On the Death of Siegfried Lenz ? ?You have to justify your life?

Siegfried Lenz, one of the great writers of German post-war literature is dead. He died on 7 October 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 88 years old.... more more

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Brown is not red

Tuesday 13 December, 2011

TeaserPicFilmmaker and theatre director Andres Veiel disagrees with the parallels currently being drawn between left-wing and right-wing violence in Germany. The RAF is the wrong model for the Zwickau neo-Nazi group, the so-called "Brown Army Faction" responsible for a series of murders of Turkish small business owners. Unlike the RAF, this group never publicly claimed responsibility for their crimes. Veiel is emphatic - you have to look at the biographies of the perpetrators. An interview with Heike Karen Runge.
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Legacy of denial

Tuesday 29 November, 2011

TeaserPicGermany has been rocked by the disclosures surrounding the series of neo-Nazi murders of Turkish citizens. In the wake of these events, Former GDR dissident Freya Klier calls for an honest look at the xenophobia cultivated by the policies of the former East Germany, where the core of the so-called "Brown Army Faction" was based. And demands that East Germans finally confront a long-denied past. (Photo: © Nadja Klier)
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Nausea in Paris

Monday 14 November, 2011

TeaserPicIn response to the arson attack on the offices of the Parisian satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on November 2, Danish critic and semiotician Frederik Stjernfelt is nauseated by the opinions voiced against the publication, especially in the British and American media. Why don't they see that Islamism is right-wing extremism?
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Suffer, fight, become a saint

Wednesday 13 June, 2007

The more I suffer, the better it is, thought Lidwina of Schiedam (1380 - 1433). She remained bedridden for forty years after an accident, and was subsequently canonised. There are more similarities than differences between this Roman Catholic saint and the modern radical Muslimas of the Hofstad Network, says Dutch sociologist Jolande Withuis. An essay on the potential threat of terrorism from young Dutch Muslimas.
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A new layeha for the Mujahideen

Wednesday 29 November, 2006

Supposedly wiped out after September 11, 2001, Taliban once again control half of Afghanistan. The group's leaders have issued a new book of rules. In a worldwide exclusive, the Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche published the text of the new Taliban codex which addresses behaviour towards "infidels" and enemies of Islam, the administration of justice, and rules of daily life. It is published in English here for the first time.
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The new Taliban codex

Wednesday 29 November, 2006

The Taliban once again control half of Afghanistan. The group's leaders have issued a new book of rules. In a worldwide exclusive, the Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche published the text of the new Taliban military codex and an interview with Mullah Sabir, one of the hard core of the Taliban cadre. By Sami Yousafzai and Urs Gehriger.
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Vietnamisation or Somaliasation?

Wednesday 21 June, 2006

Zarqawi was no Ho Chi Minh, and Iraq is no Vietnam. Across the world today, populations are being taken hostage by lawless usurpers. Somalia is an in vivo laboratory for the abomination of abominations: war against civilians. Either we accept a general Somaliasation and take refuge in an illusionary Eurasian fortress, or we revive a democratic, military and critical European-Atlantic alliance. By Andre Glucksmann.
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The radical loser

Thursday 1 December, 2005

The social sciences have failed in their analyses of amok killers, frenzied murderers and the terrorist mind. And yet one look is enough to identify the culprit: the radical loser. By Hans Magnus Enzensberger
(Photo © Mariusz Kubik)
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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: "It's simple, very simple."

Friday 11 November, 2005

Part three: Zarqawi moved effortlessly from one battlefield to the next, from the Iraqi desert to Berlin and into cyberspace. His Internet website was his own private stage. Hostages, the President of the United States and Europe's heads of state were just bit-part actors in a drama directed by him alone. The last part of our series. By Urs Gehriger
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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: In the network of the phantom

Thursday 10 November, 2005

Part two: Young men travelled to Iraq to be knighted as warriors by Zarqawi. But for the Prince of Al-Qaida, only the most devout were good enough – and they feared neither death nor torture. Part two in our series. By Urs Gehriger and Marwan Shehadeh
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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: From green man to guru

Wednesday 9 November, 2005

Al-Qaida top terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed on June 7, 2006, when the US army bombed the house he was visiting. Before that, he was Al-Qaida's commander in Iraq and an idol for Islamists throughout the world - a man who took the knife into his own hands to slaughter enemies. Part One of a three-part series tells of al-Zarqawi's rise to be Iraq's most-wanted terrorist. By Urs Gehriger
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Born again to kill

Thursday 4 August, 2005

Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with tradition. It's a brand new direction in the faith. And it's rooted in Europe. By Olivier Roy
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Between the Sex Pistols and the Koran

Tuesday 26 July, 2005

In the wake of terrorist attacks, people who plead for a dialogue between religions are avoiding the key question: why do Muslims become terrorists? By Zafer Senocak
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German coverage of the London bombings

Friday 8 July, 2005

A small dossier on yesterday's terrorist attacks in London from the German point of view.
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