USA: Not My President

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

You can go back all the way through history and study every single country which has an elected officer at its head, and you’ll find exactly what we have in the United States today: a group of people claiming that this person is not their person, because they did not vote for him. We’ve had […]

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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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Propagating False Information

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

There should be a degree course or, at the very least, a diploma in Fact Checking. As we watch the bitter fights and amazing claims surrounding the US Presidential election campaign and see constant refutations of this claimed fact, that possible event, I wonder whether this form of spinning – the art of telling a […]

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Stop And Frisk: An Assumption Of Guilt

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

I was asked a strange question today, one which was designed to reflect on me as an American and on American society as a whole. The fact that it backfired with me makes no difference, I am not the same as others, it saddened me that such a question should be posed at all. If […]

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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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Rules, Regulations And Revisions

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on April 27, 2014 in Internet |

Where would we be without rules and regulations? Some say that life would be much happier, easier, less burdened by paperwork and I can definitely agree with the last sentiment. At the same time, though, we would all be open to so much abuse from the unscrupulous, from tricksters, marketers, industry and advertizing we’d hardly […]

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A Massive Discriminatory Step Back

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 17, 2014 in News & Opinion |

The Land of the Free. I wonder how old that all-encompassing claim is, and whether the USA will ever be able to live up to it. This Land of the Free which begs: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free. Fine, this inscription is on the Statue of Liberty […]

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Going Overboard

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on June 30, 2013 in News & Opinion |

Yet another story of how things are getting completely out of control back home, and one which raises many, many questions about the effectiveness of law enforcement and whether what they do, in some cases, is wildly out of proportion to what is necessary. In this case a young woman was challenged by plain-clothed officers […]

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Major Changes

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on June 28, 2013 in News & Opinion |

The death of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) through the Supreme Court in the States is the end of the world as we know it, according to some. It will result in bestiality, something which never would have happened before, not in Hartford or St Louis or anywhere else. It’s not as if animals have […]

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A Sad Day

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on June 14, 2013 in News & Opinion |

It’s a sad day for so-called democracy when it is necessary to sign a bill protecting schoolchildren from religious bigotry, but that is essentially what happened in Texas earlier today when Governor Rick Perry signed a new bill into law. The law protects people from prosecution for saying Merry Christmas at Christmas time in public […]

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