November 29, 2014

UN´s “Internet of Everything” and EU Chair´s Proposal to Stifle Free Internet Now: Censorship, Control of Everything and Everybody.

Abstract: The free internet is already dead, in principle; the active censorship comes in the very near future.

The Italian Presidency of the EU has brought out a bill, acc. to which there would be  2 classes of internet, a  fast lane and a crawler lane. In addition, it will be left to the corporate Internet service providers to decide what to censor away – probably after diffuse EU instructions. A conditional licence for internet publishers – bloggers – is expected.

In addition, the “Internet in Everything” now takes over the Internet – which is monitoring us, using surveillance cameras everywhere – and readable live images from them anywhere on smartphones.

The UN prepares to introduce early governmental control of all that appears in the Internet. The NSA is, inter alia, is even tapping metadata of all e-mails, phone calls, etc. via submarine fibre cables worldwide in cooperation with our governments.
Since 1995,  a back-door key for the NSA is built into Microsoft’s software so that our Internet traffic can be read at any  time – before Microsoft releases information on the “error”.

November 5, 2014

The Growing Ambitions of the Ideology of Universalism and Their Destructive Consequences

Many thanks for the invitation, many thanks for giving me such a prestigious role at this important gathering. I still have to figure out whether and why I eventually deserve it.
One possible explanation for it could be the specific, in many respects unique perspective from which I look at the current world and at the topic of this conference, which I hope can be summarized and simplified as “Communication Problems between the East and the West”. This perspective of mine offers three potential comparative advantages:

- I spent all my life not very far from here, in Prague, which is located in the heart of Europe, in its geographical midpoint. People usually don´t know that Vienna is located east of Prague. And the proud “Viennese” (die echten Wiener) don´t like to hear this. In spite of the special position of the place where I was born and where I live, I have always been experiencing a lack of communication between Western and Eastern Europe and even more a lack of understanding of my part of Europe on the side of – in Donald Rumsfeld´s fallacious terminology – the “old” Europe. This contributed to my increased sensitivity in this respect and to my almost automatic inclination to be on the side of those who feel similarly misunderstood;

November 3, 2014

The German Path to an EU Army (1)

2014/10/31 BERLIN (Own report) - The German government is accelerating the creation of an EU army by means of bilateral military cooperation. The German-Polish "declaration of intent" on military cooperation of the two countries' armed forces, signed in the middle of the week, is the most recent example. The agreement includes the exchange and joint training of officers as well as "placing combat battalions under the other's command." Poland's military already has more than 130 German-made Leopard 2 battle tanks with another 120 due to be added by 2015. A sales contract to this effect was signed last year, only a few months after an agreement "reinforcing" cooperation between the Navies of the two countries was signed. At the time, German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière (CDU) spoke of a "totally new quality" in the military cooperation between Germany and Poland. His successor, Ursula von der Leyen (CDU), has gone a step further and had her ministry declare that the intended German-Polish military cooperation is a "trendsetting milestone for the development of European integrated military structures." 
A Milestone
On the occasion of the "Bundeswehr Conference" that ended yesterday in Berlin, a high-level conference of the German military, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) and her Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak signed a "declaration of intent on German-Polish military cooperation." The agreement includes both the creation of a "mutual military liaison organization" as well as the "reinforcement of cooperation" between their respective cavalry troops, military reconnaissance, mountain troops and artillery units. The exchange of officers and the joint officer cadet training is also planned. The agreement's declared objective is to reinforce the "interoperability" of both armies - coordinate their synergy in battle. Consequently, the "declaration of intent" is not limited to training sessions and maneuvers, but explicitly provides for "placing combat battalions under the other's command." Following the signing, von der Leyen had her ministry declare that the intended German-Polish military cooperation is a "trendsetting milestone for the development of European integrated military structures." This label is synonymous with an EU army under German command.[1]