Look who’s now giving sanctimonious lectures to other countries about being debt-bilking deadbeats:

The Treaty of Versailles and the 1921 London Schedule of Payments required Germany to pay 132 billion gold marks (US$33 billion) in reparations to cover civilian damage caused during the war. . . . With the collapse of the German economy in 1931, reparations were suspended for a year and in 1932 during the Lausanne Conference they were cancelled altogether. Between 1919 and 1932, Germany paid less than 21 billion marks in reparations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_reparations

In 1942, the Greek Central Bank was forced by the occupying Nazi regime to loan 476 million Reichsmarks at 0% interest to Nazi Germany. In 1960, Greece accepted 115 million Marks as compensation for Nazi crimes. Nevertheless, past Greek governments have insisted that this was only a down-payment, not complete reparations. . . . Since that time, Germany has insisted that all matters concerning World War II, including further reparations to Greece, are closed because Germany officially surrendered to the Allies and to no other parties, including Greece.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_reparations_for_World_War_II

(notwithstanding, Greece is normally counted as an ally during the war)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allies_of_World_War_II

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Animated Confederate flag

The Mad Jewess explains it all.
 

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I would rather stand with God and be judged by the world, than stand with the world and be judged by God.

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Published on Jun 11, 2015 by Acts17Apologetics
For sources: http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2015/06/ten-fast-facts-you-need-to-know-about.html
Approximately 1.6 billion people are convinced that the Quran is the eternal Word of Allah. Given the role the Quran plays in world events, isn’t it time for the rest of us to learn about the book Muhammad delivered to his followers?

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I guess it depends on what the meaning of “IS” is.

Note:

The only solution in the fight against the communists, so-called “crusaders” and Jews is jihad, they say. In an elaborately produced video, “IS” urges Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegowina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia to kill their “infidel” neighbors.

“Put explosives under their cars and houses, pour poison into their food, let them croak,” a young bearded man shouts in Bosnian. The terrorists in the video even have nicknames, depending on where they come from: Al-Bosni, Al-Albani, Al-Kosovi.

What? “Al-Bosni, Al-Albani, Al-Kosovi.”? But aren’t all those people “moderate” and “pro-American”?

Deutsche Welle downplays the danger…story HERE.

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Posted on June 26, 2015 by Grey Carter at There Must Be Justice

Dear friends and truth seekers, fighters for justice,

Our friend Alexander Dorin has disappeared. Swiss publicist of Serbian origin, Aleksander Dorin (pseudonym of BORIS KRLJIC) has been researching for over 15 years the events, myths and facts in and around Srebrenica massacre. Alexander was taken by armed men from his home in Basel, Switzerland and since then there’s no trace of him.

Dorin is the author of the book named “Srebrenica – as indeed happened,” where he presented evidences of manipulation with the number of Bosnian Muslim victims. When the book was published, Italian and German press described it ” as a book that might stop a lie.”

Alexander was receiving frequent death threats from Muslim extremists.

The police in Basel didn’t want to comment the disappearance of Dorin, while the prosecutor could neither confirm nor deny that he was taken by armed men. Unofficially, Dorin was detained by Swiss police, and even in the media appeared information that this was done by the orders of certain foreign secret services because of files, recordings and documents concerning Srebrenica, Naser Oric and western manipulations concerning the issue that Dorin holds. And these documents make lot of former World officials very nervous.

The media pointed out that the Swiss secret service had nothing to do with Dorin, except if they acted upon someone elses request. In January last year, another researcher and associate of Dorin and co-author of the book dealing with these events, Zoran Jovanovic suddenly died on July 13, 2013, just ten hours after he reported that was able to buy two shots that are crucial and final evidence which would finally demolish the myth and bring the real criminals to justice. At the end of 2013 presented evidence according to which between 3,000 and 4,000 Muslims in July 1995 escaped to Serbia, where they were placed in camps for refugees. He said that this is evidence that Srebrenica was not killed 8,000 Muslims, but considerably less.

After that, Dorin started to receive more and more death threats through the Internet. Now, Alexander Dorin has gone missing. Some sources say he’s kept by USA/NATO services. According to the latest information from Switzerland, local secret service, acting upon orders of the high NATO/ CIA officials, tries to plant evidences as if Alexander committed some serious crimes under aggravating circumstances, so he would lose his reputation honesty and credibility. The timing of the whole operation and kidnapping is ideal for the suppressors of truth. Alexander will not be able to represent new findings, testimonies and evidences urbi et orbi, in conference about Srebrenica, on July 4, in Belgrade organized by Srebrenica Historical Project and the Strategic Culture Fund.

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Questions and Answers: The Light of Christ in the Narthex

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Published on Jun 22, 2015 by Fr Athanasios C Haros
Many people have questions about our Orthodox Christian Faith. Many simply do not remember what they learned in Sunday School. Many are not comfortable asking their questions in public. But ALL of us can benefit from the questions of others. This week’s question addresses the “how” and “why” of lighting candles in the Narthex. Some people think lighting candles is just “another thing we do” as Orthodox Christians that has no meaning. But when you place that candle in the sand, you are doing MUCH more than just lighting a candle.

Note:

The narthex is the anteroom or entryway of an Orthodox Christian church building. In some parishes, the place to light candles is in the narthex; in others, candles are lit in the nave (the main part of the church where parishioners normally stand for services).

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Published on Jun 26, 2015 by Chuck Netzhammer
On 06/25/15 I attempted to get an Edible image cake printed with the confederate flag image on it at Walmart. It was denied. The next day I had them do the same for the ISIS battle flag image I brought to them. They cheerfully did it. and sold me my ISIS cake. WTF Walmart! ISIS is beheading Christians, selling little girls into slavery, and is currently a terrorist org at war with the United States……..but you can’t buy the General Lee toy car at Walmart? It’s a damn shame.

Mr. Netzhammer commented further:

Sent this to Walmart’s ethics department. I’m a loyal customer who requested an edible printed cake with the image of an Confederate flag. It was refused, but I was able to to get the ISIS battle flag image printed on my cake at a different store.

I am highly offended, distraught, and in tears over the fact you pull American history off your shelves, but allow the offensive battle flag of terrorists, sex slavers, be-headers of Christians, burners of gays to be made in your store.

You also allow offensive Rap music which sings about cop killing, degrading women, drive-by murder, drug use, selling drugs, prostitution and repeatably uses the highly offensive word “nigger”.

But you can’t buy a beloved children’s toy car with an Confederate flag on the roof?

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Photos here, here, here, and here.

Gateway Pundit has the story:

ISIS celebrated gay love today by tossing four more gays from top of a highrise.

Of course a crowd gathered below to watch the execution.

Several Islamists tweeted out #LoveWins – the same hashtag that was used today after the Supreme Court ruling.

Of course this wasn’t the first time…

A massive crowd assembled to watch ISIS rebels throw another gay man off a building top earlier this month.

Hundreds of spectators came out to watch the brutal public execution.

It looks like they drove their cars to the execution!

They hung the man from his feet and then let him drop!

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Station Master Tama the Cat

We had the story on Tama back in 2011…

Daily Mail (UK): Death of CAT that saved a Japanese railway line and became a national treasure sparks mourning… and there will even be a funeral

Tortoiseshell-coloured cat Tama, better known as the Japanese railway tourist favourite, has passed away.

For almost a decade she has served as nominal stationmaster on an obscure Japanese train branchline, where she brought in thousands of tourists and even spurred a merchandising rush.

Credited by many with saving the provincial Kishigawa Line, the calico cat was appointed as master of the Kishi station just after the station’s last human employee was laid off in April 2006.

The railway was on the brink of closure at the time, but with the newfound attraction of Tama, who often even donned the formal uniform cap of the Wakayama Electric Railway, business was soon booming again.

A major hit with visitors, word quickly spread and sparked a deluge of media attention.

Within a year, the out-of-the-way station had received a good deal of fame, and even a bit of fortune, with ABC News’ 2007 study estimating that Tama’s presence had injected an additional 1.1 billion yen (or about £5,652,983) into the local economy.

In one year alone, an additional 55,000 people travelled on the Kishigawa Line – no doubt in hope of catching a glimpse of the world’s cutest stationmaster.

Wakayama Electric Railway spokeswoman Yoshiko Yamaki said that the cat, which passed away at the age of 16 (which is just over 80 in human years), had been ill for some time.

Still, she was frisky until the end.

‘She had a sinus infection since last month so was being cared for by her owner,’ Yamaki said.

‘But when we visited her with the company president a day before [she died], she stood up and meowed as if she was begging him to hold her.’

The cat’s funeral will be held on Sunday at the Kishi Station starting from 12:30pm.

Mourners have been leaving flowers at the station since Monday and even the governor of Wakayama, Yoshinobu Nisaka, sent a message of condolence.

‘Tama won a great popularity at home and abroad as a superstar of tourism,’ he said. ‘At the news of her loss, I express my deep sorrow and great gratitude.’

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Fatima – Analyzing Some Statements

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Published on Oct 8, 2014 by sanctisbovis
This is the second part of a series I’m making to answer a subscriber question about how Orthodox Christians view the apparitions at Fatima.

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Medjugorje The massacre of SERBIAN Orthodox population miracle

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Published on Jun 26, 2013 by TheMistAnchorite
1. http://orthodoxinfo.com/inquirers/marian_apparitions.aspx

http://www.fantompowa.net/Flame/levy_medjugorje.htm
References

Vicky Randall and Robin Theobald, Political Change and Underdevelopment, Duke University press, Durham, 1998, pg. 28.

Mart Bax, Medjugorje: religion, Politics, and Violence in Rural Bosnia, Free University press, Amsterdam, 1995, pgs. 122-3.

The approved Roman Catholic shrine of Fatima, Portugal involved three shepherd children in 1917 coming upon an apparition of the Virgin Mary. The obvious intent of the Medjugorje children’s’ handlers, Franciscan monks, was to associate Medjugorje with the approved shrines of Fatima and Lourdes.

Bax, pgs. 106 et seq.

Randall and Theobald, pgs. 24-25

Randall and Theobald, pg. 250.

Bax, p. 102

Mart Bax, Holy Mary and Medjugorje’s Rocketeers, The Local Logic of an Ethnic Cleansing Process in Bosnia, Ethnologia Europaea, pg. 54.

Bax, Rocketeers, p. 48

Randall and Theobald, pgs. 250-252

Ibid, p. 46.

Ibid, p. 46.

Ohio and Indiana are the heartland of the international Medjugorje movement, besides the aforementioned Franciscan University at Steubenville, there are major Medjugorje centers at Norwood, Ohio, the University of Dayton, and at Notre Dame, Indiana.

Interview with Mike and Jackie O’Neill, April 2001.

Fox 19 News, Cincinnati, May 3, 2001, Local Man Escapes Cult by Andy Treinen.

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GlobalNews.ca has the story:

ESKI MOSUL, Iraq – Inside the Islamic State’s realm, the paper testifying that you have “repented” from your heretical past must be carried at all times. Many people laminate it just to be safe. It can mean the difference between life and death.

Bilal Abdullah learned that not long after the extremists took over his Iraqi village, Eski Mosul, a year ago. As he walked down the street, an Islamic State fighter in a pickup truck asked directions to a local mosque. When Abdullah didn’t recognize the mosque’s name, the fighter became suspicious.

“He told me my faith is weak and asked, ‘Do you pray?’” Abdullah recalled. Then the fighter asked to see his “repentance card.” Abdullah had been a policeman until the IS takeover, and policemen and soldiers are required to have one. So are many other former government loyalists or employees — even former English teachers, since they once taught a “forbidden” language and tailors of women’s clothes because they once designed styles deemed un-Islamic.

Abdullah had left his card at home. Terrified, he sent his son running to get it.

“They are brutal people,” he told The Associated Press. “They can consider you an infidel for the simplest thing.”

The Islamic State’s “caliphate,” declared a year ago, stretches across northern Syria through much of northern and western Iraq. Untold numbers have been killed because they were deemed dangerous to the IS, or insufficiently pious; 5-8 million endure a regime that has swiftly turned their world upside down, extending its control into every corner of life to enforce its own radical interpretation of Islamic law, or Shariah.

The Islamic State’s domain is a place where men douse themselves with cologne to hide the odour of forbidden cigarettes; where taxi drivers or motorists usually play the IS radio station, since music can get a driver 10 lashes; where women must be entirely covered, in black, and in flat-soled shoes; where people are thrown to their deaths off buildings on suspicion of homosexuality; where shops must close during Muslim prayers, and everyone found outdoors must attend.

There is no safe way out. People vanish— their disappearance explained by a video of their beheading, an uninformative death certificate, or nothing at all.

“People hate them, but they’ve despaired, and they don’t see anyone supporting them if they rise up,” said a 28-year-old Syrian who asked to be identified only by the nickname he uses in political activism, Adnan, in order to protect his family still living under IS rule. “People feel that nobody is with them.”

The AP interviewed more than 20 Iraqis and Syrians who survived life under the group’s rule. One AP team travelled to several towns in northern Iraq, including Eski Mosul, north of Mosul, where residents are just emerging from nearly seven months under IS rule. Another AP team travelled to Turkish cities along the border, where Syrians who have fled IS territory have taken refuge.

What follows is based on their accounts, many of which were verified by multiple people, as well as on IS social media and broadcast operations and documents obtained by the AP, including copies of repentance cards, weapons inventories, leaflets detailing rules of women’s dress and permission forms to travel outside IS territory — all emblazoned with the IS black banner and logo, “Caliphate in the path of the prophet.”

The picture they paint suggests the Islamic State’s territory, now an area roughly the size of Switzerland, has evolved into an entrenched pseudo-state, one based on a bureaucracy of terror.

The takeover

In January 2014, when the Islamic State group took over the Syrian city of Raqqa, Adnan fled, fearing his work as a political activist would make him a target. But after a few months of missing his family, he returned to see whether he could endure life under the extremists.

Adnan found Raqqa transformed from a once-colorful cosmopolitan city into the Islamic State’s de facto capital. Women covered head to toe in black scurried quickly to markets before rushing home, young men avoided the cafes they once frequented. IS fighters turned the city soccer stadium into a prison and interrogation centre, known as “Point 11.” One of the city’s central plazas was now referred to by residents as “Jaheem” Square — Hell Square.

He soon learned why. He heard celebratory gunshots one day and saw the bodies of three men dangling from poles in Hell Square. The corpses were left there for three days, he told AP as he chain-smoked in a cafe in Gaziantep, a town on the Turkish border filled with Syrians living in exile.

The reign of terror he had fled had gotten only worse, he said.

Each time the Islamic State group overruns a community, the pattern has been roughly similar, AP found — as methodical as it is bloody.

First comes an initial wave of killings of police and troops. Then the fighters often seek to garner support by quickly repairing electricity and water lines. They call on bureaucrats to return to work. Government employees and any former troops or policemen sign their “repentance” papers and must hand over their weapons or pay fines sometimes amounting to several thousand dollars.

In loudspeaker announcements, mosque sermons and leaflets, new regulations are laid out: No smoking, no alcohol, and no women working except as nurses or in women’s clothing shops, where even mannequins in store windows are covered. Residents said they were required to build walls outside their homes so women would never be seen.

In each district, an “emir” — often a local militant — is appointed to govern. Schools close, then reopen with IS-written curricula. Taxes are imposed on businesses. Pharmacies are given Shariah courses and banned from selling contraceptives. In most locations, tribes or families declare loyalty to the group and gain positions or perks, several interviewees told AP.

Adnan stayed in Raqqa for almost a year, watching the extremists pervade nearly every aspect of life. IS authorities came to his family’s car parts store and demanded taxes — the equivalent of $5,000. The group was clearly flush with money from taxing businesses, confiscating lands from those who fled and sales from oil fields captured further east in Syria, Adnan said.

The group encourages commerce across the “caliphate,” he said — for example, cement supplies and vegetables moved from Turkey, through Raqqa to Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city

Then Adnan’s one-time activism in support of Syrian rebels caught up with him. In January, a patrol raided his family home, confiscated his laptop and arrested him for publishing online articles they said encouraged secularism. “Such a pretty house,” a patrol member said before smashing two glass water pipes. “This pollutes the environment,” he told Adnan.

For the next 55 days, Adnan was held in Point 11, the soccer stadium.

He was interrogated three times in the initial days, beaten with a green plastic pipe. Then he was moved out of isolation into wards with other prisoners.

Soon after came another gruesome moment. One of the top Islamic State judges in the area, a local man known by the pseudonym Abu Ali al-Sharei, dropped by in early February to teach another lesson in Islamic law to the prisoners. He made small talk with a roomful of them. Then he grinned and said, “Listen, I haven’t told you yet, but today we made al-Kaseasbeh crispy.”

He took a flash drive out of his pocket, Adnan said, and, to the prisoners’ horror, played them footage of captured Jordanian Air Force pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive in a cage by his IS captors.

Adnan’s account is just one example of how IS uses the execution videos that it broadcasts to the world online to also intimidate people under its rule.

In Raqqa’s prison, Adnan’s job of distributing food to other inmates gave him a broad view of operations.

He saw two Kurdish prisoners and overheard wardens saying the pair would likely be used in Kurdish-language propaganda videos before being released. Adnan said he also saw several foreign Islamic State fighters being held — three Turks, an Uzbek, a Russian and a Yemeni — apparently on suspicion of spying. Two other IS fighters were brought in for stealing booty looted from the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani rather than sharing it with other fighters. Kobani was the scene of the biggest defeat of IS in Syria, when Kurdish forces backed by U.S. airstrikes drove off the militants after months of heavy fighting.

“We gave up 2,200 martyrs in Kobani, and you go and steal?” Adnan said he heard the interrogator shouting at the two detained militants.

Adnan met Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Musallam, whom IS accused of being a spy for Israel. Musallam told Adnan his captors were repeatedly filming him in his own execution video. Each time, he said, they would video a child shooting him in the head — but each time the gun would be empty.

“Then one day, they executed him for real,” Adnan said.

In March, the Islamic State group released a video showing Musallam’s death. Kneeling in a field, he is shot in the head by a young boy wearing military camouflage.

Adnan said he believes that is why many victims in the execution videos appear so calm. “They repeat the thing with them like 20 times. So when the real one comes, the prisoner will think it’s just another mock execution,” he said.

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Fox News has the story:

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Published on Jun 24, 2015 by EnGlobal News World
Terrorist group kills accused spies and apostates

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Speaking of flags, here’s the one the Islamic State seeks to fly over the White House in Washington, D.C.:

ISIS flag explained

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