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  • Roundup Settlement Met by [Obama] Judge's Doubts

    07/08/2020 2:33:11 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 8, 2020 | Sara Randazzo
    A federal judge cast doubt on Bayer AG ’s proposal to neatly resolve all future lawsuits over the safety of its Roundup weedkiller, potentially snagging the German company’s attempts to move past the massive liability. Bayer said recently it would pay up to $10.9 billion to settle tens of thousands of current Roundup cases and create a system for handling future cases. The deal came after three juries in recent years awarded large verdicts to plaintiffs alleging Roundup caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma, spooking investors. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco, who must approve the class action, said Monday he...
  • People leaving German church at record rate

    07/07/2020 8:36:53 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Tablet ^ | July 1, 2020 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    Germans leaving Church at record rate Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, the newly elected chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, at a press conference on his election this year. Michael Debets/Zuma Press/PA Images The German bishops’ conference announced on Friday that a record 272,771 people left the country's Catholic Church in 2019. The number represented an increase of more than 56,000 on the 216,000 who left in 2018, and exceeds by a large margin the previous record of 218,000 leaving in 2014. The figures are part of a growing countrywide exodus from the Christian Churches. The German Protestant Church saw a similar...
  • Europeans harden views towards US and EU after pandemic

    07/05/2020 7:34:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 June 2020 12:38 CEST+02:00 | Ben McPartland/AFP/The Local
    “Trust in Trump’s America is gone.” The coronavirus crisis has caused a dramatic deterioration in the European public perception of the US and left many believing the EU had become “irrelevant”, new polling finds. The new survey by the European Council for Foreign Relations (ECFR) says the pandemic has traumatized Europeans and left them “feeling alone and vulnerable”. The survey studied the views of Europeans towards the EU and notably its response to the coronavirus crisis and the results did not make for positive reading. “There is a powerful sense among citizens of almost all surveyed member states that their...
  • Northeast Germany considers ending mask wearing in August

    07/05/2020 7:08:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 5 July 202010:29 CEST+02:00
    The rural state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the northeastern corner of Germany is considering ending compulsory mask wearing due to a low coronavirus infection rate. “If the infection rate stays so low, I can’t see any reason to maintain the duty to wear masks in shops,” said the state’s agriculture minister Harry Glawe on Sunday. […] “We are trying to ensure that all of north Germany has the same rule,” he said. “Personally I’d like to see the whole of Germany put an end to mask wearing.” Other states are also considering ending mask wearing. “We are currently looking at...
  • Germany promises to atone for discrimination of gay soldiers

    07/04/2020 7:48:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.04.2020 | Timothy Jones
    Germany is planning to rehabilitate soldiers who were discriminated against in past years by being rejected for promotion or even fired from the army because of their homosexuality, the Defense Ministry announced. The ministry said it intends to present a draft bill in September to address the injustices done to those soldiers who had been subjected to punitive measures by military disciplinary courts. In some cases, gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender (LGBT+) soldiers have been disadvantaged with respect to their peers by receiving a lower salary or pension because they were refused promotions. A law preventing homosexuals from becoming professional...
  • House Democrats, Working With Liz Cheney, Restrict Trump’s Planned Withdrawal of Troops From Afghanistan and Germany

    07/02/2020 6:04:48 PM PDT · by rintintin · 50 replies
    The Intercept ^ | July 2 2020 | The Intercept
    THE U.S. MILITARY HAS BEEN fighting in Afghanistan for almost nineteen years. House Democrats, working in tandem with key pro-war GOP lawmakers such as Rep. Liz Cheney, are ensuring that continues. Last night, the House Armed Services Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of an amendment — jointly sponsored by Democratic Congressman Jason Crow of Colorado and Congresswoman Cheney of Wyoming — prohibiting the expenditure of monies to reduce the number of U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan below 8,000 without a series of conditions first being met. The imposed conditions are by no means trivial: for these troop reductions from Afghanistan...
  • Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany

    07/01/2020 11:04:53 PM PDT · by robowombat · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/29/20 03:19 PM EDT | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany BY JORDAIN CARNEY - 06/29/20 03:19 PM EDT A bipartisan group of senators is trying to place limits on President Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany unless the administration is able to meet a slew of requirements. The proposal, spearheaded by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), would prohibit the administration from reducing the number of active-duty troops in Germany below 34,500 unless the Pentagon can certify to Congress that it is in the national security interest of the United States and would not negatively undermine European alliances or NATO....
  • EU agrees to reopen borders to 14 countries, extends travel ban for US tourists

    06/30/2020 8:09:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.30.2020 | ls/rs (dpa, AP, AFP)
    The European Union on Tuesday extended a ban on travelers from the United States and most other countries beyond July 1, citing epidemiological factors for the decision. Over the past month, the US has seen its number of cases steadily rise after most states eased lockdown measures. A lack of interstate coordination and an uneven response from the federal government has contributed to several new outbreaks across the country. Other countries whose travel restrictions were extended include Brazil, Russia and India, which have seen their number of positive cases surge in recent weeks. The US, Brazil, Russia and India are...
  • Foreign Affairs: 5 Predictions For The Next Five Years Of Global Power Struggles

    12/31/2019 8:58:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/31/2019 | Edward Chang
    In 2008, as the Obama administration prepared to take control in Washington, retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey offered a list of bold predictions for the coming five years. Some of them bore out: The economy performed well globally despite the Great Recession, relations with Russia became more hostile without devolving into outright dysfunction, and the United States withdrew from Iraq right at the 36-month mark, which McCaffrey specified. Other predictions, such as a North Korean collapse, improved prospects for success in Afghanistan following a massive commitment of resources, and a nuclear breakout for Iran, never occurred.A year later, geopolitical analyst...
  • Report: German Officials Placed Children with Known Paedophiles For 30 Years

    06/18/2020 5:37:20 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | June 18, 2020 | Kurt Zindulka
    A former Chancellor of West Germany, Berlin senators, bureaucrats, and members of the educational establishment have all been implicated in a network “in which paedophile positions were accepted, supported, and defended”, according to a report into the placement of homeless children with known paedophile foster parents by the German government.For over a year, researchers at the University of Hildesheim have undertaken the examination of thousands of files in the Senate Education Administration in Berlin. The 57-page report, which was published this week, found that a “network of actors in the Senate administration and institutions of educational reforms during the...
  • German authorities fear vast network in child abuse probe (30K suspects)

    06/29/2020 8:22:58 PM PDT · by bitt · 17 replies
    WAPO ^ | 6/29/2020 | ap
    BERLIN — Authorities in western Germany said Monday they have evidence that tens of thousands of people may have been involved with an online child sex abuse network uncovered last year. The justice minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, Peter Biesenbach, said that allegations against members of the pedophile ring include possession and distribution of child sex abuse images, and serious abuse. “I didn’t expect, not in the slightest, the extent of child abuse on the net,” Biesenbach told reporters, adding that specialist investigators have so far counted “more than — and I hope you’re sitting down — 30,000 unknown suspected...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 6/29/2020

    06/29/2020 8:07:43 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 6/29/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey signing executive orders with one to shut down bars, movie theaters, water parks and tube rentals for one month starting at 8 pm local tonight (11 pm Eastern US time). Ducey also prohibiting "social gatherings" of 50 or more people..... Florida authorities moving to close some beaches for the July 4th weekend out of fear of the coronavirus. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis speaking of "widespread noncompliance" with coronavirus restrictions among reopened businesses in the state..... Republican Chief Justice John Roberts again joining the Supreme Court liberals in a 5-4 ruling. This time the decision involves...
  • ‘Migrant’ looters ransack shops and attack cops and paramedics during worst riots in Stuttgart’s history

    06/23/2020 11:18:13 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 38 replies
    The SUN ^ | June 22, 2020
    Footage shows yobs pelting cops with rocks as a German police union boss said that "young people with a migrant background" were among those arrested. The riots on Saturday night began in reaction to the arrest of a white German 17-year-old for drugs offences - prompting hundreds of people to start attacking the police in "solidarity" with the teen. Videos from the scene even show rioters attacking paramedics who had been called to the scene, which local media described as a "battlefield". At least 40 shops had been ransacked while 19 police officers were injured in the night of horrific...
  • U.S. Republican lawmakers urge Trump to reconsider Germany troop reduction plan

    06/23/2020 9:03:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 23, 2020 5:35 AM | Patricia Zengerle
    A group of Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives urged President Donald Trump on Tuesday to reconsider his decision to cut the number of U.S. troops in Germany, saying their presence is the backbone of NATO’s deterrent against Russian aggression. The six lawmakers led by House Foreign Affairs Committee senior Republican Michael McCaul said in a letter that the U.S. military footprint in Germany served Washington’s strategic interests beyond Europe and into the Middle East and Africa, which have seen the growing influence of Russia and China. […] The lawmakers also warned that Moscow and Beijing sought to sow...
  • Possible Egyptian 'direct' intervention in Libya becomes legitimate: President Sisi

    06/23/2020 11:54:17 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Egypt Today ^ | June 20, 2020 | Noha El Tawil
    President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi checked on the forces in the Western Military Zone Saturday telling them, "The Egyptian Army is one of the strongest in the region. Yet, it is a wise army that protects but doesn't threaten, and is able to defend the national security of Egypt within and beyond its borders." The president said that the Air Force, the Special Forces, and the Border Guards have been securing 1,200 kilometers of borders with Libya for seven years, and accomplishing missions that have not been disclosed... The president warned in his speech in Sidi Barani district in Matrouh Governorate...
  • EU Court: Hungary's 'Stop Soros' NGO Transparency Law Illegal

    06/21/2020 12:44:51 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 42 replies
    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a law passed by the Hungarian government to make foreign donations to NGOs more transparent is against European Union laws. Ad The ruling against the transparency law comes after the case was brought to the court by the European Commission after it had initially begun proceedings against Hungary. The NGO law, which was passed in 2017, required NGOs that took 20,500 euros or more a year from overseas to register all foreign donations above 1,500 euros with the government, which shared the information online in order to make foreign funding of...
  • Germany riot: Gangs smash shops and attack police in Stuttgart

    06/21/2020 8:41:15 AM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 52 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 June 2020 | Not Listed
    Groups of people have smashed shop windows, looted, and attacked police vehicles in central Stuttgart during hours of night-time disturbances. German police say more than a dozen police officers were hurt during the violence, in south-west Germany. Video clips on Twitter show people vandalising shops in the city centre and hurling big stones and other objects at police vehicles. Stuttgart police say the violence began after police checked a drugs incident. The situation escalated after a 17-year-old was questioned for an alleged drug offence, the city's police vice-president Thomas Berger told reporters. A group of between 100 and 200 people...
  • Rundfunkbeitrag: Germany's state leaders give green light to raise TV tax

    06/20/2020 8:57:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 June 2020 08:51 CEST+02:00
    The Rundfunkbeitrag — or television license fee, which every household living in Germany is required to pay — could rise soon. On Wednesday, the leaders of Germany’s 16 states cleared the way for the amount of money people contribute to the Rundfunkbeitrag to go up by signing the interstate broadcasting agreement. The increase in the broadcasting fee is now likely to rise by 86 cents to €18.36 per month from January 2021. However, the change in law must go through all state parliaments before it comes into force. And there may be some resistance from the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt....
  • Lenin statue to be unveiled in west Germany after legal battle [Gelsenkirchen]

    06/20/2020 8:29:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 June 2020 08:22 CEST+02:00
    While a global row rages over the controversial background of historical figures immortalized as statues, on Saturday a divisive new monument to Soviet leader Lenin will be unveiled in Germany. More than 30 years after the post-World War II communist experiment on German soil ended, the tiny Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD) will install Lenin's likeness in the western city of Gelsenkirchen. The MLPD says it is the first such statue ever to be erected on the territory of the former West Germany, decades after the eastern German Democratic Republic communist state and its deadly Berlin Wall and Stasi secret...
  • SCANDAL: German Gov't Officials Intentionally Placed Foster Children with Pedophile Ring—for THIRTY YEARS

    06/20/2020 8:25:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06/20/2020 | Megan Fox
    A shocking report out of Germany says that government agencies intentionally placed homeless children with a widespread and influential pedophile ring for decades. Starting in the 1970s psychology professor Helmut Kentler conducted his “experiment.” Homeless children in West Berlin were intentionally placed with pedophile men. These men would make especially loving foster parents, Kentler argued.A study conducted by the University of Hildesheim has found that authorities in Berlin condoned this practice for almost 30 years. The pedophile foster fathers even received a regular care allowance.Helmut Kentler (1928-2008) was in a leading position at Berlin’s center for educational research. He was...