Dancing cranes in Germany

This 9 November 2017 video shows dancing cranes on migration on Rügen island in Germany.

Harry Brummelhuis made this video.


Margaret Thatcher inspiration for German extreme right

This video from Britain says about itself:

The far right in Germany: Nazi ideology and the AfD

BBC Newsnight 17 August 2017

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Germany’s far-right AfD leader says Margaret Thatcher is her ‘role model’

Alice Weidel, leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), has named the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as her role model

Ms Weidel is one of two AfD party leaders. She is considered the most ‘moderate’ of these two, for being lesbian in a homophobic party; while the other party leader, Alexander Gauland, glorifies Adolf Hitler’s wars in his speeches. However, ‘moderate’ Ms Weidel has extremely racist ideas on Roma and other people.

Weidel told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag that her party, which stormed into parliament for the first time after capturing nearly 13 per cent of the vote, aimed to be ready to join a coalition government by 2021.

This may prove to be a steep hill to climb, since all the mainstream parties have rejected working with the AfD. …

She said only 18 per cent of the AfD’s voters were women which was “way too few” and the party needed to attract more women voters. …

Weidel also urged former AfD leader Frauke Petry to give up her seat in parliament after quitting the party the day after the election and vowing to sit as an independent.

Margaret Thatcher did not only inspire Alice Weidel, but also other politicians far to the right of what is considered ‘mainstream’ conservatism. Like in the Hungarian neonazi Jobbik party. Their anti-Semitic Member of the European parliament Krisztina Morvai received an award from Thatcher personally.

Nuthatch hammering, video

This 23 October 2017 video shows a nuthatch hammering on a nut which it has put in a slit in a birch tree, in order to open the nut.

Jonathan van Deelen made this video near Koblenz in Germany.

Nazis in German armed forces

This video says about itself:

14 May 2017

Even in nightmares FRG [Federal Republic of Germany] nationals didn’t see their future as the Third Reich‘s successors. But as it became clear before Victory Day, there is another side to Germany. And it’s not some street Neo-Nazi hooligans, these are officers of the modern German Army. These were found in the Bundeswehr barracks, weapons with swastika and an entire exhibition of Wehrmacht decorations. That’s what shocked the investigation, which is to be completed next week. Our correspondent Mikhail Antonov reports from Germany.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The military intelligence service of the German army has discovered about 200 soldiers since 2008 that they are right-wing extremist ….

The intelligence agency MAD says that after a question from the Greens in the Bundestag [parliament]. The party is shocked by that number, as the head of the military intelligence service in October had still said that about eight neonazis per year are being discovered in the defense forces. …

Last year, the German forces came into the news after a lieutenant was arrested who allegedly wanted to do a terrorist attack. According to the German justice department, he was a member of an extreme right network within the army that consisted of at least five soldiers. The group had a death list, including, among others, former federal president Gauck.

There were also reports about the finding of memorabilia from the Hitler age.

These 200 neonazi soldiers are only the ones discovered by the MAD. How about the undiscovered ones? Like, that lieutenant planning terrorism for which he hoped that Syrian refugees would be blamed, was an undiscovered neonazi until he tried to retrieve a firearm in Austria.

Big German demonstration against extreme right

Demonstrators against extreme right AfD in Germany, photo by Tim Zülch

Translated from daily Neues Deutschland in Germany today, about Berlin:

“On the evening of the election, I was shocked – that is why I organize this big demonstration in front of the Reichstag building and hope that many thousands will demonstrate with me for a diverse and cosmopolitan Germany,” says Ali Can on the big stage in front of the Brandenburg Gate to kick off the demonstration under the motto “Against hatred and racism in the Bundestag“. 12,000 people have come to demonstrate before the constituent meeting of the new Bundestag on Tuesday against the move of the [extreme right] AfD into parliament.

Ahead of the first sitting of the newly elected parliament (Bundestag) today, more than 10,000 people demonstrated on Sunday in Berlin against the political shift to the right. More than 90 deputies for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) will be members of the new Bundestag. For the first time since the downfall of Hitler, open Nazis, racists and xenophobes will enter parliament: here.

New AfD MP, 77 year old former policeman Wilhelm von Gottberg described the Holocaust as a “myth” used to “criminalize” Germans: here.

German Luftwaffe war crimes in Syria

This video from Britain says about itself:

Blitz – The Bombing of Coventry – November 1940

That bombing was by Adolf Hitler’s Luftwaffe, air force.

Now, 77 years later …

By Philipp Frisch in Germany:

German Air Force involved in war crimes in Syria

21 October 2017

German Air Force (Luftwaffe) planes have resumed operations in Syria and Iraq as part of the US-led coalition against ISIS. According to official reports of the armed forces (Bundeswehr), German air force Tornadoes have been conducting reconnaissance flights daily from their new base in Jordan. Military sources told the German press, “Full operational readiness was achieved following the transfer of the contingent from Turkey to Jordan.”

In June, the German parliament (Bundestag) decided to withdraw the Luftwaffe from Incirlik Air Base and move closer to the war zone, following a series of foreign policy conflicts with Turkey. The Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in northern Jordan is around 50 kilometres from the Syrian border and is a base for Jordan’s air force. Within the framework of Operation Inherent Resolve, US and Dutch military units are already stationed at the base alongside the German Tornadoes.

“Full operational readiness” means that the Luftwaffe is again providing targets for the air raids carried out by the US-led coalition. The number of aerial attacks has increased considerably since the start of the offensive against Raqqa, the last stronghold of the IS [ISIS] in Syria. The coalition has been supporting the siege of the city, which is being carried out primarily by forces under the leadership of the Kurdish YPG.

The air raids and the shelling of the city by artillery have led to a massive increase in civilian casualties in the Syrian war. According to the United Nations more civilians died in Syria in September than in any other month this year. In light of this bloodbath, the UN called for an armistice at the end of August to allow more than 20,000 trapped civilians to flee Raqqa.

The UN special adviser for Syria, Jan Egeland, said he could “imagine no worse place” in the world than the neighbourhoods under attack by the coalition. According to media reports, civilian facilities, including schools and the al-Mawasah Hospital, have been repeatedly bombed and hundreds of people killed or injured. Those who did not die through the bullets of the coalition have been forced to eat grass and leaves to survive.

The US government has rejected a truce. The longer the “liberation” of Raqqa took, the more civilians would be killed by IS [ISIS]—this was the reasoning of the American side.

A report in the German TV magazine Monitor last week underlined the cynicism of this argument. After three months of siege, Raqqa is in ruins. Only shells remain of the city’s houses; ruins are everywhere and house-to-house fighting and air raids continue incessantly.

Coalition forces have dropped nearly 30,000 rockets, bombs and other projectiles on the densely populated city since June. According to the absurd figures given by the coalition, only five civilians were killed and a few others were injured during this period.

Such figures fly in the face of numerous reports from the inhabitants of Raqqa. One of them, Abu Ahmad, told Monitor how his relatives were killed by coalition forces while fleeing from ISIS. He reported 21 deaths alone in the house of one relative. In total, six houses were razed to the ground.

Based on such reports, the non-governmental organisation, Airwars, assumes that, according to the most conservative estimates, at least 1,100 civilians have died in the siege of Raqqa. According to Airwars, these are cases which were not only reported, but could also be proved. The actual number of victims is undoubtedly much higher. In view of the massive destruction in Raqqa, one must also assume that thousands are still buried under the rubble.

The German military has been directly involved in these crimes. The coalition attacked a school in the village of al-Mansoura near Raqqa, with German Luftwaffe Tornadoes providing air reconnaissance and target coordinates. In the bombing of the school, dozens, possibly hundreds of people were killed. According to Airwars there were up to 100 refugee families in the school building, which was completely destroyed.

Despite their shared responsibility for war crimes, tensions between the major actors in the anti-ISIS coalition, in particular Germany and the US, have risen sharply in recent months. The tensions erupted most recently over the Iranian nuclear agreement. US President Donald Trump’s aggressive attempt to sabotage the deal has been strongly criticised by the German government, which fears for its major business contracts with Iran. It also fears that a further conflagration in the Middle East could endanger the interests of German imperialism in the region.

Against this background of growing transatlantic tensions, the Bundeswehr is preparing to intervene militarily independently from the US. Behind the backs of the population, the German Defence Ministry is working on a rearmament plan, based on the so-called “provisional conceptual guidelines for the future capability profile of the Bundeswehr,” presented by the responsible department head in the defence ministry, Lieutenant General Erhard Bühler.

According to the guidelines, the German air force is to be “put in position to lead a multinational coalition” in the next few years, capable of flying up to 350 reconnaissance and combat missions daily. The German air force must “be able to maintain aerial dominance over Germany and, together with its allies, establish superiority over an operational area.”