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  • Germany gets on UN Human Rights Council

    11/13/2012 10:44:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Nov 12 08:28 CET | (AFP/bk)
    The United States and Germany won a closely contested race Monday among western nations for UN Human Rights Council seats, while the likes of Venezuela and Pakistan secured places without a competitive vote. Rights groups condemned the “pre-cooked” arrangements by most continental groups at the 193-member UN General Assembly which gave council seats to countries whose records have been widely questioned. The United States, Germany and Ireland won the only open election among western nations. …
  • Snyder Brothers, Patton’s Third Army Recalled

    11/11/2012 9:01:07 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register ^ | November 10, 2012 | DANIEL DORSCH
    In early January 1943, the United States Third Army was assembled on the large terrace in front of Peover Hall near Knutsford, England. Before them stood a man in a tailored, brass-buttoned battle jacket with four rows of battle ribbons and decorations. On his legs were riding breeches and polished, high-topped boots with spurs. Around his waist was an old-fashioned leather belt with a large, shiny brass buckle, and he carried a long riding crop with a hidden sword in it. Fifteen stars in total were placed on his shirt collar, helmet and shoulders. "I've been given command of the...
  • Twelve EU countries likely to back Palestine’s UN bid

    11/10/2012 8:34:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 09.11.12 @ 09:27 (November 9) | Andrew Rettman
    Palestine can count on about 12 Yes votes by EU countries when it tries to upgrade its UN status, in a move expected later this month. … A senior EU diplomat told this website the Union remains divided on the question, however. He noted that member states’ votes “will probably follow the same pattern as with UNESCO,” referring to a decision by the UN’s Paris-based cultural wing to admit Palestine as a member last year. At the time, 11 countries—Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovenia and Spain—backed Palestine’s UNESCO bid. Another 11—Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Italy,...
  • EU Budget Battle: Berlin and Brussels Demand More from London and Paris

    11/10/2012 1:28:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/09/2012 | Philipp Wittrock and Roland Nelles/cgh with wire reports
    The European Commission and top German politicians are becoming increasingly exasperated with both France and Britain as the summit in Brussels to determine the EU budget for the seven-year period from 2014 to 2020 approaches. Both countries have been insistent on getting their way as member states position themselves for what promise to be difficult talks—and both London and Paris have threatened to veto the budget if it doesn't meet their expectations. In response, European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Germany's representative on the EU's executive body, has harshly criticized the two countries. …
  • Unrequited Love: Explaining Germany's Infantile Crush on Obama

    11/10/2012 12:21:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/09/2012 | Jan Fleischhauer
    There is hardly an issue about which Germans as so united as they are by their desire to see America on its knees. It unites both the left and the right. Wherever they look, they see decay, a lack of culture and ignorance. … The criticism of America has always been a bit infantile. One is familiar with the theory from psychoanalysis, when people talk about transference, or when suppressed feelings or emotions are overcome by projecting them onto others. … The childish excitement over Obama, that once again took hold over Germans during this election—fully 93 percent of the...
  • German Calls for Gold Repatriation Intensify As Fed Refuses to Allow Inspection

    11/10/2012 6:19:28 AM PST · by Renfield · 35 replies
    Silver Doctors ^ | 11-8-2012
    Calls for Germany to repatriate its 1,536 tons of gold reserves held at the NY Fed are intensifying as Der Spiegel reports the Federal Reserve has refused to allow German inspectors to even view the country’s massive gold reserves “in the interest of security and of the control process“. We have stated repeatedly that with repatriation and/or audit requests completed or in progress by Venezuela, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, The BOE and the Fed suddenly find themselves in a heap of trouble as the situation (and confidence that the Central banks actually still hold the tungsten gold reserves on...
  • Outsiders can’t inflict changes in regime

    11/09/2012 7:57:46 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, November 9, 2012 | G. Parthasarathy
    The Bashar al-Assad rule in Syria has come under heavy fire from people who believe that the regime must quit over its atrocities. But any attempt by the US-led West to impose a replacement will backfire soon India’s oil-rich western neighbourhood, extending from the Arabian Sea to the Bosporus, is engulfed in conflicts arising from sectarian and civilisational rivalries, aggravated by the meddling of external powers. With an arsenal of over 100 nuclear weapons, Pakistan is today witnessing a period of internal strife, largely arising from the pernicious role of its military establishment and tensions across its disputed borders with...
  • 'Obama Is Not a Messiah Anymore'

    11/08/2012 11:14:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/08/2012 | Mary Beth Warner and Kristen Allen
    The re-election of US President Barack Obama was widely reported Thursday in Germany under the headline "A Second Chance." That second chance, according to German commentators, would include the opportunity for Obama, without the fear of another re-election campaign, to take a stronger leadership role at home and abroad. … Several of the commentaries in major German newspapers took a pessimistic view of the prospect of breaking the gridlock in Washington between the administration and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. But they also wrote that Obama should now use his post to more actively engage in the world, strengthening ties...
  • A View From Abroad (Vanity)

    11/08/2012 5:38:22 AM PST · by representativerepublic · 19 replies
    vanity | 11/7/12 | Republican Abroad
    U.S. Election--my report from Germany If you're getting this mail from me, you may not be totally happy with the result of yesterday's election. Let me share what I experienced last night in Stuttgart, and this may be enlightening. Right now, we have more than four years of Obama's crew staring us in the face. Last night, I spoke (in German) on behalf of Republicans Abroad at the (State Parliament) Landtag in Stuttgart's US Election Night Party. It was a 90 minute podium discussion. In the crowd there were 800 ppl (German 2/3 and American 1/3) there with 798 of...
  • Nazi Leader’s Sister Hid Jews Near Brussels

    11/04/2012 10:55:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | November 4th, 2012
    The sister of a Belgian Nazi leader hid three Jews in her home near Brussels during the Holocaust, according to one of the survivors. Hanna Nadel, now 86, said she, her mother and her niece were rescued by M. Cornet, the sister of Leon Degrelle, who, as leader of the Belgian Nazi Rexen movement, was responsible for deporting Jews to their deaths during the German occupation of Belgium. Nadel’s account, related to historian Jan Maes, appeared earlier this week in the Belgian-Jewish monthly Joods Actueel, The three, having escaped deportation orders, wandered with their suitcases around the town of Sint-Genesius...
  • The Turn Away From Europe

    11/04/2012 9:07:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Commentary ^ | November 2012 | Josef Joffe
    PDF It almost goes unnoticed that the United States is closing a long chapter in its Atlantic history. For 70 years, since the landing in Normandy, America was literally a power-in-Europe, with a vast military presence stretching from Naples to Narvik and from Portugal to Germany. At its peak, the entire force, Navy and Air Force included, numbered 300,000. The Army topped out at 217,000. At the end of this year, the ground troops will have dwindled to 30,000. A massive support structure of American grand strategy is being dismantled. Why is no one weeping or gnashing teeth?That would...
  • Homeschoolers Flee Persecution in Germany and Sweden

    11/04/2012 12:22:19 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 November 2012 | Alex Newman
    Homeschoolers Flee Persecution in Germany and Sweden The New American 03 November 2012 This weekend the first ever Global Home Education conference is being held in Berlin as homeschool families tell of being forced to flee Germany and Sweden. Related Articles: German Statesman Backs Homeschooling, Slams State for “Usurping” Kids In Sweden, Persecuted Jewish Homeschoolers Win Court Battle Persecuted & Exiled Swedish Homeschoolers “Walk to Freedom,” Vow to Fight On Homeschool Leader Flees Swedish Persecution Sweden Bans Home-schooling, Religious Instruction State "Kidnapping" of Swedish Home-schooler Prompts International Outcry U.S. Judge Grants Asylum for Homeschooling Family Government Schools Are Bad for...
  • Deutsche Bank talks austerity in posh hotel

    11/04/2012 11:02:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 4 Nov 12 11:38 CET | (The Local/DAPD/mw)
    Troubled Deutsche Bank has rented out the whole of one of Germany’s poshest hotels—for its top managers to spend three days taking about cutting costs and saving money, a magazine reported at the weekend. Suites at Berlin’s Adlon Hotel can cost up to €15,000 ($19,239) a night, while the cheapest room will set penny-pinchers back €320 ($410) a night—and Deutsche Bank has rented out the entire building, Der Spiegel said, in a report to be published on Monday. …
  • A Future in Europe? Commissioner Confronts London on EU Loyalty

    11/03/2012 8:30:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/02/2012 | (cgh—with wire reports)
    Does Britain belong in the European Union? There are plenty both in the United Kingdom and on the Continent who have their doubts. Now, with the debate over the EU’s next budget raging, a European Commissioner has challenged London to decide. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel is also losing her patience over the squabble. … On Friday, European Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget Janusz Lewandowski, Poland’s representative in the EU’s executive, said it was time for Britain to make a fundamental decision regarding its future in the European Union. “Of course there are limits,” he said in an interview...
  • German Islamists Target Youth on the Internet

    11/02/2012 2:38:29 PM PDT · by Cindy · 27 replies
    SPIEGEL.de - SPIEGEL Online ^ | November 1, 2012 | by Christoph Sydow
      "German Islamists Target Youth on the Internet" By Christoph Sydow 11/01/2012 "Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan." PHOTO CAPTION: "A growing community of German-speaking Islamists has developed on the Internet. Aiming to find new recruits, they glorify jihad and call for attacks on Germany. A new study warns that such online propaganda might foster a new generation of terrorists." SNIPPET: "International terrorist groups like al-Qaida recognized the importance of the Internet for recruiting new supporters early on." SNIPPET: "Intelligence services can also take advantage of the anonymity of Internet forums to deliberately plant false information or obtain insider...
  • Opel cuts thousands of jobs across Germany

    11/01/2012 12:49:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 1 Nov 12 15:37 CET | (The Local/DAPD/bk)
    Thousands of German workers at Opel cars will lose their jobs in another round of cuts announced this week by the car maker’s owner General Motors. As many as 2,300 people have already been let go. … The company lost half a billion dollars in Europe alone in the third quarter, when it produced just 196,000 cars—down from 270,000 in the same quarter last year. …
  • TSA Agent arrested for rape

    11/01/2012 8:55:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    WOIO ^ | Nov 01, 2012
    CLEVELAND, OH - a Transportation Security Agent has been arrested on a warrant for the rape of a northeast Ohio boy he had been mentoring as a big brother. ... arrested at the airport in Newark, NJ. He had gone to work for the TSA in Germany
  • Why Did The Bundesbank Secretly Withdraw Two-Thirds Of Its London Gold?

    10/31/2012 5:21:57 AM PDT · by Renfield · 18 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | 10-24-2012 | Tyler Durden
    Two days ago we reported that the German Court of Auditors demanded that the German Central Bank, the Bundesbank, verify and audit its official gold holdings consisting of 3,396 tons, held mostly offshore, namely New York, London and Paris, at least according to official documents. It also called for repatriation of 150 tons in the next three years to perform a quality inspection of the tungsten gold. Today, in a surprising development, via the Telegraph we learn that none other than the same Bundesbank which is causing endless nightmares for all the other broke European nations due to its insistence...
  • Wild boar attacks and injures 4 people in Berlin

    10/30/2012 12:36:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies
    AP.org ^ | 10/30/12 | AP - Berlin
    BERLIN (AP) -- Berlin authorities say they shot and killed a 120 kilogram (265-pound) wild boar after it attacked and injured four people including a police officer in a residential neighborhood. ... Wild boars are relatively common in green Berlin, though rarely cause problems beyond digging up gardens.
  • ECB: Crisis nations have lost their sovereignty

    10/28/2012 9:13:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Oct 12 21:14 CET | AFP/DAPD/The Local/jlb
    The head of the European Central Bank (ECB) on Sunday threw his weight behind a German scheme to allow the EU to intervene in countries' budgets and propose changes before they are agreed in parliaments. The EU should have the power to police and interfere in member states' national budgets, Mario Draghi told Der Spiegel magazine in an interview due to be published on Monday, saying he “completely supported” the suggestion by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble to give more autonomy to the EU's economic and monetary affairs commissioner. … "Several governments have not yet understood that they lost their...
  • Britain facing new eastern Europe immigration surge

    10/28/2012 10:07:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 21 Oct 2012 | David Barrett, and Colin Freeman
    Britain is facing a new wave of Eastern European immigration which will put British workers’ jobs at risk... Twenty nine million Bulgarians and Romanians will gain the right to live and work unrestricted in Britain in 2014 under European “freedom of movement” rules. Last night forecasters said it could lead to a significant number of new arrivals, in the same way as when Poland and other Eastern European countries gained the same rights in 2004, with the scale likely to be increased by the economic crisis gripping the rest of Europe. And a Government report was disclosed to show concern...
  • A German Victory for Free Speech

    10/27/2012 10:26:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/27/2012 | Andrew E. Harrod
    In a letter dated October 10, 2012, and received by its addressee four days later, the Marburg, Germany state prosecutor announced a suspension in the prosecution of medical historian Dr. Armin Geus. As discussed in my recent FrontPage Magazine article, Geus had run afoul of German authorities because of his book Die Krankheit des Propheten (The Sickness of the Prophet), in which Geus had argued that Islam's prophet Muhammad was not divinely led, but rather psychologically disturbed. Despite this victory for free speech with respect to Islam, briefs submitted by Geus' defense lawyers and a public declaration by a German...
  • Obama Nominates Rodriguez as Next Africa Command Chief (4-Star Carter Ham relieved of command_

    10/27/2012 8:02:24 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 38 replies
    American Forces Press Service AFRICOM.mil ^ | Oct 19, 2012 | By Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct 19, 2012 — President Obama has nominated Army General David M. Rodriguez to succeed Army General Carter F. Ham as the commander of U.S. Africa Command, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said, October 18, 2012. U.S. Africa Command is the newest combatant command, and its headquarters is in Stuttgart, Germany. The command encompasses all of Africa and its adjacent waters except for Egypt. The Senate must confirm Rodriguez, who currently is commander of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C. "He has served in a variety of key leadership roles on the battlefield," Panetta said in...
  • Welcome to Berlin, Europe’s new capital

    10/26/2012 11:48:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Financial Times (sub) ^ | October 22, 2012 4:48 pm | Gideon Rachman
    Berlin does not feel like an imperial city. … Yet while the German capital has deliberately eschewed the trappings of imperial power, the fact is that Berlin is increasingly the de facto capital of the EU. Of course, the EU’s main institutions—the commission and the council—are still based in Brussels. But the key decisions are increasingly made in Berlin. … This steady accretion of power to Germany is greeted with ambivalence in Berlin. For obvious historical reasons, postwar Germany has never sought a dominant role within Europe. After reunification, the goal was always said to be “a European Germany, not...
  • The Democrats’ Jewish Problem - A new book revisits an uncomfortable—and ongoing—history.

    10/24/2012 6:27:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    City Journal ^ | 23 October 2012 | Harry Stein
    Herbert Hoover and the Jews: The Origins of the “Jewish Vote” and Bipartisan Support for Israel, by Sonja Schoepf Wentling and Rafael Medoff (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 238 pp., $15) As a Jewish liberal-turned-conservative, I am asked the question with mind-numbing regularity: how can Jewish voters remain so attached to a Democratic Party seemingly so often hostile to their interests? Given Barack Obama’s stance toward an Israel facing the threat of Iranian nuclear annihilation, needless to say, that question has been posed with particular urgency and confusion during the 2012 campaign. Generally, I offer a variation of the answer...
  • Germany 'needs more public security cameras'

    10/21/2012 2:27:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 Oct 12 10:33 CET | DPA/The Local/jcw
    Germany needs more cameras in public places and more police patrolling the streets, the interior minister said in an interview on Sunday. Attacks were becoming more brutal, despite a decline in general street crime. Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper that the country needed more security cameras in public places. …
  • Why the Tories are ready to risk detonating the Brussels bomb

    10/19/2012 12:18:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:18PM BST 17 Oct 2012 | Peter Oborne
    When David Cameron became Tory leader seven years ago, William Hague is said to have delivered a stern warning on the subject of Europe. Stay well away, advised Mr. Hague, who knew from brutal personal experience as Conservative leader the damage it was capable of doing. Mr. Hague added that Europe should be regarded as a bomb that could never be defused, yet might well go off at any moment. The wisest course was to leave well alone and hope for the best. … It has suddenly become very clear that, seven years after the Foreign Secretary delivered his warning,...
  • Our Greek Tragedy

    10/17/2012 6:55:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | October 17, 2012 | John Myers
    Regardless of who the President is after this close election, the equity markets and the U.S. economy are in trouble. Debt has spread throughout the Western world. The fallout is political dissonance, growing economic hardship and, in some places, mob violence.Ground zero for the spreading fear and panic is Greece, which was once the worldÂ’s greatest civilization and the birthplace of democracy, poetry and philosophy.There is violent evidence of the contradiction from what the ancients taught and what is unraveling in Greece. It would all just be another boring story at the end of the news day, except there is...
  • Euro destroying EU, and Germany should save it: Soros

    10/15/2012 8:12:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Fox Business / Reuters ^ | October 15, 2012 | Manuela Badawy and Jonathan Spicer
    The European Union could be destroyed by the "nightmare" euro crisis, and Germany needs to take the responsibility to save the common currency, billionaire fund manager George Soros said on Monday Soros, who made his mark as an investor on a big bet against the British pound in 1992, said the other alternative is for Germany—the eurozone's biggest economy—to simply leave the 17-member currency bloc. … Germany should act as the leader of the union in the same that the United States did for the free world after World War Two, Soros said at a luncheon hosted by the National...
  • Fidel Castro Hired Nazi SS to Train Military, German Intel Documents Reveal

    10/15/2012 4:30:10 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 15 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 10-15-12 | unattributed
    In 1962, then President of Cuba, Fidel Castro recruited two former Nazi SS soldiers to help train his military at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, according to declassified documents released by Germany's secret intelligence agency, the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst). Castro invited four SS officers to Havana, where he offered them quadruple the average salary a German made at that time in exchange for their expertise. Two of the four accepted his offer, the documents, dated October 26, 1962, reveal. The men served in Adolf Hitler's Waffen-SS, a force separate from the army and known as the armed wing of...
  • The terrifying world of child brides

    10/12/2012 9:36:40 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/12/12 | Snejana Farberov
    At age 11, Ghulam was married off to 40-year-old Jaiz in a rural Afghan village, making her only one of more than 10 million young girls who are being forced to wed men old enough to be their fathers or grandfather every year. In an effort to start a global conversation about the devastating effects of early marriages, which are currently practiced in more than 50 developing countries, the United Nations designated October 11 as International Day of the Girl Child this year. To mark the occasion and draw attention to the problem of child brides, photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair teamed...
  • EU financial transactions tax gets enough support to take off

    10/10/2012 10:17:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 09.10.12 @ 15:54 (October 9) | Honor Mahony
    A threshold-breaking eleven member states have agreed to push ahead with a financial transactions tax, but the political breakthrough is tempered by a number of unanswered questions. "Today we have received a clear and very welcome signal that there will be enough member states on board for an EU Financial Transactions Tax," EU tax commissioner Algirdas Semeta said Tuesday (9 October). He promised to come forward with a decision in November, but noted that at least nine countries have to formally make a request in order to trigger a legislative process for a splinter group of member states. So far,...
  • Germany demands more power on banking

    10/10/2012 10:06:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Financial Times ^ | October 9, 2012 6:25 pm | Alex Barker and Peter Spiegel in Luxembourg and Miles Johnson in Madrid
    Germany is demanding greater power on the board of the eurozone’s new bank supervisor, a politically charged request that further complicates Europe’s fractious talks on a banking union. Berlin’s proposal for voting weights to match the bigger size of its banking sector gives voice to longstanding German concerns about being outgunned under the European Central Bank’s one-country one-vote governance system. But the idea—raised privately in talks with European officials—touches on some of the founding principles of the single currency and is likely to rile smaller eurozone countries fearful of Germany’s growing willingness to flex its muscles. …
  • Merkel to face protests on first crisis visit to Greece

    10/08/2012 9:57:55 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/7/2012 | Dina Kyriakidou and Noah Barkin
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will tell Greeks she wants to keep their country in the euro when she visits Athens this week, but she faces a hostile reception from a people worn down by years of austerity and recession. Many Greeks blame Merkel, who has publicly chastised them for much of the past three years, for the nation's plight. Opponents, some of whom have caricatured her as a bullying Nazi, have promised protests on Tuesday during her first visit to Greece since the euro zone crisis erupted there in 2009. "She does not come to support Greece, which her policies...
  • Lehman's brokerage, Europe units settle $38 billion of claims

    10/07/2012 10:44:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5 Oct, 2012 | Jonathan Stempel
    The U.S. brokerage unit and a European unit of the former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc said they settled litigation over $38 billion of asset claims, a major step toward customers and creditors recovering money. ... Lehman emerged from bankruptcy in March, and has paid out or plans to pay out $33 billion of an expected $65 billion to creditors, recovering an average of 21 cents on the dollar
  • Europe’s Richer Regions Want Out

    10/06/2012 1:51:04 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 86 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 6, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    CATALONIA may be the catalyst for a renewed wave of separatism in the European Union, with Scotland and Flanders not far behind. The great paradox of the European Union, which is built on the concept of shared sovereignty, is that it lowers the stakes for regions to push for independence. While a post-national European Union may be emerging out of the euro zone crisis, with a drive for more fiscal union and more centralized control over national budgets and banks, the crisis has accelerated calls for independence from member countries’ richer regions, angry at having to finance poorer neighbors. Artur...
  • EU preparing to ban gas imports from Iran

    10/06/2012 9:56:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 05 October 2012 | (EurActiv.com with Reuters)
    The European Union is poised to ban imports of Iranian gas into Europe as part of its efforts to ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program. … The moves come as European governments and the United States are searching for new ways to pressure Tehran into scaling back its nuclear work after diplomacy foundered earlier this year. Tehran denies its work has any military intentions. …
  • How the Europeans Saved Islam

    10/05/2012 12:08:14 AM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 3, 2012 | Mike Konrad
    A study of Western History shows that on many occasions Islam was on its deathbed only to be rescued by Western intervention. The civilizational struggle we now face is one of our own making. The enormity of this abysmal lunacy becomes apparent when one realizes that by the mid-nineteenth century so complete was Islam's collapse that at every point where it survived, it did so only because of imprudent Western assistance. The monster we now face is a resuscitated corpse, and like that of Frankenstein, it has consistently turned on the creator who gave it life. In 1492, the Muslims...
  • Reichley: Celebrating reunification of Germany

    10/02/2012 11:46:32 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    leavenworthtimes.com ^ | October 02. 2012 | John Reichley
    My usually trusty VFW calendar says for today: "Germany reunited; Cold War nears end." Sounded good enough for a column to me. A neat point about the date is that tonight I'm pleased to be going to German Reunification Day at the Riverfront Community Center, hosted by the German liaison office at Fort Leavenworth. When a country loses a war it usually loses territory as well. That happened at the end of WW II when Germany was forced to give up lands it had conquered in the early months of the war. But unlike at the end of WW I,...
  • Exclusive: Spain ready for bailout, Germany signals "wait" - sources

    10/02/2012 10:16:01 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/2/2012 | Julien Toyer
    Spain is ready to request a euro zone bailout for its public finances as early as next weekend but Germany has signalled that it should hold off, European officials said on Monday. The latest twist in the euro zone's three-year-old sovereign debt crisis comes as financial markets and some other European partners are pressuring Madrid to seek a rescue programme that would trigger European Central Bank buying of its bonds. "The Spanish were a bit hesitant but now they are ready to request aid," a senior European source said. Three other euro zone senior euro zone sources confirmed the shift...
  • Berlin 'abandons one million electric cars goal'

    09/30/2012 5:41:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 30 Sep 12 07:30 CET
    The German government has abandoned its goal of having one million electric cars on the streets of the country by 2020. "The hype is over," the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung wrote, citing information from the Ministry of Education and Research. The high expectations for electric cars, which have no carbon dioxide emissions, has been replaced by huge disappointment, the paper wrote. …
  • No tax, no blessing: German church insists on levy

    09/30/2012 5:16:30 PM PDT · by Renfield · 38 replies
    mail.com ^ | 9-28-2012 | Juergen Baetz
    BERLIN (AP) — The road to heaven is paved with more than good intentions for Germany's 24 million Catholics. If they don't pay their religious taxes, they will be denied sacraments, including weddings, baptisms and funerals. A decree issued last week by the country's bishops cast a spotlight on the longstanding practice in Germany and a handful of other European countries in which governments tax registered believers and then hand over the money to the religious institutions. In Germany, Catholics, Protestants and Jews pay a surcharge of up to nine percent on their income tax bills — or about €56...
  • EU: Germany told to 'come clean’ over Greece

    09/30/2012 3:23:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/30/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel must “come clean at long last” and admit that Greece will need help for another seven or eight years, the German opposition leader said over the weekend. “The Greeks must stand by their commitment, but we must give them time. We cannot tighten the screws any futher,” said Peer Steinbruck, the Social Democrat candidate for chancellor. He said the political and economic fall-out from Greek ejection from the euro would be devastating and must be avoided. The plea came amid reports that Berlin is so worried that a Greek crisis would spin out of control that...
  • 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...