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WORLD MATTERS: Germany’s next vice chancellor – an Asian Christian in liberalism's 'post-secular' era

WORLD MATTERS: Germany’s next vice chancellor – an Asian Christian in liberalism's 'post-secular' era

By Uwe Siemon-Netto Germany’s next vice chancellor will most likely be a young man who does not fit the stereotype of a German. Philipp Rösler, 38, looks Asian because he is a native Vietnamese, and he has a wonderful sense of humor utterly devoid of the political correctness that is currently stifling the country’s cultural […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Tsunami-inspired, angst-driven landslide in Germany

FAITH MATTERS: Tsunami-inspired, angst-driven landslide in Germany

By Uwe Siemon-Netto “Angst is a bad counselor,” a German axiom says. Angst has just caused a landslide in the most prosperous state of Europe’s richest nation. Angst fed by the nuclear disaster 5,900 miles away in Japan has ended the Christian Democrats’ 58-year rule in Baden-Württemberg, home of industrial giants such as Daimler-Benz, the […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Ashamed by Germany’s cowardice

WORLD MATTERS: Ashamed by Germany’s cowardice

By Uwe Siemon-Netto This column calls for an elucidation: I am German, and I am ashamed by the cowardly foreign policy of the government I had voted for. My country’s abstention in the United Nations Security Council’s vote to enforce a no-flight zone over Libya and her refusal to participate in NATO’s military operations are […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Muslim migration in Europe, an opportunity for the Church

FAITH MATTERS: Muslim migration in Europe, an opportunity for the Church

By Uwe Siemon-Netto Olive Films Sibel Kekilli plays a woman who bucks tradition in “When We Leave.” / Olive Films        Second of two parts. [Part one:  Are Christians to blame for Muslim hate?]   Occasionally when I am in Paris I chance upon taxis driven by women of dark complexion. They often […]

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Totalitarian consensus: Downgrading humanity from slaves to animals and then . . . oblivion

Totalitarian consensus: Downgrading humanity from slaves to animals and then . . . oblivion

By Lev Navrozov Among infinitely many kinds of living organisms, from microbes to African and Asian elephants, humans are unique. Thus the outside world is reflected through their eyes in their brains, and humans can describe what they saw in the languages of their tribes or nations. No wonder humans have been creating more and […]

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Crises, yes – but which is the one?

Crises, yes – but which is the one?

By Sol W. Sanders Clichés come in at least two varieties: those sayings artfully worded, however empty of logic. Others trotted out because they do represent universal truths, vetted over centuries. One of the latter: “history does not travel in a straight line”. Afterward, reinforced with additional retrieved facts and by fads, we concoct a […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Tariq Ramadan, point man of the Caliphate

FAITH MATTERS: Tariq Ramadan, point man of the Caliphate

By Uwe Siemon-Netto  Martin Luther considered the rise of Islam a sign of the impending apocalypse and God’s ferule for the backs of a wayward church. He was by no means the first great theologian to believe this. St. John of Damascus (676-749 A.D.) and the medieval mystic Joachim of Fiore (1135-1202 A.D.) viewed Islam […]

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A German U-boat captain who disobeyed orders, rescued enemy sailors

By Uwe Siemon-Netto  In Café Mozart, a cozy German restaurant in downtown Washington DC, Robert Morrison unwraps one of the most treasured items he had inherited from his father, Leslie, who died in 1998. It is a bronze plaque showing the stylized outline of a U-boat. “German prisoners of war gave this to Pop when […]

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A beautiful mourning in Hamburg

A beautiful mourning in Hamburg

Religion Mourning Germany Journalism World War II Gratitude

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Potsdam-Honolulu-Bordeaux: A musical arc

By Uwe Siemon-Netto  Some Anglo-Saxon linguists claim that there is something oddly Germanic about certain Hawaiian words. The consonant “w” is often pronounced like a “v”. According to George Kanahele, author of “Hawaiian Music and Musicians,” this seems to be the “fault” of one Heinrich August Wilhelm Berger (1844-1929) who taught folks in Honolulu to […]