GERMANY

Jul 11 14:48

German government demands departure of US spy chief

The exposure of a second US spy in Germany within five days has unleashed a major scandal. For a while, the topic even succeeded in drawing media attention away from the World Cup. The reactions in Germany include threats of counterespionage against the United States to an official demand that the head of the US intelligence agencies in Berlin leave the country.

Jul 11 10:01

Germany Instructs Its Companies To Limit Cooperation, Procurement Orders With The US

Congratulations America: after severing ties with Russia, crushing cordial relations with China (leading to this stunning announcement by China's president), alienating France (which is now openly calling for an end to the petrodollar), the Obama administration - following not one, not two, but three spying scandals in just the past year - has managed to sour relations with Germany to a point where one wonders just who is a remaining US ally in Europe these days.

Jul 11 09:42

German MP who spoke out against cannabis use admits taking crystal meth to 'improve my performance'

German MP Michael Hartmann has revealed that he took crystal meth in a bid to sharpen up at work.

Hartmann, the interior policy expert for the Social Democrats, had his Berlin apartment searched for drugs by police on Wednesday and his lawyer later admitted that he once bought and consumed crystal meth in 2013.

His lawyer stressed that Hartmann, who has been a vocal anti-cannabis campaigner, was not addicted to crystal meth and only took it for around a month to ‘improve performance’ at work , according to The Local.

His lawyer said: 'Without wishing to excuse his misconduct, he explains it by saying that he hoped at that time to be more efficient through drug use.'

Police searched the 51-year-old’s home after a surveillance team saw him buying the drug.

Jul 11 08:40

Germany: “We.re still America’s bitch no matter how much they screw with us.”

Steinmeier took the chance to comment on Thursday’s decision to ask the US representative to leave German territory due to the spying scandal. Steinmeier claims this was a breach of trust between the partners but that he does not see any alternative than to co-operate with the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And tell the New York Fed they can keep our gold. It's really no big deal, after all!"

Jul 11 08:02

German government demands departure of US spy chief

The exposure of a second US spy in Germany within five days has unleashed a major scandal. For a while, the topic even succeeded in drawing media attention away from the World Cup. The reactions in Germany include threats of counterespionage against the United States to an official demand that the head of the US intelligence agencies in Berlin leave the country.

Jul 10 19:29

Get Israel out of the West Bank

So are the people advocating firing rockets in Gaza the same type of ditzy lefties and/or Israeli stooges as the ones in the US Congress ?

To the best of my knowledge, none of the many rockets fired into Israel from Gaza have ever hit a military or police target. Most of them fail, are intercepted, or hit open desert. The few that do hit something hit civilian homes and buildings, doing minimal damage. Casualties inflicted are also few.

What they DO accomplish is to give Israel a minimal pretext which the Israelis greatly exaggerate to “justify” their attacks on Gaza and to solicit funds from the United States.

Jul 10 18:15

Germany Demands Top US Intelligence Officer Be Expelled

“I can’t recall ever getting to the point where a friendly service actually ejected somebody,” said John A. Rizzo

Jul 10 15:47

'Third Strike' Gets Top US Spy Booted From Germany

The German government asked the CIA's station chief in Berlin to leave the country Thursday following multiple accusations of U.S. spying on Germany.

Jul 10 14:12

U.S. Scrutiny for Banks Shifts to Commerzbank and Germany

A trail of illicit money led the American government on a hunt through the European financial system, generating criminal cases against banks in Britain, Switzerland and most recently, France.

Jul 10 12:58

German police drag refugees from TV tower in Berlin

Police used force to clear protesting refugees from Berlin's television tower late on Wednesday as far-right activists held a counter-demonstration at the popular tourist site.

Jul 10 12:20

Game Changing Major End The Fed Rally Planned in Europe

In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to Lars Maehrholz during his layover in Berlin about the merger of 128 cities and 5 countries that will come together on July 19th to do a mass protest against the U.S Federal Reserve in Berlin Germany.

Jul 10 11:57

U.S. Out of Germany

If Germany hasn't had enough, we in the United States sure have.

Despite the supposed ending of World War II, the U.S. still keeps over 40,000 armed soldiers permanently in Germany.

Despite the ending of the Cold War, the U.S. still spies on the German government with relentless malevolence and incompetence, building on the fine tradition in which the CIA was created.

Germany has kicked out the latest CIA "station chief" -- a job title that seems to give one's career the longevity and utility of a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts.

Does Germany need a better CIA station chief? A reformed NSA? A properly reviewed and vetted U.S. occupation?

What does Germany get out of this deal?

Jul 10 11:51

U.S. Out of Germany

If Germany hasn’t had enough, we in the United States sure have.

Despite the supposed ending of World War II, the U.S. still keeps over 40,000 armed soldiers permanently in Germany.

Despite the ending of the Cold War, the U.S. still spies on the German government with relentless malevolence and incompetence, building on the fine tradition in which the CIA was created.

Jul 10 09:52

White House won’t comment on expulsion of top spy from Germany

The White House Thursday refused to comment on reports Germany had expelled its top spy in the country over an espionage row, but stressed intelligence ties between the two nations were vital.

Germany took the shock move after investigating two German men alleged to be acting as double agents for US intelligence, the latest twist in a long running showdown over American covert activity in the country.

“We have seen these reports and have no comment on a purported intelligence matter,” said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.

“However, our security and intelligence relationship with Germany is a very important one and it keeps Germans and Americans safe,” Hayden said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of COURSE, the US had no comment; what were the spokesdorks supposed to say on a matter of this magnitude?!?

Spying on one's alleged enemies is one thing; but spying on one of your allegedly geopolitically BFFs?!? That's tasteless, crude, and insulting.

Angela Merkel has to be steaming right now; and the big question now is, how will Germany actually respond as a nation to this?!?

I can guarantee the Obama administration one thing: it won't be pretty, coming hard on the heels of the previous spy scandal regarding Germany this year.

Jul 10 07:47

Germany Blesses “Bail-In” Deposit Confiscation Plan For Failing EU Banks

One year earlier than required, the German government approved plans to force creditors into propping up struggling banks across Europe. As WSJ reports, Germany “leads the way” in Europe by implementing European rules quickly and “creates instruments that allow the winding-down of big systemically relevant institutions without putting the financial stability at risk.” What this means is that taxpayers (theoretically) will not be on the hook (though in reality we are sure the mutually assured destruction defense will be played – especially if Deutsche runs into problems) but as German authorities explain, “This ensures that in times of crisis mainly owners and creditors will contribute to solving the crisis, and not taxpayers.” As a gentle reminder – creditors includes depositors… remember Cyprus?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, if the FED can take our gold, then the banks can take your savings accounts! Fair is fair!!"

Jul 10 07:38

Jewish Hate of Arabs Proves: Israel Must Undergo Cultural Revolution

Without a revolution based on humanist values, the Jewish tribe will not be worthy of its own state.

There are no words to describe the horror allegedly done by six Jews to Mohammed Abu Khdeir of Shoafat. Although a gag order bars publication of details of the terrible murder and the identities of its alleged perpetrators, the account of Abu Khdeir’s family — according to which the boy was burned alive — would horrify any mortal. Anyone who is not satisfied with this description, can view the horror movie in which members of Israel’s Border Police are seen brutally beating Tariq Abu Khdeir, the murder victim’s 15-year-old cousin.

Jul 10 07:33

Chomsky, BDS And The Jewish Left Paradigm

The message to the Palestinian Western activists who worked for years to build a dialogue with the Jewish Left is simple and devastating – you went to bed with the wrong people. Trust in the Jewish left killed your resistance and seems to have killed whatever is left of your cause.

The verdict is clear. The occupation is not the problem; it is just a symptom of the problem. The Jewish state is a problem and it is a serious problem. The Jewish Lobby is an even greater problem and it is a global one. And as it seems, even the Jewish Left a la Chomsky is also a grave problem. At the very least it has been an obstacle that prevented the Palestinians from grasping the real context of their struggle.

Jul 10 04:10

The Federal Reserve Won’t Let Germany Inspect It’s Own Gold

The National Security Agency isn’t the only American organization upsetting some Germans. The US Federal Reserve holds 45 percent of Germany’s gold assets, and a plan to bring much of that back to its homeland is in jeopardy. Efforts to transport or even audit the billions of dollars worth of precious metal held by the US are being impeded by politics and the Fed itself, creating frustration for many of the plans supporters.

Jul 09 18:38

Jewish Hate of Arabs Proves: Israel Must Undergo Cultural Revolution

Without a revolution based on humanist values, the Jewish tribe will not be worthy of its own state.

There are no words to describe the horror allegedly done by six Jews to Mohammed Abu Khdeir of Shoafat. Although a gag order bars publication of details of the terrible murder and the identities of its alleged perpetrators, the account of Abu Khdeir’s family — according to which the boy was burned alive — would horrify any mortal. Anyone who is not satisfied with this description, can view the horror movie in which members of Israel’s Border Police are seen brutally beating Tariq Abu Khdeir, the murder victim’s 15-year-old cousin.

Jul 09 16:36

Ending the “Passionate Attachment” Allies in the Medieval-Modern Struggle

A fairly accurate summary by Harry Clark.

US diplomats, military and intelligence officers, politicians, academics and journalists critical of the US-Israel relationship,in Washington and elsewhere gathered On March 7, 2014 with other critics in Washington, at the Washington DC National Press Club for a “National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel ‘Special Relationship.” The event was organized by the Council for the National Interest, If Americans Knew, Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, and Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. It was a full day of six panels with a total of 25 speakers. Despite the full program moderators kept the event on schedule. The ballroom of the National Press Club was filled, and the event was broadcast live on C-Span. Video of each panel and separate audio for each speaker, and near-complete transcripts, are at the IRMEP program page and the natsummit.org page. The proceedings survey Israel’s influence and its damage to the US.

Jul 09 12:03

'Second CIA spy in Germany': Berlin raids Ministry of Defense

residential and office premises of the staff of the Federal Ministry of Defense in Berlin were searched

Jul 09 09:29

Second US Spy Busted In Germany In One Week

It just hasn't been a good week for the CIA. A year after Edward Snowden revealed that the US was bugging Angela Merkel's cell phone, first one then, moments ago, Suddeutsche Zeitung revealed that a second "spy case" involving the US (read CIA) have been revealed. According to SZ, an unidentified man working in military-related area likely to be questioned today over suspicion of spying for a U.S. intelligence service in Germany. The home and office of the suspect were being searched in Berlin area. SZ adds that the case is more serious than unrelated allegations against double agent at BND Federal Intelligence Service that emerged last week.

Jul 08 16:02

German exports disappoint, imports off sharply in May, adding to expectations of weak quarter

German exports fell more than expected in May while imports dropped sharply, adding to data that point to a weak second quarter for Europe's biggest economy and also pushing up the country's trade surplus.

The Federal Statistical Office said Tuesday that exports were down 1.1 per cent compared with the previous month, a steeper drop than the 0.4 per cent decline economists expected. Imports fell 3.4 per cent.

Jul 08 12:33

Germany to spy on US for first time since 1945 after ‘double agent’ scandal

Merkel’s government is planning to scrap a no-spy agreement

Jul 08 06:58

Following CIA spy revelations, German politicians turn on the US

The unmasking of a spy who passed on internal documents of the German foreign intelligence service (BND) to the CIA for money has led to unusually sharp attacks by German politicians on the United States.

Last Wednesday, a 31-year-old BND employee was arrested and later that evening made a comprehensive confession to the Federal Prosecutor in Karlsruhe. On Friday, the first details of the affair were leaked to the press.

Jul 08 05:26

Palestinian Boy Burned to Death

The conflict derives from a military occupation in which thugs on the occupiers’ side of the conflict are allowed to increasingly spin out of control, roaming streets and forests to brutalize a captive population whose only weapons are stones and largely ineffective rockets.

The horrific stories of this past week recall a development in the struggle for justice in Life Getty ImagesApril, 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was confined in the Birmingham city jail. King, (right) and several colleagues had been arrested for demonstrating against racial segregation.

Jul 08 04:48

Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?

Levy believes only one kind of pressure would bring Israel back to sanity and safety:

“The day the president of the United States decides to put an end to the occupation, it will cease. Because Israel was never so dependent on the United States as it is now. Never. Not only economically, not only militarily but above all politically. Israel is totally isolated today, except for America.” He was initially hopeful that Barack Obama would do this – he recalls having tears in his eyes as he delivered his victory speech in Grant Park – but he says he has only promoted “tiny steps, almost nothing, when big steps are needed.”

Levy uses a simple technique. He asks his fellow Israelis:how would we feel, if this was done to us by a vastly superior military power?

Jul 08 00:42

Man charged and convicted for posting “vulgar insults” to police dept. Facebook page

RECENTLY A MAN IN WISCONSIN WAS CHARGED AND CONVICTED FOR “DISORDERLY CONDUCT” AND “UNLAWFUL USE OF A COMPUTERIZED COMMUNICATION SYSTEM” AFTER POSTING A COMMENT ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR A NEARBY POLICE DEPARTMENT

Jul 07 22:38

'Enough!' Germans say to latest US spy scandal

Germany's relations with the United States reeled further on Monday over new spying allegations, with commentators demanding a tough response to the reported US purchase of classified documents from a German double-agent.

Jul 07 10:03

Germany missing 45% of its gold ‘stored in US’

Is the world's second largest gold reserve safe with the US? Missing gold bar numbers and an inability to audit the 45% of Germany gold reserve kept in the US Federal Reserve lead to the question if it's still there

Jul 07 09:21

Germany plans counter-espionage against Britain and US

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is planning surveillance of British and American intelligence gathering in Germany for the first time since 1945 in response to an embarrassing US-German “double agent” scandal which has damaged relations between Berlin and Washington.

The unprecedented change to Berlin’s counter-espionage policy was announced by Mrs Merkel’s Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere. He told the mass-circulation Bild newspaper that Berlin wanted “360 degree surveillance” of all intelligence gathering operations in Germany.

Jul 07 09:20

The Truthseeker: Ukraine Gangster State Calls for ‘Nuclear Strikes’ (E42)

Seek truth from facts with intelligence expert William Engdahl; economist Professor Michael Hudson;former US intelligence officer Scott Rickard; and the prosecutor who put Yulia Timoshenko’s partner behind bars, Martha Boersch:

Parliament moves to quit Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty;
Nazis ‘regular reconnaissance visits to nuclear power stations’;
Billionaire governor, whose Privatbank is top recipient of new IMF bailout, being placed on international wanted list for ‘banned methods of warfare and aggravated murder’.

Jul 07 09:04

Germany Upset with U.S., Merkel in China, signed agreements of trade.... No dollar to be used? China signs Yuan trade agreement with France and Luxembourg

Germany and Merkel are very upset with the U.S. once more over spying. This time it has been discovered a spy for the U.S. was within Germany's Foreign Intelligence agency.

Merkel is using some very harsh words against the U.S. It also came at a time that Merkel is in China right now signing trade agreements with them.

This year there have been many agreements signed with our closest allies of trade, dropping the dollar. The U.K. signed an agreement with China just a couple of weeks ago, dropping the dollar.

Now add the fact that China just signed trade agreements with France and Luxembourg using the Renminbi/Yuan and dropping the dollar.

but let's not forget that Russia is doing the same thing around the world.

Jul 07 08:39

'Enough!' Germans say in latest US spy scandal

Germany's relations with the United States reeled further on Monday over new spying allegations, with commentators demanding a tough response to the reported US purchase of classified documents from a German double-agent.

Jul 07 08:24

Ads Against Apartheid ‘ONE WORD’ ad campaign launched in Boston

Boston subway ads are shocking– ‘and so is the reality on the ground’

The ads are currently running in Boston’s downtown State Street Station where they can be seen by upwards of 13,000 riders per day. AAA’s website states they are “challenging Israel’s commitment to peace”.

Ads Against Apartheid is planning to expand the campaign to other cities all across America.The campaign has other hard hitting ads up on their website too. Instructing readers to “Stop Talking, Start Acting” and support spreading the campaigns.

Jul 07 08:07

Juncker? UK’s Cameron A Greater Threat To EU Freedom

The real threat to European freedom and independence comes from politicians like Cameron, not Jean-Claude Juncker.

The events in Ukraine and the political spat over who should be the next president of the European Commission might seem like issues far apart. But there is a connection that may seem rather surprising. As European leaders gathered in Brussels last week to decide on whether Jean-Claude Juncker should become the next EC president, despite British objections, the same leaders were also being lobbied by Washington to leverage further trade sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

Jul 06 21:34

Top German MP suspected of buying crystal meth

German news wire DPA and Bild both cited sources on Thursday which said Hartmann, the party’s interior policy expert, was suspected of buying crystal meth.

Jul 06 09:14

Cuban Missile Crisis Redux. Where are the wise men?

For those of us with an historical turn of mind, the rapidly unfolding civil war and international crisis surrounding Ukraine brings to mind both some unnerving analogous developments in the past as well as some remedies which might be applied quickly to prevent further hemorrhaging of the global governance, not to mention some freakish spinning of events out of control.

President Obama has chosen for foreign policy advisers and implementers dyed-in-the-wool ideologists and rights campaigners like Victoria Nuland, Samantha Power and Mike McFaul, so that it is unclear where he will now find the gravitas missing in his entourage.

Expert Panel Contributions to two questions:

Can a persuasive Wise Men commission to defuse the crisis be formed swiftly now?

In addition to the 2008 personalities, who else belongs there to ensure it is forward looking and can be long lasting where the last attempt has not been?

Jul 06 08:18

German Man Arrested as Spy Implicates U.S.

In the latest turn in the yearlong tensions with Germany over American spying, a German man was arrested this week on suspicion of passing secret documents to a foreign power, believed to be the United States. The American ambassador, John B. Emerson, was summoned to the Foreign Office here and urged to help with what German officials called a swift clarification of the case.

The arrest came as Washington and Berlin were trying to put to rest a year of strains over the National Security Agency’s monitoring of Germans’ electronic data, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone, and just months after the collapse of an effort by Germany to strike a “no spy” accord with the White House.

Jul 06 08:18

Merkel dismayed, disappointed at spy scandal between Germany and US

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, currently visiting China, looks "dismayed and disappointed" in the wake of the latest spy scandal to break out in Germany earlier this week, the Spiegel Online newspaper reports, quoting a source within the German delegation in China.

The scandal may deal a serious blow to America’s reputation in Germany, the source said.

Germany's Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has demanded explanations from Washington following the arrest of a suspected US spy in Germany.

If the suspicions are proved, then it’s no trifling matter, he said during his visit to Mongolia on Sunday.

Steinmeier urged Washington to contribute to the speedy clarification of all circumstances surrounding the affair.

The German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maisiere, for his part told Germany’s Bild newspaper he expected the White House to voice its position and come up with an assessment of the incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to our world, Chancellor Merkel: American citizens who have done nothing wrong are constantly surveilled every day; and yet, with all the data the NSA collects, it couldn't see the current meltdown in Iraq and Syria coming.

And to do this to one of the (potentially formerly) staunchest European allies of the US?!?

This really, really bites.

Jul 05 18:14

Germany arrests double agent recruited by U.S. to reveal details of Berlin's NSA inquiry

German authorities have arrested a man identified by media as a German intelligence officer who allegedly passed secrets to the U.S.
German media warned that if the man is found guilty, it would be “the biggest scandal involving a German—American double agent since the war,” The Daily Telegraph reported.

Jul 05 06:39

Iran representing regional harmony

I would like other readers in the West to carefully consider what I have written, for a moment. Logically, we know a country cannot be simultaneously committed to supporting all Muslims around the world, and simultaneously be pursuing a violent sectarian agenda within Islam. Someone is obviously lying intensively on this issue, urges Harry Bentham.

Western depictions of the violence in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq as sectarianism somehow aggravated by the US’s regional adversary, Iran, are based on ignorance and blindness.

An example of this depiction of Iran can be found in US Senator John McCain’s June 16 statement on Iraq, in which he alleged Iran is pursuing a “narrow sectarian agenda” in the ongoing conflict in Iraq.

This, despite the fact that Iran has been supporting the forces maintaining Iraq’s territorial and social unity.

This is the diametric opposite of a sectarian policy, and Iran has been calling for reconciliation in both Iraq and Syria.

Jul 05 06:34

Ukraine crisis far worse than Cold War

Donald Rumsfeld should rate alongside the vile Robert McNamara as the worst secretary of defense in our history. But even he got at least one idea right. “Stuff happens.” Indeed it does. The most frightful consequences flow from casual, sloppy, reckless decision-making and no major power is ever fully immune from that.

The Cold War was a period of remarkable stability. The *Untied States and the Soviet Union both madly built enormous arsenals of genocidal-capable thermonuclear weapons beyond the imagination of any previous military powers. But after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis successive leaders of both powers rapidly sobered up. Even during the last spasm of serious tension under Soviet Leader Yury Andropov from 1982 to 1984, the Soviets were driven by fear rather than hate, and U.S. President Ronald Reagan belied his public hardline rhetoric and proved far more wise and cautious than even his own senior colleagues.

Jul 05 06:27

Itching for a Genocide

On Wednesday, the WashingtonPost, which has become the neocons’ media flagship, was virtually rubbing its hands with glee at the prospect of Western Ukraine’s military offensive to crush the ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine. In the print edition, the lead editorial had the light-hearted title: “Time’s up.”

Western Ukraine’s “anti-terrorist operation” against rebels in Eastern Ukraine has the makings of what could degenerate from scattered atrocities to ethnic cleansing to genocide. It already is a nasty war to suppress an ethnic minority through the use of military force, complete with references to the targeted population as insects and animals.

Jul 04 20:07

German 'double agent' is arrested on suspicion of spying for the U.S. in 'biggest America-Germany spy scandal since WWII'

German detectives have arrested a man suspected of spying for the United States in what could prove the 'biggest scandal involving a German-American double agent since the Second World War'.

The 31-year-old German citizen was being questioned today on suspicion of snooping on Germany's parliamentary inquiry into the NSA affair.

Jul 04 19:22

Intelligence expert Schmidt-Eenboom: 'It's a huge scandal'

DW: A 31-year-old employee of Germany's foreign intelligence agency is accused of having spied on behalf of the United States. Is that everyday business for secret services, or is it a huge scandal?

Erich Schmidt-Eenboom: It's a huge scandal. We're already in the situation that Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND) doesn't regard American agents in Germany as hostile forces - they are allowed a lot in terms of espionage in Germany - but that a BND employee would be sent to spy on a constitutional body is an outrageous transgression of intelligence cooperation and its boundaries.

Jul 04 19:19

Germany arrests suspected U.S. spy

BERLIN, July 4 (UPI) --An employee of BND, Germany's intelligence agency, was arrested on suspicion of spying for the United States, the German federal prosecutor's office confirmed.

The suspect was identified by German media only as male and age 31, and was arrested on suspicion he attempted to obtain details regarding a German parliamentary committee investigating alleged U.S. espionage in Germany.

Jul 04 17:29

US Govt Spied On German Parliamentary Investigation Into US Govt Spying On Germans

The German Parliament is holding hearings into NSA spying on Germany. (Senior NSA veterans Bill Binney and Thomas Drake provided testimony).

Jul 04 12:16

German agent 'spying for US'

Media reports on Friday said that an employee of Germany's foreign intelligence service is suspected of spying for Washington on a parliamentary panel probing US surveillance.

So the US "dog" has the same nasty habit of spying on its allies that the Israeli "tail" that wags it has.

Jul 04 11:39

HARDtalk — An Intellectual Ambush Masquerading as Truth

Dr. Pappe fortunately is diplomatic, forthright, and capable of avoiding Sackur’s strategy to condemn his work as non-academic and biased toward the Palestinians.

Sakur’s questioning continues to interrogate Pappe as one sided pointing out that after all “stuff happens” in wartime, borrowing a phrase from our own intellectual wizard, Donald Rumsfeld. Pappe’s response is both truthful and honest and it that fractures Sakur’s deflection of the real history Pappe records in his work.

Jul 04 10:39

Germany Holds Spy Suspect as U.S. Espionage Reports Swirl

German authorities are pursuing an espionage probe against a man identified by media as a German intelligence officer who may have passed secrets to the U.S.

Federal prosecutors said yesterday that a 31-year-old German was arrested on July 2 on suspicion of spying for an unidentified foreign power. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, called the case “a serious matter,” declining to elaborate.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, citing government officials it didn’t identify, reported today that the man in custody is suspected of informing U.S. agents about an inquiry by German lawmakers into the National Security Agency.

Jul 04 10:14

HARDtalk Speaks to Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe

This is a very interesting discussion, which takes the form of an adversarial debate.

Two topics were addressed:

1) “was there premeditated ethnic cleansing in 1948 as opposed to a wartime situation in which the expulsion of the Palestinian population was incidental”, as Benny Morris claims, and

2) “was the evacuation of the Palestinians justified or moral”, as Benny Morris again claims. The adversarial nature of the discussion was essentially a debate between Pappe and Morris, with Mr Sackur playing the role of Benny Morris.

Jul 04 10:11

The Democrats Are Finally Turning Away from Israel And it’s high time they did

Personality explains a lot about how we’ve reached this point. While publicly the two countries have played nice, there is clearly no love lost in Barack Obama’s administration for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Things got off to a rocky start in early 2009 when Netanyahu initially refused the United States’ request for a settlement freeze. They got worse when Netanyahu sought to give Obama a “history lesson” in the Oval Office on the security challenges facing Israel; they plummeted further during the 2012 election when Bibi all but endorsed the president’s Republican rival, Mitt Romney; and they took a major hit when Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon publicly disparaged Kerry.

Jul 04 07:46

Germany Detains 'Double Agent' for Spying on Spy Investigation: Reports

German news outlets on Friday are reporting that a so-called "double agent" has been detained after confessing to investigators that he was paid by U.S. agents to spy on the German parliamentary panel now investigating the extent of U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance inside the country.

Jul 03 09:33

Algeria to donate World Cup prize money to Gaza

The Algerian World Cup team has decided to donate their team prize money of $9 million they got after their Round of 16 match with Germany to the people of Gaza, revealed one of the squad’s forwards.

“They need it more than us,” 26-year old striker Islam Slimani said.

Jul 03 09:29

FIFA World Cup 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo refuse to exchange Jersey with Israel players

Ronaldo said: “I do not exchange my shirt with ASSASSINS”

After the match, an Israeli player removing his shirt offered it to Ronaldo, who refused because he could not agree to wear a jersey on which there was the flag of the State of Israel.

In the locker room when reporters asked him why he had refused to exchange his jersey, he said “I do not exchange my shirt with murderers” (Google English translation).

This is not the first time the Portuguese star Ronaldo has shown his solidarity with Palestinians, last year he auctioned off his soccer boot in gold, to help Palestinian victims of Israeli bombing.

Jul 02 16:05

A Declaration of Independence — In virtual CONGRESS

Editor’s Note: On this Fourth of July, will President Obama speak directly to the American people ?

Though the U.S. has been deceived with stunning consistency by the neocons (zio-cons) for more than six decades, a mid-course correction remains possible. If this US president can concede to himself that his political career is a product of those complicit at this deceit, he may yet emerge as the transformative leader that his supporters once hoped he could be.

If President Barack Obama can be honest with himself, he will speak candidly to the American people and explain why this long-running deceit must be brought to a speedy close.

History gave him an opportunity to be the last President of the Old America or the first President of the Next America. Let us hope he attempts to be the ‘transformative leader’.

If not, as J V. MD declares below, “We will do it ourselves.”

Jul 02 15:00

Hitler's Jewish Soldiers

This photo of "half-Jew" Werner Goldberg, who was blond and blue-eyed, was used by a Nazi propaganda newspaper for its title page. Its caption: "The Ideal German Soldier."

Jul 02 14:59

Nazi 'perfect Aryan' poster child was Jewish

When Hessy Taft was six months old, she was a poster child for the Nazis. Her photograph was chosen as the image of the ideal Aryan baby, and distributed in party propaganda. But what the Nazis didn’t know was that their perfect baby was really Jewish.

Jul 02 10:54

Germany considers weapons-capable drones

Following an apparently "successful" run with leased surveillance drones in Afghanistan, Germany's Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, has now expressed interest in buying weapons-capable drone technology - under the pretence that it will "protect soldiers from attack".

Jul 02 06:18

Top 10 takeaways from Putin’s foreign policy speech

‘Non-interference principle must be fit into European realities’

Western interference in Ukraine led to catastrophic consequences for the country, Putin said, suggesting measures to prevent the repetition of a similar scenario in other countries on the continent.

“The task is to fit the traditional principle of non-interference into modern European realities, initiating a serious international discussion of the issue. We all need some kind of a safety net in Europe, so that the Iraqi, Libyan, Syrian and Ukrainian precedents won’t turn into a contagious disease.”

“It’s crucial that the Russian-Chinese friendship isn’t directed against anybody whatsoever. We don’t create any military alliances. On the contrary, it’s an example of equal, respectful and productive cooperation between the two states in the 21st century.”

Jul 01 18:05

Putin to West: Stop turning world into 'global barracks,' dictating rules to others

- Russia’s president has blamed the turmoil in Ukraine on the country’s newly-elected leader Petro Poroshenko. Vladimir Putin also criticized the West for its intention to turn the planet into a "global barracks."

Jul 01 03:34

A New Recession and a New World Devoid of Washington’s Arrogance?

The poor US economic outlook has brought America’s two largest business lobbies–the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers (or what is left of them) into conflict with the Obama regime’s threat of further sanctions against Russia.
According to Bloomberg News, beginning tomorrow (June 26), the business groups will run advertisements in the New York Times, Wall St Journal, and Washington Post opposing any further sanctions on Russia. The US business organizations say that the sanctions will harm their profits and result in layoffs of American workers.

Thus, America’s two largest business organizations, important sources of political campaign contributions, have finally added their voice to the voices of German, French, and Italian business.

Everyone, except the brainwashed American public, knows that the «crisis in Ukraine» is entirely the work of Washington. European and American businesses are asking:

Jun 30 12:17

Berlin's refugee protest: 'This is a police siege'

Police have sealed off an area of Berlin for almost a week after part of the Kreuzberg district became the centre of the city's latest conflict between refugees and authorities.

Jun 30 11:11

German automaker BMW reports record sales, prepares attacks on workers

Germany’s third largest automaker, BMW, is planning major wage cuts and rationalisation measures. Many of the proposals were initiated directly by the works council, which has been collaborating closely with management for months. Meanwhile, the first results of the discussions between management, the IG Metall trade union and works councils have gradually been released to the public.

Jun 29 21:44

Ukraine urged to extend ceasefire

Leaders of Russia, Germany and France urged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to extend the ceasefire that will expire Monday in a teleconference held Sunday, the Kremlin press service said.

Jun 29 20:33

France warns citizens: Don’t invest in Israeli settlements, Golan Heights

The French government issued a warning to its citizens not to engage in financial activity or investments in the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights. The French Foreign Ministry wrote in its warning that the settlements are illegal according to international law, and so doing business with them involves legal risks.

A French diplomat said that the warning is part of a joint act by the five largest countries in the European Union — Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain.

Jun 29 18:41

UK Methodist Conference to divest from Israel

So the stage is set. At this week’s conference at least one brave delegate intends submitting a Memorial (that’s church-speak for a suggestion to conference) urging delegates to strengthen the Church’s commitment to BDS by applying the boycott to Israel itself not just its illegal settlements “until such time as Israel ends the occupation and abides by International law”.

At its conference four years ago the Methodist Church in the UK set a brave example. It voted to boycott products from Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestine, regarded as illegal under international law, and to encourage Methodists across Britain to do the same.

“The goal of the boycott is to put an end to the existing injustice,“ said a press release. “It reflects the challenge that settlements present to a lasting peace in the region.”

Jun 29 06:27

The Hounds of War: a Dedication to Our Leaders

An Age of Fools offers a record of the first decade of the 21st century as the newly appointed administration of George W. Bush entered the White House and inaugurated a decade of deceit and destruction that catapulted the United States into a totalitarian dictatorship that ravaged the world at will.

Each morning we wake to the rabid wail of old defeated warriors, now no longer in halls of power, who prowl the studios of our infotainment industry and the commercial temples of our ministers of war to yelp and whine one last time before they succumb to the inevitable: a feast for maggots.

Jun 29 06:17

The world is sick of Israel and its insanities — Gideon Levy

Here is an article of interest written by the award winning Israeli journalist Gideon Levy and published in the Israeli daily Haaretz. I think that the three young Israelis should be released in exchange for the 600 or so Palestinian youth that are being held captive by Israel.

Better yet both sides should release all of their captives. Three Israelis in exchange for around 6,000 or more Palestinians many of them held without charge — Edward Corrigan

“The world is sick of Israel and its insanities: Israel is discovering that it’s no longer the center of attention as it always was before.”

Jun 28 01:59

CrossTalk: Ukrainian Crucible

Ukraine continues to be divided and there is no evidence of a ceasefire in the country.

What is Poroshenko’s “peace plan”? Is a political compromise possible? Or economic suicide in Ukraine is imminent?

CrossTalking with Finian Cunningham in Belfast, Jonathan Steele in London and Mark Sleboda in Moscow.

Jun 27 08:29

The return of the state secret police in Germany

Last week’s edition of Der Spiegel published over 50 NSA documents that had been handed to the media by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden last year. These top secret documents make clear the extent of the close collaboration between the US intelligence agency and the German foreign intelligence service (BND) and domestic intelligence agency (BfV).

Jun 26 09:50

ISIS insurrection serves Israel’s interests

On the June 22 edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu let slip his government’s intention to divide and conquer the Middle East.

Remarking on the latest ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) incursions into Iraq, Netanyahu expressed the desire of his regime to promote internal strife in Israel’s neighbouring states. “We must weaken both [Sunni and Shia Muslims],” Netanyahu said, implying that it is in Israel’s interests to have Muslims fighting and squabbling amongst themselves.

“When your enemies are fighting each other, don’t strengthen either one of them, weaken both,” said the arrogant Zionist leader.

Fragmenting, weakening and balkanizing the Middle East has been part and parcel of the Zionist impulse from the very beginnings of the Jewish state.

Jun 26 09:28

Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State,Unable to Camouflage Foreign Policy Disasters of the U.S. Government Under Her Watch

In a recent interview of 21st June, NDTV’s ( New Delhi Television ) illustrious journalist and TV anchor, Barkha Dutt hosted Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State speculated as a Presidential hopeful of the Democratic Party for the 2016 election. Intended as a public relations exercise for Hillary Clinton or for building bridges with the new Indian administration of the BJP party headed by Prime Minister Modi, was an exercise not in objectivity but in obsequious flattery, revealed by the fawning remark unbecoming of an anchor : “ India knows you , admires you , loves you , Secretary Clinton”.

Jun 25 15:00

Can Putin’s Diplomacy Prevail Over Washington’s Coercion? — Paul Craig Roberts

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is trying to save the world from war.

We should all help him.

Putin has placed his future and that of his country on a bet that Russian diplomacy can prevail over Washington’s bribes, threats, blackmail, and coercion. Putin is appealing to Western Europeans. Putin is saying, “I am not the problem. Russia is not the problem. We are reasonable. We are ignoring Washington’s provocations. We want to work things out and to find a peaceful solution.”

Washington is saying: “Russia is a threat. Putin is the new Hitler..

Jun 25 13:31

Fake engineer made Berlin Airport fire system

The man responsible for designing the fire safety system at Berlin’s new airport - the main reason for the continuing delays to the calamitous €5 billion project - has admitted he was not a qualified engineer.

Jun 25 13:30

Germany mulls lifting 'Mein Kampf' ban

Reprinting or selling Adolf Hitler's “Mein Kampf” is illegal in Germany, but with the copyright term on the 90-year-old book set to run out next year, lawmakers are mulling whether to ban or reprint the highly controversial work.

Jun 25 01:16

Western terror’s flags of convenience

From Palestine to Syria, Nigeria to Iraq and to Ukraine, a veritable armada of false flags are at full mast. The Western mainstream media, of course, “report” each case separately and at superficial face value, according to the desired pretext and purpose of their governments.

But taken together and properly understood, there can be no doubt that the flags represent one banner: Western state terrorism.

Jun 24 11:50

UK doctors seek permanent ban on selling cigarettes to those born after 2000

British Medical Association (BMA) doctors have voted to demand a permanent ban on selling cigarettes to those born after the millennium – i.e. kids who are currently 14 or under. The group’s ambitious plan is to make British society tobacco free by 2035.

The motion was passed at a meeting on Tuesday.

Jun 24 10:44

Gallup: Congress Approval Rating Sinks To Historic Low

The approval rating for Congress among Americans has hit a record low at 7%, according to a new Gallup poll.

The military stands up on top of everybody else at 74%. The Americans say they have alot of confidence in the Military.

Jun 24 08:41

Growing social inequality in Germany

The Central Equality Association, an alliance of social welfare organisations, has published its annual report for 2014 under the title “Society: In crisis?” The report, based on carefully researched data, provides a vivid picture of the dire social situation in Germany that stands in stark contrast to the positive reports in the media.

Jun 24 06:37

Israel Raids Russian TV Offices

Israeli forces have raided a building in Ramallah Palestine where the offices of several media outlets, including Russia Today’s RT Arabic channel, are located.

The IDF raided the Palmedia company building in the West Bank city overnight on Friday. The troops broke down the doors of several offices, destroyed some of the equipment and confiscated records, RT’s correspondent Yafa Staiti reported.

“Due to the actions of the military there is no Internet connection in the office. We’ve lost the archive of video footage and other materials. Office furniture and computers have been damaged,” she said.

Jun 24 06:33

Israel strikes 9 military targets in Syria

It was not clear who exactly fired the anti-tank missile that hit the Israeli border from an area contested by the Syrian army and the rebels.

The strikes on targets in Golan Heights were carried out shortly after midnight, Haaretz reports citing an IDF official, who called it a direct response to Sunday’s deadly incident when an anti-tank projectile fired from Syrian territory struck near the border fence on the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.

Cui Bono ??

Jun 23 20:02

Netanyahu Endorses ISIS Invasion of Iraq

The current conflict, while regional, has the ability to spill over borders and adversely effect nations outside of the Middle East, most obviously through a disruption of oil supplies transiting the Persian Gulf. The effect on the world economy would be catastrophic and would undoubtedly precipitate a world war.

Netanyahu told the United States to stay out of the fight currently developing in Iraq and allow both sides to annihilate each other. “Don’t strengthen either of them. Weaken both,” he advised.

Jun 23 16:25

It’s Official – German Gold is Staying in New York at The Federal Reserve

It’s Official!

Germany has decided its gold is safe in American hands.

“The Americans are taking good care of our gold... Objectively, there’s absolutely no reason for mistrust.”

Absolutely no reason for mistrust, or absolutely no gold left to repatriate?

Jun 23 06:37

New leaks show Germany's collusion with NSA

Several new Snowden-leaked documents show how closely Germany's intelligence agencies work with the NSA. But did the German government deliberately soften laws protecting privacy to make life easier for them?

Jun 23 05:10

‘Blair should be lecturing on Iraq from the dock at the International Criminal Court’

It has been heartening to witness the backlash against former British Prime Minister Tony Blair over his attempt to deny any responsibility for the chaos and carnage that has engulfed northern and eastern Iraq in recent days.

When it comes to the region, it is time for the West – in particular, the US and the UK – to abandon their nonsensical policy of supporting the opposition in Syria and instead acknowledge that the government of Bashar al-Assad is playing a key role in stemming the flood of Sunni extremism and has been over the last three years. In fact, without the resilience of the Syrian Arab Army the region would have been plunged into even more chaos and destruction than it is at present. For three years, the Syrian government, the Syrian people, army and allies have stood against this de facto Islamic Khmer Rouge in Syria otherwise known as ISIS (ISIL), an organization and ideology so beyond the pale that its defeat and destruction is absolutely vital.

Jun 23 04:59

Burn, Men in Black, burn

For the Empire of Chaos, ISIS is the agent provocateur that fell from (Allah’s?) Heaven; the perfect ski mask-clad tool to keep the Global War on Terror (GWOT) in Enduring Freedom Forever mode.

Let’s cut to the chase. As in chasing that Zara outdoor summer collection, complete with state of the art assault rifles, brand new white Nike sneakers and brand new, unlimited mileage white Toyotas crossing the Syrian-Iraqi desert; the Badass Jihadis in Black.

We interrupt this desert catwalk to announce they will NOT invade Baghdad. On the other hand, they are busy accelerating the balkanization – and eventual partition – of both Syria and Iraq. They are NOT a CIA brainchild (how come Langley never thought about it?); they are in fact the bastard children of (disgraced) Bandar Bush’s credit card largesse.

Jun 22 06:07

Establishment is Afraid of End The Fed Movement in Germany

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Check out 4:40 where they report that the German media is declaring anyone opposed to private central banking is an anti-Semite! This is a repeat of an editorial we saw here in the US a few weeks back that claimed a desire to live free of debt was anti-Semitism, and a very angry email I received that "reminded" me that the Talmud says Hod gave the Jews all the money on Earth and the Goyim may only borrow it at interest!

Jun 22 05:44

PCUSA Divests from Occupation Support Firms

In their 221st biennial General Assembly Friday, PCUSA commissioners (delegates) voted 310-303 to divest all financial involvement in three U.S. corporations whose products are used to enforce Israel’s occupation: Hewlett Packard, Motorola and Caterpillar.

The vote was not about the money; it was a moral vote against the occupation.

Through their divestment vote, U.S. Presbyterians are telling Israel, we do not support your occupation,no matter how hard you try to incorrectly shape the conversation as anti-Israel and anti-Hewlett Packard, Motorola and Caterpillar.

Jun 22 05:31

Terror in Iraq; Roots and Motivation

“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” John F. Kennedy

Terrorism*, directly or sponsored, has long been America’s weapon of mass destruction – its weapon of choice. As a strategy, it outdates ‘human rights’ and ‘democracy promotion’ and has proven itself to be far more effective by creating mayhem and fear, removing resistance to intervention. The events of 9/11 justified this age-old tactic. Although the tentacles of America’s terror tactic reach back far and spread wide, this article seeks to address the presence of ISIL (or ISIS).

Jun 21 06:57

Chocolate King’s «Peace Plan» With a Hard Centre

Suspicions are deep among ethnic Russian populations in the South and East that Poroshenko is not preparing a peace initiative, but rather an intensification of the two-month-old offensive.

Indeed, the premise of the Kiev peace proposal marketed by Poroshenko this week is based on an insidious false premise. Poroshenko said the ceasefire would be short-lived and the purpose was «to allow Russian mercenaries to leave our territory». This premise promotes the propaganda myth put out by Kiev and amplified by Washington and its NATO allies that the conflict in the East and South of Ukraine is all down to Russian subversion and annexation of territory by stealth.

Jun 21 06:51

9th top level banker found dead within weeks

The dismal trail of dead bankers continues.

Which brings the total number of recent banker deaths to 9 (via Intellihub):

1 – William Broeksmit, 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, was found dead in his home after an apparent suicide in South Kensington in central London, on January 26th.

2- Karl Slym, 51 year old Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27th.

3 – Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old JP Morgan employee, died after falling from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London on January 27th.

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Jun 21 06:48

“Cluster Of Central Banks” Have Secretly Invested $29 Trillion In The Market

Another conspiracy “theory” becomes conspiracy “fact” as The FT reports “a cluster of central banking investors has become major players on world equity markets.”

The report, to be published this week by the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), confirms $29.1tn in market investments, held by 400 public sector institutions in 162 countries, which “could potentially contribute to overheated asset prices.”

Jun 21 06:46

Dennis Kucinich about US involvement in Ukraine

US congressman and two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich exposes that the CIA and NGO group National Endowment for Democracy started the riots in Ukraine during the Sochi games to overthrow the elected government and destabilize Russia.

Jun 19 06:37

Germany is NSA’s primary host of surveillance architecture in Europe – report

The US National Security Agency has turned Germany into its most important base for surveillance operations in Europe, developing an “intimate relationship” over the past 13 years, Der Spiegel revealed.

The NSA has not only been spying on German citizens, but the country has also become home to the agency’s key data collection centers in Europe, German magazine Der Spiegel revealed on its website Wednesday in an article based on the analysis of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden and information from other sources.

“No other country in Europe plays host to a secret NSA surveillance architecture like the one in Germany…In 2007, the NSA claimed to have at least a dozen active collection sites in Germany,” Der Spiegel said.

Jun 11 06:42

Trouble for Merkel: Berlin Divided in Spat over EU Commmission

The appointment of the next leaders of the EU Commission has divided Europe, raising the specter that Britain could leave the bloc. London is an important ally to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and it is likely she will seek to broker a deal.

Jun 04 06:22

The Democratic Deficit: Europeans Vote, Merkel Decides

Before the European Parliament election last month, voters were told the poll would also determine the next Commission president. In a silent putsch against the electorate, Angela Merkel is now impeding the process. She fears a loss of power and Britain's EU exit.

May 30 08:09

In Germany Yatsenyuk met with cries "Yatseniuk - terrorist" and "Yatseniuk - killer".

Apr 05 06:25

Guenter Grass, German Nobel Winner, Criticizes Israel Over Iran Tensions

"The nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace," Grass wrote in his poem titled:

"What must be said"

The 84-year-old Grass said he had been prompted to put pen to paper by Berlin's recent decision to sell Israel a submarine able to "send all-destroying warheads where the existence of a single nuclear bomb is unproven."

"The nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace," he wrote. His poem specifically criticized Israel's "claim to the right of a first strike" against Iran.

Apr 04 19:11

In Defense of Helen Thomas: What’s Wrong With History?

Helen Thomas’s recent request to purchase a table at the upcoming White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) annual dinner has been rejected.

In a comment on that story I said, “It’s hard to imagine anything more wrong than this.”

I base my opinion on the fact that the 91-year-old Thomas, a former WHCA president, is unique among American journalists, having covered 10 different presidential administrations in a career stretching back to Dwight Eisenhower.

It is because of Thomas as much as anyone else that women were first included at the WHCA dinner since, as the WHCA’s website mentions:

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