As one member of the European Parliament observed, wryly, “Is it April 1st?” The EU (read “Germany”) has passed a ban on open containers of olive oil that are a common fixture of quality restaurants in Europe. This will almost certainly hurt small producers in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece–four of the afflicted economies of the eurozone.
Like Count Dracula, Gerald Posner keeps coming back. Having led the media charges to discredit Warren Commission critics, critics of the official version of Martin Luther King’s assassination and Ladislas Farago’s research on Martin Bormann’s presence in Latin America, Posner is now defending Afghan president Karzai’s brother against credible charges that he has been on the CIA’s payroll, while participatring significantly in the Afghan heroin trade.
We’ve noted the links between organized crime and the NFL in the past, highlighting the milieu of the San Francisco 49ers. It develops that much of the 49ers recent success was (allegedly) due to their use of sports software diagnostics developed by German software maker SAP and employed by the team’s chief operating officer Paraag Marathe. One can but wonder if the consummately corrupt world of the NFL will be used to enhance revenues for SAP (and who knows who, or what, else?)
Previously, we have noted how the eurozone crisis is precipitating a stunning, unprecedented dissolution of national sovereignty. With socialist Francois Hollande having called for more “stimulus” in response to the continent’s austerity-driven, German-mandated depression, the French leader is in the crosshairs.
TIMELINE–November, 2012: Germany’s foreign minister encourages the U.S. to embrace both a “Trans-Atlantic” free trade pact and German-dictated “austerity.” January, 2013: Following Obama’s pivot to Asia, German lawyers and economists decamp to North Korea, in the wake of a heralded “economic and political opening to South Korea and the West.” Early spring, 2013: the Hitler-influenced Asian nation’s leader does just the opposite.
In Europe, the nation-state is being forced into obsolescence, and there is little discussion of this staggering development. Angela Merkel has formally stated that EU members must be ready to surrender sovereignty on fiscal matters.
Europol, its police force, has successfully taken a number of steps that many would see as intrusive, with little or no real application to law enforcement.
For years, we’ve been covering the pivotal issue of World War II flight capital, now on the front burner. Germany’s STERN discusses it. So does Tagesspiegel. 8 of 10 Greeks favor Germany paying their WWII debt. So do that country’s political parties. Saying that the debt has been paid, Germany continues to dissemble about the issue.
I.G. Farben’s Fischer-Tropsch process is experiencing an industrial renaissance. In Kosovo, former NATO commander General Wesley Clark is chairman of a company using it to produce synthetic fuel from Kosovo’s coal deposits. Coincidentally (?) the head of NATO peacekeeping forces in Kosovo was the son of Nazi war crminal and Third Reich finance ministry official Fritz Reinhardt.
Greece’s economic problems have been exacerbated by Germany’s failure to compensate Greece for damage done during the occupation of World War II. Elements within the Greek government have compiled a report documenting the extent of the war compensation owed Greece. Germany itself is the greatest debt transgressor of all. Its wartime policy is inextricably linked with its current political/economic posturing.
It is important to understand that German banks are anything but blameless in the European financial crisis. Deutsche Bank carried a large amount of bad debt on its books and lied about it in order to fool investors. In 2007, the Federal Reserve had to help bailout Deutsche Bank. The U.S. sued Deutsche Bank over its manipulation of the American mortgage market.