Visits israel!

After the death of palestinian president yasser arafat, a new round of middle east diplomacy has begun

Outgoing U.S. Auben secretary colin powell was the first on a long list of international leaders who will be visiting israel and the palestinian territories in the coming weeks. He was followed last wednesday by british secretary of state jack straw; later this week, steven hadley, deputy national security adviser to U.S. President george W. Bush, will also join the U.S. Government. Bush, arrive to discuss with the interim palestinian leadership the situation following the death of palestinian president yasser arafat and expected developments on the palestinian side. In addition, egypt’s auben minister ahmed abdul gheid, his intelligence chief omar suleiman and spanish auben minister miguel moratinos are expected to visit the region next week. Turkey’s auben minister abdullah gul and britain’s prime minister tony blair will pay their visits to israel and the palestinian territories just before christmas. A spokesman for the british prime minister said on friday that the government in london wanted to demonstrate the importance of the middle east peace process for its policy.

Common goal of the political tourists: after the death of yasser arafat in early november, they want to get the stalled peace process going again. The unilateral israeli withdrawal from gaza and parts of the northern west bank is to be turned into a mutually agreeable dispersal, embedded in the "road map to peace," the so-called "middle east quartet" of the united states, the european union, russia and the united nations last spring.

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Recording states

Recording states

Screenshots 1: 11. March, 19.21 o’clock; 2: 12. Marz 00.00 o’clock. 3: 12. Marz, 21.51 o’clock. 4: 14. Marz, 17.26 (all ZDF.En)

Fukushima, the invisible and journalism

"What we know about our society, indeed about the world in which we live, we know from the mass media" is a sentence that has almost become a commonplace, with which niklas luhmann in 1996 opened his book "the reality of the mass media" . But what if the mass media do not know anything either – and still have to broadcast?? Even have to broadcast permanently? Johannes hano, ZDF studio director in beijing and tokyo, reported from japan in march 2011 on earthquakes, tsunamis and worst-case scenarios. Now he has published his memories of the traumatic events.

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Fight against global piracy

US president bush fills the post of a "anti-piracy chief" in the ministry of economics, primary target is china

U.S. Government reinforces importance of combating U.S. Intellectual property theft worldwide by creating new post at department of commerce. There, the position of a high-ranking coordinator for international intellectual property protection was created and filled with chris israel. The U.S. Economy loses billions of dollars a year to intellectual property theft, the argument goes.

Secretary of commerce carlos gutierrez stated that intellectual theft damages the U.S. Economy to the tune of $250 billion annually. You have to protect american innovation and creativity more aggressively: "our companies", gutierrez said, "thrive on innovation, ideas and creativity. … That’s how our country has grown. And we cannot allow a global trade to develop where patents, trademarks and brands are not protected."

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Struggle for resources and direct feeding of information into the brain

A UK ministry of defense report lists all the possible risks and shocks of the future from neutron bombs to autonomous combat robots to the new middle-class marxism and climate warming

In a report, the UK ministry of defense has attempted to identify the "global strategic trends" for the next 30 years. The development concepts and doctrine centre (DCDC), which is responsible for the report, is thinking futuristically. The british military must also prepare for the consequences of climate change, for which there is convincing evidence "convincing evidence" but also the militarization of space, with the possibility of EMP weapons or chips entering people’s brains.

Struggle for resources and direct feeding of information into the brain

Rear admiral chris parry, the head of the DCDC, explained to be on the safe side that while the trends mentioned in the report were the most likely developments, there were many uncertainties because there were many variables to ame and everything was interrelated. For many trends, only uncertain evidence was available, and some were based on political decisions that could change quickly. Parry is almost philosophical when he muses that while the future is mostly a consequence of developments in the past and present, the "power of chance and surprise" remains a constant. The 100-page report deals with just about everything that can be imagined. Attempts are made to determine the probability of the scenarios and to estimate alternative developments. One thing is certain: in the next 30 years, all aspects of human "all aspects of human life will change at an unprecedented speed" will change.

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Will brexit lead to grexit or will it strengthen tsipras’ position??

Will brexit lead to grexit or strengthen tsipras' position?

Alexis tsipras on saturday at the meeting of the central committee of SYRIZA. Image: W. Aswestopoulos

The athens view on brexit

It is almost impossible to discuss brexit in greece without talking about grexit in the same breath. At the same time, many greeks find it interesting that yanis varoufakis, of all people, the former finance minister, was one of the most energetic supporters of a bremain. Exactly one year ago, on 25. The greek parliament had decided on the hellenic referendum on june 6, 2015, to decide whether to continue or reject the austerity measures demanded by the lenders.

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India: starting a rocket with earth observation satellite failed

India: Starting a rocket with earth observation satellite failed

An indian rocket of the type GSLV has not succeeded after a facilitated start due to a technical anomaly to bring a novel earth observation satellite into an orbit. That has admitted the indian spatial community isro. The first two steps had worked normally, but the end of the cryogenic upper level did not work: "the mission could not be completed as intended." the start was the 14. An GSLV and in the past had it at first several problems, but last it had only given success.

A satellite "according to the state of the art"

At the start of the indian space station shar (satish dhawan space center) on an island in the gulf of bengal, the satellite EOS-03 should actually be brought to space. He aligned with india’s first state-of-the-art earth observation satellites, which should be placed in a geostationary orbit. It should be quasi in real-time recordings of large regions at regular intervals, for example, to help with natural disasters, recurring or only short-term events with satellite images. The planned shots were intended, among other things, for agriculture, extreme weather analyzes and civil protection. A second satellite of the program will be started in the coming year.

In the rocket whose start has now failed, it was a geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle reagle rocket, which has been used for 20 years and from which there are two versions. Of the total of 14 starts, only eight were completely successful. The last start of a GSLV MK II before the failure now took place in december 2018. In the meantime, improvements were made to the model, which can be absorbed by the larger payloads. The next starts are only scheduled for the coming year, so isro remains some time for the analysis of the causes.

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Lashes for freedom of speech

In the vaunted model "kurdistan" there is talk of torture, incarceration and execution

So far, the kurdish part of iraq has a reputation for being more democratic than the rest of the country. Two more recent events, however, shed a different light on freedom of expression and freedom of the press in the "kurdistan model".

Last sunday, according to reuters news agency, journalist kamal said qadir was sentenced to one and a half years in prison – for criticizing kurdish leader barzani, head of the KDP (kurdistan democratic party). According to the human rights organization amnesty international, qadir, who holds austrian nationality, had accused the KDP leadership of bribery and abuse of power in two articles published on the internet last year. In december, he was subsequently summoned to court on flimsy pretext and sentenced to 30 (!) sentenced to years in prison, although qadir was able to present evidence for his accusations.

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Bin laden’s reputation declines in muslim countries

While muslims want islam to have a greater influence in politics, according to a survey, people in non-muslim countries see it as the cause of terrorism

According to a recent international survey, people in muslim countries seem to be gradually turning away from terrorism. At the same time, however, they want islam to play a more coarse political role. While the citizens of non-muslim countries are most likely to consider islam as the faith most prone to violence, for muslims it is the judaic religion. Even though this survey seems to indicate a shift away from islamist extremism, the gap between cultures is widening due to terrorism.

Suicide bombings are a powerful and threatening type of attack against which there is little protection. The same applies to all cases in which a person sacrifices his life for a cause, i.E. The rational principle of self-preservation is violated. Not for nothing did socrates stand at the beginning of philosophy, a man who sacrificed himself in order to uphold his ideas against the community. He was followed by jesus christ and his many imitators who exemplified the power of martyrdom until the rule of rome was undermined and christians slipped from opposition to power. Since then, martyrdom, because it undermines any rule, was no longer desired by church and state.

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Emporium capital

Afghan girl begging. Image: evstafiev.0

From hypnotic social criticism to global poverty tourism

The reactions to the current oxfam study an economy for the 1% are exactly what I call hypnotic redundancy: in an eternally repetitive ritual, the eternally same vocabulary of exaltation is handed out without any chance of concrete change being associated with it.

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Better learning without school?

Better learning without school?

Timetable at the schulfrei-festival. Photo: silvio duwe

Free learners, unschoolers and homeschoolers – a small group of opponents of compulsory schooling refuses to accept the education system of the federal republic of germany

If you don’t go to school, you stay stupid: what is a truism for most people, a small group of opponents of compulsory schooling sees things completely differently. They are convinced that it is even better to learn without school. And they take their education into their own hands – and accept trouble with the authorities for violating compulsory schooling. The scene in germany is becoming more and more organized, but no one knows exactly how big it is.

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