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  • German bishops proclaim homosexuality ‘normal,’ adultery ‘not grave’

    12/10/2019 1:48:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 9, 2019 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    German bishops proclaim homosexuality ‘normal,’ adultery ‘not grave’ BERLIN, December 9, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― The Commission for Marriage and Family of the German Bishops’ Conference has come to a consensus that homosexuality is a “normal form of sexual predisposition.” Two German prelates have also claimed that Amoris Laetitia teaches that sexual relationships formed after a divorce are neither gravely sinful nor a bar to the reception of Holy Communion. On December 5, the German Bishops’ Conference published a press release detailing the results of an “expert consultation on the topic ‘The sexuality of man: how to discuss it scientifically-theologically,...
  • Augsburg landlord fined for only renting to Germans

    12/10/2019 7:56:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.10.2019 | aw/msh (dpa, AFP)
    A German landlord was fined on Tuesday for advertising that he would only rent to German citizens. The 81-year-old was fined €1,000 ($1,100) for the discriminatory advertisement after a prospective tenant from Burkina Faso was rejected and then complained to authorities. A district court in the southern city of Augsburg banned the landlord from placing further advertisements that are limited to just Germans under threat of more substantial fines. […] The complainant, who was moving from Munich, told the court that the landlord swiftly ended an introductory phone call after he realized the applicant was foreign. The landlord told the...
  • Rise of SUVs 'makes mockery' of electric car push (barf aleft)

    12/09/2019 6:18:34 AM PST · by Subcutaneous Fishstick Blues · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | Theo Legget
    The "immense" rise in sales of high-emission sports utility vehicles means they now outsell electric cars in the UK by 37 to one, research has found. As a result, overall exhaust emissions from new cars have been increasing, not declining, for the past three years, says the UK Energy Research Centre. SUV sales are jeopardising the UK transport sector's ability to meet EU emissions targets, it said. Prof Jillian Anable of the UKERC said this made "a mockery" of UK policy. "Effectively, we have been sleepwalking into the issue," she said. "The decarbonisation of the passenger car market can no...
  • Fossils Suggest Tree-Dwelling Apes Walked Upright Long Before Hominids Did (Germany, 11M YA)

    12/09/2019 10:05:11 AM PST · by blam · 55 replies
    Science News ^ | 12-9-2019 | Bruce Bower
    Tree-dwelling apes in Europe strode upright around 5 million years before members of the human evolutionary family hit the ground walking in Africa. That’s the implication of fossils from a previously unknown ape that lived in what’s now Germany about 11.6 million years ago, say paleontologist Madelaine Böhme of the University of Tübingen in Germany and her colleagues. But the relation, if any, of these finds to the evolution of a two-legged stride in hominids by perhaps 6 million years ago is hazy (SN: 9/11/04). Excavations in a section of a Bavarian clay pit produced 37 fossils from the ancient...
  • Climate change: Majority of Germans support ditching Christmas lights

    12/08/2019 7:30:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.08.2019 | sri/stb (dpa)
    A majority of Germans say they would consider scaling down their Christmas lights to protect the climate, a survey released on Sunday said. A total of 57% of those surveyed said they would reduce Christmas lighting or even do without it in the future, according to the survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the German news agency DPA. Of the respondents, 11% said they would make do without any lights this year due to climate concerns, while 10% said they would do so in the future. But 35% said turning off the lights was not an option for them....
  • Why Did Japan Attack Pearl Harbor?

    12/07/2019 12:18:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 111 replies
    HISTORY.COM ^ | 12/07/2019 | Sarah Pruitt
    When Japanese bombers appeared in the skies over Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941, the U.S. military was completely unprepared for the devastating surprise attack, which dramatically altered the course of World War II, especially in the Pacific theater. But there were several key reasons for the bombing that, in hindsight, make it seem almost inevitable. Tensions Began During the Great Depression Before the Pearl Harbor attack, tensions between Japan and the United States had been mounting for the better part of a decade. The island nation of Japan, isolated from the rest of the world for...
  • World powers press Iran to reverse nuke deal violations

    12/06/2019 9:09:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 6, 2019 | Kiyoko Metzler
    World powers pressured Iran on Friday to reverse recent atomic activities that violate the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, but stopped short of deciding on whether to proceed with a move that could see the case brought before the UN Security Council and a “snapback” of sanctions that had been lifted under the accord, according to a Chinese official. Fu Cong told reporters after the meeting that brought together Iran with the five powers remaining in the deal that China had argued against invoking the so-called dispute resolution mechanism of the agreement. “Iran has made it very clear that all the...
  • France says U.S. proposal on international tax reform unacceptable

    12/06/2019 9:08:47 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | December 6, 2019 | Leigh Thomas; Editing by Catherine Evans
    France rejects a U.S. proposal this week that would let companies opt out of a proposed international tax reform, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday, urging Washington to negotiate in good faith. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin raised serious questions about OECD international tax reform proposals in a letter made public on Wednesday, jarring international officials by floating the idea of a "safe harbor regime". Le Maire said that would mean U.S. companies could opt in or out as they pleased, which he said would be unacceptable to France and other OECD countries. He urged Washington therefore to...
  • Why is Germany silent on China's human rights abuses?

    12/05/2019 10:01:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.05.2019 | Wesley Rahn
    Since Hong Kong’s anti-government demonstrations began in June, the pro-democracy movement has been pleading for international support. And the recent confirmation of China’s systematic internment of Muslim Uighurs in the country’s western Xinjiang province has strengthened international calls for action against China’s human rights abuses. Now, human rights advocates and some German politicians are calling for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to take a stronger stance on human rights issues in China. […] However, during six months of unrest in Hong Kong, and the ongoing reports of minority oppression in Xinjiang, Chancellor Merkel has been careful not to explicitly support the...
  • TED CRUZ: Cruz Presses Trump on Blocking Russian Gas Pipeline to Germany

    12/05/2019 10:58:23 AM PST · by conservative98 · 82 replies
    Ted Cruz on Twitter ^ | December 5, 2019, 2 hrs ago | Ted Cruz
  • German WWI wreck Scharnhorst discovered off Falklands

    12/05/2019 6:37:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | December 5, 2019 | Staff
    The wreck of a World War One German armoured cruiser has been located off the Falkland Islands, where it was sunk by the British navy 105 years ago. SMS Scharnhorst was the flagship of German Vice-Admiral Maximilian Graf von Spee's East Asia Squadron. It was sunk on 8 December 1914 with more than 800 men on board, including Vice-Adm von Spee himself. The leader of the search for the wreckage said the moment of discovery was "extraordinary".
  • Brussels reacts in FURY as Germany's Volkswagen shuns Europe and opts for 'cheaper' Turkey

    10/15/2019 9:07:09 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 12 replies
    Express ^ | Oct 3, 2019 | Rachel Russell
    Brussels is concerned by the constraints on freedom of expression and demonstration rights under Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is despite the German carmaker arguing the country is a candidate for EU membership. German Green Party politician Reinhard Bütikofer, revealed the decision “caused dismay” within the European Parliament. He said: “In view of the increasingly deteriorating situation of the rule of law, media freedom and democracy under President Erdogan, the decision of the VW Group head is causing dismay.” The location decision is also said be a breach of EU competition rules. While Turkey has committed to complying with...
  • Germany begins importing Somali Muslim migrants on charter flights

    10/23/2019 3:22:41 PM PDT · by robowombat · 38 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | OCT 23, 2019 3:00 PM | ROBERT SPENCER
    Germany begins importing Somali Muslim migrants on charter flights OCT 23, 2019 3:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER What could possibly go wrong, you racist, bigoted “Islamophobe”? Let’s see. Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab Christian; Dahir Adan, another Somali Muslim migrant, in October 2016 stabbed mall shoppers in St. Cloud while screaming “Allahu akbar”; and Abdul Razak Artan, yet another Somali Muslim migrant, in November 2016 injured nine people with car and knife attacks at Ohio State University. It isn’t Somalis, either. All of the jihadis who...
  • Heiko Maas against unilateral removal of nuclear weapons from Germany

    11/23/2019 10:39:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.22.2019 | mvb/rt (AFP, dpa)
    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visited Hiroshima on Friday to commemorate victims of the 1945 nuclear attack and promote a nuclear-weapon-free world. “One day living in a nuclear-weapon-free world has to remain our goal,” he said. “Even though that will not be easy and may take a long time.” However, the foreign minister said he was against a unilateral German withdrawal of nuclear weapons. “It’s no use if nuclear weapons are just moved from one country to another. If they are to disappear then they should disappear everywhere,” he said. “As far as nuclear disarmament is concerned, we need agreements...
  • Germany: Returning ISIS Women To Walk Streets Without Consequence

    11/18/2019 5:43:22 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    Voice of Europe ^ | 11/18/19 | Arthur Lyons
    Two female ISIS supporters will be permitted to walk the streets of Germany after they’re returned from Syria by the Turkish government. Former Islamic State members Heida R. and Nasim A. are set to be deported by the Turkish government back to Germany, but neither woman is expected to be arrested upon their arrival despite having been involved with the murderous terror organization for years in Syria, German national newspaper Die Welt reports.Heida, who’s originally from Lower Saxony, traveled to Syria in 2014 with her ISIS fighter husband. She was first captured in northern Syria after her husband died during clashes. Somehow...
  • Optimistic US, pessimistic Germany differ on relationship status: survey

    11/26/2019 11:00:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.26.2019 | Melissa Van Brunnersum
    There is a disconnect between citizens of Germany and the United States when it comes to their perceptions of the relationship between the countries, according to a survey released Tuesday. The survey, carried out by the Pew Research Center in Washington and the Hamburg-based nonprofit Körber Foundation, reveals that Americans view their country’s relationship with Germany far more positively than Germans view their country’s with the United States. Three-quarters of Americans saw the relationship as good, while nearly two-thirds of Germans (64%) saw the relationship as bad. Despite the gap in opinion, the latest data indicates that views in Germany...
  • Trump's Canny Diplomatic and Psychological Feints on the International Stage

    12/04/2019 5:40:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 4, 2019 | Austin Bay
    Three years ago, Donald Trump began a rhetorical offensive targeting the governments of NATO nations that chronically failed to meet their allied defense financial commitments. With bombastic huff, Trump intimated that allies pay their share or America might walk. It's 2019. Few NATO members currently meet the 2% GDP defense commitment. However, several once-laggard NATO nations have increased military spending, and the alliance is stronger for it. The era of blithe freeloading has ended. Cheapskates like Germany pay a price in lost prestige. America not only hasn't walked; it is modernizing its forces. Earlier this year, President Trump began grousing...
  • Germans in favor of 'reducing reliance' on US

    12/03/2019 4:28:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 101 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.03.2019 | Davis VanOpdorp
    A majority of Germans are in favor of reducing Germany’s reliance on the United States militarily, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by the German news agency DPA. According to the poll, 55% of Germans believe that European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) should protect themselves from an attack without US help. In addition, a majority of poll participants believe the US should partially (23%) or completely (26%) withdraw its 30,000 troops stationed in Germany. Conversely, 54% said NATO should work more closely with Russia rather than relying on deterrence. Meanwhile, 37% are for lifting sanctions against...
  • In Tense Exchange, Trump and Macron Put Forth Dueling Visions for NATO

    12/03/2019 2:02:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/03/2019 | By Katie Rogers and Annie Karni
    LONDON — President Trump sat down in a gilded chair beside President Emmanuel Macron of France on Tuesday, prepared for what has become a ritual of sorts on his home turf at the White House: He holds forth as another leader is left to smile stoically through his jokes, jabs and insults. But Mr. Macron changed the script. By the time their 45-minute appearance at the American ambassador’s residence in London was over, the French leader had managed a rare role reversal, putting Mr. Trump on the defensive about his vision for NATO and his handling of a military conflict...
  • Trump’s Openness Is Forcing A Stronger NATO And Europe

    12/03/2019 1:50:09 PM PST · by Liberty7732 · 9 replies
    The American people and the world are witnessing a revolution of openness brought on by none other than the frank, brusk, always to the point methods of President Trump. This was on full display this week as Trump held public press conferences with world leaders during the NATO meeting in London, and repeatedly had shockingly open and honest discussions — the things that have always been kept behind closed doors in the past, and then reported via leaks through a partisan media. Trump’s method forces difficult issues out into the light without the bias filter. With French President Emmanuel Macron,...