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11. Juli 2017

FIRE AND RIDDLES AT HAMBURG – Berlin Bulletin No. 130, July 10, 2017 by Victor Grossman, Berlin

The concert hall in Hamburg’s wonderful new Elbphilharmonie edifice resounded with Schiller’s thrilling Ode to Joy and world brotherhood in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Nineteen heads of state were there for a G-20 conference; only Erdogan from Turkey was missing; he may not appreciate Beethoven or was too busy worrying about the huge peaceful march to Istanbul, a first major response to his repression. All other leaders and their spouses heard the music; even Donald Trump was seen for a TV moment with half-closed eyes, in euphoric enjoyment of Beethoven, we assume. Or why else?
For the outside world it was not Schiller’s sparks of joyful brotherhood which marked that evening – and two more evenings – but those from the torches of  black-masked figures setting fire to cars and dumpsters, throwing fireworks, breaking shop windows and shop interiors.
What lay behind the destruction and all the water cannon and pepper gas used in response? Did it overshadow the meetings? Was anything accomplished in polished conference rooms and luxurious hotel suites carefully protected from the wild, fiery street scenes? Was it worth hundreds of injured police officers and arrests and millions in damage?
The event was rife with contradictions and haziness, not only from smoke and tear gas. The groups opposing the conference ranged in tactics from mild disapproval to violent disruption, some condemned climate warming, others condemned capitalism. One group denounced Erdogan, others opposed Merkel, muslimophobe racists, or Putin. For the first two hours, it seems, the police did nothing to control the masked men with torches and hammers but then moved in hard with a water barrage against a large group which was defiantly blocking the street but was non-violent, with no connection to the masked “black bloc”. One police spokesperson explained their long wait to fears of Molotov cocktails, cement blocks or stones thrown from rooftops in Hamburg’s famous leftwing-anarchist Schanzenviertel neighborhood, not wanting to risk lives of police and civilians. But well before any Bush, Obama or other controversial dignitary visits in Germany every sewer is examined and sealed off, divers check river bottoms, windows along the route are ordered shut; even a hostile mouse could hardly get through and do any damage. Here 20 top world leaders were expected, for months, but no-one seemed to think of the rooftops until the flames spread.
Some things are still hard to explain. By skipping musically from Beethoven to Gilbert and Sullivan’s very British operetta HMS Pinafore, we find a song famously casting doubt on appearances:
“Things are seldom what they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream…” Etc.
At heated events in the past, some masked men were rather “skim milk” than cream. When the G-8 met at Heiligendamm in 2007, a leading stone-thrower lost his mask and was recognized as a police employee. The far left-anarchist center in Hamburg (a building known as “Red Flora”), a main organizing center of the current protests, has been infiltrated more than once by very “leftist”, inquisitive, even libidinously active police spies. Some truths may never come out; who is masquerading here and why. New, angry demands from the CDU and the SPD that “leftist-terrorists” from all of Europe should be listed in a register make me wonder; isn’t someone who reads Karl Marx or calls for socialism a “leftist-terrorist” for some dignitaries making these demands? And isn’t this ”down with leftists” campaign one more reason to suspect black-masked provocateurs? 
The city-state Hamburg is now ruled by a coalition of Social Democrats and Greens. The Social Democratic mayor has sometimes been considered as a popular new national head of his slumping party. Only until this weekend, that is! Now he is being pressed by indignant Christian Democrats (Angela Merkel’s CDU) to step down. Germany’s second city is at stake and so are crucial German elections, due in eleven weeks. The calls for even more authoritarian measures than recently approved have grown to a louder crescendo than any joyous chorus in the 9th Symphony.
The CDU is well ahead in the national polls, at about 38%. Its desired partner, the right-wing big-biz Free Democrats, are moving upward with 8% and could supply the desired majority. But polls often change, and Merkel and her band would gladly squelch any remaining chance that potential rivals might somehow present a challenge. After a brief surge with their new leader Martin Schulz the Social Democrats slumped back downward and now trail by 13 points. But who knows? Some still hope they can overcome repugnance toward the LINKE and join them and the Greens, who will team up with almost anyone to win a few cabinet seats, and squeeze out a ruling coalition trio. For the CDU, angry new demands for more “law and order” from countless frightened citizens might have been seemed just the needed guarantee for rescuing Germany from an imagined “leftist threat”.
Did such tactics play a secret role last weekend? We can only hum again: “Things are seldom what they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream…”
It would seem, however, that Angela Merkel did hope to improve her world standing, already so strong, with herself as courteous hostess of a great conference, heading toward the top of the world pile, despite differences with the transatlantic ally, indeed, replacing that unruly clown in some areas without quite breaking with big brother’s trade and ebbing yet still powerful political and military muscle. Did she navigate the tight rope? This scene, too, is murky, with deceptive lights and shadows.
The decision on saving the Paris Agreement, without Trump, is rated as a limited success, since no one expected him to back down. Was nearly everyone else’s yes-vote a triumph for our sea and air? Paris had been a step forward, if a limited one. But the Christian Democrats (and Greens) have ties to Daimler and Porsche; official Social Democrats enjoy financial ties to Volkswagen (sharing with Qatar) and Bavarian Christian politicians are close to BMW. None fought passionately for better air conditions, their electronically deceptive exhaust pipes aimed in false directions. German “Marshall Plan assistance” to sub-Saharan Africa is to be mostly private, hence profit-oriented, fond of wide, monstrous monoculture with few workers, ruined landscapes and countless shaky boats risking Mediterranean waves and winds. That does not bode well for big advances, nor did the lack of any African leader except Jacob Zuma, more an expert on private swimming pools than cleaner oceans.
The trade agreement has been billed as the one really big success. But trade agreements now on the drawing boards seem likely to be rehashes of the dumped TTIP Trade Treaty between Europe and the USA, beneficial if you’re a big import-export trader but not otherwise. And Washington may come around, anyway. Trump pledges to ditch NAFTA no longer seem so very definite, any more than making Mexico build that wall. Promises can sour, too, like skim milk.
Two happenings during the conference, though pushed to the media sidelines by the torches or the wardrobes of the Trump ladies and Ms. Merkel, were potentially far more crucial. Merkel, Putin and Macron met to try defusing the Ukraine conflict. We do not know what was accomplished, if anything, but it was good that they talked. Almost immediately NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg raced off to Kiev to undo possible de-escalation by opening an exhibition called “Ukraine-NATO. A  Formula for Security”. His obvious aim (for years now): to fully close the nearly total, heavily-armed NATO ring around Russia. We shall see how many warning statements, euros, battalions and weapons Merkel and Macron will commit to that ring – or will they surprise everyone by working towards peace?
Far more important was Friday’s meeting between Putin and Trump, when they agreed on a cease-fire in southwest Syria. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: “This is our first indication of the US and Russia being able to work together in Syria… The two leaders had a lengthy discussion of other areas in Syria where we can work together“. Both the US and Russia „promised to ensure that all groups there comply with the ceasefire“ and „provide humanitarian access“. Thus far the cease fire has held.
Of course, no-one knows what Donald Trump will say or do tomorrow, perhaps not even Donald Trump. He has ordered more and bigger maneuvers in South Korea, against South Korean wishes, for they would be worst hit if sparks lead to explosions. He backed off from cyberwar agreements. But volatile and untrustworthy as he is, and a growing danger in domestic policy, the fact that the head of the most powerful military force in the world took one hesitant step toward reducing tension with a country pictured as “the enemy” was a second Hamburg event offering any hope.
Why do so many US politicians and journalists attack such hopes? Do they want more bloodshed in Syria? Or some bloodthirsty idiot stationed in Estonia or Poland to light that fuse; we have many bloodthirsty idiots around, some with hand weapons in schools and dancehalls, some commanding drones, aircraft carriers and atomic warheads. Should we let them escalate confrontation?
One such liberal was full of hatred toward Putin for “helping to orchestrate an attack on the sovereignty of the United States during the last U.S. election”. His evidence? “According to all indications”. No more. Yet when Trump shook hands with Putin and patted him on the back he found that “a disturbing if not sickening display….No one is arguing that seeking peace and lowering tensions with Russia isn’t necessary. But demonstrating strength and resolve, in ways small and large, is an imperative in trying to reach those ends. That and making it abundantly clear that mucking around in American elections will not be tolerated.” Such language brings back terrible memories!
Perhaps, after quoting Dan Rather, I should recall Washington’s total involvement (with Pres. William Clinton) in having Russia “increasingly passing into de facto western receivership”, with American advisors and funds openly backing Yeltsin, leading to the near total collapse of the county. A huge US-backed IMF loan at the time was, according to the New York Times “expected to be helpful to President Boris N. Yeltsin in the presidential election”. As TIME noted, “Yanks to the rescue: The secret story of how American advisers helped Yeltsin win”.
I also think of the Ukraine in February 2014 when Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, after “contributing” $5 billion, said over the phone “I think Yats is the guy.” And indeed, Arseniy Yatseniuk was then “the guy”. There have been so many such stories from Chile to Myanmar; I wonder whether those so horrified today were sickened then at US attacks on others’ sovereignty. There has been lots of masquerading, I think, by disguised provocateurs or indignant sovereignty defenders. Their threats against even hesitant moves toward dialogue, disarmament, de-escalation in the world’s charged atmosphere are what truly sicken me – and frighten me!
11. Juli 2017

G20 Gipfel: Auch rechte Gewalttäter in Hamburg aktiv – Parallelen zum G8 Gpfel in Genua? – Warum kamen Feuerwehr und Polizei so spät zur Elbchaussee?

Am Freitag den 7. Juli zeigen Videoaufnahmen von Anwohnern wie Gruppen von Vermummten mit bengalischen Feuern die Elbchaussee hinunterlaufen und Fahrzeuge in Brand setzen. Die Elbchaussee führt von Altona in den Nobelvorort Blankenese . Auch hier waren ausgebrannte Fahrzeuge zu sehen. 25 bis 30 Autos brannten. Dies berichtet ein dpa-Fotograf, Anwohner bestätigten die Zahl.


Verschiedene Zeugen berichten allerdings über ein extrem spätes Eintreffen der Polizei und Feuerwehr in der Elbchaussee. Die Aktionen der Extremisten sollen sich dort mindestens über einen Zeitraum von 20 Minuten hingezogen haben. Anwohner versuchten teilweise eigenhängig die Brände einzudämmen. Zahlreiche Notrufe gingen bei der Polizei und der Feuerwehr ein. Fragen, denen man vielleicht in der nächsten Zeit näher nachgehen müsste.


Laut Informationen der Hamburger Feuerwehr sollen in der Regel 8 Minuten nach der Alarmierung erste Einheiten vor Ort eintreffen.

Hier die Stellungnahme des Feuerwehrsprechers zu Bränden in Altona

Auch rechte Gewalttäter in Hamburg aktiv – Parallelen zum G8 Gpfel in Genua?

Manche Analysten mutmaßen auch über die mögliche Beteiligung rechter Gewalttäter oder anderer Gruppen an den Krawallen in Hamburg.

Hier ein Artikel in der Hamburger MOPO



Beim G8 Gipfel in Genua im Juli 2001 waren nachgewiesenerweise grosse Gruppen rechter Gewalttäter eingeschleust worden. Tausende von linken Antiglobalisierungsgegnern waren vor Ort und auch zahlreiche gewaltbereite Linke. Auch hier wurde zugelassen, dass Gewalttäter ungehindert von der Polizei massive Zerstörungen anrichten konnten.



Der Dokumentarfilm „Gipfelstürmer – G8-Gipfel von Genua“ eine Dokumentation des WDR gibt einen guten Einblich in die damaligen Verhältnisse.

weitere Videos von den Vorgängen an der Elbchaussee

Hamburg G20 – Brennende Autos an der Elbchaussee

G20: Busfahrgäste in Angst

Schwarzer Block verwüstet edle Wohngegend: G20-Krawalle an der Elbchaussee

G20: Brennende Autos an der Elbchaussee

Hamburg G20 – Elbchaussee

G20 summit Germany – Black Block burns cars at Elbchaussee in Hamburg [07.07.2017]

11. Juli 2017

«IS ist auch ein Netzwerk von Pädophilen» – Ein Gespräch mit David Cornut von Amnesty International (WOZ)

Traurige Aufmerksamkeit erhielten die JesidInnen im August 2014, als Tausende Kämpfer der Dschihadorganisation Islamischer Staat (IS) in die Sindscharberge einfielen, schon am ersten Tag über 10 000 Menschen massakrierten und in den folgenden Monaten etwa 7000 Frauen und Kinder gefangen nahmen. Frauen und Mädchen wurden versklavt, zwangsverheiratet, vergewaltigt und gefoltert; mindestens 1600 Jungen wurden einer Gehirnwäsche unterzogen, um als Selbstmordattentäter eingesetzt zu werden.


11. Juli 2017

With new Syria ceasefire comes shifting geopolitical landscape (RT America)


11. Juli 2017

Russische Politiker und Experten zum G20: „Keine plötzliche Verbesserung zu erwarten“ Auszüge

Zum Gipfel allgemein:
Auch russische Politiker zogen nach dem G20-Gipfeltreffen Bilanz. Konstantin Kosachev, der Vorsitzende des Komitees für auswärtige Angelegenheiten des russischen Föderationsrates:  (…) G20 spricht den G7-Staaten ihre Illusionen darüber ab, dass sie die Träger der einzigen und endgültigen Wahrheit seien und dass nur ihre Ansicht darüber, wie die Welt aussehen soll, die richtige ist. G20 zerstreut diese Illusionen und, ich denke, schafft Ordnung in den Köpfen vieler Teilnehmer derartiger Gipfeltreffen. Daher bin ich damit zufrieden, wie alle multilateralen Diskussionen, Absprachen und bilaterale Treffen abliefen.“

Zum Treffen Putin/Trump:
Der Politikwissenschaftler und Chefredakteur der Zeitschrift Russia in Global Affairs Fjodor Lukjanow zog in einem Interview mit der Nachrichtenagentur NSN das Fazit zum G20-Gipfel im Kontext der russisch-US-amerikanischen Beziehungen: „Was die russisch-US-amerikanischen Beziehungen angeht, wurde bei dem Gipfeltreffen mehr erreicht, als man erwarten konnte. Auch wenn die Atmosphäre der Gespräche zwischen Trump und Putin positiv und konstruktiv gewesen ist, heißt das nicht, dass sich die Beziehungen nun automatisch verbessern werden. (…)“ Außerdem betonte der Experte, dass der US-Kongress versuchen wird, Trump in seinem Wunsch, die Beziehungen zu Russland zu verbessern, „den Wind aus den Segeln zu nehmen.“

Iwan Surma, Professor des Lehrstuhls für Verwaltung und Nationale Sicherheit der Diplomatischen Akademie des russischen Außenministeriums, vertritt eine ähnliche Meinung, was das Treffen der beiden Präsidenten angeht: „Das erste Treffen der beiden Oberhäupter weist eine positive Dynamik aus. Dennoch sollte man keine plötzliche Verbesserung der Beziehungen zwischen den beiden Staaten erwarten. In den USA gibt es eine große Beharrlichkeit, die mit der Opposition zu Trump verbunden ist. (…)“

Zum Treffen Trump/Putin, meint Stephen F. Cohen, US-amerikanischer Universitätsprofessor Emeritus für Russistik und Autor zahlreicher Bücher und vieler Artikel vor allem zu den Beziehungen Sowjetunion bzw. Russland und den USA:

„Als erstes fällt auf, wie sehr die Presse danach eiferte, dass dieses Treffen zwischen unserem und dem russischen Präsidenten scheitert.

(…) Als Historiker würde ich zu dem, was wir heute in Hamburg erlebt haben, folgende Schlagzeile formulieren: „Geschichtlich eine potentiell neue Entspannung. Trump und Putin beginnen Anti-Kalte-Kriegs Partnerschaft. Versuche diese zu sabotieren eskalieren bereits.“

(…) Ich habe viele Gipfeltreffen zwischen amerikanischen und russischen Präsidenten gesehen und an einigen nahm ich teil. Ich habe an der Vorbereitung des Gipfeltreffens von George Bush mit Gorbatschow in Malta teilgenommen. Er hatte mich nach Camp David eingeladen, um vor seinem Team zu sprechen. Was wir heute sahen, war vielleicht das schicksalhafteste Treffen zwischen einem amerikanischen und russischen Präsidenten seit dem Krieg. Der Grund dafür ist, dass die Beziehung mit Russland so große Gefahren birgt und wir einen Präsidenten haben, der durch diese Russia-Gate Attacken angeschlagen und eingeschüchtert sein könnte. Er war es nicht. Er zeigte politischen Mut. Es ging gut. Sie haben wichtige Dinge getan. Vielleicht haben wir heute Präsident Trump erlebt, der sich als amerikanischer Staatsmann erweist.“

(Auszug aus einem Interview am 8. Juli in Fox News

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