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  • EU: The Greek trap

    01/25/2012 12:34:46 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich ^ | 1/24/2012 | Cerstin Gammelin
    In Athens, the war of nerves over the debt haircut is nearing a finale. The negotiations between private creditors and the government, however, are taking some dangerous stumbles. Before Greece gets €130 billion in aid, it must show some success with its reforms. And that, with all the good will in the world, cannot be achieved. Every day we see the same images. Men and women in suits and with serious expressions step briskly up to a revolving door, wind their way into an unfamiliar building and disappear into the darkness. The scenes are playing out in Athens, and they...
  • British archaeologist destroys Holocaust deniers' argument with mass grave find at Treblinka

    01/29/2012 10:20:49 AM PST · by Aircop_2006 · 51 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | January 18, 2012 | Lee Cain
    A British forensic archaeologist has unearthed fresh evidence to prove the existence of mass graves at the Nazi death camp Treblinka - scuppering the claims of Holocaust deniers who say it was merely a transit camp. Some 800,000 Jews were killed at the site, in north east Poland, during the Second World War but a lack of physical evidence in the area has been exploited by Holocaust deniers. Forensic archaeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls has now undertaken the first co-ordinated scientific attempt to locate the graves.
  • IMF tells Greece it will lose control of budget in return for bail-out

    01/28/2012 5:52:01 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/28/2012 | Kamal Ahmed, Angela Monaghan and Richard Fletcher, in Davos
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has signalled that Greece will have to give up autonomy over its budget if it is to receive the full backing of the international community for its second €130bn (Ł109bn) bail-out. With the country on the brink of a default, Christine Lagarde, the director general of the IMF, said that a new "fiscal compact" was set to be signed by European Union members at the vital leaders' summit on Monday that would centralise budgetary powers. Greece is under increasing pressure to give up control of its budget. A document released over the weekend revealed German...
  • Nazi extermination of thousands of disabled children featured in new Berlin museum exhibit

    01/28/2012 12:34:22 PM PST · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/27/12 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    BERLIN, January 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Berlin’s “Topography of Terror,” museum, which features exhibits on the murderous crimes of German police forces during the Nazi era, has begun a temporary display on the thousands of children euthanized during the same period as “life unworthy of life.” The exhibition, entitled “In memory of the children. Pediatricians and crimes against children in the Nazi period,” displays photos and documents related to various Nazi projects concerning the murder and torture of children, such as Action T4 and Lebensborn. While Action T4 focused on exterminating children who were physically or mentally handicapped, Lebensborn...
  • 'Far-right' Vienna ball condemned on Holocaust Day Marine le Pen to attend

    01/28/2012 12:12:54 PM PST · by Cincinna · 13 replies
    BBC UK ^ | January 27 2012 | staff
    'Far-right' Vienna ball condemned on Holocaust Day Protesters voiced their outrage over the timing of the ball Continue reading the main story Related Stories Hitler's hometown revokes honour Vienna to honour WWII deserters Austria still haunted by Nazi past Protesters in Austria marking Holocaust Remembrance Day have condemned organisers of a ball which was expected to be attended by far-right leaders. Greens' Party head Eva Glavischnig said guests at Vienna's WKR event would be "dancing on the graves of Auschwitz" - a reference to the Nazi death camp. But the organisers rejected the accusations, saying the ball was always held...
  • Islington girls forced into marriage at the age of nine (Koranimal culture)

    01/27/2012 3:59:29 PM PST · by bayouranger · 12 replies
    islingtontribune.com/ ^ | 1-27-12 | PAVAN AMARA
    AN alarming number of under-age girls – some as young as nine – are being forced into marriage in Islington, according to a leading campaign group. The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) claim that at least 30 girls in the borough were forced into marriage in 2010. The practice was condemned by the Imam of Finsbury Park Mosque, who said such marriages were against Islam and “unacceptable”. He pledged to invalidate any marriage which he said were carried out by “back-street Imams”. IKWRO, which made headlines last month when they revealed there had been almost 3,000 “honour-based” violence...
  • Exclusive: Germany wants Greece to relinquish budget controls (Germany takes over?)

    01/27/2012 3:26:21 PM PST · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-27-12 | unattributed
    Germany is pushing for Greece to relinquish control over its budget policy to European institutions as part of discussions over a second rescue package, a European source told Reuters on Friday. "There are internal discussions within the Euro group and proposals, one of which comes from Germany, on how to constructively treat country aid programs that are continuously off track, whether this can simply be ignored or whether we say that's enough," the source said. The source added that under the proposals European institutions already operating in Greece should be given "certain decision-making powers" over fiscal policy.
  • Duqu, Stuxnet malware developed by same group (screwed Iran - big time)

    01/26/2012 6:57:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Newsbytes ^ | 1/20/12
    Duqu, Stuxnet malware developed by same groupPosted on 20 Jan 2012 at 2:29pm The infamous Trojan software Duqu and Stuxnet were developed by only one group of malware developers, according to Internet security firm Kaspersky Lab. In fact, Kaspersky said the malware development team could already have developed other malwares using the same platform that was flexibly adaptable to specific targets. Kaspersky released a report stating that Duqu and Stuxnet, as well as a number of malware discovered in 2011 were using a development platform called “Tilded,” citing the use of the tilde symbol (“~”) in many of these malware....
  • How Irish soldiers were blacklisted for daring to help Britain fight Hitler

    01/26/2012 6:50:22 PM PST · by the scotsman · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27th January 2012 | Tony Rennell
    'The young airman was desperate to be back with his family and friends at the end of the war. He had done his bit to see off Hitler and make the world a safer place. His one wish now was to be home with ‘my people’. But, instead of a hero’s welcome, what Irishman Martin Walsh feared was being arrested and locked up. ‘Sir,’ he wrote plaintively from England to the authorities in Dublin in 1946, ‘I wish to return as a free Irish citizen once more, without detention or punishment. I would like to have my freedom in Eire...
  • Irish minister admits neutrality policy during WW2 was 'morally bankrupt'

    01/26/2012 6:46:31 PM PST · by the scotsman · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27th January 2012 | Lee Moran
    'Ireland has admitted for the first time that its 'morally bankrupt' regime of the 1930s denied visas to desperate Jews trying to escape from Nazi persecution. Justice Minister Alan Shatter said that, following Adolf Hitler's rise to power, Ireland's anti-semitic Berlin ambassador Charles Bewley ensured 'the doors to this state were kept firmly closed to German Jewish families trying to flee'. The admission came as he apologised for the way brave soldiers who 'deserted' the Irish Army to fight with the Allies during the Second World War were treated. He suggested the 4,983 servicemen, who were barred from jobs and...
  • Harper’s smarter [On green energy, the PM was right. His critics were wrong]

    01/26/2012 4:34:52 AM PST · by Clive · 5 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2012-01-26 | Lorrie Goldstein
    If Canada’s “green” media — especially in the Parliamentary Press Gallery — demanded the same standards of accountability of themselves as they do of politicians, they would be killing entire forests right now apologizing to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Why? Because in sidestepping the economically suicidal stampede onto the green energy bandwagon which they relentlessly shilled for, Harper was right and they — along with the Liberals, NDP, Bloc and Greens — were wrong. Today, so-called “green” energy is in retreat all over the developed world, as taxpayers and consumers in countries that blindly raced into it are in open...
  • Anti-Semitism still haunts Germany

    01/26/2012 1:08:57 AM PST · by EnglishCon · 15 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 01/26/12 | Stephen Evans
    What on Earth does the Jewish community in Germany make of the flurry of headlines this week that described substantial anti-Semitism, and how have they reacted to plans to publish extracts from Mein Kampf? Here, they live in the land that produced the Holocaust, and a rigorous academic study indicates that one in five Germans has at least a "latent" antipathy towards Jews. Separately, a British publisher planned to put extracts from Hitler's manifesto on news stands and only held back as a court in Bavaria got involved. You would expect loud and righteous outrage - but you would be...
  • Franco-German 'growth' plan looks to EU funds and taxes

    01/22/2012 12:31:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 20.01.12 @ 18:14 | Valentina Pop
    BRUSSELS—A six-point plan drafted by France and Germany has suggested corporate tax "coordination," an EU financial transactions tax and the redeployment of EU funds in troubled countries as ways to spur growth and jobs. Following Standard & Poor's recent downgrade of nine euro-countries, including France, in which the ratings agency warned that austerity and budget cuts are not the way out of recession, Paris and Berlin have teamed up once more and drafted a six-page paper called "Ways out of the crisis—strengthen growth now!" The paper—seen by EUobserver—is supposed to be discussed at the EU summits on 30 January and...
  • How to Integrate Europe’s Muslims

    01/24/2012 10:19:56 AM PST · by bayouranger · 7 replies
    NY Times OP-ED ^ | 1-23-12 | JONATHAN LAURENCE
    TWO weeks ago, dozens of cars were set alight in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand after a 30-year-old truck driver, Wissam El-Yamni, was roughed up and then died while in police custody. The uproar underscored the hostility of young minority men toward authority across communities in Europe, an antipathy that has at times led to deadly violence. The failure of Islamic integration in Europe is often attributed — especially by right-wing parties — to an excess of tolerance toward the large-scale Muslim immigration that began in the mid-1970s. By recognizing Muslim religious requirements, the argument goes, countries like France, Britain...
  • German report: 20% of Germans are anti-Semitic

    01/24/2012 8:35:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 1/24/12 | BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
    BERLIN - The German government released on Monday the findings of a two year inquiry into modern anti-Semitism in the Federal Republic, showing that latent anti-Semitism affects one of every five Germans. The 202 page study, entitled "Anti-Semitism in Germany," covered a wide spectrum of German anti-Semitism, including hatred of the Jewish state as a manifestations of anti-Semitism within the Left movement and Islamic-animated loathing of Israel and Jews, especially from Iran's regime and the Turkish media. Dr. Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, a member of the ten member commission, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, that the "experts came to the conclusion...
  • Al Qaida 'planned to take German hostages': GERMAN NETWORK EXPOSED

    01/23/2012 4:46:29 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 1 replies
    THE LOCAL ^ | Published: 22 Jan 12 14:15 CET | THE LOCAL
    Al Qaida 'planned to take German hostages' Published: 22 Jan 12 14:15 CET Share8 Documents seized in May linked to al Qaida leaders indicate that the terrorist organisation was aiming to take hostages in Germany and other Western countries as part of a "war of attrition," according to a newspaper report. •Cathedral usher caught stealing cash donations (23 Jan 12) •German 'spies' detained in Pakistan (23 Jan 12) •Megaupload founder had 'lavish' lifestyle (23 Jan 12) In an article published on Sunday, German daily Tagesspiegel said security sources traced the papers to al Qaida leaders on the border of Pakistan...
  • Germany has the economic strengths America once boasted

    01/23/2012 6:25:20 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 21, 2012 | Don Lee
    Every summer, Volkmar and Vera Kruger spend three weeks vacationing in the south of France or at a cool getaway in Denmark. For the other three weeks of their annual vacation, they garden or travel a few hours away to root for their favorite team in Germany's biggest soccer stadium. The couple, in their early 50s, aren't retired or well off. They live in a small Tudor-style house in this middle-class town about 30 miles northwest of Frankfurt. He's a foreman at a glass factory; she works part time for a company that tracks inventories for retailers. Their combined income...
  • Baby Boxer Gets 2 Years and 9 Months

    01/22/2012 10:35:14 AM PST · by bayouranger · 14 replies
    PI-NEWS.com ^ | 1-21-12 | PI staff
    The Rheine district court sentenced 21-year-old Ahmad Sherzai to prison for two years and nine months for interruption of a pregnancy in an especially severe case according to German Penal Code § 218 StGB. The chamber exceeded the request of the district attorney who had asked for two years and six months incarceration. Sherzai had boxed his erstwhile girlfriend forcefully in the belly, according to the belief of the court, because he disapproved of treatment by a male gynecologist. The unborn child of the pregnant mother in the seventh month suffered massive cranial hemorrhages from this and died two days...
  • EU: France and Germany plan for EU-wide tax regime

    01/21/2012 5:43:44 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/20/2012 | Bruno Waterfield, Brussels
    While Germany appeared to offer Britain alternative proposals to the controversial Europe-wide levy on financial transactions today, a draft Franco-German paper, seen by The Daily Telegraph, reveals that the financial transaction tax is seen in Berlin and Paris as the first step to giving the EU a new power to "coordinate" taxation. The text also links existing European Commission proposals on energy taxation and a common method for calculating corporate tax to the push for new EU powers, heralding a major battle over sovereignty this spring. "European institutions and member states should accelerate the process of tax co-ordination," the Franco-German...
  • Terrorist Says He Was 'Prompted' to Kill U.S. Airmen By Anti-War Movie

    01/18/2012 9:09:23 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | January 18, 2012 | 22:11 | John Nolte
    The mainstream media will spend ten days losing their ever-loving minds blaming a Sarah Palin campaign map a killer never saw for that killer’s actions, but this news about a confessed terrorist admitting that a clip from Brian De Palma’s “Redacted” “prompted” him to murder two American airmen gets buried at the bottom of a Salt Lake City newspaper article: [Arid] Uka gave a teary confession as his Frankfurt state court trial opened in August, saying that the night before the attack he had seen a video on Facebook that purported to show American soldiers raping a teenage Muslim girl....
  • New Storage Device Is Very Small, at 12 Atoms

    01/15/2012 10:26:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | anuary 12, 2012 | JOHN MARKOFF
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Researchers at I.B.M. have stored and retrieved digital 1s and 0s from an array of just 12 atoms, pushing the boundaries of the magnetic storage of information to the edge of what is possible. The findings, being reported Thursday in the journal Science, could help lead to a new class of nanomaterials for a generation of memory chips and disk drives that will not only have greater capabilities than the current silicon-based computers but will consume significantly less power. And they may offer a new direction for research in quantum computing. “Magnetic materials are extremely useful...
  • Americans honored for catching terrorist suspect

    01/17/2012 7:35:27 AM PST · by bayouranger · 4 replies
    kimt.com ^ | 1-16-12 | Not Listed
    <p>BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich is honoring two Americans for helping apprehend an Islamic extremist who attacked a U.S. Air Force bus last year and killed two airmen.</p> <p>Friedrich was to present the Federal Cross of Merit on Monday to Staff Sgt. Trevor Brewer and a civilian airport employee, both of whom chased the suspect after the March 2nd shooting, helping police arrest him at the scene.</p>
  • Just Say Nein - Bundesbank On European QE: "Abandon The Idea Once And For All"

    01/16/2012 1:55:44 PM PST · by King_Corey · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/16/2012 | Tyler Durden
    While it will hardly come as a surprise to many that after making it abundantly clear that Germany is in total disagreement with ECB monetary policies, culminating in the departure of Jurgen Stark from the European central printing authority, Germany will not permit irresponsible, Bernanke-esque monetary policies, it probably should be noted that even following the most recent escalation of adverse developments in Europe, which are now on the verge of unwinding the entire Eurozone and with it the affiliated fake currency, that the German central bank just said that any European QE could only come over its dead body....
  • As Reforms Flag in Greece, Europe Aims to Limit Damage ("I am Shocked" moment)

    01/16/2012 6:57:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 15, 2012 | Rachel Donadio and Niki Kitsantonis
    As Greece and its lenders prepare for another week of tense negotiations, European officials now say that the task is less to help the country through its troubles than to avoid the sort of uncontrolled default that many experts fear could threaten the global financial system. Officials from the so-called troika of foreign lenders to Greece — the European Central Bank, European Union and International Monetary Fund — have come to believe that the country has neither the ability nor the will to carry out the broad economic reforms it has promised in exchange for aid, people familiar with the...
  • Germany rules out euro bailout fund hikes

    01/16/2012 7:03:25 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    EU Business ^ | 16 January 2012, 15:12 CET
    (BERLIN) - Germany's government Monday categorically ruled out any hike in bailout fund guarantees following the ratings downgrade of nine countries by Standard and Poor's. "The guarantees for the EFSF (European Financial Stability Facility) are largely enough for what it has to do in the coming months," German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told Deutschlandfunk public radio. He said the EFSF had already had to pay higher rates to borrow on the markets in the past, meaning "that it does not therefore only depend on the rating". Germany, Europe's top economy, is already the EFSF's main guarantor, which began with 440...
  • EU: Traders brace for eurozone crisis fallout

    01/15/2012 3:41:51 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/15/2012 | Emma Rowley
    Global markets are set for a rocky day of trading after German leader Angela Merkel warned that it could take many months to rebuild confidence in the eurozone and schisms over financing the bloc's bail-out fund re-emerged. The German chancellor warned that Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade nine eurozone countries on Friday evening demonstrated that politicians needed to step up their efforts to resolve the crisis, warning that it was a "longer process" that would take more than a few months. "The decision confirms my conviction that we have a long way ahead of us before investor confidence returns,"...
  • Germany Attempts to Silence Criticism of Islam

    01/13/2012 9:56:36 AM PST · by bayouranger · 25 replies
    stonegateinstitute.org ^ | 11-12-11 | Soeren Kern
    German authorities have officially confirmed that they are monitoring German-language Internet websites that are critical of Muslim immigration and the Islamization of Europe. According to Manfred Murck, director of the Hamburg branch of the German domestic intelligence agency, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), his organization is studying whether German citizens who criticize Muslims and Islam on the Internet are fomenting hate and are thus criminally guilty of "breaching" the German constitution. The BfV's move marks a significant setback for the exercise of free speech in Germany and comes amid a months-long smear campaign led by a triple alliance of leftwing...
  • Viva la gaffe... Mercedes-Benz apologises for using image of Che Guevara to promote ...

    01/13/2012 5:34:12 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13th January 2012 | Beth Stebner
    Viva la gaffe... Mercedes-Benz apologises for using image of Che Guevara to promote 'revolutionary' car sharing programme (Viva la revolucion: Mercedes Benz used an iconic image of Marxist revolutionary leader Che Guevara to promote a new ride-share initiative) Che Guevara, the famous Argentinian-born revolutionary and military theorist, wore many hats – including that of physician, author, and guerrilla leader. But he almost certainly never wore one with a Mercedes-Benz logo. The high-end car company, known for its impeccable - and pricey - motor vehicles, used the late leader to promote a new car-sharing program, much to the horror of Cuban...
  • German Debt Yields Turn Negative

    01/09/2012 9:06:47 AM PST · by buzzer · 4 replies
    wsj ^ | JANUARY 9, 2012, 8:14 A.M. ET | By EMESE BARTHA And NEELABH CHATURVEDI
    FRANKFURT—Germany paid a negative yield to investors at a debt auction for the first time in its history Monday, underscoring the haven appeal of German debt as the European debt crisis continues. In contrast, yields on French Treasury bills climbed from the previous sale, indicating that investors have more unease over French debt, with concerns rising that the euro zone's second-largest economy may soon lose its cherished triple-A rating. Germany joins Switzerland and the Netherlands in having negative yields at auctions. The pile of assets deemed to be safe is shrinking and investors are so nervous about the potential loss...
  • German Factory Orders Drop Most in Nearly 3 Years

    01/08/2012 6:44:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    It is amusing to see how other writers portray a story vs. what I would say about the same data. For example, Bloomberg columnist Rainer Buergin reports German Factory Orders Declined Most in Almost Three Years. Please consider Buergin's interpretation of the story vs. mine. Both follow.
  • Germany's unemployment rate at record low in December (Compare with Hussein's epic failure)

    01/06/2012 4:37:00 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 01.03.12
    German unemployment fell to its lowest rate in December since 1991, according to the German Federal Labour Agency. The adjusted jobless rate fell to 6.8% from 6.9% in November, the Federal Labour Office said.
  • German Volcano Could Devastate Europe (ticking tectonic timebombs could wreak havoc globally)

    01/04/2012 1:30:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/3/12 | Charles Simmins
    The Daily Mail stirs up some Euro anxiety with a headline today "Is a super-volcano just 390 miles from London about to erupt?" The story talks about the little known Laacher See volcano in northwestern Germany. It last erupted about 12,000 years ago and the Daily Mail believes it is due to erupt again. It is not considered extinct, merely inactive. An eruption of the Laacher See volcano would destroy much of Europe as we know it. London is 390 miles away. The German capital of Bonn is about 25 miles away. The potential eruption of the Laacher See volcano...
  • Germany's unemployment rate at record low in December

    01/03/2012 6:32:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3 January 2012
    Strong exports of German cars are helping drive employment figures The adjusted jobless rate fell to 6.8% from 6.9% in November, the Federal Labour Office said. This marked a new record low since figures for unified Germany were first published. The seasonally-adjusted total for the number of people out of work in Germany fell 22,000 to 2.88 million in December. The agency said the number of people out of work averaged 2.976 million over the course of last year. News of the figures saw the German Dax stock exchange rise almost 1% by noon on Tuesday. This was equal to...
  • German-owned railway hires firm to lobby on Holocaust legislation

    01/03/2012 1:25:35 PM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    TheHill ^ | 1/3/12 | Rachel Leven
    Germany’s national railway has hired a strategic communications and outreach firm to lobby Congress on legislation that could clear the way for lawsuits from Holocaust survivors. Strategy XXI Group will work for Deutsche Bahn AG, a railway company “wholly owned by the German government,” on the Holocaust Rail Justice Act, according to Justice Department records. The railway will pay $45,000 over the three-month span of the contract. The firm has been hired to“[f]acilitate meetings and conversations with members of Congress and staff related to legislation that may affect principal. This relates to H.R. 1193 and S. 634,” the registration states....
  • US officials alerted LA authorities in arson case

    01/03/2012 10:57:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/3/12 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD and BRADLEY KLAPPER
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A State Department official says a German man was identified as a suspect in the Los Angeles arson spree because his mother was the subject of a provisional arrest request by Germany. Speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigations are ongoing, the official told The Associated Press Tuesday that authorities learned about Harry Burkhart while working on the mother's case and recognized him in security video of the arson suspect. "When they saw the security footage, they recognized him and they contacted the arson task force," the official said. The official said the footage was...
  • Jewish English-language magazine launched in Germany

    01/03/2012 9:39:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    JTA ^ | 1/3/12 | JTA
    BERLIN (JTA) -- German-Jewish author Rafael Seligmann has launched a Jewish quarterly magazine. Jewish Voice From Germany, a private initiative started last week, is aiming to convince English-speaking Jews around the world that there is a future for Jewish life in Germany. Seligmann, 64, a native of Israel who came to Germany with his parents in 1957, told JTA that it pains him that many Jews outside Germany associate his country only with the Holocaust. “The fact is, we are a small but a very fast-growing Jewish community in Germany,” Seligmann said in a telephone interview. “We have a vivid...
  • Syrian man assassinated in Germany... sparking fears Damascus is hunting down its critics in Europe

    01/02/2012 9:12:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Monday, January 2, 2012 | Allan Hall
    A Syrian man has been killed 'execution-style' in Germany as fears grow that the Damascus regime is actively hunting down its critics in Europe. The 35-year-old man was killed after he stopped in his Volkswagen car at a set of traffic lights in Sarstedt, near Hanover, and two men opened the doors and fired inside. The two assassins then fled the scene. The victim died from head wounds and a special murder squad has been formed at Hildesheim, where he lived. Police made no speculation whether his murder was linked to the unrest in Syria that has been continuing since...
  • Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: 2012 could be the year Germany lets the euro die

    01/02/2012 2:37:44 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/2/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    So we enter Year IV of the Long Slump, the cruellest yet though not the most acute. Since the purpose of New Year predictions is to stick one's neck out. It will be a global downturn on all fronts, aborting what remains of recovery even before industrial output in the OECD bloc has regained its pre-Lehman peak. The second wave will hit with youth unemployment already at 45pc in Greece and 49pc in Spain; and with the US labour participation rate already at depression levels of 64pc. We will hear more about Italy's Red Brigades, Greece's Sect of Revolutionaries, and...
  • Boob job vouchers 'not a good gift idea'

    01/01/2012 1:53:37 PM PST · by QwertyKPH · 62 replies · 1+ views
    The Local - Germany's News In English ^ | 11DEC2011 | The Local/hc
    People planning to give their loved one a nip and tuck at Christmas could be risking more than upsetting their partners – cheap seasonal offers with time limits are not to be recommended, a top surgeon has warned. Professor Peter Vogt, president of the German Society of Plastic Surgeons, said such offers, frequently available online, did not give potential patients time to consider what they really wanted done or the opportunity to get to know their possible surgeon. “Strongly discounted offers for aesthetic procedures such as breast enlargement and liposuction lead patients to decide for an aesthetic procedure that they...
  • The New Old Europe

    12/29/2011 3:46:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Nearly 10 years ago, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld provoked outrage by referring to "Old Europe." How dare he, snapped the French and Germans, call us "old" when the utopian European Union was all the rage, the new euro was soaring in value, and the United States was increasingly isolated under the Bush administration! Yet the more things change in Europe, the more they stay the same. The island of Britain usually is, and is not, a part of Europe -- carefully pulling out when things heat up, terrified that it will be pulled back in when things boil over....
  • U-boats may be on navy's shopping list (new subs for Australia)

    12/28/2011 7:39:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Canberra Times ^ | 29 Dec, 2011 | DAVID ELLERY
    U-boats may be on navy's shopping list BY DAVID ELLERY DEFENCE REPORTER 29 Dec, 2011 01:00 AM Australia's ''future submarine'' could be a super U-boat built by a German company that made many of the submarines that nearly brought Britain to its knees in World War II. HDW has released details of a concept design, designated the Type 216, for a long-range conventional submarine. Experts say the design, based on the successful Type 214, is specifically targeted at Sea 1000 - Defence's future submarine program. Rex Patrick, a former submariner and the director of Acoustic Force, said yesterday the information...
  • Why Irish soldiers who fought Hitler hide their medals

    12/28/2011 5:32:30 AM PST · by the scotsman · 108 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 28th December 2011 | John Waite
    'Five thousand Irish soldiers who swapped uniforms to fight for the British against Hitler went on to suffer years of persecution. One of them, 92-year-old Phil Farrington, took part in the D-Day landings and helped liberate the German death camp at Bergen-Belsen - but he wears his medals in secret. Even to this day, he has nightmares that he will be arrested by the authorities and imprisoned for his wartime service. "They would come and get me, yes they would," he said in a frail voice at his home in the docks area of Dublin. And his 25-year-old grandson, Patrick,...
  • Why Germans got tetchy over South Park jibes

    12/24/2011 7:52:59 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 47 replies
    BBC News ^ | 23 December 2011 | Stephen Evans
    South Park's creators have been accused of stereotyping Germans Germans do have a sense of humour. It needs saying because the country is just about recovering from the broadcast of an episode of the American cartoon series South Park which makes fun of Germans for their alleged absence of any scintilla of a sense of humour. The episode, Funnybot, features a pistol-toting Chancellor Angela Merkel. She, plus the German president and men in Tyrolean hats, invade a school and hold the children hostage at gunpoint. Their righteous anger is because Germans have been called an unfunny people. To put matters...
  • Lawyer Says He Made Up Story of Berlusconi Payoff

    12/23/2011 6:54:48 PM PST · by decimon · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 22, 2011
    ROME -- A British lawyer says he invented accusations that Silvio Berlusconi paid him $600,000 to lie on the stand to protect the former Italian premier's business interests. David Mills' testimony Thursday at Berlusconi's corruption trial in Milan undercuts prosecutors' case against the politician.
  • Are the West and Iran Headed for War?

    12/01/2011 2:13:46 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Israelnationalnews.com ^ | : 12/1/2011, 6:23 PM | Gavriel Queenann
    Italy has joined a growing number of EU countries who are censuring Iran after England's embassy was sacked - just how high are the stakes? Italy summoned Iran's envoy to Rome's foreign ministry on Thursday to express its "firm condemnation" of the storming of the British embassy in Tehran - leading some to suggest Iran and the West are on a collision course.
  • Russia: Syria resolution "probably unrealistic"

    12/23/2011 4:20:05 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Monsters and Critics ^ | Thursday, December 22, 2011 | Deutsche Presse-Agentur
    Russia said Thursday it may not be able to complete a new draft resolution on Syria's violent unrest because amendments submitted by Western countries in the UN Security Council contradicted the contents of Russia's original text. Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, president of the 15-nation council in December, was not optimistic when asked whether the Syria draft would be ready for a vote before the holidays. He told reporters that amendments submitted by Britain, France, Germany and Portugal 'crossed out everything we said (in the text), and we cannot discuss to produce a new text.' He said prospects for completing...
  • BMW, Mercedes Duel in U.S.

    12/22/2011 8:27:06 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 23, 2011 | MIKE RAMSEY
    <p>BMW AG and Mercedes-Benz are locked in an expensive race for bragging rights as this year's top-selling luxury car in the U.S. market, and customers are benefiting.</p> <p>The two German luxury-car brands this year have zoomed past Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus division, which has reigned as America's top-selling luxury auto maker since 2000, and are running neck and neck to grab the U.S. crown.</p>
  • Fleeing Greeks bank on new Australian gold rush

    12/22/2011 5:44:56 PM PST · by Cardhu · 10 replies
    Guardian ^ | December 21st 2011 | Helena Smith
    For several months a stream of mostly young men and women, fresh off the plane from Greece, has been knocking at the doors of a large building on Lonsdale Street in the heart of Melbourne. The 1940s block houses the headquarters of Australia's biggest Greek community. In scenes reminiscent of the great gold rush at the turn of the 20th century, the men and women have travelled to the other side of the world in search of a better life. Unlike Greeks of old, however, these new émigrés are noticeably accomplished, with hard-earned degrees won in some of the toughest...
  • Germany Says It Sent Patriot Missiles Stopped In Finland

    12/22/2011 11:53:31 AM PST · by bkopto · 31 replies
    WSJ ^ | Dec 22, 2011 | Arild Moen
    A German defense ministry spokesman on Thursday confirmed that a shipment of missiles discovered in Finland were sent from Germany and were enroute to South Korea. "These missiles are from German military stockpiles and were sold entirely legally with all requisite legal and customs documentation," the spokesman said. The Patriot missiles were bound for South Korea, and the sale was part of a previous standing agreement, he added. Earlier Thursday, Finland's National Bureau of Investigation said they had detained two people suspected of illegal transit shipping of weaponry after customs officials found what they described as 69 Patriot surface-to-air missiles...
  • Germans Using Danes to Ship US Missiles to China On British Vessel Crewed By Ukrainians Caught By Fi

    12/22/2011 11:16:00 AM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/22/2011 | John Hayward
    Germans Using Danes to Ship US Missiles to China On British Vessel Crewed By Ukrainians Caught By FinnsIt's quite unusual.A cargo ship called the MS Thor Liberty, owned by a shipping company based in Denmark, was docked at the Finnish port of Kotka when alert dock workers noticed some funny-looking containers marked “fireworks.”  This naturally made the hackles rise on the Finns, because the Thor Liberty was bound for China, and everybody knows the Chinese invented fireworks.  Why would they be importing them?Finnish authorities opened up those fireworks crates, and found them to contain 69 American-made Patriot anti-missile missiles, which...