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Baby Face Snowden Meets the Cyber-Wandervogel

Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [1] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

” . . . . sort of Jew­ish . . . .” Julian Assange’s char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of the BBC.  [Assange was charg­ing that British news out­let [2] with fronting for an inter­na­tion­al Jew­ish con­spir­a­cy against him.]

“. . . they’re act­ing like a cult. They’re act­ing like a reli­gion. They’re act­ing like a gov­ern­ment. They’re act­ing like a bunch of spies. They’re hid­ing their iden­tity. They don’t account for the mon­ey. They promise all sorts of good things. They sel­dom let you know what they’re real­ly up to. . . There was sus­pi­cion from day one that this was entrap­ment run by some­one unknown to suck a num­ber of peo­ple into a trap. So we actu­ally don’t know. But it’s cer­tainly a stan­dard coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence tech­nique. . . .” John Young, an orig­i­nal Wik­iLeaks founder on why he broke with the group. [3]

COMMENT: It comes as no sur­prise that the milieu of Wik­iLeaks and that of Baby Face Snow­den [4] are now pro­fes­sion­al­ly over­lapped. (Snow­den’s leak­er of choice, Glenn Green­wald [5], was also involved with the Wik­iLeaks affair.)

One of Wik­iLeaks’ finan­cial assis­tants has offered to fly Snow­den to Ice­land, in order to receive polit­i­cal Asy­lum. Ola­fur Vig­nir Sig­urvins­son, head of Dat­a­Cell (which has been accept­ing funds for Wik­iLeaks), is pony­ing up for the air­craft.

Sig­urvinsson’s Dat­a­Cell is presided over by Andreas Fink [6], a mem­ber of the Swiss Pirate Party–see text excerpt below. (The “Pirate Vor­tex,” as we call the Pirate Bay/Pirate Par­ty crowd, are of “anarcho/Utopian” polit­i­cal ori­en­ta­tion, but have been maneu­vered into back­ing hard-core fas­cist insti­tu­tions and under­tak­ings. Hell, they haven’t even come to terms with their Nazi finan­cial angel Carl Lund­strom’s activ­i­ties. Ger­many’s Pirate Par­ty [7] has tak­en stock of the Nazi infil­tra­tion of its ranks.)


Is this Julian Assange?

Our lengthy dis­cus­sions about Wik­iLeaks and the Snow­den oper­a­tion [9] are beyond the scope of this indi­vid­ual post.

(For an overview of Wik­iLeaks, we rec­om­mend that readers/listeners stretch take time to peruse FTR #‘s 724 [10], 725 [11], 732 [12], 745 [13].)

Suf­fice it to say that Wik­iLeaks, as well as the U‑2 Inci­dent-like activ­i­ties of Snow­den, give every indi­ca­tion of being far-right, Nazi-linked spook oper­a­tions.

When one fol­lows the oblig­a­tory pro­fes­sion­al eth­ic of “fol­low­ing the mon­ey,” [12]both Wik­iLeaks [13] and the indi­vid­u­als [9] and insti­tu­tions [14] involved with the Snow­den “op” [15] track back to far right [16] and overt­ly fas­cist ele­ments.

It is inter­est­ing and depress­ing­ly sig­nif­i­cant that Wik­iLeaks and its asso­ci­at­ed Pirate Bay/Pirate Party/Anonymous milieu have suc­cess­ful­ly attract­ed and uti­lized the efforts of ide­al­is­tic young peo­ple of “anarcho/Utopian” polit­i­cal ori­en­ta­tion. Those mis­guid­ed indi­vid­u­als have, in turn been mis­lead into assist­ing with the fas­cist covert-oper­a­tion that man­i­fest­ed as the “Arab Spring.”

Snow­den is a polit­i­cal sup­port­er of  Ron Paul [16], whose pro-mar­i­jua­na, anti-sur­veil­lance cam­paign themes have attract­ed naifs to the polit­i­cal camp of a hard-core fas­cist of long-stand­ing. Many of those enmeshed in the spi­der webs of Wik­iLeaks and/or Ron Paul [17] might be called “Cyber-Wan­der­vo­gel,” after the young ide­al­ists [18] who were, ulti­mate­ly [19], drawn into Adolf Hitler’s polit­i­cal vor­tex. (See text excerpt below.)

A career spook, Snow­den him­self [20] must be held to a more rig­or­ous ana­lyt­ic stan­dard than the “cyber-wan­der­vo­gel,” how­ev­er. Snow­den’s polit­i­cal sup­port for the same Nazi/white suprema­cist whose cam­paign was finan­cial­ly [14] under­writ­ten by Peter Thiel [21] is cen­tral to the analy­sis we have been devel­op­ing.

(Thiel’s Palan­tir firm [22] can be safe­ly assumed [15] to have devel­oped the PRISM soft­ware [23] (denials to the con­trary notwith­stand­ing. The notion that NSA/intelligence com­mu­ni­ty would be using two data ana­lyt­ics soft­ware pro­grams with iden­ti­cal names defies log­ic. There would have been  lit­i­ga­tion and Thiel could cer­tain­ly have afford­ed the legal bills.)

David Duke is one of the fig­ures net­worked with both the fascist/white suprema­cist milieu [24] with which Ron Paul [25] has asso­ci­at­ed him­self, as well as the inter­na­tion­al fas­cist mileiu [26] incor­po­rat­ing Pirate Bay’s fas­cist finan­cial angel Carl Lund­strom [27] and Assange’s Holo­caust-deny­ing polit­i­cal ally Joran Jer­mas, aka “Israel Shamir.” (Wik­iLeaks’ oper­a­tions moved to Pirate Bay’s servers through the efforts of Jer­mas [28]. See excerpts below.)

Updat­ing our inquiry, Assange’s Aus­tralian Wik­iLeaks Par­ty appears to have delib­er­ate­ly under­mined [29] its biggest leg­isla­tive sup­port­er, in favor of far-right, fas­cist par­ties Down Under. (See text excerpts below.)

 In pass­ing, we also note that Ecuador and the Cor­rea gov­ern­ment, which has shel­tered Assange and is appar­ent­ly mov­ing to shel­ter Snow­den as well, have strong links to Ger­many and the EU [30]. In a recent vis­it, Merkel was nego­ti­at­ing with Cor­rea for clos­er ties between Ger­many, Ecuador and the EU. (See text excerpt below. In this regard, we must remem­ber that the Ger­man econ­o­my [31] is gov­erned by the Bor­mann cap­i­tal net­work.) [32]

“Ice­landic Busi­ness­man Says Plane Ready to Take Snow­den to Ice­land” by  Robert Roberts­son; and Alis­tair Scrut­ton; Reuters; 6/21/2013. [33]

EXCERPT: An Ice­landic busi­ness­man linked to Wik­iLeaks said he has read­ied a pri­vate plane to take Edward Snow­den, the for­mer Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Agency con­trac­tor who exposed secret U.S. sur­veil­lance pro­grams, to Ice­land if the gov­ern­ment grants him asy­lum.

“We have made every­thing ready at our end now we only have to wait for con­fir­ma­tion from the (Ice­landic) Inte­ri­or Min­istry,” Ola­fur Vig­nir Sig­urvins­son told Reuters. He is a for­mer direc­tor of Dat­a­Cell, a com­pa­ny which processed pay­ments for Wik­iLeaks.

“A pri­vate jet is in place in Chi­na and we could fly Snow­den over tomor­row if we get pos­i­tive reac­tion from the Inte­ri­or Min­istry. We need to get con­fir­ma­tion of asy­lum and that he will not be extra­dit­ed to the U.S. We would most want him to get a cit­i­zen­ship as well,” Sig­urvins­son said.

Nei­ther a Wik­iLeaks spokesman nor the Ice­landic gov­ern­ment were imme­di­ate­ly avail­able for com­ment. . . .

“Wik­iLeaks Party’s ‘Admin­is­tra­tive Errors’ Incense Greens” by Bernard Keane;  Crikey.com.au; 8/19/2013. [29]

EXCERPT: A deci­sion by the Wik­iLeaks Par­ty to direct pref­er­ences away from Julian Assange’s strongest polit­i­cal sup­porter has incensed sup­port­ers. They should have known bet­ter.

The fledg­ling Wik­iLeaks Par­ty has inflict­ed major dam­age on itself after a dis­as­trous pref­er­ence allo­ca­tion that saw it pref­er­enc­ing far-right par­ties, apol­o­gis­ing for an “admin­is­tra­tive error” and pref­er­enc­ing the WA Nation­als ahead of Julian Assange’s strongest polit­i­cal sup­porter, Greens Sen­a­tor Scott Lud­lam.

The Sen­ate pref­er­ence allo­ca­tions revealed yes­ter­day showed, in New South Wales, Wik­iLeaks had pref­er­enced the right-wing Shoot­ers and Fish­ers Par­ty and the extreme-right Aus­tralia First Par­ty, run by con­victed crim­i­nal and for­mer neo-Nazi Jim Saleam, ahead of the Greens and the major par­ties. Aus­tralia First wants to end all immi­gra­tion and to restore the death penal­ty.

Soon after the release of the pref­er­ences and a firestorm of crit­i­cism erupt­ed on social media, the par­ty issued a state­ment on its Face­book page blam­ing the pref­er­enc­ing on “some admin­is­tra­tive errors”.

The “error”, the exact nature of which remains unex­plained, appears to have par­tic­u­larly incensed pro­gres­sive vot­ers who had assumed Wik­iLeaks would be a left-wing, Greens-style par­ty. How­ever, Julian Assange has already crit­i­cised the Greens’ totemic asy­lum seek­er pol­icy as “sim­plis­tic and fool­ish” dur­ing the cam­paign and backed off­shore pro­cess­ing, while crit­i­cis­ing both the major par­ties on the issue. On the week­end, Assange said he admired US lib­er­tar­ian Repub­li­cans Ron and Rand Paul, though he expressed con­cern about their posi­tion on issues like abor­tion. Swap­ping pref­er­ences with minor par­ties of very dif­fer­ent ori­en­ta­tions is also stan­dard prac­tice for all par­ties. One par­ty source told Crikey the “admin­is­tra­tive error” in NSW was quite inten­tional and aimed at the Greens. . . .

. . . . Lud­lam has been Assange’s strongest sup­porter inside fed­eral Par­lia­ment, hound­ing the gov­ern­ment over its lack of sup­port for him and its deal­ings with the US over its cam­paign against Assange and Wik­iLeaks. Lud­lam trav­elled to Europe at his own expense in 2011 to talk to Swedish author­i­ties and Aus­tralian offi­cials in the UK about the case.

The deci­sion to pref­er­ence the Nation­als’ David Wirrpan­da ahead of Lud­lam, strength­en­ing the chances of the Nation­als snar­ing the sixth Sen­ate spot ahead of the Greens, is thus an extra­or­di­nary betray­al. . . .

“Wik­ileaks Par­ty Sen­ate Can­di­date: NSW Pref­er­ences a ‘Poor Judge­ment Call’, not Admin Error” by Ter­ence Huynh; Techgeek.com;  8/26/2013. [34]

EXCERPT: Ger­ry Geor­gatos, the num­ber one Sen­ate can­di­date for the Wik­ileaks Par­ty in West­ern Aus­tralia, has said that the Wik­ileaks Party’s New South Wales pref­er­ences fias­co was a “poor judge­ment call” and not an admin­is­tra­tive error.

It was not an admin­is­tra­tive error, it was a poor judge­ment call. I’m not [going to come out] here and bull­shit the audi­ence,” he told the Indy­media pro­gramme (24 min­utes into the pro­gramme) on Perth’s RTR yes­ter­day. His state­ment appears to con­tra­dicts the offi­cial posi­tion giv­en by the Wik­ileaks Par­ty that the pref­er­ences were an “admin­is­tra­tive error”.

In New South Wales, the Wik­ileaks Par­ty pref­er­enced the Shoot­ers and Fish­ers and far-right Aus­tralia First par­ty above the Greens – in direct con­tra­dic­tion to the deci­sions made by the Nation­al Coun­cil. The fias­co, in addi­tion to the West­ern Aus­tralian pref­er­ences, saw Leslie Can­nold, four Nation­al Coun­cil mem­bers and sev­eral vol­un­teers left the par­ty. . . . .

Eco­fas­cism: Lessons from the Ger­man Expe­ri­ence; by Janet Biehl and Peter Stau­den­maier; AK Press [SC] 1995; Copy­right 1995 by Janet Biehl and Peter Stau­den­maier; ISBN 1–873176–73–2; pp. 9–10. [18]

EXCERPT:  . . . The chief vehi­cle for car­ry­ing this ide­o­log­i­cal con­stel­la­tion to promi­nence was the youth move­ment, an amor­phous phe­nom­e­non which played a deci­sive but high­ly ambiva­lent role in shap­ing Ger­man pop­u­lar cul­ture dur­ing the first three tumul­tuous decades of the cen­tury. Also known as the Wan­der­vo­gel, (which trans­lates rough­ly as ‘wan­der­ing free spir­its’), the youth move­ment was a hodge-podge of counter-cul­tur­al ele­ments, blend­ing neo-Roman­ti­cism, East­ern philoso­phies, nature mys­ti­cism, hos­til­ity to rea­son, and a strong com­mu­nal impulse in a con­fused but no less ardent search for authen­tic, non-alien­at­ed social rela­tions.

Their back-to-the-land empha­sis spurred a pas­sion­ate sen­si­tiv­ity to the nat­ural world and the dam­age it suf­fered. They have been accu­rately char­ac­ter­ized as ‘right-wing hip­pies,’ for although some sec­tors of the move­ment grav­i­tated toward var­i­ous forms of eman­ci­pa­tory pol­i­tics (though usu­ally shed­ding their envi­ron­men­tal trap­pings in the process), most of the Wan­der­vo­gel were even­tu­ally absorbed by the Nazis. This shift from nature wor­ship to fuhrer wor­ship is worth exam­in­ing. . . .

“Revealed: Anti­semite was key to Wik­iLeaks Oper­a­tion” by Mar­tin Bright; Jew­ish Chron­i­cle; 6/2/2011. [28]

EXCERPT: The noto­ri­ous anti­se­mitic jour­nal­ist Israel Shamir was active­ly involved in devel­op­ing the Wik­iLeaks net­work — and was not just anoth­er free­lance writer who hap­pened to strike up a work­ing rela­tion­ship with the website’s founder Julian Assange, accord­ing to new­ly-revealed cor­re­spon­dence. [Empha­sis added.]

Emails seen by the Swedish anti-racist mag­a­zine, Expo, demon­strate that the two men co-oper­at­ed for sev­eral years. As ear­ly as 2008 Mr Shamir was asked to rec­om­mend poten­tial asso­ciates in Swe­den. [Empha­sis added.] He sug­gested his own son, Johannes Wahlström: “He is a Swedish cit­i­zen, and lives in Swe­den. Prob­a­bly, he’ll be able to give advice about press free­dom.”

Like his father, Mr Wahlström has devel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion for stri­dent anti­se­mitic views. In 2005, left-wing mag­a­zine Ord­front was forced to with­draw one of his arti­cles, which argued that Israel con­trolled the Swedish media.

An email from June 2010 shows that Mr Shamir was still play­ing a part in the Swedish Wik­iLeaks net­work at that point. “I have a lot of good guys who can help to ana­lyze the trea­sure and it would be good to start spread­ing the news,” he told Mr Assange. “I am now in Paris, and peo­ple want to know more! Tues­day I go to Swe­den, and there is a whole oper­a­tion for your ben­e­fit!” Mr Assange replied: “There cer­tainly is! Tell the team to get ready. Give them my best. We have a lot of work to do.” . . . [Empha­sis added.]

“Israeli Writer Is Swedish Anti-Semi­te” by Tor Bach, Sven Johansen and Lise Apfel­bum; The Search­light; May/2004. [26]

EXCERPT: A man who claims to be one of Israel’s lead­ing intel­lec­tu­als is also a Swedish anti-Semit­ic writer. Israel Shamir presents him­self on his web­site as a lead­ing Russ­ian-Israeli intel­lec­tu­al and a writer, trans­la­tor and jour­nal­ist. But in 2001 he changed his name to Jöran Jer­mas and has sur­round­ed him­self in Swe­den and Nor­way with anti-Semi­tes and strange con­spir­a­cy the­o­rists. . . .. . . Jermas’s trans­la­tor in Nor­way is Hans Olav Brend­berg, a teacher, who was recent­ly asked to leave the exec­u­tive com­mit­tee of a branch of the Red Elec­toral Alliance (RV). The left-wing RV, which took 1.2% of the vote in the gen­er­al elec­tion in 2001 and has over 80 local coun­cil­lors, accused Brend­berg of mak­ing anti-Jew­ish state­ments on the inter­net and in his work as Jermas’s trans­la­tor.

Brend­berg, 35, stirred up con­tro­ver­sy after writ­ing arti­cles for the left-wing dai­ly Klassekam­p­en in which he charged the Jews with killing Christ and hat­ing all non-Jews. But it is through the KK-forum, Klassekampen’s semi-offi­cial web-based dis­cus­sion forum, that Brend­berg has gained most noto­ri­ety for state­ments such as: “Mil­lions of nice Ger­mans have always exist­ed but not one of them is men­tioned in Anne Frank’s Diaries. As for the broad­er pic­ture: is not the world big­ger than the attic of a Dutch city apart­ment block?”

On sev­er­al occa­sions, Brend­berg has referred to Kevin Mac­Don­ald, an extreme right-wing Amer­i­can, as an author­i­ty on Jew­ish mat­ters. Mac­Don­ald, a pro­fes­sor at an obscure Cal­i­forn­ian uni­ver­si­ty, is a white racist, anti­se­mit­ic, anti-black, anti-left apol­o­gist for Hitler’s geno­cide and an invet­er­ate fas­cist.

Mac­Don­ald is per­haps most infa­mous for his claim that the Jews have effect­ed a breed­ing pro­gramme to con­quer oth­er “races”. He appeared in court as a wit­ness on behalf of David Irv­ing, the British qua­si-his­to­ri­an and Hitler admir­er, in his libel case against Deb­o­rah Lip­stadt. . . .

. . . Shamir has found oth­er, even more extreme friends in Swe­den. One of his Swedish trans­la­tors, Lars Adel­skog, is not only a lead­ing fig­ure in the Swedish UFO move­ment but can also be found in the jun­gle of con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries where the Illu­mi­nati, the Freema­sons and lizards in human form are sup­pos­ed­ly work­ing togeth­er to end civil­i­sa­tion as we know it.

Adelskog’s last book bore the pro­found title En tom säck kan inte stå (An emp­ty bag can­not stand) and was pub­lished by the open­ly nazi pub­lish­er Nordiska För­laget. [NB–Carl Lund­strom patron­izes this same pub­lish­ing out­fit, as seen below.) This orga­ni­za­tion also sells books by Mac­Don­ald, Hitler and Irv­ing. In his lat­est book, Adel­skog tries in typ­i­cal nazi style to “prove” that the Nazi geno­cide of the Jews nev­er took place.

Adel­skog was pre­vi­ous­ly the edi­tor of the Swedish “alter­na­tive” mag­a­zine Nexus, where he also spread his pet con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries. The Nation­al­so­cial­is­tisk Front lat­er tout­ed unsold issues of Nexus through its web­site.

Jermas/Shamir him­self is no stranger to con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries. When he vis­it­ed Nor­way in 2001, he made the laugh­able claim in the main­stream news­pa­per Adresseav­isa that many Jews received text mes­sages warn­ing them to get out of the World Trade Cen­tre in New York before the ter­ror attacks of 11 Sep­tem­ber.

Anoth­er out­let that eager­ly pro­motes anti­se­mit­ic con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries is the Russ­ian mag­a­zine Zav­tra and its edi­tor Alexan­der Prokhanov. While in Moscow, Jer­mas worked as a jour­nal­ist for Zav­tra, which has been described as Russia’s most anti­se­mit­ic rag. When the noto­ri­ous racist and for­mer Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke went to Rus­sia to pro­mote his new book, Jew­ish Suprema­cism, and his Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion for the Advance­ment of White Peo­ple, it was on Prokhanov’s invi­ta­tion.

Despite the dogs with which he is will­ing to lie down, Jer­mas does not seem afraid of catch­ing fleas. In the USA, Alex Lin­der of Kirksville, Mis­souri, who has seem­ing­ly fall­en from grace in the Nazi Nation­al Alliance (NA), has set up his own out­fit called the Van­guard News Net­work. Lind­ner [sic] is eager­ly pro­mot­ing a forth­com­ing con­gress of Holo­caust liars in Sacra­men­to this year and pub­lished parts of a pecu­liar email cor­re­spon­dence with Jer­mas, pos­ing under his old name of Shamir. . . .

“The Goal: Take over all Pira­cy” by Peter Karls­son; realtid.se; 3/10/2006. [27]

TRANSLATED EXCERPT: . . . Lund­ström har inte gjort någon hem­lighet av sina sym­pa­ti­er för främ­lings­fientli­ga grup­per, och för­ra året fanns hans namn med på kun­dreg­istret hos det nazis­tiska bok­för­laget Nordiska För­laget. Lund­strom has made no secret of his sym­pa­thy for the xeno­pho­bic groups, and last year was his name with the cus­tomer code of the Nazi pub­lish­ing house Nordic Pub­lish­ers.

– Jag stöder dem genom att köpa böck­er och musik. - I sup­port them by buy­ing books and music. Ni i media vill bara spri­da mis­sak­t­ning om oli­ka per­son­er. You in the media just want to spread con­tempt for dif­fer­ent peo­ple. Ni i media är fyll­da av hat till Pirate Bay, avs­lu­tar en myck­et upprörd Carl Lund­ström. You in the media is full of hatred to the Pirate Bay, fin­ish­ing a very upset Carl Lund­ström.

Nordiska För­laget säl­jer vit makt musik och böck­er som hyl­lar rasis­tiska våld­shan­dlin­gar. Nordic pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny sells white pow­er music and books that cel­e­brates the racist vio­lence. För­laget stöder nazis­ter­nas demon­stra­tion i Salem och bjöd in Ku Klux Klan ledaren till en före­drag­turné i Sverige. Pub­lish­er sup­ports the Nazi demon­stra­tion in Salem and invit­ed the Ku Klux Klan leader [David Duke] for a lec­ture tour in Swe­den. . . .

“Ron Paul Was Impli­cat­ed In Failed White Suprema­cist Island Inva­sion” by Casey Gane-McCalla; newsone.com; 1/20/2012. [24]

EXCERPT: In 1981, a lawyer tried to sub­poe­na Ron Paul to tes­ti­fy in the tri­al of Don Black, a Grand Wiz­ard for the Ku Klux Klan who would lat­er go on to found the white suprema­cist, neo-Nazi web­site, Storm­front. Black was charged along with two oth­er Klans­men with plan­ning to vio­lent­ly over­throw the small Caribbean coun­try of Domini­ca in what they called “Oper­a­tion Red Dog.” While a judge refused to sub­poe­na Paul, Don Black would come back to haunt him many years lat­er.

In 1981 a group of Amer­i­can and Cana­di­an white suprema­cists lead by Klans­man and mer­ce­nary, Michael (Mike) Per­due planned on tak­ing over a small West Indi­an coun­try called Domini­ca by over­throw­ing the gov­ern­ment and Prime Min­is­ter Euge­nia Charles and restor­ing its pre­vi­ous prime min­is­ter, Patrick Johns into pow­er. The group planned to cre­ate an Aryan par­adise in Domini­ca and make mon­ey through casi­nos, cocaine and broth­els.

On the day the group of white suprema­cists were sup­posed to trav­el to Domini­ca, they were arrest­ed by ATF agents and were found with over thir­ty auto­mat­ic weapons, shot­guns, rifles, hand­guns, dyna­mite, ammu­ni­tion, a con­fed­er­ate flag and a Nazi flag. The plan would be dubbed “The Bay­ou Of Pigs” after the failed inva­sion of Cuba.

The leader of the group, Michael Per­due, would plead guilty to plan­ning the coup and turned state’s evi­dence. Per­due would tes­ti­fy that sev­er­al oth­er peo­ple helped orga­nize and fund the coup and that two Texas politi­cians were aware of the plan. Among those Per­due impli­cat­ed were infa­mous white suprema­cist, David Duke, for­mer Texas Gov­er­nor, John Con­nal­ly and Con­gress­man, Ron Paul whom he claimed knew about the plot. Con­nal­ly was cred­it­ed with help­ing Paul win his first con­gres­sion­al elec­tion. . . .

“Ger­many aims to be a good part­ner”; bundesregierung.de; 4/17/2013. [30]

EXCERPT: After their talks the Chan­cel­lor report­ed on the issues that are cur­rent­ly of par­tic­u­lar polit­i­cal impor­tance: a free trade agree­ment, an invest­ment pro­tec­tion agree­ment and voca­tion­al train­ing.

Angela Merkel and Rafael Cor­rea dis­cussed the sit­u­a­tion in Latin Amer­i­ca as a whole. Bilat­er­al rela­tions and also the rela­tions with Latin Amer­i­ca are “emi­nent­ly inter­est­ing”. “Ger­many would like to be an increas­ing­ly good part­ner,” said the Chan­cel­lor.

EU free trade agree­ment with Ecuador

Ecuador is inter­est­ed in join­ing the exist­ing free trade agree­ment between the Euro­pean Union and Colom­bia and Peru. Ger­many, said Angela Merkel, could help sup­port the pos­i­tive devel­op­ment of rela­tions between the EU and Ecuador. “I have said that we will once again be speak­ing with the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion in order to gen­er­ate an impe­tus to bring these nego­ti­a­tions to a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion,” she said.

A sta­ble legal frame­work for eco­nom­ic agree­ment

The talks also touched on the legal con­di­tions for improved eco­nom­ic coop­er­a­tion, and thus the con­clu­sion of a Ger­man-Ecuado­ri­an invest­ment pro­tec­tion agree­ment. “We need a sta­ble legal frame­work,” said the Chan­cel­lor. More talks are to be held between Ger­many and Ecuador on this point.
The Ger­man econ­o­my is also inter­est­ed in expand­ing infra­struc­ture, includ­ing air­ports and roads, said Angela Merkel. She made spe­cial men­tion of coop­er­a­tion in the field of voca­tion­al train­ing, and gave the exam­ple of the voca­tion­al school in Quito, which is attached to the city’s Ger­man school.

Suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment coop­er­a­tion

One focus of bilat­er­al rela­tions is devel­op­ment coop­er­a­tion. On the basis of inter­na­tion­al agree­ments, the two sides have been coop­er­at­ing close­ly for some 50 years. In the face of glob­al cli­mate change, it is par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant to con­serve trop­i­cal rain­forests. Ger­many is one of Ecuador’s largest bilat­er­al donors in the field of devel­op­ment coop­er­a­tion.

In Octo­ber 2012 gov­ern­ment nego­ti­a­tions took place in Quito to decide on coop­er­a­tion over the next three years. For the pri­or­i­ty areas of envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and con­ser­va­tion of nat­ur­al resources and state decen­tral­i­sa­tion and mod­erni­sa­tion, a total of 60.9 mil­lion euros was pledged, i.e. 20.3 mil­lion euros a year. Total assis­tance already stands at some 600 mil­lion euros.

Andreas Fink [6]

EXCERPT: . . . . I’m a mem­ber of the pirate par­ty  [35]in the sec­Tion of Basel where I live.

My com­pa­ny Dat­a­Cell oper­ates a dat­a­cen­ter in Reyk­javik, Ice­land and has been the cred­it card proces­sor of Wik­ileaks in 2010 with all kinds of con­se­quences. . .