FLENSBURG/BOZEN/BAGHDAD/ATHENS | | italiengriechenlandirak

FLENSBURG/BOZEN/BAGHDAD/ATHENS (Own report) - German ethno-specialists are aiding in the preparations for Iraq's territorial partitioning into three ("autonomous") states. The partitioning is being prepared by a "study group" of the US Congress, under the chairmanship of former Secretary of State, James Baker. According to their plan Iraq must be subdivided into "autonomous regions". The "European Academy Bozen" is giving training courses in "autonomy" to Iraq's future regional managers. Over the past few weeks courses in this program have been given. The "European" academy is a minority research institute, financed by the government of the German-speaking province, Bozen, in Italy's Southern Tyrol region. The academy has close ties to well-known front organizations of the Berlin government's foreign policy apparatus, whose activities can be termed "ethnicist" and "racist". At a joint conference next week in Bozen, ethno-specialists aim to take up other international areas of tension. The focus of the "ethnic group" consultations, under German leadership, are the conflicts in Northern Ireland and Northern Spain ("Basque Country") as well as alleged centers of conflict in Greece. more…

WINDHOEK/BERLIN | | namibia

WINDHOEK/BERLIN (Own report) - A Namibian parliamentary initiative for reparations has been sharply rejected by German parliamentarians. The National Assembly in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, is currently discussing a resolution of the Herero population group, that calls for government-level negotiations of their demands for reparations for the German genocide perpetrated against their people. As the leader of a German parliamentary delegation, that was in Namibia last week for discussions, explains, the Herero should temper their demands and accept Germany's development aide payments, to its former colony, as a "peace dividend". The question of land reform was also the focus of virulent debates between German parliamentarians and members of the Namibian government. Berlin is insisting that Windhoek renounce on an acceleration of the reallocation of large landed estates, thereby protecting the descendants of German colonialists. German foreign policy measures are, in the meantime, encountering hefty criticism in this Southern African country. The German government's refusal to pay reparations is an "expression of naked racism toward blacks, in general, and the Hereros in particular", declared a representative of the African victims of this genocide. more…

War Options

BERLIN/PULLACH/TEHERAN/URUMQI |

BERLIN/PULLACH/TEHERAN/URUMQI (Own report) - The German espionage service is called upon to even more stringently supervise the global transportation of energy resources. For this the secret service will cooperate closely with the private energy sector. The Chancellery has disseminated declarations to this effect. As the chancellery minister Thomas de Maizière announced last week, in the future, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND, Federal Intelligence Service) will also deal with conflicts of global distribution, in which water supply is a central concern. Insufficiency of water is a problem in the Middle East and Northern China, explained the Minister. The question of resources are presently the focus of numerous government initiatives, at the national and international level, aimed at securing German energy supply. The EU must play a "stronger role" in the "defense of the European energy interests around the world" demands Joachim Wuermeling, undersecretary of state in the Ministry for Economic Affairs, in charge of energy questions. This will be a fight with "no holds barred." more…

Parallels

BERLIN/MUNICH | | frankreich

BERLIN/MUNICH (Own report) - Analysts are warning that an intensification of international conflicts could result from German trade policies. Under German pressure the EU decided last Friday to open bilateral talks on a free trade agreement with India. Berlin is preparing agreements also with other nations. The systematic dismantling of customs controls and other regulatory measures would enhance German export profits. Critics believe that the German government's efforts to reach bilateral agreements is undermining the World Trade Organization (WTO) and eroding the international system of trade relations. The free trade talks are reviving inner-European tensions. Within the framework of these negotiations, Berlin is prepared to make concessions and terminate the subventions to the EU agricultural industry, which has been criticized by developing countries for such a long time. Dissention with other EU states, particularly with Spain and France are bound to occur. more…

KINSHASA/LIBREVILLE/BERLIN | | kongo-kinshasa

KINSHASA/LIBREVILLE/BERLIN (Own report) - Three weeks preceding the Congolese presidential runoff elections, German political advisors are predicting a renewal of violent confrontations between the country's former civil war adversaries. A new flare-up of combat in Kinshasa is "probable", predicts the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Last August violence in the capital caused numerous deaths and was accompanied by a direct intervention of the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr. The public announcement of the winner of the elections - due on November 19 - is considered a possible trigger. Renewed armed confrontations are already being announced from the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the militia leader, Laurent Nkunda, wanted for war crimes by the UN, is expanding his influence. Nkunda, in the past, has repeatedly found refuge in the area of a German controlled enterprise in the Eastern Congolese raw material rich area. The Bundeswehr uses the stationing of German paratroopers in nearby Gabon, to weaken the, as yet, unquestioned French hegemony in this oil-rich West African state. more…

BERLIN/KARLSRUHE/JENA/PARIS |

BERLIN/KARLSRUHE/JENA/PARIS (Own report) - German initiative groups decided at an action conference, to hold commemoration ceremonies for the victims of deportation of the Deutsche Reichsbahn (German railroad). In all, three million people, from nearly all states of Europe had been taken by rail to concentration and extermination camps, during the Nazi German rule. Among these were also eleven thousand Jewish children from France. The German Railroad Corp. (Deutsche Bahn AG), the successor of the German Reichsbahn, refuses, up to the present, to permit memorial exhibitions on the premises of the railroad stations along the earlier death transport routes. This enterprise, worth billions, claims it lacks the financial means. The participants at the action conference, that was held in Frankfurt, are calling for nationwide events on and around November 9 (Reichspogromnacht). The initiators say, that the passengers will not only be given comprehensive information, at the junctions of the earlier death transports, but also along the deportation route, itself. Also targeted are transnational routes. german-foreign-policy.com publishes the names and German places of origin of the deported children. more…