*in Germany in these days the major topic is of course the refugee crisis & there have been quite a few interesting articles from different points of view
- the left politician Gregor Gysi explained that there have always been migration periods and that this is a good thing, because as of now more Germans die every year than are born and without immigration the German people will die out.
- the right author Thilo Sarazin wants to catch every refugee boat which tries to get to Europe, bring the refugees back to where they came from and destroy the boat, also he wants to refuse asylum to anyone from the Balkans. - I have to clarify that I absolute do not share his opinion, I think it's outrageous, but you have to know what your enemies think.
- one article correctly explained that the key to a unified Europe are its open borders, if we close the borders (as happened between Austria and Germany) Europe WILL fail.
- we have to realize that if refugees left everything behind (their home, their house, their job, even their family) and risked their lives getting to Germany than there is never, never a reason to doubt wether they had a good enough reason to leave their country.
- Switzerland accepted 37% refugees from Serbia and 40% from Kosovo, Finland accepted 43% from Kosovo and Germany accepted less than 1% from these countries. - Now I understand that of course the total number of refugees arriving in Germany is a lot bigger than in Switzerland and Finland but still the difference between 40% and 1% is significant.
- in Germany a refugee from Syria will almost always get asylum, while a refugee from Kosovo will almost never get asylum, because they say in Syria there's a "real" war, while in Kosovo people are "only" abused by their governement and endangered by gangs. so now being Syrian is worth A LOT, people buy illegal Syrian passports because suddenly everyone wants to be Syrian. - Remember, that Syria is the country where your only two choices are a ruthless dictator and the islamist terrorists. This is crazy!
*also, there was an excellent article about hate
- nowadays there's a lot of hate in the German society (both from right and from left), people even started yelling anti-Semitic slogans - i was so shocked that this is still a thing here!
- the article stated that hate shows a very specific behavioural pattern in the brain which is different from anger & fear but similar to love. they both have their origin in the same brain region (the putamen & the insular lobe). also they both live from loyality. hate is connected to anger like love is connected to lust: anger and lust can't be postponed but hate and love are patient.
- people who hate are driven by something which is stronger than their desire to live peacefully: vulnerability.
- the article ends by declaring: you have to take your feelings seriously but you also have to realize that they tell more about you than about the world you live in.
*in Benin (in West-Africa) children are sold for 70€, for a piece of cothing or for a bottle of Schnaps.
*a guy who lives in Dyarbakir (in South-East-Turkey) says: in this area there are three powers: the governemnt, the guerilla and the islamists. one of them will take your son away one day, after you put so much effort into raising him. this bloodshed has to stop!
*why is it that revolutions are so often followed by terror? after the French revolution there was the terror, then Napoleon; after the revolution in Ruanda there was the genocide; after the revolution in Lybia, there was islamism.