Obama's unwelcome in Berlin. He's not wanted. Many Berliners aren't pleased he came. His rhetoric fell short. Doublespeak duplicity is hollow. It doesn't sell well.
As in the 1960s and the subsequent years of protest, the right to demonstrate proves its value for the state as a means of neutralizing exactly the political content and critique that a protest movement wants to put forward. It demands that anyone who announces a basic critique that does not agree with the workings of the state power commit themselves in any case to the state monopoly on violence, thus submit to it. This is the condition for the protest permit and the lever to obligate them to take the restraining perspective of the rule of law.
As expected, the Court caved. On September 12, headlines reported it. The Financial Times said "German politicians declared the road clear for the creation of the eurozone's (500 billion euro) rescue fund after the country's constitutional court rejected a petition to block it."
Filmmakers Noelle Hanrahan and Stephen Vittoria further discuss their new documentary about political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. They explain that the film's title “Long Distance Revolutionary” refers "to a man who in the 1960s, not only cut his teeth and nurtured himself on the revolution that was taking place in the streets, but wholeheartedly believed in all its tenets. Flash-forward to over forty years later and he has never stopped believing, never stopped moving that revolution forward."
By Martin Kreickenbaum - WSWS
At the end of February, the German Interior Ministry published a study entitled “Young Muslims in Germany”. The study’s publication has become the occasion for a renewed campaign against immigrant communities...This deliberate political campaign seeks to limit the study’s findings to that which can be exploited for the dissemination of xenophobic sentiments...[A] dubious scientific study has once again triggered a debate on integration, which is nothing more than a smear campaign against migrants living and working in Germany.
By Edwin Black - Znet
Newly-released documents expose more explicitly the details of IBM's pivotal role in the Holocaust - all six phases: identification, expulsion from society, confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, and even extermination. Moreover, the documents portray with crystal clarity the personal involvement and micro-management of IBM president Thomas J. Watson in the company's co-planning and co-organizing of Hitler's campaign to destroy the Jews.
In Germany, rulers and ruled agree: “We” have built a solid economy, lowered wages for over a decade in exemplary fashion, and strengthened the competitiveness of “our” economy. We have solid growth and our debts are under control. Now “we” must rescue the lazy Greeks, Portuguese, Irish, and who knows who else with new loans, because they have been “living beyond their means.” Even if the self-righteous German view has recently triumphed in Brussels and gains approval from the rest of Europe – not a single word in it is true.
By Verena Nees - WSWS
In the German post-war period, it was long claimed that only the Gestapo (Nazi secret police) were involved in the mass murder and the extermination policies of the Nazis. An exhibition, Order and Annihilation – The Police and the Nazi Regime at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, thoroughly dispenses with this assertion. All sections of the police, including regular uniformed and criminal detection forces, were willing tools of the Nazis.
By Werner Albrecht - WSWS
Going back further into the history of the Olympics, one must conclude they have diverged far from the intent of their modern father, Pierre de Coubertin. There is not much left of his initial vision of fair play and uniting the world’s peoples. Today, it is all about national prestige and big business, with corruption, bribery and doping playing ever-increasing roles.
By Verena Nees - 7 July 2011
Now, following 10 years of rule by the [Social Democrats] and the Left Party, social conditions in the German capital have worsened to such an extent that social protests could break out at any time. Bitterness over the anti-social policies of the Senate and growing inequality in the city is widespread among broad layers of the population...The appointment of [new Berlin police chief Udo] Hansen indicates that the [Social Democratic] leadership is preparing to respond to intensifying social tensions with increased state force.
By Nicole Goebel - March 27, 2011
Over 200,000 protesters took to the streets in Cologne, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg to pressure the government into abandoning nuclear energy generation...Alarmed by the nuclear crisis in Japan, environmental and religious groups as well as unions organized the demonstrations, which kicked off in Cologne's city center, where nearly 40,000 people turned up to support the cause.
By Victor Grossman - November 16, 2010
Using ropes, some young people descended halfway from railroad bridges to force the train to stop. Others hastily grabbed stones out from under the tracks and in this way prevent their use. Far more, young and old from all over Germany, simply sat down on the tracks until police carried them away...The long railroad trip with 123 tons of radioactive uranium waste in eleven containers could not be stopped on its long journey from northern France, but committed crowds...forced route changes and 14 hours of delays in both countries.
Jews for Peace - Ships to Gaza
We're a group of German and international Jews living in Germany who are sending a ship with goods and musical instruments to Gaza. We're part of a larger European project that is sending supplies in the spring of 2010...We're acquiring a ship, loading it up in Germany, then picking up passengers (Jewish and non-Jewish, German and non-German) at a Mediterranean port...Solidarity against the occupation!
April 10, 2010 - Monthly Review
The decision to send this letter was taken following repeated reports of your party's actions on the situation in Israel/Palestine. The participation of senior members of your party in a January 2009 demonstration in Berlin in support of the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip...and the silence of a majority of senior party officials concerning the Israeli occupation policy clarified for us, amongst other things, the need for clear intervention on our part.
By Daniel Tencer - March 27, 2010
Evidently spooked by the collapse of the Dutch government over the country's involvement in Afghanistan, the CIA has put together a strategy proposal to prevent what it fears could be a "precipitous" collapse of support for the war in Afghanistan among European allies...A document marked "confidential/not for foreign eyes," posted to the Wikileaks Web site, suggests strategies to manipulate European public opinion on the war, particularly in France and Germany.