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  • J’lem and Berlin sign contract for sixth submarine

    02/05/2012 7:24:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/05/2012 | YAAKOV KATZ
    J’lem and Berlin sign contract for sixth submarine By YAAKOV KATZ 02/05/2012 02:38 Exclusive: German defense official dismisses reports that Merkel considered canceling deal in response to Gilo construction. Israel and Germany signed a contract a few weeks ago finalizing the sale of a sixth Dolphinclass submarine to the Israel Navy, The Jerusalem Post has learned. The Defense Ministry initiated talks with Germany last year about buying a sixth submarine but Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government initially balked when Israel asked that it underwrite part of the cost. In late November, though, Germany announced that it had approved the deal and...
  • U.S. 'Disgusted' With China, Russia Veto on Syria Resolution

    02/04/2012 2:39:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 40 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/2/12 | David Lev
    In a move that was decried by the U.S., France, and Arab countries, Russia and China on Saturday vetoed a U.S.-backed proposal at the UN Security Council to condemn Syrian leader Bashar al-Assed for violence against Syrian citizens. The resolution that had demanded that Assad resign was backed by the Arab League, and the League on Saturday night called on Arab countries to shut down their embassies and consulates in Syria, and remove Syrian ambassadors from their countries. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said that Washington was "disgusted" by the vetoes. The vetoes followed a particularly bloody night...
  • Europe freeze hits transport hubs

    02/04/2012 11:48:13 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | 4 February 2012 Last updated at 11:19 ET
    Freezing weather has hit transport hubs across Europe, closing airports, blocking roads and halting trains.London's Heathrow cancelled 30% of Sunday's flights, and dozens of flights were delayed at Amsterdam's Schiphol.Transport hubs in Central and Eastern Europe have been forced to close amid the biggest freeze in decades, which has claimed more than 200 lives. Bosnian officials have declared a state of emergency in Sarajevo, where snow has paralysed the city.In Serbia, a state of emergency is in place across much of the country.Thousands of people are said to be trapped in their homes across both countries, and many travellers have...
  • Bestiality brothels spur call for animal sex ban

    02/03/2012 10:13:26 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 49 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | Feb 3 2012 | The Local/hc
    Animal sex abuse is on the rise in Germany, with bestiality brothels being set up across the country, according to a state animal protection officer demanding stronger laws to protect mankind's furry and feathered friends. Madeleine Martin, the animal protection official for Hessian state government, said the law needed to be changed to make sex abuse of animals – known as zoophilia – a crime. “It is punishable to distribute animal pornography, but the act itself is not,” she told the Frankfurter Rundschau daily paper on Friday. “There are even animal brothels in Germany,” she said. Sex with animals was...
  • 64-year-old tub of lard found in Germany -- still edible

    02/01/2012 4:54:40 PM PST · by Kartographer · 78 replies
    A German pensioner who had kept a tub of lard in his cupboard for 64 years, took it to authorities who pronounced it very much fit for consumption -- if a little tasteless. Retired chemist Hans Feldmeier, 87, told AFP he had received the pig fat as a student in 1948 near the northern city of Rostock as part of the post-war US aid programme.
  • Ex-CAB boss's role in weapons sting

    01/30/2012 12:58:22 AM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies
    http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/kfidaucwqloj/rss2/ ^ | MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012 | By Lynne Kelleher
    SNIPPET: "But the solicitor helped to nab a major international dealer to the Iranian missile programme since he came to the job two years ago. He said: "One of our first cases started with a suspected heroin trafficker, so the National Drugs Enforcement Agency got this information that this guy Dugash was heading out to Kenya to buy heroin and they met him at the airport and seized his cash, which was something in the order of $10,000 which was a huge sum for this jurisdiction. "As part of the explanation he said it was cash belonging to himself and...
  • 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 (£109bn) 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...