Unpredictable long-term consequences

A photo reportage about the Three Gorges Dam – Part II

China is changing its face from day to day. It is not only in the booming metropolises that skyscrapers stretch their heads toward the sky. Along the 660-kilometer-long Yangtze reservoir, too, the mountains are crowned by rapidly growing retort cities. One building complex resembles another: Female tiled facades and colorfully pasted window glasses as a sign of the new chic.

Unpredictable long-term consequences

Tiled facades and colored window glass are considered particularly chic

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Greece – between 3. And 4. Aid package

One last attempt to face realities

The Brussels rape marathon has been over for one day. Greece is soft-boiled. Prime Minister Tsipras was successfully persuaded after 17 hours of wrangling to leave his country’s "save" to let. He stood as the lone supplicant of a down-and-out country against a front of 18 "Donor countries" (some with gross debt problems of their own) as well as ECB and IMF. He wanted to prevent millions of his countrymen from starving, falling ill, becoming homeless, despairing, committing suicide. His declared goal was to end the destructive austerity policy.

Greece - between 3rd and 4th aid package

Image: W. Aswestopoulos

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China and india faster than the north

The Energy and Climate Week Show: Climate negotiations continued to increase Zah, AMIS come with empty existing China has the better power plants

In Barcelona, on Monday, the officially last preparation round for the UN climate summit in Copenhagen begun, which will be six weeks. As reported, it is bad about a new climate protection contract.

Although a design is now available, but this is not rather than a skeleton. However, a very voluminous skeleton, because the text contains countless passages in square brackets, which display their disputes. Controversial is, among other things, the contractual framework. The US increased to a completely new contract under the umbrella of the Climate Protection Framework Convention (UNFCCC). Most of the other states, but above all, the threshold and development standards do not see that at all, but require that the contract continues to the existing contract. In practice, that strikes that the old Kyoto protocol is required, expanding and also likely to be encouraged. That had the advantage that in a thousand technical detail questions did not destroy the work of twelve years of negotiations and the bike had to be reinvented.

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Top candidates enhance the favor of the industry

Top candidates enhance the favor of the industry

Photo: Ulrich Grillo and Peer Steinbruck. Photo: Silvio Duwe

Merkel presents her election campaigns subject to reservation – industrial representatives let Peer Steinbruck flash

The election campaign is slowly riding – and the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI) uses its all-year-round day of German industry to find the top candidates of Union, FDP, SPD and greats on the tooth. According to BDI-Prasident Ulrich Grillo, however, at least parts of politics are now above all one: industrial. In the fight for the votes of the industrial representatives, the reigning federal government is clearly in front. Particularly pleasant from the perspective of the industry is Merkel explained willingness to express their expensive promises for the Wahler if necessary without deleting the eyelash – and to save the company so high taxes.

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With the european defense fund to strategic autonomy

With the european defense fund to strategic autonomy

Neuron drone. Image: Dassault

EU to call for Europe-wide armaments, including autonomous weapons systems

So far, we owe European unification, among other things, the freedom to travel without having to exchange money for a Mediterranean vacation. But it did not stop there: combat robots could also become a European branded product. The EU Parliament, Council and Commission have agreed to call for so-called lethal autonomous weapon systems, i.e. lethal military robots. These could be autonomously operating combat drones or armored combat machines that combine firepower with artificial intelligence and act autonomously.

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Suicide bombings and social welfare

Can the Palestinian Hamas be banned??

The "War on terror" is waged on all fronts. As in every war, images of the enemy are produced and exploited, those supposedly responsible are named and persecuted, and the calculated death and damage to the civilian population is either denied or dismissed as a threat "Collateral damage" accepted lightly.

This policy determines the war against Afghanistan as well as the war against the Palestinians. After two devastating suicide bombings in early December in West Jerusalem and Haifa, which killed 25 Israelis, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat was quickly identified as the culprit. The accusation: his police do not arrest the extremists. The latter arrested more than 200 people. But on the one hand "small fry", so the Israeli government. On the other hand, many were publicly arrested, but walked out the back door again. Gleichzeitig bombardiert Israel Einrichtungen der palastinensischen Polizei, in der grobten Luftangriffswelle seit dem Krieg von 1967 und der Besetzung von Westjordanland, Ost-Jerusalem und Gazastreifen. Die israelischen Luftschlage schwachen die Polizei und verhindern gerade die Umsetzung der israelischen Forderungen.

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The complaints of the stonemeatic term according to the invention of the paper

If Whistleblower take the role of journalism and pursue and locked it back, you can "Newspaper" just bury

Of the "mirrors" Has permanently a debate on the future of the daily newspapers. The absorbent sale of a package of newspaper and magazine titles of Axel Springer AG, which has become known, was the lack of evidence (formerly: WAZ) group, which generally as another skull of the grassy plague of the "Newspaper" was interpreted. And more: That the surrendered German newspaper company has no return expectations for its core products, could also be seen as a symptom of an even deeper crisis that is concerned not only the printed newspaper, but in a total of journalism. It is considered to be identified that Springer does not invest the 900 million euros in journalistic products in journalistic products – the former media company is thus the way to a grocery group, which besides falling, but still profitable entertainment steamer "image" Only those already deficates "world" As a propaganda organ does. But with real journalism, however, this has just as little to do as the talk of the executive committee Dopfner that Springer achieves almost half of his revenue in the digital area, unless you also call jobborsen "journalism" – or websites with real estate offers, award comparisons and promotional prospectuses.

Is now a bad sign when the marketplace of the newspaper industry goes out the journalistic visions? Or if, as just happen, a mail order handler like Amazon the deficits "Washington Post" bought? Not necessarily, because it only shows that the classic business model of newspapers, the room between the ads with messages to fulen, has been exhausted. The attempt to transfer this business model 1 to 1 to the Internet is also failed, and it is obviously questionable whether the required by many publishers and partly already established "Payment barriers" Can save it.

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No tax money for the education of religious functionaries

The recommended training of imams at German universities has met with broad approval among political parties, trade unions, churches and Muslim associations, but not among the organized non-denominational groups

The scientific nature of theology is controversial. Theology can claim to be a traditional university faculty, but the foundations of its doctrines are so intertwined with faith and church that scientific criteria do not have first priority. The often quoted "Field of tension" The conflict between science and the church has long been the subject of legal disputes, especially when it comes to filling professorships. Thus, it is only logical that the recommendation now ied by the Science and Humanities Council "for the development of Islamic studies at universities", associated with the training of imams at German universities is not as unanimously buried as was initially reported.

At the beginning of last year, the Federal Constitutional Court, on the occasion of its final ruling on the constitutional appeal of "of a professor of theology who no longer professes his faith against his exclusion from theological education" announced that the "Academic freedom of university teachers of theology finds its limits in the right of self-determination of the religious communities":

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Falsified by reality

Has the euro actually brought more advantages than disadvantages to the Germans??

Since the 5. July, the Federal Constitutional Court is hearing a case on the compatibility of the so-called "Euro bailout" vom Mai 2010 mit dem Grundgesetz. The attorney of the German Bundestag, Franz Mayer, a lawyer from Bielefeld, defends the resolutions with very fundamental arguments: among other things, he believes that the lawsuit is not admissible simply because there is no "Fundamental right to democracy" gebe, das ein Parlament daran hindert, sich durch Zahlungsverpflichtungen selbst zu entmachten.

The background of these payment obligations is the preservation of the European community preservation, which, according to its defenders, brought Germany indispensable advantages. Sieht man sich diese angeblichen Vorteile allerdings etwas genauer an, dann wird aus dem PR-Weib schnell ein Realitatsgrau. A rather dark even.

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