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I just realised that my last blog entry was on June 7.  Now it’s the last day of June. There was nothing special about the last three weeks – I just didn’t mange to write anything, and I was in

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Konstanz with Anna vistiting the grandparants. We discussed how the look of  Lake of Constance Ferries changed over the years – and now we’re back in Berlin and Michael Jackson is dead.

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I wanted to get a newspaper today at my favorite KIOSK Akuna Matata at U-Bahnhof Eberswalder Straße… –

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… and realised that it’s gone!

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My God! What’s going on here??? BYEBYEAKUNAMATATA –

(I was thinking about changing my header. Now I won’t)

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Once again Markt in der Bibliothek is right in the center of attention. When I left my house this morning, it looked like a crime scene:

DSC01453Most probably parts of a balcony came down last night.

P.S: shop is still closed. We would need it urgently since Vietnamese grocery store on Danziger Strasse (just around the corner) has turned into Vietnamese Restaurant number 15 000…

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Prenzlauer Berg prepares for traditional “Walpurgisnacht”-riots,  the night before May 1.  Here are some pictures I took this afternoon on Schönhauser Allee / Oderberger Strasse / Mauerpark:

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Berlin’s militant left is preparing for May 1 demonstrations. And German press watches every step they do and predicts very bad riots:

Berlin Police fear May 1 Demonstrations will turn violent” (easybourse online article, April 9, 2009)

“Ein Schritt zu spät” (Tagesspiegel vom 09.04.09)

“Autonome proben den 1. Mai” (Berliner Zeitung vom 09.04.09)

THIS is Revolutionärer 1. Mai-Hompage’s press review

Der böse Tanz in den Mai” (Berliner Kurier vom 29.04.09)

“Rückzug aus dem Kiez – Innensenator Körting musste in Friedrichshain in Sicherheit gebracht werden” (Berliner Zeitung vom 30.04.09)

“Furcht vor Unruhen am 1. Mai” (Berliner Zeitung vom 30.04.2009)

Kreuzberger Klassenkämpfer” (Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 30.04.09)

In a way it reminds me of how Italian press frightened the country before 2001 G8 summit in Genoa. What happened during the summit is to be seen here

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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.

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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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I’m a coward. Before I left, I put my daughters cuddly toys in the back seat of the car. Clearly visible. When the police pulled me over 20 kilometres in front of Baden-Baden (how far did I think I’would get with my Berlin number-plate?) I told them I came round accidentally, that I got lost, that I was visiting relatives in the south…  and I really hoped they would see the nice bear, beautiful rabbit and the sheep on the back seat. WHY? Why didn’t I tell them that I was on my way to Baden-Baden to demonstrate against the NATO because I’m a citizen fully aware of  history and therefore,  I could have told them, it’s my duty to go there to tell the world that there are some things about NATO we urgently have to know in order to understand better how western democracies work. I’m not against democracy, I could have told the policemen (most of them were tall, 190 cm and even taller), not at all, but I’m very fond of enlightenment and if we talk about NATO we should at least know that, for example, NATO had secret armies, and that some of them were involved in terrorist acts… but I didn’t. Because I’m a coward I turned round. Instead of telling everybody the truth about NATO I later had a abreak at Baden-Badens famous Autobahnkirche

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– and again: policemen everywhere. Well, I should have told them everything but I didn’t. I was much too frightened. Something’s going wrong here, It thought. Why are you too frightened to tell the police that you want to join the demonstration. WHY? What happened?

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Trace of Stones / Die Spur der Steine

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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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Berlin’s famous for its sophisticated taggers and sprayers:

Jochen stinkt = Jochen stinks (on the door)

Das Fenster zur Welt = window to the world (next to the window)

domus (Latin!)= house  (very faint, between window and door)

even if it’s not exactly a house, ist it?

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