PRAGUE/WASRSZAWA/PARIS/BERLIN |

PRAGUE/WASRSZAWA/PARIS/BERLIN (Own Report) - The initiative "Eleven Thousand Children" reported that survivors of the "Reichsbahn" (Railway) deportations into the concentration camps of the NS-regime wanted to conduct juridical steps against the current board of the German Railway Enterprise "Deutsche Bahn AG". The victims of the deportation, among them the eleven thousand children from France and several millions from occupied areas, had to pay four "Reichs"pennies per kilometer for their deportation on the German railway net; for children two pennies were charged each. The German "Reich" collected the fees among others from the Jewish communities of the deported people and distributed millions of "Reichsmark" to the German "Reichsbahn". From the operational capital stock and the resulting interest rates all "Reichsbahn"-successors took their profits. Even today the German Railway Association benefits from the deportation money, however refuses to remember of the victims of the crimes through nation-wide exhibitions. After first complaints from Prague, which were directed against the board of the German Railway Association, the Initiative "Eleven Thousand Children" calls the survivors of the "Reichsbahn" crimes in all European states, to notify their respective cases of deportation and prepare it for an international lawsuit. "After the people, the "Reichsbahn" shifted goods and chattels of the deported ones in ten thousand waggon loads through the whole continent," reports Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dreßen. "Hereby fortunes of many millions were stolen, which have never been returned." more…

BERLIN/SKOPJE/KABUL | | mazedonien

BERLIN/SKOPJE/KABUL (Own report) - A German victim of systematic torture, at the hands of US officials in Afghanistan, accuses the agent, Gerhard L., of the Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BKA) to have, under orders, committed grave violations of human rights and violations of the Constitution. The accused is a high-ranking officer in the BKA, with an "extraordinary closeness to the Federal Intelligence Service" (BND) and is considered a "man for doing the dirty work". The torture victim is a German, from the city of Ulm, Khaled el-Masri, who had been kidnapped from the streets in December 2003, and following his illegal arrest in Macedonia, deported to Afghanistan. There, in a US-run prison, CIA operatives submitted him to violent interrogations and consulted with a German speaking specialist, who called himself "Sam". According to Khaled el-Masri "Sam" is none other than the notorious Gerhard L., who had also been identified during BKA secret operations in Beirut. The BKA agent denies having been an accomplice to the crime. Although it is accused of cooperating with US authorities and having remained inactive, in spite of knowing of el-Masri's illegal arrest, the German Embassy in Macedonia claims not to remember of abetting in the crime and refusing assistance to the German victim. more…

BERLIN |

BERLIN (Own report) - German foreign policy attempts to confront the ongoing protests against anti-Islamic provocations, with a double strategy comprised of threats of force and imposing values ("dialogue"). While the threats are being circulated through secret service channels, Berlin officials declare their willingness to negotiate. "Security measures (...) alone do not suffice," to "confine the conflicts", writes the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Relations - IfA), an important mediating organization of government policy. Berlin wants to support subversive movements in the states with coveted resources and a predominating Islamic culture ("transformation"). The objective is to initiate a western controlled "reform process". For years the foreign ministry has, with a civilian component, been supplementing the military and police efforts against these forces of the Islamic world, that are difficult to integrate into Western plans. The avowed model is the internal disruption of the East European state system during the anti-communist offensive. The collapse of the opponent in a "new war of cultures" should be the objective, is the formulation used among German diplomats. more…

BERLIN/VIENNA | | frankreich

BERLIN/VIENNA (Own report) - German government advisors are threatening France and the Netherlands with expulsion from the European Union. The "painful procedure" of being "expelled from class" for the "ratification unwilling (...) States" should not be excluded, announced the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) to the European opponents of a new edition of the EU draft constitution. The German scheme is to have the document again placed on the agenda, first by the Austrian and then by the Finnish EU Council presidency, in order to have it introduced for the final vote by the German EU presidency, during the first half-year 2007. Only "at the end of the ratification process" will it be clear, "whether new opportunities have emerged for peaceful coexistence of several models of integration," explains the SWP. The implicit threat, repeats similar provocations from the 90s, when German European policy wanted to vacate French resistance; not unlike at that time, it is, also today, about the prominent position in the intra-European rivalry. more…

DAR ES SALAAM/BERLIN/MINSK | | tansania

DAR ES SALAAM/BERLIN/MINSK (Own report) - The German Government is financing the deportation of refugees between several African states and is intervening in the migration in the Eastern part of that continent. These measures are affecting several hundred thousand people in Tanzania and are designed to divert the migration flow originating there, to prevent these victims of poverty and civil war from coming to Europe. Germany is particularly directing these refugees toward Burundi and the Congo, where starvation and death awaits them. The UN Refugee Agency is implementing these measures. In front of its Cairo office recently, a massacre of desperate migrants was carried out. The continuous expansion of the EU border regime includes plans for an international detention system, that regulates the social dynamic of the refugee movement in regionally established reservations ("Regional Protection Programs", RPP). Selected migrant workers can "shuttle" between these camps and interested economic centers, according to the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Two pilot projects are promoting these EU plans and are linked to the current German deportation of refugees in Tanzania, where preparations have begun for building "Regional Protection" camps. The second camp is presently being projected for refugees from the "Ukraine, Moldavia and Belarus". Thus the EU is promoting the German-Italian concept of the organized supply of cheap labor from transcontinental poverty zones, while simultaneously hermetically closing all European borders. more…

KABUL/POTSDAM/LEIPZIG/MUNICH | | afghanistan

KABUL/POTSDAM/LEIPZIG/MUNICH (Own report) - The consequences of the western Islamophobic provocations are causing serious apprehension to the German military's (Bundeswehr) Operations Command and are hampering Germany's NATO units' combat mission in Afghanistan. The German occupation troops are coming under persistent pressure from Afghan mass protests and are trying to make a military base secure in the northwest of the country. NATO units in the region, operating as the "international Security Assistance Force" (ISAF) under the auspices of the UN, killed four demonstrators on Tuesday. During clashes on Wednesday another four persons were killed. In the meantime a total of 10 Afghans have been killed, as they protested against the blasphemous provocations by European media and demanded the withdrawal of foreign troops. The clashes are hurting German export. The planned debut in a few days, of German diplomat, Tom Königs, as UN representative in Kabul, does not promise to take place under favorable conditions. In the effort to control the resources of Muslim regions, western military policy oscillates between consolidation (Afghanistan, Iraq) and escalation (Iran, Syria). more…

BONN/BERLIN/PRAGUE |

BONN/BERLIN/PRAGUE (Own report) - A prominent promoter of the planned "Center Against Expulsions" has been appointed to head the federal government's administration for German culture. Hermann Schaefer, the new director of the Cultural Affairs Department in the Federal Chancellery, coordinates also the interests of the "Expellees". The "Center Against Expulsions," which is promoted by Schaefer, is a project of the German "Vertriebenen" federations (BdV, Federation of Expellees), which stands under suspicion of having "Great German" revisionist tendencies. Schaefer is a scientific advisor to the BdV project and had been president of the federal government's "House of History" in Bonn. He is responsible for the exhibit "Flight, Banishment, Integration", on display there since at the end of 2005. It has close similarities to plans for an exhibition, to be opened this summer by the "Federation of Expellees" in the federal government's Kronprinzenpalais in Berlin. Explaining the basic approach to the "Expellees" event ("Compulsory Paths"), the curator responsible for the event, Wilfried Rogasch, explained in a radio interview: "From the perspective of the victim, it is totally unimportant (...) whether it is an East Prussian woman 1944/45, who was raped and murdered or whether it was a Jewish woman who was taken to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp by Germans and then murdered." This statement encountered no recognizable criticism from the new director in the office of the Minister of State for Cultural Affairs and indicates the thrust of the revisionist offensive. more…

MUNICH |

MUNICH (gfp.com) - Chancellor Angela Merkel demands more German influence in NATO and wants to increase the force of impact of the western war alliance through worldwide cooperation with third states. The plans, which Merkel made public last Saturday at the Munich armament meeting, extend the military-financial potential of the Transatlantic Pact and supplement US plans. According to US Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, the NATO member states must decisively augment their defense budgets, in order to relieve the corresponding US budgets, which has attained US Dollar 600 billion. The German-American program seeks to extend the deployment of NATO to within the China Sea and is clearly directed at Beijing. The intended entry of Georgia and the Ukraine into NATO, as announced in Munich, and which the Georgian president and the Ukrainian defense minister demanded on Saturday, is seeking confrontations with Moscow. At the same time the Islamic world is being threatened with war. The German defense minister contemplates an assault ("military strike") on Iran but "at present" excludes this option. The comprehensive German-American alliance plans, lead to a further reduction of the global political significance of France. more…