Tunisia: January, the month of logical revolts

by Fausto Giudice It was predictable, it was foreseen and it happened: Tunisia exploded from below on Monday, the 8th of January. In all parts of the country, marginalised youths attacked police More »

Weapons for Egypt from Germany

Last year, the German government authorized a record number of arms exports to Egypt. As the government confirmed, permits, valued at around €428 million, were issued in 2017. Among the goods Cairo More »

Importance of Afrin and why the Turkish state wants to attack it

Turkey lies to the north and west of Afrin, to the east are Turkish-backed groups and to the south the Nusra Front (Hayat Tahrir al-Sham). Oil and food prices in Afrin, whose More »

Greek workers stop work in opposition to Syriza anti-strike and austerity measures

By Robert Stevens 13 January 2018 Thousands of Greek workers demonstrated and carried out strikes on Friday against further austerity measures being imposed by the Syriza government, along with severe restrictions on More »

Two Sides of Korea Are Shaking Hands Again

Another thaw in tense inter-Korea relations is developing, as North Korean reps crossed by foot the Military Demarcation Line (in the DMZ) on January 9 at the Panmunjom, Korea, on the way to talks More »

 

Germany | Europe at the Crossroads

The organizers of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), one of the world’s most important military policy conferences, are urging that the EU’s transformation into a war alliance be accelerated. The European Union of states should be able to take on “missions,” similar to the 2011 military operation against Libya, at any time, according to a recent report by the Munich Security Conference, the McKinsey management consulting firm and the elite Hertie School of Governance. Not only drastic increases in the military budgets are being demanded of the EU members, but, above all, investments in modern military equipment. The authors of the report not only emphasize the harmonization of European weapon system standards but are also demanding that EU-states invest more in research, and to a growing extent, involve universities, branches of civilian industries and so-called start-up enterprises. According to the MSC Chairman, the German diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger, these are “essential” decisions, because it is “unsustainable” for the EU to continue to rely on US “protection.”

Germany | Kommunisten rollen mit russischem Panzer durch Berlin

BERLIN. Eine Gruppe von Kommunisten ist am Sonntag mit DDR-Militärlastwagen, einem alten russischen Panzer und Sowjetfahnen durch Berlin gezogen. Nach Angaben der Berliner Polizei wurde die Demonstration vom „Verein für die unliteratische Verwendung der Literatur und außergewöhnliche Brechtvorhaben“ angemeldet, berichtete die Bild-Zeitung. Die Kommunismusparade führte durch die Bezirke Friedrichshain und Moabit.

Germany | Heikle Fracht aus Ramstein

Von Frederik Obermaier und Paul-Anton Krüger, München/Kairo

Das US-Militär hat offenbar zeitweise über seinen Stützpunkt im rheinland-pfälzischen Ramstein Waffen und Munition aus Osteuropa an syrische Rebellen geliefert. Da entsprechende Genehmigungen der Bundesregierung fehlten, haben die Amerikaner womöglich deutsches Recht gebrochen. Das haben monatelange Recherchen der Süddeutschen Zeitung und der Journalistennetzwerke Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) und Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) ergeben.

Germany | Indymedia ins Off geschickt Bundesinnenministerium verbietet linke Internetplattform

Das Bundesinnenministerium hat die linke Internetplattform »linksunten.indymedia.org« verboten. Minister Thomas de Maizière (CDU) will die Öffentlichkeit an diesem Freitag vormittag in Berlin über Details informieren. Eine Verbotsverfügung wurde den in Freiburg lebenden Betreibern der Plattform am Morgen zugestellt, wie die Deutsche Presse-Agentur in Berlin aus Sicherheitskreisen erfuhr.

Germany | ‘Nothing Is More Violent than the Return to Normal’

Anti-globalists describe final stages of G20 summit in Hamburg

On the afternoon of July 9, 2017, summoned by social media, a throng of fresh-faced members of the middle class descended upon the Schanze neighborhood to erase all traces of popular dissent and self-defense that remained from the preceding days’ conflicts.

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