BERLIN/KIEV | | ukraine

BERLIN/KIEV (Own report) - German foreign policy experts are expressing their approval of Kiev's putsch regime's recent escalation of warfare against the East of Ukraine. It is "evident" that "Kiev … had to again become active," declared the influential diplomat and Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, whose regime bears responsibility for the current artillery and aerial attacks on eastern Ukrainian cities, was guest speaker at yesterday's Charlemagne Prize award presentation ceremonies. The German media praised him accordingly. The Ukrainian President-elect, the Oligarch Petro Poroshenko, would like to lead Kiev into a "security alliance" with the West and soon sign the economic segment of the EU's Association Agreement. Ukraine has already begun the necessary preparations: Austerity measures, which will massively increase the unemployment rate and entail a dramatic rise in prices, have been initiated. German business circles are preparing for their economic expansion into that country. If Kiev can take control over eastern Ukraine with military means, new conflicts could arise: The interests of the expanding German industry would collide with those of Ukrainian oligarchs. more…

BANGKOK/BERLIN | | thailand

BANGKOK/BERLIN (Own report) - With a degree of apprehension, Berlin is watching developments in Thailand following last Thursday's putsch. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier immediately and strongly condemned the coup and demanded that "new elections be soon" held. Observers warn that otherwise the situation could escalate and lead to uncontrollable controversies, which, strategically, would be a blow to Berlin, since the German Foreign Ministry considers Thailand to be "one of its most important political partners" in Southeast Asia. The region plays a very important role in the power struggle between western countries and the People's Republic of China. To insure its influence, Germany has been cooperating with the Thai armed forces for a long time, in spite of the numerous coups it has staged. The putschists have also benefited from the training Thai military personnel have received in Germany and the German arms supplies to the Thai armed forces. Four years ago, German assault rifles had been used to suppress democratic protests in Bangkok. more…

BERLIN/KIEW | | ukraine

BERLIN/KIEW (Own report) - With Petro Poroshenko's election to the Ukrainian presidency, the restoration of Ukrainian oligarchs under German-US hegemony is nearing completion. With his alleged US $1.6 billion in assets, Poroshenko is considered the seventh richest in the country, reigning over several Ukrainian companies. Other oligarchs before him, have been named to office in the country since it has taken a pro-western orientation. For example, the governors of the economically significant Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk Oblasts are among the richest Ukrainians. Before the election, Poroshenko had been in consultation with another oligarch in Vienna, who is said to have close ties with Putin. He cannot leave that city because of a US arrest warrant. The contents of these consultations, which allegedly also touched on the Ukrainian elections, have been kept secret. Rinat Akhmetov, however, the richest Ukrainian, has made himself indispensable, by taking steps - in consultation with Berlin - to stabilize eastern Ukraine. In a pro-western Ukraine, the oligarch's increasing predominance - fought tooth and nail during the first Maidan protests - now also contains the additional element of fascist rule. more…

BERLIN |

BERLIN (Own report) - A brochure, co-published by the Green Party-affiliated Heinrich Böll Foundation, diagnoses the society and policies of the Federal Republic of Germany with having a "historical guilt complex" while accusing Berlin of "shying away" in its global policies. "The role of a 'benevolent hegemon'" is still unacceptable in Germany, according to the "Europa Atlas" brochure published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and three other organizations, including the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). The atlas, financed with EU funds, is obviously also intended to be used in school classrooms. It calls for "a more precise stipulation of the EU's responsibility," for example, in Ukraine. The activities of the Böll Foundation in the Ukraine crisis shows that plans for intensified German-EU foreign interventions are linked to domestic measures. The foundation is making enormous efforts to play down criticism of the influence of Kiev's fascist forces being expressed in Germany. These criticisms could weaken Berlin's support for intervention in Ukraine. The Green-affiliated foundation is spreading, among other things, the allegation that the incriminating developments in Kiev have nothing to do with fascism, but rather a "persisting confusion" of stressed-out Ukrainians. "Ideas and methods that resemble the policies of the Third Reich" are "more likely to be found with Putin." more…

BERLIN/BUDAPEST/KIEV | | ungarnukraine

BERLIN/BUDAPEST/KIEV (Own report) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's demand that the putsch regime in Kiev adopt the German model of ethnic minority policy is creating strong tensions. At the beginning of his third term in office, Orbán declared that Ukraine must grant the Hungarian speaking minority special rights based on ethnicity, including the right to acquire Hungarian citizenship. Partisans of the putsch regime have shown understanding for Kiev's strong protests: Kiev cannot admonish Russia's engagement on behalf of its "compatriots" in Ukraine, while simultaneously allowing Budapest to do the same thing. Orbán's ethnic demands are in fact equivalent to the special rights imposed by Berlin for the "German ethnic minority" in Poland. Berlin claims that hundreds of thousands of people living in Poland are allegedly "German citizens" - and have the right to vote in Germany. Not only is Budapest exacerbating this German ethnic policy in its foreign policy, but it is also demonstrating the radical forms ethnic orientation can take in a European country today in its domestic policy. Berlin, according to experts, supports this development with "critical solidarity." more…

BERLIN/MOSCOW | | russische-foederation

BERLIN/MOSCOW (Own report) - In the debate over a possible expansion of EU sanctions against Russia, the German chancellor is suggesting a possible continuation of cooperation with Moscow. "In the intermediate and long term," Merkel explained, "the close partnership with Russia should be continued." She sees "no necessity" in a policy of "isolating" Russia, patterned on the cold war's "containment" policy. Merkel was reacting to the persisting anxiety in leading German business circles, that sanctions against Russia could seriously dampen their expansion opportunities. This is not only an anxiety shared by gas companies, but also by top corporations in other branches with significant commercial and production sites in Russia. On the eve of the Russian president's visit to China, observers are warning that if the EU and the USA impose boycott measures, Moscow could forge also stronger ties to Beijing, thereby tangibly strengthening China. Hard-core transatlantic circles are up in arms over the prospect that cooperation with Moscow could be continued - pleading for the creation of a global front of NATO countries and their allies against Russia and China. more…

JUBA/BERLIN |

JUBA/BERLIN (Own report) - A new UN report sums up mass crimes committed during the revival of civil war in South Sudan, a by-product of German-US-American secessionist policy. As confirmed in the report, South Sudanese militias have committed numerous massacres since fighting began on December 15, 2013. The number of those killed exceeds well over 10,000, and refugees are estimated at more than a million. Even the most recent ceasefire agreement has again been broken. For years, Washington and Berlin had systematically promoted South Sudan's secession - for geostrategic reasons. Their objective was to weaken Arab-dominated Khartoum, in the context of a major conflict between the West and insubordinates in the Arab world. Immediately preceding the July 9, 2011 proclamation of the Republic of South Sudan, observers had warned that the new country does not have the necessary political, economic and social prerequisites for a functioning community and, if it secedes, would run the risk of sinking into chaos. Washington and Berlin refused to be swayed by these risks associated with their demands for secession - from which they saw advantages for themselves. Now, these murderous consequences are being borne by the South Sudanese population. more…

BERLIN/KIEV/MUNICH | | ukraine

BERLIN/KIEV/MUNICH (Own report) - The reinforcement of fascist forces in Ukraine, under the aegis of the putsch regime in Kiev, is having repercussions on its German supporters. The commemoration of a Ukrainian supporter of the Holocaust has ignited a debate in Munich. The "question" is being raised in the press, whether the commemoration of "a fascist freedom fighter"[sic!] should be publicly honored. Kiev's Minister of Education, a graduate of Munich's "Ukrainian Free University," takes up the defense of the supporter of the Holocaust in the German media. The fascist "Pravy Sektor" ("Right Sektor") militia is intensifying its relations with rightwing extremists in several European countries, including Germany. The organization that had participated in the Odessa Massacre has ties to violence-prone neo-Nazis in Sweden as well as to Germany's NPD. Whereas the leader of this organization insists he is working closely with Ukraine's official repressive authorities, the media is reporting that these authorities are also supported in their brutal repressive measures ("anti-terror operations") against the insurgents in Eastern and Southern Ukraine by the CIA and FBI. Evidence of a BND involvement remains unconfirmed. more…

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FREIBURG/BERLIN |

FREIBURG/BERLIN (Own report) - A touring exhibition scheduled to open Friday in Freiburg, exposes how the Federal Republic of Germany has been dealing with the Nazi government's abduction and forced Germanization of children. Several hundreds of thousands of children, particularly from the USSR, Poland and Czechoslovakia had been snatched from their families and kidnapped by the German occupiers because of an alleged non-Slavic ethnic origin. The Nazi's objective was to retrieve "Germanic ethnic substance" through adoption by German families. It remains unknown, how many kidnapped children lived in West Germany. The West German Ministry of the Interior helped to obscure the identities of these children throughout the post-war period. The Federal Republic of Germany continues to refuse to compensate the forced Germanized individuals. Their "fate, as such" constitutes "no criminal offense under a special settlement regulation," according to Germany's current Minister of the Finances. Slovakian survivors of forced Germanization are expected May 9, for the opening of the exhibition in Freiburg. The exhibition is scheduled to also be shown in Berlin and Hamburg. more…

ODESSA/BERLIN | | ukraine

ODESSA/BERLIN (Own report) - The unprecedented disinformation campaign being waged by the leading German media has reached a new climax with its reporting on the murder of more than 40 people in Odessa. In the Ukrainian metropolis of a million inhabitants, the Trade Union House "caught fire" - "a catastrophe," whose cause is still unknown. This is how it was reported immediately following the fire, on May 2. Even though supporters of the putschists in Kiev could be seen hurling Molotov cocktails at those barricaded inside the Trade Union House on international press agency photos, key German media organs chose to publish the Ukrainian intelligence services' falsified bulletins claiming that "Moscow" was responsible for the crimes. Those murdered were among a group of demonstrators calling for regional autonomy. They had fled their attackers and were chased into the Trade Union House, blocked inside and left to a gruesome death by suffocation. more…