Entries Tagged as 'Politics & Opinion'

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

Glimpse into Russian Democracy

Democracy isn’t always easy. In the Russian Federation, due to presidential laws, Putin is forced to hand over Kremlin power to his successor, Dimitry Medvedev (”United Russia”, Единая Россия) . On the surface, the 2008 presidential elections appear like any other democratic elections. But in fact, Kremlin opposition are selected dubious characters narrowed down to […]

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

From the Archives

Something I found while on the hunt for documentaries on YouTube:

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

What’s… a Warnstreik?

Welcome to another Episode of Was ist das?. Today we will explain the meaning behind “Warnstreik” – what is it and why does it keep me from being on time at work?
From 8.00 AM this morning, the train conductors of the Deutsche Bahn AG (German Railway Corporation) went on strike in several German regions and […]

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Berlin: Speak up for Darfur!

A mere 62 years ago, the Tiergarten in Berlin’s city center became a huge displaced person-camp after the liberation of the nazi concentration camps. Again, there are DP camps for refugees from a genocide: It’s in western Sudans crisis region Darfur.
Luftbruecke asks its readers to speak up for Darfur. Try to create more public awarenness […]

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

What’s… an Ich-AG?

Welcome to the second episode of Was ist das?, which aims to explain some common German phrases that may need some explanation. Today, we’ll figure out what people mean when they talk about creating an “Ich-AG”.
This term was coined in the process of last administrations’ Agenda 2010 reforms. Citizens in mid- or longterm unemployment were […]

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Goodbye Tempelhof

There comes a time when people will tell you of Berlin’s three Airports: Tegel, Schönefeld and Tempelhof. With the beginning of the next year, you can cross the last one out. Berlin’s supreme administrative court ruled today that they see no meaning in further sustaining this inner-city airport since the all new Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport […]

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Darfur: It’s time we cared

“The ongoing Darfur conflict has driven more than 2.5 million people from their homes and into overcrowded camps in Sudan and neighboring Chad. As many as 300,000 people in Darfur have been killed. Amid the escalating violence and desperate conditions, the International Rescue Committee delivers lifesaving aid, protects women and girls, and speaks out for […]

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

State of the Union

Today, Merkel has completed her first year in office as the first female chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. On this day, Germany finds itself in an once more growing economy, in the midst of a long range of reforms. For some, these reforms simply don’t go fast enough, and as pointed out in […]

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

“Let them come to Berlin…”

… to take a look at the brand new John F. Kennedy Museum at Pariser Platz / Unter den Linden. The exhibition that opened its doors this past saturday (November 11) displays among amazing photographs the note that the former US President had prepared for his speech at Rathaus Schöneberg on June 26, 1963, the […]

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Night of Decision

It’s on. The United States of America elect a new Congress and Senate and thus have the chance to show their approval or disapproval of their current affairs. As Spiegel Online International stated, the Democratic Party is likely to “win back” both the Senate and the Congress. Questions all around German’s media are thus: What […]