Archive for April 7th, 2018

7. April 2018

Useless Poison, Dead Pets, Deleted Tweets & Other Nonsense in the Skripal Case

New details revealed this week in the inquiry into the UK poisoning of a Russian ex-spy haven’t clarified the situation, but did undermine London’s claims of Russian culpability, while highlighting the folly of the British media’s speculation-driven reporting. Sputnik recalls the four most absurd details the world learned about the case this week.

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7. April 2018

Skripal, blinde Bündnistreue und der gesunde Menschenverstand

7. April 2018

„Angespanntes“ Gespräch Trumps mit Netanyahu über Pläne zum Verlassen Syriens. Netanjahu war dagegen, dass die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika aus Syrien abziehen – Jason Ditz (

 Ein Telefonat am Mittwoch zwischen Präsident Trump und dem israelischen Premierminister Benjamin Netanjahu war laut US-Beamten, die mit der Situation vertraut sind, ziemlich angespannt. Netanyahu hatte sich lautstark gegen Trumps Rede vom Abzug der US-Truppen aus Syrien ausgesprochen.

Netanyahu hat sich gegen den Abzug der US-Truppen aus Syrien ausgesprochen und argumentiert, dass das das Land dem Iran überlassen würde. Die US-Militäroperation in Syrien zielt jedoch nicht in erster Linie auf den Kampf gegen den Iran ab, sondern auf den Kampf gegen ISIS.

Beamte deuteten an, dass es Trumps Plan war, alle US-Streitkräfte innerhalb von sechs Monaten aus Syrien heraus zu haben, ein Detail, das sie vorher nicht mitgeteilt hatten. Das Weiße Haus hat seitdem darauf hingewiesen, dass der Abzug nicht stattfindet, und Netanyahu hat Trump für sein „Engagement für die Sicherheit Israels“ gelobt.

Zusätzlich zu seiner eigenen Regierung, die sich seinem Impuls widersetzt, sich aus Syrien zurückzuziehen, scheint Trump mit dem Widerstand ausländischer Verbündeter konfrontiert zu sein. Neben Netanyahu sprach sich auch der saudische Kronprinz gegen die Beendigung des Krieges aus.

7. April 2018

EASTER MARCH FOR PEACE – Victor Grossman – Berlin Bulletin No. 144, April 6 2018

Despite the noontime rain it was a good crowd. Frankly, not a very large crowd taking part in the annual peace parade on the Saturday before Easter, not like in “the old days”, as the media stressed – and automatically stresses every year, never failing this dig after its mostly brief reports. Perhaps two thousand braved the weather and stretched in a wide column, ten or twelve blocks long, which moved with a few sound trucks through Moabit in West Berlin, a district known for its large Turkish, Arabic and other immigrant group population.

Those braving the weather were a determined bunch. There were only a few teenagers but a fair number of young adults, often with children and a few babies. A majority, no doubt, were the “old faithful” who take part every year. It was a friendly mix. There were East Berliners, some still sad, even bitter, that their old hopes and dreams of a peaceful Germany had been so disappointed. Others, active much of their lives in the West Berlin peace movement, recall, also with nostalgia, the 1980’s, when hundreds of thousands took part in West Germany’s Easter Marches. Modeled after the Aldermaston marches against nuclear weapons in England, they protested the stationing of atomic missiles along the border to East Germany (where Soviet missiles were then placed). Many from both sides of the city remembered the giant march of at least half a million in 2003 to prevent Bush’s war against Iraq. That world-wide attempt had not succeeded, but was strong enough to keep Germany out of that fateful, fatal military coalition.  

What were these indefatigable protesters demanding this time, here in Berlin and at rainy meetings, marches and bicycle parades during the long Easter weekend in over a hundred cities and towns all over Germany?

Good speeches and countless signs and banners, often hand-made, spelled it out: basically the same issue as ever: No war! The main slogan was “Don‘t arm, disarm!”

This was an urgent matter. The one cabinet member to retain her position in the new cabinet, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, stuck to the same message: “We Europeans must be both militarily capable and politically resolute”. Germany must “assume its responsibilities”, she repeats, which translates to more and more modern armaments, her reply to convenient carping  by the big brass that its weaponry is dated and ineffective; Germany needs more and better killing machines.  

Concretely, this means complying with the NATO demand, loudly stressed by Donald Trump, that NATO members must increase military spending to 2% of their budgets by 2024 – in Germany an expansion from about 37 billion euros now ($43.5) to almost double the amount. The Easter protesters pointed at urgent needs always neglected for “lack of funds”: infrastructure, childcare, education, care for the ill and elderly. One banner quoted figures: 19% of German children face problems of poverty which will haunt their entire future lives; in East Germany almost 25%. But, says von der Leyen, the Bundeswehr needs mighty Leopard panzers, the best automatic weapons, swiftest planes and ships, and training in landing operations and occupying hostile cities far from Germany’s safe shores.

One speaker named the one sector of infrastructure with high hopes for financial buttressing from the new government; improving road surfacing, strengthening bridges and heightening underpasses on highway routes leading eastward, where parades of tanks and heavy weapons have already done damage when clanking toward on-going military maneuvers of German, American and other NATO troops near the Russian borders. Is this, too, dejá vu all over again?

One sign recalled Bertolt Brecht’s warning words after World War II: “Great Carthage waged three wars. It was still powerful after the first, still habitable after the second. It was nowhere to be found after the third.”

The speaker from the LINKE party recalled hesitant attempts by Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel to repair German-Russian relations and reduce confrontation in weapons and sanctions. He was ousted. His successor Heiko Maas, though also a Social Democrat (SPD), seems to approve the plans of his Christian Democratic colleague Ursula von der Leyen.

Maas also joined the now-fumbling British campaign to heat up relations with Russia after the increasingly opaque poisoning episode, adding the name and face of Vladimir Putin to the long tradition of simplified distortion, caricaturing and demonization of those one plans to attack. Both speakers and banners pointed out that media near-unanimity in this was hardly motivated by Russian violation of human rights, election manipulation or actions outside its national borders. If it were, Saudi Arabia’s bloody flogging and executions against opponents and its genocidal war against Yemen, with US assistance and beginning well before Trump, would have been castigated in angry UN speeches, not been smilingly accepted. But Minister Haas, with his new coalition armchair seat hardly warm, has already OK’d the sale of eight military patrol boats to Saudi Arabia. A tactless description of him as a “NATO-male hustler” by the often outspoken orator of the LINKE has given opponents a chance to denounce the entire peace demonstration! It has perhaps also led to new thinking.

Over and over, two places were named on Saturday, always with the demand: “Close them down”! Ramstein Air Base in the Rhineland area is headquarters for the US Air Forces in Europe, for Air Forces Africa and for the NATO Allied Air Command. Of the 600 or 700 US bases in 70-80 countries outside America, it is the largest – and the base where messages from safe sites in the USA  arrive, to be passed along to drones bringing death and destruction to a half dozen countries in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and other countries in Africa and western Asia. Its presence is illegal under German law, and protests against this drone center, often organized by people joining in the Easter Marches, have led to growing pressure on the German government. Can they succeed?

The other name is Büchel, not far away. It is here, also in defiance of German laws by the governments of Merkel, Trump and their many predecessors, where twenty B61 nuclear bombs are stored – the only such site in Europe – alongside German and American bombers always ready to carry them eastwards.

It was menaces like these which motivated the Easter March protests. Far too few took part; to blame in part were nasty weather, nasty media, the competing march of modern social media which can bring large numbers together but may also lead to effortless, individualized observation of world events, all contained in one’s own hand.  But the lack of large numbers also resulted from the failure of the Left to enthuse and mobilize large numbers of people.

 And yet a deep desire for peace, reconciliation, a rejection of more deaths in Afghanistan, Mali, or other places where they don’t belong, is still present with many in Germany, and is still a political factor. Even when people don’t join marches, most aspiring politicians must take their feelings seriously.

This sentiment was expressed most vividly in the main speech Saturday, by a pastor, Rev.  Eugen Drewermann. He based his speech on an old anti-war poem from 1778 by the poet Matthias Claudius, a writer, also a pastor, who called out: “It’s war! It’s war!… What use to me are crown and land, gold and honor? … It’s war – and I want to bear no guilt for it!” His long speech, with the eloquence learned by some preachers, approached for me the level of Dr. King. Sharply but poetically he exposed those who want war and why they do and how they must be fought.

Also a very emotional appeal was in the little “Children’s Hymn”, again by Bertolt Brecht, and vainly considered after World War Two and after German unification as a substitute for the still official anthem “Deutschland über alles”, whose original words called for German frontiers far beyond the present ones. Brecht’s song rejected all such bellicose dreams and pressures for expansion based on presumed Germanic superiority – and still all too present today. Its singing, by so many in the crowd, brought tears to more than a few eyes. It too was a call for peace!

Children’s Anthem (Kinderhymne)/

(its difficult translation by Michael E. Geisler)

 Grace spare not and spare no labor / Passion nor intelligence

That a decent German nation / Flourish as do other lands.

That the peoples need no flinching / At the crimes which we evoke

And hold out their hands in friendship / As they do to other folk.

 Neither over or yet under / Other peoples will we be

From the Oder to the Rhineland / From the Alps to the North Sea

And because we’ll make it better / Let us guard and love our home

Love it as our dearest country / As the others love their own.

7. April 2018

„Massenpsychose und Verstandsverlust“: Russland geht bei der UNO in die Offensive 

(…)Bei dem Schlagabtausch im UNO-Sicherheitsrat ging es Russland allerdings nicht mehr nur darum, seine Unschuld zu beteuern, solange das Gegenteil nicht bewiesen ist. Es gab aus der Sicht der russischen Diplomatie nunmehr genug Unstimmigkeiten in der Position der Briten, um zum Gegenschlag auszuholen: „Wir werden von Ihnen eine Antwort auf unsere Fragen fordern. Und wenn Sie uns diese Antwort verweigern, werden wir dies als Eingeständnis werten, dass Sie nichts als Verleumdung und üble Nachrede betrieben haben. Wir werden von Ihnen eine vollwertige Zusammenarbeit in Sachen Skripal fordern. Und wenn Sie uns dies verweigern, werden wir dies als einen Versuch werten, die Wahrheit zu verbergen.“ (…)
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7. April 2018! A Call for International Solidarity with Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba, Syria, Iran, Venezuela, Bolivia, Palestine and all nations that stand for Peace and Diplomacy.

The West‘s aggressive propaganda against Russia (and its other perceived enemies) has reached dangerously hysterical proportions.

The recent tensions between Russia and the UK over outlandish, baseless allegations that the Kremlin attempted to murder a former Russian spy and his daughter on UK soil using a deadly nerve agent, has escalated into an international crisis that could have severe political, economic, social, and even military consequences.

Despite the fact that the investigation has yet to be concluded, and that no evidence or motive exists for Russia to commit this provocative act, an international alliance of Western governments, Western Mainstream Media, NGO‘s and other disingenuous entities continues to ratchet up the pressure using threats, sanctions, and punitive diplomatic measures with no end in sight.

This deceptive smear campaign is only the latest in the West‘s ongoing information-hybrid war against not only Russia, but also Syria, China, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Cuba and other targeted nations that dare to exercise their own sovereignty.

This war is also most dramatically manifested in Syria where the West has repeatedly accused Russia of helping the Syrian government ‘‘gas its own people‘‘ and ‘‘target civilians,‘‘ despite no investigations being carried out and no evidence forthcoming. All this is used to legitimize further military attacks against that country. The U.S. and France have repeatedly threatened military strikes in case poison gas is used again. Russia and Syria are constantly warning of an impending attack, possibly on government premises in Damascus.

Everything points to a choreographed script to impugn both Moscow and Damascus as rogue states and international pariahs.

Whether branding any targeted nations ‘‘undemocratic regimes‘‘ ruled by ‘‘murderous dictators,‘‘ or falsely accusing them of ‘‘meddling,‘‘ ‘‘aggression‘‘ or ‘‘genocide,‘‘ this pattern of demonization through the use of disinformation and outright blatant lies is fed to the public to advance the West‘s true objective: global hegemony.

The West‘s outrageous duplicity and reckless provocations risk pushing the world toward a dangerous new Cold War, or worse, a direct military confrontation that could spiral out of control and inadvertently lead to nuclear war and global annihilation.

In light of these grave dangers to humanity, We, as concerned global citizens, are taking a stand and calling for all peace-loving individuals, groups, organizations, political entities and nations worldwide to:

  • Express strong, solidarity and support for Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Palestine, and any other nations targeted by Western aggression. We need to emphasize that despite all justified criticism of partial aspects of the policies of these targeted nations, nevertheless the sovereignty of the countries must be respected.
  • Strongly support and endorse the state media networks of Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, Bolivia (i.e. Russia’s RT News, New China TV, Iran’s Press TV, HispanTV, and Latin America’s TelesurTV) and other resistant nations in order to promote other international viewpoints outside the Western MSM narrative. This is of utmost importance despite possibly justified criticism of partial aspects of their coverage.
  • Strongly support and promote reputable and respected alternative media sources and independent journalists, including the few courageous journalists who are still working within the mainstream media, in order to counter the MSM‘s worldwide propaganda machine and break its hegemony and its narratives and censorship.
  • Categorically oppose and firmly denounce the reckless, illegal behavior from the West and its allies in the MSM that vilifies sovereign nations and world leaders to promote regime change and incite worldwide conflict.
  • Oppose the manipulation of media by the MSM, the criminalization of dissent and free speech, and the growing practice of censorship on the internet by social media companies at the behest of Western governments.
  • Demand that all Western-allied nations and their leaders respect and follow international law and the principles of sovereignty, non-interference and non-aggression, as indicated by the UN Charter.
  • Support, strengthen and promote organizations, multilateral institutions and global alliances outside the orbit of the West‘s influence that promote international peace, cooperation, diplomacy and development (BRICS, EEU, SCO, AIIB, NAM (Non Alligned Movement), ALBA, CELAC, etc).

This call for solidarity is meant to build new roads of communication and cooperation, and to empower nations and the public with vital, critical information in order to counter the intense disinformation campaign that MSM and the West have initiated.

Drawing from the lessons of colonialism and war, it is more urgent than ever to stand united with all nations that oppose militarism, fascism & racism.

In solidarity, we wish to amplify the message of peace and justice, in order to counter the rogue forces of Western hegemony, and bring about a transition to a multipolar world where all nations and peoples can live together in harmony.

Multipolar World against War!
Solidarity with Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba, Syria, Iran, Venezuela, Bolivia and all nations that stand for Peace and Diplomacy.


Appeal first published @ Coop Anti-War Cafe Berlin by Heinrich Buecker and Al Leger

We are supporting this appeal:

Heinrich Bücker, Berlin, Coop Anti-War Cafe
Albert Leger, Berlin
Dr. Nancy Larenas Ojeda, “Patria Grande Berlin”, Coordinador Alemania PC Chile
Wolfgang Penzholz, Buchautor, Berlin
Irene Silberstein, Blaenavon Pontypool, UK,
Paul TeschnerThe Paul Teschner Love Orchestra, Berlin
Tomasz Kempinski, Künstler, Berlin, Posnan
Ivan Kustura, Berlin
Christian Bugler, Berlin
Gustavo Barcaz de Mesa, Musiker, Berlin
Mareike Sery, Autorin, Berlin
Steffen AumüllerAktion Freiheit statt Angst, Berlin
Ana Barbara von Keitz, Handwerkerin, Berliner Arbeitskreises Uran-Munition

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