“The Beautiful is not different from the Good: The Beautiful is the Good that shows itself to us pleasingly veiled. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Jerusalem has been the focus of hopes, dreams and prayers of the Jewish people around the world for three millennia. Now US-President Donald Trump has clearly pronounced, that the USA recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately reacted thankful and more than pleased.
The rationale that explains the popularity and longevity of fictional characters such as detective Columbo also helps predict election outcomes and forecast the likely winner in the race for the White House
Regardless of who wins the US presidential election, two things will remain largely unchanged: America’s foreign policy and the country’s role in the world.
Thirty years ago, on Monday, October 19, 1987, the US Stock market collapsed. Plunging more than 500 points, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the day down 23%, its greatest single day decline ever. Black Monday – as the day was quickly dubbed by financial journalists — was a significant and sobering event.
Digitization’s impact on learning is comparable only to the changes wrought by the printing press and compulsory education
Pictures of suffering and dying are spread in real time; globalization has thereby reached the most intimate sphere of human life.
The latest protests against the globalization are of a new quality: The managers are getting nervous – and rightly so.
I was in Hamburg on the day of the elections. I watched the results come in with a girlfriend on her television. She is a green voter appalled to see the high proportion of seats won by the AfD. It was hardly a surprise. The result was symbolic of the breakdown of the old style binary parliamentary structures of Western European democracies that have been around for a century.
Jean-Claude Juncker has given his final state-of-the-union-address to the EU-parliament. He said: “Either come together around a positive European agenda or each retreat into our own corners. Faced with this choice, I argued for unity.” The European hereby presents the full text of this speech.
A policy of cutbacks, isolationism, arms build-up. Obama, Pope, Panda bear. Angela Merkel is campaigning with backwards policies and beautiful pictures. The direction is called “More of the same!”
“Today’s political and social conditions are highly unjust and therefore, we need to fight them with the greatest energy possible.” And: “Performance needs to be worthwhile again”. These are not quotations from the Social Democratic candidate for chancellor, Martin Schulz.
In the European Commission, they like having the power but not the responsibility. They like pressure even less. As NGOs and certain journalists go after glyphosate, the Commission is muddling through and passing the buck to the Member States without any hesitation.
Even the most advanced technology cannot compete with nature when it comes to tsunami defense. Our best hope: preserve coastal forests, and run for the hills.
Hundreds of asteroids – so-called “Near Earth Objects” – could impact the earth with devastating consequences. But scientists are already working on defensive technologies.
The biggest viral threats come from man-made super-viruses. To prevent lethal global epidemics, scientists must trade experimental research for tighter safety measures.
Fighters from the Islamic State (ISIL) are indiscriminately targeting civilians to avenge for their loss of Tal Afar, the top United Nations political representative in Iraqi today said, condemning the latest attack in Baghdad.“Da’esh terrorists have shown absolute disregard for human life
Religious persecution and intolerance remains far too prevalent. Almost 80 percent of the global population live with restrictions on or hostilities to limit their freedom of religion.
Instead of following the Church into irrelevance, we should embrace a secular celebration of culture and the arts.
Atheists celebrate scientific rationality. But even the most thorough experiment cannot resolve all mysteries about human existence.