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  • Hitting the jackpot on a dig in Gernsheim: Long lost Roman fort discovered

    09/21/2014 1:20:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | September 15, 2014 | Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
    In the course of an educational dig in Gernsheim in the Hessian Ried, archaeologists from Frankfurt University have discovered a long lost Roman fort: A troop unit made up out of approximately 500 soldiers (known as a cohort) was stationed there between 70/80 and 110/120 AD. Over the past weeks, the archaeologists found two V-shaped ditches, typical of this type of fort, and the post holes of a wooden defensive tower as well as other evidence from the time after the fort was abandoned. An unusually large number of finds were made. This is because the Roman troops dismantled the...
  • Keeping Up With The Empire (Romans In Netherlands)

    05/25/2004 2:32:54 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 1,019+ views
    Radio Nederland ^ | 5-24-2004 | Thijs Westerbeek
    Keeping up with the empire by Thijs Westerbeek, 24 May 2004 Hard currency: this silver Roman coin (a denarius, front and back shown) from the 2nd century AD indicates trade between the inhabitants of De Bloemert and Rome The Roman Empire has been well documented. Over the years written history and archaeology have brought to the surface, sometimes literally unearthed, a whole society. Thus Roman architecture, religion, military strategy and legal structures hold little mystery. Compared to this depth of knowledge, many of those living outside the boundaries of the Empire are lost in time. But now an archaeological excavation...
  • From Hand-drag to Jumbo: A Millennium of Dredging

    07/30/2004 8:27:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 549+ views
    In the 7th century BC, the Assyrian king Sennacherib constructed an 80-kilometre-long, 20-metre-wide stone-lined canal to bring fresh water to his capital Nineveh. Compared to 20th century standards, one is surprised to learn that the project, which included a 330-metre-long aqueduct, was completed in only one year and three months time.
  • Bernheze Roman Bronze Hoard from the Netherlands

    03/23/2005 11:56:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 435+ views
    Minerva: the International Review of Ancient Art and Archaeology ^ | Last Updated: Friday, 9 July, 2004 at 3:10:29pm | Ruurd B. Halbertsma
    Until now no traces of a sanctuary or riverine context have been found, which might indicate a religious deposition for the wine-set. It is possible that the valuable bronzes were hidden underground during the period of the hostile Germanic incursions in the second half of the 3rd century AD.
  • Ancient Roman Road Found In Netherlands

    01/06/2007 12:30:02 PM PST · by blam · 25 replies · 1,085+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1-5-2007 | Toby Sterling
    Ancient Roman road found in Netherlands By TOBY STERLING, Associated Press Writer Fri Jan 5, 3:19 PM ET AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Archaeologists in the Netherlands have uncovered what they believe is part of the military road Roman soldiers patrolled nearly 2,000 years ago while guarding against hostile Germanic tribes at the Roman Empire's northern boundary. Known in Latin as the "limes," the road was in use from roughly A.D. 50 to A.D. 350, before it fell into disrepair and eventually disappeared underground, said archaeologist Wilfried Hessing, who is leading the excavations in Houten, about 30 miles southeast of Amsterdam. The...
  • Gold-plated Roman horse head found (near Frankfurt)

    08/27/2009 5:11:35 PM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies · 882+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2009 | Unknown
    FRANKFURT - Scientists say a Roman horse head made from bronze and plated in gold has been discovered at an archaeological site in Germany. Hesse state archaeologist Egon Schallmeyer says the head is part of a horse and rider statue and "qualitatively one of the best (pieces) created at that time."
  • Why Ukraine has no place in the EU

    06/18/2008 12:02:47 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 12 replies · 61+ views
    Sign and Sight ^ | 11/06/2008 | Richard Wagner
    Ukraine likes to conjure up the magic word "Galicia" to create an identity of European belonging. Richard Wagner picks apart this myth-cum-trademark in an EU bid he believes is misplaced. Ukraine is firmly anchored in the Eurasian region that traditionally answers to Moscow. The cultural-historical fusion with Russia reaches deep into the past to the Kievan Rus, the original formula of the East Slavic concept of state, as does the Byzantine-Orthodox hold on mentality and society. The majority of the population speaks Russian and geographically and geo-politically speaking, the country has a number of non-European coordinates that are indispensable to...
  • Vatican Storylines: Those Who Are Resisting Benedict XVI

    01/19/2006 12:33:10 PM PST · by NYer · 117 replies · 1,486+ views
    Chiesa ^ | January 19, 2006 | Sandro Magister
    ROMA, January 19, 2006 – The first words of Benedict XVI’s first encyclical letter, almost the motto of his papacy, are “Deus Caritas Est,” God is love. But not everyone in the upper levels of the Church is full of love and solidarity for this new pope. Resistance to his guidance is tenacious and widespread, and in some places it is on the rise. And almost all the resistance shields itself behind the protection of anonymity. The only open and avowed resistance is that of the Neocatechumenal Way, which has opposed a papal directive issued last December, which struck at...
  • Why we Europeans eternally will honor Europe

    12/24/2014 7:20:44 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 15 replies
    12/25/2014 | WesternCulture
    Take a German course. We Europeans sometimes err, but didn't you know we're glorious? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a23945btJYw
  • No Joke: Poland is our best friend in Europe

    01/24/2003 9:50:55 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 88 replies · 5,171+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 02/03/03 | Matthew Kaminski
    BrusselsWHEN EUROPE THREW a big party in Copenhagen in December, Poland nearly spoiled the fun. Unhappy with the membership terms offered by the European Union, the Poles held out for a few extra billion euros, knowing full well the "historic" enlargement jamboree couldn't take place without the biggest of the Central European candidates. The E.U. caved and put up extra cash, securing the claim to have "reunified Europe" and "buried Yalta." Polish prime minister Leszek Miller, a veteran of one of his country's last Communist governments, thanked native son Pope John Paul II for getting Poland into "Europe." The theatrics...
  • German Protestants Put America’s Mainline to Shame

    12/24/2014 8:22:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/24/2014 | Spengler
    Baden-Baden has been a spa town since Roman times, drawing tourists for its therapeutic waters, and more recently for a festival hall that features prominent classical artists. It also has a Faberge museum, which seems appropriate at this time of year: Christmas in Germany is like a brightly decorated eggshell with no egg inside. The forms of the holiday are merrily observed, but not the faith. To declare one’s belief in a personal God counts for proof of mental defect here as well as in most parts of Europe, especially among educated people. Nonetheless there is more faith left...
  • ISIS Executes 'Extremist' Members Plotting Rebellion

    12/23/2014 11:09:56 AM PST · by aimhigh · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/23/2014 | Ari Soffer
    But it seems ISIS is not quite extreme enough for some. On Monday, ISIS reportedly executed four of its members for planning a series of attacks against the jihadi group, which they accused of failing to apply Islamic law strictly enough in the areas under its control. According to the pan-Arab Ashaarq Al-Awsat, a video released by ISIS announced the apprehension of a "cell" of four "extremist" members for planning an "armed revolt against the Caliphate." On Monday, ISIS reportedly executed four of its members for planning a series of attacks against the jihadi group, which they accused of failing...
  • BBC TV Chief 'Deeply Troubled' by UK Anti-Semitism

    12/23/2014 4:50:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    inn ^ | 12/23/14 | Elad Benari
    Danny Cohen, the BBC’s director of television, said this week that he was deeply troubled by the anti-Semitism in Europe in general, and in Britain in particular. Speaking at a conference in Jerusalem, where he was interviewed by Channel 2 News anchor Yonit Levi, Cohen said, “I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months. And it’s made me think about, you know, is it our long-term home, actually.”
  • PM’s harsh reaction to EU initiatives may come back to haunt him

    12/23/2014 3:07:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 19/12/14 | Raphael Ahren
    When it became clear earlier this month that Israel was headed for early elections, some international policymakers were undecided as to whether to maintain their push for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement or take a hiatus of three-plus months. Some European officials figured that it wouldn’t make much sense to press ahead until Israel had a new government with a fresh mandate from the people to take the decisions required for an accord. Overt pressure on Jerusalem in the course of the campaign would also likely help the right-wing parties, these officials calculated, and they consequently urged their governments to refrain from...
  • ISIS Says It Will Conquer Europe Soon, Undertake Religious Cleansing And Kill Ruthlessly

    12/23/2014 2:20:16 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 148 replies
    IBT ^ | December 23, 2014 | Kalyan Kumar
    ISIS Says It Will Conquer Europe Soon, Undertake Religious Cleansing And Kill Ruthlessly By Kalyan Kumar | December 23, 2014 3:56 PM EST The radical terror group ISIS has claimed that it is only a matter of time before its fighters conquer Europe. The claim was made by the spokesman of the outfit to veteran journalist Juergen Todenhoefer, who undertook a risky visit to the the ISIS controlled areas in Mosul of Northern Iraq. "We will conquer Europe one day. It is not a question of we will conquer Europe, just a matter of when that will happen. But it...
  • 17,500 Germans Gather to Sing Christmas Carols Against Islamisation

    12/23/2014 7:35:18 AM PST · by PROCON · 47 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 23, 2014 | Oliver Lane
    The German PEGIDA movement held its largest meeting yet last night to protest what they call the ‘Islamisation of the Western World’, despite stiff opposition from all sections of Germany’s elite including politicians, media, and the arts. PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West) has grown rapidly since its inception in October, a peaceful ‘strolling’ movement opposing the exceptional violence seen in street battles between Salafist Muslims and ethnic Kurds seen in many German cities this year and enormous immigration. Now on it’s tenth ‘evening stroll’, it has grown from a couple of hundred people, to 15,000 last week,...
  • Greece’s radical left could kill off austerity in the EU

    12/22/2014 10:08:31 AM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 22 December 2014 | Owen Jones
    nother war looms in Europe: waged not with guns and tanks, but with financial markets and EU diktats. Austerity-ravaged Greece may well be on the verge of a general election that could bring to power a government unequivocally opposed to austerity. Momentous stuff: that has not happened in the six years of cuts and falling living standards that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers. But if the radical leftist party Syriza does indeed triumph in a possible snap poll in the new year, there will undoubtedly be a concerted attempt to choke the experiment at birth. That matters not just...
  • Merkel plan to send German troops to Iraq ‘may require law change’

    12/21/2014 11:01:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:32PM GMT 11 Dec 2014 | Justin Huggler
    Germany is planning to send troops to Iraq in a major break with the military policy it has followed since the end of the Second World War, and one that may even require the country’s constitution to be changed, according to reports. Angela Merkel’s government wants to send troops to northern Iraq to help train Kurdish forces fighting in the struggle against Islamic State (ISIL). German troops were have served with international forces in Afghanistan, Bosnia and elsewhere, but until now they have only taken part in missions with an international mandate from the UN, or as part of the...
  • Germans Protest Islam, Leftwing Media Denounces Putin

    12/21/2014 9:24:20 PM PST · by juliosevero · 34 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Germans Protest Islam, Leftwing Media Denounces Putin By Julio Severo On Monday, December 15, some 15,000 people in Germany took part in a demonstration labeled by the German press as ‘xenophobic.’ The demonstration was held by the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA, by its German-language acronym), whose main objective is to oppose Islamic immigration from the Middle East and Africa. Since October, PEGIDA has held weekly rallies against Islam. German chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned PEGIDA, declaring, “There is no place in Germany for those who are instigating hatred against immigrants.” She also denounced the...
  • Ecuador halts environment deals with Germany over rainforest visit

    12/20/2014 2:21:41 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | Reuters
    Ecuador halted environmental cooperation deals with Germany worth some 43 million euros to the Latin American country after German lawmakers tried to visit an Amazon rainforest recently opened for oil production, the foreign minister said on Friday. ... "If they think they had the right to doubt the word of Ecuador's government on the issue of Yasuni because they were providing funds, we'll give them their money back with interest," Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters.
  • Obamas are keeping the divide alive

    12/21/2014 1:42:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-21-14 | joe soucheray
    Barack and Michelle Obama, speaking to People Magazine, of all disappointments, shared the disheartening news that they have experienced what they called racism. Barack, for example, apparently has had trouble, before he was president, hailing a cab in Chicago, to which an immediate thought might occur to anyone who has been to Chicago: Who hasn't? Also, Barack, at a black-tie event, when he, too, was in festive livery, apparently was asked by another guest if he would get them a cup of coffee. For her recollection, Michelle came up with a visit to a Target store as first lady. She...
  • This Brilliant Graphic Shows You Which Country Discovered Every Element In The Periodic Table

    04/28/2014 5:10:34 AM PDT · by blam · 78 replies
    BI ^ | 4-28-2014 | , Business Insider Australia
    This Brilliant Graphic Shows You Which Country Discovered Every Element In The Periodic Table Alex Heber, Business Insider Australia April 28, 2014 When it comes to discovering elements the United Kingdom is at the top of the table. This periodic table graphic was posted by Google Science Fair on Sunday and shows which nations discovered each element on the periodic table. Leading the charge, the UK has discovered 24 elements, closely followed by the US with 21, Sweden with 20 and Germany with 19. A number of old favorites including gold, mercury and copper are listed as “ancient discovery” and...
  • The Real Reason Russia Cancelled South Stream Part of channel(s): Ukraine (current event)

    12/21/2014 7:59:18 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 2 replies
    Liveleak.com, Syrianfreepress, www.south-streaminfo.com ^ | Dec-20-2014 | Alexander Mercouris - Russia Insider
    The Russians called the EU’s bluff by pulling out of the project instead of accepting the EU’s conditions and are cutting deals with China and Turkey instead.By Alexander Mercouris ~ Russia Insider The reaction to the cancellation of the Sound Stream project has been a wonder to behold and needs to be explained very carefully. In order to understand what has happened it is first necessary to go back to the way Russian-European relations were developing in the 1990s. Briefly, at that period, the assumption was that Russia would become the great supplier of energy and raw materials to Europe....
  • Celebrities Among Victims of Tsunami

    12/28/2004 2:41:47 PM PST · by TheDon · 24 replies · 5,828+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 28, 2004 | Rob Kennedy
    By ROB KENNEDY, Associated Press Writer BANGKOK, Thailand - A German statesman, a Czech supermodel and a Swedish Olympic ski champion were among the vacationers whose search for peace and sun in tropical southern Asia was shattered by the tsunamis that spared neither rich nor poor. AP Photo   Petra Nemcova — who appeared on the cover of 2003 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue — was carried away with her boyfriend, the fashion photographer Simon Atlee, after a huge wave plowed into southern Thailand on Sunday. Nemcova's New York spokesman, Rob Shuter, said the model and her boyfriend had been vacationing...
  • Cyberattack on German steel factory causes 'massive damage

    12/20/2014 1:07:05 PM PST · by aimhigh · 34 replies
    It World ^ | 12/19/2014 | Loek Essers
    A German steel factory suffered massive damage after hackers managed to access production networks, allowing them to tamper with the controls of a blast furnace, the government said in its annual IT security report. . . . . . Due to these failures, one of the plant’s blast furnaces could not be shut down in a controlled manner, which resulted in “massive damage to plant,” the BSI said, describing the technical skills of the attacker as “very advanced.”
  • Former Egyptian antiquities minister faces questions over theft from pyramid

    12/20/2014 1:04:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Wednesday 12 November 2014 | Patrick Kingsley
    In April 2013, the three Germans -- two amateur archaeologists and a film-making accomplice -- crept inside the inner sanctum of the Great Pyramid at Giza, the last the seven wonders of the ancient world to remain relatively intact. The trio, conspiracy theorists Dominique Gorlitz, Stefan Erdmann and Peter Hoefer, wanted to show that the pyramid was not the final resting place of the pharaoh Khufu, as has long been accepted, but was in fact a relic of an even older empire. In an attempt to prove this, they scraped off part of the pyramid's cartouche -- the insignia that...
  • Ukrainian Prime Minister: Putin ‘Needs New Annexations’

    12/20/2014 10:28:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | December 20, 2014 – 08:15 AM | Matthias Schepp and Christoph Schult
    In a Spiegel interview, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, 40, discusses his country’s division, its war with Russia and why he believes all efforts to find a solution with Vladimir Putin will fail. […] “A military solution would not be the best. My aim is not to start a new offensive against Russian soldiers, but to deter Russia from further aggression. The thing is that the EU is always playing by the rules. Putin is always playing with the rules. At the beginning, many thought that, after annexing Crimea, the beast would calm down. But he continued by supporting the...
  • World War I in Photos: A Century Later

    12/20/2014 8:40:23 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.theatlantic.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | Alan Taylor
    Yesterday, June 28, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Assassin Gavrilo Princip fired the first shot in what was to become a horrific years-long bloodbath. However, after the sound of gunfire was silenced on Armistice Day, the deaths continued to mount. Revolutions spawned in Russia and Germany, arbitrary redrawing of national borders set the stage for decades of conflict, harsh reparation demands inspired the rise of Nazi Germany and the onset of World War II. The first World War continues to kill to this day - just this past March, two Belgian construction workers...
  • [USA] "Gun Control’s" Nazi Connection

    12/20/2014 7:13:38 AM PST · by VA Voter · 21 replies
    Startling evidence suggests that the Gun Control Act of 1968 was lifted, almost in its entirety, from Nazi legislation. snip... We are not the first to have seen this hearing record. But we appear to be the first to have recognized its importance. This hearing record suggests strongly that the late Senator Thomas J. Dodd (D-CT) himself implanted the Nazi Weapons Law into American law, or, at very least, helped others to do so. snip... This original article appeared in Guns and Ammo Magazine May 1993
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • Revisionism is Growing

    12/23/2005 8:32:26 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies · 568+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12-23-05 | Shelomo Alfassa
    The world was shocked when the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared that the Holocaust didn't happen. This is the same man that only weeks before called on the Islamic world to "wipe Israel off the map." His call to battle against the Jewish people and the Jewish state is nothing new, nor are his revisionist statements in regard to the fate of Jews in Europe, Asia and Africa who died as a result of Hitler's death machine. Radicals like Mahmoud throughout the Islamic world have been calling for war against the Jews for decades. The Palestinian National Covenant (Al-Mithaq...
  • Thousands Protest Parallel 'Sharia Societies' in Germany

    12/18/2014 7:53:28 AM PST · by BCW · 12 replies
    The Clarion Project | 14 DEC 2014 | SOEREN KERN
    The protests are part of a burgeoning grassroots movement calling for an end to the spread of Islamic Sharia law in Germany. Thousands of German citizens have been taking to the streets to protest the growing "Islamization" of their country. The protests are part of a burgeoning grassroots movement made up of ordinary citizens who are calling for an end to runaway immigration and the spread of Islamic Sharia law in Germany. The guardians of German multiculturalism are fighting back: they are seeking to delegitimize the protesters by branding them as "neo-Nazis" and by claiming that the Islamization of Germany...
  • EU Parliament Backtracks on Resolution to Recognize Palestinian State

    12/17/2014 5:05:19 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | December 17, 2014
    JNS.org - European Parliament members on Tuesday declined to propose an initially planned motion that would have urged the European Union’s (EU) 28 member nations to recognize a unilaterally established Palestinian state. Instead, the EU Parliament’s lawmakers proposed a resolution asking for the continuation of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Negotiators for the European People’s Party and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, parties that together hold a majority of the EU Parliament seats, issued a resolution stating that the EU Parliament “supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these...
  • In 1944 Battle of the Bulge, Albert Darago, then 19, took on a German tank by himself

    12/16/2014 10:26:37 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Michael E. Ruane
    Albert Darago had never fired a bazooka before. He was an “ack-ack” guy, a fuse-cutter on a 90mm antiaircraft gun. But on Dec. 19, 1944, the brass was looking for volunteers to go after some German tanks. And Darago said sure. He was a 19-year-old, color-blind draftee, a native of Baltimore’s Little Italy and a musician who played piano and clarinet. He was no hero, he said. But when Adolf Hitler launched the massive attack that began World War II’s bloody Battle of the Bulge, he had not reckoned on GIs like Darago.
  • Your First Prerequisite is to Acquire My(Jesus) Presence

    12/16/2014 10:53:52 AM PST · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    Your prerequisite in all things is to first acquire My Presence for in My courts there are libraries of scrolls providing the wisdom and knowledge in first acquiring the understanding to decipher and illuminate My Word in Spirit and Truth and it is in the interpretation of your heavenly languages, "that exist even now in the alcoves of your wellspring" but these can only rise up into reality and understanding as you manifest and operate totally in the Menorah of light " The Manifold Wisdom of God " My very fullness indwelling you as "an eternal light of My Kingdom...
  • Est. 15K join ‘pinstriped Nazis’ march in Dresden (Patriotic Euros Against Islamisation of West)

    12/15/2014 11:32:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | December 15, 2014 | Kate Connolly in Berlin
    Far-right group Pegida holds ‘Islamisation’ protest, using slogan from 1989 campaign against East German government. Its members have been dubbed the “pinstriped Nazis” and they refer to their demonstrations as “evening strolls” through German cities. But on Monday night, an estimated 15,000 people joined Pegida, or Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West, in a march through Dresden carrying banners bearing slogans such as “Zero tolerance towards criminal asylum seekers”, “Protect our homeland” and “Stop the Islamisation”. Lutz Bachmann, the head of Pegida, a nascent anti-foreigner campaign group, led the crowds, either waving or draped in German flags, in barking...
  • “Wir sind das Volk” – “We are the people”

    12/15/2014 8:12:07 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 47 replies
    IBT ^ | Dec. 16, 2014 | Maria Khan
    Fifteen thousand people marched in the eastern German city of Dresden on Monday (15 December) in protest against "asylum cheaters" and the rising "Islamisation" of the West. Marking a 50% rise in attendance since the demonstration last Monday, the founder of the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident (PEGIDA), Lutz Bachmann, addressed the protestors saying: "The people are with us! Everywhere now, in every news rag, on every senseless talk show, they are debating, and the most important thing is: the politicians can no longer ignore us!"We have shown by taking another 'little stroll', and by growing in...
  • Germany Tense Over anti-Islam 'Pegida' March in Dresden

    12/15/2014 12:43:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/15/14
    A march against "Islamisation of the West" is due to take place in Dresden, with turnout expected to reach about 10,000 in the eastern German city. A big counter-demonstration is also being organised, similar in size. Dresden is the birthplace of a movement called "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West" (Pegida), which staged a big rally a week ago. Justice Minister Heiko Maas called Pegida's protests "a disgrace". But the Eurosceptic party AfD is sympathetic. "Most of their demands are legitimate," said Bernd Lucke, leader of the conservative Alternativ fuer Deutschland (AfD), which has campaigned for a tougher...
  • German Army Begins Modernising Its Battle Tank Fleet with the LEOPARD 2 A7

    12/15/2014 8:47:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    MUNICH --- To mark the handover of the first of an initial 20 LEOPARD 2 A7 tanks to the German Army, Frank Haun, Chairman of the Board of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) welcomed numerous guests from the worlds of politics, the military and business to the company's headquarters in Munich on 10 December. Representing the Inspector General was General Lieutenant Rainer Korff, who accepted the vehicle on behalf of the German Army from Frank Haun, the Canadian Ambassador Marie Gervais-Vidricaire and President of the Army Supplies Division (BAAINBw), Harald Stein. The LEOPARD 2 A7 is a product of collaboration between multiple...
  • Germany to be gas powered for next 70 years

    12/14/2014 7:32:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    RT ^ | 12 December 2014
    Germany’s plan to phase out nuclear energy and switch to renewables by 2022 is unrealistic as the country is doomed to remain dependent on fossil fuels like oil and gas for the next 70 years, energy expert Matthias Dornfeldt told RT. Renewables can’t replace fossil fuels overnight because there’s not enough infrastructure, said Dornfeldt in an interview with RT. He believes the 21st century will be the century of gas, as the 20th century was the century of oil. “We are going to be dependent on oil as well as on gas, as I see, for the next 50, 60,...
  • Putin Is Infiltrating European Politics With Shocking Effectiveness

    12/14/2014 12:26:28 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 14 Dec 14 | Jeremy Bender
    Putin has become shockingly effective at influencing European politics through a host of far-right parties. The following chart from the Center for Eurasian Strategic Intelligence (CESI) shows Russia's growing influence within six different European Union countries. The parties, located in the UK, France, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, and Hungary, are increasingly popular—and staunchly against giving more power to the EU. Each of the parties has also fostered a closer relationship with Russia, and has protested against sanctions on Moscow following its annexation of Ukraine.
  • NATO Aims to Be 'More Responsive' in Wake of Russian Aggression

    12/14/2014 1:48:39 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | Andy Eckardt
    On Monday, 28 Russian military planes including TU-95 and TU-22 strategic bombers were intercepted over the Baltic Sea near Latvia's border. On Tuesday, a Russian plane violated Estonia's airspace. Poland's defense minister later accused Putin of launching "unprecedented activity" around the Baltic Sea. Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, said the recent Russian flights were "of a different nature than we've seen in a while." The warplanes were intercepted by NATO in international airspace. "For the past 19 years, we have been trying to treat Russia as a partner, trying to bring the nations of Europe back together...
  • Rand Paul: America Partly To Blame For Pearl Harbor, World War II

    03/31/2014 8:24:21 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 129 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 03/31/2014 | Caleb Howe
    At the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin this weekend highlighted a video of Rand Paul speaking in 2012 about sanctions on Iran. In it, Paul disparages the notion of use of force, and for some reason claims the United States was partly to blame for World War II! “There are times when sanctions have made it worse. I mean, there are times .. leading up to World War II we cut off trade with Japan. That probably caused Japan to react angrily. We also had a blockade on Germany after World War I, which may have encouraged them … some of...
  • German police see rise in far-right extremism: report

    12/14/2014 11:02:11 AM PST · by qaz123 · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 14DEC14 | AFP
    Berlin (AFP) - German police have noted a significant rise in far-right extremism and attacks targeting foreigners, a news report said Sunday, amid national debate about a new Islamophobic movement. The trend is seen as a backlash against a sharp increase in refugees arriving in Germany, Europe's biggest economy and top destination for asylum-seekers and other migrants
  • The forgotten sneak attack on Britain that backfired on the Kaiser

    12/14/2014 6:32:50 AM PST · by the scotsman · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14th December 2014 | Tony Rennell
    'A bank of fog was sitting a couple of miles out at sea and a heavy mist lay over the East Coast resort of Scarborough as postman Alfred Beal climbed the wide front steps of Dunollie, a porticoed mansion high on the town’s South Cliff. He never reached the door that fateful morning on December 16, 1914, almost exactly a century ago. Three German warships had burst out of the fog bank and were now steaming past the headland, firing volley after volley of shells. One caught poor Beal and blasted his shattered body back down the drive. A second...
  • What Oil Shock and Repub. Cave Mean to Stocks and GDP; Investment & Finance Thread - Dec. 14

    12/14/2014 7:43:31 AM PST · by expat_panama · 158 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Dec. 14, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    So while nobody knows the future we still need to know what to expect from the week's two big headlines, even though our view can easily (and will probably) be muddied w/ other factors.  So we deal with an unknown future by checking the historical record for clues on at what the news means to our future investment returns.  What oil bargains do:  namely, what's it doing to the economy and to investments; here's what tanking oil's done in the past (ya gotta LOVE the fed's data site) and how real oil prices (2014$ per barrel) track real GDP-- [click...
  • Russia and China demand Iran halt secret nuclear site

    11/28/2009 2:34:44 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies · 2,142+ views
    Times of London ^ | Saturday, November 28, 2009 | Catherine Philp, Diplomatic Correspondent
    World powers united in condemnation of Iran's nuclear activities yesterday in a rare show of international consensus on the threat posed by Tehran's continued nuclear defiance. China and Russia joined the United States, Britain, France and Germany in backing an International Atomic Energy Agency resolution censuring Iran and ordering it to halt construction of a secret uranium enrichment plant. The resolution, the first since February 2006, passed with 25 votes and six abstentions. Only Malaysia, Venezuela and Cuba supported Iran. ...China, which has shared Moscow's reluctance to take a hard line with Tehran, was reportedly persuaded to support the resolution...
  • Germans take to the streets to protest against 'Islamisation'

    12/13/2014 6:26:12 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 08 Dec 2014 | Justin Huggler
    Germans take to the streets to protest against 'Islamisation' Anti-immigrant protests claim to want to preserve Judeo-Christian culture as critics accuse it of harbouring neo-Nazi elements By Justin Huggler, Berlin 6:51PM GMT 08 Dec 2014 A new type of anti-immigration protest is sweeping across Germany, as thousands take to the streets against what they say is the growing “Islamisation” of the country. The new protests, which began in the city of Dresden in the former East Germany, feature no neo-Nazi slogans and have nothing to do with the traditional far right. Instead the demonstrators have adopted the old rallying call...
  • Turkey's Erdogan lashes out as lira tumbles

    12/13/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Whirled Nut Daily ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Dombey
    ...its lowest levels against the dollar for almost a year, amid investor nervousness about emerging markets. By evening trade in Istanbul the currency had fallen beyond TL2.30 to the US dollar, more than 1 per cent down on the day and the weakest level since January, when the Turkish central bank moved to increase interest rates -- a dramatic shift in policy that at the time halted a precipitous drop in its value. ...Turkey is far from alone in being affected by strong US economic data that has heightened expectations of a US Federal Reserve interest rate rise and so...
  • Juncker: Greece should avoid ‘wrong outcome’ in elections

    12/12/2014 5:05:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/11/14 @ 21:24 | Valentina Pop
    EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has warned Greece against electing “extreme forces” into power and said he would prefer “known faces”—so far the strongest intervention of the EU top brass in the Greek campaign. “I think that the Greeks—who have a very difficult life—know very well what a wrong election result would mean for Greece and the eurozone,” Juncker said during an Austrian public TV debate with EUobserver and several other Brussels-based journalists. He steered clear of explicit political advice ahead of presidential elections in Greece next week, but said: “I wouldn’t like extreme forces to come to power.” The...