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Spiegel fusion

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In Germany, at a press conference, Jakob Augstein, known as joint heir of the Spiegel announced that the magazin SPIEGEL, his own paper FREITAG and in addition, the former FDJ newspaper JUNGE WELT and the former SED organ, the NEUES DEUTSCHLAND have formed to a united journalistic front. The cooperation with the British Guardian will also be strengthened. The antitrust authorities have approved a publisher fusion under the umbrella of the Spiegel. The media diversity in Germany had to be preserved, Augstein said, who said in an interview in the year 2004, after his father’s death, he could not imagine a role as a publisher in the newspaper of his father, so the newspapers will keep operating under their familiar names, but their journalistic orientation would now be coordinated under his chairmanship. Other members of the planned coordinating body that had appeared together with Augstein to the press conference, are Juergen Elsaesser, Christopher Hoerstel, Juergen Todenhoefer, Peter Scholl-Latour, Eva Herman and Natalya Narotschnizkaja.
It must be the task of the media in Germany to keep the American and Zionist influence off German politics. It has grown over the crisis in Syria and Ukraine in such unbearable extent that only a coordinated approach could preserve left, anti-imperialist positions.

The revelations of Snowden had proved that we have become more than ever a handmaiden of the fascistoid U.S. government. The traditionally good relations with Russia would be playful and the German government has established Russia as an object of hate. It was just President Putin, who like no other politician was committed to peace. He had abstained from the UN decision for the war against Libya, he prevented an U.S. aggression in Syria and he has sent peacekeepers to the Russian border with Ukraine, containing the aggression of the fascist Ukrainian government against the peaceful federalization demonstrators.
Questions whether these publishing merger receive financial benefits from Russia or indirectly via the Institut de la Démocratie et de la Coopération were answered repellent by Augstein. Peter Scholl-Latour was outraged. Journalism in Germany had degenerated. It is an impertinence to attribute to him as an old fighter against fascism closeness to Russia. Putin is not a fascist! He is not payed by fascists.
At the end of the press conference Jakob Augstein suggested to sing the International, but got fierce opposition from Elsässers and Natalija Narotschnizkajas.

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German translation by Criticus Nixalsverdruss: https://russiaforyou.wordpress.com/translations/spiegel-fusion/

The Snowden interview

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Today Russia for you managed to get an exclusive interview with the whistleblower Edward Snowden in Swaransk, a beautifull little town south of Nischni Nowgorod. The full Interview:

Rfy

Good morning Mr. Snowden, you are well today?

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Snowden

(laughing) I must apologize. It became a bit sozzled yesterday with Gerard.

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Rfy

First of all, Mr. Snowden, a very direct question: Are you gay?

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Snowden

Frankly not. My friend asked me for some time. But I’m sure. If I were, I wouldn’t have taken refuge in Russia.

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Rfy

Second question: How do you like it here?

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Snowden

As you can see, Swaransk ist not New York. But I have a very nice neighbor, Mr. Depardieu. Mr. Putin offered me a very distant I think it’s called datscha in Sibiria. I was not to happy with that. But thankfully the German magazin The Spiegel took care and found me this appartment next to Mr. Depardieu. As I’ve learned from neighbors, of which some are fighting in the Donbass region, one of them died there. So this flat became available.

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Rfy

And how do you cope with the language?

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Snowden

When I arrived in Moscow I already had some russian skills. It was part of my work. As you remember, I was trained as a spy. In the meantime I have improved my knowledge. Yesterday Gerard and I decided to learn together. Hopefully this will be possible. He told me, that he is not here very often. He’s got a job in a porn production in the netherlands, that doesn’t leave him much time to stay in Swaransk.

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Rfy

And what are your intentions for the future?

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Snowden

I’m considering to write a book. RT offered me a series together with Julian, but I prefere to stay out of the public. I got a lot of money from the Guardian and especially from the Spiegel, but it’s boring to stay in Swaransk without anything to do. So I’m going to write down my personal experiences during my escape to russia.

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Rfy

One more question, Mr. Snowden: You had access to many informations in the NSA. We’ve learned an awful lot about bugging and monitoring in Western Europe and in the USA. But what about Russia? Don’t you know, or don’t you tell?

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Snowden

You know it. Russian hospitality is legendary and well, president Putin (he smiles) made me an offer that I couldn’t resist. So of course I don’t know.

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Rfy

Thank you, Mr. Snowden.

Snowden stays in Russia

As we have just learned from our partner RT, American wistleblower Edward Snowden decided to stay in russia. He has already moved to Saransk, where he was welcomed by his neigbor Gerard Depardieu a short time ago. They seem to become very close friends. After a welcome drink, traditionally with sto gram of vodka, they called each other Asterix and Obelix. Right now he was not available for an interview. Maybe he will be tomorrow.

 Snowdens move to swaransk is also an explanation for his rejection of a hearing of the German Committee of Inquiry for the NSA affair in Moscow, which the German newspaper “Die Zeit” reported. http://www.zeit.de/politik/deutschland/2014-06/snowden-nsa-befragung