Anis Amri Is Dead: Now The Work Begins

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 23, 2016 in News & Opinion |

The news that Anis Amri, the terrorist suspected of driving a lorry into the Christmas market in Berlin, is dead came from Italy and spread very quickly through the media. For many this is good news; a terrorist has been eliminated and cannot strike again. For others it is merely the beginning, and the trail […]

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Terrorism: The Passage Of Information

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 21, 2016 in News & Opinion |

We are going to be overwhelmed with a wealth of information in the next few days, and all of it information after the fact which was available before the fact. This has been the case in so many terrorist attacks worldwide, so many crimes, that it is almost parr for the course that we learn […]

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News Media And Terrorism: Verify First!

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 20, 2016 in News & Opinion |

Yesterday evening a large lorry drove into a crowd of Christmas market visitors in Bremen. Latest reports say that twelve people died and about fifty were injured. I followed the news live on Twitter, and especially the news coming from those people so far away from the course of events that they could have no […]

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Easter: Values, Risings, Greetings

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 27, 2016 in News & Opinion |

It’s one of those several times of year when everyone begins to celebrate and make claims. Claims based on a fable written several thousand years ago, and constantly changed ever since. We hear about certain values, about the rising of the dead, about how light has been brought back into the (Christian) world. The British […]

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Missed Words, Different Meanings

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 19, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

When you see it… Let’s be honest, the spellchecker would not have caught this one. A grammar checker would undoubtedly have let it slip through and, clearly, an editor is not at work here. So we have a wonderful little piece where someone forgets a single, little, two-letter word, and the whole meaning of a […]

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How Do You Spot A Terrorist?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 19, 2016 in News & Opinion |

The title of this post is a serious question: how do you spot a terrorist? How do you know that one particular person is planning a terrorist attack, is a member of a terrorist organization, or has links to terror? How can you differentiate between a person who has what we might term fanatical views […]

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Terrorism: The Years Ahead

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 31, 2015 in News & Opinion |

The players have changed, but their methods remain the same: attack, destroy, confine, maim, rape. It has never been, and never will be, simply a case of attacking with guns and bombs; the fear of attack must also be sown; the constant worry that the streets are no longer safe; the realization that we, as […]

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Photography And Reporting: Choosing The Right Image

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 22, 2015 in Internet |

There is an art to choosing the right image for a certain occasion, one which requires forethought, insight and an ability to communicate beyond words. Some can do it, pick out the right image, and some take the short route hoping, perhaps, that no one will notice their laxity. Screenshot Source: Daily Caller / Twitter […]

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Terrorism: Where Do Your Sympathies Lie?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 25, 2015 in Immoral Conversations |

It’s not yet ten days since I posted a few thoughts on religion and the attacks in Paris. Since then plenty seems to have happened and, at the same time, nothing at all. In the United States there has been the usual number of killings, nothing special:  a few children, a few blacks, a few […]

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A Lack Of Understanding

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 17, 2015 in News & Opinion |

Undoubtedly many tens of thousands of words will be written about the terrorist attacks in Paris. Anger and fear will be expressed, or has already been. Blame will be placed, whether it is due or not. People will be attacked because of their appearance, their religion, their home country. I can easily imagine that the […]

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