BERLIN/PRISTINA/BELGRADE | | jugoslawien

BERLIN/PRISTINA/BELGRADE (Own report) - According to the separatist "government" in Pristina, the German Government is paying millions in militarily equipment to transform the former UCK (Kosovo Liberation Army - KLA) terrorist group into a Kosovan army. German soldiers are providing "manned support" and the German Bundeswehr the military hardware. The new troops, operating under the name of the "Kosovo Security Force" (KSF), due to be operational by next June, are being recruited from the current "Kosovo Protection Corps" (KPC), the successor organization of the KLA. In the future, they can be deployed around the world within the framework of NATO interventions. Not only the future army of Kosovo, but even the secessionist government's new "minister of defense" Fehmi Mujota have their roots in KLA tradition. The current "prime minister" was once the militia's political leader and other current top politicians in Pristina had also been active in the KLA. Charges of serious war and postwar crimes raised against them have remain unsettled. Berlin is broadening its cooperation with these former militiamen and beginning to arm them - in strict accordance with NATO standards. more…

BERLIN/KIGALI/GOMA | | ruandakongo-kinshasa

BERLIN/KIGALI/GOMA (Own report) - In spite of the escalating war in the Congo, Berlin is intensifying its support for one of the warring parties. For several weeks already, militias have been launching bloody attacks all over eastern Congo, causing hundreds of thousands to flee the region. The militia's leader, a notorious war criminal, is a partisan of Rwanda's government and the Rwandan army is poised to intervene on his behalf. After having negotiated military aid to Rwanda last April, the German government is stepping up its cooperation with the Kigali government. New finances have recently been allocated - only a few days after Rwanda's partisan in the Congo announced a putsch. These rebellions are prolonging a war that, on a world scale, has been the bloodiest in the past decades, with Germany having abetted the same party from the very beginning: its former colony Rwanda. Rwanda has been seeking control over the resource rich eastern Congo. This must be seen in the context of the strategic premises of the German-US Africa policy, envisaging close cooperation with Kigali. more…

BERLIN/ISLAMABAD | | afghanistanpakistan

BERLIN/ISLAMABAD (Own report) - With his visit to the Middle East, the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is hoping to avert the bankruptcy of the state of Pakistan. Pakistan, where he arrives on Monday, is one of Germany's most important military allies in Asia. After months of serious economic difficulties, the country is facing bankruptcy in this global financial crisis. An economic collapse would push Pakistan to the brink of political disintegration with dire consequences for the West, which is dependant on its contribution to the occupation of Afghanistan. Subsequent to his visit to Islamabad, the German foreign minister will pressure two Persian Gulf oil producing nations to support standby credits for Pakistan. But his visit to Islamabad will begin with talks on military cooperation in the region bordering Afghanistan, where the US has been carrying out regular air raids - leaving numerous civilian casualties. A group of German parliamentarians is presently holding talks with officials in Islamabad on the continuation of so-called German development aid, adding a civilian component to Western intervention in Pakistan. more…

BERLIN/KABUL | | afghanistan

BERLIN/KABUL (Own report) - Serious accusations are being raised in Afghanistan against the police that Germany had been responsible for establishing. According to a recent investigation by the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), children and juveniles are being tortured in Afghan police custody, to the extent that only one in five juveniles reported not having been ill-treated while in custody. For more than six years, Germany has been the "leading nation" in the domain of setting up the Afghan police and has declared its intentions to rectify the irregularities. In fact the German authorities involved are not only cooperating with the notorious warlords, but are focusing the police training on counter-insurgency. The result is a barbarization of the forces of repression. Already back in the 1960s and '70s, serious accusations were raised against the Afghan police. Also at that time, it was West Germany that was taking care of training the Afghan police. more…

BERLIN/JUBA | | sudan

BERLIN/JUBA (Own report) - The Southern Sudanese secessionist regime is arming its militia with heavy weapons in plain sight of German military observers. This was confirmed in recent reports on the supply of combat weapons to Southern Sudan, following news of tanks destined for Juba on a freight ship, hijacked off the coast of Somalia. This arms buildup is tolerated by the United Nations' military observers, even though this is in violation of the cease-fire agreement. The staff of observers includes numerous Germans. This must be seen in the context of the secession referendum scheduled for 2011, whose predicted outcome will be Southern Sudan, with its riches in resources, seceding from the rest of the nation. Berlin is already supporting the establishment of state structures in Juba, using so-called development organizations, police advisors and jurists. For years, Berlin has been aiding Southern Sudan's secession, to which the current arms procurement is a military prerequisite. Together with the USA, the German government seeks to roll back Islamic influence at the Horn of Africa and therefore crush the power of the Islamic spectrum in Somalia and the Sudanese government. more…

LA PAZ/BERLIN |

LA PAZ/BERLIN (Own report) - The German Ministry of Development is continuing to pursue its controversial measures of gaining influence in Bolivia. A few days ago, Berlin accorded La Paz a loan of 48 million Euros, earmarked for various waterworks projects in the country. In the past Germans have used this means to demand the privatization of the businesses involved with water, this basic element of survival - and were confronted with massive protests from social movements, which successfully drove profit-seeking investors out of the Bolivian waterworks branch - in spite of German interventions. The recent loan of German development funds takes place in a very tense situation in La Paz. The central government is being threatened by the autonomy movements of the richest provinces in the east of the country, who rely on contacts to several western industrial nations. The milieu of the autonomists, who have their contacts all the way to Germany, includes people who are violence prone, fascists and putschists. more…

DUBLIN/BRUSSELS/BERLIN | | irlandusa

DUBLIN/BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Own report) - In the run-up to next week's EU summit, a German EU politician has threatened the Irish government with "disastrous consequences". According to the influential German CDU member of the European Parliament, Elmar Brok, it is imperative that Dublin present its concrete proposals for winning a second referendum on the "Lisbon Treaty" at the meeting of the EU heads of states and governments. They are under time pressure because of a possible change of government in London. Meanwhile there is talk in Brussels of bringing sanctions against Dublin, if the treaty is not soon ratified, Ireland may possibly have to renounce on its EU Commissioner. At the same time high-ranking German European parliamentarians have launched a campaign against the Irish treaty opponents. Their agitation for the "No" was possibly financed by the US military and secret services, alleges the president of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Poettering (CDU). The German media is claiming that there is a "conspiracy of anti-Europeans." This is because opponents of the treaty are seeking to forge an EU-wide alliance of Euro-skeptics for the coming EU Parliamentary elections next June. There is an attempt to stigmatize the Euro-skeptics as influence agents of the CIA. more…

GUETERSLOH/CARACAS | | venezuela

GUETERSLOH/CARACAS (Own report) - The Bertelsmann Foundation is calling for a "tough adjustment" of Venezuela's economic and social policies and is demanding "external assistance" from the USA and the European Union. This influential think tank, with the Bertelsmann Media Systems holding a majority of shares, explains that the Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez' "clearly anti-market economic policy" not only threatens the "stability" of Latin America, but is also "tempting" other poverty-stricken regions to take similar "radical" measures. These statements come from the recently published updated edition of the "Bertelsmann Transformation Index," which assesses nations outside the prosperous Western centers on their willingness to carry out a "transformation" on the basis of Western specifications. This is one of the documents used by the German government to evaluate its own foreign policy. The Bertelsmann Foundation is demanding that a "counter-strategy" be developed against the measures taken by the elected Venezuelan president and his South American coalition partners. more…

BERLIN |

BERLIN (Own report) - The German government is legalizing the use of "military means" in domestic affairs. As was jointly announced on Monday, Oct. 6 by the Ministries of Justice and the Interior, Berlin's government coalition parties have agreed to amend Article 35 of the German Constitution. According to this agreement, the German Bundeswehr will be allowed to operate on German territory - on land, at sea and in the airspace, in otherwise unspecified "particularly serious cases". This intervention can be carried out under cabinet orders, or - in case of an "emergency" - under the sole orders of the Minister of Defense. This promotes the dissolution of the separation of powers between military, police and intelligence agencies that previously had been urged principally between police and intelligence activities. Just a few days ago, reports disclosed the extent of the cooperation between the Federal Criminal Investigation Agency (BKA), the Federal Police and the domestic and foreign intelligence agencies. The BKA bill, due to be passed soon, is being heavily criticized for its violations of the constitutional separation of powers imperative. A recent publication exposes the current extent of the cooperation between the police and the military. Cooperation and a comprehensive blending of the various branches of Germany's repressive organs, on the domestic and foreign fronts, permit a flexible combat of potential civil disorder around the world. more…

BELGRADE/PRISTINA/BERLIN | | jugoslawien

BELGRADE/PRISTINA/BERLIN (Own report) - Because of a Serbian UN initiative, Berlin's Kosovo policy is threatened with serious defeat. Belgrade is requesting that the UN General Assembly petition the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ) for an advisory opinion on Kosovo's secession from Serbia. The Assembly is expected to vote on Wednesday. Germany was unsuccessful in mobilizing a majority against Serbia's initiative. For the first time, UN member states have announced the intention of reversing their recognition of Kosovo, if the ICJ should confirm its secession was illegal. While EU functionaries declare that the International Court's decision would be of no consequence to them, Berlin is continuing its aid in consolidating Kosovo's illegal sovereignty. State officials, who, with Western help, had been brought to power in Pristina, are confronted with new accusations. According to reports, new evidence has surfaced pertaining to criminal trade in human organs in Kosovo. Kosovo's "prime Minister" is suspected to be implicated in this crime. One of Pristina's designated "ambassadors" to a European country is also accused of serious crimes. more…