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Two times the same song…

Spider and I sit watching the sky
On a world without sound
We knit a web to catch one tiny fly
For our world without sound
We sleep in the mornings
We dream of a ship that sails away
A thousand miles away.

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Byrne&Eno

I ride on a perfect freeway
Many people on that road
I heard the sound of someone laughing
I saw my neighbors car explode
Just up ahead
Against the sky
Quicker than you blink your eye
Chorus: Oh my brother, I still wonder, are you alright? And among the living, we are giving, all through the night
From the milk of human kindness
From the breast we all partake
Hungry for a social contract
She welcomes you with dark embrace
(puts) socks and shoes Upon our feet Little fishes swim upstream
Oh my brother, I still wonder, are you alright?
In the deepest silence, gold and diamonds, all through the night
Everything that happens will happen today
& nothing has changed, but nothing’s the same
and ev’ry tomorrow could be yesterday
∧ ev’rything that happens will happen today
ev’rything that happens will happen today
and nothing has changed but nothing’s the same
& ev’ry tomorrow could be yesterday
and ev’rything that happens could happen today

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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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Terrorists aim at intimidating the people, compelling states to comply with their demands, or destabilising or destroying the fundamental political, constitutional, economic or social structures of a country or an organisation.

Terrorism is the attempt to achieve political goals with the use or the threat of violence.
In the EU, groups of people of very different orientation continue to rely on terrorism as a tactic.But terrorist acts and activities on the territory of the EU can also be triggered by developments in other parts of the world. Terrorism continues to impact on the lives of EU
citizens, both inside and outside of the EU. In 2008, four people, including a law enforcement officer, died in the EU as a result of terrorist attacks that were carried out by ETA in Spain.  (Director of Europol in his foreword)

The European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2009 (TE-SAT 2009) is out now.

In 2008 seven member states reported a total of 515 failed, foiled or successfully perpetrated attacks.

1009 is the total number of arrested suspects in EU in 2008. Leader of the “topf seven” is France with 402 arrested suspects, followed by the UK with 256, Spain: 197, Italy 53, Ireland: 52, Belgium: 22 and Germany with 12.

A survey and the whole document you find on the europol website.

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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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ZDF documentary by Ulrike Brödermann and Michael Stromper, first shown on April 7, 2009.  In the last two parts Andrej Holm tells about his arrest because he was suspected to be a member of a terrorist group (militante gruppe). Interesting! More about one of the most disturbing cases in recent German history here. See also gret blog Annalist which is written by Andrej Holm’s wife.

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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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