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  • Europe faces a 'real threat' from Russia, warns US army commander

    04/18/2015 8:27:03 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Apr 2015 | Justin Huggler
    The commander of the US army in Europe has warned that Nato must remain united in the face of a "real threat" from Russia. "It's not an assumption. There is a Russian threat," Lt-Gen Frederick "Ben" Hodges said. "You've got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defence programme. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that's not professional conduct." Gen Hodges spoke to the Telegraph on the sidelines of a military debriefing after an exercise to move...
  • Turkey accuses EU of 'enmity' over 1915 Armenian genocide recognition

    04/17/2015 1:38:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/17/15 | Richard Spencer
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has accused the EU of declaring “enmity” on his country as next week’s centenary commemorations of the massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire descend into bitter rows over what to call them. Both the European Parliament and Pope Francis this week referred to the killings as a genocide, a term recognised by much of the rest of the world but fiercely disputed by Turkey. The European decision prompted a furious response from Mr Erdogan. “Such decisions are nothing but expressions of enmity against Turkey by abusing Armenians,” he said while on a visit to...
  • Greece is 'close to the abyss' as black hole in public finances widens

    04/15/2015 7:48:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 15, 2015 | Mehreen Khan
    The depth of Greece's financial woes have been laid bare as official figures showed the country has fallen further into the red following the election of its Leftist government. Greece's primary budget surplus, which excludes its debt interest payments, shrunk to just over €1bn during January and February, compared to €3.17bn over the same period in 2014, according to figures from the Ministry of Finance.
  • Belsen: 70th anniversary of British liberation

    04/15/2015 11:33:47 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 7 replies
    Metro.co.uk ^ | 14th April 2015 | Oliver Wheaton
    'While the horrors of the Holocaust are well documented, it doesn’t stop any new images from within the Nazi’s concentration camps from being any less shocking. Never-before-seen photos have emerged depicting the liberation of Bergen-Belsen by British troops, and may even show the grave of Anne Frank who perished in the camp. Tomorrow sees the 70th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation, during which British Reverend Charles Martin King Parsons was on hand with his camera to document the end of one of humanity’s darkest moments. Around 20,000 Soviet prisoners of war are thought to have been killed in the...
  • Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

    04/14/2015 9:45:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 10, 2015 – 06:35 PM | Christian Neef
    On May 9, Russia is holding an enormous military parade to commemorate the end of World War II 70 years ago. With tensions between Russia and the West high, most European Union leaders are staying away from the event. […] Russia would have liked to showcase the Armata and a host of other military technology to the foreigners who were supposed to be sitting in the VIP stand on May 9. The Kremlin had invited 68 leaders of foreign countries to the victory celebration, including the most important politicians in the Western world. So far, only 25 have accepted Moscow’s...
  • Germany Approves Fifth 'Special' Submarine for Israel (wants 3 more!)

    04/13/2015 6:31:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 04/13/2015 | Hillel Fendel
    Germany has approved the delivery of the fifth of six promised submarines to Israel – amid claims that the sub will be outfitted with nuclear weapons. Is this part of Israel's answer to the US nuclear agreement with Iran? The German Federal Security Council, which monitors Germany's export of military goods, has given the green light for the delivery of another submarine to Israel. The news has renewed claims that Israel will fit the sub with one or more nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The six submarines ordered by Israel several years ago have been and are being built by the German...
  • Ukraine puts Visegrad solidarity to the test

    04/11/2015 4:39:56 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 23.03.2015 | Rob Cameron
    Central Europe is sharply divided on the crisis in Ukraine, while the EU is anxious to maintain unity. Several of the countries reject the very notion of Russia as a security threat. Rob Cameron reports from Prague. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives in the Slovak capital Bratislava on Monday for talks with Central European colleagues expected to be dominated by the crisis in Ukraine. Analysts say maintaining unity in the face of Russian aggression is one of the key challenges facing the European Union; but there are sharp divisions in Central Europe over how to face this challenge. Indeed...
  • Survivors mark 70 years since liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp

    04/11/2015 1:12:24 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies
    dw.de ^ | Apr 11, 2015 | tj/jr (epd, dpa)
    Survivors of the Buchenwald concentration camp near the eastern German city of Weimar were to gather at the site on Saturday to commemorate the camp's liberation by American soldiers on 11 April, 1945. The around 80 former camp inmates have come from several European countries as well as Australia, Israel, the USA and Canada to take part in a ceremony that will include a minute of silence at 3:15 p.m local time (1315 UTC) - the time at which the camp was liberated - to remember their murdered co-prisoners. Three veterans of the US army division that liberated the camp...
  • Germany to bring 100 mothballed tanks back into service

    04/10/2015 2:55:12 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 84 replies
    bbc.com ^ | Apr 10, 2015 | bbc
    Germany plans to bring 100 mothballed tanks back into service in what is widely seen as a response to rising tensions with Russia over Ukraine. The tanks were sold to industry as part of defence cuts after the Cold War. The German defence ministry said it would spend €22m (£16m;$24m) on bringing its total of tanks to 328. Nato officials agreed in February to create a quick-reaction force to meet the challenges posed by the Ukraine crisis and by Islamic extremists.
  • Russia may give Greece pre-payment of profits from future gas pipeline project

    04/09/2015 9:44:10 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    CNBC/Reuters ^ | 08 April 2015
    Russia is considering soon giving Greece funds based on future profits Athens would earn from shipping Russian gas to Europe as part of an extension of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, a Greek government official said. Plans for the pipeline taking Russian gas from Turkey to Europe via Greece would be linked to lower Russian gas prices, the official added. Greece would pay back the Russian prepayment after the pipeline started operating, the official said.
  • Greek minister: Evidence for massive German war reparations

    04/09/2015 5:01:52 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    AP via Yahoo! Finance ^ | April 7, 2015 11:35 AM | DEREK GATOPOULOS and FRANK JORDANS
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's defense minister said his country's government has obtained "stunning evidence" to support its claim that German World War II reparations are worth a massive 278.7 billion euros ($302 billion). ... "The evidence is so compelling that it will lead to the reopening of cases, even those that have already gone to court." ... Germany says it has already settled its reparations to Greece in post-war agreements. Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's economy minister, argued that Greece's new left-led government was attempting to use the reparations issue to influence debt negotiations. "To be honest I think it's dumb,"...
  • German Minister Roth: “EU expansion is also in our interest” (into the Balkans)

    04/08/2015 7:06:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 04/08/2015 | Benjamin Pargan / gro
    If the western Balkan states were admitted to the EU, it would be beneficial to both sides, says Michael Roth, State Minister for Europe in the German foreign ministry, in an interview with DW. […] “I want to encourage the western Balkan states that want to belong to the European Union. There is no question: The road ahead of us is surely rocky, but it is worth it. We are not just an economic community, but also, above all, a union of values.” […] … “EU expansion lies in the interest of the states in the Western Balkans; it lies...
  • Police report record high in illegal migration (Germany)

    04/08/2015 4:49:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 08 Apr 2015 09:06 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Federal Police announced on Wednesday that they had arrested record numbers of people entering Germany illegally in 2014, a 75 percent increase on the year before. Federal police chief Dieter Romann told journalists in Potsdam that his officers had stopped 57,000 people without permission to be in the country. Of these, 27,000 were detained in Germany, while a further 30,000 were stopped before they reached the Federal Republic. Most of those people came over the borders from Austria and France. …
  • State leader warns of widespread xenophobia (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany)

    04/08/2015 11:16:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 07 Apr 2015 10:57 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    After a home for refugees in the town of Tröglitz was burned down on Saturday, Saxony-Anhalt Minister-President Reiner Haseloff warned that “Tröglitz is everywhere.” Speaking to Die Welt, Haseloff said, “We are talking about a nationwide problem.” “The number of attacks in the whole country has risen sharply,” said the east German state’s most senior politician, cautioning that arson against refugee centers was something that had been seen in other federal states too. […] In a survey conducted by the University of Leipzig to track the prevalence of xenophobia and anti-Semitism in German society, Saxony-Anhalt performed worst in comparison with...
  • German economy minister calls Greek war reparations request 'stupid'

    04/07/2015 11:45:24 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 7 April 2015 | Reuters in Berlin
    ...Germany has honoured its obligations, including a 115-million deutschmark payment made to Greece in 1960.
  • Greece demands 279bn(Euros) from Germany in Nazi War Reparations

    04/07/2015 10:20:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 4-7-2015 | Mehreen Khan
    Greece has demanded nearly €279bn in reparations from Germany, more than the value of its current bail-out, as the cash-strapped country continues to pursue compensation for crimes carried out by the Third Reich. A parliamentary committee established by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras put an official number on the claim, which includes the cost of a forced Nazi loan made by the Bank of Greece and the return of archaeological treasures. Greece suffered a brutal occupation at the hands of the Third Reich in 1941, with over 40,000 people starving to death in Athens alone. SNIP--- Berlin moved to quickly to...
  • What ARE the Russians up to? NATO fears grow over why 'research vessels' - secret Arctic base

    04/04/2015 6:33:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/04/15 | Jay Akbar
    What ARE the Russians up to? NATO fears grow over why 'research vessels' sent by Moscow have taken over mothballed secret Arctic base in mountain hideaway Concerns are growing over Russian ships that have docked in a once-secret naval base in the Arctic. Military leaders in Norway are nervous about its powerful neighbour's presence on its 'strategically important' coastline following a spike in tensions between Russia and NATO nations. Some experts have criticised the shutting down of Olavsvern Naval Base - a huge complex buried in mountainous terrain near the town of Tromsoe - which has been closed since 2009....
  • European Union Commends Jonathan For Saving Nigeria From Chaos

    04/03/2015 3:11:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Channels Television ^ | Updated April 2, 2015 | unattributed optimist
    The European Union observer group to the 2015 general elections in Nigeria has described President Goodluck Jonathan's conduct as a shining example that other world leaders should emulate. Leader of the delegation, Mr Santiago Fisas, gave the commendation after holding a closed-door meeting with the out-going President in his office. The five-man delegation was at the Presidential Villa to congratulate Dr. Jonathan for allowing a peaceful electoral process and conceding defeat. The group, which came to present the preliminary report on the outcome of the elections, said that the fact that President Jonathan conceded defeat saved Nigeria from degenerating into...
  • Wesley Pruden column: "A deal with Iran built on lies"

    04/03/2015 12:18:48 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2 Apr 15 | Wesley Pruden
    "Everything about the so-called deal with Iran, including the reputations of the men who negotiated it, is a lie. It’s likely to be a deadly lie for millions of people who will die on account of it. The world should mark well everyone responsible for it."
  • Greece draws up drachma plans, prepares to miss IMF payment

    04/03/2015 4:41:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, & Mehreen Khan
    Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country's banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands. Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.
  • U.S. military convoy crossing Czech border

    04/03/2015 4:44:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    České noviny ^ | 01.04.2015, 11:42 | ČTK
    Prague - The first part of the U.S. military convoy, comprising 37 vehicles, crossed the Czech-German border in Rozvadov, west Bohemia, before 10:00 today, heading for the Vilseck base in Bavaria, 70 km of the border. [....] Some 500 soldiers on around 115 armoured vehicles crossed the Czech Republic during the "Dragoon Ride" to demonstrate support for the allies' countries that feel threatened by the Russian aggression in Ukraine. They returned from an exercise within the Atlantic Resolve operation in the Baltics to their base in Germany, crossing six countries of Eastern and Central Europe, including the Czech Republic.
  • Fifth-Most Wanted Nazi Criminal Dies a Free Man (Soren Kam)

    04/03/2015 12:53:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 4/3/2015, 4:45 AM | Ben Ariel
    One of the most-wanted Nazis in the world, Soren Kam, has died at the age of 93 without having been punished for a murder conviction, The Independent reported on Thursday, citing German media. Kam, a Danish former volunteer officer died on March 23, just a little more than a fortnight after his wife passed away, according to the German newspaper Allgauer Zeitung. He was the fifth-most wanted war criminal by Jewish rights organization Simon Wiesenthal Center, which seeks to bring former Nazis to justice and educate about the Holocaust. Kam had been a volunteer officer in the Schalburg Corps, a...
  • France and Germany show new unity

    04/03/2015 1:14:35 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    dw.de ^ | March 31, 2015 | Deutsche Welle
    When the French use the word "fraternité" - brotherhood - they are referring to a lofty virtue that unites the nation. The fact that President Hollande spoke of the "fraternité franco-allemande" in Berlin, of the especially deep relationship between the countries, can therefore be understood as a sign of great esteem.
  • Michelle Bachmann: Tea Party 'Queen' compares Obama to suicidal airline pilot?

    04/02/2015 2:12:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 04/02/2015 | Linsey Bald
    Michelle Bachmann is causing a stir. Bachmann, a former member of the House of Representatives and a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, took to Facebook to roll out a stinging assessment of President Obama.Photo by Mark Wilson / Getty Images The filterless Bachmann left Congress, but she certainly has not deserted her proclivity to issue some incendiary rhetoric. On Tuesday, Bachmann likened Obama to the murderous and suicidal pilot Andrea Lubitz, who is thought to have intentionally crashed a Germanwings Airbus A320 into a hillside in the French Alps last week, killing himself...
  • French Far-Right Leader Stands By Gas Chamber Comments [Le Pen, an AntiSemite]

    04/02/2015 2:52:51 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Staff
    National Front party founder again insists Nazi gas chambers were just a 'detail'; daughter and party head distances herself. The founder of France's far-right National Front party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, reiterated his assertion Thursday that Nazi gas chambers were a "detail" of World War II, prompting condemnation from rights groups and his daughter. Le Pen told a French TV station he did not regret making the statement repeatedly over nearly three decades, earning convictions for hate speech along the way, and then said it again. "I have said what I believed. Gas chambers were a detail of the war, unless...
  • The Ghastly Shadow of Munich

    04/02/2015 5:14:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Western capitulation to Adolf Hitler in the 1938 Munich Agreement is cited as classic appeasement that destroyed Czechoslovakia, backfired on France and Britain, and led to World War II. All of that is true. But there was much more that caused the Munich debacle than simple Western naiveté. The full tragedy of that ill-fated agreement should warn us on the eve of the Obama's administration's gullible agreement with Iran on nuclear proliferation. Fable one is the idea that most people saw right through the Munich folly. True, Europeans knew that Hitler had never once told the truth and...
  • France Walks Out of Iran Nuclear Talks, Will Return When ‘Useful’

    04/02/2015 7:16:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 04/02/2015 | Hana Levi Julian
    France has left the US-led nuclear talks with Iran in Lausanne, saying it will return when it is 'useful.' French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is leaving the marathon negotiations that have gone into overtime led by the United States between world powers and Tehran over Iran’s nuclear technology activities. A French official told France 24 today (Wednesday, April 1) that Fabius was leaving the talks and would return from France when it was “useful.” Speaking at a joint news conference with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, French President Francois Hollande said it would be better to have no deal...
  • Video 'shows cabin chaos' in seconds before Germanwings crash

    04/01/2015 10:58:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 11:57AM BST 01 Apr 2015 | By Henry Samuel, and Rory Mulholland, Paris
    French police tell Paris Match and Bild to “hand over” what the two media claim is a “genuine” mobile phone video taken inside the Germanwings plane. A mobile phone clip purportedly filming the final seconds inside the cabin of the doomed Germanwings airliner minutes before it crashed is ’genuine’, two European media insist. French authorities initially firmly denied the existence of the clip, which allegedly relays in a “few seconds” scenes of chaos and passengers screaming “My God” in several languages. But they are now calling on anyone in possession of such a film to “hand it over to investigators”....
  • Russell Brand Blames Capitalism and Fox News for Germanwings Crash

    03/31/2015 10:57:21 AM PDT · by drewh · 77 replies
    Killer pilot Andeas Lubitz’s mental illness was caused by living in a capitalist society, Russell Brand has claimed. In his latest video, the activist comedian says that 50 percent of people will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lifetimes, asking: “Why is it happening all the time? Why are we living in the times of a mental illness plague?” The reason, he says, is Fox News. “The reason Fox News can’t be honest about what causes mental illness is that Fox News IS what causes mental illness. “Fox News are the propaganda machine of capitalism –...
  • NUCLEAR ATTACK ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

    03/31/2015 4:06:44 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 19 replies
    Vanity | 3/31/2015 | Self
    My heart is broken right now realizing that harm has been done to LGBT people in this country. Much of it is real involving bullying and sexual abuse, among other things. But much of it is also imaginary leading to imaginary notions about 'enemies'. Those who have conservative religious beliefs about sexuality have been defined by activists that include major business leaders like Apple CEO Tim Cook as bigots, racists, KKK and Nazis. With that notion in their heads and with business- political-media support, one shudders to think what is happening at this moment in the attack on the Indiana...
  • Report: Germanwings Co-Pilot Surfed Gay Porn and Suicide Websites Before Crash

    03/31/2015 8:49:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 30 Mar 2015 | John Hayward
    The picture of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’ troubled state of mind grows more complex with the revelation, reported by International Business Times, that investigators have discovered that Lubitz “trawled the dark side of the web visiting, among other things, sites containing gay porn, suicide themes and sexual perversions.” This sheds new light on a seemingly minor detail from early reports: other pilots teased Lubitz by calling him “Tomato Andy” because he worked as a flight attendant before becoming a pilot. According to IBT, this was not merely an insulting reference to the food and beverage duties of a flight attendant;...
  • Andreas Lubitz's girlfriend Kathrin Goldbach 'is pregnant with Germanwings killer co-pilot's child'

    03/29/2015 4:35:19 PM PDT · by daisy12 · 68 replies
    Mirror.co.uk ^ | 29 March 2015 | Jeremy Armstrong
    The devastated girlfriend of Germanwings killer co-pilo Andreas Lubitz is pregnant with his child, it emerged today. Secondary school teacher Kathrin Goldbach, who is in her 20s, left Germany in the aftermath of the crash which killed 150 people thinking her fiance was one of the victims. According to the German newspaper Bild, she arrived in France to find he had been the perpetrator of mass murder. It is believed that she told the pupils at the Gesamtschule in Krefeld, near Dusseldorf, where she works some time ago that she was 'going to be a mum'.
  • Auschwitz survivor forgives former white supremacist

    03/29/2015 7:11:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    tribstar.com ^ | Susan Olp
    When Adams was 4, his mother married an American soldier, and Adams grew up alternating between the United States and Germany, moving wherever his stepfather was based. "I had a great childhood. My mother loved me; my stepdad loved me," Adams said. "But I remember growing up that a certain amount of pride and entitlement engulfed my thinking about the superiority of the white race." ... "That's where I got in community with hundreds of other people that believed what I believed," Adams said. "We wanted to see our white race protected for generations to come. We did not want...
  • Andreas Lubitz: Germanwings flight's last minutes revealed in chilling black box transcript

    03/29/2015 5:14:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 155 replies
    Mirror ^ | March 29, 2015
    Andreas Lubitz: Germanwings flight's last minutes revealed in chilling black box transcript 29 March 2015 By Alex Wellman Patrick Sondheimer is heard screaming to his co-pilot "Open the goddam door" as passengers scream in the background The dramatic last moments of the doomed Germanwings flight have been revealed in a chilling transcript of the black box recording that shows the captain screaming at Andreas Lubitz “Open the goddam door”. Patrick Sondheimer, pilot of the traffic plane, is heard frantically pleading with the killer to let him into the cockpit, just seconds before crashing into the Alps. BEA Germanwings CVR Evidence:...
  • Germanwings killer Andreas Lubitz 'trawled internet for suicide and sexual perversion websites'

    03/29/2015 5:30:21 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 30 replies
    Killer co-pilot Andres Lubitz trawled the internet for suicide websites in the months before the crash, it has been claimed. The 27-year-old also scoured the net for gay porn and ‘sexual perversions’ while apparently battling serious mental health conditions. The claims have come out after police began examining documents and a computer recovered from his flat in Dusseldorf – the same one where torn up sick notes were discovered. -excerpt- The co-pilot, who it is thought was suffering from severe depression and fears that he was losing his eyesight... -excerpt- Lubitz was also fearful of having his pay cut as...
  • Pilot Andreas Lubitz 'planned to marry teacher GF but she broke off before Alps crash' [trunc]

    03/28/2015 7:39:07 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/28/15 | By Ian Gallagher and Allan Hall In Montabaur, Germany For The Mail On Sunday and Stephanie Linning f
    Killer pilot Andreas Lubitz once planned to marry his long-term girlfriend but she broke off the relationship because his Jekyll and Hyde personality left her fearing for her safety, it was claimed. The woman, named for the first time as teacher Kathrin Goldbach, is understood to have called time on Lubitz's increasingly erratic and controlling behaviour just weeks before the Germanwings crash. Reports emerged that police searching the pilot's flat had found a 'small mountain of pills' and he had apparently been refusing to take his antidepressants medication.
  • 'Open the goddamn door!': Desperate final pleas of Germanwings captain emerge

    03/28/2015 7:56:05 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 75 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/28/15 | Allan Hall
    In the plane, the automatic alarm signal ‘Sink Rate’ sounds almost at the same time, according to the voice recorder. Shortly afterwards there is a loud bang, which sounds like someone trying to enter the cockpit. Sondheimer yells: ‘For God’s sake, open the door!’ In the background, passengers can be heard screaming. At 10.35am ‘loud, metallic banging against the cockpit door’ is heard again, according to the French authorities. The jet is still 7,000ft above the ground. About 90 seconds later there is a new warning message – ‘Ground! Pull up! Pull up!’ The pilot is heard shouting: ‘Open the...
  • I'm planning heinous act remembered forever Killer pilot's ex girlfriend (yep gay)

    03/28/2015 6:26:32 AM PDT · by ncalburt · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/28/2015 | david williams ,sam marsden,tom kelly
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3015504/I-m-planning-heinous-act-remembered-forever-Killer-pilot-s-ex-girlfriend-says-shared-chilling-prophecy-Alps-crash-woke-nightmares-shouting-going-down.html
  • Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz had just been DUMPED by fiancée before he murdered 149

    03/27/2015 2:54:45 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 76 replies
    Express UK ^ | 03/27/15 | LEVI WINCHESTER
    Reports this morning suggested the pilot may have been badly affected by a "relationship crisis" and was struggling to cope following a break-up with his girlfriend - who he was due to marry next year. He is said to have shared an apartment in Dusseldorf - the destination of the doomed plane - with a woman whose surname is Goldbach. ——— Reports suggested there was a "violent struggle" between the two airmen, who were "shouting at each other" moments before impact.
  • Germanwings co-pilot was 'signed off sick by TWO different doctors' for day of the disaster [trunc]

    03/27/2015 12:44:43 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 86 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/27/15 | By Richard Spillett and Nick Fagge In Dusseldorf and Allan Hall In Berlin and Peter Allen In Paris a
    Killer co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was signed off by two different doctors for the day of the Germanwings disaster but failed to tell his employers, it has been reported. The claims from German newspaper The Rheinische Post come after it emerged Lubitz may have crashed his plane due to fears he was about to lose his licence on medical grounds. snip
  • Germanwings co-pilot hid sick leave note for day of crash: prosecutors

    03/27/2015 5:41:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 50 replies
    AFP ^ | March 27, 2015
    EXCERPT Searches of his homes had netted "medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment", including "torn-up and current sick leave notices, among them one covering the day of the crash", they said.
  • More details about German pilot revealed as crash investigation continues

    03/28/2015 7:44:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    ap ^ | 03/28/2015 | MILOS KRIVOKAPIC
    SISTERON, France — The German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps frequented a gliding club near the crash site as a child with his parents, according to a member of the club. Francis Kefer, a member of the club in the town of Sisteron, said on i-Tele television that Andreas Lubitz' family and other members of the gliding club in his home town of Montabaur, Germany, came to the region regularly between 1996 and 2003. ... The crash site is about 50 kilometers (30 miles) away from the Aero-club de Sisteron glider airfield.
  • 'I'm planning a heinous act that will be remembered forever': Pilot's ex-GF says he shared prophecy

    03/27/2015 7:35:29 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 68 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/27/15 | By David Williams and Sam Marsden and Tom Kelly In Dusseldorf For The Daily Mail
    Andreas Lubitz told former girlfriend he was planning an act so horrifying his name would be remembered forever He was a master of hiding his darkest thoughts and frightened his former lover so much she decided to leave him Startling revelations add weight to claims the pilot concealed medical condition that should have stopped him flying Comes after it emerged Lubitz should have been off sick on day he deliberately crashed plane into mountainside Torn-up sick notes have been found in 27-year-old's flat which showed he had hidden extent of illness from airline
  • Germany to expand disability rights

    03/28/2015 1:03:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Mar 2015 15:58 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A representative of the German Labor Ministry went before a UN Committee on Friday to discuss the government’s plan for improved rights for disabled people. Parliamentary state secretary to the Labor Ministry, Gabriele Lösekrug-Möller, went before the committee to explain the government’s plan to put Germany in line with UN standards. […] The government is developing 200 measures aimed at bettering the lives of some 7.5 million Germans living with disabilities. …
  • GERMAN NEWS REPORT: Co-Pilot of Germanwings Airbus Was MUSLIM CONVERT …’Hero of Islamic State’?

    03/27/2015 8:52:03 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 41 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | 3/27/15 | jim hoft
    GERMAN REPORT —HE WAS RADICALIZED! GERMAN CO-PILOT WAS MUSLIM CONVERT– — STAYED AT Bremen Mosque Police have reportedly found an “item of significance” at the apartment of the co-pilot who crashed the Germanwing passenger plane into the Alps this week. The item was NOT a suicide note. Andreas Lubitz 28-year-old German Andreas Lubitz trained in the Phoenix, Arizona and is pictured here in San Francisco. A German news website claims Andreas Lubitz was a Muslim convert. Speisa.com reported:
  • Germanwings pilot behaved like a 'mass spree-killer'

    03/27/2015 3:01:15 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Mar 27, 2015 | Jay Akbar
    Germanwings pilot behaved like a 'mass spree-killer': Psychologist says Lubitz acted like a 'US school shooter' who commits atrocity then kills himself Andreas Lubitz locked pilot from cockpit before calmly crashing the plane Behaviour suggests he had a plan and executed, a psychologist has said Compared it to type of people who go on 'mass killing sprees in schools' Co-pilot who downed the A320 postponed his training due to 'depression' Reveals 'psychological weakness' according to Professor Craig Jackson Lubitz 'deliberately' brought the plane down in French Alps and killed 150 By Jay Akbar For Mailonline Updated 27 March 2015 The...
  • Brave German Woman: Why Heidi Mund Rebuked Islam

    03/27/2015 2:23:36 PM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    cbn.com ^ | 3/26/2015 | Unknown
    Heidi Mund, an atheist-turned-Christian, has gained global notoriety for standing up to Islam's creeping influence in her homeland, Germany. Now she's revealing why.
  • The captain of downed Germanwings plane reportedly tried to break into the cockpit with an axe

    03/27/2015 10:28:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/27/2015 | Pamela Engel
    The captain of the Germanwings plane that crashed into the French alps with 150 people on board earlier this week reportedly tried to break into the cockpit with an axe once he realized he was locked out, according to German tabloid Bild. The Telegraph cites Bild's reporting based on unnamed security sources, noting that the information has not been officially confirmed but that a spokesman for Germanwings confirmed to AFP that an axe was on board the plane. Officials have confirmed that the cockpit voice recorder recovered from the crash site shows that the captain tried to break down the...
  • Passengers screamed as captain took axe to cockpit door

    03/27/2015 8:14:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 131 replies
    www.thetimes.co.uk ^ | 03-27-2015 | Staff
    As they plunged towards their deaths, one of the last things seen by passengers and cabin crew near the front of the Germanwings Airbus A320 was their captain, Patrick Sonderheimer, desperately trying to smash down the door of the cockpit. For several minutes on Tuesday morning the airliner had been inexplicably descending from cruising altitude towards the Alps with its engines idle.
  • Vladimir Putin's formative German years

    03/27/2015 8:01:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    BBC News, Dresden ^ | 2015-03-26 | Chris Bowlby
    Anyone who wants to understand Vladimir Putin today needs to know the story of what happened to him on a dramatic night in East Germany a quarter of a century ago. [....] "We cannot do anything without orders from Moscow," the voice at the other end replied. "And Moscow is silent." That phrase, "Moscow is silent" has haunted this man ever since. Defiant yet helpless as the 1989 revolution swept over him, he has now himself become "Moscow" - the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.