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The opening of the Barbie’s European tour in Germany was marred after activists from several groups engaged into a furious protest. Femen activists have expressed uproar at the life-size pink mansion and the fashion doll the brand promotes. A female activist was seen in the crowd with the words “Life in plastic is not fantastic” inscribed on her naked torso, later climbing up a giant pink shoe-fountain, wielding a burning cross with a crucified Barbie doll. The woman shouted slogans against the “sexist icon” and had to be taken away the by security at the scene. A “Ritual Barbie’cue with fried meat of the plastic idol was made to demonstrate the true meaning of the history of commercial monster Mattel. They have turned a piece of plastic into a god for millions of girls from all over the world who now seek only to imitate plastic shapes and stupidity and absurdity of conduct,” a statement on the Ukraine-based feminist group website later said.According to the controversial protest group, the company “purposefully ” creates the image “dictating… the appearance of new generations ,” as well a “social role of reckless beauty finding a reason to exist in the continuous care of their appearance and the house.” Despite the seemingly provocative name, another activist campaign “Occupy Barbie Dreamhouse” noted that its attendees went to demonstrate peacefully.“We are here because sexism is being used for capitalist gains ,” one of the campaigners from a youth socialist group Linksjugend told The Local.“This protest is not against the parents who chose to take their children, nor the children themselves, but against the unhealthy beauty obsession it breeds ,” protest organizer and a ‘proud male feminist’ Michael Koshitzki added.Koshitzki was particularly critical of the installation’s ‘dressing room,’ where girls were seemingly encouraged to “make themselves look like Barbie.” Stevie Schmiedel from the “Pink Stinks” Initiative has summed concerns about children’s health many activists were expressing.“Fewer and fewer girls feel comfortable in their own skin, with eating disorders having increased drastically because of figures like Barbie,” he said as quoted by SAPA.The Greens were also present at the opening party, equally disgruntled with the Barbie ideals.“The Barbie Dreamhouse sends the wrong signal, ” Green Party women’s affairs expert Karoline Killat said. “What it suggests to little girls is that they should aim to be beautiful consumers.” But not everyone has agreed with the protesters stance.“Berlin is a free city and Barbie is welcome,” Philipp Lengsfeld of the conservative Christian Democratic Party told The Local.“It’s just one of several interesting attractions in the city and it is not anyone’s place to say what people should or should not buy,” Lengsfeld said, adding he was “disappointed” with the demonstrating crowd. …
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Germany has not seen a trial receive this much media attention in decades, not since the 1970s, with the left-wing militant group Red Army Faction. Germans want to know how today’s gang, the dangerous neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground, went undetected for more than a decade.
‘The Nazi girlfriend’ is one of the German media’s labels for the defendant. Her two male accomplices committed suicide.
Lawyers for one victim’s family said: “With its historical, social and political dimensions, the NSU trial is one of the most significant in post-war German history.”
The trio appeared to be a product of 1990s post-reunification unemployment drifting.
Beate Zschaepe is charged with complicity in the shooting of eight Turks – shopkeepers and small business owners – a Greek and a German policewoman in towns across Germany between 2000 and 2007, as well as two bombings in immigrant areas of Cologne and 15 bank robberies.
The attack in Cologne left ten people wounded in 2001 and 22 wounded in 2004. The police did not treat these as racist crimes.
They attributed them to Turkish organised crime. Politicians have accused the intelligence agencies of being “blind in the right eye” and of focusing so much on Islamist groups that they overlooked the threat from the far right.
The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency resigned last year after it emerged that files documenting the use of informers in the far right had been destroyed after the discovery of the NSU.
The German parliament is conducting an inquiry into how the security services failed for so long to link the murders or share information, despite having informers close to the group. As teenagers, the trio were known to authorities to be involved in racist hate crimes and bomb making, but they escaped arrest.
An anti-extreme right activist, Janine Patz, said: “Say good-bye to the idea that it was only three or four people. The right-wing organisation NSU is where all other right-wing organisations in Thuringia originated, even organisations that still exist today, also on party levels.”
The case shows how deep the roots of xenophobia run. A recent study found that extreme right ideas found takers among some 16 percent of people in eastern Germany, seven in western Germany. In 2011, there were estimated to have been more than 23,000 neo-Nazis, 10,000 of them considered dangerous.
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The outspoken Mayor of Osaka and possible future Japanese prime minister has been criticised for controversial comments suggesting that the role of “comfort women” during World War II was necessary for the morale of troops living with the daily threat of death.
Toru Hashimoto was quoted by Japanese media as saying: “When soldiers risk their lives under a hail of bullets and you want to give them a rest somewhere, it is clear that you need a comfort woman system”. According to many mainstream historians, up to 200,000 women from Korea, China, the Philippines and elsewhere were forcibly drafted into brothels catering to the Japanese military in territories occupied by Japan.
The Japanese government has distanced itself from Hashimoto’s comments. In the meantime, South Korea has voiced its “deep disappointment” over the comments, warning they risk inflaming Japan’s relationship with its neighbours, who were victims of brutal Japanese expansionism during WWII.
“Our government again urges Japan’s prominent officials to show regret for atrocities committed during Japan’s imperial period and to correct their anachronistic way of thinking and comments,” said one South Korean foreign ministry official.
Hashimoto, co-leader of the national Japan Restoration Party, acknowledged that some women providing sexual services to Japan’s soldiers did so “against their will”, which is “the tragedy of war”. But he said there was no evidence this had been officially sanctioned by the state and that the use of prostitutes by servicemen was not unique to Japan. Shintaro Ishihara, former Tokyo governor and the other co-leader of the Restoration Party, came to Hashimoto’s defence, saying: “even if his comments are unpleasant to hear, he is not saying anything wrong”.
Japan’s top government spokesman and Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, refused to comment directly on Hashimoto’s remarks. “The government’s position on the comfort women issue is that, as I repeatedly said here, we feel pain towards people who experienced hardships that are beyond description and (this) administration shares the view held by past governments.”
Japan’s shared history with its Asian neighbours looms over present-day relations, which are also strained by separate territorial disputes with Seoul and Beijing.
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