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  • Archbishop of Cologne Blasts Germany’s Anti-Islam Party: Churches ‘Same As Minarets’

    05/01/2016 10:44:11 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/27/16 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
    The Cardinal Archbishop of Cologne, Rainer Maria Woelki (pictured), has publicly criticized leaders of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party for their statements against Islam, insisting that “whoever says ‘yes’ to church towers must also say ‘yes’ to minarets.” The Cardinal was reacting in particular to recent statements by AfD deputy leader Beatrix von Storch, who told the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper: “Islam is in itself a political ideology that is not compatible with the constitution.” “We are in favor of a ban on minarets, on muezzins and a ban on full veils,” said von Storch, who is also a...
  • Anti-immigrant AfD says Muslims not welcome in Germany

    05/01/2016 8:54:46 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 8 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/1/16
    Delegates from Germany's anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Sunday backed an election manifesto that says Islam is not compatible with the country's constitution and calls for a ban on minarets and the burqa. The AfD, set up just three years ago, has been buoyed by Europe's migrant crisis, which saw the arrival of more than one million, mostly Muslim, migrants in Germany last year. The party has no lawmakers in the federal parliament in Berlin but has members in half of Germany's 16 regional state assemblies. Opinion polls give AfD support of up to 14 percent, presenting a...
  • German Right-Wing Party to Adopt Anti-Islam Manifesto

    04/30/2016 7:55:13 AM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 19 replies
    The American Interest ^ | April 29, 2916 | unspecified
    Germany’s growing far-right party is likely to adopt a platform that calls for the banning of Islamic practices from public life.
  • Germany Moves To Ban Refugees From Welfare; Politician Calls For "Islam Law" To Limit Influence

    04/29/2016 11:13:32 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 29 April 2016 | Tyler Durden
    The initial refugee welcome in Germany is rapidly turning to rejection as the nation plan to ban EU migrants from most unemployment benefits for five years after arrival as a senior German politician has called for an "Islam law" that would limit the influence of foreign imams and prohibit the foreign financing of mosques in Germany. As The FT reports, Germany is planning to ban EU migrants from most unemployment benefits for five years after their arrival in dramatic response to rightwing populist assaults on chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal immigration policies.
  • Islamists in Germany destroy destroy Yezidi paintings depicting the genocide by ISIS

    03/31/2016 1:17:30 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 8 replies
    yezidipost.com ^ | 3/25/2016 | YP Correspondent
    Click link to read and see paintings.
  • Four Out Of Five Criminals In European Capital Are Foreigners

    04/29/2016 9:18:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 26 Apr 2016 | Oliver JJ Lane
    Danish police are being stretched by a migrant crime wave in capital Copenhagen as foreign outlaws “flock” to the city in ever greater numbers. Latest crime figures for 2015 obtained by Danish newspaper MetroXpress reveal that of 2,633 criminals who went before a judge, 2,049 were foreigners, some four fifths. This proportion — 78 per cent — is up from 65 per cent eight years ago. Although crime is low in Denmark compared to many other European countries, it has struggled with problems imported from abroad through Europe’s open borders Schengen agreement. ... These latest figures will add credence to...
  • Obama-Netanyahu Rift Impedes U.S. Offer of Record Aid Deal for Israel

    04/29/2016 7:20:18 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/28/16 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis
    President Obama has proposed granting Israel the largest package of military aid ever provided by the United States to another nation, but he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remain deeply at odds over a figure for the assistance despite months of negotiations. American officials have balked as their Israeli counterparts insisted on more generous terms for a new 10-year military aid package that could top $40 billion. The divide, which could have broad national security implications for both the United States and Israel, is exacerbated by the pent-up animosity between Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu, which has been stoked by...
  • Former SS Auschwitz guard apologizes at trial

    04/29/2016 5:46:09 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 125 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 29, 2016 | David Rising
    A 94-year-old former SS sergeant admitted in court Friday that he had served as an Auschwitz death camp guard, apologizing to Nazi Holocaust survivors looking on in a German courtroom that even though he was aware Jews were being gassed and their corpses burned, he did nothing to try to stop it. Reinhold Hanning told the Detmould state court that he had never spoken about his service in Auschwitz from January 1942 to June 1944, even to his family, but wanted to use his trial as an opportunity to set the record straight. "I want to say that it disturbs...
  • German foreign minister criticizes Trump's 'America first' foreign policy

    04/28/2016 10:36:09 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 116 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/28/2016 | Reuters via Yahoo
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday criticized U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump for a speech in which he said it would be "America first" if he were elected president. Trump said on Wednesday that if elected, his foreign policy would leave European and Asian allies of the U.S. fending for themselves if they did not pay more for U.S. defense measures. "I can only hope that the election campaign in the USA does not lack the perception of reality," Steinmeier said. "The world's security architecture has changed and it is no longer based on two pillars...
  • UK: Muslim MP Calling for Israel to be ‘Relocated’ to U.S.

    04/27/2016 8:27:04 AM PDT · by Lera · 13 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | April 26, 2016 | Pamela Geller
    slamic Jew-hatred - it's in the Quran. Is this surprising? No. And it's proof of the nefarious convergence of leftism and antisemitism. Labour is left. Interesting note: it was a blogger who discovered the hate-filled post. Bloggers are doing the work the media won't. "Labour MP forced to resign after calling for Israel to be 'relocated' to the US," By Greg Heffer, Political Reporter, The Express, April 26, 2016: A LABOUR MP has been forced to resign her role as an aide to shadow chancellor John McDonnell after supporting calls for Israel to be 'relocated' to the United States. Labour...
  • Nuclear power plant COMPROMISED: Fears grow as power plant affected by malware

    04/27/2016 5:23:25 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    Express ^ | 4-27-16 | Tom Batchelor
    Gundremmingen plant in southern Germany was found to be riddled with computer viruses, including those which would allow attackers remote access to equipment for moving nuclear fuel rods. Viruses, known as W32.Ramnit and Conficker, were discovered at the plant, which is located 75 miles northwest of Munich. W32.Ramnit has the potential to give an attacker remote control over a system when it is connected to the internet and is also designed to steal files from infected computers. The virus could be used by groups such as Islamic State to obtain nuclear secrets, bringing them one step closer to building a...
  • anti-Semitic storm: Muslim MP suggested Israel should be moved to US [tr]

    04/26/2016 9:10:14 AM PDT · by pabianice · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/25/16 | Sculthorpe
    Labour in fresh anti-Semitic storm: Muslim MP quits as aide to John McDonnell after sharing toxic Facebook post which suggested Israel should be moved to US Naz Shah today apologised for 'offence caused' by her Facebook post The Bradford West MP shared the claim and added supportive comments The post was made in 2014 before Ms Shah became an MP in the Commons Labour has been rocked by a series of anti-Semitism rows in recent weeks Jeremy Corbyn repeatedly urged to speak out clearly against abuse Labour MP Naz Shah today apologised and quit as an aide to John McDonnell...
  • Migrants Leave Blood, Faeces, Semen Smeared on Asylum Home Walls (Germany)

    04/26/2016 7:25:56 AM PDT · by dennisw · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | 26 Apr 2016 | by Chris Tomlinson
    Asylum seekers have left an asylum home and have smeared blood, vomit and faeces all over the walls according to police. In preparation for the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama, riot police in the German town of Hameln needed somewhere for the officers to stay overnight. The police were offered a barracks that previously held migrants but were shocked to discover that the past residents had smeared faeces, vomit and blood all over the walls of the former asylum home reports Junge Freiheit. North Rhine-Westphalia police refused the accommodation due to the unsanitary conditions the barracks had been left...
  • Terror ties of BDS backers revealed

    04/26/2016 3:44:53 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/16 | David Rosenberg
    While the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has done little to hide its malicious anti-Israel hatred, the movement hitherto has succeeded in maintaining the appearance of legitimacy, presenting itself as the peaceful alternative to terrorism. Despite rhetoric which pro-Israel activists have noted signals a rejection of Jewish statehood per se and draws upon the kind of terrorist propaganda disseminated by Hamas and the PLO, no clear link tying BDS to supporters of terror organizations could be found. Last week, however, a former terrorism finance analyst for the US Treasury Department offered testimony to congress suggesting connections between the BDS movement...
  • How many more Lies are we Really Willing to Accept from our Politicians?

    04/26/2016 7:02:24 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 31 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | April 26, 2016 | Wallace Bruschweiler & William Palumbo
    By Wallace Bruschweiler and William Palumbo The lies from this administration are well-known and numerous. Among only some of the most infamous: If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. ISIS is a non-threat, the “JV team.” The economy is in great shape after years of sustained recovery, and unemployment is at a de minimis 5%. Daily life over the past seven and a half years and the six o’clock news will relieve you of these fictions. The Barack Hussein Obama administration’s deceit is deployed deliberately to assuage our deepest fears concerning the state of our country and...
  • Migrants Leave Blood, Faeces, Semen Smeared on Asylum Home Walls

    04/26/2016 7:08:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 26, 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    Asylum seekers have left an asylum home and have smeared blood, vomit and faeces all over the walls according to police. In preparation for the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama, riot police in the German town of Hameln needed somewhere for the officers to stay overnight. The police were offered a barracks that previously held migrants but were shocked to discover that the past residents had smeared faeces, vomit and blood all over the walls of the former asylum home reports Junge Freiheit.
  • This city embedded traffic lights in the sidewalks so that smartphone users don’t have to look up

    04/25/2016 10:43:06 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/25/2016 | Rick Noack
    Few nations in the world take red traffic lights more seriously than Germany.Foreign visitors frequently wonder why crowds of Germans wait for traffic lights to turn green when there are no cars in sight.That is why officials in the city of Augsburg became concerned when they noticed a new phenomenon: Pedestrians were so busy looking at their smartphones that they were ignoring traffic lights.The city has attempted to solve that problem by installing new traffic lights embedded in the pavement — so that pedestrians constantly looking down at their phones won't miss them. "It creates a whole new level of...
  • Obama: 'We Are Fortunate to Be Living in the Most Peaceful...Era in Human History'

    04/25/2016 9:43:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 25, 2016 | 6:44 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    President Barack Obama, speaking in Germany on Monday, said we’re fortunate to be living in the “most peaceful” era in human history. […] “That may surprise young people who are watching TV or looking at your phones,” he said, “and it seems like only bad news comes through every day, but consider it’s been decades since the last war between major powers.” […] “Around the world we’re more tolerant, with more opportunity for women and gays and lesbians as we push back on bigotry and prejudice,” he said. (He notably did not mention transgenders, a topic that is making headlines...
  • 'Keep Germany at heart of united Europe': Obama

    04/25/2016 9:42:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Apr 2016 13:22 GMT+02:00 | Tom Barfield
    Germany and its European allies must not give up on the values that have brought the continent unparalleled peace and prosperity, US President Barack Obama said on Monday. On what is expected to be his last visit to Germany as President, Obama told an audience in Hanover that Europeans ought not to allow the different crises facing the world to scare them away from their values. […] Obama ticked off a checklist of successes to highlight the strength of US-EU cooperation — from the historic achievements of bringing a peaceful end to the Cold War, to overcoming the financial crisis,...
  • VIDEO=> Muslim Migrants in Germany Chant “Adolf Hitler” and Allahu Akbar”

    04/25/2016 6:36:42 AM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Apr 23rd, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    Angela Merkel welcomed one million third world migrants to Germany in 2015. Germany is expecting another million this year.
  • Obama takes shot at Trump in Germany

    04/25/2016 6:14:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 25, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama took a veiled shot at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump Monday during a speech in Germany. The president condemned a style of politics emerging in both the U.S. and Europe that blames immigrants and minorities for persistent economic problems.
  • Obama In Germany: Merkel Is On ‘Right Side Of History’ By Destroying Europe’s Borders

    04/25/2016 4:29:33 AM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 24, 2016
    US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a joint pitch Sunday for deeper transatlantic trade in the face of mounting opposition, vowing to complete a vast US-EU trade pact that could spur much-needed economic growth. After talks in the northern town of Hanover where tens of thousands marched Saturday against the planned deal, Obama said the world’s largest trade pact could be finalised by the end of the year.
  • Obama says 'spirit of innovation' turns ideas into jobs

    04/25/2016 1:33:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2016 4:31 AM EDT
    President Barack Obama it putting in a few good words for the “spirit of innovation” that he says turns ideas into jobs and growth. He commented Monday before setting out on a tour of the Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial technology trade show, taking place in Hannover, Germany. The U.S. is sponsoring this year’s show and Obama says it’s another chance to urge people to buy “Made in America.” …
  • 101st anniversary of Armenian genocide marked worldwide

    04/24/2016 11:24:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Ya Libnan News ^ | April 24, 2016
    Lebanese Armenians wave a giant flag during a rally outside the Turkish embassy in the capital Beirut on April 23, 2016, to commemorate the 101th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915. It is 101 years since Turkey’s Ottoman government began arresting minority community leaders and setting in motion a campaign of systematic slaughter that had left 1.5 million Christian Armenians dead by the early 1920s. Lebanon’s Armenians marked on Sunday the 101 anniversary of when some 250 Armenian intellectuals were rounded up by Ottoman Turks as the first step of the genocide against...
  • Obama praises Germany for accepting Syrian refugees

    04/24/2016 11:21:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    Under fire at home for his program to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees this year, President Obama said Sunday that he is “proud” of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the people of Germany for accepting far more migrants from the war-torn country. In response to a reporter’s question noting that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has called Mrs. Merkel’s open-door refugee policy “insane,” Mr. Obama defended her at a joint press conference in Hannover, Germany. “In Europe, she is on the right side of history on this,” Mr. Obama said. “I’m very proud of her for that and I”m very proud...
  • Barack Obama breaks promise to call Armenian killings ‘genocide’

    04/24/2016 10:38:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Times of India ^ | Apr 23, 2016
    Armenian-American leaders have urged Obama each year to make good on a pledge he made as a candidate in 2008, when he said the U.S. government had a responsibility to recognize the attacks as genocide and vowed to do so if elected. Obama's failure to fulfill that pledge in his final annual statement on the massacre infuriated advocates and lawmakers who accused the president of outsourcing America's moral voice to Turkey ... It's a Turkish government veto over U.S. policy on the Armenian genocide," Aram Hamparian, head of the Armenian National Committee of America, said in an interview. "It's like...
  • Erdogan Slams Egypt's Sisi as 'Illegitimate Tyrant' [Israel and Hamas]

    07/18/2014 9:00:47 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 29 replies
    Aritz Sheva Israel National News ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Elad Benari
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday slammed Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as an “illegitimate tyrant” and said Cairo could not be relied upon to negotiate a truce with Israel. "Is Sisi a party (to a ceasefire)? Sisi is a tyrant himself," Erdogan was quoted by the AFP news agency as having told reporters. "He is not different from the others," he said, adding that it was Egypt's current rulers who were blocking humanitarian aid channels to Gaza. Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri responded and said Erdogan's comments were "unacceptable". "They have no link with the events in...
  • Germany bows to 'emerging Adolf Hitler of the Middle East'

    04/24/2016 6:33:52 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    WND ^ | 4/23/2016 | Joel Richardson
    Erdogan Germany has a well-known period in its history where it gave in to a dictator. Things didn’t work out so well for a lot of people. Now there’s another dictator exerting his influence, apparently. This time, the dictator is from Turkey. New York Times bestselling author and Christian evangelist Joel Richardson blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel for approving a criminal probe against German comedian Jan Böhmermann. The satirist’s supposed crime is reading a satirical poem about Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Richardson, who highlights the plight of Middle Eastern Christians in his new documentary “Global Jesus Revolution,” said...
  • Thousands protest trade deal in Germany before Obama visit

    04/23/2016 7:32:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    hosted.ap.org ^ | 4/23/2016 | unknown
    Thousands of demonstrators have turned out in the German city of Hannover to protest a planned U.S.-Europe free trade agreement, a day before President Barack Obama arrives. Police said Saturday that more than 20,000 people gathered for the demonstration. Many in Germany regard the planned Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, with suspicion. Protesters Saturday carried placards with slogans such as "Yes We Can - Stop TTIP!"
  • The Long Green Nazi Shadow over Albert Speer Jr.

    04/23/2016 7:18:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/23/2016 | Mark Musser
    Albert Speer Jr. knows the true origins of sustainable development. Yet, environmentalism and sustainability under the Third Reich is an area in which proverbial "good" Nazi attitudes could be entertained and maintained even though it is largely a taboo subject to the post-modern Western public that has adopted a green conscience as its new form of ethics. As such, while Nazi racism was evil, Nazi environmentalism was good. This too was learned from Albert Speer Sr.
  • Obama's amazing THREAT to Britain: UK would be at the 'back of the queue' after Brexit

    04/23/2016 3:23:36 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 60 replies
    Express ^ | Sat, Apr 23, 2016 | Alison Little
    The US President warned the UK would be “at the back of the queue” for a trade deal with America if it quit Brussels. But his threat provoked outrage and scorn from pro-Brexit campaigners, who dismissed it as yet another scaremongering ploy from the pro-EU lobby. Mr Obama, who will no longer be in office when decisions on a trade deal are made, delivered a lecture to the British people on why he thinks it is in the UK’s, America’s and the world’s best interests for Britain to vote to stay in the EU on June 23. He weighed into...
  • Turkey Arrests over 100 in Probe of U.S.-Based Cleric and Erdogan Foe Fethullah Gulen

    04/22/2016 7:20:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 19 Apr 2016 | John Hayward
    Turkish police made a hundred arrests across Istanbul and nine other Turkish provinces connected with a wide-ranging investigation of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Gulen, 72, currently lives in Pennsylvania, but is considered a powerful “arch-foe” of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as the Rudaw news service puts it. Gulen “runs an international Islamic network of schools, businesses, media outlets, and charity organizations from his exile home in Pennsylvania” and is “believed to be deeply influential in the Turkish judicial system and police,” according to Rudaw. In fact, he is so influential that Erdogan has accused him of trying to...
  • VW Will Buy Back Some Diesel Cars, Announcing A Deal With U.S.

    04/22/2016 6:22:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    NPR ^ | April 21, 201611:17 AM ET | Bill Chappell
    Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, right, arrives for a court hearing in San Francisco Thursday. Mueller has been overseeing talks about a settlement between Volkswagen, the U.S. government, and the car company's customers. ================================================================================================================== A buyback of emissions-cheating cars was one solution Volkswagen offered in federal court Thursday, outlining an agreement between the carmaker and the Justice Department over hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles that were sold in the U.S. despite not meeting pollution standards. Car owners would be able to choose between having their vehicle fixed or accepting a buyback; financial details weren't revealed about the plan, which...
  • 'Islamist' teens arrested for blast at Sikh wedding in Germany

    04/22/2016 12:36:17 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Daily Star ^ | Apr 21, 2016 | AFP
    German police Thursday arrested two teenagers with Islamist backgrounds over an explosion that wounded three people at a Sikh temple, labeling it a "terrorist attack". The blast that hit an Indian wedding party at the entrance to the temple in the western city of Essen last Saturday injured three men, one of them seriously. Police arrested two 16-year-olds with known links to regional Islamists over the attack, said city police chief Frank Richter. "We have to presume it was a terrorist act -- religiously motivated terror by the Islamist scene," Richter said in a statement, without linking the youths to...
  • Germany to consider stripping IS fighters of citizenship: document

    04/20/2016 2:29:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:06pm EDT | (Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Andrew Roche)
    Germany’s ruling coalition plans to look into stripping Islamic State fighters of their German citizenship to prevent them from coming back to the country, a draft document seen by Reuters on Wednesday shows. More than 800 people have traveled from Germany to Syria and northern Iraq in recent years and around 70 returnees took part in combat or military training there, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency said earlier this month. […] The coalition is also considering depriving German supporters of Islamic State of identity cards and passports to prevent them from traveling to areas controlled by Islamic State,...
  • Islam not compatible with German constitution, says AfD party

    04/20/2016 1:29:55 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 17 April 2016
    The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) said on Sunday Islam is not compatible with the German constitution and vowed to press for bans on minarets and burqas at its party congress in two weeks' time. The AfD punished Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats in three regional elections last month, profiting from popular angst about how Germany can cope with an influx of migrants, over a million of whom arrived last year. "Islam is in itself a political ideology that is not compatible with the constitution," AfD deputy leader Beatrix von Storch told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. "We are in...
  • Watchdog: Press freedom declines around the world

    04/20/2016 2:36:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2016 12:10 AM EDT
    Media freedom around the world has suffered a “deep and disturbing decline” due to by pressure from governments and businesses, an international media watchdog said Wednesday. The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said in an annual report that many of the world’s leaders have developed “a paranoia” about journalism and are clamping down on the media, while coverage in privately-owned outlets is increasingly shaped by corporate interests. …
  • Germany slips four places in press freedom rankings

    04/20/2016 9:48:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Apr 2016 10:04 GMT+02:00 | Jörg Luyken
    Germany fell by four places in the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index, released on Wednesday, after more and more journalists came under attack at right-wing demonstrations in 2015. The Bundesrepublik, nevertheless, came in at a respectable 16th place, placing behind other northern European countries, such as Finland which topped the list once again, but scoring markedly better than the USA (41) and France (45). In the report the reasons given for Germany’s slip down the ranking were threats against journalists from the general public rather than greater restrictions imposed by the state. “Violence and hostility all the way up...
  • Reply to Slander--Being defamed by a UCLA Vice Chancellor for defending the Jews

    04/20/2016 5:04:33 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 4-20-16 | David Horowitz
    Reply to Slander Being defamed by a UCLA Vice Chancellor for defending the Jews. April 20, 2016 David Horowitz    Today a letter attacking me was sent to all members of the UCLA community – that would be nearly 50,000 people I think – by Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Jerry Kang. The Vice Chancellor’s letter attacked me as a “provocateur” who last year “put up hostile posters accusing two student organizations — the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) — of being murderers and terrorists.” This is a lie. Actually it...
  • Erdogan: The World's Most Insulted President

    04/20/2016 7:06:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | April 20, 2016 | Burak Bekdil
    Since Erdogan was elected president in August 2014 he has sued at least 1,845 Turks for insulting him. Now his judicial challenges have been exported to Europe. Angela Merkel's decision to allow Böhmermann's prosecution hardly complies with the European culture of civil liberties. Now the Turkish journalists and artists will even suffer more." — Rebecca Harms, co-chair of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance at the European Parliament. The trouble is, the more Erdogan realizes that his blackmailing works, the more willing he will be to export his poor democratic culture into Europe. Merkel has set the wrong precedent...
  • NATO-Russia Council meeting for 1st time since 2014

    04/20/2016 1:52:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2016 4:35 AM EDT
    The NATO-Russia Council is meeting for the first time in nearly two years, with the U.S.-led alliance planning to object to what it deems provocative and dangerous actions by Moscow’s military. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday’s meeting at alliance headquarters is being held to exchange views on Ukraine and other issues, but also to discuss improving “mechanisms of risk-reduction related to military activities.” …
  • EU Security Scare: Islamic State Propaganda Found on Parliament Drivers (i.e. chauffeurs)

    04/19/2016 6:24:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 18, 2016 – 11:07 AM | Peter Müller
    The administrative authority of the European Parliament has expressed security concerns after the discovery of CDs containing Islamic State (IS) propaganda in the possession of two chauffeurs with its external driving service. Several sources with knowledge of the situation told Spiegel that one of the discoveries had been made in Strasbourg, where the parliament holds its plenary sessions, and the other in Brussels, where most of its work is conducted. Both employees of the private chauffeur service were fired and police are investigating. After obtaining information that other chauffeurs in the service had criminal records, the European Parliament Presidium made...
  • Number of people needing state help in Germany at record high

    04/19/2016 6:34:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 19.04.2016 | 19.04.2016
    On Tuesday, Germany’s Federal Statistics Office released figures showing that 1.038 million people were receiving basic security benefits at the end of last year — the highest number since the benefits were introduced in 2003 and 3.5 percent more than in 2014. Anyone over the age of 18 who is unable to work more than three hours a day under normal working conditions, and those whose age pensions are inadequate to live on, are eligible for the benefits. The statistics office reported that more than half of the recipients — about 536,000 people — are senior citizens, while around 502,000...
  • Why populist uprisings could end a half-century of greater economic ties

    04/19/2016 12:35:00 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2016 | Ylan Q. Mui
    The world economy is nearing what international policymakers fear could be a dangerous turning point, as populist uprisings in the United States and Europe threaten to unravel decades-old alliances that have fostered free trade and deepened economic ties. The tension has reached boiling point in Britain, which in two months will vote on whether to leave the European Union. The International Monetary Fund, warned that a so-called Brexit is a “real possibility,” one that could usher in a new era of uncertainty and undermine the already fragile global recovery. But the unrest is not limited to the United Kingdom. Anti-EU...
  • Obama's big damage-control tour

    04/19/2016 1:06:11 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/18/16 | Michael Crowley
    President Barack Obama will drop in on three of America's most important allies this week, possibly for the last time. But he isn't expecting an adoring reception in any of them. The U.S. relationship with all three nations is distressed, and Obama will be doing more than a little damage control. In Saudi Arabia, where he lands on Wednesday, Obama will try to soothe anger over his nuclear deal with Iran and his increasingly public complaints about the Saudi kingdom. In London, he’ll make amends for comments about British foreign policy that rattled the teacups at 10 Downing Street. And...
  • Muslims label AfD 'Nazis' over plan to ban minarets [Germany]

    04/18/2016 10:50:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Apr 2016 13:35 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The Central Council of Muslims responded in unequivocal terms to a hard anti-Islam stance announced by the populist Alternative for Germany party over the weekend. “For the first time since Hitler’s Germany there is a party that once again is discrediting a whole religious community and threatening its existence,” Central Council of Muslims chairman Aiman Mazyek told public broadcaster NDR on Monday morning. He was responding to interviews with the AfD leadership published on Sunday that commit the party to a tough anti-Islam line. […] The party’s deputy chairman, Alexander Gauland, went further in comments to the FAS (Frankfurter Allgemeine...
  • Free trade has won: adapt or die is the only option left to us

    04/18/2016 2:19:34 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 16 April 2016 | Miriam González
    The Tata Steel sale has revived the battle between protectionists and free traders, a debate that became particularly acute in the run-up to the creation of the World Trade Organisation in 1995, which marked the success of “free traders” all around the world. In the protectionist camp, there is now a wide range of political parties from the extreme left to the extreme right: from Syriza to Ukip, from the Front National to Podemos. The common element for all these parties is that they dream of returning to a time when “we were in control”; when we could easily open...
  • Osborne Warns Of £36bn Cost If UK Leaves EU

    04/18/2016 2:03:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Sky UK ^ | Monday, April 18, 2016 | unattributed
    The Chancellor says income tax could rise by 8% and billions would be cut from public services if the UK votes to leave the EU... says Treasury analysis has found that UK tax receipts would be £36bn-a-year lower after 15 years... the amount the officials calculate the exchequer would lose if Britain was forced to enter a trade deal similar to that which Canada has recently negotiated. The figure is the same as eight pence in the pound added to income tax. The 'Canadian model' is the scenario that many who want to leave say would be in Britain's best...
  • German right-wing AfD party under fire over anti-Islam comments

    04/18/2016 1:17:52 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 12 replies
    AFP ^ | April 18, 2016
    Germany's right-wing populist AfD party drew heavy fire Monday after two of its leaders labelled Islam incompatible with the country's values and constitution. The three-year-old Alternative for Germany party, which harshly opposes Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal refugee policy, plans to adopt an anti-Islamic manifesto at a conference this month. The chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany Aiman Mazyek charged that "the AfD is riding a wave of Islamophobia". "It is the first time since Hitler's Germany that there is a party which discredits and existentially threatens an entire religious community," he told public broadcaster NDR. The opposition...
  • Obama's First Legacy Tour

    04/18/2016 8:40:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2016 | Rich Galen
    resident Barack Obama, who can now count the remainder of his Presidency in months (nine months to be exact) is going overseas to, if not mend fences, then to attempt to fix large holes in his legacy. He will be traveling to Saudi Arabia, England, and Germany, allies all. When it comes to American allies, we tend to believe that they should act in a way that furthers America's interests. In the case of the Saudi's we sell them military equipment and share intelligence and we expect the Saudis to use them to keep Iran at bay. We want the...