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Bush’s Holy War

In this thought-provoking opinion piece from the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper, writer Correlli Barnett points out how, in waging his own brand of holy war, Bush (and, by extension, former British PM Tony Blair) failed to comprehend crucial lessons about war that historical examples have repeatedly borne out. 

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Intelligence Chief Gets His Facts Mixed Up

After German authorities foiled a terror plot earlier this month, U.S. National Intelligence Director J. Michael McConnell was all to eager to give credit to recently revised FISA rules, arguing, in effect, that potential civil liberty violations helped save American lives. Woops. It turns out that much of the information used by the Germans was obtained under the old FISA law, which McConnell continues to claim wasn’t effective enough.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Cruise Not Willkommen in Germany

The German government has long been aggressive in its stance against the Church of Scientology, and it has thrown down the gauntlet once again by banning the filming of a Tom Cruise movie because of the American’s religious affiliation.  Cruise will play a German military officer who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

Posted on Jun 25, 2007 READ MORE


Germany Issues Warrants for CIA Agents

Germany has issued arrest warrants for 13 suspected CIA agents for their roles in the “extraordinary rendition” of Khaled al-Masri. Meanwhile, as public outrage in Europe over the abduction and torture of terror suspects grows more intense, court proceedings in Italy could lead to the indictment of 25 alleged CIA agents.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Murat Kurnaz
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German Government Abandoned Citizen at Gitmo

Germans are outraged over the emergence of documents that suggest a government official allowed an innocent German citizen to remain in Guantanamo for years after the United States offered to repatriate him.

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Holocaust Archive Tells a Fuller Story

The International Tracing Service, an arm of the Red Cross that houses 16 miles of floor-to-ceiling files related to the Holocaust, is slowly granting access after half a century of silence.

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Neo-Nazis Poised to Win Seats in German Parliament

The home turf of Chancellor Angela Merkel will probably become the second region in Germany to elect skinheads to the national legislature. Read the whole article to get the story on how neo-Nazis have found success in infiltrating German society. (h/t: Huff Po)

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


Walmart is a dud in Japan
Illustration by Peter Scheer

Wal-Mart Can’t Hack it in Japan

The retail giant has met its match in the Japanese consumer: Seiyu, Wal-Mart’s Japanese division, has posted $465 million in losses for the first half of 2006. It’s not looking good overseas for the shopping mecca?German and South Korean divisions were shut down earlier this year after poor performance.

Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


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Groper in Chief?

At the G8 summit, President Bush gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel an unsolicited back massage, which an obviously uncomfortable Merkel quickly shrugged off. (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

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    Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Will Racism Bring Violence to World Cup?

    Soccer fans mocked with monkey noises and spit on Nigerian forward Adebowale Ogungbure as he left a soccer field in Germany in late March. It sounds like a story from another decade, but this type of violent racism might just destroy this year’s World Cup. The NYT offers a must-read piece about the recent surge in racist sentiment among European soccer fans.

    Posted on Jun 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Rattles Nuclear Saber on Iran

    Bush tells reporters “all options are on the table” when asked if he is planning a nuclear strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. Meanwhile, Iran’s president vowed that his nation would “cut off the hand of any aggressor.”

    Posted on Apr 18, 2006 READ MORE


    The Spies Who Came In From the Cold

    Even though Germany sat out the invasion of Iraq, its spies in Baghdad passed on reams of information to the U.S. command, according to classified Berlin files.

    Posted on Mar 2, 2006 READ MORE


    German Chancellor Angela Merkel answers a question as she and President Bush hold a joint press conference Jan. 13 in the East Room of the White House.
    Haraz Ghanbari / AP

    Let’s Try That Diplomacy Thing…

    Bush and the new German chancellor are pushing diplomacy on the Iranian nuclear issue. | story
    If this seems in stark contrast with the president’s Iraq policy, read Truthdig’s Robert Scheer or Juan Cole—who argue that we’ve lost leverage over Iran because the Iraq war has empowered the Shiites in both countries to link arms against us. 

    Posted on Jan 12, 2006 READ MORE


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