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Archive for 'Germany'

Vincent Harris, AfD and Netanyahu

Would it surprise anyone that Vincent Harris, a Texas-based political consultant who helped the far-right Alternative für Deutschland party (AfD) achieve 12 percent of the vote and 94 seats in the Bundestag in the recent German election, has also consulted for the campaigns of US Senator Ted Cruz, (briefly) Donald Trump– and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud [...]

Torching synagogue is ‘criticism of Israel’ not antisemitism

This extraordinary verdict is receiving little mainstream (anglophone) news coverage outside Israel.  The earlier decision that a 2014 arson attack against a synagogue in Germany should not be deemed antisemitic was upheld by a regional court in Wuppertal.
The local Wuppertal court panel said in its 2015 decision that the three men wanted to draw “attention [...]

Review: Undeclared Wars with Israel

Guest post by Karl Pfeifer
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.
There is a thing of which [someone] will say, “See this, it is new.” It has already been for ages, which were before us.
[Nevertheless] there is no [...]

Sixty years ago: Remembering the East German workers’ revolt

To put it mildly I don’t share their enthusiasm for Lenin and Trotsky, but I appreciate the folks at Workers’ Liberty publishing a special edition (pdf) of their paper commemorating the brave East German workers who rose up against the Stalinist regime in June 1953, only to be ruthlessly suppressed by Soviet tanks.
(Hat tip: Shiraz [...]

Germany’s past is Cuba’s present

The dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, in Berlin, tells of her visits to the Jewish Museum and the Stasi Museum.
Of the latter she writes:
I enter their cells, the interrogation rooms. I come from the perspective of a Cuban who was detained in the same place, where a window looking outward becomes an unattainable dream. One [...]