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2010-08-30 07:06:09
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German official espousing Nazi racial ideology

The German official who authored a new doomsday book on the future of Germany appears to endorse Nazi racial ideology, Jewish leaders said. Thilo Sarrazin, a board member of the German central bank since May 2009 and a former finance minister for the state of Berlin, said that Muslims are to blame for dumping down German culture. Jews and others possess superior genes, he suggested. His racial ideology puts Sarrazin firmly in the far-right extremist camp, according to Stephan Kramer, general secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

Sarrazin, a member of the left-of-centre Social Democratic Party, should consider joining the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany, Kramer told the Handelsblatt Online newspaper last week.  "At least that would make the battle lines more obvious," Kramer said, and it would free the Social Democrats from having to kick him out. Sarrazin elaborates on his doomsday scenario in "Germany Abolishes Itself," which is to hit bookstands Monday. In an excerpt in this week's Der Spiegel magazine, Sarrazin writes, "I do not want the land of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be predominantly Muslim, where Turkish and Arabic are spoken in broad sections of the country, where women wear a headscarf and where the daily rhythm of life is determined by the call of the muezzins."

In a pre-publication interview, Sarrazin said that all Jews "share a particular gene," as do Basques and other peoples. His remarks drew harsh criticism from German political leaders. Sarrazin's comments have caused a ruckus in the past. Last October he said that Turks and Arabs were taking over Germany due to a high birth-rate, and that he would be happier if it were "Eastern European Jews" who were reproducing so fast, "since their IQs are 15 percent higher than that of the German people." He later apologized for the remarks. At the time, the National Democratic Party credited Sarrazin with "hitting the nail on the head" when it came to Germany's current course. Some Social Democratic leaders suggested at the time that he be ousted from the party.


German singer accused of giving HIV-infections to partners; convicted

A German court on Thursday convicted the pop-singer from girl band ‘No Angels’ Nadja Benaissa, for causing bodily harm to her sexual partners by hiding her HIV status. The 28-year-old singer, who was accused of infecting her partners with HIV virus known to cause AIDS, was given two-year suspended sentence along with order to serve 300 hours of community service with HIV-positive people. Several news agencies, keeping tabs on the trails going on in Darmstadt, south of Frankfurt, Germany, reported on Thursday that Benaissa, managed to escape prison time as she has been expressing “deep remorse” since the beginning of the trail.

""I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart. I wish I could turn back the clock,” said Benaissa. Reportedly, singer had unprotected intercourse on five occasions from 2000-2004 with three individuals. One of singer’s victims revealed during the court hearing that he went for a check-up only after finding out from her aunt about the infection and his worst fear came true when his physician confirmed he’s infected. Media reports also reported, the singer admitted knowing about her HIV status even before she established sexual relations with the men in question. However, she revealed that she did not infect anyone intentionally as she believed that there’s little chance of her spreading the virus on to someone else.

Another reasons for not revealing her HIV-status was that she did not wanted to attract media attention, which might have ruined her band and her daughter’s future. She went on to reveal that she found out first about her HIV-positive in 1999, when went for a regular check-up session as she was pregnant with her daughter.  As per a German court ruling in 1988, declared that it’s a criminal offence if a person with HIV did not inform his/her sexual partner about their condition. Germany courts are known for punishing such offenders with lengthy prison time, considering the fact that offenders face up to 10-years in prison. However, Benaissa most certainly got off the hook quite easily.

Escaping full-blown prison time is no doubt good news for the singer but there are people, who are not happy with court’s verdict. Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe (DAH), an AIDS awareness group, is most certainly not cheering on favour of the verdict. The group believes that this faulty verdict has put people with HIV-positive status at the further risk of being stigmatized in the society.  And now it is also going to be difficult for them to convince HIV-positive people to confess their status.


Germany addresses treatment of dangerous criminals

Should dangerous criminals be locked up indefinitely? The European Court of Human Rights thinks not, a ruling which sent Germany scrambling for a new regulation. The solution was announced this week, but commentators are unconvinced. Until recently, some felons in Germany could be, quite literally, locked up in prison for life. In 1998, the government in Berlin lifted a 10-year maximum limit on preventative detention -- a law that was upheld by Germany's high court in 2005. But this May, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled that the law violated human rights.

The direct result was that a handful of serious offenders in German prisons were freed immediately with dozens more, including serial rapists and people who had committed multiple murders, up for release soon.  Additionally, the Strasbourg ruling triggered a political debate in Germany and created a huge problem for both politicians and members of the judiciary. They scrambled to come up with a solution that guarantees public safety, but which also takes the rights of offenders into account. This week, German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, who has been criticized for acting too slowly on the issue and the German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, announced a proposal for solving the problem that de Maizière described as "unusually complicated."

The two ministries are proposing changes to the preventive detention legislation that would see the creation of a new kind of institution where the criminals could be kept after their prison term if they were still deemed a threat to society. The institution would neither be a jail nor a psychiatric facility -- some are calling it "jail light." The facilities would be primarily used for prisoners deemed to be "mentally disturbed" in external assessments and an ongoing danger to the general public.  It would be "something other than imprisonment but also different from a psychiatric facility," Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger told reporters. "The main emphasis would be on therapy." In the proposed institution, freedom of the individuals involved would only be restricted to the degree required by the treatment, the justice minister said. An offender could eventually be released if deemed to be safe. Germany's two largest police unions have welcomed the plan, saying it was long overdue. But not everyone has responded favourable. German commentators on Friday are divided over the issue.

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