Steinmeier under fire on Armenia

first_img“This is disgusting. Steinmeier’s reaction shows a cold-heartedness and slyness, that one feels like shouting: ‘You have no idea of anything, neither of the genocide of the Armenians nor of the Holocaust of the Jews!’” wrote Broder.No less harsh was Süddeutsche Zeitung columnist Robert Roßmann, who wrote on Monday that Steinmeier lacks focus, adding that is “especially fatal if he speaks as the foreign minister.” Furthermore, argued Roßmann, Steinmeier’s argumentation in the Spiegel interview was “cheeky.”The genocide debate has been fueled in recent weeks as the 100th anniversary of the killings approached.The Turkish government has harshly attacked those who called the Armenian massacre a genocide. Ankara leveled severe criticism against the Pope, the European Parliament and also German President Gauck.Germany has for a long time been reluctant to openly criticize the Turkish government. Around 3 million people of Turkish origin live in Germany, which has a total population of 80 million. The heat turned up even more on Steinmeier after he defended his position this weekend in an interview with Der Spiegel. Steinmeier argued that Germany should “be careful” when speaking of a genocide in Armenia as this could be seen to belittle the German genocide against the Jews and prove the point of those who say “the Holocaust started originally before 1933.”German Green Party MP Claudia Roth accused Steinmeier of an “irritating supposition, which is completely unjustified and needs to be rejected absolutely.”According to German newspaper Die Welt, Roth called Steinmeier’s position “politically indecent” in light of the fact that German President Joachim Gauck had highlighted Germany’s explicit responsibility for what happened 100 years ago. Diplomatic cables from 1915 had revealed that Germany was fully aware of the massacres committed by the Ottomans, but did nothing to respond.Roth warned that German foreign policy towards Turkey and Armenia can only be credible if it “admits its own responsibility for the genocide and its own guilt.”Michael Brand, a member of parliament from the governing CDU party, also vigorously criticized Steinmeier. “The German foreign minister is expected on a national and international level to recognize and name a genocide,” Brand told POLITICO. “Especially because of the Holocaust a genocide must not be by-passed or withheld due to cowardice.”German-Jewish essayist Henryk M. Broder also slammed on Steinmeier in Die Welt, saying that the foreign minister used the Holocaust as “a joker that he keeps up his sleeve.” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is under fire at home for refusing to use the word “genocide” to describe the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire.Other world leaders, including the Pope, the European Parliament, many EU national parliaments and also the German President Joachim Gauck have not been shy about using the word, despite the long-standing and vehement refusal by Turkey to admit that the deaths of more than 1 million Armenians amounted to genocide.But as German MPs debated a resolution on the issue, Steinmeier’s Foreign Ministry argued that labeling the events as a genocide would hurt the delicate rapprochement process between Armenia and Turkey.last_img read more

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Westview Mobile Home and RV Park sells for $1M

first_imgPark Brokerage Inc. has sold Westview Mobile Home and RV Park located at 6331 W Glendale Avenue in Glendale, Arizona was completed on October 13, 2015 for the price of $1,000,000.  John Sheedy with Park Brokerage Inc. negotiated the transaction on behalf of the sellers 6331 W Glendale LLC and procured the buyer Westview Park LLC.Westview is an all ages permanent resident mobile home and RV park on 2.5 acres with 33 singlewide/park model spaces and four apartment units and was 94% occupied at closing.  The seller did not rent any of the mobile homes which make it an attractive asset in manufactured housing market.  Space rents are $300 per month and have not been raised in over 9 years which is low for the Glendale market especially with Glendale Avenue frontage.  Lot sizes at Westview are small and do not fit modern mobile homes so park model occupancy is likely going forward at the park.  The park is on city utilities and electricity is direct billed to each site by APS.  There is no rent control in Glendale or Maricopa County.  The buyer obtained a new loan from Alaska Federal Credit Union at favorable terms.  The park was in above average condition and closed at a projected 10.5% capitalization rate however income and expenses were difficult to verify.John Sheedy who brokered the deal said about the property that “this park is easy keep full with tenants with it’s direct access to Glendale and being across the street from the local high school.  The buyer plans on utilizing new management to change some of the older administrative systems currently in place.  Raising rents to market could also give buyer an even more outstanding return.  The park also has redevelopment options in the future being directly on Glendale Avenue”last_img read more

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Railway Directory 2017

first_imgRAILWAY DIRECTORY: In today’s fast-moving and increasingly globalised railway industry, information is key to business success. Knowing who is operating in the market, and where to find potential suppliers, customers or competitors is vital.Since 1895, Railway Directory has provided a comprehensive overview of the world’s railway sector. Its distillation of key facts and statistics in a consistent format has long been widely acknowledged by railway professionals as an indispensable source of information and an essential tool for doing business in this market. The 2017 edition provides data and contact details for 5524 organisations in 142 countries, together with listings for more than 22000 senior executives and 210 full-colour maps of the rail networks in every country and 149 major cities. 1574 railways, train operators and infrastructure managers; 647 urban rail operators; 330 government and regulatory bodies; 220 industry associations.Arranged by product category and geographical region, the buyers’ guide includes entries for 2745 manufacturers, suppliers and consultants. To simplify searching, entries are grouped by country within six main categories: rolling stock, components, traction & control, infrastructure, data & information systems, and consultants & support services. Railway Directory 2017 is available in book format at €500 including postage, while a package deal including a year’s access to the complementary online version with additional functionality is priced at €660 including postage (plus VAT where applicable). A web-only subscription is also available for €540 plus VAT. ISBN 978-0-9557740-9-6 DVV Media UK Ltd, Chancery House, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey SM1 1JB, UK.last_img read more

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