Archive for the 'Politics' Category

“Anis [Amri] hat sich nicht verstellt”

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Deutsche Welle: Weitere Behördenpanne im Terrorfall Anis Amri. “Ein syrischer Flüchtling soll die Behörden zweimal vergeblich vor dem späteren Weihnachtsmarktattentäter gewarnt haben. Das berichtet das ZDF-Magazin “Frontal 21″.”

Man kann den Beitrag in der Sendung Frontal 21 hier anschauen (oder die gesamte Sendung vom 17.10.2017) oder sich das Manuskript zum Beitrag als PDF herunterladen.

“I can’t guarantee that Amri could have been removed, but the chance was there”

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Deutsche Welle: Berlin Christmas market attack: Inquiry accuses police of ‘sloppiness’ in Anis Amri case. “Almost a year after Anis Amri drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market, startling police “failures” in the case have come to light. An investigator said he could not fathom why the killer was not under surveillance.”

Deutsche Welle: Anschlag von Berlin gingen schwere Fehler voraus. “Nach seinen Ermittlungen zum Terroranschlag auf den Berliner Weihnachtsmarkt hat Sonderermittler Bruno Jost ein vernichtendes Urteil gefällt. Der frühere Bundesanwalt stellte zahlreiche schwere Fehler der Behörden fest.”

“This is what grudging benevolence rooted in a sense of personal superiority and belief in the power of performance looks like.”

Monday, October 9th, 2017

The Washington Post: In Puerto Rico, Trump’s paper-towel toss reveals where his empathy lies.

“Nicholas Vargas, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Florida, noted that Trump doesn’t approach everyone in such a state of callous disconnect. In August, Trump said there were “very fine people” among the white supremacists at a rally in Charlottesville that left a counterprotester dead. Soon after, he pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, formally expressing concern for a man known for racially profiling Latinos and housing jail inmates outdoors in tents.

In these cases, Trump showed compassion.

“But when it comes to Puerto Rico and the humanitarian crisis there, what we see is a hands-off, bitter, hardly restrained resentment that anything is expected of him at all,” said Vargas, who studies issues related to race and ethnicity. “This is a man who has the capacity to empathize. It — even in a catastrophe — is just a selective thing.”

These images show a president without mercy for certain human beings, “people unlike him,” Vargas said. “That is women, people of color — even in the most dire of circumstances.””

Der neue europäische Rechtsradikalismus

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Die Zeit Campus: Martin Sellner hört Hip-Hop und hasst den Islam. “Er postet Selfies bei Instagram und will Ausländer rauswerfen. Er war mal Neonazi, jetzt hat er ein neues Projekt: Rechtsradikalismus hip machen.”

“Die Identitären, scheint es, sind ein Allzweckgefäß: Den alten Rechten versprechen sie Nachwuchs, eine gewisse Jugendlichkeit und trotzdem traditionelle Werte. Für die jungen Rechtsradikalen in den Burschenschaften und den Bier- und Wurstkneipen ist der provokante aktionistische Ansatz der Identitären zusammen mit der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit auf allen Social-Media-Kanälen ein Weg, sich als größer, cooler und einflussreicher zu inszenieren, als es ihre Mitgliederzahlen jemals hergeben würden.”

“She lives in a tiny rented shed that has no plumbing. She gets water from a brother who lives in a trailer across the road.”

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Washington Post: After the check is gone. “The underground economy has long been a part of rural America, where some receiving disability benefits are forced to work to survive.”

“Mallory, W.Va. — For the people of the hollow, opportunity begins where the road ends, and that was where they now went, driving onto a dirt path that vanished into forest. It was here that they came at the end of the month, when the disability checks were long gone, and the next were still days away, and the only option left was also one of the worst.

The goal was simple. Get to the top of the mountain. Collect as many wild roots as possible to sell to a local buyer. Avoid the copperheads and rattlesnakes. Descend before the rains came again and flooded their way out.”

And this is not in a third-world-coutry, it’s in the country that calls itself the “greatest country on earth”.