I allow myself to believe in a miracle or rather in the force of reason that urges Russia and the US to end the war in Ukraine. But for those who do not believe in political reason, let me add that elementary interests are at play. Vladimir Putin must have realized that he can no longer win his war against the „Ukrainian brothers“, because contrary to what he thought at the beginning, the Ukrainians have by now turned into Russia’s bitter enemies though once they were among its best friends. Will peace come to Ukraine during the G 20 summit in November?￼ weiterlesen
Warmongering – the Problem of Guilt
Up to now, there are few who dared to express an obvious suspicion, namely that the United States may have carried out the act of sabotage against the Northstream pipelines. Warmongering – the Problem of Guilt weiterlesen
Sabotage, reasons of state, and the ordinary citizen
Nordstream 1 and 2 were rendered unusable for years on two consecutive days with the help of powerful explosive devices. According to a usually well-informed expert from CCTV-4 (the Chinese state television), the force released on this occasion was equivalent to at least two tons of TNT. The explosion was so powerful that it caused seismographs in Denmark and Sweden to tremble. Sabotage, reasons of state, and the ordinary citizen weiterlesen
Europe on Probation
The war was prepared long in advance. At the latest since 2005, when Vladimir Putin described the disintegration of the Soviet Union as the „greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century,“ he was anxious to reverse what he saw as a disastrous development. Europe on Probation weiterlesen
Peter Michael Lingens – Why this juggling with facts?
To prevent any misunderstandings: I admire the former editor-in-chief of Austria’s “Profil” and current contributor to “Der Falter” for the lucidity of his style, his straightforwardness, his political intuition and, yes, for his sense of justice. Moreover, I hope not being inclined to quarrel over each dot on top of an ideological „i“ to the point of utter disagreement – a tendency so widespread among left-wing thinkers. Peter Michael Lingens – Why this juggling with facts? weiterlesen
Garry Kasparov – the honest dissident
Along with murdered dissident and former Russian deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov and Alexei Navalny, now presumably locked away for life, Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion, is one of the most influential members of the Russian opposition against Vladimir Putin. Garry Kasparov – the honest dissident weiterlesen
Some rather aberrant reflections about schoolyards, wars, NATO, Russia, and China
Not only scientists, but all people are constantly searching for causes to explain the course of their own lives and that of the world in general. This need becomes particularly strong when death and life are at stake. War makes each of us an explorer of primary causes. Some rather aberrant reflections about schoolyards, wars, NATO, Russia, and China weiterlesen
Volodymyr Zelensky: The dismantling of a Hero￼
Public opinion – it is a bloodthirsty beast. It purrs and cajoles when a hero is born, it mercilessly rips him apart as soon as he stumbles or even begins to fall. The Ukrainian comedian was a nonexistent entity before he assumed his country’s presidency; he was a shining light to the West and beyond as he stood up to injustice on behalf of an invaded nation.Volodymyr Zelensky: The dismantling of a Hero￼ weiterlesen
Europe – Island of Pacifism?
This question is no longer discussed only behind closed doors. CDU politician and former environment minister Norbert Röttgen made the following statement in an interview with Der Spiegel:
SPIEGEL: You write in your book that for Europe it is a matter of „to be or not to be.“ A bit pathetic, isn’t it? Röttgen: No, it’s the naked truth. We have outsourced energy to Russia, the growth markets to China, security comes from the USA. At the same time, climate change and migration pose enormous challenges. Europe – Island of Pacifism? weiterlesen
Rights and Duties – Lessons from War
Between the two poles of rights and duties – the demands of the individual on society and, conversely, the demands of society on the individual – history has moved since human communities exist. Rights and Duties – Lessons from War weiterlesen
Brave, Poor Europe!
Abbreviated version of a chapter from my new book, „The Predictable Collapse of Techno-Civilization,“ published in English translation on Amazon. Brave, Poor Europe! weiterlesen
Wrong: Checkmate! Ukraine will capitulate and Europe is brought to its knees
Self-correction two days after publication. The demand for payment in rubles could have led to a halt in gas supplies and the destructive economic and social effects mentioned below. However, Putin left himself a loophole (see footnote *0* below). Nevertheless, I am not deleting the article because it shows Europe’s fatal dependence on foreign resources and its possible consequences.Wrong: Checkmate! Ukraine will capitulate and Europe is brought to its knees weiterlesen