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  • Germany's Biggest Tabloid Attacks Islam

    07/28/2014 7:29:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Jul 2014
    Germany's biggest newspaper, Bild, was forced to climb down over the weekend after a highly critical and controversial comment piece which attacked Islam as a barrier to integration appeared in its Sunday sister paper. "I don't believe in God, but at the same time Christianity, Judaism or Buddhism don't bother me. Only Islam bothers me more and more," wrote Nicolaus Fest, vice editor-in-chief of the Bild am Sonntag newspaper in the editorial published on Sunday. Fest then laid out why Islam's "criminality," "murderous contempt" and "honour killings" did not belong in Germany, in comments which prompted a raft of hostility...
  • Apology demanded from German newspaper for criticizing Islam

    07/28/2014 6:37:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/28/2014 | Robert Spencer
    Does Islam in fact have a “murderous contempt for women and homosexuals? Certainly there are many Muslim clerics and rank-and-file believers who believe that it does, approving of death sentences for gays, the honor killing of women, and the like. But for non-Muslims to point out that such views have a basis within Islamic texts and teachings is “Islamophobic.” Apologies must be issued.“Politicians demand apology from Germany’s biggest-selling newspaper for editorial comment piece criticising Islam and accusing it of ‘murderous contempt for women and homosexuals,’” Daily Mail, July 28, 2014 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur): Germany’s biggest-selling newspaper has faced...
  • How Nicky and Willy could have prevented World War I

    07/27/2014 2:07:46 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7-27-14 | Graham Allison
    One hundred years ago this week, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany exchanged a series of telegrams to try to stop the rush to a war that neither of them wanted. They signed their notes “Nicky” and “Willy.” Cousins who vacationed together, hunted together and enjoyed dressing up in the uniforms of each other’s military officers when sailing on their yachts, these two great-great-grandsons of Paul I of Russia wrote to each other in English, affirming their mutual interests and outlining an agreement that would have resolved the crisis on terms acceptable to both rulers. Yet...
  • Germany tells citizens to get out of Libya

    07/27/2014 10:08:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Jul 2014 19:02 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany on Sunday advised all citizens currently in Libya to immediately leave the strife-torn country, following measures taken by countries including Britain and the United States to protect citizens from increasing violence. “The situation is extremely unpredictable and uncertain,” the German foreign ministry said. “German nationals are at increased risk of kidnapping and attacks.” …
  • Bundesbank chief urges Britain not to quit European Union

    07/26/2014 8:11:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:30pm EDT | Marc Jones
    The head of the Bundesbank appealed to Britain on Wednesday to stay in the European Union, saying membership of the bloc had given the country an economic lift and posed little threat to London. In a speech to business people and bankers in central London, Jens Weidmann broke the central bank’s traditional silence on political questions, saying the European Union would benefit if Britain “continues to make its voice heard”. “The EU is stronger today because of Britain’s contribution to it,” Weidmann said, adding that the country’s trade with EU neighbors had been boosted by more than half because of...
  • German NGO says TTIP will undermine global food security

    07/26/2014 6:46:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25/07/2014 - 08:05 | Dario Sarmadi
    The planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US threatens the concept of sustainable food security, the development NGO Brot für die Welt announced at a presentation of its annual report, in Berlin. Development politicians agree: The key to fighting world hunger is strengthening smallholders in developing and newly industrialized countries. “With the planned TTIP agreement, the EU and US are not only defining rules on trade between each other, but indirectly also respective trade with third states,” said Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, President of Brot für die Welt. The two large trade powers “could intensify pressure...
  • Robots Could Take Half of Jobs in Germany

    07/25/2014 5:40:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    The Local ^ | 24 Jul 2014
    More than half of the jobs currently being done in Germany could be taken over by robots in the next 20 years, according to a think-tank. The study from Brussels think-tank Bruegel found 51 percent of jobs in Germany at the moment could be computerized and left to robots in the next two decades. European countries most at risk from this computerization were Romania (62 percent) and Italy, Poland, Bulgaria and Greece - all 56 percent. The exact affect this could have on unemployment rates is unclear because as technology takes over, new jobs are created, meaning those who lose...
  • 'Auschwitz Criminal' Dies Ahead of US Extradition

    07/25/2014 5:31:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 24 Jul 2014
    An 89-year-old American and alleged Nazi war criminal died just hours before a US court approved his extradition to Germany, his lawyer said late on Wednesday. Johann Breyer, a retired machinist born in Czechoslovakia, admitted joining the Waffen SS at the age of 17 but denied being a guard at Auschwitz, the concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. "I can confirm he passed away last night," said his lawyer Dennis Boyle. Breyer died after being transferred from prison to hospital when the court ordered his release on Monday due to his declining health, which had deteriorated while in custody, Boyle said....
  • George Patton's Summer of 1944

    07/24/2014 5:05:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Nearly 70 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1944, Lieutenant General George S. Patton took command of the American Third Army in France. For the next 30 days they rolled straight toward the German border. Patton almost did not get a chance at his summer of glory. After brilliant service in North Africa and Sicily, fellow officers -- and his German enemies -- considered him the most gifted American field general of his generation. But near the conclusion of his illustrious Sicilian campaign, the volatile Patton slapped two sick GIs in field hospitals, raving that they were shirkers. In truth,...
  • Old technology in NSA age: Typewriter sales surge in Germany

    07/23/2014 7:09:30 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 48 replies
    RT.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Unknown
    Earlier in July, German politicians said they were considering going back to old-fashioned manual typewriters for confidential documents, in order to protect national secrets from American NSA spooks. Patrick Sensburg, chair of the German parliament’s inquiry into alleged NSA spying, said committee members are considering new security measures and are seriously thinking about abandoning email and returning to old school typewriters.
  • Karl Albrecht, a Reclusive Founder of Aldi, Dies at 94

    07/21/2014 10:48:08 AM PDT · by Borges · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/21/2014 | DENNIS HEVESI and JACK EWING
    Karl Albrecht, who with his brother Theo returned from Allied prisoner of war camps after World War II to find their mother’s corner shop still standing in bombed-out Essen, Germany, then proceeded to build it into the international grocery empire Aldi, died on Wednesday in Essen. He was 94. His death was confirmed by Aldi, which delayed the announcement until after his funeral. The Aldi chain — short for Albrecht Discount — now has nearly 5,000 stores worldwide, including 1,300 in the United States, two of them in the New York City area, and all of them known for spartan...
  • Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT

    07/23/2014 1:12:00 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 49 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 23 July 2014 | Right Scoop Staff
    FULL TITLE: Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT on Israel…//// Sen. Ted Cruz ripped the president today for using a federal agency, the FAA, to launch an economic boycott on Israel in order to force them to comply with his demands. He pointed out that this economic boycott aids Hamas while simultaneously hurting Israel. What Cruz is calling for is the Obama administration to answer the following questions: Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House? If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Germany puts 700,000 WWI docs online

    07/23/2014 3:36:07 PM PDT · by fso301 · 23 replies
    The Local ^ | 07/23/2014 | Staff Writers
    More than 700,000 records relating to WWI, as well as photos, films and audio recordings were made accessible on a new portal on the Federal Archive's website. The collection includes private material as well as files of military and civilian authorities, records left by politicians and military officers, documentaries and propaganda films. Access to the complete archive is free. The archive will also help people compiling family histories, say curators, since it has extensive information about locations where individual soldiers served. It also contains letters written to and by combatants in the war, which began on July 28, 1914, and...
  • Lufthansa cancels another day of Tel Aviv flights

    07/23/2014 6:54:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2014 8:29 AM EDT
    Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, says it is canceling all flights to Tel Aviv for at least another 24 hours because of ongoing safety concerns. […] The European Aviation Safety Agency on Tuesday strongly recommended that airlines not fly to Tel Aviv after a Hamas rocket exploded near the Ben Gurion airport. …
  • Is the German Chancellor an Agent of Russia?

    07/22/2014 7:44:17 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 24 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | July 19, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    In the wake of the shoot-down of the Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine, various pundits continue to say it is unlikely that Europe will do much about it. But why? It is just a lack of will? Or something else? The evidence is being ignored by most of the media, but it continues to indicate that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an agent, or at least a stooge, of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. In an extraordinary development, the office of the President of Russia reports that Putin said on Wednesday that the German Chancellor is “a reputable European leader under whose...
  • Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Israeli Embassy

    07/22/2014 5:14:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Local ^ | 22 Jul 2014
    A man set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Berlin on Monday night. Police said it was too soon to say whether it was part of a political protest. Amid tensions in Berlin over pro-Gaza protests and a rise in anti-Semitism, the 46-year-old doused himself in a flammable liquid and then set himself alight with a cigarette lighter at 11.45pm on Monday. Police said the man, who is of Arab descent, only suffered minor injuries outside the Israeli embassy in south-west Berlin. A police spokesman told The Local his feet and legs were burnt and he was now...
  • Growing opposition to Israel in Germany

    07/22/2014 4:50:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 22.07.2014 | Jeanette Seiffert
    “Berlin police cower before Jew-haters,” proclaimed a headline in the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel—and this line has been posted numerous times on social networking sites. It was reported that a group of Arabs shouted “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone” at a recent demonstration and police officers did not interfere.In many European cities, what began as peaceful protests turned into outpourings of anti-Jewish sentiments and violence against counter-demonstrators. […] The Gaza conflict has stirred up public opinion in Europe, and it has brought Israel-hatred to Germany along with it, according to political scientist Stephan Grigat. […] Grigat has...
  • Man sets himself on fire outside Israeli embassy (Berlin, Germany)

    07/22/2014 4:41:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Jul 2014 14:39 GMT+02:00
    A man set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Berlin on Monday night. Police said it was too soon to say whether it was part of a political protest. Amid tensions in Berlin over pro-Gaza protests and a rise in anti-Semitism, the 46-year-old doused himself in a flammable liquid and then set himself alight with a cigarette lighter at 11.45pm on Monday. Police said the man, who is of Arab descent, only suffered minor injuries outside the Israeli embassy in south-west Berlin. …
  • Wave of anti-Semitic rallies hits cities across Germany

    07/22/2014 4:20:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/21/2014 | MICKI WEINBERG
    BERLIN — An angry mob gathered on Berlin’s famed Kurfürstendamm avenue Thursday. Draped in Palestinian flags and shaking their fists in rage, they chanted in German, “Jude, Jude feiges Schwein! Komm heraus und kämpf allein!” (“Jew, Jew, cowardly swine, come out and fight on your own!”) Earlier last week in Dortmund and Frankfurt anti-Israel protester chanted, “Hamas Hamas Juden ins gas!” (“Hamas Hamas Jews to the gas!”). On Friday, a 200-strong mob in Essen chimed in, “Scheiss Juden!” (“Jewish shit”) This week, similar mobs gathered in Kassel, Nuremberg, Mainz, and other cities throughout Germany. The crowds are largely young, with...
  • Watch: Berlin Imam Prays for the Annihilation of Jews

    07/20/2014 9:59:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 7/21/2014, 5:46 AM | Elad Benari
    An imam in the German capital, Berlin, recently gave a sermon in which he expressed support for Gaza and called for “the annihilation of Jews”. […] “Oh Allah, destroy the Zionist Jews. They are no challenge for you,” he continued. “Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one of them. Shake the ground beneath their feet. Make them suffer terribly. Deflect their bullets. Disperse them. They behave tyranically all over the world and spread corruption.” …
  • Putin Posied to Retaliate Against Obama by Trashing Iran Deal

    07/18/2014 7:00:32 PM PDT · by Mariner · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 7/18/2014 | Josh Rogin
    Now that the U.S.-Russia relationship has broken down, Moscow could throw a wrench into the teetering nuclear negotiations with Iran. The escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow, brought to fever by the MH17 airliner disaster, are finally to the point where they threaten to spoil the number one item on President Obama’s foreign policy agenda: the nuclear talks with Iran. The man doing the threatening is Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier this week, Putin promised to retaliate against the United States for new sanctions targeting his friends and business associates, as well as large Russian defense, energy, and financial firms....
  • Germany Honors Officers Who Tried to Kill Hitler

    07/20/2014 12:56:01 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper
    Associated Press ^ | July 20, 2014 | FRANK JORDANS
    Germany on Sunday honored a group of Nazi-era officers who tried to kill Adolf Hitler 70 years ago. The plot — portrayed in films such as the 2008 Hollywood movie "Valkyrie" — helped establish a principle under which German soldiers today are encouraged to defy orders if they would result in a crime or violate human dignity.
  • Germany honors officers who tried to kill Hitler

    07/20/2014 10:23:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 20, 2014 | Frank Jordans
    BERLIN (AP) -- Germany on Sunday honored a group of Nazi-era officers who tried to kill Adolf Hitler 70 years ago. The plot - portrayed in films such as the 2008 Hollywood movie "Valkyrie" - helped establish a principle under which German soldiers today are encouraged to defy orders if they would result in a crime or violate human dignity. In a somber ceremony, President Joachim Gauck called the July 20, 1944, bombing of Hitler's Wolf's Lair headquarters in Eastern Prussia a "significant day in German history" for showing the world that there were Germans who opposed the Nazi regime....
  • Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte warns Vladimir Putin of 'last chance' to help recover bodies

    07/19/2014 12:31:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | July 19, 2014
    Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte says Russia's president has "one last chance" to show he is serious about helping rescuers recover the bodies of the victims of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The attack on the plane has claimed the lives of 28 Australians and eight permanent Australian residents, who were among the 298 passengers and crew on board. Mr Rutte's comments come amid reports pro-Russian rebels have taken 38 bodies from the site. Minutes after what he described as a "very intense" conversation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Mr Rutte said: "He has one last chance to show he...
  • Birthday tributes display Merkel’s power

    07/19/2014 8:24:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 18.07.14 @ 09:51 | Valentina Pop
    The celebration began on Wednesday evening during an EU summit: a box of Belgian pralines (that she won’t touch given her diet); a bunch of flowers; champagne; and a German football shirt signed by all EU leaders. German Chancellor Angela Merkel turned 60 on Thursday (17 July), but kept her cool, no-frills attitude towards the wave of tributes. […] With unmatched popularity rates and the status of the longest-serving and most powerful of EU leaders, Merkel has achieved remarkable success after starting out as a scientist in the then East Germany. A Forsa poll on Wednesday showed that after more...
  • Should Germany Ban the Burqa?

    07/18/2014 3:43:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 Jul 2014
    The ruling of the European Court of Human Rights this month to uphold France's 2011 ban on wearing the burqa and niqab veil in public has reignited the debate in Germany too, as The Local finds out in Frankfurt. Berlin plans one home for three religions (04 Jun 14) Court bans Muslim pupil from wearing face veil (28 Apr 14) CDU candidate forced to remove Turkish logo (24 Apr 14) Opponents of such a ban here say it would heavily infringe on personal, cultural and religious freedoms and only serve to inflame tensions. Advocates insist the burqa has no place...
  • Malaysia Airlines plane crash: How do we deal with a pathological liar like Vladimir Putin?

    07/18/2014 11:23:25 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | July 18th, 2014 | Con Coughlin
    We should not be surprised that Moscow is categorically rejecting the accusation that it was responsible for the Malaysian airline disaster. For the default position of Russian President Vladimir Putin when confronted with some unpalatable truth is to tell a bare-faced lie. Remember how, when Russian Spetsnaz special forces were rampaging through Crimea earlier this year, Mr Putin told a Russian press conference that there were no Russian forces in Ukraine? Well, now we are dealing with a similar situation....with the Russian leader trying to shift the blame for the crash on to anyone but himself. The most recent example...
  • Canadian on downed Malaysian airliner [Also Australian, British, German, Belgian and others.]

    07/17/2014 7:28:52 PM PDT · by familyop · 38 replies
    Reuters, Toronto Sun ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Anton Zverev
    One U.S. official said Washington strongly suspected the missile that downed the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow...The Netherlands declared a day of national mourning for its 154 dead. Twenty-eight passengers were Malaysian, 27 Australian, 11 Indonesian, six British, four German, four Belgian, three Filipino and one Canadian. All 15 crew were Malaysian. Nationalities of the others aboard were unclear.
  • Berlin optimistic following Juncker victory (European Union)

    07/17/2014 12:18:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 17/07/2014 - 09:04 | Dario Sarmadi
    After Jean-Claude Juncker’s election to the Commission Presidency in Strasbourg on Tuesday (15 July), excitement in Germany was felt across party lines. “(It’s) A good sign for Europe’s capacity to act,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel commented. “He will receive our total support,” said the country’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. For the first time, European citizens have had direct influence on the appointment of the EU top job—and they successfully asserted their choice, Steinmeier said optimistically. Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, spoke of a “historic day for European Democracy”. …
  • Triple Whammy for German Economy

    07/16/2014 3:25:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    I have a guest post this morning from Saxo Bank chief economist Steen Jakobsen regarding the slowing German economy. Steen says the German economy is decelerating too quick for comfort and faces a triple whammy from Asian rebalancing, the US economy, and a bad energy policy. From Steen JakobsenGermany May Have Won the World Cup, but Its Economy is Cooling Fast We need to congratulate Germany on its World Cup win. It was a victory for organisation and science, but unfortunately the Germany economy is slowing fast — and too fast for comfort when we look at Eurozone GDP. I...
  • Professors For Pedophilia: Witness this disturbing and growing phenomenon hitting Europe

    07/15/2014 7:18:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/15/2014 | Stephen Brown
    As Christian religious belief declines in Europe, the continent’s pagan heart comes more and more to the fore, and England, is only the latest European country to witness this growing phenomenon. A major pedophilia scandal is currently rocking British society, in which as many as 20 prominent politicians, judges and other members of the British establishment are suspected of having abused children in the 1980s and 1990s as part of a pedophile ring. The victims were among society’s most vulnerable, being mostly boys from state children’s homes. And such abuse, it is suspected, may have been going on for decades....
  • German NSA Inquiry Considers Typewriters

    07/14/2014 4:27:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | 14 Jul 2014
    The head of Germany's parliamentary inquiry into the NSA spying scandal has suggested the government return to using typewriters to protect national secrets from prying eyes. German soldier allegedly spied for US (09 Jul 14) 'Wake up Germany and smell the cyber-coffee' (08 Jul 14) 'Enough!' Germans say in latest US spy scandal (07 Jul 14) Germany's politicians are considering going back to using old-fashioned typewriters to create sensitive documents, head of the inquiry committee Patrick Sensburg told ARD broadcaster on Monday. “Unlike other inquiry committees, we are investigating an ongoing situation. Intelligence activities are still going on, they are...
  • Germany defeats Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup

    07/13/2014 3:10:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 308 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 4, 2014
    RIO DE JANEIRO – Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday. Goetze controlled the ball with his chest and then shot past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the 113th minute.
  • Camp X has rich history as Canadian spy school

    07/13/2014 12:48:06 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 4 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 12, 2014 | Ian Robertson
    TORONTO - A German soldier dies silently as a World War II spy trained near Oshawa quickly and efficiently slits his throat. A trainee is killed while crawling under barbed wire during a live ammunition exercise. Recreated by a Canadian cast, such scenes — which viewers can see July 14 at 9 p.m. EST, July 15 at 3 p.m. or July 19 at 7 p.m. EST EST when History channel airs Camp X: Secret Agent School — echo the grim realities of agents who risked their lives while preparing to destroy enemy power plants and bridges. “We’re always looking for stories that...
  • Berlin protest against Israel’s Gaza op turns violent

    07/13/2014 12:23:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | July 13, 2014 7:13am
    Rocks were thrown at police in Berlin during a protest by some 1,000 demonstrators—most of them Palestinians—against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. As many as 10 demonstrators were arrested for breach of the peace and trying to forcibly free others already arrested in Saturday’s protest, a police spokesman said. One police officer was struck by a rock but was not injured. The march was unregistered; demonstrations in Berlin require a police permit. …
  • Rogers: Germany throwing ‘political temper tantrum’

    07/12/2014 1:22:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | Justin Sink
    “political temper tantrum” after ordering the CIA station chief to leave the country over allegations the U.S. had recruited two government officials to spy. “It just doesn't seem like a very adult reaction to expel the CIA chief from Germany,” Rogers said in an interview with CNN. “And it's concerning and it's a political temper tantrum like I've never seen before that I think is not productive, it is jeopardizing both intelligence cooperation and relationships with beyond the intelligence relationship between America and Germany.” Rogers said the expulsion, announced earlier this week, was “a huge deal,” and said he was...
  • FARNBOROUGH: Fighter manufacturers enter dogfight with F-35

    07/11/2014 10:44:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Flight International ^ | 07/11/2014 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Every two years, a select group of Western fighter manufacturers touch down at Farnborough air show to promote their wares in what is perhaps the toughest of all sales categories. As the home show for Eurofighter partner company BAE Systems, the event offers a prime opportunity to highlight the credentials of the Typhoon, as it works with allies Airbus Defence & Space and Finmeccanica’s Alenia Aermacchi to add to their operators list. Austria, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Spain and the UK have together received more than a combined 400 examples so far, and Oman is under contract to field 12...
  • Eurofighter Describes Multi-Role Capability Status

    07/11/2014 10:40:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN online ^ | July 11, 2014 | CHRIS POCOCK
    Multi-role functionality has been a long time coming for the Eurofighter Typhoon. But the four-nation industrial consortium building the combat jet says the Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E) package that is now entering service represents a “paradigm shift” in capability. The commander of the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon force, Air Cmdr. Gary Waterfall, said the new package allows the RAF to drop 500-pound Paveway IV “smart” bombs “at the moment of our choosing, on targets of our choosing, with a multitude of fuse settings, impact angles and arrivals.” Laurie Hilditch, Eurofighter GmbH future capabilities manager, added, “The operator may...
  • German government spokesman: Merkel and Putin may meet on sidelines of World Cup Final

    07/11/2014 7:02:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:59am EDT | Alexandra Hudson and Annika Breidthardt
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel may hold brief talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin when both attend the soccer World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday, Merkel’s spokesman said on Friday. […] Merkel is traveling to Rio de Janeiro to see Germany play Argentina in the final, and Putin is attending because Russia will host the next World Cup in 2018. …
  • Germany’s Choice: Will It Be America or Russia?

    07/11/2014 6:04:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 10, 2014 – 05:48 PM | Markus Feldenkirchen, Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister
    For decades, Germany’s position in the West remained unquestioned. Following the NSA spying and other political scandals, many Germans want greater independence from the US. But does that mean getting closer to Moscow? […] On the one hand, Germans are disappointed by the Americans and their unceasing surveillance activities. At the same time, they have demonstrated a surprising level of sympathy for the Russians and their president, Vladimir Putin, in the Ukraine crisis. This raises the fundamental question of Germany’s national identity. In the long run, Germans will have to decide which side they prefer. …
  • NATO’s Rasmussen: ‘Active Role’ for Germany ‘Decisive for Europe’s Future’

    07/11/2014 5:29:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 11, 2014 – 04:55 PM | Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult
    In an interview, outgoing NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discusses Germany’s postwar tradition of pacifism and his belief the country is now ready, and indeed has the responsibility, to take on a greater role in global affairs. […] “Germany is a normal country today, with the kinds of rights and duties other countries have. That’s why Germany should play an important role in foreign and security policy, be it in the EU, NATO or in international politics.” …
  • German politician took crystal meth to improve performance

    07/11/2014 4:57:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:26PM BST 11 Jul 2014 | David Millward
    Michael Hartmann, a leading member of the Germany’s left of center Social Democratic Party, has admitted to taking crystal meth. […] He had hoped the drug would improve his performance at work, (his) lawyer said. […] The 51-year-old politician had previously spoken out against cannabis. …
  • German draft law clears path for EU to directly fund ailing banks

    07/11/2014 10:12:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 07/10/14 @ 11:04 | Benjamin Fox
    The EU’s bailout fund has moved closer to being able to directly pump money into troubled banks after the German government introduced a bill allowing direct bank recapitalization. The draft law will now require approval in the Bundestag, but is planned to enter into force in November. “This is an important step to stabilize our financial sector … and to increase further the trust in our common European currency,” said finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Wednesday (9 July). He added that the law would help “rule out the risk that the taxpayer would have to accept liability, as in the...
  • 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 · 26 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...