Wednesday, August 31, 2011
On August 23 German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Belgrade. The first leg of her trip was Zagreb where she met with Croatian leaders. In Belgrade she met with Serbian leaders including a one-on-one session with President Tadic.
The upshot was her blunt dictate that Serbia must meet the following demands in order to qualify for consideration of EU membership: progress in the Belgrade-Pristina dialog, normalization of relations including abandonment of parallel structures in Kosovo; administrative and legal reforms, and satisfying the 1995 Copenhagen criteria.
The World Jewish Congress called on the international community, citing specifically Germany, to boycott the UN-sponsored Durban III anti-racism conference slated for next month in New York City.
“The World Jewish Congress urges all countries to follow the example set by Canada, the United States, Israel, Australia and the Czech Republic, Italy and the Netherlands, and to not participate in the UN commemoration of the Durban process,” the World Jewish Congress told The Jerusalem Post in a statement.
“We believe that Germany and all freedom-loving countries should urge the UN to concentrate on combating racism and discrimination in all its forms, and should not allow this battle to be politicized in any way, nor unjustly single out Israel for blame,” the WJC continued.
“The Israel-Palestinian conflict is only one of the many territorial disputes taking place around the globe and should not be singled out in a document on racism where it has no place.”
Israel and the six other democracies cited above walked away from Durban III because they deem the process to be not reformable.
The German Foreign Ministry told the Post last week that the Germany is working to “prevent the Durban process from being used to pillory Israel.”
Meanwhile, in a sign of rising frustration with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle’s decision to participate in Durban III, Dr. Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, renewed his call on Saturday for his country to skip the conference.
“Germany should finally show its true colors jointly with the other countries” and stay away from Durban III, he told the Weser-Kurier newspaper.
Germany “should have a bit more understanding that Israel continues to be in a struggle for existence,” because of Iran’s support for its proxies Hamas and Hezbollah, which are armed to the teeth and prepared to attack Israel on its borders, Graumann said. He termed international politics “hypocritical” because states that trample human rights indict Israel.
On “the edges of society” in Germany among “classic fascists, and many leftists and part of the Muslim population” there is an “aggressive hostility toward Israel that turns into Jew-hatred,” he said in the Weser-Kurier interview.
Graumann had appealed to Westerwelle on Monday to abandon Durban III because the conference is a “festival of hostility toward Jews.”
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The "contract" also promises to fend off any moves for Switzerland to join the European Union.
About 200 party candidates for October parliamentary polls signed the document, printed on parchment, before a thousand party loyalists at a ceremony in Zurich.
A similar document signed ahead of federal elections in 2007 had slightly different priorities -- the top three then included tax cuts, now replaced by the promise to turn back immigration.
"We have the feeling that what concerns most people at the moment is immigration," party candidate Christoph Moergeli said at the ceremony.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend an international conference on Libya's future in Paris on Thursday, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said.Seibert told a news conference "we will do everything we can" to provide humanitarian assistance to the Libyan people in the wake of the toppling of the Qaddafi regime."The German government is happy the rebels have been victorious," he added. Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle made plain his backing for NATO allies who intervened in Libya to enforce a no-fly zone and protect civilians, following a UN Security Council vote in March.Germany, which occupies one of the council's rotating seats, abstained on the vote, the only European Union and NATO ally to do so."Our respect for France and our other allies in implementing resolution 1973 is all the greater as we had weighed differently the chances and the risks" involved by the intervention, Westerwelle acknowledged on the sidelines of a meeting Monday with French counterpart Alain Juppe.The French minister, for his part, stressed that "it was only thanks to the international community's intervention that a real bloodbath was avoided."Westerwelle meanwhile faced strong criticism in the German press for saying it was his country's support for international sanctions against Libya that had been key in winning victory for the uprising.At the weekend he finally ate his words and publicly acknowledged that it was "the Libyans, with the help of the international military intervention, who toppled Qaddafi's regime."The German minister, who in April relinquished his job as leader of the Free Democrats (FDP), the junior partner in the coalition government, now faces renewed questions over his future."A minister on probation," ran Monday's headline in the conservative Die Welt newspaper.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Islamists hold anti-Israel march in Berlin: Al-Quds Day march led by Iranian clerics, radical Jews; Israel fans rally nearby
The protestors in the anti-Israel rally were faced by hundreds of Israel fans who also arrived at the site.
Police in the German capital deployed in force to separate the two camps and prevent violent clashes.
The Islamic march was led by Iranian clerics, accompanied by anti-Zionist Neturei Karta Jews living in Europe.
"What's taking place in Israel is a Shoah for the Palestinians," one of the radical ultra-Orthodox Jews, Rabbi Beck, told Ynet. "We are waiting for the day Zionism collapses, and then Jews and Muslims would be able to live side by side in peace."
While the rabbi spoke, protestors behind him were chanting "Allahu Akbar" and "Israel is a terrorist."
The Muslim protestors held up banners accusing Israel of committing war crimes, as well as photographs of late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini. They chanted "Freedom for Palestine" and "End the killing of civilians in Gaza."
Before reaching the square where a rally was held, protest organizers urged the marchers to refrain from anti-Jewish chants, which are considered a criminal offence in Germany.
The atmosphere became tenser as the Muslim marchers approached the pro-Israel rally at the site.
Several Israel fans who held up Israeli flags near the Islamist march were immediately surrounded by police officers, and were asked to refrain from chanting pro-Israel slogans while the march passed by.
Members of the pro-Israel camp were chanting "Free Gaza from Hamas" and "Israel forever."
Friday, August 26, 2011
Multiculturism in Berlin: Germans want private police and weapons to protect themselves and property
Berlin is the third largest Turkish city after Istanbul and Ankara, and a prime example of failed multiculturism. Citizens are starting to discuss vigilantism and whether or not they should establish armed patrols. Christians "have long called for a special auxiliary police made up of volunteers who would have uniforms, batons and handcuffs."
A controversy surrounding DNA identifications made by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) of victims of the Srebrenica massacre has erupted behind the scenes in the war crimes trial of former Bosnian-Serb President Radovan Karadzic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.
Last month, the ICMP issued a press release which claimed that “By analyzing DNA profiles extracted from bone samples of exhumed mortal remains and matching them to the DNA profiles obtained from blood samples donated by relatives of the missing, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has so far revealed the identity of 6,598 persons missing from the July 1995 fall of Srebrenica.”
The ICTY relied heavily on the ICMP’s findings to convict the defendants in the Popovic trial on charges related to Srebrenica. Prosecutors in the Karadzic trial also intend to make use the ICMP’s findings. The Prosecution has announced that it intends to call the ICMP’s Director of Forensic Sciences, Dr. Thomas Parsons, as an expert witness.
On July 23, 2009, Karadzic asked the Trial Chamber to “allow my experts to see every single piece of material, all the DNA analysis” he said, “my experts cannot rely on newspaper information. They need to have the same material that the [Prosecution] experts were privy to in order to be able to see whether the facts were established correctly and whether the conclusions were established correctly. That’s why my experts have to focus on the same body of material that their counterparts had. This is the only way. They must be able to see everything that the [Prosecution] experts saw and then they will be able to confront them with their expert views.”
He explained to the court that “We want the entire material, and we will take a random sample and choose 300, and if there are major discrepancies among the 300, then we will broaden the sample and continue the procedure.”
Thursday, August 25, 2011
While reports of Gadhafi's downfall started to look a tad premature on Tuesday, the assumption that his regime is in its death throes still seems credible. German media commentators said on Tuesday that the rebels' likely victory had exposed the failure of Germany to stand by its Western allies in March, when Berlin abstained, together with China and Russia, in the UN Security Council vote authorizing military intervention in Libya.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle defended Berlin's position on Tuesday, claiming that Germany's policy of calling for sanctions against Gadhafi's regime had helped bring about his downfall.
Asked if the NATO mission was right after all, Westerwelle told Bild newspaper: "Above all it is right that the people took to the streets for freedom and democracy -- Germany was on their side from the start. And evidently the targeted policy of sanctions supported by us had the effect that the dictator ran out of funds to be able to continue his war against his own people. The dictator must go now."
Asked if Germany's abstention in the UN vote had, with hindsight, been wise, Westerwelle said: "Germany decided not to take part with combat troops in the intervention in Libya. This decision was right. We supported the changeover with other, political, means." He said Germany would take part in the reconstruction of Libya and in the establishment of "democratic structures."
In separate comments to Deutschlandfunk radio, Westerwelle called for Gadhafi and his sons to be given a fair trial and said that such a trial should take place at the ICC in The Hague. He added that fair legal proceedings were important for a new political beginning in Libya.
Equally troubling is Turkey's continued denial and banning of information about these crimes, not only within its own borders, but, as exemplified in Germany, within other countries as well. In contrast to Germany where laws since the end of World War II seek to prevent a Holocaust from ever happening again, the Turkish government under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code, passed in 2005, makes it a crime punishable by up to two years imprisonment to insult the Turkish state. This provision prevents any public commemoration or consideration of the Turkish Muslim atrocities committed against Ottoman Christians.
This silencing and strong-arming of other nations by a country that is majority Muslim represents Islamization embedded within a national policy of Turkification. Turkey's past aggression, labeled the "Armenian Genocide," follows the Islamization pattern that exists today: annihilation of all non-Muslims, no matter their religion, ethnicity or national origin. It was a jihad against Anatolian Christians. Further, Turkey destroyed genocide documentation, many of its killers went unpunished, restitution was never paid to victims and the perpetrators are eponymously commemorated in the naming of landmarks, cities and streets. Tragically, Hitler was inspired by the Turkish extermination of Armenian Christians and justified his "Final Solution" with a statement that "no one remembers the Armenian Genocide."
In fact, the world does remember but is held at bay because of continued denial of historical truths, insistence on the Islamic point of view and political pressure to silence others with opposing views, prevalent throughout the Muslim world today on other fronts and continuing today in the jihad against the Anatolian Christians.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
While in Serbia, she told the Serbian president that he has to choose “Kosovo or the EU” and then she went off to Pristina to cuddle with the descendants of Hitler’s allies – the Kosovo Albanians.
“I believe that the ‘Kosovo or the EU’ policy is a wrong policy of ultimatums, which is not in keeping with the European values and thus should be avoided,” Serbian President Tadic said adding that he exhibits “willingness to cooperate with the EU in the search for a solution which would preserve the dignity of all peoples.”
… and who cares of Tadic’s “willingness” if he is not able to back it up with force let alone that Tadic seems unaware that it is Germany, and not him, that defines what is European.
As for dignity? Tadic ought draw nice pictures of blue skies and such.
The question is how will Tadic suck up the latest blunt demand by Germany and manage to turn the fait acompli into a political victory without looking like he is selling out Serbia and its sovereignty.
If he manages this, it is a forgone conclusion that some Euro-NGO could be formed rather quickly in order to give Tadic a plaque or some certificate that he is Europe’s democrat of the year, perhaps decade or century… whatever.
By the way, as an obligatory note, Merkel said that Serbia’s future is in the EU.
Many in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union party are unhappy about Germany’s growing commitment to euro bailout packages and fear that the nation is being locked into a “transfer union” in which German taxpayers will end up bankrolling high-debt nations that got themselves into trouble through their own profligacy.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The statement by Westerwelle to public broadcaster ZDF came amid concerns about Germany becoming involved in a quagmire in Libya following what appeared to the be the imminent collapse of Qaddafi’s regime.“It may be that Libya is developing into the new Somalia,” said Peter Scholl-Latour, a former journalist and one of German's most respected Middle East experts. “The Islamists are waiting.”Although the German military has not been directly involved in the NATO military campaign to weaken Qaddafi’s regime, it appears possible that peacekeeping soldiers could eventually be sent to the country. Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière suggested they could be used to maintain peace in Libya and help prop up democratic institutions. Westerwelle avoided speaking directly about German military involvement and said Libyans must decide their own future.But he also promised future German assistance to help create a vibrant civil society, independent judiciary and ensure free and fair elections.
Monday, August 22, 2011
The interviewer asked Witthaut: "Are there urban areas – for example in the Ruhr – districts and housing blocks that are "no-go areas," meaning that they can no longer be secured by the police?" Witthaut replied: "Every police commissioner and interior minister will deny it. But of course we know where we can go with the police car and where, even initially, only with the personnel carrier. The reason is that our colleagues can no longer feel safe there in twos, and have to fear becoming the victim of a crime themselves. We know that these areas exist. Even worse: in these areas crimes no longer result in charges. They are left 'to themselves.' Only in the worst cases do we in the police learn anything about it. The power of the state is completely out of the picture."
Sunday, August 21, 2011
In 1942, the Treasury Star Parade broadcast a 15 minute radio play written by Violet Atkins and starring Orson Welles and Vincent Price which recounted the activities of the Yugoslav guerrilla resistance movement led by General Draza Mihailovich. The Treasury Star Parade was a syndicated radio program sponsored by the U.S. Treasury Department and broadcast by 833 radio stations across the U.S. The goal of the program was to promote the sale of war bonds and stamps.
The radio play is a taut, melodramatic, and emotionally-charged dramatization of the events in German-occupied Yugoslavia. Atkins based the incidents in the play on news accounts which had appeared in 1942 in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and other media outlets. The play reflects the popular perception of Draza Mihailovich and the Chetnik guerrillas in theU.S. in 1942.
The Chetniks are shown as a resistance group based in the mountains of Yugoslavia. They take the Chetnik oath which means that they are pledged to give up their lives in the resistance struggle. They must sacrifice their homes and families.
Dushan, the main character in the play, is a Chetnik resistance leader. Atkins adds the personal story of Dushan and Jovana who met at the fair and pledged to each other to marry when they became adults. They had grown up in Yugoslavia, a country formed out of World War I. This was the only country they had known and were committed to preserve it at any cost.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Dr. Michal Rachel Suissa is a Jewish Amazigh (Berber) refugee from Morocco, working as an associate professor in medicinal chemistry at University College of Oslo. She regularly lectures and has written many articles on minorities in the Middle East, human rights in the Muslim world, and the use of religion as a weapon against Jews and minorities. She is the director of the Center Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) and the editor of the quarterly magazine SMA-Info on Israel and Anti-Semitism. I asked her a few question regarding racism, anti-Semitism, and Islam in Norway.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
This Marcelo foul on Cesc Fabregas during Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid lead to a multitude of events in the Spanish Super Cup (Supercopa) game contested between the two sides on 17th August, 2011. Marcelo’s foul on Fabregas was cynical and this infuriated the Barcelona players. It led to a mass brawl, with fighting taking place between both teams on the sidelines. Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho pulled the ear of Barcelona assistant Francesc Vilanova, which went unnoticed during the melee. Red cards were given to Marcelo for his cynical foul as well as David Villa and Mesut Özil.
Bit of a disappointment for Villa, given that he had scored a cracking goal in the first leg three days ago. So had Özil for that matter. Barcelona vs Real Madrid is never short on controversy, is it?
The Muslim Özil later explained that he got into the brawl because Villa insulted his religion.
Uka has confessed to the attack. When he was charged formally last month, the New York Times and other Western media reported that German officials said they "had no evidence that Mr. Uka, a Kosovar who grew up in Frankfurt, had accomplices or that he was part of a terrorist group.”
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Haradinaj was and remains Washington’s darling as the State Department and their proxy agencies – some veiled as NGOs and others more open – have invested a great deal in transforming his image from a wild-eyed hit man into a diplomat.
Besides being one of Biden’s favorite Balkan son’s as seen in the photo with the halo, the State Department conducted extensive “consultations” with Haradinaj.
In this State Department-sponsored Project on Justice in Times of Transition, for example, we see Washington’s efforts to coach Haradinaj on “Developing a vision for Kosovo’s Future” by bringing Haradinaj to a forum where he can meet Serbs whom he was previously prosecuting and killing.
The war crimes court at the Hague declared that Haradinaj was innocent of all these murders and has been let free.
Incidentally, Serbia’s reporter Miroslav Lazanski notes a conversation between Washington’s Balkan “troubleshooter” Richard Holbrooke and a Russian diplomat in which Holbrooke goes:
“I was telling Madeleine [Albright] that we should not have indicted the entire Serbian leadership for war crimes, with whom will we conduct negotiations now.”
Russian replies: “Didn’t the Hague indict them?”
Holbrooke replies: “Get serious, man.”
The background to the meeting was last week’s tumult in the world financial markets. Shares had gone into freefall after the downgrading of America’s credit rating.
Worse than that, however, were the tremors rattling some of Europe’s most important banks, notably in France, caused by further evidence of the utter failure of even the more developed European economies to live anything like within their means.
Chanel was the lover of Baron Hans Gunther von Dincklage, who ran a network for Nazi Germany’s Abwehr military intelligence unit, book says.
BERLIN – A new bombshell book about the French fashion giant Coco Chanel asserts the Nazis recruited her as a spy, and she didn’t harbor hardcore anti-Semitic views only to placate the Germans.According to the book Sleeping With The Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War, by Hal Vaughan, Chanel was the lover of Baron Hans Gunther von Dincklage, who ran a network for Nazi Germany’s Abwehr military intelligence unit.
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Vaughan, an American who resides in Paris, wrote von Dincklage “ran a spy ring in the Mediterranean and in Paris and reported directly to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, right hand of Hitler.”According to Vaughan’s New York publisher, Knopf, Sleeping with the Enemy "pieces together how Chanel became a German operative, how and why she was enlisted in a number of spy missions, and how she escaped arrest in France after the war.”The Daily Mail reported Vaughan said Chanel was “fiercely anti-Semitic long before it became a question of pleasing the Germans. She became rich by catering to the very rich, and shared their dislike of Jews” and others.Time magazine placed Chanel on its list of the top 100 people of the century. Her life has been depicted in books, film and theater. She gained international fame due to her line of perfumes, including the household name Chanel No. 5 perfume, and her line of highend fashion dresses.Chanel, an orphan, was born in 1883 in the city of Saumur, France and relocated to Switzerland after WWII in 1945. The post-Vichy government in France under Charles de Gaulle – and successive French governments – did not prosecute Chanel for complicity with the Nazis.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Former spokeswoman for prosecutors at the Hague war crimes tribunal, Florence Hartmann was an honorary guest at the Bosnian Muslim North American Conference held in St Louis.
Hartmann was praised for her effort to declare Bosnian Muslim mass-murderer Naser Oric innocent at the Hague court while Bosnian Muslims, seen in the photo happily surrounding Hartmann, told her that Oric is like a Muslim fairy tale hero who rode on the white horse killing Christian Serbs.
The Bosnian Muslim Congress, and presumably Hartmann, concluded that efforts should be maintained in preserving the mythology of a Bosnian Muslim “genocide” in Bosnia. Of course, now that Hartmann is writing books, she can facilitate the spread of such myth.
Meanwhile, Nato’s commander Erhard Buehler has gone one up on Hartmann as not just figuratively bedding Balkan Muslims – Buehler is actually bedding one.
Buehler is marrying a Kosovo Muslim Albanian woman with whom he had a relationship since 2004 – right about the time when Kosovo Albanians initiated their organized wholesale pogrom of Christian Serbs. Buehler is in Serbian Kosovo province to allegedly prevent pogroms and such…
One can hardly speculate of any appeal Buehler may have for his new wife’s heritage as the 2004 Kosovo Albanian Kristallnacht against the Serbs draws many parallels to the first one when some of the Buehler’s German ancestors may have happily partaken… let alone all the time that these newlyweds will now have to lovingly reminisce on their proud Nazi heritage when Germans and Kosovo Albanians were allies during WWII.
Buehler will soon be replaced and will take his loving bride along with him back to Germany – and like Hartmann we all expect to see him at future Balkan Muslim festivities where the actual Serb-killing will he negate by accusations of fictitious “genocides” of Muslims.
Monday, August 15, 2011
The Allies secretly schemed to smuggle female sex hormones into the Fuhrer’s food in an attempt to curb his aggression.
If the plot – like something out of TV comedy Blackadder – had gone ahead, it could have turned Herr Hitler into Her Hitler.
It was just one of a number of outlandish ideas to break the war’s stalemate, according to a new book by a leading academic.
Others included dropping glue on Nazi troops in an attempt to stick them to the ground and disguising bombs in tins of fruit being imported to Germany.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Turkish Radikal reports that the incident took place in the restaurant the owner of which is Turkish in one of famous streets of Berlin.
According to the report, the MP entered the restaurant and ordered a pork meat sausage. But the restaurant staff said that the MP should not eat pork sausage during the Ramadan. After short dispute the restaurant staff beat the MP.
Friday, August 12, 2011
The outstanding loans will be swapped and used over the next four years to finance projects "subject to government consultations," and come in addition to €150 million pledged by Germany for Egypt for the period 2011-2013.Visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr, on his first trip to Europe since taking office last month, said that the assistance would lend the country a vital hand as it pursues democratic reforms.He said Cairo needed assistance so the transformation would "also bear fruit for the Egyptian people.""The Egyptian economy must have a future if the democratic transition is to take hold in the long run," he said, in remarks translated into German by an interpreter.The Egyptian economy, which depends in large part on tourism, has seen a dramatic drop in arrivals and near zero economic growth during and after the revolt that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak in February.Egypt, which estimates it needs between 10 and 12 billion dollars in international funding to keep it going until mid-2012, had courted loans worth roughly $6 billion from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.But it withdrew the request in June in the name of greater economic independence.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Belgrade daily Press ran a front page article on Wednesday reading "KFOR chief to get Albanian son-in-law,” in a reference to the Nato-led Kosovo Force.
"The emotional involvement of the KFOR head with an Albanian woman completely discredits him as main negotiator of the international community over the crisis in northern Kosovo,” the paper said.
Buehler, 55, who is already married with a 27-year-old son according to his official biography, will take home an Albanian bride when his term expires in September, Kosovo Albanian language television Klan Kosova reported.
The couple has been involved since 2004, when Buehler served with the German KFOR contingent in the western Kosovo city of Prizren.
Buehler, 55, last week negotiated an agreement with representatives of the Serbian government on removing barricades in northern Kosovo, set up by local Serbs who oppose Kosovo's independence.
He is being replaced as KFOR chief by another German general, Erhard Drews, and had asked for another one-year term in Kosovo, but the request was turned down by Nato, according to Klan Kosova.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Monday, August 08, 2011
Police had launched a massive nationwide manhunt for Mehmet Yildirim, 25, after he allegedly killed his ex-wife’s mother and sister in a shooting bloodbath in the capital’s Wedding district last Thursday.Special operations police officers caught Yildirim on Sunday night about 11:45 pm, near the Grenzallee U-Bahn station in the capital’s southern Neukölln district, a police spokesman said.Yildirim had been walking to the U-Bahn stop when he was arrested, offering no resistance. The police spokesman said intensive investigations had led to the arrest.Yildirim is thought to have fired at least 14 shots into a parked car in which Yildirim’s 24-year-old former wife was sitting with her 45-year-old mother and 22-year-old sister as well as two men aged 27 and 24.Yildirim’s former wife, named by the city’s tabloid newspaper BZ as Feride, was unharmed in the attack, but her mother died at the scene, while her sister died of her injuries later in hospital. The 27-year-old man who was hit in the head by a bullet, was operated on Thursday night and remains in a critical condition. The 24-year-old man wasn't hurt.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
By Benjamin Weinthal
The United Kingdom, Germany, and France -- to name just a few EU countries -- are moving forward with their slated participation in the notorious Durban III anti-racism conference in New York City, a UN-sponsored event on September 22 that will single out Israel for attacks.Sadly, a conference that seeks to combat hate has codified loathing of the Jewish state in its founding Durban I document.The tenth anniversary celebration of the UN anti-racism conference, dubbed Durban because that South African city hosted the first gathering in 2001, has become the poster boy for modern anti-Semitism.The main political declaration from Durban I, which also formed the basis for Durban II, held in Geneva in 2009, targets only Israel as a violator of human rights and lists the Palestinians as the victims of racism.The 2001 conference was marred by a tsunami-wave of Jew-hatred, including scores of South African Muslims holding banners titled “Hitler should have finished the job.” NGOs circulated literature with the equation “Nazi-Israeli apartheid.” In short, Durban was the opening salvo in a global campaign to delegitimize the existence of the Jewish state.All of this helps to explain why Jason Kenney, Canadian minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, called on Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights who will be overseeing Durban III, to “stop the process and realize that the poison at Durban I has placed the entire process under a permanent cloud.”
Canada's government was the first Western country to pull the plug on participation in the 2009 Durban II conference, as well as the upcoming 2011 event.In a reference to the 2009 conference, Kenney said that “a conference that gives a platform to [Iranian President] Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to advocate genocide is a sick joke.”The United States, Israel, the Netherlands, Italy and the Czech Republic are also staying away from Durban III.Yet ,despite a pledge from major EU countries such as the UK, France, and Germany to “intensify efforts to combat anti-Semtism in all its manifestations” in the “Berlin Declaration,” the three countries remain wedded to Durban III.
(The “Berlin Declaration” was the result of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's conference on anti-Semitism in 2004.)Germany is in an especially peculiar situation because it is the only European country that proclaims Israel's security interests to be integral to its own.
The German Foreign Ministry said in late July: “In the context of the international racism conference, [Germany] works to ensure that no individual countries are separately pilloried.”
But that is precisely the point of the Durban process, namely, to pillory Israel.The mere mention of Israel in the Durban document as the only human rights violator reveals the disparate treatment applied to the Jewish state.
In fact, if Germany had sought to give meaning to its “special relationship” rhetoric with Israel, it would have replicated Canada's admirable example to be the first country to walk away from the whole thing.The UK, Germany, and France—as well as the other signatories to the “Berlin Declaration”—now face a modest litmus test for the fight against UN-sponsored anti-Semitism.
Will they stand on the right side of the human rights agenda? Or will they abdicate their responsibilities entirely?
Saturday, August 06, 2011
The number of attempted suicides is five times as high among young Turkish-German women than their ethnic German counterparts. In a state of limbo between two cultures, they often succumb to despair. Sema, a 27-year-old woman who tried to commit suicide twice, is a case in point.Her parents had just had another one of their arguments, and that night she swallowed all the pills she could find -- two entire bottles. She fell asleep quickly and was taken to the hospital, where doctors pumped out her stomach. She was 13.Perhaps it was only an attempt that time. Perhaps she wasn't really trying to kill herself, but was crying out for help instead. She doesn't remember.(...)Sema's father forbade her from playing with the other children in her class, saying that they were Turks and not Germans. Germany was their opportunity, not their new home. Sema cleaned the apartment and cooked for herself, eating eggs, French fries and beef sausages.Her family believed that the more they worked, the faster they would succeed in this new country. But they didn't.Berlin has about 170,000 residents of Turkish descent. For several months last summer, life-sized posters were displayed in subway stations and on advertising columns. They included a hotline telephone number and one sentence, written in both German and Turkish: "End your silence, not your life!"Meryam Schouler-Ocak , the physician-in-chief at the psychiatric clinic of Berlin's highly respected Charité hospital, is behind the poster campaign. Her office is in the St. Hedwig hospital, not far from the café where Sema is sitting.Schouler-Ocak is of Turkish origin. She has been hearing young Turkish women's stories for years. And ever since she saw the numbers corresponding to the stories, she has also been doing something about it.Young German women of Turkish origin, she says, are five times as likely to attempt to commit suicide as non-immigrant women of the same age, and they are twice as likely to succeed.
Friday, August 05, 2011
Authorities say a gunman they identified only as Mehmet Y. approached a car in the city’s Wedding district on Thursday and fired a 14 shots at the group of people inside. He then fled and is thought to still be armed.One women died immediately, a second shortly afterwards in hospital. They were 45 and 22 years old. The shots also critically injured a 27-year-old man in the car and left the 24-year-old former wife of the alleged offender in such a serious state of shock that she was taken to hospital.Police say they are investigating the circumstances of the shooting, while media reports suggested it may have been a family matter.The shooting was particularly shocking as it happened in a busy district of the city in broad daylight and seemed to be carried out with precision. Witnesses described it as an outright execution.“I am stunned and shocked,” said a neighbour who immediately ran to the scene after hearing shots Thursday and saw the carnage in the car. “The perpetrator simply ran away.”Wedding is known as a centre for Berlin’s Turkish-born population, which one neighbour called “socially difficult.” Police sealed off a large area around the crime scene for several hours on Thursday as they gathered evidence and searched for the shooter.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
The Kosovo Serbs in the north are defending the millennium old lands of their ancestors and the birthplace of Serbian Orthodox Christianity from the invasion of Hashim Thaci’s special police forces called ROSU to enforce a ban on imports from Serbia. These imports are a matter of elementary existence for the Kosovo Serbs, who have survived what Mary Walsh characterized as genocide on UN/NATO watch in her book Hiding Genocide in Kosovo: A Crime against God and Humanity.” She has also characterized Kosovo as the prison without walls.
The Kosovo Serbs are also defending the UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution #1244, which has terminated the 78-day NATO aggression on Serbia in 1999 and which unambiguously authorized the UN Secretary General to establish an interim civilian administration in Kosovo that would allow for the return of refugees and promote the establishment of substantial autonomy and self-government within Yugoslavia (now Serbia).
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
No Germans appear to have been among the casualties, but the Taliban, in claiming responsibility for the attack, told the Associated Press they had targeted a “German intelligence centre and security company.”The attacks come amid a deteriorating security climate in Kunduz city and province of the same name, which is garrisoned by German troops.The building that was attacked has for several months housed the offices of Lant Defence, a German security firm that protects workers from the German GIZ development agency. The GIZ told news magazine Der Spiegel that a suicide bomber had detonated his car loaded with explosives at the gate of the building.This was then followed by an attack by two other gunmen. All three were killed, along with three policemen, in the two-hour gun battle that followed. Der Spiegel reported. Other news reports said four guards at the compound were killed in the initial blast.Various media reports said up to 10 civilians were injured. A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Berlin said that no Germans appear to be among the casualties. A spokesman for the GIZ said none of its staff were in the building at the time of the attack, according to Britain’s Daily Telegraph.The German government condemned the “appalling terrorist attack.”The once-quiet province has become one of the more dangerous parts of the war-torn country since the Taliban began using it as the launching ground of its northern front against the Afghan government and NATO.The governor and police chief of Kunduz have both been killed in the past year. And conditions for aid workers have become steadily more dangerous.The building was formerly a guesthouse known to be popular with Germans. A former Bundeswehr soldier had run the guesthouse as a German hotel and restaurant, though he closed this last year. The restaurant was previously a popular dinner venue with German aid workers.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Apparently, Thilo Sarrazin, the Bundesbank bad boy whose 2010 book on Germany and immigration caused a Euro-storm, has blood on his hands. According to the UK Independent, he helped to create the ‘poisonous mindset’ that gave rise to the Norway massacre. The bomber and shooter, Anders Behring Breivik, was intoxicated by ‘the propaganda of the racist far right’, says the Independent, including Sarrazin’s ‘ostensibly respectable’ ramblings on the dangers of Islamo-immigration. A left-wing writer says Sarrazin’s ‘racist poison’ helped to ‘encourage the climate of xenophobic hatred which provided the background to Breivik’s attack’. A Guardian columnist says writers like Sarrazin stirred the ‘toxic swamp’ from which Breivik emerged, guns blazing.