Some days ago I attended a summer school in peace & conflict studies in the North of Italy. On my way back home, I had to cross the border between Italy and Austria. While I was waiting for my train in Verona’s main station, I noticed two Italian police men. They stood on my track and observed everyone around them. Continue reading “Borders, Refugees, and Africa”
In an interview with Reuters, Trump said about Kim: “I hope he’s rational.”
Seriously? How rational is it to order a navy strike group to move towards the Korean peninsula? Was Trump’s preemptive strike in Syria rational?
I don’t think that Kim’s behavior is better than Trump’s, but news outlets do not report about the history of the Korean conflict. It is very complicated, and both Korean states made mistakes. Millions of people have lost their lives for no reason. It is important to stay calm and bring Korean people closer together. Continue reading “Irrationality: the USA and North Korea”
These days, it is nearly impossible to not stumble upon the buzz words “post-factual news” and “post-truth politics.”
Many journalists, scientists and politicians claim that we live in a time where emotions are more important than facts and reasonable arguments. For me, this view is very dangerous. It gives people the permission to end any kind of discussion. It keeps progressive programs and policies on hold. For instance, there are many people who still think that women should not be emancipated because they have the feeling that women are too weak for powerful positions. And some people feel afraid of foreigners because they have heard some worrying stories about them. So, they think that it is better if all foreigners stay far away. Interestingly, these people can only find positive “natural-given” attributes for their own groups because their own groups are the best ones.
Continue reading “Post-Truth Politics and Post-Factual News”
I got very scared yesterday evening. As I was walking home, a drunk man walked past me. His face turned red and he repeatedly shouted: “Shit Migrants!”
Luckily, he only looked at me briefly.
I guess my light skin colour protected me.
However, I am a migrant.
One month ago, I moved from Germany to Austria.
Continue reading “Refugees: Media vs. Reality”