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Monday, April 6

UNITED EUROPE WILL LOSING ITALIANS PEOPLE

Oil markets are facing a perfect storm. The scissors of supply and demand are moving against one another, generating increasing pain on the oil industry and the political and financial stability of oil-producing countries.

Global oil demand is dropping due to the recession induced by the COVID-19 shut down of economic activity and transport in the most industrialized countries. Goldman Sachs predicts that global demand could drop from 100 million barrels per day (mdb) in 2019 to nearly 80 mdb in 2020.[1] If confirmed, this would be single biggest demand shock since petroleum started its race to become the most important energy source in the world.

Meanwhile, global supply is increasing due to the “oil price war” triggered by the Saudi decision on 7 March to offer discounts and maximize production, increasing output to a record high of 12.3 mbd. The Saudi government had reacted to the refusal by Russia to contribute to a coordinated OPEC production cut of 1.5 mbd, thus shelving, for the moment, the OPEC Plus alliance than had been forged in 2016 precisely to prevent a continuous drop in oil prices

Figure 1 OPEC oil production and supply adjustments


Most analysts explain the ongoing Saudi-Russian oil war with their willingness to increase their respective market share to the detriment of US shale producers. A different, but authoritative interpretation of the Saudi strategy, comes from Bernard Haykel, a professor at Princeton University who is personally acquainted with Saudi crown-prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Professor Haykel maintains that the Saudi decision might actually be motivated by the long-term goal of maximizing oil rents while there still is a market for Saudi oil “because climate change has fueled a global push toward de-carbonization and renewable energy”.[2]

In the short-term, the Saudi leadership is probably seeking to bring Russia back in line with OPEC while at the same time punishing US shale producers which rely on higher oil prices for commercial viability. Yet, Riyadh is also pursuing a longer-term goal, which entails producing as much oil as possible for a world that will be less reliant on petroleum in the medium term.

There is an inherent contradiction between the two goals stated above and the need for Saudi Arabia to preserve a relatively high oil price in order to guarantee fiscal income for the state, thus providing adequate welfare to its citizens.

As a result of the twin supply and demand shocks, the price of US oil (West Texas Intermediate – WTI) has dropped below 20 dollars a barrel followed by wild oscillations. At this price, most US shale companies will not be profitable, (only 3 US shale companies have an average breakeven cost at 30 dollars), while certain qualities of US crude have been sold at negative prices.

The world’s most important crude benchmark (Brent), is below 30 dollars per barrel. With these prices, the political, social and economic turmoil already experienced by OPEC countries such as Venezuela, Libya, Algeria, Nigeria and Iran before the present crisis will become unbearable; while both Saudi Arabia (with a fiscal breakeven at 84 US dollars per barrel) and Russia (with its lower fiscal breakeven price at 48 US dollars) will face tremendous pressures.[3]

The present crisis holds numerous similarities with the oil “counter-shock” of 1985/86 (Figure 2).[4] At the time, global oil demand was declining due to the economic recession of the early 1980s, as well as to the introduction of efficiency measures and the shift to “alternative” energy sources (nuclear and natural gas) put in place by most OECD governments. Similarly to today, there was a problem of over-supply, due to the advent of new oil production, particularly from the British and Norwegian North Sea. Today, a large portion of new supply instead comes from the US shale industry, especially in the Permian Basin, that has increased US production from 5 mbd in 2008 to more than 12 mbd in 2019, giving rise to the so-called “shale revolution”.


Like today, Saudi Arabia was fed up of being forced to continuously cut production to defend the OPEC price and, in the Autumn of 1985, decided to discipline non-OPEC producers by offering discounts and maximizing production. Oil prices fell to nearly 10 dollars a barrel as a result, having a terrible impact on oil producers. US “independent” producers faced bankruptcy, and the cycle of oil industry “mega-mergers” began. OPEC countries entered a phase of political and economic turmoil: Saddam Hussein’s ill-conceived gamble to revive a bankrupted Iraq by invading neighbouring Kuwait in 1990 was only the most evident consequence of the “counter-shock”.


The first novelty is that we might now have reached “peak oil demand” due to a combination of cultural, financial and political shifts in the largest industrialized countries, combined with the ever-increasing pressures for “deglobalization”, heightened by the recent shock from the global pandemic.[5] While the price “counter-shock” of 1985/86 led to a massive expansion of global oil consumption that fuelled the neoliberal globalization of the 1990 and 2000s (global oil consumption increased from 60 mbd in 1985 to 100 mbd in 2019), it is unlikely that the price shock of 2020 will bring global oil demand back beyond the peak of 100 mbd. This will be especially true if state investment plans to counteract the COVID-19 induced recession will be also oriented toward boosting “green” technologies and infrastructures.

The other novelty is that most OPEC countries, and crucially the two countries that played a key role for the creation of OPEC, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, are for different reasons shifting from a “political approach” to oil production, to a prevailingly “commercial approach”. The Venezuelan government has essentially lost control over its oil industry – which has been effectively privatized and controlled by foreign, mostly Russian, companies. Saudi Arabia has taken the unprecedented step to market 1.5 per cent of its national oil company Saudi Aramco, and as a result now needs to consistently produce dividends for its shareholders, even if at the expense of Saudi state finances.

The spread of this “commercial approach” by OPEC national oil companies will not allow for significant structural production cuts in a competitive environment. Nor will it allow for strong international cooperation with a focus on preserving oil rents for OPEC governments and protecting the availability of the natural resources for future generations. National companies will be struggling to defend their market share, and will thus offer discounts to their customers and demand fiscal incentives from their governments.

The combined pressures from the new “peak demand” scenario, together with the weakening of OPEC due to the commercial orientation of national oil companies, will basically wipe out whatever was left of a “structure” of the oil market that has become increasingly unstable since the 1970s. The race to the bottom of oil prices will wreak economic havoc on most oil-producing countries and regions of the world, including on US states such as Texas (where the oil industry represents 10 per cent of the GDP and directly employs 360,000 workers), and on high-cost OECD oil producers such as Canada.

Since the 1970s, OPEC has been the only international organization that, with moderate success, has attempted to control production and stabilize prices. It cannot, and will not, continue doing so any longer. It will not accept to rein in production while the rest of the world simply strives to pump out as much oil and gas as possible, be this from shale formations, from tar sands or from below the Arctic, with utter lack of environmental concerns. Oil production cuts will either be shared and coordinated with other world producers, or they will simply not happen.

John Maynard Keynes had repeatedly warned about the need for global management to stabilize the price of commodities.[6] The only precedent for global negotiations on energy prices has been the Conference for International Economic Cooperation (CIEC) held in Paris from 1975 to 1977. At the time, a select group of 27 participants from the OECD, OPEC and the “less developed countries” tried to discuss energy prices and development issues in parallel. The danger stemmed from soaring oil prices and the widespread fear of “running out of oil”. The exercise ended in failure because of the unwillingness of OPEC, then at the peak of its power, to discuss prices without relevant concessions by industrialized countries.

This time is different. The risk and instability derive from peak oil demand, low prices and the need for stable prices in order to plan a speedy transition away from fossil fuels, while avoiding the political and economic collapse of oil-producing countries. A new “pro-rationing” effort must be undertaken at a global level, involving the US and other OECD members, OPEC and non-OPEC states such as Russia, Mexico and Brazil. Significantly, the “pro-rationing” conducted by the Texas Railroad Commission in the 1930s already served as the model for the founders of OPEC.

Whatever its format and however difficult it may be to change a “neoliberal” ideology that rules out state-led regulation of production, the time for a global dialogue on production levels and oil prices (and possibly on environments standards) has come. Deregulation of the energy market has to give way to a new era of regulation of the oil industry at both national and international levels.

The alternative will leave commercially-oriented oil companies, both national and international, free to engage in a destructive price war that will maximize environmental degradation and the squandering of natural resources. A destructive price-war will ultimately endanger decarbonization efforts (car-markers are already pressing governments to relax emissions standards), and will increase political and economic instability in OPEC countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, that are key regional actors.

Giuliano Garavini teaches International History at Roma Tre University. He is the author of “The Rise and Fall of OPEC in the Twentieth Century” (Oxford University Press, 2019).

[1] Tsvetana Paraskova, “Goldman Sachs: Prepare for a Massive Oil Demand Shock”, in OilPrice.com, 26 March 2020, https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Goldman-Sachs-Prepare-For-A-Massive-Oil-Demand-Shock.html.

[2] Bernard Haykel, “Saudi Arabia’s Radical New Oil Strategy”, in Project Syndicate, 23 March 2020, https://prosyn.org/LmBSCnq.

[3] Jack Farchy and Paul Wallace, “Petrostates Hammered by Oil Price Plunge and Pandemic’s Spread”, in Bloomberg, 28 March 2020, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-28/petrostates-hammered-by-oil-price-plunge-and-pandemic-s-spread.

[4] Duccio Basosi, Giuliano Garavini and Massimiliano Trentin (eds), Counter-Shock. The Oil Counter-Revolution of the 1980s, London/New York, IB Tauris, 2018.

[5] The debate on “peak demand” has been raging since 2018. See Spencer Dale and Bassam Fattouh, “Peak Oil Demand and Long-Run Oil Prices”, in OIES Energy Insights, No. 25 (January 2018), https://www.oxfordenergy.org/?p=30822.

[6] See Robert W. Dimand and Mary Ann Dimand, “J.M. Keynes on Buffer Stocks and Commodity Price Stabilization”, in John Cunningham Wood (ed.), John Maynard Keynes. Critical Assessments, Second Series, Vol. VIII, London/New York, Routledge, 1994, p. 87.

Saturday, March 21

COVID19- ROTTURA DI COGLIONI:" MEDIA, PROF E POLITICI"


La "pandemia" del COVID-19 è principalmente progettata per potenziare l'élite al potere MONDIALE e promuovere la sua portata AUTORITARIA-REPRESSIVA. Lo strumento principale è l'innata paura umana della morte e di questa paura è  notevolmente strumentalizzata e amplificata dai media di propaganda corporativa bancaria.


Il tasso di mortalità del COVID-19 finora è RIDICOLO RISPETTO ALLE MORTI PRECEDENTI DELLE PANDEMIE DELL'ULTIMO SECOLO, anche se il governo e i suoi media-vassalli, promettono che il numero dei morti aumenterà precipitosamente e che l'unica opzione sia quella di "appiattire la curva" imponendo mandati mega-autoritari, inclusa l'imposizione della legge marziale, come è ora -UNICO CASO IN EUROPA!
Lo stato ha il monopolio della coercizione. Prossimamente, della violenza. Fino ad ora ha dimostrato -come sempre e ripetutamente nel corso della storia- che il suo primo riflesso durante qualsiasi crisi, vuoi virale o inventata, è quella di richiedere l'obbedienza delle masse oppure ne subiranno le conseguenze: arresto, multe, incarcerazione, persino, la morte per ISOLAMENTO CHIUSI IN CASA PER MESI ANCORA A VENIRE


Per il governo di peones, è inammissibile andare in giro e vivere la nostra vita normalmente ma con profonde precauzioni prodotte dalla intelligenza. Paure che in questi giorni circolano anche nel resto del mondo. Persino in alcuni Stati dell' Europa Occidentale, altri bastioni della mentalità liberale che presto cadrà!

Oltre a promuovere il governo autoritario, lo stato italiano e i suoi VERI PROPRIETARI, i banchieri e le società transnazionali e multiproduttive, sono determinati a abbattere un'economia già malata dagli anni "80 grazie a Carlo Azeglio Ciampi e al divorzio tra Banca d'Italia e Ministero del Tesoro, perdendo 30.000 miliardi di lire in Borsa -in un giorno-. 


Infine, IL DISTRUTTORE DELLA SANITA' PUBBLICA ITALIANA con cui l’Osservatorio Gimbe ha calcolato in 37 i miliardi di de-finanziamento al Sistema Sanitario Nazionale. Responsabilità che hanno nomi e cognomi: dalla lettera di Draghi-Trichet all’avvento del famigerato Andrea Monti (Goldman und Sachs) e poi altri governi d'incapaci -fino a questo surreale governo Frankstein; nessuno CAPACE DI INVERTIRE LA TENDENZA DEL SUICIDIO DELLA SANITA' PUBBLICA ITALIANA.  

In questo modo, ora, I BANCHIERI E I LORO PULCINI possono riconfigurare le economie MONDIALI e infine stabilire un piano "globalista" per un governo mondiale centralizzato (ricerca di  "governance globale"). 

Questo piano dall'alto verso il basso viene venduto dai media come uno sforzo del governiccolo di terroni affinchè per realizzare sistemi di pace, sicurezza, giustizia, economia, debiti e mediazione globale, CI INDUCONO A CREDERE CHE STANNO SALVANDO L'ITALIA  DAL COVIN-19. AL CONTRARIO, SIAMO NOI CHE DOVREMMO SALVARCI DA LORO E, COSI I NOSTRI FIGLI, I NOSTRI NIPOTI.... DALLE ZANNE MILLENARIE DI BANCHE DI USURAI! 

Ricordo le osservazioni di Henry Kissinger a seguito delle precedenti epidemie/pandemie in CINA. Questo criminale di guerra davanti ai suoi Bancari sionisti FACENTI PARTE delle famiglie Rothschild, Rockefeller, Goldman, Saacks, SAI Agnelli, Metzler, Morgan, Paul Singer et cetera et cetera; dichiarò che: in caso di una bella crisi appropriata, il popolo correrà dallo stato e gli chiederà urlando di esserne protetto. Sempre più spesso, come bambini indifesi, si aspettano e chiedono allo stato non solo di proteggerli, ma anche di donargli ogni sorta di prelibatezze gratuite a spese degli altri coglioni.

Questo è il modo REALE con cui alcuni milioni di italiani guardano unicamente al loro governo di peones transfughi del fu M5S e del fu PD, Giuseppi come un papà benefico e magnificente nei congiuntivi si prenderà cura di tutti i loro bisogni -senza più fare un cazzo e aspettando istruzioni da Macron e Merkel.


Quello Strauss che credeva che il mondo avesse bisogno di una classe illuminata di sovrani modellata sulla Repubblica di Platone. 

Shadia Drury, professore di teoria politica all'Università della Regina nel Saskatchewan, scrisse durante il regno dei neo-con dei Bush: Gli antichi filosofi che Strauss amava di più credevano che le masse non lavate non fossero le più adatte a non conoscere la verità né la libertà, e che dare loro un benessere piccolo o sublime; sarebbe come lanciare perle davanti ai maiali. 

Contrariamente ai moderni pensatori politici, gli antichi negavano l'esistenza di un diritto naturale alla libertà. Gli esseri umani non sono nati né per essere liberi, né per essere uguali. La condizione umana naturale, sostenevano, NON E' QUELLA DELLA LIBERTA', MA QUELLA DELLA SUBORDINAZIONE!! Credo, proprio, vedendo quest'Italia ferita, che Strauss avesse proprio ragione nel pensarlo.

QUESTO E' IL FINE DELLA CRISI MONDIALE CHIAMATA "PANDEMIA DEL COVIN-19"; CIOE', COME SUBORDINARSI AGLI STATI-BANCHIERI, DA PARTE DI UNO O PIU' POPOLI PER FARSI PERSEGUIRE DA NUOVI DIKTAT AUTORITARI, SENZA PIU' DOMANDE, LAMENTELE O RESISTENZE DEL CAZZO!!



Fonti:
.-Soros Plays Both Ends in Syria Refugee Chaos - 31 December 2015
.-About That ISIS Plan to Attack Munich… - 4 January 2016
.-Do We Need the Fed? - 21 December 2015
.-Obama Administration Fights To Withhold Over 2,000 Photos Of Alleged US Torture and Abuse - 18 December 2015
.-Enough Already! It’s Time To Send The Despicable House Of Saud To The Dustbin Of History - 6 January 2016

Saturday, February 29

POLITICIANS, INTELLIGENCE AGENCY & HIGH FINANCE CONTROL EUROPE MASS MEDIA



Udo Ulfkotte (Lippstadt, 20 January 1960 - 13 January 2017) was a German journalist. He worked as a publisher for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) newspaper.

Udo Ulfkotte became famous in 2014 with the publication of the book Gekaufte Journalisten, "Journalists bought" in which he revealed that he had been in the pay of the CIA and therefore of the USA for 17 years and as the CIA itself and other Secret Service Agencies 
(between CIA , MI6, DB, DSE, to which the Bundesnachrichtendienst BND, German Intelligence) pay money to Western journalists to put some news in a light favorable to them, when not openly propaganda or pro-NATO, suggesting to these journalists that they could easily lose their job in the media if they did not respect the "pro-western agenda".

Having confessed to being sick and near death, he would have decided to unravel the intrigues and agreements currently existing and hidden on which world and European society is based.


Ulfkotte was on the staff of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation from 1999 to 2003. He won the civic prize of the Annette Barthelt Foundation in 2003. Ulfkotte published a magazine called Whistleblower, reporting on topics not covered by the German media.



The BDB merged with Ulfkotte's Pax Europa organisation to form Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa, but Ulfkotte left this in 2008 after an internal dispute. Pax Europa was affiliated to the anti-Muslim Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) alliance and approached the far-right Belgian party Vlaams Belang (VB) for their assistance.
It worked with them to organise an anti-Islamic 9/11 anniversary march in Brussels in 2007, but mayor Freddy Thielemans refused to licence it and it was eventually cancelled, leading to a split between Ulfkotte and SIOE.[14]

Ulfkotte had planned to run for the Hamburg local elections in 2008, as number two on the Centre Party's list,[15] but later withdrew in June/July 2007. In July 2007, Ulfkotte announced he would found a new national party,[13] but this effort failed.

Ulfkotte was a speaker at rallies of the right-wing anti-Islam Pegida movement  and the right-wing party AfD.

In 2014, Ulfkotte published the book Gekaufte Journalisten (German Bought Journalists: How Politicians, Intelligence Agencies and High Finance Control Germany’s Mass Media), in which he stated that the CIA and other secret services pay money to journalists to report stories in a certain light. 

According to Ulfkotte, the CIA and German intelligence (BND) bribe journalists in Germany to write pro-NATO propaganda articles, and it is well understood that one may lose their media job if they fail to comply with the pro-Western agenda. This is part of a larger pattern of media corruption he describes in the book. The first English edition of the book, "Journalists for Hire," was never published, leading to speculation the book had been suppressed or "privished." 

A new translation was finally released under the title "Presstitutes" Der Spiegel noted that "Ulfkotte's book was published by Kopp, a melting pot for conspiracy theorists. Kopp publishes works by ufologists, and by authors who claim the Americans destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center themselves in 2001. 

Ulfkotte's book was on the bestseller lists for months. "Bought Journalists" is the bible of all those who have renounced their faith in the German media. Ulfkotte's critics see the book as a vendetta against the FAZ, which he left on bad terms."

Ulfkotte died from a heart attack on 13 January 2017 at the age of 56. In April 2017, Jonas Schneider published an e-book which alleges that Ulfkotte's death was a concealed murder.

Saturday, February 11

A FRONTE PRECIPITIUM , A TERGO LUPI


Magia tipica italica: "puff... spariscono i fratelli Giulio e Francesca Maria Occhionero, superlaureati e oggi, paff.... arrivano gli hackers russi.". 

Gli italiani, lettori, ascoltatori, smartphonisti, videodipendenti, da ieri devono dimenticare le palle gonfie che ci hanno fatto i "giornalai italiani" sui due fratelli Occhionero, sostituendoli "voilà" con Putin e i suoi putinini hackeronisti. Minchia, che pazienza bovina ci avete popolo bùenista.

Solo i "giornalai italiani" riescono a montare tempeste tropicali, diluvi universali, glaciazioni e desertificazioni tra Bolzano e Ragusa. Solo loro riescono a far dimenticare alla Penisola italica, il giorno dopo, quanto sia stato il loro grado di vaneggiamento, ignoranza e/o,  "istruzioni" ricevute. Veniamo ai fatti.

È il 2 ottobre quando Giulio Occhionero, intercettato telematicamente dal 23 agosto 2016, comincia a sospettare di essere finito nel mirino. Da un solo giorno gli investigatori della Polizia postale hanno iniziato una intercettazione telematica attiva sul computer connesso alla linea fissa in casa, ma l’uomo è già in allerta: a un’intercettazione sembra che qualcuno lo abbia avvertito. 

Dopo aver effettuato una verifica sui certificati Microsoft invia una mail alla sorella Francesca Maria: “Ad ogni modo è valido pure sui server (Moscow) americani quindi dubito che abbiano dato ad un’autorità italiana il privilegio di infettare macchine americane“. Lei risponde subito dopo: “Bravo! Possiamo tranquillizzarci (un po’)

Il 10 gennaio scorso, la Polizia postale, ha arrestato i due fratelli per avere hackerato le e-mail di notabili politici come il presidente della Banca centrale europea, Mario Draghi, e l'ex presidente del Consiglio, Matteo Renzi, del ministro degli Esteri Gentiloni e ancora decine, centinaia di altre importanti utenze istituzionali.

Fosse per il cognome dei due fratelli (Occhionero) arrestati per cyberspionaggio, per il programma informatico, che hanno usato e che dà il nome all’inchiesta della Procura di Roma:" Eye Piramide".

Naturalmente è doveroso attendere gli sviluppi giudiziari dell’indagine del Centro Nazionale Anticrimine Informatico per la Protezione delle Infrastrutture Critiche. Il C.N.A.I.P.I.C. 

L'’impressione è di essere di fronte ad una spy story di primo livello. Dove due professionisti (lui ingegnere nucleare, lei cittadina USA che ha lavorato in Italia come consulente del governo americano) residenti a Londra e domiciliati a Roma, tra il 2011 ed il 2016 sono entrati nel cuore dello Stato e, più in generale, nel sistema di potere e nella politica italiana, istituzioni comprese. 

Incamerando – attraverso un elenco di quasi ventimila username – una massa enorme di dati e informazioni sensibili, civili e militari, archiviati e custoditi in alcuni server negli Stati Uniti con un metodo di catalogazione preciso e articolato.

Matteo Renzi e Mario Monti, dell’ex Governatore della Banca d’Italia e oggi Presidente della BCE, Mario Draghi, e dell’ex Comandante generale della Guardia di Finanza, Saverio Capolupo, per disegnare il profilo dell’attacco volto, scrivono i magistrati, al «procacciamento di notizie concernenti la sicurezza dello Stato con accesso abusivo al sistema informatico e intercettazione illecita di comunicazioni informatiche». 

E basta ricordare che anche l’ENAV, la società che controlla e garantisce il traffico aereo civile in Italia, dunque un’infrastruttura di assoluto interesse nazionale strategico, è stata oggetto dell’hackeraggio che nel marzo scorso ha fatto scattare l’allarme.


Possibile siano stati solo una coppia di professionisti (lui, massone molto interessato ai giochi di potere al vertice della Massoneria) svelti di mente e di mano e con buone relazioni sociali che con il loro “Eye Pyramid” hanno messo in piedi per fini di lucro personale uno spionaggio di questa portata? È possibile che un sistema diffuso di potere con al centro lo Stato e le sue funzioni più delicate, per cinque anni, non sia riuscito a sventare l’aggressione, alzando di fatto bandiera bianca di fronte agli Occhionero?

Ruslan Stoyanov, top manager della Kaspersky Lab, la più grande azienda russa che opera nel settore della cybersicurezza e degli antivirus, è stato arrestato a Mosca lo scorso dicembre anche se la notizia è trapelata solo ora

A renderlo noto è stata la stessa società, specificando però che le indagini sull'uomo sono relative a un periodo che precede la sua assunzione e che il «lavoro svolto dalla nostra squadra di ricercatori, il Computer Incidents Investigation Team, non è coinvolto da questi sviluppi».

Thursday, June 20

U.S.A. SPYING & TRACKING EMAILS OF EUROPEAN CITIZENS

The U.S. president and the German chancellor met on Wednesday in Berlin. During Barack Obama and Angela Merkel's press conference, journalists mostly wanted to know about U.S. internet spying.

Merkel pointed out that the talks with Obama were open and friendly, and that the German-American relations were good, because, as she said, they shared common values. Merkel said they discussed the situation in Syria and Afghanistan, as well as the U.S. program Prism, and in doing so, said some German analysts, she "cautiously put forward her criticism of the giant American sureveillance system." 

It was also pointed out that the German authorities received some information from the Americans, as in the case of the terrorist group Sauerland. “We are not rifling through the emails of German citizens or American citizens or French citizens or anyone else. This is a circumscribed, narrow system being aimed to protect us and our people. The encroachment on privacy has been strictly limited," Obama was quoted as saying. “Lives have been saved,” he added. 

During the press conference, a protest was held in Berlin against Obama, that saw participation from activists who advocate the closing the U.S. military prison Guantanamo. ''I promised that efforts would be doubled to close Guantanamo,'' Obama replied to a question, adding that, however, "some people in the camp were dangerous," and had done "nasty things." 

When it comes to the delivery of weapons to the Syrian rebels, Obama stated that he seeks "a political solution" to the conflicts. ''President Assad, however, made a different decision. He kills his own people,'' said Obama, while Merkel said that the opposition in Syria should be strengthened and that "terrorist groups must not have power." 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced a viral wave of online derision following her comments to US President Barack Obama that the Internet was ‘Neuland’ (new, or ‘uncharted’ territory) “for all of us.” A few minutes after her speech, discussions exploded across the Internet. 


“Did she really just say that?” German-language twitter users asked incredulously, shortly followed by thousands of mocking attacks and ridiculous pictures. Her casual mention of ‘Neuland’ quickly ‘trended,’ becoming the most discussed subject in the German Twittersphere. 


One German language tweet read that “Little Angela would like to be picked up from #Neuland,” with others being prompted to locate the mythical place.  A few users identified its existence as being near the northern city of Hamburg.