BAGHDAD/KABUL/BERLIN | | afghanistanirak

BAGHDAD/KABUL/BERLIN (Own report) - In spite of several European foreigners having been taken hostage in Iraq May 29, the German government is wooing companies and employees to take up activities in the Iraqi war zone. They are subcontracting firms of businesses specializing in tasks of occupation, also flourishing in Afghanistan, and being financed from defense ministry funds. The next conference for contacts will be held in July. Among the private contractors of the German military (Bundeswehr), are German arms enterprises as well as service contractors, who will shift the kidnapping and deadly dangers to their local indigenous employees. At the same time, Berlin is fostering private mercenary groups, that in fact intervene as combatants in the warfare. German companies, referred to as "security firms", though violating fundamental constitutional clauses, are being licensed by the state. German methods of occupation conform to the US model, that necessitates a worldwide war-fighting nucleus of soldiers, with paramilitary, civilian units providing comprehensive support services. more…

DRESDEN/LEIPZIG/BERLIN |

DRESDEN/LEIPZIG/BERLIN (Own report) - It has been revealed that political ties of organized racketeering by gangs in the regions bordering on Poland and the Czech Republic reach into the inner circles of the Berlin government. The ministry of Leipzig's former mayor, Wolfgang Tiefensee (SPD) and sectors of the Saxony government in Dresden are entangled. The criminals smuggled children and adolescents over the borders into Germany, from the neighboring eastern countries, placing them in brothels at the disposal of their political sponsors. Police investigators were either neutralized or themselves implicated in the crimes. According to reports of the German domestic secret service (Verfassungsschutz - Defense of the Constitution), the systematic child prostitution was carried out in plain view of state's attorneys and representatives of the press. The business, based on reciprocity, served to cover-up illegal real estate transactions made from the social service funds of the now defunct German Democratic Republic (GDR, "East Germany") as well as hush up capital crimes, including several attempted murders. Germany is the rotating platform of organized abuse of minors and the number 1 European destination for trafficking in women. German government agencies of repression - leaders, when it comes to thwarting migrants and asylum seekers - are unsuccessful in prohibiting or even stifling racketeering with children and adolescents from poverty stricken nations. What is happening in Dresden and Leipzig provide an indication of the reasons behind their flop. more…

KABUL/PESHAWAR/BERLIN | | afghanistanpakistan

KABUL/PESHAWAR/BERLIN (Own report) - Combat escalation in Afghanistan is causing the first fissures among German war parties. According to Ruediger Sagel, a politician of the Green Party, a change of course with the eventual withdrawal of German troops has to be considered, in light of the destabilization of the north of Afghanistan. Sagel, a parliamentarian of the state legislative assembly of North Rhine-Westphalia confirmed to german-foreign-policy.com that, a growing number of grassroots associations in ex-foreign minister, Fischer's party are calling for the renunciation of the war effort, that the party leadership continues to pursue. An extraordinary party congress is expected to call for the withdrawal of German troops, thereby aligning itself with demands of the Left Party. Similar demands are being heard in the government coalition's SPD Party. In the meantime, the combat in Afghanistan is, to a growing extent, spilling over onto Pakistani territory, causing armed skirmishes between the troops of the Kabul government and those of Islamabad's army. With Germany's active participation, NATO has intensified its support of Pakistan. The first ISAF casualty on Pakistani territory is a direct consequence. more…

FLORENCE/DISTOMO/BERLIN | | italiengriechenland

FLORENCE/DISTOMO/BERLIN (Own report) - The Appeals Court of Florence Italy has ruled that the claims of the victims of German Nazi criminals in Greece are enforceable. With this ruling the German state has to pay the more than 30 million Euros it owes the Greek plaintiffs. The amount of reparations can be immediately impounded, even though a similar levy of execution in Greece was rescinded due to political pressure. "We are very relieved that, after all these years of legal litigation, the Federal Republic of Germany must finally come clean," a family member of the 229 victims of Distomo told german-foreign-policy.com. The Greek village, Distomo was the scene of a massacre, perpetrated by the 4th SS police division in June 1944, that included women and children. For more than ten years, Berlin has been refusing to grant symbolic reparations to the survivors and family members of the victims. Berlin can appeal the execution of the sentence, which involves German state financial and non-financial assets located on Italian territory, albeit without much promise of success. more…

ANKARA/BERLIN | | tuerkei

ANKARA/BERLIN (Own report) - In the aftermath of Nicolas Sarkozy's election; to become the next president of France, foreign policy specialists in Germany are warning against growing EU criticism of Turkey. Sarkozy opposes Turkey becoming a full EU member. The German Chancellor opposes also, but she is more discrete in her approach, leaving Turkey to flounder in ambiguity. Berlin is saying that Sarkozy should handle his vote more quietly against Turkey's joining the EU, so as not to jeopardize the chances for the pro-European party spectrum's making a good showing in the precipitated Turkish elections. In its efforts to force Ankara to abandon its resistance to a European penetration of the country, through the membership process, the German government is relying on the Islamic Party for Justice and Development (AKP). The AKP represents Central Anatolia's agrarian traditionalist milieu that, for some time, has been gaining in economic power to such an extent that it now competes with the West Turkish Kemalist elites for hegemony. Through a foreign political alliance with Berlin and Brussels, the AKP seeks to insure its further rise to power and proposes in return to serve as a "bridge to the Islamic world." more…

PHNOM PENH/HANOI/VIENTIANE/BERLIN | | vietnam

PHNOM PENH/HANOI/VIENTIANE/BERLIN (Own report) - Accompanied by a massive detachment of police, workers in Kampuchea, a low-cost production country for German clothing companies, protested against deplorable working conditions and the assassination of several trade union officials on May Day. According to the appeal distributed on the occasion of the "International Workers' Day" in Phnom Penh, this intimidation of shop militants must stop. Among those benefiting from the reprisals against labor representatives are numerous German companies, to which the government has guaranteed the lowest salaried production. According to praises heard in German business circles, of the 49 poorest nations of the world, Kampuchea has the "most open economy". In the second week of May (2007) the country's vice-prime minister will be in Berlin for talks with German company representatives. Critics accuse his party of being behind the murders of the trade unionists. Also in Vietnam, a second low-wage production location for German firms, May Day appeals call for protest against the working conditions and repression. The German economic activity is accompanied by efforts at gaining political influence, to use the states of the former colonial "Union Indochinoise," under Vietnamese leadership, as the southern spearhead against China. more…