Archiv der Kategorie 'Militarism'

Kleine Anfrage


via http://www.kampagne.de

Militäraufmärsche in der Öffentlichkeit und Reklameeinsätze der Bundeswehr im Jahr 2008

Zur Nachwuchsrekrutierung und Imageaufbesserung führt die Bundeswehr jährlich mehrere Hundert Veranstaltungen im öffentlichen Raum durch. Dazu gehören Gelöbnisse, Große Zapfenstreiche und andere militärische Rituale, so genannte Karriere-Trucks und Reklameeinsätze in Schulen und an Messen. Teilweise wird dabei direkt an Sport- und Technikbegeisterung von Jugendlichen bzw. Minderjährigen appelliert, etwa indem den militärischen Wanderausstellungen eine „Kletterwand“ beigefügt oder Sportveranstaltungen organisiert werden.

Die Kosten für diese Maßnahmen gehen in die Millionen. Alleine für „Karriere-Trucks“ und die Auftritte der Zentren für Nachwuchsgewinnung auf Messen waren im Jahr 2007 rund 2,5 Mio. Euro vorgesehen (Bundestagsdrucksache 16/4768). Für öffentliche Gelöbnisse und andere Aufmärsche kommen noch einmal 330 000 Euro hinzu (Bundestagsdrucksache 16/5022). Fasst man alle derartigen Einsätze zusammen, kommt man auf rund 1000 militärische Veranstaltungen, die jährlich außerhalb militärischer Liegenschaften stattfinden. Das zeigt zum einen, wie dringlich für die Bundeswehr die Rekrutierung von Nachwuchs ist (wie im Übrigen auch die intensive Werbung an Arbeitsämtern, JobCentern und Berufsinformationszentren), es entfaltet aber zum anderen Wirkungen, die über reine Personalrekrutierung und Imagepflege hinausgehen. Mit der vielhundertfachen Besetzung des öffentlichen Raums meldet die Bundeswehr den Anspruch an, integrierter Teil der Gesellschaft zu sein und so zur Gewöhnung an den Anblick von uniformierten und ggf. bewaffneten Soldaten beizutragen.

Diese Entwicklung steht in Zusammenhang mit dem mehrfach erklärten Willen der Bundesregierung, die Inlandskompetenzen der Bundeswehr zu erweitern. Auch im Hinblick auf den äußerst umstrittenen Militäreinsatz gegen globalisierungskritische Demonstrantinnen und Demonstranten im Mai/Juni 2007 ist es erforderlich, solche Entwicklungen im Auge zu behalten. […]

Link zur Anfrage: http://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/16/079/1607925.pdf

Militärtransport durch Ankettaktion gestoppt


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Electronic Travel Authorization

Commission wants two systems to track travellers entering the EU

The European Commission will propose in February two new systems for tracking and monitoring people entering the EU. The European Commission will propose in February two new systems for tracking and monitoring people entering the EU. One system will require airline passengers to register online before flying to Europe while the other system will use biometrics to track people entering and leaving the Union through air, land and sea borders.
A separate system of collecting information involving airline passengers entering the EU, proposed by the Commission last November, was given broad backing by justice and interior ministers at a meeting last week (25 January).
Franco Frattini, the commissioner for justice, freedom and security, defended the increased surveillance of travellers to the EU. “We should have different systems because there is different data collected and for different purposes,” he said following the meeting in Brdo, Slovenia.
The entry-exit system for collecting biometric information will target illegal immigration and people who enter the EU legally but overstay their visas. The online registration to be submitted days before a flight, known as electronic travel authorisation, and the collection and transmission of separate information on airline passengers, known as passenger name records, will be designed to increase security and target terrorists.
The EU plans mirror developments in the US where passenger name records have been collected from European passengers since 2002.
The US also intends to introduce an electronic travel authorisation for citizens of countries which do not need visas to enter America, including 15 EU states.
Michael Chertoff, the US secretary of homeland security, recently raised concerns about “the possibility of Europe becoming a platform for a threat against the US” and referred to the electronic travel authorisation as a way of increasing security while maintaining the visa-waiver programme.
A US official said that while the electronic travel authorisation has a deadline of June 2009, it was expected to come into force for some countries this summer. It could be done on a regional basis or as a way of bringing in individual countries which meet other criteria to join the visa-waiver programme, said the official. This could mean entry onto the visa-free scheme soon for some of the 12 EU states which are outside the visa-waiver programme.
The US also has begun implementing an entry-exit system involving the collection of ten fingerprints at border points. The authorities are examining ways to register those leaving the US.
Aside from proposing new systems for monitoring travellers entering the EU, the Commission in February will also suggest other ways of tightening Europe’s borders. A marine ‘border surveillance system’ will link surveillance carried out by member states and allow the sharing of information on illegal immigration and trafficking by sea. An evaluation of Frontex, the EU’s border agency, will also suggest ways the body can develop ahead of a discussion between ministers in March on the EU’s external borders.

via http://www.europeanvoice.com/current/article.asp?id=29715

Anti-Nato-Treffen


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Visitor’s Guide in german and english, bulgarian, polish and french also available.

Und in München am 9. Februar http://security-conference.de

The Women of the Israeli Defense Forces


„Are the women of the Israeli Defense Forces the world’s sexiest soldiers?“
via Maxim Magazine

Adbusters: Maxim’s Sex War

Comment by Sean Cordon via palsolidarity.org

With photos of women in black bikinis striking provocative poses, Maxim magazine devoted five full pages in their July 2007 issue to answer the single most pressing question in the Middle East: “Are the women in the Israeli Defense Forces the world’s sexiest soldiers?”

Commended for their ability to “take apart an Uzi in seconds,” Maxim featured four “drop dead gorgeous” former Israeli soldiers scantily clad in military garb and swimwear.

“My job was top secret,” said Nivit Bash, who wore a black army cap and not much else for her picture. “I can’t talk about it other than to say I studied some Arabic.”

What also wasn’t talked about was that the feature was actually part of a branding campaign by the Consulate General of Israel in New York to improve Israel’s public image. The consulate apparently believed that using women in Maxim would make readers forget Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and use of hundreds of thousands of cluster bombs in Lebanon in the conflict last summer. It was Maxim’s decision to use the ex-soldiers, whose photo shoot was partly funded by the American-Israel Friendship League and Israel21C.

While some female members of the Israeli parliament denounced the feature as pornographic,” there was little outcry about the magazine’s decision to promote and celebrate an army that has been accused of war crimes by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

“When people view Israel, for the most part they view it as a land of conflict anyway,” says David Saranga, a spokesperson for the consulate. “Maxim knows what its readers like, and they wanted to stylize it as girls of the IDF. Look, we’re a democracy, we’re a free society, we invited them to do something in Israel and they chose what to do.”

Maxim refused an interview request and only issued a brief statement saying it was “pleased” with its work.

Absurdities Or: No God, no State Or: Fight Patriarchy

Special thanks to Dan for this one: