Category Archives: Germany

Erdogan Sings Songs Of Peace

There are over a million people of Turkish descent living in Germany and many date back to first arriving about fifty years ago. Turkish heritage people now play important roles in the life of Germany from government to industry. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was visiting Germany and addressed a crowd of 20,000 supporters while a crowd estimated to be 70,000 shouted words of protest regarding his actions as leader of Turkey. He boasted to the crowd how his Justice and Development Party had transformed Turkey into a great nation and bemoaned the presence of prejudice in Germany against those of Turkish heritage. Erdogan was critical of the European Union and of failure on the part of the German government to end prejudice against Turks. He even complained about the EU failing to somehow be responsible for lack of human rights in Bangladesh.

For the record: Under the Erdogan administration, the economy of Turkey has grown. He has aided Turkey to become a modern nation. He also has made Turkey the number one nation in the world with members of the media in jail. He has crushed strikes against his government by Turkish students and has done little to end discrimination against Alevi people in Turkey.

It is not surprising that Erdogan supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt which, when in power, violated human rights and even today continues its violence against Coptic Christians.

Europe Goes To The Right

As a result for new elections to the European Union Parliament forces of hate and anger now have a voice in that body to pursue their program of hatred. It is rather strange that just as America is experiencing the rise of those who hate and hate everything connected with government, so is Europe. Just as America experiences hatred toward immigrants, so do Europeans. Most probably these feelings emerge when people lack jobs and hope for economic success. Much easier to blame “those people” than to pursue programs that might stimulate economic growth. Just as middle class Europeans do not wish to soil their hands with physical labor, so do Americans. Ironically, it is the immigrants who handle dirty hard physical labor tasks in both the US and Europe. So, if the immigrants go, then who does the shit details of society?

The right wing immigrant hating Front National got 25% of the vote for the European Parliament in France while similar groups received 10% in Greece, Denmark and the UK. The know nothings of the world are being credited with knowing something. Again, hate triumphs. Again we seek to blame others for our own failure to embark on new enterprises that will produce jobs and wealth.

What’s Wrong, What’s Right In East Africa??

There is overwhelming evidence the continent of Africa is quickly entering the modern economic world as its growth rate of about 6% is among the highest in the world for any region. Each year, millions are leaving rural poverty and entering one form or another of a modern urban existence. Within a decade just about everyone on the continent will have access to phones and other forms of technology. As income rises, the high rate of births will decline which allows for greater prosperity. BUT, the situation in east Africa increasingly is chaotic. Corrupt governments refusal of those in power to allow democratic elections, has allowed small groups to use government for their goals rather than have government serve needs of the nation.

The government of Kenya is completely corrupt. During last year’s attack on a mall in Nairobi, the police cleaned out the mall of its goods after killing terrorists. The Kenyan government lacks an effective and honest police force, it lacks an effective armed force, and it is unable to confront growing Muslim terrorist groups. The United Kingdom just issued a warning to all British tourists at the Mombassa tourist center to leave. Over 400 already have arrived in London and thousands more will soon be gone. Kenya needs an honest effective government that can create an honest effective police force and an Army capable of handling Muslim insurgents.

A Stroll To Death

I was raised on the streets of the South Bronx in New York City during the Depression. We walked the streets during the day or at night without any fear because what exactly could anyone do to harm another person? Diren D. came from Germany to Missoula, Montana in order to enjoy a year among Americans as an exchange student. He came from a society in which few people wandered the world with guns loaded ready to blast away. One night, Diren was supposed to attend a party, but the person with the car never showed up. He got together with a fellow exchange student named Robby who came from Ecuador. They decided to go for a walk. There were no street lights and darkness made visual sight very difficult. They glanced toward houses, most of them rather modern and owned by those with wealth. They walked past a garage that was open. Robby thought Diren was behind him and kept on walking.

However, Diren simply glanced into the garage and was probably interested in the modern equipment. Little did he know that Markus Kaarma and his partner, Jannelle Plager had placed a motion sensor in the garage to ward off prowlers. Most probably Diren heard the sound of a beep as it informed those in the house that someone was in the garage. Markus grabbed his shotgun, Janelle flashed on the lights, Markus shouted, ” I see you,”and blasted away. Diren died.

Just a night time stroll to death. Why? Because he was in the land of guns and guns eventually mean someone will die. Just another innocent person dead because of the American mania for guns and death!

May Day In Russia –May Day Warning!

May Day in Russia and the good old days were back. Thousands of Russian troops marching to the sounds of heroic music while the new boss man of Russia, one Vladimir Putin gazed at the masses assembled to hail him as a reincarnation of the Çzar himself. Just think, shiny new armed helicopters up in the sky, new tanks and new weapons of war in a nation which is slowly descending to a massive decline in population and drunken men and women stumbling through the streets of shame. In his May Day sermon to the world, Putin warned the government of Ukraine to get its troops out of the Ukraine. Let me repeat his comment- the government of the Ukraine is warned that it has no right to send Ukranian soldiers into eastern region of its country because Putin does not want any interference in actions by thugs and Russian soldiers-dressed in civilian clothes– to take over government buildings. In the city of Slaviansk, the ELECTED mayor, Neili Shtepo was forced to resign at gun point.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Putin to persuade the thugs he had sent into eastern Ukraine to release observers from the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe who are currently their hostages. Throughout eastern Ukraine armed groups are seizing government buildings, beating up the police or persuading them to become part of the secession movement.

I assume the National Rifle Association will make these thugs the new heroes of what a gun can do for a criminal. Just pretend you are fighting for freedom from “the government”and Fox News will hail you as a hero and patriot for freedom. Perhaps, Cliven Bundy will move his cattle to the Ukraine and graze free of charge-forever!

No Spy Agreement For No Spies?

The German government is somewhat upset because of failure of the American government, not only to engage in spying on their close ally,Germany, but to refuse in any shape, way or form to end such activities. Ah, I forgot, America spies on our allies in order to prevent German Chancellor Angela Merkel to engage in espionage or terrorism against the American people. Angela Merkel wants her file to be destroyed and she wants to take a good look at what our spies learned about her activities. As of this point, the only response from President Obama is -silence. I have no doubt that silence was demanded by those leading the ÇIA or the NSA since, in reality, those who were never elected to public office in America now possess the power to decide who is our enemy.

What can President Obama now do?

1. Sign a No Spy agreement with our allies.

2. Open files to our allies concerning what our spy agencies discovered about their leaders.

3. Destroy every file we possess about a friendly leader!

Merkel Ain’t Fooling

Chancellor Angela Merkel is making clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin that his nonsense simply does not register to her mind that his behavior is other than that of a five year old who refuses to accept reality. She is furious at failure of Russia to cease sending into eastern Ukraine bullies and Russian soldiers whose only goal is to destroy the Ukraine government. This is one tough gal and when she gets mad, look out because she is ready to meet Vladimir at high noon. “I spoke to the Russian president this morning and made clear again that, one the one hand Ukraine has taken a whole series of steps to implement the Geneva accord, but on the other hand I see no Russian backing for the accord.”

Barack Obama has threatened for so many years that tough words do not impact other leaders. But, Angela is one tough gal and she made clear to the Russian leader a new day is dawning. “We will have to contemplate further sanctions” with the near future. This is one mean tough gal!

Verge Of Civil War?

Russian President Vladimir Putin called German leader Angela Merkel to express his concerns regarding the situation in eastern Ukraine. He expressed his fear the Ukraine was “on the verge of a civil war” and since he is a man who believes in peace, this gentle spirt who displays care and concern for all humans wants to avoid any possibility of violence. After all, in Russia the state only resorts to violence when “militants” take to the streets to protest things like arguing for gay rights or the right of freedom of speech. How else can one respond to such provocative demonstrations of violence than with violence. Merkel informed Putin there was no evidence of possible violence unless men dressed in Russian uniforms, carrying Russian arms somehow wound up in the Ukraine. Putin was shocked, horribly shocked by such violent talk by the head of a nation about peaceful Putinland.

There is no doubt Putin wants violence which would provide the excuse of resorting to violence in order to end violence that he created. We offer some sensible ways to end this tragedy in the making.

Have the UN organize a referendum in eastern Ukraine in which people are offered several options:

1. Becoming part of Russia
2. Remaining part of the Ukraine
3. Greater power to regions but still part of the Ukraine.

All polls indicate that only 30% of the population of eastern Ukraine favors becoming part of Russia.

Remember The Murderers

The people of Japan has transformed their society in dramatic ways since the conclusion of World War II, but there is one aspect which remains locked in the past. Japanese leaders insist their nation was the VICTIM in World War II, nor the force which led to the death of millions of innocent people. Japan seized Korea early in the twentieth century and ruled with brutality in order to stamp out the very essence of Korean society. During World War II, thousands of Korean women were forced to become prostitutes in the service of Japanese soldiers, and the Japanese continue to insist, they did this voluntarily. Japan invaded China in 1937 and the ensuing war led to the death of millions as well as the brutal rape of over 50 thousand women in the city of Nanking. Japanese school books continue to insist their nation has no apology for these actions because America and other nations caused the wars and forced their soldiers into these actions.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continued the path of arrogant behavior by visiting a memorial which honors Japanese soldiers who died during World War II. His visit to the Yasukuni memorial infuriated Japan and South Korea which regard such action as refusal to acknowledge the horror of Japanese action during the war. The Chinese government bluntly noted, “strong indignation at the Japanese leader for trampling on the feelings of the people of China.”

It is time Japanese educators visit Germany and learn how a nation confronts the horror of its past.

Death In Afghanistan By “Good Guys?”

It was just another day in the place we call, Afghanistan. During the past few weeks there have been numerous attacks by Taliban units against foreigners who cling to the supposed safety if large cities such as Kabul. A well guarded restaurant was a blasted last week and five killed. Anija Niedringhaus, a German photographer and Kathy Gannon, a reporter hitched a ride with a convoy protected by the Åfghan army in hope of getting to a city without getting blown up. They were successful and the convoy entered the city compound. An Afghan security man walked over to their car, shouted, Allahu Akbar, “god is great,” and opened fire on the women. Anija died instantly and Kathy was wounded. The Afghan officer meekly surrendered, and most probably will never be executed.

President Hamid Karzai insists any and all problems in his nation are the cause of American and NATO forces whose drones and fighting lead to the death of the innocent. He wants them to leave. Oh, the Afghan government has deployed over 400,000 police, security forces and the army to protect the people of Afghanistan. I think that is the problem, not the solution!