MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : WER OPFERT WEM ? / NEUES VON  DER ROUTE VIA MORIA

Falsche Väter : Perfides Geschäft mit schwangeren Frauen?

  • Von Reinhard Bingener, Hannover FAZ – In Bremen beantragen immer mehr schwangere Frauen aus Afrika Sozialleistungen. Sie geben an, der Kindsvater sei deutscher Staatsbürger. Steckt dahinter organisierte Kriminalität?

Im Jahr 2017 fiel Mitarbeitern des Jobcenters in Bremen erstmals auf, dass ihnen immer häufiger Menschen mit einer ähnlichen Biographie gegenübersitzen. Frauen, die aus Afrika stammen, genauer aus den westafrikanischen Ländern Nigeria oder Ghana. Sie kommen jedoch nicht direkt aus Afrika nach Deutschland, sondern haben sich vorher häufig über mehrere Jahre in anderen europäischen Staaten aufgehalten, vorwiegend in Italien. Die Frauen sind unverheiratet, im Schnitt Mitte dreißig. Und sie waren bei ihrer Einreise nach Deutschland schwanger.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS RED CHINA – WORLD THREAT No. 1

New publication | Home advantage: How China’s protected market threatens Europe’s economic power  – European Council on Foreign Relations
Key takeaways: 

  • China’s vast yet protected home market has allowed some of its firms to acquire a scale that provides them with significant advantages when they compete in other markets. 
  • These firms are able to undercut European companies both in the EU and around the world, including in sectors key to Europe’s future economy and security, from energy to telecommunications. 
  • The EU urgently needs to incorporate the concept and reality of this ‘protected home market advantage’ into its thinking on China. 
  • Europe can defend its own industries by adopting an integrated policy approach, working with like-minded partners around the world, and even prising open closed parts of China’s domestic market. 
  • The EU should also look to enhance its single market – both as a defensive measure and a way to improve its strategic sovereignty. 

In a new report “Home advantage: How China’s protected market threatens Europe’s economic power” Agatha Kratz (Associate Director at Rhodium Group) and Janka Oertel (Director of ECFR’s Asia programme)

  • provide a short overview of the key features of China’s protected home market advantage,
  • point out how this advantage plays out in three industries in China and
  • lay out ways that the EU might respond to this challenge.

China’s protected home market advantage in a series of sectors could put a competitive strain on EU competitors and diminish their revenue prospects and global market shares. Three sectors serve to illustrate the potentially acute implications of China’s protected home market for European competitors and Chinese firms:

  • Solar: China officially encourages foreign participation in the solar photovoltaic sector. However, foreign activity is constrained by a strong informal preference for local players in public procurement, which has resulted in a nearly 100 per cent market share for domestic firms. Larger Chinese firms have been able to produce at extremely low cost and take over global market shares quickly, and with drastic effects on European firms in the sector.
  • Telecommunication equipment: China’s telecommunication equipment market is the largest globally. However, China allows only limited participation from foreign players: the government issued informal guidance to China’s state-owned telecom operators to allocate no less than 70 per cent of 4G orders to Huawei and ZTE. This creates advantages for China’s telecommunication equipment leaders not only in emerging economies but also in Europe’s own market.
  • Rail rolling stock: China’s rail market remains largely closed to foreign participation. Foreign players are officially authorised to operate in China. However, China’s main rolling stock manufacturer, CRRC, commands 86 per cent of China’s total rolling stock market volume and close to 100 per cent of its high-speed rail rolling stock market. The reason for this is a strong informal preference for local players by China’s main rail operator and main equipment purchaser, China Railway. Though not yet as drastic as in the solar and telecommunications sectors, the protected home market effect on European players could be significant in the longer run, especially in third markets.

China’s protected home market advantage has the potential to artificially shift revenues and profits from Europe to China, with significant risks for European firms. The report offers pathways towards tackling the problem at hand:

  • Press for more and fuller market openness from China: In its negotiations for the investment agreement (CAI), the EU Commission secured openings in a series of sectors, including some industries in which a ‘protected home market advantage’ is likely to emerge, such as new energy vehicles. If the CAI endures despite current tensions in the bilateral relations, the Commission will need to monitor the implementation of China’s pledges closely to ensure European firms reap the benefits.
  • Protect and advance Europe’s competitiveness and market power: The EU has over the past five years invested in developing its toolbox to deal with China-related distortions spilling over to the European market. None of these tools are tailored specifically to China’s ‘protected home market advantage’. However, it could easily mobilise some of them to address its effects on the European market and European firms.
  • Play offence: In the sectors that have the most strategic importance for Europe’s economic resilience (and only in those), policymakers might also decide to temporarily offset the cost of China’s protected home advantage for European firms. Such a project should be pursued in close coordination with allies and partners across the Atlantic and in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Perfect the single market: Many intra-European market barriers – such as regulations, standards, market fragmentation, and language – make it hard or impossible for European firms to build the scale their competitors in China have. Addressing these barriers is crucial to keeping European firms competitive. Enhancing Europe’s single market would thus be a major contribution to tackling the issue. It would be a proactive step towards enhancing European leverage and strategic autonomy.

“Better understanding the impact on European industry of Chinese barriers to foreign competition is key to effective policymaking, and to preserving European competitiveness in sectors of the future”, says Agatha Kratz.

“Over the years, Europe has been highly focused on securing market access in China, but it does not seem like market conditions for European companies are improving there. It is now no longer just about a level-playing field bilaterally, but about sustaining the capacity to compete with Chinese players on a global scale – understanding the protected home market advantage is one crucial part of finding the appropriate response”, says Janka Oertel.

NOTE TO THE EDITORS

Interviews & more research:

  • Janka Oertel and Agatha Kratz are available for comment and interview. Please contact Ana Ramic, ECFR’s head of communications, email: ana.ramic@ecfr.eu or ECFR’s communications team (communications@ecfr.eu) to arrange.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ALLES ANTISEMITISCH – ODER WAS !? / FUNDAMENTALPROJEKTIONEN JENSEITS DES DIKTIERTEN MAINSTREAMS

Kinderschuh-Proteste gegen Schulschließungen in Sachsen und Thüringen MDR wirft Eltern Antisemismus vor

Veröffentlicht am 14. April 2021  – Von Vincent Vahrenberg – Seit Wochen brodelt es in Sachsen. Vor allem in den Kleinstädten im Erzgebirge gehen die Leute gegen die Lockdown-Politik auf die Straße. Sie treffen sich zu Hunderten zu Spaziergängen, versammeln sich auf Marktplätzen und schreien ihren Unmut heraus.

Eine neue Form des Protests tauchte am 20. März auf. Anlass war die Wiederschließung von Schulen und Kindergärten in den Landkreisen Zwickau, Nordsachsen und Erzgebirge, nachdem diese gerade erst wieder geöffnet worden waren. Etliche Eltern hatten im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes die Nase voll von der Politik der Landesregierung und stellten Schuhe ihrer Kinder vor die Rathäuser in Zwickau, Stollberg, Zwönitz, Limbach-Oberfrohna und anderen Orten. Aufrufe zu diesem Protest waren in sozialen Netzwerken geteilt worden. Mehrere Bürgermeister ließen die Schuhe einsammeln und schickten sie nach Dresden zur Landesregierung.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS CHAOS COMPUTER CLUB UNTERSUCHUNG –  Luca-App Skandal: Chaos-Computer-Club fordert Bundesnotbremse

15 April 2021 – Zweifelhaftes Geschäftsmodell, mangelhafte Software, Unregelmäßigkeiten bei der Auftragsvergabe: Der Chaos Computer Club (CCC) fordert das sofortige Ende der staatlichen Alimentierung von Smudos Steuer-Millionengrab “Luca-App”.

In den vergangenen Wochen wurden eklatante Mängel in Spezifikation, Implementierung und korrekter Lizenzierung der Luca-App aufgedeckt. Die nicht abreißende Serie von Sicherheitsproblemen und die unbeholfenen Reaktionen des Herstellers zeugen von einem grundlegenden Mangel an Kompetenz und Sorgfalt.

Dennoch verschwenden immer mehr Länder ohne korrektes Ausschreibungsverfahren Steuergelder auf das digitale Heilsversprechen. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will die Installation sogar zur Voraussetzung der Teilhabe am öffentlichen Leben machen.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS AUS SEHR VIEL BESSEREN ZEITEN! : Philosoph Karl Heinz Haag : Gegen die Verachtung der Wahrheit

Von links nach rechts: Karl Heinz Haag, Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno und Alfred Schmidt  –  Er gehörte zum Umkreis der Frankfurter Kritischen Theorie, Adorno widmete ihm seine Hegel-Studien: Zum zehnten Todestag des zu Unrecht unsichtbar gewordenen Philosophen Karl Heinz Haag.

Jürgen Habermas zufolge leben wir in einem nachmetaphysischen Zeitalter. Alles, was behauptet wird, muss durch das Nadelöhr rationaler Überprüfung hindurch. Nach Habermas lässt uns aber gleichwohl die Frage nach dem Glauben, der nicht ohne Rest durch das Wissen geteilt werden kann, kaum los. Nicht nur verschwindet also die Religion in der Moderne nicht, sie kann auch nur zu hohen gedanklichen Kosten als „Aberglaube“ beschrieben werden. Es steckt sogar mehr in ihr als Daumendrücken. Wenn darum „Wissen“ bedeuten soll: Wissen über natürliche Sachverhalte, und wenn „natürlich“ heißen soll: empirisch ermittelbar, dann liegt das Problem auf der Hand. Wir leben in einem nachmetaphysischen Zeitalter, das metaphysische Fragen nicht loswird.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS APARTHEID’s NEW ORDER  : WHITES LEAVE THE UNITED STATES ! GO BACK !

Commie insanity in California public schools, driven by Marxist propagandists burrowing into the educational bureaucracy.

Merchants of Revolution

California’s ethnic studies initiatives train children in Marxist theory—and opposition to the American system.  – Christopher F. Rufo – April 13, 2021

California public schools are embarking on a new experiment: education as social justice. Earlier this year, the state Department of Education approved an ethnic studies model curriculum, and individual school districts have begun to implement programs that advocate “decolonizing” the United States and “liberating” students from capitalism, patriarchy, and settler colonialism.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAY QUOTATION : DON’T GO WITH LOWER RACES! / BBC DIVERSITY CHIEF MIRANDA WAYLAND

Mark Felton

14 April 2021 – “BBC diversity chief says Idris Elba’s TV detective Luther ‘isn’t black enough to be real’ because ‘he doesn’t have any black friends and doesn’t eat any Caribbean food'”

True black folk don’t mingle with lower races.

They also spend their days eating fried chicken and water melon, doing drive-bys and missing their daddies.

 BBC diversity chief says Idris Elba’s TV detective Luther ‘isn’t black enough to be real’ because ‘he doesn’t have any black friends and doesn’t eat any Caribbean food’

  • Miranda Wayland said the hit BBC crime drama was only superficially diverse
  • Bosses are now looking to portray minority groups in a more convincing way 
  • BBC will spend £100m of content budget on diverse programming over 3 years

By Tom Pyman For Mailonline  DAILY MAIL –  14 April 2021 |

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : INDOCTRINATION USA UNDER THE PRIDE FLAG!

 Caroline Glick@CarolineGlick

14 April 2021 1h – The longer this continues in America, the smaller the chance that America can survive in any recognizable form as the land of the free and the home of the brave. This is Maoist indoctrination.

I Refuse to Stand By While My Students Are Indoctrinated

Children are afraid to challenge the repressive ideology that rules our school. That’s why I am.

Paul Rossi – 14 April 2021 – MESOP –  I am a teacher at Grace Church High School in Manhattan. Ten years ago, I changed careers when I discovered how rewarding it is to help young people explore the truth and beauty of mathematics. I love my work.As a teacher, my first obligation is to my students. But right now, my school is asking me to embrace “antiracism” training and pedagogy that I believe is deeply harmful to them and to any person who seeks to nurture the virtues of curiosity, empathy and understanding.

“Antiracist” training sounds righteous, but it is the opposite of truth in advertising. It requires teachers like myself to treat students differently on the basis of race.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : LOCKDOWN FÜR IMPFDOSEN / SKANDAL!

Kritik an der Impfkampagne : „Fast vier Millionen Impfdosen liegen ungenutzt herum“

Von Christian Geinitz, Berlin FAZ –  14.04.2021-07:19

Wo sich die riesigen Lagerbestände der Länder befinden, ist unklar – während Hausärzte auf dem Trockenen sitzen. Ein Fachmann macht eine brisante Rechnung auf.

Es könnten viel mehr Personen gegen Covid-19 geschützt werden, wenn die Impfzentren ihre Lagerbestände abbauten und wenn neue Lieferungen verstärkt an die Hausärzte gingen. „In einigen Ländern oder Impfzentren liegen insgesamt fast vier Millionen Dosen ungenutzt herum. Weil es keine Sendungsverfolgung wie bei der Post gibt, weiß niemand, wo der Impfstoff wirklich ist“, sagt der Vorsitzende des Zentralinstituts für die kassenärztliche Versorgung (ZI), Dominik von Stillfried, der F.A.Z.: „Bund und Länder müssen Klarheit über den Verbleib schaffen und dann dafür sorgen, dass die Dosen möglichst schnell verimpft werden.“ Der Lagerbestand ergibt sich aus der Menge der Lieferungen des Bundes an die Länder minus der bisher verabreichten Impfdosen.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TOP OF THE AGENDA : TRICKY SLEEPY JOE – I PAY YOU FOR DOING THE JOB!

Biden Strikes Deal to Stem Migration at Southern U.S. Border
The Joe Biden administration struck deals (AP) with Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico to boost security at their borders in an effort to curtail an influx of people, including a record number of unaccompanied children, arriving at the southern U.S. border.

The White House said (NYT) Mexico will maintain a force of about 10,000 troops at its southern border, while Guatemala and Honduras will deploy an additional 1,500 and 7,000 police and military personnel, respectively. However, the Honduran and Guatemalan governments denied making any specific commitments. Security forces in all three Latin American countries have been accused of perpetrating violence toward migrants (Guardian). Administration officials have stressed the need to address the root causes of migration, such as poverty, crime, and corruption. The United States has stepped up humanitarian aid (CNN) and is conducting a media campaign to discourage people from journeying to the country.

Analysis
“Economic precariousness, government corruption, crime, violence, and—increasingly—climate change are all driving migration from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras,” CFR’s Paul J. Angelo writes.

“To stem migration from Central America, previous U.S. administrations emphasized economic prosperity and security initiatives and failed to prioritize governance. The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden will have to try something new if it hopes to keep migration from the region at manageable levels,” the Center for American Progress’s Dan Restrepo writes in Foreign Affairs.

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