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  • State Dept. Apologizes for Turning Away Jews in WWII (VIDEO)

    09/27/2012 12:54:13 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 39 replies
    J Space ^ | 9/27/12 | Jspace Staff
    The State Department issued an official apology to passengers of the MS St. Louis, a German steamer carrying nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees that were denied entry into the US 73 years ago. A ceremony was held to remember those passengers, who were turned away from Cuba, America and Canada in 1939. The ship was forced back to Germany, where one-third of the refugees perished at Auschwitz. The State Department ceremony was attended by 200 guests, including 30 Holocaust survivors. Survivors from the St. Louis were in attendance as well, sharing their story firsthand to an audience that included Deputy Secretary...
  • Hundreds face outside showers in Berlin water scare

    09/26/2012 9:30:56 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 22 Sep 12 18:45 CET
    Hundreds of people in Berlin have been told their water is contaminated with deadly bacteria and not only will they have to get drinking water from containers in the street – they’ll have to shower outside too. Around 388 households face the prospect of taking showers in makeshift containers placed in the streets - and may have to keep on doing so until December, the Bild newspaper said this week. The containers set up outside the in the Gropiusstadt housing scheme in the Neukölln area of the city are to be equipped with an alternative supply of fresh drinking water...
  • Back the EU or risk isolation, Polish minister warns Britain

    09/25/2012 6:03:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.09.12 @ 10:04 | Benjamin Fox
    Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski has called on Britain to abandon its "false consciousness" of euroskepticism and take the lead in EU decision-making. Speaking at the Global Horizons conference at Blenheim palace near Oxford on Friday (21 September), the Oxford-educated Sikorski said Britain's hostility towards the EU is based on "myths." "[The UK] is living with [a] false consciousness ... your interests are in Europe. It's high time for your sentiments to follow," he told the meeting. …
  • Signs Of The Gold Standard Are Emerging From Germany

    09/25/2012 5:06:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/25/2012 | Ralph Benko
    On September 18th, the London office of Deutsche Bank — one of the most respected banks in the world, and a bellwether of elite opinion — published a Global Markets Research paper entitled Gold: Adjusting for Zero. It was written by two esteemed, mainstream analysts Daniel Brebner and Xiao Fu: "[G]old is not really a commodity at all. While it is included in the commodities basket it is in fact a medium of exchange and one that is officially recognised (if not publicly used as such). We see gold as an officially recognised form of money for one primary reason:...
  • Germany launches Nazi war crimes probe against Philadelphia man

    09/23/2012 11:51:46 AM PDT · by nicmarlo · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2012 Sept 23 | AP
    BERLIN – Germany has launched a war crimes investigation against an 87-year-old Philadelphia man it accuses of serving as an SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp, The Associated Press has learned, following years of failed U.S. Justice Department efforts to have the man stripped of his American citizenship and deported. Johann "Hans" Breyer, a retired toolmaker, admits he was a guard at Auschwitz during World War II, but told the AP he was stationed outside the facility and had nothing to do with the wholesale slaughter of some 1.5 million Jews and others behind the gates. The special German...
  • Hamburg mosque may have violated anti-hate contract

    09/23/2012 10:53:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | 09/23/2012 | BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
    House of prayer operators participate in march calling for Israel’s destruction. The Imam Ali Mosque in Hamburg, widely considered by experts in Germany and abroad the long arm of Iran’s regime in the Federal Republic, appears to have violated the spirit – and perhaps the terms – of its contractual partnership with the city of Hamburg. The mosque and its parent organization are said to have mobilized anti-Israel activists to call for the destruction of the Jewish state. ... Hamburg has the largest German-Iranian and Iranian community in the Federal Republic. The northern city is believed to have the second...
  • Germany calls off Sudan investment forum after embassy storming

    09/22/2012 7:58:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    NewVision Uganda ^ | Saturday, September 22, 2012 | unattributed
    Germany has called off a conference next month to drum up investment for Sudan after its embassy in Khartoum was stormed in protests against a film that insults the Prophet Mohammad, Sudanese officials and diplomats said on Thursday. The move is a blow for Sudan which has been trying to attract investment to help overcome an economic crisis worsened by the loss of most of its oil reserves when arch-foe South Sudan declared independence in July 2011. Germany, one of the few Western countries with good ties to Khartoum, had planned to host a conference in mid-October to foster economic...
  • Millions raise a glass in Munich for Oktoberfest

    09/21/2012 6:36:52 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 75 replies
    Relaxnews ^ | Friday, September 21, 2012
    A Lufthansa air stewardess wearing a Dirndls poses with a neck choker inside a traditional Bavarian clothing store in Munich September 13, 2012. The crew will wear the Lufthansa collection Dirndls, created in the typical Lufthansa colours, during three international flights before and during the 2012 Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich. More than six million revellers from around the globe are set to descend on Munich from Saturday for the world's biggest beer fest, complete with lederhosen, pretzels and plenty of the amber nectar. With the traditional cry of "O'zapft is" ("The keg is tapped") on the stroke of...
  • The 2012 Berlin March for Life

    09/21/2012 8:31:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    On September 22, 2012, many people from all over Germany and other European countries will gather for the annual march for life, a pro-life event to remember the aborted children and the unnumerous women, men, and families who suffer from an abortion. With the Berlin march for life, we call the German socitey and politics to take action to really prevent and avoid abortion and to better help unplanned pregnant parents in need. We are also deeply concerned about the silent increase of acceptance of euthanasia in Europe, as it is already being practiced again in some countries. The march...
  • Reagan plaque unveiled at Berlin Wall

    09/19/2012 9:48:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies
    Ventura County Star ^ | September 19, 2012
    A plaque was unveiled Wednesday near the spot where President Ronald Reagan delivered his "Tear down this wall" address 25 years ago in Germany. Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit and Philip Murphy, a U.S. ambassador to Germany, unveiled the plaque near the Brandenburg Gate, where Reagan delivered his address at the Berlin Wall on June 12, 1987. The bronze plaque was designed by artist Helga Lieser. The unveiling was part of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration commemorating what would have been Reagan's 100th birthday. Reagan issued the challenge to destroy the Berlin Wall to then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The speech was...
  • 'Übermenschen': Eugene Robinson Puts Nazi-Speak In Romney's Mouth

    09/18/2012 7:46:00 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If whoever invokes Hitler first in an argument loses, then place an 'L' next to Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson's name tonight . . . On this evening's Ed Show, slamming Mitt Romney's comments about the 47%, Robinson suggested that Romney sees himself as one of the "ubermenschen." That of course was, by way of Nietzche, one of Hitler's favorite phrases. View the video here.
  • Germany Bars US Pastor Terry Jones

    09/18/2012 5:32:02 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    spiegel.de ^ | 09/17/2012
    The German government has barred US pastor Terry Jones from entering the country. Jones, a notorious extremist who gained global attention in 2010 by threatening to burn the Koran, has said he backs the anti-Islam film that has sparked worldwide protests. Berlin acted on information that German far-right groups planned to invite him. US hate preacher Terry Jones, one of the supporters of the anti-Islam video "Innocence of Muslims," is to be banned from travelling to Germany. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has asked the Interior Ministry to prevent Jones from entering the country....
  • Germany and Poland: EU needs more democracy

    09/18/2012 3:41:52 AM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 18 Sep 2012 | TL
    "We've been looking at how we can bring back confidence in the European Union," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in Warsaw late on Monday as he arrived for a meeting of ministers in the Future of Europe Group, which he launched in March. The 11-nation group is poised to submit a raft of recommendations to Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso - heads, respectively, of the bloc's intergovernmental and executive branches, neither of whom are elected by the EU's 500 million people. "We have to understand that we are a community of values and we have to defend...
  • Darkest atrocities of Nazis laid bare in secret recordings

    09/17/2012 6:52:35 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17th September 2012 | Alan Hall
    'Some of the most brutal and horrifying atrocities of the Nazis at war are laid bare in secretly recorded conversations of captured German soldiers published in Britain for the first time today. The prisoners, mostly ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen as opposed to SS hardliners, are overheard bragging about shooting women and children for sport as well as raping and slaughtering innocent civilians. But unbeknown to them, British and U.S. intelligence were secretly eavesdropping on their private chats. Transcripts made from the astonishingly candid recordings sat gathering dust on the shelves of the National Archives in Kew, all but forgotten...
  • TNT for top guns

    09/14/2012 10:07:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 14 September 2012 | Laura Howes
    A short exposure, small aperture shot of the TNT formulation burning. The purple colour is down to the potassium perchlorate © WileyIt might seem counterintuitive but one way of making decoy flares for fighter planes better and safer is to make them out of TNT, say European scientists.Decoy flares are pyrotechnic devices shot out of aeroplanes to confuse heat seeking missiles. For the simpler missiles a hot flame will suffice but technology is always improving and advanced missiles now look for the tell tale signatures of water and carbon dioxide to distinguish between a plane and a flare. Of course,...
  • 'Obama's Middle East Policy Is in Ruins'

    After days of protests over an anti-Islam film, American diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa were braced for further violence after Friday prayers. The US put its overseas missions on high alert. Germany has closed its embassies in a number of Muslim-majority countries in fear of attacks. "We are observing how the security situation develops with great attentiveness and we have increased security precautions at a number of foreign missions," a spokesman for the German Foreign Office told SPIEGEL ONLINE. Embassies in North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan are believed to be among those affected.
  • GERMAN FM: SUDAN EMBASSY IN FLAMES, UPDATE: GUN FIRE AT US EMBASSY

    09/14/2012 8:33:33 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Sep 2012, 7:34 AM PDT | staff
    Germany's Foreign Minister says the country's embassy in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum has been stormed by protesters and set partially on fire. Guido Westerwelle told reporters in Berlin on Friday that the Embassy building was "partially in flames but fortunately... the employees are safe."
  • Protesters storm British, German embassies in Sudan; set KFC on fire in Lebanon

    09/14/2012 7:09:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | 09/14/2012
    Around 5,000 protesters in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum angry over an anti-Islam film on Friday stormed the embassies of Britain and Germany, which was torched and badly damaged, an AFP reporter said. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters as several of them scaled the roof of the German embassy and others attacked its facade and tore down the flag to replace it with a black Islamist one, the reporter said. The mob, furious over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States that has triggered similar violence in other parts of the Arab world, then set fire...
  • After APEC Summit in Vladivostok, Moscow Declares War on EU

    09/13/2012 5:40:29 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 9/13/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit last week in Vladivostok has been declared to have been a resounding success in Moscow. The Kremlin has been criticized by the Russian press for spending well over $20 billion on hosting the APEC forum to show off to foreigners. At the same time, local authorities have been accused of massive misappropriations of funds to build roads, bridges, hotels and a brand new local university campus on Russky Island opposite of Vladivostok, used to accommodate delegations and journalists during the forum (Vedomosti, September 3). At a press conference after the APEC summit in...
  • US:Warships move toward Libya,consulate in Berlin evacuated [The purpose : keep focus offshore]

    09/13/2012 12:58:28 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 38 replies
    AP ^ | Sept 13 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say the Pentagon is moving two warships to the Libyan coast, in the aftermath of the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed when an armed mob stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi Tuesday and set it ablaze. Officials say one destroyer, the USS Laboon, moved to a position off the coast Wednesday, and the USS McFaul is en route and should be stationed off the coast within days. The officials say the ships, which carry Tomahawk missiles, do not have a...