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  • World War II vet, 93, visits Russia to thank soldiers who saved him

    09/29/2014 2:49:58 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 44 replies
    Leroy Williamson, 93, has seen relations between the United States and Russia during good times and bad, and has some advice for the countries: "We have to get along," he told ABC News. "We don't need a patriotic war or a World War III." The Texan was in Russia this week to share his appreciation for the Soviet soldiers who liberated his Nazi prisoner-of-war camp on May 1, 1945. He met with a Russian general for lunch, visited with veterans, and placed a wreath at Moscow's memorial to the Great Patriotic War, as World War II is known in the...
  • European Leaders Speak Out Against Increasing Anti-Semitism

    09/28/2014 10:23:02 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9-28-14 | Hillel Fendel
    Possibly fearing the increasing loss of their Jews as European Aliyah escalates, European leaders and communities are taking steps to combat local anti-Semitism. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited the Great Synagogue in Paris just before Rosh Hashanah, and declared, "Denying the existence of Israel is the first step towards anti-Semitism." Speaking to more than 1,000 representatives of the French Jewish community, Valls assured them that the fight against anti-Semitism is a national cause. 'To be a Jew, to be French, French and Jewish identities are inseparable,’’ he said. In Italy, the Jewish community announced the launch of a special...
  • Poland stages major manoeuvres amid Russia tensions

    09/23/2014 4:44:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    AFP ^ | September 23, 2014
    Poland kicks off major military exercises involving eight NATO partners on Wednesday amid the West's worst standoff with Russia since the end of the Cold War sparked by differences over the Ukraine crisis. Organised every two years since 2006, this year's Anaconda manoeuvres involve 12,500 soldiers, with 750 from NATO members the US and Britain among others, the Polish defence ministry said, adding the event "has become a permanent training element of the North Atlantic alliance". The exercises are designed to coordinate cooperation with NATO's rapid reaction forces, created at the alliance's Cardiff summit earlier this month. They also come...
  • Decriminalize incest, says German gvmt’s ethics council

    09/26/2014 7:28:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    LIFE SITE ^ | Steve Weatherbe
    A German advisory council on ethics has told the government it should decriminalize incest between consenting adults. But Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats have wasted no time in rejecting the advice. On Wednesday the National Ethics Council voted, by a two-to-one margin, to call for the decriminalization of incest. “Criminal law is not the appropriate means to preserve a social taboo,” the council explained in a statement. “The fundamental right of adult siblings to sexual self-determination is to be weighed more heavily than the abstract idea of protection of the family.” Many might deem the “fundamental right…to sexual self-determination”...
  • German Weapons Arrive in Erbil, With Minister in Tow

    09/25/2014 8:07:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 1 hour ago | Alexander Whitcomb
    German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and President Massoud Barzani. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — A cargo plane carrying the first delivery of high-tech German weapons arrived in Erbil today, ready to boost Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the fight against Islamic State militants. "We assure you that we are beside you to tackle this crisis," German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani at a press conference.  “It is clear that a lot of support has arrived but more is needed,” she added. The minister landed in Erbil shortly after a plane...
  • Germany Not Cowed By Jihadists’ Hostage Execution Threat

    09/24/2014 8:38:18 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    AFP via Malysian Digest ^ | Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:29
    BERLIN: Germany said today it would not withdraw support for US action against jihadists in Iraq and Syria following a reported ultimatum from Philippine Islamist militants reportedly threatening to kill a German hostage. A foreign ministry spokeswoman said the German government had “heard about the report” but stressed that “threats are not an appropriate way to influence our policy in Syria and Iraq”. “There will be no change to our Syria and Iraq policy,” she added. A terrorism monitoring group reported yesterday that the extremists said they would kill one of two German hostages unless a 250 million pesos (US$5.62...
  • Incest a 'fundamental right', German committee says

    09/24/2014 11:57:13 AM PDT · by redreno · 67 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 09/24/2014 | By Justin Huggler, Berlin
    Laws banning incest between brothers and sisters in Germany could be scraped after a government ethics committee said the they were an unacceptable intrusion into the right to sexual self-determination. “Criminal law is not the appropriate means to preserve a social taboo,” the German Ethics Council said in a statement. “The fundamental right of adult siblings to sexual self-determination is to be weighed more heavily than the abstract idea of protection of the family.” Their intervention follows a notorious case in which a brother and sister living as partners in Saxony had four children together. The couple had been raised...
  • From a former submariner: Mazel tov to the Israeli navy!

    09/23/2014 8:49:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/23/2014 | NIMROD GANZARSKI
    The I.N.S Tannin (named after the biblical sea monster) is sleek and mysterious, even more so than her older sisters; she is also much more technologically advanced than her older sisters. Tanin submarine. (photo credit:IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT) Mazal tov Israel! Mazal tov IDF and mazal tov to the Israeli navy! The newest addition to the Israeli submarine fleet is entering her new home – an Israeli port. The I.N.S Tannin (named after the biblical sea monster) is sleek and mysterious, even more so than her older sisters; she is also much more technologically advanced than her older sisters. The new...
  • Opening Weekend of Oktoberfest 2014 (photos)

    09/22/2014 1:00:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 22, 2014 | Staff
    One million steins of beer were consumed over the weekend, organizers say, as tourists and locals kicked off the 181st Oktoberfest. The Bavarian beer festival, held on Munich's Theresienwiese, lasts 16 days and will welcome more than six million visitors from around the world. This year, the average price of a mug of beer at any of the tents this year comes to €10.67 ($13.70 U.S.). Gathered here are some of the scenes from the opening weekend of Oktoberfest 2014.
  • German taxpayers funding anti-Israel hate

    09/21/2014 11:51:52 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 14 replies
    The Commentator ^ | 20 September 2014 | Vijeta Uniyal
    A week after Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed her government’s commitment to fight anti-Semitism at a landmark rally in Berlin, a lot needs to be done on the ground to stop the rising tide of anti-Semitism. At home, German Law enforcement authorities have not only shown apathy and inaction, as in the case of the Muslim Imam in Berlin who called for the extermination of Jews, or against demonstrators in many German cities blaring anti-Semitic slogans. Police have sometimes seemed to go out of their way, allowing demonstrators to use police-megaphones and vehicles to spread the hate – as in Frankfurt...
  • Germany plans to strip citizenship of citizens which join Islamic State.

    09/21/2014 2:46:02 PM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 25 replies
    German Islamists who join the IS have forfeited their citizenship many Union politicians say. They are planning a change of legislation. Union politicians want to avoid any german national to fight for the terrorist group Islamic State (IS). A corresponding change in the law would achieve a "huge deterrent effect," the chairman of the Bundestag's Committee on Internal Affairs, Wolfgang Bosbach (CDU)told "Welt am Sonntag". Those who join this "terrorist army" ng document their departure from the values of the Federal Republic he said.
  • Engineers found Teutonic axes in the Forest District Wipsowo

    09/21/2014 12:27:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Naukaw Polsce ^ | September 2014 | tr. RL
    Three Teutonic battle axes from the late Middle Ages have been found by engineers who remove World War II artillery shells left the forests in the Forest District Wipsowo (Warmia and Mazury). Historic weapons will be donated to the museum. Engineers stumbled upon the historic axes by chance, while searching the woods metal detectors. The weapons have been initially identified by an archaeologist as late-medieval Teutonic battle axes. Iron axes were close to each other, shallow underground, among the roots of trees. "It can be assumed that this is a deposit that someone left for better times. Perhaps the person...
  • Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania form joint military unit

    09/20/2014 3:15:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 19 September 2014 | bbc
    Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania have agreed to set up joint military unit of several thousand soldiers. Defence ministers from the three countries signed the deal on Friday. Poland's defence ministry said the brigade would be based in the eastern Polish city of Lublin but the soldiers would remain in their home countries. Poland and Lithuania are eager to bolster defences following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula earlier this year.
  • From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant: German hip-hop artist joins the Islamic State

    09/20/2014 5:12:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 09/20/2014 | Marc Young
    As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there. Denis Cuspert was once a modestly successful member of Germany's hip-hop scene going by the stage name Deso Dogg. Now he calls himself Abu Talha the German and is a top propagandist for the so-called Islamic State (IS) caliphate, which is blamed for several wartime atrocities. His ascent into the upper IS ranks is raising concerns that such "homegrown" Islamists could embolden Muslim extremists in Germany or...
  • Beer we go: Germany's Oktoberfest to host millions

    09/20/2014 1:25:18 PM PDT · by mikrofon · 72 replies
    CTV News ^ | Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:12AM | AP
    <p>MUNICH (AFP) -- Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off Saturday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer, as millions of revellers are set to soak up the frothy atmosphere in the 16-day annual extravaganza.</p> <p>With the cry of "O'zapft is" ("The keg is tapped"), the amber fluid officially began to flow at noon after Munich's mayor, Dieter Reiter, with due pomp and ceremony, took a mallet and in four swings breached the 200-litre barrel.</p>
  • The Israelization of Anti-Semitism

    09/19/2014 10:03:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    Angela Merkel is the stand-up lady of Europe. The German chancellor is forthright in calling anti-Semites to account. She spoke this week to a rally of 6,000 Germans at the Brandenburg Gate, denouncing the documented increase of anti-Semitism in their country. The evil of the Nazi regime, which killed 6 million Jews in Europe 80 years ago, is marked everywhere, with bronze plaques on sidewalks where Jews were taken from their homes and dispatched to death camps, to the five acres dedicated to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in the very center of Berlin. And yet, as the chancellor...
  • Hidden partners? How much Russia, Iran could help US against Islamic State

    09/15/2014 3:39:10 PM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 15, 2014 | Howard LaFranchi
    More than three dozen nations have signed on to the anti-Islamic State coalition, US officials say. But Russia and Iran are also likely to play roles, and some Arab countries will prefer to keep quiet about their help.
  • Fatah Exposes Hamas’s Trafficking Network to Europe

    09/17/2014 12:31:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 9/17/2014, 9:36 AM | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has exposed that Hamas is running a human trafficking network, smuggling Gaza residents to Europe for $2,000 to $3,500 per person. The charges come following reports that dozens of Palestinian Arabs drowned last week after leaving Gaza for Egypt, where they boarded an ill-fated ship bound for Europe that never reached its goal, reports Kol Yisrael (Israel Radio). Apparently Hamas used its hundreds of smuggling tunnels into the Sinai Peninsula to funnel the would-be immigrants out of Gaza and into Egypt; while an Egyptian siege limited the usage of those smuggling tunnels,...
  • Dear Uncle Siemens

    09/17/2014 8:51:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    Satire Dear Uncle Siemens, I am hearing a lot about you in the news lately. Somehow your offshore wind turbines in the German Bight can’t deliver any power. ABB’s HVDC converter station seems to have a fever and the prognosis is not good. Some unkind folks claim that you could catch a cold because of that. Really? I mean what’s €500 million between friends? Especially if you can charge it to the electricity consumer!
  • Historic German Trial Against IS Suspect

    09/17/2014 8:20:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    Rudaw ^ | yesterday at 02:39 | Deniz Serinci
    Pro-ISIS protesters in Germany. Photo: Veooz. COPENHAGEN, Denmark – A German national accused of fighting for the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in Syria is on trial in Germany, in the first case of its kind. Kreshnik Berisha, a German-born 20-year-old whose parents are originally from Kosovo, faces a prison term of up to 10 years if found guilty. Prosecutor Horst Salzmann wrote in a press release that Berisha “wanted to create a theocracy under Shariah law. He took the oath. He was ready to die for his goals.”  Salzmann said that Berisha traveled to Syria via Turkey in July 2013...
  • GERMAN ARMY IN WW2 - (IN COLOR)

    09/16/2014 9:50:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 09/14/14
    The title of this video is the German Army in WW2 (IN COLOR). However, it’s the British, the Russians, the U.S. and the Germans. I’ve seen a lot of WWII real life footage, but it amazes me that I still see new footage. Watch it in full screen mode (just left click the bottom right square in the video when it's playing) seems to make it more real vs. just looking at the current smaller size.
  • Samsung accuses rival LG exec of vandalising washing machines

    09/16/2014 5:56:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 14 2014
    Samsung accuses rival LG exec of vandalising washing machines Sun, Sep 14 2014 SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) has accused the head of rival LG Electronics Inc's (066570.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) home appliances business of damaging Samsung washing machines at retail stores in Germany and asked Seoul prosecutors to investigate. Samsung, in a statement on Sunday, said it asked the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office to investigate LG employees who the company says were seen deliberately destroying several of its premium washing machines on display at two stores earlier this month ahead of the...
  • Islamic State crisis: Kerry to lead talks in Paris

    09/14/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 14 September 2014 Last updated at 21:59 ET
    US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to a coalition to help fight IS in Iraq and Syria. Several Arab countries have offered to take part in air strikes on IS fighters in Iraq, US officials say. Mr Kerry says he is "extremely encouraged" by promises of military assistance to tackle...
  • NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine: defense minister

    09/14/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT · by McGruff · 38 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sep 14, 2014
    Ukraine's defense minister said on Sunday that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin. Valery Heletey told a news conference he had discussed weapons deliveries in bilateral meetings with NATO defense ministers during a NATO summit in Wales on Sept. 4-5.
  • Germany Starts Training Kurdish Peshmerga Forces

    09/14/2014 7:34:19 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | Mewan Dolamari
    Peshmerga force in Mosul dam in Northern Iraq News / Kurdistan Germany Starts Training Kurdish Peshmerga Forces 14.09.2014 Mewan Dolamari BasNews, Erbil    Germany has announced the deployment of 40 military advisors to the Kurdistan Region in order to train Peshmerga forces on recently sent German weapons.   In a statement, the German Defense Ministry confirmed that the German government has sent 40 military experts and consultants to the Kurdistan Region to train Peshmerga forces in their ongoing conflict with IS insurgents.   The statement also mentions that the military advisors have extensive experience of training and exercising troops....
  • Britain, Germany: We won’t take part in Syria air strikes

    09/11/2014 9:05:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Last night, Barack Obama promised America that he would take the fight to ISIS/ISIL, using a four-pronged strategy that he laid out in his much-anticipated war speech. In each phase of this strategy, Obama insisted, we would be “joined by a broad coalition of partners,” emphases mine: First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt...
  • 'His Father Had Lied to Us': German Doctor Shares Harrowing Ebola Encounter

    09/10/2014 2:13:43 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    Spiegal ^ | 9-9-14 | Katrin Elger
    On the Monday morning in question in mid-August, we were sitting together when one of the doctors told us that the child's stepmother had come during the night to take over for the father of the sick boy. A Father's Lies The doctor started growing nervous because what the woman shared with him didn't sound good. Melvin-Vincent's grandmother had just died of Ebola. The boy had been living with the elderly lady and his fever broke out after her burial. His father had lied to us. At that moment, it became clear to all of us that it wasn't just...
  • War, Culture, & the Minds of Nations Did Germany’s cultural avant-garde cause WWI? Vice versa?

    09/09/2014 9:19:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 8, 2014 | John O’Sullivan
    German infantry at the Vistula River, 1916We are accustomed to thinking that such real-world physical experiences as war, defeat, and economic ruin produce such psychological, cultural, artistic, and social responses as disillusionment, frenzy (including frenzied enjoyments), and despair in the collective mind. The First World War — which, exactly 100 years later, we are now remembering, and whose lessons we are still pondering — seems to confirm and illustrate this belief. It was an event whose magnitude and impact we find hard to grasp even today. Though it began in the Balkans, it spread across the world to all continents...
  • Germany won’t tolerate ‘Sharia police’

    09/08/2014 3:59:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09/06/2014
    Conservative members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition put forward a united front at the weekend against recent developments in the city of Wuppertal. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizičre said civilians wearing uniforms bearing the logo “Shariah police” could not simply start patrolling German streets. The groups reportedly hovered around sites like discotheques and gambling houses, telling passers-by to refrain from gambling and alcohol. Wuppertal’s police have begun pressing charges. “Sharia law is not tolerated on German soil,” de Maizičre told mass-circulation daily Bild on Saturday. “Nobody can take it upon themselves to abuse the good name of the German police.”...
  • 'Sharia Police' Patrolling Streets in Germany

    09/07/2014 7:03:48 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Sep 2014 | Nick Hallett
    Residents of the German city of Wuppertal have expressed concern after a group of young radical Islamists started taking to the streets late at night, trying to deter revellers from drinking and gambling. The self-styled "Sharia Police" have been patrolling an area around the city's main train station, declaring the popular nightlife area to be a "Sharia Controlled Zone". Deutshe Welle reports that witnesses have seen them handing out leaflets urging people not to drink alcohol, attend concerts, gamble, watch pornography or visit prostitutes. The men are believed to be from the Salafi sect of Islam, which is closely related...
  • Read Russia’s Ominous Response to NATO’s Rapid Reaction Force

    09/06/2014 5:53:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | September 5, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    During today’s NATO summit, the alliance agreed to create a rapid reaction force to respond to threats to member states. That force is being formed specifically to deal with threats in eastern Europe. It is a direct response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The Russians responded swiftly. The Foreign Ministry suggests a larger NATO conspiracy is at work. The summit adopted a line towards NATO’s eastward expansion and build-up of its presence near Russia’s borders. These plans were nurtured for a long time and the Ukrainian crisis became merely an excuse for the start of their implementation. Russia also accused...
  • France and Friends: Merkel Increasingly Isolated on Austerity

    09/06/2014 4:20:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 03, 2014 – 04:41 PM | Nikolaus Blome, Ralf Neukirch, Christian Reiermann, Mathieu von Rohr and Christoph Schult
    The debate over Germany’s insistence on eurozone austerity has flared anew as an ailing France continues to demand economic stimulus. The European Central Bank may now be siding with Paris, leaving Merkel looking increasingly alone. […] Berlin is particularly alarmed by the stance taken by ECB head Mario Draghi. At the annual conference of top central bankers from around the world at Jackson Hole, Wyoming in August, Draghi surprised those present by saying “there is leeway to achieve a more growth-friendly composition of fiscal policies.” It was a comment that came close to the kind of debt-fueled growth stimulus measures...
  • Salafist Muslim Group Forms 'Sharia Police' Patrol in Germany

    09/05/2014 6:04:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | 9/5/14 | Andy Eckardt
    MAINZ, Germany - Small groups of hardline Salafist Muslims have been patrolling the streets of a German city hoping to "influence and recruit young people," police said. The groups were seen in the western city of Wuppertal wearing bright orange reflective vests with "Shariah Police" on the back. "This was seen as a violation against Germany’s public assembly law and charges were filed,” police spokesman Andre Schwanicke told NBC News. Officials say they have increased the police presence in the city. Meanwhile, a YouTube propaganda video from the German Salafist scene was posted online showing a poster with the English...
  • Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US

    09/01/2014 8:23:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | September 2, 2014
    HAVANA: Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday (Sep 1), accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS. In a tortuous column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island's communist revolution also attacked US Senator John McCain over United States policy in the Middle East, calling him "Israel's most unconditional ally." "The world has seen no respite in recent years, particularly since the European Economic Community, under the strict and unconditional leadership of the United States, decided the time had come to settle...
  • Priorities: Germany bans Uber, ride-sharing services

    09/03/2014 7:07:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/03/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    <p>Imagine this line in a German accent: “[T]he driver has to play by the German rules.” Shudder.</p> <p>The online car-sharing service Uber has vowed to continue operating across Germany after its mobile app was banned by a Frankfurt regional court.</p>
  • Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? [GERMAN SF ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ]

    09/02/2014 8:46:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? The Pentagon is denying that U.S. troops are fighting ISIS on the ground in Iraq—but eyewitness accounts and Kurdish officials tell a different story. ZUMAR, Iraq — The role of American Special Operations Forces in Iraq has remained hidden even while the U.S. air war expands. As momentum against ISIS picks up, they may be emerging from the shadows. In a pitched battle on Monday, Kurdish Peshmerga, backed by American airpower and what appeared to be U.S. troops, struck at ISIS positions in the strategic crossroads of Zumar.Scenes from...
  • Germany to send rifles, tank busters to aid Kurds fighting Islamic extremists in Iraq

    08/31/2014 12:04:17 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    AP via Tribtown.com ^ | August 31, 2014
    BERLIN — The German government says it will send high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq. .... Three shipments will be made starting at the end of September, including 8,000 German-made G36 assault rifles and ammunition, 30 MILAN anti-tank systems, and five heavily armored Dingo infantry vehicles.
  • Security fears block Germany-Israel match

    08/31/2014 1:09:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 Aug 2014 15:41 GMT+02:00
    A friendly soccer match against Israel marking 50 years of diplomatic ties has been called off amid security concerns and the escalation of the Middle East conflict, the German Football Federation (DFB) said on Friday. The game had been scheduled for March 25 but was canceled at the request of Israel, the DFB announced on its website. The move resulted from “postponements in the calendar arising from the recent developments of the conflict in the Middle East and resulting security conditions.” …
  • UK Germany say urgent action needed to avoid all-out war with Russia

    08/31/2014 1:51:47 AM PDT · by blueplum · 48 replies
    Arizona State News.Net ^ | August 30, 2014 | Staff
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Amid significant gains being made by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and denies by Russia of a military intervention in the country, the European Union has issued a one week ultimatum for Moscow to remove its alleged forces from the country. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said that Russia had a week to withdraw its soldiers from eastern Ukraine or face further severe sanctions, while Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country was "close to a point of no return - full scale-war" with Russia. The Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite went one step further, calling Russia's...
  • German Homeschoolers Win Custody of Their Kids, But Court Still Calls it Abuse of Parental Authority

    08/30/2014 6:56:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/30/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    An appeals court in Germany has ruled that a family court's decision to keep legal custody of four children away from their parents, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, was wrong, and ordered that complete custody be returned to the family. However, the court maintained that homeschooling endangers children and they should go to school. "We have won custody and we are glad about that," Dirk said in a statement released by Virginia-based Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been assisting the Wunderlich family since their children were taken on Aug. 29, 2013. The court said taking the children away was...
  • Obama's Logical, Fanatical Foreign Policy

    08/29/2014 7:16:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    After World War I the third rate minds who brought us the conflict to begin with came up with another stupid idea: They decided to divide up former German, Austrian and Turkish empires into separate countries, like Czechoslovakia, and create makeshifts, like the Danzig Corridor. Germany lost territory to Poland to create a land corridor to Danzig that gave Poland access to the sea.Never mind that it cleaved a country in two. It was these territorial wedges-- wedges that diced up ethnicity-- that Hitler used to gain legitimacy in the eyes of Germans. By cutting up countries in defiance of...
  • Joint US-German ship-defense rollout buoys Raytheon

    08/28/2014 8:30:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | August 28, 2014 | David Wichner
    At a time when many U.S. defense programs are facing the budget ax, Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems is looking forward to an important stream of new international business from a ship-defense missile system co-developed with Germany. On Wednesday, Raytheon commemorated the first delivery of a new version of the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) to the U.S. Navy with a ceremony at its sprawling airport-area missile plant. RAM — which gets its name from its spinning action in flight — is a 30-year-old, cooperative program between the U.S. and German governments with industry support from Raytheon and RAMsys of Germany. Deployed...
  • German fighter jets unable to fly and mechanics forced to borrow spare parts, claims magazine

    08/27/2014 11:23:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 26 Aug 2014 | Justin Huggler
    A report in Spiegel magazine says German air force is weaker than previously thought and a funding crisis means scores of aircraft are not operational The German air force is facing such a severe funding shortage that many of its aircraft are unable to fly, mechanics are forced to cannibalise parts from existing planes and only eight of the country's 109 Eurofighters are fully operational, according to a report in Spiegel magazine. German defence sources have rubbished the article, saying it is inaccurate and does not match up to official air force logs. But the claim that Germany's air force...
  • 1 in 6 French People View ISIS Favourably

    08/26/2014 3:36:52 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 22 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 26 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    An ICM poll on behalf of the Russian state news agency Rossiya Segodnya tested the public attitude towards the group ISIS (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant or ISIL, and now calling itself Islamic State or IS) in 3 European countries: Great Britain, France and Germany. The news agency commissioning the poll may be Putin-friendly, but the polling firm ICM is as reputable as any. The survey asked people whether they had a favourable or unfavourable view of ISIS. In France, 16% say they have a favourable view. In the UK, 7% say they have...
  • German Minister Accuses Qatar Of Funding Islamic State Fighters

    08/22/2014 10:05:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Gulf Business News ^ | August 22, 2014
    German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar on Wednesday of financing Islamic State militants who have seized wide areas of northern Iraq and have posted a video of a captive American journalist being beheaded. “This kind of conflict, this kind of a crisis always has a history … The ISIS troops, the weapons – these are lost sons, with some of them from Iraq,” Mueller told German public broadcaster ZDF. “You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops. The keyword there is Qatar – and how do we deal with these people and states politically?” said...
  • German-led European consortium comes up with a cheaper proposal for its Eurofighter Typhoon (India)

    08/21/2014 10:24:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    India Today ^ | August 21, 2014 | Manu Pubby
    The world's biggest defence deal is in danger of becom-ing one of the slowest in his-tory. More than two years after India zeroed in on the French Rafale fighter jet-after a tor-tured 11-year selection process-to replace its ageing MiG-21s, the Ger-man-led European consortium which was the runner-up in the race has sought to restart the dogfight by offer-ing a new, cheaper proposal for its Eurofighter Typhoon. The Narendra Modi Government, INDIA TODAY has learnt, is studying the German proposal even as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has been nego-tiating with France's Dassault, the maker of the Rafale, to finalise agree-ments to...
  • German minister accuses Qatar of funding Islamic State fighters

    08/20/2014 9:40:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:22am EDT
    (Reuters) - German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar on Wednesday of financing Islamic State militants who have seized wide areas of northern Iraq and have posted a video of a captive American journalist being beheaded. "This kind of conflict, this kind of a crisis always has a history ... The ISIS troops, the weapons - these are lost sons, with some of them from Iraq," Mueller told German public broadcaster ZDF. "You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops. The keyword there is Qatar - and how do we deal with these people and states...
  • Why Germany Won’t Get Real with Russia

    08/19/2014 9:42:12 PM PDT · by No One Special · 15 replies
    New Eastern Europe ^ | August 19, 2014 | Dustin Dehez
    When the parliamentary elections last year ushered in a new government in Germany, there was a collective sigh of relief. Guido Westerwelle, foreign minister for four years, had never mastered his office and always seemed to lack the sort of gravitas that the office demands. In came Frank-Walter Steinmeier; Westerwelle’s predecessor would also be his successor. With his calm demeanour, Steinmeier was considered by many to be the ideal top diplomat. Less than a year into his term, however, the disillusion is palpable, even among some of his sympathisers. Germany’s role in the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia is...
  • Germany Ebola scare as Nigerian woman showing symptoms (shortened)

    08/19/2014 9:04:09 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/19/14 | DAMIEN GAYLE FOR MAILONLINE and ALLAN HALL
    A woman was rushed to hospital and hundreds of people were quarantined today after she showed symptoms of Ebola virus infection in a jobcentre in Germany. As many as 600 visitors and staff at the employment office building in Berlin were also stopped from leaving for several hours as emergency services sealed off part of the street. The mass-circulation daily Bild said the woman had fainted, that she hailed from Nigeria and that she said later that she had recently been in contact with people infected with Ebola.
  • Two suspected cases of Ebola in Austria: regional governor

    08/19/2014 1:26:52 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8-19-14 | Yahoo
    Two men who arrived in Austria last week from Nigeria have been hospitalised on suspicion of carrying the Ebola disease, a regional Austrian governor said Tuesday. Blood samples were sent to a laboratory in Germany with results expected later on Tuesday, Josef Puehringer, governor of Upper Austria province said. The two men were hospitalised in Voecklabruck after developing a fever following their return from Lagos and were currently being held in quarantine, Puehringer said.