STASI agents among us

Saturday, September 15, 2018

When the wall of Berlin – “Wall of Shame” fell on November 9, 1989, its symbolic significance also fell. Cold war, political and military division of Europe, spying on everything and everything. This was also the end of the infamous and super-effective secret state police Stasi, with its 100,000 permanent employees and 500,000 indicate. Probably the most effective monitoring system in history.

The Bundestag adopted a separate law on the Stasi archive so that German citizens could access the documents. The highly sensitive archives were finally released. Many historians also looked forward to this. 180 air miles with important documentation could tell a lot about the cold war.

Many Germans found their own folders and were shocked by indications from neighbors, friends and family. When it comes to informants and agents who were active in Stasis’s service outside the DDR, it has not been as easy. Some have obviously wanted to prevent access through all these years.

At some point during the dissolution of communism, the CIA managed to secure the Stasi archive with the names of all agents and informants outside East Germany. Exactly how this happened did not know. But the backdrop is the confusion and chaos when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1992.

This part of the archive consisting of microfilmed map cards is called the Rosenholz files and is thus located at the US intelligence service CIA. For some reason, it is blocked for access.

Right-wing politician and former parliamentary repre- sentative Anders B. Werp has been in charge of the Storting to open the material for researchers, the press and the general public. He is still interested in this, he says, but today he is state secretary and therefore can not do anything else with the case.

Justice ministers Grete Faremo, Knut Storberget and Anders Anundsen were all asked to receive the archives that deal with Norway sent from the CIA to the Norwegian authorities. Maybe it worked with the case. But nothing happened.

Justice Minister Anders Anundsen expressed his optimism in an article in the A-Magazine 16 June 2014: “It’s hard to know how long it will take to get the material to Norway. “But we will have a close and close dialogue with the CIA.

Journalist in Aftenposten, Ingrid Brekke, has also been an active driver and wrote an article in the A magazine 15 June 2014 about the Rosenholz files with this heading: “Now we can know who the Norwegian Stasi agents were. 30 Norwegians spied for the GDR. The key to the riddle lies with the US intelligence service CIA. ”

Ingrid Brekke writes in a mail 17/8 that the situation is still unresolved: “It is the CIA that attaches the key to Norway’s access to this information. The Norwegian Government (Ministry of Justice) requested access and refused. We wrote about it when it happened. The reason we have not written more is that I do not see how it is possible to move on, there are no changes in the situation. It’s frustrating that it’s like that and it may be that the CIA changes its line in a few years. ”

Norway is underestimated in Stasi context, tells the German state witnesses and Stasi expert Helmut Müller-Enbergs. He has revealed significant East German activity in Norway. Surprisingly a lot of information about Norwegian military and political relations found the way from Norway to the DDR. The Rosenholz papers name Norwegians who worked for DDR’s secret police. The documentation will give us the knowledge that causes the story to be rewritten, believes the Stasi expert.

Why is it so quiet about the archives today, so many years after the fall of the Berlin Wall? I think the explanation is simple and such historian Nikolai Brandal tells Aftenposten September 27, 2011: You do not want to reveal your friends. Former Stasi informants in Norway are still visible actors in Norwegian society. SV-ere, Ap-people, academics and journalists are believed to be among the hidden Stasi informants. Criminal law cases will probably be out of date for so many years, but in order to understand the methods, strategy and cynicism of the Cold War we must get the documents to Norway.

Perhaps Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara is the man of action to find a solution in the stuck case? Somewhere in the ministry he can find back to one or more threads that the predecessors have released, leading to the key – at the CIA.

Artists call for boycott of Eurovision in Israel

Saturday 15 august 2018

Roger Waters among group of more than 100 artists who call for boycott of Eurovision in 2019, which is to be held in Israel.

A group of more than 100 artists on Friday published an open letter in the British Guardian newspaper in which they are calling for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 if it is held in Israel.

“We, the undersigned artists from Europe and beyond, support the heartfelt appeal from Palestinian artists to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 hosted by Israel. Until Palestinians can enjoy freedom, justice and equal rights, there should be no business-as-usual with the state that is denying them their basic rights,” wrote the artists.

The letter claims that on May 14, days after Israel’s Eurovision win, “the Israeli army killed 62 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, including six children, and injured hundreds, most with live ammunition. Amnesty International has condemned Israel’s shoot-to-kill-or-maim policy and Human Rights Watch described the killings as ‘unlawful and calculated.’”

The violent riots in question took place along the Gaza border on the day the US relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

At various points during the riots, IDF soldiers were attacked with guns and various explosives, including grenades, pipe bombs, and firebombs. Hamas openly admitted, contrary to the artists’ claims, that the majority of the rioters who were killed were members of the group.

The letter further states that “Eurovision 2019 should be boycotted if it is hosted by Israel while it continues its grave, decades-old violations of Palestinian human rights.”

“We understand that the European Broadcasting Union is demanding that Israel finds a ‘non-divisive’ location for the 2019 Eurovision. It should cancel Israel’s hosting of the contest altogether and move it to another country with a better human rights record. Injustice divides, while the pursuit of dignity and human rights unites,” it concluded.

Among the signatories to the letter are former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters, who has for years led calls to boycott Israel, as well as British composer Brian Eno, a longtime supporter of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement who in 2016 ordered an Israeli dance company to stop using his music.

Israel is due to host Eurovision next year due to the fact that it won the 2018 Eurovision contest, which took place in Lisbon on May 19, with the song “Toy” sung by Netta Barzilai.

Contest rules state that the winning country hosts the following year’s contest but the winning state can waive the right, as Israel did when it won for the second time in two years in 1979. At the time the waiver was used for economic reasons, as Israel’s leaders cited the cost of producing such an event two years in a row. Israel also hosted Eurovision in 1999 after winning the contest in 1998.

There have already been several calls to boycott of next year’s contest due to the fact that Israel will host it. One such call came from Dublin Mayor Micheal Mac Donncha, who said Ireland should boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in order to show solidarity with the “horrific ordeal of the Palestinian people.”

Mac Donncha’s call for a boycott came a day after several leftist Irish lawmakers expressed support for boycotting Israel following its winning the Eurovision song contest.

My comment on this :

Irael is the only jewish country protecting jews. Its a legacy for thousand of years, and is conceived by Abrahams God. We humans cannot break what God desides, His plan is unbreakable. So when artists go together, its sad, I will boycott them forever. And I will make sure that this goes on all social media I have and its much.