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Index April 2014

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2014-04-03: Video-Interview with Edward Snowden;
2014-04-04: Sanctioning Russia into multi-polar world?
2014-04-05: Anja Niedringhaus gave underprivileged people a voice;
2014-04-06: some recent links about special concerns;
2014-04-11: Frölein Da Capo auf YouTube;
2014-04-14: about Ukraine, petrol and empires, with Ray McGovern;
2014-04-20: Daft Punk;
2014-04-25: medieval and fairy tale musics;
2014-04-30: Buchauszug über WEISSRUSSLAND – UKRAINE.

Buchauszug über WEISSRUSSLAND – UKRAINE

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… “Von der Union von Brest ist auf den ersten Blick nicht viel übriggeblieben, nachdem die stets am Rande innerer Zerrüttung lebenden Rzeczpospolita im 18. Jahrhundert den sukzessiven Teilungen zwischen Russland, Oesterreich und Preussen zum Opfer fiel und Polen jede staatliche Identität einbüsste,” fährt der Historiker fort. “Das zaristische Russland vollzog mit brutalem Zwang die Auflösung der Uniaten-Kirche und unterstellte die ‘griechisch-katholischen’ Papisten der Autoritàt der Moskauer Synode.” Es sei ein Wunder, dass in seiner Heimat eine beachtliche Zahl von Katholiken die Gleichschaltung durch die prawoslawische Kirche und später den Atheismus selbst nach der Vertreibung und Auswanderung der bis 1945 hier ansässigen polnischen Bevölkerungsgruppe überlebt habe. Ganz anders sollte sich die Entwicklung in jenem ukrainisch besiedelten Landesteil gestalten, der unter die Herrschaft Habsburg geriet. In Ost-Galizien genoss die griechisch-katholische Uniaten-Kirche die Förderung der österreichischen Administration und des Jesuitenordens. So erkläre sich, dass die Nationalisten in der heutigen West-Ukraine, im Gegensatz zu Belarus, sogar den stalinistischen Terror nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg im Untergrund überstanden hätten und heute den harten Kern des antirussischen ukrainischen Patriotismus bildeten …;  Continue Reading…

medieval and fairy tale musics

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Daft Punk

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about Ukraine, petrol and empires, with Ray McGovern

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in german and english:

Europe will now think twice before following Washington’s orders Video on Russia Today RT, 29.21 min, with Ex-CIA Officer Ray McGovern, April 14, 2014.

Ray McGovern on YouTube:

Frölein Da Capo auf YouTube

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some recent links about special concerns

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Switzerland: Direct democracy and obligations under international treaties – Considerations in civic education after the referendum of 9 February 2014, on Current Concerns, by Dr iur Marianne Wüthrich, March 21, 2014:

  • It is a characteristic of direct democracy that after a referendum some people may not be happy with the result. Everyone is free to express this. However, what has been rather unusual after the referendum on the Mass Immigration Initiative of 9 February is very unusual; it is the direct attack of certain circles on the Swiss direct democratic system. The voters must take the responsibility for the end of the bilateral approach – this is what some politicians in the country claim. And we hear from Brussels that the free movement of persons is not negotiable.   Continue Reading…

Anja Niedringhaus gave underprivileged people a voice

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AP photojournalist killed in Afghanistan produced work that went beyond the normal wire service, says a former colleague – Published on The Guardian, by Odd Andersen, April 4, 2014.

Anja Niedringhaus deserves to be remembered as one of the best photojournalists of the past two decades, and one of the most dedicated.

We met in Sarajevo 20 years ago, during the war, when she was effectively my boss. A few years later I ended up managing her, but that didn’t matter; she wasn’t really bothered by authority.   Continue Reading…

Sanctioning Russia into multi-polar world?

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Published on Russia Today RT, April 2, 2014.

US and European sanctions against Russia are designed to “punish” its actions in Crimea. However, instead of forcing Russia into economic and political submission, the sanctions will spur the country to greater political and economic independence.

Since the end of the Soviet Union, Russia’s economic progress and development has been directly dependent on political and economic institutions dominated by the West. From Russia’s integration into the World Trade Organization, to Russian dependence on Western banking and finance, Moscow has come to rely on precisely those institutions now being used against it.    Continue Reading…

Video-Interview with Edward Snowden

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Here’s how we take back the Internet, 35.17 min, uploaded on YouTube by TED, March 18, 2014:

Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he say, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.” Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee …;