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  • Germany Bars US Pastor Terry Jones

    09/18/2012 5:32:02 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    spiegel.de ^ | 09/17/2012
    The German government has barred US pastor Terry Jones from entering the country. Jones, a notorious extremist who gained global attention in 2010 by threatening to burn the Koran, has said he backs the anti-Islam film that has sparked worldwide protests. Berlin acted on information that German far-right groups planned to invite him. US hate preacher Terry Jones, one of the supporters of the anti-Islam video "Innocence of Muslims," is to be banned from travelling to Germany. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has asked the Interior Ministry to prevent Jones from entering the country....
  • Germany and Poland: EU needs more democracy

    09/18/2012 3:41:52 AM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 18 Sep 2012 | TL
    "We've been looking at how we can bring back confidence in the European Union," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in Warsaw late on Monday as he arrived for a meeting of ministers in the Future of Europe Group, which he launched in March. The 11-nation group is poised to submit a raft of recommendations to Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso - heads, respectively, of the bloc's intergovernmental and executive branches, neither of whom are elected by the EU's 500 million people. "We have to understand that we are a community of values and we have to defend...
  • Darkest atrocities of Nazis laid bare in secret recordings

    09/17/2012 6:52:35 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17th September 2012 | Alan Hall
    'Some of the most brutal and horrifying atrocities of the Nazis at war are laid bare in secretly recorded conversations of captured German soldiers published in Britain for the first time today. The prisoners, mostly ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen as opposed to SS hardliners, are overheard bragging about shooting women and children for sport as well as raping and slaughtering innocent civilians. But unbeknown to them, British and U.S. intelligence were secretly eavesdropping on their private chats. Transcripts made from the astonishingly candid recordings sat gathering dust on the shelves of the National Archives in Kew, all but forgotten...
  • TNT for top guns

    09/14/2012 10:07:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 14 September 2012 | Laura Howes
    A short exposure, small aperture shot of the TNT formulation burning. The purple colour is down to the potassium perchlorate © WileyIt might seem counterintuitive but one way of making decoy flares for fighter planes better and safer is to make them out of TNT, say European scientists.Decoy flares are pyrotechnic devices shot out of aeroplanes to confuse heat seeking missiles. For the simpler missiles a hot flame will suffice but technology is always improving and advanced missiles now look for the tell tale signatures of water and carbon dioxide to distinguish between a plane and a flare. Of course,...
  • 'Obama's Middle East Policy Is in Ruins'

    After days of protests over an anti-Islam film, American diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa were braced for further violence after Friday prayers. The US put its overseas missions on high alert. Germany has closed its embassies in a number of Muslim-majority countries in fear of attacks. "We are observing how the security situation develops with great attentiveness and we have increased security precautions at a number of foreign missions," a spokesman for the German Foreign Office told SPIEGEL ONLINE. Embassies in North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan are believed to be among those affected.
  • GERMAN FM: SUDAN EMBASSY IN FLAMES, UPDATE: GUN FIRE AT US EMBASSY

    09/14/2012 8:33:33 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Sep 2012, 7:34 AM PDT | staff
    Germany's Foreign Minister says the country's embassy in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum has been stormed by protesters and set partially on fire. Guido Westerwelle told reporters in Berlin on Friday that the Embassy building was "partially in flames but fortunately... the employees are safe."
  • Protesters storm British, German embassies in Sudan; set KFC on fire in Lebanon

    09/14/2012 7:09:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | 09/14/2012
    Around 5,000 protesters in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum angry over an anti-Islam film on Friday stormed the embassies of Britain and Germany, which was torched and badly damaged, an AFP reporter said. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters as several of them scaled the roof of the German embassy and others attacked its facade and tore down the flag to replace it with a black Islamist one, the reporter said. The mob, furious over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States that has triggered similar violence in other parts of the Arab world, then set fire...
  • After APEC Summit in Vladivostok, Moscow Declares War on EU

    09/13/2012 5:40:29 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 9/13/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit last week in Vladivostok has been declared to have been a resounding success in Moscow. The Kremlin has been criticized by the Russian press for spending well over $20 billion on hosting the APEC forum to show off to foreigners. At the same time, local authorities have been accused of massive misappropriations of funds to build roads, bridges, hotels and a brand new local university campus on Russky Island opposite of Vladivostok, used to accommodate delegations and journalists during the forum (Vedomosti, September 3). At a press conference after the APEC summit in...
  • US:Warships move toward Libya,consulate in Berlin evacuated [The purpose : keep focus offshore]

    09/13/2012 12:58:28 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 38 replies
    AP ^ | Sept 13 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say the Pentagon is moving two warships to the Libyan coast, in the aftermath of the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed when an armed mob stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi Tuesday and set it ablaze. Officials say one destroyer, the USS Laboon, moved to a position off the coast Wednesday, and the USS McFaul is en route and should be stationed off the coast within days. The officials say the ships, which carry Tomahawk missiles, do not have a...
  • US consulate in Berlin evacuated as precaution

    09/13/2012 4:27:46 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 4 replies
    <p>The U.S. Embassy says its consulate in Berlin has been evacuated as a precaution after an employee reported a strange smell from an envelope.</p> <p>Spokeswoman Ruth Bennett said the smell came from an envelope containing supporting materials for a visa application given to consular employees by the applicant in person Thursday morning.</p>
  • Clegg brands those seeking to reform the EU 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues'

    11/15/2011 11:34:28 AM PST · by wolfman23601 · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/15/2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Nick Clegg clashed with the Prime Minister today after criticising plans to claw back powers from the EU. The Deputy Prime Minister said that only 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues' could benefit from a treaty negotiation, even though David Cameron yesterday re-affirmed his intention to repatriate powers. Mr Clegg warned that European politicians should focus on 'jobs and growth' rather than attempting to reform EU institutions. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2061798/EU-treaty-change-Nick-Clegg-clashes-David-Cameron-reform.html#ixzz1dnt5E4wa
  • Germany says U.S. debt levels "much too high"

    09/11/2012 5:47:51 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09.11.12
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble questioned on Tuesday how the United States could deal with its high levels of government debt after November's presidential election.
  • Jews Question Their Future in Germany

    09/10/2012 9:02:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 9/10/12 | Matthias Bartsch, Patrick Kremers, Juliane von Mittelstaedt, Conny Neumann and Peter Wensierski
    The bitter tone of the debate over the legality of circumcision has shocked Jews living in Germany and reopened old wounds. In light of what many report are ongoing difficulties, some are now wondering if the country truly wants them. Arye Sharuz Shalicar was looking for a place he could call home. It wasn't an unusual wish. He doesn't wear a kippah and isn't a devout Jew. He grew up in Berlin's Wedding district, surrounded by Turkish and Arab children -- a difficult combination. Later he wore the uniform of the German army during his military service. Then he went...
  • The Godmother: Germany's New Dictator, Angela Merkel?

    09/10/2012 5:07:39 PM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 23 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | September 6, 2012 at 4:00 am | by Peter Martino
    For two consecutive years, Forbes Magazine has elected Angela Merkel the most powerful woman on Earth. It might not be long before she becomes the most powerful person on Earth. That is what Gertrud Höhler, a former advisor of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl fears. Höhler has published a book to warn the Germans about Merkel, who, Höhler says, wants to establish a dictatorship in Europe. The 58-year old Angela Merkel began her political career in 1991 as a junior minister under Chancellor Kohl. After the German reunification of 1990, Helmut Kohl needed some ministers from the former East Germany,...
  • Iceland Shows Other Europeans How to Survive Bankruptcy

    09/10/2012 4:41:42 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 2 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 7 Sep 2012 | Matthew Feeney
    Small Atlantic nation enjoys growth and employment gains after failing to rescue its banks. Mainland Europe remains stuck with stagnation, decline, and ruinous "rescue" packages.
  • Turkey court tries 44 pro-Kurd journalists in biggest media case

    09/10/2012 3:22:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    in.Reuters.com ^ | Monday September 10, 2012 | Ayla Jean Yackley
    Forty-four pro-Kurdish journalists went on trial in Turkey on Monday, charged with belonging to an armed rebellion in the country's largest media case, intensifying concerns about press and political freedoms. Thousands of pro-Kurdish trade unionists, politicians, academics and journalists have been jailed since 2009, accused of links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a 28-year campaign against Turkey. "The clampdown on the Kurdish press ... raises major concerns about the treatment of minorities and minority opinion," said Emma Sinclair-Webb, Turkey researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW). "Even when those views are offensive, they must be protected,"...
  • 54% of Germans Want Constitutional Court to Kill the ESM; Merkel's Disingenuous Reservations

    09/09/2012 9:09:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Moment of Recognition It appears a majority of German citizens have finally had enough of chancellor Angela Merkel saying one thing and doing another in regards to bailouts. They have also had enough of Mario Draghi and his policies. According to Der Spiegel a Majority of Germans Want the Constitutional Court to Kill the ESM Poll Results 54% want the court to reject the ESM outright. Only 25% want the court to ignore the Euroskeptics 53% are against transfer of more powers to the EU. Only 27% are in favor.42% want Greece out of the Eurozone. Only 30% want Greece...
  • UPDATE 1-German media, lawmakers decry ECB 'blank cheque'

    09/08/2012 7:52:32 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/07/12
    UPDATE 1-German media, lawmakers decry ECB 'blank cheque' Fri Sep 7, 2012 7:37am EDT * Conservative media, some Merkel MPs slam ECB bond-buying plans * Eurosceptic lawmakers mull fresh legal action * Merkel allies say ECB acting within mandate * German public wants to halt bailouts - opinion poll By Gareth Jones and Stephen Brown BERLIN, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Germany's conservative press accused the European Central Bank on Friday of writing a "blank cheque" to indebted euro zone states by agreeing to buy their bonds, and some pro-government lawmakers threatened legal action to stop the purchases. ECB President Mario...
  • Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, seeks Belgian passport

    09/08/2012 8:30:05 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07 September 2012 | Pierre Verdy
    A Belgian newspaper says Bernard Arnault, France’s wealthiest businessman and boss of the LVMH luxury house, has applied for Belgian citizenship. La Libre Belgique newspaper reported Saturday that Arnault’s citizenship application was confirmed by the head of Belgium’s naturalization office. French media drew a connection to French President Francois Hollande’s plan to raise the tax rate on France’s highest earners to 75 percent. But tax experts said obtaining Belgian citizenship would not change Arnault’s tax situation, which is determined by residence, not citizenship.
  • Portugal PM Sets New Austerity Measures

    09/08/2012 5:49:58 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 9/7/2012
    --PM says measures will help tackle high unemployment --Portugal must cut budget deficit to 4.5% this year, 3% next --Opposition parties criticize more austerity LISBON--Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho announced late Friday new measures he will impose next year to meet budget-deficit targets and tackle a sharp rise in unemployment. In a televised statement, Mr. Passos Coelho said he will increase the social-security contribution from employees to 18% from 11%, while cutting the same payment companies make to the state to 18% from 23.75%. "We will reduce substantially the costs of labor, providing incentives to investment and job creation,"...
  • Berlin declares circumcision legal, but only if performed by a doctor — not as a ritual

    09/05/2012 10:32:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9/5/12 | Staff
    One of Germany’s 16 states has declared circumcision legal, but only if performed by doctors — not, as required by Jewish law, by mohels. Berlin, Germany’s capital and itself a state, is the first to declare the practice legal following a Cologne court ruling in June that non-medical circumcisions on children amounted to a criminal offense, according to DPA, a German news wire. National legislation is pending to legalize circumcision. State Justice Minister Thomas Heilmann made the announcement Wednesday, saying he felt it necessary to allay fears in this “difficult transitional period,” the Associated Press reported.
  • EU: Brinkmanship as Spain warns over bail-out terms

    09/04/2012 2:55:23 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/4/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Spain has issued a veiled warning that it will not accept a full bail-out from Europe if the terms are too harsh, a move that would paralyse the European Central Bank and call the euro’s survival into question. In an escalating game of brinkmanship, Spanish finance minister Luis de Guindos said his country is not yet willing to sign a Memorandum giving up fiscal sovereignty to EU inspectors. “First of all, one must clarify the conditions,” he told German newspaper Handelsblatt. Mr de Guindos said the crisis engulfing the region is larger than any one country and warned north Europe...
  • Op-Ed: Why did Frankfurt's "Judenrat" Honor an Anti-Zionist ?

    09/03/2012 10:34:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 9/4/12 | editor
    What is most disturbing in the Butler affair is not only that the prize's recipient is an anti-Israel agitator, the version of the old Kapò; it is the role played by the new "Judenrat. A few months after the German city of Frankfurt elected Peter Feldmann as its first Jewish mayor since the rise of Adolf Hitler, the city council awarded a prize to a Jewish anti-Zionist activist, Judith Butler. The city of Jacob Hoffmann, Franz Rozenzweig, the artist Moritz Oppenheim, the world-renowned chemist Paul Ehrlich, and many other Jews who brought glory to Frankfurt before the Nazi shame, decided...
  • Germany: Berlin Silent on Report of U-Boat Sale to Egypt

    09/03/2012 7:39:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 18 replies
    Spiegelonline ^ | 9/3/2012 | cro
    A report that Germany plans to sell two submarines to Egypt has triggered speculation about a deterioration in German relations with Israel. The German government stressed on Monday that it remained committed to Israel's security -- but officials declined to comment on the report. Class 209 submarine The German government on Monday reaffirmed its commitment to Israel after media reports said relations between the two countries had been damaged by an unconfirmed deal to supply Egypt with two German-made submarines. A German government spokesman declined to comment on an article which appeared in the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram last Friday and...
  • Muslims deny inaction over anti-Semitism

    09/03/2012 11:45:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    News.24 ^ | 9/3/12 | staff
    Berlin - The head of an umbrella organisation for Muslims in Germany on Monday rebuffed a call by a Jewish leader to do more to combat anti-Semitism after a rabbi was brutally attacked in Berlin. "Muslims do not need lessons on that. Anti-Semitism is not compatible with Islam," Ali Kizilkaya, chairperson of the Co-ordination Committee of Muslims, told the Berliner Zeitung. The beating last Tuesday of 53-year-old rabbi Daniel Alter in front of his young daughter, allegedly by a group of Arab youths, has been roundly condemned. The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, urged...
  • US companies conduct fire drills in case Greece exits euro

    09/03/2012 8:17:16 AM PDT · by John W · 7 replies
    New York Times via nbcnews.com ^ | September 2, 2012 | Nelson D. Schwartz
    Even as Greece desperately tries to avoid defaulting on its debt, American companies are preparing for what was once unthinkable: that Greece could soon be forced to leave the euro zone. Bank of America Merrill Lynch has looked into filling trucks with cash and sending them over the Greek border so clients can continue to pay local employees and suppliers in the event money is unavailable. Ford has configured its computer systems so they will be able to immediately handle a new Greek currency. No one knows just how broad the shock waves from a Greek exit would be, but...
  • Gangs of Aleppo (Syria) The Arab Spring succumbs to post-state violence

    08/31/2012 4:06:21 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 8-28-12 | William S. Lind
    Gangs are one of the most basic, and most potent, building blocks of stateless Fourth Generation war. We commonly think of gangs in connection with crime. But through most of history, the line between crime and war was blurred, often to the point of vanishing. (See Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century.) It was the state that drew the line clearly, but today in much of the Middle East and elsewhere states and the state system are collapsing. What is succeeding the state looks much like the 14th century Europe Tuchman describes: people and regions are at...
  • Syrian fighters raid military airport, destroy 5 choppers

    08/30/2012 5:26:45 AM PDT · by bert · 3 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | August 30, 2012 12:27 AM | staff
    BEiRUT – Syrian fighters said they destroyed five helicopters in a raid on a military airport between the northern cities of Aleppo and Idlib Wednesday, while state television said the attack was repelled. Abu Mossab, a rebel who said he took part in the attack, said via Skype that rebels shelled Taftanaz military airport with two tanks captured from the army and destroyed five helicopters. “We destroyed five helicopters as well as buildings in the airport,” Abu Mossab said, although the facility remained in army hands after the raid in which the rebels lost two men before pulling back. “The...
  • Dad wears skirt to support dress-wearing son

    08/30/2012 8:09:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    Yahoo ^ | August 29, 2012 | Lia Grainger
    What would you do if your son liked wearing dresses? One dad in Germany decided to put on a skirt of his own in support his little dress-loving fellow. When Nils Pikert's now 5-year-old son started wearing dresses, it turned a few heads but was generally not a big deal in their cosmopolitan hometown of Berlin. But when the family picked up and moved to the smaller South German village, all that changed, reports Gawker. Even though he loved wearing dresses, Pickert's son was too shy to put one on in public for fear of being laughed at, especially...
  • Offensive Cartoon Has German Christians Fuming

    08/28/2012 8:36:32 PM PDT · by massmike · 34 replies
    spiegel.de ^ | 08/28/2012 | n/a
    Lampooning religion has proven an easy way to get into hot water in recent years. Caricatures poking fun, or outright hostility, at Islam have been especially prone to producing controversy -- or even violence. Now, however, it is Germany's Christians who find themselves on the receiving end of an indelicate cartoon. Several religious leaders in Kassel, the western German city that is currently hosting the semi-decadal art exhibition Documenta, have protested against a drawing advertising a show in the city's caricature museum. "I find it problematic when a caricature disparages the very heart of a faith," Barbara Heinrich, a Protestant...
  • Syrian Rebels Claim to Take Over Chemical Weapons

    08/28/2012 6:30:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | August. 29, 2012 | Elad Benari
    The Supreme Military Council of the Syrian rebels released on a statement on Tuesday which said that the rebel forces took control of an army missile base in Damascus, in which ten ready-to-launch missiles were found. Some of the missiles, according to the statement, were converted to carry non-conventional warheads. “During the successful operation, the operatives of the Free Syrian Army found a large number of rockets ready for launching, with enormous destructive capability, and they were very surprised to find missiles that were converted to carry non-conventional warheads and which can be equipped with chemical or biological warheads,” said...
  • 'Germany met with Munich terrorists after attack'

    08/27/2012 11:09:26 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 26 August, 2012 | Benjamin Wieinthal
    Fearing additional attack on German soil, Germany offered Black September political upgrade of PLO, 'Der Spiegel' reports. BERLIN – For years, Germany’s government had contact with the organizers of the Black September terror group that was responsible for the murder of 11 Israeli sportsmen and a German police office at the 1972 Olympic Games, German newspaper Der Spiegel reported Sunday. Several months after the murders, the West German government proposed a secret meeting between one of the organizers of the Palestinian terrorist group and then-foreign minister Walter Scheel. The aim of the clandestine meeting was to create a “new basis...
  • Germany Making Big Euros Off Greek, Eurozone Crisis

    08/27/2012 7:09:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | August 21, 2012 | A. Papapostolou
    When Greece makes a $3.98 billion loan payment this month to the European Central Bank, one of its international lenders in bailouts, Germany -- which is putting up much of the rescue monies -- will reap the biggest profit, eFXnews reported. FT Deutschland noted that by 2026, when Greece is expected to finish paying off $325 billion in two bailout packages, that Germany could realize $15.8 in gains. In the meantime, Germany has already made significant gains from the very low interest rate it paid to finance its debt as shown in the calculations of economist Jens Boysen-Hogrefe of Germany's...
  • France Urges Syrian Rebels to Form Provisional Gov't

    08/27/2012 2:21:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/12 | Chana Yaar
    The president of France formally asked the Syrian opposition to form a provisional government on Monday. "France asks the Syrian opposition to form a provisional government – inclusive and representative – that can become the legitimate representative of the new Syria, “ President Francois Hollande announced in an address at the presidential palace to a group of new French ambassadors. “We are including our Arab partners to accelerate this step. France will recognize the provisional government of Syria once it is formed.” .....
  • Pussy Riot 2.0: German Catholic Church presses charge copycats (Anti-church movement spreading)

    Three years in prison have become a closer prospect for some German followers of Russian punk band Pussy Riot. The Catholic Church has pressed charges against Cologne Cathedral intruders, who now face longer prison terms than their heroes. The three protesters have been charged with disturbing a religious service which, according to German law, could mean up to three years in jail. "The right to demonstration cannot be set above the right to religious freedom and the religious feelings of the congregation,” Cologne Cathedral’s dean told the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper. Three women from Pussy Riot received a two-year prison sentence...
  • Op-Ed: Same Old Germany: Remembering Rostock-Lichtenhagen

    08/25/2012 2:52:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/8/12 | Kevin Zdiara
    It has been exactly twenty years now, but the images just won’t go away. I remember August 24, 1992 as if it was yesterday. I was eleven years old and on TV I saw houses burning, people applauding, cheering and shouting, “We’ll get all of you!” and “Germany for Germans! Foreigners out!” Those words were directed towards the more than one-hundred people trapped inside the houses. It was in Rostock- Lichtenhagen, a huge housing complex in East Germany, where several thousand Asylum seekers and immigrants were living among some ten thousand Germans. Just days before German authorities planned to evacuate...
  • Germany May Ask Greece To Exit The Euro 'Temporarily'

    08/25/2012 2:17:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 24 August 2012 | Matthew Boesler
    Market News International is reporting that the German Finance Ministry may ask Greece to exit the euro "temporarily" while it straightens out its finances. From MNI, citing unnamed "senior eurozone officials" as sources: The officials said that in the view of German Finance Ministry officials mulling the plan, it is now the most likely scenario. But it is not a done deal. There is strong opposition to such a plan among some key European officials, and no decision is likely at least until the end of the year. “It is another working scenario which is not new but has emerged...
  • Tiger at German zoo kills keeper, is then shot dead

    08/25/2012 9:06:51 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 18 replies
    NBC News and wire reports ^ | August 25, 2012
    A Siberian tiger attacked and killed a female keeper at Cologne zoo on Saturday before being shot dead, a zoo spokesman said. The gate of the tiger's enclosure had not been properly shut, allowing the big cat to jump on the woman and maul and bite her. She later died of her wounds in hospital. The director of the zoo, Theo Pagel, shot the tiger dead from a rooftop, the spokesman added. Police briefly cleared the area after the incident but the zoo later reopened for visitors. The victim's name was not released but she was said to have been...
  • Column One: Israel faces a cynical world

    08/25/2012 7:32:28 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/25/2012 | Caroline B. Glick
    This week a German doctor in Bavaria filed a criminal complaint against Rabbi David Goldberg. Rabbi Goldberg’s “crime”? He performs ritual circumcisions on Jewish male infants in accordance with Jewish law. The doctor’s complaint came shortly after a ruling by a court in Cologne outlawing the practice of male circumcision. The Austrians and the Swiss also took the ruling to heart and have banned infant male circumcision in several hospitals in Switzerland as well as in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg. Denmark and Scandinavian governments are also considering limiting the practice of circumcision which has constituted one of the foundational...
  • As UN Head Travels to Iran, Abbas Pledges No Jews In Jerusalem

    08/24/2012 4:04:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 8/24/12 | Ronn Torossian
    One simply has to watch the words of the leaders in the Middle East to understand why there won’t be peace anytime soon. “Jerusalem is a Muslim and Christian city, and there will be neither peace nor security until the Israeli occupation, settlements, and settlers leave the city,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday. “Jerusalem’s identity is Arab, and the city’s and Christian holy sites must be protected from Israeli threats.” He added that Israeli excavation work in Jerusalem and in the Western Wall tunnels beneath the mosque “will not undermine the fact that the city will forever be...
  • After Circumcision Ban, German Courts Target Child Ear-Piercing

    08/24/2012 4:32:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    DIE WELT/Worldcrunch ^ | 8/23/2012 | Matthias Kamann
    BERLIN - In the debate in Germany over circumcision, you often hear people say jokingly that if cutting the foreskin off a baby boy’s penis for religious reasons is outlawed then piercing little girls’ earlobes shouldn’t be allowed either. But that’s just the scenario that may be shaping up. After a Cologne court ruled in June that circumcision was illegal, a Berlin judge is examining whether or not ear-piercing should be as well. The issue has come up in conjunction with a suit against a tattoo studio by the parents of a three-year-old girl whose ears were pierced at the...
  • Politician: gays biggest threat after euro crisis [Germany]

    08/23/2012 2:24:51 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 20 replies
    The Local: Germany's News in English ^ | Aug 23 2012 | Unattributed
    A German politician is facing a barrage of criticism after denouncing gay couples as the biggest threat to the country’s prosperity after the euro crisis. Katherina Reiche, a state secretary for Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), laid her cards on the table on Tuesday, telling Bild newspaper that Germany's future “lies in the hands of families, not in same-sex partnerships.” What she called, “this demographic development”, was “next to the euro crisis, the biggest threat to German prosperity.” Merkel's Union must, Reiche added, “clearly state that it backs the idea of family, children and marriage, and that society is not...
  • Iran's supreme leader orders fresh terror attacks on West

    08/21/2012 11:24:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:00AM BST 22 Aug 2012 | Con Coughlin
    Iran's Supreme Leader has ordered the country's Revolutionary Guards to intensify its campaign of terror attacks against the West and its allies in retaliation for supporting the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. According to Western intelligence officials, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the order to the elite Quds Force unit following a recent emergency meeting of Iran's National Security Council in Tehran held to discuss a specially-commissioned report into the implications for Iran of the Assad regime's overthrow. Damascus is Iran's most important regional ally, and the survival of the Assad regime is regarded as vital to sustaining the...
  • Anger as Iran bans women from universities

    08/21/2012 10:39:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 20 Aug 2012 | Robert Tait
    Female students in Iran have been barred from more than 70 university degree courses in an officially-approved act of sex-discrimination which critics say is aimed at defeating the fight for equal women's rights. In a move that has prompted a demand for a UN investigation byIran's most celebrated human rights campaigner, the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, 36 universities have announced that 77 BA and BSc courses in the coming academic year will be "single gender" and effectively exclusive to men. ... Mrs Ebadi, a human rights lawyer exiled in the UK, said the real agenda was to reduce the proportion...
  • German rabbi circumcision case sparks outrage (criminally charged for performing circumcision)

    08/22/2012 1:19:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/22/2012 | LAHAV HARKOV
    Jewish groups and Israeli politicians on Wednesday lashed out at German authorities after Bavarian prosecutors filed criminal charges against Rabbi David Goldberg for performing a circumcision. The rabbi has been slapped with charges of committing bodily harm, in the first known case to arise from an anti-circumcision ruling in May. "The charges laid against a Jewish religious leader for performing a fully legal action is outrageous and a very troubling escalation sending a deeply problematic message to the Jewish community,” European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor said. “It has been many decades since a Jew was charged for...
  • German Rabbi faces criminal charges over circumcision

    08/22/2012 11:32:32 AM PDT · by Jewbacca · 97 replies
    Jewish World ^ | 08/22/2012 | Ynet
    A German rabbi has been criminally charged for performing a circumcision, committing what the indictment calls "bodily harm," media outlets reported on Tuesday. The charges against David Goldberg, who is a mohel and the Rabbi of the city of Hof Saale in Bavaria, is the first known case following the anti-circumcision ruling issued by a German court in May.According to media reports, the charges were filed by a physician from the city of Hessen, and was based on the court ruling which stated that performing a religious circumcision ritual can be considered a crime. A Bavarian radio station reported that...
  • French Bankers Are Moving To London To Escape Steep Taxes

    08/20/2012 7:25:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/20/2012 | Reuters
    PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - The City of London financial district, though diminished by scandals and job cuts, is proving irresistible to fed-up Parisian bankers fleeing France's rising taxes and the feeling that they're not best loved at home. French financial groups big and small, from advisory firms and private equity houses to big banks like Societe Generale, are looking at London as a possible shelter from a new 75 percent tax rate on top French earners, bankers say. Take Bertrand Meunier, who recently agreed to move to London to take a job at private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, leaving a...
  • Netanyahu ‘determined to attack Iran’ before US elections, claims Israel’s Channel 10

    08/20/2012 5:38:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | August. 20, 2012 | Times of Israel staff
    <p>The TV station’s military reporter Alon Ben-David, who earlier this year was given extensive access to the Israel Air Force as it trained for a possible attack, reported that, since upgraded sanctions against Iran have failed to force a suspension of the Iranian nuclear program in the past two months, “from the prime minister’s point of view, the time for action is getting ever closer.”</p>
  • Europe starts stockpiling oil as Iran conflict looms

    08/20/2012 5:52:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 20 August 2012
    European governments are rushing to boost stockpiles of crude oil and fuel, anxious to comply with new EU rules and amid reports that Israel is preparing to launch an attack on Iran. Belgium and the Netherlands have issued tenders to import a total of around 250,000 tonnes of diesel and gasoline for delivery in September and October, their agencies said. France has also bought diesel and awarded a crude oil tender this week while Belgium is increasing its crude stocks. "This is yet another unexpected source of support for oil demand… [It] shows how the geopolitical concerns about Iran and...
  • Poll: Almost half of Brits want to leave the EU

    08/16/2012 4:19:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 14.08.12 @ 17:43 | Andrew Rettman
    Almost half of British citizens would vote to leave the EU if there was a referendum, pollsters say. A survey by Canadian firm Angus Reid out on Tuesday (14 August) noted that 46 percent would vote to leave. It also said 54 percent believe the last 40 years of British EU membership has had a "negative" effect on the country and that 81 percent are happy they do not use the euro. The numbers are more or less stable compared to December 2010 (the oldest data cited). At the time, 48 percent of people wanted Britain to leave. Amid talk...