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Interview of Vladimir Putin to the German TV station ARD

April 8, 2013


This interview touches upon various important topics but it is particularly valuable because it set the record strait about the Western propaganda about the Russian government’s “crackdown” on NGOs such as these from the BBC:

Needless to say, the Western media will not change its tune. Still, for those few who will see/listen/read this interview it will become apparent that this is really a non-story.

The Saker

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN (retranslated): Good evening, Mr President,

Germany and Russia enjoy special relationship and, economically speaking, they are a good match. However, there exist certain difficulties from the political viewpoint. Quite a number of Germans keep track of the raids in the Russian offices of German funds with great concern. The Russian public must be frightened. Why do you act like this?

PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: It is you who are scaring the German public instead. There is nothing like this going on here, do not scare the public, please. The media should cover the events objectively. And what does it mean, objectively? The new law adopted late last year in Russia stipulates that non-governmental organisations engaged in Russia’s internal political processes and sponsored from abroad must be registered as foreign agents, that is organisations which participate in our country’s political life at the expense of foreign countries. This is not an innovation in international politics. A similar law has been in force in the United States since 1938.

If you have any additional questions, I would be pleased to answer them in order to clarify the situation to you and your or, in this case, our viewers.

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: Mr President, I am not aware of any similar confiscations or raids carried out in the United States. In our opinion, the term ‘foreign agent’, as these organisations are to be called, sounds something like cold war.

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Then let me explain. First of all, the United States adopted a similar law, which has been in effect ever since. And our, Russian, organisations have followed the same practice that was established in that country decades ago.

I am going to show you a paper in which, not long ago, the United States Department of Justice requested a non-governmental organisation to submit documents confirming that its activities were to be financed from abroad; the list is very long.

We have adopted a similar law that prohibits nothing; let me stress it, the law does not prohibit anything, nor does it limit or close down anything. Organisations financed from abroad are not forbidden to carry out any type of activities, including internal political activity. The only thing we want to know is who receives the money and where it goes. I repeat: the law is not some sort of innovation of our own.

Why do we consider it so important today? What do you think is the number of Russia-sponsored non-governmental organisations functioning in Europe? Any ideas?

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: I am afraid I cannot assess the situation, Mr President.

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Let me tell you. One such organisation operates in Paris, another one – in North America, it is registered in the USA. And this is it. There are only two of them – one in the United States and another one in Europe.

There are 654 non-governmental organisations operating in the Russian Federation, which are funded, as it has turned out, from abroad. 654 organisations make quite a network nationwide, the Russian regions included.

Over the four months alone that followed the adoption of the law in question, the accounts of these organisations augmented by… How much money do you think they received? You can hardly imagine; I did not know the figure myself: 28.3 billion rubles, which is almost $1 billion. 855 million rubles via diplomatic missions.

These organisations are engaged in internal political activity. Should not our society be informed of who gets the money and for what purposes?

I would also like to stress – and I want you to know this, I want people in Europe, including Germany, to know this – that nobody bans these organisations from carrying out their activities. We only ask them to admit: “Yes, we are engaged in political activities, and we are funded from abroad.” The public has the right to know this.

There is no need to scare anyone saying that people here get rounded up, arrested, have their property confiscated, although confiscations could be a reasonable thing if those people break the law. Some administrative sanctions are envisaged in these cases, but I think all this falls under rules commonly accepted in a civilised society.

Now let us look at the documents that our organisations in the US are required to provide. Note who asks for these documents, signed at the bottom of the page. The Counterespionage Section. Not the Office of Attorney General, but the Counterespionage Section of the US Department of Justice. This is an official document that the organisation received. And note the number of questions they pose. Is this democratic?

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: Mr President, we will examine this document. I do not know if any such searches took place in the US.

I would like to ask you once again: we understand democracy as the coexistence of the state and opposition. Political competition is an integral part of it. Does Russia need a strong opposition?

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Certainly. We do need it to say the least. I believe that without competition no development in either economy, or in politics is possible today, and we want to ensure this development for our country and our people. Without this competition we would not be able to make effective, sound and justified decisions. Which is why we will undoubtedly strive to make the competition a cornerstone of every sphere of our society’s life, including politics.

But this does not mean that opposition should be financed from abroad, don’t you think? Or do you have a different opinion?

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: Does this imply that the opposition can freely participate in demonstrations?

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Absolutely, as long as they abide by the law. There are certain rules that provide for various forms of political activity. Voting means publicly expressing your opinion, as does participating in demonstrations. There is law. Good or bad, it can be changed democratically, but it must be abided by. Ordnung muss sein. It is a well-known rule. It is universal and applicable in any country. There must be order, and there must be no chaos. Northern Africa is a vivid example of what chaos leads to. Does anybody want that?

As for the activities of the opposition, I would like to draw your attention to the following fact. Just recently, a political party was required to have at least 50 thousand members to be registered. We have radically reduced this number: now one only needs 500 members to register a party and engage in legal political activities. 37 parties have already been registered, and, I think, several dozen more have filed their applications. This is how it is going to be, we will encourage this political competition.

We have changed the procedure for the election of members of the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament, the Federation Council; now they are elected by secret ballot by citizens of corresponding regions. By the way, I do not think that the upper chamber of the German Parliament is elected this way: if I am not mistaken, its members are elected by their respective landtags.

In this regard, we have gone further; I refer to the election of heads of the Russian regions that I reintroduced. We have returned to direct voting by secret ballot. Germany elects heads of its regions through landtags. Many of our political actors thought that we should go back to forming the Parliament through a mixed election system with simple majority rule nominations and strict party-list nominations. We have arrived at this mixed system, so we are moving, we are looking for those forms of our society’s political organisation that would be most suitable for us at this stage and would satisfy the requirements and aspirations of our people. This, of course, concerns political parties as well. Naturally, we want competition.

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: You are going to Germany for a major trade fair. The economic relations between our countries are important for you, I believe. Are you worried that the issues we have just discussed may cast a shadow over your visit?

VLADIMIR PUTIN: No, on the contrary, I am very glad about it. And I am glad about our today’s interview too because this gives us an opportunity to clarify the situation, to explain what is actually happening and what guides us. Now, what was your first question? About searches and arrests. What searches? What arrests? Who has been arrested? Can you give me at least one name? This is not true. Don’t make anything up.

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: I didn’t say anything about arrests. I spoke about searches.

VLADIMIR PUTIN: It sounds alarmist: “Hey everyone! Look! Terrible things are happening here!” Well, yes, there is the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation that is obliged to ensure that the laws adopted in the Russian Federation are respected. And all the citizens, all organisations, all individuals and legal entities operating in Russia must take this into account and have due respect for Russian law.

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: What are you expecting from your visit to Germany in terms of economy? I assume you are going to encourage the Germans to invest. What exactly are you expecting?

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Russia and Germany are very important partners for each other. This is really so. The EU countries and the EU itself are our major commercial partners. They account for over 50 percent of our turnover. Well, the figure can fluctuate a bit: a little over 50, a little under 50 percent due to the economic difficulties faced by the Eurozone and the EU. It is under 50 at the moment, I believe, but it is still a lot. In absolute numbers it amounts to over $430‑450 billion. We are EU’s third major commercial partner after the US and China, and the difference is not very big. If our total turnover with Europe amounts to some $430-450 billion, the turnover for the US is a little over $600 billion and $550 billion for China. So as you can see, not that big of a difference.

Germany is our primary European partner. Our turnover amounts to $74 billion and it continues to grow no matter what difficulties there might be. To make it clear for both Russian and German citizens, I need to say that these are not just numbers; there are jobs behind these numbers, there are cutting edge technology behind them, moving in both directions.

By the way, as far as Germany is concerned, the trade pattern is not only in line with its economic capabilities but also in line with its interests since the emphasis in trade and economic cooperation with Germany is put on the industrial production. And behind this – let me stress this once again – there are thousands if not tens of thousands of jobs, and the incomes of Russian and German families. Besides, Russia supplies 40 percent of all natural gas and 30 percent of all oil consumption in Germany.

We are expanding our cooperation in high technology sectors, aviation, engineering, including transport engineering, nanotechnologies, and next-generation physics engineering. This is a very diverse, interesting and promising cooperation.

Germany is one of our major investors with $25 billion in accumulated investments. Last year alone their amount increased by as much as $7.2 billion. This means that Germany invests rather actively in the Russian economy. I would like to stress again that all this is important, interesting and promising.

We are going to have six pavilions [at the trade fair], large ones. They are all united by a single slogan – the industrial production, in which Germany has always been strong, and which is of interest to us. Over a hundred large Russian companies will be exhibiting in those pavilions.

I invite you and all our friends in Germany to visit the 2013 Hannover Messe and Russia’s pavilions there.

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: You’ve spoken about 27 billion of German direct investment in Russia. I would now like to touch upon the Cyprus issue. A lot of Germans realised for the first time how much Russian money is there in Cypriot banks and are now wondering why German businesses have to make investments while you pull your money out of Russia?

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Don’t you see all the absurdity of your question? Just please don’t get me wrong. What does Russia have to do with Russian investors in one of the EU countries? The more you “pinch” foreign investors in the financial institutions of your countries, the better for us because the affected, offended and frightened (not all of them but many) should, so we hope, come to our financial institutions and keep their money in our banks.

Why, at some point, many Russian investors moved their funds to zones such as Cyprus? Because, frankly speaking, they did not feel they could rely on the Russian financial system. And, indeed, it was not reliable. Just recall the year 1998 – an economic collapse, or the year 2000 (and that was already our common problem) – again there were widespread fears regarding the future of the financial system. But in 2008, when the new crisis hit, we not only managed to preserve the integrity of our financial system, we strengthened it without letting a single financial institution collapse. There were problems, of course, but we did not allow any of the financial institutions to abandon their customers. Of course, people went through a lot of hardships during the crisis but we arranged the work of our banking system in a way that made it possible not only to support but also to strengthen it while taking some measures to carefully restructure it, again in order to strengthen it. And I hope that people today will understand that.

Forfeiture of investors’ funds, including of Russian origin, wherever it happens, in Cyprus or in other places, undermines credibility of the banking system of the entire Eurozone.

Now regarding the issue of whether to provide support or not and who is to blame. Is that fair, that people invested their funds, merely deposited their money with banks without breaking any laws, whether the laws of Cyprus or those of the European Union, just to see 60 percent of their deposits forfeited? They did not violate any rules. As to the allegations that Cyprus was, as they say in the financial community, a laundry for dirty money, they have to be supported with hard facts. One of the basic rules that we all are supposed to know and observe is the rule of the presumption of innocence. A person is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. How can we ignore that? How can we accuse all people concerned of being crooks? Then anybody can be declared a crook.

Did we create that offshore zone? No, we didn’t. It was the European Union that created it. Or, rather, it was created by the Cyprus authorities with the connivance of the European Union. And is it the only such zone created by countries of the European Union? Are we not aware of offshore island zones in Great Britain or of other such zones? They do exist. If you consider such zones a bad thing, then close them. Why do you shift responsibility for all problems that have arisen in Cyprus to investors irrespective of their nationality (British, Russian, French or whatever else).

I have met with senior officials of the European Commission. We have very good personal relations, though we disagree on many issues. Is it Russia’s fault that Cyprus is now facing problems? Indeed, incoming investors are a positive factor as they support the banking system and the entire economy of the host country with their funds and their trust.

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: You are angry that the European Union did not ask you for help and that many Russian nationals were affected, are you?

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Of course, not. On the contrary I am even glad, to some extent, because the events have shown how risky and insecure investments in Western financial institutions can be. By the way, our tax regime in that context is also more favourable than yours. The income tax rate for individuals in Russia is only 13 percent. What about Germany? How much do you pay?

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: It would be great if we paid only 13 percent. Of course, it would be great. Fight against tax increases is a hot topic during the election campaign.

VLADIMIR PUTIN: So, fight for tax cuts.

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: Mr President, I would like to touch upon the issue of euro. You spoke about the European financial system. Russia holds more than 40 percent of its currency reserves in euro, which makes you keenly interested in euro. Do you still trust euro?

VLADIMIR PUTIN: First, I would like to say it outright: yes, we trust euro. We also trust the economic policy of major European countries, including, in the first place, the economic policy of the government of the Federal Republic of Germany. We are fully aware of various opinions on that issue, including on aspects, such as economic development, maintenance of economic growth and ensuring monetary stability. I agree with the opinion that, before pumping liquidity, it is necessary to address the root causes of crises.

But I wouldn’t like to go into detail now and discuss the issue that has no direct bearing on us as that is the prerogative of the leaders of the European countries themselves.

However, judging by what we hear and see, what our colleagues are doing in the leading economies of the Eurozone, what the European Commission itself is doing, – and I would like to repeat that we do not agree on many issues and we do argue – we believe that fundamentally they are moving in the right direction. It gives us confidence that we have made the right choice having decided to keep such a large share of our gold and currency reserves, of our reserves in general in the European currency. I am confident that if the situation continues to develop the same way, our colleagues and friends in Europe will overcome the difficulties they are facing today.

And our reserves are rather substantial: the Central Bank reserves worth $534 billion, another $89 billion representing one of the Russian Government’s reserve funds, another $87 billion (a third fund) representing the second government fund, the National Welfare Fund. So, this is a rather substantial amount of money.

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: Mr President, our time is almost up, but I would like to draw your attention to another crisis area that raises great concerns in Germany – that is Syria. Hundreds of people die there every day. Your stance and the stance of the West in the UN Security Council obviously differed.

I would like to ask you the following. How do you see the opportunities for stopping the bloodshed? What are the Russian authorities doing, what is the Russian Government doing to finally put an end to this bloodshed?

VLADIMIR PUTIN: I think that we should seek an immediate cessation of hostilities, of shelling from both sides, and a cessation of arms supplies.

We often hear: “Russia is supplying arms to Assad.” First of all, there are no bans on arms supplies to incumbent legitimate governments. Secondly, only recently the opposition has received 3.5 tons of arms and munitions through the airports near Syria. This is the information published by the American media, I believe, by The New York Times. It has to be stopped.

However, – I would like to stress once again and I believe it is extremely important, – there is international law. There are international legal norms stating that it is inadmissible to supply arms to the armed groups that strive to destabilise the situation in a certain country with the use of arms. Such norms exist and they remain in force; nobody abolished them. So, when they say that Assad is fighting against his own people, we need to remember that this is the armed part of the opposition. What is going on is a massacre, this is a disaster, a catastrophe. It has to be stopped. It is necessary to bring all the warring parties to the negotiation table. I believe that this is the first step that has to be done, and then it is necessary to elaborate further steps during a discussion, which is important in our view.

I have already said it in public and I would like to tell you this, so that your viewers also know about our real position. We do not think that Assad should leave today, as our partners suggest. In this case, tomorrow we will have to decide what to do and where to go. We have done it in many countries. To be precise, our Western partners have. And it is unclear where Libya will go. In fact, it has already split into three parts. We do not want to have the situation of the same difficulty as we still have in Iraq. We do not want to have the situation of the same difficulty as in Yemen, and so on.

Therefore, we believe that it is necessary to bring everyone to the negotiation table so that all warring parties could reach an agreement on how their interests will be protected and in which way they will participate in the future governance of the country. And then they will work together on the implementation of this plan with due guarantees of the international community.

By the way, at the recent forum in Geneva (a few months ago) an agreement was reached on this issue, but later our Western partners unfortunately went back on these agreements. We believe that it is necessary to work hard and search for mutually acceptable solutions.

Recently, we have received Mr Hollande, President of the French Republic. I think he has some interesting ideas that can be implemented, but it requires some diplomatic work. We are ready to support these ideas. We need to try and put them into practice.

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: Mr President, at the end of our interview I would like to go back to the topic that we have started with. Democracy is a very controversial issue. I would like to quote your Prime Minister. Mr Medvedev said that the democratic changes in Russia can be assessed only in 100 years. In our view, this is not very ambitious.

VLADIMIR PUTIN: It may be a translation issue. Could you tell me again what he said exactly?

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: In essence, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that “development of democracy in Russia can be assessed no earlier than in 100 years.” My question is whether there are truly no ambitions about it.

VLADIMIR PUTIN: To be honest, I have not seen or heard of Prime Minister saying that, and it is always necessary to consider the context which I am lacking now.

It is obvious that we have made a decisive choice for democracy and we cannot imagine any other way of development. It is also obvious that certain standards used in some countries are difficult to implement or apply elsewhere. I think it is quite clear. We need to develop tools based on the fundamental principles of democracy that would allow for the vast majority of people in our country to influence domestic and foreign policy. It is the majority that must have such an influence, but the majority should also respect the opinion of the minority and consider it. If our domestic policy and public institutions are fully based on such fundamental principles, then it seems to me, we will be able to talk about the success of democracy in Russia. Nevertheless, it is obviously the path that Russia has chosen, the path that it follows. Just compare the situation in the Soviet Union and in modern Russia in terms of development of economy, political sphere, and all other areas associated with democracy. There is a very significant difference. It took other countries 200, 300, 400 years to achieve this goal. Do you expect us to cover this distance within two decades? Of course, we are gradually taking all the necessary steps. We know our destination, and will not abandon this path.

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: In conclusion, I shall try to ask you a personal question.

You were President for eight years, and then you became Prime Minister. You will be President for the next six years. Do you have a personal plan? Do you want to be President as long as you are elected? Or may be you have some plans about your life afterwards?

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Every normal person tries to look some distance ahead. Moreover, I am far from being the longest serving politician. There are people in leading positions in European politics who have worked there much longer than me, both in Europe and in North America, Canada actually. However, I do expect that after my retirement from political life and public service I will have an opportunity to busy myself with other things and challenges. I like jurisprudence and literature, and I do hope I will have a chance to occupy myself with these without any link to my public service duties. May be, I will look into other issues. It can be social life, sports, etc.

JÖRG SCHÖNENBORN: Thank you very much for the interview, Mr President.


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US, NATO Prepare Syria Intervention: US Official

March 25, 2013
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A top US commander in Europe said that the US military and NATO are drawing up plans for direct military intervention in Syria.

Adm. James Stavridis, head of the Pentagon’s European Command told a Senate hearing last Tuesday that the US military is “looking at a variety of options” and is “prepared if called upon to be engaged.”
Adm. James Stavridis
Declaring that there was “no end in sight to a vicious civil war,” Stavridis told the panel that “the option of assisting the opposition forces in Syria in ways that would break the deadlock are being actively explored by NATO members,” the Washington Post reported.
The admiral addressed the Senate Armed Service Committee, saying that US and NATO discussions have included providing “lethal support” to the anti-government militias and using direct military force to impose “no-fly zones” in Syria and enforce “arms embargoes” against the Syrian government.

Both Britain and France have called for an emergency meeting of European Union foreign ministers this week on their demand for lifting an EU arms embargo that bars member states from directly shipping weapons to the Western-backed armed opposition.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President François Hollande have indicated that they were prepared to act unilaterally if the EU fails to bow to their demand.

For its part, Germany voiced opposition to the lifting of the ban, warning that it will escalate the bloodshed, risk arming Al Qaeda-linked forces, and potentially spread violence throughout the region.

Washington, meanwhile, has signaled its support for British and French moves to directly arm the anti-government militias.

Last Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry declared that “the United States does not stand in the way of other countries that made a decision to provide arms, whether it’s France or Britain or others.”

Source: Newspapers
25-03-2013 – 17:36 Last updated 25-03-2013 – 17:36

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Iran ate Israel’s welfare budget!

December 17, 2012

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On November 28, 2012, Israel’s daily Ha’aretz published Meirav Arlosoroff’s article, saying that many Israeli policy-makers are complaing that “Iran is eating Israel’s welfare budget”.
Defense may seem sacrosanct in Israel, but behind the scenes dissent is brewing. “Iran is eating Israel’s welfare budget,” a high-ranking defense official told TheMaker (one of daily Ha’aretz’s Hebrew blogs). All the defense and Finance Ministry officials we spoke with agree. We were told the cost of a military attack on Iran is likely to run between NIS 10 and 12 billion – more than the Welfare Ministry’s entire annual budget of NIS 6 billion,” wote Arlosoroff. He ended the article by saying: “Israel spends NIS 60 billion – fully a quarter of national budget, without interest – only to shoot itself in the foot”.

One got to recognize that when it comes to whining – no other nation can beat Israelis. Israel’s defense budget (US$17 billion for 6 million people) is three-times greater than its so-called “existential threat”, Islamic Republic of Iran’s defense budget (US$5.7 billion for 65 million people) – and with the exception of Saudi Arabia ($43 billion for 28 million people), highest among the ME countries.

According to Mother Jones (October 18, 2011), United States foots 20% of Israel’s annual military budget. In addition, US taxpayers have been replacing Israel’s all military losses since its June 1967 war of aggression against its Arab neighbors. Last month, Obama administration announced to supply the Zionist regime with $647 million worth arms to make-up Jewish army’s losses during the 8-day war on Gaza.

Israel has also received military aid from France and Germany. It just received four of six nuclear submarines from Germany which were mostly paid for by the German taxpayers.

Last year, former Israeli army chief of staff, Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, while speaking at the Calcalist Conference (Tel Aviv) said: “US taxpayers have contributed more to the Israel defense budget than Israeli taxpayers“.

American taxpayers also foot more than 30% of Israel’s social and medicare services. Washington gives $3 billion annual military aid to Israel (or $8 million per day). According to late Thomas R. Stauffer Ph.D, five million Israeli Jews have cost over three trillion dollars to the US taxpayers. This cost doesn’t include the free services rendered by American officials to Israeli interests while being paid by the US taxpayers.

In April 2011, Ira Chernus, a Jewish professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado, posted three sacred commandments for Americans who ever wish to challenge the myth of Israel’s insecurity.

1. For politicians, especially at the federal level: As soon as you say the word “Israel,” you must also say the word “security” and promise that the United States will always, always, always be committed to Israel’s security. If you occasionally label an action by the Israeli government “unhelpful,” you must immediately reaffirm the eternal U.S. commitment to Israel’s security.

2. For TV talking heads and op-ed pundits: If you criticize any policies or actions of the Israeli government, you must immediately add that Israel does, of course, have very real and serious security needs that have to be addressed.

3. For journalists covering the Israel-Palestine conflict for major American news outlets: You must live in Jewish Jerusalem or in Tel Aviv and take only occasional day trips into the Occupied Territories. So your reporting must inevitably be slanted toward the perspective of the Jews you live among. And you must indicate in every report that Jewish Israeli life is dominated by anxiety about security.

Professor Texe Marrs, is a retired USAF officer and author of several books on Christian prophecies, Zionism and Israel. He says the Zionist plot is to rob US taxpayers to pay for American wars on Muslim countries, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Turkey, etc. Read Marrs’ article here.

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Were German drone pilots involved in the Gaza attack?

December 13, 2012


Germany, Israel, US: United in War Crimes?

As reported in the last article (English / German), the German Air Force (Imperial Army Aviation) was stationed in Palestine in World War I in order to fend off the British conqueror from Gaza and Jerusalem together with the Ottoman Army.

Were German drone pilots involved in the Gaza attack by Israel? That`s indeed a good question and there are testimonies of witnesses.The German Luftwaffe (air force) is for some time back there with some pilots for the training for the control systems of the drones that were bought by Israel. In 2009, the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) ordered a fleet of Heron drones from the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) at a unit price of $ 10 million.

The drones are used in Afghanistan and the pilots learn at the Ein Shemer base (Ein Shemer Airfield in Ein Shemer, North District, Israel) of the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) how to fly them by remote control.

The drones, which are flown, are labelled with the national emblem of the German Bundeswehr including the Flag and the Black Cross and they fly therewith over Israel for training purposes.
In Afghanistan, the ground forces of the German armed forces (Deutsche Bundeswehr) and the supply convoys are protected by these reconnaissance flights with them.

Among the drone pilots are also former Tornado jet fighter pilots who get retrained. Instead to sit in a cockpit, they are sitting in front of screens and control the machines (drones) with a controller just like in a computer game.

During the training, the employees of the manufacturer IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.) disguise themselves as Taliban fighters and hide in the fields near the Air Force base.

The soon-to-be drone pilots have to detect (trace) them with the cameras on board.
Since the manufacturer’s service people are not allowed to operate in Afghanistan, the maintenance of the drones on site in operation is performed by the German partner firm Rheinmetall Defence (Rheinmetall AG).

There are now credible testimonies of witnesses in Israel that the drones of the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) were also spotted in the air at the last attack on Gaza in November. Drones with German national emblems were in the air over Gaza.

Was that also a part of the usual training exercises or have the German drone pilots actively assisted in the Israeli attack on Gaza?

German soldiers, who were out in civilian clothes in Israel in the evening, would have proudly admitted that they were involved in the Israeli “Operation Pillar of Cloud” in which 168 civilians were killed.

Since the German chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the “defence” of Israel is part of the German reason of state (raison d’état), this is truly imaginable.


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Italian newspaper: Wesam al-Hassan held a secret meeting with a delegation from the "Hamas" in Berlin one day before he was assassinated

December 3, 2012

Source IL FOGLIO and Syria truth

“What interest had the Lebanese general to talk to Hamas in what would become his last trip?”

The meeting was attended by the commander of the German police, “Joerg Ziercke” and German intelligence officers to discusses how to use the “Hamas” as a fifth column in Syria

The Italian newspaper “IL FOGLIO” in its release today revealed that the Lebanese General Wesam al-Hassan, the head of the intelligence, one day before his return to Lebanon, held a secret meeting in Berlin, attended by the President of the German Federal Police, “Joerg Ziercke” and representatives from the German intelligence (BND) and a delegation from the “Hamas” Palestinian movement.
Wesam al Hassan was killed by a car bomb on October 19 in Beirut after his return from Paris, where he was visiting family who moved there since 2005 for safety reasons.

Before flying to the French capital for personal reasons,  Wessam had been in Berlin together with four other services men to meet Jörg Ziercke, head of the German Federal Police.
In Berlin, however, Wesam al Hassan had also met men of the German intelligence service (BND) and a delegation of Hamas, the armed Palestinian group that controls the Gaza Strip.

What interest had the Lebanese general to talk to Hamas in what would become his last trip?

The rightist newspaper, known with its relations with “neo-conservatives” and defending the Israeli Likud, claimed that the conferees, led by Hassan, main theme was the situation in Syria, and Hamas whose armed rebels are at war against the government in Damascus, and knows the Syrian regime from the inside and has an extensive network of contacts in Syria, both in the cities and regions and especially in the Palestinian refugee camps still controlled by the government.

Moreover, Hamas still have a strong presence in Syria, despite the departure of its political leader, Khaled Meshaal, after 11 years of residence as a special guest protected by the Syrian secret services. In late February, Meshaal, broke with President Bashar al-Assad and left Damascus and now lives between Egypt and Qatar, both countries are enemies of Damascus.
Before leaving Syria, Assad has twice refused to talk to Meshaal. Hamas even through the difficulties of the war continues to maintain a strong presence among the Palestinians in Syria where Hundred thousand Palestinians live in Damascus in the “camp” of the Yarmouk, which has long been transformed into a normal neighborhood.

Consequently Hamas has the potential to become a deadly fifth column inside Syria,
Perhaps it is already the fifth column. The fighters of the rebel group Ahfad al-Rasul, the “Brigade of the descendants of the Prophet”, present in the Yarmouk camp and in the area south of the capital are mostly supporters of Hamas (as confirmed by Wednesday, November 28 edition of the Arab newspaper Al Quds al Arabi).

According to the Italian newspaper, before jumping in the air in Beirut, General Hassan was part of the Lebanese who has sided against the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad (to the point that immediately after the bomb everyone immediately pointed the finger at Damascus) and worked in contact with the Saudi intelligence to offer help to the rebels Syrians.

The German intelligence service have good contacts with Islamist groups in the Middle East – in 2009 took part in the negotiations to free the Israeli corporal Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas – and therefore know how to accommodate contradictions, especially since it has already played the same role between the Americans and the “Taliban” movement!

Syria: German Army soon part of War of Aggression

November 17, 2012

Syria: German Bundeswehr gives Islamists and terrorists covering fire.

It is official now: As the German evening news just has announced – the German government wants that the German Army (Bundeswehr) participates in the Turkish war of aggression against Syria.
The decision of the German Government about the participation of the German Army in the war of aggression against Syria is already made according to the German evening news (“Tagesschau”).
What should be examined now should be just the point whether the German government seeks the OK of the German Bundestag for the participation in the war of aggression against Syria or not.
Specifically, the German government wants therefore to move 170 German soldiers, armed with Patriot anti-aircraft missiles, to Turkey.

The participation of German soldiers in the war of aggression against Syria is covered by the propaganda that this is just the German contribution to the defence of the NATO ally Turkey.

That the operation of the German soldiers is in reality about the participation of German soldiers in the war of aggression against Syria is even indirectly acknowledged by the German news “Tagesschau” by writing the following:

The “Patriot” missiles as well as controling flights of the Turkish fighter jets along the border should therefore ensure that the Syrian Air force is no more able to act in a strip south of the border. By this, a “protective shield” is created, without violating the sovereign Syrian territory.

It is reported here openly that the function of the German soldiers is to ensure that the Syrian Air force is no longer able to act in “the south of the border” – i.e. in Syria.

However, when the German Army wants to avoid that the Syrian Air force fights against the mercenaries and death squads coming from Turkey on Syrian soil at the border to Turkey, so it means, that the task of the German soldiers actually consists of the task to fire at the Syrian army within Syria, without the situation that Syria attacks targets in NATO territory.

This is the classic definition of a war of aggression: the Army of a state or of an alliance of states bombards the army of another state, without been previously attacked, or even to just fear an attack from this state.

Thereby, so the German evening news writes, that a “protective shield” should be created by the use of the German Bundeswehr (German army) in Syria, it also describes frankly the tactical aim that is pursued by the planned use of the German army in the framework of the war of aggression against Syria.

Namely, that the German army (Bundeswehr) should give the death squads, which penetrate into Syria from Turkey, a kind of covering fire so that they are no longer successfully fought by the Syrian Arab army. That sovereign Syrian territory gets not violated by the shelling of the Syrian Air force from Turkey is a Zionistic lie.

Of course, the German Bundeswehr violates sovereign Syrian territory if the German army fires at aircrafts of the Syrian Arab army in Syria, even when in the case of such an attack just German bullets and no German soldiers are entering Syria.

Should somebody not in the near term set some bounds to the German government, it is probably almost that time again that it resounds from the German “Volksempfänger” (“people’s receiver”): “Since 5:45 a.m., we’ve been shooting back.

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Dutch PM: ‘Israel should be in Germany’

November 13, 2012

On November 8, 2012, Dutch daily Telegraaf quoted former Dutch prime minister Dries Van Agt as saying that Jews should have been given a safe homeland in Germany instead of Palestine – as Palestinians had nothing to do with the Nazi Holocaust – which was committed by the Frankist Jews, according to Rabbi Wolf Gunther Plaut (died 2012).
Jews need a safe place. Why couldn’t they get a safe place in Germany, at the time?”, he said while adding: “It would be more logical for Jews to have gotten a piece of land in Germany as the Middle East had nothing to do with World War II.”

Andreas Antonius Maria ( Dries) Van Agt (born 1931) served Prime Minister of Netherlands from 1977-1982. Earlier he had served as country’s Justice Minister (1971-77) and Deputy Prime Minister (1973-77). Dries Van Agt also served as Dutch ambassador to the US and Japan.

On June 27, 2008, Israeli daily Ha’aretz published an interview of Dries Van Agt in which the paper equated him with ‘anti-Semites’ like former US president Jimmy Carter and Russian-Israeli Jewish writer Israel Shamir.

Regrettably, his anti-Israel views are not that unusual in the Netherlands these days. They are shared by a number of politicians from different parties and persuasions. While they are quite mainstream on the political left, these views are by no means confined to the left, as Van Agt’s example shows,” claimed Ha’aretz.

In February 2006 – professor James Petras in an article had claimed that Netherlands is totally controlled by pro-Israel groups and Mossad. He was commenting on why it was the Jewish Flemming Rose, the cultural editor of Jyllands-Posten, who solicited, selected and published the anti- Islam cartoons?

Dries Van Agt doesn’t urge the world to “wipe Israel off map” but criticizes the Zionist regime for its Nazi-like treatment of Native Palestinians. He has condemned suicide attacks against civilians in his speeches and on his personal website. However, he supports Palestinians’ rights to armed resistance under international laws. He also advocates the Palestinians’ right of return to their homes from where they were uprooted by the invading European Jewish terrorist groups. He supports sanctions, boycotts and divestment from Israel, to make the Zionist regime apply United Nations resolutions to resolve Israel-Palestinian bomb.

In fact what Dries Van Agt said now – Mahtama Gandhi had told Russian Jew, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the World Zionist congress, who later became the first president of the Zionist entity – that German Jews should stay put in their motherland and demand equal rights by non-violent protests. Gandhi had rejected the idea of a Jewish State in the Promised Land by pointing out that the “Palestine of the Biblical conception is not a geographical tract.” 
Gandhi cnnot be called an anti-Semite, as his Jewish biographer, Joseph Lelyveld, has claimed in the book, ‘Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi And His Struggle With India’ that Gandhi has affair with German Jewish gay Dr. Hermann Kallenbach.

In 1948, India’s envoy at the UN Security Council, V.K. Krishna Menon also made a similar statement. “We agree that the Holocaust happened in Europe and was carried out by the German Nazis – Should not the Jews be compensated by awarding them the most fertile state of Germany (Bavaria) as a Jewish homeland? Why should the Palestinians made to pay for the crimes of others?”

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Berlin rejects Israeli pressure over submarine sales to Egypt

September 18, 2012

DateMonday, September 17, 2012 at 8:17AM AuthorGilad Atzmon

By Agence France-Presse
A German-built Type 209 attack submarine (AFP_File, Rodger Bosch)

German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere dismissed Israeli pressure not to sell two submarines to Egypt, while acknowledging the country was “not as stable” as he would like in an interview published Saturday.

“No country in the world has the right of veto to decisions taken by the German government,” the minister told the Frankfurter Rundschau when asked to comment on the probable sale of two Type 209 attack submarines.

Questioned specifically about Israeli pressure not to go through with the deal, he repeated: “Nobody has the right of veto.”

However he admitted that Egypt “is not as stable as I would like”, while stressing this was a “personal point of view” and had “nothing to do with any possible transaction over submarines.”

German arms sales to foreign countries have to be approved by a federal security commission, whose discussions and decisions are not disclosed.

The Internet site of the weekly Der Spiegel on Tuesday revealed that the commission was due to discuss the proposed sale again even though it gave the green light in November 2011.

The agreement for Germany to supply Egypt with the two conventional diesel-electric submarines manufactured by ThyssenKrupp was first revealed by the commander in chief of the Egyptian Navy Osama al-Gindi two weeks ago in an Egyptian newspaper.

A few days later the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot quoted government sources as saying there had been “a marked deterioration in relations between Israel and Germany” over the deal.

The German government denied to the local media that there had been any such deterioration, while refusing to comment on the proposed sale.

Already in July last year Berlin sparked a row over its sale to 200 Leopard combat tanks to Saudi Arabia. Germany has always insisted that any arms sales to foreign governments are conditional on Israel’s security and respect for human rights.


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Syrian False Flag Planned?

August 23, 2012
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Never bet against Washington’s imperial plans. New tactics follow failed ones. Efforts to oust Assad continue. Proxy killers can’t do it alone. They’re no match against Syria’s superior military strength. It’s committed to rout them.
Expect NATO intervention anytime or perhaps post-US November elections. Libya 2.0 looks increasingly likely. What better way to finesse it than by staging a false flag attack blamed on Assad.
America’s false flag history suggests it.
  • In 1898, Spain was falsely accused of blowing up the USS Maine in Havana, Cuba harbor. The Spanish-American war followed.
  • Roosevelt manipulated Japan to attack Pearl Harbor. South Korea was used to instigate war on the North. Lyndon Johnson wanted war on Vietnam and got it.
  • Fake threats sent US marines to Grenada. Manufactured incidents precipitated America’s Panama invasion.
  • Saddam was head-faked into invading Kuwait. The Gulf War, two decades of sanctions, another war, and occupation followed.
September 11, 2001 was the mother of all false flags. It’s the big lie of our time. Eleven years of imperial wars followed. One segues to another without end. Syria is Washington’s latest. Iran is next. Proxy wars always rage. Media silence makes pretexts unnecessary.

On August 20, Obama perhaps signaled US intervention intentions. He told reporters:

“I have indicated repeatedly that President al-Assad has lost legitimacy, that he needs to step down. So far, he hasn’t gotten the message, and instead has double downed in violence on his own people.”

“I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation. But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical.”

“That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria. It concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel. It concerns us. We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people.”

“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”

“We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that’s a red line for us and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons. That would change my calculations significantly.”

These comments signal possible intervention. The New York Times said Obama’s warning advances things “a step closer to direct American intervention.”

Syrian Foreign Ministry Jihad Makdissi clearly said chemical weapons won’t be used internally. Nor will they be used against other nations except in self-defense.

Of course they won’t. Why would Assad give Washington and other NATO countries reason to intervene?

No matter. Incidents are easy to manufacture. Scoundrel media hyperbole manipulates readers and viewers to expect it. Propaganda hypes fear.

On August 17, Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) headlined “Syria’s neighbors braced for chemical threat. Assad warns Turkey on Stingers,” saying:

“The US and its allies are discussing a worst-case scenario that could require up to 60,000 ground troops to go into Syria to secure chemical and biological weapons sites following the fall of the Assad government, an unnamed American source said Thursday night, Aug.16.”

Securing weapons is deceptive cover perhaps for a planned chemical false flag blamed on Assad. DF, Obama, other officials, and Western media are manipulating public opinion to accept another full-scale war.

Alleged Iraq WMD threats facilitated shock and awe and occupation. Others initiated NATO’s destruction of Libya. Expect something similar for Syria. Washington’s bag of tricks contains all dirty ones.

Chemical warfare threats are hyped. DF said US special forces are positioned in Jordan, Turkey and Israel. “Reconnaissance teams from potentially targeted countries have infiltrated Syria.”

Medical preparations have been made. “Israeli hospitals are on war alert.” Fortified emergency wards were opened. “IDF Home Front Command units embarked on a series of chemical attack drills….”

Soldiers wore anti-contamination clothing. Underground parking areas are ready as bomb shelters. “Assad is resolved more than ever to stand fast” and fight.

DF hyperbole sounded like Western media reports during the Blitz.

On August 21, Voice of Russia headlined “Russia denies sending chemical weapons to Syria,” saying:

Colonel Vladimir Mandych, deputy head of Russia’s Federal Department for Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons, said none were sent to Syria, adding:

“Chemical weapons are weapons of mass destruction. (Their) use leads to colossal consequences for people involved in armed conflicts and the civilian population and inflicts irreparable damage to the environment.”

“Of course, the international community should take measures to prevent the use of chemical weapons in different regions in the 21st century.”

At the same time, SANA state media reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov rejects outside intervention and safe zones. He said:

“Statements saying (the Geneva agreement) is as good as dead imply that someone seeks a pretext for military intervention. This is worrying as it can only lead to catastrophe in the region.”

He added that Russia continues discussions with “everyone” to prevent what’s bad getting worse. He fears it for good reason.

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland expects no Security Council resolution. On August 20, her follow-up comments suggested intervention, saying:

Washington’s position is well-known. “We don’t think there’s going to be peace in Syria until Assad steps down and the bloodshed ends.”

America’s agenda remains unchanged, “that is to get to a political transition strategy, to get to an end to the bloodshed, and to get to a real transition with those countries who are willing to participate, outside the UN if necessary.”

On August 19, SANA state media reported Britain’s Sunday Times saying UK intelligence “is covertly aiding the armed terrorists to launch terrorist attacks in Syria….”

A Syrian opposition official was quoted saying:

UK authorities “know about and approve 100%” of intelligence from their Cyprus military bases. It’s being sent through Turkey to Free Syrian Army forces.

“British intelligence is observing things closely from Cyprus. The British are giving the information to the Turks and the Americans and we are getting it from the Turks.”

Information includes Syrian army movements in Aleppo. CIA elements are involved. So is German intelligence. The Bild am Sontag weekly reported that a spy ship off Syria’s coast uses Federal Intelligence Service (BND) technology. It’s provides information to insurgents.

Germany’s Defense Ministry confirmed its presence. The vessel Oker provides early warnings, communications and reconnaissance. It’s able to monitor troop movements up to 600 km inside Syria. Information is sent to Washington, Britain and insurgents.

BND agents are also stationed in Adana, Turkey. They’re monitoring Syrian telephone and radio communications.

Oker is part of Germany’s UNIFIL mission (UN Interim Force in Lebanon since 1978 until August 31, 2012 unless renewed). It’s not authorized to conduct Syrian intelligence. No parliamentary mandate approved it.

Perhaps Angela Merkel is freelancing on her own. She’s part of NATO’s imperial regime change coalition. Germany is also involved with the “Economic Reconstruction and Development” working group.

Last May, the Syrian National Council’s (SNC) Finance and Economic Affairs Bureau (FEAB) adopted a post-Assad privatization plan. Dozens of countries and 10 organizations are involved. Germany and the UAE lead the initiative.

They want Syrian spoils carved up among them. Plunder is their mandate. Subterfuge masks it. They call it a mission to benefit all Syrians. They plan erasing the Syrian Arab Republic and remaking it in their own image.

They envision unfettered capitalism unleashed in its most savage form. They want Syria replicating the new Iraq and Libya. Profits, not people, matter. Iraq more closely resembles hell than “the cradle of civilization.”

Violence ravages Libya. No end of conflict and human misery is imminent in either country. Full-scale war rages in Afghanistan. American-style liberation is more charnel house than democratic freedom.

Syrians experienced it for months. No end in sight is near. The worst is yet to come. Bet on it.

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UK, German Spies Feed Intelligence to Syrian Terrorists

August 20, 2012
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The Sunday TimesBritish and German spy intelligence on Syrian government troop movement has been shared with rebels to aid attacks on pro-Assad forces, UK and German newspapers revealed on Sunday.

An unnamed Syrian opposition official admitted that British intelligence is covertly aiding antigovernment forces in Syria, UK weekly newspaper the Sunday Times reported.

The official said that British authorities “know about and approve 100%” of intelligence from their Cyprus military bases being passed through Turkey to the troops of the insurgents of the so-called free Syrian army.

The UK owns two military bases on the island of Cyprus, one at Dhekelia and another at Akrotiri. The bases monitor regional airwaves and report to the GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), Britain’s national electronic surveillance center in Cheltenham, the report said.

Terrorist groups belong to the so-called free Syrian army fighting against Syrian national army in Syria“British intelligence is observing things closely from Cyprus. It’s very useful because they find out a great deal,” the official said. “The British are giving the information to the Turks and the Americans and we are getting it from the Turks.”

According to the source, the most valuable intelligence has been about the movements of troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad towards the city of Aleppo, which has recently become the ground for fierce clashes between the government and the rebels.

“The British monitor communications about movements of the government army and we got information about reinforcements being on their way to Aleppo,” the official told the newspaper. “We hit at the government troops in Idlib and Saraqib [southwest of Aleppo], with success.”

The official claimed that early in August, terrorists of the so-called free Syrian army were given advance warning of two large columns of government troops advancing on Aleppo. One was from Latakia on the Mediterranean coast, and the other from the capital Damascus.

“We ambushed troops and a column of more than 40 tanks in a valley near Saraqib,” the official said. “We cut them off and destroyed many of them with repeat attacks with rocket-propelled grenades.”
German newspaper BildFor its part, German newspaper Bild also revealed on Sunday that Germany is much more active in Syria than was previously believed.

German spies, stationed on ships off the Syrian coast, are transmitting intelligence to the FSA to aid in their campaign against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, Bild reported.

“We can be proud of the significant contribution we are making to the fall of the Assad regime,” an official from Germany’s BND foreign intelligence service told Bild am Sonntag.

“Agents from Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) are equipped with high-tech spy technology, allowing them to observe troop movements as far inland as 600 kilometers (400 miles). The spies pass their findings onto US and British officers, who then pass the intelligence along to the ‘free’ army”, Bild said.

The newspaper also claims that BND agents are currently operating at a NATO base in Adana, Turkey, where they eavesdrop on phone calls and radio traffic within Syria.

“No Western intelligence service has such good sources inside Syria” as Germany’s BND, Bild quoted an unnamed US intelligence official as saying.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. The government believes that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has characterized the conflict as a battle against a foreign “terrorist” plot aided by the West and its allies in the region, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed insurgents are foreign nationals.

The disclosure provided further evidence that British intelligence is playing a covert role in the anti-Syria campaign.

Source: Newspapers
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