Race for the Reichstag

first_imgThe poster says it all. The symbol is the word ‘capital’ being crushed inside a hammer. The slogan: ‘We’ll win the final battle.’ The combination of red and black and large, vibrant lettering is the sign of a campaign that means business. Pictured are black 60s icons from Jimi Hendrix to Malcolm X. There’s a photo of Che Guevara, and another one of Lenin. In one shot, Marx, Engels and Lenin stand proudly, under the slogan: ‘Everyone’s talking about the weather. We’re not.’ The final man pictured is Rudi Dutschke, the voice of the German Left, whose death in 1979, eleven years after surviving an assassination attempt, made him into the martyr of the political revolutionaries.The selection of symbols on the poster advertising this May’s ‘1968 Congress’ is one usually associated with the past — a failed attempt at a revolution. But 40 years after the events of 1968, in Europe’s home of student activism, Germany, the Left are trying to rekindle the spirit. Die Linke (‘The Left’), Germany’s eight-month-old hardline socialist party (they’re closet communists, in reality), has already won seats in four state parliaments in western Germany, as well as occupying 8% of  the federal parliament in Berlin.And the student wing is all the rage. Covering almost every inch of free placard space inside the University of Frankfurt are the slips of paper advertising the conference in Berlin, which aims to bring the ramifications of 1968 into the limelight. At the time of writing, 48 speakers were confirmed, from Marxist academics to contemporary historians. The spirit of 1968 is on its way back.It was the year that saw a new left-wing politics come to Europe. The global ‘liberation’ movement — ranging from the black civil rights campaign in the US to the protests against the Vietnam War — coincided with an uprising in Czechoslovakia in favour of liberalisation, a student revolt in France that led to the fall of Charles de Gaulle’s government and a general shift in cultural values. Few places were influenced more than Germany, where the term ‘‘68er’ is used to define an entire generation captured by the political and social transition.Jan Schalauske, a student activist who ran for Die Linke in January’s state elections in Hesse, says the 1968 movement in Germany was down to the establishment’s inability to break with its fascist past, plus a capitalist society that, in truth, limited individual freedom. ‘Many people who played a role in the Nazi regime were placed in important positions in the Federal Republic,’ he says. ‘And, with the economic miracle, post-war reconstruction and a heavily regulated society, people hardly had any room to move and develop their own personality.’The result of this was an uprising that most British student unions would die for. But the consequences of 1968 were played out more than just in the debating chamber. The anti-capitalist terrorist movement that started in that year and died out finally in the 1990s dominates perceptions of the generation, and still plagues the German Left. Die Linke is under permanent surveillance by the state, thanks to a law protecting the constitution that places any political groups considered extremist as a potential threat to democracy. It all started in April 1968, when a pair of left-wing extremists set fire to two department stores in Frankfurt. In the 30-year history of Germany’s far-left extremist wing that followed, groups kidnapped and killed an employers’ union head, worked with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) to hijack a Lufthansa plane, and, in the notorious operation of 1976, hijacked an Air France flight from Tel Aviv and redirected it to Uganda. Here they singled out 105 Israelis and French Jews on board, who they threatened to kill. And when the Palestinian organisation Black September murdered eleven Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics of 1972, Ulrike Meinhof co-authored a document praising the act.The German Left, therefore, has a difficult history to grapple with if it’s going to regain recognition. But insanely, it seems to be doing little grappling. Die Linke has no formal manifesto — just ‘a few open questions’, according to Schalauske — so they have little policy of substance to counteract anything other than what the faction is already associated with. Schalauske, who is helping run the 1968 congress in May, admits that the terror campaign was wrong but finds it ‘wrong to limit 1968 to a discussion of terrorism’.It’s perhaps no wonder that Die Linke, despite its electoral success, is finding it difficult getting accepted by the political establishment. The Social Democrat Party would easily form a ruling majority if it accepted a coalition with the far-left party, but refuses to do this and it seems would rather stay in opposition. But the Social Democrats are split over their views of Die Linke. Klaus Wowereit, the Mayor of Berlin, considered a future candidate for Chancellor, has already formed a coalition with Die Linke in the city, and, according to leading pollster Professor Klaus Kocks, such a coalition on a national level would get Wowereit into power in the Bundestag at the next election. The question is whether they want to put power ahead of a potential shift to the left, and whether the move would put off Social Democrat voters. Die Linke’s members claim to be nothing more than social democrats themselves, but everything about it — the communist credentials of its leader, Lothar Bisky, Marxist intellectual Alex Callinicos’ praise of it as a ‘profound challenge to social democracy’, the pictures of Marx and Stalin on the posters — suggests otherwise.Nevertheless, the Left looks likely only to increase its popularity. A poll last week put it as the top party in eastern Germany, ahead of the mainstream Christian Democrats and Social Democrats. The West, on the other hand, is a very different place from the country it was 30 years ago in the aftermath of the economic miracle. The economy has still not recovered from reunification. Social cohesion is abysmal, Turks live in fear of racially aggravated violence, recognisable Jews can’t safely walk in parts of many cities without danger of attack, and Germany is now one of Europe’s biggest Al-Qaeda hotbeds. Voters are turning to the extremes, with the far-right neo-Nazis and Republicans, as well as the far-left Party for Social Equality, also active. Complete realisation of the ideals that defined 1968 might be beyond reach, but the German Left of that era is still alive, and their goal may be more attainable than some people think.by Joshua Freedmanlast_img read more

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Ocean City Restaurants Launch Social Media Push

first_imgThe Ocean City Restaurant Association is ready to get the word out that members are open for business through the winter, and they’re turning, in part, to Facebook.The group of restaurant owners are encouraging people to “like” their page to keep up on news about local restaurants — including a list of members “that are OPEN this time of year.”__________Visit Eat in OCNJ on Facebook.__________A gift card giveaway on Monday was designed to push the page over the threshold of 1,000 followers, and it appeared to do so within just a few hours.New OCRA members like Lauren Sacco of Frankie’s by the Bay and Victoria Mamo of Vittorio’s Italian Restaurant are reportedly helping with the Facebook push.“Like” the Facebook page to follow Ocean City restaurant news throughout the entire year.last_img read more

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Flour Power City Bakery launches café

first_imgFlour Power City Bakery is launching its first bakery café in the new year, British Baker can reveal.The Lewisham-based bakery business will be opening the new outlet on 1 January 2013 on Monson Road in Tunbridge Wells, which will become the company’s pilot bakery shop.As a result of the move, Flour Power City has hired three new members of staff for the café and will be taking on a professional barista in 2013 to serve a selection of organic coffees alongside the company’s bakery goods.Lisa Brook, managing director of Flour Power City Bakery, told British Baker: “When I took over the business a couple of years ago, I inherited three shops, two of which we decided to close. However, the site in Tunbridge Wells I felt had potential and, come August, the franchisees who were running the shop decided not to run it any more.“So I could have closed it down and pay the lease off. However, after meeting Mary Portas earlier on in the year at the Pro-retail show, hosted by independent national wholesaler Palmer & Harvey, I took a look at the shop and thought I would have a go at it.”She added that the shop will receive around £10,000-worth of investment, which includes the refurbishment of the site and equipment.“My vision has always been to have Flour Power cafés, but it’s all about regeneration rather than leaving another empty shop on the high street and employing people, and it’s something that I know we can make work.”Flour Power City Bakery currently employs 45 members of staff and produces approximately 70,000 handmade bakery products each week. It supplies its range of organic breads and to such customers as Leon Restaurants.last_img read more

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Sheryl Lee Ralph & Kara Lindsay Start Performances in Wicked

first_img from $95.00 Sheryl Lee Ralph & Kara Lindsay(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments Related Showscenter_img Wicked They’ll be spending more than one short day in the land of Oz! Dreamgirls Tony nominee Sheryl Lee Ralph and previous Glinda (and Broadway.com vlogging fave) Kara Lindsay begin performances in Wicked on November 1 as Madame Morrible and Glinda, respectively. Ralph steps in for Judy Kaye, while Lindsay returns to the bubble following Carrie St. Louis; Kaye and St. Louis exited the popular tuner on October 30, the production’s lucky 13th anniversary.Ralph earned a Tony nomination for her performance as Deena in the original production of Dreamgirls. She made her Broadway debut in Reggae and last appeared as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002. On the small screen, she’s known for playing Dee Mitchell in Moesha, as well as performances in Ray Donovan, It’s a Living and Instant Mom.Lindsay first rode Glinda’s bubble on tour before assuming the role on Broadway in December 2014. She appeared in the original cast of Broadway’s Newsies as Katharine and took home a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award alongside her co-star Jeremy Jordan. Earlier this year, Lindsay took on the title role in Mary Poppins at North Carolina Theatre.The current cast of Wicked also includes Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba, Michael Campayno as Fiyero, Peter Scolari as the Wizard, Michael Genet as Doctor Dillamond, Zachary Noah Piser as Boq and Dawn E. Cantwell as Nessarose.last_img read more

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Costa Rica Urges Nicaragua to Reconsider Border Dispute

first_imgBy Dialogo December 18, 2012 Costa Rica hopes that Nicaragua will “reconsider” the inconvenience of maintaining personnel in a territory disputed at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), to restore a harmonious relationship at their common border, Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Affairs Enrique Castillo stated on December 14. “We keep the faith that Nicaragua will reconsider and understand how inconvenient it is to keep personnel in a prohibited area belonging to Costa Rica, and defying the ICJ order; it is a dagger stabbed in the heart of the Costa Rican people,” said Castillo in a statement. On December 14, the minister inaugurated the Costa Rican diplomatic headquarters in Managua, which represents “a message of Costa Rica’s presence to defend its interests,” he said. “Nicaragua has deliberately offended us, and we do not even understand the reasons,” Castillo added, while insisting that Nicaraguan authorities must clear the border area that generated the dispute being settled at the ICJ. On December 13, Castillo traveled to Managua to participate in a Central American summit representing President Laura Chinchilla, who declined to attend due to the referendum. Since October 2010, both nations have been involved in a dispute over a small territory in the eastern sector of its common frontier, called Isla Calero or Isla Portillo, which was “invaded” by Nicaragua according to San Jose’s authorities. President Daniel Ortega’s government rejects that view, and assures that the area is Nicaraguan territory. The issue is being raised in the ICJ at The Hague; however, the process is very long and could take several years before the Court issues a ruling. The bilateral conflict became heated after Costa Rica decided to build a road parallel to the San Juan River, of Nicaraguan sovereignty, which demarcates the border. According to Managua, the works caused environmental damages to the basin, which caused the Central American Court to penalize Costa Rica, the jurisdiction of which is unknown to San Jose.last_img read more

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Relationship problems, not family rejection, leading cause of higher gay suicides

first_imgLifeSiteNews 30 May 2014While many assume that family rejection is the leading cause of depression among LBGTI individuals, a new study has found that in fact the problem appears to stem predominantly from the higher incidence of relationship problems among homosexuals.Dr. Delaney Skerrett led a team of researchers from the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) in studying suicides in Queensland. He found that a leading cause of suicide among “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex” (LGBTI) people is stress from their romantic partners.“We tend to assume that the psychological distress LGBTI people are often going through is due to family rejection. But it seems that’s not so much the case. The conflict seems to be largely related to relationship problems, with partners,” Dr. Skerrett said.In fact, he said, “The numbers are telling us there’s a general acceptance at the family level,” something he said is “great” and “really heartening!”Instead, the study, which was published on April 2 in Asia Pacific Psychiatry, found that “LGBT individuals experienced relationship problems more often” than heterosexuals, “with relationship conflict also being more frequent than in non‐LGBT cases.”That confirms previous studies finding that homosexuals also face higher rates of intimate partner violence than heterosexuals. A 2007 study in the Journal of Urban Health, which is published by the New York Academy of Medicine, found that 32 percent of homosexuals have been abused by at least one partner during their lifetime.The researchers with AISRAP also found that a higher percentage of homosexuals took their lives of despondency, rather than other psychological illnesses. While one-eighth of all Queensland suicide victims had been diagnosed with a psychosis that impaired their judgment, Skerrett reports “there were no such diagnoses among LGBT individuals.” The conclusion adds to the consensus that depression disproportionately besets active homosexuals.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/homosexuals-more-likely-to-commit-suicide-due-to-problems-with-gay-lovers-tlast_img read more

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Over 138 kilos of garbage collected

first_imgThrough “Limpyo Iloilo”, Gov. ArthurDefensor Jr. wanted the province to have a “clean province identity.” The garbage collected from SantaBarbara to Cabatuan included cigarette butts, food wrappers, food takeoutcontainers, bottle caps, plastic bags, and bottles, among others.  According to Mitzi Peñaflorida, seniorenvironmental management specialist of the Provincial Environment and NaturalResources Office (PENRO), the gatherers included provincial governmentemployees, representatives from national government agencies, students, andvolunteer groups. But the total number of gathered trashwas likely higher. The province’s 42 towns and the component city of Passi alsoconducted simultaneous cleanup activities during the “Limpyo” launching. The PENRO spearheads this campaignwhich will be done every third Saturday of each month in line with ProvincialOrdinance No. 2018-184, Series of 2019 (“An ordinance requiring all localgovernment units in coastal areas of the province of Iloilo to conduct a community-basedcoastal clean-up activity once a month”)./PN The residual wastes were disposed atIloilo City’s dumpsite in Barangay Calajunan, Mandurriao district while thosemade of plastic were turned over to a civic foundation which has a projectrecycling plastic waste into plastic chairs, said Peñaflorida.center_img This campaign emphasizes solid wastemanagement to reduce littering, throwing and illegal dumping of wastes alongplazas, waterways and other public places. Photo by Ian Paul Cordero/PN ILOILO – Twenty-one bags of trash witha total equivalent weight of 138 kilograms were collected during the recentprovince-wide launching of the provincial government’s “Limpyo Iloilo” cleanupcampaign. The garbage was gathered from 10.2kilometers of road network – from Barangay Cabugao Sur, Santa Barbara town tothe Iloilo Airport and up to Barangay Tabucan, Cabatuan.last_img read more

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SPI set to host season championship races

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa – Simmons Promotions of Farley, Iowa is set to host season championship racing events at the three Eastern Iowa speedways under the direction of the SPI promotions group.All three tracks will host special events on championship night, which will include twin 25-lap fea­tures in the IMCA Late Model division. IMCA points will only be given for the first of those races each evening.Friday, Aug. 26 will be championship night at Farley Speedway, which will also include Kids’ Back To School Night. Champions will be crowned in all classes at the 3/8-mile dirt track. Farley Speed­way will see action with hot laps at 7 pm, racing will follow.On Saturday night, action will shift to the ½-mile West Liberty Raceway located on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds in West Liberty, Iowa. Again, two 25 lap events will be held in the IMCA Late Models and champions will be crowned in all classes. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with the first race scheduled for 7 p.m.Sunday night the Dubuque Speedway will crown the 2016 champions and also feature twin 25 lap IMCA Late Model features. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.For more information, log onto the official SPI website at www.simmonspromotionsinc.com.last_img read more

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It’s a trifecta weekend for PASS

first_imgLOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Pennsylvania Sprint Series teams have one of their most demanding week­ends Aug. 23-25 with three races scheduled across Central Pennsylvania. On Sunday, PASS is at BAPS for the Justin Snyder Salute to the Troops night. It’s also HTMA night with the hard charger picking up a right rear tire from Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic. Port Royal’s will be the sixth PASS event at Port Royal this year, with one rainout, and the last before the Keystone RaceSaver Challenge on Oct. 12. PASS veterans claimed the first three fea­tures with Ken Duke Jr. taking two and Nick Sweigart the other, but since then, youth has pre­vailed. Devin Adams claimed the June 8 feature just after graduating from high school, and Gar­rett Bard won on July 20 in just his fourth outing in the division and first at the Port.  Port Royal has averaged the largest car turnout of all PASS tracks this year, so Saturday’s show should be memorable.  This also will be the sixth PASS event of the season at BAPS, also with one rainout, and defend­ing series champion Zach Newlin is the only repeat winner. Single wins have been claimed by Cale Reigle, John Walp and Sweigart. On Friday night, PASS/IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers join their Laurel Highlands Sprint Se­ries colleagues for a co-sanctioned event at Clinton County Motor Speedway. Then they head to two of their home tracks, racing Saturday at Port Royal Speedway and Sunday at BAPS Motor Speedway. Strong car turnouts also have been the norm at BAPS, with “B” qualifiers required for all but one of the previous events.last_img read more

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