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Hungary, Bavaria, Turkey, Russia, America, South Africa and now Germany…. AGAIN!

July 2018

This is written with deep concern introspection and sadness over the state of our world and as well a fear for our civilization. I am setting aside the corrupt and inhumane as well as lunatic U.S. President Donald R. Trump who that is very difficult to take who cannot be taken seriously anymore. He has distributed and displayed his disgusting hate messages globally and thanks to fake news, the corruption of the creepy digital landscape, and intolerance of other people’s values and beliefs. This has resulted in the global acceptance of lunacy, deception, and injustice and made it acceptable globally.

His bigotry sets an unjustified stage does do not justify for the evolution of inhumane totalitarian regimes in once respectable nations such as Hungary, Poland or Turkey. It is incomprehensible that Trump encourages the murderous “elite” in China. Trump has emboldened Russian (shall I say Soviet?) President Vladimir Putin to drop any pretense that there is a democracy… and the radical right media organizations have no mercy in drenching their audience with a curated and misconstrued message that justifies this behavior and portrays his actions as heroic and necessary. Putin just murders opponents (as do the Chinese). Mr. Trump has not progressed that far… yet!

But now we must look, sadly, at Germany. The Trump idiocy should not be used as an excuse for the rapid growing extreme right to say that the Nazi era is “just a speck of bird shit in more than 1,000 years of successful German history.”         This disgusting comment came just a few days ago from Alexander Gauland, the head of Germany’s far-right, nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Other AfD politicians – now with over 12 percent in the German Parliament – are now poised to gain a major victory over the conservative Christian Socialist Union in the Bavarian election this coming October. Recall here that Hitler’s first major successes where in Bavaria.

Prussia – so maligned – never voted for Hitler and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a moral leader fully supportive of the racial, political and cultural tolerance’ that was a Prussian hallmark for hundreds of years. Tolerance is where we can gain hope for a better tomorrow. “In my state, every man can be saved after his own fashion,” said Prussia’s great ruler, King Frederick II. He – in stark contrast to today’s sentiments – also said:” If Turks and heathens were to come to populate the land, we shall build mosques and churches.'”

The vicious hate for migrants (shared by a large percentage of Trump Americans, Hungarians, Bavarians, Austrians and others globally) is raw racism. The states of the German federation welcomed – and yes invited – immigrants for hundreds of years. It also makes economic sense: struggling with a rapidly graying population such as the federation on German tribes, need young people.   This is one key argument for hope.

Bavaria is where the hate for Jews, liberals, gays, Gypsies, or Muslims is barely covered up under a veneer of shiny lederhosen and pretended joviality.

Beatrix von Storch is a senior leader of the AfD who showed her true “brown’ colors in hateful messages. She tweeted that Muslim men are “gang-raping’ and “barbaric.” Alice Weidel, the party’s joint leader in the Bundestag, stated: “Our authorities submit to imported, marauding, groping, beating, knife-stabbing migrant mobs.”   These are unfair broad accusations on entire groups of people.

Storch serves as Deputy Leader of the Alternative for Germany. This woman was born as Beatrix Amelie Ehrengard Eilika, Duchess of Oldenburg. Her grandfather, Johann Ludwig Count Schwerin von Krosigk, was. convicted, as a war criminal in Nuremberg and was the last chancellor of Nazi Germany. Note that at least one Count Schwerin died trying to kill Hitler. Ulrich-Wilhelm Count von Schwerin von Schwanenfeld was hung for his role in the failed plot on September 8, 1944 – next to my own grandfather (I guess – to quote a U.S. Secret Service officer, Prussian nobles are not that good at coups.)

Not only Muslims are targeted by the AfD – so is the LGBTQIA community, the Jews and the other cohort in the gas chambers the “unassimilable” Gypsies.

The Storch grand-grandfather

This woman – among men and women in that party – of most questionable ethics is believed to try to rehabilitate many Nazis. AfD supporters have gone so far to question whether Germany was even guilty for World War II and claim that the Holocaust of the Jews, gays, and Gypsies was caused by the victims themselves.

Germany’s honor – so hard fought for over the past 70 years – is at risk. Now we must fight back. The AfD must be demolished fast and a return to basic human values is imperative to build a future. All should support such a goal of tolerance.

My next report will list companies (such a Dr. Wick Chemie, Wahl-Bau GmbH, senior BMW executives as well as major Bavarian beer producers to name a few) that finance this right-wing extremist group. Ethical global consumers the world over should boycott their products.

It is time to take a stand and lead by example. Let us fight now. Please! There is hope.

 

Agostino von Hassell

Recall this:

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

 

First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

 

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

 

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

 

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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Food, Human Rights and a New Consciousness in the U.S.

At the end of June 2018, New York hosted one of the largest food events: The Summer Fancy Food Show attracted well over 4,000 exhibitors to the aptly named Jacob Javits Center. Senator Jacob Koppel Javits was a liberal Republican – always ready to stand up for human rights.
His support for President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society would have resulted in endless vicious “tweets” from the current president.
Exhibitors came from all over the United States and the world. In – at times tense – discussions with foreign exhibitors interesting commentary surfaced. Vendors from Turkey reported that U.S. buyers and distributors have turned “very cautious” about buying Turkish products due to the abysmal human rights record of the dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just reelected as Turkey’s president in “free” elections. Turkey’s economy is in shambles and resistance from U.S. buyers will not help a recovery.
Exhibitors from Communist China complained about the American consumer’s “obsession” with human rights, China’s rampant use of slave labor, and “unfounded” concerns about poison in foods (think of Mainland China’s milk products deliberately poisoned with melamine.)
One Chinese vendor said that he hopes that “[President] Trump will fix this. He loves our President.” Exhibitors’ from the Republic of China (the free and democratic Taiwan) expressed fears that American’s will confuse the two Chinas and “punish” Taiwan.
Vendors from Austria, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia stated that “Jewish buyers” – who dominate much of food distribution in the North East asked about increasingly anti-Semitic policies in these countries.
The cruelty of the current White House of the treatment of immigrants and the Nazi-like separation of children from their parents has boosted the concern for human rights among U.S. buyers and consumers. My hope is that Americans will vote with their wallets and boycott products from dictatorial regimes.
It is so heartening to see how concerns about human rights are affecting imports. Let us encourage this and ignore the increasingly dysfunctional Trump Administration. What the idiotic tariffs will do is to be seen.
The European Union – this great post-war dream is at the very least fragile – is standing by and doing nothing. Trump’s bitching that Europe is not doing enough for its own defense (just four of Germany’s air force jets reportedly are operational) is correct: why should 330 Million Americans pay for the defense of 480 million Europeans?
What is to be done for the repressive nations? They need to change and engage in a slow and credible marketing efforts to rebuild respect. We do not need criminals like Lt. General Michael T. Flynn (he plead guilty) manipulating the White House to favor Russia or Turkey.
All this is controversial. Unlike vendors at the Fancy Food Show, I have no problem giving my name. I am horrified

Agostino von Hassell

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