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French investigators: Co-pilot accelerated plane on descent

French investigators: Co-pilot accelerated plane on descent

By The Associated Press

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PARIS (AP) — The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight repeatedly sped up the plane as he used the automatic pilot to descend the A320 into the Alps, the French air accident investigation agency said Friday.

The chilling new detail from the BEA agency is based on an initial reading of the plane’s “black box” data recorder, found blackened and buried at the crash site Thursday.

It strengthens investigators’ initial suspicions that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally destroyed the plane — though prosecutors are still trying to figure out why. All 150 people aboard Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf were killed in the March 24 crash.

The BEA said the preliminary reading of the data recorder shows that the pilot used the automatic pilot to put the plane into a descent and then repeatedly during the descent adjusted the automatic pilot to speed up the plane.

The agency says it will continue studying the black box for more complete details of what happened. The Flight Data Recorder records aircraft parameters such as the speed, altitude, and actions of the pilot on the commands.

Based on recordings from the plane’s other black box, the cockpit voice recorder, investigators say Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed.

Lubitz spent time online researching suicide methods and cockpit door security in the week before crashing Flight 9525, prosecutors said Thursday — the first evidence that the fatal descent may have been a premeditated act.

German prosecutors have said Lubitz’s medical records from before he received his pilot’s license referred to “suicidal tendencies,” and Lufthansa, Germanwings’ parent company, said it knew six years ago that Lubitz had had an episode of “severe depression” before he finished his flight training.

In Marseille, prosecutor Brice Robin said that his investigation focuses on France for now, but he has filed a formal request for judicial cooperation from Germany that could expand the scope of his probe.

Robin underlined French investigators’ conviction that he was conscious until the moment of impact, and appears to have acted repeatedly to stop an excessive speed alarm from sounding.

“It’s a voluntary action that guided this plane toward the mountain, not only losing altitude but correcting the aircraft’s speed,” he said Thursday.

The mountain rescue officer who found the data recorder, Alice Coldefy, described Friday the unexpected discovery in a spot that had already been repeatedly searched.

“I found a pile of clothes, we were searching it, we were moving them downhill and while doing this I discovered a box. The color of the box was the same as the gravel, of the black gravel, that is everywhere at the crash site,” she told reporters in Seyne-les-Alpes.

So-called black boxes are actually orange, but this one had burned up in the crash and blended with the dark earth covering the area, known to local guides as “the black lands.”

“I didn’t realize I had found it and I wasn’t thinking it was possible to find it among all this debris,” she said.

Mountain officers and trained dogs are continuing to search the site. When the terrain is fully cleared of body parts and belongings, a private company will take out the large airplane debris.

Lufthansa knew of co-pilot’s previous ‘severe depression’ in 2009

Lufthansa knew of co-pilot’s previous ‘severe depression’ in 2009

The co-pilot who crashed Flight 9525 into a French mountainside last week had informed the German carrier Lufthansa in 2009 about a “previous episode of severe depression,” the airline said on Tuesday, raising fresh questions about the series of decisions that allowed Andreas Lubitz to stay in the skies.

The admission that the company knew at least some of the history of Lubitz’s mental illness came after the company’s chief executive, Carsten Spohr, said publicly last week that Lufthansa — parent of the budget airline Germanwings for which Lubitz worked — had no previous knowledge of his medical history.

In a statement Tuesday, however, the carrier said it wanted to issue a “swift and seamless clarification.” In 2009, Lubitz had taken several months off during his training to become a pilot. When he resumed the program, Lufthansa said, he provided the airline “medical documents” that noted his bout of severe depression.

The company said it had forwarded those documents to prosecutors who are now handling the crash as a homicide case.

Under European aviation law, pilots with active and untreated cases of depression are prevented from flying. But if deemed medically cured, there may have been no legal impediment for Lubitz to continue his training and obtain his license, experts say.

However, pilots who have attempted “a single self-destructive act” — such as suicide — are legally barred from commercial flying. Also, pilots who are taking psychotropic medications — such as popular antidepressants — as part of their therapy, for instance, have some limitations, including a stipulation that they not be alone in the cockpit.

German prosecutors said Monday that Lubitz had suffered from “suicidal tendencies” for which he was treated over an extended period. The prosecutors said that the treatment occurred before he was issued a pilot’s license and that they had found no indications that he was recently suicidal.

But Germany authorities have said that he had been issued multiple doctors’ notes judging him unfit to work, including one covering the day of the plane crash. At least one of the notes was found torn up in his apartment.

The system depends on employees reporting their own medical conditions to their employers, and Lufthansa has said that it was not aware of the recent medical problems.

An official familiar with the investigation said Tuesday that authorities were not examining the Lufthansa Group for any negligence. Lufthansa provided investigators with information about Lubitz’s airline medical examinations and copies of previous correspondence with the airline, the official said. But since the depressive episode occurred in 2009, the official said that investigators did not believe Lufthansa was immediately culpable.

During Lubitz’s employment with Germanwings, starting in 2013, his medical certificates and examinations declared him flightworthy.

A Lufthansa spokeswoman said that the company had graduated him from its rigorous flight school, despite the previous depressive episode, because following medical checks “he was perceived to be healed.”

“At any time he was flying, he was declared fit to fly,” the spokeswoman said, who spoke on the condition that her name not be used, a German custom.

When asked whether Lufthansa had known about any subsequent psychological condition, she said: “Not that we are aware of.”

Germany’s medical examinations for pilots give a yes-or-no answer to employers about whether aviators are ready to fly, offering no space for additional information or caveats. Officials familiar with the investigation have said that one working theory is that Lubitz was concerned about losing his medical certificate when it came up for renewal later this year.

Michael Müller, chief executive of ATTC, a company that helps prepare pilot candidates for entering flight schools, including Lufthansa’s, defended the carrier’s track record. He said he was aware of at least one instance, for example, when the company had pulled a pilot from the cockpit after his ex-wife had committed suicide.

“I’m afraid it will never be possible to prevent these things from happening entirely,” he said. “In my view, Lufthansa did not fail. When a doctor says someone is healthy and he is certifying this, then he is allowed to fly. In a pilot’s career, it can happen that you get ill, also psychologically. You can’t simply say, ‘We’ll let him go.’ ”

The Lufthansa Group has already offered $53,635 to families of every victim to cover immediate living expenses. The new revelation was likely to open the airline to far greater damages. A Lufthansa spokesman said Tuesday that its insurer, Allianz, had set aside $300 million to pay for liability claims from victims’ families.

French President François Hollande visited German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday, where the two discussed the ongoing investigation into the catastrophe alongside a range of other issues.

Hollande called for bolstering the checks on pilots over European skies, saying that he was working toward “ensuring that we can strengthen our safety rules for piloting these aircraft.”

He said that more than 800 people were laboring at the mountain crash site to push the investigation forward as quickly as possible.

Separately, a French aviation investigation agency said Tuesday that it had begun a study of “systemic weaknesses” that may have led to the crash. The French Bureau of Investigations and Analyses for Civil Aviation Security said it would focus on the procedures used “to detect psychological profiles,” as well as look at cockpit safety rules.

German investigators offered few new details about the status of their inquiry on Tuesday. One official familiar with the investigation said that the initial questioning of Lubitz’s family and girlfriend had been completed but that investigators remained in contact with them as new issues arose.

The official said that neither Lubitz’s parents nor his girlfriend were aware of any suicidal impulses ahead of the plane crash.

Birnbaum reported from Düsseldorf.

German Muslim Terrorist Co-Pilot Treated For Multiple Psychological Disorders

German Muslim Terrorist Co-Pilot Treated For Multiple Psychological Disorders

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Killer co-pilot sought treatment for problems with his VISION and was treated by neurologists for ‘severe overload syndrome’ and a ‘serious psychosomatic illness’

  • The pilot concealed medical conditions that would have stopped him flying, including psychological disorders
  • Andreas Lubitz should have been off sick on day he deliberately crashed plane into mountainside
  • Torn-up sick notes have been found in 27-year-old’s flat which showed he had hidden extent of illnesses from Germanwings
  • Lubitz had sought help for vision problems in the weeks leading up to the crash despite being deemed ‘fit to fly’
  • He told former girlfriend he was planning an act so horrifying his name would be remembered forever
  • He was a master of hiding his darkest thoughts and frightened his former lover so much she decided to leave him

Killer co-pilot Andreas Lubitz sought treatment for problems with his vision in the weeks before he deliberately crashed his Germanwings A320 Airbus into the French Alps.

The problems may have meant the end of his flying career, officials disclosed.

He was also treated by several neurologists and psychiatrists for ‘severe overload syndrome’, which can be debilitating. Whether his vision complaints were linked to his psychological difficulties is unknown.

Erratic: Lubitz (pictured) was a master of hiding his darkest thoughts and would wake up from nightmares screaming ‘we’re going down’. He also told his former lover that he was planning a heinous act

Erratic: Lubitz (pictured) was a master of hiding his darkest thoughts and would wake up from nightmares screaming ‘we’re going down’. He also told his former lover that he was planning a heinous act

Tributes: Relatives place flowers in the village of Le Vernet in the French Alps, close to the crash site of the Airbus A320, for the victims
Tributes: Relatives place flowers in the village of Le Vernet in the French Alps, close to the crash site of the Airbus A320, for the victims

Officers reportedly found a variety of drugs used to treat mental illness at his flat in Dusseldorf, appearing to substantiate claims he was severely depressed.

And a former partner described him as a tormented, erratic man who was a master of hiding his darkest thoughts and would wake up from nightmares screaming ‘we’re going down’.

The 26-year-old Germanwings stewardess, known only as Maria W, revealed to a German newspaper how Lubitz ominously told her last year:

‘One day I will do something that will change the whole system, and then all will know my name and remember it.’

It is not clear how severe Lubitz’ eye problems were, but officials confirmed that evidence found at his home suggested he was being treated for psychological issues. It is understood that he hid his health problems from Germanwings.

Two officials with knowledge of the investigation said the authorities had not ruled out the possibility that the problems with his vision could have been psychosomatic, the New York Times reported.

The revelation came after German investigators revealed that the 27-year-old should have been off sick on the day he deliberately flew his 149 passengers and colleagues to their deaths in the Alps.

Investigators said medical sign-off notes were found at his home – including at least one that covered the day of the crash – and Dusseldorf University Hospital confirmed he had been a patient there over the past two months.

While the hospital would not initially disclose his condition, bosses confirmed that he had been evaluated at the clinic in February and on March 10.

The hospital, which has its own eye clinic, later denied speculation that he sought treatment for depression at the centre but would not confirm he had attended for vision problems, citing privacy laws.

It came as German newspaper Welt am Sonntag said police found evidence at his flat which suggested he was suffering from ‘severe burnout syndrome’ – a serious psychosomatic illness.

A source in the police investigation team told the newspaper that Lubitz was treated by several neurologists and psychiatrists, before adding: ‘This is clear from personal notes stored and collected by the pilot.’

‘Severe burnout syndrome’ is a state of emotional, mental and physical ‎exhaustion and is often linked to those in jobs with high stress levels.

It’s symptoms include alienation and negativity towards their work environment and colleagues and it is also known to cause suicidal tendencies and anger issues.

German state prosecutors and police declined to comment on the media reports, adding there would be no official statements on the case before Monday.

Earlier, Lubitz’s former lover Maria, who claimed to have dated the pilot and keen runner for five months after the pair met while flying across Europe together, said he ‘never really’ spoke of illness but she was aware he was receiving psychiatric treatment.

She said they spent ‘several nights’ in hotels together and described him as a ‘nice and open-minded’ man.

However, she claimed there was a difference between his professional and his private ego, with him being ‘soft’ and needing love when the couple were alone but becoming ‘someone else’ when they talked about work.

She told Bild: ‘We spoke a lot about work and then he became another person. He became agitated about the circumstances in which he had to work, too little money, anxiety about his contract and too much pressure.’

His personal problems and erratic behaviour became so severe that the flight attendant decided to call the relationship off after fearing his increasingly volatile temper.

‘During conversations he’d suddenly throw a tantrum and scream at me,’ she said. ‘I was afraid. He even once locked me in the bathroom for a long time.’

Despite parting from Lubitz, Maria said previous conversations with him suddenly ‘made sense’ when she heard about the crash on Tuesday.

She said: ‘When I heard about the crash, there was just a tape playing in my head of what he said: “One day I will do something that will change the system and everyone will then know my name and remember me”.

‘I did not know what he meant by that at the time, but now it’s clear.’

She added: ‘The torn up sick notes make sense now to me and were a clear sign that he did not want to admit that his big dream of flying as a captain was over.’

In the cockpit: Simple controls enabled Lubitz to lock pilot out

 

Europe REVOLTS Against Islam, Unrest As Thousands Of Protesters Kick Terrorists Out

Europe REVOLTS Against Islam, Unrest As Thousands Of Protesters Kick Terrorists Out

[WATCH] Europe REVOLTS Against Islam, Unrest As 1000's Kick Terrorists Out

A massive European group dubbed the “soccer hooligans,” who typically gather over their love for the sport, have banded as brothers to defeat the Islamic plague that has taken hold of their beloved hometowns.

Fed up with the Muslim supremacy in Europe, droves of frustrated Europeans flooded the streets Sunday in Cologne, Germany, as a united front to force Islam out of their towns. The protest began peacefully until individuals against the Hooligans threw objects at the demonstration from their balconies. Shortly after the gathering grew to epic proportions, clashes erupted between police forces and protesters, and at least 13 officers were injured, the German news agency DPA reported.

With their focus change from sports to anti-Islam, the “hooligans” changed their slogan for the cause from “soccer hooligans” to “hooligans against [Islamic] Salafists.”

Earlier this month, Kurds in Germany clashed with radical Muslims in the northern city of Hamburg and surrounding cities, fueled by the conflict between the Islamic State jihadist group in northern Iraq and Syria.

Political activism in Europe is either one extreme or the other — either extremist left-wing or ultra conservative right-wing — with a non-existent political middle ground.

This is the largest, but not the first of it’s kind for the soccer clubs’ protests against Islamification. Shoebat reported that the group has held meetings in at least three other cities, Monchengladbach, Hannover and Mannheim, to promote unity in the fight against the extremist religion taking over Germany.

Fighting against Muslim supremacy has become a European-wide phenomenon which will likely only grow as Islam increases. Hopefully the activist’s efforts will make life for Islamists in Europe increasingly more uncomfortable and realize they don’t have the control they were hoping for.

In Germany, the Hooligan group for this new cause appears to be a growing, broad spectrum anti-Islamification movement, with no cease in efforts in sight.

Watch the videos below of several unrests against Islam that took place around Europe:

German Intelligence Claims Pro-Russian Separatists Downed MH17

German Intelligence Claims Pro-Russian Separatists Downed MH17

Burning debris at the crash site of Malaysian Airllines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on July 17: "It was pro-Russian separatists," the head of Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, has told parliament of the crash cause.
Zoom Burning debris at the crash site of Malaysian Airllines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on July 17: “It was pro-Russian separatists,” the head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the BND, has told parliament of the crash cause.

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency says its review of the crash of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 in Ukrainian has concluded it was brought down by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists near Donetsk.

After completing a detailed analysis, Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has concluded that pro-Russian rebels were responsible for the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 on July 19 in eastern Ukraine while on route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

In an Oct. 8 presentation given to members of the parliamentary control committee, the Bundestag body responsible for monitoring the work of German intelligence, BND President Gerhard Schindler provided ample evidence to back up his case, including satellite images and diverse photo evidence. The BND has intelligence indicating that pro-Russian separatists captured a BUK air defense missile system at a Ukrainian military base and fired a missile on July 17 that exploded in direct proximity to the Malaysian aircraft, which had been carrying 298 people.

Unambiguous Findings

Evidence obtained shortly after the accident suggested the aircraft had been shot down by pro-Russian militants. Both the governments of Russia and Ukraine had mutually accused each other of responsibility for the crash. After a Dutch investigative commission reviewed the flight recorder, it avoided placing any blame for the crash. Some 189 residents of the Netherlands perished in the downing of Flight MH17.

BND’s Schindler says his agency has come up with unambiguous findings. One is that Ukrainian photos have been manipulated and that there are details indicating this. He also told the panel that Russian claims the missile had been fired by Ukrainian soldiers and that a Ukrainian fighter jet had been flying close to the passenger jet were false.

“It was pro-Russian separatists,” Schindler said of the crash, which involved the deaths of four German citizens. A spokesman for the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office told SPIEGEL that an investigation has been opened into unknown perpetrators because of the possibility that the crash had been a war crime.

Ebola outbreak: UN health worker dies in Germany hospital

Ebola outbreak: UN health worker dies in Germany hospital

A UN medical worker infected with Ebola has died at a hospital in Germany.

by bbc.com

The clinic for infectious diseases at St. Georg Hospital in Leipzig, Germany, 9 October 2014.
The Ebola patient was being treated at St Georg hospital in Leipzig

Doctors at the hospital in Leipzig said the man, 56, originally from Sudan, died despite receiving experimental drugs to treat the virus.

More than 4,400 people have died from the outbreak, mainly in West Africa.

The rate of new cases at some of the “epicentre” areas has slowed down, the World Health Organization says, but the number of cases in the capitals of the worst-affected countries is rising.

Senior WHO official Bruce Aylward told reporters on Monday that the outbreak was also continuing to spread geographically to new districts in the capitals of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

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Ebola patients treated outside West Africa*

Map showing Ebola cases treated outside West Africa

*In all cases but two, first in Madrid and later in Dallas, the patient was infected with Ebola while in West Africa.

How not to catch Ebola:

  • Avoid direct contact with sick patients as the virus is spread through contaminated body fluids
  • Wear goggles to protect eyes
  • Clothing and clinical waste should be incinerated and any medical equipment that needs to be kept should be decontaminated
  • People who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex or use condoms for three months

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The man who died in Leipzig had been working as a UN medical official in Liberia – one of the worst affected countries – when he caught Ebola.

He arrived in Germany last Thursday for treatment and was put into a hermetically sealed ward, accessed through airlock systems.

“Despite intensive medical measures and maximum efforts by the medical team, the 56-year-old UN employee succumbed to the serious infectious disease,” a statement from St Georg hospital said.

He was the second member of the UN team in Liberia to die from the virus, the BBC’s Jenny Hill in Berlin says.

He was also the third Ebola patient to be treated for the virus in Germany after contracting the disease in West Africa.

A health worker uses a protective suit during a presentation for the media at the international airport in Guatemala City 13 October 2014.
Front-line health workers are at high risk of contamination
Passengers arrive at Terminal 1 of Heathrow Airport amid enhanced screening for Ebola on 14 October 2014.
London’s Heathrow airport is to start screening passengers arriving from the worst affected countries

One patient – a Ugandan doctor infected in Sierra Leone – is still receiving treatment in a hospital in Frankfurt, while a Senegalese aid worker was released from a hospital in Hamburg after five weeks of treatment.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is alarmed by the number of health workers exposed to the disease.

The WHO has warned the epidemic threatens the “very survival” of societies and could lead to failed states.

Pro-ISIS Muslims Attack Kurds In Germany Streets With Knives (Video)

Pro-ISIS Muslims Attack Kurds In Germany Streets With Knives (Video)

Crime Agency Says Fall of Syrian Border Town to Insurgents Could Lead to More Violence in Germany

By Harriet Torry And Andrea Thomas, WSJ

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Kurdish protesters face German riot police as they march in solidarity with the people of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, in Hamburg, October 8. Reuters

Appears growing Muslim unrest and violence is sweeping through Europe.  Germany’s equivalent of the FBI has warned local police forces that the fall of Syrian border town Kobani could trigger more clashes between Kurds and Islamists on German streets after violent confrontations in two cities this week fanned fears the conflict in Syria is spilling over to home.

Several regional police officials told The Wall Street Journal they had received a written warning this week from the Federal Criminal Police Office, or BKA, to prepare for more violence between communities with links to the conflict region should the mainly Kurdish town in northern Syria fall into the hands of Islamic State fighters.

On Thursday, a small group of Kurdish protesters occupied the headquarters of Bavaria’s ruling party in Munich to demonstrate against Islamic State’s siege in Syria. Local police deployed around 30 officers to the building after protesters refused to leave, police spokesman Sven Müller said. The incident followed violent clashes between hundreds of Kurds and Islamic State sympathizers in central and northern Germany this week.

While Ms. Merkel’s government is supplying Kurdish Peshmerga fighters with weapons and ammunition in the fight against IS, it has ruled out participating in U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Numbering just under three million, Turks make up Germany’s largest ethnic minority, with one fifth to one quarter of these hailing from the Kurdish-populated regions of Turkey.

Politicians and security officials here have expressed growing concern that the conflict in Syria was fueling radicalization among Islamists and some Kurds at home, increasing not only the likelihood of a terrorist attack on German soil but also of inter-community violence.

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency estimates more than 400 German nationals and residents have traveled to Syria to fight and around 130 have since returned. In its latest annual report, published in June, it put the number of potential supporters of radical Islam in Germany at over 43,000.

Stephan Mayer, the conservative parliamentary group’s spokesman for domestic affairs, said on Thursday the authorities “won’t tolerate our streets turning into an arena for religious wars” between Kurds and Sunni Islamists. Fellow conservative lawmaker Thomas Strobl pledged zero tolerance for “proxy wars on German streets” and called for “fast criminal proceedings against those who have attacked police officers”.

Andreas Schöpflin, a spokesman for the police in Hamburg, said the authorities anticipate more unrest surrounding Friday prayers after police in the port city deployed nearly 1,300 officers to a pro-Kurdistan demonstration on Wednesday, where they confiscated weapons including a firearm, knives, and baseball bats.

On Tuesday, police used batons and pepper spray to break up fighting between what the authorities said were Kurdish and Chechen groups in Celle, a town of 69,000 in central Germany. An interior ministry spokeswoman said there have been over 400 demonstrations related to the situation in Syria and Iraq, most of them peaceful, “in recent days.”

German news magazine Der Spiegel reported online late Wednesday that the BKA issued a written warning to law enforcement agencies over the threat of more Kobani-related violence.

A spokesman for the Celle police department confirmed it had received the correspondence from the BKA and said further demonstrations “are possible.” Hamburg police also confirmed it received the warning, while Düsseldorf police said the BKA has issued several reports on the matter recently. A spokeswoman for the BKA declined to comment.

The BKA cautioned that images and reports of a potential seizure of Kobani “with conceivable massacres of the population” could act as emotional triggers for Kurds living in Germany, according to Der Spiegel.

Christoph Gilles, a spokesman for the police in the West German city of Cologne, where demonstrations have been peaceful so far, told The Wall Street Journal that “if Kobani falls, the Kurdish scene in Cologne could get a boost.”

The authorities suspect some anti-Islamic State groups are tied to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, Munich police spokesman Sven Müller said. The European Union classifies the PKK as a terrorist group and it is banned in Germany. The country experienced a wave of PKK-related violence in the 1990s, such as the storming of the Turkish consulate in Munich.

Germany has been home to Turkish migrants since the 1960s, and the Turkish population now numbers just under three million. Germany’s umbrella organization of Kurdish associations estimates there are around a million immigrants from Kurdish regions of Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey living in Germany.

Berlin tends to shy away from involvement in international conflicts, fearing a backlash at home, and the move to supply arms to Kurds prompted much debate in a country with a strongly pacifist electorate.

Kristian Brakel, a Middle East expert at the German Council on Foreign Relations, said that by reacting slowly to the crisis in Bashar al-Assad’s Syria, Germany failed to consider “that not doing anything can have a blowback”.

—Friedrich Geiger in Frankfurt contributed to this article.

Russia Massing Military Forces Near Border With Ukraine

Russ FlagRussia’s Defense Ministry announced new military operations in several regions near the Ukrainian border on Thursday, even as Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany warned the Kremlin to abandon the politics of the 19th and 20th centuries or face diplomatic and economic retaliation from a united Europe.

In Moscow, the military acknowledged significant operations involving armored and airborne troops in the Belgorod, Kursk and Rostov regions abutting eastern Ukraine, where many ethnic Russians have protested against the new interim government in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, and appealed to Moscow for protection.

Source: NYTimes            Contributor: Joseph St. John
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Russia Risks Huge Consequences In Ukraine

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Russia risks “massive” political and economic consequences if Moscow does not enter into “negotiations that achieve results” over the situation in Ukraine.

In an address to Parliament, Merkel told lawmakers the only way out of the crisis is through diplomacy and assured them that “the use of the military is no option.”

Source: Huff Post            Contributor: Joseph St. John
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