Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Next sunday Berlin will vote on whether schools should teach the subject Religion as an alternative to an ethics course. It’s an issue that has split Berlin right down the middle. Should ethics be compulsory at school and religion an optional course, or should there be a clear choice between the two? In the increasingly bitter campaign ahead of Sunday’s referendum both sides claim they are defending freedom of choice.


The debate is only partly about how God fits into the classroom; it is also about how Muslims fit into Berlin. (The Economist March 26)

My position is clear now: I’m fully with Christen pro Ethik

More links on this debate:

Berlins Gretchenfrage (ZEIT)

Religionsunterricht ist Glaubenssache (taz)

Referendum Pits Ethics Against Religion (spiegel online)

… some propaganda:

… and information:

(3Sat Kulturzeit)

(Pressekonferenz Pro Reli am 15.04)

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Trace of Stones / Die Spur der Steine


Look at the difference of the holes. Remarkable isn’t it? (Found at the SAP Building next to U-Bahnhof Weinmeisterstrasse two days after “the militant left” went by) See also Berliner Zeitung’s articles Autonome proben den 1. Mai (today) and Spur der Verwüstung (yesterday).

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Ben Lewis’ 2002 BBC documentary “Baader Meinhof: In love with terror” provides a unique insight into the notorious terrorist group and includes interviews with former RAF members and leaders of the West German government.

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9/11 questioned in Japanese Parliament in January 2008

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I just came back from Italy. That’s why you’ll find some of my thoughts about it spread here on the blog. I know the country pretty well and I have to admit – especially after I talked to good Italian friends of mine – that I’m really worried about what’s going on there. If I talk about Italy with my German friends the reaction is more or less: “Well, it’s Italy, we shouldn’t take it too seriously.” I think that’s a big mistake. On the contrary: we must start to take it very, very seriously.

According to this blogosfere interview Italian citizens feel much better now since 3000 soldiers of the Italian Army started patrolling city streets on August 4. How could it be different? I mean – look at the guys:

Let’s have a look what the rest of the world thinks about it:

British Telegraph in its article “Soldiers to patrol Italian streets to stop crime” of July 24, quotes Italian defence Minister Ignazio La Russa saying: “If it was possible to recruit and train 2,500 police officers immediately than I would be delighted not to use troops in the cities.

And again British Telegraph on August 4 goes “Italian mayor bans gatherings of three or more people as soldiers hit streets” Massimo Giordano, a member of Italy’s anti immigration Northern League party and mayor of northern Italian city of Novara wants to ban gatherings in public, so if anyone is caught in a group of three or more they face a fine of 500 euro (£350). The article closes saying that:

The last time Italy put soldiers on the streets was to fight a crime wave in Naples in 1997, while they were also deployed in Sicily after a Mafia bomb campaign in 1993-4.

Troops have not been seen in Rome since the “years of lead” in the mid 1970s when the Red Brigades carried out a series of spectacular kidnappings, including the murder of Christian Democrat leader Aldo Moro. (See also posts Aldo Moro and The Aldo Moro Case.)

eurotopics has collected reactions of Italian communist daily “Il Manifesto”, Spanish “El Pais”, French “Le Monde” and German “Die Welt” on August 6.

British Guardian closes its article with defence Minister la Russa:

On Thursday, La Russa astonished local authorities in the Sicilian holiday resorts of Taormina and Naxos by hinting that they too may get troops.

“Soldiers?” asked the mayor of Taormina, Mauro Passalacqua. “Have we gone mad?” He said the town had seen just one bag-snatch in the past six weeks, and that the last murder in Taormina was committed in the 1960s.

Beppe Grillo on August 23, pubished on his blog the letter of a Police Services trade union representative, saying:

We do not agree with the use of the military in order to ensure law and order and public safety. We are also against certain provisions that smack of “racism”, as we are against the introduction of the position of the mayor-sheriff, against a number of private, self-protection provisions, such as the vigilante patrols and absolutely against the unjustified and absurd cuts that have been made in the area of law and order. We are talking about three billion Euro in cuts! In addition, those cuts have come precisely at a time that is particularly disastrous for the Police Forces.

See Beppe Grillo’s whole article here.

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I love translating-machines!!! This is the English translation of a dermorgen. blogspot article of July 31 about Wolfgang Clement’s exclusion from his beloved SPD. Enjoy!

(Kastanienallee near GLS language school)

T here is hardly someone who is his party so thoroughly exclusion has developed such as Wolfgang Clement. Now it’s ready. Perhaps it is this: The SPD may well Clement to renounce because they Sarrazin now with a greater talent, then when it comes to post-lustvolles Come down and the wording of the rechtsbürgerlichen Dünkels.

A llerdings means the party exclusion by the SPD in North Rhine-Westphalia initially only then that the Federal Arbitration matter. Here, Clements friends from the Seeheimer circle the shots. The exclusion of the federal SPD should be repealed. You will not get rid of him.

E rinnert was an insult to the propaganda in the famous brochure by Clement opposite HartzIV aid recipients:

Biologists use for “organisms that are temporarily or permanently to meet their food conditions at the expense of other living creatures – their hosts live,” agreed the term “parasite”.

H nor anybody at this so-called Sozialschmarotzer brochure by Clement? Ah, I see straight, because it is yes. Who verantworltlicher ministers such as Hetzschriften can produce, the shortage is very much in decency. The SPD, thanks to Clement lost several thousand members. This ex-“super-minister” would be no party for a profit, even if the FDP has been for some time about him happy.

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Nachtrag zur post Cordoba 1978 – Wien 2008:

Einen Moment nur zögert Jörg Haider. Es ist brütend heiß unter der schwarz-rot-goldenen Zeltplane im deutschen Fan Camp, und die halbnackte Meute vor dem Kärntner Landeshauptmann brüllt wie von Sinnen: “Wer nicht hüpft, der ist kein Deutscher, hey, hey.” … Es herrscht Ballermann-Stimmung am Hafner-See bei Klagenfurt. “Wer nicht hüpft, der ist kein Deutscher, hey, hey”, schallt es weiter von den Bierbänken her. Jörg Haider zögert nun nicht mehr. Er knipst sein Lausbub-Lächeln an und hüpft.

SPIEGEL Nr.25 / 16.6.2008 S.120 “Der schlaue kleine Bruder” von Walter Mayr

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Foto was taken on Helmholtzplatz during the Actiondays demonstration of June 1st. (see also post “identity problems”)

Edoardo Sanguineti (in this case it’s interesting to compare what Wikipedia has to say about him in English, German, and Italian), Italian Poet and Anarchist and since the 1960ies next to Umberto Ecco and Giorgio Manganelli one of the leading Italian intellectuals, in January 2007 during the “Lectio Magistralis” in honor of Pietro Ingrao in Rome’s Sala Refettorio della Camera shocked Italian public saying that a new class hatred is needed and postulated the “end of politeness.” Was it the confused speech of an incurable old communist? Or was it a well calculated attack of one of the leading Intellectuals in front of hundreds of people of Rome’s High Society? In the following I’m citing statements Sanguineti made in Italian media before:

In a world in which 98 per cent of the people live under precarious conditions or in misery real luxury is to still permit oneself to be gentle with the others. No, nowadays we are obliged to be rough in order to make it clear for everybody that we are living in an inhuman world. (il manifesto, 31.03.2006)

The powerful hate the proletarian and the hate has to be returned. class hatred has to be restored in order to regive light to the working class. (il manifesto 07.01.2007)

I certainly don’t want to emphasize a term as “class hatred”, a term which might sound rough, without coming back to the intention the one who coined it had. The intention actually wasn’t mere aggressivity or civil disobedience. On ther contrary it was the knowledge that history was made of class struggle… There’s only one rule: everybody has – in the name of responsibility – to know exactly what he is talking about. To measure the weight of the words one uses because in certain circumstances words actually are stones… It’s very important that the proletarian regains consciousness of himself, also via public demonstrations. Even though no ring-a-ring-o’roses will ever solve the problems. (L’Unità 20.10.2003)

It has been Walter Benjamin who talked about the “philosophical value of class hatred”… Benjamin – as did Antonio Gramsci in Italy – lamented that if the accent is put mechanically (meccanicamente), positivistically on the idea of progress one looses the aspect that the purpose of a policy of “the left” is not prospective felicity but the assertion of former and present injustice in the name of the oppressed class. Hatred is a force.

Q: But who nowadays are “proletarians”?

Sanguineti: Everybody, even you and me. The problem of nowadays proletariat is that it consists of three quarters of the population, but many don’t know this.

(Interview of LA STAMPA 06.01.2007 see the whole interview here. (in Italian))

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Rosa Luxemburg neighborhood is well organized now in it’s battle against right wing extremism – see post Don’t buy from the Nazi and Thor Steinar II. Tomorrow, Saturday, May 31 a festival is planned to introduce the Mitte Gegen Rechts initiative to the public. In this context the tazblog article of Burkhard Schröder is a great example for a disgusting cynicism which is present among a lot of left wing intellectuals: citizens, who get organized to fight against the presence of neonazis in their neighborhood are discredited as “Gutmenschen” whose initiative is inappropriate. Would it be more appropriate to do nothing and just let things go?

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Yesterdays newspapers revealed that Deutsche Bank boss Josef Ackermann in 2007 earned 14 Million €. After the Liechtenstein scandal, social debate reached a point where information like this is nothing but another proof of the greed of “those up there”. On the opposite side of society German media correspondingly have detected a complete lack of values – see all the old men and BVG – bus drivers having been attacked and beaten down in the last weeks. (for more information see articles on welt-online and n24 in German.) Is that true? Do we actually live in a deeply unmoral society without ethics, without values? I observed the opposite during the last weeks: When I went to Airport Berlin-Schönefeld a couple of days ago to pick up a friend of mine I had to wait for two hours because the plain was late. At the information desk, in the middle of hysterical crowd of people who were wondering what happened to the plane, sat an arab or turkish looking guy, maybe 20 years old. He watched the screen of his computer very concentrated very absorbed, almost if he was meditating. I managed to cast a glance at the site he was watching: it was the wikipedia site about “Bescheidenheit” (modesty). Some days later I stumbled upon some Prenzlauer Berg street art which deals with similar topics “Demut”(humility) and “Gier” (greed). Are these the first signs of a comeback of values through the back door ?



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