February 27, 2012

The "Kremlin" operation

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By Mikhail Kryzhanovsky
 
I'm 30 years in espionage and counterespionage and I have knowledge and experience no other spy has because I worked for 5 special services , including KGB USSR, SBU ( Ukraine), KGB, FBI and the U.S. Secret Service.

My KGB intelligence officer career came to an end when USSR collapsed in 1991. It's interesting that every KGB officer knew about anti-Gorbachev conspiracy 6 months before it happened in August 1991, because since March the USSR President has been critisized at every KGB field office. More interesting - no one out of 50 000 officers reported this information to Gorbachev.

Next 2 years,as SBU (Ukrainian Security) illegal spy under the cover of political analyst and "Nostalgia" newspaper reporter, I worked in Moscow (operation “Kremlin”). My job was to get into Russian President Boris Yeltsin "inner circle" and influence his decisions, extremely anti-Ukrainian at the time. I met people who knew Yeltsin well, like Russian Parliament Constitutional Committee Chairman Rumyantsev and one of Yeltsin’s photographers, who asked me to work for him.

In February 1992 , I could kill Yeltsin with a Stechkin 9 mm automatic pistol or SVD sniper rifle if ordered so by Ukrainian President Kravchuk. I'm a very good sniper with KGB anti-terror "Nabat" group experience and I knew perfectly well how FSO (Federal Security Service) protected Yeltsin. Besides, in 1986 I joined A. Gromyko, Chairman of the USSR Supreme Soviet (actually, the USSR President), KGB 9th Department security team during his visit to Gorky city and it was a big experience.

February 24, 2012

Lech Kaczynski's death under investigative scrutiny...

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Polish Underground Soldiers 1944-1963 - The Untold Story

Explosive testimonies of experts shed new light on the causes of April 10, 2010 crash of Polish government Tupolev, TU-154M, in Smolensk, Russia. 

February 17, 2012: Excerpts from the meeting of the Polish Parliamentary Commission set to investigate the causes of the Polish government plane crash near Smolensk, Russia, on April 10, 2010, presided by Mr. Antoni Macierewicz.

Testimony of Colonel Tomasz Grudziński, Ret., former Deputy Director of Bureau for Government Security (Pol. abr. BOR – Biuro Ochrony Rzadu) before Antoni Macierewicz's Parliamentary Commission, excerpts:
"I take full responsibility for what I am about to say; I am under impression that what took place [in regards to providing an adequate security for the President Lech Kaczynski, and the Polish delegation flying to Smolensk, Russia by the Bureau of Government Security - Pol. abbr. BOR - Biuro Ochrony Rzadu] wasn't a simple dereliction of duty, but rather, it was a [premeditated and] conscientiously carried out effort of somebody, who in unofficial capacity, was diminishing the importance of all international visits undertaken by our late president, Lech Kaczynski. I state this with full understanding [of what it means], also remembering my 9 colleagues [who died in the crash], who just like the president [Lech Kaczynski], put their lives in the hands of those, who where to provide them with [the necessary] security. I once again ask you, those gathered here - would you like the present Bureau for Government Security to provide the security to you as well?"

The Euro Crisis and the Decline of Europe



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Reuters news service reported on February 14, 2012 that the “rating agency Moody’s warned it may cut the Triple A rating of France, Britain, and Austria, and it downgraded six other European nations including Italy, Spain, and Portugal citing growing risks from European debt crisis.”
What appeared in 2008 as imminent European political integration is now in a state of disarray.  What seemed inconceivable just four-years ago – the idea that the European Union (EU) would devolve back into nation-states in part or as a whole — is now being seriously considered.  Greece, a member state of the EU and a member of the euro-zone, is now a candidate for ejection.

The “Great War” and Tyranny: E. E. Cummings and John Dos Passos on the Destruction of Order 1914-18




The conservative historical view tends to correlate the ascendancy of the ideological dictatorships with the degrading tumult of World War II, making of the Nazi-Communist rivalry in the 1930s the tense build-up to that war while interpreting the conflict itself as a paroxysmatic re-ordering of world politics. The regulation of the re-ordered world would be technocratic and autocratic – it would ideological – whether the victorious global hegemon was the United States of America or the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. A type of elective étatisme was in the air. The British majority, for example, voted socialist immediately the conflict ended, contemptuously booting the architect of the victory, Winston Churchill, from office. France and Italy contended with large, well-organized Communist Parties and likewise embarked on the nationalization of their economies and the provision of generous welfare guarantees to the citizenry. The liberal colonization of institutions begins in this period, to become implacable and irreversible about the time that the Soviet Union dissolves in 1990. Quite apart from historical discussion, many non-scholars who think of themselves as conservatives nourish the notion that the “soft” totalitarianism of the contemporary politically correct regime in the West has only a short pedigree and that but a few decades ago, as in the 1950s, perhaps, tradition still reigned and things were in their proper proportion and arrangement. Of course such a view ignores the “enlightened” managerialism of Woodrow Wilson and the socialist quasi-dictatorial style of Franklin D. Roosevelt, just as it ignores the mobilized character of such phenomena as Suffragism and Prohibitionism, early phases of the liberal project that confusingly coincided with the anti-immigration and anti-Communist movements.

February 23, 2012

How to remain a nation state

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DAVID OWEN 7:40am


Britain out of Brussels' clutches by 2020? It can happen, says David Owen, in a piece for the magazine this week. It's based on a speech to Peterhouse College, Cambridge. Here's the full version:


In all the controversy about the eurozone and Greece it is easy to ignore one simple fact: maintaining a core eurozone is creating an unstoppable momentum towards a United States of Europe.
On 7 February 2012 the German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated very clearly her direction of travel. The eurozone crisis for her is to be the springboard to another Treaty to replace the Lisbon Treaty. She said ‘Step-by-step, European politics is merging with domestic politics.’ She called for ‘comprehensive structural reform’ of the EU with closer integration to overcome what she called ‘major shortcomings’.

She had some months earlier, barely recognised in the UK, signed up to campaigning with fellow Christian Democrats across Europe for direct elections for the posts of President of the Commission and much more surprisingly and far-reachingly for the President of the European Council. A position that was only recently introduced as part of the Lisbon Treaty as an intergovernmental coordinator of the meetings of Heads of Government. Now following the logic of that earlier position she makes clear that member states ought to be ready to cede further powers to the EU and that the European Commission ought to function more as a European government, with the Council of Ministers acting as a ‘second chamber’ working alongside a strengthened European Parliament.

Yet, intriguingly, she went on to stress, ‘We want to have Great Britain in the European Union. We need Britain, by the way. I want to say this emphatically, because Britain has always given us a strong orientation in matters of competitiveness and freedom and in the development of the single European Market.’

Adolf Hitler was KGB?

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Mikhail Kryzhanovsky - 2/22/2012

1. In May 1940, Germans surrounded 400 000 British troops at the French port of Dunkirk and 200 000 more - at other ports. Hitler ordered to stop Kleist's Tank Army, ready to slaughter half a million Brits and end up the British empire. He also ordered Goering to stop airstrikes. He saved the enemy, allowing them to flee to Great Britain. No explanation.

2. In 1941, he appointed Goering his successor. No explanation.

3. On June 22, 1941 Hitler attacked the USSR. On July 1, 1941 he stopped the tank forces at Moscow suburbs and refocused the direction of the main attack to the south. No explanation.

4. In 1942, Hitler began to destroy the German economy - he ordered Martin Bormann to transfer Reichsbank funds to offshore companies. The order was a top secret.

5. On March 19, 1945, Hitler ordered to terminate the German industry, communications and transport (to end the war, of course). Albert Speer, the Minister of Armaments, managed to sabotage the order and Germans kept fighting for a month and a half.

6. Hitler's fate is unknown:

- allegedly committed suicide by taking cyanide
- allegedly committed suicide - shot himself
- allegedly was shot
- allegedly KGB exhumed corpses and identified Hitler and Eva Braun
- allegedly their bodies were buried on the territory of the Soviet military base in Magdenburge, East Germany, and in 1970 KGB Chairman Y. Andropov ordered to burn the bodies. Why?

Now, something absolutely impossible -Stalin did not even bother to find Hitler, dead or alive - official order doesn't exist ! A small KGB team arrived from Moscow for 1 (one) day , looked at Führer's bunker and... left.

Hitler was a KGB asset?

Mikhail Kryzhanovsky worked for KGB USSR, field Counterespionage Division. After graduating the Counterespionage School training, he served as field officer and KGB "Nabat" counter-terror group member (sniper). In 1987, he graduated KGB Intelligence institute and served at a KGB field Intelligence Division. In 1991, after USSR collapsed, Kryzhanovsky joined SBU (Ukrainian Security Service) and was in charge of SBU's espionage operation in Moscow against Russian President Boris Yeltsyn. In 1995 he was recruited in the USA by the CIA. He is the author of "The Professional", "White House Special Handbook", (Algora, New York, 2007) and "Espionage and Counterespionage Handbook" (PublishAmerica, 2012.) He is a Republican National Committee member since 2006.

http://www.globalpolitician.com/27324-hitler-kgb-russia-germany

February 22, 2012

EU Plans to Withhold Funds From Hungary

February 22, 2012 | From theTrumpet.com

Hungary appears to be turning into the next Greece. The country has failed to reduce its deficit, and today the European Commission reacted. The executive arm of the European Union has announced a proposal to withhold from Hungary $655 million in EU development funds.
“The commission took a decision today to propose to partially suspend commitments of the EU Cohesion Fund for Hungary from January next year onwards because of non-compliance with the latest council recommendation in January to correct its excessive deficit,” said Olli Rehn, EU commissioner for economic and monetary affairs.
This is the first time the European Commission has taken such an action against one of its members as punishment for an excessive deficit.
Hungary’s deficit has exceeded the EU’s limit ever since it joined the bloc in 2004. When one-off measures are stripped out, Hungary’s deficit has consistently remained above the EU’s threshold, which is 3 percent of economic output.
However, Hungary has resisted EU interference and has not made any changes to reduce its spending. In recent months, all three major credit rating agencies have downgraded Hungary’s creditworthiness to junk.
EU development funds are an important source of funding for Hungary, equivalent to half a percent of the country’s gross domestic product. The commission’s threat to withhold the funds would take effect in 2013, giving the member state until the end of the year to take action and avoid the sanctions.
“I want to underline also that this decision today is to be regarded as an incentive to correct a deviation, not as a punishment. It is a fair and proportionate measure of a preventive nature,” said Rehn.
Though EU officials portray today’s action as an encouragement rather than a punishment, the greater truth is that the European Union is now wielding tremendous power over nations that were formerly sovereign—especially those that are poorer. Expect Hungary’s sovereignty to fade away just as Greece’s has, and for EU authority to continue to strengthen.

http://www.thetrumpet.com/9128.7952.0.0/economy/euro/eu-plans-to-withhold-funds-from-hungary

The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom




Top-down, international regulation is antithetical to the Net, which has flourished under its current governance model. 


By ROBERT M. MCDOWELL

On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year's end. As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of his allies is to establish "international control over the Internet" through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices.
If successful, these new regulatory proposals would upend the Internet's flourishing regime, which has been in place since 1988. That year, delegates from 114 countries gathered in Australia to agree to a treaty that set the stage for dramatic liberalization of international telecommunications. This insulated the Internet from economic and technical regulation and quickly became the greatest deregulatory success story of all time.

Farewell to the Free Market?


Farewell to the Free Market?

Western governments have compounded the economic crisis by rejecting the one force that can end it.

German chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders have muffled market signals about the euro.
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German chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders have muffled market signals about the euro.
In the years leading up to 2007, the rules necessary to govern a flourishing market economy broke down, producing a financial and economic crisis. Rather than responding to the crisis by fixing those rules, the West aggressively repudiated market economics, and the repudiation continues to this day. Through their actions, which have lately involved everything from European debt to the American financial system to house prices in Britain, government officials around the world have revealed a disturbing assumption: that they can decide how to allocate resources better than markets can. No longer, it seems, do Western governments use investor signals as valuable feedback in devising effective policies; instead, they ignore those signals and plow ahead with their policymaking, leaving chaos in their wake. Often, in fact, public officials actively mute market signals in a vain but destructive attempt to impose their own will on struggling economies.
The rejection of markets helps explain the strange inertia of 2011. Across the free world, the year went out just the way it had come in. In December, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Nicolas Sarkozy convened a breakthrough summit to rescue Europe’s single currency and its debt-crushed nations from speculators—just as they had done a year earlier. President Barack Obama ended the year bickering with Congress over short-term stimulus measures to jump-start recovery—just as he had done a year earlier. British prime minister David Cameron concluded 2011 promising to do something about bank executives’ rewarding themselves with massive bonuses while refusing to lend to home buyers and small businesses . . . just as he had done in late 2010. Global stock indices were stuck in limbo, at best, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average listlessly flirting with 12,000 as 2011 came to a close, just as it had 12 months previously.

February 21, 2012

The "Smolensk Widow" Exposes the "Smolensk Lie"

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The "Smolensk Widow" Exposes the "Smolensk Lie" - An interview with Dorota Gosiewska

In the end, they finally eliminated the enemies they hated for so many years.

Beata Gosiewska - The Smolensk Widows
It is difficult to even find an analog in history to these events. Deaths that befall much of a nation's leadership aren't usually accidents, either legitimate or designed to look like such.

Of course part of this is that any major accident wiping out a good measure of a nation's leadership is invariably assured of some investigation by disinterested parties - except in this case, where the Russian government had the "boots on the ground" and the Polish government soon to be under the administration of Donald Tusk and Bronislaw Komorowski, had to choose between consolidation of power and some favorable trade agreements with Russia, or a "delicate" situation ...
Above: Beata Gosiewska & her children. Photo source: se.pl

The “TV Trwam” broadcasted how on the day the coffin with my husband's body was flown [to Poland from Russia], Mr. Marshall [of the Polish Sejm (Parliament) Bronislaw] Komorowski, stood along with Prime Minister [Donald] Tusk, and minister of foreign affairs Radoslaw ["Radek"] Sikorski, all jubilant, and in great moods. I noticed very quickly, that it was with great difficulty, that they were hiding their elation, and feelings of at last, being finally victorious.

Did you receive any information as to what happened, aside from what the [official] media reported?

No. No one told me anything. After two days, then Marshall [of the Sejm - Polish Parlimanent] Bronislaw Komorowski called me. With some cursory niceties, he expressed his condolences to the Przemyk's [translator’s note: “Przemyk” is short for “Przemyslaw”, the first name of Dorota’s Husband, the late Deputy Chairman of Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość) Przemysław Edgar Gosiewski] mom. After that, there were no further official contacts. On Sunday, the family flew to Moscow.


February 19, 2012

The destruction of the demos in Greece

Thursday 16 February 2012
Bruno Waterfield

The destruction of the demos in Greece


The crisis in Greece is born of the Euro elite’s blatant attempt to replace democracy and politics with bureaucratic rules and procedures.
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Implacably, relentlessly, step by step, Greece is being destroyed to preserve a political order supported by all the European Union’s member countries, whether they are in or out of the Euro.

What happens in Greece will mark the opening of a new era in European politics. It is important therefore to understand what is and isn’t going on. The crisis is not, as many believe, being driven by ‘neoliberal’ economic policies. It isn’t caused by any Greek cultural propensity to fecklessness either. And, despite the protest graffiti and the timeless appeal of Nazi references, the Greek tragedy is not a plot to restore an explicit German hegemony in Europe.

Angela Merkel is no Adolf Hitler.

What is happening in Greece is a crisis of European proportions because it is the sharpest expression of a destructive trend common to all countries in the EU: the twenty-first-century elite mission to place institutions, policy and statecraft above society. The Greek catastrophe, then, is an indicator of what happens when the question of interest or politics becomes the sole preserve of bureaucratic or state structures decoupled from, and increasingly defined against, the public.

Measures imposed on Greece are explicitly declared, even celebrated, as being in opposition to Greek society. Any attempt by political parties to uphold the democratic representation of Greek interests is met with aggressive hostility. Moreover, the EU-IMF programme, or so-called Memorandum of Understanding, for Greece is utterly divorced from economic reality. As documented in the Daily Telegraph, the Eurozone’s policies are pushing Greece into a ‘death spiral’ that defies any economic logic.

The Greek economy was expected to contract by three per cent last year. In reality, it shrank by up to seven per cent as EU-imposed austerity measures laid waste to the real economy.

Everything Must Go! The Great European Fire Sale

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All over Europe, nations have been looking for a quick, innovative way out of the debt trap. Unfortunately, they've all had the same idea. Tom Bawden explains, while Charlie Cooper anatomises the great European fire sale

What do Rome's 2020 Olympic bid, Portugal's Shrove Tuesday carnival, Greece's sunlight, Ireland's National Stud, Spain's national lottery and Britain's national air traffic control service have in common? Answer: they are all being either sold or cancelled by European governments desperate to whip their public finances back into shape after a decade of living beyond their means.


Such measures would once have suggested incomprehensible panic. Now everyone's at it. It would have been more surprising if Mario Monti hadn't called off an Olympic bid that could have swallowed up €9.5bn (£8bn) that his near-bankrupt nation didn't have.

Iceland's Viking Victory


EMU shroud-wavers need a better argument (Photo: PA)

Congratulations to Iceland.

Fitch has upgraded the country to investment grade BBB – with stable outlook, expecting government debt to peak at 100pc of GDP.

The OECD's latest forecast said growth will be 2.4pc this year, after 2.9pc in 2011.

Unemployment will fall from 7pc last year to 6.1pc this year and then 5.3pc in 2013.

The current account deficit was 11.2pc in 2010. It will shrink to 3.4pc this year, and will be almost disappear next year.

The strategy of devaluation behind capital controls has rescued the economy. (Yes, I know there is a dispute about exchange controls, but that is a detail.) The country has held its Nordic welfare together and preserved social cohesion. It is slowly prospering again, though private debt weighs heavy.

Nobody is forcing the elected government out of office or appointing technocrats as prime minister. The Althingi sits untrammeled in its island glory, the oldest parliament in the world (930 AD).


The European project is splitting apart at the very core

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A gulf is growing between France and Germany over the future of the eurozone.

Clashes between police and protesters continue in Athens - The European project is splitting apart at the very core
Clashes between police and protesters continue in Athens 

Behind all the spin, smoke and fury of recent days, we see unfolding the greatest crisis in the history of the “European project”. What is emerging is a fundamental split which threatens to inflict on it by far the most serious reverse in its 62-year history. It is apt that this conflict should centre on what was always designed to be the supreme symbol of the drive to full European integration, the euro.
As Greece plunges into meltdown – its economy shrinking by more than a fifth, Athens burning, 200,000 businesses already closed or on the brink, unemployment approaching 25 per cent – it is clear that the EU is separating into two irreconcilable camps. On one hand, the defenders of the orthodoxy, led by the Commission and supported by France (which is exposed to a Greek default more than any other country), is battling to hold the line with another massive bail-out. They know that for Greece to leave the euro would be an unprecedented defeat for integration, with almost unimaginable consequences as other overborrowed countries follow suit. To avert this they are prepared to work as closely as possible with the puppet prime minister the EU has imposed on Athens to do its bidding.

February 18, 2012

Germany has two Balkan policies


A heart rending scene from Greece

Germany has two Balkan policies. It switches from one to the other like a business that follows contradictory policies depending on whether it is trying to cut the costs or expand its market share.
1- Isolationism: Bismarck said "the Balkans are not worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier." He also promised that he would not make any objections to Russian occupation of the Turkish straits.
2- Engagement: Kaiser Wilhelm II visited Turkey and emphasised the importance of Germany's friendship. He made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and later pressed Turkey to proclaim the Great Jihad against the zsar.
During the Cold War, West Germany and Turkey were close. After reunification, Turkey got the cold shoulder from Germany. Now it's Greece's turn. Prussia is at peace with Russia so who needs friends in the Balkans?
There are psychological objections, too. Greece is a symbol of avariciousness and parasitism in Germany now. The EU cohesion funds and the CAP were mostly financed by Germany. Even the cheap borrowing that brought Greece here is a result of abused German largesse. The FT has an editorial on the effects of mistrust.
Malignant mistrust threatens to be the death of Greece
"Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath"
Solon, ancient Greek lawmaker
http://britanniaradio.blogspot.com/2012/02/heart-rending-scene-from-greece-germany.html

February 16, 2012

Germany's Deliberate plan for Greek default

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Germany's Deliberate plan for Greek default



WHERE DICTATORSHIP SEEMS ALMOST REASONABLE:

It has been the euro elites German plan (reflected in Germany's history of planning economic relationships to develop into political takeover) for the Euro to cause maximum chaos out of which central political dictatorship can destroy what remains of national sovereignty. Should the destruction be so great that even willing lambs to the slaughter like Greece rebell then they must be thrown out.
Here is an excellent article (from The Slog) on the timetable of what Germany has been doing to bring about the exit of Greece.

From the well informed blog “The Slog” 16/2/12Reviewing the timeline of the Greek Debt Marathon, the back end of it is pretty obviously one of persistent sabotage from Berlin, Brussels, and the IMF

1. It’s the second week of January 2012, and the bondholder deal is a few small steps away from lawyers crossing t’s and dotting i’s. Enter Schauble saying the haircut is nowhere near short enough. Bondholders’ leader Charles Dalloran walks out.

2. The Troika barges into the Athens/Bondholder talks, and they turn into chaos, then grind to a halt.

The Collapse Of Societies And Cultures

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Guy Leven-Torres

15th February 2012


Marx was almost correct when he said that history is cyclical, or words to that effect. However this much vaunted, overrated hero of the Left was something of a rather mediocre thinker, although like most of his political 'philosophical' ilk, he would not agree with this judgement. Many of his kind spent their lives existing on the good intentions of others and Marx like so many Marxists, of which he was the pre-production model and template for the rest, usually applied what they thought after long hours of thinking, to others not themselves- 'Do as I think, not what I do'. In truth a better maxim would be,'Do as I think, not what I fail to do'. This latter maxim could be applied across the political class of today and George Orwell was quite correct in his portrayal of Socialism in his book 'Animal Farm'. As the saying goes 'The pigs have it!'

Actually from what I have observed of swine kind, they are quite happy with a nice sty, plenty of garbage food, lots of mud, plenty of poop for a good roll about in. In the simplicity of their manner they are noble and unambitious creatures. They are also the finest recycling centre in Nature. Why the Moslems and Jews fail to appreciate sus scrofa domesticus -common pig and its virtues, as in the fact that every part of it can be used for something or other to feed and clothe humans, is simply quite unfair. Roast pork is sumptuous and delightful to eat. It is one of my favourite meats. Pigs are also rather intelligent, which is more than one could say for most of those who emulate Marx.

A Hungarian conservative on Germany’s problems


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Germany, the country many Europeans expect to lead the continent out of today’s crisis, is in crisis herself. A conservative Hungarian historian blames “the generation of 1968” for Germany’s problems


“Left-wing liberal intellectuals have kept Germany in a state of spiritual terror for decades, causing terrible destruction” – historian Mária Schmidt writes on komment.hu.

Schmidt remarks that Germany’s school system used to be the best in the world, until the left-wing rebels of the sixties managed to ruin it, when they occupied the leading intellectual positions in Germany. A hundred years ago, almost ten thousand Americans were studying in German Universities. At present, none of Germany’s universities are to be found among the world’s best fifty institutions. In an effort to expand equality, the liberals have introduced a new spirit according to which performance is no longer valued.

In Germany “everyone conforms” to the liberal creed and those who don’t are finally discredited, Maria Schmidt contends. “Speech is a lot less free in today’s Germany than it used to be in Hungary during  Kádár’s last decade”, although the communist control machinery was then still intact, she claims.

She believes Germany has still not come to terms with her past. The post-war generation was ashamed of their fathers and refused to ponder the suffering millions of Germans had to go through during and after the war. “We will not be able to meet the new challenges of the 21st century as long as Europe’s strongest nation is still a prisoner of the 20th,” Mária Schmidt concludes.

http://budapost.eu/2012/02/a-hungarian-conservative-on-germany%E2%80%99s-problems/

February 13, 2012

What Does the Ayatollah Want?

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My previous analysis of the Iranian crisis focused on whether Israel or the United States will preemptively attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. This question does not require us to investigate which course of action is right or wrong, strategically sound or unsound. The question is whether a certain military action will be taken or not. Today’s column will leave this question and focus on the Iranian side. What does the Iranian leadership want? What are they trying to achieve? What unintended consequences are likely to follow?
On Saturday President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran is about to unveil “major achievements in the nuclear domain.” He said an announcement would follow in a matter of days. More than a week ago, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran would never give up. “We will respond to threats of war and oil sanctions.” Indeed, Iran is suffering from sanctions and the freezing of assets.
UN Security Council Resolution 1696 calls on Iran to suspend all uranium enrichment and related activities. Several other UN Security Council Resolutions have been passed, basically restricting Iranian access to technology and equipment. The European Union has passed sanctions against Iran, as well as several nations – including Canada, Australia, Switzerland, India, the United States and South Korea.