by Ryan Merkley, August 1, 2017 https://creativecommons.org/2017/08/01/bassel/ [see also our previous post http://positivists.org/blog/archives/5296] We are deeply saddened and completely outraged to learn today that our friend and colleague Bassel... Read More | Share it now!
The Regressive Left and its Own Brand of Racism | a brief provocation
The regressive left accuses the progressive left of being Islamophobic, racist and Eurocentric, to be culturally imperialistic and to have rejected multiculturalism out of purely elitist snobbishness. Objectively cultures may also just compete,... Read More | Share it now!
Yanis Varoufakis’ #DiEM25 – The European Union will be democratised. Or it will disintegrate!
“DiEM25 – The European Union will be democratised. Or it will disintegrate!” Nine pages of a classical manifesto in the tradition of André Breton’s memorable Surrealist Manifestos signed by by the DiEM25 movement. The letters are... Read More | Share it now!
Is Germany just really good at preventing terrorist attacks or do Islamic terrorists just not choose to attack them?
Quora, and I have once again no clue whether it makes sense to give all the answers anyone could give. Perhaps in order to state that even Islamic terrorism might not be completely irrational, a simple dehumanization, the result of the Quran now taken... Read More | Share it now!
Fighting terrorism – we are making friends again
These are the present calls to register for the German Army and to get involved in the “global war on terrorism” — pictures taken at Gotha’s train station, 2015. “You will not extinguish the fires of the world with... Read More | Share it now!
#MissingBassel – time to make your first Wikidata edits
We fear for the life of our fellow Wikipedian, Bassel Khartabil. Amnesty International has it that he is likely sentenced to death, his bed in prison is no longer his. What can we do when a fellow Wikipedian is in mortal peril? We can either wave our... Read More | Share it now!
Why I am already fed up with #Praying4Paris
All this #Praying4Paris is already getting on my nerves (just as the atheist counter memes, that we’d all be happier in a world without religious fanatics). What we are watching here is a massive production of wool that is immediately creeping into... Read More | Share it now!
On the West’s Legal Battles with Russia and on Pre-emptive Strikes from a Japanese Perspective
Milos Rancic’s article about the NATO bombings of Yugoslavia in 1999 and subsequent developments in international affairs have inspired the present author to draft this. It may be too pedantic to begin with the following. There was no UN... Read More | Share it now!
A brief introduction into the Yugoslav Wars responsibilities
During the last year or so, from time to time I was thinking about the bombing of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999 and nearby events in comparison to the other US-led interventions of the 21st century. It was likely the stories of the Middle... Read More | Share it now!
On the way to vote – election day
The deadline for the fifth topic “On the way to vote – election day” is Sunday 25 May at midnight CET. For this theme you are invited to send in from one up to five photos. The jury winner of the best photo(s) will be announced on Friday... Read More | Share it now!
My Political bet on the The Crimean Referendum: A win/win situation
With the Crimean Referendum to be held tomorrow this might be the day for a second political bet on this site. There is a beautiful Wikepdia article on it. Where I stand? – geographically here. Our village was surrounded by borders, they have... Read More | Share it now!
Like – Comment – Share
I do not remember for how long we had been avid readers of the newspapers. Of course, we would discuss them (more or less openly), yet basically most of us had been nothing but recipients for centuries. 17th- and 18th-century papers had been fed with... Read More | Share it now!
Among the Pictures of this Year: Chinese Eco Positivism, 2013
Probably our picture of the year: Chinese eco-positivism: Beijing, January 23, 2013, An LED screen shows the blue sky on the Tiananmen Square at dangerous levels of air pollution. Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images and they have variants as the truth is... Read More | Share it now!
Test an atomic detonation online
This strange website reminds me of the late 1970s and early 1980s. I was a pupil back then and could spend afternoons at a local lake near Munich, close my eyes and almost sense the imminent blast. What would happen? How many would die in an instant?... Read More | Share it now!
My bet against it: No Kurdish state in the next 4 years
What a task to bet against you, Mustafa! – especially since I love the idea of small states (as long as they are ready to enjoy a relative position in something larger like the EU) (I would actually invite all the world to become EU-States). As to... Read More | Share it now!
I bet: We will see a Kurdish state created in Iraq before the end of 2016
Let me (with that look at Istanbul, “the future capital of the Positivist Empire” and the fragmentation Michel discussed) – risk a bet, seriously: I contend that within the next three or four years we will see the emergence of an... Read More | Share it now!