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The Art Of Building Bridges

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 23, 2015 in News & Opinion |

I am sometimes at a loss to understand the mentality of those who put something off, or seek out an alternative, in order to save money in the short-term, knowing full well that a long-term solution must be found. There are two wonderful instances of this form of money-saving in our local area at the […]

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Can You Love America?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 26, 2015 in News & Opinion |

The long line of personal insults aimed at President Barack Obama over the years is unlikely to come to an end with the end of his term in the White House. The latest, deepest and probably most hurtful is that aimed at him by Rudy Giuliani, claiming that he does not love America. The comment […]

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Something For The Censors

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 6, 2015 in News & Opinion |

I guess it all depends on how you wish to look at things. For the one something is aesthetically beautiful, for the other it is a sexual degradation. Some consider the written word to be solid and nothing but the truth as passed down from on high, while others consider it to be filled with […]

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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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Spock: Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 11, 2014 in Internet |

Censorship is a strange thing, especially when it is political censorship. Take, as an example, the decision by the Chinese censor to remove all references to Vladimir Putin placing a warming blanket around the shoulders of Peng Liyuan, wife of the Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, to protect her from the rain. Clearly, for the Chinese, […]

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Breaking: I Have No Time For Culture

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 28, 2014 in News & Opinion |

There are some things in this life which simply cause your chin to drop down on your chest and a thin line of spittle to run out the corner of your mouth in disbelief. A culture minister who has no time for books? I will admit that there is a great deal a culture minister […]

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The Land Of Equality: Defining Sub-Cultures

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

Did you know that the phrase Land Of The Free is not just a line in the Star-Spangled Banner? It is the title of the national anthem of Belize, and the text was written by Samuel Haynes who, in the 1920s began organizing the Universal Negro Improvement Association there. As many already know, Belize was […]

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Twitter: Making Sure We Never Forget

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on August 16, 2014 in Internet |

There’s nothing like the Internet to remind us of things which are happening, things which have already happened. Google may well be inundated with requests to remove old stories which cast a bad light on someone, but that doesn’t apply to everywhere else. What you can’t find in a normal search, someone still has in […]

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Protecting The Criminal

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on August 13, 2014 in News & Opinion |

If you think that Google had unusual problems in Germany over filming all the different streets to create Google Street View, whereby they had to create software to remove all recognizable faces, then you don’t know Germany all that well. The pressure to protect the private sphere of an ordinary citizen is massive, and sometimes […]

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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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