German farmers unhappy with 'Green Deal' restrictions

Published by carolyn on Fri, 2020-01-17 13:41

 Lines of about 200 tractors from four surrounding areas descend on Berlin's Straße des 17. Juni, near Brandenburg Gate on Friday. The Victory Column is in the background.


HUNDREDS OF TRACTORS CLOGGED GERMAN CITIES on Friday as farmers vented their frustration over environmental regulations. The states where convoys of farmers were out in force were Bavaria and Baden Württemberg in the south, Hesse in central Germany and Lower Saxony in the north, as well as Bremen and Berlin.

The protest coincides with International Green Week, an annual food and agricultural fair that started today (Friday, Jan 17) in Berlin.

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Jews rally for stronger laws, more money, increased tolerance to root out 'antisemitism' in US

Published by carolyn on Sun, 2020-01-05 18:15

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on Jan. 5, 2020 is (left to right) NY Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Shumer, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, carrying the sign "No Hate, No Fear." The very tall Mayor Bill de Blasio walks behind the two senators.


 By Carolyn Yeager

JEWS RALLIED TO DRAW A CROWD OF AS MANY AS 25,000 in New York City Sunday to respond to what they say is a rash of anti-Jewish attacks in recent weeks. Coverage of the event so far has only been by specific Jewish media and the New York Times.

According to reports, marchers gathered in lower Manhattan for speeches from Hasidic leader Rabbi David Niederman and Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others at 11 a.m., then started walking across the Brooklyn Bridge at about noon for more speeches by leaders including Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan in Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza.

Wishing you a “Lucky” New Year 2020

Published by carolyn on Tue, 2019-12-31 11:21

Old German New Year greeting card reads Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum neuen Jahre – “Congratulations on the new year.” Herzlich translates as cordial, hearty, sincere or heartfelt. Glückwunsch is literally wishing you good luck.


by Carolyn Yeager

HERE WE HAVE THE BRIGHT-RED, white-spotted “lucky” mushroom (Glückpilz) that I wrote about last year which can actually be found growing wild in Europe and the United States. It contains psychoactive substances so do not ingest if you're lucky enough to find one! More luck in the form of the four-leaf clover is being offered by the angelic tots atop the little boy's mushroom abode, while the delegation of children announce the new year with a trumpet, accordian, and a bouquet of fresh greenery, all symbols of the Neujahr.

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2019 ends and 2020 begins in a wave of antisemitism hysteria

Published by carolyn on Thu, 2019-12-26 14:15

Trying to look dignified and friendly, the frontpeople of the Fifth WORLD Holocaust Forum announce their event "Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism" will take place in Jerusalem on Jan. 23, 2020. Left to right: Avner Shalev, Chairman of Yad Vashem; Israel Katz, Israel's Foreign Minister; Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel; and billionaire Russian-born oligarch Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the Forum.


By Carolyn Yeager

THE CHARGE OF ANTISEMITISM HAS BECOME THE PREFERRED CUDGEL used to beat the non-Jewish world into submission to Jewish demands.

Along with the always highly publicized January 27 “International Holocaust Remembrance Day” Anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau liberation—there are several other antisemitism-themed developments that have arisen in December as well. The most closely connected to 'Holocaust Day' is the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, scheduled to take place on January 23, 2020 at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, under the auspices of the President of the State of Israel. The four previous Forums were held in Poland, Ukraine and Czech Republic—the last in January 2015, the first in 2005—and all four had the theme “Let My People Live.” This year's theme is new: “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism.” More on this later.

Christmastime greetings

Published by carolyn on Fri, 2019-12-20 00:52

Wishing you

all the blessings and cheer

of the Christmas season

This sweet German card personifies the essence of Christmas to me: the innocence of a child who can delight and believe in its magical characters and events. The most special of all special times of the year, at Christmastime the world can be transformed and we can share, through a child's eyes and uncritical nature, in the spirit of abundance and giving. 

Merry Christmas!

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Art & Culture

'Special Treatment for Poles' necessary to reach EU Green Deal

Published by carolyn on Sun, 2019-12-15 15:08

All smiles as European leaders Merkel and Macron greet each other in Brussels ahead of pushing the deadline for "climate neutrality" to 2050. They ended up allowing Poland to exempt itself from the agreement.


By Carolyn Yeager

THE COMMITMENT TO ACHIEVE CLIMATE NEUTRALITY BY 2050 (after having failed to reach the previous 2030 target) was agreed to by all at the current climate summit in Brussels … except for Poland. Deutsche Welle reported:

“Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced he had secured an exemption from 2050 climate neutrality” even though “the bloc had offered generous funding [of 100 Billion euros!] for regions that would be most affected by the fossil fuel phaseout.”

Ursula Haverbeck denied early release commonly given to all prisoners in Germany

Published by carolyn on Fri, 2019-12-13 13:03

Ursula Haverbeck at age 89, prior to being incarcerated in a German prison. She turned 91 in November.


By Carolyn Yeager

This is the bare-bones report published Dec. 12 by the Associated Press:

BERLIN (AP) — A German court decided Wednesday that a notorious 91-year-old neo-Nazi serving a two-year sentence for Holocaust denial shouldn't be released early.

Ursula Haverbeck was convicted of incitement by a court in the northern town of Verden in 2017 and started serving her sentence last year.

Angie goes to Auschwitz

Published by carolyn on Sat, 2019-12-07 16:14

Angela Merkel poses under the famous gate with her Jewish entourage: WJC's Ronald Lauder to her right, the Jewish Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki to her left, and museum director and guide Piotr Cywinski at far left of photo. The white head of Josef Schuster, leader of Germany's Council of Jews peeks over Merkel's left shoulder.


By Carolyn Yeager

IN THE MIDST OF POLITICAL DIFFICULTIES FOR HER PARTY and for her government partnership with the SPD (which just elected new leaders who show little interest in continuing their participation with Merkel's CDU), the German chancellor found time for a seemingly surprise first visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and museum in Poland.

She is only the third chancellor to ever visit Auschwitz—the previous two being Helmut Schmidt in 1977 and Helmut Kohl in 1989. This past September, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) spoke in Warsaw and condemned pre-1945 Germany for “putting its interests ahead of Europe's” as a whole, saying “Germans must oppose nationalism” and that Germans should not feel they are the “better Europeans.” Steinmeier attacked his own country for what Poland is increasingly pursuing for itself: a more nationalist (Poland First) path. Go figure.

Outrage by usual suspects over anti-fascist organization losing its nonprofit status

Published by carolyn on Wed, 2019-11-27 13:34

A demonstrator carrying the VVN organization's flag with the red triangle symbolizing political prisoners, mainly communist, in front of the former Buchenwald concentration/internment camp entrance in Germany.


By Carolyn Yeager

THE LONG-RUNNING SCAM OF a “holocaust camp survivors organization” that dates back to 1945 may be coming to an end.

The Union of Persecutees of the Nazi Regime/Federation of Antifascists (VVN-BdA), is being denied its nonprofit tax benefits status by Berlin because it was cited as a left-wing extremist organization or group by the Bavarian state domestic intelligence agency. According to a report in Der Spiegel magazine, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz is keen to cut tax benefits for groups that try to influence political debate.

Jews in Britain “own” the Church of England, says report

Published by carolyn on Sun, 2019-11-24 14:40

By Carolyn Yeager

THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND HAS PUT OUT an authoritative document titled “God's Unfailing Word” that shockingly calls on Christians “to repent for centuries of antisemitism which ultimately led to the Holocaust,” according to The Guardian news of November 21.

The document says it seeks to promote a new Christian-Jewish relationship.

Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, wrote a foreward to the official document in which he said the chief rabbi of Britain Ephraim Mirvis, who was given the privilege of writing an afterword to the C of E report, was “a friend,” and his comments were received in a spirit of friendship, “however tough they are to read.” The two men are said to be personally close.

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