Category: Politics

New neukolln integration commissioner: “we need positive narratives”.

Ever since the murder of Nidal R., there has been talk about criminal clans. But organized crime is not the norm, says Neukolln’s integration commissioner Jens Rockstedt.

Police car in front of the now-removed mural of murdered Nidal R. at Tempelhofer Feld, September 2018 Photo: dpa

site: Mr. Rockstedt, according to many media reports, one could recently get the impression that all of Neukolln is virtually in the hands of "Arab extended families." Is that so?

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After acquittals in gezi trial: osman kavala arrested again

Shortly after his acquittal on Tuesday, another arrest warrant was issued for civil rights activist Kavala. This time it is for the 2016 coup attempt.

Ay┼če Bugra (left), wife of Osman Kavala on her way home after his re-arrest Photo: Murad Sezer/reuters

Just hours after his acquittal in the Gezi trial and formal release from the high-security prison in Silivri, Turkish entrepreneur and civil rights activist Osman Kavala has been arrested again. The background was new investigations in connection with the coup attempt in July 2016, reported the state news agency Anadolu on Wednesday.

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Measures against coronavirus: speedy research called for

The German government is not planning any scientific evaluation of the anti-corona measures. For this, it is now being heavily criticized by the opposition.

Drive-in test station in Ludenscheid Photo: Markus Klumper/dpa

School closures, curfews, contact or work bans: The drastic measures with which the federal government is currently restricting the civil liberties of citizens in the fight against the Corona pandemic require an accompanying scientific evaluation. Health politicians from all opposition parties represented in the Bundestag agreed on this.

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Long distances to birth: behind the hay cart

Many hospitals in Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein have abolished obstetrics in recent years: too unprofitable, too few doctors and too few children.

Door closed: with the obstetrics ward in Bassum, the last one in the Diepholz district closed in 2011. Image: dpa

In Grob Hutbergen, the car of Lena and Christoph Rahlfs is stuck behind a hay transporter. "Remind me never to have a child at hay time," says Lena Rahlfs to her husband. They are still laughing about it, because today they are only driving the 30 kilometers or so from their home near Bruchhausen-Vilsen to the clinic in Verden as a test. They want to know how long the drive will take and take a look at the delivery room. Lena Rahlfs is nine months pregnant.

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Commentary death after detention in kleve: always new horror

For months, a 26-year-old Syrian had been illegally detained. After his death, sloppiness and structural racism are now coming to light.

Are the police and judiciary stonewalling in the case of the Syrian Ahmed A., who was unlawfully detained and died? Photo: dpa

A young person is dead. Amed A. sought protection in Germany. But under custody of the Federal Republic, the 26-year-old civil war refugee from Syria was fatally injured on September 17: In a fire in his cell at the correctional facility in Kleve in the Lower Rhine region, he suffered such severe burns that he died after a lung transplant on September 29 at the Bergmannsheil Accident Clinic in Bochum.

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Local elections in israel: palestinian candidate loses

The only Palestinian candidate lost the election in East Jerusalem. He failed because of the boycott of his compatriots.

In the election in East Jerusalem there was a lower turnout than expected Photo: ap

Ramadan Dabash will not enter the Jerusalem City Hall. The only Palestinian candidate in Israel’s municipal elections failed due to the boycott of his compatriots. Palestinians in East Jerusalem gave in to pressure from the mufti. Sheikh Mohammed Hussein had declared a fatwa, a religious order, to boycott the elections.

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Commentary on the immigration act: more pragmatism, please

The government is planning an immigration law for skilled workers. For the CDU/CSU, this is a step forward – but it remains to be seen how big it will be.

These sandwiches don’t bake themselves. That’s why the grand coalition wants to bring trained bakers into the country Photo: Roman Kraft/Unsplash

The government wants an immigration law, and the CSU is on board. What is this – a political miracle? One last misguided coup by Horst Seehofer? A real turnaround? A sign that the disheveled government is getting something done after all?

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Loss of structures

The house project H48 fears for its existence and is looking for a third buyer

The old owner has sold the property to an unknown investor

In Neukolln, the next left-wing alternative space must fear for its existence. The sale of the house at Hermannstrabe 48 threatens the project space H48, which has existed here since 2006 and serves as a non-commercial place in the neighborhood for political meetings of feminist, anti-racist and anti-fascist groups and where lectures, film evenings and Kufa take place.

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Artist amelie von wulffen in bern: against any art canon

The Kunsthalle Bern is showing a show by the great painter Amelie von Wulffen: "Have you seen House of Cards?" What’s up with that?

Delicious ice cream and a piano: installation view of Amelie von Wulffen’s exhibition Photo: Gunnar Meier/Kunsthalle Bern

The arsenal of tastes and prejudices can soon be safely thrown into the corner. Sure: the homely kitschy farm cupboard, adorned with flower tendrils as well as preview bars of the Netflix series world, that is an already over-perfect image for the permanent escape from the world and the constantly overlapping round of images. But then very lovingly crafted miniature sculptures made of shells and stones take position there on the magnificent stone pedestal, a resigned apple is also there.

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Freedom of assembly in the corona crisis: police protect infection

In Lower Saxony, police crack down on protesters even though they pay attention to protecting infection – but the police do not.

Little distance on a demo in Hannover on Easter Saturday Photo: Peer Hellerling

"Superspreader" are infected people who infect an above-average number of other people, for example doctors with close patient contact who know nothing about their infection, or children who find it difficult to keep a safe distance. Or even police officers, if they are without protective equipment, disregarding the safety distance, in large groups and come close to demonstrators.

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