News Blues VII – Cyber edition

r8jdek2

Dear readers,

It is Friday again and this time I will share with you mostly “geeky/nerdy” articles and in-depth reportages. Why? Because cyber security, hacking, big data and similar matters are increasingly in the heart of debates, warfare as well as scandals. Thus it is also existentially important for journalists to cover these topics and have abasic understanding on facts, fiction and encryption. Happy reading to you all!

Continue reading

Somaliland-Handbuch – Teil 2

Dies ist der zweite Teil einer dreiteiligen Serie von meinem Kollegen und Gastautoren Konstantin Flemig. Teil 1 kann HIER gelesen werden.

Geld:

15110279_1835880729988941_5016328071010119888_o

Stände von Geldwechslern in Hargeisa © Konstantin Flemig

Der mit Abstand deutlichste Indikator für das Level der Sicherheit, die in Somaliland Hauptstadt Hargeisa herrscht, sind die Geldwechsler. Mit plakativ zur Schau gestellten Langeweile lümmeln diese am Straßenrand, vor ihnen regelrechte Gebirge aus mal mehr, mal weniger abgenutzten Banknoten. Keine Security, keine Waffen weit und breit. Der Großteil der Bevölkerung der Region gehört der Clanfamilie der Isaaq an. Dieses enge soziale Gefüge sorgt dafür, dass Kriminalität untereinander extrem selten vorkommt. (Auch Terroristen haben es dadurch schwer, Fuß in Somaliland zu fassen: Selbst wenn sie ebenfalls der Volksgruppe der Somali angehörten, im komplexen Familiengeflecht vor Ort würden sie sofort als Außenseiter auffallen.)

Continue reading

News Blues VI

12687-noylfv

Dear readers,

In some ways, as somebody who was born in the 1980s, I feel thrown back into a time before my time: a legitimate criticism on Putin and his authoritarian system has turned into outright “Russophobia” in a McCarthy area style. And even worse, this time it is fueled by the Democrats and the liberal media itself, which gets its “intel” via leaks and intelligence agencies; yeah, those who lied about the reasons to invade Iraq and where several newspapers and politicians had to apologise afterwards.

Of course Putin was happy about the election of the bat-crazy Trump and his right-winged “America First” administration. And of course Russia was involved in some election meddling. But the Democrats and the media are now focusing solely on the supposed Trump-Putin connections and every bit of “evidence” is blown up into a full conspiracy theory. And with that the real danger for the US from domestic right-winged policies seems to go totally unnoticed.

Continue reading

News Blues V

12687-noylfv

Dear Readers,

Once again it is already Friday! Sometimes I have no clue where the days go so fast – probably running away from the world’s problems. This time I have only a few links for you – as the weather turned sunny in Berlin and therefore I’d rather spend my time outside than working in front of a computer screen.

Continue reading

News Blues IV

12687-noylfv

Dear readers,

It is Friday again and that means it is time for the News Blues. Though due to the rainy weather in Berlin it would be rather time for some proper Blues music.

Anyway, we will start off with a quote by Hanna Arendt, published in 1978 by the New York Review of books and originating from an interview from 1974. And her point about lies is more valid than ever:

“The moment we no longer have a free press, anything can happen. What makes it possible for a totalitarian or any other dictatorship to rule is that people are not informed; how can you have an opinion if you are not informed? If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer. This is because lies, by their very nature, have to be changed, and a lying government has constantly to rewrite its own history. On the receiving end you get not only one lie—a lie which you could go on for the rest of your days—but you get a great number of lies, depending on how the political wind blows. And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please.”

Continue reading