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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Gun Violence: God Isn’t Fixing This

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 4, 2015 in News & Opinion |

If you didn’t catch the Daily News front page yesterday, you’re bound to find enough comments on it around the Internet, from agreement through to ‘prayer shaming’ comments. Basically it quoted some of the candidates for the job of President who called on people to remember the people killed in San Bernardino, their families and […]

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Copyright: Who Owns That Building Right There?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on July 2, 2015 in Photography |

Copyright is, at the best of times, a complicated subject fraught with problems for the layperson and pitfalls for both copyright owners and those who wish to use an image, an extract, an item for a specific purpose. In theory everyone knows that a photograph, taking just one example, is copyrighted, even if they do […]

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Apes And Worker’s Rights

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on April 22, 2015 in News & Opinion |

It was a close-cut thing, but for a few hours the US justice system really showed what it is capable of. It’s not enough that they fight over whether a woman can wear red shoes on a Sunday, or a man can tether his giraffe to a street lamp, now we have human rights – […]

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Courage: Death On Your Own Terms

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

Brittany Maynard has, for some people decided to take the easy way out: she has planned her own death for November 1, and already has the medication to carry it through. She is suffering from cancer and will die sooner rather most people would wish and, if the diagnosis is correct, her death would not […]

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Copyright: There’s Something You Haven’t Quite Understood

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on July 21, 2014 in Internet |

All this talk about copyright, the commercial use of photographs, photo theft and the like reminds me a little of the misconceptions over commercial use of individual images by certain social media web sites we frequent and the means some people go to, to try to protect their property. I am thinking specifically about sites […]

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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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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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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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Legalizing Porn Scams

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 11, 2013 in News & Opinion |

It’s not just the NSA who is out there gathering personal information for hidden purposes, although the results of this particular wave of ‘gathering’ is hardly hidden any more. German viewers of the pornography streaming site RedTube have been hit by a wave of legal warnings, coupled with a demand to pay damages and sign […]

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