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  • Kerry Admits: Iran Negotiations Not Working

    07/10/2014 5:24:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 10, 2014 | Majid Rafizadeh
    Kerry Admits: Iran Negotiations Not WorkingPosted By Majid Rafizadeh On July 10, 2014 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments In less than two week, the interim nuclear deal will expire, most likely without a final deal being struck between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the G5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany).The Islamic Republic has been given years to come clean and halt its ideological and regional hegemonic ambitions of obtaining nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, the Obama administration believes that we need to give the Islamic Republic another chance, trusting the...
  • BBC Warns—Gaza Photos Aren’t Really from Gaza

    07/08/2014 3:53:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 7/8/2014, 1:19 PM | Gil Ronen
    Many of the graphic images being shared on social media are really from Syria or Iraq, finds the broadcaster. […] “A #BBCtrending investigation has found that many of these images are not from the latest conflict and not even from Gaza. Some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.” …
  • MP: I Took Crystal Meth to Improve Performance

    07/10/2014 1:59:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Jul 2014
    A top Social Democrat politician on Wednesday admitted he took crystal meth, but said he only did it to improve his performance at work.The apartment of Michael Hartmann, the interior policy expert for the centre-left SPD (Social Democrats), was searched by police last week in a drugs probe. And on Wednesday the lawyer of the lawmaker from Mainz said his client did buy and consume a small quantity of the drug in autumn 2013. His lawyer said he used crystal meth for around a month, but was not addicted to the drug. The lawyer said Hartmann had hoped to “improve...
  • Germany Demands Top U.S. Intelligence Officer Be Expelled

    07/10/2014 12:28:28 PM PDT · by shove_it · 5 replies
    NYT ^ | 10 Jul 2014 | ALISON SMALE and MELISSA EDDY
    BERLIN — Germany’s relations with the United States plunged to a low point Thursday, with the government demanding the expulsion of the chief American intelligence official stationed here because, it said, Washington has refused to cooperate with German inquiries into United States intelligence activities. “The representative of the U.S. intelligence services at the United States Embassy has been asked to leave Germany,” a government spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement. German officials have been frustrated in their efforts to receive clarification from Washington since last summer, when it was reported that the National Security Agency had been monitoring the...
  • US Intelligence Official Kicked Out Of Germany

    07/10/2014 11:09:32 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 10 2014 | Madeline Chambers
    Germany told the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country on Thursday in a dramatic display of anger from Chancellor Angela Merkel at the behaviour of a close ally after officials unearthed two suspected U.S. spies. The scandal has chilled relations with Washington to levels not seen since Merkel’s predecessor opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. It follows allegations that Merkel herself, who grew up in Stasi-ridden East Germany, was among thousands of Germans whose mobile phones have been bugged by American agents. “Spying on allies … is a waste of energy,” the chancellor said in...
  • Retaliation for Spying: Germany Asks CIA Official to Leave Country

    07/10/2014 11:38:13 AM PDT · by European Guest · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 10, 2014 | Matthias Gebauer
    In what amounts to a diplomatic earthquake, Berlin has asked the country's top CIA official to leave Germany. The measures comes in response to the second allegation in a week of a German government employee spying for the US.
  • Germany expels CIA official in US spy row

    07/10/2014 10:22:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10 July 2014 | Last updated at 11:55 ET
    The German government has ordered the expulsion of a CIA official in Berlin in response to two cases of alleged spying by the US. The official is said to have acted as a CIA contact at the US embassy, reports say, in a scandal that has infuriated German politicians. A German intelligence official was arrested last week on suspicion of spying. An inquiry has also begun into a German defense ministry worker, reports said. “The representative of the US intelligence services at the embassy of the United States of America has been told to leave Germany,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert...
  • Anger Mounts as Germany unearths Second U.S. Spy Suspect

    07/09/2014 12:06:46 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-9-2014 | Thorsten Severin
    German politicians reacted angrily on Wednesday to news of a suspected U.S. spy in the defence ministry, which came days after the arrest of a German foreign intelligence agency worker as a double agent. After the federal prosecutors said authorities had conducted searches in connection with a second spying case, Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners said Washington should remove any U.S. embassy staff involved and cease spying on its ally. Security sources told Reuters the latest suspect was from the military and worked in the defence ministry in Berlin, but no arrest appeared to have been made. The ministry confirmed...
  • Malaysian MP hails German World Cup win by praising Hitler

    07/09/2014 9:04:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/09/2014 | Bung Moktar Radin
    On Tuesday, Germany demolished the host nation Brazil in a 7-1 World Cup win that will go down in history. It was an astonishing victory for the Germans, and an epically humiliating loss for the Brazilians. For observers, it was at the very least remarkable.After the game, Malaysian MP Bung Mokhtar Radin, a member of the dominant United Malays National Organization, decided to tweet to congratulate Germany.He did so by congratulating Hitler. WELL DONE..BRAVO...LONG LIVE HITLER...— Bung Moktar Radin (@MyKinabatangan) July 8, 2014 Celebrating a man who died almost 70 years ago for his country winning a sporting event would...
  • Spying Case Left Obama in Dark, U.S. Officials Say

    07/09/2014 3:29:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7-8-14 | MARK MAZZETTI and MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON — When President Obama placed a call to Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany last Thursday, he had a busy agenda: to consult with a close ally and to mobilize wavering Europeans to put more pressure on Russia to end its covert incursions in Ukraine. What Mr. Obama did not know was that a day earlier, a young German intelligence operative had been arrested and had admitted that he had been passing secrets to the Central Intelligence Agency. While Ms. Merkel chose not to raise the issue during the call, the fact that the president was kept in the dark...
  • Goal, Goal, Goal, Goal, Goal, Goal, Goal: A Dark Day for Brazil

    07/08/2014 7:49:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 8, 2014 | By Sam Borden
    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — The fireworks began at dawn. All around this city, loud pops and bangs rang out as men and women and children, so many dressed in yellow, set off flares and beeped car horns. It was supposed to be a magical day. The Brazilian national soccer team, playing at home, was one game away from a World Cup final. No one could have guessed the tears would come before halftime. No one could have imagined there would be flags burning in the streets before dinner. Certainly no one could have envisioned that any Brazilian fans, watching their...
  • Brazil Fans Boo off their Fallen Heroes after Crushing 7-1 Defeat by the German Juggernaut ....

    07/08/2014 4:00:29 PM PDT · by Cecily · 67 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 8, 2014 | Willis Robinson
    The dreams of millions of Brazilian football fans have been left in tatters as Germany beat the host nation a 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final. Spectators inside in The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte were in tears as their side succumbed to the humiliating defeat, ending dreams of a title on home soil. The side were booed off following the disappointing performance, the biggest defeat in a World Cup semi-final and Brazil's worst defeat in their history. Four goals in the space of just seven first-half minutes silenced an entire nation and the shell-shocked hosts leaving them an almost...
  • Merkel argues for sustainability, economic growth

    07/08/2014 2:31:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 8, 2014 3:06 AM EDT
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Chinese youth on Tuesday to help protect the environment and conserve energy, telling a group of elite university students that sustainability does not have to come at the cost of economic growth and can ensure a better world. In a speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s top universities, Merkel said it does not make sense to separate economic performance, environmental protection and social responsibility. “Sustainable development does not sacrifice economic growth. This is a misunderstanding. Sustainable development gives us a new opportunity to create wealth,” Merkel said at the end of...
  • Growing Influx: Germany Caught Off Guard By Surge in Refugees

    07/07/2014 7:36:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 07, 2014 – 05:40 PM
    The German government is expecting around 175,000 people to file applications for asylum this year, the highest number in two decades. Regional politicians are acting surprised, but there have been signs of this development for years now. […] The refugees in Germany are fleeing many things: the civil war in Syria, the recent wave of terror in Iraq, torturous regimes but also, in many cases, a life of poverty and no prospects, be it in Africa or as a member of the Roma minority in Serbia. Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) estimates that as many as 175,000...
  • Hillary Clinton says Merkel is Europe’s ‘greatest leader’

    07/07/2014 2:58:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jul 6, 2014 1:47pm BST | Stephen Brown and Reuters TV
    Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton called Chancellor Angela Merkel “the greatest leader in Europe” during a visit to Berlin on Sunday and said it was high time America had a woman leader too, though without confirming she would seek the job. Clinton also referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “tough customer with a pretty thin skin” in an appearance at a Berlin theater to promote her new book, “Hard Choices”. …
  • White House won't say if German spying claim true

    07/07/2014 11:52:57 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 3 replies
    AP ^ | July 7 2014 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. will work with Germany to resolve its concerns over reports that a German intelligence employee spied for the United States, the White House said Monday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. is aware that a German citizen was arrested amid allegations he was purportedly working for the U.S. But he would not say whether the reports are accurate. "This is an intelligence matter, it's a matter that is under investigation by the German law enforcement authorities, so I'm not in a position to comment on it from here," Earnest said. German Chancellor Angela...
  • Germany to escalate counter-espionage efforts in wake of US spying allegations

    07/07/2014 8:31:37 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 7 2014 | Phillip Altermann
    Germany may step up its counter-espionage efforts after an employee of its intelligence service was arrested on suspicion of spying for the US. Measures being considered in response to scandal include monitoring the intelligence activities of nominal Nato allies such as America, Britain and France, as well as expelling US agents from Germany. According to a report in Bild, interior minister Thomas de Maizière has emphasised the urgent need for a "360 degree vision" of the foreign secret agency's activities. The newspaper claims to have obtained an internal document which outlines "concrete counter measures", thus moving away from a policy...
  • China to receive Merkel with military honors

    07/05/2014 2:38:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Jul 2014 08:03 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to China this weekend for her seventh visit, eager to deepen trade and investment ties between the export powerhouses of Europe and Asia. For the EU’s biggest economy, China is a crucial mass market, where companies want its technology and millions of newly prosperous crave German goods from Audi sedans to luxury home appliances. […] China is Germany’s number-two export market outside Europe after the United States. It sold goods worth €67 billion to China last year, while imports from the Asian giant topped €73 billion. …
  • Stasi, KGB were child’s play compared to today

    11/03/2013 8:56:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.01.2013 | Andreas Illmer
    It seems that every day brings new claims and counter-claims about who’s spying on whom. Governments are trying to limit the damage, but that damage is not limited to governments, expert Jeremie Zimmermann told DW.… It’s something of historical amplitude and we still need to take some distance to be able to understand what is exactly going on. What we see is the unraveling of the very infrastructure for a total surveillance society that we are realizing, day by day, is already deployed all around the world under our feet. The infrastructure for surveilling everything about everybody all the time....
  • NSA investigation: Germany arrests 'suspected US spy'

    07/04/2014 7:36:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 4, 2014
    An employee of Germany's intelligence agency has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the US, reports say. The man is said to have been trying to gather details about a German parliamentary committee that is investigating claims of US espionage. German media say the man arrested this week is a 31-year-old employee of the federal intelligence agency, known as the BND. The German federal prosecutor's office confirmed the man's arrest, but gave no other details. A spokesman for Ms Merkel said she had been informed of the arrest, as had the members of the nine-strong parliamentary committee investigating the...
  • EU states promote settler boycott amid Israel crisis

    07/04/2014 6:16:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07/04/2014 @ 09:27 | Andrew Rettman
    Twelve EU countries have warned investors not to do business with Israeli settler entities, amid a security crisis in Israel and Palestine. The group includes: Austria; Belgium; Croatia; Denmark; Finland; Greece; Ireland; Luxembourg; Malta; Portugal; Slovakia; and Slovenia. Portugal published its statement on Wednesday (2 July) and the others came out on Thursday. France, Italy, and Spain put out similar communiques earlier this week. Germany and the UK already did it months ago. Poland is expected to publish a warning shortly. The Irish foreign ministry said the action “has been coordinated at EU level”. …
  • BMW's $1 billion plant surfs Mexican investment wave

    07/03/2014 12:59:02 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/03/2014 | Alexandra Alper
    (Reuters) - Luxury car maker BMW (BMWG.DE) revealed a $1 billion Mexican plant investment on Thursday, becoming the latest in a line of major automakers to take advantage of the country's growing industrial base and tariff-free access to the U.S. market. BMW outlined plans to build a factory near San Luis Potosi, central Mexico, in a move that will reduce the German company's dependence on higher-cost plants at home. The plant will begin assembling unspecified models in 2019 with an initial workforce of 1,500 and annual production capacity of 150,000 vehicles, the company said. "Mexico is an ideal location for...
  • Questions Raised Over Merkel's Communist Past

    07/03/2014 12:42:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | July 2014 | M.E. Synon
    Americans frustrated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reluctance to meet demands for stronger sanctions against Russia have now begun to ask if there is a good reason the German leader has been targeted by US spies. Questions are being raised about Merkel’s early life in totalitarian East Germany, the extent of her ties to its communist regime and her history as "an ardent Russophile" in Soviet-dominated East Germany. Last year, in information leaked to the German news magazine Der Spiegel by former US National Security Authority contractor Edward Snowden, Merkel learned that the US intelligence service had been tapping her...
  • Merkel urges big push on EU-US free trade deal

    07/03/2014 11:37:45 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Reuters
    ...Supporters say creating the world's largest free-trade pact, and a marketplace of 815 million people, could boost the EU and U.S. economies by $100 billion a year each.
  • The student dream? Make me a bureaucrat (Germany)

    07/03/2014 8:41:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 03 Jul 2014 07:59 CET
    Students at German universities have shown themselves to be a risk-free lot in a survey by Ernst & Young. The civil service is their most popular choice of future profession, while job security is valued above all else. […] The number was higher for female students (36 percent), but government work also came in first among men with 23 percent choosing it as their preferred career path. […] Other future positions popular with students were in the fields of science (19 percent) and culture (17 percent). Consultants and auditors were the private sector jobs most interesting for students in Germany...
  • Parliament passes minimum wage bill (Germany)

    07/03/2014 8:35:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 03 Jul 2014 13:30 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    German lawmakers on Thursday voted to introduce a minimum wage of €8.50 per hour, despite criticism from both unions and employers of the new law. While employers said the law could cost jobs, unions criticized the final version for falling short. […] Labor Minister Andrea Nahles praised the government’s bill before the vote. “Cheap, unprotected—that is over,” Nahles told lawmakers. Her center-left Social Democrats (SPD) had made the minimum wage a condition for joining Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in a coalition government at the end of last year. …
  • Nazis’ ‘perfect Aryan’ baby was Jewish

    07/02/2014 3:33:20 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-2-14 | Chris Perez
    The joke’s on you! A baby in a photo chosen by Nazis as the perfect Aryan baby has been revealed to in fact be Jewish, not German. Hessy Taft, who was 6 months old when the picture was taken, found out about the photograph after an aunt recognized her on a postcard, the Telegraph reports. But apparently the Nazis had no idea that the precious baby they deemed the “perfect Aryan” was actually a descendant of the House of David. Taft lived with her parents, Jacob and Pauline Levinsons, in Berlin during the height of the Nazis’ takeover in 1935....
  • More Money Please: A New Plan to Boost Europe’s Straggling Investments

    07/01/2014 4:38:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 01, 2014 – 05:37 PM | Christian Reiermann
    The euro crisis may have eased recently, but companies and countries in the common currency zone still aren’t investing enough to fuel growth. The best solution, a Berlin economics institute argues, is to establish an EU-wide investment fund. […] But simply ratcheting up public expenditures, as some Southern European governments have advocated, is not a sound strategy for improving the situation, the [German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)] believes. “One of Europe’s biggest weaknesses is the lack of private investments,” (Marcel) Fratzscher says. “We have to close the gap by way of a European investment agenda.” …
  • Obama Advisor John Podesta: ‘Every Country Has a History of Going Over the Line’

    07/01/2014 4:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 30, 2014 – 02:30 PM | Susanne Koelbl and Marcel Rosenbach
    Instead of a no-spy deal, the US has begun a Cyber Dialogue with Germany. In a Spiegel interview, John Podesta, a special advisor to President Barack Obama, speaks of the balance between alliances and security and says that changes are being made to NSA espionage practices. […] “(W)ith respect to what German citizens think, the United States has a pretty good track record of standing up for values of global democracy, of free expression, of protecting the rights of individuals, of trying to ensure that people are not discriminated against, of not suppressing free speech. Every country has a history...
  • Rural White Communities – Organise or Die! ( UK )

    07/01/2014 3:09:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Western Spring ^ | June 27, 2014 | Max Musson
    Less than three weeks after the publicity surrounding Payhembury School in Devon, where the school staff have been pressured into bussing their pupils into a highly multiracial part of London on ‘exchange’ trips designed to promote multiculturalism and multiracialism, another school has been singled out for attack by Ofsted inspectors because of alleged ‘racist’ bullying, even though the pupils are all White. Payhembury School in Devon was criticised in its 2010 Ofsted report because all of the pupils attending the school are White and because the school is situated in an all White area. Payhembury School was graded merely, ‘good’,...
  • Cameron denies being 'humiliated' over EC Juncker vote

    07/01/2014 7:12:26 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 30 June 2014 | bbc
    David Cameron has suffered "utter humiliation" over the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president, Ed Miliband has claimed. The Labour leader told MPs the PM's renegotiation strategy for the UK in Europe was now "in tatters".
  • Merkel Praises Would-Be Hitler Assassins

    06/29/2014 5:53:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The '20 July plot', as it came to be known, saw German army officers from Hitler's inner circle team up with members of the resistance to try to blow up the Nazi leader at his headquarters in Rastenburg, Eastern Prussia, now part of PolandGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute on Saturday, June 28, to the army officers who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler towards the end of the Second World War. Speaking ahead of the 70th anniversary of the failed plot, Merkel said those responsible had acted "in accordance with their conscience."
  • Germany to push for economic reforms in G7

    06/29/2014 5:40:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 Jun 2014 17:12 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany wants to promote structural economic, financial market and tax reform when it takes over the presidency of the G7 club of rich nations next week, German media reported on Sunday. Member states must “join forces to support an even stronger economic recovery”, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and central bank chief Jens Weidmann said in a written message to other G7 members, the Handelsblatt business daily said. […] Germany—the Eurozone’s largest economy—also called for progress to address “the remaining gaps in financial market regulation”, including shadow banks, and on the automatic exchange of tax information. Schäuble also wants to promote...
  • The Middle East That France and Britain Drew Is Finally Unravelling

    06/28/2014 7:33:29 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 10 replies
    The New Republic ^ | June 26, 2014 | John Judis
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) publishes a weekly webzine, The Islamic State Report. The latest issue is headlined “Smashing the Borders of the Tawaghit.” (“Tawaghit” are non-Muslim creations.) ISIS, citing the Sykes-Picot Treaty of 1916 between the British and French, boasts that it is destroying the “partitioning of Muslim lands by crusader powers.” That may seem like a quixotic task for a relatively small band of irregulars, but in trying to redraw the map of Iraq and Syria, ISIS has hit upon a weak link in the chain holding the nations of the Middle East together. It...
  • Defying Russia, Ukraine Signs E.U. Trade Pact

    06/28/2014 8:56:07 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | June 27, 2014 | ANDREW HIGGINS and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    Dealing a defiant blow to the Kremlin, President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine signed a long-delayed trade pact with Europe on Friday that Moscow had bitterly opposed. He then declared he would like his country to one day become a full member of the European Union. In so doing, Ukraine’s new leader, a billionaire confectionary magnate, has in effect raised a risky bet on the West that has cost his country hundreds of lives and the loss of the Crimean peninsula to Russia and has set off a low-level civil war in its eastern border region. By signing the trade...
  • Archaeologists dig in for better rates of pay (Them too ??)

    06/24/2014 9:54:04 AM PDT · by llevrok · 21 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | 6/24/2014 | Noel Baker
    Archaeologists have formed a trade union grouping amid concerns that some highly qualified people are working for pay rates not much above the minimum wage — or in some cases, for free. Contract archaeologists, who mostly work in the private sector, have joined trade union Unite in an attempt to convince archaeological consultancies to sign up to a standardised pay agreement that would protect wage levels. The move comes after what the chairman of the new branch, Matt Seaver, described as “an apocalypse” in the sector. The union grouping comprises approximately 60 contract archaeologists — around half the total number...
  • With ISIS surging in Iraq, Europe fears rise in ‘jihadi-tourists’

    06/27/2014 3:27:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 27, 2014 | By Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Foreign Staff
    BERLIN -- After being injured fighting the Syrian government, 31-year-old Mohannad reached his home in Frankfurt, Germany, with a simple plan: rest, recuperate, then rejoin the fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. As related in German newspaper accounts, which by law couldn’t identify him by his full name, Mohannad even transferred the equivalent of $6,800 to a Syrian bank for use by the terror organization. With that as evidence that he was supporting a terrorist organization, German authorities seized his passport and prevented him from returning to Turkey _ the jumping-off point for radicals seeking to join...
  • German spies step up social network checks

    06/27/2014 3:18:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Jun 2014 09:03 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germany’s domestic intelligence service wants to increase surveillance on users of social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, but stressed it would only target terrorists and extremists. […] But the Süddeutsche Zeitung had reported that the BfV’s chief, Hans-Georg Maaßen, wanted to develop a system which collected “large amounts of online data”. …
  • NSA fears prompt Germany to end Verizon contract

    06/27/2014 3:08:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 26, 2014 10:49 AM EDT
    The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said Thursday. The New York-based company has for years provided Internet services to a number of government departments, although not to German security agencies, said Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate. […] German authorities were particularly irked by reports that the NSA had targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel. Berlin has also proposed building more secure networks in Europe to avoid having to rely on American Internet companies that manage much of the electronic traffic circulating the globe. …
  • Eurofighter: new aerodynamics set for 2014 test flight

    06/25/2014 9:43:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 25 June 2014 | DAN THISDELL
    Eurofighter will by year-end make is final proof-of-concept test flight on an aerodynamic modification kit that promises to improve the combat aircraft’s subsonic turn rate by 15%. Adding leading edge root extensions and extended trailing edge flaps, and reshaping the side-of-cockpit ILS antennae covers as 70° delta strakes should improve the aircraft’s agility for close-quarters combat. Laurie Hilditch, head of future capabilities at Eurofighter, says the modification kit should give the aircraft the sort of “knife-fight in a phone box” turning capability enjoyed by rivals such as Boeing’s F/A-18E/F or the Lockheed Martin F-16, without sacrificing the transonic and supersonic...
  • “End the Fed” Rallies are Exploding Throughout Germany

    06/24/2014 12:43:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies
    Liberty Blitzkrieg ^ | 19 June 2014 | Michael Krieger
    This is a fascinating development and one that I had no idea was happening until today. It seems that rallies are spreading throughout Germany protesting the corrupt and dying global status quo. One of the key targets of these groups is the U.S. Federal Reserve system, which as I and many others have maintained, is the core cancer infecting the entire planet. According to the organizer of these rallies, they have now spread to up to 100 cities and have a combined attendee base of around 20,000. What is also interesting, is that the mainstream media in Germany is calling...
  • Cameron to force vote on Juncker nomination (for EU Commission president)

    06/24/2014 2:45:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.06.14 @ 09:29 | Benjamin Fox
    UK prime minister David Cameron is to force EU leaders to vote on whether to appoint Jean-Claude Juncker to become the next president of the European Commission at a summit later this week. […] A vote would be unprecedented. Traditionally, EU leaders decide on the leader of the EU executive by consensus following a formal discussion. Cameron has argued that Juncker, a former prime minister of the Grand Duchy and veteran of more than twenty years of EU summitry, is too federalist and will be unable to reform the EU, in the wake of election results which saw a surge...
  • BREAKING: Germany: Lear Jet Crashed after Collision with Eurofighter

    06/23/2014 8:05:34 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 63 replies
    nsnbc ^ | 6/23 | nsnbc
    A spokesperson for police in the district of Hochsauerlandkreis in the German Federal State of Nordrhein Westfalen, reported the accident. The German armed forces and a spokesperson for the German Air Force confirmed for the magazine Spiegel Online.de and the daily Bild, that the military plane was a German Air Force Eurofighter.
  • New leaks show Germany's collusion with NSA

    06/22/2014 10:15:52 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 2 replies
    DW ^ | 6/21/2014 | DW
    This week German news magazine Der Spiegel published the largest single set of files leaked by whistleblower and former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The roughly 50 documents show the depth of the German intelligence agencies' collusion with the NSA. They suggest that the German Intelligence Agency (BND), the country's foreign spy agency, and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), the German domestic spy agency, worked more closely with the NSA than they have admitted - and more than many observers thought.
  • Cavemen among us: Some humans are 4 percent Neanderthal

    05/25/2014 2:05:03 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 79 replies
    csmon ^ | May 6, 2010 | Pete Spotts
    A new study concludes that humans mated with Neanderthals 50,000 to 80,000 years ago, leaving traces of the Neanderthal genome in some modern humans. This picture shows the reconstruction of a Neanderthal woman at the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, Germany, on March 20, 2009. A new study is offering insights into how early humans and Neanderthals were similar and different.
  • Rise in Female Genital Mutilation, Inspectors Find Entire School Classes Victims ( Sweden )

    06/20/2014 9:44:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Jun 2014 | M.E. Synon
    School health services in the small Swedish city of Norrköping have found 60 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) among schoolgirls since March, with evidence of mutilation found in all 30 girls in one class, 28 of the most severe form. In Sweden, where the EU’s Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) says that FGM “is considered to be a serious problem,” the law enables genital examination of children to be carried out without parents’ consent. ... FGM became widespread in Sweden in the early and mid-1990s with the influx of Somali migrants
  • Germans submarines now appear the safer replacement bet (Australia)

    06/19/2014 12:13:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Australian Financial Review ^ | 19 JUN 2014 | JOHN KERIN
    Within the space of a few weeks the Abbott government has presided over a shake-up of the options for a fleet of submarines to replace the ageing ­Collins class. While an evolved Collins class was a short-price favourite at the end of the Labor era, an almighty spat between the Swedish government and German industrial giant Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems means a German design could now fall over the line. The nuclear option remains off the table despite the US indicating it would be amenable to an Australian approach on the Virginia class submarines. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s enthusiasm for...
  • Greece sues for 7 billion euros over German submarines that have never sailed

    06/18/2014 4:41:47 PM PDT · by Renfield · 7 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 6-12-2014 | Holly Watt
    Greece has launched a multi-billion euro claim against one of Germany’s biggest defence firms who sold the financially-beleaguered country four submarines in a complicated deal which has become symbolic of the country’s economic woes. The controversial deal has threatened Greece’s position in Nato, according to well-placed sources, led to the criminal prosecution of the country’s defence minister and the resignation of a senior Naval figure. The Telegraph today publishes photographs of the four submarines, which are still unfinished in a Greek shipyard almost 15 years after they were first ordered. It can now be disclosed that the Greek Government has...
  • Germany gears up for more UN missions

    06/18/2014 1:14:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Jun 2014 08:54 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germany’s defense minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday the country could play a bigger military role in UN peacekeeping operations. […] “We have key capacities and capabilities which other nations do not have,” she said after meeting deputy Secretary-General of the UN Jan Eliasson. …
  • Obama making up facts about guns

    06/17/2014 4:21:28 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2014 | John Lott
    President Obama just can't seem to help himself. Over and over again, he makes exaggerated or false claims about guns and crime. Last year Obama kept asserting the bogus numbers such as “40 percent of all gun purchases take place without a background check.” Besides the study being based on a tiny survey it was started before the Federal background check law went into effect. Moreover, the 40 percent figure referred to all transfers, not just sales, and the vast majority of transfers took place within families through gifts and inheritances. Then, for good measure, Obama added an extra 4...