Auschwitz nazi crimes suspect arrested in Philadelphia, USA


This video from the USA is called 89 Year Old Johann Breyer May Be Prosecuted as a Nazi War Criminal.

From the Daily Mail in Britain, 18 June 2014:

The Philadelphia Nazi: Retired toolmaker, 89, arrested for role as Auschwitz guard and helping kill 216,000 Jews

German arrest warrant unsealed today alleges that Johann ‘Hans’ Breyer aided and abetted in the deaths of the men, women and children while a guard at the Auschwitz death camp

Each of the 158 counts of complicity in the commission of murder against him represents a trainload of Nazi prisoners from Hungary, Germany and Czechoslovakia

Breyer’s attorney argued his client is too inform [sic; infirm] to be detained pending an extradition hearing

Stag beetles become electronic tag beetles


This video is called Stag beetle fight.

Daily De Gelderlander in the Netherlands reports, on 10 June 2014, that about twenty stag beetles of Sint-Jansberg nature reserve in Dutch Limburg province, and Reichswald forest in Germany bordering on it, will be provided with electronic tags.

The tags don’t harm the insects. After fourteen days, they will fall off, providing biologists with data about these beetles‘ lives.

Probably because of the mild spring weather, stag beetles in this area are active now about a week earlier than usually.

See also here.

NSA spying on Merkel investigation


This video from the USA says about itself:

Peeping Webcam? With NSA Help, British Spy Agency Intercepted Millions of Yahoo Chat Images

28 February 2014

The latest top-secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden about the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Germany opens inquiry into claims NSA tapped Angela Merkel’s phone

Prosecutor announces inquiry but says he will not investigate claims of wider US surveillance against German citizens

Agence France-Presse in Berlin

Wednesday 4 June 2014 12.59 BST

Germany’s  federal prosecutor has opened an investigation over alleged snooping by the US National Security Agency (NSA) on Angela Merkel‘s mobile phone.

“I informed parliament’s legal affairs committee that I have started a preliminary investigation over tapping of a mobile phone of the chancellor,” Harald Range said.

The long-anticipated inquiry, which follows allegations last year that US spies had eavesdropped on the German chancellor’s mobile in the past, is against unnamed persons, Range said after addressing the committee.

However, he said he had decided against opening an investigation into claims of wider NSA surveillance against German citizens.

The move may again strain Berlin’s ties with Washington, which both countries’ leaders have been at pains to restore following the reports of sweeping NSA spying on internet and phone communications overseas, described by Merkel as “grave”.

Data-sensitive Germans reacted with outrage to the accusations by the fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden amid sensitivity over mass state spying on citizens by the Stasi secret police in the former communist East Germany.

A parliamentary panel has been established to assess the extent of spying by the NSA and its partners on German citizens and politicians, and whether German intelligence aided its activities.

Recent reports that Range did not plan to go ahead with the wider probe had prompted anger from some politicians.

The US president, Barack Obama, sought to quell the international furore over the reports, announcing in January that he had halted spy taps on friendly world leaders and curtailed the reach of mass NSA phone surveillance.

In an interview with a German TV channel a day later he assured Merkel that he would not let intrusive surveillance harm their relationship, but said intelligence gathering on foreign governments would continue.

Merkel doubts whether US will stop spying on Germany: here.

Britain: Stephen Fry has denounced the government’s failure to act over the mass surveillance programme revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, labelling its behaviour as “squalid and rancid”. Opening a day of debate to galvanise action against spying by the British and US intelligence agencies, Fry said that exploiting the fear of terrorism is a “duplicitous and deeply wrong means of excusing something as base as spying on the citizens of your own country”: here.

Though the NSA says its mass surveillance of Americans targets only “terrorists,” the spying may turn up evidence of other illegal acts that can get passed on to law enforcement which hides the secret source through a ruse called “parallel construction,” writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern: here.

Ukrainian alleged war criminal wanted by German court


This video from the USA says about itself:

Rabbi Sol Solomon’s Rabbinical Reflection #071 (6/23/13): Michael Karkoc

18 June 2013

Rabbi Sol Solomon offers his thoughts on Michael Karkoc, a 94-year-old Nazi war criminal now living in Minnesota.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

GERMANY: The country’s highest criminal court ruled yesterday that it has jurisdiction over the case of a retired carpenter accused of being a former commander in a nazi SS-led unit.

The Federal Court of Justice ruled that 95-year-old Michael Karkoc’s service in the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defence Legion made him the “holder of a German office” even though he is not German himself.

The court says someone in that role “served the purposes of the nazi state’s world view.”

Federal prosecutors sent the case to the court after deciding there was enough evidence to pursue murder charges against Mr Karkoc, who now lives in the US.

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Nazi air force bombing of Rotterdam, educational computer game


This video from the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

Feb 3, 2014

Rotterdam 3D project started in 2010 and was designed by students of the Graphic Lyceum Rotterdam. The students depicted Rotterdam in 3D in the years 1934, 1940 and 1954, based on aerial photos and other images from the archive.

On 14 May 1940, 74 years ago, Adolf Hitler’s air force, the Luftwaffe, bombed Rotterdam city as nazi Germany invaded the Netherlands.

Today, a new educational computer game on the horrible destruction caused by Hitler’s bombs is available on the Internet (beta version, will be developed further). See here on the game. The game can be downloaded here.

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Homophobia in Germany and Italy


This video from Italy says about itself:

Berlusconi: better to have a passion for beautiful girls than being gay

31 May 2013

“Meglio essere appassionati delle belle ragazze che gay” (“Better to have a passion for beautiful girls than being gay”) is one of the most famous wisecracks of the former prime minister of Italy, the media billionaire Silvio Berlusconi.

British daily The Guardian asked people from various countries: What’s it like being LGBT in your country? A reader from Germany shares her story:

Germany: Hostility below the surface

Penal code § 175, outlawing gay sex, was of course abolished decades ago, we have openly gay foreign ministers and other openly lesbian and gay politicians – and it’s been legal now to “marry” your partner by committing to a civil union (without some rights like the right to adoption as a couple etc.). But recent homophobic attacks against Baden-Württemberg’s proposed new school curriculum that includes the teaching of sexual diversity shows that there’s lots of resentment under the surface.

Of course, compared to having to fear for one’s personal safety on a daily basis, things in Germany are pretty good. But I find it nonetheless annoying to have people take for granted that I have a husband just because I’m a woman. And it’s not just annoying but sad that in smaller German towns, gays and lesbians are practically invisible and are too afraid to be recognized by neighbors or bosses to join a gay parade, if there is one in the first place. And I feel it is altogether tragic and shocking to hear, after having moved to a different town, that a young lesbian acquaintance of mine — one of those who did not join the parade — has committed suicide.

So, on the surface lots of rainbow colors, but it’s still pretty dark underneath.

A bit of better news from the USA: Same-sex couples flock to Arkansas after judge strikes down marriage ban.

And not so good news from the USA: Boycott launched against openly gay St Louis Rams player Michael Sam, by Christian lobbyist Jack Burkman.

Greek bishop condemns homosexuality as ‘perversion of human existence’: here.

Britain: MANY in the LGBT community fear a return to the “dark ages” on HIV awareness as the government’s austerity programme silences key programmes, activists were told yesterday: here.

Singapore bans library books that show gay couples. Politician Yaacob Ibrahim says government must abide by ‘community norms’: here.