Good News: Munich's Oktoberfest Opens!

Photo Gallery: Munich's Oktoberfest Opens

This weekend Munich’s mayor, Christian Ude, opened the 176th Oktoberfest with the words “O’zapft is!” (“It’s tapped!” in the Bavarian dialect). Organizers are expecting 6 million visitors over the course of the 16-day festival but want to show the world a tamer celebration than in previous years. more…

Obama the Torturer

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US President Barack Obama has spoken out against CIA prisoner abuse and wants to close Guantanamo. But he tolerates the existence of Bagram military prison in Afghanistan, where more than 600 people are being held without charge. The facility makes Guantanamo look like a “nice hotel,” in the words of one military prosecutor. By Matthias Gebauer, John Goetz and Britta Sandberg more…


German Minister Says New US Entry Fee ‘Not Logical’

American plans to introduce an entrance fee for Germans and other Europeans entering the US has been met by harsh criticism. At an EU meeting on Monday, Germany’s Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble opposed the plans, saying the plan to charge visitors a fee didn’t make sense. more…

‘We Will Not Yield’

In a SPIEGEL interview, Ali Akbar Salehi, general director of the Iranian Nuclear Energy Organization, discusses demands placed by the West on Tehran, upcoming nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members on Oct. 1 and the consequences of stricter sanctions. more…

‘Socialists and Communists’ Must Not Be Allowed to Rule Germany

The leader of Germany’s business-friendly Free Democratic Party says he will not form a ruling coalition with the Social Democrats, no matter what happens at the upcoming elections. German commentators on Monday contemplate the difficulties facing all the parties in forming viable alliances after Sunday’s vote. more…

Jihad Leader Reported Killed in US Drone Attack

The Uzbek terrorist leader Najmiddin Kamolitdinovic Jalolov trained a German Islamist cell in northern Pakistan and ordered them to carry out terror attacks on German soil. Now Jalolov, a senior militant in the Islamic Jihad Union, is said to have been killed in a US drone strike. By Yassin Musharbash more…


Pakistan urges US to reimburse $1.6 bn for terror war they created

Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari

Pakistan’s president Asif Ali Zardari has urged the United States government to reimburse the 1.6 billion dollars that Pakistan spent on fighting extremism in the tribal areas earlier this year.

The United States pays Pakistan for the anti-extremist operations from a special account called the Coalition Support Fund. Pakistan has not been paid for more than a year, Pakistani daily Dawn said.

President Zardari made this demand in two separate meetings with US officials including special envoy Richard Holbrooke.

President Zardari also called for an early realisation of about six billion dollars pledged to Pakistan in the Tokyo conference earlier this year where international donors promised to help Pakistan overcome its economic crisis.

The President also sought an early adoption of the Kerry-Lugar Bill that may bring in another 1.5 billion dollars of annual US assistance over a period of five years.

4 thoughts on “Good News: Munich's Oktoberfest Opens!”

  1. I find this amusing – reimburse Pakistan for the money it “may” have spent in making (trying to make) Pakistan stable. A rather twisted logic has been superimposed.

  2. I agree ‘kaw’ not to mention that the Pakistani President confirmed that they used War on Terrorism funding for “defence against India”.

    But I think the Pakistanis are using a very old technique, that the West and the US in particular will not be able to afford to let that country collapse and thus the funds will come, in some form of other and if the Congress agrees or not.

  3. The Pakistanis are indeed using a very old corrupt violent expansionist controlling technique . Its called ISLAM.

  4. Can’t believe the foolishness of the US governments, they should be funding India instead.

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