Sunday, October 31, 2010

Those ’simple’ Americans

By John Rosenthal
During the decade of the naughts and the two administrations of George W. Bush, Europe was seized by a veritable paroxysm of anti-Americanism. More precisely, this was the case for the “old” European core of Germany and France, as well as the neighboring countries most influenced by the latter. Back in the day, several “euro-blogs” documented the phenomenon on a nearly daily basis. These included Davids Medienkritik, focusing on Germany, No Pasarán, focusing on France, and my own Transatlantic Intelligencer. In the meanwhile, since the election of Barack Obama, the subject of European anti-Americanism is rarely touched upon even in new media and one could well have imagined that the phenomenon itself had simply disappeared.
But as the reactions of leading French and German newspapers to the Tea Party and the prospect of large Republican gains in the upcoming congressional elections make clear, “old” Europe’s anti-American impulse never in fact went away. At most, it merely went into a latent state, awaiting the proper conditions to become virulent again.
Consider, for instance, the sub-head of a recent article in the German daily Die Welt on Christine O’Donnell as the supposed “nightmare opponent” [Angstgegenerin] of the Democrats: “Christine O’Donnell is even simpler than Sarah Palin — but the Democrats are afraid of her.” When applied to persons, as it is in this context, the German adjective simpel carries a strong whiff of “simpleton.”
Lest it be imagined that the crack is reserved for just O’Donnell and Palin and might somehow be construed as sparing their supporters and/or Americans more generally, the front page features a distinctly unflattering photo of a seemingly unhinged and cockeyed O’Donnell, accompanied — with a wink and a nudge — by the headline: “An entirely normal American.” (In an allusion to O’Donnell’s now famous “I’m You” ad, the teaser-text states that this is what O’Donnell claims to be. But it then quickly adds that “ordinary people [literally, ‘people in the street’]” are indeed enthusiastic about her, thus lending credence to the claim.)
Above is the October 18 front page of Die Welt, one of Germany’s leading newspapers. It should be noted that of all Germany’s major dailies, Die Welt is probably the least prone to anti-American excesses.

Germany stops freight planes from Yemen

Germany will no longer accept air freight from Yemen, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere announced late Saturday after parcel bombs posted in that country were found on US-bound cargo flights.
"The federal government guarantees that from now on, no freight coming from Yemen will arrive in Germany," the minister said."The German aviation management has ordered all air companies, express carriers and other groups to check 100 percent and, until a new order is issued, stop existing and stored freight from Yemen," he added in a statement.The checks were meant in particular for freight that was in transit and was to continue its journey by road or railway, the statement said.The ministry announced earlier that major air freight carrier DHL had tightened checks at its German hub in Leipzig on goods coming from Yemen at the request of the US authorities.London police headquarters Scotland Yard said Saturday that a suspect package found on a US-bound plane in Britain was routed via the German city of Cologne.Germany's daily Bild am Sonntag newspaper, citing sources close to the country's security services, said German police were alerted about the package by information from Saudi Arabia.They were however unable to stop it from leaving Cologne airport. Two packages containing explosives and addressed to synagogues in Chicago were intercepted on cargo aircraft in Dubai and Britain, triggering a massive international security alert Saturday.Yemeni security forces have arrested a woman over the bombs in a suspected Al-Qaeda plot that Britain said was aimed at blowing up at least one of the planes.France's civil aviation authority announced Saturday it had suspended air freight from Yemen in the wake of the interception of the two parcel bombs.Belgium called for "greater vigilance" of flights between Yemen and the United States.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Germany: Discrimination blamed for "failed" multiculturalism

Much of the ensuing debate has focused on Muslim immigrants, with some migrant families reluctant to integrate into a society they feel is prejudiced against them.“I don’t think that changing my personality, or the way I look, or the way I talk, or even my mother tongue would have any effect on the German culture,” said immigrant Anissa Feras.Projects like this local community centre are aimed at aiding integration and teaching children the German language from an early age. But with few bilingual Arabic or Turkish schools, families like Anissa's are sending their children to private schools where her children do not yet learn German.“To be honest, if there were a German school which would respect [my child’s] religion, I wouldn’t mind her going to that school,” Anissa said.Despite the tough rhetoric from the top, Germany acknowledges that immigration is desirable for its economy, given that the immigrants are willing to integrate.“We need the people from industrial countries to come in – every country needs that,” Mr. Mengelkoch said.Asked if he thinks there has been a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment, Mr. Mengelkoch agrees and says it stems from the subject of religion.“The people are not used to Islam, Islamic traditions, Islamic clothing and scarf. They are not used to that, and they have to become used to that.”

Monday, October 25, 2010

Germany: Copenhagen bomber closely tied to German terrorists

Lors Doukaev, the one-legged Belgian bomber-boxer who was caught in Copenhagen after trying to mail letter bombs to Jyllands Posten, had very close links to big names among the Islamist terror-supporters in Germany. Several of them were recently arrested and charged with recruiting for al-Qaeda.
A couple of weeks ago sources in the German Verfassungsschutz (intelligence service) told Ekstra Bladet that Doukaev visited the North German city of Bremen several times. A spokesperson for the authorities in Bremen told Ekstra Bladet that Doukaev was in Bremen at least once in 2009. He slept over in one of the city's mosques.According to German sources close to the Verfassungsschutz, the German authorities are sure that Lors Doukaev had contact to the Muslim hate preacher Renee Marc Sepac, since the mosque Doukaev visited was the Mesjid Ul Furqan, in the Gröpelingen district. Sepac is the preacher in the mosque.Four weeks ago, eight German citizens - seven men and a woman - were arrested for providing support for al-Qaeda and another Islamist group, as well as for forming their own criminal cell. The converts Renee Marc Sepac and his 23 year old sister, Vivian, were among those arrested. The sister was also charged for recruiting for al-Qaeda in Germany, while Renee Marc was charged for trying to get into an al-Qaeda training camp, an attempt which apparently failed.The German authorities think that Sepac and the seven other suspects were part of a network called the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), which the Verfassungsschutz links directly to Al Qaeda.In June last year the German authorities raided the mosque in Gröpelingen when a large group was visiting the former kindergarten. The Verfassungsschutz said that it was an international meeting of Islamists. According to Die Welt, the 100 people in the mosque included Dutch, French, Austrian and Danish citizens. The Verfassungsschutz refused to comment whether Doukaev was spotted in Bremen then.According to several German experts on the topic, the Islamist community in Bremen plays a central role in on both the German and European level, and many say that the mosque in Gröpelingen is in the eye of the storm.The Danish intelligence service PET and the Copenhagen police did not want to comment on this story.
Source: EkstraBladet (Danish) /
islam in europe

Sunday, October 24, 2010

‘DER SPIEGEL” Is Making Germans Dumber

by sheikyermami
“Germany’s Integration Debate Is Making Us Dumber”
“Bavarian Governor Horst Seehofer’s contribution to Germany’s integration debate has not been terribly useful.”
(Useful to whom?)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Kosovo Albanian Muslims stone Serb hospital

Several young Albanian Muslims in Kosovo stoned the hospital in the village of Rajanovce in Kosovo.
“At the time of the attack the hospital had 2 nurses and the service worker,” said the spokeswoman for the hospital Jelica Krcmarevic.
The hospital, seen in the photo, is ran by Serbs whom Muslims seek to either kill or expel out of Kosovo.
The attack was reported to the Kosovo “police” and the police will “investigate” and as usual never solve any attacks by Albanian Muslims against Serbs.
The Albanian spokesman for the police Ismet Hashani says that the police has no motive for the attack.
Krcmarevic said that the hospital has been stoned many times in the past.
M. Bozinovich

Friday, October 22, 2010

Israel slams Germans' visit with Iranian Shoah denier

Israeli officials call German legislators' decision to meet with Ali Larijani, the speaker of Iran’s parliament, "especially regretful"
BERLIN – Israeli officials have sharply criticized five Bundestag deputies for meeting in Teheran this week with Ali Larijani, the speaker of Iran’s parliament, who has defended his government’s denial of the Holocaust.“It is especially regretful that German legislators met with Holocaust deniers,” an Israeli official told The Jerusalem Post.
Larijani defended Iran’s denial of the Holocaust at the Munich security conference in 2009, saying his country has “different perspectives on the Holocaust” and no laws barring such denial.The German legislators reportedly met on Monday with Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, who delivered a speech at the 2006 international Holocaust denial conference held in Teheran.The Israelis officials said the German “visit is counterproductive and regretful, and clearly sends the wrong message to the Iranian regime. It is quite surprising that German legislators choose to hold an official visit to Iran, at the same time when the German government, together with other leaders of the democratic world, work hard to tighten the sanctions on Iran in order to prevent it from threatening the world with nuclear capabilities.”According to Left Party deputy Lukrezia Jochimsen, a member of the German delegation, the trip also entails meetings with Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, the head of Iran’s parliamentary cultural committee and Iran’s state-controlled Press TV.Haddad-Adel spoke in support of Iran’s fatwa calling for the murder of British novelist Salman Rushdie because he “defamed Islam.” According to a BBC documentary broadcast in July, Useful Idiots, Press TV played a significant role in violating human rights during the protests against the reportedly rigged Iranian presidential election in 2009.The Bundestag issued a statement noting that the legislators’ meeting with their Iranian counterparts is part of a cultural dialogue and exchange program between the two legislatures.When asked about Israel’s criticism of the trip, a spokeswoman for the German Foreign Ministry told the Post by e-mail on Tuesday that “the Bundestag decides in its own jurisdiction and responsibility over trips and its committees. The Foreign Ministry supports the members of the Bundestag with respect to the realization of the trips. As a basic principle, the German government does not evaluate these trips.”Asked if the trip contradicts the international efforts to isolate Iran because of its nuclear program, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman wrote, “The position of the German government on the Iranian nuclear dossier remains unchanged.”Peter Gauweiler, chairman of the Bundestag’s cultural and education committee, arrived in Iran last week with committee members from a cross section of German parties. Jochimsen from the Left Party, Claudia Roth from the Green Party, the Social Democrat’s Günter Gloser, and Monika Grütters, who, like Gauweiler, is a member of the conservative Christian party (CDU/CSU), are on a six-day visit.When asked about Gauweiler’s decision to hold meetings with Iranian officials who have denied the Holocaust, Christoph Tiné, a spokesman for Gauweiler, told the Post by e-mail that he could not reach Gauweiler in Iran for a comment. Sascha Götz, a spokesman for Gloser, told the Post that the visit revolves around whether “dialogue is a means or not” with Iran. Götz declined to answer questions about the purpose of meeting Iranians who denied the Holocaust.Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington and an expert on EUIranian relations, told the Post that “The decision by the German Federal parliament to send a delegation to Iran sends the wrong signal and runs contrary to the spirit of current European policy vis-à-vis Iran.The European Parliament has just canceled a visit to Iran because of the regime’s refusal to comply with basic conditions – that the stoning sentence [against Sakineh Mohamamadi Ashtiani] be rescinded and that delegates be able to meet with whomever they please.”Ottolenghi added, “Clearly, their intention was to devote at least part of the visit to speaking to dissidents, Green Movement leaders and the democratic opposition.It is remarkably disappointing to see a German delegation travel to Iran and meet the stalwarts of the regime and the people who share much responsibility for the internal repression at a time when there are ample signs that support for the regime is fast eroding. This trip simply should not happen.”The Bundestag deputies’ trip prompted criticism from the German chapter of the Stop the Bomb NGO, in a statement headlined, “The federal committee legitimizes the executioners of the Iranian opposition.”The group’s spokesman Michael Spaney said, “This subservience of German legislators to the murderers and anti-Semites of the Iranian regime is another slap in the face of the democratic Iranian opposition and civilized humanity.”Stop the Bomb singled out the German Green Party for its claim to support the Iranian opposition as “hypocritical.”Ali Mahdjoubi, a spokesman for Roth, the Green Party deputy in Iran, told the Post in a telephone interview that “one cannot take Stop the Bomb seriously,” because they “only want to isolate Iran.”Nasrin Amirsedghi, an intellectual who fled the Islamic Republic and has written extensively about German-Iranian relations, told the Post that the visit is helping “to maintain a barbaric system” and is an “appeasement trip.” It will not advance human rights, nor aid in the struggle against the repression of women in Iran, she said.

Germany Confronts the Failure of Multiculturalism

by Jacob Laksin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel ignited a political firestorm this past weekend when she pronounced German multiculturalism a failure.
Addressing a youth delegation of her Christian Democratic Union Party, Merkel observed that in light of the widespread failure of immigrants, particularly Muslims, to integrate – whether by learning the German language or by adopting German cultural and legal norms – the country could have no illusions about the success of its so-called multikulti policies in assimilating immigrants.

Dutch welcome Germans to Europe's immigration debate

By Thomas Burmeister
Amsterdam - Angela Merkel does not make the covers of Dutch newspapers very often.
But the German chancellor's assertion last week that 'multiculturalism has absolutely failed' in her country was headline news in the Netherlands.
As far as the Dutch are concerned, the Germans - whom they consider to sometimes be politically behind the times - have finally woken up.
'Welcome, Germany, to the European immigration debate,' the Dutch daily newspaper Trouw proclaimed in an editorial this week.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Germany proves clumsy with foreign matter: The ghosts of multiculturalism are haunting a country that has failed with the concept

Last weekend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel became the unlikely gravedigger for multiculturalism when she rejected the idea of cultural pluralism, surprising even her own party members. Merkel is hardly known for her outspokenness.
The delegates at a gathering of young conservatives in Potsdam must have been shocked. “The approach of multiculturalism, to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other, has failed, utterly failed,” the chancellor explained in a fit of unexpected clarity to rousing applause of the party faithful.

The Beginning of the End of European Multiculturalism

by Soeren Kern
The attempt to get native Germans to live peacefully side-by-side with foreigners has not worked. In an unprecedented admission that is sure to transform the debate in Germany (and in Europe as a whole), over uncontrolled mass immigration, especially from Muslim countries, German Chancellor Angela Merkel now concedes that German multiculturalism has "failed utterly."
Speaking to a meeting of her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Potsdam outside Berlin on October 16, Merkel said: "We are a country which at the beginning of the 1960s actually brought [Muslim] guest workers to Germany. Now they live with us and we lied to ourselves for a while, saying that they will nott stay and that they will have disappeared again one day. That is not the reality. This multicultural approach—saying that we simply live side by side and are happy about each other—this approach has failed, failed utterly."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Udo Ulfkotte, German journalist and author, tells Muslims to return to the dar-al Islam….

by sheikyermami
Udo Ulfkotte, a noted German journalist and author, known for his severe criticism of Islam, shared with RT his view on what is behind the integration dispute and where it may lead.
“What I believe is there is a place for Muslim in this world and for their culture, they have a place to live in,” Ulfkotte told RT. “And there is a place for European and Western culture to live in. What I don’t believe is they will live peacefully together. We have a clash not only of civilizations and religions, we have a clash of ideologies, like we had a clash between communism and capitalism. Now we have a clash because Islam is also an ideology. I believe that Islam is not going to win a battle.”

Germany: Eight charged for terrorist propaganda

German federal prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged eight people with supporting al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations by allegedly spreading propaganda on the Internet.The suspects, aged between 17 and 30, were members of the German section of the Global Islamic Media Front, the federal prosecutors said. The charges were filed in a Munich court on Sept. 22. There was no immediate word on when a trial might open.Authorities say the group used blogs and Internet forums to spread propaganda, some of which was aimed at securing new members or supporters for al-Qaida. The alleged offenses were committed between August 2006 and March 2008.Four of them - German citizens identified only as Tarek Alexander H., Daniel P., Renee Marc S. and Jonas T. - face charges of supporting al-Qaida, al-Qaida in Iraq and Ansar al-Islam, and membership in a criminal organization.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Turkish hackers attack CDU websites

Two regional websites for Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) were hacked on Tuesday by unknown perpetrators claiming to be Turkish following controversial comments by her conservatives on immigration. Police and domestic intelligence agencies are now investigating in both the city-state of Hamburg and the northern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania after CDU officials said their party sites were paralysed overnight when hackers replaced their homepages with a black background featuring a Turkish crest and critical comments.Hackers “GHoST61” and “Emre Y” had left their mark claiming responsibility for sabotaging the site, with the comment, “Hi Hamburg: We are from Turkey.”In Hamburg the CDU took its website offline by mid-morning on Tuesday, spokesperson Anna Christina Hinze said. The Mecklenburg-Western Pomeranian arm of the CDU had a similar experience, discovering that their website had been replaced with an Ottoman Empire crest and some pointed questions about the party’s immigration policies. Their site was repaired by afternoon.The hackers left a message asking: “Where is the money for integration? Where is the money for mosques?” and “Where is the tolerance? Where is the freedom of religion?“The cyber-attacks appear to have been sparked by anti-immigrant statements from conservatives such as Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer, who said last week that Germany should halt immigration from Turkey and Arabic countries. Over the weekend he also said that multiculturalism was dead in Germany. Chancellor Merkel agreed the concept had “completely failed” and demanded immigrants accept "Christian values" when they come to Germany. At the end of the hacker missive they wrote, “Mrs. Merkel, we await you in Hamburg,” – a possible reference to Merkel’s plans to visit integration projects in the city in early November.The chancellor’s parliamentary district is in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. In early 2008, hackers made a similar attack on the state of Schleswig-Holstein’s CDU website, putting Turkish flags and slogans on several local party chapter pages. The IP address was traced to Ankara, Turkey.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Merkel and Wilders: fighting the good fight against multiculturalism

by Roger L Simon
Angela Merkel isn’t perfect. What politician is? But she seems a bit more forthright than most heads of state these days. Not long ago, the German chancellor was taking Obama to task for his spend-happy approach to economics. Now she is being brutally honest about “multiculturalism,” saying that mangy euphemism had “failed utterly.”
No kidding.
I’d go Merkel one better and call multiculturalism “inherently reactionary.” But more of that in a moment.
Meanwhile, the times are indeed a-changing in Old Europe, where the populace appears to be awakening to the results of decades of unrestrained immigration from cultures with little or no intention of assimilating into their own. The French have banned the burqa, but nowhere is this new resistance so evident than the Netherlands, where the trial of their MP Geert Wilders is currently underway. In a surprising turn of events the prosecution in the trial called for Wilders to be acquitted of all charges against him, most of which stem from his outspoken opposition to radical Islam, indeed to the ideology of Islam itself.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Germany: Coalition to make forced marriage a crime

German weekly Focus reports that the German coalition partners, CDU/CSU and FDP want to change the penal code and make forced marriages a criminal offense. Forcing anybody to marry by threat of violence will lead to a prison sentence of six months to five years. Under the current law, such cases are charged as threats coupled with violence, which can also be punished by up to five years in prison.According to the new law, an immigrant who marries a German citizen will get an independent residence permit after three years, instead of the current two years.

Germany: German multiculturalism has 'failed' says Merkel

Picture: The German city of Duisburg
Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society has “utterly failed”, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, adding fuel to a debate over immigration and Islam polarising her conservative camp.Speaking to a meeting of young members of her Christian Democrats (CDU), Merkel said allowing people of different cultural backgrounds to live side by side without integrating had not worked in a country that is home to some four million Muslims.“This (multicultural) approach has failed, utterly failed,” Merkel told the meeting in Potsdam, south of Berlin.Merkel faces pressure from within her CDU to take a tougher line on immigrants who don’t show a willingness to adapt to German society and her comments appeared intended to pacify her critics. She said too little had been required of immigrants in the past and repeated her usual line that they should learn German in order to get by in school and have opportunities on the labour market.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Seehofer tells youth wing multiculturalism is dead

Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer continued his anti-immigrant attacks on Friday night, addressing the youth wing of the conservatives and telling them "multiculturalism is dead."
“We as the (Christian Democratic) Union stand for the dominant German culture and against multiculturalism – multiculturalism is dead,” he said according to news magazine Der Spiegel. Speaking at the Junge Union national meeting in Potsdam, Seehofer’s latest attack on the idea of Germany being a country of immigration followed his recent call to stop Turks and Arabs from moving to Germany.Yet he said his speech was not a lurch to the right, rather an attempt to "stop the right-wing loonies," he said, adding that "political seducers" must be deterred from parliament by addressing the concerns of voters. Those who wanted to live in Germany had to be prepared to accept the daily culture of the country, he said, although did not specify how this should be defined.Chancellor Angela Merkel was more moderate, Der Spiegel reported, but seemed to echo some of Seehofer’s sentiment when she said, “We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity, that is what defines us,” she said. Those who do not accept this, “are in the wrong place here.”Germans should also talk about their values and their increasing alienation from religion, in order to affirm their sense of country and society, she added. Regarding the idea of allowing highly-qualified people to come to Germany to fill the skills deficit, Seehofer said the emphasis should initially be on training unemployed people here before bringing people into the country.Germany should not become the “social security office for the whole world,” he said.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Germany’s Jihadi Export

The country’s criminal code should allow the arrest of graduates of Afghan and Pakistani terror camps
by John Rosenthal
In his memoirs, Michael von Wedel, a former agent at Germany’s Federal Bureau for Criminal Investigations (BKA), recalls the frantic activity at the agency following the 9/11 attacks. “…All the investigations, dragnets and other measures that were now gearing up,” he writes, “were accompanied by a certain shame and collective bad conscience concerning the fact that the biggest terrorist attack in modern history had been planned by Mohamed Atta and his Hamburg Cell precisely on German soil….”
The German government and parliament also sprung into action, adding a new paragraph to the criminal code, criminalizing membership in a foreign terror organization. Paragraph 129b was supposed to be the essential crime-fighting tool that would allow law-enforcement officers like Mr. von Wedel to strike against German-based terror operatives and networks before an attack.
Following the detention of Hamburg resident Ahmad Siddiqui by American forces in Afghanistan, and Siddiqui’s reported revelations of a terror plot against European targets, much of the U.S. media has now discovered the presence of German jihadists in the region.
But the flow of jihadists from Germany to Afghanistan and the tribal regions of Pakistan is hardly anything new. The German media began to take serious notice of the phenomenon at the latest in spring 2008, after Bavarian-born Cüneyt Ciftci blew himself up in a suicide attack on an U.S. Army post in Afghanistan’s Khost province. Two American soldiers were killed and another four wounded. The attack and the identity of the perpetrator earned barely a passing mention in the traditional American media.
The German recruits have been connected to two al Qaeda-affiliated organizations: the Islamic Jihad Union and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
Numerous propaganda videos featuring the recruits are readily available on the internet. The videos make unmistakably clear that their principal purpose is not to plot terror attacks in Germany or in other European countries, but rather to partake in the jihad against the “infidel” NATO troops in Afghanistan. The primary targets are first and foremost, of course, American soldiers.
One such video depicts in chilling detail the “martyrdom” of Cüneyt Ciftci. Other German or German-born “stars” of the jihadist video scene include the presumably late German Muslim convert Eric Breininger, who was reportedly killed in fighting near Mir Ali in April, and the brothers Yassin and Mounir Chouka from Bonn. BKA sources estimate that more than 200 Islamists from Germany have trained at camps in Afghanistan or Pakistan. Of these, more than 100 are supposed to have returned to Germany.
In a recent commentary in the daily Die Welt, German editorialist Clemens Wergin urges Germany to do more to prevent what he pointedly calls Germany’s “export of terror.” In particular, he suggests that “legal levers must be created that make it possible to apprehend dangerous suspects [Gefährder] earlier.” That’s because “for the moment,” as Mr. Wergin explains, “it is not sufficient for a criminal prosecution that someone has trained in a terror camp, for instance. The authorities have to demonstrate that the person in question completed this training with the goal of carrying out concrete plans for an attack. But it is difficult to imagine that a radical would do training in a terror camp just to have better perspectives of finding work in Germany as a fireworks arranger or bodyguard.”
Mr. Wergin has a point. But whatever happened to paragraph 129b? That change in the criminal code was supposed to be precisely the legal lever that would permit law enforcement to take action before an attack was carried out. What are German authorities waiting for? That known graduates of terror camps whose sole raison d’être is jihad show them their non-existent al-Qaeda membership cards?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Germany: Teacher suspended for serving pork to Muslim students

Urusla E. (59), a math and drama teacher for 18 years, was fired for accidentally giving a Muslim student pork.The incident happened in the Christophorus school in Betzdorf (Rheinland-Pfalz). The teacher says that that there were two unlabeled dishes of schnitzels, one containing four pieces and one with eleven, which she gave to the children. She did not know that some were made of chicken while others were made with pork. Then one student, Ünal (9), asked what kind of meat it was. She answered she didn't know. The boy didn't touch the meat, and a Turkish student gave her schnitzel to a German girl. The teacher thought the case was settled, but the next day the boy's mother called her up, very angry. A few days later 15 Turkish parents showed up at the school and demanded the teacher be fired.The school management quickly responded and put the teacher on leave. Ursula E. says she had to leave the school immediately, and the principal told her she didn't teach there anymore. The school superintendent suggested she be moved to a different school.The school, which has 302 students overall, and 45 Muslim students, scrapped pork for everybody. The school management wrote that in the future, in addition to vegetarian meals they will only offer poultry and beef meals.Ursula E. apologized to the parents of Ünal K., to no avail. She's been sitting at home for seven months, suffering from anxiety. Now she sued the school, demanding her suspension be revoked.Eveline Dziendziol, spokesperson for the relevant ministry in Trier says that the children was not suspended, but is rather home on sick-leave. The incident is no longer an issue, and the school once again serves pork.

Germany: Three universities to get departments of Islamic studies

Germany announced Thursday it would establish and help fund departments for Islamic studies at three universities, a move aimed at assisting the integration of its four million Muslims.The centres, designed to educate a new generation of imams and students of Islam, will be based at the universities of Tuebingen, Muenster and Osnabrueck, Education Minister Annette Schavan said at a news conference."The new centres will not only create an outstanding framework for better theological debate in our universities. We also want to contribute to making the four million Muslims in Germany feel more at home," added the minister.

Why is Germany Playing Down Radical Islam? Germans say that the U.S. terror alert is an Obama election stunt

On the cover of Monday’s edition of the International Herald Tribune, the headline was, “Germany is annoyed by U.S. terror alert.”The thrust of the report is that Germany has gone on the offensive to play down the U.S. (as well as British and French) travel advisory warnings about planned Islamic terror attacks in Europe. In short, Germany says the planned Islamic terror attacks in Europe are an Obama election stunt.
According to Michael Slackman’s Tribune report, “the prevailing sentiment here [Germany] was that the United States issued its warning for political purposes, perhaps an effort to help preserve support for the war in Afghanistan or to somehow aid President Obama with elections next month.”
German anti-American conspiratorial thinking is nothing new when dealing with U.S foreign policy. Take the example of Germany’s former Justice minister Herta Däubler-Gmelin who argued during now former-German chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s election campaign in 2002 that President Bush planned a war in Iraq because “Bush wants to divert attention from his domestic problems. It's a classic tactic. It's one that Hitler also used."
Ironically, by exploiting anti-American sentiment and anti-Bush hysteria, largely in the former East Germany, the Social Democrat Schröder catapulted his party to national victory and distracted attention away from Germany’s economic malaise and ubiquitous joblessness.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Speak German on school grounds, FDP urges

Schools should consider compelling students to speak German not just in classes but also in the playground, the head of the pro-business Free Democrats has said. Christian Lindner, chairman of governing coalition partners the Free Democrats (FDP), told daily Bild’s Wednesday edition that having students speak a common language whenever on school grounds would help stop certain groups becoming isolated.“In some schools Germans are by now the minority. It helps integration if German spoken there not only in the classroom, but also in the playground,” Lindner told the paper.There must be “no exclusion in any direction,” he said.At some schools, there had already been an agreement between teachers, parents and students to make speaking German a responsibility, he said.This was “a good example for others.”

Germany: 58% want to 'seriously limit' practice of Islam

The immigration debate sparked this summer by former Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin has apparently had an effect on the German public. A poll was presented in Berlin by the Friedrich Ebert foundation for political education (FES). Anti-Islam views were particularly strong in the FES poll, which surveyed 2,400 Germans aged between 14 and 90. Just over 58 percent said that “religious practice for Muslims in Germany should be seriously limited,” and that number rose to 75.7 percent for people from former East Germany.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Berlin: Sharia law in office building

An 8-story office building in the Ernst-Reuter-Platz in Berlin requires renters to accept Muslim regulations.German newspaper Bild published this week that a clause in the rental contract stipulates that selling and producing alcohol and pork is banned in the building, as is interest.Rüdiger Thräne, managers of the real estate company Jones Lang LaSalle, says theres' nothing unusual about it. He confirms such a clause exists, but says that 'among Arab investors, a rental contract conforming to Sharia is not unusual."Thräne says that nobody would have been interested in the rental contact if there wouldn't already have been a debate about Muslim immigration.
Source: Gelderlander (Dutch)

Clemens Heni: Journal for the Study of Antisemitism (JSA) conference on Muslim anti-Semitism

Bad politics of the Soviet Union, crimes like the occupation of the Baltics, deportations, and political crimes including Soviet anti-Zionism cannot overshadow the fight against Nazi Germany.Current trends in equalizing Hitler and Stalin have been called the “Holocaust Obfuscation Movement” by Brooklyn-born Dovid Katz, professor of Yiddish in Lithuania, who joined me in our anti-fascist protest in Riga. Maybe the honoring of the Waffen-SS is a wake-up for scholars and activists, including those in the United States. Antisemitism exists in several forms.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Iran arrests 'fake' German journalists

Iran said on Monday it has arrested two foreigners thought to be Germans. Tehran claimed they were posing as journalists to interview the son of a woman facing execution by stoning in a case that has triggered international condemnation. Public prosecutor Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie said that the two people who had entered the Islamic republic as tourists were "now in custody" after they had asked the son of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani some questions."An investigation by official authorities showed these people are not journalists and they have been arrested for faking their journalistic status," Ejeie was quoted as saying by the website of Iranian state television.The prosecutor was cited making a similar statement on ISNA news agency, in another report that failed to clearly specify the nationality of the detainees. But the UK daily Guardian reported on Monday the two detained foreigners were Germans working for Bild am Sonntag.Ejeie linked the Germans to a Iranian human rights activist who had raised the alarm about the arrests from her base in Europe. He said the two were put into contact with Ashtiani's family by a "fugitive," alluding to the Germany-based campaigner Mina Ahadi, founder of the International Committees against Execution and Stonings."I learned today a fugitive in a foreign country had contacted Sakineh Mohammadi's family and said two journalists are coming to interview you on her case. Then two nationals of that country have gone and interviewed Mohammadi's son."In the meantime, another person got suspicious of them and informed officials," he said, without elaborating whether the son and lawyer had also been arrested.Previously, Ahadi had said she was on a telephone hook-up Sunday with Ashtiani's son Sajjad and her lawyer Javid Houtan Kian as they were being interviewed by journalists."Suddenly one of the journalists shouted, 'What's happening', and then said, 'Mrs Ahadi, I must hang up,' Ahadi told AFP in Germany."Since then, I've had no news," Ahadi said. "Normally we talk to each other daily. I've spoken to friends of Sajjad in Tabriz, and they've had no news either. I'm 100 percent sure they've been arrested, but we don't know where they are."Ahadi said the two journalists were working for a German newspaper, but refused to name them for "security reasons."Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two, was sentenced to death by two different courts in the northwestern city of Tabriz in separate trials in 2006.The first death sentence, by hanging, for her involvement in the murder of her husband, was commuted to a 10-year jail term by an appeals court in 2007.But the second, by stoning, was on a charge of adultery levelled over several relationships, notably with the man convicted of her husband's murder, was upheld by another appeals court the same year.Since July, Iranian officials have said repeatedly that the stoning sentence has been stayed, in the face of an international outcry that has seen strong representations by the French and Italian governments as well as the Vatican.Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said last month that "the judicial process has not yet finished and the final judgement will be announced after the end of the process."Prosecutor general Ejeie, who also serves as the spokesman of the judiciary, said Ashtiani's case "should not be politicised.""The judiciary will not be influenced by the propaganda campaign launched by Western media," he said.Ashtiani's previous lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaie, fled Iran for Norway when Tehran issued an arrest warrant against him at the end of July.

Vienna: Election triumph for critical of Islam Freedom Party

The Social Democrats (SPÖ) lost their absolute majority in the Vienna city parliament for the second time since World War Two while the critical of Islam Freedom Party (FPÖ) celebrates massive gains.The FPÖ garnered an extra 15 seats to have an overall 28 members in the city parliament.

Lawfare in Austria: Is Truth Illegal? Paul Revere Gets the Slammer

by A. Millar
Although the trial of Dutch MP and critic of Islam, Geert Wilders, and its serious implications for free speech in Europe, is once again creating a furor in the press, another high-profile trial of a critic of Islam -- Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, in Austria -- is being overlooked.
Ms. Sabaditsch-Wolff now faces up to a three-year prison sentence if convicted of "inciting hatred against a religious group" and "defamation of religion" in a lecture in 2009 on the "Islamization of Europe." Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff speaking at a recent conference.As allegedly criminal statements fill the indictments of "hate speech" prosecutions, as in the case with Mr. Wilders, the Dutch MP says that he spoken the truth, and the truth cannot be illegal.
If the authorities in the states of the EU have taken note of this axiom, the Viennese state attorney has not. He has taken an even more sinister approach to prosecuting Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff: No statements are listed in the indictment. Instead, her entire three-part seminar has been designated as incriminating. I am "always careful to distinguish between Muslims and Islam," Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff says. That, apparently, does not matter.
Having spent most of her life in Muslim-majority countries, she has had much time to get to know Muslims as individuals, and to experience contemporary Islamic culture. She has lived in Kuwait; in Iran, as a child, at the time of the Islamic revolution, and, during the 9/11 attacks, in Libya. Her stories are undoubtedly disturbing: two of her non-Muslim friends were attacked for breaking the Ramadan fast – one, a Coptic Christian, was assaulted for licking stamps at a post office; the other, for chewing gum. On another occasion, apparently, when Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff sat in her apartment watching the 9/11 unfold on television, and her landlord burst in exclaiming that "the Jews did it," she asked him to leave.
Such events, she says, with the 9/11 attacks as a catalyst, made her want "to learn more." She began by researching Islam, sharia, and Islamism; and later became a critic of, and activist against, "Islamization."

Germany: Bavarian Governor opposes additional Muslim immigration

The debate over Muslims in Germany has flared up again after Bavarian Governor Horst Seehofer said Germany doesn't need any more Turkish or Arabic immigrants because they don't integrate as well as others. Commentators say he has damaged government efforts to calm the debate.Efforts by German President Christian Wulff and Chancellor Angela Merkel to calm the heated debate over Muslim immigration that has been raging in Germany for weeks appear to have been undermined by the governor of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, who made some incendiary comments about Muslim immigrants over the weekend."It's clear that immigrants from other cultures such as Turkey and Arabic countries have more difficulties. From that I draw the conclusion that we don't need additional immigration from other cultures," Seehofer, who is leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told Focus magazine in an interview published on Monday.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Multicultural Germany turning against Muslims

ANGRY claims that Islam is 'dumbing down' Germany have shocked its nation's leaders.
The distinctly multicultural German football team that humiliated England in the World Cup was feted at home as the emblem of a dynamic young country enriched by decades of immigration.
It was beaten by Spain in the semi-final, however, and the national jubilation inspired by players of Turkish, Tunisian and Ghanaian origin is a distant memory today as Germany is caught up in a wave of anti-immigrant feeling that is sweeping across Europe.
Germany's burdensome history was long considered to have immunised it against the populism flourishing among its neighbours: parties of the far right have never broken through the 5 per cent electoral barrier to win representation in parliament, as they have in half the European Union's member states. Now, though, resentments ignored by mainstream politicians are beginning to boil over as Europe's most populous and economically powerful country engages in what by German standards is an unusually fierce debate about the role of Muslims in the country.
A recent poll showed that 55 per cent of Germans consider Muslim immigrants a burden who "have cost much more socially and financially than they have contributed economically".
When, in an attempt to defuse public anger about immigrants, President Christian Wulff likened the challenge of integrating Germany's 4 million Muslims to that of reunification after the fall of communism and proclaimed that Islam, like Christianity, was now part of Germany, it provoked an immediate backlash.
"Mr President, why are you sucking up to Islam?" screamed Bild, the largest-circulation tabloid, which published a poll showing that 66 per cent of the public believe Islam does not belong in Germany.
MPs in the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), to which Angela Merkel, the chancellor, and Wulff also belong, seemed eager to distance themselves from him. "Multiculturalism has failed and that's the truth," said one MP, Maria Bohmer.
Joachim Herrmann, the conservative Bavarian interior minister, was even more blunt. "There is no reason to integrate Islam into our system of values. Germany does not want to integrate Islam, but to retain its own cultural identity," he said.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Scandal ! Merkel promises German help for Turkey to join the European Union

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she would visit Cyprus in January to offer Germany's help in resolving an impasse holding up security cooperation and Turkey joining the European Union.

Need a Jew? Don’t have one? Then fake it!

Here’s a jaw dropping story.
Last month in a publicity stunt, the catamaran “Irene” set sail from Turkish occupied Cyprus in a epic fail attempt to single handedly break the legal Israeli blockade of Gazaa . It was manned by some nine “Jews of convenience” (ie converts from Judaism to Leftism who only mention their Jewish origins in order to bash their former co-religionists).
The equisite irony of Jews sailing from a Northern Cyprus port – an area that Turkey had invaded without provocation in 1974, which it continues to occupy with some 30,000 troops in defiance of UN resolutions, which subsequently ethnically cleansed the conquered area of all Greek inhabitants, and then forcibly resettling mainland Turks on the now vacant land – to protest these exact self same crimes that they accuse Israel of was clearly beyond the Irene’s crew.
Needless to say they made a big deal of being an all Jewish protest.
Unfortunately for them this effort has been exposed as a lie.
It turns out that Edith Lutz, the Jewish participant from Germany faked her conversion to Judaism in order to sail on the ship.

Sharia law being used in Germany in Muslims’ domestic disputes

by sheikyermami
A leading law professor has contradicted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s statement that Sharia law was not practiced in Germany, saying a variety of Sharia-based rulings were being made all the time.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Germany: Schools must curb immigrant (vulgo: Muslim) pupils' anti-German attitudes, politician says

City officials in Berlin must take action against anti-German views among students with immigrant backgrounds, Germany’s commissioner for integration Maria Böhmer said on Friday. “We must take the reports from Berlin schools seriously,” the conservative politician told daily Passauer Neue Presse. “It is obviously no longer an isolated incident that students and teachers are forced to hear anti-German statements.”It is intolerable that German students and teachers might feel hectored in this way, she told the paper. German is the official language in schools, which “must be a matter of course,” she said. When just one language is spoken, conflicts that could arise from social exclusion or misunderstandings are avoided.Therefore schools with a high number of students from immigrant families need more support, she said. “They need more money, more teachers and school social workers, in addition to more time so they can offer full-time education,” Böhmer added. Other local initiatives, such as integration guides, can also help bring immigrants out of isolation and into the German education system, she said.

Germany: University Starts Seminars for Imams

Picture: Osnabrück University, "There is No God but Allah"
They intervene in cultural conflicts, marital disputes and dealings with the German authorities: Muslim spiritual leaders deal with the everyday and the soul. Osnabrück University has become the first in Germany to offer seminars for imams.

German faked conversion to board ‘Jewish’ Gaza boat

Television producers face flak for false report, say “not customary to pressure people to produce conversion documents before interviews.”
BERLIN – The German passenger aboard the Irene catamaran that tried to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza last month appears to have invented her conversion to Judaism, Berlin’s Der Tagesspiegel newspaper reported on Tuesday.“Edith Lutz is definitely a Jew, like a smoked pork chop is kosher,” reporter Henryk M.Broder wrote.The Irene, organized by the British NGO Jews for Justice for Palestinians, supposedly carried a total of nine passengers and crew members, all Jews, to show that not all Jews supported Israel’s Gaza policies. The Israel Navy diverted it to Ashdod Port.According to the Tagesspiegel report, the German Jewish psychologist Dr. Rolf Verleger asked Lutz if she formally converted to Judaism, and she “did not dispel the suspicion” that she is not Jewish.The German television program ARD-Magazin Monitor broadcast a widely-seen report in June, in which Lutz was named as a representative of “Jews from Germany,” and as part of a group of Germans Jews who want to show that “they are not in agreement with the policies of Israel.”Monitor’s producers have been accused of sloppy journalism for failing to diligently factcheck Lutz’s credentials as a converted Jew, and turning her into a representative of Germany’s 106,000 Jews.The conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily on Wednesday termed the Monitor report “embarrassing” and noted that many German news organizations have paraded Lutz as a “prominent spokesperson for the organization ‘Jews for a Just Peace in the Middle East’ – and she is not a Jew.”Sonia Seymour Mikich, the editor-in-chief of Monitor, seemed to duck the criticisms in a statement on why the program presented a woman masquerading as a converted Jew.It “is not customary for Monitor to pressure people to produce baptismal and conversion documents in order to conduct interviews,” she wrote.Mikich further noted that Lutz wishes to “continue to protect her private life.”Many German journalists devote a great deal of coverage to fringe Jews who bash the Jewish state.The popular pro-Israeli blogger website Lizas Welt wrote on Tuesday that Lutz’s tirades against Israel are “what the majority in Germany wants to hear.”Lizas Welt slammed Lutz’s “verbal attacks on Israel” as including equating the Jewish state’s actions with those of the Nazis.Lutz has stated that the Israeli government issued her passport without a “deportation stamp.” The word “deportation” in a German context carries a Nazi-era connotation from the time when Europe’s Jews were deported to extermination camps.Nathan Gelbart, the Berlin-based attorney who heads the German branch of Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that “over 7 million people live in Israel’s democracy, which, in contrast to their more than 30 million Arab neighbors, are allowed to openly discuss the controversy surrounding the appropriateness of the sea blockade of Gaza. And Israelis openly discuss the blockade.
“Edith Lutz, whether Jew or non-Jew, is needed in Israel as much as her three backpacks that she sought to bring to Gaza – that is to say, not at all.”According to a report from Ulrich Sahm, a veteran journalist in Israel, Lutz brought three backpacks that contained stuffed animals, second hand toys and musical instruments on the Irene.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Merkel in Damage Control: Muslims must obey law, not sharia…

by sheikyermami
Good luck with that. The Koranimals will not be impressed.
(Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday Muslims must obey the constitution and not sharia law if they want to live in Germany, which is debating the integration of its 4 million-strong Muslim population.
In the furor following a German central banker’s blunt comments about Muslims failing to integrate, moderate leaders including President Christian Wulff have urged Germans to accept that “Islam also belongs in Germany.”

Germany: SPD, Greens demand equality for Islam

Leading members of the opposition Social Democrats and Greens called on Thursday for Islam to be recognised by the state as a religious community, similar to Christianity and Judaism.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Germany: Muslim boy arrested for series of sexual assaults against joggers

A 14-year-old boy of Algerian origin has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a series of joggers over the last several months, Bavarian police announced on Wednesday. Since July 2010, a number of female joggers have reported attacks along a trail in the wooded Siebentischwald area in northern Augsburg.“The perpetrator acted with increasing intensity,” the statement said, adding that the boy faces charges of attempted rape, sexual assault, and bodily harm.In what police believe was his last assault, the boy reportedly tried to drag a woman into the woods and rape her, but she managed to escape. Based on the women’s similar reports on the perpetrator’s description, police created a six-person investigative team, which called on potential witnesses to step forward.A number of tips came in, pointing to the 14-year-old, the statement said. The boy, who is of prosecutable age, was arrested on Tuesday evening and has confessed to many of the 11 attacks police believe he committed.Born and raised in Augsburg, the teen is already well-known to police for previous acts of violence and theft.He will face a youth court, the statement said.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

German terrorists pose serious threat, police union leader warns

Germany’s police union leader Konrad Freiberg said Tuesday that he was taking this week’s terrorist attack warnings very seriously, explaining that the number of Islamists receiving training in Afghanistan and Pakistan has spiked recently.“Increasingly more people are travelling to the training centres there from Germany,” Freiberg, the head of GdP trade union, told daily Passauer Neue Presse. “A large number have now returned and live here.”These people have serious combat training, are radicalised, and want to carry out attacks, he told the paper. “The number of dangerous Islamists lies at more than 100,” Freiberg said, adding that about 40 had received explosives training in terrorist camps.Freiberg’s comments were in direct contrast to those by German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Monday, who said that there was no reason to change the country's security threat level in response to US and UK travel alert warning of possible terrorist attacks in Europe.While de Maizière also said Berlin was taking all leads seriously and investigating them with high intensity, Freiberg complained that German police forces were not in a position to conduct surveillance on all of the perceived threats.“Around-the-clock observation is not possible due to a personnel shortage,” he told the paper. “We’re running up against our limits.”Terror threats should always be taken seriously, Freiburg said, adding that he regretted that "the cases where Germany has been able to prevent attacks have not been judged realistically enough.”

Monday, October 04, 2010

Drone strike on Pakistani frontier targets eight German-based members of "Jihad al-Islami"

They were looking to "slay and be slain in the cause of Allah" for the promise of that never-ending Oktoberfest in the sky (Qur'an 9:111), but wound up having to skip over the first part.
In all seriousness, though, this report only underscores the severity and depth of the threat currently facing Europe, wherein the known number of the Tiny Minority of Extremists seems to grow by the day.

German-based cell in latest European jihad plot recruited from same Hamburg mosque where 9/11 plotters met

The Taiba mosque was just the "gift" that kept on giving. Not in the English sense of the word, but the German meaning: "poison," freely functioning for far too long as a center (a mecca, if you will) of jihadist indoctrination and planning. Where were moderate Muslims to challenge its toxic influence on their Religion of Peace?

Wulff Calls Himself “President of Muslims” While Islamic Terrorists Target Berlin Landmarks

by sheikyermami

Germany: Al-Qaeda list of targets

Fox News reports that the German terrorist suspect provided a list of possible targets:
(...) a senior western intelligence official told Fox News on Sunday that a German-Pakistani national interrogated at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan provided a list of targets. The list was later confirmed by another senior intelligence official.They include the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the luxury Hotel Adlon near Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. Targets also include the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, as well as Berlin's Central Station and its landmark Alexanderplatz TV tower. One official said security has also been tightened around the British royal family.

Merkel: Rhetoric vs. Action

von Benjamin Weinthal
German chancellor Angela Merkel’s speech last week to the Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) in Manhattan, when compared with her administration’s Iran policies, shows the gap between pro-Israel action and flowery pro-Israel rhetoric. The LBI, which researches German-Jewish history, honored Merkel with the institute’s prize for promoting “German Jewish reconciliation” and for supporting Israel. In her acceptance speech, Merkel said, “Our expectations from Iran include that it recognize the security and existence of the State of Israel. Both are never negotiable for Germany.” She also called for—in nebulous terms—a new round of sanctions against Iran but did not mention slashing her country’s flourishing trade with the mullahs (which has increased at a 14 percent rate during the first six months of 2010 when compared to the same period in 2009).

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Geert Wilders: Speech in Berlin

Dear Friends,
I am very happy to be here in Berlin today. As you know, the invitation which my friend René Stadtkewitz extended to me, has cost him his membership of the CDU group in the Berlin Parliament. René, however, did not give in to the pressure. He did not betray his convictions. His dismissal prompted René to start a new political party. I wish him all the best. As you may have heard, the past weeks were extremely busy for me. Earlier this week we succeeded in forging a minority government of the Liberals and the Christian-Democrats which will be supported by my party. This is an historic event for the Netherlands. I am very proud of having helped to achieve this. At this very moment the Christian-Democrat Party conference is deciding whether or not to approves this coalition. If they do, we will be able to rebuild our country, preserve our national identity and offer our children a better future.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Bosnian Imam adjudged on attempted rape

Bosnian Imam Mehmed Butkovic has been found guilty of an attempted rape of a a 20-year old servant in his mosque. Judge gave Imam Butkovic, pictured on the left, 5 months in prison and a 2 year probation. Imam is charged of attempted rape of a 20-year old A.H. female who was a cleaning servant inside his mosque in Zivnice, a city south of Tuzla.
According to the testimony of the victim, the Imam came onto her and attacked her sexually. She pulled away and ran into the bathroom. Imam chased after her into the bathroom in order to subdue her and rape her but the victim fought him off again, pulled away from the Imam and ran out of the mosque into freedom. After the sentence, the Imam said that he is powerless in prohibiting anyone of spreading lies about him.
M. Bozinovich Blog

Friday, October 01, 2010

Norwegian officials have refused to allow German company to test Dolphin class submarines destined for Israeli navy

Norway has refused to allow Germany to test new submarines it is selling to Israel in its territorial waters, according to Norwegian media reports this week.The Dolphin-class submarines, built by the German company HDW in the port city of Kiel, were supposed to undergo several tests in the waters off the Norwegian coast before being transferred into the hands of the Israeli navy. It was not clear at the time of this report whether the testing ban would delay the transfer of the submarines into Israeli hands.
In May, the Sunday Times reported that Israel is planning to permanently station a submarine carrying missiles with nuclear warheads in the Persian Gulf.According to the report, Israeli submarines have visited the Gulf before, but it was decided in May that the Israeli navy should maintain a permanent presence of at least one of the vessels in the strategic region.The article stated that the submarines are moving to the Persian Gulf in respone to the growing missile threat to Israel from Syria, Iran and Hizbullah.