World stage postures

BBC:

Covid third wave: Americans ‘scared and angry’ as pandemic worsens

It occurs to me that the BBC could just maintain the headline “Americans ‘scared and angry'” and use it as need be. There is no recovery of confidence or equilibrium in sight.

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Disinformation

BBC:

Twitter works with news sites to tackle disinformation
Twitter will collaborate with two of the largest international news providers, Reuters and the Associated Press, to debunk disinformation on its messaging site.

The post said material from Reuters and AP would improve information credibility on the platform when Twitter’s Curation team “doesn’t have the specific expertise or access to a high enough volume of reputable reporting on Twitter”.

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Schutzstaffel

BBC:

About 200,000 people were imprisoned at the Sachsenhausen camp between 1936 and 1945.

Political opponents, prisoners of war and persecuted groups were among those detained there by the SS, Nazi Germany’s foremost security agency.

This phrasing strikes me as odd.

The Sachsenhausen museum says tens of thousands of prisoners died at the camp as a result of hunger, disease, forced labour, extermination operations and other causes.

Wikipedia:

Die SS war das wichtigste Terror- und Unterdrückungsorgan im NS-Staat. Die SS war maßgeblich an der Planung und Durchführung von Kriegsverbrechen und von Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit wie dem Holocaust beteiligt und wurde nach 1945 als verbrecherische Organisation verboten.

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KZ Vulkan




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Grünmettstetten

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Hermann Hesse Museum

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Helmbrecht

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Ideas, energy, passion

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Bugaboos

ABC News:

WASHINGTON — In their search for a new approach to arms control, Moscow and Washington are likely to soon encounter an old bugaboo: Russia’s demand that the U.S. stop resisting limits on its missile defenses, which the Russians view as a long-term threat and the Americans see as a deterrent to war.

Wikipedia:

The United States first proposed an anti-ballistic missile treaty at the 1967 Glassboro Summit Conference during discussions between U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union Alexei Kosygin. McNamara argued both that ballistic missile defense could provoke an arms race, and that it might provoke a first-strike against the nation fielding the defense.

After the early 1970s and the ABM Treaty, in the early 1980s there were years of discussion of Reagan’s Star Wars ballistic missile defense. Orwell got this part wrong: he had entire departments devoted to constantly revising the media of the past to reflect whatever the current situation was. This is completely unnecessary if few people look at the newspapers, magazines and television programs of 40 years ago.

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Airstrip One

Associated Press release published by the Guardian UK:

Assange, 50, has been in the high-security Belmarsh prison in London since he was arrested in April 2019 for skipping bail seven years earlier during a separate legal battle.

Assange spent seven years holed up inside Ecuador’s London embassy, where he fled in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault, which he denied. Sweden dropped the sex crimes investigations in November 2019 because so much time had elapsed.

US prosecutors have indicted Assange on 17 espionage charges and one charge of computer misuse over WikiLeaks’ publication of thousands of leaked military and diplomatic documents. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

Die Zeit:

Wenn die Bundeskanzlerin diese Woche Joe Biden besucht, fehlt auf der Agenda ein weltweit bewegendes Thema. Es geht um das Leben von Julian Assange. Der Gründer der Whistleblower-Plattform WikiLeaks sitzt seit zwei Jahren in einem Hochsicherheitsgefängnis in London und kämpft dagegen, in die USA ausgeliefert zu werden. Assange ist gerade 50 Jahre alt geworden, von denen er die vergangenen neun eingesperrt verbracht hat, zunächst in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft, seit April 2019 im Gefängnis. Er ist Europas bekanntester politischer Gefangener.

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