Haimbuchner sees terror errors at Nehammer, not Kickl – Upper Austria –

Manfred Haimbuchner wants to stay in his home country

The oö. FPÖ boss LHStv. Manfred Haimbuchner is often traded as the FPÖ personnel reserve for the federal government. In an interview with the APA, however, he emphasized that he would stay in Linz and defend second place in the state elections in 2021. He announced compliance rules for clubs close to the FPÖ, defended club chairman Herbert Kickl against allegations of having divulged a raid and advocated FFP masks for risk groups – although he was not a fan of mouth and nose protection.

Haimbuchner is the top candidate for the state elections. He will assume his responsibility “in 2021 and beyond” in Upper Austria. There will be a few new faces on the candidate lists, but overall you will be competing “with a proven team”. The goals: to stay in second place and more than 20 percent – in 2015 it was just under 30.4 percent. He strives for a continuation of black and blue. The partnership had proven its worth and, given the economic problems, broad cooperation would make sense. “You have to ask the ÖVP” whether it really comes to that. In his opinion, the system of proportional representation in Upper Austria should also remain in place.

For the state election, the FPÖ will be thematically broad and “present in a surprising form”, announced Haimbuchner. He is pleased that the ÖVP – also in Upper Austria – recently threw a classic FPÖ topic into the ring with political Islam: That would – like the plans of the federal government after the terrorist attack in Vienna – show “that the FPÖ with their proposals are correct “.

In detail, Haimbuchner would even go as far as revoking citizenship from Austrians without dual citizenship in terrorist offenses. “Then you lose the associated rights and that’s more than symbolism.” He also wants to talk about “how we can get such individuals out of our country”. “I would not interfere with the principles of the Human Rights Convention in any way,” he emphasized, but the case law has “led to very absurd and incomprehensible results”. He also does not see that fundamental rights and freedoms are restricted – possibly the “absolute surveillance state” or the gun law tightened – because some are trying to undermine the state with terror. Those who act against the western world of values ​​should go where they believe they can realize their values, “and when it is in the Gobi desert”.

Haimbuchner’s recipe against threats in the country is intelligence surveillance. “If that had been taken seriously in this case, the attack in Vienna would have been prevented.” Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) has political responsibility here. That also means admitting mistakes and apologizing for them. On the other hand, he could “actually not recognize errors made by FPÖ club chairman Herbert Kickl in connection with the secret operation” Ramses “or” Luxor “. Kickl “certainly did not reveal the raid”. In view of the number of informants, one should rather ask oneself whether “it was not known for much longer that raids should take place”.

Even if Haimbuchner is always said to be no friend of the Kickl line within the party, no direct criticism comes from his lips. Two camps around federal party leader Norbert Hofer and Kickl “do not exist in the FPÖ”, perhaps “sometimes a different approach to communication”. He doesn’t like the word double top.

The subject of Strache has now been concluded for him, now it is the turn of the judiciary. The party’s internal reform process is about “improving the structure of the FPÖ. That we no longer have to witness these wave movements of the past 20 years.” The compliance group he heads is “almost finished”. The results are to be discussed in a retreat with federal and state organizations; the decision-making process is planned for this year. There is still no look into the folder that is “locked in the box”, just as follows: “It is a set of rules that was first created for a political party or organization.” The result will be “state of the art”. It includes “all members who are in functions” and “of course it is also about clubs or any strange constructions”.

In the corona crisis, he sharply criticized the crisis management of the health ministry of his former state government colleague Rudolf Anschober (Greens): They did not use the summer there to protect risk groups, which is “central to fighting a pandemic”. “I am partly stunned by the way things have been approached.” The big problems in the hospitals would result “from the failures in the old people’s and nursing homes”. Haimbuchner would use FFP masks to protect high-risk groups and in sensitive areas instead of closing shops or schools. He does not want a mandatory vaccination, which his government partner LH Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP) has demanded: “I am an explicit opponent of mandatory vaccination, but I am not an opponent of vaccinations,” he emphasized. He was vaccinated against many things himself, but he would not be vaccinated against Corona.


Islamist Hacker Attacks on French Sites – Politics –

Some Muslims do not like criticism of religion

In France, hackers attacked dozens of Internet sites and covered them with Islamist propaganda. Messages such as “Victory for Mohammed, Victory for Islam and death for France” were displayed on the websites of pensioners’ associations, companies and small town halls on Monday. In addition, a montage of pictures was posted by French President Emmanuel Macron, which shows him as a pig.

The French contact point for victims of cyberattacks had already published a notice on Twitter on Sunday that a “wave of cyberattacks” was targeting “many French websites”. “Several dozen websites, maybe a hundred, are affected,” said Gérôme Billois. He spoke of a “clear political message” and recalled a wave of similar attacks that hit more than a thousand French websites after the Islamist attacks in January 2015.

The background is likely to be the dispute over Macron’s reaction to the allegedly Islamist-motivated murder of a history teacher near Paris who had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class. Macron had announced stricter controls on mosques and other Muslim institutions.

Macron’s statements, including sticking to the show of caricatures, caused outrage in the Arab world. In several Muslim countries there were protests and calls for boycotts against France at the weekend, which continued at the beginning of the week. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Macron of Islamophobia and advised the president to have his “state of mind examined”.


Erdogan calls for a boycott of French goods

Protests against Macron

The French President has been criticized in Turkey.

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Paris The conflict between Turkey and France is reaching a new dimension. In Turkey and several Arab countries, calls are being made to boycott French products after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly accused his French colleague Emmanuel Macron of having “a problem with Muslims” and that he should have his health checked. France has called its ambassador back for the first time.

The federal government condemned Erdogan’s attacks on Monday as “completely unacceptable defamations”. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the fight against radical Islamism had nothing to do with Islamophobia.

The dispute began with a dispute over the deployment of Turkish soldiers in Libya, the violation of Greek territorial waters by Turkish natural gas exploration ships and Turkey’s role in the Armenian-Azerbaijani war.

Now the Turkish President is taking the dispute to another level: He has been accusing French President Emmanuel Macron for days of persecuting and humiliating Muslims. Media close to the government speak of a “witch hunt against Muslims in France”. The country insulted Islam by publishing the Muhammad cartoons.

Macron had repeatedly stressed that he did not have to judge religions, but that in France blasphemy was also allowed as part of freedom of expression. Erdogan and the media devoted to him are now making a state-decreed mockery of Islam.

Jostling against Macron could turn into violence

Exactly such accusations preceded the murder of French teacher Samuel Paty on October 16 by a Russian of Chechen descent. In a systematic campaign, the teacher was accused of being Islamophobic and of distributing pornography.

By approaching these allegations, Erdogan is crossing a line: the public jostling against Macron could turn into violence.

Macron reacted to the murder of the teacher by banning various Islamist associations and closing some mosques. In addition, an upcoming law is to restrict the posting of imams from abroad to France.

This would particularly affect Turkey, which is particularly active in sending Muslim clergymen to Western Europe. It would lose some of its influence over the Muslims. This also probably explains the violence of the attacks Erdogan is now waging against Macron.

Supermarkets list French products

There are now countless calls for a boycott of French goods on Twitter. The authors describe themselves as Turks, Jordanians, Qataris or Kuwait. The tweets are often similar, however, often with the hashtag #MacronTheDevil and have an identical list with the logos of over 40 French brands, from cheese and ballpoint pens to luxury products. Some French politicians suspect Turkey is behind the boycott campaign.

French media report on supermarket chains in several Gulf states that have started to delist French products. The photos show how cheese, jam and shampoo are taken from the shelves.

The boycott calls do not shock anyone in Paris, but the government is very concerned about Erdogan’s policy. In view of the weakening of Iran, Erdogan wants to become the leader of the – in his case Sunni – Muslims, is the interpretation. On Sunday, the Turkish President also attacked the Federal Republic of Germany because a mosque was searched on suspicion of embezzlement.

Paris sees Erdogan as economically and politically weakened. His attacks on France and Germany and his aggressive actions in the eastern Mediterranean should distract from the fact that the country is economically in decline thanks to Erdogan’s policies.

France, Germany and the EU would have to vigorously oppose Erdogan’s systematic attempt to intimidate the EU and gain influence over Muslims within the member states.

More: Erdogan’s aggressive foreign policy is putting the country’s future at risk.


Federal prosecutor investigates after knife attack in Dresden

Attorney General

The entrance to the building of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe. Because of suspicion of terrorism, the authority takes over the investigation into the Dresden knife attack.

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Dresden After the arrest of a Syrian suspect, the federal prosecutor’s office took over the investigation into the knife attack on two tourists in Dresden. The investigators assume that the act on October 4th, which one of the attacked men did not survive, had a radical Islamist background, as a spokesman for the authority told the German press agency in Karlsruhe on Wednesday.

In the act, a 55-year-old from Krefeld was attacked in Dresden’s old town and seriously injured. The man later died in the hospital. His 53-year-old companion from Cologne survived the attack. Based on the scene of the crime, the police had set up a special commission with 29 officers under the name “Schloßstraße”.

The suspect arrested on Tuesday has now been issued with an arrest warrant for murder, attempted murder and dangerous bodily harm.

The man, who has been tolerated in Germany since 2015, has a significant criminal record, according to the authorities. In November 2018, for example, he was sentenced to a youth penalty of two years and nine months by the Dresden Higher Regional Court, among other things for soliciting members or supporters of a terrorist organization abroad, obtaining instructions on how to commit a serious act of violence that is dangerous to the state, assault and threats.

According to the authorities, this penalty was then included in another conviction by the Leipzig District Court in 2019 for assault on law enforcement officers and bodily harm. The accused had to serve this youth sentence in full. He was only released from the Regis-Breitingen juvenile prison on September 29, 2020. It was said that he was under management supervision. The Syrian is currently in possession of a Duldung under the Residence Act.

The accused was arrested on Tuesday evening. The motive and background of the attack on October 4th were initially unclear. The 20-year-old did not give any information to the investigating judge, it said.

More: France is rocked by an Islamic attempt to assassinate a teacher


Man’s throat cut in the open street

Paris According to police, an 18-year-old Chechen suspect who was shot after a history teacher was beheaded near Paris. The authorities have arrested nine suspects, including the grandparents, parents and a 17-year-old brother of the alleged bomber, said the anti-terrorist prosecutor of France.

According to the authorities, the man who was beheaded on Friday in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine had discussed caricatures of the Islamic prophet Mohammed in class. Police sources said the teacher had received threats as a result. One parent filed a complaint against the teacher. It was not clear whether the alleged perpetrator was connected to the school.

The main suspect was shot by the police around 600 meters from the location of the beheading, according to investigators. He was armed with a knife. He also had a soft gun with plastic bullets and refused to put down his gun. French President Emmanuel Macron rushed to the scene and found clear words: “Our fellow citizen was attacked cowardly, he was the victim of a vicious Islamist terrorist attack.”

The victim is reported to have been in her mid-40s and recently shown cartoons of Mohammed in class when freedom of expression was raised. This is said to have caused anger and threats at school. The man was then attacked on Friday near the school building.

The alleged perpetrator was picked up by the police a short time later. According to the media, he tried to attack the police – they shot him and killed him. He is said to have shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”) and was armed with a kitchen knife. He is also said to have bragged about the act on the net.

In his short address, Macron emphasized that education is a great good. It is no coincidence that a terrorist murdered a teacher of all people because he wanted to attack the country’s values. The teacher was murdered for standing up for freedom of expression.

“Tonight I want to say to all the teachers of France that we are with them, that the whole nation will be by their side today and tomorrow to protect them, to defend them and to give them the opportunity to do their most beautiful job, that exist: to make free citizens, ”he said. He also mentioned that the director of the school had been under high pressure in the past few weeks – but did not go into the background.

In the fight against radical Islamism, the head of state had recently focused primarily on education as a central element. Distance learning for children who stay at home should be strictly limited from the coming summer, Macron announced in early October. There should only be exceptions for health reasons. Lessons are compulsory from the age of three.

“Islamism is waging a war against us: we have to force it out of our country,” responded right wing politician Marine Le Pen on Twitter. Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer wrote on the net of an attack on the republic: “Our unity and determination are the only answer to the enormity of Islamist terrorism.” To attack a teacher means to attack all French citizens and freedom, wrote the president of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, on Twitter.

Trial against alleged helpers of the terror series started in January 2015

Only a few weeks ago there was a knife attack in front of the former editorial building of the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris. Two people were injured – here too, the investigators assume a terrorist background. In January 2015 there was a fatal attack on the editorial team of “Charlie Hebdo”. At the beginning of the trial, the magazine had published cartoons of Mohammed again and was severely threatened. The perpetrator of the knife attack stated that he could not bear this.

At the same time, the trial of alleged helpers of the terror series in January 2015, in which a total of 17 people were killed, has been running in Paris since the beginning of September. You can only enter the Palace of Justice under strict security conditions. A verdict is expected in November. The editorial staff of “Charlie Hebdo” expressed their condolences to the relatives of the killed teacher.

A man was beheaded in an Islamist-motivated attack in 2015. A 35-year-old was overwhelmed while trying to cause explosions in an industrial gas plant in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon. He had previously beheaded his employer and stuck his head with two Islamist flags on the factory fence.

France has been rocked by Islamist attacks for years – more than 250 people died. Therefore, people are almost always aware of the threat of terrorism. The French government has made the fight against terrorism a top priority and continues to warn that the risk of terrorist attacks is very high.


Situation report on extremism in security agencies


Seehofer presents a situation report on extremism in authorities



Liberal Democracy – Against the Gravedigger – Politics

One of the best things about Roger de Weck’s pamphlet on the defense and modernization of democracy is the spirited way of the Swiss publicist and economist to stand up for the liberal democracy that has been “harassed by populists”.

The former editor-in-chief of time, later General Director of the Swiss Radio and Television Company, could have made Winston Churchill’s well-known dictum his own from the height of his experience. Basically it says that democracy is still the best of all bad forms of government. Then de Weck would probably have delivered a sullen inventory of the imperfect state and form of government democracy with all its flaws.

De Weck believes that liberal democracy will only have a future if the “power imbalance between economy and democracy” can be leveled and deregulated financial capitalism can be contained. “Politics”, that is, the democratically elected governments, would not have been able to cope with the “ultra-capitalism” of the past two decades, which has emerged from the spirit of neoliberalism.

For him, this is the reason for the rise of populist parties like the AfD or the Lega in Italy, of self-righteous autocrats like Viktor Orbán in Hungary or Jarosław Kaczyński and his party PiS in Poland.

In other words: Democratically elected governments must have the courage to confidently tackle global corporations and impose restrictions on them. If they continue not to do so, or if they do so too hesitantly, instead compete for the favor of companies with location and tax advantages instead of, for example, introducing a global financial transaction tax as promised to their voters or obliging global corporations to meet certain environmental standards – then, the author fears the “authoritarian reactionaries” will continue to have an easy time of it.

They just need to stylize themselves as an alternative to the allegedly powerless democracy (which actually shows itself despaired and discouraged in the statements of its representatives) in order to attract those who were left behind and discouraged in the global location race to their side and suggest to them that earlier, without the EU and immigration, in a time when men were still allowed to be men, everything was better.

The fact that neither Matteo Salvini, who was initially pacified, nor Alexander Gauland would mess with any global players is another matter. At least that way votes can be won, sometimes so many that representatives of the “old parties”, as the AfD sneered at them, are even more reluctant.

The Swiss journalist calls for populists to be presented with arguments

Roger de Weck, on the other hand, is in a combative mood without being polemical. He calls for the New Right, i.e. the reactionary opponents of democracy, to be fought with arguments. The second part of his book is dedicated to the backward-looking “arsenal of reactionaries”, the sometimes simple, often ignorant (keyword: climate change), but always vocal and often vile, hateful positions of the populists, which are exhausted in mere opposition and inconsistency “Discourse of discontent”.

De Weck tears apart everything that old and new reactionaries (whom he carefully differentiates from conservatives) and identitarians have accumulated over time in order to discredit the open society and with it democracy. It is quite a long list that makes clear what is now taken for granted by the right-wing extremists – by no means just “politically correct” language – and where they want to go back.

How will the “power of democracy” prove to be? How can you avoid “yesterday’s hijacking the future”? De Weck relies on the self-confident defense of democratic achievements by the citizens, on stronger control of the economy and a better explained, better anchored environmentally sustainable policy.

To this end, he calls for, among other things, a council of environmental wise men and a parliamentary chamber for environmental issues. That is not a little, and de Weck also expects resistance. It would be interesting to find out how, in his opinion, the reluctant part of democratic society should be persuaded to enable its ecological and money-costly restructuring.

The Munich philosopher hopes for a “cosmopolitan world order”

Compared with the spirited abundance of de Weck’s book, the political treatise (as the subtitle reads) by Julian Nida-Rümelins is reminiscent of one of those elegant modern mineral waters, which after drinking one thinks one’s head is clearer than before. At least in theory. And philosophy professor Nida-Rümelin is theoretically demanding, as a precaution he warns himself at the beginning that the book demands “a lot” from his readership, namely “sometimes complex philosophical arguments”.

The warning is justified, Nida-Rümelin’s analysis of the fragile state of democracy always requires full concentration, but offers not diminishing intellectual clarity, to which one must also act as a reader. For example in the chapter in which Nida-Rümelin, following the mathematical proof of the Nobel laureate in economics, Kenneth Arrow, justified that “a comprehensive direct majority democracy with logical consequences leads to chaos”. According to the author, democracy cannot be defined through the voting process, i.e. the majority vote.

Like the journalist de Weck, the Munich philosopher, who was also once Minister of State for Culture, ie an acting politician, states that the triumph of democracy has come to a standstill; “Illiberal democracies” with a more or less charismatic personality at the top exist under right and left symbols (as in Latin America); They embody the attraction for their voters to ignore almost all concerns of a legal, institutional or international nature, as one could just see well in the Corona crisis not only in Hungary and Poland. Nida-Rümelin, however, is not so much interested in showing the challenges for liberal democracy that force it to defend itself.

Rather, he is interested in an “adequate understanding of what democracy is”. If one recognizes this and also what repair work and renewal efforts are required in view of the globally expanding populism, one may be better able to cope with the unreasonable demands and even the threats to which democracy as a way of life is exposed.

Nida-Rümelin speaks of the erosion of civil society conditions in Western countries, for example when one thinks of the tone and the type of friend-foe thinking in public disputes, which is meanwhile also setting a precedent beyond the national framework. Based on Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde’s famous sentence, the author writes that democracy lives “on conditions that it cannot guarantee itself”. They could not enforce their civilizational conditions, “a leading culture of humanism”.

This is especially true where there is no democracy (yet) or at most in trace elements, as Nida-Rümelin explains using the example of the failed Arab Spring. No democracy without a civilizational process beforehand, without religious enlightenment against religious fundamentalism and claim to power by clericals, without a scientific worldview.

Similar to Roger de Weck, Julian Nida-Rümelin sees the liberal world order sunk into a “strategy of state dismantling and financial globalization”, instrumentalized by economic and geostrategic interests; it will hardly stand up to its authoritarian, populist, nationalist enemies. Nida-Rümelin wants to replace it with an alternative, “a cosmopolitan world order based on the rule of law and the global welfare state”.

A worldwide legal system, the primacy of politics also with regard to the markets, the expansion of democracy to global society – that is what the author has in mind, among other things. This is of course desirable, even if the implementation is unlikely. But philosophers are not responsible for that either. The fact that the two authors, Nida-Rümelin and de Weck, who are both experienced in life and politics, do not shy away from high-spirited, nonetheless well-founded idealism, makes their respective engagement with democracy all the more credible.


After gun violence in Atlanta: Governor mobilizes National Guard

Brian Kemp

The governor of Atlanta appoints the National Guard.

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Atlanta After a weekend of violent gunfire to an eight-year-old in Atlanta, Georgia’s governor Brian Kemp has mobilized the national guard. He also declared an emergency on Monday. Kemp announced that up to 1,000 national guards would support the work of the police in certain locations, such as the South State Capitol and the Governor’s Residence in Atlanta. This should enable the security forces to keep order in other areas.

Late Saturday evening, eight-year-old Secoriea Turner was killed by gunfire on a car. Authorities said the car had passed through illegally built barricades to get to a parking area in the area. But at least two armed suspects blocked the passage and opened fire on the vehicle in which the girl was sitting with her mother and her friend.

The shots were fired near a Wendy’s fast food restaurant where Black Rayshard Brooks was killed by a police officer on June 12. The restaurant was later set on fire. Since then, police violence has been demonstrated in the area.

Secoriea died in a night of particularly excessive violence in the southern metropolis. On the holiday weekend celebrating American Independence Day, five people were shot and 30 others injured in Atlanta, Kemp’s office said. The governor had already sharply condemned the violence on Sunday evening. The recent trend of lawlessness is outrageous and unacceptable, he wrote on social media.

“This lawlessness must be stopped”

On Monday, the governor followed up with the activation of the National Guard and the proclamation of an emergency. Peaceful protests have been hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda, he said. Now innocent citizens of Georgia would be targeted, shot and left dead. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order in our capital restored.”

The declaration of emergency was justified by “unlawful assembly, violence, open threats of violence, disturbance of the peace and tranquility of this state and existing threats to people and property,” said Kemp’s order. This should remain in effect until at least June 13th.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms had called for justice for little Secoriea at an emotional press conference on Sunday. No police officers could be held responsible for their death this time. This is about some people with guns who would have shot a car with an eight-year-old baby – “What for?” Asked Bottoms. “Enough is enough”. In view of the protests against police violence and racism after George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis in late May and the Brooks case, the black mayor also warned of damage to the image of activists. “If you want people to take us seriously and you don’t want us to lose this movement, then we can’t lose each other,” Bottoms warned.

Secoria’s father, Secoriya Williamson, said his daughter only wanted to go home that evening to see her cousins. “They say” Black lives matter “-” Black lives count, “he added. “You killed your own.”

More: The corona crisis drives Americans out of the metropolitan areas. This also moves property prices and changes corporate strategies.


The Governor, under the reform signed package for police

New York, Washington After week-long protests against police brutality, the Governor of the state of New York, Andrew Cuomo has signed, on Friday, the first legislative package of reforms. It looks, among other things, maximum prison sentences of up to 15 years for police officers who violate a stranglehold on people or kill them. In addition to in the future behavior of the files to fail, and disciplinary proceedings of police officers is easier to be visible.

In the United States, around 1000 people die each year in police operations. According to an analysis by Bowling Green State University in Ohio between 2005 and 2018 only in 97 cases, to the arrest of a policeman for murder or manslaughter, and only in 35 cases to a conviction. For years, there are in the United States, therefore, discussions about police violence because they are disproportionately African-American.

US President, Donald Trump defended meanwhile the controversial police method of Würgegriffes in exceptional situations. In a battle of the individual officers with a Suspect, it could sometimes come to this applies a stranglehold. “What are you supposed to do then, let go and say: “Let’s start again, I shall not keep you in a stranglehold?”, Trump said in a Friday broadcast an Interview with the TV channel Fox News.

The President said, however, that he may the bars: “I think it is very good, when you are finished in General.” He wanted to see a “compassionate, but strong” police on U.S. streets. “If you’re soft and weak, you’re at the end, not compassionate,” said Trump. “Hardness is sometimes the most compassionate.” Otherwise, there would be dangerous situations in which people would heavily hurt.

“I think the law-and-order President can prevent it ever comes to a Situation such as that in Seattle,” said Trump. In the big city on the West coast of the USA, demonstrators have set up an “Autonomous Zone” that the police do not have access.

Trump described the protesters in a tweet as “anarchists” and “terrorists” who had taken control of, and threatened that his government could not take measures against, when Governor Jay Inslee and mayor Jenny Durkan acted.

Trump went on with the Interview on the nationwide debate about police violence and racism after the death of the African-American Floyd at the end of may. A white police officer had Floyd on the 25. May pressed his knee almost nine minutes long in the neck as he lay on the ground, despite the repeated requests of the husband, to let him breathe.

The policeman and three of the operation as participating colleagues were dismissed, arrested and charged. The bars, the police are already denounced for years, a full ban will now be discussed.

In many cities in the United States, including in the Federal state and the metropolis of New York, had demonstrated in the past few days, hundreds of thousands of people largely peacefully for an end to racism and for justice in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis lost their lives African-American George Floyd.

More: How to arouse the city, the never-sleeping?


Racism everywhere in the world: Everyone should ask

Demonstration after the death of George Floyd in Berlin

Racism is not a U.S. phenomenon, it takes place also in the German everyday life.

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Düsseldorf Thousands of people bid farewell to carry to the grave with him. The death of the African-American George Floyd, who came with his arrest by the police, brutally killed, sparked in the United States, a protest movement against racial discrimination, as it has since the sixties no longer exist. “Black lives matter” is the message that currently goes to the whole world.

“We need to talk about racism”, and calls US sociologist Robin DiAngelo in her Bestseller, “White Fragility”, which is so far published only in English, but soon also in the German Translation comes out

The racism researcher teaches at the University of Washington in Seattle and is looking for more than 20 years, answers to key questions: What behavior is racist? Where and how is it? How can it be prevented?

After the murder of Floyd, many people joined in the German cities the protests. Since then will be discussed with emphasis: Is not racism in Germany, on the right edge of the society as a limited phenomenon?

Experts disagreed, such as the historian and migration expert Patrice Poutrus, who teaches at the University of Erfurt. In the case of institutions such as the police, but also of the judiciary, he said, prevails also in Germany, a “castle mentality”. It will not be asked whether racism is possible, but not assumed, that it is so.

Robin DiAngelo: We need to talk about racism.
Hoffmann and Campe
224 pages
25 Euro

In Germany, all groups of the population know as the author DiAngelo defined it – that you are awarded in collective properties.

Simple everyday situations are evidence of the: As a dark-skinned family must show the father’s identity card and is angry. A Arabic burly high school student complains that he has to find, despite of good education in the German labour market much longer than his classmates. A family with an immigrant background admits resignedly that she had been expecting to have to do for a very long time to a new apartment search.

No, racism is not a U.S. phenomenon. The DiAngelo gives the readers in the Preface: “In reality, the less racism is spoken, the deeper the behavior is based, that White racism allows for debates to respond,” she writes.

Problematic attitude – even in left circles

Countless times she has this negative attitude, the Denial experienced in many company workshops. The action pattern is defined with a fixed term: White Fragility and white Fragility.

This attitude can be found in the opinion of the author, where one would least expect them: in the case of liberals and the Left. Because that is exactly where the Faith is deeply rooted, you know all about racism, and behave is certainly not so. Will forget that it was a child, internally formalized pattern of behavior. Who deny but racist behaviour, make it talk impossible for the Affected people about their experiences – they are again Victims.

The value of DiAngelos book lies in its reader to Think, to allow yourself to question and feedback on subconsciously racist behavior. Even the author admits: “It is a life-long, difficult process to bring my stated values and my Actions in line.”

More: Tens of thousands protest worldwide against racism