During the ongoing Covid-Pandemic conspiracy theories seem more prominent in public than ever before. A recent research paper by Gemenis (2021) deals with Covid conspiracy theories and scepticism and tries to explain how these beliefs came to be. In his paper, Gemenis conducts an online survey in Greece in which he asks a variety ofContinue reading “How Covid conspiracy theories can be explained and why understanding them is so important?”
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “panic”? Most of us probably imagine pictures of running people, screaming and chaos. Panic is something that is feared, something to be avoided at all costs, because social boundaries are cut, people act with animalistic selfishness and no coordinated effortsContinue reading “Now, everybody panic!”
Migration is not a new phenomenon. It has always been a very current issue around the world. It is either voluntary, to improve one’s socio-economic status, or it could be forced migration – initiated by governments, religious/political groups, or other actors. As the migration crisis in 2015 was mainly placed in the EU, I argueContinue reading “How European asylum policy altered the national public opinion and why we have to be aware of it”
In a column in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Heribert Prantl praises the German president for the sensitivity he has shown in his speeches. “Frank-Walter Steinmeier gives speeches that hardly anyone would have believed him capable of: courageous, sensitive, powerful in history. A democratic patriot in the fight against the right.” This describes how Steinmeier spoke withContinue reading “Is the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier really that sensitive?”
I reject your reality and substitute my own – Adam Savage On the 17th of June 2021 -Juneteenth was declared a national Holiday. The bill passed almost unanimously, indicating bi-partisan cooperation. The bill passed 415 in favor to 14 against. Regardless of the apparent bi-partisan approval, representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez had called out the 14Continue reading “Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies”
This quote said by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill is part of the various arguments that settle the logic of the old binary politics. This is a politic way that includes underestimating the skills of popular discernment thinking that they will consider plausible any speech addressed to them. This British political leader, whom some haveContinue reading “History is written by the victors”
Why is Armin Laschet, the CDU Candidate for Germany’s Chancellorship, wrong about Hans Georg Maaßen?
In a recent interview, the Chancellorship-Candidate of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Germany, Armin Laschet, vehemently defended his fellow party member and former head of Germany’s domestic intelligence service (Verfassungsschutz) Hans Georg Maaßen. Laschet said that Maaßen is neither a right-wing extremist nor an anti-Semite. However, why was this topic even part of theContinue reading “Why is Armin Laschet, the CDU Candidate for Germany’s Chancellorship, wrong about Hans Georg Maaßen?”
The rights of the LGBTQ scene polarize the whole of Europe. Orban pushed through a law that further curtails gay rights. The outcry was great, criticism was raised. In contrast, the Allianz Arena in Munich was supposed to shine in rainbow colors during the match against Hungary. The aim was to send a signal againstContinue reading “The rainbow crisis. How UEFA is losing its last credibility?”
In his New York Times Column David Brooks identifies the current economic growth and change in consumer behavior in the US as an American renaissance. To explain this, he cites the paradox of the positive development in Germany and Japan post-WWII. According to economist Mancur Olson this happened not despite but because of the massiveContinue reading “Mistaking back-to-normal for change”
“The Black Sea is much cleaner than Marmara. When the canal is built in Istanbul, the rivers flowing into the Black Sea will mix with the Marmara. This will increase the water quality in the Marmara and end the sea saliva (Musilage).” The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu said. The Canal Istanbul projectContinue reading “The Marmara Sea is dying.”
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