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  • Israel Upgrades Navy With German-Built Ships, Radar, Weapons Systems

    06/30/2015 6:49:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 29 2015 | Tim Marcin
    The Israel Navy plans to bolster its combat fleet with the addition of German-built ships, along with radar and weapons systems. The process of attaining new radars and electronic warfare systems and adding them to ships will start as early as next year, reported Defense News on Sunday. The Israeli Navy completed a major deal, worth $480 million, to purchase four new German-built but Israeli-equipped Sa'ar-6 corvettes ships in May. The deal, which took five years to complete, allows for Israel to provide its own combat weapons suite, armament and subsystems. Germany also took on about one-third of the cost...
  • Germany: violent far-right crime up nearly a quarter in 2014

    06/30/2015 6:20:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2015 6:46 AM EDT
    The German government says violent far-right crime increased by nearly a quarter last year, while authorities are concerned about an even faster rise in offenses involving homes for asylum-seekers. The domestic intelligence agency counted 990 violent offenses with a far-right motivation, compared with 801 in 2013. That included 512 xenophobic attacks, up from 473 and the highest number since the current definitions for offenses were introduced in 2001. …
  • Leftist politics have doomed Greece to collapse

    06/29/2015 4:11:46 PM PDT · by Textide · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29-June-2015 | Allister Heath
    It is always those in the middle -- and especially what Marxist intellectuals call the petit bourgeois, the aspiring, hard-working workers and savers -- who are hurt the hardest It was Adam Smith who put it best. “There is a great deal of ruin in a nation”, he wrote in reply to an over-excited young man who thought that Great Britain was facing devastation after a setback during the US war of independence. Smith was right about the specifics as well as the general point, of course: America was thankfully soon to win its independence, and both Britain and the...
  • Opinion: Europe’s war on Greek democracy

    06/29/2015 3:05:24 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Market Watch ^ | June 29,2015 | Joseph E. Stiglitz
    In fact, European leaders are finally beginning to reveal the true nature of the ongoing debt dispute, and the answer is not pleasant: it is about power and democracy much more than money and economics. Of course, the economics behind the program that the “troika” (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund) foisted on Greece five years ago has been abysmal, resulting in a 25% decline in the country’s gross domestic product. I can think of no depression, ever, that has been so deliberate and had such catastrophic consequences: Greece’s rate of youth unemployment, for...
  • Greece crisis deepens as banks close for a week after weekend that shook euro

    06/28/2015 1:38:13 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 28 June 2015 21.17 BST | Ian Traynor in Brussels and John Hooper in Athens
    Greece’s governments says banks will stay closed until after snap referendum, while stock exchange shut on Monday and cash machine withdrawals limited Greeks will on Monday morning find their savings blocked and their banks closed for a week following a fateful weekend that has shaken Europe’s single currency. The Greek government decided on Sunday night it had no option but to close the nation’s banks on Monday after the European Central Bank (ECB) raised the stakes by freezing the liquidity lifeline that has kept Greek banks afloat during a six-month run on deposits. The Athens Stock Exchange will not reopen...
  • Ballot Language of Greek Plebiscite on EU "Deal"

    06/28/2015 1:12:17 PM PDT · by catnipman · 8 replies
    Various ^ | 6/28/2015 | self
    Obtained from various sources: Greece’s referendum question will apparently read as follows: “Greek people are hereby asked to decide whether they accept a draft agreement document submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, at the Eurogroup meeting held on on June 25 and which consists of two documents: ‘‘The first document is called Reforms for the Completion of the Current Program and Beyond and the second document is called Preliminary Debt Sustainability Analysis. ‘‘- Those citizens who reject the institutions’ proposal vote Not Approved / NO ‘‘- Those citizens who accept the institutions’...
  • Istanbul police use teargas to break up Gay Pride parade

    06/28/2015 1:11:33 PM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies
    AFP ^ | June 28, 2015 | AFP
    Istanbul (AFP) - Riot police in Istanbul used teargas and fired rubber pellets to disperse thousands of participants in the city's Gay Pride march after some began chanting slogans against the president, an AFP reporter said. The scene turned violent when participants -- many brandishing rainbow flags -- denounced "the fascism" of the conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Police then began to forcefully break up the crowd, with some officers firing rubber pellets into the crowd.
  • Across spectrum, German leaders condemn Greece's rejection of EU deal

    06/28/2015 12:16:36 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Jun 29, 2015 | reuters
    German leaders right and left unleashed a barrage of criticism at Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday for rejecting an offer that could have unlocked rescue funds to resolve the debt crisis. Chancellor Angela Merkel's allies and the leaders of her centre-left coalition partners condemned Greece's leftist government, reflecting pent-up public frustration. Germany is the biggest European contributor to the bailout programmes that have kept Greece afloat for the past five years. Opinion polls now show a majority of Germans want Greece to leave the euro zone.
  • Greek Prime Minister Tsipras Screws The Pooch

    06/28/2015 6:08:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com, Reuters PHOTO ^ | June 28, 2015 | Mark Nuckols
    <p>Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his party Syriza have just screwed the pooch, and royally so. Tsipras has just done something so colossally idiotic and childish that perhaps Greece deserves its impending economic collapse for having elected someone so incredibly stupid. Greeks have suffered six years of chronic recession and endless rounds of debt negotiations, but this will all seem like a walk in the park compared to the poverty and civil chaos about the engulf their country.</p>
  • Greece debt crisis: ECB 'to end' bank emergency lending

    06/28/2015 4:54:27 AM PDT · by GunningForTheBuddha · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/28/2015
    The European Central Bank is expected to end emergency lending to Greece's banks on Sunday, the BBC understands.Well-placed sources told BBC economics editor Robert Peston a decision to end the Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA) would be made by the ECB's governing council later on Sunday.Greek banks depend on ELA.Cutting the lifeline could push Greece out of the euro. Some analysts have tweeted that the ECB is likely to cap, but not end, the ELA.
  • [Bavaria] Refugee host school bans revealing clothes

    06/27/2015 2:44:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    A school in Bavaria has sent a letter home to parents warning them not to let their daughters wear revealing blouses or short skirts, because emergency accommodation for refugees has been set up next to the gym. A week ago emergency accommodation for 200 Syrian refugees was erected right next to the gym of Wilhelm-Diess-Gymnasium in Pocking, Bavaria, Die Welt reports. The gym has been closed as a result, and PE lessons have been relocated to a nearby primary school, but the school is still worried about the refugees interacting with students. So worried in fact that the headteacher recently...
  • Marines to add armor, artillery to Black Sea force

    06/25/2015 3:10:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    stripes.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Steven Beardsley
    NAPLES, Italy — The Marine Corps is preparing to deploy a company-size unit equipped with tanks, armored vehicles and artillery to Bulgaria, an expansion of its Black Sea footprint meant to reassure allies and add new crisis-response options. The first rotation of the Combined Arms Company will bring 150 Marines to the Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, in September. Accompanying the unit will be four Abrams tanks, six Light Armored Vehicles and three howitzers, said Brig. Gen. Norm Cooling, deputy commander of Marine Forces Europe-Africa. Current plans call for three consecutive six-month rotations, Cooling said, though the presence could be...
  • Putin promises 40 new nuclear missiles in 2015

    06/17/2015 2:04:08 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 30 replies
    UPI.Com ^ | Updated June 16, 2015 at 11:03 AM | By Ed Adamczyk
    MOSCOW, June 16 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday Russia's nuclear arsenal would be would increase by 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015. Speaking at Army-2015 Expo, an international military trade show near Moscow, Putin said the new missiles could "overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems," adding a new long-range early-warning radar "to monitor in the western direction" was also being prepared. It was a reference to plans by NATO to permanently place troops and heavy armaments in Poland, a Russian neighbor and former Warsaw Pact country. In reference to apparent plans to reinforce NATO's...
  • The Queen hints at desire for Britain to remain in European Union

    06/25/2015 1:13:36 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 24 June 2015 | Kate Connolly
    Her speech, weaving historical events with present crises, was replete with some subtle and other not so subtle hints that she believed Britain belonged in the European Union – her most public stance yet that she wished to avoid Britain voting to leave in a referendum.
  • EU warns Britain that its fundamental values ‘not for sale’

    06/25/2015 11:52:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2015 2:39 PM EDT
    The European Union’s president is warning Britain that he’s open to suggestions on how the bloc must change, but that “the fundamental values of the European Union are not for sale and so are non-negotiable.” […] British Prime Minister David Cameron said he’ll use the two-day event to explain to other heads of state and government that the 28-nation EU must reform or risk losing the backing of a majority of British voters. …
  • EU leader urges crackdown on ‘illegal migration’

    06/25/2015 9:39:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2015 12:31 PM EDT | Lorne Cook
    The European Union’s president called Thursday for a crackdown on migrants who are only looking for jobs as opposed to those fleeing war or persecution, as migrants keep arriving on Europe’s shores in ever-greater numbers. […] “We need to contain illegal migration and this should be our priority,” EU President Donald Tusk told reporters at a summit of the bloc’s leaders in Brussels. “All those who are not legitimate asylum-seekers will have no guarantee that they will stay in Europe.” …
  • Germans don’t think America stands for freedom anymore

    06/25/2015 10:07:15 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 59 replies
    WashPost ^ | 6-25-2015 | Adam Taylor
    To many, America is synonymous with freedom. The country dubbed itself the "land of the free" and, when trying to reclaim sliced and fried potatoes from the French, briefly attempted to rename "French fries" as "freedom fries." Yet America's global reputation for personal freedom has taken a beating over the last couple of years. Data from Pew Global Research suggests a dramatic fall in the number of people around the world who say the U.S. government respects the freedom of its people. The issue may be most stark in Germany. Back in 2013, a whopping 81 percent of Germans polled...
  • How Germany's Ban of the Nazi Swastika Echoes in the Battle Over the Confederate Flag

    06/24/2015 4:56:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    Newsday ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ishaan Thardoor
    A darker emblem looms over the heated conversation about a controversial American symbol. To hammer home how problematic the continued state-sanctioned tolerance of the Confederate battle flag is in parts of the United States, some have drawn comparisons to the infamous banner of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany. "It would be like having the swastika flag flying on your next-door neighbor," said Whoopi Goldberg, on ABC's The View on Monday. "If the Confederate flag continues to fly, the statement that's being made . . . is that 'We miss this really crappy part of history.' " To be sure, Nazi Germany...
  • Germany being ‘used’ by Egypt, says jailed journo

    06/24/2015 9:35:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Jun 2015 08:26 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Jailed Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour arrived back in Qatar on Tuesday, blaming his controversial two-day detention in Germany on pressure from the Egyptian government. […] Speaking to reporters in Arabic, Mansour said: “There are lobbies that promote Sisi in the world and play the role of public relations. They put pressure on the German government, because the Egyptian government is rubbish and has no value.” He added that his arrest had been “political”. “From the first second, I knew I was innocent; I did not do anything wrong or hurt anyone. Everything for me was clear; I was strong all...
  • Germans say US doesn’t respect freedom: poll

    06/24/2015 9:25:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Jun 2015 17:35 GMT+02:00 | Emma Anderson
    Germans are more negative about the United States than the rest of Europe, but still largely support Americans’ efforts to fight ISIS, according to a new poll. More than half of Germans (53 percent) said they did not believe the United States government respects the personal freedoms of its people, according to a Pew Research Center report published on Tuesday. Forty-three percent of Germans said they thought the US government did respect citizens’ freedoms, while Americans themselves seemed on the fence. Though in the US most (51 percent) said their government respected personal freedoms, 47 percent disagreed. …
  • Germany’s Bundeswehr Receives First New Generation Puma Armored Vehicles

    06/24/2015 5:27:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Germany’s unified armed forces received its first production of Puma armored infantry fighting vehicles (AIFV) on Tuesday during a ceremony at the Unterluss Proving Ground. The Puma has a baseline weight of 31.45 tons, allowing it to be lifted by an Airbus A400M transport, according to IHS Jane. When fitted with its armor package, the vehicle weighs up to 43 tons. The vehicle is also equipped with a remote-controlled turret (RCT) armed with a 30 mm Mauser MK 30-2 cannon, and a 5.56 mm MG4 co-axial machine gun. These weapons are operated by a computerized day/night fire control system that...
  • Female ISIS Defector: ‘Women Are Whipped, Sold And Stoned’

    06/23/2015 3:43:43 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 23, 2015 | Erica Wenig
    A 23 year-old Syrian woman and Islamic State defector now offers a chilling account of the treatment of female recruits by terror leaders. Using the alias “Um Asma” and fully covered by a niqab with only a slit for her eyes, the young woman told German press: “The caliphate is not what you think it is. Women are whipped, sold and stoned. Corpses are on display publicly for weeks,” reports Fox News. Before outbreak of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Asma says she led an ordinary life, listening to music, dancing and even hanging out with Christians. But after the...
  • Reagan to Gorbachev: 'Tear Down This Wall'!

    06/23/2015 10:49:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    On June 12th 1987 US President Ronald Reagan gave a historic speech at the Berlin Wall in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate, urging Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall!”The wall was erected in 1961 to separate the communist, Russian-backed East from the democratic, western-supported West Berlin. East Germany's government described it as an "anti-fascist protective wall" - but its true purpose was to stop citizens of the German Democratic Republic fleeing to the West via the West Berlin exclave. Travel between the two halves of the city was strictly controlled and heavily restricted. Reagan used his...
  • Top MP: we need fully equipped army (Germany)

    06/22/2015 9:24:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Jun 2015 11:00 GMT+02:00
    Parliament’s military commissioner Hans-Peter Bartels said on Monday that it is time for Germany to finally begin spending enough on its armed forces. “Quality and quantity of equipment is a central theme” of his work as the Bundestag (German parliament) expert on military issues, Bartels told Die Welt. He noted that German troops had recently taken part in the first exercises in Poland by a new NATO rapid-reaction force created in response to Russian interference in Ukraine, but “the equipment [for that exercise] had to be scraped together from across the whole army”. …
  • Iran's Parliament Bans Nuclear Inspectors from Military Sites: 'Death to America'

    06/21/2015 3:03:34 PM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 21, 2015 | AP
    <p>With some lawmakers chanting "Death to the America," Iran's parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.</p> <p>The bill, if ratified, could complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran and the six-nation group — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — as they face a self-imposed June 30 deadline. The talks are focused on reaching a final accord that curbs Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.</p>
  • The Pope joins the EU in a sad world of make-believe

    06/21/2015 4:44:27 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 6/21/2015 | Christopher Booker
    What has a Papal Encyclical calling on the world to end its use of fossil fuels and to pray to God for the success of the global “climate summit” in December got in common with the Greek euro crisis, the ominous rift between the West and Russia, and the shambles Europe is making over the desperation of African and Syrian refugees to find safety this side of the Mediterranean? They are all different aspects of the two greatest acts of political make-believe of our time, so all-pervasive that it is hard for us to grasp just how much effect they...
  • ‘End Austerity Now,’ demand Britons

    06/20/2015 4:35:16 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 6/21/2015 | Parvathi Menon
    End austerity: it’s cheating us all; Jobs not Trident; No cuts; Defy Tory rule; Cut war not welfare; Stop fracking; a Living Wage for mothers; and, The Pope gets it, why can’t you? With the slogans emblazoned on banners, posters and flags, anti-austerity marchers shouted slogans, sang, and beat drums, as they walked through London in what is being called the biggest protest march that the city has seen. The ‘End Austerity Now’ demonstration saw participation by an estimated crowd of between 70,000 and 250,000, all coming together to protest against cuts imposed due to austerity, the threats to the...
  • Want to understand the appeal of Islamic state? Think like a young Muslim outsider

    06/18/2015 10:17:51 PM PDT · by Cronos · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 18 Jun 2015 | Sadakat Kadri
    .. The three sisters missing with their children from their Bradford homes, like the 17-year-old Dewsbury boy who reportedly detonated a suicide bomb in Iraq last week, doubtless thought they were fulfilling an Islamic duty, but devoutness alone explains little. That points to a more general observation. Although the number of British Muslims who have travelled to northern Syria and Iraq is substantial (700, according to the most recent official estimate), it isn’t disproportionate. They get noticed because their facility with English makes them effective propagandists – terrifyingly so, in the case of the murderous “Jihadi John” – but Muslims...
  • The New World Map

    06/18/2015 4:27:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler's new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history. Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific. Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China. Attacking Hawaii, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia was merely the logical 1941 follow-up...
  • German media praise ‘clever, curious’ Bush (i.e. Jeb)

    06/16/2015 2:29:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Jun 2015 16:13 GMT+02:00 | Emma Anderson
    German media had some enthusiastic words for Jeb Bush after a visit to Berlin last week and his presidential candidacy announcement on Monday, but the press still had trouble distancing him from his less popular brother. […] Jeb Bush has certainly caught the German media’s attention, perhaps more than other Republican candidates due to his family’s history with Germany. “He seems to be getting a lot of press here. Germans tend to prefer him more than some of the others, I believe,” Thomas Leiser, chairman of Republicans Overseas Germany, told The Local. […] The press in Germany also were abuzz...
  • Women, Especially, Are Failing Financial Literacy

    06/16/2015 7:48:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    wsj ^ | June 14, 2015 | Simon Constable
    The bad news: Women are falling far behind men in financial literacy. The even worse news: Men apparently don’t know much about the topic in the first place. ... The authors surveyed people in the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands, asking three multiple-choice questions. In the U.S., only 38% of men got all three questions right. The American women did even worse, with only 22% scoring three out of three. The other countries showed a similar pattern. Here’s one of the questions: “Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2% per year. After five...
  • Man who overcame MERS dies in Germany of lung infection

    06/16/2015 5:33:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    ap ^ | Jun 16, 2015
    A German hospital says a 65-year-old man who survived the Middle East respiratory syndrome but was left weakened has died of a lung infection. Michael Schiffbaenker, a spokesman for the Niels-Stensen group of hospitals, said Tuesday the man died earlier this month in a facility in Lower Saxony. He said the hospital had agreed with the family not to release details of the fatal infection ... Authorities say the man appears to have caught MERS in February during a trip to Abu Dhabi.
  • Study: Nazi propaganda left life-long mark on German kids

    06/15/2015 9:51:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 15, 2015 3:42 PM EDT | Frank Jordans
    Anti-Semitic propaganda had a life-long effect on German children schooled during the Nazi period, leaving them far more likely to harbor negative views of Jews than those born earlier and later, according to a study published Monday. The findings indicate that attempts to influence public attitudes are most effective when they target young people, particularly if the message confirms existing beliefs, the authors said. Researchers from the United States and Switzerland examined surveys conducted in 1996 and 2006 that asked respondents about a range of issues, including their opinions of Jews. The polls, known as the German General Social Survey,...
  • Deutsche Bank Exodus Continues As Real Estate Chief Leaves For Blackstone

    06/15/2015 7:29:04 PM PDT · by george76
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/15/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier this month, Deutsche Bank’s co-CEOs Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen were shown the door ... Jonathan Pollack, the bank’s global head commercial real estate, is leaving after 16 years. ... Pollack's departure comes just one month after the bank's head of structured finance Elad Shraga left to start his own fund. Shraga was instrumental in helping Deutsche become "an award-winning arranger of asset- and mortgage-backed debt." Shraga had been with Deutsche Bank for 15 years. All of this seems to lend credence to the idea that Deutsche Bank may be in trouble. The employee exodus appears to be gathering...
  • ‘Germans Hide Jew-Hatred in Israel-Hatred’

    06/15/2015 5:57:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 6/10/2015, 8:33 AM | Benny Toker
    Elias Paz, the emissary for Bnei Akiva and the Jewish Agency in Germany, told Arutz Sheva about a report recently published by the German government, which details that last year there was a whopping 1,000% rise in anti-Israeli crimes and violent assaults, and a 25% rise in anti-Semitic crimes and attacks. The latter figure includes physical assaults on Jews, as well as vandalistic attacks on synagogues and Jewish cemeteries, in addition to incitement at protests. According to Paz, the German anti-Semites have found a way to cover their hatred of Jews in an increasingly internationally acceptable camouflage of antagonism against...
  • Industry bosses want to give refugees jobs [Germany]

    06/15/2015 9:53:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 Jun 2015 08:42 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    German industry groups called on Monday for the government to make it easier for asylum seekers to get jobs in Germany, days before a national conference on refugee policy. “Many people who come to us fleeing war and displacement will stay for a long time, maybe forever,” Ingo Kramer, president of the National Union of Employers’ Federations, said. “It’s in everyone’s interest to do everything so that these people can integrate quickly into the labor market.” He was joined in his call by Eric Schweitzer, president of the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, who said that “asylum seekers with...
  • U.S. Is Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in Eastern Europe

    06/15/2015 8:32:11 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 22 replies
    N.Y. Times ^ | JUNE 13, 2015 | By ERIC SCHMITT and STEVEN LEE MYERS
    RIGA, Latvia — In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say. The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member nations in Eastern Europe that had once been part of the Soviet sphere of influence. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war...
  • Berlin—Report: German Police Played Goebbels Speech On Radio At G7 Summit

    06/14/2015 2:05:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Vos Iz Neias ^ | June 14, 2015 01:00 PM | (Deutsche Press-Agentur)
    Two police officers who were at last week’s Group of Seven (G7) summit in Germany face disciplinary action for playing over the radio an excerpt of a wartime speech by Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister of propaganda, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported. […] Five days before the start of the G7 summit, the officers broadcast via private radios an infamous 1943 speech in which Goebbels asks a large audience gathered in Berlin: “Do you want total war?” …
  • 'Edward Snowden has blood on his hands': MI6 is forced to pull spies out of hostile countries

    06/14/2015 8:43:28 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 153 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 13 June 2015 | Jay Akbar For Mailonline
    MI6 has pulled its spies out of 'hostile countries' and America's intelligence agencies are on high alert after Russia and China cracked encrypted files leaked by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden. The top-secret documents contain information that could lead to the identification of British and American spies, according to senior officials in Downing Street, the Home Office and the security services. A senior Home Office official accused Snowden - the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor responsible for the biggest confidential information leak in US history - of having 'blood on his hands' after they gained access to over one million...
  • Britain Pulls Out Spies as Russia, China Crack Snowden Files - Report (US spies also at risk)

    06/13/2015 5:17:37 PM PDT · by kristinn · 127 replies
    Reuters ^ | (Sunday) June 14, 2015 | Costas Pitas
    Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in "hostile countries" after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Sunday Times reported. Security service MI6, which operates overseas and is tasked with defending British interests, has removed agents from certain countries, the newspaper said, citing unnamed officials at the office of British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Home Office (interior ministry) and security services. SNIP Russia and China have both managed to crack encrypted documents which contain details of secret intelligence techniques that could allow British and...
  • 'Last attempt' to seal Greek deal with creditors fails

    06/14/2015 1:05:35 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 19 replies
    BRUSSELS/ATHENS (Reuters) - Talks on breaking a deadlock between Greece and its international creditors broke up in failure on Sunday, with European leaders venting their frustration as Athens stumbled closer toward a debt default that threatens its future in the euro. With Athens insisting it would never give in to demands from the EU and IMF for pension and wage cuts, the European Commission declared that the negotiations in Brussels, also involving the European Central Bank, had not succeeded.
  • Why Is The EU Forcing European Nations To Adopt ‘Bail-In’ Legislation By The End Of The Summer?

    06/14/2015 4:05:38 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog.com ^ | June 5th, 2015 | by Michael Snyder
    Why Is The EU Forcing European Nations To Adopt 'Bail-In' Legislation by the End of the Summer? Are they expecting something to happen? As you will read about below, the European Union says that any nation within the EU that does not enact "bail-in" legislation within the next two months will face legal action. The countries that are being threatened in this manner include Italy and France. If you fast forward two months from this moment, that puts us in early August. So clearly the European Union wants everything to be squared away by the end of the summer. Is...
  • Airbus Unveils Partially Reusable Rocket Design 'Adeline'

    06/13/2015 8:15:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 8th, 2015 | Loren Grush
    But can it ever hope to compete with SpaceX? Like the Falcon 9, Adeline is only partially reusable -- but the way it's meant to work is quite creative. While most of the rocket's fuselage goes unrecovered after launch, the bottom portion of the rocket housing the main engine (most expensive part and arguably the most important) is designed to safely return back home. The design calls for the first stage of the rocket to come equipped with wings and propellers, allowing it to travel back to Earth like a small plane and land gently on a runway. The key...
  • France Moves to Make ‘Conspiracy Theories’ Illegal by Government Decree

    06/13/2015 4:22:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    21st Century Wire ^ | 19 March 2015
    Political elites and super-bureaucrats are worried. It’s becoming harder to control consensus reality. A history stitched together by lies and cover-ups, political assassinations, slight-of-hand false flag deceptions, secret societies, dual loyalties and stolen fortunes – this has been the exclusive privilege of organized crime and the ruling elite for centuries. Putting aside history’s ‘big ticket’ items though, the real reason for this authoritarian trend is much more fundamental. By knocking out their intellectual competition, political elites and their media moguls hope to minimalize, and thus eliminate any alternative analysis and opinion by applying the completely open-ended and arbitrary label of...
  • Iranian Slave Labor? Sure! Israeli Goods - No Way!

    06/13/2015 3:46:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/6/15 | Ari Soffer
    he anti-Israel Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been the focus of fierce debate over its calls to boycott the State of Israel. Its critics claim it is motivated by pure anti-Semitism - noting that only the Jewish state faces such a campaign, and not serial human rights violators such as Iran, North Korea, Sudan and others. BDS supporters, on the other hand, claim they are motivated by concern for human rights, and that the singling out of the world's only Jewish country is a mere coincidence. So, who's right? To find out, Jewish activist Ami Horowitz decided to...
  • Here is a live War Map

    06/13/2015 12:07:28 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Here is a live map of different war zones. You can zoom in or out just like on Google Maps. Hover over different icons and more. Check out how close ISIS is to Baghdad. Yikes!
  • Lancastria: The forgotten tragedy of World War Two

    06/13/2015 7:34:16 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 43 replies
    BBC Scotland ^ | 13th June 2015 | Graham Fraser
    'Seventy five years after the sinking of the Lancastria - Britain's worst maritime disaster in history - why is the tragedy largely forgotten? And what do those touched by the catastrophe want now? "The trouble with the story of the Lancastria is it doesn't fit with the grand narrative of that period - the miraculous evacuation of Dunkirk, and the Battle of Britain," reflects Mark Hirst. "No amount of spin can turn the story of the Lancastria into something triumphant." Mark - a former broadcast journalist and co-founder of the Lancastria Association of Scotland - has studied the life of...
  • Upper house calls for ‘marriage for all’ (Germany’s Bundesrat)

    06/12/2015 11:33:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Jun 2015 16:19 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germany’s upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, voted on Friday in favor of a resolution calling for full marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples. The debate followed a referendum in Ireland in which the population voted massively in favor of allowing same-sex marriage. “This is an unmistakable signal to the federal government and the Bundestag [German parliament],” said Axel Hochrein of the Lesbian and Gay Federation (LSVD). “Discrimination against same-sex couples is incompatible with a democratic system.” …
  • Germany set to buy four multi-role warships

    06/12/2015 7:08:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 9, 2015
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has a budget of around 4 billion euros (2.9 billion pounds) to buy four new multi-role combat ships and plans to issue a tender open to European firms, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday. The new MKS 180 warships are expected to be delivered from 2023. They are intended to be capable of attacking targets on land and underwater, and providing aerial protection to other vessels in a range of 20 km (12 miles). A ministry source said German firms, notably Luerssen, would be well placed to compete for the contract. The defence...
  • Hackers ruin Bundestag computer network

    06/11/2015 11:54:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 Jun 2015 08:59 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A hacker attack on the Bundestag (German parliament) earlier in 2015 means that an entirely new network will have to be built after experts failed to fix the breach. The Federal Office of Information Technology Security (BSI) decided that it could no longer defend against the attack and had to give up, broadcasters NDR and WDR and the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Thursday. Der Spiegel reported on Wednesday evening that data was still flowing out of the parliament to unknown recipients, and that rebuilding the network using completely new hardware would take months and cost millions. …