Merkel plays by the rules of Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to increase Germany’s defense spending in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Merkel said the challenges for NATO had changed drastically in recent years, following the Russian annexation of Crimea peninsula and Moscow’s support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. It means that it is necessary for NATO to focus more on defending the alliance.
“To do that we have to make necessary arrangements, for example through a presence in central and Eastern European countries,” she said.
But I think that this decision was not made because of the situation in Ukraine which has not changed for several years. Earlier, US President Donald Trump had criticized Germany and other NATO allies for not spending enough on their own defense and called for an increase in NATO military budget.
And just a few days later, the Chancellor says that Germany will increase its military spending to 2 percent of GDP to show NATO allies that Germany remains a reliable country. And, first of all, it has to prove it to the United States.
Although in her statement to the Bundeswehr officials Merkel criticized again the unilateral US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, we see that Angela Merkel continues to depend on US military support and acts in accordance with the plans of the US leader.
I hope that Trump does not continue to rule Europe, imposing his point of view and will on the European allies.

Trump remembers the Holocaust, but forgets about Europe

On May 9, 2018, the US President Donald Trump signed Law 447 or JUST (Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today). It is interesting that this happened the day after the celebration of VE Day of the surrender of Germany in 1945.
In the communique, the White House said that the law required a report on the actions of certain countries with regard to the disposition of Holocaust era assets. The presence of such property in 46 countries must be reported to Congress by the US Secretary of State in 18 months. If this is not possible to determine any direct descendants, then the objects will be transferred to organizations that conduct Holocaust studies.
The law 447 does not mention any countries. And this document does not give any special powers to the USA. However, this law caused the greatest reaction in Poland. One of the founders of the Polish Conservative and Liberal Party Union of Real Politics, a professor at the Higher School of International Relations and American Studies in Warsaw, Stanisław Michalkiewicz said: “On May 9, 2018, Poland finally lost the Second World War … Now the Poles should pay 300 billion dollars to the Jews for the fact that they were killed by the Germans”. It was a cry of the soul in response to the law JUST. The Polish President Andrzej Duda expressed his fears that “this law might in some way pose a threat that would directed against Poland”.
Such actions of the United States can greatly complicate relations between Washington and the European allies, and this time it happens to Warsaw. And this, despite the fact that Poland presents the US interests in Europe, and after Brexit it was seen as the main representative of the USA in the European Union. But even with such important partners, the USA are ready to confront for their own reasons.
Earlier Washington withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal and moved the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. These actions of the US officials (especially the situation concerning Iran) caused misunderstanding and criticism of US partners in Europe. However, the White House does not pay attention to this.
Anyway, all the above-mentioned actions of the USA concern Israel. And they committed to please the Israeli side. So, why does Trump strive so actively to please Israel? There can be several answers. And one of the assumptions might sound like this: Donald Trump hopes that these actions will not be ignored by the influential Jewish clans of the USA and they will help him to avoid the impeachment. The threat of the impeachment of the 45th US President continues to exist and it is clear to everyone, including himself. Democrats and a part of the Republicans are just waiting for Trump’s new mistakes. Therefore, all these actions are aimed at seeking support from Soros, Rothschilds and other representatives of a powerful Jewish office in the United States.
It turns out that Donald Trump is just afraid of losing his presidency. And all these actions, which can inflict significant damage to the European and world security, are aimed at preserving its place in the White House. It becomes obvious that the current US power is even more unpredictable than it seemed. And in their personal interests it can go on deteriorating relations with long-term partners.

 

 

 

 

The realities of modern #Libya: #terrorists, #slaves, #poverty

In the middle of October the mass-media published a video with the scenes of slave trades in Libya. It caused many disturbances in Western and African countries and in the UN.
The standard price for one slave became known – only a few hundred dollars. They sell refugees from Central African countries, who tried to leave for Europe.
In the video we can see the life of the slave market in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. Apparently, these scenes became quiet ordinary because it happens openly. The owner of this slave auction sets the value and enumerates all advantages of prisoners. He mentions very often their ability for hard physical labor:
“Does anybody need a digger? This is a big strong man, he will dig very well!”, the salesman says in the market of slaves in Tripoli, praising up the muscular man. The buyers are gradually raising the price. The result is 600 Libyan dinars (about $440 at the official rate). This man sold into slavery passes into the hands of new owners.
And there is another situation on this video: “800, 900, 1000, 1100, sold for 1200 Libyan dinars” (the equivalent of $800), says the auction leader. This Nigerian was put up for sale as “a big strong man, fit for farm work.”
This scene seems to be insane for the 21st century, but it is quite common in Libyan cities.
And the scheme of turning people into slaves is also quite simple. A migrant from Africa turns to the carrier and pays him a certain amount of money for traveling to Europe. As a rule, from three to five thousand dollars. Refugees give the last. When a migrant enters Libya, he is informed that not enough money that he paid, you need more, and in general, no one has guaranteed anything to the illegal immigrant. If the refugee refuses to pay and insists on its, demanding compliance with the agreements, he is beaten or raped. After this, people are usually put up for sale.
Unfortunately, the video does not give us an answer to the question of who exactly the organizers of the slave trade are. Probably, “business” is engaged by paramilitary groups that control most of the country. After the overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the armed gangs who replaced the central government took control of the illegal traffic of people from the least developed countries of Africa through the Mediterranean. After all, the general track of such illegal migration lies today through Libya.
In my opinion, the main reason of this situation is the air operation carried out in 2011 by the NATO aggressor countries (the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy) against the government of Libya and its leader M. Gaddafi. The air strikes of the alliance led to massive destruction of the Libyan military and civilian infrastructure – ports, highways, airports, hospitals, power stations and houses. Because of this, the economy of one of the richest countries in the region was destroyed. Thus, military actions destroyed completely the prosperous country, turning it into a country that broke up into several territories controlled by different groups. The oil-rich regions were in the hands of extremists. The population lives at risk of poverty. We can say that Libya as a united country ceased to exist. Therefore, there are continuing wars. People leave cities every day, but more refugees and new victims are appearing every time.
Although Gaddafi was not the best leader in terms of international law, but there was order in the country. He did not allow terrorist groups to enter his country, the slave trade was punishable by death. It was after the deportation of Gaddafi to Libya that international terrorists rushed in mass order. Their influence on the domestic political situation in the country continues to remain serious. If a victory over the terrorists is coming in Syria, but it is impossible to say about Libya. Probably, from Syria, the ISIL fighters will go to Libya with the aim of regrouping, resting, reinforcing troops. I won’t hide, at the end of September a chief investigator at the Tripoli state prosecutor’s office, Sadiq al-Sur, has already said that the IS training camps are in the Libyan desert. After all, South Libya, with its vast, uncontrolled territories, is the main route of migration from sub-Saharan Africa to northern Libya and to Europe. As a result, ISIL can easily get there recruitment, enlistment, or simply intimidating refugees.
In turn, European countries do not provide any practical assistance in overcoming the Libyan crisis. Washington, London, Paris and Rome wanted to establish their own order during the attack on Libya in 2011, they promised to establish democracy, without thinking what will happen in the future. And finally what they got ?! The slave trade, a transit point not only for African illegal immigrants seeking to enter Europe, but also for ISIL militants. I hope that the countries of Europe and the United States have already realized their mistake and will begin to take some actions to improve the current situation in the country where for several hundred US dollars one can buy a person ….