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  • 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.” .....
  • The Worst of the Madness

    08/25/2012 5:21:36 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 1 replies
    --snip-- n 1941, the Nazis also devised the Hunger Plan, a scheme to feed German soldiers and civilians by starving Polish and Soviet citizens. Once again, the Nazis decided, the produce of Ukraine’s collective farms would be confiscated and redistributed: “Socialism in one country would be supplanted by socialism for the German race.” Not accidentally, the fourteen million victims of these ethnic and political schemes were mostly not Russians or Germans, but the peoples who inhabited the lands in between. Stalin and Hitler shared a contempt for the very notions of Polish, Ukrainian, and Baltic independence, and jointly strove to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Chilling

    08/22/2012 8:16:58 AM PDT · by george123 · 30 replies
    Vanity | 8/22/12 | gesully
    I read on Drudge and other places (certainly not the MSM) that Israel is going to attack Iran before the election. I couldn’t figure out why they would do that until I listened to Mark Taylor sitting in for Dennis Prager yesterday. He says the reason they want to do it is to force Obama to back them which they figure he would do because of the election. If they wait until after the election they are afraid he will not…will probably condemn them. And they can’t take the chance that Obama will lose because their country is at stake....
  • 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...
  • EU: Debt crisis drags eurozone economy down 0.2pc

    08/14/2012 5:51:58 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/14/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    The eurozone was shown to be on the edge of a double-dip recession today, as even the powerhouse economies faltered in the face of the three-year-old debt crisis. The combined economies of the 17-members contracted by 0.2pc in the three months from April to June, according to Eurostat, following zero growth in the first quarter. News of the contraction came amid further speculation that Greece will push for a two-year extension of its latest austerity programme. Germany managed 0.3pc growth, thanks to strong investment and domestic consumption, and the Netherlands posted an up-tick in production of 0.2pc. But the growth...
  • Panetta: Syria no-fly zone "not on the front burner"

    08/14/2012 2:35:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | August 14, 2012
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says plans to set up a no-fly zone over parts of Syria are "not on the front burner," despite persistent calls from rebel forces there that they need the added protection from escalating regime air strikes. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Panetta said he is confident the U.S. could successfully enforce a no-fly zone over Syria, but doing so would require a "major, major policy decision" that has not yet been made. "We have planned for a number of contingencies that could take place and one of those possible contingencies is developing...
  • Security services record Islamist exodus to Egypt (can CAIR accompany them?)

    08/13/2012 5:13:37 PM PDT · by Milagros · 9 replies
    The local (Germany) ^ | Aug, 12, 2012
    Security services record Islamist exodus to Egypt Published: 12 Aug 12 10:53 CET German security services have recorded a leap in the number of radical Islamists traveling to Egypt, according to a report due to be published in Monday's Der Spiegel magazine.
  • Investors Prepare for Euro Collapse

    08/13/2012 2:13:21 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 19 replies
    Spiegelonline ^ | 8/13/2012 | Martin Hesse
    Banks, companies and investors are preparing themselves for a collapse of the euro. Cross-border bank lending is falling, asset managers are shunning Europe and money is flowing into German real estate and bonds. The euro remains stable against the dollar because America has debt problems too. But unlike the euro, the dollar's structure isn't in doubt. There is increasing anxiety, particularly because politicians have not managed to solve the problems. Despite all their efforts, the situation in Greece appears hopeless. Spain is in trouble and, to make matters worse, Germany's Constitutional Court will decide in September whether the European Stability...
  • The Tragedy Europe Forgot (Expulsions of Germans From East of the Oder)

    08/10/2012 7:02:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 9, 2012 | Andrew Stuttaford
    By the late spring of 1945, Germany had lost a war, its honor and millions of dead. There was more to come. The Allies had decided that the country's east should be carved up between Poland and the Soviet Union and that its German inhabitants should be moved to the truncated Reich. There they would encounter Sudeten Germans, Czechoslovakia's second largest ethnic group, now also scheduled for deportation. In August 1945, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed at Potsdam that these transfers, which had in any case already begun, should be "orderly and humane."
  • Mass grave in London reveals how volcano caused global catastrophe

    08/05/2012 5:20:32 AM PDT · by Renfield · 38 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-4-2012 | Dalya Alberge
    When archaeologists discovered thousands of medieval skeletons in a mass burial pit in east London in the 1990s, they assumed they were 14th-century victims of the Black Death or the Great Famine of 1315-17. Now they have been astonished by a more explosive explanation – a cataclysmic volcano that had erupted a century earlier, thousands of miles away in the tropics, and wrought havoc on medieval Britons. Scientific evidence – including radiocarbon dating of the bones and geological data from across the globe – shows for the first time that mass fatalities in the 13th century were caused by one...
  • Vanity: August 1-4 The Week Europe Committed Suicide

    08/03/2012 7:19:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Vanity ^ | August 3, 2012 | Me
    This week the dominoes started to fall with Germany declaring war on Russia on August 1. Today the 3rd, Germany declares war on France. Tomorrow Britain will declare war on Germany for violating the Treaty of London guaranteeing Belgium neutrality. A century of technological progress will be turned on its creators. The self-confidence of Europe will be shattered to be replaced by the nihilism and moral decadence that we still live with today. I am currently reading Anna Karenina. In the back of my mind this world so brought to life by Tolstoy will be destroyed within the lifetimes of...
  • Woman Cheats Death as Rock Destroys Car

    08/01/2012 2:25:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    The Local ^ | 1 Aug 12
    A woman narrowly missed being hit by a huge rock which fell from a cliff and completely wrecked the car she had just got out of. German police said she cheated death by a couple of steps. “Thankfully we are just talking about the destruction of a car. The woman had just parked it and got out when the rock fell. She heard a noise and in the next moment the rock landed on her car. It was a big chunk, weighing hundreds of kilos, if not a tonne,” police spokesman Mirko Steffl told The Local. The Freiburg police, responsible...
  • 51% of Germans Believe Germany Better Off Outside Eurozone, 71% Favor Greece Leaving

    07/31/2012 12:13:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    A recent poll says 51 percent of Germans now believe Germany would be better off without the euro. The Emnid poll for the Bild am Sonntag mass circulation weekly showed 51pc of Germans believed Europe's top economy would be better outside the 17-country eurozone. Twenty-nine percent said it would be worse off, AFP reports. The survey also showed that 71pc of Germans wanted Greece to leave the euro if it did not live up to its austerity promises. Economy Minister Philipp Roesler told Bild am Sonntag there were "considerable doubts whether Greece is living up to its reform promises." Implications...
  • Mitt Romney Cheered in Poland, Endorsed by Walesa

    07/30/2012 4:16:55 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 83 replies
    bradenton.com ^ | July 30, 2012 | DAVID LIGHTMAN
    WARSAW, POLAND — Fresh from a warm embrace from iconic Polish leader Lech Walesa, Mitt Romney will wrap up a three-country trip overseas Tuesday with a major speech that he hopes will send a message that he's tough and more willing to take a harder line with rogue nations than President Barack Obama is. Romney arrived in Warsaw late Monday after a day in Gdansk, where he enjoyed the most enthusiastic reception of his six-day trip, which was marred by controversies at the first two stops, in London and Jerusalem. He was greeted in Gdansk by crowds that swarmed in...
  • Why The IOC Will Never Memorialize The '72 Munich Massacre

    07/28/2012 3:30:10 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 27, 2012 | Guri Weinberg
    Recently, new information about the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Olympic Games was released by German police as a result of pressure from German investigative reporters. It was reported that the “Black September” terrorists were helped by a Nazi group in Germany to get fake IDs, weapons and access to the Olympic Village.
  • German U-boat Found 100 Kilometers Inland in Labrador

    07/27/2012 8:01:04 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 36 replies
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | July 25, 2012 | CBC News
    An important piece of history from the Second World War may be sitting in a river in Labrador. Searchers believe they've found a German U-boat buried in the sand on the bottom of the Churchill River. The discovery has yet to be authenticated. Two years ago, searchers scoured the bottom of the Churchill River with side-scanning sonar. They were looking for three men lost over Muskrat Falls. When they reviewed the footage from that search, they made an unexpected discovery. "We were looking for something completely different, not a submarine, not a U-boat — I mean, no one would ever...
  • EU: Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande pledge to back euro

    07/27/2012 5:44:37 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/27/2012 | Bruno Waterfield, in Brussels
    Angela Merkel and François Hollande pledged on Friday "to do everything to protect" the European Union's single currency, papering over deep divisions between them over how to tackle the Spanish and Italian debt crisis. The German chancellor and French president issued a joint statement following a crisis telephone call echoing Mario Draghi's promise on Thursday that the European Central Bank would do whatever it took to save the euro. "France and Germany are fundamentally tied to the integrity of the euro area," they said in the statement. "They are determined to do everything to protect it. "Member states, like the...
  • Explorers find downed German U-Boat off Mass.

    07/27/2012 4:03:08 PM PDT · by robowombat · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 27, 5:22 PM EDT | By JAY LINDSAY
    BOSTON (AP) -- Divers have discovered a World War II-era German submarine nearly 70 years after it sank under withering U.S. attack in waters off Nantucket. The U-550 was found Monday by a privately funded group organized by New Jersey lawyer Joe Mazraani. It was the second trip in two years to the site by the team, some of whom had been searching for the lost U-boat for two decades. Using side-scan sonar, the seven-man team located the wreck listing to its side in deep water about 70 miles south of Nantucket. Sonar operator Garry Kozak said he spotted the...
  • Search team returning to Churchill River... sonar images showing suspected Nazi submarine

    07/27/2012 6:48:39 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | July 26, 2012 | Jake Edmiston
    Until this week, proof of a sunken Nazi submarine in Labrador was confined to old rumours of dark shadows in the Churchill River. The stories go back decades, suggesting that German U-boats had snaked along the river bottom and deep into Labrador. Now newly released sonar images depicting a mysterious submerged shape near Happy Valley-Goose Bay have generated excitement among those who believe the old tales and skepticism among those who don’t.
  • Did any Hessian troops imprisoned in Reading [PA] stay in America after the Revolutionary War?

    07/26/2012 5:42:40 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 33 replies
    Reading Eagle ^ | 7-26-12 | Ron Devlin
    Ask Ron Devlin: Country they fought against became home Reading Eagle: Tim Leedy The state historical marker for Hessian Camp on Mineral Spring Road. Dorothy Johnston, who grew up near Hessian Camp in Reading, wondered what happened to the German mercenaries imprisoned in Reading during the Revolutionary War. First, some background. Faced with open revolt in its American Colonies, Britain arranged with the Prince of Hesse-Cassel, the Duke of Brunswick and other German nobles to send troops to the Colonies. By some estimates, 30,000 German mercenaries, including those called Hessians, were sent to help the British squelch the rebellion. After...
  • German intelligence: al-Qaeda all over Syria

    07/26/2012 10:10:49 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 10 replies
    atimes.com ^ | 24JUL12 | John Rosenthal
    German intelligence estimates that "around 90" terror attacks that "can be attributed to organizations that are close to al-Qaeda or jihadist groups" were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July, as reported by the German daily Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). This was revealed by the German government in a response to a parliamentary question. In response to the same question, the German government admitted that it had received several reports from the German foreign intelligence service, the BND, on the May 25 massacre in the Syrian town of Houla. But it noted...
  • Circumcision row hits Austria

    07/25/2012 6:55:09 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7/25/2012 | AFP Writer
    A furore over circumcision in Germany reached neighbouring Austria on Tuesday as a state governor advised doctors against performing the procedure, even when it is on religious grounds. Markus Wallner, centre-right state premier of Vorarlberg, said the instructions followed a controversial June ruling by a court in the German city of Cologne that equated circumcision of young boys with grievous bodily harm. That verdict provoked uproar from religious and political leaders in Israel as well as Muslim countries, with Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly saying it risked making Germany a "laughing stock".
  • Bob Costas Takes Olympics to Task for Denying Israel's Munich Massacre Moment of Silence

    07/22/2012 4:24:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 18, 2012 | THR Staff
    When the London games officially launch July 27, Bob Costas will stage his own protest of what he calls a "baffling" decision: the NBC sportscaster plans to call out the International Olympic Committee for denying Israel's request for a moment of silence acknowledging the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Games.
  • Retirement In Germany May Rise To Age 69 While Greece Is At Age 58

    07/24/2012 1:13:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7-23-12 | Walter Loeb
    Retirement In Germany May Rise To Age 69 While Greece Is At Age 58 A senior German retailer pointed out to me that the current economic environment in Europe is unfair and that retirement age for workers should be higher – not lower as the situation exists for workers in Greece. He believes that a productive country is a healthy country. He is pessimistic for the near term outlook of retail trade in Europe, saying that any bailout will lead to higher taxation and depress sales. In 2007 Germany raised its retirement age from 65 to 67 and the German...
  • EU: Who will hold the Troika to account for asphyxiating Greece?

    07/23/2012 6:41:56 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/23/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Germany has clearly taken the decision to expel Greece from the euro, whatever the new Greek government does. Vice-Chancellor Philipp Roesler says the "horror" of Greek exit has worn off. The markets will hardly miss a beat when the day comes. Greece has already failed to complete 210 targets imposed by the EU-IMF Troika. "Unfortunately it is likely that Greece will not be able to fulfil the requirements. And I say quite clearly, if Greece fails to comply, there should be no more payments to Greece. I have to say I am more than sceptical," he said. Before we all...
  • Spanish protests swell as jobless march on Madrid

    07/21/2012 6:46:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 29, 2012 | by Sarah White
    (Reuters) - Hundreds of unemployed Spaniards who had walked hundreds of kilometres (miles) to Madrid joined protests on Saturday against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government and its handling of an economic crisis. Demonstrations have swollen across Spain since the centre-right government announced 65 billion euros in new spending cuts two weeks ago to cut its deficit and avert a full-blown bailout, with firefighters and police joining a mass protest on Thursday. Several hundred people journeyed on foot from the southern region of Andalucia, which has one of the worst unemployment rates in Spain, and from northern Catalonia and other areas...
  • Lifting Zimbabwe sanctions might aid reform before elections [yeah, good one!]

    07/21/2012 6:30:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    The Zimbabwean ^ | Sunday 22nd July 2012 | The Guardian
    Almost four years since the signing of the global political agreement (GPA) that brought Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) into a lopsided power-sharing arrangement with Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF, the country is once again heading towards elections, now expected within a year. The GPA has achieved some stability, enabling modest progress on reform, but an array of problems remain. Spoiler behaviour, especially by Zanu-PF, has not been adequately dealt with, although the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), as co-guarantor with the African Union of the political agreement, has consistently rejected Zanu-PF efforts to fast-track elections without reforms. The EU will...
  • FTA with EU likely by year-end [Free Trade Agreement]

    07/21/2012 6:20:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    The Hindu ^ | July 22, 2012 | Special Correspondent
    The Central government is hopeful of concluding the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) by the end of this year. According to Union Commerce Secretary S.R. Rao, the final leg of negotiations between the two parties is likely to be held in September. The deal was likely to be concluded as "we have closed most of the issues". India was exploring options for widening its engagement with ASEAN countries while negotiations with Pakistan on FTA were well on way. Mr. Rao, who was talking to reporters here on Saturday, said, "They (the EU) want us to take...
  • Olympic Committee On Munich Moment of Silence Refusal: ‘Muslims Tied Our Hands’

    07/18/2012 5:28:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Jul 18th, 2012 | Jeff Dunetz
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Olympic Committee On Munich Moment of Silence Refusal: ‘Muslims Tied Our Hands’Posted By Jeff Dunetz On July 18, 2012 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 7 Comments Originally published at YidWithLid.Ankie Spitzer whose husband was murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Munich Olympics has been fighting to have a minute of silence at the London Games to remember the eleven murdered victims.Her efforts have been supported by the governments of much of the western world, but they have been rejected by the International Olympic Committee. The organisation and its president Jacques Rogge have been...
  • Lost Roman camp that protected against Germanic hordes found

    10/28/2011 8:48:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Thursday, October 27, 2011 | Matthew Day
    German archaeologists have unearthed "sensational" evidence of a lost Roman camp that formed a vital part of the frontier protecting Rome's empire against the Germanic hordes. Historians believe the camp, once home to an estimated 1,000 legionaries and located on the River Lippe near the town of Olfen, may well have been served as a key base for the Roman General Drusus, who waged a long and bloody war against the tribes that once inhabited what is now western Germany. The find comes 100 years after the discovery of a bronze Roman helmet near Olfen indicated the presence of ancient...
  • Europe's fastest computer boots up (an IBM)

    07/20/2012 7:37:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 20 Jul 12 07:34 CET
    Europe's fastest supercomputer was set to be unveiled on Friday in Munich. Its three petaflops of processing power will be used to explore new worlds, from the wonders of the cosmos to mysteries of the earth's core. The phenomenal processing power is equivalent to three billion people each holding a pocket calculator, each completing one million calculations every second. This is how IBM likes to represent the performance of their newest supercomputer, which at its three petaflop peak performance (FLOP—Floating Operations Per Second) is the fourth fastest in the world. … SuperMUC, which weighs more than 100 tonnes and has...
  • Germans laugh at 'Olympic disaster' as top magazine brands 2012 Games 'one big, soggy mess'

    07/18/2012 7:03:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 18, 2012 | Allan Hall
    They have a reputation for faultless efficiency and planning events with meticulous detail. So perhaps we should be worried that Germans already believe London 2012 will be an 'Olympic-sized disaster'. Germany's leading news magazine has launched an attack on Britain’s preparations for the Olympics, poking fun at facilities and warning that the Games are destined to go down in history as a gigantic 'soggy mess'.
  • Cash-strapped Berlin stalked by 450-year-old trillion-Euro debt

    07/19/2012 8:41:06 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 19, 2012 | Reuters
    The sleepy hamlet of Mittenwalde in eastern Germany could become one of the richest towns in the world if Berlin were to repay it an outstanding debt that dates back to 1562. A certificate of debt, found in a regional archive, attests that Mittenwalde lent Berlin 400 guilders on May 28 1562, to be repaid with six percent interest per year. According to Radio Berlin Brandenburg RBB.L, the debt would amount to 11,200 guilders today, which is roughly equivalent to 112 million euros. Adjusting for compound interest and inflation, the total debt now lies in the trillions, by RBB's estimates....
  • Reuters Thinks Big Unemployment Claims Jump Is a 'Rebound'

    07/19/2012 8:41:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 19, 2012 | Tom Blumer
    In case you missed it (which wouldn't be surprising given how quiet the press has been since the related report's release, the Department of Labor reported that initial claims for unemployment rose to a seasonally adjusted 386,000 from a review (up, or course) 352,000 the previous week. An unbylined Reuters report carried at CNBC (HT to an NB tipster) bizarrely described this result as a "rebound," both in its headline and text: Weekly Claims Post Rebound; Jobs Market Still in Doldrums The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rebounded last week, pushing them back to levels consistent...
  • EU: [Italian premier Mario] Monti plans 'Greek-style' takeover of Sicily to avert default

    07/19/2012 2:38:10 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/18/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Italian premier Mario Monti is mulling emergency action to take direct control of Sicily’s regional government before the island spirals into a full-blown financial crisis, fearing contagion to the rest of Italy. A woman begging in the street in Sicily. Regional councillor Andrea Vecchio has warned the island has run out of money Mr Monti held an “urgent” meeting with the country’s president Giorgio Napolitano on Wednesday to grapple with the constitutional issue after it emerged that the region faces a deficit of up to €7bn (£5.49bn) this year and is in danger of default without sweeping cuts. Sicily’s regional...
  • Legendary race ring Nürburgring 'faces closure'

    07/17/2012 10:44:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 18 Jul 12 06:39 CET
    This Sunday’s German Formula 1 Grand Prix is likely to be the last at the legendary Nürburgring—because the state-owned company that owns it is going bust, a regional paper claimed this week. The Rhein Zeitung newspaper said on Tuesday it had heard from good sources that the European Commission was not going to rescue the Nürburgring GmbH firm. The Rhineland Palatinate state government had suggested the Commission pump around €13 million into the firm, while the firm would defer payment on a €330 million loan from a state-owned bank. …
  • German economists: make the rich buy bonds

    07/17/2012 3:32:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    A respected German economics institute has suggested that wealthy people be hit with a capital tax, some of which they could get back with interest. Such a move could raise around €230 billion, it said. The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) suggested that those with a substantial private fortune be forced to hand over 10 percent of what they have over €250,000. This would hit the richest eight percent of the population and would not lead to the feared reduction of consumer demand, it said. The tactic could be adopted to raise money in crisis-hit countries across Europe, the...
  • Germany to religious: We'll allow circumcisions

    07/13/2012 7:56:48 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/13/2012 | REUTERS writer
    Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman promised Germany's Jewish and Muslim communities on Friday they would be free to carry out circumcision on young boys despite a court ban which has provoked concerns about religious freedom. In a country that is especially sensitive to allegations of intolerance because of the Nazis' slaughter of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, the government said it would find a way around the Cologne court ban in June as a matter of urgency. "For everyone in the government it is absolutely clear that we want to have Jewish and Muslim religious life in Germany," said Merkel's...
  • Rabbis call on German Jews to defy circumcision ruling

    07/13/2012 3:19:23 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 33 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7/13/2012 | AFP Writer
    Orthodox rabbis from across Europe urged Jews in Germany Thursday to continue circumcising baby boys, at an "emergency" meeting called over a court ruling branding the religious rite a criminal act. "We call on the Jewish community and on parents to continuing practising brit milah (the Jewish circumcision ritual) and not to wait for a change to the judicial ruling," Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, told a meeting in Berlin of around 40 Orthodox Jewish clerics. Goldschmidt said circumcision of boys on the eighth day after birth was a crucial tenet of Jewish law and that...
  • New cars in Europe may have to cut carbon emissions by one-third

    07/12/2012 4:53:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 12 July 2012 | Fiona Harvey for the Guardian, part of the Guardian Environment Network
    New cars and vans in the European Union will produce one-third less carbon dioxide within eight years, under proposed new rules set out on Wednesday (11 July) in Brussels. By 2020, the average emissions from new cars will have to be no more than 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer driven (5.4 oz/mile), a cut of more than 40 grams from today's levels and of 35 grams per kilometer compared with the 2015 target, if the proposed new regulations are accepted. Connie Hedegaard, climate chief of the European commission, said the goals were "ambitious but achievable" and would benefit...
  • German economists: make the rich buy bonds

    07/12/2012 3:26:00 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 7-12-12 | unattributed
    The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) suggested that those with a substantial private fortune be forced to hand over 10 percent of what they have over €250,000. This would hit the richest eight percent of the population and would not lead to the feared reduction of consumer demand, it said. The tactic could be adopted to raise money in crisis-hit countries across Europe, the DIW said in a statement.