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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 25, 2015 Iran Case Is So Secret It Can't Go On
QUOTE: When only the government gets to speak, and does all its talking in secret, there's no check over its actions. Who is a district judge to stand up to the anonymous director of some anonymous intelligence agency? The result is not just bad for the rule of law. It's an embarrassment to the entire judiciary.
Bloomberg View Dec 19, 2013 The Nazi Art Theft Crisis in Europe
QUOTE: For decades, the keepers of Nazi-looted art have been biding their time until various statutes of limitations lapsed. They have hidden behind archaic laws that complicate the return of looted works of art to their rightful owners—or have simply refused to investigate red flags....However, our hyper-viral media landscape has revealed the shenanigans of the art world to a larger and less tolerant audience
Time Magazine Jul 30, 2013 Car hacking scientists agree to delay paper that could unlock Porsches University of Birmingham and Dutch university say they will respect injunction from High Court to stop paper that could detail ho
QUOTE: The University of Birmingham says it will defer any publication of an academic paper which reveals secret codes to bypass the security on top-end cars including Porsches and Bentleys following a high court injunction....The Guardian's article has prompted a massive debate about the balancing interests of industry and those of scientists, a debate that has infected all sectors ranging from medicine to car manufacturing.
Guardian Unlimited Mar 01, 2013 The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking
QUOTE: The researchers have cataloged some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, spanning German-controlled areas from France to Russia and Germany itself, during Hitler’s reign of brutality from 1933 to 1945. The figure is so staggering that even fellow Holocaust scholars had to make sure they had heard it correctly when the lead researchers previewed their findings at an academic forum...
New York Times Oct 28, 2011 Greek Anger on Debt Agreement Is Focused Especially on Germany
QUOTE: As Greeks suffer from harsh austerity measures, there is growing popular sentiment here that the country has ceded key parts of its sovereignty, and its pride, to its foreign lenders. Here in Greece, anger is running so high — especially toward Germany, whose Nazi occupation still leaves deep scars here and which now dominates the European Union’s bailout of debt-ridden Greece
New York Times Oct 26, 2011 Europe Agrees to Basics of Plan to Resolve Euro Crisis
QUOTE: European leaders, in a significant step toward resolving the euro zone financial crisis, early Thursday morning obtained an agreement from banks to take a 50 percent loss on the face value of their Greek debt.
New York Times Aug 12, 2011 Hidden archive exposes WWII slaughters
QUOTE: Between September 1943 and April 1945, the Nazis' calculated campaign of violence spared no one. In some cases, women, children and the elderly were viciously murdered alongside the men, as villages were overrun. "15,000 Italians were killed," said Dr. Gianluca Fulvetti, a historian who has published two books on wartime atrocities in Italy.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 23, 2011 Norway Attacks Put Spotlight on Rise of Right-Wing Sentiment in Europe
QUOTE: The success of populist parties appealing to a sense of lost national identity has brought criticism of minorities, immigrants and in particular Muslims out of the beer halls and Internet chat rooms and into mainstream politics. While the parties themselves generally do not condone violence, some experts say a climate of hatred in the political discourse has encouraged violent individuals.
New York Times Jun 22, 2011 Nazi hunting: How France first "civilized" the Internet
QUOTE: France has long attempted to "civilize" the Internet out of things like racism and Nazi ideology by curbing their dissemination. In fact, the first battle in this war concluded a decade ago. The winner was France; the loser was the then-reigning giant of the Web—Yahoo—along with the notion that the Internet is a "global" place that inherently transcends national boundaries.
Ars Technica Apr 08, 2011 Why humanitarian wars can go so wrong
QUOTE: The big democracies usually stand idly by during the worst atrocities, including the Holocaust and the genocide in Rwanda… Western democratic leaders have powerful political incentives to do humanitarianism on the cheap… These governments were more worried about the safety of their own soldiers than about protecting Bosnian civilians.
Washington Post Nov 28, 2010 Leaked Cables Offer Raw Look at U.S. Diplomacy
QUOTE: A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.
New York Times Jun 03, 2010 The Holocaust in Lithuania: One man's crusade to bring justice
QUOTE: Within five months of Nazi Germany's invasion in the summer of 1941, most of Lithuania's 200,000 to 220,000 Jews were dead....The pace of the mass murder of Lithuania's Jews -- and the active participation of the local population -- are meticulously recorded in two of the most infamous documents of Holocaust history.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 21, 2010 Stocks plummet as Germany gets tough on financial speculators
QUOTE: A German crackdown on financial speculators threw global markets into a tailspin Thursday, sparking the largest losses on Wall Street in a year, infuriating other European powers as they try to stabilize the ailing euro and raising questions about the ability of world leaders to coordinate their efforts at financial reform.
Washington Post May 15, 2010 Google Data Admission Angers European Officials
QUOTE: European privacy regulators and advocates reacted angrily Saturday to the disclosure by Google, the world’s largest search engine, that it had systematically collected private data since 2006 while compiling its Street View photo archive.
New York Times Apr 30, 2010 The Bitter Pills in the Plan to Rescue Greece
QUOTE: Racing to secure financial aid and avoid a debt default, the Greek government has agreed to austerity measures totaling 24 billion euros (about $32 billion) that will include cutting some workers’ pay and some public sector jobs as well as opening up parts of the economy, Greek officials said Friday.
New York Times Mar 24, 2010 Abuse Scandal’s Ripples Spread Across Europe
QUOTE: The fallout from the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church settled across Europe on Wednesday, as prosecutors said they were weighing criminal charges against a priest suspected of molesting children in Germany, and Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of a bishop accused of mishandling allegations of abuse in Ireland.
New York Times Nov 14, 2009 No Parade for Hans
QUOTE: The German men and women in Afghanistan set off for war without the support of the populace, and they know that when they return there won’t be crowds cheering in the streets, ready to make heroes of them. Germany has turned its back on hero worship. The soldiers fight alone.
New York Times Oct 28, 2009 Germany Looks at Ways to Protect Online Journalism
QUOTE: The new governing coalition [in Germany], led by Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democrats and including the Free Democratic Party, has pledged to create a new kind of copyright to protect online journalism.
New York Times Aug 09, 2009 Germans wary as mosque rises in Cologne: Plans to build the largest mosque in the country highlight a fundamental demographic change that some fear poses a threat to Europe's Christian culture.
QUOTE: Cloaked within complaints about noise, parking, and its [a large mosque planned to be built] possible impact on property values was the unease of a Germany that is coming to grips with a fundamental demographic change – the rise of its Muslim minority – and worried that it might pose a threat to Europe's Christian culture.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 20, 2009 The Gnome with the Nazi Salute: Art or a Crime?
QUOTE: In a case that pits art against the country's anti-Nazi laws, prosecutors in the south German city of Nuremberg launched an investigation last week after a gnome giving the Hitler salute was put on display in the window of an art gallery.
Time Magazine Dec 21, 2008 Extradition Of Terror Suspects Founders: Al-Qaeda Suspects Remain in Britain Years After Arrests
QUOTE: a decade later, none of the defendants has moved any closer to a U.S. courtroom....Britain and other allies have long complained about Guantanamo, the tribunals and extralegal U.S. tactics used to fight al-Qaeda. At the same time, however, they have often blocked or resisted efforts by the U.S. government to prosecute accused terrorists in federal court.
Washington Post Nov 28, 2008 Legal Hurdles in West Slow Pursuit of Pirates
QUOTE: bureaucratic and legal hurdles facing international institutions and national governments have so far defeated most efforts to deal with the nimble crews of pirates in speedboats....But some legal experts in Germany said that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and an existing United Nations mandate to combat Somali piracy already provided all the legal cover necessary for muscular action against the pirates.
New York Times Nov 11, 2008 WW II vet held in Nazi slave camp breaks silence: 'Let it be known'
QUOTE: a catalog of deaths and atrocities he says were carried out on U.S. soldiers held by Nazis at a slave labor camp during World War II....Acevedo's story is one that was never supposed to be told. "We had to sign an affidavit ... [saying] we never went through what we went through."
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 18, 2008 Tour de France Team Out After Test
QUOTE: The Tour de France lost one of its top teams Thursday when Italian rider Riccardo Ricco tested positive for a new-generation variant of the blood-boosting drug EPO and his Saunier Duval-Scott team withdrew from the race. Ricco, the winner of two stages in the Tour’s first nine days and in ninth place in the race so far, tested positive after the fourth stage of the race last week, according to the French Anti-Doping Agency.
New York Times Jun 12, 2008 Out of Step With Allies, U.S. Defends Freedom to Offend (American Exception)
QUOTE: In the United States, that debate has been settled. Under the First Amendment, newspapers and magazines can say what they like about minority groups and religions — even false, provocative or hateful things — without legal consequence....Canada, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia and India all have laws or have signed international conventions banning hate speech. Israel and France forbid the sale of Nazi items like swastikas and flags. It is a crime to deny the Holocaust in Canada, Germany and France.
New York Times May 27, 2008 Ex-Manager Tells of Bribery at Siemens
QUOTE: A former manager of Siemens, the European engineering company, testified Monday about an intricate system of slush funds and bribery at the company as the first trial on allegations of corporate corruption in Germany began....Mr. Siekaczek described how managers carefully signed Post-it notes that had been affixed to potentially incriminating documents so that they might later peel away evidence of their imprimatur if necessary.
New York Times Feb 18, 2008 Tax Scandal in Germany Fans Complaints of Inequity
QUOTE: Evidence that Germany’s rich tucked away their cash in Liechtenstein and other tax havens is creating a new narrative in German politics: the betrayal of the elites, who have spent the last decade calling for a painful reform of the welfare state, even as they apparently avoided paying their fair share.
New York Times Jan 22, 2008 Siemens’s Prosperity Doesn’t Obscure Bribery Scandal
QUOTE: In its investigation [of internal bribery allegations], Siemens has identified “suspicious payments” totaling 1.3 billion euros ($1.88 billion) that may have been used as bribes to win contracts.
New York Times Dec 18, 2007 A Lawsuit Will Determine the Fate of 2 Picassos
QUOTE: That lawsuit, filed this month in Federal District Court in Manhattan, now pits an heir of the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy family against the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art. The heir, Julius H. Schoeps, a grandson of one of Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s sisters, has claimed that two of the Picassos — “Le Moulin de la Galette,” done in 1900, and “Boy Leading a Horse,” from 1906 — were sold under duress during the Nazi regime, and thus, belong to him.
New York Times Dec 02, 2007 U.S. Credit Crisis Adds to Gloom in Arctic Norway
QUOTE: these Norwegian towns are links in a chain of misery....duped by Terra’s brokers, who did not warn them that these types of securities were risky and subject to being cashed out, at a loss, if their market price fell below a certain level.
New York Times Nov 25, 2007 Holocaust Survivors, Heirs Push Old Claims: Germany Long Ago Settled Most Cases, But Many Remain
QUOTE: More than 76,000 claims filed by Jewish families and other Nazi-era victims who had owned property in the former East Germany remain unresolved. About 60,000 Jews who applied for special pensions payable to people the Nazis forced to work for subsistence wages in ghettos were turned down. And owners of stolen artwork complain that efforts to find their collections have been stonewalled by German museums, despite a 1999 pledge to clear up the issue.
Washington Post Oct 23, 2007 Court Strikes Down ‘Volkswagen Law’
QUOTE: Striking down one of Europe’s most visible symbols of economic protectionism, the European Court of Justice ruled today that a German law shielding Volkswagen from a hostile takeover illegally restricts the free flow of capital within Europe.
New York Times Oct 05, 2007 New Union, Old Prejudices: The plan was to rid Italy’s streets of squeegee people and panhandlers. What went wrong—and what it says about the country’s attitude toward the nomads known as Roma.
QUOTE: In recent weeks Italy has declared itself under siege by the people they call zingari and sinti, pejorative local terms for Roma, who also sometimes call themselves gypsies. Headlines from the leading newspaper, Corriere della Sera, scream about “The Invasion of Nomads,” Rome’s daily Il Messegero begs “Help!” and La Repubblica complains on its front page, “There Are Too Many! Rom Emergency.”
Newsweek Sep 24, 2007 Germans Drop Bid for Extraditions In CIA Case: 13 Agency Operatives Charged in Kidnapping
QUOTE: German authorities confirmed Sunday that they have dropped their efforts to seek the extradition of 13 CIA operatives charged in the kidnapping of a German citizen in the Balkans four years ago. German Justice Ministry officials said they would not formally press the U.S. government to hand over the agents after U.S. officials made clear in recent weeks that they would not cooperate.
Washington Post Sep 11, 2007 New U.S. Law Credited in Arrests Abroad
QUOTE: The government’s ability to eavesdrop on terrorism suspects overseas allowed the United States to obtain information that helped lead to the arrests last week of three Islamic militants accused of planning bomb attacks in Germany, Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, told senators on Monday.
New York Times Sep 07, 2007 Germany Debates Security Measures
QUOTE: The difficulties investigators have had in obtaining the authorization from a judge to arrest them highlights a broader debate about the tradeoff between civil liberties and security, one that is particularly fraught in Germany, given its 20th century history.
New York Times Aug 01, 2007 The Politics of Blackmail
QUOTE: The cosmopolitan son of Libyan leader Muammar Kaddafi is surprisingly frank about the Middle East and his former pariah state’s nukes-for-prisoners deal with France.
Newsweek Jul 06, 2007 Did Siemens Cheat the World Bank?: Investigators are looking into whether the German engineering giant lined its own pockets on a Pakistan power plant project
QUOTE: Siemens is alleged to have artificially driven up the costs for the construction of a power plant completed in the Punjab region of Pakistan during the late 1990s. The result may have been several millions worth of inflated World Bank subsidies for the project.
BusinessWeek Jun 14, 2007 Losing Count
QUOTE: After 60 years, Holocaust survivors are inching toward extinction. ... Most are in their 80s and 90s. Unless immediate measures are taken, many of those who survived the Nazi evil will soon die without a proper measure of dignity. .... Why aren’t the [various global financial settlements] being used to care for Holocaust survivors in whose name and for whose benefit these restitution initiatives were undertaken?
New York Times May 07, 2007 German Dilemma: Who Owns the Wind?: Germany's courts are dealing with an increasing number of disputes over wind turbines, especially the distance between neighboring wind farms
QUOTE: The crux of the case is earnings. When two wind turbines are located too close to one another, one often falls into a slipstream. The propellers in the first wind farm decrease the wind pressure hitting the rotor blades in the second wind farm located in the slipstream.
BusinessWeek Apr 20, 2007 E.U. Ministers Agree on Rules Against Hate Crimes, Racism
QUOTE: The documents urge E.U. nations to impose prison sentences of up to three years for individuals convicted of denying genocide, such as the mass killing of Jews during World War II or the massacres in Rwanda in 1994.The rules would require countries to prosecute offenders in connection with killings that have been recognized as genocides by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. But some political figures said the regulations could undermine freedom of speech, expression and the press.
Washington Post Mar 05, 2007 Unpaid interns struggle to make ends meet: Workplace experts are questioning the fairness of unpaid or extremely low-paying entry-level positions.
QUOTE: "Unpaid internships are certainly available or certainly commonplace," says Mark Oldman, coauthor of numerous internship guides and cofounder of Vault Inc., a career counseling company. According to a survey conducted by his firm last year, 36 percent of students said they were not paid for their internships.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 01, 2007 Germans Charge 13 CIA Operatives
QUOTE: The CIA's clandestine program of abducting suspected terrorists and taking them to secret sites for interrogation unraveled further on Wednesday as German prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 13 agency operatives in the kidnapping of a German citizen in the Balkans in December 2003. The case is the second in which European prosecutors have filed charges against CIA employees involved in counterterrorism operations. Italian prosecutors have charged 25 CIA operatives and a U.S. Air Force officer with kidnapping a radical cleric on a Milan street in 2003...
Washington Post Jan 29, 2007 Cutting Back on Smokers' Liberté: With Upcoming Ban, France Joins Growing Push in Europe to Reduce Cancer Toll
QUOTE: With a tentative first step planned for Thursday, France joins a growing movement in Europe, where governments are increasingly bowing to citizens' demands for an end to smoking in public places....An attempt last year in France to establish tougher smoking laws suffered a similar fate when the government of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, faced with plummeting public support and widespread student and labor strikes, postponed enacting a smoking ban, even though polls showed it had wide public support.
Washington Post Jan 17, 2007 EU proposes new door for legal immigration: Officials met this week to weigh a type of African guest-worker program promoting 'circular migration.'
QUOTE: Central to success for the creators of the new approach to guest workers will be finding a way for young people to cross back over borders. Schäuble, in remarks at the EU meeting in Dresden Monday, noted that he was well aware of the difficulty of getting workers to return to their home countries and stressed the need for sending countries to ensure their workers' return.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 08, 2007 To keep out a neo-Nazi foothold, one German town unites
QUOTE: According to the German Ministry of the Interior, there were about 8,000 politically motivated right-wing crimes between January and August 2006. That's double the number that were counted during the same period in 2004 and a 20 percent increase over 2005. Far-right parties have also made stunning electoral gains in parts of the nation's ragged east.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 28, 2006 Taking Terror Fight to N. Africa Leads U.S. to Unlikely Alliances
QUOTE: quandaries facing the United States as it extends its fight against Islamic terrorism to remote parts of the globe. In its search for allies in an unstable region, the U.S. government reached out to Libya -- then still officially designated a state sponsor of terrorism -- and to other countries it has condemned for abusing human rights.
Washington Post Oct 20, 2006 Taking on the veil: West looks to assimilation
QUOTE: The longer the cultural dissonance generated by 9/11, the "war on terror," and suicide attacks ensues, the harder it is getting to ignore the semidetached status of Muslim communities.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 05, 2006 Germany Probes Fairfax Contractor in Iraq: Prosecutor Looks Into Possible Money Laundering After $10 Million Fraud Verdict
QUOTE: A German prosecutor is investigating the possibility that an American contractor who was ordered to pay the government millions of dollars for cheating on a contract in Iraq may be using his wife to funnel money through foreign bank accounts, according to a letter from the prosecutor.
Washington Post Jun 07, 2006 C.I.A. Knew Where Eichmann Was Hiding, Documents Show
QUOTE: The Central Intelligence Agency took no action after learning the pseudonym and whereabouts of the fugitive Holocaust administrator Adolf Eichmann in 1958, according to C.I.A. documents released Tuesday that shed new light on the spy agency's use of former Nazis as informants after World War II.
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