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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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.

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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.)

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News Blues VI

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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.

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News Blues V

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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.

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