Female journalist assaulted sexually by white men in Cologne, Germany


This video says about itself:

Esmeralda Labye TV reporter is sexually assaulted live on air during Cologne festival

5 February 2016

Female reporter is sexually assaulted live on camera during Cologne festival as she reports on how the event has been overshadowed by New Year’s Eve rapes

From teleSUR:

Belgian Reporter Sexually Assaulted by 3 White Men in Cologne

The incident took place while the journalist was doing a live broadcast from the Cologne Carnival, asserting that the attackers were German.

A female journalist was sexually assaulted on live TV Friday in the German city of Cologne as she was reporting on the carnival celebrations in the city for the Belgian station RTBF.

Esmeralda Labye was on camera when a man reached over and grabbed her breast in the middle of a live broadcast. Commenting on the incident in an article she wrote, Labye said she had started the broadcast when “two or three men gathered behind me and tried to make themselves the center of attention,” the Belgian reporter wrote Friday in an article posted on the RTBF online.

“I didn’t see them as I was focusing on the broadcast. Then I felt a kiss on my neck … almost immediately after I heard someone saying ‘do you want to sleep with me’ and some hands on my shoulders.”

She added that as she was about to finish the broadcast, “one of the men leaned over and touched my breast. At that moment I lost my temper and, knowing we were no longer live, I turned around and warned him, do not touch me again.”

Labye said she reported the incident to the police and had received “an apology from the city shortly after.”

In the light of hundreds of sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve in the city of Cologne that were allegedly carried out by men of “Arab or North African origin” in the city, more than 2,000 uniformed police were patrolling the streets at the carnival in a bid to crackdown on potential sex crimes.

The organizers of the carnival also issued leaflets last week that included instructions for refugees and migrants in the city about sexual consent, kissing and urinating in public.

However, Labye told the London-based Daily Mail that she knew her attackers were German, stressing that she lived in an ethnically mixed district of Brussels where she had never experienced any problems with men from immigrant backgrounds.

“I have worked in Afghanistan and North Africa too, and nothing untoward ever happened to me as a white, female journalist,” she said Friday after the news of the attack. “I don’t think there should be any no-go areas for women journalists. We should be able to work anywhere, without being humiliated.”

Furthermore, Cologne police said they are now investigating the incident and 22 other sexual assaults which were reported on the first evening of the carnival. Also, at least 181 people were arrested on Friday for different charges including sexual harassment.

Authorities have described those being held as a “cross-section” of the population.

As long-time reporter Labye said, the news shows that sexual harassment against women is a problem that goes beyond racial stereotypes and extends to all nationalities and ethnicities.

Will there now be a ban for all white men at swimming pools in Cologne and elsewhere in Germany? As happened to male refugees at at least one swimming pool in Germany because of crimes against women, mainly by non-refugees, in Cologne on New Year’s Eve?

War propaganda in German media


This video from Germany says about itself:

13 January 2015

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany is running in student elections taking place at the end of January.

One hundred years after the outbreak of the First World War, and seventy-five years after the outbreak of World War II, the German elites are once again preparing for war.

By seeking to downplay and relativize the crimes of the past, professors at Humboldt University are playing a central role in the campaign to revive German militarism.

This video explains how the IYSSE is fighting to turn the student election into a campaign against war and in defense of historical truth.

By Johannes Stern in Germany:

Editor of Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper demands rearmament and war

6 February 2016

For Josef Joffe, the editor of the weekly liberal magazine Die Zeit, the multi-billion-euro rearmament plans of the German government do not go far enough. In his weekly column “zeitgeist,” Joffe complains, on behalf of a substantial lobby of war-mongering scribblers in the editorial offices of the bourgeois press, that the rearmament of the German army is not taking place more quickly.

Under the headline “Warriors in the Lists,” Joffe writes with barely concealed cynicism, “The stepchild of the nation is now to be jazzed up again, but only from featherweight to lightweight.” The “shopping list” of the defence minister is “cryptic,” a “work of art for vagueness,” and is composed of “elastic numbers right and left.”

The additional €130 billion in spending planned by the German government over the next 15 years provokes merely a tired yawn from Joffe. …

Joffe is disturbed most of all by the mass opposition to rearmament and war. Germany is a nation “where pacifism, in common parlance: ‘without me’ is the core belief.” Then he let rip, “Six out of ten Germans reject more foreign interventions. Air attacks on IS are supported by just a third, ground deployments by only one fifth. The (almost without risk) reconnaissance missions and refuelling of others are ok.”

He goes on, “What is the use of the best-equipped army, which cannot be achieved by an extra €5 billion per year, if the people in the democratic state, flanked by the commentariat, do not want to deploy it?”

Joffe urges the German government to impose the war drive on the population as quickly as possible. “The government does not have the 15 years in the defence minister’s timetable to conduct the bone-crunching task of convincing,” he stated, and added threateningly, “The peaceful years (approximately 1990 to 2010) are over, the threat is growing far more rapidly than the arms budget. […] if the people’s minds cannot be changed, the finest arsenal will be worth nothing.”

Joffe comes from a Jewish background and he is no supporter of the Nazi dictatorship. But comments like his recall the crazed militarism of the German ruling elite during the Third Reich. In his first statements as German Chancellor, Hitler called for the German people to be “made fighting ready again.” In 1933, Hitler set up a “Reich defence committee,” whose task it was to “bring the mobilisation of the people and state into line with the mobilisation of the army.”

Joffe’s commentary must be taken seriously by working people and youth and understood as a warning. With his numerous connections to the highest levels of politics and his membership in Transatlantic think tanks, he speaks on behalf of a ruling class, which, despite horrific crimes in two world wars, has once again lost its senses and is preparing to defend the interests of German imperialism and the capitalist elite by all means necessary.

German stupid NPD nazis’ anti-refugee poster own goal


NPD anti-refugee poster

This is an anti-refugee poster by German neonazi party NPD.

RT.com writes about it:

Germans out first! Social media on fire after radical party screws up deportation poster

Published time: 4 Feb, 2016 11:39
Edited time: 4 Feb, 2016 11:43

Germany’s NPD party, known for its hardline stance on migrants, posted an unfortunately-designed poster online, which could be perceived as a call to “systematically deport” Germans.

It was mocked by social media users, many urging the party to follow their own advice.

The poster, depicting a flying plane with an appeal to “systematically deport” scribbled above it and “our nation first” underneath, was initially posted on the Facebook page of the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD)’s branch in the German state Rhineland-Palatinate and since has gone viral.

The post was ridiculed by FB users, who called on NPD members to take their own motto’s advice and go away as far as possible. One user wrote: “Deport? It’s high time! NPD members to Siberia…” Another suggested sending them to even further locations: “To North Korea, there NPD supporters will be happy” or as another put it simply, expressing a prevailing sentiment: “bye, bye, Nazi, have a good trip.”

Twitter also reacted with a storm of giggles directed at the unfortunate poster’s creators.

“Systematically deport. Our nation first” – Oh, no, NPD. Only the Nazis. It’ll be enough.

The NPD responded to the barbs by firing back at the mockers: “Continue with your multicultural games and let yourselves be raped,” presumably referring to a recent string of sexually motivated attacks in Germany.

The original publication was removed on Wednesday and replaced with an edited version, in which the slogan “our nation first” is separated from “systematically deport” by a web link, directing to the party website.

In an interview with the German news site Jetzt.de, Markus Walter, chairman of the party’s Rhineland-Palatinate branch, confessed that the members “had seven poster designs” and “the majority decided to go with this one.”

‘Afghan government, stop refugees or else’, German government says


This video is about Germany. Hundreds demand justice for Kunduz massacre victims in Afghanistan.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Germany to continue security operations in Afghanistan only if arrival of refugees stopped

Alexandra Sims

Germany’s interior minister has promised Afghanistan it will continue to provide security support to the country, but only if the arrival of Afghan refugees to the country is stopped.

During a visit to Kabul on Monday, Thomas de Maiziere said: “We’re staying here as long as it’s necessary. But we also expect that the Afghan population stays here,” N-tv reports.

“We want the influx of refugees to be stopped.”

And how, Herr de Maiziere, is the Kabul government supposed to stop Afghan refugees from fleeing?

By bringing peace to the country? They and their big NATO paymasters have proved to be extremely unable to do that for the past fourteen years and longer.

By improving the situation of Afghan women? They and their big NATO paymasters have proved to be extremely unable to do that for the past fourteen years and longer.

By stopping sexual abuse of children? United States occupation generals have said it is OK for Afghan warlords to carry on with that.

By stopping the poverty and hunger? They and their big NATO paymasters have proved to be extremely unable to do that for the past fourteen years and longer. As all the trillons of money go to warfare, to corrupt Western merchants of death and to corrupt Afghan warlords.

Then, in what other way should the Afghan government stop refugees?

Recently, in Germany extreme right racist politicians advocated violently stopping Afghan and other refugees crossing the German border. Asked if they really believed that German border guards should stop refugee women and children from crossing the border through open fields with firearms they answered ‘Yes’.

Is Herr de Maiziere now advising the Afghan government that their border guards should stop refugee women and children from crossing the border out of Afghanistan through open fields by killing these refugee women and children?

By the way, only a small minority of refugees from the bloody war in Afghanistan go to Germany.

Why have millions of refugees fled Afghanistan? Partly because of war crimes there by Herr de Maiziere’s German armed forces. Like the Kunduz massacre of civilians. A massacre covered up by you, Herr de Maiziere. When you were not yet Minister of the Interior like now, but Minister of War … oops, I should have used the euphemism ‘Defence’. You, Herr de Maiziere, demonstratively promoted Colonel Klein, responsible for that bloody massacre, early in 2013 to the rank of brigadier general.

Of course, refugees from Afghanistan flee not only German war crimes. If we limit ourselves to Kunduz, where the German Bundeswehr had committed their massacre: recently, the United States Air Force, your NATO allies, Herr de Maiziere, lethally attacked the MSF hospital, the only hospital in Kunduz.

Germany has been engaged in operations in Afghanistan since 2003 and has trained over 73,000 Afghan police personnel. Around 980 German troops remain in the country since the NATO mission in Afghanistan officially ended in 2014.

Mr Maiziere said German police and soldiers will remain in Afghanistan “as long as it asks for security,” but stressed, “because we want to stay, we do not want that many Afghans to leave their country.”

The minister quashed any expectations Afghans may hold upon coming to Germany, stressing chances of asylum seekers finding success were slight.

“There is no welcome money in Germany. There is no guarantee of a job or an apartment,” Mr Maiziere told state broadcaster ZDF, warning Afghans not to succumb to propaganda spread by people smugglers. …

Mr Maiziere promised to bolster deportations of Afghans from Germany, using current flight routes between the countries and hiring charter planes. …

Mr Maiziere made the comments just hours after a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Kabul police station, killing at least 20 people and wounding 29 others – the latest attack in the Afghan capital. …

On social media, people remarked upon the German government’s call to send refugees back to Afghanistan in the wake of the attack.

One Twitter user wrote: “Mr Maiziere is demanding from others that they live in a land that he’ll only visit with the protection of a division of soldiers

Another said: “Despite the attack in Kabul, Mr Maiziere is calling for Afghans to go back”

Sperm whales beach in Germany yet again


Beached sperm whales in Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog, DPA photo

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

In the German part of the Wadden Sea eight sperm whales have stranded. The young animals washed up about two kilometers off the dike at Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog, a village in the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

The animals are between 9 and 12 meters long. One of the animals was still alive for a while, but the others were all already dead, say the Coast Guard and German conservationists from the organization LKN.

Last month in Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain together already sixteen sperm whales beached and died. The animals are believed to have lost their way and so to have ended up in the North Sea, which is too shallow for them and where little food is available.

They may also have trouble orienting there, experts say.

See also here.

Eagle owl drives away fox, video


This 31 January 2016 video from Germany shows an eagle owl driving away a red fox.

‘Kill refugee women and children’, German far-right politicians say


This video says about itself:

Germany: AfD leader calls for right of border police to shoot at illegal migrants

30 January 2016

Frauke Petry, one of the leaders of right-wing German opposition party Alternative for Germany (AfD), has sparked outrage with provocative comments about refugees.

“Border guards must prevent illegal border crossings and even use firearms if necessary,” Petry told German newspaper ‘Mannheimer Morgen’, in an interview published on Saturday. …

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be trying to be try to appease critics of her open-door policy on refugees.

“I hope that during the winter time, when refugee numbers are low, we will make visible progress. The numbers need to be reduced further, and they must not increase again in spring,” she said during an address at a regional Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party conference in Neubrandenburg on Saturday.

Merkel also repeated calls for a Europe-wide solution to address the crisis.

Ms Merkel, whether refugee numbers increase or decrease depends on the warmongering policies of NATO countries, including your Germany, and their allies, like Saudi Arabia. Eg, if NATO ally Erdogan of Turkey will invade Syria, then the bloody war in Syria will get still much bloodier, and refugee numbers will increase.

Now, the AfD party.

On the extreme right of German politics, there is the NPD party, open admirers of Adolf Hitler.

And there is the AfD, the so-called ‘decent’ extreme right, supposedly not admiring Hitler, ‘only’ hating Muslims and refugees.

A bit like in the USA. Some of the supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are open nazis; like the Daily Stormer Internet site, called after the German Third Reich anti-Semitic paper Der Stürmer. However, if you would ask Trump himself, or most of his supporters whether they are nazis, they would say no. But that does not stop them from being dangerous racists.

Like the AfD are.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

The chairperson of the German party Alternative for Germany (AfD), Frauke Petry, has caused commotion with statements about refugees. Petry would step up border surveillance and if necessary prevent refugees from illegally crossing the border with firearms. …

A few months ago AfD politician Marcus Pretzell also advocated in extreme cases opening fire to “defend” the border. Pretzell is the partner of Petry.

The vice chairperson of AfD, Beatrix von Storch, responded on Facebook about the fuss. Asked if she really believes that German border guards should stop refugee women and children from crossing the border through open fields with firearms she answered ‘Yes’.

From daily The Independent in Britain today about this:

The comments have been strongly condemned by the head of the police union GdP.

“No policeman would be ready to fire” at refugees, Joerg Radek said. “We have already seen that over the course of German history and we don’t ever want to go down that road again.”

The call by extreme right wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) for the use of firearms by border police against refugees marks a new stage in the all-party political offensive against refugees in Germany: here.