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A curious broadside from Bernie Sanders is aimed at whom, exactly?

The Guardian today printed a piece by Bernie Sanders with the title “Trump’s economy is great for billionaires, not for working people” the first two-thirds of which is an attack on the Trump administration’s huge diversion of wealth to the … Continue reading

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Largest defeat for a sitting government in history

BBC: European Council President Donald Tusk has suggested that the UK should stay in the EU, after the prime minister’s Brexit deal was rejected in parliament. “If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will … Continue reading

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Hoher Fläming

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Americans abroad

Spiegel: Tucker Carlson’s worldview doesn’t come across as particularly complex. It can be summed up in three words: Foreigners threaten America. That’s all that’s needed for good ratings. This article makes a number of worthwhile points, I think, including the … Continue reading

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In dubiis

On the title page of my new textbooks I find: Der erscheint mir als der Größte, der zu keiner Fahne schwört, und, weil er vom Teil sich löste, nun der ganzen Welt gehört. Rainer Maria Rilke I like this so … Continue reading

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William Arkin on US media coverage of the US military

William Arkin: Despite being at “war,” no great wartime leaders or visionaries are emerging. There is not a soul in Washington who can say that they have won or stopped any conflict. And though there might be the beloved perfumed princes in the form of the Petraeus’ and Wes Clarks’, or the so-called warrior … Continue reading

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Kick out the jams, Rashida Tlaib!

Guardian: On her first full day as one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, Rashida Tlaib experienced a media storm over her vow to impeach “the motherfucker” Donald Trump. The promise, made at an event the night before, drew … Continue reading

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Atemübungen

An old friend writes of being very enthusiastic about breathing exercises for clearing one’s ‘stuff’ out of one’s cellular memory. You can apparently take courses on this sort of thing. Berlin is cold and windy today, quite a bit windier … Continue reading

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Owning wit

David Taylor, Guardian US deputy news editor: In one deft performance the top Democrat in the House owned the president, having faced down Republicans’ scare tactics and attacks from her own side … Pelosi walked out of the White House … Continue reading

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Bergen-Belsen

The original huts at Bergen-Belsen were for workers who built a military exercise grounds. The military area has been in use ever since, and is today known as NATO-Truppen­übungs­platz Bergen. Prisoners were transported to the camp by train and unloaded … Continue reading

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