Gisela May, German singer, actress dies


This video series is about singer and actress Gisela May.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Actress, singer and Brecht interpreter Gisela May dies

Today, 19:35

In Berlin, the legendary German actress and singer Gisela May has died.

May built a huge reputation for her roles in the plays of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. Especially her leading role in Brecht’s Mother Courage and her children was a great success: May played that for fourteen years, from 1978 to 1992. Also her role in Mahagonny by Weil set the standard in Germany. She was until 1992 a member of the East German Berliner Ensemble.

Solo performances brought May successes as well, not only in Germany, she performed, eg, at Carnegie Hall in New York City and at the Scala in Milan.

On television, she was known as Muddi in the series Adelheid und ihre Mörder.

Gisela May in recent years lived in retirement. She was 92 years old.

Nuclear weapons for Germany?


This 2010 video is called Wikileaks News: European countries that host US nuclear weapons.

By Johannes Stern in Germany:

Right-wing German daily and Christian Democratic politicians call for nuclear weapons

30 November 2016

German militarism is assuming ever more openly aggressive forms. Following the German parliament’s (Bundestag) decision on Friday to massively increase the military budget, a discussion has now been launched about providing the German army (Bundeswehr) with nuclear weapons.

In Monday’s edition of the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, co-editor Berthold Kohler called in a piece headlined “The utterly unimaginable” for the new foreign minister to “subject German foreign policy to an overhaul, particularly with regard to its security policy aspects.” A “simple ‘same as before’ along the well-worn path” could not be permitted.

The new “path” advocated by Kohler consists of “higher spending on defence,” the “revival of compulsory military service,” and something which was for “German minds completely inconceivable, the question of our own nuclear deterrent.”

Kohler’s demand reveals what has been intensively discussed and prepared behind the backs of the population. Just a few days earlier, Christian Democratic Union (CDU) security policy expert Roderich Kiesewetter called in an interview with Reuters for the construction of a European nuclear deterrent, focusing above all on the expansion of the French and British nuclear programmes.

The FAZ is now going one step further. According to Kohler, the “French and British arsenals [are] too weak in their current condition.” Like Der Spiegel prior to the US election, he raised the demand for Germany’s own nuclear weapons and justified this by citing the alleged “withdrawal of America from the world,” which would continue under a future President Trump and further encourage China and Russia “to expand their areas of domination and spheres of influence.”

In truth, it is German imperialism which is seeking, 75 years after the Second World War, once again to expand its areas of dominance and spheres of influence.

In an interview with the Welt am Sonntag, President Joachim Gauck, who introduced the foreign policy shift with his speech on German Unification Day in 2013, praised the current rearmament drive as “worthwhile.” Germany had to deal with the question of “What happens if America is focused above all on itself,” Gauck stated.

Answering the question as to “who will assume the role of leading power in the free Western world,” the former pastor responded, “This will place more responsibility on Europe and therefore on Germany. By the way: In almost every country I have travelled to over the past four years, I was confronted with the wish that Germany play a greater role in the world.” Therefore, it was “good if we say ‘yes’ to this role.”

The last time the German ruling class said “yes” to “a greater role for Germany in the world” it committed the worst crimes in human history. If they are now dreaming of their own nuclear weapons—weapons capable of destroying the entire planet—it must be taken seriously.

Already in the 1950s under the conservative government of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (CDU) and Defence Minister Franz-Josef Strauß (Christian Social Union) nuclear weapons for the army were supported,

Franz-Josef Strauß said: ‘If Germany won’t be allowed to have nuclear weapons, then another Fuehrer like Hitler will come’. Which led to a cartoon in a Dutch daily, in which Strauß said: ‘We want a Fuehrer … err, no … we want nuclear weapons’.

but the government had to back down in the face of mass protests.

When Adenauer provocatively declared on April 5, 1957, that tactical nuclear weapons amounted to “nothing more than the further development of the artillery,” significant opposition developed that was joined by influential academics. On April 12 of that year, the famous Göttingen Manifesto was issued against the nuclear arming of the army, signatories of which included Otto Hahn, Max Born and Werner Heisenberg.

“Believe you me,” stated Adenauer quietly a few weeks later at a CDU national executive meeting. “The fear of the nuclear bomb is something emotional, and to master this emotion, after the German people had to endure this last war, will be very difficult.”

Since then, the opposition to militarism and war has grown still further. Whereas 67 percent of German citizens were against nuclear weapons in 1957, today it is almost everyone. In April, a poll conducted by Forza on behalf of the IPPNW found that 93 percent of the population thought nuclear weapons, like chemical and biological weapons, should be banned under international law.

But unlike in the past, there is no group of prominent academics prepared to protest against German rearmament. The struggle against war must be led by the working class, which as the only revolutionary force in society unites behind it all other progressive tendencies in the population.

Many swans, one crane in Germany


This 25 November 2016 video shows a flock of about 150 whooper swans and Bewick’s swans, and one crane, near Laar in Germany.

German government sends Afghan refugees back to their deaths


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

Recently, the German government Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said that the Afghan government should stop refugees from fleeing the country.

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

By bringing peace to the country? Apparently, in Herr de Maizière’s theory, whenever German or other NATO soldiers shoot people or drop bombs in some country, that country then is automatically at peace (in practice, however, often the peace of the grave). The Kabul government and their big NATO paymasters have proved to be extremely unable to do that for the past fifteen 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 fifteen 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 fifteen years and longer. As all the trillions 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 Maizière 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.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Germany sends back over 12,000 Afghans

Today, 12:16

Germany has told 12,500 Afghans in the country that they must return to their country. …

According to the Interior Ministry, the security situation in Afghanistan is such that it is safe to send people back. …

It is expected that many people will object to being returned forcibly. …

The return of asylum seekers to Afghanistan is a sensitive issue in Germany because of the constant attacks by the Taliban. This week the German consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif was targeted by an attack by the Taliban.

The party Die Linke calls on the government not to send Afghans back to their country, because there are great risks involved.

LAST MONTH WAS THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN David Wood examines how the Trump administration will address America’s longest war in the failing country. [David Wood, HuffPost]

At least 340 refugees drowned in four accidents involving boats travelling from Libya to Italy in the course of two days, according to official sources: here.

Refugees, back to Africa, German government plan


This video says about itself:

29 May 2016

40 children, including several newborns, were among the 700+ migrants feared dead in recent shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea.

Recently, US American country singer Johnny Rebel (real name Clifford Joseph Trahan) died. Johnny Rebel was notorious for his racist songs, praising the Ku Klux Klan and defaming African Americans.

One of his songs is Send ‘Em All Back To Africa. In that song, he proposes to deport all African Americans, whose ancestors were mainly brought by slave traders to the present USA centuries ago, forcibly to Africa:

We oughta send ’em all back to Africa
Where they belong
We oughta send ’em all back to Africa
We oughta send ’em all back to Africa
They oughta get the hell out of America
And leave the white man alone …

I got one thing to suggest
They outta leave, and get gone
Gather up all the niggers
And go back home

Now that Johnny Rebel is dead, unfortunately his racist ideas have not died with him. Not in the USA. Not in Europe.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

German plan to send boat refugees back to Africa

Today, 06:09

The German Interior Ministry wants to return immigrants who are picked up at sea immediately back to Africa … the newspaper Welt am Sonntag writes.

The proposal, which means that refugees must apply for asylum outside the EU, is reminiscent of the Australian approach. If Germany would try to implement the plan at EU level, then that would represents a major shift in the policies of the country, which until now has a generous asylum policy.

‘Generous’, if compared to, eg, the Orban regime in Hungary. However, there have been flip-flops on this in Germany before.

“By removing the prospect that they might ever reach European shores, the migrants could be convinced that they should not embark on the perilous and expensive journey,” said a spokesperson for the department of Minister De Maizière. …

The proposal is said to have not been addressed at EU level yet.

Two refugee boats capsized this week in the Mediterranean near the Libyan coast, leading to the deaths in a 48-hour period of about 240 people. This brings the total number of refugees who have died trying to cross the Mediterranean and reach Europe to 4,220, more than ever before in a six-month period. The European Union bears full, criminal responsibility for this massive loss of life: here.

Cranes in Germany, video


This October 2016 video shows a big flock of cranes in Havelland in Germany.

Evert Jongkind made this video.

Photographing cranes in Germany: here.