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19 May 2005

The Master Race? Again? ...

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This is not fiction. This is not history. This is now. This is news.

This is the 21st century. And this is the modern fatherland; this is Germany - today - Thursday, 19th May, 2005.

This is the first step on a slippery slope. This is madness. This is evil. This is an outrage -- of international proportion. It must be recognised as such; immediately.

The fact that planes are to be used rather than, perhaps more 'traditional' trains, matters not. At the end of most of these poor people's journey, lies death; via persecution, untold pain & suffering, massive deprivation and worse. Of this sorry scenario, we must all be acutely aware.

This should not be allowed to happen. Not to anyone. Not anywhere. Not ever. This should be stopped.

Even as I write, I still can't quite believe it. "Deutschland uber alles ?" Germany over all ? Again ?

So many voices should be raised and heard, that this can not continue. The first and most vociferous of those voices should come from the millions of decent, civilised German people themselves. History must not be allowed to [ nor even appear to] begin repeating itself.

What you are about to read below, is from a 'leak'.
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This piece is written jointly by by Daniel Howden and Eva Kuehnen. It's from this morning's British, national daily paper, The Independent.

First, I suggest you sit. Then, read this -- and weep.

** Germany is accused of racism as 50,000 Roma are deported

Germany is deporting tens of thousands of Roma refugees to Kosovo despite clear threats to their safety and dire warnings from human rights groups that they will face "massive discrimination" on arrival.

The first of hundreds of planeloads of deportees will arrive at the Slatina airport in Kosovo today, blazing a trail for up to 50,000 people who are to be sent back.

Leaked documents obtained by The Independent reveal that the German government took the controversial decision to eject thousands of Roma refugees and other minorities in November of last year, regardless of the risks they may face on returning home.

At a meeting of German state legislators, officials made it clear to central government that the Roma were unwanted and should be deported as soon as possible, starting with those costing the state money in welfare payments.

The confidential paper shows that a majority of state leaders "call on the interior ministry to enforce the quickest possible return of the refugees [to Kosovo]... It would therefore be in the interest of the public authorities, which are in a tense situation - to prioritise the return of those who receive social welfare."

Once back in Kosovo the refugees can expect no aid either from Germany or the United Nations, which administers the province. **

It's not very often that words fail 'This Old Brit' -- but this morning they almost have. Here, take another look. Here's another snip from the same article. See it for yourself. Do adequate words come easily? Profanities, notwithstanding.

** The conditions that await the returnees from Germany are clear from the situation in that divided town, once home to the province's largest Roma community. According to a Yugoslav census carried out in 1991 in Mitrovica, the Mahala ghetto was home to 8,516 Roma.

Today, the area on the south bank of the river is a spectre of the formerly bustling community. All that remains of hundreds of family houses are the concrete joists.The few hundred Roma who remained live in "terrible conditions" in a camp in the Serb enclave on the north side of the river.

Where are the 'world's policemen' now? Could it be that they really are the crooked cops so many of us have long suspected?

Where is the new Pope?

My questions are rhetorical. This scandalous situation is a fact.

Today, it is the Roma.

And, tomorrow?

Surely, " ..... even the stones cry out."

Click on the link below. But, only if you have a strong stomach.

http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=639567









13 Comments:

Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Ah, the Roma (Gypsies to Americans). I have known some on my own, in the past...they are Catholics, you know. A lot of people don't know this...

5:22 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Same over here, Elaine. In everyday language - Gypsies.

6:15 pm  
Blogger JulieDee said...

Why Richard? Why? I've known many Roma in my days, and you'll not find a more joyous and peace-loving people in the entire world! In WWII German Nazis murdered a HUGE percentage of the European Roma population in the same camps they murdered Jews and gays! One would THINK that they just might be a little sensitive to that sort of issue these days now wouldn't you!?! Or perhaps they think the world has forgotten? Well, WE haven't!

As you said, where is THEIR Pope?

8:06 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Julie,
Why? It seems Gorge Slush has signalled to so many other 'fearless leaders' that Right is alright.

As for old Papa Ratzo - he's probably sat somewhere in front of a great big mirror - rehearsing for his next 'performance'.

9:22 pm  
Blogger JulieDee said...

AYEEE! Figures. Damn... If I were but 20 years younger and had legs that worked...

Did you know that I qualified while in the service 4 years running as Expert Marksman with the M16, the M60 machine gun and the 1911 .45? And as a kid my grandpa made sure that I could take down ducks and pheasant with a Cherokee blow gun (traditional woman's hunting weapon) and take down a elk or deer with one shot fro a 30-06. Heck, when I was 13 I dropped a bull moose with a model 98 Winchester! I'm a country girl ya know.

Well, not that I'm making any threats against anyone... but if I were but 20 years younger and had legs that worked...

9:58 pm  
Blogger JulieDee said...

OH! And thanks for sending your friend DH 100 to my web site! I just finished setting up a Tap Alternate Politics forum for him/her there!

10:00 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Good stuff! DH is our resident 'techie' over at Tapa, btw.

10:36 pm  
Blogger D.F. Facti said...

Richard,
This is an incredible story.

Maybe they should tell the Roma about the ownership society.

After the fall of the former Soviet Union and our incursions into the Baltic, American consulting firms were hot to take government fees to show the communists and "former" despots how it's all done in a market economy. Guess they did a great job: First steal all the money.

Good question about the Pope. Maybe he could sell a couple Raphaels. (after he's finished slobbering all over the Schindlers of Florida.)

8:52 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Cosmic,

'Incredible' is right. What, I wonder, will it take to wake people up?

Planeloads of Jews being 'transported'? Planeloads of Gays? Planeloads of physically and mentally disabled? Planeloads of intellectuals? Planeloads of all none-Arians?

3:34 pm  
Blogger JulieDee said...

I'M AWAKE! I'M AWAKE!

Yer makin' me nervous Richard & Cosmic!!! I'm a crippled gay intellectual non-Christian Minister! All those free frequent flyer miles I'm being offered and all those "You've just won a European vacation!" fliers in my mail are makin' me suspicious now! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!

9:15 pm  
Blogger JulieDee said...

Oh great.... PORN! Sheesh!~

I need some help Richard... but since you don't have an email addy in your profile I don't know of any other way to ask!

As I wrote this, the Assembly Appropriations Committee had just passed AB 19 by a 6-3 vote The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, sponsored by Equality California and authored by Assemblyman Mark Leno.  The legislation will likely not be voted on today but instead will go into suspense and be taken up again by the Committee during the last two weeks of May. This is normal since the legislation will make a rather sizable economic impact on the state... it seems the the net will be a GAIN of some $30 MILLION a year (source www.law.ucla.edu/williamsproject )!

Then there is the crap our favorite outside agitator James Dobson is pulling! Not taking the hint for the humiliating defeat he suffered with his attempt to amend OUR California state constitution through legislative means, now that AB19 (The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act)** is pretty much a sure thing to pass into law Dear Dork Dobson is pulling the bigots favorite tactic, “the off year election initiative end run” where the Religious Reich, banking on low voter turn out in off years and their ability to fire up the TRUE BELIEVERS (why do they always have to capitalize that when they write it? **sigh**) and turn them out in huge numbers to pass their unbelievably draconian and bigoted constitutional amendment! This piece of... Of... My gods, words fail me... I hesitate to call it legislation for it reads more like a Biblical pronouncement! Here’s what EQCA says about it:

"Bottomline:  This amendment would go to the fullest extremes to strip every legal protection from our families.   From health insurance and hospital visitation, to inheritance and medical leave rights, tens of thousands of diverse California families would lose protections they now have and would be left with no legal protections.  The amendment would prohibit same-sex marriage and strip the courts, cities, and every government agency of any ability to protect California familes not headed by a husband and a wife."

I’m SICK AND TIRED of being a second class citizen! But I’m too physically broken up to get out there in the trenches and do what needs to be done. I have to count on you, my friends to let the country and the world know the danger we face here in California, right here, right now, THIS WEEK! Tell your friends! Let them know that a small group of OUTSIDE AGITATORS is working with BIG money from organized out of state sources who are working day and night to strip us of the hard won gains we have made here! We are just WEEKS from making our marriage laws equal for EVERYONE in the state by LEGISLATIVE MEANS! That will be the VERY FIRST time that has happened ANYWHERE in the country! And the Religious Right will do ANYTHING to make sure that this does not happen. That sort of precedent is something that they absolutely cannot allow to be set. If it is, it puts the lie to all the years of propaganda they have drummed into the minds of the American people. DO NOT LET JAMES DOBSON AND THE RELIGIOUS REICH DERAIL THIS MONUMENTAL LEGISLATION WITH HIS HATE BASED INITIATIVE! PLEASE!

I'm pleading with you as a friend, as someone you know and hopefully care about and for. Contact your friends and family, ask them to write and call our California State Assemblymen and any of our Equal Marriage Organizations and pledge your support. Help us to turn the balance away from the forces of bigotry and hate!

Under normal circumstances I would never trouble you or the rest of my friends from out of state or out of the country, but these are not the "usual" circumstances at all! Dobson is bringing to bare all the power of his national organization and their international allies! I’m relying on YOU my friends to make my dream of legally marrying Andrea come true! Please, please don’t let me down.

Thank you.

Your friend,

Julie Johnson

juliedee@planetoutcast.net

1:36 am  
Blogger Sean said...

Hi Julie,

Do you have an address one can write to from the UK?

The blurring between the church and the state is alarming indeed.

Sean

1:58 am  
Blogger JulieDee said...

Yea Sean, I know that SOME ISPs have blocked my website because it's (horror of horrors GAY OWNED!) so you can hit me at juliedee@mac.com !

5:19 am  

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