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Ein Votum gegen rechts

Das war knapp: Dass Alexander Van der Bellen als neunter Bundespräsident in die Hofburg einziehen wird, verdankt er zu einem beträchtlichen Teil seinem Gegenkandidaten Norbert Hofer. Viele Wählerinnen und Wähler votierten für den Grünen, weil sie einen Blauen als Staatsoberhaupt verhindern wollten. Die Polarisierung im Wahlkampf hat der Mobilisierung genützt. Es war eine Richtungsentscheidung. Van der Bellen hat auch mehr als 200.000 Menschen zur Stimmabgabe bewogen, die am 24. April nicht zur Wahl gegangen sind. – derstandard.at/2000037496642/Ein-Votum-gegen-rechts

http://derstandard.at/2000037496642/Ein-Votum-gegen-rechts?_blogGroup=1

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2016 in European Union

 

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Patrick Kingsley on Europe’s refugee crisis

Barack Obama’s visit to Vietnam has made for some attractive images of crowds lining the streets of Hanoi to cheer the leader of a power that was once a relentless foe, or of the US president sitting on a plastic stool during a stop at a pavement restaurant to taste the local pork-and-noodle bun cha. But behind the smiles and photo ops, hard-headed geopolitics was at work too.

https://www.theguardian.com/membership/audio/2016/may/23/patrick-kingsley-on-europes-refugee-crisis-guardian-live-event

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2016 in European Union, Reportages

 

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Räumung von Idomeni: Linker Super-GAU

Eigentlich wollte der linke griechische Ministerpräsident Alexis Tsipras alles anders machen als seine Vorgänger: Die untere Mittelschicht und die Ärmsten im Lande stärken, Flüchtlingen und Migranten zur Seite stehen, Transparenz schaffen und Vetternwirtschaft eindämmen. All das versprach der Hoffnungsträger der Linken schon als Opposition und dann auch als Staatsoberhaupt – stets mit der „Sprache der Wahrheit“, wie er immer wieder gerne betont.

http://www.taz.de/Kommentar-Raeumung-von-Idomeni/!5303690/

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2016 in European Union, Reportages

 

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The Guardian view on Obama’s Vietnam visit: human rights have been marginalised

Barack Obama’s visit to Vietnam has made for some attractive images of crowds lining the streets of Hanoi to cheer the leader of a power that was once a relentless foe, or of the US president sitting on a plastic stool during a stop at a pavement restaurant to taste the local pork-and-noodle bun cha. But behind the smiles and photo ops, hard-headed geopolitics was at work too.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/24/the-guardian-view-on-obamas-vietnam-visit-human-rights-have-been-marginalised

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Asia

 

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Watch “Glenn Greenwald’s Interview with Dilma Rousseff: Her First Since Being Suspended” on YouTube

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in South America

 

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Let Them Drown

Edward Said was no tree-hugger. Descended from traders, artisans and professionals, he once described himself as ‘an extreme case of an urban Palestinian whose relationship to the land is basically metaphorical’.​* In After the Last Sky, his meditation on the photographs of Jean Mohr, he explored the most intimate aspects of Palestinian lives, from hospitality to sports to home décor. The tiniest detail – the placing of a picture frame, the defiant posture of a child – provoked a torrent of insight from Said. Yet when confronted with images of Palestinian farmers – tending their flocks, working the fields – the specificity suddenly evaporated. Which crops were being cultivated? What was the state of the soil? The availability of water? Nothing was forthcoming. ‘I continue to perceive a population of poor, suffering, occasionally colourful peasants, unchanging and collective,’ Said confessed. This perception was ‘mythic’, he acknowledged – yet it remained.

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v38/n11/naomi-klein/let-them-drown

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Reportages

 

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Dilma Rousseff and Brazil’s Horrible Year

Brazil’s embattled President Dilma Rousseff was forced to step down from office earlier this month, pending impeachment proceedings, after a majority of lawmakers in her country’s Senate and lower house of Congress voted to suspend her. Rousseff is accused of doctoring official budget figures and using money from state banks in order to hide the real state of Brazil’s shrinking economy, so as to help her win reelection, in 2014.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/dilma-rousseff-and-brazils-horrible-year?mbid=rss

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2016 in South America

 

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What the hell is going on?

Donald Trump may get the nuclear suitcase, a cranky “park bench” socialist took Hillary Clinton to the wire, many countries are becoming less free, and the neo-Nazi party came very close to assuming power in Austria.  I could list more such events.

http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2016/05/what-in-the-hell-is-going-on.html

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Reportages

 

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A Idomeni una crisi umanitaria è affrontata con le ruspe

Rispondere alle crisi umanitarie con polizia, ruspe, manganelli e gas lacrimogeni sembra essere diventata la norma in Europa. Sarebbero dovute arrivare delegazioni di avvocati, medici, psicologi, operatori umanitari per ricollocare i profughi che da mesi vivevano accampati al confine tra Grecia e Macedonia, invece hanno mandato migliaia di poliziotti in tenuta antisommossa, all’alba, per sgomberare le famiglie che erano in attesa di riprendere il loro viaggio o di trovare una sistemazione. Dove fallisce la politica, arriva l’ordine pubblico.

http://www.internazionale.it/opinione/annalisa-camilli/2016/05/25/idomeni-profughi-sgombero

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Europe, European Union, Reportages

 

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Starting a New Career in Midlife

Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones. Perhaps you have reached your 40s, 50s, or 60s blissfully happy in your job. You are engaged, fulfilled, and challenged. Your work draws on your natural talents and passions. If so, feel free to skip this article.

The rest of us, however, may be experiencing, if not a mid-career crisis, at least mid-career ennui. According to Gallup pollsters, only one-third of Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are engaged by their work. Jim Harter, Gallup’s chief scientist for workplace management and well-being, says about half of Boomer and Gen X employees fall in a second category that Gallup characterizes as “not engaged.” As Harter puts it, “They show up; they get their paycheck and do the minimum required.” And one out of five belongs in the category Gallup calls “actively disengaged,” which Harter describes as “a pretty desperate state.” This situation exacts a toll on more than just productivity: Gallup has found that, compared with engaged employees, actively disengaged workers of all ages are far likelier to report stress and physical pain. They have higher cortisol levels and blood pressure, and they are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or to call in sick.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/quit-your-job/471501/

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Reportages

 

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