Ukraine: president poroshenko and the closure of the border with russia

The new president seems to lack ideas for solving the crisis

Already after his election victory, the oligarch Poroshenko announced that he would pacify Ukraine in a few days. It should be quickly "Antiterroperation" (ATO) be strengthened, while amnesty was promised to separatists who laid down their arms and who did not use force. Nothing came of it, of course, because the mistrust of many people in eastern Ukraine is too coarse, the armed conflicts do not contribute to negotiations, and in western Ukraine, too, more and more militias have emerged that are interested in the "Eastern front" want to fight.

So now Poroshenko declared again that the fighting in eastern Ukraine should end this week. And the new president also has a new strategy: the presumably extensive control of the border with Russia by separatists is to be ended. It is suspected or propagated – also on the part of the West and especially on the part of Ukrainian nationalists propaganda is made for their own interests with the corresponding building of enemy images and rumors – that Moscow supports the separatists materially, financially and with personnel. However, real evidence has not yet been provided, for example, regarding the Russian tanks that separatists own and that are said to have entered the country from Russia across the border.

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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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The practice of illegal postal surveillance in the 1950s in Germany

The stone of the attack, that was the "Communications of the Berlin Pedagogical Cabinet", an institution for the further education of teachers. Martin Deckart, a retired teacher from Bad Tolz, was pleased to read the following. But this was not possible because the local court had confiscated the notebooks. The reason: It was not "factual, pedagogical journals", but the content was "clearly inflammatory in the sense of Soviet SED policy".

Criminal proceedings were also instituted against the student councilor, but later dropped again. The year is 1955, and postal censorship by the authorities is as illegal as it is widespread. That the topic of surveillance "is no longer a unique feature of the GDR", but also in the Federal Republic of Germany was operated flatly and unlawfully, that is the core statement of the historian Josef Foschepoth from the University of Freiburg in his new book: uberwachtes Deutschland (Surveillance in Germany). Postal and telephone surveillance in the old Federal Republic of Germany."

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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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The gross flattener

Has the digital channel degenerated from an elite medium to a mere platform for cat videos?? And what is the effect of the omnipresence of the opinion bubble around content? catastrophic, according to Thomas Hettche

The flattening of content is quickly observed when it comes to digital media. And with that, the critic finds himself in good company with those who see the claim increasingly dwindling in other media as well. Der gute alte Gatekeeper kann sich zunehmend kein Gehor mehr verschaffen, um das Niveau der Inhalte im Netz auf einem Mindeststandard zu halten. Cat videos and half-baked stuff populate the servers. The content that has earned the label High Quality disappears behind the paywall.

So easy to argue and lament.

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Cathedral with bowling alley

Rem Koolhaas’ research group on the exoskeletons that capitalism leaves behind as it migrates across the earth’s crust

Nature will take back this empty thing. Wide parking lots, all empty. In the middle of it all, a wind-swept building, angular, like a Quake level sculpted to the sky. Many shopping centers are in crisis, at least in the USA. The Harvard Project on the City, led by Rem Koolhaas, tells why. Since the mid-90s, this research group has been trying to track down the reconfigurations of our urban landscapes.

It was started in China. Hong Kong. Pearl River Delta. Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. Volume 1 of the project documentation published by Taschen Verlag tells the success story of the South Chinese boom region. Title: "Great Leap Forward", alluding to Mao’s failed plans of micro-industrialization of the People’s Republic (1958-1960).

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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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The u.s. Government does not want the un to be more involved

The new resolution seeks to give the appointed Iraqi Governing Council and the occupying power as a whole a cruder recognition

The Bush administration has presented a draft of a new UN resolution, but this does not mean that it wants the UN to play a greater role in Iraq. The U.S. government merely wants the Security Council to support the governing council it and the British government have set up.

Apparently, the U.S. government does not want to let go of the levers, despite the many problems and discontent in its own groups regarding the occupation of Iraq. Presumably, they fear that a UN mission would severely damage the Bush administration’s reputation, even in its own country. The mere request for a resolution would be tantamount to an admission that it had not managed to do so on its own and that it was still dependent on the UN, which had been repeatedly smeared. On the other hand, as the situation in Iraq remains difficult and the daily attacks continue, criticism of the occupation is growing, even in the United States.

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“The main winners are turkey and russia”

Bus stop in the Republic of Arzach / Bergkarabach. Image (2014): Vahemart / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interview with the social scientist Kerem Schamberger About the War for Bergkarabach, the location in Armenia and the geopolitical dynamics in the region

Kerem shamberger works as a communication scholar at the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) in Munchen and is considered an intimate connoisseur of Turkey and the Middle East. He has the book together with Michael Meyen the Kurds. A people between vacuum and rebellion written.

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Biohackers between spab and commerce

Biohacker between spab and commerce

Picture: B. Schroder

In the labyrinth of hopping – wandering through a biotope – part 1

The growing number of biohacks that can be found on the Internet is primarily a consequence of the progressive development of a technology whose increasing availability also creates new opportunities for activists. While observers compare the current state of the scene in terms of available electronics and equipment to that of professional laboratories in the mid-1990s, an assessment of the potential performance of molecular biology work is less directly possible.

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