Another threat against equality before the law

Tomorrow, the European Parliament will vote on two agreements on trade and investment between the EU and Singapore. Just like TTIP, CETA and other similar agreements, the EU-Singapore deal is not primarily about trade. It is a another threat against equality before the law. The EU-Singapore deal contains a form of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and is supposed to be a model for future agreements.

See the petition STOP ISDS.

Follow-up of Brabant and Octoberfest cases

NATO’s “Stay Behind” is suspected to have been involved in murders and terror attacks in a number pf European countries during the Cold War.

In Belgium, an ex-gendarme has recently been arrested on suspicion of hiding evidence regarding the Brabant killings, which took place in the 1980s.

In Germany 2014, the Octoberfest bombing case was reopened. One year before, the German historian Andreas Kramer testified that his father had as a “Gladio/Stay Behind” officer been involved in the bombing in 1980 (link to German article).

Honor the victims of the Holocaust, not the perpetrators

Since 1945, the word Holocaust has been used for the genocide of millions of European Jews, as well as members of some other persecuted groups, by the German Nazi regime during World War II. A book by Ruta Vanagaite and Efraim Zuroff about the Holocaust in Lithuania has recently been translated to Swedish. An article in Swedish explains why 27,000 copies of the original book are being destroyed. This is a translation of part of the article:

The Holocaust in Lithuania distinguished itself in several ways. In no other country (with a larger Jewish population) in the Europe occupied by Hitler, such a large proportion of the Jewish inhabitants were exterminated.

Of the 220,000 Jews that existed before the war, 96 percent were killed. Only 8,000 survived. The participation of the indigenous people in the Holocaust was unique in its scope, as about 20,000 Lithuanians participated in some form. In addition, the Lithuanians took an active part in the extermination of the Jews also in Belarus.

The country has not seriously dealt with its past. War criminals are still hailed today as heroes and streets and squares are named after people who participated in the murdering.

Since Ruta Vanagaite released the book Mūsiškiai or “Our People” in Lithuania a few years ago, she has continued to dig in history. But the authorities in Lithuania and the public opinion have proved extremely sensitive to her research.

Read also about Lithuania’s Museum of Holocaust Denial.

What is behind the media failures?

When Glenn Greenwald examins the media failures on the Trump/Russia story, he finds that

all of these “errors” go only in one direction: namely, exaggerating the grave threat posed by Moscow and the Trump circle’s connection to it. It’s inevitable that media outlets will make mistakes on complex stories. If that’s being done in good faith, one would expect the errors would be roughly 50/50 in terms of the agenda served by the false stories. That is most definitely not the case here. Just as was true in 2002 and 2003, when the media clearly wanted to exaggerate the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and thus all of its “errors” went in that direction, virtually all of its major “errors” in this story are devoted to the same agenda and script

Meanwhile, the English translation Journalists for Hire: How the CIA Buys the News of Udo Ulfkotte’s German bestseller is extremely difficult to buy. Today, only a few used books are available on Amazon, at a price from 691 USD!