BERLIN |

BERLIN (Own report) - Numerous coercive measures, evictions by force, carried out by railway personnel and police, alongside bans on speeches and presence on the premises, were the reactions of the directorate of the Deutsche Bahn AG (DB, German Railway Corp.) to the nationwide information activities, that took place on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, concerning the fate of the 3 million victims of Nazi Deportation. Tens of thousands of Jewish children had also been transported by the DB predecessor, "Deutsche Reichsbahn" to the extermination camps. As reported from Halle, the local railroad management requested the police, standing at the ready, to proceed "with all means necessary" to thwart the commemoration. At the stations Wuerzburg and Schweinfurt the organizers were forbidden to address the passengers with speeches. The occasion was a memorial speech by Dr. Ekkehart Krippendorff, the professor of science em. from Berlin. In Goettingen, railway officials ripped photos and documents concerning the 11,000 deported Jewish children from a provisional exhibition wall in the central station. In Frankfurt a. M. the local railway management attacked members of a citizens' initiative, who attempted to distribute documentation to the passengers. The repressive measures had been ordained by company headquarters in Berlin. The headquarters in Berlin threatened to evacuate Berlin's Central Station, should a press conference be called there with subsequent information activities. The participation of the chairman of Berlin's Jewish community, Gideon Joffe, and the publicist, Lea Rosh, had been announced. Beate Klarsfeld arrived from Paris at the Berlin Central Station. Railway officials used force to seize a banner. "We are dismayed and ashamed", said the press spokesman of the "Initiative of Eleven Thousand Children". "A democratic consensus has been renounced here, that concerns the history of all of us." German foreign policy.com documents the events with photos and speeches. more…

WUERZBURG/FRANKFURT AM MAIN/MANNHEIM/HALLE |

WUERZBURG/FRANKFURT AM MAIN/MANNHEIM/HALLE (Own report) - On Saturday Jan. 27, 2007, Bavarian citizens' initiatives paid tribute to the victims of the Main-Franconian deportation, with a "Memory Train". Between 1941 and 1943 about 2,000 Germans had been freighted by the "Reichsbahn" (German railroad, at the time) from Main-Franconia to the extermination camps where they were murdered - because of their Jewish descent. The journey to their deaths began in the Wuerzburg railway system. An exhibition about the deportation victims in the Wuerzburg main station has been prevented for several years by the Deutsche Bahn AG (DB - German Railroad Corp.). Therefore photos and documents will now be shown in a rented "Memory Train", which arrived on track eleven on Saturday of Wuerzburg's main station and later proceeded on to Schweinfurt. Saturday, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, devotions and informative discussions with passengers will took place on the platforms in both cities. Similar actions, to circumvent the DB's ban on exhibitions, had been announced by citizens' initiatives throughout the country. Already Friday evening, in front of the local stock exchange in Frankfurt, organizations staged a memorial to the tens of thousands of children, who were sent to their deaths by the predecessor enterprise of today's Deutsche Bahn AG. Jewish religious communities in several cities participated in the memorials and protests. more…

LONDON/MOSKAU/DUBAI/BERLIN | | grossbritannienvaerussische-foederation

LONDON/MOSKAU/DUBAI/BERLIN (Own report) - The German Railroad Corp.'s rise to a predominating position in European Rail traffic is encountering resistance in Great Britain. The director of the German Railroad, Hartmut Mehdorn, seeks to use the billions in proceeds generated by the forthcoming privatization of the enterprise, to buy up the rail companies in several EU countries. If Brussels does not intervene to stop this sort of state subsidy, very soon one will be confronted with "monstrous European rail monopolists", voices in London are warning. The planned expansion of the German Railroad Corp. is part of a state subventioned, comprehensive development of the German logistical economy, that will be in line with the orientation of the booming German foreign trade. Currently Berlin is pursuing the logistics business in Middle Eastern countries as well as in Russia. Whereas the Persian Gulf has become the turntable for exports to the Arab world, the Russian Federation is considered the "corridor" for overland transport to China - including weapons supplies to the Afghan theater of operations. With additional billions, the German government is financing the expansion of German maritime trade as well. The objective is for Germany to obtain the predominating global position in the transport of merchandise - "the world champion in transport". more…

DRESDEN |

DRESDEN (Own report) - In spite of the massive resistance put up by several EU member states, the German Interior Minister is demanding that a restriction on rights of national sovereignty in the field of security be applied throughout the EU. Following a meeting with his EU counterparts, Wolfgang Schäuble announced that Germany intends to obtain access to police data of all EU member states. Berlin can already take sovereign action in some of its neighboring states. The legal basis for this was provided by the Prüm Treaty, signed two years ago by a group of EU pioneers. Using its EU Council Presidency, Berlin is planning to initiate the incorporation of the Prüm Treaty into the EU's legal framework. This Treaty has come under criticism in Germany because of deficits in the protection of data privacy and its lack of democratic control. The attempt to subvert legitimate resistance in the other countries, through reaching a special agreement with some of the member states, is being described in the German press as "a novelty in the European integration process". It is being voiced, that this is opening the possibility of enforcing numerous legal norms, in spite of their far reaching consequences, without ratification by the entire EU. Because of its dominating position, Germany can set its own norms. Berlin has successfully rejected Portugal's plan to adopt the admirable migration policy model legislation. more…

TOKYO/BERLIN | | japan

TOKYO/BERLIN (Own report) - Germany and Japan have launched a second UN offensive and seek to make a consolidated effort to attain seats on the UN Security Council. This was announced by Chancellor Angela Merkel following talks in Berlin with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The new assault ("UN reform") succeeds a UN diplomatic debacle, in which both sides failed, due to the resistance of several World War II victims of the earlier Berlin/Tokyo axis of aggression. In 2005 Berlin, in particular, was accused of using brutal methods in its handling of third states. According to these reports, votes were to be bought, so that Germany could attain world power status with a seat on the UN Security Council. The emergence of the German/Japanese alliance is accompanied by Tokyo's politico-military offensive. Powerful forces in Japan strive for a revision of the postwar constitution, which currently only permits self-defense forces. The intention is to unharness Japanese military potential on a global scale. The rearmament of Japan is coordinated with Washington and is to lead to an institutionalized cooperation with NATO. Discussions to this effect were the focus of Shinzo Abe's recent visit to the German capital. The German government announced its wish to further intensify the very close cooperation with its ex-World War II ally. The alliance is directed against China, a repeated victim of Japanese crimes of aggression. more…

MOGADISHU/BERLIN/ADDIS ABABA | | aethiopiensomalia

MOGADISHU/BERLIN/ADDIS ABABA (Own report) - German politicians specializing in foreign policy are promising arms aid for deployment in Somalia. According to Berlin Somalia, which was attacked and occupied by Ethiopia, should be "pacified" with "at least 10,000 soldiers" of the African Union (AU). The continuing militarization is in the service of a so-called interim government (Transitional Federal Government, TFG), which collaborates with Ethiopia. It consists of Somali exiled politicians and was installed - with German accord - in Mogadishu by the invaders last December. Berlin has already supported the TFG in the past and grants the Ethiopian dictatorship technical, economic and military assistance. Ethiopia, whose government persecutes the national opposition with mass arrests, is considered a barrier against Islamic forces due to its Christian population, and is appreciated as a geopolitical outpost in the Horn of Africa. Off-shore German naval units assure security for one of the world's most important sea routes. Actually the entire region is subordinate to western military supervision. The Ethiopian occupation of Somalia clears obstacles, standing in the way of NATO military domination, and is part of the German-American agreements to secure resource supply routes. more…