DAMASCUS/BERLIN | | syrien

DAMASCUS/BERLIN (Own report) - Parallel to the Arab League's war threats against Syria, Germany is pleading to raise the pressure on the Syrian regime. It is consensus in the main capitals of the western world, including Berlin, that Moscow’s recent UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria is not confrontational enough and therefore insufficient. The Arab League's Syria observers are expected to deliver their report tomorrow, Thursday, which can serve as a justification for tougher action. The emirate Qatar's autocrat, who for the past few months has taken on the role of the Arab League’s rabble-rouser with the German government’s approbation, is now calling for military intervention against Syria. Berlin's use of an alleged concern for the violation of human rights, to justify its aggressive policy toward the Assad government, could serve as a prime example of the German government’s humanitarian cynicism to legitimatize its global policy. The German government was indifferent to human rights, as long as Damascus was a helpful partner for warding off migrants and as a torture chamber for interrogations within the framework of the "war on terror." Today, human rights activists are being ignored, when they criticize the Arabian Gulf dictatorships, such as Qatar, because they serve as the West’s auxiliary forces. The focus is on geo-strategic plans, such as the neutralization of Iran's last ally in the Arab world, Syria. more…

DAMASCUS/BERLIN | | syrien

DAMASCUS/BERLIN (Own report) - As reported by human rights organizations, Berlin, in spite of the intensification of violence in Syria, is refusing to suspend its agreement with Damascus, on the deportation of undesirable refugees. Whereas the current upheaval in Syria has cost dozens of lives, people are being held in deportation confinement, awaiting their transfer to that crisis area. Several of those deported from Germany to Syria in the past, including adolescents, were immediately arrested upon their arrival by the Syrian authorities. Since some time, Berlin has been working with the Syrian repressive agencies, at times even closely. One case of cooperation in torture is particularly known; that of the German-Syrian Mohammed Haydar Zammar, who was interrogated in November 2002 in Damascus - in a torture prison - by German police officers and secret service agents, following the upgrading of German-Syrian secret service cooperation, also to be applied against migrants. Cooperation in the domain of repression is continuing in spite of Syria's refusal of an exclusive western orientation, which has repeatedly made it the target of attacks from the west. more…

WASHINGTON/BERLIN/PARIS | | iraklibanonpakistansaudi-arabienjordaniensyrientuerkeiaserbaidschaniranyemen

WASHINGTON/BERLIN/PARIS (Own report) - American military circles are recommending a re-organization of all nations in the Middle East along ethnic lines. Loss of territory and drawing new borders will effect Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan among others. Through the complete dissolution of states, new actors will be created in international law, along the lines of ethnic and religious affiliation. According to this plan, a country, by the name of "Free Kurdistan" will be created, three times the size of Syria, from territory taken from today's northern Iraq and eastern Turkey. The remainder of Iraq will be divided, the capital, Baghdad, smashed. Iran would lose extensive areas of its coast, as well as, territory bordering on Pakistan, where a "Free Baluchistan" is to be founded. Mekka and Medina, until now located in Saudi Arabia, will be promoted to capitals of an "Islamic Sacred State," that will extend to the southern borders of Jordan - doubling the surface of the Hashemite territory ("Greater Jordan"). This ethnic re-organization is depicted on several US maps, that the historian Dr. Pierre Hillard (Paris) has now published in France. In his talk with german-foreign-policy.com Hillard deems that "German policy plays an important role in propagating these ideas". German-foreign-policy.com publishes, for the first time in Germany, the US cartography. more…

BERLIN/BAGDAD | | irakafghanistaniransyrien

BERLIN/BAGDAD (german-foreign-policy.com) - Germany participated in the aggression against Iraq and therefore, within the course of a few years, committed a second time, criminal violations of the UN Charter. As in the case of the Yugoslavia bombardment, in violation of international law, it was also the Schroeder-Fischer government that committed this breach of international accords and the German Constitution regarding Iraq. The direct participation in the aggression was admitted by Dr. August Hanning, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of the Interior and ex-director of the BND (Federal Intelligence Service), the foreign espionage service. Hanning admitted to the active participation of several German agents in the war. The preparatory work of the Federal Intelligence Service for the US assault was possible because of many decades of secret service co-operation and could draw on its exclusive connections. According to secret service specialists, the BND remains far superior to its western partner services in espionage of the Arab speaking states. The BND's outstanding knowledge is based on traditional links, which go back to the First World War and since 1945 to the revitalization of old Nazi connections. In addition to Iraq, this pertains also to Syria, another recipient of western threats to overthrow the government. more…

BERLIN/BEIRUT | | libanonsyrien

BERLIN/BEIRUT (Own report) - The former leader of the opposition in the German Federal Parliament, who has become the current chancellor, Angela Merkel, (CDU), had been informed 11 months ago of the torture that was taking place during German criminal investigations. She took no legal steps against these crimes. This is proven by documents on hand at german-foreign-policy.com. According to this information, Mrs. Merkel was informed in writing of the facts of the case February 24, 2005. The chairpersons of the other parliamentary parties or their parliamentary representatives were also informed of the accusations eleven months ago. The parliamentarians were made aware that the "outsourced" state's attorney investigations to Lebanon, ended in grievous violations of human rights through torture. The Federal Public Prosecutor was the person directly responsible for German "offshore" criminal prosecution measures, taking place in a torturing state. The Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA) was an accomplice. When a witness of this obvious crime, turned to the Petitions Committee of the Federal Parliament, he was held at bay for more than six months. The parliamentarian non-treatment of the torture charges sheds a spotlight on the internal state of the German Republic, that feels itself called upon to defend human rights around the world. German-foreign-policy.com publishes documents. more…

BERLIN/MECKENHEIM/BEIRUT | | libanonsyrien

BERLIN/MECKENHEIM/BEIRUT (Own report) - Severe torture during judicial investigations by the federal prosecutor's office is the outcome of systematic cooperation between the German government agencies and the military secret services of Lebanon and Syria. This is what German-foreign-policy.com has learned from the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation, (BKA), where these crimes are being referred to as "torture outsourcing." According to this information, a BKA liaison officer in Lebanon had consolidated the contacts to the appropriate offices in the country, shortly before the delivery of the first suspect from Germany which led to torture. The operation was supervised by an employee of the German embassy in Beirut who was kept abreast of the Lebanese methods of torture being applied. In violation of the diplomatic status, the "outsourcing preparations" were carried out in an office of the German diplomatic mission. According to information received by german-foreign-policy.com the results of the interrogation were also evaluated in this office. In spite of having been reported through official channels, the president of the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA) has refused for several months to swear out a warrant for the crime of torture. The Federal Prosecutor General still refuses to open an investigation into the matter. "Naked fear is widespread" in the halls of the BKA, a BKA official explained to this editorial staff, because further details of their "war on terror" could be made public. These details include the direct cooperation between German and American administrations. According to written information on hand at the editorial office of german-foreign-policy.com, the FBI had its own office space in the BKA headquarters in Meckenheim. US authorities functioning on German territory transmit their questions of interest to the interrogators by way of the BKA through its liaison in Beirut. The questions are then forwarded to the Lebanese torturers of Mohamed Ramez Sultan, a car dealer from Munich. more…

BERLIN/DAMASCUS/GUANTANAMO | | usasyrien

BERLIN/DAMASCUS/GUANTANAMO (Own report) - In spite of evidence of official German complicity in cases of abduction and torture, the authorities are refusing to take the consequences. This pertains to the former Ministers Josef Fischer and Otto Schily as well as members of the current government, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Brigitte Zypries. During their periods in office, German citizens were kidnapped and taken abroad, where they were submitted to torture, and considered missing or murdered. German officials have either indirectly participated or abetted in the commission of these crimes. For example, a citizen of the city of Bremen has been tortured for the past four years in Guantanamo, with the knowledge of the German government, without the foreign ministry having him set free. "They had taken no action, and only referred us to the US authorities" responded the victim's mother, when questioned by German-foreign-policy.com. The trail of the kidnapping by US officials of a citizen of Hamburg, leads to Damascus, where he was subsequently tortured. Several German agencies have inspected the results of his abduction at the site of the crime - without intervening. The teamwork that goes on between the German secret services and foreign torturers is also proven in the deportation case of Khaled el-Masri, from the city of Ulm. These cases along with others still being kept secret, raise the suspicion, that the presiding ministers responsible, could be charged with violation of the constitution. Charges were brought this past weekend against the Federal Prosecutor General. To avoid a crisis of state, the Merkel administration is striving to keep the cloak of secrecy over the background facts. more…