Category Archives: Polls

There are more important things than territorial integrity

Democracy and self-determination are great. But nobody should believe that a referendum hastily pulled out of a hat, with limited choices and without a proper prior public debate about the question posed at the polls is a good example of direct … Continue reading

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You want more Surveillance? You can have it.

I just read this: A new CNN/Time … Poll indicates four in ten Americans say they are willing to give up some civil liberties to fight terrorism. Only 38% favor expanding government monitoring of e-mail and cell phones. While this … Continue reading

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The Mo Yan Poll

My empty, questioning stare when I heard that this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature would go to the Chinese author Mo Yan showed me three things: that I don’t read enough books, that I don’t read enough literary supplements of … Continue reading

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Which language to learn next?

It has been a long time since I studied a new language. I miss it. I miss not so much the study of grammar or of vocabulary, nor the embarrassment that comes with forcing my German tongue to pronounce words … Continue reading

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Two down, more to go.

What a year 2011 has already been in the Middle East and North Africa: In Tunisia and in Egypt, two long-term dictatorships have been toppled by street protests. If the transformation of this part of the world continues at the … Continue reading

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Human Rights with Hollie

The debate raging in Britain about the European Convention on Human Rights has been enriched by a new pundit on the block: (CAVEAT: I do not buy, read or even look at “The Sun”, one of Britain’s worst tabloids. Thanks … Continue reading

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Umfrage zur angekündigten Koran-Verbrennung

Umfrage zur angekündigten Koran-Verbrennung: (Sorry für den geschmack- und niveaulosen Humor. Ich wollte nur mal ausprobieren, wie man eine Umfrage in einen Blog einbauen kann und mir fiel spontan nichts Witzigeres ein. Die einzig korrekte Antwort ist natürlich, daß man … Continue reading

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