Survival during conflicts

Dear readers,

this time I have something “different” for you. Some close and good friends have built up the amazing organisation called Humanitarian Bazaar – and one of their goals is to help civilians in conflict zones to survive the war. Thus I ask you – if you have some spare coin – to support this project and donate to it! Here is the introduction video on the project:

Thanks in advance to every reader who will support this important and great project!

Big changes are coming

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The “best” of all worlds: MacOS, Linux Parrot and Windows

Towards the end of June 2017 I will start to study again, this time for two years – the end goal is to become a IT specialist for system integration with a special focus on cyber security. Yes, this is a big change but no worries, I won`t quit journalism. But why this decision?

A) After working as a freelance Journalist since 2008 and often barely keeping my income above the poverty line I have had enough: Enough of the shitty payment; enough of late payments and rip-offs; enough of getting almost no appreciation by editors and media companies while risking my own life. Especially as struggling financially did impact the quality of my journalism – and I do not want to compromise that quality anymore

B) Becoming a IT specialist for system integration helps me to get a steady and well paying income – and thus enables me to do proper journalism. Especially as I started to focus more and more on long form / investigative reportages which needs time and money. Additionally, technology and cyber security (see the really shitty reporting about the last wikileaks) is more important than ever – with this kind of job I can enhance also my understanding on these topics and thus write about IT, cyber security etc. additionally.

C) I can finally please my inner Nerd ūüėČ

I will keep writing for my blog as well as newspapers in the future (though there will be some design changes at my webpage to better represent my portfolio) – mainly dissecting bad journalistic pieces and in-depth reporting on different conflict zones and social/political issues. So no worries, I won`t disappear from the journalistic field – I am just taking a ‚Äúbreak‚ÄĚ from longer travels and refocus my goals and future.

Yours sincerely,

Benjamin Hiller

Gewalt gegen Schiiten: Wo beginnt V√∂lkermord?

Der Gastautor und Kollege Konstantin Flemig analysiert in seinem Artikel die Behauptung (u.a. in einem Huffington Post Artikel) eines Völkermordes an Schiiten in Syrien  Рstimmt diese Behauptung? Oder wird hier nur eine Ablenkung konstruiert um von den Gräueltaten des syrischen Regimes abzulenken? Konstantin Flemig sammelt die Fakten, analysiert den Begriff des Völkermordes und vergleicht die Situation der Schiiten im Irak und Syrien

Eine der gro√üartigen Seiten des Internets ist die M√∂glichkeit, Unrecht ans Licht der Welt√∂ffentlichkeit zu bringen. Massaker in Myanmar,¬†Vergewaltigungen im S√ľdsudan,¬†Giftgas in Syrien¬†‚Äď viele Verbrechen, die noch vor wenigen Jahrzehnten als obskure Fu√ünote der Geschichte geendet w√§ren, gelangen so ins Bewusstsein einer globalisierten Welt.

Diese beispiellose Demokratisierung der Medienlandschaft birgt aber auch Risiken. Wer Aufmerksamkeit will, muss oft lauter schreien als die tausend anderen, die neben einem stehen. Und wenn es um Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit geht, so ist nichts ‚Äělauter‚Äú als der Vorwurf des V√∂lkermordes.

Die Huffington Post wittert eine Verschwörung der Weltpresse

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Foto von dem Anschlag in al-Foua und Kafriya. Bild: Tasnim News Agency

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News Blues VIII

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Dear Readers,

After a short absence due to traveling and other daily issues I am back with my weekly news blues. While the US under Trump is increasing its irrational military behavior around the globe other issues are also debate widely: The upcoming referendum in Turkey, the struggle for freelance journalists to earn a proper living or the right winged populist movement in France. Here some articles for you to read over the long Easter weekend:

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News Blues VII – Cyber edition

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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!

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