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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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Thoughts On The World Cup

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on June 22, 2014 in Internet |

I haven’t been watching the World Cup in Brazil. Football, soccer, whatever you care to call it, simply doesn’t interest me, and I’m not even going to pretend to be interested to get close to someone. There are enough other things in the world which hold my interest, and the idea of a country spending […]

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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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Finding The Right Party: The Big X

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 25, 2014 in News & Opinion |

Would you vote for a political party whose campaign includes a poster against standardizing women’s breast sizes? How about one which is determined to return to exclusive Christian principles, or Feminist Rights, Neo-Nazi or de-unification of the State? The German elections for new representatives in Europe have all these, and more. There is no two-party […]

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European Elections: Voicing An Opinion

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 17, 2014 in Immoral Conversations |

The European Elections are almost upon us, just over a week and everyone will be called to vote for this party or that and try to influence the future of the European Union with a small cross on a large piece of paper. The various parties have been out in force – in the major […]

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Review: Der Neue Tugendterror

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on April 21, 2014 in Articles and Reviews |

If you ask the average German on the street who Thilo Sarrazin is, you will get one of two answers: either a blank stare with a shrug of the shoulders, or a long and detailed account of what they know about him. The first answer is understandable: the name doesn’t say much to many because […]

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Ending The Republic

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on April 15, 2014 in Personal |

It took me longer than a book – or two in this case – normally requires to work my way through but, this evening, I managed to finish Plato’s Republic. Not that it was difficult to read, it is really a monologue from Socrates with occasional breaks as others agree with him or set harder […]

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