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  • Eurozone Faces New Challenge As Portugal Blocks Cuts [No Salary And Pension Cuts For State Workers!]

    04/07/2013 12:51:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 07, 2013 | Philip Aldrick
    Eurozone Faces New Challenge As Portugal Blocks Cuts The eurozone crisis threatens to flare up again this week after Portugal's constitutional court blocked the country's planned austerity programme. By Philip Aldrick 07 Apr 2013 The single currency bloc has already been destabilised by Cyprus and now faces fresh uncertainty if Lisbon cannot find new savings to meet the conditions of its €78bn (£66bn) bail-out. Pedro Passos Coelho, Portugal’s prime minister, said last night that the rejection posed “serious obstacles and risks” to Portugal’s progress in meeting its bail-out commitments, but that it would “do everything to avoid a second rescue”....
  • Israel Remembers The Holocaust

    04/07/2013 12:03:43 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 13 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | April 7, 2013 | Joel Leyden
    Israel Remembers The HolocaustBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel --- April 7, 2013 … Part of the following was communicated by the Israel Prime Minister's Office to the Israel News Agency. The official Opening Ceremony for Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day in Israel will take place on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 20:00, in Warsaw Ghetto Square, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Mount of Remembrance, Jerusalem. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Sunday, 7 April 2013), made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting: "We have a deep obligation to the elderly in general...
  • Portugal premier to give speech on economy crisis

    04/07/2013 7:04:14 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 4/7/13 | Harold Heckle
    Portugal's prime minister said he will address the nation Sunday over a crisis triggered when the country's highest court ruled some of the unpopular pay cuts in this year's budget are unlawful, depriving the government of about 1.4 billion euros ($1.8 billion) of expected revenue. Pedro Passos Coelho will speak after his government said in a statement that the position taken by the Constitutional Court "places the country in serious difficulties in meeting obligations to which it is committed internationally and also the budgetary goals it must meet."
  • Russia's Putin says "yes, we trust the euro"

    04/06/2013 6:57:51 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | April 5, 2013 | Lidia Kelly and Steve Gutterman
    President Vladimir Putin said Russia had confidence in the euro and had made the right decision to keep much of its reserves in the European currency. "I would like to say it outright: yes, we trust the euro," Putin said, according to a Kremlin transcript of an interview with German public broadcaster ARD before a trip to Germany and the Netherlands. Putin said Moscow and the European Union have disagreements, but that the leading euro zone countries were moving in the right direction in handling the current crisis. "That gives us confidence that we have made the right move to...
  • Europe Vs Russia On Taxes (Interesting Excerpt From Putin Interview With German Television)

    04/05/2013 9:41:51 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 33 replies
    President Of Russia ^ | 4/05/2013 | President Vladimir Putin
    VLADIMIR PUTIN: Of course, not. On the contrary I am even glad, to some extent, because the events have shown how risky and insecure investments in Western financial institutions can be. By the way, our tax regime in that context is also more favourable than yours. The income tax rate for natural persons in Russia is only 13 percent. What about Germany? How much do you pay? JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: It would be great if we paid only 13 percent. Of course, it would be great. Fight against tax increases is a hot topic during the election campaign. VLADIMIR PUTIN: So,...
  • Syrian president warns that if his regime falls, instability will spread across the region

    04/05/2013 2:05:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 5, 2013 | Associated Press
    Syrian President Bashar Assad warned in comments broadcast Friday that the fall of his regime or the breakup of his nation will cause a “domino effect” that will fuel Middle East instability for years, in his sharpest warning yet about the potential fallout of his country’s civil war on neighboring states.
  • Hamburg First German Ship to Deploy in U.S. Carrier Strike Group

    04/05/2013 12:50:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Navy News Service ^ | 4/3/2013 | Lt. Timothy Gorman
    Hamburg First German Ship to Deploy in U.S. Carrier Strike Group By Lt. Timothy Gorman ABOARD FGS HAMBURG (F220) AT SEA (NNS) -- The German Sachsen-class frigate Hamburg (F220) is the first German ship to fully integrate and deploy with an American carrier strike group, and April 3 marks her second week of operating in the North Arabian Sea with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE). The Hamburg will stay a part of the strike group until the group's completion of operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. Both Rear Adm. Michael Manazir, commander CSG 8, and...
  • S.Korea to buy bunker busting missiles from Europe

    04/04/2013 10:07:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 4, 2013
    S.Korea to buy bunker busting missiles from Europe (Reuters) - South Korea is to buy Taurus bunker-busting air-to-ground long range missiles for its F-15K strike fighters in a move to boost its strike power amid rising tensions with North Korea, its defence minister told a parliamentary committee on Thursday. The decision to pick a European supplier is due to Washington's unwillingness to supply Seoul's first choice missile, the U.S. made JASSM, a person familiar with the plans later told Reuters and is a rare decision for a military that primarily picks U.S.-made equipment. The decision comes as South Korea is...
  • Did Castro Kill Kennedy?

    02/02/2006 8:52:22 AM PST · by Mike Bates · 125 replies · 3,099+ views
    Media Monitor ^ | 2/2/2006 | Roger Aronoff
    Compelling new evidence of a Cuban Communist role in the assassination of former president John F. Kennedy has come to light, but has received little attention in the U.S. media. It comes at a time when there has been renewed interest in the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II and the alleged Soviet role behind that. SNIP In the Kennedy matter, the big news comes from a German TV documentary that claims that the Cuban government was behind the assassination of former president John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald. The film is called "Rendezvous With Death," by award...
  • Tax havens are killing our democracies

    04/04/2013 12:04:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Le Monde via PressEurop ^ | 4 April 2013 | Natalie Nougayrède
    The global financial convulsion of 2007-2008 was followed by the resounding announcement of new priorities: international finance was to be better regulated and there was to be no mercy in the fight against tax havens. In short, we were to put an end to the black holes in a system that was wide open to abuse—at least if the very virtuous conclusions of the G20 held in London were to be believed. … Revelations of individual cases, no matter how fascinating they are, should not be allowed to distract attention from the underlying problem: tax havens are a threat to...
  • US Army's last tanks depart from Germany

    04/04/2013 11:58:49 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 82 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 4, 2013 | John Vandiver
    STUTTGART, Germany — The U.S. Army’s 69-year history of basing main battle tanks on German soil quietly ended last month when 22 Abrams tanks, a main feature of armored combat units throughout the Cold War, embarked for the U.S. The departure of the last M-1 Abrams tanks coincides with the inactivation of two of the Army’s Germany-based heavy brigades. Last year, the 170th Infantry out of Baumholder disbanded. And the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade at Grafenwöhr is in the process of doing the same. On March 18, the remaining tanks were loaded up at the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s railhead...
  • Terrorist Killed After Throwing Firebomb at IDF Soldiers

    04/03/2013 2:36:49 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/4/13 | Elad Benari
    IDF soldiers opened fire on Wednesday night at two terrorists who approached an IDF position near the community of Einav in northern Samaria. As the two terrorists approached the soldiers, they hurled a firebomb at them. The soldiers returned fire, killing one terrorist and wounding the other. PA officials told AFP that the killed terrorist was a 16-year-old teen, identified as Amer Nassar. The latest attack comes after two days of unrest in Judea and Samaria, as Palestinian Authority Arabs rioted over the death of an elderly terrorist who was serving time in an Israeli jail. The terrorist, 64-year-old Maissara...
  • France and Germany snub Cameron on EU law review

    04/03/2013 10:20:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 02.04.13 @ 09:23 (April 2) | Honor Mahony
    UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempt to get other member states to participate in a general review of EU laws has suffered an embarrassing rebuff from Paris and Berlin. France and Germany have refused to take part in Cameron’s much-publicized examination of whether some EU powers should be returned to member states, reports the Financial Times. The paper notes that Paris and Berlin consulted with one another on the issue before concluding that the exercise—known as the “balance of competences”—was more to serve Britain’s domestic political interests. … The review is the cornerstone of London’s EU policy, as Cameron attempts...
  • Bismarck's Blood and Iron Speech 150 Years Later

    04/02/2013 4:06:20 PM PDT · by robowombat · 17 replies
    New American ^ | Sunday, 30 September 2012 | Bruce Walker
    Bismarck's Blood and Iron Speech 150 Years Later Written by Bruce Walker One hundred and fifty years ago, on September 30, 1862, Otto von Bismarck gave his famous “Blut und Eisen” (“Blood and Iron”) speech before the Landtag, the Prussian legislature. In his speech, Bismarck claimed that the international policy of a modern state is built upon the willingness to fight — “Blut” (blood) — and the willingness to spend vast amounts of public treasure in creating giant armies — “Eisen” (iron). "The great questions of the time will not be resolved by speeches and majority decisions ... but by...
  • Eurozone Unemployment Rate Hits Record High

    04/02/2013 1:32:14 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    RTT News ^ | 4/2/2013 7:37 AM ET
    Unemployment in the euro area held steady at a record high in February, raising concerns that the ongoing recession is set to be a prolonged one as the region's debt crisis continues to weigh on economic activity, latest datashowed Tuesday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 12 percent in February, after the January figure was revised upwards from the originally reported 11.9 percent, data from statistical office Eurostat revealed. The latest rate was the highest since euro was launched more than a decade ago. The February figure also matched economists' expectations. In February 2012, the jobless rate was...
  • The secret Nazi plan to blow up cities and boil oceans with a mile-wide 'SUN GUN'

    04/02/2013 7:10:34 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2nd April 2013 | Mark Prigg
    'It may sound like a something a Bond villain would propose, but these amazing pictures reveal the secret plans drawn up by the German army to create a mile-wide 'space gun' powered by the sun. The giant mirror could be used to focus the sun on a target - rather like the magnifying glasses often used by children to create fire. The pictures, from Life magazine in 1945, reveal to its readers how 'U.S. Army technical experts came up with the astonishing fact that German scientists had seriously planned to build a ‘sun gun’.'
  • The Great Escape Stalag Luft III, Sagan March 24/25th, 1944

    03/31/2013 4:56:02 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Wild Blue Yonder ^ | Rob Davis
    The Great Escape Stalag Luft III, Sagan March 24/25th, 1944 Rob Davis Prisoners Of War Allied aircrew who were shot down and survived during World War II were incarcerated after interrogation in Air Force Prisoner of War camps run by the Luftwaffe, called Stalag Luft, short for Stammlager Luft or Permanent Camps for Airmen. Stalag Luft III was situated in Sagan, 100 miles south-east of Berlin, now called Zagan, in Silesia. At the time of the escape it was part of Germany, but is now in Poland. It was opened in Spring 1942 with the first prisoners arriving in April...
  • Exhibit of Jews in Germany raises interest, ire

    03/31/2013 9:35:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Sunday March 31, 2013 | (The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff)
    Nearly 70 years after the Holocaust, there is no more sensitive an issue in German life as the role of Jews. With fewer than 200,000 Jews among Germany’s 82 million people, few Germans born after World War II know any Jews or much about them. To help educate postwar generations, an exhibit at the Jewish Museum features a Jewish man or woman seated inside a glass box for two hours a day through August to answer visitors’ questions about Jews and Jewish life. The base of the box asks: “Are there still Jews in Germany?” … The exhibit is reminiscent...
  • Germany is spending $110 billion to delay global warming by 37 hours

    03/31/2013 7:03:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/31/2013 | Rick Moran
    Former climate skeptic Bjorn Lomberg, who now believes climate change is man-made, nevertheless wants any action taken to reduce emissions to be intelligent and cost effective. He points to Germany's subsidies for solar panels that are costing the government $110 billion but will delay global warming by on 37 hours. From The Weekly Standard: "The Germans are spending about $110 billion on subsidies for these solar panels," said Lomborg. "The net effect of all those investments will be to postpone global warming by 37 hours by the end of the century." "All those billions, for 37 hours delay?," asked Stossel....
  • Big depositors in Cyprus to lose far more than feared

    03/29/2013 1:48:48 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 38 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 3/29/20113 | Michele Kambas
    Under conditions expected to be announced on Saturday, depositors in Bank of Cyprus will get shares in the bank worth 37.5 percent of their deposits over 100,000 euros, the source told Reuters, while the rest of their deposits may never be paid back. The toughening of the terms will send a clear signal that the bailout means the end of Cyprus as a hub for offshore finance and could accelerate economic decline on the island and bring steeper job losses. Officials had previously spoken of a loss to big depositors of 30 to 40 percent.