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Journalism: Changing Our Understanding

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 13, 2016 in News & Opinion |

There was a fire in the neighborhood last weekend, a barn next to one of the local hotels caught fire on the morning following a holiday day when many people go out and celebrate Father’s Day. In Germany we celebrate both but in completely different fashions: on the one the women get breakfast in bed, […]

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Too Much Of A Good Thing

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 12, 2016 in News & Opinion |

It is hard to come to terms with those who enter into the business world and almost demand that it gives them a living. It is harder to come to terms with those who have little or no understanding of the way the consumer world – from the wholesaler right down to the customer – […]

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Fact Checking: IL News and Anne Coulter

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 28, 2016 in Internet, News & Opinion |

There are times when anyone of a sane disposition, no matter how calm and collected they may wish to appear, just has the feeling that a shovel to the back of the head is as good a solution for someone else as anything sensible. There are some people who cannot think straight – but we […]

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Easter: Values, Risings, Greetings

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 27, 2016 in News & Opinion |

It’s one of those several times of year when everyone begins to celebrate and make claims. Claims based on a fable written several thousand years ago, and constantly changed ever since. We hear about certain values, about the rising of the dead, about how light has been brought back into the (Christian) world. The British […]

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Guns And Nipples: The American Way Of Life

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 18, 2016 in News & Opinion |

I don’t know when I first gave up on north American society and its values, but it was probably about the same time as I discovered that Europe is not the Old World with Old World Values some politicians have claimed it to be. And now I look back at the values of the north […]

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Truth In Journalism

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 5, 2016 in News & Opinion |

One of our local newspaper groups has decided it is time for a completely new look. The newspapers they produce haven’t changed in several decades, aside from the art of production, so they need to draw some attention to themselves, remind potential customers that they are there and, of course, protect their place in the […]

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Forget Your Parking Permit, This Is Germany!

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 17, 2016 in News & Opinion |

This is a story, tracing its roots back to 2013, which is simply too good to miss. The small town of Datteln in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany, is turning back the clock on parking permits, and in a way which may surprise those of us more used to modern technology and the apps which do […]

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Switzerland: Immigration And Crime

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 15, 2016 in News & Opinion |

There are two sides to every story, whether it be that told by a refugee who has struggled across foreign lands to get to a new home, or that of those who live in the country he or she has sought out and fears for their future. There are two sides to fear too: the […]

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Reading The News With A Political Slant

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 30, 2016 in News & Opinion |

If you give ten people a piece of text, ask them to read it and then write down their impressions, you’ll probably get ten different answers. This is something known only too well to the police: ask all the witnesses to describe the man who robbed the store, you’ll get widely differing versions. And so […]

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USA: Your Future Rights, After The Election

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 24, 2016 in News & Opinion |

There is no one, I do not doubt, who is following the campaigns for election as President of the United States of America, who does not weigh up what the candidates say and what it bodes for the future. The bulk of the questions o the various debates, during the campaign talks, in the news […]

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