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“In Britain’s interests” he says..How about the Ukrainians Mr Eton Boy?
Barack Obama has ordered a freezing of US assets and visa restrictions on those involved in Russia’s military intervention in Crimea, as Britain’s David Cameron warned President Vladimir Putin “it cannot be business as usual”. Mr Obama signed an executive order aimed at punishing Russians and Ukrainians responsible for “threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”. The visa ban does not apply to the Russian President, a US official said. The White House’s rebuke came as the European Union... (more)
...War is a great example of intervention that saved many lives and stopped genocide. The truth of that conflict though, is that the situation left to it’s own reckoning would not have reached our shores and taken the lives of our citizens.
So the question lingers, is Syria another Nazi Germany...or Serbia? Is it morally right to leave innocent people to their own devices when their problems won’t have an impact on us? If we take the moral high ground, are we justified in forcing our position on others? Right and wrong is an ambiguous thing when you consider the various world... (more)
There can’t be many Nobel laureates who served in the Waffen SS. In fact I can only think of one - Günter Grass, author of The Tin Drum, Germany’s best known writer and the self-appointed moral arbiter of his nation and its times. He was, not surprisingly, a tad ashamed of his background, which meant he kept quite about it for decades, all the while throwing around homilies on this on that and on the other, a little like Zeus firing lightening bolts from Olympus.
Now he has written a poem, not about his Nazi past but about the ‘threat’ that a nuclear-armed Israel represents to world... (more)
On Saturday Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia, the great-great grandson of the last Kaiser, married Sophie, Princess of Isenburg, at the Church of Peace in the grounds of Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, the former summer residence of the Hohenzollern kings and emperors of Prussia and Germany.
I read about this in the Times and thought about all of the ghosts who must be looking over their shoulders, the ghosts of the past, of past glory; the ghost, perhaps, of Alte Fritz himself, Frederick the Great, who build Sanssoucci, a palace intended as a home, a place, as the name ... (more)
In 2001 a German by the name of Armin Meiwes placed an advert on a website called The Cannibal Café, calling for a “well-built male between eighteen and thirty to be slaughtered and consumed.” That’s not the amazing thing; no, the amazing thing is he got his meal, one Bernd Jürgen Brandes. Together the two began this black dinner with a particularly intimate part of the victim’s anatomy, though the details are just too awful to dwell on here. Needless to say, Meiwes ended by finishing on his own, his dining companion previously having lost his appetite along with his life.
I was reminded... (more)
Verena Becker is presently on trial in Germany, charged as an accomplice in the murder over thirty years ago of Siegfried Buback, then Germany’s prosecutor-general, in a drive-by shooting. Becker, if you have never heard of her, was once a member of a collection of terrorists generally known as the Baader-Meinhof Group, after the two principal leaders, though they preferred to call themselves the Rote Armee Fraktion – Red Army Faction – or the RAF. These people had declared war on what was then the Federal Republic of Germany, Buback being a prime target, an agent of the ‘fascist’ state. The... (more)
A German wine label can be beautiful but also confusing. Among the various terms included are vintage, vineyard site, grape varietal, ripeness level of that grape, and location within Germany. The name of the producer can be hard to find, while “banners” or “secondary titles” pose as that name. To start, I’ll explain the label at hand. This is a 2005 Riesling Auslese (“Auslese” meaning "a selection" of late-ripened grape clusters) from the vineyard site Graacher Himmelreich in the Mosel region of Germany (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, found on the label, is even too vague). In the bottom right-hand corner... (more)
... military forces.
Allies like Britain is already facing internal criticism and it seems reluctant to add forces. The British government is facing a opinion poll that suggests that 70% people favor early withdrawal as the nation has already lost 97 soldiers in Afghanistan this year.
Germany and France are also shying away from any further commitments to the war. The support for war is now so low in the two European nations that they can reportedly, barely maintain current troop levels. Among other prominent partners, the Netherlands and Canada have already begun chalking out exit ... (more)
...from Great Britain has been chosen as the foreign policy chief.
Rompuy is seen as a consensus building, low profile leader who would not upstage the typical big powers and their leaders in Europe. His appointment is said to be backed by Germany and France. He was appointed Prime Minister of Belgium in December 2008 before having held the position of President of the lower house of parliament since July 2007.
A Christian Democrat, while being the budget minister previously, he... (more)
Transparency International (TI), a Berlin based organization, which is a civil society organization and claims to be leading the fight against corruption, has released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for the year 2009.
TI defines Corruption as: “Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It hurts everyone whose life, livelihood or happiness depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority.”
The organization releases this list every year which ranks nations on an index which is created as a function of various parameters to scale the... (more)