German corporate anti-refugee ‘sex mob’ fake news


This video says about itself:

20 February 2017

Today’s Alternative News Channel – Fake News Alert.

Viral Story About Refugee Sex Mob Was Completely Fabricated

German newspaper Bild has emphatically apologized for an article it ran claiming women had been sexually assaulted in Frankfurt on New Year’s Eve by a “rioting sex mob” of Arab refugees. According to Bild, the accusations are baseless, and neither police reports from that night nor an investigation following the report turned up any evidence to support the claims made by alleged “victims.”

“The editorial staff of Bild emphatically apologizes for this untrue report and the allegations that it made against those concerned. This reporting in no way reflects the journalistic standards of Bild,” the paper said.

By Marianne Arens in Germany:

German newspaper publishes fraudulent refugee “sex-mob” report

1 March 2017

On February 6 in its Frankfurt local edition, the Bild newspaper ran an article with the headline “37 days after New Year, victims break their silence. Sex-mob raged in the Fressgass”—a popular city boulevard in the city. The news spread quickly but proved to be a pack of lies.

The article centred on the testimony of a sympathiser of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), pub owner Jan Mai. Citing Mai, Bild reporter Stefan Schlagenhaufer wrote that a mob of “900 mostly drunken refugees” had rioted on New Year’s Eve, stealing from and sexually harassing those attempting to celebrate.

The article reported that dozens of foreign men had invaded Mai’s bar, First-In, where they assaulted women and stole a number of jackets.

The tabloid quoted Mai as follows: “When I entered, the whole place was full with a group of around 50 Arabs. They did not speak German, drank the drinks of guests, and danced in a provocative manner. The women asked me for help because they were being attacked. The mood changed completely.” Even two hours later there were “problems with the masses of refugees” in front of the bar.

Bild also presented a witness, the businesswoman Irina A., who said she had been sexually harassed in the bar by “around 50 Arabs,” “masses of refugees,” “900 mostly drunken refugees.” The vocabulary used by Bild is precisely that associated with the far-right AfD and Pegida movement. The Bild report was then taken up by many other news outlets, including the television channel Sat.1, the ultra-right Junge Freiheit newspaper and in Great Britain by the UK edition of Breitbart News.

Sensationalist reports appeared in “serious” newspapers and dailies such as the Frankfurter Rundschau, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Offenbacher Post.

The next day, the Frankfurter Neue Presse and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung printed critical commentaries referring to “A sex mob that nobody has seen” (FAZ). But the false report was rapidly spread on Facebook and Twitter by right-wing groups.

The falsified report played into the hands of leading local politicians. Christoph Schmitt (CDU) protested about the “downside of refugee policy,” i.e., “masses of men … making the city unsafe.” He called for “more police on the streets, and mobile video surveillance.”

Stephanie Wüst from the FDP (neo-liberal Free Democratic Party) group in the Frankfurt parliament agreed: “The state should punish the perpetrators with the full severity of the law and also not shy from deportations.” These standpoints were in turn taken up by Bild, which ran a new article demanding hysterically: “Zero tolerance! Video monitoring! More police!”

The Frankfurt police, however, were unable to find any evidence of the alleged incidents. It initiated an investigation but found nothing. When police questioned people living in the affected area they could find nothing to support Mai’s claims.

The police then turned to the public prosecutor, who undertook investigations into the witnesses cited by the Bild newspaper. A search of the apartment of Irina A., the chief witness for the report, uncovered air tickets and other evidence that showed she had spent New Year’s Eve in Belgrade. The woman, who had claimed that strange men had “grasped her everywhere” in First-In, was forced to admit she had not been in Frankfurt on New Year’s Eve.

After less than a week the web of lies collapsed, with the police acknowledging that after “intensive and extensive investigations” the Bild report “lacked any foundation.” The entire story of refugees rampaging on New Year’s Eve in Frankfurt was a pack of lies.

On February 16, the Bild-Zeitung had to apologise publicly for the “untruthful reporting and the accusations made against the affected parties.” But the story had already travelled around the world.

On February 23, the New York Times wrote: “The story, about a mob of Arab men rampaging through the well-heeled streets of Frankfurt and sexually assaulting German women as they went, must have been irresistible—so irresistible that Bild, a popular newspaper, published it early this month with little scrutiny.”

The BildZeitung acknowledged this criticism indirectly. Julian Reichelt, the head of the editorial board, told the Berlin Tagesspiegel: “The accusation [levelled at the paper] that we failed to report incidents concerning refugees became, apparently, the impetus for the report.”

Bild had relied on a “witness” who was easily identifiable as an AfD supporter. On his Facebook page (which he has now switched off), Mai posted hate comments against refugees and praised the AfD. After the AfD received more than 14 percent in a recent vote in Berlin, he wrote: “Keep it up, AfD.” He also spread a right-wing video with the title “Merkel must go.”

The owner of the MAI Gastro Group GmbH belongs to a layer of social climbers who seem to be encouraged by the rise of Donald Trump and the “alternative facts” spread by his spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway. Mai owns a number of bars, restaurants and luxury establishments in Frankfurt and the surrounding area, plus numerous other properties. Formerly, he served two years as a full-time soldier in a parachute regiment.

The unmasking of his story and the lies spread by Bild throws further light on the alleged mass sexual harassment of women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve 2015 and 2016. The alleged attacks in 2015 were the pretext for an unprecedented xenophobic campaign and build-up. There is no evidence to indicate such mass attacks took place.

The following year, thousands of policemen were mobilised in Cologne and horrific reports were then circulated about the activities of hundreds of so-called “Nafris” (a racist police term for “North African hardened criminals”). Police selected people based on racial characteristics, held several hundred young men in a police cordon and did not permit them to enter the city centre.

Later, the police had to apologise and correct their statements. Initially the police referred to around 2,000 “North African-looking young men” who had come to Cologne. Later the police admitted that they had identified just 674 suspects, of whom only 30 stemmed from North Africa!

What took place in the city of Hamburg on New Years Eve 2015 was also falsified and exaggerated. On November 1, 2016 a judge from the Hamburg District Court freed the last of three accused persons and raised serious accusations against the investigation carried out by the police and prosecutor’s office.

The media image of “dangerous, criminal alien hordes bothering German women and girls” is part of the arsenal of the far right and serves as propaganda for the building of an authoritarian state.

Trump, Hitler on German carnival float


Trump, Hitler on German carnival float, AFP photo

At this time of the year, it is the carnival festival in Germany and many other countries. This photo shows a carnival float in Düsseldorf city in Germany.

The caption says: ‘Blond is the new brown’ (brown was the colour of the uniforms of Adolf Hitler‘s SA paramilitary gangs).

Paradoxically, of the four xenophobic politicians depicted on the float with blond hair, not one is really blond. Marine Le Pen of the French National Front dyes her hair blonde. So does Geert Wilders of the Dutch PVV. United States President Donald Trump has orange rather than blond hair. As for Adolf Hitler, on the far right of the float: official nazi ideology claimed that the supposed ‘real Aryan race’ had blond hair. The fuehrer Hitler, however, had black hair.

Erdogan on carnival float, AFP photo

Another carnival float in Germany mocked Turkish President Erdogan; holding a book called ‘dictatorship‘.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO SELL VISION FOR BUDGET IN TONIGHT’S ADDRESS TO A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS As well as explain his plans for deep cuts to the EPA, State Department, and other parts of the federal budget in order to pay for a hike in military spending. Cuts to entitlement programs are not currently on the chopping block, which could cause tensions with Republicans in Congress. And try your hand at balancing the federal budget with this interactive. [HuffPost]

In an interview airing this morning on “Fox and Friends,” the president [Trump] says he believes Barack Obama is behind the town hall protests

German police banning refugees from carnival?


This video from Germany says about itself:

Esmeralda Labye [French speaking Belgian] TV reporter is sexually assaulted live on air during Cologne [carnival] 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

That ‘New Year’s Eve mass rapes in Cologne’ hullaballoo in corporate media later turned out to be largely fake news, especially its blaming of the crimes (mainly pickpocketing) on refugees.

Ms Esmeralda Labye was sexually assaulted by white men. If the kind of people who think that if one refugee commits a crime, then all refugees are supposedly criminals … or if one Muslim is violent, then all over a billion Muslims are supposedly terrorists … if these people would be consequent, then they would propose banning all white men from the Cologne and other carnival celebrations because of the sexual assault on Ms Labye.

Instead, something different happened in Germany.

By Dietmar Henning in Germany:

German police warn refugees not to attend carnival in Cologne

21 February 2017

A letter written by a police department in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has revealed the attitude of the state apparatus to refugees. “From a police point of view,” they are undesired at traditional carnival celebrations due to start this Thursday in NRW.

An official from the NRW Central Police Office (LZPD) in the city of Duisburg sent an official internal letter to the NRW district administration. It was then published by the Kölner Stadtanzeiger.

Under the title “Information on the 2017 Carnival,” it addressed the “counsellors of refugees and asylum seekers,” who have organised the attendance at carnival events in previous years, and said: “From a police point of view, these actions are rather to be seen critically, since they force mass attendance of refugees and asylum seekers.”

With regard to the “current security situation in Germany, and also because of the events on the previous New Year’s Eve … we are dissuading” refugees and asylum seekers from attending, wrote the LZPD.

It warns the refugees about “strengthened police and security checks” and requests that, if they attend the carnival anyway, they must “submit to the checks without criticism.” They should have identification papers with them and “carry no large bags, backpacks or dangerous objects.”

When questioned by the press, the police department confirmed that the letter was genuine. At the same time, they distanced themselves from its content. It should “not have been published,” said Schabacker, spokesperson for the LZPD. It should have stated things differently and provided merely factual information, such as, for example, that large bags could be checked by the police.

Ralf Jäger (Social Democratic Party, SPD), who heads the Ministry for Internal Affairs and Municipal Issues (MIK), also distanced himself from the letter when he was questioned by the Kölner Stadtanzeiger. “Something of that nature would be unacceptable,” he said.

These statements are transparent attempts at damage control. The LZPD is directly subordinate to the Interior Ministry under Jäger. The letter also mentions an agreement with Department 1 of the ministry, which is also responsible for foreigner affairs.

During New Year’s Eve, the police in Cologne carried out a huge deployment of over 2,000 police and claimed that more than 2,000 North Africans “flocked together.” At night, the police tweeted: “Hundreds of Nafris are currently being checked at the main train station. Information to follow.” Men who did not fit with the police interpretation of what constitutes a “German” were singled out and held by police in front of the main train station building for several hours.

The chief of the Cologne police, Jürgen Mathies, later apologized for the racist term “Nafri,” which is a police abbreviation for “North African habitual offender.” However, he stood by the claim that “the men travelled [to Cologne] from all over the country and arrived at nearly the exact same time.”

It was later revealed that the report of “violent hordes of men” from North African countries (WRD Radio Broadcasting) was a fiction. The police information was simply false. On January 13, the Cologne police sheepishly admitted that it had determined the identities of 674 people, and of the 425 whose nationalities had been established, just 30 came from North Africa.

There was also no “mob” or “showdown with the police,” or prior conspiracy to commit crimes. The presence of a few hundred young men of “foreign appearance” in Cologne, the largest city in NRW, is not peculiar, certainly not on New Year’s Eve, when 50,000 of the city’s 1 million residents, a third of whom have an immigrant background, attend celebrations.

Nevertheless, the misinformation spread. No more than two weeks later, the Cologne police reported the initial results of an “investigation.” “The ten investigators of the ‘New Year’s Eve working group’ want to find out among other things why so many refugees and asylum seekers travelled to Cologne from countries such as Iraq, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria for New Year’s,” wrote the Kölner Stadtanzeiger on January 25. This was demonstrably not the case.

The newspaper quoted a report by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), which described Cologne as a “magnet for entering North Africans.”

The lies about North Africans, refugees and foreigners serve a political purpose. They are aimed at shifting the anger over social cuts, unemployment and poverty away from the responsible Social Democrats and Green politicians onto defenceless refugees, and at justifying the building up of the police and state surveillance apparatus. This is grist for the mill of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) and other right-wing and far-right parties.

German corporate racist fake news


This video from Germany says about itself:

New Year Festival at [river] Main bank, Frankfurt city, 2017. Everything was very peaceful but very cold because of snowing.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Bild article on mass rape in Frankfurt turns out to be fake news

Today, 15:25

Was this New Year’s night in Frankfurt similar to the one in Cologne, a year earlier? The newspaper Bild reported last week that dozens of young men of “Arab” descent in a café in Frankfurt had harassed visitors and groped women. Hundreds of others were said to have caused problems in an entertainment area. Now is certain: it was fake news.

Police in Frankfurt are investigating two sources of the story, a landlord and an alleged customer of his. This Irina A. told Bild that her breasts and pubic area were groped. Yesterday the Public Prosecutor in the German city reported that A. during New Year was not at all in Frankfurt and that her story thus could not be true.

Pub boss Jan M. is said to sympathize with the [racist] Pegida movement and the right-wing populist

How often will I have to repeat on this blog that journalists should stop using ‘populist’ as an euphemism for racist?

party Alternative for Germany. Which oppose the arrival of refugees in Germany. The police called M.’s allegations nonsense and says they “lack any foundation.”

Questions and amazement

The publication in Bild immediately caused many questions. With one exception, operators of other catering facilities did not recognize themselves in the stories of M. and A. They spoke of a normal New Year. Also police were surprised. Police had not received on January 1 and in the days after any report that pointed to large-scale assaults.

Bild has now retracted the story and apologized. “The editors apologize emphatically for inaccurate reporting and the accusations against those involved,” according to a statement. The newspaper is now figuring out how things could come so far.

Bild with a circulation of 1.7 million is the largest newspaper in Germany. Also online the paper is influential. The story therefore also appeared in other countries.

Bild is part of the Axel Springer corporation; with a far-right tradition. In the 1960s they were the inspiration for a firearm attempt on the life of leftist Berlin student leader Rudi Dutschke.

German police say major newspaper’s story about a rampaging Arab ‘sex mob’ was wrong: here.

Five hundred wolves in Germany


This video says about itself:

Wolf pups (Canis lupus) – Wolf behavior

30 May 2012

There were four adorable wolf pups, just one week old. The entire pack works together to care for those young pups.

Dutch NOS TV reports today that it is estimated there are over 500 wolves in Germany. Wolves had been exterminated about 1850 in Germany, but are coming back now. In December 2015, about 400 had been counted.

German army torture scandal


This 2011 video is about torture in the German navy and army.

If we read about how German soldiers treat their fellow soldiers, then we can only have extremely big concerns about how German soldiers will treat African civilians during the German government’s neocolonial wars in Mali and elsewhere

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

‘Sadistic hazing for German recruits’

Today, 13:38

Soldiers of the German army base Pfullendorf have been found guilty of mistreatment and humiliation of recruits, weekly magazine Der Spiegel writes.

Pfullendorf is an ‘elite unit’ according to Der Spiegel.

There are said to be sadistic hazing rituals in the training for medics.

The magazine describes degrading practices at the barracks. Eg, newcomers would have to undress during training and recordings were made of that. Victims also had to insert tampons anally. That was filmed as well.

Also, soldiers would be tied up for hours naked on chairs while being sprayed with garden hoses. According to Der Spiegel, the Bundeswehr expects that investigation will find out still further abuses.

There were already in 2015 stories about misconduct in the medic training. Investigation, however, then did not discover anything. In October last year a female soldier approached the minister directly with new accusations. …

There is currently an investigation whether the commanding officers knew of the practices.

German government escalates neocolonial war in Mali


This video says about itself:

10 october 2015

Thirty years before Adolf Hitler seized power as Germany’s chancellor, German soldiers murdered up to 105,000 Herero and Namaqua tribe members in its Southwest Africa colony, now the state of Namibia.

By Johannes Stern in Germany:

Germany steps up military intervention in Mali

28 January 2017

Germany’s parliament (Bundestag) voted overwhelmingly on Thursday extend and massively expand the German army’s intervention in the West African country of Mali.

According to the motion, which was approved by parliament in its third reading, the upper limit for the number of soldiers deployed as part the UN mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, is to be increased by 350 to more than 1,000. The limit was increased just last year from 150 to 650. The deployment is also to be extended by a year.

An additional 300 German soldiers are deployed in Mali as part of the European Union’s (EU) training mission EUTM. This means that more German soldiers will soon be stationed in the West African country than in any other country in the world. The largest intervention to date was limited to 960 soldiers in Afghanistan. In Kosovo, where the German army has been operating for 18 year, 517 soldiers are currently deployed.

The army began on Friday with the shifting of NH90 combat and Tiger transport helicopters from Leipzig-Halle airport to Mali. According to the German army, they will be used to transport and rescue injured people. In addition, operations to escort convoys and conduct surveillance are also planned.

Next Tuesday, Colonel Oliver Walter, commander of the Friesland air force regiment, will send the first new contingent into action with a military order at the former Upjever airfield. The first soldiers will be deployed on February 15. The entire contingent is then to arrive in Gao, in the dangerous and restive northern region of the country, on 1 March.

The German government is seeking to sell the mission as a humanitarian peacekeeping operation. In the government’s justification of the new mandate for the army, it states, “The stabilisation of Mali is a key focus of German engagement in the Sahel region and an important part of the German government’s Africa policy. The issue at stake is to help Mali towards a peaceful future and overcome the causes of flight and persecution.”

In reality, the German army is not leading Mali toward a peaceful future but increasingly towards terrorism and chaos. A few days ago, a fatal suicide bomb attack near a military base in Gao killed 70 people and many more were injured. “The hospital is overcrowded. There are decomposing bodies everywhere,” Arboncana Maiga, a resident of the city by telephone, told Deutsche Welle. “We have not experienced this before in Gao.”

The deterioration of the security situation in the area is so dramatic that the German army has increased its so-called risk payment to €110 per day. This corresponds to level six, the highest danger level. This only previously applied to the military intervention in Afghanistan.

All of this sheds light on the true character of the German military intervention in Mali and its background.

Germany is waging war and collaborating with an authoritarian and corrupt government to keep refugees away from Europe by detaining them in Africa. Above all it is using the unrest and refugee crisis as an excuse for enforcing its economic and geo-strategic interests on the continent, which has a large population and is rich in natural resources.

Africa was at the heart of Germany’s foreign policy shift from the outset. Just weeks after President Joachim Gauck and other leading politicians announced the end of military restraint at the 2014 Munich Security Conference, the cabinet adopted the guidelines for an Africa policy. These guidelines read like a blueprint for the exploitation of Africa by German imperialism in the 21st century.

The guidelines speak of a “growing relevance of Africa for Germany and Europe,” and this means, “The potential of Africa arises out of a demographic development with a future market with high growth rates, rich natural resources, potential for agricultural production and food security under its own control…African markets are developing dynamically and will—in the raw materials market and beyond—be for the German economy…increasingly interesting.”

The goal of the German government is therefore to increase “the political, security policy and development policy engagement of Germany.” The aim being pursued was “to act based on interests, early quickly, decisively and substantially,” which includes military interventions. The German government intended “to deploy the full spectrum of its available methods…cross-departmentally, political, security policy, development policy, regional policy, economic, academic and cultural.”

Since the publication of the guidelines, German imperialism has stepped up its efforts to impose its interests in Africa under the guise of the war on terror or combatting the “causes of flight.”

Already at the beginning of 2013, the German parliament agreed to support the French intervention in Mali and to station German soldiers in the country. Additional German interventions are currently under way in Senegal, Western Sahara, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia.

The latest expansion of the Mali operation introduces a new stage in the return of German militarism to Africa. It is directly connected with the geopolitical shifts and mounting conflicts between the imperialist powers following the election of US President Donald Trump.

In an interview with Handelsblatt, German Defence Minister Ursula Von der Leyen demanded the “clear political will” to reach the NATO-mandated figure of 2 percent of GDP for defence spending and not lose any time with military rearmament. “Ships, helicopters, armoured vehicles, personnel—even when the money is there, they still need to be built or recruited and trained.”

At the same time, Von der Leyen explained that European governments had to readjust their foreign policy and “ensure security in our region as Europeans.” With reference to Africa that meant “supporting African states to bring the growing population in correspondence with the expanding economy and stabilise them against terrorism.” The “cooperation with Africa” was thus “a task for NATO. I see us Europeans assuming much more responsibility.” …

Loyal, the magazine of the German military reserves association, recently reported “how a German patrol in Gao not only had to struggle with the extreme heat, but also a cool response from the population. A stone was thrown at the armoured and armed vehicle of the German army.”