Uwe Siemon-Netto

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WORLD MATTERS: U.S. conservatives poorly served by the Fox News media culture

WORLD MATTERS: U.S. conservatives poorly served by the Fox News media culture

By Uwe Siemon-Netto A nauseating remark by Donald Trump on Fox News about Germany this week made me wonder if today’s American and European conservatives are living on the same planet – assuming for the sake of an argument that this network is the authentic voice of conservatives in the U.S.A. Discussing the Euro crisis […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Easter, Santorum and the spread of fatal, self-centered thinking in the West

FAITH MATTERS: Easter, Santorum and the spread of fatal, self-centered thinking in the West

By Uwe Siemon-Netto As Christianity is set to celebrate its highest feast in the church year, a Christian from overseas may be forgiven for asking his American coreligionists two troubling questions concerning the faltering campaign of Sen. Rick Santorum and the trivialization of life-and-death concerns in the current electoral season of the western world’s most […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Santorum, style, and a plea to keep talking about Satan, 'Father of Lies'

FAITH MATTERS: Santorum, style, and a plea to keep talking about Satan, 'Father of Lies'

By Uwe Siemon-Netto On the eve of the Republican primaries in Michigan and Arizona I would like to direct an urgent appeal to Sen. Rick Santorum: “Please keep talking about Satan; somebody’s got to do it!” This is not meant facetiously. Even though I am neither a U.S. citizen nor a Roman Catholic I am […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Proud, for once, to be a German

WORLD MATTERS: Proud, for once, to be a German

By Uwe Siemon-Netto It’s been more than two years since my last visit to Germany, my native land. This time I traveled home at the height of the Eurozone crisis. I returned to California just before Christmas filled with pride in my compatriots. Don’t get me wrong. I am not particularly proud of the fact […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Will Saddam’s WMD be discovered in Syria when Assad falls?

By Uwe Siemon-Netto Ten years after 9/11, one captivating thought keeps crossing my mind: When the Assad tyranny in Syria finally collapses, will George W. Bush be vindicated? Will evidence be found that Saddam Hussein did actually possess mobile bio-weapons labs, and had them driven across the border ahead of allied forces advancing on Baghdad? […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Born 150 years ago: Robert Bosch, global entrepreneur

 By Uwe Siemon-Netto   One hundred and fifty years ago, on Sept. 23, 1861, the visionary industrialist Robert Bosch was born in a village near Ulm in Germany. He became a global entrepreneur whose name is ubiquitous in the auto industry to this very day. And 125 years ago, he founded Robert Bosch GmbH, the […]

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FAITH MATTERS: The Berlin Wall and the laughing God

FAITH MATTERS: The Berlin Wall and the laughing God

By Uwe Siemon-Netto Perhaps the most compelling aspect of the Berlin Wall story, which I covered for the Associated Press 50 years ago, is its spiritual dimension.  I did not realize this then, on Aug. 13, 1961, when the East Germans began building this monstrous structure to stop the mass exodus of its citizens to […]

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WORLD MATTERS: I was there when they built the Wall

WORLD MATTERS: I was there when they built the Wall

By Uwe Siemon-Netto Early Sunday morning the telephone rang in my Frankfurt apartment. “Off to the airport,” my managing editor instructed me. Drowsily I asked, “To Leopoldville?” For weeks I had been waiting for my marching orders to the former Belgian Congo to cover its civil war for the Associated Press. “No,” said “Schmitti,” my […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Drawdown in Afghanistan – will populism again trump victory?

WORLD MATTERS: Drawdown in Afghanistan – will populism again trump victory?

By Uwe Siemon-Netto President Barack Obama’s decision to set a timeline for the withdrawal of 33,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan against the advice of his generals begs the question: Will populist reflexes inevitably prevent democracies from winning wars of long duration? One of democracy’s most determined antagonists came to this conclusion 60 years ago. North […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Homobonide twaddle, the cause of Robert Gates’ frustration

WORLD MATTERS: Homobonide twaddle, the cause of Robert Gates’ frustration

By Uwe Siemon-Netto Who is to blame for Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ frustration with NATO? In one word: Homobonides. You don’t know what Homobonides are? Not to worry. I have just made up this term, translating the sardonic German expression, Gutmenschen, into English with a little help from Latin. So what are Gutmenschen? Not really […]

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