ALGIERS/BERLIN | | algerien

ALGIERS/BERLIN (Own report) - In Algeria, mass protests persist against the ruling generals, who are supported by Germany. Last Friday and today, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets - alone in the capital, Algiers - despite it being the month of Ramadan. New demonstrations are expected this Friday. The Algerian armed forces, which have persisted in holding power, have been supported by Germany for many years. On the one hand, Berlin is seeking to prevent refugees from arriving in Europe, and on the other, it has approved the construction of several assembly plants in Algeria for military hardware, including armored personnel carriers for the Algerian armed forces. Algeria's defense ministry is involved in these joint ventures. Beginning next year, Rheinmetall Algérie will also be permitted to assemble the Boxer armored transport vehicle. The cooperation was also inspected by the country's current strongman, Chief of Staff General Ahmed Gaïd Salah. Since some time, German government advisors have been warning that this cooperation could help consolidate the military rule. more…

ALGIERS/BERLIN | | algerien

ALGIERS/BERLIN (Own report) - In its search for alternatives to Russian oil and gas supplies, Germany has entered an "energy partnership" with Algeria. Until now, Germany has hardly tapped that country's resources, which have great potential. Algeria is the world's sixth largest natural gas exporter and a significant oil producer. The development of new sources is urgent. In light of the West's policy of escalation in regards to Moscow, Germany would like to become less dependent on Russian energy resources. At the same time, the Libyan civil war threatens to cut off completely one of Germany's most important sources of oil. Because of the nuclear dispute with Iran, oil and gas imports from that country are not yet feasible. The West's aggressions and their repercussions are making energy procurement increasingly difficult. The new energy partnership with Algeria, which should help relieve this bottleneck, also offers the beleaguered German solar energy sector the possibility to gain ground on their Chinese rivals. German mechanical engineering and construction can expect supplementary profits. more…

BERLIN | | algerien

BERLIN (Own report) - According to media reports, the German Ministry of Economics seeks to facilitate exports of the German arms industry. It was reported that two ministerial draft bills are pleading to "purge" foreign trade legislation to increase exports of German military material. A coordination meeting with business associations has been scheduled for Wednesday. For a few years, Germany has ranked third largest arms exporter in the world, after the USA and Russia. Germany assumes nearly one-tenth of all global arms exports. Its customers include despotic regimes and countries in regions of crisis. On foreign visits, the chancellor and her ministers personally represent the sales interests of the arms industry. Most recently, Defense Minister de Maizière tried to sell 60 Eurofighters during visit to the United Arab Emirates. The export of weaponry to regions of conflict is systematic. Allies are having their weaponry upgraded, for example in the case of Persian Gulf dictatorships, in preparation for a possible war against Iran, and in the case of Libya and Algeria to fortify their borders or strengthen ties to a regional power. more…

Arms for Oil

ALGIERS/BERLIN | | algerien

ALGIERS/BERLIN (Own report) - The German government is considering supplying warships and military aircraft to Algeria. This was reported in the Algerian press preceding the German Chancellor's visit to Algiers, due to begin next Wednesday. In return, Berlin is evidently demanding better access to this North African nation's energy resources. According to a high ranking representative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Algerian production of German military vehicles is also being considered. Among the agreements Chancellor Merkel seeks to reach with the Algerian government are those concerning the domestic repressive authorities, reinforcing the so-called war on terror. With its far-reaching bids, the German government is seeking to gain a decisive advantage over its rivals in this resource-rich area of North Africa. One of those rivals, Russia, has been strongly expanding its influence over Algerian and Libyan resources. The German thrust into Algiers puts the spotlight on Berlin's intervention against Paris' original "Mediterranean Union" project, through which France had sought to intensify also its own contacts to Algeria. more…

Ever Ready

ALGIERS/BERLIN | | algerien

ALGIERS/BERLIN (Own Report) - The dispatching of a German submarine to the port of Algiers underscores the German government's military interest in Algeria. Berlin permits the training of Algerian soldiers in Germany and would like to incorporate this North African country into the NATO through so-called anti-terror measures. Germany is also supplying its military partner, Algeria, with large quantities of arms. Cooperation at the level of the intelligence services and police should soon be formalized and sealed in a treaty. The government of Algeria, predominated by the military, has been waging a so-called war on terror against Islamist rebels for the past 15 years. Algeria's repressive organs are accused of serious crimes. In a conversation with german-foreign-policy.com, Salima Mellah, of the Algeria Watch human rights organization, reported that at the beginning of this year, for example, an Algerian prisoner was tortured to death, even in July, people were disappearing. "The 'death machine' that began to be set up in 1992, has not been dismantled" says Ms. Mellah: "Though it is no longer as intensively applied, as it had been ten years ago, it is ever ready to be put into action again." more…

BERLIN/BAMAKO/ALGIER | | algerienmali

BERLIN/BAMAKO/ALGIER As did the German security services, the German judiciary now uses the kidnapping in Northwest Africa to extend their activities into other states. The German authorities are preparing international arrest warrants for the kidnappers of the hostages, recently released in Mali, to bring them to court. For the first time they utilize a law, passed last year, which enables them to prosecute ,,criminal and terrorist organisations"worldwide. more…