growth, thanks to strong investment and domestic consumption, and the Netherlands posted an up-tick in production of 0.2pc. But the growth...
  • Panetta: Syria no-fly zone "not on the front burner"

    08/14/2012 2:35:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | August 14, 2012
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says plans to set up a no-fly zone over parts of Syria are "not on the front burner," despite persistent calls from rebel forces there that they need the added protection from escalating regime air strikes. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Panetta said he is confident the U.S. could successfully enforce a no-fly zone over Syria, but doing so would require a "major, major policy decision" that has not yet been made. "We have planned for a number of contingencies that could take place and one of those possible contingencies is developing...
  • More Turk Bias Against Greeks, Armenians

    08/13/2012 8:44:48 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 6 replies
    commentarymagazine.com ^ | 12AUG12 | Michael Rubin
    The White House continues to talk about Turkey not only as a regional ally but also as a model for reform in the Middle East. It has been several years, however, since Turkish reforms contributed to democracy. The latest case in point is Turkish real estate reform. The Turkish government has announced new regulations. Here is the rub: While the government has removed onerous rules and regulations that made navigating Turkish real estate a nightmare, the government has in effect legislated its traditional hatreds. Armenians, for example, need not apply. They are by law unable to own housing or businesses...
  • Security services record Islamist exodus to Egypt (can CAIR accompany them?)

    08/13/2012 5:13:37 PM PDT · by Milagros · 9 replies
    The local (Germany) ^ | Aug, 12, 2012
    Security services record Islamist exodus to Egypt Published: 12 Aug 12 10:53 CET German security services have recorded a leap in the number of radical Islamists traveling to Egypt, according to a report due to be published in Monday's Der Spiegel magazine.
  • Investors Prepare for Euro Collapse

    08/13/2012 2:13:21 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 19 replies
    Spiegelonline ^ | 8/13/2012 | Martin Hesse
    Banks, companies and investors are preparing themselves for a collapse of the euro. Cross-border bank lending is falling, asset managers are shunning Europe and money is flowing into German real estate and bonds. The euro remains stable against the dollar because America has debt problems too. But unlike the euro, the dollar's structure isn't in doubt. There is increasing anxiety, particularly because politicians have not managed to solve the problems. Despite all their efforts, the situation in Greece appears hopeless. Spain is in trouble and, to make matters worse, Germany's Constitutional Court will decide in September whether the European Stability...
  • Germany: Conservatives Back Gay Couple Tax Breaks

    08/09/2012 9:44:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    ABC ^ | 8/7/12 | GEIR MOULSON
    A group of lawmakers from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party called Tuesday for same-sex couples in civil partnerships to be given the same tax breaks as heterosexual married couples, but the idea faced skepticism among traditionally minded colleagues.
  • German rower leaves London after reported ties to neo-Nazis surface

    08/03/2012 11:39:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8/3/12 | Maggie Hendricks
    Nadja Drygalla, a German rower who already competed at the Olympics, is on her way home from London a bit earlier than she intended. Drygalla decided to leave the Games after reports surfaced that she is connected to a neo-Nazi group in Germany.
  • Daddy dog adopts lion [at German zoo]

    08/01/2012 3:41:09 PM PDT · by ETL · 4 replies
    The Local ^ | July 31, 2012 | The Local/hc
    The keepers were delighted at yet another success in the park’s white lion breeding programme. But Jojo’s umbilical cord had not been severed cleanly, and it looked like she was developing an infection, calling for vet treatment every day. Mother lion Nala would not tolerate such intrusion, “So I took the little one home with me,” said Jeanette Wurms, the 36-year-old lion keeper at the park. It was there that her dog Lejon, a name which is actually Swedish for lion, took a liking to the little big cat. “Lejon looked after her with me from the first day, licking...
  • 51% of Germans Believe Germany Better Off Outside Eurozone, 71% Favor Greece Leaving

    07/31/2012 12:13:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    A recent poll says 51 percent of Germans now believe Germany would be better off without the euro. The Emnid poll for the Bild am Sonntag mass circulation weekly showed 51pc of Germans believed Europe's top economy would be better outside the 17-country eurozone. Twenty-nine percent said it would be worse off, AFP reports. The survey also showed that 71pc of Germans wanted Greece to leave the euro if it did not live up to its austerity promises. Economy Minister Philipp Roesler told Bild am Sonntag there were "considerable doubts whether Greece is living up to its reform promises." Implications...
  • Mitt Romney Cheered in Poland, Endorsed by Walesa

    07/30/2012 4:16:55 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 83 replies
    bradenton.com ^ | July 30, 2012 | DAVID LIGHTMAN
    WARSAW, POLAND — Fresh from a warm embrace from iconic Polish leader Lech Walesa, Mitt Romney will wrap up a three-country trip overseas Tuesday with a major speech that he hopes will send a message that he's tough and more willing to take a harder line with rogue nations than President Barack Obama is. Romney arrived in Warsaw late Monday after a day in Gdansk, where he enjoyed the most enthusiastic reception of his six-day trip, which was marred by controversies at the first two stops, in London and Jerusalem. He was greeted in Gdansk by crowds that swarmed in...
  • Olympic Committee Defends 'Nazi Salute' of German Official

    07/30/2012 2:38:34 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/7/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) defended a German official who has been accused of performing the 'Nazi salute' during the opening ceremony of the London Games. Honorary IOC member Walther Troger was filmed extending his left arm back and forth repeatedly as the German team marched around London's Olympic stadium on July 27, The Telegraph reported. IOC spokesman Mark Adams vehemently denied allegations that Troger’s hand motion was a Nazi salute. "I can't think of anyone who is less anti-Semitic than him," he said adding that he is “devastated that it was interpreted in this way." According to The Telegraph,...
  • Germany Tackles Islamic Radicalization

    07/30/2012 12:56:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | July 30, 2012 | Soeren Kern
    "The long-term strategic objective of these Islamist organizations is to destabilize and democratically and liberally elected states and to influence political decision-making." — Report, German State of Lower Saxony The German state of Lower Saxony has published a practical guide to extremist Islam to help citizens identify tell-tale signs of Muslims who are becoming radicalized.Security officials say the objective of the document is to mitigate the threat of home-grown terrorist attacks by educating Germans about radical Islam and encouraging them to refer suspected Islamic extremists to the authorities.The move reflects mounting concern in Germany over the growing assertiveness of...
  • Why The IOC Will Never Memorialize The '72 Munich Massacre

    07/28/2012 3:30:10 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 27, 2012 | Guri Weinberg
    Recently, new information about the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Olympic Games was released by German police as a result of pressure from German investigative reporters. It was reported that the “Black September” terrorists were helped by a Nazi group in Germany to get fake IDs, weapons and access to the Olympic Village.
  • EU: Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande pledge to back euro

    07/27/2012 5:44:37 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/27/2012 | Bruno Waterfield, in Brussels
    Angela Merkel and François Hollande pledged on Friday "to do everything to protect" the European Union's single currency, papering over deep divisions between them over how to tackle the Spanish and Italian debt crisis. The German chancellor and French president issued a joint statement following a crisis telephone call echoing Mario Draghi's promise on Thursday that the European Central Bank would do whatever it took to save the euro. "France and Germany are fundamentally tied to the integrity of the euro area," they said in the statement. "They are determined to do everything to protect it. "Member states, like the...
  • Explorers find downed German U-Boat off Mass.

    07/27/2012 4:03:08 PM PDT · by robowombat · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 27, 5:22 PM EDT | By JAY LINDSAY
    BOSTON (AP) -- Divers have discovered a World War II-era German submarine nearly 70 years after it sank under withering U.S. attack in waters off Nantucket. The U-550 was found Monday by a privately funded group organized by New Jersey lawyer Joe Mazraani. It was the second trip in two years to the site by the team, some of whom had been searching for the lost U-boat for two decades. Using side-scan sonar, the seven-man team located the wreck listing to its side in deep water about 70 miles south of Nantucket. Sonar operator Garry Kozak said he spotted the...
  • Search team returning to Churchill River... sonar images showing suspected Nazi submarine

    07/27/2012 6:48:39 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | July 26, 2012 | Jake Edmiston
    Until this week, proof of a sunken Nazi submarine in Labrador was confined to old rumours of dark shadows in the Churchill River. The stories go back decades, suggesting that German U-boats had snaked along the river bottom and deep into Labrador. Now newly released sonar images depicting a mysterious submerged shape near Happy Valley-Goose Bay have generated excitement among those who believe the old tales and skepticism among those who don’t.
  • Fortified by euro, Finns take bailouts on the chin

    07/27/2012 7:03:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 27, 2012 | Ritsuko Ando
    After dutifully abiding by EU fiscal rules, Finland's tiny population remains surprisingly phlegmatic about bailing out less disciplined euro zone members, and is mostly clinging on to its faith in the single currency project. That faith has been tested as a succession of struggling nations make ever greater demands on the sounder economies in the currency bloc, but it is not yet at breaking point. "We had to sort out our own problems ourselves in the past. That's why people are asking, do we have to help others?" said Maija Siirala, a freelance dressmaker and alterations specialist. Finland, one of...
  • German intelligence: al-Qaeda all over Syria

    07/26/2012 10:10:49 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 10 replies
    atimes.com ^ | 24JUL12 | John Rosenthal
    German intelligence estimates that "around 90" terror attacks that "can be attributed to organizations that are close to al-Qaeda or jihadist groups" were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July, as reported by the German daily Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). This was revealed by the German government in a response to a parliamentary question. In response to the same question, the German government admitted that it had received several reports from the German foreign intelligence service, the BND, on the May 25 massacre in the Syrian town of Houla. But it noted...
  • Young woman beaten for being a 'bad Muslim'

    07/23/2012 11:16:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    The Local Europe AB ^ | 23 Jul 2012 | Nicola Hebden
    Police in the south of France have launched an investigation after a woman claimed she was beaten up by seven men in Viviez for attending a party during Ramadan. The young woman, originally from Morocco, was driving home from the party on Friday night when two other cars trapped hers ... On her way to the station, the seven men tracked her down again and assaulted her a second a time.
  • Germany in Recession

    07/25/2012 11:49:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The vaunted German export machine is sinking into the abyss. The Markit Flash Germany PMI® shows German private sector sees fastest falls in output and new business since June 2009. Key Points Flash Germany Composite Output Index(1) at 47.3 (48.1 in June), 37-month low. Flash Germany Services Activity Index(2) at 49.7 (49.9 in June), 10-month low. Flash Germany Manufacturing PMI(3) at 43.3 (45.0 in June), 37-month low. Flash Germany Manufacturing Output Index(4) at 42.8 (44.8 in June), 37-month low. Summary: The seasonally adjusted Markit Flash Germany Composite Output Index fell for the sixth month running in July, to 47.3 from 48.1 in June....
  • Retirement In Germany May Rise To Age 69 While Greece Is At Age 58

    07/24/2012 1:13:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7-23-12 | Walter Loeb
    Retirement In Germany May Rise To Age 69 While Greece Is At Age 58 A senior German retailer pointed out to me that the current economic environment in Europe is unfair and that retirement age for workers should be higher – not lower as the situation exists for workers in Greece. He believes that a productive country is a healthy country. He is pessimistic for the near term outlook of retail trade in Europe, saying that any bailout will lead to higher taxation and depress sales. In 2007 Germany raised its retirement age from 65 to 67 and the German...
  • Spiegel: IMF to provide no new funds to Greece

    07/23/2012 10:18:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | July 22, 2012 | Staff
    The German news magazine Spiegel reports that the IMF has told the EU it will provide no additional funds for Greece. The report has sparked fresh fears that Greece could fall into bankruptcy by the autumn. A report by a German news magazine on Sunday sparked fresh concerns about the possibility of Greece being forced into insolvency. In an article published on its website, Spiegel cites unnamed senior European Union sources in Brussels who told the news magazine that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had signaled it would not contribute to any further aid for Greece.
  • Bob Costas Takes Olympics to Task for Denying Israel's Munich Massacre Moment of Silence

    07/22/2012 4:24:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 18, 2012 | THR Staff
    When the London games officially launch July 27, Bob Costas will stage his own protest of what he calls a "baffling" decision: the NBC sportscaster plans to call out the International Olympic Committee for denying Israel's request for a moment of silence acknowledging the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Games.
  • Der Spiegel: Germany had warning of Munich attack

    07/22/2012 3:48:20 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/22/2012 | J.P. Stafff
    Berlin failed to heed warnings prior to 1972 Olympics massacre, in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed, magazine reports. The German government had advance warning of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, Der Spiegel reported online on Sunday. A few weeks before the massacre, in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed by the Palestinian terrorist organization Black September, the report indicates that German intelligence and the German foreign ministry received information indicating that a terror operation was being planned at the Olympics. A few days before the Olympics, an Italian paper reported the same threat.
  • Spanish protests swell as jobless march on Madrid

    07/21/2012 6:46:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 29, 2012 | by Sarah White
    (Reuters) - Hundreds of unemployed Spaniards who had walked hundreds of kilometres (miles) to Madrid joined protests on Saturday against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government and its handling of an economic crisis. Demonstrations have swollen across Spain since the centre-right government announced 65 billion euros in new spending cuts two weeks ago to cut its deficit and avert a full-blown bailout, with firefighters and police joining a mass protest on Thursday. Several hundred people journeyed on foot from the southern region of Andalucia, which has one of the worst unemployment rates in Spain, and from northern Catalonia and other areas...
  • Lifting Zimbabwe sanctions might aid reform before elections [yeah, good one!]

    07/21/2012 6:30:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    The Zimbabwean ^ | Sunday 22nd July 2012 | The Guardian
    Almost four years since the signing of the global political agreement (GPA) that brought Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) into a lopsided power-sharing arrangement with Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF, the country is once again heading towards elections, now expected within a year. The GPA has achieved some stability, enabling modest progress on reform, but an array of problems remain. Spoiler behaviour, especially by Zanu-PF, has not been adequately dealt with, although the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), as co-guarantor with the African Union of the political agreement, has consistently rejected Zanu-PF efforts to fast-track elections without reforms. The EU will...
  • FTA with EU likely by year-end [Free Trade Agreement]

    07/21/2012 6:20:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    The Hindu ^ | July 22, 2012 | Special Correspondent
    The Central government is hopeful of concluding the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) by the end of this year. According to Union Commerce Secretary S.R. Rao, the final leg of negotiations between the two parties is likely to be held in September. The deal was likely to be concluded as "we have closed most of the issues". India was exploring options for widening its engagement with ASEAN countries while negotiations with Pakistan on FTA were well on way. Mr. Rao, who was talking to reporters here on Saturday, said, "They (the EU) want us to take...
  • Olympic Committee On Munich Moment of Silence Refusal: ‘Muslims Tied Our Hands’

    07/18/2012 5:28:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Jul 18th, 2012 | Jeff Dunetz
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Olympic Committee On Munich Moment of Silence Refusal: ‘Muslims Tied Our Hands’Posted By Jeff Dunetz On July 18, 2012 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 7 Comments Originally published at YidWithLid.Ankie Spitzer whose husband was murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Munich Olympics has been fighting to have a minute of silence at the London Games to remember the eleven murdered victims.Her efforts have been supported by the governments of much of the western world, but they have been rejected by the International Olympic Committee. The organisation and its president Jacques Rogge have been...
  • Mass Shooting Incidents In The Last Two Decades

    07/20/2012 8:39:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 20, 2012
    From Reuters:March 13, 1996 - BRITAIN - Gunman Thomas Hamilton burst into a primary school in the Scottish town of Dunblane and shot dead 16 children and their teacher before killing himself. April 28, 1996 - AUSTRALIA - Martin Bryant unleashed modern Australia's worst mass murder when he shot dead 35 people at the Port Arthur tourist site in the southern state of Tasmania. April 1999 - UNITED STATES - Two heavily-armed teenagers went on a rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Denver, shooting 13 students and staff before taking their own lives. July 1999 - UNITED STATES -...
  • Cash-strapped Berlin stalked by 450-year-old trillion-Euro debt

    07/19/2012 8:41:06 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 19, 2012 | Reuters
    The sleepy hamlet of Mittenwalde in eastern Germany could become one of the richest towns in the world if Berlin were to repay it an outstanding debt that dates back to 1562. A certificate of debt, found in a regional archive, attests that Mittenwalde lent Berlin 400 guilders on May 28 1562, to be repaid with six percent interest per year. According to Radio Berlin Brandenburg RBB.L, the debt would amount to 11,200 guilders today, which is roughly equivalent to 112 million euros. Adjusting for compound interest and inflation, the total debt now lies in the trillions, by RBB's estimates....
  • EU: [Italian premier Mario] Monti plans 'Greek-style' takeover of Sicily to avert default

    07/19/2012 2:38:10 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/18/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Italian premier Mario Monti is mulling emergency action to take direct control of Sicily’s regional government before the island spirals into a full-blown financial crisis, fearing contagion to the rest of Italy. A woman begging in the street in Sicily. Regional councillor Andrea Vecchio has warned the island has run out of money Mr Monti held an “urgent” meeting with the country’s president Giorgio Napolitano on Wednesday to grapple with the constitutional issue after it emerged that the region faces a deficit of up to €7bn (£5.49bn) this year and is in danger of default without sweeping cuts. Sicily’s regional...
  • Germans laugh at 'Olympic disaster' as top magazine brands 2012 Games 'one big, soggy mess'

    07/18/2012 7:03:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 18, 2012 | Allan Hall
    They have a reputation for faultless efficiency and planning events with meticulous detail. So perhaps we should be worried that Germans already believe London 2012 will be an 'Olympic-sized disaster'. Germany's leading news magazine has launched an attack on Britain’s preparations for the Olympics, poking fun at facilities and warning that the Games are destined to go down in history as a gigantic 'soggy mess'.
  • Germany counts the costs as it buries nuclear past

    07/17/2012 6:21:23 PM PDT · by NCjim · 11 replies
    SwissInfo ^ | July 17, 2012 | Christoph Steitz and Tom Käckenhoff
    <p>WUERGASSEN, Germany (Reuters) - Peter Klimmek has spent his entire career at a nuclear plant in Germany. Next year, he will retire -- just months before his workplace does.</p> <p>The nuclear plant in the small and remote village of Wuergassen, halfway between Frankfurt and Hamburg, has been Klimmek's passion for the past 37 years.</p>
  • German economists: make the rich buy bonds

    07/17/2012 3:32:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    A respected German economics institute has suggested that wealthy people be hit with a capital tax, some of which they could get back with interest. Such a move could raise around €230 billion, it said. The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) suggested that those with a substantial private fortune be forced to hand over 10 percent of what they have over €250,000. This would hit the richest eight percent of the population and would not lead to the feared reduction of consumer demand, it said. The tactic could be adopted to raise money in crisis-hit countries across Europe, the...
  • German births fall to record low but immigration surges

    07/16/2012 8:45:15 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | Jul 2, 2012
    The number of babies born in Germany sank to a record low in 2011, official statistics showed Monday, but a surge in immigration to Europe's top economy led its population to grow. Last year around 663,000 children were born in Germany, down 2.2 percent from 2010, according to preliminary data released by the federal statistics office Destatis. It was the lowest number recorded in Germany since 1946 and half as many babies as were born in West and East Germany in 1964, at the height of the post-war baby boom. In 2011 852,000 people died in Germany, 0.7 percent fewer...
  • Germany to religious: We'll allow circumcisions

    07/13/2012 7:56:48 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/13/2012 | REUTERS writer
    Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman promised Germany's Jewish and Muslim communities on Friday they would be free to carry out circumcision on young boys despite a court ban which has provoked concerns about religious freedom. In a country that is especially sensitive to allegations of intolerance because of the Nazis' slaughter of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, the government said it would find a way around the Cologne court ban in June as a matter of urgency. "For everyone in the government it is absolutely clear that we want to have Jewish and Muslim religious life in Germany," said Merkel's...
  • Rabbis call on German Jews to defy circumcision ruling

    07/13/2012 3:19:23 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 33 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7/13/2012 | AFP Writer
    Orthodox rabbis from across Europe urged Jews in Germany Thursday to continue circumcising baby boys, at an "emergency" meeting called over a court ruling branding the religious rite a criminal act. "We call on the Jewish community and on parents to continuing practising brit milah (the Jewish circumcision ritual) and not to wait for a change to the judicial ruling," Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, told a meeting in Berlin of around 40 Orthodox Jewish clerics. Goldschmidt said circumcision of boys on the eighth day after birth was a crucial tenet of Jewish law and that...
  • New cars in Europe may have to cut carbon emissions by one-third

    07/12/2012 4:53:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 12 July 2012 | Fiona Harvey for the Guardian, part of the Guardian Environment Network
    New cars and vans in the European Union will produce one-third less carbon dioxide within eight years, under proposed new rules set out on Wednesday (11 July) in Brussels. By 2020, the average emissions from new cars will have to be no more than 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer driven (5.4 oz/mile), a cut of more than 40 grams from today's levels and of 35 grams per kilometer compared with the 2015 target, if the proposed new regulations are accepted. Connie Hedegaard, climate chief of the European commission, said the goals were "ambitious but achievable" and would benefit...
  • German economists: make the rich buy bonds

    07/12/2012 3:26:00 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 7-12-12 | unattributed
    The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) suggested that those with a substantial private fortune be forced to hand over 10 percent of what they have over €250,000. This would hit the richest eight percent of the population and would not lead to the feared reduction of consumer demand, it said. The tactic could be adopted to raise money in crisis-hit countries across Europe, the DIW said in a statement.