The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) was formed in the image of and is linked to the famous American equivalent of the same name. Sofia Koller, Research Fellow for The Fight Against Terror and The Extremism Prevention, has published an article on ZEIT in which she outlines Germany’s supposed responsibility for the countries nationals who joined ISIS. It should be clear that she is not just a random voice, but a representative of one of the most influential political think tanks of our time and what she has to say is horrendous.
It was announced today that an anti-corona policy protest, which was to take place the coming Saturday, was banned. The happening was scheduled to draw a crowed of around 20,000 demonstrators. But worse than the ban itself is the overall contempt of our elites that is echoed in the cheering of ZEIT columnist Christian Bangel. He celebrates the ban with an article titled ‘New Toughness’ (German: Neue Haerte).
Berlin is preparing a new anti-discrimination law that threatens the effectiveness of the police. As it is written it invites activist groups to take legal actions. Court cases against the police could become profitable and fulfill the prophecy that every good cause begins as a well-meaning intention, develops into a business and eventually ends as a racket. The busybodies are, of course, surfing the wake of the George Floyd case.
The story of the African American, who served five years in prison for armed robbery, is a bit hyped. The noise is still deafening across the ocean. Nevertheless racism does exist. There are sensible ways to deal with it and there are people with bad intentions trying to exploit it for different reasons. Evil will always be with man. We must face the banality of it so that the cure won’t be worse than the disease.
If you want to control men, you must kill his wishes, aspirations, and everything that is holy to him. Sneer and derision can destroy what logical arguments can’t. Ayn Rand analyzed in her novel “The Fountainhead” the mechanism of authoritarianism. Amidst our freedom-suffocating crisis there are some who enjoy themselves way too much.
Elisabeth Raether smells blood. The death of capitalism is in the air. Her article, co-signed by ZEIT deputy editor-in-chief Bernd Ulrich and Correspondent for Economics Mark Schiertz, exhilarates in the face of the death of ambition, of market demand, and of hope. The title: Do I Need This? (German: Brauch ich das?)
The talk gives an overview of the German print media, its sales and its mutual ties. Did you know who owns Random House/Penguin or the Business insider today? What are the major #publications and what segment of society do they reach? What are their strategic roles? And what has the Social Democratic Party SPD to do with the supposedly independent press? What is the “research compound” of public broadcasters and newspaper Sueddeutsche? Who was the last SED party leader before its first renaming and who is now a regular columnist for Burda magazine Superillu? Did a streamlining of the editorial boards facilitate the rise of the radical left? The case study of Wirtschaftswoche (wiwo), a weekly manager and economics magazine, may give an idea of what happened behind the doors of the big publishers somewhat between 2014 and 2016.
My video about the SED name changes.
Correction: I said that I would link up the article with the Madsack article and until recently I found it either on waybackmachine or on archive.is. For whatever reason, I’m not so lucky now. So here is the dead URL. Leave me a comment if you know some archive where it still can be found.
The ZEIT article my email referred to (also quoted):
In November 2015, Dubravko Mandic of conservative party AfD and MP in the state of Baden-Württemberg, posted a picture on Facebook that showed the Nuremberg Trials with the faces of modern politicians photoshopped onto it.
What would be perfectly legal and protected by the first Amendment in America is punishable by German law as an ‘insult’.
Influential news blog Zeit online reported on it on 22nd of March in 2017, or more specifically they copied the report of German news agency AFP. It said, his action is an insult and is not covered by his right to freedom of expression, the court had decided. The article ends with a legal reference number (Az: 2 QS 53/16).
A day later local newspaper „Badische Zeitung“ reported on the same story.
This time though the following sentence was included: ‘At the same time the court decreed that the police searching [his] apartment … acted against the law.’
Multiple requests by readers of Zeit online asking why the sentence was dropped met deaf ears. But Zeit online did do something. They changed the search engine on their website, dropping the indexing of the full text search. For the name ‘Mandic’ five results come up. The article in question is not among them.
However, Google (on the way to the dark site themselves) were unaware of the matter and it can still be found this way.
But that is not all. News agency AFP was dishonest as well. The legal reference did not belong to a decision against Mandic but against the police. They broke the law by entering and searching the department of a citizen without proper reason.
But isn’t that the same decision that also ruled against Mandic? At least that is what the AFP article says. The truth is that there were never any legal charges against Mr Dubravko Mandic that have anything to do with the picture in question.
But isn’t at leat the Badische Zeitung, the local paper that published the full AFP article unchanged, innocent? They headlined the story with ‘Court Ruling on Mandic’.