Germany’s Christmas Market Season Opens in Royal Fashion

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The Royal flag flies over the castle while the fog settles in

The Hohenzollern family kicked off Germany’s annual Christmas Market season at their ancestral castle in the Swabian Alps, south of Stuttgart. Although it is not the country’s biggest Christmas Market, the German press is unanimous in saying it is the most beautiful. Over ten thousand people visited the castle in the Swabian Alps the last week end of November and the first week end of December to buy unique handmade gifts and taste regional specialties.

This year the Crown Prince of Prussia, George Frederich, had more to celebrate than the 20th edition of the Royal Weihnachtsmarkt. He also announce the birth of his fourth child, Prince Heinrich.  Continue reading “Germany’s Christmas Market Season Opens in Royal Fashion”

Tübingen hosts Fair Trade Chocolate Fair

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Happy artisans display their ware (copyright kazolias)

ChocolART held in Tübinghen every December is Germany’s biggest Chocolate Fair.  The eleventh edition of ChocolART saw over 250,000 people flood into the medieval university town for the four day festival to admire the handiwork of chocolate makers from around Europe as well as Africa and Latin America.

The waiting list for those who want to take part grows longer every year,” said the Fair’s manager, Hans-Peter Schwarz. Twelve countries are represented with over 100 stands. Continue reading “Tübingen hosts Fair Trade Chocolate Fair”

Syria: German Court Rules US-backed Rebel Group is Terrorist Organization

Stuttgart, Germany. What happens when a German court labels as “a foreign terrorist organization” an American backed rebel group in Syria?  The western press basically ignores it. Continue reading “Syria: German Court Rules US-backed Rebel Group is Terrorist Organization”

Syria : Further proof US is aiding Islamic killers

Was Ambassador Christopher Stevens running guns to Syria for the CIA when he was killed in September 2012 in Benghazi?  New evidence points in that direction. The United States has been repeatedly accused of arming Syrian Islamists, in part with Libyan weapons shipped through Nato to Turkey and then over the border. An interview in Aleppo by a German reporter (1), released this week and given wide coverage in Germany and Russia but little elsewhere , brings further proof to the allegations.  But US complicity with the Islamists goes much deeper. Continue reading “Syria : Further proof US is aiding Islamic killers”

War in Algeria: Remembering the Harkis – a dark page in French colonial history.

Paris, France. If there is one thing you did not want to be in France in 1944, it was a suspected Nazi collaborator or a woman who slept with a German. In 1962, the last thing you wanted to be in Algeria was a Harki; an Algerian who fought against the independence of his country and in favor of French rule.

Continue reading “War in Algeria: Remembering the Harkis – a dark page in French colonial history.”

Vive La Commune !

l1020280Their hair has long turned gray. They have visions of barricades dancing in their heads. They have fire in their eyes and the same determination they had as youngsters in the 1968 revolts. Some 200 veterans of class struggle in France answered the call of the association Friends of the Paris Commune – 1871 on Saturday to celebrate the short-lived People’s Republic which became a springboard for proletarian revolution for a century. Continue reading “Vive La Commune !”

The Looming Civil War in France

An estimated 1.2 million Muslims in France would prefer Islamic rule to the secular Republic. 28% of the Muslims polled believe Sharia law comes before the laws of France. This is the conclusion drawn from a poll published by the Institut Montaigne which says nearly a third of the estimated four million Muslims in France have “adopted a system of values clearly opposed to the values of the Republic.” That is a large ocean to swim in for the 15,000 potential Jihadists said to be living in the country. Continue reading “The Looming Civil War in France”