Rewriting history as political strategy – a phenomenon as old as history itself?
History / Politics / Uncategorized

Rewriting history as political strategy – a phenomenon as old as history itself?

One can only imagine the silent gasp many made when hearing the speech of Ben Carson, US secretary of Housing and Urban Development, in March 2017. Mentioning the history of slavery and slave trade in and to America, he said: “That’s what America is about, the lands of dreams and opportunities. There were other immigrants … Continue reading

Voting Leave – expressing an identity crisis?
Brexit / Democracy / European Union / Politics / Uncategorized

Voting Leave – expressing an identity crisis?

Much has already been said about reasons people have voted to leave the European Union – the age gap, the frustration of marginalized working people or those living in rural areas, the anger and disappointment with the Westminster establishment all parties did not seem to address properly. But as a foreign born British resident (an … Continue reading

Hypocrite, Liar, Brexiteer vs. Phlegmatic, Waverer, Remainer
Democracy / Politics / Society

Hypocrite, Liar, Brexiteer vs. Phlegmatic, Waverer, Remainer

Brexiteer, n.: A person who supports Great Britain leaving the European Union. B. are easily distinguishable as their language involves the frequent use of subjunctives (example: “If Britain leaves the EU we could…”) and racist language (example: “Immigrants are ruining the NHS”). B. are also characterised by little knowledge or deliberate self-denial of knowledge about … Continue reading

Cologne and Colonialism
Feminsm / History / Journalism / Media / Politics / Social Media

Cologne and Colonialism

The New Year’s Eve attacks on women in Cologne not only broke loose a discussion about harassment and sexual abuse in Germany but also a new wave of racism and deep-rooted fear. Many especially right-wing politicians and commentators were head over heels, asking for harsher rules on immigration and faster deportation. While doing so they … Continue reading

Of wheels and rhombi – German Financial Geometry
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Of wheels and rhombi – German Financial Geometry

What did it take 76 years ago to drive a continent into despair and destruction? Tanks, guns and fascism. What does it take to drive a country into despair in 2015? A rhombus – Angela Merkel’s signature gesture –, a man in a wheelchair and financial fascism otherwise known as neoliberalism. July 13th 2015 could … Continue reading