TRIPOLI/BERLIN | | libyen

TRIPOLI/BERLIN (Own report) - German warships are on course to Libya. As was confirmed by the German defense ministry, a combat unit logistical support vessel and two frigates have been dispatched to the coastal waters of civil war torn Libya. Officially the mission is the repatriation of German citizens. But in reality, the presence of German war ships along the Libyan shoreline is part of a growing western naval presence, poised to be used in various military measures. Being discussed is the establishment of a no-flight zone, to ground the Libyan air force, to the extent that it is still under the command of the al-Gaddafi clan, and as a means of assisting the regime's opponents. More extensive operations are not excluded. The German warships provide a relatively flexible base of operations for the various mission scenarios. Washington is also considering dispatching a US aircraft carrier to the area. From the German point of view, there is much at jeopardy in Libya. For decades, Libya has been one of Germany's most important oil suppliers. German firms have invested billions in that country. In addition, with the loss of the al-Gaddafi regime, Berlin is losing a central partner in the EU's hermetization policy against poverty-fleeing refugees. more…

TRIPOLIS/BERLIN | | libyen

TRIPOLIS/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin and the EU are reacting to the massacres of demonstrators in Libya with new measures to ward off refugees. While a steady flow of new reports of Libya's repressive forces' bloody exactions against the protesters are reaching the public, Brussels has given its EU's anti-refugee agency, Frontex, orders to ward off the up to 750,000 people expected to flee Libya. Until now the warding off of migrants has been one of the main areas of cooperation between the EU and the al-Gaddafi regime that seems to be currently collapsing in a murderous struggle to remain in power. Berlin will be losing a partner that has not only been one of the Federal Republic of Germany's most reliable oil suppliers, but over the past few years has also proven to be an efficient assistant to sealing off Europe from undesirable migrants. Libya's repressive forces, which have often let their sadism run wild on migrants - not excluding murder - had been trained and armed with German help. Both the methods of combat and the supplied arms were also available for the suppression of protests. more…

MANAMA/WASHINGTON/BERLIN | | bahrain

MANAMA/WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin is watching the continuing protests in the Kingdom of Bahrain with great apprehension. The ruling al-Khalifah clan is among the West's closest partners on the Arabian Peninsula for insuring western hegemony over the area's resources. German President Wulff had planned to visit Bahrain this month to broaden the two countries' mutual relations. In light of the Bahraini repressive forces' disreputable massacre of demonstrators, the German president canceled his visit at the last minute. Bahrain has a particular importance to the West as a military base. Bahrain serves as a base for operations in Afghanistan and for the coordination of western military interventions off the coast of the Horn of Africa. Germany is contributing to Bahrain's arms buildup, most recently with the delivery of submachine guns and ammunition, such as were recently used to suppress the protests. Over the next few days the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff will be visiting the Gulf States to coordinate the next steps to be taken. As Saudi Arabia declared in connection with the upcoming visit, the Saudi government will intervene "with all its capabilities" to keep the al-Khalifah clan in power. This frees the West to apply the PR measure of calling for moderation toward the protests, without running the risk of losing its feudal partner regime. more…

CAIRO/ANKARA/BERLIN | | aegypten

CAIRO/ANKARA/BERLIN (Own report) - Government advisors in Berlin are proposing a re-organization of Egyptian state structures to correspond to the Turkish model, because of their fear that anti-western Islamic forces could get the upper hand in Cairo and jeopardize US - European control over Arab regional resources. If this is to be prevented, according to the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Turkey can serve as a model. The West has seen Turkey as a model for the Arab world, particularly for Egypt, because it has forged a political Islam that is willing to cooperate with the EU. Earlier, objectionable political tendencies could be kept from coming to power with the help of the Turkish military. This could only be successful, if the EU would cooperate as closely with Egypt as with Turkey, according to the SWP. For weeks, Berlin has been insisting on establishing an EU "transformation partnership" with Cairo, which would bind Egypt even tighter to the European hegemonic metropolis. more…

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BERLIN (Own report) - The "EU Competitiveness Pact," being pushed by Germany and France, is encountering massive resistance throughout Europe. The project, which is said to form the nucleus of the EU's future economic governing body, is supposed to obligate all countries of the Euro zone to introduce so-called debt limitations, raise retirement ages and lower real incomes. This, in the name of creating an economic governing body, would impose a German economic concept on all Euro zone countries, an objective France has always sought. The objective would be to transform the EU, along the lines of the German model, into a global exporting power - at the expense of the prosperity of Europe's populations, who are being forced to submit to increasingly precarious living standards. Even the German business press has begun to warn that the enforcement of this pact could lead to "violent conflicts - particularly in southern EU countries." As a matter of fact, massive protests are already in progress. Southern European media characterize this German-French economic dictate to the EU as a "coup d'état" and warn against a "Germanization of Europe". more…

CAIRO/BERLIN | | aegypten

CAIRO/BERLIN (Own report) - Serious accusations about the use of torture are being raised against the Egyptian military, which for decades had been supported by the Federal Republic of Germany. Over the past few days, according to reports by various human rights organizations, soldiers have abducted hundreds - possibly even thousands - of demonstrators and tortured many of them. Serious accusations had already been raised earlier against the Mukhabarat secret service, a partner agency to the West German Federal Intelligence Service (BND), which had been presided over by the Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman, considered currently the most powerful individual in Cairo. Suleiman now threatens a putsch. Strong West German support for the Egyptian military and the Mukhabarat was not limited to the 1950s. Following an interruption due to a reorientation in US foreign policy strategy, West Germany has been re-engaged in Egypt's arms buildup and training since the late 1970s. This has to be seen in the context of geostrategic considerations for controlling the resources of the Middle East region, which is why this support will be continued in spite of the current accusations of torture. more…

CAIRO/BERLIN | | aegypten

CAIRO/BERLIN (Own report) - Government advisors in Berlin are considering a transition government for Egypt under the leadership of a general. The military has the decisive power in that country, is "the referee" in the current conflicts between the Mubarak regime and the opposition and could provide, at least temporarily, the president, according to a Middle East expert of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). A "popular" politician could also be conceivable as prime minister. The SWP expert's proposition takes into account the fact that the West - besides the USA, particularly Germany - has, for decades, been supporting the Egyptian military and has considerably contributed to the stabilization of its enormous political and economic power. The Federal Republic of Germany had, already shortly after the end of the Second World War, begun with training and arming the Egyptian armed forces - using former soldiers of the Wehrmacht and the SS. They had been engaged in Cairo in accord with the USA, until a transatlantic change of course brought an end to these activities. more…

MUNICH/CAIRO/WASHINGTON | | aegypten

MUNICH/CAIRO/WASHINGTON (Own report) - Transatlantic consultations taking place at the Munich military conference are aimed at helping to prevent an uncontrolled collapse of the Mubarak regime. As was emphasized by the German chancellor and the US foreign minister in Munich, immediate elections would "plunge the country into chaos." A "power vacuum" must be avoided; President Mubarak must be kept in office for the time being. These declarations are in complete contradiction to the principal demands of the Egyptian opposition, who fear the despotism of Mubarak's followers and raise, as a prerequisite for any democratic transformation, the suppression of the clique kept in power by the West. The US "special envoy" to Egypt, Frank George Wisner Jr., was beamed to the Munich conference via satellite transmission. The name Wisner is linked to numerous violent operations throughout the world - Wisner Sr., directing a working relationship with former German Nazi agents on behalf of the US government. The objective was to insure western economic interests through comprehensive electoral manipulations and bringing governments subservient to NATO into power - if necessary through military means. The declarations in Munich and Wisner's role permit the anticipation of one of the biggest secret service maneuvers since 1948, to maintain western control over Egypt and the Arab world. more…

CAIRO/BERLIN | | aegypten

CAIRO/BERLIN (Own report) - Following the announcement of the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak's desistance and in light of escalation in fighting between his partisans and his opponents, Berlin has intensified its efforts to gain influence with Cairo's future power structures. For the time being, the military is still in control. A new government, that would stabilize this situation behind the leadership of a popular president, would be in line with German government aspirations. German cooperation with Egypt's forces of repression has stood the test. At the side of the USA, this cooperation has proven to be the most reliable means for maintaining western hegemony over the Middle East region's resources. Business representatives are warning that an overthrow could also lead to a loss of millions in revenue from Export and German factories in Egypt. If it should not prove possible to stabilize the power of the military, Berlin is considering developing a close cooperation with leading personalities in the opposition, believed to reasonably take German interests into consideration. Over the past few years, party foundations have been establishing contacts to this effect, particularly the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, closely affiliated with the German Foreign Minister's party. more…