Solidarity and the bremen left

When seven Polish trade unionists were stranded at the Bremen train station on December 13, 1981, many Bremen leftists did not know how to fit them into their friend/foe scheme. A new book from Bremen tells of the difficult rapprochement.

The members of the Bremen Solidarność office in front of its entrance. Not everyone was spontaneously in solidarity Photo: Edition Falkenberg

By Klaus Wolschner


School starts in berlin: with mixed feelings

On August 10, school starts under Corona conditions. What do those affected have to say about it? We asked three students for their opinions.

The order of the day (hanging in a hallway of an elementary school) Photo: picture alliance/dpa

As of August 10, 2020, more than 335,000 students will be able to go back to school (almost) normally, and about 37,000 first graders will start on it on Saturday, August 15. What are the specifications? And what are the expectations among the students? Three of them have their say here:


Switzerland disputes halal meat: the agony of slaughtering

Do animals have to suffer unnecessarily during slaughter without stunning? Switzerland is debating an import ban on kosher and halal meat.

Protests against slaughter are also taking place in Germany, here in Berlin in 2012 Photo: reuters

Summer slump? Not at all. Switzerland is excitedly debating a ban on imports of slaughtered meat during the news-poor period. A ban would affect the country’s roughly 18,000 Jews and 320,000 Muslims. They rely on importing kosher and halal meat from abroad, as slaughter, the stunning of animals, has been banned in Switzerland since 1893.


Sardine demos in italy: with attitude, but without a plan

Performances by Muslimas and refugees in Rome are meant to show: The Sardines are anti-racist and inclusive. But a clear program is missing so far.

Some of thousands of demonstrators in Rome on Saturday Photo: dpa

Just a good minute spoke on Saturday afternoon Nibras Asfa before the tens of thousands who had gathered in Piazza San Giovanni in Rome for the rally of the Sardines, but at the end there was tumultuous applause. The young woman, who wore a hijab during her appearance, first read out Article Three of the Italian Constitution. This guarantees all citizens the same rights: "without distinction of sex, race, language or religion.


Advertising slogan “be berlin” has had its day: berlin first!

By the end of the year, the capital is to have a new slogan. Finally. The taz editorial team is already making suggestions for the new slogan.

Berlin, too, but at the ITB travel fair, which advertises for (more and more) tourists Photo: picture alliance/Ralf Hirschberger/dpa-zentralbild/ZB

Not that this city ever needed marketing, and yet: for a little more than ten years, Berlin has had a slogan, it’s called "Be Berlin." This slogan was never a big hit, but it wasn’t really bad either. "Be Berlin," yes, what could you say against it? Berlin, that was above all the promise to be allowed to be in this city – no matter who you were, whether you were anyone at all, and above all no matter how much money you had. Berlin is what you want it to be. Make the city what you want it to be. That was the message of the noughties. That was already fitting.


Pkk flag posted: left-wing parliamentary group leader warned

A member of Hamburg’s parliament must donate 1,000 euros for tweeting the flag of the banned Kurdish organization PKK.

May not be shown publicly: Flag of the PKK Photo: dpa

An understanding judge has found the co-chair of the left-wing parliamentary group in the Burgerschaft, Cansu ozdemir, with her commitment to the Kurdish cause. "I can understand a lot of what you said politically," said Judge Katharina Leroye. But she said she had to apply the applicable law. Leroye warned ozdemir for posting on Twitter the flag of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which is banned in Germany.


Parties in saxony-anhalt: the afd fan club in the cdu leadership

Leading CDU politicians in Saxony-Anhalt want to prepare a coalition with the AfD. They could blow up the government with the SPD and the Greens.

Nightmare in blue: lantern in East Germany Photo: dpa

Suddenly, the previously anonymous AfD friends in the CDU parliamentary group of Saxony-Anhalt have got three faces at once. They are not backbenchers, they sit in the front row. The unpredictability of the CDU in the Kenya coalition with the SPD and the Greens – especially when it comes to personnel decisions – has been an issue since 2016.


World athletics championships in qatar: double standards

The human rights situation in Qatar is under close scrutiny with an eye on the 2022 World Cup. But what about the World Championships in Athletics in just a few days?

Boosting its image through sport: in Qatar, the country is banking primarily on soccer enthusiasm Photo: reuters

Once again, Qatar has broken its promises. The World Cup host and powerful player in global sports continues to let workers toil under catastrophic conditions, according to Amnesty International. For a report, the organization documented the situation of hundreds of employees of three companies in the construction and cleaning sectors who worked for months without pay. Many guest workers returned without any money. Although the emirate has introduced a dispute resolution body, not a single complainant has received compensation in 1,620 cases, writes Der Standard.


Conflict in central africa: a village devastated

Almost all Muslims have been driven out of Central Africa. Residents of the village of Gbakara hope they will never return.

Displaced Muslims from the capital Bangui are evacuated in trucks to the northern town of Sido. Image: reuters

As the sound of a car approaches, conversations fall silent. People look suspiciously and silently at the car. The children stand still for a moment, but then give in to their curiosity and run to the dirt road that divides Gbakara in half. "The fear of cars is still there. The Seleka fighters used to come in small vans," Marie Mboisona explains.


Comment action against parking violators: tow them away! All of them!

With yellow cards and balloons, pedestrian and bicycle activists protest against parking violations. This is well-intentioned – but far too defensive.

This is how much consideration car drivers often show: none at all Photo: dpa

In many cities in Germany, motorists can expect protests this week: Cyclists and pedestrians want to mark vehicles with yellow cards and balloons that block bike lanes or intersections, or protect bike lanes with cones against parking.