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Israel: Separating State And Religion

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on July 24, 2014 in News & Opinion |

There is a great deal of discussion in Germany at the moment, over how to handle to present crisis in Israel and the Gaza Strip. On the one hand the level of retribution being handed out by Israeli forces at the behest of the government for the murder of three young men, coupled with the […]

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Where Germany Stands Now

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on July 14, 2014 in News & Opinion |

With the initial euphoria over the world cup out-of-the-way, and the German team preparing to return to a celebration in the center of Berlin, some people appear to be putting a completely different light on the win against Argentina – and other teams in the lead up to the final yesterday – and its meaning. […]

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The Big High School Cover-Up

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on June 6, 2014 in News & Opinion |

In some schools in the United States and Canada, the following image is not allowed. It is deemed inappropriate and likely to entice young men to impure thoughts and, as a result, it may be censored or digitally altered to fit in with the school rules and dress codes. The problem with the photograph? You […]

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Fear: When Nothing Else Works

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on June 1, 2014 in News & Opinion |

When nothing else works, especially in politics, there is always fear. Almost anyone can be brought to do almost anything if fear is instilled in just the right manner, and there is no better form of fear in the United States than that something – no matter what – might happen. That is what we […]

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Toast Falls Buttered Side Down

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 26, 2014 in News & Opinion |

Bakeries seem to be having a hard time of it lately, especially in the larger cities but, more noticeably, in smaller towns and villages where the local baker tries to sell his wares against mounting competition. There was a time when every housewife baked for her family, when everyone knew that the bread was fresh […]

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Finding The Right Party: The Big X

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 25, 2014 in News & Opinion |

Would you vote for a political party whose campaign includes a poster against standardizing women’s breast sizes? How about one which is determined to return to exclusive Christian principles, or Feminist Rights, Neo-Nazi or de-unification of the State? The German elections for new representatives in Europe have all these, and more. There is no two-party […]

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Google: Hiding The Past

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 12, 2014 in News & Opinion |

How much of a person’s past is it possible to find when searching on the Internet? This is a question which has plagued many people over the last few years: the idea that anything which appears on the Internet is there forever and will haunt in years to come. In a case before the European […]

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Twitter: Not Quite Dead Yet

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 2, 2014 in Internet, News & Opinion |

I don’t know who first said it – although it’s probably well documented on the Internet somewhere – but the reports of the death of one or another social media platform are exaggerated. At the moment or, better, once again, it is Twitter that has died or is in its final throes. When you’ve nothing […]

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The Models, The Photographer And The Gutter Press

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 30, 2014 in News & Opinion |

Everyone who enters the limelight in one form or another, either willingly or otherwise, has to be prepared to face both the serious world of publicity and the dirty-minded, pathetic, grab-a-story for money world of the mass-market press. One phrase in the Daily Mail’s report on the holiday antics of Cara Delevingne and Michelle Rodriguez […]

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There’s Something Foul

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 29, 2014 in News & Opinion |

Shakespeare wrote: Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. The same can be said of the town of Linburg an der Lahn or, to be more accurate, in the Bishopric. Massive renovations for unheard of sums of money have been carried out, and all on the order of the Bishop, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst. Nothing […]

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