FRANKFURT AM MAIN |

FRANKFURT AM MAIN (Own report) - In cooperation with so called private security companies (PSC), the German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein - AV), is promoting German business expansion on the African continent. The AV has announced a conference to be held Wednesday at the BHF-Bank in Frankfurt/M, in which a Munich-based PSC will provide information to German businesses interested in expanding about methods of personal safety in African countries rich in resources and poverty-induced criminality. This PSC will accompany German firms in their profitable deals also in African countries and in Iraq - with the help of former secret service agents and former officers of special military and police forces. The German-African Business Association, which is cooperating with German government agencies, is pursuing expansion, so that Germany will not lose ground against its rivals in sub-Saharan Africa. Whereas the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is predicting for Africa in 2012 an economic growth of almost six percent, German companies have been making only average profits. To accompany its conference, the German-African Business Association has published a study on the most promising African markets from a German perspective, with a detailed listing of the countries in relationship to their economic value for German companies. more…

BERLIN | | usa

BERLIN (Own report) - Government advisors in Berlin are warning against continuing German complicity in the increasing incidence of "targeted killings" by the US armed forces and the CIA. A newly published study by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) confirms that the United States is dramatically expanding its use of "targeted killings," not just in Pakistan. According to SWP, one of the prospects under consideration is the use of drone attacks or targeted commando assaults to "neutralize" members of the Mexican drug and weapons cartels, if they impinge upon US interests. At the Hindu Kush, not only special forces of the Bundeswehr are involved in "targeted killings" i.e. armed, extra-judiciary executions of alleged insurgents. Intelligence obtained by German secret services and police units could also contribute, because it is passed on to US authorities within the framework of the so-called "war on terror." According to SWP Washington will increase its campaign for stronger support for these killings in the near future - also in Berlin. more…

ISLAMABAD/PULLACH | | pakistan

ISLAMABAD/PULLACH (Own report) - The German foreign spy agency camouflages its agents as development aid workers, even in war zones. This was exposed by concordant reports on the arrests of three agents of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) last week in the Pakistani border region with Afghanistan. It was reported that the three spies claimed to be involved in so-called development aid activities and were using vehicles and calling cards with the emblem of the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ). The GIZ - as other German organizations - is engaged in the border areas, where the West is waging war, aided by intensive espionage, against the supporters of Afghan insurgents. With the use of this camouflage, the BND is tolerating the eventuality of additional dangers for development aid workers. The BND has been active in the Pakistani border regions of Afghanistan since the 1980s, when it was supporting warlords, still waging war today at the Hindu Kush. At the time, the BND's activities contributed toward reinforcing Pakistan's intelligence service, which today is considered one of the predominating forces in the Pakistani establishment. more…

ABUJA/BERLIN | | nigeria

ABUJA/BERLIN (Own report) - The German Foreign Ministry is warning that unrest in Nigeria could escalate. The German government is "very worried" about developments in that country, declared the Africa Commissioner in the German Foreign Ministry. For years, Nigeria has been the scene of violent upheavals in the Niger Delta and more recently has been marked by an escalation of attacks by Islamist organizations. Over the past few weeks, a nationwide general strike has paralyzed the country, during the course of which, government repressive forces have killed at least nine people. The widespread impoverishment of broad sections of the population in this country rich in petroleum and natural gas is the primary reason for these protests. Germany is interested in more than only Nigeria's natural resources; Germany also attributes significant geo-strategic importance to Nigeria, as a western proxy in African conflicts as well as a deputy in fighting against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. Apprehension is now growing in government circles in Berlin, that Nigeria could be politically destabilized, which, in the eyes of Germany, would reduce its geostrategic usefulness. By intensifying cooperation with Abuja, the German government is attempting to counteract this development. more…

DAMASCUS/BERLIN | | syrien

DAMASCUS/BERLIN (Own report) - Parallel to the Arab League's war threats against Syria, Germany is pleading to raise the pressure on the Syrian regime. It is consensus in the main capitals of the western world, including Berlin, that Moscow’s recent UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria is not confrontational enough and therefore insufficient. The Arab League's Syria observers are expected to deliver their report tomorrow, Thursday, which can serve as a justification for tougher action. The emirate Qatar's autocrat, who for the past few months has taken on the role of the Arab League’s rabble-rouser with the German government’s approbation, is now calling for military intervention against Syria. Berlin's use of an alleged concern for the violation of human rights, to justify its aggressive policy toward the Assad government, could serve as a prime example of the German government’s humanitarian cynicism to legitimatize its global policy. The German government was indifferent to human rights, as long as Damascus was a helpful partner for warding off migrants and as a torture chamber for interrogations within the framework of the "war on terror." Today, human rights activists are being ignored, when they criticize the Arabian Gulf dictatorships, such as Qatar, because they serve as the West’s auxiliary forces. The focus is on geo-strategic plans, such as the neutralization of Iran's last ally in the Arab world, Syria. more…

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON/BERLIN | | pakistan

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Own report) - In answer to the most recent threats of a putsch in Pakistan, Berlin and Washington have been intensifying their consultations on a common policy toward that country. In light of the West's announced withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pakistan's predominating military intends to tighten its grip over the country to enhance its influence in that neighboring country, according to rumors in Islamabad. The generals are also no longer willing to sit back and accept the continuous violation of Pakistani sovereignty by ambushes from US drones and NATO aerial attacks. The country's military, which is already cooperating closely with China, could, in the long run, turn its back on the West and form an alliance with Beijing, according to speculations expressed in Berlin. Whereas the USA and the EU - particularly Germany - are insisting that violations of Pakistan's sovereignty be attenuated with conciliatory gestures, influential German politicians are warning against overstraining US operations in Pakistan. The cooperation should be intensified in the business and educational fields, otherwise it would not be possible to maintain long-term western influence in that country. more…

BERLIN | | iran

BERLIN (Own report) - German policy advisors are calling for closing western ranks in favor of possible military aggression against Iran. The attempts to "promote diplomatic solutions" in the so-called nuclear conflict with Teheran are "out of touch with reality," alleges an article in the latest issue of "Internationale Politik," the most influential magazine in the German foreign policy establishment. The "Iranian threat" stands beyond the logic of traditional policy. It is similar to "classical Greek tragedies," which "as a rule, end in a slaughter." Berlin should not refuse participating in the military campaign and must prepare the population for possible consequences, such as terror attacks on European targets or higher costs of gasoline. These demands are explicitly directed against a second tendency in Berlin's foreign policy, which sees Germany's interests better served by using cooperative means to gain influence (change through rapprochement). This viewpoint is primarily held by business circles interested in expanding, and do not appreciate having to forgo this business with Iran. As the circles promoting military engagement in the media are going on the offensive, tensions are rising at the Persian Gulf. more…