Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
The Egyptian ambassador to Germany was told to report to the Foreign Ministry on Friday. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he expected an explanation for the raids, which people on the ground said were designed to intimidate those working for human rights in Egypt. He is expected to tell the Egyptian ambassador that the incident must be cleared up as fast as possible, and that the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation be allowed to continue its work without further harassment, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.Egyptian media said on Thursday that state prosecutors had carried out the raids accompanied by police to look for evidence that the organizations concerned had been working without licenses, or that they had been bringing money into the country from abroad. But Egyptian human rights groups said the raids were part of a campaign of intimidation and that police had seized documents and computers. They said such raids would not even have been carried out under the rule of former dictator Hosni Mubarak who was deposed in February, the Süddeutsche Zeitung said.Konrad-Adenauer Foundation chairman Hans-Gert Pöttering said things had to be put right in Cairo. “These events irritate us greatly and I call on the responsible Egyptian authorities to re-establish the capabilities of our Cairo office immediately.” He said the unhindered work of non-governmental organisations were crucial for democratic and law-abiding developments in Egypt. Mubarak's trial resumed this week after a three-month break. He is charged with ordering the killing of about 850 people during the protests which eventually toppled him.Other foreign institutions including the two American groups, the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute, were also raided according to Human Rights Watch. The American government has said it was deeply concerned by the reports and the Egyptian ambassador to the US is also expected to be called in for a dressing down.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The suspect, 24, fled the country shortly after the woman was suffocated on December 18 in her room at a student residence, police said. She was found dead in her room three days later, after friends noticed she was missing. Both were studying to become doctors.
The student's body has been returned to Israel.
A arrest warrant has been issued for the Syrian student, police said.
Also in Germany, a best-selling book published in September revealed that the spread of Islamic Sharia law in Germany is far more advanced than previously thought, and that German authorities are "powerless" to do anything about the Muslim shadow justice system in Germany.
The book says Sharia courts are now operating in all of Germany's big cities. This "parallel justice system" is undermining the rule of law in Germany because Muslim arbiters/imams are settling criminal cases out of court without the involvement of German prosecutors or lawyers before law enforcement can bring the cases to a German court.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Bettwil has been mobilizing for weeks against federal plans to accommodate up to 100 asylum seekers in a former military barracks in the village, located in the canton of Aargau.
The federal government plans to host between 80 and 100 refugees for a period not exceeding six months.
In the village, cars carry protest stickers and streets are covered with posters that read: “Yes to solidarity, no to the asylum centre”, or “Massive asylum centre, no,” the Neue Zürcher Zeitung reports.
Before Christmas, both the mayor and a committee representing Bettwil citizens travelled to Aargau to bring the signatures and convey their opposition to the government’s plan.
According to Jacqueline Wiederkehr, one of the members of the committee, the Federal Council failed to give the people of Bettwil a chance to voice their opinion prior to the decision.
The mayor of the remote village, Wolfgang Schibler, went further, saying cantonal and federal authorities had acted with “arrogance.”
Schibler has denied accusations of xenophobia, and is seeking to distance himself from extreme right-wing groups supporting his cause.
According to Weiderkehr, the asylum centre will bring crime to a village that boasts a single restaurant and a shop.
“We have zero criminality now, but if, all of the sudden we get 100 young North Africans with nothing to do, criminality will inevitably rise,” she said.
Protesters have decided to lie low until the next meeting with federal and cantonal authorities, set to take place on January 5th.
Between January and November this year, more than 20,000 people have requested asylum in Switzerland, 41.5 percent more than the same period in 2010.
The country is suffering from a shortage of accommodation for asylum seekers. In recent weeks, the Swiss press has reported that several refugees have been forced to sleep on the street due to a lack of beds in official centres.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, a free speech activist who was charged last year in Austria with “denigration of religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion” for asserting that “Mohammed had a thing for little girls.” In February of this year she was convicted, and will have to pay a fine of up to €480. Just recently, on December 20, 2011, her conviction was upheld by the higher court. If she refuses to pay the fine, she may spend a maximum of two months in jail. She grew up and lived in Muslim countries and experienced Islam first-hand.
An Austrian appellate court has upheld the conviction of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, a Viennese housewife and anti-Jihad activist, for "denigrating religious beliefs" after giving a series of seminars about the dangers of radical Islam.
The December 20 ruling shows that while Judaism and Christianity can be disparaged with impunity in postmodern multicultural Austria, speaking the truth about Islam is subject to swift and hefty legal penalties.
Although the case has major implications for freedom of speech in Austria, as well as in Europe as a whole, it has received virtually no press coverage in the American mainstream media.
Sabaditsch-Wolff's Kafkaesque legal problems began in November 2009, when she presented a three-part seminar about Islam to the Freedom Education Institute, a political academy linked to the Austrian Freedom Party.
A glossy socialist weekly magazine, NEWS -- all in capital letters -- planted a journalist in the audience to secretly record the first two lectures. Lawyers for the leftwing publication then handed the transcripts over to the Viennese public prosecutor's office as evidence of hate speech against Islam, according to Section 283 of the Austrian Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch, StGB). Formal charges against Sabaditsch-Wolff were filed in September 2010; and her bench trial, presided on by one multicultural judge and no jury, began November 23, 2010.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Draza Mihailovich and the Chetnik guerrillas reaffirmed their status as comic book heroes in the U.S. during World War II with their appearance in Thrilling Comics, #35, in May, 1943. They were featured in the comic story “The American Crusader Joins the Chetniks”. The eight page script and the letters were by Richard E. Hughes, the pencils and inks by Max Plaisted, who also had created the American Crusader character. The cover, featuring the character Doc Strange, was by Jack Binder, who did the inks and pencils. Thrilling Comics were published by Standard Comics in eighty issues from February, 1940 to April, 1951 by publisher Ned L. Pines in New York. The Better and Nedor comics groups were also published by Pines.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
The woman is 26-year-old Souad Hamza who was found dead in the German university’s dormitories. She had been a student of medicine at the university for six years.
The victim’s family lives in the Arab town of Kafr Kanna in the Galilee, the report said, but her mother is Jewish and the German police suspect that is the motive for the murder. The suspect in the murder, according to the report, is a resident of one of Israel’s neighboring Arab countries.
Hamza’s family had lost contact with her several days before she died and asked her friends to help in locating her. The management of the dormitory subsequently broke down the door of Hamza’s room and found dead body.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Dzeko was even made a US citizen after less than 6 years of residence while most “legals” have to wait for full 7 before they even apply else they get rejected… unless you are a Bosnian Muslim war criminal, perhaps.
Evidence shows that Dzeko murdered Croatian civilians in cold blood… like a woman he shot dead as she was begging him to spare her husband.
But Dzeko is not the only Bosnian Muslim to be domiciled in the US to the point of citizenship.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
"Pray tell, Angie, how does re-enacting the Third Reich's Balkans adventure contribute to Germany's security and peace? It is intuitively obvious to the most casual observer that such an argument is nonsensical - and then there is proof, too.Equally obvious is that Germany gets off on bludgeoning Serbia. This goes beyond realpolitik and eternal interests, too.
German companies already own much of the Serbian media and the banking sector. If they wanted a client state, Serbia was theirs for the taking - Djindjic was a Germanophile, and the Tadic government literally took groveling to a whole new level. No, there is clearly more at work here than political and economic interests. It could be historical memory - blaming the Serbs for thwarting German designs in both world wars, for example - or, more likely, an attempt to exorcise Germany's own ghosts through transference: if the Serbs are genocidal aggressors, surely the world can stop going to the Nazi well for the standard of villainy, right? (Yeah, good luck with that.)
Part of the trouble is that the victorious Allies chose to impose victors' justice at the Nuremberg trials, rather than try to explain to the Germans why the Nazi ideology was evil. In effect, Germans were to consider the Nazis evil because the powers that defeated them said so - and that's been their ongoing frustration ever since. It wasn't until recently, with Oliver Hirschbiegel's Der Untergang (2004), that the Nazis were approached as three-dimensional human beings rather than cardboard cut-outs, their villainy actually shown and explained. I dare you to watch the part where Frau Goebbels murders her children and make apologies for National-Socialism afterwards. If you are somehow able to do so, then seek help.
Yet it does seem that the Germans have "learned nothing and forgotten nothing", to borrow a phrase from Talleyrand. How else to explain the fact that Berlin, no matter the party in charge, thinks nothing of overtly supporting Hitler's henchmen (see here, with photos, and also here)? Far more troubling is that the British, the French and especially the Americans not only don't object, but actively support such policy. The only ones to object are the Russians - but they are shrugged off as impotent Cold War losers. Indeed, the Soviet contribution to defeating Hitler (90% or so of the war effort in Europe) is routinely minimized, and the Eurocrats are now endeavoring to equate Nazism and Communism. Russian support for the Serbs is dismissed as irrational feelings of ethnic and religious kinship, while Western support for Serbenrein Croatia or Magna Albania is supposedly noble, pure, and the paragon of humanitarianism (!?)
Germans understandably want to avoid constantly being compared to the Nazis. Don't act like the Nazis, then. Bombing Belgrade, supporting a Serb-persecuting chauvinist regime in Croatia and the establishment of a greater Albanian state, occupying Serb territory with tanks and troops, and insisting that Serbia become a member of the "European family of nations" but only if it gives up much land and its own identity - those are all things Germany did not just back in 1941-45, but again from 1991 onwards.
Want greatness again? Remember Bismarck. He wanted friendship with Russia, thought the Balkans wasn't worth the "bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier", and (reportedly) died with "Serbia" on his last breath.
Speaking of grenadiers, I'd like to remind those German (and Austrian) troops in Kosovo that, before they act on any desires they may have to shoot those pesky Serbs refusing to roll over and die, they ought to remember their Bible:
Da sprach Jesus zu ihm; Stecke dein Schwert an seinen Ort! denn wer das Schwert nimmt, der soll durchs Schwert umkommen.(Matthaeus, 26:52, Martin Luther's translation)
And with that in mind, fröhliche Weihnachten!
The German Export Control Agency (BAFA) approved exports for the development of the South Pars gas field, a project of the sanctioned Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The agency ignored warnings about Iranian front companies. STOP THE BOMB publishes the correspondence with the export control agency and is calling for the dismissal of its president Dr. Arnold Wallraff.
The Wall Street Journal reported on December 17, 2011, that the German Hansa Group AG since June 2010 brokered exports for the Iranian energy sector worth 150 Million Euros. Iranian partner was the Iranian company PetroKish, established in April 2010, which assumed the contracts and personal of Sepanir, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) company sanctioned by the UN in June 2010. Thus, the deals and technology deliveries for the Iranian projects could continue seamlessly.  The deals with PetroKish have been approved by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA), but according to documents leaked to STOP THE BOMB by an informant, the BAFA had for over half a year clear signs for a German-Iranian deception maneuver in order to circumvent sanctions.
Already on May 26, 2011, the BAFA received an export application by the Minimax GmbH & Co. KG, which included documents with the logos of the sanctioned IRGC companies Sepanir and Khatam al-Anbia. On July 14, 2011, STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Jonathan Weckerle informed the BAFA about evidences that PetroKish was an IRGC front company. On August 8, 2011, STOP THE BOMB sent documents to the BAFA with clear evidence for the likely roles of Hansa Group AG as intermediary, of PetroKish as Iranian front company and of Sepanir and Khatam al-Anbia as Iranian business partners. The BAFA was, among other things, asked to check the documents and to hitherto stop all deals that involved the Hansa Group AG. The BAFA answered that the documents were “currently checked”, but, as the Wall Street Journal reports, continued to approve the exports. 
Until today, we know of no steps by the BAFA to legally binding stop the deliveries to PetroKish and to cancel the export permissions. The BAFA until now declines to comment on the case. The Wall Street Journal only mentioned a “request” by BAFA to the Hansa Group AG, asking for a stop of the deliveries to PetroKish, referring to informal deliberations about future Iran sanctions at the EU minister meeting on December 1, 2011.
STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Jonathan Weckerle comments: “Companies that greedily seek and use every opportunity to circumvent sanctions, officials that close both eyes despite clearest evidence for deception maneuvers and until today have failed to draw clear consequences – this is how Germany acts in face of the nuclear armament of the Islamist and anti-Semitic dictatorship in Iran. The German Sonderweg [special path] to block Western Iran sanctions is thus not only taken on the diplomatic scene, but also on the administrative level. Human rights in Iran, Israel’s security and the international anti-proliferation efforts are all subordinated to German export interests.” 
Hansa's trade with Iran known to STOP THE BOMB consists of deliveries for the development of the South Pars gasfield, the central project of the Iranian energy industry. The energy sector is of singular economic and political importance for the Iranian regime, and it is in great parts controlled and run by the sanctioned Revolutionary Guards. The energy sector is thus the focus of the international sanctions efforts.  As long as deliveries are not completely banned, they should have to undergo the sharpest controls by specialists. Jonathan Weckerle comments the policy of the BAFA as follows:
“The Federal Office of Export Control has for months approved export applications for well-known projects of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and thereby subverted international sanctions. When documents and explicit evidences for dangerous and illegal deals with Iran are ignored, one can no longer speak of incompetence. It is the German government’s responsibility to finally stop the circumvention of international sanctions against Iran by imposing a complete embargo on exports for the energy sector and by establishing an effective control system. STOP THE BOMB calls for the dismissal of the responsible BAFA president Dr. Arnold Wallraff as well as investigations against the Hansa Group AG and its German business partners.”
There have been several pilot projects to teach principals of the faith to German pupils, who are offered the option religious instruction in most state schools. But a vote by the NRW parliament will give it a more permanent foothold until at least 2018, when the effectiveness of the instruction will be comprehensively evaluated.Although there is demand for the courses – there are about 300,000 Muslim students in the state’s schools – Islamic studies classes have been controversial throughout Germany.But supporters have argued that offering approved classes at about 130 state schools by vetted teachers could encourage the flourishing of a more moderate version of Islam among German youth. State Education Minister Sylvia Löhrmann said the parliamentary vote represented a “sign of more integration” adding that North Rhine Westphalia could be “a good example” for other states. But there appears to be some discomfort among lawmakers about the idea. Although the Greens and the centre-right Christian Democrats and centre-left Social Democrats supported the parliamentary vote, the socialist Left party voted against it, and the pro-business Free Democrats abstained.Officials have emphasised that the classes are held in German and are offered only by specially trained teachers.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Well, since Austria’s polit-props have allowed Saudi ‘conservatives’ to teach Austrians about tolerance it looks as though the judiciary has also lost their marbles, but wait: Austria’s judges were already in the bag (literally) for Islam when they sentenced Susanne Winter, an elected politican, to a penalty of 30.000.00 Euro’s for calling the profit of Islam a pedophile, (which is common knowledge) a behavior which is to be emulated by every soldier of allah for all time.
As bizarre as this may seem, its rather unsurprising to see the new totalitarians implement blasphemy laws that we thought we left in the dustbin of history. Strange days indeed!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Merkel spokesperson Georg Streiter said that Israel's recent announcement that it would seek contractors to build apartments in both areas conveys "a devastating message with regard to the current efforts to resume peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians."He said Germany "urgently calls on the Israeli government to refrain from inviting bids for the apartments."
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Of course the multicultists are now talking about the results of this study as if the ones who thought there were too many Turks and the ones who thought Jews had too much influence were the same people and that the problem therefore was a generic tolerance failure. It's more likely that the ones who thought Hitler had done some good things and thought Jews had too much influence were Turks. In fact, this wilful confusion of antisemitism and Islamorealism is one of the standard deception techniques that the Establishment has developed. Of course the two tend to go together in opinion polls covering any society being colonised by Muslims. The Muslims express antipathy to Jews themselves and generate antipathy to Muslims in others. But when the multicult dreamers get the poll results they jump with delight and cry "Oh look, the far right has stirred up hatred of Muslims and Jews!"
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Germany's top administrative court has ruled that a Muslim student is not entitled to perform prayers at his school because the act has the potential to create "very severe conflicts."
Germany's Federal Administrative Court found that although the right to pray at school is guaranteed by religious freedom under the constitution (Grundgesetz), students lose that right if a conflict is created in the process.
The court also ruled that schools are not obligated to accommodate Muslims by providing them with separate prayer rooms.
The ruling in the landmark case has both legal and political consequences. Not only do schools across Germany now have a legal basis for banning Muslim prayers, but the widely-watched case also feeds into the larger debate about the role of Islam in Germany.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Halil S. is a man who knows his way around computers. When he went online, he often used a special service for encrypted access that prevented investigators from tracing his Internet activities. As a result, crack officers from Germany's GSG-9 elite police force had to be patient. Before arresting him, they had to wait until S. had booted up his computer and established the encrypted connection.
The moment came at 12:05 p.m. last Thursday. S., whose last name may not be made public due to German privacy laws, was online when GSG-9 officers broke down the door to his student apartment in the western city of Bochum. He lived there under an assumed name. The officers threw him to the ground and quickly secured his computer.
German security officials allege that the 27-year-old is the fourth member of the so-called "Düsselfdorf Cell." The group is believed to be the al-Qaida cell currently active in Germany and tasked with carrying out a major attack in Europe.
Three other members of the cell, Moroccan Abdeladim el-K. and two accomplices, were arrested in late April and are being held in custody. Authorities believe that S. worked to carry forward their plot. In May, he tried to make direct contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American citizen and al-Qaida propagandist killed in a CIA drone attack in Yemen in late September. Calling himself "Abdullah," S. raved to him about automatic rifles and spoke about an attack using explosives. He also spoke of his illicit plans to raise money. From Yemen, he received both advice and instructions.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum is spectacularly misunderstanding Islam on many fronts, if you believe Islamic apologists in the West who tell us that there is no jihad to spread Islam, no jizya, and no jihad against Israel (just a land dispute). How did Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum come to misunderstand the Religion of Peace™ so severely? Would any of the vaunted moderates of the Islamic establishment in the West care to explain? Honest Ibe Hooper? Boy Reza Aslan? Brave Ahmed Rehab? “Man of Peace” Imam Rauf? Anyone? Anyone?
Monday, December 12, 2011
Lazarevic was kidnapped on November 24 in Mali along with others. A German was killed during the kidnapping.
French media says that a firm GeoLink, owned by Lazarevic, has been a front for French spy operations and that Lazarevic and another Frenchman, Filip Verdon, are experienced spies and weapon traders.
Lazarevic is known for his testimony against Milosevic at the Hague court where he testified in favor of the prosecution.
At the Hague, Lazarevic said that he was approached in 1968 by the Yugoslav communists to be their spy. He accepted the spy job but later he worked for the French service DST where he was charged to lead a group of 120 Serbian fighters in Congo.
Lazarevic is accused by Serb authorities to have lead an assassination attempt against Milosevic in 1999 under a group known as “Spider”.
It is not known whether Al-Qaeda wants to trade Lazarevic or whether they will behead him.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The day Europe took revenge on Britain: The real hostility to the City of London and the free market festers in the German capital
Berlin is infuriated by the Prime Minister’s refusal to submit to the proposed transaction tax and other punitive regulations. They accuse David Cameron of selfishly placing the interests of the City of London before those of Europe, of preferring splendid isolation to saving the world from financial ruin. The tone of public utterances towards Britain has indeed become bitter in recent weeks. Their private comments, we may safely assume, are unprintable. Unfortunately, the feeling is mutual.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 09, 2011
Bosnian Muslim leaders were major Nazi collaborators during World War II and the Holocaust. They were complicit in and participated in the Ustasha genocide committed against Serbs, Jews, and Roma. They demanded to be allies of Nazi Germany and formed two Nazi SS Divisions during the war.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Germany arrests al Qaeda suspect over bomb plot: The suspect planned to attack the Bochum Christmas market
The man, a German citizen named as "Halil S", is believed to have been recruited by the suspected ring-leader of the cell who was arrested in April, and of having raised money for a planned attack by fraudulent use of the online auction site ebay.
A spokesman for the prosecutor's office said there were no signs of specific plans nor of actual targets, and he rejected a report in the online edition of Germany's Focus magazine that the suspect planned to attack the Bochum Christmas market (Photo above).
German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said people had not been in danger, but that the case showed Germany and Europe remained a focus of Islamist militant plots.
"The accused is suspected of being a member of the so-called Duesseldorf cell based around Abdeladim El-K, and of being involved in attacks planned by the foreign terrorist group al Qaeda," the prosecutor said in a statement.
Abdeladim El-K, a Moroccan, is charged with planning a terror attack in Germany and of being a member of a foreign terror organisation.
Prosecutors say he attended an al Qaeda training camp in the Waziristan region of Pakistan near the Afghan border in 2010 and on his return to Germany attempted to build a network with an estimated seven to eight members.
"Investigations so far lead to the suspicion that Halil S. was recruited by Abdeladim El-K. for the planned attack... He was supposed to be responsible for securing the financial and logistical side of the attack," the prosecutor said.
Halil S. is believed to have continued plans despite the arrest of others in the Duesseldorf cell, to have faked identity papers and rented flats around the Ruhr area in western Germany.
Some 150 police officers on Friday searched 16 apartments and two businesses in northern and western Germany in connection with the case, the prosecutor added.
In 2000 German and French police prevented a New Year's Eve attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg; 14 suspected members of al Qaeda were convicted for the plot in Germany and France.
The court says he travelled in May 2007 to Tehran in a bid to get to an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan. But, after failing to meet up with a smuggler to get him across the border to the camp, he returned home a few days later. The court says he is one of eight members of a German branch of the extremist Global Islamic Media Front. The group used blogs and other forums to spread propaganda between August 2006 and March 2008.
"Subconsciously, the Germans think, if they occupy themselves with the Palestinians, they will erase the memories of Buchenwald—and look beautiful in the eyes of the world."
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Wipplingerstraße 34 (in front of Börse), 1010 Vienna
On December 14th, the Iranian Oil minister Rostam Ghasemi will hold the chairmanship at the OPEC meeting in Vienna. Ghasemi was commander of the Iranian Revolutionary guards, which is responsible for the violent crackdown of the opposition as well as the nuclear weapons program. Although he was subject to EU sanctions, he will be allowed to enter the EU and Austria. Despite pursuing a nuclear program, despite ongoing repression against the Iranian people and despite the run on the British embassy in Teheran, representatives of the Iranian regime move freely in Vienna and get the chance to initiate new business deals.Representatives of the Iranian regime are using their appearances at international organizations to spread their murderous ideology repeatedly. The survival of the Iranian dictatorship of Ayatollahs and Revolutionary Guards is being sustained by oil and gas exports which are being discussed at the OPEC meeting. Those doing business with the Iranian Regime support a policy ranging from the persecution of homosexuals, women and minorities, holocaust denial, annihilation threats against Israel, the nuclear and missile program, to the financing of global jihadist terror. We demand:- No stage for the murderers of the Iranian opposition!- No stage for representatives of an antisemitic, holocaust-denying regime!- Freezing all diplomatic relations! - Crippling sanctions in the energy sector, sanctions against Iran's Central Bank and sanctions preventing exports of industrial goods to Iran!
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Iranian regime is being courted in Germany -- Cooperation with Iran in Afghanistan is doomed to fail
Recent reports of ISAF's military intelligence services have demonstrated that the Iranian regime is cooperating with the Pakistani intelligence service ISI in arming and training the Taliban. The report states that the aim of the Iranian leadership is to control the fate of Afghanistan. To achieve this goal, Iranians are cooperating with Pakistan; both countries support the insurgents with training, weapons and money. 
While the German Federal government still relies on a double track policy of diplomacy and sanctions, Iran's leaders follow a policy of confrontation: The regime crushes any opposition. In foreign policy, it is working steadfastly on the atomic bomb and threatens Israel with annihilation. The incursion of the British embassy in Tehran and the plans to assassinate the Saudi ambassador on U.S. soil demonstrate how the regime systematically uses terrorist means in foreign policy.
Iranian foreign minister Salehi, a close confidant of Ahmadinejad, formerly was the head of Iran's nuclear program and Vice President of the Islamic Republic. In 2009 he was put on the sanction's list of the European Union. Michael Spaney comments: "The visit of Salehi to Germany is another slap in the face of the Iranian Freedom Movement. The federal government is once again betraying the opposition in courting Salehi. Now is the time for an immediate oil embargo and sanctions against Iran's central bank. A complete diplomatic boycott should follow. The German government should establish serious and close contacts with the Iranian opposition. The Iranian regime is destabilizing the entire region. Without a regime change in Iran there will be no stability in Afghanistan. "
Monday, December 05, 2011
Newly arrived Tunisian asylum seekers have been dubbed criminals in recent press reports and described as “the worst we have had to deal with” by asylum centre staff.
But has this group of Tunisians really earned a reputation as troublemakers and if so, what is going wrong?
Unofficial police statistics from Zurich, published this week in the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper, backed up the alarming headline: “Number of criminal North Africans set to double by the end of the year”. Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga said her ministry was taking the problem of security very seriously and that the processing of Tunisian asylum requests had been given “top priority”. The minister has also discussed the problem of Tunisia’s image with the Tunisian ambassador. The majority of the more than 2,000 Tunisians applying for asylum in Switzerland this year have come through Italy, out of a total of 24,500 Tunisian nationals who landed on the island of Lampedusa in the first half of the year. According to the Federal Migration Office’s third quarter report on asylum statistics, about half of this total were given a limited-term Italian residence permit on humanitarian grounds.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
According to the report, Jerusalem yielded to pressure from Berlin and unfroze the funds. Shortly afterward, a German government official announced her country would build and pay up to one-third of the cost of a sixth Dolphin-class submarine to be delivered to the Israeli navy. The agreement in principle to provide the Dolphin-class submarine, which foreign reports say enhances Israel’s second strike capability since it can carry nuclear warheads, comes a month after reports that Germany was reconsidering the deal because of anger at the announcement of plans to build some 1,100 housing units in the capital’s Gilo neighborhood, over the Green Line.
The German official said she did not know whether those reports were accurate. She said Germany will pay up to 135 million euros toward the submarine, which will cost between 372m. and 520m. euros.
Talks on the deal for the sub stalled last year after the Germans declined to underwrite it, as they had done with previous submarine purchases.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Friday, December 02, 2011
However, the Leipzig-based federal administrative court found that the right to pray even at school was guaranteed by religious freedom under the constitution.In the case of the 18-year-old pupil, who took his school to court, it justified the ban at his Berlin high school because the issue of praying had already sparked conflict among Muslim pupils.The court said the school, in Berlin's ethnically diverse Wedding district, was right in stopping him from praying as "sometimes very severe conflicts" had broken out among Muslim pupils over the interpretation of the Koran.Capping a more than two-year legal battle, it ruled that a pupil "is not entitled to perform prayer during school outside of class when this can disrupt the running of the school."The pupil, identified only as Yunus M., is the son of a German Muslim convert. He had insisted on his basic right to religious freedom after the school principal told him praying at school was not permitted.With an estimated four million Muslims living in Germany, the case sparked interest after two earlier regional court rulings first found in favour of the boy, only then to be overturned.It began in November 2007 when Yunus M. and several other pupils laid down their jackets in the school corridor to pray during a break from class.The following day the principal informed the boy and his parents that praying was not permitted on the grounds of the school which has students of about 30 different nationalities and nearly all major religions. She feared for the peaceful running of the school, she said.Yunus M. had argued that because prayer times depend on the rising and setting of the sun, he had no other choice during the winter but to pray around midday while at school.News weekly Der Spiegel said that the consequences of Wednesday's rulingwould be closely watched nationwide."Yunus M. kicked off proceedings which could write legal history," it said in its online edition.Tilman Nagel, an expert in Islam who appeared as a witness at an earlier court hearing, said that postponing midday prayers was acceptable if there was a good reason.He also argued that the Islamic ritual of praying undertaken with other people was very different to the Christian private act of praying, and was thus disruptive in a public space.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Mostafa Dolatyar allegedly called for fulfillment of Ayatollah Khomeini prophecy of the destruction of Israel.
BERLIN – Rising criticism from prominent German- Iranians, NGOs and the federal commissioner for culture and media prompted an elite cultural foundation on Tuesday to eject Iran’s acting Deputy Foreign Minister Mostafa Dolatyar from its board of trustees because he called for the destruction of Israel.
According to a report in Iran’s Mahan News in 2010, Dolatyar said, “We hope that the prophecy of the Imam [Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini] regarding the downfall of this regime [Israel] will occur very soon and that we will witness it.”
A spokesman for Bernd Neumann, Germany’s federal culture commissioner, told The Jerusalem Post that one of the reasons Neumann resigned from the board of the Schloss Neuhardenberg Foundation last week was Dolatyar’s presence on it.
The Berlin daily Tagesspiegel wrote on Tuesday that Dolatyar was ejected because of his previous “anti-Semitic, aggressive anti-Israeli statement.”
Spokesman Jörg Kronsbein told the Post that the foundation was unaware of the anti-Israel statement from Dolatyar. The foundation has been immersed in criticism because of it close ties with Iran’s regime.
According to the foundation’s website, the institution seeks “to deepen relations” and is a “place of meeting” for different cultures.
In October, the foundation planned a discussion panel with Iran’s Ambassador to Germany Ali Reza Seikh Attar and German philosopher Rüdiger Safranski to talk about Iran’s 14th-century national poet Hafez. Anti-Iranian regime groups and Iranian dissident mounted protests, triggering the cancellation of the event. The foundation continued to defend its strategy of dialogue with Tehran and blamed the advocates of democracy in Iran for not allowing for a conflict-free discussion.
In an telephone interview with the Post on Tuesday, Dr. Shimon Samuels, from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said dropping Dolatyar was a “signal to all German banks and corporations and their easy-going policy toward Iran.”
The Bild newspaper reported on Thursday that experts with the Federal Criminal Police Office believe in the event of a US military action against Iran, the Iranians would attack US military airfields in order to disrupt supply and logistics operations.Federal prosecutors have launched an espionage investigation against a German businessman possibly connected to the plot who they believe has maintained conspirational contact with the Iranian embassy in Berlin, Bild reported."We have an investigation on this issue," the head of the federal prosecutors' office, Harald Range, confirmed to reporters on Thursday.However, the head of the Federal Criminal Police Office, Jörg Ziercke, stressed: "We do not see any immediate danger right now."The report comes as tensions between Iran and the West have ratcheted up dramatically in recent days. A report on November 8 by the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency charged that Iran was likely trying to covertly develop its nuclear weapons program. And on Wednesday Berlin temporarily recalled its ambassador to Tehran following the storming of the British embassy there by hard-line protestors.Western diplomats have said that Iranian authorities could have prevented the overrunning of the embassy but failed to do so.A series of mysterious explosions has also recently bedevilled Iran’s weapons facilities, although they have all been attributed to accidents.