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Thank God – Blasphemy Law Throughout the World

Thank God, the Dutch parliament wants to ban the Blasphemy clause from its legal books. After all, nobody has been sentenced here for Blasphemy since 1968. That makes the law completely irrelevant, doesn’t it?  Actually, in quite a number of countries blasphemy, that is, remarks or actions considered to be contemptuous of God, is considered an offence. There are 32 ... Read More »

The Ost-Hippies of the DDR

Flower Power, peace signs and thousands of young people listening to music while sitting in the mud and smoking weed. For many of us, the Woodstock festival of 1969 is a key example of our current perception of hippies. What is often forgotten though, is the generation of flower children at the other side of the Iron Curtain. Yet, these ... Read More »

Forced sterilization: Transgender reality in Europe

In Sweden an attempt to reform a law prescribing forced sterilization in case of a gender update on ID cards failed earlier this year. There is a happy and excited atmosphere in Südblock, a casual bar in Kreuzberg, Berlin. The reason is the celebration of the long night against discrimination. The queer/ trans-scene has gathered to celebrate. While the party ... Read More »

The Axe-Effect

Meet Ramil Sahib oglu Safarov. After being sentenced to a lifelong imprisonment and having been incarcerated for several years in a Hungarian prison, Safarov was extradited to Azerbaijan a few weeks ago, where he was greeted as a hero and immediately pardoned. The result? An angry mob in Armenia’s capital Yerevan, burning Hungarian flags and bombarding the Hungarian consulate with ... Read More »

No Payday for Madgermanes

East and West Germany reunited only three months before I was born. That makes my generation the first generation that is still alive that never knew Germany as being separated. As a member of that generation, I’m always surprised when I realise once again how little I know about that “other” Germany, the German Democratic Republic, although it existed for ... Read More »

600 Km For a Better Life

“In my country they kill you with guns, in this country they kill you with detentation centers“, says Omid, a 28 year old political activist from Iran who is demanding asylum in Germany. Omid is part of a group of asylum seekers who arrived from Würzbug (Bavaria) in Berlin last Friday, after a 600km food walk through the whole country.  ... Read More »

Teddies for Democracy

In 20 years or so Kolja Lukashenko might succeed his father in leading one of the greatest countries in the world. At least, that is his father’s plan. Little Kolja seems to like the idea, too. He has an abnormally big ego for a seven year old. Unfortunately, Belarus is not that great of a country to live in. 41.5 ... Read More »

Maffia Government

Two weeks ago, a video of former Ukrainian prime-minister Yulia Tymoshenko was aired by her lawyer  and went viral. In the video Tymoshenko called upon the Ukrainian people not to vote on the ‘Maffia Government’ led by ‘criminal’ current president Yanukovych.  Tymoshenko was jailed after being found guilty for criminally abusing her office while in power over natural gas import ... Read More »

France and Homosexuality : Changing Ideas Under Hollande?

For years and years nothing has changed for the gay community in France. Until the day of today, French lesbians and gays cannot marry nor can they adopt children. It seems quite contradictory that the modern and well-developed state of France is lacking behind on this subject. A quick comparison with other EU states shows that both Northern European countries; ... Read More »