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The Problem With Banning Fake News

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

After a certain amount of pressure from outside, it looks as if Facebook might consider reacting to the number of fake news stories propagated on its servers, some of which are claimed to have influenced the recent presidential election in the United States. Google has also indicated that such an action might follow from their […]

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USA: The Two Faces Of Politics

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 14, 2016 in News & Opinion |

The first clear indications of how the new government are going to be acting have been revealed. The Wall will probably be a real thing, separating Mexico from the USA. Deportation will probably be a real thing, although it may be limited to criminals initially. Protection of those in power will probably be a real […]

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USA: The Media Post-Mortem

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

It’s going to be a very long time before we have this election – both the campaign and the results – out of the news headlines. The coming two months until the inauguration are going to be full of what could have been, what might be, what will be. There are going to be accusations […]

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USA: The President Elect Is Learning

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 11, 2016 in News & Opinion |

It’s not going to be easy, jot for the president-elect, nor for the citizens of the United States of America. It is going to be a trial and error time, a time when everyone must learn, must adapt, compromise. Simply saying that something is going to happen, without knowing the background, without having a concrete […]

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USA: Unify, Work, Heal?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 10, 2016 in News & Opinion |

The elections in the United States are over and both sets of figures have been counted, tallied up, and passed to the public. Donald Trump will be the forty-fifth President, and there is nothing that can be done about it. The American form of democracy, where the popular vote is second to an electoral system, […]

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The Future For US Elections?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 8, 2016 in News & Opinion |

We’ve read countless reports during this election cycle about disenfranchisement, suppression and intimidation of voters in the press. We’ve seen people being thrown out of campaign meetings because of their color, their religion, their personal opinion. We’ve seen people being physically assaulted and abused. we’ve heard of polling stations being closed, or wiped completely off […]

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Turkey: A Future In The European Union?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 2, 2016 in News & Opinion |

It seems almost like an eternity since Turkey first made tentative moves to join the European Union. Since then the moves have expanded into a full investigation on the possibilities and, to the dissatisfaction of the Turkish government, a series of demands which must be met before membership can seriously be considered. Among many things […]

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Presidential Campaign: Lest We Forget

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 14, 2016 in News & Opinion |

There are parody accounts, real accounts and stared accounts on Twitter, and sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference one from another. Quite a few people have been caught out recently by parody accounts claiming to be Donald Trump – although I do not understand why anyone would wish to parody a man who […]

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How To Save Your Job

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

I’ve been sitting on this news story to see how it develops, and because I found it almost impossible to believe. The basic story line is this: the management of two airline companies are considering merging in order to be competitive in the marketplace. The workers in these two companies are scared that a fusion […]

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News Media Working At Full Steam

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 9, 2016 in News & Opinion |

It’s been a tough few days for the media, far harder than any other election cycle we have ever experienced. Never has the media been forced to fact check so many statements, to delve so deep into the archives – their own and those of others – to sift through leaked and falsified documents, to […]

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