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  • The German Catholic Collapse: Priests confess once a year, if at all -- what about the Lay Faithful?

    04/26/2015 9:02:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 24, 2015 | Lorenzo Bertocchi
    The German laity confirm their desire for evolution in the Church: according to a document made available on the Episcopal Conference site, the answers to the questionnaire between the Synods show that the Catholics of Germany are expecting major openings from the Synod on the Family. Mainly on the thorniest issues: “they are asking for the admittance of the divorced and remarried to the Eucharist, a “development” of moral doctrine for the pastoral acceptance of homosexual people and a form of “church blessing for second civil-marriages.” Are these requests an expression of serious discernment or, do they show a watered-down,...
  • Ted Cruz: Cancel Iran deal and move embassy to Jerusalem

    04/25/2015 12:37:39 PM PDT · by VinL · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/25/2015 | Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz promises a bold shift in U.S. foreign policy if he's elected president that would cancel President Obama's arms deal with Iran and move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. On the eve of remarks to the Republican Jewish Coalition, the White House contender laid out bullet points for his approach to the Middle East in an interview with the Washington Examiner that would sharply rebuke Obama's eight years. Cruz's call to get tough with enemies of the United States, especially Tehran, and prioritize relationships with key allies like Israel should go over well with the 800...
  • Turkey’s Erdogan slams nations recognizing Armenian genocide

    04/25/2015 7:45:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2015 9:31 AM EDT
    Turkey’s president has lashed out at country leaders who have recognized the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide on the centenary of the massacres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday accused France, Germany, Russia and Austria—whose leaders or parliaments recently described the killings as genocide—of supporting “claims constructed on Armenian lies.” He accused the United States of siding with Armenia, although President Barack Obama stopped short of using the term in his annual message. …
  • [Germany’s foreign minister] Steinmeier: Armenia wasn’t genocide

    04/25/2015 8:11:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Apr 2015 15:58 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier insisted on Friday that calling Armenian massacres genocide risks belittling the Holocaust, after President Joachim Gauck broke a taboo by using the word on Thursday. Steinmeier stuck to his guns on Friday, arguing in an interview with Spiegel that “We in Germany need to be careful not to give justification to those who follow their own political agenda and say the Holocaust started before 1933.” […] Steinmeier has come in for fierce criticism this week, with one high profile politician comparing him to Germany’s First World War leadership. Both Gauck and Bundestag (German parliament) president Norbert...
  • Germany’s Small Towns Feel the Cost of Europe’s Migrant Crisis

    04/23/2015 8:20:04 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/22/15 | Alison Smale
    VORRA, Germany — Even as European officials struggle with an unrelenting tide of migrants trying to enter the Continent, tranquil villages like this one in a picture-book valley in northern Bavaria are coping with the legions who have already arrived. It is here, as much as on the choppy seas of the Mediterranean, that Europe’s latest migration crisis is playing out. With the federal authorities expecting a flood of newcomers — an estimated 300,000 will apply for asylum in Germany this year, after 200,000 in 2014 — places like Vorra, population 1,000, are struggling to make room for those who...
  • Turkey to Buy Chinese Missile Defence System

    04/22/2015 1:57:10 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 14 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | April 22, 2015 | Teddy Ng & Reuters in Istandbul
    [This is from the International Edition of SCMP] China has won the bid to co-produce a multibillion ($3Billion) long-range air and missile defence system in Turkey, in what is its largest and most advanced arms sales to a NATO country. The Turkish defence minister announced the decision to approve the US$3 billion bid by China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp, rejecting rival offers from Russian, US and European firms. The winning Chinese FD-2000 system beat the Patriot, the Russian S-400 and the French-Italian Eurosam Samp-T, it was announced on Thursday. [snip]
  • Iran rejects US call for ‘anywhere, anytime access’ to military sites

    04/20/2015 7:23:24 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Press TV ^ | Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:37AM
    Iran has rejected a call by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for unlimited access of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to the Islamic Republic’s military sites. In a Monday interview with ISNA news agency, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) described Moniz’s demand as “not practical and acceptable.” Behrouz Kamalvandi noted that negotiations aimed at reaching an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program “are still underway,” urging the other side to put forward its views during the talks. Kamalvandi stressed that Tehran will not undertake any commitments beyond “common laws and regulations.” Earlier on Monday,...
  • Turkey suddenly open to RESTORING ties with Israel, REFUSES to criticize Israeli election

    04/02/2015 6:13:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    Turkey, via their Deputy Prime Minister, is putting the word out on the street that it is open to a restoration of ties with Israel, even acknowledging that it is NOT Turkey’s place to criticize the recent Israeli election: snip Wow. The admitted refusal to criticize Israel over the election is definitely a change of pace for Turkey. I mean, when has Erdogan ever missed an opportunity to openly bash Israel? He was just ripping Netanyahu in January for just showing up to the Paris march against ‘radical Islam’, accusing him of killing 2500 Palestinians in the war last year....
  • A New Theory On Mapping The New World

    10/08/2002 8:42:57 AM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 523+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10-7-2002 | Guy Gugliotta
    A New Theory on Mapping the New World By Guy Gugliotta Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, October 7, 2002; Page A07 In 1507, a group of scholars working in France produced an extraordinary map of the world, the first to put the still-recent discoveries of Columbus and others into a new continent separate from Asia, and to call that continent "America." With the Waldseemuller map, the New World was born. But there was something else. What would later come to be called South America and Central America were surprisingly well-shaped, not only on the east coast, where explorers had already...
  • Ptolemy's Geography, America and Columbus: Ancient Greeks and why maybe America was discovered

    09/25/2009 12:32:08 PM PDT · by Nikas777 · 22 replies · 1,238+ views
    mlahanas.de ^ | Michael Lahanas
    Ptolemy's Geography, America and Columbus: Ancient Greeks and why maybe America was discovered Michael Lahanas Aristotle: “there is a continuity between the parts about the pillars of Hercules and the parts about India, and that in this way the ocean is one.” [As] for the rest of the distance around the inhabited earth which has not been visited by us up to the present time (because of the fact that the navigators who sailed in opposite directions never met), it is not of very great extent, if we reckon from the parallel distances that have been traversed by us... For...
  • Oldest printed map of New World goes on display [Waldseemüller's, 1507: first to use name 'America']

    04/13/2005 9:14:23 AM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 8 replies · 546+ views
    Daily Telegraph [UK] ^ | Apr 13, 2005 | unknown
    A "groundbreaking" 16th century map credited with giving America its name has gone on display at Christie's.The map, the oldest printed map of the New World, is one of only four surviving examples and is expected to raise up to £800,000 at auction.As well as using the word America for the first time, after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, who argued that the land discovered by Columbus in 1492 was a new continent, the map is also the first printed portrayal of the Earth as a globe.It was discovered by chance two years ago when a newspaper picture caught...
  • Map that named America is a puzzle for researchers

    12/04/2007 8:47:54 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 42 replies · 240+ views
    reuters ^ | 12-03-2007 | David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The only surviving copy of the 500-year-old map that first used the name America goes on permanent display this month at the Library of Congress, but even as it prepares for its debut, the 1507 Waldseemuller map remains a puzzle for researchers. Why did the mapmaker name the territory America and then change his mind later? How was he able to draw South America so accurately? Why did he put a huge ocean west of America years before European explorers discovered the Pacific?
  • Map that named America is a puzzle for researchers

    12/04/2007 8:59:54 AM PST · by picard · 15 replies · 123+ views
    Yahoo(Reuters) ^ | Mon Dec 3, 12:19 PM ET | David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The only surviving copy of the 500-year-old map that first used the name America goes on permanent display this month at the Library of Congress, but even as it prepares for its debut, the 1507 Waldseemuller map remains a puzzle for researchers. Why did the mapmaker name the territory America and then change his mind later? How was he able to draw South America so accurately? Why did he put a huge ocean west of America years before European explorers discovered the Pacific?... ... Although the map conceals many mysteries, one thing is clear: it represents a...
  • 500-year-old global map found in Munich (with continent named America)

    07/04/2012 6:59:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    dw ^ | July 3, 2012
    History 500-year-old global map found in Munich Munich librarians have found a rare 16th century world map that first gave America its name as a continent. The version by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller survived World War II sandwiched between geometry books. The Munich version is smaller than the 500-year-old global map found in a German monastery in 1901 and handed over by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2007 to the US Library of Congress. Only four smaller versions were previously known to have survived. The word "America" on the larger Library of Congress map Waldseemüller (1470 – 1522) was...
  • The map that changed the world[Waldseemuller Map]

    10/29/2009 9:31:34 PM PDT · by BGHater · 9 replies · 1,341+ views
    BBC ^ | 28 Oct 2009 | BBC
    Drawn half a millennium ago and then swiftly forgotten, one map made us see the world as we know it today... and helped name America. But, as Toby Lester has discovered, the most powerful nation on earth also owes its name to a pun. Almost exactly 500 years ago, in 1507, Martin Waldseemuller and Matthias Ringmann, two obscure Germanic scholars based in the mountains of eastern France, made one of the boldest leaps in the history of geographical thought - and indeed in the larger history of ideas. Near the end of an otherwise plodding treatise titled Introduction to Cosmography,...
  • America put on the map; First document to name country makes its debut

    07/24/2003 8:12:50 AM PDT · by Ed Straker · 5 replies · 129+ views
    Greeley Tribune ^ | July 24, 2003 | Associated Press
    Article Published July 24, 2003 America put on the map First document to name country makes its debut Story by Associated Press WASHINGTON — The earliest map using "America" to label part of the New World is going on display in America for the first time. The 496-year-old Martin Waldseemueller map, sometimes called America's birth certificate, will be on public view at the Library of Congress starting today. The library recently completed the $10 million purchase of the 12-panel map covering 36 square feet, the most expensive single item it has ever acquired. It was owned by Prince Johannes Waldburg-Wolfegg,...
  • 16th-Century Mapmaker's Intriguing Knowledge['America']

    11/21/2008 8:29:58 AM PST · by BGHater · 27 replies · 1,266+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 17 Nov 2008 | David Brown
    How was it that a German priest writing in Latin and living in a French city far from the coast became the first person to tell the world that a vast ocean lay to the west of the American continents? That is one of the bigger mysteries in the history of the Renaissance. But it is not the only one involving Martin Waldseemueller, a map-making cleric whose own story is sufficiently obscure that his birth and death dates aren't known for certain. Waldseemueller appears to have also known something about the contours of South America's west coast years before Vasco...
  • German chancellor hands over map first naming America

    05/01/2007 12:59:14 PM PDT · by 3Quartets · 56 replies · 2,089+ views
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday officially handed over to the United States the 500-year-old map that was the first to tell the world of a new land it called America. Library of Congress historians say the world map, completed by German-born cleric and cartographer Martin Waldseemueller in 1507, is the first known document to use the name America — named after Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci — the first to depict the Western Hemisphere and the first to show separate Pacific and Atlantic oceans. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/nation/4763661.html
  • Iran rules out inspections of military sites (again)

    04/19/2015 5:29:49 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | April 19, 2015, 1:46 pm
    A senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Sunday that inspectors would be barred from military sites under any nuclear agreement with world powers. Gen. Hossein Salami, the Guard’s deputy leader, said on state TV that allowing the foreign inspection of military sites is tantamount to “selling out.” “We will respond with hot lead (bullets) to those who speak of it,” Salami said. “Iran will not become a paradise for spies. We will not roll out the red carpet for the enemy.” Iran and six world powers — the US, the UK, France, Germany, China and Russia — have reached...
  • EU states renew call to label Israeli settler goods

    04/18/2015 11:11:40 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 15 replies
    euobserver.com ^ | 17. Apr, 2015 | euobserver.com
    Sixteen EU states have said products made by Israeli settlers should be marked in shops so that European consumers can decide whether to boycott them. The group - which includes France, Italy, Spain, and the UK - made the appeal in a letter to EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini on Monday (13 April). They said “EU-wide guideline on the labelling of settlement produce/products … is an important step in the full implementation of EU longstanding policy in relation to the preservation of the two-state solution”.
  • The Schnitzel Republic

    04/18/2015 10:47:49 AM PDT · by Auslander154 · 12 replies
    I thought I might inform the German Freepers about a web-blog called The Schnitzel Republic. http://schnitzelrepublic.blogspot.com/ It is the closest I've come to finding a Free Republic in Germany. It is run by an American military retiree who now resides in Wiesbaden. It is primarily an essay site of his random thoughts on current events going on in Germany. He is also a bit of a history buff. One can post comments, but there is very little activity on his site unfortunately. But it is informative to get his perspective on German and EU events. It is a good place...
  • Europe faces a 'real threat' from Russia, warns US army commander

    04/18/2015 8:27:03 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Apr 2015 | Justin Huggler
    The commander of the US army in Europe has warned that Nato must remain united in the face of a "real threat" from Russia. "It's not an assumption. There is a Russian threat," Lt-Gen Frederick "Ben" Hodges said. "You've got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defence programme. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that's not professional conduct." Gen Hodges spoke to the Telegraph on the sidelines of a military debriefing after an exercise to move...
  • Turkey accuses EU of 'enmity' over 1915 Armenian genocide recognition

    04/17/2015 1:38:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/17/15 | Richard Spencer
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has accused the EU of declaring “enmity” on his country as next week’s centenary commemorations of the massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire descend into bitter rows over what to call them. Both the European Parliament and Pope Francis this week referred to the killings as a genocide, a term recognised by much of the rest of the world but fiercely disputed by Turkey. The European decision prompted a furious response from Mr Erdogan. “Such decisions are nothing but expressions of enmity against Turkey by abusing Armenians,” he said while on a visit to...
  • Greece is 'close to the abyss' as black hole in public finances widens

    04/15/2015 7:48:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 15, 2015 | Mehreen Khan
    The depth of Greece's financial woes have been laid bare as official figures showed the country has fallen further into the red following the election of its Leftist government. Greece's primary budget surplus, which excludes its debt interest payments, shrunk to just over €1bn during January and February, compared to €3.17bn over the same period in 2014, according to figures from the Ministry of Finance.
  • We Thought We Were Free

    04/15/2015 12:27:36 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 10 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 04/15/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    “What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand”, wrote Milton Mayer in his book They Thought They Were Free published in 1955. What Mayer was describing in his book was the ever widening gap between the government and the people that happened “so gradually and so insensibly” no one seemed to notice. “Each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) notes Mayer, “as...
  • Total Absorption and Breakthrough

    04/13/2015 1:36:46 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 4-16-15 | Holy Spirit inspired
    Total Absorption and Breakthrough I am drawing you deeper into My Spirit then ever before for I AM your Wellspring of Life and so now as I call and you answer I will feed you from The Tree of Life great and mighty things. First you will delve into and devour My very Virtue for without this nothing exists so you must come into and completely walk in My Worthiness for "HOLY" is My Name "Yeah" even the angels cry out unrelentingly My Truth . Second I will cause you to drink in My love and this door opens to...
  • Günter Grass, German Novelist and Social Critic, Dies at 87

    04/13/2015 12:32:49 PM PDT · by mojito · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | 4/13/2015 | Stephen Kinzer
    Günter Grass, the German novelist, social critic and Nobel Prize winner whom many called his country’s moral conscience but who stunned Europe when he revealed in 2006 that he had been a member of the Waffen-SS during World War II, died on Monday in the northern German city of Lübeck, which had been his home for decades. He was 87. His longtime publisher, Gerhard Steidl, told reporters that he learned late Sunday that Mr. Grass had been hospitalized after falling seriously ill very quickly. The cause of death was not announced.
  • Germany Approves Fifth 'Special' Submarine for Israel (wants 3 more!)

    04/13/2015 6:31:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 04/13/2015 | Hillel Fendel
    Germany has approved the delivery of the fifth of six promised submarines to Israel – amid claims that the sub will be outfitted with nuclear weapons. Is this part of Israel's answer to the US nuclear agreement with Iran? The German Federal Security Council, which monitors Germany's export of military goods, has given the green light for the delivery of another submarine to Israel. The news has renewed claims that Israel will fit the sub with one or more nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The six submarines ordered by Israel several years ago have been and are being built by the German...
  • Senator: At Least One Foreign Country Assisted the 9/11 Terrorists

    12/28/2002 12:55:06 PM PST · by ex-Texan · 96 replies · 463+ views
    The Memory Hole ^ | 12/11/2002 | M.H. Staff and Jim Lehrer
    Senator: At Least One Foreign Country Assisted the 9/11 Terrorists Senator Graham knows where the bodies are buried>>> On 11 December 2002, the Senate and House Intelligence Committees released portions of their joint report on intelligence failures regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks. The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, on PBS, reported on the release that day. After asking her guests a bunch of predictable questions, and receiving predictable answers, guest host Gwen Ifill asked Senator Bob Graham, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, a good question and got an amazing answer. GWEN IFILL: Senator Graham, are there elements...
  • Agriculture poses immense threat to environment, German study says

    04/12/2015 12:37:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 04/10/2015 – 08:12 | Nicole Sagener
    Conventional agriculture is causing enormous environmental damage in Germany, warns a study by the country’s Federal Environment Agency, saying a transition to organic farming and stricter regulation is urgently needed. EurActiv Germany reports. Spanning over 50% of the country, agriculture takes up by far the biggest amount of land in the country, and is one of its most important economic sectors. But intensive farming still harms the environment to an alarming extent, according to a study conducted by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The use of pesticides and fertilizers, as well as intensive animal husbandry, have a negative impact on...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Venus in the West

    04/11/2015 4:04:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | April 11, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In the coming days, Venus shines near the western horizon at sunset. To find Earth's sister planet in twilight skies just look for the brilliant evening star. Tonight very close to the Pleiades star cluster, Venus dominates this springtime night skyscape taken only a few days ago near the town of Lich in central Germany. Also known as the Seven Sisters, the stars of the compact Pleiades cluster appear above Venus in this picture. The budding tree branches to its left frame bright star Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus the Bull, and the V-shaped Hyades star cluster.
  • Germany to bring 100 mothballed tanks back into service

    04/10/2015 2:55:12 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 84 replies
    bbc.com ^ | Apr 10, 2015 | bbc
    Germany plans to bring 100 mothballed tanks back into service in what is widely seen as a response to rising tensions with Russia over Ukraine. The tanks were sold to industry as part of defence cuts after the Cold War. The German defence ministry said it would spend €22m (£16m;$24m) on bringing its total of tanks to 328. Nato officials agreed in February to create a quick-reaction force to meet the challenges posed by the Ukraine crisis and by Islamic extremists.
  • Gov. Scott Walker heads to Europe on trade mission as he ramps up likely White House bid

    04/10/2015 9:10:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Gov. Scott Walker heads to Europe this week on a trade mission featuring private meetings with business and government representatives in Germany, France and Spain, as he ramps up for a likely bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The most high-profile event on Walker's itinerary comes Tuesday when he's slated to deliver a 15-minute speech titled "Opportunities for bilateral trade and investment" at the Hannover Messe trade show in Germany. That is the world's largest industrial fair, Walker's office said in the documents detailing the trip provided to The Associated Press. Walker's only other event that's open to...
  • Russia may give Greece pre-payment of profits from future gas pipeline project

    04/09/2015 9:44:10 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    CNBC/Reuters ^ | 08 April 2015
    Russia is considering soon giving Greece funds based on future profits Athens would earn from shipping Russian gas to Europe as part of an extension of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, a Greek government official said. Plans for the pipeline taking Russian gas from Turkey to Europe via Greece would be linked to lower Russian gas prices, the official added. Greece would pay back the Russian prepayment after the pipeline started operating, the official said.
  • Greek minister: Evidence for massive German war reparations

    04/09/2015 5:01:52 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    AP via Yahoo! Finance ^ | April 7, 2015 11:35 AM | DEREK GATOPOULOS and FRANK JORDANS
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's defense minister said his country's government has obtained "stunning evidence" to support its claim that German World War II reparations are worth a massive 278.7 billion euros ($302 billion). ... "The evidence is so compelling that it will lead to the reopening of cases, even those that have already gone to court." ... Germany says it has already settled its reparations to Greece in post-war agreements. Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's economy minister, argued that Greece's new left-led government was attempting to use the reparations issue to influence debt negotiations. "To be honest I think it's dumb,"...
  • German economy minister calls Greek war reparations request 'stupid'

    04/07/2015 11:45:24 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 7 April 2015 | Reuters in Berlin
    ...Germany has honoured its obligations, including a 115-million deutschmark payment made to Greece in 1960.
  • Greece demands 279bn(Euros) from Germany in Nazi War Reparations

    04/07/2015 10:20:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 4-7-2015 | Mehreen Khan
    Greece has demanded nearly €279bn in reparations from Germany, more than the value of its current bail-out, as the cash-strapped country continues to pursue compensation for crimes carried out by the Third Reich. A parliamentary committee established by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras put an official number on the claim, which includes the cost of a forced Nazi loan made by the Bank of Greece and the return of archaeological treasures. Greece suffered a brutal occupation at the hands of the Third Reich in 1941, with over 40,000 people starving to death in Athens alone. SNIP--- Berlin moved to quickly to...
  • Greece Nazi occupation: Athens asks Germany for 279bn euros

    04/07/2015 4:29:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 7, 2015
    The Greek government says Germany owes Greece nearly €279bn (£204bn; $303bn) in war reparations for the Nazi occupation during World War Two. It is the first time Greece has officially calculated what Germany allegedly owes it for Nazi atrocities and looting during the 1940s. However, the German government says the issue was resolved legally years ago. The new figure given by Greek Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas includes €10.3bn for an occupation loan that the Nazis forced the Bank of Greece to pay. "According to our calculations, the debt linked to German reparations is 278.7bn euros," Mr Mardas told a...
  • What ARE the Russians up to? NATO fears grow over why 'research vessels' - secret Arctic base

    04/04/2015 6:33:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/04/15 | Jay Akbar
    What ARE the Russians up to? NATO fears grow over why 'research vessels' sent by Moscow have taken over mothballed secret Arctic base in mountain hideaway Concerns are growing over Russian ships that have docked in a once-secret naval base in the Arctic. Military leaders in Norway are nervous about its powerful neighbour's presence on its 'strategically important' coastline following a spike in tensions between Russia and NATO nations. Some experts have criticised the shutting down of Olavsvern Naval Base - a huge complex buried in mountainous terrain near the town of Tromsoe - which has been closed since 2009....
  • Question: What was the sentiments of your average German in 1943? (Vanity)

    04/03/2015 4:52:05 PM PDT · by Ouderkirk · 98 replies
    4-3-2015 | me
    I have been looking for commentary from your average German about the feeling in Germany in 1943. They had to know the Americans were massing troops and material for an invasion from England, the Russians were gearing up for the same, and American bombers are starting to trash your cities, they are rounding up people and killing them on a scale that is unmistakable, and that you understand that it could be you at any minute. So, do you keep your head down, enjoy what you can while things are quiet and await your fate? Was there sort of a...
  • Germanwings co-pilot 'accelerated' plane before Alps crash

    04/03/2015 5:52:38 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 3, 2015 | Richard Carter, Djallal Malti
    Information from the second black box found in the wreckage of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps confirms the co-pilot acted deliberately and even accelerated as the doomed plane descended, investigators said Friday. "A first reading shows that the pilot in the cockpit used the automatic pilot to descend the plane towards an altitude of 100 feet (30 metres)," said the French BEA crash investigation office in a statement. "Then, several times during the descent, the pilot changed the automatic pilot settings to increase the aircraft's speed," added the investigators.
  • European Union Commends Jonathan For Saving Nigeria From Chaos

    04/03/2015 3:11:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Channels Television ^ | Updated April 2, 2015 | unattributed optimist
    The European Union observer group to the 2015 general elections in Nigeria has described President Goodluck Jonathan's conduct as a shining example that other world leaders should emulate. Leader of the delegation, Mr Santiago Fisas, gave the commendation after holding a closed-door meeting with the out-going President in his office. The five-man delegation was at the Presidential Villa to congratulate Dr. Jonathan for allowing a peaceful electoral process and conceding defeat. The group, which came to present the preliminary report on the outcome of the elections, said that the fact that President Jonathan conceded defeat saved Nigeria from degenerating into...
  • Wesley Pruden column: "A deal with Iran built on lies"

    04/03/2015 12:18:48 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2 Apr 15 | Wesley Pruden
    "Everything about the so-called deal with Iran, including the reputations of the men who negotiated it, is a lie. It’s likely to be a deadly lie for millions of people who will die on account of it. The world should mark well everyone responsible for it."
  • Apple blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands

    08/09/2011 5:46:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 77 replies
    FOSS Patents ^ | August 9, 2011 | Florian Mueller
    The leading German news agency, dpa, just reported that Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1, barring with immediate effect all distribution of the product in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands on the grounds of an alleged infringement of Apple's iPad-related [European] Community design no. 000181607-0001. I can confirm that Apple has a separate lawsuit underway in the Netherlands as well, asserting the same Community design. This was also confirmed by a court in The Hague to Dutch website Webwereld. There are differences in competition law between Germany and the Netherlands,...
  • Greece draws up drachma plans, prepares to miss IMF payment

    04/03/2015 4:41:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, & Mehreen Khan
    Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country's banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands. Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.
  • Fifth-Most Wanted Nazi Criminal Dies a Free Man (Soren Kam)

    04/03/2015 12:53:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 4/3/2015, 4:45 AM | Ben Ariel
    One of the most-wanted Nazis in the world, Soren Kam, has died at the age of 93 without having been punished for a murder conviction, The Independent reported on Thursday, citing German media. Kam, a Danish former volunteer officer died on March 23, just a little more than a fortnight after his wife passed away, according to the German newspaper Allgauer Zeitung. He was the fifth-most wanted war criminal by Jewish rights organization Simon Wiesenthal Center, which seeks to bring former Nazis to justice and educate about the Holocaust. Kam had been a volunteer officer in the Schalburg Corps, a...
  • France and Germany show new unity

    04/03/2015 1:14:35 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    dw.de ^ | March 31, 2015 | Deutsche Welle
    When the French use the word "fraternité" - brotherhood - they are referring to a lofty virtue that unites the nation. The fact that President Hollande spoke of the "fraternité franco-allemande" in Berlin, of the especially deep relationship between the countries, can therefore be understood as a sign of great esteem.
  • French Far-Right Leader Stands By Gas Chamber Comments [Le Pen, an AntiSemite]

    04/02/2015 2:52:51 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Staff
    National Front party founder again insists Nazi gas chambers were just a 'detail'; daughter and party head distances herself. The founder of France's far-right National Front party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, reiterated his assertion Thursday that Nazi gas chambers were a "detail" of World War II, prompting condemnation from rights groups and his daughter. Le Pen told a French TV station he did not regret making the statement repeatedly over nearly three decades, earning convictions for hate speech along the way, and then said it again. "I have said what I believed. Gas chambers were a detail of the war, unless...
  • The Ghastly Shadow of Munich

    04/02/2015 5:14:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Western capitulation to Adolf Hitler in the 1938 Munich Agreement is cited as classic appeasement that destroyed Czechoslovakia, backfired on France and Britain, and led to World War II. All of that is true. But there was much more that caused the Munich debacle than simple Western naiveté. The full tragedy of that ill-fated agreement should warn us on the eve of the Obama's administration's gullible agreement with Iran on nuclear proliferation. Fable one is the idea that most people saw right through the Munich folly. True, Europeans knew that Hitler had never once told the truth and...
  • France Walks Out of Iran Nuclear Talks, Will Return When ‘Useful’

    04/02/2015 7:16:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 04/02/2015 | Hana Levi Julian
    France has left the US-led nuclear talks with Iran in Lausanne, saying it will return when it is 'useful.' French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is leaving the marathon negotiations that have gone into overtime led by the United States between world powers and Tehran over Iran’s nuclear technology activities. A French official told France 24 today (Wednesday, April 1) that Fabius was leaving the talks and would return from France when it was “useful.” Speaking at a joint news conference with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, French President Francois Hollande said it would be better to have no deal...