Friday, July 31, 2009

Dates Berlin: Freedom instead of Islamic republic!

Solidarity with the Iranian liberation movement - No support and recognition of the Iranian regime!
Location: Brandenburger Tor, Berlin Mitte
Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 6.30 pm
Speakers will be announced soon.
After 30 years of dictatorship an end of the nightmare called Islamic Republic is possible in Iran. After the electoral putsch on June 12 the regime has lost any last semblance of “republic” and “democracy”. The regime can remain in power only by force against a large-scale movement. Millions of people in Iran have lost fear, not let themselves be intimidated by the threats of Chamenei and the unleashed violence of the militia and can not be silenced.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

NC Bosnian Muslim terror plotter is criminal, source

Bosnian Muslim native arrested in North Carolina by the US authorities for plotting jihad has 15 criminal records and the Bosnian Serb Republic courts have issued 4 warrants for his arrest on of which is international, said the official ...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The attempted satelization of FYROM by Turkey

By Ioannis Michaletos
In Istanbul it is roughly estimated that 100,000 citizens claim their descent from the Turkish minority in FYROM, and quite a few of those have attained positions in the diplomatic and military establishment of Turkey. In Vienna the local immigrant Slavic Macedonian groups that are involved in heroin smuggling include amongst their ranks Turkish minority members, an interesting aspect since the Albanian immigrants from FYROM, although coming from the same country, form their own crime groups and operate separately often antagonistically to the former.
As far as the heroin illegal trade is concerned, the Balkan narcotics axis has as main transit components Istanbul and Skopje on route to Western Europe. In FYROM, the Turkish groups from Istanbul form a significant segment of the crime kingpins, along with the so-called Kosovo mafia, two contraband networks in close cooperation to each other since the early ’90’s. Illegal immigration is also another sector by which crime groups from Istanbul find opportunity to establish bases in FYROM and cooperate with local groups.
The main aim of Turkey is to form an all-encompassing strategy as far as its relations with FYROM are concerned, so as to gain formidable political influence. Since Ankara follows the same policy in Albania, Bosnia and lately in Sanjak in Serbia, one can conclude that FYROM is another point towards the creation of a Turkish axis in the Balkans.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Draza Mihailovich in LIFE Magazine, 1946

In the July 15, 1946 issue, LIFE magazine reported on the Draza Mihailovich trial in an article entitled “Mihailovich Awaits the Verdict”. LIFE photographer John Phillips took pictures of Draza Mihailovich before the Communist military court, smoking a pipe, drinking a bottle of beer, and lying in his bed in his cell reading a book. In a photo essay entitled “Mihailovich: Chetnik leader fights for his life before open Yugoslav court-martial”, Phillips also photographed a military guard, wearing a cap with the Communist and Soviet red star with a hammer and sickle, bringing lunch to Mihailovich, consisting of ham, mashed potatoes, and cucumbers with bread. LIFE reported that Mihailovich was wearing “GI trousers” and had read 50 books, including Sinclair Lewis’ 1925 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Arrowsmith. The photographs showed Mihailovich stoic, calm, and resolute.
Carl Savich Blog

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Palestinians of Al Wahdat

By Tuvia Tenenbom
"Germans," Ali explains, "have the ability to bear many misfortunes and carry many disappointments inside their hearts, because they have patience. For years they suffered from the Jews, but when the opportunity came to pay the Jews back, the Germans killed them." Did the Jews deserve it? "Germany killed one million Jews," Ali informs me, "and they did good." All in presence agree.
But Tobias of Germany, attempting to fully comprehend this last statement, gets a little curious. "If a stranger walked into your home carrying no passport, would you be able to tell if he's a Jew or a German?" I ask him.
Most probably, this is the most stupid question I could have come up with. Ali is pretty disappointed in me as well. How could I offend his intelligence with such a tasteless question? Of course he would know who the stranger was! And then Ali stops talking for a few minutes. He measures me, my head and my eyes, and seems to conclude that I need some basic teachings. "If we are good Muslims," he speaks again, "and keep the Word of Allah, Palestine will be ours again. Look at Nasrallah of Lebanon: He abides by Allah, and Allah helps him to kill the Jews. May all of us be like Nasrallah. The Jews falsified the Word of Allah in their Torah. The Christians falsified the Word of Allah in the New Testament. But there's one man who possesses the First Book of Allah and he knows the Truth. Do you know who he is?" No, I don't. "The Pope!" The German Pope? "Yes, that one." Blessing on your head, Papa Benedict, the people of Al Wahdat love you. "What book, exactly, does the Pope have?" I ask. "The real Word of Allah, the original!, is hidden in the basement of the Vatican," Ali proclaims. Has Ali Mohammad Ali seen that book? "I have a copy of it, it's the Quran." Ali proceeds to read the Quran for me. He opens the book and says: "The Jews will all be killed. Every tree and every stone will join in the killing of the Jews." Ali's son, sitting on my right, takes a piece of paper and writes down some anti-Jewish curses on it, "Holy Words."

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Alan M. Dershowitz: The Jews Are Yours

The official leader of the Palestinians, Haj Amin al-Husseini, spent the war years in Berlin with Hitler, serving as a consultant on the Jewish question. He was taken on a tour of Auschwitz and expressed support for the mass murder of European Jews. He also sought to “solve the problems of the Jewish element in Palestine and other Arab countries” by employing “the same method” being used “in the Axis countries.” He would not be satisfied with the Jewish residents of Palestine—many of whom were descendants of Sephardic Jews who had lived there for hundreds, even thousands, of years—remaining as a minority in a Muslim state. Like Hitler, he wanted to be rid of “every last Jew.” As Husseini wrote in his memoirs, “Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world. I asked Hitler for an …

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Germans Admit Prize Was for Israel-Bashing

by John Rosenthal
In my Wednesday article on Felicia Langer and her receipt of Germany’s highest honor, The Federal Cross of Merit, First Class, I cited from the speech given by Baden-Württemberg government representative Hubert Wicker at the awards ceremony. “An uncompromising engagement on behalf of humanity is the very core of Felicia-Amalia Langer’s existence,” Wicker said, “She is still fighting for human rights and a just peace in the Middle East, whereby she steadfastly pursues her goal of building a bridge between Israelis and Palestinians.” These and other similarly vague comments were made available, here, on the website of the Baden-Württemberg government.
But Wicker appears also to have made comments that were far less vague and that reveal that Langer’s anti-Israeli militancy was part and parcel of the reasons for presenting her the award. Thus in a letter that appeared in yesterday’s edition (July 23) of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Evelyn Hecht-Galinski cites Wicker as having said: “For 23 years you fought against expropriations, the destruction of homes and deportations. Your clients told you about torture, forced confessions, deportations in violation of international law, and punishments resembling clan-liability such as the tearing down of suspects’ houses.” Hecht-Galinski also reveals that she was herself the person who proposed Langer for the award. As mentioned in my previous article (and discussed at length here), Hecht-Galinski is another of the prominent “Jewish critics of Israel” who play a central role in German discussions of the Middle East conflict.

Germany: Muslim stabs wife "in the name of the Koran"

He said it. This "27-year-old Afghan man" must be some kind of Islamophobe.
Honor killing in Germany: "Afghan man held over murder 'in the name of the Koran,'"
Deutsche Presse Agentur, July 21 (thanks to Pamela):
Munich - Munich police are questioning a 27-year-old Afghan man suspected of stabbing his former wife to death "in the name of the Koran," police sources said Tuesday. A Munich police spokesman said the 24-old Afghan woman Nesima R., whose full name was withheld for legal reasons, had been stabbed some 20 times, and that the suspect had given the Koran as a justification for the attack.
The woman received stab wounds to the heart and died Monday in hospital.
The pair are believed to have been married while in Afghanistan, although when Zafar, a 27-year-old unemployed painter, came to Germany in 2008, he found the woman in a new relationship with a cousin....
The 3-year-old daughter was an eyewitness to the stabbing, which took place early on Monday morning. A niece of the victim also saw the attack, which occurred outside her apartment.
The spokesman said police were investigating the "very complex kinship relations" surrounding the case, and suspected it to be a so- called "honour killing."...
Terre Des Femmes, a women's rights group, estimates that some 50 women have been killed in Germany in the past 10 years for reasons of supposed honour.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

J'lem slams German leader over award

Germany's decision to issue its highest honor to Israeli attorney Felicia Langer, a fierce critic of the Jewish state, has prompted the government in Jerusalem to rebuke the federal republic's president, Horst Köhler, in uncharacteristically strong language.
Langer has "over the years consistently supported the forces that promote violence, death and extremism," Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. "Anyone who wishes to award her a prize must bear in mind the consequences of legitimizing such positions of intolerance and bad faith."
Langer has called Israel the "apartheid of the present."
Steffen Schulze, a spokesman for Horst Köhler, declined to comment on Israel's criticism of the German government. He told the Post the award process was confidential and that he would not discuss a "third person."

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Battle of Kosovo: Defeat or Victory?

Serbian military defeat at Kosovo fields in 1389 paved the way for the victory of Christian Europe against Islamic tyranny at the gates of Vienna.
Bojan Ratković On the 28th of June in the year 1389, an army of Serbian Christian knights faced off against the invading Ottoman Muslim Turks on the famous and infamous Field of Blackbirds in Kosovo, the heartland of Medieval Serbia.
The massive Turkish forces were far better equipped than the Serbs and they outnumbered the Serbian army by more than three to one.
The two armies clashed like great rivers of steel and by the time the battle was over, both the Serbian leader Stefan Lazar Hrebeljanovic and the Turkish Sultan Murad I had lost their lives.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A German Medal for an Israel-Basher

by John Rosenthal
Last week, Germany bestowed its highest honor upon lawyer and author Felicia Langer. Langer is known in Germany as a ferocious critic of Israel who does not hesitate to draw parallels between Israel and apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany.

Jews to return German honors in protest

The Federal Republic of Germany's decision to award its highest honor - the Federal Cross of Merit, first class - last week to a harsh critic of Israel has sparked an outcry among Jews and non-Jews around the world.
Motke Shomrat, a 74-year-old Israeli recipient of the Cross of Merit, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that he planned to return it to protest the decision to honor Israeli attorney Felicia Langer, because "she praised Ahmadinejad and supports him. He is the new Hitler and wants to annihilate Israel."
Reached in Tübingen, a university city in Baden-Württemberg and her residence since 1990, Langer told the Post that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had not threatened to obliterate Israel, and while she didn't agree with many of Ahmadinejad's speeches, when he spoke about "the suffering of the Palestinians, he is right."
The state-controlled Iran Press-TV headlined on Monday its laudatory article about Langer, "Germany honors anti-Zionist Israeli Langer."

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


After this incident many Muslims in Germany protested carrying signs asking “What was her sin to be killed?” They have every right to ask this question—as I ask the same—what were the sins of the Jews, Christians and others who are persecuted due to being non-Muslims? ... To the Political Correctness world, the answer is very simple, those are not Muslims, so who cares. The man who killed that Muslim lady is sitting in jail waiting to be judged. How many murderers of non-Muslims were judged or are in jail? The answer is NONE.

AJC Urges Germany to Reconsider Honor Given to Anti-Israel Activist

In a letter to German President Horst Köhler, AJC expressed grave concern at the presentation, on July 16, of the Federal Order of Merit (First Class) to Felicia Langer, a virulent opponent of the State of Israel.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Germany honors critic of Israel

BERLIN (JTA). Jewish leaders and Israeli officials expressed dismay at Germany's decision to honor a "fanatic Israel hater" with the nation's Order of Merit.
Attorney Felicia Langer, 79, was selected for the honor by the mayor of her adopted hometown, Tubingen, to recognize her humanitarian work.
Critics charge that Langer, an Israeli, has reserved extra vitriol for the country, calling it an apartheid state. Her critics also say that Langer praised the anti-Semitic speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Geneva in April, and suggested that Israeli leaders be tried for war crimes at the international court in The Hague.
Undersecretary of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Hubert Wicker, in presenting the award July 16 praised Langer for her "tireless efforts to reach her goal of building a bridge between Israelis and Palestinians."

German Intel: CIA Wrong About Iran Nuclear Program

Remember the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that absolved Iran of nuclear weapons-making? Today the European Wall Street Journal reports on a major presentation by German intelligence arguing that the 2007 report was utterly wrong.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Number of jihadists traveling from Germany to training camps in Pakistan has doubled in past year

Eurabia Alert: They're still "misunderstanding" Islam in droves. "German Islamists heading to Pakistan training camps," from Deutsche Presse-Agentur, July 19:
Berlin - The flow of radical Islamists from Germany to training camps in Pakistan has doubled this year, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported Sunday without naming any source.
German police monitor the so-called homegrown terrorists, mainly from the Turkish and Arab immigrant communities, who volunteer to fight on the Islamist side in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
"This year we have so far logged 40 Pakistan-bound departures among the German Islamist crowd," a senior German security official was quoted saying. In the corresponding months of last year, only half as many departed for training.
The men commonly used flights via Syria, Egypt or Turkey. Many returned home to Germany after spending time in the camps.
Security forces forecast earlier this month that terrorists might try to unnerve the German public in the run-up to the September 27 general election, with the intention of obtaining a German military withdrawal from Afghanistan. (dpa)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Righteous Among the Nations from Serbia honored by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem

by Maureen Shamee
JERUSALEM (EJP) A Righteous Among the Nations from Serbia was posthumously honored at Yad Vashem for rescuing Jews during the Holocaust.
A ceremony to honor Dragoljub Trajkovic took place Wednesday in the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations in the presence of the daughter of the Righteous, Nada Djurasevic-Trajkovic, who received the medal and certificate of honor on her late father’s behalf, and the daughters of Holocaust survivor Tihomir Ungar.
Margita and Marcel Unger and their two children, Olga and Tihomar, lived in Arandjelovac in the Banat, an area northeast of Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia.
In August 1941, the Jews of Banat were deported to Belgrade. From there the men were taken to the Topovske Supe camp, and the women and children were permitted to remain in the city temporarily.
In December 1941 the remaining Jewish women and children were killed. 10,000 of Belgrade’s 12,000 Jews were killed in the Holocaust.
Shortly before the final liquidation, in October 1941, Dragoljub Trajkovic, a railway employee, heard that the remaining Jews in Belgrade were to be deported to the Sajmiste concentration camp.
On the day of the deportation, Dragoljub hurried to the apartment where the Ungar family, relatives of his wife, was staying and brought them to his home where he hid them and tended to all their needs.
As the peril involved in concealing the family increased, Dragoljub obtained forged identity papers for them and stealthily moved Margita and her two children to a nearby farm.
Dragoljub paid the farmers to hide the mother and her two children, visiting them monthly and providing them with food and drink. The Ungers remained on the farm until the end of the war.
So far, over 22,700 individuals have been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Germany honors Israeli 'Israel hater'

Berlin - Horst Köhler, the president of the Federal Republic of Germany, issued on Thursday the 'Federal Cross of Merit, first class,' the most prestigious award in Germany, to Israeli attorney Felicia Langer, a vociferous critic of Israel, who lives in the city of Tübingen in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg. Langer frequently compares Israel with apartheid in South Africa, and praised the anti-Semitic speech of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Geneva at the Durban II UN conference on racism. When asked about the award and her comparison between Israel and South African apartheid, she told the Jerusalem Post that the Federal Cross of Merit is a "recognition of my work," and "what Israel is practicing in the occupied territories is apartheid." In an interview with the junge Welt, a radical anti-Zionist Germany daily, she termed Israel, "the apartheid of the present" and refers to the Jewish state as "the Israeli regime." Asked about her interview with the anti-Israeli website Muslim Markt, in which she argued that Defense Minister Ehud Barak, as well as other leading Israeli politicians and generals, should be charged and convicted with war crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Langer told the Post that she considers Israeli officials "war criminals" and stands by her comments. She said the "official translation" of Ahmadinejad's threat to "wipe Israel off the map" did not contain a statement seeking the obliteration of Israel.

Serbia breaks human trafficking ring

Serbian and Bosnian police arrested 25 people on suspicion of smuggling Turks and Albanians to Italy, officials said Thursday. Ivica Dacic, Serbian interior minister, told reporters in Belgrade police detained 13 suspects, while police in ...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Germany’s RWE AG out of Kosovo power plant bid

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Germany’s RWE AG energy company said Tuesday it is withdrawing from a euro3 billion ($4.1 billion) bid to build a power plant in Kosovo, the largest single investment in the new country.
In a statement, the energy company said it was dropping out of the bidding process because of “issues of complexity and the level of maturity of the project.”
Tuesday’s announcement came a day before Kosovo’s authorities were to meet to agree on setting conditions for the bid. Officials from Kosovo’s Ministry for Energy and Minerals declined to comment on the German company’s move.
The move is likely to deal a blow to the Kosovo government, which is trying to lure foreign investors in the new country and show it can run its own affairs over a year after it seceded from Serbia.
RWE AG was one of four international companies expected to bid to build a new power plant, rehabilitate an old plant and open a new lignite mine.
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Kosovo Serb found swimming in own blood

Serb returnee to Serbia’s Kosovo province, Rados Magic, was found swimming in his own blood in the village of Grabac. Magic was found swimming in his own blood around 2:30 pm in his plum meadow. NATO’s Kfor came to provide help ...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

German intel denies Iran nuclear report

BERLIN - Iran has the ability to build and test a nuclear weapon within six months, the Stern newsweekly's online edition on Wednesday quoted an unidentified agent at Germany's foreign intelligence service (BND) as saying.
"If they wanted to, they could detonate an atomic bomb in a half a year's time," a BND official said, according to the report. Agency experts told the magazine Iran could test a device underground, as North Korea has done.
While federal court decisions in January and May involving illegal German-Iranian trade with respect to Teheran's nuclear weapons program cited BND expert opinions saying the Islamic republic has an active nuclear weapons program, the Stern article highlighted the accelerated pace of Iran's efforts to become a nuclear power.

'Germany believes Iran could have nuclear bomb within 6 months'

Iran is capable of assembling an atomic bomb within six months, German intelligence analysts told the German weekly newsmagazine Stern. "If they want to, they will be able to set off a uranium bomb within six months," an analyst with Germany's intelligence service, Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), told the magazine.
Advertisement German intelligence officials told Stern believe Iran has "mastered" every stage of uranium enrichment and that they have activated enough centrifuges to produce sufficient quantities of weapons-grade uranium for at least one atomic bomb. "Nobody would have thought this possible some years ago," an intelligence official told Stern.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Javier Solana has had enough

Javier Solana has had enough. After 10 years as the European Union's foreign policy chief - and despite all the treasure and energy he has poured into Middle East peacemaking - the physicist-turned-diplomat is heading into retirement with Iran on the cusp of an atom bomb, Hamas solidifying its control over Gaza, and Mahmoud Abbas as recalcitrant as ever.
On July 11, Solana gave a speech to the Ditchley Foundation in London which made headlines.
Like many diplomats and intellectuals, Solana appears to regard a Palestinian state - whose establishment under viable terms, it apparently needs stressing, Israelis support - as some kind of regional cure-all. Reading between the lines, it's as if he believes that the mullahs in Iran will stop grabbing for regional hegemony, stealing (rigged) elections, and pursuing nuclear weapons; that Arab autocrats will guide their polities toward tolerance and representative government; that Shi'ites and Sunnis will stop blowing each other up; that Kurds, Copts and Baha'is will gain equality.
The Taliban in Afghanistan will liberate women from their burqas; North Africa's Islamists will lay down their weapons; al-Qaida will disband. And millions of restive, alienated Muslims throughout Europe will find a sense of belonging, allowing tranquility to prevail in the continent's inner cities... If only the Palestinians had a state.

Monday, July 13, 2009

What really happened in Srebrenica

The Hague Tribunal has stretched the definition of genocide to such extent that the term loses the terrible dignity of describing the most gruesome crimes of extermination of the entire population. In Srebrenica, during the Bosnian war between 1992 and 1995, roughly one fifth of the region’s entire Muslim population perished in fighting or by other means. To claim that an area in which some twenty percent of the allegedly targeted population lost their lives has been subjected to genocide is absurd. To its designers and perpetrators, this accusation serves the legal purpose of denying the legitimacy to the Republika Srpska, and the political and propaganda purpose of demanding its abolition.

Nazi guard Ivan Demjanjuk charged

John Demjanjuk's legal saga neared its final chapter on Monday as prosecutors set the stage for one of Germany's highest-profile war crime trials in years - charging the retired auto worker from Cleveland for involvement in the murder of nearly 28,000 Jews at the Sobibor extermination camp in 1943. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Iran blasts Germany over court death

The stabbing of an Egyptian woman in a German court is proof of that country's "brutality," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said late Sunday, prompting a quick reaction from Germany which said Monday it did not tolerate hostility toward Islam.

A combined day of commemoration for the victims of Nazism and communism?

As hard as this may be to believe, it is entirely possible that in a few years, Europe will no longer set aside a special day to commemorate the Holocaust. Instead, Europeans will mark August 23, the day of the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop nonaggression pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, which paved the way for the German and Russian invasions of Poland, as a day of commemoration for the victims of Nazism and communism. Given the enormous increase during the past decade in Holocaust awareness and education, such a prediction might sound very unlikely, but if the campaign being currently waged by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, with support from other post-communist countries, to equate communism with Nazism succeeds, that will be only one of many very problematic changes in the manner in which Europeans relate to the annihilation of European Jewry.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Managing anti-Semitism in Germany

There is a central paradox at the core of fighting anti-Semitism in post-Holocaust Germany. On the one hand, the German parliament passes resolutions pledging to combat anti-Semitism, and forms an anti-Semitism commission. Politicians lament that anti-Semitism has again “arrived in mainstream society.” Morally charged admonitions such as “Never Again Auschwitz” and “stop it before it has a chance to start” are part and parcel of the German anti-anti-Semitism strategy. ON THE OTHER HAND, anti-Semitism remains a faceless, nebulous concept that allegedly serves to silence criticism of Israel. Wolfgang Benz, director of the Berlin Center for Anti-Semitism Research, which advises the German government in formulating policies to fight Jew-hatred, asserted that the allegation of anti-Semitism is as dangerous as anti-Semitism itself. Referring to the accusation of anti-Semitism, Benz said: “In Germany it has become the discussion killer, in order to shut people up.”

Guerrilla War

On July 27, 1943, Ealing Studios in Great Britain released the movie Undercover on the guerrilla resistance movement in Axis-occupied Yugoslavia. Undercover was re-released by Columbia Pictures on September 14, 1944 in the United States under the title Underground Guerrillas. The movie was originally entitled Chetnik and was to document the Yugoslav Chetnik resistance movement headed by Draza Mihailovich. Because the movie was released when British support for Mihailovich was waning, however, the film was re-edited and references to Mihailovich and the Chetniks were deleted. The movie is invaluable, nevertheless, as a cinematic account of the resistance movement headed by Draza Mihailovich and the Chetnik guerrillas and how the perception of their role changed.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

German Green Party boss calls pro-Israel German group 'Mossad organization'

BERLIN - Renate Künast (Picture), the head of one of Germany's main political parties, the Green Party, recently attacked the nonpartisan Stop the Bomb group as a front for Israeli intelligence, according to a member of the German-Israeli friendship society of Berlin-Potsdam (DIG).
Thomas Hemberger, of DIG, told The Jerusalem Post on Friday that while he was distributing Stop the Bomb flyers behind the Reichstag building earlier this month, Künast told him: "That is a Mossad organization."
Stop the Bomb, which seeks to end Iran's nuclear weapons program and to promote a democratic Iran, has chapters in Germany and Austria. Stop the Bomb is supported by a wide spectrum of politicians, intellectuals and academics in Central Europe. Charlotte Knobloch, the head of the 120,000-member Central Council of Jews in Germany, as well as Stephan J. Kramer, the council's secretary-general, champion the cause of Stop the Bomb.

Hamburg / Germany: Protest against meeting of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce

The »Stop the Bomb«-coalition in Hamburg protests against the event on Iran-exports by the Hamburg Chamber of Crafts scheduled for Monday, July 13. On the occasion of the seminar on “import and export-certification for the Iran-business”, organized by the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce (DIHKeV), there will be a protest manifestation at 8.30 a.m. in front of the Chamber of Crafts-building at Holstenwall 12 (Picture).
Andreas Benl, speaker of »Stop the Bomb«, declares: »That the lobbyists of the German trade with Iran continue with their business in full peace of mind, while the regime that they supply brutally breaks down the Iranian protest movement is an unbelievable scandal.” According to Benl this counted all the more as German economy was directly involved in the oppression within Iran: “The regime uses surveillance technology from Siemens as well as electric batons ‘made in Germany’.”
Especially the activities of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce repeatedly been met with strong criticism at home and abroad. Just last year in November the private organization held a seminar at the Hamburg Kempinsky Hotel on how to do export business with Iran successfully despite sanctions. Among other newspapers the Jerusalem Post and the Wall Street Journal reported on this event. One of the invited speakers was a representative of the Melli bank, on which the EU has imposed sanctions. Also the latest statements by the Tehran representative of the DIHKeV, Daniel Bernbeck, stating despite the suppression of the protest movement he didn’t have “moral problems” doing business with Iran, caused international outrage.

Friday, July 10, 2009

French FM meets Hizbullah legislator

France's foreign minister held talks Friday with a Hizbullah legislator in the latest European outreach to the Iranian-backed terror group. The European Union and Britain have also sought to engage the Shi'ite organization in recent months in an effort to encourage the group to abandon violence and play a constructive political role in the deeply divided country. The United States, however, shuns Hizbullah, which it considers a terrorist organization

Obama: Working with the Pope to Help the World?

By John Rosenthal
"Obama: Working with the Pope to Help the World." This is the title of an interview with President Obama that appeared in the Italian Catholic paper Avvenire last week in anticipation of Obama's meeting with Pope Benedict XVI tomorrow. According to the editorial director of Avvenire, Dino Boffo, the invitation came from the White House. As if reacting to recent criticisms of the Obama administration for planting questions during press conferences, the introduction to the interview stresses that the questions were not provided to the President in advance. In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, editorial director Dino Boffo makes the same observation, while effusively praising the President for his "preparation," "intelligence," and "honesty."

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Climate Change and Nazism: Sarko Said It First

By John Rosenthal
Much of the blogosphere is presently up in arms about Al Gore comparing the "battle against climate change" to that against Hitler and Nazi Germany. But in fact Gore's remarks are not particularly novel. Only one month ago, none other than French President Nicolas Sarkozy made precisely the same comparison during the ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Indeed, Sarkozy even added that the battle against "a capitalism of speculators and rentiers" was yet another similar struggle.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

German court rules Nazi hit man fit for trial

After years of legal wrangling, a court ruled Tuesday that Nazi hit man Heinrich Boere must stand trial in Germany for murder for the execution-style killings of three Dutch civilians during World War II. A Cologne appeals court ruled that despite his medical problems, the 88-year-old is fit to stand trial, overruling a lower court's decision made this year.
Dortmund prosecutor Ulrich Maass, who brought the charges against Boere, said that no more appeals were possible. "This is very positive news," he told The Associated Press.
Boere's attorney, Gordon Christiansen, said he had no immediate comment.
Boere is accused of the 1944 killings of three men in the Netherlands when he was a member of a Waffen SS death squad that targeted civilians in reprisal killings for resistance attacks.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

"New" Anti-Semitism in Contemporary German Academia

by Yves Pallade
"Anti-Semitism, contained in anti- Israelism or anti-Zionism, like thunder in the cloud, has once again become honorable."
It is one of the bitter ironies of the dialectics of modernity that the very sphere of science and academia, the purpose of which is to enlighten mankind, has provided intellectual cover to modern Jew-hatred. It was in Germany of all places that scientific discovery and academic discourse were subject to the utmost perversion, contributing intellectually and technically to the Holocaust. While anti-Semitism in German society in general has survived Auschwitz, its persistence in academia in particular is all the more a reason for concern. The tenacity and openness of anti-Semitic ideologemes in the writings and utterances of figures with an academic standing throws a dubitable light onto various institutions of higher learning and education, as well as onto the state bodies that fund them and that draw on their expertise. In conceptual terms it makes sense to differentiate between "old" and "new" anti-Semitism. Traditional forms of Jew-hatred that use a religious or racist pretext still exist in modern academic discourse in Germany, but are likely to be reprimanded and marginalized by society in general and by the academic community in particular, which generally perceives itself to be "critical," "progressive" and "politically correct."

Monday, July 06, 2009

Why a two-state solution?

The 'humanitarian catastrophe' can be ended by unifying Gaza with Egypt and the West Bank with Jordan.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Antisemitism and Germany: anti-Jewish images from 1602 to 9/11

by Dr. Clemens Heni
On September 11, 2001, Islamist suicide killers murdered almost 3,000 people in New York when two hijacked airplanes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Broad segments of German society reacted to this event with comments such as “Sowas kommt von sowas” (roughly: “what goes around comes around,” whereby the speaker expresses sympathy for something unnamed, yet understood, while distancing him/herself from it), a saying which the PDS (Partei des demokratischen Sozialismus, the Leftist party which evolved from the ruling East German SED, the Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands, now called “Die Linke,” “the left”) even used as a slogan.
The reference to the 19th century is not all that far away; the antisemitic images of Mammon, Moloch and Ahasver are still alive. It became apparent after 9/11 that anti-Ahasver texts of the German left had contributed to ideology formation since the 1970s:
“Of course: I simply cannot call a nation ‘my own’ as long as country estates, factories and urban land ownership are not ‘nationalized’ as well, that is, that they belong to those whose work created them. Is it for this reason that terms such as ‘homeland,’ ‘fatherland’ are beneath our dignity, once and for all? Our leftist laborer of the superstructure knows: There is nothing more homeless, more rootless, more like Ahasver, than capital. It hurries around the globe, seeking tax shelters, low-wage countries and a cemetery-like climate for investments, where it can fatten up on the work of others,”
wrote Hermann Peter Piwitt[81], longtime writer for the most important left-wing magazine in the Federal Republic, Konkret, in a 1978 volume in Wagenbach Verlag’s Tintenfisch series, which was popular among writers and members of the Left and the alternative scene, expressing what German leftists think about Jews without even mentioning them. Former Federal President Johannes Rau, too, a devout Protestant and politician of the Social Democratic Party, spoke of “capitalist Mammon.”[82] But far more: in fighting Israel, anti-Zionists are struggling against the “ideelle Gesamtjude”[83] [Israel as collective Jew]:
“From the previous, isolated Jewish outsider in the midst of a non-Jewish population evolved a Jewish outsider state in the midst of a non-Jewish community of states.”[84]
In doing so, National Socialism is compared or equated more and more with the US or Israel. In addition, such ‘committed individuals’ seek to liberate and cleanse the world from ‘unrestrained capital,’ from ‘turbo-capitalist financial jugglers.’ “The stock exchange was the first place to be opened again in the disaster area. A symbol? Mammon over mind?” is what not only Horst Mahler[85], a Neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier and good friend of Iran, but also leftist radicals[86] of the ‚Infoladen‘ (a small, radical left cultural center) Tübingen say. What historian Rose analyzes conceptually for the 19th century with his triad of Ahasver, Moloch and Mammon, is still virulent even after Auschwitz, after the “Zivilisationsbruch” (“rupture of civilization,” Dan Diner) and is activated more and more as a sketch of a movement passed off as a revolution, a liberation of all of humanity.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Cotler blasts Germany's economic support for Iran

BERLIN - The former Canadian justice minister and Liberal Party MP Irwin Cotler has urged the German government to take a leadership role within the EU and impose tough multipronged sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran.
"Germany is uniquely placed to take leadership... Germany can speak with moral authority born out of its understanding of state-sanctioned incitement to genocide," he said, speaking Thursday at a forum at the Berlin Jewish Community Center entitled "Western Democracies, Iran and the prevention of Genocide."
The forum was sponsored by the Coordinating Council of German Nongovernmental Organizations Against Anti-Semitism.
Cotler, who had represented Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky while the latter was imprisoned in the former Soviet Union, is the Liberal Party's special counsel on human rights and international justice.
"Here is an opportunity for leverage," said Cotler about Germany's $5.7 billion-dollar trade relationship with Iran.
Cotler slammed Daniel Bernbeck, the head of the German-Iranian Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Teheran, who told the AP that he saw "no moral question here at all" about commencing business deals with Iran during its suppression of the popular opposition against the ostensibly rigged Iranian election results.

Friday, July 03, 2009

German TV: Germany sold torture devices to Iranian mullahs

Well, torture is one thing at which the Germans are certifiably expert.
It is not, unfortunately, in English, but the courageous Iranian dissident Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi sends this link from IranPressNews, to the effect that "German TV reports the sale of torture devices to the Mullah regime." You can watch the German news video there -- I caught the word "electroshock."
This redounds to the everlasting shame of the German corporation or corporations involved, and the German government.


by John Rosenthal
....The suggestion to meet the Iranian [Borhan] was made during a dinner. As a German – the Germans being, as is well known, close to the Iranians – I was asked if I would be prepared to supply weapons to the Bosnians, the brothers of the Iranian Muslims.
…I was given an appointment with Mr. Borhan…and the meeting took place in the Hilton Hotel in Vienna.
Borhan said he was a representative of the Iranian secret services. He assured me that the Iranians paid punctually and in cash, and he asked me to supply weapons for the brothers in the Middle East, as well as for the Bosnian brothers. He wanted light weaponry, tanks, rocket-launchers…
Toward the end of the meeting, Borhan made a precise request: he said that he needed 260-270 T80 tanks for their [the Iranians’] three armies. The job was of great interest to me, since I had learned from [a] Belorussian friend that a large quantity of practically new tanks was available at half price….
At the same time, Borhan requested weapons for the Middle East and indicated that help had to be arranged for the Bosnian Muslims....

"The Anti-Germans" - The Pro-Israel German Left

by Simon Erlanger
It is no secret that the German left's outlook today is, and has been for some time, predominantly anti-Israel and anti-American. Far less well-known is the existence of a small but influential pro-Israel movement within the German left, a movement which challenges the existing anti-Israel consensus. The "Anti-German" Movement, as it is known, grew out of a communist student organization. In 1989 it finally emerged as a movement in its own right in opposition to German reunification. Fearing the emergence of a new fascism from the social and political dynamics of reunification, the Anti-Germans fight any manifestation of German nationalism, aligning themselves with the victims of Nazi Germany and their descendants. Likewise, seeing elements of German nationalism in the German Peace Movement, the Anti-Germans have become its strong opponents. During the 1990s the movement perceived modern-day German existence as dominated by dynamics between the state, economy, and society similar to those that led to National Socialism and the Holocaust. Today the Anti-Germans discern fascism and militant anti-Semitism as most apparent in Islamism and therefore strongly denounce militant political Islam. At the same time, they offer unconditional support for Israel, the Jews, and the U.S., in opposition to the dominant political discourse amongst the German public in general and the left in particular. Unable to form a mass movement or an organization large enough to take an active role in political life, the Anti-German Movement has become an influential publicist movement centered on several magazines and journals. As writers, social scientists, and journalists, Anti-Germans have been able to exert a growing impact on the left and on public opinion.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Draza Mihailovich and the Chetniks in American Popular Culture: World War II Comic Books

Draza Mihailovich and the Chetnik guerrillas appeared in at least six major comic books in the United States during the Golden Age of Comics, the late 1930s to the late 1940s.
Draza Mihailovich was one of the most popular and acclaimed European resistance leaders in America in 1942 and during World War II.
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The new international of organized crime in the Balkans

By Ioannis Michaletos
Current global financial crisis is a catalyst for growth of the organized crime groups in the Balkans that will dictate policy to governments and international institutions.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Dates Berlin: The Secret War with Iran and the Current Crisis

The secret war with Iran and the current crisis
Lecture given by Ronen Bergman, Discussion
Berlin, Hardenbergstr. 12 (U/S Zoologischer Garten)
Sunday July 5, 2009
8 pm (doors open 7.30 pm)
“The world’s most dangerous terrorist power” – that is how Ronen Bergman, well-known Israeli journalist and author, characterized the Islamic Republic of Iran. In the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of June 2, 2009 he gave a pessimistic estimation of the current situation in Iran even though Iran's religious leader, Ali Chamenei was weakened due to the uprisings following the obvious election fraud: “It was a body blow for the Iranian regime but it retains total control of the security apparatus. From the Israeli point of view there is no change regarding the existential threat coming from Iran.”
The brutal way in which the uprising was put down shows once more the character of this regime that keeps radicalizing and militarizing through the current purges within the power apparatus. So much the bigger is the danger caused by the nuclear program that keeps being furthered with might and main. However, in Germany this international threat is not only ignored, moreover Germany assiduously maintains economic relations with Iran that often strengthen the regime directly. Germany delivers main infrastructure for the energy sector, the regime's principle source of income, along with dual use goods and high technology that is used for tracing the opposition.
Dr. Ronen Bergman will speak about the 30 year fight of the Islamic revolution in Iran against the West and put the current events in a historical context. With his recent publication “The secret war with Iran” he just presented a definite book on the issue. Dr. Ronen Bergman is one of the leading international Iran and secret service experts; he has published three best sellers and writes for Haaretz, Yediot Ahronoth, New York Times and Der Spiegel.