Monthly Archives: June 2020

Sicily provided the Allies with their first opportunity to occupy any part of Axis home territory. By a startling political turn, the new régime upset one of the few positive benefits of the old. Mussolini, alone among rulers of Italy, … Continue reading

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National identity

German history provides few models for constructing a national identity. Such a presumed German ‘national identity’ has not been a historical constant, but is a product of only the last two centuries, has fluctuated greatly over time, and been based … Continue reading

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Mündigkeit

Die Mündigwerdung ist übrigens auch der Antrieb der beiden wichtigsten Stimulanten von Wohlstandsgesellschaften: des Auf­steigers und des Migranten. Im Ideal ist die Integration in eine fremde Kultur und Gesellschaft eine Art Mündigkeitsmarathon. —Ulf Poschardt, Mündig, (Stuttgart: J. G. Cotta’sche Buchhandlung Nach­folger GmbH, 2020), 10-11.

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Mindsets

Ed Pilkington, The Guardian: Black members voted for masks, in order to prevent more families losing six loved ones. White members voted against masks, to preserve the fundamental right not to attach a cloth to your face. In a 4-4 tie, … Continue reading

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Tranquility

Los Angeles Times: Beverly Hills is facing criticism after officers arrested 28 people during a peaceful protest against police violence overnight, two weeks after imposing an unusual ordinance banning demonstrations in residential areas that “disrupted the tranquility.” …after protesters marched … Continue reading

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That’s not impotence, it’s, ah, “lack of trust”. Yeah, yeah, that’s the ticket: lack of trust.

Die EU hingegen wirkt im militärischen Bereich wenig beeindruckend. Solange also die russische Führung an militärisch herbeigeführten Grenzveränderungen und Kriegen zur Durchsetzung der russischen Hegemonieansprüche in Osteuropa festhält, wie dies ganz aktuell im Osten der Ukraine der Fall ist, wird ein … Continue reading

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Technique

Nick Bryant, BBC: Since the turn of the new century we have spoken of a post-American world. But my fear is we are facing a post-American America: a country in an irreconcilable state of division and decline; a broken superpower … Continue reading

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Wenn das Vereinigte Königreich nicht mehr Mitglied der EU sein wird, dann werden drei ehemalige europäische Großmächte, ja Weltmächte, am nord­westlichen, süd­östlichen und östlichen Rand Europas gelegen, Nachbarn der Europäischen Union sein: Großbritannien, die Türkei und Russland. Alle drei wollen oder haben keine … Continue reading

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How the Virus Won

New York Times: The spread of Coronavirus in the US is not the product of long-standing infrastructure deficits, economic or political choices. This was not the foreseeable result of policy. Americans battled the adversary bravely, but here there were invisible … Continue reading

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The Revolution comes to Ocean Beach

SF Gate: At least a hundred protesters trudged through the sands of Ocean Beach for the third week in a row on Sunday, honoring the life of George Floyd in a recurring memorial stroll that also called for an end to … Continue reading

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