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LA PAZ/BERLIN (Own report) - Before Bolivia's election (Sunday June 2) of a Constitutional Constituent Assembly can take place, the German government has already announced that it intends to influence the formulation of the country's new constitution. The constitutional process is given high significance, not least of all because of the new La Paz government's plans for nationalization, which run contrary to the interests of foreign companies, but are supported by a broad social movement. German development organizations, intending to interfere in the preparations, both in practical questions and in questions of content, have been successful, in the past, with imposing privatization measures against the opposition of broad sections of the population. Whereas the current German intervention is carried out under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ), Berlin's earlier attempts at winning influence was mainly through the German emigrant community ("Auslandsdeutschtum" German Folk Abroad) and German military instructors sent to the country. Both factors created the conditions that made it possible for the Nazi war criminal, Klaus Barbie, sentenced to death three times in France, to live underground and organize counter-insurgency for several of Bolivia's putsch regimes. more…

DUESSELDORF/ESSEN | | spanienitalienfrankreichniederlandeoesterreich

DUESSELDORF/ESSEN (Own report) - Anxiety is growing in several European states, that Germany could take control over their strategically important national power supply, because of the expansionist endeavors of German energy companies, such as Eon and RWE. Some governments are merging their national energy suppliers, in an attempt to impede these efforts - until now without much success. These preventive measures are encountering not only domestic difficulties, the European commission is declaring these efforts as in "violation of the freedom of capital". Spain, for example, is putting up a resistance to Eon buying into its largest native power supplier, but probably will succumb to the pressure from Brussels and will finally accept the offer made by the German energy giant. In France and Austria efforts to establish "national safeguards" against takeover attempts by foreign energy companies, had to be postponed until the fall, due to strong resistance. Lastly a takeover battle is approaching the Netherlands, which could lead to her loss of control over her energy supply to German companies. more…

CIDADE DE PRAIA | | nigeriafrankreichchina

CIDADE DE PRAIA (Own report) - The June 22, German commanded, invasion of an island off the coast of West Africa, marks the last preliminary high point in the major maneuver of the NATO Response Force (NRF), before it passes the final test, proving its full combat readiness. The maneuver takes place in Cape Verde and therefore is the first maneuver that the western war alliance has held on African territory. And Germany is playing a distinguished role: the German general, Gerhard W. Back, is the commander of the maneuver, and the German military (Bundeswehr) is participating with a contingent of approximately 2,100 of the approx. 7,000 soldiers involved. The heads of governments and states would like to officially declare the NRF "combat ready," in November, at their next NATO summit in Riga. Its first envisaged theaters of operations are resource-rich areas of Africa. Since some time, Germany has been a leading competitor for African raw materials. more…

KINSHASA/BERLIN | | kongo-kinshasa

KINSHASA/BERLIN (Own report) - In Kinshasa demonstrators are threatening to burn EU soldiers, and have announced they would resist foreign interference into the internal affairs of their country. Just a few weeks before the arrival of the main contingent of the German military (Bundeswehr), observers anticipate an imminent escalation of the Congolese civil war. Militia units are accordingly already training in several parts of the country and are preparing for an intensification of the conflict. The press of the country reports that rebel groups in the Kivu provinces, in the east of the Congo, are sustaining themselves through their German connections, which refers to the significance of the Somikivu company - an enterprise with majority German shares, over which the German Government has rights of control. Deadly conflicts between demonstrators and the EU intervention force are already being foreseen in Kinshasa. The German commander of the contingent has announced he would grant permission to also shoot at armed children. During protests against the European intervention troops, in the Congolese capital last week, it was threatened that "if they aren't careful, we may have to burn a few of them". more…

SAARLOUIS/KINSHASA/IRÁKLION | | kongo-kinshasa

SAARLOUIS/KINSHASA/IRÁKLION (Own report) - The German troop contingent preparing for deployment to the Congo, is being led by a notorious elite unit. It is the 26th Airborne Brigade of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr), which has been at the center of several scandals because of their extolment of the unit's tradition. This was revealed through research by german-foreign-policy.com. Units of this brigade will comprise approx. 300 of the 780 soldiers in the German contingent to the Congo. In its self-portrayal, the brigade boasts of the "military feats" of its Nazi predecessors, during their occupation of Greece. German airborne troops attacked the island Crete in the spring of 1941. During the combat the invader murdered several hundred island inhabitants ("Operation Merkur"). In the Congo, the first mass demonstrations in opposition to the forthcoming intervention of German and allied troops are taking place. Monday, June 12, there were several thousand demonstrators in three cities of the country. Mass demonstrations have been announced for the end of June. Observers in Kinshasa are anticipating the use of European troops against the protestors with the danger of an incalculable escalation. An EU advance commando, including Bundeswehr troops, has already arrived in the Congolese capital. more…

WASHINGTON/MUNICH/BERLIN | | usa

WASHINGTON/MUNICH/BERLIN (Own report) - The German government's connivance in the escape of the Nazi mass murderer, Adolf Eichmann, has caused little public indignation in Germany, nor has it become a theme for the media. As head of the of the Third Reich's Section IV D4 of the Central Security Office (handling Jewish affairs and evacuation), Eichmann was responsible for the deportations to the gas chambers. He fled Germany after 1945. According to recently declassified archive files, the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) knew, at the latest, in 1958 that this mass murderer was living in South America under an assumed name. The German government did not initiate Eichmann's prosecution but rather informed the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of his whereabouts. But the CIA also remained inactive, because it feared incriminating evidence, against prominent cabinet members of the West German government, could be brought to light, if a trial were opened against Eichmann. The files, made public in Washington, shed a light on the cooperation between the post war elite of West Germany and the surviving Nazi personnel, who were integrated into the new state structures or enjoyed their secret protection. The BND served as one of the centers for this cooperation. "Now we know that at least a dozen veterans of Eichmann's 'Jewish Affairs Section' (...) worked as secret agents for the CIA and the BND (...) in the aftermath of 1945", writes Professor Christopher Simpson of the American University (Washington D.C.) in an article for german-foreign-policy.com. more…

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LEIPZIG/WASHINGTON/BERLIN/BAGDAD | | usa

LEIPZIG/WASHINGTON/BERLIN/BAGDAD (Own report) - The transfer of reinforcements for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, by way of the Leipzig Airport, has begun. A contingent of 400 US soldiers landed last Sunday, as is being documented by photos, published here by german-foreign-policy.com. The troop transport arrived from the USA, as the German air traffic control confirmed on request, and indicated its destination to be Kuwait Airport. Allegedly this is a civilian transport machine of the US company, "World Airways", but German air traffic control proceeds from a military landing. This violates several international accords. World Airways is the largest US military service provider and is paid by the Pentagon. From now on up to 40,000 US combat troops monthly will be transferred via Leipzig. The US soldiers will be accommodated on German territory, to be in good condition for their forthcoming war deployment. According to experts in international law, this is an act of German aid to illegal operations taking place in third states. This flagrant violation of current legal norms is documented by german-foreign-policy.com in a picture series. more…

NUREMBERG/PRAGUE | | tschechische-republik

NUREMBERG/PRAGUE (Own report) - Even before a new Czech government has been constituted, prominent German politicians are exerting pressure on Prague. They are demanding the indictment of former members of the Czechoslovakian resistance against Nazi-occupation. The Prime Minister of Bavaria, Edmund Stoiber, called on the conservative winners of the elections in Prague to meet this demand. Last weekend, Stoiber was the keynote speaker at a German revisionist federation's meeting ("Sudeten Germans' Day"). Under the slogan "Banishment is Genocide" they declare that the resettlement of Germans, in the aftermath of WW II, are crimes without a statute of limitations and can therefore be prosecuted at any time. In their efforts to influence Czech policy, these German federations bank on the support of German-friendly circles in the Czech Republic, including the Greens, to revise post war history. The origins of the Czech Greens date back to the period of dissidence in the 1970s and '80s. Already at that time, the Greens had close contacts to German revisionist federations. more…